Metaphor movies and TV shows

The list contains the best, new and most relevant metaphor movies ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out serious, realistic, visually appealing, thought provoking, melancholic and stylized films and TV shows about / with metaphor, death, nudity (full frontal - brief), storytelling, dialogue, greed, runaway, mentor, catastrophe and brutality plots mostly in Drama, Comedy and Fantasy genres shot in USA, France, UK and other countries.
metaphor movies
TOP 10 movies tagged as metaphor: Snowpiercer (2013), The Shack (2017), Burning (2018), Circles (2013), Marquis de Sade (1989), Jafar Panahi's Taxi (2015), Don't Look Back (2009), Brain Damage (1988), Finsterworld (2013), The Lobster (2015).

List of metaphor movies

Snowpiercer (2013)
Genre: Action, Drama, Sci-Fi
Country: South Korea, Czech Republic
Duration: 126 min.
Story: In a future where a failed global-warming experiment kills off most life on the planet, a class system evolves aboard the Snowpiercer, a train that travels around the globe via a perpetual-motion engine.
Style: thought provoking, futuristic, suspenseful, allegory, rough ...
Plot: future dystopia, rebellion, revolution, post apocalypse, social differences, survival, train, chaos, snow, resistance, society, winter ...
Time: future, 21st century, 2030s, year 2014, 2010s ...
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The Shack (2017)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy
Country: USA, Canada, Hong Kong
Duration: 132 min.
Story: After suffering a family tragedy, Mack Phillips spirals into a deep depression causing him to question his innermost beliefs. Facing a crisis of faith, he receives a mysterious letter urging him to an abandoned shack deep in the Oregon wilderness. ...
Style: philosophical, psychedelic, sad, christian film, suspenseful
Plot: god, forgiveness, christian, guilt, death of daughter, a vision, missing child, depression, hate, husband wife relationship, cabin in the woods, metaphor ...
Place: oregon
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Burning (2018)
Genre: Drama, Mystery
Country: South Korea, Japan
Duration: 148 min.
Story: Deliveryman Jongsu is out on a job when he runs into Haemi, a girl who once lived in his neighborhood. She asks if he'd mind looking after her cat while she's away on a trip to Africa. On her return she introduces to Jongsu an enigmatic ...
Style: psychological, suspense, suspenseful, exciting, tense ...
Plot: love triangle, burning, disappearance, childhood friend, tragic love, aspiring writer, suspicion, stalking, young people, class differences, anger, metaphor ...
Time: 2010s
Place: south korea
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Circles (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: Serbia, Germany, France, Slovenia, Croatia
Duration: 112 min.
Story: Circles (Serbian: Krugovi) is a Serbian movie based on the true story of a Serbian soldier who risked his life to protect a Muslim civilian during the war in Bosnia. During the war in Bosnia in 1993, a Serbian soldier pays for his life after ...
Style: serious, sincere, captivating, thought provoking, tense ...
Plot: surgery, hopes, society, post war, haunted by the past, life is a bitch, moral dilemma, redemption, metaphor, destiny, hiding place, interracial relations ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 90s, year 1993, year 2005 ...
Place: europe, germany, bosnia, serbia, former yugoslavia ...
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Marquis de Sade (1989)
Genre: Animation, Comedy
Country: Belgium, France
Duration: 83 min.
Story: In pre-French Revolution Bastille, the Marquis is held being unjustly accused of working to overthrow the king. While his talking penis, Colin, longs for action, Marquis himself only desires to write his deviant stories in peace.
Style: surreal, biting, cynical, thought provoking, semi serious ...
Plot: revolution, satire, puppet, metaphor, anthropomorphism, folk hero, rebellion, writer's life, society, artists and showbiz, clergy, dishonesty ...
Time: 18th century
Place: france, europe
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Jafar Panahi's Taxi (2015)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Iran
Duration: 82 min.
Story: A yellow cab is driving through the vibrant and colourful streets of Tehran. Very diverse passengers enter the taxi, each candidly expressing their views while being interviewed by the driver who is no one else but the director Jafar Panahi himself. ...
Style: talky, sincere, touching, realistic, political ...
