Movies like The City of Lost Children

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The City of Lost Children (1995)
 7.5
 65K
The City of Lost Children (1995)
Original name: La Cité des Enfants Perdus
Genre: Fantasy, Sci-Fi
Country: France, Germany, Spain, Belgium, USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: A scientist in a surrealist society kidnaps children to steal their dreams, hoping that they slow his aging process.
Style: surreal, atmospheric, gothic, stylized, disturbing, bleak, offbeat, semi serious, futuristic, avant garde ...
Plot: friendship, distopia, rescue, mad scientist, island, clones, escape, french, good versus evil, street kid, adventure, children, kidnapping, alternate reality, child in peril, freak, nightmare, steampunk, imaginary kingdom, master villain, dream, flea, aging, girl, heroic mission ...

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Most similar movies to The City of Lost Children

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out stylized, cult film, weird and surreal films with plots about danger, fantasy world, imaginary, storytelling, heroes, dialogue and mentor mostly in Fantasy, Sci-Fi and Adventure genres. Some movies like The City of Lost Children: Delicatessen (1991), Hellboy II: The Golden Army (2008), Ink (2009), Mirrormask (2005), Labyrinth (1986). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
 7.6
 81K
Delicatessen (1991)
Genre: Comedy, Crime
Country: France
Duration: 99 min.
Story: This bizarre surrealistic black comedy takes place in a small fictitious post-apocalyptic town where food is scarce and butcher Clapet has the macabre business of using human flesh to feed his customers. Yet when his daughter falls in love with his ...
Style: cult film, dark humor, futuristic, surreal, stylized ...
Plot: distopia, cannibalism, clown, escape, satire, post apocalyptic, suicide attempt, underground, butcher, post apocalypse, french, rescue ...
Time: future
Place: france
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Hellboy II: The Golden Army (2008)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Horror, Sci-Fi
Country: USA, Germany, Hungary
Duration: 120 min.
Story: In this continuation to the adventure of the demon superhero, an evil elf breaks an ancient pact between humans and creatures, as he declares war against humanity. He is on a mission to release The Golden Army, a deadly group of fighting machines ...
Style: exciting, stylized, psychotronic, humorous, scary ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: monster, anti heroes, superhero, evil, supernatural ability, heaven and hell, good versus evil, army, heroes, supernatural, adventure, superhuman powers ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 1950s, 50s
Place: northern ireland, new york, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.9
 21K
Ink (2009)
Genre: Action, Drama, Fantasy, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: Invisible forces exert power over us in our sleep. A mercenary named Ink, on a literal nightmare mission, captures the spirit of 8-year-old Emma in the dream world. To save her, the dream-givers marshal all their resources, focusing on saving the ...
Style: surreal, serious, atmospheric, enigmatic, stylized ...
Plot: dark fantasy, another dimension, good versus evil, nightmare comes true, supernatural, parent child relationship, imaginary, coma, father daughter relationship, missing child, imagination, parallel universe ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.8
 22K
Mirrormask (2005)
Genre: Adventure, Fantasy
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: In a fantasy world of opposing kingdoms, a 15-year old girl must find the fabled MirrorMask in order to save the kingdom and get home
Style: atmospheric, stylized, exciting, light, offbeat ...
Audience: kids, teens, family outing, date night, pre-teens
Plot: imaginary kingdom, adventure, alternate reality, save the kingdom, imaginary, heroes, heroic mission, change of heart, magic, coming of age, fantasy world, circus ...
Place: england
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
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 7.4
 125K
Labyrinth (1986)
Genre: Adventure, Family, Fantasy, Musical
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: Frustrated with babysitting on yet another weekend night, Sarah - a teenager with an active imagination - summons the Goblins from her favourite book, "Labyrinth", to take the baby stepbrother away. When little Toby actually disappears, ...
Style: gothic, fairy tale, offbeat, humorous, stylized ...
Audience: family outing, kids, pre-teens, teens
Plot: rescue, surrealism, fantasy world, good versus evil, beast, adventure, hopes, danger, heroes, imaginary kingdom, puppet, friendship ...
Time: 80s
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
 8.2
 621K
Pan's Labyrinth (2006)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, War
Country: Mexico, Spain
Duration: 118 min.
Story: Living with her tyrannical stepfather in a new home with her pregnant mother, 10-year-old Ofelia feels alone until she explores a decaying labyrinth guarded by a mysterious faun who claims to know her destiny. If she wishes to return to her real ...
Style: atmospheric, fairy tale, gothic, stylized, macabre ...
