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, cerebral, stylized and clever films and TV shows about / with storytelling, mentor, destiny, death, greed, dialogue, life philosophy, catastrophe, philosophy and society 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: Black Mirror (2011), The Truman Show (1998), The Giver (2014), American Beauty (1999), Interstellar (2014), I Origins (2014), Fight Club (1999), The Help (2011), Idiocracy (2006), Gattaca (1997).

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, serious, cynical, biting, dark humor ...
Plot: social decay, human nature, computers and web, society, media satire, technology, alternate reality, gadget, paranoia, news, technology gone awry, media ...
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, touching, clever, philosophical, motivational ...
Plot: self discovery, freedom, manipulations, fictional reality, dishonesty, deception, loneliness, showbiz, voyeurism, tv show, suburban life, alternate reality ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s, future
Place: usa, florida
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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: future dystopia, society, rebelliousness, youth, utopia, teaching the ways of the world, destiny, danger, chases and races, human nature, life is a bitch, memory ...
Time: future
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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, melancholic, sexual, cynical, cerebral ...
Audience: teen drama
Plot: midlife crisis, loneliness, age difference, older man younger woman relationship, older man young girl relationship, dysfunctional family, virgin, family problems, coming of age, existentialism, character study, teenage life ...
Time: 90s, 1990s, 20th century
Place: 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, serious, thought provoking, cerebral ...
Plot: outer space, space travel, time travel, spacecraft, end of the world, parallel world, black hole, space exploration, heroic mission, wormhole, expedition, time paradox ...
Time: future, near future
Place: colorado
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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, buddhism, metaphysics, inventions and discoveries, elevator, cause and meaning, track down, death, memory, science, loneliness, atheism ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, year 1998, year 2012, year 2005 ...
Place: india, usa, asia, new york, delhi
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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, thought provoking, biting ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: split personality, social decay, losing-it hero, insomnia, nihilism, against the rules, fist fighting, dissociative identity disorder, paranoia, life philosophy, fighting the system, social misfits ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: delaware, usa
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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, thought provoking, uplifting, inspirational, emotional ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick
Plot: racism, friendship, maid, master and servant, civil rights, racial segregation, racial issues, blacks and whites, discrimination, interracial relations, storytelling, hopes ...
Time: 60s, 1960s, 20th century, year 1963
Place: mississippi, usa, mississippi river
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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, evolution, society, social decay, sent to the future, army, intelligence, life turned upside down, brainwashing, experiment, capitalism ...
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, psychological, twists and turns ...
Plot: fighting the system, future dystopia, discrimination, genetics, eugenics, philosophy, society, destiny, space travel, heart disease, distopia, neo noir ...
Time: future, near future
Place: riviera, french riviera
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 8.1
 638K
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, thought provoking, atmospheric, tech noir, stylized ...
Plot: future dystopia, cyberpunk, a.i., artificial intelligence, fugitives, killer robot, neo noir, existentialism, androids and robots, human nature, confrontation with superior, bounty hunter ...
Time: future, 2010s
Place: los angeles, 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, philosophical ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: future dystopia, cyberpunk, chosen one, hacker, save the world, artificial intelligence, philosophy, man versus machine, virtual reality, mentor, existentialism, cyberspace ...
Time: future, 1990s, 21st century, 20th century, 90s
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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, inventions and discoveries, computers and web, technology gone awry, nanotechnology, scientist, technology, resurrection, hi-tech, chaos and mayhem, mind control, chaos ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, future
Place: usa, california
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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, bleak ...
Plot: holocaust, concentration camp, genocide, against humanity, ghetto, wartime, rescue, survival, anti semitism, war, confined, jewish ...
Time: 20th century, 1940s, 1990s, 1930s
Place: poland, germany, europe, israel
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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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 7.1
 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: thought provoking, intellectual, philosophical, captivating, suspenseful ...
Plot: human nature, multiple storylines, coffee, moral ambiguity, escapades, rape, father son relationship, family relations, crime gone awry, brutality, murder, explosion ...
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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: bleak, thought provoking, captivating, psychological, tense ...
Plot: false accusation, injustice, pedophile, life turned upside down, small town life, gossip and rumors, pedophilia, social relations, family relations, society, teacher, parents and children ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: denmark, kindergarten
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 7.8
 230K
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: emotional, psychological, serious, thought provoking, suspenseful ...
Audience: teen drama, teens
Plot: suicide, guilt, loss of friend, teenage girl, depression, suicidal, high school, human relationship, loss of daughter, death of daughter, loss, abusive relationship ...
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, serious, bleak, thought provoking, touching ...
Plot: teachers and students, suicide, teacher, social decay, unhappy, social problems, human relationship, life is a bitch, depression, dedicated educator, high school life, social relations ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
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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, weight loss, childhood, depression, grieving, brother brother relationship, husband wife relationship, sibling, father son relationship, pregnancy ...
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, social differences, resistance, snow, society, vestiges of humanity, social class, chaos ...
Time: future, 21st century
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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, enigmatic, thought provoking, surreal ...
Plot: reincarnation, destiny, life philosophy, death, human nature, love and romance, tribe, karma, wisdom of life, human existence, life & death, love ...
Time: future, 19th century, 20th century, 21st century, 1930s ...
Place: hawaii, south korea, seoul
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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, dialogue, secrets, game, under the surface, dialogue driven, husband wife relationship, dinner party, character study ...
Time: 2010s, 21st century
Place: italy, rome italy, new jersey
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 8.4
 36K
Utopia (2013)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 50 min.
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, offbeat, captivating, suspenseful ...
Plot: scientist, buried truth, mysterious character, politician, secret, dishonesty, danger, who to trust, life turned upside down, top secret, crimes, blackmail ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: england
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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: torture, prison, experiment, rape, violence, disorder, surveillance, manipulation, humiliation, power relations, rivalry, abuse ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: germany, canada
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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, emotional, sentimental, atmospheric, captivating ...
Plot: androids and robots, artificial intelligence, a.i., future dystopia, adoption, destiny, global warming, adventure, parenthood, parents and children, family relations, society ...
Time: future, 22nd century
Place: usa, new york, coney island brooklyn new york city, manhattan new york city
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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, thought provoking, suspense, serious, disturbing ...
Plot: fighting the system, death row, suicide, murder, activist, false accusation, death sentence, who done it, reporter, journalist, professor, investigation ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: texas, usa, italy, spain, austin texas ...
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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, serious ...
Plot: rebellion, intelligence, experiment gone awry, imaginary, leader, rebelliousness, fight for supremacy, monkey, genetically altered, virus, scientist, medical research ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s, near future, future
Place: san francisco, usa
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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, futuristic, exciting, thought provoking, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: time travel, time loop, changing the past or future, destiny, hitman, on the run, organized crime, sent to the past, mafia, violence, self sacrifice, tragedy ...
Time: future, 21st century, 2040s
Place: usa, shanghai china, kansas
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 8.4
 34K
Euphoria (2019)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 55 min.
Story: A group of high school students navigate love and friendships in a world of drugs, sex, trauma, and social media.
Style: realistic, serious, thought provoking, psychedelic, captivating ...
Audience: teen drama
Plot: sexuality, youth, drug addict, teenage life, high school, drugs, first love, parents and children, friends, school, alcohol, hallucinations ...
Time: 2010s
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