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, enigmatic, reflective, cerebral and talky films and TV shows about / with storytelling, existentialism, loneliness, life & death, dialogue, death, mentor, culture clash, life philosophy and catastrophe plots mostly in Drama, Romance and Mystery genres shot in USA, France, UK and other countries.
meditative movies
TOP 10 movies tagged as meditative: Coffee and Cigarettes (2003), Wings of Desire (1987), Before I Fall (2017), The Fountain (2006), 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968), Five Feet Apart (2019), Leviathan (2014), Olive Kitteridge (2014), Calvary (2014), The Mirror (1975).

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: meditative, philosophical, melancholic, atmospheric, stylized ...
Plot: monk, redemption, teachers and students, guilt, isolation, buddhist monk, buddhism, mentor, human nature, meditation, life changing experience, philosophy ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: korea, south korea, asia
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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: meditative, humorous, clever, stylized, atmospheric ...
Plot: actor, lifestyle, coffee, friendship, cigarette, musician, interview, social relations, artists and showbiz, cafe, friends, human nature ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 1920s
Place: usa, california, paris france
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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, atmospheric, surreal, touching, serious ...
Audience: date night
Plot: immortality, angel, mortality, poet, diary, desire, dream, impossible love, supernatural romance, german, romance, fall in love ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: germany, europe, west germany, berlin germany
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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, meditative, suspense, touching, mumblecore ...
Audience: teen drama, teens
Plot: time loop, teenagers, female protagonist, strong female character, redemption, teenager, suicide, bullying, friendship, car rollover, death, dying repeatedly ...
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The Fountain (2006)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Romance, 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, atmospheric, artsy, meditative ...
Plot: loneliness, immortality, metaphysics, tragic love, terminal illness, reincarnation, death, cancer, queen, loss of loved one, tree, afterlife ...
Time: future, 16th century, contemporary, 21st century
Place: spain, latin america, europe, guatemala, central america
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2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
Genre: Adventure, Sci-Fi
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 149 min.
Story: Humanity finds a mysterious object buried beneath the lunar surface and sets off to find its origins with the help of HAL 9000, the world's most advanced super computer.
Style: mind bending, futuristic, atmospheric, meditative, thought provoking ...
Plot: space travel, space station, spacecraft, outer space, evolution, astronaut, adventure, moon, spacewalk, scientist, super computer, space mission ...
Time: future, 21st century, 2000s, prehistory, year 2001 ...
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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: melancholic, thought provoking, meditative, talky
Plot: forbidden love, star crossed lovers, true love, disability, fighting illness, couple relations, falling in love, destiny, life turned upside down, danger, suffering, storytelling ...
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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: bleak, atmospheric, meditative, sincere, thought provoking ...
Plot: small town, injustice, life is a bitch, political corruption, dishonesty, family problems, human nature, family in crisis, false accusation, legal, rivalry, small town life ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s
Place: russia
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Olive Kitteridge (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 239 min.
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: realistic, serious, meditative, psychological, atmospheric ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, parents and children, small town life, family problems, maturity, mental illness, couple relations, couples, family relations, elderly, family, under the surface ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new england, usa, maine, california
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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: meditative, bleak, captivating, dark humor, cynical ...
Plot: clergy, death threat, priest, goodhearted, social relations, small town life, human nature, confession, small town, painting, recovering alcoholic, catholic church ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: ireland, europe
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The Mirror (1975)
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, thought provoking, psychological, meditative, serious ...
Plot: memory, human nature, family life, countryside, stream of consciousness, existentialism, haunted by the past, nature, hypnosis, russian, life philosophy, poetry ...
Time: 30s, 20th century, 60s, 1930s, 1940s ...
Place: russia, europe, moscow russia, spain, ussr ...
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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, cerebral, philosophical, meditative, serious ...
Plot: redemption, christian, monk, hopes, monastery, psychic, sin, god or devil, navy, mentor, forgiveness, russian ...
Place: 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: humorous, meditative, touching, realistic, atmospheric ...
Plot: aging, small town, road trip, obsessive quest, elderly, delusion, on the road, father-son relationship, family, character study, pickup truck, dementia ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s
Place: nebraska, usa, montana, california
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Ivan's Childhood (1962)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: Soviet Union, Ukraine
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Poetic journey through the shards and shadows of one boy’s war-ravaged youth.
Style: atmospheric, bleak, serious, meditative, psychological ...
Plot: orphan, boy, anti war, war, youth, heroes, battles, child execution, child spy, red army, great patriotic war, dead children ...
Time: 1940s, 40s, 20th century, year 1943
Place: russia, europe, berlin germany, soviet union, japan
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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: realistic, bleak, sincere, meditative, compassionate ...
Plot: human nature, introspection, coincidence, terminal illness, infidelity, redemption, depression, dysfunctional family, dishonesty, social problems, life is a bitch, couple relations ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1950s, 1960s, 1910s
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Wild (2014)
Genre: 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: uplifting, captivating, sincere, meditative, emotional ...
