50+ Profound Movies to Further Your Spiritual Journey

by tfrymann | created - 13 Jul 2020 | updated - 21 Feb 2021 | Public

A collection of profound movies spanning consciousness, psychedelics, psychology, and spirituality. The category breakdown is listed below. Enjoy your cinematic experience and the dive into the mystery!

DOCUMENTARIES: #1 - #9. HOLLYWOOD ON CONSCIOUSNESS: #10 - #21. CULTURAL: #22 - 24 DEEP & PROVOCATIVE: #25 - 32 HEART CENTERED: #33 - #43 PSYCHOLOGICAL: # 44 - #50

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1. Unity (2015)

Not Rated | 99 min | Documentary

A study in the duality of man. Even after thousands and thousands of years, mankind still can't get along with each other, the animals, or the environment, despite the advent of science, literature, technology, philosophy and religion.

Director: Shaun Monson | Stars: Aaron Paul, Adam Levine, Adrian Grenier, Alison Eastwood

Votes: 975

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2. Journey of the Universe (2011)

TV-G | 56 min | Documentary

The Emmy Award winning JOURNEY OF THE UNIVERSE tells an epic story of cosmic, Earth and human transformation from The Big Bang to today. Evolutionary philosopher Brian Thomas Swimme and ... See full summary »

Directors: David Kennard, Patsy Northcutt | Star: Brian Thomas Swimme

Votes: 236

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3. I Am Another You (2017)

80 min | Documentary

85 Metascore

Eating garbage, dodging police, and hitching rides with strangers, award-winning Chinese filmmaker Nanfu Wang shares the streets with a young drifter named Dylan who left a comfortable home... See full summary »

Director: Nanfu Wang | Stars: Dylan, Nanfu Wang

Votes: 506

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4. Inner Worlds, Outer Worlds (2012)

Not Rated | 122 min | Documentary, History

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 names throughout history.

Director: Daniel Schmidt | Star: Patrick Sweeney

Votes: 2,088

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6. Have a Good Trip (2020)

TV-MA | 85 min | Documentary, Comedy

44 Metascore

Mixing comedy with a thorough investigation of psychedelics, 'Have a Good Trip' explores the pros, cons, science, history, future, pop cultural impact, and cosmic possibilities of hallucinogens.

Director: Donick Cary | Stars: Nick Offerman, Sting, ASAP Rocky, Bill Kreutzmann

Votes: 7,777

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7. Fantastic Fungi (2019)

Not Rated | 81 min | Documentary

70 Metascore

Fantastic Fungi is a descriptive time-lapse journey about the magical, mysterious and medicinal world of fungi and their power to heal, sustain and contribute to the regeneration of life on Earth that began 3.5 billion years ago.

Director: Louie Schwartzberg | Stars: Brie Larson, Andrew Weil, Giuliana Furci, Paul Stamets

Votes: 8,656

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8. Journeys to the Edge of Consciousness (2019)

87 min | Documentary, Animation, Adventure

Explore three psychedelic trips by three world-famous authors that together changed them, and Western culture, forever. Let go and be taken on an animated journey into the depths of the ... See full summary »

Director: Rob Harper | Stars: Rick Doblin, Amanda Feilding, Graham Hancock, Holly Harman

Votes: 128

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9. Samadhi (2017)

PG | 60 min | Documentary

Samadhi Part 1 is the first installment in a series of films exploring Samadhi, an ancient Sanskrit word which points toward the mystical or transcendent union that is at the root of all spirituality and self inquiry.

Director: Daniel Schmidt

Votes: 652

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10. I Heart Huckabees (2004)

R | 107 min | Comedy

55 Metascore

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.

Director: David O. Russell | Stars: Jason Schwartzman, Jude Law, Naomi Watts, Mark Wahlberg

Votes: 64,477 | Gross: $12.78M

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11. Inception (2010)

PG-13 | 148 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

74 Metascore

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 C.E.O., but his tragic past may doom the project and his team to disaster.

Director: Christopher Nolan | Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Elliot Page, Ken Watanabe

Votes: 2,302,638 | Gross: $292.58M

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12. The Matrix (1999)

R | 136 min | Action, Sci-Fi

73 Metascore

When a beautiful stranger leads computer hacker Neo to a forbidding underworld, he discovers the shocking truth--the life he knows is the elaborate deception of an evil cyber-intelligence.

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

Votes: 1,880,449 | Gross: $171.48M

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13. Transcendence (I) (2014)

PG-13 | 119 min | Action, Drama, Sci-Fi

42 Metascore

A scientist's drive for artificial intelligence takes on dangerous implications when his own consciousness is uploaded into one such program.

Director: Wally Pfister | Stars: Johnny Depp, Rebecca Hall, Morgan Freeman, Cillian Murphy

Votes: 228,569 | Gross: $23.02M

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14. Cloud Atlas (2012)

R | 172 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi

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: 361,202 | Gross: $27.11M

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15. Being John Malkovich (1999)

R | 113 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

90 Metascore

A puppeteer discovers a portal that leads literally into the head of movie star John Malkovich.

