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, thought provoking, reflective, interesting, complex and cerebral films and TV shows about / with storytelling, destiny, philosophy, existentialism, mentor, death, life philosophy, life & death, loneliness and dialogue plots mostly in Drama, Sci-Fi and Romance genres shot in USA, UK, Canada and other countries.
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philosophical movies
TOP 10 movies tagged as philosophical: Good Will Hunting (1997), Dead Poets Society (1989), Mr. Nobody (2009), Fight Club (1999), Black Mirror (2011), The Matrix (1999), The Truman Show (1998), What Dreams May Come (1998), Her (2013), Groundhog Day (1993).

List of philosophical movies

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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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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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: captivating, philosophical, sentimental, touching, atmospheric ...
Audience: date night
Plot: love and romance, impossible love, tragic love, true love, aging, life & death, child as adult, odd, existentialism, adult as child, life philosophy, fall in love ...
Time: 50s, 1940s, 1930s, 1920s, 60s ...
Place: new orleans, usa, louisiana, pearl harbor, new york ...
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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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 8.8
 1.8M
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, twists and turns, mind bending, thought provoking, psychological ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: split personality, social decay, losing-it hero, self destructing, insomnia, against the rules, insanity, fist fighting, social misfits, fighting the system, nihilism, life philosophy ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: delaware, usa
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 8.8
 417K
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, philosophical, twists and turns, serious, stylized ...
Plot: alternate reality, computers and web, distopia, social decay, society, human nature, media satire, satire, technology, chaos, gadget, paranoia ...
Time: future, near future
Place: england, london
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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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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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 8.1
 911K
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, philosophical, touching, interesting, clever ...
Plot: self discovery, freedom, fictional reality, deception, manipulations, loneliness, dishonesty, alternate reality, showbiz, voyeurism, suburban life, tv show ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s, future
Place: usa, florida
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What Dreams May Come (1998)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Romance
Country: USA, New Zealand
Duration: 113 min.
Story: Chris Neilson dies to find himself in a heaven more amazing than he could have ever dreamed of. There is one thing missing: his wife. After he dies, his wife, Annie killed herself and went to hell. Chris decides to risk eternity in hades for the ...
Style: philosophical, touching, surreal, inspirational, emotional ...
Plot: afterlife, heaven and hell, hell, loss of child, life philosophy, redemption, family relations, painting, life & death, paradise, parents and children, angel ...
Time: 90s
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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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 8.0
 570K
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: feel good, philosophical, humorous, witty, sentimental ...
Audience: date night
Plot: time loop, existentialism, life philosophy, time warp, small town, time travel, alternate reality, idealism, deja vu, nothing goes right, romance, road not taken ...
Time: 90s, 1990s, 20th century, future
Place: pennsylvania, usa, pittsburgh
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 561K
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: road movie, melancholic, inspirational, philosophical, motivational ...
Plot: self discovery, survival, wilderness, journey, freedom, life philosophy, on the road, isolation, adventure, solitude, lifestyle change, human spirit ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, year 1990, year 1992, year 1991 ...
Place: alaska, usa, washington state, south dakota, los angeles ...
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The Invention of Lying (2009)
Genre: Comedy, Fantasy, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Set in a world where the concept of lying doesn't exist, a loser changes his lot when he invents lying and uses it to get ahead.
Style: philosophical, humorous, cynical, clever, funny ...
Plot: alternate reality, misfit, society, love and romance, dishonesty, distopia, love triangle, farce, pretense, disorder, atheism, inventions and discoveries ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 13th century
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Vicky Cristina Barcelona (2008)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: Spain, USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Two girlfriends on a summer holiday in Spain become enamored with the same painter, unaware that his ex-wife, with whom he has a tempestuous relationship, is about to re-enter the picture.
Style: philosophical, sexy, sexual, captivating, romantic ...
Audience: date night
Plot: love triangle, polyamory, self fulfillment, fall in love, seduction, sexuality, sexual attraction, artist, bohemian life, romance, sexual exploration, love affair ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: barcelona, spain, europe, catalonia, barcelona spain ...
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 7.2
 211K
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, philosophical, sentimental, romantic, emotional ...
Audience: date night, family outing, chick flick
Plot: love and romance, supernatural romance, dealing with death, mysterious character, afterlife, family relations, millionaire, life & death, love at first sight, supernatural, mentor, impossible love ...
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city
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The Man Who Knew Infinity (2015)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: UK, USA, Singapore, Hong Kong, United Arab Emirates
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Growing up poor in Madras, India, Srinivasa Ramanujan Iyengar earns admittance to Cambridge University during WWI, where he becomes a pioneer in mathematical theories with the guidance of his professor, G.H. Hardy.
