Movies like The Spiral Staircase

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The Spiral Staircase (2000)
 5.1
 350
The Spiral Staircase (2000)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: People are trapped in a house with a killer.
Style: enigmatic, psychological, suspense, suspenseful, twists and turns, psychotronic
Plot: dark and stormy night, serial killer, secret, sheriff, murder, mansion, stranded, island, handicapped, brother, storm, thunderstorm, mute, secret passageway, dead woman, mute woman, spiral staircase, secret passage, secret door, plot twist, based on a novel

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Most similar movies to The Spiral Staircase

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out suspenseful, suspense, psychological and serious films with plots about murder, serial killer, crimes, deadly, investigation, mystery and death mostly in Thriller, Drama and Mystery genres. Some movies like The Spiral Staircase: Shimmer Lake (2017), Eye of the Beholder (1999), Murder by Mail (1980), I Dream of Murder (2006), Ten Little Indians (1987). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
 6.2
 11K
Shimmer Lake (2017)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 86 min.
Story: An inventive crime thriller told backwards -- reversing day by day through a week -- following a local sheriff's quest to unlock the mystery of three small town criminals and a bank heist gone wrong.
Style: suspense, suspenseful, enigmatic, tense
Plot: investigation, bank robber, sheriff, murder, lake, deadly, danger, mystery, netflix, male objectification, clothed male naked male, male nudity
⇓ similarity ⇓
95%
Eye of the Beholder (1999)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Canada, UK, Australia, USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: A reclusive surveillance expert is hired to spy on a mysterious blackmailer, who just may be a serial killer.
Style: psychological, suspenseful, enigmatic, melancholic, surreal ...
Plot: serial killer, obsession, murder, stalking, secret service, mysterious character, mystery, dangerous attraction, private detective, danger, investigation, voyeurism ...
Time: 90s, 1990s
Place: san francisco, new york, alaska, utah, boston ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
94%
Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me - The Missing Pieces (2014)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery, Romance, Thriller
Country: France, USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: The long-awaited missing pieces from the original version of the film – nearly an hour-and-a-half of deleted/alternate scenes from Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me – often referred to as the “holy grail” of Twin Peaks fandom.
Style: enigmatic, psychological, disturbing, scary, based on cult tv series
Plot: investigation, secret, serial killer, fbi, salvation, sheriff, murder, doppelganger, dead girl, corpse, small town, another dimension ...
Time: 80s
⇓ similarity ⇓
91%
 5.1
 843
Murder by Mail (1980)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, Israel
Duration: 89 min.
Story: When Dr. Peter Fales’s (Klaus Kinski) patients start getting annihilated by an unknown serial killer, he and his daughter Alison (Donna Wilkes) both come under suspicion. Part slasher film and part psychological thriller, Schizoid co-stars ...
Style: psychological, suspenseful, enigmatic, suspense, psychotronic
Plot: murder, patient, violence, serial killer, doctor patient relationship, threat, group therapy, doctor, suspicion, anonymous letter, mental patient, therapist ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
88%
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I Dream of Murder (2006)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Johanna is a therapist on the verge of a midlife crisis. When one of her patients is found brutally murdered, she takes it upon herself to solve the mystery. But why is this stressed-out shrink willing to risk her marriage, her career and her entire ...
Style: psychological, tense, suspense, captivating, realistic ...
Plot: murder, serial killer, midlife crisis, mystery, investigation, crimes, doctors and patients, therapist, car accident, police, female protagonist, haunted by the past ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
87%
Ten Little Indians (1987)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Soviet Union
Duration: 137 min.
Story: A disturbing psychological thriller based on the classic novel by Agatha Christie. Ten strangers are forced to come face to face with their dark pasts after receiving an anonymous invitation to an isolated island off the coast of England.
Style: psychological, suspenseful, bleak, scary, tense ...
