Movies like Nightmare Alley

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Nightmare Alley (2021)
 7.1
 118K
Nightmare Alley (2021)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, Mexico, Canada
Duration: 150 min.
Story: An ambitious young carny with a talent for manipulating people with a few well-chosen words hooks up with a female psychiatrist who is even more dangerous than he is.
Style: neo noir, psychotronic
Plot: con artists, murder, infidelity, love triangle, mystery, runaway, carnival, death, psychiatrist, supernatural, alcoholic, lie, dancing, betrayal, sleeping, male nudity, alcohol abuse, suicide, deception, cheating, midget, dwarf, dancer, safe, masturbation ...
Time: year 1941, year 1939

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Most similar movies to Nightmare Alley

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out suspenseful, realistic, serious and neo noir films with plots about murder, crimes, betrayal, dishonesty, deadly, infidelity and police investigation mostly in Crime, Drama and Thriller genres. Some movies like Nightmare Alley: The Black Dahlia (2006), 52 Pick-Up (1986), The Devil All the Time (2020), U Turn (1997), Dead On (1994). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
The Black Dahlia (2006)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, Germany, France
Duration: 121 min.
Story: Lee Blanchard and Bucky Bleichert are former boxers-turned-cops in 1940s Los Angeles and, when an aspiring young actress turns up dead, Blanchard and Bleichert must grapple with corruption, narcissism, stag films and family madness as they pursue ...
Style: neo noir, atmospheric, suspenseful, realistic, serious ...
Plot: police investigation, femme fatale, dangerous attraction, obsession, murder, hollywood, love triangle, mystery, crimes, artists and showbiz, power relations, police corruption ...
Time: 20th century, 1940s, post world war two, year 1947, year 1946
Place: los angeles, california, usa
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52 Pick-Up (1986)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Harry Mitchell is a successful Los Angeles manufacturer whose wife is running for city council. His life is turned upside down when three blackmailers confront him with a video tape of him with his young mistress and demand $100,000. Fearing that ...
Style: neo noir, suspenseful, realistic, serious, sexy ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: murder, infidelity, blackmail, crimes, crime gone awry, couples, missing person, frame up, law enforcement, dishonesty, rivalry, good versus evil ...
Time: 80s
Place: los angeles, california, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
The Devil All the Time (2020)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 138 min.
Story: In the 1960s after World War II in Southern Ohio, bizarre, compelling and mentally disturbed people suffer from the war's psychological damages.
Style: neo noir, gothic, suspenseful, rough, suspense ...
Plot: post war, murder, church, insanity, serial killer, reverend, small town, evil, sheriff, suicide, psycho, masturbation ...
Time: year 1957, 60s, year 1950, 50s, year 1965 ...
Place: west virginia, ohio
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
 6.7
 52K
U Turn (1997)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, France
Duration: 125 min.
Story: When Bobby's car breaks down in the desert while on the run from some of the bookies who have already taken two of his fingers, he becomes trapped in the nearby small town where the people are stranger than anyone he's encountered. After ...
Style: neo noir, disturbing, serious, suspenseful, intense ...
Plot: small town, desert, on the run, mechanic, betrayal, murder, money, wilderness, femme fatale, drifter, police officer, robbery ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: arizona, usa, phoenix arizona, las vegas
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
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Dead On (1994)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 87 min.
Story: In an erotic update of "Strangers on a Train", airline pilot Ted Beaumont and his lover, Erin Davenport, scheme to rid themselves of their respective spouses. Ted's wife disappears mysteriously and thinking that all is proceeding ...
Style: rough, sexy, realistic, erotic, serious ...
Plot: murder, infidelity, couples, power relations, betrayal, femme fatale, dishonesty, love and romance, crimes, strong violent content, manipulation, dangerous attraction ...
Time: 90s
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55%
 7.4
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Body Heat (1981)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Romance, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 113 min.
Story: In the midst of a searing Florida heat wave, a woman convinces her lover, a small-town lawyer, to murder her rich husband.
Style: sexy, sexual, neo noir, atmospheric, suspenseful ...
