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What to Watch If You Love Donnie Darko

Updated April 14, 2020 487 votes 99 voters 3.5k views50 items

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What are some shows like Donnie Darko? That’s a tough one, because if you think about it, Donnie Darko is a really unusual movie. That doesn’t mean you can’t find a slew of other movies or TV shows like Donnie Darko that you’ll enjoy.

When it comes to what to watch after Donnie Darko, it partly depends on what you loved about the movie. If you enjoy cinematic mind benders, you’d likely enjoy films like Inception, Mulholland Drive, Requiem for a Dream, or Memento. There are also some Donnie Darko similar shows along those lines, like Twin PeaksDead Like Me, and The Outsider.

If you dig intellectual movies and TV shows, give Dark, Interstellar, or even Alfred Hitchcock Presents a try. Chances are, you’ll find some element in all of these shows recommended here that remind you of why you loved Donnie Darko.

Be sure to vote for your top Donnie Darko recommendations, so your fellow fans will find some additional movies and television programs they love too.

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    Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind is a 2004 American romantic science-fiction comedy-drama film about an estranged couple who have each other erased from their memories, written by Charlie Kaufman and directed by Michel Gondry. The film uses elements of science fiction, psychological thriller, and a nonlinear narrative to explore the nature of memory and romantic love. It opened in North America on March 19, 2004, and grossed over $70 million worldwide. Kaufman and Gondry wrote the story with Pierre Bismuth. The ensemble cast includes Jim Carrey, Kate Winslet, Kirsten Dunst, Mark Ruffalo, Elijah Wood, Tom Wilkinson, Jane Adams, and David Cross. The film opened to high acclaim from film... more on Wikipedia

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    Dark
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    Dark (Netflix, 2017) is a German science fiction thriller web television series created by Baran bo Odar and Jantje Friese. The disappearance of two young children in the German town of Winden brings light to the fractured relationships, double lives, and the dark past of four families living there, revealing a mystery that spans three generations.... more on Wikipedia

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