Movies and TV shows like The Pretender

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The Pretender (1996)
 7.5
 15K
The Pretender (1996)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: The Pretender is an American television series that aired on NBC from 1996 to 2000. The series starred Michael T. Weiss as Jarod, a genius and former child prodigy with the ability to become anyone he wants to be, i.e., to flawlessly impersonate anyone in virtually any line of work. Patrick Bauchau and Andrea Parker co-starred as Sydney, Jarod's childhood teacher and mentor, and Miss Parker, a childhood friend. They are both operatives for a mysterious organization called "The Centre", which took Jarod from his parents as a child and developed his special talents with the intention of making him one of their agents, while also using his brilliant intellect for their own evil purposes. After escaping from their custody, Jarod begins traveling the country, searching for clues to his true identity while posing as a doctor, police officer, attorney, or some other character who helps those in trouble. The Centre's directors are determined to return Jarod to The Centre to further their mysterious plan. A team of operatives, led by Miss Parker, attempts to find and capture The Pretender. Jarod's extreme intelligence combined with his childlike innocence create a memorable and endearing character that was popular with viewers.
Style: exciting, atmospheric, serious, suspenseful, disturbing, bleak, suspense
Plot: secret hideout, goodhearted, righting the wronged, secret place, genius, undercover, self discovery, encounter, conspiracy, prodigy, manhunt, investigation, justice, mystery, track down, mysterious place, secret society, on the run, redemption, impostor, boy genius, evil corporation, good versus evil, fugitives, hopes ...
Time: 90s, 2000s, 1990s
Place: delaware

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Most similar movies to The Pretender

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, suspenseful, exciting and tense films and TV series with plots about danger, conspiracy, mystery, dishonesty, chases and races, investigation and uncover truth mostly in Mystery, Drama and Sci-Fi genres. Some movies like The Pretender: Warehouse 13 (2009), Kyle XY (2006), Dollhouse (2009), Golden Years (1991), Believe (2014). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
The Pretender: Island of the Haunted (2001)
Genre: Action, Crime, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Through a series of bizarre circumstances, Jarod and Miss Parker find themselves trapped together on a strange island in a life and death situation, out of which come some of the most important revelations about their pasts.
Style: exciting, suspenseful, serious, enigmatic
Plot: secret movement, curses spells and rituals, heroes, save the day, mystery, uncover truth, dishonesty, life is a bitch, rivalry, danger, escapades, track down ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: usa
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 7.6
 48K
Warehouse 13 (2009)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 43 min.
TV show
Story: After saving the life of the President, two secret service agents - Myka Bering and Pete Lattimer - find themselves assigned to the top secret Warehouse 13. The Warehouse is a massive, top secret facility that houses dangerous and fantastical ...
Style: exciting, serious, suspenseful, humorous, bleak
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: artifact, supernatural, riddles and clues, legends and myths, secret agents, secret service, secret place, partners, top secret, ancient mystery, undercover, investigation ...
Time: contemporary
Place: usa, south dakota
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.5
 28K
Kyle XY (2006)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Romance, Sci-Fi
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: A suburban family that takes in a mysterious teen naive to the world around him. As Kyle begins to show signs of brilliance, solving the mystery of his origin and potential abilities becomes the family's mission.
Style: suspenseful, atmospheric, exciting, entertaining, tense ...
Audience: teens
Plot: supernatural ability, experiment, teenage life, genius, self discovery, mysterious character, teenage love, foster child, teaching the ways of the world, supernatural, cloning, fish out of water ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: seattle, usa, washington d.c., seattle washington
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
 7.7
 47K
Dollhouse (2009)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 44 min.
TV show
Story: Dollhouse is an American science fiction television series that revolves around a corporation running numerous underground establishments across the globe which program individuals referred to as "Actives" with temporary personalities and ...
Style: suspenseful, serious, exciting, tense, suspense ...
Plot: memory loss, life is a bitch, fbi, undercover, mysterious character, self discovery, uncover truth, human nature, memory, innocence lost, ethics, behavior control ...
Time: future
Place: los angeles, california, usa, tucson arizona
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
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 5.2
 3K
Golden Years (1991)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 232 min.
TV show
Story: When an explosion at a top-secret government lab injures an elderly janitor, no one could have expected the terrifying results. Exposure to mysterious chemicals causes him to undergo a bizarre transformation. He is slowly... incredibly... growing ...
