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, affectionate, talky, visually appealing and realistic films and TV shows about / with culture clash, dialogue, loneliness, relationships, life philosophy, mentor, catastrophe, suprisingly clever, storytelling and bittersweet plots mostly in Drama, Romance and Comedy genres shot in USA, France, Japan and other countries.
wistful movies
TOP 10 movies tagged as wistful: Never Rarely Sometimes Always (2020), Lara (2019), Malcolm & Marie (2021), Two Moon Junction (1988), Before Sunrise (1995), The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (1964), Radio Days (1987), Manhattan (1979), After Life (1998), Veronika Voss (1982).

List of wistful movies

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: meditative, sad, serious, social, rough ...
Audience: girls' night, teen drama
Plot: teenage girl, sexual abuse, abortion, rape victim, rape, pregnancy, teenage pregnancy, teenager, bus trip, unwanted pregnancy, teenage life, adolescence ...
Time: year 2019, 2010s
Place: pennsylvania, new york
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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, melancholic, atmospheric, depressing, wistful
Plot: mother son conflict, classical music, ex husband ex wife relationship, piano teacher, loneliness, depression, musician, pianist, birthday, composer, music, taxi driver ...
Place: 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: bleak, serious, talky, realistic, emotional ...
Plot: interracial relations, love, director, frustration, male female relationship, filmmaker, angry, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, interracial couple, couple relations, interracial romance, quarantine ...
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Two Moon Junction (1988)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: A young Southern débutante temporarily abandons her posh lifestyle and upcoming, semi-arranged marriage to have a lustful and erotic fling with a rugged drifter who works at a local carnival.
Style: erotic, sexy, sexual, melancholic, emotional ...
Audience: teens, girls' night
Plot: sexual relations, young lovers, dangerous attraction, fall in love, social differences, infidelity, wedding, family relations, couple relations, sexual obsession, love, romance ...
Time: 80s
Place: alabama, southern usa
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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, sentimental, sincere, talky, intellectual ...
Audience: date night, girls' night, chick flick
Plot: chance meeting, fall in love, destiny, romance, tourist, love and romance, twentysomething life, encounter, lovers, young lovers, lifestyle, introspection ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: austria, vienna, paris france, europe, madrid ...
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The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (1964)
Genre: Drama, Musical, Romance
Country: France, West Germany
Duration: 91 min.
Story: This simple romantic tragedy begins in 1957. Guy Foucher, a 20-year-old French auto mechanic, has fallen in love with 17-year-old Geneviève Emery, an employee in her widowed mother's chic but financially embattled umbrella shop. On the evening ...
Style: sentimental, colourful, romantic, lyrical, sweet ...
Audience: girls' night, date night
Plot: love triangle, unfulfilled love, young lovers, family relations, unfulfillment, love and romance, couple relations, love, class differences, first love, mother daughter relationship, pregnancy ...
Time: 50s, 60s, 20th century, year 1957, year 1963 ...
Place: france, normandy, europe, paris france, tokyo
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Radio Days (1987)
Genre: Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: The Narrator (Woody Allen) tells us how the radio influenced his childhood in the days before TV. In the New York City of the late 1930s to the New Year's Eve 1944, this coming-of-age tale mixes the narrator's experiences with contemporary ...
Style: humorous, sentimental, touching, semi serious, realistic ...
Audience: date night
Plot: radio, working class, americana, family relations, rescue, love and romance, lifestyle, family problems, parents and children, dysfunctional family, nostalgia, world war two ...
Time: 1940s, 1930s, 20th century, 70s, 80s
Place: new york, coney island brooklyn new york city, usa, manhattan new york city, brooklyn new york city ...
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Manhattan (1979)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: The life of a divorced television writer dating a teenage girl is further complicated when he falls in love with his best friend's mistress.
Style: intellectual, humorous, sincere, realistic, semi serious ...
Audience: date night
Plot: adultery, mistress, love triangle, age difference, divorce, crumbling relationship, city life, dating, romance, friendship, love affair, looking for love ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: new york, manhattan new york city, usa
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After Life (1998)
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, serious, psychological ...
Plot: afterlife, videotaping, memory, disneyland, old man, heaven, eternity, teenage girl, memories, heaven and hell, destiny, airplane ...
Time: 20th century
Place: tokyo, the philippines, japan
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Veronika Voss (1982)
Genre: Drama
Country: West Germany
Duration: 104 min.
Story: In Munich 1955, German film star Veronika Voss becomes a drug addict at the mercy of corrupt Dr. Marianne Katz, who keeps her supplied with morphine. After meeting sports writer Robert Krohn, Veronika begins to dream of a return to stardom. As the ...
Style: stylized, gloomy, psychological, serious, realistic ...
Plot: morphine, movie star, addiction, post war, battles, gem, love and romance, life is a bitch, journalism, actor's life, hopes, soldier ...
Time: 50s, 80s, 1930s, 70s, 1920s
Place: munich germany, germany, berlin germany
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Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 115 min.
