Movies like A Scanner Darkly

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A Scanner Darkly (2006)
 7.1
 102K
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: psychedelic, psychological, surreal, stylized, atmospheric, suspenseful, tense, twists and turns, depressing, disturbing ...
Plot: drug abuse, undercover, addiction, losing-it hero, neo noir, fighting crime, law enforcement, future dystopia, surveillance, schizophrenia, split personality, unfulfillment, suicide attempt, corporation, life is a bitch, working undercover, society, disorder, drugs/alcohol, deception, slacker, brain, cocaine, dream, cyberpunk ...
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 serious, stylized, atmospheric and suspenseful films with plots about storytelling, dialogue, mentor, death, danger, violence and brutality mostly in Animation, Drama and Sci-Fi genres. Some movies like A Scanner Darkly: Paprika (2006), Psycho-Pass (2012), Waking Life (2001), Metropia (2009), Ghost in the Shell (1995). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
 7.7
 62K
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, psychological, suspenseful, atmospheric, enigmatic ...
Plot: surveillance, investigation, villain, mental illness, deception, dreams, scientist, research, doctors and patients, psychiatrist, introspection, human nature ...
Time: future
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 8.2
 13K
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, bleak, atmospheric, suspenseful, serious ...
Plot: cyberpunk, master criminal, police investigation, mastermind, human nature, future dystopia, partners against crime, chase, anarchist, criminal, police, life is a bitch ...
Time: future, near future
Place: japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.8
 58K
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, lifestyle, daydreamer, encounter, bohemian life, twentysomething life, hopes, imaginary ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: texas
⇓ 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, futuristic, atmospheric, exciting, serious ...
Plot: chaos, society, life is a bitch, corporate crimes, future dystopia, danger, mind control, surveillance, conspiracy, bomb, imaginary, dystopic future ...
Time: future
Place: europe, paris france, stockholm sweden, scandinavia, san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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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, exciting, suspenseful, surreal ...
Plot: cyberpunk, future dystopia, artificial intelligence, hacker, mind game, androids and robots, cyberspace, chase, policewoman, technology gone awry, mind control, self discovery ...
Time: future, 21st century, 2020s
Place: japan, tokyo, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
 8.0
 46K
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, tense, suspenseful, surreal, atmospheric ...
Plot: stalking, split personality, obsession, singer, murder, mind game, tv show, actress, serial killer, actor's life, dangerous attraction, crimes ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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: atmospheric, rough, exciting, suspenseful, stylized ...
Plot: cyberpunk, cyberspace, androids and robots, terrorism, hacker, future dystopia, female spy, mind game, uncover truth, undercover, fighting crime, law enforcement ...
Time: future, 21st century, 2020s
Place: japan, tokyo, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
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, on the run, neo noir, save the world, society, weapon system, rivalry, life is a bitch, a.i. ...
Time: future
Place: japan, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
Movie in collections
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, philosophy, cyborgs, good versus evil, mind game, fighting crime, law enforcement, deadly, society, rivalry ...
Time: future, 21st century
Place: japan, asia, hong kong, battleship, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
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, witty, surreal, exciting, suspenseful ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: chase, terrorism, anti heroes, danger, good versus evil, neo noir, martial arts, bounty hunter, outer space, vengeance, mars, terror ...
Time: future, 21st century
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
 8.1
 144K
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, surreal, serious, talky, futuristic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: cyberpunk, military, motorcycle gang, experiment, protest, scientist, mutation, hallucinations, government, chaos, nuclear holocaust, nihilism ...
Time: future, 21st century, 2010s
Place: japan, tokyo, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
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, rough, suspenseful, exciting, atmospheric ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: superhero, vigilantism, good versus evil, secret identity, gang, batman, heroic mission, mortal combat, mutant, fighting crime, middle aged, undercover ...
Time: future, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
 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, suspenseful, gloomy ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: police investigation, monopoly, kidnapping, french, future dystopia, life is a bitch, rescue, law enforcement, neo noir, woman in danger, danger, drug dealing ...
Time: future
Place: europe, paris france, france
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
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: suspenseful, twists and turns, exciting, atmospheric, intense ...
Audience: teens
Plot: superhero, double life, vigilantism, good versus evil, secret identity, millionaire, vengeance, crimes, mysterious character, killing off one by one, fighting crime, danger ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
 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, thought provoking, mind bending, stylized ...
Plot: actor's life, lifestyle, escape from reality, one last job, child illness, parallel world, moral dilemma, society, filmmaking, cyberspace, under the surface, aging ...
