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, realistic, interesting, melancholic, sentimental and emotional films and TV shows about / with self discovery, storytelling, mentor, destiny, redemption, hopes, friendship, catastrophe, transformation and culture clash plots mostly in Drama, Romance and Fantasy genres shot in USA, Japan, UK and other countries.
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TOP 10 movies tagged as self discovery: Into the Wild (2007), The Truman Show (1998), Interstate 60 (2002), Peaceful Warrior (2006), Being Erica (2009), The Ultimate Gift (2006), Departures (2008), Dances with Wolves (1990), What's Eating Gilbert Grape (1993), The Fisher King (1991).

List of self discovery movies

 8.1
 530K
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: melancholic, inspirational, road movie, captivating, philosophical ...
Plot: survival, self discovery, freedom, wilderness, isolation, journey, on the road, adventure, hitchhiker, introspection, life philosophy, human spirit ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s, year 1992, year 1991 ...
Place: alaska, usa, cross country, south dakota, california ...
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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, realistic, scenic, inspirational ...
Plot: self discovery, obsessive quest, life changing experience, adventure, adventurer, loneliness, lifestyle change, escape from reality, journal, disorder, journey, pilot ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s
Place: iceland, usa, himalaya, greenland
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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: sentimental, feel good, entertaining, inspirational, surreal ...
Plot: self discovery, life, introspection, adventure, travel, happiness, road not taken, escapades, teaching the ways of the world, life philosophy, psychiatrist, ex boyfriend ex girlfriend relationship ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: england, africa, london, california
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 8.1
 852K
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, touching, clever, philosophical, motivational ...
Plot: self discovery, freedom, manipulations, fictional reality, dishonesty, deception, loneliness, showbiz, voyeurism, tv show, suburban life, alternate reality ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s, future
Place: usa, florida
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 7.7
 28K
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: offbeat, enigmatic, witty, surreal, road movie ...
Audience: date night
Plot: self discovery, road trip, wish come true, on the road, choice, dream girl, self fulfillment, changing the past or future, hopes, hitchhiker, mentor, surrealism ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, future
Place: new jersey
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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, sincere, uplifting, captivating, inspirational ...
Plot: athlete and trainer, teaching the ways of the world, self discovery, human spirit, coach, mentor, wise man, rehabilitation, gymnastics, mysterious character, enlightenment, friendship ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: california, usa, campus, new jersey
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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: sentimental, witty, humorous, clever, captivating ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: therapy, changing the past or future, self discovery, time travel, road not taken, introspection, destiny, hopes, psychology, thirtysomething life, haunted by the past, lifestyle ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: canada
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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: kids, chick flick
Plot: self discovery, inheritance, terminal illness, teaching the ways of the world, life is a bitch, youth, wealth, child illness, life turned upside down, friendship, parents and children, grandparent grandchild relationship ...
Time: contemporary
Place: south america, texas, ecuador, new jersey
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 8.1
 45K
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: psychological, thought provoking, philosophical, sad, atmospheric ...
Plot: self discovery, funeral, workplace, new job, small town life, ritual, cellist, husband wife relationship, father son relationship, pregnant wife, death of father, life philosophy ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: japan, asia, 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, culture clash, self discovery, american civil war, tribe, friendship, courage, warrior, officer, redemption, civil war, lifestyle change ...
Time: 19th century, 1860s, 1840s
Place: kansas, tennessee, usa, nebraska, south dakota
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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, disability, siblings relations, mental illness, parents and children, dysfunctional family, small town, family problems, responsibility, obesity, human relationship ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: iowa, usa
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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, yuppie, insanity, guilt, tragic event, transformation, heroes, haunted by the past, depression ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: usa, new york, grand central station manhattan new york city, manhattan new york city
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 5.8
 79K
Eat Pray Love (2010)
Genre: 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, sentimental, touching, road movie, scenic ...
Audience: girls' night, date night, chick flick
Plot: self discovery, starting over, love, fall in love, introspection, love affair, hopes, lifestyle change, solitude, tourist, female protagonist, travel ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: indonesia, india, italy, rome italy
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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, captivating, atmospheric, stylized, fairy tale ...
Audience: family outing, kids
Plot: witch, self discovery, adventure, curses spells and rituals, palaces castles and temples, love and romance, steampunk, imaginary, magical, supernatural ability, wizards and magicians, transformation ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: japan, battleship, 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, captivating, uplifting, serious, motivational ...
Plot: teachers and students, childhood, self discovery, dedicated educator, teaching the ways of the world, optimism, boarding school, young heroes, friendship, fish out of water, teacher, hopes ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: india, asia, mumbai india
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 7.5
 27K
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, tense, exciting, entertaining, serious ...
