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10 Mind-Blowing Movies Like "Inception"

Updated on June 7, 2017
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A spectacular fantasy thriller, Inception (2010) is a masterpiece by Nolan. It is rumoured that Nolan spent 10 years on writing the script for Inception and boy! did he do justice to that. An action blockbuster with excellent narration topped with first-class film making and amazing acting, it is one of the best movies of the 21st century.

Inception (2010)
Inception (2010)

Nolan combined elements from several different film genres into the film, notably science fiction, heist film, and film noir. And as any cocktail does, this one blew our minds as well. Not only Nolan left the movie open-ended, but the twists and various levels of dreams left everyone awestruck.

Below is the list of 10 best must watch mind-blowing movies like Inception.

Fight Club (1999)

DIRECTOR:

David Fincher

WRITER:

Chuck Palahniuk (novel), Jim Uhls (screenplay)

STARS:

Brad Pitt, Edward Norton, Meat Loaf

PLOT SUMMARY:

A nameless first person narrator (Edward Norton) attends support groups in attempt to subdue his emotional state and relieve his insomniac state. When he meets Marla (Helena Bonham Carter), another fake attendee of support groups, his life seems to become a little more bearable. However when he associates himself with Tyler (Brad Pitt) he is dragged into an underground fight club and soap making scheme. Together the two men spiral out of control and engage in competitive rivalry for love and power. When the narrator is exposed to the hidden agenda of Tyler's fight club, he must accept the awful truth that Tyler may not be who he says he is.

Source Code (2011)

DIRECTOR:

Duncan Jones

WRITER:

Ben Ripley

STARS:

Jake Gyllenhaal, Michelle Monaghan, Vera Farmiga

PLOT SUMMARY:

A man, believing that he is Captain Colter Stevens, awakens at 07:40 on a commuter train bound for Chicago, feeling agitated as he has no idea how he got there since he believes he should be in Afghanistan in his job as a military helicopter pilot. What's more, he is sitting across from a woman who knows him as teacher Sean Fentress. Looking in a mirror and checking his wallet for ID, he sees that he has indeed assumed Fentress' body. Exactly eight minutes after he woke up and just as the train enters Chicago, a massive bomb explodes on the train killing everyone aboard. Next he knows, he is again Captain Colter Stevens, is strapped into a chair in a capsule, and is communicating via video link to Captain Goodwin, who reminds him that he is working on an experimental project, code named Beleaguered Castle. His current mission is to find the bomb aboard the train so that he can discover the identity of the bomber. He will be sent back to the time he awoke as Sean Fentress again and again only for those eight minutes, each time gathering more information until he discovers the bomber's identity. As he reluctantly works on this mission - reluctant in that he still believes he should be in Afghanistan - he tries to find out the underlying reason for the project, since he will learn that all aboard the train have died and will regardless, and why he was chosen for the project. As he finds out more and more, he has his own missions which may be contrary to what Goodwin and the project's architect, Rutledge, have in mind.

Shutter Island (2010)

DIRECTOR:

Martin Scorsese

WRITER:

Laeta Kalogridis, Dennis Lehane

STARS:

Leonardo DiCaprio, Emily Mortimer, Mark Ruffalo

PLOT SUMMARY:

Federal Marshall Teddy Daniels and his new partner Chuck Aule travel to a government-run mental institution for the criminally insane on Shutter Island, near Boston, when there is a report that one of the prisoners has gone missing. Daniels has his own reasons for wanting to get to the island and carries baggage of his own. He is still traumatised from what he saw when his army unit liberated one of the Nazi concentration camps at the end of World War II and is still haunted by the more recent death in a fire of his wife. The head of the hospital, Dr. John Cawley, treats him alright but others give the agents a less than warm reception. Daniels particularly wants to find out what is going on in one of the wards, reserved for the most serious offenders. As Daniels begins to peal away the layers of deceit, it becomes obvious that not all is as it seems.

Gone Girl (2014)

DIRECTOR:

David Fincher

WRITER:

Gillian Flynn

STARS:

Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike, Neil Patrick Harris

PLOT SUMMARY:

Nick Dunne, a small town guy who made good in the big city as a magazine writer blames the recession and the loss of his job for the decline of his marriage to his intellectually superior wife with a substantial trust fund. Questions of his motives and character begin to arise after his wife's disappearance on the morning of their fifth anniversary. As the search for his missing wife plays out over the ensuing days, guilty suspicions are fueled into a national frenzy by the media circus camped outside his house. Is this idyllic, everyman truly capable of murdering his wife?

Interstellar (2014)

DIRECTOR:

Christopher Nolan

WRITER:

Jonathan Nolan, Christopher Nolan

STARS:

Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain

PLOT SUMMARY:

In the near future around the American Midwest, Cooper an ex-science engineer and pilot, is tied to his farming land with his daughter Murph and son Tom. As devastating sandstorms ravage earths crops, the people of Earth realize their life here is coming to an end as food begins to run out. Eventually stumbling upon a NASA base near Cooper's home, he is asked to go on a daring mission with a few other scientists into a wormhole because of Cooper's scientific intellect and ability to pilot aircraft unlike the other crew members. In order to find a new home while Earth decays, Cooper must decide to either stay, or risk never seeing his children again in order to save the human race by finding another habitable planet.

