Movies and TV shows like Cruel Summer

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Cruel Summer (2021)
 7.5
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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: tense, enigmatic, captivating, suspense, intellectual, psychological thriller, anthology
Audience: teen drama
Plot: missing person, kidnapped woman, small town, gay, family relations, teenager, abduction, mystery, disappearance, popularity, society, mysterious disappearance, unsolved crime, social misfits, mysterious girl, secret, social relations, unsolved mystery, cold case, small town life, mysterious character, lesbian, high school, coming of age, lgbtq ...
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 suspense, tense, captivating and suspenseful films and TV series with plots about mystery, secret, investigation, small town, missing person, society and disappearance mostly in Mystery, Drama and Thriller genres. Some movies like Cruel Summer: Requiem (2018), Behind Her Eyes (2021), The Society (2019), Channel Zero (2016), The 12 from Oldenheim (2017). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
 6.4
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Requiem (2018)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: In 1994, a toddler disappeared from a small Welsh village, never to be seen again. 23 years later, in London, the mother of rising cello star Matilda Gray commits suicide, without apparent reason. Among her possessions, Matilda discovers tantalising ...
Style: psychological, suspense, serious, suspenseful, captivating ...
Plot: secret past, family secret, riddles and clues, loss, missing child, death of child, mystery, uncover truth, parents and children, mysterious disappearance, disappearance, missing person ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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: enigmatic, twist ending, tense, suspense, captivating ...
Plot: lucid dream, psychopath, sociopath, twists and turns, body swapping, friendship, single mother, mental illness, supernatural, soul transference, mental disorder, employer employee relationship ...
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69%
 7.1
 30K
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 ...
Audience: teens, teen drama
Plot: teenager, murder, society, small town, trapped, death, friendship, survival, gay, separation, fantasy world, relationships ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.1
 11K
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, tense, disturbing, mystical, enigmatic ...
Plot: supernatural, missing person, small town, kidnapping, child in peril, abduction, mysterious disappearance, private investigation, paranormal investigation, family problems, mystery, crime investigation ...
Time: 2010s
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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The 12 from Oldenheim (2017)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Netherlands
Duration: 45 min.
TV show
Story: Follow the lives of the inhabitants of Oldenheim, an ancient Dutch village where families have lived for generations. The terror is great when the inhabitants of the village are confronted with a series of mysterious disappearances.
Style: enigmatic, captivating, suspense, tense, suspenseful ...
Plot: village, family, missing person, mystery, investigation, mysterious disappearance, small village, uncover truth, crime solving, secret, disappearance, lifestyle ...
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46%
 5.5
 2K
The Drowning (2021)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 178 min.
TV show
Story: Since losing her son eight years ago, Jodie has been rebuilding her life but when she catches sight of Daniel, she is convinced she has found her missing son.
Style: suspense, disturbing, tense, psychological, captivating ...
Plot: missing child, missing person, family relations, loss of son, mental disorder, mysterious disappearance, mystery, bereavement, investigation, secret identity, secret, missing son ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
 8.8
 198K
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: psychological, suspenseful, atmospheric, enigmatic, surreal ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: serial killer, small town, murder, supernatural, nightmare, hallucination, surrealism, secret, mysterious death, investigation, who done it, small town life ...
Time: 80s, year 1989, 20th century, 90s
Place: washington state, usa, washington d.c.
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100%
 7.3
 56K
Wayward Pines (2015)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
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: captivating, tense, mind bending, serious, suspenseful ...
Plot: apocalypse, beast, society, small town, small town life, investigation, missing person, murder, mystery, suspended animation, secret service agent, sheriff ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, idaho
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
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 7.2
 10K
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, realistic ...
Audience: teens, teen drama
Plot: teenage life, social misfits, protagonist as suspect, homecoming, best friends, parents and children, starting over, haunted by the past, mystery, murder, crimes, old friend ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
Pretty Little Liars (2010)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Romance, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 44 min.
TV show
Story: Based on the Pretty Little Liars series of young adult novels by Sara Shepard, the series follows the lives of four girls — Spencer, Hanna, Aria, and Emily — whose clique falls apart after the disappearance of their queen bee, Alison. One year ...
Style: suspenseful, serious, realistic, slasher, neo noir ...
