Movies like Mary and Max

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Mary and Max (2009)
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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: touching, sincere, emotional, sentimental, stylized, gloomy, clever, depressing, bleak, sweet ...
Plot: loneliness, social misfits, depression, unlikely friendships, friendship, letter, correspondence, neighbor, young woman, asperger's syndrome, mental illness, jewish, suffering, suicide attempt, friends, psychiatrist, lottery, imagination, solitude, relationships, chocolate, atheist, only child, character study, life philosophy ...
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 melancholic, touching, visually appealing and weird films with plots about loneliness, storytelling, bittersweet, depression, mentor, friendship and life philosophy mostly in Drama, Comedy and Animation genres. Some movies like Mary and Max: My Life as a Zucchini (2016), The Illusionist (2010), Grave of the Fireflies (1988), Anomalisa (2015), The Iron Giant (1999). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
My Life as a Zucchini (2016)
Genre: Animation, Comedy, Drama, Family, Romance
Country: Switzerland, France
Duration: 70 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: touching, sincere, psychological, compassionate, captivating ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: loneliness, boy, alcoholic, orphanage, friendship, children, introvert, adoption, accidental killing, police officer, children's home, first love ...
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82%
The Illusionist (2010)
Genre: Animation, Drama, Fantasy
Country: France, UK
Duration: 80 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, semi serious, realistic ...
Audience: preschoolers
Plot: loneliness, magical, magician, friendship, coming of age, artists and showbiz, odd couple, french, age difference, art, frustration, imagination ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, year 1959
Place: england, paris france, france, scotland, london ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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: touching, heartbreaking, harsh, depressing, stylized ...
Plot: orphan, siblings relations, hunger, survival, world war two, death of child, war, homelessness, bomb, desperation, hiding place, theft ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, post world war two, year 1945
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
82%
 7.2
 71K
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, infidelity, philosophy, life philosophy, adaptation, character study ...
Time: 2000s
Place: cincinnati ohio
⇓ similarity ⇓
88%
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 8.0
 187K
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: prejudice, benign alien, giant robots, androids and robots, self sacrifice, friendship, small town, giant, space and aliens, cold war, adventure, childhood ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, year 1957
Place: usa, maine, iceland
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 8.3
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Up (2009)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Drama, 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, sweet, exciting, touching, humorous ...
Audience: family outing, preschoolers, kids, pre-teens
Plot: unlikely friendships, adventure, loneliness, follow your dream, talking animals, family, friendship, journey, obsessive quest, dog, hopes, friends ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: latin america, south america, venezuela, mount everest
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
It's Such a Beautiful Day (2012)
Genre: Animation, Comedy, Drama
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, immortality, mental health ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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: feel good, touching, sentimental, uplifting, sincere ...
Audience: family outing, kids, preschoolers
Plot: mouse, friendship, prejudice, musician, goodhearted, bear, odd couple, supportive friend, friends, racial prejudice, life turned upside down, anthropomorphic animal ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: france, europe, paris france
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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 6.9
 106K
Frankenweenie (2012)
Genre: Animation, Comedy, Drama, Family, Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller
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: family outing, kids, pre-teens, horror for children
Plot: dog, experiment, afterlife, pets, supernatural, reincarnation, monster, back from the dead, friends, animal death, loss of loved one, suburbs ...
Time: 1930s
Place: usa, netherlands
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.6
 139K
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: mermaid, magical, obsessive quest, princess, fish, adventure, friendship, transformation, wish come true, imaginary kingdom, magic, family ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
The Way Way Back (2013)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: Over the course of his summer break, a teenager comes into his own thanks in part to the friendship he strikes up with one of the park's managers.
Style: touching, realistic, semi serious, sweet, emotional ...
Audience: teens, kids
Plot: friendship, summer, loneliness, vacation, teenager, shyness, teenage love, youth, family problems, teenage life, parents and children, coming of age ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
 6.5
 10K
Terri (2011)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Terri, a pajama-clad, disaffected high school student learns how to engage the world with the help of Mr. Fitzgerald, his assistant principal.
Style: melancholic, compassionate, clever, thought provoking, visually appealing ...
Audience: teens, kids
Plot: friendship, high school, teenage life, physical appearance, misfit, small town, overweight child, teachers and students, freak, social relations, mentor, bullying ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
Muriel's Wedding (1994)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Australia, France
Duration: 106 min.
