„Wait, what?!?”. I must remind you that this list does not contain movies where boy gets girl in the end. Not even feature movies that would make you laugh with tears or films with happy endings. No, not even close. This is a list of 14 mindfuck movies that will play with your mind, make you ask yourself questions and glue you to the screen beginning to end.
If you have never seen such movies, brace yourself because it’s going to be a bumpy ride. You will be watching scenes that would make you wonder if what you just saw is real or not. You’ll see shots that would make you say that this can’t be real. But it will be the greatest to see filmstrips you just won’t get at first. These are films that will put you in doubt.
I put together for you a list with 14 mindfuck movies that are worth watching. Don’t forget to buckle up for the trip of your life. Oh, and don’t think this is a mindfuck films top of some kind! It is a list for you to pick out from a feature movie for a nice night with your friends.
PS: The article in Romanian can be read right here.
Mindfuck movies: „Triangle” (2009)
The story of this movie is built around the passengers of a yacht going on a cruise on the Atlantic Ocean. Due to some mysterious weather conditions, they get into a storm and their ship is sunk, moment when they are saved by a deserted vessel. The minute they get aboard that vessel, the main characters will experiment a chaos unseen before.
„Triangle” (2009) is a 100 minutes movie produced in Great Britain and Australia. Christopher Smith is both the director and the scriptwriter of this movie. The casting includes, among others, actors like Melissa George, Joshua McIvor and Jack Taylor. „Triangle” is a prize winner and a five times nominee at film events. On IMDb it got a 6.9 grade from 73.800 persons.
Mindfuck movies: „Memento” (2000)
An amnesiac man who can’t remember recent events uses notes and tattoos to track down his wife’s killer. The amazing and anthological scene from the beginning of the „Memento” involves a homicide and a Polaroid camera with a corpse. The photo slides back into the camera, the bullet is absorbed through the barrel of the gun and Leonard, the main character, starts living backwards.
„Memento” (2000) is 113 minutes long, produced in the United States of America. The director of this feature movie is Christopher Nolan, the same who did the adaptation of the „Memento Mori” tale, written by Jonathan Nolan, into a film script.
The casting includes, among others, Guy Pearce, Carrie-Anne Moss and Joe Pantoliano. „Memento” (2000) won 55 prizes, it was nominated twice for the Oscars and fifty-five times at film events. On IMDb it got 8.5 from 912.000 persons, and on Metascore it has the grade of 80/100.
Mindfuck movies: „Donnie Darko” (2001)
In 1988, a sleepwalking teenager called Donnie Darko, gets out one night from the house and meets a gigantic rabbit with a demonic appearance, Frank, who tells him that the world was going to end in 28 days, 6 hours and 42 minutes.
Donnie returns to the house and the next morning he notices that an airplane reactor crashed in his bedroom. While he tries to find out why he had survived and confront with some persons from his small town, Frank appears in his mind motivating him to commit several murders.
„Donnie Darko” (2001) is 113 minutes long and it is produced in the United States of America. The director, Richard Kelly, also left his mark on the script. Jake Gyllenhaal, Jena Malone and Mary McDonnell are part of the casting, among other actors.
„Donnie Darko” (2001) is a winner of 11 prizes, it was nominated fifteen times at film events and entered the Top Rated Movies on IMDb under position 226. Also on IMDb “Donnie Darko” (2001) got an 8.1 from 625.500 people, and on Metascore it has the grade 88/100.
Mindfuck movies: „1408” (2007)
Mike Enslin wants to prove that there is nothing besides here and now. No life after death. No God. No second chance. Or is there? The leading character, the renowned horror books novelist Mike Enslin only believes what he sees. But after a series of bestsellers that have discredited the paranormal events which took place in the most haunted houses and cemeteries all over the world, he doesn’t have any proof of life after death.
Nevertheless, his wanderings after ghosts during long and lonely nights are about to change when he checks in room 1408 of the well-known Dolphin hotel. It is there that he wants to begin his final project “Ten nights in haunted hotel rooms”. Without minding the warnings of the manager, the author is the first guest that checks in after years.
„1408” (2007) has 104 minutes and it was produced in the United States of America. The film director is Mikael Hafstrom, and the adaptation of Stephen King’s story was done by Matt Greenberg, Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski.
The casting includes, among others, John Cusack, Samuel L. Jackson and Mary McCormack. The movie has won four prizes and it was a nine times nominee at movie events. It was awarded a 6.8 grade on IMDb form 233.300 people, and the score on Metascore is 64/100.
