Movies like Departures

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Departures (2008)
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Departures (2008)
Original name: おくりびと
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: Japan
Duration: 130 min.
Story: Daigo, a cellist, is laid off from his orchestra and moves with his wife back to his small hometown where the living is cheaper. Thinking he’s applying for a job at a travel agency he finds he’s being interviewed for work with departures of a more permanent nature – as an undertaker’s assistant.
Style: thought provoking, psychological, philosophical, sad, atmospheric, touching, realistic, sincere, serious, captivating ...
Plot: self discovery, funeral, workplace, pregnant wife, new job, small town life, death, ritual, father son relationship, husband wife relationship, death of father, life philosophy, character study, cellist, lifestyle change, redemption, small town, unsupportive friend, octopus, young woman, job seeking, couples, young man, starting over, loss ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: japan, asia, tokyo

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, touching and emotional films with plots about bittersweet, storytelling, runaway, life philosophy, mentor, loneliness and culture clash mostly in Drama, Music and Comedy genres. Some movies like Departures: The Eel (1997), Don't Come Knocking (2005), Red Beard (1965), Maborosi (1995), Saraband (2003). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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The Eel (1997)
Genre: Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 117 min.
Story: White-collar worker Yamashita finds out that his wife has a lover visiting her when he's away, suddenly returns home and kills her. After eight years in prison, he returns to live in a small village, opens a barber shop (he was trained as a ...
Style: captivating, touching, psychological, enigmatic, gloomy ...
Plot: redemption, starting over, social relations, human nature, hopes, crimes of passion, haunted by the past, murder, ufo, village, infidelity, erotica ...
Time: 90s, 80s
Place: japan, asia, tokyo, new jersey
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100%
Don't Come Knocking (2005)
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: UK, France, Germany, USA
Duration: 122 min.
Story: Howard Spence has seen better days. Once a big Western movie star, he now drowns his disgust for his selfish and failed life with alcohol, drugs and young women. If he were to die now, nobody would shed a tear over him, that's the sad truth. ...
Style: emotional, realistic, sentimental, touching, psychological ...
Plot: cowboy, redemption, hopes, haunted by the past, self discovery, parents and children, family relations, actor's life, human nature, small town, father son relationship, road trip ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, montana, nevada, texas, california ...
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56%
 8.3
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Red Beard (1965)
Genre: Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 185 min.
Story: Aspiring to an easy job as personal physician to a wealthy family, Noboru Yasumoto is disappointed when his first post after medical school takes him to a small country clinic under the gruff doctor Red Beard. Yasumoto rebels in numerous ways, but ...
Style: emotional, realistic, serious, sexy, compassionate ...
Plot: intern, clinic, samurai, countryside, doctor, brothel, society, hopes, heroes, generation gap, family relations, power relations ...
Time: 19th century
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
 7.5
 6K
Maborosi (1995)
Genre: Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 110 min.
Story: A young woman's husband apparently commits suicide without warning or reason, leaving behind his wife and infant. Yumiko remarries and moves from Osaka to a small fishing village, yet continues to search for meaning in a lonely world.
Style: atmospheric, realistic, serious, psychological, sexy ...
Plot: suicide, village, hopes, arranged marriage, self discovery, social relations, museum, couples, family problems, couple relations, haunted by the past, death in the family ...
Time: 90s
Place: japan, venice, asia, europe, italy ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
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 8K
Saraband (2003)
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Italy, Finland, Germany, Austria
Duration: 107 min.
Story: The movie is a sequel to Bergman's Scenes from a Marriage (1973), where we revisit the characters of Johan and Marianne, then a married couple. After their divorce, Johan and Marianne haven't seen each other for 32 years. Marianne is still ...
Style: psychological, emotional, sincere, touching, meditative ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, love and romance, introspection, parents and children, couples, family problems, golden years, crumbling marriage, human nature, breakup, hopes, destiny ...
Time: contemporary
Place: eastern europe, australia, st. petersburg russia, munich germany, helsinki finland ...
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52%
 5.1
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Abraxas (2010)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Music
Country: Japan
Duration: 113 min.
