Movies like Little Buddha

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Little Buddha (1993)
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Little Buddha
Genre: Drama
Country: Italy, France, Liechtenstein, UK
Duration: 123 min.
Story: Little Buddha is a movie about the life of Siddhartha starring Keanu Reeves and Bridget Fonda and directed by Bernardo Bertolucci.
Style: touching, serious, sentimental, meditative, dramatic, melancholic, breathtaking, light, reflective, cerebral ...
Plot: self discovery, reincarnation, death, introspection, religion, life & death, storytelling, parents and children, indians, buddhist, beautiful scenery, religions or cults, first contact, jesus, destiny, coming of age, transformation, childhood, catastrophe, mentor, sacrifice, hopes, alone in the world, fantasy world, existentialism ...
Place: tibet, asia, seattle, usa, seattle washington

Most similar movies to Little Buddha

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, melancholic, serious and touching films with plots about mentor, storytelling, catastrophe, runaway, life philosophy, dialogue and culture clash mostly in Drama genres. Some movies like Little Buddha: The Doctor (1991), The Cure (1995), The Education of Little Tree (1997), Himalaya (1999), House of Cards (1993). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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The Doctor
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 122 min.
Story: Jack McKee is a doctor with it all: he's successful, he's rich, and he has no problems.... until he is diagnosed with throat cancer. Now that he has seen medicine, hospitals, and doctors from a patient's perspective, he realises that ...
Style: touching, psychological, sentimental, emotional, uplifting ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: hospital, redemption, cancer, doctors, doctors and patients, destiny, mentor, first contact, existentialism, psychiatry, catastrophe, secrets ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: san francisco, medical school
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The Cure
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Dexter, age 11, who has AIDS, and his next door neighbor Eric, a little older and much bigger, become best friends. Eric also becomes closer to Dexter's mother than to his own, who is neglectful and bigoted and violently forbids their ...
Style: touching, realistic, serious, sincere, sentimental ...
Audience: teens
Plot: friendship, coming of age, terminal illness, aids, childhood, children, hospital, best friends, unlikely friendships, adolescence, mentor, young heroes ...
Time: 90s
Place: mississippi, usa, new orleans
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System:   93%
    User:   98%
 
The Education of Little Tree
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada
Duration: 112 min.
Story: Little Tree is an 8-year-old Cherokee boy, who, during the time of the depression, loses his parents and starts to live with his Indian grandma and grandpa and learn the wisdom of the Cherokee way of life.
Style: touching, atmospheric, serious, realistic, uplifting ...
Plot: friendship, culture clash, native americans, indians, parents and children, coming of age, childhood, prejudice, fantasy world, boarding school, beautiful scenery, orphan ...
Time: 90s, 1930s
Place: tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   77%
    User:   77%
 
 7.5
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Himalaya
Genre: Drama
Country: France, Switzerland, UK, Nepal
Duration: 108 min.
Story: As the denizens of a Tibetan village prepare for their arduous annual trek to exchange salt for grain, the community's allegiances are split between aging chieftain Tinle (Thilen Lhondup) and rebellious young Karma (Gurgon Kyap). Tinle tries to ...
Style: atmospheric, epic, serious, realistic, captivating ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: adventure, escapades, rivalry, leadership, life philosophy, existentialism, art, redemption, mentor, parents and children, elderly, loneliness ...
Time: 90s
Place: nepal, himalaya, asia, tibet, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   75%
    User:   83%
 
House of Cards
Genre: Drama
Country: Italy, USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: When Ruth Matthews's husband is killed in a fall at an archaeological dig, her daughter Sally handles her father's death in a very odd manner. As Sally's condition worsens, Ruth takes her to see Jake, an expert in childhood autism. ...
Style: emotional, touching, psychological, serious, atmospheric ...
Plot: autism, disability, psychology, single parent, childhood, dealing with death, storytelling, fantasy world, children, parenthood, death, introspection ...
Time: 90s
Place: mexico, latin america
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   74%
    User:   83%
 
Bodies, Rest & Motion
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Rebelling against his dreary life in a small Arizona town, salesman Nick abandons his girlfriend, Beth, and strikes out onto the highway in search of... something else. Encouraged by her best friend, Carol, Beth reluctantly accepts the romantic ...
Style: clever, semi serious, realistic, humorous, touching ...
Audience: date night
Plot: love, drinking, buddies, friends, relationships, loneliness, human nature, dialogue, small town, desert, life philosophy, redemption ...
Time: 90s, 1990s
Place: arizona, usa, california, tucson arizona
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   72%
    User:   75%
 
