Movies like The Polar Express

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The Polar Express (2004)
 6.6
 157K
The Polar Express (2004)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Family, Fantasy, Musical
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: When a doubting young boy takes an extraordinary train ride to the North Pole, he embarks on a journey of self-discovery that shows him that the wonder of life never fades for those who believe.
Style: feel good, stylized, touching, semi serious, cult film, fairy tale, sentimental, breathtaking, colourful, scenic ...
Audience: family outing, kids, preschoolers, pre-teens
Plot: christmas, adventure, belief, faith, santa claus, train ride, holiday, self discovery, young heroes, snow, north pole, magic, fish out of water, train travel, dream, christmas movie, boy, nerd, gift, bell, beard, ticket, miraculous event, good versus evil, life philosophy ...
Time: 50s, 20th century

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Most similar movies to The Polar Express

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out feel good, semi serious, humorous and touching films with plots about family, adventure, escapades, friends, friendship, imaginary and christmas mostly in Animation, Family and Fantasy genres. Some movies like The Polar Express: A Christmas Carol (2009), Rise of the Guardians (2012), The Pagemaster (1994), Arthur Christmas (2011), Santa's Apprentice (2010). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
A Christmas Carol (2009)
Genre: Animation, Drama, Family, Fantasy
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Miser Ebenezer Scrooge is awakened on Christmas Eve by spirits who reveal to him his own miserable existence, what opportunities he wasted in his youth, his current cruelties, and the dire fate that awaits him if he does not change his ways. Scrooge ...
Style: feel good, sentimental, exciting, humorous, colourful ...
Audience: kids, family outing, preschoolers
Plot: christmas, ghost, holiday, redemption, regret, supernatural, life changing experience, dreams, elderly, human nature, rich and poor, greed ...
Time: 19th century, victorian, victorian england, victorian era, future
Place: england, europe, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Rise of the Guardians (2012)
Genre: Animation, Action, Adventure, Comedy, Family, Fantasy
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: When an evil spirit known as Pitch lays down the gauntlet to take over the world, the immortal Guardians must join forces for the first time to protect the hopes, beliefs and imagination of children all over the world.
Style: exciting, touching, fairy tale, colourful, serious ...
Audience: kids, preschoolers, family outing
Plot: fairy, adventure, good versus evil, belief, childhood, santa claus, legends and myths, holiday, friendship, dreams, heroes, christmas ...
Place: saint petersburg, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
 6.1
 19K
The Pagemaster (1994)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Family, Fantasy, Horror
Country: USA
Duration: 80 min.
Story: Tyler knows a lot about accidents. So much so, he is scared to do anything that might endanger him, like riding his bike, or climbing into his treehouse. While in an old library, he is mystically transported into the unknown world of books, and he ...
Style: feel good, semi serious, touching, stylized, melancholic ...
Audience: family outing, kids, pre-teens
Plot: adventure, mischievous children, library, fantasy world, imaginary, imaginary kingdom, heroic mission, getting home, young heroes, fish out of water, imagination, lone hero ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Arthur Christmas (2011)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Family, Fantasy
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Each Christmas, Santa and his vast army of highly trained elves produce gifts and distribute them around the world in one night. However, when one of 600 million children to receive a gift from Santa on Christmas Eve is missed, it is deemed ...
Style: humorous, exciting, colourful, touching, entertaining ...
Audience: family outing, kids, preschoolers
Plot: christmas, holiday, santa claus, letter, race against time, family, escapades, reindeer, magical, adventure, elf, assistant ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: idaho, toronto ontario canada, mexico, cuba, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
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Santa's Apprentice (2010)
Genre: Animation, Comedy
Country: Australia, France, Ireland
Duration: 80 min.
Story: Santa doesn't want to retire, but rules are rules and he must train someone to replace him. The lucky winner, to be chosen from among millions of children, must be named Nicholas, be an orphan and have a pure heart. On the other side of the ...
Style: feel good, semi serious, humorous, touching
Audience: preschoolers, kids, family outing
Plot: christmas, family, teaching the ways of the world, friendship, orphan, imaginary kingdom, young heroes, santa claus, aging, imaginary, workplace, retiring ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer (1964)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Family, Fantasy, Musical
Country: USA, Japan
Duration: 47 min.
Story: Sam the snowman tells us the story of a young red-nosed reindeer who, after being ousted from the reindeer games because of his glowing nose, teams up with Hermey, an elf who wants to be a dentist, and Yukon Cornelius, the prospector. They run into ...
Style: touching, semi serious, feel good, humorous, fairy tale ...
Audience: kids, family outing, preschoolers
Plot: misfit, imaginary kingdom, island, christmas, dentist, winter, snowman, reindeer, santa claus, toys, family, adventure ...
