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List Rules 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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Memento is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Confusing Movies Ever Made
Memento Guy Pearce, Carrie-Anne Moss, Joe Pantoliano

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Inception is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Confusing Movies Ever Made
Inception Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy, Marion Cotillard

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Donnie Darko is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Confusing Movies Ever Made
Donnie Darko Drew Barrymore, Ashley Tisdale, Jake Gyllenhaal

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Mulholland Drive is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Confusing Movies Ever Made
Mulholland Drive Naomi Watts, Billy Ray Cyrus, Melissa George

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2001: A Space Odyssey is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Confusing Movies Ever Made
2001: A Space Odyssey Arthur C. Clarke, Leonard Rossiter, Ed Bishop

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The Tree of Life is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Confusing Movies Ever Made
The Tree of Life Brad Pitt, Sean Penn, Jessica Chastain

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12 Monkeys is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Confusing Movies Ever Made
12 Monkeys Brad Pitt, Bruce Willis, Christopher Plummer

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Eyes Wide Shut is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Confusing Movies Ever Made
Eyes Wide Shut Tom Cruise, Nicole Kidman, Stanley Kubrick

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Vanilla Sky is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Confusing Movies Ever Made
Vanilla Sky Cameron Diaz, Tom Cruise, Penélope Cruz

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A Clockwork Orange is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Confusing Movies Ever Made
A Clockwork Orange Malcolm McDowell, Warren Clarke, Steven Berkoff

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Fight Club is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Confusing Movies Ever Made
Fight Club Brad Pitt, Jared Leto, Helena Bonham Carter

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Being John Malkovich is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Confusing Movies Ever Made
Being John Malkovich Cameron Diaz, Brad Pitt, Charlie Sheen

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The Matrix is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Confusing Movies Ever Made
The Matrix Keanu Reeves, Hugo Weaving, Carrie-Anne Moss

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The Fountain is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Confusing Movies Ever Made
The Fountain Hugh Jackman, Rachel Weisz, Ellen Burstyn

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Antichrist is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Confusing Movies Ever Made
Antichrist Willem Dafoe, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Storm Acheche Sahlstrøm

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The Shining is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Confusing Movies Ever Made
The Shining Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall, Scatman Crothers

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Pi is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Confusing Movies Ever Made
Pi Mark Margolis, Ajay Naidu, Clint Mansell

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The Mothman Prophecies is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Confusing Movies Ever Made
The Mothman Prophecies Richard Gere, Debra Messing, Laura Linney

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Jacob's Ladder is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Confusing Movies Ever Made
Jacob's Ladder Macaulay Culkin, Tim Robbins, Jason Alexander

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Shutter Island is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Confusing Movies Ever Made
Shutter Island Leonardo DiCaprio, Michelle Williams, Mark Ruffalo

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Black Swan is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Confusing Movies Ever Made
Black Swan Natalie Portman, Mila Kunis, Winona Ryder

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The Usual Suspects is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Confusing Movies Ever Made
The Usual Suspects Kevin Spacey, Benicio del Toro, Gabriel Byrne

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Primer is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Confusing Movies Ever Made
Primer Shane Carruth, David Sullivan, Keith Bradshaw

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Eraserhead is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Confusing Movies Ever Made
Eraserhead Jack Nance, Jeanne Bates, Jack Fisk

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Eternal Sunshine of the Spotle... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Confusing Movies Ever Made
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind Kate Winslet, Kirsten Dunst, Jim Carrey

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Stay is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Most Confusing Movies Ever Made
Stay Naomi Watts, Ryan Gosling, Ewan McGregor

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Lost Highway is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Most Confusing Movies Ever Made
Lost Highway Richard Pryor, Gary Busey, Patricia Arquette

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The Sixth Sense is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Most Confusing Movies Ever Made
The Sixth Sense Bruce Willis, Mischa Barton, Haley Joel Osment

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Blue Velvet is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Most Confusing Movies Ever Made
Blue Velvet Isabella Rossellini, Dennis Hopper, Laura Dern

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Brazil is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Most Confusing Movies Ever Made
Brazil Robert De Niro, Bob Hoskins, Ian Holm

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Requiem for a Dream is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Most Confusing Movies Ever Made
Requiem for a Dream Jennifer Connelly, Jared Leto, Ellen Burstyn

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Cloud Atlas is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Most Confusing Movies Ever Made
Cloud Atlas Halle Berry, Tom Hanks, Susan Sarandon

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Total Recall is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Most Confusing Movies Ever Made
Total Recall Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sharon Stone, Michael Ironside

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Identity is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Most Confusing Movies Ever Made
Identity Amanda Peet, John Cusack, Alfred Molina

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The Matrix Revolutions is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Most Confusing Movies Ever Made
The Matrix Revolutions Monica Bellucci, Keanu Reeves, Jada Pinkett Smith

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Pulp Fiction is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Most Confusing Movies Ever Made
Pulp Fiction John Travolta, Bruce Willis, Uma Thurman

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Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Most Confusing Movies Ever Made
Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me David Bowie, Heather Graham, Kiefer Sutherland

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The Number 23 is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Most Confusing Movies Ever Made
The Number 23 Jim Carrey, Rhona Mitra, Logan Lerman

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The Machinist is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Most Confusing Movies Ever Made
The Machinist Christian Bale, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Michael Ironside

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Existenz is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Most Confusing Movies Ever Made
Existenz Jude Law, Willem Dafoe, Jennifer Jason Leigh

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Life of Pi is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Most Confusing Movies Ever Made
Life of Pi Gérard Depardieu, Irrfan Khan, Tabu

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Naked Lunch is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Most Confusing Movies Ever Made
Naked Lunch Ian Holm, Roy Scheider, Julian Sands

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Trainspotting is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Most Confusing Movies Ever Made
Trainspotting Ewan McGregor, Robert Carlyle, Jonny Lee Miller

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Videodrome is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Most Confusing Movies Ever Made
Videodrome Debbie Harry, James Woods, David Cronenberg

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The End of Evangelion is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Most Confusing Movies Ever Made
The End of Evangelion Megumi Hayashibara, Junko Iwao, Koyasu Taketo

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Dark City is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Most Confusing Movies Ever Made
Dark City Jennifer Connelly, Kiefer Sutherland, Melissa George

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The Prestige is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Most Confusing Movies Ever Made
The Prestige Scarlett Johansson, David Bowie, Hugh Jackman

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Interstellar is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Most Confusing Movies Ever Made
Interstellar Anne Hathaway, Matthew McConaughey, Matt Damon

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Solaris is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Most Confusing Movies Ever Made
Solaris Anatoly Solonitsyn, Natalya Bondarchuk, Jüri Järvet

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Synecdoche, New York is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Most Confusing Movies Ever Made
Synecdoche, New York Michelle Williams, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Philip Seymour Hoffman