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The Best Existentialism Movies

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List RulesVote for your personal favorite Existentialism films, regardless of how popular or successful they were at the box office.

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

This existentialism movie list can be sorted by cast, year, director and more. This list of existentialism films also contains existentialism movie titles that can be clicked on for more information about the film. This existentialism films list can also be copied to start your own. This list, though, contains the best existentialism movies of all time, as voted on by fans of the films This existentialism movie list can be sorted alphabetically, by the director, by year, and more, but is currently ordered from best to worst. Make sure to vote on your favorite movies on this list.

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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.

What makes the most sense to vote on, is it between Pale Rider and The Truman Show? If we missed any existentialism movies on this list, please add them to the list yourself, as this is an open list which means you can add any movies whenever you like (choices are subject to moderation). The films on this list cover the most famous existentialism movies of all time and are voted on by people who really care about existentialism movie lists.

You can find the release information for any of the films listed below. It's often available in the data set, so you can even find the cast of some of these by clicking on the names of the existentialism movies. This list includes photos and existentialism movie trailers next to the names of the movies when available.

The list you're viewing has a variety of movies, like Time Bandits and One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest.

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.

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    Fight Club is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Existentialism Movies
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    Fight Club

    Brad Pitt, Jared Leto

    Released1999

    Directed byDavid Fincher

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    The Truman Show is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Existentialism Movies
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    The Truman Show

    Jim Carrey, Paul Giamatti

    Released1998

    Directed byPeter Weir

    The Truman Show is a 1998 American satirical social science fiction comedy-drama film directed... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    The Matrix is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Existentialism Movies
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    The Matrix

    Keanu Reeves, Hugo Weaving

    Released1999

    Directed byAndy Wachowski, Lana Wachowski

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    Blade Runner is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Existentialism Movies
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    Blade Runner

    Harrison Ford, Daryl Hannah

    Released1982

    Directed byRidley Scott

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    The Seventh Seal is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Existentialism Movies
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    The Seventh Seal

    Max von Sydow, Bibi Andersson

    Released1957

    Directed byIngmar Bergman

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    Donnie Darko is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Existentialism Movies
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    Donnie Darko

    Drew Barrymore, Ashley Tisdale

    Released2001

    Directed byRichard Kelly

    Donnie Darko is a 2001 American supernatural drama film written and directed by Richard Kelly... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nes is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Existentialism Movies
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    One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

    Jack Nicholson, Danny DeVito

    Released1975

    Directed byMiloš Forman

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    Eternal Sunshine of the Spotle is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Existentialism Movies
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    Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

    Kate Winslet, Kirsten Dunst

    Released2004

    Directed byMichel Gondry

    Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind is a 2004 American romantic science-fiction comedy-drama... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 9
    American Beauty is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Existentialism Movies
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    American Beauty

    Kevin Spacey, Annette Bening

    Released1999

    Directed bySam Mendes

    American Beauty is a 1999 American drama film directed by Sam Mendes. An advertising executive... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Taxi Driver is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Existentialism Movies
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    Taxi Driver

    Robert De Niro, Jodie Foster

    Released1976

    Directed byMartin Scorsese

    Taxi Driver is a 1976 American neo-noir psychological thriller film directed by Martin... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Groundhog Day is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Existentialism Movies
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    Groundhog Day

    Bill Murray, Andie MacDowell

    Released1993

    Directed byHarold Ramis

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    Apocalypse Now is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Existentialism Movies
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    Apocalypse Now

    Marlon Brando, Harrison Ford

    Released1979

    Directed byFrancis Ford Coppola

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    The Shawshank Redemption is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Existentialism Movies
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    The Shawshank Redemption

    Morgan Freeman, Rita Hayworth

    Released1994

    Directed byFrank Darabont

    The Shawshank Redemption is a 1994 American drama film written and directed by Frank Darabont... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    Memento is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Existentialism Movies
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    Memento

    Guy Pearce, Carrie-Anne Moss

    Released2000

    Directed byChristopher Nolan

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    American History X is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Existentialism Movies
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    American History X

    Edward Norton, Edward Furlong

    Released1998

    Directed byTony Kaye

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    Fargo is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Existentialism Movies
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    Fargo

    Steve Buscemi, William H. Macy

    Released1996

    Directed byEthan Coen, Joel Coen

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    Requiem for a Dream is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Existentialism Movies
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    Requiem for a Dream

    Jennifer Connelly, Jared Leto

    Released2000

    Directed byDarren Aronofsky

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    The Big Lebowski is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Existentialism Movies
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    The Big Lebowski

    Julianne Moore, Jeff Bridges

    Released1998

    Directed byEthan Coen, Joel Coen

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    Into the Wild is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Existentialism Movies
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    Into the Wild

    Kristen Stewart, Vince Vaughn

    Released2007

    Directed bySean Penn

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    The Breakfast Club is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Existentialism Movies
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    The Breakfast Club

    Judd Nelson, Molly Ringwald

    Released1985

    Directed byJohn Hughes

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    Being John Malkovich is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Existentialism Movies
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    Being John Malkovich

    Cameron Diaz, Brad Pitt

    Released1999

    Directed bySpike Jonze

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  • 22
    Brazil is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Existentialism Movies
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    Brazil

    Robert De Niro, Bob Hoskins

    Released1985

    Directed byTerry Gilliam

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    Mr. Nobody is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Existentialism Movies
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    Mr. Nobody

    Diane Kruger, Jared Leto

    Released2009

    Directed byJaco Van Dormael

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    Girl, Interrupted is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Existentialism Movies
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    Girl, Interrupted

    Angelina Jolie, Winona Ryder

    Released1999

    Directed byJames Mangold

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    Waking Life is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Existentialism Movies
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    Waking Life

    Ethan Hawke, Julie Delpy

    Released2001

    Directed byRichard Linklater

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