Style: suspenseful, exciting, serious
Plot: on the run, scientist, military, violence, conspiracy, runaway, experiment, chases and races, golden years, disorder, laboratory, switching roles ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.2
 14K
Believe (2014)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 43 min.
TV show
Story: Believe is about an unlikely relationship between a gifted young girl and a man sprung from prison who has been tasked with protecting her from the evil elements that hunt her power.
Style: serious, exciting, suspenseful, captivating, tense ...
Plot: telekinesis, protector, young heroes, heroes, ex convict, supernatural ability, danger, changing lives, good versus evil, imaginary, on the run, orphan ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.8
 8K
John Doe (2002)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: John Doe is an American science fiction drama television series that aired on Fox during the 2002–2003 TV season.
Style: serious, mind bending, suspenseful, enigmatic
Plot: prodigy, mysterious character, hidden identity, amateur detective, memory loss, riddles and clues, supernatural ability, danger, mystery, crimes, genius, police ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: seattle, usa, washington state, washington d.c., seattle washington
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
The Pretender 2001 (2001)
Genre: Action, Crime, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Jarod reunites with two old friends and unleashes some powerful Centre revelations. Also Jarod and Miss Parker learn more about their pasts.
Style: exciting, psychological, tense, serious
Plot: investigator, amnesia, impostor, secret society, conspiracy, protective male, child abuse, boy genius, orphan, male protagonist
Time: 2000s
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
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 7.7
 2K
Dark Skies (1996)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: Dark Skies is an American UFO conspiracy theory-based sci-fi television series that aired from the 1996 to 1997 season for 18 episodes, plus a two-hour pilot episode. The success of The X-Files on Fox proved there was an audience for science fiction ...
Style: serious, exciting, captivating, mind bending, suspenseful
Plot: ufo, evil alien, conspiracy, alien, alien invasion, dishonesty, mystery, state affairs, undercover, danger, government agency, couple relations ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 1960s
Place: usa, washington d.c.
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
 8.0
 10K
Millennium (1996)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 45 min.
TV show
Story: A retired FBI serial-profiler joins the mysterious Millennium Group, a team of underground ex-law enforcement experts dedicated to fighting against the ever-growing forces of evil and darkness in the world.
Style: serious, suspenseful, atmospheric, scary, tense ...
Plot: serial killer, good versus evil, fbi, conspiracy, investigation, prophecy, secret movement, supernatural, cult, murder investigation, crimes, supernatural ability ...
Time: 90s, 1990s, 20th century
Place: seattle, usa, washington d.c., seattle washington
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
 5.9
 2K
Coma (2012)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 240 min.
TV show
Story: A young medical student discovers that something sinister is going on in her hospital after routine procedures send more than a few seemingly healthy patients into comas on the operating table. Remake of Coma 1978.
Style: tense, serious, atmospheric, bleak, suspenseful ...
Plot: medical student, hospital, uncover truth, workplace, mystery, woman in danger, doctors and patients, medical school, death, dishonesty, conspiracy, crimes ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
 7.0
 26K
The Event (2010)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 43 min.
TV show
Story: The Event is an emotional, high-octane conspiracy thriller that follows Sean Walker, an everyman who investigates the mysterious disappearance of his would-be fiancée Leila, and unwittingly begins to expose the biggest cover-up in U.S. history.
Style: exciting, captivating, twists and turns, mind bending, serious ...
Plot: conspiracy, space and aliens, mystery, government agency, alien, missing person, buried truth, secret movement, president, top secret, investigation, government facility ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
 7.4
 42K
Touch (2012)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 43 min.
TV show
Story: Martin Bohm, a widower and single father, is haunted by an inability to connect to his autistic, mute 11-year-old son, Jake. Their relationship and their lives take an extraordinary turn when he discovers his gifted son has the ability to see ...
Style: uplifting, serious, suspenseful, emotional, touching ...
Plot: autism, foreknowledge, psychic power, supernatural ability, mathematics, psychic, changing lives, single father, professor, mystery, hopes, investigation ...
Time: 2000s, contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
The Fugitive: The Chase Continues (2000)
Genre: Action, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: The Fugitive is a remake of the 1963 TV series of the same name that aired for one season on CBS between October 6, 2000 and May 25, 2001. It stars Tim Daly as Dr. Richard Kimble, Mykelti Williamson as lieutenant Philip Gerard, and Stephen Lang as ...
