What are the best mind-twisting movies?

The final plot twist can propel a good enough movie into classic cinema status. Sometimes, the twist ending completely shocks you that you review the entire movie in your mind and you see everything in a different light. Here is a list of the greatest mind twisting movies of all time. 

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    #1Inception

    Inception

    Inception is a sci-fi film by Warner Bros. Pictures. Released in 2010, Inception was directed by Christopher Nolan and stars Leonardo DiCaprio as a thief who infiltrates the subconscious of sleeping minds to steal secrets in exchange for his freedom.

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    Gerald Douglas
    Written on April 17, 2019
    "Possibly the most mind-blowing, complex sci-fi film I've ever seen. Its premise of dreams within a dream within a dream and the planting of ideas into the subconscious, is almost f*****g impossible to explain to the uninitiated. It's best to just let the person watch Inception and experience its awesomeness first-hand. This film challenges your intelligence while being astronomically entertaining, so what's not to love? Highly recommended! 👍👍"
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    #2Memento

    Memento

    Memento is a 2000 psychological thriller about Leonard Shelby (Guy Pearce), a man with anterograde amnesia caused by head trauma. Shelby is trying to solve the mystery of his wife's murder by following clues from photos and tattoos on his own body.

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    Katherine Lewis
    Written on April 17, 2019
    "Okay, so I have to admit when I started watching Memento I had no clue what it was about and the pacing at the beginning is a little slow for my liking but stick with it to its brutal and beautiful ending and you'll experience one of the biggest gut-punches ever in cinematic history. Guy Pearce gives a mesmerizing performance as a guy who suffers from short-term memory loss, possibly better than Dory in Finding Nemo LOL 🤣. It gets a little too violent sometimes but seriously this movie is so impressive and daunting it's easy to overlook the excesses. "
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    #3The Matrix

    The Matrix

    The Matrix is a sci-fi action movie written and directed by the Wachowski Brothers. It was released in 1999 and was the first installment in The Matrix film series. The film stars Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne, and Carrie-Anne Moss.

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    Betty Su
    Written on April 17, 2019
    "The quintessential dystopian sci-fi fantasy of our time, The Matrix is so well-written and convoluted you might need repeated viewings to absorb all its complexities and themes. Bombastic action, amazing SFX and intricate storytelling go hand in hand in this futuristic tale. Too bad Keanu Reeves's acting is a tad wooden (he looks cool though). Who can forget Trinity's slow-mo kick/pose? Shame its sequels just don't hold a candle to the original. Follow the 🐇! 😉"

DID YOU KNOW?

Black Swan, the ballet freak-out movie starring Natalie Portman and Mila Kunis, had gotten a lot of attention not only in the Oscars (Portman won Best Actress) but also amongst psychologists. The movie portrays the frightening descent of a sweet and fragile ballerina named Nina into madness in her plight to achieve perfection. Her metamorphosis into the evil Swan Queen is so complete she literally sprouts feathers and wings and develops webbed feet. She even sees a doppelganger of herself, always clad in black, smiling menacingly. Dr. Steve Lamberti, professor of Psychiatry at the University of Rochester Medical Center, says that the movie presents a reasonable portrait of psychosis.

Psychosis is a loss of contact with reality that usually includes false beliefs or delusions, and the mind gets twisted into seeing or hearing things that are not there. It can be caused by drugs like amphetamines, epilepsy, a brain tumor, dementia or psychiatric disorders like schizophrenia. In the movie, Nina and rival Lily take ecstasy, which triggers a psychotic episode. She imagines them having sex, which isn't true as evidenced by Nina being alone in her room the next morning. Nina also shows other signs of psychological disorders like anorexia, bulimia, cutting and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). Nina is very organized when it comes to her belongings, always making sure they’re lined up, and she frequently throws up in the bathroom. Finally, during the premiere performance of Swan Lake, she completely loses grip of reality and kills herself, thinking she stabbed Lily when in fact it was her having a mental breakdown. Psychosis, particularly in schizophrenia, involves negative symptoms, as patients start slipping away from contact with reality. This makes Black Swan one of the most scarily accurate psychological studies in film format and a harrowing cautionary tale on the perils of striving for perfection. 

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    #4Seven (Se7en)

    Seven (Se7en)

    Seven (Se7en) is a 1995 crime thriller film directed by David Fincher and stars Brad Pitt and Morgan Freeman. Detectives William Somerset (Freeman) and David Mills (Pitt) hunt a killer who uses the 7 deadly sins as a motif to commit a series of grisly murders

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    Xie Fu
    Written on April 17, 2019
    "This movie is SICK! Such a depressing, relentlessly bleak neo-noir film. Se7en is one of the greatest detective movies ever. It's one of those movies that will make you think, not just to solve the identity of the killer, but also about how black and corrupt the heart of humanity is. It's definitely not a movie to consider for light entertainment. David Fincher is a genius! 🤘"
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    #5The Sixth Sense

    The Sixth Sense

    The Sixth Sense is a 1999 supernatural thriller movie directed by M. Night Shyamalan. A child psychologist (Bruce Willis) tries to help a frightened boy (Haley Joel Osment), who claims he can see ghosts. What he finds out instead is far more terrifying than expected.

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    Zhang Li
    Written on April 17, 2019
    "This movie traumatized me when I was in high school! Everyone was literally talking about this movie and THAT twist ending. I remember being absolutely terrified of this movie I refused to sleep in my own bed for weeks."
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    #6The Shining

    The Shining

    The Shining is a 1980 horror film directed by Stanley Kubrick, based on the book with the same title. The story is about a family that goes to a remote hotel during winter where an evil and paranormal presence influences the father into violence.

