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, realistic, serious, contemplative, talky and thought provoking films and TV shows about / with death, life & death, melancholy, storytelling, runaway, culture clash, suprisingly clever, loneliness, obsession and weird plots mostly in Drama, Romance and Music genres shot in USA, France, Japan and other countries.
reflective movies
TOP 10 movies tagged as reflective: The Shawshank Redemption (1994), Three Colors: Blue (1993), Violet Evergarden (2018), The Ten Commandments (1989), Stalker (1979), The Door in the Floor (2004), Veronica Mars (2004), Madea's Family Reunion (2006), Dance with a Stranger (1985), Autumn Sonata (1978).

List of reflective movies

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, inspirational, uplifting ...
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, pacific ocean, maine, mexico
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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: atmospheric, reflective, emotional, psychological, gloomy ...
Plot: loss of child, pianist, loss of spouse, musician, neighbor, stripper, cat, grief, freedom, secret, infidelity, composer ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: paris france, france, europe, poland
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Violet Evergarden (2018)
Genre: Animation, Drama, Fantasy, 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: touching, melancholic, serious, reflective, harsh ...
Plot: love, war, female protagonist, loss of loved one, letter, self fulfillment, romance, orphan, travel, weapons, post war, slice of life ...
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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, serious, bleak, gloomy, tense ...
Plot: redemption, society, christmas, taxi driver, polish, conflict, stranger, desire, introspection, moral dilemma, haunted by the past, human nature ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: poland, europe
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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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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, touching, melancholic, reflective ...
Plot: infidelity, writer's life, dysfunctional family, haunted by the past, family problems, estrangement, loss of son, loss of child, coping, crumbling marriage, artists and showbiz, writers ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: new york, usa
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Veronica Mars (2004)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 44 min.
TV show
Story: The series is set in the fictional town of Neptune, California, and stars Kristen Bell as the title character, a student who progresses from high school to college while moonlighting as a private investigator under the tutelage of her detective ...
Style: touching, witty, clever, realistic, suspenseful ...
Audience: teens
Plot: amateur detective, private detective, investigation, private investigator, student, youth, danger, teenage life, parents and children, friendship, spy, teacher ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: california, usa, southern california
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Madea's Family Reunion (2006)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: Based upon Tyler Perry's acclaimed stage production, Madea's Family Reunion continues the adventures of Southern matriarch Madea. She has just been court ordered to be in charge of Nikki, a rebellious runaway, her nieces, Lisa and Vanessa, ...
Style: humorous, realistic, uplifting, touching, semi serious ...
Audience: girls' night, teens, chick flick
Plot: dysfunctional family, family problems, addiction, reunion, family life, drug abuse, love and romance, looking for love, eccentric family, siblings relations, couple relations, parents and children ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: usa, new orleans, ireland
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Dance with a Stranger (1985)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Based on the true story of Ruth Ellis, the last woman hanged in Britain, Mike Newell's Dance With a Stranger (1985) concentrates on Ellis's (Richardson) short-lived relationship with motor-racing driver David Blakely (Rupert Everett).
Style: disturbing, touching, psychological, serious, realistic ...
Plot: murder, obsession, profanity, nudity (full frontal - brief), single mother, true crime, female criminal, death sentence, nightclub, capital punishment, crimes, love affair ...
Time: 50s, 1950s, 20th century, 1920s
Place: england, europe, london, tokyo, california
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Autumn Sonata (1978)
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: Sweden, France, West Germany, UK, Norway
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: emotional, touching, sincere, realistic, contemplative ...
Plot: pianist, marriage, reconciliation, mother daughter relationship, dysfunctional family, handicapped, parents and children, family in crisis, family life, family relations, family problems, reunion ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: europe, sweden, eastern europe
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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: stylized, atmospheric, sexy, sexual, contemplative ...
Plot: infidelity, hospital, terminal illness, nightclub, writers, party, midlife crisis, couple relations, introspection, parents and children, human nature, friendship ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 1960s
Place: italy, los angeles, europe, usa, milan italy ...
