Movies like Good Will Hunting 1997

Will Hunting has a genius-level IQ but chooses to work as a janitor at MIT. When he solves a difficult graduate-level math problem, his talents are discovered by Professor Gerald Lambeau, who decides to help the misguided youth reach his potential. When Will is arrested for attacking a police officer, Professor Lambeau makes a deal to get leniency for him if he will get treatment from therapist Sean Maguire.

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1 The Usual Suspects 1995

Held in an L.A. interrogation room, Verbal Kint attempts to convince the feds that a mythic crime lord, Keyser Soze, not only exists, but was also responsible for drawing him and his four partners into a multi-million dollar heist that ended with an explosion in San Pedro harbor – leaving few survivors. Verbal lures his interrogators with an incredible story of the crime lord's almost supernatural prowess.

Genres:

Drama, Crime, Thriller

Director:

Bryan Singer

Country:

United States of America
8.5

2 One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest 1975

While serving time for insanity at a state mental hospital, implacable rabble-rouser, Randle Patrick McMurphy, inspires his fellow patients to rebel against the authoritarian rule of head nurse, Mildred Ratched.

Genre:

Drama

Director:

Milos Forman

Writers:

Lawrence Hauben (screenplay), Bo Goldman (screenplay) | 2 more credits »

Country:

United States of America
8.7

3 American History X 1998

Derek Vineyard is paroled after serving 3 years in prison for killing two thugs who tried to break into/steal his truck. Through his brother, Danny Vineyard's narration, we learn that before going to prison, Derek was a skinhead and the leader of a violent white supremacist gang that committed acts of racial crime throughout L.A. and his actions greatly influenced Danny. Reformed and fresh out of prison, Derek severs contact with the gang and becomes determined to keep Danny from going down the same violent path as he did.

Genre:

Drama

Director:

Tony Kaye

Writer:

David McKenna

Country:

United States of America
8.5

4 Memento 2000

Leonard Shelby is tracking down the man who raped and murdered his wife. The difficulty of locating his wife's killer, however, is compounded by the fact that he suffers from a rare, untreatable form of short-term memory loss. Although he can recall details of life before his accident, Leonard cannot remember what happened fifteen minutes ago, where he's going, or why.

Genres:

Mystery, Thriller

Director:

Christopher Nolan

Writers:

Christopher Nolan (screenplay), Jonathan Nolan (short story "Memento Mori")

Country:

United States of America
8.4

5 American Beauty 1999

Lester Burnham, a depressed suburban father in a mid-life crisis, decides to turn his hectic life around after developing an infatuation with his daughter's attractive friend.

Genre:

Drama

Director:

Sam Mendes

Writer:

Alan Ball

Country:

United States of America
8.3

6 The Truman Show 1998

Truman Burbank is the star of The Truman Show, a 24-hour-a-day reality TV show that broadcasts every aspect of his life without his knowledge. His entire life has been an unending soap opera for consumption by the rest of the world. And everyone he knows, including his wife and his best friend is really an actor, paid to be part of his life.

Genres:

Comedy, Drama

Director:

Peter Weir

Writer:

Andrew Niccol

Country:

United States of America
8.1

7 Into The Wild 2007

After graduating from Emory University in 1992, top student and athlete Christopher McCandless abandons his possessions, gives his entire $24,000 savings account to charity, and hitchhikes to Alaska to live in the wilderness.

Genres:

Adventure, Drama

Director:

Sean Penn

Writers:

Sean Penn (screenplay), Jon Krakauer (book)

Country:

United States of America
8.1

8 Rain Man 1988

Selfish yuppie Charlie Babbitt's father left a fortune to his savant brother Raymond and a pittance to Charlie; they travel cross-country.

Genre:

Drama

Director:

Barry Levinson

Writers:

Barry Morrow (story), Ronald Bass (screenplay) | 1 more credit »

Country:

United States of America
8

9 Dead Poets Society 1989

At an elite, old-fashioned boarding school in New England, a passionate English teacher inspires his students to rebel against convention and seize the potential of every day, courting the disdain of the stern headmaster.

Genre:

Drama

Director:

Peter Weir

Writer:

Tom Schulman

Country:

United States of America
8.1

10 The Green Mile 1999

A supernatural tale set on death row in a Southern prison, where gentle giant John Coffey possesses the mysterious power to heal people's ailments. When the cell block's head guard, Paul Edgecomb, recognizes Coffey's miraculous gift, he tries desperately to help stave off the condemned man's execution.

Genres:

Fantasy, Drama, Crime

Director:

Frank Darabont

Writers:

Stephen King (novel), Frank Darabont (screenplay)

Country:

United States of America
8.6

11 The Departed 2006

To take down South Boston's Irish Mafia, the police send in one of their own to infiltrate the underworld, not realizing the syndicate has done likewise. While an undercover cop curries favor with the mob kingpin, a career criminal rises through the police ranks. But both sides soon discover there's a mole among them.

Genres:

Drama, Thriller, Crime

Director:

Martin Scorsese

Writers:

William Monahan (screenplay), Alan Mak | 1 more credit »

Country:

United States of America
8.5

12 Saving Private Ryan 1998

As U.S. troops storm the beaches of Normandy, three brothers lie dead on the battlefield, with a fourth trapped behind enemy lines. Ranger captain John Miller and seven men are tasked with penetrating German-held territory and bringing the boy home.

