Movies like The Tree of Life

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The Tree of Life (2011)
 6.8
 155K
The Tree of Life (2011)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy
Country: USA
Duration: 139 min.
Story: The impressionistic story of a Texas family in the 1950s. The film follows the life journey of the eldest son, Jack, through the innocence of childhood to his disillusioned adult years as he tries to reconcile a complicated relationship with his father. Jack finds himself a lost soul in the modern world, seeking answers to the origins and meaning of life while questioning the existence of faith.
Style: atmospheric, captivating, touching, psychological, epic, surreal, stylized, serious, gloomy, offbeat ...
Audience: family outing, teens
Plot: childhood, grief, child abuse, philosophy, parent child relationship, sibling relationship, suffering, family problems, family relations, parents and children, human nature, family life, dinosaur, parenthood, spirituality, siblings relations, wisdom of life, teaching the ways of the world, hopes, frustration, father son relationship, afterlife, coming of age, sun, tree ...
Time: 1950s, 20th century, 50s, prehistoric times
Place: texas, usa, china

Most similar movies to The Tree of Life

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out emotional, serious, melancholic and touching films with plots about death, storytelling, loneliness, catastrophe, family relations, redemption and dialogue mostly in Drama, Fantasy and Romance genres. Some movies like The Tree of Life: The Lovely Bones (2009), Northfork (2003), A River Runs Through It (1992), Bee Season (2005), What Dreams May Come (1998). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
The Lovely Bones (2009)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Thriller
Country: USA, UK, New Zealand
Duration: 135 min.
Story: After being brutally murdered, 14-year-old Susie Salmon watches from heaven over her grief-stricken family -- and her killer. As she observes their daily lives, she must balance her thirst for revenge with her desire for her family to heal.
Style: suspense, emotional, tense, psychological, dark ...
Plot: afterlife, rape, death in the family, serial killer, pedophile, loss of child, family drama, dealing with death, loss of daughter, murder, loss of loved one, heaven and hell ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, year 1973
Place: usa, delaware
⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
 6.4
 5K
Northfork (2003)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy
Country: USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: "We are all angels. It is what we do with our wings that separates us." In the next two days, the town of Northfork will cease to exist. The year is 1955 and Northfork is literally about to be "dammed," flooded to make way for a ...
Style: surreal, bleak, atmospheric, serious, realistic ...
Plot: small town, angel, small town life, injustice, hopes, society, social relations, human nature, americana, death, surrealism, polish ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 1950s
Place: montana, usa, california, minnesota, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
72%
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, serious, sentimental, realistic ...
Plot: self discovery, coming of age, fishing, childhood, fish, gambling, small town, wilderness, americana, bishop, generation gap, boat ...
Time: 1900s, 1910s, 20s, 20th century, 30s ...
Place: montana, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
69%
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 166 min.
Story: Tells the story of Benjamin Button, a man who starts aging backwards with bizarre consequences.
Style: sentimental, touching, atmospheric, melancholic, captivating ...
Audience: date night
Plot: love and romance, true love, tragic love, aging, life philosophy, hopes, child as adult, imaginary, impossible love, age difference, existentialism, supernatural romance ...
Time: 50s, 20s, 30s, 40s, 60s ...
Place: new orleans, usa, atlantic ocean, paris france, india ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
68%
 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: realistic, serious, emotional, touching, thought provoking ...
Plot: judaism, dysfunctional family, mental illness, redemption, parents and children, coming of age, family problems, hopes, society, family relations, human nature, religion ...
Time: contemporary
Place: usa, washington d.c., oakland california
⇓ similarity ⇓
63%
What Dreams May Come (1998)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Romance
Country: USA, New Zealand
Duration: 113 min.
Story: Chris Neilson dies to find himself in a heaven more amazing than he could have ever dreamed of. There is one thing missing: his wife. After he dies, his wife, Annie killed herself and went to hell. Chris decides to risk eternity in hades for the ...
Style: surreal, emotional, philosophical, inspirational, touching ...
Plot: afterlife, heaven and hell, redemption, family relations, true love, loss of child, parents and children, husband wife reunion, love, painting, angel, life philosophy ...
