Movies like The Butterfly Effect

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The Butterfly Effect (2004)
 7.7
 417K
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, suspenseful, suspense, philosophical, dramatic, emotional, scary, twists and turns, serious ...
Plot: time travel, changing the past or future, supernatural ability, haunted by the past, life philosophy, twists & turns, diary, child abuse, parents and children, hypnosis, family relations, road not taken, old friend, destiny, insanity, suicide, psychology, memory, altering history, childhood, love, psychological trauma, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, surrealism, rape ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, future
Place: usa, dungeon

Most similar movies to The Butterfly Effect

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out interesting, clever, cerebral and serious films with plots about storytelling, twists & turns, destiny, mentor, dialogue, technology and catastrophe mostly in Sci-Fi, Thriller and Drama genres. Some movies like The Butterfly Effect: The Jacket (2005), Source Code (2011), Mr. Nobody (2009), Donnie Darko (2001), Time Lapse (2014). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
 7.1
 103K
The Jacket (2005)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: Germany, USA
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, enigmatic, surreal, mind bending, tricky ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: time travel, supernatural, supernatural ability, mental institution, memory loss, haunted by the past, mentally unstable, murder, experiment, imaginary, destiny, life is a bitch ...
Time: 21st century, 20th century, 90s, contemporary, 1990s ...
Place: vermont
⇓ similarity ⇓
96%
 7.5
 448K
Source Code (2011)
Genre: Action, Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA, Canada
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: suspenseful, surprise ending, captivating, twists and turns, suspense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: time travel, changing the past or future, destiny, bomb, suspicion, save the day, nuclear threat, imaginary, time loop, danger, race against time, terrorism ...
Time: contemporary, future, 21st century
Place: illinois, usa, chicago illinois, afghanistan
⇓ similarity ⇓
90%
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, awful, bad ending ...
Audience: teens
Plot: time travel, destiny, changing the past or future, suicide, sent to the past, supernatural ability, supernatural, imaginary, hopes, couple relations, couples, haunted by the past ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, future
⇓ similarity ⇓
86%
 7.8
 195K
Mr. Nobody (2009)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Romance, Sci-Fi
Country: Belgium, Germany, Canada, France, USA, UK
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: psychological, futuristic, mind bending, surreal, offbeat ...
Audience: date night
Plot: destiny, utopia, depression, teenage love, alternate reality, surrealism, romance, life changing experience, death, parallel world, love affair, childhood ...
Time: future, 21st century, 20th century, year 1975
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Movie in collections
 8.1
 690K
Donnie Darko (2001)
Genre: Drama, 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: psychological, atmospheric, surreal, captivating, mind bending ...
Audience: teens, date night
Plot: time travel, social misfits, supernatural ability, insanity, teenage life, supernatural, hallucinations, imaginary, society, morality, high school life, dreams ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, future
Place: virginia, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.5
 37K
Time Lapse (2014)
Genre: 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: cerebral, psychological, tense, suspenseful, clever ...
Plot: time travel, gambling, threat, time machine, blackmail, party, diary, murder, plot twist, paranoia, parallel universe, camera ...
Time: future
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
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, suspenseful, serious, surprise ending, bad ending ...
Audience: teens
Plot: time travel, changing the past or future, teenager, high school, teenage life, time machine, friendship, found footage, teenage love, youth, danger, life turned upside down ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s, 2000s, year 2004 ...
Place: usa, woodstock, atlanta georgia
⇓ similarity ⇓
93%
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: serious, twists and turns, suspenseful, scary, mind bending ...
Audience: teens
Plot: time travel, changing the past or future, murder, serial killer, investigation, bathtub, diary, bear trap, fire, recession, crimes, who done it ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s, 1990s, future
⇓ similarity ⇓
89%
Movie in collections
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: psychological, captivating, clever, melancholic, mind bending ...
Audience: date night
Plot: introspection, love and romance, love, couple relations, power of love, mind control, brainwashing, memory loss, couples, dreams, love story, disorder ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, new york, mcdonald's restaurant
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.5
 222K
Predestination (2014)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, 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: suspenseful, mind bending, clever, stylized, surprise ending ...
