Movies like Defending Your Life

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Defending Your Life (1991)
 7.2
 19K
Defending Your Life (1991)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Fantasy
Country: USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: In an afterlife resembling the present-day US, people must prove their worth by showing in court how they have demonstrated courage.
Style: romantic, touching, humorous, light, melancholic, sweet, semi serious, funny, thought provoking, feel good ...
Audience: girls' night, date night
Plot: afterlife, heaven, death, past life, life & death, romance, destiny, courage, reincarnation, courtroom, honest, unlikely friendships, redemption, fall in love, starting over, fear, supernatural, hopes, couple relations, childhood, life, car accident, courtroom drama, supernatural romance, hotel ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: new jersey

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Most similar movies to Defending Your Life

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out feel good, humorous, semi serious and melancholic films with plots about life philosophy, catastrophe, dialogue, storytelling, mentor, culture clash and redemption mostly in Comedy, Fantasy and Romance genres. Some movies like Defending Your Life: Chances Are (1989), What Dreams May Come (1998), Truly Madly Deeply (1990), Just Like Heaven (2005), Michael (1996). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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Chances Are (1989)
Genre: Comedy, Fantasy, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Louie Jeffries is happily married to Corinne. On their first anniversary, Louie is killed crossing the road. Louie is reincarnated as Alex Finch, and twenty years later, fate brings Alex and Louie's daughter, Miranda, together. It's not ...
Style: sentimental, feel good, touching, humorous, melancholic ...
Audience: date night, girls' night, chick flick, family outing
Plot: afterlife, reincarnation, ghost, older woman younger man relationship, death, heaven, romance, destiny, life & death, dysfunctional family, resurrection, unlikely couple ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 80s
Place: usa, washington d.c., yale university, cleveland ohio
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100%
What Dreams May Come (1998)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Romance
Country: USA, New Zealand
Duration: 113 min.
Story: Chris Neilson dies to find himself in a heaven more amazing than he could have ever dreamed of. There is one thing missing: his wife. After he dies, his wife, Annie killed herself and went to hell. Chris decides to risk eternity in hades for the ...
Style: philosophical, surreal, inspirational, touching, cerebral ...
Plot: afterlife, heaven and hell, life philosophy, life & death, redemption, husband wife reunion, metaphysics, loss of child, destiny, true love, love, hell ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
Truly Madly Deeply (1990)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Music, Romance
Country: UK
Duration: 106 min.
Story: Nina is totally heartbroken at the death of her boyfriend Jamie, but is even more unprepared for his return as a ghost. At first it's almost as good as it used to be - hey, even the rats that infested her house have disappeared. But Jamie ...
Style: thought provoking, romantic, sexy, humorous, sentimental ...
Audience: chick flick, date night, girls' night
Plot: afterlife, ghost, love, grief, love story, death, romance, bittersweet, loss of loved one, writers, destiny, betrayal ...
Place: london
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
Just Like Heaven (2005)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Shortly after David Abbott moves into his new San Francisco digs, he has an unwelcome visitor on his hands: winsome Elizabeth Martinson, who asserts that the apartment is hers -- and promptly vanishes. When she starts appearing and disappearing at ...
Style: romantic, fairy tale, humorous, sentimental, light ...
Audience: chick flick, girls' night, teens, date night
Plot: ghost, afterlife, unlikely couple, impossible love, love story, supernatural romance, initially antagonists, psychic, waking up from a coma, opposites attract, coma, beautiful scenery ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: san francisco, california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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 5.7
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Michael (1996)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Fantasy
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Tabloid reporters are sent by their editor to investigate after the paper recieves a letter from a woman claiming an angel is living with her.
Style: uplifting, humorous, feel good, romantic, entertaining ...
Audience: date night, chick flick, girls' night, kids
Plot: angel, fish out of water, happy ending, romance, god, road trip, supernatural, dog, destiny, love story, supernatural ability, disorder ...
Place: iowa, texas, illinois, usa, chicago illinois
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.6
 12K
After Life (1998)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy
Country: Japan
Duration: 119 min.
Story: After death, people have just one week to choose only a memory to keep for eternity.
Style: surreal, philosophical, emotional, poignant, sexy ...
Plot: afterlife, eternity, memory, heaven and hell, videotaping, destiny, death, childhood, hospital, filmmaking, self discovery, creativity ...
