Movies with intermingled complex plots

by jfuex | created - 15 May 2011 | updated - 15 Aug 2015 | Public

I love movies like this with multiple seemingly unrelated plots going on that twist in and out of each other and (usually) all converge near the end of the movie.

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1. Go (1999)

R | 102 min | Comedy, Crime

7.3
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72 Metascore

Go! tells the story of the events after a drug deal, told from three different points of view.

Director: Doug Liman | Stars: Sarah Polley, Jay Mohr, Scott Wolf, Taye Diggs

Votes: 61,770 | Gross: $16.84M

Retells the same story repeatedly from multiple perspectives, each giving more context to the overall story.

2. 11:14 (2003)

R | 86 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

7.2
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65 Metascore

The events leading up to an 11:14 PM car crash, from five very different perspectives.

Director: Greg Marcks | Stars: Henry Thomas, Colin Hanks, Ben Foster, Patrick Swayze

Votes: 40,124

Another one that retells the same story from multiple perspectives.

3. Crash (I) (2004)

R | 112 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

7.8
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69 Metascore

Los Angeles citizens with vastly separate lives collide in interweaving stories of race, loss and redemption.

Director: Paul Haggis | Stars: Don Cheadle, Sandra Bullock, Thandie Newton, Karina Arroyave

Votes: 381,758 | Gross: $54.58M

This one plays with your head and forces you to make assumptions about characters, then smashes them by showing perspective from other characters. It really makes you think about race relations in a different way. Very somber.

4. The Fountain (2006)

PG-13 | 96 min | Drama, Sci-Fi

7.3
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51 Metascore

As a modern-day scientist, Tommy is struggling with mortality, desperately searching for the medical breakthrough that will save the life of his cancer-stricken wife, Izzi.

Director: Darren Aronofsky | Stars: Hugh Jackman, Rachel Weisz, Sean Patrick Thomas, Ellen Burstyn

Votes: 205,248 | Gross: $10.14M

Incredibly well told story from one of my favorite directors.

5. Trick 'r Treat (2007)

R | 82 min | Comedy, Horror, Thriller

6.8
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Five interwoven stories that occur on Halloween: An everyday high school principal has a secret life as a serial killer; a college virgin might have just met the guy for her; a group of teenagers pull a mean prank; a woman who loathes the night has to contend with her holiday-obsessed husband; and a mean old man meets his match with a demonic, supernatural trick-or-treater.

Director: Michael Dougherty | Stars: Anna Paquin, Brian Cox, Dylan Baker, Rochelle Aytes

Votes: 69,145

Surprisingly entertaining. I expected it to be a bargain bin DVD type movie, but it was well made. Reminded me of Creepshow with the anthology format.

6. Triangle (2009)

R | 99 min | Fantasy, Mystery, Thriller

6.9
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A group of friends suffer a yachting accident and take refuge on a cruise drifting on the open sea, but quickly realize they were better off on the upturned yacht

Director: Christopher Smith | Stars: Melissa George, Joshua McIvor, Jack Taylor, Michael Dorman

Votes: 78,012

Relatively unknown movie that was surprisingly good. A story nested in a story nested in a story. Will exercise your brain keeping up with it. The idea has been done in several other movies, but I thought it was especially well done here.

7. Inception (2010)

PG-13 | 148 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

8.8
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74 Metascore

A thief, who steals corporate secrets through use of dream-sharing technology, is given the inverse task of planting an idea into the mind of a CEO.

Director: Christopher Nolan | Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Ellen Page, Ken Watanabe

Votes: 1,650,692 | Gross: $292.58M

This story is nested worse than Russian stacking dolls. Will give your brain a fun workout.

8. Primer (2004)

PG-13 | 77 min | Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller

6.9
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68 Metascore

Four friends/fledgling entrepreneurs, knowing that there's something bigger and more innovative than the different error-checking devices they've built, wrestle over their new invention.

Director: Shane Carruth | Stars: Shane Carruth, David Sullivan, Casey Gooden, Anand Upadhyaya

Votes: 82,594 | Gross: $0.42M

What if I put a time machine inside a time machine? Branf-ck, that's what.

9. Pulp Fiction (1994)

R | 154 min | Crime, Drama

8.9
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94 Metascore

The lives of two mob hit men, a boxer, a gangster's wife, and a pair of diner bandits intertwine in four tales of violence and redemption.

Director: Quentin Tarantino | Stars: John Travolta, Uma Thurman, Samuel L. Jackson, Bruce Willis

Votes: 1,475,180 | Gross: $107.93M