Movies like The Nightmare Before Christmas

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The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)
 8.0
 266K
The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)
Genre: Animation, Family, Fantasy, Musical
Country: USA
Duration: 76 min.
Story: Tired of scaring humans every October 31 with the same old bag of tricks, Jack Skellington, the spindly king of Halloween Town, kidnaps Santa Claus and plans to deliver shrunken heads and other ghoulish gifts to children on Christmas morning. But as Christmas approaches, Jack's rag-doll girlfriend, Sally, tries to foil his misguided plans.
Style: gothic, offbeat, colourful, stylized, dark, surreal, macabre, atmospheric, exciting, semi serious ...
Audience: family outing, kids
Plot: christmas, halloween, imaginary kingdom, holiday, skeleton, dreams, friends, magic, good versus evil, fish out of water, save the day, dark fantasy, mad scientist, imagination, adventure, nightmare, music, loneliness, fire, christmas tree, pumpkin, imaginary, monster, objects come to life, santa claus ...
Time: 1990s

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Most similar movies to The Nightmare Before Christmas

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out humorous, fairy tale, semi serious and stylized films with plots about family, adventure, escapades, transformation, imaginary, storytelling and dialogue mostly in Animation, Family and Fantasy genres. Some movies like The Nightmare Before Christmas: Corpse Bride (2005), Frankenweenie (2012), Coraline (2009), ParaNorman (2012), A Christmas Carol (2009). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
 7.4
 221K
Corpse Bride (2005)
Genre: Animation, Drama, Family, Fantasy, Musical, Romance
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 77 min.
Story: Set in a 19th-century european village, this stop-motion animation feature follows the story of Victor, a young man whisked away to the underworld and wed to a mysterious corpse bride, while his real bride Victoria waits bereft in the land of the ...
Style: gothic, melancholic, stylized, offbeat, captivating ...
Audience: date night, preschoolers
Plot: afterlife, corpse, supernatural, dark fantasy, shyness, tombs and skeletons, romance, marriage, fiance fiancee relationship, loneliness, revenge, life & death ...
Time: 19th century, victorian
Place: europe, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.0
 88K
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: humorous, scary, gothic, stylized, macabre ...
Audience: family outing, pre-teens, kids
Plot: dog, reincarnation, experiment, afterlife, supernatural, monster, back from the dead, pets, experiment gone awry, animal death, family relations, parents and children ...
Time: 1930s
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.7
 171K
Coraline (2009)
Genre: Animation, Drama, Fantasy, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: When Coraline moves to an old house, she feels bored and neglected by her parents. She finds a hidden door with a bricked up passage. During the night, she crosses the passage and finds a parallel world where everybody has buttons instead of eyes, ...
Style: gothic, surreal, scary, dark, stylized ...
Audience: kids, preschoolers, family outing
Plot: parallel world, adventure, parents and children, danger, family, save the day, young heroes, neighbor, estate, family relations, dream, rescue ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: oregon, usa, michigan, texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
82%
 7.0
 86K
ParaNorman (2012)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Family, Fantasy
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: In the town of Blithe Hollow, Norman Babcock is a boy who can speak to the dead, but no one besides his eccentric new friend, Neil, believes his ability is real. One day, Norman's estranged eccentric uncle tells him of an important annual ...
Style: gothic, semi serious, puppet animation, macabre, dark humor ...
Audience: family outing, pre-teens, kids
Plot: ghost, small town, witch, supernatural, save the day, young heroes, zombie, chosen one, supernatural ability, school, family, friendship ...
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
86%
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A Christmas Carol (2009)
Genre: Animation, Drama, Family, Fantasy
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Miser Ebenezer Scrooge is awakened on Christmas Eve by spirits who reveal to him his own miserable existence, what opportunities he wasted in his youth, his current cruelties, and the dire fate that awaits him if he does not change his ways. Scrooge ...
Style: feel good, sentimental, exciting, semi serious, humorous ...
Audience: kids, family outing, preschoolers
Plot: christmas, ghost, holiday, redemption, rich and poor, regret, human nature, greed, family, elderly, snow, life changing experience ...
Time: 19th century, victorian, victorian england, victorian era, future
Place: england, europe, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.8
 50K
The Boxtrolls (2014)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Family, Fantasy
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: An orphaned boy raised by underground creatures called Boxtrolls comes up from the sewers and out of his box to save his family and the town from the evil exterminator, Archibald Snatcher.
Style: humorous, feel good, exciting, colourful, atmospheric ...
Audience: family outing, kids, pre-teens
Plot: fantasy world, good versus evil, family, adventure, friendship, young heroes, escapades, fish out of water, danger, disorder, prejudice, steampunk ...
