Best Existential Movies

Mr. Nobody Mr. Nobody 7.7 2h 21min
Mr. Nobody
IMDb: 7.7
2h 21min

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.

Into The Wild Into The Wild 8.1 2h 28min
Into The Wild
IMDb: 8.1
2h 28min

The true story of top student and athlete, Christopher McCandless, who after graduating from Emory University in 1992, abandoned his possessions, gave his entire $24,000 savings account to charity and…

Stranger Than Fiction Stranger Than Fiction 7.5 1h 53min
Stranger Than Fiction
IMDb: 7.5
1h 53min

Everybody knows that your life is a story. But what if a story was your life? Harold Crick is your average IRS agent: monotonous, boring, and repetitive. But one day…

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind 8.3 1h 48min
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
IMDb: 8.3
1h 48min

Joel Barish, heartbroken that his girlfriend underwent a procedure to erase him from her memory, decides to do the same. However, as he watches his memories of her fade away,…

Waking Life Waking Life 7.7 1h 39min
Waking Life
IMDb: 7.7
1h 39min

Waking Life is about a young man in a persistent lucid dream-like state. The film follows its protagonist as he initially observes and later participates in philosophical discussions that weave…

Donnie Darko Donnie Darko 8.0 1h 54min
Donnie Darko
IMDb: 8
1h 54min

After narrowly escaping a bizarre accident, a troubled teenager is plagued by visions of a large bunny rabbit that manipulates him to commit a series of crimes.

Memento Memento 8.4 1h 53min
IMDb: 8.4
1h 53min

Leonard Shelby is tracking down the man who raped and murdered his wife. The difficulty of locating his wife’s killer, however, is compounded by the fact that he suffers from…

Requiem for a Dream Requiem for a Dream 8.3 1h 42min
Requiem for a Dream
IMDb: 8.3
1h 42min

The hopes and dreams of four ambitious people are shattered when their drug addictions begin spiraling out of control. A look into addiction and how it overcomes the mind and…

Girl Interrupted Girl Interrupted 7.3 2h 7min
Girl Interrupted
IMDb: 7.3
2h 7min

Set in the changing world of the late 1960s, Susanna Kaysen’s prescribed ”short rest” from a psychiatrist she had met only once becomes a strange, unknown journey into Alice’s Wonderland,…

Being John Malkovich Being John Malkovich 7.7 1h 53min
Being John Malkovich
IMDb: 7.7
1h 53min

One day at work, unsuccessful puppeteer Craig finds a portal into the head of actor John Malkovich. The portal soon becomes a passion for anybody who enters it’s mad and…

Fight Club Fight Club 8.8 2h 19min
Fight Club
IMDb: 8.8
2h 19min

A ticking-time-bomb insomniac and a slippery soap salesman channel primal male aggression into a shocking new form of therapy. Their concept catches on, with underground ”fight clubs” forming in every…

American Beauty American Beauty 8.3 2h 2min
American Beauty
IMDb: 8.3
2h 2min

Lester Burnham, a depressed suburban father in a mid-life crisis, decides to turn his hectic life around after developing an infatuation with his daughter’s attractive friend.

eXistenZ eXistenZ 6.8 1h 37min
IMDb: 6.8
1h 37min

A game designer on the run from assassins must play her latest virtual reality creation with a marketing trainee to determine if the game has been damaged.

The Matrix The Matrix 8.7 2h 16min
The Matrix
IMDb: 8.7
2h 16min

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 Truman Show The Truman Show 8.2 1h 43min
The Truman Show
IMDb: 8.2
1h 43min

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 Big Lebowski The Big Lebowski 8.1 1h 57min
The Big Lebowski
IMDb: 8.1
1h 57min

Jeffrey ”The Dude” Lebowski, a Los Angeles slacker who only wants to bowl and drink white Russians, is mistaken for another Jeffrey Lebowski, a wheelchair-bound millionaire, and finds himself dragged…

Dark City Dark City 7.6 1h 52min
Dark City
IMDb: 7.6
1h 52min

A man struggles with memories of his past, including a wife he cannot remember, in a nightmarish world with no sun and run by beings with telekinetic powers who seek…

Good Will Hunting Good Will Hunting 8.3 2h 7min
Good Will Hunting
IMDb: 8.3
2h 7min

Will Hunting has a genius-level IQ but chooses to work as a janitor at MIT. When he solves a difficult graduate-level math problem, his talents are discovered by Professor Gerald…

