Existential loneliness movies and TV shows

The list contains the best, new and most relevant existential loneliness movies ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out realistic, art house, serious, psychological, gloomy and talky films and TV shows about / with existential loneliness, loneliness, existentialism, cigarette smoking, love and romance, couples, storytelling, female nudity, romance and obsession plots mostly in Drama, Romance and Comedy genres shot in France, West Germany, Belgium and other countries.
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TOP 10 movies tagged as existential loneliness: Third Person (2013), An Autumn Afternoon (1962), Le Samouraï (1967), The Meetings of Anna (1978), Chungking Express (1994), Good Work (1999), Things to Come (2016), Wrong Move (1975), Woman in the Dunes (1964), Dead Man (1995).

List of existential loneliness movies

Jeanne Dielman, 23 Commerce Quay, 1080 Brussels (1975)
Genre: Drama
Country: Belgium, France
Duration: 202 min.
Story: A lonely widowed housewife does her daily chores, takes care of her apartment where she lives with her teenage son, and turns the occasional trick to make ends meet. Slowly, her ritualized daily routines begin to fall apart.
Style: experimental, serious, realistic, tense, inspirational ...
Plot: loneliness, widow, chores, mother son relationship, housewife, single mother, family relations, couples, life is a bitch, sex worker, existential loneliness, single parent ...
Time: 70s
Place: europe, belgium, brussels, france
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 6.3
 28K
Third Person (2013)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Belgium, USA, UK, Germany, Italy
Duration: 137 min.
Story: An acclaimed novelist struggles to write an analysis of love in one of three stories, each set in a different city, that detail the beginning, middle and end of a relationship.
Style: tricky, intense, suspense, twist ending, touching ...
Audience: chick flick, date night
Plot: love, multiple storylines, romance, hotel room, unfaithful husband, nudity (full frontal - brief), guilt, female nudity, estrangement, couples, lifestyle, love and romance ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: paris france, rome italy, europe, new york, france ...
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An Autumn Afternoon (1962)
Genre: Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 113 min.
Story: Shuhei Hirayama is a widower with a 24-year-old daughter. Gradually, he comes to realize that she should not be obliged to look after him for the rest of his life, so he arranges a marriage for her.
Style: realistic, serious, sentimental, touching, gloomy
Plot: family relations, widower, autumn, regret, existential loneliness, wedding, family problems, couples, golf, single parent, love and romance, unfulfillment ...
Time: 60s
Place: japan, tokyo, asia
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 8.0
 52K
Le Samouraï (1967)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: France, Italy
Duration: 101 min.
Story: Hitman Jef Costello is a perfectionist who always carefully plans his murders and who never gets caught.
Style: neo noir, atmospheric, tense, suspenseful, bleak ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gangsters, hitman, loner, surveillance, assassination, police investigation, betrayal, chase, solitude, crimes, loneliness, character study ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: paris france, france, europe
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The Meetings of Anna (1978)
Genre: Drama
Country: France, Belgium, West Germany
Duration: 128 min.
Story: Anna is a film director whose job takes her all over western Europe. In each place she either already has some intimate connection, or readily makes one. People seem drawn to her, but inevitably insist on sharing their inmost secrets and discontents ...
Style: art house, talky, realistic, serious, sincere ...
Plot: lesbian, women, female nudity, filmmaking, modernism, feminist, lgbtq, woman, nudity (full frontal - brief), train, hotel, existential loneliness ...
Time: 70s
Place: france, brussels, europe, germany, belgium ...
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Chungking Express (1994)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Romance
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Two melancholy Hong Kong policemen fall in love: one with a mysterious female underworld figure, the other with a beautiful and ethereal server at a late-night restaurant he frequents.
Style: atmospheric, art house, surreal, non-linear, artsy ...
Plot: loneliness, multiple storylines, love, femme fatale, breakup, relationships, life philosophy, love story, romance, fall in love, food, drug dealer ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, year 1994
Place: hong kong, california, tokyo, china, asia ...
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 7.3
 11K
Good Work (1999)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: France
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Foreign Legion officer, Galoup, recalls his once glorious life, leading troops in the Gulf of Djibouti. His existence there was happy, strict and regimented, but the arrival of a promising young recruit, Sentain, plants the seeds of jealousy in ...
