Movies like Blue Velvet

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Blue Velvet (1986)
 7.7
 189K
Blue Velvet (1986)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: The discovery of a severed human ear found in a field leads a young man on an investigation related to a beautiful, mysterious nightclub singer and a group of criminals who have kidnapped her child.
Style: neo noir, surreal, cult film, dark, enigmatic, post modern, art house, sexual, sexy, disturbing ...
Plot: surrealism, mystery, sexual perversion, small town, hallucination, investigation, amateur detective, postmodernism, strong sexual content, woman in danger, innocence lost, suburbs, nudity (full frontal - brief), perversion, rape, psychopath, secret, singer, villain, evil, blackmail, surveillance, americana, sexuality, eccentricity ...
Time: 20th century, 80s

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Most similar movies to Blue Velvet

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, twists and turns, enigmatic and atmospheric films with plots about death, murder, dialogue, obsession, mystery, storytelling and twists & turns mostly in Thriller, Drama and Mystery genres. Some movies like Blue Velvet: Twin Peaks (1990), Mulholland Drive (2001), Lost Highway (1997), Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me (1992), Eyes Wide Shut (1999). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
 8.8
 184K
Twin Peaks (1990)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 47 min.
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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, offbeat, gloomy ...
Plot: small town, who done it, investigation, murder, small town life, nightmare, death, crime, hallucination, paranormal investigation, rape, demonic possession ...
Time: 90s, 80s, 1990s, 20th century, year 1989
Place: washington state, usa, washington d.c.
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Mulholland Drive (2001)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: France, USA
Duration: 147 min.
Story: After a car wreck on the winding Mulholland Drive renders a woman amnesic, she and a perky Hollywood-hopeful search for clues and answers across Los Angeles in a twisting venture beyond dreams and reality.
Style: psychological, twists and turns, neo noir, surreal, mind bending ...
Plot: lesbian, mystery, surrealism, hallucination, obsession, lesbianism, strong sexual content, dreams, alternate reality, lesbian sex, lesbian romance, hollywood ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: los angeles, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
92%
 7.6
 137K
Lost Highway (1997)
Genre: Mystery, Thriller
Country: France, USA
Duration: 134 min.
Story: A tormented jazz musician finds himself lost in an enigmatic story involving murder, surveillance, gangsters, doppelgangers, and an impossible transformation inside a prison cell.
Style: surreal, neo noir, mind bending, atmospheric, serious ...
Plot: insanity, jealousy, hallucination, mystery, murder, transformation, prison, character change, sexuality, dual identity, danger, mistaken identity ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me (1992)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: France, USA
Duration: 134 min.
Story: In the questionable town of Deer Meadow, Washington, FBI Agent Desmond inexplicably disappears while hunting for the man who murdered a teen girl. The killer is never apprehended, and, after experiencing dark visions and supernatural encounters, ...
Style: surreal, cult film, atmospheric, psychological, mind bending ...
Plot: investigation, small town, small town life, murder, hallucination, incest, diary, supernatural, seduction, haunted by the past, split personality, mental illness ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, year 1989, year 1988, 80s
Place: canada, philadelphia, washington state
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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 7.4
 320K
Eyes Wide Shut (1999)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 159 min.
Story: After Dr. Bill Hartford's wife, Alice, admits to having sexual fantasies about a man she met, Bill becomes obsessed with having a sexual encounter. He discovers an underground sexual group and attends one of their meetings -- and quickly ...
Style: sexual, psychological, artsy, neo noir, sexy ...
Plot: orgy, erotic thriller, strong sexual content, sexuality, explicit sex, sex, sex party, human nature, sex orgy, disguise, lust, sacrifice ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, greenwich village manhattan new york city, seattle washington ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
75%
 8.0
 764K
Donnie Darko (2001)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 113 min.
Story: After narrowly escaping a bizarre accident, a troubled teenager is plagued by visions of a large bunny rabbit that manipulates him to commit a series of crimes.
Style: mind bending, psychological, surreal, atmospheric, cult film ...