Story: Former punk rocker Jonen, now a Buddhist priest, seems to have lost the meaning of his life. His manic depression handicaps him further. Music seems to be the only solution for him to exorcise his demons, against all obstacles and sound volume ...
Style: realistic, serious, sentimental, touching, sincere ...
Plot: artists and showbiz, society, musician's life, self discovery, introspection, bittersweet, hopes, follow your dream, unfulfillment, small town, rock, midlife crisis ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
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Together (2002)
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: China, South Korea
Duration: 116 min.
Story: When a violin prodigy Xiaochun and his father head to Beijing seeking fame and fortune, they soon discover a fierce world of cutthroat ambition. But when Xiaochun is "adopted" by a famous music tutor, success finally seems within reach - ...
Style: touching, sentimental, uplifting, emotional, atmospheric ...
Plot: ambition, prodigy, father son relationship, violin, rise to the top, musician's life, teenage life, hopes, youth, human nature, music competition, teachers and students ...
Time: 19th century
Place: china, beijing china, asia, tokyo, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
Be Sure to Share (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 109 min.
Story: Shiro’s struggle with his father’s cancer and impending death leads to a realization that he must communicate his love and admiration for him before it’s too late. A series of flashbacks reveals their relationship over time, and the trouble ...
Style: realistic, touching, emotional, sentimental, psychological ...
Plot: family relations, redemption, terminal illness, parents and children, coping, unfulfillment, family in crisis, estrangement, father son relationship, life is a bitch, hopes, dealing with death ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
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Like Father, Like Son (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 121 min.
Story: Ryota Nonomiya is a successful businessman driven by money. He learns that his biological son was switched with another child after birth. He must make a life-changing decision and choose his true son or the boy he raised as his own.
Style: touching, thought provoking, sincere, psychological, emotional ...
Plot: architect, family reunited, family relations, identity crisis, life turned upside down, introspection, moral dilemma, childhood, parents and children, family life, social differences, disorder ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
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Nobody Knows (2004)
Genre: Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 141 min.
Story: In a small Tokyo apartment, twelve-year-old Akira must care for his younger siblings after their mother leaves them and shows no sign of returning.
Style: heartbreaking, serious, touching, gloomy, depressing ...
Audience: kids
Plot: poverty, childhood, dysfunctional family, young kid, innocence lost, survival, responsibility, financial problem, journey, tragedy, brother brother relationship, malnutrition ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: japan, tokyo, asia, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
Tony Takitani (2004)
Genre: Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Tony Takitani had a solitary childhood. Being alone was normal since his mother died young and his father was always away with his jazz band. At school he studied art, but while his sketches are accurate and detailed they lack feeling. Used to being ...
Style: captivating, serious, atmospheric, psychological, realistic ...
Plot: solitude, obsession, jazz, life is a bitch, emotionless, shopping, love and romance, alone, couples, hopes, fall in love, couple relations ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
 6.8
 11K
My Life (1993)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: It seems that Bob Jones has everything a man could want, namely a fulfilling job and a beautiful, pregnant wife, Gail. But Bob's life is turned upside-down when he is diagnosed with cancer and given four months to live -- not even enough time ...
Style: touching, emotional, sincere, sad, sentimental ...
Plot: terminal illness, reconciliation, death, pregnancy, childbirth, self discovery, family life, couple relations, parents and children, unfulfillment, life is a bitch, cancer ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
 7.2
 3K
Songcatcher (2000)
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: After being denied a promotion at the university where she teaches, Doctor Lily Penleric, a brilliant musicologist, impulsively visits her sister, who runs a struggling rural school in Appalachia. There she stumbles upon the discovery of her life - ...
Style: sentimental, touching, sincere, emotional, lyrical ...
Audience: chick flick, girls' night
Plot: culture clash, romance, love and romance, opposites attract, fish out of water, social differences, human nature, isolation, sister sister relationship, mountain, infidelity, arson ...
Time: 20th century
Place: appalachia, scotland, spain, england, ireland
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
Shall We Dance? (1996)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Music, Romance
Country: Japan
Duration: 136 min.
Story: A bored Japanese accountant sees a beautiful woman in the window of a ballroom dance studio. He secretly starts taking dancing lessons to be near her, and then over time discovers how much he loves ballroom dancing. His wife, meanwhile, has hired a ...
