10 best movies like Departures (2008)

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Departures 2008
Daigo, a cellist, is laid off from his orchestra and moves with his wife back to his small hometown where the living is cheaper. Thinking he’s applying for a job at a travel agency he finds he’s being interviewed for work with departures of a more permanent nature – as an undertaker’s assistant.
List of the best movies like Departures (2008): Ikiru, Jess + Moss, Tender Mercies, Like Father, Like Son, Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life, Kolya, Coming Home, La Bamba, Tokyo Family, Tokyo Sonata.

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Ikiru (1952)
Markimdb: 8.3
Genredrama
CountryJapan

Kanji Watanabe is a middle-aged man who has worked in the same monotonous bureaucratic position for decades. Learning he has cancer, he starts to look for the meaning of his life.

Jess + Moss (2011)
Markimdb: 6.4
Genredrama
CountryUSA
Duration01:23

Jess, age 18, and Moss, age 12 are second cousins in the dark-fire tobacco fields of rural Western Kentucky. Without immediate families that they can relate to, and lacking friends their own age, they only have each other. Over the course of a summer they venture on a journey exploring deep secrets and hopes of a future while being confronted with fears of isolation, abandonment and an unknown tomorrow.

Tender Mercies (1983)
Markimdb: 7.4
Genredrama, music
CountryUSA
Duration01:32

Alchoholic former country singer Mac Sledge makes friends with a young widow and her son. The friendship enables him to find inspiration to resume his career.

Like Father, Like Son (2013)
Markimdb: 7.8
Genredrama
CountryJapan
Duration02:00

Ryota Nonomiya is a successful businessman driven by money. He learns that his biological son was switched with another child after birth. He must make a life-changing decision and choose his true son or the boy he raised as his own.

Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life (2010)
Markimdb: 6.9
Genredrama, music, biography
CountryFrance
Duration02:15

A glimpse at the life of French singer Serge Gainsbourg, from growing up in 1940s Nazi-occupied Paris through his successful song-writing years in the 1960s to his death in 1991 at the age of 62.

Kolya (1996)
Markimdb: 7.8
Genrecomedy, drama, music
CountryCzech Republic, United Kingdom, France

After a fictitious marriage with a Russian emigrant, Cellisten Louka, a Czech man, must suddenly take responsibility for her son. However, it’s not long before the communication barrier is broken between the two new family members.

Coming Home (1978)
Markimdb: 7.3
Genremelodrama, drama, military
CountryUSA
Duration02:07

The wife of a Marine serving in Vietnam, Sally Hyde decides to volunteer at a local veterans hospital to occupy her time. There she meets Luke Martin, a frustrated wheelchair-bound vet who has become disillusioned with the war. Sally and Luke develop a friendship that soon turns into a romance.

La Bamba (1987)
Markimdb: 6.9
Genredrama, music, biography
CountryUSA
Duration01:48

Biographical story of the rise from nowhere of singer Ritchie Valens whose life was cut short by a plane crash.

Tokyo Family (2013)
Markimdb: 7.4
Genredrama
CountryJapan

In this film director Yoji Yamada bows down before his teacher and role model. Yamada was assistant director on Yazujirō Ozu’s Tōkyō monogatari, a moving family portrait set after the Second World War. In his remake, Yamada has made very few departures from Ozu’s masterpiece in order to update the story of ageing couple Shukichi and Tomiko to present day Japan. Once again, the pair decides to leave their quiet lives in the country to pay a visit to their children and grandchildren in Tokyo. Once there, they discover that neither their oldest son, a doctor named Koichi, nor their eldest daughter Shigeko - who runs a beauty parlour - has time for them: both are too busy attending to their everyday concerns. Even the youngest son went his own way. The old couple feel lonely and bewildered in the fast-paced metropolis.

Tokyo Sonata (2008)
Markimdb: 7.5
Genredrama
CountryJapan, Netherlands, Hong Kong

Ryûhei Sasaki is keeping a secret from his wife, Megumi and his two teenage sons. Even though he leaves the house every day, he's not really going to work. He's going to an employment office. He recently lost his job due to outsourcing, but is determined to find another position, all while supporting an old friend who is also out of work. But when Megumi accidentally finds out Ryûhei's secret and doesn't tell him, her trust in him, and their marriage, suffers.

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Passion Fish (1992)
Markimdb: 7.4
Genredrama
CountryUSA
Duration02:15

After an accident leaves her a paraplegic, a former soap opera star struggles to recover both emotionally and mentally, until she meets her newest nurse, who has struggles of her own.

Tony Takitani (2005)
Markimdb: 7.3
Genredrama
CountryJapan
Duration01:16

When technical illustrator Tony Takitani asks his wife to resist her all-consuming obsession for designer clothes, the consequences are tragic.

All That I Love (2009)
Markimdb: 6.8
Genredrama, music
CountryPoland

Follows four friends in their quest to form a punk band. As workers protests sweep across the country, Janek and Staszek, the sons of a navy man, the rebellious Kazik, and the affluent Diabel gel as a band, but their disparate lives are touched by social turmoil and outside perceptions.

