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The list contains the best, new and most relevant intellectual movies ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out intellectual, clever, cerebral, interesting, intense and realistic films and TV shows about / with destiny, storytelling, mentor, life philosophy, catastrophe, dialogue, twists & turns, flashback, loneliness and philosophy plots mostly in Drama, Thriller and Sci-Fi genres shot in USA, UK, Germany and other countries.
TOP 10 movies tagged as intellectual: Sleuth (2007), Interstellar (2014), The Social Network (2010), The Imitation Game (2014), Now You See Me (2013), The Game (1997), Good Will Hunting (1997), Inception (2010), Heart of a Dog (1988), Arrival (2016).
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The Shawshank Redemption
Drama
USA
142 min.
 9.3
Inception
Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi, Thriller
USA, UK
148 min.
 8.8
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The Place
Drama
Italy
105 min.
 7.1
The Discovery
Drama, Mystery, Romance, Sci-Fi, Thriller
USA
102 min.
 6.3

List of intellectual movies

 6.5
 28K
Sleuth
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, suspense, enigmatic, psychological ...
Plot: mind game, verbal byplay, dialogue driven, writers, one on one, game playing, fear, manipulation, rivalry, brutality, greed, murder mystery ...
Time: contemporary
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 8.6
 1.2M
Interstellar
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi
Country: USA, UK
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: futuristic, philosophical, intellectual, serious, atmospheric ...
Plot: space travel, nasa, heroic mission, outer space, father daughter relationship, time travel, space exploration, astronaut, space program, space station, distant planet, science ...
Time: future, near future
Place: colorado
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The Social Network
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: realistic, talky, clever, intellectual, based on true events ...
Plot: social network, geek, computer genius, rise to the top, creator, ambition, ego clash, complex characters, computers and web, obsession, loneliness, business ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, year 2003, 2000s
Place: usa, harvard university, california, massachusetts, new york
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The Imitation Game
Genre: Biography, Drama, Thriller, War
Country: 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, factual, suspense, intellectual, entertaining ...
Plot: genius, homosexuality, mathematician, inventions and discoveries, social misfits, espionage, ambition, code breaking, prodigy, code, homosexual, sexism ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 1940s, 1950s, 1920s ...
Place: england, germany, europe, poland
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 7.3
 531K
Now You See Me
Genre: Crime, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, France
Duration: 115 min.
Story: An FBI agent and an Interpol detective track a team of illusionists who pull off bank heists during their performances and reward their audiences with the money.
Style: surprise ending, clever, entertaining, intellectual, twists and turns ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: stage magic, wizards and magicians, investigation, perfect crime, heist, bank robbery, mind game, creativity, scheme, teamwork, police investigation, manipulations ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s
Place: las vegas, new orleans, new york, usa, paris france ...
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 7.8
 302K
The Game
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, suspenseful, twists and turns, suspense ...
Plot: neo noir, game, life turned upside down, uncover truth, mystery, psychology, birthday present, existentialism, manipulation, mind game, rich snob, life philosophy ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s
Place: usa, san francisco, california
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Good Will Hunting
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 126 min.
Story: Will Hunting has a genius-level IQ but chooses to work as a janitor at MIT. When he solves a difficult graduate-level math problem, his talents are discovered by Professor Gerald Lambeau, who decides to help the misguided youth reach his potential. ...
Style: realistic, emotional, psychological, intellectual, dramatic ...
Audience: date night
Plot: genius, mathematics, prodigy, character study, life philosophy, existentialism, teachers and students, harvard, rags to riches, complex characters, university, professor ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: harvard university, boston, usa
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 8.8
 1.7M
Inception
Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 148 min.
Story: Cobb, a skilled thief who commits corporate espionage by infiltrating the subconscious of his targets is offered a chance to regain his old life as payment for a task considered to be impossible: "inception", the implantation of another ...
