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The Best Mindf*ck Movies

Updated November 4, 2019 13.1k votes 2.2k voters 85.0k 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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    Fight Club is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Mindf*ck Movies
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    Fight Club

    Brad Pitt, Jared Leto

    Released1999

    Directed byDavid Fincher

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    Inception is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Mindf*ck Movies
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    Inception

    Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy

    Released2010

    Directed byChristopher Nolan

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    Predestination is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Mindf*ck Movies
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    Predestination

    Ethan Hawke, Noah Taylor

    Released2014

    Directed byMichael Spierig, Peter Spierig

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    Shutter Island is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Mindf*ck Movies
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    Shutter Island

    Leonardo DiCaprio, Michelle Williams

    Released2010

    Directed byMartin Scorsese

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    Memento is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Mindf*ck Movies
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    Memento

    Guy Pearce, Carrie-Anne Moss

    Released2000

    Directed byChristopher Nolan

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    The Prestige is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Mindf*ck Movies
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    The Prestige

    Scarlett Johansson, David Bowie

    Released2006

    Directed byChristopher Nolan

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    Interstellar is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Mindf*ck Movies
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    Interstellar

    Anne Hathaway, Matthew McConaughey

    Released2014

    Directed byChristopher Nolan

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    Donnie Darko is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Mindf*ck Movies
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    Donnie Darko

    Drew Barrymore, Ashley Tisdale

    Released2001

    Directed byRichard Kelly

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    The Sixth Sense is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Mindf*ck Movies
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    The Sixth Sense

    Bruce Willis, Mischa Barton

    Released1999

    Directed byM. Night Shyamalan

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    Coherence is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Mindf*ck Movies
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    Coherence

    Nicholas Brendon, Elizabeth Gracen

    Released2013

    Directed byJames Ward Byrkit

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    The Matrix is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Mindf*ck Movies
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    The Matrix

    Keanu Reeves, Hugo Weaving

    Released1999

    Directed byAndy Wachowski, Lana Wachowski

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    The Usual Suspects is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Mindf*ck Movies
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    The Usual Suspects

    Kevin Spacey, Benicio del Toro

    Released1994

    Directed byBryan Singer

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    Eternal Sunshine of the Spotle is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Mindf*ck Movies
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    Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

    Kate Winslet, Kirsten Dunst

    Released2004

    Directed byMichel Gondry

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    Source Code is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Mindf*ck Movies
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    Source Code

    Jake Gyllenhaal, Michelle Monaghan

    Released2011

    Directed byDuncan Jones

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    Oldboy is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Mindf*ck Movies
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    Oldboy

    Choi Min-sik, Yoo Ji-tae

    Released2003

    Directed byPark Chan-wook

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    Jacob's Ladder is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Mindf*ck Movies
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    Jacob's Ladder

    Macaulay Culkin, Tim Robbins

    Released1990

    Directed byAdrian Lyne

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    The Machinist is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Mindf*ck Movies
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    The Machinist

    Christian Bale, Jennifer Jason Leigh

    Released2004

    Directed byBrad Anderson

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    The Game is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Mindf*ck Movies
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    The Game

    Sean Penn, Michael Douglas

    Released1997

    Directed byDavid Fincher, Pedro Coutinho

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    The Butterfly Effect is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Mindf*ck Movies
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    The Butterfly Effect

    Ashton Kutcher, Amy Smart

    Released2004

    Directed byJ. Mackye Gruber, Eric Bress

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    Triangle is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Mindf*ck Movies
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    Triangle

    Melissa George, Michael Dorman

    Released2009

    Directed byChristopher Smith

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    The Others is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Mindf*ck Movies
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    The Others

    Nicole Kidman, Christopher Eccleston

    Released2001

    Directed byAlejandro Amenábar

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    Mr. Nobody is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Mindf*ck Movies
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    Mr. Nobody

    Diane Kruger, Jared Leto

    Released2009

    Directed byJaco Van Dormael

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    Primer is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Mindf*ck Movies
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    Primer

    Shane Carruth, David Sullivan

    Released2004

    Directed byShane Carruth

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    The Truman Show is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Mindf*ck Movies
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    The Truman Show

    Jim Carrey, Paul Giamatti

    Released1998

    Directed byPeter Weir

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    The Illusionist is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Mindf*ck Movies
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    The Illusionist

    Jessica Biel, Edward Norton

    Released2006

    Directed byNeil Burger

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