Ever watch a movie and think “what the hell did I just watch?” You just watched a mind-fuck movie. Want an example of a mind-fuck movie? We have 75 right here for you. They are ranked according to their score on IMDB.com.
So without further ado…
75 of the Best Mind-Fuck Movies Ever:
Fight Club - An insomniac office worker and a soap salesman create an underground fight club that turns into something much more serious. IMDB Score: 8.9/10.
Memento - A man who suffers from short-term memory loss attempts to catch his wife’s killer using clues tattooed on his body. IMDB Score: 8.6/10.
2001 - The movie that made conspiracy theorists think the moon landing was faked. A story about monoliths, space, and an over-controlling computer named HAL 9000. A work of masterpiece by Stanley Kubrick. IMDB Score: 8.4/10.
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind - Find out what happens when former lovers meet each other again after erasing one another from their minds. IMDB Score: 8.4/10.
Oldboy - A man kidnapped and imprisoned for fifteen years has five days to find his captor. IMDB Score: 8.4/10.
The Prestige - Two magicians struggle with a rivalry until one develops the perfect trick. Starring Christian Bale and Hugh Jackman. Directed by Christopher Nolan. IMDB Score: 8.4/10.
Requiem for a Dream - Follow four individuals as their drug addictions quickly transform their lives. IMDB Score: 8.4/10.
Witness for the Prosecution - A man is on trial for murder. His guilt is cast into doubt as the trial takes its twist and turns. IMDB Score: 8.4/10.
8 1/2 - A famous Italian director struggles with director’s block. A series of flashbacks and dreams delve into his memories and fantasies. Directed by Frederico Fellini. IMDB Score: 8.1/10.
Black Swan - A ballerina obsessed over her new role in Swan Lake slowly loses her mind. IMDB Score: 8.1/10.
Donnie Darko - A troubled teenager is plagued by visions of a large bunny rabbit that manipulates him to commit a series of crimes, after narrowly escaping a bizarre accident. IMDB Score: 8.1/10.
The Manchurian Candidate - The son of a prominent right-wing political family has been brainwashed as an unwitting assassin for an international Communist conspiracy. IMDB Score: 8.1/10.
Twelve Monkeys - Bruce Willis. Brad Pitt. Time travel. IMDB Score: 8.1/10.
Brazil – Set in a dystopian future, a man tries to find the woman who appears in his dreams while continuing his mind-numbing job when things suddenly go awry. IMDB Score: 8.0/10.
The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari - A German silent horror film and probably the first movie of the mind-fuck genre The film uses a stylized set, abstract building backdrops, and sports the first twist ending in cinema. IMDB Score: 8.0/10.
The Conformist - An Italian man becomes a fascist flunky who goes abroad to arrange the assassination of his old teacher. IMDB Score: 8.0/10.
Moon - A man is the sole resident of a lunar mining base. Soon strange things happen and he suspects the company is conspiring against him. IMDB Score: 8.0/10.
Shutter Island - A US marshal searches for a murderess who escaped from a hospital for the criminally insane. IMDB Score: 8.0/10.
Children of Men - A science-fiction film set in a dystopian future where humans can no longer get pregnant. Directed by Alfonso Cuarón. IMDB Score: 7.9/10.
Mulholland Drive - After a car wreck on the winding Mulholland Drive renders a woman amnesic, she and a perky Hollywood-hopeful search for clues and answers across Los Angeles in a twisting venture beyond dreams and reality. IMDB Score: 7.9/10.
Waltz with Bashir - An Israeli film director interviews fellow veterans of the 1982 invasion of Lebanon to reconstruct his own memories of his term of service in that conflict. IMDB Score: 7.9/10.
Being John Malkovich - A puppeteer finds a portal into actor John Malkovich’s brain. IMDB Score: 7.8/10.
Blue Velvet - The gruesome discovery of a severed human ear he found in a field leads a young man on a dark and dangerous journey into a dark and sinister underworld. IMDB Score: 7.8/10.
