Movies like Primer

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Primer (2004)
 6.9
 94K
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 seemingly anything they want. Taking advantage of this unique opportunity is the first challenge they face. Dealing with the consequences is the next.
Style: twists and turns, surreal, tricky, thought provoking, talky, clever, psychological, mind bending, serious, suspenseful ...
Plot: time travel, changing the past or future, inventor, time machine, experiment gone awry, parallel universe, inventions and discoveries, friends, couple relations, crumbling relationship, dishonesty, scientist, partners, experiment, technology gone awry, doubts and hesitations, invention, party, guilt, mistrust, paradox, garage, identity crisis, mathematics, crimes ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, future

Most similar movies to Primer

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out twists and turns, thought provoking, complex and suspense films with plots about twists & turns, storytelling, time travel, catastrophe, first contact, mentor and alternate reality mostly in Sci-Fi, Thriller and Drama genres. Some movies like Primer: Coherence (2013), Project Almanac (2015), Upstream Color (2013), Source Code (2011), Time Lapse (2014). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
 7.2
 100K
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, imaginary, asteroids and comets, confinement indoors, mystery, friends, danger, chaos, chaos and mayhem ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, los angeles
⇓ 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, time paradox, teenage life, time, high school, friendship, teenager, time loop, youth, life turned upside down ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s, 2010s, year 2014 ...
Place: usa, atlanta georgia, woodstock
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.7
 30K
Upstream Color (2013)
Genre: Drama, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: A man and woman are drawn together, entangled in the lifecycle of an ageless organism. Identity becomes an illusion as they struggle to assemble the loose fragments of wrecked lives.
Style: psychological, tense, atmospheric, surreal, touching ...
Plot: hypnosis, romance, love affair, parasite, drugged, mystery, mind control, mind game, tragic love, memory loss, dishonesty, brainwashing ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.5
 472K
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, mind bending, suspenseful, captivating, cerebral ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: time travel, time loop, changing the past or future, destiny, bomb, save the day, imaginary, suspicion, terrorism, danger, alternate reality, parallel universe ...
Time: contemporary, future, 21st century
Place: illinois, usa, chicago illinois, afghanistan
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.5
 40K
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: suspenseful, twist ending, twists and turns, suspense, cerebral ...
Plot: time travel, time machine, time paradox, parallel universe, plot twist, paranoia, gambling, death threat, camera, twists & turns, photograph, greed ...
Time: future
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 8.0
 722K
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, surreal, captivating ...
Audience: teens, date night
Plot: insanity, time travel, social misfits, supernatural ability, hallucination, society, suburbs, hallucinations, teenage life, supernatural, time loop, imaginary ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 1988, future
Place: usa, virginia, united states
⇓ 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: twist ending, suspenseful, exciting, twists and turns, suspense ...
Plot: time travel, time machine, time loop, disorder, mysterious character, threat, stalking, chases and races, plot twist, surrealism, scientist, ordinary person ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, future
Place: europe, spain
⇓ similarity ⇓
80%
 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, parallel universe, post apocalyptic, memory, post apocalypse, tied to a chair, devastation, technology, survival, existentialism, twists & turns ...
Time: future
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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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: suspenseful, serious, mind bending, awful, bad ending ...
Audience: teens, girls' night
Plot: time travel, destiny, changing the past or future, sent to the past, suicide, imaginary, couple relations, couples, supernatural, haunted by the past, profanity, supernatural ability ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, future
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.1
 107K
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, bleak, atmospheric ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: time travel, mental institution, psychology, supernatural ability, memory loss, supernatural, murder, haunted by the past, mentally unstable, time loop, life is a bitch, experiment ...
Time: 21st century, 90s, 20th century, contemporary, 2000s ...
Place: vermont
⇓ 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, serious, suspenseful, emotional, sentimental ...
Plot: time travel, changing the past or future, radio, investigation, sent to the past, rescue, murder, family relations, hopes, haunted by the past, serial killer, baseball ...
Time: future, 21st century, 60s, 2000s, 90s ...
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 8.0
 562K
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, mind bending, atmospheric, bleak ...
Plot: time travel, plague, save the world, alternate reality, paranoia, insanity, post apocalyptic, time loop, social misfits, changing the past or future, post apocalypse, future dystopia ...
Time: future, 21st century, 20th century, 90s, year 1917 ...
