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Persepolis (2007)
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Persepolis (2007)
Genre: Animation, Biography, Drama, History, War
Country: France, USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: In 1970s Iran, Marjane 'Marji' Statrapi watches events through her young eyes and her idealistic family of a long dream being fulfilled of the hated Shah's defeat in the Iranian Revolution of 1979. However as Marji grows up, she witnesses first hand how the new Iran, now ruled by Islamic fundamentalists, has become a repressive tyranny on its own.
Style: serious, thought provoking, realistic, adult animation, rough, gloomy, psychological, tense, sincere, clever ...
Audience: pre-teens
Plot: coming of age, freedom, iraq iran war, revolution, family relations, parent child relationship, life is a bitch, society, depression, muslim, rebellion, self discovery, politics, childhood, oppression, prejudice, rebelliousness, lifestyle change, identity crisis, traditional versus modern, idealism, party, divorce, exile, neighbor ...
Time: 70s, 80s, 90s, 20th century, year 1986, year 1982, year 1978 ...
Place: iran, middle east, tehran iran, france, ussr, paris france, moscow russia ...

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, realistic, stylized and touching films with plots about hopes, death, friendship, society, storytelling, flashback and train mostly in Animation, Drama and Biography genres. Some movies like Persepolis: The Breadwinner (2017), Grave of the Fireflies (1988), Waltz with Bashir (2008), Tokyo Godfathers (2003), Mary and Max (2009). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
The Breadwinner (2017)
Genre: Animation, Drama, Family, War
Country: Ireland, Canada, Luxembourg, USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: A headstrong young girl in Afghanistan, ruled by the Taliban, disguises herself as a boy in order to provide for her family.
Style: sad, heartbreaking, rough, suspense, sincere ...
Plot: disguise, poverty, father daughter relationship, imprisonment, taliban, sexism, prison, mother daughter relationship, female protagonist, religious intolerance, arranged marriage, civil war ...
Place: afghanistan
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88%
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, heartbreaking, harsh, depressing, stylized ...
Plot: orphan, siblings relations, hunger, survival, world war two, death of child, war, homelessness, bomb, desperation, hiding place, theft ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, year 1945, post world war two
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
83%
Waltz with Bashir (2008)
Genre: Documentary, Animation, Biography, Drama, History, Mystery, War
Country: Israel, France, Germany, USA, Finland, Switzerland, Belgium, Australia
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Much awarded animated documentary, in which director and Israeli army veteran Ari Folman interviews friends and former soldiers about their memories of the 1982 Lebanon war and especially the Sabra and Shatila massacre in Beirut. The usage on ...
Style: rough, psychological, disturbing, surreal, realistic ...
Plot: nightmare, massacre, haunted by the past, war, soldier, memory loss, army, military, tragic event, guilt, politics, military life ...
Time: 20th century, 21st century, 80s, contemporary
Place: israel, lebanon, middle east, palestine, beirut lebanon
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Tokyo Godfathers (2003)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 92 min.
Story: One Christmas Eve three people, a middle-aged alcoholic named Gin, a former drag queen Hana and a dependent runaway girl Miyuki, discover an abandoned newborn while looking through the garbage.
Style: touching, emotional, feel good, sentimental, semi serious ...
Plot: holiday, christmas, adventure, friends, life is a bitch, parents and children, homeless, family relations, baby, eccentric family, heist, suicide attempt ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: japan, tokyo, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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Mary and Max (2009)
Genre: Animation, Comedy, Drama
Country: Australia
Duration: 92 min.
Story: A tale of friendship between two unlikely pen pals: Mary, a lonely, eight-year-old girl living in the suburbs of Melbourne, and Max, a forty-four-year old, severely obese man living in New York. In the mid-1970's, a homely, friendless ...
Style: emotional, touching, sincere, sentimental, stylized ...
Plot: loneliness, social misfits, depression, letter, unlikely friendships, friendship, correspondence, neighbor, young woman, mental illness, asperger's syndrome, suicide attempt ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: australia, new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.1
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Tehran Taboo (2017)
Genre: Animation, Drama
Country: Germany, Austria
Duration: 96 min.
Story: The lives of three strong-willed women and a young musician cross paths in Tehran’s schizophrenic society where sex, adultery, corruption, prostitution and drugs coexist with strict religious law. In this bustling modern metropolis, avoiding ...
