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, inspirational, feel good, realistic, interesting and emotional films and TV shows about / with self discovery, mentor, storytelling, hopes, destiny, redemption, friendship, transformation, life philosophy and childhood plots mostly in Drama, Adventure and Romance genres shot in USA, UK, Germany and other countries.
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TOP 10 movies tagged as self discovery: Into the Wild (2007), Eat Pray Love (2010), Wild (2014), Peaceful Warrior (2006), The Truman Show (1998), Dances with Wolves (1990), Soul (2020), Being Erica (2009), The Last Samurai (2003), What's Eating Gilbert Grape (1993).

List of self discovery movies

 8.1
 617K
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, philosophical, inspirational, melancholic, motivational ...
Audience: teens
Plot: survival, self discovery, wilderness, road trip, journey, adventure, solitude, freedom, isolation, life philosophy, lifestyle change, on the road ...
Time: 20th century, year 1990, year 1991, year 1992, 90s
Place: alaska, north america, usa, california, arizona ...
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The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (2013)
Genre: Adventure, 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, inspirational, motivational, surreal, scenic ...
Audience: family outing, kids
Plot: self discovery, life changing experience, daydreamer, loneliness, adventure, adventurer, obsessive quest, disorder, travel, photographer, escape from reality, coworker ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s
Place: iceland, greenland, usa, los angeles, new york ...
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Hector and the Search for Happiness (2014)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Drama
Country: Germany, Canada, UK, South Africa, USA
Duration: 114 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, inspirational, entertaining, semi serious ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: travel, self discovery, life, life philosophy, psychiatrist, introspection, adventure, solitude, midlife crisis, stereotypes, friendship, life & death ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: africa, london, china, california, england ...
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 5.8
 97K
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, romantic, scenic, sentimental ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick, teens, date night
Plot: self discovery, travel, starting over, fall in love, love, introspection, lifestyle change, midlife crisis, life, hopes, tourist, love affair ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: italy, india, rome italy, bali, indonesia ...
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 7.1
 129K
Wild (2014)
Genre: Adventure, 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: meditative, uplifting, captivating, emotional, psychological ...
Audience: chick flick, girls' night
Plot: wilderness, self discovery, hiking, cheating on husband, human spirit, survival, nature, female protagonist, death of mother, grief, journey, loneliness ...
Time: year 1995, 90s, 20th century
Place: california, portland oregon, usa, oregon, mojave desert
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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: inspirational, philosophical, thought provoking, motivational, sincere ...
Audience: teens
Plot: self discovery, mentor, teaching the ways of the world, human spirit, wisdom of life, philosophy, wise man, gymnastics, athlete and trainer, enlightenment, rehabilitation, life philosophy ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new jersey, california, usa
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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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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: touching, epic, scenic, sentimental, sincere ...
Plot: native american, american civil war, self discovery, culture clash, tribe, friendship, civil war, courage, native americans, native american white relationships, pride and honor, survival ...
Time: 19th century, victorian era, 1840s, 1860s, 70s
Place: kansas, south dakota, tennessee, usa, nebraska
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 8.0
 318K
Soul (2020)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Family, Fantasy, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Joe Gardner is a middle school teacher with a love for jazz music. After a successful gig at the Half Note Club, he suddenly gets into an accident that separates his soul from his body and is transported to the You Seminar, a center in which souls ...
Style: sincere, philosophical, captivating, touching, exciting ...
Audience: kids
Plot: self discovery, meaning of life, afterlife, life after death, lifestyle change, life & death, jazz, acceptance, life, teaching the ways of the world, musician, following a dream ...
Time: future
Place: manhattan new york city, new york
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 7.7
 10K
Being Erica (2009)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Romance
Country: Canada
Duration: 45 min.
TV show
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, captivating, clever, semi serious ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: time travel, self discovery, therapy, changing the past or future, road not taken, thirtysomething life, hopes, destiny, psychology, haunted by the past, introspection, lifestyle ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: canada, toronto ontario canada
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The Last Samurai (2003)
Genre: Action, Drama
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: epic, captivating, exciting, serious, intense ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: samurai, war, warrior, pride and honor, human spirit, courage, self discovery, battles, sword fight, katana, loyalty, friendship ...
Time: 19th century, victorian era, 1870s
Place: japan, asia, tokyo, pacific ocean, san francisco
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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 ...
Audience: teens, teen drama
Plot: disability, dysfunctional family, mentally challenged, small town, self discovery, mental illness, responsibility, coming of age, siblings relations, character study, brothers, single mother ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: iowa, usa
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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, dark fantasy ...
Audience: family outing, kids, pre-teens
Plot: witch, steampunk, adventure, magic, supernatural ability, fantasy world, self discovery, curses spells and rituals, wizards, demon, magical, wizards and magicians ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: japan, tokyo
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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, thought provoking, psychological, inspirational, compassionate ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: self discovery, friendship, redemption, mental illness, guilt, holy grail, insanity, transformation, depression, tragic event, haunted by the past, heroes ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, grand central station manhattan new york city
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 7.6
 33K
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, surreal, witty, enigmatic, cerebral ...
Audience: teens, date night
Plot: road trip, self discovery, alternate reality, life philosophy, wish come true, dream girl, choice, on the road, self fulfillment, hopes, changing the past or future, motel ...
Time: future, 21st century, contemporary
Place: new jersey
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 8.0
 52K
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, sad, philosophical, psychological, inspirational ...
Plot: self discovery, funeral, father son relationship, pregnant wife, workplace, life philosophy, cellist, character study, new job, small town life, death, ritual ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: japan, tokyo, asia
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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, feel good, touching ...
