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Top rated unpleasantly surprising movies that are also for intellectual exercise

Check out today’s highest ranked unpleasantly surprising and for intellectual exercise movies! Looking for the greatest movies of all times? Here is the list of the best movies that are unpleasantly surprising and for intellectual exercise, 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 The Little Girl Who Lives Down the Lane (1976)

Quiet, withdrawn 13-year-old Rynn Jacobs lives peacefully in her home in a New England beach town. Whenever the prying landlady inquires after Rynn's father, she politely claims that he's in the city on business. But when the landlady's creepy and increasingly persistent son, Frank, won't leave Rynn alone, she teams up with kindly neighbor boy Mario to maintain the dark family secret that she's been keeping to herself.

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1976-12-25 | Drama / Mystery

Cast

Jodie Foster, Martin Sheen

Rating

rating icon 7.1

People's Taste Ranking

  1. Ranked #1 for
    sure-footed director
  2. Ranked #3 for
    deft directing
  3. Ranked #3 for
    forlorn

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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
    gentlemanly
  2. Ranked #1 for
    bewitching
  3. Ranked #1 for
    academic

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3 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
    witty and intelligent dialogue
  2. Ranked #1 for
    controlling
  3. Ranked #1 for
    bipolar

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4 Runaway Bride (1999)

Ike Graham, New York columnist, writes his text always at the last minute. This time, a drunken man in his favourite bar tells Ike about Maggie Carpenter, a woman who always flees from her grooms in the last possible moment. Ike, who does not have the best opinion about females anyway, writes an offensive column without researching the subject thoroughly.

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1999-07-30 | Comedy / Romance

Cast

Julia Roberts, Richard Gere

Rating

rating icon 6.1

People's Taste Ranking

  1. Ranked #1 for
    snappy dialogue
  2. Ranked #1 for
    sparks flying
  3. Ranked #1 for
    comedic flairs

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5 The Opposite of Sex (1998)

A 16-year-old girl visits her gay half-brother and ends up seducing his boyfriend, thus wreaking havoc on all of their lives.

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1998-05-22 | Comedy / Drama

Cast

Christina Ricci, Martin Donovan

Rating

rating icon 6.2

People's Taste Ranking

  1. Ranked #1 for
    omniscient
  2. Ranked #1 for
    darkly humorous
  3. Ranked #2 for
    smart writing

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6 Roger Dodger (2002)

A smooth-talking ad executive attributes his remarkable success with women to his ability to manipulate their emotions from the moment he first meets them. When his teenage nephew drops in for a visit, he soon learns that his approach isn't as foolproof as he thought when he attempts to teach the boy how to pick up women.

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2002-05-09 | Comedy / Drama

Cast

Campbell Scott, Jesse Eisenberg

Rating

rating icon 6.2

People's Taste Ranking

  1. Ranked #1 for
    euphoric character
  2. Ranked #1 for
    sexually attractive
  3. Ranked #1 for
    purely evil character

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7 The One I Love (2014)

On the brink of separation, Ethan and Sophie escape to a beautiful vacation house for a weekend getaway in an attempt to save their marriage. What begins as a romantic and fun retreat soon becomes surreal, when an unexpected discovery forces the two to examine themselves, their relationship, and their future.

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2014-08-08 | Romance / Comedy

Cast

Mark Duplass, Elisabeth Moss

Rating

rating icon 6.9

People's Taste Ranking

  1. Ranked #1 for
    unplanned
  2. Ranked #1 for
    getting under my skin
  3. Ranked #1 for
    for case study

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8 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
    deep thought
  3. Ranked #2 for
    naturalistic performance

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9 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
    burdensome
  2. Ranked #1 for
    utterly believable acting
  3. Ranked #1 for
    favorite quote

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10 The Straight Story (1999)

A retired farmer and widower in his 70s, Alvin Straight learns one day that his distant brother Lyle has suffered a stroke and may not recover. Alvin is determined to make things right with Lyle while he still can, but his brother lives in Wisconsin, while Alvin is stuck in Iowa with no car and no driver's license. Then he hits on the idea of making the trip on his old lawnmower, thus beginning a picturesque and at times deeply spiritual odyssey.

Info

1999-10-15 | Drama

Cast

Richard Farnsworth, Sissy Spacek

Rating

rating icon 7.7

People's Taste Ranking

  1. Ranked #1 for
    handsomely produced
  2. Ranked #1 for
    nice photography
  3. Ranked #1 for
    sunny

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