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Last film added: July 20, 2018. There are currently 1586 films in the database (since 1996).


    Mind-blowing Films (1996-2018)

    Search returned all potentially mind-blowing movies out of 1586 total rated films.
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  1. Movie DetailsA.I. Artificial Intelligence (2001) 10  Mind-blowingSci-FiI own on DVD
    A futuristic adaptation of the tale of Pinocchio, using intelligent robots with real feelings.
  2. Movie DetailsAdaptation. (2002) 10  ComedyMind-blowingDocumentary/TrueI own on DVDFilmometer Best Film of the Year
    A screenwriter writes himself into the screenplay he's trying to adapt from a nonfiction book.
  3. Movie DetailsArrival (2016) 10  Mind-blowingSci-Fi
    Linguistics professor Amy Adams and the tense puzzle of 12 alien spacecraft. Deeply affecting humanity.
  4. Movie DetailsBeing John Malkovich (1999) 10  ComedyFantasyMind-blowingFilmometer Best Film of the Year
    Spike Jonze directs puppeteer John Cusack who discovers a portal into John Malkovich's mind.
  5. Movie DetailsDark City (1998) 10  ConspiracyFantasyMind-blowingSci-FiWith Sex/NudityI own on DVD
    Rufus Sewell struggles to recover his memories in a nightmarish world run by telekinetic beings.
  6. Movie DetailsEnemy (2014) 10  Mind-blowingWith Sex/Nudity
    Surreal, spider-infested portrayal of a man's subconscious war over infidelity, control by women. Haunting menace.
  7. Movie DetailsEraserhead 2000 (2001) 10  FantasyHorrorMind-blowingI own on DVD
    David Lynch's restored first feature film. A nightmarish 1977 masterpiece of grotesque, eerie postindustrial life.
  8. Movie DetailsEternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004) 10  AnimationMind-blowingSci-FiI own on DVDFilmometer Best Film of the Year
    Jim Carrey and Kate Winslet undergo a procedure to erase each other from their memories.
  9. Movie DetailsFight Club (1999) 10  Mind-blowingWith Sex/NudityI own on DVD
    This is your life, and it's ending one minute at a time. Edward Norton stars.
  10. Movie DetailsHappy Accidents (2000) 10  ComedyMind-blowingObscure/RareSci-FiI own on DVD
    Marisa Tomei wonders if her boyfriend Vincent D'Onofrio is really a time-traveler, or just delusional.
  11. Movie DetailsInception (2010) 10  Mind-blowingSci-FiFilmometer Best Film of the Year
    Brilliant concept and direction by Christopher Nolan. A dream within a dream within a dream.
  12. Movie DetailsInland Empire (2006) 10  Mind-blowingWith Sex/NudityI own on DVD
    Lynch examines Hollywood and its artistic constraints in a bizarre/long jumble of movies within movies.
  13. Movie DetailsInterstellar (2014) 10  Mind-blowingSci-Fi
    NASA explorers travel through a wormhole seeking habitable planets. Grand, quantum portrait of human endurance.
  14. Movie DetailsLost Highway (1997) 10  HorrorMind-blowingWith Sex/NudityI own on DVDFilmometer Best Film of the Year
    David Lynch's brilliant cinematic Möbius strip of paranoia, adultery, murder, and Freudian psychology.
  15. Movie DetailsMemento (2000) 10  Mind-blowingI own on DVD
    A man with no short-term memory uses tattooed notes to hunt down his wife's killer.
  16. Movie DetailsMidnight in Paris (2011) 10  ComedyFantasyMind-blowingFilmometer Best Film of the Year
    A surreal, inspired masterpiece by Woody Allen about the importance of living in the present.
  17. Movie DetailsMoon (2009) 10  Mind-blowingSci-FiFilmometer Best Film of the Year
    One man and a computer run a lunar base that supplies Earth with energy. Meditative.
  18. Movie DetailsMr. Nobody (2010) 10  FantasyMind-blowingSci-FiWith Sex/Nudity
    Nemo Nobody is the last mortal in the world. Mind-bending story across time. Perfect soundtrack.
  19. Movie DetailsMulholland Drive (2001) 10  ConspiracyMind-blowingWith Sex/NudityI own on DVD
    David Lynch directs a dark Hollywood conspiracy about the psychosis of becoming someone else.
  20. Movie DetailsPi (1998) 10  ConspiracyMind-blowingSci-FiI own on DVDFilmometer Best Film of the Year
    A paranoid mathematician searches for a number to unlock the universal patterns found in nature.
  21. Movie DetailsScanner Darkly, A (2006) 10  AnimationConspiracyMind-blowingSci-FiFilmometer Best Film of the Year
    Richard Linklater, Philip K. Dick, Keanu Reeves, Radiohead and interpolated rotoscoping animation. Brilliant.
  22. Movie DetailsStay (2005) 10  Mind-blowingI own on DVD
    The desperate psychological nightmare of a dying man. A visually rich, ghost-inhabited alternate reality.
  23. Movie DetailsTree of Life, The (2011) 10  Mind-blowing
    Terrence Malick's insightful, gorgeous and bold vision. Sincerely explores the meaning of life and love.
  24. Movie DetailsV for Vendetta (2006) 10  ConspiracyMind-blowingSci-FiComic Book/SuperheroI own on DVD
    The Wachowski Brothers present the futuristic landscape of totalitarian Britain, starring Natalie Portman.
  25. Movie DetailsWorld of Tomorrow (2015) 10  AnimationComedyMind-blowingObscure/RareSci-FiI own on DVDFilmometer Best Film of the Year
    Brilliant Don Hertzfeldt short. A little girl experiences a mind-bending tour of her distant future.
  26. Movie DetailsWorld of Tomorrow Episode Two: The Burden of Other People... (2017) 10  AnimationComedyMind-blowingObscure/RareSci-Fi
    Dazzling and poignant sci-fi. Don Hertzfeldt reverse-engineered this sequel from audio of his five-year-old niece.