Emperor (2012)
Markimdb: 6.5
Genredrama, military, history
CountryJapan, USA
Duration01:45

As the Japanese surrender at the end of WWII, Gen. Fellers is tasked with deciding if Emperor Hirohito will be hanged as a war criminal. Influencing his ruling is his quest to find Aya, an exchange student he met years earlier in the U.S.

Shine (1996)
Markimdb: 7.7
Genremelodrama, drama, music, biography
CountryAustralia
Duration01:45

Pianist David Helfgott, driven by his father and teachers, has a breakdown. Years later he returns to the piano, to popular if not critical acclaim.

Paraiso Travel (2009)
Markimdb: 7
Genredrama
CountryColombia, USA

PARAISO TRAVEL is the story of Marlon Cruz, a young Colombian man who, motivated by his girlfriend Reina leaves his comfortable life in Medellin and flees with her through Guatemala and Mexico, across the borders, illegally into the United States. Marlon's journey, which takes him through seedy strip clubs, dance halls, homeless hostels, ultimately takes him to a place he could have not predicted

The Joy Luck Club (1993)
Markimdb: 7.7
Genredrama
CountryUSA, China
Duration02:19

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.

Womb (2010)
Markimdb: 6.4
Genrefantastic, melodrama, drama
CountryGermany, Hungary, France
Duration01:47

A woman's consuming love forces her to bear the clone of her dead beloved. From his infancy to manhood, she faces the unavoidable complexities of her controversial decision.

Silence (2016)
Markimdb: 7.2
Genredrama, history
CountryUSA, United Kingdom, Taiwan, Japan, Mexico, Italy
Duration02:19

Two Jesuit priests travel to seventeenth century Japan which has, under the Tokugawa shogunate, banned Catholicism and almost all foreign contact.

The Turning (2013)
Markimdb: 5.9
Genredrama
CountryAustralia
Duration01:45

Seventeen talented Australian directors from diverse artistic disciplines each create a chapter of the hauntingly beautiful novel by multi award-winning author Tim Winton. The linking and overlapping stories explore the extraordinary turning points in ordinary people’s lives in a stunning portrait of a small coastal community. As characters face second thoughts and regret, relationships irretrievably alter, resolves are made or broken, and lives change direction forever.

Rhapsody in August (1991)
Markimdb: 7.2
Genredrama
CountryJapan
Duration01:38

The story centers on an elderly hibakusha, who lost her husband in the 1945 atomic bombing of Nagasaki, caring for her four grandchildren over the summer. She learns of a long-lost brother, Suzujiro, living in Hawaii who wants her to visit him before he dies.

Promised Land (2012)
Markimdb: 6.6
Genredrama
CountryUSA, United Arab Emirates
Duration01:46

A salesman for a natural gas company experiences life-changing events after arriving in a small town, where his corporation wants to tap into the available resources.

Wendy and Lucy (2008)
Markimdb: 7.1
Genredrama
CountryUSA
Duration01:20

Wendy, a near-penniless drifter, is traveling to Alaska in search of work, and her only companion is her dog, Lucy. Already perilously close to losing everything, Wendy hits a bigger bump in the road when her old car breaks down and she is arrested for shoplifting dog food. When she posts bail and returns to retrieve Lucy, she finds that the dog is gone, prompting a frantic search for her pet.

The Beat That My Heart Skipped (2005)
Markimdb: 7.3
Genredrama, crime, music
CountryFrance
Duration01:48

Like his father, Tom is a real estate agent who makes his money from dirty, and sometimes brutal, deals. But a chance encounter prompts him to take up the piano and become a concert pianist. He auditions with the help of a beautiful, young virtuoso pianist who cannot speak French - music is their only exchange. But pressures from the ugly world of his day job soon become more than he can handle...

Samsara (2001)
Markimdb: 7.7
Genremelodrama, drama, adventure
CountryIndia, Germany, France, Italy, Luxembourg
Duration02:18

A love story situated in the Himalayas. A Buddhist monk can't choose between life and the way of the Buddha.

Our Little Sister (2015)
Markimdb: 7.5
Genredrama, family
CountryJapan
Duration01:30

A story that revolves around three sisters who live in their grandmother's home and the arrival of their 13-year-old half sister.

Rent-a-Cat (2012)
Markimdb: 6.9
Genredrama
CountryJapan
Duration01:50

A single woman runs an unconventional service that rents housecats to lonely people.

20.000 Days on Earth (2014)
Markimdb: 7.5
Genredrama, documentary, music
CountryUnited Kingdom
Duration01:37

A semi-fictionalized documentary about a day in the life of Australian musician Nick Cave's persona.

Sing (2016)
Markimdb: 8
Genredrama, short, music
CountryHungary

Quiet 10-year-old Zsofi has just changed schools. Feeling out of place at first, she is quickly admitted to the school’s famous choir and befriends her popular classmate Liza. Soon, they have to stand up united against their choir master, who isn’t quite the friendly and inspirational teacher they first thought she was.

Wunderkinder (2011)
Markimdb: 6.8
Genredrama, military, music
CountryGermany
Duration01:40

Three musically talented children look to the future, but their hopes crumble when Germany and Russia enter into war.




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