35 Brain Scratcher Movies You'll Have To Focus Hard To Understand!


They say that the movies you watch sometimes gives away your intelligence and your taste. Well, what do you say we put that to test with these brainy titles?! 

The list includes summaries were quoted from IMDb and also order of movies was arranged according to IMDb list. Enjoy! 

1. Avalon (2001)

IMDb: 6.5

In a future world, young people are increasingly becoming addicted to an illegal (and potentially deadly) battle simulation game called Avalon. When Ash, a star player, hears of rumors that a more advanced level of the game exists somewhere, she gives up her loner ways and joins a gang of explorers. Even if she finds the gateway to the next level, will she ever be able to come back to reality?

2. Enemy (2013)

IMDb: 6.9Adam Bell is a Toronto area History college professor. He is a rather somber man, largely because he is stuck in a routine, which includes a relationship with his live-in girlfriend, Mary. While watching a rental movie, he spots an actor in a bit part that looks like him. He becomes obsessed with finding out about this double of his. He learns that the actor's stage name is Daniel Saint Claire, whose legal name is Anthony Claire. Claire is a Toronto based actor with only a few on-screen credits, and is married to a woman named Helen who is currently several months pregnant. Adam then becomes obsessed with meeting Claire, who he learns upon first sighting that they look exactly the same, from the facial hair to a scar each has, but Claire who outwardly is more "put together" than Adam. Their lives become intertwined as Claire himself ends up becoming obsessed with Adam, but in a slightly different way.

3. Stay (2005)

IMDb: 6.9

This movie focuses on the attempts of a psychiatrist to prevent one of his patients from committing suicide while trying to maintain his own grip on reality.

4. Triangle (2009)

IMDb: 6.9

A group of friends suffer a yachting accident and take refuge on a cruise drifting on the open sea, but quickly realize they were better off on the upturned yacht.

5. Exam (2009)

IMDb: 6.9

Eight candidates for a highly desirable corporate job are locked together in an exam room and given a final test with just one question. It seems simple yet confusing that soon, tensions begin to unravel.

6. Runaway Jury (2003)

IMDb: 7.1

A juror on the inside and a woman on the outside manipulate a court trial involving a major gun manufacturer.

7. Melancholia (2011)

IMDb: 7.1

Two sisters find their already strained relationship challenged as a mysterious new planet threatens to collide with Earth.

8. Los cronocrímenes (2007)

IMDb: 7.2

A man accidentally gets into a time machine and travels back in time nearly an hour. Finding himself will be the first of a series of disasters of unforeseeable consequences.

9. Coherence (2013)

IMDb: 7.2

Strange things begin to happen when a group of friends gather for a dinner party on an evening when a comet is passing overhead.

10. The Fountain (2006)

IMDb: 7.3

As a modern-day scientist, Tommy is struggling with mortality, desperately searching for the medical breakthrough that will save the life of his cancer-stricken wife, Izzi.

11. Pi (1998)

IMDb: 7.4

A paranoid mathematician searches for a key number that will unlock the universal patterns found in nature.

12. Contact (1997)

IMDb: 7.4

Dr. Ellie Arroway, after years of searching, finds conclusive radio proof of extraterrestrial intelligence, sending plans for a mysterious machine.

13. I Origins (2014)

IMDb: 7.4

A molecular biologist and his laboratory partner uncover evidence that may fundamentally change society as we know it.

14. K-PAX (2001)

IMDb: 7.4

PROT is a patient at a mental hospital who claims to be from a far away planet. His psychiatrist tries to help him, only to begin to doubt his own explanations.

15. Frequency (2000)

IMDb: 7.4

An accidental cross-time radio link connects father and son across 30 years. The son tries to save his father's life, but then must fix the consequences.

16. Synecdoche, New York (2008)

IMDb: 7.5

A theatre director struggles with his work, and the women in his life, as he creates a life-size replica of New York City inside a warehouse as part of his new play.

