Movies like Martha Marcy May Marlene

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Martha Marcy May Marlene (2011)
 6.8
 53K
Martha Marcy May Marlene (2011)
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 the cult make peace hard to find. As flashbacks continue to torment her, Martha fails to shake a terrible sense of dread, especially in regard to the cult's manipulative leader.
Style: disturbing, psychological, tense, bleak, twists and turns, atmospheric, thought provoking, surreal, suspense, erotic ...
Audience: teens
Plot: cult, hippie, paranoia, sexual abuse, mind control, religion, female protagonist, brainwashing, runaway, socially awkward, manipulation, obsession, character study, haunted by the past, rape, life is a bitch, society, estrangement, physical abuse, caught having sex, psychology, sisters, escape, memory, home invasion ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: connecticut, new york state, california, new york, usa

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Most similar movies to Martha Marcy May Marlene

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, psychological, suspense and twists and turns films with plots about storytelling, murder, secrets, psychology, dialogue, mystery and obsession mostly in Thriller, Drama and Mystery genres. Some movies like Martha Marcy May Marlene: Faults (2014), Eyes Wide Shut (1999), Sound of My Voice (2011), Anna (2013), Prisoners (2013). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
 6.7
 10K
Faults (2014)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: Claire is under the grip of a mysterious new cult called Faults. Desperate to be reunited with their daughter, Claire's parents recruit one of the world's foremost experts on mind control, Ansel Roth.
Style: tense, psychological, disturbing, enigmatic, dark ...
Audience: teens, girls' night
Plot: brainwashing, kidnapping, mind control, religions or cults, manipulation, cult, redemption, cult leader, character study, hotel, life is a bitch, parents and children ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.5
 335K
Eyes Wide Shut (1999)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 159 min.
Story: After Dr. Bill Hartford's wife, Alice, admits to having sexual fantasies about a man she met, Bill becomes obsessed with having a sexual encounter. He discovers an underground sexual group and attends one of their meetings -- and quickly ...
Style: sexual, psychological, sexy, artsy, neo noir ...
Plot: sex, orgy, marriage, voyeurism, sexuality, infidelity, prostitute, lust, explicit sex, sexual fantasy, sex party, sex orgy ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: new york, greenwich village manhattan new york city, manhattan new york city, seattle, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
75%
Sound of My Voice (2011)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 85 min.
Story: A journalist and his girlfriend get pulled in while they investigate a cult whose leader claims to be from the future.
Style: psychological, thought provoking, surreal, twists and turns, tense ...
Plot: cult leader, cult, manipulation, time travel, religions or cults, investigation, brainwashing, journalist, mystery, uncover truth, exploitation, society ...
Time: future, contemporary, 21st century
Place: los angeles, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.4
 24K
Anna (2013)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: Spain, USA, UK, France
Duration: 99 min.
Story: A man with the ability to enter peoples' memories takes on the case of a brilliant, troubled sixteen-year-old girl to determine whether she is a sociopath or a victim of trauma.
Style: mind bending, twists and turns, suspenseful, twist ending, psychological ...
Plot: manipulation, mystery, haunted by the past, uncover truth, life philosophy, brutality, mind game, crimes, life is a bitch, dishonesty, murder, borderline personality disorder ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, california, spain, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Movie in collections
 8.1
 693K
Prisoners (2013)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 153 min.
Story: When Keller Dover's daughter and her friend go missing, he takes matters into his own hands as the police pursue multiple leads and the pressure mounts. But just how far will this desperate father go to protect his family?
Style: suspenseful, twist ending, psychological, atmospheric, surprise ending ...
Plot: kidnapping, investigation, police investigation, brutality, revenge, vigilantism, missing child, torture, child abduction, disappearance, serial killer, vengeance ...
Time: future, contemporary, 21st century, 2010s
Place: pennsylvania, boston, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Waking the Dead (2000)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Romance, Thriller
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 105 min.
Story: A congressional candidate questions his sanity after seeing the love of his life, presumed dead, suddenly emerge.
