Folklore movies and TV shows

The list contains the best, new and most relevant folklore movies ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out suspenseful, captivating, scary, suspense, serious and sincere films and TV shows about / with folklore, supernatural, creature, demon, magic, curses spells and rituals, supernatural power, good versus evil, escapades and monster plots mostly in Fantasy, Drama and Horror genres shot in USA, Japan, France and other countries.
folklore movies
TOP 10 movies tagged as folklore: Wolfwalkers (2020), November (2017), Wild Flowers (2000), Mavka: The Forest Song (2022), Natsume's Book of Friends (2008), Leprechaun Returns (2018), The Golem (2018), Gosick (2011), Song of the Sea (2014), Mystics in Bali (1981).

List of folklore movies

Wolfwalkers (2020)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Family, Fantasy
Country: Ireland, Luxembourg, France
Duration: 103 min.
Story: In a time of superstition and magic, when wolves are seen as demonic and nature an evil to be tamed, a young apprentice hunter comes to Ireland with her father to wipe out the last pack. But when she saves a wild native girl, their friendship leads ...
Style: touching, atmospheric, sentimental, emotional, stylized ...
Plot: wolf, friendship, celtic, father daughter relationship, folklore, family relations, hunter, lone wolves, courage, legends and myths, happy ending, human animal relationship ...
Time: 17th century
Place: ireland
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November (2017)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Romance
Country: Estonia, Poland, Netherlands
Duration: 115 min.
Story: In a pagan Estonian village where werewolves, the plague, and spirits roam, the villagers’ main problem is how to survive the cold, dark winter. And, to that aim, nothing is taboo. People steal from each other, from their German manor lords, and ...
Style: bleak, suspense, suspenseful, scary
Plot: paganism, love triangle, witch, werewolf, folklore, deal with the devil, unrequited love, female nudity, witchcraft, snowman, peasant, dark humor ...
Place: estonia
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Wild Flowers (2000)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Mystery, Romance
Country: Czech Republic
Duration: 81 min.
Story: Seven seemingly unconnected fairy tales - glued together only by folklore, mood, color and light - make up this Czech collection of visual poetry. The original piece of literature, written by Karel Jaromír Erben in 1853, contained twelve tales.
Style: serious, dark, allegory, psychotronic, anthology
Plot: folklore, curses spells and rituals, supernatural, religions or cults, ghost, magic, surrealism, hanging, church, soldier, romanticism, fairy ...
Place: central europe
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To the Forest of Firefly Lights (2011)
Genre: Animation, Drama, Fantasy
Country: Japan
Duration: 45 min.
Story: One hot summer day a little girl gets lost in an enchanted forest of the mountain god where spirits reside. A young boy appears before her, but she cannot touch him for fear of making him disappear. And so a wondrous adventure awaits...
Style: exciting, touching, captivating, sincere
Plot: spirit, childhood, friendship, folklore, supernatural, japanese mythology, love, forest, little girl, slice of life, coming of age, forces of nature ...
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Mavka: The Forest Song (2022)
Genre: Animation, Comedy, Fantasy
Country: Ukraine
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Mavka — a Soul of the Forest and its Warden — faces an impossible choice between love and her duty as guardian to the Heart of the Forest, when she falls in love with a human — the talented young musician Lukas.
Style: sincere, captivating, light, stylized
Plot: folklore, mysterious character, magical creature, magical, mythical creature, fairy, nature, good versus evil, musician, true love, miraculous event, save the day ...
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Errementari: The Blacksmith and the Devil (2017)
Genre: Adventure, Fantasy, Horror, Thriller
Country: Spain, France
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Based on a Basque folk tale, ”Patxi herrementaria,” collected by priest, archaeologist and anthropologist José Migel de Barandiarán in 1903, the story is set in the Basque region in 1845, in a universe inhabited by mythological diabolic ...
Style: gothic horror, gothic, mystical, folk tale, exciting ...
Plot: folklore, demon, supernatural, blacksmith, supernatural power, satan, devil, lynch mob, lynching, urban legend, small village, mysticism ...
Time: 19th century
Place: basque country, spain
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Natsume's Book of Friends (2008)
Genre: Animation, Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Mystery
Country: Japan
Duration: 24 min.
