Movies like The Babadook

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The Babadook (2014)
 6.8
 198K
The Babadook (2014)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Australia, Canada
Duration: 94 min.
Story: A single mother, plagued by the violent death of her husband, battles with her son's fear of a monster lurking in the house, but soon discovers a sinister presence all around her.
Style: psychological, scary, macabre, tense, bleak, dark, suspense, suspenseful, disturbing, serious ...
Audience: teens
Plot: nightmare, danger, family in danger, supernatural, nightmare comes true, dealing with death, single mother, ghost, dark fantasy, dysfunctional family, monster, sleeping, book, deadly creature, isolation, family relations, parent child relationship, depression, insanity, mental illness, loneliness, haunted by the past, psychology, family drama, insomnia ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: australia

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Most similar movies to The Babadook

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out suspenseful, scary, psychological and serious films with plots about danger, supernatural, ghost, death, storytelling, brutality and runaway mostly in Horror, Thriller and Mystery genres. Some movies like The Babadook: The Witch (2015), Sinister (2012), The Orphanage (2007), Mama (2013), The Shining (1980). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
 6.9
 205K
The Witch (2015)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: In 1630s New England, William and Katherine lead a devout Christian life with five children, homesteading on the edge of an impassable wilderness, exiled from their settlement when William defies the local church. When their newborn son vanishes and ...
Style: dark, atmospheric, suspenseful, scary, gothic ...
Plot: witch, supernatural, wilderness, family relations, religion, curses spells and rituals, parents and children, family in danger, insanity, imaginary, guilt, violence ...
Time: 17th century, 1600s
Place: new england, usa, new hampshire
⇓ similarity ⇓
71%
 6.8
 223K
Sinister (2012)
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, UK, Canada
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Found footage helps a true-crime novelist realize how and why a family was murdered in his new home, though his discoveries put his entire family in the path of a supernatural entity.
Style: scary, suspenseful, rough, tense, disturbing ...
Audience: teens
Plot: supernatural, haunted house, murder, ghost, fear, danger, evil force, family in danger, paranormal activity, attic, deadly, crimes ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, year 2011, year 1986, year 2012 ...
Place: pennsylvania, usa, st. louis missouri
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
 7.4
 147K
The Orphanage (2007)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Spain, Mexico
Duration: 105 min.
Story: A woman brings her family back to her childhood home, which used to be an orphanage, intent on reopening it. Before long, her son starts to communicate with a new invisible friend.
Style: scary, macabre, surprise ending, psychological, twist ending ...
Plot: haunted house, ghosts, ghost, orphan, supernatural, missing child, fear, death, haunted by the past, tragic event, life is a bitch, disappearance ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: spain
⇓ similarity ⇓
80%
 6.2
 169K
Mama (2013)
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Country: Canada, Spain, Mexico
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Guillermo del Toro presents Mama, a supernatural thriller that tells the haunting tale of two little girls who disappeared into the woods the day that their parents were killed. When they are rescued years later and begin a new life, they find that ...
Style: scary, gothic, frightening, suspenseful, suspense ...
Plot: ghost, supernatural, danger, afterlife, paranormal activity, adoption, children, haunted house, parents and children, redemption, secrets, cabin ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
63%
Movie in collections
 8.4
 903K
The Shining (1980)
Genre: Drama, Horror
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 144 min.
Story: Jack Torrance accepts a caretaker job at the Overlook Hotel, where he, along with his wife Wendy and their son Danny, must live isolated from the rest of the world for the winter. But they aren't prepared for the madness that lurks within.
Style: psychological, atmospheric, scary, bleak, suspense ...
Plot: isolation, insanity, evil, supernatural, danger, stephen king, nervous breakdown, psychic, hotel, ghost, psychopath, trapped ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 80s, 1920s
Place: colorado, usa, denver colorado, oregon, miami ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
 7.5
 444K
The Conjuring (2013)
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: Paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren work to help a family terrorized by a dark presence in their farmhouse. Forced to confront a powerful entity, the Warrens find themselves caught in the most terrifying case of their lives.
Style: scary, suspenseful, dark, atmospheric, frightening ...