Plot: time travel, changing the past or future, sent to the past, destiny, bar, mysterious character, mission, time machine, bartender, terrorism, orphanage, time paradox ...
Time: 20th century, year 1963, year 1970, year 1975, year 1985 ...
Place: usa, cleveland ohio
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.4
 495K
Looper (2012)
Genre: Action, Crime, 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: tense, futuristic, exciting, suspenseful, mind bending ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: time travel, changing the past or future, destiny, hitman, organized crime, on the run, sent to the past, violence, self sacrifice, mafia, death, surprising revelation ...
Time: future, 21st century, 2040s
Place: usa, shanghai china, kansas
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.4
 166K
K-PAX (2001)
Genre: Drama, Sci-Fi
Country: USA, Germany
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, touching, atmospheric, sentimental, clever ...
Plot: psychiatrist, patient, benign alien, mysterious character, mental institution, mysterious planet, odd, research, insanity, hypnosis, alien, hospital ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, future, 1990s
Place: usa, new york, grand central station manhattan new york city, greenland, manhattan new york city ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.4
 28K
ARQ (2016)
Genre: 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, futuristic, psychological, suspense, tense ...
Plot: time loop, time travel, post apocalyptic, devastation, tied to a chair, technology, survival, existentialism, memory, twists & turns, parallel universe, catastrophe ...
Time: future
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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, suspenseful, sentimental, psychological, twists and turns ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: destiny, forbidden love, fall in love, changing the past or future, manipulations, true love, politician, fictional reality, senator, power of love, mind control, foreknowledge ...
Time: future, 21st century, contemporary
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
83%
 6.9
 232K
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, suspense, non-linear ...
Plot: love triangle, disfigurement, mystery, virtual reality, nightmare, jealousy, love, hallucinations, disfigured face, obsession, mind game, hopes ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 22nd century, future
Place: usa, new york, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
71%
 5.6
 57K
Timeline (2003)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 116 min.
Story: A group of archaeological students become trapped in the past when they go there to retrieve their professor. The group must survive in 14th century France long enough to be rescued.
Style: suspenseful, exciting, captivating, suspense, sincere ...
Plot: time travel, changing the past or future, knight, danger, fish out of water, time machine, adventure, father son relationship, political unrest, heroic mission, race against time, riddles and clues ...
Time: 21st century, middle ages, contemporary, future
Place: france, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.2
 54K
The Dead Zone (1983)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 103 min.
Story: Johnny Smith is a schoolteacher with his whole life ahead of him but, after leaving his fiancee's home one night, is involved in a car crash which leaves him in a coma for 5 years. When he wakes, he discovers he has an ability to see into the ...
Style: suspenseful, twists and turns, suspense, tense, psychological ...
Plot: supernatural ability, destiny, dark hero, coma, supernatural, changing the past or future, heroes, investigation, serial killer, murder, tragedy, paranoia ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, future
Place: usa, new hampshire, maine
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.3
 215K
The Fountain (2006)
Genre: Drama, Sci-Fi
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Spanning over one thousand years, and three parallel stories, The Fountain is a story of love, death, spirituality, and the fragility of our existence in this world.
Style: surreal, melancholic, stylized, touching, atmospheric ...
Plot: loneliness, immortality, metaphysics, death, cancer, tragic love, reincarnation, terminal illness, queen, loss of loved one, tree, outer space ...
Time: future, 16th century, contemporary, 21st century
Place: spain, europe, latin america, guatemala, central america
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Movie in collections
 7.4
 324K
Cloud Atlas (2012)
Genre: Action, Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi
Country: Germany, USA, 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: psychological, atmospheric, surreal, enigmatic, stylized ...
Plot: destiny, life philosophy, human nature, death, love and romance, human existence, wisdom of life, reincarnation, love, genetic engineering, karma, courage ...
Time: future, 19th century, 20th century, 21st century, 1930s ...
Place: hawaii, south korea, seoul
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 8.0
 535K
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, atmospheric, surreal, bleak, non-linear ...
