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, stylized, reflective and talky films and TV shows about / with storytelling, life & death, loneliness, dialogue, mentor, existentialism, death, catastrophe, life philosophy and redemption plots mostly in Drama, Romance and Fantasy genres shot in USA, UK, Japan and other countries.
meditative movies
TOP 10 movies tagged as meditative: The Island (2006), The Fountain (2006), Youth (2015), Bringing Out the Dead (1999), 3-Iron (2004), Coffee and Cigarettes (2003), The Myth (2005), Before I Fall (2017), Snow Angels (2007), I'm Not There. (2007).

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, cerebral, serious, realistic, melancholic ...
Plot: redemption, monk, psychic, god or devil, monastery, mentor, loneliness, hopes, forgiveness, christian, sin, life philosophy ...
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, philosophical, melancholic, meditative ...
Plot: teachers and students, lust, isolation, buddhist monk, redemption, buddhism, human nature, guilt, philosophy, mentor, life changing experience, monk ...
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: 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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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, melancholic, talky, atmospheric, enigmatic ...
Plot: vacation, hotel, composer, suicide, screenwriter, old friends, aging, friendship, loneliness, husband wife relationship, retirement, infidelity ...
Time: 2010s
Place: switzerland, alps, swiss alps, venice
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Bringing Out the Dead (1999)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 121 min.
Story: 48 hours in the life of a burnt-out paramedic. Once called Father Frank for his efforts to rescue lives, Frank sees the ghosts of those he failed to save around every turn. He has tried everything he can to get fired, calling in sick, delaying ...
Style: bleak, psychological, atmospheric, serious, suspenseful ...
Plot: hospital, hallucination, redemption, ambulance, coma, rescue, dealing with death, misfit partners, haunted by the past, patient, violence, character study ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s
Place: new york, usa, empire state building manhattan new york city, manhattan new york city, new jersey
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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, melancholic, meditative, bleak, romantic ...
Plot: destiny, homeless, romance, golf, love triangle, jealousy, wife husband relationship, domestic violence, loneliness, love affair, prison, runaway ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: korea, asia, seoul
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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: humorous, stylized, atmospheric, meditative, clever ...
Plot: actor, cigarette, coffee, friendship, interview, human nature, musician, conversation, social relations, addiction, smoking, lifestyle ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 1920s
Place: usa, california, paris france
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The Myth (2005)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Fantasy
Country: Hong Kong, China
Duration: 118 min.
Story: When a fellow scientist asks for Jack's help in locating the mausoleum of China's first emperor, the past collides violently with the present as Jack discovers his amazing visions are based in fact.
Style: semi serious, humorous, stylized, exciting, meditative ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: martial arts, exotic locale, adventure, good versus evil, reincarnation, adventurer, master villain, heroic mission, superhero, legends and myths, immortality, supernatural ...
Time: 19th century, 18th century
Place: china, india, ancient china, hong kong, england
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Boruto: Naruto Next Generations (2017)
Genre: Animation, Action, Adventure, Comedy, Drama, 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, exciting, meditative, captivating
Audience: teens
Plot: ninja, father son relationship, teenage life, fight scenes, save the world, adventure, family, mentor, dream, society, heroes, friendship ...
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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, suspense, intense, meditative, touching ...
Audience: teen drama, teens
Plot: time loop, redemption, teenagers, female protagonist, teenager, suicide, death, bullying, friendship, dying repeatedly, saving a life, strong female character ...
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Snow Angels (2007)
Genre: 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: serious, sentimental, depressing, heartbreaking, melancholic ...
Plot: teenage love, small town, small town life, depression, dysfunctional family, parents and children, couple relations, young love, family problems, first love, single parent, introspection ...
Time: contemporary
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I'm Not There. (2007)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music, Western
Country: Germany, Canada, USA
Duration: 135 min.
Story: Six actors portray six personas of music legend Bob Dylan in scenes depicting various stages of his life, chronicling his rise from unknown folksinger to international icon and revealing how Dylan constantly reinvented himself.
Style: serious, realistic, stylized, non-linear, meditative ...
Plot: music, actor, rock, star, musician, vietnam war, poet, african american, musician's life, ambition, success, celebrity culture ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 60s, 70s, 1960s ...
Place: usa, england, new jersey, minnesota, harlem manhattan new york city ...
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The New Age (1994)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: Peter and Katherine Witner are Southern California super-yuppies with great jobs but no center to their lives. When they both lose their jobs and begin marital infidelities, their solution is to start their own business together. In order to find ...
Style: dark humor, humorous, semi serious, cynical, realistic ...
Plot: yuppie, crumbling marriage, starting over, self discovery, couple relations, filmmaking, society, breakup, rise and fall, infidelity, love and romance, family problems ...
Time: 90s
Place: california, usa, los angeles
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Knightriders (1981)
Genre: Action, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 146 min.
