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, realistic, serious, interesting, clever and complex films and TV shows about / with storytelling, twists & turns, mentor, catastrophe, death, dialogue, destiny, life philosophy, police investigation and corruption plots mostly in Drama, Thriller and Mystery genres shot in USA, UK, Germany and other countries.
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TOP 10 movies tagged as intellectual: The Imitation Game (2014), Dead Poets Society (1989), The Mentalist (2008), The Name of the Rose (1986), Bones (2005), Quiz Show (1994), Angels & Demons (2009), Limitless (2011), The Social Network (2010), A Beautiful Mind (2001).

List of intellectual movies

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: intellectual, inspirational, factual, captivating, serious ...
Plot: ambition, prodigy, genius, inventions and discoveries, social misfits, mathematician, code breaking, inventor, homosexual, homosexuality, code, world war two ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, year 1939, 1920s, 1950s ...
Place: england, europe, germany, poland
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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: sentimental, intellectual, philosophical, uplifting, emotional ...
Audience: teens
Plot: teacher, teachers and students, boarding school life, poetry, poet, suicide, dedicated educator, literature, professor, teaching the ways of the world, youth, philosophy ...
Time: 1950s, 20th century, 50s, year 1959
Place: vermont, usa, new england, harvard university
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 8.1
 158K
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: intellectual, exciting, serious, suspenseful, twists and turns ...
Plot: police investigation, partners against crime, crimes, fighting crime, serial killer, murder, investigation, partners, danger, crime, psychic, talented ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s, 2000s
Place: california, usa
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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: intellectual, psychological, suspenseful, clever, realistic ...
Plot: clergy, monk, investigation, monastery, uncover truth, riddles and clues, murder, serial killer, god or devil, execution, trial, temptation ...
Time: middle ages, 14th century
Place: europe, italy, france, southern france
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 7.8
 134K
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, realistic, semi serious
Plot: riddles and clues, forensics, partners against crime, fbi, police investigation, special agents, search, teamwork, expert, killings, partners, coworker ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s, 2010s
Place: washington d.c., usa, united states
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 7.5
 63K
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, realistic, serious, talky ...
Plot: investigation, moral dilemma, cheating, contests and competitions, media, prejudice, ethics, fame, advertising, corruption, greed, lawyer ...
Time: 20th century, 1950s, 50s
Place: usa, new york, boston
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 6.7
 263K
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: exciting, intellectual, twists and turns, suspenseful, serious ...
Plot: conspiracy, riddles and clues, danger, vatican, investigation, religions or cults, illuminati, scientist, professor, murder, ancient, symbolism ...
Time: contemporary, 2000s
Place: rome italy, europe, italy, harvard university, geneva switzerland
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 7.4
 510K
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, intellectual, psychological, cerebral ...
Plot: intelligence, superhuman powers, rise to the top, success, prodigy, life turned upside down, ambition, drug abuse, happy ending, rags to riches, greed, overnight success ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, future
Place: usa, new york, manhattan new york city
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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: rise to the top, computers and web, programmer, computer genius, ambition, hacker, social relations, businessman, creator, ego clash, social network, inventions and discoveries ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s, year 2003
Place: harvard university, usa, california, massachusetts, new york
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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: captivating, psychological, cerebral, interesting, touching ...
Plot: mathematics, paranoia, mental illness, prodigy, genius, schizophrenia, insanity, imagination, obsession, scientist, mentally unstable, psychiatry ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 50s, 70s, 1940s ...
Place: usa, boston, massachusetts, new jersey, stockholm sweden ...
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A Dangerous Method (2011)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Romance, Thriller
Country: UK, Germany, Canada, Switzerland, USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Seduced by the challenge of an impossible case, the driven Dr. Carl Jung takes the unbalanced yet beautiful Sabina Spielrein as his patient. Jung’s weapon is the method of his master, the renowned Sigmund Freud. Both men fall under Sabina’s ...
Style: intellectual, psychological, philosophical, talky, serious ...
Plot: psychiatrist, historical character, psychoanalysis, patient, mentally unstable, sexual perversion, sexuality, mental illness, human nature, introspection, seduction, life changing experience ...
Time: 1900s, 20th century, 1910s, 1930s
Place: switzerland, europe, austria, central europe, zurich switzerland
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 7.8
 335K
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, tense, suspense, realistic, clever ...
Plot: money, financial crisis, loan, wall street, economic crisis, finance, economics, bank, morality, risk, stock market, expose ...
Time: 2000s, year 2007, year 2008
Place: las vegas, manhattan new york city, california
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 7.1
 45K
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, serious, suspenseful, realistic ...
Plot: genius, problem solving, prodigy, science, computers and web, computer genius, boy genius, computer hacker, danger, save the world, partners against crime, crimes ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
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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: prodigy, inventor, adventure, leonardo da vinci, escapades, talented, historical character, lust, visionary, unconventional method, intelligence, shrewd ...
Time: 15th century, renaissance, 1400s
Place: italy, europe, florence, florence italy, ottoman empire ...
