Meditative movies and TV shows

The list contains the best, new and most relevant meditative movies ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out meditative, melancholic, reflective, enigmatic, stylized and breathtaking films and TV shows about / with storytelling, existentialism, loneliness, dialogue, life & death, death, catastrophe, art, culture clash and life philosophy plots mostly in Drama, Fantasy and Romance genres shot in USA, France, Japan and other countries.
meditative movies
TOP 10 movies tagged as meditative: The Island (2006), The Fountain (2006), Before I Fall (2017), Calvary (2014), The Red Turtle (2016), The Assam Garden (1985), Nostalgia (1983), Gerry (2002), Solaris (1971), Kwaidan (1964).

List of meditative movies

The Island (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: Russia
Duration: 112 min.
Story: Somewhere in Northern Russia in a small Russian Orthodox monastery lives an unusual man whose bizarre conduct confuses his fellow monks, while others who visit the island believe that the man has the power to heal, exorcise demons and foretell the ...
Style: psychological, serious, realistic, philosophical, meditative ...
Plot: monk, redemption, psychic, god or devil, mentor, loneliness, monastery, navy, supernatural ability, hopes, forgiveness, christian ...
Place: russia
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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: atmospheric, stylized, melancholic, meditative, touching ...
Plot: teachers and students, lust, isolation, buddhist monk, redemption, buddhism, monk, human nature, guilt, philosophy, mentor, life changing experience ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: south korea, korea, asia
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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: melancholic, surreal, stylized, touching, atmospheric ...
Plot: immortality, loneliness, metaphysics, tragic love, reincarnation, couple relations, queen, death, cancer, tree, terminal illness, loss of loved one ...
Time: future, 16th century, 21st century, contemporary
Place: spain, europe, latin america, central america, guatemala
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Boruto: Naruto Next Generations (2017)
Genre: Animation, Action, Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy
Country: Japan
Duration: 23 min.
Story: Naruto was a young shinobi with an incorrigible knack for mischief. He achieved his dream to become the greatest ninja in the village and his face sits atop the Hokage Monument. But this is not his story. A new generation of ninja are ready to take ...
Style: not serious, comic, meditative, exciting, captivating
Audience: teens
Plot: ninja, teenage life, father son relationship, heroes, youth, fight scenes, save the world, adventure, family, society, dream, mentor ...
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Before I Fall (2017)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Samantha Kingston has everything. Then, everything changes. After one fateful night, she wakes up with no future at all. Trapped into reliving the same day over and over, she begins to question just how perfect her life really was.
Style: bad ending, touching, suspense, intense, meditative ...
Audience: teen drama, teens
Plot: time loop, teenagers, redemption, teenager, female protagonist, suicide, death, friendship, school, bullying, loneliness, dying repeatedly ...
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Calvary (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: Ireland, UK
Duration: 102 min.
Story: After he is threatened during a confession, a good-natured priest must battle the dark forces closing in around him.
Style: bleak, dark humor, captivating, cynical, psychological ...
Plot: clergy, death threat, priest, human nature, small town life, social relations, confession, goodhearted, small town, character study, investigation, mysterious man ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: ireland, europe
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The Red Turtle (2016)
Genre: Animation, Fantasy
Country: France, Belgium, Japan
Duration: 80 min.
Story: The dialogue-less film follows the major life stages of a castaway on a deserted tropical island populated by turtles, crabs and birds.
Style: meditative, atmospheric, enigmatic, melancholic, reflective ...
Plot: loneliness, sea turtle, raft, crab, deserted island, flood, survival, coming of age, island, death, isolation, nature ...
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The Assam Garden (1985)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 92 min.
Story: An insecure, aggressive widow of a tea garden manager reluctantly develops an affectionate relationship with an Indian housewife and her family.
Style: meditative
Plot: friendship, widow, loss, culture clash, redheaded woman
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Nostalgia (1983)
Genre: Drama
Country: Italy, Soviet Union
Duration: 125 min.
Story: The Russian poet Andrei Gorchakov, accompanied by guide and translator Eugenia, is traveling through Italy researching the life of an 18th-century Russian composer. In an ancient spa town, he meets the lunatic Domenico, who years earlier had ...
Style: atmospheric, emotional, serious, realistic, psychological ...
Plot: dream, water, memory, writer's life, redemption, human nature, culture clash, self discovery, immolation, crisis, countryside, save the world ...
Time: 80s, 18th century
Place: italy, russia, europe, rome italy
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Gerry (2002)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Mystery
Country: USA, Argentina, Jordan
Duration: 103 min.
Story: Two friends named Gerry become lost in the desert after taking a wrong turn. Their attempts to find their way home only lead them into further trouble.
Style: surreal, atmospheric, stylized, serious, realistic ...
Plot: desert, wilderness, survival, friend, friendship, best friend, isolation, desperation, highway, escapades, buddies, human nature ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: usa, tokyo
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Solaris (1971)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi
Country: Soviet Union
Duration: 167 min.
