Movies like Backlight

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Backlight (2010)
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Backlight (2010)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi
Country: Portugal, USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Several characters who are each at critical stages of their lives are strangely impelled towards an uncharted lake in the middle of the desert where they all have the opportunity to save each other.
Style: atmospheric, contemplative, tense, psychological, captivating, serious
Plot: desert, introspection, mysterious place, group of strangers, supernatural, destiny, dealing with death, down on your luck, saving a life, love and romance, hopes, lake or river, off the road, objects come to life, airplane, car, on the road, death, suicide, happiness, prophecy, suicide attempt, theft, accident, teenage girl ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: los angeles

Most similar movies to Backlight

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, psychological, atmospheric and contemplative films with plots about hopes, introspection, dealing with death, family relations, destiny, haunted by the past and mystery mostly in Drama, Mystery and Sci-Fi genres. Some movies like Backlight: Winter in the Blood (2013), Heart of Now (2010), Endtime (2014), The Quiet Roar (2014), Caroline and Jackie (2012). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
Winter in the Blood (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: A young, self-destructive Montana Blackfoot Indian, his mind groggy with alcohol and tormented by childhood memories, discovers that his wife has left him, taking with her his prize rifle. He sets out to find her, but what he's really searching ...
Style: contemplative, serious, realistic, atmospheric, psychological ...
Plot: self discovery, introspection, obsessive quest, hung over, on the road, native american, twilight
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, montana
⇓ similarity ⇓
95%
Bab'Aziz - The Prince That Contemplated His Soul (2005)
Genre: Drama
Country: Tunisia, Hungary, France, Germany, Iran, Switzerland, UK
Duration: 98 min.
Story: The story of a blind dervish named Bab'Aziz and his spirited granddaughter, Ishtar. Together they wander the desert in search of a great reunion of dervishes that takes place just once every thirty years. With faith as their only guide, the two ...
Style: touching, serious, atmospheric, exciting, sentimental ...
Plot: desert, spirituality, religions or cults, self discovery, destiny, hopes, adventure, human spirit, mysterious place, lost, blind man, storytelling ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
83%
 6.9
 82
Heart of Now (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: "Heart of Now" concerns a young woman with a profound longing for a sense of family. Amber is devastated after her boyfriend abandons her because she's pregnant. She is whisked across a contrast of urban, natural and emotional ...
Style: realistic, contemplative, psychological, sentimental, captivating ...
Plot: desert, introspection, looking for love, haunted by the past, redemption, downfall, pregnancy, spirituality, female protagonist, life turned upside down, love and romance, unfulfillment ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: california, usa, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
79%
 5.2
 19
Endtime (2014)
Genre: Drama, Sci-Fi
Country: Israel
Duration: 80 min.
Story: Eight friends throw a goodbye party to welcome the end of the world.
Style: psychological, serious, exciting, captivating, gloomy ...
Plot: apocalypse, introspection, best friends, dealing with death, friendship, cause and meaning, life is a bitch, unfulfillment, friends, female director
Time: 21st century
Place: israel
⇓ similarity ⇓
77%
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 5.6
 191
The Quiet Roar (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: Sweden, Norway
Duration: 77 min.
Story: MARIANNE (Evabritt Strandberg) is a 68-year old woman diagnosed with a terminal disease. Left with angst, she seeks therapy at a clinic where she is treated with Psilocybin (LSD) and meditation by a counselor, Eva (Hanna Schygulla). Through this she ...
Style: serious, contemplative, realistic, sincere, psychological ...
Plot: aging, drug abuse, elderly, introspection, dealing with death, terminal illness, disease, youth
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: europe, norway
⇓ similarity ⇓
76%
Caroline and Jackie (2012)
Genre: Drama, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 85 min.
Story: A woman turns her sister's belated birthday celebration into an intervention, but as events unfold, it becomes unclear which sibling needs the most help.
Style: realistic, captivating, serious, touching, psychological
Plot: introspection, addiction, friendship, haunted by the past, life is a bitch, drug abuse, eating disorder, friends, siblings relations, sister sister relationship, anorexia
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, california, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
70%
Like a Cast Shadow (2015)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Germany
Duration: 87 min.
Story: Sibylle, a pragmatic architect, mother and wife, witnesses a suicide of a woman her age while on vacation in Italy. Devastated by this incident, it causes the perception of her life and her family to change. Something inside of her has been set in ...
Style: contemplative, serious, atmospheric, realistic, psychological ...
Plot: family relations, introspection, couples, couple relations, under the surface, mystery, strong female presence
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: italy, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
64%
 7.3
 11
Eroded (2011)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Story: "It is said that when left unhealed, the past can destroy our lives. When Billy Reid and his sister Sheila lose loved ones in a horrific accident, they must face the aftermath together. For Billy, that aftermath and the secrets that lie within ...
Style: psychological, suspenseful, atmospheric, serious, tense
Plot: haunted by the past, family relations, mystery, family problems, memory loss, supernatural ability, supernatural, life is a bitch, family in crisis, destiny, loss, car accident ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: ohio, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
61%
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 4.7
 3K
Main Street (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: From the once thriving tobacco warehouses, to the current run-down and closed shops of Five Points, a diverse group of residents and their respective life changes when outsider Gus Leroy brings something new and potentially dangerous into their ...
