Existentialism movies and TV shows

The list contains the best, new and most relevant existentialism movies ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out thought provoking, cerebral, complex, visually appealing, interesting and reflective films and TV shows about / with existentialism, storytelling, mentor, life philosophy, loneliness, dialogue, philosophy, destiny, obsession and imagination plots mostly in Drama, Romance and Sci-Fi genres shot in USA, Germany, UK and other countries.
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TOP 10 movies tagged as existentialism: Waking Life (2001), Trainspotting (1996), BoJack Horseman (2014), American Beauty (1999), Her (2013), The Matrix (1999), Ex Machina (2014), Blade Runner (1982), The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014), Groundhog Day (1993).

List of existentialism movies

 7.8
 62K
Waking Life (2001)
Genre: Animation, Drama, Fantasy
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Waking Life is about a young man in a persistent lucid dream-like state. The film follows its protagonist as he initially observes and later participates in philosophical discussions that weave together issues like reality, free will, our ...
Style: philosophical, surreal, stylized, captivating, contemplative ...
Plot: existentialism, philosophy, dream, lifestyle, human nature, bohemian life, imaginary, daydreamer, alternate reality, computer animation, surrealism, satire ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: texas
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 8.1
 653K
Trainspotting (1996)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Renton, deeply immersed in the Edinburgh drug scene, tries to clean up and get out, despite the allure of the drugs and influence of friends.
Style: disturbing, psychedelic, captivating, semi serious, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: existentialism, heroin, drug abuse, drug addiction, addiction, surrealism, dark humor, life is a bitch, social misfits, counterculture, friendship, hallucination ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: scotland, edinburgh scotland, london, europe, england
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 8.7
 124K
BoJack Horseman (2014)
Genre: Animation, Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 25 min.
TV show
Story: Meet the most beloved sitcom horse of the 90s - 20 years later. BoJack Horseman was the star of the hit TV show "Horsin' Around," but today he's washed up, living in Hollywood, complaining about everything, and wearing colorful ...
Style: humorous, sitcom, adult animation, satirical, melancholic ...
Audience: teens
Plot: existentialism, anthropomorphic animal, showbiz, depression, hollywood, anthropomorphism, desire for fame, washed up star, down on your luck, cynicism, horse, adult humor ...
Time: 21st century, 2020s, 2010s
Place: usa, california, los angeles
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 8.3
 1.1M
American Beauty (1999)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 122 min.
Story: Lester Burnham, a depressed suburban father in a mid-life crisis, decides to turn his hectic life around after developing an infatuation with his daughter's attractive friend.
Style: thought provoking, melancholic, sexual, cerebral, cynical ...
Audience: teen drama
Plot: midlife crisis, older man young girl relationship, coming of age, existentialism, loneliness, character study, age difference, virgin, dysfunctional family, older man younger woman relationship, closeted homosexual, youth ...
Time: 90s, 1990s, 20th century
Place: usa
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 8.0
 564K
Her (2013)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 126 min.
Story: In the not so distant future, Theodore, a lonely writer purchases a newly developed operating system designed to meet the user's every needs. To Theodore's surprise, a romantic relationship develops between him and his operating system. ...
Style: melancholic, futuristic, philosophical, offbeat, touching ...
Audience: date night
Plot: loneliness, artificial intelligence, existentialism, philosophy, unlikely relationship, a.i., cyberspace, love, human nature, impossible love, unlikely couple, computers and web ...
Time: future, near future, 21st century
Place: usa, los angeles
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 8.7
 1.7M
The Matrix (1999)
Genre: Action, Sci-Fi
Country: USA, Australia
Duration: 136 min.
Story: Set in the 22nd century, The Matrix tells the story of a computer hacker who joins a group of underground insurgents fighting the vast and powerful computers who now rule the earth.
Style: mind bending, thought provoking, philosophical, cerebral, intense ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: artificial intelligence, cyberpunk, hacker, future dystopia, distopia, chosen one, philosophy, existentialism, man versus machine, alternate reality, mentor, virtual reality ...
Time: future, 90s, 1990s, 21st century, 20th century ...
