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, sentimental, melancholic and serious films and TV shows about / with self discovery, mentor, destiny, storytelling, redemption, life philosophy, dialogue, catastrophe, culture clash and transformation 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), Interstate 60 (2002), The Last Samurai (2003), The Truman Show (1998), Being Erica (2009), Dances with Wolves (1990), Peaceful Warrior (2006), Kyle XY (2006), Green Street Hooligans (2005), Eat Pray Love (2010).

List of self discovery movies

 8.1
 519K
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, road movie, captivating, inspirational, psychological ...
Plot: self discovery, survival, wilderness, journey, freedom, isolation, hitchhiker, on the road, introspection, adventure, obsessive quest, human spirit ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, year 1992, year 1990, year 1991 ...
Place: alaska, usa, cross country, south dakota, california ...
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 7.7
 27K
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, surreal, enigmatic, witty, road movie ...
Audience: date night
Plot: self discovery, wish come true, on the road, road trip, imaginary, choice, changing the past or future, hitchhiker, self fulfillment, dream girl, surrealism, hopes ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, future
Place: new jersey
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The Last Samurai (2003)
Genre: Action, Drama, History, 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, self discovery, courage, master warrior, friendship, battles, swords and armor, human spirit, military life, war, pride and honor ...
Time: 19th century, 1800s, 1870s
Place: japan, asia, pacific ocean, tokyo
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 8.1
 826K
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, surreal, clever, touching, psychological ...
Plot: self discovery, manipulations, voyeurism, tv show, freedom, suburban life, dishonesty, fictional reality, deception, alternate reality, fictional reality show, hollywood ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, future, 1990s
Place: usa, florida
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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, motivational, realistic, scenic, inspirational ...
Plot: self discovery, obsessive quest, adventurer, adventure, life changing experience, loneliness, lifestyle change, escape from reality, journal, disorder, pilot, coworker ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s
Place: iceland, himalaya, usa, greenland
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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: changing the past or future, therapy, time travel, self discovery, road not taken, introspection, hopes, destiny, thirtysomething life, haunted by the past, doctors and patients, imaginary ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: canada
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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: american civil war, self discovery, culture clash, civil war, friendship, warrior, native american, redemption, officer, lifestyle change, tribe, courage ...
Time: 19th century, 1860s, 1840s
Place: kansas, tennessee, usa, nebraska, south dakota
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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: sincere, uplifting, inspirational, philosophical, compassionate ...
Plot: teaching the ways of the world, human spirit, athlete and trainer, self discovery, wise man, coach, rehabilitation, mentor, mysterious character, friendship, guru, ambition ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: california, usa, campus, new jersey
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 7.6
 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: serious, suspenseful, entertaining, tense, exciting ...
Audience: teens
Plot: secret, supernatural ability, experiment, self discovery, teenage life, mysterious character, fish out of water, teenage love, teaching the ways of the world, cloning, family life, genius ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: seattle, usa, seattle washington
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Green Street Hooligans (2005)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Sport
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, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gang, buddies, friendship, rivalry, lifestyle, self discovery, fist fighting, obsession, soccer, uninhibited rivalry, social decay, friends ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: england, london, europe, harvard university
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 5.8
 76K
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: sentimental, touching, road movie, scenic, romantic ...
Audience: date night, girls' night, chick flick
Plot: self discovery, starting over, fall in love, love affair, introspection, hopes, tourist, female protagonist, love, travel, divorce, love and romance ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: indonesia, india, italy, rome italy
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 5.6
 72K
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, captivating, offbeat, sentimental ...
Audience: teens, girls' night, date night, chick flick
Plot: unlikely couple, physical appearance, love and romance, high school hunk, true love, self discovery, teenage love, fall in love, love, curses spells and rituals, witch, youth ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new york, usa
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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, introspection, adventure, travel, happiness, road not taken, teaching the ways of the world, escapades, psychiatrist, ex boyfriend ex girlfriend relationship, midlife crisis, life ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: england, africa, london, california
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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, fairy tale, stylized ...
Audience: family outing, kids
Plot: witch, curses spells and rituals, palaces castles and temples, self discovery, adventure, imaginary, love and romance, wizards and magicians, supernatural ability, magical, transformation, romance ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: japan, battleship, tokyo
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 7.3
 339K
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, mind bending, atmospheric ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: self discovery, supernatural ability, superhero, villain, invulnerability, mystery, conflict, a vision, good versus evil, train crash, marital problem, survivor ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1960s
Place: philadelphia, usa, pennsylvania
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Call Me by Your Name (2017)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Italy, France, Brazil, USA
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: sincere, touching, disturbing, captivating
Plot: gay relationship, lgbt, first love, gay teenager, teenage boy, self discovery, homosexual, summer, coming out, masturbation, gay, loss ...
Time: year 1983
Place: italy
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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, supernatural ability, cat, self discovery, wizards and magicians, adventure, friendship, young heroes, coming of age, friends, baking, seaside town ...
