Movies and TV shows like Stranger Things

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Stranger Things (2016)
 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, exciting, sincere, disturbing, suspense, sinister
Plot: monster, friendship, parallel world, supernatural, missing person, experiment, government conspiracy, middle school, missing child, love and romance, brother brother relationship, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, small town sheriff, small town, telekinesis, school, investigation, super powers, parents and children, dog, alien, cat, teacher, water, abduction ...
Time: 80s, year 1983
Place: indiana

Most similar movies to Stranger Things

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out suspenseful, serious, suspense and exciting films and TV series with plots about danger, supernatural, investigation, murder, mystery, supernatural power and small town mostly in Mystery, Drama and Thriller genres. Some movies like Stranger Things: It (1990), Dark (2017), It (2017), Riverdale (2017), The OA (2016). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
 6.9
 101K
It (1990)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 192 min.
Story: A series of murders prompts Mike Hanlon to suspect that the supernatural menace that he and a group of friends battled as children has returned. He begins to call his friends to remind them of the oath they swore: if It returned again, they would ...
Style: scary, suspenseful, suspense, disturbing, psychological ...
Audience: kids, teens
Plot: supernatural, small town, friendship, good versus evil, clown, villain, investigation, giant spider, serial child killer, childhood, childhood trauma, deadly ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 1960s, 1990s, year 1960 ...
Place: maine, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 8.6
 103K
Dark (2017)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: Germany, USA
Duration: 60 min.
Story: A missing child causes four families to help each other for answers. What they could not imagine is that this mystery would be connected to innumerable other secrets of the small town.
Style: atmospheric, suspense, mind bending, suspenseful, bleak
Plot: missing child, time travel, corpse, investigation, disappearance, time machine, school, small town, police station, cave, family relations, loss of father ...
Time: year 1986, 50s, 80s, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
95%
 7.4
 356K
It (2017)
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 135 min.
Story: In a small town in Maine, seven children known as The Losers Club come face to face with life problems, bullies and a monster that takes the shape of a clown called Pennywise.
Style: suspense, scary, surprise ending, bleak, rough ...
Plot: missing person, fear, clown, death of brother, abandoned house, monster, supernatural power, good versus evil, killer clown, small town, group of friends, child in peril ...
Time: year 1989
Place: maine
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.3
 87K
Riverdale (2017)
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 ...
Audience: teens, teen drama
Plot: small town, high school, friendship, friends, murder, teenage life, investigation, parents and children, youth, teen angst, family relations, crimes ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.7
 61K
The OA (2016)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Mystery, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
Story: Prairie Johnson, blind as a child, comes home to the community she grew up in with her sight restored. Some hail her a miracle, others a dangerous mystery, but Prairie won’t talk with the FBI or her parents about the seven years she went missing.
Style: enigmatic, suspense, mysterious, bleak, twist ending
Plot: disappearance, abduction, healing, storytelling, supernatural, ritual, friendship, missing girl, forbidden love, healer, mysticism, maniac ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
86%
 7.2
 7K
Channel Zero (2016)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 44 min.
Story: Inspired by Brian Russell’s Creepypasta tale, Channel Zero: No-End House tells the story of a young woman named Margot Sleator, who visits the No End House, a bizarre house of horrors that consists of a series of increasingly disturbing rooms. ...
Style: enigmatic, suspense, based on legend, bleak
Plot: supernatural, missing person, kidnapping, monster, small town, child in peril, television, death of brother, anthology, childhood, teeth, loss of son
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.7
 25K
Castle Rock (2018)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
Story: Based on the stories of Stephen King, the series intertwines characters and themes from the fictional town of Castle Rock.
Style: suspenseful, bleak, rough, suspense, enigmatic
Audience: boys' night
Plot: small town, danger, investigation, death, crimes, paranormal phenomena, murder, mysticism, man with no name, lawyer, violence, mind reading ...
Time: contemporary
Place: usa, maine
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 5.4
 18K
The Mist (2017)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 42 min.
Story: A small town family is torn apart by a brutal crime. As they deal with the fallout an eerie mist rolls in, suddenly cutting them off from the rest of the world, and in some cases, each other.
Style: suspenseful, disturbing, twists and turns, bleak, breathtaking
Audience: boys' night, family outing
Plot: survival, danger, small town, supernatural, salvation, suicide, mysticism, monster, stephen king
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, maine
⇓ similarity ⇓
75%
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The Twilight Zone (1985)
Genre: Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Mystery, Thriller, Horror
Country: UK, Canada, USA
Duration: 45 min.
Story: The Twilight Zone is the first of two revivals of Rod Serling's acclaimed 1950/60s television series of the same name. It ran for two seasons on CBS before producing a final season for syndication.
