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: goodhearted, secret hideout, righting the wronged, secret place, undercover, self discovery, encounter, conspiracy, genius, mystery, track down, mysterious place, prodigy, secret society, manhunt, on the run, investigation, justice, redemption, impostor, boy genius, evil corporation, good versus evil, fugitives, hopes ...
Time: 90s, 2000s, 1990s
Place: delaware

Most similar movies to The Pretender

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, suspenseful, exciting and atmospheric films and TV series with plots about danger, mystery, conspiracy, dishonesty, crimes, uncover truth and investigation mostly in Drama, Mystery and Sci-Fi genres. Some movies like The Pretender: Dollhouse (2009), Warehouse 13 (2009), Kyle XY (2006), Golden Years (1991), John Doe (2002). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
 7.7
 46K
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, suspense, tense
Plot: memory loss, undercover, mysterious character, self discovery, uncover truth, human nature, innocence lost, special agents, fbi, moral ambiguity, manipulation, mind control ...
Time: future
Place: usa, california, los angeles, tucson arizona
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.6
 46K
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: supernatural, artifact, legends and myths, riddles and clues, secret agents, partners, ancient mystery, danger, secret service, curses spells and rituals, imaginary, undercover ...
Time: contemporary
Place: usa, south dakota
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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, life is a bitch, dishonesty, secret place, rivalry, escapades, danger ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: usa
⇓ 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, self discovery, mysterious character, teenage love, genius, teaching the ways of the world, supernatural, foster child, cloning, fish out of water ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: seattle, usa, washington d.c., seattle washington
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
Movie in collections
 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, laboratory, experiment gone awry, switching roles, disorder, golden years, chases and races, fugitives, woman in bra and panties, injury, aging, janitor ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
⇓ 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, serious, tense
Plot: amnesia, investigator, impostor, secret society, conspiracy, protective male, child abuse, orphan, boy genius
Time: 2000s
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
 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: mind bending, serious, suspenseful, enigmatic
Plot: hidden identity, prodigy, amateur detective, mysterious character, memory loss, riddles and clues, danger, supernatural ability, crimes, mystery, genius, police ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: seattle, usa, washington d.c., washington state, seattle washington
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
 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, captivating, mind bending, exciting, suspenseful
Plot: ufo, conspiracy, alien invasion, alien, danger, state affairs, undercover, government agency, dishonesty, buried truth, couples, couple relations ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 1960s
Place: usa, washington d.c.
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
Movie in collections
 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, atmospheric, bleak, suspenseful, serious ...
Plot: hospital, medical student, uncover truth, workplace, mystery, woman in danger, doctors and patients, medical school, death, conspiracy, dishonesty, danger ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
 7.0
 25K
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: serious, captivating, twists and turns, suspenseful, exciting ...
Plot: conspiracy, missing person, mystery, government agency, investigation, government facility, buried truth, nobody believes, cia, state affairs, chases and races, space and aliens ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ 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, secret movement, supernatural, investigation, conspiracy, cult, prophecy, murder investigation, crimes, supernatural ability ...
Time: 90s, 1990s, 20th century
Place: seattle, usa, washington d.c., seattle washington
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
 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, mystery, fictional reality, manipulation, uncover truth, society, crimes, intrigue, manipulations ...
Time: future, 21st century, year 2008
Place: california, los angeles, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
 7.6
 207K
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, futuristic, suspenseful, stylized ...
Audience: teens
Plot: survival, post apocalypse, youth, danger, leadership, space station, nuclear war, young heroes, rivalry, betrayal, heroes, fate of humanity ...
Time: future
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
 7.3
 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, hopes, investigation, mystery ...
Time: 2000s, contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
 8.4
 2K
Nowhere Man (1995)
Genre: Action, Drama, Mystery, 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, mind bending, exciting, serious, realistic ...
Plot: conspiracy, stolen identity, dishonesty, mystery, network, identity crisis, crimes, obsessive quest, chases and races, photograph, paranoia, cigar smoking ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
 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, exciting, serious, apocalyptic
Plot: conspiracy, alien, alien invasion, danger, dishonesty, escapades, adventure, heroes, chases and races, criminal heroes, alien encounter, frame up ...