A River Runs Through It
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 123 min.
Story: A River Runs Through is a cinematographically stunning true story of Norman Maclean. The story follows Norman and his brother Paul through the experiences of life and growing up, and how their love of fly fishing keeps them together despite varying ...
Style: emotional, touching, sentimental, serious, reflective ...
Plot: coming of age, childhood, fish, wilderness, self discovery, tragedy, brothers, beautiful scenery, storytelling, parents and children, mentor, lake or river ...
Time: 20s, 20th century, 1900s, 1910s, 30s ...
Place: montana, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   71%
    User:   65%
 
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City of Joy
Genre: Drama
Country: France, UK
Duration: 132 min.
Story: In this drama, a wealthy American doctor learns some important lessons about life in one of the poorest cities on Earth. Max Lowe (Patrick Swayze) is a Houston surgeon who has grown weary of the bureaucracy of American medicine. When he loses a ...
Style: touching, serious, sincere, realistic, emotional ...
Plot: friendship, poverty, human spirit, indians, hospital, life philosophy, self discovery, mentor, homeless, clinic, redemption, parents and children ...
Time: 90s
Place: india, asia, middle east
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   70%
    User:   58%
 
 6.3
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Two Bits
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 85 min.
Story: It's a hot summer day in 1933 in South Philly, where 12-year old Gennaro lives with his widowed mom and his ailing grandpa, who sits outside holding tight to his last quarter, which he's promised to Gennaro and which Gennaro would like to ...
Style: touching, emotional, sentimental, serious, realistic ...
Audience: kids
Plot: coming of age, self discovery, friendship, homeless, life & death, mentor, parents and children, coming-of-age, fantasy world, rich and poor, poker, weapons ...
Time: 20th century, 30s, 1930s
Place: philadelphia, usa, california, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   70%
    User:   73%
 
 7.6
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Ponette
Genre: Drama
Country: France
Duration: 97 min.
Story: A four-year-old girl must come to terms with the loss of her mother and the reality of death in this award-winning French drama. Little Ponette (Victoire Thivisol) is riding in a car with her mother when they're involved in a serious accident; ...
Style: talky, touching, emotional, realistic, serious ...
Plot: boarding school, death, children, dealing with death, friendship, childhood, school, imagination, adolescence, hopes, mentor, bereavement ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: france, tokyo, kindergarten
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   69%
    User:   76%
 
 7.4
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Not Yet
Genre: Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 134 min.
Story: This film tells the story of professor Uehida Hyakken-sama (1889-1971), in Gotemba, around the forties. He was a university professor until an air raid, when he left to become a writer and has to live in a hut. His mood has hardly changed, not by ...
Style: emotional, serious, melancholic, reflective, meditative ...
Plot: samurai, teacher, death, family relations, fascism, golden years, mentor, life & death, loneliness, relationships, existentialism, life philosophy ...
Place: japan, tokyo, asia, hong kong
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   67%
    User:   79%
 
The Wild Child
Genre: Drama
Country: France
Duration: 83 min.
Story: Director Fran├žois Truffaut makes a rare on-screen appearance in one of his most unusual films. Based on a true story, the film follows the discovery of a feral child (Jean-Pierre Cargol) who's grown up wild in the forest in late-18th-century ...
Style: touching, serious, realistic, clever, enigmatic ...
Plot: doctors and patients, teacher, fish out of water, childhood, new wave, humanity, runaway, feral child, society, youth, power relations, existentialism ...
Time: 18th century, 1790s
Place: france, europe, new jersey, tokyo, paris france
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   66%
    User:   61%
 
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Ten
Genre: Drama
Country: Iran, France
Duration: 91 min.
Story: A visual social examination in the form of ten conversations between a driving woman and her various pick-ups and hitchhikers.
Style: talky, serious, melancholic, realistic, thought provoking ...
Plot: prostitution, parents and children, prostitute, women, relationships, divorce, parenthood, new wave, single parent, solitude, human nature, culture clash ...
Time: contemporary
Place: iran, middle east, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   65%
    User:   56%
 
