Movies like Persepolis

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Persepolis (2007)
 8.0
 83K
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: tense, sincere, thought provoking, touching, clever, offbeat, gloomy, serious, captivating, realistic ...
Plot: muslim, coming of age, revolution, childhood, idealism, depression, freedom, party, divorce, exile, fear, morality, sexism, dignity, hypocrisy, protest, arrest, execution, neighbor, anger, parent child relationship, puberty, dictatorship, political unrest, punk ...
Time: 90s, 70s, 20th century, 80s, 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, realistic, stylized and touching films with plots about storytelling, friendship, imagination, death, loneliness, train and mentor mostly in Animation, Drama and Biography genres. Some movies like Persepolis: Grave of the Fireflies (1988), Tehran Taboo (2017), The Breadwinner (2017), Waltz with Bashir (2008), Muhammad: The Last Prophet (2002). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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, stylized, harsh, depressing ...
Plot: orphan, survival, siblings relations, hunger, theft, war, bomb, loss of parent, firefly, navy, desperation, danger ...
Time: 40s, 1940s, 20th century
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
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 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 ...
Plot: taboo, court, suicide, car driving, suicide by jumping, gynecologist, animal cruelty, cat, sex scene, driving, nightclub, photograph ...
Place: tehran iran, iran
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The Breadwinner (2017)
Genre: Animation, Drama, Family, War
Country: Ireland, Canada, Luxembourg, USA, UK, Philippines, India
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, sincere, suspense
Plot: disguise, girl dressed as boy, taliban, father daughter relationship, prison, arranged marriage, poverty, culture, gender, imprisonment, tyranny, oppression ...
Place: afghanistan
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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, memory loss, army, soldier, genocide, military, tragic event, guilt, politics ...
Time: 20th century, 21st century, contemporary, 80s
Place: israel, lebanon, middle east, palestine, beirut lebanon
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
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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: desert, folk hero, self discovery, human spirit, leadership, society, introspection, hopes, obsessive quest, miraculous event, righting the wronged, good versus evil ...
Time: ancient history, middle ages
Place: middle east
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45%
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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: touching, atmospheric, sentimental, realistic, serious ...
Plot: hopes, love, dreams, tuberculosis, earthquake, follow your dream, inventions and discoveries, love and romance, letter, airplane, great depression, obsession ...
Time: 30s, 20s, 40s, 20th century, 1930s ...
Place: japan, asia, germany, tokyo
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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.
Style: thought provoking, suspenseful, tense, captivating, touching
Plot: military, wedding, bombing, evacuation, anniversary, female protagonist, war, danger, family relations, society, couples, sickness ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 1930s, year 1944, year 1945 ...
Place: hiroshima japan, japan
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44%
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: gloomy, touching, serious, realistic, stylized ...
Plot: island, friendship, dancing, young heroes, forceful separation, friends, life turned upside down, deportation, best friends, youth, coming of age, wartime life ...
Time: 40s, 20th century, year 1945, year 1947, year 1946
Place: asia, soviet union, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
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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, stylized, sentimental ...
Plot: loneliness, social misfits, friendship, neighbor, letter, depression, correspondence, mental illness, jewish, young woman, suffering, asperger's syndrome ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: australia, usa, new york
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33%
 7.8
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Loving Vincent (2017)
Genre: Animation, Biography, Crime, Drama, Family, 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: sincere, thought provoking, captivating, disturbing, based on true events
Plot: painter, investigation, mysterious death, painting, genius, art, obsession, sketch, secret, friendship, lie, mental illness ...
Time: 19th century, year 1990
Place: paris france
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
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: stylized, touching, sentimental, semi serious, realistic ...
Audience: preschoolers
Plot: magical, loneliness, magician, friendship, coming of age, odd couple, age difference, french, art, stage, imagination, mentor ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 1950s, year 1959
Place: england, france, scotland, glasgow scotland, scottish highlands ...
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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: disturbing, offbeat, realistic, gloomy, serious ...
Plot: prison, injustice, false accusation, false arrest, prison life, confined, life is a bitch, death, innocence, hospital, foreigner
Place: poland
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30%
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: serious, gloomy, touching, sentimental, offbeat ...