Story: Fortune hunter Holly Golightly finds herself captivated by aspiring writer Paul Varjak, who's moved into her building on a wealthy woman's dime. As romance blooms between Paul and Holly, Doc Golightly shows up on the scene, revealing ...
Style: sentimental, touching, humorous, feel good, sweet ...
Audience: chick flick, date night, girls' night
Plot: woman, romance, millionaire, love of one's life, fashion, cat, eccentricity, broken engagement, jewelry, looking for love, love triangle, love and romance ...
Time: 60s, 20th century
Place: manhattan new york city, new york, usa, los angeles, brazil
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Melvin and Howard (1980)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: The story of hard-luck Melvin Dummar, who claimed to have received a will naming him an heir to the fortune of Howard Hughes.
Style: humorous, sentimental, feel good, touching, semi serious ...
Plot: strip club, stripper, wedding, courtroom, divorce, bittersweet, redemption, working class, rich and poor, americana, american dream, social differences ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, 80s
Place: las vegas, nevada, utah, usa, california ...
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The Hairdresser's Husband (1990)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: France
Duration: 82 min.
Story: The film begins in a flashback from the titular character, Antoine. We are introduced to his fixation with female hairdressers which began at a young age. The film uses flashbacks throughout and there are frequent parallels drawn with the past. We ...
Style: sexy, sexual, sentimental, touching, gloomy ...
Plot: obsession, fall in love, family relations, male female relationship, hairdresser, suicide, bittersweet, couples, love and romance, youth, romance, unfulfillment ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century
Place: france, normandy
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The Double Life of Veronique (1991)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Music, Mystery, Romance
Country: France, Poland, Norway
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Veronique is a beautiful young French woman who aspires to be a renowned singer; Weronika lives in Poland, has a similar career goal and looks identical to Veronique, though the two are not related. The film follows both women as they contend with ...
Style: touching, realistic, serious, non-linear, emotional ...
Plot: singer, self discovery, romance, lookalikes, polish, encounter, french, heart disease, young woman, double life, puppeteer, music teacher ...
Time: 90s, year 1990
Place: poland, europe, france, paris france
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Local Hero (1983)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 111 min.
Story: An American oil company sends a man to Scotland to buy up an entire village where they want to build a refinery. But things don't go as expected.
Style: feel good, witty, humorous, touching, semi serious ...
Plot: village life, culture clash, small town, fish out of water, village, social relations, human nature, beautiful scenery, seaside town, friendship, american abroad, travel ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: scotland, houston texas, texas
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Stolen Kisses (1968)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: France
Duration: 91 min.
Story: The third in a series of films featuring François Truffaut's alter-ego, Antoine Doinel, the story resumes with Antoine being discharged from military service. His sweetheart Christine's father lands Antoine a job as a security guard, ...
Style: humorous, realistic, semi serious, feel good, sexy ...
Audience: date night
Plot: hotel, private detective, prostitute, adultery, hotel room, night watchman, couples, romance, coming of age, extramarital affair, store, twentysomething life ...
Time: 60s, 20th century
Place: paris france, france, europe, montmartre paris, tokyo
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Lost in Translation (2003)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA, Japan
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Two lost souls visiting Tokyo -- the young, neglected wife of a photographer and a washed-up movie star shooting a TV commercial -- find an odd solace and pensive freedom to be real in each other's company, away from their lives in America.
Style: melancholic, atmospheric, psychological, captivating, touching ...
Audience: date night, girls' night
Plot: loneliness, midlife crisis, age difference, culture clash, unlikely couple, unlikely friendships, couple relations, friendship, dull life, housewife, fish out of water, older man younger woman relationship ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: tokyo, japan, asia, yale university, kyoto japan
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Atlantic City (1980)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Romance
Country: Canada, France
Duration: 104 min.
Story: Lou, a small time gangster who thinks he used to be something big, meets and falls for a sexy casino employee named Sally. She needs his help realizing her dream of going to Monte Carlo, a symbol of the glamorous life that she has been looking for ...
Style: neo noir, realistic, tense, serious, touching ...
Plot: casino, gangsters, murder, cocaine, older man younger woman relationship, poker game, bandit, redemption, bittersweet, crimes, perversion, couples ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: atlantic city, new jersey, atlantic city new jersey, las vegas, california
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Raggedy Man (1981)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Nita, a divorced mother of two boys, is stuck working as a telephone operator in a small Texas town in World War II. Her friendship with a sailor on leave causes tongues to wag in town.
Style: serious, sincere, realistic, talky, atmospheric ...
Audience: kids, teens
Plot: small town, world war two, friendship, family relations, couples, parents and children, social relations, woman in danger, single parent, prejudice, sailor, gossip ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century
Place: texas, usa, new jersey
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Alias Betty (2001)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama, Romance, Thriller
Country: France, Canada
Duration: 103 min.
Story: Grieving after the death of her young son Joseph, novelist Betty Fisher enters a dark depression. Hoping to bring her out of it, her mother Margot arranges to kidnap another child, Jose, to replace the son Betty lost. Although she knows it's ...
