Philosophical movies

List of the best philosophical movies selected by visitors to our site: Bliss, I'm Thinking of Ending Things, I Am Mother, Ordinary Love, Exit Plan, Vivarium, Alice and the Mayor, Ip Man 4: The Finale, The Mercy, Come Sunday
In the top there are new films of 2021, a plot description and trailers for films that have already been released.
Bliss (2021)
Markimdb: 5.3
PlotVirtual Reality, Relationship, Divorce, Loneliness
TimeFuture
StylePhilosophical, Romantic

A mind-bending love story following Greg who, after recently being divorced and then fired, meets the mysterious Isabel, a woman living on the streets and convinced that the polluted, broken world around them is just a computer simulation. Doubtful at first, Greg eventually discovers there may be some truth to Isabel’s wild conspiracy.

I'm Thinking of Ending Things (2020)
Markimdb: 6.8
PlotSnow, Travel
PlaceSchool
TimeWinter
StylePhilosophical, Netflix

Nothing is as it seems when a woman experiencing misgivings about her new boyfriend joins him on a road trip to meet his parents at their remote farm.

I Am Mother (2019)
Mark8.2 (imdb: 6.7)
Genrehorror, fantastic, thriller, drama
CountryAustralia
Duration02:14
CharactersRobots, Childrens, Dogs
PlotSurvival, Artificial Intelligence, Mystery, End of the world, Apocalypse, Technology, Cheating
PlaceBeach
TimePost apocalypse
StylePhilosophical, For personal development, Makes me think, Worth watching, Atmospheric, Interesting, For a group of friends, Netflix, Womens in main roles, Unexpected ending, Depressive, Tense

A teenage girl is raised underground by a robot "Mother", designed to repopulate the earth following an extinction event. But their unique bond is threatened when an inexplicable stranger arrives with alarming news.

Ordinary Love (2019)
Markimdb: 6.6
Genremelodrama, drama
CountryUnited Kingdom
CharactersFamily
PlotCancer, Survival, Love, Money, Fate
PlaceHospitals
TimeNew Year
StyleTouching, Heavy, Disturbing, Fascinating, To cry, Philosophical, Romantic

An extraordinary look at the lives of a middle-aged couple in the midst of the wife's breast cancer diagnosis.

Exit Plan (2019)
Markimdb: 5.1
Genredrama, detective
CountryDenmark, Norway, Germany
PlotDeath, Loneliness
PlaceHotels
StylePhilosophical

Insurance broker Max's life is about one thing - keeping his walnut brain tumour in check. He eats properly, exercises and lives properly, but all of this self-consciousness makes him more and more depressed. When he realises that his beloved wife plans to leave him, he decides to take his own life.

Vivarium (2019)
Markimdb: 5.8
Genrefantastic, drama
CountryRepublic of Ireland, Belgium, Denmark, Canada
PlotMystery, Survival, Relationship
StyleDeep Meaning, Philosophical

A young woman and her fiancé are in search of the perfect starter home. After following a mysterious real estate agent to a new housing development, the couple finds themselves trapped in a maze of identical houses and forced to raise an otherworldly child.

Alice and the Mayor (2019)
Markimdb: 6.2
Genrecomedy, drama
CountryFrance, Belgium
PlotRivalry, Political, Fate
StyleFascinating, Philosophical

The mayor of Lyon, Paul Théraneau, is in a delicate position. After 30 years in politics, he is running out of ideas, feeling like an existential emptiness. To overcome this, Paul hires a young and brilliant philosopher, Alice Heimann. Then follows a dialogue between two diametrically opposed personalities who will turn their certainties upside down.

Ip Man 4: The Finale (2019)
Markimdb: 7
Genreaction, drama, biography, history
CountryHong Kong, China
CharactersWarriors
PlotMartial Arts
PlaceChina
StyleAtmospheric, Tense, For men, Inspirational, Philosophical

Following the death of his wife, Ip Man travels to San Francisco to ease tensions between the local kung fu masters and his star student, Bruce Lee, while searching for a better future for his son.

