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List of Movies Like Inception 

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Updated June 8, 2020 4.9k votes 837 voters 68.1k views 90 items
Looking for a list of movies that are similar to Inception? You're in luck, because all of the films listed below are related to Inception in one way or another. Here is our ranked poll of the best movies like Inception, ranked by how similar they really are to the Christopher Nolan classic. If you loved Inception, then we're willing to bet that you'll love the films listed here as well. Films like Shutter Island, Jacob's Ladder, and The Prestige all have that mindf*ck aspect to them that you're probably looking for. Other films simply star Leonardo DiCaprio, but are also similar in concept. Check out The Beach if you're looking for another Leo movie that is kind of like Inception. Many of the movies here will most likely require a second viewing to figure out what is going on, so if you want to watch some confusing movies, then check out the films below. 
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Leonardo DiCaprio, Michelle Williams, Mark Ruffalo

Released: 2010

Directed by: Martin Scorsese

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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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The Matrix is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Movies Like Inception
Keanu Reeves, Hugo Weaving, Carrie-Anne Moss

Released: 1999

Directed by: Andy Wachowski, Lana Wachowski

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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Scarlett Johansson, David Bowie, Hugh Jackman

Released: 2006

Directed by: Christopher Nolan

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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Brad Pitt, Jared Leto, Helena Bonham Carter

Released: 1999

Directed by: David Fincher

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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Guy Pearce, Carrie-Anne Moss, Joe Pantoliano

Released: 2000

Directed by: Christopher Nolan

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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The Sixth Sense is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Movies Like Inception
Bruce Willis, Mischa Barton, Haley Joel Osment

Released: 1999

Directed by: M. Night Shyamalan

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 (Haley Joel Osment), a troubled, isolated boy who ...more

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Drew Barrymore, Ashley Tisdale, Jake Gyllenhaal

Released: 2001

Directed by: Richard Kelly

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 Dark Knight is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Movies Like Inception
Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Heath Ledger

Released: 2008

Directed by: Christopher Nolan

The Dark Knight is a 2008 superhero film directed by Christopher Nolan, based on the DC Comics character, Batman. Bruce Wayne (Christian Bale), Police Lieutenant James Gordon (Gary Oldman) and ...more

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Seven is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list List of Movies Like Inception
Brad Pitt, Gwyneth Paltrow, Morgan Freeman

Released: 1995

Directed by: David Fincher

Seven is a 1995 American psychological thriller film directed by David Fincher. The film stars Brad Pitt and Morgan Freeman, with Gwyneth Paltrow, R. Lee Ermey, John C. McGinley, and Kevin ...more

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Leonardo DiCaprio, Amy Adams, Jennifer Garner

Released: 2002

Directed by: Steven Spielberg

Catch Me If You Can is a 2002 American biographical crime drama film based on the life of Frank Abagnale, who, before his 19th birthday, successfully performed cons worth millions of dollars by ...more

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Eternal Sunshine of the ... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list List of Movies Like Inception
Kate Winslet, Kirsten Dunst, Jim Carrey

Released: 2004

Directed by: Michel Gondry

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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The Shawshank Redemption... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list List of Movies Like Inception
Morgan Freeman, Rita Hayworth, Tim Robbins

Released: 1994

Directed by: Frank Darabont

The Shawshank Redemption is a 1994 American drama film written and directed by Frank Darabont and starring Tim Robbins and Morgan Freeman. Adapted from the Stephen King novella Rita Hayworth and ...more

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Cameron Diaz, Tom Cruise, Colin Farrell

Released: 2002

Directed by: Steven Spielberg

Minority Report is a 2002 American neo-noir science fiction mystery-thriller film directed by Steven Spielberg and loosely based on the short story of the same name by Philip K. Dick. It is set ...more

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The Usual Suspects is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list List of Movies Like Inception
Kevin Spacey, Benicio del Toro, Gabriel Byrne

Released: 1994

Directed by: Bryan Singer

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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Bruce Willis, Emily Blunt, Joseph Gordon-Levitt

Released: 2012

Directed by: Rian Johnson

Looper is a 2012 American science fiction action thriller film directed by Rian Johnson. In dystopian 2074, a hired gun spends his day's assassinating criminals sent from the future until one ...more

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The Dark Knight Rises is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list List of Movies Like Inception
Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Gary Oldman

Released: 2012

Directed by: Christopher Nolan

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The Departed is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list List of Movies Like Inception
Leonardo DiCaprio, Jack Nicholson, Alec Baldwin

Released: 2006

Directed by: Martin Scorsese

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Jim Carrey, Paul Giamatti, Ed Harris

Released: 1998

Directed by: Peter Weir

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A Beautiful Mind is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list List of Movies Like Inception
Jennifer Connelly, Russell Crowe, Ron Howard

Released: 2001

Directed by: Ron Howard

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Batman Begins is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list List of Movies Like Inception
Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Liam Neeson

Released: 2005

Directed by: Christopher Nolan

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Monica Bellucci, Keanu Reeves, Jada Pinkett Smith

Released: 2003

Directed by: Andy Wachowski, Lana Wachowski

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Tom Hanks, Gary Sinise, Sam Rockwell

Released: 1999

Directed by: Frank Darabont

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Jessica Biel, Edward Norton, Paul Giamatti

Released: 2006

Directed by: Neil Burger

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Natalie Portman, John Hurt, Hugo Weaving

Released: 2005

Directed by: James McTeigue

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Ethan Hawke, Noah Taylor, Sarah Snook

Released: 2014

Directed by: Michael Spierig, Peter Spierig

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