Sometimes we watch movies to relax, sometimes to learn, sometimes to discover, sometimes to learn, some other times we just want to discover ourselves. If you are into pushing your intelligence to its boundaries, you should definitely check our list.
AweGenie has put together a list of the most riveting and bewildering movies which we love to watch over and over again.
Our list contains movies from drama, fantasy, thriller, comedy, sci-fi, romance, and biographies. These movies will make you think over and over again, & will deepen your understanding towards life. Have a look
1. The Healer(2017)
- Genre– Drama/Romance
- Plot– A young man discovers suddenly to have the gift of healing. Trying to understand it and the new reality that it offers, a teenage girl with terminal cancer unexpectedly will show him the way.
- Review– This is one of those films that exists to give us a light-hearted look at life. It has all the ingredients of a story that gets you nodding in agreement, shaking your head in annoyance and smiling at the feel-good sections. You may also feel your eyes filling up at times because the mix draws you in and pulls at your emotions. So, settle down comfortably, get a box of tissues just in case, and enjoy a movie that has some mystery, a ‘not so bad’ baddie, minimal sex, no swearing and a fairy tale. Well worth a viewing.
2. Into The Wild(2007)
- Genre – Drama/Biography
- Plot – After graduating from Emory University, 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. Along the way, Christopher encounters a series of characters that shape his life.
- Review– The -sensitivity with which Krakauer captured the essence of McCandless and his adventure is extended aptly to the movie format by Sean Penn. Even if one might not be able to appreciate the purpose for Alex’s journey, I don’t think anyone would be able to deny that Into the Wild is a sensitive and poignant cinematic experience. There are scenes in this movie that one will never be able to forget, particularly the ending sequence. This movie will easily pull its audience into a philosophical debate for the truth about who was right and wrong isn’t easy to distinguish. Sean Penn certainly doesn’t try to answer those questions, questions that McCandless’ life left for his family and the rest of us. Penn does well to tread a delicate objective but not line. the best movie of this year and one of the best ever made. The story, the story itself is great.
3. The Wolf of Wall Street(2013)
- Genre– Drama/Biography
- Plot– Introduced to in the fast lane through stockbroking, Jordan Belfort takes a hit after a Wall Street crash. He teams up with Donnie Azoff, cheating his way to the top as his relationships slide.
- Review– Straight up, The Wolf of Wall Street (TWOWS) is one of the most amusing and appalling films around. Martin Scorsese paints a compelling portrait of Wall Street, that metaphor for American ability and greed, sending your head spinning with its ferocity. Leonardo DiCaprio stands foreground, delivering fresh-faced-with-wicked-eyes with the kick of a cocktail. DiCaprio excels as Jordan, a middle-class boy dreaming dollar signs, landing on Wall Street in 1987, mentored by stock wiz Mark Hannah (McConaughey) in how to ‘move money from your client’s pocket into yours’.
4. The Terminal(2004)
- Genre– Comedy-drama
- Plot– Viktor Navorski gets stranded at an airport when a war rages in his country. He is forced by the officials to stay at the airport until his original identity is confirmed.
- Review– The Terminal is a completely charming look at one foreign man’s unfortunate situation, stuck in an airport without a country. It’s a little unbelievable but a good setting nonetheless for this comedic fish-out-of-water slice of life. Tom Hanks plays Viktor so effortlessly; the character reminds me of Andy Kaufman’s “foreign man, “but Viktor’s more believable. Catherine Zeta-Jones is gorgeous as always but more vulnerable here. I fell in love with her. The whole supporting cast is good; I liked the unexpected moments best, like the Indian janitor juggling during Viktor and Amelia’s date. This Spielberg-directed picture may not be Philadelphia or Schindler’s List, but I enjoyed it much more than most romantic comedies. It’s the sweetest story I’ve seen in some time, though I do wish for a better ending for Amelia (Jones). The moral is something like: Some things are worth waiting for. It’s a little sappy melodramatic, but you’ll feel good after anyway.
- Genre– Fantasy/Mystery
- Plot– Despite his family’s generations-old ban on music, young 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. After meeting a charming trickster named Héctor, the two new friends embark on an extraordinary journey to unlock the real story behind Miguel’s family history.
- Review– Three words… WOW, what an amazing movie, the story starts getting better and better, such a beautiful story, with so much touching moments, amazing soundtrack, congratulations to , total respect to you guys, Mexico is amazing!!! you learn so much about the Mexican culture, incredible.
6. Dead Poets Society(1989)
- Genre– Drama/Teen film
- Plot– English teacher John Keating inspires his students to look at poetry with a different perspective of authentic knowledge and feelings.
- Review– Not only will this movie touch your heart and bring tears, it will inspire you to be a better teacher to others and to follow your dreams no matter what the boundaries may be. It is truly poetry on the screen… a great story and a touching social commentary on humanity and life’s greatest challenges. If you haven’t seen it yet, rent it now. It has taken my love of poetry to an entirely new level!
7. Forrest Gump(1994)
- Genre– Drama/Comedy-drama
- Plot– Forrest Gump, a man with a low I.Q., joins the army for service where he meets Dan and Bubba. However, he cannot stop thinking about his childhood sweetheart Jenny Curran, whose life is messed up.
