Self discovery movies and TV shows

The list contains the best, new and most relevant self discovery movies ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out touching, feel good, realistic, sentimental, interesting and serious films and TV shows about / with self discovery, mentor, storytelling, destiny, friendship, redemption, hopes, catastrophe, transformation and culture clash plots mostly in Drama, Romance and Comedy genres shot in USA, UK, Canada and other countries.
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TOP 10 movies tagged as self discovery: Into the Wild (2007), Peaceful Warrior (2006), The Truman Show (1998), The Last Samurai (2003), Dances with Wolves (1990), The Ultimate Gift (2006), The Fisher King (1991), Being Erica (2009), Howl's Moving Castle (2004), Eat Pray Love (2010).

List of self discovery movies

 8.1
 558K
Into the Wild (2007)
Genre: Adventure, Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 148 min.
Story: The true story of top student and athlete, Christopher McCandless, who after graduating from Emory University in 1992, abandoned his possessions, gave his entire $24,000 savings account to charity and hitchhiked to Alaska to live in the wilderness.
Style: road movie, melancholic, inspirational, philosophical, motivational ...
Plot: self discovery, wilderness, survival, freedom, journey, life philosophy, isolation, on the road, adventure, solitude, lifestyle change, human spirit ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s, year 1991, year 1992 ...
Place: alaska, usa, california, washington state, georgia ...
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The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (2013)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Romance
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 114 min.
Story: A timid magazine photo manager who lives life vicariously through daydreams embarks on a true-life adventure when a negative goes missing.
Style: feel good, motivational, inspirational, semi serious, realistic ...
Plot: self discovery, life changing experience, loneliness, adventure, adventurer, daydreamer, obsessive quest, disorder, escape from reality, lifestyle change, travel, journal ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s
Place: iceland, usa, himalaya, new york, los angeles ...
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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: philosophical, inspirational, sincere, uplifting, serious ...
Plot: self discovery, teaching the ways of the world, athlete and trainer, human spirit, mentor, enlightenment, coach, wisdom of life, wise man, gymnastics, rehabilitation, mysterious character ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: california, usa, new jersey
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Hector and the Search for Happiness (2014)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Drama
Country: Germany, Canada, UK, South Africa, USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Hector is a quirky psychiatrist who has become increasingly tired of his humdrum life. As he tells his girlfriend, Clara, he feels like a fraud: he hasn’t really tasted life, and yet he’s offering advice to patients who are just not getting any ...
Style: feel good, sentimental, semi serious, inspirational, entertaining ...
Plot: self discovery, life, life philosophy, travel, introspection, adventure, happiness, teaching the ways of the world, escapades, road not taken, psychiatrist, ex boyfriend ex girlfriend relationship ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: england, africa, los angeles, london, california
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 8.1
 905K
The Truman Show (1998)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Sci-Fi
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, touching, clever, interesting ...
Plot: self discovery, freedom, fictional reality, deception, manipulations, loneliness, dishonesty, alternate reality, showbiz, voyeurism, suburban life, tv show ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, future, 1990s
Place: usa, florida
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The Last Samurai (2003)
Genre: Action, Drama, War
Country: USA, New Zealand, Japan
Duration: 154 min.
Story: Nathan Algren is an American hired to instruct the Japanese army in the ways of modern warfare, which finds him learning to respect the samurai and the honorable principles that rule them. Pressed to destroy the samurai's way of life in the ...
Style: exciting, captivating, serious, epic, stylized ...
Plot: samurai, warrior, self discovery, battles, pride and honor, human spirit, courage, master warrior, friendship, dignity, military life, war ...
Time: 19th century, 1800s, 1870s
Place: japan, asia, pacific ocean, san francisco, tokyo
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Dances with Wolves (1990)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Western
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 181 min.
Story: Wounded Civil War soldier, John Dunbar tries to commit suicide – and becomes a hero instead. As a reward, he's assigned to his dream post, a remote junction on the Western frontier, and soon makes unlikely friends with the local Sioux tribe.
Style: sentimental, touching, serious, sincere, exciting ...
Plot: native american, self discovery, culture clash, tribe, american civil war, friendship, courage, warrior, redemption, officer, civil war, lifestyle change ...