The Fall - A hospital patient shares with a little girl the tale of five mythical heroes. IMDB Score: 7.8/10.
Ghost in the Shell - A female cyborg cop and her partner hunt a mysterious and powerful hacker called the Puppet Master. IMDB Score: 7.8/10.
Microcosmos - A documentary of insect life in meadows and ponds. IMDB Score: 7.8/10.
Open Your Eyes - A very handsome man suffers and accident that causes him to have his face rebuilt by surgery. IMDB Score: 7.8/10.
Pink Floyd: The Wall - Based on the Pink Floyd album The Wall, follow rockstar Pink childhood to stardom with many bumps in between. IMDB Score: 7.8/10.
Repulsion - Left alone when her sister goes on vacation, a young beauty finds herself besieged on all sides by the demons of her past. IMDB Score: 7.8/10.
Adaptation - A screenwriter struggles with his work based on a non-fiction novel. IMDB Score: 7.7/10.
Barton Fink - A New York playwright moves to California to write a movie, only to find himself suffering from writer’s block. Directed by Joel Coen. IMDB Score: 7.7/10.
Coraline - A stop-motion, 3-D horror/fantasy film about a little girl who finds another world with sinister secrets. IMDB Score: 7.7/10.
Dark City - A man struggles with memories of his past, including a wife he cannot remember, in a nightmarish world with no sun and run by beings with telekinetic powers who seek the souls of humans. IMDB Score: 7.7/10.
Delicatessen - Post-apocalyptic surrealist black comedy about the landlord of an apartment building who occasionally prepares a delicacy for his odd tenants. IMDB Score: 7.7/10.
Forbidden Planet - A starship crew goes to investigate the silence of a planet’s colony only to find two survivors and a deadly secret that one of them has. IMDB Score: 7.7/10.
The Game - A wealthy financier gets an odd present from his brother that will change his life. IMDB Score: 7.7/10.
The Machinist - An industrial worker who hasn’t slept in a year begins to doubt his own sanity. IMDB Score: 7.7/10.
The Triplets of Belleville - An Oscar-nominated animated film from 2003, follow a grandmother and her dog as they search for her kidnapped grandson. IMDB Score: 7.7/10.
American Psycho - Watch Christian Bale sleep with prostitutes and murder people. IMDB Score: 7.6/10.
The Holy Mountain - A Christlike figure wanders through bizarre, grotesque scenarios filled with religious and sacrilegious imagery. IMDB Score: 7.6/10.
Lost Highway - After a bizarre encounter at a party, a jazz saxophonist is framed for the murder of his wife and sent to prison, where he inexplicably morphs into a young mechanic and begins leading a new life. IMDB Score: 7.6/10.
Paprika - When a machine that allows therapists to enter their patient’s dreams is stolen, all hell breaks loose. Only a young female therapist can stop it: Paprika. IMDB Score: 7.6/10.
Perfect Blue - A retired pop singer turned actress’ sense of reality is shaken when she is stalked by an obsessed fan and seemingly a ghost of her past. IMDB Score: 7.6/10.
American Splendor - An original mix of fiction and reality illuminates the life of comic book hero everyman Harvey Pekar. IMDB Score: 7.5/10.
The Fisher King - A former radio DJ finds redemption by helping a homeless man. IMDB Score: 7.5/10.
Heavenly Creatures - An obsessive relationship between two teenage girls leads to death. IMDB Score: 7.5/10.
Jacob’s Ladder - Mourning his dead child, a haunted Vietnam vet attempts to discover his past while suffering from a severe case of disassociation. IMDB Score: 7.5/10.
Pi - A paranoid mathematician searches for a number than will unlock the universal patterns found in nature. IMDB Score: 7.5/10.
Total Recall - When a man goes for virtual vacation memories of the planet Mars, an unexpected and harrowing series of events forces him to go to the planet for real, or does he? IMDB Score: 7.5/10.
