11 Movies Like Coherence To Watch If You Like Psychological Thrillers

Coherence is a phenomenally underrated and relatively unknown sci-fi flick. If you’re here looking for movies like Coherence, you are at the right place. We have compiled a list of movies similar to Coherence that you might enjoy watching.

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When I started to watch Coherence after some recommendations online, I wasn’t expecting the film to be the wild ride that it is. Going in I thought it would be your typical indie sci-fi flick that does nothing original but I was so wrong. Watching Coherence was one of the weirdest movie experiences of my life, in a good way.

Coherence follows a group of friends and couples as they all come together to have a dinner party. The whole story of the film takes place over a single night. We learn at the beginning of the film that a comet is going to pass really close to Earth that night. As the friends gather together and the night goes on, strange things start to happen when the comet grows closer. It begins with glasses breaking and power going off.

As the movie goes on, things get increasingly creepy each minute. There is banging on the doors, but no one is outside. There are notes left at the house but they make no sense. At this point, a couple of people from the group decide to head out and look for the reception. When they reach the only house that has electricity, they are shocked to their core, because they see themselves and their whole group, inside the house. Things take a turn for the worse from there.

What really happens is really interesting. The passing comet creates a phenomenon of ‘Parallel Worlds Converging’. A bunch of alternate realities converge and the film handles the matter expertly. Watching the film, you tend to feel like you’re stuck in that weird reality. If you haven’t seen the film yet, you should check out this underrated gem. If you enjoyed watching this film, we have compiled a list of movies like Coherence that you might enjoy watching.

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11 Movies Like Coherence You Should Check Out

  1. The Invitation
  2. Another Earth
  3. Predestination
  4. Inception
  5. Primer
  6. Looper
  7. Palm Springs
  8. Cloverfield
  9. Tenet
  10. The Prestige
  11. Shutter Island

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The Invitation

If you’re looking for movies like Coherence, The Invitation comes really damn close. The Invitation is a strange film that starts off slow but sucks you into the story as the moves deeper. The film follows the story of a group of old friends who get invited to a dinner party at a newly married couple’s house. From the very start, you can feel the vibe of the dinner party if a little off. People are strangely polite and constrained. There is a lot of fake laughing and pretend enthusiasm. However, as the story goes on you come to know secrets about the people at the party.

One of the invited guests is the ex-husband of the hostess. They have a complicated history of pain and loss. The feeling of creepiness persists. The feeling of unease and impending hangs throughout, which I found to be very similar to how the film ‘Coherence’ feels. Spoiling the end would be counterproductive, but it lives up to the excellent build-up of The Invitation. If you’re looking for tense, suspense-filled thriller movies like Coherence, this is the right pick for you.

Another Earth

Another Earth is a deeply compelling Sci-Fi film that is more character-driven than plot-driven. The film follows the story of two strangers – Rhoda (played by the brilliant Brit Marling) and John, who are connected to each other through an unfortunate accident. Rhoda is a smart college student who loves astronomy and space and has a bright future ahead of her. John is a musician and a professor in one of the biggest colleges in the country. On one fateful day as Rhonda is coming back home from a party, driving drunk, she collides into John’s car killing his whole family. John remains the sole survivor. As a result of her crimes, Rhoda is sent to prison.

After her release, Rhona wants to right her wrongs, beginning with John. In the midst of all this, another Earth appears in the sky, exactly identical to our planet. This changes the whole perspective of the film. Revealing any more would be spoiling the film. However, Another Earth is a very well-thought-out and surprisingly grounded film with elements of sci-fi. It’s not quite similar to Coherence, but has some similar elements and is definitely worth checking out.

Predestination

I don’t have a lot I can say about Predestination, it’s a highly underrated gem of a film. The film is a psychological thriller like Coherence, wrapped up as a sci-fi time travel story. Above all else, it’s a love story that spans many generations. Talking about the plot would defeat the purpose, and going in completely blind into this movie is the best approach.