Time: 19th century, 1860s, 1840s, 70s
Place: kansas, tennessee, usa, nebraska, south dakota
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The Ultimate Gift (2006)
Genre: Drama, Family, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 114 min.
Story: When his wealthy grandfather finally dies, Jason Stevens fully expects to benefit when it comes to the reading of the will. But instead of a sizable inheritance, Jason receives a test, a series of tasks he must complete before he can get any money.
Style: touching, emotional, sincere, inspirational, realistic ...
Audience: girls' night, kids, chick flick
Plot: self discovery, terminal illness, inheritance, teaching the ways of the world, life is a bitch, introspection, youth, wealth, life turned upside down, friendship, parents and children, grandparent grandchild relationship ...
Time: contemporary
Place: ecuador, south america, texas, new jersey
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The Fisher King (1991)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Fantasy
Country: USA
Duration: 137 min.
Story: Two troubled men face their terrible destinies and events of their past as they join together on a mission to find the Holy Grail and thus to save themselves.
Style: touching, disturbing, compassionate, inspirational, surreal ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: self discovery, holy grail, friendship, redemption, insanity, guilt, tragic event, transformation, yuppie, haunted by the past, heroes, depression ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, grand central station manhattan new york city
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 7.5
 9K
Being Erica (2009)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Romance
Country: Canada
Duration: 45 min.
Story: Being Erica is a Canadian comedy-drama television series that aired on CBC from January 5, 2009 to December 12, 2011. Created by Jana Sinyor, the series was originally announced by the CBC as The Session, but was retitled Being Erica before ...
Style: witty, sentimental, clever, captivating, humorous ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: therapy, self discovery, changing the past or future, time travel, road not taken, introspection, destiny, hopes, haunted by the past, psychology, thirtysomething life, lifestyle ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: canada
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Howl's Moving Castle (2004)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Family, Fantasy
Country: Japan
Duration: 119 min.
Story: When Sophie, a shy young woman, is cursed with an old body by a spiteful witch, her only chance of breaking the spell lies with a self-indulgent yet insecure young wizard and his companions in his legged, walking home.
Style: touching, fairy tale, atmospheric, captivating, stylized ...
Audience: family outing, kids
Plot: witch, self discovery, adventure, imaginary, supernatural ability, curses spells and rituals, magical, wizards and magicians, love and romance, palaces castles and temples, fantasy world, steampunk ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: japan, tokyo
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 5.8
 86K
Eat Pray Love (2010)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 133 min.
Story: Liz Gilbert had everything a modern woman is supposed to dream of having – a husband, a house and a successful career – yet like so many others, she found herself lost, confused and searching for what she really wanted in life. Newly divorced ...
Style: inspirational, touching, sentimental, road movie, scenic ...
Audience: girls' night, date night, chick flick
Plot: self discovery, introspection, starting over, hopes, love affair, fall in love, love, travel, lifestyle change, midlife crisis, female protagonist, life ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: indonesia, italy, india, rome italy, new york ...
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Fried Green Tomatoes (1991)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 130 min.
Story: Amidst her own personality crisis, southern housewife Evelyn Couch meets Ninny, an outgoing old woman who tells her the story of Idgie Threadgoode and Ruth Jamison, two young women who experienced hardships and love in Whistle Stop, Alabama in the ...
Style: sentimental, captivating, emotional, touching, realistic ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick
Plot: self discovery, small town, friendship, small town life, lesbian, feminism, midlife crisis, generation gap, aging, couple relations, nursing, family problems ...
Time: 1920s, 20s, 20th century, 1930s
Place: alabama, usa, southern usa, louisiana, united states
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 7.1
 117K
Wild (2014)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 115 min.
Story: A woman with a tragic past decides to start her new life by hiking for one thousand miles on the Pacific Crest Trail.
Style: uplifting, meditative, captivating, emotional, sincere ...
Plot: wilderness, cheating on husband, self discovery, hiking, human spirit, loneliness, journey, redemption, introspection, on the road, adultery, nature ...
Time: 90s, 1990s, 20th century, year 1995
Place: usa, california, portland oregon
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 7.7
 29K
Interstate 60 (2002)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Fantasy
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 116 min.
Story: An aspiring painter meets various characters and learns valuable lessons while traveling across America.
