10 Perplexingly Convoluted Films That You Had to Rewatch Immediately Just to Understand the First Time

Are you searching for films that make you immediately need to watch them again? Then we got you covered. After asking an online forum for their best, these movies were nominated most perplexing.

1. Mother! (2017)

This film is, off. A man only referred to as Him has turned this large burnt-out house into a beautiful home with some magic crystal. Then a woman only referred to as Mother awakens, and this mind-melding film fiasco begins. There are a few other characters only referred to by their pronoun. The magic crystal gets broken, and Mother has a baby. Mother blows up the house, and Him turns Mother's heart into a new magical crystal. Many stated they had to “rewatch the movie immediately.”

2. Inland Empire (2006)

Inland Empire is an experimental psychological thriller with a star-studded cast that includes Laura Dern, Justin Theroux, Harry Dean Stanton, Grace Zabriskie, and Jeremy Irons. With minor appearances by Terry Crews, Mary Steenburgen, and William H. Macy. The movie is about the events of film production rumored to be cursed. Laura Dern plays an actress who is beginning to take on the personality traits of the character she plays.

3. Mulholland Drive (2001)

This surrealist neo-noir mystery film follows Naomi Watts, who plays an aspiring actress who has just arrived in Los Angeles, and she befriends an amnesiac recovering from a bad accident. The story is filled with twists and turns that will have you thinking, “wait, what?”

4. Inception (2010)

This Christopher Nolan sci-fi action film stars Leonardo DiCaprio, who portrays a career thief who infiltrates a target's subconscious to acquire information. But Leo's character is in a bad spot with some unhappy clients and has been avoiding his home country for some time now.

Cobb (DiCaprio) is offered an opportunity to delete his criminal history by completing a seemingly impossible task; He has to plant another person's idea in a target's mind—the complete opposite of what he has been doing for years.

5. Tenet (2020)

Tenet is another Nolan piece that plays around with time-space and loses the audience somewhere between the future and past of this film. The main character, played by John David Washington, is only referred to as The Protagonist, and he jumps back and forth between going forward and backward through time.

6. The Game (1997)

Michael Douglass leads a powerhouse cast in a film depicting a wealthy investment banker gifted a weird, real-life, personalized gaming experience. Soon the games get out of hand and a little too personal, and it's beginning to take a toll on his mental health. When he finally has had enough, he snaps, and now everyone is trying to convince him it is all part of his gaming experience, but it may be too late to reason with him.

7. Coherence (2013)

In this surreal science fiction psychological thriller, the dinner party events of eight friends begin to take a weird turn due to the strange effects of a passing comet overhead. The baffling events that unfold lead to the discovery of multiple realities. But with that discovery comes the fear of the unknown.

8. Vanilla Sky (2001)

David Aames has just inherited a large publishing company from his father. Still, he leaves the duties of the company to one of his father's most trusted associates so he can live his life as a New York bachelor. But unfortunately, his playboy lifestyle lands him in a world of pain and disfigurement, and he can't tell what's real and what's not.

9. Source Code (2011)

Source Code is the crazy story of Army Captain Colter Stevens (Jake Gyllenhaal), who was deemed “killed in action.” Still, it has remained on life support in an attempt to help the government with experimental technology. This technology allows Captain Stevens to explore eight minutes of the simulated environment of an event that has already happened. In this case, the environment is a train that will explode.

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10. Gone Girl (2014)

This insane movie follows the story of a seemingly picture-perfect couple from Missouri that becomes the talk of the town when the wife suddenly goes missing on their fifth wedding anniversary. After the wife fakes her death and seemingly frames her husband for her murder, she returns with an all-new story when her escape plan goes awry.

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