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Top rated unpleasantly surprising movies that are also instructive

Check out today’s highest ranked unpleasantly surprising and instructive movies! Looking for the greatest movies of all times? Here is the list of the best movies that are unpleasantly surprising and instructive, 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 Catfish (2010)

Nev, a 24-year-old New York-based photographer, has no idea what he's in for when Abby, an eight-year-old girl from rural Michigan, contacts him on Facebook, seeking permission to paint one of his photographs. When he receives her remarkable painting, Nev begins a friendship and correspondence with Abby's family. But things really get interesting when he develops a cyber-romance with Abby's attractive older sister, Megan, a musician and model. Prompted by some startling revelations about Megan, Nev and his buddies embark on a road trip in search of the truth.

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2010-09-17 | Documentary

Cast

Melody C. Roscher, Ariel Schulman

Rating

rating icon 6.9

People's Taste Ranking

  1. Ranked #1 for
    equally compelling
  2. Ranked #5 for
    slowly developing
  3. Ranked #5 for
    obvious

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2 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
    relevant issue
  3. Ranked #2 for
    stunning performance

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

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4 Night at the Museum (2006)

Chaos reigns at the natural history museum when night watchman Larry Daley accidentally stirs up an ancient curse, awakening Attila the Hun, an army of gladiators, a Tyrannosaurus rex and other exhibits.

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2006-10-20 | Action / Adventure

Cast

Ben Stiller, Jake Cherry

Rating

rating icon 6.5

People's Taste Ranking

  1. Ranked #1 for
    comical turn
  2. Ranked #1 for
    load of laughing
  3. Ranked #1 for
    more family-friendly

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5 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
    bipolar
  3. Ranked #1 for
    caustic dialogue

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6 United 93 (2006)

A real time account of the events on United Flight 93, one of the planes hijacked on 9/11 that crashed near Shanksville, Pennsylvania when passengers foiled the terrorist plot.

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2006-04-28 | Drama / History

Cast

J.J. Johnson, Polly Adams

Rating

rating icon 7.1

People's Taste Ranking

  1. Ranked #1 for
    feeling queasy
  2. Ranked #1 for
    fictional character
  3. Ranked #1 for
    lending credibility

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7 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
    favorite quote
  2. Ranked #1 for
    beautifully scored
  3. Ranked #1 for
    utterly believable acting

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8 Finding Nemo (2003)

Nemo, an adventurous young clownfish, is unexpectedly taken from his Great Barrier Reef home to a dentist's office aquarium. It's up to his worrisome father Marlin and a friendly but forgetful fish Dory to bring Nemo home -- meeting vegetarian sharks, surfer dude turtles, hypnotic jellyfish, hungry seagulls, and more along the way.

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2003-05-30 | Animation / Family

Cast

Albert Brooks, Ellen DeGeneres

Rating

rating icon 7.8

People's Taste Ranking

  1. Ranked #1 for
    kid-friendly
  2. Ranked #6 for
    stepping beyond
  3. Ranked #8 for
    over-the-top acting

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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.

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2004-12-17 | Comedy

Cast

Adam Sandler, Téa Leoni

Rating

rating icon 5.9

People's Taste Ranking

  1. Ranked #1 for
    flair for comedy
  2. Ranked #1 for
    wrapped-up nicely
  3. Ranked #1 for
    beautiful actress

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10 The Ultimate Gift (2007)

When his wealthy grandfather finally dies, Jason Stevens fully expects to benefit when it comes to the reading of the will. But instead of a sizable inheritance, Jason receives a test, a series of tasks he must complete before he can get any money.

Info

2007-03-09 | Romance / Drama

Cast

Drew Fuller, Abigail Breslin

Rating

rating icon 7.6

People's Taste Ranking

  1. Ranked #1 for
    tug at heartstrings
  2. Ranked #5 for
    laughing and crying
  3. Ranked #12 for
    charitable

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