Films for Philosophy Students

Apart from all the usual ones i.e. The Matrix, Inception etc
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1.
Being There (1979)
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A simple, sheltered gardener becomes an unlikely trusted advisor to a powerful businessman and an insider in Washington politics. (130 mins.)
Director: Hal Ashby
 
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The Razor's Edge (1984)
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He had everything and wanted nothing. He learned that he had nothing and wanted everything. He saved the world and then it shattered. The path to enlightenment is as sharp and narrow as a razor's edge. (128 mins.)
Director: John Byrum
 
3.
The Trial (1962)
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An unassuming office worker is arrested and stands trial, but he is never made aware of his charges. (119 mins.)
Director: Orson Welles
“ Based on Kafka's novel ” - ksushaholmes
 
4.
Waking Life (2001)
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A man shuffles through a dream meeting various people and discussing the meanings and purposes of the universe. (99 mins.)
 
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Solaris (1972)
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A psychologist is sent to a station orbiting a distant planet in order to discover what has caused the crew to go insane. (167 mins.)
 
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Why We Fight (2005 Documentary)
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Is American foreign policy dominated by the idea of military supremacy? Has the military become too important in American life? Jarecki's shrewd and intelligent polemic would seem to give an affirmative answer to each of these questions. (98 mins.)
Director: Eugene Jarecki
 
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The Cider House Rules (1999)
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A compassionate young man, raised in an orphanage and trained to be a doctor there, decides to leave to see the world. (126 mins.)
 
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The Seventh Seal (1957)
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A man seeks answers about life, death, and the existence of God as he plays chess against the Grim Reaper during the Black Plague. (96 mins.)
Director: Ingmar Bergman
 
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The Man from Earth (2007)
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An impromptu goodbye party for Professor John Oldman becomes a mysterious interrogation after the retiring scholar reveals to his colleagues he has a longer and stranger past than they can imagine. (87 mins.)
 
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The Wind and the Lion (1975)
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In early 20th century Morocco, a Sharif kidnaps an American women and her children, forcing President Theodore Roosevelt to send in forces to conduct a rescue mission. (119 mins.)
Director: John Milius
 
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Possible Worlds (2000)
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A man lives in parallel worlds, falling in love with the same woman, while the police hunt down a serial killer who steals brains. (93 mins.)
Director: Robert Lepage
 
12.
Synecdoche, New York (2008)
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A theatre director struggles with his work, and the women in his life, as he creates a life-size replica of New York City inside a warehouse as part of his new play. (124 mins.)
Director: Charlie Kaufman
 
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What the #$*! Do We (K)now!? (2004 Documentary)
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"WHAT THE #$*! DO WE KNOW?!" is a radical departure from convention. It demands a freedom of view and greatness of thought so far unknown... (109 mins.)
 
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Rashomon (1950)
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A heinous crime and its aftermath are recalled from differing points of view. (88 mins.)
Director: Akira Kurosawa
 
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Examined Life (2008 Documentary)
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Examined Life pulls philosophy out of academic journals and classrooms, and puts it back on the streets... (87 mins.)
Director: Astra Taylor
 
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Ikiru (1952)
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A bureaucrat tries to find a meaning in his life after he discovers he has terminal cancer. (143 mins.)
Director: Akira Kurosawa
 
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Perfect Blue (1997)
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A retired pop-singer-turned-actress' sense of reality is shaken when she is stalked by an obsessed fan and seemingly a ghost of her past. (81 mins.)
Director: Satoshi Kon
 
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Barry Lyndon (1975)
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An Irish rogue wins the heart of a rich widow and assumes her dead husband's aristocratic position in 18th-century England. (184 mins.)
Director: Stanley Kubrick
 
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On the Waterfront (1954)
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An ex-prize fighter turned longshoreman struggles to stand up to his corrupt union bosses. (108 mins.)
Director: Elia Kazan
 
20.
Twilight of the Gods (2013)
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When the ghost of the composer Richard Wagner visits the raving Friedrich Nietzsche within the walls of the Turin lunatic asylum the details of their dreadful conflict are revealed. (85 mins.)
Director: Julian Doyle
 
21.
Beyond Good and Evil (1977)
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The life and ideas of the German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche. A love triangle unfolds as Nietzsche... (127 mins.)
Director: Liliana Cavani
 
22.
Marx Reloaded (2011 Documentary)
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Marx Reloaded is a cultural documentary that examines the relevance of German socialist and philosopher... (52 mins.)
 
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Hannah Arendt (2012)
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A look at the life of philosopher and political theorist Hannah Arendt, who reported for The New Yorker on the war crimes trial of the Nazi Adolf Eichmann. (113 mins.)
 
24.
Black Orpheus (1959)
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A retelling of the Orpheus and Eurydice myth, set during the time of the Carnaval in Rio de Janeiro. (100 mins.)
Director: Marcel Camus
 
25.
Jason and the Argonauts (1963)
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The legendary Greek hero leads a team of intrepid adventurers in a perilous quest for the legendary Golden Fleece. (104 mins.)
Director: Don Chaffey
 
26.
Ulysses (1967)
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Dublin; June 16, 1904. Stephen Dedalus, who fancies himself as a poet, embarks on a day of wandering... (132 mins.)
Director: Joseph Strick
 
27.
Mighty Aphrodite (1995)
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When he discovers his adopted son is a genius, a New York sportswriter seeks out the boy's birth mother: a ditzy porn star and prostitute. (95 mins.)
Director: Woody Allen
 
28.
Le Quattro Volte (2010)
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An old shepherd lives his last days in a quiet medieval village perched high on the hills of Calabria... (88 mins.)
 
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The New World (2005)
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The story of the English exploration of Virginia, and of the changing world and loves of Pocahontas. (135 mins.)
Director: Terrence Malick
 
30.
Her (2013)
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A lonely writer develops an unlikely relationship with an operating system designed to meet his every need. (126 mins.)
Director: Spike Jonze
 
31.
Teenage (2013 Documentary)
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Teenagers did not always exist. In this living collage of rare archival material, filmed portraits, and voices lifted from early 20th Century diary entries, a struggle erupts between adults and adolescents to define a new idea of youth. (78 mins.)
Director: Matt Wolf
 
32.
Unity (2015 Documentary)
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Despite the advent of science, literature, technology, philosophy, religion, and so on -- none of these... (99 mins.)
Director: Shaun Monson
 
33.
The Magician (1958)
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When 'Vogler's Magnetic Health Theater' comes to town, there's bound to be a spectacle. Reading reports... (100 mins.)
Director: Ingmar Bergman
 
34.
Wheel of Time (2003 Documentary)
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Wheel of Time is Werner Herzog's photographed look at the largest Buddhist ritual in Bodh Gaya, India. (81 mins.)
Director: Werner Herzog