Non-linear movies and TV shows

The list contains the best, new and most relevant non-linear movies ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out non-linear, enigmatic, stylized, cerebral, talky and melancholic films and TV shows about / with storytelling, dialogue, existentialism, obsession, twists & turns, loneliness, life philosophy, mentor, catastrophe and greed plots mostly in Drama, Thriller and Mystery genres shot in USA, Germany, France and other countries.
non-linear movies
TOP 10 movies tagged as non-linear: Memento (2000), Cloud Atlas (2012), The Fountain (2006), Twelve Monkeys (1995), Irreversible (2002), Enemy (2013), The Discovery (2017), Vanilla Sky (2001), To the Wonder (2012), Reservoir Dogs (1992).

List of non-linear movies

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, tense, suspense, bleak ...
Plot: memory loss, uncover truth, amnesia, vengeance, mystery, paranoia, revenge, haunted by the past, murder, mistaken identity, rape, investigation ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 2000s
Place: usa, los angeles, california
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Cloud Atlas (2012)
Genre: Action, Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi
Country: Germany, USA, 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: psychological, atmospheric, surreal, enigmatic, stylized ...
Plot: destiny, life philosophy, human nature, death, love and romance, reincarnation, wisdom of life, human existence, love, genetic engineering, karma, courage ...
Time: future, 19th century, 20th century, 21st century, 1930s ...
Place: hawaii, south korea, seoul
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Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Joel Barish, heartbroken that his girlfriend underwent a procedure to erase him from her memory, decides to do the same. However, as he watches his memories of her fade away, he realises that he still loves her, and may be too late to correct his ...
Style: psychological, captivating, clever, mind bending, melancholic ...
Audience: date night
Plot: introspection, couple relations, love and romance, love, power of love, mind control, brainwashing, memory loss, couples, dreams, love story, disorder ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, new york, mcdonald's restaurant
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The Fountain (2006)
Genre: Drama, Sci-Fi
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Spanning over one thousand years, and three parallel stories, The Fountain is a story of love, death, spirituality, and the fragility of our existence in this world.
Style: surreal, melancholic, stylized, touching, atmospheric ...
Plot: loneliness, immortality, metaphysics, death, cancer, tragic love, reincarnation, terminal illness, queen, loss of loved one, tree, doctor ...
Time: future, 16th century, contemporary, 21st century
Place: spain, europe, latin america, central america, guatemala
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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, surreal, bleak, non-linear ...
Plot: time travel, plague, changing the past or future, social misfits, save the world, apocalypse, time loop, insanity, paranoia, future dystopia, mystery, underground ...
Time: future, 21st century, 20th century, 90s, year 1917 ...
Place: philadelphia, baltimore, usa
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Irreversible (2002)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: France
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Events over the course of one traumatic night in Paris unfold in reverse-chronological order as the beautiful Alex is brutally raped and beaten by a stranger in the underpass. Her boyfriend and ex-lover take matters into their own hands by hiring ...
Style: disturbing, tense, bleak, stylized, surreal ...
Plot: rape, sexual abuse, sexual perversion, violence, sadism, party, vengeance, brutality, revenge, cruelty, woman in danger, crime ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: france, europe, paris france
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Enemy (2013)
Genre: Mystery, Thriller
Country: Canada, Spain, France
Duration: 91 min.
Story: A mild-mannered college professor discovers a look-alike actor and delves into the other man's private affairs.
Style: psychological, twist ending, bleak, tense, surreal ...
Plot: symbolism, obsession, mental illness, delusion, professor, mystery, paranoia, actor, disorder, mysterious character, life turned upside down, lookalikes ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: canada, toronto ontario canada
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The Discovery (2017)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: In the near future, due to a breakthrough scientific discovery by Dr. Thomas Harbor, there is now definitive proof of an afterlife. While countless people have chosen suicide to reset their existence, others try to decide what it all means. Among ...
Style: intellectual, psychological, bleak, suspense, philosophical ...
Plot: suicide, life after death, interview, alternate reality, mystery, plot twist, mental illness, science, self discovery, dreams, afterlife, depression ...
Time: future
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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, suspense, non-linear ...
Plot: love triangle, disfigurement, mystery, virtual reality, nightmare, jealousy, love, hallucinations, disfigured face, obsession, redemption, mind game ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 22nd century, future
Place: usa, new york, manhattan new york city
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To the Wonder (2012)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: After falling in love in Paris, Marina and Neil come to Oklahoma, where problems arise. Their church's Spanish-born pastor struggles with his faith, while Neil encounters a woman from his childhood.
Style: serious, stylized, realistic, atmospheric, non-linear ...
Plot: womanizer, romance, love affair, homecoming, crumbling marriage, couple relations, introspection, starting over, love and romance, love triangle, love story, emotionless ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: europe, oklahoma, usa, paris france
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Reservoir Dogs (1992)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: A botched robbery indicates a police informant, and the pressure mounts in the aftermath at a warehouse. Crime begets violence as the survivors -- veteran Mr. White, newcomer Mr. Orange, psychopathic parolee Mr. Blonde, bickering weasel Mr. Pink and ...
