Top Ten Movies That Make You Think

Mind freaks? Not necessarily. But these movies will guarantee some use of your brain.
The Top Ten
1 Inception

After you've watched it a couple of times, it seems simple enough. Then you get to the really complicated stuff.

Stuff like: Is Mal real? Is she a projection of Cobb's mind, which has grown so much that it became a constant presence in not only Cobb's dreams but others as well (she appeared in Eames' dream at one point in the movie)?

What if she stayed in the dream so long she accepted it as her reality, and Cobb had to incept her to make her understand that she had to kill herself in the dream to get back to real life?

But what if that didn't work, and because she was so deep in the dream, she ended up in limbo and tried to kill herself and Cobb there? What if, in the movie, Cobb was secretly incepting Saito as well as Fischer in order to get himself home?

What if Cobb wanted Mal to be there?

2 The Last Temptation of Christ

No matter what, we lead only one storyline as mortals, and choosing a path to decide the next step of this storyline is the most sobering reality of being human.

Definitely a well-crafted film with food for thought.

3 The Matrix

This is based upon the cavern story/theory of Plato. All our life, we see the projection of reality in the cavern we're living in, and we think this is the only existing reality. But if we're able to get out of the cavern, we will see reality (and not its projection) as it is.

The projection comes through a hole in the cavern where the light of the outside (the reality) gives us only the shadows of what happens in the real world. Once we have seen it and understood it, we will be able to understand the world we're living in and also understand our place in the universe.

After that, it's too complicated to write this theory in its full context here.

4 The Truman Show

Another comedy actor out of his ballpark, but this works quite well most of the time. If a man is raised in a closed environment, how does it change him?

5 The Number 23

This is a big one. What if there is something bigger controlling destiny? What if the apocalypse will be brought about by forces we cannot understand?

The whole movie is based on the 23 enigma theory.

6 The Dark Knight

The first 20 times I saw this movie, I noticed something new every time.

7 Memento

A man who is lost in time and without new memory cannot be sure of anything. You have no logic to stand upon. Everything could play against you.

8 Cloud Atlas

The greatest illusion in this world is the illusion of separation.

9 American History X

Every person on earth can have a profound effect on others, and how we tolerate people ultimately comes from inside.

10 The Butterfly Effect

Are you predetermined to be a certain person? Could the president have just as easily been a serial killer? You bet.

The Contenders
11 Toy Story 3
12 Fight Club

In my opinion, one of the most memorable movies and main characters ever. It's like a puzzle. You should watch very carefully because in every second, there is an answer to a question that you will ask yourself at the end of the movie.

13 Shutter Island
14 The Book of Eli

How far will our faith truly take us when life hits the fan? When we need guidance most?

15 The Godfather

I don't know why, but after watching this movie, I've behaved like Vito Corleone for two days.

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17 Super Size Me

Possibly the most physically real of all the movies out there. They debunked fast food single-handedly. People began to realize that what we eat is bigger than we think.

18 Donnie Darko

Really good movie. Everyone plays a part in some way. You really need to pay attention to figure it out.

This movie is not only a journey of a character.

19 Interstellar

The science is 9/10 accurate according to Neil deGrasse Tyson. Incredible movie with a ton of research put in. If you don't like it, your favorite movie is probably a Transformers or a Fast and Furious.

One of the greatest, most thought-provoking movies that I have watched in all of my days.

The plot is very complicated, therefore making you think.

20 Inside Man
21 Flatliners
22 The Passion of the Christ
23 American Beauty
24 Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

Still, when I think about this movie, I'm kind of puzzled and reach nothing but grief at the end.

A movie that made all of us think.

Explores the possibilities of erasing unwanted memories and feelings. By far my favorite movie.

25 Good Will Hunting
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