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Persepolis (2007)
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: 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, hypocrisy, dignity, protest, neighbor, arrest, execution, 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, persia, austria ...

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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, friendship, imagination, train, loneliness, runaway and mentor mostly in Animation, Drama and Biography 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, 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, surreal, psychological, stylized, disturbing ...
Plot: nightmare, massacre, dog, soldier, memory loss, corpse, army, haunted by the past, war, genocide, guilt, politics ...
Time: 21st century, 20th century, 80s, contemporary
Place: israel, lebanon, middle east, palestine, beirut lebanon
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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, theft, war, bomb, loss of parent, firefly, fighting illness, navy, desperation ...
Time: 40s, 20th century, 1940s
Place: japan, asia, mine, tokyo
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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, prison, arranged marriage, imprisonment, culture, gender, bribe, eating an apple, friend, blood ...
Place: afghanistan
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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: captivating, realistic, serious, sincere
Audience: family outing
Plot: desert, folk hero, religions or cults, clergy, good versus evil, introspection, oracle, society, ambition, righting the wronged, dishonesty, fighting the system ...
Time: middle ages, ancient history
Place: middle east
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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, stylized, atmospheric, sentimental, realistic ...
Plot: inventions and discoveries, follow your dream, earthquake, love, flying, airplane, tuberculosis, hopes, love and romance, dictatorship, dreams, designer ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 20s, 30s, 1930s ...
Place: japan, asia, germany, tokyo
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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: social misfits, friendship, loneliness, neighbor, depression, correspondence, mental illness, letter, jewish, suffering, young woman, lottery ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: australia, usa, new york
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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, housekeeper, knocking on a door, gunshot wound, baby boy, crow, tragic event, nest, following someone, drunk, fireplace, egg ...
Time: 19th century, year 1990
Place: paris france
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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: realistic, disturbing, offbeat, gloomy, thought provoking ...
Plot: prison, injustice, false accusation, prison life, confined, life is a bitch, false arrest, foreigner, death, innocence, hospital
Place: poland
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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: realistic, gloomy, touching, stylized, serious ...
Plot: island, friendship, dancing, young heroes, disorder, society, social differences, innocence lost, friends, family relations, deportation, village ...
Time: 40s, 20th century, year 1947, year 1946, year 1945
Place: asia, japan, soviet union
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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, witty, serious, emotional, touching ...
Plot: rebelliousness, human nature, introspection, rebellion, family relations, homecoming, leaving home, artists and showbiz, writer's life, parents and children, hopes, family life ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 80s, 50s, 70s ...
Place: usa, russia
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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: stylized, clever, offbeat, surreal, talky ...
Plot: philosophy, existentialism, nightmare, dream, imagination, bohemian life, daydreamer, hopes, twentysomething life, imaginary, lifestyle, human nature ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: texas
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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: stylized, touching, semi serious, realistic, sentimental ...
Audience: preschoolers
Plot: magical, french, stage, magician, loneliness, friendship, coming of age, performer's life, odd couple, fan, age difference, youth ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, 1950s, year 1959
Place: england, france, scotland, edinburgh scotland, big ben london ...
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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: offbeat, surreal, humorous, feel good, exciting ...
Audience: pre-teens
Plot: kidnapping, mafia, dog, newspaper, pianist, chase, singer, boy, french, dreams, experiment, boat ...
Time: 1930s
Place: france, paris france
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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: gloomy, psychological, sentimental, touching, captivating ...
Plot: art, family relations, artists and showbiz, unfulfillment, life is a bitch, obsession, mentally unstable, rise and fall, tragic hero, prodigy, bipolar disorder
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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: disturbing, serious, stylized, suspenseful, realistic
Plot: chase, laboratory, danger, dog, pets, animal life, adventure, dangerous animal, escapades, fugitives, chases and races, deadly ...
Time: 80s
Place: england, europe
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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, scenic, sad, romantic, emotional ...
