Wistful movies and TV shows

The list contains the best, new and most relevant wistful movies ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out wistful, melancholic, realistic, talky, weird and visually appealing films and TV shows about / with catastrophe, dialogue, runaway, storytelling, relationships, culture clash, mentor, suprisingly clever, loneliness and life philosophy plots mostly in Drama, Romance and Comedy genres shot in USA, UK, France and other countries.
wistful movies
TOP 10 movies tagged as wistful: Before Sunrise (1995), Lara (2019), Malcolm & Marie (2021), Never Rarely Sometimes Always (2020), Kicked in the Head (1997), The Whole Wide World (1996), Paris, Texas (1984), A Room with a View (1985), The Eighth Day (1996), Vive L'Amour (1994).

List of wistful movies

Before Sunrise (1995)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA, Austria
Duration: 101 min.
Story: On his way to Vienna, American Jesse meets Céline, a student returning to Paris. After long conversations forge a surprising connection between them, Jesse convinces Celine to get off the train with him in Vienna. Since his flight to the U.S. ...
Style: philosophical, emotional, sentimental, melancholic, feel good ...
Audience: date night, teens, girls' night, chick flick
Plot: chance meeting, relationships, fall in love, destiny, tourist, french, coincidence, train, love story, love, travel, teenage girl ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: vienna, europe, austria, paris france, france ...
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Lara (2019)
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: Germany
Duration: 98 min.
Story: It is Lara's sixtieth birthday and it is surely no coincidence that her son Viktor is giving the most important piano concert of his career – since it was her who mapped out and forced Victor's musical career in the first place. Yet the ...
Style: serious, atmospheric, melancholic, depressing, wistful
Plot: mother son conflict, piano teacher, ex husband ex wife relationship, classical music, loneliness, depression, musician, music, composer, birthday, girl, suicide attempt ...
Place: germany, berlin germany
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Malcolm & Marie (2021)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: As a filmmaker and his girlfriend return home from his movie premiere, smoldering tensions and painful revelations push them toward a romantic reckoning.
Style: realistic, serious, talky, social, inspirational ...
Plot: interracial relations, love, filmmaker, interracial couple, smoking, director, frustration, angry, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, couple relations, relationships, family relations ...
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Never Rarely Sometimes Always (2020)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 101 min.
Story: A pair of teenage girls in rural Pennsylvania travel to New York City to seek out medical help after an unintended pregnancy.
Style: social, sad, meditative, rough, serious ...
Audience: girls' night, teens, teen drama
Plot: abortion, pregnancy, female protagonist, teenage pregnancy, teenage girl, sexual abuse, unwanted pregnancy, teenager, abortion clinic, stealing money, 17 year old, feminist ...
Time: year 2019, 2010s
Place: pennsylvania, new york
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Kicked in the Head (1997)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 87 min.
Story: Redmond is a young guy who can't find what to do with his life. When his uncle Sam gives him the bag to deliver to some uptown connection he fails to do so and it gets them in trouble with Jack, low-key criminal. After that tough guy Stretch ...
Style: humorous, stylized, visually appealing, bloody, melancholic ...
Plot: gangsters, stewardess, marijuana, weapons, crazy, fantasy world, existentialism, drugs, distopia, betrayal, brutality, dark humor ...
Time: 90s, 80s
Place: new york, usa, california
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The Whole Wide World (1996)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: Based on her acclaimed autobiographical book, THE WHOLE WIDE WORLD tells the story of Novalyne Price, an attractive feisty West Texas schoolteacher and her bittersweet, romantic and turbulent relationship with Robert E. Howard, the great pulp ...
Style: touching, emotional, sentimental, sexy, stylized ...
Plot: writers, love story, destiny, friendship, bittersweet, couples, hospital, loneliness, love, summer, melancholy, creativity ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century
Place: texas, ireland, louisiana, usa, new mexico
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Paris, Texas (1984)
Genre: Drama
Country: West Germany, France, UK, USA
Duration: 145 min.
Story: A man wanders out of the desert not knowing who he is. His brother finds him, and helps to pull his memory back of the life he led before he walked out on his family and disappeared four years earlier.
Style: road movie, surreal, touching, emotional, atmospheric ...
Plot: desert, father son relationship, on the road, amnesia, road trip, relationships, isolation, solitude, parenthood, loneliness, melancholy, sibling relationship ...
