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 interesting, serious, realistic, stylized, dramatic and melancholic films and TV shows about / with storytelling, mentor, runaway, vengeance, destiny, life & death, dialogue, culture clash, childhood and death plots mostly in Drama, Fantasy and Thriller genres shot in USA, France, UK and other countries.
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TOP 10 movies tagged as storytelling: Life of Pi (2012), The Help (2011), Kubo and the Two Strings (2016), Are You Afraid of the Dark? (1990), Forrest Gump (1994), The Pursuit of Happyness (2006), The Interpreter (2005), Paris, I Love You (2006), The Cider House Rules (1999), Bridge to Terabithia (2007).

List of storytelling movies

 7.9
 528K
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: melancholic, dramatic, motivational, suspense, captivating ...
Plot: survival, hopes, adventure, human nature, ocean or sea, teenage boy, isolation, ship, storytelling, ocean, journey, starvation ...
Place: india, toronto ontario canada, mexico, pacific ocean, montreal quebec ...
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 8.1
 388K
The Help (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, India, United Arab Emirates
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, master and servant, maid, discrimination, storytelling, hopes, social relations, interracial relations, blacks and whites, against the rules, exploitation ...
Time: 60s, 1960s, 20th century, year 1963
Place: mississippi, usa
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Kubo and the Two Strings (2016)
Genre: Animation, Action, Adventure, Family, Fantasy
Country: USA
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: fairy tale, stylized, atmospheric, breathtaking, touching ...
Audience: kids
Plot: samurai, magic, storytelling, origami, creativity, adventure, sword, guitar, strong female character, friendship, imagination, destiny ...
Time: 2010s
Place: japan, feudal japan
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Are You Afraid of the Dark? (1990)
Genre: Drama, Family, Fantasy, Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: Canada
Duration: 30 min.
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, bleak, exciting ...
Audience: teens, pre-teens, family outing
Plot: horror for children, storytelling, campfire story, supernatural, mischievous children, paranormal, danger, youth, mystery, riddles and clues, escapades, in the woods ...
Time: 90s
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 8.8
 1.6M
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, sentimental, uplifting, sincere, serious ...
Audience: date night
Plot: human spirit, destiny, mentally challenged, journey, odd, misfit, tragic love, love and romance, human relationship, fish out of water, society, justice ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 50s, 70s, 1950s
Place: usa, washington d.c., vietnam, china
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The Pursuit of Happyness (2006)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: A struggling salesman takes custody of his son as he's poised to begin a life-changing professional career.
Style: sentimental, emotional, uplifting, inspirational, serious ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: human spirit, life is a bitch, against the odds, rise to the top, down on your luck, single parent, hopes, success, ambition, life, parents and children, financial problem ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: san francisco, usa, kindergarten
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Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Family, Fantasy, Musical
Country: USA, UK, Australia
Duration: 115 min.
Story: A young boy wins a tour through the most magnificent chocolate factory in the world, led by the world's most unusual candy maker.
Style: feel good, humorous, surreal, colourful, fairy tale ...
Audience: family outing, kids, pre-teens
Plot: social differences, chocolate, factory, contests and competitions, mysterious character, candy, fantasy world, family, adventure, imaginary, imagination, factory worker ...
Place: india, atlanta georgia, bavaria, denver colorado, switzerland ...
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The Interpreter (2005)
Genre: Crime, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK, France, Germany, USA
Duration: 128 min.
Story: After Silvia Broome, an interpreter at United Nations headquarters, overhears plans of an assassination, an American Secret Service agent is sent to investigate.
Style: suspenseful, tense, twists and turns, mind bending, suspense ...
Plot: investigation, murder, assassination, revenge, mystery, fbi, undercover, state affairs, dishonesty, chases and races, crimes, vengeance ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, africa, usa, manhattan new york city, paris france ...
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Paris, I Love You (2006)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: France, Liechtenstein, Switzerland, Germany, USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Olivier Assayas, Gus Van Sant, Wes Craven and Alfonso Cuaron are among the 20 distinguished directors who contribute to this collection of 18 stories, each exploring a different aspect of Parisian life. The colourful characters in this drama include ...
Style: stylized, sentimental, atmospheric, talky, emotional ...
Audience: date night
Plot: tourist, loneliness, looking for love, dating, love affair, romance, fall in love, new love, young woman, human nature, city life, encounter ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: france, paris france, europe, montmartre paris
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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: touching, sentimental, emotional, serious, melancholic ...
Plot: coming of age, incest, abortion, orphan, new job, orphanage, nurse, romance, love and romance, first love, farm, storytelling ...
Time: 1920s, 40s, 30s, 20th century, 1940s ...
Place: maine, usa, new england, england
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Tales from the Darkside: The Movie (1990)
Genre: Comedy, Fantasy, Horror, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: The first segment features an animated mummy stalking selected student victims; the second tale tells the story of a "cat from hell" who cannot be killed and leaves a trail of victims behind it; the third story is about a man who witnesses ...