The Butterfly Effect (2004)

DIRECTOR:

Eric Bress, J. Mackye Gruber

WRITER:

J. Mackye Gruber, Eric Bress

STARS:

Ashton Kutcher, Amy Smart, Melora Walters

PLOT SUMMARY:

Evan Treborn grows up in a small town with his single, working mother and his friends. He suffers from memory blackouts where he suddenly finds himself somewhere else, confused. Evan's friends and mother hardly believe him, thinking he makes it up just to get out of trouble. As Evan grows up he has fewer of these blackouts until he seems to have recovered. Since the age of seven he has written a diary of his blackout moments so he can remember what happens. One day at college he starts to read one of his old diaries, and suddenly a flashback hits him like a brick!

Memento (2000)

DIRECTOR:

Christopher Nolan

WRITER:

Christopher Nolan, Jonathan Nolan

STARS:

Guy Pearce, Carrie-Anne Moss, Joe Pantoliano

PLOT SUMMARY:

A memory inside a memory, Memento is a complicated head spinning adventure. Leonard is determined to avenge his wife's murder. However, unable to remember anything that happens day-to-day due to a condition he sustained, short term memory loss, he has to write himself note after note that still don't mean anything after he falls asleep. The film goes back in time to reveal each little bit of the puzzle as he tries to find out the person who killed his wife and makes the audience feel just as confused as he is. The narrative closely follows a phone call Pearce has in which he talks about Sammy Jankis a former client of his who he believed had the same condition. The film takes an unexpected twist as the two characters have a lot more in common than is initially put across.

The Matrix (1999)

DIRECTOR:

Lana Wachowski ,Lilly Wachowski

WRITER:

Lilly Wachowsk ,Lana Wachowski

STARS:

Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne, Carrie-Anne Moss

PLOT SUMMARY:

Thomas A. Anderson is a man living two lives. By day he is an average computer programmer and by night a hacker known as Neo. Neo has always questioned his reality, but the truth is far beyond his imagination. Neo finds himself targeted by the police when he is contacted by Morpheus, a legendary computer hacker branded a terrorist by the government. Morpheus awakens Neo to the real world, a ravaged wasteland where most of humanity have been captured by a race of machines that live off of the humans' body heat and electrochemical energy and who imprison their minds within an artificial reality known as the Matrix. As a rebel against the machines, Neo must return to the Matrix and confront the agents: super-powerful computer programs devoted to snuffing out Neo and the entire human rebellion.

The Usual Suspects (1995)

DIRECTOR:

Bryan Singer

WRITER:

Christopher McQuarrie

STARS:

Kevin Spacey, Gabriel Byrne, Chazz Palminteri

PLOT SUMMARY:

After a waterfront explosion, Verbal, an eye-witness and participant tells the story of events leading up to the conflagration. The story begins when five men are rounded up for a line-up, and grilled about a truck hijacking (the usual suspects). Least pleased is Keaton: a crooked cop - exposed, indicted, but now desperately trying to go straight. The cops won't leave him alone, however, and as they wait for their lawyers to post bail, he is talked into doing one more job with the other four. All goes tolerably well until the influence of the legendary, seemingly omnipotent "Keyser Söze" is felt. Although set in the modern day, it has much of the texture of the forties, plus suspense, intrigue (a fairly high body count), and lots of twists in the plot.

Looper (2012)

DIRECTOR:

Rian Johnson

WRITER:

Rian Johnson

STARS:

Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Bruce Willis, Emily Blunt

PLOT SUMMARY:

Joe is classified as a "looper", a job in which his employers use time travel to send men from the future to be killed into the past, where Joe can properly dispose of their bodies. However, to tie up loose ends and erase the evidence of his ever being a looper, Joe knows that one day his future self will be sent back for him to kill. When this day comes, Joe's future self is prepared and escapes, and the two men struggle separately in the past trying to evade capture and attempting to fulfill their own personal agendas.

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      Mstr Gusain 10 days ago

      I have seen all movies in list .inception is my best one in list but i likeç shawshank redemption mostly.

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      Laura Smith 10 days ago from Pittsburgh, PA

      I'm on it. :)

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      Sam Dreiberg 2 weeks ago from India

      oh.. you got to check out usual suspects.. it is one of my all-time favs..

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      Laura Smith 2 weeks ago from Pittsburgh, PA

      Good list. The only one I haven't seen is The Usual Suspects, mostly because the ending has been spoiled several times in other movie lists, but I have been meaning to check it out.

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      Sam Dreiberg 2 months ago from India

      Thanks Larry..

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      Larry Rankin 2 months ago from Oklahoma

      Interesting list.