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 thought provoking, philosophical, cerebral, inspirational, intellectual and complex films and TV shows about / with philosophy, storytelling, existentialism, destiny, mentor, loneliness, consciousness, death, life & death and imagination 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: Mr. Nobody (2009), The Truman Show (1998), Dead Poets Society (1989), Groundhog Day (1993), Good Will Hunting (1997), Black Mirror (2011), Stalker (1979), The Shawshank Redemption (1994), Fight Club (1999), Into the Wild (2007).

List of philosophical movies

 7.8
 232K
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: thought provoking, psychological, surreal, philosophical, mind bending ...
Audience: teens, date night
Plot: alternate reality, destiny, philosophy, time, surrealism, depression, utopia, life changing experience, immortality, parallel world, love and romance, butterfly effect ...
Time: future, year 1975, 21st century, 20th century
Place: canada
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 8.2
 1.1M
The Truman Show (1998)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
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, surreal, touching, psychological ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: freedom, self discovery, fictional reality show, hidden camera, video surveillance, small town, deception, paranoia, alternate reality, fictional reality, loneliness, morality ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, future
Place: florida, usa
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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, melancholic, meditative, atmospheric, touching ...
Plot: buddhism, coming of age, buddhist monk, existentialism, isolation, guilt, life, meditation, buddhist, monk, solitude, lust ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: south korea, korea, asia
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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, uplifting, intellectual, emotional ...
Audience: teens, family outing, kids, girls' night, teen drama
Plot: teacher, suicide, coming of age, literature, poetry, poet, teachers and students, philosophy, youth, boarding school life, dedicated educator, professor ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, year 1959
Place: vermont, new england, usa, harvard university
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 8.1
 622K
Groundhog Day (1993)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, 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, romantic, sentimental ...
Audience: date night, kids, teens
Plot: time loop, small town, time travel, life philosophy, existentialism, time warp, repeated event, romance, alternate reality, idealism, nothing goes right, road not taken ...
Time: 90s, future, 20th century
Place: pennsylvania, usa, pittsburgh
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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, philosophical, uplifting, sentimental ...
Audience: girls' night, teens, date night
Plot: mathematics, genius, prodigy, professor, life philosophy, life, philosophy, university, existentialism, human spirit, ambition, psychiatrist ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: harvard university, boston, massachusetts, usa
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 8.8
 525K
Black Mirror (2011)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
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: philosophical, thought provoking, twists and turns, serious, clever ...
Audience: teens
Plot: alternate reality, human nature, distopia, computers and web, social decay, society, satire, dark humor, media satire, technology, media, technology gone awry ...
Time: future, near future
Place: england, london
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 8.1
 133K
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: philosophical, atmospheric, bleak, art house, gloomy ...
Plot: stalker, post apocalypse, surrealism, russian, scientist, human nature, wish come true, future dystopia, distopia, existentialism, society, escapades ...
Place: ussr, russia
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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: inspirational, touching, philosophical, uplifting, twist ending ...
Plot: prison, prison escape, freedom, human spirit, hopes, friendship between men, life, existentialism, wrongful imprisonment, life sentence, false accusation, prison life ...
Time: 1940s, 60s, year 1965, year 1963, year 1966 ...
Place: usa, maine, pacific ocean, mexico
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 8.8
 2.1M
Fight Club (1999)
Genre: Drama
Country: Germany, USA
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, psychological, twists and turns, twist ending, thought provoking ...
Audience: boys' night, girls' night
Plot: self destructing, fighting the system, split personality, psychology, losing-it hero, against the rules, nihilism, social decay, insomnia, life philosophy, dissociative identity disorder, obsession ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: delaware, usa
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 8.1
 617K
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, philosophical, inspirational, melancholic, motivational ...
Audience: teens
Plot: survival, self discovery, wilderness, road trip, journey, adventure, solitude, freedom, isolation, life philosophy, lifestyle change, on the road ...
Time: 20th century, year 1990, year 1991, year 1992, 90s
Place: alaska, north america, usa, california, arizona ...
