Movies like Mary and Max

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Mary and Max (2009)
 8.1
 165K
Mary and Max (2009)
Genre: Animation, Comedy, Drama, Family
Country: Australia, USA
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: touching, sincere, emotional, sentimental, stylized, gloomy, clever, depressing, bleak, sweet ...
Plot: loneliness, social misfits, friendship, letter, depression, correspondence, unlikely friendships, neighbor, asperger's syndrome, mental illness, young woman, jewish, suffering, suicide attempt, friends, psychiatrist, lottery, imagination, solitude, relationships, chocolate, atheist, birthmark, phone book, only child ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: australia, new york, usa

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Most similar movies to Mary and Max

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out touching, melancholic, clever and semi serious films with plots about storytelling, friendship, mentor, childhood, runaway, loneliness and redemption mostly in Animation, Comedy and Family genres. Some movies like Mary and Max: My Life as a Zucchini (2016), Anomalisa (2015), The Illusionist (2010), The Iron Giant (1999), Grave of the Fireflies (1988). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
My Life as a Zucchini (2016)
Genre: Animation, Comedy, Drama, Family
Country: Switzerland, France, USA
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, compassionate, puppet animation ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: orphanage, loneliness, boy, alcoholic, friendship, accidental killing, adoption, police officer, introvert, alone, orphan, tragedy ...
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87%
 7.3
 67K
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: surreal, melancholic, atmospheric, depressing, psychological ...
Plot: depression, nightmare, existentialism, love at first sight, loneliness, sex, puppet, drinking alcohol, drinking, infidelity, philosophy, life philosophy ...
Time: 2000s
Place: cincinnati ohio
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
The Illusionist (2010)
Genre: Animation, Drama, Fantasy
Country: France, UK, USA
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, artists and showbiz, odd couple, french, age difference, art, stage, frustration ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 1950s, year 1959
Place: england, paris france, france, scotland, big ben london ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 8.0
 173K
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, sentimental, semi serious, stylized ...
Audience: family outing, kids
Plot: androids and robots, benign alien, friendship, prejudice, giant robots, small town, self sacrifice, giant, cold war, adventure, giant robot, childhood ...
Time: 50s, 1950s, 20th century, year 1957
Place: maine, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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Grave of the Fireflies (1988)
Genre: Animation, Drama, War
Country: Japan, USA
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: touching, heartbreaking, stylized, harsh, depressing ...
Plot: orphan, siblings relations, survival, world war two, hunger, hiding place, death of parent, loss of parent, bomb, theft, war, homelessness ...
Time: 1940s, 40s, 20th century, year 1945
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
83%
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, hopes, direction and purpose, mental illness, mental disorder, mental instability, immortality ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Ernest & Celestine (2012)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Crime, Drama, Family, Fantasy
Country: France, Belgium, Luxembourg, USA
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, supportive friend, odd couple, life turned upside down, dentist, talking animals, friends ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: france, europe, paris france
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.9
 99K
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, stylized ...
Audience: horror for children, family outing, kids, pre-teens
Plot: dog, experiment, afterlife, reincarnation, supernatural, monster, pets, back from the dead, animal death, loss of loved one, suburbs, frankenstein ...
Time: 1930s
Place: usa, netherlands
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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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, animal life, fox, adventure, rescue, reconciliation, best friends, friends, danger, wounded animal ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, 60s, 1960s
Place: canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.7
 126K
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, pre-teens, preschoolers
Plot: mermaid, friendship, magical, fish, transformation, adventure, princess, ocean or sea, ocean, obsessive quest, imaginary kingdom, magic ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
When Marnie Was There (2014)
Genre: Animation, Drama, Family, Mystery
Country: Japan, USA
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, childhood, countryside, teenage life, loneliness, self discovery, young girl, dream, estate, village, photograph, youth ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: japan, asia, hokkaido, tokyo, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 8.2
 940K
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, humorous ...
Audience: family outing, kids, preschoolers, pre-teens
Plot: adventure, loneliness, family, follow your dream, journey, friendship, unlikely friendships, obsessive quest, friends, dog, talking animals, hopes ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: latin america, south america, mount everest, venezuela
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
 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, touching, contemplative ...
Audience: teens
Plot: self discovery, society, hopes, social misfits, introspection, human nature, loneliness, meaning of life, apartment building, life philosophy, female director, nudity (full frontal - brief) ...
Time: contemporary
Place: australia, san francisco, israel, new orleans, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Tokyo Godfathers (2003)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 90 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, semi serious, sentimental, feel good ...
Plot: holiday, christmas, family relations, homeless, adventure, eccentric family, parents and children, friends, life is a bitch, youth, heist, alcohol abuse ...
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, realistic, humorous, semi serious, clever ...
Audience: teens, girls' night, kids
Plot: friendship, misfit, summer camp, grudge, summer vacation, fighting the system, teen angst, teenage life, parents and children, rebelliousness, social misfits, youth ...
Time: 90s
Place: california
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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, student, friendship, teenage love, supernatural ability, school, high school, classmate, teenage girl, supernatural, imaginary ...
Time: 21st century, future, contemporary
