Storytelling movies and TV shows

The list contains the best, new and most relevant storytelling movies ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out visually appealing, melancholic, stylized, realistic, serious and touching films and TV shows about / with storytelling, mentor, vengeance, runaway, catastrophe, destiny, death, dialogue, life & death and adaptation plots mostly in Drama, Fantasy and Adventure genres shot in USA, UK, France and other countries.
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TOP 10 movies tagged as storytelling: Life of Pi (2012), Forrest Gump (1994), Big Fish (2003), The Help (2011), Kubo and the Two Strings (2016), Travelers and Magicians (2003), Ricky Gervais: Out of England (2008), The Nativity Story (2006), The Cider House Rules (1999), A Monster Calls (2016).

List of storytelling movies

 7.9
 578K
Life of Pi (2012)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Fantasy
Country: USA, Taiwan, UK, Canada
Duration: 127 min.
Story: The story of an Indian boy named Pi, a zookeeper's son who finds himself in the company of a hyena, zebra, orangutan, and a Bengal tiger after a shipwreck sets them adrift in the Pacific Ocean.
Style: philosophical, motivational, scenic, captivating, dramatic ...
Plot: survival, storytelling, hopes, beautiful scenery, adventure, teenage boy, ocean or sea, human nature, life, ocean, journey, lost at sea ...
Time: 70s
Place: india, paris france, montreal, mexico, montreal quebec ...
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 8.8
 1.8M
Forrest Gump (1994)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 142 min.
Story: A man with a low IQ has accomplished great things in his life and been present during significant historic events - in each case, far exceeding what anyone imagined he could do. Yet, despite all the things he has attained, his one true love eludes ...
Style: touching, uplifting, sincere, sentimental, feel good ...
Audience: date night, girls' night
Plot: life philosophy, human spirit, mentally challenged, destiny, rise to the top, true love, journey, storytelling, human relationship, odd, selflessness, philosophy ...
Time: 50s, 60s, 20th century, 70s, 1950s ...
Place: usa, washington d.c., united states, new york, san francisco ...
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 8.0
 414K
Big Fish (2003)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Fantasy, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 125 min.
Story: Throughout his life Edward Bloom has always been a man of big appetites, enormous passions and tall tales. In his later years, he remains a huge mystery to his son, William. Now, to get to know the real man, Will begins piecing together a true ...
Style: surreal, feel good, sentimental, touching, offbeat ...
Audience: date night
Plot: adventure, witch, loneliness, storytelling, fantasy world, circus, fish, mermaid, escapades, parents and children, true love, family relations ...
Time: 60s, 80s, 20th century, 50s, 70s ...
Place: usa, cuba, alabama, congo, morocco ...
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 8.0
 426K
The Help (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 146 min.
Story: Aibileen Clark is a middle-aged African-American maid who has spent her life raising white children and has recently lost her only son; Minny Jackson is an African-American maid who has often offended her employers despite her family's ...
Style: touching, uplifting, thought provoking, emotional, inspirational ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick
Plot: racism, friendship, maid, master and servant, discrimination, civil rights, writers, storytelling, interracial relations, social relations, hopes, racial issues ...
Time: 60s, 1960s, 20th century, year 1963
Place: mississippi, usa, mississippi river, southern usa, united states
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Kubo and the Two Strings (2016)
Genre: Animation, Action, Adventure, Family, Fantasy
Country: USA, Japan
Duration: 101 min.
Story: Kubo mesmerizes the people in his village with his magical gift for spinning wild tales with origami. When he accidentally summons an evil spirit seeking vengeance, Kubo is forced to go on a quest to solve the mystery of his fallen samurai father ...
Style: breathtaking, stylized, atmospheric, touching, twists and turns ...
Audience: kids
Plot: samurai, creativity, magic, storytelling, sword, talking animals, origami, adventure, strong female character, friendship, imagination, destiny ...
Time: 2010s
Place: japan, feudal japan
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Travelers and Magicians (2003)
Genre: Adventure, Drama
Country: Australia, Bhutan, UK
Duration: 108 min.
Story: A young government official, named Dondup, who is smitten with America (he even has a denim gho) dreams of escaping there while stuck in a beautiful but isolated village. He hopes to connect in the U.S. with a visa out of the country. He misses the ...
Style: atmospheric, serious, captivating, road movie
Plot: storytelling, illusion, adventure, self discovery, introspection, culture clash, friendship, on the road, clergy, hopes, countryside, society ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
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Ricky Gervais: Out of England (2008)
Genre: Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 72 min.
