Movies like Donnie Darko

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Donnie Darko (2001)
 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, mind bending, atmospheric, captivating, interesting, surreal, clever, offbeat, serious, stylized ...
Audience: teens, date night
Plot: insanity, social misfits, time travel, supernatural ability, time loop, hallucinations, supernatural, teenage life, imaginary, society, morality, high school life, dreams, death, vandalism, youth, imaginary friend, schizophrenia, teenage love, first love, teacher, prophecy, debate, psychiatrist, destruction ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, future
Place: virginia, usa, united states

Most similar movies to Donnie Darko

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out psychological, serious, interesting and enigmatic films with plots about storytelling, twists & turns, existentialism, death, mentor, imagination and surrealism mostly in Drama, Thriller and Sci-Fi genres. Some movies like Donnie Darko: The Butterfly Effect (2004), The Machinist (2004), Pi (1998), Mulholland Drive (2001), The Jacket (2005). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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 ...
Style: psychological, mind bending, suspenseful, philosophical, suspense ...
Plot: time travel, changing the past or future, haunted by the past, twists & turns, supernatural ability, life philosophy, psychology, diary, altering history, hypnosis, child abuse, memory ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, future
Place: usa, dungeon
⇓ similarity ⇓
80%
 7.7
 333K
The Machinist (2004)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: Spain, France, UK, USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: The Machinist is the story of Trevor Reznik, a lathe-operator who is dying of insomnia. In a machine shop, occupational hazards are bad enough under normal circumstances; yet for Trevor the risks are compounded by fatigue. Trevor has lost the ...
Style: psychological, bleak, mind bending, suspenseful, offbeat ...
Plot: insomnia, obsession, losing-it hero, mysterious character, uncover truth, torment, paranoia, life is a bitch, hit and run, confession, factory, taunting ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.4
 162K
Pi (1998)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 84 min.
Story: The debut film from Darren Aronofsky in which a mathematical genius Maximilian Cohen discovers a link in the connection between numbers and reality and thus believes he can predict the future.
Style: mind bending, psychological, atmospheric, surreal, stylized ...
Plot: mathematics, insanity, paranoia, obsession, genius, rabbi, alienation, neighbor, surveillance, delusion, prodigy, evidence ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, coney island brooklyn new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Mulholland Drive (2001)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: France, USA
Duration: 147 min.
Story: After a car wreck on the winding Mulholland Drive renders a woman amnesic, she and a perky Hollywood-hopeful search for clues and answers across Los Angeles in a twisting venture beyond dreams and reality.
Style: psychological, mind bending, twists and turns, atmospheric, surprise ending ...
Plot: strong sexual content, lesbian, mystery, cowboy, death, hollywood, obsession, frustration, alternate reality, dreams, mysterious character, dangerous attraction ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: los angeles, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Movie in collections
 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, haunted by the past, mental institution, memory loss, psychology, mentally unstable, murder, life is a bitch, experiment, destiny ...
Time: 21st century, 20th century, 90s, contemporary, 1990s ...
Place: vermont
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.9
 177K
Brazil (1985)
Genre: Drama, Sci-Fi
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 132 min.
Story: Low-level bureaucrat Sam Lowry escapes the monotony of his day-to-day life through a recurring daydream of himself as a virtuous hero saving a beautiful damsel. Investigating a case that led to the wrongful arrest and eventual death of an innocent ...
Style: dark humor, futuristic, stylized, surreal, atmospheric ...
Plot: surveillance, fighting the system, chase, mistaken identity, paranoia, freedom, party, bomb, nightmare, arrest, rescue, escape ...
Time: future, year 1984
Place: england, europe, london, brazil
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 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, mind bending, bleak, surreal ...
Plot: time travel, plague, paranoia, time loop, social misfits, post apocalyptic, changing the past or future, save the world, apocalypse, alternate reality, insanity, future dystopia ...
Time: future, 20th century, 21st century, 90s, year 1917 ...
Place: philadelphia, baltimore, usa
⇓ 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, mind bending, suspense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: time travel, time loop, changing the past or future, destiny, bomb, save the day, suspicion, terrorism, nuclear threat, imaginary, parallel universe, danger ...
Time: contemporary, future, 21st century
Place: illinois, usa, chicago illinois, afghanistan
⇓ similarity ⇓
89%
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, enigmatic, thought provoking, surreal ...
Plot: reincarnation, destiny, life philosophy, death, human nature, love and romance, tribe, karma, wisdom of life, human existence, life & death, love ...
Time: future, 19th century, 20th century, 21st century, 1930s ...