Time: 90s
Place: battleship
⇓ similarity ⇓
59%
 7.7
 9K
After Life (1998)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy
Country: Japan
Duration: 118 min.
Story: After death, people have just one week to choose only a memory to keep for eternity.
Style: surreal, touching, serious, stylized, sentimental ...
Plot: afterlife, memory, eternity, heaven, disneyland, cloud, old man, teenage girl, bell, airplane, destiny, human nature ...
Time: 20th century
Place: kindergarten, tokyo, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Fantasy
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Hushpuppy, an intrepid six-year-old girl, lives with her father, Wink in 'the Bathtub', a southern Delta community at the edge of the world. Wink’s tough love prepares her for the unraveling of the universe – for a time when he’s no ...
Style: surreal, emotional, stylized, serious, atmospheric ...
Plot: global warming, storm, hurricane, flooding, celebration, prehistoric creature, refugee camp, explosive, shrimp, crab, poverty, single parent ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: louisiana, usa, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
Movie in collections
 8.0
 381K
Big Fish (2003)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Fantasy, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 125 min.
Story: Throughout his life Edward Bloom has always been a man of big appetites, enormous passions and tall tales. In his later years, he remains a huge mystery to his son, William. Now, to get to know the real man, Will begins piecing together a true ...
Style: sentimental, surreal, feel good, offbeat, touching ...
Audience: date night
Plot: fantasy world, witch, fish, escapades, true love, parents and children, adventure, fishing, mermaid, father son relationship, cancer, circus ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 30s, 40s, 50s ...
Place: usa, texas, morocco, alabama, congo ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
 7.5
 271K
Babel (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: France, USA, Mexico
Duration: 143 min.
Story: Tragedy strikes a married couple on vacation in the Moroccan desert, touching off an interlocking story involving four different families.
Style: rough, thought provoking, disturbing, captivating, sincere ...
Plot: nanny, desert, multiple storylines, deportation, tragic event, police brutality, loss of son, doctor, redemption, illegal immigration, first time, depression ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: morocco, mexico, japan, africa, asia ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
 7.9
 528K
Life of Pi (2012)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Fantasy
Country: USA, Taiwan, UK, Canada
Duration: 127 min.
Story: The story of an Indian boy named Pi, a zookeeper's son who finds himself in the company of a hyena, zebra, orangutan, and a Bengal tiger after a shipwreck sets them adrift in the Pacific Ocean.
Style: melancholic, suspense, dramatic, atmospheric, scenic ...
Plot: survival, adventure, ocean or sea, human nature, hopes, isolation, ocean, storytelling, young heroes, ship, teenage boy, starvation ...
Place: india, pacific ocean, montreal quebec, toronto ontario canada, mexico ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
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, emotional, melancholic, depressing, compassionate ...
Plot: mentally challenged, disability, siblings relations, self discovery, small town, dysfunctional family, family drama, parents and children, mental illness, responsibility, sibling relationship, obesity ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: iowa, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
 7.2
 193K
Meet Joe Black (1998)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 178 min.
Story: When the grim reaper comes to collect the soul of megamogul Bill Parrish, he arrives with a proposition: Host him for a "vacation" among the living in trade for a few more days of existence. Parrish agrees, and using the pseudonym Joe ...
Style: touching, emotional, serious, clever, romantic ...
Audience: date night, family outing, chick flick
Plot: supernatural romance, love and romance, mysterious character, dealing with death, afterlife, millionaire, family relations, angel, romance, doctor, father daughter relationship, love at first sight ...
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
 7.3
 8K
Eve's Bayou (1997)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: The story is set in 1962 Louisiana. The big Batiste family is headed by charming doctor Louis. Though he is married to beautiful Roz, he has a weakness for attractive women patients. One day Louis is flirting with married and sexy Metty Mereaux, not ...
Style: serious, captivating, realistic, touching, atmospheric ...
Plot: infidelity, dysfunctional family, curse, menstruation, aunt niece relationship, all black cast, tavern, superstition, small town, incest, murder, prophecy ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s
Place: louisiana, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
 7.0
 45K
Rabbit Hole (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Life for a happy couple is turned upside down after their young son dies in an accident.
