Movies like Blue Velvet

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Blue Velvet (1986)
 7.8
 165K
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: surreal, dark, post modern, art house, enigmatic, sexual, disturbing, atmospheric, offbeat, sexy ...
Plot: strong sexual content, small town, surrealism, mystery, amateur detective, sexual perversion, perversion, investigation, neo noir, postmodernism, innocence lost, rape, psychopath, secret, singer, villain, evil, blackmail, surveillance, americana, sexuality, eccentricity, woman in danger, neo-noir, crimes ...
Time: 80s, 20th century

Most similar movies to Blue Velvet

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, realistic, suspenseful and psychological films with plots about murder, dialogue, obsession, mystery, twists & turns, death and pornography mostly in Thriller, Mystery and Drama genres. Some movies like Blue Velvet: Mulholland Drive (2001), Twin Peaks (1990), Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me (1992), Irreversible (2002), Eyes Wide Shut (1999). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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, mind bending, twists and turns, atmospheric, surprise ending ...
Plot: lesbian, mystery, strong sexual content, death, hollywood, obsession, cowboy, frustration, dreams, mysterious character, dishonesty, dangerous attraction ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: los angeles, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 8.8
 158K
Twin Peaks (1990)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 47 min.
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, gloomy, psychological, suspenseful, offbeat ...
Plot: small town, murder, small town life, investigation, supernatural, who done it, double life, mysterious place, rape, death, crime, special agents ...
Time: 1990s, 20th century, 80s, 90s, year 1989
Place: washington state, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me (1992)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, France
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, atmospheric, psychological, mind bending, disturbing ...
Plot: investigation, small town, small town life, murder, diary, odd, supernatural, seduction, haunted by the past, split personality, mental illness, missing person ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, year 1989
Place: washington state, canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.4
 109K
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: disturbing, tense, bleak, stylized, surreal ...
Plot: violence, rape, sexual abuse, sexual perversion, anal rape, sadism, rape and revenge, sexual cruelty, party, brutality, cruelty, woman in danger ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: france, europe, paris france
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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 7.4
 276K
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, sexy, surreal, atmospheric ...
Plot: orgy, sexuality, strong sexual content, sexual relations, sexual attraction, marriage, sexual fantasy, sexual tension, erotic thriller, human nature, disguise, sex party ...
Time: 1990s, 20th century, 90s
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, medical school, greenwich village manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.6
 120K
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, atmospheric, serious, gothic, suspenseful ...
Plot: insanity, jealousy, murder, transformation, mystery, sexuality, prison, character change, dual identity, danger, mistaken identity, hallucination ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 5.8
 16K
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: captivating, tense, suspenseful, enigmatic, atmospheric ...
Plot: surrealism, single parent, curse, demolition, riddles and clues, family relations, danger, small town, gas station, psychopath, obsession, greed ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 8.2
 270K
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: bleak, suspenseful, atmospheric, serious, suspense ...
Plot: private detective, investigation, rape, surveillance, corruption, deception, femme fatale, tragic event, cover up, domestic violence, suspicion, threat ...
Time: 20th century, 30s, year 1937, 1930s
Place: los angeles, california, usa, mexico
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Movie in collections
 6.5
 12K
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, suspenseful, serious, twists and turns, suspense ...
Plot: murder, courtroom, lawyer, mystery, crime, danger, legal, court, courtroom drama, heiress, beach house, surveillance ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: usa, san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.9
 50K
Inland Empire (2006)
Genre: Drama, 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: surreal, psychological, suspenseful, tense, enigmatic ...
Plot: filmmaking, danger, actress, debt, seance, infidelity, murder, makeup artist, nightmare, dangerous attraction, woman in danger, lifestyle ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: poland, europe, los angeles, usa, california ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
 6.9
 159K
Basic Instinct (1992)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: France, USA, UK
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, suspenseful, surprise ending ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: femme fatale, murder, sex addict, passionate interest, hot and sexy, sexual relations, sexual tension, dangerous attraction, sex, obsession, seduction, sexualized violence ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s
Place: san francisco, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
 6.4
 17K
Cruising (1980)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, West Germany
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, realistic ...
Plot: serial killer, police investigation, murder, gay, gays and lesbians, psychopath, undercover, working undercover, crime, mind game, police detective, undercover cop ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: new york, usa, san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
 7.2
 256K
Insomnia (2002)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 118 min.
Story: Two Los Angeles homicide detectives are dispatched to a northern town where the sun doesn't set to investigate the methodical murder of a local teen.
Style: atmospheric, bleak, tense, psychological, suspenseful ...
Plot: insomnia, police investigation, murder, guilt, fbi, police corruption, small town, police detective, investigator, snow, blackmail, investigation ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: alaska, usa, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
 8.6
 1.3M
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: tense, atmospheric, suspenseful, scary, rough ...
Plot: serial killer, master criminal, psychopath, crime, mind game, police investigation, investigation, killings, torture, police detective, crimes, insanity ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
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: mystery, missing person, teenage life, coming of age, under the surface, disappearance, teenage sexuality, parents and children, dysfunctional family, 17 year old, innocence lost, family problems ...
Time: 20th century, 21st century, 80s, contemporary, year 1991
Place: usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
 5.8
 722
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: suspenseful, bleak, serious, rough, mind bending ...
Plot: murder, tennis, investigation, neo noir, neo-noir, addiction, mystery, drug abuse, bank, hitman, dishonesty, deadly ...
Time: 80s
Place: los angeles, california, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
 8.1
 775K
