Movies about Buddhism

Movies about Buddhism
List of the best films about Buddhism according to visitors: The Matrix, I Origins, Inner Worlds, Outer Worlds, Zen, The Last Emperor, Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter... and Spring, Seven Years in Tibet, Samsara, Around the World in Eighty Days, A World Without Thieves.

In the top there are new films of 2018, a plot description and trailers for films that have already been released.

Genre
Country
Markimdb: 8.7
Genrefantastic, action
CountryUSA, Australia
Duration02:16
CharactersHackers, Programmers, Heroes
PlotArtificial Intelligence, Virtual Reality, Multi-part, Technology, Freedom
TimePost apocalypse, Future
StyleInteresting, Popular, Exciting, Dystopian, Mind-altering

Set in the 22nd century, The Matrix tells the story of a computer hacker who joins a group of underground insurgents fighting the vast and powerful computers who now rule the earth.

Markimdb: 7.4
Genrefantastic, melodrama, drama, detective
CountryUSA
Duration01:48
CharactersScientists, Inventors
PlotLove, Loneliness, Death, Pursuit, Religious
PlaceIndia, USA, New York
StylePsychological problems, Mind-altering, Philosophical, Atmospheric, Makes me think

I Origins follows a molecular biologist studying the evolution of the human eye. He finds his work permeating his life after a brief encounter with an exotic young woman who slips away from him. As his research continues years later with his lab partner, they make a stunning scientific discovery that has far reaching implications and complicates both his scientific and and spiritual beliefs. Traveling half way around the world, he risks everything he has ever known to validate his theory.

Markimdb: 8.5
Genredocumentary
CountryCanada
StyleMind-altering, Deep Meaning

There is one vibratory field that connects all things. It has been called Akasha, Logos, the primordial OM, the music of the spheres, the Higgs field, dark energy, and a thousand other names throughout history. The vibratory field is at the root of all true spiritual experience and scientific investigation. It is the same field of energy that saints, Buddhas, yogis, mystics, priests, shamans and seers, have observed by looking within themselves. Many of history's monumental thinkers, such a Pythagoras, Kepler, Leonardo DaVinci, Tesla, and Einstein, have come to the threshold of this great mystery. It is the common link between all religions, all sciences, and the link between our inner worlds and our outer worlds.

Markimdb: 7.4
Genredrama, biography
CountryJapan
Duration02:07
CharactersInvestigators, Poor
PlotDeath, Religious, Buddhism
PlaceJapan, China, Moon

In the early 1200s, Dogen brought Chinese Zen philosophy to Japan, and established the Japanese Zen school of Buddhism. He taught that a person was capable of realizing Buddhahood within himself, by way of Zazen. Zazen is extended hours of sitting and meditating to achieve a state of “Mu” (nothingness, or empty existence).

Markimdb: 7.7
Genredrama, biography, history
CountryUnited Kingdom, Italy, France, China
Duration02:46
CharactersTeachers, Heroes, Emperors
PlotOn real events, Political, Divorce, Buddhism
PlaceRussia, China, Moscow
TimeWorld War II
StyleAtmospheric, Epic, Serious

A dramatic history of Pu Yi, the last of the Emperors of China, from his lofty birth and brief reign in the Forbidden City, the object of worship by half a billion people; through his abdication, his decline and dissolute lifestyle; his exploitation by the invading Japanese, and finally to his obscure existence as just another peasant worker in the People's Republic.

Markimdb: 8
Genremelodrama, drama
CountrySouth Korea, Germany
Duration01:43
PlotMeaning of life, First love, Buddhism
StyleMind-altering, Deep Meaning, Philosophical, Atmospheric, Vital signs

This South Korean film takes place on an isolated lake, where an old monk lives in a small floating temple. The monk has a young boy living with him, learning to become a monk. We watch as seasons and years pass by.

