Movies like Grave of the Fireflies

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 8.5
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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, serious ...
Plot: orphan, survival, siblings relations, war, hunger, theft, radiation, wartime, firefly, bomb, loss of parent, danger, navy, fighting illness, desperation, hospital, death of child, homelessness, childhood, radiation poisoning, bomb shelter, japanese army, aunt nephew relationship, aunt niece relationship, world war two ...
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 touching, serious, melancholic and stylized films with plots about friendship, storytelling, runaway, childhood, mentor, youth and coming of age mostly in Animation, Drama and War genres. Some movies like Grave of the Fireflies: Barefoot Gen (1983), Your Name (2016), The Wind Rises (2013), Asura (2012), Giovanni's Island (2014). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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 8.1
 6K
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, rough, suspenseful, disturbing ...
Plot: survival, bombing, anti war, orphan, contamination, burned alive, atrocity, gory, innocence lost, war, wartime life, against humanity ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 1940s
Place: japan, asia, hiroshima japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 8.4
 113K
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, sentimental, emotional, adaptation directed by original author, surprise ending ...
Plot: school, evacuation, romance, destiny, memory loss, time travel, star crossed lovers, afterlife, supernatural, plot twist, friendship, cleavage ...
Place: japan, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
75%
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: atmospheric, stylized, touching, serious, melancholic ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: coming of age, bamboo, princess, emperor, parents and children, in the woods, japanese woman, imaginary, youth, family relations, wooing, friendship ...
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
 7.8
 57K
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: stylized, atmospheric, serious, touching, realistic ...
Plot: inventions and discoveries, follow your dream, love, hopes, love and romance, dictatorship, airplane, flying, earthquake, tuberculosis, obsession, dreams ...
Time: 20s, 30s, 40s, 20th century, 1930s ...
Place: japan, asia, germany, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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 6.7
 940
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: bleak, serious, realistic, stylized, atmospheric
Plot: orphan, human nature, village, war, beast, friendship, society, wilderness, youth, survival, village life, life is a bitch ...
Time: 15th century
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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: emotional, serious, realistic, touching, gloomy ...
Plot: island, friendship, young heroes, dancing, best friends, village, innocence lost, life turned upside down, youth, friends, parents and children, siblings relations ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, year 1945, year 1946, year 1947
Place: asia, japan, soviet union
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
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, countryside, young girl, photograph, social misfits, loneliness, childhood, adolescence, teenage life, self discovery ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: asia, japan, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
 8.1
 79K
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, serious, gloomy, surreal, realistic ...
Plot: muslim, political unrest, revolution, coming of age, idealism, dictatorship, childhood, depression, puberty, freedom, punk, sexism ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 80s, 90s, year 1986 ...
Place: iran, middle east, france, ussr, tehran iran ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
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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, dog, air raid siren, airplane, marriage, wedding, radio, sugar, priest, american flag, gift, bicycle ...
Time: 1940s, 1930s, year 1945, year 1944, year 1943
Place: japan, hiroshima japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
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, realistic, gloomy, touching ...
Plot: rain, radiation sickness, devastation, countryside, nuclear threat, cold war, golden years, couple relations, firemen, future dystopia, war, elderly ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: england, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
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, serious, realistic, melancholic, romantic ...
Plot: coming of age, shoemaker, friendship, romance, social misfits, anti heroes, misfit, youth, friends, mysterious character, unlikely couple, follow your dream ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
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, serious, realistic, gloomy, emotional ...
Audience: date night
Plot: teenage love, friendship, surf, letter, best friends, romance, on the road, childhood friends, train ride, train, motorcycle, reunion ...
Time: contemporary, 90s, 20th century, 21st century, 1990s ...
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
 7.6
 115K
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, serious ...
Plot: holocaust, adoption, family secret, life is a bitch, human spirit, book, against humanity, runaway, jewish, youth, childhood, nazi germany ...
Time: 30s, 40s, 1930s, 20th century, year 1939 ...
Place: germany, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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: atmospheric, realistic, sentimental, touching, serious ...
Audience: teens, family outing
Plot: teenage love, teenage life, high school, friendship, destiny, hopes, youth, save the day, urban, self discovery, high school life, fighting the system ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s, year 1963
Place: japan, asia, seaport, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
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, survival, friendship, adventure, tyrannosaurus rex, earthquake, animal life, family, wilderness, buddies, rescue, danger ...
Time: prehistory, prehistoric times, 80s
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
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: offbeat, feel good, touching, serious, stylized ...
Audience: preschoolers, family outing, kids
Plot: adventure, siblings relations, teaching the ways of the world, supernatural ability, legends and myths, friendship, family, hospital, imaginary kingdom, magical, fantasy world, countryside ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 1950s
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
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, sentimental, uplifting, surreal, realistic ...
