Movies like The California Kid

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The California Kid (1974)
 6.4
 1K
The California Kid (1974)
Genre: Action, Horror, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 74 min.
Story: A sadistic small-town sheriff has a habit of deliberately forcing speeders to their deaths on the mountain roads leading into town. The brother of one of the victims rolls into town in his hot rod to investigate his brother's death.
Style: tense, rough, serious, realistic, suspenseful
Audience: boys' night
Plot: murder, small town, serial killer, psychopath, car chase, sheriff, car accident, crimes, mountain, chase, amateur detective, small town life, dishonesty, law enforcement, siblings relations, rivalry, tough law enforcer, uncover truth, social relations, small town sheriff, car, sailor, death, male female relationship, court ...
Time: 50s, 1950s
Place: california, usa

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Most similar movies to The California Kid

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, suspenseful, realistic and scary films with plots about murder, crimes, deadly, danger, psychopath, serial killer and rivalry mostly in Thriller, Horror and Action genres. Some movies like The California Kid: Duel (1971), Cold Steel (1987), Speed Demon (2003), Hayride 2 (2015), Shallow Ground (2004). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
 7.6
 68K
Duel (1971)
Genre: Action, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Travelling businessman, David Mann, angers the driver of a rusty tanker whilst crossing the Californian desert. A simple trip turns deadly as Mann struggles to stay on the road while the tanker plays cat and mouse with his life.
Style: atmospheric, exciting, road movie, tense, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: road rage, stalking, desert, car chase, chase, gas station, truck driver, psychopath, truck, salesman, duel, mind game ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: california, usa, los angeles
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100%
 4.5
 802
Cold Steel (1987)
Genre: Action, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Detective Johnny Modine gets his Christmas celebration spoiled with news of his father's death, which seems the work of psychopathic junkies ...
Style: tense, realistic, rough, exciting, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: murder, psychopath, investigation, police detective, femme fatale, rivalry, crimes, ex cop, vengeance, christmas eve, car chase, dealing with death ...
Time: 80s
Place: usa, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
91%
 2.3
 673
Speed Demon (2003)
Genre: Action, Horror, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 80 min.
Story: In this supernatural take on The Fast and the Furious, college student Jesse returns home only to find that his old stomping ground has been overrun by a gang of street racers that dabbles in the black arts. But things take a bloody turn for the ...
Style: serious, rough, bleak, slasher, scary
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gang, supernatural, serial killer, chase, supernatural ability, vigilantism, crimes, stalking, terrorism, deadly creature, hidden identity, car chase ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
77%
 3.0
 721
Hayride 2 (2015)
Genre: Action, Horror, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: The end of one journey only marks the beginning of another as Detective Loomis returns to uncover the truth behind the Legend of Pitchfork.
Style: slasher, suspenseful, scary, realistic, serious ...
Plot: uncover truth, murder, psychopath, strong violent content, violence spree, law enforcement, crimes, legend, killer, chase, violence, death ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, alabama
⇓ similarity ⇓
70%
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Shallow Ground (2004)
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: A naked teenage boy covered in blood appears at a remote sheriff's station one year after the brutal unsolved murder of a local girl. Now Sheriff Jack Shepherd, guilt ridden over the girl's murder, must confront his own demons as he ...
Style: psychological, serious, rough, suspenseful, scary ...
Plot: vengeance, riddles and clues, mystery, investigation, murder, law enforcement, crimes, psychopath, small town, teenage life, small town sheriff, small town life ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
69%
 4.7
 834
Starkweather (2004)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Horror, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: In 1958 Nebraska 19 year old garbageman Charles Starkweather goes on a murder spree with his 14 year old girlfriend Caril Ann Fugate killing 11 people in three months, introducing America to spree killing.
Style: serious, realistic, rough, suspenseful, road movie
Plot: serial killer, psychopath, police investigation, mind game, track down, law enforcement, lovers on the run, murder, teenage life, chase, violence spree, car chase ...
