Movies like Whisper of the Heart

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Whisper of the Heart (1995)
 8.0
 40K
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, sentimental, uplifting, realistic, surreal, feel good, serious, emotional, stylized, romantic ...
Audience: family outing, teens, pre-teens
Plot: cat, teenage love, coming of age, imagination, love, high school, first love, train, book, education, high school student, library, dream, violin, writing, follow your dream, romance, friendship, self discovery, teenage life, college, youth, friends, family relations, parents and children ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: italy, japan, tokyo, asia, europe

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Most similar movies to Whisper of the Heart

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out touching, stylized, melancholic and atmospheric films with plots about friendship, coming of age, youth, loneliness, storytelling, childhood and love and romance mostly in Animation, Drama and Romance genres. Some movies like Whisper of the Heart: From Up on Poppy Hill (2011), The Garden of Words (2013), The Wind Rises (2013), Your Name (2016), Kiki's Delivery Service (1989). 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: touching, realistic, sentimental, atmospheric, stylized ...
Audience: teens, family outing
Plot: teenage love, high school, friendship, destiny, social relations, traditional versus modern, friends, hopes, longing, high school life, urban, post war ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s, year 1963
Place: japan, asia, seaport, tokyo, england
⇓ 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, realistic, serious, melancholic, romantic ...
Plot: coming of age, shoemaker, chocolate, rain, romance, friendship, grownups, mysterious character, overcoming, friends, social misfits, rainy ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: japan, tokyo, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.8
 60K
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, captivating ...
Plot: inventions and discoveries, follow your dream, love, earthquake, flying, tuberculosis, airplane, dictatorship, love and romance, hopes, dreams, loss of spouse ...
Time: 20s, 40s, 20th century, 30s, 1930s ...
Place: japan, asia, germany, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 8.4
 126K
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: touching, romantic, emotional, sentimental, stylized ...
Plot: time travel, school, memory loss, destiny, supernatural, romance, evacuation, death, race against time, body swapping, friendship, star crossed lovers ...
Place: japan, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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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, kids, teens, pre-teens
Plot: witch, supernatural ability, cat, self discovery, wizards and magicians, adventure, friendship, young heroes, coming of age, friends, clock tower, bicycle accident ...
Place: europe, japan, 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, psychological, atmospheric ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: friendship, friends, imaginary friend, photograph, young girl, countryside, village, social misfits, teenage life, coming of age, supernatural, loneliness ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: asia, japan, tokyo, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
5 Centimeters Per Second (2007)
Genre: Animation, Drama, 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, gloomy, sentimental, realistic ...
Audience: date night
Plot: teenage love, friendship, letter, train, surf, romance, friends, unfulfillment, lovers apart, unfulfilled love, classmates, crumbling relationship ...
Time: 90s, contemporary, 21st century, 20th century, future ...
Place: japan, asia, 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: touching, feel good, offbeat, fairy tale, atmospheric ...
Audience: preschoolers, kids, family outing
Plot: teaching the ways of the world, legends and myths, friendship, siblings relations, imaginary, adventure, supernatural, parents and children, young heroes, sister sister relationship, supernatural ability, hospital ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 1950s
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
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 8.2
 31K
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: atmospheric, heartbreaking, colourful, sweet, fairy tale ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: werewolf, parents and children, family relations, social relations, school, childhood, human becomes animal, love, supernatural, single mother, children, supernatural romance ...
Place: japan, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
83%
 7.7
 19K
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, folk music, childhood memory, school, introspection, twentysomething life, coming of age, youth, unhappy, city life ...
Place: japan, tokyo, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Say "I love you." (2012)
Genre: Animation, Drama, Romance
Country: Japan
Duration: 25 min.
Story: Friends suck, and trusting someone is just setting yourself up. That's the lesson Mei Tachibana learned after her heart was ripped out and only a shell was left where a girl used to be. But unlike so many, she found an easy solution: ...
Style: emotional, touching, sentimental, realistic, semi serious ...
Plot: school, teenage love, teenage life, friends, love and romance, friendship, haunted by the past, fall in love, social relations, high school life, meaningful kiss, freak ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
80%
 8.6
 546K
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, fairy tale ...
Audience: family outing, pre-teens
Plot: ghost, parallel world, supernatural, witch, adventure, imaginary, fantasy world, curses spells and rituals, rescue, friendship, dragon, family ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ 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, captivating, atmospheric, fairy tale, stylized ...
Audience: family outing, kids
Plot: witch, curses spells and rituals, palaces castles and temples, self discovery, adventure, imaginary, love and romance, wizards and magicians, supernatural ability, magical, transformation, romance ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: japan, battleship, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.8
 7K
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: touching, realistic, sincere, serious
Audience: teens, date night
Plot: friendship, high school reunion, surrealism, unspoken love, love, falling in love, high school life, teenage love, high school, social relations, romance, urban ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: japan, asia
⇓ 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: touching, emotional, atmospheric, scenic, fairy tale ...
Audience: family outing, preschoolers, kids
Plot: friendship, family, mysterious character, magical, adventure, miniature person, childhood, daring rescue, parents and children, friends, maid, secret ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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, semi serious, fairy tale, colourful ...
Audience: family outing, kids, pre-teens
Plot: cat, imaginary kingdom, mouse, grass, tower, human animal relationship, crow, chase, talking cat, sword fight, prince, adventure ...
Place: japan, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.7
 106K
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, semi serious, sweet, scenic, atmospheric ...
Audience: kids, family outing, pre-teens, preschoolers
