Movies like Donnie Darko

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Donnie Darko (2001)
 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, cerebral, suspense, twist ending, philosophical, twists and turns ...
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, youth, prophecy, society, suburbs, teenage life, a vision, supernatural, metaphysics, teenage love, dreams, first love, vandalism, power relations ...
Time: 80s, future, 20th century, year 1988
Place: virginia, usa, united states

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Most similar movies to Donnie Darko

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out mind bending, cerebral, thought provoking and psychological films with plots about storytelling, existentialism, psychology, imagination, insanity, surrealism and death mostly in Drama, Thriller and Mystery genres. Some movies like Donnie Darko: The Butterfly Effect (2004), The Jacket (2005), Primer (2004), Coherence (2013), Twelve Monkeys (1995). 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, philosophical, suspense, dramatic ...
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 ...
Time: future, contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
88%
 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 ⇓
91%
 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 ⇓
88%
 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 ⇓
81%
Movie in collections
 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 ⇓
80%
 6.9
 191K
Enemy (2013)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Canada, Spain, France
Duration: 91 min.
Story: A mild-mannered college professor discovers a look-alike actor and delves into the other man's private affairs.
Style: surreal, twist ending, psychological, mind bending, atmospheric ...
Plot: doppelganger, symbolism, infidelity, paranoia, spider, actor, mental illness, obsession, mystery, nightmare, nudity (full frontal - brief), lookalikes ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: toronto ontario canada, canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
89%
 7.7
 386K
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, mind bending, twist ending, surreal, surprise ending ...
Plot: insomnia, obsession, mysterious character, insanity, losing-it hero, hallucination, uncover truth, paranoia, life is a bitch, character study, mental illness, loneliness ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
80%
 8.5
 1.3M
The Prestige (2006)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: UK, USA
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: twists and turns, surprise ending, twist ending, psychological, clever ...
Plot: obsession, rivalry, magic, uninhibited rivalry, illusion, secrets, deception, magic trick, magical, illusionist, secret, mystery ...
Time: victorian era, 19th century, 20th century, 1890s
Place: london, colorado, europe, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
83%
Movie in collections
 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 ⇓
76%
 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 ⇓
100%
 8.8
 2.1M
Fight Club (1999)
Genre: Drama
Country: Germany, USA
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, psychological, twists and turns, twist ending, thought provoking ...
Audience: boys' night, girls' night
Plot: self destructing, fighting the system, split personality, psychology, losing-it hero, against the rules, nihilism, social decay, insomnia, life philosophy, dissociative identity disorder, obsession ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: delaware, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
65%
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, surreal, twists and turns, neo noir, mind bending ...
Plot: lesbian, surrealism, amnesia, mystery, hollywood, hallucination, alternate reality, lesbian sex, obsession, lesbianism, lesbian love, filmmaking ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, future, 2000s
Place: los angeles, california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
69%
 6.7
 79K
Stay (2005)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Psychiatrist Sam Foster has a new patient, Henry Letham, who claims to be suicidal. In trying to diagnose him, Sam visits Henry's prior therapist and also finds Henry's mother -- even though Henry has said that he murdered both of his ...
Style: surreal, psychological, twists and turns, confusing, surprise ending ...
Plot: suicide, suicide attempt, psychiatrist, mentally unstable, obsession, unfulfillment, doctors and patients, surrealism, mental illness, mental institution, mystery, suicidal ...
Time: future, 21st century, contemporary
Place: new york, usa, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
78%
 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 ⇓
75%
 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 ⇓
80%
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: surreal, psychological, mind bending, cerebral, twists and turns ...
Audience: chick flick, date night
Plot: subconscious, puppeteer, body swapping, psychology, lesbian, surrealism, portal, mind control, manipulation, actor, obsession, puppet ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: new jersey, new york, manhattan new york city, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.3
 178K
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: surreal, mind bending, psychological, cerebral, atmospheric ...
Plot: mathematics, paranoia, insanity, obsession, genius, conspiracy, cyberpunk, mathematician, rabbi, surveillance, philosophy, mental illness ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: new york, usa, brooklyn new york city, manhattan new york city, coney island brooklyn new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
