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The Best Movies About Doppelgangers  

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Whether its double trouble or two times the fun, movies about doppelgangers make for compelling cinema. The best movies about doubles are often cerebral in nature, presenting alternative versions of the lead character's reality. This is a list of the top movies about doppelgangers including everything from Vertigo to Mulholland Drive to Lost Highway.

What films will you find on this roundup of the best movies about lookalikes? In the chilling drama Black Swan, Natalie Portman plays a prima ballerina haunted by her doppelganger understudy. Director Darren Aronofsky blurred the lines of reality throughout this engaging Oscar-winning thriller. Solaris is another good doppelganger film featuring stunning imagery. The animated movie Coraline finds the title character discovering a bizarre new world that may not be what it seems. Other good films featured on this list include The Prestige, Adaptation, and Another Earth.

Which doppelganger film had you returning for multiple viewings? Give your favorite movies about look-alikes a thumbs up and get in on the discussion in the comments section.

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Vertigo is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Movies About Doppelgangers
James Stewart, Kim Novak, Alfred Hitchcock
Vertigo is a 1958 American psychological thriller film directed and produced by Alfred Hitchcock. The story was based on the 1954 novel D'entre les morts by Boileau-Narcejac. The screenplay was ...more
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The Prestige is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Movies About Doppelgangers
Scarlett Johansson, David Bowie, Hugh Jackman
The Prestige is a 2006 mystery drama film directed by Christopher Nolan, from a screenplay adapted by him and his brother Jonathan Nolan from Christopher Priest's 1995 World Fantasy ...more
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The Man Who Haunted Himself is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Movies About Doppelgangers
Roger Moore, Thorley Walters, Alastair Mackenzie
The Man Who Haunted Himself is a 1970 British psychological thriller film directed by Basil Dearden and starring Roger Moore. It was based on the novel The Strange Case of Mr Pelham by Anthony ...more
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Black Swan is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Movies About Doppelgangers
Natalie Portman, Mila Kunis, Winona Ryder
Black Swan is a 2010 American psychological thriller-horror film directed by Darren Aronofsky and starring Natalie Portman, Vincent Cassel, and Mila Kunis. The plot revolves around a production ...more
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Moon is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Movies About Doppelgangers
Kevin Spacey, Mary Tyler Moore, Kaya Scodelario
Moon is a 2009 British science fiction drama film co-written and directed by Duncan Jones. The film follows Sam Bell, a man who experiences a personal crisis as he nears the end of a three-year ...more
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Mulholland Drive is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Movies About Doppelgangers
Naomi Watts, Billy Ray Cyrus, Melissa George
Mulholland Drive is a 2001 American neo-noir mystery film written and directed by David Lynch and starring Naomi Watts, Laura Harring, and Justin Theroux. It tells the story of an aspiring ...more
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Coraline is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Movies About Doppelgangers
Teri Hatcher, Dakota Fanning, Ian McShane
Coraline is a 2009 American stop-motion animated 3D dark fantasy film based on Neil Gaiman's 2002 novel of the same name. It was produced by Laika and distributed by Focus Features. Written and ...more
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Possession is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Movies About Doppelgangers
Sam Neill, Isabelle Adjani, Heinz Bennent
Possession is a 1981 French-German horror film directed by Andrzej Żuławski and starring Isabelle Adjani and Sam Neill. The plot obliquely follows the relationship between an international spy ...more
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Dead Ringers is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Movies About Doppelgangers
Jeremy Irons, Jill Hennessy, Geneviève Bujold
This film is a 1988 Canadian-American psychological thriller film starring Jeremy Irons in a dual role as identical twin gynecologists. David Cronenberg directed and co-wrote the screenplay with ...more
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Enemy is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Movies About Doppelgangers
Jake Gyllenhaal, Isabella Rossellini, Mélanie Laurent
Enemy is a 2013 Canadian-Spanish psychological thriller film directed by Denis Villeneuve, loosely adapted by Javier Gullón from José Saramago's 2002 novel The Double. The film ...more
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Coherence is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Movies About Doppelgangers
Nicholas Brendon, Elizabeth Gracen, Lorene Scafaria
