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Top rated unpleasantly surprising movies that are also most thought-provoking

Check out today’s highest ranked unpleasantly surprising and most thought-provoking movies! Looking for the greatest movies of all times? Here is the list of the best movies that are unpleasantly surprising and most thought-provoking, 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
    more substance
  2. Ranked #1 for
    most chilling
  3. Ranked #1 for
    most impressive

Trailer

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2 Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest (2006)

Captain Jack Sparrow works his way out of a blood debt with the ghostly Davy Jones to avoid eternal damnation.

Info

2006-07-06 | Adventure / Fantasy

Cast

Johnny Depp, Orlando Bloom

Rating

rating icon 7.3

People's Taste Ranking

  1. Ranked #1 for
    overly exciting
  2. Ranked #1 for
    sheer fun
  3. Ranked #1 for
    highly enjoyable

Trailer

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3 Sideways (2004)

Two middle-aged men embark on a spiritual journey through Californian wine country. One is an unpublished novelist suffering from depression, and the other is only days away from walking down the aisle.

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2004-10-22 | Comedy / Drama

Cast

Paul Giamatti, Thomas Haden Church

Rating

rating icon 7.1

People's Taste Ranking

  1. Ranked #1 for
    humorous situation
  2. Ranked #1 for
    genuinely amusing
  3. Ranked #1 for
    luminous atmosphere

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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.

Info

2006-10-20 | Action / Adventure

Cast

Ben Stiller, Jake Cherry

Rating

rating icon 6.5

People's Taste Ranking

  1. Ranked #1 for
    harmless fun
  2. Ranked #2 for
    fun-filled
  3. Ranked #2 for
    uncreative story

Trailer

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5 The Cabin in the Woods (2012)

Five college friends spend the weekend at a remote cabin in the woods, where they get more than they bargained for. Together, they must discover the truth behind the cabin in the woods.

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2012-04-12 | Horror / Comedy

Cast

Chris Hemsworth, Kristen Connolly

Rating

rating icon 6.6

People's Taste Ranking

  1. Ranked #1 for
    big payoff
  2. Ranked #1 for
    interesting concept
  3. Ranked #1 for
    beyond expectations

Trailer

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6 Hunt for the Wilderpeople (2016)

Ricky is a defiant young city kid who finds himself on the run with his cantankerous foster uncle in the wild New Zealand bush. A national manhunt ensues, and the two are forced to put aside their differences and work together to survive.

Info

2016-03-31 | Adventure / Comedy

Cast

Sam Neill, Julian Dennison

Rating

rating icon 7.7

People's Taste Ranking

  1. Ranked #1 for
    real gem
  2. Ranked #1 for
    utterly charming
  3. Ranked #2 for
    sweeping landscape

Trailer

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7 Knocked Up (2007)

For fun loving party animal Ben Stone, the last thing he ever expected was for his one night stand to show up on his doorstep eight weeks later to tell him she's pregnant.

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2007-06-01 | Comedy / Romance

Cast

Seth Rogen, Katherine Heigl

Rating

rating icon 6.2

People's Taste Ranking

  1. Ranked #1 for
    unplanned
  2. Ranked #1 for
    laughing riot
  3. Ranked #1 for
    with LOL moments

Trailer

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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.

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 #2 for
    absolutely fantastic
  3. Ranked #2 for
    dusky

Trailer

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9 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
    squirming in seat
  2. Ranked #1 for
    mythic
  3. Ranked #1 for
    infantile

Trailer

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10 The Happening (2008)

When a deadly airborne virus threatens to wipe out the northeastern United States, teacher Elliott Moore (Mark Wahlberg) and his wife (Zooey Deschanel) flee from contaminated cities into the countryside in a fight to discover the truth. Is it terrorism, the accidental release of some toxic military bio weapon -- or something even more sinister? John Leguizamo and Betty Buckley co-star in this thriller from writer-director M. Night Shyamalan.

Info

2008-06-11 | Thriller / Science Fiction

Cast

Mark Wahlberg, Zooey Deschanel

Rating

rating icon 5.3

People's Taste Ranking

  1. Ranked #1 for
    cringe-worthy dialogue
  2. Ranked #1 for
    acting with flubs
  3. Ranked #1 for
    almost comical

Trailer

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According to the review analysis on Maimovie, movies in Top rated unpleasantly surprising movies that are also most thought-provoking list are rated as more serious tone, genuinely amusing, giggling, few chuckles, unforeseeable, cheesy dialogue, graded A, totally unbelievable, more powerful, more substance.
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