Best Provoking 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
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      fb722657018: ew confusing plot holes, and the thick 80s vibe (which I loved), this film is rewarding and thought-provoking. Just don't come here looking for anything straightforward.

      Bonus points for Jake Gyllenh
      Reviewed 11 months days ago
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      fb100000121427210: . Donnie Darko is one of the most interesting and creatively thought provoking films I have ever watched. It is so different, yet so interesting. It divides the audience
      Reviewed 16 months days ago
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      fb100000075802687: Donnie Darko is a mind-blowing, complex, thought provoking movie.

      It's also overly confusing.

      Rating: 89/100 B+

      If your into movies like "incept
      Reviewed 18 months days ago
  • District 9

    District 9 (R, 2009)

    Sharlto Copley, Jason Cope, David James, Vanessa Haywood, Mandla Gaduka
    Director Neill Blomkamp teams with producer Peter Jackson for this tale of extraterrestrial refugees... read more stuck in contemporary South Africa. It's been 28 years since the aliens made first contact, but there was never any attack from the skies, nor any profound technological revelation capable of advancing our society. Instead, the aliens were treated as refugees. They were the last of their kind, and in order to accommodate them, the government of South Africa set up a makeshift home in District 9 as politicians and world leaders debated how to handle the situation. As the humans begin to grow wary of the unwelcome intruders, a private company called Multi-National United (MNU) is assigned the task of controlling the aliens. But MNU is less interested in the aliens' welfare than attempting to understand how their weaponry works. Should they manage to make that breakthrough, they will receive tremendous profits to fund their research. Unfortunately, the highly advanced weaponry requires alien DNA in order to be activated. When MNU field operative Wikus van der Merwe (Sharlto Copley) is exposed to biotechnology that causes his DNA to mutate, the tensions between the aliens and the humans intensifies. Wikus is the key to unlocking the alien's technology, and he quickly becomes the most wanted man on the planet. Ostracized and isolated, Wikus retreats to District 9 in a desperate bid to shake his dogged pursuers. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
    • sbowtell
      sbowtell: The most original and thought provoking science fiction I have ever experienced, it may take a couple of viewings to fully adjust
      Reviewed 4 months days ago
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      fb1146634647: Well done and thought provoking. I have nothing funny to say.
      Reviewed 17 months days ago
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      fb1526363679: . Neill Blomkamp is a very talented director and his films is both exciting and thought provoking. Really enoyed this one.
      Reviewed 6 months days ago
  • Crash

    Crash (R, 2004)

    Sandra Bullock, Don Cheadle, Matt Dillon, Jennifer Esposito, Shaun Toub
    Issues of race and gender cause a group of strangers in Los Angeles to physically and emotionally co... read morellide in this drama from director and screenwriter Paul Haggis. Graham (Don Cheadle) is a police detective whose brother is a street criminal, and it hurts him to know his mother cares more about his ne'er-do-well brother than him. Graham's partner is Ria (Jennifer Esposito), who is also his girlfriend, though she has begun to bristle at his emotional distance, as well as his occasional insensitivity over the fact he's African-American and she's Hispanic. Rick (Brendan Fraser) is an L.A. district attorney whose wife, Jean (Sandra Bullock), makes little secret of her fear and hatred of people unlike herself. Jean's worst imaginings about people of color are confirmed when her SUV is carjacked by two African-American men -- Anthony (Chris Bridges, aka Ludacris), who dislikes white people as much as Jean hates blacks, and Peter (Larenz Tate), who is more open minded. Cameron (Terrence Howard) is a well-to-do African-American television producer with a beautiful wife, Christine (Thandie Newton). While coming home from a party, Cameron and Christine are pulled over by Officer Ryan (Matt Dillon), who subjects them to a humiliating interrogation (and her to an inappropriate search) while his new partner, Officer Hansen (Ryan Phillippe), looks on. Daniel (Michael Pena) is a hard-working locksmith and dedicated father who discovers that his looks don't lead many of his customers to trust him. And Farhad (Shaun Toub) is a Middle Eastern shopkeeper who is so constantly threatened in the wake of the 9/11 attacks that he decided he needs a gun to defend his family. Crash was the first directorial project for award-winning television and film writer Haggis. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi
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      fb1823978: . What 'Crash' really excels at is its ability to introduce thought-provoking questions that stay with you long after watching the plot unfold onscreen. To add to thing
      Reviewed 18 months days ago
    • darkforcejedi
      darkforcejedi: . It paints a bleak picture of racism in LA but it has a powerful and thought provoking message. Each character in the story is connected to another in a way that is not reveale
      Reviewed 2 years days ago
    • JeshwanthP
      JeshwanthP: This is the saddest,touching and thought provoking of all the movies I have seen.This movie really deserves Oscar..The story is so original a
      Reviewed 2 years days ago
  • Lions for Lambs

    Lions for Lambs (R, 2007)

