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 weird, thought provoking, complex, surreal, cerebral and philosophical films and TV shows about / with existentialism, loneliness, storytelling, life philosophy, mentor, dialogue, philosophy, obsession, destiny and psychology plots mostly in Drama, Romance and Sci-Fi genres shot in USA, UK, Germany and other countries.
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TOP 10 movies tagged as existentialism: Her (2013), American Beauty (1999), Waking Life (2001), Trainspotting (1996), BoJack Horseman (2014), The Shawshank Redemption (1994), Blade Runner (1982), The Matrix (1999), Ex Machina (2014), Eraserhead (1977).

List of existentialism movies

 8.0
 602K
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: philosophical, melancholic, futuristic, touching, clever ...
Audience: teens, date night
Plot: loneliness, artificial intelligence, existentialism, love, philosophy, a.i., unlikely relationship, human nature, cyberspace, unlikely couple, impossible love, romance ...
Time: future, near future, 21st century
Place: los angeles, california, usa
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 8.4
 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, sexual, melancholic, cerebral, sexy ...
Audience: teens, chick flick, girls' night, teen drama
Plot: midlife crisis, existentialism, age difference, coming of age, dysfunctional family, loneliness, older man younger woman relationship, older man young girl relationship, obsession, youth, family problems, adultery ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: usa
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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: surreal, psychological, atmospheric, talky, enigmatic ...
Plot: existentialism, theater, midlife crisis, dark humor, actor, alter ego, satire, father daughter relationship, showbiz, surrealism, superhero, inner voice ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new york, manhattan new york city, usa
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 7.7
 64K
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, psychological, clever ...
Plot: philosophy, existentialism, dream, surrealism, alternate reality, lucid dream, imagination, life philosophy, lifestyle, existence paradox, bohemian life, human nature ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: texas
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 8.1
 680K
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, stylized, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: addiction, heroin, drug addiction, drug abuse, existentialism, life is a bitch, drugs, social misfits, crimes, counterculture, surrealism, dark humor ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: scotland, edinburgh scotland, europe, england, london
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 8.8
 148K
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: adult animation, humorous, sitcom, satirical, melancholic ...
Audience: teens, kids
Plot: existentialism, depression, anthropomorphic animal, sadness, anthropomorphism, showbiz, hollywood, desire for fame, horse, down on your luck, washed up star, cynicism ...
Time: 21st century, future, 2010s, 2020s
Place: usa, los angeles, california
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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: inspirational, touching, philosophical, uplifting, twist ending ...
Plot: prison, prison escape, freedom, human spirit, hopes, friendship between men, life, existentialism, wrongful imprisonment, life sentence, false accusation, prison life ...
Time: 1940s, 60s, year 1965, year 1963, year 1966 ...
Place: usa, maine, pacific ocean, mexico
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 8.1
 758K
Blade Runner (1982)
Genre: Action, Drama, 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: neo noir, atmospheric, futuristic, thought provoking, cerebral ...
Plot: cyberpunk, distopia, existentialism, future dystopia, artificial intelligence, androids, a.i., cyborgs, police detective, female android, fugitives, killer robot ...
Time: future, 2010s, year 2019, 21st century
Place: los angeles, california, usa
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 8.7
 1.9M
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: thought provoking, philosophical, mind bending, cerebral, intense ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: distopia, artificial intelligence, cyberpunk, alternate reality, virtual reality, philosophy, martial arts, hacker, post apocalypse, existentialism, gunfight, man versus machine ...
Time: future, 90s, 21st century, near future, 20th century ...
Place: los angeles
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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: psychological, surreal, mind bending, melancholic, romantic ...
Audience: date night, teens, girls' night
Plot: love, memory, surrealism, memory loss, amnesia, introspection, couple relations, existentialism, borderline personality disorder, loneliness, love story, love and romance ...
Time: future, contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, new york
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 7.7
 536K
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: philosophical, mind bending, psychological, twist ending, futuristic ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: robot, artificial intelligence, cyberpunk, androids, cyborgs, existentialism, technology, isolation, a.i., human android relationship, androids and robots, manipulation ...
Time: future, near future, 21st century, contemporary, 2010s
Place: england
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 7.3
 115K
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, art house, psychedelic, avant garde, psychological ...
Plot: surrealism, existentialism, nightmare, insanity, baby, cult, psychosis, art, psychology, eccentricity, loneliness, freak ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
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 8.1
 622K
Groundhog Day (1993)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, 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, romantic, sentimental ...
Audience: date night, kids, teens
Plot: time loop, small town, time travel, life philosophy, existentialism, time warp, repeated event, romance, alternate reality, idealism, nothing goes right, road not taken ...
Time: 90s, future, 20th century
Place: pennsylvania, usa, pittsburgh
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 7.1
 146K
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: sad, psychological, melancholic, depressing, heartbreaking ...
Audience: teens, chick flick
Plot: distopia, boarding school, cloning, existentialism, childhood, friendship, love triangle, love and romance, sadness, loneliness, transplant, jealousy ...
