The 15 Most Confusing Movies of All Time, According to Viewers

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Ever looked up the ending of a movie after you watched it? Well… you’re definitely not alone.

A formal list of the most confusing movies of all time has been assembled, according to how often the film’s title and “explained” is searched on the internet. After compiling a list of 150 films renowned for their puzzling plots and ambiguous endings, Im-a-puzzle‘s team analyzed searches that include a film title followed by “explained” in an effort to learn which top 15 films confused audiences the most.

The list spans over six decades, beginning with Stanley Kubrick’s “2001: A Space Odyssey” with the least amount searches per month, totaling at 4,200 searches. As the searches per month increase on list, Christopher Nolan’s films land four of the 15 spots — including #1 for his 2020 puzzler “Tenet.” That film introduced the concept of “time inversion” and concerns different physical properties moving in different directions.

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“Tenet” is the newest film on the list alongside the 2020 Netflix release “I’m Thinking of Ending Things,” but the oldest is Kubrick’s sci-fi classic “2001,” which was released in 1968 and perplexed audiences the moment it arrived in theaters.

15. “2001: A Space Odyssey” (1968) - Stanley Kubrick’s film reaches 4,200 searches per month

14. “Inception” (2010) - Christopher Nolan’s film reaches 4,500 searches per month

13. “Memento” (2000) - Nolan’s second film on the list reaches 4,600 searches per month

12. “The Matrix” (1999) - The Wachowski sisters reach 5,200 searches per month

11. “Predestination” (2014) - The Spierig brothers-directed sci-fi thriller reaches 5,900 searches per month

10. “Fight Club” (1999) – David Fincher’s adaptation reaches 5,900 searches per month

9. “Arrival” (2016)- Denis Villeneuve’s sci-fi drama reaches 6,000 searches per month

8. “The Shining” (1980) – Kubrick’s second film on the list reaches 6,300 searches per month

7. “Nocturnal Animals” (2016) - Tom Ford’s dramatic thriller achieves 6,600 searches per month

6. “Interstellar” (2014) - Nolan’s third film on the list reaches 7,100 searches per month

5. “Mulholland Drive” (2001) - David Lynch’s notoriously confusing thriller reaches 9,700 searches per month

4. “Donnie Darko” (2001) - Richard Kelly’s film doubles “Mulholland Drive” with 18,000 searches per month

3. “Shutter Island” (2010) – Martin Scorsese’s psychological thriller nearly doubles “Donnie Darko” with 31,000 searches per month

2. “I’m Thinking of Ending Things” (2020) - Charlie Kaufman’s Netflix movie reaches 50,000 searches per month

1. “Tenet” (2020) - Nolan’s latest film reaches an astronomical high totaling 70,000 searches per month

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