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The 20 Most Complex Movies of All Time

The 20 Most Complex Movies of All Time

Do you like to watch films that challenge the limitations of your imagination and leave you pondering for days? Here's the list of 20 such movies.

Enemy

Release Date 2014
Rating : 6.7 Production Companies: Rhombus Media / Roxbury Pictures / Director: Denis Villeneuve / Mélanie Laurent / Stars: Jake Gyllenhaal  /  Mélanie Laurent  /  Sarah Gadon

Summary: A mild-mannered college professor discovers a look-alike actor and delves into the other man's private affairs.

Predestination

Release Date 2014
Rating : 7.3 Production Companies: Screen Australia / Screen Queensland / Director: Michael Spierig / Peter Spierig / Stars: Ethan Hawke  /  Sarah Snook  /  Noah Taylor

Summary: Predestination chronicles the life of a Temporal Agent sent on an intricate series of time-travel journeys designed to prevent future killers from committing their crimes. Now, on his final assignment, the Agent must stop the one criminal that has eluded him throughout time and prevent a devastating attack in which thousands of lives will be lost.

Mr. Nobody

Release Date 2009
Rating : 7.9 Production Companies: Pan Européenne Production / Virtual Films / Director: Jaco Van Dormael / Sarah Polley / Stars: Jared Leto  /  Diane Kruger  /  Linh Đan Phạm

Summary: Nemo Nobody leads an ordinary existence with his wife and 3 children; one day, he wakes up as a mortal centenarian in the year 2092.

Being John Malkovich

Release Date 1999
Rating : 7.3 Production Companies: Director: Spike Jonze / Sean Penn / Stars: John Cusack  /  Cameron Diaz  /  Catherine Keener

Summary: Spike Jonze’s debut feature film is a love story mix of comedy and fantasy. The story is about an unsuccessful puppeteer named Craig, who one day at work finds a portal into the head of actor John Malkovich. The portal soon becomes a passion for anybody who enters it’s mad and controlling world of overtaking another human body.

A Clockwork Orange

Release Date 1971
Rating : 7.9 Production Companies: Hawk Films / Warner Bros. / Director: Stanley Kubrick / Stars: Malcolm McDowell  /  Patrick Magee  /  Adrienne Corri

Summary: Demonic gang-leader Alex goes on the spree of rape, mugging and murder with his pack of "droogs". But he's a boy who also likes Beethoven's Ninth and a bit of "the old in-out, in-out". He later finds himself at the mercy of the state and its brainwashing experiment designed to take violence off the streets.

Cloud Atlas

Release Date 2012
Rating : 6.6 Production Companies: Anarchos Productions / X-Filme Creative Pool / Director: Tom Tykwer / Terry Needham / Stars: Tom Hanks  /  Halle Berry  /  Jim Broadbent

Summary: A set of six nested stories spanning time between the 19th century and a distant post-apocalyptic future. Cloud Atlas explores how the actions and consequences of individual lives impact one another throughout the past, the present and the future. Action, mystery and romance weave through the story as one soul is shaped from a killer into a hero and a single act of kindness ripples across centuries to inspire a revolution in the distant future. Based on the award winning novel by David Mitchell. Directed by Tom Tykwer and the Wachowskis.

The Fountain

Release Date 2006
Rating : 6.8 Production Companies: Regency Enterprises / Warner Bros. / Director: Kimi Webber / Darren Aronofsky / Stars: Hugh Jackman  /  Rachel Weisz  /  Ellen Burstyn

Summary: Spanning over one thousand years, and three parallel stories, The Fountain is a story of love, death, spirituality, and the fragility of our existence in this world.

Vanilla Sky

Release Date 2001
Rating : 6.5 Production Companies: Paramount Pictures / Cruise-Wagner Productions / Director: Cameron Crowe / Ana Maria Quintana / Stars: Tom Cruise  /  Penélope Cruz  /  Cameron Diaz

Summary: David Aames (Tom Cruise) has it all: wealth, good looks and gorgeous women on his arm. But just as he begins falling for the warmhearted Sofia (Penelope Cruz), his face is horribly disfigured in a car accident. That's just the beginning of his troubles as the lines between illusion and reality, between life and death, are blurred.

Shutter Island

Release Date 2010
Rating : 7.8 Production Companies: Paramount Pictures / Appian Way / Director: Mark Ruffalo / Martin Scorsese / Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio  /  Mark Ruffalo  /  Ben Kingsley

Summary: World War II soldier-turned-U.S. Marshal Teddy Daniels investigates the disappearance of a patient from a hospital for the criminally insane, but his efforts are compromised by his troubling visions and also by a mysterious doctor.

