Movies like Little Buddha

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Little Buddha (1993)
 6.1
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Little Buddha (1993)
Genre: Drama
Country: 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, sentimental, serious, meditative, dramatic, melancholic, breathtaking, light, reflective, cerebral ...
Plot: reincarnation, self discovery, monk, buddhist, teachers and students, youth, family relations, religions or cults, parents and children, hopes, society, human nature, introspection, coming of age, power relations, buddha, death, religion, illness, suicide, buddhism, book, poverty, boy, enlightenment ...
Place: tibet, asia, usa, seattle, seattle washington

Most similar movies to Little Buddha

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, touching and emotional films with plots about family relations, parents and children, self discovery, culture clash, youth, coming of age and catastrophe mostly in Drama, Romance and Adventure genres. Some movies like Little Buddha: The Joy Luck Club (1993), Two Bits (1995), Himalaya (1999), In the Gloaming (1997), Housekeeping (1987). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
The Joy Luck Club (1993)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, China
Duration: 139 min.
Story: Through a series of flashbacks, four young chinese women born in America and their respective mothers born in feudal China, explore their past. This search will help them understand their difficult mother/daughter relationship.
Style: touching, emotional, sentimental, realistic, sincere ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick
Plot: mother daughter relationship, architect, chess, chinese american, chinese, friendship, immigrants, family, feminism, generation gap, haunted by the past, self discovery ...
Time: 90s
Place: china, san francisco, usa, asia, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.3
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Two Bits (1995)
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, sentimental, emotional, serious, realistic ...
Audience: kids
Plot: rich and poor, coming of age, parents and children, friendship, self discovery, youth, haunted by the past, teenage life, family life, friends, hopes, family relations ...
Time: 30s, 20th century, 1930s
Place: philadelphia, usa, california, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
71%
Why Has Bodhi-Dharma Left for the East? (1989)
Genre: Drama
Country: South Korea
Duration: 137 min.
Story: Three people live in a remote Buddhist monastery near Mount Chonan: Hyegok, the old master; Yong Nan, a young man who has left his extended family in the city to seek enlightenment - Hyegok calls him Kibong!; and, an orphan lad Haejin, whom Hyegok ...
Style: captivating, thought provoking, psychological, serious, atmospheric
Plot: orphan, monk, monastery, zen, buddhist monk, buddhism, clergy, redemption, hopes, parents and children, unfulfillment, family relations ...
Place: korea, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
66%
 7.5
 5K
Himalaya (1999)
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, tense, captivating, epic, realistic ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: monk, rivalry, monastery, adventure, disobey, defiant, parents and children, escapades, wisdom of life, family relations, leadership, elderly ...
Time: 90s
Place: nepal, himalaya, tibet, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
65%
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In the Gloaming (1997)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 67 min.
Story: Danny, dying of Aids, returns home for his last months. Always close to his mother, they share moments of openness that tend to shut out Danny's father and his sister.
Style: gloomy, touching, sentimental, realistic, sincere ...
Plot: aids, gay brother, bereavement, unfulfillment, gays and lesbians, hopes, life is a bitch, crumbling marriage, family relations, tragic hero, terminal illness, dysfunctional family ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
63%
 7.2
 2K
Housekeeping (1987)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 116 min.
Story: In the Pacific Northwest during the 1950s, two young sisters whose mother has abandoned them wind up living with their Aunt Sylvie, whose views of the world and its conventions don't quite live up to most people's expectations.
Style: realistic, atmospheric, touching, sentimental, feel good ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: small town, coming of age, orphan, friendship, parents and children, hopes, siblings relations, custody, society, human nature, lifestyle, eccentric family ...
Time: 20th century, 50s
⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
The Lost & Found Family (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: When her husband dies, Mrs. Ester Hobbes (Ellen Bry, TV's St. Elsewhere) learns that his wealth was just an illusion. Her only real inheritance is a run-down Southern home occupied by a foster family. Slowly, Mrs. Hobbes finds herself making ...
Style: emotional, serious, realistic, sentimental, touching
Audience: family outing
Plot: hopes, religions or cults, orphan, redemption, self discovery, youth, family relations, family, family problems, adoption, introspection, society ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, georgia
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
 7.8
 5K
The Way Home (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: South Korea
Duration: 80 min.
Story: The story begins on a fine summers morning, when San-woo and his mother board a bus to the country. It is soon clear that the unsophisticated rural passengers annoy the seven-year-old urban boy. His mother is taking him to live with his 78-year-old ...
Style: touching, realistic, humorous, semi serious, feel good ...
