Movies and TV shows like Riverdale

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Riverdale (2016)
 7.4
 81K
Riverdale (2016)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 45 min.
Story: Set in the present, the series offers a bold, subversive take on Archie, Betty, Veronica and their friends, exploring the surreality of small-town life, the darkness and weirdness bubbling beneath Riverdale’s wholesome facade.
Style: captivating, biting, tense, suspenseful, surprise ending, exciting, dramatic, suspense, intense
Audience: teens, teen drama
Plot: small town, high school, investigation, friendship, teenage life, friends, youth, love and romance, parents and children, murder, crimes, family relations, danger, love triangle, school, teen angst, secret, family secret, neighbor, murder investigation, amateur detective, gang, journalist, newspaper, teenager ...

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Most similar movies to Riverdale

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out suspenseful, serious, realistic and captivating films and TV series with plots about friendship, high school, youth, teenager, investigation, crimes and danger mostly in Drama, Mystery and Thriller genres. Some movies like Riverdale: Pretty Little Liars (2010), Twin Peaks (1990), Veronica Mars (2004), Scream: The TV Series (2015), Gossip Girl (2007). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
Pretty Little Liars (2010)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Romance, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 44 min.
Story: Based on the Pretty Little Liars series of young adult novels by Sara Shepard, the series follows the lives of four girls — Spencer, Hanna, Aria, and Emily — whose clique falls apart after the disappearance of their queen bee, Alison. One year ...
Style: suspenseful, twists and turns, serious, realistic
Audience: teens, girls' night, teen drama, family outing
Plot: secret, friendship, high school, best friends, haunted by the past, youth, blackmail, disappearance, threat, gossip and rumors, family, high school life ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s
Place: pennsylvania, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 8.8
 151K
Twin Peaks (1990)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 47 min.
Story: The body of Laura Palmer is washed up on a beach near the small Washington state town of Twin Peaks. FBI Special Agent Dale Cooper is called in to investigate her strange demise only to uncover a web of mystery that ultimately leads him deep into ...
Style: atmospheric, gloomy, psychological, suspenseful, mind bending ...
Plot: small town, investigation, small town life, murder, who done it, rape, supernatural, mysterious place, double life, crime, special agents, under the surface ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, 1990s, 90s, year 1989
Place: washington state, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
66%
 8.4
 60K
Veronica Mars (2004)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 44 min.
Story: The series is set in the fictional town of Neptune, California, and stars Kristen Bell as the title character, a student who progresses from high school to college while moonlighting as a private investigator under the tutelage of her detective ...
Style: talky, witty, clever, touching, suspenseful ...
Audience: teens
Plot: amateur detective, student, private detective, investigation, teenage life, danger, high school, sheriff, private investigator, ex couple relations, teacher, parents and children ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: california, usa, southern california
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
Scream: The TV Series (2015)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 45 min.
Story: What starts as a YouTube video going viral, soon leads to problems for the teenagers of Lakewood and serves as the catalyst for a murder that opens up a window to the town's troubled past. Everyone has secrets. Everyone tells lies. Everyone is ...
Style: suspenseful, scary, twists and turns, semi serious, realistic
Audience: teens, date night
Plot: serial killer, teenage life, youth, small town, danger, massacre, high school, murder, who done it, psychopath, characters killed one by one, mystery ...
Time: contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
62%
Movie in collections
 7.4
 138K
Gossip Girl (2007)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 42 min.
Story: Gossip Girl is an American teen drama television series based on the book series of the same name written by Cecily von Ziegesar. The series, created by Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage, originally ran on The CW for six seasons from September 19, ...
Style: witty, realistic, talky, stylized, serious ...
Audience: teens, girls' night, teen drama, date night
Plot: popularity, youth, gossip and rumors, teenage love, friends, betrayal, school, love triangle, high school, lifestyle, party, high school life ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s, 2000s
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
The Vampire Diaries (2009)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Mystery, Romance, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 43 min.
Story: The story of two vampire brothers obsessed with the same girl, who bears a striking resemblance to the beautiful but ruthless vampire they knew and loved in 1864.
