30 Best Movies Like Inception (2010)

If you enjoyed Inception we recommend 30 similar movies: Quiet Comes the Dawn, Interstellar, Now You See Me, Trance, Looper, Cloud Atlas, Source Code, Limitless, In Time, The Adjustment Bureau, Sucker Punch, TRON: Legacy, Shutter Island, Mr. Nobody, Surrogates, The Prestige, Papurika, Batman Begins, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Lost, Minority Report, Donnie Darko, Vanilla Sky, Memento, The Cell, The Matrix, The Thirteenth Floor, eXistenZ, Dark City, Open Your Eyes
Female protagonist’s brother dies under mysterious circumstances. Extremely vivid nightmares begin to haunt her and she decides to turn to the Institute of somnology for help. Along with other patients, they are induced into a «collective lucid dream». But at the dawn, they will awake to a completely different reality that is more horrifying than any nightmare.
GenreSci-fi, Drama, adventure
CountryUSA, United Kingdom
CastMatthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain
DirectorChristopher Nolan
In Earth's future, a global crop blight and second Dust Bowl are slowly rendering the planet uninhabitable. Professor Brand (Michael Caine), a brilliant NASA physicist, is working on plans to save mankind by transporting Earth's population to a new home via a wormhole. But first, Brand must send former NASA pilot Cooper (Matthew McConaughey) and a team of researchers through the wormhole and across the galaxy to find out which of three planets could be mankind's new home.
GenreThriller, crime, detective
CountryFrance, USA
CastMark Ruffalo, Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson
DirectorLouis Leterrier
Charismatic magician Atlas (Jesse Eisenberg) leads a team of talented illusionists called the Four Horsemen. Atlas and his comrades mesmerize audiences with a pair of amazing magic shows that drain the bank accounts of the corrupt and funnel the money to audience members. A federal agent (Mark Ruffalo) and an Interpol detective (Mélanie Laurent) intend to rein in the Horsemen before their next caper, and they turn to Thaddeus (Morgan Freeman), a famous debunker, for help.
GenreThriller, Drama, crime, detective
CountryUnited Kingdom, France
CastJames McAvoy, Vincent Cassel, Rosario Dawson
DirectorDanny Boyle
Simon (James McAvoy), a fine-art auctioneer, joins a gang of thieves led by Franck (Vincent Cassel) to steal a priceless Goya painting. During the heist Simon suffers a head injury and awakes with no memory of where he hid the artwork. When torture and physical threats fail to break through his amnesia, Franck hires a hypnotherapist named Elizabeth (Rosario Dawson) to find the answer. But as Elizabeth probes the recesses of Simon's mind, the lines between truth and deceit start to blur.
GenreSci-fi, Action, Thriller, crime, Drama
CountryUSA, China
CastJoseph Gordon-Levitt, Bruce Willis, Emily Blunt
DirectorRian Johnson
In a future society, time-travel exists, but it's only available to those with the means to pay for it on the black market. When the mob wants to eliminate someone, it sends the target into the past, where a hit man known as a looper lies in wait to finish the job. Joe (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) is one such hired gun, and he does his job well -- until the day his bosses decide to "close the loop" and send Joe's future self (Bruce Willis) back in time to be killed.
GenreSci-fi, Drama
CountryUSA, Germany, Hong Kong, Singapore
CastTom Hanks, Halle Berry, Jim Broadbent
DirectorLana Wachowski, Tom Tykwer, Andy Wachowski
Actors (Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Jim Broadbent) take on multiple roles in an epic that spans five centuries. An attorney harbors a fleeing slave on a voyage from the Pacific Islands in 1849; a poor composer in pre-World War II Britain struggles to finish his magnum opus before a past act catches up with him; a genetically engineered worker in 2144 feels the forbidden stirring of human consciousness -- and so on. As souls are born and reborn, they renew their bonds to one another throughout time.
