Movies like When a Stranger Calls 1979

If you like "When a Stranger Calls" you are looking for suspenseful, suspense and scary movies about / with serial killer, slasher, gory, police investigation, obsession, murder and vengeance themes of Crime, Drama and Horror genre shot in USA.
Find your next favorite and similar movies in two steps: 1. Identify all themes of interest from this film (block below). 2. Look for them in the presented list.
Save
this
list

to
When a Stranger Calls (1979)
 6.5
 8K
When a Stranger Calls
Genre: Crime, Drama, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: A psychopathic killer terrorizes a babysitter, then returns seven years later to menace her again.
Style: suspenseful, suspense, scary, atmospheric, psychological, twists and turns, serious, tense, realistic, intense ...
Audience: teens
Plot: serial killer, slasher, gory, police investigation, obsession, murder, vengeance, private detective, mental institution, blood, investigation, mind game, stalking, halloween, insanity, survival, brutality, twists & turns, family in danger, psychopath, torture, homeless, revenge, catastrophe, who done it ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 80s
Place: usa
The list contains the best and most popular movies with the same themes ordered by rating. Click "View All" button to show all items.
Se7en
Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
USA
127 min.
 8.6
The Hitcher
Thriller
USA
97 min.
 7.3
Choose a movie to watch from relevant lists of films. Click "View All" button to show all collections.

Most similar movies to When a Stranger Calls

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out suspenseful, serious, psychological and suspense films with plots about brutality, police investigation, serial killer, crimes, murder, psychopath and chase mostly in Thriller, Mystery and Crime genres. Some movies like When a Stranger Calls: Cop (1988), Kiss the Girls (1997), Eyes of Laura Mars (1978), Psycho II (1983), Maniac (1980). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
Next update in:
Subscribe for new and better recommendations:
 6.4
 4K
Cop
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: An obsessive, insubordinate homicide cop is convinced a serial killer is loose in the Hollywood area and disobeys orders in order to catch him.
Style: suspenseful, psychological, serious, tense, suspense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: serial killer, crime, murder, mystery, police investigation, investigation, police corruption, violence, psychopath, blood, master criminal, murder mystery ...
Time: 80s
Place: los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   95%
    User:   100%
 
 6.6
 57K
Kiss the Girls
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 115 min.
Story: Forensic psychologist Alex Cross travels to North Carolina and teams with escaped kidnap victim Kate McTiernan to hunt down "Casanova," a serial killer who abducts strong-willed women and forces them to submit to his demands. The trail ...
Style: suspenseful, psychological, tense, suspense, surprise ending ...
Plot: police investigation, mystery, investigation, serial killer, kidnapping, chase, murder, missing person, police, interracial romance, brutality, twists & turns ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: north carolina, los angeles, usa, washington d.c.
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   93%
    User:   98%
 
Movie in collections
slasher movies
slasher
1825
suspense movies
suspense
5204
gory movies
gory
3452
Eyes of Laura Mars
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: A famous fashion photographer develops a disturbing ability to see through the eyes of a killer.
Style: suspenseful, stylized, disturbing, atmospheric, scary ...
Plot: serial killer, mystery, gory, police investigation, photographer, supernatural, murder mystery, murder, violence, fashion, chase, disco ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: california
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   92%
    User:   79%
 
 6.4
 19K
Psycho II
Genre: Crime, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, Australia
Duration: 113 min.
Story: After years of treatment at a mental institution for the criminally insane, serial killer Norman Bates is finally released. Deciding to move back into his long-dead mother's infamous old house, he soon finds himself tormented by "her" ...
Style: suspenseful, suspense, psychological, scary, twists and turns ...
Audience: teens
Plot: murder, slasher, revenge, serial killer, gory, mental illness, psychopath, violence, insanity, death, splatter, voyeur ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   89%
    User:   77%
 
 6.5
 12K
Maniac
Genre: Drama, Horror, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 87 min.
Story: A psychotic man, troubled by his childhood abuse, loose in NYC, kills young women and takes their scalps as trophies. Will he find the perfect woman in photographer Anna, and end his killing spree?
Style: disturbing, suspenseful, scary, psychological, serious ...
Audience: teens
Plot: gory, gore, serial killer, violence, vengeance, slasher, obsession, splatter, brutality, blood, murder, investigation ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 80s, year 1979
Place: new york, usa, new jersey, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   89%
    User:   96%
 
