The beauty of puzzle films is that they always involve the viewer in the plot and provoke a thought process. Everyone wants to find the culprit ahead of the heroes or solve the main riddle. In the selection below, the coolest films with a complicated plot that capture the moviegoer from the first second and do not let go until the credits.

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2001

Mulholland Dr.

Director David Lynch

7.9/10
IMDb Rating

So, this is one of the most interesting mystery films from the master of the genre.
The plot focuses on a mysterious girl who loses her memory after a car accident. The heroine chooses a new name for herself (Rita), and tries to start a new life in Hollywood. And, nevertheless, the secrets of the past do not give her peace. Who is she, where did she live before, and who were the two men who were with her in the car, and died in that fatal accident?

2009

Moon

Director Duncan Jones

7.8/10
IMDb Rating

Sam’s contract will end very soon. For the past three years, he has been on the moon and monitored an automated station that produces rare gas. All this time he was forced to be alone, and his only companion was a talking robot. There are 2 weeks left before returning to Earth, and Sam is about to see his replacement. This meeting shocks the main character.
Philosophical and atmospheric cinema, which hides not only a lot of mysteries, but also raises important moral and ethical questions. Undoubtedly, this film will become a classic of science fiction.

2017

La ragazza nella nebbia

Director Donato Carrisi

6.8/10
IMDb Rating

On a gloomy winter night, the psychiatrist Augusto Flores has to urgently go to work to conduct an examination of the inspector who got into a car accident. As it turned out, Vogel himself does not remember anything about what happened, but there are blood stains on his clothes, and this blood is definitely not his. What happened on this cold night?
Currently, there are very few such detective films that can immerse the viewer so strongly in what is happening on the screen. It is noteworthy that the film keeps the main intrigue until the very end, and the true motives of the characters remain unclear until the final scenes.

2010

Inception

Director Christopher Nolan

8.8/10
IMDb Rating

The key character of this unique film by Christopher Nolan is Dominick Cobb. He is a talented specialist in introducing false ideas into a person’s dream. In addition, through other people’s dreams, he is able to “extract” particularly important information. One day he receives a particularly difficult order, and he can not refuse it.
Basically, the film contains endless dives into dreams, and it’s really interesting to watch this. The film is like a kind of hypnosis, holding the attention for more than two hours. However, the director reserved the main mystery for the final of the film.

2006

The Fountain

Director Darren Aronofsky

7.2/10
IMDb Rating

In the story, Thomas is trying to find a special Tree of Life. There are legends that its juice is able to grant eternal life. This is especially important to him, because his wife Isabel is terminally ill.
Surely after watching this movie, you will have an amazing feeling that cannot be described in words, because this story is full of secrets. A fascinating film about love, rebirth and eternal life. There are three separate storylines here, and gradually the puzzle will begin to take shape.

2010

Shutter Island

Director Martin Scorsese

8.2/10
IMDb Rating

Two bailiffs will have to go to one of the islands of Massachusetts. They plan to investigate the disappearance of a patient of a hospital for the insane. Ahead of them is a web of lies and truly stunning discoveries.
Undoubtedly, Martin Scorsese’s Shutter Island is one of the most complex and intriguing films in his career. Here you will see suspiciously contradictory characters, and each of them will become part of the solution of one big intrigue. Also, the plot and ending of this dramatic thriller can be excellent food for deep thought.

2020

Tenet

Director Christopher Nolan

7.4/10
IMDb Rating

Most likely, Tenet will turn out to be one of the most confusing films that you have ever seen. This is the case when it is better not to be distracted from watching for a minute — otherwise it will be difficult for you to understand what is happening on the screen. The story is based on a rather original principle of time travel, and this is an incredibly fascinating spectacle leading to an unexpected denouement

2000

Memento

Director Christopher Nolan

8.4/10
IMDb Rating

The thriller Memento is deservedly considered the most confusing film directed by Christopher Nolan, who always creates a plot that is close to fiction, but does not cross the line. The main character Leonard suffers from anterograde amnesia, his brain is not able to form and store fresh memories. A few years ago, he lost his wife, since then, Leonard’s life goal is revenge. But it is difficult to achieve it. This film will appeal to attentive viewers, for whom details are an important component of the plot. Otherwise, the main idea will slip away, and the impression will be smeared.

