Symbolism movies and TV shows

The list contains the best, new and most relevant symbolism movies ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out serious, surreal, psychological, suspense, atmospheric and stylized films and TV shows about / with symbolism, surrealism, death, husband wife relationship, blood, female nudity, redemption, male nudity, storytelling and catastrophe plots mostly in Drama, Thriller and Horror genres shot in France, USA, Italy and other countries.
symbolism movies
TOP 10 movies tagged as symbolism: Angels & Demons (2009), Mother! (2017), Enemy (2013), The Da Vinci Code (2006), Gerald's Game (2017), 2046 (2004), The Annunciation (1984), Nocturnal Animals (2016), Subconscious Cruelty (2000), Werckmeister Harmonies (2000).

List of symbolism movies

Angels & Demons (2009)
Genre: Action, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, Italy
Duration: 138 min.
Story: Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon investigates a mysterious symbol seared into the chest of a murdered physicist. He discovers evidence of the unimaginable, the rebirth of an ancient secret brotherhood known as the Illuminati, the most powerful ...
Style: exciting, intellectual, twists and turns, suspenseful, serious ...
Plot: conspiracy, riddles and clues, danger, vatican, investigation, religions or cults, illuminati, scientist, professor, murder, ancient, symbolism ...
Time: contemporary, 2000s
Place: rome italy, europe, italy, harvard university, geneva switzerland
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Mother! (2017)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 121 min.
Story: A couple's relationship is tested when uninvited guests arrive at their home, disrupting their tranquil existence.
Style: disturbing, psychological, macabre, absurd, suspenseful ...
Plot: surrealism, symbolism, cannibalism, uninvited guest, cult, death of son, brutality, pregnant woman, poet, vandalism, baby, husband wife relationship ...
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Enemy (2013)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Canada, Spain, France
Duration: 91 min.
Story: A mild-mannered college professor discovers a look-alike actor and delves into the other man's private affairs.
Style: twist ending, psychological, bleak, tense, surreal ...
Plot: symbolism, obsession, mental illness, professor, delusion, mystery, paranoia, actor, life turned upside down, disorder, mysterious character, lookalikes ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: canada, toronto ontario canada
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The Da Vinci Code (2006)
Genre: Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, Malta, France, UK
Duration: 149 min.
Story: When the curator of the Louvre is found murdered in the famed museum's hallowed halls, Harvard professor, Robert Langdon and cryptographer, Sophie Neve must untangle a deadly web of deceit involving the works of Leonardo da Vinci.
Style: exciting, twists and turns, suspenseful, mind bending, clever ...
Plot: christianity, ancient mystery, holy grail, adventure, riddles and clues, uncover truth, investigation, secrets, conspiracy, obsessive quest, vatican, artifact ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 1st century, 2000s
Place: holy land, france, europe, jerusalem, harvard university ...
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Gerald's Game (2017)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: When her husband's sex game goes wrong, Jessie (who is handcuffed to a bed in a remote lake house) faces warped visions, dark secrets and a dire choice.
Style: psychological, suspense, exciting, rough
Audience: kids
Plot: survival, childhood trauma, split personality, dog, symbolism, child abuse, eclipse, alone, childhood memory, trap, handcuffed woman, sex game ...
Place: alabama
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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: psychological, futuristic, emotional, touching, mind bending ...
Plot: haunted by the past, coincidence, old friend, symbolism, writer's life, romance, introspection, road not taken, identity crisis, choice, lifestyle, understanding ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 21st century, 1960s, 2040s ...
Place: hong kong, singapore, china, asia
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The Annunciation (1984)
Genre: Drama
Country: Hungary
Duration: 100 min.
Story: The Annunciation (in Hungarian: Angyali üdvözlet) is a Hungarian film directed by András Jeles in 1984, based on The Tragedy of Man (1861) by Imre Madách. When Adam (Péter Bocsor) and Eve (Júlia Mérő), having succumbed to Lucifer's ...