Time: 80s, year 1984, 20th century
Place: texas, los angeles, paris france, austin texas, germany ...
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A Room with a View (1985)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: UK
Duration: 117 min.
Story: When Lucy Honeychurch and chaperon Charlotte Bartlett find themselves in Florence with rooms without views, fellow guests Mr Emerson and son George step in to remedy the situation. Meeting the Emersons could change Lucy's life forever but, once ...
Style: touching, scenic, atmospheric, romantic, sexy ...
Audience: chick flick, girls' night
Plot: hotel, self discovery, travel, love, couples, male nudity, female protagonist, looking for love, fall in love, piano, happy ending, love triangle ...
Time: 19th century, victorian era, edwardian era, 20th century, 90s ...
Place: italy, england, europe, london, florence
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The Eighth Day (1996)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Belgium, France, UK
Duration: 118 min.
Story: Georges has Down syndrome, living at a mental-institution, Harry is a busy businessman, giving lectures for young aspiring salesmen. He is successful in his business life, but his social life is a disaster since his wife left him and took their two ...
Style: sentimental, road movie, touching, feel good, sexy ...
Plot: down syndrome, disability, friendship, intellectual disability, bittersweet, self discovery, rain, psychology, suicide, love, parenthood, imagination ...
Time: 90s
Place: tokyo, france, belgium, mexico
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Vive L'Amour (1994)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Taiwan
Duration: 118 min.
Story: Three lonely young denizens of Taipei unknowingly share an apartment: Mei, a real estate agent who uses it for her sexual affairs; Ah-jung, her current lover; and Hsiao-ang, who's stolen the key and uses the apartment as a retreat.
Style: erotic, disturbing, meditative, atmospheric, serious ...
Plot: sex, love triangle, character study, multiple storylines, friendship, dysfunctional family, russian, drugs, art, love and romance, couples, jealousy ...
Time: 90s
Place: taiwan, tokyo, taipei, asia
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August (1996)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Set in 1890s North Wales over a long, hot August weekend, the Victorian calm of a household is suddenly upset with the arrival of a London couple who impose their city ways and thoughts on the more rurally based family. An adaptation of Anton ...
Style: light, melancholic, realistic, semi serious, humorous ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: dysfunctional family, depression, self discovery, love triangle, friendship, family problems, siblings relations, love and romance, fall in love, midlife crisis, anton chekhov, alter ego ...
Time: 19th century, future, 1890s, victorian era
Place: wales, london, scotland, england, europe ...
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You, the Living (2007)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Music
Country: Sweden, Germany, France, Denmark, Norway, Japan
Duration: 95 min.
Story: In the Swedish city of Lethe, people from different walks of life take part in a series of short, deadpan vignettes that rush past. Some are just seconds long, none longer than a couple of minutes. A young woman (Jessica Lundberg) remembers a ...
Style: surreal, ironic, philosophical, melancholic, meditative ...
Plot: life, surrealism, loneliness, life philosophy, honest, lifestyle, human nature, art, artist, alienation, humour, music ...
Time: 21st century
Place: sweden, eastern europe, scandinavia, california, new jersey
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Tadpole (2002)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 78 min.
Story: Beautiful, sophisticated women are all over Oscar Grubman. He is sensitive and compassionate, speaks French fluently, is passionate about Voltaire, and thinks the feature that tells the most about a woman is her hands. On the train home from ...
Style: humorous, witty, sweet, talky, funny ...
Audience: teens, girls' night
Plot: older woman younger man relationship, stepmother stepson relationship, coming of age, older woman teenage boy relationship, female pedophile, love and romance, adolescence, fall in love, friendship, obsession, love, thanksgiving ...
Time: 21st century
Place: new york, grand central station manhattan new york city, usa, manhattan new york city
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My Wife Is an Actress (2001)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: France
Duration: 95 min.
Story: My Wife is an Actress is a French Romantic Comedy/Drama film starring real life couple Yvan Attal and Charlotte Gainsbourg. Attal plays a journalist who becomes obsessively jealous when his actress wife gets a part in a movie with an attractive ...
Style: stylized, disturbing, melancholic, semi serious, touching ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: jealous husband, love story, brutality, dishonesty, lifestyle, couples, relationship vs career, journalism, couple relations, actor's life, women, relationships ...
Time: 21st century
Place: france, paris france, london, israel, europe ...