Place: los angeles
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 7.7
 498K
Ex Machina (2014)
Genre: Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Caleb, a 26 year old coder at the world's largest internet company, wins a competition to spend a week at a private mountain retreat belonging to Nathan, the reclusive CEO of the company. But when Caleb arrives at the remote location he finds ...
Style: mind bending, philosophical, twist ending, tense, psychological ...
Plot: artificial intelligence, isolation, technology, robot, existentialism, cyberpunk, cyborgs, androids, human android relationship, manipulation, a.i., man versus machine ...
Time: future, near future, 21st century, contemporary, 2010s
Place: england
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 8.1
 717K
Blade Runner (1982)
Genre: Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: In the smog-choked dystopian Los Angeles of 2019, blade runner Rick Deckard is called out of retirement to terminate a quartet of replicants who have escaped to Earth seeking their creator for a way to extend their short life spans.
Style: futuristic, neo noir, atmospheric, thought provoking, tech noir ...
Plot: cyberpunk, future dystopia, existentialism, distopia, a.i., androids, artificial intelligence, killer robot, fugitives, androids and robots, cyborgs, bounty hunter ...
Time: future, 21st century, year 2019, 2010s
Place: los angeles, usa
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The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Crime
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 99 min.
Story: The Grand Budapest Hotel tells of a legendary concierge at a famous European hotel between the wars and his friendship with a young employee who becomes his trusted protégé. The story involves the theft and recovery of a priceless Renaissance ...
Style: offbeat, stylized, witty, atmospheric, melancholic ...
Plot: existentialism, twists & turns, hotel, escapades, inheritance, painting, adventure, cons and scams, mentor protege relationship, disorder, servant, friendship ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 60s, 1960s, 30s ...
Place: eastern europe, europe, alps, hungary, central europe
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Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Joel Barish, heartbroken that his girlfriend underwent a procedure to erase him from her memory, decides to do the same. However, as he watches his memories of her fade away, he realises that he still loves her, and may be too late to correct his ...
Style: melancholic, surreal, mind bending, psychological, offbeat ...
Audience: date night
Plot: surrealism, introspection, existentialism, love, couple relations, couples, memory loss, love and romance, power of love, disorder, deja vu, borderline personality disorder ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, new york
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 8.0
 594K
Groundhog Day (1993)
Genre: Comedy, Fantasy, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: A narcissistic TV weatherman, along with his attractive-but-distant producer and mawkish cameraman, is sent to report on Groundhog Day in the small town of Punxsutawney, where he finds himself repeating the same day over and over.
Style: feel good, philosophical, humorous, sentimental, witty ...
Audience: date night
Plot: time loop, life philosophy, existentialism, time warp, time travel, small town, repeated event, alternate reality, nothing goes right, idealism, hopes, love and romance ...
Time: 90s, 1990s, 20th century, future
Place: pennsylvania, usa, pittsburgh
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 7.0
 183K
The Platform (2019)
Genre: Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: Spain
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Two people per level. An unknown number of levels. A platform with food for all of them. Are you one of those who think too much when they are up? Or of those who have no guts when they are down? If you discover it too late, you will not live out of ...
Style: disturbing, suspense, suspenseful, futuristic, allegory ...
Plot: fear, cannibalism, struggle for survival, existentialism, confined, social differences, food shortage, prison, rivalry, social relations, danger, society ...
Time: future
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Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter... and Spring (2003)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: South Korea, Germany
Duration: 103 min.
Story: This South Korean film takes place on an isolated lake, where an old monk lives in a small floating temple. The monk has a young boy living with him, learning to become a monk. We watch as seasons and years pass by.
Style: philosophical, melancholic, meditative, atmospheric, touching ...
Plot: existentialism, buddhism, buddhist monk, life, meditation, human nature, philosophy, monk, teachers and students, guilt, life changing experience, isolation ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: south korea, korea, asia
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The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 142 min.
Story: Framed in the 1940s for the double murder of his wife and her lover, upstanding banker Andy Dufresne begins a new life at the Shawshank prison, where he puts his accounting skills to work for an amoral warden. During his long stretch in prison, ...
Style: captivating, clever, touching, inspirational, uplifting ...
Plot: prison, human spirit, prison escape, false accusation, freedom, powerful ending, prison life, hopes, life is a bitch, existentialism, life sentence, confined ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 60s, 50s, 40s ...
