Movies like The Butterfly Effect

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The Butterfly Effect (2004)
 7.6
 484K
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, suspense, dramatic, twists and turns, scary, confusing, non-linear, twist ending ...
Audience: teens, girls' night
Plot: time travel, time loop, changing the past or future, life philosophy, butterfly effect, memory, child abuse, supernatural ability, alternate reality, memory loss, love, psychology, destiny, alternate universe, haunted by the past, supernatural, bully, time traveler, diary, philosophy, insanity, suicide, hypnosis, mind control, family relations ...
Time: future, contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa

Most similar movies to The Butterfly Effect

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out twists and turns, mind bending, complex and interesting films with plots about storytelling, dialogue, time travel, mentor, first contact, catastrophe 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
 113K
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, mind bending, tricky ...
Audience: girls' night, boys' night
Plot: time travel, mental institution, time loop, psychology, supernatural, memory loss, destiny, supernatural ability, murder, existentialism, disorder, life is a bitch ...
Time: 21st century, 2000s, future, 90s, 20th century ...
Place: vermont
⇓ similarity ⇓
92%
 7.5
 516K
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, suspense, captivating, clever ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: time travel, time loop, train, changing the past or future, destiny, save the day, alternate reality, bomb, parallel universe, memory, race against time, courage ...
Time: future, contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, illinois, chicago illinois, afghanistan
⇓ similarity ⇓
89%
 8.0
 789K
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, surreal, atmospheric, captivating ...
Audience: teens, date night, teen drama
Plot: time travel, mental illness, parallel universe, insanity, hallucination, imaginary friend, social misfits, surrealism, supernatural ability, time loop, schizophrenia, psychology ...
Time: 80s, future, 20th century, year 1988
Place: virginia, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
88%
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: suspense, exciting, futuristic, absurd, unusual plot structure ...
Audience: teens
Plot: time travel, time loop, time machine, teenager, time, time paradox, changing the past or future, teleportation, alternate timeline, butterfly effect, teenage life, inventions and discoveries ...
Time: 21st century, 2010s, year 2014, future, contemporary ...
Place: usa, woodstock, atlanta georgia
⇓ similarity ⇓
93%
Movie in collections
 7.4
 280K
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, suspenseful, confusing ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: time travel, time loop, time paradox, time machine, changing the past or future, mission, parallel universe, sent to the past, mysterious character, destiny, terrorism, special agents ...
Time: year 1975, future, 1940s, year 1981, year 1992 ...
Place: usa, cleveland ohio, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
87%
 7.8
 232K
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: thought provoking, psychological, surreal, philosophical, mind bending ...
Audience: teens, date night
Plot: alternate reality, destiny, philosophy, time, surrealism, depression, utopia, life changing experience, immortality, parallel world, love and romance, butterfly effect ...
Time: future, year 1975, 21st century, 20th century
Place: canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
84%
 7.4
 571K
Looper (2012)
Genre: Action, Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 119 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, thought provoking, tense, confusing ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: time travel, time loop, hitman, time paradox, changing the past or future, cyberpunk, destiny, sent to the past, escape, chase, distopia, self sacrifice ...
Time: future, 21st century, 2040s
Place: shanghai, kansas, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
88%
 8.0
 613K
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, non-linear, mind bending ...
Plot: time travel, post apocalypse, apocalypse, time loop, paranoia, virus, insanity, alternate reality, psychology, plague, save the world, social misfits ...
Time: future, 90s, year 1990, year 1996, 2030s ...
Place: philadelphia, maryland, baltimore, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
84%
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, mind bending, suspense, intense, surprise ending ...
Audience: teens
Plot: time travel, changing the past or future, investigation, murder, serial killer, supernatural, sent to the past, fantasy world, violence, alternate reality, police investigation, uncover truth ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, future, 2000s, 90s
Place: usa, detroit
⇓ 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: suspense, mind bending, suspenseful, serious, erotic ...
Audience: girls' night, teens
Plot: time travel, destiny, changing the past or future, sent to the past, supernatural ability, suicide, childhood, supernatural, haunted by the past, hopes, death, death of girlfriend ...
Time: future, 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
86%
 6.5
 46K
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: psychological, suspense, intellectual, cerebral, twist ending ...
Plot: time travel, time paradox, time machine, parallel universe, paranoia, blackmail, time loop, time warp, survival, destiny, murder, gambling ...
Time: future
⇓ similarity ⇓
85%
 7.4
 108K
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, suspense, serious, suspenseful, feel good ...
Audience: kids
Plot: time travel, changing the past or future, radio, investigation, murder, rescue, altering history, father son relationship, serial killer, sent to the past, police detective, parallel universe ...
Time: future, year 1969, year 1999, 21st century, 90s ...
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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, surreal, mind bending, melancholic, romantic ...
Audience: date night, teens, girls' night
Plot: love, memory, surrealism, memory loss, amnesia, introspection, couple relations, existentialism, borderline personality disorder, loneliness, love story, love and romance ...
Time: future, contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
83%
 6.9
 264K
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, surreal, philosophical, enigmatic, twist ending ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: surrealism, disfigurement, hallucination, love, love triangle, virtual reality, obsession, disfigured face, alternate reality, psychology, lost love, tragic love ...
