Buddhist Films

There are many feature films about Buddhist religion. Let’s take a look.

  • Jacob’s Ladder (1990)
    It was reviewed as a psychological thriller by the public during its initial release. But its screenwriter, Bruce Joel Rubin, a meditation practitioner, expressed that it was adopted from a Tibetan book.
  • Point Break (1991)
    It differs from other Hollywood movies in that it features a Buddhist villain. It is a deeply meditative Buddhist movie about a bank robber who changes his life goal after following the practice of Buddhism.
  • What’s Love Got to Do with It (1993)
    It is a true story based on the life an American superstar — Tina Turner and her practice of the Nichiren Buddhism.
  • The Glimmer Man (1996)
    It is a Buddhist movie starring a Buddhist practitioner, Steven Seagal. In the movie, he plays a police detective who is overtly into Buddhism. The major theme of this movie is about the character’s mindful attitude towards conflicts.
  • Hollywood Buddha (2003)
    It is based on the story of a Philippe, who achieved great success under the spiritual help of a Buddhist master. Philippe was on the verge of failure and struggling to break through in his film production. Then, a Buddhist guru offers help and pushes him into the practice of Buddhism.
  • Wheel of Time (2003)
    It is considered as a terrific Buddhist movie. The movie’s most enduring moments are associated with individual practices. In the movie, the character talks with the Tibetan Buddhist leader—The Dalai Lama. It is a lighted-minded movie.
  • Sons of Prove (2004)
    Though considered as an LDS Cinema movie, it is based on a story about a Buddhist. In the movie, the dialogues and behaviors of the character are seen to reflect Buddhist practices.

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