Buddhist Movies

by rojola | created - 10 Feb 2011 | updated - 10 months ago | Public

A guide to movies (both Eastern and Western) influenced by, dealing with, or containing a Buddhist/Zen message.

Documentaries are NOT included.

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1. Samsara (2001)

R | 138 min | Adventure, Drama, Romance

7.8
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A spiritual love-story set in the majestic landscape of Ladakh, Himalayas. Samsara is a quest; one man's struggle to find spiritual Enlightenment by renouncing the world. And one woman's ... See full summary »

Director: Pan Nalin | Stars: Shawn Ku, Christy Chung, Neelesha Barthel, Lhakpa Tsering

Votes: 6,621

2. Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter... and Spring (2003)

R | 103 min | Drama, Romance

8.1
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85 Metascore

A boy is raised by a Buddhist monk on an isolated floating temple where the years pass like the seasons.

Director: Ki-duk Kim | Stars: Ki-duk Kim, Yeong-su Oh, Jong-ho Kim, Young-min Kim

Votes: 67,889 | Gross: $2.38M

3. Cloud Atlas (2012)

R | 172 min | Action, Drama, Mystery

7.5
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55 Metascore

An exploration of how the actions of individual lives impact one another in the past, present and future, as one soul is shaped from a killer into a hero, and an act of kindness ripples across centuries to inspire a revolution.

Directors: Tom Tykwer, Lana Wachowski, Lilly Wachowski | Stars: Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Hugh Grant, Hugo Weaving

Votes: 310,656 | Gross: $27.11M

4. Peaceful Warrior (2006)

PG-13 | 120 min | Drama, Romance, Sport

7.3
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40 Metascore

A chance encounter with a stranger changes the life of a college gymnast.

Director: Victor Salva | Stars: Scott Mechlowicz, Nick Nolte, Amy Smart, Tim DeKay

Votes: 23,043 | Gross: $3.96M

5. Jacob's Ladder (I) (1990)

R | 113 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

7.5
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62 Metascore

Mourning his dead child, a haunted Vietnam War veteran attempts to uncover his past while suffering from a severe case of dissociation. To do so, he must decipher reality and life from his own dreams, delusions, and perceptions of death.

Director: Adrian Lyne | Stars: Tim Robbins, Elizabeth Peña, Danny Aiello, Matt Craven

Votes: 83,811 | Gross: $26.12M

6. Groundhog Day (1993)

PG | 101 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Romance

8.0
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72 Metascore

A weatherman finds himself inexplicably living the same day over and over again.

Director: Harold Ramis | Stars: Bill Murray, Andie MacDowell, Chris Elliott, Stephen Tobolowsky

Votes: 499,059 | Gross: $70.91M

7. Tron (2010)

PG | 125 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

6.8
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49 Metascore

The son of a virtual world designer goes looking for his father and ends up inside the digital world that his father designed. He meets his father's corrupted creation and a unique ally who was born inside the digital world.

Director: Joseph Kosinski | Stars: Jeff Bridges, Garrett Hedlund, Olivia Wilde, Bruce Boxleitner

Votes: 282,545 | Gross: $172.06M

8. Fight Club (1999)

R | 139 min | Drama

8.8
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66 Metascore

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.

Director: David Fincher | Stars: Brad Pitt, Edward Norton, Meat Loaf, Zach Grenier

Votes: 1,534,142 | Gross: $37.03M

9. Little Buddha (1993)

PG | 123 min | Drama

6.0
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Lama Norbu comes to Seattle in search of the reincarnation of his dead teacher, Lama Dorje. His search leads him to young Jesse Conrad, Raju, a waif from Kathmandu, and an upper class ... See full summary »

Director: Bernardo Bertolucci | Stars: Keanu Reeves, Bridget Fonda, Ruocheng Ying, Chris Isaak

