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 stylized, serious, surreal, psychological, talky and atmospheric films and TV shows about / with symbolism, surrealism, death, storytelling, catastrophe, blood, dialogue, mentor, brutality and danger plots mostly in Drama, Mystery and Thriller genres shot in France, USA, Italy and other countries.
symbolism movies
TOP 10 movies tagged as symbolism: Enemy (2013), Angels & Demons (2009), Burnt by the Sun (1994), The Da Vinci Code (2006), Gerald's Game (2017), Mother! (2017), Pleasantville (1998), When the Trees Fall (2018), Guru (1997), Crystal Nights (1992).

List of symbolism movies

Enemy (2013)
Genre: 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: psychological, twist ending, bleak, tense, surreal ...
Plot: symbolism, obsession, mental illness, delusion, professor, mystery, paranoia, actor, disorder, mysterious character, life turned upside down, lookalikes ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: canada, toronto ontario canada
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Angels & Demons (2009)
Genre: 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, suspenseful, twists and turns, serious ...
Plot: riddles and clues, religions or cults, danger, investigation, conspiracy, scientist, ancient, search, professor, mystery, secret society, christianity ...
Time: contemporary, 2000s
Place: rome italy, europe, geneva switzerland, harvard university, italy
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Burnt by the Sun (1994)
Genre: Drama, 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, captivating, stylized, psychological, atmospheric ...
Plot: parents and children, politics, communism, betrayal, totalitarianism, russian history, stalinism, repression, symbolism, friendship, colonel, war ...
Time: 30s, 20th century, 1930s
Place: russia, ussr, poland
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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, clever, serious, suspense ...
Plot: holy grail, christianity, adventure, investigation, riddles and clues, ancient mystery, secret, artifact, uncover truth, ancient, search, professor ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 1st century, 2000s
Place: holy land, europe, france, zurich switzerland, paris france ...
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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: suspense, exciting, rough, psychological, necrophiliac
Audience: kids
Plot: child abuse, childhood trauma, eclipse, survival, hallucination, alone, stephen king, trap, handcuffed to a bed, split personality, talking to self, childhood memory ...
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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, macabre, suspenseful, psychological, absurd ...
Plot: surrealism, cannibalism, uninvited guest, cult, poet, pregnant woman, brutality, death of son, nameless character, husband wife relationship, baby, family argument ...
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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, semi serious, humorous, light, talky ...
Audience: date night, teens, teen comedy
Plot: time travel, parallel world, small town life, utopia, alternate reality, small town, siblings relations, old love, coming of age, prejudice, fish out of water, american dream ...
Time: 50s, 1950s, 20th century, 1990s, future
Place: france, paris france
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When the Trees Fall (2018)
Genre: Drama
Country: Ukraine, Poland, Republic of Macedonia
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: misery, surrealism, symbolism, domestic violence, first love, coming of age, forest, female nudity, horse, mud, sex scene, sex outdoors ...
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: fruit, symbolism, religious, bomb, hindu, death sentence, change of heart, riot, surrealism, muslim, blindness, moral transformation ...
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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: betrayal, anti semitism, jewish, swastika, symbolism, star crossed lovers, nazi, wedding day, german, reincarnation, military officer, ritual ...
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 ...
Plot: tyranny, freedom, conformity, symbolism, surrealism, bully, picnic, eccentricity, man child, freak, adopted son, groom ...
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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: teenager, brother, death, symbolism, fascism, body, oppression, cave, shot to death, society
Place: milan italy
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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, gloomy, surreal, bleak, stylized ...
Plot: small town, prince, musician, newspaper, protest, isolation, circus, philosophy, symbolism, faith, delusion, secret ...
Time: 90s
Place: hungary, europe
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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: exciting, stylized, serious, suspenseful, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: samurai, afterlife, massacre, sex, violence, murder, sword, assassin, symbolism, good versus evil, vengeance, reincarnation ...
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: sexy, sexual, humorous, realistic, semi serious ...
Plot: prostitute, infidelity, sexuality, farce, factory, pregnancy, symbolism, matador, male model, sensuality, jealousy, passion ...
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, sexual ...
Plot: fear, cruelty, violence, torture, guilt, hypnosis, isolation, confined, insanity, brutality, depression, obsession ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
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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: stylized, futuristic, atmospheric, emotional, touching ...
Plot: womanizer, old friend, coincidence, haunted by the past, train, symbolism, writer's life, romance, lifestyle, choice, introspection, human nature ...
Time: 60s, 21st century, 20th century, 1960s, 2040s ...
Place: hong kong, china, singapore, 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: erotic, realistic, offbeat, surreal, sexual ...
Plot: death, devil, angel, symbolism, lucifer, philosophy, bible, escapades, heroic mission, gays and lesbians, heroes, obsessive quest ...
Time: ancient history, 18th century
Place: paris france, ancient greece, prague, athens greece, france
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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, realistic, gloomy, tense ...
Plot: farm, countryside, childhood, mute, crow, stranger, boy, horse, child, forest, symbolism, parents and children ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: finland, europe
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Silent Hill (2006)
Genre: Horror
Country: Canada, France, Japan, USA
Duration: 125 min.
Story: The eerie and deserted ghost town of Silent Hill draws a young mother desperate to find a cure for her only child's illness. Unable to accept the doctor's diagnosis that her daughter should be permanently institutionalized for psychiatric ...
