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, interesting, serious, clever, intense and dramatic films and TV shows about / with storytelling, mentor, life philosophy, destiny, dialogue, catastrophe, death, society, greed and murder plots mostly in Drama, Sci-Fi and Thriller genres shot in USA, UK, Canada and other countries.
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thought provoking movies
TOP 10 movies tagged as thought provoking: Black Mirror (2011), American Beauty (1999), Gattaca (1997), 13 Reasons Why (2017), Fight Club (1999), The Giver (2014), The Matrix (1999), After the Dark (2013), The Truman Show (1998), The Help (2011).

List of thought provoking movies

 8.9
 297K
Black Mirror (2011)
Genre: Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 60 min.
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, dark humor, biting, clever, cynical ...
Plot: human nature, social decay, media satire, computers and web, society, alternate reality, technology, technology gone awry, chaos, news, technophobia, mind control ...
Time: future
Place: england
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 8.4
 978K
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, sexual, cynical, biting, cerebral ...
Audience: teen drama
Plot: midlife crisis, family problems, dysfunctional family, loneliness, teenage life, coming of age, youth, age difference, virgin, american dream, parenthood, lust ...
Time: 90s, 1990s, 20th century
Place: usa
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 7.8
 258K
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, twists and turns, suspenseful, intellectual ...
Plot: fighting the system, future dystopia, genetics, eugenics, discrimination, destiny, space travel, heart disease, distopia, society, science, philosophy ...
Time: future, near future
Place: riviera, french riviera
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 8.1
 197K
13 Reasons Why (2017)
Genre: Drama, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
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: suicide, loss of friend, high school, human relationship, guilt, teenage girl, depression, loss of daughter, loss, loss of loved one, teenager, audio cassette ...
Place: usa
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 8.8
 1.7M
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: biting, bleak, rough, thought provoking, disturbing ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: losing-it hero, social decay, fist fighting, against the rules, split personality, insomnia, social misfits, violence, fighting the system, visionary, society, loneliness ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: usa, delaware
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 6.5
 104K
The Giver (2014)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Sci-Fi
Country: South Africa, Canada, USA
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, atmospheric, futuristic, suspenseful, exciting ...
Audience: teens
Plot: society, future dystopia, rebelliousness, destiny, teaching the ways of the world, utopia, life is a bitch, human nature, chases and races, memory, youth, danger ...
Time: future
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 8.7
 1.5M
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: thought provoking, exciting, mind bending, serious, philosophical ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: virtual reality, save the world, future dystopia, cyberpunk, artificial intelligence, man versus machine, a.i., imaginary, technology gone awry, chosen one, cyberspace, philosophy ...
Time: future, 1990s, 21st century, 20th century, 90s
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 5.7
 20K
After the Dark (2013)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Sci-Fi
Country: USA, Indonesia
Duration: 107 min.
Story: At an international school in Jakarta, a philosophy teacher challenges his class of twenty graduating seniors to choose which ten of them would take shelter underground and reboot the human race in the event of a nuclear apocalypse.
Style: psychological, thought provoking, surprise ending, captivating, serious ...
Plot: survival, danger, teacher, philosophy, human nature, teachers and students, youth, social relations, experiment gone awry, catastrophe, rivalry, disorder ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: indonesia, asia, tokyo
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 8.1
 826K
The Truman Show (1998)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Sci-Fi
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, touching, clever, surreal, philosophical ...
Plot: self discovery, manipulations, voyeurism, tv show, freedom, dishonesty, fictional reality show, hollywood, alternate reality, loneliness, fictional reality, showbiz ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, future, 1990s
Place: usa, florida
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 8.1
 388K
The Help (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, India, United Arab Emirates
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, master and servant, friendship, maid, discrimination, hopes, against the rules, social relations, interracial relations, exploitation, racial issues, storytelling ...
Time: 60s, 1960s, 20th century, year 1963
Place: mississippi, usa
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 6.4
 12K
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, atmospheric, psychological, serious, captivating ...
Plot: tragic love, cloning, moral dilemma, hopes, genetic engineering, childhood sweetheart, unfulfillment, couple relations, parents and children, dealing with death, family relations, death ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
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Perfect Strangers (2016)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Italy
Duration: 97 min.
