Movies like The City of Lost Children

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The City of Lost Children (1995)
 7.5
 69K
The City of Lost Children (1995)
Original name: La Cité des Enfants Perdus
Genre: Drama, 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, gothic, atmospheric, stylized, disturbing, art house, mind bending, psychedelic, dark, fairy tale ...
Audience: kids
Plot: steampunk, friendship, good versus evil, distopia, french, children, adventure, cyberpunk, mad scientist, escape, childhood, surrealism, clones, child in peril, alternate reality, coming of age, girl, island, existentialism, goth, christmas, twins, youth, scientific experiment, rescue ...

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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 visually appealing, weird, stylized and surreal films with plots about storytelling, existentialism, surrealism, imagination, loneliness, dialogue and catastrophe mostly in Drama, Fantasy and Sci-Fi genres. Some movies like The City of Lost Children: Dark City (1998), Delicatessen (1991), Pan's Labyrinth (2006), Brazil (1985), Mirrormask (2005). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
 7.6
 201K
Dark City (1998)
Genre: Fantasy, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: Australia, USA
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: psychological, mind bending, neo noir, gothic, atmospheric ...
Plot: distopia, investigation, memory, cyberpunk, alien race, alternate reality, post apocalypse, alien, future dystopia, amnesia, memory loss, virtual reality ...
Time: future, 1940s
⇓ similarity ⇓
89%
 7.6
 86K
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: surreal, art house, atmospheric, futuristic, disturbing ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: distopia, dark humor, surrealism, cannibalism, food, clown, french, cannibal, post apocalypse, trippy, alternate reality, hunger ...
Time: future
Place: france
⇓ similarity ⇓
86%
 8.2
 669K
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: fairy tale, dark fantasy, atmospheric, surreal, gothic ...
Audience: kids
Plot: monster, maze, mythology, legends and myths, creature, cruelty, good versus evil, imagination, fantasy world, alternate reality, young heroes, fairy ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, year 1944
Place: spain, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
83%
 7.9
 201K
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: surreal, psychological, disturbing, thought provoking, mind bending ...
Plot: distopia, fighting the system, surveillance, cyberpunk, dream, christmas, bureaucracy, surrealism, twists and turns, dystopic future, mistaken identity, wrongful arrest ...
Time: future, year 1984
Place: england, brazil, london, britain, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
71%
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 6.7
 23K
Mirrormask (2005)
Genre: Drama, 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, dark, surreal, thought provoking ...
Audience: teens, date night, pre-teens, kids, family outing
Plot: magic, fantasy world, alternate reality, adventure, imaginary kingdom, circus, coming of age, mother daughter relationship, good versus evil, save the kingdom, parallel universe, juggling ...
Place: england
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
 6.8
 22K
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, dark fantasy, enigmatic, serious, atmospheric ...
Plot: another dimension, parallel universe, good versus evil, imagination, supernatural, father daughter relationship, parent child relationship, time paradox, alternate reality, nightmare, mind control, imaginary kingdom ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
The Zero Theorem (2013)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Mystery, Sci-Fi
Country: UK, Romania, France, USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: A computer hacker's goal to discover the reason for human existence continually finds his work interrupted thanks to the Management; this time, they send a teenager and lusty love interest to distract him.
Style: surreal, philosophical, thought provoking, cerebral, meditative ...
Plot: loneliness, computers and web, computer system, computer genius, computer, distopia, escape from reality, cyberpunk, hacker, virtual reality, uncover truth, society ...
Time: future
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Tetsuo II: Body Hammer (1992)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Sci-Fi
Country: Japan
Duration: 83 min.
Story: Tetsuo II: Body Hammer is a 1992 Japanese science fiction/horror film directed by Shinya Tsukamoto. It is a bigger-budget reworking of the same director's 1989 movie Tetsuo: The Iron Man, utilizing similar themes and ideas to the earlier film ...
Style: disturbing, psychological, surreal, visually appealing, allegory ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: cyberpunk, kidnapping, violence, body horror, superhuman powers, androids and robots, surrealism, guilt, brutality, identity, imagination, insanity ...
