The Best Spiritual / Awakening / Dharma Films of all Time

by SpiritFilms | created - 10 Jan 2013 | updated - 1 month ago | Public

Films which awaken the human spirit, connect us to the one Source, or reveal the Dharma. These are films that that lift the veil of familiarity between you and the world, revealing the beauty and mystery in the universe.

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1. Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter... and Spring (2003)

R | 103 min | Drama, Romance

8.1
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85 Metascore

A boy is raised by a Buddhist monk on an isolated floating temple where the years pass like the seasons.

Director: Ki-duk Kim | Stars: Ki-duk Kim, Yeong-su Oh, Jong-ho Kim, Young-min Kim

Votes: 67,947 | Gross: $2.38M

A cinematic masterpiece - possibly the most beautiful backdrop for any film in history. An old monk lives on a beautiful floating temple. As he tries live in balance and harmony the people who come into his world teach him deep lessons about life as he teaches them.

2. 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)

G | 149 min | Adventure, Sci-Fi

8.3
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86 Metascore

Humanity finds a mysterious, obviously artificial object buried beneath the Lunar surface and, with the intelligent computer H.A.L. 9000, sets off on a quest.

Director: Stanley Kubrick | Stars: Keir Dullea, Gary Lockwood, William Sylvester, Daniel Richter

Votes: 489,468 | Gross: $56.95M

A classic artistic and cinematic masterpiece which explores what it means to have consciousness, purpose, destiny and how to achieve evolutionary transcendence.

3. Baraka (1992)

Not Rated | 96 min | Documentary

8.6
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A collection of expertly photographed scenes of human life and religion.

Director: Ron Fricke

Votes: 31,075 | Gross: $1.25M

A wordless journey into the visual patterns of nature juxtaposed with the patterns that humanity has created on this planet. Spiritually uplifting, the soul dances after watching this film.

4. Groundhog Day (1993)

PG | 101 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Romance

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72 Metascore

A weatherman finds himself inexplicably living the same day over and over again.

Director: Harold Ramis | Stars: Bill Murray, Andie MacDowell, Chris Elliott, Stephen Tobolowsky

Votes: 499,699 | Gross: $70.91M

Billy Murray lives the same day over and over until he gets it right. A metaphor for awakening to our true nature which is to be selflessness and loving.

5. Life Is Beautiful (1997)

PG-13 | 116 min | Comedy, Drama, War

8.6
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59 Metascore

When an open-minded Jewish librarian and his son become victims of the Holocaust, he uses a perfect mixture of will, humor, and imagination to protect his son from the dangers around their camp.

Director: Roberto Benigni | Stars: Roberto Benigni, Nicoletta Braschi, Giorgio Cantarini, Giustino Durano

Votes: 494,357 | Gross: $57.60M

Within the most terrible situations beauty and transcendence is possible through the use of imagination and love. A Nazi concentration camp experience is transformed for one child through the loving determination of his father.

6. The Matrix (1999)

R | 136 min | Action, Sci-Fi

8.7
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73 Metascore

A computer hacker learns from mysterious rebels about the true nature of his reality and his role in the war against its controllers.

Directors: Lana Wachowski, Lilly Wachowski | Stars: Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne, Carrie-Anne Moss, Hugo Weaving

Votes: 1,377,943 | Gross: $171.48M

The Matrix is the illusion that we live in... the conditioned patterns that keep us from experiencing our true nature. Based on ancient Vedic teachings "The Matrix" is vedanta for the modern world.

7. What the #$*! Do We (K)now!? (2004)

Not Rated | 109 min | Documentary, Comedy, Drama

5.3
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38 Metascore

A fictional photographer's quest to spiritually rediscover herself is interspersed with documentary footage of scientists and theologians discussing the philosophical aspects of quantum physics.

Directors: William Arntz, Betsy Chasse, Mark Vicente | Stars: Marlee Matlin, Elaine Hendrix, John Ross Bowie, Robert Bailey Jr.

Votes: 12,515 | Gross: $10.94M

A film that challenges the way we see the world. As science pushes into the nether regions, we come back to the truths that spiritual traditions knew in the past.

8. Samadhi Part 1: Maya, the Illusion of the Self (2017)

PG | 60 min | Documentary

9.1
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Samadhi Part 1 (Maya the Illusion of the Self) is the first installment in a series of films exploring Samadhi. Samadhi is an ancient Sanskrit word which points toward the mystical or ... See full summary »

Director: Daniel Schmidt

Votes: 76

A poignant, direct look at the human condition, and what is required to return to "union" with the source.