Plot: taxi, censorship, passenger, workplace situations, society, city life, chat, filmmaking, taxi driver, car, poverty, metaphor ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s
Place: iran, tehran iran, tokyo
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Don't Look Back (2009)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: France, Italy, Luxembourg, Belgium
Duration: 111 min.
Story: Panic attacks and memory loss signal the plight of a writer whose body is inexplicably being taken over by another woman.
Style: psychological, serious, atmospheric, suspense, offbeat
Plot: memory loss, haunted by the past, unfulfillment, mystery, supernatural, identity crisis, self discovery, obsession, loss of daughter, dual identity, family crisis, photographer ...
Place: italy, france, europe
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Brain Damage (1988)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Horror
Country: USA
Duration: 84 min.
Story: A normal, average guy who lives in New York City becomes dependent on an evil, disembodied brain.
Style: dark humor, surreal, semi serious, scary, humorous ...
Plot: addiction, hallucination, parasite, body horror, junkyard, brain, drug abuse, monster, surrealism, murder, brother brother relationship, brain damage ...
Time: 80s
Place: new york, usa
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Finsterworld (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: Germany
Duration: 91 min.
Story: The film tells different stories in a kind of parallel Germany about love, affection and hatred.
Style: suspense, tricky, psychological, absurd, scenic ...
Plot: human nature, couples, school, loneliness, bribery, parent child relationship, concentration camp, police officer, road, forest, school uniform, metaphor ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: germany
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The Lobster (2015)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: Ireland, UK, Greece, France, Netherlands, USA
Duration: 119 min.
Story: In a dystopian near future, single people, according to the laws of The City, are taken to The Hotel, where they are obliged to find a romantic partner in forty-five days or are transformed into beasts and sent off into The Woods.
Style: surreal, ironic, artsy, clever, bloody ...
Plot: absurdism, manhunt, hotel, distopia, society, hunting, suicide attempt, love, blindness, dead rabbit, grave digging, digging a grave ...
Time: 2010s, near future, future
Place: hellas, greece
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The Golden Dream (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: Mexico, Spain, Guatemala
Duration: 108 min.
Story: A group of Central-American teen-agers depart from the slums of Guatemala City escaping poverty and violence, towards the promised land of California.
Style: serious, touching, rough, sincere, bleak ...
Plot: friendship, immigrants, on the road, follow your dream, leaving home, hopes, danger, communication problem, poverty, mexican american border, train, train ride ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s
Place: mexico, latin america, central america, usa, guatemala
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Cemetery of Splendor (2015)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Mystery
Country: Thailand, UK, Germany, France, Malaysia, South Korea, Mexico, USA, Norway
Duration: 122 min.
Story: In a hospital, ten soldiers are being treated for a mysterious sleeping sickness. In a story in which dreams can be experienced by others, and in which goddesses can sit casually with mortals, a nurse learns the reason why the patients will never be ...
Style: art house, surreal, enigmatic, romantic, no music
Plot: soldier, sleeping, illness, cemetery, hospital, caregiver, parallel world, clairvoyant, love, mysticism, mutilation, self discovery ...
Place: thailand
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On Board (1998)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Turkey
Duration: 102 min.
Story: The sailors who were duped by woman sellers, want to steal their capitals to retaliate from them. There are four men and one woman in a ruined boat. Four lazy and dissatisfaction sailors. The woman represent lust, delectation and appalling potential ...
Style: suspenseful, exciting, serious, realistic, dark humor
Plot: ship, marijuana, kidnapping, thief, destructive relationship, partners, crime, responsibility, slacker, stabbing, boat, lust ...
Time: 90s
Place: istanbul turkey, turkey
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Revolutionary Girl Utena: The Movie (1999)
Genre: Animation, Action, Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Romance
Country: Japan
Duration: 100 min.
Story: In a loose retelling of the Revolutionary Girl Utena TV series, Utena Tenjou arrives at Ohtori Academy, only to be immediately swept up in a series of duels for the hand of her classmate Anthy Himemiya and the power she supposedly holds. At the same ...
Style: semi serious, humorous, stylized, surreal, shoujo ...
