Movies and TV shows like Stranger Things

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Stranger Things (2016)
 8.9
 529K
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: sinister, suspense
Plot: middle school, monster, missing person, friendship, parallel world, supernatural, experiment, government conspiracy, telekinesis, missing child, small town, investigation, school, role playing, cover up, forest, secret laboratory, bullying, night, walkie talkie, abduction, brother brother relationship, russian, christmas lights, deputy ...
Time: year 1983
Place: indiana

Most similar movies to Stranger Things

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out suspenseful, serious, scary and atmospheric films and TV series with plots about supernatural, danger, investigation, mystery, murder, death and crimes mostly in Mystery, Drama and Thriller genres. Some movies like Stranger Things: It (2017), The Mist (2017), Rose Red (2002), Channel Zero (2016), The Gates (2010). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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 7.4
 324K
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, abandoned house, death of brother, killer clown, group of friends, monster, child in peril, supernatural power, traumatic childhood, sadistic psychopath, flashback ...
Time: year 1989
Place: maine
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 5.4
 17K
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, bleak, breathtaking
Audience: boys' night, family outing
Plot: survival, danger, small town, supernatural, salvation, mysticism, suicide, monster
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, maine
⇓ similarity ⇓
75%
 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, college, supernatural, mystery, university ...
Time: 20th century, year 1915, 1990s, 1910s, year 1991 ...
Place: africa, seattle washington
⇓ similarity ⇓
75%
 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, bleak, enigmatic, based on legend
Plot: supernatural, monster, childhood, child in peril, television, kidnapping, death of brother, missing person, small town, anthology, loss of son
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
Movie in collections
 7.2
 7K
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, lifestyle, police detective ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
 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, depression, high school, human relationship, loss, loss of daughter, guilt, loss of loved one, teenage girl, family relations, audio cassette ...
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
 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: touching, emotional, sad, serious, compassionate ...
Plot: supernatural ability, misfit, albino, teenage boy, extrasensory perception, flickering light, healing power, dead animal, teacher student relationship, christ allegory, fainting, shot to death ...
Time: future
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.9
 98K
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, serious, atmospheric, tense ...
Audience: kids, teens
Plot: small town, supernatural, clown, giant spider, murder, nerd, suicide, villain, library, flashback, bicycle, monster ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s, 1990s
Place: maine, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
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 7.8
 20K
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, lawyer, mysticism, man with no name, violence, family relations, mystery, society ...
Time: contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
 7.7
 57K
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, bleak, mysterious, suspense, twist ending
Plot: disappearance, abduction, healing, supernatural, storytelling, friendship, forbidden love, missing girl, ritual, mysticism, healer, maniac ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
 7.6
 32K
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, investigation, small town, paranormal activity, danger, social relations, small town life, special agents, surprising revelation, ex convict ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: maine, usa, new england
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
 7.1
 3K
Happy Town (2010)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
Story: The residents of Haplin, Minnesota - also known as "Happy Town" - have enjoyed an uneasy peace while haunted by a number of unsolved kidnappings. Now facing a disturbing new crime that brings unresolved fears to the surface, Haplin's ...
Style: offbeat, twists and turns, serious, tense, realistic ...
Plot: investigation, small town, crime, small town life, mysterious death, missing person, who done it, mystery, crimes, social relations, uncover truth, kidnapping ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: minnesota, 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, twists and turns, tense
Audience: teen drama
Plot: adventure, superhuman, supernatural, telekinesis, disorder, heroes, teenager, danger, love, mentor, twists & turns, deadly ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
 7.4
 39K
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, missing person, investigation, danger, psychic, mystery, quarantine, powerful corporation, government agency, supernatural ability, fate of humanity, crimes ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, seattle, seattle washington
⇓ 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, futuristic, serious ...
Audience: teens
Plot: supernatural, supernatural ability, time travel, airport, airplane, survival, deadly creature, apocalypse, airplane trip, mystery, danger, deadly ...
Time: 1990s, future
Place: boston, maine, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
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, captivating, suspenseful, bleak, scary ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: survival, zombie, apocalypse, supernatural, plague, future dystopia, chaos, vestiges of humanity, fear, danger, social decay, zombie apocalypse ...
Time: future, 21st century
Place: usa, georgia
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
 8.4
 201K
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, special agents, investigation, fbi, paranormal activity, danger, top secret, research, scientist, crimes, experiment ...
Time: 21st century, 2000s, 2010s
Place: usa, massachusetts, harvard university
⇓ 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: serious, suspenseful, scary, mind bending
Plot: supernatural, supernatural ability, investigation, mystery, murder investigation, journalism, legends and myths, crimes, danger, deadly, media, stalking ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