Style: touching, psychological, sincere, depressing, sad ...
Plot: loss of child, marriage, family problems, death in the family, crumbling marriage, estrangement, grief, memory, therapy, loss of son, support group, redemption ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
 7.6
 135K
I Am Sam (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 132 min.
Story: Sam has the mental capacity of a 7-year-old. He has a daughter with a homeless woman who abandons them when they leave the hospital, leaving Sam to raise Lucy on his own. But as Lucy grows up, Sam's limitations start to become a problem and the ...
Style: emotional, sentimental, touching, serious, uplifting ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: mentally challenged, parents and children, against the odds, single parent, father daughter relationship, child custody, lawyer, social services, children's book, locked door, parenthood, custody ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
The Five People You Meet in Heaven (2004)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy
Country: USA
Duration: 180 min.
Story: On his 83rd birthday, Eddie (Voight), a war vet and a maintenance worker at the Ruby Pier amusement park, dies while trying to save a girl who is sitting under a falling ride. When he awakens in the afterlife, he encounters five people with ties to ...
Style: serious, emotional, touching, christian film
Plot: afterlife, birthday, redemption, hopes, golden years, innocence lost, self discovery, danger, unfulfillment, life is a bitch, religious, cowboy ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, 30s, 40s, 1950s ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
 7.3
 60K
Enter the Void (2009)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy
Country: France, Germany, Italy, Canada, Japan
Duration: 161 min.
Story: This psychedelic tour of life after death is seen entirely from the point of view of Oscar (Nathaniel Brown), a young American drug dealer and addict living in Tokyo with his prostitute sister, Linda (Paz de la Huerta). When Oscar is killed by ...
Style: psychedelic, atmospheric, serious, touching, cerebral ...
Plot: afterlife, surrealism, incest, strip club, hallucination, prostitute, drug trip, stripper, ghost, siblings relations, unsimulated sex, drug dealing ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, future
Place: japan, tokyo, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
Charlie St. Cloud (2010)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Romance
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Accomplished sailor Charlie St. Cloud has the adoration of his mother Claire and his little brother Sam, as well as a college scholarship that will lead him far from his sleepy Pacific Northwest hometown. But his bright future is cut short when a ...
Style: touching, emotional, sentimental, melancholic, sweet ...
Audience: date night, girls' night, teens, chick flick
Plot: ghost, love affair, siblings relations, afterlife, supernatural, family problems, death in the family, haunted by the past, love and romance, family relations, dealing with death, sailing ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: california, usa, ireland, san francisco, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Them (2014)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 123 min.
Story: A New York couple's relationship is tested after the loss of their child. This film is the wide-released combination of the original two :him and :her volumes that premiered at the Cannes Film Festival.
Style: serious, gloomy, realistic, sincere, touching ...
Plot: obsession, crumbling marriage, postmodernism, couple relations, romance, unfulfillment, couples, love affair, parents and children, breakup, life turned upside down, hopes ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, connecticut, usa, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
 5.9
 59
Levitation (1997)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Sarah Paulson stars as a pregnant teenager who searches for her biological mother, with the help of a guardian angel.
Style: atmospheric, serious, emotional, realistic, gloomy ...
Plot: pregnancy, coming of age, on the road, self discovery, parents and children, child as adult, destiny, dysfunctional family, estrangement, youth, family problems, family relations ...
Time: 90s
Place: england, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
Toto the Hero (1991)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Fantasy
Country: Belgium, France, Germany
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Thomas and Alfred were born around the same time; a fire in the nursery had nurses scrambling to save the newborns. Because he felt that he deserved Alfred's good fortune at being born into a wealthy family, Thomas conceives the idea that he ...
Style: touching, semi serious, humorous, offbeat, sentimental
Plot: childhood, aging, human nature, couple relations, magic realism, friendship, parents and children, siblings relations, haunted by the past, coming of age, youth, family relations ...
Time: 90s, future, near future
Place: europe, germany, egypt, spain
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
 8.0
 268K
Magnolia (1999)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 188 min.
