Contemplative movies and TV shows

The list contains the best, new and most relevant contemplative movies ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out contemplative, realistic, serious, gloomy, talky and atmospheric films and TV shows about / with family relations, dialogue, nudity (full frontal - brief), friendship, storytelling, drinking, couples, drinking alcohol, introspection and death plots mostly in Drama, Romance and Comedy genres shot in USA, France, Germany and other countries.
contemplative movies
TOP 10 movies tagged as contemplative: My Life Without Me (2003), Jauja (2014), Distant Lights (2003), The Family Man (2000), The Girl from Nowhere (2012), K-PAX (2001), Inside Llewyn Davis (2013), Posthumous Memories (2001), Dead Like Me (2003), American Son (2008).

List of contemplative movies

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: contemplative, touching, sentimental, emotional, sincere ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: terminal illness, infidelity, dealing with death, secret love, parents and children, introspection, unfulfillment, fighting illness, dishonesty, hopes, love and romance, life is a bitch ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: canada
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Jauja (2014)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Fantasy, Western
Country: Argentina, Denmark, France, Mexico, USA, Germany, Brazil, Netherlands
Duration: 109 min.
Story: A father and daughter journey from Denmark to an unknown desert that exists in a realm beyond the confines of civilization.
Style: contemplative, surreal, atmospheric, serious, captivating ...
Plot: desert, escapades, track down, parents and children, family relations, on the road, love and romance, father daughter relationship, murder, chases and races, cause and meaning, fall in love ...
Place: argentina
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Distant Lights (2003)
Genre: Drama
Country: Germany
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Lichter is an episodic tale from Hans-Christian Schmid about the life on the boarder between Germany and Poland. The film sheds light on the everyday stories of escape and desperateness.
Style: contemplative, serious, captivating, atmospheric, sincere ...
Plot: taxi driver, border, immigrants, danger, politics, human spirit, political unrest, couples, architect, redemption, rebelliousness, against the odds ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: poland, europe, germany, ukraine
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The Family Man (2000)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 125 min.
Story: Jack's lavish, fast-paced lifestyle changes one Christmas night when he stumbles into a grocery store holdup and disarms the gunman. The next morning he wakes up in bed lying next to Kate, his college sweetheart he left in order to pursue his ...
Style: feel good, sincere, touching, inspirational, sentimental ...
Audience: family outing, date night, chick flick, girls' night
Plot: christmas, destiny, road not taken, rich and poor, life changing experience, alternate reality, workaholic, family relations, singleness, fish out of water, family life, lifestyle change ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, year 2000, year 1987
Place: new york, usa, new jersey, manhattan new york city
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The Girl from Nowhere (2012)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery
Country: France
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Michel, a retired math teacher, has lived alone since his wife’s death and occupies his time writing an essay about the beliefs that shape daily life. One day he comes across Dora, a young homeless woman, who shows up injured on his doorstep, and ...
Style: contemplative, surreal, tense, psychological, suspense ...
Plot: introspection, self discovery, hopes, mysterious girl, paranormal phenomena, supernatural power, ghost, loneliness, nudity (full frontal - brief), death, reincarnation, religion ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: paris france, france
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K-PAX (2001)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi
Country: Germany, USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Prot is a patient at a mental hospital who claims to be from a far away Planet. His psychiatrist tries to help him, only to begin to doubt his own explanations.
Style: psychological, odd, atmospheric, touching, surprise ending ...
Plot: benign alien, mysterious character, psychiatrist, patient, crazy, planet, research, mystery, mental institution, investigation, hypnosis, alien ...
Time: 21st century, future, contemporary, 80s, 90s ...
Place: usa, new york, new mexico, manhattan new york city, newfoundland ...
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Inside Llewyn Davis (2013)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Music
Country: USA, UK, France
Duration: 104 min.
Story: In Greenwich Village in the early 1960s, gifted but volatile folk musician Llewyn Davis struggles with money, relationships, and his uncertain future following the suicide of his singing partner.
