Movies like Based on a True Story

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Based on a True Story (2017)
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Based on a True Story (2017)
Original name: D'après une histoire vraie
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: France, Poland, Belgium
Duration: 100 min.
Story: A writer goes through a tough period after the release of her latest book, as she gets involved with an obsessive admirer.
Style: bleak, suspenseful, meditative, disturbing, suspense, enigmatic
Audience: chick flick
Plot: female writer, female friendship, female protagonist, obsessed fan, mysterious character, loneliness, lgbt, deception, poisoning, writers, lesbian subtext, party, laptop, crimes, lesbianism, atmosphere, novelist, ghost writer, writer's block, schizophrenia, journalist, subway, illness, blackmail, basement ...
Place: paris france

Most similar movies to Based on a True Story

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out suspenseful, disturbing, psychological and suspense films with plots about obsession, murder, mystery, police investigation, dialogue, loneliness and storytelling mostly in Thriller, Drama and Mystery genres. Some movies like Based on a True Story: Frantic (1988), Venus in Fur (2013), The Workshop (2017), The Woman in the Fifth (2011), White Bird in a Blizzard (2014). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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Frantic (1988)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: France, USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Ford plays an American doctor whose wife suddenly vanishes in Paris. To find her, he navigates a puzzling web of language, locale, laissez-faire cops, triplicate-form filling bureaucrats and a defiant, mysterious waif who knows more than she tells.
Style: suspense, neo noir, sexy, tense, suspenseful ...
Plot: espionage, missing wife, kidnapping, spy, mystery, hotel room, crimes, illuminati, gunfight, hotel, greed, chase ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: paris france, france, europe
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100%
 7.1
 20K
Venus in Fur (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: France, Poland
Duration: 96 min.
Story: An enigmatic actress (Emmanuelle Seigner) may have a hidden agenda when she auditions for a part in a misogynistic writer's (Mathieu Amalric) play.
Style: sexual, sexy, psychological, erotic, atmospheric ...
Plot: bdsm, masochism, femdom, theater, s&m, psychological manipulation, deviant sex, audition, female nudity, filmmaking, role playing, mind game ...
Time: 19th century, 21st century, contemporary
Place: france, europe, paris france
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100%
 6.5
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The Workshop (2017)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: France
Duration: 113 min.
Story: Antoine has agreed to follow a writing workshop where some young people in insertion must write a black novel with the help of Olivia, a recognized novelist. The work of writing will bring to life the working-class past of the city. Its shipyard is ...
Style: suspense, captivating, disturbing, enigmatic
Plot: novelist, summer, teenager, youth, sea, aspiring writer, love interest, aggression, writer's life, teenage boy, female writer, video game ...
Time: 2010s
Place: south of france
⇓ similarity ⇓
68%
The Woman in the Fifth (2011)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: France, Poland, UK
Duration: 84 min.
Story: An American writer moves to Paris to be closer to his daughter and finds himself falling immediately on hard times.
Style: suspenseful, realistic, serious, tense, sincere ...
Plot: ex husband ex wife relationship, divorce, widow, theft, waitress, mysterious character, estrangement, power relations, artists and showbiz, father daughter relationship, letter, translator ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: paris france, france, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
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White Bird in a Blizzard (2014)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: France, USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Kat Connors is 17 years old when her perfect homemaker mother, Eve, disappears. Having lived for so long in an emotionally repressed household, she barely registers her mother's absence and certainly doesn't blame her doormat of a father, ...
Style: sexy, suspenseful, surreal, cynical, humorous ...
Audience: teens, teen drama
Plot: missing person, coming of age, female nudity, dysfunctional family, teenage life, teenage girl, mystery, disappearance, gay interest, loss of mother, 17 year old, under the surface ...
Time: year 1988, 20th century, 80s, 21st century, contemporary ...
Place: usa, california
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53%
 6.9
 191K
Enemy (2013)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Canada, Spain, France
Duration: 91 min.
Story: A mild-mannered college professor discovers a look-alike actor and delves into the other man's private affairs.
Style: surreal, twist ending, psychological, mind bending, atmospheric ...
