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When a Stranger Calls (1979)
 6.5
 8K
When a Stranger Calls (1979)
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: suspense, suspenseful, scary, atmospheric, twists and turns, serious, realistic, psychological, rough, surprise ending ...
Audience: teens
Plot: slasher, serial killer, murder, private detective, stalking, psychopath, urban legend, gory, obsession, mental institution, vengeance, police investigation, mind game, survival, family in danger, who done it, woman in danger, danger, deadly, law enforcement, rivalry, criminal's revenge, nanny, teenage life, crimes ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 80s
Place: usa

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Most similar movies to When a Stranger Calls

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, suspenseful, realistic and scary films with plots about crimes, deadly, psychopath, murder, serial killer, police investigation and brutality mostly in Thriller, Mystery and Crime genres. Some movies like When a Stranger Calls: Kiss the Girls (1997), Psycho II (1983), Cop (1988), Sisters (1972), The Rosary Murders (1987). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
When a Stranger Calls Back (1993)
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: serious, suspenseful, scary, realistic, rough ...
Plot: stalker, phone terror, ventriloquist, woman in danger, psychopath, gory, master criminal, college, serial killer, blood, slasher, mind game ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
 6.6
 59K
Kiss the Girls (1997)
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: serious, suspenseful, tense, rough, twists and turns ...
Plot: psychopath, police investigation, missing person, woman in danger, crimes, investigation, who done it, mystery, serial killer, forensics, murder, violence against women ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: north carolina, los angeles, washington d.c., usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
70%
 6.5
 21K
Psycho II (1983)
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: suspense, suspenseful, psychological, serious, atmospheric ...
Audience: teens
Plot: murder, psychopath, slasher, revenge, voyeur, serial killer, motel, blood, starting over, gory, mother son relationship, crimes ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
66%
 6.4
 4K
Cop (1988)
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, serious, psychological, realistic, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: psychopath, serial killer, police corruption, murder, mercilessness, internal affairs, high school, coffee, pizza, dysfunctional family, writing in blood, prostitute ...
Time: 80s
Place: los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
66%
Movie in collections
 7.0
 13K
Sisters (1972)
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, suspense, psychological, disturbing, atmospheric ...
Plot: twins, murder, mystery, model, insanity, hallucination, witness, neighbor, police, psychic, amateur detective, psychopath ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: new york, usa, quebec, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
65%
The Rosary Murders (1987)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: A killer of Detroit clergy confesses to a priest (Donald Sutherland), who turns sleuth because he cannot tell the police.
Style: serious, suspenseful, realistic, tense, atmospheric ...
Plot: serial killer, moral dilemma, murder, psychopath, amateur detective, clergy, church, crime, protagonist as suspect, investigation, mystery, mind game ...
Time: 80s
Place: detroit, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
65%
 5.3
 24K
The Watcher (2000)
Genre: Crime, Drama, 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: suspense, suspenseful, psychological, serious, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: serial killer, police investigation, psychiatrist, fbi, murder, psychopath, car chase, riddles and clues, crime, chase, psychotherapy, investigation ...
Time: 90s
Place: los angeles, california, usa, chicago illinois, san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
63%
 6.3
 14K
Jennifer 8 (1992)
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, suspense, tense, serious, realistic ...
Plot: serial killer, murder, falling in love, mystery, obsession, crime, surveillance, school, small town, police investigation, dangerous attraction, blindness and impaired vision ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: california, usa, los angeles, germany, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
62%
Movie in collections
 8.6
 1.3M
Se7en (1995)
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: tense, atmospheric, suspenseful, scary, disturbing ...
Plot: serial killer, master criminal, mind game, psychopath, crime, investigation, police investigation, torture, killings, crimes, police, insanity ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
⇓ similarity ⇓
61%
 6.2
 7K
Blink (1993)
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, gloomy, serious, psychological ...
Plot: serial killer, blindness, murder, crime, investigation, mind game, killer, psychopath, crimes, deadly, stalking, woman in danger ...
