The films on this list also stretch and twist the boundaries of reality, which may cause viewers to engage in their own existential musings. Since Christopher Nolan is known for his use of existential musings in his films, this shouldn’t come as a surprise. Of course, they’re not all made by Christopher Nolan, but each of these films has that general slickness quality that makes Inception so wonderful. Although there are many differences between these films, they all share a common thread: they all have comparable themes and notions that challenge our understanding of reality. Check out the next 14+ mind-boggling films if you like Inception.
A person’s conscious and unconscious worlds quickly get muddled when a technology used by therapists to infiltrate their patients’ dreams is stolen. One young and daring researcher, Chiba, must confront the illusory reality of the dream world and correct it. Will she be able to save the world with the assistance of her tiny group of friends?
Paprika, an anime film from Japan released in 2006, boasts outstanding visuals on par with the other films on our list, if not better. Prequel to Inception, Paprika explores issues of dream manipulation, technology intervention, and even mind-control in a way that is similar to that of Inception. For those who enjoy Inception’s plot, then Paprika is a must-see.
2. The Prestige
A period film set in the late 1800s may not immediately spring to mind when you think of intellectual movies like Inception. With Christopher and Jonathan Nolan at the helm and Christian Bale and Michael Caine working together before they were Batman, you know The Prestige belongs here. With Hugh Jackman and David Bowie heading the ensemble, we can’t forget about Tesla. Yes, that’s David Bowie, the music singer, dressed as Nikola Tesla.
3. The Matrix
Thomas Anderson is a typical office worker who enjoys tinkering with computer hacking on the side. One day, Mr. Anderson will be recognized by the awakened human race as “The One,” and other hackers will call him Neo. When Neo sees the Matrix, he realizes that every human on Earth is enslaved within a computer system that most people don’t even know they were born into.
He says, “The Matrix has been smeared over your eyes to hide the reality from you,” as fellow hacker and guide to the real world Morpheus tells Neo. Neo is the promised deliverer of mankind’s deliverance from the matrix for Morpheus and those like him who have awakened within the matrix.
Arrival is a film containing Interstellar-level mental themes that deals with notions of space travel, time, and language and linguistics in a novel way. Film director Denis Villeneuve based his adaptation of Ted Chiang’s novel on Einsteinian explanations of our existence, notably with regard to the illusion of time and space. Amy Adams stars. Arrival, like many of the other entries on this list, does not follow a strict chronological sequence. At the very least, there is no such thing as time as we know it. Arrival’s time-twisting idea, in a nutshell (eggshell?)
5. The Butterfly Effect
As “The Butterfly Effect” (2004) shows, tampering with time has consequences. Science fiction thriller “The Butterfly Effect,” based on the chaos theory notion that even little movements like a butterfly flapping its wings may have tremendous repercussions over time, is directed by Eric Bress and J. Mackye Gruber.
Ashton Kutcher portrays college student Evan Treborn, who finds he can travel back in time and take on the form of his younger self, thereby explaining the blackouts that plagued him as an eight-year-old boy. Kayleigh (Amy Smart), Kayleigh’s childhood sweetheart, was sexually molested by her father as a kid, and he tries to influence the trajectory of her life. However, Evan’s actions in the past always have unintended ramifications in the present, causing parallel worlds with unexpected outcomes. Everything we do has a consequence, as the title implies.
6. The Truman Show
“The Truman Show” (1998), by Peter Weir, is perhaps the best example of Jim Carrey’s dramatic performance in a feature film. Truman Burbank (Carrey) is the star of a reality program that airs twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, but he doesn’t know it. Additionally, “The Truman Show” reveals peeks inside the workings of Christof (Ed Harris) as showrunner, revealing how he manipulates everything in Truman’s town, from the weather to the traffic to the lines uttered by the extras.
Meryl (Laura Linney) goes off the rails around Truman’s 30th birthday, and he begins to doubt his own sanity. Truth-seeking leads to a film that is both reminiscent of Plato’s cave allegory and an insightful meditation on how we see the world and reality television.
7. Shutter Island (2010)
8. Strange Days (1995)
James Cameron co-wrote and co-produced Strange Days, which Kathryn Bigelow directed. Strange Days wasn’t a box office success when it was released, but it has since become a cult classic in the sci-fi genre.
As a guy who sells personalized memories in a future when people may experience life through the eyes of others, Ralph Fiennes plays the role in the film Strange Days shares Inception’s primary idea concerning the link between reality and technology, despite being a noir mystery film focused on voyeurism and corruption.
9. Dark City (1998)
Dubbed one of the most influential films of the 1990s, Dark Metropolis follows an amnesiac man who wakes up in a surreal and styled city where the night never ends. His quest to uncover his identity only gets crazier as the story progresses.
Inception’s major inspiration, The Matrix, was released in the same year as Dark City. Similar visual notions are employed to explore dreams about how these concepts may be used to influence the world around us in all of the films.
10. Sunshine (2007)
Sunny stars Cillian Murphy, Chris Evans, Rose Byrne, Hiroyuki Sanada, Michelle Yeoh and Benedict Wong in a psychological sci-fi thriller written by Alex Garland and directed by Danny Boyle.
In the year 2057, a team of astronauts embarks on a mission to rekindle the Sun’s fusion process. It touches on physics, religion, and science.
11. The Game (1997)
The Gamestars, the third film by David Fincher Michael Douglas is a well-known actor. because it is wedged between the likes of Se7en (1995) and Fight Club (1999). (1999).
He seems to have lost all sense of what it is to be human in this narrative about a rich investment banker named Nicholas van Orton. He is surprised when his brother gives him a card for an odd game as a birthday present.
12. Edge Of Tomorrow (2014)
Sci-fi action picture Edge of Tomorrow stars Tom Cruise, Emily Blunt, and Bill Paxton, as well as Brendan Gleeson and Brendan Gleeson. The narrative and action sequences of this film, which is based on the Japanese light book All You Need Is Kill, have received high appreciation from critics.
Throughout the near future, an extraterrestrial invasion takes place in Europe. Cage is a public relations worker who has no fighting abilities but is forced to join a landing operation against the aliens, which subsequently creates a time loop in which Cage is trapped.