Movies about the meaning of life

List of the best movies about the meaning of life, selected by visitors to our site: The Map of Tiny Perfect Things, Cloud Atlas, Mr. Nobody, The Butterfly Effect, The Truman Show, The Apocalypse, Taste of Cherry, Lucky, The Sun Above Me Never Sets, Walter.

In the top there are new films of 2021, a plot description and trailers for films that have already been released.

The Map of Tiny Perfect Things (2021)
Markimdb: 6.8
Genrefantasy, comedy, melodrama
CharactersTeens, Terminally ill, Good people, Friends, Students
PlotLove, Cancer, Relationship, Meaning of life, Recurring day
StyleKind, Vital signs, Action, Touching, Soulful

The film tells the story of quick-witted teen Mark, contentedly living the same day in an endless loop whose world is turned upside-down when he meets mysterious Margaret also stuck in the time loop. Mark and Margaret form a magnetic partnership, setting out to find all the tiny things that make that one day perfect. What follows is a love story with a fantastical twist, as the two struggle to figure out how -- and whether -- to escape their never-ending day.

Cloud Atlas (2012)
Markimdb: 7.4
Genrefantastic, drama
CountryUSA, Germany, Hong Kong, Singapore
PlotUprising, Supernatural, Life after death, Death, Fate
TimeFuture, Post apocalypse
StyleWorth watching, Exciting, Philosophical, Fascinating, Atmospheric

A set of six nested stories spanning time between the 19th century and a distant post-apocalyptic future. Cloud Atlas explores how the actions and consequences of individual lives impact one another throughout the past, the present and the future. Action, mystery and romance weave through the story as one soul is shaped from a killer into a hero and a single act of kindness ripples across centuries to inspire a revolution in the distant future. Based on the award winning novel by David Mitchell. Directed by Tom Tykwer and the Wachowskis.

Mr. Nobody (2009)
Markimdb: 7.8
Genrefantastic, fantasy, melodrama, drama
CountryBelgium, Germany, Canada, France
CharactersOld man, Immortals
PlotTime travel, Depression, Death, Fate, Mystery
PlaceMars, Parallel worlds
StylePhilosophical, Makes me think, Fancy, Deep Meaning, Mind-altering

Nemo Nobody leads an ordinary existence with his wife and 3 children; one day, he wakes up as a mortal centenarian in the year 2092.

The Butterfly Effect (2004)
Markimdb: 7.6
Genrefantastic, thriller
CountryUSA, Canada
PlotTime travel, Love, Supernatural, Death, Jealousy
StyleWorth watching, Exciting, Philosophical, Disturbing, Tense

A young man struggles to access sublimated childhood memories. He finds a technique that allows him to travel back into the past, to occupy his childhood body and change history. However, he soon finds that every change he makes has unexpected consequences.

The Truman Show (1998)
Markimdb: 8.1
PlotLove, Mystery, Freedom, Meaning of life, Cheating
PlaceSea, Forest, Islands
StyleWorth watching, Philosophical, Touching, Makes me think, Smart

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 consumption by the rest of the world. And everyone he knows -- including his wife and his best friend -- is really an actor, paid to be part of his life.

The Apocalypse (2007)
Markimdb: 1.7
Genrefantastic, drama, adventure
CharactersParents, Heroes
PlotApocalypse, Adventure, Disasters, Tornadoes, Religious
StyleExciting, For men, Disturbing, Serious

A mother and a father search for their only child as a giant asteroid headed for Earth, triggering a series of apocalyptic events.

Taste of Cherry (1997)
Markimdb: 7.7
CountryIran, France
CharactersSoldier, Gay
PlotCars, Religious, Death, Money, Meaning of life
PlaceDeserts, Mountains
StyleAtmospheric, Soulful, Depressive, Gloomy, Serious

A middle-aged Tehranian man, Mr. Badii is intent on killing himself and seeks someone to bury him after his demise. Driving around the city, the seemingly well-to-do Badii meets with numerous people, including a Muslim student, asking them to take on the job, but initially he has little luck. Eventually, Badii finds a man who is up for the task because he needs the money, but his new associate soon tries to talk him out of committing suicide.

Lucky (2017)
Markimdb: 7.3
Genrecomedy, drama
CharactersDogs, Insects, Singers, Bartenders, Autistic
PlotDeath, Mystery, Weapon, Meaning of life, Loneliness
PlaceDeserts, Village
TimeFuture, World War II
StylePhilosophical, Fascinating, Makes me think, Psychological problems

Follows the journey of a 90-year-old atheist and the quirky characters that inhabit his off-the-map desert town. He finds himself at the precipice of life, thrust into a journey of self-exploration.