Plot: doppelganger, symbolism, infidelity, paranoia, spider, actor, mental illness, obsession, mystery, nightmare, nudity (full frontal - brief), lookalikes ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: toronto ontario canada, canada
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52%
 7.6
 44K
The Tenant (1976)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: France
Duration: 126 min.
Story: A quiet and inconspicuous man (Trelkovsky) rents an apartment in France where the previous tenant committed suicide, and begins to suspect his landlord and neighbors are trying to subtly change him into the last tenant so that he too will kill ...
Style: psychological, surreal, cerebral, atmospheric, scary ...
Plot: surrealism, paranoia, dark humor, bruce lee, suicide, hallucination, satire, conspiracy, obsession, landlord tenant relationship, nightmare, claustrophobia ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: paris france, france, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
Paris Belongs to Us (1961)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: France
Duration: 120 min.
Story: A young woman joins a theatrical troupe where she slowly believes that the director is involved with a secret group and that he is in grave danger.
Style: tense, mind bending, serious, realistic, stylized ...
Plot: conspiracy, theater, mental illness, theatrical troupe, expatriate, femme fatale, paranoia, cold war era, secret movement, investigation, state affairs, immigrants ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, year 1957
Place: paris france, france
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
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 5.9
 6K
Demonlover (2002)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: France, Mexico
Duration: 129 min.
Story: Two corporations compete for illicit 3D manga pornography, sending spies to infiltrate each other's operations.
Style: erotic, intense, psychological, suspenseful, cerebral ...
Plot: espionage, murder, rivalry, mind game, uninhibited rivalry, workplace situations, rise and fall, dishonesty, lesbian, voyeur, female nudity, voyeurism ...
Time: contemporary
Place: tokyo, paris france, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
Caché (Hidden) (2005)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: France, Austria, Germany, Italy
Duration: 117 min.
Story: A married couple is terrorized by a series of videotapes planted on their front porch.
Style: disturbing, psychological, atmospheric, surreal, clever ...
Plot: surveillance, mystery, suicide, guilt, dysfunctional family, videotaping, childhood, family in crisis, haunted by the past, lie, nightmare, conscience ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: paris france, france, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
 6.8
 39K
Spider (2002)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Canada, UK, France
Duration: 98 min.
Story: A mentally disturbed man takes residence in a halfway house. His mind gradually slips back into the realm created by his illness, where he replays a key part of his childhood.
Style: bleak, mind bending, psychological, disturbing, surreal ...
Plot: mental illness, childhood trauma, misfit, murder, mental patient, haunted by the past, paranoia, betrayal, psychopath, mystery, surrealism, schizophrenia ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 50s
Place: london, europe, east end london, england, united kingdom ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
Personal Shopper (2016)
Genre: Mystery, Thriller
Country: France, Germany, Czech Republic, Belgium
Duration: 105 min.
Story: A personal shopper in Paris refuses to leave the city until she makes contact with her twin brother who previously died there. Her life becomes more complicated when a mysterious person contacts her via text message.
Style: suspense, psychological, psychotronic, tense, captivating ...
Plot: ghost, spiritualism, dead brother, haunted, haunted house, medium, supernatural, poltergeist, spirit, shopping, hotel room, abstract art ...
Time: 2010s, 21st century, future
Place: paris france, london, france
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
 5.5
 389
The Great Game (2015)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: France
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Pierre Blum, 40, is a writer who had his time of glory in the early 2000s. One evening, on a casino terrace, he meets Joseph Paskin. This mysterious man, charismatic and manipulative, is influential in the world of politics and persuades Pierre to ...
Plot: ghost writer, political manipulation, escape, art gallery, democracy, police raid, ex husband ex wife relationship, hiding place, french politics, political activism, divorced man, assassination ...
Time: 2010s
Place: paris france
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
 6.4
 1K
Corporate (2017)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: France
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Emilie is a bright young workaholic manager in Human Ressources, working for a huge French agro-food company. Ambitious and dedicated to her job, she is a good soldier, ready to put ruthless methods of management into practice to meet the ...
Style: tense, psychological, suspenseful, disturbing, captivating ...
Audience: chick flick, boys' night
Plot: psychological trauma, manager, guilt, suicide, corporation, female protagonist, husband wife relationship, rivalry, adaptation, mentor, investigation, police investigation ...
