Movies like The Butterfly Effect

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The Butterfly Effect (2004)
 7.6
 426K
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, suspense, suspenseful, philosophical, dramatic, emotional, scary, twists and turns, serious ...
Plot: time travel, changing the past or future, life philosophy, supernatural ability, haunted by the past, twists & turns, psychology, child abuse, diary, hypnosis, parents and children, family relations, memory, altering history, road not taken, love, old friend, destiny, insanity, suicide, philosophy, supernatural, childhood, psychological trauma, boyfriend girlfriend relationship ...
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, serious and cerebral films with plots about storytelling, twists & turns, dialogue, destiny, technology, catastrophe and mentor mostly in Sci-Fi, Thriller and Drama genres. Some movies like The Butterfly Effect: The Jacket (2005), Looper (2012), Source Code (2011), Donnie Darko (2001), Time Lapse (2014). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
 7.1
 104K
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, surreal, enigmatic, mind bending, tricky ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: time travel, supernatural ability, supernatural, mental institution, time loop, life is a bitch, memory loss, psychology, haunted by the past, mentally unstable, murder, experiment ...
Time: 21st century, 20th century, 90s, contemporary, 1990s ...
Place: vermont
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.4
 506K
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, thought provoking, futuristic, exciting, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: time travel, time loop, changing the past or future, hitman, destiny, on the run, organized crime, sent to the past, violence, self sacrifice, mafia, death ...
Time: future, 21st century, 2040s
Place: usa, kansas, shanghai china
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.5
 457K
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: surprise ending, suspenseful, captivating, twists and turns, suspense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: time travel, time loop, changing the past or future, destiny, bomb, suspicion, save the day, terrorism, nuclear threat, imaginary, danger, death ...
Time: contemporary, future, 21st century
Place: illinois, usa, afghanistan, chicago illinois
⇓ similarity ⇓
83%
 8.0
 705K
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, mind bending, captivating, surreal ...
Audience: teens, date night
Plot: insanity, time travel, social misfits, supernatural ability, teenage life, hallucinations, supernatural, time loop, imaginary, society, morality, high school life ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, future
Place: virginia, usa, united states
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Movie in collections
 6.5
 38K
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: suspenseful, twist ending, suspense, tricky, enigmatic ...
Plot: time travel, time machine, time paradox, parallel universe, plot twist, camera, gambling, paranoia, twists & turns, death threat, greed, stupidity ...
Time: future
⇓ similarity ⇓
83%
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, mind bending, suspenseful, scary, twists and turns ...
Audience: teens
Plot: time travel, changing the past or future, murder, serial killer, investigation, bathtub, recession, fire, bear trap, diary, who done it, uncover truth ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s, 1990s, future
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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, futuristic, suspense ...
Audience: teens
Plot: time travel, time machine, changing the past or future, teenage life, high school, friendship, teenager, life turned upside down, youth, time loop, top secret, found footage ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, year 2004, 2000s, 2010s ...
Place: usa, atlanta georgia, woodstock
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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: serious, mind bending, suspenseful, awful, bad ending ...
Audience: teens
Plot: time travel, destiny, changing the past or future, suicide, sent to the past, hopes, supernatural ability, imaginary, couple relations, couples, supernatural, haunted by the past ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, future
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
Movie in collections
 7.8
 200K
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, mind bending, futuristic, surreal, offbeat ...
Audience: date night
Plot: destiny, depression, utopia, teenage love, death, alternate reality, childhood, surrealism, romance, postmodernism, life changing experience, imaginary ...
Time: future, 21st century, 20th century, year 1975
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
 6.9
 236K
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, mystery, disfigurement, love, virtual reality, nightmare, jealousy, hallucinations, disfigured face, obsession, hopes, mind game ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 22nd century, future
Place: usa, new york, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.5
 229K
Predestination (2014)
Genre: Action, 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, surprise ending, clever, stylized ...
Plot: time travel, changing the past or future, time paradox, time machine, sent to the past, destiny, time loop, bar, mysterious character, mission, terrorism, orphanage ...
Time: 20th century, year 1963, year 1981, year 1992, near future ...
Place: usa, cleveland ohio
⇓ similarity ⇓
80%
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, melancholic, mind bending, captivating, surreal ...
Audience: date night
Plot: introspection, love, love and romance, couple relations, power of love, deja vu, mind control, brainwashing, couples, memory loss, dreams, love story ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, new york, mcdonald's restaurant
⇓ similarity ⇓
80%
 8.0
 544K
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, time loop, plague, post apocalyptic, changing the past or future, paranoia, save the world, social misfits, apocalypse, insanity, future dystopia, psychology ...
Time: future, 20th century, 21st century, 90s, year 1917 ...