Audience: kids
Plot: parents and children, love and romance, mute or deaf, mischievous children, family relations, hopes, village life, friendship, human nature, youth, generation gap, disorder ...
Time: contemporary
Place: asia, korea, tokyo, new jersey, italy
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
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Rambling Rose (1991)
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, touching, emotional, erotic ...
Audience: date night
Plot: coming of age, self discovery, small town, hospital, love, great depression, love and romance, prostitute, nanny, introspection, liberal, youth ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 30s, 1920s
Place: georgia, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
 6.6
 980
God's Army (2000)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Life as a Mormon missionary isn't what 19-year-old Brandon Allen expected: so many rules and so few successes. Los Angeles is as unrepentant as Sodom and Gomorrah. He's forced to share a small apartment with five young prank-loving ...
Style: psychological, touching, serious, emotional, sincere ...
Plot: family relations, couple relations, parents and children, siblings relations, youth, hopes, life is a bitch, religions or cults, coming of age, redemption, tragic hero, working class ...
Time: 90s
Place: los angeles, california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
A River Runs Through It (1992)
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, tense, thought provoking ...
Plot: coming of age, wilderness, childhood, fishing, generation gap, boat, americana, self discovery, fish, gambling, bishop, small town ...
Time: 1900s, 1910s, 20s, 20th century, 30s ...
Place: montana, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
The Incredible Mrs. Ritchie (2003)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada, UK, USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: A troubled teen is given the chance to redeem his criminal debt to society
Style: realistic, touching, sentimental, emotional, serious
Plot: teenage life, parents and children, society, human nature, misfit, coming of age, school, friendship, juvenile delinquency, self discovery, youth, homecoming ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
The Trip to Bountiful (1985)
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, realistic, serious ...
Plot: bus, redemption, small town, homecoming, self discovery, americana, escape, human nature, obsessive quest, small town life, introspection, social relations ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 40s
Place: texas, usa, houston texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
 7.1
 2K
The Chosen (1981)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: The Chosen follows the story of two teenage boys determined to remain friends despite the deep differences between their two families. Set in New York during the 1940s, this provocative film follows the son of an orthodox rabbi and the son of a ...
Style: touching, realistic, serious, dramatic, earnest ...
Plot: friendship, chosen one, culture clash, coming of age, parents and children, interracial relations, family relations, friends, youth, clergy, teenage life, society ...
Time: 40s, 20th century, 1940s
Place: usa, new york, israel, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
 7.2
 107K
Pay It Forward (2000)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 123 min.
Story: Like some other kids, 12-year-old Trevor McKinney believed in the goodness of human nature. Like many other kids, he was determined to change the world for the better. Unlike most other kids, he succeeded.
Style: sincere, sentimental, touching, uplifting, emotional ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: teacher, childhood, single parent, disfigurement, child's point of view, good deed, addiction, school, death, life philosophy, bully, junior high school ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: usa, nevada, las vegas
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
Clara's Heart (1988)
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: sentimental, emotional, touching, serious, realistic ...
Plot: racism, grief, dysfunctional family, friends, youth, self discovery, human nature, family problems, couples, haunted by the past, couple relations, master and servant ...
Time: 80s
Place: jamaica, baltimore, usa, san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
 7.1
 17K
Courageous (2011)
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: uplifting, emotional, touching, realistic, serious ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: faith, father, redemption, introspection, friendship, self discovery, honest law enforcer, hopes, friends, parents and children, drugs/alcohol, family relations ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
 7.0
 5K
The Doctor (1991)
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: psychological, uplifting, touching, sentimental, emotional ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: hospital, surgery, doctor, doctors and patients, coldhearted, redemption, hopes, power relations, intern, self discovery, couples, human spirit ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: medical school, san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
Movie in collections
 6.7
 11K
The War (1994)
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, touching, emotional, realistic, serious ...
Audience: kids
Plot: friendship, coming of age, bullying, vietnam veteran, war, vietnam war, life is a bitch, parents and children, family life, generation gap, family problems, friends ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: vietnam, mississippi, asia, usa, mine
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
All the Wilderness (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 85 min.
Story: Keeping to himself in the wake his father's death, James Charm finds refuge in solitary walks and creating morbid sketches — until a charismatic new friend and a quirky young woman begin to draw him out of his shell.
Style: realistic, sentimental, touching, serious, stylized
Audience: teens
Plot: teenage life, self discovery, family relations, youth, single parent, teenage boy, therapist, boy, mother son relationship, coming of age, undressing, swimming ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
 7.8
 7K
Samsara (2001)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Romance
Country: India, Germany, France, Italy, Switzerland
Duration: 138 min.
