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, intense, interesting, clever, intellectual and stylized films and TV shows about / with storytelling, destiny, mentor, existentialism, philosophy, dialogue, twists & turns, flashback, death and catastrophe plots mostly in Drama, Sci-Fi and Thriller genres shot in USA, Canada, UK and other countries.
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cerebral movies
TOP 10 movies tagged as cerebral: Inception (2010), Interstellar (2014), A Beautiful Mind (2001), The Matrix (1999), Fight Club (1999), The Island (2006), American Beauty (1999), Shutter Island (2010), The Wolf of Wall Street (2013), Ex Machina (2014).

List of cerebral movies

 8.8
 1.9M
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, clever, cerebral, exciting ...
Plot: parallel world, manipulations, haunted by the past, teamwork, perfect crime, imagination, redemption, philosophy, mind control, virtual reality, hi-tech, one last job ...
Time: 2010s, near future
Place: los angeles, japan, sydney australia, paris france
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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: mind bending, atmospheric, futuristic, serious, cerebral ...
Plot: outer space, space travel, spacecraft, time travel, parallel world, heroic mission, wormhole, end of the world, black hole, space exploration, space and aliens, future dystopia ...
Time: future, near future
Place: colorado
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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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 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: mind bending, thought provoking, cerebral, exciting, serious ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: cyberpunk, future dystopia, save the world, virtual reality, artificial intelligence, hacker, chosen one, man versus machine, cyberspace, imaginary, philosophy, technology gone awry ...
Time: future, 1990s, 21st century, 20th century, 90s
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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: surprise ending, mind bending, twists and turns, biting, thought provoking ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: split personality, losing-it hero, social decay, fist fighting, nihilism, against the rules, insomnia, life philosophy, dissociative identity disorder, fighting the system, social misfits, loneliness ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: delaware, usa
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 7.9
 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, philosophical, serious, realistic ...
Plot: redemption, monk, christian, hopes, monastery, psychic, sin, god or devil, navy, mentor, forgiveness, russian ...
Place: russia
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 8.3
 1.0M
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, melancholic, cynical, cerebral ...
Audience: teen drama
Plot: midlife crisis, loneliness, dysfunctional family, family problems, virgin, teenage life, age difference, coming of age, youth, older man young girl relationship, parenthood, marital problem ...
Time: 90s, 1990s, 20th century
Place: usa
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 8.1
 1.0M
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, surprise ending, suspenseful, tense, twist ending ...
Plot: mental institution, mystery, paranoia, insanity, investigation, losing-it hero, uncover truth, doctors and patients, island, psychiatrist, plot twist, delusion ...
Time: 1950s, 20th century, 50s, year 1954, year 1945 ...
Place: boston
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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, realistic, biting, captivating, motivational ...
Plot: rise and fall, success, ambition, money, cons and scams, wall street, strong sexual content, corruption, millionaire, greed, hotshot hero, blind ambition ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, year 1987, year 1983, 1990s
Place: usa, new york, big ben london, switzerland, italy ...
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 7.7
 432K
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, mind bending, cerebral, twist ending ...
Plot: artificial intelligence, a.i., isolation, manipulation, existentialism, psychology, human android relationship, technology, deception, experiment gone awry, robot, man versus machine ...
Time: future, near future, 21st century, contemporary, 2010s
Place: england
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 8.0
 657K
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, mind bending, atmospheric, surreal, twist ending ...
Plot: obsession, ballet, dancer's life, mental illness, insanity, losing-it hero, hallucinations, paranoia, dark fantasy, rivalry, parents and children, psychology ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s
Place: usa, new york, manhattan new york city
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 7.9
 528K
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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 4.8
 5K
The Beyond (2017)
Genre: Sci-Fi
Country: UK
Duration: 103 min.
Story: Set in 2019, The Beyond chronicles the groundbreaking mission which sent astronauts - modified with advanced robotics, through a newly discovered wormhole known as the Void. When the mission returns unexpectedly, the space agency races to discover ...
Style: cerebral
Plot: space station, space exploration, exploration, alien invasion, first contact, trapped in space, outer space, found footage, robot
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 8.1
 530K
Into the Wild (2007)
Genre: Adventure, Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 148 min.
Story: The true story of top student and athlete, Christopher McCandless, who after graduating from Emory University in 1992, abandoned his possessions, gave his entire $24,000 savings account to charity and hitchhiked to Alaska to live in the wilderness.
Style: melancholic, inspirational, road movie, philosophical, captivating ...
Plot: self discovery, survival, wilderness, freedom, isolation, journey, hitchhiker, on the road, introspection, adventure, life philosophy, human spirit ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, year 1991, year 1990, year 1992 ...
Place: alaska, usa, cross country, south dakota, california ...
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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, melancholic, mind bending, captivating, surreal ...
Audience: date night
Plot: introspection, love, love and romance, couple relations, power of love, deja vu, mind control, brainwashing, couples, memory loss, dreams, love story ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, new york, mcdonald's restaurant
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Heart of a Dog (1988)
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: thought provoking, humorous, philosophical, offbeat, cerebral ...
Plot: medical experiment, experiment gone awry, doctors and patients, chaos and mayhem, society, farce, revolution, dog, obsession, adaptation, life philosophy, communism ...
Time: 1920s, 1930s, 80s
Place: russia, ussr
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The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 166 min.
Story: Tells the story of Benjamin Button, a man who starts aging backwards with bizarre consequences.
Style: sentimental, touching, philosophical, melancholic, atmospheric ...