Story: During a dinner, a group of friends decide to share whatever text message or phone call they will receive during the evening - and all hell breaks loose.
Style: thought provoking, psychological, talky, captivating, surprise ending ...
Plot: infidelity, friendship, family problems, under the surface, psychology, dialogue driven, family secret, dinner party, husband wife relationship, secrets, character study, life philosophy ...
Time: 2010s, 21st century
Place: italy, rome italy, new jersey
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 6.6
 130K
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, humorous, futuristic, offbeat, absurd ...
Plot: future dystopia, social decay, stupidity, society, evolution, sent to the future, brainwashing, social satire, life turned upside down, experiment, capitalism, intelligence ...
Time: future, year 2005
Place: usa, washington d.c.
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 7.7
 69K
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, bleak, thought provoking, serious, touching ...
Plot: teachers and students, suicide, social decay, teacher, life is a bitch, unhappy, human relationship, dedicated educator, social problems, social relations, depression, high school life ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
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 7.6
 95K
Upgrade (2018)
Genre: Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: Australia
Duration: 100 min.
Story: A brutal mugging leaves Grey Trace paralyzed in the hospital and his beloved wife dead. A billionaire inventor soon offers Trace a cure — an artificial intelligence implant called STEM that will enhance his body. Now able to walk, Grey finds that ...
Style: thought provoking, futuristic, tech noir, suspenseful
Plot: artificial intelligence, cyberpunk, murder, implant, surgery, microchip, revenge, violence, police, car chase, splatter, quadriplegic ...
Time: future, near future
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 8.6
 1.3M
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: atmospheric, futuristic, mind bending, serious, cerebral ...
Plot: space travel, outer space, spacecraft, time travel, parallel world, heroic mission, space and aliens, future dystopia, inventions and discoveries, adventure, expedition, space exploration ...
Time: future, near future
Place: colorado
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 7.1
 232K
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: suspenseful, futuristic, thought provoking, surreal, stylized ...
Plot: future dystopia, rebellion, survival, revolution, resistance, social differences, train, society, social class, human nature, revolt, winter ...
Time: future, 21st century
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 8.0
 107K
Wonder (2017)
Genre: Drama, Family
Country: USA, Hong Kong
Duration: 113 min.
Story: The story of August Pullman – a boy with facial differences – who enters fifth grade, attending a mainstream elementary school for the first time.
Style: uplifting, thought provoking, sincere, inspirational, touching
Plot: school, middle school, family, bullying, friendship, family relations, child, deformity, halloween, fight, father son relationship, mask ...
Place: coney island brooklyn new york city, manhattan new york city, pennsylvania
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 7.1
 6K
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, captivating, philosophical, suspenseful ...
Plot: human nature, multiple storylines, coffee, moral ambiguity, escapades, father son relationship, family relations, crimes, crime gone awry, rape, murder, explosion ...
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Lions for Lambs (2007)
Genre: Drama, Thriller, War
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Three stories told simultaneous in ninety minutes of real time: a Republican Senator who's a presidential hopeful gives an hour-long interview to a skeptical television reporter, detailing a strategy for victory in Afghanistan; two special ...
Style: serious, thought provoking, realistic, psychological, emotional ...
Plot: politics, war, propaganda, state affairs, idealism, terrorist, teachers and students, soldier, past, danger, hopes, media ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, future
Place: afghanistan, usa, california, iran, washington d.c. ...
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 7.5
 1K
The Method (2015)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Russia
Duration: 53 min.
Story: The main character is an extraordinary and mysterious person, at the same time, he (Rodion Meglin) is an outstanding inspector. Rodion is used to work alone in order to keep the secrecy of his unusual method. Young graduate Esenya Steklova is ...
Style: suspenseful, psychological, thought provoking, rough, tense ...
Plot: investigation, serial killer, haunted by the past, human nature, murder, crimes, mental illness, danger, betrayal, redemption, good versus evil, vengeance ...
