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, cerebral, reflective, stylized, interesting and enigmatic films and TV shows about / with storytelling, existentialism, mentor, destiny, philosophy, death, catastrophe, life philosophy, dialogue and life & death plots mostly in Drama, Sci-Fi and Thriller genres shot in USA, UK, Canada and other countries.
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philosophical movies
TOP 10 movies tagged as philosophical: Her (2013), The Matrix (1999), Fight Club (1999), The Place (2017), Bicentennial Man (1999), Black Mirror (2011), The Island (2006), Ghost in the Shell (2017), Stalker (1979), The Shack (2017).

List of philosophical movies

 8.0
 458K
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: futuristic, philosophical, melancholic, offbeat, touching ...
Audience: date night
Plot: loneliness, artificial intelligence, unlikely couple, a.i., love, unlikely relationship, cyberspace, philosophy, impossible love, computers and web, human nature, intelligence ...
Time: future, near future, 21st century
Place: usa, los angeles
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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: thought provoking, mind bending, exciting, serious, philosophical ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: virtual reality, save the world, future dystopia, cyberpunk, man versus machine, artificial intelligence, cyberspace, imaginary, chosen one, technology gone awry, a.i., hacker ...
Time: future, 1990s, 21st century, 20th century, 90s
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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: biting, thought provoking, rough, disturbing, bleak ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: losing-it hero, social decay, fist fighting, against the rules, insomnia, split personality, violence, social misfits, life philosophy, fighting the system, visionary, loneliness ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: usa, delaware
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 7.1
 6K
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: intellectual, thought provoking, philosophical, captivating, suspenseful ...
Plot: human nature, rape, coffee, multiple storylines, moral ambiguity, escapades, father son relationship, family relations, murder, brutality, crimes, kidnapping ...
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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, atmospheric, melancholic, dramatic ...
Audience: date night
Plot: true love, love and romance, tragic love, aging, hopes, life philosophy, child as adult, impossible love, imaginary, age difference, supernatural romance, fall in love ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, 60s, 20s, 30s ...
Place: new orleans, usa, atlantic ocean, manhattan new york city, paris france ...
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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: atmospheric, stylized, philosophical, melancholic, meditative ...
Plot: lust, teachers and students, guilt, isolation, buddhist monk, redemption, buddhism, mentor, human nature, life changing experience, philosophy, crime and punishment ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: south korea, korea, asia
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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, sentimental, melancholic, inspirational ...
Plot: androids and robots, artificial intelligence, robot, opposites attract, human nature, society, romance, self discovery, androids, immortality, human android relationship, life & death ...
Time: future, 21st century, year 2005, 23rd century, 2000s ...
Place: cross country
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 8.9
 297K
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, biting, cynical, clever ...
Plot: human nature, social decay, computers and web, society, media satire, alternate reality, mind control, technology, news, media coverage, paranoia, media ...
Time: future
Place: england
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 8.0
 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, serious, realistic, melancholic ...
Plot: redemption, monk, psychic, christian, god or devil, hopes, monastery, sin, navy, mentor, forgiveness, russian ...
Place: russia
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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, suspense, philosophical, stylized, melancholic ...
Plot: cyberpunk, hacker, female protagonist, terrorism, investigation, network, philosophy, evolution, technology, robot, memory, artificial intelligence ...
Time: future, near future
Place: japan, tokyo
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 8.1
 96K
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, psychological, gloomy ...
Plot: wish come true, stalker, scientist, russian, psychic, future dystopia, cause and meaning, society, human nature, escapades, post apocalypse, soldier ...
Place: russia
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 6.3
 25K
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: forgiveness, god, christian, death of daughter, depression, hate, guilt, missing child, metaphor, husband wife relationship, cabin in the woods, serial killer ...
Place: oregon
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 6.7
 49K
Gold (2016)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Kenny Wells, a modern-day prospector, hustler, and dreamer, is desperate for a lucky break. Left with few options, Wells teams up with an equally luckless geologist to execute a grandiose, last-ditch effort: to find gold deep in the uncharted jungle ...
Style: tense, philosophical, suspense, intellectual, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gold, greed, jungle, ugly american, mining, money, business, cheating, justice, life philosophy, treasure hunt, rags to riches ...
Time: 1990s
Place: indonesia
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 7.3
 215K
The Fountain (2006)
Genre: Drama, Sci-Fi
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 96 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, melancholic, stylized, touching, artsy ...
Plot: immortality, loneliness, metaphysics, tragic love, death, cancer, terminal illness, reincarnation, queen, tree, outer space, doctor ...
Time: future, 16th century, 21st century, contemporary
Place: spain, latin america, europe, guatemala, central america
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 7.8
 195K
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, futuristic, mind bending, surreal, offbeat ...
Audience: date night
Plot: destiny, utopia, depression, teenage love, alternate reality, surrealism, romance, life changing experience, parallel world, love affair, childhood, divorce ...
Time: future, 21st century, 20th century, year 1975
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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: atmospheric, mind bending, futuristic, serious, cerebral ...
Plot: space travel, outer space, spacecraft, time travel, parallel world, space and aliens, heroic mission, future dystopia, inventions and discoveries, adventure, survival, expedition ...
Time: future, near future
Place: colorado
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 7.4
 324K
Cloud Atlas (2012)
Genre: Action, Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi
Country: Germany, USA, Hong Kong, Singapore, China
Duration: 172 min.
Story: A set of six nested stories spanning time between the 19th century and a distant post-apocalyptic future. Cloud Atlas explores how the actions and consequences of individual lives impact one another throughout the past, the present and the future. ...
Style: psychological, atmospheric, surreal, stylized, futuristic ...