Style: road movie, witty, surreal, enigmatic, offbeat ...
Audience: date night
Plot: road trip, alternate reality, self discovery, wish come true, choice, dream girl, self fulfillment, on the road, life philosophy, imaginary, changing the past or future, hopes ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, future
Place: new jersey
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What's Eating Gilbert Grape (1993)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 118 min.
Story: Gilbert has to care for his brother Arnie and his obese mother, which gets in the way when love walks into his life.
Style: touching, melancholic, emotional, depressing, compassionate ...
Plot: mentally challenged, self discovery, siblings relations, disability, mental illness, parents and children, small town, dysfunctional family, family problems, responsibility, family drama, obesity ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: iowa, usa
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 8.1
 47K
Departures (2008)
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: Japan
Duration: 130 min.
Story: Daigo, a cellist, is laid off from his orchestra and moves with his wife back to his small hometown where the living is cheaper. Thinking he’s applying for a job at a travel agency he finds he’s being interviewed for work with departures of a ...
Style: thought provoking, psychological, contemplative, philosophical, sad ...
Plot: self discovery, funeral, workplace, new job, small town life, cello, death, ritual, cellist, father son relationship, husband wife relationship, pregnant wife ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
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Like Stars on Earth (2007)
Genre: Drama, Family
Country: India
Duration: 165 min.
Story: Ishaan Awasthi is an eight-year-old whose world is filled with wonders that no one else seems to appreciate. Colours, fish, dogs, and kites don't seem important to the adults, who are much more interested in things like homework, marks, and ...
Style: touching, motivational, captivating, uplifting, serious ...
Plot: teachers and students, childhood, dedicated educator, self discovery, teaching the ways of the world, dyslexia, young heroes, school, boarding school, optimism, hopes, fish out of water ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: india, asia, mumbai india
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Call Me by Your Name (2017)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Italy, France
Duration: 132 min.
Story: Elio Perlman is spending the summer with his family at their vacation home in Lombardy, Italy. When his father hires a handsome doctoral student, the curious 17-year-old finds himself developing a growing attraction to the young man.
Style: touching, sincere, disturbing, homoerotic, captivating ...
Plot: gay, lgbt, gay teenager, teenage boy, first love, summer, gay relationship, gay love, homosexuality, homosexual, gay romance, gay lead character ...
Time: 80s, year 1983
Place: italy
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 7.0
 87K
A Good Year (2006)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 117 min.
Story: Failed London banker Max Skinner inherits his uncle's vineyard in Provence, where he spent many childhood holidays. Upon his arrival, he meets a woman from California who tells Max she is his long-lost cousin and that the property is hers.
Style: feel good, romantic, sentimental, sweet, light ...
Audience: date night, girls' night, chick flick
Plot: vineyard, provence, wine, self discovery, countryside, love story, inheritance, love and romance, starting over, businessman, doubts and hesitations, romance ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 80s
Place: france, europe, england, london, paris france ...
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Green Street Hooligans (2005)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Sport, War
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: After being wrongfully expelled from Harvard University, American Matt Buckner flees to his sister's home in England. Once there, he is befriended by her charming and dangerous brother-in-law, Pete Dunham, and introduced to the underworld of ...
Style: serious, realistic, bleak, suspenseful, disturbing ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: soccer, gang, friendship, buddies, self discovery, rivalry, obsession, lifestyle, fist fighting, student, skinhead, uninhibited rivalry ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: england, london, europe, harvard university
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 6.5
 21K
Fireproof (2008)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 122 min.
Story: In Albany, the marriage of Caleb and Catherine Holt is in crisis and they decide to divorce. However, Caleb's father, John, proposes that his son delays their separation process for forty days and follow a procedure called "The Love ...
Style: uplifting, inspirational, emotional, serious, touching ...
Audience: family outing, chick flick, date night, girls' night, kids
Plot: christian, self discovery, firefighter, introspection, marriage, couple relations, faith, couples, husband wife relationship, religious conversion, fire, family relations ...
Time: contemporary
Place: usa, georgia
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 7.5
 28K
Kyle XY (2006)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Romance, Sci-Fi
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 60 min.
