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12 Movies Like Fight Club For A Deeper Look Into The Disturbed Psyche

Movies like Fight Club

Some movies are able to show us the peculiar nature of the human psyche. One of such films is the 1999 classic Fight Club. That is why we have created this list of movies like Fight Club, for you to bookmark and hopefully watch if you are a fan of the movie. This film by David Fincher is based on a novel of the same name by Chuck Palahniuk. The Narrator is an insomniac office worker, who grows weary of the whims of capitalism. He forms a secret society called the “Fight Club” with a mysterious soap salesman named Tyler Durden.

The club evolves from an underground boxing club where members can pour out the tension and frustration in their respective lives into a secret anarchist society with terroristic ideals. The film explores themes ranging from capitalism, disillusionment with life, and a search for purpose in life. Fight Club’s view on the degradation of Tyler Durden’s mental state is one that has held watchers captive over the last 2 decades, inspiring many of modern movies of today. Here is a list of 12 movies like Fight Club.

List of Movies Like Fight Club

1. Shutter Island (2010)

Shutter Island, similar to movies like Fight Club, explores the broken psyche of its titular character. Directed by Martin Scorsese, and starring Leonardo DiCaprio for what won’t be the last time on this list, Shutter Island is a psychological thriller that follows the story of two U.S. Marshals, Teddy Daniels and Mark Ruffalo’s Chuck Aule, who are sent to an isolated island to investigate the disappearance of a missing person.

Teddy, played by DiCaprio, starts to have intense hallucinations and becomes increasingly suspicious of the staff and patients at the island’s psychiatric hospital, certain that something sinister is being collectively hidden from him. If you’re ready to be taken on a rollercoaster that makes you question what even is real, and what is not, then I suggest you add Shutter Island to your watch-list.

2. The Machinist (2004)

The Machinist is a psychological thriller, directed by Brad Anderson. The film stars Christian Bale who at this point was no stranger to playing characters of this ilk, as Trevor Reznik. Trevor is a machinist who, similar to what we see in movies like Fight Club, he suffers from chronic insomnia and in his case has not slept in over a year. Trevor’s starts to become paranoid, afraid that his co-workers may be plotting against him.

The film follows Trevor as he tries his best to find out the truth about the strange occurrences in his life, while also trying to survive his physical and mental deterioration. The Machinist features a dark and atmospheric tone, and it explores themes ranging from mental health, paranoia, trust and self-inflicted guilt.

3. American Beauty (1999)

Compared to movies like Fight Club and The Machinist, where the mental troubles come from a lack of sleep, American Beauty, directed by Sam Mendes, tells a story of Lester Burnham, whose issues come as he hits middle age. Lester is a suburban father and husband who is unhappy with his family and marriage life and is plunged deep into a midlife crisis.

As a way to fight back against his mundane existence, he risks ripping apart the stability and security of the perfect suburban life which he currently enjoys. American Beauty explores themes of suburban discontent, beauty, and the search for purpose and happiness, and is highly recommended for your viewing pleasure.

4. Taxi Driver (1976)

In the psychological thriller Taxi Driver, directed by Martin Scorsese and written by Paul Schrader, the titular character is Travis Bickle, played by Robert De Niro. Travis Bickle is a lonely and disturbed taxi driver, based in New York City after the Vietnam War. He gradually becomes obsessed with saving a young prostitute named Iris, played by Jodie Foster, by persuading her to quit the life.

Travis becomes even lonelier than ever, as he takes the fight against the city’s pimps and crime-ridden underworld into his own hands, climaxing in an action-packed conclusion. The film is praised for its portrayal of the loneliness of urban life, similar to movies like Fight Club, and alienation from one’s own society. Taxi Driver is regarded as a classic of modern American cinema.

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5. Memento (2000)

Memento is a neo-noir psychological thriller directed by Christopher Nolan, based on a short story by Jonathan Nolan. The film follows Leonard Shelby, played by Guy Pearce, a man burdened by demons, and in such a way is similar to movies like Fight Club. Guy suffers from short-term memory loss, and is tasked with finding the person responsible for his wife’s murder.

