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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    most listed
    Joe Pantoliano, Carrie-Anne Moss, Jorja Fox

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  2. 2
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    the people's #1
    Ken Watanabe, Tom Berenger, Ellen Page

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  3. 3
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    Jena Malone, Noah Wyle, Daveigh Chase

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  4. 4
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    Billy Ray Cyrus, Melissa George, A. Badale

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  5. 5
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    often listed & added by PeteBoyle
    Jessica Chastain, Brad Pitt, Tye Sheridan

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  6. 6
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    Keir Dullea, Margaret Tyzack, Leonard Rossiter

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    Tara Lipinski, Tilda Swinton, Jason Lee

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  8. 8
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    Sydney Pollack, Rade Šerbedžija, Nicole Kidman

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  9. 9
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    Madeleine Stowe, Lisa Gay Hamilton, Frank Gorshin

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  10. 10
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    John Savident, Patrick Magee, Margaret Tyzack

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  11. 11
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    Jared Leto, Zach Grenier, Kevin Scott Mack

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  12. 12
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    Rachel Weisz, Ellen Burstyn, Hugh Jackman

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    Laurence Fishburne, Hugo Weaving, Gloria Foster

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  14. 14
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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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  17. 17
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    Naomi Watts, B. D. Wong, Kate Burton

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    Charlotte Gainsbourg, Willem Dafoe, Storm Acheche Sahlstrøm

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    Scatman Crothers, Shelley Duvall, Jack Nicholson

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    Clint Mansell, Abraham Aronofsky, Ben Shenkman

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    Judith Anna Roberts, Jeanne Bates, Allen Joseph

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  22. 22
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    Keith Bradshaw, John Carruth, Juan Tapia

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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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    Elijah Wood, Mark Ruffalo, Kirsten Dunst

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  27. 27
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    Robert Blake, Patricia Arquette, Robert Loggia

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    Ian Holm, Jim Broadbent, Katherine Helmond

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  29. 29
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    Toni Collette, Haley Joel Osment, Mischa Barton

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  30. 30
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    Hugh Grant, Hugo Weaving, Jim Broadbent

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    added by StacyWolfe
    Hope Lange, Brad Dourif, Dean Stockwell

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    added by Bootsdad
    Ellen Burstyn, Marlon Wayans, Jared Leto

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  33. 33
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    added by Scott Klingaman
    Christopher Walken, Steve Buscemi, Kathy Griffin

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    John Cusack, Clea DuVall, Ray Liotta

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    Danny Huston, Paul Butcher, Lynn Collins

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  36. 36
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    Sharon Stone, Michael Ironside, Alexia Robinson

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  37. 37
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    Ian Holm, Judy Davis, Michael Zelniker

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  38. 38
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    added by llh6782
    James Saito, Irrfan Khan, Tabu

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    Ian Holm, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Christopher Eccleston

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    added by StacyWolfe
    Jonny Lee Miller, Robert Carlyle, Kelly Macdonald

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  41. 41
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    Laurence Fishburne, Hugo Weaving, Jada Pinkett Smith

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  42. 42
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    Chris Isaak, Kiefer Sutherland, David Bowie

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    Anatoly Solonitsyn, Natalya Bondarchuk, Vladislav Dvorzhetsky

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    Jennifer Jason Leigh, Samantha Morton, Emily Watson

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  45. 45
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    added by StacyWolfe
    Laurence Fishburne, Hugo Weaving, Jada Pinkett Smith

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    Akira Ishida, Miki Nagasawa, Tomo Iwanaga

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    added by MikeHegstrom
    Jennifer Jason Leigh, Anna Massey, Reg E. Cathey

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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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