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10 Best Reverse Chronology Movies Of All Time

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Reverse chronology movies are nothing but a film format in which time moves backwards, from the present to the past, it is usually applied to showcase cause and effect relationships, difference between expectations and reality, flashbacks and reflections on the past with other unique ideas as you can see below. Here are our top 10 recommendations for Reverse Chronology Movies.

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

Genre: Sci-fi, Romance
Release Year: 2004
Runtime: 1h48m
Ratings: 8.3/10 [IMDb]

One of the most creative ideas, and best cinematography to support it, is as if this movie wants to ask us, is it better to have loved and lost or never have loved at all. Apparently the protagonist’s answer is the latter, as he goes through a surgery to remove memories of a romantic relationship that ended all too painfully.

The memories of this relationship play out in reverse order, and lets us go through the precious memories of a relationship which is now long lost, and will never come back.

Identity

Identity
Identity

Genre: Thriller, Mystery
Release Year: 2003
Runtime: 1h31m
Ratings: 7.3 /10 [IMDb]

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It is a psychological thriller with a lot of plot twists, it gives off a dark and scary vibe as it features many people stranded on a Nevada bus station and trying to figure out who amongst them is responsible for their disappearances one by one. It is unsettling to see them develop a sense of uncertainty and fear in this situation.

Memento

Memento
Memento

Genre: Mystery, Thriller
Release Year: 2000
Runtime: 1h53m
Ratings: [IMDb] 8.4/10

Memento is a story that focuses on a man who is hell bent on taking revenge on his wife’s killer, the problem is that he has to track down the killer first, which is made hard, perhaps almost impossible because of his short term memory loss. Maybe it is due to this psychological condition, or because of the storyline itself, Memento is considered to be one of the or The Best reverse chronology portrayal through film.

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500 Days of Summer

500 Days of Summer
500 Days of Summer

Genre: Romance, Comedy
Release Year: 2019
Runtime: 1h35m
Ratings: 7.7/10 [IMDb]

Tom, the protagonist, is shocked when his girlfriend breaks up with him. He tries to reflect back on his relationship to analyze if there were any pitfalls if there was something he did that he shouldn’t have done or if anything else that could’ve motivated her to act that way.

Through this process, he eventually comes to discover more about himself, and we are shown the movie through Tom’s point of view only, making it an interesting adventure psychologically as well.

Happy End

Happy End
Happy End

Genre: Drama
Release Year: 2017
Runtime: 1h50m
Ratings: [IMDb] 7.7/10

Happy End is a french movie that focuses on the development of relationships between members of a family and is dominated by Eve, the young daughter of the family, who seems to be sly and cunning, but at the same time, also gives off the impression of a sensitive and confused child.

Irreversible

Irreversible
Irreversible

Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Release Year: 2002
Runtime: 1h37m
Ratings: [IMDb] 7.3

Irreversible depicts a portrayal of a woman who is raped. Her lover grows angry at this fact and swears revenge against the perpetrator. It also features her other affairs and they come into play more in the past(as the movie progresses) Disclaimer: It contains some graphic scenes and is not for the faint of heart.

Donnie Darko

Donnie Darko
Donnie Darko

Genre: Scifi, Thriller
Release Year: 2001
Runtime: 1h53m
Ratings: [IMDb] 8/10

Donnie Darko is a chaotic movie, not in the negative sense, but in the sense that a lot is unclear, implied and up-to the audience. One can make multiple theories about this movie based on how they decide to see it. Donny is a teenager who begins to hallucinate, or perhaps just see a rabbit head figure who tells him that the world will end in 28 days. He is then manipulated by this information.

The Sweet Hereafter

The Sweet Hereafter
The Sweet Hereafter

Genre: Drama, Indie
Release Year: 1997
Runtime: 1h52m
Ratings: [IMDb] 7.5/10

The movie is based on a 1991 novel by Russel Banks, it focuses on a school bus accident that leads to the death of 14 students. This leaves the townsfolk shocked and creates an atmosphere of doubt, suspicion, and civil unrest among the police, the lawyers, and other parties involved. This tension is dealt away with when a survivor of this crash eventually tells a lie for the greater good.

2 friends

2 friends
2 friends

Genre: Drama. Indie
Release Year: 1986
Runtime: 1h19m
Ratings: [IMDb]6.3/10

2 Friends is a heartbreaking story of what 2 female friends were, and what they never could be, as one of them is preyed upon by the system and does not find opportunity or success in life, the other moves on and drifts away.

The film focuses on every detail surrounding these girls, everything that shapes their life, from the university to the household and the system designed to limit women, at that time is highlighted as well, through showing how hard it is to get into higher studies. By the end of this movie we arrive at the start of their friendship and are left to ponder what is and what could be. 

Peppermint Candy

Peppermint Candy
Peppermint Candy

Genre: Drama
Release Year: 2000
Runtime: 2h19m
Ratings: [IMDb] 7.6/10

Peppermint Candy moves from a man’s last moments backwards in time and explores his life, as to give reasons why he decided to kill himself by making the viewer understand him, and how much he is shaped by society and the events around him.

His wife cheats on him causing a rift between them, which eventually increases his unhappiness. Towards the end of the film, he is portrayed as an idealist and optimistic dreamer in his youth, contrasted to the currently hopeless situation he is in. This makes his eventual fall into despair all the more striking for the audience.

These films are available on Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Hulu and other streaming platforms.

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