Movies like Mary and Max

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Mary and Max (2009)
 8.1
 159K
Mary and Max (2009)
Genre: Animation, Comedy, Drama, Family
Country: Australia
Duration: 92 min.
Story: A tale of friendship between two unlikely pen pals: Mary, a lonely, eight-year-old girl living in the suburbs of Melbourne, and Max, a forty-four-year old, severely obese man living in New York. In the mid-1970's, a homely, friendless Australian girl of 8 picks a name out of a Manhattan phone book and writes to him; she includes a chocolate bar. He writes back, with chocolate. Thus begins a 20-year correspondence. Will the two ever meet face to face?
Style: sincere, touching, stylized, emotional, sentimental, clever, gloomy, depressing, bleak, sweet ...
Plot: loneliness, social misfits, friendship, neighbor, letter, correspondence, asperger's syndrome, unlikely friendships, mental illness, young woman, jewish, suffering, depression, suicide attempt, psychiatrist, lottery, imagination, solitude, relationships, chocolate, atheist, birthmark, phone book, only child, youth ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: australia, new york, usa

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out touching, melancholic, clever and visually appealing films with plots about friendship, storytelling, mentor, runaway, childhood, dialogue and catastrophe mostly in Animation, Comedy and Family genres. Some movies like Mary and Max: My Life as a Zucchini (2016), Grave of the Fireflies (1988), Anomalisa (2015), The Illusionist (2010), It's Such a Beautiful Day (2012). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
My Life as a Zucchini (2016)
Genre: Animation, Comedy, Drama, Family
Country: Switzerland, France
Duration: 66 min.
Story: After his mother’s death, Zucchini is befriended by a kind police officer, Raymond, who accompanies him to his new foster home filled with other orphans his age. There, with the help of his newfound friends, Zucchini eventually learns to trust and ...
Style: sincere, touching, psychological, puppet animation, compassionate ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: boy, friendship, orphanage, loneliness, accidental killing, alcoholic, police officer, death of mother, drunkenness, adoption, first love, adaptation ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
80%
Grave of the Fireflies (1988)
Genre: Animation, Drama, War
Country: Japan
Duration: 89 min.
Story: In the final months of World War II, 14-year-old Seita and his sister Setsuko are orphaned when their mother is killed during an air raid in Kobe, Japan. After a falling out with their aunt, they move into an abandoned bomb shelter. With no ...
Style: heartbreaking, touching, stylized, harsh, depressing ...
Plot: orphan, survival, siblings relations, world war two, hunger, hiding place, loss of parent, death of parent, bomb, theft, war, firefly ...
Time: 1940s, 40s, 20th century, year 1945
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.3
 62K
Anomalisa (2015)
Genre: Animation, Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: A man crippled by the mundanity of his life experiences something out of the ordinary.
Style: melancholic, atmospheric, depressing, psychological, meditative ...
Plot: depression, sex, nightmare, existentialism, love at first sight, loneliness, puppet, drinking, infidelity, philosophy, life philosophy, adaptation ...
Time: 2000s
Place: cincinnati ohio
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
The Illusionist (2010)
Genre: Animation, Drama, Family, Fantasy
Country: France, UK
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Scotland, late 1950s. A struggling illusionist visits an isolated community and meets a young lady who is convinced that he is a real magician.
Style: stylized, touching, sentimental, realistic, semi serious ...
Audience: preschoolers
Plot: loneliness, magical, magician, friendship, coming of age, age difference, odd couple, french, art, stage, frustration, imagination ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, year 1959, 1950s
Place: england, paris france, france, scotland, edinburgh scotland ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
It's Such a Beautiful Day (2012)
Genre: Animation, Comedy, Drama, Fantasy
Country: USA
Duration: 62 min.
Story: Bill struggles to put together his shattered psyche, in this new feature film version of Don Hertzfeldt's animated short film trilogy.
Style: surreal, thought provoking, atmospheric, humorous, philosophical ...
Plot: illness, surrealism, nightmare, hospital, divorced parents, introspection, direction and purpose, hopes, mental illness, mental disorder, mental instability, immortality ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 8.0
 166K
The Iron Giant (1999)
Genre: Animation, Action, Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Family, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 86 min.
Story: In the small town of Rockwell, Maine in October 1957, a giant metal machine befriends a nine-year-old boy and ultimately finds its humanity by unselfishly saving people from their own fears and prejudices.
Style: touching, exciting, semi serious, sentimental, stylized ...
Audience: family outing, kids
Plot: androids and robots, benign alien, friendship, cold war, prejudice, giant robots, small town, adventure, giant, giant robot, family, self sacrifice ...