Place: russia
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 6.3
 203K
Transcendence (2014)
Genre: Action, Drama, Romance, 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: suspenseful, thought provoking, exciting, tense, serious ...
Plot: computers and web, artificial intelligence, technology gone awry, inventions and discoveries, scientist, technology, chaos and mayhem, resurrection, mind control, hi-tech, chaos, consciousness ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, future
Place: usa, california
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 7.6
 86K
The Hurricane (1999)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 146 min.
Story: The story of Rubin "Hurricane" Carter, a boxer wrongly imprisoned for murder, and the people who aided in his fight to prove his innocence.
Style: thought provoking, touching, factual, inspirational, serious ...
Plot: prison, false accusation, courtroom, fighting the system, racism, friendship, boxing, freedom, injustice, human spirit, prejudice, discrimination ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 70s, 80s, 1940s ...
Place: new jersey, toronto ontario canada, canada
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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: surprise ending, serious, disturbing, psychological, realistic ...
Plot: fighting the system, intern, death sentence, murder, death row, suicide, death penalty, investigation, who done it, activist, false accusation, professor ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: texas, usa, houston texas, austin texas, mexico ...
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 7.8
 195K
Mr. Nobody (2009)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Romance, Sci-Fi
Country: Belgium, Germany, Canada, France, USA, UK
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: psychological, futuristic, mind bending, surreal, offbeat ...
Audience: date night
Plot: destiny, utopia, teenage love, depression, alternate reality, surrealism, romance, love affair, life changing experience, parallel world, postmodernism, philosophy ...
Time: future, 20th century, 21st century, year 1975
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 7.0
 76K
Big Eyes (2014)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, Romance
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 106 min.
Story: The story of the awakening of the painter, Margaret Keane, her phenomenal success in the 1950s, and the subsequent legal difficulties she had with her husband, who claimed credit for her works in the 1960s.
Style: captivating, thought provoking, sentimental, suspense, serious ...
Plot: unsupportive spouse, ambition, couple relations, art, greed, marriage, courtroom, court case, plagiarism, rising to stardom, painter, secret ...
Time: 20th century, 1960s, 1950s, 50s, 60s ...
Place: hawaii, california, san francisco, usa, honolulu hawaii
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The Hunger Games (2012)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 142 min.
Story: Every year in the ruins of what was once North America, the nation of Panem forces each of its twelve districts to send a teenage boy and girl to compete in the Hunger Games. Part twisted entertainment, part government intimidation tactic, the ...
Style: exciting, suspenseful, futuristic, disturbing, serious ...
Audience: teens
Plot: survival, contests and competitions, young heroes, future dystopia, against the odds, killings, death, danger, rivalry, heroes, youth, moral dilemma ...
Time: future
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To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 129 min.
Story: Scout Finch, 6, and her older brother Jem live in sleepy Maycomb, Alabama, spending much of their time with their friend Dill and spying on their reclusive and mysterious neighbor, Boo Radley. When Atticus, their widowed father and a respected ...
Style: touching, thought provoking, disturbing, enigmatic, compassionate ...
Plot: racism, courtroom drama, trial, lawyer, small town, courtroom, legal, rape, prejudice, poverty, idealism, morality ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 30s
Place: alabama, usa
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Kill the Messenger (2014)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: A reporter becomes the target of a vicious smear campaign that drives him to the point of suicide after he exposes the CIA's role in arming Contra rebels in Nicaragua and importing cocaine into California. Based on the true story of journalist ...
Style: tense, thought provoking, suspenseful, captivating, clever ...
Plot: journalism, drug dealing, investigation, government agency, uncover truth, life turned upside down, conspiracy, politics, police corruption, state affairs, cia, crimes ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, 90s, 1990s
Place: california, nicaragua, los angeles, latin america, usa ...
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 7.4
 103K
I Origins (2014)
Genre: Drama, 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: mind bending, atmospheric, thought provoking, enigmatic, psychological ...
Plot: reincarnation, inventions and discoveries, afterlife, death, religion, memory, science, atheism, loneliness, track down, elevator, sex with a stranger ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, year 1998, year 2012, year 2005 ...
Place: india, usa, new york, asia, delhi
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