Genres:

Drama, History, War

Director:

Steven Spielberg

Writer:

Robert Rodat

Country:

United States of America
8.6

13 Se7en 1995

Two homicide detectives are on a desperate hunt for a serial killer whose crimes are based on the "seven deadly sins" in this dark and haunting film that takes viewers from the tortured remains of one victim to the next. The seasoned Det. Sommerset researches each sin in an effort to get inside the killer's mind, while his novice partner, Mills, scoffs at his efforts to unravel the case.

Genres:

Crime, Mystery, Thriller

Director:

David Fincher

Country:

United States of America
8.6

14 Schindler's List 1993

The true story of how businessman Oskar Schindler saved over a thousand Jewish lives from the Nazis while they worked as slaves in his factory during World War II.

Genres:

Drama, History, War

Director:

Steven Spielberg

Writers:

Thomas Keneally (book), Steven Zaillian (screenplay)

Country:

United States of America
8.9

15 The Silence Of The Lambs 1991

Clarice Starling is a top student at the FBI's training academy. Jack Crawford wants Clarice to interview Dr. Hannibal Lecter, a brilliant psychiatrist who is also a violent psychopath, serving life behind bars for various acts of murder and cannibalism. Crawford believes that Lecter may have insight into a case and that Starling, as an attractive young woman, may be just the bait to draw him out.

Genres:

Crime, Drama, Thriller, Horror

Director:

Jonathan Demme

Writers:

Thomas Harris (novel), Ted Tally (screenplay)

Country:

United States of America
8.6

16 Inglourious Basterds 2009

In Nazi-occupied France during World War II, a group of Jewish-American soldiers known as "The Basterds" are chosen specifically to spread fear throughout the Third Reich by scalping and brutally killing Nazis. The Basterds, lead by Lt. Aldo Raine soon cross paths with a French-Jewish teenage girl who runs a movie theater in Paris which is targeted by the soldiers.

Genres:

Drama, Action, Thriller, War

Director:

Quentin Tarantino

Countries:

Germany, United States of America
8.3

17 Million Dollar Baby 2004

Despondent over a painful estrangement from his daughter, trainer Frankie Dunn isn't prepared for boxer Maggie Fitzgerald to enter his life. But Maggie's determined to go pro and to convince Dunn and his cohort to help her.

Genre:

Drama

Director:

Clint Eastwood

Writers:

Paul Haggis (screenplay), F.X. Toole (stories)

Country:

United States of America
8.1

18 The Pianist 2002

The true story of pianist Władysław Szpilman's experiences in Warsaw during the Nazi occupation. When the Jews of the city find themselves forced into a ghetto, Szpilman finds work playing in a café; and when his family is deported in 1942, he stays behind, works for a while as a laborer, and eventually goes into hiding in the ruins of the war-torn city.

Genres:

Drama, War

Director:

Roman Polanski

Writers:

Ronald Harwood (screenplay), Wladyslaw Szpilman (book)

Countries:

France, Germany, Poland, United Kingdom
8.5

19 Forrest Gump 1994

A man with a low IQ has accomplished great things in his life and been present during significant historic events—in each case, far exceeding what anyone imagined he could do. But despite all he has achieved, his one true love eludes him.

Genres:

Comedy, Drama, Romance

Director:

Robert Zemeckis

Writers:

Winston Groom (novel), Eric Roth (screenplay)

Country:

United States of America
8.8

20 The Prestige 2006

A mysterious story of two magicians whose intense rivalry leads them on a life-long battle for supremacy -- full of obsession, deceit and jealousy with dangerous and deadly consequences.

Genres:

Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Director:

Christopher Nolan

Writers:

Jonathan Nolan (screenplay), Christopher Nolan (screenplay) | 1 more credit »

Country:

United States of America
8.5

21 A Beautiful Mind 2001

John Nash is a brilliant but asocial mathematician fighting schizophrenia. After he accepts secret work in cryptography, his life takes a turn for the nightmarish.

Genres:

Drama, Romance

Director:

Ron Howard

Writers:

Akiva Goldsman, Sylvia Nasar (book)

Country:

United States of America
8.2

22 V For Vendetta 2005

In a world in which Great Britain has become a fascist state, a masked vigilante known only as “V” conducts guerrilla warfare against the oppressive British government. When V rescues a young woman from the secret police, he finds in her an ally with whom he can continue his fight to free the people of Britain.

Genres:

Action, Thriller, Fantasy

Director:

James McTeigue

Writers:

Lilly Wachowski (screenplay) (as The Wachowski Brothers), Lana Wachowski (screenplay) (as The Wachowski Brothers) | 1 more credit »

Countries:

Germany, United Kingdom, United States of America
8.2

23 Catch Me If You Can 2002

A true story about Frank Abagnale Jr. who, before his 19th birthday, successfully conned millions of dollars worth of checks as a Pan Am pilot, doctor, and legal prosecutor. An FBI agent makes it his mission to put him behind bars. But Frank not only eludes capture, he revels in the pursuit.

Genres:

Drama, Crime

Director:

Steven Spielberg

Writers:

Jeff Nathanson (screenplay), Frank Abagnale Jr. (book) (as Frank W. Abagnale) | 1 more credit »

Country:

United States of America
8.1

24 The Sixth Sense 1999

A psychological thriller about an eight year old boy named Cole Sear who believes he can see into the world of the dead. A child psychologist named Malcolm Crowe comes to Cole to help him deal with his problem, learning that he really can see the ghosts of dead people.

Genres:

Mystery, Thriller, Drama

Director:

M. Night Shyamalan

Country:

United States of America
8.1