The film is structured in a non-linear fashion, with scenes shown out of chronological order, all building towards a twist ending that even plays on what the audience thinks they know about the movie’s events. A must watch.

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6. Man Bites Dog (1992)

Man Bites Dog is a Belgian black comedy crime film directed by Rémy Belvaux, André Bonzel, and Benoît Poelvoorde. The film follows the adventures of a camera crew that is making a documentary about a charismatic and articulate serial killer, and eventually becomes involved in his crimes, providing assistance when he needs it.

The film acts as a dark commentary on the media’s obsession with violence and making content or entertainment out of everything, no matter how absurd. This is achieved by the blurring of the lines between the characters and the filmmakers themselves. Man Bites Dog, same as movies like Fight Club, was praised by critics for its ability to subvert expectations through its unconventional storytelling.

7. A Beautiful Mind (2001)

Not all mental illness devolves its sufferers into maniacal terrorists or blood thirsty killers, just as in movies like Fight Club and Shutter Island respectively. Some simply rob one of their beautiful memories, love and skill, such is the case in A Beautiful Mind. If you’re intrigued by this then have a look at movies about mental illnesses here.

The film stars Russell Crowe as John Nash and follows his journey from his early days as an up-and-coming mathematician up to his eventual diagnosis and treatment for schizophrenia. The film explores Nash’s struggles with his illness and the difficulties it thrusts upon his relationships with his wife, friends and colleagues. It explores themes such as love, determination, and loss. A Beautiful Mind was praised for the acting performances of its cast, especially Russell Crowe’s.

8. American Psycho (2000)

Just as promised Christian Bale shows up again on this list. Similar to movies like Fight Club, his character experiences bouts of mental turmoil which pushes him to do the unthinkable. American Psycho is a 2000 film directed by Mary Harron and based on the novel of the same name by Bret Easton Ellis. The film stars Christian Bale as Patrick Bateman, a wealthy and successful investment banker who leads a double life as a sadistic and depraved serial killer.

The film, although with a serious subject matter, tries its best to be a satire, acting as commentary on the excess and superficiality of the 1980s, which in turn rid people of their humanity. American Psycho is known for its dark humor, graphic violence, and Christian Bale’s portrayal of a sinister and charismatic serial killer.

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9. The Game (1997)

The Game is a psychological thriller film directed by Fight Club’s very own David Fincher and starring Michael Douglas and Sean Penn. The film follows the story of Nicholas Van Orton, a wealthy businessman who is invited to take part in a mysterious game that promises to change his life for the better.

As Nicholas plays the game, he starts to develop bouts of paranoia, as the game gradually begins to seep into aspects of his real life. The film builds towards a tense and unpredictable finale that will challenge Nicholas’ and the audience’s perceptions of the world in which the movie exists, similar to films like Fight Club.

10. Bringing Out the Dead (1999)

Taking on one of these major roles in these sorts of movies seems to be a rite of passage for Hollywood’s leading men. Nicolas Cage proves to be no exception as he stars as he stars as Frank Pierce, who similar to films like Fight Club, is burnt-out and tired. He is a paramedic, who works the night shift in New York City, finds himself cruelly haunted by the ghosts of patients he was unable to rescue from death.

As Frank struggles with sleep deprivation and addiction, he goes out of his way to save a single patient, in the person of Mary Burke. The film is a portrayal of the emotional toll of working in such a high-stress profession. It deals with themes of guilt, redemption, and the search for meaning in one’s life.

11. Lost Highway (1997)

Lost Highway is a 1997 film directed by David Lynch. The film is a dark, psychological thriller similar to movies like Fight Club that follows the story of a jazz saxophonist named Fred Madison, played by Bill Pullman, who is accused of murder and sent to prison. As he serves his sentence, Fred transforms into a completely different person and begins a new life.

The film is noted for its surreal atmosphere, and non-linear narrative. It explores themes of identity, reality, and the nature of consciousness. Lost Highway is considered one of David Lynch’s most experimental films, and is viewed as a modern classic.

