Cerebral movies and TV shows

The list contains the best, new and most relevant cerebral movies ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out cerebral, interesting, intense, clever, stylized and enigmatic films and TV shows about / with storytelling, twists & turns, dialogue, death, existentialism, philosophy, mentor, imagination, loneliness and destiny plots mostly in Drama, Sci-Fi and Thriller genres shot in USA, UK, Canada and other countries.
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cerebral movies
TOP 10 movies tagged as cerebral: A Beautiful Mind (2001), Inception (2010), Fight Club (1999), Interstellar (2014), Shutter Island (2010), The Island (2006), The Matrix (1999), American Beauty (1999), Black Swan (2010), The Wolf of Wall Street (2013).

List of cerebral movies

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, touching, realistic ...
Plot: mental illness, mathematics, prodigy, paranoia, obsession, genius, schizophrenia, inventions and discoveries, mentally unstable, imagination, mathematician, insanity ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 50s, 70s, 1940s ...
Place: usa, boston, massachusetts, campus, stockholm sweden ...
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 8.8
 1.8M
Inception (2010)
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: psychological, mind bending, suspenseful, clever, serious ...
Plot: parallel world, manipulations, haunted by the past, teamwork, perfect crime, redemption, mind control, hi-tech, imagination, virtual reality, subconscious, dreams ...
Time: near future, 2010s
Place: los angeles, paris france, sydney australia, japan
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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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 8.6
 1.3M
Interstellar (2014)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi
Country: USA, UK, Canada
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: atmospheric, futuristic, mind bending, serious, cerebral ...
Plot: space travel, outer space, spacecraft, time travel, parallel world, heroic mission, space and aliens, future dystopia, inventions and discoveries, adventure, expedition, space exploration ...
Time: future, near future
Place: colorado
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 8.1
 989K
Shutter Island (2010)
Genre: Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 138 min.
Story: World War II soldier-turned-U.S. Marshal Teddy Daniels investigates the disappearance of a patient from a hospital for the criminally insane, but his efforts are compromised by his troubling visions and also by a mysterious doctor.
Style: psychological, serious, twist ending, suspenseful, tense ...
Plot: investigation, mystery, mental institution, insanity, losing-it hero, uncover truth, paranoia, doctors and patients, island, plot twist, delusion, psychiatrist ...
Time: 1950s, 20th century, 50s, year 1954, year 1945 ...
Place: boston
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 8.0
 10K
The Island (2006)
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: psychological, cerebral, serious, realistic, melancholic ...
Plot: redemption, monk, psychic, god or devil, monastery, mentor, loneliness, hopes, forgiveness, christian, sin, life philosophy ...
Place: russia
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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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 8.4
 978K
American Beauty (1999)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 122 min.
Story: Lester Burnham, a depressed suburban father in a mid-life crisis, decides to turn his hectic life around after developing an infatuation with his daughter's attractive friend.
Style: thought provoking, sexual, cynical, biting, cerebral ...
Audience: teen drama
Plot: midlife crisis, family problems, dysfunctional family, loneliness, teenage life, coming of age, youth, age difference, virgin, american dream, parenthood, lust ...
Time: 90s, 1990s, 20th century
Place: usa
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 8.0
 641K
Black Swan (2010)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: A ballet dancer wins the lead in "Swan Lake" and is perfect for the role of the delicate White Swan - Princess Odette - but slowly loses her mind as she becomes more and more like Odile, the Black Swan.
Style: psychological, atmospheric, suspense, mind bending, surreal ...
Plot: obsession, ballet, losing-it hero, mental illness, insanity, dancer's life, mentally unstable, showbiz, paranoia, hallucinations, parents and children, rivalry ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s
Place: usa, new york, manhattan new york city
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The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 180 min.
Story: A New York stockbroker refuses to cooperate in a large securities fraud case involving corruption on Wall Street, corporate banking world and mob infiltration. Based on Jordan Belfort's autobiography.
Style: clever, captivating, biting, cynical, dark humor ...
Plot: rise and fall, success, ambition, cons and scams, wall street, blind ambition, hotshot hero, drugs/alcohol, millionaire, corporate crimes, greed, strong sexual content ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s, year 1987, year 1983
Place: new york, usa, geneva switzerland, las vegas, mediterranean sea ...
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 7.2
 94K
The Founder (2016)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: USA
Duration: 115 min.
Story: The true story of how Ray Kroc, a salesman from Illinois, met Mac and Dick McDonald, who were running a burger operation in 1950s Southern California. Kroc was impressed by the brothers’ speedy system of making the food and saw franchise ...
Style: based on true events, factual, realistic, motivational, clever ...
Plot: family business, business, fast food, ambition, businessman, salesman, rags to riches, greed, capitalism, betrayal, twists & turns, destiny ...
Time: 1950s
Place: mcdonald's restaurant, usa, america, california
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 8.1
 690K
Donnie Darko (2001)
Genre: Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 113 min.