Plot: time travel, plague, changing the past or future, social misfits, save the world, apocalypse, insanity, future dystopia, time loop, paranoia, mystery, underground ...
Time: future, 21st century, 20th century, 90s, year 1917 ...
Place: philadelphia, baltimore, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
 7.2
 52K
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, exciting, serious, clever, cerebral ...
Plot: time travel, time machine, scientist, binoculars, surrealism, scissors, bicycle, car accident, disorder, chases and races, mysterious character, stalking ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, future
Place: europe, spain
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 5.6
 84K
The Box (2009)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 115 min.
Story: Norma and Arthur Lewis, a suburban couple with a young child, receive a simple wooden box as a gift, which bears fatal and irrevocable consequences. A mysterious stranger delivers the message that the box promises to bestow upon its owner $1 million ...
Style: psychological, mind bending, suspenseful, scary, suspense ...
Plot: conspiracy, moral dilemma, human nature, gift, money, murder, violence, experiment, mystery, sacrifice, decision, mysterious character ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: virginia, usa, langley virginia
⇓ similarity ⇓
75%
 7.7
 27K
Interstate 60 (2002)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Fantasy
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 116 min.
Story: An aspiring painter meets various characters and learns valuable lessons while traveling across America.
Style: offbeat, surreal, enigmatic, witty, road movie ...
Audience: date night
Plot: self discovery, wish come true, on the road, road trip, imaginary, choice, changing the past or future, hitchhiker, self fulfillment, dream girl, surrealism, hopes ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, future
Place: new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
Movie in collections
 6.2
 139K
Next (2007)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Crime, Fantasy, 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, serious, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: changing the past or future, foreknowledge, psychic, destiny, chase, danger, save the day, supernatural ability, car chase, terrorism, time travel, couple relations ...
Time: future, 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: las vegas, los angeles, usa, arizona
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.4
 94K
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, emotional, serious, tense, sentimental ...
Plot: time travel, rescue, radio, investigation, changing the past or future, murder, sent to the past, baseball, firefighter, serial killer, police detective, nurse ...
Time: future, 21st century, 1990s, 1960s, 2000s
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
 6.9
 89K
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: talky, surreal, clever, psychological, thought provoking ...
Plot: time travel, inventions and discoveries, changing the past or future, time machine, parallel universe, guilt, party, garage, identity crisis, paradox, mathematics, imaginary ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, future
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
 8.1
 989K
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, tense, serious, suspenseful, twist ending ...
Plot: investigation, mental institution, mystery, insanity, paranoia, uncover truth, losing-it hero, doctors and patients, island, delusion, psychiatrist, plot twist ...
Time: 1950s, 20th century, 50s, year 1954, 1940s ...
Place: boston
⇓ similarity ⇓
69%
 7.8
 256K
About Time (2013)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Romance, Sci-Fi
Country: UK
Duration: 123 min.
Story: The night after another unsatisfactory New Year party, Tim's father tells his son that the men in his family have always had the ability to travel through time. Tim can't change history, but he can change what happens and has happened in ...
Style: touching, feel good, sentimental, humorous, sincere ...
Audience: chick flick, date night, girls' night
Plot: time travel, changing the past or future, true love, sent to the past, couple relations, family secret, lovers, romance, encounter, life changing experience, family relations, loneliness ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s, 2000s, future
Place: london, england, cornwall
⇓ similarity ⇓
74%
 6.3
 5K
Retroactive (1997)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: A psychiatrist makes multiple trips through time to save a woman that was murdered by her brutal husband.
Style: tense, suspenseful, disturbing, serious, psychological ...
Plot: changing the past or future, time travel, crimes, time machine, serial killer, race against time, deadly, nothing goes right, chases and races, witnessing a crime, murder, time loop ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, future
Place: texas, usa, arizona
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
 6.6
 74K
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, experiment gone awry, suicide, memory, medical student, nightmare, supernatural, obsession, supernatural ability, deadly, hallucinations, disorder ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, 1990s, future
Place: medical school, campus, chicago illinois
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%