Movies like We Need to Talk About Kevin

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We Need to Talk About Kevin (2011)
 7.5
 117K
We Need to Talk About Kevin
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: After her son Kevin commits a horrific act, troubled mother Eva reflects on her complicated relationship with her disturbed son as he grew from a toddler into a teenager.
Style: bleak, disturbing, psychological, tense, realistic, stylized, serious, dark, surreal, gloomy ...
Plot: violence, guilt, parenthood, childhood, adolescence, mental illness, dysfunctional family, insanity, murder, pregnancy, psychopath, parents and children, psychology, depression, storytelling, haunted by the past, tragedy, visceral, children, teenager, coming of age, runaway, killing spree, prison visit, mass murder ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, connecticut, new york

Most similar movies to We Need to Talk About Kevin

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, realistic, melancholic and psychological films with plots about storytelling, brutality, secrets, psychology, loneliness, death and guilt mostly in Drama, Thriller and Mystery genres. Some movies like We Need to Talk About Kevin: Affliction (1997), Spider (2002), The Deep End (2001), Michael Clayton (2007), Stoker (2013). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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 7.0
 13K
Affliction
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 114 min.
Story: A small town policeman must investigate a suspicious hunting accident. The investigation and other events result in his slowly disintegrating mentally.
Style: bleak, atmospheric, psychological, serious, melancholic ...
Plot: small town, dysfunctional family, murder, violence, parents and children, father son relationship, character study, drinking, redemption, storytelling, violent, depression ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: new hampshire, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   95%
    User:   100%
 
 6.8
 33K
Spider
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Canada, UK, France
Duration: 98 min.
Story: A mentally disturbed man takes residence in a halfway house. His mind gradually slips back into the realm created by his illness, where he replays a key part of his childhood.
Style: atmospheric, surreal, psychological, bleak, disturbing ...
Plot: mental illness, murder, schizophrenia, storytelling, memory, paranoia, surrealism, mentally unstable, insanity, spiders, psychology, psychiatry ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: europe, london, africa, britain, east end london
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   85%
    User:   87%
 
 6.7
 10K
The Deep End
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Romance, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: With her husband Jack perpetually away at work, Margaret Hall raises her children virtually alone. Her teenage son is testing the waters of the adult world, and early one morning she wakes to find the dead body of his gay lover on the beach of their ...
Style: suspense, tense, suspenseful, stylized, serious ...
Plot: murder, gay, crime, neo noir, death, violence, parents and children, redemption, police investigation, twists & turns, family drama, secrets ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: california, usa, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   76%
    User:   84%
 
 7.3
 146K
Michael Clayton
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 119 min.
Story: A law firm brings in its 'fixer' to remedy the situation after a lawyer has a breakdown while representing a chemical company that he knows is guilty in a multi-billion dollar class action suit.
Style: suspenseful, realistic, tense, psychological, gloomy ...
Plot: lawyer, corruption, murder, guilt, storytelling, business, surveillance, dedicated lawyer, mental illness, lawsuit, greed, legal action ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: new york, usa, california, manhattan new york city, milwaukee wisconsin
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   75%
    User:   72%
 
 6.8
 95K
Stoker
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: After India's father dies, her Uncle Charlie, who she never knew existed, comes to live with her and her unstable mother. She comes to suspect this mysterious, charming man has ulterior motives and becomes increasingly infatuated with him.
Style: stylized, atmospheric, psychological, suspenseful, tense ...
Plot: mystery, death, murder, mysterious character, stylish, psychology, death in the family, serial killer, estate, vengeance, obsession, violent ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, connecticut, pennsylvania
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   74%
    User:   100%
 
White Bird in a Blizzard
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: France, USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Kat Connors is 17 years old when her perfect homemaker mother, Eve, disappears. Having lived for so long in an emotionally repressed household, she barely registers her mother's absence and certainly doesn't blame her doormat of a father, ...
Style: stylized, suspenseful, semi serious, atmospheric, surreal ...
Plot: coming of age, mystery, missing person, dysfunctional family, sex, psychiatrist, drugs/alcohol, investigation, coming-of-age, pornography, suburbs, teenage life ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, contemporary, 21st century, year 1991
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   70%
    User:   84%
 