There is some great action, moments of heartfelt character building, and some of the most unexpected twists in the film. In some ways, the film is one of the most satisfying films with a full-circle ending. The elements of time travel have been executed very well, and do not feel like a plot device to advance the story. People looking for movies like Coherence are sure to appreciate this underrated sci-fi thriller gem.

Inception

Not a lot needs to be said about Inception. Almost every movie enthusiast has seen this film, multiple times. It should be mentioned that I’m a big fan of Nolan, especially his early work. However, Inception is an exceptionally well-made movie. The film has so much going for it, it would be a crime to not put this film up on this list. While Coherence uses the concepts of parallel worlds, Inception uses the concepts of whole worlds inside our own dreams. Inception is a very ambitious film, but it delivers beyond expectation.

Where Coherence is a smartly written, low-budget thriller flick, inception is a grand, epic tale of massive proportions, which ironically happens inside the characters’ heads. Even if you have seen the film, it’s a fun rewatch and each time there are new details to discover. The film will leave you thinking about it for days after watching it. If you’re looking for movies similar to Coherence, you should definitely check out Inception.

Primer

Primer is often considered to be one of the most underrated time travel films of all time ever made. Made on a super small budget with very limited the film manages to pack an insanely imaginative and original story that has to be seen multiple times to be truly understood. To be honest, having seen it a few times, I think I understand it, but I’m not 100 % sure.

The first half of the film is fairly straightforward and easy to understand, but things get increasingly weird and disturbing in the second half, as the protagonists have to face the consequences of time travel. The attention to detail in the film is amazing and despite being an engaging thriller, the film sticks to the technicals of time travel introduced into the story very well. If you love complicated movies like Coherence, Primer is the perfect film to watch.

Looper

Looper is a time travel thriller that was released back in 2012 and received a ton of positive reviews, and the film still holds up as one of the best time travel movies of recent times. With an amazing cast of Joseph Gordon Levitt, Emily Blunt, Bruce Willis, and Jeff Daniels, the film is not lacking in star power. The film follows the story of Joe (Gordon-Levitt), who is an assassin working for a crime boss, tasked with killing mercenaries that come from the future.

The story goes smoothly until Joe’s future self (played by Bruce Willis) shows up in the past, hell-bent on killing his younger self. While this may seem like a spoiler, this is just the beginning of the real plot. While Primer does not have a lot of action, it has plenty of originality and surprises for the viewers, there is a real depth to the characters and their motivations. Whether you are a fan of sci-fi or not, Looper is an excellent thriller film 100 per cent worth watching.

Palm Springs

Palm Springs is unlike the other films on this list and is more of a sci-fi rom-com than a sci-fi thriller. However, I couldn’t keep myself from putting this film on the list because of how well-executed this amazing heartfelt love story is. The film stars Andy Samberg (of Brooklyn99) and Cristin Milioti (of HIMYM). Andy and Cristin both do an excellent job portraying a couple of relatable goofball losers. While the film is a fun (a lot of fun), romantic comedy, it the sci-fi element of the film that really makes the story shine and helps the two main characters grow.

If you are familiar with any of Andy Samberg’s previous work and appreciate fun, smartly written, and heartfelt stories, Palm Springs is the perfect film for you to watch. While the concept of time loops (Groundhog Day) used in the film is hardly unique, the film executes it well. Most importantly, the film doesn’t take itself too seriously and isn’t afraid to make fun of its own ridiculously fun plot. J.K. Simmons makes a few short appearances but proves his calibre as an extremely versatile actor. Seriously, I don’t have any bad things to say about it. While the film isn’t exactly similar to Coherence, Palm Springs is definitely worth a watch.