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    Devansh Balasubramanium
    Written on April 17, 2019
    "You probably know this movie from the meme ("Here's Johnny!") or the homage in Ready Player One. I remember watching it when I was a kid and Jack Nicholson scared the 💩 out of me, not to mention those bloody twins! I also remember the ending concerning the old photograph that was a total mindf--k. One of the biggest plot twists ever and Kubrick never explained it! "
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    #7Planet of The Apes

    Planet of The Apes
    Planet of the Apes is a 1968 sci-fi film about three astronauts who instead of returning to Earth crash lands on a planet inhabited by intelligent and upright apes. The simians have enslaved their rival species, the humans. 
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    Ronald Griffin
    Written on April 17, 2019
    "The original Planet of the Ape's special effects just doesn't hold up to today's standards, especially comparing it to the remake (or any superhero movie for that matter). But believe me when I say this is the granddaddy of mind-twister movies. The reveal that the ape planet is actually Earth will never be topped, made more powerful by the iconic image of the Statue of Liberty submerged in water. Classic!"
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    #8Shutter Island

    Shutter Island

    Shutter Island is a crime thriller film directed by Martin Scorsese released in 2010. Leonardo di Caprio stars as U.S. Marshal Teddy Daniels who investigates the disappearance of a patient in an asylum for the criminally insane that quickly turns nightmarish.  

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    Devansh Gupta
    Written on April 17, 2019
    "The build-up for this movie was amazing. Everything was drenched in a palpable atmosphere. It will make you think thatv it will arrive at a spectacular conclusion. But when the twist did arrive, I was like - meh. Not Martin Scorsese's best work (Taxi Driver still remains on top IMO) but Shutter Island is undeniably goergeous. "
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    #9Black Swan

    Black Swan

    Black Swan is a 2010 psychological thriller set in the cutthroat world of New York City ballet. Nina, played by Natalie Portman, finds herself locked in a web of intrigue with a new rival at the company, both vying for the role of the Swan Queen. 

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    Emma Howell
    Written on April 17, 2019
    "Oh God, where do I even start with this brilliantly twisted movie? Natalie Portman gives a stunning emotionally-charged performance as the insane ballerina who would go to terrible lengths to achieve perfection. This is not a horror movie, but there were a lot of times when I averted my eyes from the body horror I was witnessing onscreen. Darren Aronofsky has to be commended for the impeccable way he shot this film where he deliberately blurs the line between reality and insanity. I couldn't believe how bonkers this movie was. A must watch for lovers of thrillers and macabre cinema."
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    #10Gone Girl

    Gone Girl

    Gone Girl is a film directed by David Fincher released in 2014, starring Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike. Nick Dunne (Affleck) is suspected of killing his wife Amy (Pike) after she inexplicably goes missing. The truth about her is ultimately more sinister than expected.

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    Katherine Lewis
    Written on April 17, 2019
    "Cinema has a long list of femme fatales - Beatrix Kiddo, Selina Kyle, Catherine Trammel, Evelyn Salt. Now it has a new inductee: Amy Dunne. Rosamund Pike plays the master manipulator and remorseless psycho b***h with aplomb she'll make grown men run and hide in their mommies' skirt. The ending was illogical (how could they have NOT seen past the numerous holes in Amy's story?) Still, one of the best psychological thrillers ever. "
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    #11Interstellar

    Interstellar

    An sci-fi epic directed by Christopher Nolan about an ex-pilot named Cooper (Matthew McConaughey) who leaves a dying Earth and his family behind in search of a habitable planet beyond the stars. 

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    #12Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

    Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

    Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind is a romantic sci-fi movie by Michel Gondry about a young couple who has a falling out who then decide to have each other deleted from their memories via a medical procedure. It stars Jim Carrey and Kate Winslet.

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    Yu Zhong
    Written on April 17, 2019
    "AAAAAWWWW. What a poignant, strange, adorable, funny, and whimsical film! It's not like anything I've ever seen. The idea of "deleting" someone from your memory completely is so sad and dramatic it's a wonder this film turned out hilarious and light-hearted. Jim Carey was perfect and Kate Winslet was luminous. My favorite movie of all time! ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️"
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    #13The Truman Show

    The Truman Show

    The Truman Show is a satirical film directed by Peter Weir released in 1998. The movie tells the story of Truman Burbank who was adopted and raised by a corporation to live a life inside an enormous domed town for a 24/7 TV show. It stars Jim Carrey and Ed Harris.

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    Jerry Guerrero
    Written on April 17, 2019
    "One of the most mind-blowing movies ever, and arguably the single best Jim Carey performance of all time. I bawled like a baby a good 10 minutes after watching this movie. It had such a profound and long-lasting effect on me. The idea of living your life from the moment you were born until the day you die on TV while others play God dictating your every move is both nightmarish and speaks volumes about our society today. I bought the Blu-ray copy of this wonderful movie recently and I've watched it 5 times already. It's just one of those movies that feeds your soul and makes you reflect on your very existence. "

Summary

Best What are the best mind-twisting movies
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1InceptionMovies 17 Paid
2MementoMovies 12 Paid
3The MatrixMovies 10 Paid
4Seven (Se7en)Movies 5 Paid
5The Sixth SenseMovies 4 Paid
6The ShiningMovies 4 Paid
7Planet of The ApesMovies 3 Paid
8Shutter IslandMovies 3 Paid
9Black SwanMovies 2 Paid
10Gone GirlMovies 2 Paid
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