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, suspense, psychological, realistic, suspenseful and atmospheric films and TV shows about / with symbolism, death, blood, surrealism, female nudity, murder, brutality, husband wife relationship, male nudity and nudity (full frontal - brief) plots mostly in Drama, Thriller and Horror genres shot in USA, France, Canada and other countries.
symbolism movies
TOP 10 movies tagged as symbolism: Mother! (2017), Angels & Demons (2009), The Da Vinci Code (2006), Enemy (2013), The Lighthouse (2019), 2046 (2004), The Annunciation (1984), Nocturnal Animals (2016), Subconscious Cruelty (2000), Werckmeister Harmonies (2000).

List of symbolism movies

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: psychological, macabre, disturbing, suspenseful, absurd ...
Plot: surrealism, symbolism, pregnant woman, brutality, uninvited guest, nightmare, cult, death of son, poet, nameless character, husband wife relationship, vandalism ...
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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: twists and turns, exciting, intellectual, suspenseful, psychotronic ...
Plot: conspiracy, riddles and clues, illuminati, religions or cults, secret society, symbolism, ancient, search, danger, investigation, professor, murder ...
Time: contemporary, 2000s
Place: rome italy, vatican, europe, italy, harvard university ...
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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: twists and turns, clever, exciting, suspenseful, mind bending ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: ancient mystery, holy grail, conspiracy, adventure, riddles and clues, christianity, uncover truth, investigation, secrets, secret society, symbolism, escapades ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 1st century, 2000s
Place: vatican, paris france, holy land, france, europe ...
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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, mystery, paranoia, actor, obsession, mental illness, professor, delusion, mysterious character, disorder, life turned upside down, lookalikes ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: canada, toronto ontario canada
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The Lighthouse (2019)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Mystery
Country: Canada, USA, Brazil
Duration: 109 min.
Story: The story of two lighthouse keepers on a remote and mysterious New England island in the 1890s.
Style: gothic, suspense, psychological, disturbing, exciting ...
Plot: lovecraftian, lighthouse, hallucination, drunkenness, lighthouse keeper, symbolism, storm, isolation, secret, nightmare, island, fight ...
Time: 19th century, 1890s
Place: new england
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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, contemplative ...
Plot: haunted by the past, coincidence, old friend, symbolism, writer's life, romance, introspection, road not taken, choice, identity crisis, mysterious place, understanding ...
Time: 60s, 21st century, 20th 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, captivating, serious, realistic ...
Plot: female full frontal nudity, bible, symbolism, devil, angel, philosophy, lucifer, religions or cults, heroes, obsessive quest, murder, card playing ...
Time: ancient history, 18th century
Place: paris france, ancient greece, prague, athens greece, france ...
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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 thriller, neo noir, psychological, suspense, brutal ...
Plot: rape and murder, ex husband ex wife relationship, writers, revenge, symbolism, loss of family, rape, murder of family, novelist, husband wife relationship, vigilantism, haunted by the past ...
Time: 2010s
Place: los angeles, new york, 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, genital mutilation, strong sexual content, symbolism, incest, blood, deadly, danger, gory, brother sister incest, pregnancy, cannibalism ...
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, suspenseful, atmospheric, tense, serious ...
Plot: philosophy, small town, delusion, musician, chaos, social relations, crimes, small town life, village life, danger, 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: atmospheric, touching, emotional, art house, controversial ...
Plot: hospital, fall in love, human nature, doctors and patients, dentist, looking for love, buddhism, symbolism, life philosophy, lifestyle, society, romance ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 20th century, 60s
Place: thailand, asia
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The Field Guide to Evil (2018)
Genre: Horror
Country: USA, Greece, India, New Zealand, Hungary, Austria, Turkey, Poland
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, tense, psychological, captivating, suspenseful ...
Plot: demonic possession, demon, monster, lesbian relationship, symbolism, nightmare, folklore, baby, religion, goat, female nudity, coming of age ...
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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, psychotic, cult leader, symbolism, self mutilation, abduction, drugs, mask
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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, emotional ...
Plot: politics, parents and children, communism, totalitarianism, repression, symbolism, stalinism, family relations, betrayal, friendship, colonel, war ...
Time: 1930s, 30s, 20th century, year 1936
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, death sentence, religions or cults, redemption, society, occupation, loss of son, symbolism, drawing, execution ...
Time: 16th century
Place: europe, belgium, flanders
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Superman: Red Son (2020)
Genre: Animation, Action, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 84 min.
Story: Set in the thick of the Cold War, Red Son introduces us to a Superman who landed in the USSR during the 1950s and grows up to become a Soviet symbol that fights for the preservation of Stalin’s brand of communism.
