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, interesting, weird, cult film, clever and complex films and TV shows about / with suprisingly clever, storytelling, mentor, dialogue, runaway, greed, chase, culture clash, destiny and vengeance plots mostly in Comedy, Drama and Thriller genres shot in USA, UK, Japan and other countries.
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TOP 10 movies tagged as suprisingly clever: Trading Places (1983), Twelve Monkeys (1995), Life of Brian (1979), Blazing Saddles (1974), Bo Burnham: Make Happy (2016), Akira (1988), Ocean's Twelve (2004), The Wolf of Wall Street (2013), High Fidelity (2000), Coherence (2013).

List of suprisingly clever movies

Trading Places (1983)
Genre: Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 116 min.
Story: A snobbish investor and a wily street con-artist find their positions reversed as part of a bet by two callous millionaires.
Style: funny, humorous, feel good, gloomy, christmas special ...
Plot: stock market, switching roles, fish out of water, beggar, wrongful arrest, prostitute, wager, class differences, manipulation, christmas, rags to riches, investor ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: pennsylvania, philadelphia, usa, manhattan new york city, new york
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Twelve Monkeys (1995)
Genre: Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 129 min.
Story: In the year 2035, convict James Cole reluctantly volunteers to be sent back in time to discover the origin of a deadly virus that wiped out nearly all of the earth's population and forced the survivors into underground communities. But when ...
Style: psychological, surreal, non-linear, twist ending, confusing ...
Plot: time travel, post apocalypse, apocalypse, insanity, time loop, paranoia, virus, psychology, alternate reality, social misfits, save the world, distopia ...
Time: future, 90s, 2030s, 21st century, 20th century ...
Place: philadelphia, maryland, baltimore, usa
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Life of Brian (1979)
Genre: Comedy
Country: UK
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Brian Cohen is an average young Jewish man, but through a series of ridiculous events, he gains a reputation as the Messiah. When he's not dodging his followers or being scolded by his shrill mother, the hapless Brian has to contend with the ...
Style: parody, funny, surreal, thought provoking, satirical ...
Plot: religion, satire, monty python, christmas, jewish, ancient rome, ancient, absurdism, god, jesus, cult, execution ...
Time: 1st century, 1930s
Place: ancient greece, palestine, jerusalem, middle east, holy land
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Blazing Saddles (1974)
Genre: Comedy, Western
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: A town – where everyone seems to be named Johnson – is in the way of the railroad and, in order to grab their land, Hedley Lemar, a politically connected nasty person, sends in his henchmen to make the town unlivable. After the sheriff is ...
Style: parody, humorous, funny, light, talky ...
Plot: cowboy, farce, gay slur, racism, small town, cowboys and outlaws, racial slur, absurd humor, governor, satire, ethnic slur, gunfight ...
Time: 19th century, 70s, 1870s
Place: los angeles
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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, touching, talky, psychological, melancholic ...
Plot: existentialism, obsession, bittersweet, stand up special, mental illness, destiny, manipulation, art, insanity, death, creativity, corruption ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new jersey, usa
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Akira (1988)
Genre: Animation, Action, Drama, Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 124 min.
Story: Childhood friends Tetsuo and Kaneda are pulled into the post-apocalyptic underworld of Neo-Tokyo and forced to fight for their very survival. Kaneda is a bike gang leader, and Tetsuo is a member of a tough motorcycle crew who becomes involved in a ...
Style: surreal, atmospheric, adult animation, serious, futuristic ...
Audience: kids, boys' night
Plot: cyberpunk, post apocalypse, experiment, distopia, hallucination, dystopic future, motorcycle gang, post thermonuclear war, protest, military, biker gang, apocalypse ...
Time: future, 2010s, 21st century, year 2019, 80s
Place: japan, tokyo, asia
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Ocean's Twelve (2004)
Genre: Crime, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 125 min.
Story: Danny Ocean reunites with his old flame and the rest of his merry band of thieves in carrying out three huge heists in Rome, Paris and Amsterdam – but a Europol agent is hot on their heels.
Style: entertaining, suspense, clever, stylized, humorous ...
