Movies like Twelve Monkeys

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Twelve Monkeys (1995)
 8.0
 569K
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, surreal, mind bending, atmospheric, non-linear, bleak, twists and turns, cult film, tense, futuristic ...
Plot: time travel, alternate reality, plague, post apocalypse, save the world, paranoia, post apocalyptic, insanity, time loop, social misfits, changing the past or future, future dystopia, apocalypse, psychology, distopia, mystery, underground, postmodernism, memory, virus, mental illness, imagination, pandemic, deadly virus, race against time ...
Time: future, 90s, 21st century, 20th century, year 1917, year 1990, 1910s ...
Place: philadelphia, baltimore, usa

Most similar movies to Twelve Monkeys

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, visually appealing, thought provoking and complex films with plots about storytelling, weird, twists & turns, existentialism, dialogue, plot twist and first contact mostly in Thriller, Sci-Fi and Mystery genres. Some movies like Twelve Monkeys: The Jacket (2005), 12 Monkeys (2015), The Butterfly Effect (2004), Donnie Darko (2001), Dark City (1998). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
 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, time loop, supernatural, disorder, murder, haunted by the past, mentally unstable, life is a bitch ...
Time: 21st century, 90s, 20th century, contemporary, 2000s ...
Place: vermont
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.7
 39K
12 Monkeys (2015)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 42 min.
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, tense, atmospheric, intense, suspense ...
Plot: time travel, changing the past or future, existence paradox, post apocalypse, virus, sent to the past, plague, apocalypse, chaos, epidemic, save the world, race against time ...
Time: future, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
80%
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, suspenseful, twists and turns ...
Plot: time travel, changing the past or future, twists & turns, life philosophy, psychology, supernatural ability, haunted by the past, altering history, child abuse, memory, philosophy, diary ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, future
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
78%
 8.0
 729K
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, captivating, surreal ...
Audience: teens, date night
Plot: insanity, social misfits, time travel, supernatural ability, imaginary friend, hallucination, society, suburbs, hallucinations, teenage life, supernatural, time loop ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 1988, future
Place: virginia, usa, united states
⇓ similarity ⇓
71%
Movie in collections
 7.6
 185K
Dark City (1998)
Genre: Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: Australia
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: gothic, mind bending, atmospheric, tech noir, psychological ...
Plot: neo noir, investigation, alien race, evil alien, memory, lovecraftian, future dystopia, manipulation, memory loss, space and aliens, sleeping, mad scientist ...
Time: future, 1940s
⇓ similarity ⇓
75%
 7.2
 104K
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, tense, serious ...
Plot: parallel world, alternate reality, disorder, mystery, asteroids and comets, power outage, dinner party, friends, confinement indoors, imaginary, isolation, friendship ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
80%
 7.3
 380K
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, bleak, psychological, twists and turns ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: supernatural ability, a vision, superhero, self discovery, villain, invulnerability, plot twist, train crash, mystery, conflict, good versus evil, comics ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 2000s, 1960s, 60s
Place: philadelphia, usa, pennsylvania
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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, intellectual, futuristic, atmospheric, twists and turns ...
Plot: parallel world, virtual reality, cyberspace, technology gone awry, protagonist as suspect, uncover truth, imaginary, computer system, time travel, neo noir, race against time, crimes ...
Time: 90s, future, 1930s, 1990s, 20th century ...
Place: los angeles, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.9
 96K
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: twists and turns, surreal, tricky, thought provoking, atmospheric ...
Plot: time travel, changing the past or future, inventor, time machine, experiment gone awry, parallel universe, inventions and discoveries, couple relations, friends, crumbling relationship, dishonesty, experiment ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, future
⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
 8.1
 895K
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, surprise ending, twist ending, suspenseful, atmospheric ...
Plot: supernatural, ghost, mystery, psychology, afterlife, death, supernatural ability, psychic power, psychiatrist, psychic, life & death, psychologist ...
Time: 90s, 1990s, 20th century
Place: philadelphia, usa, pennsylvania
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.9
 245K
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, surreal, non-linear, suspense ...
Plot: love triangle, disfigurement, hallucination, surrealism, love, virtual reality, jealousy, nightmare, tragic love, disfigured face, obsession, mystery ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 22nd century, future
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
 8.2
 1.1M
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, surprise ending, twists and turns, twist ending, suspenseful ...
Plot: mental institution, mystery, insanity, plot twist, paranoia, investigation, mental illness, losing-it hero, uncover truth, island, psychology, confined ...
Time: 50s, 1950s, 20th century, year 1945, year 1954 ...
Place: boston
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.2
 207K
Cube (1997)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: Canada
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Seven strangers are taken out of their daily lives and placed mysteriously in a deadly cube where they all agree they must find their way out.
Style: psychological, surreal, suspenseful, clever, futuristic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: survival, isolation, trap, escape, maze, captivity, trapped, danger, death, mathematics, mysterious place, parallel world ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.8
 92K
eXistenZ (1999)
Genre: Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: UK, France, Canada
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, futuristic, surreal, disturbing, stylized ...
Plot: virtual reality, cyberpunk, escape from reality, video game, cyberspace, technology gone awry, future dystopia, computers and web, inventions and discoveries, danger, hacker, alternate reality ...
Time: future, near future
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.5
 477K
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, suspenseful, clever ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: time travel, time loop, changing the past or future, destiny, bomb, save the day, imaginary, suspicion, terrorism, precognition, alternate reality, danger ...
