Movies are there to entertain us, relax, get excited … and reflect. Because cinema, like the rest of the arts, is a powerful force for change. Therefore, today we bring you 7 of the best movies that make you think. With them, you will enjoy some of the best films that have been made and, in addition, they will leave a mark on you. Rest assured that you will be meditating for a long time about what you have seen and the topics they cover.
Cinema is one of the best ways to escape and live stories that we would never experience otherwise.
However, movies don’t just provide us with escape and entertainment. They also serve for their writers and directors to reflect the issues that concern us all.
So if you want gourmet food to think about important questions, take a good look at these movies.
On important topics
We start the list with what is probably my favorite.
Forget about me (2004)
One of my personal favorites, everything written by Charlie Kaufman is going to blow your mind for good , and it will leave you wondering. In Olvídate de me he tells us about the life of Joel, who discovers that his girlfriend, Clementine, has caused them to erase the memories of the relationship he had with her.
Desperate, he has hers erased from her as well. However, fate, love and chance (or not so much) will make the story go where you do not expect.
A very intelligent reflection on love, the couple, destiny and much more.
It’s so good that you even forget that the main character is played by Jim Carrey, that’s an achievement. Special mention to Carrey also in the Truman Show , another of those movies that leave you with your brain going for a while.
Life sentence (1994)
The top rated movie on IMDb has reason to be. Not only is it an excellent film based on an atypical story by Stephen King, it is also a very successful deliberation about friendship, the society in which we live, loneliness and, above all, hope .
“Hope is a good thing, maybe the best thing of all, and nothing good ever dies,” says the film.
One of those that leaves a residue that accompanies you for days and days.
Based on the great book by Chuck Palahniuk, Fight Club is a reflection on how modern life alienates us and locks us in an imaginary but powerful prison . Current masculinity, the nonsense of everyday life, loneliness … The issues that it leaves you thinking about are many.
My favorite part, curiously, is one that often goes unnoticed.
In it, Brad Pitt’s character points his gun at a kid trapped in a dead-end job in a grocery store. When he is going to pull the trigger and execute him, he tells him that, either he leaves there and dedicates himself to what he always wanted, or he will come back and put that bullet in his head.
Requiem for a Dream (2000)
Not suitable for the sensitive, Requiem for a Dream is a tough and realistic story about addiction . Without half measures, he presents himself to us as the monster that he is, capable of changing people in an instant and taking them to limits that they did not believe. And all to get another dose.
Intense like few others, it will leave a residue that will last a long time.
As a curious detail, Lux Aeterna , one of the songs on its soundtrack, has been used to exhaustion in many trailers and advertisements.
On hot topics
Undoubtedly, many films have dealt with themes that reflect the most important of today. These are some of the best.
Ex Machina (2015)
This science fiction film unexpectedly became a cult work . I admit that, personally, I do not see much interest in it, probably because it is a subject that has been covered many times in science fiction. It is also true that its director, Alex Garland, is not one of my favorites ( Extinction is terrible and we will be in a duel at dawn if you want).
However, we must admit that it is one of the films that has left many people thinking .
What it really means to be human or the ethics of artificial intelligence and the creation of life are hot topics today . Therefore, the value of this film lies in that it makes you meditate on things that, in the not too distant future, will be in the spotlight.
That, and the final twist, of course, that makes you think about who was right or what you would have done.
Into the Wild (2007)
Into the Wild is a film directed by Sean Penn that tells the true story of Christopher McCandless , a model student who abandons his life and all his possessions to live in the wildest wilderness of Alaska.
A powerful reflection on how separate we are from the natural life in which we evolved for thousands of years, as well as reminding us of what we are destroying with pollution and climate change. The most interesting thing is that it is not a good- natured plea , that presents a paradisiacal nature with which to commune, but the cruel and harsh reality.
It makes you want to be McCandless and escape everything: the subway, the alarm clock, your boss and the bills … Or at least, until the end comes. Until the day comes when we finally escape the rat race, we can always listen to the great soundtrack composed by Eddie Vedder (singer of Pearl Jam ).
What the hell are you seeing on
And, of course, we close with some of those films that make you think about what you are watching and if what you believe is real, or the director is going to surprise you where you do not expect.
Christopher Nolan’s second film makes you run for good, not like Tenet . It tells the story of Leonard, an insurance researcher with amnesia, who has his entire body tattooed for a reason that we are not going to reveal, just in case you haven’t seen it.
The film begins in the middle and it seems that the plot is unraveled backwards . That makes you all the time wondering what happens or what is going to happen next (or what happened in the past).
One of those that leaves your brain like a knot and one of the most recommended by Nolan.
Bonus: Primer (2004)
We couldn’t finish without giving you this recommendation just in case you haven’t seen it. Primer is a time travel film that has become a cult phenomenon.
Made in five weeks, with just a $ 7,000 budget, its screenwriter, producer and director is a mathematician and engineer named Shane Carruth. And you can see it. Not only is his portrayal of time travel discovery quite realistic, it will get you thinking.
And a lot, if only because nobody is very sure of understanding what is happening or what Primer is really about . So, if you want a movie that is also a puzzle and will break your head, this is, without a doubt, your choice.
There have been many films that make you think about the inkwell. From almost any Darren Aronofsky film , to the work of Terrence Malick, including, of course, David Lynch. The options are many, but, starting with any of these 7, the gears of your brain will be working for days after seeing them.