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, serious, visually appealing, philosophical, reflective and cerebral films and TV shows about / with philosophy, mentor, destiny, storytelling, existentialism, life philosophy, death, dialogue, life & death and weird plots mostly in Drama, Sci-Fi and Romance genres shot in USA, Canada, France and other countries.
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TOP 10 movies tagged as philosophy: Merli (2015), The Man from Earth (2007), Waking Life (2001), Dead Poets Society (1989), Good Will Hunting (1997), Her (2013), The Matrix (1999), Inception (2010), Peaceful Warrior (2006), The Butterfly Effect (2004).

List of philosophy movies

 8.6
 7K
Merli (2015)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: Spain
Duration: 58 min.
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: semi serious, captivating, sincere, thought provoking, realistic
Audience: teens, girls' night
Plot: philosophy, teacher, high school, coming of age, gay lead character, teenage love, gay love, young, homosexuality, coming out, teacher student relationship, jealousy ...
Time: contemporary
Place: spain, barcelona
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The Man from Earth (2007)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, 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: serious, sincere, psychological, talky, contemplative ...
Plot: immortality, philosophy, professor, hidden identity, society, religion, christianity, psychology, mistaken identity, legends and myths, impersonating, secret ...
Time: middle ages, prehistoric times, prehistory, prehistoric, 21st century ...
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 7.8
 60K
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: stylized, surreal, captivating, contemplative, philosophical ...
Plot: existentialism, philosophy, lifestyle, human nature, bohemian life, imaginary, daydreamer, computer animation, nightmare, satire, life after death, reincarnation ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: texas
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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, intellectual, uplifting, motivational ...
Audience: teens, girls' night
Plot: teacher, poetry, boarding school life, teachers and students, literature, dedicated educator, philosophy, poet, student, suicide, coming of age, youth ...
Time: 50s, 1950s, 20th century, year 1959
Place: vermont, usa, new england, harvard university
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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: philosophical, psychological, sentimental, realistic, uplifting ...
Audience: date night
Plot: prodigy, mathematics, genius, university, existentialism, philosophy, life philosophy, professor, ambition, dedicated educator, human spirit, psychiatrist ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: harvard university, boston, usa
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 8.0
 524K
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: melancholic, futuristic, philosophical, offbeat, touching ...
Audience: date night
Plot: loneliness, artificial intelligence, existentialism, philosophy, a.i., unlikely relationship, cyberspace, computers and web, love, unlikely couple, impossible love, human nature ...
Time: future, near future, 21st century
Place: usa, los angeles
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 8.7
 1.6M
The Matrix (1999)
Genre: Action, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
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: mind bending, thought provoking, philosophical, cerebral, serious ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: future dystopia, artificial intelligence, cyberpunk, distopia, chosen one, man versus machine, save the world, hacker, virtual reality, alternate reality, imaginary, freedom ...
Time: future, 90s, 1990s, 21st century, 20th century ...
Place: los angeles
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 8.8
 2.0M
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, clever, cerebral, twist ending ...
Plot: parallel world, virtual reality, mind control, alternate reality, haunted by the past, existentialism, subconscious, teamwork, manipulations, fantasy world, sleeping, philosophy ...
Time: 2010s, near future
Place: paris france, los angeles, tokyo, kenya, africa ...
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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: philosophical, inspirational, sincere, uplifting, serious ...
Plot: self discovery, teaching the ways of the world, athlete and trainer, human spirit, mentor, enlightenment, coach, wise man, gymnastics, wisdom of life, philosophy, rehabilitation ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: california, usa, new jersey
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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, suspenseful, twists and turns ...
Plot: time travel, changing the past or future, twists & turns, life philosophy, psychology, supernatural ability, haunted by the past, altering history, child abuse, memory, philosophy, diary ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, future
Place: usa
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 8.8
 1.8M
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: touching, sincere, uplifting, sentimental, feel good ...
Audience: date night, girls' night
Plot: mentally challenged, human spirit, destiny, life philosophy, rise to the top, true love, storytelling, journey, human relationship, odd, selflessness, philosophy ...
Time: 50s, 60s, 20th century, 70s, 1950s ...
Place: usa, washington d.c., united states, new york, san francisco ...
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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: atmospheric, touching, contemplative, captivating, psychological ...
Audience: family outing, teens
Plot: childhood, philosophy, dinosaur, outer space, family relations, hopes, suffering, child abuse, grief, spirituality, parenthood, family problems ...
Time: 50s, 1950s, 20th century, prehistoric times
Place: texas, usa, china
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 8.6
 627K
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, offbeat, fairy tale ...
Audience: family outing, pre-teens
Plot: parallel world, fantasy world, ghost, witch, imaginary, adventure, rescue, dragon, supernatural, friendship, curses spells and rituals, youth ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
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 7.8
 212K
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: psychological, mind bending, philosophical, thought provoking, surreal ...
Audience: date night
Plot: depression, utopia, destiny, alternate reality, life changing experience, philosophy, parallel world, family relations, surrealism, romance, imaginary, teenage love ...
Time: future, 21st century, 20th century, year 1975
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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, melancholic ...
Plot: cyberpunk, female protagonist, cyborgs, hacker, strong female lead, distopia, technology, philosophy, terrorism, investigation, artificial intelligence, evolution ...
Time: future, near future
Place: tokyo, japan
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Neon Genesis Evangelion: The End of Evangelion (1997)
Genre: Animation, Action, Drama, Fantasy, Sci-Fi
Country: Japan
Duration: 87 min.
