Movies like Grave of the Fireflies

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Grave of the Fireflies (1988)
 8.5
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Grave of the Fireflies
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: bleak, emotional, touching, realistic, atmospheric, stylized, serious, heartbreaking, sad, depressing ...
Plot: war, survival, wartime, firefly, tragedy, death, children, orphan, loneliness, hospital, friendship, innocence lost, childhood, storytelling, sisters, brutality, life & death, siblings relations, violent, depression, visceral, honest, sacrifice, wartime life, runaway ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 1940s
Place: japan, asia, tokyo, mine
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Come and See
Drama, War
Soviet Union
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Your Name
Animation, Drama, Fantasy, Romance
Japan
106 min.
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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out heartbreaking, dramatic, realistic and talky films with plots about storytelling, tragedy, culture clash, mentor, friendship, childhood and brutality mostly in Drama, War and Animation genres. Some movies like Grave of the Fireflies: The Book Thief (2013), Only Yesterday (1991), Come and See (1985), The Wind Rises (2013), 5 Centimeters Per Second (2007). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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