TV show
Story: Natsume Takashi has the ability to see spirits, which he has long kept secret. However, once he inherits a strange book that belonged to his deceased grandmother, Reiko, he discovers the reason why spirits surround him.
Style: captivating, suspenseful, serious, shoujo
Plot: ghost, spirit, friendship, japanese culture, human animal relationship, supernatural, exorcist, orphan, supernatural power, japanese mythology, afterlife, folklore ...
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Leprechaun Returns (2018)
Genre: Comedy, Fantasy, Horror
Country: USA, Canada, South Africa
Duration: 92 min.
Story: A group of unwitting sorority sisters accidentally awaken the serial-killing Leprechaun after they build a sorority house on his hunting grounds.
Style: slasher, scary, brutal, semi serious, suspenseful ...
Plot: gnome, monster, creature feature, gold, sorority, folklore, ghost, youth, group of friends, dormitory, sorority girl, murder ...
Place: ireland
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The Golem (2018)
Genre: Drama, Horror
Country: Israel
Duration: 95 min.
Story: A re-imagining of the old mystical folklore that follows a woman and a tight-knit Jewish community that is besieged by foreign invaders. She conjures a dangerous creature to protect them but it may be more evil than she ever imagined.
Style: psychotronic, exciting, scary, suspense
Plot: ritual, golem, survival horror, rabbi, monster, folklore, legend, child, evil, ancient, jewish, husband wife relationship ...
Time: 17th century
Place: lithuania, europe
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Gosick (2011)
Genre: Animation, Comedy, Drama, Mystery, Romance
Country: Japan
Duration: 24 min.
TV show
Story: Gosick is a Japanese light novel series by Kazuki Sakuraba, published by Fujimi Shobo. Set in a fictional European country in 1924, a Japanese exchange student meets a mysterious, brilliant girl who only leaves the library to sleep. Her brother, a ...
Style: gothic, humorous, captivating, sincere, entertaining ...
Plot: friendship, occult, folklore, amateur detective, romance, mystery, urban legend, city life, high school life, investigation, partners, crimes ...
Time: 20th century, 1920s, victorian era
Place: europe
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Song of the Sea (2014)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Drama, Family, Fantasy
Country: Ireland, Denmark, Belgium, France
Duration: 93 min.
Story: The story of the last Seal Child’s journey home. After their mother’s disappearance, Ben and Saoirse are sent to live with Granny in the city. When they resolve to return to their home by the sea, their journey becomes a race against time as ...
Style: touching, colourful, captivating, fairy tale, emotional ...
Audience: family outing, kids, pre-teens
Plot: adventure, young heroes, mythical creature, supernatural ability, curses spells and rituals, lighthouse, supernatural, legends and myths, getting home, lighthouse keeper, celtic, secrets ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: ireland, europe, japan, tokyo
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Mystics in Bali (1981)
Genre: Fantasy, Horror, Thriller
Country: Indonesia, Australia
Duration: 86 min.
Story: Researching a book that takes her to Bali and the black magic cult of Leák, Cathy meets an evil witch which promises to train her in the dark arts. Tricked, Cathy is turned into a Penanggalan; a flying vampire with internal organs hanging from her ...
Style: suspenseful, atmospheric, scary, surreal, tense ...
Plot: vampire, supernatural, deal with the devil, power relations, save the lady, good versus evil, save the day, folklore, religions or cults, wizards and magicians, curses spells and rituals, village ...
Time: 80s
Place: asia, indonesia, bali
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Gogol. Viy (2018)
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Russia
Duration: 106 min.
Story: A mysterious Dark Horseman slays young girls near the village of Dikanka, and he has already butchered 11 ladies. Nikolai Gogol, a scribe from Saint Petersburg has to take charge of the investigation, but the closer he gets to solving the case, the ...
Style: dark fantasy, disturbing, suspenseful, bleak, twists and turns
Plot: legends and myths, supernatural, deadly creature, folklore, uncover truth, investigation, demon, evil witch, church, countryside, murder, superstition ...
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When They Cry (2006)
Genre: Animation, Drama, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 24 min.
TV show
Story: After moving into the quiet town of Hinamizawa, Maebara Keiichi spends his days blissfully in school often playing games with his local friends. However, appearances can be deceiving. One fateful day, Keiichi stumbles upon news of a murder that had ...
