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Philosophical films are films with philosophical themes, or that raise philosophical questions. These films may be suitable for use in philosophy classrooms, as inspiration for philosophical cafes or informal socratic discussions, or as food for thought for the philosophically-minded.

Contemporary philosophy

In the 1990s, philosophy has entered popular culture through the work of authors such as Alain de Botton. This trend is reinforced by the recent increase in films with philosophical content. Some films, such as Fight Club, eXistenZ, The Matrix trilogy, Little Miss Sunshine, and Waking Life have philosophical themes underpinning their overarching plots. Other films attempt to be overtly philosophical, such as I ♥ Huckabees.

A number of philosophers have also increasingly drawn on film rather than literature to illustrate philosophical and theoretical views. Slavoj Žižek illustrates some contemporary philosophy concepts in his film documentary The Pervert's Guide to Cinema.

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