Thought provoking movies and TV shows

The list contains the best, new and most relevant thought provoking movies ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out thought provoking, serious, interesting, complex, stylized and cerebral films and TV shows about / with storytelling, mentor, death, destiny, philosophy, life philosophy, catastrophe, society, greed and dialogue plots mostly in Drama, Sci-Fi and Thriller genres shot in USA, UK, Germany and other countries.
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TOP 10 movies tagged as thought provoking: The Truman Show (1998), Black Mirror (2011), Fight Club (1999), American Beauty (1999), The Hunt (2012), Interstellar (2014), Mr. Nobody (2009), The Matrix (1999), I Origins (2014), The Experiment (2001).

List of thought provoking movies

 8.2
 1.0M
The Truman Show (1998)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: Truman Burbank is the star of "The Truman Show", a 24-hour-a-day "reality" TV show that broadcasts every aspect of his life -- live and in color -- without his knowledge. His entire life has been an unending soap opera for ...
Style: thought provoking, philosophical, psychological, surreal, touching ...
Plot: self discovery, freedom, deception, fictional reality, fictional reality show, hidden camera, morality, alternate reality, tv show, video surveillance, loneliness, voyeurism ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, future
Place: usa, florida
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 8.8
 513K
Black Mirror (2011)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: A contemporary British re-working of The Twilight Zone with stories that tap into the collective unease about our modern world.  Over the last ten years, technology has transformed almost every aspect of our lives before we've had time to ...
Style: twists and turns, thought provoking, philosophical, serious, stylized ...
Plot: alternate reality, computers and web, society, distopia, social decay, human nature, dark humor, satire, technology, media satire, gadget, chaos ...
Time: future, near future
Place: england, london
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 8.8
 2.0M
Fight Club (1999)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 139 min.
Story: A ticking-time-bomb insomniac and a slippery soap salesman channel primal male aggression into a shocking new form of therapy. Their concept catches on, with underground "fight clubs" forming in every town, until an eccentric gets in the ...
Style: twists and turns, surprise ending, twist ending, mind bending, thought provoking ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: nihilism, split personality, self destructing, fighting the system, insomnia, social decay, life philosophy, dark humor, losing-it hero, paranoia, against the rules, insanity ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: delaware, usa
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 8.4
 1.1M
American Beauty (1999)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 122 min.
Story: Lester Burnham, a depressed suburban father in a mid-life crisis, decides to turn his hectic life around after developing an infatuation with his daughter's attractive friend.
Style: thought provoking, melancholic, sexual, cynical, dramatic ...
Audience: teen drama
Plot: midlife crisis, existentialism, loneliness, coming of age, older man young girl relationship, age difference, virgin, dysfunctional family, older man younger woman relationship, character study, closeted homosexual, family problems ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: usa
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 8.3
 319K
The Hunt (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: Denmark, Sweden
Duration: 115 min.
Story: A teacher lives a lonely life, all the while struggling over his son’s custody. His life slowly gets better as he finds love and receives good news from his son, but his new luck is about to be brutally shattered by an innocent little lie.
Style: thought provoking, bleak, psychological, captivating, twists and turns ...
Plot: false accusation, injustice, pedophile, life turned upside down, child abuse, small town life, gossip and rumors, social relations, family relations, society, teacher, parents and children ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: denmark
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 8.6
 1.7M
Interstellar (2014)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi
Country: USA, UK, Canada
Duration: 169 min.
Story: Interstellar chronicles the adventures of a group of explorers who make use of a newly discovered wormhole to surpass the limitations on human space travel and conquer the vast distances involved in an interstellar voyage.
Style: mind bending, futuristic, atmospheric, thought provoking, cerebral ...
Plot: outer space, space travel, time travel, spacecraft, father daughter relationship, expedition, end of the world, time paradox, science, black hole, distant planet, heroic mission ...
Time: future, near future, 21st century
Place: colorado
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 7.8
 230K
Mr. Nobody (2009)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Romance, Sci-Fi
Country: Belgium, Germany, Canada, France, UK, Luxembourg, USA
Duration: 141 min.
Story: Nemo Nobody leads an ordinary existence with his wife and 3 children; one day, he wakes up as a mortal centenarian in the year 2092.
Style: philosophical, mind bending, surreal, thought provoking, psychological ...
