I loved speaking with INFPs about their favorite movie choices – INFPs have an enthusiasm about storytelling and film that is contagious. They love good stories, and love to be swept away by the imagination and fantasy of it all. More than anything, INFPs mentioned that they loved to watch a movie that made them reflect on their lives and the meaning of life. They wanted to be inspired and moved when they watched a movie. While they do enjoy entertainment for entertainment’s sake, they often use movies as a way to connect to their emotionally-rich inner world. They see movies as a pathway to hidden possibilities and insights into the meaning of life or the future. Movies carry with them the possibility of seeing something they’ve never seen before or connecting with a character in a way they never have. Movies engage the INFP Feeling side while stimulating the possibility-focused nature of extraverted intuition (Ne). Because of this, INFPs are probably the most enthusiastic group I’ve spoken with so far about movies.
When it came to movie genres these were the INFP favorites:
1 – Science Fiction/Fantasy
2 – Drama
3 – Comedy
4 – Horror
5 – Art/House
And here are the top 25 movies – remember, if you are an INFP it doesn’t mean you are bound to like every single one of these movies. Out of 576 movies this list only includes the 25 with the highest number of votes. Don’t feel bad if you don’t like one or two of these (or any of them!)
1. The Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
When Joel and Clementine’s relationship starts disintegrating, they both look into a procedure to have each other erased from their memories. However, as Joel’s memories gradually disappear, he realizes he can’t live without his memories and love for Clementine and fights to hold on to each memory before it is gone forever.
Why INFPs Love It: The Eternal Sushine of the Spotless Mind is a love story that is both realistic and enchanting. It’s a movie that asks us; “why did we fall out of love in the first place? did those little things that annoyed us so much really matter?” It takes us to the root of our relationships and our stories to the real reasons we love. Many INFPs may also relate to Clementine, an ENFP character, as she displays the emotional richness and open-mindedness that so many INFPs also embody.
Amelie is a comedy-drama that follows the life of a young Parisian girl who has lived a rather solitary, quiet existence. She has an incredible imagination and wants to know what the meaning of life is and how to find happiness. After returning a long-lost childhood treasure to a former occupant of her apartment and seeing how happy it made him, she decides to spend her life devoted to helping others and spreading joy and happiness – along the way, she discovers love with a quirky man who collects discarded photo booth pictures.
Why INFPs Love It: INFPs are inspired by Amelie’s story and her passion for making a difference in the lives of the people she meets. She’s a true idealist, and INFPs will enjoy the whimsy, the charming comedy, and the quirky romance that embody the movie. There is even some controversy about whether the character of Amelie is INFP or INFJ – while most typologists class her as INFJ, obviously many INFPs very much relate to her!
3. Into the Wild
Into the Wild tells the remarkable true story of Christopher McCandless – he graduated at the top of his class and was known for his athletic skills in school. But he leaves all that behind, abandoning his possessions and donating his entire $24,000 savings account to charity to hitchhike to Alaska and live in the wilderness. Throughout his travels, he seeks and ultimately finds pleasure and joy along with a sense of truth and purpose he has been yearning for all his life.
Why INFPs Love It:
INFPs are driven by the desire to experience the world in all its beauty – without the restraints and corruption of modern-day advances. Into the Wild is a soul-searching movie about testing yourself, seeing the unspoiled beauty and ferocity of nature, and living a life free of restraints. As INFP Andra Proca said; “This was one of the most meaningful movies I’ve ever seen. I felt somehow understood while watching it because sometimes I just want to have that kind of life and adventure and just exist. I have always wanted to be in solitude to discover myself. What I like the most about this movie is the authenticity of the main character and the fact that he fights for what he believes in. Into the Wild is in a few words inspiring, idealistic and authentic.”
4. The Lord of the Rings
Lord of the Rings follows the adventures of Hobbits, Men, Elves and more as they try to destroy the One Ring, which had been lost for centuries, and is now being hunted by evil forces from Mordor. It’s up to Frodo Baggins and his friends to destroy the ring, fight evil and defeat the forces of the Dark Lord Sauron.
Why INFPs Love It: INFPs love the fantasy world, and they can often connect with Frodo – who many believe to be an INFP character. They admire the character’s struggle of fighting good with evil, fighting against one’s own will for power, and being brave in the face of danger. As one INFP said; “I love The Lord of the Rings. I love the fantasy of elves, dwarfs, humans and the fight against good and bad. I love the adventure and the dream-like world it brings.”
5. Fight Club
Fight Club follows the life of a depressed office worker who suffers from insomnia and a nagging feeling of emptiness in his daily life. He meets the reckless, devil-may-care Tyler Durden (Brad Pitt) who takes him under his wing and together they start an underground fight club for men who are fed up with their mundane lives. However, this club evolves and becomes much more sinister than our main character ever dreamed.
