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, serious, clever, intellectual, stylized and psychological films and TV shows about / with storytelling, philosophy, existentialism, dialogue, imagination, death, mentor, flashback, twists & turns and life philosophy plots mostly in Drama, Sci-Fi and Thriller genres shot in USA, UK, Canada and other countries.
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TOP 10 movies tagged as cerebral: Inception (2010), Fight Club (1999), The Matrix (1999), Shutter Island (2010), American Beauty (1999), Black Swan (2010), A Beautiful Mind (2001), The Wolf of Wall Street (2013), The Island (2006), Interstellar (2014).
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The Matrix (1999)
Action, Sci-Fi
USA
136 min.
 8.7
American Beauty (1999)
Drama
USA
122 min.
 8.4
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The Beyond (2017)
Sci-Fi
UK
103 min.
 4.8
The Discovery (2017)
Drama, Mystery, Romance, Sci-Fi, Thriller
USA
102 min.
 6.3

List of cerebral movies

 8.8
 1.7M
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, serious, exciting ...
Plot: manipulations, parallel world, haunted by the past, teamwork, hi-tech, perfect crime, virtual reality, mind control, imagination, redemption, impersonating, dishonesty ...
Time: 2010s, near future
Place: los angeles, paris france, sydney australia, japan
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 8.8
 1.6M
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, thought provoking, rough, disturbing ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: losing-it hero, social decay, fist fighting, against the rules, split personality, insomnia, social misfits, fighting the system, visionary, rebellion, society, rage ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: usa, delaware
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 8.7
 1.4M
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, serious, mind bending, philosophical ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: save the world, future dystopia, artificial intelligence, man versus machine, a.i., imaginary, technology gone awry, cyberpunk, chosen one, virtual reality, philosophy, hacker ...
Time: future, 21st century, 1990s, 20th century, 90s
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 8.1
 953K
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, suspenseful, serious, tense, mind bending ...
Plot: investigation, mystery, mental institution, paranoia, insanity, losing-it hero, uncover truth, doctors and patients, island, plot twist, psychiatrist, partners ...
Time: 1950s, 50s, 20th century, year 1954, 1940s ...
Place: boston
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 8.4
 953K
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, atmospheric ...
Audience: teen drama
Plot: midlife crisis, family problems, dysfunctional family, teenage life, loneliness, youth, age difference, coming of age, american dream, parenthood, under the surface, marital problem ...
Time: 90s, 1990s, 20th century
Place: usa
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 8.0
 631K
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, suspense, serious ...
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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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, touching, cerebral, realistic ...
Plot: mental illness, prodigy, paranoia, mathematics, obsession, genius, inventions and discoveries, mentally unstable, imagination, insanity, hallucinations, schizophrenia ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 50s, 70s, 1940s ...
Place: usa, boston, massachusetts, campus, new jersey ...
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The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)
Genre: Biography, Comedy, 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, biting, captivating, cynical, realistic ...
Plot: rise and fall, success, ambition, wall street, cons and scams, strong sexual content, drugs/alcohol, millionaire, corporate crimes, greed, workplace situations, stock broker ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s, year 1987, year 1983
Place: new york, usa, geneva switzerland, manhattan new york city, italy ...
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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, serious, realistic, philosophical, meditative ...
Plot: monk, redemption, psychic, god or devil, mentor, loneliness, monastery, navy, supernatural ability, hopes, forgiveness, christian ...
Place: russia
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 8.6
 1.2M
Interstellar (2014)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi
Country: USA, UK
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, mind bending, futuristic, serious, epic ...
Plot: space travel, outer space, spacecraft, time travel, parallel world, heroic mission, expedition, future dystopia, space and aliens, inventions and discoveries, space exploration, survival ...
Time: future, near future
Place: colorado
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 7.2
 88K
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: factual, based on true events, realistic, motivational, clever ...
Plot: family business, fast food, businessman, ambition, salesman, greed, business, rags to riches, capitalism, betrayal, twists & turns, destiny ...
Time: 1950s
Place: mcdonald's restaurant, usa, america, california
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 5.0
 180K
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, serious ...
Plot: apocalypse, survival, on the run, supernatural, family in danger, plague, danger, forces of nature, suicide, chaos and mayhem, deadly virus, hysteria ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, philadelphia, usa, west virginia, new jersey ...
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 4.8
 4K
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, first contact, found footage, space exploration, exploration, alien invasion, trapped in space
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Actual Reality (2015)
Genre: Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Hacker guy meets girl online in virtual reality. Guy realizes girl is a cop. Girl realizes guy is a girl. All hell breaks loose.
Style: cerebral
Plot: reality, lesbian, identity
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Altered States of Plaine (2012)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: A young man on the run from a mysterious government agency is desperate to find the cure for a condition that causes him to wake up at random places around the world when he falls asleep.
Style: cerebral, suspense
Plot: subconscious, bleeding, alternate reality, confusion, frostbite, solitude, abandonment, loss of innocence, headache, frozen, concussion, freezing ...
Place: france, switzerland, italy, new york, paris france ...
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Torso: The Evelyn Dick Story (2002)
Genre: Crime
Country: Canada
Duration: 91 min.
Story: The 1946/1947 murder trial of young and beautiful Evelyn Dick remains the most lurid murder case in Canadian history. After children find only the torso of her missing husband, John, Evelyn is arrested for his murder.
