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The Best Mindf*ck Movies

Updated April 5, 2021 13.2k votes 2.3k voters 89.1k views92 items

List RulesVote up your favorite movies that mess with your mind.

Movies that mess with your head, 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.

Good movies that mess with your mind are few and far between but we've got the best ones on this list ready for your votes.

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    Inception

    Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy
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    Fight Club

    Brad Pitt, Jared Leto
    Fight Club is a 1999 film based on the 1996 novel of the same name by Chuck Palahniuk. The...  more

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    Shutter Island

    Leonardo DiCaprio, Michelle Williams
    Shutter Island is a 2010 American psychological thriller film directed by Martin Scorsese. The...  more

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    Memento

    Guy Pearce, Carrie-Anne Moss
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    Predestination

    Ethan Hawke, Noah Taylor
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    The Prestige

    Scarlett Johansson, David Bowie
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    Donnie Darko

    Drew Barrymore, Ashley Tisdale
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    Interstellar

    Anne Hathaway, Matthew McConaughey
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    The Sixth Sense

    Bruce Willis, Mischa Barton
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    Coherence

    Nicholas Brendon, Elizabeth Gracen
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    The Matrix

    Keanu Reeves, Hugo Weaving
    The Matrix is a 1999 American-Australian science fiction action film written and directed by...  more

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    The Usual Suspects

    Kevin Spacey, Benicio del Toro
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    The Game

    Sean Penn, Michael Douglas
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    Source Code

    Jake Gyllenhaal, Michelle Monaghan
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    Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

    Kate Winslet, Kirsten Dunst
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    The Machinist

    Christian Bale, Jennifer Jason Leigh
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    Oldboy

    Choi Min-sik, Yoo Ji-tae
    Oldboy is a 2003 South Korean mystery thriller neo-noir film directed by Park Chan-wook, based...  more

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    Triangle

    Melissa George, Michael Dorman
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    The Truman Show

    Jim Carrey, Paul Giamatti
    The Truman Show is a 1998 American satirical social science fiction comedy-drama film directed...  more

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    The Butterfly Effect

    Ashton Kutcher, Amy Smart
    The Butterfly Effect is a 2004 American psychological thriller film that was written and...  more

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    Mr. Nobody

    Diane Kruger, Jared Leto
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    The Others

    Nicole Kidman, Christopher Eccleston
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    Primer

    Shane Carruth, David Sullivan
    Primer is a 2004 American science fiction drama film about the accidental discovery of a means...  more

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    Identity

    Amanda Peet, John Cusack
    Identity is a 2003 American psychological thriller film directed by James Mangold from a...  more

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    Looper

    Bruce Willis, Emily Blunt
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