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, atmospheric and serious films and TV shows about / with storytelling, dialogue, obsession, loneliness, mentor, catastrophe, existentialism, art, brutality and twists & turns plots mostly in Drama, Mystery and Thriller genres shot in USA, Canada, France and other countries.
non-linear movies
TOP 10 movies tagged as non-linear: Twelve Monkeys (1995), Enemy (2013), Memento (2000), Cloud Atlas (2012), The Fountain (2006), Irreversible (2002), The Discovery (2017), Vanilla Sky (2001), To the Wonder (2012), Reservoir Dogs (1992).

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, atmospheric, surreal, mind bending, bleak ...
Plot: time travel, insanity, paranoia, plague, social misfits, post apocalyptic, changing the past or future, alternate reality, save the world, time loop, apocalypse, future dystopia ...
Time: future, 21st century, 20th century, 90s, year 1917 ...
Place: philadelphia, usa, baltimore
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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: twist ending, psychological, bleak, tense, surreal ...
Plot: symbolism, obsession, mental illness, delusion, professor, mystery, paranoia, actor, life turned upside down, mysterious character, disorder, lookalikes ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: canada, toronto ontario canada
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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, tense, twist ending, suspense ...
Plot: memory loss, uncover truth, revenge, plot twist, mystery, amnesia, paranoia, vengeance, haunted by the past, murder, twists & turns, mistaken identity ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 2000s
Place: usa, california, los angeles
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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, psychological, thought provoking, enigmatic, surreal ...
Plot: destiny, life philosophy, reincarnation, human nature, death, love and romance, tribe, karma, human existence, wisdom of life, life & death, love ...
Time: future, 19th century, 20th century, 21st century, 1930s ...
Place: seoul, san francisco, hawaii, south korea
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The Fountain (2006)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Romance, 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, artsy, atmospheric, melancholic, stylized ...
Plot: immortality, metaphysics, tragic love, terminal illness, reincarnation, loneliness, death, cancer, queen, loss of loved one, tree, afterlife ...
Time: future, 16th century, contemporary, 21st century
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: disturbing, tense, bleak, stylized, surreal ...
Plot: rape, violence, sexual abuse, sexual perversion, sadism, anal rape, brutality, strong sexual content, sexual cruelty, party, rape and revenge, anal sex ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: france, europe, paris france
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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, interview, mystery, plot twist, mental illness, science, self discovery, dreams, alternate reality, 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, love, virtual reality, nightmare, jealousy, hallucinations, surrealism, tragic love, disfigured face, obsession, mystery ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 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: emotional, serious, stylized, realistic, atmospheric ...
Plot: crumbling marriage, romance, love affair, starting over, introspection, homecoming, couple relations, love and romance, love triangle, womanizer, love story, lovers reunited ...
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: brutal, talky, tense, stylized, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: crime gone awry, heist, crimes, dark hero, psychopath, swearing, violence spree, gang, heist gone wrong, cult, undercover cop, perfect crime ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: usa
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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, psychological, exciting, enigmatic
Plot: tragic event, friendship, bombing, parent child relationship, art, museum, painting, foster home, antique shop, teenage boy, death of mother, brother brother relationship ...
Place: manhattan new york city
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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, ghosts, ghost, uncover truth, sibling relationship, family in danger, supernatural ability, mysterious past, imaginary friend, old dark house, storytelling, life is a bitch ...
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, whodunit, murder, doctor, vengeance, suspect, stabbed to death, conspiracy, train ...
Time: 1930s, pre world war two, post world war one
Place: europe, jerusalem, palestine, yugoslavia, istanbul turkey ...
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The Life Before Her Eyes (2007)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: As the 15th anniversary of a fatal high school shooting approaches, former pupil Diana McFee is haunted by memories of the tragedy. After losing her best friend Maureen in the attack, Diana has been profoundly affected by the incident - her ...
Style: psychological, emotional, sincere, suspense, non-linear ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: murder, high school, haunted by the past, adulthood, crimes, best friends, tragedy, guilt, female bonding, repressed memory, self sacrifice, abortion ...
Time: contemporary, future
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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, lesbian, seduction, lesbianism, inheritance, lesbian love, lust, escape, jealousy, maid ...
Time: 1930s
Place: japan, 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, looking for love, couples, romance, artists and showbiz, temptation, multiple storylines, storytelling, love triangle, betrayal ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: los angeles, usa, las vegas
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The Burning Plain (2008)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Romance
Country: USA, 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: touching, sentimental, serious, emotional, non-linear ...
Plot: teenage love, redemption, love affair, parents and children, mother daughter relationship, haunted by the past, unfulfillment, life is a bitch, small town, family problems, infidelity, adultery ...
Time: 20th century, 21st century, 90s, contemporary
Place: mexico, latin america, portland oregon, new mexico, california
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Roma (1972)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Italy, France
Duration: 120 min.
Story: A virtually plotless, gaudy, impressionistic portrait of Rome through the eyes of one of its most famous citizens.
Style: atmospheric, non-linear, stylized, art house, colourful ...
Plot: fashion, society, lifestyle, memory, illegal prostitution, filmmaking, clergy, politics, traffic jam, celebrity culture, bohemian life, artists and showbiz ...
Time: 20th century, 30s, 20s, 70s, 1930s
Place: italy, rome italy, europe, new york, new jersey
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Chungking Express (1994)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Romance
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Two melancholy Hong Kong policemen fall in love: one with a mysterious female underworld figure, the other with a beautiful and ethereal server at a late-night restaurant he frequents.