Story: A psychologist is sent to a space station orbiting a planet called Solaris to investigate the death of a doctor and the mental problems of cosmonauts on the station. He soon discovers that the water on the planet is a type of brain which brings out ...
Style: atmospheric, surreal, futuristic, talky, stylized ...
Plot: space travel, outer space, space and aliens, russian, scientist, astronaut, dealing with death, investigation, mysterious planet, hallucination, space station, immortality ...
Time: future
Place: russia, tokyo
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Kwaidan (1964)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Horror
Country: Japan
Duration: 183 min.
Story: Taking its title from an archaic Japanese word meaning "ghost story," this anthology adapts four folk tales. A penniless samurai marries for money with tragic results. A man stranded in a blizzard is saved by Yuki the Snow Maiden, but his ...
Style: atmospheric, stylized, bleak, serious, gloomy ...
Plot: samurai, ghost, anthology, spirit, snow, promise, tea, supernatural, monk, painting, storm, heroes ...
Time: 17th century, 19th century, middle ages, 1900s, 12th century
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
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Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives (2010)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy
Country: Thailand, UK, France, Germany, Spain, Netherlands
Duration: 114 min.
Story: Suffering from acute kidney failure, Uncle Boonmee has chosen to spend his final days surrounded by his loved ones in the countryside. Surprisingly, the ghost of his deceased wife appears to care for him, and his long lost son returns home in a ...
Style: atmospheric, art house, serious, clever, witty ...
Plot: reincarnation, food, thai, bed, fish, jungle, ghost, afterlife, aging, introspection, buddhism, dying man ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: thailand, asia, tokyo, japan
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Days of Heaven (1978)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: In 1910, a Chicago steel worker accidentally kills his supervisor and flees to the Texas panhandle with his girlfriend and little sister to work harvesting wheat in the fields of a stoic farmer. A love triangle, a swarm of locusts, a hellish ...
Style: atmospheric, stylized, serious, realistic, gloomy ...
Plot: love triangle, farm, impossible love, love and romance, harvest, field, farmer, poverty, marriage, jealous husband, class differences, rich and poor ...
Time: 1910s, 20th century, turn of the century
Place: texas, usa, chicago illinois
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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: epic, surreal, atmospheric, stylized, serious ...
Plot: dinosaur, childhood, afterlife, coming of age, belief, tree, meteor, sun, telegram, outer space, small town, innocence lost ...
Time: 1950s, 20th century, 50s, prehistoric times
Place: texas, usa, china
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Badlands (1973)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Dramatization of the Starkweather-Fugate killing spree of the 1950s, in which a teenage girl and her twenty-something boyfriend slaughtered her entire family and several others in the Dakota badlands.
Style: rough, atmospheric, stylized, realistic, surreal ...
Plot: serial killer, killing spree, on the run, mass murder, crime, notoriety, criminal heroes, on the road, murderous pair, romance, lovers on the run, chase ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 1950s
Place: south dakota, usa, montana
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Stalker (1979)
Genre: Drama, Sci-Fi
Country: Soviet Union
Duration: 162 min.
Story: Near a gray and unnamed city is the Zone, a place guarded by barbed wire and soldiers, and where the normal laws of physics are victim to frequent anomalies. A Stalker guides two men into the Zone, specifically to an area in which deep seeded ...
Style: atmospheric, bleak, gloomy, stylized, art house ...
Plot: cause and meaning, wish come true, heaven and hell, future dystopia, alien, stalker, tunnel, psychic, scientist, russian, danger, soldier ...
Place: russia
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Wings of Desire (1987)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Romance
Country: West Germany, France
Duration: 128 min.
Story: Wings of Desire is Wim Wender’s artistically beautiful film about the lonely and immortal life of angels during a post-war Berlin. It’s a poetic journey from the perspective of the angels of which one falls in love with a living woman and wants ...
Style: atmospheric, psychological, surreal, touching, serious ...
Audience: date night
Plot: angel, immortality, supernatural romance, library, dream, berlin wall, mortality, circus, temptation, poet, diary, desire ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: germany, europe, west germany, berlin germany
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The New World (2005)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, Romance
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 135 min.
Story: A drama about explorer John Smith and the clash between Native Americans and English settlers in the 17th century.
Style: stylized, serious, atmospheric, realistic, touching ...
Plot: chief, princess, culture clash, power of love, new world, adventurer, colonialism, captain, adventure, wilderness, native americans, romance ...
Time: 17th century, 1600s
Place: virginia, usa, england
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George Washington (2000)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: Set in the landscape of a rural southern town, "George Washington" is a stunning portrait of how a group of young kids come to grips with a hard world of choices and consequences. During an innocent game in an abandoned amusement park, a ...
Style: bleak, atmospheric, stylized, realistic, serious ...
Audience: kids
Plot: small town, coming of age, redemption, youth, friendship, teenage life, kids in trouble, children, hopes, society, social relations, life is a bitch ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: north carolina, usa, tokyo
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The Night (1961)
Genre: Drama
Country: Italy, France
Duration: 122 min.
