In no particular order, here are the top 40 most enlightening spiritual films and documentaries I’ve come across. These cover the topics of awakening, enlightenment, spirituality or might just explore philosophically empowering messages that reveal the beauty and mystery of the universe. Are there any significant movies we’re missing? Comment with them below.


Inner Worlds, Outer Worlds (2012)

122 min|Documentary, History|19 Dec 2012
8.7Rating: 8.7 / 10 from 1,168 users
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 …


Waking Life (2001)

99 min|Animation, Drama, Fantasy|16 Nov 2001
7.8Rating: 7.8 / 10 from 53,402 users
A man shuffles through a dream meeting various people and discussing the meanings and purposes of the universe.


Fight Club (1999)

139 min|Drama|15 Oct 1999
8.8Rating: 8.8 / 10 from 1,519,199 users
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.


Samsara (2011)

102 min|Documentary, Music|23 Aug 2012
8.5Rating: 8.5 / 10 from 26,652 users
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.


Home (2009)

120 min|Documentary, Drama, Family|05 Jun 2009
8.6Rating: 8.6 / 10 from 19,610 users
With aerial footage from fifty-four countries, 'Home' is a depiction of how Earth's problems are all interlinked.


Boyhood (2014)

165 min|Drama|15 Aug 2014
7.9Rating: 7.9 / 10 from 296,050 users
The life of Mason, from early childhood to his arrival at college.


The Truman Show (1998)

103 min|Comedy, Drama, Sci-Fi|05 Jun 1998
8.1Rating: 8.1 / 10 from 751,485 users
An insurance salesman/adjuster discovers his entire life is actually a television show.


Revolver (2005)

111 min|Action, Crime, Drama|22 Sep 2005
6.5Rating: 6.5 / 10 from 79,739 users
Gambler Jake Green enters into a game with potentially deadly consequences.


Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter… and Spring (2003)

103 min|Drama, Romance|28 May 2004
8.1Rating: 8.1 / 10 from 67,509 users
A boy is raised by a Buddhist monk on an isolated floating temple where the years pass like the seasons.


American Beauty (1999)

122 min|Drama|01 Oct 1999
8.4Rating: 8.4 / 10 from 911,701 users
A sexually frustrated suburban father has a mid-life crisis after becoming infatuated with his daughter's best friend.


I Am (2010)

78 min|Documentary|01 Feb 2011
7.6Rating: 7.6 / 10 from 3,102 users
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.


Tuning In (2008)

80 min|Documentary|02 Sep 2008
7.4Rating: 7.4 / 10 from 151 users
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 …


Awake: The Life of Yogananda (2014)

87 min|Documentary|10 Oct 2014
7.3Rating: 7.3 / 10 from 779 users
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, …


Peaceful Warrior (2006)

120 min|Drama, Romance, Sport|23 Jun 2006
7.3Rating: 7.3 / 10 from 22,771 users
A chance encounter with a stranger changes the life of a college gymnast.


Groundhog Day (1993)

101 min|Comedy, Fantasy, Romance|12 Feb 1993
8.0Rating: 8.0 / 10 from 490,131 users
A weatherman finds himself inexplicably living the same day over and over again.


Adaptation. (2002)

114 min|Comedy, Drama|14 Feb 2003
7.7Rating: 7.7 / 10 from 155,719 users
A lovelorn screenwriter becomes desperate as he tries and fails to adapt 'The Orchid Thief' by Susan Orlean for the screen.


I Heart Huckabees (2004)

107 min|Comedy|22 Oct 2004
6.7Rating: 6.7 / 10 from 58,759 users
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.


The Fountain (2006)

96 min|Drama, Sci-Fi|22 Nov 2006
7.3Rating: 7.3 / 10 from 205,276 users
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.


Avatar (2009)

162 min|Action, Adventure, Fantasy|18 Dec 2009
7.8Rating: 7.8 / 10 from 967,488 users
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.


K-PAX (2001)

120 min|Drama, Sci-Fi|26 Oct 2001
7.4Rating: 7.4 / 10 from 160,061 users
PROT is a patient at a mental hospital who claims to be from a far away planet. His psychiatrist tries to help him, only to begin to doubt his own explanations.


