Movies like A Scanner Darkly

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A Scanner Darkly (2006)
 7.0
 111K
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, neo noir, philosophical, stylized, surreal, twists and turns, bleak, atmospheric, suspenseful ...
Plot: drug abuse, losing-it hero, undercover, disorder, addiction, society, fighting crime, cyberpunk, future dystopia, surveillance, schizophrenia, hallucination, split personality, law enforcement, unfulfillment, suicide attempt, conspiracy, corporation, life is a bitch, working undercover, crimes, police officer, deception, slacker, cocaine ...
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, atmospheric and suspenseful films with plots about society, violence, rivalry, crimes, danger, storytelling and life is a bitch mostly in Animation, Sci-Fi and Drama genres. Some movies like A Scanner Darkly: Renaissance (2006), Waking Life (2001), Waltz with Bashir (2008), Metropia (2009), Psycho-Pass (2012). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
 6.6
 16K
Renaissance (2006)
Genre: Animation, Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: France, Luxembourg, UK, Belgium, USA
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: neo noir, bleak, atmospheric, suspenseful, enigmatic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: monopoly, police detective, investigation, disappearance, corporation, rescue, crimes, law enforcement, woman in danger, society, confined, life is a bitch ...
Time: future
Place: paris france, europe, france
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.7
 64K
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: philosophical, stylized, surreal, captivating, clever ...
Plot: existentialism, philosophy, dream, lifestyle, bohemian life, human nature, daydreamer, alternate reality, lucid dream, surrealism, existence paradox, nightmare ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
75%
Waltz with Bashir (2008)
Genre: Documentary, Animation, Biography, Drama, History, Mystery, War
Country: Israel, France, Germany, USA, Finland, Switzerland, Belgium, Australia
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Much awarded animated documentary, in which director and Israeli army veteran Ari Folman interviews friends and former soldiers about their memories of the 1982 Lebanon war and especially the Sabra and Shatila massacre in Beirut. The usage on ...
Style: rough, psychological, disturbing, surreal, realistic ...
Plot: nightmare, massacre, haunted by the past, war, soldier, memory loss, army, military, tragic event, guilt, politics, military life ...
Time: 20th century, 21st century, 80s, contemporary
Place: israel, lebanon, middle east, palestine, beirut lebanon
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.2
 8K
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: futuristic, stylized, exciting, atmospheric, serious ...
Plot: conspiracy, distopia, society, chaos, corporate crime, life is a bitch, future dystopia, corporate crimes, mind control, dystopic future, surveillance, bomb ...
Time: future
Place: europe, scandinavia, paris france, eastern europe, stockholm sweden ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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 8.2
 18K
Psycho-Pass (2012)
Genre: Animation, Action, Crime, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 25 min.
TV show
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: atmospheric, serious, bleak, futuristic, suspenseful ...
Plot: cyberpunk, partners against crime, human nature, police investigation, graphic violence, master criminal, mastermind, future dystopia, crimes, chase, society, criminal ...
Time: future, near future
Place: japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.7
 81K
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, psychological, twists and turns, psychedelic ...
Plot: hallucination, mental illness, surveillance, villain, deception, fairy, investigation, scientist, introspection, doctors and patients, psychiatrist, mermaid ...
Time: future
Place: japan, tokyo, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
Cowboy Bebop: The Movie (2001)
Genre: Animation, Action, Crime, Drama, Sci-Fi
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, witty, surreal, exciting, neo noir ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: chase, terrorism, mars, good versus evil, bounty hunter, martial arts, outer space, vengeance, heroic mission, crimes, partners, gang ...
Time: future, 21st century
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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: philosophical, mind bending, exciting, atmospheric, surreal ...
Plot: cyberpunk, artificial intelligence, future dystopia, cyberspace, hacker, cyborgs, policewoman, androids and robots, chase, mind game, technology gone awry, distopia ...
Time: future, 21st century, 2020s
Place: japan, tokyo, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
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Ghost in the Shell 2.0 (2008)
Genre: Animation, Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
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, suspenseful, rough, stylized, exciting ...
Plot: cyberpunk, androids and robots, female spy, cyberspace, hacker, terrorism, woman fights a man, future dystopia, anti heroine, uncover truth, mind game, chaos ...