Plot: incest, duel, memory, sexuality, rose, corpse, ring, metaphysics, dual role, cross dressing, imaginary, heroes ...
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Strapped (2010)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: A routine trick propels a tall, dark, cynical hustler into a series of life-changing encounters in this drama. But this amicable and sexually efficient rent boy begins to look at himself differently when he finds himself lost in a maze-like ...
Style: realistic, psychological, sentimental, captivating, sexy ...
Plot: sexual relations, prostitute, gays and lesbians, apartment building, gay, couples, changing lives, obsession, gender, sex addict, loneliness, prostitution ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: san francisco
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Goodbye to Language (2014)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy
Country: Switzerland, France
Duration: 70 min.
Story: About a man who’s angry at his wife because she’s met another man on a park bench and they no longer even speak the same language.
Style: atmospheric, thought provoking, serious, stylized, experimental ...
Plot: dog, introspection, battle of the sexes, couple relations, human nature, infidelity, crumbling marriage, love, communication problem, fight, nudity (full frontal - brief), death ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: europe, france
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The End of the Tour (2015)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: The story of the five-day interview between Rolling Stone reporter David Lipsky and acclaimed novelist David Foster Wallace, which took place right after the 1996 publication of Wallace's groundbreaking epic novel, 'Infinite Jest.'
Style: sincere, serious, philosophical, meditative, psychological ...
Plot: loneliness, writer's life, journalism, media, artists and showbiz, existentialism, book, friendship, depression, death, poet, writer's block ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s, year 1996, 80s ...
Place: usa, new york, minneapolis minnesota, illinois, minnesota
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The Peanuts Movie (2015)
Genre: Animation, Comedy, Family
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: Snoopy embarks upon his greatest mission as he and his team take to the skies to pursue their arch-nemesis, while his best pal Charlie Brown begins his own epic quest back home.
Style: humorous, feel good, semi serious, witty, sweet ...
Audience: family outing, preschoolers, kids
Plot: family, friendship, young heroes, young lovers, youth, pets, dog, imagination, peanuts, computer animation, comics, small town ...
Place: usa
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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, serious, sweet, emotional ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: mermaid, small town, irish, redemption, small town life, hopes, life is a bitch, love and romance, mysterious character, stranger, loner, fish ...
Place: ireland, europe, new jersey
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Mordecai (2015)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Crime, Mystery
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: Art dealer, Charles Mortdecai, searches for a stolen painting rumored to contain a secret code that gains access to hidden Nazi gold.
Style: exciting, humorous, semi serious, suspenseful, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: escapades, treasure hunt, art dealer, chase, cons and scams, stolen painting, painting, crimes, track down, danger, dishonesty, special agents ...
Time: year 1943, year 1945
Place: england, london, moscow russia, hong kong, greece ...
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Chicago (2002)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Musical
Country: USA, Germany, Canada, UK
Duration: 113 min.
Story: Murderesses Velma Kelly and Roxie Hart find themselves on death row together and fight for the fame that will keep them from the gallows in 1920s Chicago.
Style: witty, stylized, captivating, semi serious, lyrical ...
Audience: date night, girls' night
Plot: femme fatale, prison, desire for fame, rising to stardom, jail, ambition, warden, crimes of passion, fame, uninhibited rivalry, jazz, media satire ...
Time: 1920s, 20th century, 20s, 1930s
Place: chicago illinois, usa, illinois
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The Red Circle (1970)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: France, Italy
Duration: 140 min.
Story: Master thief Corey is fresh out of prison. But instead of toeing the line of law-abiding freedom, he finds his steps leading back to the shadowy world of crime, crossing those of a notorious escapee and alcoholic ex-cop. As the unlikely trio plots a ...
Style: tense, bleak, stylized, atmospheric, suspenseful ...
Plot: heist, gangsters, nightclub, neo noir, sniper, escape, thief, police, prison, pimp, crimes, crime ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 70s
Place: paris france, france, europe, marseille provence, marseille
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Bye Bye, Red Riding Hood (1989)
Genre: Family, Fantasy
Country: Canada, Hungary
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Fanny lives in the forest with her meteorologist mother. One day on her way across the forest to visit her grandmother and great grandmother, she has three encounters that will change her life forever: an apparently kind and gentle wolf, a city boy ...