Story: Taped live before a sold-out audience at the WaMu Theater at New York Citys Madison Square Garden, Ricky Gervais: Out of England The Stand-Up Special is a high-spirited hour of offbeat observations and understated humor from the ...
Style: humorous, not serious, clever, realistic, witty ...
Plot: storytelling, artists and showbiz, society, british, live performance, stand up comedian, stand up special, comedian, joke, satire, live audience, actor playing himself ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, new york, london, england
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The Nativity Story (2006)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Family, Fantasy, History, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: Mary and Joseph make the hard journey to Bethlehem for a blessed event in this retelling of the Nativity story. This meticulously researched and visually lush adaptation of the biblical tale follows the pair on their arduous path to their arrival in ...
Style: touching, realistic, serious, tricky, intense ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: christianity, christmas, jesus, angel, religions or cults, oppression, bible, prophecy, priest, childbirth, miraculous event, pregnancy ...
Time: ancient history, 1st century
Place: holy land, middle east, israel, palestine, jerusalem ...
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The Cider House Rules (1999)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 126 min.
Story: Homer is an orphan who was never adopted, becoming the favorite of orphanage director Dr. Larch. Dr. Larch imparts his full medical knowledge on Homer, who becomes a skilled, albeit unlicensed, physician. But Homer yearns for a self-chosen life ...
Style: sentimental, touching, emotional, serious, melancholic ...
Plot: incest, abortion, coming of age, orphan, orphanage, new job, nurse, storytelling, coming-of-age, romance, love and romance, first love ...
Time: 1920s, 40s, 20th century, 1940s, 1930s ...
Place: maine, usa, new england, england
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A Monster Calls (2016)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Family, Fantasy
Country: UK, Spain, USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: A boy imagines a monster that helps him deal with his difficult life and see the world in a different way.
Style: emotional, touching, fairy tale, compassionate, psychotronic ...
Audience: kids
Plot: terminal illness, dark fantasy, childhood, monster, nightmare, loneliness, bullying, family, depression, destiny, storytelling, imagination ...
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Are You Afraid of the Dark? (1990)
Genre: Drama, Family, Fantasy, Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 30 min.
TV show
Story: Are You Afraid of the Dark? is a joint Canadian-American horror/fantasy-themed anthology television series. The original series was a joint production between the Canadian company Cinar and the American company Nickelodeon. The show was filmed in ...
Style: scary, semi serious, suspenseful, anthology, exciting ...
Audience: horror for children, teens, family outing, pre-teens, kids
Plot: campfire story, supernatural, mischievous children, surrealism, paranormal, storytelling, danger, youth, mystery, riddles and clues, alien encounter, in the woods ...
Time: 90s
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The Joy Luck Club (1993)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, China
Duration: 139 min.
Story: Through a series of flashbacks, four young chinese women born in America and their respective mothers born in feudal China, explore their past. This search will help them understand their difficult mother/daughter relationship.
Style: sentimental, touching, captivating, sincere, emotional ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick
Plot: chinese, friendship, haunted by the past, immigrants, storytelling, hopes, golden years, women, parents and children, self discovery, human nature, mother daughter relationship ...
Time: 90s
Place: china, san francisco, usa, asia, california
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Ten Canoes (2006)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Drama
Country: Australia
Duration: 90 min.
Story: A story within a story within a story. In Australia's Northern Territory, an Aboriginal narrator tells a story about his ancestors on a goose hunt. A youngster on the hunt is being tempted to adultery with his elder brother's wife, so an ...
Style: realistic, serious, atmospheric, melancholic, witty ...
Plot: tribe, australian aboriginal, swamp, murder, vengeance, storytelling, love and romance, couples, expedition, forbidden love, couple relations, heroes ...
Time: ancient history, 1930s
Place: australia, tokyo
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 7.9
 107K
The Fall (2006)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Fantasy
Country: USA, South Africa, India
Duration: 117 min.
Story: In a hospital on the outskirts of 1920s Los Angeles, an injured stuntman begins to tell a fellow patient, a little girl with a broken arm, a fantastic story about 5 mythical heroes. Thanks to his fractured state of mind and her vivid imagination, ...
Style: surreal, offbeat, light, emotional, intense ...
Plot: hospital, imaginary kingdom, suicide attempt, escape from reality, adventure, friendship, imagination, adventurer, good versus evil, storytelling, disguise, peril ...
Time: 1920s, 20th century, 1910s, 20s
Place: los angeles, india, istanbul turkey, taj mahal
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Arabian Nights (2000)
Genre: Adventure, Family, Fantasy
Country: Germany, Turkey, Jordan, USA
Duration: 175 min.