Audience: teens
Plot: supernatural ability, secret, experiment, self discovery, teenage life, mysterious character, teenage love, teaching the ways of the world, genius, cloning, fish out of water, family life ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: seattle, usa, seattle washington
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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, epic, serious, inter cultural ...
Plot: samurai, warrior, pride and honor, self discovery, courage, battles, master warrior, human spirit, friendship, dignity, military life, swords and armor ...
Time: 19th century, 1870s, 1800s
Place: japan, asia, pacific ocean, tokyo
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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, emotional, captivating, touching, realistic ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick
Plot: self discovery, small town life, friendship, small town, feminism, midlife crisis, generation gap, aging, couple relations, elderly, nursing, family problems ...
Time: 20s, 20th century, 1920s, 1930s
Place: alabama, louisiana, usa, southern usa
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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: touching, feel good, humorous, colourful, semi serious ...
Audience: family outing, kids, teens, pre-teens
Plot: witch, self discovery, supernatural ability, adventure, wizards and magicians, cat, friendship, young heroes, coming of age, friends, bakery, bicycle accident ...
Place: europe, japan, tokyo
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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, captivating
Plot: lgbt, gay relationship, gay teenager, summer, teenage boy, first love, homosexuality, homosexual, gay, self discovery, gay love, love ...
Time: year 1983
Place: italy
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Green Street Hooligans (2005)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Sport, War
Country: USA, UK
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: friendship, buddies, gang, obsession, rivalry, lifestyle, student, fist fighting, self discovery, uninhibited rivalry, friends, soccer ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: england, london, europe, harvard university
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 7.0
 83K
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, chick flick
Plot: vineyard, provence, countryside, self discovery, businessman, wine, inheritance, love and romance, doubts and hesitations, starting over, romance, character change ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: france, europe, england, london, new jersey
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 5.6
 73K
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: romantic, touching, sentimental, captivating, offbeat ...
Audience: teens, girls' night, date night, chick flick
Plot: romance, love, unlikely couple, physical appearance, youth, self discovery, true love, teenage love, fall in love, high school hunk, popularity, love and romance ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new york, usa
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 6.7
 81K
Sweet November (2001)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 119 min.
Story: Nelson is a man devoted to his advertising career in San Francisco. One day, while taking a driving test at the DMV, he meets Sara. She is very different from the other women in his life. Nelson causes her to miss out on taking the test and later ...
Style: romantic, touching, sentimental, emotional, realistic ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick
Plot: terminal illness, fall in love, self discovery, tragic love, romance, workaholic, cancer, love story, opposites attract, love and romance, love, changing lives ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: san francisco, usa, new jersey
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 7.3
 359K
Unbreakable (2000)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: An ordinary man makes an extraordinary discovery when a train accident leaves his fellow passengers dead – and him unscathed. The answer to this mystery could lie with the mysterious Elijah Price, a man who suffers from a disease that renders his ...
Style: twist ending, surprise ending, psychological, atmospheric, mind bending ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: self discovery, superhero, supernatural ability, a vision, villain, invulnerability, train crash, mystery, conflict, good versus evil, psychic, survivor ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1960s, 2000s
Place: philadelphia, usa, pennsylvania
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 6.5
 20K
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, emotional, serious, inspirational, touching ...
Audience: family outing, chick flick, date night, kids
Plot: christian, firefighter, self discovery, marriage, introspection, couple relations, dysfunctional marriage, couples, crumbling marriage, firemen, faith, religious conversion ...
Time: contemporary
Place: usa, georgia
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 7.1
 112K
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, captivating, meditative, sincere, emotional ...
Plot: cheating on husband, hiking, wilderness, self discovery, human spirit, journey, redemption, on the road, adultery, nature, obsessive quest, life is a bitch ...
Time: 1990s, 20th century, 90s, year 1995
Place: usa, cross country, california, portland oregon
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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, sentimental, feel good, sweet ...
Audience: teens, chick flick, date night, teen comedy
Plot: teenager, high school, birthday, teenage love, self discovery, high school life, high school hunk, love and romance, teenage life, first love, coming of age, 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, animal training, youth, teenage life, family, self discovery, teenage girl, disobey, hopes, farm, summer, horse riding ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: germany
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Whisper of the Heart (1995)
Genre: Animation, Drama, Family, Music, Romance
Country: Japan
Duration: 111 min.
Story: Shizuku lives a simple life, dominated by her love for stories and writing. One day she notices that all the library books she has have been previously checked out by the same person: 'Seiji Amasawa'. Curious as to who he is, Shizuku meets ...
Style: touching, uplifting, feel good, sentimental, realistic ...
Audience: teens, family outing, pre-teens
Plot: teenage love, follow your dream, self discovery, first love, teenage life, high school life, cat, love, imagination, education, romance, fall in love ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: japan, italy, tokyo, europe, asia
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