Existential crisis movies and TV shows

The list contains the best, new and most relevant existential crisis movies ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out weird, thought provoking, interesting, talky, realistic and cult film films and TV shows about / with existential crisis, storytelling, dialogue, loneliness, life philosophy, mentor, relationships, society, existentialism and pornography plots mostly in Drama, Comedy and Sci-Fi genres shot in USA, UK, France and other countries.
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TOP 10 movies tagged as existential crisis: The Worst Person in the World (2021), Annie Hall (1977), The New Life of Paul Sneijder (2016), Megamind (2010), Volevo fare la rockstar (2019), Lost in Translation (2003), Gattaca (1997), Gummo (1997), American History X (1998), Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998).

List of existential crisis movies

The Worst Person in the World (2021)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: Norway, France, Sweden, Denmark
Duration: 128 min.
Story: Chronicles four years in the life of Julie, a young woman who navigates the troubled waters of her love life and struggles to find her career path, leading her to take a realistic look at who she really is.
Style: art house, disturbing, psychological, captivating, philosophical ...
Plot: female protagonist, love, oral sex, male female relationship, magic mushroom, breakup, female photographer, existential crisis, flirting, infidelity, drug trip, fear of death ...
Place: oslo norway, norway
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Annie Hall (1977)
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: In the city of New York, comedian Alvy Singer falls in love with the ditsy Annie Hall.
Style: philosophical, non-linear, humorous, funny, romantic ...
Audience: date night
Plot: romance, relationships, neurosis, love and romance, jewish, comedian, love story, friendship, unlikely friendships, loneliness, culture clash, divorce ...
Time: 70s, 1940s, 20th century, 60s
Place: new york, los angeles, california, usa, brooklyn new york city ...
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The New Life of Paul Sneijder (2016)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada, France
Duration: 114 min.
Story: Following a rare accident, Paul Sneijder opened his eyes to the reality of his life as a "senior manager" in Montreal: his work no longer interested him, his wife annoyed him and deceived him, his two sons despised him ... How can we ...
Style: serious, disturbing, touching, psychological, realistic ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, existential crisis, ambition, husband wife relationship, memories, psychiatrist, loss of daughter, cheating wife, drastic change of life, lifestyle change, new job, family problems ...
Time: 2010s
Place: canada, dubai, montreal
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Megamind (2010)
Genre: Animation, Action, Comedy, Crime, Family, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Bumbling supervillain Megamind finally defeats his nemesis, the superhero Metro Man. But without a hero, he loses all purpose and must find new meaning to his life.
Style: feel good, entertaining, witty, funny, exciting ...
Audience: kids, family outing, preschoolers, girls' night
Plot: superhero, villain turns good, villain, good versus evil, rivalry, escapades, anthropomorphism, talking animals, superhuman powers, adventure, twists and turns, mad scientist ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, year 2010
Place: usa
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Volevo fare la rockstar (2019)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: Italy
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Story: Olivia is a twenty-seven year old girl in an existential crisis. In life she did everything in a hurry: first love disappointment at sixteen, simultaneously with the first pregnancy and then a job (since Nadja, her mother, is a lost freak) to become ...
Style: semi serious, humorous, captivating, feel good, entertaining ...
Plot: gay, family relations, existential crisis, family life, satire, family problems, eccentric family, parents and children, silly humor, lifestyle, mother daughter relationship, brother sister relationship ...
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Lost in Translation (2003)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA, Japan
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Two lost souls visiting Tokyo -- the young, neglected wife of a photographer and a washed-up movie star shooting a TV commercial -- find an odd solace and pensive freedom to be real in each other's company, away from their lives in America.
Style: melancholic, atmospheric, cerebral, touching, captivating ...
Audience: date night, girls' night, chick flick
Plot: loneliness, midlife crisis, age difference, friendship, older man younger woman relationship, fish out of water, unlikely couple, actor, adultery, love story, relationships, couple relations ...
Time: 2000s, 21st century, contemporary
Place: japan, tokyo, asia, yale university, kyoto japan
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Gattaca (1997)
Genre: Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: Science fiction drama about a future society in the era of indefinite eugenics where humans are set on a life course depending on their DNA. The young Vincent Freeman is born with a condition that would prevent him from space travel, yet he is ...