Time: 1960s
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
 5.4
 2K
Saving Santa (2013)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Family, Fantasy, Musical
Country: UK, USA, India
Duration: 83 min.
Story: A lowly stable elf finds that he is the only one who can stop an invasion of the North Pole by using the secret of Santa's Sleigh, a TimeGlobe, to travel back in time to Save Santa - twice.
Style: feel good, humorous, semi serious, not serious, offbeat ...
Audience: family outing, preschoolers
Plot: time travel, santa claus, christmas, north pole, reindeer, save the day, adventure, fish out of water, danger, disorder, escapades, elf ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
Frosty the Snowman (1969)
Genre: Animation, Short, Family, Fantasy, Musical
Country: USA
Duration: 25 min.
Story: A discarded silk top-hat becomes the focus of a struggle between a washed-up stage magician and a group of schoolchildren, after it magically brings a snowman to life. Realizing that newly-living Frosty will melt in spring unless he takes refuge in ...
Style: feel good, humorous, semi serious, fairy tale, christmas special ...
Audience: kids, family outing, preschoolers
Plot: christmas, holiday, friendship, snowman, adventure, family, good versus evil, unlikely partners, mischievous children, young heroes, heroes, friends ...
Time: 80s
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
Movie in collections
 7.9
 484K
Toy Story 2 (1999)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Family, Fantasy
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Andy heads off to Cowboy Camp, leaving his toys to their own devices. Things shift into high gear when an obsessive toy collector named Al McWhiggen, owner of Al's Toy Barn kidnaps Woody. Andy's toys mount a daring rescue mission, Buzz ...
Style: feel good, humorous, semi serious, cult film, light ...
Audience: kids, family outing, pre-teens, preschoolers
Plot: friendship, collector, teamwork, toys, greed, theft, escape, villain, toy comes to life, airplane, objects come to life, adventure ...
Time: 1990s
Place: ohio
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Mickey's Twice Upon a Christmas (2004)
Genre: Animation, Comedy, Family, Fantasy
Country: USA
Duration: 68 min.
Story: Santa Claus, Mickey Mouse and all his Disney pals star in an original movie about the importance of opening your heart to the true spirit of Christmas. Stubborn old Donald tries in vain to resist the joys of the season, and Mickey and Pluto learn a ...
Style: light, humorous, not serious, feel good
Audience: kids, preschoolers, family outing
Plot: friendship, holiday, christmas, self discovery, family relations, friends, family, imaginary, adventure, anthropomorphism, anthropomorphic animal, uncle nephew relationship ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
Toy Story That Time Forgot (2014)
Genre: Animation, Short, Adventure, Comedy, Family, Fantasy
Country: USA
Duration: 22 min.
Story: During a post-Christmas play date, the gang find themselves in uncharted territory when the coolest set of action figures ever turn out to be dangerously delusional. It's all up to Trixie, the triceratops, if the gang hopes to return to ...
Style: humorous, exciting, semi serious, feel good, entertaining ...
Audience: family outing, pre-teens, preschoolers, kids
Plot: christmas, toy, adventure, friendship, family, imaginary, getting home, danger, talking animals, good versus evil, kids and family, friends ...
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
The Year Without a Santa Claus (1974)
Genre: Animation, Comedy, Family, Fantasy, Musical
Country: USA
Duration: 51 min.
Story: Feeling forgotten by the children of the world, old St. Nick decides to skip his gift-giving journey and take a vacation. Mrs. Claus and two spunky little elves, Jingle and Jangle, set out to see to where all the season's cheer has disappeared. ...
Style: semi serious, feel good, humorous, christmas special
Audience: kids, family outing, preschoolers
Plot: christmas, santa claus, mischievous children, youth, friendship, rivalry, good versus evil, fish out of water, family relations, friends, rescue, misfit ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
Christmas Is Here Again (2007)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Family, Musical
Country: USA
Duration: 74 min.
Story: When the evil Krad steals Santa's toy bag, he crushes the holiday spirit- and over time, the world's children forget all about Christmas. Now, a wide-eyed orphan and her band of friends will embark on the polar adventure of a lifetime, as ...
Style: offbeat, feel good, stylized, exciting, humorous ...
Audience: preschoolers, kids, family outing
Plot: orphan, christmas, santa claus, imaginary kingdom, adventure, heroic mission, heroes, legends and myths, young heroes, escapades, optimism, fish out of water ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town (1970)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Family, Fantasy, Musical
Country: USA, Japan
Duration: 48 min.
Story: A postman, S.D. Kluger, decides to answer some of the most common questions about Santa Claus, and tells us about a small baby named Kris who is raised by a family of elf toymakers named Kringle. When Kris grew up, he wanted to deliver toys to the ...
