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, enigmatic, melancholic, thought provoking, cerebral and complex films and TV shows about / with storytelling, loneliness, existentialism, dialogue, life & death, mentor, melancholy, catastrophe, life philosophy and suprisingly clever plots mostly in Drama, Romance and Mystery genres shot in USA, France, UK and other countries.
meditative movies
TOP 10 movies tagged as meditative: Olive Kitteridge (2014), Wild (2014), Wings of Desire (1987), The Red Turtle (2016), Stalker (1979), Magnolia (1999), Calvary (2014), Inside Llewyn Davis (2013), The Island (2006), The Fountain (2006).

List of meditative movies

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: philosophical, melancholic, meditative, atmospheric, touching ...
Plot: buddhism, coming of age, buddhist monk, isolation, guilt, existentialism, life, meditation, life & death, monk, buddhist, nature ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: south korea, korea, asia
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Olive Kitteridge (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 239 min.
TV show
Story: The story focuses on a middle-school math teacher Olive and her relationship with Henry which spans 25 years over the four parts. It is based on Elizabeth Strout’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel.
Style: meditative, realistic, atmospheric, serious, sincere ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, parents and children, family problems, maturity, small town life, family relations, loneliness, elderly, couple relations, marriage, family, psychology ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: california, maine, new england, usa
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Wild (2014)
Genre: Adventure, Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 115 min.
Story: A woman with a tragic past decides to start her new life by hiking for one thousand miles on the Pacific Crest Trail.
Style: meditative, captivating, uplifting, road movie, touching ...
Audience: teens, girls' night, chick flick
Plot: wilderness, self discovery, survival, hiking, nature, journey, human spirit, female protagonist, death of mother, cheating on husband, grief, loneliness ...
Time: year 1995, 20th century, 90s
Place: california, portland oregon, usa, mojave desert, oregon
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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: meditative, surreal, cerebral, emotional, atmospheric ...
Audience: date night
Plot: angel, philosophy, immortality, love, afterlife, circus, mortality, german, dream, library, existentialism, loneliness ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: berlin germany, germany, europe, west germany
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The Red Turtle (2016)
Genre: Animation, Drama, Family, 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: atmospheric, meditative, stylized, bleak, colourful ...
Audience: kids
Plot: loneliness, isolation, nature, island, raft, sea turtle, desert island, beach, swimming, transformation, survival, sea ...
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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: philosophical, atmospheric, art house, thought provoking, bleak ...
Plot: stalker, post apocalypse, distopia, human nature, surrealism, wish come true, russian, society, escapades, future dystopia, existentialism, scientist ...
Time: future
Place: ussr, russia
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Magnolia (1999)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 188 min.
Story: An epic mosaic of many interrelated characters in search of happiness, forgiveness, and meaning in the San Fernando Valley.
Style: meditative, sincere, realistic, surreal, bleak ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: human nature, introspection, depression, child prodigy, multiple storylines, social problems, redemption, dysfunctional family, coincidence, frog, cancer, drug addiction ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 50s, 60s, 1910s
Place: los angeles
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Calvary (2014)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
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: meditative, atmospheric, cynical, psychological, depressing ...
Plot: death threat, priest, catholic church, clergy, murder, confession, character study, existentialism, catholic, child molestation, human nature, small town life ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: ireland, europe
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Inside Llewyn Davis (2013)
Genre: 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: meditative, atmospheric, clever, melancholic, depressing ...
Plot: musician, music, homeless, loneliness, musician's life, character study, cat, aspiring singer, art, eccentricity, introspection, ambition ...
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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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, philosophical, cerebral, breathtaking, meditative ...
Plot: redemption, christian, loneliness, life philosophy, solitude, religion, monk, forgiveness, monastery, island, hopes, sin ...
Time: future
Place: russia
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The Fountain (2006)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Romance, Sci-Fi
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 97 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, philosophical, melancholic, artsy, atmospheric ...
Plot: metaphysics, afterlife, spirituality, death, immortality, love, buddhism, cancer, multiple storylines, reincarnation, loneliness, surrealism ...
Time: future, 16th century, 21st century, contemporary
Place: spain, europe, latin america, guatemala, central america
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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: epic, meditative, emotional, lyrical, touching ...
Plot: colonialism, culture clash, love triangle, wilderness, power of love, communication problem, native american, adventurer, self discovery, native americans, unlikely relationship, fish out of water ...
Time: 17th century, middle ages
Place: virginia, usa, england
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Knight of Cups (2015)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 118 min.
