Science Fiction Mind-Bending Movies.

The best thing about science fiction movies is that they entertain and make us think logically. Sometimes watching a movie isn’t enough; if we like it, we talk about it with friends and family. Such films take a particular space in our hearts. Watching a few mind-bending movies twice to understand what is happening would be best. 

The following list is taken from different sources and is ranked according to the times it has appeared in other lists. Let us know if we have missed some movies that deserve this list. You can always comment on your views on the articles we post. 


Interstellar movie poster. (Image via
Interstellar movie poster. (Image via

Christopher Nolan’s films are widely praised for their heart-pounding sequences and creative narrative structures. The director’s 2014 epic science-fiction movie Interstellar delivered everything in spades. Following a small crew traveling to a different dimension to find a new home for humanity as Earth becomes uninhabitable.

With scientifically sound scenes, particularly the mind-bending concept of time dilation, audiences don’t take long to feel their brains overwhelmed as they try to keep up. Even if the story doesn’t make more sense to some viewers upon rewatch, it is always worth another look for Hans Zimmer’s awe-inspiring score and breathtaking visuals.

This movie is available on Amazon Prime Video.


Inception Movie Poster. (Image via Netflix)

Among Christopher Nolan’s most famous films, Inception is one such movie that tells the story of Dom Cobb, played by Leonardo DiCaprio, a talented thief who can redeem himself by accomplishing the impossible. Implanting an idea into another person’s subconscious mind. Cobb and his crew infiltrate their target’s dreams, employing various modern technologies to plant the view and take control of their dream. Once the team dives deeper into their target’s psyche, they confront their regrets and guilt, which builds to a mind-bending and dramatic climax.

Thanks to its mind-blowing and unique action sequences and thought-provoking and complicated plot, it was an instant success. It’s impressive VFX and background score perfectly complement its blend of science fiction psychological aspects and action. 

This movie is available on OTT platforms like Netflix and Amazon Prime Video.


Still of Ethan Hawk in Predestination. (Image via Roger Ebert)

Well, there’s mind-bending, and then there’s Predestination. A contained, paradoxical science-fiction mystery that turns every viewer’s face to awe. The movie is about a time-traveling agent tracking a criminal known as the ‘Fizzle Bomber’ through time. It is an underrated and wonderful science-fiction gem that disturbs as much as it intrigues.


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The twists pile on top of each other in unrelenting fashion as the characters make one shocking discovery after another. While a second watch is essential to understanding Predestination, it could also entice viewers to think more profoundly about the film and leave them even more confused after the first viewing.

This movie is available on the OTT platform: Amazon Prime Video.

Fight Club

Still of Brad Pit and Edward Norton in Fight Club. (Image via Koimoi)

Anti-consumerism has never been as fun as in David Fincher’s pulsating masterpiece, Fight Club. Boasting one of the most iconic plot twists in cinematic history, the 1999 satirical drama has had first-time viewers reaching for the rewind button for over twenty years.

However, upon rewatching, there’s more to uncover than just seeing all the moments hinting at Tyler Durdin’s (Brad Pitt) true nature. The glaring critique on an ideology being practiced to the extreme, and not just watching Edward Norton and Pitt punch each other to a pulp — as delightful as that is — offers plenty of food for thought for audiences on repeat viewings.

This movie is available on platforms like Apple TV and Amazon Prime Video.

2001 A Space Odyssey

A Still from 2001 A Space Odyssey. (Image via IMDb)

A quintessential classic for anyone who considers themselves a film buff, Stanley Kubrick’s immortal masterpiece is not only one of the most iconic pictures in cinematic history but also hotly debated. After a phenomenal theorization of the first steps of human evolution and a mysterious, confidential mission to a lunar base, 2001: A Space Odyssey finally settles with the infamous HAL 9000 (voiced by Douglas Rain) and the crew of Discovery One as they venture to Jupiter.

Despite its mixed critical response upon release, the film has gradually reached a venerable status in cinema. It inspires passionate responses from modern audiences who still debate what it means. In true Kubrick fashion, it endeavors to ask far more questions than it answers. Still, with spellbinding visuals (even by today’s standards), it presents an epic adventure that is always worth revisiting to decipher.

This movie is available on platforms like Apple TV and Amazon Prime Video.

Waking life

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Waking Life is a movie about a boy with a dream that he can float. But he will drift away into the sky unless he holds on. Even when he grows old, this idea recurs. After a strange incident, he walks through what may seem like a dream, flowing in and out of scenarios and meeting various characters. People he meets discuss philosophy, science, and the life of waking and dreaming. The protagonist gradually becomes alarmed that he cannot escape this confusing dream.

What if you gradually become aware that you are walking through life in a dream state but cannot wake up from this confusing dream?

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Shutter Island

Still of Leonardo DiCaprio in Shutter Island. (Image via Netflix)

The fourth collaboration between Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio made for a twisted mystery thriller with one of cinema’s most memorable plot twists. In the quintessential mind-blowing movie, Teddy Daniels (DiCaprio) journeys to a psychiatric hospital on a remote island to investigate a missing patient who he believes is responsible for his wife’s death.

Shutter Island is incredibly enticing, rich with an ominous atmosphere that lends itself to chills and tension while allowing the stellar cast to shine. The reveal of who exactly the missing prisoner was has burned the film into viewers’ minds, many of whom had to rewatch the movie to see how the whole story pieced together.

The movie is available on OTT platforms like Netflix and Amazon Prime Video.

The Machine

Two computer programmers fall in love as they create the first-ever piece of self-aware artificial intelligence designed to help humanity. But things go wrong when the British Government steals their breakthrough and teaches it to become a robotic weapon.

This movie raises interesting questions regarding A.I. technology that is becoming increasingly present in our world. For example, how will artificial intelligence impact our lives?

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Memento Movie Still.

Christopher Nolan’s confusing yet ground-breaking thriller introduced moviegoers to many tropes that would become core components of the filmmaker’s illustrious career. Memento follows Leonard Shelby (Guy Pearce), a man on a mission to avenge his murdered wife despite his short-term memory loss.

Most of the story is told in reverse, which ingeniously allows viewers to feel Leonard’s confusion while grasping what is happening around him and how others are using his condition against him. From the high concept premise to the time-bending narrative structure, the film is pure Nolan in what is the filmmaker’s most underrated achievement.

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This concludes the compilation of the Top 8 Science movies to watch twice to understand. If we have missed any movies, please share them in the comments below. For more content like this, follow us on Instagram and YouTube. 

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