5 Films Every Philosophy Student Must Watch

Happy Monday, people! Today is the third of a series of weekly articles for students. The series will feature article with the best films based on a particular academic subject. It is incredible how much more fun academics get when blended with entertainment and the following list will prove it. Last week, we covered an unmissable list of films that every psychology student must watch.

The subject for this week is philosophy, which translates from the Greek word philosophia, literally meaning "love of wisdom". No wonder so many students have been opting for the subject regularly, which is the study of the fundamental nature of knowledge, reality, and existence. Now, these five films that have been listed have very different styles from each other but have all flowered from the same seed of philosophy. Naturally, they may affect the way you look at life and bring out the philosopher in you. 

Waking Life (2001)
While this is mainly based in a dream setting, the film touches upon everything through insightful conversations about life.

The Fountain (2006)
This eye-opening film by Darren Aronofsky is about spirituality and immortality, life and death, abiding love, the tree of life and the fountain of youth.

The Matrix (1999)
Why is a sci-fi film on this list? Because it contains a lot of philosophical theories, especially pertaining to the concept of simulated reality.

Samsara (2001)
Directed by Pan Nalin, the same man who gave us the highly acclaimed Angry Indian Goddesses, is a film that tells the story of a Buddhist monk's quest for enlightenment.

12 Angry Men (1957)
A blast from the past, which is so relevant even today. It tells the story of a jury made up of 12 men as they deliberate the guilt or acquittal of a defendant on the basis of reasonable doubt. The philosophy behind this is one can never be too certain of anything and that nothing is ever as it seems.