30 Fantastic Movies That Make You Feel Like You Are Solving Puzzle
If you love trying to solve the mystery in a movie together with the main character, you should watch all of the movies listed below. Numbers, passwords, symbols, mysteries – all these are waiting to be solved.
30. The Number 23 (2007)
A movie in which Jim Carrey proved that he is able to manage more than comedy. Psychological and mysterious progress of a character who becomes obsessed with the number 23 is waiting for you.
Comment from a viewer: “I often paused the movie and made some calculations. When there is a sequence of events that I cannot guess, I enjoy much more.”
29. The Da Vinci Code (2006)
Being adapted from Dan Brown’s bestselling book, The Da Vinci Code was directed by Ron Howard, the director of the movie A Beautiful Mind. People who want to see how symbolic system professor Robert Langdon handles passwords and mystery should watch the movie.
Comment from a viewer: “If you first read the book and then watch the movie, you will enjoy much more.”
28. Fermat’s Room (2007)
4 mathematicians, who don’t know each other, are invited by a mysterious person to solve a big puzzle. If they can’t solve the questions in time correctly, the room they are in will turn into a death trap for them. Moreover, the most important problem they need to solve is the reason why they are there and the relation between them. If you think that reasoning is your thing, then you should watch this movie.
Comment from a viewer: “It was a really good movie. I has never been a popular movie, probably it has not been the obvious the eye. If you haven’t noticed the movie yet, it is a great movie.” / melancolic
27. Enemy (2013)
So much mystery and suspense thriller that we are accustomed to seeing in the movies by Denis Villeneuve. Watching the movie once will not be enough to understand what happens in the movie.
Comment from a viewer: “Problematic, stable, weird, different… I suggest you to concentrate while you are watching this movie.” / denisilin
26. Triangle (2009)
The movie is about the story of a group of people who were travelling with a yacht in the ocean and forced into going on board a mysterious ship due to bad weather conditions. This story becomes extraordinary and makes viewers cogitate about what is what.
Comment from a viewer: “One of the best infinite loop examples I have watched recently. You say ‘here the classical ending is’ over and over again as you are watching the movie but it always goes one step further and this situation makes you watch the movie from different viewpoints.”
25. Exam (2009)
A mysterious and powerful company seeks for an employee and creates a perfect exam to hire the best. Participants are brought into a room and they are given a piece of paper and a pencil. The supervisor reads the rules out loud, states that there are only one question and one answer and the person who provides correct answer will be hired. Then, the supervisor leaves the room. However, there is no question that is provided to be answered – maybe this condition is the question!
Comment from a viewer: “One place, one question, one answer… 10 players and an impressive movie that makes viewer think. A movie to watch without being bored.”
24. Stay (2005)
A 21-year old young wants to commit suicide. Behind the curtains, there exists an extraordinary mystery. A movie for the people who seeks for mystery that is hard to solve until the end.
Comment from a viewer: “A movie that is sometimes absurd, complex and like a puzzle that begins in a weird way, ends in a weird way – but it is generally surreal and it has stunning and impressive extraordinary features. Weird repetitions, spectacular views, hypnotic music and unique acting.”
23. National Treasure (2004)
Who doesn’t want to watch the adventure of a smart character who owns a treasure map in his/her hands? A production full of mystery and suspense thriller.
Comment from a viewer: “Like adaptation of Indiana Jones movies to the present day. How much do you latch onto a story that belongs to your family and that you heard from your elders? Up to which point does it bring you? What if you are told that all of these are just lies? Would you proceed?”
22. The Adjustment Bureau (2011)
In this movie, which was adapted from science fiction writer Philip K. Dick’s short story, some people who try to prevent two characters from getting together and who have special powers can control destiny. Will the characters, whom we suppose to see them together, be able to run away from their destinies?
Comment from a viewer: “A great production that expresses destiny as the result of our choices.”
21. El método (2005)
The conflict between the candidates who undergo a test for a job position will make everything much different.