Style: surreal, psychological, suspense, ambiguous ending, futuristic ...
Plot: dreams, alternate reality, teamwork, neo noir, virtual reality, existentialism, redemption, philosophy, hi-tech, memory, heist, psychological manipulation ...
Time: near future, 2010s
Place: los angeles, paris france, sydney australia, japan
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Heart of a Dog
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Sci-Fi
Country: Soviet Union
Duration: 136 min.
Story: Old Prof. Preobrazhensky and his young colleague Dr. Bormental inserted the human's hypophysis into a dog's brain. Couple of weeks later the dog became "human looking". The main question is "Is anybody who is looking like a ...
Style: intellectual, philosophical, thought provoking, humorous, satirical ...
Plot: experiment gone awry, doctors and patients, dog, medical experiment, obsession, adaptation, life philosophy, communism, psychiatry, farce, chaos and mayhem, surgeon ...
Time: 1920s, 1930s, 80s
Place: ussr, russia
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 7.9
 468K
Arrival
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
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: suspense, intellectual, enigmatic, philosophical, futuristic ...
Plot: alien, first contact, alien invasion, spacecraft, time loop, flash forward, language barrier, destiny, loss, death of daughter, memory, existentialism ...
Time: future, 2010s
Place: montana, china, venezuela, massachusetts, sudan ...
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 8.8
 1.6M
Fight Club
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, twists and turns, bleak, surreal, psychological ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: schizophrenia, imaginary friend, fight scenes, dissociative identity disorder, dual identity, fist fighting, imagination, violence, mental instability, psychology, split personality, visionary ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s
Place: usa, delaware
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 7.3
 211K
The Fountain
Genre: Drama, Sci-Fi
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Spanning over one thousand years, and three parallel stories, The Fountain is a story of love, death, spirituality, and the fragility of our existence in this world.
Style: surreal, melancholic, artsy, meditative, philosophical ...
Plot: love, life & death, tragic love, immortality, true love, death, cancer, multiple storylines, terminal illness, loneliness, power of love, fountain of youth ...
Time: future, 16th century, 21st century, contemporary
Place: spain, europe, latin america, central america, guatemala
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The Shawshank Redemption
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 142 min.
Story: Framed in the 1940s for the double murder of his wife and her lover, upstanding banker Andy Dufresne begins a new life at the Shawshank prison, where he puts his accounting skills to work for an amoral warden. During his long stretch in prison, ...
Style: clever, realistic, talky, captivating, dramatic ...
Plot: prison, prison escape, freedom, happy ending, false accusation, friendship, human spirit, adaptation, prison life, life sentence, wrongful imprisonment, unlikely friendships ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 50s, 60s, 1940s ...
Place: usa, maine, mexico
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 8.0
 439K
Her
Genre: Drama, Romance, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 126 min.
Story: In the not so distant future, Theodore, a lonely writer purchases a newly developed operating system designed to meet the user's every needs. To Theodore's surprise, a romantic relationship develops between him and his operating system. ...
Style: futuristic, talky, clever, emotional, melancholic ...
Audience: date night
Plot: loneliness, artificial intelligence, existentialism, love, obsession, philosophy, a.i., romance, impossible love, psychology, life philosophy, computers and web ...
Time: near future, future, 21st century
Place: usa, los angeles
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 7.5
 318K
Cloud Atlas
Genre: Action, Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi
Country: Germany, USA, Hong Kong, Singapore
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: non-linear, philosophical, atmospheric, futuristic, intellectual ...
Plot: destiny, reincarnation, multiple storylines, human nature, life philosophy, existentialism, justice, wisdom of life, human existence, love, karma, sacrifice ...
Time: future, 19th century, 1930s, 30s, 70s ...
Place: hawaii, south korea, seoul
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 8.7
 1.4M
The Matrix
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: stylized, philosophical, cerebral, exciting, intense ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: virtual reality, existentialism, artificial intelligence, mentor, man versus machine, philosophy, fighting the system, save the world, heroic mission, alternate reality, postmodernism, distopia ...