Story: A suburban family that takes in a mysterious teen naive to the world around him. As Kyle begins to show signs of brilliance, solving the mystery of his origin and potential abilities becomes the family's mission.
Style: suspenseful, atmospheric, exciting, tense, entertaining ...
Audience: teens
Plot: supernatural ability, experiment, teenage life, self discovery, mysterious character, teenage love, teaching the ways of the world, genius, supernatural, cloning, fish out of water, family life ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: seattle, usa, washington d.c., seattle washington
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10 Items or Less (2006)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 82 min.
Story: An actor who is considering the role of a supermarket manager arrives at a grocery store on the outskirts of Los Angeles to do some field research. He subsequently becomes stranded, without a car or cell phone, and accepts a ride home with Scarlet, ...
Style: feel good, touching, humorous, semi serious, road movie ...
Plot: self discovery, friendship, introspection, research, movie star, job interview, on the road, friends, celebrity culture, actor's life, stranger, interview ...
Time: contemporary
Place: los angeles, california, usa, tokyo
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Kiki's Delivery Service (1989)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Drama, Family, Fantasy
Country: Japan
Duration: 103 min.
Story: A young witch, on her mandatory year of independent life, finds fitting into a new community difficult while she supports herself by running an air courier service.
Style: feel good, touching, humorous, colourful, semi serious ...
Audience: family outing, kids, teens, pre-teens
Plot: witch, supernatural ability, self discovery, adventure, cat, wizards and magicians, friendship, young heroes, coming of age, talking animals, friends, talking cat ...
Place: europe, japan, tokyo
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 6.3
 179K
Legally Blonde (2001)
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Elle Woods has it all. She's the president of her sorority, a Hawaiian Tropic girl, Miss June in her campus calendar, and, above all, a natural blonde. She dates the cutest fraternity boy on campus and wants nothing more than to be Mrs. Warner ...
Style: feel good, light, funny, sweet, not serious ...
Audience: teens, chick flick, girls' night, date night, teen comedy
Plot: blonde, self discovery, rivalry, university, girl power, beauty salon, law school, sorority, fish out of water, intern, lawyer, boss and employee ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: los angeles, usa, massachusetts, california, boston
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 7.6
 122K
Teen Wolf (2011)
Genre: Action, Drama, Fantasy, Romance, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 41 min.
Story: Scott McCall, a high school student living in the town of Beacon Hills has his life drastically changed when he's bitten by a werewolf, becoming one himself. He must henceforth learn to balance his problematic new identity with his day-to-day ...
Style: suspenseful, touching, serious, atmospheric, semi serious ...
Audience: teens
Plot: werewolf, supernatural, supernatural ability, teenage love, high school, supernatural power, teenage life, life turned upside down, transformation, youth, friends, high school life ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: mexico, usa, california, japan, france
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 7.1
 102K
Sixteen Candles (1984)
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: A teenage girls deals with her parents forgetting her birthday and a crush on her high school's heartthrob.
Style: touching, humorous, feel good, sentimental, sweet ...
Audience: chick flick, teens, date night, teen comedy, girls' night
Plot: teenager, high school, birthday, teenage love, self discovery, high school life, high school hunk, teenage life, first love, coming of age, love and romance, youth ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: illinois, usa, california
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 6.8
 1K
Ostwind (2013)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Family
Country: Germany
Duration: 101 min.
Story: While spending the summer at her grandmother's farm, a girl (Hanna Höppner) discovers a talent for communicating with horses and tries to tame a fierce stallion.
Style: touching, realistic, uplifting, serious, sincere
Audience: family outing, pre-teens
Plot: horse, horse riding, animal training, youth, teenage life, family, self discovery, teenage girl, farm, disobey, hopes, summer ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: germany
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 5.6
 75K
Beastly (2011)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 86 min.
Story: A curse transforms a handsome and arrogant young man into everything he detests in this contemporary retelling of Beauty and the Beast. Wealthy Kyle Kingson has everything a teenager could want in life, but he still gets off on humiliating the ...
Style: fairy tale, romantic, captivating, touching, sentimental ...
Audience: teens, girls' night, chick flick, date night
Plot: romance, unlikely couple, love, curses spells and rituals, physical appearance, youth, love and romance, fall in love, teenage love, popularity, self discovery, true love ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new york, usa
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