Mindfuck movies: „Ex Machina” (2014)
Caleb, a 24 year-old programmer, an employee of the biggest IT company, wins an inside contest that offers as a prize a week with Nathan, the extremely solitary boss of the company, at his residence in the mountains. Caleb arrives at his domains and discovers that he must participate at a fascinating but yet bizarre experiment where he will have to interact with the first real artificial intelligence in the world.
The movie “Ex Machina” (2014) is 108 minutes long and it is produced in Great Britain. The director is Alex Garland, the same who signed the script for the science-fiction feature movie. The casting contains among others, Alicia Vikander, Domhnall Gleeson and Oscar Isaac.
Garland’s film got an Oscar, 68 trophies and it was nominated 152 times at film events. The grade on IMDb is 7.7 from 345.700 persons and the score on Metascore is of 78/100.
Mindfuck movies: „The Lobster” (2015)
An unusual love story, placed into a dystopian world where single persons are arrested and accommodated into an inhospitable hotel. It is there where the detainees are forced to find a mate within 45 days tops. Should they fail, they would be turned into animals and released in the woods to be hunted.
The full-length movie ‘The Lobster” (2015) is 119 minutes long and it was produced in Greece, Ireland, The Netherlands, Great Britain and France. The film director is Yorgos Lanthimos, the one who also took care of the script together with Efthymis Filippou.
The film features, among others, Colin Farrell, Rachel Weisz and Jessica Barden. “The Lobster” (2015) was an Oscar nominee, it has won 28 trophies and it was nominated 71 times at different film events. IMDb awarded it a 7.1 grade from over 125.000 people and the score on Metascore is 82/100.
Mindfuck movies: „Fight Club” (1999)
Broke, with a stressful job, with every new day exactly like the former one, a young man lives hopelessly and without any ideals for a long time. A person comes into his life who teaches him how to live freely and experiment life. He enters the labyrinth of a tough and anarchic game of deadly but somewhat motivated fights.
He becomes a member of a fight club where he learns how to fight, replacing the numbness of the spirit with aggressiveness. He soon realizes that this is not the answer to his questions. An insomniac becoming a real ticking bomb and a slippery salesman would channel the primary male aggressiveness into a form of therapy.
„Fight Club” (1999) has 139 minutes and it is produced the United States of America and Germany. It is directed by David Fincher and the script was written by Chuck Palahniuk and Jim Uhls. The casting includes, among others, Brad Pitt, Edward Norton and Meat Loaf.
The full-length movie “Fight Club” (1999) was an Oscar nominee, it won ten prizes and it was nominated 31 times at various film events. IMDb grants the grade of 8.8 from almost 1.500.000 people, and the score on Metascore is 66/100.
Mindfuck movies: „The Butterfly Effect” (2004)
Evan Treborn lost track of time. Since an early age essential episodes of his existence have vanished into the mists of oblivion. His childhood was marked by terrifying events he cannot remember. The only thing he has left is the ghost of lost memories and wasted lives of those around him.
During his early age he was overseen by a psychologist who encouraged him to keep a diary where he should record the most insignificant day-to-day facts. Going to college, the main character reads fragments from a journal and finds himself thrown back in time. He realizes that the diaries hidden under the bed are some kind of a time machine with the help of which he can go back to the past.
„The Butterfly Effect” (2004) is 113 minutes long and it is produced in the United States of America and Canada. It is directed by Eric Bress and J. Mackye Gruber, who also wrote the script. The casting features among other actors, Ashton Kutcher, Amy Smart and Melora Walters.
The feature film won a prize and it was an eight times nominee at film events. On IMDb it has obtained the grade of 7.7 from over 380.000 people and Metascore granted it the qualifier of 30/100.
Mindfuck movies: „Dogtooth” (2009)
Father, mother and their three children live in an uptown house. The house is surrounded by a tall fence and the children have never left the yard. They have been educated, entertained and bored the way their parents felt like appropriate, without any influence from the outside world.
They believe that airplanes in the sky are toys and that zombies are tiny yellow flowers. The only one allowed into the house is Christina. She is a guardian at their father’s company. The latter is programming the visits in order for her to quench the carnal desires of the son. The entire family likes her especially the older daughter.
„Dogtooth” (2009) has 94 minutes and it is produced in Greece. It is directed by Yorgos Lanthimos, who is also the scriptwriter together with Efthymis Filippou. The casting includes among others, Christos Stergioglou, Michele Valley and Angeliki Papoulia.
The movie „Dogtooth” (2009) was granted on IMDb 7.3 points from 51.000 persons, and Metascore shows a qualifier of 73/100. The film was an Oscar prize nominee, it won 19 trophies and it was 16 times nominated at film events.
