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The list contains the best, new and most relevant mind bending movies ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out mind bending, serious, suspenseful, suspense, atmospheric and psychological films and TV shows about / with mystery, danger, storytelling, supernatural, mentor, dialogue, death, catastrophe, life philosophy and twists & turns plots mostly in Drama, Thriller and Mystery genres shot in USA, UK, Canada and other countries.
TOP 10 movies tagged as mind bending: Mulholland Drive (2001), Inception (2010), Black Swan (2010), The X-Files (1993), Under the Dome (2013), Interstellar (2014), The Leftovers (2014), The Butterfly Effect (2004), Exam (2009), Orphan Black (2013).
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The X-Files
Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Canada, USA
45 min.
 8.7
Interstellar
Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi
USA, UK
169 min.
 8.6
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Ice
Drama, Musical, Romance, Sport
Russia
113 min.
 7.0
The City and The City
Crime, Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi
UK
60 min.
 6.6

List of mind bending movies

Mulholland Drive
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: France, USA
Duration: 147 min.
Story: 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.
Style: psychological, surreal, mind bending, suspense, twists and turns ...
Plot: surrealism, amnesia, mystery, postmodernism, imagination, uncover truth, alternate reality, dreams, hollywood, hallucination, plot twist, strong sexual content ...
Time: 21st century, 2000s, contemporary
Place: los angeles, usa, california
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 8.8
 1.7M
Inception
Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 148 min.
Story: 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 ...
Style: surreal, psychological, suspense, ambiguous ending, futuristic ...
Plot: dreams, alternate reality, teamwork, neo noir, virtual reality, existentialism, redemption, philosophy, hi-tech, memory, heist, psychological manipulation ...
Time: near future, 2010s
Place: los angeles, paris france, sydney australia, japan
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 8.0
 623K
Black Swan
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: A ballet dancer wins the lead in "Swan Lake" and is perfect for the role of the delicate White Swan - Princess Odette - but slowly loses her mind as she becomes more and more like Odile, the Black Swan.
Style: surreal, psychological, suspense, atmospheric, dramatic ...
Plot: obsession, ballet, mental illness, surrealism, mentor, paranoia, psychology, character study, artists and showbiz, hallucinations, dancer's life, ballerina ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s
Place: usa, new york, manhattan new york city
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 8.7
 177K
The X-Files
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 45 min.
Story: The exploits of FBI Special Agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully who investigate X-Files: marginalized, unsolved cases involving paranormal phenomena. Mulder believes in the existence of aliens and the paranormal while Scully, a skeptic, is assigned to ...
Style: suspenseful, mind bending, captivating, twists and turns, suspense ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: supernatural, paranormal investigation, top secret, ufo, investigation, paranormal activity, fbi, special agents, mysterious place, female fbi agent, alien abduction, alien contact ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s, 2000s, 2010s ...
Place: usa, phoenix arizona, arizona
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 6.7
 94K
Under the Dome
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 43 min.
Story: Under the Dome is based on the novel of the same name by Stephen King. It tells the story of the residents of the small town of Chester's Mill in Maine, where a massive, transparent, indestructible dome suddenly cuts them off from the rest of ...
Style: serious, suspenseful, mind bending, twists and turns, exciting ...
Plot: supernatural, small town, trapped, mystery, isolation, life turned upside down, danger, survival, human nature, society, contingency plan, separated ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new england, usa
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 8.6
 1.2M
Interstellar
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 169 min.
Story: Interstellar chronicles the adventures of a group of explorers who make use of a newly discovered wormhole to surpass the limitations on human space travel and conquer the vast distances involved in an interstellar voyage.
Style: futuristic, philosophical, intellectual, serious, atmospheric ...
Plot: space travel, nasa, heroic mission, outer space, father daughter relationship, time travel, space exploration, astronaut, space program, space station, distant planet, science ...
Time: future, near future
Place: colorado
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 8.3
 61K
The Leftovers
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
Story: When 2% of the world's population abruptly disappears without explanation, the world struggles to understand just what they're supposed to do about it. The drama series 'The Leftovers' is the story of the people who didn't ...
Style: serious, captivating, mind bending, twists and turns, surreal ...
Plot: small town sheriff, disappearance, missing person, haunted by the past, police chief, mystery, miraculous event, investigation, depression, religions or cults, life turned upside down, destiny ...
Time: 21st century
Place: usa, new york
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The Butterfly Effect
Genre: Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 113 min.
