13 Twisted Films Like Shutter Island That'll Mess With Your Mind

Updated on June 22, 2020
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Rahul is a movie addict who can never get enough of good films. His all time favorites are Inception, 12 Angry Men, and Scarface.

What Films Are Like Shutter Island?

  1. Memento
  2. The Prestige
  3. Fight Club
  4. The Fountain
  5. Inception
  6. Source Code
  7. The Game
  8. Donnie Darko
  9. Primer
  10. Jacob's Ladder
  11. eXistenZ
  12. American Psycho
  13. Black Swan

Read more twisted details about each below!

Shutter Island

Do you love psychological thrillers like Shutter Island? Do you love the way they push your buttons? If you love the mind-fuck genre, then you are a movie pervert, and so am I.

Shutter Island is one of those movies that keeps you guessing until the end and leaves you with no definite answer (but enough clues to figure it out for yourself). The little pieces of the puzzle fit perfectly by the time the credits roll.

The suspense, tension, and excellent acting are what makes it a must-see for everyone. If you have not seen it, you should. If you have, it’s only fitting that you're looking for more movies like it now.

Being a fan, I have compiled a list of some similar movies. Let's take a look.


Memento follows Leonard, an amnesiac man who has made it a mission of his life to get revenge for the brutal rape and murder of his wife. The only issue is, he suffers from short-term memory loss which renders him unfit for taking on a task like this. Will Leonard find the killer?

The unexpected twist at the end makes everything clear. I am not going to spoil it for you, though. Nearly everyone has watched it. If you haven’t, you should, too. Here are some more mind-benders once you finish watching it.

The Prestige

The Prestige is one of the best works of director Christopher Nolan (who also directed Memento and Inception). The plot revolves around two rival magicians whose friendly competition devolves into a fierce battle. They sabotage each other’s performances on stage and when one of them finally manages to perform the ultimate illusion, the other delves deep to disclose the secret behind it, with unforeseen repercussions. Their intense rivalry turns them into murderers, jeopardizing the lives of everyone around them.

The movie begins like a camera out of focus and the plotline flips forward and backward in time, making everything more puzzling. It all seems so random until the last few minutes when everything finally starts falling into place. The Prestige will agitate you, but you will love it.

Fight Club

The title gives you the impression that this movie is about fights. And it is about fights, to some extent, but it's also about so much more. Fight Club revolves around brawls, sex, and tons of confusing drama. If you are only focusing on the violence, though, you'll miss the point.

I am not going to give away the plot, but I will tell you this: it has a sick twist at the end which will make you want to watch this movie again with more attention.

It’s disturbing and dark, but at the same time it manages to be quite stylistic and smart. The attention to detail and hidden clues will blow you away. If you haven’t watched it, go do it now. If you have, watch it again with some of your smart friends. They might be able to point out things that you'd completely missed.

The Fountain

The premise behind the story is pretty simple: A man is desperately trying to save his wife from dying. And that’s where the simplicity ends.

The whole story takes place in three different times – past, future, and future. As these three stories are interwoven, three different men represent one man’s pursuit. Are you confused? Get used to it.

The Fountain is like a Chinese puzzle where you’d have to put all the pieces together yourself to make sense of it.


The plot revolves around Dom Cobb and his team of operatives who enter into people’s subconscious and steal their ideas. For their latest mission, they are assigned with the task of planting an idea inside someone's head instead of stealing it. The idea must be planted deep enough in the victim's brain so that he starts to believe that he thought of it himself.

The only problem is, if they go too deep in his thoughts, there is a risk that they will be stuck in limbo inside the dream world, without any chance of coming back. Knowing all the risks, how far will they go? The deeper they venture, the more they risk never waking up again.

While Inception is far from perfect, it’s certainly ambitious and courageous. Don’t worry too much about the plot and spoilers. It’s so complicated that you won’t get all of it from watching it once. It's totally worth watching a couple of times, though. It's only fitting that you'd want more of the same as soon as the credits roll. You don't need to get your hands dirty. Here's my compilation of some similar movies to Inception.

Source Code

A lot of movies waste a lot of time in getting to the point, but Source Code definitely isn't one of them. It feels as if there is no opening— it just gets going from the very first minute. No twenty minutes wasted on setting up the plot.