Style: mind bending, psychological, suspenseful, serious, adult animation ...
Plot: murder, torture, psychopath, under the surface, village, psychic, fear, crimes, student, disappearance, mystery, secret ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 1983
Place: japan, asia
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Invisible City (2021)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Fantasy, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Brazil
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: An underground world is inhabited by mythical creatures evolved from a deep lineage of Brazilian folklore. One detective who finds himself caught in a murder investigation that puts him in the middle of a battle between these two worlds.
Plot: folklore, murder, father daughter relationship, investigation, battles, murder investigation, homicide detective, supernatural, fight, supernatural ability, escapades, showdown ...
Place: rio de janeiro, brazil
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Destiny: The Tale of Kamakura (2017)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Fantasy, Romance
Country: Japan
Duration: 129 min.
Story: Not only is Kamakura-based Masakazu Isshiki a mystery novelist, but he is also a good detective himself. His wife Akiko and he are acquainted with all manners of creatures and gods who are of, from or passing through the town. Dealing with and ...
Style: psychotronic, captivating, unusual plot structure, psychological, tense ...
Plot: afterlife, spirit, folklore, supernatural, supernatural power, japanese man, police, police officer, buddha, animals, heroes, supernatural ability ...
Time: 21st century
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Hilda (2018)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Family, Fantasy, Mystery
Country: UK, Canada, USA
Duration: 24 min.
TV show
Story: Fearless, free-spirited Hilda finds new friends, adventure and magical creatures when she leaves her enchanted forest home and journeys to the city.
Style: sweet, fairy tale, funny, captivating, light ...
Audience: kids, family outing
Plot: magical creature, mythical creature, female protagonist, magic, child protagonist, mother daughter relationship, troll, friendship, adventure, giant creature, forest, children ...
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Forbidden Empire (2014)
Genre: Adventure, Fantasy, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Russia, Ukraine, Czech Republic
Duration: 130 min.
Story: Early 18th century. Cartographer Jonathan Green undertakes a scientific voyage from Europe to the East. Having passed through Transylvania and crossed the Carpathian Mountains, he finds himself in a small village lost in impassible woods. Nothing ...
Style: dark fantasy, twists and turns, suspenseful, bleak, atmospheric ...
Plot: curses spells and rituals, supernatural, witchcraft, demon, church, mysticism, remote village, good versus evil, deadly creature, escapades, religion versus science, folklore ...
Time: 18th century
Place: ukraine, europe
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The Field Guide to Evil (2018)
Genre: Horror
Country: USA, Greece, India, New Zealand, Hungary, Austria, Turkey, Poland
Duration: 117 min.
Story: A feature-length anthology film. They are known as myths, lore, and folktales. Created to give logic to mankind’s darkest fears, these stories laid the foundation for what we now know as the horror genre.
Style: psychological, tense, captivating, suspenseful, suspense ...
Plot: demonic possession, lesbian relationship, monster, demon, folklore, symbolism, nightmare, baby, religion, goat, female nudity, coming of age ...
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Victor and Valentino (2019)
Genre: Animation, Short, Adventure, Comedy, Family, Fantasy, Mystery
Country: USA
TV show
Story: Two half-brothers spend a summer with their grandma in Monte Macabre, a small and mysterious town, where the myths and legends of Latin American folklore come to life.
Style: entertaining, humorous, captivating, sincere, 2d animation
Plot: brother brother relationship, undead, child protagonist, ghost, folklore, summer vacation, adventure, supernatural, mystery, summer, half brother, latin ...
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I Can Only Imagine (2018)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Family, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Growing up in Texas, Bart Millard suffers physical and emotional abuse at the hands of his father. His childhood and relationship with his dad inspires him to write the hit song "I Can Only Imagine" as singer of the Christian band MercyMe.
Style: christian film, sincere, touching, thought provoking
Audience: family outing
Plot: singer, musician, father son relationship, songwriter, folklore, religion, death of father, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, christianity, autobiography, belief in god, church ...
Time: year 1985, 80s, 90s
Place: texas, nashville tennessee
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Thale (2012)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Norway
Duration: 76 min.
Story: Norwegian folklore turns out to be real when Leo and Elvis encounter a girl called Thale in a basement. A regular cleaning job turns into a struggle for survival, while they're trying to figure out what or who Thale is. Could Thale be a ...