Fargo Fargo 8.1 1h 38min
IMDb: 8.1
1h 38min

Jerry, a small-town Minnesota car salesman is bursting at the seams with debt… but he’s got a plan. He’s going to hire two thugs to kidnap his wife in a…

The Shawshank Redemption–į The Shawshank Redemption–į 9.3 2h 22min
The Shawshank Redemption–į
IMDb: 9.3
2h 22min

Framed in the 1940s for the double murder of his wife and her lover, upstanding banker Andy Dufresne begins a new life at the Shawshank prison, where he puts his…

Groundhog Day Groundhog Day 8.0 1h 41min
Groundhog Day
IMDb: 8
1h 41min

A narcissistic TV weatherman, along with his attractive-but-distant producer and mawkish cameraman, is sent to report on Groundhog Day in the small town of Punxsutawney, where he finds himself repeating…

Brazil Brazil 7.8 2h 23min
IMDb: 7.8
2h 23min

Low-level bureaucrat Sam Lowry escapes the monotony of his day-to-day life through a recurring daydream of himself as a virtuous hero saving a beautiful damsel. Investigating a case that led…

The Breakfast Club The Breakfast Club 7.8 1h 38min
The Breakfast Club
IMDb: 7.8
1h 38min

Five disparate high school students meet in Saturday detention, and discover they have a lot more in common than they thought.

The Meaning of Life The Meaning of Life 7.5 1h 47min
The Meaning of Life
IMDb: 7.5
1h 47min

Life’s questions are ’answered’ in a series of outrageous vignettes, beginning with a staid London insurance company which transforms before our eyes into a pirate ship. Then there’s the National…

Blade Runner Blade Runner 8.1 1h 58min
Blade Runner
IMDb: 8.1
1h 58min

In the smog-choked dystopian Los Angeles of 2019, blade runner Rick Deckard is called out of retirement to terminate a quartet of replicants who have escaped to Earth seeking their…

Apocalypse Now Apocalypse Now 8.4 2h 27min
Apocalypse Now
IMDb: 8.4
2h 27min

At the height of the Vietnam war, Captain Benjamin Willard is sent on a dangerous mission that, officially, ”does not exist, nor will it ever exist.” His goal is to locate – and eliminate – a mysterious Green Beret Colonel named Walter Kurtz, who has been leading his personal army on illegal guerrilla missions into enemy territory.

Taxi Driver Taxi Driver 8.2 1h 54min
Taxi Driver
IMDb: 8.2
1h 54min

A mentally unstable Vietnam War veteran works as a night-time taxi driver in New York City where the perceived decadence and sleaze feeds his urge for violent action, attempting to save a preadolescent prostitute in the process.

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest 8.7 2h 13min
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
IMDb: 8.7
2h 13min

While serving time for insanity at a state mental hospital, implacable rabble-rouser, Randle Patrick McMurphy, inspires his fellow patients to rebel against the authoritarian rule of head nurse, Mildred Ratched.

Harold and Maude Harold and Maude 7.9 1h 31min
Harold and Maude
IMDb: 7.9
1h 31min

The young Harold lives in his own world of suicide-attempts and funeral visits to avoid the misery of his current family and home environment. Harold meets an 80-year-old woman named…

A Clockwork Orange A Clockwork Orange 8.3 2h 17min
A Clockwork Orange
IMDb: 8.3
2h 17min

In a near-future Britain, young Alexander DeLarge and his pals get their kicks beating and raping anyone they please. When not destroying the lives of others, Alex swoons to the…

Vertigo Vertigo 8.3 2h 9min
IMDb: 8.3
2h 9min

A retired San Francisco detective suffering from acrophobia investigates the strange activities of an old friend’s wife, all the while becoming dangerously obsessed with her.

The Seventh Seal The Seventh Seal 8.1 1h 36min
The Seventh Seal
IMDb: 8.1
1h 36min

When disillusioned Swedish knight Antonius Block returns home from the Crusades to find his country in the grips of the Black Death, he challenges Death to a chess match for…

Citizen Kane Citizen Kane 8.3 1h 59min
Citizen Kane
IMDb: 8.3
1h 59min

Newspaper magnate, Charles Foster Kane is taken from his mother as a boy and made the ward of a rich industrialist. As a result, every well-meaning, tyrannical or self-destructive move…