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84 Charing Cross Road (1987)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Romance
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: When a humorous script-reader in her New York apartment sees an ad in the Saturday Review of Literature for a bookstore in London that does mail order, she begins a very special correspondence and friendship with Frank Doel, the bookseller who works ...
Style: feel good, romantic, sweet, touching, sexy ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: correspondence, friendship, bookstore, writers, death, post war, marriage, dentist, longing, pen pal, love, bittersweet ...
Time: 1940s, 50s, 60s, 20th century
Place: new york, london, england, europe, usa
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Oh, God! Book II (1980)
Genre: Comedy, Fantasy
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Second 'Oh God' movie has God appearing before 11-year-old Tracy Richards to ask for her help to spread his word and influence over the world which she suggests the slogan 'Think God.' Naturaly, Tracy's divorced parents ...
Style: feel good, unusual plot structure, stylized, biblical, funny ...
Audience: kids, teens, pre-teens
Plot: god, youth, school, religion, natural disaster, mythology, motorcycle, science, mentor, writers, vengeance, redemption ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, 70s
Place: usa
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Nashville (1975)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 160 min.
Story: This movie tells the intersecting stories of various people connected to the music business in Nashville. Barbara Jean is the reigning queen of Nashville but is near collapse. Linnea and Delbert Reese have a shaky marriage and 2 deaf children. Opal ...
Style: political, stylized, talky, biting, clever ...
Plot: satire, music, multiple storylines, politics, musician, assassination, suspense, sexual content, showbiz, american politics, female nudity, bittersweet ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: tennessee, california, nashville tennessee, usa
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Stardust Memories (1980)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: While attending a retrospect of his work, a filmmaker recalls his life and his loves: the inspirations for his films.
Style: philosophical, surreal, talky, humorous, witty ...
Plot: existentialism, artist, weekend, art, showbiz, price of fame, flashback, alien, argument, nostalgia, childhood memory, discussion ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: new york, usa
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Déjà Vu (1997)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: L.A. shop owner Dana and Englishman Sean meet and fall in love at first sight, but Sean is married and Dana is to marry her business partner Alex.
Style: romantic, sexy, non-linear, thought provoking, visually appealing ...
Audience: chick flick, girls' night, date night
Plot: destiny, love, true love, adultery, memory, death, life philosophy, runaway, life & death, relationships, love story, secrets ...
Place: paris france, middle east, poland, israel, london ...
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Fandango (1985)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Five college buddies from the University of Texas circa 1971 embark on a final road trip odyssey across the Mexican border before facing up to uncertain futures, in Vietnam and otherwise.
Style: road movie, sentimental, touching, humorous, emotional ...
Audience: boys' night, teens, date night
Plot: coming of age, friendship, travel, culture clash, adolescence, obsessive quest, young lovers, student life, adolescence vs adulthood, love and romance, buddies, on the road ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, future, 80s
Place: texas, austin texas, vietnam
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The Purple Rose of Cairo (1985)
Genre: Comedy, Fantasy, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 82 min.
Story: Cecilia is a waitress in New Jersey, living a dreary life during the Great Depression. Her only escape from her mudane reality is the movie theatre. After losing her job, Cecilia goes to see 'The Purple Rose of Cairo' in hopes of raising ...
Style: sentimental, romantic, humorous, feel good, surreal ...
Audience: date night
Plot: magic realism, movie star, daydreamer, writers, imagination, love story, real world, couples, unlikely couple, life turned upside down, fish out of water, dull life ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, year 1935
Place: usa, new york, new jersey
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Billy's Hollywood Screen Kiss (1998)
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Billy, a struggling young gay photographer (who likes Polaroids), tired of being the "other man", falls in love with Gabriel, a waiter and aspiring musician who is probably straight but possibly gay or at least curious. Billy tries to get ...
Style: humorous, light, semi serious, erotic, witty ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick
Plot: gay, hollywood, gay interest, lgbt, relationships, stereotypes, fall in love, artists and showbiz, lgbtq, lifestyle, celebrity culture, gender ...
Time: 90s
Place: san francisco, los angeles, california, usa, indiana
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Lolita (1997)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: France, USA
Duration: 137 min.
Story: Urbane professor Humbert Humbert marries a New England widow to be near her nymphet daughter.
Style: erotic, melancholic, sexual, psychological, sexy ...