Audience: date night
Plot: depression, destiny, surrealism, alternate reality, life changing experience, utopia, philosophy, parallel world, love and romance, teenage love, time, death ...
Time: future, 21st century, 20th century, year 1975
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 8.7
 1.9M
The Matrix (1999)
Genre: Action, Sci-Fi
Country: USA, Australia
Duration: 136 min.
Story: Set in the 22nd century, The Matrix tells the story of a computer hacker who joins a group of underground insurgents fighting the vast and powerful computers who now rule the earth.
Style: mind bending, thought provoking, philosophical, cerebral, intense ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: artificial intelligence, distopia, cyberpunk, alternate reality, chosen one, existentialism, future dystopia, philosophy, virtual reality, hacker, man versus machine, mentor ...
Time: future, 90s, 21st century, 20th century, 22nd century
Place: los angeles
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 7.3
 124K
I Origins (2014)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Romance, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: I Origins follows a molecular biologist studying the evolution of the human eye. He finds his work permeating his life after a brief encounter with an exotic young woman who slips away from him. As his research continues years later with his lab ...
Style: thought provoking, mind bending, enigmatic, atmospheric, philosophical ...
Plot: reincarnation, metaphysics, buddhism, atheism, eye, society, inventions and discoveries, elevator, afterlife, track down, death, memory ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, year 2012, year 2009, year 2005 ...
Place: india, usa, new york, asia, delhi
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 7.7
 93K
The Experiment (2001)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: Germany
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Das Experiment is a shocking psycho thriller about the potential for brutality that humans hide. Even more shocking is the fact that it’s based on an actual occurrence—a 1971 psychological experiment at Stanford University that was aborted ...
Style: thought provoking, psychological, rough, tense, suspenseful ...
Plot: torture, prison, experiment, rape, aggression, disorder, surveillance, humiliation, power relations, rivalry, sadism, abuse ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 70s
Place: germany, canada
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The Life of David Gale (2003)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: UK, Germany, Spain, USA
Duration: 130 min.
Story: A man against capital punishment is accused of murdering a fellow activist and is sent to death row.
Style: thought provoking, surprise ending, suspense, rough, serious ...
Plot: fighting the system, death sentence, false accusation, professor, death, reporter, death row, investigation, suicide, murder, activist, journalist ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: texas, usa, spain, italy, houston texas ...
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Schindler's List (1993)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: USA
Duration: 195 min.
Story: The true story of how businessman Oskar Schindler saved over a thousand Jewish lives from the Nazis while they worked as slaves in his factory during World War II.
Style: touching, realistic, serious, emotional, thought provoking ...
Plot: holocaust, world war two, concentration camp, genocide, against humanity, war, jewish, survival, wartime, rescue, ghetto, anti semitism ...
Time: 20th century, 1940s, 90s, 1930s
Place: poland, germany, europe, central europe, israel
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 6.5
 159K
Idiocracy (2006)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 84 min.
Story: To test its top-secret Human Hibernation Project, the Pentagon picks the most average Americans it can find - an Army private and a prostitute - and sends them to the year 2505 after a series of freak events. But when they arrive, they find a ...
Style: thought provoking, absurd, humorous, not serious, futuristic ...
Plot: stupidity, future dystopia, evolution, satire, distopia, dimwit, sent to the future, society, social decay, usa president, army, life turned upside down ...
Time: future, year 2005
Place: washington d.c., usa
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 7.8
 298K
Gattaca (1997)
Genre: Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: Science fiction drama about a future society in the era of indefinite eugenics where humans are set on a life course depending on their DNA. The young Vincent Freeman is born with a condition that would prevent him from space travel, yet he is ...
Style: futuristic, thought provoking, intellectual, neo noir, twists and turns ...
Plot: distopia, fighting the system, future dystopia, genetics, discrimination, paraplegic, philosophy, society, eugenics, heart disease, space travel, destiny ...
Time: future, near future
Place: detroit, riviera, french riviera
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 7.4
 359K
Cloud Atlas (2012)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi
Country: USA, Germany, Hong Kong, Singapore, China
Duration: 172 min.
Story: A set of six nested stories spanning time between the 19th century and a distant post-apocalyptic future. Cloud Atlas explores how the actions and consequences of individual lives impact one another throughout the past, the present and the future. ...
Style: thought provoking, psychological, atmospheric, enigmatic, surreal ...
