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, psychological, suspense, surreal, atmospheric and mind bending films and TV shows about / with symbolism, blood, death, surrealism, existentialism, nudity (full frontal - brief), husband wife relationship, female nudity, murder and brutality plots mostly in Drama, Thriller and Mystery genres shot in USA, France, Italy and other countries.
symbolism movies
TOP 10 movies tagged as symbolism: Mother! (2017), Enemy (2013), The Lighthouse (2019), Angels & Demons (2009), The Da Vinci Code (2006), The Platform (2019), Pleasantville (1998), Nocturnal Animals (2016), Gerald's Game (2017), 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: disturbing, psychological, macabre, suspense, art house ...
Plot: surrealism, symbolism, cannibalism, pregnant woman, uninvited guest, vandalism, riot, cult, brutality, house, nightmare, death of son ...
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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: surreal, twist ending, psychological, mind bending, atmospheric ...
Plot: doppelganger, symbolism, infidelity, paranoia, spider, actor, mental illness, obsession, mystery, nightmare, nudity (full frontal - brief), lookalikes ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: toronto ontario canada, canada
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The Lighthouse (2019)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, Brazil, Canada
Duration: 109 min.
Story: The story of two lighthouse keepers on a remote and mysterious New England island in the 1890s.
Style: suspense, psychological, gothic, disturbing, scary ...
Plot: hallucination, lighthouse keeper, lighthouse, drunkenness, symbolism, isolation, storm, nightmare, homoeroticism, fight, seagull, stolen identity ...
Time: 19th century, 1890s, victorian era
Place: new england
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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, suspenseful, intellectual, suspense ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: conspiracy, illuminati, riddles and clues, investigation, religions or cults, ancient, murder, professor, secret society, expert, mastermind, secret movement ...
Time: contemporary, 2000s
Place: rome italy, vatican, italy, europe, geneva switzerland ...
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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, exciting, mind bending, suspenseful, clever ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: conspiracy, adventure, christianity, holy grail, ancient mystery, mystery, investigation, riddles and clues, treasure hunt, uncover truth, secrets, religions or cults ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s, 1st century
Place: vatican, paris france, holy land, london, europe ...
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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: suspense, disturbing, suspenseful, futuristic, ambiguous ending ...
Plot: struggle for survival, food shortage, prison, social differences, rivalry, confined, social relations, cannibalism, fear, society, existentialism, hunger ...
Time: future
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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, feel good, surreal, light ...
Audience: date night, teens, teen drama
Plot: time travel, alternate reality, small town, coming of age, parallel world, utopia, small town life, symbolism, satire, parallel universe, fantasy world, fish out of water ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, 90s, future
Place: paris france, france
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Nocturnal Animals (2016)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, China
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: neo noir, suspense, psychological, mind bending, touching ...
Plot: revenge, rape and murder, ex husband ex wife relationship, writers, husband wife relationship, loss of family, abortion, rape, flashback, infidelity, ex husband, loss of wife ...
Time: 2010s
Place: texas, los angeles, new york
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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, disturbing, slasher, scary ...
Audience: kids
Plot: survival, childhood trauma, hallucination, childhood memory, split personality, alone, psychological manipulation, mind game, child abuse, psychological torture, symbolism, sex game ...
Time: 2010s, 21st century
Place: new orleans, alabama
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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, allegory, serious, tense, atmospheric ...
Plot: philosophy, surrealism, delusion, chaos, symbolism, musician, crimes, social relations, village life, small town life, circus, small town ...
Time: 90s
Place: hungary, europe
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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: disturbing, surreal, brutal, rough, psychological ...
Plot: torture, strong sexual content, symbolism, brother sister incest, incest, pregnancy, cannibalism, nudity (full frontal - brief), masturbation, dead child, surrealism, explicit sex ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: canada
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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 ...
Style: disturbing, psychological, captivating
Plot: symbolism, domestic violence, abused woman, little girl, misery, sister, love story, sister sister relationship, tragic love, teenager, life is a bitch, coming of age ...
Place: ukraine
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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: surreal, atmospheric, realistic, serious, captivating ...
Plot: bible, devil, symbolism, angel, philosophy, lucifer, religions or cults, coming of age, heroes, obsessive quest, ancient history, children ...
Time: 18th century
Place: ancient greece, paris france, athens greece, france, london ...
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Yurikuma Arashi (2015)
Genre: Animation, Drama, Fantasy, Romance, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 24 min.
TV show
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," ...
Style: disturbing, captivating, entertaining, psychological
Plot: bear, symbolism, schoolgirl, young heroes, adventure, fight, young woman, lesbian, lgbt, lesbian relationship, lesbianism, lesbian kiss
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The Last Emperor (1987)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: UK, China, Italy, France, USA
Duration: 163 min.
Story: A dramatic history of Pu Yi, the last of the Emperors of China, from his lofty birth and brief reign in the Forbidden City, the object of worship by half a billion people; through his abdication, his decline and dissolute lifestyle; his exploitation ...
Style: epic, political, breathtaking, sexy, emotional ...
Plot: childhood, world war two, royalty, chinese history, emperor, revolution, drug addiction, prison, royal family, eunuch, breast feeding, interrogation ...
Time: 1920s, 1930s, 1940s, 1910s, 50s ...
