20 Movies That Will Mess With Your Head And Leave You Thinking

Movies are made across different genres like action, drama, sci-fi, horror etc. But there is one genre which is neither action/drama nor horror, it’s sometimes called as “psychological thriller”. It consists of movies that are crafted to mess with your heads and take you on an insane ride, sometimes it pays off while other times it fizzles out in the end.

Here’re 20 movies that will definitely mess with your head and will leave you thinking.


It’s a masterpiece written and directed by Christopher Nolan who is now a living legend in the world of entertainment. But this movie is not for the average movie-goer who just want to have a good time, it’s specifically designed for movie buffs who can withstand intricate plots and appreciate complex subjects like lucid dreaming. Watch it twice to get the most out of it.

2001: A Space Odyssey

It’s one of the most debated Stanley Kubrick films whose DNA inspired movies like Star Wars, Aliens, and Moon. It is a space exploration movie that delves with elements of evolution, war, alien life etc.


It is about time loops and body duplications. It asks a question to viewers – What will happen if there were multiple you’s? What will you do? Will you attack or co-exist? Don’t take this as a horror movie about a scary boat.


It’s extremely confusing which almost laughs at audience trying to comprehend. David Lynch has a habit of making such monstrosities with provocative imagery and perplexing plot points. But don’t lose hope, its rewarding in the end.


Another cult Nolan movie which calls for repeated viewing. Although, it’s not as complex as people think, it’s fairly confusing. Guy Pierce plays a man who has a short-term memory loss and he still wants to find who killed his wife.


A group of friends meets over a dinner, discuss how fucked up their lives are and then comet is about to hit the Earth. Wait, there is another house with the same people dining.

Mulholland Drive


It really divides people but I would recommend you watch it. It explores so many themes designed to disorient audience’s reality. I ain’t spoiling it.

The Lobster


This movie will make you think, not just once or twice, but over and over again. This movie has got a lot of twists and turns and is definitely disturbing.

The Skin I Live In (Year: 2011)


Even if you love Almodóvar movies, still this one will make you feel as if you have just arrived from a roller coaster ride. This movie is dark, sad and moving for sure.

The Butterfly Effect (Year: 2004)


It will be really tough for you to make any decision after you watch this movie. Because by the time you have watched this movie, you would realize that every small action of yours can have grave consequences.

Dogtooth (Year: 2009)


It’s absolutely miserable and insignificantly incomprehensible outside of a certain context. The movie starts out in the vein of a black comedy but deviates into more profound and much more troubling themes.

Primer (Year: 2004)


Primer will clutter with your head for days, months, or even years afterward (or maybe beyond that). The movie alone needs numerous viewings to try to comprehend all the time travel lines.

Donnie Darko

Donnie Darko is a movie about a depressed adolescent, Donnie, played by Jake Gyllenhaal. The movie is directed by Richard Kelly. The movie deals with the haunting tale of involuntary time travel. A creepy anthropomorphic rabbit who appears only before Donnie informs him that the world will end in next 28 days.

Lost Highway

Lost Highway is a movie about two but intersecting movies about a jazz musician who is tortured by the idea that his wife is having an affair and find himself accused of her murder. The other story is about a mechanic who finds himself in a web of deceit by a femme fatale who is cheating on her gangster-boyfriend. The two stories are linked by the fact that both the women in the movie is played by the same actress.


Predestination is another movie that deals with time travel. Directed by Peter Spierig and Michael Spierig, the movie is about an agent who goes back in time to prevent a bomb attack in New York which happened in 1975.

Ex Machina

Ex Machina is about a young programmer, Caleb Smith, who is selected for a groundbreaking experiment where he has to examine an artificial intelligence in the body of a female robot.

Gone Girl

Gone Girl is the movie that will make you scream “WTF”. It’s a movie about a woman who disappears on her fifth wedding anniversary and her husband finds himself in the spotlight when all the focus of the media shifts on him.

The Matrix

The Matrix is about a programmer, Neo – played by Keanu Reeves, who is contacted by Trinity (Carrie-Anne Moss) who leads him into an underworld where he meets Morpheus (Laurence Fishburne) to fight a war against the cadre of powerful computers who now rule the world with a system called “The Matrix’.

The Machinist

The Machinist is about a factory worker Trevor Reznik played by Christian Bale who suffers from insomnia which is so severe that his condition took a toll on his mental health and his weight. He hasn’t slept for months and nobody but a strange man follows him everywhere.

The Butterfly Effect


The Butterfly Effect is about a college student played by Ashton Kutcher who suffers from headaches so strong that he frequently blacks out. While in sleep he travels back in time and can also alter the past events for his friends which affects his present too.

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Aniket Aryan

Aniket is the Chief Operating Officer of QuirkyByte. Apart from handling the workforce, he enjoys watching TV shows and Movies.
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