Intellectual movies and TV shows

The list contains the best, new and most relevant intellectual movies ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out intellectual, serious, realistic, clever, twists and turns and thought provoking films and TV shows about / with storytelling, death, mystery, murder, mentor, destiny, catastrophe, dialogue, crimes and life philosophy plots mostly in Drama, Thriller and Mystery genres shot in USA, UK, Italy and other countries.
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intellectual movies
TOP 10 movies tagged as intellectual: Dead Poets Society (1989), The Name of the Rose (1986), The Imitation Game (2014), A Beautiful Mind (2001), Arrival (2016), Fracture (2007), Limitless (2011), The Game (1997), Gattaca (1997), The Social Network (2010).

List of intellectual movies

Dead Poets Society (1989)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 128 min.
Story: At an elite, old-fashioned boarding school in New England, a passionate English teacher inspires his students to rebel against convention and seize the potential of every day, courting the disdain of the stern headmaster.
Style: philosophical, intellectual, uplifting, sentimental, emotional ...
Audience: teens, girls' night, teen drama
Plot: teachers and students, literature, boarding school life, teacher, poetry, coming of age, poet, suicide, philosophy, dedicated educator, student, boarding school ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, year 1959
Place: vermont, new england, usa, harvard university
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The Name of the Rose (1986)
Genre: Drama, History, Mystery, Thriller
Country: West Germany, Italy, France
Duration: 130 min.
Story: 14th-century Franciscan monk William of Baskerville and his young novice arrive at a conference to find that several monks have been murdered under mysterious circumstances. To solve the crimes, William must rise up against the Church's ...
Style: intellectual, psychological, gloomy, suspenseful, clever ...
Plot: monastery, investigation, monk, clergy, uncover truth, riddles and clues, murder, medieval, inquisition, execution, temptation, court ...
Time: middle ages, 14th century
Place: europe, italy, south of france, france
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The Imitation Game (2014)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Thriller, War
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 114 min.
Story: Based on the real life story of legendary cryptanalyst Alan Turing, the film portrays the nail-biting race against time by Turing and his brilliant team of code-breakers at Britain's top-secret Government Code and Cypher School at Bletchley ...
Style: inspirational, intellectual, factual, captivating, serious ...
Plot: world war two, inventions and discoveries, prodigy, genius, ambition, inventor, code, code breaking, male homosexuality, invention, mathematician, social misfits ...
Time: 20th century, 1940s, 1920s, year 1939, 1930s ...
Place: england, europe, britain, london, united kingdom ...
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A Beautiful Mind (2001)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 135 min.
Story: At Princeton University, John Nash struggles to make a worthwhile contribution to serve as his legacy to the world of mathematics. He finally makes a revolutionary breakthrough that will eventually earn him the Nobel Prize. After graduate school he ...
Style: psychological, captivating, cerebral, dramatic, touching ...
Plot: mathematics, paranoia, mental illness, genius, prodigy, schizophrenia, insanity, existentialism, imagination, obsession, talented, hallucination ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 70s, 50s, 1940s ...
Place: boston, usa, massachusetts, new jersey, washington d.c. ...
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 7.9
 668K
Arrival (2016)
Genre: Drama, Sci-Fi
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 116 min.
Story: Taking place after alien crafts land around the world, an expert linguist is recruited by the military to determine whether they come in peace or are a threat.
Style: intellectual, twist ending, philosophical, enigmatic, futuristic ...
Plot: first contact, alien, spacecraft, alien contact, scientist, alien race, ufo, alien creature, science, loss, female protagonist, time ...
Time: future, 2010s
Place: russia, china, montana, pakistan, venezuela ...
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 7.2
 202K
Fracture (2007)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 113 min.
Story: A husband is on trial for the attempted murder of his wife, in what is seemingly an open/shut case for the ambitious district attorney trying to put him away. However, there are surprises for both around every corner, and, as a suspenseful game of ...
Style: twists and turns, suspense, intellectual, enigmatic, serious ...
