Top 40 Most Enlightening Spiritual Films of All Time

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.


Inner Worlds, Outer Worlds (2012)
122 min|Documentary, History|19 Dec 2012
8.7Rating: 8.7 / 10 from 1,543 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 names throughout history.

This series is the most concise distillation of humanity’s search for the transcendent. If you really want to go down the rabbit hole of the ‘illusion of a separate self’ the follow up films Samadhi part one and two are highly recommended.


Waking Life (2001)
99 min|Animation, Drama, Fantasy|07 Mar 2002
7.8Rating: 7.8 / 10 from 57,355 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 1,709,446 users
An insomniac office worker and a devil-may-care soapmaker form 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 29,890 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 20,640 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 319,096 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 850,500 users
An insurance salesman discovers his whole life is actually a reality TV show.


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.


Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter… and Spring (2003)
103 min|Drama, Romance|28 May 2004
8.1Rating: 8.1 / 10 from 71,582 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
8.3Rating: 8.3 / 10 from 1,003,589 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 3,291 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
7.2Rating: 7.2 / 10 from 989 users
Unique biopic about Yogananda, telling the story of his life and influence on yoga, religion and science, combining re-enactment, interviews, and verité.


Peaceful Warrior (2006)
120 min|Drama, Romance, Sport|23 Jun 2006
7.3Rating: 7.3 / 10 from 25,087 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 548,519 users
A weatherman finds himself inexplicably living the same day over and over again.


Adaptation. (2002)
115 min|Comedy, Drama|14 Feb 2003
7.7Rating: 7.7 / 10 from 166,949 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
6.6Rating: 6.6 / 10 from 60,693 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)
97 min|Drama, Mystery, Romance, Sci-Fi|22 Nov 2006
7.2Rating: 7.2 / 10 from 218,242 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, Sci-Fi|18 Dec 2009
7.8Rating: 7.8 / 10 from 1,059,860 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 168,540 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 3,041 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.


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.


Dark City (1998)
100 min|Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller|27 Feb 1998
7.6Rating: 7.6 / 10 from 179,122 users
A man struggles with memories of his past, which includes a wife he cannot remember, and a nightmarish world without a 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|24 Sep 2005
8.7Rating: 8.7 / 10 from 16,297 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 319 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 1,539,986 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 532,471 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)
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.


Kymatica (2009)
84 min|Documentary|N/A
7.6Rating: 7.6 / 10 from 489 users
We may be quick to blame secret organizations, corporations and corrupt politicians for the state of the environment. The harsh truth is that the world is in its current state because humanity is evolving and taking the world with it.


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
7.4Rating: 7.4 / 10 from 1,723 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
7.6Rating: 7.6 / 10 from 414 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 3,491 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, Romance, War|12 Feb 1999
8.6Rating: 8.6 / 10 from 565,077 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, 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.


Human (2015)
190 min|Documentary|12 Sep 2015
8.7Rating: 8.7 / 10 from 6,379 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 479,220 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)
113 min|Comedy, Drama, Fantasy|03 Dec 1999
7.7Rating: 7.7 / 10 from 292,165 users
A puppeteer discovers a portal that leads literally into the head of movie star John Malkovich.

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