Confusing movies and TV shows

The list contains the best, new and most relevant confusing movies ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out confusing, interesting, clever, twists and turns, complex and thought provoking films and TV shows about / with storytelling, mentor, murder, flashback, mystery, death, secrets, dialogue, identity and paranoia plots mostly in Thriller, Mystery and Drama genres shot in USA, UK, Germany and other countries.
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confusing movies
TOP 10 movies tagged as confusing: Shutter Island (2010), Memento (2000), Predestination (2014), Mr. Nobody (2009), Triangle (2009), The Prestige (2006), Looper (2012), Primer (2004), Loki (2021), Stay (2005).

List of confusing movies

 8.2
 1.3M
Shutter Island (2010)
Genre: Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 138 min.
Story: 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.
Style: psychological, twists and turns, surprise ending, twist ending, suspenseful ...
Plot: investigation, mental institution, mystery, insanity, paranoia, mental illness, psychology, island, uncover truth, hallucination, psychiatrist, isolation ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, year 1945, year 1952, year 1954 ...
Place: boston
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 8.4
 1.2M
Memento (2000)
Genre: Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 113 min.
Story: 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 ...
Style: psychological, surprise ending, neo noir, twist ending, confusing ...
Plot: mystery, memory loss, amnesia, revenge, paranoia, haunted by the past, uncover truth, murder, manipulation, vengeance, life is a bitch, schizophrenic ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 2000s
Place: usa, los angeles, california
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 7.4
 276K
Predestination (2014)
Genre: Action, Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: Australia, USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: 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 ...
Style: twists and turns, clever, surprise ending, mind bending, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: time travel, time paradox, time loop, time machine, changing the past or future, mission, sent to the past, mysterious character, destiny, terrorism, secret organization, special agents ...
Time: 20th century, year 1970, year 1945, year 1992, year 1985 ...
Place: usa, new york, cleveland ohio
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 7.8
 230K
Mr. Nobody (2009)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Romance, Sci-Fi
Country: Belgium, Germany, Canada, France, UK, Luxembourg, USA
Duration: 141 min.
Story: 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.
Style: philosophical, mind bending, surreal, thought provoking, psychological ...
Audience: date night
Plot: depression, destiny, surrealism, alternate reality, life changing experience, utopia, philosophy, parallel world, love and romance, teenage love, time, death ...
Time: future, 21st century, 20th century, year 1975
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 6.9
 113K
Triangle (2009)
Genre: Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: UK, Australia
Duration: 99 min.
Story: The story revolves around the passengers of a yachting trip in the Atlantic Ocean who, when struck by mysterious weather conditions, jump to another ship only to experience greater havoc on the open seas.
Style: psychological, twists and turns, surprise ending, twist ending, suspenseful ...
Audience: date night, teens
Plot: time loop, ship, isolation, ocean, supernatural, time travel, storm, bermuda triangle, masked killer, insanity, escapades, nightmare ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 1930s, 20th century, 2000s ...
Place: florida, miami, caribbean
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 8.5
 1.3M
The Prestige (2006)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 130 min.
Story: A mysterious story of two magicians whose intense rivalry leads them on a life-long battle for supremacy -- full of obsession, deceit and jealousy with dangerous and deadly consequences.
Style: twists and turns, twist ending, surprise ending, captivating, psychological ...
Plot: obsession, rivalry, uninhibited rivalry, deception, magic trick, illusion, teleportation, secrets, magic, secret, magical, illusionist ...
Time: victorian era, 19th century, 20th century, 1890s
Place: london, england, europe, colorado
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 7.4
 566K
Looper (2012)
Genre: Action, Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 119 min.
Story: In the futuristic action thriller Looper, time travel will be invented but it will be illegal and only available on the black market. When the mob wants to get rid of someone, they will send their target 30 years into the past where a looper, a ...
Style: futuristic, mind bending, thought provoking, neo noir, tense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: time travel, time loop, time paradox, changing the past or future, hitman, destiny, sent to the past, tragedy, escape, on the run, assassin, self sacrifice ...