Style: philosophical, clever, intellectual, based on true events, educational film ...
Plot: genius, mathematician, mathematics, husband wife relationship, scientist, indian lead, university, doctor, imagination, science, self discovery, chosen one ...
Time: 1910s, year 1976, post world war one, year 1914
Place: england, india, bombay india
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2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
Genre: Adventure, Sci-Fi
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 149 min.
Story: Humanity finds a mysterious object buried beneath the lunar surface and sets off to find its origins with the help of HAL 9000, the world's most advanced super computer.
Style: philosophical, mind bending, futuristic, atmospheric, thought provoking ...
Plot: space travel, space station, spacecraft, outer space, evolution, astronaut, adventure, moon, scientist, spacewalk, super computer, artificial intelligence ...
Time: future, 21st century, 2000s, prehistory, year 1968 ...
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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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The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 142 min.
Story: Framed in the 1940s for the double murder of his wife and her lover, upstanding banker Andy Dufresne begins a new life at the Shawshank prison, where he puts his accounting skills to work for an amoral warden. During his long stretch in prison, ...
Style: touching, clever, captivating, uplifting, inspirational ...
Plot: prison, human spirit, false accusation, prison escape, freedom, prison life, life is a bitch, life sentence, plot twist, criminal heroes, hopes, confined ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 60s, 50s, 40s ...
Place: usa, mexico, pacific ocean, maine
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 7.4
 308K
Equilibrium (2002)
Genre: Action, Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: In a dystopian future, a totalitarian regime maintains peace by subduing the populace with a drug, and displays of emotion are punishable by death. A man in charge of enforcing the law rises to overthrow the system.
Style: futuristic, serious, atmospheric, psychological, philosophical ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: future dystopia, distopia, rebellion, fighting the system, society, lone hero, totalitarianism, resistance, utopia, gunfight, dictatorship, struggle ...
Time: future, 2000s, 80s
Place: beijing china, china
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 7.9
 576K
Arrival (2016)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA, Canada
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: intellectual, cerebral, enigmatic, philosophical, twist ending ...
Plot: first contact, alien, spacecraft, destiny, female protagonist, memory, loss, time loop, science, scientist, ufo, alien creature ...
Time: future, 2010s
Place: pakistan, russia, china, montana, venezuela ...
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 6.3
 30K
The Shack (2017)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy
Country: USA, Canada, Hong Kong
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, psychedelic, sad, christian film, suspenseful
Plot: god, forgiveness, christian, guilt, death of daughter, a vision, missing child, depression, hate, husband wife relationship, cabin in the woods, metaphor ...
Place: oregon
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 8.2
 112K
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, philosophical, gloomy, art house ...
Plot: stalker, scientist, russian, wish come true, desire, post apocalypse, surrealism, future dystopia, human nature, heaven and hell, society, escapades ...
Place: russia
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 7.9
 571K
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: motivational, captivating, scenic, melancholic, dramatic ...
Plot: survival, storytelling, hopes, beautiful scenery, adventure, teenage boy, ocean or sea, human nature, life, journey, lost at sea, isolation ...
Time: 70s
Place: india, paris france, montreal, toronto ontario canada, mexico ...
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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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 8.6
 1.5M
Interstellar (2014)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
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, thought provoking, atmospheric, futuristic, cerebral ...
Plot: outer space, space travel, spacecraft, time travel, black hole, end of the world, time paradox, expedition, heroic mission, parallel world, father daughter relationship, space exploration ...
Time: future, 21st century, near future
Place: colorado
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A.I. Artificial Intelligence (2001)
Genre: Drama, Sci-Fi
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 146 min.
Story: A robotic boy, the first programmed to love, David is adopted as a test case by a Cybertronics employee and his wife. Though he gradually becomes their child, a series of unexpected circumstances make this life impossible for David. Without final ...
Style: thought provoking, philosophical, captivating, emotional, sentimental ...
Plot: androids and robots, artificial intelligence, adoption, a.i., future dystopia, distopia, androids, destiny, global warming, adventure, parenthood, parents and children ...
Time: future, 22nd century
Place: new york, usa, coney island brooklyn new york city, manhattan new york city
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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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 7.0
 9K
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: thought provoking, intellectual, philosophical, captivating, suspenseful ...
Plot: human nature, coffee, moral ambiguity, multiple storylines, escapades, rape, family relations, father son relationship, crime gone awry, crimes, murder, adultery ...
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