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Top rated unpleasantly surprising movies that are also most challenging

Check out today’s highest ranked unpleasantly surprising and most challenging movies! Looking for the greatest movies of all times? Here is the list of the best movies that are unpleasantly surprising and most challenging, 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 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
    practically flawless
  2. Ranked #1 for
    dark mood
  3. Ranked #1 for
    new chapter

Trailer

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2 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.

Info

2006-04-28 | Drama / History

Cast

J.J. Johnson, Polly Adams

Rating

rating icon 7.1

People's Taste Ranking

  1. Ranked #1 for
    profoundly moving
  2. Ranked #1 for
    feeling queasy
  3. Ranked #1 for
    non-professional actor

Trailer

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3 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
    burdensome
  2. Ranked #1 for
    hitting home
  3. Ranked #1 for
    ever reliable

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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 #2 for
    deserving nods from Oscars
  2. Ranked #2 for
    naturalistic performance
  3. Ranked #2 for
    deep thought

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5 Crazy, Stupid, Love. (2011)

Cal Weaver is living the American dream. He has a good job, a beautiful house, great children and a beautiful wife, named Emily. Cal's seemingly perfect life unravels, however, when he learns that Emily has been unfaithful and wants a divorce. Over 40 and suddenly single, Cal is adrift in the fickle world of dating. Enter, Jacob Palmer, a self-styled player who takes Cal under his wing and teaches him how to be a hit with the ladies.

Info

2011-07-29 | Comedy / Drama

Cast

Steve Carell, Julianne Moore

Rating

rating icon 7.2

People's Taste Ranking

  1. Ranked #1 for
    occasionally amusing
  2. Ranked #1 for
    blindsided
  3. Ranked #1 for
    honest depiction

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6 Gone Girl (2014)

With his wife's disappearance having become the focus of an intense media circus, a man sees the spotlight turned on him when it's suspected that he may not be innocent.

Info

2014-10-01 | Mystery / Thriller

Cast

Rosamund Pike, Ben Affleck

Rating

rating icon 7.9

People's Taste Ranking

  1. Ranked #1 for
    morally ambiguous
  2. Ranked #1 for
    masterful story
  3. Ranked #1 for
    perfectly executed

Trailer

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7 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
    fearing the dark
  2. Ranked #1 for
    versatile director
  3. Ranked #1 for
    beautiful writing

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8 Border (2018)

When a border guard with a sixth sense for identifying smugglers encounters the first person she cannot prove is guilty, she is forced to confront terrifying revelations about herself and humankind.

Info

2018-09-27 | Drama / Crime

Cast

Eva Melander, Eero Milonoff

Rating

rating icon 6.7

People's Taste Ranking

  1. Ranked #2 for
    rather plain
  2. Ranked #2 for
    frothing at mouth
  3. Ranked #3 for
    ugliest

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9 Coco (2017)

Despite his family’s baffling generations-old ban on music, Miguel dreams of becoming an accomplished musician like his idol, Ernesto de la Cruz. Desperate to prove his talent, Miguel finds himself in the stunning and colorful Land of the Dead following a mysterious chain of events. Along the way, he meets charming trickster Hector, and together, they set off on an extraordinary journey to unlock the real story behind Miguel's family history.

Info

2017-10-27 | Family / Animation

Cast

Anthony Gonzalez, Gael García Bernal

Rating

rating icon 8.2

People's Taste Ranking

  1. Ranked #1 for
    cleverly crafted
  2. Ranked #1 for
    emotional punch
  3. Ranked #1 for
    sense of familiarity

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10 We Need to Talk About Kevin (2011)

After her son Kevin commits a horrific act, troubled mother Eva reflects on her complicated relationship with her disturbed son as he grew from a toddler into a teenager.

Info

2011-09-28 | Drama / Thriller

Cast

Tilda Swinton, John C. Reilly

Rating

rating icon 7.6

People's Taste Ranking

  1. Ranked #1 for
    acute
  2. Ranked #1 for
    touchy topic
  3. Ranked #2 for
    straightforward narrative

Trailer

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