The most esoteric movies that encourage you to wake up from the "reality".by kjulfa | created - 17 Jul 2011 | updated - 24 Nov 2014 | Public
These films are mainly intended for those who are trying to look outside the box. The list fill grow, as I will find movies of this kind.
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1. Metropolis (1927)
Not Rated | 153 min | Drama, Sci-Fi
In a futuristic city sharply divided between the working class and the city planners, the son of the city's mastermind falls in love with a working class prophet who predicts the coming of a savior to mediate their differences.
Votes: 133,580 | Gross: $0.03M
Just 3 words: epic, groundbreaking, marvellous!
2. Rashômon (1950)
Not Rated | 88 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
A heinous crime and its aftermath are recalled from differing points of view.
Which of these different interpretations of the same story, presented in this masterpiece is real? Maybe it doesn't matter? Maybe, only how we gonna react to it (as woodcutter, tramp or monk) is only thing that make sense?
3. Blow-Up (1966)
Not Rated | 111 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller
A mod London photographer finds something very suspicious in the shots he has taken of a mysterious beauty in a desolate park.
Undoubtedly, one of the most prominent masterpieces of the world cinema. Do you want to know, what's the real? Ask a bunch of street mimes. They surely will tell you.
4. 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
G | 149 min | Adventure, Sci-Fi
Humanity finds a mysterious, obviously artificial object buried beneath the Lunar surface and, with the intelligent computer H.A.L. 9000, sets off on a quest.
Votes: 502,709 | Gross: $56.95M
Even after more than 40 years critics are trying to unveil the meaning of this masterpiece. Whatever we find out it's still not enough, but isn't it an integral part of our great odyssey called Being?
5. Barbarella (1968)
PG | 98 min | Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy
Barbarella, an astronaut from the 41st century, sets out to find and stop the evil scientist Durand Durand, whose Positronic Ray threatens to bring evil back into the galaxy.
6. THX 1138 (1971)
R | 86 min | Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
In the twenty-fifth century, a time when people have designations instead of names, a man, THX 1138, and a woman, LUH 3417, rebel against their rigidly controlled society.
Votes: 42,924 | Gross: $2.44M
7. Zardoz (1974)
R | 105 min | Fantasy, Sci-Fi
In the distant future, a savage trained only to kill finds a way into the community of bored immortals that alone preserves humanity's achievements.
8. Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977)
PG | 121 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy
Luke Skywalker joins forces with a Jedi Knight, a cocky pilot, a Wookiee and two droids to save the galaxy from the Empire's world-destroying battle-station, while also attempting to rescue Princess Leia from the evil Darth Vader.
Votes: 1,055,062 | Gross: $322.74M
Is this movie just a cosmic fairy tale with vivid characters, enthralling story and revolutionary CGi, or there is something deeper than it could be seen at the first glance?
9. Videodrome (1983)
R | 87 min | Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller
When he acquires a different kind of show for his station, a sleazy cable-TV programmer begins to see his life and the future of media spin out of control in a terrifying new reality.
Votes: 69,793 | Gross: $2.12M
So, what the hell this videodrome is? Does it destroy us, or lift to the next level of existence? Well, maybe it depends on how we're going to use it
10. The Shining (1980)
R | 146 min | Drama, Horror
A family heads to an isolated hotel for the winter where an evil spiritual presence influences the father into violence, while his psychic son sees horrific forebodings from the past and of the future.
Votes: 720,390 | Gross: $44.02M
11. Meikyû monogatari (1987)
50 min | Animation, Adventure, Fantasy
A trilogy of separate stories. In "Labyrinth labyrinthos", a girl and her cat enter a strange world. In "Running Man", a racer takes on the ultimate opponent. In "Construction Cancellation Order", a man must shut down worker robots.
14. A Wind Named Amnesia (1990 Video)
Not Rated | 80 min | Animation, Adventure, Drama
A wind has swept the Earth taking all the memories from everyone. No one knows who they are, how to speak, or how to use the tools of modern civilization. Two years later a young man who ... See full summary »
15. The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
R | 142 min | Crime, Drama
Two imprisoned men bond over a number of years, finding solace and eventual redemption through acts of common decency.
Votes: 1,954,733 | Gross: $28.34M
A brilliant, majestic hymn to the FREEDOM!
16. Ghost in the Shell (1995)
Not Rated | 83 min | Animation, Action, Crime
A cyborg policewoman and her partner hunt a mysterious and powerful hacker called the Puppet Master.
Votes: 107,652 | Gross: $0.52M
The landmark in the history of anime. When do you look at mirror, what do you see: your ghost or just a shell?
17. Dead Man (1995)
R | 121 min | Drama, Fantasy, Western
On the run after murdering a man, accountant William Blake encounters a strange North American man named Nobody who prepares him for his journey into the spiritual world.
Votes: 79,892 | Gross: $1.04M
An ultimate journey from the death to the birth.
18. Lawn Dogs (1997)
R | 101 min | Drama
When Devon, a 10-year-old girl, forges a friendship with Trent, a 21-year-old outsider who mows the neighborhood lawns, things suddenly get very complicated and private.
Votes: 6,777 | Gross: $0.11M
19. Open Your Eyes (1997)
R | 117 min | Drama, Mystery, Romance
A very handsome man finds the love of his life, but he suffers an accident and needs to have his face rebuilt by surgery after it is severely disfigured.
Votes: 57,530 | Gross: $0.37M
An interesting combination of sci-fi and soft-erotic thriller. When it's time to make a choice, what do you prefer: stay in familiar but illusive and overdue world or go to the next level?
