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 affectionate, melancholic, wistful, visually appealing, enigmatic and talky films and TV shows about / with dialogue, culture clash, loneliness, life philosophy, melancholy, relationships, mentor, storytelling, suprisingly clever 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: The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (1964), Radio Days (1987), Manhattan (1979), After Life (1998), Veronika Voss (1982), Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961), Annie Hall (1977), Before Sunrise (1995), Melvin and Howard (1980), The Hairdresser's Husband (1990).

List of wistful movies

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: date night, girls' night
Plot: love triangle, unfulfilled love, young lovers, family relations, love and romance, unfulfillment, couple relations, love, class differences, first love, mother daughter relationship, pregnancy ...
Time: 50s, 1950s, 1960s, 60s, 20th century ...
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, radio show, love and romance, lifestyle, family problems, parents and children, dysfunctional family, enema ...
Time: 1940s, 1930s, 40s, 30s, 20th century ...
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, coney island brooklyn new york city, new jersey
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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, sentimental, semi serious ...
Audience: date night
Plot: mistress, love triangle, age difference, divorce, crumbling relationship, city life, dating, romance, adultery, friendship, love affair, looking for love ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: new york, manhattan new york city, usa, manhattan, new york city
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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, contemplative, sincere ...
Plot: afterlife, videotaping, cloud, memory, heaven, airplane, teenage girl, eternity, memories, bell, old man, destiny ...
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, realistic, serious, psychological ...
Plot: movie star, morphine, addiction, drug abuse, journalism, battles, actor's life, gem, love and romance, life is a bitch, hopes, haunted by the past ...
Time: 50s, 1950s, 80s, 1930s, 70s ...
Place: germany, munich 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, romantic, feel good ...
Audience: date night, chick flick, girls' night
Plot: romance, fashion, opposites attract, woman, millionaire, cat, broken engagement, jewelry, looking for love, love triangle, free spirited, social climbing ...
Time: 60s, 1960s, 20th century
Place: manhattan new york city, new york, usa, brazil, los angeles
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Annie Hall (1977)
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: In the city of New York, comedian Alvy Singer falls in love with the ditsy Annie Hall.
Style: humorous, semi serious, realistic, sincere, melancholic ...
Audience: date night
Plot: comedian, neurosis, tennis, singer, divorce, romance, jewish, love and romance, love, couples, couple relations, human relationship ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, 60s, 1940s, 1960s
Place: new york, los angeles, usa, coney island brooklyn new york city, beverly hills ...
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Before Sunrise (1995)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA, Austria, Switzerland
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: talky, sentimental, melancholic, emotional, intellectual ...
Audience: date night, girls' night, chick flick
Plot: chance meeting, love and romance, lovers, encounter, introspection, coincidence, french, relationships, tourist, existentialism, fall in love, romance ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: austria, vienna, paris france, budapest, madrid ...
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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, realistic, touching, sentimental, feel good ...
Plot: courtroom, wedding, divorce, stripper, strip club, bittersweet, redemption, working class, hopes, rich and poor, american dream, americana ...
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, offbeat, touching ...
Plot: obsession, fall in love, family relations, hairdresser, suicide, sex, bittersweet, couple relations, love affair, unfulfillment, romance, love triangle ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 40s
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: french, polish, singer, self discovery, music, lookalikes, romance, encounter, false identity, young woman, double life, puppet ...
Time: 90s, 1990s, 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, village life, culture clash, small town, fish out of water, human nature, social relations, beautiful scenery, seaside town, oil company, friendship, husband wife relationship ...
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, feel good, realistic, semi serious, light ...
Audience: date night
Plot: hotel, private detective, prostitute, adultery, eiffel tower paris, night watchman, extramarital affair, hotel room, new wave, couples, romance, coming of age ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 1960s
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, touching, captivating, realistic ...
Audience: date night, girls' night
Plot: loneliness, midlife crisis, age difference, culture clash, actor, couple relations, dull life, unlikely friendships, photographer, advertising, marriage, friendship ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: tokyo, japan, asia, kyoto japan, yale university
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Atlantic City (1980)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Romance
Country: France, Canada
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: realistic, touching, sentimental, clever, serious ...
