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 thought provoking, cerebral, visually appealing, complex, intense and interesting films and TV shows about / with storytelling, existentialism, philosophy, death, dialogue, mentor, destiny, twists & turns, weird and life philosophy 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: Inception (2010), Interstellar (2014), Fight Club (1999), A Beautiful Mind (2001), Shutter Island (2010), Black Swan (2010), The Matrix (1999), Arrival (2016), The Island (2006), American Beauty (1999).

List of cerebral movies

 8.8
 2.0M
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, twist ending ...
Plot: parallel world, mind control, virtual reality, teamwork, manipulations, haunted by the past, subconscious, redemption, imagination, sleeping, philosophy, perfect crime ...
Time: near future, 2010s
Place: los angeles, paris france, tokyo, kenya, japan ...
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 8.6
 1.4M
Interstellar (2014)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
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, thought provoking, cerebral ...
Plot: outer space, space travel, spacecraft, time travel, end of the world, time paradox, black hole, expedition, heroic mission, parallel world, space exploration, distant planet ...
Time: future, near future, 21st century
Place: colorado
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 8.8
 1.8M
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, twists and turns, mind bending, thought provoking, stylized ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: split personality, social decay, losing-it hero, self destructing, insomnia, against the rules, fighting the system, insanity, dissociative identity disorder, fist fighting, nihilism, life philosophy ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: delaware, usa
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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: psychological, captivating, cerebral, interesting, touching ...
Plot: mathematics, paranoia, mental illness, insanity, prodigy, genius, schizophrenia, imagination, scientist, obsession, hallucination, mentally unstable ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 50s, 70s, 80s ...
Place: usa, boston, massachusetts, stockholm sweden, new jersey ...
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 8.1
 1.1M
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, twists and turns, surprise ending, twist ending, suspenseful ...
Plot: mental institution, mystery, insanity, paranoia, plot twist, investigation, mental illness, losing-it hero, uncover truth, delusion, confined, deception ...
Time: 50s, 1950s, 20th century, year 1945, year 1952 ...
Place: boston
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 8.0
 679K
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, mind bending, twist ending, cerebral ...
Plot: obsession, ballet, dancer's life, insanity, hallucination, surrealism, paranoia, mental illness, losing-it hero, rivalry, dark fantasy, psychology ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s
Place: usa, new york, manhattan new york city
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 8.7
 1.6M
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, philosophical, serious, interesting ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: future dystopia, cyberpunk, man versus machine, chosen one, save the world, hacker, artificial intelligence, distopia, virtual reality, philosophy, alternate reality, imaginary ...
Time: future, 90s, 1990s, 21st century, 20th century
Place: los angeles
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 7.9
 564K
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, philosophical, enigmatic, twist ending ...
Plot: alien, first contact, spacecraft, time loop, loss, destiny, female protagonist, memory, science, ufo, language barrier, flash forward ...
Time: future, 2010s
Place: china, montana, russia, pakistan, massachusetts ...
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 7.9
 11K
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, breathtaking, meditative, serious ...
Plot: redemption, monk, christian, loneliness, religion, life philosophy, hopes, psychic, sin, mentor, forgiveness, god or devil ...
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, melancholic, sexual, cynical, captivating ...
Audience: teen drama
Plot: midlife crisis, loneliness, character study, age difference, coming of age, older man young girl relationship, older man younger woman relationship, virgin, existentialism, dysfunctional family, family problems, youth ...
Time: 90s, 1990s, 20th century
Place: usa
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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: touching, clever, captivating, uplifting, realistic ...
Plot: prison, human spirit, false accusation, prison escape, freedom, prison life, life is a bitch, life sentence, criminal heroes, confined, hopes, plot twist ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 60s, 50s, 40s ...
Place: usa, pacific ocean, maine, mexico
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 7.5
 472K
Source Code (2011)
Genre: Action, Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA, Canada, France
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, mind bending, suspenseful, captivating, cerebral ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: time travel, time loop, changing the past or future, destiny, bomb, save the day, imaginary, suspicion, terrorism, danger, alternate reality, parallel universe ...
Time: contemporary, future, 21st century
Place: illinois, usa, chicago illinois, afghanistan
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 7.4
 514K
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, cerebral, psychological ...
Plot: intelligence, superhuman powers, rise to the top, success, prodigy, life turned upside down, ambition, greed, drug abuse, rags to riches, happy ending, overnight success ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, future
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city
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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: touching, philosophical, sentimental, captivating, atmospheric ...
Audience: date night
Plot: love and romance, impossible love, tragic love, life philosophy, true love, aging, child as adult, life & death, adult as child, odd, fall in love, age difference ...
Time: 50s, 1930s, 1940s, 20th century, 60s ...
Place: new orleans, usa, manhattan new york city, france, atlantic ocean ...
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 7.8
 209K
Mr. Nobody (2009)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Romance, Sci-Fi
Country: Belgium, Germany, Canada, France, UK, Luxembourg
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, mind bending, philosophical, surreal, thought provoking ...
Audience: date night
Plot: depression, utopia, destiny, life changing experience, alternate reality, surrealism, romance, imaginary, teenage love, philosophy, postmodernism, time ...
Time: future, 21st century, 20th century, year 1975
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 7.7
 29K
Interstate 60 (2002)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Fantasy
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 116 min.