Time: future, 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
 5.9
 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, serious, suspenseful, dark ...
Plot: memory loss, future dystopia, tombs and skeletons, society, life is a bitch, dark fantasy, election, senator, museum, possessed human, bed, skeleton ...
Time: future
Place: usa, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
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, suspenseful, exciting, intense ...
Audience: teens
Plot: superhero, good versus evil, secret identity, fighting crime, master villain, heroic mission, save the day, danger, aging, undercover, righting the wronged, millionaire ...
Time: future
Place: tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
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: serious, exciting, comic, intense, atmospheric ...
Audience: teens
Plot: superhero, mysterious character, danger, secret identity, billionaire, masked superhero, vigilantism, vigilante, fighting crime, mind game, double life, crimes ...
Place: bosnia, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
Movie in collections
 4.8
 397
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, suspenseful, stylized, rough, serious
Audience: boys' night
Plot: leadership, future dystopia, androids and robots, imaginary, crimes, gory, fighting crime, law enforcement, dishonesty, government agency, undercover, save the world ...
Time: 21st century, future
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
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, rough, bleak, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: vigilantism, secret identity, gadget, superhero, teenage superhero, comeback, good versus evil, threat, crimes, heroic mission, heroes, fighting crime ...
Time: future, 21st century
Place: usa, washington d.c., soviet union
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
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: realistic, bleak, psychological, rough, serious ...
Plot: on the run, motel, misfit, society, introspection, life is a bitch, social misfits, siblings relations, family problems, life turned upside down, family relations, working class ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: nevada, usa, hawaii
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
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: exciting, suspenseful, suspense, atmospheric, stylized ...
Audience: teens
Plot: superhero, vigilantism, police corruption, origin of hero, danger, good versus evil, fighting crime, rivalry, escapades, crimes, justice, gadget ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
 7.4
 475
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: stylized, suspenseful, futuristic, offbeat, bleak ...
Plot: curses spells and rituals, apocalypse, danger, creator, future dystopia, mystery, escapades, imaginary, society, religions or cults, cyberspace, partners ...
Place: japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
Movie in collections
Neon Genesis Evangelion: Death & Rebirth (1997)
Genre: Animation, Action, Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 101 min.
Story: Originally a collection of clips from the Neon Genesis Evangelion TV series, Death was created as a precursor to the re-worked ending of the series. Rebirth was intended as that re-worked ending, but after production overruns Rebirth became only the ...
Style: psychological, stylized, serious, futuristic, enigmatic ...
Audience: teens
Plot: evil alien, androids and robots, giant robot, surrealism, apocalypse, teenage life, heroic mission, imaginary, escapades, master villain, future dystopia, danger ...
Time: 2010s, 21st century
Place: japan, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
 7.2
 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, serious ...
Plot: steampunk, robot, megalomaniac, skyscraper, metropolis, danger, protest, self discovery, chaos, bio weapon, society, urban ...
Time: future, 1930s
Place: japan, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
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: teens, family outing
Plot: superhero, revenge, good versus evil, secret identity, mystery killer, vengeance, adventure, supernatural ability, love and romance, rivalry, righting the wronged, danger ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
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, family outing, teens, kids
Plot: superhero, chase, kidnapping, race against time, submarine, heroic mission, master villain, chases and races, imaginary, disorder, transplant, fighting crime ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
 7.1
 29K
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: tense, bleak, suspenseful, rough, clever ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: drug abuse, violence, drug lord, death of wife, corrupt cop, vengeance, methamphetamine, crime, working undercover, double life, nothing to lose, haunted by the past ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: california, los angeles, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
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, futuristic, twist ending, surreal, atmospheric ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: philosophy, mecha, insanity, loneliness, violence, youth, apocalypse, rebirth, space wars, teenage life, a.i., heroes ...
Time: 21st century, future, 2010s
Place: tokyo, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
Evangelion: 3.0 You Can (2012)
Genre: Animation, Action, Drama, Sci-Fi
Country: Japan
Duration: 96 min.
Story: 14 years after third impact, Ikari Shinji awakens to a world he does not remember. He hasn't aged. Much of Earth is laid in ruins, Nerv has been dismantled, and people who he once protected have turned against him. Befriending the enigmatic ...
Style: psychological, futuristic, atmospheric, bleak, surreal ...
Plot: space travel, androids and robots, apocalypse, future dystopia, imaginary, save the world, worldwide chaos, life is a bitch, young heroes, danger, society, father son relationship ...
Time: future
Place: japan, asia, battleship, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
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