36 Best Challenging Movies to Watch

Being challenged by a movie has to be one of the best experiences, period, not just of movie viewing. A harsh reality portrayed, or complex ideas being exposed, though-provoking problems and situations, or the film boosting a dark, interesting outlook on life – all are cherished and deeply humane interactions with this form of art and storytelling.

Below are recommendations handpicked by our staff from this mood featuring challenging movies.