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, interesting, visually appealing, cerebral, reflective and complex films and TV shows about / with existentialism, storytelling, loneliness, life philosophy, weird, mentor, philosophy, dialogue, destiny and imagination plots mostly in Drama, Sci-Fi and Romance genres shot in USA, UK, Germany and other countries.
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TOP 10 movies tagged as existentialism: BoJack Horseman (2014), Trainspotting (1996), Her (2013), Ex Machina (2014), Waking Life (2001), American Beauty (1999), Inception (2010), Groundhog Day (1993), Good Will Hunting (1997), Never Let Me Go (2010).

List of existentialism movies

 8.7
 103K
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, sitcom, adult animation, satirical, cynical ...
Audience: teens
Plot: existentialism, showbiz, anthropomorphic animal, hollywood, depression, desire for fame, washed up star, down on your luck, cynicism, anthropomorphism, horse, adult humor ...
Time: 21st century, hollywood star, 2020s, 2010s
Place: usa, los angeles, california
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 8.1
 624K
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, psychedelic, semi serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: heroin, existentialism, addiction, drug abuse, social misfits, friendship, life is a bitch, counterculture, drug addiction, society, self destructing, crimes ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: scotland, edinburgh scotland, london, europe, england
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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, surreal, mind bending, romantic ...
Audience: date night
Plot: surrealism, existentialism, introspection, love, power of love, love story, love and romance, deja vu, couple relations, couples, brainwashing, memory loss ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, new york
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 8.0
 524K
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, a.i., unlikely relationship, cyberspace, computers and web, love, unlikely couple, impossible love, human nature ...
Time: future, near future, 21st century
Place: usa, los angeles
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 7.7
 463K
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: twist ending, futuristic, mind bending, tense, twists and turns ...
Plot: artificial intelligence, isolation, existentialism, technology, manipulation, a.i., human android relationship, cyborgs, robot, psychology, androids, man versus machine ...
Time: future, near future, 21st century, contemporary, 2010s
Place: england
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 7.8
 60K
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: stylized, surreal, captivating, contemplative, philosophical ...
Plot: existentialism, philosophy, lifestyle, human nature, bohemian life, imaginary, daydreamer, computer animation, nightmare, satire, life after death, reincarnation ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: texas
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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, coming of age, age difference, older man young girl relationship, existentialism, virgin, dysfunctional family, character study, family problems, older man younger woman relationship, first time ...
Time: 90s, 1990s, 20th century
Place: usa
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 8.8
 2.0M
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, virtual reality, mind control, alternate reality, haunted by the past, existentialism, subconscious, teamwork, manipulations, fantasy world, sleeping, philosophy ...
Time: 2010s, near future
Place: paris france, los angeles, tokyo, kenya, africa ...
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 8.0
 570K
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, witty, sentimental ...
Audience: date night
Plot: time loop, existentialism, life philosophy, time warp, small town, time travel, alternate reality, idealism, deja vu, nothing goes right, romance, road not taken ...
Time: 90s, 1990s, 20th century, future
Place: pennsylvania, usa, pittsburgh
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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, psychological, sentimental, realistic, uplifting ...
Audience: date night
Plot: prodigy, mathematics, genius, university, existentialism, philosophy, life philosophy, professor, ambition, dedicated educator, human spirit, psychiatrist ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: harvard university, boston, usa
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 7.1
 135K
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, heartbreaking, depressing ...
Plot: distopia, cloning, existentialism, childhood, boarding school, love and romance, friendship, loneliness, love triangle, life is a bitch, alternate reality, dishonesty ...
Time: year 1978, year 1985, year 1994, 80s, 70s ...
Place: england, europe
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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: surreal, psychological, twists and turns, ambiguous ending, depressing ...
Plot: existentialism, depression, obsession, theater, actor, director, writer's life, writers, self fulfillment, artists and showbiz, alienation, therapist ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, future
Place: new york, usa, berlin germany, manhattan new york city
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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, witty, atmospheric, melancholic ...
Plot: existentialism, twists & turns, hotel, inheritance, greed, adventure, escapades, mentor protege relationship, disorder, servant, friendship, cons and scams ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 60s, 1960s, 30s ...
Place: europe, eastern europe, hungary, alps, central europe
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 8.7
 1.6M
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, philosophical, cerebral, serious ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: future dystopia, artificial intelligence, cyberpunk, distopia, chosen one, man versus machine, save the world, hacker, virtual reality, alternate reality, imaginary, freedom ...
Time: future, 90s, 1990s, 21st century, 20th century ...
Place: los angeles
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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, philosophical, sentimental, touching, atmospheric ...
Audience: date night
Plot: love and romance, impossible love, tragic love, true love, aging, life & death, child as adult, odd, existentialism, adult as child, life philosophy, fall in love ...
Time: 50s, 1940s, 1930s, 1920s, 60s ...
Place: new orleans, usa, louisiana, pearl harbor, new york ...
