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 cerebral, interesting, stylized, reflective, surreal and melancholic films and TV shows about / with existentialism, storytelling, life philosophy, loneliness, mentor, dialogue, philosophy, destiny, flashback and life & death 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: Groundhog Day (1993), Ex Machina (2014), Eraserhead (1977), Louder Than Bombs (2015), Her (2013), The Matrix (1999), Never Let Me Go (2010), American Beauty (1999), BoJack Horseman (2014), Solaris (2002).

List of existentialism movies

 8.0
 535K
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, witty, surreal, sentimental ...
Audience: date night
Plot: time loop, small town, wooing, love and romance, existentialism, nothing goes right, road not taken, redemption, deja vu, idealism, romance, time travel ...
Time: 1990s, 20th century, 90s, future
Place: pennsylvania, usa
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 7.7
 417K
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: tense, futuristic, clever, mind bending, suspenseful ...
Plot: artificial intelligence, a.i., isolation, manipulation, technology, existentialism, human android relationship, experiment gone awry, deception, man versus machine, philosophy, robot ...
Time: future, near future, 21st century, contemporary, 2010s
Place: england
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 7.4
 89K
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, nightmare, baby, existentialism, insanity, cult, freak, parents and children, unwanted pregnancy, art, imagination, crazy ...
Time: 70s, 20th 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: sentimental, touching, atmospheric, melancholic, captivating ...
Audience: date night
Plot: love and romance, true love, tragic love, aging, life philosophy, hopes, child as adult, imaginary, impossible love, age difference, existentialism, supernatural romance ...
Time: 50s, 20s, 30s, 40s, 60s ...
Place: new orleans, usa, atlantic ocean, paris france, india ...
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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: rough, melancholic, sincere, touching, captivating
Plot: existentialism, death of mother, sibling relationship, father son reunion, death of wife, parent child relationship, car accident, single father, troubled teen, brother brother relationship, depression, widower ...
Time: 2010s
Place: usa
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 8.0
 458K
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: futuristic, melancholic, philosophical, touching, talky ...
Audience: date night
Plot: loneliness, artificial intelligence, a.i., unlikely couple, impossible love, unlikely relationship, love, computers and web, philosophy, cyberspace, existentialism, obsession ...
Time: future, near future, 21st century
Place: usa, los angeles
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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: thought provoking, exciting, mind bending, serious, philosophical ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: virtual reality, save the world, future dystopia, cyberpunk, artificial intelligence, man versus machine, a.i., imaginary, technology gone awry, chosen one, cyberspace, philosophy ...
Time: future, 1990s, 21st century, 20th century, 90s
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 7.2
 129K
Never Let Me Go (2010)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Sci-Fi
Country: UK, USA
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, heartbreaking, sad, melancholic, depressing ...
Plot: cloning, love and romance, friendship, boarding school, true love, love triangle, childhood, life is a bitch, dishonesty, couples, existentialism, jealousy ...
Time: year 1994, 1990s, year 1985, year 1978
Place: europe, england
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 8.4
 978K
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, cynical, biting, cerebral ...
Audience: teen drama
Plot: midlife crisis, family problems, dysfunctional family, loneliness, teenage life, coming of age, youth, age difference, virgin, american dream, parenthood, lust ...
Time: 90s, 1990s, 20th century
Place: usa
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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: desire for fame, washed up star, showbiz, hollywood, down on your luck, depression, cynicism, existentialism, nothing goes right, life is a bitch, drugs/alcohol, life philosophy ...
Time: 21st century
Place: usa
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 6.2
 75K
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, surreal, psychological, mind bending, enigmatic ...
Plot: space station, space travel, outer space, astronaut, space and aliens, spacecraft, psychologist, mystery, mysterious planet, hallucination, back from the dead, obsession ...
Time: future
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 6.7
 343K
In Time (2011)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, 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, twists and turns, stylized, exciting, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: fighting the system, future dystopia, race against time, love and romance, immortality, social differences, on the run, chases and races, society, chase, time, escapades ...
Time: future, near future
Place: usa, los angeles
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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, uplifting, realistic ...
Audience: date night
Plot: prodigy, mathematics, professor, genius, human spirit, university, ambition, philosophy, teachers and students, life philosophy, doctors and patients, social differences ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: harvard university, boston, usa
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 8.2
 583K
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, semi serious, captivating, dark humor, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: heroin, addiction, drug abuse, social misfits, life is a bitch, friendship, society, counterculture, crimes, surrealism, misfit, drug addiction ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: scotland, edinburgh scotland, europe, london
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 8.8
 1.8M
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, suspenseful, clever, serious ...
Plot: parallel world, manipulations, haunted by the past, teamwork, perfect crime, redemption, mind control, hi-tech, imagination, virtual reality, subconscious, dreams ...
Time: near future, 2010s
Place: los angeles, paris france, sydney australia, japan
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 7.0
 74K
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: psychological, melancholic, emotional, philosophical, reflective ...
Plot: death of wife, car accident, homosexuality, gay teenager, correspondence, destruction, father in law son in law relationship, relationships, death, depression, existentialism, guilt ...
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 3.6
 12K
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, serious, psychological, gothic, mind bending ...