17. Jacob's Ladder (1990)

IMDb: 7.5

Mourning his dead child, a haunted Vietnam War veteran attempts to uncover his past while suffering from a severe case of dissociation. To do so, he must decipher reality and life from his own dreams, delusions, and perceptions of death.

18. Lost Highway (1997)

IMDb: 7.6

After a bizarre encounter at a party, a jazz saxophonist is framed for the murder of his wife and sent to prison, where he inexplicably morphs into a young mechanic and begins leading a new life.

19. Run Lola Run (1998)

IMDb: 7.7

After a botched money delivery, Lola has 20 minutes to come up with 100,000 Deutschmarks.

20. The Machinist (2004)

IMDb: 7.7

An industrial worker who hasn't slept in a year begins to doubt his own sanity.

21. Yume (1990)

IMDb: 7.8

A collection of tales based upon the actual dreams of director Akira Kurosawa.

22. Waking Life (2001)

IMDb: 7.8

A man shuffles through a dream meeting various people and discussing the meanings and purposes of the universe.

23. Gattaca (1997)

IMDb: 7.8

A genetically inferior man assumes the identity of a superior one in order to pursue his lifelong dream of space travel.

24. The Holy Mountain (1973)

IMDb: 7.9

In a corrupt, greed-fueled world, a powerful alchemist leads a Christ-like character and seven materialistic figures to the Holy Mountain, where they hope to achieve enlightenment.

25. The Man from Earth (2007)

IMDb: 7.9

An impromptu goodbye party for Professor John Oldman becomes a mysterious interrogation after the retiring scholar reveals to his colleagues he has a longer and stranger past than they can imagine.

26. Arrival (2016)

IMDb: 7.9

A linguist is recruited by the military to communicate with alien lifeforms after twelve mysterious spacecrafts land around the world.

27. Mr. Nobody (2009)

IMDb: 7.9

A boy stands on a station platform as a train is about to leave. Should he go with his mother or stay with his father? Infinite possibilities arise from this decision. As long as he doesn't choose, anything is possible.

28. Sen Aydınlatırsın Geceyi (2013)

IMDb: 8.0Thou Gild'st the Evenis about the ordinary sorrows, worries, and troubles of the townsmen with extraordinary abilities. In a small Anatolian town, life goes on; Cemal is an assistant referee in football matches, Yasemin works in an egg factory, Defne is a street vendor who sells books, Doctor Irfan is occupied with his patients. In this town with two suns and three full moons in the sky, Cemal ­-who can see through walls- has no expectation out of life and looks for a way out with Yasemin -who can move objects remotely with her fingers- as he was trying to deal with his distress. However, Defne, who can freeze time will muddle things up; Yasemin's immortal boss's actions will contradict the invisible elementary school teacher's advices who is trying to ease the worries of Cemal.

29. Before the Rain (1994)

IMDb: 8.1

In the republic of Macedonia, amid war in Bosnia, an Albanian girl being hunted by Christians is offered protection by a monk who has taken a vow of silence.

30. Persona (1966)

IMDb: 8.1

A nurse is put in charge of a mute actress and finds that their personas are melding together.

31. Bin-jip (2004)

IMDb: 8.1

A transient young man breaks into empty homes to partake of the vacationing residents' lives for a few days.

32. Magnolia (1999)

IMDb: 8.1

An epic mosaic of interrelated characters in search of love, forgiveness, and meaning in the San Fernando Valley.

33. Donnie Darko (2001)

IMDb: 8.1

A troubled teenager is plagued by visions of a man in a large rabbit suit who manipulates him to commit a series of crimes, after he narrowly escapes a bizarre accident.

34. Dial M for Murder (1954)

IMDb: 8.2

An ex-tennis pro carries out a plot to murder his wife. When things go wrong, he improvises a brilliant plan B.

35. 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)

IMDb: 8.3

Humanity finds a mysterious, obviously artificial object buried beneath the Lunar surface and, with the intelligent computer H.A.L. 9000, sets off on a quest.

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