Place: tokyo, asia, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
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The Bothersome Man (2006)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Mystery, Sci-Fi
Country: Norway, Iceland
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Forty-year-old Andreas arrives in a strange city with no memory of how he got there. He is presented with a job, an apartment - even a wife. But before long, Andreas notices that something is wrong. Andreas makes an attempt to escape the city, but ...
Style: surreal, enigmatic, psychological, philosophical, art house ...
Plot: exile, suicide attempt, accountant, crimes, nightmare, alone in the world, emotionless, parallel universe, new job, mystery, isolation, confined ...
Time: contemporary, future
Place: argentina
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
 6.0
 18K
Franklyn (2008)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Set between the parallel worlds of contemporary London and the futuristic faith dominated metropolis of Meanwhile City, Franklyn weaves a tale of four souls, whose lives are intertwined by fate, romance and tragedy. As these worlds collide, a single ...
Style: psychological, bleak, dark, surreal, clever ...
Plot: mental illness, vigilantism, distopia, future dystopia, imaginary friend, suicide, depression, masked vigilante, looking for love, religions or cults, parents and children, vengeance ...
Time: future, 21st century, contemporary
Place: england, london, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
 8.1
 135K
Stalker (1979)
Genre: Drama, Sci-Fi
Country: Soviet Union
Duration: 162 min.
Story: Near a gray and unnamed city is the Zone, a place guarded by barbed wire and soldiers, and where the normal laws of physics are victim to frequent anomalies. A Stalker guides two men into the Zone, specifically to an area in which deep seeded ...
Style: philosophical, atmospheric, art house, thought provoking, bleak ...
Plot: stalker, post apocalypse, distopia, human nature, surrealism, wish come true, russian, society, escapades, future dystopia, existentialism, scientist ...
Time: future
Place: ussr, russia
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
 7.8
 234K
Mr. Nobody (2009)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Romance, Sci-Fi
Country: Belgium, Germany, Canada, France, UK, Luxembourg, USA
Duration: 141 min.
Story: Nemo Nobody leads an ordinary existence with his wife and 3 children; one day, he wakes up as a mortal centenarian in the year 2092.
Style: psychological, thought provoking, surreal, philosophical, mind bending ...
Audience: teens, date night
Plot: time, alternate reality, destiny, philosophy, surrealism, utopia, depression, love and romance, butterfly effect, life changing experience, multiple outcomes, quantum physics ...
Time: future, year 1975, 21st century, 20th century
Place: canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
 7.0
 47K
Holy Motors (2012)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy
Country: France, Germany, Belgium
Duration: 115 min.
Story: We follow 24 hours in the life of a being moving from life to life like a cold and solitary assassin moving from hit to hit. In each of these interwoven lives, the being possesses an entirely distinct identity: sometimes a man, sometimes a woman, ...
Style: surreal, art house, psychedelic, enigmatic, atmospheric ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: surrealism, existentialism, limousine, creativity, life & death, obsession, multiple storylines, double life, hidden identity, lifestyle change, power relations, unfulfillment ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s
Place: paris france, tokyo, france
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
A.I. Artificial Intelligence (2001)
Genre: Drama, Sci-Fi
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 146 min.
Story: A robotic boy, the first programmed to love, David is adopted as a test case by a Cybertronics employee and his wife. Though he gradually becomes their child, a series of unexpected circumstances make this life impossible for David. Without final ...
Style: thought provoking, philosophical, fairy tale, captivating, atmospheric ...
Audience: kids
Plot: artificial intelligence, distopia, cyberpunk, androids and robots, robot, a.i., future dystopia, adoption, imagination, end of the world, androids, boy ...
Time: future, 22nd century
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, brooklyn new york city, coney island brooklyn new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
Akira Kurosawa's Dreams (1990)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy
Country: Japan, USA
Duration: 119 min.
Story: A collection of magical tales based upon the actual dreams of director Akira Kurosawa.
Style: surreal, atmospheric, mind bending, visually appealing, thought provoking ...
