Movies like The Butterfly Effect

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The Butterfly Effect (2004)
 7.6
 437K
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: mind bending, psychological, suspenseful, philosophical, twists and turns, scary, suspense, dramatic, tricky, emotional ...
Plot: time travel, changing the past or future, twists & turns, haunted by the past, life philosophy, psychology, supernatural ability, child abuse, diary, altering history, memory, love, hypnosis, philosophy, bully, suicide, parents and children, destiny, insanity, family relations, time loop, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, surrealism, memory loss, road not taken ...
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 visually appealing, clever, interesting and complex films with plots about storytelling, twists & turns, dialogue, mentor, catastrophe, destiny and technology 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), Vanilla Sky (2001). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
 7.1
 106K
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, atmospheric, bleak ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: time travel, supernatural ability, haunted by the past, memory loss, psychology, mental institution, supernatural, murder, mentally unstable, time loop, life is a bitch, experiment ...
Time: 21st century, 20th century, 90s, contemporary, 2000s ...
Place: vermont
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.4
 518K
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, serious, exciting, thought provoking ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: time travel, time loop, changing the past or future, destiny, on the run, organized crime, hitman, sent to the past, mafia, violence, self sacrifice, imaginary ...
Time: future, 21st century, 2040s
Place: usa, kansas, shanghai china
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.5
 468K
Source Code (2011)
Genre: Action, Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA, Canada, France
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, captivating, suspenseful, mind bending, clever ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: time travel, time loop, changing the past or future, destiny, bomb, save the day, imaginary, suspicion, terrorism, parallel universe, nuclear threat, danger ...
Time: contemporary, future, 21st century
Place: illinois, usa, afghanistan, chicago illinois
⇓ similarity ⇓
88%
 8.0
 718K
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: psychological, mind bending, atmospheric, captivating, surreal ...
Audience: teens, date night
Plot: insanity, social misfits, time travel, supernatural ability, time loop, hallucinations, teenage life, supernatural, imaginary, imaginary friend, society, morality ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, year 1988, future
Place: virginia, usa, united states
⇓ similarity ⇓
85%
Movie in collections
 6.9
 241K
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, love, surrealism, virtual reality, nightmare, jealousy, tragic love, disfigured face, obsession, mystery, hallucination ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 22nd century, future
Place: usa, new york, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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: mind bending, serious, twists and turns, suspenseful, scary ...
Audience: teens
Plot: time travel, changing the past or future, murder, serial killer, investigation, fire, bathtub, diary, bear trap, recession, psychopath, strong sexual content ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 1990s, 2000s, future
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.5
 39K
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, cerebral, enigmatic ...
Plot: time travel, time machine, time paradox, plot twist, parallel universe, paranoia, gambling, death threat, camera, twists & turns, greed, blackmail ...
Time: future
⇓ similarity ⇓
83%
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, time, high school, friendship, time paradox, teenager, youth, life turned upside down, time loop ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, year 2004, 2010s, 2000s ...
Place: usa, atlanta georgia, woodstock
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Movie in collections
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, sent to the past, suicide, supernatural ability, supernatural, haunted by the past, profanity, couple relations, couples, hopes ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, future
⇓ similarity ⇓
75%
 7.8
 207K
Mr. Nobody (2009)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Romance, Sci-Fi
Country: Belgium, Germany, Canada, France, UK, Luxembourg
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, philosophical ...
Audience: date night
Plot: destiny, depression, utopia, life changing experience, alternate reality, philosophy, surrealism, romance, imaginary, teenage love, postmodernism, parallel world ...
Time: future, 20th century, 21st century, year 1975
⇓ similarity ⇓
75%
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, psychological, mind bending, surreal, captivating ...
Audience: date night
Plot: surrealism, introspection, existentialism, love, deja vu, love and romance, couple relations, love story, power of love, brainwashing, couples, memory loss ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
89%
 8.0
 559K
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, atmospheric, mind bending, bleak ...
Plot: time travel, plague, save the world, insanity, paranoia, alternate reality, post apocalyptic, social misfits, time loop, changing the past or future, apocalypse, future dystopia ...
Time: future, 21st century, 20th century, 90s, year 1990 ...
Place: philadelphia, baltimore, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
86%
 7.5
 238K
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, surprise ending, clever, twists and turns, tense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: time travel, time machine, time paradox, changing the past or future, time loop, destiny, sent to the past, mysterious character, mission, terrorism, special agents, bar ...
