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Howl's Moving Castle (2004)
 8.2
 347K
Howl's Moving Castle (2004)
Original name: ハウルの動く城
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Family, Fantasy
Country: Japan
Duration: 119 min.
Story: When Sophie, a shy young woman, is cursed with an old body by a spiteful witch, her only chance of breaking the spell lies with a self-indulgent yet insecure young wizard and his companions in his legged, walking home.
Style: touching, fairy tale, atmospheric, captivating, stylized, dark fantasy, colourful, serious, surreal, exciting ...
Audience: family outing, kids
Plot: witch, self discovery, adventure, imaginary, wizards and magicians, steampunk, supernatural ability, curses spells and rituals, magical, fantasy world, palaces castles and temples, love and romance, demon, wizards, magic, sorceress, fall in love, demons, transformation, disorder, young woman, danger, chaos, romance, hopes ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: japan, tokyo

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Most similar movies to Howl's Moving Castle

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out visually appealing, light, whimsical and stylized films with plots about fantasy world, friendship, storytelling, magic, adventure, transformation and imaginary mostly in Animation, Fantasy and Adventure genres. Some movies like Howl's Moving Castle: Spirited Away (2001), Castle in the Sky (1986), My Neighbor Totoro (1988), Princess Mononoke (1997), Ponyo (2008). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
 8.6
 676K
Spirited Away (2001)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Family, Fantasy, Mystery
Country: Japan
Duration: 125 min.
Story: A young girl, Chihiro, becomes trapped in a strange new world of spirits. When her parents undergo a mysterious transformation, she must call upon the courage she never knew she had to free her family.
Style: surreal, atmospheric, offbeat, stylized, colourful ...
Audience: family outing, pre-teens
Plot: parallel world, imaginary, witch, fantasy world, ghost, adventure, dragon, friendship, rescue, supernatural, human becomes animal, curses spells and rituals ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
96%
Castle in the Sky (1986)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Drama, Family, Fantasy, Sci-Fi
Country: Japan
Duration: 125 min.
Story: A young boy and a girl with a magic crystal must race against pirates and foreign agents in a search for a legendary floating castle.
Style: stylized, atmospheric, exciting, semi serious, suspense ...
Audience: pre-teens, family outing, kids
Plot: steampunk, pirate, mine, imaginary kingdom, friendship, magic, on the run, princess, megalomaniac, family secret, chess, orphan ...
Place: wales, japan, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
97%
My Neighbor Totoro (1988)
Genre: Animation, Family, Fantasy
Country: Japan
Duration: 86 min.
Story: Two sisters move to the country with their father in order to be closer to their hospitalized mother, and discover the surrounding trees are inhabited by Totoros, magical spirits of the forest. When the youngest runs away from home, the older sister ...
Style: feel good, offbeat, fairy tale, atmospheric, touching ...
Audience: family outing, kids, preschoolers
Plot: countryside, magical, adventure, teaching the ways of the world, imaginary, siblings relations, friendship, legends and myths, parents and children, unlikely friendships, family, supernatural ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, 1950s
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
87%
Princess Mononoke (1997)
Genre: Animation, Action, Adventure, Fantasy
Country: Japan
Duration: 134 min.
Story: Ashitaka, a prince of the disappearing Ainu tribe, is cursed by a demonized boar god and must journey to the west to find a cure. Along the way, he encounters San, a young human woman fighting to protect the forest, and Lady Eboshi, who is trying to ...
Style: captivating, exciting, emotional, atmospheric, stylized ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: wolf, mythology, adventure, princess, demon, talking animals, danger, heroic mission, in the woods, human spirit, curses spells and rituals, master warrior ...
Time: middle ages, 15th century, 16th century
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
91%
 7.7
 130K
Ponyo (2008)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Family, Fantasy
Country: Japan, USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: The son of a sailor, 5-year old Sosuke lives a quiet life on an oceanside cliff with his mother Lisa. One fateful day, he finds a beautiful goldfish trapped in a bottle on the beach and upon rescuing her, names her Ponyo. But she is no ordinary ...