Time: future, 21st century, 2040s
Place: usa, kansas, shanghai
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 6.8
 105K
Primer (2004)
Genre: Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 77 min.
Story: Friends and fledgling entrepreneurs invent a device in their garage which reduces the apparent mass of any object placed inside it, but they discover that it has some highly unexpected capabilities - ones that could enable them to do and to have ...
Style: philosophical, confusing, mind bending, surreal, intellectual ...
Plot: time travel, inventor, changing the past or future, time machine, parallel universe, time loop, experiment gone awry, time traveler, paradox, mistrust, identity crisis, science ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, future
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 8.2
 277K
Loki (2021)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
TV show
Story: The mercurial villain Loki resumes his role as the God of Mischief following the events of "Avengers: Endgame".
Style: confusing, enigmatic, stylized, entertaining, exciting ...
Plot: super villain, norse mythology, sorcerer, multiverse, god, supernatural power, super powers, magical power, alien planet, good versus evil, alien, superhuman powers ...
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 6.7
 79K
Stay (2005)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Psychiatrist Sam Foster has a new patient, Henry Letham, who claims to be suicidal. In trying to diagnose him, Sam visits Henry's prior therapist and also finds Henry's mother -- even though Henry has said that he murdered both of his ...
Style: psychological, surreal, surprise ending, confusing, twists and turns ...
Plot: suicide attempt, suicide, psychiatrist, mentally unstable, doctors and patients, unfulfillment, mental institution, obsession, mystery, patient, mental illness, guilt ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new york, usa, new jersey
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 7.2
 124K
Coherence (2013)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 89 min.
Story: On the night a comet is passing near Earth, eight friends at a dinner party experience a troubling chain of reality bending events. When the power goes out, they discover that the only house on the street left with power also holds many secrets.
Style: mind bending, suspenseful, psychological, twists and turns, tense ...
Plot: parallel world, alternate reality, disorder, dinner party, quantum physics, friends, time loop, confinement indoors, parallel universe, comet, asteroids and comets, isolation ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, los angeles
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The Usual Suspects (1995)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 106 min.
Story: Held in an L.A. interrogation room, Verbal Kint attempts to convince the feds that a mythic crime lord, Keyser Soze, not only exists, but was also responsible for drawing him and his four partners into a multi-million dollar heist that ended with an ...
Style: neo noir, twists and turns, surprise ending, twist ending, confusing ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: master criminal, crimes, heist, interrogation, manipulation, mysterious character, dishonesty, theft, criminal, mystery, criminal heroes, organized crime ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 80s, year 1981
Place: manhattan new york city, los angeles, turkey, new york, hungary
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 8.0
 608K
Twelve Monkeys (1995)
Genre: Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 129 min.
Story: In the year 2035, convict James Cole reluctantly volunteers to be sent back in time to discover the origin of a deadly virus that wiped out nearly all of the earth's population and forced the survivors into underground communities. But when ...
Style: psychological, non-linear, surreal, atmospheric, cerebral ...
Plot: time travel, post apocalypse, paranoia, insanity, alternate reality, apocalypse, save the world, time loop, plague, social misfits, psychology, changing the past or future ...
Time: future, 90s, 21st century, 20th century, 2030s ...
Place: philadelphia, baltimore, usa
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The Butterfly Effect (2004)
Genre: Drama, 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: psychological, mind bending, philosophical, non-linear, dramatic ...
Plot: time travel, changing the past or future, life philosophy, time loop, child abuse, supernatural ability, psychology, suicide, alternate reality, memory, bully, destiny ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, future
Place: usa
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The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance (2019)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Family, Fantasy
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: Return to the world of Thra, where three Gelfling discover the horrifying secret behind the Skeksis' power and set out to ignite the fires of rebellion and save their world.
Style: confusing, atmospheric, exciting, captivating, colourful ...