Audience: date night
Plot: teenage love, train, young lovers, lovers apart, love and romance, hopes, friendship, letter, life philosophy, surf, dreaming, romance ...
Time: contemporary, 90s, 20th century, 21st century, future ...
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
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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, surreal, scary, stylized, dark ...
Audience: kids, family outing, preschoolers
Plot: parallel world, adventure, parents and children, danger, family, young heroes, save the day, neighbor, dream, secret place, estate, loneliness ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: oregon, usa, michigan, texas
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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: mind bending, surreal, gloomy, psychological, offbeat ...
Plot: unemployment, self discovery, small town, cause and meaning, artists and showbiz, twentysomething life, unfulfillment, hopes, hollywood, friendship, friends, religions or cults ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, los angeles, california
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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, childhood, imagination, family, nightmare, bullying, part animation, life & death, grandmother, truth, boy ...
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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: bleak, serious, rough, psychological, realistic ...
Plot: on the run, motel, siblings relations, life turned upside down, life is a bitch, social misfits, misfit, society, introspection, family relations, family problems, hit and run ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: nevada, usa, hawaii
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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.
Plot: sickness, war, monster, backpack, orphan, classroom, evacuation, dream, train station, clinic, river, cat ...
Time: 1940s, 1930s, year 1943, year 1945, year 1944
Place: japan, hiroshima japan
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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: uplifting, touching, realistic, sentimental, serious ...
Audience: family outing, teens, pre-teens
Plot: teenage love, follow your dream, cat, first love, imagination, love, self discovery, coming of age, library, dream, violin, writing ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: japan, italy, asia, tokyo, europe
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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: nazi, adolescence, jewish girl, diary, attic, teenage girl, jewish, mother daughter relationship, world war two, father daughter relationship, holocaust, hiding
Time: 1940s
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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: psychological, psychedelic, surreal, disturbing, stylized ...
Audience: teens
Plot: music, isolation, rock, teacher, police brutality, racial slur, nightmare, wall, hallucinations, childhood, rebellion, dreams ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 40s, 50s, 70s
Place: england, europe
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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, touching, inspirational, motivational, colourful ...
Audience: family outing, kids, pre-teens
Plot: family, life philosophy, coming of age, imaginary friend, childhood, dream, disney, memory, creativity, friendship, sadness, joy ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s, 2010s
Place: san francisco, california, usa, minnesota
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Fritz the Cat (1972)
Genre: Animation, Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 78 min.
Story: A hypocritical swinging college student cat raises hell in a satiric vision of various elements on the 1960's.
Style: disturbing, humorous, semi serious, offbeat, avant garde ...
Plot: addiction, drug abuse, sex, revolution, drug dealing, hippie, anthropomorphism, orgy, hallucinogenic drug, sexual revolution, cat, life is a bitch ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 1960s, year 1966
Place: new york, usa
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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: realistic, serious, stylized, atmospheric, gloomy ...
Plot: surrealism, haunted by the past, misfit, society, life is a bitch, mysterious character, mystery, social misfits, uncover truth, crimes, axe, rotoscoping ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, year 1989
Place: czechoslovakia, czech republic, prague, poland
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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, childhood, marriage, folk music, childhood memory, school, introspection, twentysomething life, coming of age, youth, city life, unhappy ...
Place: japan, tokyo, asia
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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, family in crisis, life is a bitch, coming of age, human spirit, family problems, dealing with death, hopes, child illness, superhero, first love ...
Place: usa
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The Murder Case of Hana & Alice (2015)
Genre: Animation, Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Prequel to 2004 coming-of-age live-action film Hana & Alice. After her parents separate, 14 year-old Tetsuko (who will soon be nick-named Alice) moves with her mother to a new town in what she calls "The Boonies" and must enroll as a ...
Plot: friendship, first love, bullying, taxi driver, 14 year old, screaming, mother daughter relationship, telephone call, school, flashback, marriage, punched in the face ...
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