Movies like The Butterfly Effect

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The Butterfly Effect (2004)
 7.6
 463K
The Butterfly Effect (2004)
Genre: Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 113 min.
Story: A young man struggles to access sublimated childhood memories. He finds a technique that allows him to travel back into the past, to occupy his childhood body and change history. However, he soon finds that every change he makes has unexpected consequences.
Style: psychological, mind bending, philosophical, suspenseful, non-linear, dramatic, twists and turns, suspense, scary, serious ...
Plot: time travel, changing the past or future, twists & turns, time loop, psychology, life philosophy, supernatural ability, child abuse, memory, haunted by the past, hypnosis, suicide, diary, love, destiny, bully, pedophile, insanity, supernatural, philosophy, time traveler, memory loss, death, family relations, parents and children ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, future
Place: usa

Most similar movies to The Butterfly Effect

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out interesting, clever, twists and turns and thought provoking films with plots about twists & turns, storytelling, dialogue, catastrophe, mentor, first contact and technology mostly in Sci-Fi, Thriller and Drama genres. Some movies like The Butterfly Effect: The Jacket (2005), Source Code (2011), Donnie Darko (2001), Project Almanac (2015), Predestination (2014). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
 7.1
 110K
The Jacket (2005)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 103 min.
Story: A military veteran goes on a journey into the future, where he can foresee his death and is left with questions that could save his life and those he loves.
Style: psychological, surreal, enigmatic, tricky, mind bending ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: time travel, psychology, mental institution, time loop, supernatural, supernatural ability, memory loss, disorder, murder, haunted by the past, mentally unstable, life is a bitch ...
Time: 21st century, 90s, 20th century, contemporary, 1990s ...
Place: vermont
⇓ similarity ⇓
90%
 7.5
 498K
Source Code (2011)
Genre: Action, Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA, Canada, France, Germany
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Decorated soldier Captain Colter Stevens wakes up in the body of an unknown man, discovering he's involved in a mission to find the bomber of a Chicago commuter train. He learns he's part of a top-secret experimental program that enables ...
Style: surprise ending, mind bending, captivating, clever, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: time travel, time loop, changing the past or future, bomb, destiny, save the day, race against time, terrorism, nuclear threat, alternate reality, imaginary, precognition ...
Time: contemporary, future, 21st century
Place: illinois, usa, chicago illinois, afghanistan
⇓ similarity ⇓
88%
 8.0
 758K
Donnie Darko (2001)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 113 min.
Story: After narrowly escaping a bizarre accident, a troubled teenager is plagued by visions of a large bunny rabbit that manipulates him to commit a series of crimes.
Style: mind bending, psychological, surreal, atmospheric, cult film ...
Audience: teens, date night
Plot: insanity, social misfits, supernatural ability, hallucination, time travel, surrealism, imaginary friend, parallel universe, suburbs, society, time loop, first love ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 1988, future
Place: virginia, usa, united states
⇓ similarity ⇓
86%
Project Almanac (2015)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: A group of teens discover secret plans of a time machine, and construct one. However, things start to get out of control.
Style: exciting, serious, suspenseful, absurd, twists and turns ...
Audience: teens
Plot: time travel, time machine, time paradox, changing the past or future, time loop, inventions and discoveries, teenage life, teleportation, high school, teenage love, teenager, friendship ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s, 2010s, year 2014 ...
Place: usa, atlanta georgia, woodstock
⇓ similarity ⇓
92%
Movie in collections
 7.5
 265K
Predestination (2014)
Genre: Action, Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: Australia, USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Predestination chronicles the life of a Temporal Agent sent on an intricate series of time-travel journeys designed to prevent future killers from committing their crimes. Now, on his final assignment, the Agent must stop the one criminal that has ...
Style: twists and turns, surprise ending, mind bending, clever, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: time travel, time paradox, time loop, time machine, plot twist, changing the past or future, sent to the past, mysterious character, transsexual, destiny, mission, terrorism ...
Time: 20th century, year 1963, year 1964, year 1945, year 1975 ...
Place: usa, new york, cleveland ohio
⇓ similarity ⇓
88%
 7.4
 548K
Looper (2012)
Genre: Action, Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA, China
Duration: 113 min.
Story: In the futuristic action thriller Looper, time travel will be invented but it will be illegal and only available on the black market. When the mob wants to get rid of someone, they will send their target 30 years into the past where a looper, a ...
Style: futuristic, mind bending, neo noir, thought provoking, tense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: time travel, time loop, time paradox, hitman, changing the past or future, destiny, sent to the past, mafia, tragedy, on the run, self sacrifice, young man ...
