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, neo noir, addiction, losing-it hero, fighting crime, law enforcement, future dystopia, surveillance, 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, dialogue, mentor, transformation, death and crimes mostly in Animation, Sci-Fi and Drama genres. Some movies like A Scanner Darkly: Perfect Blue (1997), Metropia (2009), Paprika (2006), Ghost in the Shell (1995), Cowboy Bebop: The Movie (2001). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
 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, fan, mind game, actress, tv show, serial killer, mentally unstable, starlet ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 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, life is a bitch, future dystopia, imaginary, corporate crimes, 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, jealousy, abuse, 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, mind bending, surreal, exciting, suspenseful ...
Plot: cyberpunk, future dystopia, artificial intelligence, mind game, hacker, mind control, chase, policewoman, cyberspace, androids and robots, technology gone awry, self discovery ...
Time: future, 21st century, 2020s
Place: japan, tokyo, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
75%
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, neo noir, outer space, good versus evil, race against time, danger, hacker, bounty hunter, halloween, anti heroes ...
Time: future, 21st century
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
61%
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, suspenseful, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: robot, police, save the day, investigation, save the world, chaos, law enforcement, heroes, deadly, infected, fighting the system, fighting crime ...
Time: future
Place: japan, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
61%
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, androids and robots, rivalry, uncover truth, escapades, crimes, computers and web, imaginary, society, danger, loss of partner ...
Time: future, 21st century
Place: japan, asia, hong kong, battleship, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
59%
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: bleak, suspenseful, serious, atmospheric, stylized ...
Plot: cyberpunk, cyberspace, terrorism, hacker, future dystopia, androids and robots, fictional reality, mind game, undercover, urban, network, society ...
Time: future, 21st century, 2020s
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
59%
Movie in collections
 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, law enforcement, neo noir, investigation, rescue, police detective, society, danger, woman in danger ...
Time: future
Place: europe, paris france, france
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
 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, 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
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
 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, mind bending, thought provoking ...
Plot: aging, unfulfillment, future dystopia, artists and showbiz, parents and children, imaginary, child illness, cause and meaning, fictional reality, lookalikes, life is a bitch, down on your luck ...
Time: future, 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
 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, epic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: cyberpunk, experiment, interrogation, military, scientist, anger, destruction, nuclear holocaust, psychic, chaos, nihilism, protest ...
Time: future, 21st century, 2010s
Place: japan, tokyo, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
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, serious, twists and turns ...
Audience: teens
Plot: superhero, double life, vigilantism, millionaire, psychopath, good versus evil, secret identity, gadget, butler, vengeance, escapades, crimes ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
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, comeback, mortal combat, master villain, crimes, escapades, heroic mission ...
Time: future, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
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, haunted by the past, secret identity, danger, vigilantism, vigilante, organized crime, disguise, explosion, villain, gadget ...
Place: bosnia, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
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, future dystopia, master villain, crimes, undercover, fighting crime, heroes, millionaire, danger ...
Time: future
Place: tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
 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, atmospheric, suspenseful, serious, bleak ...
Plot: master criminal, cyberpunk, police, future dystopia, mastermind, chase, human nature, partners against crime, life is a bitch, police investigation, criminal, anarchist ...
Time: future, near future
Place: japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
 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, senator, memory loss, bed, skeleton, sexual abuse, future dystopia, heroes, tombs and skeletons, battles, society ...
Time: future
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
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, bleak, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: vigilantism, gadget, secret identity, superhero, teenage superhero, comeback, protector, heroes, imaginary, heroic mission, rivalry, society ...
Time: future, 21st century
Place: usa, washington d.c., soviet union
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
 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, serious, suspenseful, stylized, futuristic
Audience: boys' night
Plot: adventure, a.i., life is a bitch, chaos and mayhem, imaginary, androids and robots, tough law enforcer, escapades, chases and races, crimes, heroic mission, police corruption ...
Time: future, 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
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
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
 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, heroic mission, uncover truth, adventure, future dystopia, heroes, bio weapon, protest ...
Time: future, 1930s
Place: japan, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
 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: offbeat, mind bending, futuristic, serious, atmospheric ...
Plot: imaginary, future dystopia, escapades, cyberspace, partners, mystery, curses spells and rituals, destiny, chaos, creator, danger, apocalypse ...
Place: japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
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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, suspenseful, serious, surprise ending, suspense ...
Audience: family outing, teens
Plot: superhero, revenge, good versus evil, secret identity, mystery killer, vengeance, adventure, rivalry, righting the wronged, save the world, undercover, knight ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
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, twist ending, surreal, atmospheric, stylized ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: mecha, philosophy, loneliness, insanity, violence, youth, apocalypse, androids and robots, space wars, good versus evil, chaos, coming of age ...
Time: 21st century, future, 2010s
Place: tokyo, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
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, suspenseful, serious, suspense ...
Audience: teens
Plot: superhero, vigilantism, police corruption, danger, gadget, origin of hero, crimes, good versus evil, rivalry, urban, escapades, partners against crime ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
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, serious, suspenseful, dark ...
Audience: teens, family outing, pre-teens, kids
Plot: superhero, chase, kidnapping, submarine, race against time, disorder, fighting crime, transplant, secret identity, good versus evil, rivalry, righting the wronged ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
 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, survival, man versus machine, fate of humanity, steampunk, parallel world, technology gone awry, objects come to life, post war, heroes, friendship, post apocalyptic ...
Time: future, 1940s
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
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: stylized, suspenseful, serious
Audience: boys' night
Plot: genetic engineering, robot, police, androids and robots, future dystopia, investigation, good versus evil, neo noir, ghost, murder, bio weapon, save the world ...
Time: future
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
After Last Season (2009)
Genre: Animation, Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: A team of scientists is developing a new technology that captures the thoughts of a human subject and changes them into images. Still in its infancy, the technology changes thoughts into simple images and shapes. Two company interns (Matthew Andrews ...
Style: offbeat, atmospheric, stylized
Plot: murder, supernatural ability, society, laboratory, future dystopia, a vision, dream, medical examination, corporation, microchip, room, neurology ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: medical school
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
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