Style: touching, sweet, scenic, atmospheric, semi serious ...
Audience: family outing, kids, preschoolers, pre-teens
Plot: mermaid, friendship, fish, princess, magical, transformation, adventure, ocean or sea, obsessive quest, imaginary kingdom, magic, family ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
91%
Song of the Sea (2014)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Drama, Family, Fantasy
Country: Ireland, Denmark, Belgium, Luxembourg, France
Duration: 93 min.
Story: The story of the last Seal Child’s journey home. After their mother’s disappearance, Ben and Saoirse are sent to live with Granny in the city. When they resolve to return to their home by the sea, their journey becomes a race against time as ...
Style: touching, captivating, colourful, emotional, fairy tale ...
Audience: family outing, kids, pre-teens
Plot: adventure, young heroes, lighthouse, supernatural, supernatural ability, mythical creature, curses spells and rituals, ocean or sea, legends and myths, danger, lighthouse keeper, escapades ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: ireland, europe, japan, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
The Secret World of Arrietty (2010)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Family, Fantasy
Country: Japan, USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: 14-year-old Arrietty and the rest of the Clock family live in peaceful anonymity as they make their own home from items "borrowed" from the house's human inhabitants. However, life changes for the Clocks when a human boy discovers ...
Style: touching, colourful, scenic, fairy tale, sweet ...
Audience: family outing, preschoolers, kids
Plot: friendship, mysterious character, magical, midget, miniature person, family, adventure, parallel world, childhood, maid, friends, daring rescue ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
82%
Kiki's Delivery Service (1989)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Drama, Family, Fantasy
Country: Japan
Duration: 103 min.
Story: A young witch, on her mandatory year of independent life, finds fitting into a new community difficult while she supports herself by running an air courier service.
Style: touching, feel good, humorous, colourful, twists and turns ...
Audience: family outing, teens, pre-teens, kids
Plot: witch, adventure, self discovery, friendship, supernatural ability, young heroes, coming of age, friends, cat, wizards and magicians, talking animals, talking cat ...
Place: europe, japan, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
73%
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Mary and the Witch's Flower (2017)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Family, Fantasy
Country: Japan, USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: Young Mary follows a mysterious cat into the nearby forest and discovers an old broomstick and a strange flower. Mary finds herself at Endor College -- a school of magic run by headmistress Madam Mumblechook and the brilliant Doctor Dee. But there ...
Style: colourful, entertaining, captivating, light
Plot: witch, witchcraft, good versus evil, magic, magical power, happy ending, flower, flowers, girl, rescue, village, friendship ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
81%
 7.7
 81K
Porco Rosso (1992)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy, Romance
Country: Japan
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Porco Rosso, known in Japan as Crimson Pig (Kurenai no Buta) is the sixth animated film by Hayao Miyazaki and released in 1992. You're introduced to an Italian World War I fighter ace, now living as a freelance bounty hunter chasing "air ...
Style: exciting, feel good, humorous, light, talky ...
Audience: kids, teens, family outing, pre-teens
Plot: adventure, heroes, romance, pilot, adventurer, escapades, transformation, save the day, imaginary, danger, good versus evil, heroic mission ...
Time: 1920s, 20s, 20th century, 1930s, 30s
Place: italy, europe, croatia, japan, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
89%
Tales from Earthsea (2006)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Fantasy
Country: Japan, USA
Duration: 115 min.
Story: Something bizarre has come over the land. The kingdom is deteriorating. People are beginning to act strange... What's even more strange is that people are beginning to see dragons, which shouldn't enter the world of humans. Due to all ...
Style: touching, exciting, serious, light, offbeat
Audience: kids, family outing, pre-teens
Plot: dragon, adventure, good versus evil, wizards and magicians, young heroes, heroes, curses spells and rituals, imaginary kingdom, magic, master villain, supernatural ability, supernatural ...