Time: 20th century
Place: tokyo, japan, the philippines
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Made in Heaven (1987)
Genre: Comedy, Fantasy, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: A romantic, occasionally funny, drama about two souls who consummate their marriage literally in "Heaven". Mike Shea, in his first life dies as a young man performing a heroic rescue. Shortly after arriving in "Heaven" he meets a ...
Style: sexy, touching, unusual plot structure, light, spiritual ...
Audience: chick flick, date night
Plot: afterlife, reincarnation, destiny, love, heaven, angel, romance, nudity (full frontal - brief), eternal life, philosophy, religion, truck driver ...
Time: 80s
Place: boston, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
 6.4
 30K
Always (1989)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 122 min.
Story: Pete Sandich is a reckless fire-fighting pilot who is killed in what was to have been his final mission. Ascending to Heaven, Pete is introduced to business-like angel who instructs the spectral Pete to pass on his aviation knowledge to his young ...
Style: sentimental, touching, emotional, intense, romantic ...
Audience: girls' night, family outing, kids, chick flick, date night
Plot: afterlife, airplane, ghost, pilot, aviation, rescue, supernatural, guardian angel, grief, death, love, romance ...
Place: usa, colorado
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
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 5.4
 24K
Down to Earth (2001)
Genre: Comedy, Fantasy
Country: Germany, Canada, Australia, USA
Duration: 87 min.
Story: After dying before his time, an aspiring comic gets a second shot at life... by being reincarnated as a wealthy but un-likable businessman.
Style: funny, humorous, absurd, melancholic, semi serious ...
Audience: teens, date night
Plot: afterlife, body swapping, reincarnation, redemption, mistaken identity, disorder, fish out of water, fall in love, couple relations, supernatural, gangsters, back from the dead ...
Time: contemporary
Place: usa, new jersey, new york, new zealand, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
 6.9
 21K
Return to Me (2000)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 115 min.
Story: It took a lot of cajoling to get Bob (Duchovny), a recently widowed architect, to go on a blind date at a quirky Irish-Italian eatery. Once there, he's smitten instantly not with his date but with the sharp-witted waitress, Grace (Driver). ...
Style: sentimental, touching, humorous, feel good, romantic ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick, family outing, teens
Plot: destiny, romance, transplant, unlikely friendships, fall in love, love and romance, hopes, love of one's life, couples, coincidence, couple relations, love ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: usa, chicago illinois, italy
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
Lost in America (1985)
Genre: Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: David and Linda Howard are successful yuppies from LA. When he gets a job disappointment, David convinces Linda that they should quit their jobs, liquidate their assets, and emulate the movie Easy Rider, spending the rest of their lives traveling ...
Style: road movie, humorous, witty, talky, funny ...
Audience: date night
Plot: road trip, self discovery, fired from the job, on the road, nothing goes right, couples, americana, fish out of water, love and romance, hopes, promotion, disorder ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: las vegas, new york, california, los angeles, arizona
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
 6.7
 33K
L.A. Story (1991)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: With the help of a talking freeway billboard, a "wacky weatherman" tries to win the heart of an English newspaper reporter, who is struggling to make sense of the strange world of early-90s Los Angeles.
Style: funny, talky, surreal, touching, humorous ...
Audience: date night, girls' night
Plot: satire, weatherman, romance, magic, surrealism, love, creativity, relationships, fantasy world, adaptation, first contact, transformation ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: los angeles, california, usa, beverly hills
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
 6.9
 6K
Mother (1996)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: After two failed marriages a science fiction writer decides that coming to terms with his mother will improve his chances for a successful relationship, so he moves in with her.
Style: talky, humorous, clever, witty, poignant ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, mother, mother son relationship, divorce, brother brother relationship, sibling rivalry, violent, vengeance, secrets, runaway, women, workplace ...
Time: 90s
Place: los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
Heaven Can Wait (1978)
Genre: Comedy, Fantasy, Romance, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: Joe Pendleton is a quarterback preparing to lead his team to the superbowl when he is almost killed in an accident. An overanxious angel plucks him to heaven only to discover that he wasn't ready to die, and that his body has been cremated. A ...
Style: funny, sentimental, witty, feel good, touching ...
