Did the ending of last summer’s blockbuster confuse you?


? You’re not alone. A new study of Google searches related to film plots shows that Christopher Nolan’s sci-fi head-scratcher tops the top 50 film list with nearly half a million searches. Martin Scorsese

shutter Island

by 2010, a distant second ran at 310,000.

Nolan wasn’t just first on the list, either. Four of his last five feature films made the cut, only the direct war drama


absence. (Spoiler alert: almost everyone escapes, although a few die and Tom Hardy is captured by the Germans.)


was #5 on the list, with


at 11 a.m

The Dark Knight rises

at 39. Additionally, Nolan’s 2000 breakout hit


came in 25th, proving that confusing endings don’t get in the way of a successful career. We’ll have to wait and see if his upcoming biopic about nuclear physicist J. Robert Oppenheimer introduces some weird quantum uncertainty.

Unsurprisingly, the list was dominated by sci-fi, mystery, and horror titles by 2003

Lost in translation

as the most comedic entry at number 36, and that’s probably due to Bill Murray’s whispered line to Scarlett Johansson. Few moviegoers ask themselves things like “Who were the crazy rich Asians?” or “A

last christmas

has anyone given her their heart?” And the lack of liquorice pizza in

Liquorice Pizza

doesn’t seem to have worried many viewers.

In addition to Nolan, several filmmakers have made the list more than once, including Scorsese (

shutter Island


taxi driver

), Ari Aster (




), Stanley Kubrick (

The glow


2001: A Space Odyssey

), the Coen brothers (

No country for old men


Barton Fink

) and Darren Aronofsky (

Black swan, mother!


The wrestler


Canadian Denis Villeneuve also made the list twice for his beautiful 2016 sci-fi drama


(ranked at No. 13) and his little-seen 2013 thriller


based on the novel by José Saramago

The lookalike

, and starring Jake Gyllenhaal in dual roles as the U of T’s history professor and his double. He finished 23rd.

Two other Canadian Directors were present. Mary Harron (also one of the few women on the list) came in at number 4 with her 2000 thriller

american psycho

. And Vincenzo Natalis

In the tall grass

based on a novel by Stephen King and Joe Hill, turned 24. Oddly enough, it’s Natali’s directorial debut, the 1997 cult classic


didn’t make it, although it was confusing and ambiguous.

Films with time travel themes or plots featured heavily in the survey and included those mentioned above






as well as

Donnie Darko, Edge of Tomorrow, Looper


Planet of monkeys.

And while you might expect newer films to dominate the list, there were titles from every decade, going back to the 1960s (Alfred Hitchcock’s

The birds

, sneaking in at #47) and one from the 1940s. That was Orson Welles’ 1941 drama

Citizen Kane

that was number 32.

I won’t spoil it, but if you’re curious, just google “rosebud,” ignore the top hit for the Rosebud Theater in Rosebud, Alta., and all will be revealed.

List compiled by website analyzed Google search data from January to May 2022.

Top 10 Most Confusing Movies


(2020) by Christopher Nolan

shutter Island

(2010) by Martin Scorsese


(2019) by Ari Aster

american psycho

(2000) by Mary Harron


(2010) by Christopher Nolan

Donnie Darko

(2001) by Richard Kelly


(2019) by Jordan Peele

Nocturnal animals

(2016) by Tom Ford


(2018) by Ari Aster

The glow

(1980) by Stanley Kubrick

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