Movies like The Trigger Effect

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The Trigger Effect (1996)
 5.7
 8K
The Trigger Effect (1996)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: How tenuous is man's hold on civilization when survival becomes an issue? When the lights go out and stay out for several days, suburbanites Matthew and Annie learn the hard way that man is "by nature" a predatory creature. Matthew's long-time friend, Joe, happens by on the second day and a rivalry between the two friends simmers as Annie cares for her sick baby. . Is this what is meant by "man's inhumanity to man?"
Style: tense, bleak, psychological, serious, realistic, suspenseful, suspense, surprise ending, neo noir, bad ending ...
Plot: disaster, suburbs, blackout, catastrophe, apocalypse, babies and infants, on the run, suburban life, future dystopia, raccoon, riot, sick child, paranoia, nudity (full frontal - brief), betrayal, chase, survival, dog, wolf, money, cheating wife, police officer, escape, medicine, female nudity ...
Time: 90s, 70s, 1990s
Place: los angeles, california

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Most similar movies to The Trigger Effect

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out suspenseful, serious, realistic and suspense films with plots about murder, death, betrayal, brutality, dialogue, catastrophe and danger mostly in Drama, Thriller and Crime genres. Some movies like The Trigger Effect: Bad Influence (1990), Undertow (2004), Panic Room (2002), One Hour Photo (2002), Final Analysis (1992). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
 6.2
 10K
Bad Influence (1990)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Michael, a wimpy young executive, is about to get pulverized by a jealous boyfriend in a bar when a handsome, mysterious stranger steps in--and then disappears. Later that night, while jogging, Michael runs into the stranger on a pier. He introduces ...
Style: neo noir, psychological, suspenseful, clever, cynical ...
Audience: teens
Plot: murder, betrayal, friendship, psychopath, false accusation, frame up, boss, power relations, couples, rivalry, dishonesty, intrigue ...
Time: 80s
Place: los angeles, usa, boston
⇓ similarity ⇓
95%
 6.5
 9K
Undertow (2004)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: The Munns, father John and sons Chris and Tim, recede to the woods of rural Georgia. Their life together is forever changed with the arrival of Uncle Deel, though the tragedy that follows forces troubled Chris to become a man.
Style: harsh, suspenseful, suspense, depressing, intense ...
Plot: farm, juvenile delinquency, lifestyle, parents and children, dysfunctional family, brother brother relationship, coming of age, kids in trouble, murder, teenage boy, homelessness, on the run ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 70s
Place: georgia, usa, iceland, nebraska, mexico
⇓ similarity ⇓
88%
 6.8
 276K
Panic Room (2002)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: Trapped in their New York brownstone's panic room, a hidden chamber built as a sanctuary in the event of break-ins, newly divorced Meg Altman and her young daughter Sarah play a deadly game of cat-and-mouse with three intruders - Burnham, Raoul ...
Style: tense, neo noir, stylized, suspenseful, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: home invasion, claustrophobia, thief, trapped, confinement indoors, millionaire, disorder, security system, child in peril, cat and mouse, psycho, crimes ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
86%
 6.8
 122K
One Hour Photo (2002)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Sy "the photo guy" Parrish has lovingly developed photos for the Yorkin family since their son was a baby. But as the Yorkins' lives become fuller, Sy's only seems lonelier, until he eventually believes he's part of their ...
Style: tense, suspenseful, psychological, scary, intense ...
Plot: obsession, loner, psychopath as protagonist, loneliness, adultery, voyeurism, insanity, cheating, stalker, theft, undercover, love and romance ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
83%
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 5.9
 14K
Final Analysis (1992)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 124 min.
Story: Barr is a psychiatrist who falls in love with the sister of one of his clients. She's beautiful and married to a gangster. She hates her husband but is unable to escape from him.
Style: suspenseful, serious, atmospheric, sexy, neo noir ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: extramarital affair, psychiatrist, murder, gangsters, betrayal, family problems, love triangle, lust, femme fatale, infidelity, manipulation, mystery ...
Time: 90s
Place: san francisco, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
83%
 7.0
 11K
Miracle Mile (1988)
Genre: Action, Drama, Romance, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 87 min.
Story: After 30 years of searching, Harry (Edwards) has finally met the girl of his dreams. Unfortunately, before they even have a chance to go on their first date, Harry intercepts some chilling news: WWIII has begun and nuclear missiles will destroy Los ...
