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Brightness (1987)
 7.1
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Brightness (1987)
Original name: Yeelen
Genre: Drama, Fantasy
Country: Mali, Burkina Faso, France, West Germany, Japan
Duration: 105 min.
Story: A young man with magical powers journeys to his uncle to request help in fighting his sorcerer father.
Style: atmospheric, serious, captivating, light
Plot: magic, sorcerer, youth, supernatural, family relations, parents and children, self discovery, on the run, obsessive quest, danger, imaginary, curses spells and rituals, escapades, selflessness, coming of age, rivalry, young heroes, wizards and magicians, female nudity, myth, male nudity, curse, black magic, twin brother, fire ...
Time: middle ages
Place: africa

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Most similar movies to Brightness

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, atmospheric, captivating and stylized films with plots about imaginary, danger, escapades, family relations, youth, curses spells and rituals and parents and children mostly in Drama, Fantasy and Adventure genres. Some movies like Brightness: Prospero's Books (1991), The Juniper Tree (1990), Green Snake (1993), Neverland (2003), The Mists of Avalon (2001). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
Prospero's Books (1991)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy
Country: UK, Netherlands, France, Italy, Japan
Duration: 124 min.
Story: An exiled magician finds an opportunity for revenge against his enemies muted when his daughter and the son of his chief enemy fall in love in this uniquely structured retelling of the 'The Tempest'.
Style: experimental, serious, surreal, offbeat, captivating ...
Plot: parents and children, imaginary, escapades, vengeance, royal family, dishonesty, rivalry, danger, island, legends and myths, imaginary kingdom, sea disaster ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
95%
Krabat and the Legend of the Satanic Mill (2008)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Thriller
Country: Germany, UK, Romania
Duration: 120 min.
Story: A 14-year-old orphan named Krabat flees the horrors of the 30 Years War by becoming an apprentice to an ominous master of a mysterious mill. Krabat is not only taught the craft of milling, but is also instructed in the sinister world of the darker ...
Style: serious, captivating, exciting, stylized, fairy tale
Audience: teens, pre-teens, kids, family outing
Plot: wizards and magicians, adventure, supernatural ability, apprentice, curses spells and rituals, supernatural, good versus evil, danger, buddies, rivalry, teachers and students, friendship ...
Time: 17th century, middle ages
Place: europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
89%
The Juniper Tree (1990)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy
Country: Iceland
Duration: 78 min.
Story: Margit and her older sister, Katla, flee their homeland in Iceland after their mother is killed for practicing witchcraft. Needing a place to stay, Katla casts a spell over a young farmer named Jóhann which makes him fall in love with her, ensuring ...
Style: contemplative, serious, gloomy
Plot: wizards and magicians, family relations, curses spells and rituals, siblings relations, supernatural ability, burned alive, family in danger, parents and children, supernatural, spell, father son relationship, dead body in water ...
Time: middle ages
Place: iceland, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
76%
 7.2
 2K
Green Snake (1993)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 99 min.
Story: A mischievous snake who assumes human form interferes with the romance between her reptilian sister and a hapless man.
Style: atmospheric, stylized, serious, surreal, based on legend ...
Plot: martial arts, hidden identity, good versus evil, dangerous attraction, supernatural romance, rivalry, danger, fall in love, romance, supernatural, clergy, curses spells and rituals ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
64%
 4.8
 359
Neverland (2003)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy
Country: USA
Duration: 83 min.
Story: Damion Dietz's NEVERLAND is a dark, modernized, and highly original retelling of the childhood classic PETER PAN. In this version, Peter (Rick Sparks) is a juvenile delinquent, Tinkerbell (Kari... Damion Dietz's NEVERLAND is a dark, ...
Style: serious, bleak, offbeat
Plot: escapades, adventure, life is a bitch, danger, disgruntled, youth, theme park, gays and lesbians, imaginary, kidnapping, uninhibited rivalry, social misfits ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
The Mists of Avalon (2001)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy
Country: Czech Republic, Germany, USA
Duration: 183 min.
Story: A unique re-working of the Arthurian epic, based on the novel by Marion Zimmer Bradley, The Mists of Avalon tells the familiar tale but with an important twist: The story is told through the eyes of the women who wielded power behind King ...
