Movies like After Life 1998

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After Life (1998)
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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, sentimental, sincere, serious, poignant, sexy, reflective ...
Plot: afterlife, videotaping, memory, disneyland, teenage girl, old man, memories, heaven, eternity, heaven and hell, destiny, airplane, supernatural, introspection, haunted by the past, human nature, hopes, grandparent grandchild relationship, childhood, death, hospital, love, sex, dancing, school ...
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, thought provoking, melancholic and contemplative films with plots about life philosophy, catastrophe, life & death, storytelling, hopes, mentor and loneliness mostly in Drama, Fantasy and Romance genres. Some movies like After Life: Distance (2001), Defending Your Life (1991), What Dreams May Come (1998), Air Doll (2009), The Tree of Life (2011). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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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, psychological, bleak, mind bending, realistic ...
Plot: afterlife, destiny, estrangement, supernatural, terrorism, life is a bitch, haunted by the past, teenage life, death in the family, religions or cults, dealing with death, lake ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: japan, tokyo
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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, melancholic, light ...
Audience: girls' night, date night
Plot: afterlife, heaven, destiny, romance, starting over, fall in love, hopes, supernatural, couple relations, life & death, death, redemption ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: new jersey
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100%
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, surreal, touching, inspirational, cerebral ...
Plot: afterlife, life philosophy, heaven and hell, redemption, hell, life & death, loss of child, destiny, husband wife reunion, family relations, painting, true love ...
Time: 90s
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50%
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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, bleak, semi serious, humorous ...
Plot: objects come to life, sex doll, fall in love, toys, creator, human nature, innocence lost, hopes, nudity (full frontal - brief), little girl, love and romance, sexual content ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: japan, asia, east asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
69%
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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: christian film, touching, serious, emotional
Plot: afterlife, heaven, heaven and hell, amusement park, self discovery, redemption, life is a bitch, religious, hopes, birthday, world war two, death ...
Time: 50s, 1930s, 1940s, 20th century
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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, surreal, disturbing, visually appealing ...
Plot: reincarnation, jungle, introspection, haunted by the past, supernatural, dealing with death, hopes, ghost, surrealism, family relations, existentialism, loneliness ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: thailand, asia, tokyo, japan
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65%
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: surreal, atmospheric, touching, captivating, psychological ...
Audience: teens, family outing
Plot: childhood, philosophy, coming of age, dinosaur, parenthood, family relations, outer space, redhead, grief, suffering, hopes, spirituality ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, prehistoric times
Place: texas, usa, china
⇓ similarity ⇓
64%
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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, realistic, serious, psychological, sexy ...
Plot: suicide, village, hopes, arranged marriage, self discovery, social relations, museum, couples, family problems, couple relations, haunted by the past, death in the family ...
Time: 90s
Place: japan, venice, asia, europe, italy ...
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63%
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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: heartbreaking, serious, touching, gloomy, depressing ...
Audience: kids
Plot: poverty, childhood, dysfunctional family, young kid, innocence lost, survival, responsibility, financial problem, journey, tragedy, brother brother relationship, malnutrition ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: japan, tokyo, asia, california
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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: architect, family reunited, family relations, identity crisis, life turned upside down, introspection, moral dilemma, childhood, parents and children, family life, social differences, disorder ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
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62%
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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, society, hopes, human nature, angel, social relations, adoption, hallucination, boy, priest, sick child, terminal illness ...
Time: 50s, 20th century
Place: montana, usa, california, minnesota, tokyo
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62%
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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, touching, psychological, enigmatic, gloomy ...
Plot: redemption, starting over, social relations, human nature, hopes, crimes of passion, haunted by the past, murder, ufo, village, infidelity, erotica ...
Time: 90s, 80s
Place: japan, asia, tokyo, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
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, cerebral ...
Audience: date night
Plot: angel, immortality, mortality, diary, desire, dream, impossible love, german, afterlife, fall in love, supernatural, romance ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: germany, berlin germany, europe, west germany
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59%
 8.0
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8½ (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, reflective, stylized ...
Plot: extramarital affair, midlife crisis, childhood, filmmaking, postmodernism, mistress, adultery, dreams, self involved, creator, producer, unfulfillment ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: italy, europe, copenhagen, england, paris france ...
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56%
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
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Time: contemporary, 21st century
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Nine Days (2020)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy
Country: USA
Duration: 124 min.
Story: A reclusive man conducts a series of interviews with human souls for a chance to be born.
