Parable movies and TV shows

The list contains the best, new and most relevant parable movies ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out allegory, serious, weird, thought provoking, surreal and talky films and TV shows about / with parable, society, death, family relations, father son relationship, storytelling, nudity (full frontal - brief), church, love and politics plots mostly in Drama, Fantasy and Comedy genres shot in UK, France, USA and other countries.
parable movies
TOP 10 movies tagged as parable: Teorema (1968), A Long Way Off (2014), Burnt by the Sun (1994), They Live (1988), Orchestra Rehearsal (1978), Au Hasard Balthazar (1966), The Miracle Maker (2000), Pharaoh (1966), The Better Angels (2014), Time of Miracles (1989).

List of parable movies

Teorema (1968)
Genre: Drama, Mystery
Country: Italy
Duration: 98 min.
Story: A wealthy Italian household is turned upside down when a handsome stranger (Terence Stamp) arrives, makes love to every family member and then disappears. Each has an epiphany of sorts, but none can figure out who the seductive visitor was or why he ...
Style: surreal, allegory, disturbing, art house, erotic ...
Plot: bourgeoisie, sexuality, mysticism, surrealism, mysterious stranger, gay, lgbt, homosexuality, parable, female nudity, sex, lgbtq ...
Time: 60s, 20th century
Place: italy, europe, milan italy
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A Long Way Off (2014)
Genre: Drama, Family, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Jacob is tired of living on the family farm, submitting to the rules of his father. One day he demands an early inheritance from his father, who shocks his young son by agreeing to give it to him. So, he heads to the big city doing things his way ...
Style: christian film
Plot: faith, father son relationship, prodigal son, christian, religion, jewish, parable, adolescence vs adulthood, adulthood, father and son, relationship problems, money problems ...
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Burnt by the Sun (1994)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: Russia, France
Duration: 135 min.
Story: Russia, 1936: revolutionary hero Colonel Kotov is spending an idyllic summer in his dacha with his young wife and six-year-old daughter Nadia and other assorted family and friends. Things change dramatically with the unheralded arrival of Cousin ...
Style: touching, captivating, stylized, political, sad ...
Plot: politics, communism, revolution, totalitarianism, world war two, family relations, repression, symbolism, russian, friendship, war, stalinism ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, year 1936
Place: poland, russia, ussr
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They Live (1988)
Genre: Action, Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Nada, a down-on-his-luck construction worker, discovers a pair of special sunglasses. Wearing them, he is able to see the world as it really is: people being bombarded by media and government with messages like "Stay Asleep", "No ...
Style: exciting, serious, suspenseful, political, suspense ...
Plot: conspiracy, distopia, alien, alien invasion, invasion, mind control, teleportation, anti conformity, evil alien, brainwashing, uncover truth, monster ...
Time: future, 20th century, 80s
Place: los angeles
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Orchestra Rehearsal (1978)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Music
Country: Italy, West Germany
Duration: 72 min.
Story: Orchestra Rehearsal (Italian: Prova d'orchestra) is a 1978 Italian film directed by Federico Fellini. It follows an Italian orchestra as the members go on strike against the conductor. The film was shown out of competition at the 1979 Cannes ...
Style: art house, realistic, serious, cult film, contemplative ...
Plot: music, parable, anarchy, orchestra conductor, satire, music band, artists and showbiz, musician's life, power relations, rehearsal, violin, anarchism ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: italy
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Au Hasard Balthazar (1966)
Genre: Drama
Country: France, Sweden
Duration: 95 min.
Story: The story of a mistreated donkey and the people around him. A study on saintliness and a sister piece to Bresson's Mouchette.
Style: art house, thought provoking, depressing, philosophical, cerebral ...
Plot: existentialism, friendship, redemption, animals, death, destiny, depression, sacrifice, catastrophe, life philosophy, character study, runaway ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: france, tokyo, europe
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The Miracle Maker (2000)
Genre: Animation, Biography, Drama, History
Country: Russia, UK
Duration: 90 min.
Story: A mother and father in search of help for their sick daughter cross paths with an extraordinary carpenter named Jesus, who has devoted his life to spreading God's word. An amazing miracle brings to light the true meaning of Christ, and the ...