Style: exciting, atmospheric, epic, serious, entertaining ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: wizards and magicians, imaginary, legends and myths, state affairs, heroes, obsessive quest, escapades, adventure, family relations, siblings relations, arthurian legend, feminism ...
Time: middle ages
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
 5.2
 2K
One & Two (2015)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Two siblings discover a supernatural escape from a troubled home, but find their bond tested when reality threatens to tear their family apart.
Style: atmospheric, serious, psychological, captivating, stylized ...
Plot: siblings relations, isolation, supernatural ability, family problems, terminal illness, family relations, parents and children, youth, sick mother, coming of age, life is a bitch, confined ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (2011)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Fantasy, Mystery
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 130 min.
Story: Harry, Ron and Hermione continue their quest to vanquish the evil Voldemort once and for all. Just as things begin to look hopeless for the young wizards, Harry discovers a trio of magical objects that endow him with powers to rival Voldemort's ...
Style: exciting, stylized, atmospheric, entertaining, sincere ...
Audience: teens, pre-teens, kids, family outing
Plot: wizards and magicians, magical, good versus evil, friendship, chosen one, imaginary, teacher, supernatural, supernatural ability, young heroes, sorcerer, witch ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 20th century, year 1998, 2010s ...
Place: europe, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
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 4K
Medea (1969)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy
Country: Italy, France, West Germany
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Based on the plot of Euripides' Medea. Medea centers on the barbarian protagonist as she finds her position in the Greek world threatened, and the revenge she takes against her husband Jason who has betrayed her for another woman.
Style: talky, serious, cult film
Plot: murder, vengeance, greek mythology, escapades, deadly, crimes, state affairs, fall in love, betrayal, infidelity, good versus evil, greek ...
Time: ancient history
Place: ancient greece, greece
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
Under the Mountain (2009)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Fantasy
Country: New Zealand
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Teenage twins battle dark forces hidden beneath Auckland's volcanoes.
Style: suspenseful, exciting, serious, captivating, scary ...
Audience: teens, family outing, kids, pre-teens
Plot: wizards and magicians, adventure, alien, good versus evil, young heroes, save the world, teenage life, heroes, supernatural, siblings relations, danger, alien race ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new zealand
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
 6.4
 923
The Tempest (1979)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy
Country: UK
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Prospero, a potent magician, lives on a desolate isle with his virginal daughter, Miranda. He's in exile, banished from his duchy by his usurping brother and the King of Naples. Providence brings these enemies near; aided by his vassal the ...
Style: surreal, sexual, offbeat, serious, experimental ...
Plot: island, destiny, supernatural, love and romance, love affair, escapades, intrigue, isolation, betrayal, royal family, couples, vengeance ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
A Blind River (2009)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy
Country: South Korea
Duration: 122 min.
Story: Seong-chan, aka Lucas Fedora, rejects his girlfriend's proposal to get married and start a family of their own and leaves her to return to Korea and find his biological mother. He checks into a run down motel owned by two widows who have demons ...
Style: realistic, serious, tense, atmospheric, emotional ...
Plot: adoption, obsessive quest, haunted by the past, misfit, introspection, hotel, fish out of water, disorder, parents and children, family relations, self discovery, knife ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: korea, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
A Distant Neighbourhood (2010)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy
Country: Belgium, Luxembourg, France, Germany
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Thomas, a father in his fifties, returns by chance to the town where he grew up. He collapses and wakes up forty years earlier in the body of his teenage self. Thrown back into his past, Thomas will not only have to re-live his first love, but also ...
Style: sincere, sentimental, psychological, thought provoking, atmospheric ...
Plot: changing the past or future, family relations, small town, teenage life, love and romance, hopes, parents and children, adult as child, father son relationship, sent to the past, parents separation, high school life ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 1960s
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
Tears for Sale (2008)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, History, Romance
Country: Serbia
Duration: 86 min.
Story: Story of two sisters that grew up in a small Serbian village in the beginning of the 1930s. The village is torn up by wars and years long blood oath. There are no men left in the village. Our heroines, Ognjenka and Mala Boginja decide to go to the ...
Style: captivating, humorous, enigmatic, light, gothic ...
