Top 10 Most Confusing Movies


The Top Ten

1 Inception

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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2 2001: 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

This movie will cut open your head, put your brain in a blender and will have you saying "what in the world just happened? " Even though this is a masterpiece and the greatest sci fi movie of all time, it will still take your brain to unbelievable amounts of fascination and hopelessness at the same time. Inception is absolutely NOTHING compared to this film.

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3 Eraserhead

This move space and sounds will kill you

4 Mulholland 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.

Most movies don't make me feel too much after watching them, this one made me feel stupid. - ParasN2000

After watching I feel completely hopeless and over confused

Inception has NOTHING on Mulholland Drive. The only reason people find inception confusing is from a few scenes that pretty much don't mean much to the plot which have a lot of fancy complicated words, but the overall plot is super easy to follow.
Mulholland Drive on the other hand you will be baffled and searching for answers THE ENTIRE FILM from every detail and scenario it will find new ways to confuse you further until you finish the film and go on the biggest internet search of your life to get any sort of meaning behind it.
Still a very watchable film which shows the unique genius of David Lynch. - MouldyWalrus

5 Donnie Darko

Confusing film, but it's a masterpiece

Inception is not confusing at all, just a controversial ending. You MUST pay attention on this one.

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


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6 Inland Empire

This one is the confusion itself. Even watching it 10 times doesn't help to understand what is going on.

7 Cool World

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

8 Melancholie Der Engel
9 Memento

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

This should be Number 1.

10 Primer

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.

First of all tell me how many timeline is there in this movie, totally confusing but great movie love it.

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

The Contenders

11 Sucker 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.

Still don't know whats going on...

12 The Departed
13 Strange Circus
14 Antichrist
15 Rock-A-Doodle
16 Fight Club

Well boy, from starting to the last minute you will think it's a normal movie. But boy in last couple of minutes it will blow your mind. Amazing of its own kind.

17 The Tree of Life
18 Persona
19 Shutter Island

In the last 10 mins you realize that your interpretation is just wrong

20 Natual Born Killers

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

21 Interstellar

Best science fiction movie ever showing an emotional relationship of a father and daughter in very different way

22 Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen

Razzie winner of 2009 makes less sense than the first movie - LucasMota


23 The Rocky Horror Picture Show
24 The Matrix

Just Watched This Movie Today, And I'm Gotta Be 100% Honest. This Was AWESOME. The Characters, Plot, Effects Everything Was Amazing! And Yes It Can Be Confusing, But You'll Only Understand The Plot If You Really Listen And Watch The Smallest Details. If You Understand The Plot, But Even If You Don't Understand It, Hey Look On The Bright Side! Lots Of Action At Least!

My number 1 favourite movie leaves Inception for dead - roblist

Got lost very quickly, even after reading the plot on wikipedia. Good film though.

I felt this movie is more confusing than inception

25 The Mirror
26 Who Framed Roger Rabbit

It's just never explained how two dimensional living drawings and three dimensional living creatures can walk the earth together.

27 Requiem for a Dream
28 Salo
29 The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus

I stopped bothering with it about halfway through. Terry Gilliam can do a lot better than this, quite frankly. - Dave0the0Suave

30 Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam

"Only one will survive", yeah right. Whichever camp lost was supposed to shut down. Camp Rock lost, and the winners ask if they could join the LOSING camp next year? Confusing:Yes. - booklover1

Confusing because it was actually made into a movie.

31 Pulp Fiction
32 Epic Movie

It's confusing because it exists.

33 12 Monkeys

Isn't anybody thinks its confusing? I mean that's time travel thing which affect to the movie plot, and some part at the airport.

34 Source Code

I don't really get the ending

35 Alice in Wonderland

Tim, I love you but it's "Wonderland" not "Underland." - ThatkidwiththeContacts

36 Pi

This is a very confusing movie. It outshines all the others on this list.

37 Mr. Nobody

Best movie...just need a little bit patience and watch it carefully...I love this movie..

38 Monty Python and The Holy Grail

Hard to understand the plot and the humor sucks.

I guess it would suck and be confusing if you don't understand their humor and the tales the story parodies. - Billyv

39 A Clockwork Orange

you can't understand any of the slang. - beasthound

40 Battle: Los Angeles

I'm sure you think I'm stupid but this movie left me in the creek. There were parts during the movie where I was literally scratching my head. Trying to figure out what the hell was going on, or specifically during the 3rd part of the movie. Maybe I should re-watch it, considering I was drowsy during the movie. - Crysis

I watched this. Awesome but confusing

41 Moon
42 Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice

It really didn't made any sense for why Bruce and Clark didn't like each other and some of the actions didn't really explore that.

43 Tomorrowland

Just because I voted for it doesn't mean I like it. I absolutely hate it.

44 Suicide Squad
45 Under the Skin

The way confusion and fear are melded together in this movie is definitely beneficial to the movie itself. - nerffan8000

46 A Better Tomorrow
47 The Shining

The scariest part about this movie is that it absolutely makes no sense. Like why is jack going crazy or why are there two british girls chasing danny everywhere? Everyone's afraid of the unknown.

Should be way higher! I don't think anyone knows the true meaning or origin but ol' stan

48 Big Man Japan
49 A Boy & His Dog

It's an old movie, which is why it's been left off this list, I assume, but watch it through and you'll understand why I feel it belongs here. - Dave0the0Suave

50 Dream a Little Dream
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