Audience: teens, date night
Plot: insanity, social misfits, time travel, supernatural ability, hallucination, surrealism, imaginary friend, time loop, parallel universe, suburbs, society, hallucinations ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 1988, future
Place: virginia, usa, united states
⇓ similarity ⇓
80%
 8.2
 311K
Chinatown (1974)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 130 min.
Story: Private eye Jake Gittes lives off of the murky moral climate of sunbaked, pre-World War II Southern California. Hired by a beautiful socialite to investigate her husband's extra-marital affair, Gittes is swept into a maelstrom of double ...
Style: neo noir, twists and turns, twist ending, bleak, suspenseful ...
Plot: private detective, rape, femme fatale, investigation, surveillance, corruption, investigator, deception, secret, threat, suspicion, cover up ...
Time: 20th century, 1930s, 30s, year 1937
Place: los angeles, california, usa, mexico
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
 6.5
 129K
8MM (1999)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Germany, USA
Duration: 123 min.
Story: A small, seemingly innocuous plastic reel of film leads surveillance specialist Tom Welles down an increasingly dark and frightening path. With the help of the streetwise Max, he relentlessly follows a bizarre trail of evidence to determine the fate ...
Style: psychological, disturbing, rough, captivating, suspense ...
Plot: pornography, investigation, obsession, private investigator, private detective, crimes, danger, s&m, mystery, sexual perversion, strong violent content, perversion ...
Time: 90s, 1990s
Place: los angeles, california, usa, pennsylvania, brooklyn new york city ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Movie in collections
 5.8
 18K
Lost River (2014)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: A single mother is swept into a dark underworld, while her teenage son discovers a road that leads him to a secret underwater town.
Style: atmospheric, captivating, tense, suspenseful, enigmatic ...
Plot: curse, surrealism, single parent, demolition, riddles and clues, danger, family relations, small town, gas station, psychopath, countryside, devastation ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.9
 56K
Inland Empire (2006)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Mystery, Thriller
Country: France, Poland, USA
Duration: 180 min.
Story: An actress's perception of reality becomes increasingly distorted as she finds herself falling for her co-star in a remake of an unfinished Polish production that was supposedly cursed.
Style: psychological, surreal, atmospheric, suspenseful, serious ...
Plot: filmmaking, actress, danger, curse, debt, infidelity, murder, makeup artist, nightmare, lifestyle, woman in danger, dangerous attraction ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: poland, los angeles, california, usa, europe ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.0
 190K
Basic Instinct (1992)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, France
Duration: 127 min.
Story: A police detective is in charge of the investigation of a brutal murder, in which a beautiful and seductive woman could be involved.
Style: sexy, erotic, sexual, psychological, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night, girls' night
Plot: femme fatale, hot and sexy, murder, sexual relations, sex, seduction, dangerous attraction, strong sexual content, obsession, sex addict, manipulation, dying during sex ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: san francisco, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.2
 89K
Wild at Heart (1990)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 125 min.
Story: Young lovers Sailor and Lula run from the variety of weirdos that Lula's mom has hired to kill Sailor.
Style: surreal, atmospheric, humorous, captivating, road movie ...
Plot: hallucination, hitman, on the road, ex convict, rebel, one last job, betrayal, on the run, mother daughter relationship, witch, violence, sexual perversion ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s, 80s
Place: texas, new orleans, california, usa, north carolina ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 8.6
 1.5M
Se7en (1995)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 127 min.
Story: Two homicide detectives are on a desperate hunt for a serial killer whose crimes are based on the "seven deadly sins" in this dark and haunting film that takes viewers from the tortured remains of one victim to the next. The seasoned Det. ...
Style: suspenseful, twists and turns, tense, neo noir, atmospheric ...
Plot: serial killer, investigation, psychopath, mind game, police investigation, police detective, crime, master criminal, psychology, twists & turns, insanity, police ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: usa, united states, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.5
 14K
Jagged Edge (1985)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: San Francisco heiress Page Forrester is brutally murdered in her remote beach house. Her husband Jack is devastated by the crime but soon finds himself accused of her murder. He hires lawyer Teddy Barnes to defend him, despite the fact she ...
