films to make you think

not exactly "first date" material. a mix of horror, thriller and drama
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1.
Road to Perdition (2002)
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Bonds of loyalty are put to the test when a hitman's son witnesses what his father does for a living. (117 mins.)
Director: Sam Mendes
“ sam mendes is an excellent director and people tend to forget about this film. ” - kellie-christiansen
 
2.
Tsotsi (2005)
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Six days in the violent life of a young Johannesburg gang leader. (94 mins.)
Director: Gavin Hood
“ i haven't watched many african movies before and this one was a strange journey. it kind of reminded me of district nine meets gone baby gone meets baby's day out. bizarre but well produced ” - kellie-christiansen
 
3.
Se7en (1995)
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Two detectives, a rookie and a veteran, hunt a serial killer who uses the seven deadly sins as his modus operandi. (127 mins.)
Director: David Fincher
“ david fincher at his best and brad pitt in an awesome roll. plus who can flaw morgan freeman, or mutilated strippers, and the most expensive opening credits sequence ever made. A+ ” - kellie-christiansen
 
4.
The Edukators (2004)
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Three activists cobble together a kidnapping plot after they encounter a businessman in his home. (127 mins.)
“ the best of alternative, vaguely socialist cinema, unsurprisingly german ” - kellie-christiansen
 
5.
This Is England (2006)
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A young boy becomes friends with a gang of skinheads. Friends soon become like family, and relationships will be pushed to the very limit. (101 mins.)
Director: Shane Meadows
“ more like this is an eye opener. geez ” - kellie-christiansen
 
6.
I'm Not There. (2007)
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Ruminations on the life of Bob Dylan, where six characters embody a different aspect of the musician's life and work. (135 mins.)
Director: Todd Haynes
“ maybe the director was on crack when he wrote the script for this film, but bob dylan loved it, which says alot. ” - kellie-christiansen
 
7.
Ringu (1998)
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Ruthlessly murdered by her father, the ghost of a seer's daughter kills all those who watch a weird video after 7 days; unless the viewer finds the escape clause. (96 mins.)
Director: Hideo Nakata
“ oh god this is the scariest film i have ever seen, asian horror cinema is totally insane. ” - kellie-christiansen
 
8.
The Basketball Diaries (1995)
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A teenager finds his dreams of becoming a basketball star threatened after he free falls into the harrowing world of drug addiction. (102 mins.)
Director: Scott Kalvert
“ people forget leo is such a versatile actor and this is a pretty heavy role for whatever age he was at the time. ” - kellie-christiansen
 
9.
Pi (1998)
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A paranoid mathematician searches for a key number that will unlock the universal patterns found in nature. (84 mins.)
“ old school darren aronofsky, the guy who went on to make requiem for a dream and black swan. this film is a lot more abstract than those are. ” - kellie-christiansen
 
10.
Mean Creek (2004)
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When a teen is bullied, his brother and friends lure the bully into the woods to seek revenge. (90 mins.)
“ amazingly shot. stand by me meets i know what you did last summer. plus it has a culkin brother. win ” - kellie-christiansen
 
11.
Notes on a Scandal (2006)
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A veteran high school teacher befriends a younger art teacher, who is having an affair with one of her 15-year-old students. However, her intentions with this new "friend" also go well beyond platonic friendship. (92 mins.)
Director: Richard Eyre
“ wow this film got intensely creepy. no wonder it never got a massive amount of hype despite the super famous cast. ” - kellie-christiansen
 
12.
28 Days Later... (2002)
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Four weeks after a mysterious, incurable virus spreads throughout the UK, a handful of survivors try to find sanctuary. (113 mins.)
Director: Danny Boyle
“ if there's one think i love more than zombie films, it's philosophical zombie films, and if there's one thing i love even more than philosophical zombie films, it's philosophical zombie films where danny boyle is involved, as in slumdog millionaire/127 hours/trainspotting director. plus cilian murphy, the scarecrow dude from batman begins. such a good film ” - kellie-christiansen
 
13.
Memento (2000)
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A man creates a strange system to help him remember things; so he can hunt for the murderer of his wife without his short-term memory loss being an obstacle. (113 mins.)
“ my all time favourite director's first big film based on a short story by his equally clever brother. one of the first mainstream films in western cinema to incorporate a non-linear timeframe to spectacular effect. winnn ” - kellie-christiansen
 