    Robert Redford, Meryl Streep, Tom Cruise, Michael Peña, Andrew Garfield
    Two determined students at a West Coast University, Arian and Ernest, follow the inspiration of thei... read morer idealistic professor, Dr. Malley, and attempt to do something important with their lives. But when the two make the bold decision to join the battle in Afghanistan, Malley is both moved and distraught. Now, as Arian and Ernest fight for survival in the field, they become the string that binds together two disparate stories on opposite sides of America. In California, an anguished Dr. Malley attempts to reach a privileged but disaffected student, who is the very opposite of Arian and Ernest. Meanwhile, in Washington, D.C. the charismatic Presidential hopeful, Senator Jasper Irving, is about to give a bombshell story to a probing TV journalist that may affect Arian and Ernest's fates. As arguments, memories and bullets fly, the three stories are woven ever more tightly together, revealing how each of these Americans has a profound impact on each other and the world.
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      fb38504390: Another thought provoking movie by Robert Redford. I recommend if you're anti war.
      Reviewed 5 years days ago
    • fb5521756
      fb5521756: ployment, and the senators promotion of a new strategy to a reporter - is well executed and thought provoking. this isn't covering new territory, but the arguments on war, history, politics, wasted yo
      Reviewed 4 years days ago
    • RuwaniA
      RuwaniA: I thought this movie was very thought provoking. a good movie with some serious content and realistic look at things.
      Reviewed 6 years days ago
  • Gone Baby Gone

    Gone Baby Gone (R, 2007)

    Casey Affleck, Michelle Monaghan, Morgan Freeman, Ed Harris, John Ashton
    Ben Affleck's adaptation of Dennis Lehane's novel Gone, Baby, Gone stars Casey Affleck as Patrick Ke... read morenzie, a private investigator from working-class Boston who takes on a case involving a kidnapped girl. The girl's aunt begs Patrick to take the case because he has connections to criminal Boston that the police do not. He agrees and along with his partner, Angie Gennaro (Michelle Monaghan), they uncover a web of corruption that threatens the relationship between the two. Ed Harris and Morgan Freeman co-star as members of the Boston Police Department. ~ Perry Seibert, Rovi
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      fb511930079: . Thought provoking, intelligent, and complex, but still extremely entertaining.
      Reviewed 16 months days ago
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      fb539360383: Aside from a few disturbing scenes, really thought-provoking and well-made!
      Reviewed 3 years days ago
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      fb1621273765: Thought provoking yet utterly disturbing. A good movie for discussion as you are forced to consider what cho
      Reviewed 3 years days ago
  • Seven Pounds

    Seven Pounds (PG-13, 2008)

    Will Smith, Rosario Dawson, Woody Harrelson, Michael Ealy, Barry Pepper
    Ben Thomas, an IRS agent with a fateful secret, embarks on an extraordinary journey of redemption by... read more forever changing the lives of seven strangers.
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      fb637201348: . Very deep and thought provoking. Enjoyed it throughout.
      Reviewed 2 years days ago
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      fb1669745994: . However I was blown away by the awesome thought provoking storyline and Will's character.

      It is what I call - a buy me movie.
      Reviewed 4 years days ago
    • muffy608
      muffy608: Quite a thought provoking movie I felt..and sooo sad at the end
      Reviewed 5 years days ago
  • V for Vendetta

    V for Vendetta (R, 2006)

    Natalie Portman, Hugo Weaving, Stephen Rea, Stephen Fry, John Hurt
    Based on the graphic novel by Alan Moore, V for Vendetta takes place in an alternate vision of Brita... read morein in which a corrupt and abusive totalitarian government has risen to complete power. During a threatening run in with the secret police, an unassuming young woman named Evey (Natalie Portman) is rescued by a vigilante named V (Hugo Weaving) -- a caped figure both articulate and skilled in combat. V embodies the principles of rebellion from an authoritarian state, donning a mask of vilified would-be terrorist of British history Guy Fawkes and leading a revolution sparked by assassination and destruction. Evey becomes his unlikely ally, newly aware of the cruelty of her own society and her role in it. ~ Cammila Albertson, Rovi
    • TheChevalier77
      TheChevalier77: Thought provoking and action filled, this film is sure to make you appreciate the liberties we take for gran
      Reviewed 4 years days ago
    • hawkledge
      hawkledge: Beautifully stylized, enthralling and thought provoking fun, holds tight to a focused, cohesive theme and coherent story at the heart of its philo
      Reviewed 4 years days ago
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      fb768483311: why can't all comic book adaptations be as intelligent and thought provoking?
      Reviewed 4 years days ago
  • Babel

    Babel (R, 2006)

