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The list contains the best, new and most relevant reflective movies ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out reflective, melancholic, enigmatic, serious, talky and meditative films and TV shows about / with storytelling, loneliness, culture clash, relationships, catastrophe, obsession, existentialism, mentor, dialogue and childhood plots mostly in Drama, Romance and Music genres shot in France, Italy, Japan and other countries.
TOP 10 movies tagged as reflective: The Door in the Floor (2004), Dance with a Stranger (1985), Yi Yi: A One and a Two... (2000), After Life (1998), Autumn Sonata (1978), Three Colors: Blue (1993), The Night (1961), Maborosi (1995), My Life to Live (1962), The Ten Commandments (1989).
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The Ten Commandments
Drama
Poland, West Germany
572 min.
 9.1
The Shawshank Redemption
Drama
USA
142 min.
 9.3
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T2: Trainspotting
Drama
UK
117 min.
 7.2
War for the Planet of the Apes
Action, Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
USA, Canada, New Zealand
140 min.
 7.5

List of reflective movies

The Door in the Floor
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: emotional, psychological, reflective, clever, serious ...
Plot: writer's life, book, dysfunctional family, male nudity, death, drinking, crumbling marriage, pornography, nudity (topless - notable), dealing with death, suburbs, storytelling ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: new york, usa
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Dance with a Stranger
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, reflective, serious, bleak, realistic ...
Plot: obsession, murder, crime, vengeance, tragedy, adultery, relationships, visceral, dangerous attraction, british, brutality, death ...
Time: 1950s, 20th century, 50s, 1920s
Place: england, europe, tokyo, london, california
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Yi Yi: A One and a Two...
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: reflective, serious, meditative, talky, melancholic ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, family, marriage, love, hospital, drinking, human nature, relationships, loneliness, life, introspection, midlife crisis ...
Time: 90s
Place: asia, taiwan, tokyo, japan, taipei ...
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 7.7
 8K
After Life
Genre: Drama, Fantasy
Country: Japan
Duration: 118 min.
Story: After death, people have just one week to choose only a memory to keep for eternity.
Style: surreal, touching, stylized, serious, reflective ...
Plot: afterlife, memory, destiny, childhood, death, hospital, human nature, life & death, existentialism, life, philosophy, introspection ...
Time: 20th century
Place: tokyo, japan, kindergarten
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 8.3
 19K
Autumn Sonata
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: France, West Germany, Sweden, 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: emotional, bleak, talky, serious, reflective ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, redemption, marriage, mother daughter relationship, pianist, human nature, hospital, relationships, loneliness, dialogue driven, introspection, family drama ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: europe, sweden
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Three Colors: Blue
Genre: Drama, Music, Mystery, Romance
Country: France, Poland, Switzerland
Duration: 98 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, psychological, emotional, gloomy, serious ...
Plot: solitude, french, classical music, memory, hospital, loneliness, music, life & death, dealing with death, relationships, isolation, death ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s
Place: europe, france, poland, paris france
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 8.0
 14K
The Night
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, sexual, meditative, gloomy ...
Plot: hospital, infidelity, marriage, crumbling marriage, relationships, existentialism, human nature, nightclub, loneliness, introspection, party, life philosophy ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s
Place: europe, usa, italy, los angeles, tokyo ...
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 7.6
 3K
Maborosi
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, serious, reflective, meditative, enigmatic ...
Plot: self discovery, suicide, death, drinking, memory, loneliness, art, crimes, village, life & death, life philosophy, existentialism ...
Time: 90s
Place: japan, asia, tokyo, europe, venice ...
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My Life to Live
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: atmospheric, serious, gloomy, reflective, bleak ...
Plot: prostitution, philosophy, artist, prostitute, pimp, french, gunfight, photographer, existentialism, loneliness, childhood, new wave ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s
Place: france, tokyo, paris france
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The Ten Commandments
Genre: Drama
Country: Poland, West Germany
Duration: 572 min.
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: bleak, psychological, tense, serious, reflective ...
Plot: morality, philosophy, human nature, adultery, obsession, storytelling, loneliness, complex characters, redemption, relationships, solitude, existentialism ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: poland, europe
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The Great Beauty
Genre: Drama
Country: Italy, France
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: surreal, talky, stylized, intellectual, semi serious ...
Plot: aging, art, artist, drinking, party, friendship, surrealism, writer's life, journalist, poverty, obsession, memory ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s
Place: italy, rome italy
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 8.1
 96K
8?
