Movies like Primer

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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: clever, surreal, talky, psychological, twists and turns, serious, mind bending, suspenseful, thought provoking, surprise ending ...
Plot: time travel, changing the past or future, inventions and discoveries, time machine, identity crisis, paradox, garage, mathematics, guilt, party, dishonesty, hopes, imaginary, partners, time loop, buddies, couple relations, cons and scams, experiment gone awry, technology gone awry, crimes, science, chaos, couples, disorder ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, future

Most similar movies to Primer

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, clever, suspenseful and cerebral films with plots about time travel, storytelling, twists & turns, catastrophe, dialogue, mentor and first contact mostly in Sci-Fi, Thriller and Drama genres. Some movies like Primer: Project Almanac (2015), Coherence (2013), The Butterfly Effect 2 (2006), Timecrimes (2007), Predestination (2014). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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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, surprise ending, bad ending ...
Audience: teens
Plot: time travel, changing the past or future, teenage life, time machine, high school, teenager, found footage, teenage love, friendship, inventions and discoveries, imaginary, youth ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s, year 2004, 2000s ...
Place: usa, atlanta georgia, woodstock
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.2
 82K
Coherence (2013)
Genre: 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, clever, tense, suspenseful, psychological ...
Plot: parallel world, disorder, alternate reality, paranoia, imaginary, comet, dinner party, power outage, candle, alter ego, mystery, couples ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: los angeles, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
The Butterfly Effect 2 (2006)
Genre: Horror, 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
Plot: time travel, changing the past or future, destiny, sent to the past, suicide, brain tumor, underwear, hopes, supernatural ability, couple relations, haunted by the past, imaginary ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, future
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.2
 50K
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: clever, suspenseful, serious, exciting, cerebral ...
Plot: time travel, time machine, scientist, mysterious character, stalking, chases and races, disorder, chase, ordinary person, threat, car accident, bicycle ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, future
Place: europe, spain
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Movie in collections
 7.5
 214K
Predestination (2014)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: Australia
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: mind bending, suspenseful, clever, stylized, twists and turns ...
Plot: time travel, changing the past or future, destiny, mysterious character, sent to the past, time machine, bartender, mission, terrorism, bar, gender bending, time paradox ...
Time: 20th century, year 1975, near future, year 1945, year 1985 ...
Place: usa, cleveland ohio
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
 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: clever, serious, suspenseful, thought provoking, mind bending ...
Plot: memory, time loop, murder, drugs/alcohol, experiment gone awry, technology gone awry, danger, inventions and discoveries, disorder, supernatural, repression, mind control ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.7
 27K
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: surreal, psychological, stylized, atmospheric, offbeat ...
Plot: hypnosis, love affair, romance, drugged, parasite, kidnapping, mystery, mind game, loss, sadness, dishonesty, cons and scams ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
The Butterfly Effect (2004)
Genre: 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, suspense, philosophical ...
Plot: time travel, changing the past or future, supernatural ability, haunted by the past, diary, family relations, parents and children, life philosophy, twists & turns, child abuse, road not taken, hypnosis ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, future
Place: usa, dungeon
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
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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, tense ...
Plot: time travel, time machine, fish out of water, serial killer, jack the ripper, adventure, culture clash, romance, museum, changing the past or future, chases and races, supernatural ...
Time: 19th century, 20th century, 70s, victorian, 1890s ...
Place: california, san francisco, london, europe, usa ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
 7.7
 396K
Ex Machina (2014)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: UK
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: tense, futuristic, clever, suspenseful, psychological ...
Plot: artificial intelligence, a.i., isolation, manipulation, technology, existentialism, experiment gone awry, man versus machine, human android relationship, deception, philosophy, robot ...
Time: future, 21st century, near future, contemporary, 2010s
Place: england
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
 7.4
 92K
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, emotional, sentimental, suspenseful ...
Plot: changing the past or future, time travel, investigation, radio, rescue, sent to the past, murder, baseball, haunted by the past, hopes, altering history, explosion ...
Time: 21st century, future, 1960s, 1990s, 2000s
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
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, serious, suspenseful, scary, mind bending ...
Plot: changing the past or future, time travel, murder, serial killer, recession, bathtub, fire, diary, bear trap, investigation, drugs/alcohol, strong sexual content ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 1990s, 2000s, future
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
 6.3
 5K
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: suspenseful, tense, serious, disturbing, psychological ...
Plot: changing the past or future, time travel, serial killer, crimes, disorder, murder, race against time, time machine, nothing goes right, witnessing a crime, crime, chases and races ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, future
Place: texas, usa, arizona
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
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, humorous, clever, exciting, not serious ...
Audience: family outing, teens, date night, teen comedy, kids
Plot: time travel, changing the past or future, sent to the past, misfit partners, inventions and discoveries, time machine, teenage life, teenager, lightning, electric guitar, flying car, high school dance ...
Time: future, 20th century, 50s, 1950s, 2010s ...
Place: california
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
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: futuristic, humorous, talky, not serious, offbeat ...
Audience: teens
Plot: time travel, sent to the future, pub, farce, social misfits, friendship, bar, imaginary, friends, buddies, escapades, misfit ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, future
Place: england, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.5
