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, clever, interesting and cerebral films and TV shows about / with storytelling, mentor, dialogue, twists & turns, catastrophe, life philosophy, death, police investigation, secrets and mystery plots mostly in Drama, Thriller and Mystery genres shot in USA, UK, Germany and other countries.
intellectual movies
TOP 10 movies tagged as intellectual: The Imitation Game (2014), Bones (2005), The Name of the Rose (1986), Quiz Show (1994), The Big Bang Theory (2007), Gattaca (1997), Dead Poets Society (1989), Angels & Demons (2009), The Mentalist (2008), Da Vinci's Demons (2013).

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, factual, inspirational, serious, captivating ...
Plot: inventions and discoveries, prodigy, ambition, social misfits, genius, mathematician, code breaking, homosexuality, espionage, code, sexism, computers and web ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 1940s, 1950s, 1930s ...
Place: england, europe, germany, poland
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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: forensics, riddles and clues, fbi, partners against crime, police investigation, search, special agents, teamwork, expert, killings, victim, crime investigation ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s, 2000s
Place: washington d.c., 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: monk, investigation, clergy, monastery, uncover truth, murder, serial killer, riddles and clues, execution, temptation, trial, god or devil ...
Time: middle ages, 14th century
Place: italy, europe
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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, advertising, fame, ethics, corruption, greed, lawyer ...
Time: 20th century, 1950s, 50s
Place: usa, new york, boston
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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, intellectual, clever, feel good ...
Plot: friends, neighbor, friendship, scientist, geek, social awkwardness, intelligence, buddies, sitcom, roommate, physics, science ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s, 2000s
Place: california, usa, campus, pasadena california
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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, society, destiny, space travel, philosophy, heart disease, distopia, paranoia ...
Time: future, near future
Place: riviera, french riviera
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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, intellectual, emotional, philosophical ...
Audience: teens
Plot: teachers and students, boarding school life, poetry, teacher, poet, teaching the ways of the world, youth, suicide, philosophy, coming of age, dedicated educator, professor ...
Time: 1950s, 50s, 20th century, year 1959
Place: vermont, new england, usa, harvard university
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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, conspiracy, danger, investigation, religions or cults, scientist, ancient, search, christianity, professor, secret movement, vatican ...
Time: contemporary, 2000s
Place: rome italy, europe, harvard university, italy, geneva switzerland
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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, police investigation, fighting crime, investigation, danger, partners, murder, crimes, serial killer, psychic, crime, talented ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s, 2000s
Place: california, 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, inventions and discoveries, adventure, escapades, lust, leonardo da vinci, unconventional method, inventor, visionary, magical, a vision, architect ...
Time: 15th century, renaissance, 1400s
Place: italy, europe, florence, florence italy, rome 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: intellectual, clever, realistic, serious, talky ...
Plot: programmer, computers and web, ambition, rise to the top, computer genius, hacker, inventions and discoveries, social relations, creator, ego clash, betrayal, businessman ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, year 2003, 2000s
Place: usa, harvard university, california, massachusetts, new york
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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, clever ...
Plot: rivalry, mind game, crimes, manipulation, verbal byplay, one on one, dialogue driven, mistaken identity, outsmarting, dishonesty, fear, game playing ...
Time: contemporary
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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, intellectual, captivating, suspenseful, psychological ...
Plot: intelligence, superhuman powers, life turned upside down, success, prodigy, rise to the top, drug abuse, ambition, overnight success, addiction, rags to riches, happy ending ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, future
Place: usa, new york, manhattan new york city
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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, touching, dramatic ...
Plot: mental illness, paranoia, mathematics, prodigy, genius, schizophrenia, imagination, insanity, hallucinations, obsession, inventions and discoveries, mentally unstable ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 70s, 50s, 1960s ...
Place: usa, campus, boston, massachusetts, new jersey ...
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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, futuristic, clever, exciting, philosophical
Plot: scientist, resurrection, genetics, family in danger, cloning, family, science, car accident, laboratory, biologist, evil corporation, existentialism ...
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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, based on true events, realistic ...
Plot: genius, prodigy, computers and web, problem solving, science, computer genius, save the world, danger, society, partners against crime, friendship, nerd ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
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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: philosophical, thought provoking, intellectual, captivating, suspenseful ...