Place: philadelphia, baltimore, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
75%
 6.2
 141K
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, serious, twists and turns, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: foreknowledge, psychic, changing the past or future, 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%
 8.1
 1.0M
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, surprise ending, suspenseful, tense, twist ending ...
Plot: mental institution, mystery, paranoia, insanity, investigation, losing-it hero, uncover truth, doctors and patients, island, psychiatrist, plot twist, delusion ...
Time: 1950s, 20th century, 50s, year 1954, year 1945 ...
Place: boston
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.4
 168K
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, atmospheric, touching, surprise ending, serious ...
Plot: benign alien, mysterious character, patient, psychiatrist, research, odd, insanity, hypnosis, mental institution, alien, delusion, investigation ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, future, 1990s
Place: usa, new york, new mexico, iceland, albuquerque new mexico ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.2
 53K
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, suspense, enigmatic ...
Plot: time travel, time machine, disorder, stalking, threat, mysterious character, ordinary person, chases and races, surrealism, scientist, time loop, plot twist ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, future
Place: europe, spain
⇓ 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, twists and turns, psychological, sentimental ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: destiny, changing the past or future, fall in love, forbidden love, manipulations, true love, foreknowledge, power of love, politician, fictional reality, senator, mind control ...
Time: future, 21st century, contemporary
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
Movie in collections
 7.4
 329K
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: atmospheric, psychological, thought provoking, enigmatic, surreal ...
Plot: destiny, life philosophy, human nature, reincarnation, death, love and romance, tribe, human existence, wisdom of life, love, genetic engineering, karma ...
Time: future, 19th century, 20th century, 21st century, 1930s ...
Place: hawaii, south korea, seoul
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.6
 76K
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, memory, nightmare, supernatural, deadly, supernatural ability, obsession, hallucinations, disorder ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, 1990s, future
Place: medical school, campus, chicago illinois
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 5.6
 58K
Timeline (2003)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi, War
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, sincere, suspense ...
Plot: time travel, knight, changing the past or future, time machine, danger, fish out of water, adventure, father son relationship, race against time, heroic mission, political unrest, hopes ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, middle ages, 20th century, future
Place: france, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.2
 55K
The Dead Zone (1983)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: 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, maine, new hampshire
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 5.5
 86K
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, suspenseful, scary, suspense, enigmatic ...
Plot: conspiracy, moral dilemma, human nature, murder, gift, money, violence, experiment, mystery, sacrifice, decision, couple relations ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: virginia, usa, langley virginia
⇓ similarity ⇓
75%
Movie in collections
 7.3
 95K
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, sentimental, suspenseful, emotional ...
Plot: time travel, changing the past or future, radio, rescue, investigation, sent to the past, murder, haunted by the past, hopes, serial killer, firefighter, baseball ...
Time: future, 21st century, 1960s, 1990s, 2000s
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
Sound of My Voice (2011)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 85 min.
Story: A journalist and his girlfriend get pulled in while they investigate a cult whose leader claims to be from the future.
Style: psychological, tense, serious, realistic, thought provoking ...
Plot: journalist, cult leader, haunted by the past, filmmaking, couples, dishonesty, society, changing the past or future, exploit, hopes, uncover truth, couple relations ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, future
Place: usa, california, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.7
 28K
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: enigmatic, offbeat, surreal, witty, road movie ...
Audience: date night
Plot: road trip, self discovery, wish come true, on the road, choice, self fulfillment, dream girl, hitchhiker, changing the past or future, imaginary, surrealism, hopes ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, future
Place: new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
 7.4
 106K
I Origins (2014)
Genre: Drama, 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, atmospheric, mind bending, psychological ...
Plot: reincarnation, metaphysics, inventions and discoveries, elevator, track down, death, memory, science, loneliness, cause and meaning, atheism, halloween party ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, year 2012, year 1998, year 2009 ...
Place: india, usa, asia, new york, delhi
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.2
 195K
Cube (1997)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: Canada
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Seven strangers are taken out of their daily lives and placed mysteriously in a deadly cube where they all agree they must find their way out.
Style: psychological, futuristic, suspenseful, surreal, mind bending ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: isolation, maze, survival, trap, captivity, escape, death, trapped, danger, mathematics, parallel world, insanity ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.8
 270K
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, sentimental, feel good, humorous, sincere ...
Audience: chick flick, girls' night, date night
Plot: time travel, time loop, changing the past or future, true love, sent to the past, couple relations, family secret, life philosophy, lovers, romance, encounter, life changing experience ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s, 2010s, future
Place: london, england, cornwall
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
 6.2
 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 machine, time travel, crimes, serial killer, witnessing a crime, race against time, chases and races, nothing goes right, deadly, murder, destiny ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, future
Place: texas, usa, arizona
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%