Movies that make you think

List of the best movies that make you think about the meaning of life: Human Capital, Tesla, Beasts Clawing at Straws, Blackbird, The Prom, Critical Thinking, Echo Boomers, One Night in Miami..., Hillbilly Elegy, Operation Christmas Drop
In the top there are new films of 2020, a plot description and trailers for films that have already been released.
Human Capital (2020)
Markimdb: 6.2
CharactersTeens
PlotCheating, Pads
StyleHeavy, Disturbing, Makes me think, For men

The lives of two different families collide when their children begin a relationship that leads to a tragic accident.

Tesla (2020)
Markimdb: 5
PlotOn real events
StyleTouching, Soulful, Makes me think

The story of the Promethean struggles of Nikola Tesla, as he attempts to transcend entrenched technology—including his own previous work—by pioneering a system of wireless energy that would change the world.

Beasts Clawing at Straws (2020)
Markimdb: 7.1
Genrethriller, drama, crime
CountrySouth Korea
CharactersPoor
PlotMoney
PlaceAsia
StyleExciting, Fascinating, Makes me think, By books

The destinies of hard-luck lowlifes slowly converge and come crashing down: Jung-man barely gets by working at a sauna and taking care of his sick mother until he finds a bag full of cash in the locker room; Tae-young is in trouble after his girlfriend runs away with the money he borrowed from a loan shark. Soon, a dead body mysteriously turns up; Mi-ran, caught between her husband’s violence and a dead-end job as a bar hostess, she finds a young lover, Jin-tae who offers to kill her husband… And now their dog-eat-dog game starts.

Blackbird (2020)
Markimdb: 6.5
Genredrama
CountryUSA, United Kingdom
CharactersTerminally ill
PlotMeaning of life
StyleTouching, Soulful, Makes me think, To cry

A terminally ill mother invites her family to their country house for one final gathering, but tensions quickly boil over between her two daughters.

The Prom (2020)
CharactersLesbians
PlotJustice, Shopping
TimeGraduation
StyleSoulful, Fascinating, Makes me think, To cry, Inspirational

After the PTA of a conservative high school in Indiana bans same-sex couples from attending the annual prom, a gang of flamboyant Broadway stars try to boost their image by showing up to support two lesbian students.

Critical Thinking (2020)
Markimdb: 6.4
Genredrama
CountryUSA
CharactersLosers, Teachers
PlotContests, Chess, On real events
PlaceGhetto
StyleFascinating, Makes me think

Based on a true story from 1998, five Latino and Black teenagers from the toughest underserved ghetto in Miami fight their way into the National Chess Championship under the guidance of their unconventional but inspirational teacher.

Echo Boomers (2020)
Markimdb: 6.1
Genreaction, drama, crime
CountryUSA
CharactersPoor
PlotChase, Robbery
PlaceCollege
StyleDisturbing, Makes me think

Five post grads figure the best way to get back at the unfair economy and live the life they've always wanted is to steal from the rich and give to themselves.

One Night in Miami... (2020)
Markimdb: 7.2
CharactersBodyguards
PlotDancing, Money, Boxing, Religious, On real events
PlaceHotels, Party
StyleTense, Makes me think

In the aftermath of Cassius Clay's defeat of Sonny Liston in 1964, the boxer meets with Malcolm X, Sam Cooke and Jim Brown to change the course of history in the segregated South.

Hillbilly Elegy (2020)
CharactersTeens, Single mothers
PlaceNature
StyleTouching, Heavy, Makes me think

An urgent phone call pulls a Yale Law student back to his Ohio hometown, where he reflects on three generations of family history and his own future.

Operation Christmas Drop (2020)
CharactersMilitary, Pilots
PlotAdventure, On real events
TimeNew Year
StyleLight, Fascinating, Makes me think, Inspirational, Romantic

While gathering evidence to support closing a tropical U.S. Air Force base, a congressional aide warms to its generous captain.

