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The Best 25 Existential Movies of All Time

The 25 Best Existential Movies of All Time

The Best 25 Existential Movies of All Time

#1 On Body and Soul (2017)

The movie is about a love story that is forged in the least romantic place in the world: a slaughterhouse.

#2 Into the Wild (2007)

”Into the Wild” tells the true story of Christopher McCandless, a bright young American college graduate who horrified his parents by sending his $24,000 law school fund to Oxfam. Then, he decided to live off the grid for more than 2 years, culminating in a fatal 4-month solo journey to the Alaskan backcountry.

The movie represents Sean Penn’s most assured and affecting work yet as screenwriter and director, in the wake of The Crossing Guard, The Indian Runner, and The Pledge.

#3 Mr. Nobody (2009)

The film tells the life story of Nemo Nobody, a 118-year-old man who is the last mortal on Earth after the human race has achieved quasi-immortality.

”Mr. Nobody” is a 2009 science fiction drama film directed and written by Jaco Van Dormael and starring:

  • Juno Temple;
  • Toby Regbo;
  • Jared Leto;
  • Natasha Little;
  • Sarah Polley;
  • Rhys Ifans;
  • Linh Dan Pham;
  • Diane Kruger.

#4 Flight from Death: The Quest for Immortality (2003)

”Flight from Death: The Quest for Immortality” is a documentary film which investigates the relationship of human violence to fear of death, as related to subconscious influences.

#5 Diane (2018)

In this movie, Mary Kay Place plays a selfless widow burdened by guilt, with Jake Lacy as her drug-addicted son in this 1st narrative feature from director Kent Jones.

#6 My Dinner with Andre (1981)

”My Dinner with Andre” is an American comedy-drama film that is directed by Louis Malle, and written by and starring Wallace Shawn (Wally) and Andre Gregory (Andre). The plot is about two old friends who meet for dinner – as one tells anecdotes detailing his experiences, the other notices their differing worldviews.

#7 The Bucket List (2007)

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#фільмдляроздумів Сьогодні, в час сучасного кіноматографу, в час, коли нові фільми виходять в прокат зі швидкістю світла, знайти дійсно хороше і достойне кіно – на вагу золота. 🎬 Я фанат фільмів, але не всіх жанрів і далеко не меломан. Я люблю глибокі, змістовні фільми: якщо комедіі, то інтелектуальні, якщо мелодрами чи драми, то з сенсом, з загадкою, з неповторними враженнями після перегляду. Пропоную започаткувати нову традицію – раз в тиждень/в місяць я буду ділитись з вами своіми улюбленими фільмами, або цікавими новинками, щоб затишних осінніх вечорів за переглядом хорошого кіно стало значно більше 🙂 🍁🍂 Поіхали …. 🎬 «Список останніх бажань»( “The bucket list”- оригінал; «Пока не сыграл в ящик» – рос) зворушлива комедія, яка не залишить нікого байдужим. Що б ви робили, якби знали дату своєі смерті? Які у вас є мріі, які ви відкладаєте на потім? І про що б ви жаліли в кінці? Фільм зачіпає важку тему, але з нотками гумору. Хороші жарти, геніальний акторський склад і нагода задуматись….☝🏻 «Єгиптяни вірили, що після смерті, біля воріт раю на них чекатиме суддя, який задасть всього два питання, відповідь на які і вирішать твою долю. 1.Чи знайшов ти радість у житті? 2.І чи принесло твоє життя радість іншим?» . Фільм вартий вашоі уваги. Поділіться враженнями, якщо бачили, плануєте подивитись чи подивились за моєю рекомендацією. Давайте зробимо цю осінь по-справжньому затишною.🍁🍂 . . . #фільм_вартий_уваги #фільмдня #хорошекіно #списокостанніхсправ #thebucketlistmovie #поканесыгралвящикфильм #фільмвартийуваги🎬 #movieoftheday #movielist #favoritemovie #movielover #фільмнаосінь #morganfreeman #jacknicholson #блогукраїнською #нашілюдивсюди #нашізакордоном #українцівпарижі #movieforoctober #octobermovies

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”The Bucket List” is an American comedy-drama film that is produced and directed by Rob Reiner, written by Justin Zackham, and starring Morgan Freeman and Jack Nicholson. The plot is about two terminally ill men who escape from a cancer ward and head off on a road trip with a wish list of to-dos before they die.

#8 American Beauty (1999)

In this movie, a sexually frustrated suburban father has a mid-life crisis after becoming infatuated with his daughter’s best friend. Academics have described ”American Beauty” as a satire of American middle-class notions of beauty and personal satisfaction.

#9 An Elephant Sitting Still (2018)

”An Elephant Sitting Still” is a 2018 Chinese film directed, written, and edited by Hu Bo. In the movie, 4 people in a Chinese city live through a complicated day as their lives intersect.

#10 Requiem for a Dream (2000)

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”Requiem for a Dream” is an American psychological tragedy film that is directed by Darren Aronofsky and starring Jared Leto, Ellen Burstyn, Marlon Wayans, and Jennifer Connelly. The plot is about the drug-induced utopias of 4 Coney Island people who are shattered when their addictions run deep.

