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, stylized, melancholic, serious, dramatic and interesting films and TV shows about / with storytelling, mentor, catastrophe, dialogue, death, culture clash, runaway, destiny, life & death and childhood 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), The Help (2011), Kubo and the Two Strings (2016), Ten Canoes (2006), The Fall (2006), Travelers and Magicians (2003), The Company of Wolves (1984), Are You Afraid of the Dark? (1990), The Interpreter (2005).

List of storytelling movies

 7.9
 559K
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, captivating, motivational, scenic ...
Plot: survival, hopes, beautiful scenery, adventure, storytelling, ocean or sea, human nature, tiger, isolation, teenage boy, lost at sea, ship ...
Place: india, paris france, montreal quebec, pacific ocean, toronto ontario canada ...
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 8.8
 1.7M
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, feel good ...
Audience: date night
Plot: human spirit, destiny, life philosophy, mentally challenged, true love, journey, rise to the top, human relationship, storytelling, misfit, odd, selflessness ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 50s, 70s, 1950s
Place: usa, washington d.c., vietnam, china
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 8.1
 408K
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, maid, friendship, master and servant, civil rights, racial segregation, racial issues, blacks and whites, interracial relations, discrimination, storytelling, adaptation ...
Time: 60s, 1960s, 20th century, year 1963
Place: mississippi, usa, mississippi river
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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: fairy tale, stylized, atmospheric, breathtaking, touching ...
Audience: kids
Plot: samurai, creativity, magic, storytelling, origami, adventure, strong female character, sword, guitar, friendship, imagination, destiny ...
Time: 2010s
Place: japan, feudal japan
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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: realistic, serious, atmospheric, melancholic, witty ...
Plot: australian aboriginal, swamp, tribe, storytelling, murder, hunting, vengeance, couples, love and romance, heroes, forbidden love, expedition ...
Time: ancient history, 1930s
Place: australia, tokyo
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 7.9
 104K
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: imaginary kingdom, imagination, escape from reality, hospital, storytelling, adventure, friendship, adventurer, good versus evil, disguise, peril, horse ...
Time: 1920s, 20s, 1910s, 20th century
Place: los angeles, taj mahal, india, istanbul turkey
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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: captivating, atmospheric, serious, road movie
Plot: storytelling, illusion, adventure, self discovery, clergy, friendship, on the road, introspection, culture clash, countryside, hopes, society ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
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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: fairy tale, gothic, surreal, dark, stylized ...
Plot: werewolf, beast, dark fantasy, storytelling, legends and myths, dangerous attraction, haunted by the past, woman in danger, supernatural, danger, dangerous animal, imaginary ...
Time: 18th century, 1700s, 20th century
Place: europe, england
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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, suspenseful, semi serious, anthology, bleak ...
Audience: horror for children, teens, family outing, pre-teens
Plot: campfire story, supernatural, mischievous children, paranormal, storytelling, mystery, danger, youth, riddles and clues, in the woods, ghost, escapades ...
Time: 90s
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Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Family, Fantasy, Musical
Country: UK, USA
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: children, fantasy world, imaginary, chocolate, social differences, candy, adventure, contests and competitions, family, mysterious character, factory, imagination ...
Place: switzerland, atlanta georgia, bavaria, denver colorado, germany ...
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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, mind bending, twists and turns, suspense ...
Plot: investigation, murder, assassination, mystery, fbi, undercover, state affairs, dishonesty, crimes, chases and races, vengeance, chase ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: africa, usa, manhattan new york city, south africa, 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, atmospheric, sentimental, talky, emotional ...
Audience: date night
Plot: tourist, dating, loneliness, looking for love, love affair, romance, fall in love, new love, young woman, love and romance, human nature, city life ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: paris france, 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: sentimental, emotional, touching, serious, melancholic ...
Plot: abortion, incest, coming of age, orphan, new job, nurse, coming-of-age, first love, romance, love and romance, orphanage, farm ...
Time: 1920s, 40s, 20th century, 30s, 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, anthology, suspenseful, macabre, atmospheric ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: mummy, gargoyle, murder, witch, monster, black cat, supernatural, vengeance, dungeon, storytelling, transformation, hitman ...
Time: 80s
Place: new york
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The Nativity Story (2006)
Genre: Drama, Family, History
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 ...
Plot: christianity, religions or cults, jesus, angel, bible, prophecy, priest, pregnancy, sacrifice, temptation, oppression, miraculous event ...
Time: ancient history, 1st century
Place: holy land, middle east, israel, palestine, jerusalem ...
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Bridge to Terabithia (2007)
Genre: 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, imaginary, escape from reality, childhood, fantasy world, loss of friend, classmates, loneliness, magical, social misfits, tragic event, teenage boy ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
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 8.0
 395K
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, feel good, touching, offbeat ...
Audience: date night
Plot: adventure, witch, loneliness, fish, fantasy world, escapades, true love, circus, parents and children, mermaid, journey, fishing ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 70s, 80s, 40s ...
