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After Life (1998)
Original name: ワンダフルライフ
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, sincere, psychological, offbeat, reflective, meditative ...
Plot: afterlife, memory, eternity, disneyland, cloud, heaven, old man, bell, teenage girl, airplane, destiny, human nature, introspection, grandparent grandchild relationship, haunted by the past, hopes, supernatural, childhood, death, videotaping, heaven and hell, hospital, filmmaking, screening room, cotton candy ...
Time: 20th century
Place: kindergarten, tokyo, japan

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out touching, serious, melancholic and stylized films with plots about afterlife, death, supernatural, storytelling, life & death, dialogue and life philosophy mostly in Drama, Fantasy and Romance genres. Some movies like After Life: Defending Your Life (1991), Distance (2001), Hereafter (2010), Heart and Souls (1993), Air Doll (2009). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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Defending Your Life (1991)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Fantasy
Country: USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: In an afterlife resembling the present-day US, people must prove their worth by showing in court how they have demonstrated courage.
Style: humorous, touching, semi serious, witty, offbeat ...
Audience: girls' night, date night
Plot: afterlife, courtroom drama, destiny, redemption, hopes, heaven, imaginary, supernatural, starting over, romance, supernatural romance, fall in love ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.1
 921
Distance (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 132 min.
Story: On the eighth anniversary of a cult's failed chemical attack on Tokyo and their subsequent mass suicide, family members of those affected gather at the cult's former base on the shores of a lake to observe the anniversary of their loved ...
Style: serious, realistic, atmospheric, bleak, emotional ...
Plot: lake, forest, grief, afterlife, death in the family, sadness, cult, ocean or sea, dealing with death, terrorism, destiny, haunted by the past ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: japan, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
75%
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: emotional, serious, 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, 1930s ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
69%
 6.5
 86K
Hereafter (2010)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy
Country: USA
Duration: 129 min.
Story: A supernatural thriller centered on three people -- a blue-collar American, a French journalist and a London school boy -- who are touched by death in different ways.
Style: emotional, touching, serious, psychological, gloomy ...
Plot: afterlife, psychic, tsunami, journalist, supernatural ability, supernatural, reporter, dealing with death, french, greed, twins, forces of nature ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, year 2004, 2000s
Place: france, england, london, europe, usa ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
63%
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Heart and Souls (1993)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: A businessman is reunited with the four lost souls who were his guardian angels during childhood, all with a particular purpose to joining the afterlife.
Style: sentimental, touching, humorous, semi serious, feel good ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: afterlife, redemption, reincarnation, ghost, supernatural, hopes, angel, hospital, death, friendship, love, stage fright ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 1990s, 1960s, 1950s ...
Place: san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
 6.9
 5K
Air Doll (2009)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Romance
Country: Japan
Duration: 125 min.
Story: An "air doll" suddenly come to life one day. Without her owner knowing, she goes for a walk around town and falls in love with Junichi. She starts to date Junichi and gets a job at the same store where he works. Everything seems to be ...
Style: surreal, serious, gloomy, touching, bleak ...
Plot: objects come to life, imaginary, human nature, innocence lost, fall in love, hopes, love and romance, toys, creator, doll, video store, isolation ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: asia, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
 7.3
 56K
Enter the Void (2009)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy
Country: France, Germany, Italy, Canada
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, light ...
Plot: afterlife, incest, surrealism, ghost, strip club, prostitute, hallucination, drug trip, stripper, siblings relations, unsimulated sex, drug dealing ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, future
Place: japan, tokyo, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
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 ...
Style: epic, surreal, atmospheric, stylized, serious ...
Plot: dinosaur, childhood, afterlife, coming of age, belief, tree, meteor, sun, telegram, outer space, small town, innocence lost ...
Time: 1950s, 20th century, 50s, prehistoric times
Place: texas, usa, china
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
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 8.0
 4K
Be with You (2004)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Romance
Country: Japan
Duration: 119 min.
Story: When two souls find one another, nothing can tear them apart. Widower Takumi (Shido Nakamura) lives a quiet life with his six-year-old son Yuji (Akashi Takei) after the loss of wife and mother Mio (Yuko Takeuchi). Yuji unfailingly remembers her ...