Coherence is a 2013 American-British science fiction thriller film directed by James Ward Byrkit in his directorial debut. The film had its world debut on September 19, 2013 at the Austin ...more
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Kagemusha is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Movies About Doppelgangers
Tatsuya Nakadai, Kenichi Hagiwara, Kaori Momoi
Kagemusha is a 1980 film by Akira Kurosawa. In Japanese, kagemusha is a term used to denote a political decoy. It is set in the Sengoku period of Japanese history and tells the story of who is ...more
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Solaris is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Movies About Doppelgangers
Anatoly Solonitsyn, Natalya Bondarchuk, Jüri Järvet
Solaris is a 1972 Russian science fiction art film adaptation of Polish author Stanisław Lem's novel Solaris. The film was co-written and directed by Andrei Tarkovsky. The film is a meditative ...more
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Multiplicity is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Movies About Doppelgangers
Julie Bowen, Michael Keaton, Andie MacDowell
Multiplicity is a 1996 comedy film, starring Michael Keaton and Andie MacDowell. The film was co-produced and directed by Harold Ramis. The original music score was composed by George Fenton.
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Lost Highway is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Movies About Doppelgangers
Richard Pryor, Gary Busey, Patricia Arquette
Lost Highway is a 1997 French-American psychological thriller film written and directed by David Lynch. The film features the last film appearances of Richard Pryor, Jack Nance, and Robert ...more
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Another Earth is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Movies About Doppelgangers
Brit Marling, William Mapother, Kumar Pallana
Another Earth is a 2010 drama film written by Brit Marling and Mike Cahill directed by Mike Cahill. "When Rhonda Williams, a beautiful, bright MIT astrophysics student, leans out of her car ...more
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Triangle is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Movies About Doppelgangers
Melissa George, Michael Dorman, Rachael Carpani
Triangle is a 2009 psychological horror thriller film written and directed by Christopher Smith. Jess (Melissa George) plays a single mother who goes on a boating trip with several friends. When ...more
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The Princess Switch is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Movies About Doppelgangers
Vanessa Hudgens, Sam Palladio, Nick Sagar
The Princess Switch is a 2018 American Christmas romantic comedy film directed by Michael Rohl. When a down-to-earth Chicago baker and a soon-to-be princess discover they look like twins, they ...more
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Us is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Movies About Doppelgangers
Lupita Nyong'o, Winston Duke, Elisabeth Moss
Us is a 2019 American horror film directed by Jordan Peele. A mother (Lupita Nyong'o) and a father (Winston Duke) take their children to their beach house expecting to unplug and unwind with ...more
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Primer is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Movies About Doppelgangers
Shane Carruth, David Sullivan, Keith Bradshaw
Primer is a 2004 American science fiction drama film about the accidental discovery of a means of time travel. The film was written, directed, produced, edited and scored by Shane Carruth, who ...more
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Adaptation is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Movies About Doppelgangers
Nicolas Cage, Meryl Streep, Maggie Gyllenhaal
Adaptation is a 2002 American comedy-drama metafilm directed by Spike Jonze and written by Charlie Kaufman. The film is based on Susan Orlean's non-fiction book The Orchid Thief, with numerous ...more
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The Double is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Movies About Doppelgangers
Richard Gere, Stana Katic, Odette Annable
The Double is a 2011 action-drama film written by Michael Brandt and Derek Haas and directed by Michael Brandt.
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The Double Life of Véronique is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Movies About Doppelgangers
Irène Jacob, Philippe Volter, Sandrine Dumas
The Double Life of Véronique is a 1991 French and Polish-language drama film directed by Krzysztof Kieślowski and starring Irène Jacob. Written by Kieślowski and Krzysztof ...more
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The Devil's Double is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Movies About Doppelgangers
The Devil's Double Dominic Cooper, Ludivine Sagnier, Raad Rawi
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Gemini Man is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Movies About Doppelgangers
Will Smith, Clive Owen, Mary Elizabeth Winstead
Gemini Man is a 2019 American science fiction action thriller film directed by Ang Lee. Henry Brogen (Will Smith), an aging assassin seeking to exit his career finds himself going against a ...more