Style: atmospheric, scary, rough, suspenseful, serious ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: deadly creature, legends and myths, supernatural, survival, confinement indoors, forest, creature, wrong place wrong time, isolation, confined, female nudity, secret place ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: norway
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Barbarous Mexico (2014)
Genre: Horror
Country: Mexico
Duration: 114 min.
Story: Eight tales based on the most brutally terrifying Mexican traditions and legends, an anthology of haunting stories woven into the fabric of the Mexican culture, some told through the centuries and some new, but all equally frightening. Bogeymen, ...
Style: suspense, dark, suspenseful, bleak, scary ...
Plot: legend, urban legend, raped by monster, ritual, murder, creature, rape, brother sister relationship, tradition, stripper, troll, horse ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: mexico
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Cold War (2018)
Genre: Drama, History, Music, Romance
Country: Poland, UK, France, Belgium
Duration: 89 min.
Story: A Cold War-era love story follows the passionate love affair between a mismatched couple.
Style: romantic, sad, melancholic, tragic ending, sincere ...
Plot: loveless marriage, cold war, tragic love, musician, female singer, jazz, defector, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, audition, suicide, prison, love story ...
Time: 50s, 60s, year 1951, 1940s, year 1954 ...
Place: paris france, former yugoslavia, east berlin, poland, german democratic republic ...
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Good Favour (2017)
Genre: Drama, Mystery
Country: Ireland, Belgium, Denmark, Netherlands
Duration: 101 min.
Story: A teenage stranger is welcomed into a household in a devout Catholic village and gradually reveals his motives and what seem to be magical powers.
Style: unusual plot structure, captivating, mystical, psychological, contemplative
Plot: mysterious stranger, catholic, village, teenager, christianity, faith, folklore, religion, mysticism, youth, magical power, superstition ...
Time: 21st century
Place: europe
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Leah Smock, the Legend Awakens (2016)
Genre: Horror
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: In a hollow, deep in the back woods of Kentucky, there is an unassuming grave of a young woman who died at the young age of twenty-two. Folklore tells that a beautiful and intelligent woman with long flowing black hair is buried here on this ...
Style: scary, psychotronic, bleak, suspense
Plot: witch, legend, folklore, supernatural power, supernatural, society, fear, chase, mission, revenge, youth, good versus evil ...
Time: 21st century
Place: usa
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The Bear (1970)
Genre: Fantasy, Horror
Country: Poland
Duration: 100 min.
Story: A pastor studying folklore in remote parts of 19th century Estonia is invited to stay with a young nobleman. His mother is sequestered and mad. It seems she has been attacked by a bear as a young wife and local peasants whisper the young man may be ...
Style: gothic, gothic horror, disturbing, absurd, enigmatic
Plot: legend, hunting, family tragedy, myth, missing person, castle, folklore, mysterious character, pagan, mother son relationship, sleeping, tree ...
Time: 19th century
Place: lithuania
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Hong Kil-dong (1986)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy
Country: North Korea
Duration: 108 min.
Story: This movie tells the story of Hong Kil Dong, a legendary 15th century Korean Robin Hood figure. It is a mildly entertaining action film with an anti-feudal message.
Style: unusual plot structure, semi serious, stylized, complex
Plot: super strength, supernatural power, surrealism, mythology, good versus evil, folklore, fight scenes, heroic mission, one man army, master warrior
Time: 80s
Place: north korea
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The Shannara Chronicles (2016)
Genre: Adventure, Fantasy, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 42 min.
TV show
Story: A young Healer armed with an unpredictable magic guides a runaway Elf in her perilous quest to save the peoples of the Four Lands from an age-old Demon scourge.
Style: exciting, serious, captivating, suspense, entertaining ...
Audience: teens
Plot: supernatural ability, elf, imaginary kingdom, good versus evil, heroes, supernatural, magic, love triangle, young heroes, demon, betrayal, gnome ...
Time: future
Place: san francisco
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Welcome to Mercy (2018)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: When a single mother begins to experience symptoms of the stigmata, she seeks the help of a local priest and nun to help her understand what is seen and unseen.
Style: suspense, suspenseful, bleak, scary
Plot: priest, demon, evil, isolation, daughter, folklore, mythology, crucifix, catholic, exorcism, obsession, haunted by the past ...
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