The Mercy (2018)
Mark6.8 (imdb: 6)
Genredrama, adventure, detective, biography
CountryUnited Kingdom
Duration02:28
PlotOn real events, Survival, Travel
PlaceSea, Yachts
StylePhilosophical, For men

Yachtsman Donald Crowhurst's disastrous attempt to win the 1968 Golden Globe Race ends up with him creating an outrageous account of traveling the world alone by sea.

Come Sunday (2018)
Mark9 (imdb: 6)
Genredrama
CountryUSA
Duration02:33
CharactersPriests
PlotOn real events, Religious
StylePhilosophical, Netflix, Makes me think

Evangelist Carlton Pearson is ostracized by his church for preaching that there is no Hell.

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I Can Only Imagine (2018)
Mark6 (imdb: 7.3)
Genredrama, music, biography
CountryUSA
Duration02:22
CharactersMusicians, Singers, Parents, Family
PlotDreams, Religious, On real events
StyleInspirational, Soulful, Philosophical, Deep Meaning, Touching, Makes me think

Growing up in Texas, Bart Millard suffers physical and emotional abuse at the hands of his father. His childhood and relationship with his dad inspires him to write the hit song "I Can Only Imagine" as singer of the Christian band MercyMe.

Little Forest (2018)
Mark8 (imdb: 7.1)
Genrecomedy, drama
CountrySouth Korea
Duration01:12
CharactersLosers, Dogs
PlotTravel, Snow
PlaceVillage, Nature
TimeSummer, Winter
StylePhilosophical, Makes me think, Soulful, Touching

A young woman leaves the city to return to her hometown in the countryside. Seeking to escape the hustle and bustle of the city, she becomes self-sufficient in a bid to reconnect with nature.

Border (2018)
Markimdb: 7
Genrethriller, fantasy, melodrama, drama
CountrySweden, Denmark
Duration01:45
CharactersTroll, Deer
PlotSupernatural
StylePhilosophical, By books, Heavy, Depressive

When a border guard with a sixth sense for identifying smugglers encounters the first person she cannot prove is guilty, she is forced to confront terrifying revelations about herself and humankind.

An Interview with God (2018)
Mark6 (imdb: 5.8)
Genredrama, detective
CountryUSA
Duration01:36
CharactersJournalists, Gods
PlotRelationship, Religious, Depression
StylePhilosophical, Deep Meaning, Soulful, Makes me think, Heavy

An up-and-coming journalist finds his world and faith increasingly challenged when he's granted the interview of a lifetime – with someone who claims to be God.

Here and Now (2018)
Mark2 (imdb: 4.4)
Genremelodrama, drama, music
CountryUSA
Duration01:54
CharactersTerminally ill, Family, Singers
PlotLoneliness
StylePhilosophical, Womens in main roles, Heavy, Disturbing, Makes me think

A singer in New York gets a grim diagnosis that puts her life and dreams into perspective.

Fahrenheit 451 (2018)
Mark4.6 (imdb: 4.9)
Genrefantastic, thriller, drama
CountryUSA
Duration02:03
CharactersPartners, Firefighters, Birds
PlaceBeach
TimeFuture
StyleDystopian, By books, Action, Unexpected ending, Fascinating, Philosophical

In an oppressive future, a 'fireman' whose duty is to destroy all books begins to question his task.

Sierra Burgess Is a Loser (2018)
Mark8.2 (imdb: 5.8)
Genrecomedy, melodrama, drama
CountryUSA
Duration02:35
CharactersSingers
PlotLove triangle, Bulimia
PlaceSchool, Party
StyleNetflix, For girls, For single girls, Cute, Light, Fascinating, Philosophical

A case of mistaken identity results in unexpected romance when the most popular girl in high school and the biggest loser must come together to win over their crushes.

Winchester (2018)
Mark7 (imdb: 5.5)
Genrehorror, thriller, fantasy, detective, biography
CountryAustralia, USA
Duration01:46
PlotGhosts, On real events, Curses, Death, Money, Earthquake
PlaceCalifornia, Mansions
StyleGothic, Exciting, Philosophical

San Jose, California, 1906. Isolated in her labyrinthine mansion, eccentric firearm heiress Sarah Winchester believes that she is being haunted by the souls of those killed by the guns manufactured by her company.