Audience: teens
Plot: time travel, small town, stranded, imaginary, best friends, existentialism, supernatural, end of the world, surrealism, adaptation, life philosophy, clones ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, future
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 7.4
 324K
Cloud Atlas (2012)
Genre: Action, Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi
Country: Germany, USA, Hong Kong, Singapore, China
Duration: 172 min.
Story: A set of six nested stories spanning time between the 19th century and a distant post-apocalyptic future. Cloud Atlas explores how the actions and consequences of individual lives impact one another throughout the past, the present and the future. ...
Style: psychological, atmospheric, surreal, futuristic, stylized ...
Plot: destiny, human nature, life philosophy, love and romance, reincarnation, death, wisdom of life, human existence, karma, love, multiple storylines, survival ...
Time: future, 19th century, 20th century, 1930s, 21st century ...
Place: south korea, seoul, hawaii
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 8.3
 644K
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, sentimental, touching, inspirational, sweet ...
Audience: date night
Plot: optimism, loneliness, love and romance, social relations, looking for love, fall in love, hopes, loner, life, young woman, lifestyle change, destiny ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 1990s
Place: france, paris france, europe, montmartre paris, quebec
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Revolutionary Road (2008)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 119 min.
Story: A young couple living in a Connecticut suburb during the mid-1950s struggle to come to terms with their personal problems while trying to raise their two children. Based on a novel by Richard Yates.
Style: bad ending, serious, depressing, heartbreaking, bleak ...
Plot: under the surface, couple relations, family problems, destiny, crumbling marriage, abortion, unfulfillment, jealousy, adultery, death of wife, dysfunctional family, dull life ...
Time: 1950s, 20th century, 50s, year 1955, 1940s
Place: connecticut, usa, paris france, california
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 7.1
 103K
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, enigmatic, surreal, tricky, futuristic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: time travel, supernatural, mental institution, supernatural ability, memory loss, haunted by the past, mentally unstable, experiment, destiny, murder, imaginary, life is a bitch ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 90s, 20th century, 1990s ...
Place: vermont
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 7.7
 511K
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, surreal, psychological, talky, enigmatic ...
Plot: midlife crisis, actor's life, father daughter relationship, theater, desire for fame, alter ego, surrealism, existentialism, superhero, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, actor, dialogue ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city
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I Heart Huckabees (2004)
Genre: Comedy
Country: USA, UK, Germany
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: clever, surreal, not serious, talky, humorous ...
Plot: jealousy, private detective, existentialism, investigation, anger, rivalry, celebrity, sex, surveillance, cause and meaning, arson, firefighter ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
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The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Crime, Drama
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, offbeat, melancholic, witty ...
Plot: hotel, inheritance, mentor protege relationship, disorder, greed, friendship, murder, cons and scams, adventure, unlikely partners, escapades, prison escape ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 1960s, 30s, year 1968 ...
Place: europe, eastern europe, hungary, central europe, alps
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 7.8
 57K
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, talky, surreal, clever, serious ...
Plot: philosophy, existentialism, dream, imagination, nightmare, human nature, hopes, parallel world, free will, freedom, imaginary, supernatural ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: texas
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 7.8
 311K
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, suspenseful, twists and turns, atmospheric ...
Plot: mind game, life turned upside down, uncover truth, mystery, disorder, manipulation, neo noir, businessman, birthday, surveillance, scheme, on the run ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: usa, california, san francisco
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My Life Without Me (2003)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Spain, Canada
Duration: 106 min.
Story: A Pedro Almodovar production in which a fatally ill mother with only two months to live creates a list of things she wants to do before she dies with out telling her family of her illness.
Style: touching, sentimental, sincere, sad, philosophical ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: terminal illness, infidelity, dealing with death, couple relations, parents and children, introspection, farewell, responsibility, secret love, parent child relationship, daughter, unfulfillment ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: canada
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 6.9
 232K
Vanilla Sky (2001)
Genre: Fantasy, Mystery, Romance, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA, Spain
Duration: 136 min.
Story: David Aames has it all: wealth, good looks and gorgeous women on his arm. But just as he begins falling for the warmhearted Sofia, his face is horribly disfigured in a car accident. That's just the beginning of his troubles as the lines between ...
Style: psychological, enigmatic, surreal, suspense, non-linear ...
Plot: love triangle, mystery, disfigurement, virtual reality, love, disfigured face, hallucinations, mind game, obsession, nightmare, redemption, lost love ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 22nd century, future
Place: usa, new york, manhattan new york city
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 7.3
 215K
The Fountain (2006)
Genre: Drama, Sci-Fi
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Spanning over one thousand years, and three parallel stories, The Fountain is a story of love, death, spirituality, and the fragility of our existence in this world.
Style: surreal, melancholic, stylized, touching, artsy ...
Plot: immortality, loneliness, metaphysics, tragic love, reincarnation, death, cancer, tree, terminal illness, outer space, love, couple relations ...
Time: future, 16th century, 21st century, contemporary
Place: spain, europe, latin america, central america, guatemala
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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, captivating, melancholic, clever, mind bending ...
Audience: date night
Plot: love and romance, introspection, couple relations, power of love, mind control, memory loss, love, couples, love story, brainwashing, dreams, romance ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, new york, mcdonald's restaurant
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