Audience: family outing, teens
Plot: fantasy world, resistance, good versus evil, puppetry, power struggle, clan, magic, crystal, muppets, puppet, castle, emperor ...
Time: 2010s
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 7.4
 359K
Cloud Atlas (2012)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi
Country: USA, Germany, Hong Kong, Singapore, China
Duration: 172 min.
Story: 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. ...
Style: thought provoking, psychological, atmospheric, enigmatic, surreal ...
Plot: life philosophy, reincarnation, destiny, dystopic future, distopia, human nature, death, life & death, karma, wisdom of life, multiple storylines, love and romance ...
Time: future, 1930s, 20th century, 21st century, 19th century ...
Place: san francisco, hawaii, seoul, south korea
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 7.6
 198K
Dark City (1998)
Genre: Fantasy, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: Australia, USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: A man struggles with memories of his past, including a wife he cannot remember, in a nightmarish world with no sun and run by beings with telekinetic powers who seek the souls of humans.
Style: neo noir, mind bending, gothic, psychological, atmospheric ...
Plot: distopia, investigation, future dystopia, memory, alien race, evil alien, manipulation, memory loss, alternate reality, cyberpunk, sleeping, nightmare ...
Time: future, 1940s
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 8.7
 1.9M
The Matrix (1999)
Genre: Action, Sci-Fi
Country: USA, Australia
Duration: 136 min.
Story: Set in the 22nd century, The Matrix tells the story of a computer hacker who joins a group of underground insurgents fighting the vast and powerful computers who now rule the earth.
Style: mind bending, thought provoking, philosophical, cerebral, intense ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: artificial intelligence, distopia, cyberpunk, alternate reality, chosen one, existentialism, future dystopia, philosophy, virtual reality, hacker, man versus machine, mentor ...
Time: future, 90s, 21st century, 20th century, 22nd century
Place: los angeles
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 7.7
 381K
The Machinist (2004)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: Spain, France, UK, USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: The Machinist is the story of Trevor Reznik, a lathe-operator who is dying of insomnia. In a machine shop, occupational hazards are bad enough under normal circumstances; yet for Trevor the risks are compounded by fatigue. Trevor has lost the ...
Style: psychological, bleak, mind bending, twist ending, surprise ending ...
Plot: insomnia, insanity, mysterious character, uncover truth, obsession, paranoia, losing-it hero, life is a bitch, torment, hallucination, layoff, hit and run ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: los angeles, usa
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 6.4
 63K
Basic (2003)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Germany, USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: A DEA agent investigates the disappearance of a legendary Army ranger drill sergeant and several of his cadets during a training exercise gone severely awry.
Style: surprise ending, twists and turns, twist ending, realistic, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: army investigation, corruption, military, murder, jungle, crimes, mind game, military base, military life, swat team, rivalry, law enforcement ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: panama
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 7.3
 242K
Identity (2003)
Genre: Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Complete strangers stranded at a remote desert motel during a raging storm soon find themselves the target of a deranged murderer. As their numbers thin out, the travelers begin to turn on each other, as each tries to figure out who the killer is.
Style: twist ending, mind bending, suspenseful, surprise ending, scary ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: serial killer, murder mystery, mystery, characters killed one by one, stranded, dissociative identity disorder, psychology, split personality, psychiatrist, motel, psycho, investigation ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: usa, nevada, florida
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 8.8
 2.3M
Inception (2010)
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: psychological, mind bending, clever, cerebral, surreal ...
Plot: parallel world, mind control, alternate reality, subconscious, virtual reality, life philosophy, fantasy world, teamwork, existentialism, fictional reality, manipulation, psychological manipulation ...
Time: 2010s, near future
Place: japan, paris france, los angeles, new york, sydney australia ...
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Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK, France, Germany, USA
Duration: 127 min.
Story: In the bleak days of the Cold War, espionage veteran George Smiley is forced from semi-retirement to uncover a Soviet mole within his former colleagues at the heart of MI6.
