Movies like The Orphanage

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The Orphanage (2007)
 7.4
 144K
The Orphanage (2007)
Original name: El orfanato
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Spain, Mexico
Duration: 105 min.
Story: A woman brings her family back to her childhood home, which used to be an orphanage, intent on reopening it. Before long, her son starts to communicate with a new invisible friend.
Style: scary, surprise ending, psychological, serious, macabre, suspenseful, atmospheric, twists and turns, twist ending, disturbing ...
Plot: haunted house, haunted by the past, ghosts, missing child, orphan, death, supernatural, fear, tragic event, ghost, life is a bitch, disappearance, parents and children, afterlife, psychic, family relations, hallucination, psychologist, paranormal activity, imaginary friend, uncover truth, adoption, seance, orphanage, hallucinations ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: spain

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Most similar movies to The Orphanage

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out scary, serious, atmospheric and suspenseful films with plots about supernatural, storytelling, murder, weird, dialogue, death and ghost mostly in Horror, Mystery and Thriller genres. Some movies like The Orphanage: The Others (2001), Insidious (2010), Mama (2013), The Conjuring (2013), The Sixth Sense (1999). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
 7.6
 329K
The Others (2001)
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Spain, USA, France, Italy
Duration: 101 min.
Story: Grace is a religious woman who lives in an old house kept dark because her two children, Anne and Nicholas, have a rare sensitivity to light. When the family begins to suspect the house is haunted, Grace fights to protect her children at any cost in ...
Style: surprise ending, twist ending, suspense, scary, atmospheric ...
Plot: haunted house, afterlife, ghost, mysterious character, supernatural, psychic, uncover truth, parallel world, single parent, supernatural ability, isolation, losing-it hero ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 40s
Place: europe, england, english channel
⇓ similarity ⇓
88%
 6.8
 270K
Insidious (2010)
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, Canada, UK
Duration: 103 min.
Story: A family discovers that dark spirits have invaded their home after their son inexplicably falls into an endless sleep. When they reach out to a professional for help, they learn things are a lot more personal than they thought.
Style: scary, suspenseful, frightening, tense, twist ending ...
Plot: haunted house, supernatural, parallel world, ghosts, nightmare, evil spirit, family in danger, curses spells and rituals, demons, parents and children, afterlife, psychic ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.2
 166K
Mama (2013)
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Country: Canada, Spain
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Guillermo del Toro presents Mama, a supernatural thriller that tells the haunting tale of two little girls who disappeared into the woods the day that their parents were killed. When they are rescued years later and begin a new life, they find that ...
Style: scary, gothic, suspenseful, suspense, psychological ...
Plot: ghost, supernatural, danger, afterlife, paranormal activity, adoption, children, parents and children, redemption, secrets, imaginary friend, psychologist ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
75%
 7.5
 428K
The Conjuring (2013)
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: Paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren work to help a family terrorized by a dark presence in their farmhouse. Forced to confront a powerful entity, the Warrens find themselves caught in the most terrifying case of their lives.
Style: scary, suspenseful, dark, atmospheric, frightening ...
Audience: teens
Plot: haunted house, ghost, supernatural, exorcism, danger, paranormal investigation, witch, haunted by the past, paranormal activity, fear, evil force, riddles and clues ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, 21st century, contemporary, 60s ...
Place: rhode island, usa, new england
⇓ similarity ⇓
80%
Movie in collections
 8.1
 891K
The Sixth Sense (1999)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: A psychological thriller about an eight year old boy named Cole Sear who believes he can see into the world of the dead. A child psychologist named Malcolm Crowe comes to Cole to help him deal with his problem, learning that he really can see ghosts ...
Style: psychological, surprise ending, twist ending, suspenseful, atmospheric ...
Plot: supernatural, ghost, mystery, psychology, afterlife, death, supernatural ability, psychic power, psychiatrist, psychic, life & death, psychologist ...
Time: 90s, 1990s, 20th century
Place: philadelphia, usa, pennsylvania
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
The Devil's Backbone (2001)
Genre: Drama, Horror
Country: Mexico, Spain
Duration: 106 min.
Story: After losing his father, 10-year-old Carlos arrives at the Santa Lucia School, which shelters orphans of the Republican militia and politicians, and is taken in by the steely headmistress, Carmen, and the kindly professor, Casares. Soon after his ...