Place: japan, tokyo, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
From Up on Poppy Hill (2011)
Genre: Animation, Drama, Family, Romance
Country: Japan, USA
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, romantic ...
Audience: teens, family outing
Plot: high school, teenage love, teenage life, fighting the system, friendship, destiny, self discovery, high school life, longing, mother daughter relationship, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, sister sister relationship ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 1960s, year 1963
Place: japan, asia, tokyo, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
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, semi serious, touching, scenic ...
Audience: kids, family outing, preschoolers
Plot: dinosaur, adventure, friendship, family, unlikely partners, friends, computer animation, partners, escapades, meteor, waterfall, meteorite ...
Time: prehistory
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
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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, pets, youth, young lovers, computer animation, dog, imagination, comics, love and romance, friends ...
Place: usa, europe, minnesota, france, north america ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
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, young heroes, disorder, self discovery, teaching the ways of the world, curses spells and rituals, imaginary, tiger ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
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, semi serious, feel good, sweet ...
Audience: family outing, preschoolers, kids
Plot: hospital, friendship, peanuts, family, adventure, bittersweet, gang, misfit, youth, young heroes, mischievous children, hopes ...
Time: 80s
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
 7.3
 242K
Finding Dory (2016)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Family
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Dory is reunited with her friends Nemo and Marlin in the search for answers about her past. What can she remember? Who are her parents? And where did she learn to speak Whale?
Style: feel good, humorous, light, touching, semi serious ...
Audience: family outing, kids, pre-teens, preschoolers
Plot: disney, adventure, memory loss, underwater, shark, fish, friendship, self doubt, underwater scene, amnesia, family, ocean ...
Time: 21st century
Place: california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
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, semi serious, humorous, feel good, nostalgic ...
Audience: kids, family outing, preschoolers
Plot: christmas, holiday, director, family, animal life, family relations, misfit, heroes, youth, young heroes, contests and competitions, artists and showbiz ...
Place: minnesota
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
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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: humorous, psychological, atmospheric, stylized, surreal ...
Plot: strong female presence, depression, women, mental illness, redemption, family relations, hopes, imaginary, mental health, escapades, female director
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
 8.1
 953K
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, shark, journey, friends, family, father son relationship, courage, rescue, odd couple, underwater, memory loss ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: pacific ocean, new south wales, australia, sydney australia
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
 8.2
 760K
Toy Story 3 (2010)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Family, Fantasy
Country: USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: Woody, Buzz, and the rest of Andy's toys haven't been played with in years. With Andy about to go to college, the gang find themselves accidentally left at a nefarious day care center. The toys must band together to escape and return home ...
Style: touching, feel good, witty, humorous, semi serious ...
Audience: kids, family outing, preschoolers
Plot: toys, friendship, adventure, friends, escape, getting home, imaginary, computer animation, escapades, objects come to life, toy comes to life, peril ...
Time: 2010s
Place: ohio
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
 8.5
 947K
The Lion King (1994)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Drama, Family, Musical
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: A young lion cub named Simba can't wait to be king. But his uncle craves the title for himself and will stop at nothing to get it.
Style: touching, sentimental, feel good, humorous, semi serious ...
Audience: kids, family outing, preschoolers, girls' night
Plot: disney, family, lion, adventure, talking animals, good versus evil, betrayal, friendship, prince, king, jungle, pride and honor ...
Time: 90s, 1990s
Place: africa
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
 8.3
 891K
Toy Story (1995)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Family, Fantasy
Country: USA
Duration: 81 min.
Story: Led by Woody, Andy's toys live happily in his room until Andy's birthday brings Buzz Lightyear onto the scene. Afraid of losing his place in Andy's heart, Woody plots against Buzz. But when circumstances separate Buzz and Woody from ...
Style: touching, exciting, humorous, stylized, witty ...
Audience: family outing, kids, pre-teens, preschoolers
Plot: toys, friendship, adventure, friends, rescue, jealousy, rivalry, teamwork, foe turned friend, family, computer animation, cowboy ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: usa, ohio
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
Winnie the Pooh (2011)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Family, Musical
Country: USA
Duration: 63 min.
Story: During an ordinary day in Hundred Acre Wood, Winnie the Pooh sets out to find some honey. Misinterpreting a note from Christopher Robin, Pooh convinces Tigger, Rabbit, Piglet, Owl, Kanga, Roo, and Eeyore that their young friend has been captured by ...
Style: humorous, feel good, sentimental, witty, sweet ...
Audience: kids, family outing, preschoolers
Plot: friendship, tiger, escapades, goofy hero, goodhearted, disney, youth, best friends, supportive friend, getting along, disorder, winnie the pooh ...
Place: england, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
 6.6
 92K
Home (2015)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Family, Fantasy, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: When Earth is taken over by the overly-confident Boov, an alien race in search of a new place to call home, all humans are promptly relocated, while all Boov get busy reorganizing the planet. But when one resourceful girl, Tip, manages to avoid ...
Style: light, exciting, emotional, semi serious, humorous ...
Audience: family outing, kids, girls' night
Plot: adventure, friendship, alien, benign alien, imaginary, save the world, disney, family, odd couple, escapades, danger, computer animation ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, future
Place: usa, australia, paris france
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%