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: friendship, missing person, monster, parallel world, supernatural, experiment, government conspiracy, middle school, small town, brother brother relationship, small town sheriff, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, super powers, telekinesis, missing child, parents and children, love and romance, role playing, school, investigation, cover up, forest, abduction, russian, secret laboratory ...
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, crimes and small town mostly in Mystery, Drama and Thriller genres. Some movies like Stranger Things: Dark (2017), It (2017), Riverdale (2016), The Mist (2017), It (1990). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
 8.6
 96K
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, suspenseful, mind bending, suspense, bleak
Plot: time travel, investigation, small town, disappearance, missing child, time machine, school, corpse, police station, cave, time loop, nuclear power plant ...
Time: year 1986, 80s, 50s, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.4
 342K
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, abandoned house, death of brother, monster, supernatural power, killer clown, good versus evil, small town, group of friends, child in peril ...
Time: year 1989
Place: maine
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 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 ...
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 ...
⇓ 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: disturbing, suspenseful, twists and turns, breathtaking, bleak
Audience: family outing, boys' night
Plot: survival, danger, small town, supernatural, salvation, mysticism, suicide, monster, stephen king
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, maine
⇓ similarity ⇓
75%
Movie in collections
 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, serious ...
Audience: kids, teens
Plot: supernatural, small town, clown, good versus evil, villain, giant spider, friendship, investigation, deadly, serial child killer, childhood, fear ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1990s, 1960s, year 1960 ...
Place: maine, 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: scary, suspenseful, serious, atmospheric, psychological ...
Audience: teens
Plot: haunted house, ghost, afterlife, psychic power, professor, investigation, psychic, research, supernatural, mystery, university, master villain ...
Time: 20th century, 1910s, year 1991, year 1915, 1990s ...
Place: seattle washington, africa
⇓ similarity ⇓
75%
 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, mysterious, bleak, suspense, twist ending
Plot: disappearance, abduction, healing, supernatural, storytelling, friendship, ritual, forbidden love, missing girl, mysticism, healer, maniac ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 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: suspense, enigmatic, based on legend, bleak
Plot: supernatural, kidnapping, missing person, monster, small town, child in peril, death of brother, television, anthology, childhood, teeth, loss of son
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
 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 ⇓
50%
The Walking Dead (2010)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 44 min.
Story: Sheriff's deputy Rick Grimes awakens from a coma to find a post-apocalyptic world dominated by flesh-eating zombies. He sets out to find his family and encounters many other survivors along the way.
Style: tense, suspenseful, captivating, bleak, scary ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: survival, zombie, apocalypse, plague, supernatural, future dystopia, post apocalypse, zombie apocalypse, chaos, danger, vestiges of humanity, fear ...
Time: future, 21st century, 2010s
Place: usa, georgia
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
 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 ⇓
54%
 7.8
 23K
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, investigation, danger, death, crimes, mysticism, man with no name, lawyer, violence, mystery, paranormal phenomena, mind reading ...
Time: contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
 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: stylized, suspenseful, atmospheric, serious, bleak ...
Plot: supernatural, supernatural ability, fbi, small town, investigation, paranormal activity, danger, social relations, special agents, small town life, law enforcement, female protagonist ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: maine, usa, new england
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
 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, sad, exciting
Plot: time travel, serial killer, investigation, murder, danger, children, friendship, parents and children, tragedy, family relations, death, mystery killer
Time: 80s, 21st century
Place: japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
 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, tense, suspense
Audience: teens
Plot: special agents, missing person, investigation, danger, psychic, mystery, time travel, quarantine, powerful corporation, government agency, fate of humanity, crimes ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, seattle, seattle washington
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
 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, serious, scary, surreal, suspense
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: supernatural, mad scientist, fbi, special agents, investigation, paranormal activity, danger, top secret, research, scientist, creature, experiment ...
Time: 21st century, 2000s, 2010s
Place: usa, massachusetts, harvard university
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
 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: supernatural, creature, police detective, legends and myths, good versus evil, life turned upside down, hunt down, evil force, supernatural ability, monster, werewolf, danger ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: oregon, usa, portland oregon
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
 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, mind bending, twists and turns, serious, suspenseful ...
Plot: supernatural, trapped, life turned upside down, isolation, small town, survival, police officer, mystery, society, contingency plan, separated, danger ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new england, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
Movie in collections
 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, suspenseful, suspense, atmospheric, exciting ...
Audience: teens
Plot: supernatural, airport, airplane, survival, time travel, deadly creature, supernatural ability, obsessive quest, apocalypse, airplane trip, mystery, danger ...
Time: 1990s, future
Place: boston, maine, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
 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 ⇓
23%
 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, investigation, ufo, special agents, space and aliens, paranormal activity, paranormal investigation, mysterious place, alien abduction, top secret, obsession ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s, 2010s, 2000s ...
Place: usa, phoenix arizona, arizona
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
 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 ⇓
23%
 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: changing the past or future, time travel, police detective, investigation, destiny, danger, father daughter relationship, redemption, murder, ham radio, serial killer, twists & turns ...
Time: year 1996, 2010s
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
Movie in collections
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 ⇓
22%
 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 ⇓
22%
 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: mind bending, tense, serious, suspenseful, captivating
Plot: small town, investigation, confined, youth, adaptation, apocalypse, danger, secret service agent, society, transformation, murder, conspiracy ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, idaho
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
 8.4
 119K
Sense8 (2015)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
Story: One gunshot, one death, one moment out of time that irrevocably links eight minds in disparate parts of the world, putting them in each other's lives, each other's secrets, and in terrible danger. Ordinary people suddenly reborn as ...
Style: stylized, suspenseful, exciting, serious
Audience: boys' night, girls' night
Plot: supernatural, love affair, imaginary, lgbt, danger, survival, supernatural ability, destiny, telepathy, chases and races, hopes, superhuman ...
Time: 21st century
Place: mumbai india, berlin germany, chicago illinois
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
The Messengers (2015)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
Story: When a mysterious object crashes to Earth, a group of seemingly unconnected strangers die from the energy pulse, but then awaken to learn that they have assigned the task of preventing the impending Apocalypse.
Style: serious, suspenseful, captivating, exciting, bleak
Plot: apocalypse, superhuman powers, fugitives, angel, good versus evil, danger, rivalry, chaos, destiny, religions or cults, crimes, society ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
 7.4
 18K
Sanctuary (2008)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Mystery, Sci-Fi
Country: Canada
Duration: 44 min.
Story: The adventures of the beautiful, enigmatic and always surprising Dr. Helen Magnus, a brilliant scientist who holds the secrets of a clandestine population called Abnormals - a group of strange and sometimes terrifying beings that hide among humans. ...
Style: atmospheric, exciting, stylized, suspenseful, serious ...
Plot: supernatural, mutant, rescue, crime, psychiatrist, experiment, transformation, team, teleportation, research, protector, recruiting ...
Time: future
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
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: suspenseful, serious, scary, mind bending
Plot: supernatural, supernatural ability, mystery, investigation, murder investigation, journalism, legends and myths, crimes, danger, deadly, media, stalking ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: california
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
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