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, serious, realistic, stylized, visually appealing and complex films and TV shows about / with weird, storytelling, murder, flashback, dialogue, crimes, existentialism, twists & turns, obsession and nudity (full frontal - brief) plots mostly in Drama, Thriller and Mystery genres shot in USA, France, Germany and other countries.
non-linear movies
TOP 10 movies tagged as non-linear: Twelve Monkeys (1995), Memento (2000), The Fountain (2006), The Big Trip (2011), Irreversible (2002), Reservoir Dogs (1992), Cloud Atlas (2012), The Burning Plain (2008), Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011), Wicker Park (2004).

List of non-linear movies

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, surreal, mind bending, atmospheric, non-linear ...
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 ...
Time: future, 21st century, 20th century, 90s, 1910s ...
Place: philadelphia, baltimore, usa
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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
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The Fountain (2006)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Romance, Sci-Fi
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 97 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, artsy, melancholic, atmospheric, non-linear ...
Plot: immortality, metaphysics, queen, death, reincarnation, tragic love, terminal illness, loneliness, love of one's life, cancer, loss of loved one, tree ...
Time: future, 16th century, contemporary, 21st century
Place: spain, europe, latin america, guatemala, central america
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The Big Trip (2011)
Genre: Comedy
Country: Belgium
Duration: 98 min.
Story: An ad-hoc orchestra treks through the woods, strolling and drinking, to the 'Carnaval du Monde' in Stavelot. The drunken procession appeals to them so much that they forget house and home. Like medieval wandering scholars, they travel from ...
Style: non-linear, humorous, sincere, realistic, semi serious ...
Plot: friendship, adventurer, farce, on the road, midlife crisis, buddies, music band, escapades, hung over, disintegration, nudity (full frontal - brief), mountain ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: belgium
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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: non-linear, rough, disturbing, tense, bleak ...
Plot: rape, violence, sexual abuse, anal rape, sexual perversion, sadism, brutality, sexual cruelty, strong sexual content, party, rape and revenge, anal sex ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: paris france, france, europe
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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: talky, brutal, tense, non-linear, stylized ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: crime gone awry, heist, crimes, dark hero, psychopath, suprisingly clever, swearing, violence spree, gang, cult, undercover cop, perfect crime ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: usa, los angeles
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Cloud Atlas (2012)
Genre: Action, 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, atmospheric, psychological, enigmatic, surreal ...
Plot: destiny, life philosophy, reincarnation, human nature, life & death, dystopic future, death, love and romance, supernatural, tribe, graphic violence, karma ...
Time: future, 1930s, 19th century, 20th century, 21st century ...
Place: seoul, san francisco, hawaii, south korea
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The Burning Plain (2008)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Romance
Country: USA, Mexico, 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: non-linear, touching, serious, sentimental, emotional ...
Plot: teenage love, redemption, adultery, parents and children, love affair, mother daughter relationship, small town, haunted by the past, life is a bitch, unfulfillment, family problems, infidelity ...
Time: contemporary, 90s, 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, USA
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, non-linear, atmospheric ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: espionage, cold war, spy, double agent, government agency, british intelligence, investigation, mole, betrayal, kgb, secret service, torture ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: europe, budapest, england, budapest hungary, hungary ...
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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, non-linear, romantic, twists and turns ...
Audience: date night, chick flick, girls' night
Plot: obsession, love at first sight, love triangle, manipulations, sociopath, friendship, betrayal, dating, love and romance, dishonesty, manipulation, intrigue ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: chicago illinois, usa, france
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Go (1999)
Genre: Comedy, Crime
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Told from three perspectives, a story of a bunch of young Californians trying to get some cash, do and deal some drugs, score money and sex in Las Vegas, and generally experience the rush of life.
Style: witty, humorous, non-linear, feel good, semi serious ...
Audience: teens
Plot: nothing goes right, disorder, drug dealing, crimes, multiple storylines, bad trip, clubbing, ecstasy, drug use, plan gone awry, partners, sexual activity ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: las vegas, los angeles, usa
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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: melancholic, psychological, surreal, mind bending, romantic ...
Audience: date night
Plot: surrealism, existentialism, introspection, love, power of love, love story, love and romance, deja vu, couple relations, couples, brainwashing, memory loss ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, new york
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Two Hearts as One (2014)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: Turkey
Duration: 126 min.
