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 reflective, cerebral, melancholic, interesting, talky and surreal films and TV shows about / with existentialism, storytelling, dialogue, loneliness, life philosophy, mentor, philosophy, obsession, destiny and surrealism plots mostly in Drama, Sci-Fi and Comedy genres shot in USA, UK, France and other countries.
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TOP 10 movies tagged as existentialism: Groundhog Day (1993), BoJack Horseman (2014), American Beauty (1999), Trainspotting (1996), Synecdoche, New York (2008), The Matrix (1999), Waking Life (2001), Good Will Hunting (1997), Her (2013), Amelie (2001).

List of existentialism movies

 8.0
 548K
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: humorous, feel good, philosophical, sentimental, witty ...
Audience: date night
Plot: time loop, existentialism, small town, deja vu, time travel, life philosophy, time warp, wooing, love and romance, romance, road not taken, nothing goes right ...
Time: 1990s, 90s, 20th century, future
Place: pennsylvania, usa
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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, psychological, mind bending, surreal, captivating ...
Audience: date night
Plot: love, introspection, existentialism, deja vu, love and romance, surrealism, couple relations, love story, power of love, brainwashing, couples, memory loss ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, new york
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BoJack Horseman (2014)
Genre: Animation, Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 25 min.
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, satirical, melancholic, cynical, entertaining ...
Audience: teens
Plot: existentialism, desire for fame, showbiz, washed up star, down on your luck, hollywood, depression, cynicism, anthropomorphic animal, nothing goes right, life is a bitch, drugs/alcohol ...
Time: 21st century
Place: usa
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 8.3
 1.0M
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, cynical, captivating ...
Audience: teen drama
Plot: midlife crisis, loneliness, character study, coming of age, age difference, older man younger woman relationship, virgin, older man young girl relationship, dysfunctional family, family problems, youth, existentialism ...
Time: 90s, 1990s, 20th century
Place: usa
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 8.1
 596K
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, dark humor, captivating, semi serious, stylized ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: heroin, life is a bitch, addiction, drug abuse, friendship, social misfits, society, existentialism, counterculture, self destructing, drug addiction, drug rehabilitation ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: scotland, europe, edinburgh scotland, london
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Synecdoche, New York (2008)
Genre: Comedy, 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: surreal, psychological, twists and turns, ambiguous ending, depressing ...
Plot: existentialism, depression, obsession, actor, director, writer's life, self fulfillment, theater, therapist, alienation, suicide, actress ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, future
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, berlin germany
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 8.7
 1.5M
The Matrix (1999)
Genre: Action, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
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, serious, cerebral, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: future dystopia, cyberpunk, chosen one, hacker, man versus machine, save the world, artificial intelligence, philosophy, virtual reality, mentor, existentialism, cyberspace ...
Time: future, 1990s, 90s, 21st century, 20th century
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 7.8
 58K
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: surreal, captivating, stylized, philosophical, clever ...
Plot: philosophy, existentialism, lifestyle, imagination, human nature, imaginary, bohemian life, daydreamer, nightmare, life after death, reincarnation, life philosophy ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: texas
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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, sentimental, realistic, philosophical ...
Audience: date night
Plot: prodigy, mathematics, genius, professor, life philosophy, philosophy, university, ambition, human spirit, life, dedicated educator, existentialism ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: harvard university, boston, usa
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 8.0
 477K
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, philosophical, futuristic, offbeat, touching ...
Audience: date night
Plot: loneliness, artificial intelligence, philosophy, unlikely couple, unlikely relationship, a.i., love, cyberspace, computers and web, impossible love, existentialism, human nature ...
Time: future, near future, 21st century
Place: usa, los angeles
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 8.3
 660K
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, sentimental, inspirational, offbeat ...
Audience: date night
Plot: loneliness, optimism, social relations, fall in love, looking for love, love and romance, lifestyle change, life philosophy, imagination, young woman, existentialism, love ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 1990s
Place: paris france, france, montmartre paris, europe, quebec
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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, sentimental, philosophical, atmospheric, melancholic ...