Story: Rick is a screenwriter living in Los Angeles. While successful in his career, his life feels empty. Haunted and confused, he finds temporary solace in the decadent Hollywood excess that defines his existence. Women provide a distraction to his daily ...
Style: art house, non-linear, emotional, stylized, talky ...
Plot: obsession, multiple storylines, celebrity, writers, love, temptation, romance, artists and showbiz, couples, looking for love, tarot card, desert ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: los angeles, las vegas, usa
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Once Upon a Time in Anatolia (2011)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
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: atmospheric, meditative, art house, disturbing, lyrical ...
Plot: police investigation, murder, crimes, brutality, character study, twists and turns, isolation, road trip, forensics, law enforcement, introspection, everyday life ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: middle east, turkey
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Coffee and Cigarettes (2003)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Music
Country: USA, Japan, Italy
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Coffee And Cigarettes is a collection of eleven films from cult director Jim Jarmusch. Each film hosts star studded cast of extremely unique individuals who all share the common activities of conversing while drinking coffee and smoking cigarettes.
Style: philosophical, humorous, cerebral, stylized, atmospheric ...
Plot: addiction, musician, actor, art, smoking, lifestyle, conversation, cafe, dark humor, life philosophy, deadpan, creativity ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 70s, 1920s
Place: usa, california, las vegas, new york, memphis ...
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The Zero Theorem (2013)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Mystery, Sci-Fi
Country: UK, Romania, France, USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: A computer hacker's goal to discover the reason for human existence continually finds his work interrupted thanks to the Management; this time, they send a teenager and lusty love interest to distract him.
Style: surreal, philosophical, thought provoking, cerebral, meditative ...
Plot: loneliness, computers and web, computer system, computer genius, computer, distopia, escape from reality, cyberpunk, hacker, virtual reality, uncover truth, society ...
Time: future
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Before Midnight (2013)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA, Greece
Duration: 109 min.
Story: We meet Jesse and Celine nine years on in Greece. Almost two decades have passed since their first meeting on that train bound for Vienna.
Style: philosophical, meditative, sexy, cerebral, atmospheric ...
Audience: chick flick, girls' night, date night
Plot: couple relations, summer vacation, marriage, romance, hotel room, hotel, midlife crisis, love, relationships, writers, hopes, existentialism ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: greece, paris france, mediterranean sea, chicago illinois, vienna
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Solaris (1972)
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: art house, atmospheric, psychedelic, cerebral, reflective ...
Plot: scientist, space travel, russian, space station, astronaut, dreams, space and aliens, immortality, science, loneliness, investigation, back from the dead ...
Time: 70s, future, distant future
Place: ussr, tokyo, russia
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Nebraska (2013)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 115 min.
Story: An aging, booze-addled father takes a trip from Montana to Nebraska with his estranged son in order to claim what he believes to be a million-dollar sweepstakes prize.
Style: depressing, humorous, realistic, touching, meditative ...
Plot: aging, road trip, small town, dysfunctional family, family, obsessive quest, honest, character study, tragedy, eccentricity, elderly, escapades ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s
Place: nebraska, usa, montana, california
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The Lost City of Z (2016)
Genre: Adventure, Biography, Drama, History
Country: USA
Duration: 141 min.
Story: A true-life drama in the 1920s, centering on British explorer Col. Percy Fawcett, who discovered evidence of a previously unknown, advanced civilazation in the Amazon and disappeared whilst searching for it.
Style: inspirational, meditative, suspense, sexy, factual ...
Audience: date night
Plot: explorer, jungle, expedition, archaeology, journey, survival, world war one, tribe, travel, obsession, courage, destiny ...
Time: 1920s, future, year 1916, year 1914, year 1954 ...
Place: south america, ireland, england, london, brazil ...
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The Vanishing of Sidney Hall (2017)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 119 min.
Story: Over the course of 12 years, and three stages of life, Sidney Hall falls in love, writes the book of a generation and then disappears without a trace.
Style: lyrical, meditative, captivating, melancholic, non-linear ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: writers, disappearance, abusive parent, investigator, best friends, publisher, arson, classmate, hospitalized person, recovery, fire, literary agent ...
Time: contemporary
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The United States of Leland (2003)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: A withdrawn young man, Leland Fitzgerald is imprisoned for the murder of a mentally disabled boy, who also happened to be the brother of his girlfriend, Becky. As the community struggles to deal with the killing, Pearl Madison, a teacher at the ...
Style: meditative, psychological, bleak, depressing, emotional ...
