So let me warn you before we start the article, please proceed with caution! If you’re someone who is looking for the type of films where the good guy gets the young lady, have an adventure and a good laugh where everything seems so perfect, and the film ends in a classic fairy tale style where everyone lives happily ever after “THE END” Then this list is definitely not for you. These are the films that will twist with your brain, will screw with your mind, and flip it around, turning it upside down. When you have finished watching any of the films on the list, the first thing that you are going to say will be WTF? Now that is the reason why these films are popularly known as the “MIND BENDING MOVIES”.
On the off-chance that you haven’t seen any movies of such style before then this is going to be a wild ride for you my friend! Have you ever seen a film which tricks your mind and make you question the rationality of your psyche? Have you ever seen a movie which questions you the nature of your reality and how well do you perceive things around you? These films challenge your mind, it questions your thinking and reasoning ability, encompass your intelligence with the billows of uncertainty. These are the kind of films which you won’t comprehend at first, you basically can’t make sense of the idea, concept, and theme of the film in one watch, but when view it again and again you will get it.
These mind twisting movies are going to play with your little head, you can feel truly imbecile for not understanding what’s going around on the screen. The movies mentioned in the list are for genuine movie geeks, serious film lovers, and not for the people who are expecting a Disney ending. Before you start watching one of these films, you’ll require a lot of patience, empty your mind and throw out the logic, reasoning out of the window, and a bowl of pop-corn to enjoy the films.
The best thing about these movies are that they are geniusly crafted, cunningly scripted, a great direction and loaded with some of the brilliant performances from some of the finest actors. wonderful bit of acting. You’ll find a number of shocking twists and turns, and a complex mind-boggling plot. You must be clever and smart to comprehend the plot and storyline, it will keep you speculating right till the end. At last you’ll either commend the film or you’ll curse and dismiss it for exploding your head, but it will definitely leave you mind twisted.
So In No Specific Order Here Are List Of 25 Mind Bending Movies That Will Blow Your Mind!
1. Fight Club (1999)
I found freedom. Losing all hope was freedom.
Fight Club, one of the greatest films of David Fincher. The film has become a cult hit over the time and it’s based on the hit novel of same name by the writer Chuck Palahniuk. This movie not only has a complex plot, but has some deep philosophy and life lessons in it. It questions the consumer culture and our way of living. Different individuals have diverse elucidations of the film. Featuring Brad Pitt, Edward Norton, Helena Carter, the film is directed by David Fincher. This film is a must watch for every movie buff out there.
2. Predestination (2014)
It’s never too late to be who you might have been.
Oh god! I don’t know where to start, this film can’t be explained in words, you have to watch it to understand it. Like the title says, the film deals with the popular predestination time paradox. Simply put this movie is so mind twisting that it will leave you speechless after the watch.
3. Shutter Island (2010)
This is a sick fu*king world we live in.
Brilliance is the thing that happens when Leonardo DiCaprio and Martin Scorsese make a movie together. The film is a psychological thriller based on the novel of the same name. The film has all the elements of a great psychological thriller, characters with mysterious past, a continuous feeling of shivering suspicion and paranoia, blurred line between reality and imagination, and a good old fashioned mystery to keep your mind running all the time.
4. Donnie Darko (2001)
Why are you wearing that stupid man suit?
Donnie Darko, made on a small budget turned out to be a sleeper hit, it has gained a cult status and has a very loyal fan following. The film tells the story of a troubled teenager who experiences these doomsday like visions and then he tries to find out the meaning of his visions. At the same time, Donnie has to deal with his emotional problems. This film deals with the themes such as the rationality of time travel, worm-holes, changing past, tangent universe, and many other elements of time travel. However the ending of the film is ambiguous. If you too are confused with what happened in the end then do visit the Donnie Darko forums, communities where the fans have their theories explaining the ending of the film.
5. The Machinist (2004)
How can you wake up from a nightmare if you are not asleep?
In my view this film is one of the best movies of Christian Bale. For his role in the film, Bale went a drastic transformation, he lost nearly 62 pounds. He went on a diet for months to lose the weight, his diet consisted of only an apple, water, and a cup of coffee daily. The devotion of Bale for the role makes it a must watch. Even though the film is very dark and depressing, it can lower your spirits. It’s not recommended for the timid and the faint-hearted individuals.