Plot: village, escapades, obsessive quest, romance, siblings relations, female nudity, sex scene, drinking, rivalry, looking for love, danger, crimes ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
The Good Witch (2008)
Genre: Drama, Family, Fantasy
Country: Canada
Duration: 89 min.
Story: A mysterious woman comes in to town and inhabits the local haunted mansion, making everyone wonder if she's a witch or "The Grey Lady".
Style: touching, semi serious, captivating, entertaining
Audience: family outing, pre-teens, kids
Plot: wizards and magicians, curses spells and rituals, mysterious character, supernatural, adventure, estate, danger, parents and children, small town, witch, small town life, family ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
 5.3
 7K
The Tempest (2010)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: An adaptation of the play by William Shakespeare. Prospera (a female version of Shakespeare's Prospero) is the usurped ruler of Milan who has been banished to a mysterious island with her daughter. Using her magical powers, she draws her ...
Style: captivating, atmospheric, stylized, serious, surreal ...
Plot: island, sorceress, spirit, storm, vengeance, betrayal, danger, escapades, wizards and magicians, family relations, curses spells and rituals, love and romance ...
Time: 16th century, 17th century
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
 7.6
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DreamKeeper (2003)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy
Country: USA, Canada, Germany
Duration: 174 min.
Story: In South Dakota, in an Indian reservation, an old storyteller Indian asks his grandson Shane, who is in trouble owing money to some bad guys, to take his old pony and him to Albuquerque to the great powwow, an Indian meeting. While traveling, ...
Style: sentimental, touching, atmospheric, feel good, semi serious
Plot: on the road, native americans, obsessive quest, good versus evil, self discovery, society, gang, friendship, generation gap, human nature, culture clash, escapades ...
Place: south dakota, usa, montana, new mexico
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
The Wonders of Aladdin (1961)
Genre: Fantasy
Country: France, Italy, USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Young Aladdin (Donald O'Connor) has a series of wild adventures after he discovers a magic lamp containing a genie (Vittorio De Sica).
Style: semi serious, humorous, exciting
Audience: kids, family outing
Plot: genie, friends, wish come true, young heroes, save the princess, hopes, escapades, love and romance, heroes, imaginary, family, adventure ...
Place: middle east
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
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The Wizards Return: Alex vs. Alex (2013)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Family, Fantasy
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
Story: The Russo family and friends are headed to Tuscany, Italy, to meet their long lost relatives... but when Alex tries to prove she's more than a seemingly carefree young Wizard, she inadvertently conjures a spell that creates a Good Alex and an ...
Style: not serious, feel good, humorous, stylized, captivating
Audience: kids, pre-teens, family outing
Plot: wizards and magicians, good versus evil, young heroes, supernatural ability, save the world, siblings relations, curses spells and rituals, escapades, family relations, save the day, youth, family ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: italy
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
 7.1
 1K
Cremaster 3 (2002)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy
Country: USA
Duration: 182 min.
Story: CREMASTER 3 (2002) is set in New York City and narrates the construction of the Chrysler Building, which is in itself a character - host to inner, antagonistic forces at play for access to the process of (spiritual) transcendence. These factions ...
Style: experimental, epic, stylized, atmospheric, offbeat ...
Plot: supernatural, good versus evil, legends and myths, curses spells and rituals, strong sexual content, punk, deadly, artists and showbiz, imaginary, danger, skyscraper, apprentice ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, new york, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
 6.4
 72K
The Craft (1996)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: A Catholic school newcomer falls in with a clique of teen witches who wield their powers against all who dare to cross them -- be they teachers, rivals or meddlesome parents.
Style: gothic, scary, suspenseful, captivating, atmospheric ...
Audience: teens, chick flick
Plot: curses spells and rituals, magic, witch, goth, supernatural, danger, black magic, high school, teenager, good versus evil, supernatural ability, wizards and magicians ...
Time: 1990s, 80s
Place: los angeles, usa, san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
 5.8
 540
Wendy (2020)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy
Country: USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: A re-imagining of "Peter Pan" from the point of view of Wendy Darling, who finds herself lost on a mysterious island where aging and time have come unglued. She must fight to save her family, her freedom and the joyous spirit of youth.