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 8.6
 1.8M
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, thought provoking, philosophical, futuristic, atmospheric ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: time travel, outer space, father daughter relationship, space travel, astronaut, nasa, space station, distopia, survival, adventure, spacecraft, time paradox ...
Time: future, 21st century, near future
Place: colorado
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 8.7
 1.9M
The Matrix (1999)
Genre: Action, Sci-Fi
Country: USA, Australia
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, philosophical, mind bending, cerebral, intense ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: distopia, artificial intelligence, cyberpunk, alternate reality, virtual reality, philosophy, martial arts, hacker, post apocalypse, existentialism, gunfight, man versus machine ...
Time: future, 90s, 21st century, near future, 20th century ...
Place: los angeles
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 7.4
 567K
Limitless (2011)
Genre: Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: A paranoia-fueled action thriller about an unsuccessful writer whose life is transformed by a top-secret "smart drug" that allows him to use 100% of his brain and become a perfect version of himself. His enhanced abilities soon attract ...
Style: philosophical, clever, captivating, intellectual, cerebral ...
Plot: intelligence, success, ambition, rise to the top, life turned upside down, prodigy, superhuman powers, drug abuse, rags to riches, overnight success, experimental drug, life changing experience ...
Time: 21st century, future, contemporary
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city
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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, surreal, inspirational, touching, cerebral ...
Plot: afterlife, heaven and hell, life philosophy, life & death, redemption, husband wife reunion, metaphysics, loss of child, destiny, true love, love, hell ...
Time: 90s
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 7.9
 623K
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: philosophical, motivational, scenic, captivating, dramatic ...
Audience: family outing, kids, chick flick, girls' night
Plot: survival, ocean, adventure, human animal relationship, animals, beautiful scenery, life, stranded, hopes, journey, human nature, survivor ...
Time: 70s
Place: india, pacific ocean, toronto ontario canada, montreal, mexico ...
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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: touching, philosophical, atmospheric, sentimental, captivating ...
Audience: date night, chick flick, teens
Plot: true love, life philosophy, aging, tragic love, life & death, love and romance, existentialism, child as adult, impossible love, destiny, puzzle, melancholy ...
Time: 50s, 1940s, 20th century, 1930s, 1920s ...
Place: new orleans, usa, english channel, pearl harbor, louisiana ...
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 8.0
 602K
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: philosophical, melancholic, futuristic, touching, clever ...
Audience: teens, date night
Plot: loneliness, artificial intelligence, existentialism, love, philosophy, a.i., unlikely relationship, human nature, cyberspace, unlikely couple, impossible love, romance ...
Time: future, near future, 21st century
Place: los angeles, california, usa
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 8.8
 2.3M
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, surreal, twist ending, cerebral ...
Plot: alternate reality, subconscious, virtual reality, mind control, existentialism, parallel world, teamwork, fictional reality, dream, memory, philosophy, sleeping ...
Time: future, 2010s, near future
Place: paris france, japan, los angeles, tokyo, africa ...
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Ghost in the Shell (1995)
Genre: Animation, Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: Japan, UK
Duration: 83 min.
Story: In the year 2029, the barriers of our world have been broken down by the net and by cybernetics, but this brings new vulnerability to humans in the form of brain-hacking. When a highly-wanted hacker known as 'The Puppetmaster' begins ...
Style: philosophical, atmospheric, mind bending, surreal, exciting ...
Plot: cyberpunk, artificial intelligence, androids and robots, future dystopia, distopia, hacker, policewoman, cyborgs, technology gone awry, female spy, cyberspace, female protagonist ...
Time: future, 21st century, 2020s
Place: japan, tokyo, asia
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 7.9
 679K
Arrival (2016)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi
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, philosophical, psychological, enigmatic, twist ending ...
Plot: alien, first contact, alien contact, linguist, scientist, ufo, alien race, alien creature, spacecraft, extraterrestrial, science, time ...
Time: future, 2010s
Place: montana, china, russia, venezuela, massachusetts ...