Audience: teens
Plot: haunted house, ghost, supernatural, exorcism, paranormal investigation, danger, witch, paranormal activity, fear, evil force, haunted by the past, family in danger ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, 21st century, contemporary, 1960s ...
Place: new england, rhode island, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
 5.4
 92K
The Ring Two (2005)
Genre: Horror, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Rachel Keller must prevent evil Samara from taking possession of her son's soul.
Style: scary, macabre, suspenseful, brutal, stylized ...
Audience: teens
Plot: evil child, mental institution, ghost, nightmare, supernatural, deadly, investigation, family problems, supernatural ability, small town, bathtub, female reporter ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, oregon, seattle
⇓ similarity ⇓
75%
 6.6
 117K
Antichrist (2009)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Thriller
Country: Denmark, Germany, France, Sweden, Italy, Poland
Duration: 108 min.
Story: A grieving couple retreats to their cabin 'Eden' in the woods, hoping to repair their broken hearts and troubled marriage. But nature takes its course and things go from bad to worse.
Style: psychological, disturbing, scary, bleak, sexual ...
Plot: violence, fear, cruelty, insanity, nudity (full frontal - brief), guilt, explicit sex, obsession, death, isolation, brutality, suffering ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Movie in collections
 4.9
 55K
Poltergeist (2015)
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Legendary filmmaker Sam Raimi and director Gil Kenan reimagine and contemporize the classic tale about a family whose suburban home is invaded by angry spirits. When the terrifying apparitions escalate their attacks and take the youngest daughter, ...
Style: scary, psychological, suspenseful, serious, psychotronic ...
Plot: supernatural, poltergeist, ghost, haunted house, family relations, child in peril, chaos and mayhem, human host, chaos, danger, family in danger, ghosts ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 5.4
 142K
Annabelle (2014)
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: John Form has found the perfect gift for his expectant wife, Mia - a beautiful, rare vintage doll in a pure white wedding dress. But Mia's delight with Annabelle doesn't last long. On one horrific night, their home is invaded by members of ...
Style: scary, suspenseful, atmospheric, suspense, serious ...
Audience: teens
Plot: ghost, haunted house, evil doll, supernatural, curses spells and rituals, demonic possession, death, graphic violence, violence, sacrifice, paranormal activity, danger ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, year 1970, year 1969
Place: usa, california, santa monica california, pasadena california
⇓ similarity ⇓
75%
 6.3
 76K
The Uninvited (2009)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, Canada, Germany
Duration: 87 min.
Story: Anna returns home after spending time in a psychiatric facility following her mother's tragic death and discovers that her mother's former nurse, Rachel, has moved into their house and become engaged to her father. Soon after she learns ...
Style: surprise ending, scary, twist ending, suspenseful, psychological ...
Audience: teens
Plot: supernatural, uncover truth, slasher, ghost, parents and children, family in danger, family problems, siblings relations, danger, pretense, woman in danger, mistrust ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 80s, year 1986, 2000s
Place: maine, new england
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 5.4
 23K
Jessabelle (2014)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: A young woman recuperating at her father's run-down home after a tragic accident soon encounters a terrifying presence with a connection to her long-deceased mother.
Style: scary, twist ending, macabre, suspenseful, serious ...
Audience: teens
Plot: haunted house, voodoo, supernatural, danger, ghost, nightmare, curses spells and rituals, psychology, uncover truth, haunted by the past, spirit, sacrifice ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, year 1988
Place: louisiana, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
 7.4
 92K
Take Shelter (2011)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 121 min.
Story: Plagued by a series of apocalyptic visions, a young husband and father questions whether to shelter his family from a coming storm, or from himself.
Style: disturbing, bleak, atmospheric, psychological, stylized ...
Plot: paranoia, mental illness, nervous breakdown, delusion, nightmare, fear, family relations, dreams, insanity, sanity, obsession, construction worker ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, year 1986, year 2011
Place: ohio, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.8
 280K
Insidious (2010)
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 103 min.
Story: A family discovers that dark spirits have invaded their home after their son inexplicably falls into an endless sleep. When they reach out to a professional for help, they learn things are a lot more personal than they thought.