Style: atmospheric, meditative, contemplative, clever, melancholic ...
Plot: musician's life, musician, loneliness, music, cat, singer, guitar, homeless, introspection, ambition, struggle, financial problem ...
Time: 60s, 1960s, 20th century, year 1961
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, chicago illinois, greenwich village manhattan new york city ...
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Posthumous Memories (2001)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Portugal, Brazil
Duration: 101 min.
Story: Free adaptation of Machado de Assis' classic. The narrator is a rich dead man, who tells us about his life and times, making fun of both.
Style: contemplative, suspense, semi serious, surreal, cynical ...
Plot: introspection, human nature, love and romance, society, fall in love, wooing, satire, unfulfillment, nudity (full frontal - brief), horse drawn carriage, coffin
Time: 19th century
Place: brazil, rio de janeiro, latin america
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Dead Like Me (2003)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Fantasy
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: Dead Like Me follows a group of undead grim reapers tasked with shepherding the recently departed into the afterlife.
Style: witty, cynical, sentimental, contemplative, semi serious ...
Audience: teens
Plot: afterlife, dealing with death, team, supernatural, family problems, family relations, supernatural ability, double life, grim reaper, divorce, corpse, dark humor ...
Place: seattle, seattle washington
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American Son (2008)
Genre: Drama, Romance, War
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: The story of a young Marine, fresh from Camp Pendleton, who is forced to confront the complexities of adulthood and a volatile home life during a four-day Thanksgiving leave.
Style: contemplative, serious, realistic, sincere
Plot: fall in love, family relations, thanksgiving, family gatherings, estrangement, society, love and romance, soldier, homecoming, self discovery, parents and children, marine ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: california, usa
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The Disintegration (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: France, Belgium
Duration: 78 min.
Story: Three young men meet Djamel (Yassine Azzouz), a charismatic manipulator, who turns the three friends against society.
Style: rough, serious, realistic, contemplative, gloomy
Plot: lifestyle, rebellion, fighting the system, social misfits, society, teaching the ways of the world, rebelliousness, dishonesty, religion, terrorism, religious fanatic, racism ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s
Place: europe, france, brussels belgium, brussels
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7 Days in Havana (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: France, Cuba, Spain
Duration: 129 min.
Story: A young American boy is trying to break into the acting business, and goes to Cuba during a film festival.
Style: contemplative, realistic, anthology, captivating, serious ...
Plot: city life, self discovery, society, introspection, culture clash, tour guide, lifestyle, musician, actor, singer, urban, award ceremony ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: havana cuba, latin america, cuba
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In Another Country (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: South Korea
Duration: 89 min.
Story: A three-tiered story centered on a trio of French tourists visiting the same seaside resort.
Style: contemplative, semi serious, realistic, clever, humorous ...
Audience: student film
Plot: interracial romance, beach, infidelity, human nature, jealous spouse, couples, destiny, lifeguard, french, cheating wife, adultery, interracial relations ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: korea, asia, south korea
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The Emperor's Club (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: William Hundert is a passionate and principled Classics professor who finds his tightly-controlled world shaken and inexorably altered when a new student, Sedgewick Bell, walks into his classroom. What begins as a fierce battle of wills gives way to ...
Style: touching, realistic, emotional, contemplative, serious ...
Audience: teens, girls' night, kids
Plot: boarding school life, dedicated educator, cheating, reunion, hypocrisy, boarding school, school teacher, undisciplined, teachers and students, coming of age, society, contests and competitions ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 2000s, future
Place: pennsylvania, washington d.c., new jersey
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The Perfect Sleep (2009)
Genre: Action, Drama, Romance, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: In a timeless city, a man with no name returns to the violent, brutal domain of assassins he left ten years before – back when they dubbed him The Mad Monk for his disregard for his own life and his intense devotion to one woman, Porphyria; a ...