Votes: 13,483 | Gross: $4.86M

10. Travelers and Magicians (2003)

108 min | Drama, Adventure

7.5
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71 Metascore

The two men embark on parallel, if separate, journeys. Their yearning is a common one--for a better and different life. Dondup, delayed by the timeless pace of his village, is forced to ... See full summary »

Director: Khyentse Norbu | Stars: Tshewang Dendup, Sonam Lhamo, Lhakpa Dorji, Deki Yangzom

Votes: 1,889 | Gross: $0.51M

11. The Cup (1999)

G | 93 min | Comedy, Sport

6.9
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70 Metascore

While the soccer World Cup is being played in France, two young Tibetan refugees arrive at a monastery/boarding school in exile in India. Its atmosphere of serene contemplation is somewhat ... See full summary »

Director: Khyentse Norbu | Stars: Orgyen Tobgyal, Neten Chokling, Jamyang Lodro, Lama Chonjor

Votes: 2,703 | Gross: $1.07M

12. Milarepa (2006)

PG | 90 min | Action, Adventure, Biography

7.1
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52 Metascore

Milarepa is a tale of greed and vengeance - demons, magic, murder and redemption. It is the story of the man who became Tibet's greatest mystic.

Director: Neten Chokling | Stars: Orgyen Tobgyal, Kelsang Chukie Tethtong, Jamyang Lodro, Jamyang Nyima

Votes: 788

13. Kundun (1997)

PG-13 | 134 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.0
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74 Metascore

From childhood to adulthood, Tibet's fourteenth Dalai Lama deals with Chinese oppression and other problems.

Director: Martin Scorsese | Stars: Tenzin Thuthob Tsarong, Gyurme Tethong, Tulku Jamyang Kunga Tenzin, Tenzin Yeshi Paichang

Votes: 23,177 | Gross: $5.53M

14. Kiss the Sky (1998)

R | 107 min | Drama, Romance

6.1
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Two professionals, Jeff and Marty, take a business trip to the Philippines. Their deep dissatisfaction with their lives leads them to forsake their friends and families for a return to the ... See full summary »

Director: Roger Young | Stars: William Petersen, Gary Cole, Sheryl Lee, Patricia Charbonneau

Votes: 693

15. Into the Wild (2007)

R | 148 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama

8.1
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73 Metascore

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.

Director: Sean Penn | Stars: Emile Hirsch, Vince Vaughn, Catherine Keener, Marcia Gay Harden

Votes: 485,448 | Gross: $18.35M

16. Siddhartha (1972)

R | 89 min | Drama, Mystery

6.7
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80 Metascore

The story of a young Indian who embarks upon a journey to find the meaning of existence. Based on the novel by Hermann Hesse.

Director: Conrad Rooks | Stars: Shashi Kapoor, Simi Garewal, Romesh Sharma, Pinchoo Kapoor

Votes: 994

17. Erleuchtung garantiert (1999)

109 min | Drama, Comedy

7.2
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68 Metascore

Two very different brothers get together for a temporary stay in a Japanese zen monastry. The trip from Germany to Japan brings up some unexpected quests they have to manage. Soon both ... See full summary »

Director: Doris Dörrie | Stars: Uwe Ochsenknecht, Gustav-Peter Wöhler, Petra Zieser, Ulrike Kriener

Votes: 1,179

18. Why Has Bodhi-Dharma Left for the East? (1989)

137 min | Drama

7.8
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About three monks in a remote monastery; an aging master, a small orphan and a young man who left his city life to seek Enlightenment.

Director: Yong-Kyun Bae | Stars: Yi Pan-Yong, Sin Won-Sop, Hae-Jin Huang, Su-Myong Ko

Votes: 1,053

19. The Fountain (2006)

PG-13 | 96 min | Drama, Sci-Fi

7.3
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51 Metascore

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.

