11 Challenging But Rewarding Films That Leave You Thinking About Its Ending

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Some films leave you wondering if you understood it. The beauty of cinema is when you see something so unique that you want to delve into its deep themes. In a recent online post, serious film lovers are sharing those films that leave you a bit dazed or sitting in quiet contemplation.

1. Interstellar (2014)

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Most fans of this movie will rave about the ending, which was somewhat of a Deux-ex machina plot hole to some. However, suspending disbelief wasn’t difficult for fans, considering how the black holes and the space-time relationship allow infinite possibilities. Look, I can’t explain it, okay?

2. Ex Machina (2014)

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Contemporary novelist-turned-film director hit lofty heights with his slick directorial debut about a filthy-rich tech mogul and his harem of androids. The common link between most films on this list is their profound ending. Seeing Domnhal Gleason’s face through the unbreakable glass as his fate dawns on him is torture.

3. Being John Malkovich (1999)

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“Just a different kind of movie entirely, in a great way,” suggests a Spike Jonze fan. The director’s debut movie was groundbreaking in its use of perspective and role reversal. The idea of being a puppet master to a famous actor was something never done before. Being John Malkovich deserves credit for its subsequent influence on filmmakers everywhere.

4. Enys Men (2022)

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Having just seen this Cornish horror movie, I am still confused about what I experienced; I don’t know if I was scared or just disturbed. Shot in a series of fractured flashbacks on 135mm film, Mark Jenkins’ tale of a botanical research volunteer living alone on a remote island leaves you asking many questions.

5. Synecdoche, New York (2008)

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“Charlie Kaufman is a genius,” declares a fan. “Synecdoche, New York is a masterpiece — and his directorial debut.” Anyone familiar with Kaufmann’s work will know this fine Phillip Seymour Hoffman vehicle about a playwright dealing with a new theater grant.

6. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998)

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The book is famous for Hunter S. Thompson’s narcotic-fueled Odyssey, written in his trademark Gonzo style — the movie is almost as mind-bending. “I just watched it for the first time in about ten years last week, and that whole movie is a trip,” states a moviegoer. “I completely forgot how crazy it was.”

7. The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)

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One commenter feels that Wes Anderson’s post-World War Two comedy “plays like a simple comedic murder/crime mystery, but it’s not.” While the production design’s comical playfulness is a delight for the eyes, the movie somehow maintains its grim undertone. The Grand Budapest Hotel is Wes Anderson’s masterpiece.

8. Requiem for a Dream (2000)

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“A bit artsy but in a way that it gets more intense as the story escalates and really drives the themes home,” explains a Darren Aronofsky lover. “It gets to a point where it terrifies you, and it’s not even a horror movie.” Aronofsky’s uncomfortable quadruple-plot homage to Shakespeare isn’t for the faint-hearted.

9. The Room (2003)

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While this movie is far from a masterpiece — scratch that: it is a masterpiece — the international Casanova Tommy Wiseau deserves credit. I say he deserves credit; I am in awe of this film. If you haven’t seen it, think of a first-time student film meets midlife crisis vanity project. A kind-hearted professional’s fiance leaves him, and the consequences are almost as tragic as the editing, acting, and dialogue.

10. Mulholland Drive (2001)

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A commenter shares how he lent his copy of Mulholland Drive to a college dorm friend. After watching, his buddy came running down the hall, asking for an explanation for what he’d just witnessed. “I said, ‘Let me explain,’ recalls the former student. “He sat down, ready for the explanation, and I said, ‘I can’t.'” Mulholland Drive’s mind-numbing plot warrants a few rewatches.

11. Arrival (2016)

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This science fiction drama will have you scratching your head for a bit, but eventually, the storyline makes sense as the spectacular film you wanted to see. At the film’s beginning, we see Louise Banks’s grief as her daughter, Hannah, dies at age 12 from an incurable illness. Louise (Amy Adams) is enlisted by the US Army for her linguist expertise to discover how to communicate with extraterrestrials who have arrived on Earth. The film challenges its viewers, who are rewarded if they rise to the occasion.

10 Movies That Were Deemed Horrible When They Released, But People Love Now

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Movies can surprise us, sometimes in ways we least expect. Some films initially dismissed as terrible or received lukewarm responses upon their release have gone on to win the hearts of audiences worldwide. These movies have managed to transcend their early setbacks and gain a dedicated following over time.

10 Harrowing Movies People Love Despite the Disturbingness

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The magic of cinema has the incredible power to captivate, entertain, and transport us to different worlds. While many films offer uplifting stories or thrilling adventures, a subset of movies delve into the darker recesses of the human psyche, presenting narratives that challenge societal norms and push the boundaries of our comfort zones. People love these “messed up or harrowing movies”—films that disturb, unsettle, and provoke intense emotions.

10 Movies That Had a 3/10 Concept But a 10/10 Execution

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Movies can surprise and captivate us, sometimes even when their initial concepts may not seem promising. It’s fascinating how certain films can take a seemingly average idea and transform it into a masterpiece through exceptional execution. These movies prove that the true magic of cinema lies in the hands of talented filmmakers who can elevate simple concepts into extraordinary storytelling experiences.

10 Movies That Will Blow Your Mind No Matter How Many Times You Watch Them

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Some movies are so captivating and thought-provoking that they leave a lasting impression, no matter how often you watch them. These cinematic gems take you on unforgettable journeys, challenging your perceptions and immersing you in their intricately crafted worlds. From mind-bending sci-fi thrillers to psychological mysteries, these films offer a feast for the senses, inviting you to delve deeper into their narratives with each viewing.

10 Celebrities That Have Suspiciously Clean Reputations

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Celebrities often find themselves amid scandals and controversies that capture public attention. However, a select few stars seem to have remarkably pristine reputations, leaving many wondering if there might be more than meets the eye. These individuals have managed to maintain a squeaky-clean image despite the constant scrutiny of the public eye.

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