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Can you recommend me some mind-bending movies?

Asked by Mimishu1995 (18105points) March 15th, 2015

Like, those kind of movies in which the plot are intentionally confusing, since they are told by mentally unstable characters for example. They can be interpretted in many ways, and may try to send you some kind of message about life.

Anything is fine, but thriller or movies with a mentally unstable protagonist are better.

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livelaughlove21's avatar

Shutter Island

Pachy's avatar

Try Third Person, which I saw just last night. Multi-threaded plotlines, hard to follow sometimes, but really interesting and perhaps what you’re looking for.

Also, I may be in a minority, but when I saw Altered States the first time in sure bent my mind.

jerv's avatar

I found Brazil to be a bit of a brain-bender.

dappled_leaves's avatar

Donnie Darko
Fight Club
The Babadook

@Pachy Altered States might be more than a bit dated now, but yeah, that was a cool film!

jaytkay's avatar


Half of the story is shown in reverse chronology. The other half is shown moving forward. Scenes from each are alternated.

And the protagonist can’t form new memories. He’s trying to solve a murder mystery. Every day he wakes up and has to start working with the clues he left for himself earlier.

Highly recommended!

gorillapaws's avatar

Inception and Total Recall both come to mind immediately.

anniereborn's avatar

Jacob’s Ladder
The Butterfly Effect
Primal Fear
What Dreams May Come
The Sixth Sense
Seven (actually spelled se7en)

Berserker's avatar

I second Jacob’s Ladder. There’s also Eraserhead (pretty mentally/emotionally unstable dude) and Lost Highway, both by David Lynch, and finally, Naked Lunch. Have fun, if you watch them. :)

jca's avatar

Two movies that sound like what you are asking for is The Sixth Sense (recommended above by @anniereborn) and The Others.

Lightlyseared's avatar

The usual suspects

hominid's avatar

Mulholland Drive
Synecdoche, New York (one of my favorite movies of all time)

LuckyGuy's avatar

Memento. While watching it I was thinking what the heck??? Until about 5 minutes before the end.

Edit: I see @jaytkay mentioned it. Ignore his comment. Oops! Too late.

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

Jacob’s Ladder was interesting. Also some of Quentin Tarantino’s stuff is fun.

wildpotato's avatar

Kurosawa’s Rashomon. Deals with memory, perspective, and reality.

Stinley's avatar

Twelve Monkeys is confusing
Looper is also quite weird.

I’m not a big Bruce Willis fan, honest

marinelife's avatar

I totally second Donnie Darko.

Mimishu1995's avatar

Thanks everyone! I’ve turned from having nothing to having so much to choose. Some titles I’ve heard before, but some are totally strange. Among all the movies you suggested only Primal Fear has been watched by me. And it was Primal Fear that formed my interest in this kind of movies.

Now what to watch first…

ucme's avatar

Daffy Duck’s Fantastic Island…dat duck is frickin cwazy.

Hypocrisy_Central's avatar

I don’t know if it is the same type of mind-bending that you are looking for, but I would suggest:

• A Clockwork Orange
• Bladerunner
• Adjustment_Bureau
• Watchmen
• Fire in The Sky

Berserker's avatar

Clockwork Orange is great. Don’t know if it’s mind bending; by that I mean there’s nothing confusing about it. Sure blows the mind in other ways though. Some parts are very hard to watch.

filmfann's avatar

Dark City
From Dusk Till Dawn

Pied_Pfeffer's avatar

A recent one is Mr. Nobody.

Pachy's avatar

I THIRD Jacobs Ladder. I’ve seen it multiple times and have always found something new.

Hypocrisy_Central's avatar


THX 1138

The original Andromeda Strain

12 Monkeys

Pied_Pfeffer's avatar

For those of you suggesting “12 Monkeys”, have you seen “La_Jetée”? The former is based upon this original version.

Pachy's avatar

Ah yes, “La Jetée.” Wonderful time travel movie “movie.” I put the word movie in quotation marks because this is really a series a stills. Does that sound boring? Not on your life! “La Jetée” is riveting, and extremely mind-bending. I’m a big fan of time travel flicks, and there are lots of good ones, including “Times Crimes.’

wildpotato's avatar

Darren Aronofsky’s Pi.

dappled_leaves's avatar

@Pied_Pfeffer Thanks for the recommendation! I wasn’t aware of this film.

Mimishu1995's avatar

If you have anything interesting, keep updating. I’m still watching. Right niw I’m trying to disgest everything one by one :)

dappled_leaves's avatar

Let us know how you get on. :)

Pied_Pfeffer's avatar

Another is Old Boy. Warning: this is not a movie for everyone. Despite that, it has an 8.4 rating on IMDB. If you give it a go, make sure that it is the original and not the remake.

filmfann's avatar

I have “La Jetée” on DVD. It is a curiosity, not a great movie.

dappled_leaves's avatar

Hmm, Last Year in Marienbad is, though, speaking of mind-bending films.

Pied_Pfeffer's avatar

@Mimishu1995 Have you watched any of the movies recommended yet? If so, please give us an update.

Mimishu1995's avatar

I’ve just watched Memento. I’ve been busy with my final exam lately. But I have downloaded half of the recomendation here and they are waiting for my summer holiday!

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