Style: emotional, sexy, twists and turns, intense, stylized ...
Plot: politics, supernatural, death, ghost, obsession, romance, election, character study, politician, state affairs, haunted by the past, female nudity ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, 80s, year 1973
Place: usa, chile, vietnam, canada, manhattan new york city ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.6
 107K
The Invitation (2015)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Will and his new girlfriend Kira are invited to a dinner with old friends at the house of Will’s ex Eden and her new partner David. Although the evening appears to be relaxed, Will soon gets a creeping suspicion that their charming host David is ...
Style: twist ending, suspense, scary, dark, twists and turns ...
Plot: dinner party, suicide, deception, cult, obsession, suspicion, conspiracy, paranoia, old friend, insanity, vengeance, survival ...
Place: los angeles, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 5.7
 76K
Oldboy (2013)
Genre: Action, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: An everyday man has only three and a half days and limited resources to discover why he was imprisoned in a nondescript room for 20 years without any explanation.
Style: twist ending, disturbing, suspenseful, twists and turns, bleak ...
Audience: boys' night, chick flick, teens
Plot: incest, father daughter incest, incestuous sex, male nudity, female nudity, vengeance, torture, revenge, strong sexual content, male masturbation, sex scene, attempted rape ...
Time: contemporary, year 2003, year 2000, year 2005, year 2001 ...
Place: usa, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
Movie in collections
 5.9
 39K
After.Life (2009)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: Following a terrible car crash, a woman (Christina Ricci) awakes to find an enigmatic mortician (Liam Neeson) preparing her for burial.
Style: mind bending, psychological, twist ending, bleak, atmospheric ...
Plot: afterlife, life & death, supernatural, mysterious character, mystery, psychology, couple relations, dealing with death, mentor, adaptation, betrayal, death ...
Time: 21st century, future, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
 6.7
 79K
Stay (2005)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Psychiatrist Sam Foster has a new patient, Henry Letham, who claims to be suicidal. In trying to diagnose him, Sam visits Henry's prior therapist and also finds Henry's mother -- even though Henry has said that he murdered both of his ...
Style: surreal, psychological, twists and turns, confusing, surprise ending ...
Plot: suicide, suicide attempt, psychiatrist, mentally unstable, obsession, unfulfillment, doctors and patients, surrealism, mental illness, mental institution, mystery, suicidal ...
Time: future, 21st century, contemporary
Place: new york, usa, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
 7.7
 386K
The Machinist (2004)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: Spain, France, UK, USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: The Machinist is the story of Trevor Reznik, a lathe-operator who is dying of insomnia. In a machine shop, occupational hazards are bad enough under normal circumstances; yet for Trevor the risks are compounded by fatigue. Trevor has lost the ...
Style: psychological, mind bending, twist ending, surreal, surprise ending ...
Plot: insomnia, obsession, mysterious character, insanity, losing-it hero, hallucination, uncover truth, paranoia, life is a bitch, character study, mental illness, loneliness ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
 6.7
 18K
Borgman (2013)
Genre: Drama, Horror, 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, psychological, disturbing, bleak, atmospheric ...
Plot: nightmare, mysterious character, dishonesty, family relations, dog, drifter, good versus evil, manipulation, hidden identity, life turned upside down, supernatural, mystery ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: europe, holland
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done (2009)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Brad (Michael Shannon) has committed murder and barricaded himself inside his house. With the help of his friends and neighbours, the cops piece together the strange tale of how this nice young man arrived at such a dark place; Based on a true ...
Style: atmospheric, psychological, stylized, realistic, serious ...
Plot: murder, psychopath, obsession, crazy, paranoia, memory, family problems, delusion, family relations, law enforcement, crimes, mental illness ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: california, new orleans, peru, usa, san diego california
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
The Conversation (1974)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 113 min.
Story: Surveillance expert Harry Caul is hired by a mysterious client's brusque aide to tail a young couple. Tracking the pair through San Francisco's Union Square, Caul and his associate Stan manage to record a cryptic conversation between them. ...
