11 movies similar to Shutter Island

Thriller Martin Scorsese’s “Shutter Island” is a real puzzle that can confuse even the most sophisticated viewers. The plot focuses on two bailiffs who have arrived on a secluded island and are trying to solve the mystery of the disappearance of a mental hospital patient.

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It is not surprising that, impressed by the shocking ending of this story, many moviegoers are looking for films with a similar plot. So, here is a list of movies similar to Shutter Island:

House of Dreams (2011)

The key character moves with his wife and children to a spacious and comfortable house. At first, the spouses are quite satisfied with the move, but over time they realize that some strange things are happening in the new monastery. The head of the family assumes that the matter is in someone’s stupid jokes, but subsequent events make him doubt his own sanity.

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First of all, this film is similar to the “Shutter Island” mental throwing of the hero, who suspects that he has become part of some terrible conspiracy. There is also an emphasis on his need to accept the terrible truth and let go of the past.

Original title:
Dream House

Cast:
Daniel Craig, Rachel Weisz, Naomi Watts

Country:
USA, Canada

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.9, IMDb – 6.0

Age limit:
16+

Identification (2003)

Sheltering from the weather, ten travelers who do not know each other are forced to check into one motel. Soon they realize that a certain maniac is preparing a separate sophisticated trap for each of them.

Due to reasons beyond their control, the characters are unable to leave the scene of the crime, forcing them not only to seek the truth, but also to fight for their own survival. The film is similar to “Shutter Island” not only in a tense plot, but also in an unexpected ending.

Original title:
Identity

Starring :
John Cusack, Ray Liotta, Amanda Peet

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.6, IMDb – 7.3

Age limit:
16+

Seven (1995)

According to the plot, an experienced police detective Somerset is preparing to retire, but first he needs to investigate a crime shrouded in many secrets and terrible details. Along the way, the detective is trying to reach a compromise with a new employee – a young and arrogant guy who was assigned to him as a partner.

The similarities between the thrillers Seven and Shutter Island are obvious. Both stories feature partners who have never worked together before, and the focus of the plot gradually shifts from an intricate investigation to the personal experiences of the detectives.

Original title:
Se7en

Cast:
Brad Pitt, Morgan Freeman, Gwyneth Paltrow

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 8.3, IMDb – 8.6

Age limit:
18+

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Game (1997)

A list of films like Shutter Island, of course, would not be complete without David Fincher’s cult thriller. According to the story, a wealthy businessman Nicholas understands that he lacks unusual sensations in life, and then his brother gives him a certificate to participate in a certain “Game”. The protagonist does not attach any importance to this surprise and does not believe that it will change anything. Soon, the entrepreneur completely forgets about the gift, as he is faced with a series of frightening incidents.

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The events of the film develop in a similar way, as in the Scorsese project. Here, too, it will not do without a major conspiracy and a very sophisticated lie, into which the main character will have to get involved.

Original title:
The Game

Starring :
Michael Douglas, Sean Penn, Deborah Kara Unger

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 8.3, IMDb – 7.8

Age limit:
16+

Fatal Number 23 (2006)

An ordinary American Walter plunges into reading the intriguing book “Number 23”. Gradually, the plot of the novel begins to occupy the man more and more, because in it he sees a reflection of his own life. The discovered coincidences seem incredible to him, so he intends to find the author of the work.

Of course, the film is in many ways similar to Shutter Island: the characters of both thrillers do not know some truth about themselves that will radically change their lives, and the denouement shown is truly stunning.

Original title:
The Number 23

Genre:
Thriller, detective, horror, drama, crime

Actors:
Jim Carrey, Virginia Madsen, Logan Lerman…

Country:
USA, Germany

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.2, IMDb – 6.4

Age restrictions:
16+

Uninvited (2008)

Hardly experiencing the death of her mother, Anna spends about a year in a psychiatric hospital. Once home, she learns that her father was going to marry a nurse. Together with her sister, Anna hopes to find out if the new bride is involved in a family tragedy.

Moviegoers looking for films like Shutter Island should pay special attention to this picture. As in the thriller with Leonardo DiCaprio, there is a mysterious story here connected with the past of the main characters, and related to the suspicious death of their loved ones. And, of course, there will be an unpredictable ending, which makes the films even more similar.

Original title:
The Uninvited

Cast:
Emily Browning, Ariel Kebbel , David Strathairn

Country:
USA, Canada, Germany

Rating:
Myreleasedate
7.0 ,
IMDb – 6.3

Others (2001)

Grace and her children live in seclusion in a huge mansion, waiting for her husband to return from the war. Servants help maintain order in the house, who are clearly surprised by the strange rules established by the hostess.

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The main similarity between The Others and Shutter Island is that some of the central characters see events not at all as they really are, and those around the main characters hide the truth from them to the last.

Original title:
The Others

Cast:
Nicole Kidman, Finola Flanagan, Christopher Eccleston

Country:
Spain, USA, France, Italy

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.9, IMDb – 7.6

Age restrictions:
16+

Mind Games (2001)

Being a genius of mathematics , John Nash managed to achieve the recognition of his colleagues and arouse the interest of the secret service, who offered him to decipher important messages. Soon he finds himself in the hospital, and the doctors inform him that all these secret assignments are a figment of his imagination.

The leading character suspects that he has become a participant in a conspiracy and someone wants to hide the true state of things from him, playing a kind of performance in front of him – in a similar way, the plot unfolded in the film “Shutter Island”.

Original title:
A Beautiful Mind

Cast:
Russell Crowe, Ed Harris, Jennifer Connelly

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 8.6, IMDb – 8.2

Age limit:
12+

Black Swan (2010)

Nina stubbornly strove to become the prima ballerina. This desire came true, but now the girl is terribly afraid that a more charismatic and talented ballerina will encroach on her place.

“Black Swan” and “Shutter Island” (2010) are very similar films, and they are united not only by the year of release, but also by the nature of the key characters. Each of them believes that he is surrounded by a web of lies, and at the same time tries to defeat an invisible enemy. They have obsessive ideas, they unconsciously fence themselves off from the truth and get confused in memories.

Original title:
Black Swan

Cast:
Natalie Portman, Mila Kunis, Vincent Cassel

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.7, IMDb – 8.0

Age limit:
16+

Fight Club (1999)

Among films like Shutter Island, this cult thriller deserves special mention. The plot revolves around a depressed manager who meets his complete opposite – a guy who completely ignores the usual social framework and attitudes.

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As in the Scorsese film, one of the characters plunges into a fictional story, wanting to block the truth that is not easy for him.

Original title:
Fight Club

Starring :
Edward Norton, Brad Pitt, Helena Bonham Carter

Country:
USA, Germany

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 8.6, IMDb – 8.8

Age limit:
18+

Remember (2000)

Leonard Shelby has a rare form of amnesia: for some time now he does not remember everything that happens to him. This forces him to make notes on his own body so as not to forget important information. Along the way, he is looking for the killer of his wife.

The similarity of “Remember” with the painting by Martin Scorsese is indisputable: in both stories, the central character is eager to unravel the mystery of his wife’s death and get even with the guilty, but he does not notice the key circumstances.

Original title:
Memento

Cast:
Guy Pearce, Carrie-Anne Moss, Joe Pantoliano

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.9, IMDb – 8.4

Age limit:
16+

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