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, stylized, atmospheric, colourful, dark, surreal, macabre, exciting, humorous ...
Audience: family outing, kids
Plot: christmas, halloween, holiday, imaginary kingdom, skeleton, dreams, friends, fish out of water, good versus evil, nightmare, magic, mad scientist, save the day, monster, dark fantasy, imagination, adventure, music, fire, christmas tree, pumpkin, loneliness, imaginary, objects come to life, dog ...
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, semi serious, fairy tale and feel good films with plots about family, adventure, escapades, good versus evil, imaginary, transformation and danger mostly in Animation, Family and Fantasy genres. Some movies like The Nightmare Before Christmas: Corpse Bride (2005), Frankenweenie (2012), ParaNorman (2012), Coraline (2009), 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, captivating, offbeat ...
Audience: date night, preschoolers
Plot: corpse, afterlife, supernatural, shyness, tombs and skeletons, dark fantasy, romance, marriage, supernatural romance, fiance fiancee relationship, loneliness, love and romance ...
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: kids, family outing, pre-teens
Plot: dog, experiment, monster, reincarnation, afterlife, back from the dead, supernatural, experiment gone awry, pets, animal death, family relations, loss of loved one ...
Time: 1930s
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 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, puppet animation, semi serious, macabre, scary ...
Audience: kids, family outing, pre-teens
Plot: ghost, witch, small town, supernatural, zombie, save the day, supernatural ability, young heroes, chosen one, family, school, friendship ...
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
88%
 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, scary, surreal, stylized, dark ...
Audience: kids, family outing, preschoolers
Plot: parallel world, adventure, parents and children, danger, family, save the day, young heroes, neighbor, family relations, circus, rescue, estate ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: oregon, usa, michigan, texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
77%
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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, regret, rich and poor, snow, greed, elderly, human nature, life changing experience, dreams ...
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: kids, family outing, pre-teens
Plot: good versus evil, fantasy world, friendship, adventure, family, young heroes, fish out of water, disorder, escapades, danger, 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, kids, preschoolers
Plot: christmas, holiday, family, santa claus, race against time, letter, escapades, adventure, assistant, reindeer, north pole, sleigh ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: cuba, idaho, toronto ontario canada, mexico, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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: good versus evil, adventure, fairy, legends and myths, belief, holiday, protector, dreams, imaginary, heroes, save the world, heroic mission ...
Place: saint petersburg
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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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, touching, suspenseful, stylized ...
Audience: family outing, kids
Plot: adventure, escapades, fall in love, true love, hopes, destiny, family, bullfighting, love and romance, imaginary, imaginary kingdom, romance ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: mexico, latin america
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
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: serious, feel good, fairy tale
Audience: kids, preschoolers
Plot: christmas, princess, palaces castles and temples, royal family, curses spells and rituals, family, imaginary kingdom, escapades, imaginary, adventure, wizards and magicians, good versus evil ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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, kids, pre-teens, preschoolers, chick flick
Plot: mermaid, imaginary kingdom, good versus evil, princess, young heroes, underwater, rivalry, family, adventure, disney, follow your dream, friends ...
Time: 1830s, 1820s, 19th century
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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, feel good, humorous
Audience: kids, family outing, preschoolers
Plot: friendship, christmas, imaginary kingdom, self discovery, youth, buddies, disorder, partners, fish out of water, misfit, rescue, family relations ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.6
 88K
Monster House (2006)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Family, Fantasy, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Monsters under the bed are scary enough, but what happens when an entire house is out to get you? Three teens aim to find out when they go up against a decrepit neighboring home and unlock its frightening secrets.
Style: semi serious, suspenseful, scary, humorous, dark ...
Audience: kids, family outing, preschoolers, teens
Plot: halloween, haunted house, neighbor, ghost, supernatural, family, children, disorder, friendship, suburbs, horror for children, mission ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 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, kids, teens, preschoolers, pre-teens
Plot: adventure, imaginary kingdom, cat, friendship, talking cat, escapades, save the day, good versus evil, treasure hunt, talking animals, magic, happy ending ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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, feel good, humorous, semi serious, fairy tale ...
Audience: kids, family outing, preschoolers
Plot: misfit, imaginary kingdom, adventure, island, christmas, dentist, reindeer, winter, santa claus, snowman, toys, family ...
Time: 1960s
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
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: kids, family outing, preschoolers
Plot: christmas, holiday, monster, obsession, dog, generosity, sleigh, materialism, christmas tree, snow, surrealism, family ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
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: feel good, humorous, semi serious, christmas special, fairy tale ...
Audience: kids, family outing, preschoolers
Plot: christmas, holiday, friendship, snowman, adventure, family, good versus evil, young heroes, unlikely partners, friends, escapades, misfit ...
Time: 80s
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
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, touching, feel good, fairy tale ...
