Movies like The Tree of Life

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The Tree of Life (2011)
 6.8
 178K
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: surreal, philosophical, thought provoking, atmospheric, art house, touching, artsy, visually appealing, lyrical, epic ...
Audience: teens, family outing
Plot: philosophy, childhood, grief, coming of age, parenthood, spirituality, father son relationship, family relations, domineering father, death, redhead, strict father, belief, life philosophy, suffering, hopes, family life, family problems, parent child relationship, sibling relationship, parents and children, wisdom of life, religion, dysfunctional family, siblings relations ...
Time: 50s, prehistory, 20th century, prehistoric times, 1950s
Place: texas, usa, china

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Most similar movies to The Tree of Life

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out thought provoking, melancholic, cerebral and serious films with plots about loneliness, storytelling, catastrophe, existentialism, life & death, mentor and death mostly in Drama, Fantasy and Romance genres. Some movies like The Tree of Life: A River Runs Through It (1992), The Thin Red Line (1998), A Ghost Story (2017), Enter the Void (2009), Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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: touching, emotional, sentimental, thought provoking, melancholic ...
Plot: fishing, coming of age, self discovery, beautiful scenery, father son relationship, americana, river, brother brother relationship, brothers, childhood, tragedy, secrets ...
Time: 20th century, 1920s, 1910s, 1930s
Place: montana, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
The Thin Red Line (1998)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: USA
Duration: 170 min.
Story: Based on the graphic novel by James Jones, The Thin Red Line tells the story of a group of men, an Army Rifle company called C-for-Charlie, who change, suffer, and ultimately make essential discoveries about themselves during the fierce World War II ...
Style: epic, visually appealing, philosophical, atmospheric, rough ...
Plot: war, world war two, sergeant, jungle, infantry, soldier, anti war, survival, invasion, pacific island, military life, ethnic conflict ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century
Place: asia, japan, pacific ocean
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.8
 73K
A Ghost Story (2017)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Recently deceased, a white-sheeted ghost returns to his suburban home to console his bereft wife, only to find that in his spectral state he has become unstuck in time, forced to watch passively as the life he knew and the woman he loves slowly slip ...
Style: art house, surreal, sad, melancholic, psychological ...
Plot: ghost, loss, grief, paranormal, piano, loss of husband, legacy, death of husband, sadness, husband wife relationship, widow, desperation ...
Time: future
⇓ similarity ⇓
75%
 7.2
 81K
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, art house, philosophical, atmospheric, meditative ...
Plot: drugs, surrealism, hallucination, stripper, afterlife, drug trip, sex, trippy, drug use, incest, lsd, lesbian sex ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, future
Place: japan, tokyo, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
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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, touching, sad, thought provoking ...
Audience: kids, family outing
Plot: poverty, child protagonist, magic realism, global warming, climate change, father daughter relationship, community, childhood, children, coming of age, flood, single father ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: louisiana, usa, southern usa, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.8
 59K
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: art house, atmospheric, psychological, visually appealing, scenic ...
Plot: farmer, impossible love, love triangle, train, love, autumn, harvest, farm, loneliness, class differences, society, frustration ...
Time: 1910s, 20th century, turn of the century, pre world war one
Place: usa, austin texas, chicago illinois, texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
 7.9
 355K
Boyhood (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 165 min.
Story: The film tells a story of a divorced couple trying to raise their young son. The story follows the boy for twelve years, from first grade at age 6 through 12th grade at age 17-18, and examines his relationship with his parents as he grows.
Style: depressing, emotional, serious, realistic, thought provoking ...
Audience: teens, kids, chick flick, girls' night, teen drama
Plot: coming of age, childhood, teenager, divorced parents, dysfunctional family, youth, brother sister relationship, stepsister stepsister relationship, abusive husband, abusive relationship, divorce, bully ...
Time: 21st century, 2000s, 2010s, contemporary, year 2011 ...
Place: texas, usa, houston texas, austin texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
Au Hasard Balthazar (1966)
Genre: Drama
Country: France, Sweden
Duration: 95 min.
Story: The story of a mistreated donkey and the people around him. A study on saintliness and a sister piece to Bresson's Mouchette.
Style: art house, thought provoking, depressing, philosophical, cerebral ...
Plot: existentialism, friendship, redemption, animals, death, destiny, depression, sacrifice, catastrophe, life philosophy, character study, runaway ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: france, tokyo, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Movie in collections
 6.9
 96K
Another Earth (2011)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: On the night of the discovery of a duplicate Earth in the Solar system, an ambitious young student and an accomplished composer cross paths in a tragic accident.
Style: surreal, thought provoking, artsy, psychological, philosophical ...
Plot: parallel world, guilt, tragedy, redemption, nasa, grief, loneliness, space travel, cosmology, solar system, parallel universe, mysterious planet ...