Director: Darren Aronofsky | Stars: Hugh Jackman, Rachel Weisz, Sean Patrick Thomas, Ellen Burstyn

Votes: 207,209 | Gross: $10.14M

20. Seven Years in Tibet (1997)

PG-13 | 136 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama

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55 Metascore

True story of Heinrich Harrer, an Austrian mountain climber who became friends with the Dalai Lama at the time of China's takeover of Tibet.

Director: Jean-Jacques Annaud | Stars: Brad Pitt, David Thewlis, BD Wong, Mako

Votes: 105,941 | Gross: $37.96M

21. The Thin Red Line (1998)

R | 170 min | Drama, War

7.6
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78 Metascore

Adaptation of James Jones' autobiographical 1962 novel, focusing on the conflict at Guadalcanal during the second World War.

Director: Terrence Malick | Stars: Jim Caviezel, Sean Penn, Nick Nolte, Elias Koteas

Votes: 151,849 | Gross: $36.40M

22. The Matrix (1999)

R | 136 min | Action, Sci-Fi

8.7
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73 Metascore

A computer hacker learns from mysterious rebels about the true nature of his reality and his role in the war against its controllers.

Directors: Lana Wachowski, Lilly Wachowski | Stars: Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne, Carrie-Anne Moss, Hugo Weaving

Votes: 1,376,344 | Gross: $171.48M

23. American Beauty (1999)

R | 122 min | Drama

8.4
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86 Metascore

A sexually frustrated suburban father has a mid-life crisis after becoming infatuated with his daughter's best friend.

Director: Sam Mendes | Stars: Kevin Spacey, Annette Bening, Thora Birch, Wes Bentley

Votes: 922,390 | Gross: $130.10M

24. Dalmaya nolja (2001)

95 min | Drama, Comedy

6.1
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Laughs and thrills go hand-in-fist in this Korean action comedy, as a band of criminals fleeing a violent gang war hides out in a monastery. The monks in residence quickly tire of the goons... See full summary »

Director: Cheol-kwan Park | Stars: Shin-yang Park, Jin-young Jung, Sang-Myeon Park, Seong-jin Kang

Votes: 256

25. Zen (2009)

127 min | Biography, Drama

7.5
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'Zen' Buddhist teacher Dogen Zenji is a very important religious person during the Kamakura period, 750 years ago. After his mother died, he decides to move to China and settle as a ... See full summary »

Director: Banmei Takahashi | Stars: Kankurô Nakamura, Yuki Uchida, Ryushin Tei, Kengo Kôra

Votes: 753

26. Zen Noir (2004)

71 min | Comedy, Drama, Mystery

6.3
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27 Metascore

A nameless 'noir' detective, still mourning the loss of his wife, investigates a mysterious death in a Buddhist temple, but his logical, left-brained crime-solving skills are useless in the intuitive, non-linear world of Zen.

Director: Marc Rosenbush | Stars: Duane Sharp, Kim Chan, Debra Miller, Ezra Buzzington

Votes: 303

27. Un Buda (2005)

115 min | Drama

6.8
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Un Buda follows two brothers orphaned as children when their parents were taken by the military during the "Dirty Wars" of the 1970s in Argentina. Tomas (Agustin Markert) is now a drifting ... See full summary »

Director: Diego Rafecas | Stars: Agustín Markert, Carolina Fal, Diego Rafecas, Julieta Cardinali

Votes: 728

28. Kung Fu Panda (2008)

PG | 92 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

7.6
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73 Metascore

The Dragon Warrior has to clash against the savage Tai Lung as China's fate hangs in the balance: However, the Dragon Warrior mantle is supposedly mistaken to be bestowed upon an obese panda who is a tyro in martial arts.

Directors: Mark Osborne, John Stevenson | Stars: Jack Black, Ian McShane, Angelina Jolie, Dustin Hoffman

Votes: 348,105 | Gross: $215.43M

29. Loong Boonmee raleuk chat (2010)

Not Rated | 114 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

6.6
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87 Metascore

Dying of kidney disease, a man spends his last, somber days with family, including the ghost of his wife and a forest spirit who used to be his son, on a rural northern Thailand farm.