Style: exciting, suspenseful, serious, tense, realistic
Audience: boys' night
Plot: frame up, manhunt, on the run, crime, chase, murder, murder suspect, uncover truth, false accusation, protagonist as suspect, crimes, law enforcement ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
 7.6
 222K
The 100 (2014)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 43 min.
TV show
Story: Based on the books by Kass Morgan, this show takes place 100 years in the future, when the Earth has been abandoned due to radioactivity. The last surviving humans live on an ark orbiting the planet — but the ark won't last forever. So the ...
Style: exciting, serious, suspenseful, futuristic, stylized ...
Audience: teens
Plot: survival, post apocalypse, youth, survivor, leadership, space station, rivalry, danger, young heroes, fate of humanity, betrayal, heroes ...
Time: future
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
 7.1
 2K
Wild Palms (1993)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 300 min.
TV show
Story: A multi-national corporation attempts to take over America while small pockets of resistance hold out against rampant technology.
Style: disturbing, suspenseful, futuristic, mind bending, serious ...
Plot: future dystopia, mind control, cyberspace, conspiracy, fictional reality, mystery, crimes, intrigue, manipulations, society, uncover truth, manipulation ...
Time: future, 21st century, year 2008
Place: california, usa, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
 8.4
 2K
Nowhere Man (1995)
Genre: Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 44 min.
TV show
Story: Nowhere Man is an American television series that aired from 1995 to 1996 starring Bruce Greenwood. Created by Lawrence Hertzog, the series aired Monday nights on UPN. Despite critical acclaim, including TV Guide's label of "The ...
Style: suspenseful, realistic, serious, exciting, mind bending ...
Plot: conspiracy, stolen identity, betrayal, paranoia, chases and races, identity crisis, network, mystery, crimes, obsessive quest, dishonesty, journalism ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
Arrow: Blood Rush (2013)
Genre: Action, Drama, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 1 min.
TV show
Story: A six episode mini series broadcast online alongside Arrow. Felicity meets Roy and has a special mission for him.
Style: suspenseful, stylized, exciting, serious, realistic ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: superhero, vigilantism, fighting crime, rivalry, heroes, undercover, escapades, crimes, prodigy, vigilante, mission, villain ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
Movie in collections
 8.4
 13K
The Prisoner (1967)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi
Country: UK
Duration: 50 min.
TV show
Story: After resigning, a secret agent is abducted and taken to what looks like an idyllic village, but is really a bizarre prison. His warders demand information. He gives them nothing, but only tries to escape.
Style: suspenseful, psychological, serious, surreal, mind bending ...
Plot: spy, prison, gadget, mind control, research, convict, interrogation, experiment, government facility, anger, scientist, government agency ...
Time: 60s, 1960s
Place: england, europe, big ben london, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
 7.2
 6K
Emergence (2019)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 43 min.
TV show
Story: A police chief takes in a young child she finds near the site of a mysterious accident who has no memory of what has happened. The investigation draws her into a conspiracy larger than she ever imagined, and the child’s identity is at the center ...
Style: colourful, atmospheric, enigmatic, suspense
Plot: supernatural, child, police, daughter, science and technology, investigation, single mother, telekinesis, weapons, cancer patient, coastal town, female protagonist ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
 8.6
 203K
The X-Files (1993)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 45 min.
TV show
Story: The exploits of FBI Special Agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully who investigate X-Files: marginalized, unsolved cases involving paranormal phenomena. Mulder believes in the existence of aliens and the paranormal while Scully, a skeptic, is assigned to ...
Style: mind bending, captivating, psychological, atmospheric, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: supernatural, ufo, investigation, paranormal investigation, special agents, fbi, alien contact, paranormal activity, conspiracy, top secret, mysterious place, space and aliens ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s, 2010s, 21st century ...
Place: usa, washington d.c., phoenix arizona, arizona
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
 7.2
 3K
First Wave (1998)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: Canada
Duration: 44 min.
TV show
Story: First Wave is a Canadian/American science fiction television series, filmed in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, that aired from 1998 to 2001 on the Sci-Fi Channel. The show was created by Chris Brancato, who co-wrote an early version of the ...
Style: bleak, suspenseful, serious, exciting, apocalyptic
Plot: alien, alien invasion, conspiracy, alien encounter, dishonesty, danger, escapades, criminal heroes, heroes, adventure, chases and races, evil alien ...