Style: feel good, humorous, sentimental, realistic, semi serious ...
Audience: date night
Plot: ballroom dancing, self discovery, accountant, dancer's life, couple relations, dance school, artists and showbiz, follow your dream, power relations, couples, instructor, teachers and students ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: japan, tokyo, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
The Spitfire Grill (1996)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: Percy, upon being released from prison, goes to the small town of Gillead, to find a place where she can start over again. She is taken in by Hannah, to help out at her place, the Spitfire Grill. Percy brings change to the small town, stirring ...
Style: sentimental, touching, emotional, serious, realistic ...
Audience: chick flick, girls' night
Plot: small town, friendship, prison, hopes, false accusation, redemption, church, bittersweet, self discovery, couples, friends, social relations ...
Time: 90s
Place: maine, usa, ohio, new england, kentucky
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
The Wind Journeys (2009)
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: Colombia, Germany, Argentina, Netherlands
Duration: 117 min.
Story: Ignacio Carrillo (Marciano Martínez) is a vallenato singer from Majagual, Sucre, who decides, after his wife's sudden death, to stop playing and return his accordion, which is said to be cursed, to his master. He is joined by Fermín Morales ...
Style: realistic, touching, serious, sincere
Plot: teachers and students, couples, elderly, musician's life, artists and showbiz, folk, small town life, on the road, social relations, lifestyle, tradition, music band ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: colombia, latin america, south america
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
 6.9
 6K
Last Orders (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK, Germany
Duration: 109 min.
Story: Jack Dodd was a London butcher who enjoyed a pint with his mates for over 50 years. When he died, he died as he lived, with a smile on his face watching a horse race on which he had bet, with borrowed money. But before he died he had a final ...
Style: realistic, touching, sentimental, talky, sincere ...
Plot: friendship, last wish, death, memory, family relations, partners, parents and children, self discovery, friends, friendship between men, old love, buddies ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, year 1989
Place: england, europe, london, california, australia
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
 5.7
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Hide Away (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: A successful businessman attempting to resurrect his life buys and boards a dilapidated sailboat.
Style: realistic, sentimental, emotional, captivating, psychological ...
Plot: self discovery, starting over, friendship, small town, haunted by the past, hopes, death of wife, redemption, father daughter relationship, society, bittersweet, friends ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
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Fried Green Tomatoes (1991)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 130 min.
Story: Amidst her own personality crisis, southern housewife Evelyn Couch meets Ninny, an outgoing old woman who tells her the story of Idgie Threadgoode and Ruth Jamison, two young women who experienced hardships and love in Whistle Stop, Alabama in the ...
Style: sentimental, captivating, emotional, touching, realistic ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick
Plot: small town, self discovery, small town life, friendship, feminism, lesbian, midlife crisis, generation gap, tomboy, american south, aging, couple relations ...
Time: 1920s, 20th century, 1930s
Place: alabama, usa, southern usa, louisiana
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
 8.1
 25K
Winter Light (1963)
Genre: Drama
Country: Sweden
Duration: 81 min.
Story: A Swedish pastor fails a loving woman, a suicidal fisherman and God.
Style: bleak, thought provoking, atmospheric, gloomy, psychological ...
Plot: suicide, faith, priest, winter, pastor, midlife crisis, isolation, small town, dishonesty, hopes, clergy, society ...
Time: 60s, 20th century
Place: eastern europe, sweden, scandinavia
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
 7.3
 5K
Not Yet (1993)
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, realistic, serious, gloomy, touching ...
Plot: samurai, world war two, golden years, youth, unfulfillment, writer's life, family relations, teachers and students, curses spells and rituals, teacher, death, school ...
Place: japan, tokyo, asia, hong kong, germany
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
 7.1
 15K
A Late Quartet (2012)
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: When the beloved cellist of a world-renowned string quartet is diagnosed with a life threatening illness, the group’s future suddenly hangs in the balance as suppressed emotions, competing egos and uncontrollable passions threaten to derail years ...
Style: realistic, sincere, sentimental, touching, intense ...