Style: psychological, serious, tense, atmospheric, realistic ...
Plot: estrangement, mysterious character, introspection, dishonesty, intrigue, social relations, hopes, small town life, small town
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: north carolina, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
61%
 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 ⇓
60%
 6.1
 562
Love Eternal (2013)
Genre: Drama, Mystery
Country: Ireland
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Based on the Japanese novel 'Loving the Dead' from acclaimed author Kei Oishi, the film centres on a damaged young man who, after shutting himself away for ten years, is forced to venture out into a world that he no longer understands.
Style: disturbing, sincere, psychological, bleak, serious ...
Plot: introspection, dealing with death, cause and meaning, death wish, isolation, autism, loneliness, love, obsession, human nature, unfulfillment
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: ireland
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
 6.7
 5K
The Door (2009)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: Germany
Duration: 103 min.
Story: A successful artist loses control of his life after his young daughter's death. A chance for a new start appears, but all is not what it seems.
Style: serious, atmospheric, suspenseful, enigmatic, mind bending
Plot: time travel, dealing with death, life turned upside down, couples, family relations, father daughter relationship, supernatural, righting the wronged, performer's life, female nudity, doppelganger, male nudity ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: europe, germany
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
 6.4
 857
A Useful Life (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: Uruguay, Spain
Duration: 67 min.
Story: A movie-theater employee adjusts to a new life after the cinema he worked at for over 25 years is forced to shut down.
Style: realistic, sentimental, contemplative, psychological, atmospheric ...
Plot: self discovery, starting over, theater, introspection, cinema, society, love and romance, looking for love, optimism, hopes, movie theatre
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: uruguay, latin america
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
 6.7
 332K
Signs (2002)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: A family living on a farm finds mysterious crop circles in their fields which suggests something more frightening to come.
Style: suspenseful, tense, twists and turns, psychological, enigmatic ...
Plot: alien invasion, farm, asthma attack, ufo, alien encounter, alien, loss of faith, destiny, asthma, single father, small town, baseball ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: pennsylvania, usa, mexico, brazil
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
 7.8
 28
Fall to Rise (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: A famous dancer is fired after an injury and thrust into the role of motherhood.
Style: contemplative, emotional, realistic, psychological, serious
Plot: artists and showbiz, ambition, introspection, hopes, dancer's life, strong female presence, women, dancer
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
 6.0
 925
Angel's Fall (2004)
Genre: Drama
Country: Greece, Turkey
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Zeynep, Tülin Özen works in a hotel as a housekeeper. But she suffers hell on earth because of her father's behavior. She only talks to Mustafa, 'Engin Dogan' who works in the same hotel and he is interested in Zeynep. She is not ...
Style: psychological, sincere, touching, atmospheric, bleak ...
Plot: dull life, family problems, destiny, parents and children, love and romance, life is a bitch, death in the family, unfulfillment, family relations, chance, sexual content, society ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: middle east, turkey
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
Two Gates of Sleep (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 78 min.
Story: After preparing for their mother's imminent death, two brothers go on an arduous upriver journey to honor her final request.
Style: touching, emotional, atmospheric, sincere, serious ...
Plot: death in the family, family problems, last wish, family relations, hopes, introspection, siblings relations, dealing with death, brother brother relationship, very little dialogue, death of mother, river ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
 6.3
 601
Awaken (2012)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Alex's dreary life is reignited when he meets Rachel, the woman of his dreams. The only thing that stands in the way of their perfect, serendipitous relationship is that Rachel has recently passed away.
Style: touching, sincere, captivating, psychological, semi serious ...
Audience: date night
Plot: romance, true love, parallel world, destiny, unfulfillment, hopes, bittersweet, supernatural, couples, afterlife, unfulfilled love, imaginary ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
 5.6
 1K
The Trial (2010)
Genre: Drama, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: After the horrific death of his wife and two sons, suicide seems to be the only escape for small town attorney Kent "Mac" McClain... until he's assigned a capital punishment case that begins to transform his life and those around him ...
Style: suspenseful, captivating, serious, realistic, sincere
Plot: murder, courtroom, courtroom drama, legal investigation, legal action, legal, dealing with death, crimes, dedicated lawyer, introspection, haunted by the past, investigation ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, georgia
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
 6.4
 2K
Dreamland (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: A young woman who lives in a desert trailer park must choose between caring for her hapless father and sick friend or fulfilling her own destiny.
Style: suspenseful, captivating, serious, realistic, gloomy
Plot: love triangle, trailer park, self discovery, starting over, love and romance, hopes, youth, destiny, life is a bitch, basketball, introspection, desert ...
Time: contemporary
Place: las vegas, usa, new mexico
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
Nothing Personal (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: Netherlands, Ireland
Duration: 85 min.
Story: Alone in her empty flat, from her window Anne observes the people passing by who nervously snatch up the personal belongings and pieces of furniture she has put out on the pavement. Her final gesture of taking a ring off her finger signals she is ...
