10 Movies You Must Watch if You Love ‘Nerve’

Most young adult movies deal with the subject of coming of age. While a few like The Perks of Being Wall Flower and The Spectacular Now turn out to be great, most are not up to the mark. When filmmakers try to delve into other teen subjects, it is not easy to pull off either. The major hurdle is how to make films about teenagers that can be anything other than romance or growing up. Can teenagers be treated as adults? Well, ‘Nerve’ answers that question. Yes, teenagers can be treated as adults and successfully so.

The plot of ‘Nerve’ revolves around an online dare game in which people give participants anonymous dares for money. The participants compete with each other to win the grand prize as the dares get tougher and tougher. Vee, a high school senior, when she is pressured by friends to join the popular online game Nerve decides to sign up for one dare. What seems like harmless fun turns into a sinister game with increasingly dangerous acts. Ultimately, the film ends in a high stake finale that shocks and surprises viewers. Now that we have summarized the film let’s look into movies similar to Nerve that are our recommendations. You can stream some of these movies like Nerve on Netflix or Amazon Prime, or Hulu.

10. The Invitation

This 2015 horror film directed by Karyn Kusama is an incisive study of the human psyche and possible paranoia. Will played to a degree of wonderfulness by Logan Marshall-Green, begins to suspect that the members of the dinner party that he is attending are actually part of a cult. The devolving of the human mind under the weight of suspicion and paranoia, accentuated by the uncharacteristic acts of the other dinner guests, makes for great psychological horror and the culmination of the film in its violent climax that spreads across the entire city of Los Angeles seems like a symbolic outflow of the repression that the entire narrative seeks to maintain.

9. The Gift (2015)


With the popularity of psychological thrillers in a domestic setting on the rise after the film ‘Gone Girl,’ here’s another overlooked thriller in the same genre. Who knew that our boy next door, Jason Bateman, the hilarious, bumbling Michael Bluth from ‘Arrested Development,’ could play a dark role with such a high degree of perfection? A brilliant film that starts off as a stalker-type movie and slowly delves into darker territories. The lines between protagonist and antagonist are blurred. The Gift will have you feeling uneasy throughout its duration and almost matches ‘Gone Girl’ in terms of shock factor.

8. Exam (2009)


Exams are scary anyway, so why not make them more terrifying? ‘Exam’ does just that. Eight candidates shortlisted for a corporate job and are locked together in a room and given a test with one question and some very weird instructions. This brilliant elimination-style thriller, which was nominated for a BAFTA, is almost virtuosic in its camera angles and focus. Watch this low-budget gem and never look at exams the same way again.

7. Circle (2015)

No, not the 2017 film starring Tom Hanks. This little-known film takes place almost entirely in a single room. A group of people wakes to discover that they have each been placed inside a circle. They are then forced to play a deadly game that requires voting a person to be killed off every minute. Even though I found the climax to be a bit unsatisfactory, the psychological issues the movie raises while the players vote to kill off others is a fascinating watch.

6. It Follows

A supernatural psychological thriller, this film made its debut at the 2014 Cannes. A horror film that bears Tarantino’s seal of approval has to be, by all logical understanding, a well-made film. The content lives up to the reputation and has a brilliant character development and a slow steady building of tension accentuated by the soundtrack and the very ambiguous ending. The plot follows a metaphorical monster that stalks victims and kills them and this can be transmitted to another victim through sex. The film has often been seen as a metaphor for sexually transmitted diseases but the true horror of the film sparks from the nightmarish quality where escape simply is not an option.

5. Paper Towns (2015)

Not exactly a thriller movie like Nerve, but still, this is a film that has a riddle at its center. And even though the riddles may be the highlight of this story — it’s the unrequited love of Q for Margo — but on the way to find Margo, Q has to solve plenty of riddles that Margo has left as clues for him to follow. And it is known that with the power of true love, anything can be found. So, Q puts the pieces in the puzzle and finds Margo to win her. Albeit, she doesn’t love him. Truly heartbreaking, right?

4. Timecrimes

Every list like this is assured to involve some sort of time travel flick, and Timecrimes stands out as a piece that manages to find comfort in convention before mining it to the fullest of its cinematic potential. The assured direction, nuanced sense of humor, and compelling visual language set it apart from countless stories in the exact same mould- and this strong direction saves a story that just keeps extending and extending from collapsing under the weight of its own ambitions. A class act of Sci-Fi Horror/Thriller film-making.

3. Saw

Two men awaken in a room, chained to their feet with two hacksaws and a corpse for company. The catch? One has to escape the room while the other has to kill him in exchange for his family. Flashbacks detail the backstory while the captives ponder looking at the hacksaw – To cut off the feet tied to the chain. One of the most bizarre movies ever made. A film that will creep you out. But that’s where the fun is!

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2. Coherence (2013)

‘Coherence,’ a story of eight friends at a dinner party experience a troubling chain of reality bending events, is essentially based on a scientific theory referred to as Schrödinger’s cat theory. Schrödinger’s cat is a thought experiment, sometimes described as a paradox, devised by Austrian physicist Erwin Schrödinger in 1935.  In simple terms, it is the possibility of the existence of multiple simultaneous realities at the same time. A fascinating film based on an even more fascinating idea. Try it. You won’t be disappointed.

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1. Primer


‘Primer’ is not just a film; it is an elaborate science puzzle. To fully understand each and every aspect of ‘Primer’ requires multiple viewings — those who claim that they “got” the film in first viewing itself are either lying or are just being a smart-ass. When you finally “get” the film, don’t be surprised if you feel ecstatic and victorious, not very different from how you feel when you are able to solve a difficult puzzle. In my all movie-viewing experience, I am yet to see a film that was so difficult to understand in one viewing.

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