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The Best Thought Provoking and Mind Bending Movies

Oracle: I'd ask you to sit down, but, you're not going to anyway. And don't worry about the vase.
Neo: What vase?
[Neo turns to look for a vase, and as he does, he knocks over a vase of flowers, which shatters on the floor]
Oracle: That vase.
Neo: I'm sorry...
Oracle: I said don't worry about it. I'll get one of my kids to fix it.
Neo: How did you know?
Oracle: Ohh, what's really going to bake your noodle later on is, would you still have broken it if I hadn't said anything?
Matrix, 1999

As the world's most complex art form, cinema offers us new ideas, new ways of thinking about something. Although it is very important to gaining a new ideas, the more important thing is to rethink what we assume is we already know.

The thought provoking movies that we curate for you examine thoroughly the questions that we have never thought of or paid enough attention to. The list has includes various provoking movies that will astonish you with a wide variety of interesting topics like time travel, mental illness, falling in love with an unexpected attitudes.

Let's look some of those mind bending movies briefly.

The Matrix; The best known work of the Wachowski's, which has benefited much from the literature of philosophy and questioned reality itself from a descartesian point of view, and also touched on the dilemma of freedom and anthropogenic attitude of humanity towards everythings.

12 Angry Men; A courtroom story on the basis of reasonable doubt, justice system and the moral values.

Fight Club; A David Fincher movie that based on the Chuck Palachniuk's novel questions the value system of advertising, indoctrinated values of capitalist production mechanisms and the conflicts of them with the Generation X.

Interstellar; Christopher Nolan's science-fiction movie is in complete harmony with the science of physics that leads us to rethink the terms time, space, space-time and relativity.

HerSpike Jonze's sci-fi movie can be classified as cyberpunk. The movie cause us to rethink classical relationships in a very interesting way in the age of artificial intelligence is filling our needs.

The Experiment; Oliver Hirschbiegel's movie is based on a true story of shocking psychology experiment, known as Stanford Prison Experiment, which was held on 1971 by a group of researcher led by Professor Philip Zimbardo. The experiment itself revelas a wild side of human natura in scientific way and caused to start ethics discussions about the psychology experiments in reality.

 

  • 8.9/10

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    1994

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    Pulp Fiction

    Jules Winnfield (Samuel L. Jackson) and Vincent Vega (John Travolta) are two hit men who are out to retrieve a suitcase stolen from their employer, mob boss Marsellus Wallace (Ving Rhames). Wallace has also asked Vincent to take his wife Mia (Uma Thurman) out a few days later when Wallace himself wi ...

    artistic

    crime

    cult

    drama

    gangster

    golden palm

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    1957

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    12 Angry Men

    The defense and the prosecution have rested and the jury is filing into the jury room to decide if a young man is guilty or innocent of murdering his father. What begins as an open-and-shut case of murder soon becomes a detective story that presents a succession of clues creating doubt, and a mini-d ...

    black and white

    corruption

    crime

    drama

    Golden Bear winner (Berlin Film Festival)

    golden palm

  • 8.8/10

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    1999

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    Fight Club

    A nameless first person narrator (Edward Norton) attends support groups in attempt to subdue his emotional state and relieve his insomniac state. When he meets Marla (Helena Bonham Carter), another fake attendee of support groups, his life seems to become a little more bearable. However when he asso ...

    absurd

    action

    based on book

    cult

    dark hero

    depression

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    2010

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    Inception

    Dom Cobb is a skilled thief, the absolute best in the dangerous art of extraction, stealing valuable secrets from deep within the subconscious during the dream state, when the mind is at its most vulnerable. Cobb's rare ability has made him a coveted player in this treacherous new world of corporate ...

    action

    alternate reality

    artistic

    drama

    epic

    futuristic

  • 8.7/10

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    1999

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    The Matrix

    The best known work of the Wachowski's, which has benefited much from the literature of philosophy and questioned reality itself from a descartesian point of view, and also touched on the dilemma of freedom and anthropogenic attitude of humanity towards everythings. Thomas A. Anderson is a man livi ...

    action

    alternate reality

    artificial intelligence

    computers

    cyberpunk

    dark hero

  • 8.6/10

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    2014

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    Interstellar

    Earth's future has been riddled by disasters, famines, and droughts. There is only one way to ensure mankind's survival: Interstellar travel. A newly discovered wormhole in the far reaches of our solar system allows a team of astronauts to go where no man has gone before, a planet that may have the ...

