Movies like The Babysitter 1980

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The Babysitter (1980)
 5.8
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The Babysitter (1980)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Overprotective mother Liz Benedict meets 18 year-old orphan Joanna Redwine and hires her as house help and live-in companion to rambunctious daughter Tara. Liz's husband Jeff isn't too thrilled with the arrangement, and his fears soon prove justified when Joanna begins to manipulate everyone and to slowly destroy the family. Meanwhile next-door neighbor Dr. Linquist investigates and discovers Joanna has a disturbing past.
Style: serious, realistic, suspenseful
Plot: psychopath, nanny, family relations, alcohol abuse, manipulation, seduction, crimes, missing child, orphan, parents and children, crime, stalking, family life, manipulations, dysfunctional family, family problems, voyeurism, haunted by the past, family in danger, couples, custody, single parent, strong female character, doll, sailboat ...
Time: 70s

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Most similar movies to The Babysitter

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, suspenseful, realistic and tense films with plots about psychopath, deadly, crimes, family problems, family relations, danger and couples mostly in Thriller, Drama and Horror genres. Some movies like The Babysitter: Mother's Boys (1993), The Hand That Rocks the Cradle (1992), Poison Ivy (1992), The Cottage (2012), Hush (1998). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
Mother's Boys (1993)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Sexy but unstable wife and mother Jude walked out on her family three years ago. Now, just as suddenly, she is back. But her husband, Robert, has fallen in love with Callie, an assistant principal at his sons' school. He asks Jude for a ...
Style: suspenseful, psychological, realistic, tense, suspense ...
Plot: psychopath, mentally unstable, injury, dysfunctional family, family problems, obsession, infidelity, family life, family in danger, hidden identity, deadly, stalking ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
95%
The Hand That Rocks the Cradle (1992)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, Japan
Duration: 110 min.
Story: A suburban family chooses seemingly sweet Peyton Flanders as their newborn's nanny. Only much later does the infant's mother, Claire Bartel, realize Peyton's true intentions -- to destroy Claire and replace her in the family. The ...
Style: suspenseful, suspense, twists and turns, tense, serious ...
Audience: chick flick, girls' night
Plot: nanny, obsession, asthma, vengeance, danger, family in danger, domestic disturbance, haunted by the past, psychopath, family, loss of child, manipulations ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: usa, new york, san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
69%
 5.4
 17K
Poison Ivy (1992)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: A seductive teen befriends an introverted high school student and schemes her way into the lives of her wealthy family.
Style: sexy, erotic, serious, suspenseful, psychological ...
Audience: girls' night, teens
Plot: femme fatale, older man younger woman relationship, dangerous attraction, manipulation, infidelity, sexual relations, destructive relationship, high school, dysfunctional family, parents and children, manipulations, teenage life ...
Time: 90s, 80s
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
 4.8
 1K
The Cottage (2012)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: A romance novelist (David Arquette) moves into a "cottage" behind the home of a composer and his family. He seems sweet, but what do they really know about him?
Style: suspenseful, tense, serious, twists and turns, suspense ...
Plot: tenant, family in danger, psychopath, crimes, suburbs, parents and children, couples, deadly, kidnapping, danger, family relations, family problems ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
Movie in collections
 5.5
 11K
Hush (1998)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Jackson and Helen are in love and about to have their first child when they move in with Jackson's mother, Martha, in order to take care of the family estate. But all is not well in this household. Martha is jealous of her son's affection ...
Style: serious, scary, suspenseful, realistic, atmospheric ...
Plot: mentally unstable, dysfunctional family, family relations, domineering mother, farm, parents and children, family problems, couple relations, manipulations, manipulation, woman in danger, boyfriend girlfriend relationship ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: kentucky, new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
 3.9
 254
Implicated (1999)
Genre: Thriller, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: In this offbeat thriller, Ann is a young woman trying to put her life back together after she lost her child in a car wreck. Formerly a single mother, Ann has recently started dating a man named Tom, and one day Tom asks Ann for a favor -- would she ...
Style: suspenseful, tense, serious, realistic
Plot: psychopath, kidnapping, hostage, surrogate mother, single parent, family relations, couples, family problems, missing person, death in the family, crimes, confined ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
Adopting Terror (2012)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: Tim and Cheryl Broadbent are excited to finally adopt Mona, a beautiful baby girl. But when the baby's biological father starts stalking them, their world turns upside down: through intimidation, manipulation, and violence, he is determined to ...
Style: suspenseful, serious, tense, realistic, rough
Plot: psychopath, stalking, family in danger, murder, family problems, crimes, parents and children, adoption, danger, deadly, husband wife relationship, graphic violence ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
Man of Her Dreams (1997)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: After suspecting her husband is playing the field, a nervous woman finds a sympathetic ear in the form of a strange man. The drawback is that her sensitive new-found friend is an obsessive psychopath.
Style: psychological, sexual, serious, suspenseful, tense ...