Plot: monster, dark fantasy, creature, fairy, imaginary kingdom, imaginary, legends and myths, good versus evil, young heroes, cruelty, death, imagination ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 40s, year 1944
Place: spain, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.9
 188K
Brazil (1985)
Genre: Drama, Sci-Fi
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 132 min.
Story: Low-level bureaucrat Sam Lowry escapes the monotony of his day-to-day life through a recurring daydream of himself as a virtuous hero saving a beautiful damsel. Investigating a case that led to the wrongful arrest and eventual death of an innocent ...
Style: dark humor, futuristic, cult film, thought provoking, stylized ...
Plot: distopia, fighting the system, surveillance, satire, mistaken identity, chase, hallucination, alternate reality, paranoia, dystopic future, giant, surrealism ...
Time: future, year 1984
Place: england, london, europe, britain, brazil
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Phantasm IV: Oblivion (1998)
Genre: Fantasy, Horror, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Taking off immediately where the last one ended, in this episode Mike travels across dimensions and time fleeing from the Tall Man, at the same time he tries to find the origins of his enemy, and what really happened the night that his brother died. ...
Style: weird, suspenseful, scary, serious, saga ...
Audience: teens
Plot: supernatural, time travel, good versus evil, cemetery, mausoleum, tall man, escapades, rescue, chases and races, master villain, riddles and clues, siblings relations ...
Place: tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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Super Mario Bros. (1993)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Family, Fantasy, Sci-Fi
Country: UK, USA, Japan, France
Duration: 104 min.
Story: Mario and Luigi, plumbers from Brooklyn, find themselves in an alternate universe where evolved dinosaurs live in hi-tech squalor. They're the only hope to save our universe from invasion by the dino dictator, Koopa.
Style: humorous, semi serious, captivating, entertaining, exciting ...
Audience: kids, family outing, teens, pre-teens
Plot: adventure, save the world, rescue, good versus evil, heroic mission, family, heroes, escapades, parallel world, save the princess, transformation, monster ...
Time: 90s, future, 1990s, 80s
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Mio in the Land of Faraway (1987)
Genre: Adventure, Family, Fantasy
Country: Sweden, Soviet Union, Norway
Duration: 99 min.
Story: They're two best friends, a million miles from home. On an incredible adventure, beyond the boundaries of space and time. A fantasy about a lonely boy who is transferred from his dull life with his adoptive parents to the land where his real ...
Style: captivating, light, entertaining, exciting, humorous ...
Audience: family outing, kids, pre-teens
Plot: imaginary kingdom, adventure, good versus evil, friendship, knight, danger, heroes, supernatural, parallel world, rivalry, hopes, orphan ...
Place: stockholm sweden, eastern europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.8
 307K
Hellboy (2004)
Genre: Action, Fantasy, Horror
Country: USA
Duration: 122 min.
Story: In the final days of World War II, the Nazis attempt to use black magic to aid their dying cause. The Allies raid the camp where the ceremony is taking place, but not before a demon - Hellboy - has already been conjured. Joining the Allied forces, ...
Style: exciting, stylized, suspenseful, semi serious, captivating ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: demon, monster, supernatural ability, supernatural, adventure, superhero, good versus evil, heaven and hell, danger, undercover, superhuman powers, anti hero ...
Time: contemporary, 1940s, 20th century, 21st century, 40s
Place: new york, russia
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Jacob Two Two Meets the Hooded Fang (1999)
Genre: Family, Fantasy
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Jacob Two Two Meets The Hooded Fang is about a young boy who strives to be heard. He is nicknamed "Two-Two" for having to say things twice to be heard. One day, he decided to buy the groceries for his parents. There is a misunderstanding ...
Style: stylized, atmospheric, offbeat, semi serious, gothic ...
Audience: family outing, kids, pre-teens
Plot: store, prison, island, danger, heroes, on the run, family, silly humor, escape, escapades, losing-it hero, showbiz ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.6
 399
Taxandria (1994)
Genre: Adventure, Fantasy
Country: Belgium, Germany, France, Hungary, Netherlands, UK, USA
Duration: 82 min.
Story: young prince is taken for tuition at a seaside hotel but there quickly bores and wanders off to visit a nearby lighthouse. Befriended by the keeper, he learns of a secret world he can see inside the light of the lamp - the world of Taxandria ruled ...
Style: fairy tale, offbeat, serious, stylized, atmospheric ...
Audience: preschoolers
Plot: prince, hotel, lighthouse, romance, rescue, escapades, friends, danger, heroic mission, fall in love, adventure, friendship ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
The Last Battle (1983)
Genre: Sci-Fi
Country: France
Duration: 92 min.
