Philosophy movies and TV shows

The list contains the best, new and most relevant philosophy movies ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out thought provoking, philosophical, weird, cerebral, intellectual and visually appealing films and TV shows about / with philosophy, mentor, storytelling, destiny, life philosophy, dialogue, existentialism, death, consciousness and life & death plots mostly in Drama, Sci-Fi and Romance genres shot in USA, UK, Germany and other countries.
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TOP 10 movies tagged as philosophy: The Man from Earth (2007), Waking Life (2001), The Matrix (1999), Her (2013), Merli (2015), Good Will Hunting (1997), Forrest Gump (1994), Dead Poets Society (1989), Peaceful Warrior (2006), Mr. Nobody (2009).

List of philosophy movies

The Man from Earth (2007)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Mystery, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 87 min.
Story: An impromptu goodbye party for Professor John Oldman becomes a mysterious interrogation after the retiring scholar reveals to his colleagues he never ages and has walked the earth for 14,000 years.
Style: philosophical, sincere, psychological, serious, talky ...
Plot: philosophy, immortality, religion, professor, hidden identity, atheism, society, christianity, legends and myths, psychology, god or devil, mistaken identity ...
Time: prehistoric times, middle ages, prehistory, contemporary, 21st century ...
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 7.7
 64K
Waking Life (2001)
Genre: Animation, Drama, Fantasy
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Waking Life is about a young man in a persistent lucid dream-like state. The film follows its protagonist as he initially observes and later participates in philosophical discussions that weave together issues like reality, free will, our ...
Style: philosophical, surreal, stylized, psychological, clever ...
Plot: philosophy, existentialism, dream, surrealism, alternate reality, lucid dream, imagination, life philosophy, lifestyle, existence paradox, bohemian life, human nature ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: texas
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 8.7
 1.9M
The Matrix (1999)
Genre: Action, Sci-Fi
Country: USA, Australia
Duration: 136 min.
Story: Set in the 22nd century, The Matrix tells the story of a computer hacker who joins a group of underground insurgents fighting the vast and powerful computers who now rule the earth.
Style: thought provoking, philosophical, mind bending, cerebral, intense ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: distopia, artificial intelligence, cyberpunk, alternate reality, virtual reality, philosophy, martial arts, hacker, post apocalypse, existentialism, gunfight, man versus machine ...
Time: future, 90s, 21st century, near future, 20th century ...
Place: los angeles
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 8.0
 602K
Her (2013)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 126 min.
Story: In the not so distant future, Theodore, a lonely writer purchases a newly developed operating system designed to meet the user's every needs. To Theodore's surprise, a romantic relationship develops between him and his operating system. ...
Style: philosophical, melancholic, futuristic, touching, clever ...
Audience: teens, date night
Plot: loneliness, artificial intelligence, existentialism, love, philosophy, a.i., unlikely relationship, human nature, cyberspace, unlikely couple, impossible love, romance ...
Time: future, near future, 21st century
Place: los angeles, california, usa
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 8.6
 8K
Merli (2015)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: Spain
Duration: 58 min.
TV show
Story: TV series about a high school philosophy teacher, Merlí, who teaches in an original way, and about the students of his class, including his own son, and the relationship, friendship, love, and problems between the students of the class.
Style: captivating, thought provoking, sincere, semi serious, realistic
Audience: teens, girls' night
Plot: philosophy, high school, gay lead character, teacher, coming of age, bisexual man, teenage love, gay love, lgbt, teenage life, gay, homosexuality ...
Time: contemporary
Place: spain, barcelona
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Good Will Hunting (1997)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 126 min.
Story: Will Hunting has a genius-level IQ but chooses to work as a janitor at MIT. When he solves a difficult graduate-level math problem, his talents are discovered by Professor Gerald Lambeau, who decides to help the misguided youth reach his potential. ...
Style: psychological, emotional, philosophical, uplifting, sentimental ...
Audience: girls' night, teens, date night
Plot: mathematics, genius, prodigy, professor, life philosophy, life, philosophy, university, existentialism, human spirit, ambition, psychiatrist ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: harvard university, boston, massachusetts, usa
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 8.8
 2.0M
Forrest Gump (1994)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 142 min.
