Movies like Whisper of the Heart

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Whisper of the Heart (1995)
 7.9
 49K
Whisper of the Heart (1995)
Original name: 耳をすませば
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 a boy her age whom she finds infuriating, but discovers to her shock that he is her 'Prince of Books'. As she grows closer to him, she realises that he merely read all those books to bring himself closer to her. The boy Seiji aspires to be a violin maker in Italy, and it is his dreams that make Shizuku realise that she has no clear path for her life. Knowing that her strength lies in writing, she tests her talents by writing a story about Baron, a cat statuette belonging to Seiji's grandfather
Style: touching, feel good, uplifting, realistic, sentimental, serious, emotional, surreal, sweet, melancholic ...
Audience: teens, pre-teens, family outing
Plot: follow your dream, teenage love, first love, teenage life, love and romance, love, fall in love, self discovery, high school life, cat, education, youth, book, hopes, imagination, romance, schoolgirl, school, friendship, unfulfilled love, coming of age, small town life, shyness, dream, violin ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: japan, italy, tokyo, europe, asia

Most similar movies to Whisper of the Heart

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out touching, stylized, atmospheric and visually appealing films with plots about friendship, storytelling, youth, fantasy world, childhood, runaway and mentor mostly in Animation, Drama and Family genres. Some movies like Whisper of the Heart: From Up on Poppy Hill (2011), Kiki's Delivery Service (1989), My Neighbor Totoro (1988), Ocean Waves (1993), 5 Centimeters Per Second (2007). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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: high school, teenage love, teenage life, fighting the system, friendship, destiny, self discovery, high school life, longing, sister sister relationship, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, mother daughter relationship ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 1960s, year 1963
Place: japan, asia, tokyo, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
92%
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: feel good, touching, humorous, colourful, twists and turns ...
Audience: family outing, kids, teens, pre-teens
Plot: witch, self discovery, cat, adventure, supernatural ability, coming of age, wizards and magicians, friendship, young heroes, talking animals, friends, talking cat ...
Place: europe, japan, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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, sweet, atmospheric ...
Audience: kids, family outing, preschoolers
Plot: magical, countryside, adventure, teaching the ways of the world, imaginary, siblings relations, friendship, legends and myths, parents and children, family, supernatural, young heroes ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, 1950s
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
86%
 6.7
 12K
Ocean Waves (1993)
Genre: Animation, Drama, Romance
Country: Japan
Duration: 72 min.
Story: At Kichijōji Station, Tokyo, Taku Morisaki glimpses a familiar woman on the platform opposite boarding a train. Later, her photo falls from a shelf as he exits his apartment before flying to Kōchi Prefecture. Picking it up, he looks at it briefly ...
Style: sincere, touching, serious, realistic
Audience: teens, date night
Plot: friendship, fall in love, unspoken love, surrealism, love, high school reunion, falling in love, youth, romance, social relations, coping, favoritism ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: japan, tokyo, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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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: romance, teenage love, train, love and romance, young lovers, lovers apart, hopes, friendship, love, first love, letter, life philosophy ...
Time: 90s, 21st century, contemporary, 20th century, 1990s ...
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.8
 70K
The Wind Rises (2013)
Genre: Animation, Biography, Drama, History, Romance, War
Country: Japan
Duration: 126 min.
Story: A lifelong love of flight inspires Japanese aviation engineer Jiro Horikoshi, whose storied career includes the creation of the A-6M World War II fighter plane.
Style: touching, stylized, atmospheric, sentimental, realistic ...
Plot: tuberculosis, hopes, world war two, dreams, earthquake, love, follow your dream, inventions and discoveries, love and romance, letter, airplane, great depression ...
Time: 1930s, 1920s, 20s, 30s, 40s ...
Place: japan, asia, germany, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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, childhood, dream, youth, estate, village, photograph ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: japan, asia, hokkaido, tokyo, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 8.4
 179K
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, emotional, scenic ...
Plot: body swapping, school, time travel, romance, destiny, supernatural, memory loss, friendship, girl, star crossed lovers, love, beautiful scenery ...
Place: tokyo, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
80%
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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, humorous, twists and turns, semi serious ...
Audience: teens
Plot: time travel, changing the past or future, friendship, teenage love, supernatural ability, school, high school, student, supernatural, teenage girl, classmate, imaginary ...
Time: 21st century, future, contemporary
Place: japan, tokyo, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Howl's Moving Castle (2004)
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 ...