The Sun Above Me Never Sets (2019)
Markimdb: 7.1
Genrecomedy, drama
CharactersFriends, Fathers, Old man
PlotLove, Happiness, Meaning of life

Having quarreled with his father Altan goes to work in the North. He will have to spend a month alone on a deserted island. But soon a neighbor appears. He is old Baibal who has come to the island to spend the last days of his life there. He asks Altan to bury him next to his wife. But the guy finds out that long ago the old man’s daughter went missing. He talks the old man into publishing an entertainment blog to find his daughter and put of the man’s death. Every day Altan does his best to stimulate the old man to live another beautiful day.

Walter (2015)
Markimdb: 5.4
Genrecomedy, drama
PlotSupernatural, Fate, Meaning of life

A ticket-taker at the local cinema believes he is the son of God. He has agreed to decide the eternal fate of everyone he comes in to contact with.

As We Were Dreaming (2015)
Markimdb: 6.3
CountryGermany, France
PlotMeaning of life, Freedom
StyleSoulful, Gloomy, Serious, Fascinating, By books

Andreas Dresen's adaptation of Clemens Meyer's novel about a group of East German friends right after the fall of the Wall.

Do You Believe? (2015)
Markimdb: 6.1
CharactersPriests, Criminals
PlotReligious, Meaning of life, Mythology
StyleMakes me think, Serious

When a pastor is shaken by the visible faith of a street-corner preacher, he is reminded that true belief always requires action. His response ignites a journey that impacts everyone it touches in ways that only God could orchestrate.

Left Behind (2014)
Markimdb: 3.1
Genrefantastic, thriller, drama
CountryUSA, Canada
PlotApocalypse, Religious, Supernatural, Survival, Missing people
PlaceAircraft, USA
StyleExciting, Fascinating, Action, Disturbing, Tense

A small group of survivors are left behind after millions of people suddenly vanish during the rapture and the world is plunged into chaos and destruction.

I Origins (2014)
Markimdb: 7.4
Genrefantastic, melodrama, drama
CharactersScientists, Inventors
PlotLove, Religious, Life after death, Death, Meaning of life
PlaceIndia, USA, New York
StyleAtmospheric, Makes me think, Psychological problems, Philosophical

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.

Kahlil Gibran's The Prophet (2014)
Markimdb: 7.1
Genredrama, cartoon
CountryUSA, France, Canada, Lebanon, Qatar
CharactersSingle mothers, Artists
PlotMeaning of life, Friendship
StyleFancy, Serious, Soulful, Makes me think, By books

Exiled artist and poet Mustafa embarks on a journey home with his housekeeper and her daughter; together the trio must evade the authorities who fear that the truth in Mustafa's words will incite rebellion.

Bird People (2014)
Markimdb: 6
Genrefantasy, melodrama, drama
CharactersProgrammers, Birds, Cats, Businessmen
PlotCars, Supernatural, Computers, Freedom, Meaning of life
PlaceAircraft, Trains, France, Hotels, Metro
StyleAtmospheric, Serious, Fascinating, Romantic

An overstressed American businessman and a French chambermaid make a connection at an airport hotel in Paris.

The Pervert's Guide to Ideology (2012)
Markimdb: 7.7
CountryUnited Kingdom, Republic of Ireland
PlotPolitical, Religious, Meaning of life, Justice
StylePhilosophical, Fascinating, Smart, Fancy, Serious

Philosopher Slavoj Žižek and filmmaker Sophie Fiennes reunites for this follow-up to their hit The Pervert's Guide to Cinema, using their interpretation of moving pictures to present a compelling cinematic journey into the heart of ideology – the dreams that shape our collective beliefs and practices.

Inside (2012)
Markimdb: 3.9
PlotMeaning of life, Loneliness
PlaceTurkey, Office, Party
StyleSerious, Psychological problems, Fascinating, By books

Prison inmate Miles Barrett is ripped awake in the middle of the night by a terrifying crash, gunfire, and the sickening screams of a man being torn apart. Something is loose in the prison - and it's coming for Miles...

Happy People: A Year in the Taiga (2010)
Markimdb: 7.8
CharactersDogs, Bears
PlotSnow, Meaning of life
PlaceRussia, Village, Nature, Siberia
StyleFascinating, Makes me think, Soulful, Serious

In the center of the story is the life of the indigenous people of the village Bakhtia at the river Yenisei in the Siberian Taiga. The camera follows the protagonists in the village over a period of a year. The natives, whose daily routines have barely changed over the last centuries, keep living their lives according to their own cultural traditions.

Lourdes (2009)
Markimdb: 6.9
CountryAustria, France, Germany
CharactersPriests, Losers, Disabled people
PlotReligious, Meaning of life
StyleGloomy, Serious

Christine is a wheelchair-using woman with severe multiple sclerosis. In order to escape her isolation, she makes a journey to Lourdes, the iconic site of pilgrimage in the Pyrenees Mountains, along with other people with varying disabilities. During her stay she begins to regain the use of her limbs. This is in contrast with others, who appear to have stronger faith than Christine but experience only slight, passing improvement. Her fellow pilgrims are eager to call it a miracle; however, as the pilgrimage draws to a close, exactly how accurate a claim this is becomes uncertain.