Audience: teens, girls' night, kids, family outing, teen drama
Plot: high school, high school life, lesbian, blackmail, threat, gossip and rumors, haunted by the past, best friends, friendship, teenage life, mysterious character, disappearance ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, future, 2010s
Place: pennsylvania, philadelphia, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
Pretty Little Liars: The Perfectionists (2019)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Romance, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 45 min.
TV show
Story: In Beacon Heights, a seemingly perfect town, a group of three college friends struggle with the stress of being overachievers. In the aftermath of the town’s first murder, each Perfectionist hides behind a secret, a lie and an alibi.
Style: surprise ending, suspense, captivating, tense, enigmatic ...
Audience: teens, teen drama
Plot: college, young adult, murder, friend, murder mystery, mystery, secret, crimes, twists and turns, small town life, dark secret, social relations ...
Time: future
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38%
 7.1
 2K
T@gged (2016)
Genre: Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 18 min.
TV show
Story: t@gged is a modern day thriller that explores the terrifying risks of social media in a world of anonymity.
Style: suspenseful, neurotic, suspense, disturbing, tense ...
Audience: teen drama
Plot: teenager, social media, twists and turns, blackmail, secret identity, teenage life, group of friends, adolescence, threat, society, mystery, phone terror ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
 8.3
 99K
The Leftovers (2014)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: When 2% of the world's population abruptly disappears without explanation, the world struggles to understand just what they're supposed to do about it. The drama series 'The Leftovers' is the story of the people who didn't ...
Style: captivating, mind bending, serious, touching, stylized ...
Plot: disappearance, life turned upside down, society, haunted by the past, missing person, chaos, apocalypse, small town sheriff, chief of police, worldwide chaos, belief, life changing experience ...
Time: 21st century, 2010s
Place: usa, new york state, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
Missing: The Other Side (2020)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Mystery, Thriller
Country: South Korea
Duration: 70 min.
TV show
Story: A village holds spirits of missing, deceased people. A search to find the missing bodies and discover the truth behind their disappearance occurs.
Style: suspenseful, enigmatic, disturbing, tense, suspense ...
Plot: ghost, spirit, mystery, paranormal investigation, mysterious disappearance, investigation, remote village, paranormal phenomena, murder investigation, paranormal activity, dark secret, uncover truth ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
Vanished by the Lake (2015)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Country: France
Duration: 52 min.
TV show
Story: Homicide Detective Lise returns to her hometown for the first time since a local tragedy shattered her teens. Tragedy strikes again when a teenage girl vanishes under circumstances that mirror the disappearance of Lise's two best friends, Ana ...
Style: suspense, tense, enigmatic, captivating, suspenseful ...
Plot: investigation, female police detective, confronting the past, mysterious disappearance, crime solving, small town, secret, homicide detective, cold case, riddles and clues, disappearance, tragic past ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
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The Ice House (1997)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 172 min.
TV show
Story: The peaceful, secluded, country hideaway of three diverse, lonely, supposedly lesbian, women is suddenly shattered when their gardener discovers a partially decomposed corpse in the old Ice House on their grounds. The ensuing police investigation ...
Style: suspense, suspenseful, realistic, serious, psychological thriller
Plot: murder, small town, missing person, crime investigation, corpse, haunted by the past, police, investigation, law enforcement, dishonesty, crimes, uncover truth ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
 6.8
 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, mystery, mission, disappearance, haunted by the past, law enforcement, victim, uncover truth, mysterious character, crimes, suspicion ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: atlanta
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
Gone in the Night (2022)
Genre: Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Upon arriving at a remote cabin in the redwoods, Kath and her boyfriend find a mysterious younger couple already there — the rental has apparently been double-booked. They decide to share the cabin with these strangers until the next morning, but ...
Style: suspense, tense, mysterious, disturbing, psychological ...
Plot: mysterious disappearance, mystery, missing person, vacation, mysterious woman, male female relationship, secret, couple relations, disappearance, puzzle, relationship problems, mysterious place ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
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 7.4
 25K
Homecoming (2018)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 30 min.
TV show
Story: Heidi Bergman is a caseworker at Homecoming, a Geist Group facility helping soldiers transition to civilian life. Years later she has started a new life, living with her mother and working as a waitress, when a Department of Defense auditor ...
Style: atmospheric, suspense, suspenseful, enigmatic, sitcom ...
