Reflective movies and TV shows

The list contains the best, new and most relevant reflective movies ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out reflective, complex, visually appealing, thought provoking, weird and psychological films and TV shows about / with storytelling, death, loneliness, existentialism, life & death, life philosophy, time travel, dialogue, mentor and obsession plots mostly in Drama, Sci-Fi and Romance genres shot in USA, France, Soviet Union and other countries.
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TOP 10 movies tagged as reflective: Stalker (1979), 8½ (1963), The Shawshank Redemption (1994), Solaris (1972), Three Colors: Blue (1993), The Truman Show (1998), Ivan's Childhood (1962), Three Colors: Red (1994), The Night (1961), Arrival (2016).

List of reflective movies

 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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 8.0
 117K
8½ (1963)
Genre: Drama
Country: Italy, France
Duration: 138 min.
Story: With 8 ½ Frederico Fellini leaves a self-portrait where dreams and reality are a mix. With help from a most excellent cast and unique scenery this self reflecting film is one of his master works.
Style: art house, psychological, surreal, philosophical, reflective ...
Plot: filmmaking, midlife crisis, surrealism, childhood, mistress, adultery, loneliness, stream of consciousness, actress, extramarital affair, memory, dreams ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: italy, rome italy, vatican, europe, france ...
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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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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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 8.0
 91K
Solaris (1972)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi
Country: Soviet Union
Duration: 167 min.
Story: A psychologist is sent to a space station orbiting a planet called Solaris to investigate the death of a doctor and the mental problems of cosmonauts on the station. He soon discovers that the water on the planet is a type of brain which brings out ...
Style: art house, atmospheric, cerebral, psychedelic, intellectual ...
Plot: outer space, scientist, space station, space travel, space and aliens, russian, astronaut, dreams, hallucination, immortality, science, mysterious planet ...
Time: future, 70s, distant future
Place: ussr, tokyo, russia
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Three Colors: Blue (1993)
Genre: Drama, Music, Mystery, Romance
Country: France, Poland, Switzerland
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Julie is haunted by her grief after living through a tragic auto wreck that claimed the life of her composer husband and young daughter. Her initial reaction is to withdraw from her relationships, lock herself in her apartment and suppress her pain. ...
Style: reflective, sexy, cerebral, art house, emotional ...
Plot: loss of child, grief, stripper, depression, character study, love, music, loneliness, existentialism, loss of spouse, french, solitude ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: paris france, poland, eastern europe, france, europe
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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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Ivan's Childhood (1962)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: Soviet Union
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Poetic journey through the shards and shadows of one boy’s war-ravaged youth.
Style: atmospheric, reflective, meditative, bleak, psychological ...
Audience: kids
Plot: world war two, war, orphan, courage, great patriotic war, anti war, coming of age, man boy relationship, child spy, death, adolescence, innocence lost ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, year 1943
Place: russia, ussr, europe, berlin germany, japan
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Three Colors: Red (1994)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Romance
Country: Switzerland, France, Poland
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Part-time model Valentine meets a retired judge who lives in her neighborhood after she runs over his dog. At first the judge gifts Valentine with the dog, but her possessive boyfriend won't allow her to keep it. When she returns with the dog ...
Style: reflective, twists and turns, cerebral, art house, surprise ending ...
Plot: loneliness, friendship, coincidence, love affair, dog, judge, isolation, model, encounter, redemption, opposites attract, relationships ...
Time: 90s
Place: poland, tokyo, english channel, paris france, eastern europe ...
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 8.0
 21K
The Night (1961)
Genre: Drama
Country: Italy, France
Duration: 122 min.
Story: A married couple attend a bourgeois party and wade through the stifling strain that long-term marriage has imposed upon them.
Style: reflective, cerebral, art house, erotic, sexy ...
Plot: infidelity, writers, hospital, marriage, family relations, alienation, midlife crisis, socialite, party, husband wife relationship, transformation, affair ...
Time: 60s, 20th century
Place: milan italy, tokyo, mediterranean sea, berlin germany, italy ...
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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: psychological, surreal, mind bending, melancholic, romantic ...
Audience: date night, teens, girls' night
Plot: love, memory, surrealism, memory loss, amnesia, introspection, couple relations, existentialism, borderline personality disorder, loneliness, love story, love and romance ...