Style: realistic, emotional, suspenseful, psychological, serious ...
Plot: kidnapping, friendship, unlikely criminals, crimes, parents and children, human nature, missing child, family relations, family problems, hopes, dealing with death, chase ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, new york, paris france, singapore, andalusia ...
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Three Seasons (1999)
Genre: Drama
Country: Vietnam, USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: Three Seasons wants to show individuals triumphing over adversities, recovering from traumas, looking forward to better times, as well as nostalgia for those better days before American and French and other invasions, material and ideological. It is ...
Style: touching, thought provoking, sentimental, captivating, realistic ...
Plot: prostitute, poetry, leprosy, culture clash, human nature, anti capitalism, fall in love, poet, love and romance, writer's life, society, daughter ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: vietnam, asia, saigon, new jersey
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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: tragicomedy, melancholic, ironic, meditative, surreal ...
Plot: alienation, lifestyle, life, human nature, loneliness, existentialism, life philosophy, honest, music, pickpocket, society, life is a bitch ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: sweden, eastern europe, scandinavia, new jersey, california
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Summer Hours (2008)
Genre: Drama, Family
Country: France
Duration: 103 min.
Story: Two brothers and a sister witness the disappearance of their childhood memories when they must relinquish the family belongings to ensure their deceased mother's succession.
Style: sincere, sentimental, enigmatic, lyrical, atmospheric ...
Plot: family, art, inheritance, family problems, family gatherings, parents and children, uncover truth, family relations, family reunited, summer, irreverent, life philosophy ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: france, europe, california, china
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Before Sunset (2004)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA, France
Duration: 80 min.
Story: Nine years ago two strangers met by chance and spent a night in Vienna that ended before sunrise. They are about to meet for the first time since. Now they have one afternoon to find out if they belong together.
Style: philosophical, sincere, semi serious, sentimental, emotional ...
Audience: date night, girls' night
Plot: love and romance, lovers reunited, romance, writers, lifestyle, introspection, road not taken, unfulfilled love, lovers, encounter, couple relations, regret ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: paris france, france, new york, warsaw poland, india ...
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Jump Tomorrow (2001)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: When shy, straitlaced George (Tunde Adebimpe) meets vivacious, adorable Alicia (Natalia Verbeke), he's instantly smitten -- which puts his imminent arranged marriage in jeopardy. He vows to do the right thing, but then he falls in with Gerard ...
Style: feel good, humorous, touching, romantic, sweet ...
Audience: chick flick, girls' night
Plot: unlikely couple, romance, destiny, opposites attract, love triangle, introspection, looking for love, family relations, fall in love, comedy of errors, friendship, love affair ...
Time: contemporary, 70s
Place: usa, new york, nigeria
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Man on the Train (2002)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: France, UK, Germany, Japan
Duration: 90 min.
Story: A man, Milan (played by Johnny Hallyday) steps off a train, into a small French village. As he waits for the day when he will rob the town bank, he runs into an old retired poetry teacher named M. Manesquier (Jean Rochefort). The two men strike up a ...
Style: touching, sincere, humorous, emotional, atmospheric ...
Plot: odd couple, friendship, criminal heroes, buddies, mysterious character, human nature, golden years, crimes, heist, small town, teacher, loneliness ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: france, europe
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The Night of the Shooting Stars (1982)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Romance, War
Country: Italy
Duration: 107 min.
Story: The Night of San Lorenzo, the night of the shooting stars, is the night when dreams come true in Italian folklore. In 1944, a group of Italians flee their town after hearing rumours that the Nazis plan to blow it up and that the Americans are about ...
Style: realistic, serious, sexy, poignant, melancholic ...
Plot: world war two, war, civil war, heroes, love and romance, social relations, family relations, haunted by the past, village life, village, human nature, allies ...
Time: 1940s, year 1944, 1930s
Place: italy, europe, tuscany, germany, poland
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Yi Yi: A One and a Two... (2000)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Taiwan, Japan
Duration: 173 min.
Story: Each member of a family in Taipei asks hard questions about life's meaning as they live through everyday quandaries.
Style: realistic, sentimental, touching, lyrical, depressing ...
Plot: midlife crisis, first love, wedding, lovers reunited, dysfunctional family, coma, family, family values, infidelity, introspection, dying, couples ...
Time: 90s
Place: japan, taipei, asia, tokyo, taiwan ...
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The Barbarian Invasions (2003)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Romance
Country: Canada, France
Duration: 99 min.
Story: In this belated sequel to 'The Decline of the American Empire', 50-something Montreal college professor, Remy, learns that he is dying of liver cancer. He decides to make amends meet to his friends and family before he dies. He first tries ...
Style: touching, sentimental, philosophical, clever, emotional ...
Plot: dying, friendship, professor, illness, haunted by the past, culture clash, friends, death, cancer, millionaire, homosexual, student ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, september 11 2001, future, middle ages
Place: canada, quebec, colorado, montreal, athens greece ...
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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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