Why INFPs Love It: INFPs aren’t driven by materialism and find themselves often confused in a society which highly promotes materialism and greed in one form or another. INFPs long for authenticity and meaning, which is something the main character of Fight Club also is fighting for. What does all this mean? What’s the purpose of everything? Those are the questions that Fight Club is asking. Many typologists also believe that the female character, Marla Singer, is an INFP.
6. Donnie Darko
Donnie Darko feels out of place among his family and his peers. On top of his isolation and depression, Donnie Darko is plagued by visions of a large bunny rabbit that manipulates him into committing a series of crimes – through these visions, he learns that the world will soon be coming to an end. Seeking answers, Donnie investigates time travel in an attempt to turn back the clock and prevent the world’s seemingly impending doom… actions which cause bizarre and life-changing results.
Why INFPs Love It: Donnie Darko asks the question ‘Would the world be better off without me?’ and he deals with a huge gamut of emotions and questions that will leave you thinking long after you’ve watched the movie. Many INFPs will relate to this dialogue between Donnie Darko and his teacher, Kitty Farmer.
Kitty Farmer: Fear and love are the deepest of human emotions.
Donnie: Okay. But you’re not listening to me. There are other things that need to be taken into account here, like the whole spectrum of human emotion. You can’t just lump everything into these two categories and then just deny everything else.
Inception tells the story of Don Cobb, a ‘mind thief’ who has the ability to enter people’s dreams and steal their secrets. His skill has put him in high-demand by the corporate espionage world, but it has also cost him the people he loves most. Cobb gets a chance to start over with his life if he can successfully plant an idea in someone’s mind. If he succeeds, it will change everything – but a dangerous enemy anticipates Cobb’s every move.
Why INFPs Love It: INFPs love the complexity of what’s going on beneath the surface in Inception. While at first glance it may seem like your typical thriller, there is a deeper emotional context and depth to the storyline. Inception deals with dreams – and INFPs are the quintessential “dreamers”. It also deals with the meaning of reality – and this question about whether fantasy or reality is more important is a question that many INFPs will relate to. They love the fantasy world and often find reality somewhat lackluster. One INFP I spoke with said that Inception is “the definitive INFP movie.
8. Howl’s Moving Castle
Young Sophie Hatter is cursed by the Witch of the Waste, and transformed into an old woman. Her only chance of breaking the spell lies with a self-indulgent yet insecure young wizard and his companions in his legged, walking castle.
Why INFPs Love It: Howl’s Moving Castle is a beautiful love story full of magic, fantasy, and imagination. These themes are sure to inspire an INFP audience who love something that takes them to another world where magic and adventure are very real.
9. Star Wars
Star Wars is an epic masterpiece of cinema – telling the story of good versus evil in the unforgettable way only Sci-Fi can. Star Wars follows young Luke Skywalker as he joins forces with a Jedi knight, a reckless pilot, a wookee and two droids on an adventure to save the universe from the Empire’s evil forces.
Why INFPs Love It: INFPs love Science Fiction, and Star Wars is one of the very best Sci-Fi classics of our time. Star Wars immerses the viewer in an extraordinary world beyond our galaxy, and lifts the imagination of the INFP viewer taking them on adventures and dealing with the unseen ‘force’ that can be used for good or evil. This fight of good versus evil captures the attention of the value-oriented INFP and the world George Lucas created delights their sense of imagination.
10. American Beauty
American Beauty follows the lives of suburban couple Lester and Carolyn Burnham. On the outside, these two have it all – a perfect house in a perfect neighborhood. But inside, Lester is slipping deeper and deeper into a hopeless depression. He finally breaks when he becomes infatuated with one of his daughter’s friends. Meanwhile, his daughter Jane is developing a deep friendship with a shy boy-next-door named Ricky, who lives with an abusive father.
Why INFPs Love It: American Beauty shines a light on the unfulfilling nature of materialism and the search for status in America. It asks ‘what is the true purpose of our lives?’ and ‘what is beauty, really?’. The movie challenges us to look beneath the surface for meaning, beauty, and fulfillment and away possessions and the 9-5 grind. These themes will appeal to the deep-thinking INFP.
11. Groundhog Day
Misanthropic TV broadcaster, Phil Connors, is irritated and despondent when he’s assigned the job of covering the annual Groundhog festivities in the small town of Punxsutawney. Things only get worse for Connors when he somehow gets stuck reliving the same day (Groundhog Day) over, and over again. Stuck in town due to a severe blizzard, Phil struggles to find a way to escape, or make the best of, his seemingly hopeless situation.
Why INFPs Love It: Underneath its light-hearted, comedic exterior Groundhog Day is a comedy that asks some existential questions like ‘what would you do if you only had one day?’. This movie touches on themes of self-realization and the meaning of life without being pretentious or overly-serious. It’s full of laughs, sweetness, and fun – and INFPs enjoy a movie that can ask serious questions in an entertaining way.
