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Top rated unpleasantly surprising movies that are also first-rate

Check out today’s highest ranked unpleasantly surprising and first-rate movies! Looking for the greatest movies of all times? Here is the list of the best movies that are unpleasantly surprising and first-rate, 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 Feb 22 2021

1 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
    society in general
  2. Ranked #1 for
    glamorizing
  3. Ranked #1 for
    high-minded

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2 Alice in Wonderland (2010)

Alice, an unpretentious and individual 19-year-old, is betrothed to a dunce of an English nobleman. At her engagement party, she escapes the crowd to consider whether to go through with the marriage and falls down a hole in the garden after spotting an unusual rabbit. Arriving in a strange and surreal place called 'Underland,' she finds herself in a world that resembles the nightmares she had as a child, filled with talking animals, villainous queens and knights, and frumious bandersnatches. Alice realizes that she is there for a reason – to conquer the horrific Jabberwocky and restore the rightful queen to her throne.

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2010-03-03 | Family / Fantasy

Cast

Johnny Depp, Anne Hathaway

Rating

rating icon 6.6

People's Taste Ranking

  1. Ranked #1 for
    vaguely familiar cast
  2. Ranked #1 for
    most imaginative
  3. Ranked #1 for
    creative directing

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3 Signs (2002)

A family living on a farm finds mysterious crop circles in their fields which suggests something more frightening to come.

Info

2002-08-02 | Drama / Thriller

Cast

Mel Gibson, Joaquin Phoenix

Rating

rating icon 6.6

People's Taste Ranking

  1. Ranked #1 for
    chilling thrills
  2. Ranked #1 for
    banal dialogue
  3. Ranked #1 for
    plot hinges

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4 Gone Girl (2014)

With his wife's disappearance having become the focus of an intense media circus, a man sees the spotlight turned on him when it's suspected that he may not be innocent.

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2014-10-01 | Mystery / Thriller

Cast

Rosamund Pike, Ben Affleck

Rating

rating icon 7.9

People's Taste Ranking

  1. Ranked #1 for
    well-knitted
  2. Ranked #1 for
    more complex
  3. Ranked #1 for
    control freak

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5 Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015)

Thirty years after defeating the Galactic Empire, Han Solo and his allies face a new threat from the evil Kylo Ren and his army of Stormtroopers.

Info

2015-12-15 | Action / Adventure

Cast

Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill

Rating

rating icon 7.4

People's Taste Ranking

  1. Ranked #1 for
    room for improvement
  2. Ranked #1 for
    technical accomplishment
  3. Ranked #1 for
    breakneck speed

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6 The Village (2004)

When a willful young man tries to venture beyond his sequestered Pennsylvania hamlet, his actions set off a chain of chilling incidents that will alter the community forever.

Info

2004-07-30 | Drama / Mystery

Cast

Bryce Dallas Howard, Joaquin Phoenix

Rating

rating icon 6.4

People's Taste Ranking

  1. Ranked #1 for
    sorely disappointing
  2. Ranked #1 for
    posing questions
  3. Ranked #1 for
    Hermeticism

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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'.

Info

2001-11-17 | Drama / Thriller

Cast

Bill Paxton, Matthew McConaughey

Rating

rating icon 7.0

People's Taste Ranking

  1. Ranked #1 for
    with disturbed mind
  2. Ranked #1 for
    neat twist
  3. Ranked #1 for
    going nuts

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8 Great Expectations (1946)

In this Dickens adaptation, orphan Pip discovers through lawyer Mr. Jaggers that a mysterious benefactor wishes to ensure that he becomes a gentleman. Reunited with his childhood patron, Miss Havisham, and his first love, the beautiful but emotionally cold Estella, he discovers that the elderly spinster has gone mad from having been left at the altar as a young woman, and has made her charge into a warped, unfeeling heartbreaker.

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1946-12-26 | Drama / Romance

Cast

John Mills, Tony Wager

Rating

rating icon 7.3

People's Taste Ranking

  1. Ranked #2 for
    waspish dialogue
  2. Ranked #3 for
    distinctive directing
  3. Ranked #3 for
    shrewish character

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9 Spanglish (2004)

Mexican immigrant and single mother Flor Moreno finds housekeeping work with Deborah and John Clasky, a well-off couple with two children of their own. When Flor admits she can't handle the schedule because of her daughter, Cristina, Deborah decides they should move into the Clasky home. Cultures clash and tensions run high as Flor and the Claskys struggle to share space while raising their children on their own, and very different, terms.

Info

2004-12-17 | Comedy

Cast

Adam Sandler, Téa Leoni

Rating

rating icon 5.9

People's Taste Ranking

  1. Ranked #1 for
    on the verge of nervous breakdown
  2. Ranked #1 for
    gorgeous character
  3. Ranked #2 for
    selfless character

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10 The Empire Strikes Back (1980)

The epic saga continues as Luke Skywalker, in hopes of defeating the evil Galactic Empire, learns the ways of the Jedi from aging master Yoda. But Darth Vader is more determined than ever to capture Luke. Meanwhile, rebel leader Princess Leia, cocky Han Solo, Chewbacca, and droids C-3PO and R2-D2 are thrown into various stages of capture, betrayal and despair.

Info

1980-05-20 | Adventure / Action

Cast

Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford

Rating

rating icon 8.4

People's Taste Ranking

  1. Ranked #1 for
    most chilling
  2. Ranked #1 for
    most impressive
  3. Ranked #1 for
    more substance

Trailer

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