Buddhism movies and TV shows

The list contains the best, new and most relevant buddhism movies ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out serious, realistic, atmospheric, captivating, emotional and contemplative films and TV shows about / with buddhism, society, religion, love and romance, romance, buddhist, buddhist monk, beautiful scenery, destiny and storytelling plots mostly in Drama, Romance and History genres shot in USA, Japan, India and other countries.
buddhism movies
TOP 10 movies tagged as buddhism: Zen (2009), Kundun (1997), Samsara (2001), I Origins (2014), Seven Years in Tibet (1997), Light Arose (2017), Sri Siddhartha Gautama (2013), Xuan Zang (2016), A Touch of Zen (1971), The Art of Happiness (2013).

List of buddhism movies

Zen (2009)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 127 min.
Story: In the early 1200s, Dogen brought Chinese Zen philosophy to Japan, and established the Japanese Zen sect of Buddhism. He taught that a person was capable of realizing Buddhahood within himself, by way of Zazen. Zazen is extended hours of sitting and ...
Style: atmospheric, psychological, captivating, contemplative
Plot: buddhism, buddhist monk, zen, enlightenment, religion, meditation, poverty, abstinence, teaching, society, self discovery, death ...
Time: 13th century
Place: japan, china
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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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Kundun (1997)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, War
Country: USA, Monaco, Morocco
Duration: 134 min.
Story: The Tibetans refer to the Dalai Lama as 'Kundun', which means 'The Presence'. He was forced to escape from his native home, Tibet, when communist China invaded and enforced an oppressive regime upon the peaceful nation. The Dalai ...
Style: thought provoking, stylized, captivating, contemplative, realistic ...
Plot: buddhism, buddhist monk, politics, monastery, exile, communism, buddha, occupation, political unrest, society, hopes, leadership ...
Time: 50s, 1930s, 1940s, 40s, 30s ...
Place: tibet, china, asia, poland, india ...
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Samsara (2001)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Romance
Country: India, Germany, France, Italy, Switzerland
Duration: 138 min.
Story: A love story situated in the Himalayas. A Buddhist monk can't choose between life and the way of the Buddha.
Style: serious, captivating, thought provoking, atmospheric, sentimental ...
Plot: buddhism, monk, self discovery, social differences, human nature, culture clash, lifestyle, monastery, rich and poor, hopes, society, religions or cults ...
Time: contemporary
Place: asia, himalaya, tibet, india
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I Origins (2014)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: I Origins follows a molecular biologist studying the evolution of the human eye. He finds his work permeating his life after a brief encounter with an exotic young woman who slips away from him. As his research continues years later with his lab ...
Style: thought provoking, enigmatic, atmospheric, mind bending, emotional ...
Plot: reincarnation, metaphysics, buddhism, atheism, society, inventions and discoveries, elevator, track down, death, memory, science, eye ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, year 2012, year 2009, year 2005 ...
Place: india, usa, new york, asia, delhi
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Seven Years in Tibet (1997)
Genre: Adventure, Biography, Drama, History, War
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 136 min.
Story: Austrian mountaineer, Heinrich Harrer journeys to the Himalayas without his family to head an expedition in 1939. But when World War II breaks out, the arrogant Harrer falls into Allied forces' hands as a prisoner of war. He escapes with a ...
Style: captivating, uplifting, serious, inspirational, realistic ...
Plot: mountain, expedition, world war two, buddhism, culture clash, friendship, self discovery, society, escapades, teachers and students, adventure, religions or cults ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 30s, 1940s
Place: tibet, himalaya, china, austria, asia ...
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Light Arose (2017)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: Sri Lanka
Duration: 113 min.
Story: Aloko Udapadi is a Sinhalese epic historical film based on the story of King Valagamba of Anuradhapura (89 – 77 BCE).
Plot: buddhism, king, power, sword, chariot, kill, battle, tamil, drought, fight, security, battles ...
Place: sri lanka
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Sri Siddhartha Gautama (2013)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: Sri Lanka
Duration: 115 min.
Story: Sri Siddhartha Gautama is a Sinhala movie released on 24 January, 2013. The movie is directed by Saman Weeraman and featured Anchal Singh and Gagan Malik as lead characters.
Plot: buddhism, buddha, enlightenment, meditation, buddhist, palace, peace, ancient civilization
Place: sri lanka, india, asia
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Xuan Zang (2016)
Genre: Biography, History
Country: China, India
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Buddhism-themed Chinese-Indian historical adventure film based on Xuanzang's seventeen-year overland journey to India during the Tang dynasty in the seventh century. Xuan Zang (c. 602 - 664), was a Chinese Buddhist monk, scholar, traveler, and ...
Plot: buddhism, monk, journey
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Why Has Bodhi-Dharma Left for the East? (1989)
Genre: Drama
Country: South Korea
Duration: 137 min.
Story: Three people live in a remote Buddhist monastery near Mount Chonan: Hyegok, the old master; Yong Nan, a young man who has left his extended family in the city to seek enlightenment - Hyegok calls him Kibong!; and, an orphan lad Haejin, whom Hyegok ...
