Movies like Brainstorm

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Brainstorm (1983)
 6.4
 12K
Brainstorm (1983)
Genre: Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: Two brilliant research scientists have invented a device capable of recording and playing back sensory experiences only to have devastating results when one of them records their own death.
Style: tense, serious, suspenseful, meditative, psychological, intense, philosophical, intellectual, surprise ending, futuristic ...
Plot: memory, virtual reality, conspiracy, experiment gone awry, uncover truth, future dystopia, rebellion, mad scientist, fighting the system, laboratory, corporation, father son relationship, husband wife relationship, government agent, technology, imagination, transformation, graphic violence, life is a bitch, society, sexual content, disorder, dishonesty, galaxy, computer cracker ...
Time: 80s, future
Place: england, london, europe, san francisco, rio de janeiro, north carolina

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Most similar movies to Brainstorm

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, suspenseful, futuristic and surprise ending films with plots about chase, catastrophe, technology, dialogue, murder, death and first contact mostly in Sci-Fi, Thriller and Action genres. Some movies like Brainstorm: The Andromeda Strain (1971), Altered States (1980), Futureworld (1976), The Final Cut (2004), Gattaca (1997). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
The Andromeda Strain (1971)
Genre: Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 131 min.
Story: When virtually all of the residents of Piedmont, New Mexico, are found dead after the return to Earth of a space satellite, the head of the US Air Force's Project Scoop declares an emergency. A group of eminent scientists led by Dr. Jeremy ...
Style: tense, exciting, suspenseful, serious, scary ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: plague, laboratory, science, race against time, survival, disaster, heroic mission, deadly virus, cure, life is a bitch, small town, research ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 50s, future
Place: new mexico, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.8
 35K
Altered States (1980)
Genre: Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: A research scientist (William Hurt) explores the boundaries and frontiers of consciousness. Using sensory deprivation and hallucinogenic mixtures from native American shamans, he explores these altered states of consciousness and finds that memory, ...
Style: psychedelic, atmospheric, psychological, suspenseful, scary ...
Plot: experiment gone awry, obsession, isolation, genetics, psychologist, science, transformation, university, genetically altered, mad scientist, insanity, delusion ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, year 1967, 60s
Place: harvard university, california, boston, new york, san francisco ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 5.7
 11K
Futureworld (1976)
Genre: Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Two years after the Westworld tragedy in the Delos amusement park, the corporate owners have reopened the park following over $1 billion in safety and other improvements. For publicity purposes, reporters Chuck Browning and Tracy Ballard are invited ...
Style: futuristic, suspenseful, serious, suspense, tense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: androids and robots, conspiracy, robot as menace, cloning, investigation, reporter, journalist, man versus machine, society, technology gone awry, chaos, escapades ...
Time: 80s, 70s, near future
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.1
 33K
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, memory, microchip, death, childbirth, chase, haunted by the past, child abuse, technology, distopia, social satire, deception ...
Time: future, near future
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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 7.8
 298K
Gattaca (1997)
Genre: Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: Science fiction drama about a future society in the era of indefinite eugenics where humans are set on a life course depending on their DNA. The young Vincent Freeman is born with a condition that would prevent him from space travel, yet he is ...
Style: futuristic, thought provoking, intellectual, neo noir, twists and turns ...
Plot: distopia, fighting the system, future dystopia, genetics, discrimination, paraplegic, philosophy, society, eugenics, heart disease, space travel, destiny ...
Time: future, near future
Place: detroit, riviera, french riviera
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.3
 174K
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, robot, future dystopia, androids and robots, technology gone awry, utopia, dystopic future, distopia, clones, murder, investigation, computer genius ...
Time: future, 2010s, year 2017
Place: san diego california
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.8
 313K
The Island (2005)
Genre: Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 136 min.
