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Top rated unpleasantly surprising movies that are also intellectually stimulating

Check out today’s highest ranked unpleasantly surprising and intellectually stimulating movies! Looking for the greatest movies of all times? Here is the list of the best movies that are unpleasantly surprising and intellectually stimulating, 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 Apollo 18 (2011)

Officially, Apollo 17 was the last manned mission to the moon. But a year later in 1973, three American astronauts were sent on a secret mission to the moon funded by the US Department of Defense. What you are about to see is the actual footage which the astronauts captured on that mission. While NASA denies its authenticity, others say it's the real reason we've never gone back to the moon.

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2011-07-20 | Horror / Thriller

Cast

Ryan Robbins, Warren Christie

Rating

rating icon 5.2

People's Taste Ranking

  1. Ranked #1 for
    weak script
  2. Ranked #1 for
    highly improbable
  3. Ranked #1 for
    build up of tension

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2 Signs (2002)

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

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2002-08-02 | Drama / Thriller

Cast

Mel Gibson, Joaquin Phoenix

Rating

rating icon 6.6

People's Taste Ranking

  1. Ranked #1 for
    establishing mood
  2. Ranked #1 for
    out of left field
  3. Ranked #1 for
    versatile director

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3 Total Recall (1990)

Construction worker Douglas Quaid discovers a memory chip in his brain during a virtual-reality trip. He also finds that his past has been invented to conceal a plot of planetary domination. Soon, he's off to Mars to find out who he is and who planted the chip.

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1990-06-01 | Action / Adventure

Cast

Arnold Schwarzenegger, Rachel Ticotin

Rating

rating icon 7.2

People's Taste Ranking

  1. Ranked #1 for
    never faltering
  2. Ranked #1 for
    mind twists
  3. Ranked #1 for
    vastly entertaining

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4 Time Trap (2017)

A group of students become trapped inside a mysterious cave where they discover time passes differently underground than on the surface.

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2017-05-19 | Adventure / Science Fiction

Cast

Andrew Wilson, Cassidy Gifford

Rating

rating icon 6.0

People's Taste Ranking

  1. Ranked #1 for
    far beyond
  2. Ranked #1 for
    novel idea
  3. Ranked #1 for
    versatile actor

Trailer

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5 Star Trek: Generations (1994)

Captain Jean-Luc Picard and the crew of the Enterprise-D find themselves at odds with the renegade scientist Soran who is destroying entire star systems. Only one man can help Picard stop Soran's scheme...and he's been dead for seventy-eight years.

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1994-11-18 | Science Fiction / Action

Cast

Patrick Stewart, Jonathan Frakes

Rating

rating icon 6.5

People's Taste Ranking

  1. Ranked #2 for
    posterboy actor
  2. Ranked #2 for
    unnecessary subplot
  3. Ranked #4 for
    tangential

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6 The Man from Earth (2007)

An impromptu goodbye party for Professor John Oldman becomes a mysterious interrogation after the retiring scholar reveals to his colleagues he never ages and has walked the earth for 14,000 years.

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2007-06-10 | Science Fiction / Drama

Cast

David Lee Smith, Tony Todd

Rating

rating icon 7.7

People's Taste Ranking

  1. Ranked #1 for
    holding interest
  2. Ranked #1 for
    for philosophical discussion
  3. Ranked #1 for
    stilted dialogue

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7 Midnight Special (2016)

A father and son go on the run after the dad learns his child possesses special powers.

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2016-02-12 | Adventure / Drama

Cast

Michael Shannon, Jaeden Martell

Rating

rating icon 6.2

People's Taste Ranking

  1. Ranked #2 for
    more profound
  2. Ranked #2 for
    small-scale
  3. Ranked #2 for
    lethargic pace

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8 Splice (2009)

Elsa and Clive, two young rebellious scientists, defy legal and ethical boundaries and forge ahead with a dangerous experiment: splicing together human and animal DNA to create a new organism. Named "Dren", the creature rapidly develops from a deformed female infant into a beautiful but dangerous winged human-chimera, who forges a bond with both of her creators - only to have that bond turn deadly.

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2009-10-06 | Horror / Thriller

Cast

Adrien Brody, Sarah Polley

Rating

rating icon 5.7

People's Taste Ranking

  1. Ranked #1 for
    intellectually challenging
  2. Ranked #1 for
    humanized
  3. Ranked #1 for
    outside realm

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9 Extinction (2018)

A chief mechanic at a factory, haunted by apocalyptic nightmares, becomes a hero when Earth is invaded by a mysterious army bent on destruction.

Info

2018-07-26 | Action / Drama

Cast

Michael Peña, Lizzy Caplan

Rating

rating icon 6.0

People's Taste Ranking

  1. Ranked #1 for
    not that bad
  2. Ranked #1 for
    great shakes
  3. Ranked #1 for
    above average acting

Trailer

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10 Safety Not Guaranteed (2012)

Three magazine employees head out on an assignment to interview a guy who placed a classified ad seeking a companion for time travel.

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2012-06-08 | Comedy / Romance

Cast

Aubrey Plaza, Mark Duplass

Rating

rating icon 6.8

People's Taste Ranking

  1. Ranked #1 for
    witty script
  2. Ranked #1 for
    numerous plots
  3. Ranked #2 for
    clever and witty dialogue

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