Movies like Elf

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Elf (2003)
 7.0
 232K
Elf (2003)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Family, Fantasy, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: When young Buddy falls into Santa's gift sack on Christmas Eve, he's transported back to the North Pole and raised as a toy-making elf by Santa's helpers. But as he grows into adulthood, he can't shake the nagging feeling that he doesn't belong. Buddy vows to visit Manhattan and find his real dad, a workaholic publisher.
Style: feel good, humorous, sentimental, touching, not serious, whimsical, sweet, light, funny, entertaining ...
Audience: family outing, kids, pre-teens
Plot: christmas, christmas movie, holiday, christmas spirit, elf, santa claus, goofy hero, father son relationship, corporate world, fish out of water, orphan, north pole, family, parenthood, adoption, winter, misfit, love and romance, fall in love, new job, society, disorder, romance, dwarf, sarcasm ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, south pole, empire state building manhattan new york city

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Most similar movies to Elf

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out feel good, humorous, sweet and light films with plots about family, christmas, family relations, disorder, holiday, children and catastrophe mostly in Family, Comedy and Fantasy genres. Some movies like Elf: Fred Claus (2007), How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000), The Santa Clause (1994), Noelle (2019), The Perfect Holiday (2007). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
 5.6
 41K
Fred Claus (2007)
Genre: Comedy, Family, Fantasy
Country: USA
Duration: 116 min.
Story: Fred Claus and Santa Claus have been estranged brothers for many years. Now Fred must reconcile his differences with his brother whom he believes overshadows him. When an efficiency expert assesses the workings at the North Pole and threatens to ...
Style: sentimental, humorous, semi serious, light, melancholic ...
Audience: family outing, kids
Plot: christmas, santa claus, holiday, family relations, north pole, family, snow, sibling relationship, imaginary, toys, disorder, redemption ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s, 20th century, 1990s ...
Place: tower bridge london, illinois, chicago illinois, sydney australia, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)
Genre: Comedy, Family, Fantasy
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 104 min.
Story: Inside a snowflake exists the magical land of Whoville. In Whoville, live the Whos, an almost mutated sort of Munchkin-like people. All the Whos love Christmas, yet just outside of their beloved Whoville lives the Grinch. The Grinch is a nasty ...
Style: stylized, humorous, semi serious, fairy tale, whimsical ...
Audience: family outing, kids, pre-teens
Plot: christmas, imaginary kingdom, santa claus, village, redemption, holiday, materialism, rescue, family, disorder, social misfits, fish out of water ...
Time: 2000s
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
The Santa Clause (1994)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Family, Fantasy
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Scott Calvin is an ordinary man, who accidentally causes Santa Claus to fall from his roof on Christmas Eve and is knocked unconscious. When he and his young son finish Santa's trip and deliveries, they go to the North Pole, where Scott learns ...
Style: touching, feel good, semi serious, sentimental, fairy tale ...
Audience: kids, pre-teens, family outing, girls' night
Plot: christmas, santa claus, toys, holiday, christmas eve, child custody, family, adventure, christmas party, magic, father son relationship, family relations ...
Time: 90s, 1990s
Place: chicago illinois, illinois
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause (2006)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Family, Fantasy
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Now that Santa and Mrs. Claus have the North Pole running smoothly, the Counsel of Legendary Figures has called an emergency meeting on Christmas Eve! The evil Jack Frost has been making trouble, looking to take over the holiday! So he launches a ...
Style: humorous, feel good, semi serious, sweet, entertaining ...
Audience: family outing, kids, pre-teens, teens, girls' night
Plot: santa claus, christmas movie, christmas, holiday, deception, north pole, family, disorder, hidden identity, nothing goes right, family life, family relations ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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 6.3
 17K
Noelle (2019)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Family, Fantasy, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Kris Kringle's daughter, Noelle, sets off on a mission to find and bring back her brother, after he gets cold feet when it's his turn to take over as Santa.
Style: feel good, humorous, light, captivating, exciting ...
Plot: elf, christmas eve, christmas, north pole, santa claus, brother sister relationship, family business, christmas movie, fish out of water, disorder, buddies, family ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, arizona, phoenix arizona
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
The Perfect Holiday (2007)
Genre: Comedy, Family, Fantasy, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: A young girl turns to a department store Santa in the hopes that he will help find a new husband for her divorced mother.
Style: feel good, sweet, light, touching, humorous ...
