Movies like Grave of the Fireflies

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Grave of the Fireflies (1988)
Grave of the Fireflies (1988)
Original name: 火垂るの墓
Genre: Animation, Drama, War
Country: Japan
Duration: 89 min.
Story: In the final months of World War II, 14-year-old Seita and his sister Setsuko are orphaned when their mother is killed during an air raid in Kobe, Japan. After a falling out with their aunt, they move into an abandoned bomb shelter. With no surviving relatives and their emergency rations depleted, Seita and Setsuko struggle to survive.
Style: touching, stylized, harsh, heartbreaking, depressing, bleak, emotional, realistic, atmospheric, gloomy ...
Plot: orphan, survival, siblings relations, hunger, theft, war, bomb, loss of parent, firefly, navy, fighting illness, desperation, danger, hospital, death of child, attack, innocence, food, bomb shelter, japanese army, radiation poisoning, medicine, flashback, world war two, homelessness ...
Time: 40s, 20th century, 1940s
Place: japan, asia, mine, tokyo

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Most similar movies to Grave of the Fireflies

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out stylized, touching, melancholic and emotional films with plots about storytelling, childhood, imagination, runaway, friendship, mentor and loneliness mostly in Animation, Drama and War genres. Some movies like Grave of the Fireflies: Barefoot Gen (1983), The Wind Rises (2013), Your Name (2016), When the Wind Blows (1986), Giovanni's Island (2014). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
Barefoot Gen (1983)
Genre: Animation, Biography, Drama, History, War
Country: Japan
Duration: 83 min.
Story: A powerful statement against war, Barefoot Gen is a story about the effect of the atomic bomb on a boy's life and the lives of the Japanese people. Based on the acclaimed manga by Nakazawa Keiji, the author of Barefoot Gen, who was 6 years old ...
Style: bleak, serious, suspenseful, disturbing, rough ...
Plot: anti war, orphan, contamination, atrocity, burned alive, survival, radiation sickness, bombing, military, soldier, anti heroes, deadly ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 1940s
Place: japan, asia, hiroshima japan
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The Wind Rises (2013)
Genre: Animation, Biography, Drama, History, Romance, War
Country: Japan
Duration: 126 min.
Story: A lifelong love of flight inspires Japanese aviation engineer Jiro Horikoshi, whose storied career includes the creation of the A-6M World War II fighter plane.
Style: touching, stylized, atmospheric, sentimental, serious ...
Plot: inventions and discoveries, follow your dream, love, earthquake, flying, airplane, tuberculosis, dictatorship, hopes, love and romance, dreams, right and wrong ...
Time: 20s, 40s, 30s, 20th century, 1930s ...
Place: japan, asia, germany, tokyo
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The Tale of the Princess Kaguya (2013)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Drama, Family, Fantasy
Country: Japan
Duration: 137 min.
Story: Found inside a shining stalk of bamboo by an old bamboo cutter and his wife, a tiny girl grows rapidly into an exquisite young lady. The mysterious young princess enthralls all who encounter her - but ultimately she must confront her fate, the ...
Style: stylized, atmospheric, touching, serious, melancholic ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: coming of age, emperor, bamboo, princess, family relations, in the woods, imaginary, parents and children, youth, wooing, japanese woman, friendship ...
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
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Your Name (2016)
Genre: Animation, Drama, Fantasy, Romance
Country: Japan
Duration: 106 min.
Story: High schoolers Mitsuha and Taki are complete strangers living separate lives. But one night, they suddenly switch places. Mitsuha wakes up in Taki’s body, and he in hers. This bizarre occurrence continues to happen randomly, and the two must ...
Style: touching, romantic, emotional, sentimental, stylized ...
Plot: time travel, school, memory loss, destiny, supernatural, romance, evacuation, death, race against time, body swapping, friendship, star crossed lovers ...
Place: japan, tokyo
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When the Wind Blows (1986)
Genre: Animation, Comedy, Drama, War
Country: UK
Duration: 84 min.
Story: With the help of government-issued pamphlets, an elderly British couple build a shelter and prepare for an impending nuclear attack, unaware that times and the nature of war have changed from their romantic memories of World War II
Style: serious, bleak, sincere, realistic, touching ...
Plot: cold war, nuclear threat, countryside, rain, devastation, radiation sickness, apocalypse, elderly, radiation, poisoning, chaos, couple relations ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: england, europe
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Giovanni's Island (2014)
Genre: Animation, Drama, History, War
Country: Japan
Duration: 102 min.
Story: In the aftermath of the most devastating conflict mankind had ever experienced, the tiny island of Shikotan became part of the Sakhalin Oblast... and on the unhealed border in this remote corner of the world, friendship among children from two ...