 8.0
 37K
The Return
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Russia
Duration: 110 min.
Story: A story of two Russian boys whose father suddenly returns home after a 12-year absence. He takes the boys on a holiday to a remote island on a lake that turns into a test of manhood of almost mythic proportions.
Style: bleak, tense, realistic, atmospheric, psychological ...
Plot: innocence lost, coming of age, russian, island, father son relationship, death, wilderness, on the road, childhood, road trip, secrets, parents and children ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: russia
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   69%
    User:   55%
 
In My Father's Den
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: New Zealand, UK
Duration: 127 min.
Story: Paul (Macfadyen), a prize-winning war journalist, returns to his remote New Zealand hometown due to the death of his father, battle-scarred and world-weary. For the discontented sixteen-year-old Celia (Barclay) he opens up a world she has only ...
Style: clever, tense, serious, dark, reflective ...
Plot: small town, betrayal, friendship, murder, haunted by the past, secrets, storytelling, mentor, family drama, missing person, censorship, twists & turns ...
Place: new zealand
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   66%
    User:   58%
 
 7.3
 64K
Cach?
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: France, Austria, Germany, Italy
Duration: 117 min.
Story: A married couple is terrorized by a series of videotapes planted on their front porch.
Style: psychological, atmospheric, stylized, disturbing, tense ...
Plot: mystery, surveillance, dysfunctional family, french, guilt, suicide, childhood, paranoia, storytelling, adoption, family in crisis, loneliness ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: france, europe, paris france
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   65%
    User:   78%
 
Mysterious Skin
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, Netherlands
Duration: 105 min.
Story: A teenage hustler and a young man obsessed with alien abductions cross paths, together discovering a horrible, liberating truth.
Style: psychological, emotional, disturbing, realistic, atmospheric ...
Plot: sexual abuse, child abuse, small town, friendship, coming of age, prostitution, homosexuality, adolescence, obsession, sexuality, rape, male nudity ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s, year 1987, year 1983 ...
Place: usa, kansas, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   57%
    User:   66%
 
 6.8
 14K
Borgman
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Netherlands, Belgium, Denmark
Duration: 113 min.
Story: Borgman is the central character of this dark, malevolent fable. Is he a dream or a demon, a twisted allegory or an all-too-real embodiment of our fears? Borgman is a sinister arrival in the sealed-off streets of modern suburbia. His presence ...
Style: surreal, dark humor, psychological, disturbing, bleak ...
Plot: children, hidden identity, violence, psychiatry, homeless, mysterious character, suburbs, surrealism, psychology, greed, art, demons ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: holland, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   56%
    User:   48%
 
 7.2
 246K
Insomnia
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 118 min.
Story: Two Los Angeles homicide detectives are dispatched to a northern town where the sun doesn't set to investigate the methodical murder of a local teen.
Style: tense, atmospheric, suspenseful, psychological, serious ...
Plot: murder, crime, police investigation, guilt, mystery, small town, police corruption, neo-noir, investigation, police, chase, storytelling ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: alaska, los angeles, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   56%
    User:   59%
 
Tom at the Farm
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: France, Canada
Duration: 102 min.
Story: A young man travels to an isolated farm for his lover's funeral where he's quickly drawn into a twisted, sexually charged game by his lover's aggressive brother.
Style: psychological, tense, serious, atmospheric, intense ...
Plot: gay, dysfunctional family, homosexuality, death, violence, chase, farm, gays and lesbians, secrets, violent, vengeance, dealing with death ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: canada, montreal quebec canada, quebec
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   56%
    User:   47%
 
Martha Marcy May Marlene
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: After several years of living with a cult, Martha finally escapes and calls her estranged sister, Lucy, for help. Martha finds herself at the quiet Connecticut home Lucy shares with her new husband, Ted, but the memories of what she experienced in ...
Style: psychological, tense, bleak, disturbing, serious ...
Plot: cult, sexual abuse, paranoia, runaway, rape, murder, psychology, sexuality, sisters, brainwashing, police investigation, dysfunctional family ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, new york, california, connecticut, new york state
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   54%
    User:   50%
 
