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34 Movies Guaranteed To Fuck With Your Head

"It literally gave me an existential crisis." This is a spoiler-free zone.

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We asked members of the BuzzFeed Community to tell us the movies that fucked with their mind. Here are some of the best responses.

1. Ex Machina (2015)

Universal Pictures

"The movie really messed with me. So much so that I sat there stunned for ten minutes after the credits rolled. I watched it one more time and it still left me with that same sense of 'what the actual hell'. It's a good movie that will make you a little nervous about all the recent AI news."

Submitted by Alex Roberts, Facebook

2. Mulholland Drive (2001)

Universal Pictures

"I had to watch it for a class and I just left feeling uncomfortable, dissociative, and like I was on an entirely different plane of existence. It's still my favourite movie though."

Submitted by Mackenzie Douglas, Facebook


3. The Lobster (2015)

Picturehouse Entertainment

"The Lobster was not at all what I was expecting. So twisty and disturbing. It really makes you think."

Submitted by Kelsey Loesch, Facebook

4. The Butterfly Effect (2004)

New Line Cinema

"How do you make a single decision after watching this, knowing any small action you make can have such grave consequences?"

Submitted by Sarah Anderson, Facebook

6. Dogtooth (2009)

Feelgood Entertainment

"It's utterly depressing and mildly incomprehensible outside of a certain context. The movie starts out in the vein of a black comedy but digresses into deeper and much more disturbing themes."

Submitted by Andrew Davis, Facebook

7. 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)


"I watched it for Halloween, and the whole movie had me intrigued, spooked, and very uncomfortable. Basically the entire movie, beginning to end, fucked with my head."

Submitted by maroonmdy21


10. Primer (2004)

IFC Films

"Primer will mess with your head for days, months, or even years afterward. The movie alone requires multiple viewings to try to understand all the time travel lines."

Submitted by Elly Zk, Facebook

12. Snowpiercer (2013)

CJ Entertainment

A complete mindfuck of a film: Mostly because of the whole society in the movie, how it works, and a couple of the twists. I watched it and couldn't sleep afterwards because I was so flabbergasted.

Submitted by Rachel Broghammer, Facebook


13. Dead Man's Shoes (2004)

Optimum Releasing

"It's so horrible all the way through, but the final revelation is too much for me – and I've got a strong stomach when it comes to movies. It took me weeks to get the images out of my head."

Submitted by Rebecca W. Waters, Facebook

14. Run Lola Run (1998)

Prokino Filmverleih

"I have a hard time with choices, as I don’t want to make the wrong one. This movie made me even more paranoid, as it shows how the smallest of choices can impact you greatly."

Submitted by tainah

15. Cube (1997)

"The characters wake up in a cube, every wall has a door, and some of the rooms are boobytrapped. You know nothing more than the characters and it’s a head trip to the end."

Submitted by elizabethg42e271b43

17. Chinatown (1974)

Paramount Pictures

"I was 13-years-old in 1974, and the whole thing was super confusing, like, 'that's a thing that could happen?' How I ever got into that movie by myself I have no idea."

Submitted by Lisa Miller, Facebook


18. Predestination (2014)

Stage 6 Films

"I love mindfuck movies and I've seen most of the popular ones, but this one takes the cake for mindfuckery. It's beautiful and incredibly well written and Ethan Hawk does a fantastic job in it as well."

Submitted by Rebecca Asch, Facebook

19. Abre los Ojos (1997)

Live Entertainment

"The original version of Vanilla Sky. I studied it as part of my Spanish A Level and it took a few viewings to work out what the hell was going on."

Submitted by Manou Hicks, Facebook

20. Gone Girl (2014)

20th Century Fox

"It's got so many twists and turns that it gives me chills to even think about how messed up that movie is."

Submitted by Dayna Morris, Facebook

21. Enter the Void (2009)

Wild Bunch Distribution

"Enter the Void really messed with my mind. It’s essentially about the reincarnation journey you go through after you die."

Submitted by christiank46940afaf


24. Oldboy (2003)

Tartan Films

"It's one of those movies you watch where you think you know the ending, then halfway through it there's a major plot twist."

Submitted by Sophia Tessitore, Facebook

25. Triangle (2009)

Icon Film Distribution

"Triangle left me blank faced. I had to look online for meanings and possible explanations. A very intelligent, mind-blowing movie."

Submitted by p472b81f5c

26. Brazil (1985)

20th Century Fox

"The film still pops into my head. The part about the wrong guy getting into trouble scared the crap out me – the entire thing is terrifying."

Submitted by April Catherine, Facebook

27. Fight Club (1999)

20th Century Fox

"Fight Club fucked with my mind, but in a good way. I really liked going back and picking out all the stuff that I should have seen earlier."

Submitted by Hannah Hale, Facebook

29. Dogville (2003)

Lions Gate Entertainment

"Dogville really screwed with me. It wasn’t trippy, but it left me really questioning humanity and my own morality for a long time. The minimalist staging only heightens the emotional impact."

Submitted by mercutio

30. The Tree of Life (2011)

Fox Searchlight Pictures

"I have watched this film several times and have a positive impression from the it. It raises more questions than answers, and I am always left pondering the expansiveness of the universe and the complexity of faith, death, and family. It leaves me always in wonder."

Submitted by picassopizza

32. Synecdoche, New York (2008)

Sony Pictures Classics

"Abstract in every sense. This is the movie I compare all other movie mindfucks to. I've watched it several times and no viewing is ever the same."

Submitted by christiank46940afaf

34. Inception (2010)

Warner Bros. Pictures

"I’ve looked up every fan theory to see if there is definitive proof about the end and to this day I still have no idea what to make of it."

Submitted by funkysammie

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

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