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, interesting, talky and intense films and TV shows about / with storytelling, mentor, dialogue, destiny, life philosophy, death, twists & turns, catastrophe, murder and 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: Bones (2005), The Mentalist (2008), The Big Bang Theory (2007), Angels & Demons (2009), Da Vinci's Demons (2013), Psych (2006), Scorpion (2014), The Place (2017), Genius (2016), Replicas (2018).

List of intellectual movies

 7.9
 129K
Bones (2005)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 40 min.
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, semi serious, realistic
Plot: police investigation, partners against crime, fbi, forensics, riddles and clues, crimes, teamwork, search, victim, policewoman, killings, expert ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s, 2010s
Place: washington d.c., usa
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 8.1
 151K
The Mentalist (2008)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 43 min.
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: exciting, intellectual, twists and turns, suspenseful, serious ...
Plot: partners against crime, crimes, fighting crime, police investigation, serial killer, investigation, danger, partners, murder, crime, psychic, vengeance ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s, 2000s
Place: california, usa
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The Big Bang Theory (2007)
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, clever, intellectual ...
Plot: friends, neighbor, scientist, friendship, sitcom, social awkwardness, buddies, intelligence, geek, science, nerd, prodigy ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s, 2010s
Place: california, usa, campus, pasadena california
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 6.7
 250K
Angels & Demons (2009)
Genre: 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: exciting, intellectual, suspenseful, twists and turns, serious ...
Plot: riddles and clues, investigation, conspiracy, religions or cults, danger, mystery, ancient, scientist, secret society, search, mastermind, christianity ...
Time: contemporary, 2000s
Place: rome italy, europe, harvard university, geneva switzerland, italy
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Da Vinci's Demons (2013)
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: captivating, intellectual, exciting, witty, serious ...
Plot: inventions and discoveries, prodigy, adventure, escapades, lust, unconventional method, inventor, leonardo da vinci, visionary, architect, magical, outdoor ...
Time: 15th century, renaissance, 1400s
Place: italy, europe, florence, florence italy, rome italy ...
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 8.4
 77K
Psych (2006)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 44 min.
Story: Thanks to his police officer father's efforts, Shawn Spencer spent his childhood developing a keen eye for detail (and a lasting dislike of his dad). Years later, Shawn's frequent tips to the police lead to him being falsely accused of a ...
Style: intellectual, humorous, not serious, talky, witty ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: private detective, intelligence, buddies, who done it, investigation, resourceful, crime, partners, best friends, police, unconventional method, friendship ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s, 2010s
Place: california, usa
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 7.1
 42K
Scorpion (2014)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
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, suspenseful, light, based on true events ...
Plot: prodigy, genius, computers and web, science, partners against crime, computer genius, friendship, national security, save the world, heroes, society, problem solving ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
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 7.1
 6K
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, captivating, philosophical, suspenseful ...
Plot: human nature, multiple storylines, coffee, moral ambiguity, escapades, father son relationship, family relations, crimes, crime gone awry, rape, murder, explosion ...
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 6.6
 15K
Genius (2016)
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: novelist, genius, writers, book, eccentricity, creativity, unlikely friendships, destiny, obsession, mentor, writer's life, life philosophy ...
Time: 1930s
Place: usa, new jersey, new york
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 5.4
 11K
Replicas (2018)
Genre: Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: UK, China, Puerto Rico, USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: A scientist becomes obsessed with bringing back his family members who died in a traffic accident.
Style: intellectual, clever, exciting, futuristic, philosophical
Plot: scientist, resurrection, genetics, family in danger, car accident, cloning, family, evil corporation, laboratory, biologist, science, aquarium ...
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 7.5
 60K
Quiz Show (1994)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: USA
Duration: 133 min.
Story: Quiz Show is a 1994 American historical drama film which tells the true story of the Twenty One quiz show scandal of the 1950s.
Style: intellectual, clever, witty, serious, realistic ...
Plot: investigation, lawyer, moral dilemma, cheating, media, manipulation, contests and competitions, advertising, fame, professor, prejudice, ethics ...
Time: 1950s, 20th century, 50s
Place: new york, usa, boston
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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: uplifting, sentimental, emotional, intellectual, touching ...
Audience: teens
Plot: teachers and students, boarding school life, poet, teaching the ways of the world, poetry, teacher, youth, dedicated educator, coming of age, friendship, philosophy, suicide ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 1950s, year 1959
Place: vermont, new england, usa, harvard university
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The Name of the Rose (1986)
Genre: Crime, Drama, 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: psychological, intellectual, clever, gloomy, serious ...
Plot: monk, investigation, clergy, monastery, uncover truth, danger, god or devil, execution, christianity, temptation, trial, amateur detective ...
Time: middle ages, 14th century
Place: europe, italy
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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, based on true events, realistic, intellectual, serious ...
Plot: computers and web, rise to the top, ambition, programmer, inventions and discoveries, social relations, ego clash, computer genius, creator, college, social network, facebook ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s, year 2003
Place: usa, california, harvard university, massachusetts, new york
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 8.5
 1.0M
The Prestige (2006)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi, 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: surprise ending, psychological, captivating, atmospheric, suspenseful ...
Plot: rivalry, obsession, uninhibited rivalry, magical, secret, illusion, magic, deception, performer's life, mystery, wizards and magicians, diary ...