Place: hawaii, south korea, seoul
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.8
 165K
Blue Velvet (1986)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: The discovery of a severed human ear found in a field leads a young man on an investigation related to a beautiful, mysterious nightclub singer and a group of criminals who have kidnapped her child.
Style: dark, surreal, post modern, art house, enigmatic ...
Plot: strong sexual content, small town, surrealism, mystery, sexual perversion, amateur detective, perversion, investigation, neo noir, postmodernism, innocence lost, singer ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 3.6
 13K
S. Darko (2009)
Genre: Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: S. Darko follows Samantha Darko, the younger sister of Donnie, the protagonist of Donnie Darko, and her friend Corey. On their way to California, their car breaks down, forcing them to wait in a small town until it is fixed. While there, Samantha ...
Style: surreal, gothic, serious, psychological, mind bending ...
Audience: teens
Plot: time travel, small town, stranded, imaginary, best friends, existentialism, supernatural, end of the world, surrealism, adaptation, life philosophy, storytelling ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, year 1995, future
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 8.0
 666K
Black Swan (2010)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: A ballet dancer wins the lead in "Swan Lake" and is perfect for the role of the delicate White Swan - Princess Odette - but slowly loses her mind as she becomes more and more like Odile, the Black Swan.
Style: psychological, atmospheric, mind bending, twist ending, suspense ...
Plot: obsession, ballet, insanity, dancer's life, hallucinations, paranoia, losing-it hero, mental illness, rivalry, psychology, surrealism, parents and children ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s
Place: usa, new york, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
 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, decision, sacrifice, couple relations ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: virginia, usa, langley virginia
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 8.8
 1.7M
Fight Club (1999)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 139 min.
Story: A ticking-time-bomb insomniac and a slippery soap salesman channel primal male aggression into a shocking new form of therapy. Their concept catches on, with underground "fight clubs" forming in every town, until an eccentric gets in the ...
Style: surprise ending, mind bending, twists and turns, thought provoking, biting ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: split personality, social decay, losing-it hero, insomnia, nihilism, against the rules, fist fighting, dissociative identity disorder, paranoia, life philosophy, fighting the system, social misfits ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: delaware, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
 7.4
 84K
Take Shelter (2011)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 121 min.
Story: Plagued by a series of apocalyptic visions, a young husband and father questions whether to shelter his family from a coming storm, or from himself.
Style: disturbing, bleak, atmospheric, psychological, stylized ...
Plot: paranoia, mental illness, nightmare, nervous breakdown, fear, delusion, insurance, dreams, sanity, insanity, obsession, family relations ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, year 1986, year 2011
Place: ohio, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 8.5
 1.1M
The Prestige (2006)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 130 min.
Story: A mysterious story of two magicians whose intense rivalry leads them on a life-long battle for supremacy -- full of obsession, deceit and jealousy with dangerous and deadly consequences.
Style: surprise ending, twists and turns, psychological, tense, captivating ...
Plot: rivalry, obsession, uninhibited rivalry, secret, illusion, magical, deception, magic, diary, stage magic, teleportation, mystery ...
Time: 19th century, victorian, 20th century, 1890s, victorian era ...
Place: london, europe, england, colorado
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 8.1
 89K
Persona (1966)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: Sweden
Duration: 85 min.
Story: A young nurse, Alma, is put in charge of Elisabeth Vogler: an actress who is seemingly healthy in all respects, but will not talk. As they spend time together, Alma speaks to Elisabeth constantly, never receiving any answer. Alma eventually ...
Style: atmospheric, sexual, psychological, talky, surreal ...
Plot: confession, nurse, silence, postmodernism, actress, betrayal, violence, dream, psychiatry, patient, dreams, letter ...
Time: 60s, 20th century
Place: sweden
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Being John Malkovich (1999)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Fantasy
Country: USA
Duration: 113 min.
Story: Spike Jonze’s debut feature film is a love story mix of comedy and fantasy. The story is about an unsuccessful puppeteer named Craig, who one day at work finds a portal into the head of actor John Malkovich. The portal soon becomes a passion for ...
Style: offbeat, surreal, psychological, talky, atmospheric ...
Audience: date night
Plot: mind control, actor, puppeteer, sexual identity, psychology, obsession, subconscious, love triangle, pet, manipulation, lesbian, immortality ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: usa, new york, manhattan new york city, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Movie in collections
 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, surprise ending, touching, serious ...