12. Joker (2019)

Joker, directed by Todd Philips was a massive detour from the DC interconnected universe, choosing instead to act as a detailed study of the film’s titular character, Arthur Fleck. The film recounts the origins of the iconic DC Comics villain, the Joker.

As he is pushed to the brink by a society that doesn’t understand him, much like in movies like Fight Club, Arthur is transformed into the Joker and embarks on a violent rampage in protest against the society which he has found himself within. This film is known for its intense and haunting portrayal of mental illness, especially by Joaquin Phoenix, and was a commercial and critical success.

Honorable Mentions

Here are a few movies like Fight Club that didn’t make the list that you can also check out:

  1. The Beach
  2. Office Space
  3. Donnie Darko
  4. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

When Lost aired over a decade ago, its successful narrative created a pop culture impact and changed the landscape of television. If you are a fan and want to watch shows like Lost then you can have a look at this list we made just for you.


The hugely successful television series Lost aired in 2004. The premise, as we know, deals with a group of people surviving a commercial passenger plane crash on a remote island. The show masterfully explores supernatural and sci-fi elements on this mysterious south Pacific island.

The use of cliffhangers at the end of each episode of Lost kept the viewers on the edge of their seats, desperately craving for the next episode to come. Even though it's a large ensemble cast, most of the characters receive a justifiable personal arch. Lost was inspired by the movie Castaway and became one of the most expensive pilots to be shot at the time! Lost continues to be appreciated for its originality in storytelling and dynamic character arcs. 

List of TV Shows Like Lost

  1. The Leftovers
  2. Manifest
  3. Lost Room
  4. Twin Peaks
  5. The Prisoners
  6. Battlestar Galactica
  7. The New People
  8. Flight 29 Down
  9. Fringe
  10. Alcatraz
  11. Under the Dome
  12. Dark

1. The Leftovers (2014)

IMDB ratings: 8.3/10

Cast: Carrie Coon, Justin Theroux, Amy Brenneman and Margaret Qualley

Creator: Damon Lindelof and Tom Perrotta

The director of Lost, Damon Lindel also created a supernatural drama series called The Leftovers. The show begins 3 years after an unexplainable global event called ‘Sudden Departure’  where almost 2 per cent of the population, nearly 140 million people, disappear. The Leftovers isn't about WHY people are gone, it's about how the ones who remain dealt with their loss, people often try to comfort themselves with dreams, angels, gods, or even death.

The Leftovers will leave you with so many questions but beyond words, you have to feel it and savour its unanswered questions to find peace. The Leftovers is an incredible television series that starts incredibly well but loses its way by the series's end. I have to say though, Carrie Coon has brilliant moments in the end. The Leftovers is so weird, fragmented and nonsensical at times that it reminds me of Lost. If you are looking for shows like Lost, I recommend that you give The Leftovers a try.

2. Manifest  (2018) 

IMDB ratings: 7.1/10

Cast: Melissa Roxburgh, Josh Dallas and J.R. Ramirez 

Creator: Jeff Rake

The Manifest is a supernatural drama show about a bunch of people who discover that they lost 5 years of their lives when they landed in New York after their aeroplane faced severe turbulence. All the people on the plane were presumed to be dead. Now, these people have to find a way to adjust themselves to a new life around their loved ones. Mild spoiler! They learn their loved ones and the rest of society is not as they left it.

I found that the show’s premise was very intriguing and the actors give a very convincing performance. The narrative details of the show, however, in my opinion, are a bit sloppy and inconsistent. The writers surely have room for improvement but their concept is incredibly thrilling. Every episode of Manifest keeps you on your toes. Manifest has completed 3 seasons up until now and continues to be on air. Manifest is a pretty good choice if you want to watch TV shows like Lost.

3. Lost Room (2006)

IMDB ratings: 8.1/10

Cast: Peter Krause, Julianna Margulies and Peter Jacobson

Creator: Christopher Leone, Laura Harkcom

This lesser-known show The Lost Room is an American Sci-fi television miniseries which only had 3 episodes of 90 mins each and no follow-up seasons. The show was based on a very unique idea where the room in question (known as the ‘Lost Room’) and the objects in the said room had supernatural powers. This strange room is set in a 1960s motel along the iconic U.S. Route 66.