Memento

Release Date 2000
Rating : 8.1 Production Companies: Summit Entertainment / Newmarket Capital Group / Director: Steve Gehrke / Christopher Nolan / Stars: Guy Pearce  /  Joe Pantoliano  /  Carrie-Anne Moss

Summary: Suffering short-term memory loss after a head injury, Leonard Shelby embarks on a grim quest to find the lowlife who murdered his wife in this gritty, complex thriller that packs more knots than a hangman's noose. To carry out his plan, Shelby snaps Polaroids of people and places, jotting down contextual notes on the backs of photos to aid in his search and jog his memory. He even tattoos his own body in a desperate bid to remember.

Donnie Darko

Release Date 2001
Rating : 7.7 Production Companies: Pandora Cinema / Flower Films / Director: Rebecca Asher / Richard Kelly / Stars: Jake Gyllenhaal  /  Patrick Swayze  /  Drew Barrymore

Summary: After narrowly escaping a bizarre accident, a troubled teenager is plagued by visions of a large bunny rabbit that manipulates him to commit a series of crimes.

Inception

Release Date 2010
Rating : 8.1 Production Companies: Legendary Pictures / Warner Bros. / Director: Christopher Nolan / Joseph Gordon-Levitt / Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio  /  Joseph Gordon-Levitt  /  Ellen Page

Summary: Cobb, a skilled thief who commits corporate espionage by infiltrating the subconscious of his targets is offered a chance to regain his old life as payment for a task considered to be impossible: "inception", the implantation of another person's idea into a target's subconscious.

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

Release Date 2004
Rating : 7.9 Production Companies: Anonymous Content / This Is That Productions / Director: Mark Ruffalo / Michel Gondry / Stars: Jim Carrey  /  Kate Winslet  /  Elijah Wood

Summary: Joel Barish, heartbroken that his girlfriend underwent a procedure to erase him from her memory, decides to do the same. However, as he watches his memories of her fade away, he realises that he still loves her, and may be too late to correct his mistake.

Jacob's Ladder

Release Date 1990
Rating : 7.2 Production Companies: TriStar Pictures / Carolco Pictures / Director: Eriq La Salle / Adrian Lyne / Stars: Tim Robbins  /  Elizabeth Peña  /  Danny Aiello

Summary: A traumatized Vietnam war veteran finds out that his post-war life isn't what he believes it to be when he's attacked by horned creatures in the subway and his dead son comes to visit him...

Fight Club

Release Date 1999
Rating : 8.3 Production Companies: Regency Enterprises / Fox 2000 Pictures / Director: Paul Carafotes / Dina Waxman / Stars: Edward Norton  /  Brad Pitt  /  Meat Loaf

Summary: A ticking-time-bomb insomniac and a slippery soap salesman channel primal male aggression into a shocking new form of therapy. Their concept catches on, with underground "fight clubs" forming in every town, until an eccentric gets in the way and ignites an out-of-control spiral toward oblivion.

Blade Runner

Release Date 1982
Rating : 7.9 Production Companies: Shaw Brothers / Warner Bros. / Director: Ridley Scott / Edward James Olmos / Stars: Harrison Ford  /  Rutger Hauer  /  Sean Young

Summary: In the smog-choked dystopian Los Angeles of 2019, blade runner Rick Deckard is called out of retirement to terminate a quartet of replicants who have escaped to Earth seeking their creator for a way to extend their short life spans.

Moon

Release Date 2009
Rating : 7.5 Production Companies: Liberty Films UK / Lunar Industries / Director: Duncan Jones / Kevin Spacey / Stars: Sam Rockwell  /  Kevin Spacey  /  Dominique McElligott

Summary: With only three weeks left in his three year contract, Sam Bell is getting anxious to finally return to Earth. He is the only occupant of a Moon-based manufacturing facility along with his computer and assistant, GERTY. When he has an accident however, he wakens to find that he is not alone.

Primer

Release Date 2004
Rating : 6.9 Production Companies: Director: Shane Carruth / Stars: Shane Carruth  /  David Sullivan  /  Casey Gooden

Summary: Friends/fledgling entrepreneurs invent a device in their garage that reduces the apparent mass of any object placed inside it, but they accidentally discover that it has some highly unexpected capabilities -- ones that could enable them to do and to have seemingly anything they want. Taking advantage of this unique opportunity is the first challenge they face. Dealing with the consequences is the next.

Mulholland Drive

Release Date 2001
Rating : 7.6 Production Companies: Asymmetrical Productions / Les Films Alain Sarde / Director: David Lynch / Justin Theroux / Stars: Naomi Watts  /  Laura Harring  /  Ann Miller

Summary: After a car wreck on the winding Mulholland Drive renders a woman amnesic, she and a perky Hollywood-hopeful search for clues and answers across Los Angeles in a twisting venture beyond dreams and reality.

2001: A Space Odyssey

Release Date 1968
Rating : 7.9 Production Companies: Stanley Kubrick Productions / Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) / Director: Stanley Kubrick / Vivian Kubrick / Stars: Keir Dullea  /  Douglas Rain  /  Gary Lockwood

Summary: Humanity finds a mysterious object buried beneath the lunar surface and sets off to find its origins with the help of HAL 9000, the world's most advanced super computer.