Time: victorian
⇓ similarity ⇓
80%
Arthur Christmas (2011)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Family, Fantasy
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Each Christmas, Santa and his vast army of highly trained elves produce gifts and distribute them around the world in one night. However, when one of 600 million children to receive a gift from Santa on Christmas Eve is missed, it is deemed ...
Style: humorous, exciting, entertaining, colourful, touching ...
Audience: family outing, preschoolers, kids
Plot: christmas, family, holiday, santa claus, race against time, escapades, adventure, letter, redemption, runaway, elf, magic ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: cuba, mexico, toronto ontario canada, idaho, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
The Book of Life (2014)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Family, Fantasy, Musical, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: The journey of Manolo, a young man who is torn between fulfilling the expectations of his family and following his heart. Before choosing which path to follow, he embarks on an incredible adventure that spans three fantastical worlds where he must ...
Style: exciting, humorous, stylized, suspenseful, touching ...
Audience: family outing, kids
Plot: adventure, escapades, fall in love, true love, hopes, destiny, family, bullfighting, love and romance, imaginary kingdom, imaginary, friendship ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: mexico, latin america
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
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Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer (1964)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Family, Fantasy, Musical
Country: USA, Japan
Duration: 47 min.
Story: Sam the snowman tells us the story of a young red-nosed reindeer who, after being ousted from the reindeer games because of his glowing nose, teams up with Hermey, an elf who wants to be a dentist, and Yukon Cornelius, the prospector. They run into ...
Style: touching, semi serious, humorous, feel good, fairy tale ...
Audience: kids, family outing, preschoolers
Plot: adventure, misfit, imaginary kingdom, island, christmas, santa claus, reindeer, winter, snowman, family, dentist, young heroes ...
Time: 1960s
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
Frosty the Snowman (1969)
Genre: Animation, Short, Family, Fantasy, Musical
Country: USA
Duration: 25 min.
Story: A discarded silk top-hat becomes the focus of a struggle between a washed-up stage magician and a group of schoolchildren, after it magically brings a snowman to life. Realizing that newly-living Frosty will melt in spring unless he takes refuge in ...
Style: semi serious, humorous, feel good, christmas special, fairy tale ...
Audience: family outing, preschoolers, kids
Plot: christmas, holiday, friendship, snowman, family, adventure, young heroes, good versus evil, imaginary kingdom, heroes, disorder, mischievous children ...
Time: 80s
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (1966)
Genre: Animation, Short, Comedy, Family, Fantasy, Musical
Country: USA
Duration: 26 min.
Story: Bitter and hateful, the Grinch is irritated at the thought of the nearby village having a happy time celebrating Christmas. So disguised as Santa Claus, with his dog made to look like a reindeer, he raids the village to steal all the Christmas ...
Style: semi serious, humorous, feel good, christmas special, sweet ...
Audience: family outing, preschoolers, kids
Plot: christmas, holiday, monster, obsession, dog, materialism, sleigh, surrealism, snow, christmas tree, generosity, family ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
The Polar Express (2004)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Family, Fantasy, Musical
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: When a doubting young boy takes an extraordinary train ride to the North Pole, he embarks on a journey of self-discovery that shows him that the wonder of life never fades for those who believe.
Style: stylized, semi serious, feel good, touching, fairy tale ...
Audience: family outing, preschoolers, kids, pre-teens
Plot: christmas, adventure, snow, santa claus, ticket, nerd, beard, gift, bell, north pole, faith, family ...
Time: 20th century, 50s
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
Rise of the Guardians (2012)
Genre: Animation, Action, Adventure, Comedy, Family, Fantasy
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: When an evil spirit known as Pitch lays down the gauntlet to take over the world, the immortal Guardians must join forces for the first time to protect the hopes, beliefs and imagination of children all over the world.
Style: exciting, touching, fairy tale, colourful, entertaining ...
Audience: kids, family outing, preschoolers
Plot: adventure, good versus evil, fairy, legends and myths, belief, holiday, protector, dreams, imaginary, heroes, save the world, heroic mission ...
Place: saint petersburg
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
A Miser Brothers' Christmas (2008)
Genre: Animation, Comedy, Family, Fantasy, Musical
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 45 min.
Story: A Miser Brothers' Christmas is a sequel to the classic 1974 television special The Year Without a Santa Claus. The stop-motion animated special, produced by Warner Brothers Television Animation (owners of the post-1973 Rankin/Bass animated ...
