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The 10 Most Mind-Boggling Movies of All Time

Prepare your mind to get lobotomized with these 10 mindfuck movies.
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Any film can be a mindfuck movie if you get the plot right. We’re talking about different genres such as absurdist, black comedy, psychological drama, science fiction, and thriller. The following films are some of the most mind-boggling movies ever produced.

1|   Goodnight Mommy (2014)

Inseparable twin boys, who do everything together, from collecting beetles to feeding stray cats, grow suspicious of their mother, who, after having plastic surgery, becomes distant and strange. This German film is one of the best mindfuck movies of the decade for its thoroughly unnerving plot.


2|   Gone Girl (2014)

Nick Dunne finds himself at the center of a media frenzy after his wife Amy disappears on the day of their fifth wedding anniversary. When all circumstantial evidence points to him as the most eligible suspect for her disappearance, he discovers something chilling about his wife.


3|   The Machinist (2004)

Trevor is an insomniac lathe operator who has not slept for months. His condition results in the most bizarre experiences at work and at home. He starts seeing a strange man who follows him everywhere, but no one else seems to notice him.



4|   Interstellar (2014)


Former NASA pilot Cooper and a team of researchers must pass through a wormhole and travel across the galaxy to find out which of three planets could be mankind's new home, but space-time astrophysics present a reality they never expected. While it is not a horror-thriller mindfuck movie, the fact that the plot is entirely possible is what makes this flick truly disturbing.

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5|   Waking Life (2001)

This experimental philosophical adult animated film explores the big questions: What is life, what is consciousness, and do we have free will? The subject wanders through a succession of dream-like realities wherein the protagonist encounters people who engage in insightful philosophical discussions.


6|   Groundhog Day (1993)

A narcissistic weatherman travels to the obscure town of Punxsutawney for a report he is covering about Groundhog Day. He is shocked when he wakes up the next morning and realizes that he is reliving the same day over and over and over.




7|   Requiem for a Dream (2000)

Sara is excited at the prospect of appearing on a TV game show, so she starts a dangerous diet regimen to beautify herself for a national audience. The psychological drama explores the stories of happiness, love, and the longing to connect, which are all tragically lost in Sara and her kind but aimless son.


8|   A Beautiful Mind (2002)

John Nash is one of the most brilliant minds of his generation, but finds his life changed after he decided to work as a codebreaker for the government, and could not tell what is real and what isn’t. It is based on the true story of the esteemed mathematician, Nobel Laureate in Economics, and Abel Prize winner.  


9|   Midsommar (2019)

A couple travels to a rural town in Sweden to participate in its midsummer festival. The idyllic vacation turns stranger and stranger as a pagan cult takes them in.


10|   The Lobster (2015)


This dark and absurdist comedy film is set in a dystopian society where single people must find a mate within 45 days. Otherwise, they will be transformed into an animal of their choice.



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