Philosophical movies and TV shows

The list contains the best, new and most relevant philosophical movies ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out philosophical, reflective, interesting, intense, cerebral and intellectual films and TV shows about / with storytelling, mentor, destiny, existentialism, philosophy, life philosophy, death, loneliness, life & death and catastrophe plots mostly in Drama, Sci-Fi and Romance genres shot in USA, UK, Germany and other countries.
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philosophical movies
TOP 10 movies tagged as philosophical: Her (2013), Mr. Nobody (2009), Arrival (2016), The Island (2006), The Place (2017), The Shack (2017), Fight Club (1999), Life of Pi (2012), Bicentennial Man (1999), Meet Joe Black (1998).

List of philosophical movies

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 166 min.
Story: Tells the story of Benjamin Button, a man who starts aging backwards with bizarre consequences.
Style: sentimental, touching, philosophical, melancholic, atmospheric ...
Audience: date night
Plot: love and romance, true love, life philosophy, tragic love, aging, child as adult, age difference, supernatural romance, odd, impossible love, existentialism, imaginary ...
Time: 50s, 20s, 60s, 20th century, 30s ...
Place: new orleans, usa, atlantic ocean, manhattan new york city, india ...
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 8.0
 477K
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, unlikely couple, a.i., unlikely relationship, love, philosophy, computers and web, cyberspace, impossible love, human nature, intelligence ...
Time: future, near future, 21st century
Place: usa, los angeles
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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, meditative, atmospheric, melancholic, stylized ...
Plot: redemption, teachers and students, guilt, isolation, buddhist monk, buddhism, mentor, human nature, meditation, life changing experience, philosophy, lust ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: south korea, korea, asia
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 7.8
 200K
Mr. Nobody (2009)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Romance, Sci-Fi
Country: Belgium, Germany, Canada, France, USA, UK
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, futuristic, surreal, offbeat ...
Audience: date night
Plot: destiny, depression, utopia, teenage love, death, alternate reality, childhood, surrealism, romance, postmodernism, life changing experience, imaginary ...
Time: future, 21st century, 20th century, year 1975
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 7.9
 528K
Arrival (2016)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA, Canada, India
Duration: 116 min.
Story: Taking place after alien crafts land around the world, an expert linguist is recruited by the military to determine whether they come in peace or are a threat.
Style: suspense, philosophical, intellectual, enigmatic, twist ending ...
Plot: alien, first contact, spacecraft, loss, memory, science, destiny, precognition, death of daughter, time loop, flash forward, language barrier ...
Time: future, 2010s
Place: china, montana, russia, pakistan, sudan ...
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 7.9
 10K
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, cerebral, philosophical, serious, realistic ...
Plot: redemption, monk, christian, hopes, monastery, psychic, sin, god or devil, navy, mentor, forgiveness, russian ...
Place: russia
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 7.1
 7K
The Place (2017)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Italy
Duration: 105 min.
Story: The fates of an apparently random group of strangers who each come into contact with a mysterious figure who they believe possesses the power to grant any wish, in return for which they must carry out a task he assigns them.
Style: philosophical, thought provoking, intellectual, captivating, suspenseful ...
Plot: human nature, rape, coffee, multiple storylines, moral ambiguity, escapades, family relations, father son relationship, brutality, murder, crimes, adultery ...
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 6.3
 27K
The Shack (2017)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy
Country: USA
Duration: 132 min.
Story: After suffering a family tragedy, Mack Phillips spirals into a deep depression causing him to question his innermost beliefs. Facing a crisis of faith, he receives a mysterious letter urging him to an abandoned shack deep in the Oregon wilderness. ...
Style: philosophical, suspenseful, psychedelic, sad
Plot: god, christian, forgiveness, a vision, death of daughter, guilt, cabin in the woods, missing child, depression, hate, husband wife relationship, metaphor ...
Place: oregon
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 8.8
 1.7M
Fight Club (1999)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, Germany
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, mind bending, twists and turns, biting, thought provoking ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: split personality, losing-it hero, social decay, fist fighting, nihilism, against the rules, insomnia, life philosophy, dissociative identity disorder, fighting the system, social misfits, loneliness ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: delaware, usa
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 7.9
 543K
Life of Pi (2012)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Fantasy
Country: USA, Taiwan, UK, Canada
Duration: 127 min.
Story: The story of an Indian boy named Pi, a zookeeper's son who finds himself in the company of a hyena, zebra, orangutan, and a Bengal tiger after a shipwreck sets them adrift in the Pacific Ocean.
Style: dramatic, melancholic, philosophical, motivational, atmospheric ...
Plot: survival, hopes, ocean or sea, adventure, teenage boy, human nature, beautiful scenery, isolation, tiger, ship, storytelling, ocean ...