The Place (2017)
Mark9.4 (imdb: 7)
Genrethriller, drama, detective
CountryItaly
Duration01:37
PlotMystery, Mystery, Mystery, Fate, Death
PlaceItaly
StylePhilosophical, Makes me think, Fascinating, Depressive, Disturbing

The fates of an apparently random group of strangers who each come into contact with a mysterious figure who they believe possesses the power to grant any wish, in return for which they must carry out a task he assigns them.

The Discovery (2017)
Mark8.6 (imdb: 6.3)
Genrefantastic, thriller, melodrama, drama, detective
CountryUSA
Duration01:48
CharactersScientists
PlotLife after death, Depression, Dreams, Religious, Uprising, Mental disorders, Loneliness
PlaceMansions
TimeFuture
StylePhilosophical, Depressive, Tense, Smart

In the near future, due to a breakthrough scientific discovery by Dr. Thomas Harbor, there is now definitive proof of an afterlife. While countless people have chosen suicide to reset their existence, others try to decide what it all means. Among them is Dr. Harbor's son Will, who has arrived at his father's isolated compound with a mysterious young woman named Isla. There, they discover the strange acolytes who help Dr. Harbor with his experiments.

Final Portrait (2017)
Markimdb: 6.3
Genrecomedy, drama, biography
CountryUnited Kingdom
Duration01:20
CharactersArtists, Lovers, Geniuses, Photographers, Writers
PlotLove, Jealousy, Art, Creation, Obsession, Death, Money, Diving
PlaceFrance, Paris
StylePhilosophical, Makes me think

The story of Swiss painter and sculptor Alberto Giacometti.

Ghost in the Shell (2017)
Mark7.2 (imdb: 6.3)
Genrefantastic, action, thriller, drama, crime
CountryUSA, India, Hong Kong, China
Duration02:13
CharactersHackers, Police, Doctors
PlotConspiracies, Artificial Intelligence, Consciousness, Investigation, Chase, Technology, Internet
PlaceLaboratory, Japan
TimeFuture
StyleCyberpunk, Tense, Philosophical

In the near future, Major is the first of her kind: a human saved from a terrible crash, then cyber-enhanced to be a perfect soldier devoted to stopping the world's most dangerous criminals.

The Young Karl Marx (2017)
Markimdb: 6.6
Genredrama, biography, history
CountryFrance, Belgium, Germany
Duration02:14
CharactersSoldier, Journalists, Poor
PlotCreation, Money, Political
PlaceFrance, Paris
StylePhilosophical

26 year-old Karl Marx embarks with his wife, Jenny, on the road to exile. In 1844 in Paris, he meets Friedrich Engels, an industrialist’s son, who has been investigating the sordid birth of the British working class. Engels, the dandy, provides the last piece of the puzzle to the young Karl Marx’s new vision of the world. Together, between censorship and the police’s repression, riots and political upheavals, they will lead the labor movement during its development into a modern era.

A Ghost Story (2017)
Mark8.6 (imdb: 6.9)
Genrefantasy, melodrama, drama
CountryUSA
Duration02:17
CharactersPianists, Single mothers, Singers
PlotGhosts, Fate, Death, Dancing, Money, Computers, Bulimia, Loneliness
PlaceParty
TimeFuture
StyleTouching, Philosophical

Recently deceased, a white-sheeted ghost returns to his suburban home to console his bereft wife, only to find that in his spectral state he has become unstuck in time, forced to watch passively as the life he knew and the woman he loves slowly slip away.

The Bye Bye Man (2017)
Mark3.6 (imdb: 4.2)
Genrehorror, thriller
CountryUSA, China
Duration02:22
CharactersKillers, Students
PlotGhosts, Supernatural, Death, Survival, Cheating, Fear
PlaceUSA
StyleDepressive, Heavy, Tense, Disturbing, Philosophical

When three college students move into an old house off campus, they unwittingly unleash a supernatural entity known as The Bye Bye Man, who comes to prey upon them once they discover his name. The friends must try to save each other, all the while keeping The Bye Bye Man's existence a secret to save others from the same deadly fate.