Style: atmospheric, surreal, realistic, captivating, serious ...
Plot: lucifer, bible, female full frontal nudity, symbolism, devil, angel, philosophy, religions or cults, heroes, obsessive quest, murder, time ...
Time: ancient history, 18th century
Place: paris france, ancient greece, prague, france, athens greece
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Nocturnal Animals (2016)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 116 min.
Story: Susan Morrow receives a book manuscript from her ex-husband – a man she left 20 years earlier – asking for her opinion of his writing. As she reads, she is drawn into the fictional life of Tony Hastings, a mathematics professor whose family ...
Style: psychological, suspense, twists and turns, brutal, surprise ending
Plot: rape and murder, ex husband ex wife relationship, symbolism, loss of family, rape, revenge, haunted by the past, vigilantism, husband wife relationship, writers, neo noir, brutality ...
Time: 2010s
Place: texas
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Subconscious Cruelty (2000)
Genre: Fantasy, Horror
Country: Canada
Duration: 92 min.
Story: A surrealistic anthology of horror films; four segments structured as an intense fever dream...
Style: surreal, rough, disturbing, psychological, brutal ...
Plot: torture, blood, symbolism, strong sexual content, genital mutilation, danger, deadly, gory, incest, pregnancy, cannibalism, brother sister incest ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: canada
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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, serious, suspenseful, atmospheric, tense ...
Plot: small town, delusion, musician, whale, philosophy, social relations, crimes, danger, small town life, village life, symbolism, violence ...
Time: 90s
Place: hungary, europe
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Syndromes and a Century (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: Thailand, France, Austria
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Story about director Apichatpong Weerasethakul's parents who were both doctors, and director's memories about growing up in the hospital environment.
Style: touching, emotional, atmospheric, art house, sentimental ...
Plot: hospital, human nature, fall in love, doctors and patients, looking for love, dentist, buddhism, symbolism, life philosophy, lifestyle, society, romance ...
Time: 20th century, 21st century, 60s, contemporary
Place: thailand, asia
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The Field Guide to Evil (2018)
Genre: Horror
Country: Greece, New Zealand
Duration: 117 min.
Story: A feature-length anthology film. They are known as myths, lore, and folktales. Created to give logic to mankind’s darkest fears, these stories laid the foundation for what we now know as the horror genre.
Style: anthology, psychological, tense, captivating, suspenseful ...
Plot: monster, demon, demonic possession, lesbian relationship, nightmare, folklore, coming of age, symbolism, female nudity, baby, religion, goat ...
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Franklin: A Symphony of Pain (2015)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: The mind is a terrible thing to waste
Style: psychedelic, suspense, serious, bleak, mind bending
Plot: secret society, betrayal, symbolism, psychotic, cult leader, self mutilation, abduction, drugs
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Burnt by the Sun (1994)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: Russia, France
Duration: 135 min.
Story: Russia, 1936: revolutionary hero Colonel Kotov is spending an idyllic summer in his dacha with his young wife and six-year-old daughter Nadia and other assorted family and friends. Things change dramatically with the unheralded arrival of Cousin ...
Style: touching, stylized, captivating, psychological, atmospheric ...
Plot: parents and children, politics, communism, totalitarianism, betrayal, russian history, repression, stalinism, symbolism, friendship, colonel, war ...
Time: 30s, 20th century, 1930s
Place: russia, ussr, poland
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The Mill and the Cross (2011)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: Poland, Sweden
Duration: 92 min.
Story: What would it be like to step inside a great work of art, have it come alive around you, and even observe the artist as he sketches the very reality you are experiencing? From Lech Majewski, one of Poland's most acclaimed filmmakers, The Mill ...
Style: atmospheric, bleak, realistic, serious, surreal ...
Plot: painter, punishment, life is a bitch, society, death sentence, redemption, religions or cults, loss of son, occupation, symbolism, famous painting, drawing ...