Style: tense, suspenseful, atmospheric, suspense, twist ending ...
Plot: ghost, orphan, child abuse, republican, spanish civil war, danger, gold, boarding school life, bully, boarding school, orphanage, supernatural ...
Time: 20th century, 1930s, 1940s, 40s
Place: spain, europe, catalonia, portugal, madrid
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.0
 62K
Dream House (2011)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 84 min.
Story: Publisher, Will Atenton quits a lucrative job in New York to relocate his wife, Libby and their daughters to a quaint town in New England. However, as they settle into their home the Atentons discover that a woman and her children were murdered ...
Style: surprise ending, twist ending, suspenseful, twists and turns, tense ...
Plot: haunted house, supernatural, plot twist, riddles and clues, memory loss, parents and children, murder, investigation, haunted by the past, family in danger, nervous breakdown, danger ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new england, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
82%
 6.0
 80K
Hide and Seek (2005)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Germany, USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: David Callaway tries to piece together his life in the wake of his wife's suicide and has been left to raise his nine-year-old daughter, Emily on his own. David is at first amused to discover that Emily has created an imaginary friend named ...
Style: twists and turns, surprise ending, suspense, suspenseful, scary ...
Plot: psychologist, haunted by the past, imaginary friend, mysterious character, small town, mystery, family relations, family problems, parents and children, death in the family, single father, supernatural ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
85%
 6.0
 13K
Half Light (2006)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery, Romance, Thriller
Country: Germany, UK, USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Rachel Carson, a best-selling crime novelist, is devastated and filled with guilt over the accidental death of her son. Hoping that a change of scenery will help alleviate her suffering, she leaves her home in the city and moves into a vacant ...
Style: psychological, suspenseful, atmospheric, enigmatic, suspense ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: ghost, murder, lighthouse, loss of child, supernatural, death in the family, uncover truth, mentally unstable, woman in danger, death of child, female protagonist, haunted by the past ...
Time: contemporary
Place: scotland, london, san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 5.4
 38K
The Messengers (2007)
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: When the Solomons trade in the craziness of big-city life for the quiet of a North Dakota farm, little do they expect the nightmare that follows. Soon after arriving, teenage Jess (Kristen Stewart) and her younger brother see terrifying apparitions ...
Style: psychological, scary, suspenseful, atmospheric, serious ...
Audience: teens, date night, girls' night
Plot: haunted house, supernatural, murder, countryside, ghost, death threat, child murder, family in danger, mystery, uncover truth, haunted by the past, parents and children ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: north dakota, chicago illinois
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.1
 15K
Fragile (2005)
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Spain, UK
Duration: 101 min.
Story: Haunted by memories of a patient's death, a nurse takes a job at an antiquated hospital for children. Soon she learns that the kids fear a ghost that prowls the floors and will not allow anyone to leave. Amy tries to protect them and convince ...
Style: psychological, bleak, atmospheric, surreal, serious ...
Plot: hospital, orphan, supernatural, ghost, nurse, haunted by the past, supernatural ability, deadly, danger, afterlife, missing child, rescue ...
Time: contemporary
Place: london, europe, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
The House at the End of Time (2013)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Venezuela
Duration: 101 min.
Story: The story of Dulce, a mother who has encounters with apparitions inside her old house. She must decipher a mystery that could trigger a prophecy: the death of her family.
Style: scary, suspenseful, twists and turns, suspense, serious ...
Plot: haunted by the past, haunted house, family in danger, supernatural, murder, mystery, danger, ghost, dealing with death, deadly, curses spells and rituals, crimes ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: venezuela
⇓ similarity ⇓
78%
 7.1
 314K
The Ring (2002)
Genre: Horror, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 115 min.
Story: It sounded like just another urban legend: A videotape filled with nightmarish images, leading to a phone call foretelling the viewer's death in exactly seven days. As a newspaper reporter, Rachel Keller was naturally skeptical of the story, ...
Style: scary, suspenseful, atmospheric, suspense, twists and turns ...
Audience: teens
Plot: investigation, supernatural, life is a bitch, murder, death, ghost, journalist, race against time, little girl, telephone, family relations, urban legend ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: seattle washington, seattle
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
American Horror Story (2011)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
Story: American Horror Story is an anthology horror drama series.