Style: suspenseful, bleak, suspense, futuristic, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: nuclear war, chaos, apocalypse, race against time, panic, nuclear holocaust, fall in love, love affair, survival, end of the world, disaster, gas station ...
Time: 80s, contemporary, future
Place: los angeles, antarctica
⇓ similarity ⇓
83%
The China Syndrome (1979)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 122 min.
Story: A modern nightmare nearly becomes reality in this tension-filled story about an "incident" at a nuclear power plant. Jane Fonda stars as Kimberly Wells, an ambitious TV reporter covering a story on energy sources, who is present at the ...
Style: suspense, suspenseful, captivating, serious, tense ...
Plot: conspiracy, investigation, journalism, media, radiation, politics, nuclear, uncover truth, disaster, swat team, nuclear reactor, reporter ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: california, usa, los angeles, pennsylvania
⇓ similarity ⇓
82%
 5.9
 16K
Earthquake (1974)
Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 122 min.
Story: Earthquake is a 1974 American disaster film that achieved huge box-office success, continuing the disaster film genre of the 1970s where recognizable all-star casts attempt to survive life or death situations. The plot concerns the struggle for ...
Style: suspenseful, exciting, rough, suspense, serious ...
Audience: boys' night, kids
Plot: disaster, catastrophe, natural disaster, survival, chaos, earthquake, national guard, love affair, forces of nature, infidelity, daring rescue, save the day ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: los angeles, california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
79%
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 5.6
 37K
Paranoia (2013)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, India, France
Duration: 106 min.
Story: An entry-level employee at a powerful corporation finds himself occupying a corner office, but at a dangerous price: he must spy on his boss's old mentor to secure for him a multi-billion dollar advantage.
Style: suspenseful, psychological, suspense, sexy, entertaining ...
Audience: teens, girls' night
Plot: paranoia, spy, undercover, deception, rivalry, espionage, escape, mind game, uninhibited rivalry, boss and employee, workplace intrigue, crimes ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s, future
Place: usa, new york, manhattan new york city, brooklyn new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
76%
 6.6
 2K
Caught (1996)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: A middle-aged couple has a drifter enter their lives. The fish-store owners find that the mysterious young man awakens the couple in ways they didn't expect. Things get tense when the drifter begins an affair with the woman of the house.
Style: psychological, serious, sexy, neo noir, twists and turns ...
Plot: family problems, infidelity, drifter, murder, betrayal, family business, crimes, couples, love and romance, cheating wife, bus, jealousy ...
Time: 90s
Place: new york, usa, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
76%
The Hand That Rocks the Cradle (1992)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 110 min.
Story: A suburban family chooses seemingly sweet Peyton Flanders as their newborn's nanny. Only much later does the infant's mother, Claire Bartel, realize Peyton's true intentions -- to destroy Claire and replace her in the family. The ...
Style: suspenseful, tense, twists and turns, suspense, serious ...
Audience: chick flick, girls' night
Plot: nanny, obsession, vengeance, asthma, family in danger, psychopath, domestic disturbance, family, haunted by the past, loss of child, rivalry, female psychopath ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: new york, usa, seattle, san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
75%
Fatal Attraction (1987)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 119 min.
Story: A married man's one night stand comes back to haunt him when that lover begins to stalk him and his family.
Style: sexy, erotic, suspenseful, suspense, twist ending ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: sexual obsession, adultery, infidelity, extramarital affair, crimes of passion, female psychopath, obsession, family in danger, dangerous attraction, dishonesty, terrorizing, family problems ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
75%
 5.4
 41K
Stone (2010)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Parole officer Jack Mabry has only a few weeks left before retirement and wishes to finish out the cases he's been assigned. One such case is that of Gerald 'Stone' Creeson, a convicted arsonist who is up for parole. Jack is initially ...
Style: psychological, serious, suspenseful, twists and turns, suspense ...
Plot: manipulation, prison, arson, deception, seduction, couples, dangerous attraction, dishonesty, crimes, cons and scams, confined, infidelity ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: michigan, usa, detroit, new york, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
75%
Before the Devil Knows You're Dead (2007)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: When two brothers organize the robbery of their parents' jewelry store, the job goes horribly wrong, triggering a series of events that send them and their family hurtling towards a shattering climax.