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 7.7
 536K
Ex Machina (2014)
Genre: Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Caleb, a 26 year old coder at the world's largest internet company, wins a competition to spend a week at a private mountain retreat belonging to Nathan, the reclusive CEO of the company. But when Caleb arrives at the remote location he finds ...
Style: philosophical, mind bending, psychological, twist ending, futuristic ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: robot, artificial intelligence, cyberpunk, androids, cyborgs, existentialism, technology, isolation, a.i., human android relationship, androids and robots, manipulation ...
Time: future, near future, 21st century, contemporary, 2010s
Place: england
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 7.7
 64K
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: philosophical, surreal, stylized, psychological, clever ...
Plot: philosophy, existentialism, dream, surrealism, alternate reality, lucid dream, imagination, life philosophy, lifestyle, existence paradox, bohemian life, human nature ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: texas
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 7.2
 238K
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, philosophical, melancholic, artsy, atmospheric ...
Plot: metaphysics, immortality, afterlife, cancer, loneliness, reincarnation, life philosophy, terminal illness, multiple storylines, death, tragic love, love ...
Time: future, 16th century, contemporary, 21st century
Place: spain, europe, latin america, guatemala, central america
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 6.9
 264K
Vanilla Sky (2001)
Genre: Fantasy, Mystery, Romance, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA, Spain
Duration: 136 min.
Story: David Aames has it all: wealth, good looks and gorgeous women on his arm. But just as he begins falling for the warmhearted Sofia, his face is horribly disfigured in a car accident. That's just the beginning of his troubles as the lines between ...
Style: psychological, surreal, philosophical, enigmatic, twist ending ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: surrealism, disfigurement, hallucination, love, love triangle, virtual reality, obsession, disfigured face, alternate reality, psychology, lost love, tragic love ...
Time: 22nd century, future, 21st century, contemporary
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city
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 8.4
 1.2M
Memento (2000)
Genre: Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 113 min.
Story: Suffering short-term memory loss after a head injury, Leonard Shelby embarks on a grim quest to find the lowlife who murdered his wife in this gritty, complex thriller that packs more knots than a hangman's noose. To carry out his plan, Shelby ...
Style: psychological, twist ending, surprise ending, neo noir, confusing ...
Plot: memory loss, amnesia, mystery, murder, revenge, memory, paranoia, vengeance, uncover truth, haunted by the past, psychology, life is a bitch ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 2000s
Place: los angeles, usa, california
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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, cerebral, mind bending, futuristic, atmospheric ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: space travel, outer space, astronaut, spacecraft, evolution, artificial intelligence, human versus computer, scientist, space station, moon, self discovery, super computer ...
Time: future, year 2001, prehistory, prehistoric times, 2000s ...
Place: vatican
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 7.7
 388K
The Game (1997)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 129 min.
Story: In honor of his birthday, San Francisco banker Nicholas Van Orton, a financial genius and a coldhearted loner, receives an unusual present from his younger brother, Conrad -- a gift certificate to play a unique kind of game. In nearly a nanosecond, ...
Style: psychological, twists and turns, surprise ending, twist ending, suspenseful ...
Plot: mystery, manipulation, mind game, game, uncover truth, life turned upside down, psychology, scheme, disorder, life philosophy, existentialism, surveillance ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: san francisco, usa, california, mexico, seattle
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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, suspense, dramatic ...
Audience: teens, girls' night
Plot: time travel, time loop, changing the past or future, life philosophy, butterfly effect, memory, child abuse, supernatural ability, alternate reality, memory loss, love, psychology ...
Time: future, contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
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The Man Who Knew Infinity (2015)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: UK, USA, Singapore, Hong Kong, United Arab Emirates, India
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, intellectual, inspirational, clever, touching ...
Plot: mathematics, genius, mathematician, scientist, imagination, university student, science, philosophy, life, culture clash, self discovery, transformation ...
Time: 1910s, 1920s, year 1914, pre world war one, year 1976 ...
Place: england, india, bombay india
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