Style: atmospheric, psychological, scary, captivating, tense ...
Plot: supernatural, haunted house, ghost, death, witch, danger, evil, nun, couple relations, insanity, mental institution, haunted by the past ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 20th century, 60s, year 2011 ...
Place: los angeles, massachusetts, new orleans, usa, north carolina ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
88%
 6.9
 187K
Orphan (2009)
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, Canada, Germany
Duration: 123 min.
Story: A married couple with a rocky past adopt 9-year old, Esther to fill the void created by a recently-stillborn baby. However, Esther is not quite who she seems.
Style: suspenseful, scary, psychological, twist ending, serious ...
Plot: orphan, adoption, family in danger, family problems, mysterious character, manipulation, female psychopath, deadly, parents and children, insanity, graphic violence, domestic disturbance ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, connecticut, estonia
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
 6.2
 76K
Case 39 (2009)
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 109 min.
Story: In her many years as a social worker, Emily Jenkins believes she has seen it all, until she meets 10-year-old Lilith and the girl's cruel parents. Emily's worst fears are confirmed when the parents try to harm the child, and so Emily ...
Style: scary, suspenseful, psychological, gloomy, twists and turns ...
Audience: girls' night, teens
Plot: evil child, supernatural, child abuse, social worker, uncover truth, mysterious character, mental institution, demons, danger, murder, evil force, woman in danger ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
83%
 6.7
 21K
Marrowbone (2017)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Spain, USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: A young man and his four younger siblings, who have kept secret the death of their beloved mother in order to remain together, are plagued by a sinister presence in the sprawling manor in which they live.
Style: surprise ending, suspense, tense, twists and turns, scary ...
Plot: brother sister relationship, murder, ghost, mental illness, attic, secret, father, love, abandoned house, death of mother, violence, murder of family ...
Time: 60s, 1960s, year 1969
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.2
 58K
Red Lights (2012)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Spain, Canada
Duration: 114 min.
Story: Two investigators of paranormal hoaxes, the veteran Dr. Margaret Matheson and her young assistant, Tom Buckley, study the most varied metaphysical phenomena with the aim of proving their fraudulent origins. Simon Silver, a legendary blind psychic, ...
Style: surprise ending, tense, suspenseful, scary, atmospheric ...
Plot: psychic, supernatural ability, experiment, uncover truth, mind game, supernatural, obsession, deception, investigation, skepticism, cheating, levitation ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, year 2011, 70s
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Movie in collections
 7.3
 217K
The Conjuring 2 (2016)
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Canada, USA, UK
Duration: 134 min.
Story: Lorraine and Ed Warren travel to north London to help a single mother raising four children alone in a house plagued by malicious spirits.
Style: scary, atmospheric, suspenseful, suspense, dark ...
Plot: demonic possession, haunted house, supernatural, psychic, demon, family in danger, riddles and clues, danger, ghost, child in peril, paranormal investigation, single mother ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, year 2003, year 1976, year 1977
Place: england, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 5.4
 22K
Jessabelle (2014)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: A young woman recuperating at her father's run-down home after a tragic accident soon encounters a terrifying presence with a connection to her long-deceased mother.
Style: scary, twist ending, macabre, suspenseful, serious ...
Audience: teens
Plot: haunted house, voodoo, supernatural, nightmare, danger, ghost, curses spells and rituals, psychology, haunted by the past, uncover truth, spirit, sacrifice ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, year 1988
Place: louisiana, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.5
 62K
The Awakening (2011)
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 102 min.
Story: 1921 England is overwhelmed by the loss and grief of World War I. Hoax exposer Florence Cathcart (Hall) visits a boarding school to explain sightings of a child ghost.
Style: scary, suspenseful, twist ending, psychological, emotional ...
Audience: teens
Plot: ghost, supernatural, afterlife, teacher, investigation, haunted by the past, ghosts, boarding school, uncover truth, fear, life is a bitch, countryside ...
Time: 20th century, 1920s, 20s, post world war one
Place: england, europe, britain, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.0
 77K
The Boy (2016)
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, Canada, China
Duration: 97 min.
