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List Rules Don't list movies that are merely strange, surreal, or incomprehensible.

Movies that mess with your mind, plots that reveal radically different realities; things are seldom what they seem in these stories, for the protagonist or the viewer. Technically referred to as paranoid fictions or paranoid fantasies, the (albeit crass) term 'mindfuck' appears to be a more common (and arguably more descriptive) label for these movies.

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Shutter Island is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Mindfuck Movies
Shutter Island Leonardo DiCaprio, Michelle Williams, Mark Ruffalo Shutter Island is a 2010 American psychological thriller film directed by Martin Scorsese. The film is based on Dennis Lehane's 2003 novel of the same name. Production started in March 2008. ...more

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Predestination is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Mindfuck Movies
Predestination Ethan Hawke, Noah Taylor, Sarah Snook Predestination is a 2014 Australian science fiction film, written and directed by Michael and Peter Spierig. The film is based on the Robert A. Heinlein short story "—All You ...more

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Fight Club is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Mindfuck Movies
Fight Club Brad Pitt, Jared Leto, Helena Bonham Carter Fight Club is a 1999 film based on the 1996 novel of the same name by Chuck Palahniuk. The film was directed by David Fincher, and stars Brad Pitt, Edward Norton and Helena Bonham Carter. Norton ...more

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Inception is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Mindfuck Movies
Inception Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy, Marion Cotillard Inception is a 2010 science fiction heist thriller film written, produced, and directed by Christopher Nolan. The film stars a large ensemble cast that includes Leonardo DiCaprio, Ellen Page, ...more

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Memento is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Mindfuck Movies
Memento Guy Pearce, Carrie-Anne Moss, Joe Pantoliano Memento is a 2000 American neo-noir psychological thriller film directed by Christopher Nolan. The screenplay was written by Nolan based on his younger brother Jonathan Nolan's short story ...more

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Donnie Darko is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Mindfuck Movies
Donnie Darko Drew Barrymore, Ashley Tisdale, Jake Gyllenhaal Donnie Darko is a 2001 American supernatural drama film written and directed by Richard Kelly and starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Drew Barrymore, Patrick Swayze, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Noah Wyle, Jena ...more

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The Sixth Sense is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Mindfuck Movies
The Sixth Sense Bruce Willis, Mischa Barton, Haley Joel Osment The Sixth Sense is a 1999 American supernatural thriller film written and directed by M. Night Shyamalan. The film tells the story of Cole Sear, a troubled, isolated boy who is able to see and ...more

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The Prestige is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Mindfuck Movies
The Prestige 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 Matrix is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Mindfuck Movies
The Matrix Keanu Reeves, Hugo Weaving, Carrie-Anne Moss The Matrix is a 1999 American-Australian science fiction action film written and directed by The Wachowskis, starring Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne, Carrie-Anne Moss, Hugo Weaving, and Joe ...more

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Interstellar is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Mindfuck Movies
Interstellar Anne Hathaway, Matthew McConaughey, Matt Damon Interstellar is a British-American 2014 science fiction epic film directed by Christopher Nolan, starring Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain and Michael Caine. The film ...more

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The Game is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Mindfuck Movies
The Game Sean Penn, Michael Douglas, Spike Jonze The Game is a 1997 American mystery thriller film directed by David Fincher, starring Michael Douglas and Sean Penn, and produced by Propaganda Films and PolyGram Filmed Entertainment. It tells ...more

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The Machinist is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Mindfuck Movies
The Machinist Christian Bale, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Michael Ironside The Machinist is a 2004 English-language Spanish psychological thriller film directed by Brad Anderson and written by Scott Kosar. The film stars Christian Bale with Jennifer Jason Leigh, John ...more

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Eternal Sunshine of the Spotle... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Mindfuck Movies
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind Kate Winslet, Kirsten Dunst, Jim Carrey Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind is a 2004 American romantic science-fiction comedy-drama film about an estranged couple who have each other erased from their memories, written by Charlie ...more

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Jacob's Ladder is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Mindfuck Movies
Jacob's Ladder Macaulay Culkin, Tim Robbins, Jason Alexander Jacob's Ladder is a 1990 American psychological horror film directed by Adrian Lyne, written and produced by Bruce Joel Rubin and starring Tim Robbins, Elizabeth Peña and Danny Aiello. ...more

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Coherence is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Mindfuck Movies
Coherence Nicholas Brendon, Elizabeth Gracen, Lorene Scafaria Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial 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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The Others is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Mindfuck Movies
The Others Nicole Kidman, Christopher Eccleston, Michelle Fairley The Others is a 2001 horror-thriller film written, directed and scored by Alejandro Amenábar. It stars Nicole Kidman and Fionnula Flanagan. It won eight Goya Awards, including awards for ...more