Time: contemporary
Place: nebraska, usa, wyoming
⇓ similarity ⇓
64%
 6.2
 57
Gun Town (2009)
Genre: Action, Horror, Mystery, Thriller, Western
Country: USA
Duration: 78 min.
Story: A group of friends go on a road trip soon after their high school graduation and get lost in the middle of nowhere. They stumble upon an abandoned Wild West tourist attraction that was abandoned when the former owner went crazy and killed several ...
Style: slasher, tense, serious, suspenseful, rough ...
Plot: psychopath, murder, serial killer, mentally unstable, confined, crimes, small town, violence spree, disguise, strong violent content, evil clown, masked villain ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
63%
The Car: Road to Revenge (2019)
Genre: Action, Horror, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: In a dilapidated cyberpunk city plagued by crime and corruption, an unscrupulous District Attorney is savagely murdered and tossed out of a building onto his brand new car. Mysteriously, the District Attorney and his car come back to life as a ...
Style: scary, suspenseful, tense, captivating, suspense ...
Audience: teens
Plot: car chase, supernatural, supernatural power, violence spree, chaos, crimes, on the run, chase, psychopath, vengeance, mystery, society ...
Time: contemporary, future
⇓ similarity ⇓
59%
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 4.8
 817
Sacrifice (2000)
Genre: Action, Horror, Thriller, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: A convicted bank robber breaks free as he is being transported to prison after learning that his daughter has been killed by a serial killer. Determined to find her killer, he joins with a female cop who is working the case. He quickly discovers ...
Style: realistic, serious, rough, suspenseful, surprise ending
Audience: boys' night
Plot: serial killer, psychopath, murder, manhunt, investigation, master criminal, mind game, track down, law enforcement, chase, ritual murder, murder of a policewoman ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
No One Can Hear You (2001)
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Families are dying and reporter Trish (Kelly McGillis) finds herself reporting on a serial killing spree. After her daughter Lisa's (Kate Elliott) best friends are killed, she fears that her family may be on the killers list. Sheriff Webster ...
Style: serious, suspenseful, rough, suspense, realistic ...
Plot: psychopath, investigation, mind game, serial killer, law enforcement, crimes, teenage life, family life, murder, journalism, media, police investigation ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
 3.5
 397
Greed (2006)
Genre: Action, Horror, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Raven (Darlena Tejeiro) and Ashley (Andrea Bogart), two young women returning from a rock-climbing expedition, find themselves harassed by a group of bikers at a dusty bar in the desert. With surprise and guile on their side, the girls escape by ...
Style: realistic, serious, suspenseful, exciting, scary ...
Plot: stolen money, woman in danger, vengeance, serial killer, on the run, rivalry, obsessive quest, gang, crimes, cons and scams, desert, death ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: europe, london, california, usa, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
Beneath the Darkness (2011)
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: After watching their best friend get murdered, a group of teens struggle to expose a local hero as the vicious killer and keep from becoming his next victims.
Style: serious, scary, suspense, bleak, realistic ...
Audience: teens
Plot: psychopath, serial killer, young heroes, investigation, amateur detective, murder, confined, crimes, youth, social relations, small town, mortician ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: texas, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
 6.2
 10K
The Car (1977)
Genre: Action, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: The film is set in the fictional Utah community of Santa Ynez, which is being terrorized by a mysterious black coupe that appears out of nowhere and begins running people down. After the car kills off the town's Sheriff (John Marley), it ...
Style: scary, tense, suspenseful, serious, suspense ...
Plot: supernatural, desert, small town, car chase, crimes, mystery, violence spree, vengeance, chase, on the run, psychopath, small town life ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
 3.3
 696
Circle (2010)
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 87 min.
Story: When remorseless killer James Bennett escapes from lockdown in a mental hospital, an FBI agent and a U.S. Marshal track the madman to his hometown, where he plans to slay a group of graduate students studying his case. But to catch their prey, the ...
