American filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola once said – “I think cinema, movies, and magic have always been closely associated. The very earliest people who made film were magicians.” Cinema is not just a set of moving images but is something which has the capacity to rise up the innate emotion of the viewer, and Frank Darabont’s ‘The Green Mile’ (1999) truly condenses this emotion.
Adapted from American author Stephen King’s ‘The Green Mile’, published in 1996, the film chronicles the life of Paul Edgecomb, a death row corrections officer during the Great Depression of America and the supernatural events he experienced during his time. Brought on to the screenplay by Darabont, the narrative is fashioned through flashbacks. The film is the second feature of the director and holds many qualities of the reputed ‘The Shawshank Redemption’ (1994). The dimly lit cinematography by British cinematographer David Tattersall and the firm editing by Australian film Editor Richard Francis-Bruce complement the aura of supernatural and the slow-burning atmospherics of a prison.
‘The Green Mile’, while being a technically sound film, weaves the innate emotionality which connects the audience to the work. From themes of crime, hope and courage, the film utilizes the aforementioned narrative of flashbacks and magic realism. If you’re looking for films that explore similar themes, ideas and concepts, then we’ve got you covered. Here’s the list of best movies similar to ‘The Green Mile’ that are our recommendations. You can watch several of these movies like ‘The Green Mile’ on Netflix, Hulu or Amazon Prime.
10. The Pursuit of Happyness (2006)
“You got a dream… You gotta protect it. People can’t do somethin’ themselves, they wanna tell you you can’t do it. If you want somethin’, go get it. Period.” – A line said by Will Smith’s Chris Gardner which captures the emotion of the film. Directed by Italian filmmaker Gabriele Muccino, ‘The Pursuit of Happyness’ (2006) is a biographical drama film which chronicles the life of struggling salesman Chris Gardner as he takes the custody of his son after being evicted from his life by his wife. Now forced to deal with extreme challenges, Gardner takes on the determination to begin a life-changing professional career. The film steers through the aspects of the power of familial bonds through the strong performances by Will Smith and Jaden Smith, for which both received immense appreciation.
9. Life of Pi (2012)