Story: A love story situated in the Himalayas. A Buddhist monk can't choose between life and the way of the Buddha.
Style: serious, captivating, sexual, atmospheric, thought provoking ...
Plot: self discovery, monk, culture clash, temptation, infidelity, buddhist, buddhism, society, social differences, love triangle, social relations, human nature ...
Time: contemporary
Place: asia, himalaya, tibet, india
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
 5.5
 6K
Bee Season (2005)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 104 min.
Story: 11-year-old Eliza is the invisible element of her family unit: her parents are both consumed with work and her brother is wrapped up in his own adolescent life. Eliza ignites not only a spark that makes her visible but one that sets into motion a ...
Style: emotional, realistic, touching, sincere, serious ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, mental illness, judaism, redemption, coming of age, family problems, parents and children, human nature, hopes, family relations, siblings relations, society ...
Time: contemporary
Place: usa, washington d.c., oakland california
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
Front of the Class (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: "Front of the Class" is based on the true story of Brad Cohen -- played in the movie by Jimmy Wolk -- who, "after being challenged by Tourette's syndrome from a very young age, defies all odds to become a gifted teacher
Style: touching, realistic, serious, sincere, thought provoking ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: social misfits, school, teachers and students, stuttering, disability, dedicated educator, family relations, teenage life, human spirit, family values, rejection, misfit ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: louisiana, usa, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
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Bilal's Stand (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Bilal, a Muslim high school senior works at his family's long-owned taxi stand. "The Stand," as they call it, has been the source of all activity and money for the family for the last sixty years. It seems like Bílal is about to ...
Style: realistic, uplifting, captivating, serious, sincere ...
Plot: coming of age, parents and children, follow your dream, family in crisis, hopes, high school life, urban, society, religions or cults, family business, family relations, family life ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, detroit
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
The Browning Version (1994)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Andrew Crocker-Harris is an embittered and disliked teacher of Greek and Latin at a British prep school. After nearly 20 years of service, he is being forced to retire on the pretext of his health, and perhaps may not even be given a pension. The ...
Style: touching, talky, sentimental, psychological, realistic ...
Plot: infidelity, boarding school, greek, introspection, dishonesty, couples, love affair, college, youth, self discovery, power relations, college life ...
Time: 90s
Place: england, europe, tokyo, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
The Buffalo Boy (2004)
Genre: Drama
Country: Vietnam, Belgium, France
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Set along the southern coast of Vietnam during the French occupation in the 1940s, water is everywhere, giving life and bringing decay and rot. Kim is 15; his father and step-mother have two buffalo, their lifeline as subsistence rice farmers. ...
Style: touching, serious, realistic
Plot: forces of nature, down on your luck, family relations, parents and children, coming of age, animal life, teenage life, self discovery, youth, countryside, innocence lost, society ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 1940s
Place: vietnam, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
The Education of Little Tree (1997)
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, uplifting, atmospheric, serious, realistic ...
Plot: culture clash, coming of age, orphan, friendship, family relations, parents and children, friends, youth, society, starting over, child's point of view, biracial ...
Time: 90s, 1930s
Place: tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
 6.2
 716
The Neon Bible (1995)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK, Spain
Duration: 91 min.
Story: While on a train, a teenage boy thinks about his life and the flamboyant aunt whose friendship acted as an emotional shield from his troubled family. This film evokes the haunting quality of memory while creating a heartfelt portrait of a boy's ...
Style: stylized, sentimental, touching, gloomy, captivating ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, coming of age, small town, singer, evangelist, youth, family problems, estrangement, americana, society, introspection, countryside ...
Time: 1940s, 40s, 1930s
Place: southern usa, georgia
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
 6.4
 4K
City of Joy (1992)
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, realistic, uplifting, sincere, emotional ...
Plot: friendship, leper, family relations, friends, rich and poor, hopes, parents and children, doctors and patients, best friends, rescue, clinic, clergy ...
Time: 90s
Place: india, asia, middle east, san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
 7.6
 997
Silent Waters (2003)
Genre: Drama
Country: Pakistan, France, Germany
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Ayesha is a widow with a secret past, living with her beloved son Saleem in a small town in Pakistan close to the Indian border. When the fires of Islamic nationalism invade their tranquil lives, Saleem and a few of the town's other young men ...
Style: realistic, emotional, serious, touching
Plot: village, family in crisis, life is a bitch, self discovery, youth, culture clash, battles, parents and children, hopes, village life, family relations, wartime life ...
Time: 70s, 40s
Place: pakistan, india, middle east, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
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