Time: contemporary, future, 21st century
Place: illinois, usa, chicago illinois, afghanistan
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
 7.6
 128K
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, atmospheric, serious, suspenseful, mind bending ...
Plot: insanity, neo noir, jealousy, graphic violence, murder, transformation, mystery, prison, hallucination, character change, dual identity, sexuality ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.8
 63K
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, atmospheric, suspenseful, captivating, enigmatic ...
Plot: psychiatrist, disfigurement, love triangle, paranoia, jealousy, doctor, nightmare, memory loss, dreams, mystery, love and romance, party ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: spain, madrid, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.8
 30K
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, mind bending, enigmatic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: memory loss, disorder, conspiracy, uncover truth, hidden identity, mysterious character, power relations, dishonesty, undercover, espionage, femme fatale, double agent ...
Time: future
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Movie in collections
 7.2
 675K
I Am Legend (2007)
Genre: Action, Adventure, 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: suspenseful, atmospheric, scary, exciting, bleak ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: zombie, survival, post apocalypse, apocalypse, plague, loneliness, future dystopia, isolation, experiment, heroes, quarantine, danger ...
Time: future, 21st century, 2010s, near future, year 2012
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, vermont
⇓ similarity ⇓
18%
 7.9
 330K
Moon (2009)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi
Country:
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, futuristic, contemplative, surreal ...
Plot: outer space, isolation, loneliness, dystopic future, cloning, spacecraft, moon, astronaut, space travel, space and aliens, doubts and hesitations, nervous breakdown ...
Time: future, 21st century
Place: mexico, hawaii
⇓ similarity ⇓
75%
 7.2
 230K
Sunshine (2007)
Genre: Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: Fifty years into the future, the sun is dying, and Earth is threatened by arctic temperatures. A team of astronauts is sent to revive the Sun — but the mission fails. Seven years later, a new team is sent to finish the mission as mankind’s last ...
Style: futuristic, captivating, psychological, suspenseful, atmospheric ...
Plot: space travel, outer space, spacecraft, save the world, sun, danger, self sacrifice, expedition, astronaut, isolation, heroic mission, bomb ...
Time: future, 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
 7.9
 457K
Children of Men (2006)
Genre: Adventure, 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, bleak, futuristic, captivating, rough ...
Plot: future dystopia, chaos, apocalypse, heroic mission, pandemic, neo noir, survival, redemption, birth, mission, protest, faith ...
Time: future, 21st century, 2020s
Place: europe, london, england, seattle washington, seattle ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 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 ⇓
100%
Movie in collections
 6.2
 218K
Knowing (2009)
Genre: Action, Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA, UK, Australia, China
Duration: 121 min.
Story: A teacher opens a time capsule that has been dug up at his son's elementary school; in it are some chilling predictions -- some that have already occurred and others that are about to -- that lead him to believe his family plays a role in the ...
Style: suspenseful, scary, exciting, bleak, suspense ...
Audience: kids
Plot: end of the world, apocalypse, prediction, prophecy, code, destiny, professor, scientist, air disaster, supernatural, save the world, mysterious character ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, september 11 2001, 1950s, 50s ...
Place: massachusetts, usa, new york, boston
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 8.4
 1.1M
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, twist ending, tense, suspense ...
Plot: plot twist, memory loss, neo noir, mystery, revenge, uncover truth, twists & turns, paranoia, haunted by the past, amnesia, suprisingly clever, vengeance ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 2000s
Place: usa, los angeles, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
 7.4
 168K
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, atmospheric, surreal, psychological, stylized ...
Plot: insanity, paranoia, mathematics, obsession, delusion, alienation, neighbor, rabbi, surveillance, loner, genius, prodigy ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: new york, usa, coney island brooklyn new york city, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
 6.2
 22K
Impostor (2001)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Gary Sinise plays Spencer Olham, a top-secret government weapons designer who is arrested by a clandestine government organization on suspicion of being a clone created by the hostile alien race wanting to take over Earth.
Style: futuristic, suspenseful, stylized, exciting, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: alien, alien invasion, androids and robots, manhunt, on the run, save the world, future dystopia, danger, crimes, imaginary, space and aliens, rivalry ...
Time: future, 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
 7.2
 57K
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: suspenseful, twist ending, exciting, twists and turns, suspense ...
Plot: time travel, time loop, time machine, plot twist, disorder, stalking, mysterious character, threat, chases and races, surrealism, scientist, ordinary person ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, future
Place: europe, spain
⇓ similarity ⇓
13%
 6.1
 10K
The I Inside (2004)
Genre: Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Simon Cable wakes up in a hospital bed, confused and disoriented. He soon discovers from doctors that he has amnesia and is unable to remember the last two years of his life. Cable investigates what has happened to him and slowly pieces together his ...
Style: mind bending, atmospheric, suspenseful, psychological, suspense ...
Plot: memory loss, hospital, murder, memory, uncover truth, mind game, paranoia, nightmare, mystery, dishonesty, investigation, crimes ...
Time: contemporary, 2000s, year 2002, year 2000
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
 6.3
 167K
Surrogates (2009)
Genre: Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: Set in a futuristic world where humans live in isolation and interact through surrogate robots, a cop is forced to leave his home for the first time in years in order to investigate the murders of others' surrogates.
Style: futuristic, suspenseful, bleak, exciting, atmospheric ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: cyberpunk, technology gone awry, utopia, androids and robots, future dystopia, robot, clones, murder, investigation, human existence, society, special agents ...
Time: future, year 2017, 2010s
Place: san diego california
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
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