Story: A young man struggles to access sublimated childhood memories. He finds a technique that allows him to travel back into the past, to occupy his childhood body and change history. However, he soon finds that every change he makes has unexpected ...
Style: suspense, psychological, suspenseful, philosophical, dramatic ...
Plot: changing the past or future, time travel, destiny, life philosophy, memory, psychology, haunted by the past, altering history, twists & turns, philosophy, existentialism, supernatural ability ...
Time: contemporary, future, 21st century
Place: usa, dungeon
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 6.9
 90K
Exam
Genre: Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 101 min.
Story: The final candidates for a highly desirable corporate job are locked together in an exam room and given a test so simple and confusing that tension begins to unravel.
Style: psychological, tense, suspenseful, surprise ending, mind bending ...
Plot: mystery, ambition, human nature, manipulations, psychology, plot twist, mind game, room, obsession, job, paranoia, dialogue ...
Time: future
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 8.3
 89K
Orphan Black
Genre: Action, Drama, Sci-Fi
Country: Canada
Duration: 44 min.
Story: A streetwise hustler is pulled into a compelling conspiracy after witnessing the suicide of a girl who looks just like her.
Style: serious, suspenseful, exciting, mind bending, twists and turns
Plot: uncover truth, mystery, woman in danger, family relations, supernatural, experiment, top secret, boyfriend, characters in danger, shooting, female protagonist, actress playing multiple roles ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: toronto ontario canada
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One Missed Call
Genre: Horror, Mystery
Country: Japan, USA, Germany
Duration: 87 min.
Story: Several people start receiving voice-mails from their future selves -- messages which include the date, time, and some of the details of their deaths.
Style: scary, suspenseful, mind bending, suspense, serious ...
Audience: teens
Plot: ghost, supernatural, mystery, uncover truth, mobile phone, death, destiny, cowardliness, hospital, investigation, delusion, friendship ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
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 5.9
 67K
Premonition
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: A depressed housewife who learns her husband was killed in a car accident the day previously, awakens the next morning to find him alive and well at home, and then awakens the day after to a world in which he is still dead.
Style: psychological, suspenseful, twists and turns, surprise ending, mind bending ...
Plot: time travel, destiny, time loop, memory, death, life & death, starting over, alternate reality, dealing with death, catastrophe, memory loss, infidelity ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, future
Place: usa
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 7.0
 267K
Constantine
Genre: Action, Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 121 min.
Story: John Constantine has literally been to Hell and back. When he teams up with a policewoman to solve the mysterious suicide of her twin sister, their investigation takes them through the world of demons and angels that exists beneath the landscape of ...
Style: serious, suspense, stylized, suspenseful, mind bending ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: redemption, good versus evil, supernatural ability, suicide, devil, immortality, supernatural, angel, superhero, sacrifice, demons, fight scenes ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: california, usa, los angeles, mexico
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 3.6
 12K
S. Darko
Genre: Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: S. Darko follows Samantha Darko, the younger sister of Donnie, the protagonist of Donnie Darko, and her friend Corey. On their way to California, their car breaks down, forcing them to wait in a small town until it is fixed. While there, Samantha ...
Style: surreal, serious, psychological, gothic, mind bending ...
Audience: teens
Plot: stranded, supernatural, surrealism, end of the world, existentialism, imaginary, adaptation, life philosophy, clones, time travel, small town, best friends ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, future
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 5.9
 34K
After.Life
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: Following a terrible car crash, a woman (Christina Ricci) awakes to find an enigmatic mortician (Liam Neeson) preparing her for burial.
Style: psychological, bleak, twist ending, suspense, suspenseful ...
Plot: afterlife, mysterious character, mystery, supernatural, death, life & death, talking to the dead, dealing with death, danger, mentor, psychology, couple relations ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
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 5.0
 180K
The Happening
Genre: Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA, India
Duration: 91 min.
Story: When a deadly airborne virus threatens to wipe out the northeastern United States, teacher Elliott Moore (Mark Wahlberg) and his wife (Zooey Deschanel) flee from contaminated cities into the countryside in a fight to discover the truth. Is it ...
Style: suspenseful, bleak, suspense, tense, surprise ending ...
Plot: survival, virus, apocalypse, suicide, supernatural, death, on the run, end of the world, family in danger, plague, danger, forces of nature ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, philadelphia, usa, west virginia, new jersey ...