Style: tense, stylized, captivating, rough, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: heist, crime gone awry, psychopath, crimes, violence spree, gang, heist gone wrong, dark hero, cult, undercover cop, perfect crime, thief ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: usa
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The Haunting of Hill House (2018)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 50 min.
Story: The Crains, a fractured family, confront haunting memories of their old home and the terrifying events that drove them from it.
Style: enigmatic, emotional, scary, surreal, non-linear
Plot: haunted house, uncover truth, ghosts, sibling relationship, supernatural ability, family in danger, imaginary friend, mysterious past, ghost, storytelling, life is a bitch, anthology ...
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Murder on the Orient Express (2017)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Country: Malta, USA
Duration: 114 min.
Story: Genius Belgian detective Hercule Poirot investigates the murder of an American tycoon aboard the Orient Express train.
Style: surprise ending, artsy, suspense, non-linear, road movie
Plot: investigation, murder, train, snow, doctor, justice, vengeance, suspect, stabbed to death, murder mystery, conspiracy, little girl ...
Time: 1930s, pre world war two, post world war one
Place: europe, alps, yugoslavia, mediterranean sea, istanbul turkey ...
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Knight of Cups (2015)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 118 min.
Story: Rick is a screenwriter living in Los Angeles. While successful in his career, his life feels empty. Haunted and confused, he finds temporary solace in the decadent Hollywood excess that defines his existence. Women provide a distraction to his daily ...
Style: serious, touching, non-linear, meditative, emotional ...
Plot: filmmaking, obsession, celebrity, couples, looking for love, artists and showbiz, romance, temptation, multiple storylines, storytelling, love triangle, dishonesty ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: los angeles, usa, las vegas
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The Burning Plain (2008)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Romance
Country: USA, Argentina
Duration: 107 min.
Story: A trailer is burning in the middle of a plain. The bodies of two adulterous lovers are found. Scenes from both families, before and after the dramatic events, suggest an unusual connection between them. But what is their secret?
Style: touching, serious, sentimental, emotional, non-linear ...
Plot: teenage love, redemption, parents and children, love affair, haunted by the past, family problems, small town, unfulfillment, life is a bitch, parent child relationship, infidelity, adultery ...
Time: 90s, contemporary, 21st century, 20th century
Place: mexico, latin america, new mexico, portland oregon, california
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Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: France, UK, Germany
Duration: 122 min.
Story: In the bleak days of the Cold War, espionage veteran George Smiley is forced from semi-retirement to uncover a Soviet mole within his former colleagues at the heart of MI6.
Style: tense, bleak, twists and turns, suspense, non-linear ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: espionage, cold war, spy, mole, british intelligence, investigation, betrayal, double agent, government agency, secret service, torture, kgb ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: europe, england, budapest, hungary, istanbul turkey ...
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I'm Not There. (2007)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music, Western
Country: Germany, Canada, USA
Duration: 135 min.
Story: Six actors portray six personas of music legend Bob Dylan in scenes depicting various stages of his life, chronicling his rise from unknown folksinger to international icon and revealing how Dylan constantly reinvented himself.
Style: serious, realistic, stylized, non-linear, meditative ...
Plot: actor, music, musician, rock, star, poet, vietnam war, african american, ambition, hopes, celebrity culture, performer's life ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 60s, 70s, 1960s ...
Place: usa, manhattan new york city, new jersey, england, woodstock ...
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Annie Hall (1977)
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: In the city of New York, comedian Alvy Singer falls in love with the ditsy Annie Hall.
Style: humorous, semi serious, realistic, sincere, melancholic ...
Audience: date night
Plot: comedian, jewish, singer, tennis, divorce, neurosis, romance, love and romance, love, couples, couple relations, uptight character ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, 1960s, 1940s
Place: new york, usa, los angeles, wisconsin, coney island brooklyn new york city ...
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Wicker Park (2004)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Romance, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 114 min.
Story: Matthew, a young advertising executive in Chicago, puts his life and a business trip to China on hold when he thinks he sees Lisa, the love of his life who left him without a word two years earlier, walking out of a restaurant one day.
Style: sexy, realistic, romantic, psychological, suspense ...
Audience: date night, chick flick
Plot: obsession, love triangle, friendship, manipulations, dating, love and romance, dishonesty, track down, betrayal, intrigue, romance, sociopath ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, chicago illinois, france
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I Heart Huckabees (2004)
Genre: Comedy
Country: USA, UK, Germany
Duration: 107 min.
Story: A husband-and-wife team play detective, but not in the traditional sense. Instead, the happy duo helps others solve their existential issues, the kind that keep you up at night, wondering what it all means.
Style: humorous, witty, not serious, funny, non-linear ...
Plot: jealousy, private detective, existentialism, surveillance, divorce, investigation, rivalry, self discovery, escapades, strong sexual content, suburbs, businessman ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
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Full Frontal (2002)
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: A contemporary comedy set in Los Angeles, Full Frontal traces the complicated relationship among seven friends as they deal with the fragile connections that bind them together. Full Frontal takes place during a twenty-four hour period - a day in ...