Story: Muriel’s Wedding is P.J. Hogan’s film debut. A humorous emancipation story of an unemployed woman who evolves from a dreamer into a self sustaining successful woman. An amusing comedy that’s funny, silly, angry and serious.
Style: humorous, feel good, realistic, sentimental, semi serious ...
Audience: chick flick, girls' night
Plot: friendship, leaving home, theft, small town, family disapproval, looking for love, self esteem, social awkwardness, homecoming, family life, misfit, romance ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: australia, bali, sydney australia
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
 7.1
 37K
The Savages (2007)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 113 min.
Story: A sister and brother face the realities of familial responsibility as they begin to care for their ailing father.
Style: sentimental, realistic, sincere, humorous, emotional ...
Plot: midlife crisis, professor, depression, family relations, family, mental illness, neighbor, dying, nursing, siblings relations, parents and children, love and romance ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: arizona, new york, usa, poland, new york state ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
 6.6
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Shrink (2009)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: Unable to cope with a recent personal tragedy, LA's top celebrity shrink turns into a pothead with no concern for his appearance and a creeping sense of his inability to help his patients.
Style: serious, sentimental, realistic, touching, sincere ...
Plot: psychiatrist, suicide, therapist, haunted by the past, widower, hollywood, power relations, doctors and patients, introspection, human nature, artists and showbiz, depression ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: los angeles, california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
Inside I'm Dancing (2004)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: UK, Ireland, France
Duration: 104 min.
Story: Michael is a 24-year-old who has cerebral palsy and long-term resident of the Carrigmore Residential Home for the Disabled, run by the formidable Eileen. His life is transformed when the maverick Rory O'Shea moves in.
Style: emotional, uplifting, touching, dramatic, heartbreaking ...
Plot: disability, friendship, youth, cerebral palsy, life, loneliness, human spirit, character study, love triangle, life philosophy, friends, broken heart ...
Time: contemporary
Place: ireland, europe, dublin ireland
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
A Long Way Down (2014)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: UK, Germany
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Four lost souls decide to end their lives on the same night, New Year's Eve. When they meet unintentionally at the same suicide hotspot, they mutually agree to call off their plans for six weeks, forming an unconventional, dysfunctional family.
Style: touching, humorous, semi serious, sincere, emotional ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: friendship, new year's eve, new year, direction and purpose, introspection, group of strangers, coping, cause and meaning, dull life, unfulfillment, suicide attempt, skyscraper ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: london, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%
 7.7
 70K
Happiness (1998)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 134 min.
Story: The lives of many individuals connected by the desire for happiness, often from sources usually considered dark or evil.
Style: cynical, disturbing, bleak, sexy, sexual ...
Plot: pedophilia, loneliness, pedophile, rape, dark humor, sibling relationship, divorce, therapist, marriage, depression, obsession, dysfunctional family ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: new jersey, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%
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 7.2
 34K
Adam (2009)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Adam, a lonely man with Asperger's Syndrome, develops a relationship with his upstairs neighbor, Beth.
Style: touching, sentimental, realistic, semi serious, sincere ...
Audience: date night, preschoolers, chick flick
Plot: autism, asperger's syndrome, shyness, fall in love, love affair, mental illness, loneliness, social misfits, meet the parents, unlikely couple, court, neighbor ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new york, usa, new jersey, california, manhattan new york city ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%
 6.9
 8K
Love Liza (2002)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: France, Germany, USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Following the unexplained suicide of his wife Liza, website designer Wilson Joel turns to huffing gasoline fumes and remote control gaming while avoiding an inevitable conflict with his mother-in-law.
Style: emotional, touching, bleak, psychological, meditative ...
Plot: mother-in-law, suicide, drug abuse, addiction, losing-it hero, life is a bitch, disorder, social misfits, solace, nothing goes right, family problems, death in the family ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: alabama, usa, new orleans
⇓ similarity ⇓
19%
 7.1
 182K
About a Boy (2002)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: UK, USA, France, Germany
Duration: 101 min.
Story: Will Freeman is a hip Londoner who one day realizes that his friends are all involved with the responsibilities of married life and that leaves him alone in the cold. Passing himself off as a single father, he starts to meet a string of single mums, ...
Style: feel good, romantic, sentimental, humorous, realistic ...
Audience: date night, chick flick, girls' night, kids, teens
Plot: single parent, mentor, friendship, father son relationship, singleness, dysfunctional family, single father, age difference, coming of age, womanizer, family relations, dating ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: london, england, europe, britain, united kingdom
⇓ similarity ⇓
19%
 6.5
 19K
Paper Man (2009)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: A coming-of-middle-age comedy that chronicles the unlikely friendship between failed author Richard Dunne and a Long Island teen who teaches him a thing or two about growing up, all under the disapproving eye of his long-suffering wife and his ...