Style: surreal, meditative, harsh, realistic, touching ...
Plot: foreign legion, military, gay, french foreign legion, soldier, military training, obsession, transformation, battles, discipline, lgbt, power relations ...
Time: 90s
Place: africa, france, paris france, tokyo, japan ...
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 6.9
 14K
Things to Come (2016)
Genre: Drama
Country: France, Germany
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Nathalie teaches philosophy at a high school in Paris. She is passionate about her job and particularly enjoys passing on the pleasure of thinking. Married with two children, she divides her time between her family, former students and her very ...
Style: psychological, sincere, unusual plot structure, captivating, art house ...
Plot: infidelity, divorce, husband wife relationship, strong female lead, strong female character, mother daughter relationship, human animal relationship, midlife crisis, female teacher, black cat, ex husband ex wife relationship, female writer ...
Place: france
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 6.9
 4K
Wrong Move (1975)
Genre: Drama
Country: West Germany
Duration: 103 min.
Story: Six days in the life of Wilhelm: a detached man without qualities. He wants to write, so his mother gives him a ticket to Bonn, telling him to live. On the train he meets an older man, an athlete in the 1936 Olympics, and his mute teen companion, ...
Style: road movie, art house, semi serious, realistic, talky ...
Plot: girl man relationship, suicide, writers, art, bicycle, suicide by hanging, existential loneliness, train, poem, hidden identity, athlete's life, contests and competitions ...
Time: 70s
Place: berlin germany, germany, europe
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Woman in the Dunes (1964)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 147 min.
Story: An entomologist suffers extreme psychological and sexual torture after being taken captive by the residents of a poor seaside village.
Style: surreal, psychological, atmospheric, philosophical, sexual ...
Plot: existentialism, love affair, nudity (full frontal - brief), desert, trapped, isolation, surrealism, samurai, mental disorder, love and romance, redemption, identity ...
Time: 60s, 20th century
Place: japan, tokyo, asia
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 7.5
 98K
Dead Man (1995)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Fantasy, Western
Country: USA, Germany, Japan
Duration: 121 min.
Story: On the run after murdering a man, accountant William Blake encounters a strange North American man named Nobody who prepares him for his journey into the spiritual world.
Style: bleak, atmospheric, captivating, gloomy, art house ...
Plot: bounty hunter, native americans, wilderness, gunfight, cowboy, transformation, journey, murder, hallucination, existentialism, death, indians ...
Time: 19th century, 1870s, victorian era
Place: usa, cleveland ohio, pacific ocean, england
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 6.6
 2K
Days (2020)
Genre: Drama
Country: Taiwan, France
Duration: 127 min.
Story: Kang lives alone in a big house, Non in a small apartment in town. They meet, and then part, their days flowing on as before.
Style: psychological, sincere, disturbing, complex
Plot: massage, gay, gay sex, society, lgbt, youth, class differences, disorder, social satire, friendship, money, romance ...
Time: contemporary
Place: taiwan
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 7.7
 158K
Another Round (2020)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Denmark, Sweden, Netherlands
Duration: 117 min.
Story: Four high school teachers launch a drinking experiment: upholding a constant low level of intoxication.
Style: unusual plot structure, funny, ironic, semi serious, psychological ...
Plot: experiment, teacher, friendship, alcohol abuse, drunkenness, group of friends, restaurant, dancing, marriage, binge drinking, teacher student relationship, scientific experiment ...
Time: year 2013, year 2011
Place: copenhagen, denmark, eastern europe
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An Elephant Sitting Still (2018)
Genre: Drama
Country: China
Duration: 230 min.
Story: In the northern Chinese city of Manzhouli, they say there is an elephant that simply sits and ignores the world. Manzhouli becomes an obsession for the protagonists of this film, a longed-for escape from the downward spiral in which they find ...
Style: depressing, melancholic, serious, emotional, realistic ...
Plot: multiple storylines, suicide, life is a bitch, manslaughter, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, youth, city life, life turned upside down, family problems, chinese, woman with a gun, children ...
Place: china
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 6.9
 3K
Stray Dogs (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: Taiwan, France
Duration: 138 min.
Story: A father and his two children wander the margins of modern day Taipei, from the woods and rivers of the outskirts to the rain streaked streets of the city. By day the father scrapes out a meager income as a human billboard for luxury apartments, ...