 6.0
 12K
Raising Cain
Genre: Crime, Drama, Horror, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: When neighborhood kids begin vanishing, Jenny suspects her child psychologist husband, Carter, may be resuming the deranged experiments his father performed on Carter when he was young. Now, it falls to Jenny to unravel the mystery. And as more ...
Style: suspenseful, psychological, scary, tense, clever ...
Plot: obsession, kidnapping, serial killer, psychology, murder, mentally unstable, adultery, hospital, twists & turns, sex, parents and children, surveillance ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   86%
    User:   96%
 
 6.2
 7K
Blink
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, serious, gloomy ...
Plot: serial killer, murder, blindness, crime, investigation, police, mind game, mystery, police investigation, twists & turns, murder mystery, identity ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   81%
    User:   84%
 
Movie in collections
 6.3
 14K
Jennifer 8
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 124 min.
Story: A big city cop from LA moves to a small town police force and immediately finds himself investigating a murder. Using theories rejected by his colleagues, the cop, John Berlin, meets a young blind woman named Helena, who he is attracted to. ...
Style: suspenseful, tense, suspense, serious, surprise ending ...
Plot: serial killer, mystery, murder, crime, small town, police investigation, surveillance, blindness, obsession, vengeance, murder mystery, twists & turns ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: california, los angeles, usa, europe, germany
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   80%
    User:   64%
 
 7.0
 12K
Sisters
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Inquisitive journalist Grace Collier is horrified when she witnesses her neighbor, fashion model Danielle Breton, violently murder a man. Panicking, she calls the police. But when the detective arrives at the scene and finds nothing amiss, Grace is ...
Style: suspenseful, psychological, disturbing, stylized, suspense ...
Plot: murder, mystery, insanity, twins, private detective, model, sisters, police investigation, voyeurism, hospital, obsession, brutality ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: new york, usa, tokyo, quebec
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   78%
    User:   93%
 
 7.3
 38K
The Hitcher
Genre: Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: A young man who escaped the clutches of a murderous hitch-hiker is subsequently stalked, framed for the hitcher's crimes, and has his life made into hell by the same man he escaped.
Style: suspenseful, road movie, suspense, psychological, scary ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: serial killer, desert, chase, paranoia, murder, violence, gunfight, brutality, hitchhiker, kidnapping, blood, mind game ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: texas, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   73%
    User:   100%
 
Alice Sweet Alice
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Alice is a withdrawn 12-year-old who lives with her mother and her younger sister, Karen, who gets most of the attention from her mother, leaving Alice out of the spotlight. But when Karen is found brutally murdered in a church, suspicions start to ...
Style: suspenseful, scary, disturbing, atmospheric, psychological ...
Plot: serial killer, slasher, gory, murder, investigation, mystery, brutality, catholicism, insanity, blood, death, guilt ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s, year 1961
Place: new jersey, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   71%
    User:   73%
 
 7.2
 57K
Manhunter
Genre: Crime, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: FBI Agent Will Graham, who retired after catching Hannibal Lecktor, returns to duty to engage in a risky cat-and-mouse game with Lecktor to capture a new killer.
Style: suspenseful, stylized, tense, suspense, serious ...
Plot: serial killer, investigation, crime, murder, neo noir, psychopath, violence, insanity, brutality, fbi, gunfight, stylish ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: st. louis missouri, florida, washington d.c.
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   71%
    User:   60%
 
 6.6
 47K
Copycat
Genre: Crime, 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, suspense, psychological, clever ...
Plot: serial killer, crime, police investigation, psychology, psychopath, mind game, violence, murder mystery, twists & turns, psychiatrist, agoraphobia, paranoia ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: san francisco, usa, boston
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   70%
    User:   83%
 
Movie in collections
Dressed to Kill
Genre: Crime, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: A mysterious, tall, blonde woman, wearing sunglasses murders one of a psychiatrist's patients, and now she's after the prostitute who witnessed it.
Style: suspenseful, sexual, clever, tense, psychological ...
Plot: murder, serial killer, violence, psychiatrist, manipulation, gory, guilt, crime, voyeurism, obsession, chase, identity ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   68%
    User:   63%
 
 5.3
 2K
True Crime
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Mary Giordano is a bright, intelligent student who goes to a catholic school. She also has a addiction to mystery novels and detective magazines (hence the title of the movie), which inspire her to do her own detective work. When she starts snooping ...
Style: suspenseful, suspense, psychological, serious, sexy ...
Audience: teens
Plot: serial killer, murder, investigation, mystery, crime, police investigation, police corruption, amateur detective, mentor, obsession, teenager, protagonist as suspect ...
Time: 90s
Place: california
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   67%
    User:   58%
 