The Winter Guest
Genre: Drama
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: It's winter in a small Scottish village near the sea, and multiple lives intersect in a day. Frances (Emma Thompson) has just lost her husband to an early death, so her mother, Elspeth (Phyllida Law), travels to Frances' house to reconnect ...
Style: bleak, talky, touching, serious, reflective ...
Plot: mother daughter relationship, dealing with death, life & death, adolescence, loneliness, existentialism, starting over, fantasy world, small town, human nature, solitude, life ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: scotland, europe, australia
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   65%
    User:   56%
 
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Winter Light
Genre: Drama
Country: Sweden
Duration: 81 min.
Story: A Swedish pastor fails a loving woman, a suicidal fisherman and God.
Style: bleak, atmospheric, psychological, serious, cerebral ...
Plot: small town, suicide, isolation, existentialism, religion, apocalypse, god, loneliness, clergy, swedish, relationships, love ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   65%
    User:   64%
 
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Shadrach
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: In 1935, 99-year-old former slave Shadrach asks to be buried on the soil where he was born to slavery, and that land is owned by the large Dabney family, consisting of Vernon, Trixie and their seven children, and to bury a black man on that land is ...
Style: sentimental, touching, emotional, serious, realistic ...
Plot: slavery, segregation, americana, family life, children, crumbling marriage, death, depression, slave, poverty, friendship, adaptation ...
Time: 30s, 1930s
Place: virginia, alabama, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   64%
    User:   59%
 
Margaret's Museum
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada, UK
Duration: 114 min.
Story: In a town where half the men die down the coalpit, Margaret MacNeil is quite happy being single in her small Cape Breton island town. Until she meets Neil Currie, a charming and sincere bagpipe-playing, Gaelic-speaking dishwasher. But no matter what ...
Style: emotional, serious, realistic, uplifting, touching ...
Plot: mining, small town, parents and children, museum, male nudity, rich and poor, hopes, beautiful scenery, love story, love and romance, secrets, childhood ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 1940s
Place: canada, nova scotia, mine
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   64%
    User:   68%
 
Rambling Rose
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: Rose, is taken in by the Hillyer family to serve as a 1930s housemaid so that she can avoid falling into a life of prostitution. Rose's appearence and personality is such that all men fall for her, and Rose knows it. She can't help herself ...
Style: sexual, sexy, erotic, touching, emotional ...
Audience: date night
Plot: coming of age, love, dysfunctional family, sexuality, master and servant, self discovery, romance, teenager, hospital, secrets, small town, family ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 30s
Place: georgia, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   63%
    User:   68%
 
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Men Don't Leave
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 115 min.
Story: After her husband John dies unexpectedly, Beth Macauley is unprepared for life without him. She is unemployed with no job skills and $60,000 in debt from on-going renovations to their house located in suburban Bingham. She doesn't know what to ...
Style: touching, humorous, sentimental, semi serious, realistic ...
Plot: depression, single parent, crumbling marriage, family drama, death, dealing with death, urban, starting over, dysfunctional family, family, hospital, human nature ...
Time: 80s
Place: baltimore, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   63%
    User:   62%
 
Stolen Summer
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Pete, an eight-year-old Catholic boy growing up in the suburbs of Chicago in the mid-1970s, attends Catholic school, where as classes let out for the summer, he's admonished by a nun to follow the path of the Lord, and not that of the Devil. ...
Style: touching, sentimental, uplifting, serious, realistic ...
Audience: kids
Plot: friendship, school, catholicism, judaism, religion, jewish, children, irish, jews, suburbs, parents and children, god ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, future, 1930s, year 1976
Place: usa, chicago illinois, illinois
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System:   62%
    User:   61%
 
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Radio Flyer
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 114 min.
Story: A father reminisces about his childhood when he and his younger brother moved to a new town with their mother, her new husband and their dog, Shane. When the younger brother is subjected to physical abuse at the hands of their brutal stepfather, ...
Style: touching, emotional, sentimental, serious, realistic ...
Audience: kids
Plot: childhood, child abuse, parents and children, imaginary friend, dysfunctional family, bullying, children, siblings relations, mentor, physical abuse, life is a bitch, runaway ...
Time: 20th century, 1960s, 60s, year 1969
Place: cross country, california, oklahoma
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   59%
    User:   67%
 
Central Station
Genre: Drama
Country: Brazil, France
Duration: 113 min.
Story: An emotive journey of a former school teacher, who writes letters for illiterate people, and a young boy, whose mother has just died, as they search for the father he never knew.
Style: emotional, touching, realistic, serious, road movie ...
Plot: friendship, teacher, self discovery, poverty, loneliness, love, on the road, obsessive quest, letter, road trip, unlikely friendships, childhood ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: brazil, rio de janeiro, latin america
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   57%
    User:   65%
 