Mindfuck movies: „The Skin I Live In” (2011)
Ever since his wife passed away in a fire accident, Doctor Robert Ledgard, an eminent plastic surgery specialist, started working on a new type of skin, artificial and burn resistant, that could have saved his wife’s life. After 12 years he succeeds in creating a skin that worked as a shield against all outside agents.
To continue his years of study and experiments Robert still needs three more things: to have no scruples, to have an accomplice and a guinea pig. Scruples have never been an issue with him. And Marilia, the woman who took care of him since birth is the perfect accomplice. But what about the guinea pig?
The movie „The Skin I Live In” (2011) is 120 minutes long and it is produced in Spain. It is directed by Pedro Almodovar, and the script is an adaptation of the novella signed by Thierry Jonquet. Antonio Banderas, Elena Anaya and Jan Cornet act in the movie, besides many others.
Almodovar’s feature movie was a Golden Globe nominee, it has won 27 prizes and it was nominated 66 times at film events. On IMDB it has 7.6 points granted by almost 110.000 persons and on the Metascore it is rated with 70/100.
Mindfuck movies: „The Truman Show” (1998)
Every second and every day since his birth until the age of 30, Truman Burbank is a star in the most popular reality show from history. His house is a huge film set where his family and friends and everyone else he gets in touch with are actors. His entire life is unwinding before hidden TV cameras which, he, the leading actor, is the only one unaware of.
„The Truman Show” (1998) is 103 minutes long and it is produced in the United States of America. It is directed by Peter Weir and the script belongs to Andrew Niccol. The casting features among others, Jim Carrey, Ed Harris and Laura Linney.
The full-length film was nominated for three Oscar prizes, he has won 38 trophies and it was a sixty-six times nominee at film events. On IMDb is rated with 8.1 points after the votes of over 727.000 persons and Metascore gives it the grade of 90/100.
Mindfuck movies: „Inception” (2010)
Dom Cobb is a skillful thief, the best in the dangerous field of extraction, more exactly the stealing of precious information and secrets from the peoples’ subconsciousness while they are dreaming. Cobb’s rare ability made him a very sought-after professional, of a priceless value in the intricate world of technological espionage.
Nevertheless, in the process he lost all that was more important to him, turning him into an international fugitive. Now he is given the chance to recover everything he lost. One last mission could give him back his former life provided he could do the impossible, the opposite of information extraction, namely is the implantation of such information in one’s mind.
„Inception” (2010) is 148 minutes long and it is produced in the United States of America and Great Britain. Directed and screenplay by Christopher Nolan. The casting includes among others, Leonardo DiCaprio, Joseph Gordon Levitt and Ellen Page.
The movie won four Oscar prizes, other 152 trophies and it was nominated 204 times at film events. IMDb grants this movie 8.8 points from almost 1.600.000 persons, and Metascore rates it at 74/100.
Mindfuck movies: „Being John Malkovich” (1999)
Craig Schwartz, an underrated puppeteer, takes up a job as a public servant at the 7th floor of an office building. Bored of the ten years marriage with Lotte, Craig becomes obsessed with the beautiful Maxine, who rejects him nevertheless. Being upset, Craig goes back to his office slamming the door with despair.
It is then when he discovers a secret passage. Lured into a dark and damp tunnel, Craig realizes he is given the unique opportunity to be… John Malkovich. For he entered the mind of the popular actor. And this is just the beginning. What could be next?
„Being John Malkovich” (1999) has 112 minutes and it is made in the United States of America. It is directed by Spike Jonze and the script is signed by Charlie Kaufman. The casting includes among others, John Cusack, John Malkovich, Cameron Diaz and Catherine Keener.
The movie was an Oscar nominee for three prizes, it has won 48 other prizes and it was nominated 75 times at film events. IMDb gives it 7.8 points decided by 267.000 people and on Metascore it is rated under 90/100.
Mindfuck movies: „The Game” (1997)
Nicholas Van Orton is a successful businessman used to controlling his investments and relations as well. His well-organized life will change deeply the moment his brother, Conrad, gives him for his birthday a less common gift, a game.
A game that will trigger devastating consequences. After Nicholas will start the game, he will encounter a series of obstacles, despite the fact that he was less familiar with the rules and with the final objective of the game. Nicholas will soon discover that he is being watched in his own home by some unknown conspirators whose intention seems to be to destabilize his life.
„The Game” (1997) is 128 minutes long and it was made in the United States of America. The movie was directed by David Fincher and the screenplay was realized by John Brancato and Michael Ferris. The main actors are, among others, Michael Douglas, Deborah Kara Unger and Sean Penn.
Fincher’s full-length movie was nominated once at a film event. On IMDb it got 7.8 points given by 280.000 persons and the qualifier on Metascore is of 61/100.