Integral Movie and TV Listby markallankaplan | created - 21 Jul 2015 | updated - 1 month ago | Public
The following movies and television series have integrally-informed elements to varying degrees according to testing criteria developed during research on the application of Integral Theory to cinematic media theory and practice. According to this research, a cinematic work is deemed to be integral if elements of the integral stage of development are represented in the cinematic form, style, structure, content, and/or are embedded in the material as a presence or atmosphere. These representations of the elements of the integral stage of development can include: The exploration and integration of multiple evolving dimensions and perspectives of lesser and greater depth and span; the concretion of abstract and interior dimensions and perspectives, such as time and interiority, in the service of evolutionary growth and development; an evolutionary story, event, and/or character progression that is given greater than or equal emphasis to conflict resolution, with progression developing vertically through at least three stages or levels of development; the evolutionary impulse as a driving force or causality pattern; the valuing of truth that is qualified by evolving perspectival fields; and/or a Kosmo-centric circle of care and concern that suggests an awareness, integration, and embracing of all of existence.
It should also be noted that the following works have been tested for having integral elements to ANY degree, which means some of these works have more of these elements than other works on the list. In addition, just because a cinematic work has integral elements does not automatically indicate its quality, though it will have elements of a more expansive worldview to some degree.
*Titles are listed in historical order.
(Use the comment area below to ask questions, leave feedback and to suggest movies and television series that are not on the list that you believe should be tested for being an integrally-informed cinematic work)
For more on the application of Integral Theory to the cinematic arts visit the Integral Cinema Project at: www.integralcinema.com
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1. La coquille et le clergyman (1928)
28 min | Short
Obsessed with a general's woman, a clergyman has strange visions of death and lust, struggling against his own eroticism.
The very first Integral Film by Germaine Dulac. Many years ahead of its time.
2. Citizen Kane (1941)
PG | 119 min | Drama, Mystery
Following the death of a publishing tycoon, news reporters scramble to discover the meaning of his final utterance.
Votes: 347,560 | Gross: $1.59M
This cinematic masterpiece has hints of the emergence of integral cinematic style and structure into a more main stream form as it traces the evolution of an individual life and explores how our primal wound can both propel us up the ladder of human development while also undermining and regressing us at the same time. While the films main character falls far short of the higher stages of development, the filmmaker, Orson Welles, elevates us the audience into a higher level of perception as we are cinematically raised up into the integral dimensions of a deeply integrating and witnessing consciousness.
3. The Razor's Edge (1946)
Approved | 145 min | Drama, Romance
An adventuresome young man goes off to find himself and loses his socialite fiancée in the process. But when he returns 10 years later, she will stop at nothing to get him back, even though she is already married.
Adaptation of W. Somerset Maugham's classic tale of a young man in search of the meaning of existence and his evolutionary journey toward a higher and deeper level of being and becoming.
4. Wild Strawberries (1957)
Not Rated | 91 min | Drama, Romance
After living a life marked by coldness, an aging professor is forced to confront the emptiness of his existence.
Ingmar Bergman's deeply reflective film exploring the evolution of one man's life through memories, dreams, interactions and self-reflections. Through this process Bergman shows us how generational patterns imprison us and cause evolutionary regression, and how becoming a witness to these greater evolutionary and de-evolutionary patterns can awaken us and help us evolve further.
5. The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
TV-PG | 51 min | Fantasy, Horror, Mystery
Ordinary people find themselves in extraordinarily astounding situations, which they each try to solve in a remarkable manner.
This classic anthology television series explores the further reaches of our inner and outer world within a Kosmic-witnessing frame for the viewer. We are put in the observer seat at the beginning of every episode through the shows opening that includes both visuals and text spoken by the host and show creator, Rod Serling. And as we observe, the stories, visuals and soundscapes shift us into and out of the observer, witness position and into deeply subjective experiences and expansive existential and philosophical reflections. When you combine the witnessing framing and the expansive reflections you get a taste of the Kosmo-centric Witness perspectival field; in many episodes we, the viewer, can have the sense that we are glimpsing a big picture so big it is beyond our comprehension, that there is a meaningful pattern to it all, to all the dimensions we are observing and the multiple layers of hidden dimensions just beyond our reach, and that there is a much greater intelligence at work.
