Best Intriguing Movies

  • Donnie Darko

    Donnie Darko (R, 2001)

    Jake Gyllenhaal, Jena Malone, Mary McDonnell, Holmes Osborne, Maggie Gyllenhaal
    Donnie (Jake Gyllenhaal) is a bright and charming high-school student who also has a dark and willfu... read morelly eccentric side; he does little to mask his contempt for many of his peers and enjoys challenging the authority of the adults around him. Donnie is also visited on occasion by Frank, a monstrous six-foot rabbit that only Donnie can see who often urges him to perform dangerous and destructive pranks. Late one night, Frank leads Donnie out of his home to inform him that the world will come to an end in less than a month; moments later, the engine of a jet aircraft comes crashing through the ceiling of Donnie's room, making him think there might be something to Frank's prophesies after all. The rest of Donnie's world is only marginally less bizarre, as he finds himself dealing with his confused parents (Mary McDonnell and Holmes Osborne), his college-age sister (Maggie Gyllenhaal), his perplexed analyst (Katherine Ross), a rebellious English teacher (Drew Barrymore), a sleazy self-help expert (Patrick Swayze), and the new girl at school who is attracted by Donnie's quirks (Jena Malone). Donnie Darko was the first feature film from writer and director Richard Kelly; Drew Barrymore, who plays teacher Karen Pomeroy, also lent her support to the project as executive producer. A director's cut played in select theaters on a limited basis in the summer of 2004, featuring original music cues and trimmed scenes originally in Kelly's first cut of the film. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi
    • calejb1
      calejb1: A complex dark fantasy with a intriguing and inventive story however It's study into psychology isn't too deep which keeps the vie
      Reviewed 3 months days ago
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      fb100000501769227: Although i thought some parts were unnecessary, this is a very intriguing film.
      Reviewed 2 months days ago
    • ladman2001
      ladman2001: . Now that I actually finally did watch it, I must say its dry intriguing. It's one of those movies that actually is going to be stuck in my head for a while. I. A
      Reviewed 15 months days ago
  • The Prestige

    The Prestige (PG-13, 2006)

    Hugh Jackman, Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Scarlett Johansson, David Bowie
    In 1878, two young stage magicians clash in a darkened salon during the course of a fraudulent seanc... read moree. From this moment on, their lives become webs of deceit and exposure, secrets and revelations, as they feud to outwit and destroy one another. Their rivalry takes them both to the peak of their careers, but with terrible consequences.
    • wdibbsgmailcom
      wdibbsgmailcom: . He is able to have an intriguing, new premise for every movie he makes that keeps you interested, even if it's two and a h
      Reviewed 5 months days ago
    • krix35
      krix35: Dark, intriguing, highly enjoyable. Yet another film in the archive of Christopher Nolan's genius.
      Reviewed 3 years days ago
    • rufious1722
      rufious1722: Predictable, but intriguing. Christopher Nolan is so talented that he makes it seem like magic, plus any film that en
      Reviewed 3 years days ago
  • The Illusionist

    The Illusionist (PG-13, 2006)

    Edward Norton, Paul Giamatti, Jessica Biel, Rufus Sewell, Eddie Marsan
    Set in early 20th-century Vienna, a stage magician uses his magic to win back the great love of his ... read morelife from a brutal enemy, her fiance, who is also the powerful crowned prince of Austria.
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      fb714888369: It is hard not not to compare this film to Nolan's masterpiece; "The Prestige," however an intriguing story, sumptuous presentation, good cast and fantastic ending, work to make "The Illusion
      Reviewed 3 months days ago
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      fb100000469391382: A very intriguing tale set in Vienna in early 1900's, this film was slow to begin with but when it got goin
      Reviewed 2 years days ago
    • CUinTheWinchester
      CUinTheWinchester: e The Prestige I'd have been less underwhelmed but Chris Nolan's creation was smarter and much more intriguing...and dare I say it, better cast.
      Reviewed 5 years days ago
  • The Good Shepherd

    The Good Shepherd (R, 2006)

    Matt Damon, Angelina Jolie, Alec Baldwin, Tammy Blanchard, Billy Crudup
    Edward Wilson understands the value of secrecy--discretion and commitment to honor have been embedde... read mored in him since childhood. As an eager, optimistic student at Yale, he is recruited to join the secret society Skull and Bones, a brotherhood and breeding ground for future world leaders. Wilson's acute mind, spotless reputation and sincere belief in American values render him a prime candidate for a career in intelligence, and he is soon recruited to work for the OSS (the precursor to the CIA) during WWII. As one of the covert founders of the CIA, working in the heart of an organization where duplicity is required and nothing is taken at face value, Edward's idealism is steadily eroded by a growing suspicious nature, reflective of a world settling into the long paranoia of the Cold War. As his methods are adopted as standard operating procedure, Wilson develops into one of the Agency's veteran operatives, all the while combating his KGB counterpart. However, his steely dedication to his country comes at an ever-increasing price. Not even his wife Clover or his beloved son can divert Wilson from a path that will force him to sacrifice everything in pursuit of this job.
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      fb100000652820775: Although the ensemble cast and storyline were intriguing - it's almost painfully slow in delivery to the point where one begins to pray for the cl
      Reviewed 3 years days ago
    • limoradalloway
      limoradalloway: . The story would have been intriguing too had I known what the hell was going on.
      Reviewed 5 years days ago
    • jad1981
      jad1981: . Great production, solid acting, and an intriguing story that'll have you glued to your seat. Kudos to Mr. De Niro for delivering this fine
      Reviewed 6 years days ago
  • Breach

    Breach (PG-13, 2007)

    Mary Jo Deschanel, Chris Cooper, Ryan Phillippe, Laura Linney, Dennis Haysbert
    When young Eric O'Neill is promoted out of his low-level surveillance job and into the headquarters ... read moreof the Federal Bureau of Investigation, his dream of becoming a full-fledged agent is on the verge of becoming reality. Even more impressive, O'Neill is hand picked to work for renowned operative Robert Hanssen within "information assurance," a new division created to protect all classified FBI Intelligence. But O'Neill is quickly confronted with the true reason behind his hire: Hanssen is the sole subject of a long-term, top-secret investigation, a suspected mole made all the more dangerous by the sheer global import of the information he is charged with protecting. The Bureau asks O'Neill to use Hanssen's growing trust and slowly draw the traitor out of deep cover. Engaged in a lethal game of spy-versus-spy without the benefit of a cover story or backup, O'Neill finds himself fighting to bring down Hanssen before the treacherous double-agent can destroy O'Neill, his family and the nation they are both sworn to serve.
    • chrislatourelle
      chrislatourelle: Story was told exceptionally well and it was intriguing to watch the story unfold.
      Reviewed 5 years days ago
    • MichelleMarieL83
      MichelleMarieL83: . Breach is a true story. The DVD includes an intriguing Dateline special about the actual Robert Hanssen. Chris Cooper plays a creep really well,
      Reviewed 5 years days ago
    • OnlyOpus
      OnlyOpus: Intriguing storyline and decent acting, but the dopey "relationship on the rocks" scenes annoyed me
      Reviewed 7 years days ago