Nihilism is a philosophy that is defined as, “the rejection of all moral and religious principles, in the belief that life is meaningless.” The great Friedrich Nietzsche has been one of the most famous proponents of nihilism. His take on nihilism has been more optimistic and is reflected upon the works of auteurs like Michael Haneke and Gaspar Noe. Nihilism is a theme that has fascinated me unlike any other in cinema. Many filmmakers have explored the various facets of it, in different forms and some of them are considered to be among the finest works of cinematic art ever produced. With all that said now, let me take you to a list of top movies about nihilism ever. You can watch some of these best nihilistic movies on Netflix, Hulu, or Amazon Prime.
15. American Psycho (2000)
I am still unsure about my thoughts on ‘American Psycho’. I wouldn’t say it’s a film that has grown on me either but the film certainly opens up a lot of spaces for questions and thoughts. Patrick Bateman is a highly successful investment banker who hides his deranged, psychopathic alter ego from the corporate fraternity. His bizarre fantasies explode and culminate in a violent bloodshed. Bateman is a sadist and a perverse individual with absolutely no empathy towards any kind of living substance. The film portrays him as a nihilist; an utterly despicable, unapologetic human being beyond, devoid of any kind of redeeming qualities.
14. I Stand Alone (1998)
Gaspar Noe’s feature film debut is a fiercely bold, strikingly original piece of cinema that manages to devastate you psychologically in ways that could hardly be put into words. ‘I Stand Alone’ focuses on a man named “the butcher” who, after imprisonment for assault, begins to suffer from an emotional meltdown as he struggles connecting to the society. Noe crafts a fascinating character study of a man so rotten inside; his wounds irreparable, his emotions withering away, his mind reeling under madness. There is no sense of hope in his life and Noe gives us a glimpse of a wretched world, perverted and depraved.