6. 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
G | 149 min | Adventure, Sci-Fi
Humanity finds a mysterious, obviously artificial object buried beneath the Lunar surface and, with the intelligent computer HAL 9000, sets off on a quest.
Votes: 511,391 | Gross: $56.95M
Kubrick's ground-breaking integral/evolutionary cinema masterpiece.
7. Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977)
PG | 121 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy
Luke Skywalker joins forces with a Jedi Knight, a cocky pilot, a Wookiee and two droids to save the galaxy from the Empire's world-destroying battle station, while also attempting to rescue Princess Leia from the evil Darth Vader.
Votes: 1,068,573 | Gross: $322.74M
Star Wars Saga 1-6 (1977-2005) - When taken as a whole and in their intended narrative order, the first six Star Wars films show a full evolutionary and de-evolutionary arc for the character of Anakin Skywalker, aka Darth Vader, from egocentric to Kosmocentric with dark twisting turns and de-evolutionary undercurrents of the deep shadow creating a complex spiral of evolutionary development for the character and the archetypal forces represented by him and his journey. "A New Hope" is the first film in the second trilogy.
8. The Last Wave (1977)
PG | 106 min | Drama, Fantasy, Mystery
A Sydney lawyer defends five Aborigines in a ritualized taboo murder and in the process learns disturbing things about himself and premonitions.
A haunting mystical cinematic journey into the heart of aboriginal dreamtime and its evolutionary impact on a non-aboriginal person and the greater world at the crossroads of a great awakening.
PG | 124 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy
After the rebels are brutally overpowered by the Empire on the ice planet Hoth, Luke Skywalker begins Jedi training with Yoda, while his friends are pursued by Darth Vader.
Votes: 997,882 | Gross: $290.48M
Star Wars Saga 1-6 (1977-2005) - When taken as a whole and in their intended narrative order, the first six Star Wars films show a full evolutionary and de-evolutionary arc for the character of Anakin Skywalker, aka Darth Vader, from egocentric to Kosmocentric with dark twisting turns and de-evolutionary undercurrents of the deep shadow creating a complex spiral of evolutionary development for the character and the archetypal forces represented by him and his journey. "Empire Strikes Back" is the second film in the second trilogy.
10. Altered States (1980)
R | 102 min | Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller
A Harvard scientist conducts experiments on himself with a hallucinatory drug and an isolation chamber that may be causing him to regress genetically.
Votes: 27,816 | Gross: $19.85M
Wild inner and outer ride into the evolutionary and energetic dimensions of existence.
11. Diva (1981)
R | 117 min | Thriller
Two tapes, two Parisian mob killers, one corrupt policeman, an opera fan, a teenage thief, and the coolest philosopher ever filmed. All these characters twist their way through an intricate and stylish French language thriller.
Votes: 10,375 | Gross: $0.11M
"Diva" is a French cult film classic from the early 80s that integrates European and American cinema conventions into a hip uniquely styled hybrid Comedy-Thriller-Romance-Mystical tale. As we go along for the ride of this zeitgeist capturing film, the camera moves the audience from the deeply personal and emotional to the intellectual and philosophical to the big-picture, overview, and kosmo-centric witness position. The young male lead character evolve from ego-centric to ethnocentric to socio-centric circles of care and concern while he navigates through a maze of life threatening and existential "challenges," helped by an older street-wise cosmopolitan kosmo-centric holy man.
12. Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983)
PG | 131 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy
After a daring mission to rescue Han Solo from Jabba the Hutt, the rebels dispatch to Endor to destroy a more powerful Death Star. Meanwhile, Luke struggles to help Vader back from the dark side without falling into the Emperor's trap.
Votes: 819,842 | Gross: $309.13M
Star Wars Saga 1-6 (1977-2005) - When taken as a whole and in their intended narrative order, the first six Star Wars films show a full evolutionary and de-evolutionary arc for the character of Anakin Skywalker, aka Darth Vader, from egocentric to Kosmocentric with dark twisting turns and de-evolutionary undercurrents of the deep shadow creating a complex spiral of evolutionary development for the character and the archetypal forces represented by him and his journey. "Return of the Jedi" is the final film in the second trilogy.