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Primer is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Mindfuck Movies
Primer 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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Triangle is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Mindfuck Movies
Triangle 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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Total Recall is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Mindfuck Movies
Total Recall Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sharon Stone, Michael Ironside Total Recall is a 1990 American science fiction action film directed by Paul Verhoeven, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Rachel Ticotin, and Sharon Stone. The film is loosely based on the Philip ...more

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Mr. Nobody is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Mindfuck Movies
Mr. Nobody Diane Kruger, Jared Leto, Juno Temple Mr. Nobody is a 2009 science fiction drama film. It was written and directed by Jaco Van Dormael, produced by Philippe Godeau, and starred Jared Leto, Sarah Polley, Diane Kruger, Linh Dan Pham, ...more

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Oldboy is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Mindfuck Movies
Oldboy Choi Min-sik, Yoo Ji-tae, Oh Dal-su Oldboy is a 2003 South Korean mystery thriller neo-noir film directed by Park Chan-wook. It is based on the Japanese manga of the same name written by Nobuaki Minegishi and Garon Tsuchiya. ...more

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The Truman Show is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Mindfuck Movies
The Truman Show Jim Carrey, Paul Giamatti, Ed Harris The Truman Show is a 1998 American satirical social science fiction comedy-drama film directed by Peter Weir and written by Andrew Niccol. The cast includes Jim Carrey as Truman Burbank, Laura ...more

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Identity is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Mindfuck Movies
Identity Amanda Peet, John Cusack, Alfred Molina Identity is a 2003 American psychological thriller film directed by James Mangold from a screenplay written by Michael Cooney. The film stars John Cusack, Ray Liotta, Amanda Peet, Alfred Molina, ...more

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Mulholland Drive is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Mindfuck Movies
Eva Jančovičová added Mulholland Drive 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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The Butterfly Effect is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Mindfuck Movies
The Butterfly Effect Ashton Kutcher, Amy Smart, Logan Lerman The Butterfly Effect is a 2004 American psychological thriller film that was written and directed by Eric Bress and J. Mackye Gruber, starring Ashton Kutcher and Amy Smart. The title refers to ...more

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Source Code is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Mindfuck Movies
Source Code Jake Gyllenhaal, Michelle Monaghan, Vera Farmiga Source Code is a 2011 science fiction film directed by Duncan Jones, written by Ben Ripley, and starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Michelle Monaghan, Vera Farmiga, and Jeffrey Wright. The film had its ...more

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Cube is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Mindfuck Movies
Cube Nicole de Boer, Julian Richings, David Hewlett Cube is a 1997 Canadian science fiction psychological horror film, directed and co-written by Vincenzo Natali. The film was a successful product of the Canadian Film Centre's First Feature

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The Illusionist is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Mindfuck Movies
The Illusionist Jessica Biel, Edward Norton, Paul Giamatti The Illusionist is a 2006 American period drama film written and directed by Neil Burger and starring Edward Norton, Paul Giamatti, and Jessica Biel. It is based loosely on Steven Millhauser's ...more

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Moon is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Mindfuck Movies
Moon 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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The Man from Earth is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Mindfuck Movies
Eva Jančovičová added The Man from Earth Tony Todd, Richard Riehle, David Lee Smith The Man from Earth is a 2007 science fiction film written by Jerome Bixby and directed by Richard Schenkman. It stars David Lee Smith as John Oldman, the protagonist. The screenplay was ...more

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Pi is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Mindfuck Movies
Pi Mark Margolis, Ajay Naidu, Clint Mansell Pi, also titled π, is a 1998 American surrealist psychological thriller film written and directed by Darren Aronofsky in his directorial debut. The film earned Aronofsky the Directing Award at ...more

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The Usual Suspects is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Mindfuck Movies
The Usual Suspects Kevin Spacey, Benicio del Toro, Gabriel Byrne The Usual Suspects is a 1995 German-American neo-noir crime thriller film directed by Bryan Singer and written by Christopher McQuarrie. It stars Stephen Baldwin, Gabriel Byrne, Benicio del ...more

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Open Your Eyes is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Mindfuck Movies
Open Your Eyes Penélope Cruz, Eduardo Noriega, Najwa Nimri Abre los Ojos is a 1997 Spanish film co-written, co-scored and directed by Alejandro Amenábar and co-written by Mateo Gil. It stars Eduardo Noriega, Penélope Cruz, Fele ...more

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Looper is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Mindfuck Movies
Looper Bruce Willis, Emily Blunt, Joseph Gordon-Levitt Looper is a 2012 American science fiction action thriller film written and directed by Rian Johnson and starring Bruce Willis, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and Emily Blunt. In the film, time travel is ...more

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The Fountain is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Mindfuck Movies
The Fountain Hugh Jackman, Rachel Weisz, Ellen Burstyn The Fountain is a 2006 American drama film that blends elements of fantasy, history, spirituality, and science fiction. It is directed by Darren Aronofsky, and stars Hugh Jackman and Rachel ...more

