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, complex, weird, stylized, visually appealing and thought provoking films and TV shows about / with storytelling, dialogue, suspense, twists and turns, mentor, love, death, loneliness, existentialism and flashback plots mostly in Drama, Thriller and Mystery genres shot in USA, Canada, France and other countries.
non-linear movies
TOP 10 movies tagged as non-linear: Memento (2000), 11:14 (2003), The Butterfly Effect (2004), The Fountain (2006), Cloud Atlas (2012), Enemy (2013), Irreversible (2002), The Discovery (2017), Snatch (2000), Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011).

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, twist ending, confusing, neo noir ...
Audience: teens
Plot: suspense, amnesia, memory loss, murder, plot twist, revenge, memory, paranoia, vengeance, psychology, twists and turns, haunted by the past ...
Time: future, 90s, 20th century, 2000s, 21st century
Place: los angeles, california, usa
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11:14 (2003)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 86 min.
Story: Tells the seemingly random yet vitally connected story of a set of incidents that all converge one evening at 11:14pm. The story follows the chain of events of five different characters and five different storylines that all converge to tell the ...
Style: twist ending, non-linear, psychological, enigmatic, thought provoking ...
Plot: dark humor, accident, twists and turns, murder, suspense, chase, vandalism, crime gone awry, multiple perspectives, multiple storylines, police officer, obsession ...
Time: 21st century
Place: usa
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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, dramatic, philosophical, thought provoking ...
Audience: teens, girls' night, chick flick
Plot: time travel, time loop, butterfly effect, twists and turns, memory loss, suspense, alternate reality, psychology, memory, changing the past or future, time traveler, mind control ...
Time: future, 21st century
Place: usa
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The Fountain (2006)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Romance, Sci-Fi
Country: USA, Canada
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, melancholic, philosophical, thought provoking, artsy ...
Audience: teens, adult
Plot: metaphysics, death, spirituality, afterlife, surrealism, cancer, buddhism, immortality, loneliness, obsession, love, love story ...
Time: future, 16th century, 21st century
Place: spain, europe, latin america, guatemala, central america
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Cloud Atlas (2012)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
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, futuristic, surreal, enigmatic ...
Audience: chick flick, teens
Plot: distopia, destiny, reincarnation, life & death, multiple storylines, life philosophy, dystopic future, existentialism, death, post apocalypse, human nature, karma ...
Time: future, 20th century, year 1936, year 1975, 2010s ...
Place: san francisco, belgium, seoul, south korea, hawaii
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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: surreal, psychological, twist ending, intense, atmospheric ...
Audience: teens
Plot: doppelganger, infidelity, symbolism, paranoia, mental illness, nightmare, suspense, surrealism, obsession, spider, disturbed individual, twists and turns ...
Time: 21st century
Place: canada, toronto ontario canada
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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: art house, disturbing, bleak, sexy, sexual ...
Audience: adult
Plot: rape, violent, sexual abuse, violence, revenge, rape and revenge, brutality, sexual perversion, vengeance, sex, sadism, anal rape ...
Time: 2000s, 21st century
Place: paris france, france, europe
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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: enigmatic, philosophical, intellectual, psychological, non-linear ...
Plot: afterlife, suicide, alternate reality, life after death, macabre, plot twist, dreams, twists and turns, self discovery, science, religion, psychology ...
Time: future
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Snatch (2000)
Genre: Comedy, Crime
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: The second film from British director Guy Ritchie. Snatch tells an obscure story similar to his first fast-paced crazy character-colliding filled film “Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels.” There are two overlapping stories here – one is the ...
Style: entertaining, witty, humorous, funny, clever ...
Audience: manly, boys' night
Plot: gambling, heist, sarcasm, gangsters, criminal heroes, caper, organized crime, cons and scams, graphic violence, robbery, crime gone awry, master criminal ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 2000s
Place: england, london, belgium, antwerp, europe
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Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK, France, Germany, USA
Duration: 127 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: clever, tense, thought provoking, bleak, non-linear ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: cold war, espionage, spy, investigation, secret service, mole, british intelligence, double agent, suspense, secret agents, betrayal, government agency ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: england, europe, london, budapest, istanbul turkey ...
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The Skin I Live In (2011)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Spain, USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: A brilliant plastic surgeon creates a synthetic skin that withstands any kind of damage. His guinea pig: a mysterious and volatile woman who holds the key to his obsession.
