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 cerebral films and TV shows about / with storytelling, mentor, death, destiny, life philosophy, catastrophe, dialogue, greed, society and philosophy plots mostly in Drama, Sci-Fi and Thriller genres shot in USA, UK, Germany and other countries.
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thought provoking movies
TOP 10 movies tagged as thought provoking: Black Mirror (2011), The Truman Show (1998), American Beauty (1999), The Giver (2014), Fight Club (1999), The Matrix (1999), The Hunt (2012), The Help (2011), Interstellar (2014), Idiocracy (2006).

List of thought provoking movies

 8.9
 349K
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, clever, biting, cynical ...
Plot: human nature, social decay, society, computers and web, media satire, alternate reality, mind control, technology, paranoia, news, gadget, media coverage ...
Time: future
Place: england
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 8.1
 852K
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, clever, touching, interesting, surreal ...
Plot: self discovery, manipulations, fictional reality, freedom, suburban life, dishonesty, voyeurism, tv show, deception, alternate reality, fictional reality show, hollywood ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, future, 1990s
Place: usa, florida
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 8.3
 1.0M
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, melancholic, cynical, cerebral ...
Audience: teen drama
Plot: midlife crisis, loneliness, dysfunctional family, family problems, virgin, teenage life, age difference, coming of age, youth, older man young girl relationship, parenthood, marital problem ...
Time: 90s, 1990s, 20th century
Place: usa
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 6.5
 106K
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, danger, life is a bitch, chases and races, youth, human nature, memory ...
Time: future
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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: surprise ending, mind bending, twists and turns, biting, thought provoking ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: split personality, losing-it hero, social decay, fist fighting, nihilism, against the rules, insomnia, life philosophy, dissociative identity disorder, fighting the system, social misfits, loneliness ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: delaware, usa
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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: mind bending, thought provoking, cerebral, exciting, serious ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: cyberpunk, future dystopia, save the world, virtual reality, artificial intelligence, hacker, chosen one, man versus machine, cyberspace, imaginary, philosophy, technology gone awry ...
Time: future, 1990s, 21st century, 20th century, 90s
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 8.3
 247K
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, captivating, psychological, tense ...
Plot: false accusation, pedophile, life turned upside down, injustice, small town life, gossip and rumors, society, social relations, family relations, teacher, human nature, parents and children ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: denmark, kindergarten
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 8.1
 397K
The Help (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, India, United Arab Emirates, UK, France, Canada, Germany
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, emotional, inspirational ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick
Plot: racism, friendship, master and servant, maid, civil rights, discrimination, racial segregation, blacks and whites, storytelling, social relations, hopes, interracial relations ...
Time: 60s, 1960s, 20th century, year 1963
Place: mississippi, usa
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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: mind bending, atmospheric, futuristic, serious, cerebral ...
Plot: outer space, space travel, spacecraft, time travel, parallel world, heroic mission, wormhole, end of the world, black hole, space exploration, space and aliens, future dystopia ...
Time: future, near future
Place: colorado
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 6.6
 134K
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, stupidity, social decay, evolution, society, sent to the future, army, intelligence, life turned upside down, brainwashing, capitalism, experiment ...
Time: future, year 2005
Place: usa, washington d.c.
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 7.8
 264K
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, twists and turns, psychological ...
Plot: fighting the system, future dystopia, discrimination, genetics, eugenics, society, destiny, space travel, philosophy, heart disease, distopia, paranoia ...
Time: future, near future
Place: riviera, french riviera
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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, teacher, danger, philosophy, youth, human nature, teachers and students, social relations, experiment gone awry, catastrophe, disorder, rivalry ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: indonesia, asia, tokyo
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 7.4
 506K
Looper (2012)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA, China
Duration: 113 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: tense, thought provoking, futuristic, exciting, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: time travel, time loop, changing the past or future, hitman, destiny, on the run, organized crime, sent to the past, violence, self sacrifice, mafia, death ...
Time: future, 21st century, 2040s
Place: usa, kansas, shanghai china
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 7.4
 329K
Cloud Atlas (2012)
Genre: Action, Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi
Country: Germany, USA, 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: atmospheric, psychological, thought provoking, enigmatic, surreal ...
Plot: destiny, life philosophy, human nature, reincarnation, death, love and romance, tribe, human existence, wisdom of life, love, genetic engineering, karma ...
Time: future, 19th century, 20th century, 21st century, 1930s ...