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My Life to Live (1962)
Genre: Drama
Country: France
Duration: 80 min.
Story: Twelve episodic tales in the life of a Parisian woman and her slow descent into prostitution.
Style: thought provoking, gloomy, atmospheric, psychological, realistic ...
Plot: prostitute, pimp, prostitution, philosophy, female protagonist, free will, pinball machine, woman smoking cigarette, life is a bitch, introspection, new wave, artist ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 1960s
Place: paris france, france, tokyo, rome italy
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8? (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: psychological, art house, surreal, stylized, serious ...
Plot: midlife crisis, childhood, extramarital affair, filmmaking, mistress, adultery, dreams, self involved, producer, star, postmodernism, introspection ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s
Place: italy, europe, rome italy, copenhagen denmark, copenhagen ...
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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: surprise ending, twists and turns, touching, psychological, atmospheric ...
Plot: loneliness, love affair, judge, coincidence, opposites attract, encounter, neighbor, model, dog, isolation, love and romance, human nature ...
Time: 90s, 1990s
Place: english channel, england, switzerland, geneva switzerland, poland ...
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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, bleak, serious, meditative, psychological ...
Plot: world war two, orphan, war, anti war, youth, heroes, battles, german, boy, child execution, child spy, great patriotic war ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 40s, year 1943
Place: russia, europe, berlin germany, soviet union, japan
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Sweet Love, Bitter (1967)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: A loose fictitious of Charlie Parker's last years and a portrait of the jazz scene in 1960's New York.
Style: reflective
Plot: miscegenation, interracial friendship, price of fame, jazz music, compassion, racism, heroin, guilt, african american, friendship, death, musician ...
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Rainbow (1978)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: The early life and struggles of Judy Garland (portrayed by Andrea McArdle), and of the film star's trials as a youngster in dealing with the Movie Studio system that held her back while her mother was forever pushing her to excel.
Style: reflective
Plot: studio, father daughter relationship, domineering mother, loss of father, star, sister, amphetamine, singing, actor's life, glory, piano, actress ...
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White Lie (1991)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: A black New York man returns to his southern hometown to investigate his father's lynching at the hands of a white mob.
Style: suspense, reflective
Plot: doctor, racial issues, injustice, african american, interracial romance, racial prejudice, father, execution, social injustice, racism, love, lynching ...
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One-Trick Pony (1980)
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Jonah (Paul Simon) is an aging rock star trying to put together a new album in the face of an indifferent record label and a talentless producer. At the same time, he's struggling to save his failing marriage.
Style: gloomy, sincere, emotional, touching, serious ...
Plot: rock music, record, failed marriage, lifestyle, hopes, crumbling marriage, ambition, musician's life, life is a bitch, rising to stardom, music band, starting over ...
Time: 70s
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Ellen Foster (1997)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: After her mother's death, a young girl is separated from her abusive father and is sent between her various friends and relatives, always longing to find a place to call home.
Style: touching, emotional, bleak, realistic, serious ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, innocence lost, life is a bitch, young heroes, youth, unfulfillment, family problems, hopes, society, human spirit, against the odds, death in the family ...
Time: 90s
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Hamlet (2000)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 178 min.
Story: To be or not to be, etc.
Style: stylized, atmospheric, psychological, emotional, gloomy ...
Plot: haunted by the past, ghost, betrayal, tragic love, tragic hero, intrigue, dishonesty, rivalry, vengeance, uncover truth, parents and children, conspiracy ...
Time: 90s
Place: southern usa
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Second Chances (1998)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: A little girl's physical and emotional reawakening after an accident claims her father and her spirit.
Style: touching, sentimental, uplifting, realistic, serious ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: girl horse relationship, disability, starting over, friendship, hopes, misfit, family, youth, young heroes, pets, dealing with death, human spirit ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: usa
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Getting Straight (1970)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 124 min.