Style: art house
Plot: children, homelessness, avant-garde, youth, poverty, homeless, very little dialogue, alcohol abuse, family relations, loneliness, alcoholic, birthday ...
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 7.4
 4K
Vive L'Amour (1994)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Taiwan
Duration: 118 min.
Story: Three lonely young denizens of Taipei unknowingly share an apartment: Mei, a real estate agent who uses it for her sexual affairs; Ah-jung, her current lover; and Hsiao-ang, who's stolen the key and uses the apartment as a retreat.
Style: erotic, atmospheric, meditative, disturbing, serious ...
Plot: sex, love triangle, character study, multiple storylines, friendship, dysfunctional family, russian, drugs, art, love and romance, couples, jealousy ...
Time: 90s
Place: taiwan, tokyo, taipei, asia
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Goodbye, Dragon Inn (2003)
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Country: Taiwan
Duration: 82 min.
Story: On a dark, rainy night, an historic and regal Taipei cinema sees its final film: 1967 martial arts feature "Dragon Inn". As the film plays, the lives of the theater's various employees and patrons intersect, and two ghostly actors ...
Style: surreal, sincere, atmospheric, art house, experimental ...
Plot: tourist, longing, introspection, human nature, solitude, dull life, theater, loneliness, rain, movie theatre, lgbt, mental disorder ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: japan, taipei, taiwan, asia
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Woman on the Beach (2006)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: South Korea
Duration: 127 min.
Story: Stymied by writer's block while crafting his latest script, director Kim Jung-rae persuades his friend Won Chang-wook to drive him to a beach resort—where he promptly becomes involved with Chang-wook's girlfriend. Abandoning her and ...
Style: realistic, sentimental, semi serious, touching, emotional ...
Audience: date night, girls' night
Plot: love triangle, resort, wooing, love and romance, infidelity, obsession, romance, unfulfillment, rudeness, vampire, adultery, artists and showbiz ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: asia, korea, seoul, south korea
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 6.7
 2K
The Intruder (2004)
Genre: Drama
Country: France
Duration: 130 min.
Story: Louis Trebor, a man nearing 70, lives alone with dogs in the forest near the French-Swiss border. He has heart problems, seeks a transplant, and then goes in search of a son sired years before in Tahiti. Told elliptically, with few words, we see ...
Style: psychological, serious, realistic, atmospheric, surreal ...
Plot: haunted by the past, dysfunctional family, heart transplant, family relations, family problems, estrangement, parents and children, redemption, terminal illness, going straight, black market, transplant ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: france, europe, geneva switzerland, tahiti
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On the Occasion of Remembering the Turning Gate (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: South Korea
Duration: 115 min.
Story: Actor Gyung-soo (Kim Sang-kyung) is passed over for a part and decides to leave Seoul and visit a friend. His friend tells him the legend of the "Turning Gate," which foreshadows future events. During his visit, Gyung-soo meets Myung-sook ...
Style: realistic, semi serious, humorous, touching, sexy ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: romance, unemployment, love and romance, couples, friendship, adultery, infidelity, stranded, husband wife relationship, lie, mental disorder, memories ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
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The Disenchanted (1990)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: France
Duration: 78 min.
Story: A worldly French teen (Judith Godrèche) is determined to escape from her current situation for a better life.
Style: sexy, realistic, serious, sexual, touching ...
Plot: strong female lead, lifestyle, romance, youth, coming of age, love and romance, family relations, breakup, couples, singleness, parents and children, love affair ...
Time: 80s
Place: paris france
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 6.7
 1K
Our Sunhi (2013)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: South Korea
Duration: 88 min.
Story: Sunhi from the Department of Film stops by the school one day to get a letter of recommendation from Professor Choi to leave to the US. She expects him to write her a nice one since he took favor to her. She runs into two men from the past ...
Style: realistic, humorous, captivating, sincere, romantic ...
Plot: love triangle, romance, wooing, love affair, youth, coming of age, homecoming, professor, artists and showbiz, strong female presence, twentysomething life, love and romance ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: asia, korea
Is relevant ?
 7.5
 11K
Submarino (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: Denmark, Sweden
Duration: 105 min.