TV show
Story: Scheherezade puts herself in danger to save Sultan Schariar, her childhood friend, from the madness that has gripped him since the death of his cheating wife at his own hands.
Style: exciting, semi serious, humorous, epic
Audience: family outing, kids, pre-teens
Plot: genie, arabian nights, harem, magic, thief, heroic mission, love and romance, good versus evil, rivalry, dishonesty, mad, cure ...
Place: middle east
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I Sell the Dead (2008)
Genre: Comedy, Horror
Country: USA
Duration: 85 min.
Story: 18th century justice catches up with a pair of grave robbers. With only a few hours to go before his date with the guillotine, Arthur Blake (Monaghan) tells his life story to Father Francis Duffy (Ron Perlman). Before long, Arthur spills the beans ...
Style: dark humor, stylized, humorous, scary, brutal ...
Plot: zombie, grave robber, undead, supernatural, grave, alien, group of criminals, adventure, storytelling, friendship, vampire, weapons ...
Time: 18th century, 19th century, victorian era
Place: england
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The Book of Life (1998)
Genre: Comedy, Fantasy
Country: France, USA
Duration: 63 min.
Story: The end of the millenium has taken on a certain significance in modern day prophecies. What happens if Jesus Christ has second thoughts about the Apocalypse? It is December 31, 1999 and New Year's Eve takes on new meaning when the Devil, Jesus ...
Style: humorous, futuristic, dark humor, surreal, enigmatic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: apocalypse, hopes, society, introspection, moral dilemma, human nature, rivalry, save the world, religions or cults, legends and myths, destiny, chaos ...
Time: contemporary, year 2000, year 1999
Place: new york, usa, empire state building manhattan new york city, jerusalem
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An American Rhapsody (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, Hungary
Duration: 106 min.
Story: A Hungarian family forced to flee the Communist country for the United States, must leave a young daughter behind. Six years later the family arranges to bring the absent daughter to the United States where she has trouble adjusting. The daughter ...
Style: touching, sentimental, emotional, contemplative, realistic ...
Audience: girls' night, teens
Plot: immigrants, family relations, cold war, friendship, family, love and romance, self discovery, siblings relations, parents and children, human nature, on the run, storytelling ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 60s, 1950s, year 1950 ...
Place: hungary, europe, california, usa, austria ...
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Joe Gould's Secret (2000)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: Around 1940, New Yorker staff writer Joe Mitchell meets Joe Gould, a Greenwich Village character who cadges meals, drinks, and contributions to the Joe Gould Fund and who is writing a voluminous Oral History of the World, a record of 20,000 ...
Style: sentimental, melancholic, intellectual, stylized, enigmatic ...
Plot: friendship, mysterious character, writer's life, buddies, human nature, storytelling, secret, reporter, alone in the world, character study, eccentricity, bum ...
Time: 1940s, 50s, 20th century, 40s, 1930s
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, north carolina, greenwich village manhattan new york city ...
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Definitely, Maybe (2008)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: UK, France, Germany, USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: When Will decides to tell his daughter the story of how he met her mother, he discovers that a second look at the past might also give him a second chance at the future.
Style: romantic, sentimental, sweet, emotional, feel good ...
Audience: chick flick, date night, girls' night, teens
Plot: father daughter relationship, divorce, single father, male female friendship, fall in love, free spirited, lovers, true love, best friends in love, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, storytelling, college ...
Time: contemporary, 90s, 21st century, 20th century, 1990s ...
Place: wisconsin, new york, usa, new york state, united states ...
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Sukiyaki Western Django (2007)
Genre: Action, Western
Country: Japan
Duration: 121 min.
Story: Several hundred years after the Battle of Dannoura, the Genji and Heike clans face off again in a poor mountain town with a buried treasure legend. A revolver-wielding stranger, a lone gunman, burdened with emotional scars and blessed with ...
Style: serious, suspenseful, rough, exciting, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gang, treasure, mysterious character, samurai, uninhibited rivalry, drifter, tough heroes, lone wolves, heroes, crimes, revenge, storytelling ...
Time: 19th century, middle ages
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
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 6.8
 3K
Urbania (2000)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: Charlie takes an odyssey through grief during a fall weekend in New York City. His encounters are planned and chance: with a homeless man who sleeps by his building, with a friend who's dying, with the couple who lives (and noisily loves) in ...
Style: atmospheric, surreal, psychological, serious, realistic ...
Plot: urban legend, haunted by the past, dangerous attraction, couples, crimes, gender, city life, urban, vengeance, storytelling, murder, legends and myths ...