Plot: psychopath, infidelity, stalking, dishonesty, couple relations, couples, obsession, deadly, crimes, dangerous attraction, danger, neglected wife ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
Movie in collections
 6.5
 458
Runaway (2005)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 80 min.
Story: Michael Adler has run away from his suburban home with his little brother Dylan. Hiding out in a quiet, rural town, Michael's convinced he can make a better life for both of them. While Dylan stays holed up in a cheap motel all day, Michael ...
Style: serious, realistic, suspenseful, suspense
Plot: teenage life, haunted by the past, dysfunctional family, starting over, deadly, investigation, on the run, crimes, obsession, family problems, small town, hiding ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
Invisible Child (1999)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: A woman with two children believes she has three and her husband and oldest daughter play along with her to keep her balanced (or as close to balanced that a woman with an invisible child can be). However, when the family hires a new nanny, it is ...
Style: emotional, touching, sentimental, serious, realistic
Plot: family relations, mental illness, dysfunctional family, nanny, unfulfillment, society, single parent, youth, master and servant, betrayal, estrangement, family problems ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
 4.4
 900
Born Bad (2011)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 86 min.
Story: A young woman (Bonnie Dennison) falls for a mysterious man (Michael Welch) who reveals his dark side.
Style: realistic, suspenseful, serious, exciting
Plot: dangerous attraction, family relations, deadly, dishonesty, danger, hidden identity, confined, crimes, disorder, couples, stepmother stepdaughter relationship, psychopath ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
The Bleeding House (2011)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 86 min.
Story: The Smiths -- a family with a secret past -- are visited by a sweet-talking southern gentleman who is looking for small town humanity. But they'll soon find out that kindness towards strangers is not always rewarded, and the secretive ...
Style: rough, suspenseful, scary, serious, twists and turns ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, psychopath, mysterious character, out of the way, crimes, deadly, obsession, haunted by the past, family life, vengeance, family problems, danger ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
 4.9
 470
Fathers & Sons (1992)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: A beach runner and bookworm (Goldblum) has difficulty communicating with his son. He meets a psychic on a pier at the beach and soon his world turns topsy-turvy with a serial killer coming between him and his son. The ensuing E.S.P. experiences and ...
Style: serious, realistic, offbeat, touching
Plot: serial killer, family in danger, murder, addiction, parents and children, friendship, alcohol abuse, family life, orphan, crimes, deadly, life is a bitch ...
Time: 90s
Place: new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
Secrets in the Walls (2010)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: A single mom and her two daughters move from their cramped Detroit apartment to the suburbs but scratching, cries and shadows haunt their new home.
Style: suspenseful, scary, serious, tense, exciting ...
Plot: ghost, family in danger, starting over, supernatural, deadly, danger, single parent, mentally unstable, slasher, fall in love, parents and children, missing child ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
 5.3
 1K
The Ex (1996)
Genre: Thriller
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 87 min.
Story: In order to get her husband back, an architect's psycho ex-wife kills everybody she can get her hands on.
Style: suspenseful, psychological, bleak, serious, scary
Plot: psychopath, vengeance, danger, family in danger, murder, crimes, crime, obsession, family life, manipulation, architect, couples ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
Secret Ceremony (1968)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 109 min.
Story: A tormented rich girl hires a sex worker to act as her mother.
Style: realistic, serious, tense, atmospheric, suspenseful ...
Plot: prostitute, stepfather, mental illness, daughter, haunted by the past, mind game, aging, dealing with death, parents and children, death in the family, obsession, couple relations ...
Time: 60s
Place: europe, england, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
 5.1
 2K
Foreclosed (2013)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: When a young family moves into a foreclosed house, the previous owner begins a campaign of intimidation and terror. The deranged man will stop at nothing to get his home back.
Style: psychological, tense, serious, suspenseful, realistic
Plot: psychopath, family in danger, family problems, danger, deadly, stalking, family in crisis, murder, deception, stalker, domestic disturbance, tied feet ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
 5.3
 681
Missionary (2013)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: A wife and mother starts an affair with a young missionary... with disastrous consequences.
Style: realistic, suspenseful, tense, suspense, captivating ...
Plot: infidelity, dangerous attraction, stalking, danger, single parent, parents and children, couples, love triangle, sex scene, extramarital affair, obsession, profanity ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, florida
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
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The Midnight Hour (2001)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Alex Sheppard, a college student who hosts a late-night talk show on the campus radio station, finds herself in dire straits when she enrolls in the school her recently murdered sister attended in order to track down the killer. Little does Alex ...
Style: suspenseful, realistic, serious, enigmatic, sexy ...
Plot: serial killer, amateur detective, woman in danger, deadly, danger, law enforcement, crimes, police investigation, couples, psychopath, dangerous attraction, who done it ...
