Movies like Persepolis

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Persepolis (2007)
 8.1
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Persepolis (2007)
Genre: Animation, Biography, Drama, 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: clever, serious, gloomy, surreal, realistic, captivating, sincere, touching, offbeat, thought provoking ...
Plot: revolution, coming of age, muslim, idealism, political unrest, childhood, depression, puberty, freedom, punk, sexism, hypocrisy, protest, divorce, exile, anger, execution, party, dignity, arrest, neighbor, fear, morality, dictatorship, drugs/alcohol ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 80s, 90s, year 1986, 1990s, year 1982 ...
Place: iran, middle east, france, iraq, moscow russia, austria, sweden ...

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, stylized, realistic and melancholic films with plots about storytelling, imagination, loneliness, friendship, art, mentor and dreams mostly in Animation, Drama and War genres. Some movies like Persepolis: Waltz with Bashir (2008), Grave of the Fireflies (1988), The Breadwinner (2017), Muhammad: The Last Prophet (2002), The Wind Rises (2013). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
Waltz with Bashir (2008)
Genre: Animation, Biography, Drama, History, 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, surreal, atmospheric, psychological, realistic ...
Plot: nightmare, haunted by the past, war, soldier, memory loss, massacre, genocide, dog, corpse, army, introspection, politics ...
Time: contemporary, 80s, 20th century, 21st century
Place: israel, lebanon, middle east, palestine, beirut lebanon
⇓ similarity ⇓
95%
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, harsh, heartbreaking, depressing ...
Plot: orphan, survival, siblings relations, hunger, war, theft, firefly, loss of parent, danger, navy, fighting illness, hospital ...
Time: 40s, 20th century, 1940s
Place: japan, asia, mine, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
84%
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.
Plot: taliban, father, disguise, imprisonment, gender, culture, prison, arranged marriage, family, religious intolerance, gender disguise, father daughter relationship ...
Place: afghanistan
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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: captivating, serious, sincere, realistic
Audience: family outing
Plot: desert, folk hero, family, obsessive quest, human spirit, religions or cults, righting the wronged, fighting the system, heroes, hopes, society, clergy ...
Time: middle ages, ancient history
Place: middle east
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
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 7.8
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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: stylized, atmospheric, serious, touching, realistic ...
Plot: inventions and discoveries, follow your dream, love, earthquake, flying, tuberculosis, airplane, hopes, love and romance, dictatorship, dreams, great depression ...
Time: 20s, 30s, 40s, 20th century, 1930s ...
Place: japan, asia, germany, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
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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: touching, sincere, emotional, clever, humorous ...
Plot: social misfits, friendship, neighbor, mental illness, loneliness, depression, birthmark, only child, correspondence, chocolate, phone book, friends ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: australia, usa, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
Crulic - The Path to Beyond (2011)
Genre: 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: stylized, serious, realistic, disturbing, gloomy ...
Plot: prison, false accusation, injustice, life is a bitch, prison life, confined, false arrest, hospital, innocence, death, foreigner
Place: poland
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
Giovanni's Island (2014)
Genre: Animation, Drama, History, War
Country: Japan
Duration: 102 min.
Story: In the aftermath of the most devastating conflict mankind had ever experienced, the tiny island of Shikotan became part of the Sakhalin Oblast... and on the unhealed border in this remote corner of the world, friendship among children from two ...
Style: serious, emotional, realistic, touching, gloomy ...
Plot: island, friendship, dancing, young heroes, best friends, village, innocence lost, life turned upside down, youth, friends, parents and children, siblings relations ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, year 1947, year 1946, year 1945
Place: asia, japan, soviet union
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
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The Illusionist (2010)
Genre: Animation, Drama
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: touching, semi serious, stylized, sentimental, realistic ...
Audience: preschoolers
Plot: magical, french, magician, stage, friendship, odd couple, performer's life, coming of age, loneliness, friends, hopes, artists and showbiz ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 1950s, year 1959
Place: england, france, scotland, paris france, glasgow scotland ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
 7.8
 57K
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: stylized, talky, surreal, clever, serious ...
Plot: philosophy, existentialism, dream, imagination, nightmare, human nature, hopes, parallel world, free will, freedom, imaginary, supernatural ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
 7.8
 38K
Loving Vincent (2017)
Genre: Animation, Biography, Crime, Drama, Mystery
Country: Poland, UK, USA, Switzerland, Netherlands
Duration: 94 min.
Story: The film brings the paintings of Vincent van Gogh to life to tell his remarkable story. Every one of the 65,000 frames of the film is an oil-painting hand-painted by 125 professional oil-painters who travelled from all across the world to the Loving ...
Style: based on true events
Plot: painter, painting, artist, obsession, death, suicide, guilt, doctor, famous painting, train, genius, mental illness ...
Time: 19th century, year 1990
Place: paris france
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
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, offbeat, humorous, semi serious, feel good ...
Audience: pre-teens
Plot: kidnapping, mafia, dog, boy, chase, pianist, newspaper, singer, french, rescue, biker, silent film ...
Time: 1930s
Place: france, paris france
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
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, serious, realistic, gloomy, emotional ...
Audience: date night
Plot: friendship, teenage love, surf, train, letter, best friends, romance, on the road, train ride, motorcycle, childhood friends, reunion ...
Time: contemporary, 90s, 20th century, 21st century, future ...
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
 7.3
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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: serious, emotional, realistic, sentimental, sincere ...