Time: 50s, 1950s, 20th century, year 1957
Place: maine, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Tokyo Godfathers (2003)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 92 min.
Story: One Christmas Eve three people, a middle-aged alcoholic named Gin, a former drag queen Hana and a dependent runaway girl Miyuki, discover an abandoned newborn while looking through the garbage.
Style: touching, emotional, feel good, sentimental, semi serious ...
Plot: holiday, christmas, family relations, eccentric family, adventure, youth, parents and children, life is a bitch, friends, heist, alcohol abuse, suicide attempt ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: japan, tokyo, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
Daria in 'Is It Fall Yet?' (2000)
Genre: Animation, Comedy
Country: USA, South Korea
Duration: 75 min.
Story: Is It Fall Yet? continues the series' running plot from where it left off at the end of season four. In the final episode of season four ("Dye! Dye, My Darling!"), Daria Morgendorffer kisses Tom Sloane, the boyfriend of Daria's ...
Style: witty, humorous, semi serious, realistic, clever ...
Audience: teens, girls' night, kids
Plot: friendship, misfit, summer camp, grudge, summer vacation, fighting the system, rebelliousness, lifestyle, youth, parents and children, teenage life, family relations ...
Time: 90s
Place: california
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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The Girl Who Leapt Through Time (2006)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Family, Mystery, Romance, Sci-Fi
Country: Japan
Duration: 98 min.
Story: When 17-year-old Makoto Konno gains the ability to, quite literally, "leap" backwards through time, she immediately sets about improving her grades and preventing personal mishaps. However, she soon realises that changing the past ...
Style: touching, feel good, twists and turns, humorous, semi serious ...
Audience: teens
Plot: time travel, changing the past or future, friendship, supernatural ability, school, student, teenage love, teenage girl, classmate, supernatural, high school, imaginary ...
Time: 21st century, future, contemporary
Place: japan, tokyo, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.9
 94K
Frankenweenie (2012)
Genre: Animation, Comedy, Family, Horror, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 87 min.
Story: When a car hits young Victor's pet dog Sparky, Victor decides to bring him back to life the only way he knows how. But when the bolt-necked "monster" wreaks havoc and terror in the hearts of Victor's neighbors, he has to convince ...
Style: gothic, scary, macabre, humorous, offbeat ...
Audience: horror for children, family outing, kids, pre-teens
Plot: dog, reincarnation, experiment, afterlife, supernatural, monster, pets, back from the dead, animal death, loss of loved one, suburbs, teacher ...
Time: 1930s
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 8.2
 899K
Up (2009)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Family
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Carl Fredricksen spent his entire life dreaming of exploring the globe and experiencing life to its fullest. But at age 78, life seems to have passed him by, until a twist of fate (and a persistent 8-year old Wilderness Explorer named Russell) gives ...
Style: feel good, exciting, touching, sweet, sentimental ...
Audience: family outing, kids, preschoolers, pre-teens
Plot: adventure, follow your dream, loneliness, family, friendship, dog, journey, friends, unlikely friendships, wilderness, obsessive quest, dreams ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: latin america, south america, venezuela, mount everest
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
5 Centimeters Per Second (2007)
Genre: Animation, Drama, Family, Romance
Country: Japan
Duration: 63 min.
Story: Takaki and Akari are two classmates in elementary school. During their time together they have become close friends. Their relationship is tested when Akari moves to another city because of her parents' jobs. Both of them struggle to keep their ...
Style: touching, emotional, scenic, sad, romantic ...
Audience: date night
Plot: teenage love, train, young lovers, love and romance, lovers apart, romance, hopes, friendship, love, first love, letter, life philosophy ...
Time: 90s, 21st century, 20th century, contemporary, 2000s ...
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
From Up on Poppy Hill (2011)
Genre: Animation, Drama, Family, Romance
Country: Japan
Duration: 91 min.
Story: The story is set in 1963 in Yokohama. Kokuriko Manor sits on a hill overlooking the harbour. A 16 year-old girl, Umi, lives in that house. Every morning she raises a signal flag facing the sea. The flag means “I pray for safe voyages”. A 17 ...
Style: sentimental, touching, atmospheric, serious, emotional ...
Audience: teens, family outing
Plot: teenage love, high school, fighting the system, friendship, destiny, teenage life, longing, high school life, mother daughter relationship, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, sister sister relationship, love and romance ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 1960s, year 1963
Place: japan, asia, tokyo, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown (1966)
Genre: Animation, Comedy, Family
Country: USA
Duration: 25 min.