Time: year 1994, year 1985, year 1978, 50s, 90s ...
Place: england, europe
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 8.3
 749K
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: feel good, touching, inspirational, stylized, sentimental ...
Audience: date night, girls' night, teens
Plot: loneliness, love, existentialism, optimism, life philosophy, social relations, life, fall in love, young woman, weirdo, looking for love, love and romance ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, year 1974, 20th century, 90s ...
Place: paris france, france, montmartre paris, europe, quebec
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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, surreal, philosophical, twists and turns, depressing ...
Plot: existentialism, depression, theater, schizophrenic, obsession, writer's life, magic realism, mental illness, writers, actor, director, self fulfillment ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, future
Place: new york, usa, berlin germany, manhattan new york city
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 8.8
 2.3M
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, surreal, twist ending, cerebral ...
Plot: alternate reality, subconscious, virtual reality, mind control, existentialism, parallel world, teamwork, fictional reality, dream, memory, philosophy, sleeping ...
Time: future, 2010s, near future
Place: paris france, japan, los angeles, tokyo, africa ...
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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: buddhism, coming of age, buddhist monk, existentialism, isolation, guilt, life, meditation, buddhist, monk, solitude, lust ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: south korea, korea, asia
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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: psychological, emotional, philosophical, uplifting, sentimental ...
Audience: girls' night, teens, date night
Plot: mathematics, genius, prodigy, professor, life philosophy, life, philosophy, university, existentialism, human spirit, ambition, psychiatrist ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: harvard university, boston, massachusetts, usa
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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, touching, cerebral, motivational, captivating ...
Plot: mathematics, mental illness, genius, paranoia, schizophrenia, prodigy, mathematician, obsession, insanity, scientist, nobel prize, existentialism ...
Time: 60s, 1940s, 70s, 20th century, 80s ...
Place: new jersey, boston, massachusetts, usa, washington d.c. ...
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 7.0
 213K
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: suspense, disturbing, suspenseful, futuristic, ambiguous ending ...
Plot: struggle for survival, food shortage, prison, social differences, rivalry, confined, social relations, cannibalism, fear, society, existentialism, hunger ...
Time: future
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 7.7
 388K
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, twists and turns, surprise ending, twist ending, suspenseful ...
Plot: mystery, manipulation, mind game, game, uncover truth, life turned upside down, psychology, scheme, disorder, life philosophy, existentialism, surveillance ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: san francisco, usa, california, mexico, seattle
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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, disturbing, emotional, bleak, depressing ...
Plot: addiction, heroin, drug addiction, drug abuse, hallucination, insanity, drugs, junkie, life is a bitch, drug addict, downfall, degradation ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa, brooklyn new york city, coney island brooklyn new york city
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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: atmospheric, stylized, witty, surreal, dramatic ...
Plot: hotel, prison escape, escapades, painting, adventure, murder, mentor protege relationship, existentialism, luxury hotel, art theft, prison, inheritance ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 60s, 80s, year 1985 ...
Place: eastern europe, alps, europe, hungary, central europe
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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: philosophical, surreal, humorous, witty, cerebral ...
Plot: existentialism, self discovery, surveillance, private detective, divorce, jealousy, philosophy, rivalry, relationships, investigation, suburbs, escapades ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
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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: touching, philosophical, atmospheric, sentimental, captivating ...
Audience: date night, chick flick, teens
Plot: true love, life philosophy, aging, tragic love, life & death, love and romance, existentialism, child as adult, impossible love, destiny, puzzle, melancholy ...
Time: 50s, 1940s, 20th century, 1930s, 1920s ...
Place: new orleans, usa, english channel, pearl harbor, louisiana ...
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 7.1
 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, sexy, emotional, clever, realistic ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: existentialism, love affair, obsession, romance, paranoia, memory, women, character study, unfulfillment, friendship, time, self discovery ...
Time: contemporary
Place: asia, korea
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 7.0
 46K
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, art house, enigmatic, cerebral, psychedelic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: existentialism, surrealism, limousine, life & death, creativity, obsession, multiple storylines, double life, hidden identity, lifestyle change, power relations, unfulfillment ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s
Place: paris france, tokyo, france
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 7.0
 99K
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, philosophical, psychological, emotional, twists and turns ...
Plot: depression, death of wife, grief, death, existentialism, car accident, self discovery, father in law son in law relationship, destruction, psychology, relationships, widower ...
Place: new york
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 7.7
 39K
Naked (1993)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 131 min.
Story: Johnny flees Manchester for London, to avoid a beating from the family of a girl he has raped. There he finds an old girlfriend, and spends some time homeless, spending much of his time ranting at strangers, and meeting characters in plights very ...
Style: disturbing, talky, witty, compassionate, realistic ...
Plot: sexual abuse, existentialism, drifter, rapist, sexual humiliation, character study, humiliation, rape, nihilism, loneliness, rough sex, voyeurism ...
Time: 90s
Place: london, europe, england, united kingdom, manchester
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