Audience: girls' night, date night, boys' night, teens
Plot: heist, con artists, perfect crime, robbery, con men, crimes, planning, cheating, thief, twists and turns, criminal heroes, gangsters ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: las vegas, rome italy, paris france, europe, new orleans ...
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The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)
Genre: Biography, Comedy, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 180 min.
Story: A New York stockbroker refuses to cooperate in a large securities fraud case involving corruption on Wall Street, corporate banking world and mob infiltration. Based on Jordan Belfort's autobiography.
Style: cynical, clever, motivational, captivating, suspense ...
Audience: teens
Plot: corruption, business, wall street, money, rise and fall, wealth, stock market, stock broker, rags to riches, addiction, american dream, cons and scams ...
Time: 80s, 90s, 20th century, year 1987, year 1983
Place: new york, geneva switzerland, usa, manhattan new york city, italy ...
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High Fidelity (2000)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Music, Romance
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 113 min.
Story: When record store owner Rob Gordon gets dumped by his girlfriend, Laura, because he hasn't changed since they met, he revisits his top five breakups of all time in an attempt to figure out what went wrong. As Rob seeks out his former lovers to ...
Style: realistic, feel good, melancholic, funny, sentimental ...
Audience: date night
Plot: music, romance, rock, love and romance, musician, breakup, rock and roll, musician's life, self discovery, character study, life philosophy, sexuality ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 80s, 2000s
Place: chicago illinois, usa, london
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Coherence (2013)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 89 min.
Story: On the night a comet is passing near Earth, eight friends at a dinner party experience a troubling chain of reality bending events. When the power goes out, they discover that the only house on the street left with power also holds many secrets.
Style: psychological, mind bending, suspenseful, tense, confusing ...
Plot: twists and turns, parallel world, alternate reality, parallel universe, time loop, disorder, comet, friends, paranoia, dinner party, confinement indoors, mystery ...
Time: 21st century, future, contemporary
Place: usa, los angeles
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Reservoir Dogs (1992)
Genre: Crime, 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: neo noir, suspense, talky, non-linear, brutal ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: heist, crimes, crime gone awry, dark hero, robbery, undercover cop, heist gone wrong, gang, gangsters, perfect crime, psychopath, organized crime ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: usa, los angeles
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Bill Burr: I'm Sorry You Feel That Way (2014)
Genre: Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 80 min.
Story: Fresh, unflinching and devastatingly honest, Bill Burr lets loose in this feature length comedy special. Burr shares his essential tips for surviving the zombie apocalypse, exposes how rom-coms ruin great sex and explains how too many childhood hugs ...
Style: unusual plot structure, funny, humorous, witty, suspense ...
Plot: life philosophy, philosophy, culture clash, catastrophe, mentor, life & death, loneliness, violence, race issues, psychology, parenthood, corruption ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, california
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Midnight Express (1978)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 121 min.
Story: Billy Hayes is caught attempting to smuggle drugs out of Turkey. The Turkish courts decide to make an example of him, sentencing him to more than 30 years in prison. Hayes has two opportunities for release: the appeals made by his lawyer, his ...
Style: disturbing, realistic, suspense, psychological, depressing ...
Plot: prison, brutality, escape, torture, court, injustice, lawyer, prison escape, escape attempt, convict, justice, drug smuggling ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, year 1970, year 1972, year 1975 ...
Place: turkey, greece, istanbul turkey, brooklyn new york city
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Room (2015)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: Ireland, Canada, UK, USA
Duration: 118 min.
Story: Jack is a young boy of 5 years old who has lived all his life in one room. He believes everything within it are the only real things in the world. But what will happen when his Ma suddenly tells him that there are other things outside of Room?
Style: sentimental, suspense, sad, heartbreaking, thought provoking ...
Audience: teens, date night, chick flick
Plot: kidnapping, mother son relationship, isolation, rape, escape, kidnapped, captive, room, child born of rape, imprisonment, kidnapped woman, rescue ...
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Back to the Future (1985)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 116 min.
Story: Eighties teenager Marty McFly is accidentally sent back in time to 1955, inadvertently disrupting his parents' first meeting and attracting his mother's romantic interest. Marty must repair the damage to history by rekindling his ...