Plot: femme fatale, murder, adultery, betrayal, lust, small town, crimes, crimes of passion, dangerous attraction, protagonist as suspect, nudity (full frontal - brief), obsession ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: florida, usa, miami
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54%
 6.6
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The Dead Girl (2006)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 85 min.
Story: The clues to a young woman's death come together as the lives of seemingly unrelated people begin to intersect.
Style: psychological, disturbing, bleak, suspenseful, depressing ...
Plot: investigation, murder, missing person, uncover truth, newspaper, life is a bitch, family relations, prostitute, forensics, mystery, vandalism, society ...
Time: contemporary
Place: california, los angeles, usa, southern california
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
 6.6
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Derailed (2005)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 108 min.
Story: When two married business executives having an affair are blackmailed by a violent criminal, they are forced to turn the tables on him to save their families.
Style: suspenseful, rough, surprise ending, serious, tense ...
Plot: blackmail, dangerous attraction, deception, infidelity, crimes, couples, family in danger, disorder, adultery, rape, dishonesty, extramarital affair ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: chicago illinois, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
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A Perfect Murder (1998)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: Millionaire industrialist Steven Taylor is a man who has everything but what he craves most: the love and fidelity of his wife. A hugely successful player in the New York financial world, he considers her to be his most treasured acquisition. But ...
Style: suspenseful, exciting, sexy, surprise ending, clever ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: extramarital affair, betrayal, infidelity, perfect crime, love affair, crimes, murder, artist, violent husband, plan gone awry, jealousy, cheating on husband ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
 6.9
 28K
The Grifters (1990)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 110 min.
Story: A young short-con grifter suffers both injury and the displeasure of reuniting with his criminal mother, all the while dating an unpredictable young lady.
Style: neo noir, twists and turns, tense, cynical, serious ...
Plot: betrayal, con artists, manipulation, crimes, couples, intrigue, rivalry, nudity (full frontal - brief), swindle, graphic violence, sexual content, couple relations ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: los angeles, usa, arizona, phoenix arizona, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
 5.1
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The Snowman (2017)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: UK, USA, Sweden
Duration: 119 min.
Story: Detective Harry Hole investigates the disappearance of a woman whose pink scarf is found wrapped around an ominous looking snowman.
Style: surprise ending, serious, melancholic, suspense, neo noir
Plot: serial killer, police investigation, snowman, snow, clue, murder, missing woman, police detective, missing person, drunkenness, doctors, investigation ...
Time: 2010s, year 1945, 2000s, year 2006, year 1989 ...
Place: norway, oslo norway
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
 5.4
 977
Caught Up (1998)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Daryl gets out of jail after 5 years. His mother has died, his girlfriend is married, and he can't find a job. His new girlfriend Vanessa, whom he meets when a gunman opens fire on them, gets him a job as a car driver. Hitmen are still after ...
Style: realistic, rough, serious, suspenseful, neo noir
Audience: boys' night
Plot: murder, betrayal, chase, crimes, vengeance, crime gone awry, criminal's revenge, life is a bitch, femme fatale, law enforcement, rivalry, criminal heroes ...
Time: 90s
Place: california, usa, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
 6.1
 4K
Judas Kiss (1998)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: The shooting of a U.S. senator's wife raises the stakes for kidnappers seeking a hefty ransom for a computer magnate.
Style: serious, suspenseful, realistic, neo noir, suspense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: betrayal, murder, blackmail, state affairs, police investigation, cons and scams, protagonist as suspect, dishonesty, crime gone awry, crimes, politics, manipulation ...
Time: 90s
Place: new orleans, usa, los angeles, venezuela
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
The Last Seduction (1994)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Romance, Thriller
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Looking to escape her unhappy marriage, villainous femme fatale Bridget Gregory (Linda Fiorentino) convinces her husband, Clay (Bill Pullman), to sell cocaine, then steals the profits and runs out on him. She stops in a small town en route to ...
Style: sexy, erotic, neo noir, sexual, tense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: femme fatale, money, betrayal, couples, small town, dishonesty, crimes, cons and scams, power relations, disorder, bitch, dangerous attraction ...
Time: 90s
Place: new york, usa, miami, chicago illinois, dallas texas ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
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American Hustle (2013)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA, China
Duration: 138 min.