Style: uplifting, captivating, touching, epic, biblical ...
Audience: family outing, preschoolers, kids, pre-teens
Plot: christianity, bible, miraculous event, betrayal, human spirit, reincarnation, leadership, supernatural, tragic hero, ambition, supernatural ability, religions or cults ...
Time: 1st century
Place: asia, middle east, jerusalem
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Pharaoh (1966)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, History
Country: Poland
Duration: 180 min.
Story: Young Pharaoh Ramses XIII clashes with Egypt's clergy over influence on the affairs of the state and its coffers.
Style: epic
Plot: pyramid, pharaoh, antiquity, ancient, ancient history, religion, rebellion, ancient egypt, power, temple, female nudity, battles ...
Place: eastern europe, egypt
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The Better Angels (2014)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: At an isolated log cabin in the harsh wilderness of Indiana circa 1817, the rhythms of love, tragedy, and the daily hardships of life on the developing frontier shaped one of our nation’s greatest heroes: Abraham Lincoln. Abe is a thoughtful and ...
Style: captivating, realistic, serious
Plot: education, illness, society, father son relationship, poverty, husband wife relationship, boy, dying, tragic event, abraham lincoln, youth, raccoon ...
Time: 19th century, georgian era, year 1865
Place: indiana, usa, kentucky, illinois
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An Ambiguous Report About the End of the World (1997)
Genre: Fantasy, Mystery
Country: Czech Republic, Slovakia
Duration: 154 min.
Story: Set over a two-decade period in a tiny Central European village, this drama not only chronicles a couple's tragic star-crossed love, it also serves as a metaphor for the tragedy of lost traditions. After opening in the snowy wilds as two people ...
Plot: giant, wedding, snow, folklore, apocalypse, circus, surrealism, fire, dwarf, dead child, female nudity, monkey ...
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Deadly Snake Versus Kung Fu Killers (1977)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 88 min.
Story: Drama - The epic magical battle between fairies rages on as young martial artist Cheung risks his life to rescue the Sky Mussel Fairy. No good deed goes unpunished, however, and for his daring but foolish antics, Cheung is cast out of his ...
Plot: fairy, martial arts, kung fu, magic, demon, lechery, fight, lecher, parable, love triangle
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Time of Miracles (1989)
Genre: Drama, Mystery
Country: Yugoslavia, UK
Duration: 98 min.
Story: September 1945. The new communist authorities go into the church, hang the flag of the Party and paint over the old frescoes, but each time the frescoes miraculously return. A stranger comes to town and works miracles; the townsfolk are convinced he ...
Style: spiritual
Plot: communism, partisan, miraculous event, teacher, painting, church, village, parable, religion, fire, mysterious stranger, irony ...
Time: 1940s
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Karnabal (1985)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy
Country: Spain
Story: Jaumet is about lo live his most unforgettable adventure. Traveling by car, he arrives in a village whose inhabitants are quite outlandishly, as if they were plunged in a rare carnival behavior.
Style: avant garde
Plot: theater, balloon, carnival, consumerism, angel, brainwashing, parable, journey, kingdom, mime, surrealism, traveling salesman ...
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Brief Crossing (2001)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: France
Duration: 84 min.
Story: Desire for a subject that functions like a brief fling with no future as such, yet embellished by that very fact. Because something fleeting and futureless is not necessarrily pathetic or trivial. A brief crossing, perhaps an initiatory trip. ...
Style: psychological, serious, realistic, sincere, touching ...
Plot: older woman younger man relationship, taboo sex, sex with a minor, sex, aging, ship, unlikely couple, fall in love, forbidden love, destructive relationship, love affair, infidelity ...
Time: contemporary
Place: europe
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The Wolves of Kromer (1998)
Genre: Fantasy, Horror, Comedy, Romance
Country: UK
Duration: 82 min.
Story: Once upon a time in the village of Kromer lived two beautiful young wolves. Cocksure Gabriel takes newcomer Seth under his paw and helps reconcile him to the vilification associated with being a wolf. They fall head-over-heels in puppy love, playing ...