Story: After narrowly escaping a bizarre accident, a troubled teenager is plagued by visions of a large bunny rabbit that manipulates him to commit a series of crimes.
Style: psychological, atmospheric, surreal, captivating, interesting ...
Audience: teens, date night
Plot: social misfits, time travel, supernatural ability, insanity, teenage life, supernatural, hallucinations, imaginary, morality, high school life, society, imaginary friend ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, future
Place: usa, virginia
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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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Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Joel Barish, heartbroken that his girlfriend underwent a procedure to erase him from her memory, decides to do the same. However, as he watches his memories of her fade away, he realises that he still loves her, and may be too late to correct his ...
Style: psychological, captivating, melancholic, clever, mind bending ...
Audience: date night
Plot: love and romance, introspection, couple relations, power of love, mind control, memory loss, love, couples, love story, brainwashing, dreams, romance ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, new york, mcdonald's restaurant
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 7.7
 417K
Ex Machina (2014)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Caleb, a 26 year old coder at the world's largest internet company, wins a competition to spend a week at a private mountain retreat belonging to Nathan, the reclusive CEO of the company. But when Caleb arrives at the remote location he finds ...
Style: tense, futuristic, clever, mind bending, suspenseful ...
Plot: artificial intelligence, a.i., isolation, manipulation, technology, existentialism, human android relationship, experiment gone awry, deception, man versus machine, philosophy, robot ...
Time: future, near future, 21st century, contemporary, 2010s
Place: england
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 5.0
 185K
The Happening (2008)
Genre: Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA, India
Duration: 91 min.
Story: When a deadly airborne virus threatens to wipe out the northeastern United States, teacher Elliott Moore (Mark Wahlberg) and his wife (Zooey Deschanel) flee from contaminated cities into the countryside in a fight to discover the truth. Is it ...
Style: mind bending, suspenseful, bleak, tense, surprise ending ...
Plot: apocalypse, plague, survival, supernatural, on the run, family in danger, danger, suicide, chaos and mayhem, first contact, mystery, virus ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, future
Place: new york, philadelphia, usa, france, manhattan new york city ...
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 7.4
 160K
Pi (1998)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 84 min.
Story: The debut film from Darren Aronofsky in which a mathematical genius Maximilian Cohen discovers a link in the connection between numbers and reality and thus believes he can predict the future.
Style: mind bending, psychological, atmospheric, surreal, stylized ...
Plot: mathematics, insanity, genius, obsession, paranoia, prodigy, rabbi, delusion, code, alienation, surveillance, neighbor ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: new york, usa, coney island brooklyn new york city, manhattan new york city
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 8.1
 68K
Solaris (1971)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi
Country: Soviet Union
Duration: 167 min.
Story: A psychologist is sent to a space station orbiting a planet called Solaris to investigate the death of a doctor and the mental problems of cosmonauts on the station. He soon discovers that the water on the planet is a type of brain which brings out ...
Style: atmospheric, surreal, futuristic, talky, art house ...
Plot: space travel, outer space, russian, space station, space and aliens, astronaut, mysterious planet, scientist, investigation, hallucination, immortality, dealing with death ...
Time: future
Place: russia, tokyo
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 7.3
 215K
The Fountain (2006)
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, stylized, touching, artsy ...
Plot: immortality, loneliness, metaphysics, tragic love, reincarnation, death, cancer, tree, terminal illness, outer space, love, couple relations ...
Time: future, 16th century, 21st century, contemporary
Place: spain, europe, latin america, central america, guatemala
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 7.8
 57K
Waking Life (2001)
Genre: Animation, Drama, Fantasy
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Waking Life is about a young man in a persistent lucid dream-like state. The film follows its protagonist as he initially observes and later participates in philosophical discussions that weave together issues like reality, free will, our ...
Style: stylized, talky, surreal, clever, serious ...
Plot: philosophy, existentialism, dream, imagination, nightmare, human nature, hopes, parallel world, free will, freedom, imaginary, supernatural ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: texas
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2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
Genre: Adventure, Sci-Fi
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 149 min.
Story: Humanity finds a mysterious object buried beneath the lunar surface and sets off to find its origins with the help of HAL 9000, the world's most advanced super computer.
Style: atmospheric, epic, futuristic, thought provoking, surreal ...
Plot: space travel, spacecraft, space station, evolution, astronaut, moon, outer space, future dystopia, technology, a.i., artificial intelligence, super computer ...
Time: future, 21st century, year 2001, prehistoric times, prehistory ...
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 7.9
 309K
Moon (2009)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi
Country: UK
Duration: 97 min.
Story: With only three weeks left in his three year contract, Sam Bell is getting anxious to finally return to Earth. He is the only occupant of a Moon-based manufacturing facility along with his computer and assistant, GERTY. When he has an accident ...