Style: neo noir, bleak, realistic, serious, disturbing ...
Plot: robbery, dysfunctional family, blackmail, debt, crime gone awry, crimes, greed, deception, family problems, plan gone awry, sibling relationship, disorder ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 70s
Place: new york, usa, brazil, manhattan new york city, rio de janeiro
⇓ similarity ⇓
74%
The Crossing Guard (1995)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: After his daughter died in a hit and run, Freddy Gale has waited six years for John Booth, the man responsible, to be released from prison. On the day of release, Gale visits Booth and announces that he will kill him in one week. Booth uses his time ...
Style: suspenseful, serious, psychological, bleak, intense ...
Plot: murder, hit and run, obsession, haunted by the past, revenge, redemption, vengeance, tragedy, crimes, life is a bitch, rivalry, hopes ...
Time: 90s
Place: nebraska, usa, los angeles, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
74%
Body of Evidence (1992)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: Germany, USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Sizzingly sexy Madonna leads a star-filled cast in this erotic thriller as a woman accused of killing a wealthy, elderly man through her insatiable sexual prowess.
Style: erotic, serious, rough, suspenseful, twists and turns ...
Audience: boys' night, girls' night, teens
Plot: murder, courtroom drama, infidelity, seduction, femme fatale, dedicated lawyer, crimes, manipulation, power relations, protagonist as suspect, legal investigation, dishonesty ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: portland oregon
⇓ similarity ⇓
73%
 5.0
 1K
Below Utopia (1997)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: Daniel returns to his family's mansion for the holidays along with his girlfriend Susanne. His family's seemingly-utopian existence is overshadowed by not only the death of Daniel's brother, but also by Daniel's failure to live ...
Style: serious, psychological, suspenseful, realistic, rough ...
Plot: murder, crimes, crime gone awry, confined, family gatherings, heist, gunfight, home invasion, sensuality, mansion, thanksgiving, theft ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
73%
 6.3
 17K
Unlawful Entry (1992)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Japan, USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: After a break-in at their house, a couple gets help from one of the cops that answered their call. He helps them install the security system, and begins dropping by on short notice and unofficial patrol, and spends a lot of time discussing the ...
Style: suspenseful, psychological, tense, disturbing, suspense ...
Plot: obsession, stalking, psychopath, murder, suburbs, jealousy, police investigation, mind game, dishonesty, rivalry, dangerous attraction, hostage ...
Time: 90s
Place: los angeles, usa, san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
73%
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Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye (2000)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: A Hollywood film executive gets blackmailed by a derelict who uses some damaging information to move into his house and take over his perfect life for himself.
Style: serious, tense, suspenseful, psychological, realistic ...
Plot: frame up, manipulation, mind game, dishonesty, psychopath, false accusation, murder, protagonist as suspect, crime gone awry, disorder, dangerous attraction, cons and scams ...
Time: 90s
Place: california, usa, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
73%
 6.5
 2K
Suture (1993)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Brothers Vincent (rich) and Clay (poor) meet up for the first time after their father's funeral and remark on how similar they look. But unknown to Clay, who thinks his life is taking a turn for the better, Vince is actually plotting to kill ...
Style: neo noir, stylized, psychological, mind bending, tense ...
Plot: betrayal, twins, mistaken identity, amnesia, evil twin, disorder, family relations, parents and children, memory loss, siblings relations, murder, dishonesty ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: california, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
72%
Her Name Is Carla (2005)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 85 min.
Story: Two strangers refuse to leave the seaside home of a couple, which leads to sexual tension and crime.
Style: psychological, serious, tense, suspenseful, realistic
Plot: mind game, couple relations, couples, husband wife relationship, stranger, adultery, nudity (full frontal - brief), rape, domestic disturbance, rivalry, sexual content, graphic violence ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: zimbabwe
⇓ similarity ⇓
71%
 5.7
 19K
The Juror (1996)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 118 min.
Story: With his gangster boss on trial for murder, a mob thug known as "the Teacher" tells Annie Laird she must talk her fellow jurors into a not-guilty verdict, implying that he'll kill her son Oliver if she fails. She manages to do this, ...
Style: surprise ending, psychological, realistic, suspenseful, serious ...
Plot: courtroom drama, hitman, obsession, court, single parent, legal, legal action, blackmail, court case, dishonesty, witnessing a crime, gangsters ...