Time: contemporary, 2010s
Place: paris france
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
 8.2
 323K
Chinatown (1974)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 130 min.
Story: Private eye Jake Gittes lives off of the murky moral climate of sunbaked, pre-World War II Southern California. Hired by a beautiful socialite to investigate her husband's extra-marital affair, Gittes is swept into a maelstrom of double ...
Style: neo noir, twists and turns, suspense, twist ending, suspenseful ...
Plot: private detective, femme fatale, investigation, corruption, rape, domestic violence, police, incest, murder, surveillance, crimes, conspiracy ...
Time: 1930s, year 1937, 20th century
Place: los angeles, california, usa, pacific ocean, america ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
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Serialized (2016)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Canada
Duration: 95 min.
Story: After getting dropped by her publisher, celebrated novelist Hannah Ryan uses the negative forces in her life to inspire the creation of a pulp crime serial that posts new chapters to subscriber's devices every week. The initial release is a ...
Style: psychological, tense, disturbing, suspense, suspenseful ...
Plot: psycho terror, writer's life, obsessed fan, sadistic killer, devious, manic, insanity, serial killer, homicidal maniac, psychopath, rage, fame ...
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
The American Friend (1977)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: West Germany, France
Duration: 128 min.
Story: Tom Ripley, who deals in forged art, suggests a picture framer he knows would make a good hit man.
Style: neo noir, suspenseful, bleak, atmospheric, talky ...
Plot: hitman, assassination, murder, gangsters, friendship, betrayal, character study, forgery, police investigation, loneliness, good versus evil, life is a bitch ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, year 1976
Place: paris france, new york, hamburg germany, berlin germany, texas ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
 6.0
 34K
Greta (2018)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Ireland, USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: A young woman returns an elderly widow’s lost purse, leading to an unlikely relationship between the two — until the young woman discovers her elder might not be all that she seems.
Style: suspenseful, captivating, disturbing, psychological, tense ...
Audience: teens
Plot: kidnapping, trapped, obsessive love, female villain, held captive, stalker, obsession, older woman younger woman relationship, murder, trap, roommate, psychopath ...
Place: paris france, usa, new york, france
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47%
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 39K
Bitter Moon (1992)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Thriller
Country: France, UK
Duration: 139 min.
Story: An embittered husband, paralyzed and in a wheelchair, buttonholes a complete stranger and begins to tell him the story of his marriage. The stranger would like to escape, but cannot. For one thing he grows fascinated by the story. For another he is ...
Style: erotic, sexy, sexual, psychological, breathtaking ...
Plot: obsession, infidelity, bdsm, femme fatale, sexual relations, destructive relationship, s&m, sexual perversion, dangerous attraction, explicit sex, love affair, ship ...
Time: 90s
Place: paris france, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
 5.4
 2K
Nanny Cam (2014)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Linda has a seemingly perfect marriage with her rugged and handsome husband Mark and an adorable 8 year old daughter, Chloe. But when Chloe is injured by an elderly babysitter who has slipped into dementia, Linda wants to ensure that her child is ...
Style: disturbing, suspense, enigmatic, bleak, sexy
Plot: kidnapping, female psychopath, female rapist, obsession, husband wife relationship, manipulation, nanny, mysterious character, lifetime, age difference, bad girl, woman seduces a man ...
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Deadly Secrets by the Lake (2017)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Canada
Duration: 86 min.
Story: A decorated NYPD detective returns to her hometown after her sister is charged with the murder of her boss and attempts to make amends with her estranged family while exposing the dark underbelly of a long-suppressed secret that threatens to tear ...
Style: enigmatic, macabre, suspenseful, surreal, bleak ...
Plot: murder, whodunit, small town life, mysterious place, suspicion, evil, mystery, supernatural, who done it, mysterious villain, murder mystery, crimes ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
Deadly Switch (2019)
Genre: Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 87 min.
Story: When a foreign exchange student, Ana, studying abroad in America becomes the target of a dangerous stalker, she accepts the invitation to move in with her roommate's family in their idyllic town.
