Movies like Based on a True Story

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Based on a True Story (2017)
 5.7
 6K
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, meditative, suspenseful, disturbing, enigmatic
Audience: chick flick
Plot: female writer, female friendship, female protagonist, novelist, obsessed fan, mysterious character, loneliness, friendship between women, deception, poisoning, based on a novel, ghost writer, book signing, writer's block, party, writers, subway, illness, journalist, book, photograph, smartphone, blackmail, letter, open ending ...
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, psychological, tense and disturbing films with plots about obsession, murder, mystery, storytelling, twists & turns, loneliness and dialogue mostly in Drama, Thriller 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), Demonlover (2002). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
 6.9
 50K
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: neo noir, tense, suspenseful, psychological, captivating ...
Plot: missing wife, espionage, kidnapping, jazz, missing person, woman in danger, rescue, hotel room, doctor, crimes, crime, couple relations ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: paris france, france, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.2
 18K
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, atmospheric, psychological, stylized ...
Plot: masochism, bdsm, femdom, audition, theater, mind game, actress, stage performance, play, director, s&m, deviant sex ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 19th century
Place: paris france, france, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.5
 2K
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, enigmatic, disturbing, captivating
Plot: novelist, female writer, teenager, summer, sea, youth, aspiring writer, love interest, aggression, writer's life, abandoned warehouse, abduction ...
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, tense, serious, realistic, sincere ...
Plot: divorce, ex husband ex wife relationship, theft, widow, waitress, estrangement, power relations, mysterious character, artists and showbiz, father daughter relationship, letter, monitor ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: paris france, france, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
Movie in collections
 5.9
 5K
Demonlover (2002)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: France, Mexico, Japan
Duration: 129 min.
Story: Two corporations compete for illicit 3D manga pornography, sending spies to infiltrate each other's operations.
Style: psychological, suspenseful, erotic, mind bending, intense ...
Plot: espionage, murder, rivalry, mind game, dishonesty, rise and fall, danger, workplace situations, uninhibited rivalry, corporation, office, deadly ...
Time: contemporary
Place: tokyo, paris france, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
 7.7
 41K
The Tenant (1976)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: France, USA
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, atmospheric, offbeat, surreal, disturbing ...
Plot: obsession, conspiracy, suicide, ghost, satire, suicide attempt, tenant, apartment building, mental illness, supernatural, mystery, identity ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: paris france, europe, france
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
 7.3
 75K
Caché (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: psychological, disturbing, atmospheric, clever, tense ...
Plot: videotaping, suicide, haunted by the past, surveillance, family in crisis, nightmare, lie, mystery, conscience, dysfunctional family, family secret, childhood ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: paris france, france, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
 6.9
 174K
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: twist ending, psychological, bleak, tense, surreal ...
Plot: symbolism, mystery, paranoia, actor, obsession, mental illness, professor, delusion, disorder, life turned upside down, mysterious character, lookalikes ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: canada, toronto ontario canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
Movie in collections
Personal Shopper (2016)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Horror, 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: psychological, psychotronic, suspense, captivating, tense ...
Plot: dead brother, medium, ghost, spirit, female protagonist, supernatural power, strong female character, haunted, supernatural, old house, haunted house, spiritualism ...
Time: 21st century, 2010s
Place: paris france, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
 8.2
 302K
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, twist ending, bleak, suspenseful ...
Plot: private detective, rape, femme fatale, investigation, surveillance, corruption, investigator, deception, secret, threat, suspicion, cover up ...
Time: 20th century, 1930s, 30s, year 1937
Place: los angeles, california, usa, mexico
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
 5.4
 359
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, assassination, divorced man, ex husband ex wife relationship, hiding place, political activism, democracy, political conspiracy, art gallery, french politics, police raid ...
Time: 2010s
Place: paris france
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
 5.2
 983
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: disturbing, psychological, tense, bleak, suspenseful ...
Plot: fan, sadistic killer, search, insanity, violence, rage, psychopath, psycho terror, homicidal maniac, devious, danger, manic ...
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
 7.2
 36K
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, psychological, sexual, breathtaking ...
Plot: femme fatale, s&m, sexual relations, obsession, dangerous attraction, sexual perversion, infidelity, bdsm, destructive relationship, love affair, passionate interest, seduction ...
Time: 90s
Place: paris france, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
 6.0
 30K
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: captivating, suspenseful, tense, psychological, disturbing ...
Plot: obsessive love, trapped, obsession, female villain, stalker, kidnapping, held captive, older woman younger woman relationship, trap, roommate, father daughter relationship, nightmare ...
Place: paris france, france, new york, usa, united states
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
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: serious, realistic, stylized, atmospheric, psychological ...
Plot: mental illness, theater, conspiracy, new wave, dishonesty, state affairs, danger, mysterious character, amateur detective, mystery, investigation, secret movement ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, year 1957
Place: paris france, france
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
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, semi serious ...