20. Dark City (1998)
R | 100 min | Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
A man struggles with memories of his past, including a wife he cannot remember, in a nightmarish world with no sun.
Votes: 171,324 | Gross: $14.38M
Artistic solution of this film is quite weak, especially in comparison with the "Matrix". However the idea is very encouraging. Destroy the dictated reality and create your own, based on your dreams.
21. The Truman Show (1998)
PG | 103 min | Comedy, Drama, Sci-Fi
An insurance salesman/adjuster discovers his entire life is actually a television show.
Votes: 780,857 | Gross: $125.62M
Our life is just another TV show!? God damn, I knew it! Now I want to check behind the stage.
22. The Matrix (1999)
R | 136 min | Action, Sci-Fi
A computer hacker learns from mysterious rebels about the true nature of his reality and his role in the war against its controllers.
Votes: 1,405,212 | Gross: $171.48M
The last great sci-fi movie.This time, no secrets and hidden clues. We saw the truth. Yes, there is still a metaphor, but it's thinner as possible. It's time to wake up and make a choice.
23. The Thirteenth Floor (1999)
R | 100 min | Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
A computer scientist running a virtual reality simulation of 1937 becomes the primary suspect when his colleague and mentor is murdered.
Votes: 58,367 | Gross: $15.50M
A relatively sluggish adaptation of sci-fi classic "Simulacron 3". If you haven't read the novel, it worth to see the movie.
24. Donnie Darko (2001)
R | 113 min | Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
A troubled teenager is plagued by visions of a man in a large rabbit suit who manipulates him to commit a series of crimes, after he narrowly escapes a bizarre accident.
Votes: 663,698 | Gross: $0.19M
A great debut of a young director. Still hardly beleive that this film is written and directed by 26 years old Richard Kelly. The picture flopped at box office, but later become a cult.
25. From Hell (2001)
R | 122 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller
In Victorian Era London, a troubled clairvoyant police detective investigates the murders by Jack The Ripper.
Votes: 134,799 | Gross: $31.60M
26. Vanilla Sky (2001)
R | 136 min | Fantasy, Mystery, Romance
A self-indulgent and vain publishing magnate finds his privileged life upended after a vehicular accident with a resentful lover.
Votes: 224,379 | Gross: $100.61M
27. Revolver (2005)
R | 111 min | Action, Crime, Drama
Gambler Jake Green enters into a game with potentially deadly consequences.
Votes: 81,139 | Gross: $0.08M
The most underrated picture of last decade and the best in the oeuvre of Guy Ritchie. I would describe this film as a "guide to life".
29. WALL·E (2008)
G | 98 min | Animation, Adventure, Family
In the distant future, a small waste-collecting robot inadvertently embarks on a space journey that will ultimately decide the fate of mankind.
Votes: 844,622 | Gross: $223.81M
30. Mr. Nobody (2009)
R | 141 min | Drama, Fantasy, Romance
A boy stands on a station platform as a train is about to leave. Should he go with his mother or stay with his father? Infinite possibilities arise from this decision. As long as he doesn't choose, anything is possible.
Votes: 183,395 | Gross: $0.00M
31. Moon (2009)
R | 97 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi
Astronaut Sam Bell has a quintessentially personal encounter toward the end of his three-year stint on the Moon, where he, working alongside his computer, GERTY, sends back to Earth parcels of a resource that has helped diminish our planet's power problems.
Votes: 295,874 | Gross: $5.01M
A low-budget sci-fi picture with impressive special effects and scientific accuracy. It's not a masterpiece, but much better than most of recent films in similar genre. Break the chains of endless cycle and begin the real life.
32. Inception (2010)
PG-13 | 148 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
A thief, who steals corporate secrets through the use of dream-sharing technology, is given the inverse task of planting an idea into the mind of a CEO.
Votes: 1,711,742 | Gross: $292.58M
This film is inferior to "Matrix" in all respects. However Nolan's picture is a good example when simplified esoteric ideas are presented in an interesting and enthralling form.
33. Tron (2010)
PG | 125 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
The son of a virtual world designer goes looking for his father and ends up inside the digital world that his father designed. He meets his father's corrupted creation and a unique ally who was born inside the digital world.
Votes: 285,482 | Gross: $172.06M
34. Sucker Punch (2011)
PG-13 | 110 min | Action, Fantasy
A young girl is institutionalized by her abusive stepfather, retreating to an alternative reality as a coping strategy, envisioning a plan to help her escape.
Votes: 212,143 | Gross: $36.39M
35. The Adjustment Bureau (2011)
PG-13 | 106 min | Romance, Sci-Fi, Thriller
The affair between a politician and a contemporary dancer is affected by mysterious forces keeping the lovers apart.
Votes: 218,492 | Gross: $62.50M
36. John Carter (2012)
PG-13 | 132 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
Transported to Barsoom, a Civil War vet discovers a barren planet seemingly inhabited by 12-foot tall barbarians. Finding himself prisoner of these creatures, he escapes, only to encounter Woola and a princess in desperate need of a savior.
Votes: 230,100 | Gross: $73.08M
37. Cloud Atlas (2012)
R | 172 min | Action, Drama, Mystery
An exploration of how the actions of individual lives impact one another in the past, present and future, as one soul is shaped from a killer into a hero, and an act of kindness ripples across centuries to inspire a revolution.
Votes: 314,245 | Gross: $27.11M