Style: feel good, exciting, light, funny, not serious ...
Audience: family outing, teens, kids, girls' night, date night
Plot: time travel, teenager, time machine, destiny, mad scientist, changing the past or future, adventure, inventor, time loop, scientist, time paradox, escapades ...
Time: future, 80s, 50s, year 1985, year 1955 ...
Place: usa, california
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Blade Runner (1982)
Genre: Action, Drama, 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: neo noir, atmospheric, futuristic, thought provoking, dark ...
Plot: cyberpunk, distopia, artificial intelligence, existentialism, future dystopia, androids, cyborgs, a.i., fugitives, police detective, robot, female android ...
Time: future, 2010s, year 2019, 21st century
Place: los angeles, california, usa
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Spirited Away (2001)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Family, Fantasy, Mystery
Country: Japan
Duration: 125 min.
Story: A young girl, Chihiro, becomes trapped in a strange new world of spirits. When her parents undergo a mysterious transformation, she must call upon the courage she never knew she had to free her family.
Style: surreal, atmospheric, stylized, colourful, exciting ...
Audience: family outing, kids, teens, pre-teens
Plot: friendship, supernatural, magic, dragon, witch, parallel world, adventure, ghost, human becoming an animal, fantasy world, surrealism, japanese mythology ...
Time: 2000s, 21st century, contemporary
Place: japan, tokyo, asia
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A Fish Called Wanda (1988)
Genre: Comedy, Crime
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: A diamond advocate is attempting to steal a collection of diamonds, yet troubles arise when he realizes that he is not the only one after the diamonds.
Style: funny, humorous, satirical, witty, sexy ...
Plot: heist, screwball, zoophilia, con artists, jewelry, dark humor, satire, betrayal, hitman, crimes, american abroad, revenge ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: london, california, europe, britain, tower bridge london ...
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Harriet the Spy (1996)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Family
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: When the secret notebook of a young girl who fancies herself a spy is found by her friends, her speculations make her very unpopular! Can she win her friends back?
Style: intense, entertaining, enigmatic, feel good, humorous ...
Audience: kids, pre-teens, family outing, teens
Plot: spy, espionage, adventure, bullying, friendship, teenage girl, coming of age, notebook, secrets, self discovery, best friends, friends ...
Time: 90s
Place: new york
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The Straight Story (1999)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: UK, France, USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: A retired farmer and widower in his 70s, Alvin Straight learns one day that his distant brother Lyle has suffered a stroke and may not recover. Alvin is determined to make things right with Lyle while he still can, but his brother lives in ...
Style: road movie, feel good, touching, emotional, motivational ...
Audience: kids, family outing, teens
Plot: road trip, disney, on the road, adventure, life philosophy, small town, brother brother relationship, family feud, illness, reconciliation, highway, old age ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: iowa, mississippi, usa, wisconsin
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Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986)
Genre: Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: A high school slacker pretends to be sick to skip school and have an exciting day off alongside his girlfriend and his best buddy through Chicago, while trying to outwit his obsessive school principal and his unconformited sister along the way.
Style: feel good, light, funny, entertaining, humorous ...
Audience: teens, kids, girls' night, family outing, chick flick ...
Plot: coming of age, high school, teenager, friendship, teacher, school, teenage boy, skipping school, one day, teenage girl, teenage angst, love ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: chicago illinois, usa, california, illinois
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Poor but Rich (2016)
Genre: Comedy
Country: Italy
Duration: 90 min.
Story: The "Tucci" are a poor Italian family living in a small village in Lazio. Father, mother, a conceited daughter and a genius son, forced to pretend being stupid to keep up with the family. One day something unexpected happens: the family ...
Style: funny, humorous, entertaining, feel good, witty ...
Plot: lottery winner, get rich quick scheme, winning, wealthy family, family, humour, eccentric family, small town, lottery ticket, money, sibling relationship, wealth ...
Time: contemporary
Place: italy, rome italy
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Entanglement (2017)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: Canada
Duration: 85 min.
Story: While recovering from a suicide attempt, Ben Layten accidentally falls in love with a girl who was very nearly, almost his sister - and then things start to get weird.