Style: suspense, serious, psychotronic, adult animation, surprise ending
Audience: teens, kids, family outing, pre-teens
Plot: violence, monster, super villain, alien, superhuman powers, revenge, superhero, destruction, symbolism, humanoid alien, fictional city, journalist ...
Time: 1950s, 1940s, 1960s, year 1961, year 1946 ...
Place: russia, washington d.c., moscow russia, berlin germany, nevada ...
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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, gothic horror, suspense, sexy, bleak ...
Plot: sex orgy, debauchery, lesbian lover, love triangle, castle, human sacrifice, surrealism, girlfriend girlfriend relationship, drugs, rescue attempt, lesbian interest, symbolism ...
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Shadows (2007)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Republic of North Macedonia, 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: psychological, suspenseful, serious, suspense, sexy ...
Plot: ghost, mystery, supernatural ability, afterlife, couple relations, destiny, infidelity, family relations, symbolism, paranoia, car accident, danger ...
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, semi serious, humorous, light, talky ...
Audience: date night, teens, teen comedy
Plot: alternate reality, parallel world, utopia, time travel, coming of age, small town life, small town, siblings relations, family relations, old love, prejudice, fish out of water ...
Time: 50s, 1950s, 20th century, 1990s, 90s ...
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, fall in love, police officer, femme fatale, romance, multiple storylines, girlfriend, acceptance, depression, new beginning, love, disguise ...
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, haunted by the past, losing-it hero, mystery, danger, changing the past or future, nobody believes, death in the family, a vision, loss of daughter, mathematician, mental illness ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, near future, 1940s, 90s ...
Place: usa
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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, psychotronic ...
Audience: kids
Plot: survival, stephen king, childhood trauma, handcuffed woman, child abuse, eclipse, alone, split personality, childhood memory, handcuffed to a bed, dog, hallucination ...
Place: new orleans, alabama
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The Platform (2019)
Genre: Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: Spain
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Two people per level. An unknown number of levels. A platform with food for all of them. Are you one of those who think too much when they are up? Or of those who have no guts when they are down? If you discover it too late, you will not live out of ...
Style: disturbing, suspense, suspenseful, futuristic, allegory ...
Plot: confined, cannibalism, struggle for survival, fear, social differences, existentialism, food shortage, rivalry, prison, social relations, danger, society ...
Time: future
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When the Trees Fall (2018)
Genre: Drama
Country: Ukraine, Poland, Republic of North 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: domestic violence, symbolism, little girl, coming of age, abused woman, female director, outdoor sex, sex scene, hose, sex outdoors, widow, male nudity ...
Place: ukraine
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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: hound dog, surrealism, picnic, conformity, symbolism, bully, tyranny, freedom, satire, husband wife relationship, playground, groom ...
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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, righting the wronged, heroic mission, reincarnation, vengeance, vigilantism, master warrior, rivalry, danger, supernatural, deadly ...
Time: contemporary
Place: tokyo, japan, asia
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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, sexuality, infidelity, pregnancy, passion, farce, jealousy, seduction, romance, social differences, working class, fall in love ...
Time: 90s, 1990s
Place: spain
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The Godfather: Part II (1974)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 202 min.
Story: In the continuing saga of the Corleone crime family, a young Vito Corleone grows up in Sicily and in 1910s New York. In the 1950s, Michael Corleone attempts to expand the family business into Las Vegas, Hollywood and Cuba.
Style: captivating, epic, atmospheric, dramatic, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: mafia, gangsters, crimes, organized crime, melancholy, criminal heroes, ambition, rise to the top, corruption, immigrants, pride and honor, family relations ...
Time: 50s, 40s, 20th century, 1920s, 1940s ...
Place: cuba, italy, new york, las vegas, sicily ...
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The Godfather (1972)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 175 min.
Story: Spanning the years 1945 to 1955, a chronicle of the fictional Italian-American Corleone crime family. When organized crime family patriarch, Vito Corleone barely survives an attempt on his life, his youngest son, Michael steps in to take care of the ...
Style: captivating, serious, rough, atmospheric, epic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: mafia, gangsters, organized crime, pride and honor, criminal heroes, greed, gang war, crimes, lawyer, cosa nostra, mob boss, corruption ...
Time: 50s, 1940s, 40s, 1950s, 20th century ...
Place: italy, new york, europe, sicily, usa ...
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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, tense, gloomy ...
Audience: student film
Plot: childhood, farm, countryside, stranger, mute, mysterious character, parents and children, life turned upside down, family relations, boy, child's point of view, desperation ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: finland, europe
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