Style: fairy tale, dark, allegory, thought provoking, serious ...
Plot: gay, wolf, werewolf, old woman, lgbt, murder, lgbtq, village, homosexual, teenage boy, death, priest ...
Place: england, europe
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Furia (1999)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Sci-Fi
Country: France
Duration: 90 min.
Story: In a desert town, sometime in the future, a repressive government regime restricts all forms of artistic expression. At night, Theo breaks the law, risking torture and death, to paint his work on public spaces. But when his lover Elia is arrested ...
Style: serious, exciting, suspenseful, psychological, futuristic ...
Plot: distopia, post apocalypse, rebellion, politics, desert, female nudity, life is a bitch, dishonesty, state affairs, fighting the system, hopes, society ...
Time: future
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Ondine (2009)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Romance
Country: Ireland, USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: An Irish fisherman discovers a woman in his fishing net believing her to be a mermaid.
Style: sentimental, touching, fairy tale, sweet, romantic ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: irish, small town, mermaid, father daughter relationship, character study, self discovery, secrets, solitude, adaptation, redemption, hopes, love and romance ...
Place: ireland, new jersey, europe
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The Woman and Her Four Men (1983)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Country: Soviet Union
Duration: 91 min.
Story: An epic tale set at the turn of the 20th century in a struggling fishing community, following the life of a woman widowed at the beginning of the film.
Plot: father son relationship, husband wife relationship, marriage, tradition, wedding, grandfather grandson relationship, disappearance, shipwreck, fishing, rescue, widow, village ...
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The Hawks and the Sparrows (1966)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Fantasy
Country: Italy
Duration: 91 min.
Story: A man and his son take an allegorical stroll through life with a talking bird that spouts social and political philosophy.
Style: surreal, mind bending, psychedelic, suspense, semi serious ...
Plot: satire, crow, surrealism, mythology, hawk, travel, politics, on the road, talking bird, state affairs, society, clergy ...
Time: 60s
Place: rome italy, italy, europe
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To Kill a Dragon (1988)
Genre: Drama, Family, Fantasy
Country: West Germany, Soviet Union
Duration: 123 min.
Story: Dragon is a bloody dictator, who kills every opponent. People live hopelessly, until Lancelot comes to save the beautiful Elsa. Lancelot can only win, if all people become free from fear, that is feeding the Dragon's power. Dragon's ...
Style: unusual plot structure, fairy tale, allegory
Plot: dragon, love, libertine, russian, honor, power, fisherman, capture, disguise, sacrifice, fire, sword ...
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Ten Minutes Older: The Cello (2002)
Genre: Drama, Music, Musical, Romance, Sci-Fi
Country: UK, Germany, France
Duration: 146 min.
Story: Collection of short films the summaries of which include; a foreign man moving to Italy, getting married and having a child; a four split scene short involving plot-less images of old people with television sets for heads, a beautiful woman having ...
Style: stylized, serious, captivating, humorous, tense ...
Plot: life is a bitch, human nature, elderly, aging, sexual relations, couples, wedding, old man, emigration, society, immigrants, director ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
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Walk on the Scaffold (1992)
Genre: Fantasy, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Russia
Duration: 123 min.
Story: Two people in love will find a hut in the woods that they decide to sleep in. The cottage is located on the shore of a lake and beautiful views is just a shadow of an ax stuck in the executioner's block of wood near the house. When they wake up ...
Plot: nature, nightmare, forest, luxury, food, peacock, parable, playing god, nudity (full frontal - brief), strange behavior, lake, axe ...
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Porcile (1969)
Genre: Drama
Country: Italy, France
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Two dramatic stories. In an undetermined past, a young cannibal (who killed his own father) is condemned to be torn to pieces by some wild beasts. In the second story, Julian, the young son of a post-war German industrialist, is on the way to lie ...
Style: disturbing, experimental, art house, erotic, suspense ...
