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Top rated unpleasantly surprising movies that are also academic

Check out today’s highest ranked unpleasantly surprising and academic movies! Looking for the greatest movies of all times? Here is the list of the best movies that are unpleasantly surprising and academic, 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 Mar 01 2021

1 Like Stars on Earth (2007)

Ishaan Awasthi is an eight-year-old whose world is filled with wonders that no one else seems to appreciate. Colours, fish, dogs, and kites don't seem important to the adults, who are much more interested in things like homework, marks, and neatness. Ishaan cannot seem to get anything right in class; he is then sent to boarding school, where his life changes forever.

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2007-12-21 | Drama

Cast

Darsheel Safary, Aamir Khan

Rating

rating icon 8.0

People's Taste Ranking

  1. Ranked #1 for
    utterly perfect directing
  2. Ranked #2 for
    stunning performance
  3. Ranked #2 for
    relevant issue

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2 An Education (2009)

Despite her sheltered upbringing, Jenny is a teen with a bright future; she's smart, pretty, and has aspirations of attending Oxford University. When David, a charming but much older suitor, motors into her life in a shiny automobile, Jenny gets a taste of adult life that she won't soon forget.

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2009-10-29 | Drama / Romance

Cast

Carey Mulligan, Peter Sarsgaard

Rating

rating icon 6.9

People's Taste Ranking

  1. Ranked #1 for
    academic
  2. Ranked #1 for
    bewitching
  3. Ranked #1 for
    childhood innocence

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3 Captain Fantastic (2016)

A father living in the forests of the Pacific Northwest with his six young kids tries to assimilate back into society.

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2016-07-02 | Adventure / Drama

Cast

Viggo Mortensen, Samantha Isler

Rating

rating icon 8.0

People's Taste Ranking

  1. Ranked #2 for
    deserving nods from Oscars
  2. Ranked #2 for
    well-informed character
  3. Ranked #2 for
    analytic

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4 Igby Goes Down (2002)

A young man's peculiar upbringing renders him unable to competently cope with the struggle of growing up.

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2002-09-13 | Comedy / Drama

Cast

Kieran Culkin, Claire Danes

Rating

rating icon 6.6

People's Taste Ranking

  1. Ranked #1 for
    mean spirited
  2. Ranked #1 for
    witty and intelligent dialogue
  3. Ranked #1 for
    caustic dialogue

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5 Into the Wild (2007)

After graduating from Emory University in 1992, top student and athlete Christopher McCandless abandons his possessions, gives his entire $24,000 savings account to charity, and hitchhikes to Alaska to live in the wilderness.

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2007-09-11 | Adventure / Drama

Cast

Emile Hirsch, Marcia Gay Harden

Rating

rating icon 7.8

People's Taste Ranking

  1. Ranked #1 for
    redoubtable
  2. Ranked #1 for
    utterly believable acting
  3. Ranked #1 for
    hitting home

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6 Religulous (2008)

Commentator-comic Bill Maher plays devil's advocate with religion as he talks to believers about their faith. Traveling around the world, Maher examines the tenets of Christianity, Judaism and Islam and raises questions about homosexuality, proof of Christ's existence, Jewish Sabbath laws, violent Muslim extremists.

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2008-10-01 | Comedy / Documentary

Cast

Bill Maher, Jose Luis De Jesus Miranda

Rating

rating icon 7.1

People's Taste Ranking

  1. Ranked #1 for
    too serious
  2. Ranked #1 for
    fanaticism
  3. Ranked #1 for
    highly intellectual

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7 Like Crazy (2011)

A British college student falls for an American student, only to be separated from him when she's banned from the U.S. after overstaying her visa.

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2011-10-28 | Drama / Romance

Cast

Anton Yelchin, Felicity Jones

Rating

rating icon 6.4

People's Taste Ranking

  1. Ranked #1 for
    eventually falling in love
  2. Ranked #1 for
    more realistic approach
  3. Ranked #1 for
    very realistic acting

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8 Flubber (1997)

Professor Phillip Brainard, an absent minded professor, works with his assistant Weebo, trying to create a substance that's a new source of energy and that will save Medfield College where his sweetheart Sara is the president. He has missed his wedding twice, and on the afternoon of his third wedding, Professor Brainard creates flubber, which allows objects to fly through the air.

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1997-11-26 | Comedy / Family

Cast

Robin Williams, Marcia Gay Harden

Rating

rating icon 5.6

People's Taste Ranking

  1. Ranked #2 for
    rise to stardom
  2. Ranked #2 for
    patented style directing
  3. Ranked #4 for
    joyous character

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9 National Treasure (2004)

Modern treasure hunters, led by archaeologist Ben Gates, search for a chest of riches rumored to have been stashed away by George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and Benjamin Franklin during the Revolutionary War. The chest's whereabouts may lie in secret clues embedded in the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence, and Gates is in a race to find the gold before his enemies do.

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2004-11-19 | Adventure / Action

Cast

Nicolas Cage, Diane Kruger

Rating

rating icon 6.6

People's Taste Ranking

  1. Ranked #1 for
    escapist fun
  2. Ranked #1 for
    highly unlikely
  3. Ranked #2 for
    academic

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10 House of Sand and Fog (2003)

Behrani, an Iranian immigrant buys a California bungalow, thinking he can fix it up, sell it again, and make enough money to send his son to college. However, the house is the legal property of former drug addict Kathy. After losing the house in an unfair legal dispute with the county, she is left with nowhere to go. Wanting her house back, she hires a lawyer and befriends a police officer. Neither Kathy nor Behrani have broken the law, so they find themselves involved in a difficult moral dilemma.

Info

2003-12-19 | Drama

Cast

Jennifer Connelly, Ben Kingsley

Rating

rating icon 7.1

People's Taste Ranking

  1. Ranked #1 for
    utterly convincing acting
  2. Ranked #1 for
    highly engaging
  3. Ranked #1 for
    engaging finish

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