Place: europe, macedonia
⇓ similarity ⇓
83%
Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind (1984)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Fantasy, Sci-Fi
Country: Japan
Duration: 117 min.
Story: After a global war, the seaside kingdom known as the Valley Of The Wind remains one of the last strongholds on Earth untouched by a poisonous jungle and the powerful insects that guard it. Led by the courageous Princess Nausicaä, the people of the ...
Style: serious, exciting, captivating, epic, stylized ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: save the world, ecology, steampunk, apocalypse, post apocalypse, environmentalism, toxic, princess, hopes, adventure, airplane, strong female presence ...
Time: future, middle ages
Place: japan, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
75%
 8.4
 213K
Your Name. (2016)
Genre: Animation, Drama, Fantasy, Romance
Country: Japan
Duration: 106 min.
Story: High schoolers Mitsuha and Taki are complete strangers living separate lives. But one night, they suddenly switch places. Mitsuha wakes up in Taki’s body, and he in hers. This bizarre occurrence continues to happen randomly, and the two must ...
Style: romantic, touching, captivating, surprise ending, sentimental ...
Plot: body swapping, romance, school, time travel, love, girl, race against time, schoolgirl, beautiful scenery, boy, star crossed lovers, supernatural ...
Place: japan, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
83%
Whisper of the Heart (1995)
Genre: Animation, Drama, Family, Music, Romance
Country: Japan
Duration: 111 min.
Story: Shizuku lives a simple life, dominated by her love for stories and writing. One day she notices that all the library books she has have been previously checked out by the same person: 'Seiji Amasawa'. Curious as to who he is, Shizuku meets ...
Style: touching, feel good, uplifting, realistic, emotional ...
Audience: teens, family outing, pre-teens
Plot: follow your dream, teenage love, first love, fall in love, self discovery, love, love and romance, cat, teenage life, youth, high school life, imagination ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: japan, italy, tokyo, europe, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
85%
The Tale of the Princess Kaguya (2013)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Drama, Family, Fantasy
Country: Japan
Duration: 137 min.
Story: Found inside a shining stalk of bamboo by an old bamboo cutter and his wife, a tiny girl grows rapidly into an exquisite young lady. The mysterious young princess enthralls all who encounter her - but ultimately she must confront her fate, the ...
Style: touching, atmospheric, stylized, melancholic, colourful ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: princess, emperor, coming of age, parents and children, friendship, family relations, youth, japanese woman, adolescence, female protagonist, children, dream ...
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
63%
The Owl House (2020)
Genre: Animation, Action, Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Family, Fantasy, Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 22 min.
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Story: An animated fantasy-comedy series that follows Luz, a self-assured teenage girl who accidentally stumbles upon a portal to a magical world where she befriends a rebellious witch, Eda, and an adorably tiny warrior, King. Despite not having magical ...
Style: entertaining, atmospheric, colourful, whimsical, light ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: witch, magic, portal, female protagonist, apprentice, parallel universe, fantasy world, magical, family, teenager, wizards and magicians, school ...
Time: 2020s
Place: dominican republic
⇓ similarity ⇓
91%
 7.7
 416K
Tangled (2010)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Family, Fantasy, Musical, Romance
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 100 min.
Story: When the kingdom's most wanted-and most charming-bandit Flynn Rider hides out in a mysterious tower, he's taken hostage by Rapunzel, a beautiful and feisty tower-bound teen with 70 feet of magical, golden hair. Flynn's curious captor, ...
Style: fairy tale, feel good, captivating, touching, exciting ...
Audience: family outing, kids, girls' night, pre-teens
Plot: princess, disney, family, romance, adventure, horse, follow your dream, unlikely couple, imaginary kingdom, love and romance, fall in love, queen ...