Comment from a viewer: “A great criticism raised against capitalism. A good example of being wild to have a job or money. A good movie to watch.”
20. Cube (1997)
People who are from different social groups and kept inside a cube have no idea how they end up in that cube. They have to use their minds to get out of the cube, one wrong decision means death.
Comment from a viewer: “One of the best examples of science fiction cinema with its unique scenario and simple thriller characteristic.”
19. Identity (2003)
10 people who are completely strange for each other and full of secrets come together in a motel in the middle of nowhere and they begin to die one by one. The only way to stop these deaths is to determine the secret that brought them together. While you are also trying to solve the mystery together with the characters, the result may be surprising.
Comment from a viewer: “It was so interesting that nobody can find who the killer is.”
18. Loft (2008)
The consequences of the adventure of 5 married men cheating on their wives with their mistresses in a luxurious attic are serious. One woman is found dead and the murderer is unknown. While friends are accusing each other, viewers make great effort to solve the mystery. When this Belgian movie made a hit, two spin-offs were produced.
Comment from a viewer: “I love such movies that are full of surprises and that make viewers brainstorm – this way, the movie is watched all in one breath. You will question the concept of ‘trust’ after this movie.”
17. Predestination (2014)
A science fiction movie, in which it is hard to determine who is related to who, that has master degree in making people go crazy by processing various concepts from time travelling to paradoxes.
Comment from a viewer: “When things became complex towards the end of the movie, I thought over and over again. You always ask ‘What is next?’ to you.”
16. The Next Three Days (2010)
It is hard to find the person who cause his wife to go to jail with no reason. It is much harder to find a way to make her escape from prison. John Brennan attempts to do so.
Comment from a viewer: “Prison break has always been a sufficient topic for action movies. But this time, there was something different that tries to make the movie original. I can say that it is an original movie.”
15. Source Code (2011)
You have no idea how you end up in where you are. You don’t know people around you. In fact, you are not sure of your identity at all. You are trying to find the answers and in the meantime, you have to find the person who will carry out an attack. A puzzle that is hard to solve!
Comment from a viewer: “A perfect, breath-taking production in every aspect. Watch it in the cold light of the day.”
14. Sherlock Holmes (2009)
Sherlock Holmes is the essential part of such a list. In fact, trying to solve the puzzle as you are watching the movie is pointless; because Sherlock is much faster than you are.
Comment from a viewer: “A perfect movie that is tempting, that integrates the scenes and conditions of the past into the screenplay very well and combine them with a perfect scenario and a beautiful fiction and that does all of these with world-class stars.”
13. Zodiac (2007)
Imagine a serial killer who is never caught and who is so clever that he never leaves a clue behind. As the number of unsolved murder cases increases, curiosity of viewers increase as well. This classic from David Fincher is based on a true story.
Comment from a viewer: “While I was watching the movie, I felt like I was living in those years and I would find the killer. In this movie, anatomy of a killer is told and the characters were selected in a great way. The duration may be a bit long for you, but I think that shorter duration will make the movie deviate from its target.”
12. The Machinist (2004)
If you love the hangman game, you are at the right place. In this movie, which was so popular due to Christina Bale’s performance, the character tries to solve the mystery and in the meantime, you are as curious as the character about at where this story would end up.
Bir izleyici yorumu: “A form of psychological breakdown that is shaped in flesh and bones: rational psychological problems, perceptible appearance of inner conscience, suffering torment… Watch it.”
11. Saw (2004)
It is true that this is a classical thriller movie of the recent era. Jigsaw character has been one of the legendary characters in the history. His victims who want to get rid of him have to solve many different puzzles.
Comment from a viewer: “It has a final scene that you cannot find in any movie. Don’t watch it as a killer film or horror film. A serial killer who provides their own mistakes to the people, in a different way.”
