The Best Existentialism Movies

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A list of all the best existentialism movies ever made, many of which are streaming on Netflix and Amazon Prime. For more movies that fall under the overarching drama genre, be sure to check out these best dramas that are currently streaming on Netflix and Amazon Prime

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These are the top films in the existentialism genre, meaning that each and every one of these is a movie with at least a single element of the existentialism genre in it. Be it the motifs of the existentialism genre or just some of the most common archetypes.

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Whether you're at home and want to watch these existentialism movies on DVD, streaming Blu-ray or streaming, or if you're seeing them in theatres for the first time, this is a list of good existentialism movies that can be helpful in either situation to see where they all stack up. So from the latest, to the greatest existentialism movies, here is the full existentialism movies list, ordered from best to worst.



  • 1

    Fight Club

    Brad Pitt, Jared Leto
    Fight Club is a 1999 film based on the 1996 novel of the same name by Chuck Palahniuk. The...  more

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  • 2

    The Truman Show

    Jim Carrey, Paul Giamatti
    The Truman Show is a 1998 American satirical social science fiction comedy-drama film directed...  more

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  • 3

    Blade Runner

    Harrison Ford, Daryl Hannah
    Blade Runner is a 1982 American neo-noir dystopian science fiction film directed by Ridley...  more

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  • 4

    The Matrix

    Keanu Reeves, Hugo Weaving
    The Matrix is a 1999 American-Australian science fiction action film written and directed by...  more

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  • 5

    Donnie Darko

    Drew Barrymore, Ashley Tisdale
    Donnie Darko is a 2001 American supernatural drama film written and directed by Richard Kelly...  more

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  • 6

    One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

    Jack Nicholson, Danny DeVito
    One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest is a 1975 drama film written by Lawrence Hauben and Bo Goldman...  more

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  • 7

    Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

    Kate Winslet, Kirsten Dunst
    Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind is a 2004 American romantic science-fiction comedy-drama...  more

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  • 8

    Taxi Driver

    Robert De Niro, Jodie Foster
    Taxi Driver is a 1976 American neo-noir psychological thriller film directed by Martin...  more

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  • 9

    American Beauty

    Kevin Spacey, Annette Bening
    American Beauty is a 1999 American drama film directed by Sam Mendes. An advertising executive...  more

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  • 10

    Groundhog Day

    Bill Murray, Andie MacDowell
    Groundhog Day is a 1993 American fantasy comedy film directed by Harold Ramis. A derisive...  more

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  • 11

    Apocalypse Now

    Marlon Brando, Harrison Ford
    Apocalypse Now is a 1979 American epic adventure war film set during the Vietnam War. Produced...  more

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  • 12

    The Shawshank Redemption

    Morgan Freeman, Rita Hayworth
    The Shawshank Redemption is a 1994 American drama film written and directed by Frank Darabont...  more

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  • 13


    Guy Pearce, Carrie-Anne Moss
    Memento is a 2000 American neo-noir psychological thriller film directed by Christopher Nolan....  more

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  • 14

    The Seventh Seal

    Max von Sydow, Bibi Andersson
    The Seventh Seal is a 1957 Swedish drama-fantasy film written and directed by Ingmar Bergman....  more

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  • 15


    Steve Buscemi, William H. Macy
    Fargo is a 1996 American neo-noir dark comedy crime film written, produced, edited, and...  more

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  • 16

    Requiem for a Dream

    Jennifer Connelly, Jared Leto
    Requiem for a Dream is a 2000 American psychological drama film directed by Darren Aronofsky...  more

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  • 17

    Being John Malkovich

    Cameron Diaz, Brad Pitt
    Being John Malkovich is a 1999 American fantasy comedy film written by Charlie Kaufman and...  more

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  • 18

    Natural Born Killers

    Robert Downey Jr., Ashley Judd
    Natural Born Killers is a 1994 American film directed by Oliver Stone starring Woody...  more

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  • 19

    Into the Wild

    Kristen Stewart, Vince Vaughn
    Into the Wild is a 2007 American biographical drama survival film written and directed by Sean...  more

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  • 20

    The Breakfast Club

    Judd Nelson, Molly Ringwald
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  • 21

    The Big Lebowski

    Julianne Moore, Jeff Bridges
    The Big Lebowski is a 1998 stoner comedy film written, produced, and directed by Joel and...  more

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  • 22

    Mr. Nobody

    Diane Kruger, Jared Leto
    Mr. Nobody is a 2009 science fiction drama film. It was written and directed by Jaco Van...  more

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  • 23

    Girl, Interrupted

    Angelina Jolie, Winona Ryder
    Girl, Interrupted is a 1999 American drama film, and an adaptation of Susanna Kaysen's 1993...  more

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  • 24

    Waking Life

    Ethan Hawke, Julie Delpy
    Waking Life is a 2001 American adult animated docufiction/drama film, directed by Richard...  more

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  • 25

    Good Will Hunting

    Ben Affleck, Robin Williams
    Good Will Hunting is a 1997 American drama film directed by Gus Van Sant, and starring Matt...  more

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