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Top rated unpleasantly surprising movies that are also harsh

Check out today’s highest ranked unpleasantly surprising and harsh movies! Looking for the greatest movies of all times? Here is the list of the best movies that are unpleasantly surprising and harsh, 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
    high-minded
  2. Ranked #1 for
    highly intellectual
  3. Ranked #1 for
    glamorizing

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2 Brokeback Mountain (2005)

Two modern-day cowboys meet on a shepherding job in the summer of '63, the two share a raw and powerful summer together that turns into a lifelong relationship conflict

Info

2005-09-10 | Drama / Romance

Cast

Heath Ledger, Jake Gyllenhaal

Rating

rating icon 7.8

People's Taste Ranking

  1. Ranked #1 for
    blinkered
  2. Ranked #1 for
    gifted director
  3. Ranked #1 for
    profound effect

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3 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
    stepping beyond
  2. Ranked #1 for
    blown away
  3. Ranked #1 for
    zero character development

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4 Captain Fantastic (2016)

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

Info

2016-07-02 | Adventure / Drama

Cast

Viggo Mortensen, Samantha Isler

Rating

rating icon 8.0

People's Taste Ranking

  1. Ranked #1 for
    unpleasantly surprising
  2. Ranked #1 for
    provocative
  3. Ranked #1 for
    for open discussion

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5 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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6 Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith (2005)

The evil Darth Sidious enacts his final plan for unlimited power -- and the heroic Jedi Anakin Skywalker must choose a side.

Info

2005-05-17 | Science Fiction / Adventure

Cast

Hayden Christensen, Ewan McGregor

Rating

rating icon 7.3

People's Taste Ranking

  1. Ranked #1 for
    bit iffy
  2. Ranked #1 for
    wondering why on earth
  3. Ranked #1 for
    concurrent

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7 Highway (2014)

Right before her wedding, a young woman finds herself abducted and held for ransom. As the initial days pass, she begins to develop a strange bond with her kidnapper.

Info

2014-02-13 | Drama / Romance

Cast

Randeep Hooda, Alia Bhatt

Rating

rating icon 7.1

People's Taste Ranking

  1. Ranked #1 for
    capturing the beauty
  2. Ranked #3 for
    over-stretched
  3. Ranked #4 for
    visionary director

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8 The Reader (2008)

The story of Michael Berg, a German lawyer who, as a teenager in the late 1950s, had an affair with an older woman, Hanna, who then disappeared only to resurface years later as one of the defendants in a war crimes trial stemming from her actions as a concentration camp guard late in the war. He alone realizes that Hanna is illiterate and may be concealing that fact at the expense of her freedom.

Info

2008-01-02 | Drama / Romance

Cast

Kate Winslet, Ralph Fiennes

Rating

rating icon 7.4

People's Taste Ranking

  1. Ranked #1 for
    utterly believable acting
  2. Ranked #1 for
    moral question
  3. Ranked #1 for
    lost innocence

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9 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
    in dire straits
  2. Ranked #1 for
    contrived situation
  3. Ranked #1 for
    right on mark

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10 Moonlight (2016)

The tender, heartbreaking story of a young man’s struggle to find himself, told across three defining chapters in his life as he experiences the ecstasy, pain, and beauty of falling in love, while grappling with his own sexuality.

Info

2016-10-21 | Drama

Cast

Trevante Rhodes, André Holland

Rating

rating icon 7.4

People's Taste Ranking

  1. Ranked #1 for
    good art directing
  2. Ranked #1 for
    true work of art
  3. Ranked #1 for
    quiet

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