Style: futuristic, thought provoking, intellectual, neo noir, psychological ...
Plot: distopia, fighting the system, genetics, twists and turns, discrimination, society, eugenics, paraplegic, future dystopia, science, utopia, philosophy ...
Time: future, near future
Place: riviera, detroit, french riviera
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Gummo (1997)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: Solomon and Tummler are two teenagers killing time in Xenia, Ohio, a small town that has never recovered from the tornado that ravaged the community in the 1970s.
Style: disturbing, art house, surreal, experimental, thought provoking ...
Audience: teens
Plot: sexual abuse, youth, white trash, coming of age, abuse, violence, sister sister relationship, teenager, childhood, relationships, redneck, nudity (full frontal - brief) ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: ohio, usa, america
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American History X (1998)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 119 min.
Story: Derek Vineyard is paroled after serving 3 years in prison for killing two thugs who tried to break into/steal his truck. Through his brother, Danny Vineyard's narration, we learn that before going to prison, Derek was a skinhead and the leader ...
Style: rough, cerebral, serious, tense, disturbing ...
Audience: boys' night, teens, date night
Plot: prison, skinhead, racism, gang, racial slur, crimes, character change, juvenile delinquency, racial prejudice, neo nazi, rape, murder ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: usa, los angeles, california, venice beach california
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Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 118 min.
Story: Raoul Duke and his attorney Dr. Gonzo drive a red convertible across the Mojave desert to Las Vegas with a suitcase full of drugs to cover a motorcycle race. As their consumption of drugs increases at an alarming rate, the stoned duo trash their ...
Style: surreal, psychedelic, atmospheric, captivating, road movie ...
Plot: road trip, drugs, lsd, drug abuse, hallucination, addiction, journalism, american dream, surrealism, psychedelia, trippy, marijuana ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, year 1971, year 1965
Place: las vegas, usa
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Notting Hill (1999)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 124 min.
Story: William Thacker is a London bookstore owner whose humdrum existence is thrown into romantic turmoil when famous American actress Anna Scott appears in his shop. A chance encounter over spilled orange juice leads to a kiss that blossoms into a ...
Style: feel good, touching, romantic, humorous, sexy ...
Audience: chick flick, girls' night, teens, date night
Plot: fame, romance, opposites attract, social differences, love and romance, love, paparazzi, couples, friendship, power of love, ordinary person, showbiz ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: london, england, europe, united kingdom
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Pi (1998)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 84 min.
Story: The debut film from Darren Aronofsky in which a mathematical genius Maximilian Cohen discovers a link in the connection between numbers and reality and thus believes he can predict the future.
Style: surreal, psychological, mind bending, cerebral, philosophical ...
Plot: mathematics, insanity, paranoia, obsession, conspiracy, computer, cyberpunk, surrealism, rabbi, torah, jewish, surveillance ...
Time: future, 90s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa, coney island brooklyn new york city, brooklyn new york city, manhattan new york city
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I Stand Alone (1998)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: France
Duration: 93 min.
Story: The Butcher (known from Noe's short film Carne) has done some time in jail after beating up the guy who tried to seduce his teenage mentally-handicapped daughter. Now he wants to start a new life. He leaves his daughter in an institution and ...
Style: depressing, disturbing, psychological, rough, gloomy ...
Plot: incest, nihilism, alienation, butcher, incest overtones, loneliness, insanity, revenge, obsession, existentialism, character on the edge, social misfits ...
Time: contemporary, 20th century, 80s
Place: paris france, france, europe
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Mulholland Drive (2001)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: France, USA
Duration: 147 min.
Story: After a car wreck on the winding Mulholland Drive renders a woman amnesic, she and a perky Hollywood-hopeful search for clues and answers across Los Angeles in a twisting venture beyond dreams and reality.
Style: psychological, surreal, neo noir, mind bending, art house ...
Audience: date night
Plot: surrealism, twists and turns, lesbian, amnesia, hollywood, alternate reality, mystery, hallucination, nightmare, obsession, doppelganger, lesbian sex ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, future, 2000s
Place: los angeles, usa, california
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Donnie Darko (2001)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 113 min.
