Movies have often used characters that don’t actually exist to help tell their stories, and some of the best are the ones that come as surprise. From comedies to horror, the imaginary character has been a favorite in film and have been part of some of the most curious and brain puzzling movies ever made. Have you seen them all? Today’s Here’s 5 are mind bending movies with imaginary characters.
Let's start with the one you're already thinking of. In this epic film of misdirection, an unnamed disillusioned everyman (Edward Norton), who is addicted to attending support group meetings, "meets" Tyler Durden (Brad Pitt) on a plane, who encourages the narrator to later punch him in the face, thus beginning an underground fight club that leads to urban terrorism. And that's just scratching the surface of this mind bender.
A Beautiful Mind (2001)
Loosely based on the real life Nobel Prize winner John Nash, here played by Russell Crowe, it follows the life of this brilliant but unstable genius mathematician. A man of incredible intellect, he paved a path of arrogance while on the edge of making a huge discovery, though his descent into paranoid schizophrenia had him believing he was contacted by a government defense man named Parcher (Ed Harris), though it was all in his beautiful mind.
The Machinist (2004)
Made famous by lead actor Christian Bale's harrow and disturbing weight loss, this tale of a man who hasn't slept in a year and causes an accident at the machine shop where he works, sees him fired and spiraling into depression. He travels deeper into mental instability, blaming his problems on a mysterious man named Ivan (John Sharian), an imaginary figure that leads him to unspeakable fates.
Donnie Darko (2001)
A gripping and twisted tale of a young man (Jake Gyllenhaal) who survives an absurd disaster where a jet engine crashed into his home, he is told by a mysterious person in a disfigured rabbit costume that the world will end in 28 days, 6 hours, 42 minutes, and 12 seconds. And thus begins an odyssey through suburban American as he comes to understand his role in that end. Why are you wearing that stupid man suit?
Speaking of rabbits, we come to one of the most famous imaginary friends in cinema. It tells the story of Elwood P. Dowd (James Stewart), a wealthy drunkard who begins to have visions of a human-sized rabbit named Harvey, who can stop clocks and let him go where ever he likes. While some try to have him committed, a few also admit they've seen the invisible rabbit as well. A classic that must be seen.