Style: serious, emotional, stylized, gloomy, touching ...
Plot: friendship, island, dancing, young heroes, coming of age, best friends, youth, deportation, social differences, society, innocence lost, friends ...
Time: 40s, 20th century, year 1945, year 1947, year 1946
Place: asia, japan, soviet union
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Asura (2012)
Genre: Animation, History, Horror
Country: Japan
Duration: 76 min.
Story: Abandoned in the barren wasteland of Kyoto, a savage, enraged orphan does whatever it takes to survive in the wild. When he crosses paths with civilization, he must learn to tame the beast within.
Style: realistic, bleak, stylized, atmospheric, serious
Plot: orphan, village life, life is a bitch, human nature, starvation, village, survival, friendship, youth, wilderness, feral man, society ...
Time: 15th century
Place: japan, asia
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Persepolis (2007)
Genre: Animation, Biography, Drama, War
Country: France, USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: In 1970s Iran, Marjane 'Marji' Statrapi watches events through her young eyes and her idealistic family of a long dream being fulfilled of the hated Shah's defeat in the Iranian Revolution of 1979. However as Marji grows up, she ...
Style: clever, tense, thought provoking, captivating, sincere ...
Plot: muslim, coming of age, revolution, childhood, idealism, depression, freedom, execution, sexism, arrest, exile, protest ...
Time: 80s, 90s, 20th century, 70s, year 1992 ...
Place: iran, middle east, france, austria, tehran iran ...
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In This Corner of the World (2016)
Genre: Animation, Drama, History, War
Country: Japan
Duration: 129 min.
Story: Newlywed Suzu Urano moves to her new life in Kure City on the coast of Hiroshima Prefecture, where she perseveres through World War II with pluck and determination.
Plot: war, straw, spyglass, kimono, militarism, geese, dead fish, defeat, little girl, airplane, military, radio ...
Time: year 1943, year 1945, year 1944, 1940s, 1930s
Place: japan, hiroshima japan
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5 Centimeters Per Second (2007)
Genre: Animation, Drama, Romance
Country: Japan
Duration: 63 min.
Story: Takaki and Akari are two classmates in elementary school. During their time together they have become close friends. Their relationship is tested when Akari moves to another city because of her parents' jobs. Both of them struggle to keep their ...
Style: touching, emotional, gloomy, sentimental, realistic ...
Audience: date night
Plot: teenage love, friendship, letter, train, surf, romance, hopes, love and romance, crumbling relationship, classmates, friends, unfulfilled love ...
Time: 90s, contemporary, 20th century, 21st century, future ...
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
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When Marnie Was There (2014)
Genre: Animation, Drama, Family, Mystery
Country: Japan
Duration: 103 min.
Story: Upon being sent to live with relatives in the countryside due to an illness, an emotionally distant adolescent girl becomes obsessed with an abandoned mansion and infatuated with a girl who lives there - a girl who may or may not be real.
Style: touching, sentimental, emotional, psychological, atmospheric ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: friendship, friends, imaginary friend, young girl, photograph, countryside, village, social misfits, teenage life, coming of age, supernatural, loneliness ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: asia, japan, tokyo, england
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The Breadwinner (2017)
Genre: Animation, Drama, Family, War
Country: Ireland, Canada, Luxembourg, USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: A headstrong young girl in Afghanistan, ruled by the Taliban, disguises herself as a boy in order to provide for her family.
Plot: taliban, father, disguise, prison, arranged marriage, imprisonment, gender, culture, gender disguise, letter read aloud, civil war, sexism ...
Place: afghanistan
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Evangelion: 1.0 You Are (2007)
Genre: Animation, Action, Drama, Sci-Fi
Country: Japan
Duration: 98 min.
Story: After the Second Impact, Tokyo-3 is being attacked by giant creatures called Angels that seek to eradicate humankind. The child Shinji's objective is to fight the Angels by piloting one of the mysterious Evangelion mecha units. A remake of the ...
Style: atmospheric, stylized, exciting, serious, surprise ending ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: androids and robots, chaos, pilot, angel, space travel, parents and children, imaginary, future dystopia, escapades, space and aliens, teenage life, man versus machine ...
Time: near future
Place: tokyo, japan, asia
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From Up on Poppy Hill (2011)
Genre: Animation, Drama, Family, Romance
Country: Japan
Duration: 91 min.
Story: The story is set in 1963 in Yokohama. Kokuriko Manor sits on a hill overlooking the harbour. A 16 year-old girl, Umi, lives in that house. Every morning she raises a signal flag facing the sea. The flag means “I pray for safe voyages”. A 17 ...
Style: touching, realistic, sentimental, atmospheric, serious ...
