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5 Movies like Every Secret Thing: A Parents Worst Nightmare

JoshFor parents there is nothing worse than something bad happening to your child. Movies like ‘Every Secret Thing’ bring the nightmare to reality, exploring the theme of child abduction that will surely terrify parents around the world.
Based on the novel of the same, ‘Every Secret Thing’ tells the fictionalised tale of a detective and her frantic search to find missing children that links her back to a case involving two teen girls.
These films are suspenseful to say the least. For more recommendations based on this movie, check out the rest of my suggestions. ~ Josh Sammons

Movies Similar To ‘Every Secret Thing’

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‘Gone Baby Gone’ (Ben Affleck, 2007)

The years have been cruel to ‘Léon: The Professional’, the once highly regarded films popularity has dwindled over the last few years, for one reason or another.

“Ben Affleck made the impressive leap into directing for ‘Gone Baby Gone’, highlighting his potential as a future behind the camera.
Casey Affleck takes the lead in this terrifying thriller as a Boston cop tasked with tracking down the missing child.
As he delves further into the case, he realises that there is more to this story than meets the eye.
‘Gone Baby Gone’ is an impressive debut for first time director Affleck. He shows confidence behind the camera, delivering a tense edge-of-your seat thriller.


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An impressive directorial debut from Affleck.



‘Prisoners’ (Denis Villeneuve, 2013)

Denis Villeneuve is fast becoming a must-see director. He’s responisble for some of the best films of the last decade, including ‘Sicario’ and ‘Enemy’.
‘Prisoners’ sees the director tackling child abduction and exploring the pits of desperation of one fathers attempt at finding his child.
In his best role to date, Hugh Jackman stars as the desperate father who takes matters into his own hands when his daughter goes missing.


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A tense child abduction thriller.



‘Little Accidents’ (Sara Colangelo, 2014)

Elizabeth Banks takes the lead for this thriller that explores the fallout of a kindapping for a small American town.
Still struggling with the aftermath of a mining accident, a small town is once again rocked by the disappearance of a teen.
What unravels is a case of lies and deceit involving a number of the townspeople.


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The web of lies might destroy them.



‘Raising Arizona’ (Ethan Coen, Joel Coen, 1987)

Ethan and Joel Coen add their dark sense of humour for one of their earlier films, the brilliant ‘Raising Arizona’.
Nicolas Cage stars alongside Holly Hunter as a married couple who resort to drastic measures in order to get a child.
After learning they can’t have a baby of their own, the duo decide the best decision is to kidnap the baby of a wealthy couple. Trouble soon arrises in the form of a bounty hunter out to bring them to justice.


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An early Coen Brother treat.


If You Like ‘Every Secret Thing’, You Will Like

‘The Captive’ (Atom Egoyan, 2014)

‘The Captive’ is a movie like ‘Every Secret Thing’, which serves as a tough watch for any parent.
Through flashbacks, this thriller explores the story of a 9-year old who is kidnapped whilst out with her father. What unravels is a number of events that kickstarts a new case into her disappearance.
Despite boasting a great cast that includes the likes of Ryan Reynolds and Rosario Dawson, this thriller failed to live up to its potential.


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This case is far from over.


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These are my recommendations for films like ‘Every Secret Thing’. Let me know what you think of my choices.

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