Plot: murder mystery, mind game, investigation, courtroom drama, manipulation, legal investigation, obsession, lawyer, adultery, perfect crime, murder, police investigation ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: los angeles, california, usa
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 7.4
 561K
Limitless (2011)
Genre: Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: A paranoia-fueled action thriller about an unsuccessful writer whose life is transformed by a top-secret "smart drug" that allows him to use 100% of his brain and become a perfect version of himself. His enhanced abilities soon attract ...
Style: clever, captivating, philosophical, intellectual, cerebral ...
Plot: intelligence, success, ambition, superhuman powers, rise to the top, prodigy, life changing experience, life turned upside down, drug abuse, resourceful, overnight success, greed ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, future
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city
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 7.7
 382K
The Game (1997)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 129 min.
Story: In honor of his birthday, San Francisco banker Nicholas Van Orton, a financial genius and a coldhearted loner, receives an unusual present from his younger brother, Conrad -- a gift certificate to play a unique kind of game. In nearly a nanosecond, ...
Style: psychological, surprise ending, twists and turns, suspenseful, twist ending ...
Plot: mind game, mystery, manipulation, uncover truth, psychology, life turned upside down, game, disorder, existentialism, scheme, life philosophy, businessman ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: san francisco, usa, california, mexico, seattle
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 7.8
 298K
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, neo noir, twists and turns ...
Plot: distopia, fighting the system, future dystopia, genetics, discrimination, paraplegic, philosophy, society, eugenics, heart disease, space travel, destiny ...
Time: future, near future
Place: detroit, riviera, french riviera
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The Social Network (2010)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: On a fall night in 2003, Harvard undergrad and computer programming genius Mark Zuckerberg sits down at his computer and heatedly begins working on a new idea. In a fury of blogging and programming, what begins in his dorm room as a small site among ...
Style: clever, intellectual, realistic, serious, talky ...
Plot: programmer, computers and web, rise to the top, computer genius, hacker, ambition, success, social relations, inventions and discoveries, facebook, geek, talented ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, year 2003, 2000s
Place: harvard university, usa, california, massachusetts, new york ...
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 8.2
 179K
The Mentalist (2008)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 43 min.
TV show
Story: Patrick Jane, a former celebrity psychic medium, uses his razor sharp skills of observation and expertise at "reading" people to solve serious crimes with the California Bureau of Investigation.
Style: intellectual, exciting, twists and turns, serious, suspenseful ...
Plot: crimes, police investigation, investigation, outsmarting, partners against crime, fighting crime, partners, serial killer, murder, justice, special agents, talented ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s, 2010s
Place: california, usa
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 7.5
 131K
The Hours (2002)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA, UK, France, Canada, Germany
Duration: 110 min.
Story: "The Hours" is the story of three women searching for more potent, meaningful lives. Each is alive at a different time and place, all are linked by their yearnings and their fears. Their stories intertwine, and finally come together in a ...
Style: intellectual, psychological, captivating, serious, sincere ...
Plot: depression, suicide, aids, mental illness, writers, drowning, suicidal, writer's life, terminal illness, housewife, bipolar disorder, mentally unstable ...
Time: 1920s, 20th century, 50s, 21st century, contemporary ...
Place: new york, los angeles, england, london, europe ...
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 7.9
 154K
Bones (2005)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 40 min.
TV show
Story: Dr. Temperance Brennan and her colleagues at the Jeffersonian's Medico-Legal Lab assist Special Agent Seeley Booth with murder investigations when the remains are so badly decomposed, burned or destroyed that the standard identification ...
Style: witty, intellectual, suspenseful, realistic, semi serious
Plot: forensics, partners against crime, crime investigation, police investigation, fbi, partners, riddles and clues, special agents, murder investigation, law enforcement, teamwork, scientist ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s, 2010s
Place: washington d.c., usa
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Captain Fantastic (2016)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 118 min.
Story: A father living in the forests of the Pacific Northwest with his six young kids tries to assimilate back into society.
Style: intellectual, philosophical, touching, emotional, sad ...
Audience: kids
Plot: road trip, home schooling, survivalist, large family, family relations, motor home, teenage girl, precocious child, socialism, wilderness, single father, parenthood ...
Place: washington state, oregon, xian
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 8.9
 544K
True Detective (2014)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 55 min.