Director: Spike Jonze | Stars: John Cusack, Cameron Diaz, Catherine Keener, John Malkovich

Votes: 333,172 | Gross: $22.86M

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16. Waking Life (2001)

R | 99 min | Animation, Drama, Fantasy

83 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: 64,086 | Gross: $2.89M

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17. Mr. Nobody (2009)

R | 141 min | Drama, Fantasy, Romance

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: 231,945 | Gross: $0.00M

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18. A Ghost Story (2017)

R | 92 min | Drama, Fantasy, Romance

84 Metascore

In this singular exploration of legacy, love, loss, and the enormity of existence, a recently deceased, white-sheeted ghost returns to his suburban home to try to reconnect with his bereft wife.

Director: David Lowery | Stars: Casey Affleck, Rooney Mara, McColm Cephas Jr., Kenneisha Thompson

Votes: 71,633 | Gross: $1.60M

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19. Chappie (2015)

R | 120 min | Action, Crime, Drama

41 Metascore

In the near future, crime is patrolled by a mechanized police force. When one police droid, Chappie, is stolen and given new programming, he becomes the first robot with the ability to think and feel for himself.

Director: Neill Blomkamp | Stars: Sharlto Copley, Dev Patel, Hugh Jackman, Sigourney Weaver

Votes: 249,895 | Gross: $31.57M

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20. Lucy (I) (2014)

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

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, Choi Min-sik, Amr Waked

Votes: 490,000 | Gross: $126.66M

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21. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017)

PG-13 | 136 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

67 Metascore

The Guardians struggle to keep together as a team while dealing with their personal family issues, notably Star-Lord's encounter with his father the ambitious celestial being Ego.

Director: James Gunn | Stars: Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel

Votes: 665,027 | Gross: $389.81M

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22. Samsara (I) (2011)

PG-13 | 102 min | Documentary, Music

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: 35,882 | Gross: $2.67M

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23. Embrace of the Serpent (2015)

Not Rated | 125 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama

82 Metascore

The story of the relationship between Karamakate, an Amazonian shaman and last survivor of his people, and two scientists who work together over the course of forty years to search the Amazon for a sacred healing plant.

Director: Ciro Guerra | Stars: Nilbio Torres, Jan Bijvoet, Antonio Bolívar, Brionne Davis

Votes: 22,923 | Gross: $1.33M

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24. Joseph Campbell: Sukhavati (1998)

Not Rated | 79 min

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 »

Directors: Maxine Harris, Sheldon Rochlin | Star: Joseph Campbell

Votes: 47

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25. Westworld (2016– )

TV-MA | 62 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi

At the intersection of the near future and the reimagined past, waits a world in which every human appetite can be indulged without consequence.

Stars: Evan Rachel Wood, Jeffrey Wright, Ed Harris, Thandiwe Newton

Votes: 490,328

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26. Ex Machina (2014)

R | 108 min | Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller

78 Metascore

A young programmer is selected to participate in a ground-breaking experiment in synthetic intelligence by evaluating the human qualities of a highly advanced humanoid A.I.

Director: Alex Garland | Stars: Alicia Vikander, Domhnall Gleeson, Oscar Isaac, Sonoya Mizuno

Votes: 535,980 | Gross: $25.44M

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27. The Frame (2014)

127 min | Crime, Drama, Fantasy

Two strangers find their lives colliding in an impossible way. Alex is a methodical cargo thief working for a dangerous cartel. Sam is a determined paramedic trying to save the world while running from her past.

Director: Jamin Winans | Stars: David Carranza, Tiffany Mualem, Cal Bartlett, Christopher Soren Kelly

Votes: 3,644

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28. Black Mirror (2011–2019)

TV-MA | 60 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi

An anthology series exploring a twisted, high-tech multiverse where humanity's greatest innovations and darkest instincts collide.

Stars: Daniel Lapaine, Hannah John-Kamen, Michaela Coel, Beatrice Robertson-Jones

Votes: 529,381

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29. Coraline (2009)

PG | 100 min | Animation, Drama, Family

80 Metascore

An adventurous 11-year-old girl finds another world that is a strangely idealized version of her frustrating home, but it has sinister secrets.

Director: Henry Selick | Stars: Dakota Fanning, Teri Hatcher, John Hodgman, Jennifer Saunders

Votes: 223,575 | Gross: $75.29M

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30. Okja (2017)

TV-MA | 120 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

75 Metascore

A young girl risks everything to prevent a powerful, multinational company from kidnapping her best friend - a fascinating beast named Okja.

Director: Bong Joon Ho | Stars: Tilda Swinton, Paul Dano, Seo-hyun Ahn, Jake Gyllenhaal

Votes: 120,317

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31. Dominion (2018)

120 min | Documentary, Horror

Dominion uses drones, hidden and handheld cameras to expose the dark underbelly of modern animal agriculture, questioning the morality and validity of humankind's dominion over the animal kingdom.