Plot: zoophilia, cannibal, cannibalism, social decay, female nudity, death, surrealism, murder, sex crime, bourgeoisie, exploitation, porn ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, post world war two, middle ages
Place: germany, europe
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No Such Thing (2001)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Fantasy
Country: USA, Iceland
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Tells the story of Beatrice (Sarah Polley), a tabloid journalist whose fiancé is killed by a monster in Iceland. She ends up falling in love with the monster in the end. The monster is immortal, but longs to die. Beatrice helps him achieve this by ...
Style: fairy tale, satirical, stylized, humorous, sexy ...
Plot: monster, dangerous attraction, love and romance, human nature, haunted by the past, friendship, fish out of water, satire, hospital, mad scientist, loneliness, philosophy ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: iceland, europe, new york, reykjavik iceland
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Knowing (2009)
Genre: Action, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA, UK, Australia
Duration: 121 min.
Story: A teacher opens a time capsule that has been dug up at his son's elementary school; in it are some chilling predictions -- some that have already occurred and others that are about to -- that lead him to believe his family plays a role in the ...
Style: suspense, suspenseful, scary, exciting, thought provoking ...
Audience: kids
Plot: end of the world, apocalypse, disaster, supernatural, catastrophe, foreknowledge, code, prophecy, alien, air disaster, scientist, professor ...
Time: contemporary, future, 21st century, september 11 2001, 50s ...
Place: massachusetts, usa, new york, boston
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The Ruling Class (1972)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Musical
Country: UK
Duration: 154 min.
Story: When the Earl of Gurney dies in a cross-dressing accident, his schizophrenic son, Jack, inherits the Gurney estate. Jack is not the average nobleman; he sings and dances across the estate and thinks he is Jesus reincarnated. Believing that Jack is ...
Style: surreal, humorous, witty, disturbing, talky ...
Plot: mental illness, dark humor, insanity, dysfunctional family, farce, country estate, crimes, split personality, misfit, mistaken identity, disorder, religions or cults ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, victorian era
Place: britain, europe, england, london
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Dogville (2003)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Denmark, Netherlands, Sweden, Germany, UK, France, Finland, Norway, Italy
Duration: 178 min.
Story: A barren soundstage is stylishly utilized to create a minimalist small-town setting in which a mysterious woman named Grace hides from the criminals who pursue her. The town is two-faced and offers to harbor Grace as long as she can make it worth ...
Style: psychological, art house, twist ending, bleak, thought provoking ...
Plot: rape, morality, society, twists and turns, gangsters, female protagonist, haunted by the past, rocky mountains, victim, vengeance, brutality, small town life ...
Time: 1930s, future, 20th century
Place: los angeles
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Before the Rain (1994)
Genre: Drama, Romance, War
Country: UK, France
Duration: 113 min.
Story: The circularity of violence seen in a story that circles on itself. In Macedonia, during war in Bosnia, Christians hunt an ethnic Albanian girl who may have murdered one of their own. A young monk who's taken a vow of silence offers her ...
Style: political, realistic, atmospheric, sexy, bleak ...
Plot: love affair, terrorist, politics, muslim, anti war, monk, violence, idealism, wartime, civil war, mentor, memory ...
Time: 90s
Place: macedonia, former yugoslavia, london, england, middle east ...
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The Exterminating Angel (1962)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy
Country: Mexico
Duration: 95 min.
Story: The guests at an upper-class dinner party find themselves unable to leave. The Exterminating Angel is a 1962 surrealist film, written and directed by Luis Buñuel, starring Silvia Pinal. Sharply satirical and allegorical, the film contains a view ...
Style: surreal, political, philosophical, mind bending, cerebral ...
Plot: surrealism, isolation, dinner party, class differences, social satire, satire, piano, room, mansion, sheep, survival, insanity ...
Time: 60s, 20th century
Place: spain, paris france
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Adam's Apples (2005)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama
Country: Denmark, Germany
Duration: 94 min.
Story: A neo-nazi sentenced to community service at a church clashes with the blindly devotional priest.
Style: surreal, cynical, humorous, funny, psychological ...
Plot: priest, funeral, church, belief, racial slur, dark humor, religion, prejudice, disability, existentialism, skinhead, morality ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: denmark, europe, indonesia, saudi arabia
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