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 4.7
 3K
Ghost House
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Country: Thailand, USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: A young couple go on an adventurous vacation to Thailand only to find themselves haunted by a malevolent spirit after naively disrespecting a Ghost House.
Style: dark, suspense, bleak, mind bending, exciting ...
Plot: saving a life, haunted house, ghost, tradition, dating show, help, love, fiance fiancee relationship, vacation, cemetery, rite, spirit ...
Time: contemporary
Place: thailand
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The Master and Margarita
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Romance, Thriller
Country: Russia
Duration: 500 min.
Story: The Master and Margarita is a Russian TV mini-series, based on the novel written by Soviet writer Mikhail Bulgakov between 1928 and 1940.
Style: classic literature, psychological, atmospheric, talky, cynical ...
Plot: society, temptation, deal with the devil, religions or cults, supernatural, black magic, heaven and hell, politics, manipulations, chaos and mayhem, curses spells and rituals, mystery ...
Time: 30s, ancient history
Place: russia, holy land, middle east, israel, jerusalem ...
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 7.5
 47K
Wayward Pines
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
Story: Imagine the perfect American town... beautiful homes, manicured lawns, children playing safely in the streets. Now imagine never being able to leave. You have no communication with the outside world. You think you're going insane. You must be ...
Style: serious, tense, suspenseful, mind bending, captivating
Plot: investigation, adaptation, apocalypse, danger, small town, transformation, society, beast, conspiracy, murder, multiple storylines, family relations ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, idaho
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 7.9
 20K
Awake
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Mystery, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 43 min.
Story: Michael lives in two separate realities after a car accident. In one reality, his wife Hannah survives the accident; in the other reality, his son Rex survives. Michael does not know which reality is "real", and uses the wristbands to ...
Style: serious, psychological, emotional, mind bending, suspenseful ...
Plot: alternate reality, family problems, multiple storylines, sanity, double life, loss of son, therapy, accident, dealing with death, death in the family, mystery, parents and children ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
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 6.1
 31K
Bug
Genre: Drama, Horror, Thriller
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 102 min.
Story: A lonely waitress with a tragic past, Agnes rooms in a run-down motel, living in fear of her abusive, recently paroled ex-husband. But when Agnes begins a tentative romance with Peter, an eccentric, nervous drifter, she starts to feel hopeful again ...
Style: psychological, suspenseful, disturbing, mind bending, gloomy ...
Plot: paranoia, obsession, psychosis, delusion, couples, isolated place, conspiracy theory, drugs/alcohol, insanity, psychology, mental illness, losing-it hero ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: oklahoma, usa
Is relevant ?
 7.0
 1K
Ice
Genre: Drama, Musical, Romance, Sport
Country: Russia
Duration: 113 min.
Story: Contemporary Russia. Nadya gives up her dream of becoming a champion figure skater when she is hospitalized with an injury. But then she meets Sasha, a hockey player, who decides to teach her to believe in herself and her dream again.
Style: inspirational, realistic, motivational, romantic, sentimental ...
Plot: sport, relationships, skating, figure skating, women, storytelling, ice, ice hockey
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The Adjustment Bureau
Genre: Romance, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: A man glimpses the future Fate has planned for him – and chooses to fight for his own destiny. Battling the powerful Adjustment Bureau across, under and through the streets of New York, he risks his destined greatness to be with the only woman ...
Style: suspenseful, mind bending, twists and turns, serious, romantic ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: romance, destiny, politics, supernatural, teleportation, chase, fall in love, senator, politician, love story, dystopic future, dancer ...
Time: future, contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa
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 7.6
 57K
Flashforward
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 42 min.
Story: When the entire world blacks out for two minutes and seventeen seconds, everyone sees a flash of their own future 6 months from the present. For some, the future is hopeful, while for others, it is unexpected. For a few, it doesn't seem to ...
Style: mind bending, twists and turns, serious, surreal, stylized ...
Plot: special agents, fbi, investigation, mystery, uncover truth, destiny, hopes, workplace, couple relations, life turned upside down, imaginary, law enforcement ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, near future
Place: los angeles, usa
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 7.4
 14K
Resurrection
Genre: Drama, Fantasy
Country: USA
Duration: 43 min.
Story: Resurrection is an American fantasy drama television series based on the book The Returned by Jason Mott that follows the residents of Arcadia, Missouri, whose lives are upended when their loved ones return from the dead, unaged since their deaths.