9. Fight Club (1999)

R | 139 min | Drama

8.8
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66 Metascore

An insomniac office worker, looking for a way to change his life, crosses paths with a devil-may-care soapmaker, forming an underground fight club that evolves into something much, much more.

Director: David Fincher | Stars: Brad Pitt, Edward Norton, Meat Loaf, Zach Grenier

Votes: 1,535,975 | Gross: $37.03M

My favorite quote from the film: 'It's only after we've lost everything that we're free to do anything'. Fight club is about the fight that goes on within each of us to become the person we are meant to be. It is about destiny vs. anarchy, rules vs. freedom, and overcoming our fear and conditioned patterns.

10. Inner Worlds, Outer Worlds (2012)

122 min | Documentary, History

8.7
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There is one vibratory field that connects all things. It has been called Akasha, Logos, the primordial OM, the music of the spheres, the Higgs field, dark energy, and a thousand other ... See full summary »

Director: Daniel Schmidt | Star: Patrick Sweeney

Votes: 1,223

Awakened beings such as Christ, Buddha, Krishna and Lao Tse all share a common root connection; one could call this the archetypal spiritual experience. This common inner connection is what lies at the core of all spiritual traditions. Inner Worlds Outer Worlds reconnects us, makes us remember who we are, brings us back to the One Source that most of humanity has forgotten. It is more than a film - it is a template for a new world that humanity is evolving towards.

11. DMT: The Spirit Molecule (2010)

Not Rated | 75 min | Documentary

7.3
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An investigation into the long-obscured mystery of dimethyltryptamine (DMT), a molecule found in nearly every living organism and considered the most potent psychedelic on Earth.

Director: Mitch Schultz | Stars: Joe Rogan, Ralph Abraham, Joel Bakst, Steven Barker

Votes: 3,757

DMT is the chemical that produces the experience during Shamanic Ayahuasca journeys. It is the doorway to a certain type of transcendent experience.

12. Die Geschichte vom weinenden Kamel (2003)

PG | 93 min | Documentary, Drama, Family

7.5
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81 Metascore

When a Mongolian nomadic family's newest camel colt is rejected by its mother, a musician is needed for a ritual to change her mind.

Directors: Byambasuren Davaa, Luigi Falorni | Stars: Janchiv Ayurzana, Chimed Ohin, Amgaabazar Gonson, Zeveljamz Nyam

Votes: 5,614 | Gross: $1.74M

A slow moving film that is sort of like an active meditation. Even the most jaded and crusty hearts are capable of opening.

13. Amélie (2001)

R | 122 min | Comedy, Romance

8.3
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69 Metascore

Amélie is an innocent and naive girl in Paris with her own sense of justice. She decides to help those around her and, along the way, discovers love.

Director: Jean-Pierre Jeunet | Stars: Audrey Tautou, Mathieu Kassovitz, Rufus, Lorella Cravotta

Votes: 603,430 | Gross: $33.23M

A charming film about a French girl with a powerful imagination who sets things right in the world around her. Think of her as karma in action.

14. Samsara (I) (2011)

PG-13 | 102 min | Documentary, Music

8.5
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65 Metascore

Filmed over nearly five years in twenty-five countries on five continents, and shot on seventy-millimetre film, Samsara transports us to the varied worlds of sacred grounds, disaster zones, industrial complexes, and natural wonders.

Director: Ron Fricke | Stars: Balinese Tari Legong Dancers, Ni Made Megahadi Pratiwi, Puti Sri Candra Dewi, Putu Dinda Pratika

Votes: 27,059 | Gross: $2.60M

Samsara is the endless cycle of suffering. From the creators of Baraka comes a visual journey through the tragic comedy which is our human existence.

15. Samsara (2001)

R | 138 min | Adventure, Drama, Romance

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A spiritual love-story set in the majestic landscape of Ladakh, Himalayas. Samsara is a quest; one man's struggle to find spiritual Enlightenment by renouncing the world. And one woman's ... See full summary »

Director: Pan Nalin | Stars: Shawn Ku, Christy Chung, Neelesha Barthel, Lhakpa Tsering

Votes: 6,627

A monk seeking enlightenment in a cave is drawn back into the world to experience the comic tragedy that we call love.

16. Atanarjuat: The Fast Runner (2001)

R | 172 min | Drama

7.5
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91 Metascore

The telling of an Inuit legend of an evil spirit causing strife in the community and one warrior's endurance and battle of its menace.