Style: psychological, suspense, twists and turns, cerebral, neo noir ...
Plot: surveillance, paranoia, conspiracy, spy, character study, wiretap, obsession, murder, loneliness, loner, alienation, investigation ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: san francisco, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
 7.9
 453K
Mystic River (2003)
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: psychological, tense, emotional, twist ending, neo noir ...
Plot: mystery, vengeance, sexual abuse, police investigation, child abuse, loss of child, murder, childhood, pedophilia, death in the family, investigation, child rape ...
Time: 20th century, 21st century, 70s, contemporary, 60s
Place: boston, massachusetts, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
 7.7
 388K
The Game (1997)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 129 min.
Story: In honor of his birthday, San Francisco banker Nicholas Van Orton, a financial genius and a coldhearted loner, receives an unusual present from his younger brother, Conrad -- a gift certificate to play a unique kind of game. In nearly a nanosecond, ...
Style: psychological, twists and turns, surprise ending, twist ending, suspenseful ...
Plot: mystery, manipulation, mind game, game, uncover truth, life turned upside down, psychology, scheme, disorder, life philosophy, existentialism, surveillance ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: san francisco, usa, california, mexico, seattle
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
 8.2
 1.3M
Shutter Island (2010)
Genre: Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 138 min.
Story: World War II soldier-turned-U.S. Marshal Teddy Daniels investigates the disappearance of a patient from a hospital for the criminally insane, but his efforts are compromised by his troubling visions and also by a mysterious doctor.
Style: psychological, twists and turns, surprise ending, twist ending, suspense ...
Plot: mental illness, investigation, mystery, insanity, psychiatrist, paranoia, mental institution, psychology, losing-it hero, uncover truth, disorder, isolation ...
Time: 50s, year 1954, year 1945, 1940s, 20th century ...
Place: boston
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
A Tale of Two Sisters (2003)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: South Korea
Duration: 114 min.
Story: A recently released patient from a mental institution returns home with her sister, only to face disturbing events between her stepmother and the ghosts haunting their house- all of which are connected to a dark past in the family's history.
Style: psychological, surreal, scary, atmospheric, mind bending ...
Plot: mental illness, ghost, haunted house, tragedy, suicide, losing-it hero, nightmare, guilt, amnesia, mystery, delusion, haunted by the past ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: asia, korea, south korea, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
Movie in collections
 7.2
 293K
Insomnia (2002)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, UK
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: neo noir, atmospheric, dark, psychological, twist ending ...
Plot: police investigation, murder, small town, investigator, insomnia, investigation, murderer, guilt, police corruption, character study, serial killer, police ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: alaska, los angeles, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
 8.2
 323K
Chinatown (1974)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 130 min.
Story: Private eye Jake Gittes lives off of the murky moral climate of sunbaked, pre-World War II Southern California. Hired by a beautiful socialite to investigate her husband's extra-marital affair, Gittes is swept into a maelstrom of double ...
Style: neo noir, twists and turns, suspense, twist ending, suspenseful ...
Plot: private detective, femme fatale, investigation, corruption, rape, domestic violence, police, incest, murder, surveillance, crimes, conspiracy ...
Time: 1930s, year 1937, 20th century
Place: los angeles, california, usa, pacific ocean, america ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
 4.8
 10K
Abandon (2002)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Romance, Thriller
Country: USA, Germany, Canada
Duration: 99 min.
Story: A psychological thriller about a senior at one of America's most prestigious universities. Under enormous pressure to complete her thesis and earn a top job at one of the world's most competitive consulting firms, Katie is still coping ...
Style: twists and turns, psychological, tense, suspenseful, tricky ...
Audience: teens
Plot: college, missing person, investigation, obsession, mystery, student life, police detective, uncover truth, boyfriend, paranoia, police investigation, dancing ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, athens greece, cambodia, sardinia, amsterdam
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
 7.2
 166K
Michael Clayton (2007)
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: suspense, suspenseful, tense, cerebral, twists and turns ...