Audience: teens, teen drama
Plot: prison, murder, teacher, coming of age, dysfunctional family, crimes, prison life, family relations, theft, unlikely friendships, suburbs, investigation ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: paris france, california, italy, new york, los angeles ...
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Snow Angels (2007)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: Waitress Annie has separated from her suicidal alcoholic husband, Glenn. Glenn has become an evangelical Christian, but his erratic attempts at getting back into Annie's life have alarmed her. High school student Arthur works at Annie's ...
Style: meditative, enigmatic, lyrical, heartbreaking, depressing ...
Audience: teens
Plot: depression, dysfunctional family, teenage love, small town, small town life, loneliness, life philosophy, family problems, first love, parents and children, young love, football ...
Time: contemporary
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Enter the Void (2009)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy
Country: France, Germany, Italy, Canada, Japan
Duration: 161 min.
Story: This psychedelic tour of life after death is seen entirely from the point of view of Oscar (Nathaniel Brown), a young American drug dealer and addict living in Tokyo with his prostitute sister, Linda (Paz de la Huerta). When Oscar is killed by ...
Style: psychedelic, art house, philosophical, atmospheric, meditative ...
Plot: drugs, surrealism, hallucination, stripper, afterlife, drug trip, sex, trippy, drug use, incest, lsd, lesbian sex ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, future
Place: japan, tokyo, asia
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Certified Copy (2010)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: France, Italy, Belgium, Iran
Duration: 106 min.
Story: In Tuscany to promote his latest book, a middle-aged English writer meets a French woman who leads him to the village of Lucignano.
Style: meditative, philosophical, thought provoking, stylized, atmospheric ...
Plot: art, romance, wedding anniversary, love affair, fall in love, writer's life, writers, husband wife relationship, lifestyle, wine, poetry, single father ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: italy, europe, vienna, tuscany
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Leviathan (2014)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Russia
Duration: 140 min.
Story: In a Russian coastal town, Kolya is forced to fight the corrupt mayor when he is told that his house will be demolished. He recruits a lawyer friend to help, but the man's arrival brings further misfortune for Kolya and his family.
Style: thought provoking, bleak, depressing, atmospheric, meditative ...
Plot: lawyer, adultery, corruption, infidelity, alcoholic, small town, alcohol abuse, justice, courtroom, drunk, unhappy wife, corrupt mayor ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s
Place: russia
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Brainstorm (1983)
Genre: Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: Two brilliant research scientists have invented a device capable of recording and playing back sensory experiences only to have devastating results when one of them records their own death.
Style: suspenseful, meditative, philosophical, psychological, intense ...
Plot: virtual reality, memory, cyberpunk, imagination, conspiracy, transformation, experiment gone awry, uncover truth, future dystopia, mad scientist, rebellion, computer ...
Time: future, 80s
Place: england, europe, london, north carolina, rio de janeiro ...
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Picnic at Hanging Rock (1975)
Genre: Drama, Mystery
Country: Australia
Duration: 115 min.
Story: In the early 1900s, Miranda attends a girls boarding school in Australia. One Valentine's Day, the school's typically strict headmistress treats the girls to a picnic field trip to an unusual but scenic volcanic formation called Hanging ...
Style: surreal, scenic, stylized, atmospheric, psychological ...
Audience: girls' night, teens, teen drama
Plot: missing person, valentine's day, girls' boarding school, mystery, unsolved mystery, coming of age, boarding school life, private school, adolescence, wilderness, disappearance, boarding school ...
Time: 20th century, year 1900, victorian era, 90s, turn of the century ...
Place: australia, south australia
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Youth (2015)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Music, Romance
Country: Italy, France, UK, Switzerland
Duration: 124 min.
Story: YOUTH explores the lifelong bond between two friends vacationing in a luxury Swiss Alps lodge as they ponder retirement. While Fred has no plans to resume his musical career despite the urging of his loving daughter Lena, Mick is intent on finishing ...
Style: meditative, talky, melancholic, touching, surreal ...
Plot: composer, sex scene, screenwriter, life, hotel, father daughter relationship, aging, suicide, existentialism, spa, art, life & death ...
Time: 2010s
Place: switzerland, venice, swiss alps, alps
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A Touch of Sin (2013)
Genre: Action, Drama
Country: China, Japan, France
Duration: 130 min.
Story: Four independent stories set in modern China about random acts of violence.
Style: bleak, melancholic, meditative, brutal, art house ...
Plot: violence, crimes, loneliness, working class, brutality, life philosophy, injustice, dehumanization, realism, society, social decay, life is a bitch ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s
Place: china, japan, tokyo
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