Director: Zacharias Kunuk | Stars: Natar Ungalaaq, Sylvia Ivalu, Peter-Henry Arnatsiaq, Lucy Tulugarjuk

Votes: 5,836 | Gross: $3.79M

17. Life of Pi (2012)

PG | 127 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

7.9
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79 Metascore

A young man who survives a disaster at sea is hurtled into an epic journey of adventure and discovery. While cast away, he forms an unexpected connection with another survivor: a fearsome Bengal tiger.

Director: Ang Lee | Stars: Suraj Sharma, Irrfan Khan, Adil Hussain, Tabu

Votes: 496,220 | Gross: $124.99M

18. Ram Dass, Fierce Grace (2001)

Not Rated | 93 min | Documentary

7.7
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After Richard Alpert was fired from Harvard in 1963 for conducting psychedelic drug research, he journeyed to India, found a guru and was renamed Ram Dass ("Servant of God"). Soon, Ram Dass... See full summary »

Director: Mickey Lemle | Stars: Ram Dass, William Alpert, Larry Brilliant, Bhagavan Das

Votes: 309 | Gross: $0.24M

Ram Dass was a student of Maharaji who became a popular spiritual teacher in the 1960's. This film tells of his connection to Richard Alpert and Timothy Leary in his search for transcendence, and moves into new lessons in old age.

19. The Tibetan Book of the Dead: The Great Liberation (1994)

45 min | Documentary

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Director: Barrie McLean | Stars: Leonard Cohen, Pema Ozokten, Tsering Sonam, Tobten Tsering

Votes: 191

The book of how to live and how to die, the way of liberation, narrated by Leonard Cohen.

20. Apocalypto (2006)

R | 139 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

7.8
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68 Metascore

As the Mayan kingdom faces its decline, a young man is taken on a perilous journey to a world ruled by fear and oppression.

Director: Mel Gibson | Stars: Gerardo Taracena, Raoul Max Trujillo, Dalia Hernández, Rudy Youngblood

Votes: 257,036 | Gross: $50.87M

A film that will get your blood stirring and connect you to a sense of the destiny, mystery and tragedy of human life. You feel the power that has been lost in the modern world.

21. CoSM the Movie: Alex Grey & the Chapel of Sacred Mirrors (2006)

Not Rated | 80 min | Documentary

7.6
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A cinematic journey through the visionary art of Alex Grey and The Chapel of Sacred Mirrors.

Director: Nick Krasnic | Star: Alex Grey

Votes: 118

The visionary art of Alex Grey comes from a place of transcendence has has common roots in various traditions. A fascinating look at an artist who channels spirit into his work.

22. Erleuchtung garantiert (1999)

109 min | Drama, Comedy

7.2
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68 Metascore

Two very different brothers get together for a temporary stay in a Japanese zen monastry. The trip from Germany to Japan brings up some unexpected quests they have to manage. Soon both ... See full summary »

Director: Doris Dörrie | Stars: Uwe Ochsenknecht, Gustav-Peter Wöhler, Petra Zieser, Ulrike Kriener

Votes: 1,179

A fun film about two brothers who end up at Zen temple and find that enlightenment is not what they expected.

23. The Journals of Knud Rasmussen (2006)

112 min | Drama

6.5
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A portrayal of the lives of the last great Inuit shaman, Avva, and his beautiful and headstrong daughter, Apak. Based on the journals of 1920s Danish ethnographer Knud Rasmussen.

Directors: Norman Cohn, Zacharias Kunuk | Stars: Pakak Innuksuk, Leah Angutimarik, Neeve Irngaut, Natar Ungalaaq

Votes: 316

Knud Rasmussen documents the story of a Shaman and gives insights into a seldom seen world.

24. What the Bleep!?: Down the Rabbit Hole (2006)

156 min | Documentary, Drama

6.5
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45 Metascore

Interviews with scientists and authors, animated bits, and a storyline involving a deaf photographer are used in this docudrama to illustrate the link between quantum mechanics, neurobiology, human consciousness and day-to-day reality.

Directors: William Arntz, Betsy Chasse, Mark Vicente | Stars: Marlee Matlin, Elaine Hendrix, Barry Newman, Armin Shimerman

Votes: 2,394 | Gross: $0.14M

The follow-up to the original "What the Bleep". More about Quantum physics and the fraying edges of science, and what it means for our understanding of reality.

25. Peaceful Warrior (2006)

PG-13 | 120 min | Drama, Romance, Sport

7.3
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40 Metascore

A chance encounter with a stranger changes the life of a college gymnast.

Director: Victor Salva | Stars: Scott Mechlowicz, Nick Nolte, Amy Smart, Tim DeKay

Votes: 23,063 | Gross: $3.96M

A gymnast meets an illusive teacher where he is taught to find the path to stillness beyond the egoic sense of self.