Story: Graduate student Harry Bailey was once one of the most visible undergraduate activists on campus, but now that he's back studying for his master's, he's trying to fly right. Trouble is, the campus is exploding with various student ...
Style: emotional, sentimental, humorous, touching, thought provoking ...
Plot: college, revolution, anti war, vietnam war, student, power relations, hopes, youth, society, military, fighting the system, moral dilemma ...
Time: 60s
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Thieves (1977)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Martin and Sally Cramer grew up on the hardscrabble Lower East Side, where Sally still teaches; meanwhile, Martin's the head of a fancy private school. Romantic dalliances with others convince them that they're meant to be together despite ...
Style: offbeat, humorous, touching, semi serious, realistic ...
Plot: reunion, school, love affair, destiny, couples, love and romance, idealist, midlife crisis, racial slur, reconciliation, pregnant woman, theft ...
Time: 70s
Place: new york
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Yi Yi: A One and a Two... (2000)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Taiwan, Japan
Duration: 173 min.
Story: Each member of a family in Taipei asks hard questions about life's meaning as they live through everyday quandaries.
Style: realistic, touching, sentimental, lyrical, depressing ...
Plot: midlife crisis, wedding, lovers reunited, first love, dysfunctional family, coma, family, infidelity, introspection, family values, human nature, parents and children ...
Time: 90s
Place: japan, taipei, asia, tokyo, taiwan ...
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After Life (1998)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy
Country: Japan
Duration: 119 min.
Story: After death, people have just one week to choose only a memory to keep for eternity.
Style: surreal, touching, stylized, contemplative, psychological ...
Plot: afterlife, videotaping, cloud, memory, teenage girl, heaven, memories, eternity, old man, bell, destiny, disneyland ...
Time: 20th century
Place: tokyo, the philippines, japan
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Maborosi (1995)
Genre: Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 110 min.
Story: A young woman's husband apparently commits suicide without warning or reason, leaving behind his wife and infant. Yumiko remarries and moves from Osaka to a small fishing village, yet continues to search for meaning in a lonely world.
Style: atmospheric, contemplative, serious, realistic, psychological ...
Plot: suicide, hopes, village, arranged marriage, self discovery, museum, couples, social relations, youth, love and romance, babies and infants, crimes ...
Time: 90s
Place: japan, asia, europe, italy, venice ...
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The Great Beauty (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: Italy, France, Belgium
Duration: 141 min.
Story: Jep Gambardella has seduced his way through the lavish nightlife of Rome for decades, but after his 65th birthday and a shock from the past, Jep looks past the nightclubs and parties to find a timeless landscape of absurd, exquisite beauty.
Style: philosophical, intellectual, surreal, absurd, lyrical ...
Plot: journalist, nun, high society, artist, aging, party, writer's life, introspection, old love, writers, art, surrealism ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s
Place: rome italy, italy
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The Double Life of Veronique (1991)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Music, Mystery, Romance
Country: France, Poland, Norway
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Veronique is a beautiful young French woman who aspires to be a renowned singer; Weronika lives in Poland, has a similar career goal and looks identical to Veronique, though the two are not related. The film follows both women as they contend with ...
Style: touching, serious, realistic, non-linear, emotional ...
Plot: polish, singer, self discovery, music, romance, lookalikes, encounter, false identity, french, young woman, double life, puppet ...
Time: 90s, 1990s, year 1990
Place: poland, europe, france, paris france
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You, the Living (2007)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Music
Country: Sweden, Germany, France, Denmark, Norway, Japan
Duration: 95 min.
Story: In the Swedish city of Lethe, people from different walks of life take part in a series of short, deadpan vignettes that rush past. Some are just seconds long, none longer than a couple of minutes. A young woman (Jessica Lundberg) remembers a ...
Style: tragicomedy, melancholic, ironic, meditative, surreal ...
Plot: alienation, lifestyle, life, human nature, loneliness, existentialism, music, life philosophy, honest, pickpocket, life is a bitch, society ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: sweden, eastern europe, california, new jersey
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