Audience: date night
Plot: love and romance, true love, tragic love, life philosophy, aging, child as adult, odd, supernatural romance, impossible love, adult as child, life & death, existentialism ...
Time: 50s, 30s, 20s, 60s, 20th century ...
Place: new orleans, usa, manhattan new york city, atlantic ocean, india ...
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 7.1
 131K
Never Let Me Go (2010)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Sci-Fi
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, melancholic, depressing, heartbreaking ...
Plot: boarding school, cloning, friendship, love and romance, loneliness, existentialism, childhood, love triangle, life is a bitch, dishonesty, couples, jealousy ...
Time: year 1985, year 1994, year 1978, 1990s
Place: europe, england
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 7.7
 432K
Ex Machina (2014)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, 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: futuristic, tense, mind bending, twist ending, cerebral ...
Plot: artificial intelligence, a.i., isolation, human android relationship, man versus machine, manipulation, technology, existentialism, androids and robots, androids, deception, experiment gone awry ...
Time: future, near future, 21st century, contemporary, 2010s
Place: england
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 8.1
 638K
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: atmospheric, futuristic, thought provoking, tech noir, stylized ...
Plot: cyberpunk, future dystopia, a.i., artificial intelligence, fugitives, killer robot, neo noir, existentialism, androids and robots, human nature, confrontation with superior, bounty hunter ...
Time: future, 2010s
Place: los angeles, usa
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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, witty, not serious, funny, non-linear ...
Plot: jealousy, private detective, existentialism, surveillance, investigation, divorce, rivalry, self discovery, escapades, strong sexual content, suburbs, arson ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
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The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Crime
Country: Germany, USA
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: stylized, offbeat, atmospheric, witty, melancholic ...
Plot: inheritance, hotel, greed, friendship, servant, mentor protege relationship, disorder, adventure, twists & turns, existentialism, escapades, legendary ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 1960s, 30s, year 1968 ...
Place: europe, eastern europe, hungary, alps, central europe
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 7.4
 92K
Eraserhead (1977)
Genre: 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, psychological, avant garde, disturbing ...
Plot: surrealism, insanity, cult, nightmare, baby, existentialism, freak, unwanted pregnancy, parents and children, art, imagination, crazy ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
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Louder Than Bombs (2015)
Genre: Drama
Country: Norway, France, Denmark, USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: Three years after his wife, acclaimed photographer Isabelle Reed, dies in a car crash, Gene keeps everyday life going with his shy teenage son, Conrad. A planned exhibition of Isabelle’s photographs prompts Gene's older son, Jonah, to return ...
Style: sincere, melancholic, rough, touching, captivating
Plot: death of mother, existentialism, sibling relationship, death of wife, parent child relationship, father son reunion, car accident, single father, troubled teen, brother brother relationship, mental illness, widower ...
Time: 2010s
Place: usa
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 8.8
 1.9M
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, suspenseful ...
Plot: parallel world, haunted by the past, mind control, philosophy, manipulations, virtual reality, teamwork, redemption, imagination, hi-tech, alternate reality, subconscious ...
Time: near future, 2010s
Place: sydney australia, paris france, japan, los angeles
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 7.3
 59K
Anomalisa (2015)
Genre: Animation, Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 90 min.
Story: A man crippled by the mundanity of his life experiences something out of the ordinary.
Style: melancholic, atmospheric, depressing, psychological, meditative ...
Plot: depression, sex, nightmare, existentialism, love at first sight, loneliness, infidelity, drinking, puppet, philosophy, life philosophy, adaptation ...
Time: 2000s
Place: cincinnati ohio
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The End of the Tour (2015)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: The story of the five-day interview between Rolling Stone reporter David Lipsky and acclaimed novelist David Foster Wallace, which took place right after the 1996 publication of Wallace's groundbreaking epic novel, 'Infinite Jest.'
Style: sincere, serious, philosophical, meditative, psychological ...
