Movies and TV shows like Cruel Summer

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Cruel Summer (2021)
 7.5
 6K
Cruel Summer (2021)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 45 min.
TV show
Story: An unconventional thriller that takes place over three summers — 1993-95 — in a small Texas town when a beautiful popular teen, Kate, is abducted and, seemingly unrelated, a girl, Jeanette, goes from being a sweet, awkward outlier to the most popular girl in town and, by ’95, the most despised person in America.
Style: psychological thriller, tense, captivating, suspense
Plot: summer, kidnapped woman, abduction, mystery, disappearance, small town life, mysterious disappearance, small town, unsolved mystery, social relations, teenager, missing person, popularity, teenagers, kidnapped girl, family relations, girl
Time: 90s, 1990s

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Most similar movies to Cruel Summer

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out tense, captivating, suspense and suspenseful films and TV series with plots about mystery, crimes, investigation, small town, murder, danger and small town life mostly in Drama, Mystery and Thriller genres. Some movies like Cruel Summer: Behind Her Eyes (2021), Safe (2018), Wayward Pines (2015), Bellevue (2017), Channel Zero (2016). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
Behind Her Eyes (2021)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 298 min.
TV show
Story: A single mother enters a world of twisted mind games when she begins an affair with her psychiatrist boss while secretly befriending his mysterious wife.
Style: twists and turns, twist ending, psychological thriller, enigmatic, suspense ...
Plot: employer employee relationship, single mother, friendship, mental illness, secret, supernatural, love affair, lucid dream, mysticism, mental disorder, solitude, blackmail ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
80%
 7.3
 35K
Safe (2018)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 356 min.
TV show
Story: After his daughter goes missing, a widower begins uncovering the dark secrets of the people closest to him.
Style: twists and turns, captivating, suspense, witty, compassionate ...
Plot: missing daughter, missing person, parents and children, security, neighbor, investigation, father, suspect, private investigation, female detective, father daughter relationship, mysterious disappearance ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
 7.4
 53K
Wayward Pines (2015)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: Canada
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
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, captivating, serious, suspenseful
Plot: small town, apocalypse, investigation, society, small town life, beast, danger, missing person, murder, mystery, confined, transformation ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, idaho
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
 6.4
 2K
Bellevue (2017)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Canada
Duration: 44 min.
TV show
Story: When a transgender teen goes missing, Annie Ryder—a cop at odds with her hometown—dives in to unravel the disappearance that suggests foul play, despite finding herself in a difficult position as she must cast suspicion on people she has known ...
Style: mysterious, tense, intense, psychological, serious ...
Plot: missing person, small town, mystery, female protagonist, police detective, danger, psychopath, death, crimes, police officer
Place: canada, ontario canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
Movie in collections
 7.2
 10K
Channel Zero (2016)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 44 min.
TV show
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, tense, mystical, disturbing ...
Plot: supernatural, missing person, small town, monster, kidnapping, child in peril, private investigation, mysterious disappearance, paranormal investigation, abduction, supernatural horror, family problems ...
Time: 2010s
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
 6.1
 5K
Equinox (2020)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Denmark, USA
TV show
Story: Haunted by visions after her sister vanished with her classmates 21 years before, Astrid begins an investigation that uncovers the dark, eerie truth.
Style: captivating, psychological, tense, suspenseful, suspense ...
Plot: disappearance, injury, missing person, high school, island, forest, sisters, sister sister relationship, religion and supernatural, danger, sister, female protagonist ...
Time: contemporary
Place: denmark
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
 7.9
 46K
Bloodline (2015)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: A dramatic thriller that explores the demons lurking beneath the surface of a contemporary American family. The Rayburns are hard-working pillars of their Florida Keys community. But when the black sheep son comes home for the 45th anniversary of ...
Style: psychological thriller, psychological, serious, suspenseful, tense ...
Plot: secret, family relations, dysfunctional family, siblings relations, haunted by the past, homecoming, family life, sibling relationship, dark secret, police detective, wealthy family, florida keys ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: florida, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
 7.2
 2K
Born to Kill (2017)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 180 min.
TV show
Story: A seemingly ordinary, well behaved teenager's latent psychopathic desires rise to the surface when a new girl arrives in town.
Style: psychological thriller, disturbing, suspense, psychological, suspenseful
Plot: mother son relationship, murder, psychopath, teenage boy, single mother, mystery, danger, teenage life, brutality, murder investigation, teenage murderer, murderer ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
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La caza. Monteperdido (2019)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Spain
Duration: 70 min.
TV show
Story: The unsolved case of two girls who disappeared from the Pyrenee town of Monteperdido five years ago is reopened when one of them reappears.
Style: suspense, disturbing, tense, suspenseful, captivating ...