Time: future, 21st century, 2040s
Place: usa, shanghai china, kansas, shanghai
⇓ similarity ⇓
87%
 7.8
 223K
Mr. Nobody (2009)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Romance, Sci-Fi
Country: Belgium, Germany, Canada, France, UK, Luxembourg, USA
Duration: 141 min.
Story: Nemo Nobody leads an ordinary existence with his wife and 3 children; one day, he wakes up as a mortal centenarian in the year 2092.
Style: philosophical, mind bending, thought provoking, psychological, surreal ...
Audience: date night
Plot: destiny, surrealism, depression, utopia, alternate reality, life changing experience, philosophy, parallel world, love and romance, teenage love, time, family relations ...
Time: future, 20th century, 21st century, year 1975
⇓ similarity ⇓
82%
The Butterfly Effect 2 (2006)
Genre: Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: After his girlfriend, Julie and two best friends are killed in a tragic auto accident, Nick struggles to cope with his loss and grief. Suffering from migraine-like seizures, Nick soon discovers that he has the power to change the past via his ...
Style: mind bending, serious, suspenseful, suspense, thought provoking ...
Audience: teens, girls' night
Plot: time travel, destiny, changing the past or future, sent to the past, supernatural ability, suicide, supernatural, haunted by the past, profanity, hopes, childhood, couples ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, future
⇓ similarity ⇓
86%
Movie in collections
The Butterfly Effect 3: Revelations (2009)
Genre: Crime, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: The story revolves around a man trying to uncover the mysterious death of his girlfriend and save an innocent man from the death chamber in the process, by using his unique power to time travel. However in attempting to do this, he also frees a ...
Style: twists and turns, surprise ending, suspenseful, scary, mind bending ...
Audience: teens
Plot: time travel, changing the past or future, investigation, murder, supernatural, sent to the past, bear trap, recession, serial killer, profanity, uncover truth, diary ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s, 90s, 1990s ...
Place: usa, detroit
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.2
 61K
Timecrimes (2007)
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: Spain
Duration: 92 min.
Story: A man accidentally gets into a time machine and travels back in time nearly an hour. Finding himself will be the first of a series of disasters of unforeseeable consequences.
Style: suspenseful, twist ending, exciting, twists and turns, suspense ...
Plot: time travel, time loop, plot twist, time machine, mysterious character, threat, stalking, chases and races, disorder, surrealism, scientist, ordinary person ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, future
Place: spain, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 8.0
 594K
Twelve Monkeys (1995)
Genre: Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 129 min.
Story: In the year 2035, convict James Cole reluctantly volunteers to be sent back in time to discover the origin of a deadly virus that wiped out nearly all of the earth's population and forced the survivors into underground communities. But when ...
Style: psychological, surreal, non-linear, atmospheric, bleak ...
Plot: time travel, alternate reality, paranoia, post apocalypse, insanity, post apocalyptic, time loop, save the world, plague, apocalypse, social misfits, changing the past or future ...
Time: future, 90s, 21st century, 20th century, 1990s ...
Place: philadelphia, baltimore, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
79%
 6.5
 44K
Time Lapse (2014)
Genre: Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: Three friends discover a mysterious machine that takes pictures 24 hours into the future and conspire to use it for personal gain, until disturbing and dangerous images begin to develop.
Style: twist ending, suspenseful, enigmatic, cerebral, twists and turns ...
Plot: time travel, time machine, time paradox, plot twist, parallel universe, paranoia, gambling, death threat, twists & turns, photograph, greed, blackmail ...
Time: future
⇓ similarity ⇓
82%
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Joel Barish, heartbroken that his girlfriend underwent a procedure to erase him from her memory, decides to do the same. However, as he watches his memories of her fade away, he realises that he still loves her, and may be too late to correct his ...
Style: melancholic, surreal, mind bending, psychological, offbeat ...
Audience: date night
Plot: surrealism, introspection, existentialism, love, couple relations, couples, memory loss, love and romance, power of love, disorder, deja vu, borderline personality disorder ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
80%
 6.9
 255K
Vanilla Sky (2001)
Genre: Fantasy, Mystery, Romance, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA, Spain
Duration: 136 min.
Story: David Aames has it all: wealth, good looks and gorgeous women on his arm. But just as he begins falling for the warmhearted Sofia, his face is horribly disfigured in a car accident. That's just the beginning of his troubles as the lines between ...
Style: psychological, enigmatic, surreal, philosophical, twist ending ...