Story: A married couple attend a bourgeois party and wade through the stifling strain that long-term marriage has imposed upon them.
Style: stylized, serious, gloomy, atmospheric, realistic ...
Plot: hospital, infidelity, party, nightclub, terminal illness, crumbling marriage, human nature, one day, introspection, couple relations, friendship, parents and children ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s
Place: europe, usa, italy, los angeles, milan italy ...
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Once Upon a Time in Anatolia (2011)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Turkey, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Duration: 157 min.
Story: In the rural area around the Anatolian town of Keskin, the local prosecutor, police commissar, and doctor lead a search for a victim of a murder to whom a suspect named Kenan and his mentally challenged brother confessed. However, the search is ...
Style: talky, atmospheric, serious, stylized, realistic ...
Plot: murder, police investigation, doctor, buried alive, trip, mayor, crime, introspection, workplace situations, crimes, deadly, law enforcement ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: turkey
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Akira Kurosawa's Dreams (1990)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy
Country: Japan, USA
Duration: 119 min.
Story: A collection of magical tales based upon the actual dreams of director Akira Kurosawa.
Style: atmospheric, surreal, serious, talky, captivating ...
Plot: legends and myths, nuclear power plant, apocalypse, artist, dreams, tunnel, painting, danger, hopes, child, volcano, chaos ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: japan, asia, mount fuji, pacific ocean, tokyo
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Three Colors: Red (1994)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Romance
Country: Switzerland, France, Poland
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Part-time model Valentine meets a retired judge who lives in her neighborhood after she runs over his dog. At first the judge gifts Valentine with the dog, but her possessive boyfriend won't allow her to keep it. When she returns with the dog ...
Style: atmospheric, twists and turns, serious, realistic, touching ...
Plot: love affair, judge, opposites attract, loneliness, dog, isolation, model, coincidence, retired, neighbor, french, romance ...
Time: 90s, 1990s
Place: english channel, switzerland, geneva switzerland, england, poland ...
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The Mirror (1974)
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, surreal, serious, realistic, thought provoking ...
Plot: hypnosis, human nature, haunted by the past, countryside, wartime life, family life, couple relations, artists and showbiz, life is a bitch, couples, family relations, childhood ...
Time: 30s, 20th century, 60s, 1930s, 1940s
Place: russia, europe, moscow russia, soviet union, ussr ...
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Last Life in the Universe (2003)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: Thailand, Japan, Netherlands
Duration: 112 min.
Story: An obsessive-compulsive Japanese librarian living in Bangkok spends most of his days contemplating suicide in his lifeless apartment. His life changes when he witnesses the death of Nid, seconds before he was about to jump off a bridge. This brings ...
Style: surreal, dark humor, serious, offbeat, realistic ...
Plot: suicide attempt, friendship, suicide, car accident, library, self discovery, perfectionist, sibling relationship, romance, gangsters, odd couple, opposites attract ...
Time: contemporary
Place: japan, asia, thailand, bangkok thailand, tokyo
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Last Year at Marienbad (1961)
Genre: Drama, Mystery
Country: France, Italy
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Takes place in a chateau, an ambiguous story of a man and a woman who may or may not have met last year at Marienbad.
Style: atmospheric, surreal, stylized, psychological, serious ...
Plot: hotel, mystery, new wave, obsession, amnesia, card game, chateau, extramarital affair, destiny, haunted by the past, statue, palaces castles and temples ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: europe, france
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After Life (1998)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy
Country: Japan
Duration: 118 min.
Story: After death, people have just one week to choose only a memory to keep for eternity.
Style: surreal, touching, serious, stylized, sentimental ...
Plot: afterlife, memory, eternity, heaven, old man, bell, airplane, teenage girl, cloud, disneyland, destiny, human nature ...
Time: 20th century
Place: kindergarten, tokyo, japan
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The Scent of Green Papaya (1993)
Genre: Drama, Music, Romance
Country: France, Vietnam
Duration: 104 min.
Story: A little girl, Mui, went to a house as a new servant. The mother still mourns the death of her daughter, who would have been Mui's age. In her mind she treated Mui as her daughter. 10 years later Mui (now a young woman) was sent to another ...
Style: touching, serious, realistic, sincere, meditative ...
Plot: master and servant, love, coming of age, love affair, romance, love and romance, society, family relations, parents and children, youth, couples, cooking ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 60s, 1950s, 1960s
Place: vietnam, asia, saigon
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Aguirre, the Wrath of God (1972)
Genre: Adventure, Biography, Drama, History
Country: West Germany
Duration: 95 min.
Story: A few decades after the destruction of the Inca empire, a Spanish expedition leaves the mountains of Peru and goes down the Amazon river in search of gold and wealth. Soon, they come across great difficulties and Don Aguirre, a ruthless man who ...
Style: epic, atmospheric, tense, bleak, stylized ...
Plot: legends and myths, expedition, adventure, treasure hunt, gold, jungle, obsession, amazon, insanity, monk, starvation, slavery ...
Time: 16th century, 1500s
Place: south america, peru, latin america, spain, andes mountains
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