Movies and TV shows like Riverdale

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Riverdale (2017)
 6.8
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Riverdale (2017)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 45 min.
TV show
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: suspenseful, biting, captivating, tense, surprise ending, exciting, suspense, dramatic, twists and turns, intense ...
Audience: teens, teen drama
Plot: high school, small town, friends, love triangle, friendship, youth, murder, school, teenage life, gang, murder investigation, family secret, family relations, crimes, danger, investigation, mysterious death, amateur detective, love and romance, parents and children, teen angst, rich girl, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, childhood friend, newspaper ...

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Most similar movies to Riverdale

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out suspenseful, serious, captivating and realistic films and TV series with plots about friendship, teenager, high school, youth, family relations, mystery and danger mostly in Drama, Mystery and Thriller genres. Some movies like Riverdale: Pretty Little Liars (2010), Gossip Girl (2007), Nancy Drew (2019), Elite (2018), The Vampire Diaries (2009). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
Pretty Little Liars (2010)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Romance, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 44 min.
TV show
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, neo noir
Audience: teens, teen drama, girls' night, family outing
Plot: friends, high school, friendship, blackmail, threat, best friends, youth, high school life, gossip and rumors, teenage life, disappearance, popularity ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s
Place: pennsylvania, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
78%
 7.4
 157K
Gossip Girl (2007)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 42 min.
TV show
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, romantic, talky, stylized, serious ...
Audience: girls' night, teens, teen drama, date night
Plot: teenage love, high school, popularity, love and romance, youth, love triangle, lifestyle, betrayal, gossip and rumors, friends, adolescence, best friends ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s, 2000s
Place: new york, manhattan new york city, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
83%
 6.3
 5K
Nancy Drew (2019)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 44 min.
TV show
Story: Young Nancy Drew makes plans to leave her hometown for college after high school graduation, but finds herself drawn into a supernatural murder mystery.
Style: captivating, enigmatic, bleak, non-linear, neo noir
Audience: teens, teen drama, girls' night
Plot: amateur detective, investigation, teenager, danger, love and romance, friendship, murder, paranormal, interracial, secrets, supernatural, based on a novel ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
70%
 7.6
 50K
Elite (2018)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Spain
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
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: captivating, twists and turns, emotional, sexy, suspense ...
Plot: teenage sex, classmate, new school, sex scene, school, friendship, jealousy, youth, female nudity, society, love and romance, murder ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
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The Vampire Diaries (2009)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Mystery, Romance, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 43 min.
TV show
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: romantic, suspenseful, stylized, serious, disturbing
Audience: teens
Plot: vampire, love triangle, supernatural, werewolf, supernatural romance, high school, dangerous attraction, vampire human love, teen romance, immortality, supernatural power, teenage life ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 1860s, 2000s, 2010s ...
Place: virginia, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
59%
 8.7
 839K
Stranger Things (2016)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 51 min.
TV show
Story: When a young boy vanishes, a small town uncovers a mystery involving secret experiments, terrifying supernatural forces, and one strange little girl.
Style: suspenseful, exciting, captivating, sincere, disturbing ...
Plot: telekinesis, supernatural, monster, supernatural power, super powers, parallel universe, friendship, missing person, boy, parallel world, paranormal phenomena, teenage boy ...
Time: 80s, year 1983, 20th century
Place: soviet union, ussr, usa, indiana
⇓ similarity ⇓
61%
The Private School (2011)
Genre: Mystery
Country: Russia
Duration: 48 min.
TV show
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, twists and turns, disturbing, suspenseful, suspense
Audience: teens, teen drama
Plot: private school, adventure, friendship, high school, youth, danger, investigation, fall in love, boarding school, school, secret, romance ...
Time: contemporary
Place: russia
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
 7.6
 260K
13 Reasons Why (2017)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
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, suspenseful, psychological ...
Audience: teens, teen drama
Plot: suicide, depression, loss of friend, teenage girl, guilt, teenage boy, high school, human relationship, suicidal, death of daughter, loss of daughter, abusive relationship ...
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
Movie in collections
 8.2
 25K
Animal Kingdom (2016)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: The series centers on 17-year-old Joshua "J" Cody, who moves in with his freewheeling relatives in their Southern California beach town after his mother dies of a heroin overdose. Headed by boot-tough matriarch Janine "Smurf" ...
Style: exciting, tense, captivating, twists and turns
Audience: boys' night
Plot: crime family, heist, criminal, crimes, dysfunctional family, danger, escapades, drugs/alcohol, mother son relationship, gay brother, family conflict, friendship ...
