Movies like The Tree of Life

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The Tree of Life (2011)
 6.8
 165K
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, contemplative, psychological, epic, lyrical, surreal, non-linear, stylized ...
Audience: family outing, teens
Plot: childhood, philosophy, dinosaur, outer space, family relations, child abuse, hopes, grief, suffering, spirituality, parenthood, family life, family problems, parents and children, wisdom of life, parent child relationship, sibling relationship, human nature, frustration, teaching the ways of the world, siblings relations, belief, introspection, coming of age, father son relationship ...
Time: 50s, 1950s, 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, melancholic and complex films with plots about death, storytelling, family relations, loneliness, redemption, husband wife relationship and catastrophe mostly in Drama, Fantasy and Romance genres. Some movies like The Tree of Life: Babel (2006), A River Runs Through It (1992), Life of Pi (2012), The Shack (2017), Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
 7.4
 285K
Babel (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: France, USA, Mexico, Morocco, Japan
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: atmospheric, thought provoking, rough, disturbing, emotional ...
Plot: multiple storylines, nanny, loss of son, desert, deportation, tragic event, doctor, police brutality, family relations, redemption, depression, guilt ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: morocco, japan, mexico, asia, california ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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, sentimental, tense, atmospheric, realistic ...
Plot: beautiful scenery, fishing, childhood, wilderness, americana, generation gap, family relations, self discovery, coming of age, friendship, human nature, parents and children ...
Time: 1900s, 1910s, 1920s, 1930s, 20s ...
Place: montana, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.9
 571K
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: motivational, captivating, scenic, melancholic, dramatic ...
Plot: survival, storytelling, hopes, beautiful scenery, adventure, teenage boy, ocean or sea, human nature, life, journey, lost at sea, isolation ...
Time: 70s
Place: india, paris france, montreal, toronto ontario canada, mexico ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
 6.3
 30K
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: philosophical, psychedelic, sad, christian film, suspenseful
Plot: god, forgiveness, christian, guilt, death of daughter, a vision, missing child, depression, hate, husband wife relationship, cabin in the woods, metaphor ...
Place: oregon
⇓ 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: emotional, surreal, bleak, serious, sad ...
Plot: global warming, poverty, single parent, prehistoric creature, storm, childhood, african american, father daughter relationship, life is a bitch, forces of nature, search, magic realism ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: louisiana, usa, southern usa, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.3
 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, touching, disturbing, melancholic, psychological ...
Plot: small town, human nature, hopes, society, angel, social relations, adoption, hallucination, sick child, terminal illness, priest, boy ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, 1950s
Place: montana, usa, california, minnesota, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
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, 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 ⇓
100%
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: captivating, philosophical, sentimental, touching, atmospheric ...
Audience: date night
Plot: love and romance, impossible love, tragic love, true love, aging, life & death, child as adult, odd, existentialism, adult as child, life philosophy, fall in love ...
Time: 50s, 1940s, 1930s, 1920s, 60s ...
Place: new orleans, usa, louisiana, pearl harbor, new york ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
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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, surreal, suspense, psychological ...
Plot: afterlife, pedophile, rape, family drama, loss of daughter, loss of child, serial killer, death in the family, heaven and hell, murder, dealing with death, family relations ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, year 1973
Place: usa, united states, delaware, pennsylvania
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
 7.0
 19K
Courageous (2011)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy
Country: USA
Duration: 129 min.
Story: As law enforcement officers, Adam Mitchell, Nathan Hayes, and their partners are confident and focused. They willingly stand up to the worst the streets have to offer. Yet at the end of the day, they face a challenge that none of them are truly ...
Style: uplifting, touching, emotional, sincere, realistic ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: faith, family relations, self discovery, human spirit, friendship, destiny, hopes, law enforcement, family values, parents and children, family life, introspection ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
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: philosophical, touching, surreal, inspirational, emotional ...
Plot: afterlife, heaven and hell, hell, loss of child, life philosophy, redemption, family relations, painting, life & death, paradise, parents and children, angel ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
 8.0
 285K
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, terminal illness, coincidence, depression, infidelity, child prodigy, redemption, death, dysfunctional family, dishonesty, social problems ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1960s, 1950s, 1910s ...
Place: los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%
 7.6
 10K
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, touching, stylized, contemplative, sentimental ...
Plot: afterlife, videotaping, cloud, memory, memories, old man, bell, heaven, teenage girl, eternity, destiny, airplane ...
Time: 20th century
Place: tokyo, the philippines, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
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: sincere, touching, meditative, psychological, gloomy ...
Plot: couples, family relations, adultery, love affair, obsession, life turned upside down, romance, hopes, crumbling marriage, couple relations, parents and children, breakup ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, year 1951
Place: new york, connecticut, usa, manhattan new york city, paris france
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
 8.0
 409K
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, feel good, sentimental, offbeat, touching ...