Style: captivating, serious, realistic, psychological, disturbing
Plot: taboo, prostitution, drugs, loss of virginity, prostitute, virginity, prison, pregnancy, women's rights, society, women, social problems ...
Time: 2010s
Place: iran, tehran iran
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50%
The Swallows of Kabul (2019)
Genre: Animation, Drama, War
Country: France, Switzerland, Luxembourg, Monaco
Duration: 81 min.
Story: Summer 1998 - Kabul under Taliban rule. Zunaira and Mohsen are young and in love. Despite the daily violence and misery, they hope for a better future. One day, a foolish gesture causes life to take an irrevocable turn.
Style: thought provoking, captivating, psychological
Plot: dispute, religious hypocrisy, woman, religious differences, female protagonist, religious conflict, social relations, religious persecution, life is a bitch, society, social problems, prison ...
Time: year 1998
Place: afghanistan
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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, love and romance, teenage love, life philosophy, first love, young lovers, lovers apart, hopes, friendship, train, love, letter ...
Time: 90s, 21st century, contemporary, 20th century, 2000s ...
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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The Wind Rises (2013)
Genre: Animation, Biography, Drama, Romance, War
Country: Japan, France, USA
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, earthquake, hopes, love, world war two, dreams, follow your dream, inventions and discoveries, love and romance, letter, airplane, great depression ...
Time: 1930s, 1920s, 1940s, 20th century
Place: japan, asia, germany, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
In This Corner of the World (2016)
Genre: Animation, Drama, Family, History, War
Country: Japan
Duration: 129 min.
Story: Newlywed Suzu Urano moves to her new life in Kure City on the coast of Hiroshima Prefecture, where she perseveres through World War II with pluck and determination.
Style: thought provoking, captivating, suspenseful, touching, tense ...
Plot: family relations, military, wedding, bombing, female protagonist, evacuation, anniversary, world war two, war, couples, society, sailboat ...
Time: 1940s, 1930s, 20th century, year 1944, year 1943 ...
Place: japan, hiroshima japan, asia, east asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
A Room and a Half (2009)
Genre: Animation, Biography
Country: Russia
Duration: 130 min.
Story: A semi-fictional account of Russian poets Josef Brodsky, who was forced into American exile in 1972.
Style: sentimental, atmospheric, realistic, emotional, serious ...
Plot: family relations, homecoming, family life, introspection, rebelliousness, writer's life, hopes, cold war, rebellion, human nature, leaving home, artists and showbiz ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, 70s, 90s, 60s ...
Place: usa, russia
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
 6.8
 936
Funan (2018)
Genre: Animation, Drama, History, War
Country: France, Belgium, Luxembourg, Cambodia
Duration: 84 min.
Story: Cambodia, once the ancient kingdom of Funan, April 17th, 1975. The entire country falls under the tyranny of Angkar, the communist party of the Khmer Rouge. The cities are abandoned, the population is thrown to the roads and forced to walk towards ...
Style: exciting, disturbing, touching, visually appealing
Plot: family relations, communism, struggle for survival, separation from family, little boy, khmer rouge, husband wife relationship, food, starvation, hunger, leech, night ...
Time: 70s, year 1977, year 1978, year 1975, 20th century
Place: cambodia
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
The Motel Life (2012)
Genre: Animation, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 85 min.
Story: A pair of working-class brothers flee their Reno Motel after getting involved in a fatal hit-and-run accident.
Style: realistic, psychological, serious, rough, road movie ...
Plot: on the run, brother brother relationship, introspection, siblings relations, working class, family relations, misfit, hit and run, family problems, life turned upside down, life is a bitch, society ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: nevada, usa, hawaii
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
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Vincent (1987)
Genre: Animation, Biography, Drama
Country: Australia, Belgium
Duration: 105 min.
Story: A biography of Vincent van Gogh using only images and the letters he wrote to his brother Theo.
Style: captivating, thought provoking, touching, emotional, sentimental ...
Plot: art, tragic hero, unfulfillment, rise and fall, prodigy, life is a bitch, mentally unstable, artists and showbiz, family relations, obsession, performer's life, bipolar disorder
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
Buñuel in the Labyrinth of the Turtles (2018)
Genre: Animation, Biography, Drama, History
Country: Spain, Netherlands, Germany
Duration: 80 min.
Story: Paris, 1930. Luis Buñuel is penniless after the scandal surrounding the release of his last movie. Sculptor Ramón Acín, a good friend, buys a lottery ticket and promises Buñuel that he will pay for his next movie if he wins the prize.