Happy (2011)

76 min|Documentary, Drama, Family|03 Jul 2013
7.2Rating: 7.2 / 10 from 2,766 users
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…


I Origins (2014)

106 min|Drama, Romance, Sci-Fi|19 Sep 2014
7.3Rating: 7.3 / 10 from 93,116 users
A molecular biologist and his laboratory partner uncover evidence that may fundamentally change society as we know it.


Dark City (1998)

100 min|Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller|27 Feb 1998
7.7Rating: 7.7 / 10 from 168,320 users
A man struggles with memories of his past, including a wife he cannot remember, in a nightmarish world with no sun.


Ram Dass, Fierce Grace (2001)

93 min|Documentary|21 May 2001
7.7Rating: 7.7 / 10 from 302 users
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…


Earthlings (2005)

95 min|Documentary, Horror|24 Sep 2005
8.7Rating: 8.7 / 10 from 14,633 users
Using hidden cameras and never-before-seen footage, Earthlings chronicles the day-to-day practices of the largest industries in the world, all of which rely entirely on animals for profit.


Planetary (2015)

85 min|Documentary, History|N/A
7.0Rating: 7.0 / 10 from 280 users
We are in the midst of a global crisis of perspective. We have forgotten the undeniable truth that everything is connected. PLANETARY is a provocative and breathtaking wakeup call, a cross …


The Matrix (1999)

136 min|Action, Sci-Fi|31 Mar 1999
8.7Rating: 8.7 / 10 from 1,363,379 users
A computer hacker learns from mysterious rebels about the true nature of his reality and his role in the war against its controllers.


Into the Wild (2007)

148 min|Adventure, Biography, Drama|19 Oct 2007
8.1Rating: 8.1 / 10 from 479,781 users
After graduating from Emory University, top student and athlete Christopher McCandless abandons his possessions, gives his entire $24,000 savings account to charity and hitchhikes to Alaska to live in the wilderness. Along the way, Christopher encounters a series of characters that shape his life.


Ashes and Snow (2005)

63 min|Documentary, Drama|05 Mar 2005
8.3Rating: 8.3 / 10 from 3,328 users
Exploring the shared language and poetic sensibilities of all animals.


Kymatica (2009)

84 min|Documentary|N/A
7.7Rating: 7.7 / 10 from 412 users
We may be quick to blame secret organizations, greedy corporations and corrupt politicians for the state of the environment and economy. The harsh truth is that the world is in its current …


The Reality of Me (TROM) (2011)

N/A|Documentary|08 Jan 2011
8.6Rating: 8.6 / 10 from 284 users
From The Big Bang to The Monetary System, Religion, Human Behaviour, War or Slavery, to a new Global Social System, TROM Documentary tries to analyze the world we live in.


Surviving Progress (2011)

86 min|Documentary|23 Mar 2013
7.5Rating: 7.5 / 10 from 1,642 users
Theorists consider the evolution of human society and question the sustainability of the current paradigm.


The Dhamma Brothers (2008)

76 min|Documentary|11 Apr 2008
7.5Rating: 7.5 / 10 from 392 users
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 …


The Culture High (2014)

120 min|Documentary, News|17 Oct 2014
8.3Rating: 8.3 / 10 from 3,321 users
Scours the deep-seated roots of this morally induced Marijuana campaign and reveal the fascinating path it has taken to get to where it is today.


Life Is Beautiful (1997)

116 min|Comedy, Drama, War|12 Feb 1999
8.6Rating: 8.6 / 10 from 487,440 users
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.


Mr. Nobody (2009)

141 min|Drama, Fantasy, Romance|26 Sep 2013
7.9Rating: 7.9 / 10 from 176,773 users
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.


Human (2015)

190 min|Documentary|12 Sep 2015
8.7Rating: 8.7 / 10 from 4,745 users
A collection of stories about and images of our world, offering an immersion to the core of what it means to be human.


Her (2013)

126 min|Drama, Romance, Sci-Fi|10 Jan 2014
8.0Rating: 8.0 / 10 from 414,500 users
In a near future, a lonely writer develops an unlikely relationship with an operating system designed to meet his every need.