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The Outer Limits (1963)
Genre: Fantasy, Horror, Sci-Fi, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 51 min.
Story: The Outer Limits is an American television series that aired on ABC from 1963 to 1965. The series is often compared to The Twilight Zone, but with a greater emphasis on science fiction stories. The Outer Limits is an anthology of self-contained ...
Style: suspenseful, serious, bleak, psychotronic, philosophical
Plot: science, supernatural, androids and robots, benign alien, supernatural ability, save the world, mystery, alien encounter, future dystopia, space travel, space wars, time travel ...
Time: future
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
 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: serious, exciting
Audience: teens
Plot: parallel world, supernatural ability, adventure, young heroes, lost, alternate reality, magic, teenage boy, teenager, mystery, curses spells and rituals, teenage life ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: australia
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
 8.7
 177K
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: teens, boys' night
Plot: supernatural, fbi, investigation, ufo, special agents, paranormal activity, paranormal investigation, space and aliens, mysterious place, top secret, obsession, uncover truth ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s, 2010s, 2000s ...
Place: usa, phoenix arizona, arizona
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
Kolchak: The Night Stalker (1974)
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 51 min.
Story: Kolchak: The Night Stalker is an American television series that aired on ABC during the 1974–1975 season. It featured a fictional Chicago newspaper reporter—Carl Kolchak, played by Darren McGavin—who investigated mysterious crimes with ...
Style: serious, suspenseful, scary, mind bending, gothic
Plot: monster, supernatural ability, supernatural, newspaper, cover up, ghost, news reporter, vampire, domestic disturbance, workplace intrigue, danger, deadly ...
Time: 70s
Place: las vegas, nevada, usa, chicago illinois
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
 7.4
 17K
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: serious, atmospheric, stylized, offbeat, suspenseful ...
Plot: supernatural, mutant, scientist, crime, rescue, crimes, teleportation, psychiatrist, experiment, transformation, assistant, doctor ...
Time: future
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
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The Twilight Zone (2002)
Genre: Fantasy, Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 43 min.
Story: The Twilight Zone is a 2002 revival of Rod Serling's 1950/60s television series, The Twilight Zone. It aired for one season on the UPN network, with actor Forest Whitaker assuming Serling's role as narrator and on-screen host. The series ...
Style: suspenseful, serious, scary, twists and turns, mind bending ...
Plot: supernatural, anthology, danger, deadly, adventure, supernatural ability, investigation, mystery, totalitarianism, superior, nazism, german ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
 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, adaptation, apocalypse, danger, secret service agent, transformation, society, beast, family relations, multiple storylines ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, idaho
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
 7.4
 54K
Sleepy Hollow (2013)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 45 min.
Story: Ichabod Crane is resurrected and pulled two and a half centuries through time to unravel a mystery that dates all the way back to the founding fathers.
Style: gothic, scary, serious, atmospheric, suspenseful
Plot: ghost, legends and myths, supernatural, time travel, mystery, good versus evil, witchcraft, investigation, curses spells and rituals, danger, escapades, investigator ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
666 Park Avenue (2012)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
Story: What would you do to have everything you desire? Step inside 666 Park Avenue, New York's most seductive address. We all have some burning needs, desires and ambitions. For the residents of The Drake, the premier apartment building on ...
Style: scary, gothic, serious, surreal, atmospheric ...
Plot: supernatural, obsession, god or devil, wish come true, neighbor, paranormal activity, nightmare, fear, mysterious character, apartment building, good versus evil, danger ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%
 7.5
 24K
Roswell (1999)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 42 min.
Story: Bizarre things start happening in the little New Mexico town where UFOs were spotted in 1947. Cut to 1999, when a cute high-school student saves the life of a teenage waitress. Surrounded by cliques of clever, angst-filled classmates, the two form a ...
Style: semi serious, atmospheric, humorous, offbeat, suspense
Audience: teens
Plot: high school, alien, hidden identity, alien encounter, interspecies romance, small town, fish out of water, dishonesty, love and romance, youth, space and aliens, supernatural ...
Time: contemporary, 90s, 20th century, 21st century
Place: new mexico, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%
Eerie, Indiana (1991)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Family, Fantasy, Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 30 min.
Story: Eerie, Indiana is an American television series that originally aired on NBC from 1991 to 1992. The series was created by José Rivera and Karl Schaefer, with Joe Dante serving as creative consultant. A total of nineteen episodes were produced. The ...
Style: semi serious, humorous, offbeat, scary
Plot: small town, investigation, youth, adventure, disorder, teenager, suburbs, amateur detective, prodigy, family, twins, suburban life ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: indiana, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%
 8.3
 48K
Forever (2014)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Fantasy, Mystery, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 43 min.
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, suspenseful, tense
Plot: immortality, investigation, crimes, supernatural ability, friendship, buddies, supernatural, law enforcement, crime, laboratory, curses spells and rituals, secret ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 18th century
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%
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