Style: humorous, semi serious, stylized, exciting
Audience: family outing, kids
Plot: christmas, sibling relationship, santa claus, save the day, siblings relations, family, miser, imaginary kingdom, escapades, imaginary, family relations, good versus evil ...
Time: 2000s
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
Olive, the Other Reindeer (1999)
Genre: Animation, Comedy, Family, Fantasy, Musical
Country: USA
Duration: 45 min.
Story: After mis-hearing a radio broadcast about Santa canceling his Christmas trip due to an injured reindeer, Olive the dog decides to travel to the North Pole and volunteer to be a replacement. Unfortunately, Olive must deal with an evil postman ...
Style: humorous, semi serious, feel good, christmas special
Audience: family outing, preschoolers, kids
Plot: buddies, goofy hero, adventure, holiday, mad scientist, mischievous children, odd couple, family, daring rescue, rescue, save the day, friendship ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
The Little Mermaid: Ariel's Beginning (2008)
Genre: Animation, Drama, Family, Fantasy, Musical
Country: USA
Duration: 77 min.
Story: Follow Ariel's adventures before she gave up her fins for true love. When Ariel wasn't singing with her sisters, she spent time with her mother, Queen Athena. Ariel is devastated when Athena is kidnapped by pirates, and after King Triton ...
Style: captivating, humorous, colourful, sweet, semi serious ...
Audience: family outing, preschoolers, pre-teens, kids, chick flick
Plot: imaginary kingdom, mermaid, good versus evil, young heroes, underwater, adventure, family, follow your dream, princess, rivalry, ocean or sea, escapades ...
Time: 1830s, 1820s, 19th century
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
 7.5
 510K
Frozen (2013)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Family, Fantasy, Musical
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Young princess Anna of Arendelle dreams about finding true love at her sister Elsa’s coronation. Fate takes her on a dangerous journey in an attempt to end the eternal winter that has fallen over the kingdom. She's accompanied by ice delivery ...
Style: touching, feel good, exciting, humorous, fairy tale ...
Audience: kids, family outing, pre-teens, girls' night
Plot: princess, adventure, magical, family, queen, royal family, supernatural ability, snow, prince, good versus evil, save the day, imaginary kingdom ...
Place: europe, dungeon
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
The Swan Princess Christmas (2012)
Genre: Animation, Family, Fantasy, Musical
Country: USA, India, South Korea
Duration: 83 min.
Story: Princess Odette, Prince Derek and their trusted woodland friends reunite in this all-new adventure for their first Christmas celebration together! As the kingdom prepares for a festive holiday, the villainous Rothbart plots to destroy Christmas. ...
Style: feel good, serious, fairy tale
Audience: preschoolers, kids
Plot: christmas, princess, imaginary kingdom, palaces castles and temples, good versus evil, kingdom, holiday, adventure, imaginary, curses spells and rituals, royal family, family ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
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 5.5
 2K
Saving Santa (2013)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Family, Fantasy, Musical
Country: UK, USA, India
Duration: 83 min.
Story: A lowly stable elf finds that he is the only one who can stop an invasion of the North Pole by using the secret of Santa's Sleigh, a TimeGlobe, to travel back in time to Save Santa - twice.
Style: humorous, not serious, feel good, exciting, offbeat ...
Audience: family outing, preschoolers
Plot: christmas, time travel, reindeer, north pole, elf, santa claus, save the day, family, escapades, adventure, heroes, imaginary ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
 6.8
 11K
The Hobbit (1977)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Family, Fantasy, Musical
Country: USA, Japan
Duration: 77 min.
Story: Bilbo Baggins the Hobbit was just minding his own business, when his occasional visitor Gandalf the Wizard drops in one night. One by one, a whole group of dwarves drop in, and before he knows it, Bilbo has joined their quest to reclaim their ...
Style: stylized, humorous, exciting, semi serious, scary ...
Audience: family outing, pre-teens, teens, kids
Plot: dwarf, dragon, supernatural ability, adventure, good versus evil, magic, adventurer, gold, spider, family, master villain, young heroes ...
Time: prehistory, prehistoric times
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
 6.7
 95K
Epic (2013)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Family, Fantasy, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: A teenager finds herself transported to a deep forest setting where a battle between the forces of good and the forces of evil is taking place. She bands together with a rag-tag group characters in order to save their world -- and ours.
Style: exciting, humorous, feel good, semi serious, stylized ...
Audience: family outing, preschoolers, kids
Plot: good versus evil, imaginary kingdom, adventure, in the woods, imaginary, friendship, queen, teenage life, save the kingdom, protector, birds, family ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
James and the Giant Peach (1996)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Family, Fantasy, Musical
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 79 min.