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, tense, suspense, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night, date night, girls' night, chick flick
Plot: missing person, police investigation, mystery, disappearance, manipulation, femme fatale, missing wife, investigation, infidelity, protagonist as suspect, mind game, adultery ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, year 2012, 2000s, 2010s
Place: usa, missouri, manhattan new york city, st. louis missouri
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
Eye of the Beholder (1999)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Canada, UK, Australia
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, danger, private detective, investigation, dangerous attraction, voyeurism ...
Time: 90s, 1990s
Place: alaska, chicago illinois, san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
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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: atmospheric, psychological, serious, suspenseful, realistic ...
Plot: murder, amnesia, police chief, investigation, crimes, memory loss, protagonist as suspect, psychopath, dishonesty, mind game, alcohol abuse, drug abuse ...
Time: 80s
Place: massachusetts
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
 7.2
 76K
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, talky ...
Plot: violence, on the road, ex convict, hitman, one last job, rebel, betrayal, on the run, mother daughter relationship, witch, sexual perversion, murder ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: texas, new orleans, california, usa, north carolina
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
 6.6
 60K
Kiss the Girls (1997)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 115 min.
Story: Forensic psychologist Alex Cross travels to North Carolina and teams with escaped kidnap victim Kate McTiernan to hunt down "Casanova," a serial killer who abducts strong-willed women and forces them to submit to his demands. The trail ...
Style: serious, suspenseful, tense, rough, realistic ...
Plot: psychopath, woman in danger, missing person, violence against women, police investigation, crimes, who done it, investigation, mystery, forensics, profiler, serial killer ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: north carolina, los angeles, usa, washington d.c., california
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
Too Scared to Scream (1984)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: A killer of young women is loose in an exclusive apartment complex and a detective is out to stop him. The chief suspect is a Shakespeare-spouting doorman who lives with his invalid mother. Meanwhile, an undercover cop moves into the apartment ...
Style: suspenseful, scary, brutal, psycho film, suspense ...
Plot: serial killer, danger, murder, police detective, psychopath, slasher, deadly, crimes, mystery, manipulations, law enforcement, dishonesty ...
Time: 80s
Place: new york, manhattan, new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
 6.5
 117K
8MM (1999)
Genre: 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: rough, disturbing, psychological, suspenseful, serious ...
Plot: pornography, private detective, investigation, obsession, sexual perversion, danger, neo noir, fish out of water, bondage, private investigator, crimes, child pornography ...
Time: 90s, 1990s
Place: california, usa, pennsylvania, cleveland ohio
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
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Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil (1997)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 155 min.
Story: A visiting city reporter's assignment suddenly revolves around the murder trial of a local millionaire, whom he befriends.
Style: serious, atmospheric, realistic, enigmatic, intense ...
Plot: murder, investigation, voodoo, journalism, crime, small town, unlikely criminals, culture clash, lawyer, courtroom, murder trial, mystery ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: georgia, usa, new orleans
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
The American Friend (1977)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: West Germany, France
Duration: 125 min.
Story: Tom Ripley, who deals in forged art, suggests a picture framer he knows would make a good hit man.
Style: suspenseful, disturbing, gloomy, realistic, serious ...
Plot: hitman, friendship, assassination, murder, cult, terminal illness, neo noir, forgery, leukemia, gangsters, vengeance, friends ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, year 1976
Place: paris france, hamburg germany, west germany, texas, germany
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
 6.3
 14K
Jennifer 8 (1992)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 124 min.
Story: A big city cop from LA moves to a small town police force and immediately finds himself investigating a murder. Using theories rejected by his colleagues, the cop, John Berlin, meets a young blind woman named Helena, who he is attracted to. ...
Style: tense, suspenseful, surprise ending, serious, gloomy ...
Plot: serial killer, obsession, murder, school, falling in love, mystery, police investigation, crime, small town, vengeance, fall in love, dangerous attraction ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: california, los angeles, germany, europe, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
 5.0
 27K
Sliver (1993)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: A woman moves into an apartment in Manhattan and learns that the previous tenant's life ended mysteriously after they fell from the balcony.
Style: sexy, erotic, psychological, suspenseful, sexual ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: murder, passionate interest, erotic thriller, psychopath, neighbor, apartment building, strong sexual content, dangerous attraction, mind game, investigation, voyeurism, stalking ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s
Place: new york, usa, san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
 7.6
 51K
Blow-Up (1966)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK, Italy, USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: A successful mod photographer in London whose world is bounded by fashion, pop music, marijuana, and easy sex, feels his life is boring and despairing. But in the course of a single day he accidentally captures on film the commission of a murder. ...
Style: surreal, atmospheric, stylized, tense, serious ...
Plot: photographer, tennis, murder, fashion, fashion model, darkroom, photo shoot, corpse, singleness, amateur detective, mystery, investigation ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 1960s
Place: london, england, europe, paris france
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
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: atmospheric, suspenseful, realistic, serious, clever ...
Plot: pornography, femme fatale, police investigation, obsession, murder, dangerous attraction, danger, love triangle, mystery, crime, hollywood, power relations ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 1940s, year 1947, year 1946
Place: california, los angeles, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
 5.4
 2K
True Crime (1995)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Mary Giordano is a bright, intelligent student who goes to a catholic school. She also has a addiction to mystery novels and detective magazines (hence the title of the movie), which inspire her to do her own detective work. When she starts snooping ...
Style: suspenseful, psychological, tense, realistic, serious ...
Audience: teens
Plot: serial killer, murder, investigation, police corruption, danger, amateur detective, psychopath, child murder, female detective, police investigation, crime, mystery ...
Time: 90s
Place: california
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%