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 6.5
 30K
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: intellectual, talky, psychological, suspenseful, witty ...
Plot: rivalry, mind game, crimes, manipulation, one on one, verbal byplay, dialogue driven, riddles and clues, mistaken identity, dishonesty, outsmarting, fear ...
Time: contemporary
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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, intellectual, futuristic, atmospheric, twists and turns ...
Plot: parallel world, virtual reality, cyberspace, technology gone awry, uncover truth, computer system, protagonist as suspect, imaginary, time travel, crimes, investigation, rivalry ...
Time: 90s, future, 1930s, 1990s, 20th century ...
Place: los angeles, usa
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 7.9
 557K
Arrival (2016)
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: intellectual, cerebral, enigmatic, suspense, philosophical ...
Plot: alien, first contact, spacecraft, time loop, loss, female protagonist, memory, science, destiny, ufo, language barrier, flash forward ...
Time: future, 2010s
Place: russia, pakistan, montana, china, venezuela ...
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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, sad, cerebral ...
Audience: kids
Plot: off the grid, family drama, home schooling, parenthood, road trip, funeral, loss of wife, survivalist, teenage girl, family values, family bonds, children ...
Place: washington state, oregon
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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, sitcom ...
Plot: scientist, friends, neighbor, friendship, sarcasm, intelligence, geek, social awkwardness, buddies, roommate, physics, prodigy ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s, 2000s
Place: california, usa, pasadena california
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 7.7
 7K
Father Brown (2013)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Country: UK
Duration: 52 min.
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: serious, captivating, intellectual, suspenseful, realistic ...
Plot: amateur detective, investigation, who done it, uncover truth, clergy, priest, riddles and clues, danger, church, law enforcement, friendship, murder ...
Time: 50s, 1950s, 20th century
Place: england
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 8.6
 16K
Endeavour (2012)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Country: UK
Duration: 89 min.
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, atmospheric, melancholic ...
Plot: police detective, police investigation, talented, crimes, crime, british, investigator, intelligence, police, uncover truth, police protagonist, police chief ...
Time: 60s, 1960s, 20th century
Place: england
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 7.1
 8K
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, suspenseful ...
Plot: human nature, moral ambiguity, multiple storylines, coffee, escapades, rape, father son relationship, family relations, murder, brutality, adultery, kidnapping ...
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 7.8
 271K
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, twists and turns, psychological ...
Plot: fighting the system, future dystopia, discrimination, genetics, eugenics, distopia, society, destiny, paraplegic, space travel, philosophy, heart disease ...
Time: future, near future
Place: riviera, french riviera
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 5.5
 27K
Replicas (2018)
Genre: Drama, 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, futuristic, exciting, clever, philosophical
Plot: scientist, cloning, family in danger, genetics, science, resurrection, family, car accident, laboratory, biologist, scientific experiment, evil corporation ...
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 7.2
 178K
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, serious, psychological, enigmatic ...
Plot: mind game, investigation, murder mystery, legal investigation, manipulation, lawyer, courtroom drama, obsession, adultery, guilt, perfect crime, attempted murder ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: los angeles, california, usa
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Kill Your Darlings (2013)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Romance, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: A murder in 1944 draws together the great poets of the beat generation: Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac and William Burroughs.
Style: bleak, captivating, serious, intellectual, psychological ...
Plot: poet, friendship, obsession, youth, gay, student life, sexual tension, writer's life, lifestyle, friends, murder, fascist ...
Time: 40s, 1940s, 20th century, 21st century, 2000s ...
Place: usa, new york, harlem manhattan new york city, harlem, greenwich village manhattan new york city ...
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 9.0
 471K
True Detective (2014)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 55 min.
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: realistic, bleak, clever, tense, captivating ...
Plot: police investigation, serial killer, crime, police detective, crimes, partners, partners against crime, investigation, murder, uncover truth, troubled, murderer ...
Time: contemporary, 20th century, 21st century, 90s
Place: louisiana, usa, california
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The Sunset Limited (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Based on the play of the same name by Pulitzer Prize Winner Cormac McCarthy, this searing two-character drama mixes humor and pathos while examining the relationship between strangers who are brought together by desperate circumstances. Set in a New ...
Style: intellectual, bleak, psychological, talky, serious ...
Plot: belief, one on one, suicidal, christianity, atheism, suffering, african american, suicide attempt, psychology, question, afterlife, multiple storylines ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, new york
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 6.3
 27K
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, psychological, bleak, philosophical, suspense ...
Plot: suicide, life after death, interview, mystery, plot twist, mental illness, science, self discovery, dreams, alternate reality, afterlife, depression ...
Time: future
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 7.5
 120K
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: psychological, intellectual, captivating, serious, melancholic ...
Plot: depression, suicide, drowning, writer's life, housewife, aids, mental illness, terminal illness, letter, human nature, introspection, suicidal ...
Time: 20th century, 21st century, 20s, contemporary, 50s ...
Place: england, usa, los angeles, london, new york ...
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