10. The Game (1997)
Another movie from David Fincher that is full of mysteries. A man has full control over his life, but on his birthday, he loses the control and becomes a man who does not know to whom or to what he should believe. There are lots of questions for him to solve.
Comment from a viewer: “Backwards and forwards… A spectacular mystery-thriller movie that throws viewers a curve and astounds them. It is really difficult to distinguish which event in the movie is real and which event is fake.”
9. Mr. Nobody (2009)
A man, whose name is Némo and who is the last mortal being in the world at the age of 117 in 2092. On his deathbed, he remembers that he was standing on a railway platform as a young kid. The train is about to leave. Should he go with his mother or should he stay with his father? This decision will create infinite number of possibilities.
Comment from a viewer: “This long comment may be hard to read for you; but you will keep reading because you are curious about what I will write. At this point, the decision that you will make, maybe, will cause of your death. Funny? Yes, maybe at first glance, but you cannot imagine the effects of very little things on a person’s life. Maybe, just a few minutes later from now, a drunk driver would drive toward you while you are walking on the sidewalk and you will die. However, because you read this comment, you will be there around a minute later and you will not die although that drunk driver will make the car accident. That very little decision is powerful enough to affect your whole life.”
8. Prisoners (2013)
Can you find the missing girls in spite of insufficient clues? On top of that, cops have failed and you are all alone. A production that is full of mystery, that is hard to understand at first and that creates lots of question marks in the viewers’ minds.
Comment from a viewer: “A spectacular drama/thriller movie from Jake Gyllenhaal and his perfect performance again. We should also give credit for Hugh Jackman. A brilliant movie that I watched twice in a short period of time and cannot get enough of watching.”
7. Donnie Darko (2001)
28 days, 6 hours, 42 minutes and 12 seconds to the end of the world… Has the future really been seen or do all these mysterious events result from a schizophrenic condition?
Comment from a viewer: “There are some movies that begin when they end… There are some movies about which lots of ideas/theories are generated and on which arguments are had for a long time… Donnie Darko is one of them.”
6. Shutter Island (2010)
As a result of the cooperation of Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio, a new masterpiece was created. Is our detective, who is called to Shutter Island, at a place where he is afraid of being at while he is looking for himself?
Comment from a viewer: “The movie makes people question their lives. I think that everybody thinks ‘Am I like this, too?’ after the movie.”
5. Memento (2000)
A man who dedicates his life to finding the person who raped his wife and then killed her. Can you solve a hard puzzle in spite of the fact that you are experiencing memory loss problem? A clever movie that made Christopher Nolan a shining star in short time.
Comment from a viewer: “Masterpiece of directing! It provides clues so differently that you experience difficulty in recapping the topic.”
4. The Prestige (2006)
It is easy for magicians to trick their viewers. Well, how much can they be successful when it is about to trick each other? Another great movie from Christopher Nolan and again, it is hard to solve the puzzle.
Comment from a viewer: “Never say that you didn’t watch this movie, or you will be ashamed.”
3. Indiana Jones (1981) (1984) (1989) (2008)
IMDb: 8.6 7.6 8.3 6.2
Although we watched unbelievable adventures of archeologist Indiana Jones numerous times, it is impossible to get bored. Anytime, you may watch the series from the beginning to the end.
Comment from a viewer: “I decided to be an archeologist after I watched this movie. It is that much entertaining, amusing and full of adventures.”
2. The Usual Suspects (1995)
Who is this Turkish mafia leader ‘Keyser Soze’? When you think that you have found the answer, you may be completely wrong.
Comment from a viewer: “Without a doubt, one of the masterpieces in the history of movies. Let us give a clue: If you don’t watch carefully, you may need to rewind some scenes.”
1. Inception (2010)
Christopher Nolan, again. A movie that makes us want to be able to erase our memory so that we can watch it again and again with the same feelings. Are all of these dreams or not? Can you find?
Comment from a viewer: “What an imagination, what a movie, where are we and which one is the real world? “ / lorenzos