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45 Movies That Are Complete And Total Mindfucks

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We asked members of the BuzzFeed Community to tell us the movies that completely boggle their minds. Here are some of their best answers.

1. Donnie Darko (2001)

Newmarket Films

"By the time I got to the end, I felt as if someone had taken my brain out of my head and folded it in half. After watching the movie repeatedly and reading countless articles, I still have no idea what it’s truly about."

Submitted by brittanyl4116d4e71

2. Requiem for a Dream (2000)

Artisan Entertainment

"The way the characters all spiral out of control, making one awful decision after another because of addiction, was panic-inducing. It's a definite must-see (for mature audiences), but I'll never watch it again."

Submitted by hennaw


3. Enter the Void (2009)

Wild Bunch Distribution

"The almost dreamlike aesthetic leaves you questioning your own existence, and what it truly means to live. 100 percent a psychedelic experience on how we perceive death — were we to take drugs right before it happened."

Submitted by johannar4efe6679d

4. Mulholland Drive (2001)

Universal Pictures

"One of the most baffling and brilliant movies ever made. Like the titular road, this film twists and turns into darkness, while the allure of the American dream remains an unreachable glimmer in the near distance."

Submitted by brada4d90fe420

5. The Truman Show (1998)

Paramount Pictures

"The Truman Show gets me every time. Even now, after watching it, I still get uneasy about my own life not being real."

Submitted by jessicak411e32390

6. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)

Focus Features

"I wish I could go back to that first time I watched it all over again. I remember feeling so clever when I pieced it all together. And there have always been new things to notice each subsequent time I’ve seen it."

Submitted by itwasonlyakriss

7. The Eyes of My Mother (2016)

Magnet Releasing

"It kept me engrossed even though I wanted to look away. It's shot in black and white so it can't rely on gore for shock value, but it still succeeds in being incredibly brutal."

Submitted by caitlinm18


8. Doubt (2008)

Miramax Films

"It makes you question the validity of everyone's words, and leaves you with a sense of uncertainty every time you watch it. Totally a mind trip."

Submitted by reyes91daniel

9. Oldboy (2003)

Tartan Films

"I literally sat there with my mouth open for a good 20 minutes after it ended. Still fucks me up whenever I think about it, and it’s been years since I first saw it."

Submitted by deeannaw

10. Mr. Nobody (2009)

Wild Bunch

"It visualizes all the what-ifs and gives you a glimpse of the puzzled web that is life. It also makes you question the idea of destiny and the power of choice."

Submitted by nannyplum

11. The Blackcoat's Daughter (2015)


"It's tense and suspenseful from the very beginning. You know something is terribly wrong, but you don't fully realize it until the last few minutes (during which I curled into a ball)."

Submitted by caitlinm18


13. Interstellar (2014)

Paramount Pictures

"Sometimes it still pops into my mind and I have to force myself not to think about it or else I'm lost in a black hole of thought (pun very much intended)."

Submitted by rumblehannah

14. Vertigo (1958)

Universal Pictures

"Hitchcock's Vertigo is one of the most mind-bending things I have ever watched. The ending almost made my heart jump from my throat."

Submitted by João Victor Lack, Facebook

15. Vanilla Sky (2001)

Paramount Pictures

"To this day, I still can’t tell you what it’s about. It is one of the most confusing movies I have ever seen."

Submitted by victoriap4e5c2e5a2

16. Session 9 (2001)

Universal Pictures

"It's one of those movies you have to immediately re-watch after having your mind blown by the ending. On top of that, it was filmed in a legit abandoned mental hospital, and it's creepy as hell."

Submitted by Danielle H. Grove, Facebook

17. The Prestige (2006)

Buena Vista Pictures Distribution

"It's about dueling magicians, but it's so much more. This movie has one of the biggest plot twists and it will literally leave you shook. You won't see any of it coming."

Submitted by skailyr


18. It's Such a Beautiful Day (2013)

Cinemad Presents

"It messed with my head big time. Its style makes it look deceptively simple, but it's got a good three or four layers of meaning below the surface that's timelessly significant."

Submitted by m4fa2febfd

19. Gone Baby Gone (2007)

Miramax Films

"The ending will leave you torn over the decision to do what’s right lawfully or what’s right in your heart. Prepare to question your own morals for days."

Submitted by sydneyjrw

20. Predestination (2014)

Pinnacle Films

"I curled up into the fetal position and stayed there for several minutes at some point. I've watched it several times since then, and I'm still amazed at the plot."

Submitted by Nimisha Upadhyay, Facebook

21. Trance (2013)

Fox Searchlight Pictures

"I saw it four years ago and it still freaks me out when I think about it. Even watching it again still doesn't quell the shakes. An absolutely amazing and underrated film."

Submitted by Kristin Dreier Wilson, Facebook


23. El Orfanato (2007)

Warner Bros.

