Movies like Twelve Monkeys

If you like "Twelve Monkeys" you are looking for psychological, non-linear and surreal movies about / with time travel, post apocalypse, paranoia, insanity, alternate reality, apocalypse and save the world themes of Mystery, Sci-Fi and Thriller genre shot in USA.
Find your next favorite and similar movies in two steps: 1. Identify all themes of interest from this film (block below). 2. Look for them in the presented list.
Twelve Monkeys (1995)
 8.0
 608K
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 Cole is mistakenly sent to 1990 instead of 1996, he's arrested and locked up in a mental hospital. There he meets psychiatrist Dr. Kathryn Railly, and patient Jeffrey Goines, the son of a famous virus expert, who may hold the key to the mysterious rogue group, the Army of the 12 Monkeys, thought to be responsible for unleashing the killer disease.
Style: psychological, non-linear, surreal, atmospheric, cerebral, mind bending, bleak, twist ending, confusing, twists and turns ...
Plot: time travel, post apocalypse, paranoia, insanity, alternate reality, apocalypse, save the world, time loop, plague, social misfits, psychology, changing the past or future, future dystopia, distopia, mystery, psychiatrist, underground, deadly virus, postmodernism, memory, mental illness, imagination, pandemic, race against time, death ...
Time: future, 90s, 21st century, 20th century, 1910s, year 1996, 2030s ...
Place: philadelphia, baltimore, usa

Movie in categories

Most similar movies to Twelve Monkeys

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out visually appealing, suspense, thought provoking and interesting films with plots about storytelling, first contact, existentialism, murder, paranoia, mystery and catastrophe mostly in Thriller, Mystery and Sci-Fi genres. Some movies like Twelve Monkeys: The Jacket (2005), Donnie Darko (2001), Dark City (1998), The Butterfly Effect (2004), Shutter Island (2010). 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: boys' night
Plot: time travel, psychology, mental institution, time loop, supernatural, supernatural ability, memory loss, murder, haunted by the past, disorder, life is a bitch, mentally unstable ...
Time: 21st century, 90s, 20th century, contemporary, 2000s ...
Place: vermont
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 8.0
 782K
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: mind bending, psychological, surreal, atmospheric, captivating ...
Audience: teens, date night
Plot: insanity, hallucination, social misfits, time travel, supernatural ability, prophecy, time loop, imaginary friend, surrealism, parallel universe, mental illness, suburbs ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 1988, future
Place: virginia, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
86%
 7.6
 198K
Dark City (1998)
Genre: Fantasy, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: Australia, USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: A man struggles with memories of his past, including a wife he cannot remember, in a nightmarish world with no sun and run by beings with telekinetic powers who seek the souls of humans.
Style: neo noir, mind bending, gothic, psychological, atmospheric ...
Plot: distopia, investigation, future dystopia, memory, alien race, evil alien, manipulation, memory loss, alternate reality, cyberpunk, sleeping, nightmare ...
Time: future, 1940s
⇓ similarity ⇓
92%
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, non-linear, dramatic ...
Plot: time travel, changing the past or future, life philosophy, time loop, child abuse, supernatural ability, psychology, suicide, alternate reality, memory, bully, destiny ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, future
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
82%
Movie in collections
 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, suspenseful ...
Plot: investigation, mental institution, mystery, insanity, paranoia, mental illness, psychology, island, uncover truth, hallucination, psychiatrist, isolation ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, year 1945, year 1952, year 1954 ...
Place: boston
⇓ similarity ⇓
86%
 6.8
 105K
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: philosophical, confusing, mind bending, surreal, intellectual ...
Plot: time travel, inventor, changing the past or future, time machine, parallel universe, time loop, experiment gone awry, time traveler, paradox, mistrust, identity crisis, science ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, future
⇓ similarity ⇓
80%
 8.2
 968K
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 ...
Plot: supernatural, mystery, ghost, death, afterlife, psychology, supernatural ability, psychic, psychic power, life & death, paranormal phenomena, psychiatrist ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: philadelphia, usa, pennsylvania
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.7
 44K
12 Monkeys (2015)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 42 min.
TV show
Story: The provocative story of Cole, a time traveler from a decimated future in a high-stakes race against the clock. Utilizing a dangerous and untested method of time travel, he journeys from 2043 to the present day on a mission to locate and eradicate ...
Style: mind bending, futuristic, serious, atmospheric, tense ...
Plot: time travel, changing the past or future, time machine, existence paradox, epidemic, post apocalypse, plague, sent to the past, virus, apocalypse, save the world, heroic mission ...
Time: future, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
Movie in collections
 7.4
 359K
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, atmospheric, enigmatic, surreal ...
Plot: life philosophy, reincarnation, destiny, dystopic future, distopia, human nature, death, life & death, karma, wisdom of life, multiple storylines, love and romance ...