Story: A look inside the story of two newlyweds who are parted from each other and spend the next half-century of their lives trying to reunite.
Style: emotional, realistic, captivating, non-linear, touching ...
Plot: life is a bitch, wartime life, love, husband wife reunion, world war two, marriage, caucasian, labor camp, couples, flashback, love affair, love and romance ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1940s, 40s, 1990s ...
Place: europe, turkey, kazakhstan
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Enemy (2013)
Genre: Drama, 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: twist ending, psychological, bleak, tense, surreal ...
Plot: symbolism, paranoia, actor, obsession, mental illness, professor, delusion, mystery, life turned upside down, disorder, mysterious character, lookalikes ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: canada, toronto ontario canada
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Dirty Little Trick (2011)
Genre: Crime, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: After picking up a beautiful young hitch-hiker, Michael Anderson finds himself living in his worst possible nightmare.
Style: suspenseful, stylized, realistic, serious, non-linear ...
Plot: femme fatale, on the run, frame up, cons and scams, heroes, law enforcement, gangsters, crimes, danger, dishonesty, protagonist as suspect, chases and races ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, arizona
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Love (2005)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, Serbia and Montenegro
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Told through a looping, non-linear narrative from each of the characters' points of view, the film reconstructs the stories of a Yugoslav hit man, his former lover and her police officer boyfriend, as their paths cross in New York.
Style: suspenseful, serious, realistic, non-linear
Plot: hitman, hotel, rescue, woman in danger, law enforcement, hostage, murder, terrorism, redemption, gangsters, crimes, deadly ...
Time: contemporary
Place: former yugoslavia, new york, europe, usa, yugoslavia
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Beyond the Wall of Sleep (2006)
Genre: Horror
Country: USA
Duration: 84 min.
Story: Joe Slaader is a mysterious mountain man being held in the Ulster County Asylum after the brutal murder of his family. Edward Eischel, a young intern, sees something more than just an inbred monster in this new inmate, however. Instead, he sees him ...
Style: suspenseful, bleak, serious, non-linear, psychological
Plot: obsession, supernatural, crimes, danger, murder, mental institution, ancient mystery, deadly, mental disorder, doctor, mountain, nudity (full frontal - brief) ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
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Elephant (2003)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 81 min.
Story: Several ordinary high school students go through their daily routine as two others prepare for something more malevolent. The film chronicles the events surrounding a school shooting.
Style: disturbing, bleak, psychological, serious, tense ...
Audience: teens
Plot: school shooting, mass murder, student, teacher, classmate, school, massacre, suicide, bomb, teenage life, high school life, youth ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, portland oregon, california
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The Limey (1999)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: The Limey follows Wilson, a tough English ex-con who travels to Los Angeles to avenge his daughter's death. Upon arrival, Wilson goes to task battling Valentine and an army of L.A.'s toughest criminals, hoping to find clues and piece ...
Style: non-linear, stylized, atmospheric, contemplative, realistic ...
Plot: investigation, neo noir, gangsters, murder, hitman, record producer, stakeout, warehouse, ex convict, ambush, daughter, prison ...
Time: 1960s, 60s, 20th century, 90s
Place: los angeles, california, usa, pacific ocean, london
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The Handmaiden (2016)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Thriller
Country: South Korea
Duration: 145 min.
Story: 1930s Korea, in the period of Japanese occupation, a new girl (Sookee) is hired as a handmaiden to a Japanese heiress (Hideko) who lives a secluded life on a large countryside estate with her domineering Uncle (Kouzuki). But the maid has a secret. ...
Style: erotic, melancholic, tense, atmospheric, sexual ...
Plot: lesbian relationship, lesbian sex, lesbian romance, lesbian, lesbian love, lesbianism, seduction, escape, inheritance, lust, con woman, jealousy ...
Time: 1930s
Place: japan, south korea, tokyo
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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: meditative, serious, touching, non-linear, emotional ...
Plot: filmmaking, obsession, celebrity, romance, artists and showbiz, looking for love, couples, temptation, multiple storylines, storytelling, love and romance, betrayal ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: los angeles, usa, las vegas
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Paranoid Park (2007)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Country: France, USA
Duration: 85 min.
Story: The teenager and skateboarder Alex is interviewed by Detective Richard Lu that is investigating the death of a security guard in the rail yards severed by a train who was apparently hit by a skate board. While dealing with the separation process of ...