Style: feel good, touching, semi serious, humorous, christmas special
Audience: family outing, preschoolers, kids
Plot: mischievous children, christmas, santa claus, escapades, danger, rescue, family, imaginary, good versus evil, family relations, friendship, foundling ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (1966)
Genre: Animation, Short, Family, Fantasy
Country: USA
Duration: 26 min.
Story: Bitter and hateful, the Grinch is irritated at the thought of the nearby village having a happy time celebrating Christmas. So disguised as Santa Claus, with his dog made to look like a reindeer, he raids the village to steal all the Christmas ...
Style: christmas special, feel good, semi serious, colourful, atmospheric ...
Audience: kids, family outing, preschoolers
Plot: christmas, holiday, monster, family, imaginary, social misfits, fish out of water, dog, villain turns good, christmas eve, obsession, generosity ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965)
Genre: Animation, Short, Comedy, Family
Country: USA
Duration: 25 min.
Story: When Charlie Brown complains about the overwhelming materialism that he sees amongst everyone during the Christmas season, Lucy suggests that he become director of the school Christmas pageant. Charlie Brown accepts, but is a frustrating struggle. ...
Style: touching, feel good, humorous, semi serious, christmas special ...
Audience: kids, family outing, preschoolers
Plot: christmas, holiday, director, peanuts, family, siblings relations, heroes, young heroes, contests and competitions, teaching the ways of the world, artists and showbiz, musician ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
The Care Bears Movie (1985)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Family, Fantasy, Musical
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 77 min.
Story: The Care Bears have their work cut out for them, because Nicolas, a lonely magician's assistant, is about to fall under the evil influence of a bad spirit who lives in an ancient magic book -- it seems Nicolas will do just about anything for ...
Style: touching, semi serious, humorous, feel good, sweet ...
Audience: kids, family outing, toddlers, preschoolers
Plot: friendship, good versus evil, orphan, family, adventure, rescue, wish come true, imaginary, siblings relations, danger, disorder, animal life ...
Time: 80s
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
 6.8
 51K
The Boxtrolls (2014)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Family, Fantasy
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: An orphaned boy raised by underground creatures called Boxtrolls comes up from the sewers and out of his box to save his family and the town from the evil exterminator, Archibald Snatcher.
Style: humorous, exciting, feel good, colourful, atmospheric ...
Audience: kids, family outing, pre-teens
Plot: adventure, steampunk, good versus evil, fantasy world, friendship, family, young heroes, danger, escapades, disorder, fish out of water, prejudice ...
Time: victorian
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
Movie in collections
 8.2
 11K
The Snowman (1982)
Genre: Animation, Short, Adventure, Family, Fantasy
Country: UK
Duration: 26 min.
Story: A young boy makes a snowman one Christmas Eve, which comes to life at midnight and takes the boy on a magical adventure to the North Pole to meet Santa Claus.
Style: touching, semi serious, feel good, humorous, cult film
Audience: preschoolers, kids, family outing
Plot: imaginary kingdom, christmas, snowman, wish come true, friendship, friends, youth, misfit, disorder, fish out of water, imaginary, young heroes ...
Time: 20th century
Place: brighton, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
A Troll in Central Park (1994)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Family, Fantasy, Musical
Country: Ireland, USA
Duration: 76 min.
Story: A friendly troll with a magic green thumb grows one flower too many for the queen, whose laws require all trolls to be mean ugly and scare humans whenever possible. As a punishment, he is exiled to a world of concrete, where he should live a life of ...
Style: humorous, semi serious, touching, sweet, cult film ...
Audience: kids, family outing, preschoolers
Plot: troll, imaginary kingdom, adventure, friendship, heroic mission, family, fish out of water, good versus evil, mischievous children, heroes, escapades, youth ...
Place: usa, new york, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
 8.3
 812K
Toy Story (1995)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Family, Fantasy
Country: USA
Duration: 81 min.
Story: Led by Woody, Andy's toys live happily in his room until Andy's birthday brings Buzz Lightyear onto the scene. Afraid of losing his place in Andy's heart, Woody plots against Buzz. But when circumstances separate Buzz and Woody from ...
Style: touching, humorous, exciting, witty, stylized ...
Audience: family outing, kids, pre-teens, preschoolers
Plot: toys, friendship, adventure, friends, jealousy, rescue, teamwork, rivalry, family, cowboy, foe turned friend, dinosaur ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s
Place: usa, ohio
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
Winnie the Pooh: Seasons of Giving (1999)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Family, Fantasy, Musical
Country: USA
Duration: 70 min.
Story: A collection of Winnie the Pooh's memorable holiday adventures, as Winnie, Piglet, and Tigger set out to find the right ingredients for Winter, Rabbit learns how to manage a complicated Thanksgiving dinner, and everyone gets a special visit ...
