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10 Best Critical Thinking Movies With Interesting Endings

What better way to enhance your critical thinking than watching movies?
Good critical thinkers can draw reasonable conclusions from a set of information, and discriminate between useful and less useful details to solve problems or make decisions. Someone with critical thinking skills can be trusted to make decisions independently, and will not need constant handholding.
So we should, not just for our professions, but to be able to make better decisions generally, try to enhance our skill of critical thinking.

Best critical thinking movies to watch

Critical thinking movies
Critical thinking movies

1. Inception

Obviously this movie had to be the first one on the list. It really really makes you think, like really!
There are many movies of Christopher Nolan in this list. He is always trying to push us to exercise our brain and think hard. The movie’s storyline is very complicated. Even Leonardo told in an interview he could not grasp the plot of the movie completely the first time he was told.
It is a classic when it comes to critical thinking movies.

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2. Interstellar

This movie is my all time favorite. Yes, it took a while to completely understand the scientific facts and concepts shown in the movie. But once you do, you will realize how good this movie is for enhancing your critical thinking. It makes you want to think and wonder about outer space. It makes you realize how powerful and big universe is.
The cinematography and visual effects are stunning, and combined with Hans Zimmer’s score makes for a very visually satisfying and emotional movie.

3. Donnie Darko(2001)

You just cannot not think after watching this movie. Every time you see this movie, a new question is raised. This movie really forces you to think about morals and idea of playing God.
This movies is famous for lighting as a powerful tool for emphasizing various scenes.

4. Being John Malkovich

Some might call it confusing but that’s the whole point of critical thinking movies. There are certain hints hidden in these movies that you have to use to come up with what actually happened. The most shocking and delightful scene is when a terrified Malkovich turns to the only friend he can trust and the last person you’d expect.
Anyway, not gonna give you any spoilers! Go watch it and then you’ll understand why it is listed here.

5. Life of Pi

First of all, this movie is visually enchanting. The cryptic ending really makes you wonder how the movie ended. This one is not like what I mentioned above but surely is one of the great movies to enhance your critical thinking.

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6. Contagion

Although, this movie could have topped this list but I didn’t want to scare some people here. This movie is more than 10 years old and if you haven’t watched this and want to watch it now, you will understand why I am calling it a little scary.
And no it’s not a horror movie. This movie basically tells about how just a mere handshake led to a possible extinction of the entire species. The fact that we are in a deadly pandemic right now makes me really scared.
How Steven Soderbergh knew what’s going to happen!?
With a jaw clenching plot and high paranoia, this movie is a must watch for people with a strong heart because this might not be the best time to watch.

7. Shutter island

Here comes Leonardo again. One of his best movies, hands down. The depth and the psychology involved in this movie left me thinking for days. To truly understand this movie, you need more than a single watch.
That is why it is one of the best movies to watch to improve your critical thinking.

8. The Matrix (1999)

This movie stars Keanu Reeves. So my suggestion is if you haven’t watched this already, please do. It has Keanu Reeves for God’s sake! A wonderfully directed movie depicting a dystopian future leaves us stunned. It shows that the reality perceived by most humans is actually a simulated reality.
A mind boggling movie but definitely a must watch.

9. The Truman show

This movie had to make this list. It will really play with your mind though. This movie will make even the most sane people question whether their life is just theirs or are they being watched by someone. This is basically Keeping up with the Kardashians but the protagonist here doesn’t know he is being filmed.
The movie has been analysed as a thesis Christianity, meta philosophy, simulated reality, existentialism, and reality television and is used to help teach these concepts in schools everywhere.

10. Cloud Atlas

The basic plot of the movie is – The reincarnation of a soul travels through time in an exploration of how the actions of individual lives impact one another in the past, present and future, as one soul is shaped from a killer into a hero, and an act of kindness ripples across centuries to inspire a revolution. This movie makes you think how your one simple action can change someone’s life forever.
A thought provoking movie with a unique storyline. A must watch for people trying to be a better critical thinker!