Audience: kids, date night, family outing
Plot: reincarnation, angel, afterlife, american football, sport, soul transference, supernatural, body swapping, alter ego, secrets, love affair, fish out of water ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 60s, 1930s
Place: los angeles, usa, san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
 7.2
 101K
Ruby Sparks (2012)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: Calvin is a young novelist who achieved phenomenal success early in his career but is now struggling with his writing – as well as his romantic life. Finally, he makes a breakthrough and creates a character named Ruby who inspires him. When Calvin ...
Style: feel good, thought provoking, psychological, absurd, philosophical ...
Audience: date night, girls' night, chick flick, teens
Plot: romance, magic realism, bittersweet, writer's block, love, loneliness, mental illness, dream, destiny, life philosophy, novelist, family relations ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s
Place: new jersey, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
 6.7
 121K
City of Angels (1998)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Romance
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 114 min.
Story: When guardian angel Seth -- who invisibly watches over the citizens of Los Angeles -- becomes captivated by Maggie, a strong-willed heart surgeon, he ponders trading in his pure, otherworldly existence for a mortal life with his beloved. The couple ...
Style: romantic, sentimental, sincere, tear jerker, sweet ...
Audience: chick flick, girls' night, date night
Plot: afterlife, angel, romance, heaven and hell, supernatural romance, fall in love, life & death, love, love and romance, life philosophy, destiny, fallen angel ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: los angeles, california, usa, san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
Prelude to a Kiss (1992)
Genre: Comedy, Fantasy, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: A couple fall in love despite the girl's pessimistic outlook. As they struggle to come to terms with their relationship, something supernatural happens that tests it.
Style: sentimental, feel good, sweet, emotional, romantic ...
Audience: chick flick, girls' night, date night
Plot: body swapping, romance, switching bodies, supernatural, destiny, afterlife, terminal illness, aging, opposites attract, couple relations, couples, ghost ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
Modern Romance (1981)
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: A film editor breaks up with his girlfriend, unsure if he is in love.
Style: humorous, melancholic, intense, funny, disturbing ...
Audience: date night
Plot: romance, obsession, love, character study, honest, love and romance, couples, self discovery, breakup, fall in love, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, nudity (full frontal - brief) ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, 70s
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
Movie in collections
 6.7
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Ghost Town (2008)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Dentist, Bertram Pincus is a man whose people skills leave much to be desired. When Pincus dies unexpectedly, but is miraculously revived after seven minutes, he wakes up to discover that he now has the annoying ability to see ghosts.
Style: feel good, light, entertaining, humorous, witty ...
Audience: date night
Plot: afterlife, ghost, seeing dead people, supernatural, back from the dead, romance, psychic, alternate reality, doctor, selflessness, fall in love, haunted by the past ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
Over Her Dead Body (2008)
Genre: Comedy, Fantasy, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: After his fiancée, Kate, dies in an accident on their wedding day, veterinarian Henry grows depressed. To help him move on, his sister has him visit psychic Ashley and gives her Kate's diary. Ashley uses the journal's details to ...
Style: feel good, humorous, melancholic, romantic, light ...
Audience: chick flick, girls' night, teens, date night
Plot: afterlife, ghost, psychic, love story, love triangle, romance, supernatural romance, impossible love, haunted by the past, looking for love, fall in love, opposites attract ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: california, usa, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
Peggy Sue Got Married (1986)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: Peggy Sue faints at a Highschool reunion. When she wakes up she finds herself in her own past, just before she finished school.
Style: sentimental, feel good, light, sweet, melancholic ...
Audience: girls' night, date night, teens
Plot: time travel, high school reunion, alternate timeline, destiny, high school, romance, teenager, time loop, time, unlikely friendships, coming of age, americana ...
Time: 60s, 50s, future, 80s, 20th century ...
Place: new jersey, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
The Purple Rose of Cairo (1985)
Genre: Comedy, Fantasy, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 82 min.
Story: Cecilia is a waitress in New Jersey, living a dreary life during the Great Depression. Her only escape from her mudane reality is the movie theatre. After losing her job, Cecilia goes to see 'The Purple Rose of Cairo' in hopes of raising ...
Style: romantic, humorous, feel good, surreal, touching ...