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Superintelligence (2020)
Markimdb: 5.4
Genrefantastic, comedy, melodrama
CountryUSA
PlotAdventure, Love, Artificial Intelligence, End of the world
PlaceParallel worlds
TimeFuture
StyleTense, Disturbing, Makes me think, To cry

When an all-powerful Superintelligence chooses to study the most average person on Earth, Carol Peters, the fate of the world hangs in the balance. As the A.I. decides to enslave, save or destroy humanity, it’s up to Carol to prove that people are worth saving.

Yes, God, Yes (2020)
Markimdb: 6.1
Genrecomedy, drama
CountryUSA
CharactersTeens
PlotGrowing up, Religious
StyleLight, Makes me think

Alice, a young innocent Catholic girl, is tempted into masturbating after an AOL chat suddenly turns sexual, however is conflicted as the act would be considered a sin.

Lucky Grandma (2020)
Markimdb: 6.4
CharactersBodyguards
PlotPursuit
StyleFascinating, Makes me think

Set in New York City's Chinatown, an ornery, chain-smoking Chinese grandma goes all in at the casino, landing herself on the wrong side of luck - and in the middle of a gang war.

I Am Mother (2019)
Mark8.2 (imdb: 6.7)
Genrehorror, fantastic, thriller, drama
CountryAustralia
Duration02:14
CharactersRobots, Childrens, Dogs
PlotSurvival, Artificial Intelligence, Mystery, End of the world, Apocalypse, Technology, Cheating
PlaceBeach
TimePost apocalypse
StylePhilosophical, For personal development, Makes me think, Worth watching, Atmospheric, Interesting, For a group of friends, Netflix, Womens in main roles, Unexpected ending, Depressive, Tense

A teenage girl is raised underground by a robot "Mother", designed to repopulate the earth following an extinction event. But their unique bond is threatened when an inexplicable stranger arrives with alarming news.

Then Came You (2019)
Mark6 (imdb: 7)
Genrecomedy, drama, adventure
CountryUSA
Duration01:36
CharactersTerminally ill, Losers
PlotHappiness, Fulfillment of desires
StyleInspirational, Soulful, Cute, Makes me think, Touching, Fascinating

An American hypochondriac who is working as a baggage handler is forced to confront his fears when a British teenager with a terminal illness enlists him to help her carry out her eccentric bucket list.

Catch-22 (2019)
Mark7.6 (imdb: 7.8)
Genrecomedy, drama, crime, military
CountryUSA
Duration01:43
CharactersSoldier, Pilots
PlotWar, Rivalry, Death, Chase
PlaceAircraft
TimeWorld War II
StyleExciting, Makes me think, Fascinating, Unexpected ending

Pianosa Island, Italy, World War II. Bombardier John Yossarian tries to fulfill his duty, maintain sanity and return home as soon as possible, but incompetence and bureaucracy constantly stand in his way.

The Professor and the Madman (2019)
Mark7.2 (imdb: 7.3)
Genrethriller, drama, detective, biography
CountryRepublic of Ireland
Duration02:04
CharactersGeniuses, Criminals, Scientists
PlaceEngland
StyleAtmospheric, Fascinating, Makes me think, For men

Professor James Murray begins work compiling words for the first edition of the Oxford English Dictionary in the mid 19th century, and receives over 10,000 entries from a patient at Broadmoor Criminal Lunatic Asylum, Dr. William Minor.

Five Feet Apart (2019)
Mark9.4 (imdb: 7.2)
Genremelodrama, drama
CountryUSA
Duration01:56
CharactersTeens, Terminally ill, Disabled people, Surgeons
PlotLove, Relationship, Death, Snow, Computers, Fate
PlaceHospitals, Party
StyleMakes me think

Seventeen-year-old Stella spends most of her time in the hospital as a cystic fibrosis patient. Her life is full of routines, boundaries and self-control -- all of which get put to the test when she meets Will, an impossibly charming teen who has the same illness.

