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, stylized, serious, complex, visually appealing and enigmatic films and TV shows about / with storytelling, weird, dialogue, obsession, existentialism, flashback, twists & turns, nudity (full frontal - brief), death and loneliness 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), Irreversible (2002), Reservoir Dogs (1992), The Burning Plain (2008), Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011), Wicker Park (2004), Go (1999), Enemy (2013).

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, bleak ...
Plot: time travel, plague, save the world, alternate reality, paranoia, insanity, post apocalyptic, time loop, social misfits, changing the past or future, post apocalypse, future dystopia ...
Time: future, 21st century, 20th century, 90s, year 1917 ...
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: memory loss, plot twist, mystery, revenge, uncover truth, twists & turns, neo noir, paranoia, amnesia, vengeance, haunted by the past, murder ...
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, atmospheric, melancholic, 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, 21st century, contemporary
Place: spain, europe, latin america, central america, guatemala
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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, strong sexual content, sexual cruelty, 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: brutal, talky, tense, non-linear, stylized ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: heist, crimes, crime gone awry, dark hero, psychopath, swearing, violence spree, gang, heist gone wrong, cult, undercover cop, perfect crime ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: usa, los angeles
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The Burning Plain (2008)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Romance
Country: USA, Argentina, Mexico
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, parents and children, love affair, mother daughter relationship, life is a bitch, unfulfillment, family problems, haunted by the past, small town, infidelity, adultery ...
Time: 21st century, 20th century, 90s, contemporary
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, non-linear, atmospheric ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: espionage, cold war, spy, double agent, government agency, british intelligence, mole, investigation, betrayal, kgb, secret service, torture ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: europe, england, budapest hungary, istanbul turkey, 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, manipulation, dating, love and romance, dishonesty, 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, semi serious, feel good ...
Audience: teens
Plot: nothing goes right, disorder, drug dealing, crimes, multiple storylines, clubbing, bad trip, ecstasy, drug use, cons and scams, 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, mind bending, surreal, sentimental ...
Audience: date night
Plot: existentialism, surrealism, introspection, love, deja vu, love and romance, couple relations, love story, power of love, brainwashing, couples, memory loss ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, new york
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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, obsession, mental illness, delusion, professor, mystery, paranoia, actor, mysterious character, life turned upside down, disorder, lookalikes ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: canada, toronto ontario canada
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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: student, teacher, classmate, school, school shooting, mass murder, suicide, bomb, teenage life, high school life, youth, high school ...
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, rough ...
Plot: investigation, neo noir, gangsters, murder, hitman, record producer, daughter, drugs, motel room, prison, suitcase, stakeout ...
Time: 1960s, 60s, 90s, 20th century
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, tense, melancholic, atmospheric, sexual ...
Plot: lesbian sex, lesbian relationship, lesbian romance, lesbianism, lesbian, lesbian love, seduction, escape, inheritance, lust, jealousy, maid ...
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, touching, serious, non-linear, emotional ...
Plot: filmmaking, obsession, celebrity, couples, looking for love, artists and showbiz, romance, temptation, tarot card, multiple storylines, storytelling, love triangle ...
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: non-linear, enigmatic, melancholic, lyrical, emotional ...
Audience: teens
Plot: skateboarder, security guard, fatal accident, crimes, teenager, high school life, police investigation, deadly, murder, skating, letter, profanity ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, oregon, portland oregon
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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: atmospheric, thought provoking, psychological, enigmatic, surreal ...
Plot: life philosophy, destiny, reincarnation, human nature, life & death, dystopic future, death, love and romance, supernatural, tribe, karma, wisdom of life ...
Time: future, 1930s, 19th century, 20th century, 21st century ...
Place: seoul, hawaii, san francisco, south korea
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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, husband wife reunion, love, world war two, labor camp, flashback, marriage, caucasian, couples, love affair, love and romance ...
Time: 20th century, 1940s, 90s, 40s, 1990s ...
Place: europe, kazakhstan, turkey
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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, suspenseful, realistic, serious, mind bending
Plot: actor's life, crimes, artists and showbiz, disorder, danger, workplace, drugs/alcohol, memory loss, dream, movie theatre, waitress, swimming pool ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
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, stylized, contemplative, realistic, gloomy ...
Plot: world war two, rise and fall, unfulfillment, artists and showbiz, writer's life, ambition, female director, poetry, poet, harp, birth, baby ...
Time: 1940s, 40s, 20th century
Place: poland
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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 and romance, love affair, couples, strong sexual content, sex aid, sexual relations, nudity (full frontal - brief), bondage, love ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
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, starting over, runaway, sarcasm, old man, violent ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: sweden, russia, soviet union, spain
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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, sincere, humorous, realistic, semi serious ...
Plot: nudity (full frontal - brief), friendship, on the road, mountain, farce, buddies, disintegration, escapades, adventurer, music band, midlife crisis, drugs/alcohol ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: belgium
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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, disturbing, offbeat, serious, bleak ...
Plot: multiple storylines, youth, juvenile delinquency, misfit, moral dilemma, human nature, society, couples, social decay, self discovery, crime, crimes ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: sweden, europe
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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, non-linear, suspense ...
Plot: love triangle, disfigurement, hallucination, surrealism, love, virtual reality, nightmare, jealousy, tragic love, disfigured face, obsession, mystery ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 22nd century, future
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city
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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, philosophical, suspense ...
Plot: suicide, life after death, alternate reality, interview, mystery, plot twist, mental illness, science, self discovery, dreams, afterlife, depression ...
Time: future
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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: emotional, serious, stylized, atmospheric, realistic ...
Plot: crumbling marriage, romance, love affair, starting over, introspection, homecoming, couple relations, love triangle, love and romance, womanizer, love story, hopes ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: europe, paris france, usa, oklahoma
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The Goldfinch (2019)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 149 min.
Story: A boy in New York is taken in by a wealthy family after his mother is killed in a bombing at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. In a rush of panic, he steals 'The Goldfinch', a painting that eventually draws him into a world of crime.
Style: atmospheric, non-linear, exciting, psychological, enigmatic
Plot: tragic event, friendship, parent child relationship, museum, art, foster home, bombing, painting, teenage boy, drugs, brother brother relationship, father son relationship ...
Place: manhattan new york city, amsterdam, new york
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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, scary, emotional, surreal, non-linear ...
Plot: haunted house, ghosts, ghost, sibling relationship, family in danger, mysterious past, supernatural ability, uncover truth, imaginary friend, old dark house, family relations, storytelling ...
Place: usa
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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: murder mystery, investigation, snow, justice, murder, train, vengeance, whodunit, conspiracy, doctor, suspect, stabbed to death ...
Time: 1930s, post world war one, pre world war two
Place: europe, venice, turkey, istanbul turkey, mediterranean sea ...
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