Movies like The Butterfly Effect

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The Butterfly Effect (2004)
 7.7
 406K
The Butterfly Effect
Genre: 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: suspense, psychological, suspenseful, philosophical, dramatic, mind bending, emotional, scary, surprise ending, serious ...
Plot: changing the past or future, time travel, destiny, life philosophy, memory, psychology, haunted by the past, altering history, twists & turns, philosophy, existentialism, supernatural ability, parents and children, diary, old friend, family relations, love, psychological trauma, surrealism, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, childhood, child abuse, alternate reality, memory loss, alternate universe ...
Time: contemporary, future, 21st century
Place: usa, dungeon
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Source Code
Mystery, Romance, Sci-Fi, Thriller
USA, Canada
93 min.
 7.5
Mr. Nobody
Drama, Fantasy, Romance, Sci-Fi
Belgium, Germany, Canada, France, USA, UK
141 min.
 7.9
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Most similar movies to The Butterfly Effect

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, clever, cerebral and suspense films with plots about storytelling, dialogue, catastrophe, destiny, twists & turns, technology and alternate reality mostly in Sci-Fi, Thriller and Drama genres. Some movies like The Butterfly Effect: The Jacket (2005), Time Lapse (2014), Source Code (2011), Project Almanac (2015), Mr. Nobody (2009). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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 7.1
 101K
The Jacket
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Horror, 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, surreal, enigmatic, tricky, futuristic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: time travel, psychology, existentialism, time loop, race against time, memory loss, supernatural, amnesia, mental institution, mentally unstable, alternate reality, supernatural ability ...
Time: contemporary, future, 90s, 20th century, 21st century ...
Place: vermont
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System:   95%
    User:   96%
 
 6.5
 36K
Time Lapse
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: twist ending, cerebral, suspense, futuristic, psychological ...
Plot: time travel, plot twist, twists & turns, greed, alternate reality, time loop, paranoia, stupidity, parallel universe, catastrophe, science, technology ...
Time: future
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   93%
    User:   93%
 
 7.5
 436K
Source Code
Genre: Mystery, Romance, 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, clever, suspense, surprise ending, twists and turns ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: train, time travel, identity, mystery, destiny, time loop, investigation, memory, time, alternate reality, parallel universe, science ...
Time: contemporary, future, 21st century
Place: illinois, usa, chicago illinois, afghanistan
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   93%
    User:   91%
 
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The Butterfly Effect 2
Genre: Horror, 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: suspenseful, serious, mind bending, awful, bad ending ...
Audience: teens
Plot: time travel, destiny, changing the past or future, alternate reality, death, greed, hopes, lame, catastrophe, supernatural ability, natural disaster, teleportation ...
Time: contemporary, future, 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   82%
    User:   90%
 
The Butterfly Effect 3: Revelations
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, suspenseful, twists and turns, twist ending, scary ...
Plot: time travel, murder, serial killer, drugs/alcohol, strong sexual content, gory, changing the past or future, twists & turns, identity, who done it, crimes, bear trap ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, future, 1990s, 2000s
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   70%
    User:   89%
 
Project Almanac
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: suspenseful, serious, exciting, bad ending, twist ending ...
Audience: teens
Plot: time travel, high school, teenager, teleportation, changing the past or future, time loop, teenagers, bullying, revenge, teenage life, science, time machine ...
Time: contemporary, future, 21st century, 2010s, year 2004 ...
Place: usa, atlanta georgia, woodstock
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   68%
    User:   92%
 
 7.9
 188K
Mr. Nobody
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: thought provoking, psychological, surreal, philosophical, futuristic ...
Audience: date night
Plot: romance, alternate reality, destiny, love affair, philosophy, time, depression, childhood, utopia, divorce, postmodernism, life ...
Time: future, 20th century, 21st century, year 1975
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   57%
    User:   88%
 
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The Adjustment Bureau
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: suspenseful, mind bending, twists and turns, serious, romantic ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: romance, destiny, politics, supernatural, teleportation, chase, fall in love, senator, politician, love story, dystopic future, dancer ...
Time: future, contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   51%
    User:   83%
 