Place: usa, maine, pacific ocean, mexico
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Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) (2014)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 119 min.
Story: A fading actor best known for his portrayal of a popular superhero attempts to mount a comeback by appearing in a Broadway play. As opening night approaches, his attempts to become more altruistic, rebuild his career, and reconnect with friends and ...
Style: psychological, surreal, semi serious, suspense, tragicomedy ...
Plot: existentialism, midlife crisis, theater, father daughter relationship, dark humor, ambition, actor's life, desire for fame, alter ego, surrealism, introspection, satire ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city
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Synecdoche, New York (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 124 min.
Story: A theater director struggles with his work, and the women in his life, as he attempts to create a life-size replica of New York inside a warehouse as part of his new play.
Style: psychological, twists and turns, surreal, ambiguous ending, depressing ...
Plot: existentialism, depression, obsession, theater, actor, director, writer's life, writers, self fulfillment, artists and showbiz, alienation, actress ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, future
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, berlin germany
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 7.8
 364K
The Game (1997)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 129 min.
Story: In honor of his birthday, San Francisco banker Nicholas Van Orton, a financial genius and a coldhearted loner, receives an unusual present from his younger brother, Conrad -- a gift certificate to play a unique kind of game. In nearly a nanosecond, ...
Style: psychological, surprise ending, twists and turns, suspenseful, twist ending ...
Plot: mystery, mind game, manipulation, uncover truth, life turned upside down, psychology, disorder, existentialism, scheme, game, life philosophy, businessman ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: san francisco, usa, california, seattle, mexico ...
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A Beautiful Mind (2001)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 135 min.
Story: At Princeton University, John Nash struggles to make a worthwhile contribution to serve as his legacy to the world of mathematics. He finally makes a revolutionary breakthrough that will eventually earn him the Nobel Prize. After graduate school he ...
Style: psychological, captivating, cerebral, dramatic, intellectual ...
Plot: mathematics, paranoia, mental illness, genius, prodigy, insanity, schizophrenia, existentialism, imagination, obsession, hallucination, mentally unstable ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 50s, 70s, 90s ...
Place: boston, usa, massachusetts, stockholm sweden, washington d.c. ...
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 7.1
 140K
Never Let Me Go (2010)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 103 min.
Story: As children, Kathy, Ruth, and Tommy spend their childhood at an idyllic and secluded English boarding school. As they grow into adults, they must come to terms with the complexity and strength of their love for one another while also preparing for ...
Style: psychological, sad, contemplative, melancholic, heartbreaking ...
Plot: distopia, boarding school, childhood, existentialism, cloning, love and romance, friendship, loneliness, transplant, life is a bitch, alternate reality, dishonesty ...
Time: year 1978, year 1994, year 1985, 1990s, 70s ...
Place: england, europe
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 8.3
 722K
Amelie (2001)
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Country: France, Germany
Duration: 122 min.
Story: At a tiny Parisian café, the adorable yet painfully shy Amélie (Audrey Tautou) accidentally discovers a gift for helping others. Soon Amelie is spending her days as a matchmaker, guardian angel, and all-around do-gooder. But when she bumps into a ...
Style: touching, feel good, inspirational, stylized, sentimental ...
Audience: date night
Plot: loneliness, surrealism, looking for love, existentialism, optimism, fall in love, weirdo, social relations, life philosophy, love, shyness, young woman ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, year 1997, 1990s, 70s ...
Place: paris france, france, europe, montmartre paris, quebec
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I Heart Huckabees (2004)
Genre: Comedy
Country: UK, Germany, USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: A husband-and-wife team play detective, but not in the traditional sense. Instead, the happy duo helps others solve their existential issues, the kind that keep you up at night, wondering what it all means.
Style: humorous, surreal, witty, not serious, philosophical ...
Plot: existentialism, jealousy, private detective, surveillance, divorce, investigation, suburbs, rivalry, self discovery, escapades, strong sexual content, businessman ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
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Good Will Hunting (1997)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 126 min.
Story: Will Hunting has a genius-level IQ but chooses to work as a janitor at MIT. When he solves a difficult graduate-level math problem, his talents are discovered by Professor Gerald Lambeau, who decides to help the misguided youth reach his potential. ...