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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, interesting, touching ...
Plot: mathematics, paranoia, mental illness, prodigy, genius, insanity, schizophrenia, imagination, obsession, existentialism, hallucination, mentally unstable ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 50s, 70s, 1940s ...
Place: usa, boston, massachusetts, new jersey, stockholm sweden ...
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 8.1
 678K
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, cult film, tech noir ...
Plot: cyberpunk, future dystopia, distopia, a.i., artificial intelligence, neo noir, existentialism, killer robot, androids, fugitives, suprisingly clever, androids and robots ...
Time: future, 2010s, year 2019, 21st century
Place: los angeles, usa
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 7.4
 100K
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, psychological, avant garde, disturbing ...
Plot: surrealism, cult, existentialism, insanity, nightmare, baby, freak, parents and children, unwanted pregnancy, art, imagination, crazy ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
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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: touching, clever, captivating, uplifting, inspirational ...
Plot: prison, human spirit, false accusation, prison escape, freedom, prison life, life is a bitch, life sentence, plot twist, criminal heroes, hopes, confined ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 60s, 50s, 40s ...
Place: usa, mexico, pacific ocean, maine
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 7.0
 146K
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, ambiguous ending ...
Plot: confined, struggle for survival, cannibalism, fear, prison, social relations, rivalry, social differences, society, danger, food shortage, secrets ...
Time: future
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 7.8
 337K
The Game (1997)
Genre: Action, 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: surprise ending, psychological, twists and turns, suspenseful, twist ending ...
Plot: mystery, mind game, uncover truth, life turned upside down, disorder, game, manipulation, neo noir, businessman, psychology, surveillance, scheme ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: san francisco, usa, california
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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, funny ...
Plot: jealousy, existentialism, private detective, surveillance, divorce, suburbs, investigation, rivalry, self discovery, escapades, strong sexual content, coincidence ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
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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: meditative, philosophical, melancholic, atmospheric, touching ...
Plot: buddhism, buddhist monk, redemption, meditation, monk, solitude, teachers and students, existentialism, mentor, human nature, guilt, isolation ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: south korea, korea, asia
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 8.3
 691K
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, stylized, inspirational, sentimental ...
Audience: date night
Plot: loneliness, fall in love, optimism, social relations, looking for love, life, love, life philosophy, love and romance, lifestyle change, weirdo, shyness ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, year 1997, 90s, 70s ...
Place: paris france, france, europe, montmartre paris, quebec
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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, rough, melancholic, captivating, touching
Plot: existentialism, death of mother, sibling relationship, father son reunion, death of wife, parent child relationship, car accident, single father, widower, mental illness, brother brother relationship, depression ...
Time: 2010s
Place: usa
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The Tragedy of Man (2011)
Genre: Animation, Drama, History, Sci-Fi
Country: Hungary
Duration: 160 min.
Story: Jankovic’s adaptation of the eponymous play, is divided into multiple parts and depicts the creation and fall of Man throughout history.
Style: futuristic, epic, experimental
Plot: adam and eve, christianity, society, spacecraft, ancient rome, existentialism, scientist, devil, philosophy, religion, communism, french revolution ...
Place: ancient greece
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 7.3
 98K
Easy Rider (1969)
Genre: Adventure, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: A cross-country trip to sell drugs puts two hippie bikers on a collision course with small-town prejudices.
Style: road movie, psychedelic, realistic, avant garde, atmospheric ...
Plot: hippie, anti heroes, on the road, friendship, hitchhiker, rebelliousness, lsd, existentialism, motorcycle, drugs/alcohol, adventure, americana ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 1960s, year 1969, 70s
Place: usa, new orleans, los angeles, arizona, louisiana ...
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 7.8
 559K
Drive (2011)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: A Hollywood stunt performer who moonlights as a wheelman for criminals discovers that a contract has been put on him after a heist gone wrong.
Style: serious, tense, atmospheric, captivating, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: neo noir, car chase, tough heroes, lone wolves, mechanic, danger, getaway driver, criminal's revenge, crimes, heist, chases and races, organized crime ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s
Place: los angeles, usa, california
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 7.1
 107K
The Jacket (2005)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: Germany, USA
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, bleak, atmospheric ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: time travel, mental institution, psychology, supernatural ability, memory loss, time loop, supernatural, disorder, murder, haunted by the past, mentally unstable, life is a bitch ...
Time: 21st century, 90s, 20th century, contemporary, 2000s ...
Place: vermont
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 7.2
 97K
Broken Flowers (2005)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Mystery, Romance
Country: France, USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: As the devoutly single Don Johnston is dumped by his latest girlfriend, he receives an anonymous pink letter informing him that he has a son who may be looking for him.
Style: touching, sincere, melancholic, emotional, atmospheric ...
Plot: midlife crisis, self discovery, search, old love, couples, lost, existentialism, loneliness, human nature, haunted by the past, culture clash, travel ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: france, sweden, new jersey, tokyo
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