In a countryside town bordering a magical land, a young man makes a promise to his beloved that he’ll retrieve a fallen star by venturing into the magical realm. He meets the star, Yvaine, and imprisons her with a magic rope, promising to release her after meeting his true love, Victoria. Tristan, the youth, is not the only one looking for Yvaine: three witches want her heart to make them young; and, the sons of the dead king of Stormhold want her because she holds a ruby that will give one of them title to the throne.
Why INFPs Love It: Stardust is bursting with magic and romance and adventure – all themes that get INFPs excited. This movie somehow seems to balance elements of drama, comedy, and immense imaginative theories into one entertaining romp that has won the hearts of many INFPs.
13. The Harry Potter Series
The Harry Potter series follows the daring adventures of wizarding wonder, Harry Potter, and his delightful friends and intriguing mentors. Going from a miserable, lonely existence as a mistreated orphan to a famed wizard at Hogwarts, Harry discovers the meaning of honor, friendship, and selflessness as he faces his dangerous enemy, Lord Voldemort.
Why INFPs Love It: Harry Potter is the epic fantasy that INFPs love, full of sweeping adventure, magical possibilities, and breathtaking imagery. INFPs enjoy the variety of characters, the fight for good to triumph over evil, and the idea of this Wizarding world living alongside our human world. Many INFPs would have probably loved to get a letter inviting them to Hogwarts at eleven-years-old. Many typologists also believe the character Luna Lovegood is an INFP.
14. The Elephant Man
John Merrick is an intelligent and kind man, yet he is hated by Victorian-era English society because he is severely deformed. Dr. Frederick Treves, however, sees beyond appearances and saves him from his life in a freak show. This is the story of how John Merrick tries to regain freedom and dignity in life with the help of his friend Dr. Treves.
Why INFPs Love It: INFPs have a deep sense of compassion for people who are misunderstood, abused, or judged unfairly. They are known for “championing” those they feel have been cast aside by society. The Elephant Man engages their strong sense of compassion and helps them to feel in touch with their strong inner emotions and values. Some have even been inspired to reach out to others they feel are misunderstood by watching this movie.
15. Spirited Away
Spirited Away is a magical fantasy about a young girl, Chihiro, trapped in a strange new world of spirits. When her parents undergo a mysterious transformation, she must call upon a courage she never knew she had to free herself and return her family to the outside world.
Why INFPs Love It: Spirited Away is an enchanting story that deals with death, pain, and difficult subject matter in a way that is both beautiful and emotionally rich.
Fi-dominant INFPs will be drawn in by Chihiro’s story and mesmerized by the gorgeous hand-drawn animation and the magic and enchantment of the fairy tale itself.
16. Romeo and Juliet
This modern twist on a classic masterpiece sets Romeo and Juliet in the bustling city of Verona Beach. The Montagues and Capulets are two feuding families, whose children meet and fall in love. They are forced to hide their love from the world because they know that their parents will not allow them to be together. Although this story is set in modern times, it is still the same timeless story of the “star crossed lovers”.
Why INFPs Love It: INFPs are true romantics, and you can’t get much more romantic than Romeo and Juliet. As the blog Cultural Disasters puts it; “A little known fact about William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet is that it wasn’t just the greatest love story of all time. It was the love story because it was written by an INFP, about two INFPs, for INFPs. INFPs are by far the most romantic personality type on the spectrum.”
17. The Princess Bride
This fairy tale adventure tells the story of beautiful, young Buttercup and her one true love, Wesley. After a long separation, Buttercup is forcibly engaged to the evil Prince Humperdink. In Wesley’s attempts to save her, he must battle the evils of the mythical kingdom of Florin to be reunited with her. Based on the William Goldman novel “The Princess Bride” which earned its own loyal audience.
Why INFPs Love It: The Princess Bride seems to be a favorite among every personality type I’ve surveyed. It’s just that good. Why do INFPs like it in particular? Probably because INFPs love comedy, romance, and fantasy – you combine them all in a movie this good and they’re bound to enjoy it!
18. (500) Days of Summer
Tom Hansen is a hopeless romantic from New Jersey, working in LA as a greeting card writer. He meets Summer and is instantly smitten with her. We jump back and forth in time: from their budding relationship to her decision that they stay just friends. Tom is sure that Summer is the one for him, and tries desperately to understand what went wrong and how to fix their relationship.
Why INFPs Love It: (500) Days of Summer puts a comedic spin on the struggles that many idealists face in relationships. INFP Tom Hansen idealizes his relationship with Summer and sees her as the perfect soulmate. The romantic heart of the Idealist is often met with confusion in today’s dating world where many types just don’t take things quite as seriously. INFPs may find some connection and quite a few laughs in this offbeat “romantic” comedy.
