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10 Must-Watch Mind Puzzling Movies Like The Inception

Updated on June 7, 2017
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Inception is a 2010 science fiction heist thriller film written, co-produced, and directed by Christopher Nolan, and co-produced by Emma Thomas. The film stars Leonardo DiCaprio as a professional thief who steals information by infiltrating the subconscious, and is offered a chance to have his criminal history erased as payment for a seemingly impossible task: "inception", the implantation of another person's idea into a target's subconscious.

Inception (2010)
Inception (2010)

After the 2002 completion of Insomnia, Nolan presented to Warner Bros. a written 80-page treatment about a horror film envisioning "dream stealers" based on lucid dreaming. Emphasizing on professional-scale experience, Nolan retired the project and instead worked on 2005's Batman Begins, 2006's The Prestige, and The Dark Knight in 2008. The treatment was revised over 6 months and was purchased by Warner in February 2009. Inception was filmed in six countries, beginning in Tokyo in June 19 and ending in Canada in November 22. Its official budget was US$160 million, split between Warner Bros and Legendary. Nolan's reputation and success with The Dark Knight helped secure the film's $100 million in advertising expenditure.

Below is the list of 10 best must watch movies like The Inception.

Shutter Island (2010)

DIRECTOR:

Martin Scorsese

WRITER:

Laeta Kalogridis, Dennis Lehane

STARS:

Leonardo DiCaprio, Emily Mortimer, Mark Ruffalo

PLOT SUMMARY:

In 1954, two U.S. Marshals – Edward "Teddy" Daniels and his new partner, Chuck Aule – travel to the Ashecliffe Hospital for the criminally insane on Shutter Island located in Boston Harbor. They are investigating the disappearance of patient Rachel Solando, who was incarcerated for drowning her three children. Their only clue is a cryptic note found hidden in Solando's room: "The law of 4; who is 67?" They arrive just before a storm hits, preventing their return to the mainland for a few days.

Fight Club (1999)

DIRECTOR:

David Fincher

WRITER:

Chuck Palahniuk (novel), Jim Uhls (screenplay)

STARS:

Brad Pitt, Edward Norton, Meat Loaf

PLOT SUMMARY:

The unnamed Narrator (Edward Norton) is a traveling automobile recall specialist who suffers from insomnia. When he is unsuccessful at receiving medical assistance for it, the admonishing doctor suggests he realize his relatively small amount of suffering by visiting a support group for testicular cancer victims. The group assumes that he, too, is affected like they are, and he spontaneously weeps into the nurturing arms of another man, finding a freedom from the catharsis that relieves his insomnia. He decides to participate in support groups of various kinds, always allowing the groups to assume that he suffers what they do. However, he begins to notice another impostor, Marla Singer (Helena Bonham Carter), whose presence reminds him that he is attending these groups dishonestly, and this disturbs his bliss. The two negotiate to avoid their attending the same groups, but, before going their separate ways, Marla gives him her phone number.

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.

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 Prestige (2006)

DIRECTOR:

Christopher Nolan

WRITER:

Jonathan Nolan, Christopher Nolan

STARS:

Christian Bale, Hugh Jackman, Scarlett Johansson

PLOT SUMMARY:

Two magicians who used to be partners' battle over years in order to create a flawless method for the ultimate disappearing trick, "the Transported Man", turns into an informal war between them and soon, they will do anything to be able to preform the trick sooner and better than the other; which as time passes makes their friends and loved ones get away from them and little-by-little destroys their lives until they eventually succeed to preform the trick- each by a very different way.

The Usual Suspects (1995)

DIRECTOR:

Bryan Singer

WRITER:

Christopher McQuarrie

STARS:

Kevin Spacey, Gabriel Byrne, Chazz Palminteri

PLOT SUMMARY:

After a number of people are killed and a cargo ship set on fire, Roger 'Verbal' Kint is questioned by U.S. Customs Agent Dave Kujan. Reluctant at first, Verbal begins to tell them what happened starting with when he met four men, all criminals, sharing a holding cell for a few hours. Together, they join forces to successfully hijack a jewel shipment and head to Los Angeles to lay low. There they are contacted by a lawyer, Kobayashi, representing the much-feared international criminal Keyser Söze who wants them to do a job for him. The result is the attack on the cargo ship. Verbal refuses to give evidence in the case and is set free. Only then does Kujan realize what's really happened.

