The 10 most complicated movies to understand

If we talk about cinema, we can talk about a large number of genres that have been experienced by many directors, from which spectacular movie have come out; but among all those genres there are also the films that almost nobody manages to understand.

We have compiled some of those movies that, at least, we recommend you watch twice, so that you really find their meaning and can understand them.

Donnie Darko

From 2001, this film is set in late 1988. It tells the story of a high school student who has visions of the end of the world through a deformed and giant rabbit named Frank, pretty creepy, right? Then imagine watching the whole movie, how those visions are scarier and scarier and not knowing if the rabbit is real or not.

The butterfly effect

Written and directed by Eric Bress, this film hit theatres in 2004; tells the story of Evan Treborn, a boy who suffers from short losses in his notion of time and who, as an adult, decides to travel to his past to fix mistakes and improve his present. However, the consequences are not what he hoped. A scrambled movie that plays with time in a way that manages to confuse the viewer.


This horror film was directed by the Canadian Vicenzo Natali and was released in theatres in 1997. It tells the story of a group of people who were kidnapped and placed inside a cube to decipher and manage to escape it. However, while cube rotates, some of them will not be able to get out alive.


Christopher Nolan, who is currently well known for films such as Batman, was the director and screenwriter of this film, which is based on the story of a man who suffers from strange short-term memory losses, leading him to store those memories through notes and tattoos as he finds the culprit in the murder of his wife.

Blue Velvet

This crime drama film with surrealism is a real knot, dating from 1986 and directed by David Lynch. It tells the story of a man who, while trying to solve a murder, gets involved in a crime related to a singer; a definitely complicated story to watch and, of course, understand.


Also by Christopher Nolan, this film features a tangled plot and a fairly subjective ending. This is a man in charge of extracting memories from people. However, he will be involved in a mystery that could surely drive him crazy.


This film was directed by Darren Aronofsky and came to light in 1998. It tells the story of a mathematician who believes that everything in the universe can be explained through mathematics, thus beginning immense persecution of different people who believe that it will help them to solve dilemmas.

2001: A Space Odyssey 

An incomprehensible beginning, a complicated plot and a science fiction story is what can be seen in this Stanley Kubrick film that came to the big screen in 1968. Looking to leave his own vision of the evolution and transcendence of humanity with great mystery, Kubrick worked with Keir Dullea, Gary Lockwood, and William Sylvester to produce this film that many consider a masterpiece.


Have you ever wondered what would happen if humans managed to use 100% of their brainpower? Well, this is precisely the central theme of the film, in which Lucy is a victim of trafficking in a new drug, being chosen to hide it in her stomach and, subsequently, feeling its effects. A film that plays with time-space in such a way that it becomes one of the most complex to understand.


We know that we live on Earth and that it is located in the Solar System, which has a spot within the Milky Way, but isn’t the Universe so big as to host thousands and thousands of other planets, in which it can there is a chance that life will be? When the possibility of living on Earth begins to die out, a trip through the Universe is necessary to find a new habitable place. However, distances, times and circumstances make this film something to think about.

What do you think?

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