Dead of Winter
Genre: Drama, Horror, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: A fledgling actress is lured to a remote mansion for a screen-test, soon discovering she is actually a prisoner in the middle of a blackmail plot.
Style: suspenseful, suspense, psychological, scary, serious ...
Plot: murder, psychiatrist, kidnapping, missing person, insanity, serial killer, chase, violence, psychopath, prison, violent, twists & turns ...
Time: 80s
Place: new york, usa, boston
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   62%
    User:   64%
 
 6.2
 17K
Nightwatch
Genre: Drama, Horror, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: A law student, who takes a job as a night watchman at a morgue, begins to discover clues that implicate him as the suspect of a series of murders.
Style: suspenseful, scary, atmospheric, suspense, serious ...
Plot: serial killer, police investigation, murder, investigation, crime, paranoia, drugs/alcohol, protagonist as suspect, prostitution, twists & turns, witnessing a crime, mind game ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   61%
    User:   58%
 
 6.1
 7K
Knight Moves
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Germany, Canada, USA
Duration: 116 min.
Story: A psychologist falls for a world-class chess player suspected of odd murders linked to his game.
Style: suspenseful, suspense, tense, scary, psychological ...
Plot: mystery, serial killer, chess, investigation, crime, murder, police investigation, betrayal, resort, protagonist as suspect, murder mystery, police ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   60%
    User:   50%
 
Movie in collections
 5.3
 24K
The Watcher
Genre: Crime, Horror, 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: suspenseful, suspense, psychological, scary, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: serial killer, police investigation, murder, psychiatrist, chase, fbi, obsession, crime, death, murder mystery, special agents, mentor ...
Time: 90s
Place: los angeles, california, usa, chicago illinois
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   60%
    User:   51%
 
 6.2
 44K
Untraceable
Genre: Crime, Horror, 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, clever, serious, rough, suspense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: serial killer, investigation, internet, murder, fbi, torture, crime, police, kidnapping, police investigation, voyeurism, chase ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: oregon, usa, portland oregon
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   58%
    User:   66%
 
Black Christmas
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: A sorority house is terrorized by a stranger who makes frightening phone calls and then murders the sorority sisters during Christmas break.
Style: suspenseful, scary, psychological, disturbing, suspense ...
Audience: teens
Plot: slasher, serial killer, gory, cult, murder, christmas, obsession, holiday, violence, police investigation, mental illness, halloween ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 80s
Place: canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   55%
    User:   58%
 
 8.6
 1.2M
Se7en
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 127 min.
Story: Two homicide detectives are on a desperate hunt for a serial killer whose crimes are based on the "seven deadly sins" in this dark and haunting film that takes viewers from the tortured remains of one victim to the next. The seasoned Det. ...
Style: atmospheric, suspenseful, disturbing, tense, stylized ...
Plot: serial killer, crime, investigation, gory, police investigation, police, murder, greed, violence, torture, insanity, chase ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   53%
    User:   49%
 
Friday the 13th Part 2
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 87 min.
Story: Five years after the horrible bloodbath at Camp Crystal Lake, it seems Jason Voorhees and his demented mother are in the past. Paul opens up a new camp close to the infamous site, ignoring warnings to stay away, and a sexually-charged group of ...
Style: scary, suspenseful, suspense, twists and turns, serious ...
Audience: teens
Plot: slasher, camp, serial killer, murder, gory, vengeance, gore, blood, brutality, violence, death, summer camp ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 1980, year 1984
Place: new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   52%
    User:   49%
 
Movie in collections
God Told Me To
Genre: Crime, Horror, Sci-Fi, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: A New York detective investigates a series of murders committed by random New Yorkers who claim that "God told them to."
Style: suspenseful, scary, serious, enigmatic, disturbing ...
Plot: mystery, police investigation, supernatural, cult, murder, mysterious character, crime, violence, alien, hospital, gore, urban ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 80s, year 1976
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   52%
    User:   56%
 
When a Stranger Calls
Genre: Crime, Horror, Mystery, 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, tense, suspense, twists and turns ...
Audience: teens
Plot: serial killer, slasher, high school, murder, chase, survival, death, domestic disturbance, woman in danger, lame, supernatural, psychopath ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, colorado
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   51%
    User:   43%
 