Plot: classical music, aging, rehearsal, musician's life, ego clash, intrigue, friendship, marital problem, under the surface, overcoming, life is a bitch, rivalry ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s
Place: new york, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
 7.4
 107K
August Rush (2007)
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: USA, South Korea
Duration: 114 min.
Story: A drama with fairy tale elements, where an orphaned musical prodigy uses his gift as a clue to finding his birth parents.
Style: touching, sentimental, inspirational, romantic, sad ...
Audience: girls' night, teens
Plot: orphan, prodigy, child prodigy, music, youth, orphanage, hopes, musician, family reunited, musician's life, child protagonist, chance meeting ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, year 1995, 80s
Place: new york, usa, greenwich village manhattan new york city, xian, manhattan new york city ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
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Madame Butterfly (1995)
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: France, UK, Germany
Duration: 134 min.
Story: Cio-Cio-San, a young Japanese geisha, seeks to fulfill her dreams through marriage to an American naval officer. Her faith in their future is shattered by his empty vows and the loss she endures touches something deep within us all.
Style: emotional, stylized, sentimental, touching, gloomy ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: opera, interracial relations, betrayal, couples, innocence lost, custody, unfulfilled love, destructive relationship, down on your luck, tragic love, love affair, social differences ...
Time: 20th century, 18th century
Place: japan, asia, tokyo, china, paris france ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
What's Eating Gilbert Grape (1993)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 118 min.
Story: Gilbert has to care for his brother Arnie and his obese mother, which gets in the way when love walks into his life.
Style: melancholic, touching, depressing, emotional, compassionate ...
Audience: teen drama
Plot: mentally challenged, self discovery, dysfunctional family, disability, siblings relations, brothers, family problems, character study, mental illness, parents and children, small town, compassion ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: iowa, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
 8.1
 34K
Autumn Sonata (1978)
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: West Germany, UK
Duration: 99 min.
Story: After a seven-year absence, Charlotte Andergast travels to Sweden to reunite with her daughter Eva. The pair have a troubled relationship: Charlotte sacrificed the responsibilities of motherhood for a career as a classical pianist. Over an emotional ...
Style: emotional, touching, sincere, realistic, reflective ...
Plot: pianist, marriage, reconciliation, mother daughter relationship, autumn, dysfunctional family, handicapped, family problems, family relations, parents and children, family life, family in crisis ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: sweden, europe, scandinavia, eastern europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
Mr. Holland's Opus (1995)
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 143 min.
Story: In 1965, passionate musician Glenn Holland takes a day job as a high school music teacher, convinced it's just a small obstacle on the road to his true calling: writing a historic opus. As the decades roll by with the composition unwritten but ...
Style: emotional, touching, realistic, serious, sincere ...
Audience: family outing, girls' night, teens
Plot: composer, classical music, music teacher, music, school, high school, honest, follow your dream, dedicated educator, teachers and students, musician, hopes ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, 90s, 60s, 70s
Place: oregon, portland oregon
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
 7.3
 5K
Time Out (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: France
Duration: 134 min.
Story: An unemployed man finds his life sinking more and more into trouble as he hides his situation from his family and friends.
Style: psychological, serious, enigmatic, meditative, compassionate ...
Plot: unemployment, life is a bitch, couple relations, down on your luck, family problems, crimes, society, dishonesty, swindle, thief, husband wife relationship, deception ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: switzerland, europe, france, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
 6.9
 906
Vibrator (2003)
Genre: Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Rei is a freelance writer embattled by personal demons. We first meet her in a convenience store where she is buying too much alcohol and not enough food. At the magazine rack she pauses to contemplate the happiness of the glamour girls on the ...
Style: serious, psychological, realistic, road movie, contemplative ...
Plot: on the road, hitchhiker, self discovery, destiny, friendship, alcohol abuse, misfit, curses spells and rituals, self doubt, loneliness, couples, friends ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: japan, tokyo, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
Not Waving But Drowning (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Not Waving But Drowning is a chronological look at growing up, formed from two different stories. The two sets of friends represent the American dilemma between what you have known and what you hope to know; the tear between longing for the past and ...
Style: realistic, psychological, touching, atmospheric, captivating ...
Plot: self discovery, friendship, adolescence vs adulthood, starting over, couples, society, friends, best friends
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%