Audience: teens
Plot: missing person, teenage life, coming of age, dysfunctional family, mystery, under the surface, disappearance, teenage sexuality, parents and children, family relations, life turned upside down, family problems ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, contemporary, 21st century, year 1988 ...
Place: usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
 6.8
 36K
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, psychological, disturbing, suspenseful, non-linear ...
Plot: mental illness, childhood trauma, haunted by the past, murder, misfit, betrayal, mental patient, vengeance, mystery, infidelity, family relations, past ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 1950s, 50s
Place: london, europe, britain, africa, east end london ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
 6.4
 963
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: suspense, disturbing, psychological, suspenseful, captivating ...
Audience: chick flick, boys' night
Plot: suicide, guilt, manager, corporation, psychological trauma, female protagonist, husband wife relationship, danger, adaptation, rivalry, society, investigation ...
Time: contemporary, 2010s
Place: paris france
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
Movie in collections
 6.8
 105K
Stoker (2013)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: After India's father dies, her Uncle Charlie, who she never knew existed, comes to live with her and her unstable mother. She comes to suspect this mysterious, charming man has ulterior motives and becomes increasingly infatuated with him.
Style: psychological, bleak, gothic, suspenseful, tense ...
Plot: mysterious character, antisocial behavior, under the surface, family relations, mystery, masturbation, funeral, family problems, danger, estate, parents and children, youth ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, connecticut, pennsylvania
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
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, disturbing, serious, captivating ...
Plot: hitman, friendship, assassination, murder, forgery, gangsters, race against time, life is a bitch, couple relations, danger, crime, crimes ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, year 1976
Place: paris france, hamburg germany, west germany, germany, new york ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
 6.5
 18K
Swallow (2019)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, France
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Hunter, a newly pregnant housewife, finds herself increasingly compelled to consume dangerous objects. As her husband and his family tighten their control over her life, she must confront the dark secret behind her new obsession.
Style: art house, psychological, suspenseful, realistic, serious ...
Plot: control, self harm, housewife, obsession, psychotherapist, loneliness, husband wife relationship, dark secret, pregnancy, female protagonist, parents and children, bored housewife ...
Time: 2010s
Place: africa, pittsburgh, new york state
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
 5.5
 1K
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: suspense, enigmatic, bleak, disturbing
Plot: nanny, obsession, manipulation, husband wife relationship, false accusation, mysterious character, little girl, kidnapping, female psychopath, paramedic, injury, evil woman ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
 7.8
 20K
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, atmospheric, disturbing, psychological, bleak ...
Plot: paranoia, distopia, courtroom, false accusation, fighting the system, courtroom drama, conspiracy, future dystopia, social decay, uncover truth, frame up, post war ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 1920s, 18th century
Place: russia
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
Movie in collections
 7.4
 31K
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, odd, enigmatic, witty, disturbing ...
Plot: teacher, high school, teen angst, privacy invasion, writers, student, school, teacher student relationship, stalking, manipulation, high school life, manipulations ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: france, paris france
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
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, psychological, suspenseful, disturbing, bleak ...
Plot: murder, whodunit, lake, murder investigation, who done it, mystery, secret, mysterious villain, crimes, small town, suspicion, mysterious place ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
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
Plot: mansion, father daughter relationship, haunted by the past, uncover truth, isolation, mystery, rape, nightmare, child rape, death of sister, mental illness, gang rape ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
 5.9
 37K
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, bleak, psychological, twist ending, offbeat ...
Plot: afterlife, life & death, mysterious character, mystery, couple relations, dealing with death, danger, supernatural, talking to the dead, death, crying, mentor ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
 6.8
 17K
Borgman (2013)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Netherlands, Belgium, Denmark
Duration: 113 min.
Story: Borgman is the central character of this dark, malevolent fable. Is he a dream or a demon, a twisted allegory or an all-too-real embodiment of our fears? Borgman is a sinister arrival in the sealed-off streets of modern suburbia. His presence ...
Style: psychological, disturbing, surreal, bleak, atmospheric ...
Plot: drifter, mysterious character, family relations, dishonesty, nightmare, manipulation, life turned upside down, manipulations, hidden identity, terrorizing, family problems, mystery ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: europe, holland
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
Mothers' Instinct (2018)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: France, Belgium
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Brussels, early 60’s. Alice and Céline live in twin bourgeois houses. They are best friends as are their children, Theo and Maxime, who have grown up like brothers. Both families spend all their time together. This perfect harmony is broken when ...
Style: disturbing, suspenseful, melancholic, surprise ending, ambiguous ending ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: paranoia, husband wife relationship, death of child, friendship, family drama, marital discord, wife husband relationship, girlfriend girlfriend relationship, danger, family relations, fear, child in peril ...
Time: 21st century
Place: france
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
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: uncover truth, murder, mystery, investigation, deadly, school, teenager, dishonesty, danger, chase, student life, life is a bitch ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%