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Persepolis (2007)
Persepolis (2007)
Genre: Animation, Biography, Drama, Family, 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, tense, sincere, touching, clever ...
Plot: revolution, muslim, freedom, life is a bitch, society, depression, self discovery, rebellion, politics, coming of age, childhood, oppression, traditional versus modern, idealism, party, family relations, divorce, exile, fear, morality, anger, sexism, hypocrisy, dignity, protest ...
Time: 70s, 80s, 90s, 20th century, year 1986, year 1982, year 1992 ...
Place: iran, middle east, france, ussr, paris france, moscow russia, turkey ...

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, touching, realistic and emotional films with plots about friendship, storytelling, hopes, family relations, runaway, childhood and imagination mostly in Animation, Drama and Family genres. Some movies like Persepolis: Grave of the Fireflies (1988), The Breadwinner (2017), Waltz with Bashir (2008), Tokyo Godfathers (2003), Mary and Max (2009). 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: heartbreaking, touching, stylized, harsh, depressing ...
Plot: orphan, survival, siblings relations, world war two, hunger, hiding place, loss of parent, death of parent, bomb, theft, war, homelessness ...
Time: 1940s, 40s, 20th century, year 1945
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
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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, rough, heartbreaking, sincere, suspense
Plot: taliban, disguise, arranged marriage, girl dressed as boy, imprisonment, father daughter relationship, prison, poverty, culture, gender, tyranny, oppression ...
Place: afghanistan
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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, military, tragic event, guilt, politics, introspection ...
Time: 20th century, 21st century, contemporary, 80s
Place: israel, lebanon, middle east, palestine, beirut lebanon
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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, semi serious, sentimental, feel good ...
Plot: holiday, christmas, family relations, eccentric family, adventure, life is a bitch, youth, friends, parents and children, homeless, alcohol abuse, heist ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: japan, tokyo, asia
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Mary and Max (2009)
Genre: Animation, Comedy, Drama, Family
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: sincere, touching, emotional, stylized, sentimental ...
Plot: loneliness, social misfits, friendship, neighbor, asperger's syndrome, letter, correspondence, unlikely friendships, mental illness, young woman, suffering, jewish ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: australia, new york, usa
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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, teenage love, train, love and romance, young lovers, lovers apart, hopes, friendship, love, first love, letter, life philosophy ...
Time: 90s, 21st century, contemporary, 20th century, future ...
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
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The Wind Rises (2013)
Genre: Animation, Biography, Drama, History, 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, hopes, world war two, dreams, earthquake, love, follow your dream, inventions and discoveries, love and romance, letter, airplane, great depression ...
Time: 1930s, 1920s, 20s, 30s, 40s ...
Place: japan, asia, germany, tokyo
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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: prophet, desert, folk hero, leadership, self discovery, human spirit, introspection, good versus evil, clergy, ambition, righting the wronged, miraculous event ...
Time: middle ages, ancient history, 7th century
Place: middle east, arabia
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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, tense, touching, suspenseful
Plot: family relations, bombing, military, wedding, anniversary, evacuation, female protagonist, world war two, war, danger, couples, society ...
Time: 1940s, 1930s, 20th century, year 1935, year 1943 ...
Place: hiroshima japan, japan, east asia, asia
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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: sentimental, stylized, touching, emotional, contemplative ...
Plot: orphan, self discovery, haunted by the past, obsessive quest, hopes, homecoming, introspection, adoption, parent child relationship, adopted son, part animation, performer's life ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: korea, asia, seoul
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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, feel good, uplifting, realistic, sentimental ...
Audience: teens, pre-teens, family outing
Plot: follow your dream, teenage love, first love, teenage life, love and romance, love, fall in love, self discovery, high school life, cat, education, youth ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: japan, italy, tokyo, europe, asia
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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: atmospheric, sentimental, realistic, emotional, surreal ...
Plot: introspection, rebelliousness, family relations, writer's life, hopes, family life, homecoming, archive footage, cold war, parents and children, human nature, leaving home ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 60s, 90s, 80s ...
Place: usa, russia
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From Up on Poppy Hill (2011)
Genre: Animation, Drama, Family, Romance
Country: Japan
Duration: 91 min.
Story: The story is set in 1963 in Yokohama. Kokuriko Manor sits on a hill overlooking the harbour. A 16 year-old girl, Umi, lives in that house. Every morning she raises a signal flag facing the sea. The flag means “I pray for safe voyages”. A 17 ...
Style: sentimental, touching, atmospheric, serious, emotional ...
Audience: teens, family outing
Plot: high school, teenage love, teenage life, fighting the system, friendship, destiny, self discovery, high school life, longing, sister sister relationship, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, mother daughter relationship ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 1960s, year 1963
Place: japan, asia, tokyo, england
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Coraline (2009)
Genre: Animation, Drama, Family, 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: surreal, gothic, scary, dark, stylized ...
Audience: kids, family outing, preschoolers, horror for children
Plot: dark fantasy, parallel world, adventure, danger, family, imaginary, family relations, save the day, weirdo, young heroes, parents and children, alternate reality ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: oregon, usa, michigan, texas
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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, realistic, serious
Plot: taboo, prostitution, drugs, prison, virginity, pregnancy, women's rights, bare ass, smoking pot, stoned, dj, prison visit ...
Time: 2010s
Place: tehran iran, iran
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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: stylized, disturbing, serious, thought provoking, gloomy ...