Audience: family outing, kids, date night, teens, girls' night
Plot: santa claus, family, romance, single parent, christmas, couple relations, african american, christmas party, farce, breakup, brother brother relationship, children ...
Time: contemporary
Place: new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
 6.0
 63K
Daddy's Home 2 (2017)
Genre: Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Brad and Dusty must deal with their intrusive fathers during the holidays.
Style: light, feel good, humorous, captivating, exciting ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: christmas, stepfather, stepfather stepson relationship, holiday, father son relationship, father son conflict, ex husband ex wife relationship, husband wife relationship, awkward situation, family relations, friendship, adventure ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
The Santa Clause 2 (2002)
Genre: Comedy, Family, Fantasy
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 104 min.
Story: Better watch out! The big guy in red is coming to town once again. This time, Scott Calvin -- also known as Santa Claus -- finds out there's an obscure clause in his contract requiring him to take on a wife. He has to leave the North Pole to ...
Style: feel good, touching, humorous, semi serious, sweet ...
Audience: family outing, pre-teens, preschoolers, kids, girls' night ...
Plot: toys, santa claus, magic, christmas, holiday, prank, christmas party, family, chaos, disorder, mistaken identity, christmas eve ...
Time: contemporary, 2000s
Place: san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
Movie in collections
 6.3
 12K
Santa Claus (1985)
Genre: Adventure, Family, Fantasy
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: The first half of this film, set hundreds of years ago, shows how the old man who eventually became Santa Claus was given immortality and chosen to deliver toys to all the children of the world. The second half moves into the modern era, in which ...
Style: humorous, feel good, exciting, semi serious, offbeat ...
Audience: kids, pre-teens, family outing
Plot: christmas, santa claus, family, adventure, holiday, village, heroic mission, village life, fish out of water, disorder, against the odds, cons and scams ...
Time: 80s
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
 5.9
 126K
Stuart Little (1999)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Family, Fantasy
Country: Germany, USA
Duration: 84 min.
Story: The adventures of a heroic and debonair stalwart mouse named Stuart Little with human qualities, who faces some comic misadventures while searching for his lost bird friend and living with a human family as their child.
Style: humorous, feel good, entertaining, light, touching ...
Audience: kids, family outing, preschoolers, pre-teens, teens ...
Plot: mouse, adoption, cat, adventure, kidnapping, anthropomorphic mouse, orphan, friendship, mischievous children, fish out of water, orphanage, chase ...
Time: 90s
Place: usa, new york, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
Unaccompanied Minors (2006)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Family, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Five disparate kids snowed in at the airport on Christmas Eve learn some lessons about friendship when they launch a bid to get back to their families and outsmart a disgruntled airport official who wants to keep them grounded.
Style: feel good, humorous, realistic, not serious, funny ...
Audience: teens, kids, girls' night
Plot: adventure, christmas, disorder, when the parents are away, fish out of water, christmas eve, airport, youth, child as adult, christmas tree, happy ending, danger ...
Time: contemporary, 2000s
Place: pennsylvania, iowa, hawaii
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (1992)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Crime, Family
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Instead of flying to Florida with his folks, Kevin ends up alone in New York, where he gets a hotel room with his dad's credit card—despite problems from a clerk and meddling bellboy. But when Kevin runs into his old nemeses, the Wet Bandits, ...
Style: feel good, sentimental, humorous, exciting, not serious ...
Audience: pre-teens, kids, family outing
Plot: christmas, adventure, holiday, children, home alone, danger, mischievous children, family, when the parents are away, young heroes, trap, robbery ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: new york, manhattan new york city, florida, chicago illinois, miami ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
Ernest Saves Christmas (1988)
Genre: Comedy, Family, Fantasy
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: When Santa Claus decides to retire and pass on his magic bag of Christmas surprises to a new Saint Nick, he enlists the aid of a hilarious assortment of characters. A perky teen runaway and hapless taxi driver Ernest P. Worrell must convince a ...
Style: humorous, not serious, feel good, light, melancholic ...
Audience: kids, pre-teens, teens, family outing
Plot: christmas, holiday, family, family relations, save the day, prank, mischievous children, when the parents are away, fish out of water, misfit, goofy hero, nothing goes right ...
Time: 80s, year 1988
Place: orlando florida
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
 6.6
 2K
Snow (2004)
Genre: Comedy, Family, Fantasy
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Set in San Ernesto, California with only three days before Christmas, Nick Snowden needs to rescue a young reindeer from a zoo.