TV show
Story: An American anthology police detective series utilizing multiple timelines in which investigations seem to unearth personal and professional secrets of those involved, both within or outside the law.
Style: bleak, neo noir, clever, atmospheric, captivating ...
Plot: police investigation, police detective, serial killer, investigation, partners, murderer, partners against crime, crimes, murder, graphic violence, uncover truth, haunted by the past ...
Time: contemporary, 20th century, 21st century, 90s
Place: louisiana, usa, california
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 7.8
 415K
The Big Short (2015)
Genre: Biography, Comedy, Drama, History
Country: USA
Duration: 130 min.
Story: The men who made millions from a global economic meltdown.
Style: intellectual, realistic, tense, suspense, clever ...
Plot: financial crisis, business, money, finance, wall street, stock market, economic crisis, loan, economics, bank, banking, analysis ...
Time: 2000s, year 1933, year 2008, year 2007, 21st century
Place: new york, manhattan new york city, las vegas, california
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The Big Bang Theory (2007)
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 22 min.
TV show
Story: The Big Bang Theory is centered on five characters living in Pasadena, California: roommates Leonard Hofstadter and Sheldon Cooper; Penny, a waitress and aspiring actress who lives across the hall; and Leonard and Sheldon's equally geeky and ...
Style: sitcom, humorous, clever, witty, feel good ...
Plot: friends, genius, scientist, geek, sarcasm, nerd, roommate, friendship, intelligence, science, social awkwardness, neighbor ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s, 2010s
Place: california, usa, pasadena california
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 7.1
 52K
Scorpion (2014)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 43 min.
TV show
Story: Based on a true story, Scorpion is a high-octane drama about eccentric genius Walter O’Brien and his team of brilliant misfits who comprise the last line of defense against complex, high-tech threats of the modern age. As Homeland Security’s new ...
Style: intellectual, captivating, serious, realistic, suspenseful ...
Plot: genius, problem solving, computer genius, prodigy, computers and web, computer hacker, boy genius, science, hacker, society, national security, save the world ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
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 6.2
 34K
The Discovery (2017)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: In the near future, due to a breakthrough scientific discovery by Dr. Thomas Harbor, there is now definitive proof of an afterlife. While countless people have chosen suicide to reset their existence, others try to decide what it all means. Among ...
Style: intellectual, philosophical, enigmatic, macabre, psychological ...
Plot: life after death, suicide, alternate reality, afterlife, dreams, science, self discovery, religion, psychology, mystery, philosophy, life philosophy ...
Time: future
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 6.7
 289K
Angels & Demons (2009)
Genre: Action, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, Italy
Duration: 138 min.
Story: Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon investigates a mysterious symbol seared into the chest of a murdered physicist. He discovers evidence of the unimaginable, the rebirth of an ancient secret brotherhood known as the Illuminati, the most powerful ...
Style: twists and turns, exciting, intellectual, suspenseful, psychotronic ...
Plot: conspiracy, riddles and clues, illuminati, religions or cults, secret society, investigation, ancient, murder, professor, secrets, symbolism, disorder ...
Time: contemporary, 2000s
Place: rome italy, vatican, europe, italy, harvard university ...
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 5.4
 38K
Replicas (2018)
Genre: Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA, UK, China, Puerto Rico
Duration: 107 min.
Story: A scientist becomes obsessed with bringing back his family members who died in a traffic accident.
Style: intellectual, exciting, futuristic, clever, philosophical ...
Plot: family, scientist, science, resurrection, family in danger, cloning, laboratory, genetics, scientific experiment, biologist, consciousness, robot ...
Time: near future
Place: puerto rico
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 8.6
 24K
Endeavour (2012)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Country: UK
Duration: 89 min.
TV show
Story: The early days of a young Endeavour Morse, whose experiences as a detective constable with the Oxford City Police will ultimately shape his future.
Style: intellectual, serious, realistic, captivating, melancholic ...
Plot: police detective, police investigation, talented, british, investigator, crimes, intelligence, murderer, police, coworker, uncover truth, who done it ...