13. Man Facing Southeast (1986)
R | 105 min | Drama, Mystery
A patient in a mental hospital claims to be an extraterrestial. Could he be right?
Votes: 3,171 | Gross: $0.73M
A mysterious, magical, Christ-like, integral-esque and perhaps "alien" patient in an insane asylum acts as the evolutionary catalyst for the residing psychologist and all the other lives he touches.
14. Joe Versus the Volcano (1990)
PG | 102 min | Comedy, Romance
When a hypochondriac learns that he is dying, he accepts an offer to throw himself in a volcano at a tropical island, and along the way there, learns to truly live.
Votes: 30,914 | Gross: $39.40M
Integral cinematic structures expressed in a simple, quirky and fun adventure.
15. Groundhog Day (1993)
PG | 101 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Romance
A weatherman finds himself inexplicably living the same day over and over again.
Votes: 516,810 | Gross: $70.91M
This simple and fun yet deep and profound Integrally-Informed work beautifully captures stages of human development from egocentric to Kosmo-centric.
16. Run Lola Run (1998)
R | 80 min | Crime, Drama, Sci-Fi
After a botched money delivery, Lola has 20 minutes to come up with 100,000 Deutschmarks.
Votes: 174,420 | Gross: $7.27M
Fun and wild ride using a temporal loop to take us and the main character on an inner and outer evolutionary journey with great heart and a lightness of being that playfully holds a deeper meaning.
17. The Matrix (1999)
R | 136 min | Action, Sci-Fi
A computer hacker learns from mysterious rebels about the true nature of his reality and his role in the war against its controllers.
Votes: 1,424,371 | Gross: $171.48M
The filmmakers of The Matrix Trilogy consciously attempted to use Ken Wilber's Integral Theory in the creation of this masterful work. First of the trilogy that needs to be taken as a whole to experience the full integral-evolutionary arc.
18. Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (1999)
PG | 136 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy
Two Jedi Knights escape a hostile blockade to find allies and come across a young boy who may bring balance to the Force, but the long dormant Sith resurface to claim their old glory.
Votes: 624,739 | Gross: $474.54M
Star Wars Saga 1-6 (1977-2005) - When taken as a whole and in their intended narrative order, the first six Star Wars films show a full evolutionary and de-evolutionary arc for the character of Anakin Skywalker, aka Darth Vader, from egocentric to Kosmocentric with dark twisting turns and de-evolutionary undercurrents of the deep shadow creating a complex spiral of evolutionary development for the character and the archetypal forces represented by him and his journey. "The Phantom Menace" is the first of the prequel trilogy.
19. The Sixth Sense (1999)
PG-13 | 107 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller
A boy who communicates with spirits seeks the help of a disheartened child psychologist.
Votes: 809,152 | Gross: $293.51M
"The Sixth Sense" is a holonic masterpiece, exploring the subtle meaning streams between realities and the evolution of a little boy from a frightened child to a Kosmo-centric medium between worlds.
20. Alias (2001–2006)
TV-14 | 42 min | Action, Drama, Mystery
Sydney Bristow is an international spy recruited out of college, trained for espionage and self-defense.
"Alias" is one of the first TV series to bring multi-layered storytelling, dense holonic streams, and an integrated multidimensional perspectival field to the small screen.
21. Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones (2002)
PG | 142 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy
Ten years after initially meeting, Anakin Skywalker shares a forbidden romance with Padmé Amidala, while Obi-Wan investigates an assassination attempt on the senator and discovers a secret clone army crafted for the Jedi.
Votes: 547,349 | Gross: $310.68M
Star Wars Saga 1-6 (1977-2005) - When taken as a whole and in their intended narrative order, the first six Star Wars films show a full evolutionary and de-evolutionary arc for the character of Anakin Skywalker, aka Darth Vader, from egocentric to Kosmocentric with dark twisting turns and de-evolutionary undercurrents of the deep shadow creating a complex spiral of evolutionary development for the character and the archetypal forces represented by him and his journey. "Attack of the Clones" is the second film in the first trilogy.