Plot: wilderness, hiking, cheating on husband, self discovery, human spirit, journey, redemption, on the road, adultery, nature, starting over, life is a bitch ...
Time: 1990s, 90s, 20th century, year 1995
Place: usa, cross country, california, portland oregon
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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: realistic, serious, tense, meditative, disturbing ...
Plot: murder, police investigation, forensic, forensics, search, deadly, law enforcement, everyday life, crime, mayor, trip, buried alive ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: turkey
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Knight of Cups (2015)
Genre: Drama, 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: serious, touching, meditative, non-linear, emotional ...
Plot: filmmaking, obsession, celebrity, artists and showbiz, romance, looking for love, couples, temptation, multiple storylines, storytelling, love triangle, couple relations ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: los angeles, usa, las vegas
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Two-Lane Blacktop (1971)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: A driver and a mechanic travel around the United States hopping from drag strip to drag strip in a 1955 Chevy Bel-Air coupe. They race for money, betting with their competitors. The pair gain a young and talkative female stowaway. Along the way they ...
Style: road movie, realistic, serious, meditative, atmospheric ...
Plot: car chase, on the road, hitchhiker, mechanic, bet, obsessive quest, destructive relationship, contests and competitions, gas station, hippie, friendship, rivalry ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: usa, tokyo
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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, clever, meditative, melancholic, depressing ...
Plot: musician's life, music, cat, loneliness, singer, guitar, musician, homeless, ambition, financial problem, struggle, performance ...
Time: 1960s, 60s, 20th century, year 1961
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, greenwich village manhattan new york city, chicago illinois ...
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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: serious, melancholic, meditative, brutal, art house ...
Plot: injustice, working class, social decay, society, realism, life is a bitch, crimes, violence, dehumanization, loneliness, brutality, life philosophy ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s
Place: china, mine, japan, 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: meditative, captivating, lyrical, melancholic
Audience: girls' night
Plot: novel, investigator, girlfriend, search, writers, disappearance, best friends, book burning, hallucinations, classmate, arson, cheating ...
Time: contemporary
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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: emotional, stylized, thought provoking, sincere, psychological ...
Plot: evolution, faith, loss of daughter, haunted by the past, village, relationship vs career, death in the family, family life, family relations, couple relations, love and romance, life is a bitch ...
Time: 19th century, victorian, 1800s, 1850s
Place: england, europe
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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: psychological, bleak, realistic, rough, serious ...
Plot: murder, dysfunctional family, teacher, prison, theft, investigation, prison life, parents and children, crimes, family relations, family problems, lifestyle ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: paris france, phoenix arizona, california, italy
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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: stylized, meditative, melancholic, scenic, lyrical ...
Plot: missing person, girls' boarding school, valentine's day, mystery, wilderness, expedition, disappearance, tragedy, suicide, unsolved mystery, friendship between girls, coming of age ...
Time: 1900s, 20th century, turn of the century, 19th 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, melancholic, talky, atmospheric, enigmatic ...
Plot: composer, vacation, suicide, screenwriter, old friends, aging, friendship, surrealism, retirement, husband wife relationship, falling in love, freedom ...
Time: 2010s
Place: switzerland, alps, swiss alps, venice
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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: atmospheric, bleak, touching, meditative, stylized ...
Audience: kids
Plot: small town, friendship, redemption, youth, life is a bitch, kids in trouble, social relations, society, hopes, adolescence, coming of age, teenage life ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: north carolina, usa, tokyo
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Of Gods and Men (2010)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: France
Duration: 122 min.
Story: French drama based on the 1996 kidnapping and killing of seven monks in Algeria. A group of Trappist monks reside in the monastery of Tibhirine in Algeria, where they live in harmony with the largely muslim population. When a bloody conflict between ...
Style: captivating, sincere, thought provoking, meditative, realistic ...
Plot: monk, clergy, terrorism, monastery, hostage, faith, execution, muslim, peace, evacuation, political unrest, danger ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, year 1996, 1990s
Place: algeria, palestine, france
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Pierrot le Fou (1965)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Romance
Country: France, Italy
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Pierrot escapes his boring society and travels from Paris to the Mediterranean Sea with Marianne, a girl chased by hit-men from Algeria. They lead an unorthodox life, always on the run.
Style: atmospheric, surreal, realistic, semi serious, humorous ...
Plot: on the road, infidelity, couples, lovers on the run, couple relations, road trip, tragic love, crime, romance, betrayal, tragic event, husband wife relationship ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s
Place: france, europe, paris france, africa, mediterranean 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: bleak, atmospheric, art house, serious, gloomy ...
Plot: stalker, scientist, wish come true, russian, cause and meaning, surrealism, future dystopia, human nature, post apocalypse, society, escapades, heaven and hell ...
Place: russia
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