Suprisingly clever movies and TV shows

The list contains the best, new and most relevant suprisingly clever movies ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out talky, realistic, interesting, clever, visually appealing and complex films and TV shows about / with suprisingly clever, storytelling, dialogue, weird, mentor, greed, brutality, twists & turns, runaway and culture clash plots mostly in Drama, Crime and Comedy genres shot in USA, UK, Germany and other countries.
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suprisingly clever movies
TOP 10 movies tagged as suprisingly clever: Bo Burnham: Make Happy (2016), Uncanny (2015), Memento (2000), Shrek 2 (2004), Pulp Fiction (1994), Brain Donors (1992), The Usual Suspects (1995), The Big Lebowski (1998), Louis C.K.: Hilarious (2010), Office Space (1999).

List of suprisingly clever movies

Bo Burnham: Make Happy (2016)
Genre: Comedy, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
Story: Combining his trademark wit and self-deprecating humor with original music, Bo Burnham offers up his unique twist on life in this stand-up special about life, death, sexuality, hypocrisy, mental illness and Pringles cans.
Style: witty, talky, touching, psychological, melancholic ...
Plot: stand up special, existentialism, bittersweet, obsession, artists and showbiz, life philosophy, honest, life & death, art, artistic, first contact, creativity ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new jersey, usa
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 6.2
 5K
Uncanny (2015)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: For ten years, inventor David Kressen has lived in seclusion with his inventions, including Adam, a robot with incredible lifelike human qualities. When reporter Joy Andrews is given access to their unconventional facility, she is alternately ...
Style: rough, suspense, suspenseful, exciting, scary ...
Audience: chick flick, boys' night
Plot: deception, reporter, artificial intelligence, scientist, genius, laboratory, androids, escapades, adventure, danger, suprisingly clever, security system ...
Time: future
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 8.4
 1.1M
Memento (2000)
Genre: Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 113 min.
Story: Suffering short-term memory loss after a head injury, Leonard Shelby embarks on a grim quest to find the lowlife who murdered his wife in this gritty, complex thriller that packs more knots than a hangman's noose. To carry out his plan, Shelby ...
Style: psychological, surprise ending, twist ending, tense, suspense ...
Plot: memory loss, plot twist, mystery, revenge, uncover truth, twists & turns, neo noir, paranoia, amnesia, vengeance, haunted by the past, murder ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 2000s
Place: usa, los angeles, california
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 7.2
 405K
Shrek 2 (2004)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Family, Fantasy, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Shrek, Fiona and Donkey set off to Far, Far Away to meet Fiona's mother and father. But not everyone is happy. Shrek and the King find it hard to get along, and there's tension in the marriage. The fairy godmother discovers that Shrek has ...
Style: fairy tale, feel good, humorous, exciting, witty ...
Audience: kids, family outing, date night, pre-teens, preschoolers
Plot: princess, prince, dragon, adventure, transformation, ogre, talking animals, family, odd couple, friendship, good versus evil, cat ...
Time: 2000s
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 8.9
 1.8M
Pulp Fiction (1994)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 154 min.
Story: A burger-loving hit man, his philosophical partner, a drug-addled gangster's moll and a washed-up boxer converge in this sprawling, comedic crime caper. Their adventures unfurl in three stories that ingeniously trip back and forth in time.
Style: dark humor, exciting, witty, interesting, clever ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: crimes, gunfight, hitman, twists & turns, crime, boxing, drugs/alcohol, cocaine, criminal heroes, violence, overdose, gory ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 70s, 1990s
Place: los angeles, california, usa
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 7.1
 4K
Brain Donors (1992)
Genre: Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 80 min.
Story: Three manic idiots; a lawyer, cab driver and a handyman team up to run a ballet company to fulfill the will of a millionaire. Stooge-like antics result as the trio try to outwit the rich widow and her scheming big-shot lawyer, who also wants to run ...
Style: humorous, realistic, not serious, absurd, talky ...
Plot: farce, ballet, nothing goes right, dishonesty, partners, buddies, disorder, taxi driver, fish out of water, misfit, cons and scams, siblings relations ...
Time: 90s, 1930s
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The Usual Suspects (1995)
Genre: Crime, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 106 min.