Style: semi serious, sentimental, feel good, humorous, touching
Audience: kids, family outing, pre-teens
Plot: santa claus, zoo, reindeer, christmas, fish out of water, fall in love, daring rescue, adventure, escapades, disorder, love and romance, dishonesty ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
The Christmas Chronicles (2018)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Family, Fantasy
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: Siblings Kate and Teddy try to prove Santa Claus is real, but when they accidentally cause his sleigh to crash, they have to save Christmas.
Style: sincere, light, atmospheric, captivating, feel good ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: santa claus, christmas, christmas spirit, brother sister relationship, children, reindeer, holiday, imaginary character, firefighter, north pole, brother, sister ...
Place: massachusetts, chicago illinois
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
Are We There Yet? (2005)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Family, Fantasy, Romance
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 95 min.
Story: The fledgling romance between Nick, a playboy bachelor, and Suzanne, a divorced mother of two, is threatened by a particularly harrowing New Years Eve. When Suzanne's work keeps her in Vancouver for the holiday, Nick offers to bring her kids to ...
Style: humorous, feel good, funny, entertaining, not serious ...
Audience: family outing, kids, teens, girls' night
Plot: children, road trip, mischievous children, on the road, family relations, family, parents and children, couple relations, nothing goes right, romance, disorder, love and romance ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, canada, oregon
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
Santa Buddies (2009)
Genre: Adventure, Family, Fantasy
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 88 min.
Story: When Puppy Paws (the fun-loving son of Santa Paws) gets bored, he finds Budderball on Santa's naughty list and figures he's just the dog to show him how to be an ordinary pup. When the magical Christmas Icicle starts to melt however, and ...
Style: feel good, sweet, light, fairy tale, semi serious ...
Audience: family outing, kids, preschoolers
Plot: christmas, santa claus, adventure, dog, save the day, hopes, pets, holiday, christmas movie, owner dog relationship, christmas present, best friends ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
All I Want for Christmas (1991)
Genre: Comedy, Family, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Two New York City children who launch a hilarious scheme to get what they most want this holiday season.
Style: semi serious, feel good, touching, humorous, realistic ...
Audience: family outing, date night, girls' night, kids, pre-teens
Plot: christmas, family relations, dysfunctional family, reunion, santa claus, young heroes, couples, eccentric family, disorder, love and romance, mischievous children, fish out of water ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
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Miracle on 34th Street (1994)
Genre: Family, Fantasy
Country: USA
Duration: 114 min.
Story: A little girl discovers dreams can come true if you really believe. Six-year-old Susan Walker has doubts about childhood's most enduring miracle - Santa Claus. Her mother told her the 'secret' about Santa a long time ago. But after ...
Style: sentimental, touching, feel good, semi serious, humorous ...
Audience: pre-teens, family outing, kids, girls' night
Plot: christmas, santa claus, miraculous event, holiday, hopes, friendship, department store, family, couples, friends, youth, misfit ...
Time: 90s, 1990s, 70s
Place: usa, new york, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
48 Christmas Wishes (2017)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Family, Fantasy
Country: Canada
Duration: 84 min.
Story: Holiday magic has never gleamed brighter as Santa’s Elves head out on an adventure to bring every boy and girl their Christmas wish while also bringing a family back together in this heartfelt Christmas movie from Gaumont. After accidentally ...
Style: feel good, sweet, light, sincere, humorous ...
Audience: kids, family outing
Plot: santa claus, elf, christmas, christmas present, holiday, society, romance, friendship, christmas eve, gift, small town, christmas movie ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
 5.9
 21K
It Takes Two (1995)
Genre: Comedy, Family, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: Identical 9-year-olds from very different backgrounds: orphaned Amanda and wealthy Alyssa meet at summer camp and decide to switch places -- and play matchmaker between Alyssa's dad, Roger, and the kind social worker who cares for Amanda.
Style: feel good, sweet, touching, humorous, funny ...
Audience: kids, family outing, pre-teens, girls' night, teens ...
Plot: twins, mischievous children, family, orphan, summer camp, single parent, children, fall in love, social worker, adoption, switching roles, social differences ...
Time: 90s
Place: manhattan new york city, london, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
 7.6
 491K
Home Alone (1990)
Genre: Comedy, Family
Country: USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: Eight-year-old Kevin McCallister makes the most of the situation after his family unwittingly leaves him behind when they go on Christmas vacation. But when a pair of bungling burglars set their sights on Kevin's house, the plucky kid stands ...
Style: humorous, not serious, light, funny, exciting ...
