Hyperlink Films

“Hyperlink Cinema” was a term reportably coined by writer Alissa Quart in her Film Comment review of Happy Endings (2005) and was later popularized by critic Roger Ebert through a reference in his review of Syriana (also 2005).

Although not always easy to categorize (and, really, to what end?) hyperlink cinema differs from anthology / portmanteau / omnibus films where the separate and distinct stories (despite an occasional framing device) can live and breathe on their own. In a hyperlink film the characters inhabit separate stories, but there are interlocked parallel narratives which accent a certain overlapping crucial to the film as a whole.

Related lists can be found here:

My List of Single Director Anthology / Portmanteau Films

My List of Multi-Director Omnibus / Anthology / Portmanteau Films

My List of Favourite Anthology Film Segments

Additions, corrections, challenges welcome!

Chronological order:

  • Three Strangers
  • The Captive Heart
  • Christmas at Camp 119
  • A Letter to Three Wives
  • The Girl from the Third Row
  • Conduct Report on Professor Ishinaka
  • Winchester '73
  • La Ronde
  • Three Secrets
  • Detective Story
  • Phone Call from a Stranger
  • We're Not Married!
  • Three Forbidden Stories
  • Good Folk's Sunday
  • The Square Ring
  • A Day in Court
  • Dreams
  • The Counterfeit Coin
  • Rabies
  • Wild Cats on the Beach
  • Advise & Consent
  • The V.I.P.s
  • An Affair of the Skin
  • Circle of Love
  • Martyrs of Love
  • The Subversives
  • Z
  • The Milky Way
  • The Illustrated Man
  • A River Called Titas
  • Amarcord
  • Arabian Nights
  • The Phantom of Liberty
  • The Poor
  • Nashville
  • Small Change
  • Yol
  • Tampopo
  • Terrorizers
  • Hannah and Her Sisters
  • Radio Days
  • Rimini Rimini
  • Dekalog
  • Slacker
  • Quiet Days in August
  • Short Cuts
  • Dazed and Confused
  • Tales of the City
  • Exotica
  • 71 Fragments of a Chronology of Chance
  • Before the Rain
  • Chungking Express
  • Pulp Fiction
  • Fallen Angels
  • SubUrbia
  • Three Lives and Only One Death
  • Caresses
  • Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels
  • Armistead Maupin's More Tales of the City
  • Celebrity
  • Happiness
  • Playing by Heart
  • Go
  • Summer of Sam
  • Magnolia
  • Timecode
  • Code Unknown
  • Amores Perros
  • Snatch
  • State and Main
  • Requiem for a Dream
  • Traffic
  • Lantana
  • City of God
  • Occident
  • 11:14
  • 21 Grams
  • Yuva
  • Crash
  • Hawaii, Oslo
  • Survive Style 5+
  • Cape of Good Hope
  • Melinda and Melinda
  • Happy Endings
  • Nine Lives
  • Look Both Ways
  • Stay
  • Syriana
  • Southland Tales
  • Fast Food Nation
  • Little Children
  • Babel
  • Smokin' Aces
  • The Air I Breathe
  • The Edge of Heaven
  • You, the Living
  • Rendition
  • Gomorrah
  • RockNRolla
  • Mammoth