Time: 16th century
Place: belgium, europe, flanders
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Compulsion (2016)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Romance, Thriller
Country: UK, Canada, Italy
Duration: 84 min.
Story: Sadie, a young female novelist, and an enigmatic woman named Francesca, are enticed by an ex-lover to join him at his Italian villa for a weekend celebration being held to honor the release of Sadie's latest book. Once there, Sadie begins to ...
Style: surreal, suspense, sexy, bleak, demonic ...
Plot: sex orgy, debauchery, love triangle, lesbian lover, castle, human sacrifice, drugs, surrealism, rescue attempt, girlfriend girlfriend relationship, symbolism, gothic horror ...
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Shadows (2007)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Germany, Italy, Bulgaria, Spain
Duration: 120 min.
Story: A successful young doctor with a beautiful wife, a happy child, and a comfortable house finds his life suddenly changed in ways he never thought possible after being injured in a serious car accident. To the outside eye Lazar Perkov has everything ...
Style: suspenseful, serious, psychological, suspense, sexual
Plot: ghost, afterlife, mystery, supernatural ability, couple relations, destiny, infidelity, symbolism, paranoia, danger, death, immigrants ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: macedonia
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Pleasantville (1998)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Fantasy
Country: USA
Duration: 124 min.
Story: Geeky teenager David and his popular twin sister, Jennifer, get sucked into the black-and-white world of a 1950s TV sitcom called "Pleasantville," and find a world where everything is peachy keen all the time. But when Jennifer's ...
Style: touching, humorous, semi serious, light, talky ...
Audience: date night, teens, teen comedy
Plot: parallel world, utopia, time travel, small town life, alternate reality, coming of age, small town, siblings relations, old love, prejudice, fish out of water, american dream ...
Time: 50s, 1950s, 20th century, 1990s, future
Place: france, paris france
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Chungking Express (1994)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Romance
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Two melancholy Hong Kong policemen fall in love: one with a mysterious female underworld figure, the other with a beautiful and ethereal server at a late-night restaurant he frequents.
Style: atmospheric, captivating, ambiguous ending, non-linear, artsy ...
Plot: loneliness, femme fatale, romance, fall in love, girlfriend, depression, acceptance, second chance, new beginning, love, disguise, stewardess ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: hong kong, asia, california, taiwan, tokyo
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Donovan's Echo (2011)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: Canada
Duration: 91 min.
Story: A series of uncanny déjà vu events force a man to re-examine his tragic past, memory, instinct, and future.
Style: psychological, bleak, suspenseful, suspense, serious ...
Audience: teens
Plot: obsession, losing-it hero, mystery, haunted by the past, danger, nobody believes, changing the past or future, a vision, loss of daughter, death in the family, subconscious, mathematician ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 1940s, 1960s, 1990s ...
Place: usa
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When the Trees Fall (2018)
Genre: Drama
Country: Ukraine, Poland
Duration: 88 min.
Story: The story revolves around rebellious five-year-old Vitka, her teenage cousin Larysa and Larysa’s boyfriend, a young criminal Scar. After the death of her father, Larysa wants a different life, even if the entire community condemns her love for ...
Plot: domestic violence, symbolism, little girl, coming of age, forest, sex scene, widow, first love, mud, horse, female nudity, hose ...
Place: ukraine
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Guru (1997)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy
Country: India
Duration: 136 min.
Story: Guru is a fantasy film. It is highly symbolic and makes a statement on terrorism by religions and the evils of the world. The story starts in small peaceful village in India. There is peace between the Hindus and the Muslims that live there. They ...
Style: avant garde
Plot: symbolism, fruit, religious, bomb, revenge, violence, blindness, change of heart, death sentence, moral transformation, spiritualism, surrealism ...
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Crystal Nights (1992)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Romance
Country: Greece, France, Switzerland
Duration: 138 min.
