Movies like When a Stranger Calls 1979

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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
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Se7en
Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
USA
127 min.
 8.6
Primal Fear
Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
USA
129 min.
 7.7
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Most similar movies to When a Stranger Calls

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out suspenseful, serious, suspense and realistic films with plots about crimes, dialogue, serial killer, police investigation, deadly, catastrophe and brutality mostly in Thriller, Mystery and Crime genres. Some movies like When a Stranger Calls: Cop (1988), Sisters (1972), Psycho II (1983), Kiss the Girls (1997), Blink (1993). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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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
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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
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 6.4
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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, serious ...
Audience: teens
Plot: murder, slasher, revenge, serial killer, gory, mental illness, psychopath, violence, insanity, death, splatter, voyeur ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: usa, california
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    User:   65%
 
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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.
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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
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System:   63%
    User:   66%
 
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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
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System:   61%
    User:   64%
 
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, serious ...
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
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System:   60%
    User:   60%
 
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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, surprise ending, serious ...
Plot: serial killer, mystery, murder, crime, small town, police investigation, blindness, surveillance, obsession, vengeance, murder mystery, twists & turns ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: california, los angeles, usa, germany, europe
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    User:   62%
 
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Knight Moves
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, Germany
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
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System:   59%
    User:   64%
 
When a Stranger Calls Back
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Julia is babysitting two young kids while a doctor and his wife are out. During the evening, a stranger knocks on the door asking Julia if she can call the auto club so he can get a tow. The phone line is dead though. This is all part of the act as ...
Style: suspenseful, serious, realistic, scary, rough ...
Plot: college, master criminal, gory, serial killer, slasher, mind game, stalking, survival, woman in danger, stalker, phone terror, ventriloquist ...
Time: 90s
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System:   52%
    User:   50%
 
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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
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System:   51%
    User:   50%
 
 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, rough ...
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
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System:   49%
    User:   42%
 
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Shattered
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Dan Merrick comes out from a shattering car accident with amnesia. He finds that he is married to Judith who is trying to help him start his life again. He keeps getting flashbacks about events and places that he can't remember. He meets pet ...
Style: suspenseful, suspense, psychological, surprise ending, serious ...
Plot: private detective, mystery, amnesia, investigation, betrayal, chase, murder, memory loss, memory, twists & turns, hospital, secrets ...
Time: 90s
Place: san francisco, california, usa, oregon
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System:   44%
    User:   40%
 
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The Boston Strangler
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 116 min.
Story: Boston is being terrorized by a series of seemingly random murders of women. Based on the true story, the film follows the investigators path through several leads before introducing the Strangler as a character. It is seen almost exclusively from ...
Style: tense, suspenseful, disturbing, psychological, serious ...
Plot: serial killer, investigation, crime, murder, police investigation, hospital, mystery, mental illness, chase, psychiatry, pornography, psychology ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: boston, usa
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System:   44%
    User:   42%
 
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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, rough ...
Plot: serial killer, investigation, crime, murder, neo noir, psychopath, violence, insanity, brutality, fbi, gunfight, stylish ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: washington d.c., florida, st. louis missouri
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System:   43%
    User:   38%
 
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
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System:   42%
    User:   50%
 
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Captivity
Genre: Crime, Drama, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, Russia
Duration: 96 min.
Story: The sought-after images of top model, Jennifer, adorn magazine covers and billboards worldwide. When alone at a charity event, she is abducted and incarcerated in a cell with another prisoner. When their captor subjects the two to torture, and ...
Style: scary, serious, rough, realistic, disturbing ...
Audience: teens
Plot: gory, torture, kidnapping, gore, police investigation, mind game, captivity, splatter, blood, brutality, psychopath, woman in danger ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, dungeon, new york
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System:   40%
    User:   48%
 
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Coma
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 113 min.
Story: A young woman doctor discovers something sinister going on in her hospital. Relatively healthy patients are having 'complications' during simple operations and ending up in comas. The patients are then shipped off to an institute that ...
Style: suspenseful, suspense, tense, scary, psychological ...
Plot: hospital, mystery, investigation, murder, conspiracy, serial killer, paranoia, corruption, black market, psychiatrist, coma, witnessing a crime ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: boston, usa
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System:   40%
    User:   47%
 
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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
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System:   40%
    User:   39%
 
 6.2
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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:   40%
    User:   41%
 
 6.4
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Cruising
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: West Germany, USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: A serial killer brutally slays and dismembers several gay men in New York's S/M and leather districts. The young police officer Steve Burns is sent undercover onto the streets as decoy for the murderer. Working almost completely isolated from ...
Style: sexual, disturbing, suspenseful, psychological, serious ...
Plot: serial killer, gay, murder, investigation, police investigation, crime, homosexuality, undercover cop, violence, brutality, male nudity, bdsm ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: new york, usa, san francisco
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System:   40%
    User:   37%
 
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
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System:   39%
    User:   34%
 
The Star Chamber
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: Disgusted with criminals escaping the judicial system via technicalities, an idealistic young judge investigates an alternative method for punishing the guilty.
Style: suspenseful, suspense, exciting, serious, realistic ...
Plot: crime, vigilantism, murder, serial killer, vengeance, political corruption, conspiracy, courtroom, hitman, dedicated lawyer, police investigation, vigilante ...
Time: 80s
Place: california
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System:   37%
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The Frozen Ground
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: An Alaska State Trooper partners with a young woman who escaped the clutches of serial killer Robert Hansen to bring the murderer to justice. Based on actual events.
Style: suspenseful, tense, serious, realistic, intense ...
Audience: teens
Plot: serial killer, police investigation, kidnapping, hunting, runaway, crime, murder, rape, drugs/alcohol, police, investigation, pornography ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, year 1983
Place: alaska, usa, boston
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System:   36%
    User:   39%
 
 6.3
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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
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System:   35%
    User:   41%
 
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
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System:   35%
    User:   31%
 
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, serious ...
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
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System:   35%
    User:   30%
 
 6.3
 47K
True Story
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: A drama centered around the relationship between journalist Michael Finkel and Christian Longo, an FBI Most Wanted List murderer who for years lived outside the U.S. under Finkel's name.
Style: tense, psychological, serious, captivating, twists and turns ...
Plot: prison, journalism, murder, death, uncover truth, twists & turns, mystery, corruption, investigation, police investigation, plot twist, courtroom ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa
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System:   34%
    User:   37%
 

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The Other
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Chilling and eerie, this supernatural tale of good versus evil coils around twin brothers living with their grandmother in a sleepy rural area during the summer of 1935. After his grandmother encourages Niles to develop what seem to be psychic ...
Style: suspenseful, disturbing, psychological, scary, tense ...
Plot: mystery, murder, mental illness, death, twins, psychology, supernatural, splatter, unlikely criminals, visceral, blood, siblings relations ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 30s
Place: connecticut, europe, holland, usa, new jersey ...
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System:   34%
    User:   27%
 
 6.0
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Saw VI
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Canada, USA, UK, Australia
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Special Agent Strahm is dead, and Detective Hoffman has emerged as the unchallenged successor to Jigsaw's legacy. However, when the FBI draws closer to Hoffman, he is forced to set a game into motion, and Jigsaw's grand scheme is finally ...
Style: scary, suspenseful, surprise ending, twist ending, serious ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: serial killer, gory, violence, police investigation, murder, death, torture, gore, slasher, revenge, mind game, blood ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: europe, usa
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System:   33%
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