2013

Enemy

Director Denis Villeneuve

6.9/10
IMDb Rating

The psychological film is based on the novel The Double of José Saramago. It is dedicated to human inner searches, the study of souls. Director Denis Villeneuve managed to recreate the atmosphere of the original source on the screen, so everyone can go on an exciting journey together with the main character of the story, Adam. One day, he, an ordinary teacher who is going through a crisis, takes a movie for rent and among the actors notices a man who looks like Adam himself as a twin brother…

2005

The Jacket

Director John Maybury

7.1/10
IMDb Rating

Jack Starks is a veteran who has forgotten how to live in an ordinary world where no one fights with anyone. He returns from the war and has no idea what to do next, but he cannot continue to fight for many reasons, in particular because of attacks of amnesia. The troubles do not end there. One day he will be found guilty of the death of a man. Before sending Jack to prison, he is sent to a psychiatric clinic for examination. Procedures using new drugs that have not yet been tried on anyone lead to the fact that Jack is transported to the future and cannot assess whether he is surrounded by reality or pure delirium…

2013

Coherence

Director James Ward Byrkit

7.2/10
IMDb Rating

The unusual film Coherence, despite its low budget and success, impresses with the intricacy of the plot. Friends gather around the table to discuss the latest news and have a good time. It would seem that what can go wrong? In the first minutes, the viewer does not see any intrigue, the plot gradually gains momentum and reaches a peak in the finale, which takes away the breath and leaves an impression for a long time. It is noteworthy that the film starred non-professional actors.

2001

Vanilla Sky

Director Cameron Crowe

6.9/10
IMDb Rating

Director Cameron Crowe decided to create an amazing cocktail of several genres, and Vanilla Sky is a melodrama, thriller, science fiction and detective. The main character is David Aames, a publishing magnate, the happy owner of a large fortune, a spacious apartment and a fashionable car. The dream life ends as a result of a car accident, after which David is disfigured, lonely and unhappy. The highlight of the film is the “double” bottom of the plot. From the very first minutes, the viewer understands that this is not just a drama, but a story with a big mystery.

2016

Nocturnal Animals

Director Tom Ford

7.5/10
IMDb Rating

Susan is a successful and attractive woman who lives for her own pleasure. She owns a gallery of modern art and a luxurious house in which she shares happiness for two with her husband. She tried to leave all the past failures in the past, without looking back. But one day, Susan receives a package containing a new book by her ex-husband, who described their entire life together. So all the secrets of Susan are freely available to anyone who wants…

2013

Side Effects

Director Steven Soderbergh

7.1/10
IMDb Rating

Martin Taylor returns from prison, and after a couple of days his wife Emily tries to commit suicide. Psychiatrist Jonathan Banks is trying to find suitable antidepressants for the patient, but the drugs do not work. Then Martin asks for help from Victoria Siebert, who worked with Emily before. The experimental drug is a godsend, but it has a strange side effect: now Emily walks in her sleep…

2007

The Number 23

Director Joel Schumacher

6.4/10
IMDb Rating

The film is an opening for those who have seen Jim Carrey only in comedy movies, and a gift for loyal fans. His hero is Walter Sparrow, an ordinary man who works in the service for catching stray animals. One day, novel Number 23 turns out to be in his hands, and as he reads it, Walter understands more and more that the story of Detective Fingerling surprisingly coincides with his own biography. Soon the number 23 begins to haunt the hero…

2007

Premonition

Director Mennan Yapo

5.9/10
IMDb Rating

inda can’t go about her usual business, because she is overcome by a bad feeling. It seems to her that something terrible and tragic is about to happen. And this feeling does not deceive a woman, soon she will learn about the death of her husband in a car accident. Linda is terribly grieving and hardly persuades herself to sleep, and the next morning she sees her husband in the room alive, whole and absolutely healthy. It is not known why she got a second chance from fate, but Linda is not going to miss it. She is ready to do anything to prevent an accident threatening her husband and try to save him… Will she succeed?

2004

Mindhunters

Director Renny Harlin

6.4/10
IMDb Rating

Seven young FBI agents are sent to the island to pass the last test before getting into the squad of Mindhunters. They are all equally obsessed with compiling psychological profiles of murderers. Soon the heroes find out that a criminal is hiding among them. Will they be able to find him, or will the killer deal with everyone? The film is designed so that the viewer is involved in the plot and can solve the intrigue together with the characters.

