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
    Carrie-Anne Moss, Guy Pearce, Jorja Fox

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  2. 2
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    the people's #1
    Leonardo DiCaprio, Marion Cotillard, Joseph Gordon-Levitt

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  3. 3
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    - 200

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    Drew Barrymore, Ashley Tisdale, Jake Gyllenhaal

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  4. 4
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    often listed & added by PeteBoyle
    Brad Pitt, Sean Penn, Jessica Chastain

    ) open
  5. 5
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    Arthur C. Clarke, Leonard Rossiter, Ed Bishop

    ) open
  6. 6
    + 414
    - 174


    Naomi Watts, Billy Ray Cyrus, Melissa George

    ) open
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    added by LucasSerrano
    Cameron Diaz, Tom Cruise, Penélope Cruz

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    Tom Cruise, Nicole Kidman, Stanley Kubrick

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    Malcolm McDowell, Steven Berkoff, Warren Clarke

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  10. 10
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    Brad Pitt, Bruce Willis, Christopher Plummer

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    Brad Pitt, Edward Norton, Jared Leto

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    Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne, Carrie-Anne Moss

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  13. 13
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    Hugh Jackman, Rachel Weisz, Ellen Burstyn

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  14. 14
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    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Richard Gere, Debra Messing, Laura Linney

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  15. 15
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    often listed & added by WR10Dev7
    Naomi Watts, Ryan Gosling, Ewan McGregor

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    Natalie Portman, Mila Kunis, Winona Ryder

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    Jack Nance, Jeanne Bates, Jack Fisk

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

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    Cameron Diaz, Brad Pitt, Charlie Sheen

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  20. 20
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    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Willem Dafoe, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Storm Acheche Sahlstrøm

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    Leonardo DiCaprio, Michelle Williams, Mark Ruffalo

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    added by ChangesDownClub
    Macaulay Culkin, Tim Robbins, Jason Alexander

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    Kate Winslet, Kirsten Dunst, Jim Carrey

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

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

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    Ajay Naidu, Mark Margolis, Clint Mansell

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    Richard Pryor, Gary Busey, Henry Rollins

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    Shane Carruth, David Sullivan, Keith Bradshaw

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Kevin Spacey, Benicio del Toro, Gabriel Byrne

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    added by SamiMorcos
    Halle Berry, Tom Hanks, Susan Sarandon

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    added by StacyWolfe
    Isabella Rossellini, Dennis Hopper, Laura Dern

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    added by ChangesDownClub
    Jim Carrey, Rhona Mitra, Logan Lerman

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    Amanda Peet, John Cusack, Ray Liotta

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    Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sharon Stone, Dean Norris

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    Ian Holm, Roy Scheider, Peter Weller

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    added by Bootsdad
    Jennifer Connelly, Jared Leto, Ellen Burstyn

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    added by llh6782
    Gérard Depardieu, Tabu, Irrfan Khan

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  38. 38
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    added by StacyWolfe
    Monica Bellucci, Keanu Reeves, Jada Pinkett Smith

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

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    John Travolta, Bruce Willis, Uma Thurman

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    added by StacyWolfe
    Donatas Banionis, Anatoly Solonitsyn, Natalya Bondarchuk

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    added by StacyWolfe
    Monica Bellucci, Keanu Reeves, Jada Pinkett Smith

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

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    added by MikeHegstrom
    Max von Sydow, Bibi Andersson, Nils Poppe

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

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    Debbie Harry, James Woods, David Cronenberg

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    added by DannyBracy
    Steve Buscemi, John Goodman, Frances McDormand

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    added by dlewisxc
    Jennifer Connelly, Kiefer Sutherland, William Hurt

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    added by MichaelHritz
    Michelle Williams, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Jennifer Jason Leigh

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    added by EdwardFraraccio
    Harrison Ford, Daryl Hannah, Sean Young

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