Story: George Romero's unusual story of a modern-day Renaissance troupe whose participants follow a medieval code of honor.
Style: thought provoking, light, stylized, meditative, serious ...
Plot: adventure, gang, performer's life, friendship, social misfits, desire for fame, idealism, leadership, rivalry, downfall, escape from reality, reunion ...
Time: 80s
Place: tokyo, new jersey
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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: suspense, inspirational, meditative, factual, exciting ...
Plot: jungle, tribe, expedition, explorer, journey, amazon, travel, destiny, archaeology, mission, self discovery, adventure ...
Time: 1920s, 20th century, 1910s, 1900s, 19th century ...
Place: south america, england, ireland, bolivia, brazil ...
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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, captivating, dark humor, cynical, psychological ...
Plot: clergy, death threat, priest, human nature, small town life, social relations, confession, goodhearted, small town, character study, mysterious man, investigation ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: ireland, europe
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Five Feet Apart (2019)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 116 min.
Story: Two teenagers with life-threatening illnesses meet in a hospital and fall in love.
Style: meditative, talky, melancholic, thought provoking
Plot: falling in love, human nature, couple relations, romance, contact, storytelling, long distance relationship, against the rules, danger, forbidden love, destiny, suffering ...
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Rhapsody in August (1991)
Genre: Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 98 min.
Story: The story centers on an elderly hibakusha, who lost her husband in the 1945 atomic bombing of Nagasaki, caring for her four grandchildren over the summer. She learns of a long-lost brother, Suzujiro, living in Hawaii who wants her to visit him ...
Style: emotional, serious, atmospheric, sincere, psychological ...
Plot: anti war, human nature, haunted by the past, parents and children, siblings relations, memory, family relations, battles, society, post war, grandmother, elderly ...
Place: japan, hawaii, asia, usa, tokyo ...
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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: captivating, lyrical, melancholic, meditative
Audience: girls' night
Plot: novel, girlfriend, investigator, search, writers, best friends, hallucinations, book burning, disappearance, classmate, arson, recovery ...
Time: contemporary
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Zoe (2018)
Genre: Romance, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: Two colleagues at a revolutionary research lab design technology to improve and perfect romantic relationships. As their work progresses, their discoveries become more profound.
Style: thought provoking, captivating, touching, disturbing, meditative
Audience: chick flick, boys' night
Plot: scientist, love, false memory, artificial intelligence, addiction, humanoid robot, deception, ex husband ex wife relationship, brothel, hit by a car
Time: future
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Based on a True Story (2017)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: France, Poland, Belgium
Duration: 100 min.
Story: A writer goes through a tough period after the release of her latest book, as she gets involved with an obsessive admirer.
Style: enigmatic, bleak, suspenseful, meditative, disturbing
Audience: chick flick
Plot: female protagonist, female writer, obsessed fan, mysterious character, friendship between women, loneliness, novelist, female friendship, deception, poisoning, based on a novel, book signing ...
Place: paris france
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Creation (2009)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Romance
Country: UK
Duration: 108 min.
Story: A psychological, heart-wrenching love story that provides a unique and inside look at Charles Darwin. Torn between faith and science, he struggles to finish his legendary book "On the Origin of the Species," which goes on to become the ...
Style: serious, emotional, sincere, thought provoking, stylized ...
Plot: evolution, faith, haunted by the past, loss of daughter, death in the family, village, couple relations, family relations, family life, relationship vs career, life is a bitch, love and romance ...
Time: 19th century, victorian, 1800s, 1850s
Place: england, europe
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The Red Turtle (2016)
Genre: Animation, Fantasy
Country: France, Belgium, Japan, Poland, Netherlands, Hungary, UK, Germany, China, Thailand, Italy, Denmark, USA
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, coming of age, flood, survival, 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: loss, culture clash, friendship, widow, redheaded woman
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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, surreal, psychological, touching, serious ...
Audience: date night
Plot: immortality, angel, library, circus, mortality, berlin wall, dream, temptation, poet, diary, desire, supernatural romance ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: europe, germany, berlin germany, west germany
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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, memory, writer's life, redemption, human nature, culture clash, water, 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, captivating ...
Plot: desert, wilderness, survival, friend, friendship, best friend, isolation, desperation, highway, escapades, buddies, human nature ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: usa, tokyo, argentina
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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, art house ...
Plot: space travel, outer space, russian, space station, space and aliens, astronaut, mysterious planet, scientist, investigation, hallucination, immortality, dealing with death ...
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, spirit, anthology, promise, snow, tea, supernatural, monk, painting, storm, heroes ...
Time: 17th century, 19th century, middle ages, 12th century, 1900s
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, serious, clever, witty, touching ...
Plot: reincarnation, thai, food, fish, bed, jungle, ghost, aging, introspection, buddhism, dying man, redemption ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: thailand, asia, tokyo, japan
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