Place: india, mexico, toronto ontario canada, paris france, pacific ocean ...
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Bicentennial Man (1999)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Sci-Fi
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 132 min.
Story: Richard Martin buys a gift, a new NDR-114 robot. The product is named Andrew by the youngest of the family's children. "Bicentennial Man" follows the life and times of Andrew, a robot purchased as a household appliance programmed to ...
Style: futuristic, philosophical, melancholic, sentimental, inspirational ...
Plot: androids and robots, artificial intelligence, robot, utopia, human nature, society, romance, self discovery, opposites attract, androids, dystopic future, life philosophy ...
Time: future, 21st century, year 2005, 2040s, 23rd century ...
Place: cross country
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 7.2
 198K
Meet Joe Black (1998)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 178 min.
Story: When the grim reaper comes to collect the soul of megamogul Bill Parrish, he arrives with a proposition: Host him for a "vacation" among the living in trade for a few more days of existence. Parrish agrees, and using the pseudonym Joe ...
Style: touching, romantic, emotional, philosophical, sentimental ...
Audience: date night, family outing, chick flick
Plot: love and romance, mysterious character, supernatural romance, dealing with death, afterlife, millionaire, family relations, supernatural, love at first sight, doctor, romance, birthday ...
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city
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 8.7
 1.5M
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, cerebral, exciting, serious ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: cyberpunk, future dystopia, save the world, virtual reality, artificial intelligence, hacker, chosen one, man versus machine, cyberspace, imaginary, philosophy, technology gone awry ...
Time: future, 1990s, 21st century, 20th century, 90s
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 7.1
 87K
Silence (2016)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: USA, UK, Taiwan, Japan, Mexico, Italy
Duration: 161 min.
Story: Two Jesuit priests travel to seventeenth century Japan which has, under the Tokugawa shogunate, banned Catholicism and almost all foreign contact.
Style: philosophical, bleak, suspense, melancholic, intellectual ...
Plot: christianity, missionary, crisis of faith, religious persecution, torture, culture clash, clergy, betrayal, japanese history, religion, doubt, martyrdom ...
Time: 17th century
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
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 8.1
 530K
Into the Wild (2007)
Genre: Adventure, Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 148 min.
Story: The true story of top student and athlete, Christopher McCandless, who after graduating from Emory University in 1992, abandoned his possessions, gave his entire $24,000 savings account to charity and hitchhiked to Alaska to live in the wilderness.
Style: melancholic, inspirational, road movie, philosophical, captivating ...
Plot: self discovery, survival, wilderness, freedom, isolation, journey, hitchhiker, on the road, introspection, adventure, life philosophy, human spirit ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, year 1991, year 1990, year 1992 ...
Place: alaska, usa, cross country, south dakota, california ...
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Ghost in the Shell (2017)
Genre: Action, Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA, India, Hong Kong, China, UK
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, hacker, technology, terrorism, investigation, evolution, philosophy, network, cyborgs, memory, artificial intelligence ...
Time: future, near future
Place: japan, tokyo
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 8.9
 349K
Black Mirror (2011)
Genre: Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 60 min.
Story: A contemporary British re-working of The Twilight Zone with stories that tap into the collective unease about our modern world.  Over the last ten years, technology has transformed almost every aspect of our lives before we've had time to ...
Style: thought provoking, dark humor, clever, biting, cynical ...
Plot: human nature, social decay, society, computers and web, media satire, alternate reality, mind control, technology, paranoia, news, gadget, media coverage ...
Time: future
Place: england
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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: uplifting, sentimental, intellectual, emotional, philosophical ...
Audience: teens
Plot: teachers and students, boarding school life, poetry, teacher, poet, teaching the ways of the world, youth, suicide, philosophy, coming of age, dedicated educator, professor ...
Time: 1950s, 50s, 20th century, year 1959
Place: vermont, new england, usa, harvard university
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 8.2
 100K
Stalker (1979)
Genre: Drama, Sci-Fi
Country: Soviet Union
Duration: 162 min.
Story: Near a gray and unnamed city is the Zone, a place guarded by barbed wire and soldiers, and where the normal laws of physics are victim to frequent anomalies. A Stalker guides two men into the Zone, specifically to an area in which deep seeded ...
Style: bleak, atmospheric, art house, serious, gloomy ...
Plot: stalker, scientist, wish come true, russian, cause and meaning, surrealism, future dystopia, human nature, post apocalypse, society, escapades, heaven and hell ...
Place: russia
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 7.0
 17K
Appleseed (2004)
Genre: Animation, Action, Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller, War
Country: Japan
Duration: 101 min.
Story: In a utopian society created at the end of the third world war, a female warrior who has been plucked from the badlands begins to see cracks in this new facade. And what does this community have planned for the rest of humankind?