Lucky (2017)
Markimdb: 7.3
Genrecomedy, drama
CountryUSA
Duration01:57
CharactersOld man, Dogs, Turtles, Autistic, Insects, Bartenders, Singers
PlotMeaning of life, Death, Weapon, Mystery, Loneliness
PlaceVillage, Deserts
StylePhilosophical

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.

Wilson (2017)
Markimdb: 5.8
Genrecomedy, drama
CountryUSA
Duration02:23
CharactersFamily, Losers, Dogs, Lawyers, Sisters, Photographers
PlotLove, Divorce, Cancer, Snow, Money, Computers, Loneliness
PlaceUSA, Trains, Prison
StylePhilosophical

Middle-aged and divorced, Wilson finds himself lonely, smug and obsessed with his past.

Tetragrammaton (2017)
Mark
Genrecartoon
CountryRussia, Ukraine, Israel
CharactersGods
PlotAdventure, Death, Experiments
StylePhilosophical

A comics about superhero philosophers, who get involved in various predicaments and try to utter God's name.The movie is made up of eight episodes, each in its own genre. There are detective stories, a Western, a thriller, a conspiracy movie, horrors, and comedies - It is a fantastic voyage through the jungle of reason.

The Shack (2017)
Mark10 (imdb: 6.3)
Genrefantasy, drama
CountryUSA
Duration02:23
CharactersSerial killers, FBI, Gods
PlotMystery, Depression, Dancing, Snow, Travel, Religious, Abduction
StyleDisturbing, Philosophical

After suffering a family tragedy, Mack Phillips spirals into a deep depression causing him to question his innermost beliefs. Facing a crisis of faith, he receives a mysterious letter urging him to an abandoned shack deep in the Oregon wilderness. Despite his doubts, Mack journeys to the shack and encounters an enigmatic trio of strangers led by a woman named Papa. Through this meeting, Mack finds important truths that will transform his understanding of his tragedy and change his life forever.

Captain Fantastic (2016)
Mark10 (imdb: 7.9)
Genrecomedy, melodrama, drama
CountryUSA
Duration02:29
CharactersHermits, Family, Scientists, Parents
PlotLoneliness, Travel, Funeral, Dancing, Political, Mental disorders, Cars
PlaceForest, Nature
StylePhilosophical, Touching

A father living in the forests of the Pacific Northwest with his six young kids tries to assimilate back into society.

Paterson (2016)
Mark10 (imdb: 7.4)
Genrecomedy, melodrama, drama
CountryFrance, Germany, USA
Duration02:35
CharactersDogs, Actors, Poets, Bartenders
PlotMagic, Weapon, Money, Chess
PlaceUSA
StylePhilosophical, Soulful

A week in the life of a bus driver and poet named Paterson, and his supportive wife Laura.

Silence (2016)
Mark9 (imdb: 7.2)
Genredrama, adventure, history
CountryMexico, Taiwan, USA
Duration02:19
CharactersPriests
PlotTime travel, Fear, Religious, Loneliness
PlaceJapan, Asia
StylePhilosophical, Atmospheric, Depressive, Tense, Fascinating

Two Jesuit priests travel to seventeenth century Japan which has, under the Tokugawa shogunate, banned Catholicism and almost all foreign contact.

Gold (2016)
Mark8.2 (imdb: 6.7)
Genrethriller, drama, adventure
CountryUSA
Duration02:31
CharactersGold miners, FBI, Businessmen, Gangsters, Tigers
PlotInvestigation, Money, Justice, On real events
PlaceJungle, Wall Street
StyleAction, Philosophical, For men, Tense, Disturbing

Kenny Wells, a modern-day prospector, hustler, and dreamer, is desperate for a lucky break. Left with few options, Wells teams up with an equally luckless geologist to execute a grandiose, last-ditch effort: to find gold deep in the uncharted jungle of Indonesia.

Paradise (2016)
Mark10 (imdb: 7)
Genredrama, history
CountryRussia, Germany
Duration02:10
CharactersJews, Dogs
PlotRelationship, Death, Love, Love triangle
PlaceFrance, Prison
StylePhilosophical, Heavy, Touching

The historical drama set during the Second World War centres on three people whose paths cross: a Russian aristocratic emigrant and member of the French resistance, a French collaborator and a high-ranking German SS officer.

