Movies like A Scanner Darkly

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A Scanner Darkly (2006)
 7.1
 99K
A Scanner Darkly (2006)
Genre: Animation, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: An undercover cop in a not-too-distant future becomes involved with a dangerous new drug and begins to lose his own identity as a result.
Style: psychological, psychedelic, surreal, stylized, atmospheric, suspenseful, tense, twists and turns, depressing, disturbing ...
Plot: drug abuse, undercover, addiction, losing-it hero, fighting crime, law enforcement, future dystopia, surveillance, neo noir, split personality, schizophrenia, unfulfillment, suicide attempt, corporation, life is a bitch, working undercover, society, disorder, drugs/alcohol, deception, slacker, brain, cocaine, dream, greed ...
Time: future, 21st century, near future
Place: california, usa, san diego california

Most similar movies to A Scanner Darkly

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out stylized, serious, suspenseful and atmospheric films with plots about storytelling, danger, mentor, death, dialogue, transformation and violence mostly in Animation, Sci-Fi and Drama genres. Some movies like A Scanner Darkly: Metropia (2009), Paprika (2006), Ghost in the Shell (1995), Patlabor: The Movie (1989), Cowboy Bebop: The Movie (2001). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
 6.3
 7K
Metropia (2009)
Genre: Animation, Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: Sweden, Denmark, Norway
Duration: 86 min.
Story: In the near future, oil reserves are nearly depleted and Europe is connected by series of underground tunnels. While navigating these tunnels, Roger hears voices, one in particular. Seeking a way to rid himself of the voice only leads Roger deeper ...
Style: stylized, exciting, futuristic, atmospheric, serious ...
Plot: mind control, society, chaos, imaginary, life is a bitch, corporate crimes, future dystopia, danger, surveillance, conspiracy, bomb, dystopic future ...
Time: future
Place: europe, paris france, scandinavia, stockholm sweden, san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.7
 60K
Paprika (2006)
Genre: Animation, Drama, Fantasy, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 90 min.
Story: When a machine that allows therapists to enter their patient's dreams is stolen, all hell breaks loose. Only a young female therapist can stop it: Paprika.
Style: atmospheric, twists and turns, surreal, psychological, stylized ...
Plot: surveillance, villain, investigation, mermaid, mental illness, abuse, jealousy, betrayal, deception, fairy, dream, guilt ...
Time: future
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
Ghost in the Shell (1995)
Genre: Animation, Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: Japan, UK
Duration: 83 min.
Story: In the year 2029, the barriers of our world have been broken down by the net and by cybernetics, but this brings new vulnerability to humans in the form of brain-hacking. When a highly-wanted hacker known as 'The Puppetmaster' begins ...
Style: futuristic, suspenseful, surreal, mind bending, exciting ...
Plot: cyberpunk, future dystopia, mind game, mind control, chase, policewoman, artificial intelligence, cyberspace, androids and robots, technology gone awry, self discovery, terrorism ...
Time: future, 21st century, 2020s
Place: japan, tokyo, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
81%
Patlabor: The Movie (1989)
Genre: Animation, Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 100 min.
Story: A mysterious suicide and a series of unmanned robot run-aways sparks off a Police investigation into the suspicious software on-board thousands of industrial robots around Tokyo.
Style: futuristic, stylized, exciting, serious, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: robot, police, save the day, investigation, chaos, space travel, save the world, danger, society, law enforcement, rivalry, a.i. ...
Time: future
Place: japan, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
65%
Movie in collections
Cowboy Bebop: The Movie (2001)
Genre: Animation, Action, Crime, Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: Japan, USA
Duration: 115 min.
Story: Mars. Days before Halloween 2071. Villains blow up a tanker truck on Highway One, releasing a deadly virus that kills hundreds. Fearing a bigger, even more devastating biochemical attack, an astronomical reward is offered for the arrest and capture ...
Style: atmospheric, futuristic, stylized, witty, exciting ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: chase, terrorism, martial arts, race against time, bounty hunter, outer space, good versus evil, neo noir, hacker, danger, halloween, anti heroes ...
Time: future, 21st century
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
65%
Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence (2004)
Genre: Animation, Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Groundbreaking director Mamoru Oshii continues to push the boundaries of art and anime with this universally acclaimed cyber thriller following cyborg detective Batou as he tries to unravel the reasons for a murderous robot revolt in the year 2032. ...
Style: futuristic, stylized, suspenseful, serious, philosophical ...