 8.1
 674K
Donnie Darko
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: surreal, atmospheric, psychological, clever, stylized ...
Audience: teens, date night
Plot: time travel, insanity, dreams, time loop, schizophrenia, parallel universe, imaginary friend, psychology, destiny, end of the world, social misfits, postmodernism ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, future
Place: usa, virginia
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   51%
    User:   63%
 
 5.6
 56K
Timeline
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, serious, entertaining, awful, exciting
Plot: time travel, adventure, fish out of water, knight, medieval, changing the past or future, book, swashbuckler, adaptation, natural disaster, race against time, experiment gone awry ...
Time: contemporary, middle ages, 21st century, future
Place: europe, france
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   51%
    User:   100%
 
 7.2
 50K
Timecrimes
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: clever, suspenseful, serious, cerebral, tense ...
Plot: time travel, chase, time loop, plot twist, scientist, twists & turns, storytelling, time, imaginary, murder, investigation, police investigation ...
Time: contemporary, future, 21st century
Place: europe, spain
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   49%
    User:   86%
 
 6.4
 26K
ARQ
Genre: Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA, Canada
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: psychological, enigmatic, suspense, tense, futuristic ...
Plot: time loop, technology, survival, existentialism, memory, parallel universe, twists & turns, post apocalyptic, catastrophe, couples, life & death, creativity ...
Time: future
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   49%
    User:   100%
 
 7.7
 26K
Interstate 60
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: surreal, road movie, witty, suspense, enigmatic ...
Audience: date night
Plot: road trip, self discovery, wish come true, dream girl, life philosophy, mentor, existentialism, adventure, destiny, twists & turns, surrealism, self fulfillment ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, future
Place: new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   48%
    User:   78%
 
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 8.0
 527K
Twelve Monkeys
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: non-linear, surreal, philosophical, psychological, bleak ...
Plot: time travel, apocalypse, insanity, paranoia, virus, time loop, alternate reality, psychology, memory, mental illness, mystery, end of the world ...
Time: future, 20th century, 21st century, 90s, 1990s ...
Place: philadelphia, baltimore, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   47%
    User:   100%
 
 6.2
 136K
Next
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: exciting, serious, twists and turns, suspenseful, bad ending ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: destiny, chase, car chase, time travel, nuclear bomb, special agents, fbi, supernatural ability, changing the past or future, catastrophe, technology, plot twist ...
Time: future, contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: los angeles, las vegas, usa, arizona
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   45%
    User:   100%
 
 7.5
 214K
Predestination
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: Australia
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: clever, stylized, suspenseful, surprise ending, atmospheric ...
Plot: time travel, destiny, time loop, plot twist, storytelling, existentialism, bar, mysterious character, twists & turns, time machine, time paradox, special agents ...
Time: 20th century, future, year 1975, near future, year 1970 ...
Place: usa, cleveland ohio
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   45%
    User:   67%
 
 6.9
 228K
Vanilla Sky
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: surreal, psychological, enigmatic, suspense, non-linear ...
Plot: virtual reality, obsession, surrealism, love, love triangle, disfigurement, mystery, mind game, existentialism, alternate reality, redemption, disfigured face ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, future, 22nd century
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   44%
    User:   71%
 
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
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: surreal, non-linear, psychological, romantic, melancholic ...
Audience: date night
Plot: surrealism, love, brainwashing, power of love, erased memory, love story, romance, existentialism, destiny, alternate reality, love and romance, introspection ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa, mcdonald's restaurant
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   44%
    User:   80%
 
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 8.1
 953K
Shutter Island
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: surprise ending, psychological, suspenseful, twist ending, suspense ...
Plot: mental illness, uncover truth, mystery, reality vs fantasy, insanity, paranoia, plot twist, doctors and patients, psychology, mental institution, psychiatry, losing-it hero ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 1950s, year 1954, 1940s ...
Place: boston
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   44%
    User:   74%
 
 5.6
 83K
The Box
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: suspenseful, psychological, suspense, serious, mind bending ...
Plot: mystery, alien, supernatural, conspiracy, nasa, teleportation, human nature, moral dilemma, death, blindness, storytelling, existentialism ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: usa, virginia, langley virginia
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   40%
    User:   100%
 