Audience: teens, family outing
Plot: teenage love, high school, friendship, destiny, self discovery, social relations, youth, high school life, heroes, fighting the system, love and romance, hopes ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s, year 1963
Place: japan, asia, seaport, tokyo, england
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Pom Poko (1994)
Genre: Animation, Comedy, Drama, Family, Fantasy
Country: Japan
Duration: 119 min.
Story: The Raccoons of the Tama Hills are being forced from their homes by the rapid development of houses and shopping malls. As it becomes harder to find food and shelter, they decide to band together and fight back. The Raccoons practice and perfect the ...
Style: humorous, stylized, semi serious, colourful, talky ...
Audience: kids, family outing, preschoolers, pre-teens
Plot: transformation, environmentalism, deforestation, animal, anthropomorphism, environment, righting the wronged, rescue, imaginary, heroic mission, rivalry, emperor ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 1960s
Place: japan, tokyo, asia
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The Garden of Words (2013)
Genre: Animation, Drama, Romance
Country: Japan
Duration: 46 min.
Story: Takao, who is training to become a shoemaker, skipped school and is sketching shoes in a Japanese-style garden. He meets a mysterious woman, Yukino, who is older than him. Then, without arranging the times, the two start to see each other again and ...
Style: touching, realistic, serious, melancholic, romantic ...
Plot: coming of age, chocolate, shoemaker, rain, romance, friendship, mysterious character, follow your dream, social misfits, love and romance, rainy, unlikely couple ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: japan, tokyo, asia
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My Neighbor Totoro (1988)
Genre: Animation, Family, Fantasy
Country: Japan
Duration: 86 min.
Story: Two sisters move to the country with their father in order to be closer to their hospitalized mother, and discover the surrounding trees are inhabited by Totoros, magical spirits of the forest. When the youngest runs away from home, the older sister ...
Style: touching, feel good, offbeat, fairy tale, atmospheric ...
Audience: preschoolers, kids, family outing
Plot: teaching the ways of the world, legends and myths, friendship, siblings relations, imaginary, adventure, supernatural, parents and children, young heroes, sister sister relationship, supernatural ability, hospital ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, 1950s
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
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Tokyo Godfathers (2003)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 92 min.
Story: One Christmas Eve three people, a middle-aged alcoholic named Gin, a former drag queen Hana and a dependent runaway girl Miyuki, discover an abandoned newborn while looking through the garbage.
Style: touching, realistic, emotional, humorous, semi serious ...
Plot: christmas, holiday, suicide attempt, alcoholic, baby, friends, jazz, social differences, society, urban, alcohol abuse, addiction ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
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The Illusionist (2010)
Genre: Animation, Drama
Country: France, UK
Duration: 80 min.
Story: Scotland, late 1950s. A struggling illusionist visits an isolated community and meets a young lady who is convinced that he is a real magician.
Style: stylized, touching, semi serious, realistic, sentimental ...
Audience: preschoolers
Plot: magical, french, stage, magician, loneliness, friendship, coming of age, youth, fan, age difference, worn out, naivete ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, 1950s, year 1959
Place: england, france, scotland, paris france, scottish highlands ...
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Whisper of the Heart (1995)
Genre: Animation, Drama, Family, Music, Romance
Country: Japan
Duration: 111 min.
Story: Shizuku lives a simple life, dominated by her love for stories and writing. One day she notices that all the library books she has have been previously checked out by the same person: 'Seiji Amasawa'. Curious as to who he is, Shizuku meets ...
Style: touching, uplifting, sentimental, realistic, surreal ...
Audience: family outing, teens, pre-teens
Plot: cat, teenage love, love, first love, coming of age, follow your dream, education, book, imagination, high school, library, writing ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: italy, japan, tokyo, europe, asia
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Waltz with Bashir (2008)
Genre: Animation, Biography, Drama, History, Mystery, War
Country: Israel, France, Germany, USA, Finland, Switzerland, Belgium, Australia
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Much awarded animated documentary, in which director and Israeli army veteran Ari Folman interviews friends and former soldiers about their memories of the 1982 Lebanon war and especially the Sabra and Shatila massacre in Beirut. The usage on ...
Style: rough, surreal, psychological, stylized, disturbing ...
Plot: nightmare, massacre, army, dog, soldier, memory loss, corpse, haunted by the past, war, genocide, guilt, politics ...
Time: 80s, contemporary, 20th century, 21st century
Place: israel, lebanon, middle east, palestine, beirut lebanon
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Wolf Children (2012)
Genre: Animation, Drama, Family, Fantasy
Country: Japan
Duration: 117 min.
Story: After her werewolf lover unexpectedly dies in an accident, a woman must find a way to raise the son and daughter that she had with him. However, their inheritance of their father's traits prove to be a challenge for her.