Style: serious, sentimental, touching, gloomy
Audience: date night
Plot: afterlife, diary, dealing with death, romance, couple relations, hopes, love and romance, couples, supernatural, supernatural romance, death in the family, miraculous event ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
Dead Like Me: Life After Death (2009)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Fantasy
Country: USA
Duration: 87 min.
Story: When George and her colleagues get a new boss whose focus is on moving souls quickly and enjoying life without consequences, the team begins to break the strict reaper rules. While her friends fall victim to their desires for money, success, and ...
Style: semi serious, offbeat, dark humor, humorous, bad ending ...
Plot: afterlife, coma, suicide, suburbs, supernatural ability, dealing with death, siblings relations, supernatural, boss and employee, suburban life, workplace situations, family life ...
Place: new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
 6.7
 104K
City of Angels (1998)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Romance
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 114 min.
Story: When guardian angel Seth -- who invisibly watches over the citizens of Los Angeles -- becomes captivated by Maggie, a strong-willed heart surgeon, he ponders trading in his pure, otherworldly existence for a mortal life with his beloved. The couple ...
Style: sentimental, sincere, romantic, sweet, emotional ...
Audience: date night, chick flick
Plot: angel, afterlife, supernatural romance, romance, fall in love, fish out of water, couple relations, love and romance, human nature, heaven and hell, self sacrifice, life & death ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: los angeles, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
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, psychological, tense, serious ...
Plot: afterlife, rape, death in the family, serial killer, loss of daughter, loss of child, loss of loved one, heaven and hell, pedophile, dealing with death, murder, family relations ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, year 1973
Place: usa, delaware
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
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: emotional, surreal, touching, philosophical, inspirational ...
Plot: afterlife, heaven and hell, life philosophy, redemption, angel, loss of child, true love, family relations, painting, rescue, parents and children, husband wife relationship ...
Time: 90s
Place: battleship
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%
 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, serious, atmospheric, 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, minnesota, california, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
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: realistic, emotional, touching, sincere, serious ...
Plot: childhood, boy, architect, parents and children, life turned upside down, parent child relationship, family problems, family relations, disorder, human nature, introspection, moral dilemma ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
 6.1
 34K
Dragonfly (2002)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Mystery, Romance, Thriller
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 104 min.
Story: A grieving doctor is being contacted by his late wife through his patients near death experiences.
Style: suspenseful, scary, serious, gloomy, twists and turns ...
Plot: afterlife, hospital, supernatural, supernatural ability, supernatural romance, doctor, jungle, mystery, doctors and patients, romance, voice, humanitarian ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: usa, colombia, chicago illinois, venezuela, latin america
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
Wristcutters: A Love Story (2006)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Romance
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 88 min.
Story: Zia, distraught over breaking up with his girlfriend, decides to end it all. Unfortunately, he discovers that there is no real ending, only a run-down afterlife that is strikingly similar to his old one, just a bit worse. Discovering that his ...
Style: offbeat, humorous, clever, semi serious, witty ...
Plot: afterlife, on the road, depression, suicide, death, toast, grocery store, record player, russian, romance, hitchhiker, roommate ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: turkey, new jersey
⇓ 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, art house, serious, clever, witty ...
Plot: reincarnation, food, thai, bed, fish, jungle, ghost, afterlife, aging, introspection, buddhism, dying man ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: thailand, asia, tokyo, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
 7.2
 188K
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, talky ...
Audience: date night, family outing, chick flick
Plot: supernatural romance, love and romance, mysterious character, afterlife, millionaire, dealing with death, family relations, angel, romance, doctor, father daughter relationship, love at first sight ...
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
 6.6
 54
Lovelorn (2010)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Romance
Country: UK
Duration: 86 min.
Story: Set between the parallel worlds of contemporary London, the deserted afterlife and a mysterious dreamscape, LOVELORN is a story of lost souls trying to save each other.