Plot: art, mentally unstable, tragic hero, artists and showbiz, life is a bitch, prodigy, rise and fall, obsession, unfulfillment, family relations, bipolar disorder
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
Whisper of the Heart (1995)
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 ...
Style: touching, sentimental, surreal, realistic, uplifting ...
Audience: family outing, teens, pre-teens
Plot: cat, imagination, coming of age, love, teenage love, follow your dream, dream, train, education, writing, violin, high school student ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: italy, japan, tokyo, asia, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
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: serious, gloomy, realistic, surreal, offbeat ...
Plot: unemployment, introspection, hollywood, self discovery, cause and meaning, small town, society, unfulfillment, friendship, twentysomething life, religions or cults, artists and showbiz ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: california, los angeles, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
A Monster Calls (2016)
Genre: Animation, Drama, Fantasy
Country: UK, Spain, USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: A boy imagines a monster that helps him deal with his difficult life and see the world in a different way.
Style: touching, fairy tale, emotional, compassionate, cerebral ...
Audience: kids
Plot: terminal illness, monster, imagination, childhood, family, nightmare, bullying, life & death, part animation, storytelling, dark fantasy, runaway ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
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: stylized, serious, disturbing, realistic, suspenseful
Plot: dog, laboratory, chase, danger, adventure, fugitives, race against time, chases and races, escapades, dangerous animal, pets, animal life ...
Time: 80s
Place: england, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
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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: bleak, serious, realistic, gloomy, touching ...
Plot: devastation, radiation sickness, rain, countryside, nuclear threat, cold war, golden years, couple relations, firemen, future dystopia, war, elderly ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: england, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
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Genre: Animation, Comedy, Drama, Fantasy
Country: USA
Duration: 62 min.
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Style: dark humor, surreal, atmospheric, serious, gloomy ...
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Place: usa, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
In This Corner of the World (2016)
Genre: Animation, Drama, 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.
Plot: war, bombing, cooking, flower, mattress, sailor, lost, sickness, aircraft carrier, ponytail, victim, blackout ...
Time: 1930s, 1940s, year 1943, year 1944, year 1945
Place: hiroshima japan, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
 7.7
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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, school, introspection, childhood, folk music, childhood memory, marriage, twentysomething life, coming of age, world, flower, city life ...
Place: tokyo, japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
Anne Frank's Diary (1999)
Genre: Animation, Biography, Drama, War
Country: UK, Japan, Ireland, France, Netherlands, Luxembourg
Duration: 88 min.
Story: During World War II, a teenage Jewish girl named Anne Frank and her family are forced into hiding in the Nazi-occupied Netherlands.
Plot: holocaust, hiding, jewish girl, adolescence, attic, jewish, teenage girl, mother daughter relationship, world war two, father daughter relationship, diary, nazi
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
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Genre: Animation, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
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Story: A pair of working-class brothers flee their Reno Motel after getting involved in a fatal hit-and-run accident.
Style: bleak, serious, realistic, rough, psychological ...
Plot: on the run, motel, siblings relations, sibling relationship, life turned upside down, life is a bitch, society, social misfits, introspection, working class, misfit, family problems ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: nevada, usa, hawaii
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
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Genre: Animation, Drama
Country: UK, Japan, Germany
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Jakob arrives at the Institute Benjamenta (run by brother and sister Johannes and Lisa Benjamenta) to learn to become a servant. With seven other men, he studies under Lisa: absurd lessons of movement, drawing circles, and servility. He asks for a ...
Style: surreal, atmospheric, psychological, serious, realistic ...
Plot: crimes, boarding school, love and romance, society, family relations, power relations, master and servant, mind game, love triangle, surrealism, siblings relations, boarding school life ...
Time: 90s
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⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
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, serious, realistic, melancholic, romantic ...
Plot: coming of age, shoemaker, rain, chocolate, friendship, romance, social misfits, misfit, youth, friends, mysterious character, unlikely couple ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: japan, tokyo, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
 8.2
 511K
Inside Out (2015)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Family, Fantasy
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Growing up can be a bumpy road, and it's no exception for Riley, who is uprooted from her Midwest life when her father starts a new job in San Francisco. Like all of us, Riley is guided by her emotions - Joy, Fear, Anger, Disgust and Sadness. ...
Style: emotional, touching, inspirational, colourful, motivational ...
Audience: kids, family outing, pre-teens
Plot: family, life philosophy, coming of age, imaginary friend, dream, memory, childhood, friendship, joy, sadness, anger, disney ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s, 2000s
Place: san francisco, california, usa, minnesota
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
 6.7
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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: serious, atmospheric, stylized, realistic, gloomy ...
Plot: surrealism, haunted by the past, rotoscoping, mysterious character, mystery, social misfits, uncover truth, crimes, misfit, society, life is a bitch, axe ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, year 1989
Place: czechoslovakia, czech republic, prague, poland
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
Pink Floyd The Wall (1982)
Genre: Animation, Drama, Fantasy, Music, Musical
Country: UK
Duration: 95 min.
Story: A troubled rock star descends into madness in the midst of his physical and social isolation from everyone.
Style: psychedelic, psychological, surreal, disturbing, atmospheric ...
Audience: teens
Plot: music, isolation, rock, wall, teacher, police brutality, nightmare, racial slur, hallucinations, musician's life, rebellion, cult ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 50s, 60s, 70s
Place: england, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
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