#11 The Pursuit of Happyness (2006)

In ”The Pursuit of Happiness,” a struggling salesman takes custody of his son as he’s poised to begin a life-changing professional career.

#12 Peaceful Warrior (2006)Peaceful Warrior Movie 2006

”Peaceful Warrior” is a drama film that is directed by Victor Salva and written by Kevin Bernhardt based on the novel ”Way of the Peaceful Warrior” by Dan Millman.

#13 Ikiru (1952)

”Ikiru” examines the struggles of a terminally ill Tokyo bureaucrat and his final quest for meaning. This Japanese drama film was co-written and directed by Akira Kurosawa.

#14 I Was at Home, But (2019)

”I Was at Home, But” is a 2019 German drama film that is directed by Angela Schanelec. The plot of ”I Was at Home, But” starts with a 13-year-old boy who disappears without a trace for seven days.

#15 The Shift (2009)

In ”The Shift,” Wayne Dyer explores the spiritual journey in the second half of life when we long to find the purpose that is our unique contribution to the world.

#16 Baraka (1992)

Directed by Ron Fricke, Baraka is a collection of expertly photographed scenes of human life and religion.

#17 The Tree of Life (2011)

”The Tree of Life” chronicles the origins and meaning of life by way of a middle-aged man’s childhood memories of his family living in 1950s Texas.

This American experimental epic drama film was directed and written by Terrence Malick and featured an impressive cast:

  • Tye Sheridan;
  • Jessica Chastain;
  • Laramie Eppler;
  • Hunter McCracken;
  • Sean Penn;
  • Brad Pitt.

#18 Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)

It follows an estranged couple who have erased each other from their memories, then re-met and started dating again. Pierre Bismuth created the story with Gondry and Kaufman.

#19 Cast Away (2000)

The plot is about a FedEx executive who must transform himself emotionally and physically to survive a crash landing on a deserted island.

#20 Doubtful (2017)

Following a motorcycle accident, Assi (Ran Danker), a screenwriter and poet from Tel Aviv, is sentenced to community service as a cinema teacher in a development town in southern Israel.

#21 The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser (1974)

The film closely follows the real story of foundling Kaspar Hauser, using the text of actual letters found with Hauser.

#22 Frequencies (2013)

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Frequencies.2013 ژانر : معمایی , عاشقانه , علمی تخیلی ستارگان : Daniel Fraser, Eleanor Wyld, Dylan Llewellyn کارگردان : Darren Paul Fisher امتیاز : 7.1/10 خلاصه داستان : آیا رفتارها، روابط و شرایط بشر توسط خودش رقم می خورد یا تقدیر؟ یا ترکیبی از این دو؟ به هر حال اگر ما نمی توانیم آنها را کنترل کنیم، آیا لازم است به آنها اهمیت دهیم؟ این فیلم معمایی-عاشقانه، می تواند بهترین ترکیب از فیلم های : “درخشش ابدی یک ذهن پاک”، “500 روز از تابستان” و “پرایمر” باشد… #frequenciesmovie #frequencies_IMDB #movie #فیلم نظرتون درباره این فیلم چیه؟

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The movie takes place in a world where human worth and emotional connections are determined by set “frequencies.”

#23 Pi (1998)

The story is about a mathematician and the obsession with mathematical regularity contrasts two seemingly irreconcilable entities: the rigor and regularity of mathematics, specifically number theory, and the imperfect (irrational humanity).

#24 La Dolce Vita (1960)

The film follows Marcello Rubini (Marcello Mastroianni), a journalist writing for gossip magazines, over 7 days and nights on his journey through the “sweet life” of Rome in a fruitless search for happiness and love.

La Dolce Vita was directed and co-written by Federico Fellini. The film was a massive box office hit in Europe with 2,956,094 admissions in France and 13,617,148 admissions in Italy.

#25 Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter… and Spring (2003)

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. بهار، تابستان، پاییز، زمستان… و بهار . 🔠 نام انگلیسی: Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter… and Spring 🎦 ژانر: درام 🎬 کارگردان: Kim Ki-duk ⭐️ ستارگان: Oh Yeong-su, Kim Young-min, Seo Jae-kyung ⏰ مدت زمان: 103 دقیقه 🏆 رتبه: 8.1/10 🌏 محصول: کره جنوبی 🎥 سال انتشار: 2003 🎧 زبان: کره‌ای . 📝 خلاصه داستان: در دیری که روی دریاچه‌ای شناور است، پسربچه‌ای زیر نظر راهب بودایی پیری آموزش می‌بیند. کودک در دل طبیعت بکر و آرام بزرگ می‌شود، طبیعتی که به ظاهر وحشی است، اما اجزاء آن بدون هیچ مشکلی با یکدیگر کنار آمده‌اند. اما راهب کوچک، در طبیعت نفوذ می‌کند و … این فیلم تاثیر کارما را بر اساس آیین بودایی به زیبایی نشان می دهد، و تا کنون بیش از 14 جایزه در جشنواره‌های معتبر بین‌المللی دریافت کرده است.

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The story of ”Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter… and Spring” is about the life of a Buddhist monk as he passes through the seasons of his life, from childhood to old age. The movie was directed by Kim Ki-duk and filmed on a Buddhist monastery which floats on a lake in a pristine forest.


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