Luce (2019)
Mark5 (imdb: 6.7)
Genredrama, detective
CountryUSA
CharactersTeens, Teachers, Parents, Sisters
PlotPolitical, Parenting, Adoption, Computers, Internet, Mental disorders
PlaceSchool, USA, Party
StyleMakes me think, Tense

A star athlete and top student, Luce's idealized image is challenged by one of his teachers when his unsettling views on political violence come to light, putting a strain on family bonds while igniting intense debates on race and identity.

Saving Leningrad (2019)
Mark8.2 (imdb: 5.8)
Genredrama, military
CountryRussia
Duration02:32
PlotWar, Survival, Death
PlaceRussia
StyleExciting, Makes me think, Tense, Disturbing

September 1941. In a turn of events young lovebirds Kostya and Nastya find themselves on board of a barge that will evacuate people from sieged Leningrad. At night the barge gets into the storm. When it starts sinking, enemy planes - but not rescuers - are the first to arrive at the scene.

The Room (2019)
Mark7 (imdb: 6)
Genrefantastic, drama, detective
CountryFrance, Luxembourg, Belgium
Duration02:03
CharactersFamily
PlotSupernatural
PlaceFrance
StyleUnexpected ending, Makes me think, For men, Heavy

Kate and Matt discover that a part of their house can grant wishes. In the wake of several miscarriages, what they want most is a child.

The Sun Is Also a Star (2019)
Markimdb: 5.9
Genremelodrama, drama
CountryUSA
Duration02:25
PlotLove
PlaceUSA
StyleExciting, Makes me think

Two young New Yorkers begin to fall in love over the course of a single day, as a series of potentially life-altering meetings loom over their heads - hers concerning her family’s deportation to Jamaica, and his concerning an education at Dartmouth.

We Die Young (2019)
Mark7.6 (imdb: 5.2)
Genredrama
CountryBulgaria, USA
Duration01:59
CharactersVeterans, Criminals, Dogs
PlotMotorcycles, Money
StyleMakes me think, Heavy, Depressive, Tense, For men, Disturbing

Lucas, a 14-year-old boy inducted into the gang life in Washington D.C., is determined that his 10-year-old brother won't follow the same path. When an Afghanistan war veteran comes into the neighborhood, an opportunity arises.

The Professor (2019)
Mark10 (imdb: 6.7)
Genrecomedy, drama
CountryUSA
Duration02:30
CharactersTerminally ill, Students, Teachers, Teachers
PlotHappiness, Cancer, Adventure, Rivalry, Death, Fate
PlaceCollege
StyleMakes me think, Touching, Fascinating

A world-weary college professor is given a life-changing diagnosis and decides to throw all pretense and conventions to the wind and live his life as boldly and freely as possible with a biting sense of humor, a reckless streak and a touch of madness.

The Humorist (2019)
Markimdb: 6.5
Genredrama, biography
CountryRussia, Latvia, Czech Republic
Duration02:08
CharactersActors, Celebrities, Family
PlotDepression, Rivalry, Art, Freedom
PlaceRussia
StyleMakes me think, Touching, Disturbing, Fascinating

The Humorist is a film about a week in the life of Boris Arkadiev, a fictional Soviet stand-up comedian. Boris is tormented not only by external oppression and censorship but also by his own insecurities that poison all his relationships.

The Death & Life of John F. Donovan (2019)
Markimdb: 6.2
Genredrama
CountryUnited Kingdom, Canada
CharactersActors, Celebrities
PlotPolitical
StyleMakes me think, Heavy, Depressive, Fascinating

A decade after the death of an American TV star, a young actor reminisces about the written correspondence he once shared with the former, as well as the impact those letters had on both their lives.

A Dark Place (2019)
Mark8.2 (imdb: 6.2)
Genrethriller, detective
CountryUnited Kingdom
CharactersJanitors, Autistic
PlotMissing people, Investigation
PlaceUSA, Small cities
StyleMakes me think, Depressive

When a young boy turns up dead in a sleepy Pennsylvania town, a local sanitation truck driver, Donald, plays detective, embarking on a precarious and obsessive investigation to prove the boy was murdered.