    Brad Pitt, Cate Blanchett, Gael García Bernal, Rinko Kikuchi, Adriana Barraza
    The tragic aftermath of human carelessness travels around the world in this multi-narrative drama fr... read moreom filmmaker Alejandro González Iñárritu. Richard (Brad Pitt) and Susan (Cate Blanchett) are a couple from the United States who have traveled to Morocco in Northern Africa on a vacation after the death of one of their children has sent Susan into a deep depression. Richard and Susan's other two children have been left in the care of Amelia (Adriana Barraza), their housekeeper. Amelia is originally from Mexico, and her oldest son is getting married in Tijuana. Unable to find someone who can watch the kids, or to obtain permission to take the day off, Amelia takes the children with her as she travels across the border for the celebration. Around the same time, in Morocco a poor farmer buys a hunting rifle, and he gives it to his sons to scare off the predatory animals that have been thinning out their goat herd. The boys decide to test the weapon's range by shooting at a bus far away; the shot hits Susan in the shoulder, and soon she's bleeding severely, while police are convinced the attack is the work of terrorists. In Japan, Chieko (Rinko Kikuchi) is a teenage deaf-mute whose mother recently committed suicide. This despairing, confused girl experiences such rage and frustration that she causes her volleyball team to lose a match, and later yanks her underwear off and begins exposing herself to boys in a crowded restaurant. Chieko's father then struggles to reach past the emotional distance which separates him and his daughter. Babel earned Alejandro González Iñárritu the prize for Best Director at the 2006 Cannes Film Festival. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi
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      fb1823978: . 'Babel' is a thought-provoking film that shows the ripples that are caused by a single incident, and is a prime case stud
      Reviewed 16 months days ago
    • fb753127995
      fb753127995: . overall good and thought provoking, but NOT deserving of the best film nom it got.
      Reviewed 2 years days ago
    • ClintD23
      ClintD23: ... he did nothing..."

      Crash is a masterpiece, but Babel goes beyond Crash. It's a provoking and mesmerizing journey through people's souls. In the end, we realize that Babel is one o
      Reviewed 5 years days ago
  • Doubt

    Doubt (PG-13, 2008)

    Meryl Streep, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Amy Adams, Viola Davis, Alice Drummond
    When the principal (Meryl Streep) of a Bronx Catholic High School accuses a popular priest (Philip S... read moreeymour Hoffman) of pedophilia, a young nun caught in between the feuding pair becomes hopelessly swept up in the ensuing controversy. 1964, St. Nicholas, the Bronx: The winds of change are sweeping through this tight-knit religious community, and charismatic priest Father Flynn (Philip Seymour Hoffman) is doing his best to adapt by revisiting the school's notoriously strict disciplinary practices. Unfortunately Father Flynn's progressive ideas stand in stark contrast to the longstanding beliefs of Sister Aloysius Beauvier (Meryl Streep), the iron-willed principal, who believes that an oppressive environment of punishment and fear is the only way to keep the student body in line. Suddenly into this tempestuous environment appears young Donald Miller, St. Nicholas' first black student. When hopeful innocent Sister James (Amy Adams) reluctantly reveals to Sister Beauvier that Father Flynn and Donald have been spending an unusual amount of time together in the church rectory, the unrelentingly righteous headmistress begins a merciless crusade to reveal the beloved clergyman as a lecherous child molester and have him permanently expunged from the school. Yet despite her moral certainty that Father Flynn has committed such an unspeakable transgression, Sister Beauvier has not a shred of actual evidence to back up her audacious claim. Now, as Sister Beauvier and Father Flynn enter into an epic battle of wills, the shock waves set into motion by their explosive confrontation threaten to destroy one man's reputation and tear apart the entire surrounding community. John Patrick Shanley adapted his own play for the screen under the guidance of producer Scott Rudin (The Queen, Notes on a Scandal). ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
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      fb588596186: . Very thought provoking. The dialogue is extremely well written, and the acting is tremendous. I highly recommend
      Reviewed 4 years days ago
    • perseu
      perseu: Solid performances and great dialogues are the basis of this thought-provoking film, but you're left with the feeling that it could've been much better.
      Reviewed 5 years days ago
    • mooncove
      mooncove: Very thought-provoking story with excellent performances. There are no "answers," but the key is to listen carefu
      Reviewed 5 years days ago
  • The Reader

    The Reader (R, 2008)

    Kate Winslet, Ralph Fiennes, David Kross, Bruno Ganz, Matthias Habich
    When he falls ill on his way home from school, 15 year-old Michael Berg is rescued by Hanna, a woman... read more twice his age. The two begin an unexpected and passionate affair only for Hanna to suddenly and inexplicably disappear. Eight years later, Michael, now a young law student observing Nazi war trials, meets his former lover again, under very different circumstances. Hanna is on trial for a hideous crime, and as she refuses to defend herself, Michael gradually realizes his boyhood love may be guarding a secret she considers to be more shameful than murder.
    • fb586256390
      fb586256390: . Fantastic acting and a gripping story line. Intelligent and thought provoking.
      Reviewed 3 years days ago
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      fb718275526: . dark movie, but I thoroughly enjoyed it. A very emotional, thought provoking love story. I highly recommend it!!
      Reviewed 4 years days ago
    • poppy169
      poppy169: Thought this was interesting & thought provoking. I also think that David Kross is a brillant actor!
      Reviewed 5 years days ago