Movies like After Life

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After Life (1998)
 7.7
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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, psychological, sincere, offbeat, reflective, meditative ...
Plot: afterlife, memory, eternity, airplane, old man, teenage girl, bell, heaven, cloud, disneyland, destiny, human nature, introspection, grandparent grandchild relationship, haunted by the past, hopes, supernatural, childhood, death, videotaping, heaven and hell, hospital, filmmaking, love, dancing ...
Time: 20th century
Place: kindergarten, tokyo, japan

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, melancholic, touching and reflective films with plots about life philosophy, catastrophe, storytelling, dialogue, mentor, loneliness and life & death mostly in Drama, Fantasy and Romance genres. Some movies like After Life: Defending Your Life (1991), Distance (2001), Air Doll (2009), Enter the Void (2009), The Tree of Life (2011). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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: date night, girls' night
Plot: afterlife, courtroom drama, destiny, redemption, hopes, heaven, imaginary, supernatural, starting over, romance, supernatural romance, fall in love ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.1
 973
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, atmospheric, realistic, bleak, emotional ...
Plot: forest, lake, 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 ⇓
83%
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 ⇓
54%
 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, old man, casual sex, doll ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: asia, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
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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, 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 ⇓
53%
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: atmospheric, captivating, touching, psychological, epic ...
Audience: family outing, teens
Plot: childhood, grief, child abuse, parent child relationship, sibling relationship, philosophy, suffering, family problems, family relations, parents and children, human nature, family life ...
Time: 1950s, 20th century, 50s, prehistoric times
Place: texas, usa, china
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
 7.6
 4K
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 ⇓
48%
 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 ⇓
48%
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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, serious, sincere ...
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 ⇓
47%
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 ⇓
43%
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, serious, clever, witty, touching ...
Plot: reincarnation, thai, food, fish, bed, jungle, ghost, aging, introspection, buddhism, dying man, redemption ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: thailand, asia, tokyo, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
 6.7
 106K
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, romantic, sincere, sweet, emotional ...
Audience: date night, chick flick
Plot: afterlife, angel, 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, san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
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 ⇓
40%
 6.5
 87K
Hereafter (2010)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Romance
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, gloomy, psychological ...
Plot: afterlife, tsunami, journalist, psychic, supernatural, supernatural ability, reporter, dealing with death, french, greed, twins, forces of nature ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, year 2004, 2000s
Place: france, england, london, europe, usa ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
 7.4
 5K
The Eel (1997)
Genre: Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 117 min.
Story: White-collar worker Yamashita finds out that his wife has a lover visiting her when he's away, suddenly returns home and kills her. After eight years in prison, he returns to live in a small village, opens a barber shop (he was trained as a ...
Style: serious, realistic, touching, atmospheric, gloomy ...
Plot: redemption, village, murder, infidelity, obsession, ufo, pets, haunted by the past, hopes, couples, starting over, human nature ...
Time: 90s, 1990s
Place: japan, asia, tokyo, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
 8.1
 21K
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, childhood, dysfunctional family, responsibility, realism, family life, sibling relationship, family in crisis, kids in trouble, life is a bitch, youth, family problems ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: japan, tokyo, asia, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
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, feel good, semi serious ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: afterlife, redemption, reincarnation, ghost, supernatural, hopes, angel, hospital, death, friendship, love, break in ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 1960s, 1950s, 1990s ...
Place: san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
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: atmospheric, surreal, psychological, touching, serious ...
Audience: date night
Plot: immortality, angel, library, circus, mortality, berlin wall, dream, temptation, poet, diary, desire, supernatural romance ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: europe, germany, berlin germany, west germany
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
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 ⇓
17%
 7.7
 8K
Faces (1968)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 130 min.
Story: An old married man leaves his wife for a younger woman. Shortly after, his ex-wife also begins a relationship with a younger partner.
Style: talky, serious, clever, biting, realistic ...
Plot: prostitute, divorce, adultery, love, infidelity, betrayal, suburbs, crumbling marriage, marriage crisis, dysfunctional family, human nature, introspection ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
 8.1
 98K
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, 1960s
Place: europe, italy, france, paris france, rome italy ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
 6.2
 8K
The Future (2011)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Romance
Country: Germany, USA, France
Duration: 91 min.
Story: When a couple decides to adopt a stray cat their perspective on life changes radically, literally altering the course of time and space and testing their faith in each other and themselves.
Style: surreal, semi serious, atmospheric, offbeat, emotional ...
Plot: infidelity, couple relations, destiny, suburbs, unfulfillment, couples, disorder, pets, follow your dream, human nature, road not taken, life turned upside down ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, future
Place: california, usa, los angeles, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
 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 ⇓
32%
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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 ⇓
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: serious, atmospheric, 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, switzerland, alps
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
 7.5
 2K
Innocence (2000)
Genre: Drama
Country: Australia, Belgium
Duration: 94 min.
Story: After more than forty years apart, Andreas and Claire embark on an affair as reckless and intense as when they were young lovers. Widowed musician Andreas decides to get back in touch with his one great love, Claire, who is still married to her ...
Style: atmospheric, serious, realistic, touching, emotional ...
Plot: infidelity, romance, love affair, dishonesty, love and romance, unfulfillment, couples, family problems, golden years, crumbling marriage, love, couple relations ...
Time: 90s, 1950s, 1940s
Place: melbourne australia, belgium, adelaide south australia, australia
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
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, record player, grocery store, toast, russian, romance, hitchhiker, roommate ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: turkey, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
 7.8
 8K
Poetry (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: South Korea
Duration: 139 min.
Story: Grandmother Mi Ja works part-time as a caretaker, and struggles to raise a teen grandson by herself. Despite her tough situation, she speaks softly, dresses fashionably, and approaches the world with child-like curiosity. Enrolling in a poetry ...
Style: emotional, realistic, touching, serious, atmospheric ...
Audience: teens
Plot: teenage rape, poetry, loneliness, old woman, bridge, suicide, aging, golden years, human nature, introspection, elderly, hopes ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: asia, korea, south korea, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
I Never Promised You a Rose Garden (1977)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: A disturbed,institutionalized 16-year-old girl struggles between fantasy and reality.
Style: surreal, serious, emotional, gloomy, sincere ...
Audience: teens
Plot: mental illness, mental institution, doctors and patients, confined, misfit, youth, power relations, life is a bitch, teenage life, hopes, imaginary, self control ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
 7.0
 5K
Last Orders (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK, Germany
Duration: 109 min.
Story: Jack Dodd was a London butcher who enjoyed a pint with his mates for over 50 years. When he died, he died as he lived, with a smile on his face watching a horse race on which he had bet, with borrowed money. But before he died he had a final ...
Style: talky, realistic, clever, serious, emotional ...
Plot: friendship, friends, death, grief, war veteran, memory, infidelity, last wish, life, buddies, on the road, self discovery ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, year 1989
Place: england, europe, london, california, australia
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
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