Story: After narrowly escaping a bizarre accident, a troubled teenager is plagued by visions of a large bunny rabbit that manipulates him to commit a series of crimes.
Style: psychological, surreal, mind bending, atmospheric, suspense ...
Audience: teens, date night, teen drama
Plot: time travel, mental illness, parallel universe, insanity, psychology, imaginary friend, time loop, hallucination, schizophrenia, surrealism, social misfits, supernatural ability ...
Time: 80s, future, 20th century, year 1988
Place: virginia, usa
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The State I Am In (2000)
Genre: Drama
Country: Germany
Duration: 106 min.
Story: With 1970s Germany in the background, this film depicts the story of a family from the “R.A.F. Terrorist” group and their search for a normal life and their inner self.
Style: sentimental, serious, realistic, sincere, political ...
Audience: teens, pre-teens
Plot: coming of age, grownups, family problems, family relations, youth, love and romance, teenage love, parent child relationship, puberty, fall in love, eccentric family, family in crisis ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: germany, portugal, europe, brazil
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Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Joel Barish, heartbroken that his girlfriend underwent a procedure to erase him from her memory, decides to do the same. However, as he watches his memories of her fade away, he realises that he still loves her, and may be too late to correct his ...
Style: surreal, psychological, mind bending, romantic, philosophical ...
Audience: date night, girls' night, teens, chick flick
Plot: memory, amnesia, love, surrealism, memory loss, loneliness, introspection, love story, alternate reality, borderline personality disorder, relationships, existentialism ...
Time: future, 2000s, 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, new york
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Me and You and Everyone We Know (2005)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 91 min.
Story: The feature film debut by artist Miranda July about a various comic situations and plots that intertwine. One story line is about a father who is ending his marriage and the other story is of a video artist (possibly autobiographical of Miranda ...
Style: touching, disturbing, realistic, humorous, emotional ...
Audience: girls' night, teens
Plot: artist, childhood, coming of age, depression, unlikely friendships, complex characters, art gallery, neighbor, struggle, museum, divorce, shyness ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
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Requiem (2006)
Genre: Drama, Horror
Country: Germany
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Michaela, an epileptic, enrolls in college to study education. She goes off her medication and soon begins hearing voices and seeing apparitions that tell her to avoid religious objects, although she is devoutly Roman Catholic. One priest scoffs at ...
Style: disturbing, psychological, suspenseful, sincere, realistic ...
Plot: mental illness, epilepsy, friendship, small town, depression, family relations, character study, domineering mother, teenage life, grownups, daughter, youth ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: germany, new jersey, tokyo, southern germany, europe
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Fast Food Nation (2006)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: UK, USA, Mexico
Duration: 116 min.
Story: Inspired by author Eric Schlosser's New York Times best-seller of the same name, director Richard Linklater's ensemble drama examines the health issues and social consequences of America's love affair with fast food and features an ...
Style: talky, stylized, disturbing, semi serious, sexy ...
Plot: fast food restaurant, junk food, food, cooking and food, butcher, public health, illegal immigration, satire, boss and employee, americana, workplace, fighting the system ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: texas, california, usa, colorado, mexico
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Technotise: Edit and I (2009)
Genre: Animation, Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: Serbia
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Technotise: Edit & I is a Serbian animated feature film. The plot is set in 2074 in Belgrade. The main character is Edit Stefanović, a female psychology student who, after failing the same university exam for the sixth time, decides to ...
Style: captivating, tense, psychological, suspense, adult animation ...
Plot: metamorphosis, female student, transformation, drugs, scientist, supernatural power, teacher, human host, experiment, supernatural, rivalry, existential crisis ...
Time: 21st century
Place: belgrade, serbia
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Wrinkles (2011)
Genre: Animation, Drama
Country: Spain
Duration: 89 min.
Story: Based on Paco Roca's comic of the same title (2008 Spanish National Comic Prize), WRINKLES is a 2D animated feature-length film for an adult audience. Wrinkles portrays the friendship between Emilio and Miguel, two aged gentlemen shut away in a ...
Style: touching, humorous, sentimental, adult animation, compassionate ...
Plot: alzheimer's disease, friendship, retirement home, aging, childhood memory, parents and children, fighting the system, rescue, retirement home life, dementia, senior citizen, existential crisis ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: spain, europe
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No One Knows About Persian Cats (2009)
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: Iran
Duration: 106 min.