Story: A con man, Irving Rosenfeld, along with his seductive partner Sydney Prosser, is forced to work for a wild FBI agent, Richie DiMaso, who pushes them into a world of Jersey powerbrokers and mafia.
Style: twists and turns, tense, semi serious, intense, suspense ...
Plot: cons and scams, partners in crime, fbi, mayor, crimes, political corruption, partners, criminal heroes, deception, romancing partners, organized crime, working undercover ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, 80s, year 1978
Place: new jersey, usa, new york, atlantic city new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 139 min.
Story: Tom Ripley is a calculating young man who believes it's better to be a fake somebody than a real nobody. Opportunity knocks in the form of a wealthy U.S. shipbuilder who hires Tom to travel to Italy to bring back his playboy son, Dickie. Ripley ...
Style: psychological, enigmatic, suspense, cerebral, twist ending ...
Plot: obsession, serial killer, murder, rejection, manipulation, sexual tension, friendship, jealousy, envy, secret identity, cheating, yacht ...
Time: 20th century, 50s
Place: italy, venice, europe, rome italy, palermo italy ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
 5.7
 802
Tick Tock (2000)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Stunning trophy wife Rachel Avery is stuck in a cold, loveless marriage with her millionaire husband, Holden. So when Holden goes away on a trip, Rachel hooks up with her close friend Carla, and the two hatch a plan to murder Holden and collect on ...
Style: erotic, rough, tense, sexy, suspenseful ...
Plot: murder, private detective, betrayal, power relations, couples, infidelity, femme fatale, sex, blackmail, cons and scams, who done it, legal ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
 7.0
 93K
Cop Land (1997)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Freddy Heflin is the sheriff of a place everyone calls “Cop Land” — a small and seemingly peaceful town populated by the big city police officers he’s long admired. Yet something ugly is taking place behind the town’s peaceful facade. And ...
Style: realistic, suspenseful, serious, neo noir, intense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: sheriff, police corruption, nypd, small town, arson, mafia, corruption, murder, organized crime, internal affairs, fighting the system, crimes ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: new jersey, new york, usa, manhattan new york city, california ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
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Linda (1993)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 86 min.
Story: Two couples, friends for a long time, decide to go away together. Things soon take a turn for the worse when Linda and Jeff spend far too much time together instead of with their respective spouses, Paul and Stella. - From IMDB
Style: neo noir, cynical, realistic, serious, gloomy ...
Plot: conspiracy, false accusation, murder, infidelity, couples, couple relations, love and romance, crimes, protagonist as suspect, dishonesty, affair, husband wife relationship ...
Time: 90s
Place: florida, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
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Novocaine (2001)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: A dentist finds himself a murder suspect after a sexy patient seduces him into prescribing her drugs
Style: suspenseful, captivating, humorous, twists and turns, tricky ...
Plot: murder, femme fatale, dark humor, false accusation, frame up, dentist, betrayal, crimes, life turned upside down, drug use, dishonesty, unlikely criminals ...
Time: contemporary
Place: arizona, usa, france
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
Under Suspicion (1991)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 99 min.
Story: In the late 1950s, British police officer Tony Aaron resigns from the force after sleeping with Hazel, wife of the man whose house he was supposed to guard. In his new job as a fake private investigator, he helps couples get divorces by ...
Style: psychological, serious, suspenseful, clever, realistic ...
Plot: private detective, adultery, murder, divorce, investigation, police investigation, law enforcement, uncover truth, betrayal, vengeance, who done it, protagonist as suspect ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, year 1959
Place: england, europe, brighton
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
The Man Who Wasn't There (2001)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 116 min.
Story: A tale of passion, crime and punishment set in the summer of 1949. Ed Crane, a barber in a small California town, is dissatisfied with his life, but his wife Doris' infidelity presents him with a chance to change it.
Style: neo noir, atmospheric, twists and turns, captivating, psychological ...
Plot: murder, court, deception, false accusation, crimes, infidelity, couples, life is a bitch, self discovery, existentialism, small town, drunkenness ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 50s
Place: california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
 7.0
 22K
Red Rock West (1993)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: When a promised job for Texan Michael fails to materialise in Wyoming, Mike is mistaken by Wayne to be the hitman he hired to kill his unfaithful wife, Suzanne. Mike takes full advantage of the situation, collects the money and runs. During his ...