Story: The plot explores the devastation of civilization and issues of brutality, hostility and isolation. Pierre Jolivet stars as the main character (identified only as "The Man" in the end credits) who is menaced by "The Brute" ...
Style: bleak, stylized, atmospheric, serious, experimental ...
Plot: survival, battles, isolation, distopia, chaos, danger, life is a bitch, society, confined, graphic violence, nuclear holocaust, future dystopia ...
Time: future, near future
Place: france, paris france, california, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
 7.4
 4K
The Aerial (2007)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Sci-Fi
Country: Argentina
Duration: 99 min.
Story: La Antena (English: The Aerial, 2007) is an Argentine drama film, written and directed by acclaimed film director Esteban Sapir. The film features Alejandro Urdapilleta, Rafael Ferro, Florencia Raggi, and others. The movie begins with a pair of ...
Style: atmospheric, serious, suspenseful, surreal, silent film ...
Plot: distopia, neo noir, mind control, rebellion, social decay, human nature, corrupted ruler, life is a bitch, dishonesty, expressionism, totalitarianism, family relations ...
Time: future
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (2003)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Sci-Fi
Country: USA, Germany, Czech Republic, UK
Duration: 110 min.
Story: To prevent a world war from breaking out, famous characters from Victorian literature band together to do battle against a cunning villain.
Style: exciting, atmospheric, offbeat, stylized, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: adventurer, steampunk, superhero, vampire, save the world, secret service, adventure, immortality, heroic mission, danger, alternate reality, good versus evil ...
Time: 19th century, victorian era, victorian, 1890s
Place: venice, europe, siberia, africa, italy ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
Fist of the North Star (1995)
Genre: Action, Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: From the immensely popular FIST OF THE NORTH STAR comic book series, comes a new hero. The fate of mankind rests with superhuman warrior Kenshiro who roams the wastelands of the future waging a battle against overwhelming evil. With the spiritual ...
Style: exciting, suspenseful, serious, stylized, bleak ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: martial arts, nuclear holocaust, destiny, superhuman powers, battles, adventure, vengeance, heroic mission, lone wolves, danger, life is a bitch, rivalry ...
Time: future, 80s
Place: tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
 6.0
 230K
Sucker Punch (2011)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 110 min.
Story: A young girl is institutionalized by her abusive stepfather. Retreating to an alternative reality as a coping strategy, she envisions a plan which will help her escape from the mental facility.
Style: atmospheric, surreal, exciting, sexy, serious ...
Audience: teens, girls' night
Plot: escape from reality, violence, alternate reality, adventure, imaginary, confined, lobotomy, escape, steampunk, sexual abuse, female assassin, patient ...
Place: vermont
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
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I, Frankenstein (2014)
Genre: Action, Fantasy, Sci-Fi
Country: USA, Australia
Duration: 92 min.
Story: 200 years after his shocking creation, Dr. Frankenstein's creature, Adam, still walks the earth. But when he finds himself in the middle of a war over the fate of humanity, Adam discovers he holds the key that could destroy humankind.
Style: gothic, exciting, stylized, scary, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: supernatural, gargoyle, frankenstein, immortality, immortal, deadly creature, anti hero, monster, demon, save the world, world domination, fight ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 1790s
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
 6.1
 30K
Krull (1983)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Sci-Fi
Country: UK
Duration: 116 min.
Story: A prince and a fellowship of companions set out to rescue his bride from a fortress of alien invaders who have arrived on their home planet.
Style: exciting, serious, cult film, futuristic, light ...
Audience: teens
Plot: adventure, good versus evil, heroes, rescue, kingdom, fortress, cyclops, wedding, woman in danger, cliche, battles, space travel ...
Time: 80s, middle ages, future
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
Masters of the Universe (1987)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Sci-Fi
Country: USA, Israel
Duration: 106 min.
Story: The world of Eternia in the aftermath of Skeletor's war on Castle Grayskull, which he has won after seizing Grayskull and the surrounding city using a cosmic key developed by the locksmith Gwildor. The Sorceress is now Skeletor's prisoner ...
Style: serious, exciting, suspenseful, stylized, cult film ...
Audience: teens, family outing, boys' night
Plot: heroes, good versus evil, battles, superhero, time travel, heroic mission, adventure, danger, supernatural, save the day, transformation, one man army ...
Time: 80s
Place: new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
Purple Death from Outer Space (1966)
Genre: Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: Edited version of the 1940 Universal serial "Flash Gordon Conquers the Universe", released in a syndication package to TV in 1966.
