8 Movies That Will Make You Smarter


Most of the time we turn to movies as a source of entertainment, maybe a new action movie or a comedy. But we often forget that much like documentaries, we can learn a lot from movies. Whether it’s a moral message or an actual lesson. These are eight movies that will make you smarter… Or at least get you thinking!


1. Mandela: Long walk to freedom 


This movie is based on the life of Nelson Mandela, an anti-apartheid revolutionary helped bring an end to apartheid in South Africa, as well as being an active and vocal advocate for human rights. His beliefs and actions landed him in prison for almost three decades, until he was released in 1990, where he became the first black president South Africa, where he championed for peace and social justice. This movie educates on the blatant racism and hardship which was rife in South Africa.

2. The Imitation Game


Look past Benedict Cumberbatch, as this movie centers around computer science. Based on the biography, Alan Turing: The Enigma by Andrew Hodges. Cumberbatch plays cryptanalyst Alan Turing who decrypted German intelligence codes during World War II for Britain.

3. Primer 


This is not the stuff you put on your face before makeup. I’m talking about the film that’s about the accidental discovery of time travel. What makes this film stand out is the fact that it was made with complex technical dialogue and explores the philosophical implications. This film was written, produced, and edited all by Shane Carruth, a college graduate in mathematics and former engineer. Carruth chose not to simplify any of the language or theories for the audience. Meaning you gotta learn and keep up!

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4. Blade Runner (1982)


This film is set in a dystopian Los Angeles. Forget sun and sandals and think sci-fi. At eyesight, this film is about genetically engineered replicants who are indistinguishable from humans. They are sent to do the dirty work and if they defy the humans, they are hunted down and killed. But take a deeper look and this movie questions existential questions of life, as well as capitalist critique.

5. Schindlers list


Directed by Steven Spielberg, this movie is heartbreaking but essential to really understand the devastation of world war II, with true stories of nazi activities and the treatment of the Jewish families. This film battles with the idea of good versus evil.

6. Truman Show


Jim Carrey stars in this satirical comedy-drama, as Truman Burbank, an unwanted baby is raised by a corporation inside a simulated television show revolving around his life. Until one day he realizes and decides to escape. This makes you think about voyeurism and our obsession with reality. Whether it’s the Kardashians or Made in Chelsea, we love to watch people, and where does that stop?

7. Dead Poets Society 


This American drama film is directed by Peter Weir, is set in 1959, set in an elite boarding school. It tells the story of an English teacher who inspires his students with poetry! They divulge on all different poets and writers that expand the mind. So if you’re looking to find some poets give this a watch!

8. Blue Velvet 


Yes, Lana Del Ray did cover the original song. This neo-noir mystery film, explores the underbelly of society, lust (which always occurs in film noir and femme fatal!) and love. Blue velvet represents director, David Lynch’s askew vision of distorted characters in a polarized world. The idea in this film is although this seems to be a perfect small town, there is always a dark underbelly. Which can say a lot about the real world too?

So grab the popcorn or some healthy snacks, and get comfy. You have a lot of watching to do this weekend!

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  1. These all look like such great thought provoking movies!
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  2. The imitation game was such an interesting movie! =o)


  3. I loved Dead Poet’s Society when it came out. Definitely aging myself here! Other great films about apartheid are Cry Freedom (1987) about activist Steve Biko, and Mandela (1987). I would definitely say these two films made me smarter, and more compassionate, as a human being.

  4. Cool list, and I’ve seen most of them! I especially love Dead Poet’s Society and Bladerunner ( let’s face it, Harrison Ford possesses everlasting hotness) But I digress. We’re talking about cultivating smartness here, not hot guys. Three intelligence- building flicks you might consider are Career Girl ( just gets you thinking about women, careers, and how everything can change with the right combination of education and common sense), A Brilliant Mind ( offers insight into the value of people with mental illnesses and compassion for the challenges they face just managing everyday processes most of us take for granted), and every young woman should watch Boomerang with Eddie Murphy in my opinion. If you watch it, you’ll know exactly why ?

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