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I like movies that aren’t Hollywood mainstream. Those can be fun but to me they get boring and too predictable. So list movies you’ve seen that are interesting and different.

Movies I’ve liked are

Winter’s Bone

Winter’s Bone was kind of gritty and dark, but I loved it because it didn’t have the predictable romance, over-the-top action scenes or melodrama so often seen in movies.

Ida was just…wow. If you haven’t seen it, please do. It was a breathtakingly beautiful and thoughtful movie.

Thanks for the suggestions y’all! 🙂

March 29, 2015 at 19:36


Doubt is a really great movie and definitely thought provoking. I wouldn’t really call it Hollywood mainstream but it definitely has some well known actors in it.

Gattaca is also much like Doubt where it has some well known actors but isn’t very mainstream. I think Doubt and Gattaca are my 2 favorite though provoking movies and you should DEFINITELY watch them 🙂

Surrogates is really great too if you like sic-fi thought provoking movies. If you watch The Matrix from a philosophical viewpoint then it is a totally different movie and very interesting.

March 30, 2015 at 08:55


Oh also Precious! I watched that movie a couple times a few years ago and it is definitely one of my favorite serious movies.

March 30, 2015 at 08:56


Yay thank you! I’ll look them up!

March 30, 2015 at 09:17


My favorite movie ever is The Prestige. It’s not really philosophically thought provoking but I was fascinated the entire way through. I had to think very hard about what had all just happened after it ended XD. Anyway I love that movie you should watch it.

April 1, 2015 at 19:51


A Single Man is extremely thought-provoking. It’s beautiful and sad and narrative just gives me so much to chew on.

April 2, 2015 at 14:28


I also love Harvey. It’s an old movie with James Stewart and it deals with the idea of sacrificing kindness and genuineness in exchange for fitting in.

April 2, 2015 at 15:01


^I thought the movie was boooring. I saw the play though, and that was good. Same with Cabaret, play was better (Though Liza Minnelli was adorable in the movie). Speaking of Cabaret, it’s an interesting movie. Like, more thought-provoking than Chicago, but I enjoyed it less than Chicago.

Chicago may not be super thought-provoking, but I thought it was very well done. And it’s super fun! 😀

April 2, 2015 at 22:53


Witness for the Prosecution is one of my favorite movies. It’s an older movie and not predictable at all. Charade is the same type of movie. Laura’s good, too, though it’s a bit sleazy. They’re all very complex and have great mysteries (and are actually even better with a second viewing).

April 2, 2015 at 23:54


The Twilight Zone shows~ for sure.

Inn of The Sixth Happiness

(I swear it’s not horror, just dark and twisted)

The Stoning of Soraya M.

(view with discretion, there is a rape scene, not sure what is show because I skipped that part. :s )

(it’s a Hollywood blockbuster though…)


Lovely Bones

I find the most “thought provoking” movies are usually classics, foreign films, true story, and book bases movies. :3

April 5, 2015 at 08:01


Thank you all so much!

Misstake~Yes, foreign films are great!

April 5, 2015 at 09:15
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the theory of everything, interstellar (this one was a bit confusing in a way but very thought provoking), Romantics (isn’t as cheesy as the name), Pride and Prejudice (2005 version all the way), Emma, there are so many movies that I like and are thought provoking but sadly they’re in Russian…

April 30, 2015 at 12:57


The Imitation Game, Theory of Everything, Pan’s Labyrinth, The English Patient, The Dead Poet’s Society, The King;s Speech.

… hints of my weird, bizarre and obsessive respect for Colin Firth are showing, I know

April 30, 2015 at 15:16
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