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, life philosophy, society, dialogue, catastrophe, violence and philosophy 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), Schindler's List (1993), Interstellar (2014), The Matrix (1999), Mr. Nobody (2009), Gattaca (1997), Idiocracy (2006).

List of thought provoking movies

 8.1
 961K
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, interesting, touching, surreal ...
Plot: self discovery, freedom, deception, fictional reality, manipulations, fictional reality show, hidden camera, voyeurism, loneliness, suspicion, dishonesty, suburban life ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, future, 1990s
Place: usa, florida
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 8.8
 455K
Black Mirror (2011)
Genre: Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: UK
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: thought provoking, twists and turns, philosophical, serious, stylized ...
Plot: alternate reality, computers and web, social decay, distopia, society, human nature, dark humor, satire, technology, media satire, gadget, chaos ...
Time: future, near future
Place: england, london
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 8.8
 1.9M
Fight Club (1999)
Genre: Drama
Country: Germany, USA
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, thought provoking, mind bending ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: split personality, self destructing, social decay, nihilism, fighting the system, insomnia, losing-it hero, insanity, dark humor, life philosophy, fist fighting, loneliness ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: delaware, usa
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 8.3
 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, cerebral ...
Audience: teen drama
Plot: midlife crisis, older man young girl relationship, coming of age, existentialism, loneliness, character study, age difference, dysfunctional family, virgin, older man younger woman relationship, closeted homosexual, youth ...
Time: 90s, 1990s, 20th century
Place: usa
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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, thought provoking, serious, emotional, bleak ...
Plot: holocaust, world war two, concentration camp, genocide, against humanity, ghetto, jewish, anti semitism, rescue, wartime, nazi, war ...
Time: 20th century, 1940s, 1930s, 1990s, 90s
Place: poland, germany, europe, central europe, israel
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 8.6
 1.6M
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: space travel, outer space, time travel, spacecraft, end of the world, father daughter relationship, time paradox, black hole, heroic mission, expedition, parallel world, space exploration ...
Time: future, near future, 21st century
Place: colorado
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 8.7
 1.7M
The Matrix (1999)
Genre: Action, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
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, serious ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: artificial intelligence, future dystopia, cyberpunk, distopia, hacker, chosen one, philosophy, alternate reality, man versus machine, save the world, virtual reality, existentialism ...
Time: future, 90s, 1990s, 21st century, 20th century ...
Place: los angeles
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 7.8
 220K
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: mind bending, philosophical, psychological, thought provoking, surreal ...
Audience: date night
Plot: destiny, depression, utopia, alternate reality, life changing experience, surrealism, philosophy, parallel world, love and romance, teenage love, family relations, romance ...
Time: future, 20th century, 21st century, year 1975
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 7.8
 285K
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, discrimination, genetics, paraplegic, philosophy, eugenics, society, heart disease, space travel, destiny ...
Time: future, near future
Place: riviera, detroit, french riviera
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 6.6
 149K
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, offbeat ...
Plot: stupidity, future dystopia, evolution, satire, society, social decay, dimwit, sent to the future, army, distopia, life turned upside down, hibernation ...
Time: future, year 2005
Place: washington d.c., usa
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 7.7
 91K
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, experiment, prison, violence, rape, disorder, surveillance, humiliation, power relations, rivalry, abuse, prison life ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 70s
Place: germany, canada
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 7.4
 118K
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, enigmatic, mind bending, atmospheric, cerebral ...
Plot: reincarnation, metaphysics, atheism, buddhism, society, eye, inventions and discoveries, elevator, track down, death, memory, science ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, year 2009, year 1998, year 2005 ...
Place: india, usa, new york, asia, delhi
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 8.3
 292K
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, pedophile, injustice, life turned upside down, small town life, gossip and rumors, society, family relations, social relations, teacher, parents and children, human nature ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: denmark
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 8.1
 705K
Blade Runner (1982)
Genre: Action, 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: futuristic, atmospheric, neo noir, thought provoking, tech noir ...
Plot: cyberpunk, future dystopia, distopia, existentialism, a.i., androids, artificial intelligence, killer robot, fugitives, androids and robots, cyborgs, bounty hunter ...
Time: future, 2010s, year 2019, 21st century
Place: los angeles, usa
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 7.1
 331K
Snowpiercer (2013)
Genre: Action, Drama, Sci-Fi
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, suspenseful, futuristic, allegory, rough ...
Plot: future dystopia, rebellion, post apocalypse, revolution, survival, social differences, train, resistance, society, snow, distopia, chaos ...
Time: future, 21st century, near future, 2010s, 2030s ...
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The Life of David Gale (2003)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, Germany, UK, Spain
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, serious, suspense, rough ...
Plot: fighting the system, death sentence, false accusation, professor, death, reporter, death row, who done it, investigation, suicide, murder, activist ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: texas, usa, spain, houston texas, italy ...
