Top 5 Movies That Make You Think

Some people enjoy watching simple movies that make them laugh, cry, or cover their face in fear. These are great when you need to kick it back and relax, but they lack creativity.

Personally, I enjoy watching movies that have me thinking from the beginning to the end. I know that a movie is amazing when I catch myself re-winding a certain scene over and over again, or searching google for answers within the movie. You can also feel a sense of strength and power within these movies. They don’t always have to confuse you, but they can simply just blow your ordinary mind away.

Basically, I am talking about movies for intellectuals. Not just the ordinary movie seekers.

Here is a list of the top 5 movies that had me thinking so much that I got the chills.

5. Requiem For a Dream (2000)

requiem for a dream

Requiem for a Dream

The way this movie portrays how drug addiction ruins lives will blow your mind away. Characters are introduces in the beginning, and the viewer watches their lives spiral way down hill all the way to the end. Every time that I watch this movie I repeat the same sentence, “This is sick.”

What gets to me the most is how you see a mother and her son suffer from drug addiction simultaneously. Y0u can actually feel the horror simply from the camera angles, coloring and script.

I get similar feelings when I watch the movie Kids. They just punish you with reality.



4.Eternal Sunshine of The Spotless Mind (2004)

Eternal sunshine of the spotless mind

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

Yes, a Jim Carrey movie made my list of top movies that make you think. Who would have thought, right?

The same guy that played Ace Ventura and the Cable Guy also starred in a brilliant movie.

A couple’s relationship is falling apart, and they want to erase each other from their memories. So they undergo a procedure that will do this, but it is through this process of loss that they find out what they really had.

Real love and human rationality is put to the test in this movie. The movie indirectly asks the audience an honest question, “If you knew the future of your relationship would fail, would you continue with it anyway?”


3. A Clockwork Orange (1971)

A clockwork orange

A Clockwork Orange

This movie explores crime and punishment and the results it has on society as well as the individual’s psyche.

The mix of darkness and comedy makes this movie very unique. A gang of psycho’s go around assaulting people because they simply love violence, but the way the movie was created was so much more than just that.

Obviously there is a more complicated plot that keeps you thinking (thanks to Kubrick).

I recommend watching this for yourself to see Kubrick at his best.


2. Donnie Darko (2001)

Donnie Darko

Donnie Darko

Donnie Darko is a character that does not get along with anyone in his life. One day, he is approached by a large bunny that lures him out of his bedroom. Moments after, a jet engine crashes into his room.

He does not know why and where this bunny came from, but he saved his life and it was destiny. Donnie is the only person that can see this bunny, and he eventually is the cause of Donnie committing multiple crimes.

This psychological film has a mixture of horror (for people scared of evil bunnies) and pure genius. This is one of the strangest movies I have ever seen.


1. Inception (2011)

This is that movie that you just can’t explain in words. GO SEE IT! (maybe twice)



 Honerable mentions: Fight Club, 2001: a Space Odyssey, High Tension, the Matrix.


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3 Responses to Top 5 Movies That Make You Think

  1. For the most part, I think your top five are bang on target. I recently watched A Clockwork Orange again, after many years, and I don’t see a single comedy moment. It’s one of the most atrocious movies I’ve ever seen, but it sure made me think! The Matrix would have made my top five — after seeing it on video for the first time, I was so intrigued I watched it three or four more times over the weekend. Fascinating stuff! This is a good post — thanks for writing it!

  2. allyse says:

    I just saw donnie darko for the first time and felt a little confused, everyone i know got some sort of greater meaning out of it and i was just wondering what the film made you think about?

  3. Deb Prewitt says:

    I am not one to watch many movies. Most of them seem like drivel or a total waste of money to me. And while I have watched a few movies that were purely for entertainment sake, I really much prefer movies that make you think. I haven’t watched all those movies you listed. I did see Clockwork Orange (way back when) and yes it is a thinking movie, addressing evil. I also watched Inception, which makes you think just to try to follow it. And of course, fabulous special effects. And I saw your Honorable Mentions too. I will definitely check out your other choices.

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