Plot: mysterious character, patient, psychiatrist, benign alien, research, odd, alien, insanity, mental institution, hypnosis, planet, delusion ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 1990s, future
Place: usa, new york, new mexico, greenland, albuquerque new mexico ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
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, sent to the past, suicide, couple relations, supernatural ability, imaginary, supernatural, haunted by the past, hopes, couples ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, future
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
 5.5
 9K
Carrie (2002)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 132 min.
Story: Carrie White is a lonely and painfully shy teenage girl with telekinetic powers who is slowly pushed to the edge of insanity by frequent bullying from both classmates at her school, and her own religious, but abusive, mother.
Style: suspenseful, scary, bleak, rough, atmospheric ...
Audience: teens
Plot: gory, psychic power, supernatural ability, social misfits, teenage life, parents and children, youth, supernatural, high school, life is a bitch, vengeance, mother daughter relationship ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
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, teenager, youth, life turned upside down, top secret, teenage love ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, year 2004, 2010s, 2000s ...
Place: usa, woodstock, atlanta georgia
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
 5.9
 1K
Final (2001)
Genre: Sci-Fi, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: Waking up in a nearly empty room, Bill has strange recollections of his father's death and a car crash, and occasional paranoid delusions. Ann, a psychologist, tries to help him make sense of it all.
Style: witty, atmospheric, serious, mind bending, psychological
Plot: mental institution, sent to the future, future dystopia, life is a bitch, doctors and patients, imaginary, mystery, time travel, power relations, society, amnesia, cryogenics ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
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: mind bending, psychological, futuristic, surreal, offbeat ...
Audience: date night
Plot: depression, destiny, utopia, life changing experience, death, surrealism, teenage love, alternate reality, childhood, parallel world, philosophy, romance ...
Time: future, 21st century, 20th century, year 1975
⇓ similarity ⇓
14%
 4.7
 531
The Wait (2013)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: An enigmatic phone call from a psychic catapults a family into a state of suspended belief while waiting for their recently deceased mother to be resurrected.
Style: serious, psychological, suspenseful, surreal, tense
Plot: siblings relations, supernatural, family in crisis, death of mother, resurrection, faith, waiting, love, family problems, family relations, drugs/alcohol, dealing with death ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
 7.8
 60K
Open Your Eyes (1997)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: Spain, France, Italy
Duration: 117 min.
Story: A very handsome man finds the love of his life, but he suffers an accident and needs to have his face rebuilt by surgery after it is severely disfigured.
Style: psychological, atmospheric, suspenseful, captivating, enigmatic ...
Plot: psychiatrist, love triangle, paranoia, disfigurement, nightmare, doctor, jealousy, memory loss, dreams, mystery, love and romance, accident ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: spain, madrid, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
 7.7
 35K
The Tenant (1976)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: France, USA
Duration: 126 min.
Story: A quiet and inconspicuous man (Trelkovsky) rents an apartment in France where the previous tenant committed suicide, and begins to suspect his landlord and neighbors are trying to subtly change him into the last tenant so that he too will kill ...
Style: atmospheric, psychological, surreal, disturbing, suspenseful ...
Plot: obsession, suicide, ghost, mental illness, supernatural, mystery, identity, crimes, haunted by the past, losing-it hero, nervous breakdown, suicide attempt ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: europe, france, paris france
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
 4.3
 237
Corn (2004)
Genre: Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: A young woman returns home to bear an illegitimate child, and witnesses an environmental accident involving a genetically modified crop of corn. Doubted by the community she has returned to, she questions her own sanity as she tries to discover what ...
Style: serious, bleak, psychological, tense, suspenseful
Plot: pregnancy, family relations, society, countryside, obsession, fighting the system, parents and children, life is a bitch, babies and infants, single parent, youth, destiny ...
Time: contemporary
Place: pennsylvania, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
Crime + Punishment in Suburbia (2000)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: This is a contemporary fable loosely based on Fyodor Dostoyevsky's "Crime and Punishment". Roseanne is outwardly a perfect and popular teen. However, her image is hiding the abuse at her stepfather's hands, and she decides to ...
Style: disturbing, psychological, serious, clever, gloomy ...
Audience: teens
Plot: murder, high school, dysfunctional family, americana, guilt, rape, trial, crime and punishment, obsession, teenage life, youth, parents and children ...
Time: 90s
Place: california, los angeles, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
 6.9
 91K
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: surreal, talky, clever, psychological, twists and turns ...
Plot: time travel, changing the past or future, inventions and discoveries, time machine, parallel universe, crumbling relationship, friends, couple relations, experiment gone awry, dishonesty, experiment, scientist ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, future
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
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