Plot: destiny, life philosophy, human nature, death, love and romance, wisdom of life, human existence, reincarnation, love, genetic engineering, karma, survival ...
Time: future, 19th century, 20th century, 21st century, 1930s ...
Place: hawaii, south korea, seoul
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 7.2
 83K
Silence (2016)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, History
Country: Mexico, Taiwan, UK, USA, Japan, 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: bleak, philosophical, suspense, melancholic, intellectual ...
Plot: christianity, missionary, religious persecution, crisis of faith, torture, culture clash, betrayal, japanese history, religion, doubt, martyrdom, religious icon ...
Time: 17th century
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
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 8.8
 1.8M
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, suspenseful, clever, exciting ...
Plot: parallel world, manipulations, haunted by the past, teamwork, perfect crime, redemption, mind control, virtual reality, hi-tech, imagination, dreams, corporate world ...
Time: near future, 2010s
Place: los angeles, paris france, japan, sydney australia
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 8.1
 826K
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, touching, clever, surreal, psychological ...
Plot: self discovery, manipulations, voyeurism, tv show, freedom, dishonesty, fictional reality, deception, alternate reality, fictional reality show, suburban life, hollywood ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, future, 1990s
Place: usa, florida
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 8.1
 519K
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, road movie, captivating, inspirational, psychological ...
Plot: survival, self discovery, wilderness, journey, freedom, introspection, isolation, hitchhiker, on the road, adventure, obsessive quest, human spirit ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, year 1990, year 1991, year 1992 ...
Place: alaska, usa, cross country, south dakota, california ...
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 7.9
 528K
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: melancholic, dramatic, suspense, captivating, atmospheric ...
Plot: survival, human nature, adventure, ocean or sea, hopes, isolation, teenage boy, ship, storytelling, ocean, journey, starvation ...
Place: india, mexico, toronto ontario canada, paris france, pacific ocean ...
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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, suspenseful, suspense, philosophical ...
Plot: time travel, changing the past or future, supernatural ability, haunted by the past, life philosophy, twists & turns, diary, family relations, parents and children, hypnosis, child abuse, road not taken ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, future
Place: usa, dungeon
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 7.0
 74K
Demolition (2015)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: An emotionally desperate investment banker finds hope through a woman he meets in Chicago.
Style: melancholic, psychological, emotional, philosophical, reflective ...
Plot: death of wife, car accident, destruction, father in law son in law relationship, homosexuality, correspondence, gay teenager, hospital, relationships, death, depression, existentialism ...
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The Outer Limits (1963)
Genre: Fantasy, Horror, Sci-Fi, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 51 min.
Story: The Outer Limits is an American television series that aired on ABC from 1963 to 1965. The series is often compared to The Twilight Zone, but with a greater emphasis on science fiction stories. The Outer Limits is an anthology of self-contained ...
Style: serious, psychotronic, philosophical, bleak, suspenseful
Plot: science, save the world, supernatural ability, future dystopia, mystery, time travel, space travel, alien encounter, space and aliens, space wars, danger, fight to the death ...
Time: future
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 8.0
 535K
Groundhog Day (1993)
Genre: Comedy, Fantasy, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: A narcissistic TV weatherman, along with his attractive-but-distant producer and mawkish cameraman, is sent to report on Groundhog Day in the small town of Punxsutawney, where he finds himself repeating the same day over and over.
Style: humorous, feel good, witty, sentimental, surreal ...
Audience: date night
Plot: time loop, small town, love and romance, wooing, road not taken, nothing goes right, redemption, existentialism, time travel, deja vu, idealism, hopes ...
Time: 1990s, 20th century, 90s, future
Place: pennsylvania, usa
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 7.9
 501K
Arrival (2016)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
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: futuristic, suspense, intellectual, enigmatic, philosophical ...
Plot: alien, first contact, spacecraft, loss, destiny, flash forward, language barrier, death of daughter, memory, time loop, husband wife relationship, military ...
Time: 2010s, future
Place: venezuela, pakistan, sudan, massachusetts, china ...
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The Matrix Revolutions (2003)
Genre: Action, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 129 min.
Story: The human city of Zion defends itself against the massive invasion of the machines as Neo fights to end the war at another front while also opposing the rogue Agent Smith.
Style: exciting, serious, futuristic, suspense, philosophical ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: artificial intelligence, virtual reality, cyberpunk, chosen one, warrior, man versus machine, freedom, martial arts, self sacrifice, mission, vestiges of humanity, prophecy ...
Time: future, 21st century, 23rd century, 2000s
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 8.0
 535K
Twelve Monkeys (1995)
Genre: Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 129 min.
Story: In the year 2035, convict James Cole reluctantly volunteers to be sent back in time to discover the origin of a deadly virus that wiped out nearly all of the earth's population and forced the survivors into underground communities. But when ...
Style: psychological, atmospheric, surreal, bleak, non-linear ...
Plot: time travel, plague, changing the past or future, social misfits, save the world, apocalypse, insanity, future dystopia, paranoia, mystery, underground, time loop ...
Time: future, 20th century, 21st century, 90s, year 1917 ...
Place: philadelphia, baltimore, usa
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 6.1
 50K
Automata (2014)
Genre: Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: Bulgaria, USA, Spain, Canada
Duration: 109 min.
Story: Jacq Vaucan, an insurance agent of ROC robotics corporation, routinely investigates the case of manipulating a robot. What he discovers will have profound consequences for the future of humanity.
Style: futuristic, suspenseful, philosophical, bleak, serious ...
Plot: artificial intelligence, androids and robots, robot, desert, rain, ecology, uncover truth, danger, investigation, imaginary, dishonesty, corporation ...
Time: future, 21st century, near future, 2040s
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