Director: Apichatpong Weerasethakul | Stars: Thanapat Saisaymar, Jenjira Pongpas, Sakda Kaewbuadee, Natthakarn Aphaiwonk

Votes: 10,651 | Gross: $0.18M

30. Onibaba (1964)

Not Rated | 103 min | Drama, Horror

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Two women kill samurai and sell their belongings for a living. While one of them is having an affair with their neighbor, the other woman meets a mysterious samurai wearing a bizarre mask.

Director: Kaneto Shindô | Stars: Nobuko Otowa, Jitsuko Yoshimura, Kei Satô, Jûkichi Uno

Votes: 12,332

31. The Burmese Harp (1956)

Not Rated | 116 min | Drama, Music, War

8.1
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In the War's closing days, when a conscience-driven Japanese soldier fails to get his countrymen to surrender to overwhelming force, he adopts the lifestyle of a Buddhist monk.

Director: Kon Ichikawa | Stars: Rentarô Mikuni, Shôji Yasui, Tatsuya Mihashi, Jun Hamamura

Votes: 4,554

32. Jan Dara (2001)

108 min | Drama, Romance

6.2
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Jan Dara grows up in a house lacking in love but abundant in lust. He quickly picks up the sinful way of life of the man who married his mother after she became pregnant from being raped. ... See full summary »

Director: Nonzee Nimibutr | Stars: Santisuk Promsiri, Christy Chung, Wipawee Charoenpura, Eakarat Sarsukh

Votes: 1,736

33. Heaven & Earth (1993)

R | 140 min | Action, Biography, Drama

6.8
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During the Vietnam War, a Vietnamese woman struggles with life hustling on the streets, where she comes face to face with those involved in the conflict around her.

Director: Oliver Stone | Stars: Hiep Thi Le, Tommy Lee Jones, Haing S. Ngor, Bussaro Sanruck

Votes: 11,674 | Gross: $5.86M

34. Edge of Tomorrow (2014)

PG-13 | 113 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

7.9
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71 Metascore

A soldier fighting aliens gets to relive the same day over and over again, the day restarting every time he dies.

Director: Doug Liman | Stars: Tom Cruise, Emily Blunt, Bill Paxton, Brendan Gleeson

Votes: 501,588 | Gross: $100.21M

35. Lucy (I) (2014)

R | 89 min | Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller

6.4
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61 Metascore

A woman, accidentally caught in a dark deal, turns the tables on her captors and transforms into a merciless warrior evolved beyond human logic.

Director: Luc Besson | Stars: Scarlett Johansson, Morgan Freeman, Min-sik Choi, Amr Waked

Votes: 373,763 | Gross: $126.66M

36. Seven Psychopaths (2012)

R | 110 min | Comedy, Crime

7.2
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66 Metascore

A struggling screenwriter inadvertently becomes entangled in the Los Angeles criminal underworld after his oddball friends kidnap a gangster's beloved Shih Tzu.

Director: Martin McDonagh | Stars: Colin Farrell, Woody Harrelson, Sam Rockwell, Christopher Walken

Votes: 207,233 | Gross: $15.02M

37. I Origins (2014)

R | 106 min | Drama, Romance, Sci-Fi

7.4
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57 Metascore

A molecular biologist and his laboratory partner uncover evidence that may fundamentally change society as we know it.

Director: Mike Cahill | Stars: Michael Pitt, Steven Yeun, Astrid Bergès-Frisbey, Brit Marling

Votes: 94,627 | Gross: $0.33M

38. Winter's Tale (2014)

PG-13 | 118 min | Drama, Fantasy, Mystery

6.2
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31 Metascore

A burglar falls for an heiress as she dies in his arms. When he learns that he has the gift of reincarnation, he sets out to save her.