Story: Held in an L.A. interrogation room, Verbal Kint attempts to convince the feds that a mythic crime lord, Keyser Soze, not only exists, but was also responsible for drawing him and his four partners into a multi-million dollar heist that ended with an ...
Style: surprise ending, twists and turns, suspenseful, tense, cynical ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: master criminal, neo noir, heist, crimes, manipulations, plot twist, manipulation, interrogation, dishonesty, theft, criminal, mysterious character ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, year 1981, 80s, 1990s
Place: new york, hungary, turkey, manhattan new york city, los angeles
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Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy
Country: UK
Duration: 91 min.
Story: King Arthur, accompanied by his squire, recruits his Knights of the Round Table, including Sir Bedevere the Wise, Sir Lancelot the Brave, Sir Robin the Not-Quite-So-Brave-As-Sir-Lancelot and Sir Galahad the Pure. On the way, Arthur battles the Black ...
Style: absurd, humorous, surreal, cult film, ironic ...
Plot: holy grail, monty python, adventure, monk, legends and myths, king arthur, sword fight, knight, disorder, courage, parody, absurd humor ...
Time: middle ages
Place: england, europe, scotland yard
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The Big Lebowski (1998)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Sport
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 117 min.
Story: Jeffrey "The Dude" Lebowski, a Los Angeles slacker who only wants to bowl and drink white Russians, is mistaken for another Jeffrey Lebowski, a wheelchair-bound millionaire, and finds himself dragged into a strange series of events ...
Style: absurd, humorous, surreal, offbeat, twists and turns ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: nihilism, dialogue, bowling, hippie, kidnapping, slacker, marijuana, mistaken identity, crimes, stoners, crime, deception ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: los angeles, usa, california, pasadena california, malibu california
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Louis C.K.: Hilarious (2010)
Genre: Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 82 min.
Story: In this unique and dynamic live concert experience, Louis C.K.'s exploration of life after 40 destroys politically correct images of modern life with thoughts we have all had...but would rarely admit to.
Style: humorous, witty, talky, realistic, not serious ...
Plot: comedian, parenthood, artists and showbiz, performance, social problems, everyday life, sexual activity, lifestyle, parody, joke, stand up comedian, pop culture ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
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 7.7
 235K
Office Space (1999)
Genre: Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: Three office workers strike back at their evil employers by hatching a hapless attempt to embezzle money.
Style: dark humor, humorous, witty, cult film, clever ...
Plot: office, workplace, corporate world, suburbs, obnoxious boss, unlikely criminals, rebelliousness, dull life, blackmail, workplace situations, satire, friendship ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: texas, usa, mexico, dallas texas
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A Brilliant Young Mind (2014)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: UK
Duration: 111 min.
Story: A socially awkward teenage math prodigy finds new confidence and new friendships when he lands a spot on the British squad at the International Mathematics Olympiad.
Style: touching, emotional, sentimental, semi serious, uplifting ...
Audience: teens
Plot: autism, child prodigy, prodigy, coming of age, mathematics, teenager, death of father, family relations, social misfits, contests and competitions, hopes, self discovery ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, year 1996, 70s
Place: taiwan, england, asia
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Being John Malkovich (1999)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Fantasy
Country: USA
Duration: 113 min.
Story: Spike Jonze’s debut feature film is a love story mix of comedy and fantasy. The story is about an unsuccessful puppeteer named Craig, who one day at work finds a portal into the head of actor John Malkovich. The portal soon becomes a passion for ...
Style: offbeat, surreal, psychological, twists and turns, talky ...
Audience: date night
Plot: subconscious, actor, puppeteer, mind control, sexual identity, love triangle, psychology, obsession, satire, body swapping, pets, pet ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, new jersey
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 7.3
 7K
The In-Laws (1979)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Crime, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: In preparation for his daughter's wedding, dentist Sheldon Kornpett meets Vince Ricardo, the groom's father. Vince, a manic fellow who claims to be a government agent, then proceeds to drag Sheldon into a series of chases and misadventures ...
Style: humorous, witty, realistic, not serious, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: wedding, dentist, armored car robbery, cia, screwball, espionage, odd couple, friendship, silly humor, undercover, fish out of water, friends ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, 1930s
Place: latin america, new york, washington d.c., new jersey, usa ...
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The Godfather: Part II (1974)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 202 min.