Style: atmospheric, psychological, contemplative, realistic, captivating ...
Plot: introspection, starting over, friendship, human nature, freedom, drifter, solitude, on the road, loneliness, estrangement, travel, moving ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: ireland
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
The Girl from Nowhere (2012)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery
Country: France
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Michel, a retired math teacher, has lived alone since his wife’s death and occupies his time writing an essay about the beliefs that shape daily life. One day he comes across Dora, a young homeless woman, who shows up injured on his doorstep, and ...
Style: contemplative, surreal, tense, psychological, suspense ...
Plot: introspection, self discovery, hopes, paranormal phenomena, mysterious girl, loneliness, ghost, supernatural power, nudity (full frontal - brief), hallucination, religion, reincarnation ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: paris france, france
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
In the Dark Half (2012)
Genre: Drama, Mystery
Country: UK
Duration: 85 min.
Story: A teenage girl comes to terms with the unexplained death of the boy next door.
Style: atmospheric, psychological, twists and turns, serious, surprise ending ...
Plot: ghost, teenager, dead child, supernatural, teenage life, secret place, dealing with death, youth, in the woods, suburbs, haunted by the past, hallucination ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: england
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
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The Sensation of Sight (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 134 min.
Story: This off-beat drama about man's search for meaning amidst the ache of despair chronicles Finn, an introspective English teacher entering a mid-life crisis impelled by a recent tragedy, as he sets afoot selling encyclopedias to the town locals.
Style: serious, psychological, atmospheric, sincere, realistic ...
Plot: family relations, self discovery, haunted by the past, estrangement, single parent, hopes, small town life, human nature, family business, midlife crisis, profanity, dealing with death ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
 8.1
 78K
Solaris (1972)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi
Country: Soviet Union
Duration: 167 min.
Story: A psychologist is sent to a space station orbiting a planet called Solaris to investigate the death of a doctor and the mental problems of cosmonauts on the station. He soon discovers that the water on the planet is a type of brain which brings out ...
Style: atmospheric, intellectual, art house, psychedelic, cerebral ...
Plot: space station, outer space, scientist, space travel, space and aliens, investigation, hallucination, astronaut, dreams, russian, back from the dead, psychologist ...
Time: future, 70s
Place: soviet union, russia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
 5.4
 574
Apart (2011)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Romance, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 85 min.
Story: Linked by a rare psychological disorder, Noah Greene and Emily Gates must uncover the mystery of a tragic past in order to find hope for the future.
Style: tense, psychological, atmospheric, captivating, suspense ...
Plot: memory loss, neo noir, romance, mystery, haunted by the past, mental illness, couples, uncover truth, destiny, foreknowledge, youth, hopes ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
Stratosphere Girl (2004)
Genre: Drama, Mystery
Country: Netherlands, Switzerland, UK, Italy, Germany
Duration: 85 min.
Story: In this imaginative independent drama, Angela (Chloé Winkel) is a French art student living in Germany who loves to draw comics and creates elaborate tales drawn in a soft and romantic style. One night, Angela meets Yamamoto (Jon Yang), a club DJ ...
Style: psychological, serious, realistic, mind bending, suspenseful ...
Plot: nightclub, danger, crimes, immigrants, love affair, murder, innocence lost, love and romance, mystery, female protagonist, female nudity, teenage girl ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: tokyo, japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
 5.8
 573
Pig (2011)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: A man wakes up alone in the middle of the desert with a black hood on his head and his hands tied behind his back. At death's door, he is discovered by a woman living alone in the desert and is nursed back to health. Upon regaining ...
Style: twists and turns, tense, surprise ending, captivating, psychological ...
Plot: uncover truth, memory loss, mystery, intrigue, dishonesty, mysterious character, nursing, amnesia, danger, society, profanity, life is a bitch ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
 7.4
 173K
K-PAX (2001)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Prot is a patient at a mental hospital who claims to be from a far away Planet. His psychiatrist tries to help him, only to begin to doubt his own explanations.
Style: psychological, atmospheric, surprise ending, touching, serious ...
Plot: mysterious character, benign alien, patient, psychiatrist, alien, mental institution, odd, research, insanity, hypnosis, crazy, planet ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 90s, 80s, future ...
Place: usa, new york, albuquerque new mexico, iceland, grand central station manhattan new york city ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
 7.4
 340K
Cloud Atlas (2012)
Genre: Action, Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi
Country: USA, Germany, Hong Kong, Singapore, China
Duration: 172 min.
Story: A set of six nested stories spanning time between the 19th century and a distant post-apocalyptic future. Cloud Atlas explores how the actions and consequences of individual lives impact one another throughout the past, the present and the future. ...
Style: thought provoking, atmospheric, psychological, enigmatic, surreal ...
Plot: destiny, life philosophy, reincarnation, human nature, life & death, dystopic future, death, love and romance, supernatural, tribe, graphic violence, karma ...
Time: future, 1930s, 19th century, 20th century, 21st century ...
Place: seoul, san francisco, hawaii, south korea
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
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