Place: philadelphia, baltimore, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
 7.0
 286K
Deja Vu (2006)
Genre: Action, Crime, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 126 min.
Story: Called in to recover evidence in the aftermath of a horrific explosion on a New Orleans ferry, Federal agent Doug Carlin gets pulled away from the scene and taken to a top-secret government lab that uses a time-shifting surveillance device to help ...
Style: twists and turns, suspenseful, exciting, suspense, tricky ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: time travel, time loop, changing the past or future, investigation, terrorism, deja vu, police investigation, danger, special agents, foreknowledge, twists & turns, shooting ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s, future
Place: usa, louisiana, new orleans
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Time After Time (1979)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: The Wildest Chase Of The Century! London 1893 is home to a killer with a macabre nickname... and also to a visionary genius who would write The Time Machine. But what if H.G. Wells' invention wasn't fiction? And what if Jack the Ripper ...
Style: suspenseful, serious, atmospheric, psychotronic, cult film ...
Plot: time machine, time travel, jack the ripper, museum, serial killer, culture clash, fish out of water, romance, adventure, changing the past or future, love and romance, crimes ...
Time: 70s, 19th century, 20th century, victorian, victorian england ...
Place: san francisco, london, california, europe, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.7
 454K
Ex Machina (2014)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Caleb, a 26 year old coder at the world's largest internet company, wins a competition to spend a week at a private mountain retreat belonging to Nathan, the reclusive CEO of the company. But when Caleb arrives at the remote location he finds ...
Style: mind bending, futuristic, twist ending, tense, twists and turns ...
Plot: artificial intelligence, existentialism, manipulation, a.i., isolation, technology, robot, human android relationship, cyborgs, androids, man versus machine, psychology ...
Time: future, near future, 21st century, contemporary, 2010s
Place: england
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
 7.4
 521K
Looper (2012)
Genre: Action, Adventure, 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, thought provoking, serious, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: time travel, time loop, changing the past or future, hitman, destiny, on the run, organized crime, sent to the past, mafia, violence, self sacrifice, imaginary ...
Time: future, 21st century, 2040s
Place: usa, shanghai, kansas, shanghai china
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
The Sticky Fingers of Time (1997)
Genre: Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 81 min.
Story: A 1950s author (Terumi Matthews) is transported to 1990s Brooklyn, where she meets a woman (Nicole Zaray) who reads about her life.
Style: stylized, sexy, non-linear, experimental, contemplative ...
Plot: time travel, haunted by the past, journalism, radiation, gays and lesbians, writer's life, imaginary, bisexuality, female director, changing the past or future, lesbian interest, jealousy ...
Time: future, 90s, 50s
Place: nevada, usa, san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.2
 6K
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, serious, disturbing, psychological ...
Plot: changing the past or future, time travel, time machine, crimes, serial killer, witnessing a crime, race against time, deadly, nothing goes right, chases and races, murder, time loop ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, future
Place: texas, usa, arizona
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
Frequently Asked Questions About Time Travel (2009)
Genre: Comedy, Sci-Fi
Country: UK
Duration: 83 min.
Story: Three men walk into a bar; two geeks and a cynic. They are three ordinary blokes who all have dreams and hopes for an exciting and better future
Style: humorous, futuristic, exciting, not serious, tricky ...
Audience: teens
Plot: time travel, time machine, alternate reality, sent to the future, friendship, disorder, parallel universe, loser, time loop, pub, underdog, adventure ...
Time: future, 21st century, contemporary
Place: england, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.5
 11K
Extraction (2012)
Genre: Drama, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 85 min.
Story: Thomas Jacobs invents a way to watch people's memories from the inside. Going against his morals, he accepts an offer to enter a heroin addict's memories to literally see if he committed a crime. However,a malfunction causes his ...
Style: psychological, suspenseful, mind bending, melancholic, thought provoking ...
Plot: time loop, memory, murder, danger, disorder, experiment gone awry, supernatural, inventions and discoveries, alternate reality, repeated event, scientist, mind control ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
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, thought provoking, tense, ambiguous ending, enigmatic ...
Plot: manipulation, cult leader, journalist, uncover truth, working undercover, religions or cults, manipulations, cult, exploit, haunted by the past, society, filmmaking ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, future
Place: usa, los angeles, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
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, serious, suspenseful, scary ...