Story: In the continuing saga of the Corleone crime family, a young Vito Corleone grows up in Sicily and in 1910s New York. In the 1950s, Michael Corleone attempts to expand the family business into Las Vegas, Hollywood and Cuba.
Style: captivating, epic, atmospheric, realistic, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: mafia, gangsters, crimes, criminal heroes, ambition, rise to the top, organized crime, corruption, immigrants, melancholy, casino, death ...
Time: 50s, 40s, 1920s, 1940s, 60s ...
Place: cuba, italy, new york, las vegas, sicily ...
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 7.5
 5K
Himalaya (1999)
Genre: Drama
Country: France, Switzerland, UK, Nepal
Duration: 108 min.
Story: As the denizens of a Tibetan village prepare for their arduous annual trek to exchange salt for grain, the community's allegiances are split between aging chieftain Tinle (Thilen Lhondup) and rebellious young Karma (Gurgon Kyap). Tinle tries to ...
Style: atmospheric, epic, captivating, tense, sincere ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: monk, monastery, mountain, rivalry, adventure, wisdom of life, power relations, social relations, family relations, escapades, parents and children, disobey ...
Time: 90s
Place: himalaya, nepal, tibet, asia, tokyo
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Black Cat, White Cat (1998)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Romance
Country: Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, France, Germany, Austria, Greece
Duration: 127 min.
Story: Matko is a small time hustler, living by the Danube with his 17 year old son Zare. After a failed business deal he owes money to the much more successful gangster Dadan. Dadan has a sister, Afrodita, that he desperately wants to see get married so ...
Style: dark humor, surreal, offbeat, witty, realistic ...
Plot: debt, cat, gypsy, wedding, deal, arranged marriage, smuggling, fall in love, loan, couples, corruption, gangsters ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: europe, yugoslavia, former yugoslavia, serbia
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 8.7
 975K
Goodfellas (1990)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 146 min.
Story: The true story of Henry Hill, a half-Irish, half-Sicilian Brooklyn kid who is adopted by neighbourhood gangsters at an early age and climbs the ranks of a Mafia family under the guidance of Jimmy Conway.
Style: rough, realistic, suspenseful, suspense, epic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gangsters, mafia, organized crime, crimes, rise and fall, friends, fbi, criminal heroes, friendship, shooting, life is a bitch, mentor ...
Time: 50s, 70s, 60s, 20th century, year 1978 ...
Place: new york, florida, usa, pittsburgh, bronx new york city
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Before the Rain (1994)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: France, UK
Duration: 113 min.
Story: The circularity of violence seen in a story that circles on itself. In Macedonia, during war in Bosnia, Christians hunt an ethnic Albanian girl who may have murdered one of their own. A young monk who's taken a vow of silence offers her ...
Style: atmospheric, realistic, captivating, serious, non-linear ...
Plot: albanian, love affair, monk, politics, violence, photographer, murder, girl, restaurant, terrorist, anti war, battles ...
Time: 90s
Place: macedonia, former yugoslavia, london, england, europe ...
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 7.8
 44K
Adam's Apples (2005)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama
Country: Denmark, Germany
Duration: 94 min.
Story: A neo-nazi sentenced to community service at a church clashes with the blindly devotional priest.
Style: dark humor, humorous, cynical, psychological, intense ...
Plot: belief, funeral, good versus evil, priest, racial slur, church, optimism, clergy, society, hopes, satire, redemption ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: denmark, europe, indonesia, saudi arabia
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 9.2
 1.5M
The Godfather (1972)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 175 min.
Story: Spanning the years 1945 to 1955, a chronicle of the fictional Italian-American Corleone crime family. When organized crime family patriarch, Vito Corleone barely survives an attempt on his life, his youngest son, Michael steps in to take care of the ...
Style: serious, captivating, rough, atmospheric, epic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gangsters, mafia, organized crime, pride and honor, criminal heroes, gang war, crimes, mob boss, greed, cosa nostra, lawyer, power struggle ...
Time: 50s, 1940s, 40s, 1950s, 20th century
Place: italy, new york, europe, sicily, usa ...
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Thirteen Conversations About One Thing (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: The lives of a lawyer, an actuary, a housecleaner, a professor, and the people around them intersect as they ponder order and happiness in the face of life's cold unpredictability.
