Directed by Martin Brest and co-written by Bo Goldman, Kevin Wade, Ron Osborn and Jeff Reno, ‘Meet Joe Black’ is a romantic fantasy film which follows Death, who takes the form of a young man, the titular Joe Black, and transcends onto Earth to learn about the life on it. Taking the help of a media mogul, Bill Parish, he tries to understand life on the planet, and in the process, falls in love with his daughter, Dr. Susan Parrish.
‘Meet Joe Black’ stars Brad Pitt as Joe Black, Anthony Hopkins as Bill Parrish and Claire Forlani as Dr Susan Parrish. It is shot by Mexican cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki and edited by Joe Hutshing and Michael Tronick. Thomas Newman is the composer of the background score.
Adapted from the Mitchell Leisen-directed romantic drama ‘Death Takes a Holiday’ (1934), the film blends elements of the fantastical with the romantic. ‘Meet Joe Black’, upon its release, was met with mixed reviews. Critics praised the performances and the tonality but criticized the sloppy screenplay and the three-hour length, which was deemed to be unnecessary. The film, however, was a commercial success, grossing $142.9 million against a budget of $90 million.
For this article, I have taken into account films that have similar narrative structures and tone as this Martin Brest flick. So, without further ado, here is the list of best movies similar to ‘Meet Joe Black’ that are our recommendations. You can watch several of these movies like ‘Meet Joe Black’ on Netflix, Hulu or Amazon Prime.
10. The Lake House (2006)
A remake of the South Korean ‘Il Mare’, co-directed by Kim Eun-jeong and Kim Mi-yeong, ‘The Lake House’ follows Dr Kate Forster, essayed by Sandra Bullock, a lonely woman who lives in a lakeside house. Before she starts giving up on finding a companion, Forster inexplicably starts receiving love letters from its former resident, Alex Wyler, a frustrated architect, essayed by Keanu Reeves, and now, the two must unravel the mystery behind this astonishing romance before it’s too late. Directed by Alejandro Agresti and written by David Auburn, ‘The Lake House’ was met with criticism for its seemingly bizarre premise, but was praised for how the narrative molds the fantastical story with romance.