Waking Life - An animated drama focusing on the nature of dreams, consciousness, and existensialism. IMDB Score: 7.5/10.
Cube - 7 complete strangers of widely varying personality characteristics are involuntarily placed in an endless kafkaesque maze containing deadly trap. IMDB Score: 7.4/10.
Man on the Moon - A biopic about the life of song-and-dance man Andy Kaufman. Stars Jim Carrey. IMDB Score: 7.4/10.
Angel Heart - A detective/horror film starring Mickey Rourke and Robert Deniro. IMDB Score: 7.3/10.
Eraserhead - A man tries to survive his industrial life, his angry girlfriend, and his newly born, mutant child. IMDB Score: 7.3/10.
The Fountain - Three stories set in the past, present, and future detail a man trying to spend eternity with their love. IMDB Score: 7.3/10.
Frailty - A man confesses to an FBI agent his family’s story of how his religious fanatic father’s visions lead to a series of murders to destroy supposed “demons. IMDB Score: 7.3/10.
Videodrome - A sleazy cable-TV programmer begins to see his life and the future of media spin out of control in a very unusual fashion when he acquires a new kind of programming for his station. IMDB Score: 7.3/10.
The Mist - A freak storm unleashes a species of bloodthirsty creatures on a small town. IMDB Score: 7.2/10.
Synecdoche, New York - A theatre director played by Phillip Seymour Hoffman creates a life-sized replica of New York City in a warehouse where he retells every moment of his life. Written and directing by Charlie Kaufman. IMDB Score: 7.2/10.
Timecrimes - A man accidentally gets into a time machine and travels back in time nearly an hour. Finding himself will be the first of a series of disasters of unforeseeable consequences. IMDB Score: 7.2/10.
The Cabin in the Woods - Five friends go for a break at a remote cabin in the woods, where they get more than they bargained for. Together, they must discover the truth behind the cabin in the woods. IMDB Score: 7.1/10.
Enter the Void - A man killed in a drug deal gone bad, seeks resurrection. IMDB Score: 7.1/10.
Melancholia - Two sisters find their already strained relationship challenged as a mysterious new planet threatens to collide with the Earth. IMDB Score: 7.1/10.
Adventures of Baron Munchausen - An account of Baron Munchausen’s supposed travels and fantastical experiences with his band of misfits. IMDB Score: 7.0/10.
A Scanner Darkly - An undercover cop in a dystopian future gets involved with a dangerous new drug and beings to lose his identity. IMDB Score: 7.0/10.
Police, Adjective - A 2009 Romanian film about a police officer investigating a teenager for smoking marijuana. IMDB Score: 6.9/10.
Primer - A cult classic about four friends who accidentally discover time travel. A movie you cannot watch just once to understand. IMDB Score: 6.9/10.
Upstream Color - A woman is abducted and hypnotized with material harvested from a specific flower. She falls for a man who may also have suffered the same fate. IMDB Score: 6.9/10.
1408 - An author who specializes in the horror genre, spends a night in the infamous Room 1408 where he encounters some truely terrifying experiences. IMDB Score: 6.8/10.
The Pledge - A retiring police chief pledges to catch the killer of a young child. IMDB Score: 6.8/10.
Triangle - The story revolves around the passengers of a yachting trip in the Atlantic Ocean who, when struck by mysterious weather conditions, jump to another ship only to experience greater havoc on the open seas. IMDB Score: 6.8/10.
Ink - A mysterious creature steals a child’s soul in hopes of joining the supernatural group responsible for creating nightmares. IMDB Score: 6.7/10.
The Ninth Gate - A rare book dealer, while seeking out the last two copies of a demon text, gets drawn into a conspiracy with supernatural overtones. IMDB Score: 6.7/10.
Chasing Sleep - A college professor wakes up to find his wife is not home, then struggles with her disappearance. IMDB Score: 6.4/10.
In Her Skin - The story of an Australian girl gone missing told from multiple perspectives. Based on a true story. IMDB Score: 6.4/10.