Style: atmospheric, heartbreaking, colourful, sweet, fairy tale ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: werewolf, parents and children, family relations, social relations, love, school, childhood, human becomes animal, supernatural, single mother, children, character study ...
Place: japan, tokyo
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The Book Thief (2013)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 131 min.
Story: While subjected to the horrors of WWII Germany, young Liesel finds solace by stealing books and sharing them with others. Under the stairs in her home, a Jewish refuge is being sheltered by her adoptive parents.
Style: emotional, touching, sentimental, captivating, realistic ...
Plot: holocaust, adoption, family secret, human spirit, nazi germany, book, life is a bitch, jewish, world war two, youth, childhood, against humanity ...
Time: 30s, 40s, 1930s, 20th century, year 1938 ...
Place: germany, europe
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Barefoot Gen 2 (1986)
Genre: Animation, Biography, Drama, War
Country: Japan
Duration: 85 min.
Story: Three years after the Hiroshima bombing, a teenager helps a group of orphans to survive and find their new life.
Plot: teenager, death of mother, burnt face, ruins, hunger, starvation, radiation sickness, licking, grave, skeleton, children, street market ...
Place: hiroshima japan, japan
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Mary and Max (2009)
Genre: Animation, Comedy, Drama
Country: Australia
Duration: 92 min.
Story: A tale of friendship between two unlikely pen pals: Mary, a lonely, eight-year-old girl living in the suburbs of Melbourne, and Max, a forty-four-year old, severely obese man living in New York. In the mid-1970's, a homely, friendless ...
Style: touching, sincere, emotional, humorous, clever ...
Plot: social misfits, neighbor, loneliness, friendship, mental illness, depression, suicide attempt, psychiatrist, lottery, only child, birthmark, chocolate ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: australia, usa, new york
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The Land Before Time (1988)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Drama, Family
Country: USA, Ireland
Duration: 69 min.
Story: An orphaned brontosaurus named Littlefoot sets off in search of the legendary Great Valley. A land of lush vegetation where the dinosaurs can thrive and live in peace. Along the way he meets four other young dinosaurs, each one a different species, ...
Style: touching, feel good, colourful, sentimental, sweet ...
Audience: kids, family outing, preschoolers
Plot: dinosaur, friendship, adventure, natural disaster, survival, tyrannosaurus rex, earthquake, animal life, family, danger, babies and infants, rescue ...
Time: prehistory, prehistoric times, 80s
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First Squad: The Moment of Truth (2009)
Genre: Animation, Action, Drama, History, War
Country: Russia, Japan, Canada
Duration: 73 min.
Story: Set during the opening days of World War II on the Eastern Front. Its main cast are a group of Soviet teenagers with extraordinary abilities; the teenagers have been drafted to form a special unit to fight the invading German army. They are opposed ...
Style: exciting, suspenseful, stylized, bleak, serious
Audience: teens
Plot: supernatural, russian army, super soldier, war, battles, heroes, supernatural ability, teenage life, escapades, danger, youth, military ...
Time: 20th century, 40s
Place: soviet union
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A Monster Calls (2016)
Genre: Animation, Drama, Fantasy
Country: UK, Spain, USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: A boy imagines a monster that helps him deal with his difficult life and see the world in a different way.
Style: touching, fairy tale, emotional, compassionate, cerebral ...
Audience: kids
Plot: terminal illness, monster, imagination, childhood, family, nightmare, bullying, part animation, life & death, grandmother, truth, boy ...
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Only Yesterday (1991)
Genre: Animation, Drama, Romance
Country: Japan
Duration: 118 min.
Story: It’s 1982, and Taeko is 27 years old, unmarried, and has lived her whole life in Tokyo. She decides to visit her family in the countryside, and as the train travels through the night, memories flood back of her younger years: the first immature ...
Style: touching, sentimental, serious, atmospheric, emotional ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: countryside, childhood, marriage, folk music, childhood memory, school, introspection, twentysomething life, coming of age, urban, city life, unhappy ...
Place: japan, tokyo, asia
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Millennium Actress (2001)
Genre: Animation, Drama, Fantasy, Romance
Country: Japan
Duration: 87 min.
Story: Documentary filmmaker Genya Tachibana has tracked down the legendary actress Chiyoko Fujiwara, who mysteriously vanished at the height of her career. When he presents her with a key she had lost and thought was gone forever, the filmmaker could not ...
Style: stylized, realistic, gloomy, offbeat, serious ...
Plot: actress, actor's life, artists and showbiz, lovers apart, unfulfillment, love and romance, director, longing, lifestyle, unfulfilled love, haunted by the past, retired ...
Time: 20th century, 2000s, victorian era, 1940s, 1960s ...
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
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