Top rated intellectually challenging movies with an epic ending

Check out today’s highest ranked intellectually challenging movies with an epic ending! Looking for the greatest movies of all times? Here is the list of the best intellectually challenging movies with an epic ending, based on the crowd's interest and popular searches from the country. Maimovie provides context-aware recommendation based on extensive data gathered and analyzed by AI.

Last Update Jun 14 2021

1 The Wicker Man (1973)

Police sergeant Neil Howie is called to an island village in search of a missing girl whom the locals claim never existed. Stranger still, however, are the rituals that take place there.

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1973-12-01 | Horror

Cast

Edward Woodward, Christopher Lee

Rating

rating icon 7.3

People's Taste Ranking

  1. Ranked #1 for
    God-fearing
  2. Ranked #2 for
    nightmarish visual
  3. Ranked #2 for
    mystified

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2 Take Shelter (2011)

Plagued by a series of apocalyptic visions, a young husband and father questions whether to shelter his family from a coming storm, or from himself.

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2011-09-30 | Thriller / Drama

Cast

Michael Shannon, Jessica Chastain

Rating

rating icon 7.1

People's Taste Ranking

  1. Ranked #1 for
    sense of impending doom
  2. Ranked #1 for
    pitch perfect performance
  3. Ranked #1 for
    sense of foreboding

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3 Knowing (2009)

A teacher opens a time capsule that has been dug up at his son's elementary school; in it are some chilling predictions -- some that have already occurred and others that are about to -- that lead him to believe his family plays a role in the events that are about to unfold.

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2009-03-19 | Action / Adventure

Cast

Nicolas Cage, Rose Byrne

Rating

rating icon 6.1

People's Taste Ranking

  1. Ranked #3 for
    religious imagery
  2. Ranked #3 for
    religious angle
  3. Ranked #5 for
    biblical proportion

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4 The Neon Demon (2016)

When aspiring model Jesse moves to Los Angeles, her youth and vitality are devoured by a group of beauty-obsessed women who will take any means necessary to get what she has.

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2016-06-08 | Thriller / Horror

Cast

Elle Fanning, Jena Malone

Rating

rating icon 6.5

People's Taste Ranking

  1. Ranked #1 for
    visually appealing imagery
  2. Ranked #1 for
    technically superb directing
  3. Ranked #1 for
    visually striking

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5 Unbreakable (2000)

An ordinary man makes an extraordinary discovery when a train accident leaves his fellow passengers dead — and him unscathed. The answer to this mystery could lie with the mysterious Elijah Price, a man who suffers from a disease that renders his bones as fragile as glass.

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2000-11-22 | Thriller / Drama

Cast

Bruce Willis, Samuel L. Jackson

Rating

rating icon 7.1

People's Taste Ranking

  1. Ranked #1 for
    labored acting
  2. Ranked #1 for
    lethargic pace
  3. Ranked #1 for
    deliberate pace

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6 Sympathy for Lady Vengeance (2005)

After a 13-year imprisonment for the kidnap and murder of a 6 year old boy, beautiful Lee Guem-ja starts seeking revenge on the man that was really responsible for the boy's death. With the help of fellow inmates and reunited with her daughter, she gets closer and closer to her goal. But will her actions lead to the relief she seeks?

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2005-07-29 | Drama / Thriller

Cast

Lee Young-ae, Choi Min-sik

Rating

rating icon 7.5

People's Taste Ranking

  1. Ranked #1 for
    act of revenge
  2. Ranked #2 for
    exacting
  3. Ranked #4 for
    meticulously planned

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7 Frailty (2001)

A man confesses to an FBI agent his family's story of how his religious fanatic father's visions lead to a series of murders to destroy supposed 'demons'.

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2001-11-17 | Drama / Thriller

Cast

Bill Paxton, Matthew McConaughey

Rating

rating icon 7.0

People's Taste Ranking

  1. Ranked #2 for
    genuinely disturbing
  2. Ranked #2 for
    double twist
  3. Ranked #2 for
    superb directing

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8 The Sixth Sense (1999)

Following an unexpected tragedy, a child psychologist named Malcolm Crowe meets an eight year old boy named Cole Sear, who is hiding a dark secret.

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1999-08-06 | Mystery / Thriller

Cast

Bruce Willis, Haley Joel Osment

Rating

rating icon 7.9

People's Taste Ranking

  1. Ranked #1 for
    deserving nods
  2. Ranked #1 for
    nuanced portrayal
  3. Ranked #1 for
    nicely crafted

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9 Shutter Island (2010)

World War II soldier-turned-U.S. Marshal Teddy Daniels investigates the disappearance of a patient from a hospital for the criminally insane, but his efforts are compromised by his troubling visions and also by a mysterious doctor.

Info

2010-02-14 | Drama / Thriller

Cast

Leonardo DiCaprio, Mark Ruffalo

Rating

rating icon 8.2

People's Taste Ranking

  1. Ranked #2 for
    messing with head
  2. Ranked #2 for
    mentally disturbed
  3. Ranked #4 for
    tightly weaved

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10 Fatal Attraction (1987)

A married man's one night stand comes back to haunt him when that lover begins to stalk him and his family.

Info

1987-09-11 | Drama / Thriller

Cast

Michael Douglas, Glenn Close

Rating

rating icon 6.8

People's Taste Ranking

  1. Ranked #1 for
    unhinged character
  2. Ranked #1 for
    much more appropriate
  3. Ranked #1 for
    more sympathetic

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