Plot: casino, gangsters, murder, neo noir, cocaine, poker game, bandit, redemption, bittersweet, crime, crimes, couple relations ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: 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, couples, family relations, parents and children, social relations, single parent, woman in danger, prejudice, telephone operator, gossip ...
Time: 1940s, 40s, 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: suspenseful, realistic, emotional, psychological, sincere ...
Plot: kidnapping, missing child, friendship, human nature, crime, unlikely criminals, parents and children, crimes, family relations, hopes, dealing with death, family problems ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, new york, paris france, singapore, spain ...
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Three Seasons (1999)
Genre: Drama
Country: Vietnam, USA
Duration: 113 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, sincere ...
Plot: prostitute, poetry, song, leprosy, culture clash, poet, society, anti capitalism, human nature, urban, love and romance, fall in love ...
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, music, life philosophy, honest, pickpocket, life is a bitch, society ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: sweden, 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, inheritance, family problems, family gatherings, art, 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: sincere, semi serious, sentimental, emotional, talky ...
Audience: date night, girls' night
Plot: love and romance, reunion, lifestyle, lovers reunited, introspection, romance, unfulfilled love, lovers, encounter, regret, writers, marriage ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: paris france, france, texas, manhattan new york city, india ...
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Jump Tomorrow (2001)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Comedy
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, love triangle, opposites attract, introspection, looking for love, comedy of errors, friendship, family relations, fall in love, love affair ...
Time: contemporary, 70s
Place: new york, usa, 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, semi serious ...
Plot: odd couple, friendship, buddies, human nature, mysterious character, criminal heroes, heist, golden years, small town, male friendship, male bonding, teacher ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
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, wistful, melancholic, poignant ...
Plot: world war two, war, haunted by the past, allies, social relations, family relations, danger, village life, heroes, siblings relations, love and romance, village ...
Time: year 1944, 1940s, 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, wedding, first love, dysfunctional family, coma, family, infidelity, family values, lovers reunited, introspection, couples, love and romance ...
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, clever, emotional, intense ...
Plot: dying, friendship, professor, illness, haunted by the past, culture clash, reunion, friends, death, cancer, homosexual, student ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, future, middle ages, september 11 2001
Place: canada, quebec, philadelphia, china, vermont ...
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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, serious ...
Audience: date night
Plot: angel, immortality, mortality, poet, diary, desire, dream, impossible love, german, supernatural, fall in love, romance ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: germany, berlin germany, europe, west germany
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Edward Scissorhands (1990)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: A small suburban town receives a visit from a castaway unfinished science experiment named Edward.
Style: gothic, sentimental, surreal, atmospheric, touching ...
Audience: date night
Plot: loneliness, social misfits, goth, dark fantasy, freak, fall in love, love, surrealism, romance, suburbs, human nature, fish out of water ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, 90s, 1990s
Place: florida
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The Misfits (1961)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Western
Country: USA
Duration: 125 min.
Story: While filing for a divorce, beautiful ex-stripper Roslyn Taber ends up meeting aging cowboy-turned-gambler Gay Langland and former World War II aviator Guido Racanelli. The two men instantly become infatuated with Roslyn and, on a whim, the three ...
Style: atmospheric, serious, sincere, realistic, sentimental ...
Plot: desert, fall in love, divorce, bull riding, moral dilemma, romance, human nature, couples, cowboy, bounty hunter, stripper, mustang ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s
Place: nevada, usa, las vegas, california
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Ivan's Childhood (1962)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: Soviet Union
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Poetic journey through the shards and shadows of one boy’s war-ravaged youth.
Style: atmospheric, bleak, serious, meditative, psychological ...
Plot: world war two, orphan, war, anti war, red army, youth, heroes, battles, german, child spy, child execution, boy ...
Time: 1940s, 40s, 20th century, year 1943
Place: russia, europe, berlin germany, soviet union, japan
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