Style: scary, suspenseful, frightening, twist ending, serious ...
Plot: haunted house, nightmare, supernatural, evil spirit, parallel world, psychic, ghosts, danger, paranormal activity, family in danger, curses spells and rituals, fear ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
The Haunting of Molly Hartley (2008)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 82 min.
Story: When teenage Molly Hartley moves to a new town, she's haunted by terrifying visions that may have to do with dark secrets from her past. Something evil lurks just beneath the lush surfaces of her private-school world, and it holds the rights to ...
Style: tense, suspenseful, bleak, realistic, serious ...
Audience: teens
Plot: high school, supernatural, high school life, curses spells and rituals, teenage life, haunted by the past, parents and children, dealing with death, danger, back from the dead, graduation, mental illness ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 1990s, 90s
Place: usa, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.5
 118K
Oculus (2013)
Genre: Horror, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: A woman tries to exonerate her brother's murder conviction by proving that the crime was committed by a supernatural phenomenon.
Style: scary, atmospheric, suspenseful, tense, psychological ...
Audience: teens
Plot: supernatural, haunted house, siblings relations, family relations, danger, mirror, hallucination, artifact, crimes, murder, insanity, ghost ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, year 1955, year 2002, 2000s
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%
Insidious: Chapter 2 (2013)
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 106 min.
Story: The haunted Lambert family seeks to uncover the mysterious childhood secret that has left them dangerously connected to the spirit world.
Style: scary, suspenseful, macabre, suspense, serious ...
Plot: haunted house, supernatural, paranormal activity, psychic, nightmare comes true, ghost, family, fear, demon, nightmare, curses spells and rituals, seance ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, year 1986, 80s
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
A Tale of Two Sisters (2003)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: South Korea
Duration: 114 min.
Story: A recently released patient from a mental institution returns home with her sister, only to face disturbing events between her stepmother and the ghosts haunting their house- all of which are connected to a dark past in the family's history.
Style: psychological, atmospheric, mind bending, scary, twists and turns ...
Plot: mental illness, haunted house, guilt, family relations, losing-it hero, danger, delusion, tragedy, amnesia, suicide, ghost, mystery ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: korea, asia, south korea, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
Movie in collections
 4.2
 30K
Boogeyman (2005)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, New Zealand, Germany
Duration: 89 min.
Story: Every culture has one – the horrible monster fueling young children's nightmares. But for Tim, the Boogeyman still lives in his memories as a creature that devoured his father 16 years earlier. Is the Boogeyman real? Or did Tim make him up to ...
Style: scary, psychological, suspenseful, atmospheric, serious ...
Plot: haunted by the past, hallucination, nightmare, supernatural, ghost, hometown, gory, mentally unstable, danger, destiny, parents and children, teenage life ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
 6.7
 30K
Dark Water (2002)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 101 min.
Story: A woman in the midst of an unpleasant divorce moves to an eerie apartment building with her young daughter. The ceiling of their apartment has a dark and active leak.
Style: atmospheric, psychological, scary, suspenseful, mind bending ...
Plot: ghost, missing child, supernatural, mystery, haunted by the past, flooding, family problems, custody, parents and children, losing-it hero, danger, single parent ...
Time: contemporary, 2000s
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
Insidious: Chapter 3 (2015)
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Canada, UK, USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: A twisted new tale of terror begins for a teenage girl and her family, predating the haunting of the Lambert family in the earlier movies and revealing more mysteries of the otherworldly realm The Further.
Style: scary, suspenseful, atmospheric, psychological, rough ...
Audience: teens
Plot: supernatural horror, supernatural, haunted house, curses spells and rituals, family in danger, demon, family problems, danger, imaginary, ghost, supernatural power, psychic ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 70s, 80s
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
Grave Encounters (2011)
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Canada
Duration: 92 min.
Story: A crew from a paranormal reality television show lock themselves in a haunted psychiatric hospital. They search for evidence of paranormal activity as they shoot what ends up becoming their final episode.
Style: scary, suspenseful, tense, serious, psychotronic ...