Style: thought provoking, psychological, unusual plot structure, melancholic, philosophical
Plot: destiny, humanity, life philosophy, life & death, mentor, redemption, alone in the world, recluse, haunted by the past, forgiveness, loneliness, hopes ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
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, psychological, tense, bleak, surreal ...
Plot: pedophile, afterlife, rape, loss of child, death in the family, loss of daughter, dealing with death, serial killer, tragic event, loss of family member, loss of loved one, death of child ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, year 1973
Place: usa, delaware, pennsylvania
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
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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, emotional, sweet ...
Audience: date night, girls' night, chick flick
Plot: angel, afterlife, romance, supernatural romance, fall in love, heaven and hell, life & death, fallen angel, love and romance, self sacrifice, couple relations, fish out of water ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: los angeles, usa, san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
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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, emotional, touching, romantic, realistic ...
Plot: infidelity, romance, golden years, lovers reunited, crumbling marriage, love triangle, family problems, aging, male female relationship, loneliness, husband wife relationship, unfulfillment ...
Time: 90s, 50s, 1940s, 70s
Place: melbourne australia, belgium, adelaide south australia, australia
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Always (1989)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 122 min.
Story: Pete Sandich is a reckless fire-fighting pilot who is killed in what was to have been his final mission. Ascending to Heaven, Pete is introduced to business-like angel who instructs the spectral Pete to pass on his aviation knowledge to his young ...
Style: sentimental, touching, emotional, intense, humorous ...
Audience: girls' night, date night, chick flick
Plot: afterlife, airplane, ghost, pilot, supernatural, rescue, romance, true love, tragic hero, starting over, guardian angel, aviation ...
Place: usa, colorado
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53%
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, touching, sentimental, sincere, romantic ...
Plot: romance, love affair, self discovery, unlikely couple, starting over, mysterious character, couples, couple relations, sexual relations, sexuality, adultery, village ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, post world war two
Place: japan, asia, tokyo, hong kong, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
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The Future (2011)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Romance
Country: USA, Germany, France, 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, life turned upside down, human nature, follow your dream, couples, disorder, road not taken, dishonesty, hopes, nursing ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, future
Place: los angeles, usa, california, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
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Waking Life (2001)
Genre: Animation, Drama, Fantasy
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Waking Life is about a young man in a persistent lucid dream-like state. The film follows its protagonist as he initially observes and later participates in philosophical discussions that weave together issues like reality, free will, our ...
Style: philosophical, stylized, surreal, captivating, clever ...
Plot: existentialism, philosophy, dream, lifestyle, bohemian life, human nature, daydreamer, alternate reality, lucid dream, surrealism, existence paradox, nightmare ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
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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: romantic, touching, sentimental, philosophical, emotional ...
Audience: date night, family outing, chick flick
Plot: supernatural romance, love and romance, mysterious character, dealing with death, afterlife, love at first sight, family relations, life & death, millionaire, life philosophy, hopes, lifestyle change ...
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city
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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, sentimental, humorous, semi serious, offbeat
Plot: family relations, aging, childhood, hide and seek, bittersweet, couples, resentment, golden years, coming of age, youth, love and romance, family life ...
Time: 90s, future, near future
Place: germany, europe, egypt, spain
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
 7.5
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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, suspense, biting, realistic, serious ...
Plot: prostitute, infidelity, suburbs, divorce, adultery, love, dysfunctional family, couple relations, friendship, introspection, human nature, family life ...
Time: 60s, 20th century
Place: tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
 7.8
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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: touching, sincere, emotional, captivating, sentimental ...
Audience: teens
Plot: teenage rape, loneliness, poetry, old woman, introspection, life is a bitch, juvenile delinquency, society, grandparent and grandchild, terminal illness, suicide, family relations ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 70s
Place: korea, japan, asia, south korea
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
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: thought provoking, atmospheric, serious, stylized, surreal ...
Plot: introspection, dog, battle of the sexes, couple relations, crumbling marriage, human nature, infidelity, love, communication problem, fight, nudity (full frontal - brief), death ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: france, europe
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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, disturbing, captivating, gloomy ...
Plot: destiny, true love, supernatural, lovers reunited, parallel world, redemption, obsessive quest, hopes, escapades, love and romance, romance, dealing with death ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: england, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
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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, psychological, serious, thought provoking ...
Plot: afterlife, psychic, journalist, tsunami, supernatural ability, supernatural, catastrophe, forces of nature, dealing with death, accident, love and romance, survivor ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s, year 2004
Place: france, london, usa, europe, england ...
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