Time: 90s, 1990s, 2000s
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
 8.4
 12K
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, mind bending, surreal, thought provoking ...
Plot: spy, prison, gadget, mind control, research, experiment, scientist, convict, government facility, anger, interrogation, uncover truth ...
Time: 60s, 1960s
Place: england, europe, big ben london, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
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, serious, exciting, 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 ⇓
31%
Movie in collections
 8.3
 136K
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: suspenseful, exciting, stylized, serious
Audience: boys' night, girls' night
Plot: lgbt, sex scene, supernatural, danger, telepathy, love affair, supernatural ability, chases and races, secret organization, imaginary, survival, destiny ...
Time: 21st century
Place: mumbai india, chicago illinois, london, san francisco, berlin germany
⇓ 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: science and technology, daughter, investigation, child, police, supernatural, single mother, telekinesis, weapons, cancer patient, divorce, female protagonist ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
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: serious, exciting, stylized, suspenseful, twists and turns ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: superhero, vigilantism, fighting crime, rivalry, crimes, heroes, prodigy, escapades, undercover, vigilante, justice, villain ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
 8.5
 97K
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, serious ...
Audience: teens
Plot: outer space, space travel, spacecraft, human in outer space, space wars, investigation, conspiracy, space and aliens, space opera, alien life-form, space station, space exploration ...
Time: future, 23rd century
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
 7.4
 30K
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: serious, atmospheric, suspenseful, stylized, bleak ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: female protagonist, super soldier, double life, future dystopia, genetic engineering, cloning, hacker, superhuman powers, secret government organization, hidden identity, righting the wronged, secret movement ...
Time: future, 2010s
Place: seattle, usa, seattle washington
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
Movie in collections
 8.6
 195K
The X-Files (1993)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: Canada, USA
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, suspenseful, twists and turns ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: supernatural, ufo, investigation, paranormal investigation, fbi, paranormal activity, conspiracy, special agents, alien contact, top secret, mysterious place, space and aliens ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 21st century, 1990s, 2000s ...
Place: usa, washington d.c., phoenix arizona, arizona
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
 6.6
 136
Freedom (2000)
Genre: Sci-Fi, Drama, Action
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: Freedom is a short-lived 2000 American science fiction television show on the UPN network. There were 12 episodes filmed but only 7 were aired in the US. Some episodes were further aired internationally, and the full series is still occasionally ...
Style: suspenseful, futuristic, serious, exciting, bleak
Plot: rebellion, heroic mission, rebelliousness, society, state affairs, revolution, danger, freedom fighter, resistance, on the run, distopia, military ...
Time: 90s, near future
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
 6.0
 312
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: washington d.c., usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
 6.0
 128
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: psychological, serious, atmospheric, suspenseful
Plot: scientist, dream, mental illness, power relations, mystery, doctors and patients, medical, fear, female scientist, investigation, nightmare, psychological trauma ...
⇓ 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, isolation, danger, parents and children, confined, escapades, family relations, lost at sea, end of the world, mystery, ship captain ...
Time: 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
 7.3
 42K
The 4400 (2004)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 43 min.
TV show
Story: 4400 centers on the return of 4400 people who, previously presumed dead or reported missing, reappear on Earth. Though they have not aged physically, some of them seem to have deeper alterations ranging from superhuman strength to an unexplained ...
Style: exciting, serious, suspenseful, suspense, tense
Audience: teens
Plot: psychic, quarantine, imaginary, special agents, time travel, investigation, missing person, healing power, danger, government agency, fate of humanity, crimes ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: usa, seattle, washington d.c., seattle washington
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
 7.8
 2K
Wiseguy (1987)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: Vinnie Terranova does time in a New Jersey penitentiary to set up his undercover role as an agent for the OCB (Organized Crime Bureau) of the United States. His roots in a traditional Italian city neighborhood form the underlying dramatic base ...
Style: suspenseful, realistic, serious, atmospheric, sincere ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: undercover agent, organized crime, working undercover, gangsters, investigation, crimes, tough law enforcer, special agents, law enforcement, undercover, dishonesty, fbi ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: new jersey, usa, miami
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
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