Report: Warner’s ‘Inception’ Most-Confusing Movie to Watch

The Christopher Nolan-helmed sci-fi thriller Inception ranks No. 1 among the Top 10 most confusing movie plots, according to new data from London-based Money.co.uk.

The study analyzed 132 notoriously hard-to-follow movies to determine which plots viewers most often turned to Google for explanation. Not surprisingly, two other Nolan movies made the Top 10: Last year’s psychological thriller Tenet and 2014’s Interstellar, starring Matthew McConaughey and Anne Hathaway. Nolan’s Memento and Dunkirk also made the list.

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Indeed, with 5.5 million searches, Nolan is well-known for thought-provoking films that often bend time and physics, so it’s perhaps not surprising that he and his movies rank so high.

Surprisingly, director Martin Scorsese ranked No. 2 with 1.6 million searches involving the movie Shutter Island. The 2010 fantasy drama starring Leonardo DiCaprio generated more Google searches than No. 3 Stanley Kubrick, who had 1.4 million combined searches for The Shining, 2001: A Space Odyssey and 1999’s Eyes Wide Shut. DiCaprio, a favorite of Scorsese, appeared in two of the top three movies, having also starred in Inception.

Rank

Movie

Director

Year

IMDb rating

Confused searches

1

Inception

Christopher Nolan

2010

8.8

2,110,900

2

Tenet

Christopher Nolan

2020

7.5

1,928,480

3

Shutter Island

Martin Scorsese

2010

8.2

1,560,200

4

The Shining

Stanley Kubrick

1980

8.4

996,300

5

I’m Thinking of Ending Things

Charlie Kaufman

2020

6.6

932,810

6

Donnie Darko

Richard Kelly

2001

8.0

802,750

7

Interstellar

Christopher Nolan

2014

8.6

744,600

8

Nocturnal Animals

Tom Ford

2016

7.5

708,780

9

No Country for Old Men

Joel and Ethan Coen

2007

8.1

649,640

10

Arrival

Denis Villeneuve

2016

7.9

487,420

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