19. Garden State
Andrew “Large” Largeman has shuffled through life in a lithium-induced coma for too long. Upon the news of his mother’s death, he decides to take a break from the pills to experience life for what it really is. By a twist of fate, Large meets Sam, a colorful girl who is everything he isn’t. Sam becomes the perfect sidekick, inspiring him to really truly live. Her warmth and bold nature give Large the courage to open his heart to the joy and pain that life has to offer.
Why INFPs Love It: Garden State is surprisingly deep and funny, capturing the quirky, confusing nature of life in your late teens and early twenties. It’s about experiencing life in all its fullness of emotion – something that will appeal to the Fi-dominant INFPs.
20. The Butterfly Effect
College student Evan Treborn is afflicted by terrible blackouts in which he finds himself somewhere else completely confused. Evan’s friends and mother hardly believe him, thinking he makes it up just to get out of trouble. As Evan grows up the blackouts lessen until he seems to have recovered. Since the age of seven, he has written a diary of his blackout experiences so he can remember what happens. One day at college he starts to read one of his old diaries, and suddenly a flashback hits him that will change everything.
Why INFPs Love It: The Butterfly Effect poses the theory that if even the smallest thing were different, our whole lives would change – every incident alters the course of life for one person, or even the entire world. As one INFP said, “It makes a person think a lot about their own life, also how much experiences or life situations can totally control one’s behaviors and actions, and their personality at some points. Such deep and symbolic meaning to some of the scenes in it, especially the final one.”
21. Moulin Rouge
The year is 1899, and Christian, a young English writer, has defied his father by coming to Paris and following the Bohemian revolution taking hold of the city’s underworld. Nowhere is the thrill of the underworld more alive than at the Moulin Rouge, a night club where rich and poor men alike come to be entertained by the dancers. Little does Christian know that when he starts a deadly love affair with the star courtesan of the club; Satine, a dangerous love triangle will ensue.
Why INFPs Love It: Moulin Rouge is an epic love story led by Christian – an INFP. Many INFPs can relate to his passion, his dedication, his desire to be true to himself no matter the cost. Also, the music is pretty good 🙂
22. Edward Scissorhands
In a foreboding, lonely castle there lives an inventor’s greatest creation – Edward, a near-complete person. The creator died before he could finish Edward’s hands; instead, he is left with metal scissors for hands. Since then, he has lived alone, until a kind Avon lady named Peg discovers him and welcomes him into her home. At first, everyone welcomes him into the community, but soon things begin to take a turn for the worse.
Why INFPs Love It:
Edward Scissorhands is such a unique and sensitive character that you can’t help but feel for him – and many INFPs will especially relate to him because he is an INFP.
His authenticity, gentleness, and creativity are often hallmarks of INFPs, and his story here is unforgettable.
Henry Hill is a small time gangster, who takes part in a robbery with Jimmy Conway and Tommy De Vito, two other gangsters who are trying to work their way to the top of the Mob. His two partners kill off everyone else involved in the robbery, and slowly start to rise in the hierarchies of their crime family. Henry, however, is badly affected by his partners’ success, but will he stoop low enough to bring about the downfall of Jimmy and Tommy?
Why INFPs Love It:
I haven’t seen Goodfellas in over a decade and the INFPs who voted for it never explained why they liked it so much. If you know why INFPs enjoy this movie maybe you can comment and let me know 😉
24. Breakfast at Tiffany’s
Struggling writer Paul Varjak moves into a New York apartment building and quickly becomes intrigued by his beautiful, unusual neighbor Holly Golightly. Holly’s lifestyle confuses and fascinates Paul; in public she flits through parties with sexy sophistication, but when they’re alone she transforms into a sweetly vulnerable, confused girl with numerous issues on her mind.
Why INFPs Love It: Holly Golightly is a classic ENFP character and many INFPs can instantly relate to her. She’s a dreamer with rich fantasies and a desire to be free. Many INFPs love her quote “You musn’t give your heart to a wild thing. The more you do, the stronger they get, until they’re strong enough to run into the woods or fly into a tree. And then to a higher tree and then to the sky.”
In a retro-future world, the populace is completely controlled by the state, while technology remains almost as it was in the 1970’s. Sam Lowry, a civil servant by day, spots a mistake in one of the pieces of paperwork passing through his office. The mistake leads to the arrest of an entirely innocent man, and although Lowry attempts to correct the error, things just get worse and worse, to the point where Lowry can see no way out.
Why INFPs Love It: This is another movie I haven’t seen and the INFPs who voted for it didn’t explain why it was a favorite. So unfortunately I can’t explain why they love it – if you’re an INFP who loves this movie, let me know why and I can revise this with your thoughts!