Place: hawaii, south korea, seoul
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 7.4
 106K
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: thought provoking, enigmatic, atmospheric, mind bending, psychological ...
Plot: reincarnation, metaphysics, inventions and discoveries, elevator, track down, death, memory, science, loneliness, cause and meaning, atheism, halloween party ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, year 2012, year 1998, year 2009 ...
Place: india, usa, asia, new york, delhi
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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: serious, psychological, emotional, thought provoking, suspenseful ...
Audience: teen drama, teens
Plot: suicide, guilt, loss of friend, suicidal, teenage girl, high school, human relationship, loss of daughter, depression, death of daughter, classmate classmate relationship, loss ...
Place: usa
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 7.7
 70K
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, serious, touching ...
Plot: teachers and students, suicide, teacher, social decay, social problems, life is a bitch, human relationship, unhappy, dedicated educator, social relations, society, high school life ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
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 6.4
 13K
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: atmospheric, thought provoking, psychological, serious, captivating ...
Plot: tragic love, cloning, genetic engineering, childhood sweetheart, moral dilemma, hopes, parents and children, unfulfillment, couple relations, dealing with death, family relations, death ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
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 8.7
 79K
This Is Us (2016)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 45 min.
Story: Follows the lives and families of three adults living and growing up in the United States of America in present and past times. As their paths cross and their life stories intertwine in curious ways, we find that several of them share the same ...
Style: thought provoking, touching, sincere, sentimental
Plot: adoption, parenthood, childhood memory, childhood, depression, grieving, sibling, brother brother relationship, weight loss, husband wife relationship, father son relationship, love interest ...
Time: contemporary, 1990s
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 7.1
 246K
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: futuristic, thought provoking, suspenseful, surreal, rough ...
Plot: future dystopia, rebellion, revolution, post apocalypse, survival, resistance, snow, social differences, society, train, vestiges of humanity, social class ...
Time: future, 21st century
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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, exciting, captivating, suspense, biting ...
Plot: rebellion, intelligence, experiment gone awry, imaginary, leader, alzheimer's disease, rebelliousness, fight for supremacy, monkey, genetically altered, virus, scientist ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s, near future, future
Place: san francisco, usa
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 7.1
 7K
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: philosophical, thought provoking, intellectual, captivating, suspenseful ...
Plot: human nature, rape, coffee, multiple storylines, moral ambiguity, escapades, family relations, father son relationship, brutality, murder, crimes, adultery ...
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 7.8
 200K
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, mind bending, futuristic, surreal, offbeat ...
Audience: date night
Plot: destiny, depression, utopia, teenage love, death, alternate reality, childhood, surrealism, romance, postmodernism, life changing experience, imaginary ...
Time: future, 21st century, 20th century, year 1975
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 7.7
 88K
The Experiment (2001)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: Germany
Duration: 114 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: psychological, thought provoking, tense, rough, suspenseful ...
Plot: prison, torture, experiment, rape, violence, disorder, surveillance, manipulation, humiliation, power relations, rivalry, abuse ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: germany, canada
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 7.5
 114K
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, surprise ending
Plot: cyberpunk, artificial intelligence, microchip, murder, implant, nanotechnology, surgery, super soldier, police, revenge, car chase, violence ...
Time: future, near future
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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, serious, realistic, emotional, sincere ...
Plot: holocaust, concentration camp, genocide, ghetto, against humanity, rescue, anti semitism, survival, war, confined, jewish, escapades ...
Time: 20th century, 1940s, 1930s, 1990s
Place: poland, germany, europe, israel
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 6.3
 206K
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, stylized ...
Plot: artificial intelligence, computers and web, inventions and discoveries, technology gone awry, scientist, technology, chaos and mayhem, resurrection, nanotechnology, hi-tech, mind control, chaos ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, future
Place: usa, california
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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: thought provoking, serious, realistic, psychological, emotional ...
Plot: terrorist, politics, war, propaganda, state affairs, idealism, conservative, behind enemy lines, danger, society, soldier, hopes ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, future
Place: afghanistan, usa, california, washington d.c., iran ...
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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, psychology, friendship, family problems, under the surface, family secret, dialogue driven, husband wife relationship, dinner party, secrets, game, character study ...
Time: 2010s, 21st century
Place: italy, rome italy, new jersey
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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, thought provoking, disturbing ...
Audience: teens
Plot: survival, future dystopia, young heroes, contests and competitions, against the odds, heroes, killings, trap, death, danger, life is a bitch, rivalry ...
Time: future
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