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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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    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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    Brad Pitt, Sean Penn, Jessica Chastain

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    Cameron Diaz, Tom Cruise, Penélope Cruz

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    Tom Cruise, Nicole Kidman, Stanley Kubrick

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    Brad Pitt, Bruce Willis, Christopher Plummer

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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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    Hugh Jackman, Rachel Weisz, Ellen Burstyn

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    Richard Gere, Debra Messing, Laura Linney

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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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    Willem Dafoe, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Storm Acheche Sahlstrøm

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    Natalie Portman, Mila Kunis, Winona Ryder

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    Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall, Scatman Crothers

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    Leonardo DiCaprio, Michelle Williams, Mark Ruffalo

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    Shane Carruth, David Sullivan, Keith Bradshaw

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    Mark Margolis, Ajay Naidu, Clint Mansell

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    Naomi Watts, Ryan Gosling, Ewan McGregor

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    Jack Nance, Jeanne Bates, Jack Fisk

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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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    Kate Winslet, Kirsten Dunst, Jim Carrey Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

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    Richard Pryor, Gary Busey, Patricia Arquette

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    Robert De Niro, Bob Hoskins, Ian Holm Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

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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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    Halle Berry, Tom Hanks, Susan Sarandon

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    Jennifer Connelly, Jared Leto, Ellen Burstyn

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    Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sharon Stone, Michael Ironside

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    John Travolta, Bruce Willis, Uma Thurman Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

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    Jim Carrey, Rhona Mitra, Logan Lerman

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    Amanda Peet, John Cusack, Alfred Molina

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    Ian Holm, Roy Scheider, Julian Sands

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    Monica Bellucci, Keanu Reeves, Jada Pinkett Smith

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    David Bowie, Heather Graham, Kiefer Sutherland

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    Gérard Depardieu, Irrfan Khan, Tabu

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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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    Anatoly Solonitsyn, Natalya Bondarchuk, Jüri Järvet

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    Debbie Harry, James Woods, David Cronenberg

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    Christian Bale, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Michael Ironside

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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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    Megumi Hayashibara, Junko Iwao, Koyasu Taketo

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    Jennifer Connelly, Kiefer Sutherland, Melissa George Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

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    Harrison Ford, Daryl Hannah, Sean Young

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