Style: talky, humorous, semi serious, witty, entertaining ...
Plot: filmmaking, hollywood, actor's life, workplace intrigue, crumbling marriage, couple relations, husband wife relationship, couples, dishonesty, infidelity, sexual relations, love and romance ...
Time: contemporary
Place: los angeles, usa, manhattan new york city, africa, tucson arizona
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Sleeping Beauty (2012)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy
Country: France, Germany
Duration: 115 min.
Story: We follow 24 hours in the life of a being moving from life to life like a cold and solitary assassin moving from hit to hit. In each of these interwoven lives, the being possesses an entirely distinct identity: sometimes a man, sometimes a woman, ...
Style: surreal, enigmatic, art house, non-linear, offbeat ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: odd, double life, hidden identity, power relations, lifestyle change, unfulfillment, disguise, dog, model, surrealism, life & death, creativity ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s
Place: france, paris france, tokyo
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The Air I Breathe (2007)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, Mexico
Duration: 95 min.
Story: A drama based on an ancient Chinese proverb that breaks life down into four emotional cornerstones: happiness, pleasure, sorrow and love. A businessman bets his life on a horse race; a gangster sees the future; a pop star (Gellar) falls prey to a ...
Style: emotional, captivating, serious, realistic, non-linear ...
Plot: gambling, psychic, horse race, gangsters, supernatural ability, dishonesty, power relations, crimes, doctors and patients, hitman, manager, horse ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
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A Scanner Darkly (2006)
Genre: Animation, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: An undercover cop in a not-too-distant future becomes involved with a dangerous new drug and begins to lose his own identity as a result.
Style: psychological, psychedelic, surreal, stylized, atmospheric ...
Plot: drug abuse, undercover, neo noir, addiction, losing-it hero, fighting crime, law enforcement, future dystopia, surveillance, split personality, schizophrenia, unfulfillment ...
Time: future, 21st century, near future
Place: california, usa, san diego california
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Inherent Vice (2014)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 148 min.
Story: In Los Angeles at the turn of the 1970s, drug-fueled detective Larry "Doc" Sportello investigates the disappearance of an ex-girlfriend.
Style: atmospheric, realistic, suspenseful, twists and turns, serious ...
Plot: private investigator, investigation, missing person, uncover truth, crimes, dishonesty, woman in danger, conspiracy, paranoia, obsession, neo noir, drug abuse ...
Time: 1960s, 70s, 20th century, year 1967, year 1970
Place: california, los angeles, usa, southern california
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Inadequate People (2010)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: Russia
Duration: 106 min.
Story: Adequacy is relative.Vitalik the main character of the movie seems to be pretty normal. With a respectable office job, a comfy little dwelling and a personal couch doctor, Vitalik looks as adequate as a human can possibly be. Wait till he drinks and ...
Style: semi serious, realistic, humorous, non-linear, uplifting
Plot: forbidden love, unlikely couple, love and romance, fall in love, psychologist, midlife crisis, male objectification, dealing with death, translator, journal, alarm clock, tank top ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: russia
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Marrowbone (2017)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Thriller
Country: Spain, USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: A young man and his four younger siblings, who have kept secret the death of their beloved mother in order to remain together, are plagued by a sinister presence in the sprawling manor in which they live.
Style: surprise ending, suspense, scary, tense, non-linear
Plot: secret, attic, murder, violence, brother sister relationship, ghost, love, mirror, death of mother, abandoned house, beach, murder of family ...
Time: 1960s, year 1969
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Magnolia (1999)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 188 min.
Story: An epic mosaic of many interrelated characters in search of happiness, forgiveness, and meaning in the San Fernando Valley.
Style: realistic, bleak, sincere, meditative, non-linear ...
Plot: human nature, introspection, coincidence, infidelity, terminal illness, redemption, depression, dysfunctional family, dishonesty, suffering, social problems, tragic event ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1950s, 1960s, 1910s
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Ready to Wear (1994)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 133 min.
Story: Paris Fashion Week draws the usual bunch of people; designers, reporters, models, magazine editors, photographers. Follows the various storylines of these characters, centering around a murder investigation of a prominent fashion figure. Features an ...
Style: humorous, realistic, semi serious, talky, satirical ...
Plot: fashion, farce, love and romance, media satire, lovers reunited, lifestyle, fashion model, multiple storylines, storytelling, art, media, chaos ...
Time: 90s
Place: france, europe, paris france
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Memories of the Alhambra (2018)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: South Korea
Duration: 60 min.
Story: While looking for the cryptic creator of an innovative augmented-reality game, an investment firm executive meets a woman who runs a hostel in Spain.
Style: romantic, touching, suspenseful, humorous, non-linear ...
Plot: love hate, love at first sight, unspoken love, mysticism, storytelling, murder mystery, trip, company, secret identity, romance
Time: contemporary
Place: spain, south korea, korea
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