Audience: family outing, teens, pre-teens
Plot: cat, follow your dream, imagination, coming of age, love, teenage love, first love, book, library, train, writing, violin ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: italy, japan, tokyo, asia, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
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: realistic, touching, emotional, semi serious, feel good ...
Plot: christmas, holiday, alcoholic, baby, babies and infants, suicide attempt, cross dressing, jazz, buddies, track down, urban, parents and children ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
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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: serious, bleak, stylized, suspenseful, exciting
Audience: teens
Plot: supernatural, russian army, super soldier, danger, youth, soldier, supernatural ability, teenage life, battles, war, escapades, heroes ...
Time: 20th century, 40s
Place: soviet union
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
Waltz with Bashir (2008)
Genre: Animation, Biography, Drama, History, 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, atmospheric, psychological, realistic ...
Plot: nightmare, haunted by the past, war, soldier, memory loss, massacre, genocide, dog, corpse, army, introspection, politics ...
Time: contemporary, 80s, 20th century, 21st century
Place: israel, lebanon, middle east, palestine, beirut lebanon
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
 8.1
 145K
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, clever, humorous ...
Plot: social misfits, friendship, mental illness, loneliness, neighbor, friends, physical appearance, youth, depression, only child, correspondence, birthmark ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: australia, new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
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: boys' night, teens
Plot: androids and robots, space travel, alien encounter, chaos, angel, pilot, a.i., adventure, parent child relationship, man versus machine, save the world, future dystopia ...
Time: near future
Place: tokyo, japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
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: touching, semi serious, stylized, realistic, sentimental ...
Audience: preschoolers
Plot: magical, french, stage, magician, friendship, odd couple, wizards and magicians, performer's life, coming of age, loneliness, friends, hopes ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 1950s, year 1959
Place: england, france, scotland, edinburgh scotland, scottish highlands ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
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, emotional, fairy tale, compassionate, sentimental ...
Audience: kids
Plot: terminal illness, monster, childhood, family, imagination, nightmare, school, bullying, life & death, part animation, storytelling, dark fantasy ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
 7.4
 18K
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: family outing, preschoolers, pre-teens, kids
Plot: transformation, anthropomorphism, deforestation, animal, environmentalism, environment, master villain, rescue, heroic mission, good versus evil, suburbs, danger ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s
Place: tokyo, japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
 8.8
 100K
Attack on Titan (2013)
Genre: Animation, Action, Adventure, Drama, Fantasy, Horror
Country: Japan
Duration: 24 min.
Story: Several hundred years ago, humans were nearly exterminated by Titans. Titans are typically several stories tall, seem to have no intelligence, devour human beings and, worst of all, seem to do it for the pleasure rather than as a food source. A ...
Style: tense, bleak, serious, stylized, exciting ...
Plot: survival, giant, friendship, future dystopia, military life, life turned upside down, attack, gory, vestiges of humanity, vengeance, devastation, giant monster ...
Time: future
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
The Fox and the Hound (1981)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Drama, Family
Country: USA
Duration: 83 min.
Story: When a feisty little fox named Tod is adopted into a farm family, he quickly becomes friends with a fun and adorable hound puppy named Copper. Life is full of hilarious adventures until Copper is expected to take on his role as a hunting dog -- and ...
Style: emotional, touching, sentimental, semi serious, feel good ...
Audience: family outing, pre-teens, kids
Plot: friendship, best friends, adventure, dog, reconciliation, unlikely couple, animal life, friends, rescue, danger, rivalry, wounded animal ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, 1960s
Place: canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
Death of a Superhero (2011)
Genre: Animation, Drama
Country: Germany, Ireland
Duration: 97 min.
Story: A dying 15-year-old boy draws stories of an invincible superhero as he struggles with his mortality.
Style: touching, emotional, serious, realistic, sincere
Plot: terminal illness, youth, dealing with death, human spirit, family problems, life is a bitch, child illness, family in crisis, coming of age, hopes, superhero, first love ...
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
 6.9
 7K
Ocean Waves (1993)
Genre: Animation, Drama, Romance
Country: Japan
Duration: 72 min.
Story: At Kichijōji Station, Tokyo, Taku Morisaki glimpses a familiar woman on the platform opposite boarding a train. Later, her photo falls from a shelf as he exits his apartment before flying to Kōchi Prefecture. Picking it up, he looks at it briefly ...
Style: serious, sincere, realistic, touching
Audience: teens, date night
Plot: friendship, falling in love, high school reunion, unspoken love, love, surrealism, love triangle, teenage love, high school, romance, high school life, teenage life ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
 7.2
 756
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, radiation sickness, hunger, burnt face, ruins, starvation, death of mother, street market, black market, death of child, mass grave, human skeleton ...
Place: japan, hiroshima japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
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