Time: future, 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, connecticut, boston, yale university, mojave desert
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
 6.2
 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: bleak, surreal, psychological, melancholic, touching ...
Plot: small town, adoption, hallucination, dreams, coming of age, society, hopes, human nature, social relations, boy, priest, sick child ...
Time: 50s, 20th century
Place: tokyo, montana, usa, minnesota, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
 7.9
 630K
Life of Pi (2012)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Fantasy
Country: USA, Taiwan, UK, Canada, India, France
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: philosophical, motivational, visually appealing, captivating, atmospheric ...
Audience: kids, family outing, chick flick, girls' night, date night
Plot: survival, ocean, human animal relationship, adventure, stranded, loneliness, life, animals, beautiful scenery, survivor, hopes, journey ...
Time: 70s
Place: india, pacific ocean, toronto ontario canada, montreal, mexico ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
 6.2
 36K
The Shack (2017)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy
Country: USA, Canada, Hong Kong
Duration: 132 min.
Story: After suffering a family tragedy, Mack Phillips spirals into a deep depression causing him to question his innermost beliefs. Facing a crisis of faith, he receives a mysterious letter urging him to an abandoned shack deep in the Oregon wilderness. ...
Style: christian film, philosophical, psychedelic, spiritual, inspirational ...
Plot: christian, forgiveness, god, death of daughter, guilt, depression, husband wife relationship, a vision, hate, missing child, death of child, jesus ...
Place: oregon
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
 7.8
 234K
Mr. Nobody (2009)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Romance, Sci-Fi
Country: Belgium, Germany, Canada, France, UK, Luxembourg, USA
Duration: 141 min.
Story: Nemo Nobody leads an ordinary existence with his wife and 3 children; one day, he wakes up as a mortal centenarian in the year 2092.
Style: psychological, thought provoking, surreal, philosophical, mind bending ...
Audience: teens, date night
Plot: time, alternate reality, destiny, philosophy, surrealism, utopia, depression, love and romance, butterfly effect, life changing experience, multiple outcomes, quantum physics ...
Time: future, year 1975, 21st century, 20th century
Place: canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 5.6
 28K
Knight of Cups (2015)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 118 min.
Story: Rick is a screenwriter living in Los Angeles. While successful in his career, his life feels empty. Haunted and confused, he finds temporary solace in the decadent Hollywood excess that defines his existence. Women provide a distraction to his daily ...
Style: art house, non-linear, emotional, stylized, talky ...
Plot: obsession, multiple storylines, celebrity, writers, love, temptation, romance, artists and showbiz, couples, looking for love, tarot card, desert ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: los angeles, las vegas, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
 7.2
 10K
Eve's Bayou (1997)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 108 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: sexy, affectionate, unusual plot structure, harsh, bleak ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: curse, coming of age, women, dysfunctional family, infidelity, redemption, youth, superstition, magic realism, girl, revenge, betrayal ...
Time: 60s, 20th century
Place: louisiana, usa, detroit
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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, sad ...
Audience: teens, chick flick, teen drama
Plot: disability, dysfunctional family, mentally challenged, self discovery, small town, mental illness, responsibility, brothers, character study, coming of age, life philosophy, compassion ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: iowa, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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: surreal, atmospheric, mind bending, visually appealing, thought provoking ...
Plot: artist, art, surrealism, magic realism, life & death, dreams, death, dream, supernatural, psychology, self awareness, post apocalypse ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: japan, tokyo, asia, pacific ocean, mount fuji
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives (2010)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy
Country: Thailand, UK, France, Germany, Spain, Netherlands
Duration: 114 min.
Story: Suffering from acute kidney failure, Uncle Boonmee has chosen to spend his final days surrounded by his loved ones in the countryside. Surprisingly, the ghost of his deceased wife appears to care for him, and his long lost son returns home in a ...
Style: surreal, atmospheric, disturbing, art house, visually appealing ...
Plot: reincarnation, supernatural, jungle, ghost, surrealism, existentialism, loneliness, magic realism, life philosophy, introspection, haunted by the past, buddhist monk ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: thailand, tokyo, japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
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464
 7.6
 12K
After Life (1998)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy
Country: Japan
Duration: 119 min.
Story: After death, people have just one week to choose only a memory to keep for eternity.
Style: surreal, philosophical, emotional, sincere, stylized ...
Plot: afterlife, eternity, memory, heaven and hell, death, videotaping, destiny, childhood, hospital, bittersweet, melancholy, magic realism ...
Time: 20th century
Place: tokyo, japan, the philippines
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
 5.8
 29K
To the Wonder (2012)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: After falling in love in Paris, Marina and Neil come to Oklahoma, where problems arise. Their church's Spanish-born pastor struggles with his faith, while Neil encounters a woman from his childhood.