Markimdb: 7.1
Genredrama, adventure, military, biography, history
CountryUSA, United Kingdom
Duration02:16
CharactersClimbers
PlotOn real events, Adventure, Travel, Friendship, Political
PlaceMountains, China
TimeWorld War II
StyleInspirational, Fascinating, Serious, Beautiful landscapes

Austrian mountaineer, Heinrich Harrer journeys to the Himalayas without his family to head an expedition in 1939. But when World War II breaks out, the arrogant Harrer falls into Allied forces' hands as a prisoner of war. He escapes with a fellow detainee and makes his way to Llaso, Tibet, where he meets the 14-year-old Dalai Lama, whose friendship ultimately transforms his outlook on life.

Markimdb: 8.5
Genredocumentary, music
CountryUSA, South Korea, Ethiopia, Japan, China, Egypt, Ghana, Italy, South Africa, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Jordan, Brazil, Denmark, Kenya, Thailand, Singapore, Indonesia, Namibia
Duration01:42
CharactersGeisha
PlotTravel, Music, Religious, Art, Meaning of life
PlaceNature, Japan
StyleMind-altering, Philosophical, Atmospheric, Fascinating, Makes me think

Samsara is a word that describes the ever turning wheel of life. It is a concept both intimate and vast - the perfect subject for filmmakers Ron Fricke and Mark Magidson, whose previous collaborations include Chronos and Baraka, and who, in the last 20 years, have travelled to over 58 countries together in the pursuit of unique imagery. Samsara takes the form of a nonverbal, guided meditation that will transform viewers in countries around the world as they are swept along a journey of the soul. Through powerful images pristinely photographed in 70mm and a dynamic music score, the film illuminates the links between humanity and the rest of the nature, showing how our life cycle mirrors the rhythm of the planet.

Markimdb: 6.8
Genrecomedy, melodrama, adventure, family
CountryUSA, United Kingdom
Duration02:55
PlotTravel

Based on the famous book by Jules Verne the movie follows Phileas Fogg on his journey around the world. Which has to be completed within 80 days, a very short period for those days.

Markimdb: 7.2
Genreaction, drama, crime
CountryChina, Hong Kong
Duration01:53
CharactersThieves
PlotTravel, Death, Buddhism, Rivalry
PlaceTrains
TimeNew Year
StyleExciting, For men

Two grifters, Wang Bo and Wang Li, a couple who've been arguing, board a train in rural China. He wants to fleece a peasant, nicknamed Dumbo for his naiveté, who's carrying 60,000 yuan and trusts everyone. She wants to protect the hick kid, an act of expiation brought on by prayer and a visit to a temple. Also on board are one of more sets of thieves, including a calculating boss and his femme fatale. The boss wants to recruit Wang Bo, and a series of contests ensue, with the potential of turning deadly. While Li guards Dumbo from Bo and the others, can she and Bo sort out their relationship? And can Dumbo's simple spirituality touch anyone else?

Markimdb: 6.8
Genrefantasy, comedy, adventure
CountryChina, Hong Kong
Duration01:50
CharactersDemons, Monsters, Monkeys, Giants, Heroes
PlotDancing, Adventure, Martial Arts, Buddhism, Supernatural
PlaceChina
StyleExciting, By books

In a world plagued by demons who cause great human suffering, young demon hunter Xuan Zang risks his all to conquer a water demon, a pig demon and the demon of all demons, Sun Wukong.

Markimdb: 8.2
Genrefantasy, drama, military
CountryJapan

In 16th century Japan, peasants Genjuro and Tobei sell their earthenware pots to a group of soldiers in a nearby village, in defiance of a local sage's warning against seeking to profit from warfare. Genjuro's pursuit of both riches and the mysterious Lady Wakasa, as well as Tobei's desire to become a samurai, run the risk of destroying both themselves and their wives, Miyagi and Ohama.

Markimdb: 6.9
Genreaction, drama, crime, biography, sport
CountryUnited Kingdom, France, China, Cambodia, USA, Germany
Duration02:05
CharactersDogs, Hired assassins, Photographers
PlotLove, On real events, Survival, Martial Arts, Gambling
PlacePrison
StyleExciting, Action, Fascinating, Tense, Disturbing

The true story of Billy Moore, an English boxer incarcerated in Thailand's most notorious prison. Thrown into a world of drugs and violence, he finds his best chance to escape is to fight his way out in Muay Thai tournaments.

