10 Must-See Thought-Provoking Films
As a film lover, I’m constantly on the look-out out for thought-provoking, gripping and captivating films. Over the years I have stumbled across many films that have left a powerful lasting impression on me that will stay with me for the rest of my life. Some of these films are deeply emotional and carry incredibly profound messages. I hope you enjoy whatever you choose to watch.
Here is our list of the 10 Must-See Thought-Provoking Films (In no particular order)
This film is spectacular. The joys and pitfalls of growing up are seen through the eyes of a child named Mason, his parents and his sister. Vignettes, filmed with the same cast over the course of 12 years, capture family meals, road trips, birthday parties, graduations and other important milestones. Songs from Coldplay, Arcade Fire and other artists capture the time period. Directed by Richard Linklater.
Into The Wild
Christopher McCandless, son of wealthy parents, graduates from Emory University as a top student and athlete. However, instead of embarking on a prestigious and profitable career, he chooses to give his savings to charity, rid himself of his possessions, and set out on a journey to the Alaskan wilderness.
An epic that spans five centuries. An attorney harbors a fleeing slave on a voyage from the Pacific Islands in 1849; a poor composer in pre-World War II Britain struggles to finish his magnum opus before a past act catches up with him; a genetically engineered worker in 2144 feels the forbidden stirring of human consciousness — and so on. As souls are born and reborn, they renew their bonds to one another throughout time.
Transcending the boundaries of technology and imagination, “Waking Life” is a revolutionary breakthrough in film animation. In “Waking Life,” Wiley Wiggins travels through a series of encounters and observations in a world that may or may not be reality. It is this surreal existence, flourishing with endless ideas and possibilities, that ultimately leads to the question — Are we sleep-walking through our waking state or wake-walking through our dreams?
Will Hunting has a genius-level IQ but chooses to work as a janitor at MIT. When he solves a difficult graduate-level math problem, his talents are discovered by Professor Gerald Lambeau, who decides to help the misguided youth reach his potential. When Will is arrested for attacking a police officer, Professor Lambeau makes a deal to get leniency for him if he will get treatment from therapist Sean Maguire.
Henry Barthes is a substitute teacher who shuns emotional connections, and never stays long enough in one district to bond with his students or colleagues. Troubled and lost, Henry lands at a public school where an apathetic student body and disinterested parents have created a frustrated, burned-out group of teachers and administrators. Inadvertently, Henry becomes a role model to his disaffected students and bonds with a teenage runaway who is just as lost as he is.
The Man From Earth
An impromptu goodbye party for Professor John Oldman becomes a mysterious interrogation after the retiring scholar reveals to his colleagues he never ages and has walked the earth for 14,000 years.
The Truman Show
He doesn’t know it, but everything in Truman Burbank’s life is part of a massive TV set. Executive producer Christof orchestrates “The Truman Show,” a live broadcast of Truman’s every move captured by hidden cameras. Cristof tries to control Truman’s mind, even removing his true love, Sylvia, from the show and replacing her with Meryl. As Truman gradually discovers the truth, however, he must decide whether to act on it.
A Scanner Darkly
In the near future, as America virtually loses the war on drugs, Robert Arctor, a narcotics cop in Orange County, Calif., is undercover so deep that he has become an addict. He is wooing Donna, a dealer, to ferret out her supplier. At the same time, he receives orders to spy on his housemates, one of whom is suspected of being Donna’s biggest customer.
A Civil Action
In this legal thriller based on a true story, John Travolta stars as Jan Schlichtmann, a tenacious personal-injury attorney whose fierce determination entangles him in a case that threatens to destroy him. The case — which appears straight forward — instead evolves into a labyrinthine lawsuit of vast dimensions, in the intelligent, fast-paced drama, “A Civil Action.”
Of course there are many more thought-provoking films and if you have watched one which has had a strong impact on your life please post in the comments section underneath as we would love to hear what you have to say!