Style: suspenseful, serious, stylized, romantic, disturbing
Audience: teens
Plot: vampire, love triangle, supernatural, immortality, dangerous attraction, teenage life, werewolf, love and romance, youth, small town, high school, small town life ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 19th century, 2010s, 2000s ...
Place: virginia, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
 8.8
 22K
Shame (2015)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Norway
Duration: 30 min.
Story: The story of a young teenager group, born 1999, and a pupil on Hartvig Nissens upper secondary school in Oslo, and her friends and their life, troubles, scandals and every day life. Which of the members represented changes per season.
Style: sweet, emotional, sentimental, serious, realistic ...
Audience: teens, teen drama
Plot: friendship, teenage girl, teenage protagonist, high school hunk, lgbt, teenage sexuality, interracial relations, teen angst, high school, gay relationship, muslim, teenage boy ...
Time: contemporary
Place: norway, oslo norway, scandinavia
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
House of Anubis (2011)
Genre: Drama, Family, Fantasy, Mystery, Romance, Thriller
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 15 min.
Story: House of Anubis is a jointly Nickelodeon British, American, and Belgian mystery television series based on the Dutch-Belgian television series Het Huis Anubis aired in the Netherlands and Belgium. The series was created by Hans Bourlon and Gert ...
Style: humorous, suspenseful, semi serious, light
Audience: kids, teens, family outing, pre-teens
Plot: boarding school life, school, friends, teenage life, young heroes, disappearance, investigation, riddles and clues, youth, amateur detective, boarding school, suspicion ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: england, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
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November Criminals (2017)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: Addison Schacht investigates the murder of his friend Kevin, with the help of Phoebe, and they discover the truth is darker than they ever imagined.
Style: touching, cynical, sincere, suspenseful, captivating
Audience: teen drama
Plot: high school, teenager, murder, death of mother, friendship, father son relationship, investigation, girlfriend, shot to death, confrontation, pager, drug dealer ...
Time: contemporary
Place: usa, washington d.c.
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
The Private School (2011)
Genre: Mystery
Country: Russia
Duration: 48 min.
Story: in this TV series there is a school and in that school have been many secrets, students from this school find out that a teacher has gone missing so they start to look for him this then leads into a long journey which gets into a difficult situation ...
Style: captivating, suspenseful, twists and turns, disturbing, suspense
Audience: teens, teen drama
Plot: youth, adventure, friendship, rivalry, investigation, secret, boarding school, family problems, danger, private school, school, fall in love ...
Time: contemporary
Place: russia
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
 8.5
 41K
Twin Peaks (2017)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Fantasy, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
Story: Picks up 25 years after the inhabitants of a quaint northwestern town are stunned when their homecoming queen is murdered.
Style: disturbing, surreal, atmospheric, captivating, twists and turns ...
Plot: supernatural, small town life, crime, small town, crimes, law enforcement, mystery, special agents, haunted by the past, good versus evil, evil spirit, surrealism ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, new mexico
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.6
 15K
Elite (2018)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Spain
Duration: 60 min.
Story: When three working class kids enroll in the most exclusive school in Spain, the clash between the wealthy and the poor students leads to tragedy.
Style: emotional, intense, captivating, disturbing, twists and turns
Plot: school, murder, friendship, classmates, youth, society, love and romance, sex standing up, teenage sex, jealousy, infidelity, sex scene ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 8.1
 197K
13 Reasons Why (2017)
Genre: Drama, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
Story: After a teenage girl's perplexing suicide, a classmate receives a series of tapes that unravel the mystery of her tragic choice.
Style: thought provoking, serious, emotional, psychological, suspenseful ...
Audience: teens, teen drama
Plot: suicide, loss of friend, high school, human relationship, guilt, teenage girl, depression, loss of daughter, loss, loss of loved one, teenager, audio cassette ...
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
74%
 7.2
 6K
Beyond (2016)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 43 min.
Story: Holden wakes up from a coma after 12 years and discovers new abilities that propel him into the middle of a dangerous conspiracy.
Style: bleak, captivating, exciting, tense, twists and turns
Audience: teen drama
Plot: superhuman, adventure, supernatural, telekinesis, disorder, heroes, danger, teenager, deadly, love, mentor, twists & turns ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
 8.1
 151K
The Mentalist (2008)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 43 min.