Style: psychological, serious, touching, meditative, depressing ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: redemption, infidelity, false accusation, human nature, love affair, life is a bitch, parents and children, couples, dishonesty, family relations, understanding, destiny ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new york, usa, greece
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 7.3
 39K
Euro Pudding (2002)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: France, Spain
Duration: 122 min.
Story: A strait-laced French student moves into an apartment in Barcelona with a cast of six other characters from all over Europe. Together, they speak the international language of love and friendship.
Style: feel good, humorous, sentimental, touching, realistic ...
Audience: date night, girls' night
Plot: roommate, friendship, youth, college life, infidelity, prejudice, french, student, travel, love triangle, lifestyle, group of friends ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: spain, barcelona, france, paris france, europe ...
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 8.3
 884K
Reservoir Dogs (1992)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: A botched robbery indicates a police informant, and the pressure mounts in the aftermath at a warehouse. Crime begets violence as the survivors -- veteran Mr. White, newcomer Mr. Orange, psychopathic parolee Mr. Blonde, bickering weasel Mr. Pink and ...
Style: brutal, talky, tense, non-linear, stylized ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: heist, crimes, crime gone awry, dark hero, psychopath, swearing, violence spree, gang, heist gone wrong, cult, undercover cop, perfect crime ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: usa, los angeles
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 7.9
 13K
12 Angry Men (1997)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: During the trial of a man accused of his father's murder, a lone juror takes a stand against the guilty verdict handed down by the others as a result of their preconceptions and prejudices. The film is adapted by Reginald Rose from his own 1957 ...
Style: tense, thought provoking, talky, clever, psychological ...
Plot: jury, courtroom drama, argument, legal, murder, trial, voting, judiciary, evidence, lawyer, legal action, false accusation ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: usa, los angeles, california
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A Short Film About Killing (1988)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Poland
Duration: 84 min.
Story: Jacek climbs into the taxi driven by Waldemar, tells him to drive to a remote location, then brutally strangles him, seemingly without motive.
Style: bleak, thought provoking, contemplative, serious, psychological ...
Plot: murder, taxi driver, lawyer, prison, death sentence, drifter, execution, courtroom drama, polish, fighting the system, deadly, law enforcement ...
Time: 80s, year 1987, year 1988
Place: warsaw poland, poland, california
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 7.3
 29K
Marshland (2014)
Genre: Adventure, Crime, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Spain
Duration: 105 min.
Story: The Spanish deep South, 1980. A series of brutal murders of adolescent girls in a remote and forgotten town bring together two disparate characters - both detectives in the homicide division - to investigate the cases. With deep divisions in their ...
Style: serious, suspenseful, twists and turns, suspense, unusual plot structure ...
Plot: police investigation, serial killer, crime, partners, kidnapping, crimes, investigation, disappearance, partners against crime, woman in danger, murder, deadly ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 1980
Place: spain
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There's Something About Mary (1998)
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 119 min.
Story: Having never fully recovered from a prom date that became a total disaster, a man finally gets a chance to reunite with his old prom date, only to run up against other suitors including the sleazy detective he hired to find her.
Style: humorous, light, sexy, funny, sexual ...
Audience: teens, boys' night, date night, girls' night
Plot: stupidity, true love, dream girl, private detective, taboo, obstacle, hitchhiker, romance, dishonesty, obsession, nothing goes right, wooing ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s, 80s
Place: miami, florida, usa, rhode island
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Woman in the Dunes (1964)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 123 min.
Story: An entomologist suffers extreme psychological and sexual torture after being taken captive by the residents of a poor seaside village.
Style: psychological, atmospheric, sexual, captivating, surreal ...
Plot: isolation, love affair, nudity (full frontal - brief), desert, sand dune, entomologist, love and romance, confined, couple relations, hopes, kidnapping, destiny ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 1960s
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
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 7.6
 184K
Run Lola Run (1998)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Germany
Duration: 81 min.
Story: Lola receives a phone call from her boyfriend Manni. He lost 100,000 DM in a subway train that belongs to a very bad guy. She has 20 minutes to raise this amount and meet Manni. Otherwise, he will rob a store to get the money. Three different ...
Style: exciting, suspenseful, surreal, mind bending, non-linear ...
Plot: destiny, running, race against time, self sacrifice, heroine, desperation, choice, hopes, couple relations, couples, time, alternate reality ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, future
Place: berlin germany, germany, europe
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