Story: In this supernatural-themed romance, a German woman in the between-wars period is being initiated into some kind of esoteric/psychic order and learns at that time that her ideal mate won't even be born for quite a few years. By 1936, she has ...
Style: pre war
Plot: jewish, anti semitism, symbolism, betrayal, swastika, death, sex, true love, star crossed lovers, destiny, nazi, rebirth ...
Time: 1930s
Place: greece
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A Report on the Party and the Guests (1966)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Czechoslovakia
Duration: 71 min.
Story: In Jan Němec’s surreal fable, a picnic is rudely transformed into a lesson in political hierarchy when a handful of mysterious authority figures show up. This allegory about oppression and conformity was banned in its home country but became an ...
Style: allegory
Plot: freedom, satire, surrealism, conformity, tyranny, picnic, bully, symbolism, eccentricity, freak, groom, man child ...
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The Year of the Cannibals (1970)
Genre: Drama
Country: Italy
Duration: 88 min.
Story: On the streets of a damp metropolis lie the corpses of hundreds and hundreds of boys and girls. No one can give them a resting place because of a law enacted by a repressive State. But the young Antigone, with the help of a foreigner, Tiresias, ...
Plot: death, symbolism, teenager, brother, fascism, body, cave, shot to death, society, oppression
Place: milan italy
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Izo: The World Can Never Be Changed (2004)
Genre: Action, Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller, War
Country: Japan
Duration: 128 min.
Story: Izo is an assassin in the service of a Tosa lord and Imperial supporter. After killing dozens of the Shogun's men, Izo is captured and crucified. Instead of being extinguished, his rage propels him through the space-time continuum to ...
Style: rough, disturbing, stylized, serious, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: samurai, murder, heroic mission, righting the wronged, vengeance, master warrior, deadly, rivalry, reincarnation, vigilantism, danger, supernatural ...
Time: contemporary
Place: asia, japan, tokyo
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Ham Ham (1992)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: Spain
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Jose Luis is an executive at his parents underwear factory where his girlfriend Sylvia works on the shop floor. When Sylvia becomes pregnant, Jose Luis promises her that he will marry her, most likely against the wishes of his parents. Jose ...
Style: humorous, talky, sexy, disturbing, sexual ...
Plot: prostitute, infidelity, pregnancy, sexuality, passion, farce, seduction, jealousy, romance, social differences, working class, society ...
Time: 90s, 1990s
Place: spain
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Antichrist (2009)
Genre: Drama, Horror
Country: Denmark, Germany, France, Sweden, Italy, Poland
Duration: 108 min.
Story: A grieving couple retreats to their cabin 'Eden' in the woods, hoping to repair their broken hearts and troubled marriage. But nature takes its course and things go from bad to worse.
Style: psychological, disturbing, scary, bleak, atmospheric ...
Plot: fear, violence, cruelty, insanity, guilt, isolation, male nudity, obsession, confined, hypnosis, death, coping ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
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The Visitor (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: Finland, Estonia, Germany, UK
Duration: 105 min.
Story: A young boy lives with his mother on a farm surrounded by deep forest in the remote wilds of the Finnish countryside. From time to time, the boy visits his father - a man of great violence - in prison. Locked in the stable is an unruly horse, the ...
Style: atmospheric, serious, suspense, realistic, gloomy ...
Audience: student film
Plot: childhood, farm, countryside, mute, stranger, mysterious character, family relations, life turned upside down, parents and children, boy, child's point of view, desperation ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: finland, europe
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The Square (2017)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Sweden, Germany, France, Denmark, USA
Duration: 151 min.
Story: A satirical drama reflecting our times — about the sense of community, moral courage and the affluent person’s need for egocentricity in an increasingly uncertain world.
Style: satirical, thought provoking, intellectual, dark humor, absurd ...
Plot: theft, shame, art museum, art, party, society, father daughter relationship, symbolism, modern art, sleeping on a couch, prejudice, erection ...
Time: 2010s
Place: europe, sweden, stockholm sweden
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