Story: An aspiring painter meets various characters and learns valuable lessons while traveling across America.
Style: road movie, witty, enigmatic, surreal, offbeat ...
Audience: date night
Plot: self discovery, road trip, wish come true, alternate reality, choice, dream girl, self fulfillment, on the road, life philosophy, imaginary, changing the past or future, hopes ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, future
Place: new jersey
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 8.6
 1.4M
Se7en (1995)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 127 min.
Story: Two homicide detectives are on a desperate hunt for a serial killer whose crimes are based on the "seven deadly sins" in this dark and haunting film that takes viewers from the tortured remains of one victim to the next. The seasoned Det. ...
Style: tense, suspenseful, atmospheric, twists and turns, disturbing ...
Plot: serial killer, mind game, crime, police investigation, master criminal, investigation, psychopath, police detective, torture, killings, crimes, police ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: usa, new york, united states
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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, dark humor, captivating, biting, realistic ...
Plot: money, rise and fall, success, greed, corruption, ambition, wall street, stock broker, cons and scams, millionaire, yuppie, american dream ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 80s, 1990s, year 1983 ...
Place: new york, usa, italy, switzerland, manhattan new york city ...
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 8.1
 552K
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: road movie, melancholic, inspirational, philosophical, cerebral ...
Plot: self discovery, survival, journey, wilderness, freedom, isolation, life philosophy, adventure, on the road, solitude, introspection, human spirit ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s, year 1990, year 1991 ...
Place: alaska, usa, california, washington state, georgia ...
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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: philosophical, mind bending, futuristic, atmospheric, thought provoking ...
Plot: space travel, space station, spacecraft, outer space, evolution, astronaut, adventure, moon, spacewalk, scientist, super computer, artificial intelligence ...
Time: future, 21st century, 2000s, year 1968, year 2001 ...
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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, intellectual, cerebral, humorous, offbeat ...
Plot: medical experiment, experiment gone awry, dog, society, doctors and patients, chaos and mayhem, farce, revolution, obsession, adaptation, life philosophy, communism ...
Time: 1920s, 1930s, 80s
Place: russia, ussr
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The Zero Theorem (2013)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Mystery, Sci-Fi
Country: UK, Romania, France, USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: A computer hacker's goal to discover the reason for human existence continually finds his work interrupted thanks to the Management; this time, they send a teenager and lusty love interest to distract him.
Style: thought provoking, surreal, cerebral, captivating, semi serious ...
Plot: escape from reality, loneliness, computers and web, computer genius, virtual reality, hacker, computer system, uncover truth, social misfits, future dystopia, society, existence paradox ...
Time: future
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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: melancholic, psychological, mind bending, surreal, sentimental ...
Audience: date night
Plot: existentialism, surrealism, introspection, love, deja vu, love and romance, couple relations, love story, power of love, brainwashing, couples, memory loss ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, new york
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 8.1
 76K
Solaris (1972)
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, psychological, art house, psychedelic, intellectual ...
Plot: space station, outer space, scientist, space travel, space and aliens, investigation, hallucination, mysterious planet, astronaut, dreams, russian, back from the dead ...
Time: future, 70s
Place: soviet union, russia, tokyo
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 7.7
 454K
Ex Machina (2014)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: UK, USA
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: mind bending, futuristic, twist ending, tense, twists and turns ...
Plot: artificial intelligence, existentialism, manipulation, a.i., isolation, technology, robot, human android relationship, cyborgs, androids, man versus machine, psychology ...
Time: future, near future, 21st century, contemporary, 2010s
Place: england
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 7.0
 472K
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: twists and turns, futuristic, mind bending, cerebral, stylized ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: future dystopia, post apocalypse, apocalypse, dystopic future, survival, space and aliens, resistance, disorder, danger, catastrophe, vestiges of humanity, alien encounter ...
Time: future
Place: washington d.c., new york, empire state building manhattan new york city, pentagon
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 6.4
 428K
Lucy (2014)
Genre: Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: France, Germany, Taiwan, Canada, USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: A woman, accidentally caught in a dark deal, turns the tables on her captors and transforms into a merciless warrior evolved beyond human logic.
Style: futuristic, exciting, surreal, serious, intellectual ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: superhuman powers, tough girl, intelligence, supernatural, mind control, telepathy, telekinesis, supernatural ability, imaginary, escapades, artificial intelligence, transformation ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, future
Place: taiwan, paris france, berlin germany, france, rome italy ...
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 7.2
 203K
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, surreal, suspenseful, clever, futuristic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: isolation, survival, trap, maze, captivity, trapped, escape, danger, death, mathematics, mysterious place, parallel world ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
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 4.8
 5K
The Beyond (2017)
Genre: Drama, 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, disturbing, suspense, captivating, tense ...
Plot: space exploration, space station, outer space, trapped in space, robot, found footage, space mission, space travel, discovery, space program, exploration, alien invasion ...
Time: near future
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 6.5
 40K
Time Lapse (2014)
Genre: Horror, 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, twists and turns, suspense, cerebral ...
Plot: time travel, time machine, time paradox, parallel universe, plot twist, paranoia, gambling, death threat, camera, twists & turns, photograph, greed ...
Time: future
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