Enlightenment movies and TV shows

The list contains the best, new and most relevant enlightenment movies ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out realistic, serious, captivating, spiritual, thought provoking and psychological films and TV shows about / with enlightenment, buddhism, society, hopes, spirituality, redemption, philosophy, self discovery, father son relationship and nude plots mostly in Drama, Biography and Adventure genres shot in USA, India, UK and other countries.
enlightenment movies
TOP 10 movies tagged as enlightenment: Zen (2009), Peaceful Warrior (2006), Little Buddha (1993), The Holy Mountain (1973), The Shift (2009), Leopardi (2014), The Libertine (2000), Siddhartha (1972), Into the Badlands (2015), Milarepa (2006).

List of enlightenment 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: psychological, atmospheric, captivating, inspirational, contemplative
Plot: buddhism, enlightenment, buddhist monk, zen, religion, meditation, abstinence, poverty, society, self discovery, teaching, asian history ...
Time: 13th century
Place: japan, china
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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: inspirational, philosophical, spiritual, thought provoking, sincere ...
Audience: teens
Plot: mentor, self discovery, teaching the ways of the world, wisdom of life, life philosophy, wise man, human spirit, philosophy, enlightenment, gymnastics, athlete and trainer, rehabilitation ...
Time: 21st century
Place: new jersey, california, usa
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Little Buddha (1993)
Genre: Drama
Country: France, Liechtenstein, UK
Duration: 123 min.
Story: Little Buddha is a movie about the life of Siddhartha starring Keanu Reeves and Bridget Fonda and directed by Bernardo Bertolucci.
Style: unusual plot structure, stylized, enigmatic, reflective, melancholic ...
Audience: kids
Plot: buddhist, enlightenment, buddha, self discovery, reincarnation, religion, buddhism, teachers and students, parents and children, monk, religions or cults, human nature ...
Place: tibet, himalaya, nepal, india, seattle ...
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The Holy Mountain (1973)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Fantasy
Country: Mexico
Duration: 114 min.
Story: A Mexican master leads a Christ figure and other disciples to a mountain of immortal wise men. The scandal of the 1973 Cannes Film Festival, writer/director Alejandro Jodorowsky's flood of sacrilegious imagery and existential symbolism in The ...
Style: psychedelic, surreal, disturbing, art house, experimental ...
Plot: hermaphrodite, male nudity, trippy, enlightenment, alchemist, female nudity, surrealism, cult, bird, mountain, insanity, existentialism ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: mexico, latin america, peru
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The Shift (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: From the creators of You Can Heal Your Life: The Movie comes a compelling portrait of three modern lives in need of new direction and new meaning. In his first-ever movie, Wayne Dyer explores the spiritual journey in the second half of life when we ...
Style: serious, realistic, sincere, thought provoking, spiritual ...
Plot: consciousness, enlightenment, career change, cause and meaning, changing lives, con artists, charlatan, dull life, redemption, hopes, self discovery, buddhism ...
Place: california
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Leopardi (2014)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: Italy
Duration: 143 min.
Story: A luminously beautiful biopic of the celebrated eighteenth-century Italian poet, essayist and philosopher Giacomo Leopardi, who created immortal verse whilst struggling with a debilitating illness.
Style: serious, realistic, psychological, captivating
Plot: poet, prodigy, poetry, enlightenment, writer's life, romanticism, family problems, society, writers, father son relationship, unrequited love, studying ...
Time: 19th century
Place: italy, europe, southern italy, florence, naples italy ...
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The Libertine (2000)
Genre: Comedy, History
Country: France
Duration: 100 min.
Story: French philosopher Denis Diderot produces the first encyclopedia while indulging in 18th-century decadence.
Style: semi serious, witty, humorous, captivating, realistic ...
Plot: writer's life, against the rules, rebelliousness, fighting the system, rebellion, enlightenment, clergy, society, idealism, couple relations, religions or cults, lust ...
Time: 18th century, georgian era
Place: france, europe
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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: atmospheric, captivating, thought provoking, serious, psychological ...
Plot: buddhism, buddhist monk, mountain, buddhist, religion, zen, boy, minimal dialogue, monastery, monk, orphan, bull ...
Place: korea, asia
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Siddhartha (1972)
Genre: Drama, Mystery
Country: India, USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: Siddhartha is the story of a young Brahmin and his search for a meaningful way of life. His journey takes him through periods of harsh asceticism, sensual pleasures, material wealth, self-revulsion and eventually to the oneness and harmony that he ...
Style: spiritual, road movie, surreal, philosophical, dramatic ...
Plot: buddhism, religion, buddhist, coming of age, saint, antiquity, self awareness, conspiracy, spirituality, materialism, self discovery, hopes ...
Place: asia, india
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Into the Badlands (2015)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 42 min.