Story: The second of two theatrically released follow-ups to the Neon Genesis Evangelion series. Comprising of two alternate episodes which were first intended to take the place of episodes 25 and 26, this finale answers many of the questions surrounding ...
Style: psychological, mecha, futuristic, twist ending, surreal ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: philosophy, insanity, loneliness, violence, youth, apocalypse, rebirth, space wars, catastrophe, coming of age, deadly, a.i. ...
Time: 21st century, future, 2010s
Place: tokyo, japan
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 5.7
 21K
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, surprise ending, captivating, serious ...
Plot: survival, teacher, youth, human nature, danger, disorder, teachers and students, social relations, philosophy, experiment gone awry, bunker, catastrophe ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: indonesia, asia, tokyo
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 7.5
 9K
Being Erica (2009)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Romance
Country: Canada
Duration: 45 min.
Story: Being Erica is a Canadian comedy-drama television series that aired on CBC from January 5, 2009 to December 12, 2011. Created by Jana Sinyor, the series was originally announced by the CBC as The Session, but was retitled Being Erica before ...
Style: witty, sentimental, clever, captivating, humorous ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: therapy, self discovery, changing the past or future, time travel, road not taken, introspection, destiny, hopes, haunted by the past, psychology, thirtysomething life, lifestyle ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: canada
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 8.3
 27K
Babylon 5 (1993)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 45 min.
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, saga, futuristic, bleak, suspense ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: space travel, outer space, space station, space opera, adventure, time travel, benign alien, good versus evil, space and aliens, alien, culture clash, danger ...
Time: future, 23rd century
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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: stylized, colourful, fairy tale, touching, sweet ...
Audience: preschoolers, family outing
Plot: adventure, imaginary, self discovery, philosophy, little boy, life philosophy, imaginary kingdom, social differences, surrealism, mysterious planet, friends, little girl ...
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Antonia's Line (1995)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Netherlands, Belgium, UK, France
Duration: 102 min.
Story: After World War II, Antonia and her daughter, Danielle, go back to their Dutch hometown, where Antonia's late mother has bestowed a small farm upon her. There, Antonia settles down and joins a tightly-knit but unusual community. Those around ...
Style: touching, sentimental, intellectual, melancholic, humorous ...
Plot: village, village life, generation gap, philosophy, feminism, widow, friendship, human nature, introspection, single parent, world war two, family life ...
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 7.8
 276K
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: futuristic, thought provoking, intellectual, twists and turns, psychological ...
Plot: fighting the system, distopia, neo noir, future dystopia, discrimination, paraplegic, genetics, eugenics, society, philosophy, heart disease, space travel ...
Time: future, near future
Place: detroit, riviera, french riviera
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Ship of Theseus (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: India, Netherlands
Duration: 140 min.
Story: This first feature film from Indian playwright Anand Gandhi, tells three stories about persons forced to think about the ethics and moral issues raised by medical advances: a visually impaired Egyptian photographer, who after a cornea transplant has ...
Style: psychological, thought provoking, serious, realistic, atmospheric ...
Plot: photographer, philosophy, society, injustice, idealism, introspection, life is a bitch, moral dilemma, cause and meaning, death, monastery, organ theft ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: india
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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, semi serious, realistic, feel good, humorous ...
Audience: teens, date night, girls' night
Plot: teenage love, friendship, youth, teenage life, friends, love and romance, teenager, high school, philosophy, rebellious youth, mentor, painting ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, united states, new york
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The Addiction (1995)
Genre: Drama, Horror
Country: USA
Duration: 82 min.
Story: A vampiric doctoral student tries to follow the philosophy of a nocturnal comrade and control her thirst for blood.
Style: psychological, scary, suspenseful, disturbing, gloomy ...
Plot: vampire, addiction, blood, violence, university, philosophy, drug abuse, obsession, life is a bitch, human nature, supernatural, murder ...
Time: 90s, 1990s
Place: new york, usa
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The Tragedy of Man (2011)
Genre: Animation, Drama, History, Sci-Fi
Country: Hungary
Duration: 160 min.
Story: Jankovic’s adaptation of the eponymous play, is divided into multiple parts and depicts the creation and fall of Man throughout history.
Style: futuristic, epic, experimental
Plot: adam and eve, christianity, society, spacecraft, ancient rome, existentialism, scientist, devil, philosophy, religion, communism, french revolution ...
Place: ancient greece
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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, contemplative, tense ...
Plot: small town, delusion, musician, chaos, philosophy, social relations, crimes, danger, small town life, village life, symbolism, violence ...
Time: 90s
Place: hungary, europe
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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, realistic, serious ...
Plot: female full frontal nudity, bible, symbolism, devil, angel, philosophy, lucifer, religions or cults, heroes, obsessive quest, french revolution, time ...
Time: ancient history, 18th century
Place: france, athens greece, ancient greece, paris france, prague ...
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 6.5
 15K
Mood Indigo (2013)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Romance
Country: France, Belgium
Duration: 131 min.
Story: A woman suffers from an unusual illness caused by a flower growing in her lungs.
Style: surreal, sentimental, touching, art house, stylized ...
Audience: date night
Plot: romance, surrealism, philosophy, love affair, honeymoon, love and romance, collector, escapades, tragic love, marriage proposal, inventions and discoveries, jazz ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: france, paris france, 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: meditative, philosophical, melancholic, atmospheric, touching ...
Plot: buddhism, buddhist monk, redemption, meditation, monk, solitude, teachers and students, existentialism, mentor, human nature, guilt, isolation ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: south korea, korea, asia
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