Audience: teens
Plot: found footage, haunted house, supernatural, ghost, paranormal, abandoned hospital, paranormal investigation, deadly, mental institution, danger, maze, ghost hunter ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s
Place: canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
 6.4
 25K
Ghostland (2018)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Canada, France
Duration: 91 min.
Story: A mother of two inherits a home from her aunt. On the first night in the new home she is confronted with murderous intruders and fights for her daughters' lives. Sixteen years later the daughters reunite at the house, and that is when things ...
Style: suspenseful, suspense, psychological, scary, tense ...
Plot: nightmare, violence, insanity, home invasion, danger, torture, escape, blood, doll, sister sister relationship, mother daughter relationship, female protagonist ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
Movie in collections
 7.0
 192K
Orphan (2009)
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, Canada, Germany, France
Duration: 123 min.
Story: A married couple with a rocky past adopt 9-year old, Esther to fill the void created by a recently-stillborn baby. However, Esther is not quite who she seems.
Style: scary, twist ending, suspenseful, psychological, serious ...
Plot: orphan, adoption, mysterious character, female psychopath, family in danger, family problems, parents and children, deadly, insanity, murderer, killer child, domestic disturbance ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, connecticut, estonia
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
 5.1
 830
The Watch (2008)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Canada
Duration: 87 min.
Story: Cassie, a psych student, was kidnapped and traumatized as a child by a disturbed person. To exorcise her demons and to finish her thesis, she decides on an experiment in isolation, working at a secluded watch tower as a fire lookout. But once ...
Style: scary, suspenseful, psychological, tense, serious ...
Plot: manipulations, mind game, danger, manipulation, haunted by the past, mystery, isolation, rivalry, female protagonist, supernatural, surveillance, strong female presence ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
 6.2
 79K
Case 39 (2009)
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 109 min.
Story: In her many years as a social worker, Emily Jenkins believes she has seen it all, until she meets 10-year-old Lilith and the girl's cruel parents. Emily's worst fears are confirmed when the parents try to harm the child, and so Emily ...
Style: scary, suspenseful, psychological, gloomy, serious ...
Audience: girls' night, teens
Plot: evil child, supernatural, child abuse, social worker, uncover truth, mysterious character, mental institution, demons, danger, murder, evil force, woman in danger ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
Two Eyes Staring (2010)
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Netherlands, Belgium
Duration: 112 min.
Story: Nine-year-old Lisa discovers her sinister new friend is the ghost of the dead twin of Lisa's mother. Lisa's father also begins to suspect his wife of hiding a terrible secret, resulting in deadly consequences
Style: suspenseful, scary, tense, dark, macabre ...
Plot: supernatural horror, haunted house, supernatural, family in danger, haunted by the past, countryside, parents and children, family relations, ghost, ghost child, husband wife relationship, loneliness ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: europe, belgium
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
 6.8
 211K
It Follows (2014)
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: For 19-year-old Jay, fall should be about school, boys and weekends out at the lake. But a seemingly innocent physical encounter turns sour and gives her the inescapable sense that someone, or something, is following her. Faced with this burden, Jay ...
Style: suspenseful, scary, serious, psychotronic, suspense ...
Audience: teens
Plot: supernatural, ghost, stalking, sex, dangerous attraction, danger, paranoia, evil, death, friendship, chase, demon ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 80s
Place: detroit, usa, michigan, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
Brahms: The Boy II (2020)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, China, Canada, Australia
Duration: 86 min.
Story: After a family moves into the Heelshire Mansion, their young son soon makes friends with a life-like doll called Brahms.
Style: suspenseful, tense, suspense, scary
Plot: mansion, doll, evil, murder, death, violence, boy, curses spells and rituals, supernatural, danger, family, haunted house ...
Time: contemporary
Place: london
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
 5.6
 40K
The Ward (2010)
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: A thriller centered on an institutionalized young woman who becomes terrorized by a ghost.
Style: twist ending, scary, psychological, surprise ending, suspenseful ...
Audience: teens, date night, girls' night
Plot: mental institution, dissociative identity disorder, ghost, supernatural, mental illness, doctors and patients, survival, danger, confined, murder, split personality, isolation ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 1960s, 60s, 80s
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%