Time: 17th century
Place: germany
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
The Secret of Kells (2009)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Family, Fantasy
Country: Ireland, Belgium, France, UK
Duration: 71 min.
Story: Adventure awaits 12 year old Brendan who must fight Vikings and a serpent god to find a crystal and complete the legendary Book of Kells. In order to finish Brother Aiden's book, Brendan must overcome his deepest fears on a secret quest that ...
Style: stylized, exciting, feel good, fairy tale, serious ...
Audience: kids, family outing, pre-teens
Plot: in the woods, fairy, adventure, viking, good versus evil, monk, monastery, underwater scene, underwater, sea monster, legends and myths, imaginary ...
Time: middle ages, 9th century
Place: ireland, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
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 7.0
 13K
Mirai (2018)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Drama, Family, Fantasy
Country: Japan, USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: The movie follows a 4-year old boy who is struggling to cope with the arrival of a little sister in the family until things turn magical. A mysterious garden in the backyard of the boy's home becomes a gateway allowing the child to travel back ...
Style: sincere, touching, funny, thought provoking, enigmatic ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: time travel, dog, jealousy, magic, boy, baby, family relations, house, brother sister relationship, parents and children, seeing the future, train ...
Place: tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
80%
Weathering with You (2019)
Genre: Animation, Drama, Fantasy, Romance
Country: Japan, China, USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: Hodaka, a high school boy who moves from his isolated island home to the city of Tokyo, who immediately becomes broke! After finally finding work at a shady occult magazine, the sky rains every day until amidst the hustle and bustle of the big city, ...
Style: exciting, touching, captivating, feel good, light
Plot: weather, magic, fall in love, magical power, teenager, love, friendship, magical girl, girl, couples, climate change, flood ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: japan, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole (2010)
Genre: Animation, Action, Adventure, Family, Fantasy, Mystery, Thriller, War
Country: USA, Australia
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Soren, a young barn owl, is kidnapped by owls of St. Aggie's, ostensibly an orphanage, where owlets are brainwashed into becoming soldiers. He and his new friends escape to the island of Ga'Hoole, to assist its noble, wise owls who fight ...
Style: captivating, exciting, atmospheric, fairy tale, scenic ...
Audience: kids, family outing, pre-teens, preschoolers
Plot: talking animals, owl, good versus evil, adventure, imaginary kingdom, heroic mission, imaginary, in the woods, heroes, family, anthropomorphism, animal life ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
The Last Unicorn (1982)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Drama, Family, Fantasy
Country: UK, France, West Germany, Japan, USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: From a riddle-speaking butterfly, a unicorn learns that she is supposedly the last of her kind, all the others having been herded away by the Red Bull. The unicorn sets out to discover the truth behind the butterfly's words. She is eventually ...
Style: exciting, feel good, touching, light, sentimental ...
Audience: family outing, kids, pre-teens
Plot: unicorn, magic, adventure, good versus evil, dragon, rescue, friendship, heroic mission, wizards and magicians, heroes, imaginary, prince ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
FernGully: The Last Rainforest (1992)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Family, Fantasy
Country: Australia, USA
Duration: 76 min.
Story: When a sprite named Crysta shrinks a human boy, Zak, down to her size, he vows to help the magical fairy folk stop a greedy logging company from destroying their home, the pristine rainforest known as FernGully. Zak and his new friends fight to ...
Style: touching, humorous, feel good, colourful, semi serious ...
Audience: pre-teens, family outing, kids, teens, girls' night
Plot: fairy, adventure, imaginary kingdom, good versus evil, environment, magic, in the woods, jungle, righting the wronged, ecological disaster, young lovers, save the day ...
Time: 90s, 1990s
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
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The little prince (2015)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Drama, Family, Fantasy
Country: France, Canada, Italy, USA, China
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Based on the best-seller book 'The Little Prince', the movie tells the story of a little girl that lives with resignation in a world where efficiency and work are the only dogmas. Everything will change when accidentally she discovers her ...
