WTF? The Most Confusing Movies Ever Made Films
Ultimate List
19,137 votes 104,359 views by  Ranker
more info

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.
  • 22 ReRanks
    • Women
    • Men
    • Age
    • Region
  • See list ranked by
The List
rerank list
  1. 1
    Up 586
    Down 230

    most listed Carrie-Anne Moss, Guy Pearce, Jorja Fox

  2. 2
    Up 667
    Down 319

    the people's #1 Leonardo DiCaprio, Marion Cotillard, Joseph Gordon-Levitt

  3. 3
    Up 519
    Down 163

    Drew Barrymore, Ashley Tisdale, Jake Gyllenhaal

  4. 4
    Up 188
    Down 160

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

  5. 5
    Up 390
    Down 160

    Arthur C. Clarke, Leonard Rossiter, Ed Bishop

  6. 6
    Up 350
    Down 141

    Naomi Watts, Billy Ray Cyrus, Melissa George

  7. 7
    Up 302
    Down 183

    added by LucasSerrano Cameron Diaz, Tom Cruise, Penélope Cruz

  8. 8
    Up 254
    Down 155

    added by Bootsdad Tom Cruise, Nicole Kidman, Stanley Kubrick

  9. 9
    Up 271
    Down 178

    Malcolm McDowell, Steven Berkoff, Warren Clarke

  10. 10
    Up 270
    Down 198

    Brad Pitt, Bruce Willis, Christopher Plummer

  11. 11
    Up 382
    Down 268

    Brad Pitt, Edward Norton, Jared Leto

  12. 12
    Up 329
    Down 319

    often listed & added by wiabux Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne, Carrie-Anne Moss

  13. 13
    Up 177
    Down 113

    Hugh Jackman, Rachel Weisz, Ellen Burstyn

  14. 14
    Up 62
    Down 101

    often listed & added by WR10Dev7 Naomi Watts, Ryan Gosling, Ewan McGregor

  15. 15
    Up 122
    Down 126

    often listed & ranked high on reranks Richard Gere, Debra Messing, Laura Linney

  16. 16
    Up 227
    Down 157

    ranked low on reranks & added by dlewisxc Natalie Portman, Mila Kunis, Winona Ryder

  17. 17
    Up 127
    Down 107

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

  18. 18
    Up 217
    Down 151

    ranked low on reranks Cameron Diaz, Brad Pitt, Charlie Sheen

  19. 19
    Up 205
    Down 105

    Jack Nance, Jeanne Bates, Jack Fisk

  20. 20
    Up 303
    Down 196

    Leonardo DiCaprio, Michelle Williams, Mark Ruffalo

  21. 21
    Up 251
    Down 261

    often listed & ranked high on reranks Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall, Scatman Crothers

  22. 22
    Up 236
    Down 126

    Kate Winslet, Kirsten Dunst, Jim Carrey

  23. 23
    Up 165
    Down 105

    added by ChangesDownClub Macaulay Culkin, Tim Robbins, Jason Alexander

  24. 24
    Up 230
    Down 271

    often listed & ranked high on reranks Bruce Willis, Haley Joel Osment, Mischa Barton

  25. 25
    Up 171
    Down 86

    ranked low on reranks Shane Carruth, David Sullivan, Keith Bradshaw

  26. 26
    Up 145
    Down 106

    Richard Pryor, Gary Busey, Henry Rollins

  27. 27
    Up 158
    Down 95

    Ajay Naidu, Mark Margolis, Clint Mansell

  28. 28
    Up 190
    Down 202

    Kevin Spacey, Benicio del Toro, Gabriel Byrne

  29. 29
    Up 130
    Down 97

    added by Dave Loomis Robert De Niro, Ian Holm, Jim Broadbent

  30. 30
    Up 111
    Down 120

    often listed & added by Haskins Amanda Peet, John Cusack, Ray Liotta

  31. 31
    Up 141
    Down 91

    added by SamiMorcos Halle Berry, Tom Hanks, Susan Sarandon

  32. 32
    Up 150
    Down 121

    added by ChangesDownClub Jim Carrey, Rhona Mitra, Logan Lerman

  33. 33
    Up 73
    Down 60

    added by StacyWolfe Isabella Rossellini, Dennis Hopper, Laura Dern

  34. 34
    Up 136
    Down 130

    added by Bootsdad Jennifer Connelly, Jared Leto, Ellen Burstyn

  35. 35
    Up 116
    Down 93

    Ian Holm, Roy Scheider, Peter Weller

  36. 36
    Up 81
    Down 76

    added by StacyWolfe Ewan McGregor, Robert Carlyle, Jonny Lee Miller

  37. 37
    Up 201
    Down 241

    added by Scott Klingaman John Travolta, Bruce Willis, Uma Thurman

  38. 38
    Up 163
    Down 195

    Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sharon Stone, Dean Norris

  39. 39
    Up 129
    Down 101

    ranked low on reranks & added by StacyWolfe Monica Bellucci, Keanu Reeves, Jada Pinkett Smith

  40. 40
    Up 117
    Down 145

    added by llh6782 Gérard Depardieu, Tabu, Irrfan Khan

  41. 41
    Up 47
    Down 75

    added by ccredux Marlon Brando, Jean-Pierre Léaud, Laura Betti

  42. 42
    Up 37
    Down 83

    Megumi Hayashibara, Junko Iwao, Takehito Koyasu

  43. 43
    Up 43
    Down 55

    added by StacyWolfe Donatas Banionis, Anatoly Solonitsyn, Natalya Bondarchuk

  44. 44
    Up 83
    Down 115

    added by dlewisxc Jennifer Connelly, Kiefer Sutherland, William Hurt

  45. 45
    Up 56
    Down 78

    added by DannyBracy Steve Buscemi, John Goodman, Frances McDormand

  46. 46
    Up 67
    Down 86

    Debbie Harry, James Woods, David Cronenberg

  47. 47
    Up 70
    Down 73

    added by Bootsdad Robert Downey Jr., Keanu Reeves, Winona Ryder

  48. 48
    Up 42
    Down 60

    added by StacyWolfe Nicolas Cage, Meryl Streep, Maggie Gyllenhaal

  49. 49
    Up 51
    Down 43

    added by GhassenHammas Scarlett Johansson, David Bowie, Hugh Jackman

  50. 50
    Up 51
    Down 90

    often listed & ranked high on reranks Jude Law, Willem Dafoe, Jennifer Jason Leigh

81 +

Something missing? Add it!

think you can do better?

Rerank This List

got a blog or website?

embed this list

viewers of this list also saw...

more popular lists