Being John Malkovich (1999)

112 min|Comedy, Drama, Fantasy|03 Dec 1999
7.8Rating: 7.8 / 10 from 272,277 users
A puppeteer discovers a portal that leads literally into the head of movie star John Malkovich.

Any significant movies we’re Missing?

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  • lesizz

    2001 A Space Odyssey

    • Great recommendation Lesizz, the whole film had me awe struck. Pure art in motion.

    • Great recommendation Lesizz, the whole film had me awe struck. Pure art in motion.

      • Chazz Williams

        Where do you find this film?

  • “Water” directed by Deepa Mehta

    • How so BabyGurl? I’ve added to my IMDB list to check out, thanks!

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  • Irene Giovanna Ricot

    The Shift with Wayne Deyer!

    • Thanks Irene! Me and Owen starting watching this last night on FMTV – weird acting but Wayne Dyer certainly conveyed some incredibly profound wisdom. What did you like about it?

    • Thanks Irene! Me and Owen starting watching this last night on FMTV – weird acting but Wayne Dyer certainly conveyed some incredibly profound wisdom. What did you like about it?

  • Carolyne ‘Chevy’ Pickup

    Little Buddha is a great Tutorial on Buddhism along with Seven Years in Tibet. Cloud Atlas does a good job of explaining reincarnation and the evolution of the soul. City of Angels the possibility that some things are true whether we believe in them or not. The Hunger Games that we send our young to fight our battles sacrificing them for our safety. The Lake House that the possibility exists that we can connect to the right and perfect person without the limits of time and finally meet them when we align. Sweet November that it is our intimate relationships which remake us. The one I cannot remember about the first contact between the white settlers and Indian tribes where Pocahontas saves the life of the English captain played by Colin Farrell. Superb acting and asks the question of who are the barbarians?

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  • Thorsteinn G. Berghreinsson

    I would recommend Peter Weir´s film Fearless, which is a stirring film about overcoming one´s fear. The opening sequence is absolutely unforgettable. I would also like to recommend another of Weir´s films, Dead Poet Society. Life is not just about surviving…. there has to be something to live *for*. That´s where beauty, art and poetry comes in. I love this film.

  • John Sailors

    Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind!

  • Chazz Williams

    The Fisher King. My Dinner with Andre. Amelie. Wild.

    • Morel D’Amour

      Thanks for sharing I was going to suggest My Dinner with Andre

  • Dean Sauer

    What the Bleep do we know

  • rembrant

    The holy mountain (1973), A. Jodorowsky

  • Lisa Walsh
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  • Lisa Walsh

    Dreams Awake starring Erin Gray, Gary Graham, & Tim O’Connor – Filmed in mystical Mount Shasta this family drama deals with daily struggles and a deeper learning of why we could be here on earth. With magical story line and a revealing secret that we all have the inner power this movie does not disappoint.

  • mohammad-nabi

    The Last Samurai. A great film I watched recently and found it very spiritually moving.

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  • Debbie Whelan

    The Celestine Prophecy..Beautiful and inspiring.

  • Aisha Krist

    Thanks for tips.
    I love Caotica Ana and Bab’Aziz: The Prince That Contemplated His Soul
    both are very soulful

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  • Jaswinder Paul

    ‘Zen – The Life Of Zen Master Dogen’ is must in the list.

  • Mark Bick

    Probably another 40 you are missing 🙂 a lot of good ones from the past… Defending your Life, Astral City (the best ever), Renegade/Blueberry, Joe Black, Meetings With Remarkable Men, any David Lynch movie, Mulholland Drive, Uncle Bonhomme who can see his past lives, Pans Labyrinth, What Dreams May Come, Pow Wow Highway, Thunderheart, Dragonfly, Cloud Atlas, Dark City, Frequency, Frequency – a recent movie, Twin Peaks, Another Earth, Spirited Away, “Your Name” one of the best movies ever, Triangle, 13th Floor, Mushi-Shi – incredible Anime…to name a few. I have a list of over 60, no documentaries.

    • Minadrac

      Yes fir Astral Movie, Yes for Spirited Away , Yes for Mushi-Shi, Yes for Cloud Atlas, Ill have to check out the other ones on your list

  • Chris

    Stone with Edward Norton and Robert De Niro