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K-PAX is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Mindfuck Movies
K-PAX Kevin Spacey, Jeff Bridges, Aaron Paul K-PAX is a 2001 American science fiction-mystery film directed by Iain Softley and starring Kevin Spacey, Jeff Bridges, Mary McCormack and Alfre Woodard. The screenplay, written by Gene Brewer ...more

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Dark City is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Mindfuck Movies
Dark City Jennifer Connelly, Kiefer Sutherland, Melissa George Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial Dark City is a 1998 neo-noir science fiction film directed by Alex Proyas. The screenplay was written by Proyas, Lem Dobbs and David S. Goyer. The film stars Rufus Sewell, Kiefer Sutherland, ...more

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The Jacket is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Mindfuck Movies
The Jacket Keira Knightley, Daniel Craig, Jennifer Jason Leigh The Jacket is a 2005 psychological thriller film directed by John Maybury that is partly based on the Jack London novel The Star Rover. Massy Tadjedin wrote the screenplay based on a story by ...more

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The Fall is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Mindfuck Movies
The Fall Lee Pace, Justine Waddell, Ronald France The Fall is a 2006 adventure fantasy film directed by Tarsem Singh, starring Lee Pace, Catinca Untaru, and Justine Waddell. It is based on the screenplay of the 1981 Bulgarian film Yo Ho Ho by ...more

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Stay is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Mindfuck Movies
Stay Naomi Watts, Ryan Gosling, Ewan McGregor Stay is a 2005 American psychological thriller film directed by Marc Forster and written by David Benioff. It stars Ewan McGregor, Ryan Gosling, Bob Hoskins and Naomi Watts, with production by ...more

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A Pure Formality is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Mindfuck Movies
A Pure Formality Roman Polanski, Gérard Depardieu, Sergio Rubini A Pure Formality is a 1994 thriller film directed and written by Giuseppe Tornatore. It stars Gérard Depardieu as a reclusive writer and Roman Polanski as a police detective.

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The Gift is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Mindfuck Movies
Eva Jančovičová added The Gift Katie Holmes, Cate Blanchett, Keanu Reeves The Gift is a 2000 American supernatural thriller film directed by Sam Raimi, written by Billy Bob Thornton and Tom Epperson and based on the alleged psychic experiences of Thornton's mother. ...more

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Inland Empire is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Mindfuck Movies
Eva Jančovičová added Inland Empire Naomi Watts, Jeremy Irons, Laura Dern Inland Empire is a 2006 mystery film written and directed by David Lynch and was his first feature film since 2001's Mulholland Drive. The feature took two-and-a-half years to complete, and was ...more

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Existenz is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Mindfuck Movies
Existenz Jude Law, Willem Dafoe, Jennifer Jason Leigh Existenz is a 1999 Canadian science fiction body horror film written, produced, and directed by Canadian director David Cronenberg. It stars Jennifer Jason Leigh and Jude Law. As in Videodrome, ...more

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Being John Malkovich is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Mindfuck Movies
Being John Malkovich Cameron Diaz, Brad Pitt, Charlie Sheen Being John Malkovich is a 1999 American fantasy comedy film written by Charlie Kaufman and directed by Spike Jonze. It stars John Cusack, Cameron Diaz and Catherine Keener, with John Malkovich ...more

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Vanilla Sky is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Mindfuck Movies
Vanilla Sky Cameron Diaz, Tom Cruise, Penélope Cruz Vanilla Sky is a 2001 American science fiction thriller film directed, written, and co-produced by Cameron Crowe. It is an English-language remake of Alejandro Amenábar's 1997 Spanish ...more

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Take Shelter is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Mindfuck Movies
Take Shelter Jessica Chastain, Michael Shannon, Katy Mixon Take Shelter is a 2011 American drama-thriller film written and directed by Jeff Nichols and starring Michael Shannon and Jessica Chastain. Plagued by a series of apocalyptic visions, a young ...more

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Videodrome is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Mindfuck Movies
Videodrome Debbie Harry, James Woods, David Cronenberg Videodrome is a 1983 Canadian postmodernist science fiction body horror film written and directed by David Cronenberg, starring James Woods, Sonja Smits, and Deborah Harry. Set in Toronto in the ...more

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The Thirteenth Floor is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Mindfuck Movies
The Thirteenth Floor Gretchen Mol, Vincent D'Onofrio, Shiri Appleby The Thirteenth Floor is a 1999 film directed by Josef Rusnak.

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A Scanner Darkly is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Mindfuck Movies
A Scanner Darkly Robert Downey Jr., Keanu Reeves, Winona Ryder A Scanner Darkly is a 2006 American animated science fiction thriller film directed by Richard Linklater based on the novel of the same name by Philip K. Dick. The film tells the story of ...more