Time: 19th century, victorian, 20th century, 1900s, 1890s ...
Place: london, europe, england, colorado
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The Imitation Game (2014)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Thriller, War
Country: USA, UK
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: intellectual, serious, captivating, factual, suspense ...
Plot: prodigy, inventions and discoveries, genius, social misfits, code breaking, mathematician, ambition, homosexuality, code, sexism, espionage, nerd ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 1940s, 1950s, 1930s ...
Place: england, europe, germany, poland
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 6.5
 29K
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, psychological, intellectual, suspenseful, clever ...
Plot: rivalry, mind game, verbal byplay, crimes, one on one, dialogue driven, age difference, dishonesty, fear, game playing, manipulation, mistaken identity ...
Time: contemporary
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 7.8
 311K
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, suspenseful, twists and turns, atmospheric ...
Plot: mind game, life turned upside down, uncover truth, mystery, disorder, manipulation, neo noir, businessman, birthday, surveillance, scheme, on the run ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: usa, california, san francisco
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 7.9
 501K
Arrival (2016)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
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, enigmatic, futuristic, suspense, philosophical ...
Plot: alien, first contact, spacecraft, loss, destiny, flash forward, language barrier, death of daughter, memory, time loop, husband wife relationship, existentialism ...
Time: 2010s, future
Place: montana, china, russia, pakistan, sudan ...
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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: biting, bleak, rough, thought provoking, disturbing ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: losing-it hero, social decay, fist fighting, against the rules, split personality, insomnia, social misfits, violence, fighting the system, visionary, society, loneliness ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: usa, delaware
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The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
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: captivating, touching, clever, serious, uplifting ...
Plot: human spirit, prison, freedom, prison life, false accusation, life sentence, confined, survival, criminal heroes, hopes, life is a bitch, justice ...
Time: 20th century, 1940s, 40s, 60s, 50s ...
Place: usa, mexico, maine, pacific ocean
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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: thought provoking, exciting, mind bending, serious, philosophical ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: virtual reality, save the world, future dystopia, cyberpunk, artificial intelligence, man versus machine, a.i., imaginary, technology gone awry, chosen one, cyberspace, philosophy ...
Time: future, 1990s, 21st century, 20th century, 90s
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 7.8
 258K
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, twists and turns, suspenseful, intellectual ...
Plot: fighting the system, future dystopia, genetics, eugenics, discrimination, destiny, space travel, heart disease, distopia, society, science, philosophy ...
Time: future, near future
Place: riviera, french riviera
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 7.4
 487K
Limitless (2011)
Genre: Mystery, 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, suspenseful, intellectual, psychological, captivating ...
Plot: intelligence, prodigy, life turned upside down, rise to the top, superhuman powers, success, drug abuse, addiction, rags to riches, ambition, murder, greed ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, future
Place: usa, new york, manhattan new york city
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 7.6
 116K
The Hours (2002)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA, UK
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: psychological, intellectual, captivating, melancholic, depressing ...
Plot: depression, suicide, writer's life, drowning, housewife, mental illness, aids, literature, introspection, letter, province, human nature ...
Time: contemporary, 20s, 50s, 20th century, 21st century ...
Place: england, usa, london, los angeles, new york ...
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Murder by Numbers (2002)
Genre: Crime, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 115 min.
Story: Tenacious homicide detective Cassie Mayweather and her still-green partner are working a murder case, attempting to profile two malevolently brilliant young men: cold, calculating killers whose dark secrets might explain their crimes.
Style: suspenseful, serious, realistic, tense, intellectual ...
Audience: teens
Plot: murder, high school, mind game, fbi, evidence, perfect crime, crime, police investigation, haunted by the past, psychopath, secret, investigation ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: california, usa
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 7.3
 189K
Closer (2004)
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, intellectual, melancholic, psychological, cynical ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: infidelity, love triangle, love affair, adultery, divorce, marriage, obsession, love at first sight, depression, romance, photographer, cheating ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: london, europe, england, manhattan new york city
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 7.2
 99K
The Dreamers (2003)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: UK, France, Italy
Duration: 115 min.
Story: A young American studying in Paris in 1968 strikes up a friendship with a French brother and sister. Set against the background of the '68 Paris student riots.
Style: erotic, sexy, sexual, atmospheric, serious ...
Plot: incest, sexuality, sexual relations, love and romance, friends, rebelliousness, lovers, rebellion, desire, protest, youth, strong sexual content ...
Time: 1960s, 60s, 20th century, year 1968
Place: france, europe, paris france
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 7.2
 167K
Fracture (2007)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, 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: psychological, suspense, twists and turns, enigmatic, suspenseful ...
Plot: mind game, investigation, obsession, perfect crime, courtroom drama, legal investigation, manipulation, lawyer, attempted murder, adultery, guilt, revenge ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: california, los angeles, usa
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 7.1
 16K
Iris (2001)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Romance
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: True story of the lifelong romance between novelist Iris Murdoch and her husband John Bayley, from their student days through her battle with Alzheimer's disease.
Style: touching, emotional, serious, captivating, intellectual ...
Plot: aging, love, alzheimer's disease, writer's life, couple relations, understanding, love of one's life, life & death, character study, loneliness, terminal illness, virginity ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 90s, 1950s
Place: england, europe
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