Director: Akiva Goldsman | Stars: Colin Farrell, Jessica Brown Findlay, Russell Crowe, Jennifer Connelly

Votes: 46,264 | Gross: $0.02M

39. Happiness (II) (2013)

80 min | Documentary, Drama, Family

7.1
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In 1999, King Jigme Wangchuck approved the use of television and Internet throughout the largely undeveloped nation of Bhutan, assuring the masses that rapid development was synonymous with... See full summary »

Director: Thomas Balmès | Stars: Peyangki, Kinley Om, Ap Kinley Dorji, Aum Thinley Dolma

Votes: 261

40. Her (2013)

R | 126 min | Drama, Romance, Sci-Fi

8.0
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90 Metascore

In a near future, a lonely writer develops an unlikely relationship with an operating system designed to meet his every need.

Director: Spike Jonze | Stars: Joaquin Phoenix, Amy Adams, Scarlett Johansson, Rooney Mara

Votes: 420,215 | Gross: $25.57M

41. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000)

PG-13 | 120 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

7.9
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93 Metascore

A young Chinese warrior steals a sword from a famed swordsman and then escapes into a world of romantic adventure with a mysterious man in the frontier of the nation.

Director: Ang Lee | Stars: Yun-Fat Chow, Michelle Yeoh, Ziyi Zhang, Chen Chang

Votes: 230,984 | Gross: $128.08M

42. Shao Lin san shi liu fang (1978)

R | 115 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

7.8
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A man studies kung fu at the Shaolin Temple to fight back against the oppressive Manchu government.

Director: Chia-Liang Liu | Stars: Chia-Hui Liu, Lieh Lo, Chia Yung Liu, Norman Chui

Votes: 11,759

43. Amrapali (1966)

119 min | Musical, Fantasy

6.8
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His hunger for conquest not satiated, even after repeated victories, Samrat Ajaatshatru of Magadh would like to continue on his winning spree, as the only unconquered city is that of ... See full summary »

Director: Lekh Tandon | Stars: Vyjayanthimala, Sunil Dutt, Prem Nath, Bipin Gupta

Votes: 124

44. Angulimala (2003)

105 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

6.6
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Arhingsaka was born in India to a noble family. Despite his noble birth, his horoscope showed to be born under the sign of thieves, and thus was preordained for a wicked life. On his 16th ... See full summary »

Director: Sutape Tunnirut | Stars: Nopachai Chaiyanam, Stella Malucchi, John Rattanaveroj, Kamron Gunatilaka

Votes: 77

45. Ashoka the Great (2001)

R | 176 min | Action, Biography, Drama

6.7
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The epic tale of King Asoka's life is recounted here.

Director: Santosh Sivan | Stars: Shah Rukh Khan, Kareena Kapoor Khan, Danny Denzongpa, Rahul Dev

Votes: 11,768 | Gross: $0.70M

46. Shisha no sho (2005)

70 min | Animation, Drama

6.8
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The story takes place as Buddhism is being introduced to Japan from China. Iratsume, a woman of noble descent, one night sees a luminous vision that she believes to be the Buddha, ... See full summary »

Director: Kihachiro Kawamoto | Stars: Kyôko Kishida, Tetsuko Kuroyanagi, Rie Miyazawa

Votes: 187

47. The Life of Buddha (2007)

105 min | Animation, Biography, Drama

6.9
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A BBC/Discovery Channel co-production, this docu-narrative film describes the life of Siddharta Gautama, the process by which he arrived at the fundamentals of Buddhism and the ... See full synopsis »

Director: Kritsaman Wattananarong | Stars: Sarut Wijittranon, Supattra Thiwanon, Komgrit Triwimol, Panrapee Rapeepan

Votes: 130

48. The Cup (1999)

G | 93 min | Comedy, Sport

6.9
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70 Metascore

While the soccer World Cup is being played in France, two young Tibetan refugees arrive at a monastery/boarding school in exile in India. Its atmosphere of serene contemplation is somewhat ... See full summary »