Tell It to the Bees (2019)
Markimdb: 6.2
Genremelodrama, drama
CountryUnited Kingdom
Duration01:51
CharactersLesbians, Bees, Poor
PlaceSmall cities, Scotland
StyleMakes me think, Touching

Dr. Jean Markham returns to the town she left as a teenager to take over her late father's medical practice. When a school-yard scuffle lands Charlie in her surgery, she invites him to visit the hives in her garden and tell his secrets to the bees, as she once did. The new friendship between the boy and the bee keeper brings his mother Lydia into Jean's world.

The Best of Enemies (2019)
Mark9.6 (imdb: 7.2)
Genredrama, biography, history
CountryUSA
Duration02:43
CharactersPartners, Parents, Teachers, Photographers
PlotOn real events, Political, Weapon
PlaceSchool
StyleDisturbing, Tense, Heavy, Soulful, Makes me think

Centers on the unlikely relationship between Ann Atwater, an outspoken civil rights activist, and C.P. Ellis, a local Ku Klux Klan leader who reluctantly co-chaired a community summit, battling over the desegregation of schools in Durham, North Carolina during the racially-charged summer of 1971. The incredible events that unfolded would change Durham and the lives of Atwater and Ellis forever.

Who You Think I Am (2019)
Markimdb: 6.9
Genremelodrama, drama
CountryFrance, Belgium
Duration01:43
CharactersSingle mothers, Psychologists
PlotInternet, Divorce, Cheating
PlaceFrance
StyleFascinating, Makes me think

Claire, a 50-year-old divorced teacher, creates a fake Facebook profile of a 24-year-old woman. She finds a photo of a pretty young brunette and uses it. She has created an entirely fictional character, but why?

The Last Summer (2019)
Mark7 (imdb: 5.6)
Genrecomedy
CountryUSA
Duration02:20
CharactersTeens
PlotRelationship, Love, Rivalry, Love triangle, Loneliness
TimeSummer
StyleTo cry, Touching, Soulful, Makes me think

Standing on the precipice of adulthood, a group of friends navigate new relationships, while reexamining others, during their final summer before college.

IO (2019)
Mark6.8 (imdb: 4.7)
Genrefantastic, melodrama, drama, adventure
CountryUSA
Duration02:12
CharactersScientists
PlotSurvival, Experiments
TimePost apocalypse
StyleDisturbing, Exciting, Depressive, Tense, Makes me think

As a young scientist searches for a way to save a dying Earth, she finds a connection with a man who's racing to catch the last shuttle off the planet.

Klaus (2019)
Mark10 (imdb: 8.2)
Genrecomedy, adventure, family, cartoon
CountrySpain, United Kingdom
CharactersFriends, Couriers, Dogs
PlotMoving, Holidays, Love, Snow, Cold, Toys
PlaceIslands, Ships, Small cities
TimeNew Year
StyleNetflix, Soulful, Makes me think

When Jesper distinguishes himself as the Postal Academy's worst student, he is sent to Smeerensburg, a small village located on an icy island above the Arctic Circle, where grumpy inhabitants barely exchange words, let alone letters. Jesper is about to give up and abandon his duty as a postman when he meets local teacher Alva and Klaus, a mysterious carpenter who lives alone in a cabin full of handmade toys.

The Farewell (2019)
Markimdb: 7.6
Genrecomedy, drama
CountryUSA
Duration02:27
CharactersWriters, Family, Dogs, Sisters, Photographers, Artists, Old man, Cooks
PlotDeath, Dancing, Money, Mystery, Happiness
PlaceChina, Japan, Hotels
StyleTo cry, Atmospheric, Makes me think

A headstrong Chinese-American woman returns to China when her beloved grandmother is given a terminal diagnosis. Billi struggles with her family's decision to keep grandma in the dark about her own illness as they all stage an impromptu wedding to see grandma one last time.