Time: 90s
Place: los angeles, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
Are You in the House Alone? (1978)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Teenage girl is plagued by harassing phone calls. Her fear mounts when she's babysitting at a neighbor's home one evening and the caller rings her at that number.
Style: suspenseful, psychological, scary, mind bending, serious ...
Audience: teens
Plot: psychopath, stalking, rock, high school, mentally unstable, crimes, mind game, mystery, deadly, rivalry, danger, best friends ...
Time: 70s
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
In the Custody of Strangers (1982)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: A teenage delinquent who goes on a drunken joyride is left in jail overnight by his parents in the hope that he might learn a lesson from it. But events follow which result in the boy spending far longer behind bars than anyone had foreseen.
Style: disturbing, serious, realistic, thought provoking
Plot: self defense, alcohol abuse, prison, prison life, confined, society, youth, life is a bitch, juvenile delinquency, crimes, injustice, family problems ...
Time: 80s
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
 4.7
 357
The Scare Hole (2004)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: Secrets, murders and lies... all in the name of family. In the middle of nowhere sits the Armadillo Café.The once popular, but now desolate, café is run by a strange family led a troubled, booze-addled mother (Betty Buckley) and a disturbed family ...
Style: psychological, tense, scary, serious, suspenseful ...
Plot: mind game, diner, psychopath, mystery, crimes, curses spells and rituals, haunted by the past, family problems, mysterious character, family relations, missing person, woman in danger ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: arizona, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
You'll Like My Mother (1972)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: A pregnant Los Angeles widow journeys to her late husband's Minnesota hometown to finally meet his mother and family, but she quickly discovers they're a very strange--and homicidal--lot. Director Lamont Johnson's 1972 thriller stars ...
Style: psychological, suspenseful, twists and turns, atmospheric, bleak ...
Plot: mind game, pregnancy, woman in danger, family relations, family gatherings, family in danger, manipulation, danger, manipulations, hidden identity, rivalry, domestic disturbance ...
Time: 70s
Place: minnesota, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
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 6.4
 1K
Buddy Boy (1999)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: An introvert relieves the tedium of caring for his invalid mother by spying on his neighbor.
Style: gloomy, sexual, psychological, suspenseful, serious ...
Plot: mental illness, alcohol abuse, murder, misfit, voyeurism, dangerous attraction, heist, psychopath, couples, life is a bitch, crimes, buddies ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
Friend of the Family II (1996)
Genre: Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 83 min.
Story: Alex decides to have an affair with a woman named Linda while he is on business in New Orleans. When he returns home to his wife and child, he is surprised to find that his wife has hired the off-kilter homewrecker as a nanny to their baby. Alex ...
Style: erotic, serious, realistic, suspenseful, rough ...
Plot: nanny, infidelity, family problems, deadly, danger, couples, manipulation, psychopath, strong sexual content, betrayal, femme fatale, dishonesty ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: new orleans
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
My Daughter's Keeper (1991)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: South Africa, UK
Duration: 89 min.
Story: An American writer in England takes his children and a newly hired nanny on a trip to South Africa while his wife, a reporter, is on assignment. He has an affair with the nanny, but when he refuses to leave his wife for her, the nanny gets her ...
Style: tense, realistic, psychological, sexual, sexy ...
Plot: infidelity, obsession, investigation, nanny, psychopath, kidnapping, murder, couples, dangerous attraction, crimes, deadly, love affair ...
Time: 90s
Place: england, africa
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
The Perfect Wife (2001)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: When Leah's brother dies in a car accident, she vows revenge on the doc who failed to save him.
Style: psychological, suspenseful, tense, serious, realistic ...
Plot: murder, revenge, serial killer, femme fatale, psychopath, family problems, couples, infidelity, couple relations, crime, dishonesty, crimes ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
Baby Monitor: Sound of Fear (1998)
Genre: Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: A neglectful mother overhears her husband on the telephone at their workplace talking with their babysitter. She discovers they are having an affair and are going to have a baby. She concocts an evil plan to win back her husband and remove the girl ...
Style: suspenseful, realistic, serious, tense, psychological ...
Plot: murder, nanny, infidelity, couples, babies and infants, dishonesty, criminal heroes, deadly, crumbling marriage, rivalry, crimes, danger ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
 4.7
 269
Wild Cactus (1993)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: A married couple vacationing in the desert are held hostage by a pair of psychopaths.
Style: realistic, rough, suspenseful, serious, erotic ...
Plot: couple relations, family in danger, psychopath, desert, hostage, couples, crime, hostages, rescue, crimes, sexual abuse, erotica ...
Time: 90s
Place: usa, arizona
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
While the Children Sleep (2007)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: A prosperous couple find the perfect live-in nanny but soon discover she intends to do her job to deadly perfection.
Style: psychological, serious, suspenseful, suspense
Plot: nanny, mystery, mind game, family relations, family problems, crimes, serial killer, deadly, rivalry, crumbling marriage, female psychopath, murder ...
Time: contemporary
Place: california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%