Time: contemporary
Place: southern california, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Scream: The TV Series (2015)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 45 min.
TV show
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, twists and turns, scary, realistic, slasher ...
Audience: teens, date night
Plot: serial killer, who done it, youth, massacre, danger, psychopath, masked killer, murder, characters killed one by one, high school, teenage life, maniac ...
Time: contemporary
Place: usa, atlanta
⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
 8.8
 178K
Twin Peaks (1990)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 47 min.
TV show
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, psychological, suspenseful, neo noir, gloomy ...
Plot: small town, investigation, murder, who done it, small town life, crime, hallucination, death, paranormal investigation, rape, special agents, double life ...
Time: 90s, 80s, 1990s, 20th century, year 1989
Place: washington state, usa, washington d.c.
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
 7.6
 129K
Teen Wolf (2011)
Genre: Action, Drama, Fantasy, Romance, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 41 min.
TV show
Story: Scott McCall, a high school student living in the town of Beacon Hills has his life drastically changed when he's bitten by a werewolf, becoming one himself. He must henceforth learn to balance his problematic new identity with his day-to-day ...
Style: suspenseful, touching, serious, atmospheric, semi serious ...
Audience: teens
Plot: werewolf, supernatural, supernatural ability, high school, teenage love, supernatural power, teenage life, transformation, friends, youth, teen romance, life turned upside down ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, california, mexico, japan, france
⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
 5.4
 2K
The A List (2018)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 25 min.
TV show
Story: Romance, rivalry and radical mystery collide as a group of teens attend a remote island sleepaway camp in this suspenseful, supernatural drama.
Style: disturbing, captivating, scenic, colourful
Audience: teen drama, teens
Plot: camp, summer camp, supernatural power, mystery, friendship, popularity, teenagers, teenager, rivalry, society, relationships, danger ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
House of Anubis (2011)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Family, Fantasy, Horror, Mystery, Romance, Thriller
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 15 min.
TV show
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: suspenseful, light, semi serious, humorous
Audience: teens, family outing, kids, pre-teens
Plot: boarding school life, boarding school, young heroes, school, friends, disappearance, teenage life, riddles and clues, youth, investigation, high school, suspicion ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s
Place: england, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
 8.3
 68K
Veronica Mars (2004)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 44 min.
TV show
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: touching, witty, clever, realistic, suspenseful ...
Audience: teens
Plot: amateur detective, private investigator, private detective, investigation, student, youth, danger, teenage life, parents and children, spy, friendship, ex couple relations ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: california, usa, southern california
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
 7.1
 133
Split (2009)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Romance
Country: Israel
Duration: 25 min.
TV show
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: atmospheric, serious, suspenseful, captivating
Audience: teens, girls' night
Plot: vampire, high school, supernatural, love triangle, good versus evil, friendship, high school life, friends, youth, supernatural romance, teenage love, teenage life ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 8.6
 29K
Shame (2015)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Norway
Duration: 30 min.
TV show
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: emotional, dramatic, sweet, realistic, serious ...
Audience: teen drama, teens
Plot: teenage sexuality, teenager, lgbt, teenage boy, teenage sex, gay teenager, teenage protagonist, friendship, high school hunk, teenage girl, teen angst, gay relationship ...
Time: contemporary
Place: norway, oslo norway, scandinavia
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%
 6.1
 43K
90210 (2008)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: 90210 revolves around several students at the fictional West Beverly Hills High School, including new Beverly Hills residents Annie Wilson and Dixon Wilson. Their father, Harry Wilson, has returned from Kansas to his Beverly Hills childhood home ...
Style: sentimental, realistic, romantic, captivating, serious
Audience: teen drama, teens
Plot: high school, family relations, friendship, teenage love, teenage life, friends, social relations, siblings relations, parents and children, power relations, teachers and students, youth ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s, 2010s
Place: beverly hills, california, usa, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
Movie in collections
 6.8
 3K
Hidden Palms (2007)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Romance
Country: USA
TV show
Story: Hidden Palms is an American teen drama television series that ran from May 30 until July 4, 2007, on The CW in the United States. It was canceled after eight first-run episodes. The series, created by Kevin Williamson, portrays the fictional lives ...
Style: serious, realistic, sexy, captivating, stylized ...