- Review– Quite simply, the greatest film ever made. Humour, sadness, action, drama and a Vietnam film all rolled into one. I’m not a stone cold, heartless villain, but it takes a lot to make me cry when I watch a movie. Bambi’s mother, I couldn’t care less. Jimmy Stewart in, “Oh, what a wonderful life,” – yeah right! The Lion King, when Mufasa bites the big one – on the verge. But seriously – I bawled my big brown eyes out, on several occasions in this film. A real tear-jerker, and a wonderful played to perfection by Tom Hanks. Every bit as worthy for the Oscar as Rooney was to win the Premiership in 2007. I cannot say it enough: This is THE film of all time. Watch it, and you’ll see.
8. The Giver(2014)
- Genre– Fantasy/Drama
- Plot– In a seemingly perfect community, without war, pain, suffering, differences or choice, a young boy is chosen to learn from an elderly man about the true pain and pleasure of the “real” world.
- Review– I have seen reviews comparing the Giver (unfavorably) to other teen dystopian movies like Divergent and Hunger Games. That’s actually a compliment, the Giver is not more of the same stuff, The critics seemingly can’t accept that people are smart enough to get the point of Lois Lowry’s and that people aren’t smart enough to enjoy, much less understand, a character study and a societal study. Mindless action, needless violence, and transforming robots are all absent here. I have a feeling though, that people are smarter than they think. The book has been popular for at least 30 years, why would people balk at the movie adaptation? The Giver is a project that has been in the back of every movie maker’s mind for years, now it’s here. Go see it and judge for yourself.
9. The Secret Life of Walter Mitty(2013)
- Genre– Drama/Fantasy
- Plot– A man living a dull life dreams up romantic and action-filled scenarios in order to escape from monotony. When his own job is threatened, he sets out on a real romantic and action-packed journey.
- Review– I would like to open with one word; Wow. I had been wanting to watch this movie since I had seen the first trailer. After being invited to an advanced showing I got very excited. The movie was outstanding. The cinematography was perfect and the character development was extraordinary. The film was very well paced and at no point did believe the film was too short or that I felt rushed during the movie. It has its action moments and satire, but overall it is a very happy film. I will most likely see the film in the future again because this is up there with Forrest Gump and Django Unchained as a near perfect movie.
- Genre– Fantasy/Thriller
- Plot– For his final assignment, a top temporal agent must pursue the one criminal that has eluded him throughout time. The chase turns into a unique, surprising and mind-bending exploration of love, fate, identity and time travel taboos.
- Review– “Predestination” is an incredibly original and creative film, employing what may seem like ‘common’ aspects of the science-fiction genre, and putting a darker, grimmer twist on them. Time travel is handled quite well in this Australian film, focusing less on the effects of the back (and forth) in time than other sci-fi films. “Predestination” uses decidedly odd pacing, beginning with a ‘bang’ and following that up with almost an hour of the plot. But oddly enough, these moments of -almost- pure dialogue and occasional flashbacks never become boring, but rather deepen the film’s characters and their back-stories. The cast performances are what really make this movie ‘shine’. Ethan Hawke, as usual, delivers an almost flawless performance as the unnamed lead, and Sarah Snook, an Australian newcomer, surprises with her wide range of acting abilities. Overall, the third feature film by the Spierig Brothers is a surprisingly original, daring, and genre-bending film.
11. A Walk To Remember(2002)
- Genre– Drama/Romance
- Plot– The story of two North Carolina teens, Landon Carter and Jamie Sullivan, who are thrown together after Landon gets into trouble and is made to do community service.
- Review– “A Walk to Remember” is a love story so sweet, sincere and positive that it sneaks past the defenses built up in this age of irony. It tells the story of a romance between two 18-year-olds, makes us learn the true meaning of LOVE: “Love is always patient and kind. It is never jealous. Love is never boastful or conceited. It is never rude or selfish. It does not take offense and is not resentful. Love takes no pleasure in other people’s sins, but delights in the truth. It is always ready to excuse, to trust, to hope, and to endure whatever comes.”
12. A Millionaire’s First Love (2006)
- Genre– Comedy/Drama/Romance
- Plot– Jae-Kyung (Hyun-Bin ) is a tough guy, who is a high school senior, If he turns 19 years means, he could be a millionaire by inheriting his deceased grandfather’s wealth. Unfortunately, his family lawyer informs Jae-Kyung about the will from his grandfather. In his will grandfather stated he can only become a millionaire after he graduates from Boram High School,a countryside local school. He has no other choice to avoid. Life became worse there and he can’t use his money or make friends. In his class, he meets Eun-Hwan (Lee Yeon-Hee)a pretty girl. She’s some kind of different from others. Things change Jae-Kyung’s mind and became close to their new friends. Eventually, he fell in love with Eun-Hwan and things become strong after he knows about her secrets.
- Review– Watch this movie by not expecting too much so you can find the beauty of this movie. It’s heart-pounding romantic scenes make this movie unforgettable. Very simple romantic movie.