Audience: chick flick, girls' night
Plot: small town, friendship, lesbian, small town life, self discovery, feminism, midlife crisis, tomboy, cannibalism, women, domestic violence, lesbian subtext ...
Time: 1920s, 1930s, 20th century
Place: alabama, southern usa, usa, louisiana
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Kiki's Delivery Service (1989)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, 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, colourful, humorous, atmospheric ...
Audience: family outing, kids, preschoolers, teens, pre-teens
Plot: witch, adventure, friendship, self discovery, supernatural ability, young heroes, coming of age, magic, cat, friends, wizards and magicians, talking animals ...
Place: tokyo, japan, europe
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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: motivational, touching, captivating, inspirational, sad ...
Audience: family outing, kids
Plot: dyslexia, teachers and students, teaching the ways of the world, self discovery, childhood, dedicated educator, school, teacher, coming of age, young heroes, shyness, teenage life ...
Time: future, contemporary, 21st century
Place: india, asia, mumbai india
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 7.5
 29K
Kyle XY (2006)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Romance, Sci-Fi
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
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, entertaining, exciting, tense, atmospheric ...
Audience: teens, kids, teen drama
Plot: supernatural ability, experiment, genius, teenage life, foster child, supernatural, self discovery, mysterious character, teenage love, teaching the ways of the world, fish out of water, cloning ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: seattle, washington d.c., usa
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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: inspirational, touching, sincere, emotional, christian film ...
Audience: kids, family outing, girls' night, chick flick
Plot: self discovery, terminal illness, inheritance, christian, teaching the ways of the world, life is a bitch, youth, introspection, ranch, friendship, sick child, redemption ...
Time: contemporary
Place: south america, texas, ecuador, new jersey
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 6.4
 23K
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, christian film, melancholic, touching ...
Audience: family outing, chick flick, date night, girls' night, kids
Plot: christian, marriage, faith, husband wife relationship, self discovery, couple relations, firefighter, love and romance, religious, couples, marital problem, family relations ...
Time: contemporary
Place: usa, georgia
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The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2011)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: UK
Duration: 124 min.
Story: British retirees travel to India to take up residence in what they believe is a newly restored hotel. Less luxurious than its advertisements, the Marigold Hotel nevertheless slowly begins to charm in unexpected ways as the residents find new purpose ...
Style: feel good, uplifting, touching, sentimental, inspirational ...
Audience: chick flick, girls' night
Plot: hotel, elderly, self discovery, loneliness, aging, golden years, retirement home, goodhearted, life changing experience, introspection, choice, marital problem ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: india, asia, mumbai india, england, delhi ...
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 6.7
 2K
Windstorm (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, uplifting, serious, realistic, sincere
Audience: family outing, pre-teens
Plot: horse, horse riding, youth, animal training, teenage life, self discovery, horse ranch, teenage girl, stallion, farm, hopes, disobey ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: germany
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The Motorcycle Diaries (2004)
Genre: Adventure, Biography, Drama
Country: Argentina, USA, Chile, Peru, UK, Germany, France
Duration: 126 min.
Story: "The Motorcycle Diaries" is based on the journals of Che Guevara, leader of the Cuban Revolution. In his memoirs, Guevara recounts adventures he, and best friend Alberto Granado, had while crossing South America by motorcycle in the early ...
Style: road movie, touching, political, sentimental, captivating ...
Plot: self discovery, motorcycle, poverty, revolutionary, freedom, travel, road trip, young man, revolution, friendship, idealism, coming of age ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, year 1952, 60s
Place: latin america, argentina, south america, peru, chile ...
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 6.1
 17K
Little Buddha (1993)
Genre: Drama
Country: France, Liechtenstein, UK
Duration: 123 min.
Story: Little Buddha is a movie about the life of Siddhartha starring Keanu Reeves and Bridget Fonda and directed by Bernardo Bertolucci.
Style: unusual plot structure, meditative, compassionate, serious, sentimental ...
Plot: enlightenment, buddhist, self discovery, buddha, reincarnation, monk, religion, teachers and students, parents and children, buddhism, religions or cults, human nature ...
Place: tibet, seattle, himalaya, nepal, india ...
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Call Me by Your Name (2017)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Italy, France, USA, Brazil
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, lgbt cinema, homoerotic ...
Audience: teens, girls' night, pre-teens, chick flick, teen drama
Plot: gay, lgbt, gay love, summer, love, homosexual, gay relationship, gay teenager, gay romance, teenage boy, gay couple, first love ...
Time: year 1983, 80s
Place: italy, mediterranean sea
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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, disturbing, factual, intense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: soccer, gang, friendship, buddies, rivalry, friends, obsession, lifestyle, self discovery, uninhibited rivalry, bar fight, society ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: england, london, europe, harvard university
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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, road movie, humorous, touching, witty ...
Plot: self discovery, friendship, introspection, road trip, research, on the road, mentor, job interview, movie star, shopping, friends, stranger ...
Time: contemporary
Place: los angeles, california, tokyo, usa
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A Perfect Ending (2012)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: This intimate drama follows Rebecca, a woman who has kept her sexuality a secret from her friends but chooses to reveal it to a stranger. While Rebecca's revelations may not yield the results she expects, a perfect ending is still in reach.
Style: touching, sexy, sincere, serious, realistic ...
Plot: lesbian, lgbt, lesbian romance, lesbian relationship, lesbian couple, lesbian sex, self discovery, first lesbian experience, prostitute, lesbian interest, lesbian mother, strong sexual content ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
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