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Courageous
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 129 min.
Story: As law enforcement officers, Adam Mitchell, Nathan Hayes, and their partners are confident and focused. They willingly stand up to the worst the streets have to offer. Yet at the end of the day, they face a challenge that none of them are truly ...
Style: touching, emotional, realistic, serious, biblical ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: redemption, christian, christianity, father son relationship, drugs/alcohol, introspection, god, courage, jesus, religion, father daughter relationship, single father ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   56%
    User:   57%
 
Jesus of Montreal
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada, France
Duration: 118 min.
Story: A group of actors putting on an interpretive Passion Play in Montreal begin to experience a meshing of their characters and their private lives as the production takes form against the growing opposition of the Catholic church.
Style: serious, biblical, disturbing, gloomy, thought provoking ...
Plot: redemption, christianity, male nudity, religion, hospital, jesus, clergy, philosophy, catholicism, human nature, mentor, god ...
Time: 80s
Place: canada, montreal quebec canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   54%
    User:   61%
 
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The War
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 126 min.
Story: The son of a Vietnam War Veteran must deal with neighborhood bullies as well as his dad's post-traumatic stress disorder while growing up in the deep south in the 1970's.
Style: sentimental, realistic, touching, emotional, serious ...
Audience: kids
Plot: war, coming of age, vietnam war, bullying, friendship, childhood, father son relationship, courage, violence, innocence lost, morality, family life ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: vietnam, asia, mississippi, usa, mine
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   53%
    User:   52%
 
The Beautiful Country
Genre: Drama
Country: Norway, USA
Duration: 125 min.
Story: After reuniting with his mother in Ho Chi Minh City, a family tragedy causes Binh to flee from Viet Nam to America. Landing in New York, Binh begins a road trip to Texas, where his American father is said to live.
Style: touching, realistic, serious, gloomy, sincere ...
Plot: immigrants, vietnam war, blindness, poverty, social misfits, social differences, mentor, destiny, catastrophe, human nature, culture clash, boat ...
Time: 90s, year 1990
Place: vietnam, asia, texas, usa, new york ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   52%
    User:   62%
 
Clara's Heart
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: David is a teenager whose parents are in a deteriorating marriage after their infant daughter dies. Clara is a chambermaid at a Jamaican resort who's hired to be a housekeeper. She and David develop a close bond, opening his eyes and heart to ...
Style: emotional, sentimental, touching, serious, realistic ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, human nature, self discovery, family, destiny, friendship, catastrophe, culture clash, natural disaster, parents and children, mentor, family drama ...
Time: 80s
Place: baltimore, jamaica, usa, san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   51%
    User:   59%
 
The Trip to Bountiful
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Carrie Watts is living the twilight of her life trapped in an apartment in 1940's Houston, Texas with a controlling daughter-in-law and a hen-pecked son. Her fondest wish -- just once before she dies -- is to revisit Bountiful, the small Texas ...
Style: touching, emotional, sentimental, serious, captivating ...
Plot: small town, redemption, bus, human nature, self discovery, road trip, loneliness, childhood, parents and children, aging, drinking, mentor ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 1940s
Place: texas, usa, houston texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   50%
    User:   50%
 
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Nell
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: In a remote woodland cabin, a small town doctor discovers Nell - a beautiful young hermit woman with many secrets.
Style: touching, sentimental, emotional, psychological, serious ...
Plot: isolation, family, solitude, psychology, innocence lost, death, self discovery, doctors, wilderness, doctors and patients, mentor, disability ...
Time: 90s
Place: north carolina, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   50%
    User:   56%
 
Jonah Who Will Be 25 in the Year 2000
Genre: Drama
Country: Switzerland, France
Duration: 116 min.
Story: The European equivalent of "The Return of the Secaucus 7," this Swiss film looks at the lives of several men and women in their 30s as they confront the slim gains of the "revolutionary" sixties. Max, a dissatisfied copy editor; ...
Style: talky, semi serious, clever, intellectual, thought provoking ...
Plot: rebellion, politics, human nature, existentialism, idealism, life philosophy, introspection, rebelliousness, metaphysics, self discovery, pornography, friendship ...
Time: future, 70s, 1960s
Place: europe, switzerland, france, poland, geneva switzerland
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System:   49%
    User:   58%
 
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