Time: 90s
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city
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Memoirs of a Geisha (2005)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA, Japan, France
Duration: 145 min.
Story: A sweeping romantic epic set in Japan in the years before World War II, a penniless Japanese child is torn from her family to work as a maid in a geisha house.
Style: captivating, sexy, sentimental, dramatic, serious ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick
Plot: geisha, women, japanese culture, rivalry, mentor, brothel, love and romance, loss of virginity, unfulfilled love, orphan, jealousy, uninhibited rivalry ...
Time: 1930s, 1940s, 1920s, 30s, 20s ...
Place: japan, asia, kyoto japan, tokyo
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Gossip (2000)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: On a beautiful college campus, something ugly is about to be spread around. A bit of gossip that was told is starting to take a frightening turn. Who could it have offended and how far will the person on the other side of the gossip handle the ...
Style: serious, suspenseful, psychological, realistic, tense ...
Audience: teens, girls' night
Plot: college, gossip, investigation, false accusation, teenage life, college life, mystery, dishonesty, crimes, rumor, manipulation, storytelling ...
Time: 90s
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The Company of Wolves (1984)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Horror
Country: UK
Duration: 95 min.
Story: An adaptation of Angela Carter's fairy tales. Young Rosaleen dreams of a village in the dark woods, where Granny tells her cautionary tales in which innocent maidens are tempted by wolves who are hairy on the inside. As Rosaleen grows into ...
Style: gothic, fairy tale, surreal, dark, stylized ...
Plot: werewolf, beast, dark fantasy, woman in danger, haunted by the past, dangerous attraction, legends and myths, supernatural, danger, mind game, dangerous animal, imaginary ...
Time: 18th century, 20th century, 1700s, 80s
Place: england, europe
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Boxcar Bertha (1972)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: Based on "Sister of the Road," the fictionalized autobiography of radical and transient Bertha Thompson as written by physician Dr. Ben L. Reitman, 'Boxcar' Bertha Thompson, a woman labor organizer in Arkansas during the ...
Style: realistic, suspenseful, rough, atmospheric, tense ...
Plot: crime, crimes, depression, on the road, romance, lovers on the run, chases and races, violence, storytelling, strong sexual content, justice, mafia ...
Time: 20th century, 1930s, 30s, 1920s, 80s ...
Place: usa, chicago illinois, illinois, memphis, arkansas
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 7.6
 25K
Mr. Church (2016)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: A unique friendship develops when a little girl and her dying mother inherit a cook - Mr. Church. What begins as an arrangement that should only last six months, instead spans fifteen years.
Style: sentimental, compassionate, emotional, melancholic, sad ...
Plot: cooking, friendship, family, life philosophy, storytelling, relationships, book, family bonds, terminal illness, destiny, cook, idealism ...
Time: contemporary, 70s, 60s, 80s, year 1977 ...
Place: usa, boston, los angeles
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Dear White People (2014)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Four black students attend an Ivy League college where a riot breaks out over an “African American” themed party thrown by white students. With tongue planted firmly in cheek, the film explores racial identity in 'post-racial' America ...
Style: realistic, witty, semi serious, humorous, inspirational ...
Audience: student film, teens
Plot: racism, college, interracial relations, college life, student life, campus, satire, prejudice, storytelling, marijuana, obsession, student ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s, year 2013, year 2016 ...
Place: usa, california
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Mysteries of Lisbon (2010)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Romance
Country: Portugal, France
Duration: 272 min.
Story: Follows a jealous countess, a wealthy businessman, and a young orphaned boy across Portugal, France, Italy and Brazil where they connect with a variety of mysterious individuals.
Style: captivating, serious, realistic, atmospheric, epic ...
Plot: aristocracy, intrigue, forbidden love, heir heiress, orphan, love and romance, self discovery, love affair, vengeance, society, dishonesty, love triangle ...
Time: 19th century, 18th century, 1800s
Place: portugal, europe, venice, spain, lisbon portugal ...
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The Storyteller (1987)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Family, Fantasy, Horror
Country: UK
Duration: 225 min.
TV show
Story: The StoryTeller is a live-action/puppet television series. It was an American/British co-production which originally aired in 1988 and was created and produced by Jim Henson. Reruns of The StoryTeller episodes were featured in some episodes of The ...
Style: fairy tale, feel good, exciting, tense, captivating ...
Audience: family outing, kids, pre-teens
Plot: legends and myths, imaginary kingdom, adventure, imaginary, family, ancient, king, curses spells and rituals, pet owner relationship, storytelling, palaces castles and temples, talking animals ...
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