Time: 20th century, year 1975, year 1945, 1990s, 1960s ...
Place: usa, cleveland ohio
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
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, changing the past or future, fall in love, forbidden love, manipulations, fictional reality, foreknowledge, alternate reality, true love, power of love, politician, mind control ...
Time: future, 21st century, contemporary
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
75%
 6.2
 144K
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, supernatural ability, danger, save the day, chase, car chase, terrorism, couple relations, a vision ...
Time: future, 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: las vegas, los angeles, usa, arizona
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.4
 335K
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: life philosophy, destiny, reincarnation, human nature, death, love and romance, tribe, karma, dystopic future, human existence, wisdom of life, life & death ...
Time: future, 19th century, 20th century, 21st century, 1930s ...
Place: seoul, hawaii, south korea, san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.2
 55K
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, time loop, disorder, stalking, threat, mysterious character, chases and races, surrealism, scientist, ordinary person, plot twist ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, future
Place: spain, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.4
 110K
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, emotional ...
Plot: reincarnation, metaphysics, buddhism, atheism, inventions and discoveries, elevator, cause and meaning, track down, death, memory, science, loneliness ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, year 2012, year 1998, year 2009 ...
Place: india, usa, new york, asia, delhi
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Movie in collections
 7.4
 171K
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, surprise ending, touching, serious ...
Plot: benign alien, mysterious character, patient, psychiatrist, research, odd, alien, insanity, mental institution, hypnosis, planet, delusion ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, future, 1990s
Place: usa, new york, greenland, manhattan new york city, grand central station manhattan new york city ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 8.1
 1.1M
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, twist ending, twists and turns, tense ...
Plot: mystery, mental institution, insanity, paranoia, investigation, plot twist, mental illness, uncover truth, losing-it hero, psychology, island, psychiatrist ...
Time: 1950s, 20th century, 50s, year 1945, 1940s ...
Place: boston
⇓ similarity ⇓
80%
 7.2
 98K
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, tense, psychological, suspenseful, serious ...
Plot: parallel world, disorder, alternate reality, power outage, confinement indoors, imaginary, mystery, friends, couple relations, asteroids and comets, chaos and mayhem, danger ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.4
 32K
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, twist ending, psychological, suspense, tense ...
Plot: time loop, time travel, post apocalyptic, parallel universe, memory, tied to a chair, post apocalypse, devastation, technology, survival, existentialism, twists & turns ...
Time: future
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.6
 77K
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, medical school, supernatural, hallucinations, deadly, supernatural ability, obsession, disorder ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, 1990s, future
Place: chicago illinois
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Movie in collections
 7.7
 29K
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: road movie, surreal, witty, enigmatic, offbeat ...
Audience: date night
Plot: road trip, self discovery, wish come true, choice, dream girl, self fulfillment, alternate reality, on the road, imaginary, changing the past or future, hopes, life philosophy ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, future
Place: new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
 5.6
 59K
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, serious, exciting, captivating, twists and turns ...
Plot: time travel, knight, changing the past or future, time machine, danger, fish out of water, adventure, teleportation, father son relationship, heroic mission, race against time, political unrest ...
Time: contemporary, middle ages, 21st century, 20th century, future
Place: france, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 8.8
 1.9M
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, suspenseful ...
Plot: parallel world, haunted by the past, mind control, manipulations, virtual reality, teamwork, redemption, imagination, philosophy, subconscious, alternate reality, hi-tech ...
Time: 2010s, near future
Place: sydney australia, paris france, japan, kenya, africa ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.2
 58K
The Dead Zone (1983)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
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, dark hero, destiny, 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%
 8.1
 878K
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, twist ending, atmospheric, suspenseful ...
Plot: supernatural, mystery, ghost, psychology, afterlife, supernatural ability, psychic power, psychic, death, psychiatrist, psychologist, life & death ...
Time: 90s, 1990s, 20th century
Place: philadelphia, usa, pennsylvania
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.3
 98K
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, sentimental, suspenseful ...
Plot: time travel, changing the past or future, radio, investigation, sent to the past, rescue, murder, hopes, haunted by the past, serial killer, baseball, firefighter ...
Time: future, 21st century, 1990s, 1960s, 2000s
Place: usa, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
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, thought provoking, ambiguous ending, enigmatic ...
Plot: cult leader, journalist, uncover truth, working undercover, religions or cults, manipulations, cult, exploit, filmmaking, society, haunted by the past, manipulation ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, future
Place: usa, california, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%