Movies like Brightness

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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, curse, black magic, twin brother, fire, manhunt ...
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, stylized and captivating films with plots about imaginary, escapades, danger, youth, curses spells and rituals, rivalry and supernatural mostly in Drama, Fantasy and Adventure genres. Some movies like Brightness: Prospero's Books (1991), The Juniper Tree (1990), Green Snake (1993), A Distant Neighbourhood (2010), Medea (1969). 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: atmospheric, serious, offbeat, surreal, stylized ...
Plot: sea disaster, wizards and magicians, memory loss, vengeance, imaginary kingdom, escapades, legends and myths, parents and children, imaginary, dishonesty, royal family, danger ...
⇓ 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, kids, family outing, pre-teens
Plot: wizards and magicians, supernatural ability, apprentice, good versus evil, adventure, curses spells and rituals, teachers and students, rivalry, supernatural, danger, young lovers, buddies ...
Time: 17th century, middle ages
Place: europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
80%
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: gloomy, serious
Plot: parents and children, curses spells and rituals, burned alive, wizards and magicians, family relations, supernatural, family in danger, siblings relations, supernatural ability, lord's prayer, ghost, father son relationship ...
Time: middle ages
Place: iceland, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
 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: stylized, atmospheric, serious, surreal, based on legend
Plot: martial arts, supernatural romance, curses spells and rituals, heroes, adventure, dangerous attraction, escapades, love and romance, fall in love, siblings relations, imaginary, romance ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
65%
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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, serious, atmospheric, sentimental
Plot: changing the past or future, adult as child, small town, high school life, coming of age, redemption, youth, family relations, parents separation, fish out of water, family life, teenage life ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 1960s
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
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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: serious, talky
Plot: murder, vengeance, greek mythology, parents and children, crimes, curses spells and rituals, couple relations, unfulfillment, escapades, love and romance, state affairs, fall in love ...
Time: ancient history
Place: ancient greece, greece
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
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: tense, captivating, realistic, serious, emotional ...
Plot: adoption, parents and children, fish out of water, haunted by the past, self discovery, family relations, hotel, obsessive quest, disorder, misfit, introspection, knife ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: korea, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
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 889
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: serious, atmospheric, surreal, offbeat, sexual ...
Plot: island, love affair, confined, uninhibited rivalry, escapades, isolation, intrigue, royal family, couples, vengeance, ghost, betrayal ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
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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: stylized, atmospheric, serious, mind bending, surreal ...
Plot: apprentice, good versus evil, punk, supernatural, artists and showbiz, curses spells and rituals, imaginary, legends and myths, danger, skyscraper, strong sexual content, deadly ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
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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, stylized ...
Audience: teens, chick flick
Plot: curses spells and rituals, supernatural, magic, witch, black magic, danger, wizards and magicians, high school, teenager, good versus evil, supernatural ability, goth ...
Time: 1990s, 80s
Place: los angeles, usa, san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
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, save the world, supernatural ability, young heroes, escapades, youth, family relations, siblings relations, curses spells and rituals, save the day, family reunited ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: italy
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
 6.2
 104
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: touching, atmospheric, serious, tense
Plot: danger, escapades, imaginary, curses spells and rituals, orphan, in the woods, coming of age, youth
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: burma
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
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: epic, exciting, stylized, suspenseful, offbeat ...
Plot: ghost, supernatural, danger, legends and myths, curses spells and rituals, imaginary, heroic mission, betrayal, rivalry, righting the wronged, battles, intrigue ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
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: atmospheric, serious, surreal, offbeat, captivating ...
Plot: coming of age, innocence lost, antidote, self discovery, imaginary, love and romance, imaginary kingdom, hopes, curses spells and rituals, legends and myths, miraculous event, teenage love ...
Place: france, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
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Twitches Too (2007)
Genre: Drama, Family, Fantasy
Country: USA
Duration: 83 min.
Story: Reunited witch twins Camryn and Alex adjust to their new life as supernatural beings while at the same time trying to maintain a normal existence in this sequel to the magical Disney Channel original movie Twitches. But they soon find themselves ...
Style: feel good, exciting, humorous, semi serious
Audience: family outing, kids, pre-teens
Plot: witch, wizards and magicians, good versus evil, hereditary gift of witchcraft, reunion, danger, supernatural, imaginary, curses spells and rituals, siblings relations, youth, family relations ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
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: imaginary, wizards and magicians, legends and myths, state affairs, heroes, adventure, obsessive quest, siblings relations, escapades, family relations, arthurian legend, feminism ...
Time: middle ages
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
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: captivating, touching, gloomy, atmospheric, serious ...
Plot: coming of age, hopes, parents and children, obsessive quest, teachers and students, boarding school life, family problems, family relations, power relations, on the road, self discovery, youth ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: latin america, argentina
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
Edgar Allan Poe's the Black Cat (1989)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Horror
Country: Italy
Duration: 84 min.