Story: As children, Nick and his little brother take care of their baby brother while their mother drinks herself senseless. But the baby dies, and both brothers blame themselves. Many years later, Nick is out of prison after serving time for an assault. ...
Style: gloomy, depressing, thought provoking, bleak, disturbing ...
Plot: heroin, drug abuse, dysfunctional family, redemption, estrangement, drug addiction, haunted by the past, loneliness, adaptation, life is a bitch, family relations, childhood trauma ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 70s
Place: berlin germany, denmark, europe, copenhagen
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White Material (2009)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: France, Cameroon
Duration: 106 min.
Story: Maria is a White farmer who runs a failing coffee plantation in an unnamed African country in the present day. Civil war has broken out and rebel soldiers, many of them child soldiers, are advancing on the area. Rebels on the radio advocate attacks ...
Style: serious, disturbing, realistic, emotional, rough ...
Plot: family relations, civil war, chaos, coffee, state affairs, single parent, political unrest, family business, family in danger, military, father son relationship, imperialism ...
Place: africa
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 7.7
 31K
Fireworks (1997)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Romance, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 103 min.
Story: A police officer leaves the force in the face of harrowing personal and professional difficulties. Spiraling into a depression, he makes questionable decisions.
Style: bleak, emotional, bloody, art house, lyrical ...
Plot: gangsters, yakuza, police, character study, dying, samurai, visceral, loss, couple relations, life is a bitch, love and romance, loss of partner ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: japan, tokyo, asia, mount fuji
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Wings of Desire (1987)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Romance
Country: West Germany, France
Duration: 128 min.
Story: Wings of Desire is Wim Wender’s artistically beautiful film about the lonely and immortal life of angels during a post-war Berlin. It’s a poetic journey from the perspective of the angels of which one falls in love with a living woman and wants ...
Style: meditative, surreal, cerebral, emotional, atmospheric ...
Audience: date night
Plot: angel, philosophy, immortality, love, afterlife, circus, mortality, german, dream, library, existentialism, loneliness ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: berlin germany, germany, europe, west germany
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The American Friend (1977)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: West Germany, France
Duration: 128 min.
Story: Tom Ripley, who deals in forged art, suggests a picture framer he knows would make a good hit man.
Style: neo noir, suspenseful, bleak, talky, atmospheric ...
Plot: murder, assassination, hitman, gangsters, friendship, art, character study, betrayal, forgery, police investigation, loneliness, good versus evil ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, year 1976
Place: paris france, new york, hamburg germany, berlin germany, texas ...
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Kings of the Road (1976)
Genre: Drama
Country: West Germany
Duration: 175 min.
Story: Itinerant projection-equipment repairman Bruno Winter (Rüdiger Vogler) and depressed hitchhiker Robert Lander (Hanns Zischler)--a doctor who has just been through a break-up with his wife and a half-hearted suicide attempt--travel along the Western ...
Style: road movie, art house, captivating, realistic, serious ...
Plot: filmmaking, summer, on the road, suicide, friendship between men, mechanic, dull life, hitchhiker, friends, friendship, buddies, odd couple ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: berlin germany, germany, german democratic republic, europe, west germany
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The School of Flesh (1998)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Romance
Country: France, Luxembourg, Belgium
Duration: 110 min.
Story: In Paris, Dominique, a middle-aged fashion professional, solicits the services of the handsome Quentin , a bisexual bartender and prostitute who is 15 years her junior. After they first sleep together, their business transaction becomes transformed ...
Style: erotic, sexy, enigmatic, serious, psychological ...
Plot: sex, obsession, infidelity, romance, fashion, relationships, violence, adultery, betrayal, loneliness, destructive relationship, fall in love ...
Time: 90s
Place: paris france, tokyo, france, morocco
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The Painted Bird (2019)
Genre: Drama, Thriller, War
Country: Czech Republic, Slovakia, Ukraine
Duration: 169 min.
Story: A young Jewish boy in Poland seeks refuge in the forest during World War II where he encounters many different characters.
Style: disturbing, allegory, psychological, exciting, captivating ...
Plot: holocaust, world war two, man boy relationship, survival, sexual abuse, existentialism, abuse of power, nymphomaniac, intolerance, terrorism, humiliation, child protagonist ...
Time: 1940s, 1930s
Place: poland, europe, eastern europe
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