Director: Khyentse Norbu | Stars: Orgyen Tobgyal, Neten Chokling, Jamyang Lodro, Lama Chonjor

Votes: 2,703 | Gross: $1.07M

49. In-lyu-myeol-mang-bo-go-seo (2012)

Not Rated | 115 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

5.9
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The First Chapter of The Anthology Film- In A Brave New World, a mysterious virus brings the city to ruins and zombies flood the streets of Seoul. The Chapter 2, The Heavenly Creature, a ... See full summary »

Directors: Pil-sung Yim, Jee-woon Kim | Stars: Doona Bae, Joon-ho Bong, Ji-hee Jin, Yun-hie Jo

Votes: 2,808

50. Luang phii theng (2005)

Comedy

6.2
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Brother Theng, a young monk, moves to a temple in a village where villagers still foolishly believe in ghosts and spirits. Thinking of how to develop the better way of life for the ... See full summary »

Director: Note Chern-Yim | Stars: Pongsak Pongsuwan, Savika Chaiyadej, Note Chern-Yim, Somlek Sakdikul

Votes: 66

51. A Journey of Samyak Buddha (2013)

Drama

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This movie traces the journey of Gautam Buddha's miraculous birth, marriage & his path towards enlightenment. Based on Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar's book, 'The Buddha & His righteousness.

Director: Praveen Damle | Stars: Geeta Agrawal, Jyoti Bagat, Gautam Dhengare, Ravi Patil

Votes: 8

52. Mandala (1981)

117 min | Drama

7.4
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A story that follows the lives and interactions of two Buddhist monks living in South Korea.

Director: Kwon-taek Im | Stars: Sung-Ki Ahn, Mu-song Jeon, Jong-su Kim

Votes: 196

53. Da mo zu shi (1994)

89 min | Action, Fantasy

7.5
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Biography of legendary Damo Monk, the master of Zen and founder of Shaolin Kungfu.

Director: Brandy Yuen | Stars: Tung-Shing Yee, Chi-Shing Chan, Sung Young Chen, Silver Cheung

Votes: 86

54. OK baytong (2003)

Drama

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On hearing the news of the death of his sister, a Buddhist monk leaves the temple where he has lived since childhood and struggles to adjust to life on the outside as an uncle to a young ... See full summary »

Director: Nonzee Nimibutr | Stars: Phoovarit Phumpuang, Jeeranan Manojam, Attaporn Teemakorn

Votes: 128

55. Sankara (2007)

87 min | Drama

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Young Buddhist monk Ananda, arrives at a temple in order to restore its paintings. These paintings depict Thelapaththa Jathakaya, a moral story where Lord Buddha said that a man with a big ... See full summary »

Director: Prasanna Jayakody | Stars: Thumindu Dodantenne, Sachini Ayendra, Nilua Heenkendaarachchi, K.A. Milton Perera

Votes: 96

56. Pagye (1974)

112 min

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A boy raised in a temple by the monks must resist the test of temptation before he can become an abbot of his order

Director: Ki-young Kim | Stars: Bool-am Choi, Byeong-ho Park, Jae-seong Jo, Ye-jin Lim

Votes: 12

57. Trishagni (1988)

114 min | Drama

7.9
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The film is set in a Central Asian desert in the 1st Century B.C. A sandstorm strikes the Buddhist town of Sariput, leaving just four survivors - two monks and two children - in the upper floor of a monastery.

Director: Nabendu Ghosh | Stars: Nana Patekar, Pallavi Joshi, Alok Nath, Nitish Bharadwaj

Votes: 44

58. Valley of Flowers (2006)

155 min | Adventure, Drama, Romance

7.0
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A great Asian love story, an unforgettable tale about passion, death and reincarnation. A mesmerizing Himalayan epic that spans two centuries, from the Silk Route of the early 19th century to the bustling metropolis of modern-day Tokyo.