Style: tense, bleak, non-linear, atmospheric, clever ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: espionage, cold war, spy, british intelligence, double agent, government agency, investigation, mole, betrayal, kgb, secret service, torture ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: europe, budapest, england, hungary, istanbul turkey ...
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 7.1
 307K
Deja Vu (2006)
Genre: Action, Crime, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 126 min.
Story: Called in to recover evidence in the aftermath of a horrific explosion on a New Orleans ferry, Federal agent Doug Carlin gets pulled away from the scene and taken to a top-secret government lab that uses a time-shifting surveillance device to help ...
Style: twists and turns, suspenseful, exciting, tricky, confusing ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: time travel, time loop, investigation, deja vu, changing the past or future, police investigation, terrorism, special agents, foreknowledge, alternate timeline, destiny, patriotism ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s, future
Place: new orleans, usa, louisiana
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 6.8
 268K
1408 (2007)
Genre: Fantasy, Horror, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: A man who specializes in debunking paranormal occurrences checks into the fabled room 1408 in the Dolphin Hotel. Soon after settling in, he confronts genuine terror.
Style: scary, suspense, psychological, suspenseful, twists and turns ...
Plot: evil, ghost, survival, fear, haunted house, isolation, insanity, trapped, supernatural, hotel, hallucination, paranormal activity ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, los angeles
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 6.4
 23K
Anna (2013)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: Spain, USA, UK, France
Duration: 99 min.
Story: A man with the ability to enter peoples' memories takes on the case of a brilliant, troubled sixteen-year-old girl to determine whether she is a sociopath or a victim of trauma.
Style: mind bending, twists and turns, suspenseful, psychological, twist ending ...
Plot: manipulation, mystery, haunted by the past, uncover truth, mind game, crimes, life is a bitch, dishonesty, brutality, life philosophy, murder, psychic power ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, california, spain, new jersey
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 7.6
 366K
Inside Man (2006)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 129 min.
Story: Bank robber Dalton Russell enters a Manhattan bank, locks the doors and takes hostages, working methodically and without haste. Detective Frazier is assigned to negotiate, but his mind is occupied with the corruption charges he is facing. With an ...
Style: tricky, clever, tense, suspenseful, enigmatic ...
Plot: heist, bank robbery, master criminal, perfect crime, hostage, robbery, bank, strategy, police detective, thief, crimes, swat team ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: new york, manhattan new york city, usa
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My Life Is Murder (2019)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama, Mystery
Country: Australia
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: Investigator Alexa Crowe, cannot help fighting the good fight – whether it is solving murders or combatting the small frustrations of everyday life. Fearless and unapologetic, Alexa's unique skills and insights into the darker quirks of human ...
Style: non-linear, light, confusing, colourful, captivating ...
Audience: chick flick, girls' night
Plot: female detective, crime investigation, murder investigation, investigator, investigation, secrets, murder mystery, unsolved crime, private investigation, escapades, uncover truth, secret ...
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The Thirteenth Floor (1999)
Genre: Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Computer scientist Hannon Fuller has discovered something extremely important. He's about to tell the discovery to his colleague, Douglas Hall, but knowing someone is after him, the old man leaves a letter in his computer generated parallel ...
Style: mind bending, atmospheric, intellectual, twist ending, neo noir ...
Plot: parallel world, virtual reality, alternate reality, cyberspace, cyberpunk, computer system, technology gone awry, uncover truth, deception, time travel, protagonist as suspect, distopia ...
Time: 90s, future, 1930s, 20th century, near future ...
Place: los angeles, usa
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 8.8
 2.0M
Fight Club (1999)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 139 min.
Story: 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 ...
Style: twists and turns, surprise ending, twist ending, mind bending, thought provoking ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: nihilism, split personality, self destructing, fighting the system, insomnia, social decay, life philosophy, dark humor, losing-it hero, paranoia, against the rules, insanity ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: delaware, usa
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