Style: futuristic, philosophical, stylized, exciting, suspenseful ...
Audience: teens
Plot: cyberpunk, androids and robots, vestiges of humanity, a.i., genetic engineering, danger, cyborgs, apocalypse, female warrior, technology gone awry, chaos, save the world ...
Time: future
Place: japan, tokyo
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 8.6
 1.3M
Interstellar (2014)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi
Country: USA, UK, Canada
Duration: 169 min.
Story: Interstellar chronicles the adventures of a group of explorers who make use of a newly discovered wormhole to surpass the limitations on human space travel and conquer the vast distances involved in an interstellar voyage.
Style: mind bending, atmospheric, futuristic, serious, cerebral ...
Plot: outer space, space travel, spacecraft, time travel, parallel world, heroic mission, wormhole, end of the world, black hole, space exploration, space and aliens, future dystopia ...
Time: future, near future
Place: colorado
Is relevant ?
 8.8
 1.9M
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, exciting ...
Plot: parallel world, manipulations, haunted by the past, teamwork, perfect crime, imagination, redemption, philosophy, mind control, virtual reality, hi-tech, one last job ...
Time: 2010s, near future
Place: los angeles, japan, sydney australia, paris france
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 8.1
 852K
The Truman Show (1998)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: Truman Burbank is the star of "The Truman Show", a 24-hour-a-day "reality" TV show that broadcasts every aspect of his life -- live and in color -- without his knowledge. His entire life has been an unending soap opera for ...
Style: thought provoking, clever, touching, interesting, surreal ...
Plot: self discovery, manipulations, fictional reality, freedom, suburban life, dishonesty, voyeurism, tv show, deception, alternate reality, fictional reality show, hollywood ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, future, 1990s
Place: usa, florida
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 6.3
 25K
The Discovery (2017)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: In the near future, due to a breakthrough scientific discovery by Dr. Thomas Harbor, there is now definitive proof of an afterlife. While countless people have chosen suicide to reset their existence, others try to decide what it all means. Among ...
Style: intellectual, psychological, philosophical, bleak, suspense ...
Plot: suicide, life after death, interview, alternate reality, mystery, plot twist, mental illness, science, self discovery, dreams, afterlife, depression ...
Time: future
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Miracle Workers (2019)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 30 min.
Story: A comedy set in the offices of Heaven Inc. When God plans to destroy the Earth, two low-level angels must convince their boss to save humanity. They bet him they can pull off their most impossible miracle yet: help two humans fall in love.
Style: philosophical, humorous, ironic, satirical, captivating ...
Plot: god, partners, job, fantasy world, bureaucracy, friendship, talking to god, office, end of the world, belief in god, heaven, angel ...
Time: contemporary
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Heart of a Dog (1988)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Sci-Fi
Country: Soviet Union
Duration: 136 min.
Story: Old Prof. Preobrazhensky and his young colleague Dr. Bormental inserted the human's hypophysis into a dog's brain. Couple of weeks later the dog became "human looking". The main question is "Is anybody who is looking like a ...
Style: thought provoking, humorous, philosophical, offbeat, cerebral ...
Plot: medical experiment, experiment gone awry, doctors and patients, chaos and mayhem, society, farce, revolution, dog, obsession, adaptation, life philosophy, communism ...
Time: 1920s, 1930s, 80s
Place: russia, ussr
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 8.8
 1.6M
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, sentimental, uplifting, sincere, dramatic ...
Audience: date night
Plot: human spirit, destiny, mentally challenged, life philosophy, true love, odd, love, misfit, journey, tragic love, love and romance, human relationship ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 50s, 70s, 1950s
Place: usa, washington d.c., china, vietnam
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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, sentimental, realistic, uplifting ...
Audience: date night
Plot: prodigy, mathematics, genius, professor, university, human spirit, ambition, life philosophy, psychologist, philosophy, life, teachers and students ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: harvard university, boston, usa
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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, sincere, uplifting, captivating, inspirational ...
Plot: teaching the ways of the world, self discovery, athlete and trainer, human spirit, mentor, coach, wise man, rehabilitation, gymnastics, mysterious character, enlightenment, friendship ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: california, usa, campus, new jersey
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Only Lovers Left Alive (2013)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Romance
Country: UK, Germany, Greece, France
Duration: 123 min.
Story: A depressed musician reunites with his lover in the desolate streets of Detroit. Though their romance has endured several centuries, it is tested by the arrival of her capricious and unpredictable younger sister.
Style: melancholic, atmospheric, philosophical, offbeat, stylized ...
Audience: date night
Plot: vampire, supernatural romance, musician, love, true love, lovers reunited, immortality, family relations, supernatural, love and romance, blood, human nature ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s, year 1975, year 1968
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