Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind really is a unique film. A mix of romance, sci-fi, comedy, and drama, the story follows a recently estranged couple Joel and Clementine from their first meeting, to eventually choosing to undergo a procedure where they both wipe each other entirely from their memories – deep stuff! If you are looking for movies like Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, look no further as we have compiled them all into a handy list for you!
Movies like Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind is a unique film that transcends genres, which makes finding similar movies very interesting. It features one of the original manic pixie dream girls, Jim Carrey in a non-slapstick role and has a dedicated cult following.
Like Crazy (2011)
If you love the casual, low budget, indie film look of Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, then you will love Like Crazy. We follow British Felicity and American Jacob in their on again off again transatlantic relationship. The intimacy and understated dialogue will remind you of Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, and your heart will feel just as many feels!
Punch-Drunk Love (2002)
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind features comedian Jim Carrey in a role different to his usual, and Punch-Drunk Love sees Adam Sandler in this romantic-comedy drama. We follow a troubled man as he juggles a budding romance, potential extortion and a whole lot of pudding. As you would imagine from a Sandler film, of course, chaos ensues!
The Science of Sleep (2006)
If you enjoyed the way that Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind looks at the mind, you might enjoy The Science of Sleep which explores the romance between a man and a French woman that he sees in his dreams. This is another film, like Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, where a lot of the action happens inside a character’s head almost as if it were a physical space.
500 Days of Summer (2009)
Although slightly more realistic than Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, 500 Days of Summer does share the manic pixie dream girl trope. We follow plain-but-nice Tom (who is not too dissimilar to Joel) and fun, quirky-but-cliched Summer as their love blossoms and dies. The relationship parallels between this and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind are mindblowing!
Mr. Nobody (2009)
Both Mr. Nobody and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind begin in a train station and generally mess with your mind, so if you are looking for movies to make you think like Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind does, look no further. Starring Jared Leto, we follow a boy through his life in infinite possibilities through millions of choices.
A Clockwork Orange (1971)
If you are looking for other cult movies like Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, then make sure you’ve seen A Clockwork Orange! Set in the future, a sadistic gang leader takes part in a conduct-aversion experiment with interesting results. There is less a focus on romance or comedy in this film; however, it is much heavier on the drama and sci-fi so if they are the areas you wanted more of in Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind then this is a must see!
Another cult favorite like Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Amelie is a popular indie-style film, and the two are not dissimilar in style. A film in French with subtitles, we follow our innocent and naive heroine Amelie as she navigates the world, helps others and eventually finds love. This is more of a romance for the optimist, whereas Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind seems to cater to the cynics or those who have already had their hearts broken!
If you loved the sci-fi dream-based parts of Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, you will love inception. More of an action than a romance, Inception also uses the mind and dreams as their own physical location, and in this story we see a thief use this new dream-sharing technology to implant an idea into another person, thus blurring the line between the mind and reality.
Whether you love the romance, cinematography or sci-fi angle of Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, these are some movies that will add some sunshine to your mind!