Plot: surrealism, disfigurement, hallucination, love triangle, love, virtual reality, lost love, tragic love, nightmare, disfigured face, obsession, mystery ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 22nd century, future
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
75%
 7.3
 104K
Frequency (2000)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 118 min.
Story: When a rare phenomenon gives police officer John Sullivan the chance to speak to his father, 30 years in the past, he takes the opportunity to prevent his dad's tragic death. After his actions inadvertently give rise to a series of brutal ...
Style: psychological, serious, suspenseful, emotional, feel good ...
Plot: time travel, investigation, changing the past or future, parallel universe, rescue, sent to the past, radio, murder, family relations, police detective, haunted by the past, hopes ...
Time: future, 21st century, 1960s, 1990s, year 1999 ...
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.3
 31K
The Discovery (2017)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: In the near future, due to a breakthrough scientific discovery by Dr. Thomas Harbor, there is now definitive proof of an afterlife. While countless people have chosen suicide to reset their existence, others try to decide what it all means. Among ...
Style: intellectual, philosophical, macabre, enigmatic, psychological ...
Plot: life after death, suicide, alternate reality, afterlife, dreams, plot twist, science, self discovery, religion, mystery, psychology, philosophy ...
Time: future
⇓ similarity ⇓
86%
 6.4
 37K
ARQ (2016)
Genre: Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: Two old friends living in a dystopic future become trapped in a mysterious time loop — one that may have something to do with an ongoing battle between an omnipotent corporation and a ragtag band of rebels.
Style: enigmatic, tense, futuristic, twist ending, psychological ...
Plot: time loop, time travel, parallel universe, post apocalyptic, memory, post apocalypse, devastation, technology, survival, existentialism, twists & turns, catastrophe ...
Time: future
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.4
 120K
I Origins (2014)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Romance, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: I Origins follows a molecular biologist studying the evolution of the human eye. He finds his work permeating his life after a brief encounter with an exotic young woman who slips away from him. As his research continues years later with his lab ...
Style: thought provoking, enigmatic, mind bending, atmospheric, cerebral ...
Plot: reincarnation, metaphysics, buddhism, atheism, society, eye, inventions and discoveries, elevator, track down, death, memory, science ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, year 2009, year 2005, year 2012 ...
Place: india, usa, new york, asia, delhi
⇓ similarity ⇓
92%
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The Adjustment Bureau (2011)
Genre: Romance, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: A man glimpses the future Fate has planned for him – and chooses to fight for his own destiny. Battling the powerful Adjustment Bureau across, under and through the streets of New York, he risks his destined greatness to be with the only woman ...
Style: mind bending, complex, twists and turns, suspenseful, psychological ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: destiny, fall in love, changing the past or future, alternate reality, mind control, fictional reality, forbidden love, power of love, teleportation, manipulations, true love, foreknowledge ...
Time: future, contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa, united states, brooklyn new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
75%
 7.4
 351K
Cloud Atlas (2012)
Genre: Action, Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi
Country: USA, Germany, Hong Kong, Singapore, China
Duration: 172 min.
Story: A set of six nested stories spanning time between the 19th century and a distant post-apocalyptic future. Cloud Atlas explores how the actions and consequences of individual lives impact one another throughout the past, the present and the future. ...
Style: thought provoking, psychological, atmospheric, surreal, enigmatic ...
Plot: life philosophy, destiny, reincarnation, dystopic future, human nature, life & death, distopia, death, karma, multiple storylines, love and romance, supernatural ...
Time: future, 1930s, 19th century, 20th century, 21st century ...
Place: san francisco, hawaii, seoul, south korea
⇓ similarity ⇓
83%
 8.2
 1.2M
Shutter Island (2010)
Genre: Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 138 min.
Story: World War II soldier-turned-U.S. Marshal Teddy Daniels investigates the disappearance of a patient from a hospital for the criminally insane, but his efforts are compromised by his troubling visions and also by a mysterious doctor.
Style: psychological, twists and turns, surprise ending, twist ending, suspenseful ...
Plot: mental institution, investigation, mystery, insanity, plot twist, paranoia, psychology, mental illness, psychiatrist, uncover truth, isolation, delusion ...
Time: 50s, 1950s, 20th century, 1940s, year 1945 ...
Place: boston
⇓ similarity ⇓
80%
 7.4
 178K
K-PAX (2001)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi
Country: Germany, USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Prot is a patient at a mental hospital who claims to be from a far away Planet. His psychiatrist tries to help him, only to begin to doubt his own explanations.
Style: psychological, odd, atmospheric, touching, surprise ending ...
Plot: benign alien, mysterious character, psychiatrist, patient, crazy, planet, research, mystery, mental institution, investigation, hypnosis, alien ...
