[[caption-width-right:250:Is there a pulse...? Or a point?]]

''Flatliners'' is a 1990 movie directed by Creator/JoelSchumacher and starring Creator/KieferSutherland, Creator/JuliaRoberts, Creator/KevinBacon, William Baldwin and Oliver Platt as medical students experimenting with near-death experiences. In the course of their experiments, they accidentally bring back the ghosts of their past, in the form of vengeful entities that torment them, forcing them to confront their past mistakes and try to figure out a way to send them back where they belong.

A sequel, with Kiefer Sutherland reprising his role, is in the works. It is starring Creator/EllenPage.
!! This film contains examples of:

%%* TheCasanova: Joe
* CassetteCraze: Randy Steckle is constantly talking into his tape recorder, taking verbal note on the experiments and such.
* CasualDangerDialogue: When the guys are rushing to stop [[spoiler: Nelson from trying to commit suicide]] Steckle remarks how his worst sin was robbing a sandwich from his babysitter.
* CrossingTheBurntBridge: The entire movie is about this.
* DeadAllAlong: [[spoiler: Billy Mahoney]]
%%* DeadpanSnarker: Steckle.
* {{Flatline}}: To nobody's complete surprise, this happens a lot.
* FlatlinePlotline: ...yeah. The best-known, if not the first, such example.
* {{Foreshadowing}}: Before Rachel goes through her near death experience, she sees a picture of her father in her room. During her near death experience she remembers her father's suicide.
* GroinAttack: When Nelson first meets the ghost of Billy Mahoney, Billy starts off the encounter by kicking Nelson in the nads.
* HowDareYouDieOnMe: While David Labraccio (Kevin Bacon) is trying to resuscitate Nelson (Kiefer Sutherland) at the end of the movie.
* IfYouDieICallYourStuff: He says he was joking.
* MagicalDefibrillator: In RealLife, it is not possible to defibrillate someone who is flatlined back to life, let alone someone who has been clinically dead for twelve minutes. We won't talk about brain damage, either.
%%* {{Meganekko}}: Rachel.
* MirrorScare: Rachel (Julia Roberts) looks in a mirror and sees the ghost of her dead father in the room behind her.
* NearDeathExperience: In a nutshell, the protagonists are trying to inflict this on themselves ''on purpose'' in hopes of glimpsing the afterlife and recording it.
* NippleAndDimed: Averted, surprisingly. ''Film/TheAbyss'' did this with Creator/MaryElizabethMastrantonio, and it was PG-13. ''Flatliners'' is already rated R, and even has a sex scene in it! But Julia Roberts has a bra on during her resuscitation scene.
* OnlySaneMan: Although he's willing to monitor the others while they're under, Randy himself is a reluctant participant in the experiment, frequently points out how crazy the whole thing is and is the only one who doesn't himself 'flatline'.
* PositiveDiscrimination: While all the men in the group have to deal with the various people they hurt in their lives, the one female in the group's only sin is [[spoiler:having a father who committed suicide when she was a child, through no fault of her own]]. In the original script, her sin was an affair with a college professor where she villainized him after being caught and claimed sexual abuse. The storyline was changed so as not to reflect badly on the reputation of "nice girl" actress Julia Roberts.
%%* ProfessorGuineaPig
%%* ShipTease: Rachel and Nelson.
* ShoutOut: Kiefer Sutherland being pursued by a creepy figure with a red hood might be a reference to a [[Film/DontLookNow certain movie]] featuring [[Creator/DonaldSutherland his dad]].
%%* SuicideIsPainless
* TrashcanBonfire: After being deserted by Nelson at the cemetery, Steckle and Hurley warm themselves near a burning barrel before being picked up by David Labraccio.