Story: A man with a low IQ has accomplished great things in his life and been present during significant historic events - in each case, far exceeding what anyone imagined he could do. Yet, despite all the things he has attained, his one true love eludes ...
Style: inspirational, touching, feel good, sincere, sentimental ...
Audience: date night, girls' night, family outing, teens, kids
Plot: mentally challenged, life philosophy, love, human spirit, destiny, philosophy, journey, rise to the top, life, vietnam war, courage, selflessness ...
Time: 50s, 60s, 20th century, 70s, 80s
Place: usa, washington d.c., vietnam, china, alabama ...
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Dead Poets Society (1989)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 128 min.
Story: At an elite, old-fashioned boarding school in New England, a passionate English teacher inspires his students to rebel against convention and seize the potential of every day, courting the disdain of the stern headmaster.
Style: philosophical, sentimental, uplifting, intellectual, emotional ...
Audience: teens, family outing, kids, girls' night, teen drama
Plot: teacher, suicide, coming of age, literature, poetry, poet, teachers and students, philosophy, youth, boarding school life, dedicated educator, professor ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, year 1959
Place: vermont, new england, usa, harvard university
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Peaceful Warrior (2006)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Sport
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 120 min.
Story: A chance encounter with a stranger changes the life of a college gymnast.
Style: inspirational, philosophical, thought provoking, motivational, sincere ...
Audience: teens
Plot: self discovery, mentor, teaching the ways of the world, human spirit, wisdom of life, philosophy, wise man, gymnastics, athlete and trainer, enlightenment, rehabilitation, life philosophy ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new jersey, california, usa
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 7.8
 232K
Mr. Nobody (2009)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Romance, Sci-Fi
Country: Belgium, Germany, Canada, France, UK, Luxembourg, USA
Duration: 141 min.
Story: Nemo Nobody leads an ordinary existence with his wife and 3 children; one day, he wakes up as a mortal centenarian in the year 2092.
Style: thought provoking, psychological, surreal, philosophical, mind bending ...
Audience: teens, date night
Plot: alternate reality, destiny, philosophy, time, surrealism, depression, utopia, life changing experience, immortality, parallel world, love and romance, butterfly effect ...
Time: future, year 1975, 21st century, 20th century
Place: canada
Is relevant ?
 8.8
 2.3M
Inception (2010)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 148 min.
Story: Cobb, a skilled thief who commits corporate espionage by infiltrating the subconscious of his targets is offered a chance to regain his old life as payment for a task considered to be impossible: "inception", the implantation of another ...
Style: psychological, mind bending, surreal, twist ending, cerebral ...
Plot: alternate reality, subconscious, virtual reality, mind control, existentialism, parallel world, teamwork, fictional reality, dream, memory, philosophy, sleeping ...
Time: future, 2010s, near future
Place: paris france, japan, los angeles, tokyo, africa ...
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 8.6
 744K
Spirited Away (2001)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Family, Fantasy, Mystery
Country: Japan
Duration: 125 min.
Story: A young girl, Chihiro, becomes trapped in a strange new world of spirits. When her parents undergo a mysterious transformation, she must call upon the courage she never knew she had to free her family.
Style: surreal, atmospheric, stylized, colourful, exciting ...
Audience: family outing, kids, pre-teens
Plot: friendship, supernatural, parallel world, magic, dragon, fantasy world, ghost, adventure, witch, surrealism, philosophy, curses spells and rituals ...
Time: 2000s, 21st century, contemporary
Place: japan, tokyo, asia
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The little prince (2015)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Drama, Family, Fantasy
Country: France, Canada, Italy, USA, China
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Based on the best-seller book 'The Little Prince', the movie tells the story of a little girl that lives with resignation in a world where efficiency and work are the only dogmas. Everything will change when accidentally she discovers her ...
Style: fairy tale, stylized, touching, sweet, colourful ...
Audience: family outing, preschoolers, kids, girls' night
Plot: adventure, philosophy, life philosophy, little boy, friends, surrealism, little girl, self discovery, social differences, escapades, imaginary kingdom, mentor ...
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The Tree of Life (2011)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy
Country: USA
Duration: 139 min.