Donnie Darko (2001)

DIRECTOR:

Richard Kelly

WRITER:

Richard Kelly

STARS:

Jake Gyllenhaal, Jena Malone, Mary McDonnell

PLOT SUMMARY:

Donnie Darko doesn't get along too well with his family, his teachers and his classmates; but he does manage to find a sympathetic friend in Gretchen, who agrees to date him. He has a compassionate psychiatrist, who discovers hypnosis is the means to unlock hidden secrets. His other companion may not be a true ally. Donnie has a friend named Frank - a large bunny which only Donnie can see. When an engine falls off a plane and destroys his bedroom, Donnie is not there. Both the event, and Donnie's escape, seem to have been caused by supernatural events. Donnie's mental illness, if such it is, may never allow him to find out for sure.

Se7en (1995)

DIRECTOR:

David Fincher

WRITER:

Andrew Kevin Walker

STARS:

Morgan Freeman, Brad Pitt, Kevin Spacey

PLOT SUMMARY:

A film about two homicide detectives' (Morgan Freeman and Brad Pitt) desperate hunt for a serial killer who justifies his crimes as absolution for the world's ignorance of the Seven Deadly Sins. The movie takes us from the tortured remains of one victim to the next as the sociopathic "John Doe" sermonizes to Detectives Somerset and Mills -- one sin at a time. The sin of Gluttony comes first and the murderer's terrible capacity is graphically demonstrated in the dark and subdued tones characteristic of film noir. The seasoned and cultured but jaded Somerset researches the Seven Deadly Sins in an effort to understand the killer's modus operandi while the bright but green and impulsive Detective Mills (Pitt) scoffs at his efforts to get inside the mind of a killer.

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)

DIRECTOR:

Michel Gondry

WRITER:

Charlie Kaufman, Michel Gondry, Pierre Bismuth, Charlie Kaufman

STARS:

Jim Carrey, Kate Winslet, Tom Wilkinson

PLOT SUMMARY:

Joel is stunned to discover that his girlfriend Clementine has had her memories of their tumultuous relationship erased. Out of desperation, he contracts the inventor of the process, Dr. Howard Mierzwaik, to have Clementine removed from his own memory. But as Joel's memories progressively disappear, he begins to rediscover their earlier passion. From deep within the recesses of his brain, Joel attempts to escape the procedure. As Dr. Mierzwiak and his crew chase him through the maze of his memories, it's clear that Joel just can't get her out of his head.

A Beautiful Mind (2001)

DIRECTOR:

Ron Howard

WRITER:

Akiva Goldsman, Sylvia Nasar

STARS:

Russell Crowe, Ed Harris, Jennifer Connelly

PLOT SUMMARY:

At Princeton University, John Nash struggles to make a worthwhile contribution to serve as his legacy to the world of mathematics. He finally makes a revolutionary breakthrough that will eventually earn him the Nobel Prize. After graduate school he turns to teaching, becoming romantically involved with his student Alicia. Meanwhile the government asks his help with breaking Soviet codes, which soon gets him involved in a terrifying conspiracy plot. Nash grows more and more paranoid until a discovery that turns his entire world upside down. Now it is only with Alicia's help that he will be able to recover his mental strength and regain his status as the great mathematician we know him as today.

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    • Sam Dreiberg profile image
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      Sam Dreiberg 6 months ago from India

      Thanks Nadine.. You must watch Inception.. It's a masterpiece..

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      Nadine May 6 months ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      Thanks for the film reviews. I,m going to get Inception...seems like my kind of movie?

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      Sam Dreiberg 6 months ago from India

      Thanks Ashish. Appreciate the comment.

    • Ashish Dadgaa profile image

      Ashish Dadgaa 6 months ago

      @Sam Dreiberg,

      Excellent work Sam.