Style: neo noir, suspenseful, atmospheric, serious, contemplative ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: hitman, woman in danger, unfulfilled love, crimes, deadly, heroes, rivalry, gangsters, love and romance, vengeance, mexican standoff, martial arts ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
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Spider (2002)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Canada, UK, France
Duration: 98 min.
Story: A mentally disturbed man takes residence in a halfway house. His mind gradually slips back into the realm created by his illness, where he replays a key part of his childhood.
Style: bleak, psychological, mind bending, disturbing, suspenseful ...
Plot: mental illness, childhood trauma, haunted by the past, murder, misfit, betrayal, mental patient, mystery, vengeance, family relations, infidelity, past ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 50s, 1950s
Place: london, europe, united kingdom, england, africa ...
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Forty Shades of Blue (2005)
Genre: Drama, Music, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: A Russian woman living in Memphis with a much older rock-n-roll legend experiences a personal awakening when her husband's estranged son comes to visit.
Style: sincere, emotional, contemplative, realistic, serious ...
Plot: love triangle, infidelity, family relations, romance, crumbling marriage, love affair, family problems, fall in love, couple relations, parents and children, couples, estrangement ...
Time: contemporary
Place: usa, memphis, russia
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Faithless (2000)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Sweden, Italy, Germany, Finland, Norway
Duration: 142 min.
Story: Scripted by Ingmar Bergman, this very personal film is about a destructive affair which wrecks the marriage of an actress (Marianne) and musician (Markus). Wanting to continue the affair, Marianne moves in with her lover. But she is tormented by ...
Style: psychological, sincere, tense, contemplative, gloomy ...
Plot: adultery, infidelity, betrayal, love affair, custody, fall in love, family problems, crumbling marriage, destructive relationship, parents and children, rivalry, love triangle ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: paris france, france, sweden, denmark, tokyo
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Factory Girl (2006)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: In the mid-1960s, wealthy debutant Edie Sedgwick meets artist Andy Warhol. She joins Warhol's famous Factory and becomes his muse. Although she seems to have it all, Edie cannot have the love she craves from Andy, and she has an affair with a ...
Style: contemplative, serious, factual, romantic, melancholic ...
Audience: teens, girls' night
Plot: artist, addiction, singer, art, rise and fall, fashion, socialite, fame, photographer, actor's life, love, couple relations ...
Time: 60s, 70s, 20th century, year 1964, year 1971 ...
Place: new york, usa, paris france, london, empire state building manhattan new york city ...
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Waiting for Forever (2010)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: A Hollywood-set romantic tale of a guy who is content to live his life without a job yet with the love of his life, a young actress.
Style: emotional, sentimental, sincere, touching, realistic ...
Audience: girls' night, date night
Plot: true love, childhood sweetheart, romance, lifestyle, introspection, love, hopes, youth, unfulfillment, love and romance, parents and children, homecoming ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: california, usa
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Third Star (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 92 min.
Story: James and his three closest lifelong friends go on an ill-advised trip to the stunning coastal area of Barafundle Bay in West Wales. What follows is a touching and comical adventure dealing with friendship, heroism and love.
Style: emotional, humorous, contemplative, uplifting, semi serious ...
Plot: best friends, friendship, dealing with death, life is a bitch, obsessive quest, wilderness, introspection, friends, free spirited, one last chance, unfulfillment, hopes ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: europe, england, wales
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The Circle (2000)
Genre: Drama
Country: Iran, Italy, Switzerland
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Various women struggle to function in the oppressively sexist society of contemporary Iran.
Style: thought provoking, bleak, sincere, contemplative, disturbing ...
Plot: on the run, prostitute, rebellion, life is a bitch, pregnancy, politics, friendship, injustice, society, abortion, discrimination, women's rights ...
Time: 70s
Place: iran, middle east, california
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A Peck on the Cheek (2002)
Genre: Action, Drama, War
Country: India
Duration: 136 min.