The Man Who Knew Infinity (2016)
Markimdb: 7.2
Genredrama, biography
CountryUnited Kingdom, USA, Singapore, Hong Kong, United Arab Emirates
CharactersMathematicians, Geniuses, Scientists
PlotOn real events
PlaceIndia, England
StylePhilosophical, Smart

Growing up poor in Madras, India, Srinivasa Ramanujan Iyengar earns admittance to Cambridge University during WWI, where he becomes a pioneer in mathematical theories with the guidance of his professor, G.H. Hardy.

Demolition (2016)
Mark9.6 (imdb: 7)
Genrecomedy, drama
CountryUSA
Duration02:10
CharactersGay
PlotDeath, Relationship, Weapon, Depression
PlaceTrains, Beach
StylePhilosophical

An emotionally desperate investment banker finds hope through a woman he meets in Chicago.

Arrival (2016)
Mark8.4 (imdb: 7.9)
Genrefantastic, thriller, drama, detective
CountryUSA, Canada
Duration02:32
CharactersAliens, Scientists, Linguists, Military, Strong women
PlotTime travel, Cancer, Fate, UFO
PlaceSpace, USA, Spaceships
TimeFuture
StylePopular, Smart, Tense, Philosophical, Interesting

Taking place after alien crafts land around the world, an expert linguist is recruited by the military to determine whether they come in peace or are a threat.

It's Only the End of the World (2016)
Mark9 (imdb: 6.9)
Genredrama
CountryCanada, France
Duration01:46
CharactersWriters, Gay
PlotLoneliness
StyleMakes me think, Disturbing, Philosophical

Louis, a terminally ill writer, returns home after a long absence to tell his family that he is dying.

Things to Come (2016)
Markimdb: 7
Genredrama
CountryFrance, Germany
Duration01:52
CharactersFamily, Strong women
PlotLoneliness, Divorce, Funeral
PlaceSchool, Paris
StylePhilosophical

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 possessive mother. One day, Nathalie’s husband announces he is leaving her for another woman. With freedom thrust upon her, Nathalie must reinvent her life.

The Good Place (2016)
Markimdb: 8.2
Genrefantasy, comedy, melodrama, drama
CountryUSA
Duration02:19
CharactersFriends, Architects
PlotDeath, Life after death, Cheating
PlaceTrains
StyleTouching, Fascinating, Philosophical

Eleanor Shellstrop, an ordinary woman who, through an extraordinary string of events, enters the afterlife where she comes to realize that she hasn't been a very good person. With the help of her wise afterlife mentor, she's determined to shed her old way of living and discover the awesome (or at least the pretty good) person within.

Punk's Dead: SLC Punk 2 (2016)
Markimdb: 4.8
Genrecomedy
CountryUSA
Duration02:44
CharactersMusicians, Mothers
PlotLove, Travel, Death
PlaceUSA
StylePhilosophical

Punk's Dead, the sequel to 1999 cult hit SLC Punk, is a punk romp through the Utah hinterlands. Ross, Penny and Crash, young outsiders from different tribes, embark on a road trip to a huge punk show. Ross, 19, is the love child of Trish and Heroin Bob, who died before Ross was born. During their odyssey, and with the help of a healthy dose of drugs, alcohol and punk music, Ross shreds his darkly Gothic outlook and embraces life. His mother Trish, who raised Ross alone in her steam punk shop, discovers that he is in a crisis. She recruits his 'uncles,' Bob's old SLC gang, to help find him. When all collide at the concert, they are forced to deal with their unresolved relationships with Bob.

Anesthesia (2016)
Mark8 (imdb: 6.1)
Genrethriller, drama, crime
CountryUSA
Duration02:00
CharactersDogs, Teachers, Jews, Sisters, Surgeons
PlotMoney, Cancer, Drug addict, Death, Snow, Computers, Loneliness
StylePhilosophical

Multiple lives intersect in the aftermath of the violent mugging of a Columbia University philosophy professor.