Plot: investigation, danger, child in peril, missing child, small town life, mysterious disappearance, fear, crime investigation, disorder, death, uncover truth, police ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
In the Heat of the Night (1988)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: In the Heat of the Night is an American television series based on the motion picture and novel of the same name starring Carroll O'Connor as the white police chief William Gillespie, and Howard Rollins as the African-American police detective ...
Style: suspenseful, rough, serious, realistic, tense ...
Plot: police detective, small town, interracial relations, police, police investigation, crimes, partners against crime, society, law enforcement, reluctant partners, fighting crime, odd couple ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 80s
Place: mississippi, usa, southern usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
 7.0
 3K
Happy Town (2010)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
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: twists and turns, tense, realistic, serious, atmospheric ...
Plot: investigation, kidnapping, small town, crime, multiple suspects, who done it, missing person, crimes, mystery, paranormal activity, uncover truth, law enforcement ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, minnesota
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
The Sisterhood of Night (2014)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: When a teenage girl says she's the victim of a secret network called The Sisterhood of Night, a quiet suburban town becomes the backdrop for a modern-day Salem witch trial.
Style: serious, suspenseful, twists and turns, captivating, suspense ...
Audience: girls' night, teens
Plot: small town, investigation, mystery, social relations, crimes, life is a bitch, teenage life, society, danger, dishonesty, social problems, sexual harassment ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
The Disappearance (2015)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Country: France
Duration: 52 min.
TV show
Story: Set in Lyon, the show traces the increasing trauma of the Morel family who fall apart when their 17-year-old daughter fails to return home from a night out. As the hours pass and the police investigation builds, The Disappearance explores every ...
Style: psychological, twists and turns, serious, suspense, captivating ...
Plot: investigation, disappearance, partners, crimes, danger, mystery, abduction, intrigue, confined, betrayal, jealousy, murder ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
The Boarding School: Las Cumbres (2021)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Spain
TV show
Story: In an inaccessible place between the mountains and isolated from the world, a school is located next to an old monastery. The students are rebellious and problematic young people who live under the strict and severe discipline imposed by the center ...
Style: captivating, tense, mystical, suspense
Plot: school, threat, troubled youth, reform school, school bully, boarding school, dark secret, troubled past, problem child, supernatural, teenager, high school life ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
The Boarding School (2007)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Spain
Duration: 75 min.
TV show
Story: El Internado Laguna Negra was a Spanish television drama-thriller focusing on the students of a fictional boarding school in a forest, where teenagers are sent by their parents to study. The boarding school is situated in a forest far from the city, ...
Style: tense, exciting, suspenseful, enigmatic, suspense ...
Audience: teens
Plot: experiment, boarding school, murder mystery, teenager, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, family relations, mystery, dealing with death, siblings relations, death of friend, unspoken love, alzheimer's disease ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
 7.0
 2K
Vanished (2006)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: Vanished is an American serial drama television series produced by 20th Century Fox. The series premiered on August 21, 2006 on Fox and its last episode aired on November 10, 2006. Based in Atlanta, Georgia, the series begins with the sudden ...
Style: serious, suspenseful, realistic, tense, exciting ...
Plot: missing person, investigation, search, mission, mystery, disappearance, haunted by the past, conspiracy, crimes, victim, fbi, suicide ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: atlanta
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
 7.1
 23K
The Society (2019)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 58 min.
TV show
Story: When everyone else mysteriously vanishes from their wealthy town, the teen residents of West Ham must forge their own society to survive.
Style: suspense, ambiguous ending, captivating, emotional, mysterious ...
Plot: society, small town, teenager, teenagers, murder, death, separation, survival, fantasy world, friendship, relationships, trapped ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
 3.5
 430
Awakened (2013)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: Samantha believes that her father murdered her mother. In her exhausting search for the truth about her young mother's untimely death 14 years earlier, Samantha receives help from beyond the grave.
Style: twists and turns, tense, suspenseful, serious, suspense ...
Plot: supernatural, uncover truth, investigation, murder, haunted by the past, crimes, mystery, parents and children, small town, small town life, deadly, dishonesty ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
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A Mother's Son (2012)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 46 min.
TV show
Story: A mother suspects that her son could be the killer of a recently found dead girl, and becomes caught in a torturous dilemma of whether to denounce him, or protect him and hide the act.
Style: tense, realistic, serious, suspense, psychological ...
Plot: murder, parents and children, who done it, family problems, family relations, social relations, small town, moral dilemma, suspicion of murder, suspicion, danger, relationship problems ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: england
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
I know who you are (2018)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Netherlands
Duration: 50 min.
TV show
Story: After wrecking his car in a deserted road in the middle of the forest and being found with the blood and mobile phone of his niece, successful criminal lawyer Daniel Elias can no longer remember who he is but must find a way to prove his innocence, ...
Style: psychological thriller, suspense, suspenseful, tense, psychological ...
Plot: amnesia, family relations, missing person, lawyer, murder, murder investigation, who done it, violence, death, victim, attorney, suspicion ...