  27. EXCELLENT
  28. Movie DetailsAnnihilation (2018) 9  HorrorMind-blowingSci-Fi
    Natalie Portman joins a perilous expedition into the Shimmer, a quarantined disaster area. Hallucinogenic mystery.
  29. Movie DetailsAnother Earth (2011) 9  Mind-blowingSci-Fi
    A second Earth from a parallel universe appears in the sky. A meditation on destiny.
  30. Movie DetailsCube (1998) 9  HorrorMind-blowingSci-Fi
    Seven complete strangers awaken one day in a cubical Kafkaesque maze filled with deadly traps.
  31. Movie DetailsDMT: The Spirit Molecule (2010) 9  Mind-blowingObscure/RareDocumentary/True
    Strassman and Hancock explore connections between human spirituality and neuroscience through psychedelics.
  32. Movie DetailsDonnie Darko (2001) 9  Mind-blowingSci-Fi
    A complex chain of events determine the fate of a teenager and a giant bunny-rabbit.
  33. Movie DetailsEdge of Tomorrow (2014) 9  Mind-blowingSci-Fi
    Cruise is caught in a time loop as Earth battles an alien invasion. Inspired blockbuster.
  34. Movie DetailseXistenZ (1999) 9  ConspiracyMind-blowingSci-FiI own on DVD
    Game designer Jennifer Jason Leigh creates a virtual-reality experience indistinguishable from real life.
  35. Movie DetailsInexplicable Universe: Unsolved Mysteries, The (2013) 9  Mind-blowingObscure/RareDocumentary/True
    Six Neil deGrasse Tyson lectures exploring what we don't know about how the universe works.
  36. Movie DetailsJacket, The (2005) 9  FantasyMind-blowingWith Sex/Nudity
    Military veteran Adrien Brody can foresee his own death and possibly change Keira Knightley's future.
  37. Movie DetailsLooper (2012) 9  Mind-blowingSci-FiWith Sex/Nudity
    In 2042, Joseph Gordon-Levitt is a hired assassin who kills people sent from the future.
  38. Movie DetailsMan from Earth, The (2007) 9  Mind-blowingSci-Fi
    Set in a single room, this thoughtful, philosophical play might blow your mind a little.
  39. Movie DetailsMatrix, The (1999) 9  Mind-blowingSci-Fi
    Déjà vu is usually a glitch in the Matrix. It happens when they change something.
  40. Movie DetailsMinority Report (2002) 9  ConspiracyMind-blowingSci-Fi
    An excellent futuristic thriller with irrelevant distractions, including vomit, snot and anthropomorphic plants.
  41. Movie DetailsOpen Your Eyes (1999) 9  HorrorMind-blowingSci-FiWith Sex/NudityI own on DVD
    The brilliant Amenábar film, starring Penélope Cruz, that Tom Cruise turned into Vanilla Sky.
  42. Movie DetailsOthers, The (2001) 9  FantasyHorrorMind-blowing
    Nicole Kidman lives in a darkened and haunted old house with her two photosensitive children.
  43. Movie DetailsPaprika (2007) 9  AnimationConspiracyFantasyMind-blowingSci-FiWith Sex/Nudity
    An insane anime that blurs the separation between reality, dreams, memory, cinema and the Internet.
  44. Movie DetailsPredestination (2015) 9  Mind-blowingSci-FiWith Sex/Nudity
    Paradoxical head-trip. A temporal agent pursues an elusive terrorist through time, tries to prevent disasters.
  45. Movie DetailsPrestige, The (2006) 9  FantasyMind-blowingSci-Fi
    A rivalry of deadly stage illusions escalates between Victorian-era magicians. David Bowie is Nikola Tesla!
  46. Movie DetailsPrimer (2004) 9  Mind-blowingSci-FiI own on DVD
    This puzzle film of time-travel paradoxes and loopholes begins with four inventors in a garage.
  47. Movie DetailsRequiem for a Dream (2000) 9  HorrorMind-blowingWith Sex/Nudity
    Purple in the morning, blue in the afternoon, and orange in the evening.
  48. Movie DetailsSex and Lucía (2002) 9  Mind-blowingWith Sex/Nudity
    Julio Medem directs a convoluted dreamlike narrative, starring a novelist, an island and Paz Vega.
  49. Movie DetailsSixth Sense, The (1999) 9  ConspiracyMind-blowing
    Bruce Willis and Haley Joel Osment star. I see dead people.
  50. Movie DetailsSource Code (2011) 9  Mind-blowingSci-Fi
    An ingenious and exciting thriller with some gaps in logic. Profound filmmaking by Duncan Jones.
  51. Movie DetailsStranger Than Fiction (2006) 9  FantasyMind-blowing
    Will Ferrell tries to figure out who's narrating his unraveling life. Maggie Gyllenhaal is adorable.
  52. Movie DetailsSynecdoche, New York (2008) 9  ComedyMind-blowingWith Sex/Nudity
    Charlie Kaufman blends self-referential existence with a living play inside a New York City warehouse.
  53. Movie DetailsTake Shelter (2011) 9  Mind-blowing
    Tense, haunting film about a father being driven mad by apocalyptic visions. Paranoid or prophetic?
  54. Movie DetailsThrough the Wormhole - Season 1 (2010) 9  Mind-blowingSci-FiDocumentary/TrueTV Shows
    Compelling TV series that explores the deepest mysteries of human existence. Hosted by Morgan Freeman.
  55. Movie DetailsTimecrimes (2008) 9  Mind-blowingSci-FiWith Sex/Nudity
    Like Primer, this is a film of time-travel paradoxes, but with more voyeurism and nudity.
  56. Movie DetailsTriangle (2010) 9  HorrorMind-blowing
    Passengers aboard a yacht are struck by mysterious weather conditions. Time runs in terrifying circles.
  57. Movie DetailsTruman Show, The (1998) 9  Mind-blowingSci-Fi
    Insurance salesman Jim Carrey discovers his entire life is actually a TV show.
  58. Movie DetailsTwin Peaks - The Definitive Gold Box Edition (2007) 9  FantasyHorrorMind-blowingSci-FiTV ShowsI own on DVD
    David Lynch's groundbreaking 1990-91 TV series. It's a paranormal murder mystery set in northern Washington.
  59. Movie DetailsTwin Peaks: The Return (2017) 9  FantasyHorrorMind-blowingSci-FiWith Sex/NudityTV Shows
    David Lynch revisits the surreal, mystical character of a quaint Washington town 25 years later.
  60. Movie DetailsUpstream Color (2013) 9  Mind-blowingObscure/RareSci-Fi
    Shane Carruth's fragmented, hypnotic story of lost identity. Puzzling allegory via Thoreau and psychotropic grubs.
  61. Movie DetailsWaking Life (2001) 9  AnimationFantasyMind-blowing
    Richard Linklater presents a uniquely animated universe that explores dream life and real life.