Style: psychological, futuristic, bleak, surreal, suspense ...
Plot: isolation, outer space, moon, spacecraft, loneliness, cloning, astronaut, space travel, doubts and hesitations, nervous breakdown, space and aliens, depression ...
Time: future, 21st century
Place: mine, hawaii, mexico
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 7.8
 195K
Mr. Nobody (2009)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Romance, Sci-Fi
Country: Belgium, Germany, Canada, France, USA, UK
Duration: 141 min.
Story: Nemo Nobody leads an ordinary existence with his wife and 3 children; one day, he wakes up as a mortal centenarian in the year 2092.
Style: psychological, futuristic, mind bending, surreal, offbeat ...
Audience: date night
Plot: destiny, utopia, teenage love, depression, alternate reality, surrealism, romance, love affair, life changing experience, parallel world, postmodernism, philosophy ...
Time: future, 20th century, 21st century, year 1975
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Mulholland Drive (2001)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: France, USA
Duration: 147 min.
Story: After a car wreck on the winding Mulholland Drive renders a woman amnesic, she and a perky Hollywood-hopeful search for clues and answers across Los Angeles in a twisting venture beyond dreams and reality.
Style: psychological, mind bending, twists and turns, atmospheric, suspenseful ...
Plot: strong sexual content, lesbian, uncover truth, hollywood, showbiz, mystery, amnesia, hallucination, postmodernism, surrealism, mysterious character, dreams ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: los angeles, usa, california
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 7.5
 222K
Predestination (2014)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: Australia, USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Predestination chronicles the life of a Temporal Agent sent on an intricate series of time-travel journeys designed to prevent future killers from committing their crimes. Now, on his final assignment, the Agent must stop the one criminal that has ...
Style: mind bending, suspenseful, clever, stylized, serious ...
Plot: time travel, changing the past or future, destiny, mysterious character, sent to the past, time machine, mission, terrorism, bartender, bar, time paradox, bomber ...
Time: 20th century, year 1975, near future, year 1964, year 1963 ...
Place: usa, cleveland ohio
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 8.1
 826K
The Truman Show (1998)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: Truman Burbank is the star of "The Truman Show", a 24-hour-a-day "reality" TV show that broadcasts every aspect of his life -- live and in color -- without his knowledge. His entire life has been an unending soap opera for ...
Style: thought provoking, touching, clever, surreal, philosophical ...
Plot: self discovery, manipulations, voyeurism, tv show, freedom, dishonesty, fictional reality show, hollywood, alternate reality, loneliness, fictional reality, showbiz ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, future, 1990s
Place: usa, florida
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 8.1
 749K
Gone Girl (2014)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 149 min.
Story: With his wife's disappearance having become the focus of an intense media circus, a man sees the spotlight turned on him when it's suspected that he may not be innocent.
Style: psychological, tense, surprise ending, suspense, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night, girls' night, chick flick, date night
Plot: missing person, police investigation, mystery, disappearance, missing wife, manipulation, investigation, mind game, infidelity, protagonist as suspect, femme fatale, murder suspect ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s, 2010s, year 2012
Place: missouri, usa, st. louis missouri, manhattan new york city
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 8.0
 535K
Twelve Monkeys (1995)
Genre: Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 129 min.
Story: In the year 2035, convict James Cole reluctantly volunteers to be sent back in time to discover the origin of a deadly virus that wiped out nearly all of the earth's population and forced the survivors into underground communities. But when ...
Style: psychological, atmospheric, surreal, bleak, non-linear ...
Plot: time travel, plague, social misfits, changing the past or future, save the world, apocalypse, future dystopia, insanity, paranoia, mystery, postmodernism, time loop ...
Time: future, 20th century, 21st century, 90s, 1990s ...
Place: philadelphia, baltimore, usa
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 8.1
 834K
The Sixth Sense (1999)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: A psychological thriller about an eight year old boy named Cole Sear who believes he can see into the world of the dead. A child psychologist named Malcolm Crowe comes to Cole to help him deal with his problem, learning that he really can see ghosts ...
Style: psychological, suspenseful, surprise ending, atmospheric, bleak ...
Plot: supernatural, ghost, supernatural ability, mystery, afterlife, psychic, doctors and patients, untimely death, psychology, death, psychologist, tragic event ...
Time: 1990s, 90s, 20th century
Place: philadelphia, usa, pennsylvania
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The Man from Earth (2007)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 87 min.
Story: An impromptu goodbye party for Professor John Oldman becomes a mysterious interrogation after the retiring scholar reveals to his colleagues he never ages and has walked the earth for 14,000 years.
Style: serious, sincere, psychological, talky, surprise ending ...
Plot: immortality, professor, hidden identity, christianity, philosophy, society, god or devil, legends and myths, science, religion, psychology, memory ...
Time: middle ages, prehistoric, contemporary, 21st century, prehistory ...
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