Movies

Each of the movies listed here have some elements to tickle your life-sized funny bone.

You’ll find themes as large as life here. Click on the title of each movie to get to its IMDb page.
So find them on a streaming service or rent a DVD (does anyone actually do that still?). Then kick back, enjoy, and think more about life.

Enjoy!

Miscellaneous

It’s a Wonderful Life

An angel is sent from Heaven to help a desperately frustrated businessman by showing him what life would have been like if he had never existed.

Defending Your Life

In an afterlife way station resembling a block of hotels, the lives of the recently-deceased are examined in a court-like setting.

Anesthesia

Multiple lives intersect in the aftermath of the violent mugging of a Columbia University philosophy professor.

Seeking a Friend for the End of the World

As an asteroid nears Earth, a man finds himself alone after his wife leaves in a panic. He decides to take a road trip to reunite with his high school sweetheart. Accompanying him is a neighbor who inadvertently puts a wrench in his plan.

Flatliners

Five medical students, obsessed by what lies beyond the confines of life, embark on a daring experiment: by stopping their hearts for short periods, each triggers a near-death experience – giving them a firsthand account of the afterlife.

Children of Men

In 2027, in a chaotic world in which women have become somehow infertile, a former activist agrees to help transport a miraculously pregnant woman to a sanctuary at sea.

You, Me and the Apocalypse

When a group of ordinary people learn that an eight-mile-wide comet is on a collision course with Earth, they hunker beneath the town of Slough to watch the end of the world on television.

The Discovery

Two years after the afterlife is scientifically proven, a man attempts to help a young woman break away from her dark past.

21 Grams

A freak accident brings together a critically ill mathematician, a grieving mother, and a born-again ex-con.

Life After People
What would happen to planet earth if the human race were to suddenly disappear forever? Would ecosystems thrive? What remnants of our industrialized world would survive?

The Big Chill

A group of seven former college friends gather for a week-end reunion at a South Carolina vacation home after the funeral of another of their college friends.

The Little Prince

A little girl lives in a very grown-up world with her mother, who tries to prepare her for it. Her neighbor, the Aviator, introduces the girl to an extraordinary world where anything is possible, the world of the Little Prince. **Note that this is a completely different story than the original, or the earlier stop-motion film.

Documentaries

I Am

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.

The Nature of Existence

Filmmaker Roger Nygard roams the globe to the source of each of the world’s philosophies, religions, and belief systems. He interviews spiritual leaders, scholars, scientists, artists, …

Dying to Know

Dying to Know is an intimate portrait celebrating two very complex controversial characters in an epic friendship that shaped a generation.

Origins: The Journey of Humankind

Our primal curiosity has sparked new inventions and revealed the mysteries of the universe. This eight part mini series strives to trace the pivotal innovations that make us modern.

I’m Fine, Thanks

In a word, “I’m Fine, Thanks” is a movie about complacency, or why so many settle for mediocrity in their everyday life at the expense of a greater passion.

Human

A collection of stories about and images of our world, offering an immersion to the core of what it means to be human.

Lives Well Lived

Lives Well Lived celebrates the incredible wit, wisdom and experiences of adults aged 75 to 100 years old.

Life in a Day

A documentary shot by film-makers all over the world that serves as a time capsule to show future generations what it was like to be alive on the twenty-fourth of July, 2010.

Kumare

An Indian-American man pretends to be a guru and attracts following in Arizona, laying bare our western fascination with Eastern mysticism.

Honorable Mention: Spinning Gold is a DVD-only conversation between two Jungian thinkers on self-awareness as a means of finding meaning in life.

Innsaei

A story of soul searching, science, nature and creativity, InnSæi takes us on a global journey to uncover the art of connecting within in today’s world of distraction and stress.

Time of Death

This docu-series follows brave, terminally ill individuals as they live out their final days, supported by family, friends, healthcare teams and hospice workers, who gently help guide the process.

This clip shows Cheyenne, suffering from ALS, possessing a powerful sense of spirit and optimism.

Comedies

Monty Python’s ‘The Meaning of Life’

The comedy team takes a look at life in all its stages in their own uniquely silly way.

Zootopia

In a city of anthropomorphic animals, a rookie bunny cop and a cynical con artist fox must work together to uncover a conspiracy. This feel-good movie is a funny caricature of human culture.

The Gods Must be Crazy

A comic allegory about a traveling Bushman who encounters modern civilization and its stranger aspects, including a clumsy scientist and a band of revolutionaries.

Surreal

Insightful and bewildering depictions of the absurdity of existence and the human experience.

Baraka

An incredible cinematic experience, artistically profiling life itself on our planet.

Koyaanisqatsi

A collection of expertly photographed phenomena with no conventional plot. The footage focuses on nature, humanity and the relationship between them.

Powaqqatsi

An exploration of technologically developing nations and the effect the transition to Western-style modernization has had on them.

Noqoyqatsi

A visual montage portrait of our contemporary world dominated by globalized technology and violence.

The Holy Mountain

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.

The Dance of Reality

In a Chilean little town, the son of an uprooted couple, formed by a rigorous communist father and a loving but weak mother, tries to pave his own path in a society that does not understand their Jewish-Ukrainian origins.