WTF? The Most Confusing Movies Ever Made Films
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WTF? The Most Confusing Movies Ever Made

List Criteria: Vote up any movie that required a rewatch or someone else to explain it to you

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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    Joe Pantoliano, Carrie-Anne Moss, Jorja Fox

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    the people's #1
    Ken Watanabe, Tom Berenger, Ellen Page

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    Jena Malone, Noah Wyle, Daveigh Chase

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    Billy Ray Cyrus, Melissa George, A. Badale

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    Jessica Chastain, Brad Pitt, Tye Sheridan

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    Keir Dullea, Margaret Tyzack, Leonard Rossiter

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    Tara Lipinski, Tilda Swinton, Jason Lee

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    Sydney Pollack, Rade Šerbedžija, Nicole Kidman

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    Madeleine Stowe, Lisa Gay Hamilton, Frank Gorshin

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    Jared Leto, Zach Grenier, Kevin Scott Mack

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    Rachel Weisz, Ellen Burstyn, Hugh Jackman

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    John Savident, Patrick Magee, Margaret Tyzack

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    Laurence Fishburne, Hugo Weaving, Gloria Foster

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    Richard Gere, Alan Bates, Ann McDonough

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    Vincent Cassel, Mila Kunis, Barbara Hershey

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    John Malkovich, John Cusack, David Fincher

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    Naomi Watts, B. D. Wong, Kate Burton

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    Scatman Crothers, Shelley Duvall, Jack Nicholson

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    Judith Anna Roberts, Jeanne Bates, Allen Joseph

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    Charlotte Gainsbourg, Willem Dafoe, Storm Acheche Sahlstrøm

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    Ben Kingsley, Jackie Earle Haley, Patricia Clarkson

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    Danny Aiello, Lewis Black, Ving Rhames

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    Benicio del Toro, Chazz Palminteri, Kevin Spacey

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    Clint Mansell, Abraham Aronofsky, Ben Shenkman

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    Elijah Wood, Mark Ruffalo, Kirsten Dunst

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    Keith Bradshaw, John Carruth, Juan Tapia

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    Robert Blake, Patricia Arquette, Robert Loggia

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    Ian Holm, Jim Broadbent, Katherine Helmond

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    Toni Collette, Haley Joel Osment, Mischa Barton

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    Hugh Grant, Hugo Weaving, Jim Broadbent

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    Hope Lange, Brad Dourif, Dean Stockwell

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    Ellen Burstyn, Marlon Wayans, Jared Leto

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    Christopher Walken, Steve Buscemi, Kathy Griffin

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    Danny Huston, Paul Butcher, Lynn Collins

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    John Cusack, Clea DuVall, Ray Liotta

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    Sharon Stone, Michael Ironside, Alexia Robinson

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    Ian Holm, Judy Davis, Michael Zelniker

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    James Saito, Irrfan Khan, Tabu

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    Laurence Fishburne, Hugo Weaving, Jada Pinkett Smith

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    Jonny Lee Miller, Robert Carlyle, Kelly Macdonald

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    Ian Holm, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Christopher Eccleston

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    Chris Isaak, Kiefer Sutherland, David Bowie

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    Laurence Fishburne, Hugo Weaving, Jada Pinkett Smith

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    Anatoly Solonitsyn, Natalya Bondarchuk, Vladislav Dvorzhetsky

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    Akira Ishida, Miki Nagasawa, Tomo Iwanaga

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    Max von Sydow, Bertil Anderberg, Nils Poppe

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    Massimo Girotti, Maria Schneider, Catherine Breillat

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    William Hurt, Melissa George, Richard O'Brien

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    Judy Davis, John Goodman, Frances McDormand

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    James Woods, Debbie Harry, Sonja Smits

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