Markimdb: 7.7
Genremelodrama, drama, adventure
CountryIndia, Germany, France, Italy, Luxembourg
Duration02:18
PlotLove triangle, Buddhism
PlaceVillage, Asia
StyleSoulful, Atmospheric, Fascinating, Gloomy, Makes me think

A love story situated in the Himalayas. A Buddhist monk can't choose between life and the way of the Buddha.

Markimdb: 5.6
Genrecomedy, sport
CountryUSA
Duration01:45
CharactersFriends, Partners
PlotFriendship, Baseball, Buddhism, Voodoo, Rivalry

Those Cleveland Indians are at it again! After losing in the ALCS the year before, the Indians are determined to make it into the World Series this time! First, though, they have to contend with Rachel Phelps again when she buys back the team. Also, has Rick "Wild Thing" Vaughn lost his edge? Are Jake's knees strong enough to make it as a catcher another year? These and other questions are answered as the Indians recapture the magic and win the championship "their way".

Markimdb: 7.4
Genredrama
CountryNorway, USA
Duration02:08
CharactersDogs, Blind, Poor
PlotGambling, Weapon, Buddhism
PlaceShips, Vietnam, China, Texas, Asia
StyleSoulful, Gloomy, Touching, Serious

After reuniting with his mother in Ho Chi Minh City, a family tragedy causes Binh to flee from Viet Nam to America. Landing in New York, Binh begins a road trip to Texas, where his American father is said to live.

Markimdb: 8.4
Genredrama, history
CountryJapan
PlotThe escape

In medieval Japan a compassionate governor is sent into exile. His wife and children try to join him, but are separated, and the children grow up amid suffering and oppression.

Markimdb: 7.2
Genrefantastic, melodrama, drama, detective
CountryCanada, USA
Duration01:36
CharactersDoctors, Immortals, Writers, Terminally ill
PlotPuzzles, Obsession, Loneliness, Death, Cancer
PlaceSpain
TimeMiddle Ages
StyleMind-altering, Twisted plot, Philosophical, Atmospheric, Makes me think

Spanning over one thousand years, and three parallel stories, The Fountain is a story of love, death, spirituality, and the fragility of our existence in this world.

Markimdb: 6.5
Genreaction, melodrama, drama, military, biography, history
CountryIndia
Duration02:35
PlotTravel

A young Prince Asoka works to perfect his skills in battle and also deals with family conflict. During a struggle with one of his step-brothers, his mother urges Asoka to escape to stay alive. While away, Asoka meets Kaurwaki and falls in love, but must use his skills as a warrior to protect her. A dangerous and heartbreaking web of conspiracy follows, which leads Asoka to embrace a Buddhist path.

Markimdb: 7
Genrefantasy, melodrama, drama, adventure
CountryIndia, France, Japan, Germany
Duration02:35
CharactersDemons, Immortals, Yeti
PlotLove, Buddhism

A Himalayan legend of a love struggling against the inevitability of death, an astonishing tale spanning from the early 19th century mountain existence, to hectic, bustling modern day Tokyo.

Markimdb: 4.2
Genreaction, thriller, adventure, crime
CountryThailand, Hong Kong, United Kingdom, USA
CharactersSpecial Forces, Partners
PlotWar, Kung Fu, Friendship, Supernatural, Chase
PlaceJungle, Asia
StyleExciting, Action, Fascinating

When a Thai girl with mythical powers goes missing, Axe and his old team unite in attempts to bring her back.

Markimdb: 7.2
Genreaction, comedy, melodrama
CountryHong Kong
Duration01:36
CharactersHeroes, Priests, Emperors
PlotAdventure, Kung Fu, Martial Arts, Revenge, Martial Arts
TimeMiddle Ages
StyleExciting, Serious, For men

Falsely accused for cheating in a martial arts competition, two boyhood friends are banished from their Shaolin Temple and go their separate ways. As adults, they join opposing sides in a civil war. When one betrays the other, they settle their differences mano-a-mano.