Style: atmospheric, captivating, ambiguous ending, non-linear, artsy ...
Plot: loneliness, femme fatale, romance, fall in love, girlfriend, depression, acceptance, new beginning, second chance, love, heroin, disguise ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: hong kong, asia, california, taiwan, tokyo
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The Double Life of Veronique (1991)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Music, Mystery, Romance
Country: France, Poland, Norway
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Veronique is a beautiful young French woman who aspires to be a renowned singer; Weronika lives in Poland, has a similar career goal and looks identical to Veronique, though the two are not related. The film follows both women as they contend with ...
Style: touching, realistic, serious, non-linear, emotional ...
Plot: french, polish, singer, self discovery, music, lookalikes, romance, encounter, false identity, young woman, double life, storytelling ...
Time: 90s, year 1990, 1990s
Place: poland, europe, france, paris france
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5x2 (2004)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: France
Duration: 90 min.
Story: As young French couple Gilles and Marion officially separate, we see, in reverse order, the milestone moments in their relationship: Gilles revealing his unfaithfulness at a tense dinner party; Marion giving birth to their premature son while Gilles ...
Style: sincere, enigmatic, non-linear, psychological, realistic ...
Plot: rape, divorce, infidelity, sex, family life, up and down relationship, romance, introspection, family problems, human nature, crumbling marriage, couples ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: france, europe, paris france, sicily, italy
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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, atmospheric, twists and turns, suspense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: espionage, cold war, spy, government agency, british intelligence, mole, double agent, investigation, betrayal, kgb, secret service, torture ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: europe, england, budapest hungary, hungary, istanbul turkey ...
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Russian Ark (2002)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, History, Mystery
Country: Russia, Germany, Japan, Canada, Finland, Denmark
Duration: 99 min.
Story: A French marquis wanders through a vast labyrinth of corridors, theaters and ballrooms at a reception for a Persian ambassador.
Style: epic, captivating, serious, non-linear, stylized ...
Plot: time travel, museum, russian history, revolution, haunted by the past, culture clash, lifestyle, czar, painting, monarchy, empress, surveillance ...
Time: 19th century, 20th century, 18th century, 1700s, 1800s ...
Place: russia, st. petersburg russia, europe, ussr, tokyo
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The Captive (2014)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Canada
Duration: 112 min.
Story: Eight years after the disappearance of Cassandra, some disturbing incidents seem to indicate that she's still alive. Police, parents and Cassandra herself, will try to unravel the mystery of her disappearance.
Style: serious, suspenseful, psychological, suspense, non-linear ...
Plot: kidnapping, missing child, police investigation, crimes, danger, child abuse, little girl, internet chat, psychology, law enforcement, family problems, family in crisis ...
Time: contemporary
Place: canada
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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, vietnam war, poet, african american, ambition, hopes, musician's life, performer's life ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 60s, 70s, 1960s ...
Place: usa, minnesota, manhattan new york city, new jersey, england ...
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Luce (2019)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: A star athlete and top student, Luce's idealized image is challenged by one of his teachers when his unsettling views on political violence come to light, putting a strain on family bonds while igniting intense debates on race and identity.
Style: thought provoking, suspense, psychological, non-linear, twists and turns
Plot: trust, social problems, foster home, teenager, politics, society, conflict, parent child relationship, twists & turns, teenage life, teenage sex, interracial ...
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The Disappearance (2017)
Genre: Drama, Mystery
Country: Canada
Story: When Anthony Sullivan disappears on his tenth birthday, his family is devastated. However, as more and more time passes without the police being able to locate him, long-buried family secrets are dragged to the surface, turning the Sullivan family ...
Style: enigmatic, non-linear, atmospheric, social, bleak
Plot: family drama, missing child, judge, search, hopes, marching, investigation, parents and children, police, treasure hunt, kidnap
Place: quebec
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Beforeigners (2019)
Genre: Drama, Sci-Fi
Country: Norway
Duration: 45 min.
Story: In the near future a new phenomenon starts happening all over the world with powerful flashes of light occurring in the ocean and people from the past mysteriously reappearing. Called “beforeigners,” these people come from three separate time ...
Style: enigmatic, atmospheric, captivating, non-linear
Plot: time travel, imaginary, time traveler, social relations, police detective, mentor, police, viking, parent child relationship, drugs, culture clash, unsupportive coworkers ...
Place: norway, oslo norway
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The Red Sea Diving Resort (2019)
Genre: Drama, History, Thriller
Country: Canada
Duration: 129 min.
Story: Sudan, East Africa, 1980. A team of Israeli Mossad agents plans to rescue and transfer thousands of Ethiopian Jews to Israel. To do so, and to avoid raising suspicions from the inquisitive and ruthless authorities, they establish as a cover a fake ...
Style: rough, suspenseful, non-linear, based on true events, suspense ...
Plot: mossad, refugee camp, refugee, spy, business, weapons, team, saving a life, resort, nothing goes right
Time: 20th century
Place: israel, sudan, ethiopia
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Watchmen (2019)
Genre: Action, Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
Story: Television series based on the comic-book 'Watchmen', which was published by DC Comics in 1986 - 1987.
Style: atmospheric, non-linear, bleak, suspense
Plot: team, superhero, anti hero, superhero team, heroes, racial tension, masked superhero, racial slur, police officer, racial discrimination, masked hero, fight ...
Place: usa
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