Story: In 2019, Lincoln Six-Echo is a resident of a seemingly "Utopian" but contained facility. Like all of the inhabitants of this carefully-controlled environment, Lincoln hopes to be chosen to go to The Island — reportedly the last ...
Style: futuristic, exciting, suspenseful, psychological, intense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: distopia, future dystopia, escape, fugitives, cloning, technology gone awry, lookalikes, island, clones, conspiracy, freedom, genetics ...
Time: future, 21st century, 2010s, year 2019
Place: los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 4.2
 16K
Vice (2015)
Genre: Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Julian Michaels has designed the ultimate resort: VICE, where anything goes and the customers can play out their wildest fantasies with artificial inhabitants who look, think and feel like humans. When an artificial becomes self-aware and escapes, ...
Style: futuristic, serious, exciting, suspenseful, surprise ending ...
Audience: boys' night, girls' night
Plot: androids and robots, a.i., artificial intelligence, humanoid robot, resort, virtual reality, escapades, adventure, chase, on the run, investigation, mercenary ...
Time: future, near future
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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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 ⇓
100%
 6.4
 118K
The Giver (2014)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA, South Africa, Canada
Duration: 97 min.
Story: In a seemingly perfect community, without war, pain, suffering, differences or choice, a young boy is chosen to learn from an elderly man about the true pain and pleasure of the "real" world.
Style: thought provoking, philosophical, futuristic, atmospheric, suspenseful ...
Audience: teens
Plot: distopia, future dystopia, society, utopia, youth, destiny, life is a bitch, human nature, teaching the ways of the world, rebelliousness, fighting the system, humanity ...
Time: future
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.0
 11K
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: psychological, mind bending, atmospheric, suspenseful, suspense ...
Plot: memory loss, hospital, mystery, murder, nightmare, memory, uncover truth, paranoia, time loop, dishonesty, haunted by the past, crimes ...
Time: contemporary, 2000s, year 2002, year 2000
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.2
 233K
Insurgent (2015)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 119 min.
Story: Beatrice Prior must confront her inner demons and continue her fight against a powerful alliance which threatens to tear her society apart.
Style: exciting, intense, romantic, serious, surprise ending ...
Audience: teens, girls' night, chick flick
Plot: future dystopia, teenage love, tough girl, distopia, fighting the system, female fighter, post apocalypse, good versus evil, strong female lead, heroes, teenager, rebellion ...
Time: future
Place: chicago illinois
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.0
 5K
Looker (1981)
Genre: Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Plastic surgeon Larry Roberts performs a series of minor alterations on a group of models who are seeking perfection. The operations are a resounding success. But when someone starts killing his beautiful patients, Dr. Roberts becomes suspicious and ...
Style: suspenseful, psychological, serious, suspense, surprise ending ...
Plot: plastic surgeon, murder, model, investigation, disorder, dishonesty, mind game, amateur detective, crimes, technology gone awry, conspiracy, serial killer ...
Time: 80s, future
Place: california, beverly hills, los angeles, san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
The Manhattan Project (1986)
Genre: Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: Named after the World War II-era program, the plot revolves around a gifted high school student who decides to construct a nuclear bomb for a national science fair. The film's underlying theme involves the Cold War of the 1980s when government ...
Style: tense, suspenseful, serious, realistic, suspense ...
Audience: teens, kids
Plot: heist, bomb, runaway, laboratory, nuclear, helicopter, scientist, plutonium, workplace situations, college life, college, workplace intrigue ...
Time: 80s
Place: new york, new york state
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
Lawnmower Man 2: Beyond Cyberspace (1996)
Genre: Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Jobe is resuscitated by Jonathan Walker. He wants Jobe to create a special computer chip that would connect all the computers in the world into one network, which Walker would control and use. But what Walker doesn't realize is a group of ...
Style: serious, suspenseful, bleak, stylized, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: virtual reality, psychopath, computer, cyberpunk, scientist, sword fight, supernatural power, surveillance, cyberspace, prodigy, technology, world domination ...