Style: serious, tense, suspenseful, disturbing, psychological ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: serial killer, psychopath, murder, mind game, riddles and clues, crimes, rivalry, student life, youth, race against time, evil man, sex scene ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
 3.9
 770
Rough Draft (1998)
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: A struggling freelance writer, while investigating the transvestite night life, stumbles across a serial killer in action. The two then strike up a bizarre partnership to document the killer's motives and handiwork as a possessed detective ...
Style: tense, scary, realistic, serious, psychological ...
Plot: transvestism, murder, stalking, serial killer, psychopath, woman in danger, who done it, false accusation, mind game, protagonist as suspect, witnessing a crime, criminal's revenge ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
See No Evil 2 (2014)
Genre: Action, Horror, Thriller
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 90 min.
Story: See No Evil 2 revives the nightmare of the first film when Jacob Goodnight rises from the dead in the city morgue after his killing spree at the Blackwell hotel. In this ominous, underground locker for the dead, a group of medical students fight to ...
Style: slasher, scary, serious, rough, suspenseful ...
Plot: psychopath, graphic violence, crimes, strong violent content, rivalry, chase, murder, man in a wheelchair, serial murder, assassin, characters murdered one by one, surprise birthday party ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
Final Examination (2003)
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: A burned out L.A. detective moves to Hawaii, where he stumbles upon a murder at a college sorority reunion.
Style: tense, serious, suspenseful, exciting, touching ...
Plot: serial killer, murder, revenge, investigation, law enforcement, who done it, crimes, haunted by the past, siblings relations, resort, sex scene, suicide ...
Time: contemporary
Place: hawaii, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
Black Cadillac (2003)
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Three young men become terrorized in a high-speed car chase with a mysterious pursuant.
Style: serious, scary, tense, suspenseful, psychological
Plot: car chase, friendship, mind game, escapades, chase, murder, survival, rivalry, crimes, goofy hero, mountain, brother ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
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The Hitcher II: I've Been Waiting (2003)
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: A sadistic serial killer terrorizes a couple driving on a rural highway in Texas while killing numerous people and framing them for his killings.
Style: scary, realistic, serious, rough, suspenseful ...
Plot: serial killer, on the road, hitchhiker, survival, psychopath, law enforcement, crimes, police investigation, mind game, vengeance, woman in danger, murder ...
Time: contemporary
Place: usa, texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
 5.7
 9K
Highwaymen (2004)
Genre: Action, Crime, Horror, Thriller
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 80 min.
Story: James Cray watched as his wife was killed by Fargo, a hit-and-run serial murderer. After severely injuring Fargo and going to prison for several years, James is now determined to avenge his wife's death. He drives across the country looking for ...
Style: suspenseful, exciting, rough, scary, suspense ...
Plot: car chase, serial killer, hit and run, murder, revenge, graphic violence, vengeance, crimes, rivalry, death of wife, sadistic killer, killing spree ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
 4.3
 1K
Summoned (2013)
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: Follow three individuals who served on the jury for one of San Francisco's most high profile serial killer cases. Now someone, or something, is killing them off one by one.
Style: tense, serious, suspenseful, realistic, captivating ...
Audience: teens
Plot: crimes, uncover truth, murder, mysterious character, serial killer, haunted by the past, law enforcement, stalking, woman in danger, police detective, sexual content, riddles and clues ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
 6.7
 3K
The Sadist (1963)
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Three people driving into Los Angeles for a Dodgers game have car trouble and pull off into an old wrecking yard where they are held at bay by a bloodthirsty psycho and his crazy girlfriend.
Style: scary, bleak, rough, disturbing, suspenseful ...
Plot: psychopath, serial killer, murder, car trouble, teacher, sadism, runaway, snake, murderous pair, crimes, mute or deaf, confined ...
Time: 60s, contemporary
Place: california, arizona
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
The Thrill Killers (1964)
Genre: Action, Crime, Horror, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 70 min.