Director: Pan Nalin | Stars: Milind Soman, Mylène Jampanoï, Naseeruddin Shah, Jampa Kalsang Tamang

Votes: 1,621

59. Transcendence (I) (2014)

PG-13 | 119 min | Drama, Mystery, Romance

6.3
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42 Metascore

A scientist's drive for artificial intelligence, takes on dangerous implications when his consciousness is uploaded into one such program.

Director: Wally Pfister | Stars: Johnny Depp, Rebecca Hall, Morgan Freeman, Cillian Murphy

Votes: 193,674 | Gross: $23.02M

60. Princess Mononoke (1997)

PG-13 | 134 min | Animation, Adventure, Fantasy

8.4
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76 Metascore

On a journey to find the cure for a Tatarigami's curse, Ashitaka finds himself in the middle of a war between the forest gods and Tatara, a mining colony. In this quest he also meets San, the Mononoke Hime.

Director: Hayao Miyazaki | Stars: Yôji Matsuda, Yuriko Ishida, Yûko Tanaka, Billy Crudup

Votes: 261,663 | Gross: $2.38M

61. The Razor's Edge (1984)

PG-13 | 128 min | Drama, Romance, War

6.6
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He had everything and wanted nothing. He learned that he had nothing and wanted everything. He saved the world and then it shattered. The path to enlightenment is as sharp and narrow as a razor's edge.

Director: John Byrum | Stars: Bill Murray, Theresa Russell, Denholm Elliott, Catherine Hicks

Votes: 4,328 | Gross: $6.55M

62. Being There (1979)

PG | 130 min | Comedy, Drama

8.0
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A simple, sheltered gardener becomes an unlikely trusted advisor to a powerful businessman and an insider in Washington politics.

Director: Hal Ashby | Stars: Peter Sellers, Shirley MacLaine, Melvyn Douglas, Jack Warden

Votes: 56,797 | Gross: $30.18M

63. The Tale of the Princess Kaguya (2013)

PG | 137 min | Animation, Adventure, Drama

8.1
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89 Metascore

Found inside a shining stalk of bamboo by an old bamboo cutter and his wife, a tiny girl grows rapidly into an exquisite young lady. The mysterious young princess enthralls all who encounter her, but ultimately she must confront her fate, the punishment for her crime.

Director: Isao Takahata | Stars: Chloë Grace Moretz, James Caan, Mary Steenburgen, James Marsden

Votes: 24,819 | Gross: $1.51M

64. Spirited Away (2001)

PG | 125 min | Animation, Adventure, Family

8.6
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96 Metascore

During her family's move to the suburbs, a sullen 10-year-old girl wanders into a world ruled by gods, witches, and spirits, and where humans are changed into beasts.

Directors: Hayao Miyazaki, Kirk Wise | Stars: Daveigh Chase, Suzanne Pleshette, Miyu Irino, Rumi Hiiragi

Votes: 494,325 | Gross: $10.06M

65. I Heart Huckabees (2004)

R | 107 min | Comedy

6.7
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55 Metascore

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.

Director: David O. Russell | Stars: Jason Schwartzman, Jude Law, Naomi Watts, Mark Wahlberg

Votes: 59,060 | Gross: $12.78M

66. Himalaya (1999)

108 min | Drama

7.5
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73 Metascore

An aging chief's last stand, lessons for the new, and the education of a young chief-to-be played against harsh Nature in Nepal's Dolpo. When his son dies returning from Tibet's salt lakes,... See full summary »

Directors: Eric Valli, Michel Debats | Stars: Thilen Lhondup, Gurgon Kyap, Lhakpa Tsamchoe, Karma Wangel

Votes: 4,664 | Gross: $2.48M

67. Dean Spanley (2008)

PG | 100 min | Comedy, Drama

7.2
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Set in Edwardian England where upper lips are always stiff and men from the Colonies are not entirely to be trusted, Fisk Senior has little time or affection for his son, but when the pair visit an eccentric Indian, they start a strange journey that eventually allows the old man to find his heart.