Audience: family outing, kids
Plot: witch, self discovery, imaginary, adventure, magical, curses spells and rituals, fantasy world, wizards and magicians, supernatural ability, love and romance, palaces castles and temples, demon ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: japan, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Weathering with You (2019)
Genre: Animation, Drama, Family, Fantasy, Romance
Country: Japan, China
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: captivating, touching, exciting, feel good, light
Plot: weather, magical power, love, girl, friendship, climate change, fall in love, magical girl, couples, teenager, global warming, falling in love ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: japan, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
The Secret World of Arrietty (2010)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Family, Fantasy
Country: Japan
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: colourful, touching, scenic, fairy tale, sweet ...
Audience: family outing, preschoolers, kids
Plot: friendship, mysterious character, magical, miniature person, family, midget, adventure, childhood, parents and children, daring rescue, friends, maid ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
The Garden of Words (2013)
Genre: Animation, Drama, Romance
Country: Japan
Duration: 46 min.
Story: Takao, who is training to become a shoemaker, skipped school and is sketching shoes in a Japanese-style garden. He meets a mysterious woman, Yukino, who is older than him. Then, without arranging the times, the two start to see each other again and ...
Style: touching, romantic, colourful, atmospheric, sweet ...
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⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
 8.6
 627K
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, stylized, offbeat, fairy tale ...
Audience: family outing, pre-teens
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⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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Genre: Animation, Drama, Romance
Country: Japan
Duration: 25 min.
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Style: touching, emotional, sentimental, realistic, semi serious ...
Audience: teens
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Time: contemporary, 21st century
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⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
 8.1
 37K
Wolf Children (2012)
Genre: Animation, Drama, Family, Fantasy
Country: Japan
Duration: 117 min.
Story: After her werewolf lover unexpectedly dies in an accident, a woman must find a way to raise the son and daughter that she had with him. However, their inheritance of their father's traits prove to be a challenge for her.
Style: heartbreaking, atmospheric, sweet, colourful, sentimental ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: werewolf, family relations, parents and children, wolf, childhood, human becomes animal, single mother, social relations, supernatural, school, love, imaginary ...
Place: japan, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
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, semi serious, exciting, cult film ...
Audience: pre-teens, family outing, kids
Plot: steampunk, pirate, mine, friendship, magic, imaginary kingdom, megalomaniac, princess, family secret, chess, on the run, crystal ...
Place: wales, japan, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya (2010)
Genre: Animation, Drama, Family, Mystery, Romance, Sci-Fi
Country: Japan
Duration: 162 min.
Story: It is mid-december, and SOS Brigade chief Haruhi Suzumiya announces that the Brigade is going to hold a Christmas party in their clubroom, with Japanese hotpot for dinner. The brigade members Kyon, Yuki Nagato, Mikuru Asahina and Itsuki Koizumi ...
Style: exciting, stylized, humorous, semi serious, epic ...
Audience: teens
Plot: high school, christmas, time travel, danger, save the day, alternate dimension, adventure, youth, imaginary, rescue, teenage life, computer genius ...
Time: year 1999, 1990s, future, 2010s, 90s
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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The Cat Returns (2002)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Family, Fantasy, Romance
Country: Japan
Duration: 75 min.
Story: Haru, a schoolgirl bored by her ordinary routine, saves the life of an unusual cat and suddenly her world is transformed beyond anything she ever imagined. The Cat King rewards her good deed with a flurry of presents, including a very shocking ...
Style: feel good, humorous, fairy tale, colourful, sweet ...
Audience: kids, family outing, pre-teens
Plot: cat, imaginary kingdom, prince, talking cat, adventure, rescue, human animal relationship, friendship, magic, disorder, family relations, mischievous children ...
Place: japan, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
75%
The Place Promised in Our Early Days (2004)
Genre: Animation, Drama, Romance, Sci-Fi
Country: Japan
Duration: 91 min.
Story: The story takes place in a alternate postwar period, in 1996, where Japan is divided. Hokkaido is ruled by the "Union" while Honshu and other southern islands are under US authority. A tall tower was built on Hokkaido, which could even be ...
Style: futuristic, serious, suspense, captivating, adult animation
Plot: friendship, alternate timeline, coma, teenage life, youth, haunted by the past, future dystopia, apocalypse, danger, life is a bitch, airplane, young love ...
Time: future, 1990s, 90s, year 1999, year 1996
Place: asia, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Journey to Agartha (2011)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Drama, Family, Fantasy, Sci-Fi
Country: Japan
Duration: 116 min.
Story: The film centers on Asuna, a young girl who spends her solitary days listening to the mysterious music emanating from the crystal radio she received from her late father as a memento. One day while walking home she is attacked by a fearsome monster ...
Style: captivating, sentimental, touching, serious, gloomy ...