Style: scary, suspenseful, macabre, atmospheric, tense ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: mummy, gargoyle, murder, witch, monster, black cat, anthology, supernatural, vengeance, storytelling, transformation, hitman ...
Time: 80s
Place: dungeon, new york
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Bridge to Terabithia (2007)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Family, Fantasy
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Jesse Aarons trained all summer to become the fastest runner in school, so he's very upset when newcomer Leslie Burke outruns him and everyone else. Despite this and other differences, including that she's rich, he's poor, and ...
Style: emotional, captivating, touching, sentimental, fairy tale ...
Audience: family outing, kids
Plot: friendship, loneliness, loss of friend, escape from reality, childhood, imaginary, magical, secret, social misfits, tragic event, classmates, imaginary kingdom ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
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 8.0
 381K
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: sentimental, surreal, offbeat, feel good, touching ...
Audience: date night
Plot: fantasy world, witch, fish, escapades, true love, circus, parents and children, mermaid, adventure, fishing, father son relationship, love and romance ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 30s, 80s, 50s ...
Place: usa, texas, congo, alabama, cuba ...
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 7.9
 101K
The Fall (2006)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, 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: offbeat, surreal, stylized, epic, psychological ...
Plot: imaginary kingdom, hospital, imagination, storytelling, suicide attempt, translator, theft, death, torture, princess, morphine, sacrifice ...
Time: 1920s, 20s, 20th century, 1910s
Place: los angeles, taj mahal, istanbul turkey, india
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Operation Finale (2018)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, Thriller, War
Country: USA
Duration: 122 min.
Story: In 1960, a team of Israeli secret agents is deployed to find Adolf Eichmann, the infamous Nazi architect of the Holocaust, supposedly hidden in Argentina, and get him to Israel to be judged.
Style: based on true events, national socialism, ambiguous ending, tense
Plot: nazi, war criminal, jewish, chase, manhunt, storytelling, mission, period piece, secret mission, culture clash, life risking, mossad ...
Time: 60s, year 1944, year 1945, year 1954, year 1960 ...
Place: argentina, israel, germany, tel aviv israel, buenos aires argentina ...
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 6.7
 13K
Creation (2009)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Romance
Country: UK
Duration: 108 min.
Story: A psychological, heart-wrenching love story that provides a unique and inside look at Charles Darwin. Torn between faith and science, he struggles to finish his legendary book "On the Origin of the Species," which goes on to become the ...
Style: emotional, thought provoking, psychological, serious, stylized ...
Plot: evolution, loss of daughter, faith, haunted by the past, village, relationship vs career, family relations, family life, death in the family, life is a bitch, love and romance, couple relations ...
Time: 19th century, victorian, 1850s, 1800s
Place: england, europe
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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, redemption, society, introspection, moral dilemma, human nature, rivalry, destiny, save the world, legends and myths, hopes, religions or cults ...
Time: contemporary
Place: usa, new york, jerusalem, empire state building 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: sentimental, romantic, sweet, emotional, touching ...
Audience: date night, chick flick
Plot: divorce, father daughter relationship, free spirited, lovers, true love, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, single father, storytelling, politician, college, girlfriend, journalist ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 20th century, 90s, 1990s ...
Place: wisconsin, new york, usa, campus, manhattan new york city ...
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 7.0
 4K
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: serious, touching, realistic, enigmatic, art house ...
Plot: swamp, tribe, australian aboriginal, mistaken identity, storytelling, kidnapping, murder, canoe, death, hunting, vengeance, rivalry ...
Time: ancient history, 1930s
Place: australia, tokyo
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Memoirs of a Geisha (2005)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
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: sentimental, serious, dramatic, sexy, realistic ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick
Plot: rivalry, love and romance, brothel, mentor, geisha, cinderella story, women, social differences, uninhibited rivalry, unfulfilled love, destiny, orphan ...
Time: 30s, 20s, 20th century, 40s, 1930s ...
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
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 6.0
 1K
Savannah (2013)
Genre: Drama, Family, History, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: Savannah is the true story of Ward Allen, a romantic and bombastic character who rejects his plantation heritage for the freedom of life on a river. Ward navigates the change of early 20th century America on the wrong side of the law and society, ...
Style: sentimental, touching, realistic, stylized, serious
Plot: friendship, interracial relations, society, storytelling, justice, father daughter relationship, guilt, husband wife relationship, mother daughter relationship, father son relationship, doctor, friends ...
Time: 20th century, 1900s, year 1918, year 1954, year 1958
Place: usa, oxford university, russia
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 6.7
 18K
Cracks (2009)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: UK, Ireland, Spain, France, Switzerland
Duration: 104 min.
Story: Jealousy flares after the headmistress of an elite boarding school for girls becomes obsessed with a new student.
