12 Movies That Will Leave You Sitting in Silence After It Ends

The ultimate goal of any movie is to leave its viewers sitting in silent contemplation. Sometimes, a Kaiser Soze-esque plot twist; other times, an unexpected death. A director’s job is complete if the movie theater sits silently as the end credits roll.  

Film fans are sharing their favorite awe-inspiring movies that leave us gasping for breath or just speechless. 

Hereditary (2018)

“I was in the theater for it,” shares a moviegoer. “No one screamed; we were all so stunned that we just gasped and went quiet.” 

Sound of Metal (2019)

This remarkable indie flick about a drummer’s loss of hearing and self-discovery is heartfelt and heartbreaking. 

Life Is Beautiful (1997)

This bittersweet World War Two comic tragedy stays in the heart for a long time afterward. It is made more poignant by Roberto Begnini’s performance of a father distracting his son from the horrors of war. 

Irreversible (2002)

Irreversible is shot in reverse chronological order and follows one night in Paris, where an unfortunate woman walks down the wrong alleyway. I still think about this movie today — such was the movie’s effect on me. 

The Whale (2022)

Brendan Fraser won the Academy Award for this film after a long time in the acting doldrums and after difficult personal issues. 

Synecdoche, New York (2008)

This marvelous Philip Seymour Hoffman movie uses a simple literary device and uses it as a metaphor to represent New York City’s effect on people.  

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