Time: 90s, 1990s, 2000s
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
 8.3
 141K
Sense8 (2015)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: One gunshot, one death, one moment out of time that irrevocably links eight minds in disparate parts of the world, putting them in each other's lives, each other's secrets, and in terrible danger. Ordinary people suddenly reborn as ...
Style: exciting, suspenseful, stylized, serious
Audience: boys' night, girls' night
Plot: lgbt, sex scene, supernatural, telepathy, danger, love affair, supernatural ability, secret organization, chases and races, survival, imaginary, destiny ...
Time: 21st century
Place: london, san francisco, mumbai india, chicago illinois, berlin germany
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
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 6.0
 311
Threat Matrix (2003)
Genre: Drama, Thriller, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: Threat Matrix is a 2003 American drama television series. It lasted 16 episodes. The plot consisted of the events in a United States Homeland Security anti-terrorism unit, led by Special agent John Kilmer. The title of the show refers to a report ...
Style: suspenseful, rough, serious, exciting, realistic
Plot: special agents, terrorism, prodigy, undercover, political conspiracy, danger, law enforcement, chases and races, rivalry, mute or deaf, government agency, state affairs ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, washington d.c.
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
 7.4
 31K
Dark Angel (2000)
Genre: Action, Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: Super soldier Max Guevera tries to live a normal life in post-apocalyptic Seattle while eluding capture by government agents from the covert biotech facility she escaped from as a child and searching for her genetically-enhanced brothers and sisters ...
Style: atmospheric, serious, stylized, suspenseful, bleak ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: female protagonist, super soldier, future dystopia, genetic engineering, cloning, double life, secret government organization, hidden identity, superhuman powers, righting the wronged, secret movement, experiment gone awry ...
Time: future, 2010s
Place: seattle, usa, seattle washington, washington d.c.
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
 6.1
 131
Sleepwalkers (1997)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: Sleepwalkers is an American science fiction series which began airing on NBC in late 1997. It tells the story of a team of researchers who used technology to enter the dreams of psychiatric patients in order to diagnose their problems. The show was ...
Style: suspenseful, serious, psychological, atmospheric
Plot: scientist, dream, mystery, power relations, mental illness, doctors and patients, nightmare, psychological trauma, sign language, fear, medical, investigation ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
The Book of Jer3miah (2009)
Genre: Action, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
TV show
Story: A college freshman, Jeremiah Whitney, accepts the undertaking to protect a mysterious Mesoamerican box. When Jeremiah's parents are mysteriously murdered, Jeremiah learns that he is the target of a frightening conspiracy. Every facet of his ...
Style: suspenseful, exciting, serious, suspense, cliffhanger ...
Audience: teens
Plot: destiny, conspiracy, chase, uncover truth, riddles and clues, life turned upside down, young heroes, mystery, heroic mission, danger, dishonesty, youth ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
 7.3
 4K
The Boat (2011)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi
Country: Spain
Duration: 75 min.
TV show
Story: A global cataclysm, caused by a fatal accident in Geneva (Switzerland) during the implementation of the particle accelerator will lead to the crew and students of the school-ship Polar Star to live the greatest adventure of their lives. Isolated and ...
Style: exciting, suspenseful, mind bending, atmospheric, surreal ...
Audience: teens
Plot: ship, adventure, danger, confined, lost at sea, escapades, family relations, parents and children, isolation, mystery, ship captain, end of the world ...
Time: 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
 8.5
 113K
The Expanse (2015)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: A thriller set two hundred years in the future following the case of a missing young woman who brings a hardened detective and a rogue ship's captain together in a race across the solar system to expose the greatest conspiracy in human history.
Style: futuristic, captivating, suspenseful, exciting, tense ...
Audience: teens
Plot: outer space, space travel, space wars, human in outer space, spacecraft, alien life-form, investigation, conspiracy, space station, space opera, space exploration, space and aliens ...
Time: future, 23rd century, 24th century
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
The Six Million Dollar Man (1974)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: The Six Million Dollar Man is an American television series about a former astronaut with bionic implants working for a fictional government office known as OSI. The series is based on the Martin Caidin novel Cyborg, which was the series's ...
Style: serious, exciting, suspenseful, tense, disturbing
Audience: boys' night
Plot: adventure, undercover, superhero, superhuman powers, superior, chases and races, androids and robots, investigation, crimes, escapades, government agency, danger ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%