Time: future, contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, new york
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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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Violet Evergarden (2018)
Genre: Animation, Drama, Fantasy, Romance, Sci-Fi
Country: Japan
Duration: 24 min.
TV show
Story: The war is over, and Violet Evergarden needs a job. Scarred and emotionless, she takes a job as a letter writer to understand herself and her past.
Style: melancholic, touching, reflective, psychological, serious ...
Plot: female protagonist, love, war, letter, loss of loved one, weapons, travel, post war, romance, slice of life, self fulfillment, first love ...
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The Lives of Others (2006)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Germany, France
Duration: 137 min.
Story: A tragic love story set in East Berlin with the backdrop of an undercover Stasi controlled culture. Stasi captain Wieler is ordered to follow author Dreyman and plunges deeper and deeper into his life until he reaches the threshold of doubting the ...
Style: gloomy, tense, sincere, sexual, atmospheric ...
Plot: surveillance, cold war, spy, stasi, communism, espionage, iron curtain, voyeurism, berlin wall, politics, german, interrogation ...
Time: 80s, year 1984, 20th century, 90s
Place: east germany, germany, berlin germany, europe, east berlin ...
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 8.0
 27K
Nostalgia (1983)
Genre: Drama
Country: Italy, Soviet Union
Duration: 125 min.
Story: The Russian poet Andrei Gorchakov, accompanied by guide and translator Eugenia, is traveling through Italy researching the life of an 18th-century Russian composer. In an ancient spa town, he meets the lunatic Domenico, who years earlier had ...
Style: reflective, cerebral, atmospheric, philosophical, art house ...
Plot: philosophy, insanity, existentialism, memory, redemption, culture clash, writer's life, life & death, life philosophy, loneliness, poetry, visceral ...
Time: 80s, 18th century
Place: italy, russia, rome italy, ussr, europe ...
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 8.0
 46K
The Mirror (1975)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: Soviet Union
Duration: 107 min.
Story: A dying man in his forties remembers his past. His childhood, his mother, the war, personal moments and things that tell of the recent history of all the Russian nation.
Style: atmospheric, thought provoking, philosophical, enigmatic, reflective ...
Plot: world war two, childhood, surrealism, poetry, memory, stream of consciousness, mirror, levitation, winter, existentialism, life philosophy, russian ...
Time: year 1935, 1930s, 1940s, 20th century, 60s
Place: russia, ussr, moscow russia, tokyo, europe ...
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All About My Mother (1999)
Genre: Drama
Country: Spain, France
Duration: 101 min.
Story: A single mother in Madrid sees her only son die on his birthday as he runs to seek an actress' autograph. Beside herself with grief, she returns to Barcelona to tell the boy's father about the death of the son he never knew he had.
Style: reflective, sexy, realistic, stylized, emotional ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: transvestism, prostitute, lesbian, aids, transsexual, drug addiction, friendship, lgbt, grief, redemption, gay, birthday ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: spain, madrid, barcelona
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 6.3
 24K
Shopgirl (2005)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: Mirabelle is a disenchanted salesgirl and aspiring artist who sells gloves and accessories at a department store. She has two men in her life: wealthy divorcée Ray Porter and struggling musician Jeremy. Mirabelle falls in love with the glamorous ...
Style: touching, emotional, realistic, reflective, depressing ...
Audience: date night, chick flick, girls' night
Plot: romance, love triangle, depression, age difference, salesman, older man younger woman relationship, love story, love, honest, fall in love, dull life, twentysomething life ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: los angeles, california, usa, seattle, new york ...
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 8.1
 34K
Autumn Sonata (1978)
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: West Germany, UK
Duration: 99 min.
Story: After a seven-year absence, Charlotte Andergast travels to Sweden to reunite with her daughter Eva. The pair have a troubled relationship: Charlotte sacrificed the responsibilities of motherhood for a career as a classical pianist. Over an emotional ...
Style: reflective, emotional, art house, sexy, touching ...
Plot: marriage, autumn, dysfunctional family, mother daughter relationship, pianist, mother daughter estrangement, child neglect, reconciliation, family relations, existentialism, mother daughter reunion, parents and children ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: sweden, europe, scandinavia, eastern europe
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 7.6
 271K
Creed (2015)
Genre: Action, Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 133 min.
