Movies like The Stepfather

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The Stepfather (2009)
 5.6
 31K
The Stepfather (2009)
Genre: Crime, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: Michael Harding (Penn Badgley) returns home from military school to find his mother (Sela Ward) happily in love and living with her new boyfriend, David (Dylan Walsh). As the two men get to know each other, Michael becomes more and more suspicious of the man who is always there with a helpful hand. Is he really the man of her dreams or could David be hiding a dark side?
Style: scary, suspenseful, twists and turns, tense, rough, surprise ending, serious, realistic, reboot, suspense ...
Audience: teens
Plot: family in danger, serial killer, hidden identity, manic, youth, crimes, uncover truth, abusive stepfather, family relations, danger, family problems, dishonesty, parents and children, life is a bitch, couples, deadly, graphic violence, remarry, psychopath, deception, murder, suspicion, killing off one by one, serial murder, parent getting married ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, portland oregon, salt lake city utah, new jersey

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Most similar movies to The Stepfather

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out suspenseful, realistic, serious and tense films with plots about murder, crimes, deadly, vengeance, police investigation, psychopath and serial killer mostly in Thriller, Crime and Drama genres. Some movies like The Stepfather: Disturbia (2007), The Guest (2014), Enough (2002), Cape Fear (1991), Domestic Disturbance (2001). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
 6.8
 218K
Disturbia (2007)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Kale is a 17-year-old placed under house arrest after punching his teacher. He is confined to his house, and decides to use his free time spying on his neighbors. Things start to get weird when guests enter the Turner's house and don't ...
Style: tense, suspenseful, suspense, intense, psychological ...
Audience: teens, boys' night, girls' night
Plot: serial killer, neighbor, paranoia, loneliness, arrest, amateur detective, murder, bad guy, investigation, mystery, suspicion, teenage life ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
94%
 6.7
 90K
The Guest (2014)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 100 min.
Story: A soldier introduces himself to the Peterson family, claiming to be a friend of their son who died in action. After the young man is welcomed into their home, a series of accidental deaths seem to be connected to his presence.
Style: tense, suspenseful, exciting, captivating, serious ...
Plot: danger, soldier, mysterious character, ex soldier, family relations, family in danger, dishonesty, family problems, murder, grief, killing spree, mystery ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, quarry, 80s
Place: new mexico, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
 5.8
 39K
Enough (2002)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 115 min.
Story: Working-class waitress Slim thought she was entering a life of domestic bliss when she married Mitch, the man of her dreams. After the arrival of their first child, her picture perfect life is shattered when she discovers Mitch's hidden ...
Style: suspenseful, serious, scary, psychological, tense ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick, teens
Plot: violent husband, self defense, domestic violence, stalking, abusive husband, violence against women, life is a bitch, on the run, crumbling marriage, abusive relationship, hidden identity, strong female character ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, san francisco, seattle washington, los angeles, seattle
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.3
 171K
Cape Fear (1991)
Genre: Crime, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 128 min.
Story: Sam Bowden is a small-town corporate attorney. Max Cady is a tattooed, cigar-smoking, bible-quoting, psychotic rapist. What do they have in common? Fourteen years ago, Sam was a public defender assigned to Max Cady's rape trial, and he made a ...
Style: psychological, tense, suspenseful, disturbing, serious ...
Plot: family in danger, rape, rapist, lawyer, fear, dangerous attraction, crime, violence, prison, serial killer, crimes, revenge ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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Domestic Disturbance (2001)
Genre: Crime, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: A divorced father discovers that his 12-year-old son's new stepfather is not what he made himself out to be.
Style: suspenseful, tense, psychological, suspense, serious ...
Audience: teens, girls' night
Plot: murder, investigation, amateur detective, divorce, mystery, family relations, deadly, crimes, crime, parents and children, couples, family problems ...
Time: contemporary
Place: maryland, san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.2
 47K
Untraceable (2008)
Genre: Crime, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: Special Agent Jennifer Marsh (Diane Lane) works in an elite division of the FBI dedicated to fighting cybercrime. She thinks she has seen it all, until a particularly sadistic criminal arises on the Internet. This tech-savvy killer posts live feeds ...
Style: suspenseful, rough, suspense, intense, brutal ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: murder, serial killer, psychopath, website, webcam, kidnapping, investigation, special agents, torture, violence, suicide, police investigation ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: oregon, usa, portland oregon
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 5.6
 21K
Horsemen (2009)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: A recently widowed detective still grieving over his wife's death discovers a shocking connection between himself and the suspects in a serial killing spree linked to the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse.
Style: twists and turns, suspenseful, psychological, scary, serious ...
Audience: teens
Plot: serial killer, murder, police investigation, deadly, crime scene, interrogation, orphan, police, uncover truth, law enforcement, gory, parents and children ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 4.5
 887
Born Bad (2011)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 86 min.
Story: A young woman (Bonnie Dennison) falls for a mysterious man (Michael Welch) who reveals his dark side.