  62. VERY GOOD
  63. Movie DetailsAdjustment Bureau, The (2011) 8  Mind-blowingSci-Fi
    Politician Matt Damon and a ballerina are affected by mysterious forces keeping the lovers apart.
  64. Movie DetailsBirth (2004) 8  Mind-blowingWith Sex/Nudity
    Jonathan Glazer references Kubrick in this film about the possibility of reincarnation, starring Nicole Kidman.
  65. Movie DetailsComet (2014) 8  ComedyMind-blowingSci-Fi
    Bittersweet, jumbled retelling of moments from a couple's six-year relationship. Dreamlike references to parallel universes.
  66. Movie DetailsCongress, The (2014) 8  AnimationMind-blowingSci-Fi
    Ambitious, futuristic amalgam of Hollywood actor digitization and animated illusory utopia. Trippy. Robin Wright stars.
  67. Movie DetailsFountain, The (2006) 8  Mind-blowingSci-FiWith Sex/Nudity
    Three stories of love/mortality that weave in the legendary quest for the Fountain of Youth.
  68. Movie DetailsK-PAX (2001) 8  FantasyMind-blowingSci-Fi
    Kevin Spacey is either extraterrestrial or delusional. And he eats a banana without peeling it.
  69. Movie DetailsNothing (2005) 8  ComedyFantasyMind-blowingSci-Fi
    Vincenzo Natali, the director of Cube, presents a film about nothing with his two friends.
  70. Movie DetailsOne I Love, The (2014) 8  ComedyMind-blowingObscure/Rare
    Weekend getaway of a married couple on the brink of separation becomes clever plot twist.
  71. Movie DetailsReality (2015) 8  ComedyMind-blowingObscure/Rare
    Surreal, compelling nonsense from absurdist Dupieux, who has taken a page from Lynch's Mulholland Drive.
  72. Movie DetailsShutter Island (2010) 8  ConspiracyHorrorMind-blowingWith Sex/Nudity
    Leonardo DiCaprio investigates a disappearance from a hospital for the criminally insane. Chilling and clever.
  73. Movie DetailsSolaris (2002) 8  Mind-blowingSci-FiWith Sex/Nudity
    Soderbergh's remake is quite good, with much credit due to George Clooney and Natascha McElhone.
  74. Movie DetailsTrance (2013) 8  Mind-blowingWith Sex/Nudity
    An art heist gone wrong, or was the whole thing meticulously planned? Hypnotizing psychological thriller.
  75. Movie DetailsZeitgeist: The Movie (2007) 8  ConspiracyMind-blowingDocumentary/True
    Important, incendiary exploration of global societal control through religion, 9/11, foreign wars and central banks.