Time: future, 21st century, 2020s
Place: japan, tokyo, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence (2004)
Genre: Animation, Drama, Mystery, 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, serious, suspenseful, enigmatic, atmospheric ...
Audience: teens
Plot: cyberpunk, cyborgs, androids and robots, investigation, androids, crimes, good versus evil, fighting crime, mind game, computers and web, escapades, loss of partner ...
Time: future, 21st century
Place: japan, asia, hong kong, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 1 (2012)
Genre: Animation, Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery, 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, bleak, rough, suspenseful, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: superhero, vigilantism, good versus evil, gang, batman, mutant, heroic mission, crimes, mortal combat, comeback, middle aged, undercover ...
Time: future, 21st century, 80s
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
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, neo noir ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: investigation, robot, conspiracy, police, save the day, crimes, technology gone awry, computers and web, space travel, future dystopia, heroic mission, chaos and mayhem ...
Time: future
Place: japan, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 2 (2013)
Genre: Animation, Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery, 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: suspenseful, bleak, rough, suspense, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: secret identity, distopia, superhero, police officer, batman, good versus evil, fighting crime, heroes, crimes, threat, protector, rivalry ...
Time: 21st century, future, 80s
Place: usa, ussr, washington d.c.
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
 8.4
 1.2M
Memento (2000)
Genre: Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 113 min.
Story: Suffering short-term memory loss after a head injury, Leonard Shelby embarks on a grim quest to find the lowlife who murdered his wife in this gritty, complex thriller that packs more knots than a hangman's noose. To carry out his plan, Shelby ...
Style: psychological, surprise ending, neo noir, twist ending, confusing ...
Plot: mystery, memory loss, amnesia, revenge, paranoia, haunted by the past, uncover truth, murder, manipulation, vengeance, life is a bitch, schizophrenic ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 2000s
Place: usa, los angeles, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 8.0
 71K
Perfect Blue (1997)
Genre: Animation, Crime, Drama, 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: tense, suspenseful, twists and turns, atmospheric, scary ...
Plot: woman in danger, stalking, obsession, murder, mind game, singer, actor's life, mentally unstable, crimes, losing-it hero, performance, psychopath ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
 4.8
 457
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: serious, stylized, rough, futuristic, suspenseful
Audience: boys' night
Plot: a.i., heroic mission, rivalry, fighting crime, save the world, investigation, leadership, heroes, undercover, adventure, race against time, society ...
Time: future, 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
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, psychological, serious, rough, road movie ...
Plot: on the run, brother brother relationship, family relations, misfit, introspection, siblings relations, working class, hit and run, family problems, life turned upside down, life is a bitch, society ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: nevada, usa, hawaii
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
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, batman, vigilantism, police corruption, gadget, good versus evil, fighting crime, crimes, partners against crime, vigilante, heroes, law enforcement ...
Time: 80s
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
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Armitage III: Polymatrix (1996)
Genre: Animation, Action, Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: Japan, USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Ross Sylibus is assigned to a police unit on a Martian colony, to find that women are being murdered by a psychotic named D'anclaude. He is assigned a very unorthodox partner named Naomi Armitage, who seems to have links to the victims. To stir ...
Style: serious, futuristic, bleak, suspenseful, stylized
Audience: boys' night
Plot: cyborgs, cyberpunk, technology gone awry, heroic mission, haunted by the past, future dystopia, chaos, law enforcement, rebellion, master villain, escapades, society ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
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: atmospheric, stylized, experimental, 3d animation, controversial ...
Plot: murder, parkinson's disease, future dystopia, supernatural ability, society, offscreen killing, ghost, corporation, scientific experiment, a vision, laboratory, medical school ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
Neon Genesis Evangelion: The End of Evangelion (1997)
Genre: Animation, Action, Drama, Sci-Fi
Country: Japan
Duration: 87 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, mecha, futuristic, twist ending, surreal ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: philosophy, insanity, loneliness, evil alien, youth, apocalypse, space wars, end of the world, catastrophe, rebirth, disaster, supernatural ...
Time: 21st century, future, 2010s
Place: tokyo, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
 7.5
 18K
Memories (1995)
Genre: Animation, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 113 min.
Story: In this anime trilogy, a salvage ship crew happens upon a haunted vessel in Magnetic Rose; a cold tablet turns a lab worker into a biological weapon in Stink Bomb; and an urban populace carries on an endless war with an unseen foe in Cannon Fodder. ...