"It's a Spanish horror movie that totally gets in your head. I saw it years ago and I still think about it. But bring tissues, because if you're like me, you'll cry like a baby."

Submitted by sarahalarid93

25. Triangle (2009)

Icon Film Distribution

"A little-known movie that mashes up elements of Memento, Edge of Tomorrow, and Coherence into a horror movie. Essentially a super dark mind bender that sent me into a Reddit wormhole for days trying to figure out what happened."

Submitted by Abe Chong, Facebook

26. Arrival (2016)

Paramount Pictures

"Arrival had me shook for DAYS after watching it. I spent all night contemplating all of the crazy concepts of language and memory. The twist at the end had my mind reeling."

Submitted by notetonotehourtohour

27. Time Lapse (2014)

XLrator Media

"If you thought Inception was confusing, just wait. This movie is on a whole new level. I was on the edge of my seat, and also very confused, up until the last 50 seconds."

Submitted by emilyd4d97560a9

28. Memento (2000)


"The way it portrays two different directions in time simultaneously was something that still messes with me. I've seen it multiple times and still can't understand what's real and what's not."

Submitted by demelza

29. The Handmaiden (2016)

CJ Entertainment

"I watched it because I was movie-binging, and I learned to limit my binges after watching this movie. So many plot twist and turns. I'm still picking up my jaw from the ground."

Submitted by ovue85

30. Split (2016)

Universal Pictures

"It left me messed up for a few days. The whole time I thought I was watching a straightforward, as-advertised film, and then the last few minutes were like 'JK, you're not.'"

Submitted by stephanavich2

31. Contact (1997)

Warner Bros.

"The ending actually made me sit and think about reality for a good 20 minutes. It made me rethink how the universe actually works, and if there really are other places outside our universe."

Submitted by blobcake

32. Mother! (2017)

Paramount Pictures

"I went into it not knowing what to expect, which made the end sequence all the more insane. Everyone in the theatre just sat in complete shock as the credits were rolling."

Submitted by kaylae44414d3bf

34. A Clockwork Orange (1971)

Warner Bros.

"My dad told me that if there was ever one movie I should never watch, let it be A Clockwork Orange. I watched it anyway — and I will never not listen to him again. I had nightmares for months about this movie."

Submitted by paigeh48eb9fce8

35. Get Out (2017)

Universal Pictures

"Get Out blew my fucking mind. Not only does it raise awareness about racism but it'll have you on the edge of your seat from start to finish."

Submitted by zamudiomaricela94

36. Perfect Blue (1997)

Rex Entertainment

"Difficult to watch, masterful animation, excellent musical score. You will never see the ending coming. Darren Aronofsky bought the rights to this film so he could use a scene in Requiem for a Dream. It's one of his primary inspirations."

Submitted by Jenny Mantini, Facebook

37. The Invitation (2015)

Drafthouse Films

"I wasn't expecting it to be so heart-pounding. It's a slow-burn film about a man who attends a dinner party held by his ex and her new husband. Strange things start to happen and he can't tell whether he's just being paranoid or if something really sinister is going on. The last 15 minutes are non-stop terror."

Submitted by caitlinm18

38. The Mothman Prophecies (2002)

Screen Gems

"It's based on true events and people’s real experiences with the supernatural and the terrible tragedies that followed. You'll shit your pants once you see how bizarre the entire series of events occur."

Submitted by orangejoe

39. Goodnight Mommy (2014)


"Goodnight Mommy affected me so deeply. It's such a slow-burn at first, but when it gets going, it is truly unsettling. The final twist is simultaneously shocking and heartbreaking."

Submitted by brada4d90fe420

40. Fight Club (1999)

20th Century Fox

"Fight Club made my head do a complete 360. I heard there was a twist at the end, but it was nothing I could have ever seen coming!"

Submitted by jackb4c512234e

42. Devil's Pass (2013)

IFC Films

"The documentary-style filming mixed with news stories makes it feel real and creepy. But what makes it even more unsettling is that the Dyatlov Pass incident actually occurred. To this day, no one knows what the fuck happened to the nine ski hikers in 1959."

Submitted by coloradodreamin

43. Coherence (2013)

Oscilloscope Laboratories

"You think you're watching a normal dinner party but then it twists and turns into an episode of Twilight Zone on acid. It's amazing what the crew accomplished on such a small budget."

Submitted by Abe Chong, Facebook

44. Funny Games (2007)

Warner Independent Pictures

"I literally cried for an hour after it was over because I was just so emotionally raw from the experience. Definitely a movie you're going to want to talk about for hours after watching."

Submitted by susieb4b497a564

45. Primer (2004)

IFC Films

"It's a really low-budget and indie sort of movie, but one of the best. Two guys accidentally invent time travel and exploit it as any of us might. But multiple versions of themselves get tangled in crossed timelines, and even the actors had a hard time keeping track of who was where."

Submitted by mcamberlee

Note: Submissions have been edited for length and/or clarity.

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