 6.7
 8K
Undertow
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: stylized, atmospheric, suspenseful, serious, suspense ...
Plot: coming of age, single father, runaway, violence, chase, murder, dysfunctional family, drinking, juvenile delinquency, hospital, prison, on the run ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: georgia, usa, iceland, nebraska, mexico
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   52%
    User:   46%
 
Alexandra's Project
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Australia
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Steve is a man who has it all, a successful career, wonderful children, beautiful home and a loving wife. However, returning to his home after work on his birthday, he finds his house deserted and darkened with almost all the lightbulbs missing, all ...
Style: disturbing, suspenseful, psychological, tense, bleak ...
Plot: infidelity, revenge, vengeance, murder, sex, male nudity, depression, mental illness, prostitution, drinking, crumbling marriage, psychology ...
Time: contemporary
Place: australia
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   51%
    User:   45%
 
 6.7
 14K
The Dead Girl
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: The clues to a young woman's death come together as the lives of seemingly unrelated people begin to intersect.
Style: bleak, psychological, disturbing, serious, realistic ...
Plot: murder, sexual abuse, gory, serial killer, depression, death, male nudity, uncover truth, newspaper, runaway, mother daughter relationship, lesbian ...
Time: contemporary
Place: california, usa, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   50%
    User:   40%
 
Death and the Maiden
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK, France, USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: A political activist is convinced that her guest is a man who once tortured her for the government.
Style: psychological, tense, suspenseful, disturbing, atmospheric ...
Plot: vengeance, torture, revenge, dialogue driven, guilt, paranoia, justice, rape, lawyer, mind game, kidnapping, politics ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: latin america, argentina, poland, chile, barcelona ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   46%
    User:   44%
 
 8.0
 376K
Mystic River
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, Australia
Duration: 138 min.
Story: A story about friendship and loyalty, guilt and vengeance, and the fateful affect the past has on the present.
Style: bleak, emotional, realistic, tense, psychological ...
Plot: murder, police investigation, mystery, child abuse, vengeance, sexual abuse, guilt, vigilantism, investigation, childhood, innocence lost, revenge ...
Time: contemporary, 70s, 20th century, 21st century, 1960s
Place: boston, usa, massachusetts
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   44%
    User:   47%
 
 7.8
 31K
Confessions
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 106 min.
Story: A psychological thriller of a grieving mother turned cold-blooded avenger with a twisty master plan to pay back those who were responsible for her daughter's death.
Style: stylized, bleak, atmospheric, disturbing, psychological ...
Plot: vengeance, murder, teacher, revenge, bullying, unlikely criminals, storytelling, mentor, violence, twists & turns, brutality, psychology ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: japan, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   42%
    User:   35%
 
City by the Sea
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: A man struggling to come to terms with the sins of his father makes the terrible discovery that his own son has fallen into a life of crime in a drama based on a true story. Vincent LaMarca is a dedicated and well-respected New York City police ...
Style: gloomy, serious, realistic, melancholic, dramatic ...
Plot: murder, crime, police investigation, father son relationship, parents and children, drugs/alcohol, family drama, redemption, father-son relationship, family in crisis, guilt, parenthood ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   42%
    User:   37%
 
Dolores Claiborne
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 132 min.
Story: Dolores Claiborne was accused of killing her abusive husband twenty years ago, but the court's findings were inconclusive and she was allowed to walk free. Now she has been accused of killing her employer, Vera Donovan, and this time there is a ...
Style: suspenseful, atmospheric, psychological, suspense, disturbing ...
Plot: murder, mystery, child abuse, investigation, dysfunctional family, small town, island, sexual abuse, maid, parents and children, domestic violence, secrets ...
Time: 90s
Place: maine, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   41%
    User:   37%
 