26. The Dhamma Brothers (2008)

76 min | Documentary

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East meets West in the Deep South. An overcrowded maximum-security prison-the end of the line in Alabama's correctional system-is dramatically changed by the influence of an ancient ... See full summary »

Directors: Andrew Kukura, Jenny Phillips, Anne Marie Stein | Stars: Grady Bankhead, Ron Cavanaugh, Jonathan Crowley, Edward Johnson

Votes: 395 | Gross: $0.03M

A documentary about meditation in the prison system. It shows the possibility of real transformation, rehabilitation and hope.

27. Avatar (2009)

PG-13 | 162 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

7.8
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83 Metascore

A paraplegic marine dispatched to the moon Pandora on a unique mission becomes torn between following his orders and protecting the world he feels is his home.

Director: James Cameron | Stars: Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, Sigourney Weaver, Michelle Rodriguez

Votes: 975,883 | Gross: $760.51M

There is an intelligence that moves through nature and through us. It is the connection to spirit that has been lost in our society. Avatar recognizes this loss and the behavior that perpetuates our belief in our separateness.

28. Waking Life (2001)

R | 99 min | Animation, Drama, Fantasy

7.8
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82 Metascore

A man shuffles through a dream meeting various people and discussing the meanings and purposes of the universe.

Director: Richard Linklater | Stars: Ethan Hawke, Trevor Jack Brooks, Lorelei Linklater, Wiley Wiggins

Votes: 54,204 | Gross: $2.89M

Once we realize that we a living a dream within a dream, we have the possibility of being awake.

29. Tuning In (2008)

Not Rated | 80 min | Documentary

7.5
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A feature-length documentary exploring, for the very first time and in a very down-to-earth fashion, the phenomenon of channeling. Popularized by the late Edgar Cayce, this ancient and ... See full summary »

Director: David Thomas | Stars: Darryl Anka, John Cali, Lee Carroll, Geoffrey Hoppe

Votes: 169

A documentary containing interviews from some of the great channelers of our time. Much of this wisdom is years ahead of where humanity is at now.

30. The Living Matrix (2009)

Not Rated | 83 min | Documentary

6.8
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Our film, The Living Matrix - The Science of Healing, uncovers new ideas about the intricate web of factors that determine our health. We talk with a group of dedicated scientists, ... See full summary »

Director: Greg Becker | Stars: Adam Dreamhealer, Arielle Essex, Peter Fraser, Bruce Lipton

Votes: 152

By living in alignment with the matrix of the universe we can bring ourselves back to health.

31. The Fountain (2006)

PG-13 | 96 min | Drama, Sci-Fi

7.3
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51 Metascore

As a modern-day scientist, Tommy is struggling with mortality, desperately searching for the medical breakthrough that will save the life of his cancer-stricken wife, Izzi.

Director: Darren Aronofsky | Stars: Hugh Jackman, Rachel Weisz, Sean Patrick Thomas, Ellen Burstyn

Votes: 207,339 | Gross: $10.14M

32. Kumaré (2011)

Not Rated | 84 min | Documentary

7.5
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60 Metascore

A documentary about a man who impersonates a wise Indian Guru and builds a following in Arizona. At the height of his popularity, the Guru Kumaré must reveal his true identity to his disciples and unveil his greatest teaching of all.

Director: Vikram Gandhi | Stars: Vikram Gandhi, Toby, Greg, Molly

Votes: 4,309 | Gross: $0.13M

The guru is within each of us.

33. The Life of Buddha (2007)

105 min | Animation, Biography, Drama

6.9
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A BBC/Discovery Channel co-production, this docu-narrative film describes the life of Siddharta Gautama, the process by which he arrived at the fundamentals of Buddhism and the ... See full synopsis »

Director: Kritsaman Wattananarong | Stars: Sarut Wijittranon, Supattra Thiwanon, Komgrit Triwimol, Panrapee Rapeepan

Votes: 130

An excellent BBC documentary explores the classic story of the Buddha.

34. August Rush (2007)

PG | 114 min | Drama, Music

7.5
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38 Metascore

A drama with fairy tale elements, where an orphaned musical prodigy uses his gift as a clue to finding his birth parents.

Director: Kirsten Sheridan | Stars: Freddie Highmore, Keri Russell, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Terrence Howard

Votes: 94,890 | Gross: $31.66M

The film conveys a profound realization of the power of intention, synchronicity and the inner mechanism for following one's bliss.

35. Koyaanisqatsi (1982)

Not Rated | 86 min | Documentary, Music

8.3
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A collection of expertly photographed phenomena with no conventional plot. The footage focuses on nature, humanity and the relationship between them.