Time: future, 1930s, 20th century, 21st century, 19th century ...
Place: san francisco, hawaii, seoul, south korea
⇓ 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, surprise ending, neo noir, twist ending, confusing ...
Plot: mystery, memory loss, amnesia, revenge, paranoia, haunted by the past, uncover truth, murder, manipulation, vengeance, life is a bitch, schizophrenic ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 2000s
Place: usa, los angeles, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
80%
 7.8
 354K
Moon (2009)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: With only three weeks left in his three year contract, Sam Bell is getting anxious to finally return to Earth. He is the only occupant of a Moon-based manufacturing facility along with his computer and assistant, GERTY. When he has an accident ...
Style: psychological, bleak, philosophical, futuristic, surreal ...
Plot: outer space, isolation, loneliness, dystopic future, cloning, astronaut, spacecraft, space and aliens, solitude, moon, clones, space travel ...
Time: future, 21st century
Place: hawaii, mexico
⇓ similarity ⇓
80%
 7.5
 511K
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, captivating, clever, suspense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: time travel, time loop, changing the past or future, race against time, destiny, save the day, alternate reality, bomb, precognition, terrorism, train, memory ...
Time: contemporary, future, 21st century
Place: illinois, usa, chicago illinois, afghanistan
⇓ similarity ⇓
75%
 7.9
 198K
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, thought provoking, stylized, atmospheric, psychological ...
Plot: fighting the system, distopia, surveillance, hallucination, dark humor, satire, mistaken identity, chase, alternate reality, paranoia, dystopic future, giant ...
Time: future, year 1984
Place: england, london, europe, britain, brazil
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.2
 124K
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, suspenseful, psychological, twists and turns, tense ...
Plot: parallel world, alternate reality, disorder, dinner party, quantum physics, friends, time loop, confinement indoors, parallel universe, comet, asteroids and comets, isolation ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
 6.9
 262K
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, enigmatic, philosophical, surreal, twist ending ...
Plot: surrealism, disfigurement, hallucination, love triangle, love, disfigured face, virtual reality, mind game, jealousy, lost love, tragic love, love and romance ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 22nd century, future
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
 6.9
 113K
Triangle (2009)
Genre: Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: UK, Australia
Duration: 99 min.
Story: The story revolves around the passengers of a yachting trip in the Atlantic Ocean who, when struck by mysterious weather conditions, jump to another ship only to experience greater havoc on the open seas.
Style: psychological, twists and turns, surprise ending, twist ending, suspenseful ...
Audience: date night, teens
Plot: time loop, ship, isolation, ocean, supernatural, time travel, storm, bermuda triangle, masked killer, insanity, escapades, nightmare ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 1930s, 20th century, 2000s ...
Place: florida, miami, caribbean
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.3
 410K
Unbreakable (2000)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: An ordinary man makes an extraordinary discovery when a train accident leaves his fellow passengers dead – and him unscathed. The answer to this mystery could lie with the mysterious Elijah Price, a man who suffers from a disease that renders his ...
Style: twist ending, surprise ending, psychological, atmospheric, twists and turns ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: invulnerability, train crash, self discovery, supernatural ability, a vision, superhero, villain, mystery, conflict, good versus evil, psychic, survivor ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 60s, 2000s
Place: philadelphia, usa, pennsylvania
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.5
 73K
Blindness (2008)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: Brazil, Canada, Japan, UK, Italy
Duration: 121 min.
Story: When a sudden plague of blindness devastates a city, a small group of the afflicted band together to triumphantly overcome the horrific conditions of their imposed quarantine.
Style: bleak, suspenseful, serious, intense, philosophical ...
Plot: plague, blind character, post apocalypse, distopia, society, chaos, fight, doctor, social decay, human spirit, disability, suffering ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: sao paulo brazil
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Movie in collections
The Thirteenth Floor (1999)
Genre: Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Computer scientist Hannon Fuller has discovered something extremely important. He's about to tell the discovery to his colleague, Douglas Hall, but knowing someone is after him, the old man leaves a letter in his computer generated parallel ...
Style: mind bending, atmospheric, intellectual, twist ending, neo noir ...
Plot: parallel world, virtual reality, alternate reality, cyberspace, cyberpunk, computer system, technology gone awry, uncover truth, deception, time travel, protagonist as suspect, distopia ...
Time: 90s, future, 1930s, 20th century, near future ...
Place: los angeles, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
 7.9
 492K
Children of Men (2006)
Genre: Action, Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA, UK, Japan
Duration: 109 min.
Story: In 2027, in a chaotic world in which humans can no longer procreate, a former activist agrees to help transport a miraculously pregnant woman to a sanctuary at sea, where her child's birth may help scientists save the future of humankind.