One day the protagonist (Peter Krause) Joe Miller’s daughter disappears inside the room. Joe, with the help of objects present in the room, tries to find his daughter Anna (Elle Fanning). The story of Lost Room was intensely engaging. I found the direction and the actor’s performances to be absolutely brilliant. It baffles me that the creators did not return to make another short season within the same concept. If you have been searching for TV series like Lost then I can assure you that Lost Room will be worth a watch.

4. Twins Peaks (1990) 

IMDB ratings: 8.8/10

Cast: Kyle MacLachlan, Mädchen Amick, Sherilyn Fenn and David Lynch

Creator: David Lynch

David Lynch, the well-known director of weird and captivating films such as Eraserhead and Blue Velvet created an iconic show called Twin Peaks. It is a hauntingly eccentric show about the investigation of the mysterious murder of a small-town homecoming queen named Laura Palmer. Believe me, as odd as the show may seem at first, you will grow to love it, after all, it is considered to be one of the best mystery shows ever created.

With the mysteries, the supernatural elements and the list of bizarre characters, Twin Peaks has it all. In my opinion, the cinematography of the show was truly ahead of its time. Kyle’s Dale Cooper was especially entertaining. Twin Peaks’ experimental formula of the satirical soap opera is extremely unsettling yet rewarding to watch, I must warn you, it’s not for the faint-hearted!  If you are in search of TV shows like Lost then Twin Peaks won’t disappoint you.

The Prisoners (1967)

IMDB ratings: 8.5/10

Cast: Patrick McGoohan, Angelo Muscat and Geroge Markstien

Creator: Patrick McGoohan

The Prisoner centres around an unnamed British agent (Patrick McGoohan) who tries to flee his country after abruptly quitting his high-ranking government job. He is abducted and held captive in a strange ‘sea-side’ village that is isolated from the rest of the world. This village is a highly secure and monitored place filled with weird technology. There are only 17 episodes to this late 60s show but it manages to bring up such surreal surprises, it's sure to leave a great impact on the viewer.

The Prisoner’s unique concept influenced many popular shows including Lost. The creators of Lost even cited the show. I was very impressed by how ahead of its time The Prisoners proves to be. If you want to watch more shows similar to Lost the Prisoners should definitely be on your list.

6. Battlestar Galactica (2004)

IMDB ratings: 8.7/10

Cast: Katee Sackhoff, Edward James Olmos and Tricia Helfer 

Creator: Glen A. Larson

The 2004 Battlestar Galactica is a reboot of the original 1978 miniseries of the same name. Do not be mistaken by the title, the show is not related to Star Trek.  Battlestar Galactica is set in the 7th millennium AD and follows Cylons, the robot enemy of humanity that resurfaces to destroy the 12 colonies of Mankind. Only a few survive and are able to escape on ships led by a powerful warship called Battlestar Galactica. Mankind struggles to fight the Cylons and work their own political agendas and disputes while finding their long-lost 13th colony Earth.

The show is a dark, intense and gritty socio-political commentary with EPIC cinematic value. The script is especially clever and as a huge fan of sci-fi shows, this show ticks the boxes in all the right categories. When the show was released, it blew the viewers and critics away. As far as an obsessive and gripping story goes, Battlestar Galactica is one of the most similar to shows like Lost. 

7. The New People (1969)

IMDB ratings: 7.3/10

Cast: David Moses, Zooey hall and Tiffany Boiling

Creator: Larry Gordon Aaron Spelling

The New People is an American Tv series that aired only for 1 season and is focused on a couple of college students who survive a plane crash. The incident takes place while they were returning from a trip to Southeast Asia, their plane crashes on an island in the south of the Pacific ocean. 

By now this show must already be sounding a lot like Lost to you, and it surely is. The remaining group of people discover an unusual truth about the island: there’s an above-ground unused nuclear test site filled with supplies for the survivors. If you want to see more plane survival stories like Lost then The New People should definitely be on your list.