Plot: secrets, social worker, adaptation, getting home, military service, society, tv show, mental health, criminal, espionage, lgbtq, corporate conspiracy ...
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34%
 4.6
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Chosen (2022)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: Denmark
Duration: 41 min.
TV show
Story: A 17-year-old girl's world is turned upside down when she and her friends make a disturbing discovery in their quiet Danish town.
Style: tense, entertaining, disturbing, captivating
Plot: secret, teenager, mystery, secret revealed, small town life, uncover truth, teamwork, urban legend, investigation, lgbtq, women, lesbian ...
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34%
 6.6
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Mayday (2013)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 59 min.
TV show
Story: It's Mayday in a small town steeped in pagan traditions where the crowning of the May Queen is the highlight of the day until suddenly she goes missing.
Style: tense, serious, realistic, enigmatic, captivating ...
Plot: murder, police investigation, missing child, who done it, crimes, law enforcement, small town, paganism, parents and children, family relations, mysterious disappearance, suspicion ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: england
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
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: suspense, exciting, suspenseful, tense, enigmatic ...
Audience: teens
Plot: experiment, boarding school, teenager, murder mystery, dealing with death, mystery, death of friend, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, family relations, siblings relations, dungeon, unspoken love ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
 8.1
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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: suspense, tense, captivating, psychological thriller
Plot: serial killer, serial murder, murder case, police, investigation, murder, secret, murderer, corruption, murder investigation, partners against crime, police investigation ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
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The Age Of Anger (2022)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Spain
Duration: 50 min.
TV show
Story: Manu Ríos, Amaia Aberasturi, Daniel Ibáñez, Carlos Alcaide star in this new fiction that portrays current adolescence based on the thriller to address the complexities that affect a new generation of young people.
Style: suspense, psychological, disturbing, captivating, tense ...
Audience: teen drama
Plot: gay, bullying, life is a bitch, abusive father, family problems, family relations, social problems, murder, framed for murder, domineering father, father son relationship, lgbt ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
 7.7
 12K
Search Party (2016)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 24 min.
TV show
Story: A dark comedy about four self-absorbed twenty-somethings who become entangled in an ominous mystery when a former college acquaintance suddenly disappears.
Style: realistic, semi serious, suspenseful, funny, neo noir ...
Plot: missing person, search party, disappearance, best friends, social relations, leader, popularity, youth, depressed woman, depression, female protagonist, friendship ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
 7.2
 9K
Chapelwaite (2021)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 516 min.
TV show
Story: In the 1850s, Captain Charles Boone relocates his family of three children to his ancestral home in the small, seemingly sleepy town of Preacher’s Corners, Maine after his wife dies at sea. Charles will soon have to confront the secrets of his ...
Style: disturbing, suspense, captivating, tense, gothic horror ...
Plot: vampire, family relations, monster, family secret, confronting the past, family, mystery, father son relationship, life is a bitch, secret, secret past, family problems ...
Time: 19th century
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
 6.1
 162
Crown Lake (2019)
Genre: Drama, Mystery
Country: USA
TV show
Story: When Eleanor "Nellie" Chambers shows up at Crown Lake Academy, a fancy all-girls boarding school, she knows this school is her ticket to a new & better life. But she also knows fitting in and learning the ropes isn’t going to be ...
Style: suspenseful, enigmatic, bleak, suspense, mystical
Audience: teen drama
Plot: private school, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, teenager, lifestyle, secret room, youth, gossip and rumors, high school life, friends, popularity, mystery, society ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
 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, suspense, psychological, tense, intense ...
Plot: missing person, small town, police officer, female protagonist, mystery, police detective, psychopath, death, crimes, transsexual, danger
Place: canada, ontario canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
The Chestnut Man (2021)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Denmark
Duration: 50 min.
TV show
Story: A young woman is found brutally murdered in a Copenhagen playground. Above her hangs a small doll made of chestnuts. Adapted from the acclaimed novel.
Style: enigmatic, brutal, tense, captivating, psychological ...
Plot: murder, murderer, serial killer, murder investigation, forest, female detective, police, missing person, sleuth, serial murder, investigation, murder mystery ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
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: suspenseful, serious, suspense, captivating, realistic ...
Audience: teens, girls' night
Plot: small town, investigation, mystery, social relations, life is a bitch, twists and turns, crimes, witch, society, mysticism, sexual relations, social issues ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%