Style: atmospheric, psychological, mind bending, scary, twists and turns ...
Plot: supernatural, anthology, supernatural ability, mystery, nobody believes, mysterious character, foreknowledge, investigation, buried truth, nightmare comes true, human nature, body swapping ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.8
 20K
Rose Red (2002)
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 254 min.
Story: Dr. Joyce Reardon, a psychology professor, leads a team of psychics into the decrepit mansion known as Rose Red. Her efforts unleash the spirit of former owner Ellen Rimbauer and uncover the horrifying secrets of those who lived and died there.
Style: atmospheric, scary, serious, suspenseful, psychological ...
Audience: teens
Plot: haunted house, ghost, afterlife, supernatural, investigation, psychic, research, professor, psychic power, mystery, danger, heroes ...
Time: 20th century, year 1915, 1910s, year 1991, 1990s ...
Place: seattle washington, africa
⇓ similarity ⇓
75%
 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, rape, supernatural, who done it, double life, mysterious place, special agents, crime, under the surface ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, 1990s, 90s, year 1989
Place: washington state, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Chilling Adventures of Sabrina (2018)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
Story: As her 16th birthday nears, Sabrina must choose between the witch world of her family and the human world of her friends. Based on the Archie comic.
Style: disturbing, atmospheric, dark, stylized, talky ...
Audience: teens, girls' night
Plot: witchcraft, witch, black magic, half breed, teenager, evil witch, coming of age, devil worship, couple relations, adventure, teenage girl, tribe ...
Time: 2010s
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
 7.4
 2K
Nowhere Boys (2013)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: Australia
Duration: 26 min.
Story: Four teenage boys get lost in the forest and discover, when they return home, that they are in an alternate world identical to theirs except for one startling difference - they were never born.
Style: exciting, serious
Audience: teens
Plot: parallel world, teenage boy, supernatural ability, supernatural, young heroes, adventure, youth, lost, friends, teenage life, friendship, good versus evil ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: australia
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.6
 32K
The Magicians (2015)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
Story: Brakebills University is a secret institution specializing in magic. There, amidst an unorthodox education of spellcasting, a group of twenty-something friends soon discover that a magical fantasy world they read about as children is all too real— ...
Style: exciting, captivating, suspense, disturbing, suspenseful ...
Plot: supernatural ability, school, magic, supernatural power, fantasy world, danger, magician, student, betrayal, college, society, depression ...
Place: new york
⇓ 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, youth, family in danger, imaginary, werewolf, neighbor, monster, boyfriend, lifestyle, police detective ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
 6.6
 27K
Powder (1995)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: Harassed by classmates who won't accept his shocking appearance, a shy young man known as "Powder" struggles to fit in. But the cruel taunts stop when Powder displays a mysterious power that allows him to do incredible things. This ...
Style: emotional, touching, sad, serious, compassionate ...
Plot: supernatural ability, healing power, supernatural, dead animal, held at gunpoint, shot to death, fainting, flickering light, christ allegory, teacher student relationship, miraculous event, friendship ...
Time: future
⇓ 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: serious, thought provoking, emotional, psychological, suspenseful ...
Audience: teens, teen drama
Plot: suicide, high school, teenage girl, guilt, loss of friend, human relationship, depression, loss of daughter, suicidal, loss, parent child relationship, loss of loved one ...
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
 8.4
 205K
Fringe (2008)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 46 min.
Story: FBI Special Agent Olivia Dunham, brilliant but formerly institutionalized scientist Walter Bishop and his scheming, reluctant son Peter uncover a deadly mystery involving a series of unbelievable events and realize they may be a part of a larger, ...
Style: suspenseful, scary, serious, surreal, suspense
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: supernatural, mad scientist, fbi, investigation, special agents, paranormal activity, scientist, creature, danger, research, experiment, top secret ...
Time: 21st century, 2000s, 2010s
Place: usa, massachusetts, harvard university
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
Movie in collections
 7.6
 33K
Haven (2010)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 60 min.
Story: FBI agent Audrey Parker arrives in the small town of Haven, Maine to solve a murder and soon discovers the town's many secrets—which also hold the key to unlocking the mysteries of her lost past.
Style: atmospheric, suspenseful, stylized, serious, bleak ...
Plot: supernatural, supernatural ability, fbi, investigation, small town, paranormal activity, social relations, danger, small town life, special agents, law enforcement, surprising revelation ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: maine, usa, new england
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
 6.1
 24K
The Langoliers (1995)
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 180 min.
Story: On a red eye flight from LA to Boston, 10 people wake up to a shock. All the passengers and crew have vanished. When they try to contact the ground they make no connections. They land the plane only to discover that things haven't changed. But ...