Story: A little girl is told by her parents that she is adopted. Determined to find her birth mother, her family eventually agrees to take her to Sri Lanka, where they are abducted by the terrorist group known as the Tamil Tigers.
Style: contemplative, serious, touching, realistic, emotional
Plot: civil war, adoption, family relations, suicide bomber, family problems, uncover truth, parents and children, on the run, adopted daughter, father daughter relationship, birthday, baby ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: india, sri lanka, asia
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The Dreamers (2003)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: UK, Italy, France, USA
Duration: 115 min.
Story: A young American studying in Paris in 1968 strikes up a friendship with a French brother and sister. Set against the background of the '68 Paris student riots.
Style: sexy, erotic, sexual, serious, atmospheric ...
Plot: incest, sexuality, strong sexual content, rebelliousness, desire, brother sister incest, friends, sexual relations, male nudity, rebellion, protest, nudity (full frontal - brief) ...
Time: 60s, 1960s, 20th century, year 1968
Place: paris france, france, europe
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Heaven's Heart (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: Sweden, Denmark
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Two couples, old friends, end up in a heated debate over adultery at a dinner party.
Style: contemplative, psychological, realistic, talky, captivating ...
Plot: infidelity, love affair, couples, estrangement, best friends, society, unfulfillment, introspection, couple relations, family problems, anniversary, dinner ...
Place: sweden, denmark, eastern europe
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Lourdes (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: Austria, France, Germany
Duration: 96 min.
Story: In order to escape her isolation, wheelchair-bound Christine makes a life changing journey to Lourdes, the iconic site of pilgrimage in the Pyrenees Mountains.
Style: realistic, contemplative, serious, psychological, atmospheric ...
Plot: miraculous event, clergy, religions or cults, disability, redemption, society, healing power, volunteer, religion, self discovery, envy, road trip ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: france, europe
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Six Feet Under (2001)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 55 min.
TV show
Story: A darkly comic look at members of a dysfunctional L.A. family that run a funeral business.  When death is your business, what is your life? For the Fisher family, the world outside of their family-owned funeral home continues to be at least as ...
Style: psychological, emotional, contemplative, tense, surreal ...
Plot: dark humor, gay, gays and lesbians, death, family business, dysfunctional family, funeral home, dealing with death, hopes, self discovery, life changing experience, drugs/alcohol ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: los angeles, usa, california
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Vera Drake (2004)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: UK, France
Duration: 125 min.
Story: Abortionist Vera Drake finds her beliefs and practices clash with the mores of 1950s Britain – a conflict that leads to tragedy for her family.
Style: sincere, bleak, contemplative, thought provoking, gloomy ...
Plot: unwanted pregnancy, abortion, neighbor, miscarriage, life is a bitch, injustice, working class, double life, rape, rebellion, fighting the system, family life ...
Time: 50s, 1950s, 20th century, post world war two
Place: england, europe, london, burma, melbourne australia ...
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All the Real Girls (2003)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: In a small North Carolina town, Paul, a womanizer, meets Noel, a confused intellectual returning home for the first time in years since she left for boarding school. The film depicts the typical romance of a good girl and a bad boy, in an ...
Style: contemplative, sincere, touching, melancholic, romantic ...
Audience: date night
Plot: small town, womanizer, regret, romance, crumbling relationship, introspection, human nature, couple relations, infidelity, virginity, mechanic, clown ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: north carolina, southern usa, usa, california
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About Schmidt (2002)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 125 min.
Story: 66-year-old Warren Schmidt is a retired insurance salesman and has no particular plans other than to drive around in the motor home his wife insisted they buy. He's not altogether bitter, but not happy either, as everything his wife does annoys ...
Style: contemplative, tragicomedy, humorous, semi serious, road movie ...
Plot: life changing, family life, on the road, wedding, letter, salesman, fish out of water, parents and children, golden years, introspection, elderly, disorder ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: kansas, nebraska, colorado, denver colorado, california
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