TV show
Story: In a land controlled by feudal barons, a great warrior and a young boy embark on a journey across a dangerous land to find enlightenment. A genre-bending martial arts series very loosely based on the classic Chinese tale Journey to the West.
Style: exciting, captivating, tense, suspenseful, scenic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, warrior, death, post apocalypse, master warrior, murder, betrayal, heroes, vengeance, brutality, enlightenment, chase ...
Time: future, 2010s
Place: usa, southern usa, america
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Milarepa (2006)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Biography, Drama
Country: Bhutan
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Milarepa depicts the humble beginnings of the man who was to become Tibet's greatest saint. A true story based on centuries-old oral traditions, a youthful Milarepa is propelled into a world of sorrow and betrayal after his father's sudden ...
Style: serious, stylized, suspenseful, spiritual, mystical ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: redemption, buddhism, village, self discovery, righting the wronged, rivalry, hopes, vengeance, rise and fall, supernatural, clergy, magician ...
Time: 11th century, middle ages
Place: tibet, asia, china, himalaya
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Journey to the West (2010)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, Fantasy
Country: China
Duration: 45 min.
TV show
Story: A Chinese television series adapted from the classical novel of the same title.
Style: disturbing, captivating, entertaining
Plot: monkey king, legends and myths, monk, legend, enlightenment, magic, self discovery, magical creature, travel, magician
Place: china
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The Sea That Thinks (2000)
Genre: Adventure, Biography, Comedy, Drama, Fantasy
Country: Netherlands
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Incredible optical illusions in a story in a story in a story helps the surprised viewer finally to find out that he has been watching himself all along.
Style: dark, surreal, experimental
Plot: dream, parallel universe, car, computer, mirror, poetry, spirituality, surrealism, philosophy, buddhism, egoism, filmmaking ...
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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.
Style: spiritual
Plot: buddhism, meditation, enlightenment, buddhist, palace, peace, buddha, ancient civilization
Place: sri lanka, asia, india
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August (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: August is a 2008 drama film directed by Austin Chick and produced by 57th & Irving. The screenplay by Howard A. Rodman focuses on two brothers, ambitious dot-com entrepreneurs attempting to keep their company afloat as the stock market ...
Style: realistic, serious, sincere, touching
Plot: brother brother relationship, wall street, family relations, siblings relations, ambition, rise and fall, workplace, down on your luck, parents and children, life is a bitch, father son relationship, finance ...
Time: 2000s, 21st century
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city
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A Field in England (2013)
Genre: Drama, History, Mystery
Country: UK
Duration: 90 min.
Story: During the Civil War in 17th-Century England, a small group of deserters flee from a raging battle through an overgrown field. They are captured by an alchemist, who forces the group to aid him in his search to find a hidden treasure that he ...
Style: surreal, stylized, tense, atmospheric, art house ...
Plot: hallucination, psychedelia, chaos, on the run, captivity, human nature, group of strangers, wilderness, poisoning, surrealism, military, deserter ...
Time: 17th century
Place: england
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Snowden (2016)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: UK, France, Germany, USA
Duration: 134 min.
Story: CIA employee Edward Snowden leaks thousands of classified documents to the press.
Style: realistic, thought provoking, factual, serious, political ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: espionage, fighting the system, journalism, hacking, internet, whistleblower, moral dilemma, surveillance, hacker, spy, idealism, media ...
Time: year 2015, year 2009, year 2011, year 2004, year 2012 ...
Place: geneva switzerland, hong kong, japan, russia, hawaii ...
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Magic in the Moonlight (2014)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA, France
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Set in the 1920s French Riviera, a master magician is commissioned to try and expose a psychic as a fraud.
Style: romantic, light, sweet, humorous, semi serious ...
Audience: chick flick, date night
Plot: twists and turns, magic, relationships, magician, love story, plot twist, cons and scams, fall in love, dishonesty, fish out of water, spiritualism, love and romance ...
Time: 1920s, 1930s, 20th century
Place: france, cote d'azur, provence, england, south of france ...
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Kundun (1997)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, War
Country: Monaco, Morocco, USA
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, epic, philosophical, cerebral, touching ...
Plot: buddhism, buddha, buddhist monk, religion, artist, politics, buddhist, intrigue, medieval, childhood, life philosophy, imagination ...
Time: 1940s, 50s, 1930s, 20th century
Place: tibet, hiroshima japan, china, asia, pearl harbor ...
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Man on the Moon (1999)
Genre: Biography, Comedy, Drama
Country: UK, Germany, Japan, USA
Duration: 118 min.
Story: A film about the life and career of the eccentric avant-garde comedian, Andy Kaufman.
Style: inspirational, touching, humorous, funny, depressing ...
Plot: comedian, showbiz, character study, prank, life philosophy, actor's life, rising to stardom, human spirit, rise and fall, performer's life, celebrity culture, dying ...