Audience: date night
Plot: love and romance, true love, life philosophy, tragic love, aging, child as adult, age difference, supernatural romance, odd, impossible love, existentialism, imaginary ...
Time: 50s, 20s, 60s, 20th century, 30s ...
Place: new orleans, usa, atlantic ocean, manhattan new york city, india ...
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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, uplifting, touching, clever, serious ...
Plot: prison, human spirit, freedom, prison life, life is a bitch, false accusation, life sentence, corruption, confined, survival, hopes, criminal heroes ...
Time: 20th century, 1940s, 40s, 60s, 50s ...
Place: usa, pacific ocean, maine, mexico
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 6.4
 64K
Europa Report (2013)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: A crew of international astronauts are sent on a private mission to Jupiter's fourth moon.
Style: cerebral, tense, suspenseful, psychological, serious ...
Plot: space travel, spacecraft, moon, survival, spacewalk, danger, astronaut, outer space, found footage, extraterrestrial, landing, inventions and discoveries ...
Time: future, 21st century, contemporary, year 1972, 1950s
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 7.4
 498K
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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 7.4
 329K
Cloud Atlas (2012)
Genre: Action, Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi
Country: Germany, USA, Hong Kong, Singapore, China
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: atmospheric, psychological, thought provoking, enigmatic, surreal ...
Plot: destiny, life philosophy, human nature, reincarnation, death, love and romance, tribe, human existence, wisdom of life, love, genetic engineering, karma ...
Time: future, 19th century, 20th century, 21st century, 1930s ...
Place: hawaii, south korea, seoul
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 8.0
 705K
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, mind bending, captivating, surreal ...
Audience: teens, date night
Plot: insanity, time travel, social misfits, supernatural ability, teenage life, hallucinations, supernatural, time loop, imaginary, society, morality, high school life ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, future
Place: virginia, usa, united states
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 7.2
 101K
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: business, salesman, family business, fast food, ambition, businessman, rags to riches, greed, capitalism, betrayal, twists & turns, destiny ...
Time: 1950s, 20th century
Place: mcdonald's restaurant, usa, america, california
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 7.5
 229K
Predestination (2014)
Genre: Action, 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: suspenseful, mind bending, surprise ending, clever, stylized ...
Plot: time travel, changing the past or future, time paradox, time machine, sent to the past, destiny, time loop, bar, mysterious character, mission, terrorism, orphanage ...
Time: 20th century, year 1963, year 1981, year 1992, near future ...
Place: usa, cleveland ohio
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 7.5
 457K
Source Code (2011)
Genre: Action, Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Decorated soldier Captain Colter Stevens wakes up in the body of an unknown man, discovering he's involved in a mission to find the bomber of a Chicago commuter train. He learns he's part of a top-secret experimental program that enables ...
Style: surprise ending, suspenseful, captivating, twists and turns, suspense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: time travel, time loop, changing the past or future, destiny, bomb, suspicion, save the day, terrorism, nuclear threat, imaginary, danger, death ...
Time: contemporary, future, 21st century
Place: illinois, usa, afghanistan, chicago illinois
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 6.4
 30K
ARQ (2016)
Genre: Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: Two old friends living in a dystopic future become trapped in a mysterious time loop — one that may have something to do with an ongoing battle between an omnipotent corporation and a ragtag band of rebels.
Style: enigmatic, twist ending, futuristic, psychological, suspense ...
Plot: time loop, time travel, post apocalyptic, devastation, tied to a chair, technology, survival, existentialism, memory, twists & turns, parallel universe, catastrophe ...
Time: future
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 7.4
 506K
Looper (2012)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA, China
Duration: 113 min.
Story: In the futuristic action thriller Looper, time travel will be invented but it will be illegal and only available on the black market. When the mob wants to get rid of someone, they will send their target 30 years into the past where a looper, a ...
Style: tense, thought provoking, futuristic, exciting, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: time travel, time loop, changing the past or future, hitman, destiny, on the run, organized crime, sent to the past, violence, self sacrifice, mafia, death ...
Time: future, 21st century, 2040s
Place: usa, kansas, shanghai china
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 6.5
 38K
Time Lapse (2014)
Genre: Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: Three friends discover a mysterious machine that takes pictures 24 hours into the future and conspire to use it for personal gain, until disturbing and dangerous images begin to develop.
Style: suspenseful, twist ending, suspense, tricky, enigmatic ...
Plot: time travel, time machine, time paradox, parallel universe, plot twist, camera, gambling, paranoia, twists & turns, death threat, greed, stupidity ...
Time: future
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 7.2
 195K
Cube (1997)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: Canada
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Seven strangers are taken out of their daily lives and placed mysteriously in a deadly cube where they all agree they must find their way out.
Style: psychological, futuristic, suspenseful, surreal, mind bending ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: isolation, maze, survival, trap, captivity, escape, death, trapped, danger, mathematics, parallel world, insanity ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
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 7.0
 459K
Oblivion (2013)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 124 min.
Story: Jack Harper is one of the last few drone repairmen stationed on Earth. Part of a massive operation to extract vital resources after decades of war with a terrifying threat known as the Scavs, Jack’s mission is nearly complete. His existence is ...
Style: futuristic, mind bending, stylized, suspenseful, suspense ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: future dystopia, post apocalypse, apocalypse, vestiges of humanity, mysterious character, disorder, evil alien, space and aliens, danger, resistance, survival, alien encounter ...
Time: future
Place: pentagon, washington d.c., empire state building manhattan new york city
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