Audience: teens
Plot: cyberpunk, investigation, imaginary, escapades, fighting crime, loss of partner, deadly, mind game, undercover, computers and web, uncover truth, androids and robots ...
Time: future, 21st century
Place: japan, asia, hong kong, battleship, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
64%
Ghost in the Shell 2.0 (2008)
Genre: Animation, Action, Crime, Drama, Sci-Fi
Country: Japan
Duration: 83 min.
Story: In the year 2029, Section 9, a group of cybernetically enhanced cops, are called in to investigate and stop a highly-wanted hacker known as 'The Puppetmaster'. Ghost in the Shell 2.0 is a reproduced version of its original 1995 ...
Style: stylized, serious, bleak, atmospheric, suspenseful ...
Plot: cyberspace, cyberpunk, terrorism, hacker, androids and robots, future dystopia, crimes, fighting crime, deadly, law enforcement, urban, network ...
Time: future, 21st century, 2020s
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
63%
 6.7
 15K
Renaissance (2006)
Genre: Animation, Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: France, Luxembourg, UK
Duration: 105 min.
Story: To find Ilona and unlock the secrets of her disappearance, Karas must plunge deep into the parallel worlds of corporate espionage, organized crime and genetic research - where the truth imprisons whoever finds it first and miracles can be bought but ...
Style: futuristic, bleak, atmospheric, gloomy, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: police investigation, monopoly, kidnapping, french, neo noir, police detective, investigation, rescue, danger, drug dealing, woman in danger, society ...
Time: future
Place: europe, paris france, france
⇓ similarity ⇓
61%
Movie in collections
 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, surreal, talky, clever, tense ...
Plot: philosophy, existentialism, nightmare, dream, imagination, lifestyle, hopes, twentysomething life, imaginary, daydreamer, encounter, bohemian life ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
 6.5
 16K
The Congress (2013)
Genre: Animation, Drama, Sci-Fi
Country: Israel, Germany, Poland, Luxembourg, Belgium, France, USA
Duration: 122 min.
Story: More than two decades after catapulting to stardom with The Princess Bride, Robin Wright decides to take her final job: preserving her likeness for a future Hollywood. Through a deal brokered by her loyal, longtime agent and the head of Miramount ...
Style: futuristic, surreal, stylized, thought provoking, mind bending ...
Plot: aging, postmodernism, lookalikes, artists and showbiz, one last job, filmmaking, lifestyle, society, moral dilemma, innocence lost, parallel world, escape from reality ...
Time: future, 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
 8.1
 136K
Akira (1988)
Genre: Animation, Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 124 min.
Story: Childhood friends Tetsuo and Kaneda are pulled into the post-apocalyptic underworld of Neo-Tokyo and forced to fight for their very survival. Kaneda is a bike gang leader, and Tetsuo is a member of a tough motorcycle crew who becomes involved in a ...
Style: stylized, atmospheric, surreal, exciting, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: cyberpunk, experiment, nihilism, nuclear holocaust, interrogation, scientist, anger, military, destruction, chaos, psychic, rescue ...
Time: future, 21st century, 2010s
Place: japan, tokyo, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
59%
Batman: Mask of the Phantasm (1993)
Genre: Animation, Action, Adventure, Crime, Drama, Family, Mystery, Romance, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 76 min.
Story: An old flame of Bruce Wayne's strolls into town, re-heating up the romance between the two. At the same time, a mass murderer with an axe for one hand begins systematically eliminating Gotham's crime bosses. Due to the person's dark ...
Style: stylized, exciting, suspenseful, twists and turns, serious ...
Audience: teens
Plot: superhero, double life, vigilantism, millionaire, good versus evil, psychopath, gadget, secret identity, butler, vengeance, undercover, urban ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 1 (2012)
Genre: Animation, Action, Adventure, Crime, Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 76 min.
Story: Batman has not been seen for ten years. A new breed of criminal ravages Gotham City, forcing 55-year-old Bruce Wayne back into the cape and cowl. But, does he still have what it takes to fight crime in a new era?
Style: stylized, realistic, bleak, exciting, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: superhero, vigilantism, good versus evil, gang, secret identity, mutant, rivalry, protector, middle aged, fighting crime, retired, heroes ...
Time: future, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
Batman: Under the Red Hood (2010)
Genre: Animation, Action, Crime, Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 75 min.
Story: Batman faces his ultimate challenge as the mysterious Red Hood takes Gotham City by firestorm. One part vigilante, one part criminal kingpin, Red Hood begins cleaning up Gotham with the efficiency of Batman, but without following the same ethical ...