Director: Chris Delforce | Stars: Joaquin Phoenix, Rooney Mara, Sia, Sadie Sink

Votes: 3,550

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32. Annihilation (I) (2018)

R | 115 min | Adventure, Drama, Horror

79 Metascore

A biologist signs up for a dangerous, secret expedition into a mysterious zone where the laws of nature don't apply.

Director: Alex Garland | Stars: Natalie Portman, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Tessa Thompson, Benedict Wong

Votes: 320,518 | Gross: $32.73M

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33. Song of the Sea (2014)

PG | 93 min | Animation, Adventure, Drama

85 Metascore

Ben, a young Irish boy, and his little sister Saoirse, a girl who can turn into a seal, go on an adventure to free the fairies and save the spirit world.

Director: Tomm Moore | Stars: David Rawle, Brendan Gleeson, Lisa Hannigan, Fionnula Flanagan

Votes: 58,019 | Gross: $0.86M

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34. The Giver (2014)

PG-13 | 97 min | Drama, Romance, Sci-Fi

47 Metascore

In a seemingly perfect community, without war, pain, suffering, differences or choice, a young boy is chosen to learn from an elderly man about the true pain and pleasure of the "real" world.

Director: Phillip Noyce | Stars: Brenton Thwaites, Jeff Bridges, Meryl Streep, Taylor Swift

Votes: 119,219 | Gross: $45.09M

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35. Inside Out (I) (2015)

PG | 95 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

94 Metascore

After young Riley is uprooted from her Midwest life and moved to San Francisco, her emotions - Joy, Fear, Anger, Disgust and Sadness - conflict on how best to navigate a new city, house, and school.

Directors: Pete Docter, Ronnie Del Carmen | Stars: Amy Poehler, Bill Hader, Lewis Black, Mindy Kaling

Votes: 699,569 | Gross: $356.46M

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36. The Shack (I) (2017)

PG-13 | 132 min | Drama, Fantasy

32 Metascore

A grieving man receives a mysterious, personal invitation to meet with God at a place called "The Shack."

Director: Stuart Hazeldine | Stars: Sam Worthington, Octavia Spencer, Tim McGraw, Radha Mitchell

Votes: 35,830 | Gross: $57.39M

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37. Brother Sun, Sister Moon (1972)

PG | 121 min | Biography, Drama, History

Dramatization of events in the life of St. Francis of Assisi from before his conversion experience through his audience with the pope, including his friendship with St. Clare.

Director: Franco Zeffirelli | Stars: Graham Faulkner, Judi Bowker, Leigh Lawson, Kenneth Cranham

Votes: 4,557

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38. It's a Wonderful Life (1946)

PG | 130 min | Drama, Family, Fantasy

89 Metascore

An angel is sent from Heaven to help a desperately frustrated businessman by showing him what life would have been like if he had never existed.

Director: Frank Capra | Stars: James Stewart, Donna Reed, Lionel Barrymore, Thomas Mitchell

Votes: 449,678

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39. A Wrinkle in Time (2018)

PG | 109 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy

53 Metascore

After the disappearance of her scientist father, three peculiar beings send Meg, her brother, and her friend to space in order to find him.

Director: Ava DuVernay | Stars: Storm Reid, Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon, Mindy Kaling

Votes: 44,930 | Gross: $100.48M

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40. The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (2013)

PG | 114 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

54 Metascore

When both he and a colleague are about to lose their job, Walter takes action by embarking on an adventure more extraordinary than anything he ever imagined.

Director: Ben Stiller | Stars: Ben Stiller, Kristen Wiig, Jon Daly, Kathryn Hahn

Votes: 315,109 | Gross: $58.24M

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41. The Fall (I) (2006)

R | 117 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

64 Metascore

In a hospital on the outskirts of 1920s Los Angeles, an injured stuntman begins to tell a fellow patient, a little girl with a broken arm, a fantastic story of five mythical heroes. Thanks to his fractured state of mind and her vivid imagination, the line between fiction and reality blurs as the tale advances.

Director: Tarsem Singh | Stars: Lee Pace, Catinca Untaru, Justine Waddell, Kim Uylenbroek

Votes: 112,084 | Gross: $2.28M

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42. Avatar (2009)

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

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: 1,215,624 | Gross: $760.51M

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43. Mune: Guardian of the Moon (2014)

PG | 85 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

When an evil magma demon and his minions steals the sun of a magical world, the new guardians of both the sun and the moon must embark on a quest to retrieve it and save their world from disaster as the moon faces destruction as well.

Directors: Alexandre Heboyan, Benoît Philippon | Stars: Omar Sy, Izïa Higelin, Michaël Grégorio, Shafik Ahmad

Votes: 7,349

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44. Life Itself (2018)

R | 117 min | Drama, Romance