Plot: human nature, rape, coffee, multiple storylines, moral ambiguity, escapades, family relations, father son relationship, brutality, murder, crimes, adultery ...
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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: psychological, intellectual, talky, serious, sexy ...
Plot: psychiatrist, sexual perversion, psychoanalysis, patient, mentally unstable, historical character, sexuality, mental illness, seduction, human nature, introspection, therapy ...
Time: 1900s, 20th century, 1910s, 1930s
Place: switzerland, europe, central europe, zurich switzerland, austria
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Arrival (2016)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA, Canada, India
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, philosophical, intellectual, enigmatic, twist ending ...
Plot: alien, first contact, spacecraft, loss, memory, science, destiny, precognition, death of daughter, time loop, flash forward, language barrier ...
Time: future, 2010s
Place: china, montana, russia, pakistan, sudan ...
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Fracture (2007)
Genre: Crime, Drama
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: suspense, twists and turns, psychological, intellectual, suspenseful ...
Plot: investigation, mind game, courtroom drama, obsession, legal investigation, lawyer, manipulation, adultery, murder mystery, perfect crime, guilt, attempted murder ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: los angeles, usa, california
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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, cyberspace, virtual reality, technology gone awry, murder, uncover truth, time travel, computer system, crimes, investigation, rivalry, danger ...
Time: 90s, future, 20th century, 1930s, 1990s ...
Place: los angeles, usa
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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, philosophical, bleak, suspense ...
Plot: suicide, life after death, interview, alternate reality, mystery, plot twist, mental illness, science, self discovery, dreams, afterlife, depression ...
Time: future
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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: clever, bleak, realistic, gloomy, serious ...
Plot: serial killer, police investigation, police detective, crime, crimes, partners, partners against crime, investigation, murder, uncover truth, who done it, troubled ...
Time: contemporary, 20th century, 21st century, 90s
Place: louisiana, usa, california
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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, book, genius, writers, eccentricity, creativity, unlikely friendships, destiny, obsession, mentor, writer's life, life philosophy ...
Time: 1930s
Place: usa, new jersey, new york
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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: tense, intellectual, suspense, realistic, cerebral ...
Plot: loan, wall street, money, finance, bank, financial crisis, economic crisis, morality, risk, economics, expose, deception ...
Time: 2000s, year 2008, year 2007
Place: manhattan new york city, las vegas, california
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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, realistic, serious, suspenseful, gloomy
Plot: police detective, police investigation, intelligence, talented, crime, crimes, uncover truth, british, police, boss, police chief, investigator ...
Time: 60s, 1960s, 20th century
Place: england
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Colette (2018)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: UK, USA, France, Hungary, Netherlands
Duration: 111 min.
Story: French novelist, Colette, overcomes an abusive marriage to emerge as a leading writer in her country and a candidate for the Nobel Prize in Literature.
Style: intellectual, inspirational, based on true events, lyrical, captivating
Plot: female protagonist, female writer, ghost writer, husband wife relationship, nobel prize, novelist, exploitation, bisexuality, infidelity, money, publisher, candelabra ...
Time: 1900s, 1890s
Place: paris france, france
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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, suspenseful, intellectual, realistic
Plot: amateur detective, investigation, priest, uncover truth, who done it, clergy, riddles and clues, church, murder, society, police investigation, village life ...
Time: 50s, 1950s, 20th century
Place: england
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Manhattan (1979)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: The life of a divorced television writer dating a teenage girl is further complicated when he falls in love with his best friend's mistress.
Style: intellectual, humorous, sincere, realistic, sentimental ...
Audience: date night
Plot: romance, age difference, mistress, love triangle, divorce, city life, crumbling relationship, dating, adultery, friendship, love affair, looking for love ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: new york, usa, manhattan, new york city, manhattan new york city
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Kinsey (2004)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Romance
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 118 min.
Story: Kinsey is a portrait of researcher Alfred Kinsey, driven to uncover the most private secrets of a nation. What begins for Kinsey as a scientific endeavor soon takes on an intensely personal relevance, ultimately becoming an unexpected journey into ...
Style: intellectual, talky, serious, sincere, thought provoking ...
Plot: research, professor, sexuality, student, sexual relations, marriage, college, scientist, free love, interview, teaching, sex ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 40s, 1940s, 1950s
Place: indiana, usa, campus
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