Style: stylized, exciting, suspenseful, serious, surprise ending ...
Audience: teens
Plot: superhero, mysterious character, secret identity, danger, haunted by the past, vigilantism, vigilante, organized crime, disguise, explosion, back from the dead, gadget ...
Place: bosnia, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker (2000)
Genre: Animation, Action, Crime, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 73 min.
Story: The Joker is back with a vengeance, and Gotham's newest Dark Knight needs answers as he stands alone to face Gotham's most infamous Clown Prince of Crime.
Style: stylized, exciting, suspenseful, serious, gothic ...
Audience: teens
Plot: superhero, good versus evil, rivalry, cyberpunk, escapades, heroic mission, future dystopia, secret identity, aging, undercover, danger, righting the wronged ...
Time: future
Place: tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
 8.2
 12K
Psycho-Pass (2012)
Genre: Animation, Action, Crime, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 25 min.
Story: Psycho-Pass is a Japanese anime television series that takes place in the future where it is possible to instantaneously measure a person's mental state, personality, and the probability that a person will commit crimes with a device installed ...
Style: futuristic, suspenseful, atmospheric, serious, bleak ...
Plot: master criminal, police, cyberpunk, future dystopia, police investigation, partners against crime, life is a bitch, anarchist, mastermind, manhunt, chase, father son relationship ...
Time: future, near future
Place: japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
 6.0
 20K
Immortal (2004)
Genre: Animation, Action, Crime, Drama, Sci-Fi
Country: France, Italy, UK
Duration: 103 min.
Story: New York City in the year 2095 where genetically altered humans live side by side with unaltered men and women.
Style: futuristic, stylized, epic, serious, suspenseful ...
Plot: election, museum, memory loss, senator, skeleton, bed, future dystopia, sexual abuse, tombs and skeletons, life is a bitch, escapades, society ...
Time: future
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
 4.8
 388
Sin: The Movie (2000)
Genre: Animation, Action, Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: Japan, USA
Duration: 60 min.
Story: It is the near future, and the city of Freeport teeters on the verge of total collapse. The twin tides of rampant crime and ruinous graft face only one barrier: the elite strike force HARDCORPS. Led by Colonel John Blade, HARDCORPS is the last force ...
Style: rough, stylized, serious, suspenseful, futuristic
Audience: boys' night
Plot: imaginary, adventure, tough law enforcer, crimes, escapades, life is a bitch, androids and robots, chaos and mayhem, a.i., race against time, chaos, police corruption ...
Time: future, 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
Movie in collections
Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 2 (2013)
Genre: Animation, Action, Adventure, Crime, Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 76 min.
Story: Batman has stopped the reign of terror that The Mutants had cast upon his city. Now an old foe wants a reunion and the government wants The Man of Steel to put a stop to Batman.
Style: stylized, realistic, rough, suspenseful, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: vigilantism, secret identity, gadget, superhero, heroic mission, imaginary, rivalry, villain, society, urban, wanted, comeback ...
Time: future, 21st century
Place: usa, washington d.c., soviet union
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
 7.9
 42K
Perfect Blue (1997)
Genre: Animation, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 81 min.
Story: A retired pop singer turned actress' sense of reality is shaken when she is stalked by an obsessed fan and seemingly a ghost of her past.
Style: psychological, surreal, tense, suspenseful, atmospheric ...
Plot: singer, stalking, split personality, obsession, murder, tv show, actress, fan, mind game, serial killer, ambition, success ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
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, bleak, realistic, rough, psychological ...
Plot: on the run, motel, family problems, life is a bitch, family relations, siblings relations, life turned upside down, social misfits, introspection, society, misfit, working class ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: nevada, usa, hawaii
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
 7.3
 19K
Metropolis (2001)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Duke Red has overseen the construction of a massive Ziggurat to extend his power across the whole planet. Tima, a robot-girl built in the image of his deceased daughter, is at the core of these plans. However, after escaping the Duke's clutches ...
Style: futuristic, stylized, bleak, atmospheric, suspenseful ...
Plot: robot, skyscraper, megalomaniac, metropolis, steampunk, future dystopia, chaos and mayhem, heroic mission, adventure, life is a bitch, protest, bio weapon ...
Time: future, 1930s
Place: japan, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
Batman: The Killing Joke (2016)
Genre: Animation, Action, Crime, Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 76 min.
