10 Movies That Will Make You Doubt Everything

Cerebral thriller movies involve an element of suspense, mind-boggling tension, drama, fear & manipulation of complex human psychology. They belong to a completely different league from many other movie genres. These movies have a crazy following among cinephiles as they keep viewers anticipating what's coming next and hold sentimental value, too. Here are the top ten thriller masterpieces that’ll make you question everything you thought you knew: 

1. Inception (2010)

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This Sci-fi crime thriller is directed by Christopher Nolan, known for his cinematic blockbusters & complex art of storytelling. It features Leonardo Dicaprio as Dom Cobb, a skilled thief who enters people's dreams to steal secrets, tasked with planting an idea in the target's mind through layers of dreamscapes while testing reality's boundaries, along with Cillian Murphy, Marion Cotillard & Tom Hardy. The filmmakers have tried their best to make this thriller a treat for fans to watch & have a booming rating of IMDB 8.8/10.

2. Memento (2000)

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Memento showcases the life of a man, Leonard Shelby, who's suffering from short-term memory loss & looking out for who is the murderer of his wife. In his journey, a man named Teddy pretends to help him but seems to have a suspicious motive. The movie cast is supported by Guy Pearce, Carrie-Anne Moss, & Joe Pantoliano. Netizens opined that Christopher Nolan's masterful direction & Guy Pearce's tremendous performance defined the meaning of psychological thrillers in the 2000s. 

3. Black Swan (2010)

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In this 2010 horror/mystery thriller, the plot revolves around Nina, a ballerina who can go to any extent to be immaculate. She soon leads in the industry with her attitude and becomes the main character. One day, she gets the chance to play White Swan. Still, when her director decides that Lily will be performing the role instead of Nina, She's left with mental strain & hallucinations. The Movie features Natalie Portman, Vincent Cassel, Mila Kunis, Winona Ryder, and Darren Aronofsky directing it.

4. The Prestige (2006)

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This suspenseful thriller is a one-of-a-kind movie that'll make you question your knowledge. The storyline narrates that two magicians who are great friends one day become fierce rivals. As the rivalry intensifies, Alfred Borden (played by Christian Bale) and Robert Angier (played by Hugh Jackman) are willing to go to any consequences to win. It has won 2 Oscars for best cinematography & production design, which sums up the debate about whether it's worth watching. 

5. Seven (1995)

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Seven belongs to the crime/mystery genre & follows the dangerous journey of two detectives, Somerset & Mills. They are paired to find a murderer to solve the mysterious case inspired by seven deadly sins. It is directed by David Flincher, who is renowned for his psychological thriller movies. The gritty and shockingly wistful film exposes the nature behind heinous criminals & shades of dark psychology. Some moviegoers highlighted that the highly disturbing graphics make it even more thrilling as the film climaxes. 

6. Shutter Island (2010)

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The movie features the story of two U.S. Marshals, Teddy Daniels (Leonardo DiCaprio) and Chuck Aule (Mark Ruffalo), sent on an investigation operation to unveil the disappearance of a patient. As they dive deeper into the case, Teddy is exposed to more mysterious secrets and gets struck by hallucinations. It is a spine-tingling film due to its mind-bending plot, thought-provoking and critical thinking influential themes.

7. The Sixth Sense (1999)

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The movie's name, The Sixth Sense, justifies the story in which a young eight y/o boy named Cole Sears claims that he can see & talk to dead people. A child psychologist tries to help Cole save from trauma & mental health but discovers that he has a sixth sense. It is a 1999s supernatural thriller movie followed by the horror/mystery genre. The film's cast includes Haley Joel Osment, Toni Collete, Dr Bruce Williams, etc., and is directed by M. Night Shyamalan.

8. Parasite (2019)

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Some movies are made for entertainment purposes, while some to reflect society's image. Parasite aims to show the audience a satirical drama thriller. It shows the wealth disparity in society with social class discrimination & consequences of greed. As the poor Kim family manages to work for a wealthy Park family, they are shocked by the revelations. On an online platform, a user criticized the Movie's quirky suspense, violent climax, and social message, making it a psychological thriller for him to watch.

9. The Silence of the Lambs (1991)

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The movie's plot centers on Dr. Hannibal Lector, a brilliant and psychopathic serial killer in prison. One day, an FBI trainee visits him to understand the psychology of another serial killer who abducts & kills women. Renowned actors like Anthony Hopkins, Jodie Foster, Ted Levine & Brooke Smith are among the movie's main cast. The portrayal of Anthony Hopkins as a serial killer was so iconic that it led to him being featured in three series within the same franchise. It is sure that this movie will get under your skin.

10. Interstellar (2014)

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It is one of IMDB's top-rated movies. Maybe Christopher Nolan's experienced direction has played a vital role in it. What can be better than a Sci-fi action/horror movie that depicts the themes of time dilation, love & stunning visual effects? The film's storyline follows a group of astronauts sent to space on a mission to find a new habitable planet while life on Earth is ending. Not only did it pave the way for such masterpieces, but it also conveyed critical elements of sci-fi movies to inspire filmmakers.

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