Style: touching, thought provoking, sincere, emotional, psychological ...
Plot: suicide, hallucination, imaginary friend, suicide attempt, starting over, prejudice, happy ending, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, life, depression, life philosophy, culture clash ...
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Castle in the Sky (1986)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Family, Fantasy
Country: Japan
Duration: 125 min.
Story: A young boy and a girl with a magic crystal must race against pirates and foreign agents in a search for a legendary floating castle.
Style: fairy tale, visually appealing, stylized, atmospheric, talky ...
Audience: kids, family outing, pre-teens
Plot: friendship, lost civilization, pirate, steampunk, imaginary kingdom, magic, young heroes, adventure, orphan, castle, robot, artifact ...
Place: japan, tokyo, wales
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Planes, Trains and Automobiles (1987)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: A man must struggle to travel home for Thanksgiving, with an obnoxious slob of a shower ring salesman his only companion.
Style: feel good, road movie, buddy movie, funny, touching ...
Audience: kids, teens
Plot: road trip, thanksgiving, holiday, travel, snow, airplane, train, on the road, buddy, railway, airport, comedy duo ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: chicago illinois, illinois, empire state building manhattan new york city, manhattan new york city, california ...
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Scent of a Woman (1992)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 156 min.
Story: Charlie Simms is a student at a private preparatory school who comes from a poor family. To earn the money for his flight home to Gresham, Oregon for Christmas, Charlie takes a job over Thanksgiving looking after retired U.S. Army officer Lieutenant ...
Style: inspirational, sentimental, dramatic, realistic, touching ...
Audience: teens
Plot: friendship, blindness, blind character, human nature, mentor, human spirit, tango, thanksgiving, coming of age, disability, unlikely friendships, change of heart ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: new york, new england, usa
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Malcolm X (1992)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: USA, Japan
Duration: 202 min.
Story: A tribute to the controversial black activist and leader of the struggle for black liberation. He hit bottom during his imprisonment in the '50s, he became a Black Muslim and then a leader in the Nation of Islam. His assassination in 1965 left ...
Style: inspirational, political, factual, intense, stylized ...
Plot: civil rights, racism, politics, civil rights movement, african american, black history, assassination, islam, prison, muslim, racial slur, police brutality ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 50s, 1940s, 1920s ...
Place: usa, africa, new york, harlem, manhattan new york city ...
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Evil Dead II (1987)
Genre: Comedy, Horror
Country: USA
Duration: 84 min.
Story: Ash Williams and his girlfriend Linda find a log cabin in the woods with a voice recording from an archeologist who had recorded himself reciting ancient chants from “The Book of the Dead.” As they play the recording an evil power is unleashed ...
Style: scary, slasher, bloody, macabre, funny ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: time travel, supernatural, monster, demon, dark humor, zombie, curses spells and rituals, halloween, survival, cult, evil dead, chainsaw ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, 90s, year 1987, 14th century
Place: michigan, usa
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Lawrence of Arabia (1962)
Genre: Adventure, Biography, Drama, War
Country: UK
Duration: 218 min.
Story: The story of British officer T.E. Lawrence's mission to aid the Arab tribes in their revolt against the Ottoman Empire during the First World War. Lawrence becomes a flamboyant, messianic figure in the cause of Arab unity but his psychological ...
Style: epic, visually appealing, factual, realistic, captivating ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: desert, world war one, adventure, war, military, imperialism, historical character, british empire, politics, camel, islam, train ...
Time: 1910s, 20th century, 1920s, 1930s
Place: middle east, saudi arabia, ottoman empire, arabia, africa ...
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Withnail & I (1987)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 107 min.
Story: Two out-of-work actors -- the anxious, luckless Marwood and his acerbic, alcoholic friend, Withnail -- spend their days drifting between their squalid flat, the unemployment office and the pub. When they take a holiday "by mistake" at the ...
Style: funny, atmospheric, thought provoking, talky, witty ...
Audience: date night
Plot: friendship, alcohol abuse, eccentricity, addiction, melancholy, gay, dark humor, countryside, cult, unemployment, lgbt, lgbtq ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, year 1969
Place: london, england, northern england, europe
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