Plot: surrealism, poverty, social justice, movie business, film producer, spider, chicken, baby, drums, taxi, giraffe, male protagonist ...
Time: 1930s, year 1933, 20th century
Place: paris france, madrid, spain, vatican
⇓ similarity ⇓
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Miss Hokusai (2015)
Genre: Animation, Biography, Drama, History
Country: Japan
Duration: 93 min.
Story: The time: 1814. The place: Edo, now known as Tokyo. A much accomplished artist of his time and now in his mid-fifties, Tetsuzo can boast clients from all over Japan, and tirelessly works in the garbage-loaded chaos of his house-atelier. He spends ...
Style: touching, sentimental, psychological, captivating, fairy tale ...
Plot: art history, father daughter relationship, sister sister relationship, drawing, painting, illness, edo period, artist, society, family relations, rivalry, firefighter ...
Time: 19th century
Place: japan, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
 6.6
 2K
Alois Nebel (2011)
Genre: Animation, Drama
Country: Czech Republic, Germany
Duration: 84 min.
Story: A train dispatcher encounters a mute stranger who appears out of nowhere, and finds himself mysteriously involved with a murder in Poland. The end of the eighties in the twentieth century. Alois Nebel works as a dis­patcher at the small railway ...
Style: atmospheric, tense, captivating, psychological, realistic ...
Plot: surrealism, mysterious character, uncover truth, crimes, society, haunted by the past, murder, bittersweet, mystery, misfit, social misfits, life is a bitch ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 1989
Place: czechoslovakia, prague, czech republic, poland, central europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
The Miracle Maker (2000)
Genre: Animation, Biography, Drama, History
Country: Russia, UK
Duration: 90 min.
Story: A mother and father in search of help for their sick daughter cross paths with an extraordinary carpenter named Jesus, who has devoted his life to spreading God's word. An amazing miracle brings to light the true meaning of Christ, and the ...
Style: uplifting, biblical, captivating, touching, epic ...
Audience: family outing, pre-teens, preschoolers
Plot: miraculous event, betrayal, human spirit, reincarnation, leadership, supernatural, tragic hero, ambition, supernatural ability, religions or cults, redemption, destiny ...
Time: 1st century
Place: middle east, asia, jerusalem
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
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Crulic - The Path to Beyond (2011)
Genre: Documentary, Animation, Biography, Drama
Country: Romania, Poland
Duration: 73 min.
Story: An animated feature-length documentary telling the story of the life of Crulic, a 33 year-old Romanian accused of having stolen a wallet from an important Polish judge. Crulic was brought to the Krakow Detention Center Custody prison. He decided to ...
Style: serious, stylized, disturbing, thought provoking, realistic ...
Plot: prison, injustice, false accusation, prison life, false arrest, confined, life is a bitch, foreigner, starvation, protest, hunger, hospital ...
Place: poland
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
Approved for Adoption (2012)
Genre: Animation, Biography, Drama, Family
Country: France, Belgium, South Korea, Switzerland
Duration: 70 min.
Story: This remarkable animated documentary traces the unconventional upbringing of the filmmaker Jung Henin, one of thousands of Korean children adopted by Western families after the end of the Korean War. It is the story of a boy stranded between two ...
Style: emotional, stylized, touching, sentimental, realistic ...
Plot: orphan, self discovery, haunted by the past, obsessive quest, hopes, homecoming, introspection, adoption, parent child relationship, adopted son, artists and showbiz, performer's life ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: asia, korea, seoul
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
Glitch in the Grid (2011)
Genre: Animation, Drama
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 82 min.
Story: Three artists struggling against the grid of society find spiritual renewal.
Style: experimental, psychological, surreal, mind bending, serious ...
Plot: unemployment, friends, self discovery, introspection, friendship, society, hopes, materialism, bad trip, small town, unfulfillment, artists and showbiz ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, california, los angeles, northern california
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
Whisper of the Heart (1995)
Genre: Animation, Drama, Family, 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 ...
Style: touching, feel good, uplifting, emotional, realistic ...
Audience: teens, family outing, pre-teens
Plot: follow your dream, teenage love, love, first love, fall in love, cat, love and romance, high school life, teenage life, self discovery, youth, imagination ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: japan, italy, tokyo, europe, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
 7.7
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Waking Life (2001)
Genre: Animation, Drama, Fantasy
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Waking Life is about a young man in a persistent lucid dream-like state. The film follows its protagonist as he initially observes and later participates in philosophical discussions that weave together issues like reality, free will, our ...