Story: The former World Heavyweight Champion Rocky Balboa serves as a trainer and mentor to Adonis Johnson, the son of his late friend and former rival Apollo Creed.
Style: inspirational, realistic, feel good, emotional, brutal ...
Audience: family outing, boys' night, teens
Plot: boxing, fight, underdog, boxer, sport, training, athlete and trainer, mentor, coach, legacy, courage, boxing match ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, year 1998, 2010s, 90s ...
Place: usa, philadelphia, mexico, pennsylvania, tijuana mexico ...
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The Diary of a Teenage Girl (2015)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Minnie Goetze is a 15-year-old aspiring comic-book artist, coming of age in the haze of the 1970s in San Francisco. Insatiably curious about the world around her, Minnie is a pretty typical teenage girl. Oh, except that she’s sleeping with her ...
Style: sexy, erotic, serious, touching, disturbing ...
Audience: teens, teen drama
Plot: older man younger woman relationship, teenage girl, teenager, coming of age, sex with a minor, older man young girl relationship, sex, teenage sex, female sexuality, teenage sexuality, defloration, mother's boyfriend ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: new jersey, usa, san francisco
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 6.5
 49K
Last Night (2010)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA, France
Duration: 93 min.
Story: The story follows a married couple, apart for a night while the husband takes a business trip with a colleague to whom he's attracted. While he's resisting temptation, his wife encounters her past love.
Style: melancholic, sexy, romantic, twists and turns, thought provoking ...
Audience: chick flick, date night, teens
Plot: infidelity, adultery, temptation, love, love story, love and romance, old love, cheating wife, romance, lovers reunited, ex couple relations, husband wife relationship ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, paris france, philadelphia, new york
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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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The Ten Commandments (1989)
Genre: Drama
Country: Poland, West Germany
Duration: 572 min.
TV show
Story: The Decalogue is a 1989 Polish television drama series directed by Krzysztof Kieślowski and co-written by Kieślowski with Krzysztof Piesiewicz, with music by Zbigniew Preisner. It consists of ten one-hour films, inspired by the Ten Commandments. ...
Style: psychological, reflective, philosophical, cerebral, atmospheric ...
Plot: morality, christian, redemption, philosophy, spirituality, ten commandments, world war two, faith, doctors, catastrophe, humanity, guilt ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: poland, vatican, eastern europe, europe
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The Door in the Floor (2004)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: Alternately tragic and comic, an exploration of the complexities of love in both its brightest and darkest corners. Adapted from John Irving's best-selling novel A Widow for One Year, the film is set in the privileged beach community of East ...
Style: psychological, emotional, melancholic, touching, reflective ...
Plot: older woman younger man relationship, cheating wife, infidelity, older woman younger man sex, writer's life, dysfunctional family, masturbation, writers, nudity (full frontal - brief), love triangle, secrets, loneliness ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: usa, new york
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 7.4
 361K
Cloud Atlas (2012)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi
Country: USA, Germany, 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: thought provoking, psychological, enigmatic, mind bending, surreal ...
Plot: destiny, reincarnation, life philosophy, dystopic future, distopia, multiple storylines, life & death, human nature, karma, post apocalypse, death, tribe ...
Time: future, 1930s, year 1975, year 1936, 19th century ...
Place: seoul, san francisco, belgium, south korea, hawaii
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Midnight in Paris (2011)
Genre: Comedy, Fantasy, Romance
Country: Spain, USA, France
Duration: 94 min.
Story: A romantic comedy about a family traveling to the French capital for business. The party includes a young engaged couple forced to confront the illusion that a life different from their own is better.
Style: feel good, surreal, stylized, witty, melancholic ...
Audience: date night, girls' night
Plot: time travel, literature, bohemian life, writers, painter, writer's life, nostalgia, magic realism, fall in love, life philosophy, french, art history ...
Time: 1920s, 19th century, 20th century, 21st century, contemporary ...
Place: paris france, france, versailles, europe, montmartre paris
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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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 8.0
 789K
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, mind bending, surreal, atmospheric, captivating ...
Audience: teens, date night, teen drama
Plot: time travel, mental illness, parallel universe, insanity, hallucination, imaginary friend, social misfits, surrealism, supernatural ability, time loop, schizophrenia, psychology ...
Time: 80s, future, 20th century, year 1988
Place: virginia, usa
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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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