Style: tense, twists and turns, suspenseful, serious, suspense ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: murder, lawyer, courtroom, mystery, crime, crimes, danger, legal, court, courtroom drama, heiress, beach house ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: usa, san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
The Spanish Prisoner (1997)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: An employee of a corporation with a lucrative secret process is tempted to betray it. But there's more to it than that.
Style: neo noir, tense, twists and turns, suspenseful, psychological ...
Plot: mystery, betrayal, invention, investigation, workplace intrigue, stranger, crimes, intrigue, mastermind, theft, protagonist as suspect, dishonesty ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: venezuela, caribbean, usa, boston, new york ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 8.1
 914K
Gone Girl (2014)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 149 min.
Story: With his wife's disappearance having become the focus of an intense media circus, a man sees the spotlight turned on him when it's suspected that he may not be innocent.
Style: psychological, surprise ending, twists and turns, suspenseful, twist ending ...
Audience: boys' night, chick flick, date night, girls' night
Plot: mystery, missing person, police investigation, twists & turns, murder mystery, manipulation, investigation, disappearance, missing wife, infidelity, femme fatale, adultery ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s, 2000s, year 2012
Place: usa, missouri, new york, manhattan new york city, st. louis missouri
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
The American Friend (1977)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: West Germany, France
Duration: 128 min.
Story: Tom Ripley, who deals in forged art, suggests a picture framer he knows would make a good hit man.
Style: neo noir, suspenseful, disturbing, serious, captivating ...
Plot: hitman, friendship, assassination, murder, forgery, gangsters, race against time, life is a bitch, couple relations, danger, crime, crimes ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, year 1976
Place: paris france, hamburg germany, west germany, new york, germany ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
 7.4
 49K
Blow Out (1981)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Jack Terry is a master sound recordist who works on grade-B horror movies. Late one evening, he is recording sounds for use in his movies when he hears something unexpected through his sound equipment and records it. Curiosity gets the better of him ...
Style: neo noir, psycho film, suspenseful, twists and turns, serious ...
Plot: political conspiracy, conspiracy, assassination, politics, crimes, witnessing a crime, state affairs, amateur detective, hitman, life turned upside down, nobody believes, anti heroes ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: philadelphia, pennsylvania, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
Movie in collections
 5.8
 873
Mike's Murder (1984)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: Betty has a crush on her tennis instructor Mike. He promises to call her for a date, but never does – she doesn’t know he sells drugs on the side. After botching a deal on someone else’s turf, Mike has to disappear for a while. He contacts ...
Style: neo noir, mind bending, suspenseful, bleak, serious ...
Plot: murder, tennis, investigation, nudity (full frontal - brief), neo-noir, addiction, mystery, graphic violence, gays and lesbians, dishonesty, criminal heroes, crimes ...
Time: 80s
Place: los angeles, california, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
 7.4
 127K
Irreversible (2002)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: France
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Events over the course of one traumatic night in Paris unfold in reverse-chronological order as the beautiful Alex is brutally raped and beaten by a stranger in the underpass. Her boyfriend and ex-lover take matters into their own hands by hiring ...
Style: bleak, surreal, rough, non-linear, disturbing ...
Plot: rape, sexual abuse, anal rape, sexual perversion, violence, sadism, brutality, strong sexual content, rape and revenge, violent, sexual cruelty, party ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: paris france, france, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
White Bird in a Blizzard (2014)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: France, USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Kat Connors is 17 years old when her perfect homemaker mother, Eve, disappears. Having lived for so long in an emotionally repressed household, she barely registers her mother's absence and certainly doesn't blame her doormat of a father, ...
Style: sexy, suspenseful, surreal, cynical, humorous ...
Audience: teens
Plot: missing person, teenage life, dysfunctional family, coming of age, mystery, under the surface, disappearance, teenage sexuality, parents and children, family relations, family problems, drugs/alcohol ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, contemporary, 21st century, year 1991 ...
Place: usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
 6.5
 22K
Cruising (1980)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: West Germany, USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: A serial killer brutally slays and dismembers several gay men in New York's S/M and leather districts. The young police officer Steve Burns is sent undercover onto the streets as decoy for the murderer. Working almost completely isolated from ...
Style: disturbing, suspenseful, psychological, serious, bleak ...
