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The Best Mindf*ck Movies

Updated February 17, 2021 13.2k votes 2.3k voters 87.3k views91 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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  • Fight Club1
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    Fight Club

    Brad Pitt, Jared Leto

    Released1999

    Directed byDavid Fincher

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  • Inception2
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    Inception

    Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy

    Released2010

    Directed byChristopher Nolan

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  • Shutter Island3
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    Shutter Island

    Leonardo DiCaprio, Michelle Williams

    Released2010

    Directed byMartin Scorsese

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  • Predestination4
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    Predestination

    Ethan Hawke, Noah Taylor

    Released2014

    Directed byMichael Spierig, Peter Spierig

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  • Memento5
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    Memento

    Guy Pearce, Carrie-Anne Moss

    Released2000

    Directed byChristopher Nolan

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  • The Prestige6
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    The Prestige

    Scarlett Johansson, David Bowie

    Released2006

    Directed byChristopher Nolan

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  • Donnie Darko7
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    Donnie Darko

    Drew Barrymore, Ashley Tisdale

    Released2001

    Directed byRichard Kelly

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  • Interstellar8
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    Interstellar

    Anne Hathaway, Matthew McConaughey

    Released2014

    Directed byChristopher Nolan

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  • The Sixth Sense9
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    The Sixth Sense

    Bruce Willis, Mischa Barton

    Released1999

    Directed byM. Night Shyamalan

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  • Coherence10
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    Coherence

    Nicholas Brendon, Elizabeth Gracen

    Released2013

    Directed byJames Ward Byrkit

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  • The Usual Suspects11
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    The Usual Suspects

    Kevin Spacey, Benicio del Toro

    Released1994

    Directed byBryan Singer

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  • The Matrix12
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    The Matrix

    Keanu Reeves, Hugo Weaving

    Released1999

    Directed byAndy Wachowski, Lana Wachowski

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  • Source Code13
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    Source Code

    Jake Gyllenhaal, Michelle Monaghan

    Released2011

    Directed byDuncan Jones

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  • Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind14
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    Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

    Kate Winslet, Kirsten Dunst

    Released2004

    Directed byMichel Gondry

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  • Jacob's Ladder15
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    Macaulay Culkin, Tim Robbins

    Released1990

    Directed byAdrian Lyne

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  • The Game16
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    The Game

    Sean Penn, Michael Douglas

    Released1997

    Directed byDavid Fincher, Pedro Coutinho

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  • The Machinist17
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    Christian Bale, Jennifer Jason Leigh

    Released2004

    Directed byBrad Anderson

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  • Oldboy18
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    Oldboy

    Choi Min-sik, Yoo Ji-tae

    Released2003

    Directed byPark Chan-wook

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  • Triangle19
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    Triangle

    Melissa George, Michael Dorman

    Released2009

    Directed byChristopher Smith

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  • Mr. Nobody20
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    Mr. Nobody

    Diane Kruger, Jared Leto

    Released2009

    Directed byJaco Van Dormael

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  • The Butterfly Effect21
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    The Butterfly Effect

    Ashton Kutcher, Amy Smart

    Released2004

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  • The Truman Show22
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    The Truman Show

    Jim Carrey, Paul Giamatti

    Released1998

    Directed byPeter Weir

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  • The Others23
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    Nicole Kidman, Christopher Eccleston

    Released2001

    Directed byAlejandro Amenábar

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  • Primer24
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    Shane Carruth, David Sullivan

    Released2004

    Directed byShane Carruth

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  • The Illusionist25
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    The Illusionist

    Jessica Biel, Edward Norton

    Released2006

    Directed byNeil Burger

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