Philosophical Movies List

May 30, 2012

Best spiritual movies

Philosophy and Movies are an inseparable couple, as theater and tragedy. Images are a powerful mean to send messages, maybe a better way than words and books. Images stroke people, impress mind more than anything. Ideas spread better trough images than written words.

There is no philosophical questions ignored by cinema. God, mind, thruth, others, politics or metaphysics have all been dealt in many many films.

Many of great movie makers / directors are ardent readers of philosophy. From Chaplin to The Wachowskis brothers or Bergman, here is a list of major philosophical movies and related philosophical questions:

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  • Films of the 20′s:

Murnau : The Last Laugh

Related questions: loneliness, human condition

Chaplin: The Kid

Related questions: fatherhood, human condition

Lang: Metropolis

Related questions: communism, consumer society, totalitarianism,

 

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  • Films of the 30′s:

Jean Renoir:  Great Illusion

Related questions: war, power, solidarity

Chaplin : Modern Times 

Associated philosophical concept : human condition, modernity, alienation, class struggle

Jean Renoir: The Human Beast

Related questions: sex, woman, unconscious,

Fritz Lang: M

Related topics: Evil

Frank Capra: Mr Smith goes to Washington

Related philosophical questions: power, politics

 

  • Films of the 40′s:

Orson Welles: Citizen Kane

Related Topics: media, power

René Clair: Beauty of the Devil

Related topics:

John Ford: The Grapes of Wrath

Related Topics:

Flemming: Docteur Jekyll et M. Hyde

Related topics: self, conscience, unconscious

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  • Films of the 50′s:

Sydney Lumet: 12 angry men

Related philosophical questions: death penalty, justice

Elia Kazan: A Streetcar named Desire

Jean-Luc Godard: Breathless

Godard Quotes

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  • Films of the 60′s:

François Truffaut: Jules and Jim

Related philosophical questions: love

Jean-Luc Godard: Contempt (Le Mépris)

Related topics: love, jealousy,

Mike Nichols: The Graduate

Related philosophical questions: seduction

  • Films of the 70′s:

Stanley Kubrick: A Clockwork Orange

Related philosophical questions: violence, society

  • Films of the 80′s:

Clint Eastwood: Bird

Related philosophical questions: music, fate

Martin Scorsese: Raging Bull

Related philosophical questions: resilience,

Stanley Kubrick: Shining

Related philosophical questions: mind,

Jean-Jacques Annaud: Quest for Fire

Related philosophical questions: humanity, human condition

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  • Films of the 90′s:

Terry Gilliam: 12 monkeys

Related philosophical questions: time travel, epidemics

Sam Mendes: American Beauty

Related philosophical questions: everyday life, despair,

Peter Weir: The Truman Show

Related philosophical questions: media

Andrew Niccol: Gattaca

Related philosophical questions: eugenics

Darren Aronofsky: Requiem for a dream

Related philosophical questions: addiction, TV, drugs

Tony Keye: American History X

Related philosophical questions: Racism, tolerance,

Wachowski: Matrix

Related philosophical questions: reality, identity, modernity, Plato

Amenabar: Open your Eyes

Related philosophical questions: reality, identity

Mann: The Insider

Related Topics: power, politics, journalism

Terence Malick: Thin Red Line

Related philosophical questions: war, meaning of life

Danny Boyle: Trainspotting

Related philosophical questions: addiction, destiny

 

  • Films of the 2000′s:

Michel Gondry: Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

Related philosophical questions: love, memory, destiny, identity

David Fincher: Fight Club

Related philosophical questions: consumption, modernity, identity

Christopher Nolan: Inception

Related philosophical questions: dreams, love

Christopher Nolan: Memento

Related philosophical questions: memory

Paul Thomas Anderson: There will be blood

Related philosophical questions: religion, capitalism

Woody Allen: Match Point

Related philosophical questions: tragedy, love, ambition