Story: Iranian musicians Negar and Ashkan look for band members to play at a London concert ... and the visa that allows them to leave Tehran to do so.
Style: serious, realistic, sentimental, exciting, captivating ...
Plot: music band, ambition, state affairs, artists and showbiz, follow your dream, hopes, musician's life, against the rules, youth, teenage life, music, music festival ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: iran, tehran iran, middle east, london, persia
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Perfect Sense (2011)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Sci-Fi
Country: UK, Sweden, Denmark, Ireland
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Susan is a scientist searching for answers to important questions. So important that she has given up on other things, like love - until she meets Micheal. Susan and Michael find themselves embarking on a sensual adventure while the world around ...
Style: thought provoking, artsy, philosophical, sexy, cerebral ...
Audience: date night
Plot: pandemic, apocalypse, sex scene, romance, human existence, love affair, female nudity, epidemic, suffering, memory, love story, scientist ...
Place: scotland, glasgow scotland
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Under the Skin (2013)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: UK, Switzerland
Duration: 108 min.
Story: A seductive alien prowls the streets of Glasgow in search of prey: unsuspecting men who fall under her spell.
Style: surreal, disturbing, atmospheric, bleak, dark ...
Plot: alien, human prey, femme fatale, disguise, creature, extraterrestrial, female nudity, desire, very little dialogue, eroticism, nightclub, deformity ...
Time: future, 21st century
Place: scotland, glasgow scotland, europe
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The Zero Theorem (2013)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Mystery, Sci-Fi
Country: UK, Romania, France, USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: A computer hacker's goal to discover the reason for human existence continually finds his work interrupted thanks to the Management; this time, they send a teenager and lusty love interest to distract him.
Style: surreal, philosophical, thought provoking, cerebral, meditative ...
Plot: loneliness, computers and web, computer system, computer genius, computer, distopia, escape from reality, cyberpunk, hacker, virtual reality, uncover truth, society ...
Time: future
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Enough Said (2013)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Eva is a divorced soon-to-be empty-nester wondering about her next act. Then she meets Marianne, the embodiment of her perfect self. Armed with a restored outlook on being middle-aged and single, Eva decides to take a chance on her new love interest ...
Style: touching, romantic, feel good, melancholic, sweet ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: romance, middle aged, masseuse, dating, poet, middle age romance, divorce, parenthood, loneliness, goodhearted, couple relations, single parent ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: california, usa, new jersey, los angeles
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Omar (2013)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Romance, Thriller, War
Country: Palestine
Duration: 98 min.
Story: The drama, the story of three childhood friends and a young woman who are torn apart in their fight for freedom, is billed as the first fully-financed film to come out of the Palestinian cinema industry.
Style: suspenseful, disturbing, thought provoking, romantic, political ...
Plot: muslim, friendship, moral dilemma, resistance, confession, power of love, social problems, love and romance, terrorism, family relations, gain trust, life is a bitch ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s
Place: palestinian authority, palestine, israel, middle east
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Mistress America (2015)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 84 min.
Story: Tracy, a lonely college freshman in New York, is rescued from her solitude by her soon-to-be stepsister Brooke, an adventurous gal about town who entangles her in alluringly mad schemes. MISTRESS AMERICA is a comedy about dream-chasing, ...
Style: humorous, heartbreaking, depressing, stylized, melancholic ...
Audience: teen drama
Plot: friendship, coming of age, betrayal, eccentric family, follow your dream, prank, hopes, family relations, disorder, dysfunctional family, female protagonist, catastrophe ...
Time: 21st century, 80s, contemporary, 70s
Place: new york, california, usa, new jersey
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I Origins (2014)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Romance, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: I Origins follows a molecular biologist studying the evolution of the human eye. He finds his work permeating his life after a brief encounter with an exotic young woman who slips away from him. As his research continues years later with his lab ...
Style: thought provoking, philosophical, mind bending, enigmatic, cerebral ...
Plot: reincarnation, metaphysics, atheism, eye, elevator, buddhism, religion, genetics, evolution, love story, death, worm ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, year 2005, year 1998, year 2009 ...
Place: india, usa, new york, asia, delhi
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