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Top 10 Most Confusing Movies Ever Made

We’ve brought you our Top 10 most confusing movies ever made. These movies will leave you scratching your head for days. Check them out.

#10. Eraserhead (1977)

Eraserhead (1977)

Eraserhead, dubbed an experimental horror film, was written, directed, produced, and edited by acclaimed director David Lynch at the start of his career.

The film is recognized as one of the strangest and perplexing films ever created, with elements that imply deeper meanings included.

Henry, who lives in a gloomy flat surrounded by an industrial backdrop, is the protagonist of the novel. He marries Mary X and takes her in with him after discovering that a prior romance with her resulted in her becoming pregnant.

When the couple’s kid turns out to be a lizard-like monster that won’t stop wailing, things take a bizarre turn. Other individuals complicate his situation, such as a deformed lady who lives inside a radiator in Henry’s building.


#9. Shutter Island (2010)

Shutter Island (2010)

Two US marshals arrive to the Ashcliffe Hospital, a fortress-like mental institution on a lonely coastal island, after a killer attempts to flee.

A freak storm prevents them from leaving while they try to figure out how the woman vanished from a locked room. As one of the marshals begins to lose sight of reality, things take a bizarre turn.

The film’s finale is incredibly perplexing, and many people have seen it numerous times because of it. Many people continue to question the finale to this day.

Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio had planned to make The Wolf of Wall Street before deciding to make Shutter Island. However, because of tight financing, they had to put it on hold.


#8. Pi (1998)

Pi (1998)

For his psychological thriller Pi, Darren Aronofsky earned a directing prize, the Independent Spirit Award for outstanding debut script, and the Gotham Open Palm Award at the 1998 Sundance Film Festival.

A hermit math prodigy named Maximillian believes that everything can be comprehended in terms of numbers, according to a statement made in New York City’s Chinatown. This notion led him to use a sophisticated computer system to search for patterns.

The film follows Max’s spiral into madness and is shot in such a way that the spectator can understand his thoughts.

Max, the main character of Pie, has an uncommon ailment known as cluster headaches, which is widely considered as the most agonizing condition a person can have.


#7. Inception (2010)

Inception (2010)

Dom Cobb is a brilliant burglar who has the odd ability to penetrate people’s dreams and take their secrets from their subconscious minds. His abilities have made him highly sought after, particularly in the corporate sector.

Cobb is given a shot at atonement after losing his entire life to perilous labor when he is given an almost impossible mission.

Plant a thought in someone’s head. The film was praised for its strange spectacular effects and complex yet perplexing narrative.

In order to offset the film’s perplexing elements. Text appears in the top left corner of Japanese television broadcasts to inform viewers whatever level of the dream a scene is taking place in.


#6. Memento (2000)

Memento (2000)

This film won several honors, including the AFI Screenwriter of the Year award, as well as the ACCA Awards for Best Original Screenplay, Best Film Editing, and Best Director.

The film’s nonlinear storytelling style, as well as its portrayals of perception, sorrow, memory, and self-deception, were lauded by critics.

Memento tells the story of Leonard, an ex-insurance investigator who has lost his ability to form new memories as a result of a brain injury.

Despite his condition, he tries to track down the murderer of his wife, who was the last person he remembers. By taking a series of Polaroids, he keeps track of his investigation.

#5. Jacob’s Ladder (1990) 

Jacob's Ladder (1990) 

Chilling Horror by Adrian Lyne was first blasted in the United States because its plot dealt with the murky aspect of the Vietnam War and America’s involvement. Nonetheless, it gained a cult following after gaining momentum with audiences.

Other works, such as the Silent Hill video game series, have been influenced by Jacob’s Ladder. In fact, the film was so popular that it was remade in 2019.

The film’s complex narrative follows a guy who is grieving for his lost kid while suffering from a severe case of disassociation. As a result, he must struggle to distinguish between reality and his own fantasies.

As some scenes in Jacob’s Ladder are truly disturbing, you better not watch this one on an empty stomach.


#4. Primer (2004)

Primer (2004)

Things may get confused when it comes to time travel, and Primer is a prime illustration of this. It’s an experimental science fiction film done on a shoestring budget.

The film won the Grand Jury Prize at the 2004 Sundance Film Festival before receiving a limited theatrical distribution in the United States, allowing it to develop a cult following.

Primer’s success can be attributed in part to its in-depth explanation of time travel and how the machine was created.

Ryan Johnson, the director of Looper, mentions in his director’s commentary that not only is Primer the best time travel movie ever made, but that when he sent the script for the film to his friend Shane Carruth. Carruth told him that he should take a look at Primer to get a better understanding of time.

#3. Donnie Darko (2001)

Donnie Darko (2001)

A disturbed youngster is tortured by images of a huge Bunny bunny that manipulates him to perform a series of crimes after narrowly surviving a peculiar accident in his neighborhood.

Director Richard Kelly purposefully created the film as bizarre as possible in order for the spectator to become as perplexed and hesitant as the protagonist, Donnie Darko.

The film was so perplexing that Seth Rogen and Jake Gyllenhaal said at the film’s closing party that they had no idea what the movie was about.

#2. Mulholland Drive (2001)

Mulholland Drive (2001)

Although critics appreciated Naomi Watts’ performance in Mulholland Drive, she nearly lost her health insurance and was evicted from her residence shortly after production ended.

She was about to give up acting and go to Los Angeles in order to seek a regular career, but her close friend Nicole Kidman persuaded her to stay until the film was out. Fortunately, it paid off when the cash came through, and her career took off.

The story follows a woman who wakes up with amnesia after being in a car accident. Teaming up with a Hollywood hopeful, the two scour Los Angeles for clues, which draws them into a bizarre world that the audience can hardly keep up with.

#1. 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)

2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)


The human race embarks on a quest to improve their already-intelligent supercomputer H.A.L. 9000 after discovering a mysterious artifact buried beneath the moon’s surface.

They discover that human evolution is controlled by an alien machine while on Jupiter. However, the team must unravel the enigma of why they are altering human growth.

Despite being released in 1968, the picture was hailed for its accurate representation of spaceflight. It was directed by cinematic great Stanley Kubrick.

Months of collaboration with technicians yielded this result. The scenario with the floating pen, for example, was created by attaching the pen to a piece of glass with newly designed Double-sided adhesive tape. In fact, you may see the characters in one scenario.

The movie was rated an 8.3 on a scale of ten on IMDb and received a meta score of 84 on Metacritic. 

This was our top ten Most Confusing Movies of all-time list. We have been able to compile a great list of the best Confusing Movies ever made. Do you agree with our list? If you have any suggestions or comments please shoot them down in the comments below. 

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