Style: atmospheric, serious, realistic, stylized, disturbing ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: boarding school life, boarding school, school, teachers and students, lesbian interest, mental illness, coming of age, teenage life, power relations, lesbian relationship, teacher, obsession ...
Time: 20th century, 30s, 1930s
Place: england, europe, spain
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 7.7
 222K
Changeling (2008)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, History, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 141 min.
Story: Christine Collins is overjoyed when her kidnapped son is brought back home. But when Christine suspects that the boy returned to her isn't her child, the police captain has her committed to an asylum.
Style: psychological, tense, sentimental, disturbing, heartbreaking ...
Plot: investigation, missing child, fighting the system, uncover truth, insanity, missing person, police, corruption, loss of son, desperation, trial, disorder ...
Time: 1920s, 1930s, 20s, 20th century
Place: los angeles, usa, california, canada, seattle washington
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The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Fantasy
Country: New Zealand, USA
Duration: 179 min.
Story: Frodo and Sam are trekking to Mordor to destroy the One Ring of Power while Gimli, Legolas and Aragorn search for the orc-captured Merry and Pippin. All along, nefarious wizard Saruman awaits the Fellowship members at the Orthanc Tower in Isengard.
Style: exciting, captivating, epic, stylized, scenic ...
Audience: teens, family outing
Plot: good versus evil, adventure, save the world, fantasy world, friendship, imaginary, imaginary kingdom, heroic mission, pride and honor, army, attack, magical ...
Time: prehistory, prehistoric times
Place: new zealand
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 7.4
 74K
Frida (2002)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Romance
Country: USA, Canada, Mexico
Duration: 123 min.
Story: "Frida" chronicles the life Frida Kahlo shared unflinchingly and openly with Diego Rivera, as the young couple took the art world by storm. From her complex and enduring relationship with her mentor and husband to her illicit and ...
Style: sincere, colourful, emotional, touching, psychological ...
Plot: disability, couple relations, feminism, bohemian life, loneliness, art, painter, artist, lifestyle, love of one's life, communism, bisexuality ...
Time: 20s, 20th century, 40s, 1930s, 30s ...
Place: mexico, latin america, paris france, empire state building manhattan new york city, manhattan new york city ...
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 6.7
 33K
Apt Pupil (1998)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, France
Duration: 111 min.
Story: Neighborhood boy Todd Bowden discovers that an old man living on his block named Arthur Denker is nazi war criminal. Bowden confronts Denker and offers him a deal: Bowden will not go to the authorities if Denker tells him stories of the ...
Style: psychological, disturbing, tense, suspense, realistic ...
Audience: teens
Plot: murder, holocaust, blackmail, manipulation, crimes, human nature, disorder, high school, dishonesty, teenage life, hidden identity, obsession ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, year 1984
Place: usa, california, germany
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 7.4
 116K
Capote (2005)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, History
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 114 min.
Story: A biopic of the writer, Truman Capote and his assignment for The New Yorker to write the non-fiction book, 'In Cold Blood'.
Style: captivating, based on true events, intellectual, talky, realistic ...
Plot: journalism, murder, moral dilemma, lifestyle, crimes, manipulation, book, investigation, literature, death, friendship, character study ...
Time: 1960s, 1950s, 60s, 50s, 20th century ...
Place: kansas, usa, turkey, alabama, spain ...
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 7.3
 218K
RocknRolla (2008)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: UK, USA, France
Duration: 114 min.
Story: When a Russian mobster sets up a real estate scam that generates millions of pounds, various members of London's criminal underworld pursue their share of the fortune. Various shady characters, including Mr One-Two, Stella the accountant, and ...
Style: dark humor, twists and turns, surprise ending, talky, humorous ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: cons and scams, gangsters, crime, corruption, organized crime, crime gone awry, mafia, millionaire, crimes, dishonor among criminals, drugs/alcohol, gang leader ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: england, london, europe
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 6.4
 14K
The Quiet (2005)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: After her widowed father dies, deaf teenager Dot moves in with her godparents, Olivia and Paul Deer. The Deers' daughter, Nina, is openly hostile to Dot, but that does not prevent her from telling her secrets to her silent stepsister, including ...
Style: psychological, rough, disturbing, suspense, suspenseful ...
Audience: teens
Plot: incest, orphan, mute or deaf, murder, godparent, society, mind game, family problems, teenage life, crimes, rivalry, dysfunctional family ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: connecticut
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 8.6
 617K
City of God (2002)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Brazil, France
Duration: 130 min.
Story: Cidade de Deus is a shantytown that started during the 1960s and became one of Rio de Janeiro’s most dangerous places in the beginning of the 1980s. To tell the story of this place, the movie describes the life of various characters, all seen by ...
Style: rough, disturbing, bleak, captivating, stylized ...
Plot: gang, drug dealing, juvenile delinquency, crimes, urban ghetto life, social decay, society, coming of age, poverty, gang war, journalism, criminal heroes ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, 60s, 1960s
Place: brazil, rio de janeiro, latin america
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