 7.2
 123K
Winter's Bone
Genre: Drama, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: 17 year-old Ree Dolly sets out to track down her father, who put their house up for his bail bond and then disappeared. If she fails, Ree and her family will be turned out into the Ozark woods. Challenging her outlaw kin's code of silence and ...
Style: bleak, realistic, atmospheric, tense, serious ...
Plot: small town, poverty, mental illness, death, violence, neo noir, drinking, track down, drugs/alcohol, down on your luck, realism, drugs ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: missouri, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   41%
    User:   44%
 
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 7.0
 48K
Inland Empire
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: France, Poland, USA
Duration: 180 min.
Story: An actress's perception of reality becomes increasingly distorted as she finds herself falling for her co-star in a remake of an unfinished Polish production that was supposedly cursed.
Style: surreal, psychological, atmospheric, serious, enigmatic ...
Plot: identity, murder, surrealism, insanity, storytelling, alternate reality, mystery, hotel, danger, actor's life, gory, existentialism ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: california, poland, europe, usa, los angeles ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   40%
    User:   44%
 
Enduring Love
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Romance, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Two strangers become dangerously close after witnessing a deadly accident. On a beautiful cloudless day a young couple celebrate their reunion with a picnic. Joe has planned a postcard-perfect afternoon in the English countryside with his partner, ...
Style: psychological, tense, disturbing, serious, gloomy ...
Plot: obsession, stalking, guilt, book, loneliness, mental illness, death, gay, psychology, relationships, countryside, haunted by the past ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: england, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   40%
    User:   35%
 
The Million Dollar Hotel
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Germany, UK, USA
Duration: 122 min.
Story: The Million Dollar Hotel starts with a jump from a roof top that clears up a death in a hotel that was burning to the ground where a lot of strange people had been living.
Style: stylized, serious, atmospheric, realistic, captivating ...
Plot: hotel, insanity, investigation, murder, suicide, hollywood, mystery, death, crimes, deadly, existentialism, life philosophy ...
Time: 90s
Place: los angeles, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   40%
    User:   40%
 
 5.9
 13K
The Clearing
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Germany, USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: When affluent executive, Wayne Hayes is kidnapped by a disgruntled employee and held for ransom in a forest, Wayne’s wife is forced to reckon with the FBI agents as they negotiate with the kidnapper.
Style: suspenseful, tense, surprise ending, twists and turns, serious ...
Plot: kidnapping, betrayal, fbi, infidelity, marriage, ransom, adultery, negotiation, chase, love affair, twists & turns, secrets ...
Time: contemporary
Place: london
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   39%
    User:   32%
 
Felicia's Journey
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: Canada, UK
Duration: 116 min.
Story: A solitary middle-aged bachelor and a naive Irish teenager transform one another's lives to arrive at a place of recognition, redemption and wisdom in Atom Egoyan's adaptation of William Trevor's celebrated 1994 novel. Seventeen and ...
Style: disturbing, psychological, suspense, serious, enigmatic ...
Plot: serial killer, irish, loneliness, violence, murder, insanity, unlikely criminals, obsession, haunted by the past, psychology, runaway, storytelling ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: england, ireland, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   37%
    User:   35%
 
The Confessional
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Canada, UK, France
Duration: 100 min.
Story: The year is 1952, in Quebec City. Rachel (16), unmarried and pregnant, works in the church. Filled with shame, she unburdens her guilt to a young priest, under the confidentiality of the confessional. In the present year of 1989, Pierre Lamontagne ...
Style: atmospheric, psychological, serious, captivating, enigmatic ...
Plot: mystery, haunted by the past, male nudity, secrets, brutality, family relations, storytelling, clergy, adoption, brothers, classic car, dysfunctional family ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 1950s, year 1989
Place: canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   36%
    User:   35%
 
 6.1
 32K
Birth
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Romance, Thriller
Country: UK, France, Germany, USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: It took Anna 10 years to recover from the death of her husband, Sean, but now she's on the verge of marrying her boyfriend, Joseph, and finally moving on. However, on the night of her engagement party, a young boy named Sean turns up, saying he ...
Style: atmospheric, psychological, suspenseful, serious, art house ...
Plot: mystery, reincarnation, obsession, dealing with death, death, adultery, pornography, dishonesty, police investigation, secrets, storytelling, sexualized violence ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   36%
    User:   42%
 
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