Audience: date night
Plot: romance, movie star, daydreamer, writers, imagination, love story, magic realism, real world, couples, life turned upside down, unlikely couple, fish out of water ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, year 1935
Place: new jersey, usa, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
 5.2
 4K
Hello Again (1987)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Lucy Chadman (Shelley Long) chokes to death and is resurrected by her loopy sister Zelda (Judith Ivey) on the one year anniversary of her death. Lucy, of course, does not believe she has actually been dead and thinks it is an elaborate hoax until ...
Style: humorous, feel good, unusual plot structure, sweet, melancholic ...
Audience: teens, date night, family outing
Plot: supernatural, zombie, love, death, magic, hospital, back from the dead, multiple storylines, atheism, guilt, family, fantasy world ...
Time: 80s
Place: san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
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 8.1
 622K
Groundhog Day (1993)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: A narcissistic TV weatherman, along with his attractive-but-distant producer and mawkish cameraman, is sent to report on Groundhog Day in the small town of Punxsutawney, where he finds himself repeating the same day over and over.
Style: feel good, philosophical, humorous, romantic, sentimental ...
Audience: date night, kids, teens
Plot: time loop, small town, time travel, life philosophy, existentialism, time warp, repeated event, romance, alternate reality, idealism, nothing goes right, road not taken ...
Time: 90s, future, 20th century
Place: pennsylvania, usa, pittsburgh
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
 6.6
 7K
Fluke (1995)
Genre: Drama, Family, Fantasy
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Workaholic Thomas Johnson dies in an auto accident and comes back to life as a dog. Remembering some of who he was, he returns to his wife and son to protect them from the man who caused his accident. But, as time goes by, he remembers more of his ...
Style: touching, humorous, light, emotional, sentimental ...
Audience: kids, family outing, pre-teens
Plot: dog, reincarnation, talking dog, afterlife, human becoming an animal, family relations, family life, family, getting home, death, starting over, hopes ...
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
Heart and Souls (1993)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: A businessman is reunited with the four lost souls who were his guardian angels during childhood, all with a particular purpose to joining the afterlife.
Style: feel good, touching, sentimental, humorous, sweet ...
Audience: chick flick, girls' night
Plot: afterlife, angel, ghost, redemption, supernatural, fear of commitment, love, friendship, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, life philosophy, happy ending, guardian angel ...
Time: year 1959, 80s, 50s, 20th century, 60s ...
Place: san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
18%
The Four Seasons (1981)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: Three middle-aged wealthy couples take vacations together in Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter. Along the way we are treated to mid-life, marital, parental and other crises.
Style: sexy, talky, realistic, sentimental, touching ...
Audience: girls' night, date night
Plot: divorce, friendship, bittersweet, love, runaway, character study, parenthood, vacation, unlikely friendships, stereotypes, life philosophy, relationships ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, 80s
Place: new england, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
Maid to Order (1987)
Genre: Fantasy, Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Spoiled Jessie Montgomery, whose wild behavior and spending excesses cause her well-meaning but exasperated millionaire father Charles to wish he never had her, is visited by fairy godmother Stella. In an effort to save Jessie, Stella casts a spell ...
Style: humorous, feel good, entertaining, melancholic, sweet ...
Audience: chick flick, girls' night, teens, kids, date night
Plot: friendship, fairy godmother, maid, romance, parents and children, switching roles, unlikely friendships, self discovery, fish out of water, wish come true, power relations, child as adult ...
Time: 80s
Place: new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
Falling in Love (1984)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: During shopping for Christmas, Frank and Molly run into each other. This fleeting short moment will start to change their lives, when they recognize each other months later in the train home and have a good time together. Although both are married ...
Style: sentimental, romantic, light, melancholic, sweet ...
Audience: date night, girls' night, chick flick
Plot: infidelity, adultery, romance, christmas, extramarital affair, friendship, couple relations, fall in love, love affair, love and romance, love story, women ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: new york, grand central station manhattan new york city, manhattan new york city, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
I'll Do Anything (1994)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 115 min.
Story: Matt Hobbs is a talented but unsuccessful actor. When estranged (and strange) ex-wife Beth dumps their daughter Jeannie on Matt, father and daughter have a lot of adjusting to do. His budding relationship with attractive production assistant Cathy ...
Style: witty, humorous, feel good, satirical, unusual plot structure ...
Audience: kids
Plot: satire, unsuccessful, female nudity, father daughter relationship, musician, farce, creativity, parallel universe, romance, music business, greed, crime gone awry ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: australia, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%