It’s unusual to see a film about mind control in theaters. It’s interesting to see the work of filmmakers who have attempted to delve deeper into the ideas of mind control and brainwashing. They spread their creative wings and create films that provoke thought in the audience. Despite advances in science, the human brain is still largely a mystery to us. And for this reason, films about the human mind are always intriguing. The following is a list of the best mind control films of all time. Some of the best mind-control movies are available on Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime Video. Films about mind control, brainwashing, and other erotic subjects are all represented here.
10. Dreamscape (1984)
A young psychic on the run from himself is hired by a government agency that is experimenting with the use of dream-sharing technology and is given the inverse task of planting an idea in the mind of the U.S. president. Not as well-executed as some more recent sci-fi films, but it’s still a pretty damn good watch all the same.
9. Open Your Eyes (1997)
Let’s say you have a wonderful life filled with good friends and family, and you’re happy. All of a sudden, an accident occurs, killing everyone you cared about. Do you have any plans? Wouldn’t you do anything to reclaim those priceless moments now that you have them? This Spanish film, directed by Alejandro Amenabar, tells the story of a rich playboy who meets with an accident, is arrested for a murder, and then kills himself after being released from custody. After that, he’ll have no recollection of the past. ‘The Vanilla Sky,’ a critically and commercially successful American remake of a Japanese film, was praised by critics and audiences alike for its intelligent story.
8. Total Recall (1990)
Dennis Quaid leads a normal life with his lovely wife, just like the rest of us. The strangest dreams, however, occur at night, when he sees a mysterious woman in a mysterious location. Discouraged by everyone, he turns to Rekall, a company that specializes in planting memories for fantasy, when asked about his dreams. However, as soon as the procedure begins, Quaid begins to experience flashes of a dimly remembered past. And all of a sudden, the world in which he has spent his entire life does not appear to be the same. He thought that was the case. ‘Total Recall,’ based on a story by Philip K. Dick and serving as a prequel to ‘Minority Report,’ was hailed as revolutionary at the time.
7. The Truman Show (1998)
According to the plot of the movie “The Truman Show,” a man who has been living in his hometown his entire life has no idea he is the star of a reality TV show that has been airing since his birth, and that he’s the star. His entire life is, in a sense, being scripted for the benefit of television viewers. A fair assessment would be to say that “The Truman Show” is a truth experiment. The film raises numerous philosophical issues about the nature of human existence. Peter Weir is probably making a metaphorical point about how our civilization is becoming increasingly enslaved by technological means.
6. The Manchurian Candidate (1962)
Manchurian Candidate tells the story of a right-wing political family’s brainwashed son, who becomes an unwitting assassin in a global communist conspiracy as a result of his conditioning. This film is even more timely today than it was in 1962, given the way terrorism is spreading across the globe. A film that makes you think and leaves you with a strong message.
5. Inception (2010)
Can you talk about mind-control movies without mentioning ‘Inception’? It’s a sci-fi, mystery, and heist film directed by Christopher Nolan. Explaning the film is a bad idea because the film develops into a massive dream sequence with many layers, which is ultimately a method of controlling the mind and stealing secrets from it, but it brilliantly keeps the viewer engrossed in the complex storyline.
4. The Matrix (1999)
Inherently, ‘The Matrix’ is about machines seizing control of the world and converting humans into a renewable energy source. People are brainwashed into believing that they exist in a world that is entirely virtual by machines. For the first time, a movie was made that introduced the terrifying concept of simulated reality while also posing several important philosophical questions about humanity and the purpose of life in general. Even now, not all of the film’s questions have been answered.
3. Upstream Color (2013)
After Kris is attacked one night and hypnotized with the help of an anti-hypnotic grub given to her by the police, the story of “Upstream Color” begins. She complies with the thief’s demands, handing over everything. The next morning, she discovers that she’s been fired and her finances have been decimated. After a few months, she runs into Jeff again and feels an immediate connection to him. In a broader sense, it explores the symbiotic relationship between man, animal, and nature through the personal journey of two individuals to self-discovery after they have lost everything they know and possess. ‘Upstream Color’ is a metamorphic work with many facets, but its primary focus is on the things that are outside of our control.
2. A Clockwork Orange (1971)
Kubrick’s dystopian crime drama explores the depths of human psychology’s inherent madness and chaos. Character Alex DeLarge is a murderous psychopath with an insatiable appetite for bloodshed. The film, made in the classic Kubrician style, raises disturbing questions about morality and human psychology. Using the “Ludovico Technique,” Alex, the thug anti-hero, feels sick and hurt whenever he acts violently or anti-socially, as shown in the film. A side effect of Alex’s association with Ludwig van Beethoven’s music is that he has the same physical reaction to the music alone, which is later exploited by a man whose wife Alex had raped. This backfires because the music of Ludwig van Beethoven is associated with extreme violence.
1. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2003)
It’s a story about love. Also, it’s a work of fantasy and sci-fi. However, you may be perplexed as to how this relates to mind control. Here’s how it works, as explained by me. After their relationship goes sour, two people in the film undergo a procedure to erase each other from their minds. The act of erasing memories can be seen as a means of gaining control of one’s own mind, as Joel and Clementine do in the movie. Whatever your perspective, ‘Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless mind’ will go down as one of the greatest films of all time.