 6.3
 13K
Unlawful Entry
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Japan, USA
Duration: 117 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, suspense, tense, psychological, serious ...
Plot: obsession, police, police investigation, murder, lawyer, corruption, police corruption, vengeance, violence, mind game, suburbs, twists & turns ...
Time: 90s
Place: los angeles, usa, san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   51%
    User:   54%
 
The Bone Collector
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 118 min.
Story: Rookie cop, Amelia Donaghy reluctantly teams with Lincoln Rhyme – formerly the department's top homicide detective but now paralyzed as a result of a spinal injury – to catch a grisly serial killer dubbed 'The Bone Collector'. The ...
Style: suspenseful, tense, suspense, surprise ending, twists and turns ...
Plot: serial killer, crime, investigation, police investigation, murder, mentor, psychopath, chase, revenge, torture, reluctant partners, kidnapping ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s
Place: new york, usa, grand central station manhattan new york city, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   51%
    User:   43%
 
 6.3
 13K
Tightrope
Genre: Crime, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 114 min.
Story: Wes Block is a detective who's put on the case of a serial killer. His victims are young and pretty women, which he rapes and murders. The murders are getting personal when the killer chooses victims who are acquaintances of Block. Even his ...
Style: suspenseful, sexual, tense, psychological, suspense ...
Plot: serial killer, crime, murder, investigation, police investigation, obsession, kidnapping, murder mystery, prostitution, surveillance, chase, corruption ...
Time: 80s
Place: new orleans, los angeles, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   51%
    User:   60%
 

Choose "a movie to watch" by trailers from related films

Watch trailers from related movies and select your next film!
 6.8
 33K
Sea of Love
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Romance, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 113 min.
Story: Seen-it-all New York detective Frank Keller is unsettled - he has done twenty years on the force and could retire, and he hasn't come to terms with his wife leaving him for a colleague. Joining up with an officer from another part of town to ...
Style: suspenseful, erotic, sexy, tense, sexual ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: serial killer, crime, murder, police investigation, police, investigation, femme fatale, oldies, paranoia, strong sexual content, murder mystery, midlife crisis ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   48%
    User:   46%
 
 5.7
 10K
Blue Steel
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: A female rookie in the police force engages in a cat and mouse game with a pistol wielding psychopath who becomes obsessed with her.
Style: suspenseful, tense, stylized, exciting, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: police investigation, serial killer, obsession, crime, murder, police, psychopath, chase, violence, investigation, neo noir, hospital ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   47%
    User:   51%
 
Next update in:
Subscribe for new and better recommendations:

TOP 5 movies for each basic tag

serial killer
serial killer movies
Copycat 1995
6.6
Hannibal 2013
8.6
Blitz 2011
6.2
The Silence of the Lambs 1991
8.6
Halloween 1978
7.8
View all
slasher
slasher movies
The Collector 2009
6.4
A Nightmare on Elm Street 2010
5.2
Freddy vs. Jason 2003
5.8
Scream 1996
7.2
The Final Girls 2015
6.6
View all
suspenseful
suspenseful movies
Shutter Island 2010
8.1
The Game 1997
7.8
Frozen 2010
6.2
CSI: NY 2004
7.0
Killing Me Softly 2002
5.5
View all
gory
gory movies
Evil Dead 2013
6.5
Wrong Turn 2003
6.1
Resident Evil 2002
6.7
Eden Lake 2008
6.8
Castle Freak 1995
5.9
View all
police investigation
police investigation movies
Blitz 2011
6.2
True Detective 2014
9.0
Copycat 1995
6.6
The Other Guys 2010
6.7
Turner & Hooch 1989
6.1
View all
obsession
obsession movies
Black Swan 2010
8.0
Whiplash 2014
8.5
Perfume: The Story of a Murderer 2006
7.5
Lolita 1997
6.9
The Great Gatsby 2013
7.3
View all
murder
murder movies
A Serbian Film 2010
5.2
Bride of Chucky 1998
5.4
True Detective 2014
9.0
Black Christmas 2006
4.6
Freddy vs. Jason 2003
5.8
View all
vengeance
vengeance movies
Django Unchained 2012
8.4
Gangs of New York 2002
7.5
Gladiator 2000
8.5
I Spit on Your Grave 2 2013
5.7
Inglourious Basterds 2009
8.3
View all