Movies like California Scheming

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California Scheming (2014)
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California Scheming (2014)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: A teen seductress pulls three other privileged Malibu kids into her devious scheme, and unforeseen consequences force the group to face their own fears and mortality.
Style: serious, tense, realistic, suspenseful
Audience: teens
Plot: sexual content, best friends, dishonesty, dangerous attraction, teenage life, danger, disorder, boy girl relationship, youth, friends, manipulations, moral dilemma, manipulation, drugs/alcohol, life turned upside down, profanity, teenager, beach, nightclub, swimming pool, seagull
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: california, usa, malibu california

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, tense and suspenseful films with plots about danger, dishonesty, crimes, murder, graphic violence, deadly and couples mostly in Thriller, Drama and Crime genres. Some movies like California Scheming: Favor (2013), Accused at 17 (2009), Missionary (2013), Holy Ghost People (2013), Chatroom (2010). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
Temptation: Confessions of a Marriage Counselor (2013)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: A marriage counselor's personal and professional life becomes complicated after she enters into a relationship with one of her clients.
Style: tense, realistic, serious, psychological, sentimental
Plot: infidelity, extramarital affair, cheating wife, family problems, couples, life turned upside down, couple relations, moral dilemma, dysfunctional family, love affair, obsession, human nature ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, washington d.c.
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Favor (2013)
Genre: Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Kip's perfect life is put in jeopardy when the waitress with whom he's having a casual fling is accidentally killed in their motel room. Desperate, he turns to childhood friend and loser, Marvin, to help get rid of the body. Marvin agrees ...
Style: serious, suspenseful, tense, suspense, captivating ...
Plot: murder, crimes, friends, deadly, dishonesty, life turned upside down, disposing of a dead body, death, danger, graphic violence, disorder, buddies
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
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100%
Accused at 17 (2009)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: A teenager is accused of murdering a classmate and claims that she was framed by her best friend. Her mother must try to find the truth.
Style: suspenseful, realistic, tense, serious
Audience: teens
Plot: friendship, prank, vengeance, mystery, police investigation, disorder, law enforcement, crimes, youth, deadly, murder, friends ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
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52%
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Missionary (2013)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: A wife and mother starts an affair with a young missionary... with disastrous consequences.
Style: suspenseful, realistic, tense, captivating, suspense ...
Plot: infidelity, dangerous attraction, danger, stalking, single parent, parents and children, couples, love triangle, sex scene, extramarital affair, obsession, profanity ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, florida
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49%
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Holy Ghost People (2013)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: On the trail of her missing sister, Charlotte enlists the help of Wayne, an ex-Marine and alcoholic, to infiltrate the Church of One Accord - a community of snake-handlers who risk their lives seeking salvation in the Holy Ghost.
Style: serious, tense, suspenseful, realistic, psychological ...
Plot: crimes, uncover truth, missing person, drugs/alcohol, rescue, danger, religions or cults, woman in danger, clergy, profanity, graphic violence, church ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
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49%
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Chatroom (2010)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 97 min.
Story: When strangers Jim, Eva, Emily and Mo meet William online in his new 'Chelsea Teens!' chatroom, they're completely seduced by his fast-talking, charismatic character. But beneath the surface lies a much darker truth. William is a ...
Style: serious, realistic, suspenseful, stylized, tense
Audience: teens
Plot: youth, mind game, manipulations, computers and web, teenage life, deadly, friendship, manipulation, rivalry, lifestyle, dishonesty, crimes ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye (2000)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: A Hollywood film executive gets blackmailed by a derelict who uses some damaging information to move into his house and take over his perfect life for himself.
Style: psychological, suspenseful, tense, serious, realistic ...
Plot: frame up, murder, false accusation, manipulation, dishonesty, mind game, manipulations, psychopath, protagonist as suspect, disorder, cons and scams, dangerous attraction ...
Time: 90s
Place: california, usa, los angeles
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47%
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Resilience (2006)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: An average man finds himself in a position to prevent the murder of a family member -- the unnerving descent of a man caught between resilience and ruthlessness.
Style: suspenseful, psychological, serious, tense, realistic
Plot: moral dilemma, life turned upside down, life is a bitch, rivalry, intrigue, crimes, dishonesty, human nature, feud, murder, sexual content, crime ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
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Fatal Secrets (2009)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: "BALANCING THE BOOKS" is a character-driven suspense drama about an attractive woman who enlists the help of her two best friends to confront a traumatic experience she can no longer deny. Julia, divorced and successfully self-employed, ...
Style: psychological, suspense, tense, captivating, realistic ...
Plot: danger, dishonesty, rivalry, crimes, secret, couple relations, uncover truth, maniac, murder, graphic violence, sexual abuse, woman in danger ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
 4.1
 512
Playing House (2011)
Genre: Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 84 min.