Time: 2040s, future, 80s
Place: los angeles, las vegas
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
 7.7
 526K
Ex Machina (2014)
Genre: Drama, 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: mind bending, philosophical, twist ending, psychological, tense ...
Plot: artificial intelligence, robot, isolation, cyberpunk, technology, human android relationship, existentialism, cyborgs, manipulation, androids, a.i., androids and robots ...
Time: future, near future, 21st century, contemporary, 2010s
Place: england
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
 6.7
 51K
THX 1138 (1971)
Genre: Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 86 min.
Story: People in the future live in a totalitarian society. A technician named THX 1138 lives a mundane life between work and taking a controlled consumption of drugs that the government uses to make puppets out of people. As THX is without drugs for the ...
Style: thought provoking, bleak, serious, suspenseful, futuristic ...
Plot: distopia, totalitarianism, prison, utopia, future dystopia, fighting the system, dystopic future, technology gone awry, chaos, surveillance, crimes, life is a bitch ...
Time: future
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
 6.0
 2K
Zenith (2010)
Genre: Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: In a hellish future where human beings have become stupefied by the state of permanent happiness they have been genetically altered to experience, Jack offers relief via drugs that cause his customers the welcome phenomenon of pain. But when Jack ...
Style: atmospheric, suspenseful, surreal, serious, experimental ...
Plot: mind game, conspiracy, investigation, uncover truth, track down, obsession, society, love and romance, dishonesty, life is a bitch, crimes, fall in love ...
Time: future
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
 8.8
 2.3M
Inception (2010)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 148 min.
Story: Cobb, a skilled thief who commits corporate espionage by infiltrating the subconscious of his targets is offered a chance to regain his old life as payment for a task considered to be impossible: "inception", the implantation of another ...
Style: psychological, mind bending, clever, cerebral, surreal ...
Plot: parallel world, mind control, alternate reality, subconscious, virtual reality, life philosophy, fantasy world, teamwork, existentialism, fictional reality, manipulation, psychological manipulation ...
Time: 2010s, near future
Place: japan, paris france, los angeles, new york, sydney australia ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
 6.5
 98K
Self/less (2015)
Genre: Action, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: An extremely wealthy elderly man dying from cancer undergoes a radical medical procedure that transfers his consciousness to the body of a healthy young man but everything may not be as good as it seems when he starts to uncover the mystery of the ...
Style: suspenseful, exciting, futuristic, philosophical, twists and turns ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: body swapping, soul transference, rich man, moral dilemma, uncover truth, cloning, doctor, chase, manhunt, disorder, immortality, hidden identity ...
Time: future, 21st century, near future, 2010s
Place: usa, new york, new orleans, caribbean, st. louis missouri
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
Spontaneous Combustion (1990)
Genre: Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: A young man finds out that his parents had been used in an atomic-weapons experiment shortly before he was born, and that the results have had some unexpected effects on him.
Style: suspenseful, rough, gothic, tense, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: experiment gone awry, supernatural ability, supernatural, government agency, secret past, conspiracy, burned alive, scientist, murder, race against time, anger, uncover truth ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, 80s, 90s, year 1955
Place: california
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
 6.7
 402K
In Time (2011)
Genre: Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: In the not-too-distant future the aging gene has been switched off. To avoid overpopulation, time has become the currency and the way people pay for luxuries and necessities. The rich can live forever, while the rest try to negotiate for their ...
Style: futuristic, twists and turns, serious, stylized, suspense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: future dystopia, dystopic future, time, immortality, race against time, class differences, love, fighting the system, distopia, society, love and romance, love story ...
Time: future, near future
Place: usa, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
 6.2
 252K
Total Recall (2012)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 118 min.
Story: Welcome to Rekall, the company that can turn your dreams into real memories. For a factory worker named Douglas Quaid, even though he's got a beautiful wife who he loves, the mind-trip sounds like the perfect vacation from his frustrating life ...
