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, bleak, clever, twists and turns, serious, atmospheric, suspenseful ...
Plot: undercover, drug abuse, surveillance, addiction, neo noir, working undercover, future dystopia, life is a bitch, losing-it hero, fighting crime, law enforcement, society, disorder, split personality, schizophrenia, brain, cocaine, corporation, dream, cyberpunk, unfulfillment, suicide attempt, slacker, deception, postmodernism ...
Time: future, 21st century, near future
Place: california, usa, san diego california

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Most similar movies to A Scanner Darkly

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, stylized, suspenseful and atmospheric films with plots about storytelling, death, dialogue, mentor, danger, transformation and violence mostly in Animation, Drama and Sci-Fi genres. Some movies like A Scanner Darkly: Paprika (2006), Ghost in the Shell (1995), Cowboy Bebop: The Movie (2001), Patlabor: The Movie (1989), The Congress (2013). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
 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: surreal, atmospheric, stylized, psychological, serious ...
Plot: fairy, dream, investigation, surveillance, mermaid, guilt, betrayal, missing person, advertising, abuse, suicide, jealousy ...
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, surreal, suspenseful, exciting, mind bending ...
Plot: cyberpunk, future dystopia, mind game, artificial intelligence, mind control, chase, policewoman, androids and robots, technology gone awry, cyberspace, a.i., self discovery ...
Time: future, 21st century, 2020s
Place: japan, tokyo, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
93%
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: futuristic, stylized, atmospheric, surreal, serious ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: bounty hunter, outer space, neo noir, race against time, halloween, terrorism, mars, chase, danger, good versus evil, revenge, hacker ...
Time: future, 21st century
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
75%
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, serious, suspenseful, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: robot, police, save the day, investigation, fighting the system, neo noir, mecha, a.i., master villain, fighting crime, adventure, man versus machine ...
Time: future
Place: japan, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
73%
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, serious, suspenseful, philosophical ...
Audience: teens
Plot: cyberpunk, investigation, androids and robots, uncover truth, computers and web, good versus evil, crimes, danger, escapades, imaginary, law enforcement, rivalry ...
Time: future, 21st century
Place: japan, hong kong, asia, battleship, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
72%
 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, serious, thought provoking ...
Plot: postmodernism, actor's life, artists and showbiz, imaginary, society, aging, innocence lost, moral dilemma, parents and children, child illness, future dystopia, parallel world ...
Time: future, 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
70%
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: futuristic, serious, suspenseful, surreal, atmospheric ...
Plot: cyberpunk, cyberspace, androids and robots, future dystopia, terrorism, hacker, a.i., urban, mind game, uncover truth, technology gone awry, danger ...
Time: future, 21st century, 2020s
Place: japan, tokyo, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
69%
 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, talky, surreal, clever, serious ...
Plot: philosophy, existentialism, dream, imagination, nightmare, human nature, hopes, parallel world, free will, freedom, imaginary, supernatural ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
69%
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 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: atmospheric, stylized, surreal, serious, epic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: cyberpunk, experiment, mutation, army, motorcycle gang, stadium, rescue, military, chaos, psychic, nihilism, nuclear holocaust ...
Time: future, 21st century, 2010s
Place: japan, tokyo, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
68%
 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, serious, gloomy ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: police investigation, kidnapping, monopoly, investigation, neo noir, future dystopia, president, victim, disappearance, identity, theft, scientist ...
Time: future
Place: europe, paris france, france
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
 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, futuristic, atmospheric, serious, gloomy ...
Plot: mind control, corporate crimes, future dystopia, life is a bitch, danger, dishonesty, imaginary, society, chases and races, crimes, escapades, partners ...
Time: future
Place: europe, paris france, stockholm sweden, scandinavia, san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
66%
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, serious, twists and turns, suspenseful, exciting ...
Audience: teens
Plot: superhero, vigilantism, double life, secret identity, psychopath, good versus evil, butler, gadget, millionaire, vengeance, mysterious character, urban ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
65%
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: bleak, stylized, exciting, serious, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: superhero, vigilantism, secret identity, good versus evil, gang, master villain, urban, fighting crime, heroic mission, batman, mutant, crimes ...