Style: psychological, disturbing, sincere, captivating
Plot: family, children, fantasy world, childhood, young heroes, rescue, adaptation, adventure, imaginary, danger, island, magic
Time: contemporary
Place: louisiana
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
Onmyoji: The Yin Yang Master (2001)
Genre: Action, Drama, Fantasy, Horror
Country: Japan
Duration: 112 min.
Story: During a dark time in the Heian period, when evil forces threaten the kingdom, the emperor relies on the Onmyoji to keep the supernatural forces in line. But as political events become highly charged, friction within the order leads to betrayal. ...
Style: suspenseful, exciting, atmospheric, epic, serious ...
Plot: supernatural, danger, ghost, adventure, heroic mission, intrigue, dishonesty, battles, destiny, betrayal, escapades, martial arts ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
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 6.3
 108
Golden Kingdom (2015)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, Myanmar
Duration: 104 min.
Story: Story of four young monks left alone in their remote monastery in Myanmar. Shot entirely in newly-opened Myanmar with non-actors, the film bridges spirit, cinema, and traditional Burmese storytelling to open a view onto an unseen world.
Style: contemplative, tense, atmospheric, serious, touching
Plot: orphan, curses spells and rituals, in the woods, coming of age, escapades, imaginary, danger, youth
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: burma
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
 5.2
 783
Tom Thumb (2001)
Genre: Family, Fantasy, Drama
Country: France
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Poucet is a kid from a family of numerous children. The parents, too poor to feed them, decide to abandon them in the forest. Their, the brothers try to find their way out making fantastic encounters. This film is based on the French fairy tale ...
Style: serious, stylized, fairy tale, captivating, exciting
Audience: family outing, pre-teens
Plot: escape, forest, poverty, heroes, young heroes, danger, youth, life is a bitch, escapades, favoritism among siblings, siblings relations, little boy ...
Time: 16th century
Place: europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
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, life after death, reincarnation, spiritualist, self discovery, human spirit, supernatural, redemption, society, imaginary, unfulfillment ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: brazil, latin america
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
Natural Sciences (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: Argentina, France
Duration: 70 min.
Story: In a rural school in the middle of the mountains, a girl who is starting to become a woman feels the profound need to discover her true identity. She does not know who her father is and she is determined to find him, but her mother does not approve ...
Style: gloomy, touching, serious, realistic, atmospheric ...
Plot: obsessive quest, boarding school life, teachers and students, power relations, family relations, parents and children, on the road, coming of age, youth, self discovery, family problems, hopes ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: latin america, argentina
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
The Sleeping Beauty (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: France
Duration: 82 min.
Story: On the heels of the mesmeric “Bluebeard” comes this wonderfully idiosyncratic, heady and erotic exploration of another classic Charles Perrault fairy tale by French cinema’s endlessly probing and brilliant provocateuse. Time-tripping with a ...
Style: captivating, atmospheric, tense, serious, surreal ...
Plot: coming of age, antidote, youth, innocence lost, sexual content, hopes, imaginary, love and romance, imaginary kingdom, curses spells and rituals, miraculous event, legends and myths ...
Place: europe, france
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
 6.2
 162
Spiderwebhouse (2015)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy
Country: Germany
Duration: 90 min.
Story: When 12-year-old Jonas’ mother leaves to “fight her demons”, he steps up as head of the household, becoming the unofficial guardian to his younger siblings. With food and money running out, the children retreat into a world of their own where, ...
Style: realistic, atmospheric, gloomy, serious, rough
Plot: siblings relations, down on your luck, family relations, life turned upside down, youth, isolation, danger, family in crisis, dysfunctional family, family problems, confined, child as adult ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: germany
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
The Mirror Boy (2011)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Fantasy, Mystery
Country: UK, Nigeria
Duration: 84 min.
Story: The Mirror Boy is a mystical journey through Africa, seen through the eyes of a 12 year old boy, Tijan. After a London street fight, in which a local boy is hurt, Tijan's mother decides to take him back to their roots, to Gambia. On their ...
Style: touching, serious, emotional
Plot: coming of age, missing child, destiny, adventure, youth, single parent, self discovery, parents and children, picked on, family relations, street fight, 12 year old ...
Time: 2010s
Place: africa
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%