Director: Godfrey Reggio | Stars: Lou Dobbs, Ted Koppel

Votes: 29,661 | Gross: $1.72M

A wordless journey into nature. Beautiful soundtrack by Philip Glass.

36. Whale Rider (2002)

PG-13 | 101 min | Drama, Family

7.6
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80 Metascore

A contemporary story of love, rejection and triumph as a young Maori girl fights to fulfill a destiny her grandfather refuses to recognize.

Director: Niki Caro | Stars: Keisha Castle-Hughes, Rawiri Paratene, Vicky Haughton, Cliff Curtis

Votes: 36,260 | Gross: $20.78M

A young Maori girl fulfills a destiny that those around her refuse to see or acknowledge.

37. Zen Noir (2004)

71 min | Comedy, Drama, Mystery

6.3
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27 Metascore

A nameless 'noir' detective, still mourning the loss of his wife, investigates a mysterious death in a Buddhist temple, but his logical, left-brained crime-solving skills are useless in the intuitive, non-linear world of Zen.

Director: Marc Rosenbush | Stars: Duane Sharp, Kim Chan, Debra Miller, Ezra Buzzington

Votes: 304

A left-brain detective is immersed into the world of Zen when he investigates a crime. The biggest mystery is not who the suspect is, but who he himself is.

38. Cloud Atlas (2012)

R | 172 min | Action, Drama, Mystery

7.5
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55 Metascore

An exploration of how the actions of individual lives impact one another in the past, present and future, as one soul is shaped from a killer into a hero, and an act of kindness ripples across centuries to inspire a revolution.

Directors: Tom Tykwer, Lana Wachowski, Lilly Wachowski | Stars: Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Hugh Grant, Hugo Weaving

Votes: 311,007 | Gross: $27.11M

An attempt at conveying a sense of the cycles of dharma, the Kalachakra, the wheels of time that we are bound to, and the archetypes and themes that move through history and through lives.

39. Blade Runner (1982)

R | 117 min | Sci-Fi, Thriller

8.2
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89 Metascore

A blade runner must pursue and try to terminate four replicants who stole a ship in space and have returned to Earth to find their creator.

Director: Ridley Scott | Stars: Harrison Ford, Rutger Hauer, Sean Young, Edward James Olmos

Votes: 568,296 | Gross: $27.00M

Based on the book "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?". Blade Runner ultimately asks the question "What is life, what is consciousness?".

40. A Zen Life: D.T. Suzuki (2006)

77 min | Documentary

8.1
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About the life & legacy of D.T. Suzuki (1870 - 1966), credited with introducing Zen philosophy to the West.

Director: Michael Goldberg | Stars: Robert Aitken, Shojun Bando, John Cage, Alwin Carus

Votes: 25

A glimpse of the great Zen teacher who popularized Zen in the West. The way of Zen is a path, not a destination.

41. Zen (2009)

127 min | Biography, Drama

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'Zen' Buddhist teacher Dogen Zenji is a very important religious person during the Kamakura period, 750 years ago. After his mother died, he decides to move to China and settle as a ... See full summary »

Director: Banmei Takahashi | Stars: Kankurô Nakamura, Yuki Uchida, Ryushin Tei, Kengo Kôra

Votes: 755

A beautiful film that explores the life of a Zen Buddhist master.

42. American Beauty (1999)

R | 122 min | Drama

8.4
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86 Metascore

A sexually frustrated suburban father has a mid-life crisis after becoming infatuated with his daughter's best friend.

Director: Sam Mendes | Stars: Kevin Spacey, Annette Bening, Thora Birch, Wes Bentley

Votes: 923,384 | Gross: $130.10M

This film lifts the veil on the American dream to show us the truth about beauty, suffering and where true happiness can be found.

43. Schindler's List (1993)

R | 195 min | Biography, Drama, History

8.9
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93 Metascore

In German-occupied Poland during World War II, Oskar Schindler gradually becomes concerned for his Jewish workforce after witnessing their persecution by the Nazi Germans.

Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes, Ben Kingsley, Caroline Goodall

Votes: 987,167 | Gross: $96.07M

44. Joseph Campbell: Sukhavati (2005)

Not Rated | 79 min

7.5
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Through archival excerpts from his finest filmed lectures interwoven with exquisite images and evocative music from around the world, renowned mythologist Joseph Campbell takes us on a ... See full summary »

Votes: 28

Mythologist and author Joseph Campbell narrates a journey through archetypal images, leading us from the unconscious to the conscious.