Story: An epic mosaic of many interrelated characters in search of happiness, forgiveness, and meaning in the San Fernando Valley.
Style: talky, clever, bleak, emotional, realistic ...
Plot: human nature, introspection, coincidence, child prodigy, suicide attempt, chance, infidelity, terminal illness, redemption, cancer, seduction, suicide ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1910s, 1960s, 1950s
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
Movie in collections
 7.9
 17K
Hud (1963)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: Hud Bannon is a ruthless young man who tarnishes everything and everyone he touches. Hud represents the perfect embodiment of alienated youth, out for kicks with no regard for the consequences. There is bitter conflict between the callous Hud and ...
Style: atmospheric, realistic, tense, serious, emotional ...
Plot: small town, dysfunctional family, rancher, ranch, housekeeper, americana, innocence lost, generation gap, human nature, redemption, parents and children, rebellious youth ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 1950s
Place: texas, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
Akira Kurosawa's Dreams (1990)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy
Country: Japan, USA
Duration: 119 min.
Story: A collection of magical tales based upon the actual dreams of director Akira Kurosawa.
Style: atmospheric, surreal, serious, captivating, mind bending ...
Plot: apocalypse, legends and myths, artist, tunnel, painting, hopes, volcano, child, chaos, dreams, surrealism, wise man ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: japan, asia, pacific ocean, mount fuji, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
The Spirit of the Beehive (1973)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy
Country: Spain
Duration: 98 min.
Story: In the aftermath of the Spanish Civil War, Ana, a sensitive seven-year-old girl in a rural Spanish hamlet is traumatized after a traveling projectionist screens a print of James Whale's 1931 "Frankenstein" for the village. The ...
Style: atmospheric, serious, realistic, touching, suspenseful ...
Plot: spanish civil war, beehive, cat, innocence lost, coming of age, frankenstein, siblings relations, youth, family relations, family life, life is a bitch, civil war ...
Time: 20th century, 40s
Place: spain, europe, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
 7.2
 3K
Off the Map (2003)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: An 11-year-old girl watches her father come down with a crippling depression. Over one summer, she learns answers to several mysteries and comes to terms with love and loss.
Style: touching, semi serious, atmospheric, realistic, sincere ...
Plot: depression, desert, coming of age, parents and children, family in crisis, family problems, family relations, celebrity culture, eccentric family, love and romance, youth, hippie ...
Time: contemporary
Place: new mexico, usa, spain, albuquerque new mexico, san diego california ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
What Maisie Knew (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Based on the Henry James novella, the story frames on 7-year-old Maisie, caught in a custody battle between her mother – a rock and roll icon – and her father. What Maisie Knew is an evocative portrayal of the chaos of adult life seen entirely ...
Style: realistic, touching, emotional, gloomy, serious ...
Plot: divorce, custody, dysfunctional family, singer, musician, marriage, parents and children, childhood, family problems, family relations, crumbling marriage, unfulfillment ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
 7.9
 45K
Days of Heaven (1978)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: In 1910, a Chicago steel worker accidentally kills his supervisor and flees to the Texas panhandle with his girlfriend and little sister to work harvesting wheat in the fields of a stoic farmer. A love triangle, a swarm of locusts, a hellish ...
Style: atmospheric, art house, philosophical, psychological, stylized ...
Plot: love triangle, class differences, impossible love, harvest, farmer, farm, society, couple relations, loneliness, love, runaway, frustration ...
Time: 1910s, 20th century, turn of the century
Place: texas, usa, chicago illinois
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
 7.5
 18K
The Namesake (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, India
Duration: 122 min.
Story: American-born Gogol, the son of Indian immigrants, wants to fit in among his fellow New Yorkers, despite his family's unwillingness to let go of their traditional ways.
Style: touching, realistic, sentimental, serious, captivating ...
Plot: culture clash, arranged marriage, immigrants, parents and children, coming of age, suburbs, indian lead, childhood, family life, marriage, misfit, society ...
Time: 20th century, 21st century, 70s, 80s, 1990s
Place: new york, usa, india, taj mahal, ohio
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
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