Colter Stevens is a US pilot who wakes up on a commuter train bound for Chicago. The woman seated across him seems to think he is her boyfriend, but he has no idea who she is or how he got here. Overwhelmed, he decides to go to the bathroom to take a moment and get a grip on what is going on, but to his horror, he sees another man’s face in the mirror instead of his own. Apparently, he is embodying someone else. Last thing he remembers is his plane crashing down in Afghanistan. Is this a dream? Things only get more puzzling and intriguing from thereon as secrets begin to unravel.

The Game

What can you do for a man who already has everything in life? What's a good birthday present for such a person? The Game tries to answer that question.

The premise involves a rich, middle-aged man who has everything he ever desired, but it all came with a cost. He is cut off from the rest of the world. When his brother tries to turn his life around by gifting him a live-action game, things start going awry as all sorts of strange things start happening. Ultimately, this game starts consuming his life.

It’s sort of a brain-teaser. You only have two hours to solve the puzzle, but if you are like me, there is no chance that you will put all the pieces together until the very last movement. You will have to hang on for the solution.

Whether you love it or hate it, The Game is going to entertain you.

Donnie Darko

A parallel universe has been created by mistake, which could mean the end of the real world if it doesn’t collapse safely. Donnie, a troubled teenage boy, finds himself vested with all the powers to get the job done. This is his world where he can make and break rules to save the real world from collapsing.

Who is Donnie Darko? What kind of name is that? Maybe he is a superhero. Maybe he is just like us. He could be brilliant, or he could be insane. What is real and what is not? This movie is going to compel you to find answers to all these perplexing questions by yourself.

At the end of the movie, I felt overwhelmed and beaten. I couldn't wrap my head around it at all. I had to watch it a couple of times to get the message it's trying to convey. It's more than likely that you'll also have to watch this movie more than once to get the hang off what's going on, and you'll love it more each time.

Overall, Donnie Darko will have you searching online for more explanation. When you manage to wrap your head around it, take a look at some more films like Donnie Darko.


A group of hardworking scientists have finally built a useful device, but they don't know what it does or how it works. As the device starts acting strangely, they become more assertive that there's much more to it. Eventually, they realize that they have built something too valuable to market.

Determined to delve deeper and find out more, they decide to explore the potential of the machine, and that’s when things start to get more puzzling; not only for them, but for viewers as well.

Yes, it's way too complicated for someone who likes to have his hand held throughout the whole movie. I found it pretty entertaining, and I am sure you'd love the whole puzzling journey too. With mediocre production values and a very low budget, this is the best you can expect. Granted, it’s not easy to follow, but this movie is utterly satisfying if you love time-travel genre.

Jacob's Ladder

Jacob Singer is a Vietnam war veteran who is struggling to separate delusions from reality.

The movie begins with Jacob and his platoon being suddenly attacked in Vietnam. Jacob is stabbed while the rest of his team is affected by some kind of chemical warfare. It’s chaos everywhere.

Seconds later, we see Jacob in New York. He is back from the war and has been trying to get his post-war life back on track. However, things continue to go downhill as he keeps having frighting experiences and close calls with death. He sees odd, terrified people around him frequently. He can’t tell what’s real and what’s not anymore. What happened to him in Vietnam?

This is easily one of the best movies directed by Adrian Lyne that will leave you reeling with turmoil and despair. And these are the notes this movie strives for. A job well done.


Allegra Geller is a leading game designer who has created a virtual reality game that's just a few tests away from being launched in the market. Before she can do any of that, she is forced to flee, as a fanatic assassin is on to her. Unfortunately, the game gets damaged along the way. Now she must play the virtual reality game with her marketing trainee to fix it.

I am not giving anything else away. Just know that it’s a brilliant movie with an amazing twist at the end.

American Psycho

Patrick Bateman is a troubled guy with everything in life a person could wish for. He has his own apartment suite, a limo, a personal secretary, and lots of girls. What more could a guy ask for? Still, there is something he desperately wants– he doesn’t know what it is, though.

Appearing quite normal on the surface, Patrick is a monster inside. His lack of empathy for human beings leads him to commit murders and other petty crimes. Those poor girls wish they knew more about him before going to his apartment.