Style: philosophical, stylized, surreal, captivating, clever ...
Plot: existentialism, philosophy, dream, lifestyle, bohemian life, human nature, daydreamer, alternate reality, lucid dream, surrealism, existence paradox, satire ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
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Buddha: The Great Departure (2011)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Biography, Drama, History
Country: Japan
Duration: 111 min.
Story: Prince Siddhartha is heir to the Shakya kingdom, which is constantly at war with the more powerful Kosala kingdom. His father tries to raise as him as a warrior leader and to shield him from the miseries of the world. Meeting the young outcast girl ...
Style: exciting, captivating, entertaining, tense, serious ...
Plot: social differences, leadership, injustice, battles, society, journey, rich and poor, military, imaginary kingdom, heroes, power relations, prophecy ...
Place: india, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
When the Wind Blows (1986)
Genre: Animation, Comedy, Drama, War
Country: UK
Duration: 84 min.
Story: With the help of government-issued pamphlets, an elderly British couple build a shelter and prepare for an impending nuclear attack, unaware that times and the nature of war have changed from their romantic memories of World War II
Style: realistic, touching, serious, bleak, adult animation ...
Plot: countryside, cold war, nuclear threat, bomb shelter, nuclear war, nuclear holocaust, war, chaos, english countryside, insurance, radiation sickness, husband wife relationship ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: england, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
Muhammad: The Last Prophet (2002)
Genre: Animation, Biography, Drama, History, War
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: More than fourteen centuries ago, Mecca was filled with gambling, drunkenness, slavery, the mistreatment of women, and greed. The holy Ka'bah was littered with idol gods. Pilgrims came by the thousands to worship them. Quarysh, Mecca's ...
Style: sincere, serious, realistic, captivating
Audience: family outing
Plot: prophet, desert, folk hero, self discovery, human spirit, leadership, clergy, good versus evil, ambition, introspection, fighting the system, righting the wronged ...
Time: middle ages, 7th century
Place: middle east, arabia
⇓ similarity ⇓
11%
Rurouni Kenshin: Requiem for the Ishin Patriots (1997)
Genre: Animation, Action, Drama, History, War
Country: Japan
Duration: 90 min.
Story: The war against the Tokugawa Shogunate ended years ago. But there are some who are not happy with the outcome. Shigure Takimi watched his friends and family get slashed down in the name of freedom and prosperity. Now he and a band of desparate ...
Style: exciting, stylized, serious
Audience: boys' night
Plot: samurai, battles, pacifism, good versus evil, hopes, crimes, heroes, superhero, rivalry, society, adventure, escapades ...
Time: ancient times
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
The Plague Dogs (1982)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Drama
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: The Plague Dogs is a 1982 animated film based on the 1977 novel of the same name by Richard Adams. The story is centred on two dogs named Rowf and Snitter, who escape from a research laboratory in Great Britain. In the process of telling the story, ...
Style: adult animation, serious, realistic, disturbing, suspenseful ...
Plot: pets, chase, laboratory, dog, cartoon dog, fugitives, adventure, escapades, animal testing, animal life, disorder, race against time ...
Time: 80s
Place: england, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
The Triplets of Belleville (2003)
Genre: Animation, Comedy, Drama
Country: France, Belgium, Canada, UK, Latvia, USA
Duration: 80 min.
Story: When her grandson is kidnapped during the Tour de France, Madame Souza and her beloved pooch Bruno team up with the Belleville Sisters--an aged song-and-dance team from the days of Fred Astaire--to rescue him.
Style: surreal, humorous, feel good, semi serious, witty ...
Audience: pre-teens
Plot: kidnapping, dog, french, adventure, chase, friendship, escapades, rescue, riding a bicycle, friends, championship, old woman ...
Time: 1930s
Place: france, paris france
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
The Illusionist (2010)
Genre: Animation, Drama, Fantasy
Country: France, UK
Duration: 80 min.
Story: Scotland, late 1950s. A struggling illusionist visits an isolated community and meets a young lady who is convinced that he is a real magician.
Style: stylized, touching, sentimental, semi serious, realistic ...
Audience: preschoolers
Plot: loneliness, magical, magician, friendship, coming of age, artists and showbiz, odd couple, french, age difference, art, frustration, imagination ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, year 1959
Place: england, paris france, france, scotland, london ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%