Plot: island, murder, isolation, danger, crime, crimes, estate, confined, haunted by the past, master and servant, mystery, deadly ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
⇓ similarity ⇓
84%
While the Children Sleep (2007)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: A prosperous couple find the perfect live-in nanny but soon discover she intends to do her job to deadly perfection.
Style: psychological, serious, suspenseful, suspense
Plot: nanny, mind game, mystery, family relations, family problems, serial killer, deadly, crimes, rivalry, crumbling marriage, female psychopath, murder ...
Time: contemporary
Place: california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
84%
Swallow, Cat, Rose, Death (2006)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Sweden
Duration: 86 min.
Story: What's in a name but murder? Münster comes across the strangled body of a young woman in her home and surprises the murderer who is still on the premises. Though the murderer escapes, a rare book is found at the scene with a dedication by the ...
Style: suspense, tense, captivating, psychological, twists and turns ...
Plot: murder, crimes, law enforcement, investigation, serial killer, police detective, murder mystery, escapades, danger, evidence, witnessing a crime, mystery ...
Time: 21st century, 19th century
Place: sweden
⇓ similarity ⇓
83%
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Valley of Ditches (2017)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 77 min.
Story: A young woman bound in the front seat of a parked car watches helpless as her captor methodically digs a grave in the desert ground. The bloody lifeless body of her boyfriend lies framed in the rear-view mirror, a fate she will fight at all costs to ...
Style: rough, suspense, psychological, bleak
Plot: serial killer, left for dead, digging a grave, religious fanatic, murder, desert, abduction, survival, stranded, fear, shovel, flashback ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
83%
The River King (2005)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Canada, UK
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Abel Grey is sent to investigate the death of a boy from an exclusive local school, who is found floating in the river. Fearing scandal, the school insists it was suicide. But after discovering from the boy's girlfriend, Carlin, that he was ...
Style: suspenseful, serious, enigmatic, suspense, disturbing
Plot: mystery, investigation, uncover truth, murder, school, deadly, teenager, dishonesty, danger, life is a bitch, student life, ghost ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
82%
Awakening the Zodiac (2017)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Canada
Duration: 100 min.
Story: The story follows a down-on-their-luck couple who discovers a serial killer's film reels. They decide to take the law into their own hands, risking everything for the chance at a $100,000 reward. It isn't long until they find themselves in ...
Style: captivating, psychological, tense, suspenseful, exciting
Audience: boys' night
Plot: serial killer, murder, crimes, death, police, danger, police investigation, obsession, life is a bitch, reward
⇓ similarity ⇓
81%
 3.7
 380
The Lost Angel (2005)
Genre: Thriller
Country: Canada, USA
Story: Slight off-balance police inspector Palmer (Alison Eastwood) works with Father Brian (Judd Nelson) to solve for a religion-based killer, while she deals with her teen-aged goth sister.
Style: psychological, suspenseful, rough, scary, serious ...
Plot: serial killer, crucifix, crimes, murder, curses spells and rituals, who done it, religions or cults, crime, dealing with death, deadly, law enforcement, danger ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
81%
 6.2
 8K
Blink (1993)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: Emma is an attractive girl in her 20s who has been blind for 20 years. A new type of eye operation partially restores her sight, but she is having problems: sometimes she doesn't "remember" what she's seen until later. One night ...
Style: suspenseful, tense, psychological, twists and turns, twist ending ...
Audience: boys' night, girls' night
Plot: murder, serial killer, blindness, mind game, crime, crimes, investigation, woman in danger, deadly, stalking, psychopath, police detective ...
Time: 90s
Place: san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
80%
 3.5
 370
Awakened (2013)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: Samantha believes that her father murdered her mother. In her exhausting search for the truth about her young mother's untimely death 14 years earlier, Samantha receives help from beyond the grave.
Style: tense, twists and turns, serious, suspenseful, suspense ...
Plot: supernatural, investigation, uncover truth, murder, parents and children, crimes, haunted by the past, mystery, small town life, small town, dishonesty, deadly ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
80%
 4.5
 1K
Cold Moon (2016)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 87 min.
