Skip To Content

    14 Super Interesting Things To Read, Watch, And Listen To If You Want To Have Your Mind Blown

    TV, movies, books — even a podcast.

    Recently, we asked the BuzzFeed Community to share a piece of entertainment that deep thinkers need to know about — here were some of the top recommendations.

    1. Dune by Frank Herbert

    catreadsabunch / Via

    "I read it every few years and learn something new. It's been hugely important to my development as a person and how I see/interpret the world. The book touches on religion, economics, drug use, ecology, environmentalism, humanity, destiny, politics — the list goes on. It remains the gold standard by which I judge all other works of science fiction."


    2. Dark

    View this video on YouTube

    "It has time travel, wormholes, and tons of paradoxes. I can't say too much without giving things away, but it will definitely leave you thinking."


    "It's absolutely mind-blowing and well done. I literally took notes watching this show, it really makes you think and it has an amazing ending!"


    3. The End of the World with Josh Clark (a podcast)

    "It's 10 episodes about existential risks for humanity. He talks about extremely complex stuff in a way that's very easy to understand."


    4. The Leftovers

    View this video on YouTube

    5. Mr. Nobody

    View this video on YouTube

    "It’s a movie about the last living mortal (Jared Leto). He's on his deathbed, telling the story of his life and every direction it could’ve gone. The whole movie, you’re trying to figure out which direction he took while contemplating your own life choices. One of my favorite movies of all time that nobody's ever seen."


    6. The Midnight Gospel

    View this video on YouTube

    "It's seriously the most mind-melding thing I've watched in a while. I am obsessed with it."


    7. 1984 by George Orwell

    readingwithrory / Via

    "I know it sounds cliché, but it has been monumentally influential and taught me how to question authority and THINK for myself. If you haven’t read it (or it’s been a while), read it now! The prophetic way it describes how our culture treats dissent is staggering."


    8. Arrival

    View this video on YouTube

    "Understanding how the choices you make impact the future, then making the choice to change them. Powerful."


    9. Ishmael by Daniel Quinn

    rachaeldarling / Via

    "It's the most important book I've ever read. I can't stop recommending it. It'll drastically shift your worldview."


    10. Donnie Darko

    View this video on YouTube

    "One of my favorite movies ever. It's so thought-provoking."


    11. Mr. Robot

    View this video on YouTube

    "It’s mind-blowing and it will really make you evaluate life."


    12. Rick and Morty

    View this video on YouTube



    13. The OA

    View this video on YouTube

    "It’s a story about a blind girl who goes missing in a rural town. She reappears a few years later with her sense of sight back. It's one of the most well-done series I’ve ever seen, hands down."


    14. Many Lives, Many Masters by Brian Weiss

    lifesimplified143 / Via

    "It's an amazing book about how our souls have all been in past lives on Earth, and how we can heal our present selves by exploring these past lives. It was incredibly insightful and honestly changed the way I view life in the best way."