45. The Truman Show (1998)

PG | 103 min | Comedy, Drama, Sci-Fi

8.1
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90 Metascore

An insurance salesman/adjuster discovers his entire life is actually a television show.

Director: Peter Weir | Stars: Jim Carrey, Ed Harris, Laura Linney, Noah Emmerich

Votes: 764,666 | Gross: $125.62M

46. The Yogis of Tibet (2002 Video)

Documentary

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For the first time, the reclusive and secretive Tibetan monks agree to discuss aspects of their philosophy and allow themselves to be filmed while performing their ancient practices.

Director: Jeffrey M. Pill | Stars: Jeffrey Gibson, Geshe Yeshi Chophel, The Dalai Lama, Ani Konchok Khandro

Votes: 138

A glimpse into the lives of yogic masters and a world that has remained largely hidden and inaccessible. This film is not to be missed by those on the spiritual path.

47. Ashes and Snow (2005)

63 min | Documentary, Drama

8.3
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Exploring the shared language and poetic sensibilities of all animals.

Director: Gregory Colbert | Stars: Laurence Fishburne, Jeanne Moreau, Enrique Rocha, Ken Watanabe

Votes: 3,430

A dreamlike meditation, poetically revealing some of the most beautiful images ever shot.

48. Rivers and Tides (2001)

TV-G | 90 min | Documentary

8.1
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82 Metascore

Portrait of Andy Goldsworthy, an artist whose specialty is ephemeral sculptures made from elements of nature.

Director: Thomas Riedelsheimer | Stars: Andy Goldsworthy, Anna Goldsworthy, Holly Goldsworthy, James Goldsworthy

Votes: 2,037

Where nature's art and human art intersect.

49. A Christmas Carol (1951)

Not Rated | 86 min | Drama, Fantasy

8.1
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An old bitter miser is given a chance for redemption when he is haunted by three ghosts on Christmas Eve...

Director: Brian Desmond Hurst | Stars: Alastair Sim, Jack Warner, Kathleen Harrison, Mervyn Johns

Votes: 16,889

Perhaps the best film about awakening the human heart ever made.

50. Babette's Feast (1987)

G | 103 min | Drama

7.8
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During the late 19th century, a strict religious community in a Danish village takes in a French refugee from the Franco-Prussian War as a servant to the late pastor's daughters.

Director: Gabriel Axel | Stars: Stéphane Audran, Bodil Kjer, Birgitte Federspiel, Jarl Kulle

Votes: 15,256 | Gross: $4.40M

51. Meetings with Remarkable Men (1979)

G | 108 min | Biography, Drama

7.3
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G.I. Gurdjieff is a spiritual teacher and mystic who, after a lifetime study, developed a form of meditation incorporating modern dance.

Director: Peter Brook | Stars: Dragan Maksimovic, Terence Stamp, Mikica Dimitrijevic, Athol Fugard

Votes: 781

A film about the visionary and mystic George Gurdjieff. While not the greatest film, the content can still help to convey something of this great spiritual teacher.

52. Cast Away (2000)

PG-13 | 143 min | Adventure, Drama, Romance

7.8
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73 Metascore

A FedEx executive must transform himself physically and emotionally to survive a crash landing on a deserted island.

Director: Robert Zemeckis | Stars: Tom Hanks, Helen Hunt, Paul Sanchez, Lari White

Votes: 441,321 | Gross: $233.63M

A journey to the self which lies behind the masks that we wear.

53. Life in a Day (2011)

PG-13 | 95 min | Documentary, Drama

7.7
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58 Metascore

A documentary shot by film-makers all over the world that serves as a time capsule to show future generations what it was like to be alive on the twenty-fourth of July, 2010.

Directors: Loressa Clisby, Kevin Macdonald, Hiroaki Aikawa, Natalia Andreadis, Jack Attridge, Cristina Bocchialini, Zillah Bowes, Ferran Brooks, Andrea Dalla Costa, Lisa Cottrell-Bentley, Alejo Crisóstomo, Sócrates Cuadri, Ayman El Gazwy, Shawn Gadberry, Jane Haubrich, Soma Helmi, Jennifer M. Howd, Clementine Isaac, Aditya Kolli, Gabor Kukucska, Francesco La Regina, Frederic Lumiere, Marek Mackovic, Zuqy Cruz Marquez, Linda Matarasso, Kevin McMahon, Joseph Michael, Joaquin Montalvan, Lilit Movsisyan, Emmanuelle Pickett, Christopher Redmond, Alejandro Romeo, Alaa Sheikh Hassan, Marcus Tedenryd | Stars: Hiroaki Aikawa, Cindy Baer, Teagan Bentley, Ester Brym

Votes: 14,012 | Gross: $0.25M

Video and images all taken from a single day on Earth from all around the world.