Style: serious, atmospheric, captivating, touching, tense ...
Plot: mystery, uncover truth, supernatural, resurrection, investigation, miraculous event, parents and children, haunted by the past, family relations, nobody believes, sheriff, surprising revelation ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, missouri
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 7.9
 1K
Reunion
Genre: Drama, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
Story: Reunion is an American television series that aired on FOX in late 2005. The series was intended to chronicle 20 years in the lives of a group of six high school friends from Bedford, New York, with each episode following one year in the lives of ...
Style: mind bending, serious, realistic, suspenseful
Plot: investigation, reunion, mystery, law enforcement, friends, murder, best friends, mysterious character, haunted by the past, crimes, deadly, high school reunion ...
Time: 1990s
Place: new york, usa
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 7.9
 7K
John Doe
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
Story: John Doe is an American science fiction drama television series that aired on Fox during the 2002–2003 TV season.
Style: mind bending, serious, suspenseful
Plot: amateur detective, mystery, mysterious character, supernatural ability, memory loss, riddles and clues, hidden identity, prodigy, crimes, danger, genius, police ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: seattle, usa, washington state, seattle washington
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 8.2
 596
The Crow Road
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 211 min.
Story: An adaption of Banks's dark novel, whose central character is Prentice McHoan, a young Scots history student. When Prentice's relatives begin to die in spectacular circumstances, and at an alarming rate, he begins to suspect that his ...
Style: mind bending, serious, realistic
Plot: mystery, amateur detective, death in the family, eccentric family, crimes, family relations, uncover truth, missing person, family life, family problems, social relations, family secret ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: scotland
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Persons Unknown
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, Mexico
Duration: 43 min.
Story: Persons Unknown is an American mystery drama television series that revolves around strangers who are imprisoned inside a small ghost town. The thirteen-episode summer series premiered on June 7, 2010 at 10:00 p.m. on NBC. On June 30, NBC moved the ...
Style: mind bending, serious, offbeat, twists and turns, suspenseful ...
Plot: mystery, manipulations, mind game, riddles and clues, confined, dishonesty, mysterious character, survival, captivity, isolation, danger, rivalry ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
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 7.5
 3K
The Boat
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi
Country: Spain
Duration: 75 min.
Story: A global cataclysm, caused by a fatal accident in Geneva (Switzerland) during the implementation of the particle accelerator will lead to the crew and students of the school-ship Polar Star to live the greatest adventure of their lives. Isolated and ...
Style: mind bending, serious, surreal, atmospheric, suspenseful ...
Plot: ship, parents and children, isolation, adventure, confined, mystery, danger, escapades, family relations, chef, boat, morse code ...
Time: 21st century
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TOP 5 movies for each similar tag

mystery
mystery movies
Shutter Island 2010
8.1
Before I Go to Sleep 2014
6.3
Mulholland Drive 2001
8.0
Blue Velvet 1986
7.8
Gone Girl 2014
8.1
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who done it
who done it movies
True Detective 2014
9.0
Psych 2006
8.4
Midsomer Murders 1997
7.8
Twin Peaks 1990
8.8
Urban Legends: Final Cut 2000
4.2
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twists and turns
twists and turns movies
Fight Club 1999
8.8
Shutter Island 2010
8.1
Black Mirror 2011
8.9
Mulholland Drive 2001
8.0
The Game 1997
7.8
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psychological
psychological movies
Shutter Island 2010
8.1
The Game 1997
7.8
Inception 2010
8.8
Mulholland Drive 2001
8.0
The Sixth Sense 1999
8.1
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investigation
investigation movies
Deja Vu 2006
7.1
Sherlock 2010
9.2
Changeling 2008
7.8
The Nice Guys 2016
7.4
The Silence of the Lambs 1991
8.6
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riddles and clues
riddles and clues movies
Sherlock Holmes 2009
7.6
Murder, She Wrote 1984
6.9
Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows 2011
7.5
Nine Dead 2010
5.5
Lie to Me 2009
8.0
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amateur detective
amateur detective movies
The Adventures of Tintin 2011
7.3
Blue Velvet 1986
7.8
Murder, She Wrote 1984
6.9
Scooby Doo, Where Are You! 1969
7.9
Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated 2010
8.0
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scary
scary movies
The Conjuring 2013
7.5
The Blair Witch Project 1999
6.4
Silent Hill 2006
6.6
American Horror Story 2011
8.1
Castle Freak 1995
5.9
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