Story: Mark Ravenna, a famous Italian horror film director, sets out to script his latest film entitled 'Suspiria : De Profundis'. His film is based on Dario ArgentoÆs 'Suspiria' and 'Inferno' and deals with the story of ...
Style: atmospheric, serious, scary, stylized, suspenseful
Plot: supernatural, cat, artists and showbiz, danger, filmmaking, gory, deadly, rivalry, reincarnation, supernatural ability, curses spells and rituals, imaginary ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: italy, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
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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, scary, exciting, feel good, serious
Audience: teens, family outing, pre-teens, kids
Plot: wizards and magicians, alien race, alien, volcano, supernatural, adventure, supernatural ability, teenage life, emotionless, good versus evil, youth, rivalry ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new zealand
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
 6.1
 153
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: gloomy, rough, atmospheric, serious, realistic
Plot: danger, isolation, youth, family relations, life turned upside down, dysfunctional family, siblings relations, imaginary, life is a bitch, mysterious character, family in crisis, down on your luck ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: germany
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
Wizards of Waverly Place: The Movie (2009)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Family, Fantasy
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Powerful magic cast by Alex spells trouble for the Russo's. The kids must go on an adventure to save their family and their existence.
Style: feel good, stylized, humorous, captivating, exciting ...
Audience: pre-teens, family outing, kids
Plot: wizards and magicians, magic, teenage life, island, family vacation, supernatural ability, memory loss, youth, parents and children, family, escapades, imaginary ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: caribbean
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (2011)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Fantasy, Mystery
Country: USA, UK
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, serious, scary
Audience: teens, pre-teens, kids, family outing
Plot: wizards and magicians, chosen one, magical, supernatural ability, friendship, good versus evil, young heroes, best friends, imaginary, friends, witch, teacher ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s, year 1998, 20th century ...
Place: europe, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
 4.9
 349
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: bleak, serious, offbeat
Plot: theme park, addiction, rivalry, prostitute, gender bending, innocence lost, kidnapping, disgruntled, danger, pirate, youth, gender ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
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The Magic Sword (1962)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Fantasy
Country: USA
Duration: 80 min.
Story: The son of a sorceress, armed with weapons, armour and six magically summoned knights, goes on a quest to save a princess from a vengeful wizard.
Style: semi serious, exciting
Audience: family outing
Plot: princess, dragon, magic, knight, battle zone, wizards and magicians, battles, save the princess, adventure, young heroes, imaginary, love and romance ...
Place: dungeon
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
 7.2
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Neverwhere (1996)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy
Country: UK
Duration: 180 min.
Story: Richard Mayhew leads an ordinary life in London when one day a girl named Door falls, injured, across his path. The next thing he knows, his life is gone and he's pulled into the fantastical world of London Below. Pursued by the murderous ...
Style: serious, atmospheric, offbeat, stylized, dark humor
Plot: angel, imaginary kingdom, adventure, imaginary, escapades, heroes, rivalry, good versus evil, supernatural, danger, magic, london underground ...
Place: europe, london, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
 5.2
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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: gloomy, serious, atmospheric, stylized
Plot: family relations, coming of age, supernatural, youth, isolation, dysfunctional family, terminal illness, family problems, life is a bitch, supernatural ability, confined, parents and children ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
Son of Babylon (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: Iraq, UK, France, Netherlands, United Arab Emirates, Egypt, Palestine
Duration: 100 min.
Story: A willful young boy follows his just as obstinate grandmother in a journey across Iraq, determined to discover the fate of her missing son, Ahmed's father, who never returned from war.
Style: tense, captivating, atmospheric, emotional, serious ...
Plot: obsessive quest, family in crisis, escapades, parents and children, state affairs, golden years, family relations, youth, adolescence vs adulthood, hopes, human spirit, political unrest ...
Time: 21st century
Place: iraq, middle east
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
Electra, My Love (1974)
Genre: Drama
Country: Hungary
Duration: 70 min.
Story: Reminiscent of the latter works of Bela Tarr, Miklos Jancso's "Beloved Electra" is comprised of a series of extremely slow and extremely long takes (there are just eight principal shots, each lasting an entire reel of film). More ...
Style: atmospheric, serious, captivating, stylized, realistic
Plot: murder, state affairs, legends and myths, curses spells and rituals, rivalry, danger, obsession, parents and children, vengeance, male nudity, topless, rebellion ...
Time: ancient history
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
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: humorous, semi serious, exciting
Audience: family outing, kids
Plot: genie, save the princess, adventure, love and romance, family, imaginary, curses spells and rituals, young heroes, hopes, heroes, escapades, wish come true ...
Place: middle east, dungeon
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
 5.9
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Levitation (1997)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Sarah Paulson stars as a pregnant teenager who searches for her biological mother, with the help of a guardian angel.
Style: touching, gloomy, realistic, serious, psychological ...
Plot: pregnancy, friendship, adoption, custody, alcohol abuse, parents and children, life is a bitch, hopes, coming of age, destiny, self discovery, youth ...
Time: 90s
Place: england, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
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