Place: usa, texas, russia, cuba, morocco ...
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 7.0
 35K
American Honey (2016)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Romance
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 163 min.
Story: A teenage girl with nothing to lose joins a traveling magazine sales crew, and gets caught up in a whirlwind of hard partying, law bending and young love as she criss-crosses the Midwest with a band of misfits.
Style: road movie, talky, disturbing, melancholic, intense ...
Plot: teenage girl, road trip, misfit, dancing, teenager, first love, marijuana, van, romance, storytelling, drinking, on the road ...
Place: nebraska, oklahoma, america, texas, california
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The Man from Earth (2007)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 87 min.
Story: An impromptu goodbye party for Professor John Oldman becomes a mysterious interrogation after the retiring scholar reveals to his colleagues he never ages and has walked the earth for 14,000 years.
Style: serious, sincere, psychological, talky, surprise ending ...
Plot: immortality, professor, philosophy, hidden identity, society, religion, christianity, mistaken identity, legends and myths, psychology, impersonating, secret ...
Time: middle ages, prehistory, prehistoric, 21st century, contemporary ...
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 7.3
 8K
Osama (2003)
Genre: Drama
Country: Afghanistan, Ireland, Japan, Iran, Netherlands
Duration: 83 min.
Story: Teenage girl Osama cuts her hair and dresses like a boy to get a job and support her widowed mother and grandmother. When Osama is called by the Taliban to join school and military training she embarks on a terrifying and confusing journey as she ...
Style: disturbing, serious, bleak, realistic, sincere ...
Plot: survival, oppression, injustice, child abuse, dishonesty, job seeking, danger, hidden identity, totalitarianism, life is a bitch, disorder, coming of age ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: middle east, pakistan, afghanistan, iran, poland
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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, alien, grave, adventure, group of criminals, storytelling, friendship, vampire, weapons ...
Time: 18th century, 19th century, victorian era
Place: england
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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, serious, psychological, sincere, stylized ...
Plot: evolution, faith, loss of daughter, haunted by the past, death in the family, family life, village, relationship vs career, family relations, couple relations, life is a bitch, love and romance ...
Time: 19th century, victorian, 1850s, 1800s
Place: england, europe
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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, sincere, captivating, emotional ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick
Plot: chinese, friendship, haunted by the past, immigrants, golden years, hopes, parents and children, human nature, self discovery, mother daughter relationship, storytelling, women ...
Time: 90s
Place: china, san francisco, usa, asia, california
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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, dark humor, futuristic, surreal, enigmatic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: apocalypse, introspection, society, moral dilemma, human nature, rivalry, hopes, destiny, save the world, religions or cults, legends and myths, chaos ...
Time: contemporary, year 1999
Place: new york, usa, empire state building manhattan new york city, jerusalem
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The Night Listener (2006)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: In the midst of his crumbling relationship, a radio show host begins speaking to his biggest fan, a young boy, via the telephone. But when questions about the boy's identity come up, the host's life is thrown into chaos.
Style: psychological, suspenseful, suspense, melancholic, enigmatic ...
Plot: radio, aids, mystery, child illness, listener, mysterious character, amateur detective, storytelling, investigation, child abuse, book, liar ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, wisconsin, new york
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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, realistic, sincere ...
Plot: cold war, friendship, family, immigrants, love and romance, self discovery, family relations, parents and children, siblings relations, on the run, human nature, storytelling ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 60s, 1950s, 1960s ...
Place: hungary, europe, california, budapest hungary, czechoslovakia ...
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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, enigmatic, realistic ...
Plot: friendship, mysterious character, writer's life, buddies, human nature, storytelling, bum, reporter, secret, alone in the world, partners, urban ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 40s, 1940s, 1930s
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, greenwich village manhattan new york city, north carolina ...
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The Ballad of Jack and Rose (2005)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: Jack Slavin is an environmentalist with a heart condition who lives with his daughter, Rose, on an isolated island. While Jack fights against developers who wish to build in the area, he also craves more contact with other people. When he invites ...
Style: emotional, sentimental, touching, melancholic, realistic ...
Plot: incest, single parent, sexual exploration, parents and children, first sex, teenage life, rebelliousness, innocence lost, island, virginity, commune, coming of age ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, future
Place: usa, california
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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, touching ...
Audience: chick flick, date night
Plot: father daughter relationship, divorce, single father, fall in love, free spirited, lovers, true love, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, storytelling, journalist, politician, college ...
Time: contemporary, 20th century, 21st century, 90s, 2000s ...
Place: new york, wisconsin, usa, manhattan new york city, new york state ...
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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, realistic, exciting, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gang, treasure, mysterious character, one man army, samurai, drifter, crimes, uninhibited rivalry, tough heroes, heroes, lone wolves, revenge ...
Time: 19th century, middle ages
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
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