Style: fairy tale, stylized, colourful, semi serious, touching ...
Audience: family outing, preschoolers
Plot: adventure, imaginary, little boy, friends, philosophy, life philosophy, little girl, surrealism, prince, self discovery, escapades, imaginary kingdom ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
The Sword in the Stone (1963)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Family, Fantasy, Musical
Country: USA
Duration: 79 min.
Story: Wart is a young boy who aspires to be a knight's squire. On a hunting trip he falls in on Merlin, a powerful but amnesiac wizard who has plans for him beyond mere squiredom. He starts by trying to give him an education, believing that once one ...
Style: fairy tale, humorous, semi serious, exciting, feel good ...
Audience: kids, preschoolers, family outing
Plot: disney, knight, legends and myths, king arthur, prophecy, excalibur, rise to the top, throne, adventure, family, destiny, teaching the ways of the world ...
Time: middle ages, 1930s
Place: england, europe, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.3
 251K
Corpse Bride (2005)
Genre: Animation, Drama, Family, Fantasy, Musical, Romance
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 77 min.
Story: Set in a 19th-century european village, this stop-motion animation feature follows the story of Victor, a young man whisked away to the underworld and wed to a mysterious corpse bride, while his real bride Victoria waits bereft in the land of the ...
Style: gothic, dark fantasy, captivating, melancholic, offbeat ...
Audience: horror for children, date night, preschoolers
Plot: corpse, afterlife, romance, supernatural, supernatural romance, marriage, shyness, wedding, goth, disagreement, fall in love, fiance fiancee relationship ...
Time: 19th century, victorian era, victorian
Place: europe, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
63%
Patema Inverted (2013)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Drama, Fantasy, Romance, Sci-Fi
Country: Japan, USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: In an underground world where tunnels extend everywhere, even though they live in dark and confined spaces, people wear protective clothes and lead quiet and enjoyable lives. Patema, a princess in her underground village, loves to explore the ...
Style: captivating, semi serious, sentimental, colourful, stylized ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: imaginary, steampunk, escapades, love and romance, imaginary kingdom, friendship, good versus evil, runaway, fighting the system, culture clash, school, jumping ...
Time: future
Place: japan, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
 7.4
 583K
Frozen (2013)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Family, Fantasy, Musical
Country: USA, Norway
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Young princess Anna of Arendelle dreams about finding true love at her sister Elsa’s coronation. Fate takes her on a dangerous journey in an attempt to end the eternal winter that has fallen over the kingdom. She's accompanied by ice delivery ...
Style: fairy tale, feel good, romantic, touching, exciting ...
Audience: kids, family outing, girls' night, pre-teens
Plot: princess, disney, family, adventure, sisters, love and romance, royal family, snow, supernatural ability, magical, family relations, imaginary ...
Place: europe, norway
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%
The Princess and the Frog (2009)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Family, Fantasy, Musical, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: A waitress, desperate to fulfill her dreams as a restaurant owner, is set on a journey to turn a frog prince back into a human being, but she has to face the same problem after she kisses him.
Style: feel good, fairy tale, humorous, touching, witty ...
Audience: kids, family outing, pre-teens, girls' night
Plot: princess, cinderella story, family, prince, fall in love, human becomes animal, talking animals, adventure, animal life, magical, curses spells and rituals, disney ...
Time: 1920s, 20th century, 20s, 1910s
Place: new orleans, louisiana, usa, mississippi
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
 6.8
 146K
Frozen II (2019)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Family, Fantasy, Musical
Country: USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: Elsa, Anna, Kristoff and Olaf are going far in the forest to know the truth about an ancient mystery of their kingdom.
Style: emotional, touching, feel good, fairy tale, 3d animation
Audience: family outing
Plot: disney, magic, princess, magical, queen, disney princess, good versus evil, supernatural ability, giant, power of love, imaginary, castle ...
Place: scandinavia, norway
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%