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

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    Leonardo DiCaprio, Marion Cotillard, Joseph Gordon-Levitt

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    Drew Barrymore, Ashley Tisdale, Jake Gyllenhaal

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

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    Arthur C. Clarke, Leonard Rossiter, Ed Bishop

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    added by LucasSerrano Cameron Diaz, Tom Cruise, Penélope Cruz

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    ranked low on reranks Naomi Watts, Billy Ray Cyrus, Melissa George

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    added by Bootsdad Tom Cruise, Nicole Kidman, Stanley Kubrick

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    Malcolm McDowell, Steven Berkoff, Warren Clarke

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

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    Brad Pitt, Bruce Willis, Christopher Plummer

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    Brad Pitt, Edward Norton, Jared Leto

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    Hugh Jackman, Rachel Weisz, Ellen Burstyn

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    the people's #1 & added by WR10Dev7 Naomi Watts, Ryan Gosling, Ewan McGregor

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

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    often listed Willem Dafoe, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Storm Acheche Sahlstrøm

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    added by dlewisxc Natalie Portman, Mila Kunis, Winona Ryder

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

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    ranked low on reranks 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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    Leonardo DiCaprio, Michelle Williams, Mark Ruffalo

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    Kate Winslet, Kirsten Dunst, Jim Carrey

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    added by ChangesDownClub Macaulay Culkin, Tim Robbins, Jason Alexander

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

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    Kevin Spacey, Benicio del Toro, Gabriel Byrne

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

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

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    added by ChangesDownClub Jim Carrey, Rhona Mitra, Logan Lerman

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    ranked low on reranks & 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 Bootsdad Jennifer Connelly, Jared Leto, Ellen Burstyn

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    Ian Holm, Roy Scheider, Peter Weller

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

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

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    Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sharon Stone, Dean Norris

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

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    added by llh6782 Gérard Depardieu, Tabu, Irrfan Khan

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    Megumi Hayashibara, Junko Iwao, Takehito Koyasu

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

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    added by dlewisxc Jennifer Connelly, Kiefer Sutherland, William Hurt

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    added by StacyWolfe Donatas Banionis, Anatoly Solonitsyn, Natalya Bondarchuk

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    added by DannyBracy Steve Buscemi, John Goodman, Frances McDormand

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    Debbie Harry, James Woods, David Cronenberg

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

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    added by StacyWolfe Nicolas Cage, Meryl Streep, Maggie Gyllenhaal

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    added by GhassenHammas Scarlett Johansson, David Bowie, Hugh Jackman

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

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