Time: 21st century, future, contemporary, 80s, 90s ...
Place: usa, new york, new mexico, manhattan new york city, newfoundland ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
86%
 8.8
 2.2M
Inception (2010)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 148 min.
Story: Cobb, a skilled thief who commits corporate espionage by infiltrating the subconscious of his targets is offered a chance to regain his old life as payment for a task considered to be impossible: "inception", the implantation of another ...
Style: psychological, mind bending, clever, cerebral, twist ending ...
Plot: parallel world, mind control, alternate reality, virtual reality, subconscious, life philosophy, teamwork, fictional reality, manipulations, fantasy world, haunted by the past, existentialism ...
Time: 2010s, near future
Place: japan, los angeles, paris france, new york, tokyo ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
71%
Movie in collections
 7.2
 116K
Coherence (2013)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 89 min.
Story: On the night a comet is passing near Earth, eight friends at a dinner party experience a troubling chain of reality bending events. When the power goes out, they discover that the only house on the street left with power also holds many secrets.
Style: mind bending, suspenseful, psychological, tense, twists and turns ...
Plot: parallel world, alternate reality, disorder, dinner party, friends, time loop, power outage, quantum physics, asteroids and comets, comet, imaginary, confinement indoors ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
 6.2
 153K
Next (2007)
Genre: Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Las Vegas showroom magician Cris Johnson has a secret which torments him: he can see a few minutes into the future. Sick of the examinations he underwent as a child and the interest of the government and medical establishment in his power, he lies ...
Style: mind bending, exciting, twists and turns, stylized, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: foreknowledge, psychic, changing the past or future, destiny, supernatural ability, danger, time travel, save the day, a vision, precognition, terrorism, seeing the future ...
Time: future, 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: las vegas, los angeles, usa, arizona
⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
 8.1
 938K
The Sixth Sense (1999)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: A psychological thriller about an eight year old boy named Cole Sear who believes he can see into the world of the dead. A child psychologist named Malcolm Crowe comes to Cole to help him deal with his problem, learning that he really can see ghosts ...
Style: psychological, surprise ending, twists and turns, twist ending, suspenseful ...
Plot: supernatural, ghost, mystery, afterlife, death, psychology, supernatural ability, psychic, psychic power, paranormal phenomena, psychiatrist, life & death ...
Time: 90s, 1990s, 20th century
Place: philadelphia, usa, pennsylvania
⇓ similarity ⇓
80%
The Devil's Advocate (1997)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Germany, USA
Duration: 144 min.
Story: A hotshot lawyer gets more than he bargained for when he learns his new boss is Lucifer himself.
Style: psychological, atmospheric, suspenseful, twist ending, serious ...
Plot: devil, deal with the devil, law firm, ambition, satan, god or devil, temptation, evil, supernatural, hotshot lawyer, sin, ethics ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, southern usa, manhattan, new york city ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
 6.9
 102K
Primer (2004)
Genre: Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 77 min.
Story: Friends and fledgling entrepreneurs invent a device in their garage which reduces the apparent mass of any object placed inside it, but they discover that it has some highly unexpected capabilities - ones that could enable them to do and to have ...
Style: complex, confusing, surreal, intellectual, thought provoking ...
Plot: time travel, changing the past or future, inventor, time machine, parallel universe, time loop, experiment gone awry, time traveler, identity crisis, paradox, mistrust, inventions and discoveries ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, future
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
 6.6
 83K
Flatliners (1990)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 115 min.
Story: Five medical students want to find out if there is life after death. They plan to stop one of their hearts for a few seconds, thus simulating death, and then bring the person back to life. A science fiction thriller from the early 1990's with a ...
Style: scary, psychological, suspenseful, disturbing, surreal ...
Plot: afterlife, medical student, experiment gone awry, suicide, nightmare, hallucination, medical school, medical experiment, supernatural, deadly, supernatural ability, hallucinations ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, 1990s, 90s, future
Place: chicago illinois
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
 7.3
 399K
Unbreakable (2000)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: An ordinary man makes an extraordinary discovery when a train accident leaves his fellow passengers dead – and him unscathed. The answer to this mystery could lie with the mysterious Elijah Price, a man who suffers from a disease that renders his ...
Style: twist ending, surprise ending, psychological, twists and turns, bleak ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: invulnerability, self discovery, supernatural ability, a vision, superhero, train crash, villain, plot twist, mystery, conflict, good versus evil, comics ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 2000s, 1960s, 60s
Place: philadelphia, usa, pennsylvania
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%