Style: psychological, suspense, suspenseful, exciting, atmospheric ...
Audience: teens
Plot: supernatural, airplane, airport, supernatural ability, time travel, survival, apocalypse, obsessive quest, deadly creature, heroes, blind character, deadly ...
Time: 1990s, future
Place: boston, usa, maine
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
 7.4
 40K
The 4400 (2004)
Genre: Sci-Fi, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 43 min.
Story: 4400 centers on the return of 4400 people who, previously presumed dead or reported missing, reappear on Earth. Though they have not aged physically, some of them seem to have deeper alterations ranging from superhuman strength to an unexplained ...
Style: exciting, serious, suspenseful, suspense, tense
Audience: teens
Plot: special agents, investigation, missing person, danger, psychic, quarantine, time travel, powerful corporation, fate of humanity, government agency, healing power, crimes ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, seattle, seattle washington
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
 8.7
 181K
The X-Files (1993)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 45 min.
Story: The exploits of FBI Special Agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully who investigate X-Files: marginalized, unsolved cases involving paranormal phenomena. Mulder believes in the existence of aliens and the paranormal while Scully, a skeptic, is assigned to ...
Style: mind bending, captivating, psychological, suspenseful, twists and turns ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: supernatural, fbi, ufo, investigation, space and aliens, paranormal activity, special agents, paranormal investigation, mysterious place, top secret, alien abduction, obsession ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 2000s, 2010s, 1990s ...
Place: usa, phoenix arizona, arizona
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
 7.8
 101K
Grimm (2011)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 45 min.
Story: After Portland homicide detective Nick Burkhardt discovers he's descended from an elite line of criminal profilers known as "Grimms," he increasingly finds his responsibilities as a detective at odds with his new responsibilities as a ...
Style: suspenseful, captivating, exciting, serious, scary ...
Audience: teens
Plot: creature, supernatural, police detective, legends and myths, good versus evil, life turned upside down, hunt down, supernatural ability, evil force, monster, werewolf, partners against crime ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: oregon, usa, portland oregon
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
Movie in collections
 8.0
 2K
Erased (2017)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 30 min.
Story: After finding his mom killed, Satoru's time-traveling ability takes him back 18 years for a chance to prevent her death and those of three classmates.
Style: captivating, suspense, exciting, sad
Plot: time travel, serial killer, murder, investigation, danger, friendship, children, parents and children, tragedy, death, family relations, elementary school ...
Time: 21st century, 80s
Place: japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
 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, family secret, danger, crimes, parents and children, murder, love triangle, small town life, gypsy ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: pennsylvania, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
 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, exciting, captivating, tense, twists and turns
Audience: teen drama
Plot: superhuman, adventure, telekinesis, supernatural, danger, disorder, heroes, teenager, twists & turns, love, mentor, deadly ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
Night Stalker (2005)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
Story: Carl Kolchak and his partner Perri investigate the mysterious death of Kolchak's wife and the paranormal phenomena plaguing their city.
Style: mind bending, serious, suspenseful, scary
Plot: supernatural, stalking, danger, investigation, uncover truth, mystery, crimes, chases and races, deadly, heroes, columnist, supernatural ability ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: california
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
 6.6
 96K
Under the Dome (2013)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 43 min.
Story: Under the Dome is based on the novel of the same name by Stephen King. It tells the story of the residents of the small town of Chester's Mill in Maine, where a massive, transparent, indestructible dome suddenly cuts them off from the rest of ...
Style: exciting, twists and turns, mind bending, serious, suspenseful ...
Plot: trapped, supernatural, isolation, life turned upside down, small town, survival, society, danger, separated, human existence, small town life, police officer ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, new england
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
 7.6
 11K
Frequency (2016)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 42 min.
Story: Detective Raimy Sullivan is stunned when a voice suddenly crackles through her father’s old, long-broken ham radio – it’s Frank Sullivan, somehow transmitting over the airwaves and through the decades from 1996. Separated by twenty years, ...
Style: captivating, exciting, suspenseful, twists and turns, suspense
Plot: time travel, changing the past or future, police detective, investigation, father daughter relationship, danger, destiny, murder, ham radio, redemption, serial killer, twists & turns ...
Time: 2010s, year 1996
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%
 7.5
 48K
Wayward Pines (2015)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
Story: Imagine the perfect American town... beautiful homes, manicured lawns, children playing safely in the streets. Now imagine never being able to leave. You have no communication with the outside world. You think you're going insane. You must be ...
Style: tense, mind bending, serious, suspenseful, captivating
Plot: small town, investigation, confined, danger, society, youth, beast, secret service agent, apocalypse, adaptation, isolation, transformation ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, idaho
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%
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