Markimdb: 7
Genredrama, military, biography, history
CountryUSA, Monaco, Morocco
Duration02:14
PlotOn real events, Political, Buddhism
PlaceChina

The Tibetans refer to the Dalai Lama as 'Kundun', which means 'The Presence'. He was forced to escape from his native home, Tibet, when communist China invaded and enforced an oppressive regime upon the peaceful nation. The Dalai Lama escaped to India in 1959 and has been living in exile in Dharamsala ever since.

Markimdb: 6.1
Genredrama
CountryFrance, Liechtenstein, United Kingdom
Duration02:03
PlotDeath, Religious
PlaceAsia
StyleTo cry, Makes me think, Touching, Serious

After the death of Lama Dorje, Tibetan Buddhist monks find three children — one American and two Nepalese — who may be the rebirth of their great teacher.

Markimdb: 7.7
Genrefantasy, drama, adventure
CountryUSA
Duration02:12
CharactersPriests
PlotSurvival, Adventure, Revolution
PlaceAircraft, Mountains, England, China
StyleSoulful, By books, Fascinating, Makes me think

British diplomat Robert Conway and a small group of civilians crash land in the Himalayas, and are rescued by the people of the mysterious, Eden-like valley of Shangri-la. Protected by the mountains from the world outside, where the clouds of World War II are gathering, Shangri-la provides a seductive escape for the world-weary Conway.

Markimdb: 6.6
Genrethriller, drama, military, biography, history
CountryUSA, United Kingdom
Duration01:48
CharactersTerrorists, Family, FBI
PlotSurvival, Investigation, Friendship, Death, Political
StyleFascinating, Touching, Serious, Disturbing

Based on Mariane Pearl's account of the terrifying and unforgettable story of her husband, Wall Street Journal reporter Danny Pearl's life and death.

Markimdb: 7.9
Genreadventure, documentary, history
CountryUSA
Duration00:20
CharactersHeroes
PlotAdventure, Religious, Buddhism, Religion
StylePhilosophical, Fascinating, Smart, Makes me think, Serious

Morgan Freeman presents his quest in order to find how most religions perceive life after death, what different civilizations thought about the act of creation and other big questions that mankind has continuously asked.

Markimdb: 6.8
Genreaction, drama, military, biography, history
CountryUSA, United Kingdom, France
Duration02:20
CharactersDogs, Spy, Soldier
PlotOn real events, Survival
PlaceVillage, Vietnam, Asia
StylePsychological problems, Fascinating, Gloomy, Epic, Depressive

Le Ly lives in a small Vietnamese village whose serenity is shattered when war breaks out. Caught between the Viet Cong and the South Vietnamese army, the village is all but destroyed. After being both brutalized and raped, Le Ly resolves to flee. She leaves for the city, surviving desperate situations, but surviving nonetheless. Eventually she meets a U.S. Marine named Steve Butler who treats her kindly and tells her he would like to be married -- maybe to her.

Markimdb: 6.7
Genremelodrama, drama, history
CountryUSA
Duration02:28
CharactersTeachers, Lovers
PlotOn real events, Friendship, Political
PlaceAsia
StyleFascinating, Epic, Serious

The story of the romance between the King of Siam (now Thailand) and the widowed British school teacher Anna Leonowens during the 1860s. Anna teaches the children and becomes romanced by the King. She convinces him that a man can be loved by just one woman.

Markimdb: 6.8
Genrethriller, drama, detective
CountryUSA
Duration01:35
CharactersDoctors, Students, Psychologists, Blind, Psychiatrists
PlotTravel, Obsession, Death, Mental disorders, Depression
PlaceParallel worlds, Psychiatric hospitals
StyleUnexpected ending, Psychological problems, Action, Twisted plot, Gloomy

Psychiatrist Sam Foster has a new patient, Henry Letham, who claims to be suicidal. In trying to diagnose him, Sam visits Henry's prior therapist and also finds Henry's mother -- even though Henry has said that he murdered both of his parents. As reality starts to contradict fact, Sam spirals into an unstable mental state. Then he finds a clue as to how and when Henry may try to kill himself, and races to try to stop him.





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