Time: future, 1990s, 20th century, 21st century, 90s
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Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows
Genre: Action, Adventure, Crime, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 129 min.
Story: There is a new criminal mastermind at large (Professor Moriarty) and not only is he Holmes’ intellectual equal, but his capacity for evil and lack of conscience may give him an advantage over the detective.
Style: exciting, entertaining, intellectual, cynical, witty ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: hotshot hero, verbal byplay, mystery, fight scenes, master villain, private detective, mind game, riddles and clues, partners against crime, conspiracy, twists & turns, escapades ...
Time: 19th century, victorian, 1890s, victorian era
Place: london, england, europe, paris france, germany ...
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 7.6
 532K
Sherlock Holmes
Genre: Action, Adventure, Crime, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 128 min.
Story: Eccentric consulting detective, Sherlock Holmes and Doctor John Watson battle to bring down a new nemesis and unravel a deadly plot that could destroy England.
Style: exciting, entertaining, captivating, intellectual, humorous ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: private detective, mystery, adventure, sherlock holmes, murder, hotshot hero, verbal byplay, investigation, riddles and clues, plot twist, fight scenes, prodigy ...
Time: 19th century, victorian, victorian era, 1890s
Place: london, england, europe, scotland yard, tower bridge london ...
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 7.8
 251K
Gattaca
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, twists and turns, intellectual, inspirational, thought provoking ...
Plot: fighting the system, eugenics, genetics, distopia, science, philosophy, space travel, discrimination, injustice, heart disease, destiny, rebellion ...
Time: future, near future
Place: french riviera, riviera
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A Beautiful Mind
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: factual, realistic, touching, psychological, captivating ...
Plot: schizophrenia, mathematics, paranoia, genius, paranoid schizophrenia, mathematician, mental illness, prodigy, insanity, obsession, fighting illness, fictional reality ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 60s, 70s, 1940s ...
Place: usa, boston, campus, massachusetts, new jersey ...
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 6.5
 14K
Genius
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: New York in the 1920s. Max Perkins, literary editor at Scribner’s Sons is the first to sign such subsequent literary greats as Ernest Hemingway and F. Scott Fitzgerald. When a sprawling, chaotic 1,000-page manuscript by an unknown writer named ...
Style: intellectual, melancholic, talky, inspirational, touching ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: genius, writers, novelist, eccentricity, creativity, unlikely friendships, destiny, obsession, writer's life, life philosophy, mentor, storytelling ...
Time: 1930s
Place: usa, new jersey, new york
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Captain Fantastic
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: touching, intellectual, philosophical, sad, emotional ...
Audience: kids
Plot: parenthood, road trip, family bonds, children, single father, off the grid, funeral, loss of wife, family drama, mental illness, teenage girl, family values ...
Place: washington state
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 8.0
 10K
The Island
Genre: Drama
Country: Russia
Duration: 112 min.
Story: Somewhere in Northern Russia in a small Russian Orthodox monastery lives an unusual man whose bizarre conduct confuses his fellow monks, while others who visit the island believe that the man has the power to heal, exorcise demons and foretell the ...
Style: philosophical, meditative, psychological, cerebral, biblical ...
Plot: redemption, life philosophy, destiny, forgiveness, supernatural ability, psychic, christian, religion, mentor, loneliness, philosophy, monastery ...
Place: russia
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 7.1
 41K
Scorpion
Genre: Action, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 43 min.
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, light, based on true events, serious ...
Plot: prodigy, computers and web, genius, computer hacker, science, computer genius, partners against crime, national security, problem solving, crimes, state affairs, boy genius ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
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The Luzhin Defence
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: UK, France
Duration: 109 min.
Story: Based upon the novel by Vladimir Nabokov, a chess grandmaster travels to Italy in the 1920s to play in a tournament and falls in love.