Is Partick really a criminal or is he just imagining those things? Is he going insane? The perplexing ending leaves a lot up to you for interpretation. Look closer; answers are there.

Black Swan

Ballerinas live a really tough and disciplined life. They dedicate their whole existence entirely to their craft. Directed by Darren Aronofsky, Black Swan portrays the story of a young ballerina who struggles to cope with the pressure of performing well.

Apparently, she is doing well with the white swan role, but she needs to be better at being a black swan, which is all about being reckless and free from all the boundaries. She delves so deeply into the role that she starts losing her grip on reality. She forgets who she really is and starts behaving more like a black swan, the character she is supposed to play, leading to total chaos in her real life.

Black Swan might not look like Shutter Island in any way, but both movies have a lot more in common than you think. The protagonists are both struggling with a flawed sense of reality. Will they come to their sense before it’s too late?

Whether or not you care about dancing or art, the engrossing tip-toe moments will keep you hooked until credits roll.

Did I miss out on any other good movies? Let me know in the comments section, and I'd be happy to check them out.

How would you rate Shutter Island out of 5 stars?

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      Arunima B 

      3 months ago

      Watch knives out, Shutter island (my fav) and Inception

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      8 months ago

      "The mechanist" is the besto movie of these kind!

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      Johan Lebbing 

      13 months ago from Leeuwarden

      I didn`t saw The Usual Suspects in it.

      Also a masterpiece with a big twist.

      And don`t forget The Sixth Sense of course.

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      harshna kanaye 

      23 months ago

      Dreamhouse (Daniel craig)


      Gone Girl

      Girl on the Train

      The Gift

      The Village

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      James Cole 

      23 months ago

      Twelve Monkeys

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      2 years ago

      Great Movies Collections!!!

      Thanks for sharing. I am a big Twisted, thriller movies Fan and ready to watch any thriller movie.

      Are you guys also movies lover?? Watch Restitution Road full combination of drama, thriller and mystery. What a twist! when a women ready to find the consequences when they take matters into their own hands.

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      3 years ago

      In Dreams?

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      Martine Andersen 

      3 years ago

      Great movie tips! Really did not enjoy Memento or Black Swan, but I could discuss Donnie Darko all day, good work.

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      3 years ago


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      3 years ago

      Another one is TRIANGLE. Watching existenz now, Thanks

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      3 years ago

      The adjustment bureau

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      3 years ago

      gj guys , love to mention twelve monkeys

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      4 years ago

      Yo guys ,,juat saw movie andi was baffled at the end .I think Interstellar is also a good one .

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      4 years ago

      i need a movies like wrong turn and hostel. . .please suggest. . .

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      4 years ago from Singapore

      I watched most on this list, and I have this to say. ( :P)

      Most, if not all of these movies are great. Provided you don't know the ending. I was bored silly by Jacob, Memento, etc, because I read the synopses beforehand. On the other hand, Prestige etc thrilled me.

      So for those who's going to watch, do yourself a favour! Don't read spoilers!

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      Rahul Parashar 

      4 years ago from Delhi, India

      @Bob Movies like The Sixth Sense and The Others are pretty well-known for their twists. Nearly everyone I know has watched them.

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      4 years ago

      LOL never thought I would see a twist-ending movie list with out the Sixth Sense on it.

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      Nigel Thomas 

      4 years ago

      This is a pretty awesome list of movies, some of my favorites are on here, I still haven't seen some of them though, but I'm definitely going to check them out. I know you probably didn't put all the movies you've seen that belong on this list, but just incase you haven't seen this one, you should definitely watch Mr. Nobody, it's very engaging.

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      4 years ago

      Great List!! Thank you :)

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      4 years ago

      I think you will also love the machinist......

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      4 years ago

      Butterfly effect?

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      gurdit singh 

      4 years ago

      every times u watch shutter island , u come to a different conclusion. i dont think there is any other movies like this. but these all are great one.

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      Rahul Parashar 

      4 years ago from Delhi, India

      Thanks guys.

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      4 years ago

      You should add Now You See Me. Just saying. Haha. Great list tho. I love all of them.

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      4 years ago

      Nice list. I love all of them above movies so grat for it. :)


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