22. Interstate 60: Episodes of the Road (2002)
R | 116 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama
Neal Oliver, a very confused young man and an artist (played by James Marsden) takes a journey of a lifetime on a highway I60 that doesn't exist on any of the maps, going to the places he never even heard of, searching for an answer and his dreamgirl.
Wonderful off-beat integrally-informed road picture where the road transcends time and space and the heart...
23. The Pond (2002)
Not Rated | 5 min | Short
THE POND is a short video meditation for relaxation, personal growth and transformation. Transformative approaches to audiovisual expression are used to capture the presence and atmosphere ... See full summary »
Director: Mark Allan Kaplan
"The Pond" is the first integrally-informed cinematic experiment I conducted under the auspices of the Integral Cinema Project. In creating "The Pond" I used Integral transformative practices before, during, and after all aspects of the creative process, exploring if and how an Integrally-informed state of creation consciousness would affect the creative process and work.
24. The Matrix Reloaded (2003)
R | 138 min | Action, Sci-Fi
Neo and the rebel leaders estimate that they have 72 hours until 250,000 probes discover Zion and destroy it and its inhabitants. During this, Neo must decide how he can save Trinity from a dark fate in his dreams.
Votes: 462,205 | Gross: $281.49M
The filmmakers of The Matrix Trilogy consciously attempted to use Ken Wilber's Integral Theory in the creation of this masterful work. Second film of the trilogy that needs to be taken as a whole to experience the full integral-evolutionary arc.
25. The Matrix Revolutions (2003)
R | 129 min | Action, Sci-Fi
The human city of Zion defends itself against the massive invasion of the machines as Neo fights to end the war at another front while also opposing the rogue Agent Smith.
Votes: 401,005 | Gross: $139.31M
The filmmakers of The Matrix Trilogy consciously attempted to use Ken Wilber's Integral Theory in the creation of this masterful work. Third and final film of the trilogy that needs to be taken as a whole to experience the full integral-evolutionary arc.
26. Lost (2004–2010)
TV-14 | 44 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy
The survivors of a plane crash are forced to work together in order to survive on a seemingly deserted tropical island.
"Lost" wonderfully displays all of the elements of integrally-informed television with great depth and imagination. Though the finale did not live up to the expectations of many, the integral-evolutionary arc still shines through beneath the surface.
27. Battlestar Galactica (2004–2009)
TV-14 | 44 min | Action, Adventure, Drama
When an old enemy, the Cylons, resurface and obliterate the 12 colonies, the crew of the aged Galactica protect a small civilian fleet - the last of humanity - as they journey toward the fabled 13th colony, Earth.
Epic integral-evolutionary space saga that takes us on a developmental journey that slowly becomes deeper, richer and more complex and ultimately evolves into a profoundly transformative time, space and mind-bending adventure where villains evolve into heroes, pasts become the future and the future become past.
28. I Heart Huckabees (2004)
R | 107 min | Comedy
A husband-and-wife team play detective, but not in the traditional sense. Instead, the happy duo helps others solve their existential issues, the kind that keep you up at night, wondering what it all means.
Votes: 59,550 | Gross: $12.78M
An Integrally-Informed philosophical/cinematic journey.
29. Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith (2005)
PG-13 | 140 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy
Three years into the Clone Wars, the Jedi rescue Palpatine from Count Dooku. As Obi-Wan pursues a new threat, Anakin acts as a double agent between the Jedi Council and Palpatine and is lured into a sinister plan to rule the galaxy.
Votes: 610,375 | Gross: $380.26M
Star Wars Saga 1-6 (1977-2005) - When taken as a whole and in their intended narrative order, the first six Star Wars films show a full evolutionary and de-evolutionary arc for the character of Anakin Skywalker, aka Darth Vader, from egocentric to Kosmocentric with dark twisting turns and de-evolutionary undercurrents of the deep shadow creating a complex spiral of evolutionary development for the character and the archetypal forces represented by him and his journey. "Revenge of the Sith" is the final film in the first trilogy.