GenreSci-fi, Action, Thriller, Drama
CountryUSA, Canada
CastJake Gyllenhaal, Michelle Monaghan, Vera Farmiga
DirectorDuncan Jones
Helicopter pilot Colter Stevens (Jake Gyllenhaal) is part of a top-secret military operation that enables him to experience the last few minutes in the life of Sean Fentress, a man who died in a commuter-train explosion. The purpose of Colter's mission is to learn the identity of the bomber and prevent a similar catastrophe. As Colter lives Sean's final moments, he becomes more certain that he can prevent the first tragedy from occurring -- as long as he doesn't run out of time.
GenreSci-fi, Thriller, detective
CastBradley Cooper, Robert De Niro, Abbie Cornish
DirectorNeil Burger
Facing unemployment and his girlfriend's rejection, writer Eddie Morra (Bradley Cooper) is sure that he has no future. That all changes when an old friend gives him a drug that produces enhanced mental acuity. Stoked on the untested chemical, Eddie rises to the top of the financial world and attracts the attention of a tycoon (Robert De Niro) who intends to use him to make a fortune. But terrible side-effects and a dwindling supply threaten to collapse Eddie's house of cards.
GenreSci-fi, Thriller, Drama, melodrama, crime
CastJustin Timberlake, Amanda Seyfried, Cillian Murphy
DirectorAndrew Niccol
In a future where time is money and the wealthy can live forever, Will Salas (Justin Timberlake) is a poor man who rarely has more than a day's worth of life on his time clock. When he saves Henry Hamilton (Matt Bomer) from time thieves, Will receives the gift of a century. However, such a large transaction attracts the attention of the authorities, and when Will is falsely accused of murder, he must go on the run, taking the daughter (Amanda Seyfried) of an incredibly wealthy man with him.
GenreSci-fi, Thriller, melodrama
CastMatt Damon, Emily Blunt, Anthony Mackie
DirectorGeorge Nolfi
Just as he is on the brink of winning a Senate seat, politician David Norris (Matt Damon) meets a ballerina named Elise Sellas (Emily Blunt). Though David is instantly smitten, mysterious men conspire to keep him away from the beautiful dancer. David learns that he is facing the powerful agents of Fate itself, and glimpsing the future laid out for him, must either accept a predetermined path that does not include Elise or else defy Fate to be with her.
Genrefantasy, Action, adventure
CountryUSA, Canada
CastEmily Browning, Abbie Cornish, Jena Malone
DirectorZack Snyder
Locked away, a young woman named Babydoll (Emily Browning) retreats to a fantasy world where she is free to go wherever her mind takes her. Determined to fight for real freedom, she finds four women -- Rocket, Blondie, Amber and Sweet Pea -- to join together to escape the terrible fate that awaits them. With a virtual arsenal at their disposal, the allies battle everything from samurais to serpents, while trying to decide what price they will pay for survival.
GenreSci-fi, Action, adventure, fantasy
CastJeff Bridges, Garrett Hedlund, Olivia Wilde
DirectorJoseph Kosinski
Sam (Garrett Hedlund), the son of famous video-game developer Kevin Flynn (Jeff Bridges), has been haunted for a long time by his father's mysterious disappearance. A strange signal draws Sam to Flynn's Arcade, and he is pulled into the same cyberworld in which his father, its creator, has been trapped for 20 years. With fearless warrior Quorra (Olivia Wilde), Kevin and Sam seek to escape from a universe that, while magnificent, is far more advanced and dangerous than Kevin had ever imagined.
GenreThriller, detective
CastLeonardo DiCaprio, Mark Ruffalo, Ben Kingsley
DirectorMartin Scorsese
The implausible escape of a brilliant murderess brings U.S. Marshal Teddy Daniels (Leonardo DiCaprio) and his new partner (Mark Ruffalo) to Ashecliffe Hospital, a fortress-like insane asylum located on a remote, windswept island. The woman appears to have vanished from a locked room, and there are hints of terrible deeds committed within the hospital walls. As the investigation deepens, Teddy realizes he will have to confront his own dark fears if he hopes to make it off the island alive.
GenreSci-fi, fantasy, Drama, melodrama
CountryBelgium, Germany, Canada, France
CastJared Leto, Sarah Polley, Diane Kruger
DirectorJaco van Dormael
In 2092 the last mortal human (Jared Leto) on Earth reflects on his long past and thinks about the lives he might have led.