Style: suspenseful, epic, stylized, semi serious, exciting
Plot: superhero, spacecraft, outer space, danger, imaginary, rivalry, save the world, chases and races, space and aliens, changing the past or future, androids and robots, benign alien ...
Time: 60s
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
A Rough Draft (2018)
Genre: Fantasy
Country: Russia
Duration: 112 min.
Story: Young Muscovite Kirill is a talented designer of computer games. One day, he is completely erased from the memory of everyone he knew and loved. Kirill learns that he has been chosen for an important and mysterious mission: to become a customs ...
Style: stylized, twists and turns, surreal, atmospheric
Plot: curses spells and rituals, chosen one, fantasy world, alternate reality, imagination, supernatural, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, parallel universe, heroes, supernatural ability, creativity, witch ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
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 5.9
 20K
Zardoz (1974)
Genre: Adventure, Fantasy, Sci-Fi
Country: UK, USA, Ireland
Duration: 105 min.
Story: In the far future, a savage trained only to kill finds a way into the community of bored immortals that alone preserves humanity's achievements.
Style: cult film, futuristic, surreal, stylized, serious ...
Plot: immortality, distopia, rebellion, stowaway, death wish, nudity (full frontal - brief), culture clash, a.i., escapades, imaginary, danger, society ...
Time: future, 23rd century
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
Muppets from Space (1999)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Family, Fantasy, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 87 min.
Story: When Gonzo's breakfast cereal tells him that he's the descendant of aliens from another planet, his attempts at extraterrestrial communication get him kidnapped by a secret government agency, prompting the Muppets to spring into action. ...
Style: humorous, not serious, feel good, exciting, light ...
Audience: kids, pre-teens, preschoolers, family outing
Plot: adventure, friendship, mad scientist, puppets, puppet, ufo, family, heroic mission, rescue, benign alien, heroes, fish out of water ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
 7.6
 188K
Dark City (1998)
Genre: Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: Australia
Duration: 100 min.
Story: A man struggles with memories of his past, including a wife he cannot remember, in a nightmarish world with no sun and run by beings with telekinetic powers who seek the souls of humans.
Style: mind bending, gothic, atmospheric, psychological, tech noir ...
Plot: neo noir, investigation, future dystopia, evil alien, distopia, memory, alien race, lovecraftian, manipulation, memory loss, space and aliens, alternate reality ...
Time: future, 1940s
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
 3.5
 886
Grendel (2007)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 82 min.
Story: King Higlack of the Gauths entrusts prince Finn and a fire ball weapon to his champion, slayer Beowulf. They lead twelve men on a mission to help king Hrothgar of the Danes, whose once glorious realm is terrorized by the undefeated monster Grendel. ...
Style: suspenseful, rough, serious, exciting, bleak ...
Plot: viking, adventure, good versus evil, rivalry, heroes, vengeance, imaginary kingdom, escapades, imaginary, danger, deadly, legends and myths ...
Time: middle ages
Place: denmark
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
 7.2
 13K
Tin Man (2007)
Genre: Adventure, Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Western
Country: USA
Duration: 270 min.
TV show
Story: Set in the spirit of L. Frank Baum's classic, the "Tin Man" follows the adventures of DG, a waitress and part-time student, as she travels through the mystical world of "The O. Z. (Outer Zone)", discovering her hidden past. ...
Style: atmospheric, exciting, intense, stylized, clever ...
Audience: family outing, teens
Plot: wizards and magicians, fantasy world, magical, witch, good versus evil, wizard of oz, friendship, journey, imaginary, curses spells and rituals, young heroes, youth ...
Place: kansas
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
 6.0
 13K
Hardware (1990)
Genre: Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Mark 13 is a government-built killing machine programmed with artificial intelligence, able to repair and recharge itself from any energy source. Through a series of coincidences, the cyborg's head ends up in the home of a sculptress as a ...
Style: cult film, bleak, futuristic, suspenseful, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: cyberpunk, killer robot, desert, survival, man versus machine, woman in danger, violence, cyborgs, technology gone awry, technophobia, post apocalypse, distopia ...
Time: future
Place: new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
John Dies at the End (2012)
Genre: Comedy, Fantasy, Horror, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: A new drug promises out-of-body experiences, but users are coming back changed forever, and an otherworldly invasion of Earth is underway.
Style: absurd, dark humor, surreal, not serious, cult film ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: portal, invasion, buddies, save the world, alternate reality, fictional reality, out of body experience, anti hero, anti heroes, monster, danger, drugs/alcohol ...
Time: contemporary
Place: usa, las vegas
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%