15 Best Movies like Inception

Best Movies like Inception

An absolute masterpiece from the inventive mind of director Christopher Nolan, Inceptions takes the audience on a reality-changing journey.

Released in 2010 and starring renowned actor Leonardo DiCaprio, the film is difficult to explain but easy to enjoy. Inception has been revered as one of the finest sci-fi movies of all time.

This article provides you with a list of 15 similar movies to watch right after Inception.

  1. The Prestige

Topping the list is a film directed by Christopher Nolan, The Prestige. The film depicts a rivalry between two magicians changing into a battle. It was adapted from Christopher Priest’s 1995 fantasy novel of the same name.

The film stars Christian Bale and Hugh Jackman in the lead roles and both deliver captivating performances.

The Prestige was released in 2006 and collected $109.7 million at the global box office. With an IMDb rating of 8.5, this movie is one you can’t afford to eschew.

  1. The Imitation Game

Set during the time of World War II, The Imitation Game portrays Benedict Cumberbatch as the famous mathematician Alan Turing. It is a war drama displaying Turing’s endeavors to decrypt coded German messages.

The movie was inspired by the biography Alan Turing: The Enigma by Andrew Hodges. Directed by Morten Tyldum, the film came out in theatres in 2014. It grossed over $233 million at the box office.

  1. The Truman Show

Just Like Inception, The Truman Show depicts to the viewers, a questionable reality. It displays the seemingly normal life of the titular character Truman Burbank which turns out to be a T.V show. Director Peter Weir offers a psychological drama with the film while also presenting a satire.

It features Jim Carrey in the shoes of the protagonist. Released in 1998, the film boasts the meritorious rating of 95% on Rotten Tomatoes and 8.2 on IMDb.

  1. The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

A queer venture in all regards, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button surely presents an engrossing experience. The plot revolves around the titular character Benjamin Button who suffers from an unusual ageing ailment that causes him to age backwards.

Brad Pitt plays the protagonist and puts up a commendable show. The film is directed by David Fincher and released on Christmas of 2008.

The movie does not fail in capturing the curiosity of the audience. The Curious Case of Benjamin Button received as many as 13 nominations at the 81st Academy Awards including Best Picture, Best Director for Fincher, Best Actor for Pitt.

  1. The Departed

Directed by Martin Scorcese, The Departed is an all-time classic crime thriller. With the genius of Scorsese in play, the delivery of the film can never be questioned. It lives up to every expectation that one sets for a Scorsese film.

The plot depicts a constant to-and-fro between two corrupted secret agents who attempt to kill each other.

With an impressive rating of 8.5 on IMDb and 90% on Rotten Tomatoes, this film is a must-watch.

  1. The Machinist

Christian Bale features once again in this list with via The Machinist, released in 2004.

While Inception speaks of dreams in one’s sleep, The Machinist speaks of hallucination caused by lack of sleep. The story is about an insomniac lathe operator who frequently sees a strange man who follows him everywhere and doubts his own sanity.

It is directed by Brad Anderson and has been highly acclaimed by critics since its release.

  1. Tenet

Another brilliant undertaking by Christopher Nolan in the sci-fi genre was 2020′ Tenet.

The film is resonates with the imaginative mind of Nolan and plunges the audience into a mind-bending narrative.

It manifests the concept of time running backwards in a captivating manner. With incredible visual effects to aid the storyline, Tenet is a sure-shot entertainer.

  1. Source Code

A fascinating tale of an army pilot waking up in the body of someone else, Source Code is a treat for those who like action-filled sci-fi flicks.

Released in 2011, it features Jake Gyllenhaal in the lead. It is directed by Duncan Jones and was successful in collecting $147.3 million at the box office. Source Code is rated at 7.5 on IMDb and 92% on Rotten Tomatoes.

  1. Looper

Looper follows the story of a journey through time. It is set in the future where the mob sends their victim back in time to be killed by a hired gun called Looper. The plot revolves around Joe (played by Joseph Gordon-Levitt) who is one such Looper.

Directed by Rian Johnson, the movie came out in 2012 and collected a worldwide total of $176.5 million. 

  1. Memento

Memento has to be one of the best psychological thrillers to have ever been made. Directed by once again, Christopher Nolan, it remains an all-time classic for many.

Starring Guy Pierce in the lead, the film is about an insurance investigator who suffers from anterograde amnesia. The screenplay is crisp and engaging. The uniqueness of Memento undoubtedly makes it a fascinating watch. It was released in the year 2000.

  1. Arrival

Arrival is a psychological thriller that takes the audience in a time-altering ride. The story is about a linguistic expert who is tasked with engineering a method to communicate with an alien species after their spacecrafts arrive on Earth.

It presents the engrossing premise of how language can change the way in which the mind perceives time.

Directed by Denis Villeneuve, it is based on the short story The Story of Your Life from 1998. Arrival came out in theatres in 2016.

  1. Paprika

Paprika is a Japanese anime that resembles Inception in many ways. It based on the concept of dream detectives and a device intended to help psychiatric patients which possesses the potential to destroy human minds.

It is based on the 1993 novel of the same name by Yasutaka Tsutsui.

Paprika was released in 2006 and is rated 85% on Rotten Tomatoes. It is directed by Satoshi Kon.

  1. Total Recall

By being based on the premise that the protagonist deals with disturbing dreams, Total Recall shares similarly with Inception. Released in 2012, the film is based on the 1990 film of the same name. It is a sci-fi thriller with intense action sequences that offer an intriguing experience.

Directed by Len Wiseman, Total Recall grossed a total of $198.5 million in its theatrical run.

  1. Predestination

Yet another movie about time in this list is Predestination. It follows the story of a temporal agent who is sent back in time to 1975 to prevent a bomb blast in New York City.

The movie stars Ethan Hawke in the lead role and is directed by Michael Spierig and Peter Spierig.

It is based on the 1959 short story All You Zombies by Robert A. Heinlein and was released in 2014.

  1. Self/less

To wrap up the list, we have a sci-fi action film, Self/less. It presents the interesting plot of a scientist who transfers the mind of a terminally ill billionaire into an artificially-grown body.

Released in 2015, it is directed by Tarsem Singh. The movie features Ryan Reynolds and Ben Kingsley in the lead.

IMDb rates Self/less at 6.5 out of 10.