Style: atmospheric, neo noir, bleak, captivating, rough ...
Plot: future dystopia, apocalypse, chaos, distopia, heroic mission, pandemic, survival, redemption, childlessness, on the run, birth, mission ...
Time: future, 21st century, 2020s
Place: europe, london, england, seattle, poland
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
 7.6
 140K
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, neo noir, mind bending, atmospheric, serious ...
Plot: insanity, jealousy, hallucination, mystery, murder, transformation, prison, character change, dual identity, sexuality, mistaken identity, surrealism ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: los angeles, plymouth
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.8
 99K
eXistenZ (1999)
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: Canada, UK, France
Duration: 97 min.
Story: A game designer on the run from assassins must play her latest virtual reality creation with a marketing trainee to determine if the game has been damaged.
Style: mind bending, surreal, psychological, tense, disturbing ...
Plot: virtual reality, cyberpunk, cyberspace, escape from reality, video game, chase, distopia, technology gone awry, inventions and discoveries, future dystopia, computers and web, mind control ...
Time: future, near future
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
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: twists and turns, psychological, neo noir, mind bending, surreal ...
Plot: mystery, hallucination, lesbian, surrealism, hollywood, lesbianism, obsession, strong sexual content, lesbian romance, dreams, alternate reality, nightmare ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: los angeles, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Movie in collections
mystery movies
4424
bleak movies
6525
90s movies
90s
6439
 7.7
 540K
Minority Report (2002)
Genre: Action, Crime, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 145 min.
Story: John Anderton is a top 'Precrime' cop in the late-21st century, when technology can predict crimes before they're committed. But Anderton becomes the quarry when another investigator targets him for a murder charge.
Style: futuristic, neo noir, exciting, suspense, cerebral ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: future dystopia, cyberpunk, murder, foreknowledge, precognition, frame up, psychic, law enforcer, police investigation, graphic violence, perfect crime, fugitives ...
Time: future, 21st century
Place: washington d.c., usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 5.4
 11K
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, alternate reality, repeated scene, science, travel, life & death, romance, love story ...
Time: future
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 4.4
 11K
400 Days (2015)
Genre: Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: 4 would be astronauts spend 400 days in a land locked space simulator to test the psychological effects of deep space travel but, when something goes terribly wrong and they are forced to leave the simulation, they discover that everything on earth ...
Style: psychological, twist ending, suspenseful, suspense, harsh ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: astronaut, experiment, spacecraft, trapped in space, bunker, end of the world, insanity, space travel, catastrophe, survival, isolation, nasa ...
Place: new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
In the Shadow of the Moon (2019)
Genre: Crime, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 115 min.
Story: In 1988, Philadelphia police officer Thomas "Locke" Lockhart, hungry to become a detective, begins tracking a serial killer whose crimes defy scientific explanation. When the killer mysteriously resurfaces nine years later, Locke's ...
Style: sexy, enigmatic, tense, disturbing, captivating ...
Plot: time traveler, female serial killer, father daughter relationship, hospital, time travel, serial killer, secret identity, police detective, teenage girl, grandfather granddaughter relationship, murder investigation, crime investigation ...
Time: year 1988, year 1997, year 2006
Place: philadelphia
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.2
 738K
I Am Legend (2007)
Genre: Action, Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: Robert Neville is a scientist who was unable to stop the spread of the terrible virus that was incurable and man-made. Immune, Neville is now the last human survivor in what is left of New York City and perhaps the world. For three years, Neville ...
Style: atmospheric, suspenseful, scary, exciting, intense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: zombie, survival, post apocalypse, apocalypse, loneliness, plague, future dystopia, heroes, isolation, deadly creature, survivor, chaos ...
Time: future, 21st century, year 2012, 2010s, near future
Place: new york, usa, vermont, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
16%
 6.7
 31K
Cypher (2002)
Genre: Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: An unsuspecting, disenchanted man finds himself working as a spy in the dangerous, high-stakes world of corporate espionage. Quickly getting way over-his-head, he teams up with a mysterious femme fatale.
Style: tense, twists and turns, suspenseful, stylized, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: memory loss, espionage, undercover, disorder, cyberpunk, conspiracy, uncover truth, hidden identity, mysterious character, dishonesty, power relations, femme fatale ...
Time: future
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.7
 150K
Pandorum (2009)
Genre: Action, Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: Germany, UK
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Two crew members wake up on an abandoned spacecraft with no idea who they are, how long they've been asleep, or what their mission is. The two soon discover they're actually not alone – and the reality of their situation is more ...
Style: futuristic, scary, atmospheric, suspenseful, tense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: space travel, outer space, spacecraft, isolation, space and aliens, survival, mutant, mission, memory loss, post apocalypse, mutation, fear ...
Time: future
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%