Style: philosophical, emotional, stylized, melancholic, non-linear ...
Plot: crumbling marriage, romance, love triangle, love story, love, love affair, starting over, couple relations, homecoming, introspection, affair, troubled marriage ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: europe, paris france, oklahoma, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
Wings of Desire (1987)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Romance
Country: West Germany, France
Duration: 128 min.
Story: Wings of Desire is Wim Wender’s artistically beautiful film about the lonely and immortal life of angels during a post-war Berlin. It’s a poetic journey from the perspective of the angels of which one falls in love with a living woman and wants ...
Style: meditative, surreal, cerebral, emotional, atmospheric ...
Audience: date night
Plot: angel, philosophy, immortality, love, afterlife, circus, mortality, german, dream, library, existentialism, loneliness ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: berlin germany, germany, europe, west germany
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
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: surreal, art house, atmospheric, sexy, political ...
Plot: childhood, spanish civil war, coming of age, art, children, imagination, magic realism, youth, civil war, innocence lost, runaway, brutality ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, year 1940
Place: spain, tokyo, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
 8.0
 442K
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: surreal, touching, feel good, sentimental, fairy tale ...
Audience: date night, chick flick, girls' night
Plot: father son relationship, fish, adventure, magic realism, journey, loneliness, surrealism, magic, witch, mermaid, death, fantasy world ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 1940s, 70s, 80s ...
Place: texas, usa, alabama, paris france, miami ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
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 7.0
 47K
Holy Motors (2012)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy
Country: France, Germany, Belgium
Duration: 115 min.
Story: We follow 24 hours in the life of a being moving from life to life like a cold and solitary assassin moving from hit to hit. In each of these interwoven lives, the being possesses an entirely distinct identity: sometimes a man, sometimes a woman, ...
Style: surreal, art house, psychedelic, enigmatic, atmospheric ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: surrealism, existentialism, limousine, creativity, life & death, obsession, multiple storylines, double life, hidden identity, lifestyle change, power relations, unfulfillment ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s
Place: paris france, tokyo, france
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
George Washington (2000)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: Set in the landscape of a rural southern town, "George Washington" is a stunning portrait of how a group of young kids come to grips with a hard world of choices and consequences. During an innocent game in an abandoned amusement park, a ...
Style: atmospheric, bleak, meditative, lyrical, touching ...
Audience: kids
Plot: redemption, adolescence, coming of age, boy, friendship, youth, kids in trouble, life is a bitch, social relations, society, hopes, accidental death ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: north carolina, tokyo, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
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: meditative, psychological, surreal, touching, sincere ...
Plot: obsession, couples, suicide attempt, loneliness, philosophy, family relations, love affair, romance, life turned upside down, hopes, crumbling marriage, parents and children ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, year 1951
Place: new york, paris france, usa, connecticut, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
 6.7
 23K
Mirrormask (2005)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: In a fantasy world of opposing kingdoms, a 15-year old girl must find the fabled MirrorMask in order to save the kingdom and get home
Style: atmospheric, stylized, dark, surreal, thought provoking ...
Audience: teens, date night, pre-teens, kids, family outing
Plot: magic, fantasy world, alternate reality, adventure, imaginary kingdom, circus, coming of age, mother daughter relationship, good versus evil, save the kingdom, parallel universe, juggling ...
Place: england
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
 7.2
 243K
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, romantic, sentimental, philosophical, emotional ...
Audience: chick flick, date night, girls' night, family outing
Plot: love and romance, afterlife, dealing with death, life philosophy, love, life & death, love at first sight, mysterious character, supernatural romance, family relations, lifestyle change, supernatural ...
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
 8.1
 107K
Paris, Texas (1984)
Genre: Drama
Country: West Germany, France, UK, USA
Duration: 145 min.
Story: A man wanders out of the desert not knowing who he is. His brother finds him, and helps to pull his memory back of the life he led before he walked out on his family and disappeared four years earlier.
Style: road movie, surreal, touching, emotional, philosophical ...
Plot: desert, father son relationship, on the road, amnesia, road trip, parenthood, relationships, sibling relationship, reconciliation, family reunited, estrangement, parents and children ...
Time: 80s, year 1984, 20th century
Place: texas, los angeles, paris france, austin texas, tokyo ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
 8.0
 119K
8½ (1963)
Genre: Drama
Country: Italy, France
Duration: 138 min.
Story: With 8 ½ Frederico Fellini leaves a self-portrait where dreams and reality are a mix. With help from a most excellent cast and unique scenery this self reflecting film is one of his master works.
Style: art house, psychological, surreal, philosophical, reflective ...
Plot: filmmaking, midlife crisis, surrealism, childhood, mistress, loneliness, stream of consciousness, memory, adultery, actress, dreams, traffic jam ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: rome italy, vatican, europe, italy, france ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%