Style: psychological, disturbing, suspenseful, sexy, clever ...
Audience: adult
Plot: kidnapping, obsession, twists and turns, rape, insanity, skin, revenge, sexual perversion, tragic love, isolation, gender bending, abuse ...
Time: year 2006, year 2012, 21st century
Place: spain, ancient greece, europe
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Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: An assassin is shot at the altar by her ruthless employer, Bill and other members of their assassination circle – but 'The Bride' lives to plot her vengeance. Setting out for some payback, she makes a death list and hunts down those who ...
Style: tense, non-linear, bloody, visually appealing, exciting ...
Audience: chick flick, girls' night, boys' night
Plot: revenge, vengeance, martial arts, mentor, female protagonist, dark hero, fight, mission, sword, violent, katana, organized crime ...
Time: 80s, 90s, 2000s, 20th century, 21st century
Place: japan, tokyo, austin texas, asia, usa ...
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Reservoir Dogs (1992)
Genre: Crime, 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: neo noir, stylized, talky, brutal, non-linear ...
Audience: boys' night, manly
Plot: heist, crime gone awry, robbery, gang, dark hero, undercover cop, suspense, psychopath, organized crime, violent, torture, gangsters ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: los angeles, usa, california
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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, surreal, twist ending, non-linear, atmospheric ...
Plot: time travel, insanity, post apocalypse, apocalypse, psychology, paranoia, time loop, virus, end of the world, alternate reality, social misfits, save the world ...
Time: future, 90s, 2030s, 20th century, year 1990 ...
Place: philadelphia, maryland, canada, baltimore, usa
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Your Name. (2016)
Genre: Animation, Drama, Fantasy, Romance
Country: Japan
Duration: 106 min.
Story: High schoolers Mitsuha and Taki are complete strangers living separate lives. But one night, they suddenly switch places. Mitsuha wakes up in Taki’s body, and he in hers. This bizarre occurrence continues to happen randomly, and the two must ...
Style: anime, touching, sweet, romantic, emotional ...
Audience: teens, date night, family outing, kids, teen drama
Plot: time travel, body swapping, school, girl, beautiful scenery, love, friendship, destiny, schoolgirl, teenager, memory loss, boy ...
Place: japan, tokyo
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I'm Not There (2007)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music
Country: Germany, Canada, USA, France
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: non-linear, stylized, meditative, talky, lyrical ...
Plot: music, musician, actor, poet, rock, drugs, art, brutality, african american, drug addiction, artist, artists and showbiz ...
Time: 60s, 70s, 50s, 20th century, year 1964 ...
Place: usa, new york, london, woodstock, harlem ...
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The Haunting of Hill House (2018)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 572 min.
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Story: The Crains, a fractured family, confront haunting memories of their old home and the terrifying events that drove them from it.
Style: scary, enigmatic, disturbing, surreal, non-linear ...
Plot: ghost, haunted house, supernatural, supernatural horror, mysterious past, family relations, addiction, sibling relationship, mysticism, past coming back to haunt, spirit, life is a bitch ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 2010s, 21st century
Place: usa
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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: philosophical, non-linear, romantic, humorous, funny ...
Audience: date night, chick flick
Plot: relationships, love and romance, neurosis, marriage, divorce, jewish, comedian, unlikely friendships, loneliness, love story, friendship, art ...
Time: 70s, 1940s, 20th century, 60s
Place: new york, los angeles, california, usa, brooklyn 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: philosophical, emotional, melancholic, non-linear, stylized ...
Plot: crumbling marriage, love affair, love triangle, marriage, love, love story, introspection, starting over, homecoming, couple relations, infidelity, extramarital affair ...
Time: 21st century
Place: europe, paris france, oklahoma, usa
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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: touching, non-linear, emotional, sexy, melancholic ...
Plot: adultery, teenage love, mother daughter reunion, caught having sex, unhappy wife, redemption, mother daughter relationship, female nudity, infidelity, cheating wife, depression, loneliness ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 21st century
Place: california, latin america, mexico, new mexico, portland oregon
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Kill Bill: Vol. 2 (2004)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 137 min.
Story: The Bride unwaveringly continues on her roaring rampage of revenge against the band of assassins who had tried to kill her and her unborn child. She visits each of her former associates one-by-one, checking off the victims on her Death List Five ...