Story: The impressionistic story of a Texas family in the 1950s. The film follows the life journey of the eldest son, Jack, through the innocence of childhood to his disillusioned adult years as he tries to reconcile a complicated relationship with his ...
Style: surreal, philosophical, thought provoking, atmospheric, touching ...
Audience: teens, family outing
Plot: childhood, grief, philosophy, coming of age, parenthood, spirituality, family relations, domineering father, dinosaur, death, afterlife, redhead ...
Time: 50s, prehistory, 20th century, prehistoric times
Place: texas, usa, china
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 7.8
 302K
Gattaca (1997)
Genre: Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: Science fiction drama about a future society in the era of indefinite eugenics where humans are set on a life course depending on their DNA. The young Vincent Freeman is born with a condition that would prevent him from space travel, yet he is ...
Style: thought provoking, futuristic, intellectual, twists and turns, neo noir ...
Plot: distopia, fighting the system, genetics, future dystopia, utopia, discrimination, paraplegic, philosophy, eugenics, society, outer space, space travel ...
Time: future, near future
Place: riviera, detroit, french riviera
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To Your Eternity (2021)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Drama, Fantasy
Country: Japan
Duration: 25 min.
TV show
Story: An immortal being was sent to the surface of the earth and met a boy living alone in the middle of tundra. The being can take the shape of dying things, but only if the "impetus" is stronger than the previous one. What sort of experiences ...
Style: captivating, unusual plot structure, disturbing, psychological
Plot: immortality, reincarnation, eternity, evolution, philosophy, eternal life, transformation, friendship, fantasy world, survival, mutation, supernatural being ...
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The Butterfly Effect (2004)
Genre: Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 113 min.
Story: A young man struggles to access sublimated childhood memories. He finds a technique that allows him to travel back into the past, to occupy his childhood body and change history. However, he soon finds that every change he makes has unexpected ...
Style: psychological, mind bending, philosophical, suspense, dramatic ...
Audience: teens, girls' night
Plot: time travel, time loop, changing the past or future, life philosophy, butterfly effect, memory, child abuse, supernatural ability, alternate reality, memory loss, love, psychology ...
Time: future, contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
Is relevant ?
 5.6
 22K
After the Dark (2013)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Sci-Fi
Country: USA, Indonesia
Duration: 107 min.
Story: At an international school in Jakarta, a philosophy teacher challenges his class of twenty graduating seniors to choose which ten of them would take shelter underground and reboot the human race in the event of a nuclear apocalypse.
Style: psychological, thought provoking, philosophical, surprise ending, serious ...
Audience: teens
Plot: youth, teacher, human nature, survival, bunker, disorder, social relations, teachers and students, philosophy, experiment gone awry, love and romance, underground bunker ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: indonesia, tokyo, asia
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Merli: Dare to Know (2019)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Spain
Duration: 50 min.
TV show
Story: The series is a sequel and spin-off of the Merlí series broadcast by Catalan channel TV3, and revolves around Pol Rubio (Carlos Cuevas), who enters university to follow in the footsteps of his idolized professor at high school, Merlí.
Style: realistic, melancholic, sentimental, romantic, sexy ...
Plot: gay, gay lead character, philosophy, gay relationship, bisexual man, gay couple, friendship, teacher, male homosexuality, unrequited love, gay youth, gays and lesbians ...
Time: 21st century
Place: barcelona, spain
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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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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: philosophical, melancholic, meditative, atmospheric, touching ...
Plot: buddhism, coming of age, buddhist monk, existentialism, isolation, guilt, life, meditation, buddhist, monk, solitude, lust ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: south korea, korea, asia
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Ghost in the Shell (2017)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA, India, Hong Kong, China, Canada
Duration: 107 min.
Story: In the near future, Major is the first of her kind: a human saved from a terrible crash, then cyber-enhanced to be a perfect soldier devoted to stopping the world's most dangerous criminals.
Style: futuristic, philosophical, suspense, stylized, cerebral ...
Plot: cyberpunk, cyborgs, female protagonist, technology, distopia, robot, artificial intelligence, one woman army, corporate corruption, strong female lead, tough girl, terrorism ...
Time: future, near future
Place: tokyo, japan
Is relevant ?
