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, serious, realistic, thought provoking, psychological and atmospheric films and TV shows about / with storytelling, dialogue, solitude, husband wife relationship, loneliness, existentialism, hopes, catastrophe, runaway and life philosophy plots mostly in Drama, Romance and Comedy genres shot in France, USA, Germany and other countries.
contemplative movies
TOP 10 movies tagged as contemplative: Distant Lights (2003), My Life Without Me (2003), Lost in Translation (2003), The Tree of Life (2011), Werckmeister Harmonies (2000), Jauja (2014), Breath (2007), Still Walking (2008), Colossal Youth (2006), The Death of Mr. Lazarescu (2005).

List of contemplative movies

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: serious, captivating, realistic, atmospheric, sincere ...
Plot: border, immigrants, politics, couples, human spirit, political unrest, state affairs, hopes, life is a bitch, injustice, against the odds, rebelliousness ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: poland, germany, europe, ukraine
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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: sad, romantic, philosophical, touching, sentimental ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: terminal illness, infidelity, cancer, dealing with death, love and romance, secret love, parents and children, existentialism, hospital, relationships, life & death, love ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: canada
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Lost in Translation (2003)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA, Japan
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Two lost souls visiting Tokyo -- the young, neglected wife of a photographer and a washed-up movie star shooting a TV commercial -- find an odd solace and pensive freedom to be real in each other's company, away from their lives in America.
Style: melancholic, atmospheric, touching, depressing, cerebral ...
Audience: date night, girls' night
Plot: loneliness, age difference, midlife crisis, older man younger woman relationship, friendship, unlikely friendships, adultery, fish out of water, culture clash, unlikely couple, actor, character study ...
Time: 2000s, 21st century, contemporary
Place: tokyo, japan, asia, yale university, kyoto japan
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The Tree of Life (2011)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy
Country: USA
Duration: 139 min.
Story: The impressionistic story of a Texas family in the 1950s. The film follows the life journey of the eldest son, Jack, through the innocence of childhood to his disillusioned adult years as he tries to reconcile a complicated relationship with his ...
Style: surreal, philosophical, thought provoking, atmospheric, touching ...
Audience: teens, family outing
Plot: childhood, grief, philosophy, coming of age, parenthood, spirituality, family relations, domineering father, dinosaur, death, afterlife, redhead ...
Time: 50s, prehistory, 20th century, prehistoric times
Place: texas, usa, china
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Werckmeister Harmonies (2000)
Genre: Drama, Mystery
Country: Hungary, Italy, Germany, France
Duration: 145 min.
Story: This story takes place in a small town on the Hungarian Plain. In a provincial town, which is surrounded with nothing else but frost. It is bitterly cold weather — without snow. Even in this bewildered cold hundreds of people are standing around ...
Style: psychological, allegory, serious, tense, atmospheric ...
Plot: philosophy, surrealism, delusion, chaos, symbolism, musician, crimes, social relations, village life, small town life, circus, small town ...
Time: 90s
Place: hungary, europe
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Jauja (2014)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Fantasy, Western
Country: Denmark, Mexico, France, Argentina, Germany, 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: surreal, atmospheric, serious, captivating, tense ...
Plot: desert, father daughter relationship, escapades, track down, parents and children, family relations, love and romance, on the road, murder, dog, coming of age, cause and meaning ...
Place: argentina
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Breath (2007)
Genre: Drama
Country: South Korea
Duration: 84 min.
Story: A love story involving a convicted prisoner who "slowly falls for a woman who decorates his prison cell".
Style: atmospheric, realistic, psychological, captivating, art house ...
Plot: love affair, prison, estrangement, unfulfillment, confined, suicide attempt, jail cell, surveillance camera, prison guard, passion, infidelity, prison life ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: south korea, asia, korea, seoul
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Still Walking (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 115 min.
Story: Twelve years after their beloved eldest son, Junpei, drowned while saving a stranger's life, Kyohei and Toshiko welcome their surviving children home for a family reunion. Younger son Ryota still feels that his parents resent that he isn't ...
Style: serious, realistic, touching, sincere, disturbing ...
Plot: family relations, family reunited, family gatherings, family life, family tradition, generation gap, bereavement, reconciliation, dealing with death, parents and children, father daughter relationship, generation ...
Time: contemporary
Place: japan, asia
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Colossal Youth (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: Portugal, France, Switzerland
Duration: 156 min.
Story: After the Portuguese government demolishes his slum and relocates him to a housing project on the outskirts of Lisbon, 75-year-old Cape Verde immigrant Ventura wanders between his new and old homes, reconnecting with people from his past.
Style: thought provoking, serious, sincere, touching, captivating ...
Plot: family relations, life is a bitch, human nature, hopes, starting over, misfit, addiction, urban ghetto life, husband wife relationship, courage, alienation, settler ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: canada, portugal, lisbon portugal
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The Death of Mr. Lazarescu (2005)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Romania
Duration: 153 min.
Story: Mr. Lazarescu (Ion Fiscuteanu) is a retired Romanian engineer, spending his time in the company of his cats and booze. When he starts feeling unusually ill, he first seeks painkillers from his neighbors. It soon becomes apparent that Lazarescu is ...