Style: philosophical, uplifting, sentimental, psychological, emotional ...
Audience: date night
Plot: mathematics, prodigy, genius, life philosophy, university, philosophy, professor, existentialism, human spirit, ambition, dedicated educator, life ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: harvard university, boston, usa
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 7.4
 107K
Eraserhead (1977)
Genre: Fantasy, Horror
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: Henry Spencer tries to survive his industrial environment, his angry girlfriend, and the unbearable screams of his newly born mutant child.
Style: surreal, avant garde, art house, psychological, disturbing ...
Plot: surrealism, existentialism, cult, insanity, nightmare, baby, freak, parents and children, unwanted pregnancy, art, imagination, crazy ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
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 8.8
 2.2M
Inception (2010)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 148 min.
Story: Cobb, a skilled thief who commits corporate espionage by infiltrating the subconscious of his targets is offered a chance to regain his old life as payment for a task considered to be impossible: "inception", the implantation of another ...
Style: psychological, mind bending, clever, cerebral, twist ending ...
Plot: parallel world, mind control, alternate reality, virtual reality, subconscious, life philosophy, teamwork, fictional reality, manipulations, fantasy world, haunted by the past, existentialism ...
Time: 2010s, near future
Place: japan, los angeles, paris france, new york, tokyo ...
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 7.1
 43K
Holy Motors (2012)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy
Country: France, Germany, Belgium
Duration: 115 min.
Story: We follow 24 hours in the life of a being moving from life to life like a cold and solitary assassin moving from hit to hit. In each of these interwoven lives, the being possesses an entirely distinct identity: sometimes a man, sometimes a woman, ...
Style: surreal, odd, art house, enigmatic, cerebral ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: existentialism, hidden identity, double life, surrealism, unfulfillment, lifestyle change, power relations, wig, limousine, disguise, dog, model ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s
Place: paris france, france, tokyo
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The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 166 min.
Story: Tells the story of Benjamin Button, a man who starts aging backwards with bizarre consequences.
Style: captivating, sentimental, dramatic, atmospheric, touching ...
Audience: date night
Plot: life philosophy, impossible love, love and romance, aging, true love, tragic love, life & death, child as adult, adult as child, existentialism, journey, fall in love ...
Time: 50s, 1940s, 1920s, 1930s, 20th century ...
Place: new orleans, usa, louisiana, pearl harbor, new york ...
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 7.0
 94K
Demolition (2015)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: An emotionally desperate investment banker finds hope through a woman he meets in Chicago.
Style: melancholic, emotional, psychological, philosophical, reflective ...
Plot: death of wife, existentialism, depression, death, destruction, car accident, grief, father in law son in law relationship, self discovery, correspondence, gay teenager, vending machine ...
Place: new york
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Requiem for a Dream (2000)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: The hopes and dreams of four ambitious people are shattered when their drug addictions begin spiraling out of control. A look into addiction and how it overcomes the mind and body.
Style: psychological, bleak, disturbing, depressing, atmospheric ...
Plot: heroin, drug abuse, addiction, life is a bitch, drug addiction, insanity, depression, hallucination, drug trip, destructive relationship, downfall, drug use ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa, brooklyn new york city, coney island brooklyn new york city
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 7.2
 12K
Time (2006)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Romance
Country: South Korea, Japan
Duration: 97 min.
Story: To save her relationship, a woman puts herself through extensive plastic surgery.
Style: psychological, realistic, clever, emotional, serious ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: existentialism, love affair, obsession, romance, unfulfillment, disappearance, women, paranoia, prejudice, self discovery, memory, character study ...
Time: contemporary
Place: asia, korea
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 7.1
 110K
The Jacket (2005)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 103 min.
Story: A military veteran goes on a journey into the future, where he can foresee his death and is left with questions that could save his life and those he loves.
Style: psychological, surreal, enigmatic, tricky, mind bending ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: time travel, psychology, mental institution, time loop, supernatural, supernatural ability, memory loss, disorder, murder, haunted by the past, mentally unstable, life is a bitch ...
Time: 21st century, 90s, 20th century, contemporary, 1990s ...
Place: vermont
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