2006

The Prestige

Director Christopher Nolan

8.5/10
IMDb Rating

Robert and Alfred, once best friends, inevitably became the fiercest rivals in the professional field. They are both magicians-illusionists, all their efforts are spent on inventing new tricks and exposing the enemy. How far are men willing to go in trying to destroy someone else’s career? The film starred famous actors, but the Oscar nominations were for the work of the operator and the scenery. The Prestige is not only exciting, but also stunningly beautiful!

2009

Mr. Nobody

Director Jaco Van Dormael

7.9/10
IMDb Rating

Who has not once dreamed of living several different lives, for example, becoming both an exemplary family man and a traveler free from any duties and connections? The film Mr. Nobody is a reflection on the versatility of human fate and the theory of parallel worlds. The action originates in the future, where people have achieved immortality, and the main fun is a TV show with Nemo in the title role. He is the last old man on Earth, he spent many years in a coma, and when he woke up, he began to remember his former life. But the stories don’t fit together…

2014

Gone Girl

Director David Fincher

8.1/10
IMDb Rating

The detective thriller Gone Girl by David Fincher introduces the audience to the spouses Nick and Amy Dunne. According to the flashbacks, it is clear that once they were in love with each other and happy, and in the present time, Amy has disappeared without a trace. There is a pogrom in the house, there is so much blood that we can safely assume murder. Nick is the main suspect for the police and the neighbors, and in order to prove his own innocence, he will have to try hard. Until then, family secrets will be revealed one by one, one by one. The film Gone Girl is a direct adaptation of the novel of the same name by Gillian Flynn. Stylish and gloomy, it will sink into the soul of fans of atypical detectives.

2012

Cloud Atlas

Directors Tom Tykwer · Lana Wachowski · Lilly Wachowski

7.4/10
IMDb Rating

Cloud Atlas is a unique film, on which three full-fledged directors worked: Tom Tykver, Lana Wachowski and Lilly Wachowski. It is based on the cult novel by David Mitchell. The main theme is reincarnation, so each actor has several different roles. Together with the characters, the viewer goes on an exciting journey through the epochs, returns to the distant past, looks into the future, and experiences sympathy, friendship, love, pain, anger and many other human feelings. The film leaves a long aftertaste.

2013

La migliore offerta

Director Giuseppe Tornatore

7.8/10
IMDb Rating

The Italian film La migliore offerta is an aesthetic thriller with a famously twisted plot and an unexpected ending. The main character is Virgil Oldman, an auction house manager and a con artist. One day he meets a mysterious woman who wants to sell off the family treasures, and among them Oldman finds parts of an old mechanism. The plot develops dynamically, the film does not let go of the viewer’s attention for a second, thanks to which it enjoys such high ratings from critics.

2018

Searching

Director Aneesh Chaganty

7.6/10
IMDb Rating

The detective thriller Searching was shot in the style of ScreenLife, that is, the whole plot is shown on the screens of various gadgets – cell phones, computers, CCTV cameras, and so on. David Kim is the grieving father of a seventeen-year-old daughter who went missing a few days ago. Everyone is convinced that the girl is already dead, but David does not want to put up with this idea. While the police are conducting their investigation, he hacks his daughter’s laptop and gets to know her again. Critics and viewers responded positively to the film, because it does not become predictable until the very end.

2009

Exam

Director Stuart Hazeldine

6.8/10
IMDb Rating

The British horror film Exam, despite its small budget, was a great success and was highly appreciated. Eight people are competing for one job and must go through the final test before the employer announces its decision. Each of the applicants will face a difficult choice. The main highlight of the film is the intensity of passions. The viewer is constantly tense, because he, like the characters, involuntarily makes a choice.

2003

Identity

Director James Mangold

7.3/10
IMDb Rating

The thriller Identity has a rather banal plot: ten travelers are hiding from the weather in a roadside motel, but they quickly realize that a serial killer is among the guests. But it is worth enduring the introduction and starting to delve into it, as it becomes clear that every plot move and character is thought out to the smallest detail. Having stayed with the heroes until the end, the viewer will have the opportunity to participate in guessing the main riddle: who is behind the murders and why is he doing this?

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