Queen of Hearts (2019)
Mark7.2 (imdb: 7.1)
Genrethriller
CountryDenmark, Sweden
Duration01:56
CharactersFamily, Lawyers, Sisters
PlotTreason, Relationship, Love, Love with age difference
TimeNew Year
StyleMakes me think

Anne, a brilliant and dedicated advocacy lawyer specialising in society’s most vulnerable, children and young adults, lives what appears to be the picture-perfect life with her doctor-husband, Peter, and their twin daughters. When her estranged teenage stepson, Gustav, moves in with them, Anne’s escalating desire leads her down a dangerous rabbit hole which, once exposed, unleashes a sequence of events destined to destroy her world.

Giant Little Ones (2019)
Mark7.8 (imdb: 7.2)
Genredrama
CountryCanada
Duration02:23
CharactersTeens, Gay, Lesbians, Girlfriends
PlotLove, Relationship, Growing up
PlaceSchool
StyleFascinating, Makes me think

Two popular teen boys, best friends since childhood, discover their lives, families, and girlfriends dramatically upended after an unexpected incident occurs on the night of a 17th birthday party.

Joker (2019)
Mark8.6 (imdb: 8.4)
Genrethriller, drama, crime
CountryUSA
Duration02:25
CharactersClowns, Comedians, Losers, Criminals, Killers, Psychopath
PlotMental disorders, Loneliness, Depression
StyleDC, Gloomy, Atmospheric, Depressive, Worth watching, Tense, Makes me think

During the 1980s, a failed stand-up comedian is driven insane and turns to a life of crime and chaos in Gotham City while becoming an infamous psychopathic crime figure.

Missing Link (2019)
Mark8.4 (imdb: 6.7)
Genrefantasy, comedy, adventure, family, cartoon
CountryCanada, USA
Duration02:13
CharactersScientists, Family, Friends, Yeti
PlotInvestigation, Adventure, Travel
PlaceNature
StyleFor children, Light, Makes me think

The charismatic Sir Lionel Frost considers himself to be the world's foremost investigator of myths and monsters. Trouble is, none of his small-minded, high-society peers seems to recognize this. Hoping to finally gain acceptance from these fellow adventurers, Sir Lionel travels to the Pacific Northwest to prove the existence of a legendary creature known as the missing link.

Blue Story (2019)
Markimdb: 5.8
CharactersTeens, Friends
PlotRivalry, Death, Skirmishes, On real events
PlaceGhetto, London
StyleAction, Makes me think

Blue Story is a tragic tale of a friendship between Timmy and Marco, two young boys from opposing postcodes. Timmy, a shy, smart, naive and timid young boy from Deptford, goes to school in Peckham where he strikes up a friendship with Marco, a charismatic, streetwise kid from the local area. Although from warring postcodes, the two quickly form a firm friendship until it is tested and they wind up on rival sides of a street war. Blue Story depicts elements of Rapman's own personal experiences and aspects of his childhood.

Bad Education (2019)
Markimdb: 7.1
Genrecomedy, drama, crime, biography
CountryUSA
CharactersCriminals
PlotMoney, Cheating
PlaceSchool, USA
StyleTense, Fascinating, Makes me think

A superintendent of a school district works for the betterment of the student’s education when an embezzlement scheme is discovered, threatening to destroy everything.

Latte and the Magic Waterstone (2019)
Markimdb: 5.6
CharactersAnimals, Good people
PlotAdventure, Loneliness
PlaceForest
StyleFascinating, Makes me think, Cute

When a greedy bear steals a magic stone to keep the forest’s water for himself, a brave hedgehog and a timid squirrel must work together to retrieve it.