30. Avatar: The Last Airbender (2003–2008)
TV-Y7-FV | 23 min | Animation, Action, Adventure
In a war-torn world of elemental magic, a young boy reawakens to undertake a dangerous mystic quest to fulfill his destiny as the Avatar, and bring peace to the world.
Wonderful and deep yet light-hearted integrally-informed animated TV series that explores the evolving and spiraling dance between the separation and the union of the multiple dimensions of our being and becoming.
31. Batman Begins (2005)
PG-13 | 140 min | Action, Adventure
After training with his mentor, Batman begins his fight to free crime-ridden Gotham City from corruption.
Votes: 1,137,942 | Gross: $206.85M
"Batman Begins" is the first film in "The Dark Knight Trilogy" and when the trilogy is taken as a whole it can be seen as an epic Integral journey from a pre-modern to modern to post-modern to transmodern society spurred on by the evolution of an archetype and the individual beneath the archetypal form as he heroically evolves from egocentric to Kosmo-centric circles of care and concern.
32. Everything Is Illuminated (2005)
PG-13 | 106 min | Comedy, Drama
A young Jewish American man endeavors to find the woman who saved his grandfather during World War II in a Ukrainian village, that was ultimately razed by the Nazis, with the help of an eccentric local.
Votes: 53,971 | Gross: $1.71M
Gentle, beautiful, and off-beat integrally-informed film about one young man's quest to understand his family and their past that ultimately leads to a deeper understanding of self, culture, world, and beyond.
33. Bee Season (2005)
PG-13 | 104 min | Drama
A wife and mother begins a downward emotional spiral, as her husband avoids their collapsing marriage by immersing himself in his 11 year-old daughter's quest to become a spelling bee champion.
Votes: 6,341 | Gross: $1.18M
"Bee Season" is a masterpiece of multi-dimensional cinema with subtle streams of subtext swirling just below the surface, sweeping us into a deep and gentle journey of emotional and spiritual transformation.
34. Eureka (2006–2012)
TV-14 | 60 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama
A U.S. Marshall becomes the sheriff of a remote cozy little Northwestern town of Eureka where the best minds in the US have secretly been tucked away to build futuristic inventions for the government which often go disastrously wrong.
"Eureka" is a fun and off-beat integrally-informed TV series exploring the further reaches of science, love, and the Kosmos.
35. Heroes (II) (2006–2010)
TV-14 | 45 min | Drama, Fantasy, Sci-Fi
Common people discover that they have super powers. Their lives intertwine as a devastating event must be prevented.
A wild, superhero-esque integral-evolutionary exploration of the struggle between humanities higher and darker potentials. While network pressures caused the creators of this show to veer off their intended course, the integral-evolutionary foundation of the work is still present through to the end.
36. The Fountain (2006)
PG-13 | 96 min | Drama, Sci-Fi
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.
Votes: 210,765 | Gross: $10.14M
Beautiful and haunting Integral cinematic journey through our individual and collective interior and exterior realities.
37. The Dark Knight (2008)
PG-13 | 152 min | Action, Crime, Drama
When the menace known as the Joker emerges from his mysterious past, he wreaks havoc and chaos on the people of Gotham. The Dark Knight must accept one of the greatest psychological and physical tests of his ability to fight injustice.
Votes: 1,953,936 | Gross: $534.86M
"The Dark Knight" is the second film in "The Dark Knight Trilogy" and when the trilogy is taken as a whole it can be seen as an epic Integral journey from a pre-modern to modern to post-modern to transmodern society spurred on by the evolution of an archetype and the individual beneath the archetypal form as he heroically evolves from egocentric to Kosmo-centric circles of care and concern.
38. Star Trek (2009)
PG-13 | 127 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
The brash James T. Kirk tries to live up to his father's legacy with Mr. Spock keeping him in check as a vengeful Romulan from the future creates black holes to destroy the Federation one planet at a time.
Votes: 546,008 | Gross: $257.73M
"Star Trek" (2009) is a beautiful cross-temporal inner and outer evolutionary adventure.
