Top 10 Most Confusing Movies


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I have Inception 10x's and there has never been a film that angers & frustrates me more. It actually gives me a headache when I watch it. I can't possibly form a logical or educated opinion about a film that is schizophrenic and all over the place...its dizzying. Just thinking about Inception, while I type this, is actually frustrating me. I understand the concept, I just cannot put it all together. I feel very unsatisfied when I watch Inception. Making a twilight zone, rabbit hole, LSD-trip movie that cannot be accurately understood, does not make the movie clever, cute, cool, neat or good. Just qualifies the film as a ball of cinematic confusion. I loathe this film.

Not only is it confusing, the movie allows you to form your own opinion and interpret it the way you want to. Ultimately, you'll never know where you got it wrong because there will always be gaps in your interpretation. The more I watch it and read about it (and the explanations and theories around it) online, the more I see that there is more into it; had it been a book, it would have been a classic. Everything in it has some meaning behind it. I can never stop watching it. Thumbs up to Chris Nolan, he is a genius.

Each time you watch it, it becomes a little more clearer, then you start thinking about it again and it all becomes twice as confusing as before!

Inception is a MASTERPIECE! Nolan is a Genius, Zimmer is the God of music and DiCaprio the Smartest actor of all time!

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22001: A Space Odyssey

This should be first. It isn't a movie. It's something that stays in your head after one view and it bugs you cause you can't figure out what HAPPENED and you have to watch it again, but it doesn't help, in fact it bugs you even MORE. Eventually you find yourself watching it 100 times and by then you have still no clue whatsoever and you wonder that WHY THE HELL DID THEY MAKE THIS MOVIE? But it was good.

I am a great fan of inception as well as space odyssey but undoubtedly the latter one is more confusing. I like this movie because of its unique way of description and I don't even bother to understand it as it sems that it was not meant to be understood. You don't find enough conversation in the movie so that you can understand. You just watch this movie ending in front of you leaving you blank. This is what happened to me.

2001 is more confusing than inception. Inception has words but 2001 barely has any which makes even more difficult to follow. Also we will never understand what kubrick was thinking because he's dead. I've seen it 6 times and I still don't get it. - llamaboy17

I don't know what is being talked about. If it talks great movie, 2001 is great movie, if it talks confusing movie, nothing confuses me haha

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4Mulholland Drive

Inception? Are you kidding me? Its a great movie but its not confusing at all compared to Mulholland Drive. When the credits roll at the end of this movie I guarantee the first words out of your mouth will be "what the f did I just watch? " If you understand it, its a great movie but you won't understand it the first time through or the second for that matter.

After watching I feel completely hopeless and over confused

5Donnie Darko

Great movie, and it's better that even when you understand it, there are no plot holes. It's all about tangent universes.

Very confusing especially in the end, do know what happens to the girl in the end?

The ending is like... Um what? It just kind of happens. - MoldySock

Confusing film, but it's a masterpiece

6Inland Empire
7Cool World

There's so many characters popping over the screen that it's hard to take the movie seriously.


Oh boy was this an amazing movie. It takes a great amount of time to understand it. But when you do you won't be able to stop thinking about it. Epic movie.

Awesome movie! Its amazing that they could come up with a entertaining movie starting off with the end!

The structure was scattered, but that was what made the film one of the best Nolan films ever. - BoltMarksman

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10Sucker Punch

Had to watch this movie several times to actually understand it. Although much of the movie is confusing, I thoroughly enjoyed it. A must - watch.

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The Contenders

11The Departed
12Strange Circus
13The Matrix

My number 1 favourite movie leaves Inception for dead - roblist

I felt this movie is more confusing than inception


This should be in the top! It makes Inception look like a children's book! It is s short film, 71 min and just required $7000 for its production! Must watch! And I promise that you will not understand one bit in the first go!

I LIKED THIS because, this one is the most confusing movie that actually has an explanation for each and every scene.

9 timelines. 9 TIMELINES. And you don't know which you're watching each moment

17The Tree of Life
18Fight Club
19Natual Born Killers

I guess the only part that makes sense was the riot part - LucasMota

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List StatsUpdated 22 Oct 2016

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Top Remixes

1. Inland Empire
2. Eraserhead
3. Mulholland Drive
1. Eraserhead
2. Mulholland Drive
3. 2001: A Space Odyssey



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