64%
 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 ⇓
58%
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 7.7
 197K
Blue Velvet (1986)
Genre: Crime, 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: neo noir, surreal, dark, disturbing, art house ...
Plot: surrealism, small town, mystery, voyeurism, sexual perversion, sex, rape, serial killer, postmodernism, sexual obsession, eccentricity, sexual humiliation ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
⇓ similarity ⇓
86%
 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 ⇓
71%
 7.3
 100K
Take Shelter (2011)
Genre: Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 120 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: psychological, atmospheric, ambiguous ending, bleak, disturbing ...
Plot: mental illness, paranoia, schizophrenia, obsession, nightmare, nervous breakdown, insanity, dreams, apocalypse, delusion, fear, storm ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, year 2011, year 1986
Place: ohio, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
 8.0
 755K
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, twist ending, sexy, surreal, cerebral ...
Plot: ballet, mental illness, obsession, character study, hallucination, surrealism, psychology, insanity, paranoia, dancing, ballerina, dancer's life ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
 7.6
 141K
Lost Highway (1997)
Genre: Mystery, Thriller
Country: France, USA
Duration: 134 min.
Story: A tormented jazz musician finds himself lost in an enigmatic story involving murder, surveillance, gangsters, doppelgangers, and an impossible transformation inside a prison cell.
Style: surreal, mind bending, neo noir, atmospheric, confusing ...
Plot: insanity, surrealism, mystery, murder, hallucination, doppelganger, time loop, prison, transformation, sexuality, graphic violence, obsession ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: los angeles, plymouth
⇓ similarity ⇓
75%
Movie in collections
 7.9
 200K
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: surreal, disturbing, psychological, cerebral, thought provoking ...
Plot: distopia, fighting the system, surveillance, cyberpunk, surrealism, christmas, dark humor, dystopic future, mistaken identity, bureaucracy, steampunk, dream ...
Time: future, year 1984
Place: england, brazil, london, britain, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
 5.6
 92K
The Box (2009)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, 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: mind bending, enigmatic, suspenseful, psychological, suspense ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: moral dilemma, conspiracy, mystery, alien, human nature, experiment, psychology, decision, life & death, supernatural, research, mysterious character ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: usa, langley virginia, virginia
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
 8.7
 363K
Dark (2017)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: Germany, USA
Duration: 60 min.
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Story: A missing child causes four families to help each other for answers. What they could not imagine is that this mystery would be connected to innumerable other secrets of the small town.
Style: mind bending, atmospheric, suspense, suspenseful, mysterious ...
Audience: teens
Plot: time travel, time machine, time loop, investigation, missing child, mysterious past, small town, disappearance, cave, alternate dimension, time portal, changing the future ...
Time: year 1986, 50s, year 2019, year 1953, 80s ...
Place: germany, chernobyl
⇓ similarity ⇓
70%
 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 ⇓
71%
Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me (1992)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: France, USA
Duration: 134 min.
Story: In the questionable town of Deer Meadow, Washington, FBI Agent Desmond inexplicably disappears while hunting for the man who murdered a teen girl. The killer is never apprehended, and, after experiencing dark visions and supernatural encounters, ...
Style: surreal, atmospheric, mind bending, psychological, disturbing ...
Plot: incest, investigation, surrealism, serial killer, small town life, small town, sexual abuse, mental illness, murder, double life, hallucination, supernatural ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, year 1989, 80s, year 1988
Place: washington state, canada, philadelphia
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 8.4
 1.2M
Memento (2000)
Genre: Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 113 min.
Story: Suffering short-term memory loss after a head injury, Leonard Shelby embarks on a grim quest to find the lowlife who murdered his wife in this gritty, complex thriller that packs more knots than a hangman's noose. To carry out his plan, Shelby ...
Style: psychological, twist ending, surprise ending, neo noir, confusing ...
Plot: memory loss, amnesia, mystery, murder, revenge, memory, paranoia, vengeance, uncover truth, haunted by the past, psychology, life is a bitch ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 2000s
Place: los angeles, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.7
 69K
Open Your Eyes (1997)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: Spain, France, Italy
Duration: 119 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, surreal, enigmatic, atmospheric, suspenseful ...
Plot: paranoia, disfigurement, psychiatrist, nightmare, dreams, memory loss, jealousy, mystery, love triangle, car accident, suicide, doctor ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: spain, madrid, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
18%