Style: brutal, non-linear, atmospheric, bloody, stylized ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: revenge, strong female lead, vengeance, sword fight, dark humor, martial arts, tough girl, vigilante, female assassin, fight, one woman army, mentor ...
Time: 2000s, 21st century
Place: austin texas, japan, tokyo, el paso texas, mexico
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21 Grams (2003)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 124 min.
Story: This is the story of three gentle persons: Paul Rivers an ailing mathematician lovelessly married to an English émigré, Christina Peck, an upper-middle-class suburban housewife, happily married and mother of two little girls, and Jack Jordan, an ...
Style: mind bending, emotional, psychological, depressing, gloomy ...
Plot: life is a bitch, guilt, drugs, drug addiction, multiple storylines, loneliness, suspense, grief, death, mathematician, tragedy, drug addict ...
Time: 21st century
Place: usa, new mexico
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Spider (2002)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Canada, UK
Duration: 98 min.
Story: A mentally disturbed man takes residence in a halfway house. His mind gradually slips back into the realm created by his illness, where he replays a key part of his childhood.
Style: psychological, bleak, surreal, disturbing, enigmatic ...
Plot: mental illness, childhood trauma, murder, haunted by the past, paranoia, psychology, insanity, twists and turns, psychopath, misfit, mental patient, suspense ...
Time: 50s, 21st century
Place: london, canada, europe, east end london, united kingdom ...
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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, realistic, controversial, non-linear ...
Audience: teens, teen drama
Plot: school shooting, violence, mass murder, teacher, teenager, school, murder, high school, bullying, youth, serial killer, suicide ...
Time: 21st century
Place: usa, california, portland oregon
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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: entertaining, humorous, non-linear, sexy, funny ...
Audience: teens, adult
Plot: drugs, rave, clubbing, christmas, multiple storylines, drug dealer, marijuana, nothing goes right, hit and run, stripper, supermarket, teenager ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: los angeles, las vegas, usa
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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, sexy, atmospheric, tense, melancholic ...
Audience: chick flick, date night, adult
Plot: lesbian, lesbian relationship, lesbian love, lust, plot twist, sex, lesbianism, lesbian romance, lesbian sex, twists and turns, seduction, woman ...
Time: 1930s
Place: japan, india, asia, south korea, tokyo
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Knight of Cups (2015)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, 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: stylized, meditative, art house, non-linear, emotional ...
Audience: teens
Plot: couples, obsession, writers, multiple storylines, celebrity, love, temptation, tarot card, artists and showbiz, looking for love, existentialism, desert ...
Time: 21st century
Place: los angeles, las vegas, usa
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500 Days of Summer (2009)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Tom, greeting-card writer and hopeless romantic, is caught completely off-guard when his girlfriend, Summer, suddenly dumps him. He reflects on their 500 days together to try to figure out where their love affair went sour, and in doing so, Tom ...
Style: sweet, touching, sentimental, romantic, emotional ...
Audience: date night, chick flick, girls' night, teens, teen drama
Plot: love, relationships, breakup, love story, love and romance, couples, couple relations, destiny, fall in love, unfulfilled love, life philosophy, dating ...
Time: 21st century
Place: los angeles, california, new york, usa
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Last Year at Marienbad (1961)
Genre: Drama, Mystery
Country: France, Italy
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Takes place in a chateau, an ambiguous story of a man and a woman who may or may not have met last year at Marienbad.
Style: surreal, mind bending, psychological, atmospheric, experimental ...
Plot: hotel, surrealism, obsession, memory, uncertainty, stream of consciousness, alternate reality, amnesia, haunted by the past, dishonesty, hopes, destiny ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: france, europe
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Jacob's Ladder (1990)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 113 min.
Story: A traumatized Vietnam war veteran finds out that his post-war life isn't what he believes it to be when he's attacked by horned creatures in the subway and his dead son comes to visit him...
Style: surreal, scary, bleak, twist ending, psychological ...
Plot: paranoia, nightmare, hallucination, twists and turns, delusion, mind game, psychology, dealing with death, mental illness, haunted by the past, conspiracy, memory ...
Time: 20th century, year 1971, 70s
Place: new york, vietnam, usa, asia, brooklyn new york city
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