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, touching, captivating, psychological, epic, surreal, stylized, offbeat, gloomy, serious ...
Audience: family outing, teens
Plot: childhood, dinosaur, child abuse, suffering, grief, parenthood, family relations, family life, family problems, parents and children, wisdom of life, philosophy, parent child relationship, sibling relationship, hopes, human nature, frustration, teaching the ways of the world, siblings relations, spirituality, coming of age, father son relationship, afterlife, outer space, marriage ...
Time: 1950s, 50s, 20th century, prehistoric times
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 touching, serious, emotional and melancholic films with plots about family relations, storytelling, redemption, catastrophe, husband wife relationship, death and loneliness 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: emotional, tense, suspense, psychological, serious ...
Plot: pedophile, afterlife, rape, death in the family, serial killer, loss of child, heaven and hell, loss of loved one, loss of daughter, murder, family drama, dealing with death ...
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, touching, disturbing, offbeat ...
Plot: small town, angel, social relations, society, polish, human nature, hopes, small town life, injustice, americana, death, surrealism ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 1950s
Place: montana, usa, california, minnesota, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
68%
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, serious, clever ...
Plot: coming of age, wilderness, childhood, fishing, self discovery, generation gap, boat, americana, fish, gambling, bishop, small town ...
Time: 1900s, 1910s, 20th century, 30s, 20s ...
Place: montana, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
65%
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, child as adult, hopes, supernatural romance, life philosophy, impossible love, imaginary, age difference, fall in love ...
Time: 50s, 60s, 20s, 20th century, 30s ...
Place: new orleans, usa, atlantic ocean, manhattan new york city, india ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
63%
 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, family relations, hopes, siblings relations, society, human nature ...
Time: contemporary
Place: usa, washington d.c., oakland california
⇓ similarity ⇓
59%
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, inspirational, touching, sentimental ...
Plot: afterlife, heaven and hell, loss of child, family relations, redemption, painting, angel, parents and children, true love, husband wife reunion, life philosophy, love ...
Time: 90s
Place: battleship
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
 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, stylized, psychological, offbeat ...
Plot: afterlife, memory, old man, eternity, disneyland, bell, heaven, teenage girl, airplane, cloud, destiny, supernatural ...
Time: 20th century
Place: kindergarten, tokyo, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
 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, sincere, captivating ...
Plot: nanny, desert, deportation, tragic event, doctor, loss of son, police brutality, multiple storylines, redemption, depression, guilt, parenthood ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: morocco, japan, mexico, asia, africa ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
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: emotional, surreal, bleak, touching, stylized ...
Plot: global warming, storm, poverty, boat, african american, single parent, evacuation, fish, crab, shrimp, flooding, prehistoric creature ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: louisiana, usa, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
 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, offbeat, feel good, touching ...
Audience: date night
Plot: fantasy world, witch, fish, escapades, true love, circus, parents and children, mermaid, adventure, fishing, father son relationship, love and romance ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 30s, 80s, 50s ...
Place: usa, texas, congo, alabama, cuba ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
 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, dramatic, motivational, suspense, captivating ...
Plot: survival, hopes, adventure, human nature, ocean or sea, teenage boy, isolation, ship, storytelling, ocean, journey, starvation ...
Place: india, toronto ontario canada, mexico, pacific ocean, montreal quebec ...
⇓ 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: touching, emotional, sentimental, realistic, uplifting ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: mentally challenged, parents and children, parenthood, against the odds, single parent, lawyer, arrest, custody, judge, birthday, neighbor, social worker ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: california, 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, estrangement, crumbling marriage, loss of son, grief, support group, memory, therapy, redemption ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa, california
⇓ 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: touching, emotional, serious, christian film
Plot: afterlife, birthday, golden years, life is a bitch, unfulfillment, hopes, innocence lost, religious, heaven and hell, self discovery, danger, cowboy ...
Time: 50s, 30s, 40s, 20th century, 1930s ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
 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, sentimental, clever, romantic ...
Audience: date night, family outing, chick flick
Plot: love and romance, supernatural romance, mysterious character, dealing with death, afterlife, millionaire, family relations, supernatural, love at first sight, doctor, angel, romance ...
