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163 Best Thought-provoking Movies To Watch

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Find the best thought-provoking movies to watch, from our mood category. Like everything on agoodmovietowatch, these thought-provoking movies are highly-rated by both viewers and critics.

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Days of Being Wild (1990)
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8.1

A dreamy rumination on the beauty of unattainable romance

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School Life (2016)
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A compassionate year-in-the-life documentary about two seasoned teachers nearing retirement at an Irish boarding school

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Retablo (2017)
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A quiet but potent coming-of-age drama

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Pieces of a Woman (2020)
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An unnerving but honest look at childbirth, partnership, and grief

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The Nightingale (2018)
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An unsettling but important social horror from the director of The Babadook

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Scheme Birds (2019)
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8.2

A narrative documentary about a young Scottish woman entering adulthood and motherhood against a backdrop of violence

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Elle (2016)
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An always-excellent Isabelle Huppert powers this thrilling French revenge film

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In the Same Breath (2021)
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A Chinese filmmaker's account of COVID-19 cover-ups and propaganda

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The Man Who Sold His Skin (2020)
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A Syrian man becomes artwork in this fascinating drama based on a true story

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