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30 Movies on Esoteric Wisdom, Alchemy & Occult Knowledge

In no particular order, here are the top 40 most enlightening spiritual movies 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 spiritual movies we’re missing? Comment with them below.

1.

The Ninth Gate (1999)
133 min|Mystery, Thriller|10 Mar 2000
6.7Rating: 6.7 / 10 from 155,429 users
A rare book dealer, while seeking out the last two copies of a demon text, gets drawn into a conspiracy with supernatural overtones.

A rare book dealer, while seeking out the last two copies of a demon text, gets drawn into a conspiracy with supernatural overtones.

2.

The Holy Mountain (1973)
114 min|Adventure, Drama, Fantasy|11 Jul 1975
7.9Rating: 7.9 / 10 from 32,264 users
In a corrupt, greed-fueled world, a powerful alchemist leads a Christ-like character and seven materialistic figures to the Holy Mountain, where they hope to achieve enlightenment.

3.

2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
149 min|Adventure, Sci-Fi|12 May 1968
8.3Rating: 8.3 / 10 from 552,652 users
After discovering a mysterious artifact buried beneath the Lunar surface, mankind sets off on a quest to find its origins with help from intelligent supercomputer H.A.L. 9000.

4.

Revolver (2005)
111 min|Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller|22 Sep 2005
6.4Rating: 6.4 / 10 from 85,061 users
Gambler Jake Green enters into a game with potentially deadly consequences.

5.

I Origins (2014)
106 min|Drama, Romance, Sci-Fi|19 Sep 2014
7.4Rating: 7.4 / 10 from 106,230 users
A molecular biologist and his laboratory partner uncover evidence that may fundamentally change society as we know it.

6.

What Dreams May Come (1998)
113 min|Drama, Fantasy, Romance|02 Oct 1998
7.0Rating: 7.0 / 10 from 96,809 users
Chris Nielsen dies in an accident, and enters Heaven. But when he discovers that his beloved wife Annie has killed herself out of grief over the loss, he embarks on an afterlife adventure to reunite with her.

7.

Mr. Nobody (2009)
141 min|Drama, Fantasy, Romance, Sci-Fi|26 Sep 2013
7.8Rating: 7.8 / 10 from 200,776 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.

8.

They Live (1988)
94 min|Action, Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller|04 Nov 1988
7.3Rating: 7.3 / 10 from 99,107 users
A drifter discovers a pair of sunglasses that allow him to wake up to the fact that aliens have taken over the Earth.

10.

The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus (2009)
123 min|Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy, Mystery|08 Jan 2010
6.8Rating: 6.8 / 10 from 139,009 users
A traveling theater company gives its audience much more than they were expecting.

11.

Ghost in the Shell (1995)
83 min|Animation, Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller|29 Mar 1996
8.0Rating: 8.0 / 10 from 117,915 users
A cyborg policewoman and her partner hunt a mysterious and powerful hacker called the Puppet Master.

12.

Powder (1995)
111 min|Drama, Fantasy, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller|27 Oct 1995
6.6Rating: 6.6 / 10 from 27,242 users
An off the charts genius who is home schooled and shunned after his last relative dies shows the unconscious residents of his town about connection awareness and the generosity of the spirit.

13.

When Marnie Was There (2014)
103 min|Animation, Drama, Family, Mystery|19 Jul 2014
7.7Rating: 7.7 / 10 from 25,463 users
A 12-year-old girl is sent to the country for health reasons, where she meets an unlikely friend in the form of Marnie, a young girl with long, flowing blonde hair. As the friendship ...

14.

Ashes and Snow (2005)
62 min|Documentary, Drama|05 Mar 2005
8.3Rating: 8.3 / 10 from 3,669 users
Exploring the shared language and poetic sensibilities of all animals.

15.

The OA (2016–2019)
60 min|Drama, Fantasy, Mystery, Sci-Fi|16 Dec 2016
7.9Rating: 7.9 / 10 from 78,327 users
Having gone missing seven years ago, the previously blind Prairie returns home, now in her twenties with her sight restored. While many believe she is a miracle, others worry that she could be dangerous.

16.

