10 Movies with Difficult Plots that are Worth Watching

10 Movies with Difficult Plots that are Worth Watching

10 Movies with Difficult Plots

Are you bored with mainstream movies and want to watch something that makes you think? Below is a list of 10 movies that you may need to watch again in order to understand their difficult plots completely.


A man with short-term memory loss attempts to track down his wife’s murderer.

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This blockbuster is about a man who is unable to retain his memories for more than fifteen minutes. On top of that, he’s out to avenge the people who killed his wife. While the concept seems rather simple, the plot can be quite difficult to follow as more and more characters are revealed.

Mulholland Drive

After a car crash makes her suffer from amnesia, Rita and her companion Betty delve deeper into Hollywood (the City of Dreams) to find that the reality is quite different from their perceptions.

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This absolute masterpiece of a movie by David Lynch features the startling performance of Naomi Watts and still has fans in awe about its climax. However, most people cannot keep up with the twisting and winding story.


An industrial spy and a master of extracting corporate secrets using a dream sharing technology, Dominic Cobb is tasked with planting an idea into the mind of a CEO.

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Another classic by Christopher Nolan! Featuring Leonardo DiCaprio, Inception was a huge hit and was even more puzzling for many. The climax raises even more questions. Inception follows a slippery plot and is full of sheer ambition. This is one of those movies that can be interpreted differently by everyone.

Mr. Nobody

Somewhere in a Utopian future, the last mortal human has to choose between immortality and mortality.

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A pure tale about choice, the film follows Nemo, a 118 years old last mortal human. The others already have embraced immortality due to medical advances. He is being interviewed in order to document his life, but the stories he tells seem to run parallel to each other. How could he be in several places at the same time, living, as it were, multiple lives? Yeah, go figure.

Black Swan

Nina (a dancer) struggles to keep her sanity after getting a role in Tchaikovsky’s “Swan Lake”.

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Nina is a ballet dancer in New York and like others in her profession, her life is full of dance. She lives with her rather controlling mother who was also a ballerina. In the opening production of ‘Swan Lake’, Nina is given the lead role. She also faces competition in the form of Unis, another ballerina. As the rivalry continues, Nina gets in touch with her dark side, a recklessness that threatens to destroy her.

Ghost in the Shell

In the near future, Major Mira Killian, a technologically enhanced perfect soldier is tasked with dealing with the world’s most dangerous criminals.

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Played by Scarlett Johansson, Mira Killian has her organs enhanced using cybernetics upgrades after being critically injured in an attack. Most of this movie’s complexity lies in the intricate political details included. This turns the movie’s plot into something believable and futuristic that is hard to grasp.

The Tree of Life

The story of a family in Waco, Texas in 1956 whose eldest son witnesses the loss of innocence and struggles with his parents’ conflicting teachings.

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The story of Jack O’Brien who as an adult recalls his life as a young boy and particularly his sometimes demanding and overly strict father. Jack childhood was not a happy one though he remembers his mother as an angel who would do anything for her children.


An astronomical anomaly happens as a group of friends are having a dinner party. A comet is sighted and power goes out.

Image Credits: Coherence – the Movie

This indie sci-fi flick is a weird mix of alternate timelines yet is not about time travel at all. As the power goes out, strange things start to happen. A house up the street has power, glass breaks randomly own its own. The house with power, it’s their OWN house, just from a different timeline. You’re not the only one confused at his point.


A team of explorers must find the human race a new home after Earth is struck with worldwide food shortages and corn is the most valuable food.

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Yes, Christopher Nolan again. Widely regarded as one of the best space films ever, Interstellar tries to explain how black holes, 5-dimensional space, and singularity works. Good luck understanding quantum physics in the last 30 minutes of the movie.

The Matrix Reloaded

Set after the events of The Matrix (1999), Neo and his fellow rebels have 72 hours before probes discover Zion and destroy it.

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Only a few hours separate the last humans alive and an army of over 200,000 Sentinels designed to destroy mankind. Morpheus’ conviction, Trinity’s dark fate, Oracle’s prophecy results in one roller coaster of a movie. Hold on tight!

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