Style: bleak, sincere, realistic, meditative, sad ...
Plot: hospital, paramedic, doctors and patients, medical, character study, ambulance, nurse, self discovery, paralysis, surgery, terminal illness, public health ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: romania, canada, eastern europe, europe, bucharest ...
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Goodbye, Dragon Inn (2003)
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Country: Taiwan
Duration: 82 min.
Story: On a dark, rainy night, an historic and regal Taipei cinema sees its final film: 1967 martial arts feature "Dragon Inn". As the film plays, the lives of the theater's various employees and patrons intersect, and two ghostly actors ...
Style: surreal, atmospheric, sincere, experimental, realistic ...
Plot: tourist, longing, introspection, human nature, solitude, dull life, theater, mental disorder, postmodernism, friends, unfulfillment, love and romance ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: taipei, japan, taiwan, asia
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In the Mood for Love (2000)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Hong Kong, France
Duration: 98 min.
Story: A melancholy story about the love between a woman and a man who live in the same building and one day find out that their husband and wife had an affair with each other. More and more the two meet during their daily lives as they determine that they ...
Style: melancholic, atmospheric, art house, sexy, psychological ...
Plot: adultery, loneliness, infidelity, forbidden love, romance, love affair, marriage, newspaper, neighbor, love, human nature, life & death ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, year 1962, year 1966
Place: hong kong, japan, singapore, china, shanghai ...
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Nobody Knows (2004)
Genre: Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 141 min.
Story: In a small Tokyo apartment, twelve-year-old Akira must care for his younger siblings after their mother leaves them and shows no sign of returning.
Style: depressing, touching, gloomy, serious, heartbreaking ...
Audience: kids, teens
Plot: childhood, poverty, innocence lost, dysfunctional family, young kid, child abandonment, malnutrition, tragedy, survival, children, family relations, unlikely friendships ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: japan, tokyo, asia, california
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3-Iron (2004)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Romance
Country: South Korea, Japan
Duration: 88 min.
Story: A young man, whose only possession is a motorcycle, spends his time riding around the city looking for empty apartments. After finding one, he hangs out for a while, fixing himself something to eat, washing laundry or making small repairs in return. ...
Style: enigmatic, surreal, melancholic, philosophical, bleak ...
Plot: golf, romance, destiny, homeless, domestic violence, drifter, husband wife relationship, loneliness, abusive husband, jealousy, love triangle, motorcycle ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: korea, south korea, asia, seoul
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2046 (2004)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Sci-Fi
Country: Hong Kong, China, France, Italy, Germany
Duration: 129 min.
Story: Women enter and exit a science fiction author's life, over the course of a few years, after the author loses the woman he considers his one true love.
Style: touching, emotional, mind bending, sexy, surreal ...
Plot: time travel, writer's life, romance, melancholy, haunted by the past, coincidence, old friend, memory, destiny, road not taken, introspection, writers ...
Time: future, 60s, 2040s, 21st century, 20th century
Place: hong kong, china, singapore, asia
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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, touching, sincere, inspirational, sweet ...
Audience: family outing, date night, chick flick, girls' night
Plot: christmas, destiny, alternate reality, road not taken, parallel universe, life changing experience, singleness, lifestyle change, family relations, fish out of water, workaholic, rich and poor ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, year 1987, year 2000
Place: new jersey, new york, usa, manhattan new york city
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K-PAX (2001)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi
Country: USA, Germany
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, touching, surprise ending, atmospheric, philosophical ...
Plot: extraterrestrial, alien, mysterious character, psychiatrist, mental institution, planet, patient, benign alien, crazy, mystery, hypnosis, science ...
Time: 21st century, future, contemporary, 90s, 80s
Place: usa, new york, greenland, albuquerque new mexico, grand central station 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: surreal, erotic, tense, psychological, captivating ...
Plot: paranormal phenomena, ghost, mysterious girl, loneliness, older man younger woman relationship, hallucination, reincarnation, introspection, self discovery, hopes, supernatural power, death ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: paris france, france
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The Sacrifice (1986)
Genre: Drama
Country: Sweden, France, UK
Duration: 149 min.
Story: Alexander, a journalist, philosopher and retired actor, celebrates a birthday with friends and family when it is announced that nuclear war has begun.
Style: atmospheric, cerebral, art house, philosophical, thought provoking ...
Plot: religion, spirituality, insanity, existentialism, god, hopes, catastrophe, redemption, human nature, save the world, society, apocalypse ...
Time: 80s
Place: russia, ussr, vatican, europe, sweden
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Honey (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: Turkey, Germany, France
Duration: 103 min.
Story: In the remote and undeveloped eastern Black Sea region, a six-year-old boy (Yusuf) wanders through the woods searching for his lost father, trying to make sense of his life.His father is a beekeeper whose bees have disappeared unexpectedly, ...
Style: psychological, captivating, sentimental, art house, serious ...
Plot: forest, village, parents and children, family relations, hopes, introspection, father son relationship, youth, betrayal, honey, nature, everyday life ...