Story: This classic "Peanuts" tale focuses on the thumb-sucking, blanket-holding Linus, and his touching faith in the "Great Pumpkin." When Linus discovers that no one else believes in the creature, he sets out to prove that the ...
Style: humorous, feel good, semi serious, sentimental, nostalgic ...
Audience: kids, preschoolers
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⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
When Marnie Was There (2014)
Genre: Animation, Drama, Family, Mystery
Country: Japan
Duration: 103 min.
Story: Upon being sent to live with relatives in the countryside due to an illness, an emotionally distant adolescent girl becomes obsessed with an abandoned mansion and infatuated with a girl who lives there - a girl who may or may not be real.
Style: touching, sentimental, emotional, atmospheric, serious ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: friendship, countryside, teenage life, loneliness, self discovery, young girl, dream, childhood, village, estate, youth, photograph ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: japan, asia, tokyo, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
16%
 6.7
 3K
$9.99 (2008)
Genre: Animation, Drama, Fantasy
Country: Israel, Australia
Duration: 78 min.
Story: Have you ever wondered "What is the meaning of life? Why do we exist?" The answer to this vexing question is now within your reach! You'll find it in a small yet amazing booklet, which will explain, in easy to follow, simple terms ...
Style: adult animation, surreal, humorous, contemplative, touching ...
Audience: teens
Plot: self discovery, introspection, human nature, society, social misfits, hopes, female director, loneliness, nudity (full frontal - brief), suicide, repossession, breakup ...
Time: contemporary
Place: australia, san francisco, israel, new orleans, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
The Peanuts Movie (2015)
Genre: Animation, Comedy, Family
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: Snoopy embarks upon his greatest mission as he and his team take to the skies to pursue their arch-nemesis, while his best pal Charlie Brown begins his own epic quest back home.
Style: humorous, feel good, semi serious, witty, sweet ...
Audience: family outing, preschoolers, kids
Plot: family, friendship, young heroes, youth, young lovers, pets, dog, imagination, peanuts, computer animation, comics, love and romance ...
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
Clannad: The Motion Picture (2007)
Genre: Animation, Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: Japan
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Clannad is set in a high-school located in some Japanese town. Okazaki Tomoya is a third-year student who doesn't take his studies seriously. Always late for class, he's seen as a delinquent by the rest of his classmates who are busy ...
Style: sincere, touching, emotional, semi serious, humorous ...
Audience: teens
Plot: friendship, love and romance, teenage life, youth, high school, romance, terminal illness, high school life, love, student, father son relationship, death of mother ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
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The Fox and the Hound (1981)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Drama, Family
Country: USA
Duration: 83 min.
Story: When a feisty little fox named Tod is adopted into a farm family, he quickly becomes friends with a fun and adorable hound puppy named Copper. Life is full of hilarious adventures until Copper is expected to take on his role as a hunting dog -- and ...
Style: touching, emotional, sentimental, semi serious, feel good ...
Audience: family outing, kids, pre-teens, girls' night
Plot: friendship, dog, disney, fox, animal life, adventure, rescue, best friends, reconciliation, friends, danger, wounded animal ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, 60s, 1960s
Place: canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
The Good Dinosaur (2015)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Family, Fantasy
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: An epic journey into the world of dinosaurs where an Apatosaurus named Arlo makes an unlikely human friend.
Style: exciting, humorous, touching, scenic, emotional ...
Audience: kids, preschoolers, family outing
Plot: dinosaur, adventure, friendship, family, unlikely partners, friends, escapades, partners, meteor, meteorite, waterfall, fear ...
Time: prehistory
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
Ernest & Celestine (2012)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Crime, Drama, Family, Fantasy
Country: France, Belgium, Luxembourg
Duration: 80 min.
Story: Celestine is a little mouse trying to avoid a dental career; Ernest is a big bear craving an artistic outlet. When Celestine meets Ernest, they overcome their natural enmity by forging a life of crime together.
Style: sentimental, feel good, touching, uplifting, sincere ...
Audience: family outing, kids, preschoolers
Plot: mouse, friendship, prejudice, musician, goodhearted, bear, odd couple, supportive friend, life turned upside down, dentist, talking animals, underground ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: france, europe, paris france
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
Snoopy Come Home (1972)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Family, Music, Musical
Country: USA
Duration: 81 min.
Story: When Snoopy receives a letter from his original owner Lila, he goes to visit her in the hospital while Charlie Brown and the gang are on the lookout for him. Suddenly, Snoopy feels that he must go live with Lila, but must say goodbye to all his ...
Style: touching, humorous, feel good, semi serious, sweet ...