Style: suspense, suspenseful, enigmatic, bleak
Plot: exchange student, female psychopath, female protagonist, girlfriend, mystery, mental illness, teenager, brutality, obsession, loneliness, criminal, lifetime ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
 7.6
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The Trial (1962)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: France, Italy, West Germany
Duration: 119 min.
Story: An unassuming office worker is arrested and stands trial, but he is never made aware of his charges.
Style: surreal, disturbing, cerebral, bleak, psychological ...
Plot: paranoia, distopia, surrealism, courtroom, courtroom drama, existentialism, lawyer, conspiracy, satire, corruption, culture clash, art ...
Time: 1920s, 20th century, 60s, 18th century
Place: russia
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
Movie in collections
 7.4
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In the House (2012)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: France
Duration: 105 min.
Story: A sixteen-year-old boy insinuates himself into the house of a fellow student from his literature class and writes about it in essays for his French teacher. Faced with this gifted and unusual pupil, the teacher rediscovers his enthusiasm for his ...
Style: suspense, witty, enigmatic, tense, disturbing ...
Audience: teens, teen drama
Plot: teacher, high school, writers, school, literature, student, art, obsession, teacher student relationship, voyeurism, privacy invasion, teen angst ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: france, paris france
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
 5.9
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After.Life (2009)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: Following a terrible car crash, a woman (Christina Ricci) awakes to find an enigmatic mortician (Liam Neeson) preparing her for burial.
Style: mind bending, psychological, twist ending, bleak, atmospheric ...
Plot: afterlife, life & death, supernatural, mysterious character, mystery, psychology, couple relations, dealing with death, mentor, adaptation, betrayal, death ...
Time: 21st century, future, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
My Sweet Audrina (2016)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 85 min.
Story: Living in her family's secluded mansion, Audrina is kept alone and out of sight and is haunted by nightmares of her older sister, First Audrina, who was left for dead in the woods after an attack. As she begins to question her past and her ...
Style: captivating, bleak, enigmatic, suspenseful, scenic
Plot: mansion, overprotective father, rape, father daughter relationship, uncover truth, haunted by the past, isolation, mystery, lifetime, nightmare, sex scene, child rape ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
The River King (2005)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Canada, UK
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Abel Grey is sent to investigate the death of a boy from an exclusive local school, who is found floating in the river. Fearing scandal, the school insists it was suicide. But after discovering from the boy's girlfriend, Carlin, that he was ...
Style: serious, suspenseful, enigmatic, disturbing, suspense ...
Plot: private school, mystery, uncover truth, investigation, murder, school, teenager, dishonesty, winter, snow, bullying, empire ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
 8.1
 964K
Gone Girl (2014)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 149 min.
Story: With his wife's disappearance having become the focus of an intense media circus, a man sees the spotlight turned on him when it's suspected that he may not be innocent.
Style: psychological, twists and turns, suspense, surprise ending, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night, chick flick, girls' night, date night, teens
Plot: mystery, murder mystery, infidelity, missing person, investigation, police investigation, manipulation, adultery, femme fatale, disappearance, missing wife, murder suspect ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s, 2000s, year 2012
Place: usa, missouri, manhattan new york city, new york, st. louis missouri
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
The Perfect Husband: The Laci Peterson Story (2004)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 84 min.
Story: Dean Cain portrays Scott Peterson, the California man accused of murdering his 8 month pregnant wife, Laci. Based on a true story.
Style: disturbing, tense, serious, suspenseful, bleak ...
Plot: husband murders wife, murder, pregnancy, missing person, false accusation, courtroom drama, protagonist as suspect, mysterious character, investigation, uncover truth, infidelity, life is a bitch ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
I Can't Sleep (1994)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Romance, Thriller
Country: France, Germany, Switzerland
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Ninon is a spirited hotel-manager who teaches self-defense classes to her terrified elderly neighbors. Daiga, an aspiring Lithuanian actress newly arrived to Paris, comes to live at the hotel and becomes fascinated with the life of a mysteriously ...
Style: art house, gloomy, sexy, disturbing, bleak ...
Plot: gay, serial killer, crimes, lgbt, hotel, murder, immigrants, musician, male nudity, nudity (full frontal - brief), female nudity, brother brother relationship ...
Time: 80s, 70s
Place: paris france, tokyo, texas, london, france ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%