If You Like Stranger Things, You’ll Love These 14 Movies

When the Netflix series stranger things turned on the Christmas lights for the first time in 2016, it found a winning formula with ’80s nostalgia, supernatural horrors and a cast of stubborn, close-knit kids.

It’s a special show, and it’s not easy to replicate the feeling you get while watching it. But now that we meet a break week between two volumes of the same season, in addition to the gaps of several years between one season and another, I realized that it was time to pull out a flashlight and start looking for something similar.

Venture below and you’ll find a list of shows related to Stranger Things in one way or another. You might find something to fill that creepy void. Get ready for otherworldly entities, touching friendships, and lots of kids on bikes.

Movies with a Stranger Things vibe

Paramount Pictures

Where to stream: HBO Max

No such list would be complete without Super 8, directed by Star Wars director JJ Abrams and produced by Steven Spielberg. In the summer of 1979, while filming a homemade zombie movie, a group of teenagers witness a truck collide with a train. Unexplained events shake the region. For mystery, supernatural action, and young friends who ride bikes and use walkie-talkies, get this one a watch.


Where to stream: You can rent Ghostbusters for $3 on services like Amazon and Vudu.

We know of four best friends who would give Ghostbusters a mega Marshmallow Man-sized stamp of approval. A memorable scene from Season 2 of Stranger Things is when Mike, Dustin, Lucas, and Will wear over-the-top Ghostbusters costumes to school…only to find out no one else has dressed up for Halloween. In their honor, hang out with Bill Murray, Sigourney Weaver and the rest of the cast of this beloved comedy.

Warner Bros.

Where to stream: HBO Max

This horror film dealt another brutal blow to the reputation of clowns. Based on the classic Stephen King book, the film pits six sympathetic outcasts against a sewer-loving supernatural entity. The Duffer Brothers, who created Stranger Things, acknowledged the book’s great influence on the series. You’ll also spot Finn Wolfhard (aka Mike) among the film’s cast.

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Where to stream: You can rent Fright Night for $3 on services like Amazon and Vudu.

In this mildly chilling horror flick, teenager Charley Brewster (yes, that’s his real name) uncovers a horrific secret: his neighbor is actually a vampire and is responsible for several disappearances in their town of L. ‘Iowa. For a story of teens battling monsters, an 80s feel, fantastic special effects (and I’ll say it – steaming hot vampires), Fright Night is the way to go.


The Fear Street Trilogy (2021)

Where to stream: netflix

Yeah, I count that as three movies. When Netflix dropped Fear Street installments last summer, I had no idea what they would be. Nostalgia is an element here – the first film takes things back to the 90s, the second to the 70s and the third to the… 1600s, because who doesn’t love looking back fondly at beanies and ruffled sleeves. Joke! If you loved the focus on Max (Sadie Sink) this season, the actress plays an important role in this trilogy.

gunpowder and sky

Where to stream: AMC Plus, thrill

Can a movie be too a bit like Stranger Things? The first 20 minutes of Summer of 84 evoke so many strange things that it’s impossible not to compare them to the beloved series. Walkie-talkies, bicycles, synth music, strange disappearances and teenage friends on the trail of the abuser are all in the game. But since you’re looking at this list, that may just mean it ticks all your boxes.

Red Bank Movies

Where to stream: First video

Carrie is the target of ruthless bullies in the 1976 film adaptation of Stephen King’s iconic novel, much like our daughter Eleven, who goes up against viciously naughty teenagers in this season of Stranger Things (culminating, of course, with this scene Carrie-esque roller skating rink). Stephen King himself has called the season’s “Carrie riff”, although he did not explicitly say what he was referring to. Either way, you have to watch Sissy Spacek’s Oscar-nominated portrayal of the prom queen at least once in your life. Why not now?

Jonny Cournoyer

Where to stream: FuboTV, Paramount Plus

John Krasinski’s suspenseful horror film about a family trying to survive a monster apocalypse is far more heartbreaking than Stranger Things, but there are some similarities. In the character of Millicent Simmons, you’ll find a fearless young protagonist who the kids of Stranger Things would happily welcome to their team. Find out how she and the others deal with terrifying creatures that attack when they detect sound.


Where to stream: It’s free with ads on Tubi. You can also rent Coraline for $3 on services like Amazon and Vudu.

“Kids vs. the Malevolent Forces of a Parallel Universe” could describe both Stranger Things and this stop-motion animated children’s horror film. And both are great choices for your night out.

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A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)

Where to stream: Netflix, HBOMax

The scary ending of Episode 1 and what happened to Eddie afterward felt vaguely familiar watching Season 4. Then it hit me: A Nightmare on Elm Street. If you’ve dug this season of the show, it’s time to revisit the 1984 horror classic. Another fun fact: Victor Creel, the former Vecna ​​victim that Robin and Nancy meet in Episode 4, is actually played by original Freddy Krueger actor Robert Englund.

Warner Bros.

Where to stream: HBO Max

Are children’s adventure films becoming more classic than The Goonies? A team of distinct youngsters embark on a dangerous search for hidden treasure. Because traps and unknown terrain are apparently not enough, a gangster family also follows them. If, like me, you were too freaked out by the horror elements of this movie as a kid to fully appreciate it, it’s definitely worth rewatching.

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ET the Extra-Terrestrial (1982)

Where to stream: Peacock, FuboTV

After spending so much time with the villainous Vecna ​​from Season 4 of Stranger Things, I imagine a date with a benign fantasy creature like ET sounds pretty good. (It’s certainly well deserved.) Tear open a box of Reese’s Pieces and watch.

Sony Pictures

Where to stream: It’s free with ads on the Roku channel. You can also rent Goosebumps for $3 from services like Amazon and Vudu.

When a horde of monsters from RL Stine’s iconic Goosebumps books invade the real world, Jack Black and a few teenage actors team up to take them down. This family-friendly horror-comedy is more cheesy than Stranger Things, but it can serve as a solid distraction from the supernatural spectacle break.

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The Neverending Story (1984)

Where to stream: It’s free with ads on Tubi. You can also rent The NeverEnding Story for $4 on services like Amazon, Vudu, and iTunes.

It might be a wildcard, but it’s necessary for Stranger Things fans or those who missed the movie as kids. Adventure, a friendly dragon and child protagonists are all part of the cake. And you can finally sing the theme song with Dustin and Suzie as you rewatch Season 3, Episode 8.

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