Time: 80s, 70s, 20th century, year 1984, year 1985
Place: new york, usa, memphis, the philippines, lithuania ...
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Baba (2002)
Genre: Action, Drama, Fantasy
Country: India
Duration: 179 min.
Story: Baba film opens with the birth of Baba (Rajinikanth), who is a 'baba amsa sambhootudu'. Baba grows up as an atheist, hot-blooded guy and a Good Samaritan. His life style includes consuming alcohol, smoking beedi, chewing paan parag, His ...
Style: serious, enigmatic, captivating, realistic, exciting
Plot: fall in love, daring rescue, wish come true, politics, escapades, superhuman powers, haunted by the past, betrayal, young heroes, friendship, curses spells and rituals, heroes ...
Time: 21st century
Place: himalaya
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The Last Monk (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: India
Duration: 110 min.
Story: The Last Monk is the journey of a young newly-married woman from the world of the newly-rich, 30-something IT engineers and corporate managers in New Delhi, to the vast, stark beauty of Ladakh in the Indian Himalayas. It is a journey from the ...
Plot: sexuality, buddhism, surrealism, self discovery, reality, enlightenment, exploration, journey, spirituality, loyalty
Place: tibet
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Mandala (1981)
Genre: Drama
Country: South Korea
Duration: 117 min.
Story: The film follows the differing lives of two Buddhist monks in Korea. By following their lives and their interaction throughout the film, Im creates a contemplation of the nature of individualism, religious belief and enlightenment.
Plot: buddhist, buddhism, survival, nature, nihilism, swinger couple, female nudity, cuckold, rape turns to consensual sex, korean, suicide, zen ...
Place: korea
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Milarepa (1974)
Genre: Drama
Country: Italy
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Leo, dopo un incidente stradale, è ricoverato in ambulatorio e racconta al professore Bennet, suo medico curante, la storia e le gesta del monaco tibetano Milarepa, con il quale si identifica. La leggenda è narrata in tre capitoli ben distinti: la ...
Style: philosophical
Plot: transcendence, philosophy, car accident, flashback, doctor patient relationship, legend, redemption, teacher student relationship, buddhism, enlightenment, magic, meditation ...
Time: 11th century
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Rebellious Flower (2016)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: India
Duration: 109 min.
Story: The film on the life of guru Osho Rajneesh and his spiritual journey to enlightenment.
Plot: hinduism, enlightenment, meditation, time, guru, lake, master, space, soul music, flute
Place: india
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Alone: The Only Thing to Fear Is Yourself (2016)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Fantasy, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: In today's world options are not running out, they are running away and we can't keep up. To be cutting edge today, one must hold their mind together when it simply feels as if it will explode. In the mind itself there are different parts ...
Style: mystical, spiritual
Plot: guru, fight, journey, humanity, justice, witness, self-help, freezing, reptile, spirituality, conscience, integrity ...
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2 Become 1 (2006)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Hong Kong, China
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Bingo leads a carefree city life that revolves around work, friends and dating. Her yuppie life is turned upside down one passionate night when her hot date Dr. V discovers a lump on her left breast.
Style: touching, psychological, realistic, emotional, semi serious ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: human spirit, couples, love and romance, hopes, lifestyle, terminal illness, friendship, breast cancer, doctor, desperation, unfulfillment, singleness ...
Time: 21st century
Place: hong kong
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Maangamizi: The Ancient One (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: Tanzania, USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: An American woman doctor comes to Tanzania to work at a hospital for the mentally disturbed, with her Tanzanian lover. There, she meets a sometimes catatonic patient, Samahe, who seems to be in communication with another reality. In their ...
Style: serious, realistic, suspenseful, bleak, allegory
Plot: mental institution, doctors and patients, hopes, mental illness, nursing, second chance, new beginning, faith, african american, friendship, secret past, craziness ...
Time: 21st century
Place: africa, tanzania
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Neal Cassady (2007)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 80 min.
Story: The story of what happened to Neal Cassady after Jack Kerouac's "On The Road" came out. Deals primarily with Neal's relationship to his fictional alter-ego, Dean Moriarty.
Style: captivating, semi serious, realistic, atmospheric, sexy ...
Plot: self discovery, on the road, life is a bitch, buddies, drug abuse, celebrity culture, fame, road trip, art, hipster, bus, writer's life ...
Time: 60s, 50s
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Abraxas (2010)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Music
Country: Japan
Duration: 113 min.
Story: Former punk rocker Jonen, now a Buddhist priest, seems to have lost the meaning of his life. His manic depression handicaps him further. Music seems to be the only solution for him to exorcise his demons, against all obstacles and sound volume ...
Style: serious, realistic, sincere, touching, sentimental ...
Plot: society, musician's life, introspection, self discovery, artists and showbiz, small town, rock, midlife crisis, follow your dream, hopes, unfulfillment, redemption ...
Time: 21st century
Place: japan, asia
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