Plot: loneliness, writer's life, journalism, media, artists and showbiz, existentialism, book, friendship, depression, death, poet, fame ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, year 1996, 1990s
Place: usa, illinois, minneapolis minnesota, minnesota
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 6.2
 76K
Solaris (2002)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Romance, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: A troubled psychologist is sent to investigate the crew of an isolated research station orbiting a bizarre planet.
Style: futuristic, psychological, surreal, mind bending, enigmatic ...
Plot: space station, space travel, space and aliens, astronaut, outer space, mysterious planet, spacecraft, back from the dead, mystery, paranormal activity, obsession, psychologist ...
Time: future
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The Man Who Wasn't There (2001)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 116 min.
Story: A tale of passion, crime and punishment set in the summer of 1949. Ed Crane, a barber in a small California town, is dissatisfied with his life, but his wife Doris' infidelity presents him with a chance to change it.
Style: atmospheric, captivating, twists and turns, melancholic, psychological ...
Plot: murder, neo noir, trial, deception, false accusation, crime, infidelity, couples, self discovery, crimes, life is a bitch, existentialism ...
Time: 1940s, 40s, 20th century, 1950s
Place: california, usa
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 6.7
 349K
In Time (2011)
Genre: Action, Crime, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: In the not-too-distant future the aging gene has been switched off. To avoid overpopulation, time has become the currency and the way people pay for luxuries and necessities. The rich can live forever, while the rest try to negotiate for their ...
Style: futuristic, serious, twists and turns, exciting, stylized ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: future dystopia, immortality, time, race against time, social differences, fighting the system, society, love and romance, dystopic future, on the run, chase, poverty ...
Time: future, near future
Place: usa, los angeles
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You, the Living (2007)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Music
Country: Sweden, Germany, France, Denmark, Norway, Japan
Duration: 95 min.
Story: In the Swedish city of Lethe, people from different walks of life take part in a series of short, deadpan vignettes that rush past. Some are just seconds long, none longer than a couple of minutes. A young woman (Jessica Lundberg) remembers a ...
Style: tragicomedy, melancholic, ironic, meditative, surreal ...
Plot: alienation, lifestyle, life, human nature, loneliness, existentialism, music, life philosophy, honest, pickpocket, life is a bitch, society ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: sweden, new jersey, california
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 3.6
 13K
S. Darko (2009)
Genre: Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: S. Darko follows Samantha Darko, the younger sister of Donnie, the protagonist of Donnie Darko, and her friend Corey. On their way to California, their car breaks down, forcing them to wait in a small town until it is fixed. While there, Samantha ...
Style: surreal, gothic, serious, psychological, mind bending ...
Audience: teens
Plot: time travel, small town, stranded, imaginary, best friends, existentialism, supernatural, end of the world, surrealism, adaptation, life philosophy, storytelling ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, year 1995, future
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A Pure Formality (1994)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Italy, France
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Onoff (Depardieu,) is a famous writer, now a recluse. The Inspector (Polanski,) is suspicious when Onoff is brought into the station one night, disoriented and suffering a kind of amnesia. In an isolated, rural police station, the Inspector tries to ...
Style: psychological, suspenseful, serious, meditative, talky ...
Plot: memory loss, mystery, investigation, murder, uncover truth, mind game, existentialism, interrogation, murder mystery, law enforcement, deadly, crimes ...
Time: 90s
Place: italy, tokyo
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 8.1
 33K
The Mirror (1975)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: Soviet Union
Duration: 107 min.
Story: A dying man in his forties remembers his past. His childhood, his mother, the war, personal moments and things that tell of the recent history of all the Russian nation.
Style: atmospheric, psychological, thought provoking, meditative, serious ...
Plot: memory, human nature, family life, countryside, stream of consciousness, existentialism, haunted by the past, nature, hypnosis, russian, life philosophy, poetry ...
Time: 30s, 60s, 20th century, 1930s, 1940s ...
Place: russia, europe, moscow russia, ussr, spain ...
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 7.7
 528K
Birdman or (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: dark humor, psychological, surreal, semi serious, talky ...
Plot: midlife crisis, theater, actor's life, father daughter relationship, desire for fame, alter ego, surrealism, actor, superhero, existentialism, showbiz, ambition ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city
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