Style: touching, semi serious, humorous, feel good
Audience: preschoolers, family outing, kids
Plot: tiger, friendship, donkey, kangaroo, rabbit, christmas, buddies, misfit, family relations, friends, rescue, fish out of water ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
The Tigger Movie (2000)
Genre: Animation, Comedy, Drama, Family, Musical
Country: USA, Japan
Duration: 77 min.
Story: As it happens, everybody - Pooh, Piglet, Eeyore, Roo, Rabbit, Owl - is busy preparing a suitable winter home for Eeyore. When everything they do seems to get undone by Tigger's exuberant bouncing, Rabbit suggest Tigger go outside and find other ...
Style: feel good, semi serious, humorous, sentimental, intense ...
Audience: kids, preschoolers, family outing
Plot: friendship, rescue, adventure, heroic mission, escapades, disorder, self discovery, teaching the ways of the world, young heroes, tiger, rabbit, donkey ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
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704
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Olive, the Other Reindeer (1999)
Genre: Animation, Short, Comedy, Family, Fantasy, Musical
Country: USA
Duration: 45 min.
Story: After mis-hearing a radio broadcast about Santa canceling his Christmas trip due to an injured reindeer, Olive the dog decides to travel to the North Pole and volunteer to be a replacement. Unfortunately, Olive must deal with an evil postman ...
Style: feel good, humorous, semi serious, christmas special
Audience: family outing, kids, preschoolers
Plot: mischievous children, family, daring rescue, adventure, goofy hero, save the day, friendship, mistaken identity, friends, odd couple, misfit, fish out of water ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
Mickey's Once Upon a Christmas (1999)
Genre: Animation, Comedy, Family, Fantasy
Country: USA
Duration: 66 min.
Story: Mickey, Minnie, and their famous friends Goofy, Donald, Daisy and Pluto gather together to reminisce about the love, magic and surprises in three wonder-filled stories of Christmas past.
Style: humorous, semi serious, feel good
Audience: preschoolers, kids, family outing
Plot: christmas, imaginary kingdom, rescue, friendship, adventure, switching roles, young heroes, imaginary, family, mischievous children, teaching the ways of the world, mistaken identity ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
The Flight Before Christmas (2008)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Family, Fantasy
Country: Finland, Denmark, Germany, Ireland
Duration: 80 min.
Story: A young reindeer who suffers from vertigo learns to overcome his fear, takes flying lessons from a clumsy flying squirrel and heads to the North pole to save a troubled Santa and his fleet of flying reindeer.
Style: exciting, feel good, light, sincere, semi serious
Audience: family outing, kids, preschoolers
Plot: christmas, adventure, animal life, friends, family, holiday, destiny, society, escapades, teaching the ways of the world, power relations, family relations ...
Place: europe, norway
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
 6.4
 21K
Pete's Dragon (1977)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Family, Fantasy, Musical
Country: USA
Duration: 128 min.
Story: Pete, a young orphan, runs away to a Maine fishing town with his best friend a lovable, sometimes invisible dragon named Elliott! When they are taken in by a kind lighthouse keeper, Nora, and her father, Elliott's prank playing lands them in ...
Style: feel good, semi serious, humorous, touching, sentimental ...
Audience: family outing, kids, pre-teens
Plot: friendship, dragon, small town, orphan, invisibility, presumed dead, part animation, adventure, family, imaginary, escapades, small town life ...
Time: 20th century, 1900s
Place: maine, usa, new england
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
James and the Giant Peach (1996)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Family, Fantasy, Musical
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 79 min.
Story: When the young orphan boy James spills a magic bag of crocodile tongues, he finds himself in possession of a giant peach that flies him away to strange lands.
Style: surreal, feel good, humorous, touching, stylized ...
Audience: family outing, pre-teens, kids
Plot: magic, surrealism, orphan, adventure, aunt, friendship, young heroes, family, buddies, danger, youth, wish come true ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: england, manhattan, new york city, empire state building manhattan new york city, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer & the Island of Misfit Toys (2001)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Family, Fantasy, Musical
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 74 min.
Story: When the mysterious Toy Taker grabs all of Santa's toys, it looks like the children will miss out on Christmas. But everyone's favorite reindeer, Rudolph, comes to the rescue with his lovable friends: Hermey the elf, Yukon Cornelius the ...
Style: touching, semi serious, humorous, stylized, feel good ...
Audience: kids, family outing, preschoolers
Plot: island, family, adventure, family life, partners, disorder, rivalry, friendship, misfit, family relations, friends, young heroes ...
Time: 2000s
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
 8.2
 59K
Klaus (2019)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Family
Country: Spain, UK
Duration: 96 min.
Story: A postman is posted to a frozen town in the North - where he discovers Santa Claus is hiding out.
Style: funny, sincere, feel good, thought provoking, colourful
Audience: family outing
Plot: santa claus, christmas, postman, kindness, friendship, good versus evil, small town, heroic mission, christmas present, children, re-education, 2d animation ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%