Story: Three psychotic murderers escape from a mental institution and stalk women in Los Angeles.
Style: rough, suspenseful, serious, exciting, realistic ...
Plot: murder, woman in danger, captivity, crimes, psychopath, violence spree, confined, hostage, strong violent content, chase, motorcycle cop, motorcycle chase ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: california, usa, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
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 5.0
 441
Relentless 3 (1993)
Genre: Action, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 84 min.
Story: Sam Dietz, the relentless police detective, returns to Los Angeles from a self-imposed exile to help the police solve another series of brutal killings committed by another crafty serial killer whom targets Dietz's latest love interest.
Style: scary, realistic, serious, rough, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: police detective, police investigation, serial killer, psychopath, law enforcement, investigation, mind game, chase, crimes, witnessing a crime, stalking, amateur detective ...
Time: 90s
Place: usa, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
The Cohasset Snuff Film (2012)
Genre: Crime, Horror, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 85 min.
Story: In 2009, the small town of Cohasset, Massachusetts was rocked with tragedy. A 17-year-old high school senior named Collin Mason murdered three classmates. All the murders were videotaped and uploaded to the Internet via bit torrent sites and for ...
Style: psychological, rough, suspenseful, tense, realistic ...
Plot: serial killer, murder, high school, small town, small town life, investigation, crimes, computers and web, found footage, violence, society, teenager ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: massachusetts, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
 4.2
 564
XII (2008)
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 81 min.
Story: A man found guilty of a crime against a minor is released from prison and returns to get revenge on the jury who sent him there.
Style: slasher, suspenseful, tense, captivating, suspense ...
Audience: teens
Plot: vengeance, psychopath, crimes, strong violent content, serial killer, masked killer, murder, violence, escaped prisoner, chase, comeback, rivalry ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
 5.3
 2K
The Unseen (1980)
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: Freelance reporter Jennifer and her two friends, Karen and Vicki, accept an invitation for cheap room and board in a large farmhouse offered by a friendly, but shady, museum owner named Ernest Keller since all the motels in and around town are ...
Style: scary, serious, suspenseful, rough, slasher ...
Plot: museum, psychopath, serial killer, reporter, small town, stalking, murder, captivity, woman in danger, isolation, journalism, estate ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: california
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
Moon of the Wolf (1972)
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 75 min.
Story: After several locals are viciously murdered, a Louisiana sheriff starts to suspect he may be dealing with a werewolf.
Style: scary, serious, realistic, rough, suspenseful ...
Plot: small town, murder, werewolf, social relations, pregnancy, small town life, supernatural, mystery, deadly creature, crimes, stalking, rivalry ...
Time: 70s
Place: louisiana, usa, southern usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
 6.3
 137K
The Last Stand (2013)
Genre: Action, Thriller
Country: USA, South Korea
Duration: 107 min.
Story: Ray Owens is sheriff of the quiet US border town of Sommerton Junction after leaving the LAPD following a bungled operation. Following his escape from the FBI, a notorious drug baron, his gang, and a hostage are heading toward Sommerton Junction ...
Style: exciting, realistic, tense, serious, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: sheriff, car chase, hostage, small town, drug lord, fbi, escape, prisoner, crimes, fighting crime, law enforcement, tough law enforcer ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s, year 2013, 80s
Place: usa, las vegas, arizona, california, mexico
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
 2.7
 509
Dead End Road (2004)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Horror, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Detective Burt Williams has been on the trail of the infamous "Poe killer" for nearly three years. The most recent abduction of fashion model Heather Makepiece prompts state authorities to bring in the FBI. Burt's daughter Kris ...
Style: slasher, scary, realistic, serious, rough ...
Plot: serial killer, police detective, race against time, crimes, law enforcement, confined, police investigation, psychopath, who done it, murder, kidnapping, killer ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: midwest, detroit, michigan
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%