Plot: serial killer, gay, murder, police investigation, gays and lesbians, psychopath, undercover, s&m, working undercover, crimes, crime, police detective ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 80s
Place: new york, usa, san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
Eye of the Beholder (1999)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Canada, UK, Australia, USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: A reclusive surveillance expert is hired to spy on a mysterious blackmailer, who just may be a serial killer.
Style: psychological, suspenseful, enigmatic, melancholic, surreal ...
Plot: serial killer, obsession, murder, stalking, secret service, mysterious character, mystery, dangerous attraction, private detective, investigation, danger, voyeurism ...
Time: 90s, 1990s
Place: san francisco, utah, pittsburgh, boston, new york ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
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 7.0
 9K
Bad Timing (1980)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 123 min.
Story: Alex Linden is a psychiatrist living in Vienna who meets Milena Flaherty though a mutual friend. Though Alex is quite a bit older than Milena, he's attracted to her young, carefree spirit. Despite the fact that Milena is already married, their ...
Style: erotic, sexual, cult film, sexy, psychological ...
Plot: obsession, overdose, nato, inspector, psychiatrist, love, extramarital affair, nudity (full frontal - brief), love and romance, dishonesty, unlikely criminals, crimes ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: vienna, austria, europe, paris france, california ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
Dressed to Kill (1980)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: A mysterious, tall, blonde woman, wearing sunglasses murders one of a psychiatrist's patients, and now she's after the prostitute who witnessed it.
Style: suspenseful, tense, sexual, sexy, twists and turns ...
Plot: panties pulled down, murder, nudity (full frontal - brief), serial killer, psychiatrist, manipulation, guilt, psychopath, woman in danger, transsexual, cross dressing, erotic thriller ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, 80s
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
In the Mouth of Madness (1994)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: With the disappearance of hack horror writer Sutter Cane, all Hell is breaking loose...literally! Author Cane, it seems, has a knack for description that really brings his evil creepy-crawlies to life. Insurance investigator John Trent is sent to ...
Style: gothic, surreal, atmospheric, neo noir, psychological ...
Plot: lovecraftian, insanity, hallucination, disappearance, investigation, h.p. lovecraft, paranoia, police brutality, gory, danger, hallucinations, mental illness ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s
Place: new england, new hampshire, europe, england, manhattan new york city ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
Devil in a Blue Dress (1995)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: In late 1940s Los Angeles, Easy Rawlins is an unemployed black World War II veteran with few job prospects. At a bar, Easy meets DeWitt Albright, a mysterious white man looking for someone to investigate the disappearance of a missing white woman ...
Style: neo noir, stylized, atmospheric, clever, realistic ...
Plot: missing person, murder, jazz, war veteran, jazz club, private detective, political corruption, crime, crimes, neo-noir, mystery, dishonesty ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 40s
Place: los angeles, usa, california, malibu california, texas ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
 5.2
 23K
Color of Night (1994)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Romance, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 121 min.
Story: When New York psychiatrist Bill Capa visits Los Angeles to take over his murdered colleague's therapy group, he finds himself embroiled in the thick of a mystery when he bumps into Rose and begins a torrid affair.
Style: sexy, twists and turns, suspenseful, serious, suspense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: mental illness, murder, femme fatale, psychiatrist, mystery, mysterious character, group therapy, investigation, secret identity, uncover truth, danger, paranoia ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: california, los angeles, usa, new york, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
Tough Guys Don't Dance (1987)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Writer, ex-con and 40-something bottle-baby Tim Madden, who is prone to black-outs, awakens from a two-week bender to discover a pool of blood in his car.
Style: suspenseful, atmospheric, psychological, realistic, serious ...
Plot: murder, amnesia, alcohol abuse, chief of police, police chief, crimes, investigation, memory loss, manipulation, protagonist as suspect, terminal illness, drug abuse ...
Time: 80s
Place: massachusetts
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
The Black Dahlia (2006)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, Germany, UK, Israel, Bulgaria, 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, dangerous attraction, pornography, femme fatale, obsession, murder, hollywood, love triangle, danger, mystery, crime, crimes ...
Time: 20th century, 1940s, 40s, post world war two, year 1947 ...
Place: los angeles, california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%