Style: atmospheric, melancholic, sincere, touching, intellectual ...
Plot: chess, mentally unstable, obsession, prodigy, genius, supportive spouse, contests and competitions, love story, eccentricity, loneliness, relationships, ambition ...
Time: 20s, 20th century, 1920s
Place: italy
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 6.5
 321K
Ocean's Twelve
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: exciting, entertaining, twists and turns, intellectual, clever ...
Audience: boys' night, date night, teens
Plot: heist, con artists, crime, twists & turns, buddies, greed, perfect crime, storytelling, art theft, jail, robbery, casino ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: amsterdam, europe, las vegas, rome italy, chicago illinois ...
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The Big Bang Theory
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 22 min.
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: humorous, witty, feel good, intellectual, clever ...
Plot: sitcom, science, neighbor, sarcasm, youth, friends, buddies, fan culture, friendship, nerd, computers and web, student ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: california, usa, campus, pasadena california
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Da Vinci's Demons
Genre: Adventure, Biography, Drama, Fantasy, History, Mystery, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 59 min.
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: stylized, intellectual, exciting, captivating, twists and turns ...
Plot: prodigy, leonardo da vinci, inventor, inventions and discoveries, adventure, outdoor, architect, visionary, bohemian life, outsmarting, verbal byplay, stoned ...
Time: 15th century, renaissance, 1400s
Place: italy, europe, florence, florence italy, rome italy ...
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 7.3
 185K
Closer
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 104 min.
Story: A witty, romantic, and very dangerous love story about chance meetings, instant attractions, and casual betrayals. Two couples disintegrate when they begin destructive adulterous affairs with each other.
Style: sexy, melancholic, psychological, intellectual, cynical ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: infidelity, adultery, love triangle, divorce, marriage, betrayal, love, complex characters, life philosophy, romance, obsession, sexuality ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: london, england, europe, manhattan new york city
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 7.1
 4K
The Place
Genre: Drama
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, captivating, intellectual, bleak, suspenseful ...
Plot: human nature, moral ambiguity, escapades, multiple storylines, coffee, family relations, father son relationship, murder, rape, brutality, kidnapping, adultery ...
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TOP 5 movies for each similar tag

cerebral
cerebral movies
The Island 2006
8.0
Inception 2010
8.8
Fight Club 1999
8.8
The Matrix 1999
8.7
Interstellar 2014
8.6
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philosophical
philosophical movies
The Island 2006
8.0
The Fountain 2006
7.3
Mr. Nobody 2009
7.9
Interstellar 2014
8.6
Cloud Atlas 2012
7.5
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reflective
reflective movies
The Door in the Floor 2004
6.7
Dance with a Stranger 1985
6.8
Yi Yi: A One and a Two... 2000
8.1
After Life 1998
7.7
Autumn Sonata 1978
8.3
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existentialism
existentialism movies
Groundhog Day 1993
8.0
The Matrix 1999
8.7
Good Will Hunting 1997
8.3
Inception 2010
8.8
Her 2013
8.0
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enigmatic
enigmatic movies
Eraserhead 1977
7.4
Blue Velvet 1986
7.8
Zodiac 2007
7.7
Gone Girl 2014
8.1
Fight Club 1999
8.8
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philosophy
philosophy movies
Life of Pi 2012
7.9
The Matrix 1999
8.7
The Green Mile 1999
8.5
Inception 2010
8.8
Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter... and Spring 2003
8.1
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meditative
meditative movies
The Island 2006
8.0
Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter... and Spring 2003
8.1
The Fountain 2006
7.3
Before I Fall 2017
6.4
Boruto: Naruto Next Generations 2017
7.7
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art
art movies
Eraserhead 1977
7.4
Big Eyes 2014
7.0
Frida 2002
7.4
White Collar 2009
8.3
Eyes Wide Shut 1999
7.4
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