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
 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: gloomy, touching, realistic, serious, atmospheric ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, infidelity, incest, prophecy, small town, murder, curse, superstition, tavern, all black cast, menstruation, aunt niece relationship ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s
Place: louisiana, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
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, small town, mental illness, parents and children, self discovery, dysfunctional family, family problems, responsibility, obesity, single mother ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: iowa, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
 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: realistic, bleak, sincere, meditative, non-linear ...
Plot: human nature, introspection, coincidence, infidelity, terminal illness, redemption, depression, dysfunctional family, dishonesty, suffering, social problems, tragic event ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1950s, 1960s, 1910s
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
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 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, touching, serious, light ...
Plot: afterlife, surrealism, incest, stripper, strip club, hallucination, prostitute, drug trip, ghost, deadly, dealing with death, imaginary ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, future
Place: japan, tokyo, asia
⇓ 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, offbeat, sentimental, humorous, semi serious
Plot: aging, childhood, golden years, love and romance, couple relations, siblings relations, parents and children, mistaken identity, haunted by the past, friendship, couples, family life ...
Time: 90s, future, near future
Place: europe, germany, egypt, spain
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
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: gloomy, touching, serious, sincere, realistic ...
Plot: obsession, breakup, family relations, postmodernism, love affair, couple relations, hopes, crumbling marriage, life turned upside down, unfulfillment, love and romance, romance ...
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: gloomy, touching, psychological, realistic, atmospheric ...
Plot: pregnancy, youth, self discovery, estrangement, coming of age, destiny, hopes, parents and children, life is a bitch, adoption, kids in trouble, family relations ...
Time: 90s
Place: england, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
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: sentimental, touching, emotional, psychological, melancholic ...
Audience: date night, girls' night, teens, chick flick
Plot: ghost, love and romance, love affair, siblings relations, afterlife, supernatural, family problems, dealing with death, family relations, death in the family, haunted by the past, sailing ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, california, new jersey, ireland, san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
 6.4
 1K
Safe Passage (1994)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: A mother with seven sons feels like she's losing control of her life and her family. But personal...
Style: realistic, talky, touching, serious, sentimental ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, pain, marriage, eccentric family, family life, family in crisis, hopes, gays and lesbians, couple relations, parents and children, siblings relations, unfulfillment ...
Time: 90s
Place: middle east, new jersey, beirut lebanon, utah, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
 8.1
 73K
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: touching, surreal, serious, psychological, road movie ...
Plot: redemption, desert, drifter, reunion, on the road, reconciliation, family reunited, estrangement, parents and children, family relations, hopes, presumed dead ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: texas, los angeles, usa, california, houston texas ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
 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: realistic, touching, atmospheric, semi serious, sincere ...
Plot: desert, depression, coming of age, parents and children, hippie, eccentric family, family problems, family relations, map, youth, family in crisis, celebrity culture ...
Time: contemporary
Place: new mexico, usa, korea, albuquerque new mexico, san diego california ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
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: emotional, touching, realistic, captivating, gloomy ...
Plot: divorce, childhood, musician, marriage, singer, dysfunctional family, custody, nanny, choice, negligence, innocence lost, starting over ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, new york, manhattan new york city, california
⇓ 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, sincere, serious ...
Plot: arranged marriage, culture clash, immigrants, coming of age, childhood, marriage, couple relations, parents and children, child birth, adolescence, loss of parent, misfit ...
Time: 20th century, 21st century, 80s, 70s, 1990s
Place: new york, usa, india, ohio, taj mahal
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
 6.4
 736
Angela (1995)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: A ten year old girl named Angela leads her six year old sister, Ellie, through various regimens of 'purification' in an attempt to rid themselves of their evil, which she believes to be the cause of their mother's mental illness. ...
Style: gloomy, offbeat, psychological, touching, realistic ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, pregnancy, mental illness, family relations, coming of age, sexual abuse, human nature, misfit, parents and children, life is a bitch, dealing with death, doctors and patients ...
Time: 90s
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
The Deep End of the Ocean (1999)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: Michelle Pfeiffer is ferocious in the role of a desperate mother whose 3-year-old son disappears during her high school reunion. Nine years later, by chance, he turns up in the town in which the family has just relocated. Based on Jacquelyn ...
Style: psychological, emotional, touching, sentimental, realistic ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: reunion, missing person, kidnapping, missing child, parents and children, family life, family problems, police detective, family relations, crimes, mother son reunion, father son relationship ...
Time: 90s
Place: usa, chicago illinois
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%