Audience: preschoolers, family outing, kids
Plot: hospital, friendship, peanuts, family, adventure, bittersweet, gang, hopes, escapades, heroes, young heroes, mischievous children ...
Time: 80s
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965)
Genre: Animation, Comedy, Family
Country: USA
Duration: 25 min.
Story: When Charlie Brown complains about the overwhelming materialism that he sees amongst everyone during the Christmas season, Lucy suggests that he become director of the school Christmas pageant. Charlie Brown accepts, but is a frustrating struggle. ...
Style: touching, humorous, semi serious, feel good, nostalgic ...
Audience: kids, preschoolers, family outing
Plot: christmas, holiday, director, peanuts, family, animal life, artists and showbiz, siblings relations, heroes, contests and competitions, young heroes, teaching the ways of the world ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
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The Tigger Movie (2000)
Genre: Animation, Comedy, Drama, Family, Musical
Country: USA, Japan
Duration: 77 min.
Story: As it happens, everybody - Pooh, Piglet, Eeyore, Roo, Rabbit, Owl - is busy preparing a suitable winter home for Eeyore. When everything they do seems to get undone by Tigger's exuberant bouncing, Rabbit suggest Tigger go outside and find other ...
Style: humorous, feel good, semi serious, sentimental, intense ...
Audience: kids, preschoolers, family outing
Plot: friendship, rescue, adventure, heroic mission, escapades, self discovery, disorder, teaching the ways of the world, young heroes, curses spells and rituals, imaginary, tiger ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
 8.1
 917K
Finding Nemo (2003)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Family
Country: USA, Australia
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Nemo, an adventurous young clownfish, is unexpectedly taken from his Great Barrier Reef home to a dentist's office aquarium. It's up to his worrisome father Marlin and a friendly but forgetful fish Dory to bring Nemo home -- meeting ...
Style: feel good, sweet, touching, humorous, sentimental ...
Audience: family outing, kids, preschoolers, pre-teens
Plot: friendship, adventure, family, shark, rescue, missing child, odd couple, fish, father son relationship, underwater, courage, talking animals ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: pacific ocean, australia, sydney australia
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
 7.7
 117K
Ponyo (2008)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Family, Fantasy
Country: Japan
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, pre-teens, preschoolers
Plot: fish, friendship, magical, ocean or sea, transformation, mermaid, adventure, princess, obsessive quest, imaginary kingdom, magic, family ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
Rocks in My Pockets (2014)
Genre: Animation, Comedy, Drama
Country: USA, Latvia
Duration: 88 min.
Story: A fantastical tale based on true events, about five women of Signe Baumane's family, including herself, and their battles with depression and madness.
Style: semi serious, atmospheric, humorous, stylized, surreal ...
Plot: depression, strong female presence, redemption, mental illness, family relations, imaginary, hopes, escapades, female director, women, mental health
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
Wallace & Gromit: The Best of Aardman Animation (1996)
Genre: Animation, Comedy, Family
Country: UK
Duration: 75 min.
Story: Anthology of Aardman Animation short films released in theaters in 1996, centered on the new release of the third Wallace & Gromit short, "A Close Shave." Includes: "A Close Shave," "Creature Comforts" and ...
Style: anthology, clay animation, claymation, funny, witty ...
Plot: cartoon dog, compilation, surrealism, dog, british, dialogue, sarcasm, loneliness, weird, crime gone awry, obsession, runaway ...
Place: london
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
 6.8
 184K
Bolt (2008)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Family
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Bolt is the star of the biggest show in Hollywood. The only problem is, he thinks it's real. After he's accidentally shipped to New York City and separated from Penny, his beloved co-star and owner, Bolt must harness all his "super ...
Style: exciting, sweet, entertaining, light, humorous ...
Audience: family outing, kids, pre-teens, preschoolers
Plot: dog, adventure, disney, human animal relationship, friendship, family, cat, hamster, pets, talking animals, unlikely partners, fish out of water ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new york, ohio, missouri, las vegas, illinois ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
An Extremely Goofy Movie (2000)
Genre: Animation, Comedy, Family, Sport
Country: USA, Australia
Duration: 79 min.
Story: It's all extreme sports and a life of freedom as Max sets off for college -- but Goofy misses Max so much he loses his job and goes to finish college alongside Max and his friends. But as Goofy tries to get closer to Max, both must go to the ...
Style: humorous, feel good, not serious, entertaining, touching ...
Audience: teens, kids, preschoolers, pre-teens, family outing
Plot: college, friendship, sport, goofy hero, buddies, ambition, parent child relationship, father son relationship, family relations, coming of age, school, skateboard ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 70s, 2000s
Place: usa, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%