Inception is one of the best puzzle movies of all time. It stars Leonardo DiCaprio in top form as Dom Cobb, a thief who can enter people’s dreams. It doesn’t take long for audiences to start wondering what is real and what isn’t.
Director Christopher Nolan uses this premise to combine thrilling drama with high emotion and incredible dream sequences. Then there’s Inception’s confusing ending that still sparks conversation today.
So, for anyone in need of something similar to watch, we’ve got the seven best movies like Inception that you can watch online right now.
Shutter Island (2010)
Ashecliffe Hospital on Shutter Island, run by Dr. John Cawley (Ben Kingsley), is home to some of the most dangerous and criminally insane people on the planet. Panic sets in when Rachel Solando (Emily Mortimer/Patricia Clarkson), one of the patients,
Federal Marshal “Teddy” Daniels (Leonardo DiCaprio) and his partner Chuck Aules (Mark Ruffalo) are sent to investigate. However, as Teddy spends time in the institution, it becomes increasingly difficult to know what he is actually doing there.
This psychological thriller is dark and unnerving, the kind of movie that stays with you long after you’ve finished it. If you were impressed with DiCaprio’s tortured performance in Inception, you’ll appreciate it in Shutter Island, too.
Gender: Mystery, Thriller, Drama
rotten tomatoes: 69%
Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Mark Ruffalo, Ben Kingsley, Max von Sydow, Michelle Williams, Emily Mortimer, Patricia Clarkson
Director: Martin Scorsese
Post it on Paramount Plus with Showtime in the United States and netflix UK.
Following a brutal attack that included the rape and murder of his wife, Leonard (Guy Pearce) finds himself unable to create new memories. Abandoned by the police, he is determined to track down one of the escaped attackers and avenge his late wife. At the same time, he develops a somewhat intense relationship with the bartender Natalie (Carrie-Anne Moss) which does little to improve his well-being.
Memento (another Nolan film) provides some of its mind-blowing tendencies, along with its new cinematography. Over the course of the film, which is told out of order, it takes you through a broken man’s attempt to find justice and revenge. How far would one of us go?
Gender: Mystery, Thriller
rotten tomatoes: 93%
Stars: Guy Pearce, Carrie-Ann Moss, Joe Pantoliano, Mark Boone Junior, Stephen Tobolowsky
Director: Christopher Nolan
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Fight Club (1999)
Thanks to his boring and unsatisfying job, an office drone (Ed Norton) who specializes in car recalls can’t sleep. To get some sort of support, he joins various groups that support everything but insomnia.
One evening, he meets someone completely different: soap salesman Tyler Durden (Brad Pitt) on a business trip. This leads him to join an underground fight club, whose first rule is not to talk about the fight club. Things escalate and get more and more violent from there as the narrator tries to find meaning in his life.
Fight Club was both controversial and revolutionary when it was released. Norton, Pitt and Helena Bonham-Carter deliver strong performances, while the film’s brooding, dark vibe is enhanced by its dark humor.
Former NASA pilot Joseph “Coop” Cooper (Matthew McConaughey) has turned to a quieter life as a farmer…until he discovers a gravitational disturbance in his daughter’s bedroom. His former colleagues encourage him to put on his space suit again and travel to a new planet in order to give humanity a second chance. To do this, he must make the heartbreaking decision to leave his family.
Like Inception, Interstellar is as much about a man’s determination to return to his family as it is about his larger mission. The thrill of the journey, and your desperation for Coop to return home safely, keeps you engaged in what is a long watch.
Gender: Mystery, Thriller
rotten tomatoes: 73%
Stars: Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, Mackenzie Foy
Director: Christopher Nolan
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The DC Mini machine (unrelated to the comics or movies) allows psychologists to see people’s dreams. However, it is not quite finished and would be very dangerous in the wrong hands…which happens immediately.
Paprika’s animation is gorgeous, and it cuts seamlessly between real-life and dream sequences until it’s hard to tell which is which. It’s completely absorbing. Not only is this movie aimed at Inception fans, but it’s also a great entry point into the world of anime.
Gender: Sci-Fi, Action, Adventure, Anime
rotten tomatoes: 85%
Stars: Megumi Hayashibara, Cindy Robinson, Toru Furuya, Yuri Lowenthal, Toru Emori, Michael Forest
Director: Satoshi Kon
Buy or rent on Amazon in the USA
Being John Malkovich (1999)
While doing his boring job as a file clerk, Craig Schwartz (John Cusack) finds a secret door that leads him into the mind of actor John Malkovich. After his own weird time in the actor’s head, he decides to team up with office crush Maxine (Catherine Keener) to sell the experience for a profit. Chaos ensues as the pair seek to take advantage and the actor tries to regain control.
This dark fantasy comedy has truly stood the test of time and remains as popular as ever. It’s both fun and a bit disturbing, with an all-star cast that includes Cameron Diaz and, yes, Charlie Sheen.
The Butterfly Effect (2004)
If a butterfly flaps its wings, can it trigger an effect somewhere on the planet? This element of chaos theory is the premise of this film. Evan Treborn (Ashton Kutcher) learns he can travel back in time and find out what happened during the blackouts he suffered when he was younger. However, this can change the course of events. This is especially important with the incidents surrounding his college sweetheart Kayleigh (Amy Smart). Can Evan save her from her fate, and is it better for everyone?
Like Inception, The Butterfly Effect is full of haunting and dreamlike sequences. The film received mixed reviews upon release, but the premise is interesting and Kutcher’s performance is compelling as his character deals with ongoing trauma and learns to use his gift.