Story: Patrick Jane, a former celebrity psychic medium, uses his razor sharp skills of observation and expertise at "reading" people to solve serious crimes with the California Bureau of Investigation.
Style: exciting, intellectual, twists and turns, suspenseful, serious ...
Plot: partners against crime, crimes, fighting crime, police investigation, serial killer, investigation, danger, partners, murder, crime, psychic, vengeance ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s, 2000s
Place: california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Rizzoli & Isles (2010)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
Story: Perhaps their strikingly different personalities make the relationship between detective Jane Rizzoli and medical examiner Maura Isles so effective. Jane, the only female cop in Boston's homicide division, is tough, relentless and rarely lets ...
Style: tense, serious, realistic, suspenseful, captivating
Audience: girls' night
Plot: police investigation, partners against crime, crimes, forensics, family relations, crime, best friends, partners, police detective, policewoman, workplace, law enforcement ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, boston, massachusetts
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
 8.9
 567K
Stranger Things (2016)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 51 min.
Story: When a young boy vanishes, a small town uncovers a mystery involving secret experiments, terrifying supernatural forces, and one strange little girl.
Style: captivating, suspenseful, sincere, disturbing, exciting ...
Plot: friendship, missing person, monster, parallel world, supernatural, experiment, government conspiracy, middle school, small town, brother brother relationship, small town sheriff, boyfriend girlfriend relationship ...
Time: 80s, year 1983
Place: indiana
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.4
 114
Split (2009)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Romance
Country: Israel
Duration: 25 min.
Story: Follows Ella Rosen who discovers her identity, as a half-vampire, half-human, when she starts at Green High whose principal is secretly the head of 'The Order of the Blood' an order which is devoted to cleansing the world of vampires.
Style: serious, atmospheric, suspenseful
Audience: teens, girls' night
Plot: vampire, teenage love, high school, high school life, supernatural, love triangle, love and romance, youth, friends, best friends, friendship, siblings relations ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
Movie in collections
 7.5
 108K
Smallville (2001)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Romance, Sci-Fi
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 60 min.
Story: Smallville is an American television series developed by writers/producers Alfred Gough and Miles Millar. It is based on the DC Comics character Superman, originally created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster. The series follows the adventures of Clark ...
Style: suspenseful, exciting, serious, captivating, entertaining
Audience: teens
Plot: superhuman powers, superhero, teenage love, secret identity, good versus evil, friendship, danger, double life, alien, escapades, rivalry, superhuman speed ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s, 2000s
Place: kansas
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.2
 8K
The Gates (2010)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Fantasy, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
Story: Like most families that settle inside The Gates, the Monahans are unmoored from a complicated life they abandoned in Chicago. There's something very different about this place, almost... haunting. Named the new police chief of The Gates, Nick ...
Style: serious, suspenseful
Audience: teens
Plot: vampire, supernatural, danger, imaginary, family in danger, youth, parents and children, suburban life, monster, boyfriend, police detective, lifestyle ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
 8.2
 85K
Bates Motel (2013)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 45 min.
Story: A "contemporary prequel" to the 1960 film Psycho, depicting the life of Norman Bates and his mother Norma prior to the events portrayed in Hitchcock's film, albeit in a different fictional town and in a modern setting. The series ...
Style: tense, atmospheric, suspenseful, serious, psychological ...
Plot: motel, small town, obsession, dysfunctional family, serial killer, murder, family problems, overbearing mother, mad, crimes, teenage life, incestuous desire ...
Time: 20th century, 2010s
Place: usa, oregon
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.3
 593
Open Heart (2015)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Romance
Country: Canada
Duration: 22 min.
Story: In the wake of her father's disappearance, 16-year-old Dylan Blake falls in with the wrong crowd, gets arrested, and earns court-ordered community service volunteering at Open Heart Memorial, the hospital where her mother and sister are ...
Style: suspenseful, semi serious, realistic, humorous, touching
Audience: teens, teen drama
Plot: hospital, delinquent, doctor, friendship, amateur detective, mystery, investigation, community service, juvenile delinquent, uncover truth, family in crisis, missing person ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
 8.0
 937
Silver Spoon (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: Russia
Duration: 60 min.