8. Flight 29 Down (2005)

IMDB ratings: 7.2/10

Cast: Allen Alvarado, Halle Hirsh and Corbin Bleu

Creator:  Stan Rowgow D. J. MacHale

The show Flight 29 Down is a drama series about a group of pre-teens/teens who are stranded on a South Pacific island after their plane crashes in a tropical storm while they were flying from an eco-adventure camping trip in Palau. The show is in many ways a younger version of the Adult-centred show Lost but sans the supernatural elements. I’d say that the show draws inspiration from the show The New People.

Flight 29 Down uses the technique of a video diary as a plot device for the viewers to keep up with the story of these children. It was very engaging to watch young intelligent characters finding their way on the island. The first two seasons of the show are quite engaging but I seemed to lose interest in its 3rd and final season. Regardless, Flight 29 Down is a really good series to watch if you want to see TV shows like Lost.

9. Fringe (2008)

IMDB ratings: 8.4/10

Cast: Anna Torv, John Noble and Joshua Jackson

Creator: J. J. Abrams, Alex Kurtzman, and Roberto Orci

Fringe is a popular Sci-fi crime drama television series. It may seem like a standard procedural drama at first, but the show actually explores the parallel universe, alternate versions of people filled with crazy scientific experiments. I personally had a great time watching this show.

Fringe is actually inspired by shows like Lost, The X-files and The Twilight Zone. The 3 main characters of the show work with a special division called Fringe. There are so many brilliant twists and turns in Fringe that in my opinion, the show is at the top of its category. If you are searching for TV series like Lost, I strongly recommend you watch Fringe

10. Alcatraz (2012)

IMDB ratings: 6.9/10

Cast: Sarah Jones, George Garcia and Jonny Coyne 

Creator: Elizabeth Sarnoff, Steven Lilien, Bryan Wynbrandt

This American fiction show is based on the infamous Alcatraz Federal Penitentiary built on Alcatraz island in San Francisco Bay. The prison is now closed but once kept some of the most dangerous criminals of America. The show takes the liberty to make a show around the conspiracies of the place.

In the interesting premise we see that under unknown circumstances, 256 inmates and 46 guards of the prison disappear without a trace. Later the disappeared ones start to appear one by one without ageing a day and resume their criminal activities with no realisation of disappearance. A special government unit is dedicated to finding and putting those criminals back in prison. If you are looking for mystery shows similar to Lost, try watching Alcatraz. 

11. Under the Dome (2013)

IMDB ratings: 6.5/10

Cast: Alexander Koch and Rachelle Lefevre

Creator: Stephen King

Based on a novel written by the sci-fi legend Stephen King, Under the Dome tells the story of the residents of the fictional small town called Chester's Mill, when a huge, transparent and indestructible dome suddenly cuts them off from the rest of the world.

Now the trapped residents try to find a way to discover the truth, origin and purpose of these domes. This journey forces them into situations where they learn more about each other than they ever knew. Under the Dome may not be on the top of this list but it’s quite a decent watch if you’re looking for mystery shows similar to Lost

12. Dark (2017)

IMDB ratings: 8.7/10

Cast: Louis Hofmann, Lisa Vicari and Gina Stiebitz

Creator: Baran bo Odar, Jantje Friese

The German-language Netflix series Dark is an interesting blend of Science fiction and Mystery. Truly a compelling and mind-bending story to watch. At the beginning of Dark, many children suspiciously start disappearing in the German town of Winden. The dark past of generational mysteries of 4 families living in the town namely, Kahnwald, Nielsen, Doppler, and Tiedemann is brought to light.

After the discovery of a wormhole, the lives of the families intertwine more than one can imagine. I believe every element of the show is top-notch, especially Dark’s cinematography, which is a TRUE masterpiece. If you are looking for TV series similar to Lost then the intense and gripping story of Dark is sure to keep you engrossed.

Honourable Mentions

Here are a few TV shows like Lost that didn’t make the list, but you can check them out nonetheless: 

  1. Carnivale
  2. Yellowjackets
  3. Game of Thrones
  4. Black Mirror
  5. Flashforward
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