6. Oldboy (2003)
Laugh and the world laughs with you. Weep and you weep alone.
The film tells the story of Oh Dae-su, who is held captive in a hotel room for 15 years, he doesn’t know the identity and motives of his captor. The ending of the film is going to leave you speechless, it’s a very hard-hitting and dark film. I promise you would be a changed person after seeing this film. It will leave you stunned, feeling gloomy and miserable, and saying WTF WHAT WAS THAT! It is disturbing, controversial mind-bending, and above all a mind twisting film.
7. Pi (1998)
There will be no order, only chaos.
You know it’s true what they say, that doing too much Mathematics can actually make you crazy. Pi tells the story of a reclusive mathematician and his obsession to find a number that can help in unlocking all the secrets of the universe, deciphering all the patterns of the nature. The story is very compelling, script is very well written, however you might find this film quite bizarre, but watch it.
8. The Butterfly Effect (2004)
You can’t change who people are without destroying who they were.
Traveling in past is something everybody has longed for, wanted to, hoped for. In any case, there are consequences when you alter back the past. Sometimes even some very small changes may lead to large unforeseen and unpredictable consequences. This film is a treat for the time travel movie lovers.
9. Stay (2005)
There’s too much beauty to quit.
This is a very underrated film. It will play with your head, force you to set aside your notions of reality and understanding. What’s more, it will bend your brain hard. It is a sort of film which takes into a whole different world, you become a part of the story, you can observe the characters very vividly. The film deals with themes like the idea of reality, dreams, afterlife, and death.
10. Memento (2000)
We all need memories to remind ourselves who we are.
Story of a man who tries to find the killer of his wife and avenge her death while struggling with his short-term memory loss. This fascinating artful culmination from Christopher Nolan in based on the short story titled “Memento Mori’ which was written by his younger brother Jonathan Nolan. The film was a standout amongst other movies of its decade and is ranked as one of the best psychological thrillers of all time because of its nonlinear story structure, structure and themes of memory, observation and perception, and masterful study of self-deception.
11. A Serbian Film (2010)
P*rn is like cartoons for grownups.
A Serbian Film is about a financially struggling adult film star who because of money agrees to become a part of an art film, but soon he discovers that he has been dragged into making a snuff film. The film has received a NC-17 rating for extreme graphic content and explicit language. This is the most controversial, sick disturbing, terrible film of the modern decade, and arguably of all time. There are a few things that you just can’t unsee and this film is one of them.
12. Inception (2010)
You must not be afraid to dream a little bigger, darling.
I frequently ask myself the question that how does Christopher Nolan do it? This director is a without a doubt a great genius! Inception is a science fiction film about a world where exists an innovative technology that enables one to penetrate the subconscious of the other people. A professional thief Coeb (Leonardo DiCaprio) and his team which includes Ellen Page, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Tom Hardy is given the impossible task of inception, to plan an idea into the subconscious of the target person.
13. The Game (1997)
There are no rules in The Game.
The Game was released in 1997, directed by David Fincher, this film is about a rich banker who is given an unusual birthday present which changes everything, devours his life. And soon he becomes trapped, he can’t tell if it’s the reality or the game. Initially when the film was released, it was panned by the critics, but over the time it has become a cult film.
14. Open Your Eyes (1997)
Open your eyes.
The film is a crossing point between the dreams and reality. Vanilla Sky featuring Tom Cruise, Cameron Diaz is the Hollywood remake of this film which turned out to be a moderate success at the box office. If you compare the two, there are almost similar in all aspects, although personally I would lean towards the Spanish over the Hollywood remake. The story spins around the primary character not knowing whether he’s living in reality, a fantasy or a nightmare.
15. Jacob’s Ladder (1990)
If you’re afraid of dying, and you’re holdin’ on, you’ll see devils tearin’ your life away.
The title of this movie refers to the famous biblical tale of Jacob’s Ladder, the staircase between the Heaven and Earth which Jacob saw in his dream. This film will bend your mind! It tells the story of Jacob, a Vietnam veteran whose encounters before and amid the war result in bizarre, unusual hallucinations that keep on haunting him. As his difficulty intensifies, Jacob urgently endeavors to make sense of reality and figure out the truth.