Plot: lawyer, legal, corruption, murder, guilt, character study, crimes, law firm, business, divorce, mental illness, conspiracy ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: new york, california, wisconsin, usa, manhattan new york city ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
Cold Creek Manor (2003)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, UK, Canada
Duration: 118 min.
Story: Wanting to escape city life for the countryside, New Yorkers Cooper Tilson (Quaid), his wife Leah (Stone) and their two children move into a dilapidated old mansion still filled with the possessions of the previous family. Turning it into their ...
Style: scary, suspenseful, tense, twists and turns, psychological ...
Plot: country house, family problems, haunted house, crimes, police investigation, mystery, hospital, horse, teenage girl, psychopath, family relations, haunted by the past ...
Time: contemporary, 2000s, 21st century
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
Movie in collections
 7.5
 15
Eroded (2011)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Story: "It is said that when left unhealed, the past can destroy our lives. When Billy Reid and his sister Sheila lose loved ones in a horrific accident, they must face the aftermath together. For Billy, that aftermath and the secrets that lie within ...
Style: serious, suspenseful, atmospheric, psychological, tense
Plot: haunted by the past, family relations, mystery, supernatural ability, life is a bitch, supernatural, family problems, memory loss, family in crisis, destiny, car accident, loss ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, ohio
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
 8.4
 569K
Oldboy (2003)
Genre: Action, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: South Korea
Duration: 120 min.
Story: With no clue how he came to be imprisoned, drugged and tortured for 15 years, a desperate businessman seeks revenge on his captors.
Style: psychological, twist ending, bleak, gloomy, neo noir ...
Plot: revenge, incest, vengeance, older man younger woman relationship, father daughter incest, brother sister incest, psychological torture, confined, love, mind game, violence, loneliness ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 80s, 2000s, year 2003 ...
Place: south korea, korea, asia, new york, seoul ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
Alexandra's Project (2003)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Australia
Duration: 103 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, psychological, suspenseful, bleak, enigmatic ...
Plot: infidelity, murder, vengeance, revenge, mental illness, family relations, birthday, mind game, family problems, family in crisis, unhappy wife, dishonesty ...
Time: contemporary
Place: australia
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
 6.6
 260K
The Village (2004)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: When a willful young man tries to venture beyond his sequestered Pennsylvania hamlet, his actions set off a chain of chilling incidents that will alter the community forever.
Style: surprise ending, atmospheric, twists and turns, suspense, scary ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: forest, utopia, isolation, psychology, mysterious place, village life, village, supernatural, mystery, blind character, small town, creature ...
Time: 18th century, 2000s, 19th century, 1890s, 21st century
Place: pennsylvania, new england
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
City by the Sea (2002)
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: talky, intense, suspense, emotional, serious ...
Plot: father son relationship, police investigation, murder, crimes, guilt, redemption, homicide detective, police corruption, depression, family bonds, justice, parents and children ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new york, usa, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
 5.9
 4K
Silent Fall (1994)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: An autistic boy witnesses his parents' double murder. Richard Dreyfuss as a controversial therapist, seeks to probe the child's mind in order to solve the case.
Style: twist ending, psychological, suspenseful, unusual plot structure, thought provoking ...
Audience: teens, kids
Plot: autism, murder, murder mystery, psychiatrist, mystery, investigation, crimes, psychopath, revenge, injection, memory, brother sister relationship ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
 6.0
 67K
Dream House (2011)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Publisher, Will Atenton quits a lucrative job in New York to relocate his wife, Libby and their daughters to a quaint town in New England. However, as they settle into their home the Atentons discover that a woman and her children were murdered ...
Style: surprise ending, twists and turns, twist ending, suspenseful, tense ...
Plot: supernatural, haunted house, memory loss, riddles and clues, mystery, murder, insanity, investigation, haunted by the past, mental patient, nervous breakdown, crimes ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new england, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%