Time: 90s
Place: san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
61%
 6.1
 7K
Knight Moves (1992)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, Germany, Canada
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, serious, scary ...
Plot: chess, serial killer, investigation, murder, mystery, crime, resort, betrayal, protagonist as suspect, police investigation, manipulations, mind game ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
61%
 5.3
 2K
True Crime (1995)
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, serious, realistic, bleak ...
Audience: teens
Plot: serial killer, investigation, murder, police corruption, amateur detective, female detective, child murder, mystery, psychopath, danger, crime, police investigation ...
Time: 90s
Place: california
⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
Ed Gein: The Butcher of Plainfield (2007)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Inspired by the true story of one of the most gruesome killers in American history. Now, years after inspiring "Psycho's" Norman Bates, "The Silence Of The Lambs'" Buffalo Bill and "The Texas Chainsaw ...
Style: disturbing, serious, realistic, rough, scary ...
Plot: serial killer, crime, violence spree, psychopath, crimes, deadly, slasher, mind game, stalking, murder, who done it, woman in danger ...
Time: 50s
Place: wisconsin, texas, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
Henry II: Portrait of a Serial Killer (1996)
Genre: Crime, Horror, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 84 min.
Story: Henry has wandered into a small town looking for work and a place to stay. He gets a job delivering and cleaning porto-potties and moves in with a co-worker until he gets his feet off of the ground. Henry and his new friend soon start to kill.
Style: rough, serious, scary, suspenseful, realistic ...
Audience: teens
Plot: murder, serial killer, slasher, violence, psychopath, gory, crime, serial murder, investigation, police investigation, mind game, dangerous attraction ...
Time: 90s
Place: california, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
 7.6
 348K
Saw (2004)
Genre: Crime, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: Obsessed with teaching his victims the value of life, a deranged, sadistic serial killer abducts the morally wayward. Once captured, they must face impossible choices in a horrific game of survival. The victims must fight to win their lives back, or ...
Style: scary, suspenseful, psychological, disturbing, serious ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: captivity, psychopath, torture, serial killer, mind game, survival, insanity, race against time, game of death, sadist, gory, chained ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
 5.4
 7K
The Zodiac (2005)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: An elusive serial killer known as the Zodiac terrorizes the San Francisco Bay in the late 1960s, while detectives aim to stop him before he claims more victims. Based on a true story.
Style: rough, serious, suspenseful, realistic, bleak ...
Plot: serial killer, murder, police detective, gory, crime, investigation, reporter, family conflict, mind game, mystery, psychopath, police investigation ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s
Place: california, usa, san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
 5.4
 5K
The Hand (1981)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: Jon Lansdale is a comic book artist who loses his right hand in a car accident. The hand was not found at the scene of the accident, but it soon returns by itself to follow Jon around, and murder those who anger him.
Style: scary, suspenseful, serious, psychological, disturbing ...
Plot: murder, serial killer, slasher, vengeance, stalking, obsession, family in danger, psychopath, deadly, rivalry, mind game, crimes ...
Time: 80s
Place: california
⇓ similarity ⇓
59%
The Boston Strangler (1968)
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, murder, hospital, double life, crime, mind game, investigation, split personality, police investigation, strangulation, police detective, mystery ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: boston, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
59%
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Urban Legends: Final Cut (2000)
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, Canada, France
Duration: 97 min.
Story: The making of a horror movie takes on a terrifying reality for students at the most prestigious film school in the country in 'Urban Legends: Final Cut', the suspenseful follow up to the smash hit 'Urban Legend'. At Alpine ...
Style: scary, surprise ending, suspenseful, suspense, serious ...
Audience: teens
Plot: slasher, college, serial killer, urban legend, teenage life, murder, gory, psychopath, who done it, rivalry, movie business, masked killer ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
Bundy: An American Icon (2009)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Horror, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Bundy, starring Corin Nemec in the title role and co-starring Kane Hodder, details the dark psyche and previously unexplored motivations of the man who became known as one of the most notorious serial killers to leave behind a legacy of evil.
Style: serious, disturbing, rough, realistic, suspenseful ...