Director: Toa Fraser | Stars: Jeremy Northam, Sam Neill, Bryan Brown, Peter O'Toole

Votes: 3,036

68. Sliding Doors (1998)

PG-13 | 99 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

6.8
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59 Metascore

A London woman's love life and career both hinge, unknown to her, on whether or not she catches a train. We see it both ways, in parallel.

Director: Peter Howitt | Stars: Gwyneth Paltrow, John Hannah, John Lynch, Jeanne Tripplehorn

Votes: 56,370 | Gross: $11.88M

69. The Sixth Sense (1999)

PG-13 | 107 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

8.1
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64 Metascore

A boy who communicates with spirits seeks the help of a disheartened child psychologist.

Director: M. Night Shyamalan | Stars: Bruce Willis, Haley Joel Osment, Toni Collette, Olivia Williams

Votes: 784,793 | Gross: $293.51M

70. Dead Again (1991)

R | 107 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.0
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66 Metascore

An amnesiac and a private eye find they might have a past life connection.

Director: Kenneth Branagh | Stars: Kenneth Branagh, Emma Thompson, Andy Garcia, Derek Jacobi

Votes: 23,164 | Gross: $38.02M

71. Run Lola Run (1998)

R | 80 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

7.7
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77 Metascore

After a botched money delivery, Lola has 20 minutes to come up with 100,000 Deutschmarks.

Director: Tom Tykwer | Stars: Franka Potente, Moritz Bleibtreu, Herbert Knaup, Nina Petri

Votes: 171,811 | Gross: $7.27M

72. The Red Violin (1998)

R | 130 min | Drama, Music, Mystery

7.7
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57 Metascore

A perfect red-colored violin inspires passion, making its way through three centuries over several owners and countries, eventually ending up at an auction where it may find a new owner.

Director: François Girard | Stars: Carlo Cecchi, Jean-Luc Bideau, Christoph Koncz, Jason Flemyng

Votes: 28,596 | Gross: $9.47M

73. The Last Monk (2006)

110 min | Drama

6.8
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Story

THE LAST MONK is the journey of a young newly-married woman from the world of the newly-rich, 30-something IT engineers and corporate managers in New Delhi, to the vast, stark beauty ... See full synopsis »

Director: Sudipto Sen | Stars: Vikrant Chandola, Op Dimri, Jimeesh Gandhi, Sonam Stobgias Gorky

Votes: 25

74. Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar (2000)

197 min | Biography, History

8.2
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A portrait of the one of our greatest social reformer of our times - Ambedkar. The film documents the period between 1901 and 1956. The film delves more into Ambedkar's life as a reformer, ... See full summary »

Director: Jabbar Patel | Stars: Mammootty, Sonali Kulkarni, Mohan Gokhale, Mrinal Kulkarni

Votes: 540

75. Ajintha (2012)

135 min | Drama

5.8
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The epic untold true love story of Major Robert Gill and a tribal Indian girl named Paro.

Director: Nitin Chandrakant Desai | Stars: Philip Scott-Wallace, Sonalee Kulkarni

Votes: 31

76. Zen Dog (2016)

95 min | Drama

8.3
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Trapped by daily routine, a man experiences complete freedom by dreaming himself across the country in a psychedelic Volkswagen with the guiding words of philosopher Alan Watts.

Director: Rick Darge | Stars: Kyle Gallner, Adam Herschman, Celia Diane, Clea DuVall

Votes: 20

77. Sop-mai-ngeap (2011)

90 min | Crime, Mystery, Thriller

6.3
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An ex-cop Buddhist monk investigates a murder in his monastery in Bangkok.

Director: Tom Waller | Stars: Vithaya Pansringarm, Apichart Chusakul, Prinya Intachai, Kitsada Hongsakrai

Votes: 191