Plot: family life, hopes, writer's life, parents and children, artists and showbiz, homecoming, family relations, leaving home, introspection, human nature, rebellion, rebelliousness ...
Time: 50s, 70s, 80s, 90s, 40s ...
Place: usa, russia
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30%
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: humorous, feel good, semi serious, offbeat, surreal ...
Audience: pre-teens
Plot: kidnapping, adventure, dog, escapades, rescue, danger, friendship, championship, old woman, mafia, french, boy ...
Time: 1930s
Place: france, paris france
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28%
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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: surreal, captivating, stylized, philosophical, clever ...
Plot: philosophy, existentialism, lifestyle, imagination, human nature, imaginary, bohemian life, daydreamer, nightmare, life after death, reincarnation, life philosophy ...
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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Genre: Animation, Drama, Fantasy, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
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Style: surreal, gothic, bleak, stylized, scary ...
Audience: kids, family outing, preschoolers, horror for children
Plot: parallel world, adventure, dark fantasy, danger, parents and children, family, young heroes, save the day, loneliness, imagination, secret place, neighbor ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
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⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
 7.3
 347
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: realistic, sentimental, serious, psychological, gloomy ...
Plot: art, rise and fall, life is a bitch, unfulfillment, artists and showbiz, mentally unstable, obsession, family relations, prodigy, tragic hero, bipolar disorder
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
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: cult film, serious, stylized, suspenseful, realistic ...
Plot: danger, chase, laboratory, dog, deadly, pets, escapades, dangerous animal, adventure, fugitives, chases and races, race against time ...
Time: 80s
Place: england, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
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Genre: Animation, Drama, Family, Music, Romance
Country: Japan
Duration: 111 min.
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Style: touching, uplifting, feel good, sentimental, realistic ...
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Time: 90s, 20th century
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⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
5 Centimeters Per Second (2007)
Genre: Animation, Drama, Romance
Country: Japan
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Time: contemporary, 20th century, 21st century, 90s, future ...
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
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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: serious, psychological, rough, bleak, realistic ...
Plot: on the run, motel, working class, hit and run, family problems, social misfits, siblings relations, life is a bitch, life turned upside down, family relations, society, misfit ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: nevada, usa, hawaii
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25%
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Country: Japan
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Country: USA, UK
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Style: realistic, sincere, atmospheric, gloomy, mind bending ...
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Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, california, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
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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, cult film, psychological, surreal, disturbing ...
Audience: teens
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Time: 20th century, 50s, 40s, 60s, 70s
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⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
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Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Sci-Fi
Country: Germany, USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: In the future, an outbreak of canine flu leads the mayor of a Japanese city to banish all dogs to an island that's a garbage dump. The outcasts must soon embark on an epic journey when a 12-year-old boy arrives on the island to find his beloved ...
Style: captivating, suspense, sincere, epic
Plot: dog, friendship, rescue, survival, isolation, search, danger, morality, freedom, resistance, warrior, politician ...
Place: japan
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24%
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Fritz the Cat (1972)
Genre: Animation, Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 78 min.
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Style: disturbing, humorous, offbeat, semi serious, cult film ...
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Time: 60s, 20th century, 1960s, year 1966
Place: usa, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
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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, inspirational, touching, motivational, colourful ...
Audience: family outing, kids, pre-teens
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Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s, 2000s
Place: san francisco, usa, california, minnesota
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
It's Such a Beautiful Day (2012)
Genre: Animation, Comedy, Drama, Fantasy
Country: USA
Duration: 62 min.
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Style: surreal, atmospheric, thought provoking, humorous, philosophical ...
Plot: illness, surrealism, nightmare, divorced parents, hospital, introspection, direction and purpose, hopes, mental illness, mental instability, immortality, mental health ...
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⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
Death of a Superhero (2011)
Genre: Animation, Drama
Country: Germany, Ireland
Duration: 97 min.
Story: A dying 15-year-old boy draws stories of an invincible superhero as he struggles with his mortality.
Style: touching, serious, emotional, sincere, realistic
Plot: terminal illness, youth, human spirit, life is a bitch, family problems, hopes, family in crisis, superhero, child illness, dealing with death, coming of age, teenager ...
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
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: fairy tale, touching, emotional, compassionate, cerebral ...
Audience: kids
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⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
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