Story: Cold Moon takes place in tiny Babylon, Fla., where the granddaughter of Clark’s character is murdered by a mysterious assailant, her body sunk into the black waters of the Styx River — the river where her parents disappeared from their boat a ...
Style: dark, enigmatic, suspenseful, disturbing
Plot: nightmare, secret, vengeance, sheriff, memory, parent child relationship, banker, murder, corpse, river, moon, supernatural power ...
Place: florida
⇓ similarity ⇓
80%
 5.3
 193
Dark Water (2001)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Canada
Duration: 92 min.
Story: The story of a young man who, through a series of surreal visions, comes to believe that he is a serial killer targeting pedophiles.
Style: surreal, suspenseful, psychological, suspense, bleak
Plot: pedophile, serial killer, mystery, investigation, vigilantism, sibling, siblings, crime, crimes
⇓ similarity ⇓
80%
 4.2
 220
The Unseen (2017)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Gemma and Will are shattered when their son dies in an accident. Gemma blames herself and starts to have panic attacks that affect her eyesight - and the audience's point of view. Will, tormented, believes he is hearing his son's voice ...
Style: psychological, rough, suspenseful, suspense, twists and turns ...
Plot: obsession, mind game, husband wife relationship, friend, paranoia, isolation, secret, suspicion, missing person, tragedy, disappearance, deception ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
79%
A Near Death Experience (2008)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: Ellie suffers a strong shock to discover that, after suffering a near-death experience, can hear voices from beyond. He soon realizes that it is a gift with which you can help others.
Style: tense, captivating, psychological, suspense, mind bending ...
Plot: ghost, murder, danger, psychic power, crimes, deadly, serial killer, talking to the dead, new neighbor, death, mystery, fugitives ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
79%
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 6.6
 180K
Secret Window (2004)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Mort Rainey, a writer just emerging from a painful divorce with his ex-wife, is stalked at his remote lake house by a psychotic stranger and would-be scribe who claims Rainey swiped his best story idea. But as Rainey endeavors to prove his ...
Style: psychological, twist ending, macabre, surprise ending, scary ...
Plot: split personality, psychology, nervous breakdown, insanity, losing-it hero, mentally unstable, murder, isolation, arson, stalking, divorce, paranoia ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: mississippi, usa, mississippi river, tennessee, new york state
⇓ similarity ⇓
78%
Haven't We Met Before? (2002)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Based on the novel by Mary Higgins Clark. Under hypnosis, a mental patient admits to several recent murders. He also offers a strange defense when he claims that he is the reincarnation of a 19th century man who was wrongly executed.
Style: tense, serious, suspenseful, realistic
Plot: reincarnation, police detective, woman in danger, crime, mystery, law enforcement, crimes, deadly, serial killer, danger, college student, assault
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
78%
 6.2
 2K
Rampage (1987)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Rampage delves into the subject of legal insanity, so often the default defense in modern-time gruesome crime trials. Alex McArthur plays an outwardly normal guy who goes on incredible killing and mutilating sprees until (and even after, when he ...
Style: suspenseful, psychological, disturbing, rough, bleak ...
Plot: courtroom, capital punishment, death sentence, blood, courtroom drama, shot to death, police detective, mind game, dedicated lawyer, dealing with death, investigation, police investigation ...
Time: 80s
⇓ similarity ⇓
78%
Suspended Animation (2001)
Genre: Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 114 min.
Story: Hollywood animator Tom (Alex McArthur) gets lost in the Michigan woods after a snowmobile ride goes wrong. He finds refuge at an isolated cabin inhabited by two sisters (Laura Esterman and Sage Allen). Initially grateful to them, Tom soon realizes ...
Style: rough, suspenseful, psychological, realistic, serious ...
Plot: serial killer, murder, danger, obsession, survival, crimes, rescue, mind game, slasher, deadly, woman in danger, isolation ...
