15+ Highly Conceptual Movies Meant Only For The Smart Ones

Highly Conceptual Movies For Smart

Do you eagerly look for mind-bending, twisted movies like Inception? Then the list of highly conceptual movies will make your day!

No matter how much the low concept movies enchant you, there is always a wide audience for high concept movies. Why not? After all, highly conceptual movies have a straightforward plot, clear, easily-communicable premise.

High concept movies are unique and universal, and have a hook to spark your imagination and generates audience appeal.. They are easy to explain, can easily be summarized in one line but may or may not be a big budget or complex.

However, in this post, we’ve covered highly conceptual movies that require a great deal of effort to understand. Some of them may be deliberately confusing but all the movies on the list are alluring and fascinating.

Here is the list of 10 best high concept movies for all the smart brains there:

18. Tenet (2020)

Highly Conceptual Movies

IMDb: 7.6/10

The movie is based on the concept of time inversion.

A secret agent embarks on a dangerous mission to prevent World War 3, but the journey turns to something beyond real-time. However, inverted technology, the most complex form of science fiction, is tackled smoothly.

The unexpected twists and turns in the movie will keep you on the edge of your seat the entire time and the great ending makes everything worth it.

17. The Man from Earth (2007)

Highly Conceptual Movies

IMDb: 7.9/10

A clever and intriguing movie plot that force you to look deeper and find those complexities,

Based on the novel by Jerome Bixby, the movie focuses on young looking John Oldman, a departing university professor, who claims to be a Magdalenian caveman and has secretly survived for more than 14,000 years. Though hard to believe for his students, John gives the reasonably logical answer for each of their questions,

A perfect blend of simplicity and complexity, this is a must watch for not just smart ones but anyone who is a free thinker or a philosopher.

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16. Truman Show (1998)

15+ Highly Conceptual Movies Meant Only For The Smart Ones

IMDb: 8.1/10

The science fiction comedy drama film presents the concept of a false reality for the first time.

The movie is about an insurance salesman adopted and raised by a corporation inside a simulated television. He realizes and tries to escape the fake world and cruel deception. Will he be successful?

The classic comedy will make the viewers think twice.

15. Groundhog Day (1993)

Groundhog Day (1993)

IMDb: 8.0/10

The movie introduces the concept of living the same day over and over again.

TV weatherman Phil Connors visits Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, to cover the annual Groundhog Day festivities, but realizes he is doomed to spend the rest of eternity in the same place, spend time with same people and repeat the same thing every day.

Groundhog Day is a funny, witty, clever film that exists on multiple levels to deliver a valuable life lesson.

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14. Donnie Darko (2001)

15+ Highly Conceptual Movies Meant Only For The Smart Ones

IMDb: 8.0/10

The science fiction psychological thriller with loads of creepy elements and spooky scenes unravels the truth of Tangent universe theory

The epic mystery movie chronicles the life of a mentally unstable young man Donnie Darko.

Donnie has an imaginary friend called Frank who appears in a large rabbit suit setting the stage of parallel universes and the impact on decisions we make in alternate realities.

13. Lucy (2014)


IMDb: 6.4/10

The movie is about human potential, brain capacity and humanity’s need to access it.

An American woman Lucy is tricked into working as a drug mule and was assigned a simple task of delivering a mysterious briefcase to Mr Jang. But this dark deal turned her into a merciless warrior evolved beyond human logic with only 24-48 hours to live.

Watch it to know when you use 100% of your brain!

12. Vanilla Sky (2001)

vanilla sky

IMDb: 6.9/10

David Aames, a 33-year-old tycoon inherits publishing empire after his parents were killed in a car crash. As the movie unfolds, David goes through an unexpected roller-coaster ride of romance, comedy, suspicion, love, sex and dreams in a mind-bending search for his soul.

The thriller is more than just about David’s life and loves, there are surprises on top of surprises. Tight directing and clever twists will give you a colourful, surreal experience.

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