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: talky, surreal, psychological, stylized, serious ...
Plot: midlife crisis, dreams, childhood, surrealism, loneliness, artist, memory, postmodernism, filmmaking, imagination, obsession, existentialism ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: europe, italy, copenhagen denmark, england, paris france ...
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The Double Life of Veronique
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: melancholic, serious, psychological, reflective, enigmatic ...
Plot: music, self discovery, french, death, loneliness, doppelganger, life & death, storytelling, metaphysics, existentialism, romance, magic realism ...
Time: 90s, 1990s, year 1990
Place: poland, france, europe, paris france
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You, the Living
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: surreal, humorous, tragicomedy, semi serious, reflective ...
Plot: loneliness, existentialism, surrealism, life, human nature, dreams, swedish, depression, drinking, psychiatry, society, solitude ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: sweden
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 8.1
 91K
Stalker
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: atmospheric, bleak, psychological, stylized, meditative ...
Plot: russian, future dystopia, existentialism, art, metaphysics, danger, storytelling, post apocalyptic, loneliness, life & death, humanity, escapades ...
Place: russia
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Three Colors: Red
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: atmospheric, meditative, twists and turns, serious, enigmatic ...
Plot: loneliness, isolation, french, friendship, surveillance, destiny, betrayal, opposites attract, redemption, judge, relationships, love affair ...
Time: 90s, 1990s
Place: poland, english channel, tokyo, france, geneva switzerland ...
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 7.8
 8K
Poetry
Genre: Drama
Country: South Korea
Duration: 139 min.
Story: Grandmother Mi Ja works part-time as a caretaker, and struggles to raise a teen grandson by herself. Despite her tough situation, she speaks softly, dresses fashionably, and approaches the world with child-like curiosity. Enrolling in a poetry ...
Style: emotional, realistic, touching, serious, atmospheric ...
Plot: poetry, aging, loneliness, suicide, hospital, golden years, friendship, teacher, character study, sexual abuse, life & death, tragedy ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: asia, korea, south korea
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Ivan's Childhood
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: bleak, atmospheric, stylized, realistic, serious ...
Plot: war, innocence lost, german, childhood, soldier, russian, wartime, dreams, brutality, young heroes, visceral, battle zone ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 1940s
Place: russia, europe, soviet union, berlin germany
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 8.1
 19K
The Leopard
Genre: Drama, History
Country: Italy, France
Duration: 186 min.
Story: As Garibaldi's troops begin the unification of Italy in the 1860s, an aristocratic Sicilian family grudgingly adapts to the sweeping social changes undermining their way of life. Proud but pragmatic Prince Don Fabrizio Salina allows his war ...
Style: epic, stylized, serious, reflective, scenic ...
Plot: revolution, ambition, aging, fascism, death, parents and children, palaces castles and temples, period piece, political unrest, culture clash, art, adaptation ...
Time: 19th century, 1860s
Place: italy, sicily, europe, palermo italy, sicily italy
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 7.7
 24K
Contempt
Genre: Drama
Country: France, Italy
Duration: 103 min.
Story: A philistine in the art film business, Jeremy Prokosch is a producer unhappy with the work of his director. Prokosch has hired Fritz Lang (as himself) to direct an adaptation of "The Odyssey," but when it seems that the legendary filmmaker ...
Style: talky, stylized, cynical, psychological, clever ...
Plot: marriage, filmmaking, writers, writer's life, relationships, new wave, art, showbiz, dialogue, screenwriter, obsession, artists and showbiz ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: italy, europe, southern italy
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 7.4
 4K
Not Yet
Genre: Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 134 min.
Story: This film tells the story of professor Uehida Hyakken-sama (1889-1971), in Gotemba, around the forties. He was a university professor until an air raid, when he left to become a writer and has to live in a hut. His mood has hardly changed, not by ...
Style: emotional, serious, melancholic, reflective, meditative ...
Plot: samurai, teacher, death, family relations, fascism, golden years, mentor, life & death, loneliness, relationships, existentialism, life philosophy ...
Place: japan, tokyo, asia, hong kong
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 7.3
 4K
Cyclo
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Vietnam, France, Hong Kong
Duration: 123 min.
Story: Follows a young cyclo (bicycle cab) driver on his poverty-driven descent into criminality in modern-day Ho Chi Minh City. The boy's struggles to scratch out a living for his two sisters and grandfather in the mean streets of the city lead to ...