GenreSci-fi, Action, Thriller
CastBruce Willis, Radha Mitchell, Rosamund Pike
DirectorJonathan Mostow
In the near future, people live their lives free of pain, danger and complications through robotic representations of themselves, called surrogates. When the first murder in more than a decade rocks this near-perfect society, FBI Agent Greer (Bruce Willis) discovers a vast conspiracy and must abandon his own surrogate to solve the crime, risking his own life in the process.
GenreThriller, Drama, detective, Sci-fi
CountryUSA, United Kingdom
CastHugh Jackman, Christian Bale, Michael Caine
DirectorChristopher Nolan
An illusion gone horribly wrong pits two 19th-century magicians, Alfred Borden (Christian Bale) and Rupert Angier (Hugh Jackman), against each other in a bitter battle for supremacy. Terrible consequences loom when the pair escalate their feud, each seeking not just to outwit -- but to destroy -- the other man.
Genrecartoon, Sci-fi, detective
CastMegumi Hayashibara, Tôru Furuya, Kôichi Yamadera
DirectorSatoshi Kon
Dr. Atsuko Chiba works as a scientist by day and, under the code name "Paprika," is a dream detective at night. Atsuko and her colleagues are working on a device called the DC Mini, which is intended to help psychiatric patients, but in the wrong hands it could destroy people's minds. When a prototype is stolen, Atsuko/Paprika springs into action to recover it before damage is done.
GenreAction, adventure, Sci-fi, Drama
CountryUSA, United Kingdom
CastChristian Bale, Katie Holmes, Michael Caine
DirectorChristopher Nolan
A young Bruce Wayne (Christian Bale) travels to the Far East, where he's trained in the martial arts by Henri Ducard (Liam Neeson), a member of the mysterious League of Shadows. When Ducard reveals the League's true purpose -- the complete destruction of Gotham City -- Wayne returns to Gotham intent on cleaning up the city without resorting to murder. With the help of Alfred (Michael Caine), his loyal butler, and Lucius Fox (Morgan Freeman), a tech expert at Wayne Enterprises, Batman is born.
Genremelodrama, Sci-fi, Drama
CastJim Carrey, Kate Winslet, Elijah Wood
DirectorMichel Gondry
After a painful breakup, Clementine (Kate Winslet) undergoes a procedure to erase memories of her former boyfriend Joel (Jim Carrey) from her mind. When Joel discovers that Clementine is going to extremes to forget their relationship, he undergoes the same procedure and slowly begins to forget the woman that he loved. Directed by former music video director Michel Gondry, the visually arresting film explores the intricacy of relationships and the pain of loss.
GenreSci-fi, fantasy, Thriller, Drama, detective, adventure
CastMatthew Fox, Evangeline Lilly
The survivors of Oceanic Flight 815 were 1,000 miles off course when they crashed on a lush, mysterious island. Each person possesses a shocking secret, but they've got nothing on the island itself, which harbors a monstrous security system, a series of underground bunkers and a group of violent survivalists hidden in the shadows.
GenreSci-fi, Action, Thriller, detective
CastTom Cruise, Max von Sydow, Samantha Morton
DirectorSteven Spielberg
Based on a story by famed science fiction writer Philip K. Dick, "Minority Report" is an action-detective thriller set in Washington D.C. in 2054, where police utilize a psychic technology to arrest and convict murderers before they commit their crime. Tom Cruise plays the head of this Precrime unit and is himself accused of the future murder of a man he hasn't even met.
GenreSci-fi, Thriller, Drama, detective
CastJake Gyllenhaal, Jena Malone, Maggie Gyllenhaal
DirectorRichard Kelly
In a funny, moving and distinctly mind-bending journey through suburban America, one extraordinary but disenchanted teenager is about to take Time's Arrow for a ride. After surviving a freak accident, Donnie (Jake Gyllenhaal) begins to explore what it means to be alive, and in short order to be in love, he uncovers secrets of the universe that give him a tempting power to alter time and destiny.