Cloverfield

Cloverfield is a film that has been shot in ‘found footage’ perspective, similar to The Blair Witch Project and Chronicle. Many people find this style of film-making off-putting and distracting because of the frequent camera shakes and incoherent cinematography. However, Cloverfield makes use of this style very well to deliver a thriller monster film that leaves the audience on the edge of their seats throughout the duration of the film. The camera shakes and the first perspective used in the film gives it an immersive experience. The movie is similar to Coherence in the aspect that the main characters have to make tough decisions throughout the film and run from an unseen threat.

JJ Abrams creates a masterful film set in New York, where a group of youngsters are stuck in the city when a large monster attacks from space attacks the city and causes a huge amount of destruction. The characters who are attending a party at the beginning of the film have to run throughout the city on foot to survive the destruction unleashed by the monster. There are elements of horror in the film, as the unseen monster wreaks havoc around the city. Fans of monster films and sci-fi will definitely enjoy watching Cloverfield.

Tenet

When Tenet originally came out, it was a polarizing film for both film critics and Nolan fans. There are many things to complain about in this movie, like how the background score often overpowers the dialogue and how the film is unnecessarily complicated when it’s just a spy film using time travel as a plot device. Well, it’s not exactly a time-travel film, it’s a time-reversal film but it could be argued that they are one and the same thing. However, if you’re looking for psychological thrillers like Coherence, then Tenet would be right up your alley.

There are a few things that make Tenet similar to Coherence. First, the characters come face to face with their future/past selves multiple times in the film. It’s recommended you watch the film with subtitles because you will have to focus on the small details from the very start of the film. There are many small callbacks in the first half of the film which are crucial to understanding the second half. Moreover, the film becomes even more enjoyable on a rewatch, as everything that happens at the beginning of the film starts to make perfect sense. The cast with John Washington, Robert Pattison and Elizabeth Debicki give stellar performances. Robert Pattison especially shines in his role.

The Prestige

Christopher Nolan’s ‘The Prestige’ has a lot going for it. A cast of incredibly talented individuals which includes Christian Bale, Hugh Jackman in the main cast, Rebecca Hall, Scarlett Johansson as secondary characters, Michael Caine in his usual Nolan cameo and David Bowie, who stars as the eccentric Nikola Tesla. The story revolves around the characters of two magicians (Bale and Jackman) who are bitter rivals in the late nineteenth century. In their quest for becoming the better magician, both of them make some questionable decisions.

Everything from the set design to the acting, to the plot, is near perfect in this film. It’s a Victorian-era sci-fi film that will grip you from the very beginning and won’t let go until the confusing yet satisfying ending. David Bowie as Tesla is a revelation and both Hugh Jackman and Christian Bale have given amazing performances. The film on paper appears to be a period sci-fi film, but there are plenty of thriller elements in the film. There are quite a few similarities to the film Coherence, but revealing them would result in spoiling the film. If you’re looking for movies similar to Coherence with some magical sci-fi fun and an amazing story, you should definitely check out The Prestige.

Shutter Island

Shutter Island is not quite similar to Coherence, but this masterpiece of a thriller will confuse you, keep you entertained and at the edge of your seats throughout the whole film. The film has an excellent main cast that consists of Leonardo Di Caprio, Mark Ruffalo and Ben Kingsley and all of them deliver excellent performances. The story of the film follows a pair of detectives (Di Caprio and Ruffalo) who are sent to an Asylum on Shutter Island to investigate a crime, but from the moment they foot on the things, things seem off.

The film has some gorgeous cinematography and a dark atmosphere that sets the mysterious tone of the film beautifully. While the two detectives enter the island looking to solve a crime, by the second half of the film they begin to question their own sanity, and being stuck in an Asylum with a psychopathic doctor doesn’t help. Revealing any more would be spoiling, but this brilliant film by Martin Scorsese is worth a watch if you’re looking for psychological thrillers like Coherence.

Honourable Mentions

  • Triangle
  • Time Crimes
  • Butterfly Effect
  • Project Almanac
  • Source Code
  • 12 Monkeys
  • The Thirteenth Floor

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