  76. GOOD
  77. Movie DetailsARQ (2016) 7  Mind-blowingSci-Fi
    Stuck in an accidental time loop in a dystopian future, a disoriented couple attempts survival.
  78. Movie DetailsLove & Teleportation (2013) 7  Mind-blowingObscure/RareSci-Fi
    A disgraced quantum mechanics professor invents a teleportation machine in his garage. Clever, charming ending.
  79. Movie DetailsLunopolis (2009) 7  ConspiracyMind-blowingObscure/RareSci-Fi
    Pseudo-documentary about aliens on the moon and a secret Scientology-like group. A fun, riveting conspiracy.
  80. Movie DetailsOblivion (2013) 7  Mind-blowingSci-Fi
    A dazzling, futuristic Tom Cruise space vehicle. Sadly overexplains the post-apocalyptic mystery. Fuck you, Sally.
  81. Movie DetailsOculus (2014) 7  HorrorMind-blowing
    Explores if inanimate objects can manifest supernatural violence. Trippy psychological horror via a reality-bending mirror.
  82. Movie DetailsThird Contact (2012) 7  ConspiracyMind-blowingObscure/RareSci-FiWith Sex/Nudity
    Psychological thriller explores madness, depression, quantum suicide and immortality. It's a dark, puzzling poem.
  83. Movie DetailsTime Lapse (2015) 7  Mind-blowingSci-Fi
    A mysterious device takes pictures 24 hours into the future. Engaging time-machine premise, passable acting.
  84. Movie DetailsUnbreakable (2000) 7  FantasyMind-blowingComic Book/Superhero
    A mystery thriller about unrealized supernatural powers. Bruce Willis and Samuel L. Jackson star.

  85. FAIR
  86. Movie DetailsParallels (2015) 6  Mind-blowingObscure/RareSci-Fi
    A mysterious building is the gateway to infinite parallel Earths. Interesting concept, but mediocre execution.
  87. Movie DetailsThirteenth Floor, The (1999) 6  Mind-blowingSci-Fi
    A sci-fi thriller about computer-simulated universes where people only believe they are real.
  88. Movie DetailsVanilla Sky (2001) 6  HorrorMind-blowingSci-FiWith Sex/Nudity
    Tom Cruise's useless remake of Open Your Eyes. Penélope Cruz reprises her role, in English.


  89. Statistical ratings distribution of these 84 films (5.3% of total rated films):
    With enough films included, it usually approximates a bell curve with a mean near 6.5...
    (especially when considering that CRAP is 0-4 combined).
    Average rating for these 84 films: 8.9.

    10:31%

    9:40.5%

    8:15.5%

    7:9.5%

    6:3.6%

    5:0%

    CRAP:0%



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