There are numerous ways to increase your intellect like taking classes on subjects you find interesting, reading published books, or even interacting with people with increased knowledge in subjects you know nothing about. One of the most overlooked ways of gaining intelligence though can be through the watching of television or movies.
That isn’t to say that any movie or TV show will increase your intelligence, and you may need to be more selective in that manner. Documentaries and news programs can help in that regard, but in this list we’ve compiled a couple of films that will raise your iq a few points once the credits roll in at the end.
1. A Beautiful Mind (2001)
Russell Crowe stars in the film based upon the fictional character John Nash, a leading figure in the world of economics. The film delves into how his character came up with the “Nash Equilibrium,” a popular concept embraced by a majority of economists around the world.
Watching this film will help you get a better understanding of the world economy, and unless you’re already well-versed in the subject, will take a couple viewings for you to fully understand.
2. Good Will Hunting (1997)
What makes this Oscar winning film so great is the amount of research and work put in behind the scenes before filming. Wanting to remain true to life, and not trying to deal with absurdity, the team behind the film made sure to hire an actual professor from MIT to provide his input on the film.
The film does great on it’s themes on intelligence and discrimination, making you think about how you judge people, based on their backgrounds. Intelligence can come from anywhere.
3. Limitless (2011)
Bradley Cooper plays a character who is able to use every part of his brain, making him the ultimate human being. Although based off a pharmaceutical drug that doesn’t exist, the concepts in the movie are based off principals used in psychology today. Association of words and concepts help us to identify things much faster, therefore working much faster.
With where we’re at in human evolution, we won’t have the ability to utilize our brains like in the movie, but we can pull off some concepts into our everyday lives.
4. Memento (2000)
A movie that well help improve your thought process and memory skills, the film throws you in the middle of the madness, straight into the mind of the character, whether neither you or him knows what is going on.
With so much going on, and tension throughout, you’ll have no clue what is happening and will have to make your own judgement on who and what to believe. If you only have the time to check out one of the films on the list, this one is definitely the one to watch.