Movies That Make You Think: Top Two on Netflix

I’ll never forget the feeling I got when I watched Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind for the first time. In essence, it was a romance, but the angle from which the story was told made it so much more – it was a movie on memory, time, and personal growth. Donnie Darko, Life of Pi, and Requiem for a Dream to name a few are also great examples of how a thought-provoking movie can come in all shapes and forms. Romance, science fiction, drama or even genre-less creations such as Being John Malkovich; the less expectations we have from a movie the more it makes us think. But, as the lords of Netflix have it, not all these movies are available to stream. Plus, who hasn’t seen Donnie Darko? (if you’re that person, stop reading this list and go watch it). We list the top two movies that make you think on Netflix!

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Swiss Army Man (2016)

Probably the weirdest film you’ll ever see. Paul Dano plays a borderline suicidal man who befriends a farting corpse that washed up from the sea as played by Daniel Radcliffe. It’s an adventurous, witty and hilarious film yet it is filled with discreet and very deep lessons about society and norms. The soundtrack is so charmingly unique as well, it’s a definite must-watch for anyone looking for a refreshing comedy.

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Burning (2018)

Vague statement alert: Burning is not a movie that you “get”; it’s a movie you experience.

Based on a short story by Murakami, it’s dark and bleak in a way that comes out more in the atmosphere of the movie rather than what happens in the story.

Working in the capital Seoul, a young guy from a poor town near the North Korean border runs into a girl from his village. As he starts falling for her, she makes an unlikely acquaintance with one of Seoul’s wealthy youth (played by Korean-American actor Steven Yeun, pictured above.)

This new character is mysterious in a way that’s all-too-common in South Korea: young people who have access to money no one knows where it came from, and who are difficult to predict or go against.

Two worlds clash, poor and rich, in a movie that’s really three movies combined into one – a character-study, a romance, and a revenge thriller.

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A quick recap

Split by genre of this selection on agoodmovietowatch.com
Comedy
Drama
Documentary
Romance
Average score
77%
from our staff
Average score
79.4%
from our users