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    What do you recommend? I'm watching I heart huckabees, apparently a big philosophical movie, before that I watched The Machinist, although that may have been a recommend on films featuring loneliness, I'm not quite sure.

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    "The Grey" gives a pretty fair experience of existentialism, as seven guys wrestle with survival after their plane crashes in Alaska/arctic regions. They actually discuss various life philosophies and god and social/cultural memes at one point (organically).

    Others:
    - My Dinner with Andre
    - The Truman Show
    - Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
    - Waking Life (have watched about half of it)
    - Boyhood (another Linklater pic)
    - Dogville
    - Gattaca
    - Solaris

    The Matrix explores some influential philosophies (including Boudrillard) although in a more mass-market directed way.
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    The Fountain. It's about the quest for immortality, and death... in the modern age, among 16th century Spaniards, and in the future. The ending is one of the best endings I've ever seen in a movie anywhere.
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    -Rosencratz and Guildenstern Are Dead (by Tom Stoppard, reminiscent of Waiting For Godot)

    -Stalker (by Tarkovsky, same guy who did Solaris)
    Reality is a collective hunch. -Lily Tomlin

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    I saw the Nutty Professor on TV last night, and I realized, wow, this is literally the same plot as Fight Club. A lot of movies are. I used to wonder how Chuck Palahniuk thought of something so great. Now I'm just like, "oh."
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    Taxi Driver. Definitely Taxi Driver. That would probably be number one in my book. Other philosophical films I've seen include...Groundhog Day, American Beauty, and surprisingly Pulp Fiction which features many deeper themes within its story if analyzed closely enough. Probably others.
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    Stalker +1, Interstellar, Inception, Being John Malkovich, Eyes Wide Shut, Life of Brian , Stranger Than Fiction, Life of Pi, In Bruges, The Invention of Lying, The Adventures of Baron Munchausen, The Curious Case of Benjamin Buttons, Talk to Her, Women on the Verge of Nervous Breakdown, any of the Emir Kusturica movies: Black Cat White Cat, Life Is A Miracle, When Father Went Away On Business etc...


    probably my favorite genre...keep them coming, please!
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    Mr Nobody kinda blew my mind. It wasn't just philosophy but quantum Physics as well. It your into the butterfly effect, chaos theory or physics or multiverses check it out.

    Imagine the story the last mortal could tell if we were ever to progress to Eternal life?

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    Gattaca- probably my favorite movie ever

    Pleasantville- up there way up there, some good examples of MBTI types as well

    Truman Show- good

    Shutter Island
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    I'll second Waking Life and throw I Am onto the list as well.
    They Live
    Fight Club
    American Psycho (in a way)
    Moon
    2001: A Space Odyssey
    A Clockwork Orange
    It's A Wonderful Life
    Ikiru (It's like a Japanese It's A Wonderful Life, but it's a lot less cheesy)
    Citizen Kane


    TV Shows:
    Wilfred (It's like Fight Club, but in some ways, more deranged.)
    Twilight Zone

    I could see arguments for and against these movie though. While some may not be explicitly philosophical, they all certainly carry important messages that can leave you thinking.
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