Style: serious, thought provoking, fairy tale
Audience: family outing
Plot: woman in danger, youth, dangerous animal, deadly, family, imaginary, danger, in the woods, village, social differences, feminism, legends and myths ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: hungary
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A Bug's Life (1998)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Family
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: On behalf of "oppressed bugs everywhere," an inventive ant named Flik hires a troupe of warrior bugs to defend his bustling colony from a horde of freeloading grasshoppers led by the evil-minded Hopper.
Style: humorous, feel good, touching, witty, stylized ...
Audience: kids, family outing, preschoolers, pre-teens
Plot: friendship, good versus evil, danger, misfit, exploitation, deception, teamwork, villain, adventure, fight, threat, individualism ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s
Place: texas
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Brother Bear (2003)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Family, Fantasy
Country: USA
Duration: 85 min.
Story: When an impulsive boy named Kenai is magically transformed into a bear, he must literally walk in another's footsteps until he learns some valuable life lessons. His courageous and often zany journey introduces him to a forest full of wildlife, ...
Style: touching, humorous, fairy tale, inspirational, scenic ...
Audience: kids, family outing, preschoolers, girls' night
Plot: friendship, adventure, talking animals, human becomes animal, grizzly bear, family, redemption, self discovery, transformation, brother brother relationship, hunting, anthropomorphic animal ...
Time: prehistory, prehistoric times, 1890s
Place: alaska, antarctica
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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, offbeat, touching ...
Audience: date night
Plot: storytelling, adventure, witch, loneliness, fantasy world, circus, fish, escapades, parents and children, true love, mermaid, cancer ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 70s, 80s, 50s ...
Place: usa, alabama, congo, cuba, russia ...
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Arizona Dream (1993)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Romance
Country: USA, France
Duration: 142 min.
Story: An Innuit hunter races his sled home with a fresh-caught halibut. This fish pervades the entire film, in real and imaginary form. Meanwhile, Axel tags fish in New York as a naturalist's gofer. He's happy there, but a messenger arrives to ...
Style: surreal, atmospheric, semi serious, humorous, melancholic ...
Plot: self discovery, nervous breakdown, fall in love, destructive relationship, coming of age, love and romance, family relations, eccentric family, on the road, car salesman, american dream, love triangle ...
Time: 90s
Place: arizona, usa, new york, alaska, papua new guinea
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Apocalypse Now (1979)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, War
Country: USA
Duration: 147 min.
Story: At the height of the Vietnam war, Captain Benjamin Willard is sent on a dangerous mission that, officially, "does not exist, nor will it ever exist." His goal is to locate - and eliminate - a mysterious Green Beret Colonel named Walter ...
Style: tense, bleak, psychological, disturbing, atmospheric ...
Plot: army, anti war, jungle, mission, soldier, losing-it hero, vietnam war, military, insanity, unfulfillment, chaos, war ...
Time: 20th century, 1960s, year 1969, 60s
Place: vietnam, cambodia, asia
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25 Fireman's Street (1973)
Genre: Drama, History, Romance, War
Country: Hungary
Duration: 97 min.
Story: On one hot summer night, the residents of a Hungarian apartment house slated for demolition restlessly revisit their haunted pasts as they face an uncertain future. In a gently turning kaleidoscope of dream imagery, regret-laden nostalgia and ...
Style: surreal, talky, contemplative, serious, realistic ...
Plot: world war two, immigrants, family relations, attic, social differences, anti semitism, genocide, parents and children, introspection, siblings relations, wartime life, anti war ...
Place: hungary, former yugoslavia, eastern europe
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Dead of Night (1974)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Thriller
Country: Canada, UK, USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: A young soldier who was thought to be killed in the line of duty in Vietnam returns home shortly thereafter, much to the confusion of his family. Upon his return, he exhibits strange, withdrawn behavior and begins wandering the streets at night.
Style: bleak, suspenseful, rough, serious, scary ...
Plot: homecoming, zombie, soldier, vampire, vietnam war, blood, suicide, cemetery, hitchhiker, car chase, murder, danger ...
Time: 70s
Place: vietnam, asia
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