Narrative in cinema is not defined; it can take any form or shape. In ways more than one, it is a tool that directors use for better story-telling. Not to mention, a non-linear narrative keeps audiences hooked till the last moment. Some filmmakers like Quentin Tarantino, Christopher Nolan and David Lynch have utilized nonlinear narrative better than others. Below, I list down the films that have non linear plot definition in their story structure. Basically, when you think of the word “nonlinear”, these are the films that first come to mind. Here is the list of top nonlinear movies ever made. You can watch several of these best nonlinear movies on Netflix, Hulu, or Amazon Prime.
10. 21 Grams
Well, here is a film that completely throws any form of story linearity out of the window to the point that it irked many audiences when the film released back in 2003. It is a film that — with the help of some genius editing — follows a jumbled narrative that only begins to make sense once you are at least three-fourth into the film. I’m not even sure that the film would have been as effective if it was told in a linear fashion. Irrespective of whether you love the film or not, you have to give Alejandro González Iñárritu (two-time Best Director Oscar winner) full marks on originality and daringness.
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Again, a film that usually invokes wildly opposite reaction from its audiences. Either you are going to love the film or hate it. As the name suggests, it is a rare film that actually tells the story in the reverse direction, that is, you watch the ending first and the beginning at last. The film itself is very disturbing to watch, but at the same time I think it has a clear message in it. A simultaneously beautiful and terrible examination of the destructive nature of cause and effect of how cruel time can be.