Style: surreal, exciting, futuristic, enigmatic, suspense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: distopia, outer space, space travel, adventure, memories, escapades, chaos, life is a bitch, steampunk, war, violent, poison gas ...
Time: future
Place: japan, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
Evangelion: 3.0 You Can (Not) Redo (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, atmospheric, bleak, surreal, futuristic ...
Plot: androids and robots, homosexual subtext, future dystopia, save the world, space travel, worldwide chaos, life is a bitch, young heroes, society, escapades, apocalypse, father son relationship ...
Time: future
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
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Fantastic Planet (1973)
Genre: Animation, Sci-Fi
Country: France, Czechoslovakia
Duration: 72 min.
Story: Fantastic Planet tells the story of “Oms”, human-like creatures, kept as domesticated pets by an alien race of blue giants called “Draags”. The story takes place on the Draags’ planet Ygam, where we follow our narrator, an Om called Terr, ...
Style: surreal, psychedelic, atmospheric, adult animation, futuristic ...
Plot: distopia, pets, nudity (full frontal - brief), revolution, injustice, rebelliousness, master and servant, heroes, rivalry, life is a bitch, rebellion, state affairs ...
Time: future
Place: tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
 6.3
 2K
Film Noir (2007)
Genre: Animation, Crime, Mystery
Country: USA, Serbia
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Private detective Sam Ruben's clever plan falls apart with the onset of amnesia. Everyone is trying to kill him and he doesn't know why. The classic film noir milieu now comes to you in the form of an animated feature.
Style: suspenseful, rough, tense, serious, mind bending ...
Plot: private detective, amnesia, mystery, dishonesty, rivalry, crimes, strong sexual content, violence, hollywood, graphic violence, good versus evil, memory loss ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: las vegas, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
WXIII: Patlabor the Movie 3 (2001)
Genre: Animation, Action, Crime, Sci-Fi
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, suspenseful, stylized, neo noir, mecha ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: police, investigation, a.i., save the world, fighting crime, genetic engineering, technology gone awry, robot, androids and robots, giant robots, chaos, bio weapon ...
Time: future, 2000s, year 2000
Place: asia, tokyo, japan, east asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
Armitage III: Dual Matrix (2002)
Genre: Animation, Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Naomi Armitage and Ross Sylibus have changed their names and live with their daughter Yoko as a happy and normal family on Mars — until an android riot breaks out at an anti-matter plant on Earth.
Style: stylized, serious, suspenseful, futuristic, surprise ending
Audience: boys' night
Plot: androids and robots, ghost, mars, robot, future dystopia, adventure, good versus evil, haunted by the past, apocalypse, chaos and mayhem, a.i., master villain ...
Time: future
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex (2002)
Genre: Animation, Action, Crime, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 24 min.
TV show
Story: In the future when technological enhancements and robotics are a way of life, Major Motoko Kusanagi and Section 9 take care of the jobs that are too difficult for the police. Section 9 employs hackers, sharpshooters, detectives and cyborgs all in an ...
Style: futuristic, suspenseful, serious, stylized, rough ...
Audience: teens
Plot: cyberpunk, androids and robots, cyborgs, cyberspace, hacker, man versus machine, a.i., mind game, investigation, robot, heroes, fighting crime ...
Time: future, 21st century, near future, 2030s
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex - The Laughing Man (2005)
Genre: Animation, Action, Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi
Country: Japan
Duration: 160 min.
Story: The year is 2030 and six years have passed since a criminal known only as "The Laughing Man" swept through top medical nanotechnology firms committing acts of cyber-terrorism, kidnapping, and espionage leaving no known suspects. New ...
Style: suspenseful, serious, exciting, futuristic, rough ...
Plot: cyberspace, investigation, hacker, a.i., mind game, terrorism, law enforcement, dishonesty, future dystopia, fighting crime, kidnapping, rivalry ...
Time: future
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
Glitch in the Grid (2011)
Genre: Animation, Drama
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 82 min.
Story: Three artists struggling against the grid of society find spiritual renewal.
Style: experimental, psychological, surreal, mind bending, serious ...
Plot: unemployment, self discovery, introspection, friendship, friends, society, hopes, small town, materialism, bad trip, unfulfillment, artists and showbiz ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, california, los angeles, northern california
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%