Audience: teens, teen drama
Plot: social relations, starting over, mystery, parents and children, teenage life, therapy, youth, love, gossip and rumors, family relations, step parent, upscale ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
November Criminals (2017)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 86 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, captivating, suspenseful, sincere
Audience: teen drama
Plot: high school, death of mother, murder, friendship, father son relationship, girlfriend, investigation, confrontation, teenager, police, drug dealer, shot to death ...
Time: contemporary
Place: washington d.c., usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
 7.0
 7K
Beyond (2016)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 43 min.
TV show
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, telekinesis, teenager, danger, heroes, disorder, adventure, deadly, twists & turns, love, mentor, crimes ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
75%
The Secret Life of the American Teenager (2008)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Family, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 43 min.
TV show
Story: Amy and her friends at Grant High learn to define themselves while they navigate the perilous waters of contemporary adolescence. Between their love triangles, secrets, drama, accusations, gossip, confusion, and scandalous rumors, there's never ...
Style: emotional, realistic, serious, touching, suspenseful ...
Audience: teen drama, girls' night, teens
Plot: teenage pregnancy, high school, family relations, teenage life, parents and children, youth, teenager, coming of age, friendship, suburbs, teenage boy, high school student ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
The Boarding School (2007)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Spain
Duration: 75 min.
TV show
Story: El Internado Laguna Negra was a Spanish television drama-thriller focusing on the students of a fictional boarding school in a forest, where teenagers are sent by their parents to study. The boarding school is situated in a forest far from the city, ...
Style: tense, exciting, suspenseful, enigmatic, suspense ...
Audience: teens
Plot: boarding school, experiment, murder mystery, dealing with death, siblings relations, family relations, mystery, teenager, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, alzheimer's disease, dungeon, secret room ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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 8.3
 54K
Forever (2014)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Fantasy, Mystery, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 43 min.
TV show
Story: Doctor Henry Morgan, New York City’s star medical examiner, has a secret. He doesn't just study the dead to solve criminal cases, he does it to solve the mystery that has eluded him for 200 years—the answer to his own inexplicable ...
Style: atmospheric, captivating, serious, tense, suspenseful ...
Plot: immortality, investigation, law enforcement, supernatural, female detective, supernatural ability, crime, laboratory, murder investigation, friendship, immortal, crimes ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 18th century
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
 7.2
 8K
The Gates (2010)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Fantasy, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
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, captivating, exciting
Audience: teens
Plot: supernatural, vampire, supernatural power, werewolf, youth, family relations, family in danger, suburban life, lifestyle, witch, neighbor, danger ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
15%
 7.1
 631
Open Heart (2015)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Romance
Country: Canada
Duration: 22 min.
TV show
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: realistic, suspenseful, touching, semi serious, humorous
Audience: teens, teen drama
Plot: hospital, friendship, missing person, uncover truth, teenage life, investigation, love and romance, family relations, family problems, teenage love, rebelliousness, parents and children ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
 8.5
 58K
Twin Peaks (2017)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Fantasy, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: Picks up 25 years after the inhabitants of a quaint northwestern town are stunned when their homecoming queen is murdered.
Style: mind bending, surreal, psychological, twists and turns, offbeat ...
Plot: small town life, supernatural, crime, small town, crimes, law enforcement, evil spirit, mystery, special agents, surrealism, mysterious event, social relations ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, washington d.c., new mexico
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
 7.5
 28K
Kyle XY (2006)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Romance, Sci-Fi
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: A suburban family that takes in a mysterious teen naive to the world around him. As Kyle begins to show signs of brilliance, solving the mystery of his origin and potential abilities becomes the family's mission.
Style: suspenseful, atmospheric, exciting, entertaining, tense ...
Audience: teens
Plot: supernatural ability, experiment, teenage life, genius, self discovery, mysterious character, teenage love, foster child, teaching the ways of the world, supernatural, cloning, fish out of water ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: seattle, usa, washington d.c., seattle washington
⇓ similarity ⇓
13%
 7.9
 448
Pasadena (2001)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: Pasadena is an American primetime soap opera originally broadcast in the U.S. from September to November 2001 on Fox.
Style: captivating, realistic, serious, gloomy, surprise ending
Plot: intrigue, family relations, family business, crimes, mystery, journalism, mother daughter relationship, secret, wealth, murder, siblings relations, media ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: california, usa, pasadena california
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
 7.1
 37K
Hemlock Grove (2013)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 46 min.
TV show
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, small town, investigation, sex with brother, crimes, danger, social relations, small town life, protagonist as suspect, family secret, supernatural, murder ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: pennsylvania, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
13%