16. Primer (2004)
If you always want what you can’t have, what do you want when you can have anything?
The film is about two engineers who unintentionally, accidentally discovers a method to time travel. Primer is noted for its extremely low budget, complex and experimental plot, philosophical implications. This is something that most of the movie watchers won’t like, they would expect the plot to be simply enough to be able to comprehend it, but trust me this movie is really going to frustrate you. The director of the film is a former engineer and with a degree in mathematics, he didn’t simplify the movie or it’s dialogues for the sake of general audiences.
17. Enter The Void (2009)
All your fears become reality and it scares the shit out of you.
The film tells the story of a French drug dealer who is living in Tokyo. He is betrayed by his best friend and get shot by the police, yet his spirit keeps on watching everything occurring around. His spirit observing all the repercussions surrounding his death and seeking resurrection. This film is another brilliant gem of Gaspar Noé who is known for his famous film “Irréversible”.
18. Mulholland Drive (2001)
It’ll be just like in the movies. Pretending to be somebody else.
The film tells the story of Betty, an aspiring actress from Deep River, Ontario who befriends Rita, a young lady with amnesia who is hiding in Betty’s aunt apartment. They both try to search for clues and answers to the mystery in the city of the angels in a mind bending venture which is beyond reality and dreams.
19. Mr. Nobody (2009)
As long as you don’t choose, everything remains possible.
This film is known for its non-linear storyline and the Many-Worlds-Theory (MWT) elucidation style. Nemo Nobody, the last mortal human left on the earth, with his memory fading, he reflects on his three loves of his life and his parents’ divorce. He wonders what his life might have been if he had done things differently, if he had taken a different decision at the most critical junctions of his life.
20. The Holy Mountain (1973)
You are excrement. You can change yourself into gold.
If you want to trip out this film is probably the best decision. The film follows a Christ-like figure on his journey to the holy mountain to achieve immortality and enlightenment. He’s accompanied by an alchemist and figures from the intagram that represent different world leaders and ideologies. The film is heavily symbolic and is often seen as a surrealist epic. The film is a spectacle of strange things and has to be seen to be believed.
21. Triangle (2009)
Bad dreams make you think you’re seeing things that you haven’t.
This movie plays with your head like it’s some football, kicking it from one place to the next. It will leave you speculating, guessing until the end. The story spins around the travelers of a yacht in the Atlantic Ocean who because of unusual climate conditions they are compelled to abandon their ship and board another ship, just to find that they are being stalked by someone or something.
22. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)
Blessed are the forgetful, for they get the better even of their blunders.
The film is about a couple who have erased all the memories of their relationship, but they are not able to erase each other from their hearts. They fall in love again, they date again, they start all over again. It’s such a beautiful film, it’s one of my all time favorite movies. Jim Carrey and Kate Winslet have given brilliant performances of their career in the film. Some critics even call this film as one of the greatest films of this century.
23. Upstream Color (2013)
I have to apologize. I was born with a disfigurement where my head is made of the same material as the sun.
This film is extremely stylish, it is really very different from something that you have seen before. It has some really beautiful photography and the film editing is very creative. An intricate parasite influences the lives of two individuals. A man and a woman are drawn together, wound and entrapped in the life-cycle of an imperishable living being. They battle to assemble the loose pieces of their destroyed lives as their identity turns into an illusion.
24. The Prestige (2006)
The magician takes the ordinary something and makes it do something extraordinary.
Now we have a movie that makes magic seen terrifying it’s ‘The Prestige’. On a surface we see two highly competitive magicians dueling it out to see who is the best illusionist around. They continue to one up each other with better tricks with their whole vanishing acts. Another masterpiece by Christopher Nolan.
25. Irreversible (2002)
Time destroys everything.
The film takes place in a reverse-chronological order and it employs a non-linear narrative. After his girlfriend is brutally raped, Marcus along with his friend seek revenge for the assault. This film was very controversial and questionable upon its release for its realistic depiction of rape and extreme graphic violence where a man is viciously pummeled to death with a fire extinguisher.