Style: surreal, non-linear, enigmatic, melancholic, lyrical ...
Audience: teens
Plot: skateboarder, security guard, fatal accident, crimes, teenager, high school life, police investigation, deadly, murder, profanity, skating, letter ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: oregon, usa, portland oregon
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Enakkul Oruvan (2015)
Genre: Thriller
Country: India
Duration: 136 min.
Story: A man suffering from insomnia is tricked into buying a drug, Lucia, that makes his desires come true in his dreams, blurring the line between fantasy and reality.
Style: non-linear, realistic, mind bending, suspenseful, serious
Plot: artists and showbiz, drugs/alcohol, crimes, actor's life, disorder, workplace, danger, memory loss, bathtub, love, marriage proposal, pizza ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: asia, india
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Doll (2013)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: Poland
Duration: 131 min.
Story: The rise and fall of the most distinguished Polish-Gypsy poetess Bronislawa Wajs, widely known as Papusza, and her relationship with her discoverer, writer Jerzy Ficowski.
Style: non-linear, contemplative, gloomy, atmospheric, stylized ...
Plot: world war two, gypsy, writer's life, artists and showbiz, rise and fall, ambition, unfulfillment, poet, poetry, female director, writing a book, gypsy camp ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 40s
Place: poland
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McCanick (2013)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Over the course of one feverish day, a harried narcotics detective and his reluctant partner frantically track down a recently released convict who knows a secret from the past.
Style: tense, twists and turns, serious, non-linear, captivating ...
Plot: crimes, criminal, police corruption, partners, dishonesty, tough law enforcer, murder, manhunt, drug dealer, police detective, graphic violence, chases and races ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: philadelphia, usa, pennsylvania
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Tied (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: France, Luxembourg, Belgium
Duration: 80 min.
Story: A banker strikes up a sadomasochistic relationship with a mistress.
Style: serious, tense, realistic, non-linear, sexy ...
Plot: dominatrix, infidelity, destructive relationship, love affair, love and romance, couples, strong sexual content, sex aid, sexual relations, bondage, nudity (full frontal - brief), love ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: france, australia
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The 100 Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared (2013)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy
Country: Sweden, Russia, UK, France, Spain, Germany
Duration: 114 min.
Story: After living a long and colorful life, Allan Karlsson finds himself stuck in a nursing home. On his 100th birthday, he leaps out a window and begins an unexpected journey.
Style: feel good, semi serious, absurd, non-linear, entertaining ...
Plot: adventure, retirement home, escapades, comedy of errors, aging, wanted, chase, deadpan, starting over, runaway, sarcasm, old man ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: sweden, russia, eastern europe, spain, soviet union
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Tic Tac (1997)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: Sweden
Duration: 96 min.
Story: During one single day a number of life destinies cross one another. It becomes a night for the involved they will never forget, a night when the coincidences are going to change their lives forever.
Style: non-linear, offbeat, disturbing, bleak, contemplative ...
Plot: multiple storylines, arson, youth, social misfits, misfit, crime, society, life is a bitch, juvenile delinquency, couples, couple relations, self discovery ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: sweden, europe
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The Simple-Minded Murderer (1982)
Genre: Drama
Country: Sweden
Duration: 108 min.
Story: The feeble-minded Sven's mother dies and he gets work as a farm-hand at the rich, affluent Höglund's farm. He has to work without pay and sleeps together with the cows. He meets the disabled Anna who is the first one to treat him as an ...
Style: non-linear, serious, realistic, bleak, offbeat ...
Plot: mentally challenged, disability, farm, hopes, life is a bitch, social misfits, love and romance, master and servant, misfit, social differences, injustice, power relations ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 30s
Place: sweden, europe
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Blind Intersections (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: Lebanon, United Arab Emirates
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Three protagonists, one city, different backgrounds: Nour, India and Marwan pass each other but they never meet, though the effect of one incident will drastically alter their lives. Caught in a moment, their lives fall apart in just a matter of ...
Style: emotional, realistic, serious, non-linear, gloomy
Plot: life turned upside down, life is a bitch, dysfunctional family, destiny, family problems, down on your luck, death in the family, drug abuse, multiple storylines, marriage, car accident, sexual content ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: lebanon, middle east, beirut lebanon
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