Story: As Batman hunts for the escaped Joker, the Clown Prince of Crime attacks the Gordon family to prove a diabolical point mirroring his own fall into madness. Based on the graphic novel by Alan Moore and Brian Bolland.
Style: comic, surprise ending, gothic, ambiguous ending, suspense ...
Plot: superhero, torture, carnival, psychopath, justice, hitman, cruelty, batman, vigilante, violence, mentor, dark hero ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
Movie in collections
 7.5
 473
Broken Saints (2003)
Genre: Animation, Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi
Country: Canada
Duration: 720 min.
Story: In the quiet corners of the globe, four strangers – a cynical American programmer, an aging Japanese priest, a troubled Arabic mercenary and a mysterious Fijian girl – receive a series of chilling apocalyptic visions. Desperate to understand ...
Style: atmospheric, bleak, suspenseful, stylized, serious ...
Plot: escapades, imaginary, mystery, curses spells and rituals, future dystopia, chaos, destiny, creator, danger, religions or cults, society, apocalypse ...
Place: japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
Batman: Mystery of the Batwoman (2003)
Genre: Animation, Action, Crime, Mystery, Romance, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 75 min.
Story: A new vigilante, Batwoman, is wreaking havoc in Gotham City. The dynamic duo must discover her true identity.
Style: stylized, serious, suspenseful, suspense, surprise ending ...
Audience: family outing, teens
Plot: superhero, revenge, good versus evil, secret identity, mystery killer, vengeance, adventure, knight, undercover, save the world, heroes, fighting crime ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
Neon Genesis Evangelion: The End of Evangelion (1997)
Genre: Animation, Action, Drama, Fantasy, Sci-Fi
Country: Japan
Duration: 90 min.
Story: The second of two theatrically released follow-ups to the Neon Genesis Evangelion series. Comprising of two alternate episodes which were first intended to take the place of episodes 25 and 26, this finale answers many of the questions surrounding ...
Style: psychological, surreal, atmospheric, stylized, futuristic ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: insanity, violence, youth, apocalypse, philosophy, mecha, space wars, save the world, angel, rivalry, self discovery, danger ...
Time: 21st century, future, 2010s
Place: japan, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
Batman & Mr. Freeze: SubZero (1998)
Genre: Animation, Action, Crime, Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 70 min.
Story: When a desperate Mr. Freeze, to save his dying wife, kidnaps Barbara (Batgirl) Gordon as an involuntary organ donor, Batman and Robin must find her before the operation can begin.
Style: exciting, stylized, suspenseful, serious, dark ...
Audience: pre-teens, teens, family outing, kids
Plot: superhero, chase, kidnapping, race against time, submarine, danger, cure, rescue, mad scientist, transplant, disorder, heroes ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
Batman: Year One (2011)
Genre: Animation, Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 64 min.
Story: Two men come to Gotham City: Bruce Wayne after years abroad feeding his lifelong obsession for justice and Jim Gordon after being too honest a cop with the wrong people elsewhere. After learning painful lessons about the city's corruption on ...
Style: stylized, exciting, serious, suspenseful, gothic ...
Audience: teens
Plot: superhero, vigilantism, police corruption, danger, gadget, origin of hero, urban, law enforcement, good versus evil, rivalry, escapades, crimes ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
 7.1
 125K
9 (2009)
Genre: Animation, Action, Adventure, Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 79 min.
Story: When 9 first comes to life, he finds himself in a post-apocalyptic world. All humans are gone, and it is only by chance that he discovers a small community of others like him taking refuge from fearsome machines that roam the earth intent on their ...
Style: surreal, bleak, suspenseful, futuristic, serious ...
Audience: pre-teens
Plot: vestiges of humanity, man versus machine, steampunk, survival, parallel world, fate of humanity, resistance, objects come to life, technology gone awry, friendship, post apocalyptic, post war ...
Time: future, 1940s
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
WXIII: Patlabor the Movie 3 (2002)
Genre: Sci-Fi, Animation, Action, Crime
Country: Japan
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Set in the year 2000 (between the events of Patlabor and Patlabor 2), when the level of Labor accidents begin to escalate around Tokyo Bay, police detectives Kusumi and Hata are assigned to investigate. What they discover leads to a series of ...
Style: serious, stylized, suspenseful
Audience: boys' night
Plot: genetic engineering, robot, police, experiment gone awry, weapon system, a.i., life is a bitch, crimes, escapades, androids and robots, neo noir, future dystopia ...
Time: future
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
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