Style: scary, dark, surreal, suspenseful, tense ...
Audience: teens
Plot: supernatural, monster, survival, evil, suffering, missing child, insanity, sadism, trapped, violence, torture, revenge ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: usa, west virginia
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Yurikuma Arashi (2015)
Genre: Animation, Drama, Fantasy, Romance, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 24 min.
Story: Some time ago, the asteroid Kumaria exploded in the depths of space. The resulting fragments became a meteor shower that rained down on Earth, and for some reason, bears all over the world rose up and attacked humanity! In "Man vs. Bear," ...
Plot: lesbian, lesbian kiss, bear, lesbian relationship, symbolism, flowers, lesbianism
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Uncovered (2016)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Mystery, Sci-Fi
Country: Spain
Story: Zoe, Matt and Nate are three 13 years old friends that lives in a small town. But one day mysterious things start happening and the kids get into a weird world where humans are not welcome.
Style: psychological
Plot: surrealism, symbolism, mystery, pop culture
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Momo (1986)
Genre: Comedy, Family, Fantasy, Mystery, Sci-Fi
Country: West Germany, Italy
Duration: 101 min.
Story: In the ruins of an amphitheatre just outside an unnamed Italian city lives Momo, a little girl of mysterious origin. She is remarkable in the neighbourhood because she has the extraordinary ability to listen — really listen. By simply being with ...
Style: semi serious, feel good, exciting, surreal
Audience: pre-teens, family outing
Plot: save the day, imaginary, village, youth, danger, heroes, young heroes, village life, escapades, family, surrealism, on the run ...
Time: future
Place: italy
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Gravity Falls (2012)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Family, Fantasy, Mystery, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 23 min.
Story: Twin brother and sister Dipper and Mabel Pines are in for an unexpected adventure when they spend the summer helping their great uncle Stan run a tourist trap in the mysterious town of Gravity Falls, Oregon.
Style: humorous, offbeat, exciting, captivating, not serious ...
Audience: kids, pre-teens
Plot: small town, twins, mysterious place, supernatural, friendship, small town life, odd, good versus evil, youth, creature, siblings relations, diary ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s
Place: oregon, usa
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Girl Revolution Utena (1997)
Genre: Animation, Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Romance, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 24 min.
Story: Revolutionary Girl Utena is a manga by Chiho Saito and anime directed by Kunihiko Ikuhara. The manga serial began in the June 1996 issue of Ciao and the anime was first broadcast in 1997. The anime and manga were created simultaneously, but, despite ...
Style: humorous, stylized, semi serious, feel good, offbeat ...
Audience: teens
Plot: incest, school, revolution, high school, high school life, hotshot hero, apocalypse, romance, siblings relations, fictional reality, love and romance, youth ...
Place: japan
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Rolling Penguin Drum (2011)
Genre: Animation, Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Japan
Story: A terminally ill girl named Himari Takakura is miraculously saved from death by a strange spirit who resides in a penguin-shaped hat. However, in exchange for extending her life, the spirit tasks Himari's brothers, Kanba and Shōma, to seek out ...
Style: exciting, stylized, twists and turns, humorous, suspenseful ...
Plot: destiny, back from the dead, resurrection, reincarnation, siblings relations, riddles and clues, mystery, life is a bitch, terminal illness, danger, twins, diary ...
Place: asia, japan
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Klimt (2006)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: Austria, France, Germany, UK
Duration: 131 min.
Story: A portrait of Austrian artist Gustav Klimt whose lavish, sexual paintings came to symbolize the art nouveau style of the late 19th and early 20th century.
Style: realistic, stylized, serious, sexual, talky ...
Plot: painter, artist, fighting the system, infidelity, ambition, obsession, couple relations, celebrity culture, love and romance, against the rules, sexual relations, artists and showbiz ...
Time: 20th century, 19th century, turn of the century, year 1918
Place: austria, europe, france, paris france
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Signs (2002)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: A family living on a farm finds mysterious crop circles in their fields which suggests something more frightening to come.
Style: suspenseful, tense, psychological, scary, enigmatic ...
Plot: farm, alien invasion, alien encounter, alien, loss of faith, ufo, single father, christianity, small town, priest, baseball, brother brother relationship ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: pennsylvania, usa, mexico, brazil
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Try Seventeen (2002)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Teenager Jones has opted not to go to college and is instead renting a room in a boarding house to work on his writing skills. Soon, Jones finds himself dividing his time between two women: a young actress named Lisa and a photographer named Jane. ...
Style: humorous, touching, sentimental, romantic, sweet ...
Audience: date night, teens
Plot: college, coming of age, love triangle, road trip, romance, youth, teenage life, looking for love, parents and children, fall in love, adolescence, relationships ...
Time: contemporary
Place: new jersey
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The Gopher (1970)
Genre: Drama, Western
Country: Mexico
Duration: 125 min.
Story: El Topo decides to confront warrior Masters on a trans-formative desert journey he begins with his 6 year old son, who must bury his childhood totems to become a man. El Topo (the mole) claims to be God, while dressed as a gunfighter in black, ...
Style: surreal, disturbing, stylized, atmospheric, bleak ...
Plot: desert, nihilism, dwarf, monastery, monk, tunnel, sex, mole, vengeance, cult, survival, injustice ...
Place: mexico, latin america
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