Time: future, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
64%
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, serious, suspenseful, exciting, surprise ending ...
Audience: teens
Plot: superhero, mysterious character, secret identity, vigilante, organized crime, haunted by the past, vigilantism, danger, master villain, face mask, martial arts, masked superhero ...
Place: bosnia, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
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, serious, bleak, rough, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: vigilantism, secret identity, superhero, gadget, master villain, urban, fighting crime, heroic mission, good versus evil, crimes, escapades, heroes ...
Time: future, 21st century
Place: usa, washington d.c., soviet union
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
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, serious, exciting, suspenseful, gothic ...
Audience: teens
Plot: superhero, cyberpunk, good versus evil, rivalry, master villain, secret identity, masked superhero, save the day, fighting crime, heroic mission, crimes, escapades ...
Time: future
Place: tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
 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: skeleton, bed, sexual abuse, memory loss, future dystopia, election, museum, senator, escapades, heroes, society, life is a bitch ...
Time: future
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
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, realistic, rough, psychological ...
Plot: on the run, motel, siblings relations, sibling relationship, life turned upside down, life is a bitch, society, social misfits, introspection, working class, misfit, family problems ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: nevada, usa, hawaii
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
Movie in collections
 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, future dystopia, police investigation, partners against crime, life is a bitch, cyberpunk, anarchist, mastermind, brutality, human nature, father son relationship ...
Time: future, near future
Place: japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
 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: futuristic, rough, serious, stylized, suspenseful
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gory, a.i., androids and robots, cyberpunk, government agency, adventure, tough law enforcer, fighting crime, investigation, race against time, save the world, chaos and mayhem ...
Time: 21st century, future
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
 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, atmospheric, bleak, serious ...
Plot: robot, metropolis, steampunk, megalomaniac, skyscraper, urban, androids and robots, save the day, son, jealousy, control, chaos and mayhem ...
Time: future, 1930s
Place: japan, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
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, suspense, ambiguous ending, surprise ending, gothic ...
Plot: superhero, torture, carnival, psychopath, justice, cruelty, hitman, batman, vigilante, violence, mentor, dark hero ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
 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: suspenseful, surreal, psychological, tense, serious ...
Plot: singer, stalking, split personality, obsession, murder, tv show, actress, mind game, fan, mentally unstable, career, female protagonist ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
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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, serious, suspenseful, exciting, suspense ...
Audience: teens
Plot: superhero, vigilantism, police corruption, origin of hero, danger, gadget, partners against crime, urban, fighting crime, crimes, heroes, partners ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
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, surprise ending, suspense ...
Audience: family outing, teens
Plot: revenge, superhero, secret identity, good versus evil, mystery killer, adventure, master villain, vengeance, fighting crime, save the day, save the world, vigilante ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
 7.1
 28K
The Salton Sea (2002)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: After the murder of his beloved wife, a man in search of redemption is set adrift in a world where nothing is as it seems. On his journey, he befriends slacker Jimmy "The Finn", becomes involved in rescuing his neighbor Colette from her ...
Style: bleak, tense, clever, serious, twists and turns ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: drug abuse, violence, neo noir, corrupt cop, death of wife, methamphetamine, dual identity, drug deal, crime, neo-noir, vengeance, identity ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: california, los angeles, usa
⇓ 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: teens, pre-teens, family outing, kids
Plot: superhero, submarine, kidnapping, chase, race against time, good versus evil, master villain, secret identity, fighting crime, rescue, experiment gone awry, dark hero ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
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, stylized, atmospheric, futuristic, serious ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: insanity, violence, philosophy, mecha, space wars, youth, a.i., apocalypse, androids and robots, body horror, save the world, heroic mission ...
Time: 21st century, future, 2010s
Place: japan, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
 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, steampunk, man versus machine, survival, parallel world, resistance, fate of humanity, friendship, objects come to life, technology gone awry, post apocalyptic, adventure ...
Time: future, 1940s
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
 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: serious, stylized, mind bending, atmospheric, futuristic ...
Plot: apocalypse, destiny, future dystopia, danger, escapades, mystery, imaginary, partners, chaos, curses spells and rituals, religions or cults, society ...
Place: japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
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