Maimovie logo Award 2020

Top rated unpleasantly surprising movies that are also more nuanced

Check out today’s highest ranked unpleasantly surprising and more nuanced movies! Looking for the greatest movies of all times? Here is the list of the best movies that are unpleasantly surprising and more nuanced, 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 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
    wrapped-up nicely
  2. Ranked #1 for
    beautiful actress
  3. Ranked #1 for
    flair for comedy

Trailer

Spanglish trailer
play button
View More Details in Maimovie View more detail button

2 The Band's Visit (2007)

A small Egyptian police band travels to Israel to play at the inaugural ceremony of an Arab arts center, only to find themselves stuck in the wrong town.

Info

2007-05-19 | Comedy / Drama

Cast

Sasson Gabai, Ronit Elkabetz

Rating

rating icon 7.2

People's Taste Ranking

  1. Ranked #1 for
    carefree
  2. Ranked #2 for
    dusky
  3. Ranked #2 for
    shy girl

Trailer

The Band's Visit trailer
play button
View More Details in Maimovie View more detail button

3 The Gift (2015)

A husband and wife try to reinvigorate their relationship but their lives are threatened by a "friend" from the husband's past who holds a horrifying secret about him, sending their world into a tailspin.

Info

2015-07-30 | Thriller / Mystery

Cast

Jason Bateman, Rebecca Hall

Rating

rating icon 6.7

People's Taste Ranking

  1. Ranked #1 for
    dark and ominous
  2. Ranked #1 for
    anti-social
  3. Ranked #1 for
    top-notch directing

Trailer

The Gift trailer
play button
View More Details in Maimovie View more detail button

4 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
    new chapter
  2. Ranked #1 for
    practically flawless
  3. Ranked #1 for
    dark mood

Trailer

The Empire Strikes Back trailer
play button
View More Details in Maimovie View more detail button

5 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.

Info

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
    satisfying watch

Trailer

Finding Nemo trailer
play button
View More Details in Maimovie View more detail button

6 A Bug's Life (1998)

On behalf of "oppressed bugs everywhere," an inventive ant named Flik hires a troupe of warrior bugs to defend his bustling colony from a horde of freeloading grasshoppers led by the evil-minded Hopper.

Info

1998-11-25 | Adventure / Animation

Cast

Dave Foley, Kevin Spacey

Rating

rating icon 6.9

People's Taste Ranking

  1. Ranked #1 for
    piece of entertainment
  2. Ranked #1 for
    in awe
  3. Ranked #2 for
    whole lot of fun

Trailer

A Bug's Life trailer
play button
View More Details in Maimovie View more detail button

7 Salt (2010)

As a CIA officer, Evelyn Salt swore an oath to duty, honor and country. Her loyalty will be tested when a defector accuses her of being a Russian spy. Salt goes on the run, using all her skills and years of experience as a covert operative to elude capture. Salt's efforts to prove her innocence only serve to cast doubt on her motives, as the hunt to uncover the truth behind her identity continues and the question remains: "Who is Salt?"

Info

2010-07-21 | Action / Mystery

Cast

Angelina Jolie, Liev Schreiber

Rating

rating icon 6.3

People's Taste Ranking

  1. Ranked #1 for
    frenetic action
  2. Ranked #1 for
    balls-to-the-wall action
  3. Ranked #1 for
    unlikely scenario

Trailer

Salt trailer
play button
View More Details in Maimovie View more detail button

8 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.

Info

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
    burdensome
  3. Ranked #1 for
    beautifully scored

Trailer

Into the Wild trailer
play button
View More Details in Maimovie View more detail button

9 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.

Info

2009-10-29 | Drama / Romance

Cast

Carey Mulligan, Peter Sarsgaard

Rating

rating icon 6.9

People's Taste Ranking

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

Trailer

An Education trailer
play button
View More Details in Maimovie View more detail button

10 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
    establishing mood
  2. Ranked #1 for
    burnish
  3. Ranked #1 for
    out of left field

Trailer

youtube Watch Trailer on Youtube
View More Details in Maimovie View more detail button

FAQ

According to the review analysis on Maimovie, movies in Top rated unpleasantly surprising movies that are also more nuanced list are rated as stepping beyond, over-the-top acting, sensible character , intuitive, neatly wrapped up, testy, deeply meaningful, favorite quote, kid-friendly, piece of entertainment.
We collect all existing reviews on the web for all movies and proceed machine learning to calculate the A.I. ranking. It ranks the movies while automatically updating new information every week.
Using Taste search, Maimovie provides a unique system which helps you search for specific results through phrases that are collected from movie reviews and information from various movie databases. You can look for movies with phrases such as “adrenaline pumping movies” or “unexpected plot twist of all time.” The Maimovie application’s database covers movie information from all 540K+ movies and connects you to all 74+ available streaming services.