Style: serious, captivating, thought provoking, atmospheric, psychological ...
Plot: buddhism, mountain, orphan, monk, monastery, zen, buddhist monk, obsession, parents and children, teachers and students, human spirit, haunted by the past ...
Place: korea, asia
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A Touch of Zen (1971)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, Thriller
Country: Taiwan, Hong Kong
Duration: 200 min.
Story: Ming dynasty noblewoman Yang must escape from the evil eunuch Hsu. She seeks refuge at a decrepit town where she gets assistance from a naive scholar & a group of mysterious yet powerful monks.
Style: stylized, exciting, serious, contemplative, epic
Plot: martial arts, buddhism, master warrior, heroes, bamboo, society, on the run, rivalry, love and romance, lone wolves, espionage, adventure ...
Time: 14th century, middle ages
Place: china, asia, hong kong, ancient china
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The Art of Happiness (2013)
Genre: Animation, Drama
Country: Italy
Duration: 82 min.
Story: Sergio driving a taxi in a white Naples overflowing sadness and garbage. Pouring rain leads her clients through the city trying to process the death of his brother, who started ten years earlier for Tibet and never returned. A pop singer, a recycler ...
Style: contemplative, realistic, serious, touching, gloomy ...
Plot: buddhism, happiness, surrealism, taxi driver, urban, workplace situations, workplace, dealing with death, radio dj, life turned upside down, brother brother relationship, lava ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: italy, naples italy
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The Touch (2002)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Romance
Country: China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Japan
Duration: 83 min.
Story: A sister and brother, the last heirs of a family of acrobats, are called upon by a Buddhist monk sect to retrieve an artifact that their ancestors have protected throughout the ages.
Style: exciting, semi serious, stylized, humorous
Plot: martial arts, buddhism, obsessive quest, siblings relations, escapades, danger, artifact, acrobat, chases and races, rivalry, romance, criminal heroes ...
Place: tibet, china
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Ashoka the Great (2001)
Genre: Action, Biography, Drama, History, Romance, War
Country: India
Duration: 169 min.
Story: In India, about 260 BC in the Empire of Magadha, the Prince Asoka (Shah Rukh Khan) survives to many betrayals of his brothers, leaded by the evil Susima (Ajit Kumar), who wants to kill him to inherit the throne. His mothers orders Asoka to leave ...
Style: exciting, captivating, intense, suspense, lyrical ...
Plot: emperor, bollywood, battles, assassination attempt, ruler, buddhism, romance, fall in love, true love, leadership, hidden identity, rise to the top ...
Time: ancient history, ancient world
Place: india, asia
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The Fountain (2006)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Romance, Sci-Fi
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Spanning over one thousand years, and three parallel stories, The Fountain is a story of love, death, spirituality, and the fragility of our existence in this world.
Style: surreal, artsy, melancholic, atmospheric, non-linear ...
Plot: immortality, metaphysics, queen, death, reincarnation, tragic love, terminal illness, loneliness, love of one's life, cancer, loss of loved one, tree ...
Time: future, 16th century, contemporary, 21st century
Place: spain, europe, latin america, guatemala, central america
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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, small town ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 20th century, 60s
Place: thailand, asia
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Windhorse (1998)
Genre: Drama, Music, Romance, War
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Clandestinely filmed on location in Chinese-ruled Tibet (several actors and crew members had their names withheld for fear of reprisal), documentarian Paul Wagner's compelling drama follows three young Tibetans faced with moral dilemmas: a ...
Style: serious, realistic, bleak, sincere, emotional ...
Plot: murder, politics, buddhism, life is a bitch, clergy, coming of age, dishonesty, state affairs, society, crimes, religions or cults, injustice ...
Time: 90s, year 1998, year 1979
Place: tibet, china, asia, himalaya, nepal
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The Seventh Sense (2011)
Genre: Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: India
Duration: 168 min.
Story: A genetic engineering student tries to bring back the skills of a legend of the past and use his skills to save India from a deadly virus attack by China.
Style: suspenseful, exciting, serious, captivating, touching
Plot: martial arts, bio weapon, biological warfare, master warrior, supernatural, danger, good versus evil, supernatural ability, save the day, heroes, hypnosis, genetic engineering ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: ancient china, india
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Words with Gods (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: Mexico
Duration: 133 min.
Story: The first of four installments in the groundbreaking Heartbeat of the World anthology film series. Comprised of several short films by some of the world's most exciting directors, Words with Gods follows the theme of religion - specifically as ...
Style: contemplative, serious, realistic
Plot: buddhism, religions or cults, world spanning, clergy, society, female director, australian aboriginal, christianity, islam, atheism, judaism, hinduism ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: serbia
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Eve and the Fire Horse (2005)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Eve is a precocious nine year-old girl with a wild imagination growing up in a traditional Chinese immigrant family in Vancouver where Confucian doctrines, superstitious obsessions and divine visions abound. When Buddhism and Catholicism are thrown ...
Style: realistic, sentimental, emotional, atmospheric, uplifting ...
Plot: family relations, racism, culture clash, clergy, immigrants, hopes, society, dysfunctional family, curses spells and rituals, sister sister relationship, buddhism, religion ...
