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: uplifting, touching, realistic, sentimental, feel good, serious, emotional, surreal, stylized, romantic ...
Audience: family outing, teens, pre-teens
Plot: teenage love, first love, follow your dream, cat, self discovery, imagination, love, coming of age, library, dream, violin, writing, book, education, teenage life, youth, love and romance, fall in love, hopes, high school life, romance, high school, school, train, high school student ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: japan, italy, asia, tokyo, europe

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out touching, stylized, atmospheric and melancholic films with plots about friendship, youth, coming of age, fantasy world, mentor, childhood and friends mostly in Animation, Drama and Romance genres. Some movies like Whisper of the Heart: From Up on Poppy Hill (2011), Kiki's Delivery Service (1989), The Wind Rises (2013), 5 Centimeters Per Second (2007), When Marnie Was There (2014). 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: teenage love, high school, fighting the system, friendship, destiny, teenage life, high school life, longing, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, sister sister relationship, mother daughter relationship, love and romance ...
Time: 20th century, 1960s, 60s, year 1963
Place: japan, asia, seaport, tokyo, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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, semi serious ...
Audience: family outing, kids, teens, pre-teens
Plot: witch, supernatural ability, self discovery, wizards and magicians, adventure, friendship, cat, young heroes, coming of age, friends, talking cat, clock tower ...
Place: europe, japan, tokyo
⇓ 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, serious ...
Plot: inventions and discoveries, earthquake, follow your dream, love, hopes, love and romance, airplane, tuberculosis, dreams, flying, designer, naivete ...
Time: 30s, 20s, 40s, 20th century, 1930s ...
Place: japan, asia, germany, tokyo
⇓ 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, scenic, sad, romantic, emotional ...
Audience: date night
Plot: teenage love, train, young lovers, love and romance, lovers apart, hopes, friendship, letter, life philosophy, surf, dreaming, romance ...
Time: contemporary, 90s, 21st century, 20th century, future ...
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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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%
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 ...
Plot: rainy, love and romance, grownups, shyness, unlikely couple, young lovers, chance meeting, gossip, coming of age, shoemaker, chocolate, rain ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: japan, tokyo, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 8.4
 136K
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, captivating, scenic, emotional ...
Plot: school, time travel, memory loss, body swapping, destiny, death, race against time, romance, supernatural, schoolgirl, evacuation, friendship ...
Place: tokyo, japan
⇓ 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: offbeat, touching, feel good, fairy tale, atmospheric ...
Audience: preschoolers, kids, family outing
Plot: teaching the ways of the world, legends and myths, friendship, siblings relations, adventure, imaginary, supernatural, parents and children, young heroes, sister sister relationship, supernatural ability, hospital ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, 1950s
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
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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: touching, emotional, sentimental, humorous, realistic ...
Plot: school, teenage love, teenage life, friendship, haunted by the past, social relations, friends, love and romance, fall in love, high school life, youth, love triangle ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
86%
 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, childhood memory, folk music, marriage, school, twentysomething life, introspection, coming of age, unhappy, urban, youth ...
Place: japan, tokyo, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 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, sweet, colourful, fairy tale ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: werewolf, parents and children, family relations, childhood, social relations, love, single mother, school, human becomes animal, supernatural, supernatural romance, children ...
Place: japan, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
64%
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, exciting, semi serious, suspense ...
Audience: family outing, pre-teens, kids
Plot: pirate, friendship, magic, imaginary kingdom, princess, family secret, on the run, storm, megalomaniac, chess, steampunk, castle ...
Place: mine, wales, japan, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 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: parallel world, ghost, supernatural, fantasy world, witch, adventure, dragon, rescue, imaginary, friendship, curses spells and rituals, magical ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 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, magical, supernatural ability, transformation, romance ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: japan, battleship, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
75%
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, scenic, emotional, atmospheric, fairy tale ...
Audience: family outing, preschoolers, kids
Plot: friendship, mysterious character, magical, family, miniature person, adventure, childhood, maid, friends, secret, daring rescue, parents and children ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
 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, sweet, semi serious, scenic, atmospheric ...
Audience: kids, family outing, preschoolers, pre-teens
Plot: fish, transformation, friendship, magical, mermaid, princess, adventure, ocean or sea, imaginary kingdom, obsessive quest, magic, family ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
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, student, teenage love, supernatural, teenage girl, high school, love, coming of age ...
Time: 21st century, future, contemporary
Place: tokyo, asia, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
 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: realistic, sincere, serious, touching
Audience: teens, date night
Plot: friendship, high school reunion, unspoken love, love, falling in love, surrealism, teenage life, coping, urban, high school life, love triangle, favoritism ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
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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: humorous, semi serious, feel good, fairy tale, colourful ...
Audience: kids, pre-teens, family outing
Plot: cat, imaginary kingdom, mouse, crow, grass, tower, chase, sword fight, talking cat, human animal relationship, prince, adventure ...
Place: japan, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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, sincere, emotional, gloomy, touching
Audience: teens
Plot: magic, summer, wings, love and romance, unfulfillment, fall in love, parents and children, imaginary, romance, coming of age, haunted by the past, youth ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
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: sincere, touching, emotional, serious, realistic ...
Audience: teens
Plot: friendship, high school, teenage life, love and romance, youth, high school life, terminal illness, romance, coming of age, high school student, soccer, nosebleed ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
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, parents and children, imaginary, in the woods, family relations, youth, wooing, japanese woman, friendship ...
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
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, stylized, heartbreaking, harsh, depressing ...
Plot: orphan, survival, siblings relations, hunger, theft, war, bomb, loss of parent, firefly, desperation, danger, navy ...
Time: 40s, 20th century, 1940s
Place: japan, asia, mine, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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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, love triangle, high school life, social relations, everyday life, youth, high school, teenage life, couples ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: asia, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
 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, love and romance, school, friendship, schoolgirl, youth, romance, slice of life, wooing, high school, high school life ...
Place: asia, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
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, rock, lifestyle, follow your dream, youth, high school life, love and romance, group of criminals ...
Place: japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
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: teens, date night
Plot: high school, friendship, bully, teenage love, young lovers, child abuse, power of love, family problems, social misfits, adolescence vs adulthood, hopes, classmates ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
Strawberry Panic (2006)
Genre: Animation, Drama, Romance
Country: Japan
Story: Nagisa Aoi is a new transfer student into one of the three prestigious all-girls Catholic high schools on Astraea Hill: a school called St. Miator (the other two are St. Spica and St. Lelim (known in the anime as Le Rim, for some reason). While ...
Style: semi serious, realistic, touching, sexual, sentimental
Audience: girls' night, teens
Plot: romance, teenage love, high school life, boarding school, youth, high school, teenage life, love and romance, gays and lesbians, school, friends, meaningful kiss ...
Place: japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
 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: feel good, gloomy, touching, emotional, sincere ...
Audience: preschoolers, pre-teens, kids, family outing
Plot: friendship, deer, bullying, animal, teaching the ways of the world, parents and children, family disapproval, wilderness, power relations, in the woods, self discovery, relationship problems ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
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, humorous, stylized, realistic, semi serious ...
Audience: teens
Plot: social misfits, teenage life, school, teenage love, friendship, social relations, club, misfit, youth, harem, romance, high school life ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
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