Style: neo noir, twists and turns, suspenseful, sexy, surprise ending ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: hitman, small town, unemployment, criminal, crimes, drifter, femme fatale, crime gone awry, gas station, mistaken identity, murder, betrayal ...
Time: 90s
Place: texas, wyoming, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
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The Killing Time (1987)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Romance, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: After bagging his latest victim, a murderous sociopath (Kiefer Sutherland) decides to steal the dead man's identity and pose as the deputy of a remote coastal town, where the local sheriff (Beau Bridges) and his lover (Camelia Kath) are cooking ...
Style: tense, realistic, rough, serious, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: murder, small town, frame up, disorder, mistaken identity, mystery, investigation, hidden identity, love triangle, small town life, manipulation, betrayal ...
Time: 80s
Place: california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
Someone to Watch Over Me (1987)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Romance, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: In Queens, Mike Keegan is celebrating with his wife Ellie, his son Tommy and friends his recent promotion to detective in a precinct in Manhattan. Meanwhile, in a fancy club, the socialite Claire Gregory witnesses the murder of the owner of the ...
Style: neo noir, suspenseful, stylized, realistic, serious ...
Plot: murder, marriage, police detective, socialite, romance, promotion, bittersweet, fall in love, woman in danger, law enforcement, witnessing a crime, love and romance ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, brooklyn new york city, san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
The Postman Always Rings Twice (1981)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Romance, Thriller
Country: West Germany, USA
Duration: 122 min.
Story: This remake of the 1946 movie of the same name accounts an affair between a seedy drifter and a seductive wife of a roadside cafe owner. This begins a chain of events that culminates in murder. Based on a novel by James M. Cain.
Style: neo noir, sexy, serious, suspense, atmospheric ...
Plot: murder, obsession, betrayal, murder of husband, infidelity, conspiracy, crimes, fatal attraction, crimes of passion, romance, love affair, adultery ...
Time: 20th century, 1930s
Place: usa, california, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
 6.8
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Dirty Hands (1975)
Genre: Crime, Thriller
Country: France, Italy, West Germany
Duration: 125 min.
Story: Saint Tropez. Julie Wormser and her lover, writer and neighbour Jeff Marle, plan the murder of her wealthy husband Louis, an impotent who drinks a lot. She hits him, and leaves the rest of the task to Jeff. Julie finds herself alone the following ...
Style: realistic, psychological, suspenseful, atmospheric, serious ...
Plot: murder, infidelity, mind game, uncover truth, mystery, betrayal, crime gone awry, dishonesty, crimes, legal investigation, love and romance, couples ...
Time: 70s
Place: riviera, saint tropez, provence
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
Lies My Mother Told Me (2005)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 87 min.
Story: Joely Richardson plays a con artist who changes identities faster than most women change hair color. Going on the lam with her daughter (Hayden Panettiere), she scams her way into a prosperous marriage and, when that union sours, pulls off a murder ...
Style: realistic, rough, suspenseful, sentimental, captivating ...
Plot: murder, single parent, mother daughter relationship, hidden identity, cons and scams, crimes, dishonesty, femme fatale, family relations, parents and children, on the run, manhunt ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, north carolina, las vegas
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
 7.1
 15K
Night Moves (1975)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Private detective and former football player Harry Moseby gets hired on to what seems a standard missing person case, as a former Hollywood actress whose only major roles came thanks to being married to a studio mogul wants Moseby to find and return ...
Style: neo noir, tense, psychological, cynical, serious ...
Plot: private detective, investigation, infidelity, murder, missing person, espionage, femme fatale, mystery, crimes, family problems, uncover truth, dishonesty ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: usa, florida, los angeles, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
The Ice Harvest (2005)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: A shady lawyer attempts a Christmas Eve crime, hoping to swindle the local mob out of some money. But his partner, a strip club owner, might have different plans for the cash.
Style: suspenseful, semi serious, neo noir, witty, harsh ...
Plot: stripper, christmas, crimes, betrayal, femme fatale, murder, strip club, gangsters, nothing goes right, dishonesty, dark humor, partners ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, kansas
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%