15 Mind-Bending Movies That Will Make Your Brain Hurt

Sometimes, when a romance, comedy, or thriller just won't do, we need to go deeper. These movies will make us think, ponder, imagine and dream. You'll need an ice pack to soothe your throbbing brain after a marathon of these.

1. Pan's Labyrinth

You'll be hypnotized and dazzled by the fantasy world a young girl enters to find a barrage of scary creatures in 1944 Spain.

2. American Psycho

Christian Bale perfectly captures the charming, steely gaze of Patrick Bateman, as his mind fills with original ways to torture the soulless people he calls his colleagues.

3. The Fountain

Tommy's wife Izzi is ill, and he needs to find a cure. A gem of the writer and director, Darren Aronofsky.

4. Black Swan

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Another classic Aronofsky, this time delving into the wild and dramatic lives of ballerinas, crossing the line between dream and nightmare, fact and fiction.

5. Inception

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A dream within and dream within a dream within a dream within a dream...well, you get the picture.

6. The Prestige

Hugh Jackman and Christian Bale duke it out in the battle of the prestidigitators. (We mean, magicians.)

7. The Illusionist

Ed Norton is a magician in love, cue Nikola Tesla's electricity.

8. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

A Charlie Kaufman special on love and memory erasure.

9. Synecdoche, New York

A play within a play within a play within a play…

10. The Tree of Life

A meditation on family, life, and interplanetary musical sequences.

11. Memento

It's hard to find your wife's murderer when you have short-term memory loss.

12. A Beautiful Mind

A portrait of brilliance, inspired by the true story of John Forbes Nash, Jr.

13. One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

Madness loves company.

14. The Talented Mr. Ripley

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From underachiever to mass-manipulator, Matt Damon has it all.

15. Fight Club

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We can't talk about it.

Brain hurt yet? If not, keep watching. We dare you!

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