Many of us think movies happen to mirror the realities of life. But the power of cinema lies beyond preconceived notions and limits of social order. For years the masterminds in the movie industry have created numerous features to help humanity believe in the power of possibilities. It is one powerful medium that has helped open our minds to newer perceptions and ideas.
Here are 10 intelligent movies that disrupted methods of traditional storytelling to weave some of the most engaging on-screen experiences.
- Run Lola Run (1998)
A redheaded Lola is on the clock to save her boyfriend who runs errands for a local gang and ends up losing their money. One of Tom Twyker’s highly energetic and high voltage drama that sets the dynamics of a unique film. Twyker proves his expertise in mixing animation and live-action to create a transcendent love story.
- 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
This is the first film in the industry that detailed the meaning of human evolution and what there is to learn from it so we can protect our future. Rarely do you come across a gem that enchants you and slowly absorbs you into itself. Stanley Kubrick’s space thriller created a spellbinding experience by perfectly blending the elements of mystery, music and highly advanced cinematic technology. The pace of the film is what actually made the film the work of art that it is although it demands the viewer to be very patient.
- I Love You, I Love You (1968)
The film is based on a unique theme that studies the fleeting nature of life along with the importance of our existence. It follows a case of a “science experiment gone wrong” leaving a man trapped in his past memories
- Zodiac (2007)
A fresh take on the concept of suspense, Zodiac builds an interesting plot triggering a series of emotions amongst viewers. The film is based on true events that terrorized the state of America in the late 1960s up until the early 1970s. A serial killer who chooses to communicate with a news agency in code thereby gaining the attention of a Journalist.
- Double Indemnity (1944)
If you wish to experience cynicism in its purest form, Double Indemnity is for you. The tale of tragic heroism where a cheap and greedy couple experiences a gradual downfall owing to the choices they make. The film is one of the greatest Noir epics ever made by the genius Billy Wilder. The variations of each character are so beautifully captured, you will simply fall in love with the experience.
- The Sixth Sense (1999)
The film that broke M Night Shyamalan into the limelight will blow your mind with one of the most epic ending twists in the history of cinema. The film primarily revolves around a child Psychologist and his little patient. How their miseries bring them together and how they help each other overcome their fears will leave you at ease even with a lot of ongoing tension.
- Psycho (1960)
A masterpiece painted by Hitchcock with unique strokes of horror and suspense, this film paces into an incredible finale. A secretary defrauds her employer and flees to her lover. On the way she stops at a motel which she has no idea has quite a horror lurking within. The film was re-released multiple times and earned four Oscar nominations.
- The Gift (2015)
An old friend drops by a couple’s house and starts to bother them with his trust issues. There is always a sense of mystery surrounding each scene. It’s ultimately for the audience to decide how they want to perceive it.
- The Truman Show (1998)
Imagine you wake up one day and your whole life turns out to be a lie. This forms the plot for The Truman show. A man finds out that his whole life was actually controlled by a TV show. The film provokes the viewers to reassess their lives through diverse plot arcs.
- Memento (2000)
Memento is the cult classic from director Christopher Nolan and harbors a strong fad among movie buffs for its unconventional structure. A man loses his wife and normal life at the hands of a criminal. Memento is the journey of his revenge which is further complicated by his short term memory loss. The film is a highly engaging experience and tackles intense philosophical concepts.