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The Most Confusing Movies Ever Made

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The most confusing movies ever made are those films which either intentionally or accidentally are hard to follow, complicated and so far out there that they are disorienting to even the most seasoned viewer. That's not to say these movies are bad because of their complicated nature but certainly not for the easily confused.

For those who crave the mental challenge of confusing movies, there are several directors whose style is highlighted by their complicated plot lines, tendency to present films out of chronological order and seemingly devotion to chaos in their movies. The likes of David Lynch ("Mulholland Drive," "Eraserhead," "Inland Empire" and "Lost Highway"), Stanley Kubrick ("2001: A Space Odyssey," "The Shining" and "Eyes Wide Shut") and Christopher Nolan ("Inception" and "Memento") are perhaps the best at making stellar yet highly confusing movies and among the greatest directors in movie history.

Lynch, Kubrick and Nolan undoubtably influenced other great filmmakers who also have a tendency to create movies that make viewers ask what the heck is happening. Charlie Kaufman, who did "Synecdoche, New York," "Adaptation," "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind" and "Being John Malkovich," and Steven Soderbergh, responsible for great films like "Sex, Lies, and Videotape," among many others, gave their interpretation of how to create confusing and simply WTF movies.

So whether you love the twists and turns in "The Matrix" or think the utter madness of "Primer" is cause to be among the worst movies of all time, vote for the movies you think are the most confusing below! Have a confusing movie in mind that's not listed? Add it! Help us rank the most confusing movies ever made.
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    most listed
    Guy Pearce, Carrie-Anne Moss, Joe Pantoliano

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    Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy, Marion Cotillard

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    Drew Barrymore, Ashley Tisdale, Jake Gyllenhaal

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    Naomi Watts, Billy Ray Cyrus, Melissa George

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    Arthur C. Clarke, Leonard Rossiter, Ed Bishop

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    often listed & added by PeteBoyle
    Brad Pitt, Sean Penn, Jessica Chastain

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    Brad Pitt, Bruce Willis, Christopher Plummer

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    Cameron Diaz, Tom Cruise, Penélope Cruz

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    Tom Cruise, Nicole Kidman, Stanley Kubrick

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    Malcolm McDowell, Warren Clarke, Steven Berkoff

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    Brad Pitt, Jared Leto, Helena Bonham Carter

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    Cameron Diaz, Brad Pitt, Charlie Sheen

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    Keanu Reeves, Hugo Weaving, Carrie-Anne Moss

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    Hugh Jackman, Rachel Weisz, Ellen Burstyn

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    Richard Gere, Debra Messing, Laura Linney

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Willem Dafoe, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Storm Acheche Sahlstrøm

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    Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall, Scatman Crothers

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    Mark Margolis, Ajay Naidu, Clint Mansell

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    Shane Carruth, David Sullivan, Keith Bradshaw

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    Leonardo DiCaprio, Michelle Williams, Mark Ruffalo

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    Natalie Portman, Mila Kunis, Winona Ryder

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    Naomi Watts, Ryan Gosling, Ewan McGregor

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    Jack Nance, Jeanne Bates, Jack Fisk

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    Richard Pryor, Gary Busey, Patricia Arquette

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    Kate Winslet, Kirsten Dunst, Jim Carrey

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    Macaulay Culkin, Tim Robbins, Jason Alexander

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    Kevin Spacey, Benicio del Toro, Gabriel Byrne

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    Robert De Niro, Bob Hoskins, Ian Holm

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    Bruce Willis, Mischa Barton, Haley Joel Osment

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    Isabella Rossellini, Dennis Hopper, Laura Dern

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    Jennifer Connelly, Jared Leto, Ellen Burstyn

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    ranked low on reranks & added by SamiMorcos
    Halle Berry, Tom Hanks, Susan Sarandon

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sharon Stone, Michael Ironside

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    John Travolta, Bruce Willis, Uma Thurman

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    Amanda Peet, John Cusack, Alfred Molina

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    David Bowie, Heather Graham, Kiefer Sutherland

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    Ian Holm, Roy Scheider, Julian Sands

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    Jim Carrey, Rhona Mitra, Logan Lerman

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    Monica Bellucci, Keanu Reeves, Jada Pinkett Smith

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    Gérard Depardieu, Irrfan Khan, Tabu

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    Christian Bale, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Michael Ironside

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    Jude Law, Willem Dafoe, Jennifer Jason Leigh

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    Ewan McGregor, Robert Carlyle, Jonny Lee Miller

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    added by StacyWolfe
    Anatoly Solonitsyn, Natalya Bondarchuk, Jüri Järvet

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Megumi Hayashibara, Junko Iwao, Koyasu Taketo

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    Debbie Harry, James Woods, David Cronenberg

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    Michelle Williams, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Philip Seymour Hoffman

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    Monica Bellucci, Keanu Reeves, Jada Pinkett Smith

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    Harrison Ford, Daryl Hannah, Sean Young

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    Max von Sydow, Bibi Andersson, Gunnar Björnstrand

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