Time: 60s, 20th century
Place: england
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 6.4
 32K
Sleuth (2007)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: On his sprawling country estate, an aging writer matches wits with the struggling actor who has stolen his wife's heart.
Style: talky, intellectual, psychological, suspenseful, witty ...
Plot: rivalry, manipulation, mind game, crimes, age difference, verbal byplay, riddles and clues, mistaken identity, dishonesty, fear, game playing, outsmarting ...
Time: contemporary
Place: britain, england, united kingdom
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Da Vinci's Demons (2013)
Genre: Adventure, Biography, Drama, Fantasy, History, Mystery, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: The series follows the "untold" story of Leonardo Da Vinci: the genius during his early years in Renaissance Florence. As a 25-year old artist, inventor, swordsman, lover, dreamer and idealist, he struggles to live within the confines of ...
Style: exciting, captivating, intellectual, witty, serious ...
Plot: prodigy, leonardo da vinci, inventor, adventure, renaissance, historical character, talented, escapades, a vision, visionary, unconventional method, magical ...
Time: 15th century
Place: italy, europe, florence, ottoman empire, istanbul turkey ...
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 7.0
 11K
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, bleak ...
Plot: human nature, father son relationship, moral ambiguity, multiple storylines, escapades, mysterious man, rape, family relations, crimes, murder, crime gone awry, kidnapping ...
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 7.8
 11K
Father Brown (2013)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Country: UK
Duration: 52 min.
TV show
Story: Father Brown is based on G. K. Chesterton's detective stories about a Catholic priest who doubles as an amateur detective in order to try and solve mysteries.
Style: captivating, serious, intellectual, suspenseful, realistic ...
Plot: who done it, amateur detective, clergy, uncover truth, priest, riddles and clues, investigation, murder, law enforcement, church, police investigation, social relations ...
Time: 50s, 20th century
Place: england, united kingdom
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The Thirteenth Floor (1999)
Genre: Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Computer scientist Hannon Fuller has discovered something extremely important. He's about to tell the discovery to his colleague, Douglas Hall, but knowing someone is after him, the old man leaves a letter in his computer generated parallel ...
Style: mind bending, atmospheric, intellectual, twist ending, neo noir ...
Plot: parallel world, virtual reality, alternate reality, cyberspace, cyberpunk, computer system, technology gone awry, uncover truth, deception, time travel, protagonist as suspect, distopia ...
Time: 90s, future, 1930s, 20th century, near future ...
Place: los angeles, usa
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 8.5
 1.3M
The Prestige (2006)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 130 min.
Story: A mysterious story of two magicians whose intense rivalry leads them on a life-long battle for supremacy -- full of obsession, deceit and jealousy with dangerous and deadly consequences.
Style: twists and turns, twist ending, surprise ending, captivating, psychological ...
Plot: obsession, rivalry, uninhibited rivalry, deception, magic trick, illusion, teleportation, secrets, magic, secret, magical, illusionist ...
Time: victorian era, 19th century, 20th century, 1890s
Place: london, england, europe, colorado
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 8.1
 584
Detective Anna (2016)
Genre: Crime, Mystery
Country: Russia
TV show
Story: Nineteen-year-old Anna, living at the end of the nineteenth century in the town of Zatonsk, unexpectedly discovers that she possesses supernatural powers. The spirits of the dead literally haunt her, begging to help. Aided by her visions, Anna ...
Style: mysterious, captivating, twists and turns, intellectual, breathtaking ...
Plot: female detective, investigation, murder, supernatural ability, partners against crime, death, ghost, clairvoyance, romance, crimes, murder investigation, family relations ...
Time: 19th century
Place: russia
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 7.5
 21K
Perception (2012)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 42 min.
TV show
Story: Dr. Daniel Pierce, a neuroscientist and professor, is recruited to help the federal government crack difficult cases. His intimate knowledge of human behavior and masterful understanding of the mind give him an extraordinary ability to read people, ...
Style: exciting, mind bending, intellectual, serious, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night, chick flick
Plot: riddles and clues, schizophrenia, fbi, intelligence, genius, investigation, law enforcement, hallucination, talented, prodigy, college professor, professor ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s
Place: usa, chicago illinois
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