Audience: kids, family outing, pre-teens, preschoolers
Plot: christmas, snow, adventure, train ride, santa claus, bell, north pole, faith, ticket, beard, nerd, gift ...
Time: 20th century, 50s
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
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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: santa claus, christmas, sibling relationship, imaginary, family relations, uninhibited rivalry, family, imaginary kingdom, siblings relations, good versus evil, escapades, save the day ...
Time: 2000s
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
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: feel good, humorous, semi serious, christmas special
Audience: kids, family outing, preschoolers
Plot: rescue, mad scientist, mistaken identity, daring rescue, escapades, adventure, save the day, mischievous children, friends, goofy hero, family, fish out of water ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
 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: semi serious, humorous, feel good, not serious, offbeat ...
Audience: family outing, preschoolers
Plot: time travel, christmas, santa claus, elf, north pole, reindeer, adventure, family, imaginary, save the day, inventions and discoveries, danger ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
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: exciting, touching, feel good, offbeat, semi serious ...
Audience: kids, family outing, preschoolers
Plot: orphan, santa claus, legends and myths, adventure, young heroes, escapades, family, imaginary, wish come true, friends, imaginary kingdom, wizards and magicians ...
⇓ 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: pre-teens, teens, family outing, kids
Plot: dwarf, dragon, good versus evil, supernatural ability, magic, treasure, adventure, family, gold, spider, heroic mission, friends ...
Time: prehistoric times, prehistory
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
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 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, imaginary, friendship, in the woods, queen, save the kingdom, teenage life, protector, birds, family ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
 5.9
 114
Return to Oz (1964)
Genre: Animation, Family, Musical, Fantasy
Country: USA
Duration: 51 min.
Story: Rather than adapt a later or create a new Oz story, this production has Dorothy still in posession of the shoes, and she clings to an apple tree during a tornado which takes her back to Oz. The Scarecrow, Tin Woodman, and Lion (using the names ...
Style: exciting, feel good, touching, atmospheric, sincere ...
Audience: family outing, kids
Plot: hopes, imaginary kingdom, rivalry, friendship, heroes, human spirit, righting the wronged, good versus evil, self discovery, youth, escapades, adventure ...
Time: 60s, 20th century
Place: usa, kansas
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
Shrek the Halls (2007)
Genre: Animation, Short, Adventure, Comedy, Family, Fantasy
Country: USA
Duration: 21 min.
Story: The Christmas tree isn't the only thing green in this new holiday classic. Shrek is back and trying to get into the spirit of the season. After promising Fiona and the kids a Christmas they'll remember, he is forced to take a crash course ...
Style: humorous, fairy tale, not serious, feel good, exciting ...
Audience: kids, teens, family outing, pre-teens
Plot: holiday, friendship, donkey, cat, christmas tree, family, obnoxious boss, disorder, partners, royal family, family life, gang ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure (2009)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Family, Fantasy
Country: USA
Duration: 81 min.
Story: A blue harvest moon will rise, allowing the fairies to use a precious moonstone to restore the Pixie Dust Tree, the source of all their magic. But when Tinker Bell accidentally puts all of Pixie Hollow in jeopardy, she must venture out across the ...
Style: feel good, sincere, captivating, entertaining, exciting ...
Audience: family outing, kids, pre-teens
Plot: fairy, friendship, adventure, imaginary, young heroes, good versus evil, imaginary kingdom, magic, mischievous children, supernatural, small town, rivalry ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
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, feel good, offbeat, exciting ...
Audience: family outing, kids, pre-teens
Plot: magic, surrealism, orphan, aunt, hot dog, adventure, family, friendship, young heroes, friends, giant, adventurer ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: england, manhattan, new york city, manhattan new york city, empire state building manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%
Mickey's House of Villains (2001)
Genre: Animation, Comedy, Family, Fantasy, Horror
Country: USA
Duration: 70 min.
Story: The villains from the popular animated Disney films are gathered at the House of Mouse with plans to take over. Soon, the villains take over the house and kick out Mickey, Donald and Goofy. It's all up to Mickey and his friends to overthrow ...
Style: exciting, humorous, semi serious, offbeat, feel good
Audience: family outing, kids, preschoolers
Plot: good versus evil, ghost, halloween, imaginary kingdom, heroes, disorder, partners, animal life, family life, battles, best friends, danger ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
Winnie the Pooh: Seasons of Giving (1999)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Family, Fantasy, Musical
Country: USA
Duration: 70 min.
Story: A collection of Winnie the Pooh's memorable holiday adventures, as Winnie, Piglet, and Tigger set out to find the right ingredients for Winter, Rabbit learns how to manage a complicated Thanksgiving dinner, and everyone gets a special visit ...
Style: touching, feel good, humorous, semi serious
Audience: kids, family outing, preschoolers
Plot: friendship, kangaroo, rabbit, tiger, donkey, christmas, heroes, family life, disorder, youth, danger, thanksgiving ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
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