Style: mind bending, futuristic, exciting, suspenseful, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: future dystopia, distopia, post apocalypse, cyberpunk, dystopic future, secret agents, memory loss, double agent, killer robot, fictional reality, rebel, conspiracy ...
Time: future
Place: big ben london, australia
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
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 6.5
 86K
Flatliners (1990)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 115 min.
Story: Five medical students want to find out if there is life after death. They plan to stop one of their hearts for a few seconds, thus simulating death, and then bring the person back to life. A science fiction thriller from the early 1990's with a ...
Style: scary, psychological, suspenseful, disturbing, twist ending ...
Plot: afterlife, medical student, suicide, experiment gone awry, nightmare, hallucination, medical experiment, medical school, supernatural, obsession, memory, manipulation ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, 90s, future
Place: chicago illinois
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
 4.0
 2K
Solar Crisis (1990)
Genre: Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: Japan, USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: A huge solar flare is predicted to fry the Earth. Astronauts aboard the spaceship Helios must go to the Sun to drop a bomb equipped with an Artificial Intelligence (Freddy) and a Japanese pilot (as a back up if the Artificial Intelligence fail) at ...
Style: futuristic, exciting, stylized, bleak, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: spacecraft, disaster, astronaut, space travel, bomb, apocalypse, rescue, race against time, survival, sun, artificial intelligence, catastrophe ...
Time: future
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
 7.0
 64K
Soylent Green (1973)
Genre: Crime, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: In an overpopulated futuristic Earth, a New York police detective finds himself marked for murder by government agents when he gets too close to a bizarre state secret involving the origins of a revolutionary and needed new foodstuff.
Style: futuristic, bleak, atmospheric, suspenseful, serious ...
Plot: distopia, overpopulation, murder, starvation, police detective, cannibalism, investigation, ecological disaster, fighting the system, chaos, international crisis, totalitarianism ...
Time: future, 21st century, 70s, near future, 2020s
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
 5.5
 2K
The Kindred (1987)
Genre: Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Amanda's deathbed request to her son, John, was for him to destroy all the lab notes etc. from her last experiment. She also blurts out he had a brother. At the funeral John meets Melissa, who claims to be his mothers biggest fan. Together with ...
Style: scary, suspenseful, suspense, intense, dark ...
Audience: teens
Plot: mutant, mad scientist, murder, experiment gone awry, survival, investigation, death, creature, laboratory, transformation, secrets, genetics ...
Time: 80s
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
 7.2
 247K
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, psychological, captivating, suspense, tense ...
Plot: space travel, outer space, save the world, spacecraft, sun, expedition, self sacrifice, heroic mission, astronaut, earth, end of the world, trapped in space ...
Time: future, 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
 7.1
 71K
Strange Days (1995)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 145 min.
Story: Set in the year 1999 during the last days of the old millennium, the movie tells the story of Lenny Nero, an ex-cop who now deals with data-discs containing recorded memories and emotions. One day he receives a disc which contains the memories of a ...
Style: serious, twists and turns, psychological, suspenseful, exciting ...
Plot: cyberpunk, murder, police brutality, virtual reality, protest, chaos, haunted by the past, uncover truth, prostitute, private detective, white male black female relationship, police ...
Time: future, 90s, 20th century, year 1999
Place: los angeles, california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
 7.4
 325K
Equilibrium (2002)
Genre: Action, Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: In a dystopian future, a totalitarian regime maintains peace by subduing the populace with a drug, and displays of emotion are punishable by death. A man in charge of enforcing the law rises to overthrow the system.
Style: futuristic, serious, psychological, philosophical, atmospheric ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: future dystopia, distopia, dystopic future, rebellion, lone hero, fighting the system, resistance, society, utopia, totalitarianism, gunfight, dictatorship ...
Time: future, 2000s, 80s
Place: beijing china, china
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%