Place: vancouver
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No Man's Land (2013)
Genre: Adventure, Crime, Drama, Thriller, Western
Country: China
Duration: 118 min.
Story: The film starts with a story about how two monkeys band together and cooperate to survive in the wild, which is used to illustrate how human society is formed. By casting its characters in a desolate, uninhabited no man's land, the film ...
Style: twists and turns, suspenseful, serious, realistic, road movie
Audience: boys' night
Plot: desert, lawyer, crimes, disorder, murder, on the road, escapades, deadly, law enforcer killer, faked death, buddhism, tough guy ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: china
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The Book of the Dead (2005)
Genre: Animation, Drama, Fantasy
Country: Japan
Duration: 70 min.
Story: The plot concerns a sheltered aristocratic woman in feudal Japan. Bored and unfamiliar with the world outside her estate, she passes the time copying a special Buddhist sutra sent by her father who has been absent on official business for years. ...
Style: atmospheric, emotional, suspenseful, serious, gloomy ...
Plot: supernatural romance, mistaken identity, supernatural, romance, religions or cults, palaces castles and temples, afterlife, master and servant, ghost, assassination, buddhism, society ...
Time: middle ages
Place: japan, china
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Anna and the King (1999)
Genre: Drama, History, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 148 min.
Story: The story of the romance between the King of Siam (now Thailand) and the widowed British school teacher Anna Leonowens during the 1860s. Anna teaches the children and becomes romanced by the King. She convinces him that a man can be loved by just ...
Style: serious, captivating, romantic, stylized, emotional ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick
Plot: interracial relations, royal family, love and romance, fall in love, social differences, culture clash, opposites attract, palace, forbidden love, politics, royal court, couple relations ...
Time: 19th century, 1860s, victorian era
Place: thailand, asia, burma, southeast asia, england
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Night on the Galactic Railroad (1985)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Drama, Family, Fantasy, Mystery
Country: Japan
Duration: 113 min.
Story: Giovanni currently lives a dreary life of near non-stop work. At school, his peers ridicule him incessantly, and his employer at work is distant and cold. As his isolation from society becomes unbearable, he suddenly finds himself on a train heading ...
Plot: friendship, innocence, literature, philosophy, buddhism, surrealism, cat, anthropomorphism, another dimension, train, friendship between boys, outer space ...
Place: japan
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This Transient Life (1970)
Genre: Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 143 min.
Story: Near a remote Buddhist monastery, a young man falls in love with his sister and gets her pregnant. After a monk finds out, the young man becomes an assistant to a master sculptor, only to proceed to complicate matters with his affairs.
Plot: voyeurism, buddhism, sculptor, priest, suicide, incest, brother sister incest, sibling relationship, japanese new wave, buddhist monk, university, brother sister relationship ...
Place: kyoto japan
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Taven (2015)
Genre: Action, Fantasy
Country: USA
Duration: 72 min.
Story: A resentful entity continued to reincarnate back to the Saha World in search for his lost love while fighting on a losing battle against the secret guardians of the underworld.
Style: spiritual
Plot: tragic love, justice, love, martial arts, buddhism, evil
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Story of a Prostitute (1965)
Genre: Drama, Romance, War
Country: Japan
Duration: 115 min.
Story: Disappointed by the marriage of her lover to a woman he does not love, prostitute Harumi drifts from the city to a remote Japanese outpost in Manchuria to work in a "comfort house," or brothel, during the Sino-Japanese war. The commanding ...
Style: erotic, serious, realistic, sexy, rough ...
Plot: prostitute, soldier, tragic love, desert, buddhism, desertion, colonialism, misogyny, prostitution, sino japanese war, hand grenade, battles ...
Time: 1930s, 30s, 1940s
Place: china, japan
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The Insect Woman (1963)
Genre: Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 123 min.
Story: A woman, Tome, is born to a lower class family in Japan in 1918. The title refers to an insect, repeating its mistakes, as in an infinite circle. Imamura, with this metaphor, introduces the life of Tome, who keeps trying to change her poor life.
Style: witty, clever, realistic, serious, biting ...
Plot: prostitute, incestuous relationship, lust, adultery, family relations, incest, forced sex, world war two, countryside, confession, starvation, cynicism ...
Time: 1910s, 1950s, 1940s, 60s, 50s ...
Place: japan, tokyo
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The Last Emperor (1987)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: UK, Italy, France
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, emotional, serious, realistic, captivating ...
Plot: emperor, communism, suicide attempt, world war two, arranged marriage, teacher, childhood, divorce, confession, arson, empress, interrogation ...
Time: 50s, 1910s, 1940s, 1920s, 1930s ...
Place: china, beijing china, asia, japan
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The Civilization of Maxwell Bright (2005)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: After a series of bad relationships, a man orders a mail order bride and receives more than he bargained for.
Style: semi serious, humorous, dark humor, realistic, sexual ...
Plot: wife, opposites attract, femme fatale, womanizer, romance, couples, social differences, self discovery, sexist, husband wife relationship, buddhism, misogynist ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: los angeles
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