Powaqqatsi (1988)
99 min|Documentary, Music|08 Sep 1988
7.3Rating: 7.3 / 10 from 7,177 users
An exploration of technologically developing nations and the effect the transition to Western-style modernization has had on them.

17.

Naqoyqatsi (2002)
89 min|Documentary, Music|21 Jan 2003
6.6Rating: 6.6 / 10 from 5,007 users
A visual montage portrait of our contemporary world dominated by globalized technology and violence.

18.

Valhalla Rising (2009)
93 min|Adventure, Drama, Fantasy|31 Mar 2010
6.1Rating: 6.1 / 10 from 52,608 users
Forced for some time to be a fighting slave, a pagan warrior escapes his captors with a boy and joins a group of Crusaders on their quest to the Holy Land.

19.

Eyes Wide Shut (1999)
159 min|Drama, Mystery, Thriller|16 Jul 1999
7.4Rating: 7.4 / 10 from 276,937 users
A New York City doctor embarks on a harrowing, night-long odyssey of sexual and moral discovery after his wife reveals a painful secret to him.

20.

Ink (2009)
107 min|Action, Drama, Fantasy, Sci-Fi|23 Jan 2009
6.9Rating: 6.9 / 10 from 20,440 users
A mysterious creature, known as Ink, steals a child's soul in hopes of using it as a bargaining chip to join the Incubi - the group of supernatural beings responsible for creating nightmares.

21.

Altered States (1980)
102 min|Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller|25 Dec 1980
6.9Rating: 6.9 / 10 from 29,736 users
A Harvard scientist conducts experiments on himself with a hallucinatory drug and an isolation chamber that may be causing him to regress genetically.

22.

Constantine (2005)
121 min|Action, Fantasy, Horror, Mystery|18 Feb 2005
7.0Rating: 7.0 / 10 from 284,322 users
Supernatural exorcist and demonologist John Constantine helps a policewoman prove her sister's death was not a suicide, but something more.

23.

Dune (1984)
137 min|Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi|14 Dec 1984
6.5Rating: 6.5 / 10 from 113,290 users
A Duke's son leads desert warriors against the galactic emperor and his father's evil nemesis when they assassinate his father and free their desert world from the emperor's rule.

24.

La belle verte (1996)
99 min|Comedy|18 Sep 1996
7.2Rating: 7.2 / 10 from 3,610 users
The "Green Planet" belongs to another solar system. Through the simplicity of their lifestyle those who live there are a real step ahead of us: they spend their time concentrating their ...

25.

A Field in England (2013)
90 min|Drama, History, Horror, Mystery|05 Jul 2013
6.3Rating: 6.3 / 10 from 9,617 users
Amid the Civil War in 17th-century England, a group of deserters flee from battle through an overgrown field. Captured by an alchemist, the men are forced to help him search to find a hidden treasure that he believes is buried in the field.

26.

Samadhi Part 1: Maya, the Illusion of the Self (2017)
60 min|Documentary|09 Mar 2017
9.2Rating: 9.2 / 10 from 9 users
Samadhi Part 1 (Maya the Illusion of the Self) is the first installment in a series of films exploring Samadhi. Samadhi is an ancient Sanskrit word which points toward the mystical or ...

27.

Embrace of the Serpent (2015)
125 min|Adventure, Drama|25 May 2015
7.9Rating: 7.9 / 10 from 17,914 users
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.

28.

Coherence (2013)
89 min|Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller|06 Aug 2014
7.2Rating: 7.2 / 10 from 92,728 users
Strange things begin to happen when a group of friends gather for a dinner party on an evening when a comet is passing overhead.

29.

Fantastic Planet (1973)
72 min|Animation, Sci-Fi|01 Dec 1973
7.8Rating: 7.8 / 10 from 20,989 users
On a faraway planet where blue giants rule, oppressed humanoids rebel against their machine-like leaders.

30. 

Excalibur (1981)
140 min|Adventure, Drama, Fantasy, Romance|10 Apr 1981
7.4Rating: 7.4 / 10 from 54,239 users
Merlin the magician helps Arthur Pendragon unite the Britons around the Round Table of Camelot, even as dark forces conspire to tear it apart.


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