Style: realistic, suspenseful, serious, exciting
Plot: dangerous attraction, family relations, deadly, danger, dishonesty, hidden identity, crimes, confined, disorder, couples, stepmother stepdaughter relationship, psychopath ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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When a Stranger Calls (2006)
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 87 min.
Story: Far away from the site of a gruesome murder, a teenager named Jill Johnson arrives at a luxurious home for a baby-sitting job. With the children fast asleep, she settles in for what she expects to be an ordinary evening. Soon, the ringing of a phone ...
Style: suspenseful, scary, realistic, tense, rough ...
Audience: teens, girls' night
Plot: nanny, murder, survival, serial killer, mind game, crimes, woman in danger, psychopath, prank, danger, stalking, high school ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, colorado
⇓ similarity ⇓
15%
 5.8
 56K
Firewall (2006)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: State-of-the-art security system creator, Jack Stanfield has cemented his reputation as a man who's thought of everything. But when a criminal finds a way into Jack's personal life, everything Jack holds dear is suddenly at stake.
Style: suspenseful, tense, serious, suspense, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: blackmail, kidnapping, crime, hostage, rescue, bank, robbery, family in danger, crimes, graphic violence, hostages, race against time ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: seattle, usa, seattle washington
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.4
 57K
Mindhunters (2004)
Genre: Crime, Horror, Thriller
Country: Netherlands, UK, Finland, USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: Trainees in the FBI's psychological profiling program must put their training into practice when they discover a killer in their midst.
Style: surprise ending, suspenseful, scary, twist ending, psychological ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: serial killer, profiler, trap, mind game, isolation, island, dishonesty, investigation, law enforcement, murder, rivalry, crimes ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.6
 70K
Derailed (2005)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 108 min.
Story: When two married business executives having an affair are blackmailed by a violent criminal, they are forced to turn the tables on him to save their families.
Style: suspenseful, rough, surprise ending, tense, twists and turns ...
Plot: blackmail, dangerous attraction, crimes, infidelity, disorder, danger, dishonesty, rape, deception, extramarital affair, adultery, crime ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: chicago illinois, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 3.8
 632
The Contractor (2013)
Genre: Crime, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 87 min.
Story: Elizabeth Chase is busy remodeling her new home with her lawyer husband, Paul and daughter, McKenzie. To make sure it's finished before a charity event they're hosting, the couple hire a contractor, Javier, to help. However Elizabeth ...
Style: serious, suspenseful, realistic, tense, captivating
Audience: boys' night
Plot: psychopath, obsession, family in danger, danger, crimes, stalking, deadly, dishonesty, vengeance, strong female presence, graphic violence, couples ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
 4.4
 970
American Crime (2004)
Genre: Crime, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: A young smalltown reporter, Jessie St. Claire, begins investigating a killer stalking his victims making video tapes. This might just be the career opportunity, which she has hoped for. When she herself becomes a target and suddenly disappears, the ...
Style: scary, serious, realistic, suspenseful, rough ...
Plot: murder, serial killer, investigation, crimes, mind game, crime, deadly, stalking, psychopath, who done it, uncover truth, danger ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%
 1.3
 276
Mummy Maniac (2007)
Genre: Crime, Horror, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 80 min.
Story: Based on true events, tells how a serial murderer, kidnaps and tortures then bandaging girls like mummies.
Style: psychological, scary, rough, psychotronic, suspenseful ...
Plot: serial killer, psychopath, mummy, crimes, deadly creature, parents and children, murder, slasher, law enforcement, supernatural, police detective, psychiatrist ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
19%
 5.1
 432
Surveillance (2006)
Genre: Crime, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: The story of an security guard whose spotless record at crime prevention marks the horrifying reality of deception, blackmail and murder.
Style: psychological, tense, serious, captivating, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: crimes, danger, psychopath, murder, dishonesty, rivalry, mystery, manipulation, security guard, police, obsession, disorder ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
18%
 7.0
 249K
Phone Booth (2002)
Genre: Crime, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 81 min.
Story: A slick New York publicist who picks up a ringing receiver in a phone booth is told that if he hangs up, he'll be killed... and the little red light from a laser rifle sight is proof that the caller isn't kidding.
Style: surprise ending, tense, suspense, suspenseful, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: sniper, mind game, hostage, dishonesty, hostages, psychopath, crimes, phone booth, crime, murder, redemption, characters in danger ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
 6.9
 188K
Orphan (2009)
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, Canada, Germany, France
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: scary, suspenseful, twist ending, psychological, serious ...
Plot: orphan, adoption, family problems, family in danger, mysterious character, parents and children, manipulation, female psychopath, murder, deadly, insanity, murderer ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, connecticut, estonia
⇓ similarity ⇓
71%
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As Good as Dead (2010)
Genre: Crime, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Seeking revenge for the murder of their religious leader, fundamental loyalists kidnap and torture the man they believe responsible, but the ensuing clash of right vs. left ideologies quickly reveals that they may have the wrong man, which puts them ...
Style: twists and turns, serious, realistic, suspenseful, bleak ...