Style: suspenseful, serious, realistic, mind bending, talky ...
Plot: femme fatale, crime, gory, small town, protagonist as suspect, mystery, murder, who done it, crimes, dishonesty, law enforcement, couples ...
Time: 20th century, 30s, 40s, 50s, 1940s
Place: canada
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Open Water 2: Adrift (2006)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Horror, Thriller
Country: Germany
Duration: 94 min.
Story: A weekend cruise on a luxurious party yacht goes horribly wrong for a group of old high-school friends. They forget to let the ladder down before they jump into the ocean for a swim. The boat proves impossible to climb. They are stuck in the water ...
Style: scary, rough, suspenseful, tense, psychological ...
Plot: survival, cruise, friendship, parents and children, ocean or sea, family in danger, forces of nature, isolation, danger, escapades, contests and competitions, uninhibited rivalry ...
Time: contemporary
Place: mexico, latin america
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The Speed of Thought (2011)
Genre: Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Joshua Lazarus (Nick Stahl) is a telepath who has been raised in a NSA foster home. Lazarus helps the government by using his abilities. He is told by the agency that the telepathy is a side effect of Widmann's Disease, and that he will become ...
Style: suspenseful, serious, realistic, cerebral
Plot: telepathy, government agency, secret agents, supernatural ability, uncover truth, fall in love, dishonesty, love and romance, state affairs, undercover, supernatural, hearing voices ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, argentina
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 7.6
 3K
Mindwalk (1990)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: A US politician visits his poet friend in Mont. St. Michael, France. While walking through the medieval island discussing their philosophies of life they happen upon Sonja, a scientist in recluse, who joins in their conversation. The two men listen ...
Style: talky, psychological, serious, clever, tense ...
Plot: politics, society, island, isolation, writer's life, human nature, introspection, friendship, dialogue driven, artists and showbiz, philosophy, friends ...
Time: 80s, future
Place: europe, france
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 7.4
 157K
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, prodigy, genius, obsession, paranoia, headache, migraine, mathematician, rabbi, delusion, code ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: new york, usa, coney island brooklyn new york city, manhattan new york city
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 6.9
 86K
Primer (2004)
Genre: Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 77 min.
Story: Friends and fledgling entrepreneurs invent a device in their garage which reduces the apparent mass of any object placed inside it, but they discover that it has some highly unexpected capabilities - ones that could enable them to do and to have ...
Style: clever, surreal, talky, psychological, twists and turns ...
Plot: time travel, changing the past or future, inventions and discoveries, time machine, identity crisis, paradox, garage, mathematics, guilt, party, dishonesty, hopes ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, future
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Last Year at Marienbad (1961)
Genre: Drama, Mystery
Country: France, Italy
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Takes place in a chateau, an ambiguous story of a man and a woman who may or may not have met last year at Marienbad.
Style: atmospheric, surreal, stylized, psychological, serious ...
Plot: hotel, mystery, new wave, obsession, amnesia, card game, chateau, extramarital affair, destiny, haunted by the past, statue, palaces castles and temples ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: europe, france
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 8.5
 989K
Memento (2000)
Genre: Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 113 min.
Story: Suffering short-term memory loss after a head injury, Leonard Shelby embarks on a grim quest to find the lowlife who murdered his wife in this gritty, complex thriller that packs more knots than a hangman's noose. To carry out his plan, Shelby ...
Style: psychological, tense, bleak, suspense, offbeat ...
Plot: memory loss, uncover truth, mystery, vengeance, amnesia, haunted by the past, revenge, murder, paranoia, crimes, mistaken identity, mistrust ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 2000s
Place: usa, los angeles, california
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 7.9
 478K
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, futuristic, suspense, enigmatic, philosophical ...
Plot: alien, spacecraft, first contact, destiny, loss, alien invasion, language barrier, flash forward, death of daughter, memory, time loop, husband wife relationship ...
Time: 2010s, future
Place: montana, china, venezuela, 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, mind bending, clever, captivating, offbeat ...
Audience: date night
Plot: introspection, love and romance, couple relations, power of love, mind control, memory loss, couples, love story, dreams, disorder, destiny, love ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa, mcdonald's restaurant
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 8.1
 66K
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, stylized ...
Plot: space travel, outer space, space and aliens, russian, scientist, astronaut, dealing with death, investigation, mysterious planet, hallucination, space station, immortality ...
Time: future
Place: russia, tokyo
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 7.7
 396K
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, suspenseful, psychological ...
Plot: artificial intelligence, a.i., isolation, manipulation, technology, existentialism, experiment gone awry, man versus machine, human android relationship, deception, philosophy, robot ...
Time: future, 21st century, near future, contemporary, 2010s
Place: england
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 7.3
 211K
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: melancholic, surreal, stylized, touching, atmospheric ...
Plot: immortality, loneliness, metaphysics, tragic love, reincarnation, couple relations, queen, death, cancer, tree, terminal illness, loss of loved one ...
Time: future, 16th century, 21st century, contemporary
Place: spain, europe, latin america, central america, guatemala
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 8.1
 674K
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, interesting, offbeat ...
Audience: teens, date night
Plot: social misfits, insanity, supernatural ability, time travel, teenage life, society, teenage love, youth, death, vandalism, supernatural, hallucinations ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, future
Place: virginia, usa
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 7.8
 55K
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, freedom, free will, imaginary, supernatural ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: texas
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