Time: 90s
Place: guatemala, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
71%
 6.2
 8K
First Snow (2006)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: Germany, USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: A psychic's ominous reading sends a man into a tailspin.
Style: psychological, suspenseful, atmospheric, intense, tense ...
Plot: desert, destiny, salesman, manic, betrayal, couple relations, couples, dishonesty, psychic power, paranoia, a vision, business venture ...
Time: contemporary, future
Place: new mexico, usa, dallas texas, boston
⇓ similarity ⇓
70%
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Sleeping with the Enemy (1991)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: A young woman fakes her own death in an attempt to escape her nightmarish marriage, but discovers it is impossible to elude her controlling husband.
Style: psychological, tense, suspenseful, suspense, captivating ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick, teens
Plot: stalking, woman in danger, domestic violence, obsession, violent husband, starting over, psychopath, obsessive love, haunted by the past, dangerous attraction, on the run, crumbling marriage ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, year 1990
Place: usa, iowa, boston, san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
70%
 5.8
 34K
Straw Dogs (2011)
Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: L.A. screenwriter David Sumner relocates with his wife, Amy, to her hometown in the deep South. There, while tensions build between them, a brewing conflict with locals becomes a threat to them both.
Style: tense, rough, disturbing, psychological, suspenseful ...
Plot: rape, home invasion, gang rape, teasing, self defense, small town, machismo, vengeance, spouse in danger, terrorizing, chase, crimes ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 70s
Place: usa, mississippi, southern usa, california, new orleans
⇓ similarity ⇓
70%
The Unfaithful Wife (1969)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: France, Italy
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Insurance executive Charles suspects his wife Hélène of playing the field, so he has a private detective locate his wife's lover, author Victor Pegala. Confronting Victor, Charles tries to adopt an air of indifference, but the conversation ...
Style: suspenseful, psychological, atmospheric, suspense, twists and turns ...
Plot: infidelity, extramarital affair, investigation, cheating wife, family problems, dishonesty, mystery, couple relations, crumbling marriage, suburban life, love and romance, adultery ...
Time: 60s
Place: paris france, versailles, france
⇓ similarity ⇓
69%
 6.1
 8K
Standoff (2016)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: Canada
Duration: 80 min.
Story: A troubled veteran gets a chance at redemption by protecting a girl from an assassin after she witnesses a murder. Holding a shotgun with a single shell, he engages in physical and psychological warfare in a desperate fight for the girl's life.
Style: suspense, tense, suspenseful, captivating, exciting ...
Plot: witness, murder, rescue, moral dilemma, redemption, gunfight, killer, machismo, little girl, deception, brutality, escape ...
Time: 21st century, year 2015
⇓ similarity ⇓
69%
 6.3
 71K
Death Wish (2018)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 107 min.
Story: A mild-mannered father is transformed into a killing machine after his family is torn apart by a violent act.
Style: suspense, suspenseful, exciting, neo noir, surprise ending ...
Plot: vigilante, dark hero, father daughter relationship, vigilantism, criminal, police, death of wife, murder investigation, betrayal, moral dilemma, justice, therapy ...
Time: 2010s
Place: usa, chicago illinois, illinois, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
68%
The Babysitter (1995)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Jennifer (Alicia Silverstone) is a lovely teen who has been hired to baby-sit the kids of Harry Tucker (J.T. Walsh) and his wife, Dolly (Lee Garlington). The Tuckers go to a party and proceed to get inebriated, with Mr. Tucker fantasizing about his ...
Style: erotic, psychological, sexy, disturbing, surreal ...
Audience: teens
Plot: obsession, nanny, voyeur, dangerous attraction, voyeurism, lolita, suburban life, youth, teenage life, looking for sex, couples, woman in danger ...
Time: 90s
Place: london
⇓ similarity ⇓
68%
Internal Affairs (1990)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 115 min.
Story: Keen young Raymold Avila joins the Internal Affairs Department of the Los Angeles police. He and partner Amy Wallace are soon looking closely at the activities of cop Dennis Peck whose financial holdings start to suggest something shady. Indeed Peck ...
Style: tense, suspenseful, rough, serious, disturbing ...
Plot: police corruption, internal affairs, police investigation, manipulation, psychopath, crimes, yuppie, corrupt cop, law enforcement, rivalry, dishonesty, mind game ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, 90s, 70s
Place: los angeles, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%