Audience: date night
Plot: storytelling, adventure, witch, loneliness, fantasy world, circus, fish, escapades, parents and children, true love, mermaid, cancer ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 70s, 80s, 50s ...
Place: usa, alabama, congo, cuba, russia ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
 7.0
 47K
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, emotional, psychological, sincere, sad ...
Plot: loss of child, death in the family, grief, marriage, family problems, estrangement, housewife, loss of son, support group, memory, therapy, redemption ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new york, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
 6.3
 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: touching, realistic, serious, sentimental, melancholic ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, family relations, pain, family life, parents and children, family problems, life is a bitch, couple relations, estrangement, couples, terrorism, terminal illness ...
Time: 90s, 70s
Place: middle east, new jersey, beirut lebanon, utah, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
 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: realistic, serious, gloomy, atmospheric, touching ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, infidelity, murder, small town, family relations, prophecy, superstition, aunt niece relationship, tavern, all black cast, curse, incest ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 1960s
Place: louisiana, usa, detroit
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
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, christian film, emotional, serious
Plot: afterlife, self discovery, life is a bitch, danger, heaven and hell, redemption, religious, hopes, heaven, birthday, world war two, death ...
Time: 50s, 1940s, 1930s, 30s, 20th century ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
 7.2
 211K
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, philosophical, sentimental, romantic, emotional ...
Audience: date night, family outing, chick flick
Plot: love and romance, supernatural romance, dealing with death, mysterious character, afterlife, family relations, millionaire, life & death, love at first sight, supernatural, mentor, impossible love ...
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
12 and Holding (2005)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Three pre-adolescents with virginal and eager-of-signals naivety, hit headlong against monstrous and inhospitable loneliness, in the incandescent fire among the ashes of their own inocence.
Style: touching, realistic, sentimental, serious, emotional ...
Plot: friendship, adoption, family relations, loss of son, vengeance, family problems, coming of age, accidental killing, teenager, family in crisis, death in the family, parents and children ...
Time: contemporary
Place: new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
 6.4
 808
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: psychological, sincere, touching, atmospheric, gloomy ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, mental illness, self discovery, human nature, parents and children, sexual abuse, family problems, youth, life is a bitch, family life, little girl, spirituality ...
Time: 90s
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
 7.3
 69K
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, meditative, touching, serious ...
Plot: explicit sex, surrealism, hallucination, drug trip, afterlife, neon light, stripper, supernatural, ghost, youth, deadly, siblings relations ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, future
Place: japan, tokyo, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
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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, captivating, sincere, serious ...
Plot: divorce, childhood, dysfunctional family, marriage, unsupportive parent, family problems, starting over, crumbling marriage, family in crisis, nanny, crumbling relationship, lawyer ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 70s
Place: usa, new york, manhattan new york city, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
 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, sincere, atmospheric, emotional, intense ...
Plot: depression, family relations, eccentric family, parents and children, love and romance, youth, family problems, family in crisis, desert, childhood, coming of age, husband wife relationship ...
Time: contemporary, 70s
Place: new mexico, usa, korea, spain, boston ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
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: aging, family relations, childhood, couples, resentment, bittersweet, social differences, parents and children, coming of age, love and romance, golden years, youth ...
Time: 90s, future, near future
Place: germany, europe, egypt, spain
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
The United States of Leland (2003)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: A withdrawn young man, Leland Fitzgerald is imprisoned for the murder of a mentally disabled boy, who also happened to be the brother of his girlfriend, Becky. As the community struggles to deal with the killing, Pearl Madison, a teacher at the ...
Style: meditative, psychological, bleak, serious, realistic ...
Plot: murder, dysfunctional family, teacher, family relations, prison, theft, crimes, investigation, parents and children, prison life, family problems, loss of sibling ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: california, paris france, phoenix arizona, italy, new york ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
The Loss of Sexual Innocence (1999)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 106 min.
Story: The story of the sexual development of a filmmaker through three stages of his life.
Style: sexual, non-linear, sexy, realistic, serious ...
Audience: teens
Plot: loss of virginity, innocence lost, forbidden love, elderly lovers, twins, family relations, vengeance, youth, coming of age, downfall, love and romance, society ...
Time: 50s, 1950s, 20th century, stone age
Place: africa, tunisia, kenya, europe, london ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
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: atmospheric, meditative, disturbing, absurd, contemplative ...
Plot: reincarnation, jungle, haunted by the past, introspection, supernatural, hopes, dealing with death, surrealism, ghost, family relations, existentialism, loneliness ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: thailand, asia, tokyo, japan
⇓ 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, touching, meditative, lyrical ...
Audience: kids
Plot: friendship, redemption, youth, small town, kids in trouble, life is a bitch, hopes, society, social relations, adolescence, coming of age, teenage life ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: north carolina, usa, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%