Audience: teens
Plot: time travel, changing the past or future, murder, serial killer, investigation, bathtub, bear trap, diary, fire, recession, nudity (full frontal - brief), supernatural ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s, 1990s, 90s ...
Place: detroit
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
 5.5
 10K
Synchronicity (2015)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Romance, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: In this mind-bending 'Sci-Fi Noir' a daring physicist folds time to travel into the past, trying to stop a mysterious woman from stealing his invention. But once there, he uncovers a surprising truth about the machine, the woman, and his ...
Style: futuristic, twists and turns, surprise ending, tricky, twist ending ...
Plot: time travel, parallel universe, time loop, time machine, scientist, investor, alternate reality, repeated scene, science, travel, twists & turns, life & death ...
Time: future
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
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 5.8
 6K
Millennium (1989)
Genre: Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 108 min.
Story: An investigator seeking the cause of an airline disaster discovers the involvement of an organisation of time travellers from a future Earth irreparably polluted who seek to rejuvenate the human race from those about to die in the past. Based on a ...
Style: suspenseful, bleak, atmospheric, serious, offbeat ...
Plot: airplane, time travel, air disaster, catastrophe, time warp, investigation, collision, sole survivor, paradox, airport, investigator, scientist ...
Time: future, year 1963
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
 6.2
 1K
Rewind (2013)
Genre: Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 76 min.
Story: Revolves around a team of military field operatives and civilian scientists who must use untested technology to travel back in time to alter past events in order to change the future and avoid a devastating terrorist attack. Feature length pilot for ...
Style: captivating, twists and turns, intense, tense, suspense ...
Plot: time travel, terrorism, danger, changing the past or future, heroic mission, time machine, foreknowledge, special agents, crimes, investigation, surveillance, attack ...
Time: 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
 5.9
 71K
Premonition (2007)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: A depressed housewife who learns her husband was killed in a car accident the day previously, awakens the next morning to find him alive and well at home, and then awakens the day after to a world in which he is still dead.
Style: psychological, mind bending, surprise ending, suspenseful, serious ...
Plot: destiny, time loop, alternate reality, time travel, dealing with death, psychic, starting over, foreknowledge, death, loss of spouse, couples, housewife ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, future
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
 5.9
 54K
Timecop (1994)
Genre: Action, Crime, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: Canada, USA, Japan
Duration: 99 min.
Story: An officer for a security agency that regulates time travel, must fend for his life against a shady politician who has a tie to his past.
Style: futuristic, exciting, stylized, suspenseful, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: time travel, changing the past or future, time machine, martial arts, dishonesty, deadly, crimes, heroic mission, danger, politics, imaginary, violence ...
Time: future, 20th century, 90s, 1860s, 19th century ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
Back to the Future Part II (1989)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Marty and Doc are at it again in this wacky sequel to the 1985 blockbuster as the time-traveling duo head to 2015 to nip some McFly family woes in the bud. But things go awry thanks to bully Biff Tannen and a pesky sports almanac. In a last-ditch ...
Style: futuristic, clever, humorous, exciting, not serious ...
Audience: teens, date night, family outing, teen comedy, kids
Plot: time travel, time machine, changing the past or future, alternate reality, misfit partners, inventor, sent to the past, inventions and discoveries, lightning, fish out of water, mad scientist, teenager ...
Time: future, 50s, 20th century, 1950s, 80s ...
Place: california
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
 4.3
 994
Time Runners (2013)
Genre: Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Time is unraveling, paradoxes are everywhere, and strangers with terrifying technologies are on the hunt. A thrilling, original, ultra indie full-length sci-fi movie that is the story of Sally Biggs, an FBI agent who has the power to rewind time. ...
Style: futuristic, exciting, tense, serious, mind bending ...
Plot: precognition, good versus evil, time travel, race against time, changing the past or future, mystery, superhuman powers, danger, woman in danger, imaginary, law enforcement, rivalry ...
Time: future, year 2003
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
 6.2
 31K
The Final Cut (2004)
Genre: Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA, Canada, Germany
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Set in a world with memory implants, Robin Williams plays a cutter, someone with the power of final edit over people's recorded histories. His latest assignment is one that puts him in danger.
Style: psychological, thought provoking, twists and turns, intellectual, tense ...
Plot: surveillance, technology, memory, death, microchip, childbirth, haunted by the past, chase, child abuse, distopia, twists & turns, social satire ...
Time: future, near future
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
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