 36K
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: psychological, tense, suspenseful, clever, intellectual ...
Plot: time travel, gambling, time machine, murder, party, blackmail, threat, diary, paranoia, survival, destiny, plot twist ...
Time: future
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
 8.2
 57K
11.22.63 (2016)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
Story: An English teacher travels back in time to prevent the Kennedy assassination, but discovers he is attached to the life he has made in a bygone era.
Style: stylized, suspense, serious, suspenseful, tense ...
Plot: time travel, changing the past or future, assassination, surveillance, kennedy assassination, murder, conspiracy, historical event, escapades, imaginary, period piece, time ...
Time: 20th century, 1960s, 50s, year 1963, future
Place: usa, dallas texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
 7.5
 436K
Source Code (2011)
Genre: Mystery, Romance, 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: suspenseful, captivating, twists and turns, suspense, surprise ending ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: time travel, changing the past or future, destiny, bomb, save the day, suspicion, nuclear threat, train, danger, imaginary, race against time, hopes ...
Time: contemporary, future, 21st century
Place: illinois, usa, afghanistan, chicago illinois
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
Movie in collections
 5.8
 50K
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, serious, suspenseful, stylized ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: time travel, changing the past or future, martial arts, time machine, senator, heroic mission, chases and races, heroes, imaginary, rivalry, politics, crimes ...
Time: future, 20th century, 90s, 2000s, 1860s ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
 8.0
 527K
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, bleak, surreal, non-linear ...
Plot: time travel, plague, social misfits, changing the past or future, save the world, future dystopia, apocalypse, insanity, paranoia, mystery, race against time, postmodernism ...
Time: future, 20th century, 21st century, 90s, 1990s ...
Place: philadelphia, baltimore, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
 7.4
 483K
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, exciting, suspenseful, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: changing the past or future, time travel, destiny, hitman, on the run, sent to the past, organized crime, violence, danger, time loop, self sacrifice, young man ...
Time: future, 21st century, 2040s
Place: usa, shanghai china, kansas
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
 6.7
 4K
The Door (2009)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: Germany
Duration: 103 min.
Story: A successful artist loses control of his life after his young daughter's death. A chance for a new start appears, but all is not what it seems.
Style: serious, atmospheric, suspenseful, mind bending
Plot: time travel, dealing with death, life turned upside down, righting the wronged, couples, family relations, doppelganger, barefoot woman, sex scene, male nudity, father daughter relationship, female nudity ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: europe, germany
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
Hot Tub Time Machine (2010)
Genre: Comedy, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: A malfunctioning time machine at a ski resort takes a man back to 1986 with his two friends and nephew, where they must relive a fateful night and not change anything to make sure the nephew is born.
Style: humorous, funny, absurd, light, not serious ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: time travel, changing the past or future, friendship, time machine, party, drugs/alcohol, reunion, friends, sarcasm, drinking, stupidity, foul language ...
Time: 80s, 21st century, contemporary, 20th century, year 1986 ...
Place: usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
Movie in collections
 6.3
 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: suspenseful, serious, exciting
Plot: time travel, changing the past or future, heroic mission, terrorism, danger, heroes, imaginary, time machine
Time: 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
 7.1
 268K
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: suspenseful, twists and turns, exciting, suspense, tricky ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: time travel, investigation, changing the past or future, terrorism, police investigation, special agents, danger, foreknowledge, shooting, destiny, crimes, fbi ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s, future
Place: usa, new orleans, louisiana
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
 7.1
 101K
The Jacket (2005)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Horror, 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, atmospheric, serious, enigmatic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: time travel, supernatural, mental institution, supernatural ability, memory loss, haunted by the past, mentally unstable, experiment, destiny, murder, imaginary, life is a bitch ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 90s, 20th century, 1990s ...
Place: vermont
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
 6.9
 4K
12:01 (1993)
Genre: Comedy, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Office employee Barry Thomas is caught in a "time bounce" caused by a glitch in the company's secret project. Now the same day occurs again and again - and Barry's the only one who can do anything about it, including saving the ...
Style: serious, psychological, suspenseful, futuristic
Plot: time travel, time loop, prank, murder, race against time, experiment gone awry, danger, imaginary, disorder, rescue, chases and races, crimes ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
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: tense, psychological, serious, thought provoking, realistic ...
Plot: cult leader, journalist, uncover truth, haunted by the past, religions or cults, changing the past or future, manipulations, couple relations, working undercover, cult, filmmaking, manipulation ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, future
Place: usa, california, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
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, serious, sexy, mind bending, art house ...
Plot: time travel, changing the past or future, bisexuality, gays and lesbians, writer's life, journalism, haunted by the past, imaginary, radiation, bisexual, past, murder ...
Time: future, 50s, 90s
Place: nevada, usa, san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
The Final Countdown (1980)
Genre: Action, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: In 1980, the US Navy's most powerful warship, the USS Nimitz, is caught in a storm during routine manoeuvres in the Pacific. Enveloped by a strange green light, the ship passes through a vortex and when they emerge, their communications have ...
Style: serious, twists and turns, suspenseful, captivating, talky ...
Plot: time travel, changing the past or future, airplane, military, race against time, war, adventure, battles, escapades, heroes, imaginary, heroic mission ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 70s, 1940s, year 1941 ...
Place: pearl harbor, seaport, pacific ocean, hawaii, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
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