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 7.0
 10K
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, coffee, multiple storylines, moral ambiguity, escapades, rape, family relations, father son relationship, crimes, crime gone awry, brutality, kidnapping ...
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 6.5
 113K
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, futuristic, philosophical, atmospheric, suspenseful ...
Audience: teens
Plot: distopia, future dystopia, society, utopia, youth, rebelliousness, life is a bitch, teaching the ways of the world, destiny, danger, human nature, fighting the system ...
Time: future
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 8.0
 434K
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, civil rights, racial issues, interracial relations, social relations, hopes, writers, racial segregation ...
Time: 60s, 1960s, 20th century, year 1963
Place: mississippi, usa, mississippi river, southern usa, united states
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 9.4
 558K
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: based on true events, thought provoking, harsh, atmospheric, dark ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: radiation, radiation poisoning, nuclear explosion, nuclear threat, nuclear holocaust, nuclear power plant, nuclear reactor, accident, scientist, save the day, post nuclear, rescue mission ...
Time: 80s, year 1986, 20th century
Place: ussr, ukraine, chernobyl, soviet union, russia ...
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 8.4
 42K
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: thought provoking, mind bending, captivating, atmospheric, twists and turns ...
Plot: conspiracy, buried truth, scientist, danger, life turned upside down, politician, who to trust, dishonesty, graphic violence, mysterious character, top secret, crimes ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: england
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 7.7
 79K
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, serious, bleak, depressing ...
Plot: depression, teachers and students, teacher, suicide, unhappy, social decay, social problems, classroom, human relationship, dedicated educator, life is a bitch, high school life ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
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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: androids and robots, artificial intelligence, a.i., adoption, future dystopia, distopia, androids, cyberpunk, destiny, global warming, adventure, parenthood ...
Time: future, 22nd century
Place: new york, usa, brooklyn new york city, manhattan new york city, coney island brooklyn new york city
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 7.4
 348K
Cloud Atlas (2012)
Genre: Action, 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, atmospheric, psychological, surreal, enigmatic ...
Plot: destiny, life philosophy, reincarnation, human nature, dystopic future, life & death, distopia, karma, death, multiple storylines, love and romance, supernatural ...
Time: future, 1930s, 19th century, 20th century, 21st century ...
Place: seoul, san francisco, hawaii, south korea
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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, stylized, serious ...
Plot: intelligence, rebellion, experiment gone awry, leader, rebelliousness, imaginary, monkey, talking animals, genetic engineering, attack, alzheimer's disease, animal attack ...
Time: future, 21st century, contemporary, near future, 2010s
Place: san francisco, usa
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 8.2
 42K
Tangerines (2013)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: Estonia, Georgia
Duration: 87 min.
Story: War in Abkhazia 1990. An Estonian man Ivo has stayed behind to harvest his crops of tangerines. In a bloody conflict at his door, a wounded man is left behind, and Ivo is forced to take him in.
Style: thought provoking, tense, touching, bleak, harsh ...
Plot: war, anti war, wartime life, village, bullet wound, gun, life is a bitch, human nature, confined, rivalry, elderly, isolation ...
Time: 90s, 1990s, 20th century, year 1992
Place: georgia (former ussr), europe, estonia, caucasus, asia ...
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 7.5
 166K
Milk (2008)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 128 min.
Story: The story of California's first openly gay elected official, Harvey Milk, who became an outspoken agent for change, seeking equal rights and opportunities for all. His great love for the city and its people brought him backing from young and ...
Style: thought provoking, realistic, touching, serious, sincere ...
Plot: gay, gays and lesbians, discrimination, gay slur, homosexual, politician, civil rights, election, protest, politics, murder, homosexuality ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, year 1975, year 1976, year 1972 ...
Place: san francisco, california, usa, oklahoma, minnesota ...
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 7.2
 86K
Dogtooth (2009)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: Greece
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Three teenagers are confined to an isolated country estate that could very well be on another planet. The trio spend their days listening to endless homemade tapes that teach them a whole new vocabulary. Any word that comes from beyond their family ...
Style: thought provoking, odd, disturbing, psychological, biting ...
Plot: incest, brother sister incest, dysfunctional family, power relations, family relations, family problems, punishment, perversion, parents and children, eccentric family, explicit sex, father daughter incest ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: greece, europe
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 6.4
 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, gloomy ...
Plot: mother son incest, tragic love, cloning, unfulfillment, hopes, moral dilemma, parents and children, couple relations, sexual perversion, dealing with death, genetic engineering, family relations ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
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 7.6
 260K
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, suspenseful, psychological ...
Audience: teens, teen drama
Plot: suicide, depression, loss of friend, teenage girl, guilt, teenage boy, high school, human relationship, suicidal, death of daughter, loss of daughter, abusive relationship ...
Place: usa
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