Place: china, beijing china, japan, asia
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Valhalla Rising (2009)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, Fantasy
Country: Denmark, UK
Duration: 93 min.
Story: 1000 AD, for years, One Eye, a mute warrior of supernatural strength, has been held prisoner by the Norse chieftain Barde. Aided by Are, a boy slave, One Eye slays his captor and together he and Are escape, beginning a journey into the heart of ...
Style: atmospheric, bleak, surreal, dark, psychological ...
Plot: viking, norse mythology, new world, warrior, heroes, lone wolves, mute, vengeance, adventure, brutality, christianity, captivity ...
Time: middle ages, 10th century, future
Place: jerusalem, holy land, scotland, europe
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8½ (1963)
Genre: Drama
Country: Italy, France
Duration: 138 min.
Story: With 8 ½ Frederico Fellini leaves a self-portrait where dreams and reality are a mix. With help from a most excellent cast and unique scenery this self reflecting film is one of his master works.
Style: art house, psychological, surreal, philosophical, reflective ...
Plot: filmmaking, midlife crisis, surrealism, childhood, mistress, adultery, loneliness, stream of consciousness, actress, extramarital affair, memory, dreams ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: italy, rome italy, vatican, europe, france ...
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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: emotional, touching, atmospheric, art house, serious ...
Plot: fall in love, medical, human nature, doctors and patients, buddhism, dentist, looking for love, symbolism, hospital, life philosophy, lifestyle, society ...
Time: 60s, contemporary, 20th century, 21st century
Place: thailand, asia
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Neon Genesis Evangelion (1995)
Genre: Animation, Action, Drama, Sci-Fi
Country: Japan
Duration: 24 min.
TV show
Story: At the turn of the century, the Angels returned to Earth, seeking to wipe out humanity in an apocalyptic fury. Devastated, mankind's last remnants moved underground to wait for the day when the Angels would come back to finish the job. Fifteen ...
Style: mecha, psychological, serious, exciting, twist ending ...
Audience: teens, kids
Plot: self doubt, loneliness, depression, suffering, psychological trauma, young heroes, father son relationship, loss, existentialism, chaos, alien encounter, insanity ...
Time: future, 21st century, year 2015, 2010s, 2000s
Place: japan
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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: serious, atmospheric, captivating, epic, dramatic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: mafia, gangsters, organized crime, revenge, crime family, crimes, greed, pride and honor, crime boss, gang war, mob boss, patriarch ...
Time: 1940s, 50s, 20th century, post world war two
Place: italy, new york, bronx new york city, sicily, manhattan new york city ...
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Antichrist (2009)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Thriller
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: disturbing, psychological, scary, sexy, bleak ...
Plot: cruelty, fear, violence, depression, insanity, guilt, explicit sex, brutality, torture, masturbation, male nudity, death ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
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Franklin: A Symphony of Pain (2015)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: The mind is a terrible thing to waste
Style: psychedelic, suspense, serious, bleak, mind bending
Plot: cult leader, secret society, psychotic, betrayal, symbolism, self mutilation, abduction, drugs, gore, mask
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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, sad, sexy ...
Plot: politics, communism, parents and children, stalinism, betrayal, revolution, totalitarianism, family relations, world war two, repression, symbolism, russian ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, year 1936
Place: russia, poland, ussr
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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, realistic, serious, bleak, surreal ...
Plot: painter, breast feeding, painting, famous painting, punishment, religions or cults, death sentence, society, redemption, occupation, loss of son, art ...
Time: 16th century
Place: flanders, belgium, europe
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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: touching, emotional, mind bending, sexy, surreal ...
Plot: time travel, writer's life, romance, melancholy, haunted by the past, coincidence, old friend, memory, destiny, road not taken, introspection, writers ...
Time: future, 60s, 2040s, 21st century, 20th century
Place: hong kong, china, singapore, asia
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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, heroic, adult animation, serious, psychotronic ...
Audience: teens, family outing, kids, pre-teens
Plot: superhero, violence, monster, superman character, alien, superhuman powers, super villain, revenge, flying man, journalist, reporter, artificial intelligence ...
Time: year 1961, 1940s, year 1983, year 1946, 80s ...
Place: russia, ussr, 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: sexy, surreal, gothic horror, suspense, erotic ...
Plot: sex orgy, lesbian lover, debauchery, surrealism, castle, girlfriend girlfriend relationship, drugs, lesbian interest, lesbian relationship, lesbian, love triangle, rescue attempt ...
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Shadows (2007)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Germany, Italy, Bulgaria, Spain
Duration: 129 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, sexy, suspense ...
Plot: afterlife, ghost, supernatural ability, mystery, couple relations, destiny, infidelity, symbolism, paranoia, death, sex scene, hallucination ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: macedonia
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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, art house, surreal, non-linear, ambiguous ending ...
Plot: loneliness, multiple storylines, love, femme fatale, breakup, love story, life philosophy, drug dealer, romance, fall in love, police officer, drug smuggling ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, year 1994
Place: hong kong, california, tokyo, asia, taiwan
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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, suspenseful, bleak, suspense, serious ...
Audience: teens
Plot: afterlife, obsession, mystery, losing-it hero, haunted by the past, nobody believes, loss of daughter, death in the family, a vision, mathematician, mental illness, subconscious ...
Time: 1940s, contemporary, 21st century, 60s, 90s ...
Place: usa
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