Audience: family outing, kids, pre-teens, girls' night
Plot: christmas, mischievous children, family, holiday, when the parents are away, child protagonist, home invasion, kids and family, youth, neighbor, danger, young heroes ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, 1990s, 90s
Place: chicago illinois, usa, america, paris france, illinois ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
Mr. Popper's Penguins (2011)
Genre: Comedy, Family, Fantasy
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Jim Carrey stars as Tom Popper, a successful businessman who’s clueless when it comes to the really important things in life...until he inherits six “adorable” penguins, each with its own unique personality. Soon Tom’s rambunctious roommates ...
Style: humorous, not serious, entertaining, funny, sweet ...
Audience: kids, family outing, pre-teens, teens, girls' night
Plot: animal life, penguins, pets, animals, family relations, bird, inheritance, animal training, parents and children, birds, silly humor, family ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, year 1976, 80s, 70s ...
Place: new york, antarctica, usa, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
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Christmas Mail (2010)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Family, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: In this holiday romantic comedy, a mysterious woman who works at the post office answering Santa's mail captures the heart of a disillusioned postal carrier
Style: feel good, sentimental, humorous, touching, semi serious
Audience: family outing
Plot: christmas, workplace romance, christmas movie, workplace, mysterious character, fall in love, wish come true, workplace situations, romance, office, letter, love and romance ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
 5.1
 12K
Snow Day (2000)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Family
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: When a school in upstate New York is snowed in, a group of students hi-jack a plow to keep the school closed..
Style: feel good, humorous, semi serious, melancholic, entertaining ...
Audience: kids, teens, pre-teens, family outing
Plot: adventure, mischievous children, weatherman, chase, high school, school, youth, eccentric family, teenage life, siblings relations, fish out of water, high school life ...
Time: 90s
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
Yours, Mine & Ours (2005)
Genre: Comedy, Family, Fantasy, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: Admiral Frank Beardsley returns to New London to run the Coast Guard Academy, his last stop before a probable promotion to head the Guard. A widower with eight children, he runs a loving but tight ship, with charts and salutes. The kids long for a ...
Style: feel good, humorous, funny, entertaining, romantic ...
Audience: kids, family outing, girls' night, pre-teens, teens
Plot: family, large family, mischievous children, siblings relations, family life, family relations, blended family, parents and children, opposites attract, eccentric family, single parent, love and romance ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: connecticut, usa, san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
 5.2
 989
Christmas Town (2008)
Genre: Comedy, Family, Fantasy, Romance
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 83 min.
Story: A week before Christmas Liza McCann visit her estranged father who strangely lives in a town decked out for the holidays and is full of Christmas spirit. Strange events immediately occur when they arrive challenging everything Liza had once believed ...
Style: light, sweet, humorous, feel good, sentimental ...
Audience: family outing, date night, kids
Plot: parents and children, family life, estrangement, family relations, small town, christmas, love, holiday, romance, lifestyle, couples, love and romance ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
The Christmas Chronicles: Part Two (2020)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Family, Fantasy
Country: USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: Kate Pierce is reluctantly spending Christmas with her mom’s new boyfriend and his son Jack. But when the North Pole and Christmas are threatened to be destroyed, Kate and Jack are unexpectedly pulled into a new adventure with Santa Claus.
Style: captivating, feel good, sincere, light
Plot: christmas, santa claus, christmas movie, christmas season, magic, save the day, good versus evil, christmas present, family relations, theft, plan, christmas eve ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
One Magic Christmas (1985)
Genre: Family, Fantasy
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: Ginny Grainger, a young mother, rediscovers the joy and beauty of Christmas, thanks to the unshakable faith of her six-year-old daughter Abbie and Gideon, Ginny's very own guardian angel.
Style: sentimental, touching, feel good, emotional, humorous ...
Audience: family outing, kids, teens
Plot: christmas, family relations, small town, family, holiday, redemption, bittersweet, dysfunctional family, human nature, miraculous event, family life, parents and children ...
Time: 80s
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
Honey I Blew Up the Kid (1992)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Family, Romance, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: Wayne Szalinski is at it again. But instead of shrinking things, he tries to make a machine that can make things grow. As in the first one, his machine isn't quite accurate. But when he brings Nick & his toddler son Adam to see his ...
Style: humorous, feel good, funny, clever, light ...
Audience: kids, family outing, pre-teens, teens
Plot: family relations, fish out of water, baby, inventor, giant, family, experiment gone awry, parents and children, inventions and discoveries, escapades, nothing goes right, disorder ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: las vegas, usa, nevada
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%