Plot: adventure, parallel world, imaginary, radio, death in the family, teenage life, supernatural, escape attempt, secret, grief, mother daughter relationship, daughter ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.5
 26K
Summer Wars (2009)
Genre: Animation, Action, Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Family, Romance, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 114 min.
Story: Kenji is your typical teenage misfit. He’s good at math, bad with girls, and spends most of his time out hanging out in the all-powerful online community known as OZ. His second life is the only life he has – until the girl of his dreams, ...
Style: humorous, exciting, semi serious, suspenseful, witty ...
Audience: teens
Plot: artificial intelligence, computer, virtual reality, technology gone awry, chaos, code breaking, hacker, save the world, family relations, satellite, code, teenage life ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: japan, asia, tokyo, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.7
 396K
Tangled (2010)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Family, Fantasy, Musical, Romance
Country: USA
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, follow your dream, adventure, unlikely couple, horse, imaginary kingdom, love and romance, fall in love, romance, queen ...
Time: 17th century
Place: germany
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Movie in collections
 7.6
 26K
Only Yesterday (1991)
Genre: Animation, Drama, Romance
Country: Japan
Duration: 118 min.
Story: It’s 1982, and Taeko is 27 years old, unmarried, and has lived her whole life in Tokyo. She decides to visit her family in the countryside, and as the train travels through the night, memories flood back of her younger years: the first immature ...
Style: touching, sentimental, serious, atmospheric, emotional ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: countryside, childhood, marriage, village life, folk music, school, twentysomething life, introspection, coming of age, youth, unhappy, deadend life ...
Place: japan, tokyo, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
Maquia: When the Promised Flower Blooms (2018)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Drama, Family, Fantasy, Romance
Country: Japan
Duration: 115 min.
Story: A story of encounters and partings interwoven between people; this is a human drama with feelings that touch one's heart gradually, which everyone has experienced at least once.
Style: thought provoking, touching, sentimental, exciting, sincere
Audience: date night
Plot: family relations, parents and children, orphan, life is a bitch, female protagonist, love, adventure, death, teenager, mother son relationship, friendship, knight ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
 8.2
 41K
A Silent Voice (2016)
Genre: Animation, Drama, Family, Romance
Country: Japan
Duration: 130 min.
Story: Shouya Ishida starts bullying the new girl in class, Shouko Nishimiya, because she is deaf. But as the teasing continues, the rest of the class starts to turn on Shouya for his lack of compassion. When they leave elementary school, Shouko and Shouya ...
Style: inspirational, touching, sincere, romantic, biting ...
Plot: sign language, deaf, friendship, high school, redemption, bullying, coming of age, suicide attempt, suicide thoughts, deafness, bully, single mother ...
Place: japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
I Don't Have Many Friends (2011)
Genre: Animation, Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: Japan
Duration: 25 min.
Story: Kodaka Hasegawa has just transferred to St. Chronica's Academy and he's having a hard time making friends. With his naturally blond hair and fierce looking eyes, people constantly mistake him for a delinquent. One day, he runs into his ...
Style: touching, realistic, stylized, semi serious, humorous ...
Audience: teens
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Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
Jack and the Cuckoo-Clock Heart (2013)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Drama, Family, Fantasy, Musical, Romance
Country: France, Belgium
Duration: 94 min.
Story: In Scotland 1874, Jack is born on the coldest day ever. Because of the extreme cold, his heart stops beating. The responsible midwife in Edinburgh finds a way to save him by replacing his heart with a clock. So he lives and remains under the ...
Style: exciting, gothic, atmospheric, stylized, feel good ...
Audience: family outing, kids, pre-teens, teens
Plot: true love, love and romance, adventure, obsessive quest, heroes, escapades, romance, young heroes, imaginary, youth, loneliness, love ...
Time: 19th century
Place: europe, edinburgh scotland, canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
Rascal Does Not Dream of Bunny Girl Senpai (2018)
Genre: Animation, Drama, Fantasy, Mystery, Romance
Country: Japan
Duration: 24 min.
Story: Puberty Syndrome—a rumored, mysterious syndrome that only affects those in their puberty. For example, a bunny girl suddenly appeared in front of Sakuta Azusagawa. The bunny girl's real identity is Mai Sakurajima, a teenage celebrity who is ...
Style: sweet, feel good, colourful, light, twists and turns ...
Audience: teens, girls' night
Plot: school, siblings relations, romance, fall in love, youth, ambition, family problems, twists & turns, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, friendship, teenage life, friend ...
Place: japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
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, little girl, family relations, youth, japanese woman, adolescence, female protagonist, children ...
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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