Audience: teens, teen drama, adult
Plot: obsession, older man younger woman relationship, lolita, forbidden love, age difference, lust, sexuality, older man young girl relationship, incest, pedophilia, girl man relationship, virginity ...
Time: 1940s, year 1947, 20th century, 50s, 1920s
Place: new england, cannes
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Take the Money and Run (1969)
Genre: Comedy, Crime
Country: USA
Duration: 85 min.
Story: The life and times of Virgil Starkwell, inept bank robber.
Style: humorous, clever, witty, funny, talky ...
Plot: heist, bank robbery, prison, robbery, fighting the system, goofy hero, couples, petty criminal, unlikely criminals, misfit, couple relations, cons and scams ...
Time: 1940s, 70s, 50s, 20th century, 60s ...
Place: turkey, quebec
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Still Breathing (1997)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance, Fantasy
Country: USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: Two lost souls: she a con-artist in L.A.; he a puppeteer in San Antonio have the same dream linking each with the other. He travels to L.A. to find this woman he has become obsessed with. She resists, afraid of his kooky ideas until she travels with ...
Style: touching, feel good, fairy tale, semi serious, entertaining ...
Audience: girls' night, date night, chick flick
Plot: true love, destiny, self discovery, lifestyle, looking for love, hopes, eccentric family, dream, artist, magic, relationships, bittersweet ...
Time: 70s
Place: los angeles, texas, usa, california, austin texas ...
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The Winter Guest (1997)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: It's winter in a small Scottish village near the sea, and multiple lives intersect in a day. Frances (Emma Thompson) has just lost her husband to an early death, so her mother, Elspeth (Phyllida Law), travels to Frances' house to reconnect ...
Style: talky, touching, bleak, sexy, visually appealing ...
Plot: winter, mother daughter relationship, small town, nude, children, sexual abuse, destiny, creativity, culture clash, runaway, self discovery, school ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: scotland, europe, australia
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Nenette and Boni (1996)
Genre: Drama
Country: France
Duration: 103 min.
Story: Teenage siblings Nenette and Boni were raised apart as a result of their parents' divorce. Their mother, who doted on her son Boni, has died. He works for an interesting couple as a pizza baker, and is surprised and enraged when his younger ...
Style: psychological, art house, melancholic, sexy, thought provoking ...
Audience: teens, pre-teens
Plot: dysfunctional family, obsession, sexuality, teenage life, siblings relations, love and romance, human nature, single parent, coming of age, incest, character study, hospital ...
Time: 90s
Place: tokyo, london, vietnam, france
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Shall We Dance? (1996)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Music, Romance
Country: Japan
Duration: 136 min.
Story: A bored Japanese accountant sees a beautiful woman in the window of a ballroom dance studio. He secretly starts taking dancing lessons to be near her, and then over time discovers how much he loves ballroom dancing. His wife, meanwhile, has hired a ...
Style: sentimental, feel good, humorous, sexy, romantic ...
Audience: teens, date night
Plot: dancing, self discovery, ballroom dancing, samurai, dancer's life, loneliness, love story, obsession, redemption, mentor, solitude, catastrophe ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: japan, tokyo, asia
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The Promise (1996)
Genre: Drama
Country: Belgium, France, Luxembourg, Tunisia
Duration: 90 min.
Story: In this acclaimed and gripping social portrait of immoral lives in need of rescue, Igor (Jérémie Renier), aged 15, and his father Roger (Olivier Gourmet) deal in housing and peddling illicit labor in the outlying districts of Liege, Belgium. ...
Style: thought provoking, sincere, allegory, gloomy, affectionate ...
Audience: teens
Plot: immigrants, coming of age, father son relationship, youth, melancholy, existentialism, dysfunctional family, empathy, boy, traumatic childhood, racism, social injustice ...
Time: 90s
Place: tokyo, france, belgium, europe, usa ...
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The Daytrippers (1996)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 87 min.
Story: Eliza D'Amico thinks her marriage to Louis is going great, until she finds a mysterious love note to her husband. Concerned, she goes to her mother for advice. Eliza, her parents, her sister Jo and Jo's boyfriend all pile into a station ...
Style: realistic, talky, clever, humorous, witty ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, marriage, adultery, family relations, suburbs, infidelity, drunkenness, chance meeting, multiple storylines, mentor, maze, depression ...
Time: 90s
Place: new york
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