Movies like Departures

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Departures (2008)
 8.1
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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: psychological, thought provoking, contemplative, philosophical, sad, atmospheric, touching, realistic, sincere, serious ...
Plot: self discovery, funeral, workplace, new job, small town life, cello, death, ritual, father son relationship, cellist, husband wife relationship, death of father, pregnant wife, life philosophy, coffin, unsupportive friend, character study, lifestyle change, redemption, small town, octopus, young woman, belief, starting over, hopes ...
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, emotional and touching films with plots about bittersweet, life philosophy, runaway, storytelling, mentor, loneliness and catastrophe mostly in Drama, Music and Comedy genres. Some movies like Departures: Don't Come Knocking (2005), The Eel (1997), Saraband (2003), Maborosi (1995), Red Beard (1965). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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, touching, sentimental, talky ...
Plot: cowboy, reunion, redemption, parents and children, hopes, haunted by the past, actor's life, human nature, family relations, small town, father son relationship, road trip ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, nevada, montana, texas, california ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
95%
 7.4
 5K
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, psychological, touching, enigmatic, serious ...
Plot: redemption, starting over, social relations, human nature, hopes, crimes of passion, haunted by the past, murder, ufo, village, infidelity, erotica ...
Time: 90s, 80s, 1990s
Place: japan, asia, tokyo, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
95%
 7.6
 7K
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, touching, sincere, meditative ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, introspection, love and romance, parents and children, golden years, crumbling marriage, human nature, couples, family problems, family in crisis, destiny, breakup ...
Time: contemporary
Place: florence, australia, helsinki finland, munich germany, hamburg germany ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
92%
 7.5
 5K
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, psychological, serious, contemplative, realistic ...
Plot: suicide, village, hopes, arranged marriage, self discovery, babies and infants, crimes, love and romance, haunted by the past, investigation, family problems, couples ...
Time: 90s
Place: japan, asia, europe, italy, venice ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
86%
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 8.4
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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, compassionate, poignant ...
Plot: clinic, intern, samurai, doctor, hopes, human nature, society, power relations, family relations, generation gap, heroes, parents and children ...
Time: 19th century
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
79%
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: touching, realistic, contemplative, emotional, sentimental ...
Plot: family relations, redemption, terminal illness, parents and children, coping, family in crisis, estrangement, unfulfillment, father son relationship, hopes, dealing with death, life is a bitch ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
78%
 6.8
 10K
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, childbirth, pregnancy, self discovery, couple relations, family life, child birth, life is a bitch, parents and children, unfulfillment ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
78%
Together with You (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: prodigy, ambition, father son relationship, violin, teenage life, rise to the top, musician's life, human nature, youth, hopes, music competition, teachers and students ...
Time: 19th century
Place: china, asia, beijing china, tokyo, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
75%
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: serious, captivating, atmospheric, psychological, sincere ...
Plot: obsession, jazz, solitude, life is a bitch, shopping, love and romance, alone, fall in love, hopes, couples, couple relations, human nature ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
75%
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, gloomy, serious ...
Audience: chick flick, girls' night
Plot: small town, friendship, prison, hopes, false accusation, redemption, church, bittersweet, self discovery, dishonesty, small town life, couple relations ...
Time: 90s, quarry
Place: maine, usa, new england, ohio, kentucky
⇓ similarity ⇓
71%
 5.0
 676
Ripple Effect (2007)
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 87 min.
Story: Believing that bad karma is keeping him from realizing his dream, hip clothing designer Amer Atrash (Philippe Caland) attempts to orchestrate salvation -- with unexpected results -- in this indie drama. Pushed to the edge of financial disaster and ...
Style: psychological, serious, emotional, sincere, realistic
Plot: immigrants, redemption, introspection, self discovery, disability, crumbling marriage, hopes, haunted by the past, misfit, lebanese, down on your luck, in the woods ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, virginia
⇓ similarity ⇓
71%
 8.1
 24K
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: bleak, touching, gloomy, contemplative, serious ...
Audience: kids
Plot: innocence lost, childhood, dysfunctional family, poverty, survival, financial problem, journey, responsibility, young kid, greed, tragedy, character study ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: tokyo, japan, asia, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
71%
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, psychological, sincere, emotional ...
Plot: childhood, architect, life turned upside down, introspection, identity crisis, moral dilemma, social differences, family life, parents and children, family reunited, society, human nature ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
70%
 5.7
 816
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, emotional, captivating, psychological, serious ...