Michael Mil (2019)
Mark
PlotRivalry
PlaceSchool, Russia
StyleHeavy, Disturbing, Makes me think

A story about Russian aerospace engineer and scientist, creator of well-known Soviet helicopter Mi-1 and the founder of Mil Moscow Helicopter Plant

Radioflash (2019)
Markimdb: 4.8
Genrefantastic, action, thriller, drama
CountryUSA
CharactersTeens
PlotApocalypse, Survival, End of the world, Technology
TimePost apocalypse
StyleMakes me think

When a nuclear strike causes an electromagnetic pulse that cuts off all power, water, and communication to the entire western United States, Reese finds herself plunged into an all-too-real fight to survive. As pandemonium grips her city, Reese and her father set out on a desperate journey in search of safety--a perilous trek through a world gone mad where every encounter with a stranger could be your last.

The Third Wife (2019)
Markimdb: 6.7
Genredrama
CountryVietnam
CharactersBrides, Teens
PlotFate
Time19th century
StyleTouching, Heavy, Tense, Makes me think

Though only 14 years old, May is selected to be the third wife of a wealthy landowner. Her new home seems idyllic, her husband favours her, and she quickly becomes pregnant with what she is certain will be the desired male progeny. But trouble is quietly brewing: she witnesses a forbidden tryst that will spark a chain reaction of misfortunes — and stir in May urges that until now had been dormant.

Vinaya Vidheya Rama (2019)
Markimdb: 3.3
Genreaction
CountryIndia
PlotRevenge, Death, Chase, Justice
PlaceIndia
StyleAction, Exciting, Tense, Fascinating, Makes me think

Ram is one among the five orphaned boys in Visakhapatnam, adopted by a doctor who ensures them a roof to live under, with dignity. Ram goes to any extent to protect his family and he's a handful for the baddie to handle in a time of crisis. How does Ram protect his family when they need him the most?

Unplanned (2019)
Markimdb: 5.8
Genredrama, biography
CountryUSA
CharactersLawyers
PlotReligious, On real events
PlaceHospitals
TimeHalloween
StyleSoulful, Fascinating, Makes me think

As one of the youngest Planned Parenthood clinic directors in the nation, Abby Johnson was involved in upwards of 22,000 abortions and counseled countless women on their reproductive choices. Her passion surrounding a woman's right to choose led her to become a spokesperson for Planned Parenthood, fighting to enact legislation for the cause she so deeply believed in. Until the day she saw something that changed everything.

See You Yesterday (2019)
Markimdb: 5.2
Genrefantastic, action, thriller, drama, adventure, crime
CountryUSA
PlotAdventure, Time travel, Death, Chase, Fate, Time machine
StyleAction, Touching, Exciting, Makes me think

As two teen prodigies try to master the art of time travel, a tragic police shooting sends them on a series of dangerous trips to the past.

Lev Yashin, The Dream Goalkeeper (2019)
Markimdb: 6.3
Genredrama, biography, sport
CountryRussia
CharactersFriends
StyleExciting, Disturbing, Makes me think

An ordinary working class boy, like all his peers, he played football day and night and dreamed of being a striker. But no matter which team he played for - in the yard, at the factory, or in the army - he was inevitably put in goal.

Escape From Pretoria (2020)
Markimdb: 6.8
Genrethriller
CountryUnited Kingdom, Australia, USA, South Africa
PlotPolitical, Freedom, Prison Break, On real events
PlacePrison, Australia
StyleAtmospheric, Action, Tense, Disturbing, Makes me think, By books

South Africa, 1978. Tim Jenkin and Stephen Lee, two white political activists from the African National Congress imprisoned by the apartheid regime, put a plan in motion to escape from the infamous Pretoria Prison.

LX 2048 (2020)
Markimdb: 4.8
Genrefantastic, drama
CountryUSA, Lithuania
CharactersFamily, Fathers, Terminally ill
PlotVirtual Reality, Technology, Death, Relationship, Artificial Intelligence, Love
TimeFuture
StyleTouching, Exciting, Tense, Makes me think

In the near future, the sun has become so toxic people can no longer leave their houses in daytime, and normal life is conducted mostly inside the virtual realm. Against this dystopian backdrop, a dying man seeks to ensure the future well-being of his family, while coping with what it means to be human in this new reality.

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