Plot: prison, injustice, false accusation, prison life, confined, false arrest, life is a bitch, foreigner, starvation, protest, female director, hospital ...
Place: poland
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Sgt. Stubby: An American Hero (2018)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Family, History, War
Country: Ireland, France, USA, Canada, Belgium, UK
Duration: 84 min.
Story: The true story of the most decorated dog in American military history -- Sgt. Stubby -- and the enduring bonds he forged with his brothers-in-arms in the trenches of World War I.
Style: factual, captivating, touching, emotional, uplifting ...
Plot: world war one, chase, soldier, rescue, dog, animal rescue, army, battlefield, battles, baseball, adventure, friendship ...
Time: 20th century, twentieth century
Place: paris france, yale university
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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, motivational, touching, inspirational, colourful ...
Audience: kids, family outing, pre-teens
Plot: family, life philosophy, childhood, disney, happy ending, family relations, coming of age, memory, imaginary, joy, creativity, dream ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s, 2000s
Place: san francisco, california, usa, minnesota
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The Illusionist (2010)
Genre: Animation, Drama, Family, Fantasy
Country: France, UK
Duration: 90 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, age difference, artists and showbiz, odd couple, french, art, frustration, stage ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, year 1959, 1950s
Place: england, paris france, france, scotland, scottish highlands ...
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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: psychological, realistic, serious, rough, road movie ...
Plot: on the run, family relations, introspection, working class, siblings relations, life is a bitch, social misfits, life turned upside down, hit and run, family problems, sibling relationship, brother brother relationship ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: nevada, usa, hawaii
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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: atmospheric, tense, psychological, captivating, serious ...
Plot: surrealism, mysterious character, uncover truth, haunted by the past, society, crimes, murder, social misfits, mystery, life is a bitch, misfit, axe ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 1989
Place: czechoslovakia, czech republic, prague, central europe, poland
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When Marnie Was There (2014)
Genre: Animation, Drama, Family, Mystery
Country: Japan
Duration: 103 min.
Story: Upon being sent to live with relatives in the countryside due to an illness, an emotionally distant adolescent girl becomes obsessed with an abandoned mansion and infatuated with a girl who lives there - a girl who may or may not be real.
Style: touching, sentimental, emotional, atmospheric, serious ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: friendship, countryside, childhood, teenage life, loneliness, self discovery, young girl, dream, youth, estate, village, photograph ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: japan, asia, hokkaido, tokyo, england
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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: thought provoking, captivating, sentimental, psychological, sincere ...
Plot: art, family relations, obsession, performer's life, tragic hero, rise and fall, life is a bitch, mentally unstable, prodigy, unfulfillment, artists and showbiz, bipolar disorder
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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: touching, realistic, serious, bleak, adult animation ...
Plot: cold war, nuclear threat, countryside, war, nuclear holocaust, chaos, bomb shelter, english countryside, 2d animation, nuclear war, insurance, radiation sickness ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: england, europe
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The Lion King (1994)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Drama, Family, Musical
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: A young lion cub named Simba can't wait to be king. But his uncle craves the title for himself and will stop at nothing to get it.
Style: touching, sentimental, feel good, humorous, semi serious ...
Audience: kids, family outing, preschoolers, girls' night
Plot: lion, family, talking animals, disney, adventure, good versus evil, betrayal, friendship, jungle, redemption, prince, pride and honor ...
Time: 90s, 1990s
Place: africa
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The Tale of the Princess Kaguya (2013)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Drama, Family, Fantasy
Country: Japan
Duration: 137 min.
Story: Found inside a shining stalk of bamboo by an old bamboo cutter and his wife, a tiny girl grows rapidly into an exquisite young lady. The mysterious young princess enthralls all who encounter her - but ultimately she must confront her fate, the ...
Style: touching, atmospheric, stylized, melancholic, colourful ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: princess, emperor, coming of age, parents and children, friendship, little girl, family relations, youth, japanese woman, adolescence, female protagonist, children ...
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
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Joseph: King of Dreams (2000)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Biography, Drama, Family, History, Musical
Country: USA
Duration: 75 min.
Story: In this animated retelling of the story from the Bible's Book of Genesis, Joseph's gift of dream interpretation and his brilliantly colored coat inspires jealousy in his brothers.
Style: feel good, serious, based on the bible, christian film
Audience: family outing, kids, preschoolers
Plot: heroes, false accusation, reunion, family relations, adventure, leadership, rise to the top, folk hero, betrayal, hopes, rescue, royal family ...
Time: ancient history, ancient times
Place: egypt, middle east, africa
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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, painting, drawing, sister sister relationship, bridge, illness, artist, edo period, rivalry, family relations, society ...
Time: 19th century
Place: japan, tokyo
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The Velveteen Rabbit (2009)
Genre: Animation, Drama, Family, Fantasy
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: A lonely boy wins over his distant father and strict grandmother with help from a brave velveteen rabbit whose one wish is to become a real rabbit someday
Style: feel good, fairy tale, entertaining, captivating, light ...
Audience: family outing, preschoolers, kids
Plot: imaginary kingdom, children, family relations, friendship, imaginary, objects come to life, family life, youth, escapades, love, gift, christmas ...
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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, contemplative, psychological, atmospheric, sincere ...
Plot: unemployment, friends, hopes, society, friendship, introspection, self discovery, unfulfillment, small town, materialism, bad trip, artists and showbiz ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, california, los angeles, northern california
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