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9 Mind-Bending Movies Like "Fight Club" Everyone Should Check Out

Updated on October 15, 2018
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Rahul is a movie addict who can never get enough of good films. His all time favorites are Inception, 12 Angry Men, and Scarface.

Fight Club is one of those movies that demands all your attention if you want to get the hang of everything. The subtle clues it leaves behind for the audience to figure out feels like a puzzle. When you finally figure it out on your own, it feels like a victory.

It toys with you all the time, making you think that you’re in the driver’s seat, only to surprise you with clever twists along the way. If you’ve already watched it, take a look at some more movies like Fight Club.

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The Game

When a wealthy businessman gets a strange gift from his brother on his 48th birthday, strange events start occurring around him, turning his life upside down. He starts suspecting that people are conspiring against him. Can he get a grip on the situation before it’s too late?

As the story progresses further, you’ll realize it’s not as straightforward as it appears. The plot is filled with breathtaking twists and turns along the way that’ll make you want to pause the movie a few times to let it all sink in. Just when you think you know everything, it throws you off balance with an unexpected turn in the story.

With a balanced mix of drama, humor, and suspense, The Game cements its place as one of the best movies like Fight Club. It’s a roller-coaster ride from the beginning till the credits roll. Don't miss out on this gem.

Donnie Darko

The story follows a troubled teenager, Donnie, who is haunted by a mysterious man in a bunny costume. Eventually, he becomes convinced that the world will cease to exist in 28 days and he is the only one who can save the day. Is it really happening? Does this kid need psychiatric help?

How do you explain a movie like Donnie Darko in just a few words? You don’t see films like that made every day. In this day and age where brain-dead movies pop up left and right, a film like Donnie Darko is a breath of fresh air. It compels you to think about what just happened on screen. The twisted plotline will infuriate you in the beginning, but once you pull all the pieces together, you won’t be cursing this movie anymore.

Donnie Darko is not for everyone. For some people, the plot makes sense on every level. For others, though, it might seem like just another absurd teen flick. If you don't like the first 20 minutes of this film, it's pretty likely that the rest of it will disappoint you. Give it a shot and see if it works for you.

Die-hard fans have developed their own intriguing theories about this movie. Once you finish watching it, you should take a look at those various interpretations, and maybe, add your own.


Shutter Island

The story follows two US marshals, Teddy Daniels and Chuck Aule, on a hunt for a patient who escaped from an asylum located on a remote island. Teddy suspects that there is a huge conspiracy going on. He sees things that others don’t, which leads him to investigate further. He finally uncovers the ugly truth, and it’s not what he’d expected.

He knows that things aren’t as they seem, but can’t quite put the finger on what exactly is wrong with the place. On the other hand, the vivid dreams of his smoldering wife haunt him to this date. Is there some connection between her death and the island? As the plot changes gears, the secrets of the asylum are uncovered.

Love it or hate it; you can’t deny how mind-messing this movie is. It toys with you right from the get-go, leading you to believe in its story, only to tear it apart by itself. If you love mindfuck movies, you;d love what Shutter Island bring to the table.

I’d recommend you watch this movie at least twice. The second time will be a treat as you’ll be able to see things from a different viewpoint.

Inception

The story follows a team of thieves in the near future who use dream-sharing technology to enter people’s mind and steal their ideas. They get their job done in a professional manner and get paid for it.

When they get a troublesome task from a client they can’t turn down, they decide to do it for the last time and retire once and for all. The job is to plant an idea instead of stealing one, which would require them to go deeper into the depths of a dream. Messing it up could mean being stuck in the dream state for all eternity. Knowing all the risks, they still go ahead with it. Will they come out alive?

No amount of plot details can spoil this movie. You can’t, even if you want to. If you’ve read the description and have presumed that you already know the story, think again. Even when you know the plot details in advance, you'll understand everything only when you've watched it at least once. It’s going to blow your mind with attention to the particulars in a multi-layered story.

The story moves pretty swiftly from one phase to another, which certainly helps with the immersion. You’ll be hard-pressed to find anything wrong with the plot. Apparently, Nolan took more than ten years to come up the script of this movie. It was bound to be flawless.

Watching Inception for the first time can be overwhelming. If you feel like understanding the storyline better, watch this masterpiece again, preferably with your friends.

Office Space

Have you ever worked at a place that you hated with passion? If you’re one of those people who’ve worked in an unhealthy, hostile environment, you’d love the story of Office Space as you'll relate to at least some part of the story.