Story: In this taut thriller, newlyweds Jen and Mitch find that three's company and four's a crowd when they ask their friend Danny to move in with them to share expenses. But a sweet situation turns sour when Danny invites a new person into the ...
Style: tense, suspenseful, serious, realistic
Plot: infidelity, femme fatale, dangerous attraction, obsession, manipulations, manipulation, couple relations, uninvited guest, couples, dishonesty, power relations, rivalry ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
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Motives (2004)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 87 min.
Story: Motive is an edgy thriller that centers around Emery Simms, a highly educated and successful business tycoon who happens to be married to the quintessential wife Constance. Things go dangerously awry when the thrill seeking Emery engages in an ...
Style: realistic, serious, suspenseful, tense, sexual ...
Plot: dangerous attraction, manipulations, manipulation, couples, infidelity, sexual relations, danger, fatal attraction, murder, crimes, crime gone awry, protagonist as suspect ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
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Born Bad (2011)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 86 min.
Story: A young woman (Bonnie Dennison) falls for a mysterious man (Michael Welch) who reveals his dark side.
Style: realistic, suspenseful, serious, exciting
Plot: dangerous attraction, family relations, dishonesty, deadly, danger, hidden identity, confined, crimes, couples, disorder, stepmother stepdaughter relationship, psychopath ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
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Proof of Lies (2006)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 120 min.
Story: A scientist researches the genetic cause of addictive behavior.
Style: suspenseful, serious, realistic, tense, surprise ending
Plot: dishonesty, betrayal, couple relations, woman in danger, danger, conspiracy, infidelity, college dropout, couples, inventions and discoveries, university, cleavage ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, chicago illinois, illinois
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
 5.9
 7K
Cherrybomb (2009)
Genre: Action, Drama, Romance, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 76 min.
Story: Cherry Bomb follows teenagers Luke, Malachy, and Michelle as they embark on a wild weekend of drink, drugs, shop-lifting and stealing cars. But what starts out as a game turns deadly serious when the three discover that they can't get off the ...
Style: exciting, tense, captivating, serious, realistic ...
Audience: teens
Plot: love triangle, dangerous attraction, coming of age, buddies, teenage life, drugs/alcohol, danger, rivalry, youth, dishonesty, wild ride, juvenile delinquency ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: ireland, europe, northern ireland
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
Wasted on the Young (2010)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: Australia
Duration: 97 min.
Story: When a high school party goes dangerously off the rails, one teenager finds that revenge is just a computer click away.
Style: suspenseful, serious, tense, captivating, realistic
Audience: teens
Plot: vengeance, youth, teenage life, rivalry, teenage love, social relations, family relations, murder, danger, teasing, picked on, fight back ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: australia
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
 5.5
 3K
Kill for Me (2013)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: Canada
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Rent’s a bitch. And that is why, six months after her best friend went missing, Amanda finally gives in to getting another roommate, Hailey. The two college students turn out to have something in common, however: abusive men. For Hailey, it’s ...
Style: suspenseful, tense, serious, realistic, twists and turns
Audience: teens
Plot: roommate, deadly, murder, uncover truth, manipulations, dishonesty, haunted by the past, woman in danger, danger, crimes, graphic violence, abuse ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
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Good Chemistry (2008)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: After picking up an alluring woman,Toby, a gifted chemist slumming as a high school teacher, is kidnapped by her violent boyfriend and ordered to use his skills to create methamphetamine for a group of drug traffickers. When Toby refuses, his ...
Style: serious, realistic, tense, rough, suspenseful ...
Plot: murder, kidnapping, deadly, drug abuse, crimes, danger, on the run, dishonesty, drug dealing, cons and scams, frame up, graphic violence ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
 4.6
 388
Fistpie (2010)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Haunted by memories of his ex-girlfriend Alice, a heartbroken Billy returns home to Northern Virginia seeking solace from old friends. But what he finds there is more disconcerting: his best friend Stanley has become unstable, mysterious and ...
Style: tense, psychological, suspenseful, captivating, realistic ...
Plot: murder, homecoming, best friends, crimes, couples, breakup, danger, friendship, friends, graphic violence, mentally unstable, profanity ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: virginia, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
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Everything Will Be Fine (2010)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: Denmark, Sweden, France
Duration: 90 min.
Story: A writer-director known for becoming obsessed with his own stories, Jacob Falk stumbles upon photographs of prisoners of war being tortured by Danish soldiers.Suspecting a political conspiracy, Falk falls into a frenetic chase to reveal the mystery ...
Style: realistic, exciting, suspenseful, serious, tense ...
Plot: dishonesty, chase, uncover truth, disorder, state affairs, obsession, life turned upside down, on the run, life is a bitch, hit and run, political conspiracy, chases and races ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: europe, denmark, eastern europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
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Beautiful (2009)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: Australia
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Searing and luscious, "Beautiful" tells the story of Daniel, a shy and introverted 14 year old boy residing in Sunshine Hills, a suburb living in the grip of fear following the rumoured abductions of three teenage girls. Daniel's two ...