GenreSci-fi, fantasy, Thriller, melodrama, detective
CountryUSA, Spain
CastTom Cruise, Penélope Cruz, Cameron Diaz
DirectorCameron Crowe
Tom Cruise and Cameron Crowe reunite after "Jerry Maguire" for "Vanilla Sky," the story of a young New York City publishing magnate who finds himself on an unexpected roller-coaster ride of romance, comedy, suspicion, love, sex and dreams in a mind-bending search for his soul.
GenreThriller, detective, Drama, crime
CastGuy Pearce, Carrie-Anne Moss, Joe Pantoliano
DirectorChristopher Nolan
Leonard (Guy Pearce) is tracking down the man who raped and murdered his wife. The difficulty, however, of locating his wife's killer is compounded by the fact that he suffers from a rare, untreatable form of memory loss. Although he can recall details of life before his accident, Leonard cannot remember what happened fifteen minutes ago, where he's going, or why.
GenreHorror, Sci-fi, Thriller
CountryUSA, Germany
CastJennifer Lopez, Vince Vaughn, Vincent D'Onofrio
DirectorTarsem Singh
"The Cell" takes a shocking, riveting mind trip into the dark and dangerous corridors of a serial killer's psyche -- a psyche that holds the key to saving the killer's final, trapped victim who remains alive. Making this journey into the recesses of a killer's nightmarish fantasy world is Catherine Deane, a psychologist who has been experimenting with a radical new therapy. Through a new transcendental science, Catherine can experience what is happening in another person's unconscious mind.
GenreSci-fi, Action
CountryUSA, Australia
CastKeanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne, Carrie-Anne Moss
DirectorAndy Wachowski, Lana Wachowski
Neo (Keanu Reeves) believes that Morpheus (Laurence Fishburne), an elusive figure considered to be the most dangerous man alive, can answer his question -- What is the Matrix? Neo is contacted by Trinity (Carrie-Anne Moss), a beautiful stranger who leads him into an underworld where he meets Morpheus. They fight a brutal battle for their lives against a cadre of viciously intelligent secret agents. It is a truth that could cost Neo something more precious than his life.
GenreSci-fi, Thriller, detective
CountryGermany, USA
CastCraig Bierko, Gretchen Mol, Armin Mueller-Stahl
DirectorJosef Rusnak
A man awakens to discover a bloody shirt in his house and his boss murdered the night before. Did he do it? Why can't he remember? "The Thirteenth Floor" is a sci-fi thriller that explores the ominous possibility of computer-simulated universes, where people only believe they are real.
GenreSci-fi, Thriller, Horror
CountryCanada, United Kingdom
CastJennifer Jason Leigh, Jude Law, Ian Holm
DirectorDavid Cronenberg
Video game designer Allegra Geller (Jennifer Jason Leigh) has created a virtual reality game called eXistenZ. After a crazed fan attempts to kill her, Allegra goes on the run with Ted (Jude Law), a young businessman who falls into the role of bodyguard. In an attempt to save her game, Allegra implants into Ted's body the video game pod that carries a damaged copy of eXistenZ. Allegra and Ted engage in a series of experiences that blur the lines between fantasy and reality.
GenreSci-fi, fantasy, Thriller, Drama
CountryAustralia, USA
CastRufus Sewell, William Hurt, Kiefer Sutherland
DirectorAlex Proyas
John Murdoch (Rufus Sewell) awakens alone in a strange hotel to find that he is wanted for a series of brutal murders. The problem is that he can't remember whether he committed the murders or not. For one brief moment, he is convinced that he has gone completely mad. Murdoch seeks to unravel the twisted riddle of his identity. As he edges closer to solving the mystery, he stumbles upon a fiendish underworld controlled by a group of ominous beings collectively known as the Strangers.
GenreThriller, Drama, detective, Sci-fi, melodrama
CountrySpain, France, Italy
CastEduardo Noriega, Penélope Cruz, Chete Lera
DirectorAlejandro Amenábar
A very handsome man finds the love of his life, but he suffers an accident and needs to have his face rebuilt by surgery after it is severely disfigured.