Place: europe, japan, tokyo
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 7.0
 82K
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, sentimental, romantic, sweet, light ...
Audience: date night, chick flick
Plot: businessman, self discovery, love and romance, inheritance, countryside, wine, vineyard, provence, starting over, romance, character change, lifestyle change ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: france, europe, england, london, new jersey
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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, serious, realistic, emotional ...
Plot: teachers and students, self discovery, boarding school, teacher, teaching the ways of the world, optimism, teenage life, boarding school life, loneliness, school, friendship, fish out of water ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: india, asia, mumbai india
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 6.3
 8K
LOL (2008)
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Country: France
Duration: 103 min.
Story: Lola, a striking teenaged girl who is on the cusp of adulthood, who longs to rush into the adult world of independence, freedom and sexual exploits, but is tenaciously held back by her mother.
Style: touching, realistic, feel good, serious, captivating ...
Audience: teens, girls' night
Plot: teenage life, teenage love, youth, high school life, parents and children, high school, young lovers, love and romance, self discovery, coming of age, hopes, optimism ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: france, europe
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 8.1
 44K
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: touching, realistic, serious, sincere, psychological ...
Plot: self discovery, funeral, unsupportive friend, cello, coffin, octopus, redemption, small town, workplace, starting over, hopes, relationship vs career ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
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 6.8
 57K
Penelope (2006)
Genre: Comedy, Fantasy, Romance
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: Forlorn heiress Penelope Wilhern is cursed, and the only way out is to fall in love with someone of suitable stock. But how can she find her soul mate when she's sequestered inside her family's estate with only her parents to keep her ...
Style: fairy tale, romantic, feel good, sweet, light ...
Audience: girls' night, family outing, teens, date night, chick flick
Plot: physical appearance, witch, loneliness, disfigurement, fall in love, pig, self discovery, misfit, looking for love, magical, love and romance, fairy ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 19th century
Place: london
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 6.7
 79K
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: sentimental, touching, romantic, sweet, emotional ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick
Plot: fall in love, terminal illness, tragic love, self discovery, workaholic, romance, opposites attract, love and romance, changing lives, change of heart, life & death, cancer ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: san francisco, usa, new jersey
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Blue Lagoon: The Awakening (2012)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 85 min.
Story: Two high school students become stranded on a tropical island and must rely on each other for survival. They learn more about themselves and each other while falling in love.
Style: sexy, touching, exciting, romantic, sexual ...
Audience: teens
Plot: teenage love, island, high school student, survival, love and romance, adventure, self discovery, isolation, first sex, teenage life, fall in love, unlikely couple ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: caribbean
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 6.3
 162K
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, humorous, funny, sweet, light ...
Audience: teens, girls' night, date night, chick flick, teen comedy
Plot: beauty salon, rivalry, self discovery, intern, girl power, university, fish out of water, law school, blonde, trial, ex boyfriend ex girlfriend relationship, teachers and students ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: usa, massachusetts, los angeles, california
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 7.1
 109K
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: uplifting, captivating, sincere, emotional, meditative ...
Plot: human spirit, wilderness, cheating on husband, self discovery, redemption, hiking, on the road, journey, nature, obsessive quest, life is a bitch, starting over ...
Time: 1990s, 90s, 20th century, year 1995
Place: cross country, usa, california, portland oregon
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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, realistic, sincere, serious ...
Audience: kids, chick flick
Plot: self discovery, terminal illness, inheritance, child illness, friendship, redemption, wealth, life is a bitch, friends, hopes, teaching the ways of the world, youth ...
Time: contemporary
Place: texas, ecuador, south america, 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, emotional, melancholic, depressing, compassionate ...
Plot: mentally challenged, disability, siblings relations, small town, mental illness, parents and children, self discovery, dysfunctional family, family problems, responsibility, obesity, single mother ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: iowa, usa
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 6.5
 26K
Last Holiday (2006)
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: After she's diagnosed with a terminal illness, a shy woman decides to take a European vacation.
Style: touching, realistic, humorous, sentimental, semi serious ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: terminal illness, vacation, self discovery, holiday, love and romance, human nature, african american, romance, dealing with death, hotel, christmas, senator ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: europe, prague, czech republic, central europe, new orleans ...
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 7.6
 47K
Show Me Love (1998)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: Sweden, Denmark
Duration: 89 min.
Story: Åmål is a small insignificant town where nothing ever happens, where the latest trends are out of date when they get there. Young Elin has a bit of a bad reputation when it comes to guys, but the fact is that she has never done *it*. Another girl ...
Style: touching, humorous, sentimental, captivating, sexual ...
Audience: girls' night, teens
Plot: lesbian, coming out, teenage love, small town, love and romance, fall in love, first love, gays and lesbians, self discovery, couple relations, sexuality, forbidden love ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: sweden, europe, scandinavia, stockholm sweden
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