Movies like After Life 1998

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After Life (1998)
 7.6
 10K
After Life (1998)
Original name: ワンダフルライフ
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, psychological, sincere, sentimental, offbeat, serious, contemplative, reflective ...
Plot: afterlife, videotaping, cloud, memory, old man, teenage girl, memories, heaven, bell, eternity, destiny, airplane, disneyland, supernatural, heaven and hell, hopes, haunted by the past, human nature, introspection, grandparent grandchild relationship, childhood, death, hospital, love, sex ...
Time: 20th century
Place: tokyo, the philippines, japan

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, contemplative, melancholic and touching films with plots about storytelling, life philosophy, catastrophe, loneliness, death, mentor and dialogue mostly in Drama, Fantasy and Romance genres. Some movies like After Life: Defending Your Life (1991), Distance (2001), Air Doll (2009), Like Father, Like Son (2013), Nobody Knows (2004). 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, melancholic, light ...
Audience: date night, girls' night
Plot: afterlife, heaven, destiny, romance, fall in love, starting over, hopes, imaginary, couple relations, supernatural, life & death, death ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.9
 1K
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: bleak, psychological, serious, realistic, atmospheric ...
Plot: lake, danger, supernatural, life is a bitch, estrangement, terrorism, destiny, deadly, dealing with death, religions or cults, haunted by the past, teenage life ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: japan, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
94%
 6.9
 6K
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: bleak, serious, surreal, touching, humorous ...
Plot: objects come to life, fall in love, creator, toys, imaginary, hopes, innocence lost, human nature, nudity (full frontal - brief), video store, little girl, sexual content ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: japan, asia, tokyo, east asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
59%
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 ⇓
57%
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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: touching, thought provoking, sincere, psychological, emotional ...
Plot: childhood, architect, introspection, moral dilemma, life turned upside down, identity crisis, parents and children, family life, social differences, disorder, society, human nature ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
 8.1
 24K
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: serious, bleak, touching, gloomy, contemplative ...
Audience: kids
Plot: dysfunctional family, childhood, poverty, innocence lost, financial problem, survival, young kid, journey, responsibility, greed, tragedy, character study ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: tokyo, japan, asia, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
 7.5
 5K
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, contemplative, serious, realistic, psychological ...
Plot: suicide, village, hopes, arranged marriage, self discovery, museum, couples, social relations, youth, love and romance, babies and infants, crimes ...
Time: 90s
Place: japan, asia, europe, italy, venice ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
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, touching, contemplative, captivating, psychological ...
Audience: family outing, teens
Plot: childhood, philosophy, dinosaur, outer space, family relations, hopes, suffering, child abuse, grief, spirituality, parenthood, family problems ...
Time: 50s, 1950s, 20th century, prehistoric times
Place: texas, usa, china
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
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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 ⇓
48%
 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 ⇓
47%
 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: captivating, psychological, touching, enigmatic, contemplative ...
Plot: redemption, starting over, social relations, human nature, hopes, haunted by the past, crimes of passion, murder, ufo, village, infidelity, erotica ...
Time: 90s, 1990s, 80s
Place: japan, asia, tokyo, new jersey
⇓ 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: 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 ⇓
42%
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, atmospheric, surreal, touching, serious ...
Audience: date night
Plot: angel, immortality, mortality, desire, diary, dream, impossible love, german, fall in love, romance, supernatural, supernatural romance ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: germany, berlin germany, europe, west germany
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
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, contemplative, serious, captivating ...
Plot: apocalypse, painting, tunnel, contamination, rain, legends and myths, artist, life & death, chaos, rainy, wise man, nuclear holocaust ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: japan, asia, mount fuji, pacific ocean, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
 7.3
 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: sincere, touching, emotional, romantic, serious ...
Plot: infidelity, romance, golden years, lovers reunited, love triangle, crumbling marriage, family problems, aging, male female relationship, loneliness, husband wife relationship, love affair ...
Time: 90s, 50s, 1950s, 1940s, 70s
Place: melbourne australia, belgium, adelaide south australia, australia
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
 8.0
 107K
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, art house, surreal, stylized, serious ...
Plot: extramarital affair, midlife crisis, childhood, filmmaking, mistress, adultery, dreams, self involved, creator, postmodernism, star, unfulfillment ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s
Place: italy, europe, copenhagen, france, england ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
 6.2
 8K
The Future (2011)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Romance
Country: France, Germany, USA, UK
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, sentimental, emotional, meditative, mind bending ...
Plot: infidelity, destiny, pets, follow your dream, human nature, life turned upside down, road not taken, disorder, couples, hopes, dishonesty, nursing ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, future
Place: los angeles, usa, california, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
 7.6
 9K
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, biting, suspense, tense, clever ...
Plot: prostitute, suburbs, infidelity, love, adultery, divorce, dysfunctional family, dishonesty, society, couple relations, suburban life, self discovery ...
Time: 60s, 20th century
Place: tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
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Astral City: A Spiritual Journey (2010)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy
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: serious, atmospheric, stylized, captivating, contemplative
Plot: afterlife, purgatory, reincarnation, life after death, spiritualist, human spirit, self discovery, supernatural, society, redemption, unfulfillment, hopes ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: brazil, latin america
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
 6.7
 112K
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, girls' night, chick flick
Plot: angel, afterlife, supernatural romance, romance, fall in love, heaven and hell, fallen angel, fish out of water, life & death, human nature, couple relations, love and romance ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: los angeles, usa, san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
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 ⇓
32%
Warm Water Under a Red Bridge (2001)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Romance
Country: Japan, France
Duration: 119 min.
Story: A newly unemployed salaryman meets a particularly sexual woman.
Style: surreal, sincere, touching, sentimental, contemplative ...
Plot: romance, love affair, self discovery, sexual relations, couple relations, unlikely couple, starting over, mysterious character, couples, sexuality, adultery, village ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: japan, asia, tokyo, hong kong, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
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 ⇓
16%
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 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 ⇓
31%
 6.6
 59
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: touching, serious, captivating, disturbing, contemplative ...
Plot: destiny, true love, supernatural, romance, obsessive quest, escapades, hopes, love and romance, redemption, lovers reunited, parallel world, dealing with death ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: london, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
 6.9
 6K
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: realistic, touching, sentimental, talky, sincere ...
Plot: friendship, last wish, death, memory, family relations, war veteran, partners, parents and children, self discovery, friends, life, friendship between men ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, year 1989
Place: england, europe, london, california, australia
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
Goodbye to Language (2014)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy
Country: Switzerland, France
Duration: 70 min.
Story: About a man who’s angry at his wife because she’s met another man on a park bench and they no longer even speak the same language.
Style: atmospheric, thought provoking, serious, stylized, experimental ...
Plot: dog, introspection, battle of the sexes, couple relations, human nature, infidelity, crumbling marriage, love, communication problem, fight, nudity (full frontal - brief), death ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: europe, france
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
 6.4
 90K
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: touching, emotional, serious, psychological, meditative ...
Plot: afterlife, psychic, journalist, tsunami, supernatural ability, supernatural, dealing with death, tragic event, loss of loved one, survivor, loss of family member, love and romance ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s, year 2004
Place: france, london, europe, usa, england ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
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 ⇓
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: humorous, contemplative, semi serious, depressing, road movie ...
Plot: suicide, depression, afterlife, death, russian, purgatory, friendship, dealing with death, supernatural, love and romance, starting over, regret ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new jersey, turkey
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%