Style: psychological, touching, humorous, tricky, enigmatic ...
Audience: teens
Plot: friendship, imaginary friend, midlife crisis, writers, coming of age, teenage life, imaginary character, down on your luck, superhero, small town, party, life philosophy ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, long island, atlantic ocean, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
19%
It's Kind of a Funny Story (2010)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: A clinically depressed teenager gets a new start after he checks himself into an adult psychiatric ward.
Style: touching, sentimental, humorous, semi serious, visually appealing ...
Audience: teens
Plot: depression, mental illness, coming of age, psychiatric ward, teenage love, teenage life, friendship, mental institution, friends, anxiety, teenage boy, adolescence ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
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American Splendor (2003)
Genre: Biography, Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: An original mix of fiction and reality illuminates the life of comic book hero everyman Harvey Pekar.
Style: realistic, stylized, sincere, semi serious, neurotic ...
Plot: writer's life, antisocial behavior, loneliness, depression, artist, rising to stardom, self discovery, new job, ambition, social misfits, lifestyle, human nature ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 80s, 50s, 70s
Place: usa, ohio, new york, cleveland ohio
⇓ similarity ⇓
18%
Lost in Translation (2003)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA, Japan
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Two lost souls visiting Tokyo -- the young, neglected wife of a photographer and a washed-up movie star shooting a TV commercial -- find an odd solace and pensive freedom to be real in each other's company, away from their lives in America.
Style: melancholic, atmospheric, psychological, captivating, touching ...
Audience: date night, girls' night
Plot: loneliness, midlife crisis, age difference, culture clash, unlikely couple, unlikely friendships, couple relations, friendship, dull life, housewife, fish out of water, older man younger woman relationship ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: tokyo, japan, asia, yale university, kyoto japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
18%
Silver Linings Playbook (2012)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 122 min.
Story: After spending eight months in a mental institution, a former teacher moves back in with his parents and tries to reconcile with his ex-wife.
Style: touching, dramatic, realistic, sentimental, romantic ...
Audience: date night
Plot: depression, mental illness, love, romance, life philosophy, social misfits, male female friendship, fall in love, supportive parent, mentally unstable, bipolar disorder, family relations ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s
Place: usa, philadelphia, pennsylvania, baltimore, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
18%
Castaway on the Moon (2009)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: South Korea
Duration: 116 min.
Story: Mr. Kim is jobless, lost in debt and has been dumped by his girlfriend. He decides to end it all by jumping into the Han River - only to find himself washed up on a small, mid-river island. He soon abandons thoughts of suicide or rescue and begins a ...
Style: touching, emotional, uplifting, humorous, sincere ...
Audience: date night
Plot: suicide attempt, loneliness, castaway, isolation, island, redemption, wilderness, society, human nature, rescue, self discovery, irony ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: korea, asia, seoul, south korea, japan ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
18%
The Station Agent (2003)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: When his only friend dies, a man born with dwarfism moves to rural New Jersey to live a life of solitude, only to meet a chatty hot dog vendor and a woman dealing with her own personal loss.
Style: sincere, touching, humorous, captivating, tragicomedy ...
Plot: loneliness, friendship, solitude, depression, small town, inheritance, dwarf, bittersweet, lifestyle, unfulfillment, society, social misfits ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new jersey, usa, manhattan new york city, canada, newfoundland
⇓ similarity ⇓
9%
 7.3
 29K
Another Year (2010)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 129 min.
Story: Mike Leigh’s much praised 2010 tragicomical drama. During a year, a very content couple approaching retirement are visited by friends and family less happy with their lives.
Style: touching, psychological, emotional, sincere, meditative ...
Plot: loneliness, funeral, midlife crisis, friendship, jealousy, everyday life, family life, parents and children, suffering, desperation, unrequited love, realism ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: london, europe, england, paris france, dublin ireland ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
18%
Clockwatchers (1997)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: The relationship between four female temps all working for the same credit company is threatened with the arrival of a new hire, who lands a permanent position one of the women was vying for.
Style: semi serious, melancholic, atmospheric, satirical, humorous ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: office, friendship, workplace, workplace situations, heist, fighting the system, secretary, office politics, father daughter relationship, women, existentialism, loneliness ...
Time: 90s
Place: new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
18%