54. Harold and Maude (1971)

PG | 91 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

8.0
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Young, rich, and obsessed with death, Harold finds himself changed forever when he meets lively septuagenarian Maude at a funeral.

Director: Hal Ashby | Stars: Ruth Gordon, Bud Cort, Vivian Pickles, Cyril Cusack

Votes: 61,828

A film about a death-obsessed boy who becomes friends with an old lady.

55. Amongst White Clouds (2005 Video)

86 min | Documentary

7.9
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A journey exploring the practices of Chinese hermits living in the Zhongnan Mountains.

Director: Edward A. Burger

Votes: 338

A journey into Zen as practiced by hermits living in China's Zhongnan Mountain range.

56. Happy (I) (2011)

Not Rated | 76 min | Documentary, Drama, Family

7.2
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HAPPY takes us on a journey from the swamps of Louisiana to the slums of Kolkata in search of what really makes people happy. Combining real life stories of people from around the world and... See full summary »

Director: Roko Belic | Stars: Marci Shimoff, Ed Diener, Richard Davidson, Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

Votes: 2,841

An exploration of what it is that we call "happiness". What is it that we are really pursuing in our lives, and will it actually lead to happiness?

57. I Am (III) (2010)

Not Rated | 78 min | Documentary

7.6
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38 Metascore

Director Tom Shadyac speaks with intellectual and spiritual leaders about what's wrong with our world and how we can improve both it and the way we live in it.

Director: Tom Shadyac | Stars: Tom Shadyac, Desmond Tutu, Noam Chomsky, Ray Anderson

Votes: 3,153 | Gross: $1.57M

An exploration of life and search for true meaning in the world.

58. Awake: The Life of Yogananda (2014)

PG | 87 min | Documentary

7.3
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54 Metascore

Unique biopic about Yogananda, author of The Autobiography of a Yogi. In the 1920s, he brought Hindu spirituality to the West. This tells the story of his life and influence on yoga, ... See full summary »

Directors: Paola di Florio, Lisa Leeman | Stars: George Harrison, Anupam Kher, Reed Rudy, Russell Simmons

Votes: 838 | Gross: $1.02M

A documentary about the life and teachings of Yogananda.

59. Moving from Emptiness: The Life and Art of a Zen Dude (2014)

69 min | Documentary, Biography

8.4
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Where does creativity come from? Zen calligraphic painter Alok Hsu Kwang-han proposes that it arises from emptiness, from that silent space where the intelligence prior to thought resides. ... See full summary »

Directors: Jerry Hartleben, Shaeri Richards

Votes: 10

A wonderful insight into the relationship between stillness and creativity.

60. Lucy (I) (2014)

R | 89 min | Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller

6.4
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61 Metascore

A woman, accidentally caught in a dark deal, turns the tables on her captors and transforms into a merciless warrior evolved beyond human logic.

Director: Luc Besson | Stars: Scarlett Johansson, Morgan Freeman, Min-sik Choi, Amr Waked

Votes: 374,216 | Gross: $126.66M

Surprisingly this film has a deep symbollic sub-text in spite of its Hollywood style appearance.

61. Gandhi (1982)

PG | 191 min | Biography, Drama, History

8.1
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79 Metascore

Gandhi's character is fully explained as a man of nonviolence. Through his patience, he is able to drive the British out of the subcontinent. And the stubborn nature of Jinnah and his commitment towards Pakistan is portrayed.

Director: Richard Attenborough | Stars: Ben Kingsley, John Gielgud, Candice Bergen, Edward Fox

Votes: 192,107 | Gross: $52.77M

A biographical drama that focuses on the major events in Ghandi's life. This film is more historically focused than "spiritual" but you can a bit of a sense of Ghandi's depth.

62. Cabeza de Vaca (1991)

R | 111 min | Adventure, Drama, History

7.0
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A handful of survivors from a disastrous 1528 Spanish expedition to Florida journey across the coast until they reach Mexico.

Director: Nicolás Echevarría | Stars: Juan Diego, Daniel Giménez Cacho, Roberto Sosa, Carlos Castañón

Votes: 899 | Gross: $0.79M

A Spanish explorer finds his true calling as he is immersed in the indigenous shamanism of the new world.