Plot: artist, art, surrealism, magic realism, life & death, dreams, death, dream, supernatural, psychology, self awareness, post apocalypse ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: japan, tokyo, asia, pacific ocean, mount fuji
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
 6.4
 29K
Tale of Tales (2015)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Horror
Country: Italy, France, UK
Duration: 134 min.
Story: From the bitter quest of the Queen of Longtrellis, to two mysterious sisters who provoke the passion of a king, to the King of Highhills obsessed with a giant Flea, these tales are inspired by the fairytales by Giambattista Basile.
Style: fairy tale, dark fantasy, stylized, atmospheric, disturbing ...
Plot: medieval, witch, beautiful scenery, magic, ogre, castle, fantasy world, monster, fight scenes, king, violence, imagination ...
Time: 17th century
Place: italy, southern italy
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
 6.4
 13K
Avalon (2001)
Genre: Action, Drama, Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: Japan, Poland
Duration: 107 min.
Story: In a future world, young people are increasingly becoming addicted to an illegal (and potentially deadly) battle simulation game called Avalon. When Ash, a star player, hears of rumors that a more advanced level of the game exists somewhere, she ...
Style: stylized, bleak, atmospheric, surreal, intellectual ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: virtual reality, distopia, obsession, game, future dystopia, transformation, technology, battles, fantasy world, contests and competitions, gang, addiction ...
Time: future, middle ages, near future
Place: poland, latin america, europe, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
 7.1
 114K
The Jacket (2005)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 103 min.
Story: A military veteran goes on a journey into the future, where he can foresee his death and is left with questions that could save his life and those he loves.
Style: psychological, surreal, enigmatic, mind bending, tricky ...
Audience: girls' night, boys' night
Plot: time travel, psychology, time loop, memory loss, mental institution, supernatural, murder, hallucination, supernatural ability, amnesia, disorder, life is a bitch ...
Time: 21st century, future, 90s, 2000s, 20th century ...
Place: vermont
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
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 6.3
 34K
Tideland (2005)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Horror
Country: UK, Canada
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Because of the actions of her irresponsible parents, a young girl is left alone on a decrepit country estate and survives inside her fantastic imagination.
Style: surreal, dark fantasy, psychedelic, disturbing, psychological ...
Audience: teens
Plot: heroin, isolation, imagination, surrealism, mentally challenged, imaginary friend, mental illness, child neglect, addiction, drug addiction, abandoned house, loneliness ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: austin texas, denmark, usa, texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
The Man Who Fell to Earth (1976)
Genre: Drama, Sci-Fi
Country: UK
Duration: 139 min.
Story: Thomas Jerome Newton is an alien who comes to Earth to get water for his dying planet. He starts a high technology company to get the billions of dollars he needs to build a return spacecraft. A British science-fiction film from director Nicolas ...
Style: surreal, atmospheric, cerebral, futuristic, stylized ...
Plot: alien, space and aliens, alien invasion, alien life-form, surrealism, sex scene, female nudity, distopia, humanity, disorder, oral sex, benign alien ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: usa, new mexico
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
 7.2
 81K
Enter the Void (2009)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy
Country: France, Germany, Italy, Canada, Japan
Duration: 161 min.
Story: This psychedelic tour of life after death is seen entirely from the point of view of Oscar (Nathaniel Brown), a young American drug dealer and addict living in Tokyo with his prostitute sister, Linda (Paz de la Huerta). When Oscar is killed by ...
Style: psychedelic, art house, philosophical, atmospheric, meditative ...
Plot: drugs, surrealism, hallucination, stripper, afterlife, drug trip, sex, trippy, drug use, incest, lsd, lesbian sex ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, future
Place: japan, tokyo, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
 6.6
 6K
Paperhouse (1988)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy
Country: UK
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Anna is becoming lost in the loneliness of her own world when she discovers she can visit another, a house she has drawn herself and occupied by a young disabled boy. But as she discovers more of the links between her fantasy world and the mundane ...
Style: disturbing, suspenseful, psychological, atmospheric, tense ...