Plot: fish, friendship, princess, transformation, family, adventure, ocean or sea, imaginary kingdom, obsessive quest, magical, mermaid, magic ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: japan, asia, seaport, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
The Girl Who Leapt Through Time (2006)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Drama, 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, humorous, twists and turns, feel good, semi serious ...
Audience: teens
Plot: time travel, friendship, changing the past or future, school, supernatural ability, teenage love, student, teenage girl, supernatural, high school, love, coming of age ...
Time: 21st century, future, contemporary
Place: tokyo, asia, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
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Air: The Motion Picture (2005)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Drama, Family, Fantasy, Romance
Country: Japan
Duration: 91 min.
Story: A long time ago, a winged maiden was held prisoner in a castle - cursed never to experience love, lest she die. Centuries later, in a sleepy coastal town, a young girl relives this agony.
Style: serious, emotional, sincere, gloomy, touching
Audience: teens
Plot: magic, summer, wings, youth, unfulfillment, love and romance, family relations, imaginary, parents and children, romance, haunted by the past, teenage love ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
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: touching, sincere, serious, emotional, semi serious ...
Audience: teens
Plot: high school, friendship, youth, teenage life, coming of age, love and romance, romance, high school life, terminal illness, pregnancy, death, rain ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
Anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day - The Movie (2013)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Drama, Family, Fantasy, Mystery, Romance
Country: Japan
Duration: 99 min.
Story: A year has passed since Menma's ghostly return to the Super Peace Busters. Although the time they spent together during that summer was short, the five members reminisce about what happened as they each write a letter to their lost friend.
Style: serious, stylized, emotional, touching, psychological ...
Plot: ghost, love triangle, friendship, supernatural, coming of age, friends, love and romance, youth, high school life, haunted by the past, social relations, estrangement ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
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: stylized, atmospheric, touching, serious, melancholic ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: coming of age, emperor, bamboo, princess, family relations, in the woods, parents and children, imaginary, youth, wooing, japanese woman, friendship ...
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
Sakurasou no Pet na Kanojo (2012)
Genre: Animation, Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: Japan
Duration: 24 min.
Story: Sakura Dormitory is a dorm of the high school affiliated with Suimei University of the Arts (often shortened as Suiko), which hosts the strangest, most trouble-making students. After being kicked out of the normal dorm for keeping a stray cat, ...
Style: humorous, touching, light, entertaining, stylized ...
Audience: teens
Plot: teenage love, friendship, dormitory, coming of age, high school life, love triangle, social relations, everyday life, love and romance, friends, couple relations, romance ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: asia, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
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Castle in the Sky (1986)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Drama, 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, suspense ...
Audience: family outing, kids, pre-teens
Plot: pirate, friendship, magic, imaginary kingdom, megalomaniac, family secret, storm, chess, princess, on the run, steampunk, pendant ...
Place: mine, wales, japan, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.2
 8K
Bambi II (2006)
Genre: Animation, Drama, Family
Country: USA
Duration: 74 min.
Story: Return to the forest and join Bambi as he reunites with his father, The Great Prince, who must now raise the young fawn on his own. But in the adventure of a lifetime, the proud parent discovers there is much he can learn from his spirited young son.
Style: touching, feel good, gloomy, emotional, sincere ...
Audience: preschoolers, family outing, kids, pre-teens
Plot: friendship, deer, bullying, animal, family disapproval, teaching the ways of the world, power relations, wilderness, self discovery, parents and children, in the woods, relationship problems ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
Beck: Mongolian Chop Squad (2004)
Genre: Animation, Drama, Music, Romance
Country: Japan
Duration: 25 min.
Story: Koyuki Tanaka was feeling the rut, though he’s only a teenager. Between the sheltered and stifling grind of school and the girls that spend their time not noticing him… Every day was just another day of being a total nobody. Enter Ryusuke: a ...
Style: feel good, semi serious, captivating, inspirational, stylized ...
Plot: school, music band, friends, ambition, self discovery, lifestyle, rock, follow your dream, youth, high school life, love and romance, group of criminals ...
Place: japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
His and Her Circumstances (1998)
Genre: Animation, Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: Japan
Story: In His and Her Circumstances, like a drug, Yukino Miyazawa was addicted to admiration and praise from those around her. She worked hard to become the perfect student, the perfect girl. But that was before… him. Souichirou Arima. The instant she ...
Style: feel good, touching, sentimental, realistic, talky ...
Audience: date night, teens
Plot: high school, bully, friendship, child abuse, teenage love, young lovers, family problems, teenage life, power of love, young people, youth, popularity ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
 8.2
 23K
A Silent Voice (2016)
Genre: Animation, Drama, 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, sweet ...
Plot: friendship, high school, deaf, sign language, redemption, disability, coming of age, bullying, suicide attempt, deafness, mother daughter relationship, single mother ...
Place: japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
 8.1
 6K
Toradora! (2008)
Genre: Animation, Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: Japan
Duration: 24 min.
Story: It’s Ryuji’s first day as a junior in high school and it seems as if things are looking up. He gets to sit in between his only friend, Yusaku, and, more importantly, the girl he’s secretly crushing on, Minori Kushieda. But just when he thinks ...
Style: humorous, semi serious, sincere, sentimental, realistic
Audience: teens
Plot: teenage love, teenage life, school, friendship, schoolgirl, love and romance, youth, romance, slice of life, wooing, high school, high school life ...
Place: asia, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
Daria in 'Is It College Yet?' (2002)
Genre: Animation, Comedy, Romance
Country: USA, South Korea
Duration: 90 min.
Story: All vile things must come to an end, and for Daria Morgendorffer that means it's time to look beyond high school to college. Our little girl has grown up so fast. It's time for higher learning, lowered expectations, and a heavy dose of ...
Style: witty, humorous, offbeat, realistic, semi serious ...
Audience: teens, date night
Plot: college, high school, friendship, teenage love, school, graduation, looking for sex, coming of age, love and romance, teenage life, buddies, eccentric family ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
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