 8.4
 438K
Lost
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Fantasy, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 44 min.
Story: Stripped of everything, the survivors of a horrific plane crash must work together to stay alive. But the island holds many secrets.
Style: suspense, enigmatic, exciting, psychological, emotional ...
Plot: survival, island, plane crash, adventure, destiny, air disaster, life & death, danger, survivor, stranded on an island, stranded, catastrophe ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   36%
    User:   100%
 
 7.4
 164K
K-PAX
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: clever, psychological, sentimental, touching, atmospheric ...
Plot: alien, psychiatrist, hospital, science, mystery, patient, imagination, benign alien, mental institution, aliens, psychiatry, mysterious character ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 1990s, future
Place: new york, usa, greenland, grand central station manhattan new york city, albuquerque new mexico ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   36%
    User:   100%
 
 7.8
 246K
About Time
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: sentimental, touching, witty, feel good, semi serious ...
Audience: date night, girls' night, chick flick
Plot: time travel, romance, love, father son relationship, parenthood, loneliness, time loop, british, wedding, cancer, changing the past or future, nudity (full frontal - brief) ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s, 2010s
Place: england, london, cornwall
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   35%
    User:   71%
 
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A Sound of Thunder
Genre: Action, Adventure, Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: Czech Republic, UK, Germany, USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: When a hunter sent back to the prehistoric era runs off the path he must not leave, he causes a chain reaction that alters history in disastrous ways.
Style: suspenseful, serious, futuristic, idiotic, scary ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: time travel, adventure, alternate reality, technology, chase, time, jungle, survival, time loop, monster, dinosaur, experiment gone awry ...
Time: future, prehistory, prehistoric times
Place: chicago illinois
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   34%
    User:   80%
 
Cube?: Hypercube
Genre: Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: Canada
Duration: 94 min.
Story: The sequel to the low budget first film ‘Cube.’ This time the prisoners find them selves in a more advanced cube environment that they must escape from before they are killed. A science fiction film where space and time have more than one path.
Style: futuristic, psychological, clever, serious, stylized ...
Plot: maze, survival, mathematics, alternate reality, parallel universe, death, teleportation, captivity, danger, confined, clones, brutality ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   31%
    User:   29%
 
 6.9
 86K
Primer
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: clever, surreal, talky, psychological, cerebral ...
Plot: time travel, mathematics, time loop, science, greed, paranoia, changing the past or future, time machine, dialogue driven, storytelling, dialogue, existentialism ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, future
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   30%
    User:   28%
 
 7.2
 82K
Coherence
Genre: 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: clever, tense, talky, suspenseful, psychological ...
Plot: alternate reality, paranoia, mystery, parallel universe, parallel world, confined, twists & turns, science, danger, comet, psychology, paranoid ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: los angeles, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   29%
    User:   30%
 
 7.2
 52K
The Dead Zone
Genre: 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, suspense, twists and turns, tense, psychological ...
Plot: coma, investigation, supernatural ability, supernatural, heroes, twists & turns, dark hero, serial killer, murder, adaptation, destiny, psychology ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, future
Place: usa, maine, new hampshire
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   28%
    User:   32%
 

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 7.5
 14K
Tru Calling
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Fantasy, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 43 min.
Story: Tru Calling is an American television supernatural drama series that was shown on the Fox Network from 2003 to 2005. Created by Jon Harmon Feldman, the series was produced by Original Film, Oh That Gus!, Inc., and 20th Century Fox Television. The ...
Style: suspenseful, serious, touching, atmospheric, sincere
Plot: supernatural ability, changing the past or future, race against time, supernatural, urban, hopes, imaginary, morgue, human nature, siblings relations, chases and races, family relations ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: boston, massachusetts, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   28%
    User:   100%
 
 6.5
 10K
Brainstorm
Genre: Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: Two brilliant research scientists have invented a device capable of recording and playing back sensory experiences only to have devastating results when one of them records their own death.
Style: serious, suspenseful, futuristic, cerebral, tense ...
Plot: virtual reality, memory, death, technology, chase, military, drugs/alcohol, experiment gone awry, cyberpunk, life & death, afterlife, future dystopia ...
Time: 80s, future
Place: england, europe, london, north carolina
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   27%
    User:   24%
 
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