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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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  • 1
    Fight Club

    Fight Club

    Brad Pitt, Jared Leto


    Directed byDavid Fincher

    Fight Club is a 1999 film based on the 1996 novel of the same name by Chuck Palahniuk. The... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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  • 2
    The Truman Show

    The Truman Show

    Jim Carrey, Paul Giamatti


    Directed byPeter Weir

    The Truman Show is a 1998 American satirical social science fiction comedy-drama film directed... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 3
    The Matrix

    The Matrix

    Keanu Reeves, Hugo Weaving


    Directed byAndy Wachowski, Lana Wachowski

    The Matrix is a 1999 American-Australian science fiction action film written and directed by... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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  • 4
    Blade Runner

    Blade Runner

    Harrison Ford, Daryl Hannah


    Directed byRidley Scott

    Blade Runner is a 1982 American neo-noir dystopian science fiction film directed by Ridley... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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  • 5
    The Seventh Seal

    The Seventh Seal

    Max von Sydow, Bibi Andersson


    Directed byIngmar Bergman

    The Seventh Seal is a 1957 Swedish drama-fantasy film written and directed by Ingmar Bergman.... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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  • 6
    One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

    One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

    Jack Nicholson, Danny DeVito


    Directed byMiloš Forman

    One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest is a 1975 drama film written by Lawrence Hauben and Bo Goldman... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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  • 7
    Donnie Darko

    Donnie Darko

    Drew Barrymore, Ashley Tisdale


    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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  • 8
    Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

    Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

    Kate Winslet, Kirsten Dunst


    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

    American Beauty

    Kevin Spacey, Annette Bening


    Directed bySam Mendes

    American Beauty is a 1999 American drama film directed by Sam Mendes. An advertising executive... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 10
    Taxi Driver

    Taxi Driver

    Robert De Niro, Jodie Foster


    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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  • 11
    Groundhog Day

    Groundhog Day

    Bill Murray, Andie MacDowell


    Directed byHarold Ramis

    Groundhog Day is a 1993 American fantasy comedy film directed by Harold Ramis. A derisive... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 12
    Apocalypse Now

    Apocalypse Now

    Marlon Brando, Harrison Ford


    Directed byFrancis Ford Coppola

    Apocalypse Now is a 1979 American epic adventure war film set during the Vietnam War. Produced... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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  • 13
    The Shawshank Redemption

    The Shawshank Redemption

    Morgan Freeman, Rita Hayworth


    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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  • 14
    American History X

    American History X

    Edward Norton, Edward Furlong


    Directed byTony Kaye

    American History X is a 1998 American drama film directed by Tony Kaye and written by David... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 15


    Guy Pearce, Carrie-Anne Moss


    Directed byChristopher Nolan

    Memento is a 2000 American neo-noir psychological thriller film directed by Christopher Nolan.... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 16


    Steve Buscemi, William H. Macy


    Directed byEthan Coen, Joel Coen

    Fargo is a 1996 American neo-noir dark comedy crime film written, produced, edited, and... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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  • 17
    Requiem for a Dream

    Requiem for a Dream

    Jennifer Connelly, Jared Leto


    Directed byDarren Aronofsky

    Requiem for a Dream is a 2000 American psychological drama film directed by Darren Aronofsky... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 18
    The Big Lebowski

    The Big Lebowski

    Julianne Moore, Jeff Bridges


    Directed byEthan Coen, Joel Coen

    The Big Lebowski is a 1998 stoner comedy film written, produced, and directed by Joel and... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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  • 19
    Into the Wild

    Into the Wild

    Kristen Stewart, Vince Vaughn


    Directed bySean Penn

    Into the Wild is a 2007 American biographical drama survival film written and directed by Sean... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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  • 20
    Being John Malkovich

    Being John Malkovich

    Cameron Diaz, Brad Pitt


    Directed bySpike Jonze

    Being John Malkovich is a 1999 American fantasy comedy film written by Charlie Kaufman and... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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  • 21
    The Breakfast Club

    The Breakfast Club

    Judd Nelson, Molly Ringwald


    Directed byJohn Hughes

    The Breakfast Club is a 1985 American coming-of-age comedy-drama film written, produced, and... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 22


    Robert De Niro, Bob Hoskins


    Directed byTerry Gilliam

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  • 23
    Mr. Nobody

    Mr. Nobody

    Diane Kruger, Jared Leto


    Directed byJaco Van Dormael

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  • 24
    Girl, Interrupted

    Girl, Interrupted

    Angelina Jolie, Winona Ryder


    Directed byJames Mangold

    Girl, Interrupted is a 1999 American drama film, and an adaptation of Susanna Kaysen's 1993... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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  • 25
    Waking Life

    Waking Life

    Ethan Hawke, Julie Delpy


    Directed byRichard Linklater

    Waking Life is a 2001 American adult animated docufiction/drama film, directed by Richard... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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