Story: A nanny, working for a family whose son has just passed away, finds herself put in charge of caring for a lifelike doll that the couple treat as a real child.
Style: tense, psychological, scary, suspenseful, twists and turns ...
Audience: teens
Plot: ghosts, doll, violence, nanny, mansion, supernatural, murder, boy, haunted house, loss of son, dealing with death, plot twist ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 18th century
Place: england, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
What Lies Beneath (2000)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 130 min.
Story: When Claire Spencer starts hearing ghostly voices and seeing spooky images, she wonders if an otherworldly spirit is trying to contact her. All the while, her husband tries to reassure her by telling her it's all in her head. But as Claire ...
Style: suspense, surprise ending, suspenseful, scary, twists and turns ...
Plot: haunted house, ghost, haunted by the past, woman in danger, couple relations, dishonesty, adultery, infidelity, scientist, murder, spiritualism, missing person ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 2000s
Place: vermont, usa, boston
⇓ similarity ⇓
75%
Movie in collections
 6.7
 29K
Dark Water (2002)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 101 min.
Story: A woman in the midst of an unpleasant divorce moves to an eerie apartment building with her young daughter. The ceiling of their apartment has a dark and active leak.
Style: atmospheric, psychological, scary, suspenseful, gloomy ...
Plot: ghost, missing child, child custody, supernatural, mystery, haunted by the past, family problems, parents and children, losing-it hero, danger, custody, single parent ...
Time: contemporary, 2000s
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
75%
The Secret of Crickley Hall (2012)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery
Country: UK
Duration: 59 min.
Story: A year after their son goes missing, a family moves to Crickley Hall. When supernatural events begin to take place, Eve feels the house is somehow connected to her lost son.
Style: atmospheric, emotional, tense, scary, stylized ...
Plot: haunted house, ghost, missing child, orphan, child abuse, orphanage, haunted by the past, supernatural, world war two, parents and children, couple relations, life is a bitch ...
Time: 1940s, contemporary, 20th century, 21st century, 40s ...
Place: england
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.8
 251K
1408 (2007)
Genre: Fantasy, Horror, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: A man who specializes in debunking paranormal occurrences checks into the fabled room 1408 in the Dolphin Hotel. Soon after settling in, he confronts genuine terror.
Style: scary, suspense, psychological, suspenseful, twists and turns ...
Plot: evil, ghost, fear, isolation, haunted house, trapped, survival, insanity, supernatural, paranoia, danger, hotel ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new york, usa, los angeles, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.5
 114K
Oculus (2013)
Genre: Horror, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: A woman tries to exonerate her brother's murder conviction by proving that the crime was committed by a supernatural phenomenon.
Style: scary, suspenseful, atmospheric, tense, psychological ...
Audience: teens
Plot: haunted house, supernatural, siblings relations, danger, mirror, hallucination, artifact, family relations, deadly, crimes, murder, insanity ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, year 1955
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
75%
 7.0
 73K
Stir of Echoes (1999)
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: After being hypnotized by his sister in law, Tom Witzky begins seeing haunting visions of a girl's ghost and a mystery begins to unfold around her.
Style: atmospheric, psychological, suspense, serious, realistic ...
Plot: psychic, afterlife, ghost, clairvoyance, paranoia, hypnosis, murder, haunted house, supernatural, obsession, rape, woman in danger ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: usa, chicago illinois
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 5.9
 38K
The Tall Man (2012)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, Canada, France
Duration: 106 min.
Story: When her child goes missing, a mother looks to unravel the legend of the Tall Man, an entity who allegedly abducts children.
Style: twists and turns, suspenseful, scary, surprise ending, psychological ...
Audience: teens
Plot: kidnapping, missing child, mysterious character, abduction, uncover truth, urban legend, danger, mystery, small town, parents and children, track down, family problems ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, washington d.c., washington state
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.7
 32K
Julia's Eyes (2010)
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Spain
Duration: 118 min.
Story: The story of a woman who is slowly losing her sight whilst trying to investigate the mysterious death of her twin sister.
Style: psychological, scary, suspenseful, bleak, tense ...
Plot: mind game, blindness, woman in danger, murder, violence, suicide, uncover truth, mystery, blind character, delusion, who done it, life is a bitch ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: europe, spain
⇓ similarity ⇓
75%