    70mm

    artificial intelligence

    drama

    end of the world

    epic

    futuristic

  • 8.5/10

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    1998

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    American History X

    Derek Vineyard is paroled after serving 3 years in prison for brutally killing two black men who tried to break into/steal his truck. Through his brother, Danny Vineyard's narration, we learn that before going to prison, Derek was a skinhead and the leader of a violent white supremacist gang that co ...

    black and white

    controversial

    corruption

    crime

    drama

    family

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    2000

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    Memento

    Memento chronicles two separate stories of Leonard, an ex-insurance investigator who can no longer build new memories, as he attempts to find the murderer of his wife, which is the last thing he remembers. One story line moves forward in time while the other tells the story backwards revealing more ...

    black and white

    corruption

    memory

    mystery

    paranoia

    philosophy

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    2006

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    V for Vendetta

    Tells the story of Evey Hammond and her unlikely but instrumental part in bringing down the fascist government that has taken control of a futuristic Great Britain. Saved from a life-and-death situation by a man in a Guy Fawkes mask who calls himself V, she learns a general summary of V's past and, ...

    action

    anti-hero

    based on comic

    corruption

    dark hero

    futuristic

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    1982

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    Blade Runner

    In the futuristic year of 2019, Los Angeles has become a dark and depressing metropolis, filled with urban decay. Rick Deckard, an ex-cop, is a "Blade Runner". Blade runners are people assigned to assassinate "replicants". The replicants are androids that look like real human beings. When four repli ...

    70mm

    artificial intelligence

    based on book

    cyberpunk

    cyborgs

    dark hero

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    2013

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    Tangerines

    War in Georgia, Apkhazeti region 1992: local Apkhazians are fighting to break free from Georgia. Estonian village between the mountains has become empty, almost everyone has returned to their homeland, only 2 men have stayed: Ivo and Margus. But Margus will leave as soon as he has harvested his crop ...

    civil war

    drama

    historical

    life & death

    morality

    prejudice

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    2001

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    Donnie Darko

    Donnie Darko doesn't get along too well with his family, his teachers and his classmates; but he does manage to find a sympathetic friend in Gretchen, who agrees to date him. He has a compassionate psychiatrist, who discovers hypnosis is the means to unlock hidden secrets. His other companion may no ...

    absurd

    alternate reality

    artistic

    bizarre

    cult

    dark hero

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    1998

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    The Truman Show

    In this movie, Truman is a man whose life is a fake one... The place he lives is in fact a big studio with hidden cameras everywhere, and all his friends and people around him, are actors who play their roles in the most popular TV-series in the world: The Truman Show. Truman thinks that he is an or ...

    alternate reality

    drama

    paranoia

    philosophy

    satirical

    social commentary

  • 8.1/10

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    1966

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    Persona

    A young nurse, Alma, is put in charge of Elisabeth Vogler: an actress who is seemingly healthy in all respects, but will not talk. As they spend time together, Alma speaks to Elisabeth constantly, never receiving any answer. Alma eventually confesses her secrets to a seemingly sympathetic Elisabeth ...

    art house

    artistic

    black and white

    golden palm

    melancholy

    psychological

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    2014

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    Gone Girl

    On the occasion of his fifth wedding anniversary, Nick Dunne reports that his wife, Amy, has gone missing. Under pressure from the police and a growing media frenzy, Nick's portrait of a blissful union begins to crumble. Soon his lies, deceits and strange behavior have everyone asking the same dark ...

    based on book

    corruption

    crime

    drama

    mystery

    paranoia

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    2003

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    Big Fish

    Throughout his life Edward Bloom has always been a man of big appetites, enormous passions and tall tales. In his later years, he remains a huge mystery to his son, William. Now, to get to know the real man, Will begins piecing together a true picture of his father from flashbacks of his amazing adv ...

    based on book

    drama

    fantasy

    life & death

    love story

    mythology


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