Best Thinking Movies

  • 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.
    • fb755078042
      fb755078042: . It left me thinking extensively on what just happened, and whether or not there was more to it than what Christ
      Reviewed 3 months days ago
    • williamliptrot
      williamliptrot: .

      The end of this movie is brilliant, it leaves you silent after the credits, just thinking about the film as the credits roll. It is able to stay in your mind days after watching it.
      Reviewed 31 days days ago
    • urbanlegend23
      urbanlegend23: Brilliant!! This is one of those really clever films that leaves you thinking about it for days after.
      Reviewed 5 years days ago
  • Lions for Lambs

    Lions for Lambs (R, 2007)

    Robert Redford, Meryl Streep, Tom Cruise, Michael Peņa, 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.
    • fb64800464
      fb64800464: I suggest viewing Beyond Good & Evil: Children, Media and Violent Times (2003) before viewing this
      Reviewed 3 years days ago
    • macready
      macready: aining movie! Tom Cruise is an amazing actor! This movie kept me on my toes, and never made me stop thinking! Very good!
      Reviewed 6 years days ago
  • Syriana

    Syriana (R, 2005)

    George Clooney, Matt Damon, Jeffrey Wright, Chris Cooper, William Hurt
    From the players brokering back-room deals in Washington to the men toiling in the oil fields of the... read more Persian Gulf, a political thriller with multiple storylines that weave together showing the human consequences of the fierce pursuit of wealth and power. As a career CIA operative begins to uncover the disturbing truth about the work he has devoted his life to, an up-and-coming oil broker faces an unimaginable family tragedy and finds redemption in his partnership with an idealistic Gulf prince. A corporate lawyer faces a moral dilemma as he finesses the questionable merger of two powerful U.S. oil companies, while across the globe, a disenfranchised Pakistani teenager falls prey to the recruiting efforts of a charismatic cleric. Each plays their small part in the vast and complex system that powers the industry, unaware of the explosive impact their lives will have upon the world.
    • thegodthatfailedbn
      thegodthatfailedbn: Prince Nasir Al-Subaai: What are they thinking, my brother and these American lawyers?
      Bryan Woodman: What are they thinking? They're thi
      Reviewed 6 years days ago
    • mikaelrudolfsson
      mikaelrudolfsson: ""What are they thinking? They're thinking that it's running out. It's running out... and ninety percent of what's l
      Reviewed 6 years days ago
    • ironcity5812
      ironcity5812: . A thinking movie, that makes you ponder wordly issues...ok, most people don't like those kinds of film
      Reviewed 7 years days ago
  • Primer

    Primer (PG-13, 2004)

    Shane Carruth, David Sullivan, Casey Gooden, Anand Upadhyaya, Carrie Crawford
    The debut feature from filmmaker Shane Carruth -- who wrote, directed, photographed, edited, scored,... read more and stars -- Primer is a psychological sci-fi thriller about a group of four tech entrepreneurs. Toiling away in a garage, the quartet have successfully created error-checking systems for their clients. But their recent work seems to have created an unexpected and seemingly impossible side-effect. Suddenly, two members of the group realize they are in possession of a device that can double, or perhaps even quadruple, the space-time continuum of anything that enters it. What at first seems like a windfall of astronomical proportions eventually proves to be much more than they bargained for, as the duo attempt to manipulate time to their financial -- and emotional -- benefit. Also starring Casey Gooden, Anand Upadhyaya, and Carrie Crawford, Primer premiered at the 2004 Sundance Film Festival, where it won the coveted Grand Jury Prize for dramatic film. ~ Matthew Tobey, Rovi
    • fb100000425787506
      fb100000425787506: e been there re-recorded so only the conversation was audible, but minor quibbles aside, this was a thinking man's science fiction. There were certainly things that were confusing and not fleshed out
      Reviewed 10 months days ago
    • fb1489844221
      fb1489844221: avel film I've seen - the story is like a mathematical proof, and you'll spend some time afterward thinking through plot, looking for holes. There aren't any I am aware of, though I'm not sure I com
      Reviewed 17 months days ago
    • Genesforhire
      Genesforhire: . It lacks emotion, and is seemingly machinelike in its way of thinking. This equaled a movie I cared very little about in the long run.

      On the other hand, Prime
      Reviewed 6 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.
    • 61Mermaids
      61Mermaids: OMG - I sat thru this thing twice cause I kept thinking I must have missed something the first time...Nope. Sleeper
      Reviewed 5 years days ago
    • austinn
      austinn: An intelligent film - kept me thinking and interested through the entire 2hrs 45min. For that matter, I'm still thinking about it
      Reviewed 6 years days ago
    • gilbertgumphrey
      gilbertgumphrey: . What was De Niro thinking? Did he honestly believe his script was saying something about anything? Take Joe Pesci's
      Reviewed 7 years days ago