World of Tomorrow (2015)
Markimdb: 8.1
Genrefantastic, comedy, drama, cartoon, short
CountryUSA
Duration01:05
PlotLoneliness, Time travel, Art, Death, Virtual Reality, Technology, Consciousness
TimeFuture
StyleAtmospheric, Depressive, Philosophical

A little girl is taken on a mind-bending tour of her distant future.

Desierto (2015)
Markimdb: 6
Genrethriller, drama
CountryMexico, France
CharactersDogs, Snake, Smugglers, Hunters
PlotSurvival
PlaceDeserts, Mountains
StyleTouching, Heavy, Philosophical

A group of Mexican emigrants attempts to cross the Mexican-US border. What begins as a hopeful journey becomes a harrowing, bloody and primal fight for survival when a deranged, rifle-toting vigilante and his loyal Belgian Malinois dog chase the group of unarmed men and women through the treacherous borderland. In the harsh, unforgiving desert terrain, the odds are stacked firmly against them as they discover there’s nowhere to hide from the unrelenting, merciless killer.

The Brand New Testament (2015)
Mark8.6 (imdb: 7.1)
Genrefantasy, comedy
CountryBelgium, France, Luxembourg
Duration02:11
CharactersFamily, Fathers, Gods, Snipers
PlotRelationship, The escape, Telekinesis, Religious, Death, Martial Arts, Dancing, Fate
PlaceOffice, School
StyleTo cry, Philosophical, Makes me think

God lives in Brussels. On earth though, God is a coward, with pathetical morals and being odious with his family. His daughter, Ea, is bored at home and can't stand being locked up in a small apartment in ordinary Brussels, until the day she decides to revolt against her dad...

The Little Prince (2015)
Mark10 (imdb: 7.7)
Genrefantasy, drama, adventure, family, cartoon
CountryFrance, Canada
Duration02:38
CharactersChildrens, Friends, Dogs, Pilots, Old man
PlotGrowing up, Adventure
PlaceSchool, Deserts, Aircraft
StyleFor children, Touching, Cute, Philosophical

Based on the best-seller book 'The Little Prince', the movie tells the story of a little girl that lives with resignation in a world where efficiency and work are the only dogmas. Everything will change when accidentally she discovers her neighbor that will tell her about the story of the Little Prince that he once met.

Sweet Bean (2015)
Markimdb: 7.4
Genredrama
CountryJapan, France, Germany
Duration01:41
CharactersCooks, Dogs, Single mothers, Disabled people, Birds
PlotDeath, Freedom, Happiness
PlaceNature, Trains, Japan, Moon
TimeSummer
StylePhilosophical

Sentaro runs a small bakery that serves dorayaki pastries filled with sweet red bean paste (“an”). When an old lady, Tokue, offers to help in the kitchen he reluctantly accepts. She will soon prove to have magic in her hands…

Anomalisa (2015)
Mark6.6 (imdb: 7.3)
Genrecomedy, melodrama, drama, cartoon
CountryUSA
Duration02:00
CharactersWriters, Gay, Taxi drivers, Singers
PlotLove, Depression, Love at first sight, Obsession, Loneliness
PlaceUSA, Hotels, Aircraft
StyleAtmospheric, Makes me think, Philosophical

A man crippled by the mundanity of his life experiences something out of the ordinary.

The Lobster (2015)
Mark7.6 (imdb: 7.2)
Genrefantastic, thriller, comedy, melodrama, drama
CountryRepublic of Ireland, United Kingdom, Greece, France, Netherlands, USA
Duration01:36
CharactersBlind
PlotLove, Relationship, Loneliness, Death, Emotions
PlaceForest, Hotels
TimeFuture
StyleSmart, Dystopian, Deep Meaning, Philosophical, Gloomy

In a dystopian near future, single people, according to the laws of The City, are taken to The Hotel, where they are obliged to find a romantic partner in forty-five days or are transformed into beasts and sent off into The Woods.

The Platform (2019)
Markimdb: 7
Genrefantastic, thriller, drama
CountrySpain
PlotSurvival, Revolution
PlacePrison
StyleDeep Meaning, Philosophical, Gloomy

A mysterious place, an indescribable prison, a deep hole. An unknown number of levels. Two inmates living on each level. A descending platform containing food for all of them. An inhuman fight for survival, but also an opportunity for solidarity.

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