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The Best Mindf*ck Movies

Updated November 4, 2019 13.6k votes 2.3k voters 86.6k views70 items

List RulesDon'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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    Released1999

    Directed byDavid Fincher

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    Scarlett Johansson, David Bowie

    Released2006

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    Nicholas Brendon, Elizabeth Gracen

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    Keanu Reeves, Hugo Weaving

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    Kate Winslet, Kirsten Dunst

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    Macaulay Culkin, Tim Robbins

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    Nicole Kidman, Christopher Eccleston

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