Style: serious, gloomy, touching
Plot: afterlife, destiny, obsessive quest, siblings relations, romance, imaginary, love and romance, dealing with death, redemption, true love, lovers reunited, parallel world ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: england, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
Astral City: A Spiritual Journey (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: Brazil
Duration: 103 min.
Story: The selfish Dr. André Luiz dies and awakes in the limbo called "Umbral". After a painful period in the gruesome swamp, he is rescued and brought in a white light to "Nosso Lar" (meaning "Our Home"). He finds a place of ...
Style: atmospheric, serious, stylized
Plot: afterlife, spiritualist, purgatory, life after death, redemption, self discovery, brazilian, imaginary, supernatural, human spirit, reincarnation, hopes ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: brazil, latin america
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
 7.1
 657
Wings of Fame (1990)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Fantasy
Country: Netherlands
Duration: 116 min.
Story: A famous movie actor claims that he has written a book. As result, a real author, not a very well known writer, vengefully kills him but then dies as a result of an accident. Next, they both find themselves in after-life, where souls of all famous ...
Style: semi serious, humorous, witty
Plot: afterlife, artists and showbiz, hotel, fish out of water, assassination, murder, revenge, supernatural romance, celebrity culture, mistaken identity, showbiz, supernatural ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
 7.4
 2K
Resurrection (1980)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy
Country: USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: The story of a woman who survives the car accident which kills her husband, but discovers that she has the power to heal other people. She becomes an unwitting celebrity, the hope of those in desperate need of healing, and a lightning rod for ...
Style: touching, serious, psychological
Plot: afterlife, redemption, parents and children, small town, victim, religions or cults, disability, hopes, supernatural ability, human nature, forbidden love, love and romance ...
Place: kansas, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
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 8.1
 37K
Dead Like Me (2003)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Fantasy
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 60 min.
Story: Dead Like Me follows a group of undead grim reapers tasked with shepherding the recently departed into the afterlife.
Style: dark humor, clever, semi serious, offbeat, sentimental ...
Plot: afterlife, supernatural, supernatural ability, heaven and hell, grim reaper, death, actress, grief, corpse, office, young adult, suburbs ...
Place: seattle washington
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
 8.1
 20K
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, serious, gloomy, realistic, sincere ...
Audience: kids
Plot: innocence lost, dysfunctional family, childhood, responsibility, realism, family life, sibling relationship, siblings relations, family in crisis, kids in trouble, life is a bitch, youth ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: japan, tokyo, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
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
Place: europe, germany, egypt, spain
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
Photographing Fairies (1997)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Mystery
Country: UK
Duration: 106 min.
Story: Photographer Charles Castle is numbed with grief following the death of his beautiful bride. He goes off to war, working in the trenches as a photographer. Following the war and still in grief Charles is given some photographs purporting to be of ...
Style: atmospheric, serious, surreal, gloomy, captivating ...
Plot: legends and myths, fairy, haunted by the past, mystery, imaginary, dealing with death, imaginary kingdom, love and romance, unfulfillment, couples, supernatural, death sentence ...
Time: 1910s, 20th century
Place: england, europe, london, alps, switzerland
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
 7.6
 3K
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, serious, realistic, psychological, reflective ...
Plot: village, self discovery, crimes, hopes, love and romance, youth, couples, family problems, social relations, babies and infants, dealing with death, investigation ...
Time: 90s
Place: japan, asia, europe, venice, italy ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
 5.7
 187
Heaven Sent (1994)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Eddie, a fourteen-year-old juvenile delinquent of sorts, collides with a car during a petty theft and dies in the hospital. Due to some confusion in heaven, however, he is given three days to clean up his life with the help of a beginner angel - and ...
Style: semi serious, feel good, humorous, touching
Audience: family outing
Plot: afterlife, juvenile delinquency, starting over, redemption, family, reincarnation, teenage life, hopes, imaginary, youth, parents and children, destiny ...
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
 8.1
 96K
8? (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: psychological, talky, surreal, stylized, serious ...
Plot: adultery, midlife crisis, extramarital affair, filmmaking, childhood, traffic jam, mistress, director, dancer, actress, priest, actor ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: italy, europe, copenhagen denmark, england, paris france ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
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