Time: 22nd century, future, 21st century, contemporary
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
79%
 7.1
 64K
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: suspense, twists and turns, suspenseful, twist ending, enigmatic ...
Plot: time travel, time loop, time machine, mysterious character, threat, disorder, time, surrealism, crimes, stalking, chase, ordinary person ...
Time: 21st century, future, contemporary
Place: spain, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
89%
 6.2
 34K
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: philosophical, enigmatic, intellectual, macabre, psychological ...
Plot: afterlife, suicide, life after death, alternate reality, dreams, self discovery, science, psychology, religion, mystery, depression, philosophy ...
Time: future
⇓ similarity ⇓
86%
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, twists and turns, suspense, romantic, thought provoking ...
Audience: chick flick, date night
Plot: destiny, alternate reality, changing the past or future, fall in love, forbidden love, mind control, power of love, fictional reality, true love, love story, teleportation, angel ...
Time: future, 21st century, contemporary
Place: new york, usa, brooklyn new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
83%
 6.3
 39K
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: twist ending, enigmatic, tense, suspense, futuristic ...
Audience: teens
Plot: time loop, time travel, parallel universe, post apocalypse, memory, technology, time, survival, existentialism, creativity, life & death, catastrophe ...
Time: future
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Movie in collections
 7.4
 361K
Cloud Atlas (2012)
Genre: 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, enigmatic, mind bending, surreal ...
Plot: destiny, reincarnation, life philosophy, dystopic future, distopia, multiple storylines, life & death, human nature, karma, post apocalypse, death, tribe ...
Time: future, 1930s, year 1975, year 1936, 19th century ...
Place: seoul, san francisco, belgium, south korea, hawaii
⇓ similarity ⇓
86%
 7.3
 125K
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, mind bending, enigmatic, philosophical, cerebral ...
Plot: reincarnation, eye, metaphysics, atheism, buddhism, elevator, religion, genetics, evolution, afterlife, death, worm ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, year 2012, year 2009, year 2005 ...
Place: india, usa, new york, asia, delhi
⇓ similarity ⇓
86%
 8.8
 2.3M
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, surreal, twist ending, cerebral ...
Plot: alternate reality, subconscious, virtual reality, mind control, existentialism, parallel world, teamwork, fictional reality, dream, memory, philosophy, sleeping ...
Time: future, 2010s, near future
Place: paris france, japan, los angeles, tokyo, africa ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
70%
 8.2
 1.3M
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, suspense ...
Plot: mental illness, investigation, mystery, insanity, psychiatrist, paranoia, mental institution, psychology, losing-it hero, uncover truth, disorder, isolation ...
Time: 50s, year 1954, year 1945, 1940s, 20th century ...
Place: boston
⇓ similarity ⇓
79%
 7.2
 126K
Coherence (2013)
Genre: Drama, 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, psychological, twists and turns, suspenseful, tense ...
Plot: alternate reality, parallel world, parallel universe, comet, time loop, disorder, quantum physics, dinner party, friends, paranoia, asteroids and comets, mystery ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
63%
Movie in collections
 8.2
 979K
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, twists and turns, surprise ending, twist ending, suspenseful ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: ghost, supernatural, afterlife, mystery, psychology, psychiatrist, death, life & death, supernatural ability, psychic power, psychic, boy ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: philadelphia, usa, pennsylvania
⇓ similarity ⇓
80%
 6.8
 106K
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: confusing, philosophical, surreal, psychological, mind bending ...
Plot: time travel, time loop, changing the past or future, parallel universe, inventor, time machine, changing the future, science, time traveler, mathematics, time, greed ...
Time: future, 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
 7.4
 184K
K-PAX (2001)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, 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, surprise ending, atmospheric, philosophical ...
Plot: extraterrestrial, alien, mysterious character, psychiatrist, mental institution, planet, patient, benign alien, crazy, mystery, hypnosis, science ...
Time: 21st century, future, contemporary, 90s, 80s
Place: usa, new york, greenland, albuquerque new mexico, grand central station manhattan new york city ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
86%
 6.2
 158K
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, twists and turns, exciting, stylized, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: foreknowledge, changing the past or future, time travel, destiny, psychic, supernatural ability, save the day, seeing the future, precognition, a vision, chase, time loop ...
Time: future, contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: las vegas, los angeles, usa, arizona
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
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, twist ending, suspenseful, atmospheric, surprise ending ...
Plot: devil, lawyer, supernatural, deal with the devil, law firm, ambition, satan, hotshot lawyer, temptation, ethics, god or devil, sin ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: new york, manhattan new york city, florida, southern usa, usa ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
 5.6
 63K
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, twists and turns, captivating, serious ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: time travel, knight, archaeology, time machine, medieval, changing the past or future, adventure, teleportation, alternate universe, natural disaster, fish out of water, father son relationship ...
Time: contemporary, future, middle ages, 14th century, 20th century ...
Place: france, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.5
 87K
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, suspenseful, psychological, suspense, twist ending ...
Plot: afterlife, medical student, suicide, supernatural, experiment gone awry, near death experience, obsession, resurrection, memory, manipulation, nightmare, hallucination ...
Time: 80s, future, 20th century, 90s
Place: chicago illinois
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%