Plot: life philosophy, reincarnation, destiny, dystopic future, distopia, human nature, death, life & death, karma, wisdom of life, multiple storylines, love and romance ...
Time: future, 1930s, 20th century, 21st century, 19th century ...
Place: san francisco, hawaii, seoul, south korea
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A.I. Artificial Intelligence (2001)
Genre: Drama, Sci-Fi
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 146 min.
Story: A robotic boy, the first programmed to love, David is adopted as a test case by a Cybertronics employee and his wife. Though he gradually becomes their child, a series of unexpected circumstances make this life impossible for David. Without final ...
Style: thought provoking, philosophical, captivating, emotional, sentimental ...
Plot: artificial intelligence, androids and robots, a.i., distopia, adoption, future dystopia, cyberpunk, androids, destiny, global warming, adventure, parents and children ...
Time: future, 22nd century
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, brooklyn new york city, coney island brooklyn new york city
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 8.1
 449K
The Help (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 146 min.
Story: Aibileen Clark is a middle-aged African-American maid who has spent her life raising white children and has recently lost her only son; Minny Jackson is an African-American maid who has often offended her employers despite her family's ...
Style: touching, uplifting, thought provoking, inspirational, emotional ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick
Plot: racism, maid, friendship, master and servant, discrimination, hopes, civil rights, interracial relations, racial issues, social relations, racial segregation, human spirit ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, year 1963
Place: mississippi, usa, southern usa
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 8.1
 748K
Blade Runner (1982)
Genre: Action, Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: In the smog-choked dystopian Los Angeles of 2019, blade runner Rick Deckard is called out of retirement to terminate a quartet of replicants who have escaped to Earth seeking their creator for a way to extend their short life spans.
Style: neo noir, futuristic, atmospheric, thought provoking, cerebral ...
Plot: cyberpunk, future dystopia, existentialism, distopia, killer robot, androids, artificial intelligence, a.i., fugitives, androids and robots, bounty hunter, human nature ...
Time: future, 21st century, year 2019, 2010s
Place: los angeles, usa
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 7.7
 84K
Detachment (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: A chronicle of three weeks in the lives of several high school teachers, administrators and students through the eyes of substitute teacher, Henry Barthes. Henry roams from school to school, imparting modes of knowledge, but never staying long ...
Style: psychological, thought provoking, bleak, depressing, serious ...
Plot: teacher, depression, teachers and students, suicide, dedicated educator, unhappy, social problems, social decay, human relationship, life is a bitch, social relations, high school life ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
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Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011)
Genre: Action, Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA, UK, Canada
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Scientist Will Rodman is determined to find a cure for Alzheimer's, the disease which has slowly consumed his father. Will feels certain he is close to a breakthrough and tests his latest serum on apes, noticing dramatic increases in ...
Style: thought provoking, suspense, exciting, captivating, stylized ...
Plot: intelligence, rebellion, leader, rebelliousness, experiment gone awry, talking animals, monkey, genetic engineering, attack, alzheimer's disease, animal attack, fight for supremacy ...
Time: future, contemporary, 21st century, 2010s, near future
Place: san francisco, usa
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 7.1
 353K
Snowpiercer (2013)
Genre: Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: South Korea, Czech Republic
Duration: 126 min.
Story: In a future where a failed global-warming experiment kills off most life on the planet, a class system evolves aboard the Snowpiercer, a train that travels around the globe via a perpetual-motion engine.
Style: thought provoking, allegory, suspenseful, futuristic, rough ...
Plot: post apocalypse, future dystopia, revolution, rebellion, survival, social differences, train, distopia, class struggle, resistance, society, vestiges of humanity ...
Time: future, 21st century, near future, year 2014, 2030s ...
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 6.4
 118K
The Giver (2014)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA, South Africa, Canada
Duration: 97 min.
Story: In a seemingly perfect community, without war, pain, suffering, differences or choice, a young boy is chosen to learn from an elderly man about the true pain and pleasure of the "real" world.
Style: thought provoking, philosophical, futuristic, atmospheric, suspenseful ...
Audience: teens
Plot: distopia, future dystopia, society, utopia, youth, destiny, life is a bitch, human nature, teaching the ways of the world, rebelliousness, fighting the system, humanity ...
Time: future
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 7.0
 11K
The Place (2017)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Italy
Duration: 105 min.