Time: 21st century
Place: netherlands
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
 7.1
 5K
The Bay (2019)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Country: UK
Duration: 45 min.
TV show
Story: Family Liaison Officer Lisa Armstrong becomes a little too emotionally involved with a case (to the point where she might compromise it) concerning a pair of missing Morecambe twins to whose distraught parents she is assigned.
Style: twists and turns, clever, realistic, tense, bleak ...
Plot: missing person, courtroom drama, policewoman, investigation, police investigation, social relations, uncover truth, family relations, parents and children, disappearance, mystery, law enforcer ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
 4.6
 752
Non-Stop (2013)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Mysterious emotional thriller about a woman who, after being left at the altar, has a brief liaison with a handsome stranger on a plane which ultimately puts her – and everyone else on the flight – in terrible danger.
Style: suspenseful, serious, suspense, captivating, tense ...
Plot: airplane, mystery, danger, dangerous attraction, disappearance, false identity, missing person, ritual, theft, woman in danger, losing-it hero, undercover ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
Truth Be Told (2019)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 45 min.
TV show
Story: Descend into the world of true-crime podcasts. New evidence compels podcaster Poppy Parnell to reopen the murder case that made her a media sensation.
Style: psychological thriller, psychological, exciting, twists and turns, captivating ...
Plot: investigation, crimes, mind game, crime, death, crime scene, riddles and clues, danger, law enforcement, murder, intelligence, murder mystery ...
Time: contemporary
Place: san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
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The Dark Secret of Harvest Home (1978)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 300 min.
TV show
Story: A young couple moves to a quiet New England village, only to soon find themselves mixed up in mysterious rituals.
Style: suspenseful, rough, atmospheric, mind bending, tense ...
Plot: small town, supernatural, ritual, cult, harvest, supernatural ability, danger, social relations, religions or cults, village, deadly, mystery ...
Time: 70s
Place: new england, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
 8.5
 60K
Twin Peaks (2017)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Fantasy, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: Picks up 25 years after the inhabitants of a quaint northwestern town are stunned when their homecoming queen is murdered.
Style: psychological, mind bending, surreal, twists and turns, disturbing ...
Plot: small town life, crime, small town, supernatural, crimes, law enforcement, evil spirit, mystery, special agents, surrealism, mysterious event, social relations ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, washington d.c., new mexico
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
 6.7
 2K
Five Days (2007)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 300 min.
TV show
Story: Thriller series which tracks five 24-hour periods in a police investigation.
Style: suspenseful, serious, captivating, psychological, suspense ...
Plot: missing person, investigation, missing child, mind game, crimes, police detective, life is a bitch, law enforcement, amateur detective, deadly, ex husband ex wife relationship, family problems ...
Time: contemporary
Place: england, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
 7.3
 9K
Twisted (2013)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: A one-hour mystery full of twists and turns that follows Danny Desai, a charismatic 16-year-old with a troubled past who returns to his hometown after spending five years in juvenile detention. Immediately branded an outcast, Danny attempts to ...
Style: suspenseful, serious, enigmatic, suspense, odd ...
Audience: teens, teen drama
Plot: social misfits, teenage life, homecoming, protagonist as suspect, best friends, parents and children, starting over, mystery, haunted by the past, crimes, suspicion, gain trust ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
 8.8
 182K
Twin Peaks (1990)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 47 min.
TV show
Story: The body of Laura Palmer is washed up on a beach near the small Washington state town of Twin Peaks. FBI Special Agent Dale Cooper is called in to investigate her strange demise only to uncover a web of mystery that ultimately leads him deep into ...
Style: atmospheric, psychological, suspenseful, neo noir, offbeat ...
Plot: small town, who done it, investigation, murder, small town life, crime, hallucination, death, paranormal investigation, rape, demonic possession, special agents ...
Time: 90s, 80s, 1990s, 20th century, year 1989
Place: washington state, usa, washington d.c.
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
 6.2
 2K
Uncle John (2015)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Romance, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 113 min.
Story: Uncle John revolves around the struggle to keep a mysterious disappearance unsolved
Style: tense, atmospheric, captivating, psychological, suspense ...
Plot: investigation, missing person, homecoming, social relations, crimes, unlikely criminals, dishonesty, small town, under the surface, murder, love and romance, rivalry ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, illinois
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
 8.2
 1K
Beyond Evil (2021)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: South Korea
Duration: 70 min.
TV show
Story: A serial murder case takes place in the small, peaceful city. The case is the same serial murder case that took place 20 years ago and changed Lee Dong-Sik’s life. The two detectives work to catch the killer.
Style: tense, suspense, captivating, psychological thriller
Plot: serial killer, secret, police, murder, serial murder, investigation, murder case, cold case, murder investigation, murder mystery, crimes, fighting crime ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%