100+ Contemplative Movies

This list flows from the energy for watching films that dwells within our contemplative community of SoulStream and my friendship with Brent Unrau. 

The list is organized with mostly English speaking movies listed first, followed by international films. There is also a section of sci-fi films in the middle.

These films are on a broad spectrum for how closely they adhere to the 4 criteria for contemplative films listed below. There a few films on this list that represent the “extreme” end of this spectrum (i.e. The Turin Horse). They may be experienced by some viewers as less “accessible” than other films on the list and are thus grouped near the end.

There are some film creators who gravitate naturally…

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  • Paterson

    1

  • Stranger Than Paradise

    2

  • Dead Man

    3

  • Wendy and Lucy

    4

  • Certain Women

    5

  • Something, Anything

    6

  • The Tree of Life

    7

  • Columbus

    8

  • Museum Hours

    9

  • Silence

    10

  • A Ghost Story

    11

  • Mulholland Drive

    12

  • Never Rarely Sometimes Always

    13

  • The Piano

    14

  • Leave No Trace

    15

  • Nomadland

    16

  • Sound of Metal

    17

  • Cameraperson

    18

  • Nebraska

    19

  • Lost in Translation

    20

  • My Dinner with Andre

    21

  • Elephant

    22

  • Breaking the Waves

    23

  • Dogville

    24

  • 2001: A Space Odyssey

    25

  • Another Earth

    26

  • Arrival

    27

  • The Fountain

    28

  • Children of Men

    29

  • Gravity

    30

  • Wings of Desire

    31

  • Paris, Texas

    32

  • The Phantom Carriage

    33

  • Winter Light

    34

  • Three Colors: Blue

    35

  • A Short Film About Love

    36

  • Where Is My Friend's House?

    37

  • Tokyo Story

    38

  • Pather Panchali

    39

  • In the Mood for Love

    40

  • Portrait of a Lady on Fire

    41

  • Preparations to Be Together for an Unknown Period of Time

    42

  • Father

    43

  • Uncle

    44

  • Atanarjuat: The Fast Runner

    45

  • A Touch of Sin

    46

  • Silent Light

    47

  • Jeanne Dielman, 23, Quai du Commerce 1080 Bruxelles

    48

  • Silent Souls

    49

  • A Screaming Man

    50

  • The Passion of Joan of Arc

    51

  • Ordet

    52

  • Au Hasard Balthazar

    53

  • Diary of a Country Priest

    54

  • A Man Escaped

    55

  • The Flowers of St. Francis

    56

  • Babette's Feast

    57

  • The Red Balloon

    58

  • Bicycle Thieves

    59

  • Barbara

    60

  • On Body and Soul

    61

  • The Mill and the Cross

    62

  • Children of Heaven

    63

  • House of Hummingbird

    64

  • Vagabond

    65

  • Cléo from 5 to 7

    66

  • Leviathan

    67

  • The Return

    68

  • Ikiru

    69

  • Caché

    70

  • The White Ribbon

    71

  • Amour

    72

  • What Do We See When We Look at the Sky?

    73

  • Beginning

    74

  • The Death of Mr. Lazarescu

    75

  • The Spirit of the Beehive

    76

  • La Notte

    77

  • The Burmese Harp

    78

  • Ida

    79

  • Rams

    80

  • Stations of the Cross

    81

  • The Child

    82

  • Still Walking

    83

  • After Life

    84

  • The Postman

    85

  • Aguirre, the Wrath of God

    86

  • Landscape in the Mist

    87

  • La Belle Noiseuse

    88

  • Cemetery of Splendor

    89

  • Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter... and Spring

    90

  • A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence

    91

  • Marketa Lazarová

    92

  • Into Great Silence

    93

  • The Sacrifice

    94

  • Stalker

    95

  • Notturno

    96

  • Distant

    97

  • Vive L'Amour

    98

  • Satantango

    99

  • The Turin Horse

    100