Time: year 2009
Place: turkey
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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, clever, road movie, melancholic ...
Plot: musician, music, loneliness, musician's life, cat, homeless, character study, aspiring singer, eccentricity, introspection, ambition, financial problem ...
Time: 60s, year 1961, 20th century
Place: new york, usa, greenwich village manhattan new york city, manhattan new york city, chicago illinois ...
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Ammonite (2020)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, Romance
Country: UK, Australia, USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: 1840s England, an infamous fossil hunter and a young woman sent to convalesce by the sea develop an intense relationship, altering both of their lives forever.
Style: disturbing, realistic, intellectual, psychological, erotic ...
Plot: lesbian, lgbt, lesbian relationship, lesbian romance, lesbianism, lesbian sex, lesbian couple, female scientist, female protagonist, scientific discovery, scientist, romance ...
Time: 19th century, victorian era, 1840s
Place: london
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Girl with a Pearl Earring (2003)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Romance
Country: UK, Luxembourg, France, Belgium, USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: This film, adapted from a work of fiction by author Tracy Chevalier, tells a story about the events surrounding the creation of the painting "Girl With A Pearl Earring" by 17th century Dutch master Johannes Vermeer. A young peasant maid ...
Style: thought provoking, enigmatic, sincere, stylized, atmospheric ...
Plot: painter, art, artist, painting, master and servant, maid, sexual tension, fall in love, jealousy, society, older man younger woman relationship, portrait ...
Time: 17th century, 18th century
Place: holland, netherlands, europe
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Troubled Water (2008)
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: Norway, Sweden, Germany
Duration: 115 min.
Story: A man convicted in his teens for killing a child is released on parole. He finds work as a church organist and develops a rewarding relationship with a priest and her young son. However, his caring for the boy catches the attention of his old ...
Style: disturbing, sincere, serious, realistic, contemplative
Plot: starting over, redemption, haunted by the past, love and romance, fall in love, loss of son, child murder, single mother, music, empire, drowning, loss of child ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: europe, norway, oslo norway
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Primer (2004)
Genre: Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 77 min.
Story: Friends and fledgling entrepreneurs invent a device in their garage which reduces the apparent mass of any object placed inside it, but they discover that it has some highly unexpected capabilities - ones that could enable them to do and to have ...
Style: confusing, philosophical, surreal, psychological, mind bending ...
Plot: time travel, time loop, changing the past or future, parallel universe, inventor, time machine, changing the future, science, time traveler, mathematics, time, greed ...
Time: future, 21st century, contemporary
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The Hours (2002)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA, UK, France, Canada, Germany
Duration: 110 min.
Story: "The Hours" is the story of three women searching for more potent, meaningful lives. Each is alive at a different time and place, all are linked by their yearnings and their fears. Their stories intertwine, and finally come together in a ...
Style: psychological, intellectual, captivating, touching, depressing ...
Audience: chick flick, girls' night
Plot: suicide, depression, mental illness, lesbian, writers, bipolar disorder, aids, writer's life, literature, suicidal, housewife, lesbianism ...
Time: 1940s, 1920s, 20th century, 50s, 21st century ...
Place: new york, england, california, los angeles, london ...
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Red Like the Sky (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: Italy
Duration: 96 min.
Story: A nearly sightless boy is sent to a school for blind children, where he secretly discovers the possibilities of the recorded sound.
Style: uplifting, realistic, serious, touching, factual ...
Plot: blind character, coming of age, against the odds, fighting the system, ambition, follow your dream, rebellion, human spirit, friendship, society, youth, hopes ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: italy, europe, tuscany
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Wicker Park (2004)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Romance, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 114 min.
Story: Matthew, a young advertising executive in Chicago, puts his life and a business trip to China on hold when he thinks he sees Lisa, the love of his life who left him without a word two years earlier, walking out of a restaurant one day.
Style: sexy, romantic, twist ending, twists and turns, suspense ...
Audience: date night, chick flick, girls' night
Plot: obsession, love triangle, unrequited love, love at first sight, love story, fall in love, dating, romance, love and romance, love, betrayal, track down ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, chicago illinois, france
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Exit: A personal history (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: Italy
Duration: 85 min.
Story: A young man travels to Holland for an assisted suicide. The young man was convinced that this was his only way of ending an existence that he considered to lack any dignity.
Style: experimental, atmospheric, surreal, serious, realistic ...
Plot: human nature, family relations, dull life, unfulfillment, siblings relations, death wish, dealing with death, sexual content, disability, human rights, urban setting, urban
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: holland, europe, italy, amsterdam
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Aadaminte makan abu (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: India
Duration: 101 min.
Story: Abu and Aisumma are an aging Muslim couple. Their aspiration is to go for Hajj and they make many sacrifices to achieve this aim. Now in their late 70s, they decide that they will go for Hajj that year. Abu, being a true Muslim, wants to go for Hajj ...
Style: sincere, emotional, captivating, psychological, realistic ...
Plot: pilgrimage, religions or cults, couples, aging, couple relations, society, follow your dream, elderly, golden years, dream, malayalam
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: india
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