14.
Lost in Translation (2003)
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A faded movie star and a neglected young woman form an unlikely bond after crossing paths in Tokyo. (101 mins.)
Director: Sofia Coppola
“ this film will make you feel sad and warm and fuzzy. such a nice story with alot of deeper messages and that kinda stuff. ” - kellie-christiansen
 
15.
Before Night Falls (2000)
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Episodic look at the life of Cuban poet and novelist, Reinaldo Arenas (1943-1990), from his childhood... (133 mins.)
Director: Julian Schnabel
“ this is an interesting film in spanish with a little cameo from johnny depp which is nice. ” - kellie-christiansen
 
16.
Twelve Monkeys (1995)
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In a future world devastated by disease, a convict is sent back in time to gather information about the man-made virus that wiped out most of the human population on the planet. (129 mins.)
Director: Terry Gilliam
“ instant classic the moment it came out ” - kellie-christiansen
 
17.
Funny Games (1997)
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Two psychotic young men take a mother, father, and son hostage in their vacation cabin and force them to play sadistic "games" with one another for their own amusement. (108 mins.)
Director: Michael Haneke
“ i've recommended this movie to almost everyone i know as it is one of the most disturbing films i've ever watched by a director who likes to mess with our ideas about violence. the joke is kind of on the viewer cause mr haneke, a german filmmaker with some seriously intense ideas, is trying to show us how messed up the way we watch horror movies is, by breaking the fourth wall and making us feel responsible for the horror that takes place in the film. ” - kellie-christiansen
 
18.
Picnic at Hanging Rock (1975)
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During a rural picnic, a few students and a teacher from an Australian girls' school vanish without a trace. Their absence frustrates and haunts the people left behind. (115 mins.)
Director: Peter Weir
“ one of the first decent films to come out of australia in my opinion ” - kellie-christiansen
 
19.
A Love Song for Bobby Long (2004)
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A headstrong young woman returns to New Orleans after the death of her estranged mother. (119 mins.)
Director: Shainee Gabel
“ i'd never even heard of this film before i found it for like $5 at a dvd sale, and it stars john travolta and scarlett johanssen. it's one of the most intricately written films i've ever seen, examining human relationships and memory and that kind of stuff. so underrated ” - kellie-christiansen
 
20.
The Diving Bell and the Butterfly (2007)
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The true story of Elle editor Jean-Dominique Bauby who suffers a stroke and has to live with an almost totally paralyzed body; only his left eye isn't paralyzed. (112 mins.)
Director: Julian Schnabel
“ a (relatively) true french film about a former magazine editor who suffers a stroke and is then pretty much locked inside his own body, only able to move his eyes. ” - kellie-christiansen
 
21.
The Rules of Attraction (2002)
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The incredibly spoiled and overprivileged students of Camden College are a backdrop for an unusual love triangle between a drug dealer, a virgin and a bisexual classmate. (110 mins.)
Director: Roger Avary
“ this may look like a typical college film but it's actually a beautiful, messed up journey through the lives and relationships of a few different spoilt, depraved, hedonistic students at one of those useless arts schools in america, examining nothing less than the death of the soul ” - kellie-christiansen
 
22.
Riding the Bullet (2004)
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When a man finds out his mother is dying and tries to hitchike his way to the hospital, he is picked up by a stranger with a deadly secret. (98 mins.)
Director: Mick Garris
“ you've probably never heard of this film because it went straight to dvd. it's based on a stephen king short story about a young artist who is obsessed with death, til one night hitch hiking he gets picked up by the grim reaper and is forced to trawl through a bunch of childhood memories. really, really strange ” - kellie-christiansen
 
23.
Lost Highway (1997)
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After a bizarre encounter at a party, a jazz saxophonist is framed for the murder of his wife and sent to prison, where he inexplicably morphs into a young mechanic and begins leading a new life. (134 mins.)
Director: David Lynch
“ oh god i don't think i've ever been the same since i first watched this bizarrely disturbing film by cult director david lynch ” - kellie-christiansen