Audience: teens
Plot: nightmare, supernatural, children, visceral, serial killer, transformation, father daughter relationship, mother daughter relationship, alternate reality, coming of age, supernatural ability, boy ...
Time: 80s
Place: england
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
The Exterminating Angel (1962)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy
Country: Mexico
Duration: 95 min.
Story: The guests at an upper-class dinner party find themselves unable to leave. The Exterminating Angel is a 1962 surrealist film, written and directed by Luis Buñuel, starring Silvia Pinal. Sharply satirical and allegorical, the film contains a view ...
Style: surreal, political, philosophical, mind bending, cerebral ...
Plot: surrealism, isolation, dinner party, class differences, social satire, satire, piano, room, mansion, sheep, survival, insanity ...
Time: 60s, 20th century
Place: spain, paris france
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
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 7.3
 179K
Pi (1998)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 84 min.
Story: The debut film from Darren Aronofsky in which a mathematical genius Maximilian Cohen discovers a link in the connection between numbers and reality and thus believes he can predict the future.
Style: surreal, psychological, mind bending, cerebral, philosophical ...
Plot: mathematics, insanity, paranoia, obsession, conspiracy, computer, cyberpunk, surrealism, rabbi, torah, jewish, surveillance ...
Time: future, 90s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa, coney island brooklyn new york city, brooklyn new york city, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
 5.9
 21K
Immortal (2004)
Genre: Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: France, Italy, UK
Duration: 103 min.
Story: New York City in the year 2095 where genetically altered humans live side by side with unaltered men and women.
Style: dark fantasy, futuristic, surreal, enigmatic, serious ...
Plot: cyberpunk, future dystopia, distopia, mythology, cyborgs, parallel universe, transformation, dystopic future, mutant, society, lone hero, technology ...
Time: future
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
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, atmospheric, stylized, apocalyptic, harsh ...
Plot: post apocalypse, distopia, survival, doctors, isolation, battles, alone in the world, life philosophy, weapons, humanity, technology, transformation ...
Time: future, near future
Place: california, paris france, france, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
 6.5
 34K
Upstream Color (2013)
Genre: Drama, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: A man and woman are drawn together, entangled in the lifecycle of an ageless organism. Identity becomes an illusion as they struggle to assemble the loose fragments of wrecked lives.
Style: surreal, psychological, mind bending, art house, tense ...
Plot: brainwashing, mystery, hypnosis, parasite, romance, love affair, drugged, dishonesty, mind game, tragic love, memory loss, identity crisis ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
Where the Wild Things Are (2009)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Family, Fantasy, Horror
Country: Germany, USA, Australia
Duration: 101 min.
Story: Max imagines running away from his mom and sailing to a far-off land where large talking beasts -- Ira, Carol, Douglas, the Bull, Judith and Alexander -- crown him as their king, play rumpus, build forts and discover secret hideaways.
Style: emotional, stylized, touching, light, talky ...
Audience: family outing, kids, teens, pre-teens
Plot: fantasy world, loneliness, mischievous children, childhood, imaginary kingdom, monster, creature, coming of age, adventure, imagination, youth, children ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
 6.3
 72K
Upside Down (2012)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Romance, Sci-Fi
Country: Canada, France
Duration: 109 min.
Story: In an alternate universe where twinned worlds have opposite gravities, a young man battles interplanetary prejudice and the laws of physics in his quest to reunite with the long-lost girl of his dreams in this visually stunning romantic adventure ...
Style: surreal, touching, stylized, breathtaking, futuristic ...
Audience: date night, family outing, teens, girls' night
Plot: alternate reality, forbidden love, fantasy world, gravity, parallel world, true love, imagination, love, romance, technology, chase, beautiful scenery ...
Time: future
Place: latin america
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
 7.3
 118K
Eraserhead (1977)
Genre: Fantasy, Horror
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: Henry Spencer tries to survive his industrial environment, his angry girlfriend, and the unbearable screams of his newly born mutant child.
Style: surreal, art house, psychedelic, psychological, avant garde ...
Plot: surrealism, nightmare, insanity, baby, existentialism, cult, art, loneliness, psychology, eccentricity, psychosis, factory ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%