Time: contemporary
Place: usa, michigan, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
78%
 5.3
 26K
The Watcher (2000)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: FBI agent Joel Campbell, burnt-out and shell-shocked after years spent chasing serial killers, flees L.A. to begin a new life for himself in Chicago. But five months later, Joel's best laid plans are abruptly cut short when his new hometown ...
Style: psychological, suspenseful, rough, scary, suspense ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: serial killer, police investigation, murder, riddles and clues, fbi, psychopath, psychiatrist, mind game, obsession, race against time, chase, terror ...
Time: 90s
Place: chicago illinois, los angeles, california, usa, san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
78%
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 6.8
 1K
Brigham City (2001)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 119 min.
Story: Wes Clayton is a lawman and a bishop in a Mormon community called Brigham. The town is shaken when a woman from California is found murdered. Clayton and his young deputy work with an FBI agent sent to investigate. As a civil and spiritual leader in ...
Style: suspenseful, serious, suspense, tense, enigmatic ...
Audience: teens
Plot: murder, serial killer, murder investigation, small town, sheriff, mystery, investigation, mormon, crimes, crime, law enforcement, deadly ...
Time: contemporary, future
Place: utah, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
77%
 6.6
 53K
Copycat (1995)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 123 min.
Story: An agoraphobic psychologist and a female detective must work together to take down a serial killer who copies serial killers from the past.
Style: suspenseful, tense, rough, twists and turns, suspense ...
Plot: serial killer, psychopath, psychology, murder mystery, police investigation, mind game, profiler, crimes, police detective, twists & turns, crime, maniac ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: san francisco, usa, boston
⇓ similarity ⇓
77%
 6.1
 15K
Lost Girls (2020)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: When Mari Gilbert's daughter disappears, police inaction drives her own investigation into the gated Long Island community where Shannan was last seen. Her search brings attention to over a dozen murdered sex workers.
Style: suspense, suspenseful, bleak, compassionate, serious ...
Plot: serial killer, missing person, investigation, prostitute, mother daughter relationship, missing child, disappearance, depression, doctor, mysterious disappearance, search and rescue, police ...
Time: 21st century
Place: long island, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
77%
 5.3
 12K
Meeting Evil (2012)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: Follows disillusioned young family man John as a mysterious stranger, Richie takes him on a murder-fueled ride that transforms the weak-willed John into a desperate hero willing to go to any length to protect his family.
Style: suspenseful, serious, enigmatic, suspense, realistic
Plot: murder, mysterious character, moral dilemma, family in danger, deadly, violence spree, human nature, crimes, life is a bitch, graphic violence, down on your luck, danger ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
77%
1313: Actor Slash Model (2011)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 72 min.
Story: An embittered actor decides it's time to slash a few models after losing a life-changing role to some guy who looks good with his shirt off.
Style: suspenseful, serious, disturbing, suspense, realistic ...
Plot: serial killer, slasher, danger, deadly, crimes, violence spree, estate, stalking, murder, actor, male model, anger ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
77%
 6.8
 53K
The Pledge (2001)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 124 min.
Story: A police chief about to retire pledges to help a woman find her daughter's killer. Based on a story by Swiss writer Friedrich Dürrenmatt.
Style: twists and turns, bleak, serious, enigmatic, intense ...
Plot: serial killer, murder, investigation, murder mystery, promise, crimes, mystery, small town, obsession, law enforcement, track down, justice ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: nevada
⇓ similarity ⇓
76%
 7.0
 5K
Strangled (2016)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Hungary
Duration: 121 min.
Story: Based on real-life events, this psycho-thriller is set in the provincial Hungary of the 1960s, when a series of atrocious murders shock the small town of Martfü. A psychotic killer is on the prowl, who continues to slaughter young women while an ...
Style: psychological, captivating, suspense, bleak, scary ...
Plot: serial killer, investigation, murder, strangulation, danger, psychopath, hunting, crimes, death, woman strangled to death, violence, cruelty ...
Place: hungary
⇓ similarity ⇓
76%