39. Sex, God, Rock 'n Roll with Stuart Davis (2009– )
30 min | Comedy, Talk-Show
The off-beat outrageous web TV series by Integral media arts pioneer Stuart Davis.
40. The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus (2009)
PG-13 | 123 min | Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy
A traveling theater company gives its audience much more than they were expecting.
Votes: 135,512 | Gross: $7.69M
Step into the imaginarium and into an integrally-informed world where a moment becomes a lifetime of development taking you to the next stage of your evolution or perhaps your de-evolution.
41. Inception (2010)
PG-13 | 148 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
A thief who steals corporate secrets through the use of dream-sharing technology is given the inverse task of planting an idea into the mind of a CEO.
Votes: 1,736,160 | Gross: $292.58M
"Inception" takes us on a wild integrally-informed ride into the multiple dimensions of our dream world and the levels of evolving worldview structures within, between and around us.
42. The Adjustment Bureau (2011)
PG-13 | 106 min | Romance, Sci-Fi, Thriller
The affair between a politician and a contemporary dancer is affected by mysterious forces keeping the lovers apart.
Votes: 220,344 | Gross: $62.50M
"The Adjustment Bureau" is a beautiful and thrilling integrally-informed journey of love ascending and evolving to the Kosmic and transcendent level of being.
43. Source Code (2011)
PG-13 | 93 min | Mystery, Romance, Sci-Fi
A soldier wakes up in someone else's body and discovers he's part of an experimental government program to find the bomber of a commuter train. A mission he has only 8 minutes to complete.
Votes: 434,436 | Gross: $54.71M
Wild integrally-informed cinematic journey into and through time, mind, love, and Kosmic dimensions of being and becoming..."Groundhog Day" on steriods!
44. Game of Thrones (2011– )
TV-MA | 57 min | Action, Adventure, Drama
Nine noble families fight for control over the mythical lands of Westeros, while an ancient enemy returns after being dormant for thousands of years.
Epic groundbreaking series integrating the reimagining of deep mythic and magical archetypes, the tracing of the emergence of rational and pluralistic cultural constructs, and the mapping of evolutionary story arcs with glimpses of a bigger picture from a Kosmo-centric perspectival field. This masterfully executed synthesis creates a vast yet intimate multi-layered visceral experience of the human quest for power, for meaning and for goodness.
45. Thor (2011)
PG-13 | 115 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy
The powerful, but arrogant god Thor, is cast out of Asgard to live amongst humans in Midgard (Earth), where he soon becomes one of their finest defenders.
Votes: 633,004 | Gross: $181.03M
An integrally-informed superhero adventure with Shakespearean undercurrents that follows the superhero's development from egocentric to kosmocentric beingness.
46. Midnight in Paris (2011)
PG-13 | 94 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Romance
While on a trip to Paris with his fiancée's family, a nostalgic screenwriter finds himself mysteriously going back to the 1920s everyday at midnight.
Votes: 343,107 | Gross: $56.82M
Woody Allen's masterful integrally-informed temporal shifting adventure into the present and historical creative streams of Paris and the artist's inner and outer evolution.
47. The Tree of Life (2011)
PG-13 | 139 min | Drama, Fantasy
The story of a family in Waco, Texas in 1956. The eldest son witnesses the loss of innocence and struggles with his parents' conflicting teachings.
Votes: 151,644 | Gross: $13.30M
Haunting abstract evolutionary journey through the interior and exterior dimensions of life.
48. Black Mirror (2011– )
TV-MA | 60 min | Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
An anthology series exploring a twisted, high-tech world where humanity's greatest innovations and darkest instincts collide.
"Black Mirror" is a brilliant and haunting series in the "Twilight Zone" tradition that puts the audience in the Kosmo-centric witness seat to bear witness to the evolutionary gap between the evolution of technology and the evolution of individual and collective human consciousness. Some episodes, like "San Junipero" give us a full evolutionary arc while others take us to various evolutionary inflection points in a projected not-to-distant future.
49. 12 Dates of Christmas (2011 TV Movie)
PG | 90 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Romance