Story: Forced to become an apprentice cop, cocky playboy Igor finds he's got a knack for police work. But his job soon takes him down a dark personal path.
Style: tense, suspenseful, serious, exciting, captivating
Audience: teens
Plot: murder, danger, crimes, redemption, police, betrayal, friendship, colleague colleague relationship, fight scenes, revenge, adaptation, father son relationship ...
Time: contemporary
Place: russia
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
Movie in collections
 4.4
 51K
LOL (2012)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: In a world connected by YouTube, iTunes, and Facebook, Lola and her friends navigate the peer pressures of high school romance and friendship while dodging their sometimes overbearing and confused parents. When Lola's mom, Anne, ...
Style: feel good, humorous, light, romantic, semi serious ...
Audience: teens, girls' night
Plot: love and romance, teenage love, teenage life, best friends, high school life, youth, friends, coming of age, high school, friendship, happy ending, mother daughter relationship ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders (2016)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 43 min.
Story: Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders is a drama about the specialized International Division of the FBI tasked with solving crimes and coming to the rescue of Americans who find themselves in danger while abroad.
Style: serious, suspenseful, realistic, psychological, exciting ...
Plot: investigation, fbi, crimes, special agents, danger, intelligence, profiler, forensics, team, human nature, police investigation, crime ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
 7.2
 9K
The Catch (2016)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Romance, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 43 min.
Story: Strong and successful Alice Martin is a fraud investigator who's about to be the victim of fraud by her fiancé. Between her cases, she is determined to find him before it ruins her career.
Style: captivating, exciting, tense, twists and turns, light
Audience: girls' night, boys' night
Plot: private investigator, love, family relations, friends, crimes, twists & turns, relationship problems, investigation, dysfunctional relationship, danger, dialogue, betrayal ...
Place: los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
 7.2
 34K
Hemlock Grove (2013)
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 46 min.
Story: One cannot quench his all-consuming thirst. The other cannot tame the beast clawing its way out. In the sleepy Pennsylvania village of Hemlock Grove, two young men struggle to accept painful truths: about family, themselves, the mystery of the White ...
Style: gothic, serious, suspenseful, exciting, twists and turns ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: werewolf, investigation, small town, protagonist as suspect, crimes, family secret, danger, parents and children, murder, gypsy, love triangle, deformity ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: pennsylvania, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
 7.4
 17K
The Lying Game (2011)
Genre: Drama, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 44 min.
Story: Emma, a kind-hearted foster kid who can't catch a break, finds out she has an identical twin sister, Sutton, who - unlike Emma - was adopted by wealthy parents and is seemingly living an ideal life. After their initial meeting, Sutton talks ...
Style: serious, suspenseful, realistic
Audience: teens
Plot: amateur detective, twins, twin sister, teenager, foster child, high school, investigation, crimes, deadly, youth, missing person, murder ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: arizona, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
 6.6
 31K
Dawson's Creek (1998)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
Story: Dawson's Creek is an American teen drama television series created by Kevin Williamson which debuted on January 20, 1998, on The WB and was produced by Sony Pictures Television. Filmed in Wilmington, North Carolina, at EUE/Screen Gems studios ...
Style: realistic, emotional, captivating, touching, serious
Audience: teens, girls' night, teen drama, date night
Plot: friendship, love triangle, small town, coming of age, romance, teenage life, high school life, self discovery, couple relations, couples, introspection, first sex ...
Time: 20th century, 21st century, contemporary, 90s, 1990s ...
Place: massachusetts, usa, boston
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
 7.7
 66K
One Tree Hill (2003)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
Story: Set in the fictional small town of Tree Hill, North Carolina, this teen-driven drama tells the story of two half brothers, who share a last name and nothing else. Brooding, blue-collar Lucas is a talented street-side basketball player, but his ...
Style: sincere, touching, captivating, sentimental, serious ...
Audience: teens, teen drama
Plot: teenage life, high school, couple relations, high school life, friendship, rivalry, teenage love, athlete's life, basketball, step siblings, ambitious, team ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: north carolina, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%