63. As It Is in Heaven (2004)

Not Rated | 133 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

7.6
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A successful international conductor suddenly interrupts his career and returns alone to his childhood village in Norrland, in the far north of Sweden. It doesn't take long before he is ... See full summary »

Director: Kay Pollak | Stars: Michael Nyqvist, Frida Hallgren, Helen Sjöholm, Lennart Jähkel

Votes: 14,625 | Gross: $0.01M

64. Mr. Nobody (2009)

R | 141 min | Drama, Fantasy, Romance

7.9
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63 Metascore

A boy stands on a station platform as a train is about to leave. Should he go with his mother or stay with his father? Infinite possibilities arise from this decision. As long as he doesn't choose, anything is possible.

Director: Jaco Van Dormael | Stars: Jared Leto, Sarah Polley, Diane Kruger, Linh Dan Pham

Votes: 180,187 | Gross: $0.00M

65. Crazy Wisdom: The Life & Times of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche (2011)

Not Rated | 86 min | Documentary

7.2
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48 Metascore

Crazy Wisdom is the long-awaited feature documentary to explore the life, teachings, and "crazy wisdom" of Chogyam Trungpa, Rinpoche, a pivotal figure in bringing Tibetan Buddhism to the ... See full summary »

Director: Johanna Demetrakas | Stars: Pema Chodron, Ram Dass, Allen Ginsberg, Diana Mukpo

Votes: 117 | Gross: $0.08M

66. 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)

G | 149 min | Adventure, Sci-Fi

8.3
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86 Metascore

Humanity finds a mysterious, obviously artificial object buried beneath the Lunar surface and, with the intelligent computer H.A.L. 9000, sets off on a quest.

Director: Stanley Kubrick | Stars: Keir Dullea, Gary Lockwood, William Sylvester, Daniel Richter

Votes: 489,468 | Gross: $56.95M

67. Blade Runner (1982)

R | 117 min | Sci-Fi, Thriller

8.2
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89 Metascore

A blade runner must pursue and try to terminate four replicants who stole a ship in space and have returned to Earth to find their creator.

Director: Ridley Scott | Stars: Harrison Ford, Rutger Hauer, Sean Young, Edward James Olmos

Votes: 568,296 | Gross: $27.00M

68. Forrest Gump (1994)

PG-13 | 142 min | Drama, Romance

8.8
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82 Metascore

The presidencies of Kennedy and Johnson, Vietnam, Watergate, and other history unfold through the perspective of an Alabama man with an IQ of 75.

Director: Robert Zemeckis | Stars: Tom Hanks, Robin Wright, Gary Sinise, Sally Field

Votes: 1,450,279 | Gross: $330.25M

69. Holy Motors (2012)

Not Rated | 115 min | Drama, Fantasy

7.1
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84 Metascore

From dawn to dusk, a few hours in the shadowy life of a mystic man named Monsieur Oscar.

Director: Leos Carax | Stars: Denis Lavant, Edith Scob, Eva Mendes, Kylie Minogue

Votes: 34,051

A strange and surreal film which conveys the Shakespearean adage "all the world's a stage and all the men and women merely players". When you take off the masks and let go of your character, who is left?

70. Song of the New Earth (2014)

87 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

8.5
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Seattle filmmaker Ward Serrill (The Heart of the Game, Miramax) follows one man's quest to integrate modern science and ancient mysticism through sound. It features the extraordinary life ... See full summary »

Director: Ward Serrill

Votes: 68

71. Ayurveda: Art of Being (2001)

Not Rated | 102 min | Documentary

7.7
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45 Metascore

Ayurveda is science of life and art of healing; where body, mind and spirit are given equal importance. This voyage of thousands of miles across India and abroad takes you on a unique ... See full summary »

Director: Pan Nalin | Stars: Nicolos Kostopoulos, Vaidya Narayan Murthy, Brahmanand Swamigal

Votes: 387 | Gross: $0.02M

A glimpse into the "mother of all systems", Ayurveda is a way of life, a way to heal, a way to connect to the one source.

72. On Yoga the Architecture of Peace (2017)

87 min | Documentary

7.9
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ON YOGA: The Architecture of Peace is director Heitor Dhalia's new film and his first documentary, it follows photographer Michael O'Neill as he talks to the great Yoga masters in India, Tibet and New York.

Director: Heitor Dhalia

Votes: 152

73. 10 Questions for the Dalai Lama (2006)

Unrated | 85 min | Documentary

7.5
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How do you reconcile a commitment to non-violence when faced with violence? Why do the poor often seem happier than the rich? Must a society lose its traditions in order to move into the ... See full summary »

Director: Rick Ray | Stars: The Dalai Lama, Tenzin Bagdro, Bob Dole, Richard Gere

Votes: 689 | Gross: $0.22M