The plot revolves around three company workers who band together and make a remarkable plan to extort money from their company. One thing leads to another, and before they know, everything goes haywire.

Throw in a fascinating story and some dark humor, and it makes for one of the most underrated satires of all time. It feels more like a documentary than a movie. Office Space is hilarious from start to finish. Don’t miss out on it.

Being John Malkovich

A street entertainer takes up a job at a strange place where ceilings are so low one has to crouch down to pass by. His miserable life continues in the same boring fashion up unit he comes across a secret portal that leads straight to the body of a famous Hollywood actor, John Malkovich. His obsession with the portal eventually leads to one disaster after the other in his life.

Does the plot sound a bit far-fetched and ridiculous? It is surreal. The story requires you to suspend your disbelief for a while and watch everything with an open mind. Director Spike Jonze has created something magical here. It’s pretty hard to believe that it was his debut film.

The acting is just superb. John Malkovich and Cameron Diaz have done an excellent job with their roles. John had to play himself, and he grabbed the opportunity with both hands. He's the best character you'd come across in the whole play.

Don't judge this movie by its storyline. Give it a shot. You won't regret it.


Se7en

Directed by David Fincher, Se7en stars Morgan Freeman and Brad Pitt in the role of two detectives on a hunt to catch an elusive serial killer. When they delve deeper, they find out that these murders are part of something bigger that’s yet to come. Eventually, these two detectives find themselves trapped in the sinister web of the perpetrator, leading them to take immediate action. The killer, however, has always been one step ahead of them. They can’t win even if they catch him.

The best thing about this movie is its ability to scare the viewers to their core without resorting to typical Hollywood clichés. A smartly-written plot along with some fantastic acting makes for a hauntingly beautiful film no one should miss out on.

Even though the story is multi-layered, the plot remains tight the entire time. It’s like a puzzle that requires you to put the pieces together to make sense of it. The clock is ticking. Can you solve the case before they do?

Gone Girl

I couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw some users reacting negatively to this movie on IMDB and Metacritic. It’s okay to not like a film at all. However, rating it 1 out of 10 just because they can is just out of my comprehension.

Despite being a little slow-paced for my taste, I loved every second of the slow buildup to a horrific and disturbing ending. David Fincher has brought another dark and twisted script to screen in an emphatic fashion, as he’s done so many times before.

The story revolves around the sudden disappearance of a man’s wife on their 5th wedding anniversary. At first, he suspects that she might have been abducted. The plot takes a turn when the focus of investigation shifts on him. All the clues and evidence point at him.

Is he the one behind her disappearance? The truth, however, doesn’t lie in the clues. It’s more sinsinster than anyone can even fathom. Belive me; you won’t see the ending comeing. It’ll take some time before you can process the final few moments that unfolds on screen.

It seems like a normal story at the beginning, but a few mintues in, you’ll recognize that something is quite fishy about this case. All the clues and explanations you've gathered against the presumed clutprit will be swpet away in just one masterstroke. Again, it’s the ending that’ll catch you off-guard.

It'll Keep you guessing till the end. It’s just as compelling and prepelxing as a movie like Fight Club should be.

The Machinist

The story follows Trevor, an industrial worker, who hasn’t been able to sleep for last few months, leading him one step closer to insanity every day. He sees a strange man following him everywhere he goes, but no else has been able to spot that person so far. Is it all in his head? Can he pull himself together before it’s too late?

Although everyone played their part beautifully, the performance by Christian Bale is to die for. It’s pretty hard to see him in an almost-starved state. I couldn't believe that it’s the same bulky guy who appeared in Batman movies just a couple of years after The Machinist. Aopprently, he had to lose almost 60 pounds to be a perfect fit for this role. Hats off to his dedication and determination. If for nothing else, watch this film to witness his authenticating performace. It'll haunt you for days to come.

Yes, there are some flaws in this movie as well. For starters, it could have been a little fast-paced. The first 30 minutes or so feel a tad slow. Once you're past that, though, it's a roller-coaster ride.

Although it’s a great movie, casual moviegoers won’t enjoy it as much. The story is pretty character-centric that demands you to pay close attention to every little detail in the background. Stick to it and you’ll be rewarded for your patience with a spectacular end to a fascinating story.

Did I miss out on any good movies like Fight Club? Let me know in the comments section.

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