Plot: self discovery, starting over, friendship, small town, hopes, haunted by the past, society, elderly, bittersweet, friends, golden years, waitress ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
69%
The Wind Journeys (2009)
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: Colombia, Germany, Argentina, Netherlands
Duration: 120 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: touching, realistic, sincere, serious
Plot: couples, elderly, musician's life, teachers and students, artists and showbiz, folk, social relations, on the road, lifestyle, small town life, tradition, teacher student relationship ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: colombia, latin america, south america
⇓ similarity ⇓
68%
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: self discovery, small town, friendship, small town life, lesbian, feminism, midlife crisis, generation gap, aging, couple relations, nursing, family problems ...
Time: 1920s, 20s, 20th century, 1930s
Place: alabama, usa, southern usa, louisiana, united states
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
 6.9
 5K
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, war veteran, self discovery, parents and children, partners, friends, life, male friendship ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, year 1989
Place: england, europe, london, california, australia
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
 7.1
 14K
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, friendship, intrigue, anniversary, under the surface, overcoming, rivalry, life is a bitch ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s
Place: new york, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
66%
Movie in collections
 8.1
 21K
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, priest, winter, pastor, faith, midlife crisis, isolation, small town, couples, dishonesty, family problems, small town life ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
⇓ similarity ⇓
65%
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: touching, melancholic, emotional, depressing, compassionate ...
Plot: mentally challenged, self discovery, siblings relations, disability, mental illness, parents and children, small town, dysfunctional family, family problems, responsibility, family drama, obesity ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: iowa, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
65%
 7.4
 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, family problems, dishonesty, down on your luck, society, crimes, crumbling marriage, couple relations, thief, swindle, husband wife relationship ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: switzerland, france, europe, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
64%
The Sensation of Sight (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 134 min.
Story: This off-beat drama about man's search for meaning amidst the ache of despair chronicles Finn, an introspective English teacher entering a mid-life crisis impelled by a recent tragedy, as he sets afoot selling encyclopedias to the town locals.
Style: serious, psychological, contemplative, atmospheric, sincere ...
Plot: family relations, self discovery, haunted by the past, human nature, single parent, hopes, estrangement, small town life, profanity, family business, small town, ghost ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
64%
 7.5
 102K
August Rush (2007)
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: USA
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, romantic, inspirational, feel good ...
Audience: girls' night, teens
Plot: orphan, prodigy, music, youth, musician's life, hopes, musician, lie, orphanage, dancing, artists and showbiz, fall in love ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, year 1995, 80s
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, greenwich village manhattan new york city, san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
63%
Movie in collections
 8.3
 24K
Autumn Sonata (1978)
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: Sweden, France, West Germany, UK, Norway
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, contemplative ...
Plot: pianist, marriage, reconciliation, mother daughter relationship, dysfunctional family, handicapped, family problems, family in crisis, family relations, reunion, parents and children, family life ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: sweden, europe, eastern europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
63%
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, semi serious, realistic ...
Audience: date night
Plot: self discovery, accountant, dance, dancer's life, ballroom dancing, power relations, instructor, dance school, couples, artists and showbiz, follow your dream, couple relations ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: japan, tokyo, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
63%
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, sincere, serious ...
Audience: family outing, girls' night, teens
Plot: composer, classical music, music, school, mentor, teachers and students, dedicated educator, follow your dream, musician, hopes, power relations, apprentice ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 80s, 90s, 1960s ...
Place: oregon, portland oregon
⇓ similarity ⇓
63%
 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, contemplative, realistic, touching, psychological ...
Plot: samurai, world war two, family relations, reunion, youth, golden years, writer's life, unfulfillment, teachers and students, curses spells and rituals, teacher, death ...
Place: japan, tokyo, asia, hong kong, germany
⇓ similarity ⇓
62%
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, realistic, touching ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: opera, interracial relations, betrayal, unfulfilled love, romance, destructive relationship, love and romance, unfulfillment, down on your luck, love affair, couples, innocence lost ...
Time: 1900s, 18th century
Place: japan, asia, tokyo, china, paris france ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
61%
The Shipping News (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: An emotionally-beaten man with his young daughter moves to his ancestral home in Newfoundland to reclaim his life.
Style: serious, sentimental, touching, melancholic, emotional ...
Plot: adultery, redemption, small town, starting over, single parent, haunted by the past, parents and children, love affair, love and romance, romance, family relations, self discovery ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: canada, atlantic ocean, new jersey, newfoundland
⇓ similarity ⇓
61%
Letters to Father Jacob (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: Finland
Duration: 74 min.
Story: With few options, newly pardoned convict Leila agrees to work as an assistant to a blind pastor. Father Jacob spends his days answering the letters of the needy, which Leila finds pointless. But when the letters stop, the pastor is devastated and ...
Style: serious, sentimental, sincere, melancholic, psychological ...
Plot: pardon, friendship, redemption, starting over, self discovery, hopes, society, blind character, warden, clergy, forgiveness, remorse ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: finland, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
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