 6.8
 360K
Yes Man (2008)
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 104 min.
Story: Carl Allen has stumbled across a way to shake free of post-divorce blues and a dead-end job: embrace life and say yes to everything.
Style: feel good, funny, humorous, light, entertaining ...
Audience: date night, girls' night, teens
Plot: life, life changing experience, lifestyle change, change of heart, optimism, philosophy, life philosophy, love affair, self esteem, character change, love and romance, boyfriend girlfriend relationship ...
Time: 21st century, 2000s, contemporary
Place: usa, new jersey, los angeles, nebraska
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 7.8
 12K
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, philosophical, cerebral, breathtaking, meditative ...
Plot: redemption, christian, monk, solitude, religion, life philosophy, loneliness, island, philosophy, monastery, psychic, forgiveness ...
Place: russia
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The Art of Getting By (2011)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 83 min.
Story: George, a lonely and fatalistic teen who's made it all the way to his senior year without ever having done a real day of work, is befriended by Sally, a popular but complicated girl who recognizes in him a kindred spirit.
Style: witty, sentimental, semi serious, realistic, humorous ...
Audience: teens, date night, girls' night, chick flick, teen drama
Plot: teenage love, teenager, high school, friendship, youth, coming of age, teenage life, philosophy, friends, love and romance, homework, art ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, new york
Is relevant ?
 8.8
 2.1M
Fight Club (1999)
Genre: Drama
Country: Germany, USA
Duration: 139 min.
Story: A ticking-time-bomb insomniac and a slippery soap salesman channel primal male aggression into a shocking new form of therapy. Their concept catches on, with underground "fight clubs" forming in every town, until an eccentric gets in the ...
Style: surprise ending, psychological, twists and turns, twist ending, thought provoking ...
Audience: boys' night, girls' night
Plot: self destructing, fighting the system, split personality, psychology, losing-it hero, against the rules, nihilism, social decay, insomnia, life philosophy, dissociative identity disorder, obsession ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: delaware, usa
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 8.4
 31K
Babylon 5 (1993)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 45 min.
TV show
Story: Babylon 5 is a five-mile long space station located in neutral space. Built by the Earth Alliance in the 2250s, it's goal is to maintain peace among the various alien races by providing a sanctuary where grievances and negotiations can be ...
Style: serious, twists and turns, suspense, philosophical, futuristic ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: outer space, space opera, space station, space travel, benign alien, good versus evil, adventure, time travel, alien, culture clash, space and aliens, spacecraft ...
Time: future, 23rd century
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Thirteen Conversations About One Thing (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: The lives of a lawyer, an actuary, a housecleaner, a professor, and the people around them intersect as they ponder order and happiness in the face of life's cold unpredictability.
Style: philosophical, psychological, bleak, meditative, depressing ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: philosophy, infidelity, redemption, adultery, destiny, false accusation, love affair, human nature, multiple storylines, drug addiction, life is a bitch, dishonesty ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new york, usa, greece
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 6.9
 3K
Wittgenstein (1993)
Genre: Biography, Comedy, Drama
Country: UK, Japan
Duration: 72 min.
Story: A dramatization, in modern theatrical style, of the life and thought of the Viennese-born, Cambridge-educated philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein (1889-1951), whose principal interest was the nature and limits of language. A series of sketches depict ...
Style: philosophical, thought provoking, captivating, realistic, serious ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: philosophy, gay, philosopher, prodigy, cambridge university, lgbt, ambition, society, writer's life, school, self discovery, autobiography ...
Time: 20th century, year 1919
Place: england, russia, ireland, norway, dublin ireland ...
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 6.3
 96K
Revolver (2005)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK, France
Duration: 111 min.
Story: Hotshot gambler Jake Green (Jason Statham) is long on bravado and seriously short of common sense. Rarely is he allowed in any casino because he's a bona fide winner and, in fact, has taken so much money over the years that he's the sole ...
Style: serious, stylized, confusing, philosophical, psychological ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gambling, criminal heroes, chess, gangsters, group of criminals, cons and scams, crimes, philosophy, ex convict, mob boss, criminal's revenge, brutality ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: england, london, europe
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