Story: The fates of an apparently random group of strangers who each come into contact with a mysterious figure who they believe possesses the power to grant any wish, in return for which they must carry out a task he assigns them.
Style: thought provoking, intellectual, philosophical, captivating, bleak ...
Plot: human nature, father son relationship, moral ambiguity, multiple storylines, escapades, mysterious man, rape, family relations, crimes, murder, crime gone awry, kidnapping ...
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 6.2
 226K
Transcendence (2014)
Genre: Action, Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: UK, China, USA
Duration: 119 min.
Story: Two leading computer scientists work toward their goal of Technological Singularity, as a radical anti-technology organization fights to prevent them from creating a world where computers can transcend the abilities of the human brain.
Style: thought provoking, suspenseful, exciting, tense, futuristic ...
Plot: artificial intelligence, technology, nanotechnology, resurrection, computers and web, scientist, technology gone awry, hi-tech, chaos, cyberspace, inventions and discoveries, utopia ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, future
Place: usa, california
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 8.4
 46K
Utopia (2013)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 50 min.
TV show
Story: The Utopia Experiments is a legendary graphic novel shrouded in mystery. When a group of strangers find themselves in possession of an original manuscript, their lives suddenly and brutally implode.
Style: mind bending, thought provoking, captivating, twists and turns, atmospheric ...
Plot: conspiracy, scientist, hidden truth, life turned upside down, politician, who to trust, dishonesty, graphic violence, mysterious character, crimes, blackmail, strong violent content ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: england
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 9.4
 686K
Chernobyl (2019)
Genre: Drama, History, Thriller
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 330 min.
TV show
Story: A dramatization of the true story of one of the worst man-made catastrophes in history, the catastrophic nuclear accident at Chernobyl. A tale of the brave men and women who sacrificed to save Europe from unimaginable disaster.
Style: thought provoking, dark, heartbreaking, harsh, atmospheric ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: radiation, radiation poisoning, nuclear power plant, nuclear holocaust, nuclear threat, nuclear explosion, nuclear reactor, scientist, save the day, salvation, rescue mission, accident ...
Time: 80s, year 1986, 20th century
Place: ussr, chernobyl, ukraine, russia, moscow russia ...
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 6.3
 14K
Womb (2010)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Sci-Fi
Country: Germany, Hungary, France
Duration: 111 min.
Story: A woman's consuming love forces her to bear the clone of her dead beloved. From his infancy to manhood, she faces the unavoidable complexities of her controversial decision.
Style: thought provoking, psychological, atmospheric, serious, touching ...
Plot: mother son incest, sexual perversion, tragic love, cloning, unfulfillment, hopes, moral dilemma, couple relations, parents and children, genetic engineering, dealing with death, family relations ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
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 7.6
 281K
13 Reasons Why (2017)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: After a teenage girl's perplexing suicide, a classmate receives a series of tapes that unravel the mystery of her tragic choice.
Style: thought provoking, serious, emotional, psychological, suspenseful ...
Audience: teens, teen drama
Plot: depression, suicide, loss of friend, teenage girl, suicidal, high school, guilt, teenage boy, classmate classmate relationship, human relationship, loss of daughter, death of daughter ...
Place: usa
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 7.4
 566K
Looper (2012)
Genre: Action, Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 119 min.
Story: In the futuristic action thriller Looper, time travel will be invented but it will be illegal and only available on the black market. When the mob wants to get rid of someone, they will send their target 30 years into the past where a looper, a ...
Style: futuristic, mind bending, thought provoking, neo noir, tense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: time travel, time loop, time paradox, changing the past or future, hitman, destiny, sent to the past, tragedy, escape, on the run, assassin, self sacrifice ...
Time: future, 21st century, 2040s
Place: usa, kansas, shanghai
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I Want to Eat Your Pancreas (2018)
Genre: Animation, Drama, Family, Romance
Country: Japan
Duration: 109 min.
Story: Spring time in April and the last of the cherry blossoms are still in bloom. The usually aloof bookworm with no interest in others comes across a book in a hospital waiting room. Handwritten on the cover are the words: "Living with Dying." ...
Style: thought provoking, sincere, disturbing, atmospheric, captivating ...
Audience: teens
Plot: tragedy, high school, teenage boy, friendship, teenage girl, fall in love, teenage life, hospital, romance, family relations, bucket list, family problems ...
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