Style: stylized, bleak, disturbing, serious, rough ...
Plot: crime, gangsters, coming of age, violence, prostitution, poverty, gangster, drugs, downfall, mafia, poetry, corruption ...
Time: 90s
Place: asia, vietnam, hong kong, saigon
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 7.9
 14K
L'Eclisse
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Italy, France
Duration: 126 min.
Story: A young woman meets a vital young man, but their love affair is doomed by the man's materialistic nature.
Style: bleak, serious, enigmatic, melancholic, reflective ...
Plot: loneliness, greed, obsession, art, human nature, love, relationships, existentialism, romance, couple relations, destructive relationship, storytelling ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: italy, europe, usa, los angeles, tokyo
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When Did You Last See Your Father?
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: UK, Ireland
Duration: 92 min.
Story: The story of a son's conflicting memories of his dying father.
Style: sentimental, touching, serious, reflective, melancholic ...
Plot: coming of age, infidelity, hospital, father son relationship, cancer, cheating, death, teenager, adultery, love, parents and children, relationships ...
Time: contemporary, 1960s, year 1989, year 1962
Place: england, brighton
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 8.2
 33K
Winter Sleep
Genre: Drama
Country: Turkey, France, Germany
Duration: 196 min.
Story: Aydin, a retired actor, owns a small hotel in central Anatolia with his young wife Nihal and his sister Necla, who is coping with her recent divorce. During the winter, snow covers the ground and boredom brings the return of old memories, pushing ...
Style: talky, atmospheric, serious, meditative, reflective ...
Plot: hotel, divorce, dysfunctional family, crumbling marriage, loneliness, dialogue driven, character study, rich and poor, relationships, islam, existentialism, dull life ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: turkey
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Cleo from 5 to 7
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Music
Country: France, Italy
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Agnès Varda eloquently captures Paris in the sixties with this real-time portrait of a singer set adrift in the city as she awaits test results of a biopsy. A chronicle of the minutes of one woman’s life, Cléo from 5 to 7 is a spirited mix of ...
Style: atmospheric, psychological, serious, reflective, melancholic ...
Plot: cancer, destiny, existentialism, hospital, human nature, death, soldier, new wave, loneliness, art, couple relations, singer ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s
Place: europe, france, tokyo, paris france
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 6.7
 5K
Come Undone
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: France, Belgium
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Story of two gorgeous, young French boys who begin a passionate relationship that boils over and threatens to destroy both their lives. Shy Mathieu is 18-years-old and on summer vacation in the south of France. He spends his days lazily sunning ...
Style: sexual, emotional, serious, sentimental, reflective ...
Plot: gay, depression, coming of age, romance, male nudity, dysfunctional family, suicide attempt, hospital, innocence lost, loneliness, relationships, pornography ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: europe, france, frankfurt germany
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Au Hasard Balthazar
Genre: Drama
Country: France, Sweden
Duration: 95 min.
Story: The story of a mistreated donkey and the people around him. A study on saintliness and a sister piece to Bresson's Mouchette.
Style: stylized, touching, serious, reflective, meditative ...
Plot: redemption, friendship, death, human nature, drinking, animal life, countryside, art, loneliness, life & death, injustice, runaway ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: europe, france, tokyo
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 7.8
 7K
Samsara
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Romance
Country: India, Germany, France, Italy, Switzerland
Duration: 138 min.
Story: A love story situated in the Himalayas. A Buddhist monk can't choose between life and the way of the Buddha.
Style: atmospheric, sexual, serious, reflective, meditative ...
Plot: culture clash, redemption, self discovery, human nature, life, life & death, religion, destiny, introspection, philosophy, childhood, pornography ...
Time: contemporary
Place: asia, himalaya, india, tibet
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The Vertical Ray of the Sun
Genre: Drama
Country: Vietnam, France, Germany
Duration: 112 min.
Story: Hanoi comes across almost picture-perfect in director Tran Anh Hung's beautiful, elegiac tale about the lives and loves of three Vietnamese sisters. A mood characteristic of Hung's films is set early on with the vivid sounds of birds, ...
Style: talky, sentimental, serious, meditative, reflective ...
Plot: infidelity, dysfunctional family, incest, cafe, marriage, crumbling marriage, food, relationships, sisters, loneliness, beautiful scenery, adultery ...
Time: 90s
Place: vietnam, tokyo
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