Style: scary, mind bending, tense, realistic, suspenseful ...
Plot: suburbs, investigation, teenage life, obsession, uncover truth, danger, youth, deadly, dishonesty, who done it, crimes, blind ambition ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
The Cheating Pact (2013)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 85 min.
Story: Three high school students that are under pressure from their parents to get into good colleges convince a shy but very smart girl to take the College Entrance Test for them.
Style: serious, realistic, tense, captivating, suspenseful
Plot: murder, false accusation, legal investigation, frame up, crimes, witnessing a crime, teenage love, dishonesty, high school, college, danger, infidelity ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
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Dark Hearts (2014)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: When struggling artist Colson finds his muse in sultry singer Fran, their daring romance spirals out of control into a dangerous game of deception and betrayal.
Style: serious, realistic, surreal, psychological, suspenseful ...
Plot: couples, love affair, danger, siblings relations, dangerous attraction, betrayal, dishonesty, love and romance, gory, deception, relationships, relationship problems ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
 5.8
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Triple Dog (2010)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: Canada
Duration: 95 min.
Story: On the night of a sleepover, a group of teenage girls venture out in a competitive game of challenging dares. As the antics escalate, and the dares become more extreme, the girls unravel the truth behind a former student's rumored suicide.
Style: realistic, tense, suspenseful, suspense, humorous ...
Audience: teens, girls' night
Plot: teenage life, youth, truth or dare, friends, dare, uncover truth, high school, slumber party, nudity (full frontal - brief), public humiliation, teenage girl, escapades ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
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Blood and Ties (2013)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: South Korea
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Da-eun lives a happy life with her single father, a man who sacrificed everything in his life for her. She loved her father very dearly. However, their relationship is about to take an unexpected turn. Da-eun becomes suspicious that her father might ...
Style: tense, psychological, serious, realistic, captivating ...
Plot: kidnapping, parents and children, uncover truth, murder, moral dilemma, danger, hidden identity, investigation, family relations, crimes, dishonesty, woman in danger ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: south korea, korea
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
Enemies Among Us (2010)
Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 76 min.
Story: It's not politics as usual, or is it? The governor of Louisiana is about to become the vice-presidential candidate for his party but a murder and an international web spanning from South Africa to Pakistan and North Korea might just get in the ...
Style: serious, suspenseful, tense, captivating, psychological ...
Plot: assassination, campaign, danger, crimes, political corruption, politics, dishonesty, haunted by the past, rivalry, graphic violence, profanity, drugs/alcohol ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, louisiana
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
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Love Sick Love (2012)
Genre: Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 83 min.
Story: Dori and Norman, two stunning and sophisticated serial daters, are destined to endure a terrifying journey through perfect couple-hood: Valentine's, Easter, Halloween, Christmas and New Year. Except with psychopath Dori, it all needs to take ...
Style: tense, realistic, serious, suspenseful
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Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
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Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 75 min.
Story: Jarrod is horrified to learn that a faceless killer is celebrating his birthday by filling his mansion with the corpses of his closest friends.
Style: suspenseful, scary, serious, realistic, slasher ...
Audience: teens
Plot: serial killer, incestuous relationship, teenage life, youth, deadly, danger, homosexual, stepmother stepson relationship, jealousy, camp, murderer, serial murder ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, malibu california
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
 5.0
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In the Shadows (2001)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: When a stunt man dies in Miami, his uncle, a New York mob boss, sends a hit man to tail the stunt coordinator, whom the boss wants dead. The hit man, Eric O'Bryne, gets close to his mark's daughter, and through her he asks her dad to teach ...
Style: serious, tense, suspenseful, realistic
Audience: boys' night
Plot: hitman, undercover, witnessing a crime, crime, crimes, introspection, working undercover, dishonesty, deadly, danger, rivalry, gangsters ...
Time: contemporary
Place: usa, miami, new york, florida
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
 3.8
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Gut (2012)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Something is missing in Tom's life. His marriage has lost its spark, his job is suffocating him, and his childhood best friend Dan still clings to the past. Every day he goes through the motions, becoming increasingly detached from those around ...
Style: psychological, tense, serious, disturbing, suspenseful ...
Plot: voyeurism, murder, haunted by the past, deadly, best friends, losing-it hero, danger, crimes, violence, gory, friends, life turned upside down ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
 5.9
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Leave (2011)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 84 min.
Story: Henry Harper is a successful novelist who has it all. But after surviving a recent trauma he finds himself haunted by a dream that terrifies him. Convinced that the only way to understand what the dream means is to write his way through it, Henry ...
Style: suspenseful, serious, tense, captivating, suspense ...
Plot: nightmare comes true, haunted by the past, mysterious character, writer's life, life turned upside down, disorder, road trip, brother brother relationship, home invasion, danger, artists and showbiz, graphic violence ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
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