Plot: serial killer, murder, crime, gory, slasher, woman in danger, psychopath, crimes, deadly, violence spree, human nature, obsession ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
Curse of the Zodiac (2007)
Genre: Crime, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 82 min.
Story: Genre guru Ulli Lommel (THE BOOGEYMAN, BTK KILLER) directs this horror film about the infamous Zodiac killer. Though decades have passed since the multiple murderer held the state of California hostage with fear, the mystery of his identity has ...
Style: suspenseful, serious, scary, psychological
Plot: serial killer, murder, amateur detective, gory, crime, mind game, mystery, who done it, woman in danger, psychopath, police investigation, crimes ...
Time: 70s
Place: san francisco, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
 6.6
 49K
Copycat (1995)
Genre: 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, rough, suspense, psychological ...
Plot: serial killer, mind game, psychopath, police investigation, crime, profiler, psychology, twists & turns, police detective, violence, maniac, agoraphobia ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: san francisco, usa, boston
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
 6.4
 11K
Switchback (1997)
Genre: Crime, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 118 min.
Story: FBI agent Dennis Quaid tries to catch a serial killer who kidnapped his son.
Style: suspenseful, serious, twists and turns, rough, realistic ...
Plot: serial killer, kidnapping, murder, crime, missing person, vengeance, law enforcement, murder mystery, police investigation, mystery, train, loss of son ...
Time: 90s
Place: texas, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
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Happy Birthday to Me (1981)
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Canada
Duration: 111 min.
Story: Virginia is proud that she belongs to a clique. The best students at a private school. But before her 18th birthday, a grueling set of murders take place and her friends are the ones who are falling prey. Could it be her? She suffers from blackouts ...
Style: scary, suspenseful, rough, serious, psychological ...
Audience: teens
Plot: slasher, serial killer, murder, gory, school, college, psychopath, mystery killer, mystery, master criminal, vengeance, mind game ...
Time: 80s, year 1981
Place: usa, virginia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
 5.5
 11K
Nine Dead (2010)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Communication is the key to the survival for nine strangers who have been kidnapped by a masked gunman and told that one of them will die every ten minutes until they discover how they are all connected. Who of the nine lives and who dies?
Style: suspenseful, rough, serious, suspense, surprise ending ...
Plot: riddles and clues, danger, captivity, kidnapping, confined, crimes, deadly, survival, gory, crime, murder, mystery ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new orleans
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
 4.8
 23K
Valentine (2001)
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Five friends are stalked and murdered by a masked assailant while preparing for Valentine's Day.
Style: suspenseful, scary, rough, suspense, serious ...
Audience: teens
Plot: serial killer, slasher, revenge, mystery killer, psychopath, murder, valentine's day, danger, gory, violence against women, school, success ...
Time: contemporary, 80s
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
 6.2
 18K
Nightwatch (1997)
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, suspense, scary, atmospheric, serious ...
Plot: police investigation, serial killer, murder, mind game, investigation, protagonist as suspect, student, night watchman, witnessing a crime, frame up, who done it, crimes ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
 6.2
 8K
Resurrection (1999)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: A seasoned police detective and his partner have just uncovered a string of unusual murders that lead them to a serial killer, who believes that he is the descendant of Judas.
Style: rough, serious, tense, suspenseful, scary ...
Plot: serial killer, mind game, investigation, violence, brutality, murder, mystery, husband wife relationship, amputee, race against time, death of son, religion ...
Time: 90s
Place: usa, chicago illinois
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
The House on Sorority Row (1983)
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: After a seemingly innocent prank goes horribly wrong, a group of sorority sisters are stalked and murdered one by one in their sorority house while throwing a party to celebrate their graduation.
Style: rough, serious, suspenseful, scary, psychological ...
Plot: slasher, murder, psychopath, prank, serial killer, sorority, attic, gory, school, stalker, mind game, stalking ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
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, serious, twists and turns, tense ...
Audience: teens
Plot: survival, high school, murder, serial killer, slasher, killer, strange person, domestic disturbance, woman in danger, psychopath, danger, deadly ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, colorado
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%