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12 Mind-blowing Movies like Limitless You Should Watch Now

Movies like Limitless

What happens if we can access even half of our brain’s computing capacity? This is a question that Hollywood filmmakers have tended to posit more and more in recent years. With giant leaps in CGI and filmmaking technology, we’ve started to be able to realize what we imagine humans with such power will be capable of on the big screen. This concept is as captivating as it is exciting, and that is why we have created a list of 12 incredible movies like Limitless.

This Bradley Cooper and Robert De Niro film is one that can fit snugly into the superhero genre due to the abilities unlocked by this drug, but just like superheroes, there are bound to be witnesses, and Edward’s weakness is the increasing dependence on the drug, an addiction. Few concepts are as interesting as that which is covered in Edward Morra’s story, and if you enjoyed it, then here are 12 movies like Limitless for you to watch next.

List of Movies like Limitless

1. Lucy (2014)

Lucy might well have just been labeled the female version of Limitless. The plot is quite similar to movies like Limitless, as it follows Scarlett Johansson’s Lucy who is forcefully involved in a drug deal, as she is implanted with a drug package which leaks into her system, giving her superhuman abilities.

This movie is an entertaining and suspenseful thrill ride, one that still finds some space in it to include Morgan Freeman, as the usual voice of reason and exposition giver. The movie is boosted by its Asian backdrop and generous use of visual effects that help it showcase a huge scale rarely seen in movies of this type.

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2. Good Will Hunting (1997)

Will Hunting doesn’t have access to all of his brain’s capacity as seen in movies like Limitless, however, he is a genius with and exceptional IQ, who upon solving a difficult math problem, gets discovered and mentored by Stellan Skarsgard’s Professor Gerald Lambeau, who aims to help him unlock his hidden potential.

When he runs into trouble with the law, Will is let go with a slap on the hand and an order to attend therapy sessions with Robin Williams’ Sean Williams. Good Will Hunting was a commercial success at the box office, and praised for Matt Damon’s portrayal of a “boy who is cursed with genius”.

3. Bruce Almighty (2003)

Jim Carrey is Bruce Nolan in this movie about a malcontent TV anchorman, who complains to God, blaming him for ruining his life. God, played by Morgan Freeman, decides to show him how difficult controlling the whole universe is, by giving him access to all of his powers.

Bruce is tasked with taking over his duties as God, but as predicted, he soon begins to use these powers for selfish reasons, ignoring what he was told to do. This movie explores themes ranging from religion to power to selfishness, and is a light hearted take on the all-powerful human we see in movies like Limitless.

4. Looper (2012)

Looper is another action-thriller film similar to movies like Limitless. The plot is centered on a group of contract killers known as ‘loopers’. The story is set in the year 2044, a time where enemies of the crime syndicate in the near future are sent to be killed, as it is possible for bodies to be disposed of in this same near future.

Looper is a thrilling and thought-provoking mix of the sci-fi and action genres, and debuted to pretty much universal acclaim. It’s been praised in particular for Bruce Willis and Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s performances as opposite sides of the same coin.

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5. Source Code (2011)

We have another fast-paced action thriller similar to movies like Limitless in Source Code. This movie , directed by Duncan Jones, centers on Jake Gyllenhaal’s Captain Colter Stevens, who is sent to a short recreation of a train explosion which took place in real life, with the aim of discovering the identity of the bomber.

The movie showcases a very human story wrapped in a bombastic action sci-fi package, and has been compared to other time-loop movies like Groundhog Day and Déjà vu, as well as other movies set on trains like Murder on the Orient Express. All in all it’s a thriller of a story and a good movie for you to follow up Limitless with.

6. Transcendence (2014)

Johnny Depp plays Dr. Will Caster, a scientist who aims to create the first truly sentient artificial intelligence. He aims to push the limits of what is possible in ways similar to movies like Limitless. It’s his prediction that such a sentient computer will result in something known as Transcendence.

Transcendence is an expansive visual masterpiece, exploring a very real concept of AI, although the events of the movie might still prove ultimately impossible or at best decades or centuries away. If you love movies that explore interesting concepts and actually have the budget to showcase it on film, then Transcendence is the one for you.

7. iBoy (2017)

In iBoy, we have another story of a human thrust with unimaginable power as seen in movies like Limitless. The plot centers on a poor 16-year old Tom Harvey. He gets shot in the head after trying to catch his friend’s rapists. At the hospital he is told that shrapnel from his new phone Is embedded in his head.

This seems like ultimately inconsequential information until Tom realizes that he can hear phone transmissions and is basically a human computer. His powers keep growing as the movie progresses, and makes for a good bunch of exciting action scenes to keep your eyes busy should you decide to watch it.

8. Jumper (2008)

Jumper is a sci-fi action thriller based on Steven Gould’s novel of the same name. It features Hayden Christensen as David Rice, a man who discovers during his high school years that he has the ability to teleport, in this universe, known as ‘jumping’. He can however only teleport to places that he has seen and can remember.

Things are all fine until he starts getting hunted by a group known as the Paladins, headed by Samuel L. Jackson’s Roland, who believe that Jumpers are abominations and have made it their lives’ mission to have all of them eliminated. Just as in movies like Limitless, we see that sometimes having all this power courts even more danger than usual.

9. Anon (2018)

Anon is a sci-fi thriller similar to movies like Limitless, set in a futuristic world where privacy is impossible to come by due the government’s ‘transparency system’. The plot is centered on Clive Owen’s Sal Frieland, a detective who encounters a woman simply known as Anon, who has managed to evade the government’s surveillance system.

This movie has been praised for its ambitious concept, as well as its exciting and thrilling action set pieces, although things can be a little hard to keep up with at times. But it’s full of interesting ideas that will be great for inquisitive viewers.

10. The Butterfly Effect (2004)

The Butterfly Effect gives us a deep look into the human psyche and a protagonist who discovers an unimaginable power, just as in movies like Limitless. The plot is centered on college student Evan Treborn, played by Ashton Kutcher, who suffers from a series of painful headaches that make him pass out from time to time.  

He discovers that whenever he is unconscious, he is able to travel back into the past, and makes use of this power to alter some horrible events from the past, a decision which doesn’t have completely positive benefits, as he discovers changing the past can lead to some unforeseen consequences in the present.

11. Edge of Tomorrow (2014)

Edge of Tomorrow is a sci-fi action thriller in the vein of movies like Limitless. The plot centers on Major William Cage, played by Tom Cruise, a Public Relations officer who is thrust into unfamiliar territory when he is assigned to the frontlines to join the soldiers in battle against an alien race threatening to wipe out humanity completely. Already seen this one? Also Read: Movies like Edge of Tomorrow

The movie is full of huge action scenes and expansive battles, brought to life by high quality visual effects and CGI. Edge of Tomorrow has also garnered praise for Tom Cruise’s and Emily Blunt’s acting performances, as well as their great chemistry which further elevates the movie from others in the sci-fi genre.

12. Inception (2010)

Inception directed by Christopher Nolan, is a masterpiece of cinema, and follows the story of Dom Cobb (Leonardo DiCaprio), a thief who specializes in implanting ideas and extracting information from the minds of his unsuspecting victims. He is given a chance at a new lease of life, only and only if he completes one final job.

Inception is a mind-bending rollercoaster ride similar to movies like Limitless, and still finds space in its frantic story for some truly heartwarming moments, testament’s to Nolan’s expertise when it comes to producing high quality, high stakes, big budget movies.

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Honorable Mentions

Here are a list of movies like Limitless that didn’t make it, which you can also check out:

  1. Oblivion
  2. The Adjustment Bureau
  3. Infinite

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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