Story: When the young orphan boy James spills a magic bag of crocodile tongues, he finds himself in possession of a giant peach that flies him away to strange lands.
Style: surreal, stylized, semi serious, humorous, touching ...
Audience: family outing, pre-teens, kids
Plot: magic, aunt, adventure, orphan, family, friendship, ocean or sea, young heroes, garden, wish come true, animal life, escapades ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: empire state building manhattan new york city, manhattan new york city, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%
Christmas Is Here Again (2007)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Family, Musical
Country: USA
Duration: 74 min.
Story: When the evil Krad steals Santa's toy bag, he crushes the holiday spirit- and over time, the world's children forget all about Christmas. Now, a wide-eyed orphan and her band of friends will embark on the polar adventure of a lifetime, as ...
Style: semi serious, feel good, humorous, offbeat, stylized ...
Audience: family outing, preschoolers, kids
Plot: santa claus, orphan, adventure, goofy hero, mischievous children, holiday, orphanage, young heroes, imaginary kingdom, family, wish come true, family life ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
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Mickey's Twice Upon a Christmas (2004)
Genre: Animation, Comedy, Family, Fantasy
Country: USA
Duration: 68 min.
Story: Santa Claus, Mickey Mouse and all his Disney pals star in an original movie about the importance of opening your heart to the true spirit of Christmas. Stubborn old Donald tries in vain to resist the joys of the season, and Mickey and Pluto learn a ...
Style: not serious, humorous, feel good
Audience: family outing, preschoolers, kids
Plot: christmas, friendship, imaginary kingdom, young heroes, rescue, holiday, family, adventure, parents and children, teaching the ways of the world, fish out of water, imaginary ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
 7.1
 164K
Enchanted (2007)
Genre: Animation, Comedy, Family, Fantasy, Musical, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: The beautiful princess Giselle is banished by an evil queen from her magical, musical animated land and finds herself in the gritty reality of the streets of modern-day Manhattan. Shocked by this strange new environment that doesn't operate on ...
Style: humorous, fairy tale, romantic, stylized, sweet ...
Audience: kids, date night, family outing, chick flick, preschoolers
Plot: princess, true love, imaginary kingdom, good versus evil, prince, witch, parallel world, love and romance, rescue, destiny, fish out of water, fall in love ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: new york, manhattan new york city, usa, mcdonald's restaurant
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
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, adventure, self discovery, wizards and magicians, imaginary, love and romance, supernatural ability, magical, romance, magic ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: japan, battleship, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
Pooh's Heffalump Halloween Movie (2005)
Genre: Animation, Comedy, Family, Fantasy, Musical
Country: USA
Duration: 67 min.
Story: It's Halloween in the 100 Acre Wood, and Roo's best new friend, Lumpy, is looking forward to his first time trick-or-treating. That is, until Tigger warns them about the scary Gobloon, who'll turn them into jack-o'-lanterns if he ...
Style: semi serious, humorous, feel good, touching
Audience: family outing, preschoolers, kids
Plot: halloween, best friends, family, young heroes, rescue, adventure, friendship, heroic mission, animal life, fish out of water, escapades, heroes ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
 6.6
 132K
Puss in Boots (2011)
Genre: Animation, Action, Adventure, Comedy, Family, Fantasy
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Long before he even met Shrek, the notorious fighter, lover and outlaw Puss in Boots becomes a hero when he sets off on an adventure with the tough and street smart Kitty Softpaws and the mastermind Humpty Dumpty to save his town. This is the true ...
Style: fairy tale, humorous, exciting, light, not serious ...
Audience: family outing, preschoolers, pre-teens, kids, teens
Plot: adventure, imaginary kingdom, cat, talking cat, friendship, save the day, escapades, good versus evil, talking animals, treasure hunt, magic, happy ending ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
Yellow Submarine (1968)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Family, Fantasy, Musical
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: The Blue Meanies take over Pepperland, draining it of all its color and music, firing anti-music missiles, bonking people with green apples, and turning the inhabitants to stone by way of the pointed finger of a giant blue glove. As the only ...
Style: surreal, humorous, witty, stylized, semi serious ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: submarine, music, the beatles, imaginary kingdom, underwater, adventure, good versus evil, invasion, save the day, rock, fighting the system, escapades ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s
Place: england, europe, liverpool, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
 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: atmospheric, surreal, offbeat, stylized, fairy tale ...
Audience: family outing, pre-teens
Plot: ghost, parallel world, supernatural, adventure, fantasy world, imaginary, witch, curses spells and rituals, friendship, rescue, family, magic ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
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