Plot: murder, hostage, kidnapping, confined, crimes, danger, vengeance, rivalry, deadly, drugs/alcohol, domestic disturbance, deception ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
18%
 5.1
 556
Natural Enemy (1996)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Horror, Thriller
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: William McNamara plays a young man who was given away by his mother at birth, seeking revenge on her for abandoning him.
Style: psychological, suspenseful, tense, realistic, serious ...
Plot: serial killer, psychopath, murder, adoption, parents and children, deadly, crimes, crime, danger, dishonesty, uncover truth, woman in danger ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
18%
 4.8
 1K
Splinter (2006)
Genre: Crime, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: A gang member, suffering from severe memory loss, searches for his brother's murderer. He secretly enlists the aid of the investigating Detective, while other members of his gang are mysteriously and sadistically murdered.
Style: psychological, suspenseful, rough, tense, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: police investigation, vengeance, gang, serial killer, crimes, uncover truth, deadly, life is a bitch, police corruption, memory loss, gory, urban ...
Time: contemporary
Place: usa, los angeles, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
17%
 7.3
 142K
Mr. Brooks (2007)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: A psychological thriller about a man who is sometimes controlled by his murder-and-mayhem-loving alter ego.
Style: psychological, macabre, tense, twists and turns, suspenseful ...
Plot: serial killer, psychopath, split personality, police investigation, crimes, secret, police detective, businessman, murder, double life, crime, criminal heroes ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, oregon, portland oregon
⇓ similarity ⇓
17%
 4.1
 3K
Scar (2007)
Genre: Crime, Horror, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Joan Burrows returns to her hometown for her niece's graduation, only to be confronted by the serial killer she thought she offed years ago -- after he kidnapped and tormented her and her best friend.
Style: suspenseful, rough, realistic, serious, scary
Audience: teens
Plot: small town, slasher, homecoming, violence spree, haunted by the past, psychopath, gory, serial killer, crimes, deadly, woman in danger, who done it ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, colorado
⇓ similarity ⇓
17%
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Perfect Stranger (2007)
Genre: Crime, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: A journalist goes undercover to ferret out businessman Harrison Hill as her best friend's killer. Posing as one of his temps, she enters into a game of online cat-and-mouse.
Style: surprise ending, twists and turns, psychological, suspenseful, mind bending ...
Plot: investigation, mind game, mystery, dishonesty, hidden identity, murder, manipulation, manipulations, uncover truth, seduction, secret, undercover ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
17%
Good Day for It (2011)
Genre: Crime, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: A man forced to abandon his wife and daughter years earlier must risk his life to settle an old score and reunite his family.
Style: tense, captivating, psychological, suspense, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: crimes, family in danger, rivalry, reunion, vengeance, small town, parents and children, gang, forced into action, homecoming, save the day, murder ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
17%
 5.5
 9K
Anamorph (2007)
Genre: Crime, Horror, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: A psychological thriller based on the concept of anamorphosis, a painting technique that manipulates the laws of perspective to create two competing images on a single canvas.
Style: suspenseful, rough, tense, serious, realistic ...
Plot: obsession, investigation, serial killer, law enforcement, murder, police station, crime, uncover truth, supernatural, crimes, life is a bitch, danger ...
Time: contemporary
Place: usa, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
17%
 7.2
 76K
Frailty (2001)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, Germany, Italy
Duration: 100 min.
Story: A man confesses to an FBI agent his family's story of how his religious fanatic father's visions lead to a series of murders to destroy supposed "demons."
Style: twists and turns, psychological, suspenseful, tense, scary ...
Plot: serial killer, murder, sin, axe, sheriff, insanity, punishment, fbi, mechanic, angel, childhood, psychopath ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: texas, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
17%
The First Deadly Sin (1980)
Genre: Crime, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: A serial killer is stalking New York. Inspector Edward X. Delaney is an NYPD detective, nearing retirement, who is trying to put together the pieces of the case. Are the victims somehow linked? What does the brutal method of death signify?
Style: suspenseful, realistic, serious, rough, suspense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: terminal illness, serial killer, murder, law enforcement, life is a bitch, crime, crimes, couple relations, police investigation, murder investigation, mysterious villain, psychopath ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
17%
 5.6
 40K
The Hitcher (2007)
Genre: Crime, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 84 min.
Story: While driving through the New Mexico Desert during a rainy night, the college students Jim Halsey and his girlfriend Grace Andrews give a ride to the hitchhiker John Ryder. While in their car, the stranger proves to be a psychopath threatening the ...
Style: scary, rough, suspenseful, suspense, brutal ...
Audience: teens
Plot: hitchhiker, serial killer, gas station, psychopath, slasher, gory, desert, murder, car chase, deadly, on the road, road trip ...
Time: contemporary
Place: new mexico, texas, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
9%
 5.8
 8K
Lila & Eve (2015)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Lila, a grief-stricken mother reeling from her son’s murder, attends a support group where she meets Eve, who urges her to take matters into her own hands to track down her son’s killers.
Style: serious, tense, captivating, exciting, suspense ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: murder, vengeance, track down, crimes, deadly, dishonesty, hidden identity, graphic violence, female bonding, organized crime, female protagonist, manipulation ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
17%