Well, you might not find them as entertaining as thrillers or action movies or comedies; you might not even be inclined to watch them during lazy weekends while voraciously searching for cinematic kicks. Notwithstanding, philosophical movies do exist and there are valid reasons to believe that they exist for the good. Just in case you have a deep penchant to comprehend the governing dynamics of human existence or if you want to take some time out to dig into your own life or if spirituality interests you more than temporality; philosophical movies might just be the right thing for you. Strictly speaking, there is no singular definition of what a philosophical movie is.
However, most philosophical movies involve the quest for a suitable meaning of life and adopt definite stands on existentialism. Some of them harp on the unpleasant realities of life while some others make subtle attempts at deciphering the interrelationship between the natural world and the supernatural world. Whatever might be the ingrained theme, a movie with philosophical elements compels you to think and contemplate on a multitude of issues concerning both the material entity and the ethereal entity.
While mainstream commercial cinema seldom made forays into the metaphysical world, there have been renowned art filmmakers from all across the globe who have constantly dabbled in the genre. So, we tried our hands at collating the ten best philosophical movies of all time, extremely strenuous and difficult as it might have been. It is important to appreciate that all the movies mentioned here, all of whose ingrained theme is philosophical, might be classified under other larger genres as well including but not limited to drama, science fiction and comedy. Without any further ado, let us take a look at the list of top philosophical movies ever. You might be able to watch some of these best philosophical movies on Netflix, Hulu or Amazon Prime. Which of these movies with philosophical themes do you like the most? The list includes deep philosophical movies, philosophical comedy movies and sci-fi philosophical movies.
20. The Rat-trap (1982)
From one of the finest auteurs Indian cinema has to offer comes ‘The Rat-trap’, a film that is more or less a character study on the outside (like most of Adoor Gopalakrishnan‘s cinema), though upon further inspection, it seems to me at least, to be a satire on the construction of the modern society. Telling the tale of a middle-aged man who lives with his two younger sisters, the film describes him as someone who is frightened of his surroundings, who’d rather depend on his sisters than do the work himself.
With an investigation of what he’s afraid of and what comes off of it, ‘The Rat-trap’ attempts to mirror a captured rodent to a man living by the system prescribed by the society around him. What does shutting oneself within their house do for the world around them? Should we act for the benefit of this ‘outside world’? What is the point of it all? I also feel there’s a cautionary side to the story presented here, about how society demands you to follow its ways, failing to do which would make you as insignificant as a rat in a trap. The troubling question then is, what if you’re the one who is right?