Movies like Spirited Away

If you like "Spirited Away" you are looking for surreal, atmospheric and stylized movies about / with friendship, supernatural, parallel world, magic, dragon, fantasy world and ghost themes of Animation, Adventure and Family genre shot in Japan.
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Spirited Away (2001)
 8.6
 744K
Spirited Away (2001)
Original name: 千と千尋の神隠し
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Family, Fantasy, Mystery
Country: Japan
Duration: 125 min.
Story: A young girl, Chihiro, becomes trapped in a strange new world of spirits. When her parents undergo a mysterious transformation, she must call upon the courage she never knew she had to free her family.
Style: surreal, atmospheric, stylized, colourful, exciting, fairy tale, touching, visually appealing, inspirational, spiritual ...
Audience: family outing, kids, pre-teens
Plot: friendship, supernatural, parallel world, magic, dragon, fantasy world, ghost, adventure, witch, surrealism, philosophy, curses spells and rituals, rescue, japanese mythology, youth, human becoming an animal, mysterious place, creature, magical, bathhouse, greed, young heroes, ghost town, coming of age, female protagonist ...
Time: 2000s, contemporary, 21st century
Place: japan, tokyo, asia

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Most similar movies to Spirited Away

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out weird, touching, atmospheric and stylized films with plots about friendship, adventure, fantasy world, childhood, coming of age, imaginary and storytelling mostly in Animation, Fantasy and Family genres. Some movies like Spirited Away: Howl's Moving Castle (2004), My Neighbor Totoro (1988), Castle in the Sky (1986), Princess Mononoke (1997), The Secret World of Arrietty (2010). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
Howl's Moving Castle (2004)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Family, Fantasy
Country: Japan
Duration: 119 min.
Story: When Sophie, a shy young woman, is cursed with an old body by a spiteful witch, her only chance of breaking the spell lies with a self-indulgent yet insecure young wizard and his companions in his legged, walking home.
Style: touching, fairy tale, atmospheric, captivating, dark fantasy ...
Audience: family outing, kids, pre-teens
Plot: witch, steampunk, adventure, magic, supernatural ability, fantasy world, self discovery, curses spells and rituals, wizards, demon, magical, wizards and magicians ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: japan, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
97%
My Neighbor Totoro (1988)
Genre: Animation, Comedy, Family, Fantasy
Country: Japan
Duration: 86 min.
Story: Two sisters move to the country with their father in order to be closer to their hospitalized mother, and discover the surrounding trees are inhabited by Totoros, magical spirits of the forest. When the youngest runs away from home, the older sister ...
Style: feel good, atmospheric, touching, fairy tale, sweet ...
Audience: kids, family outing, preschoolers
Plot: friendship, sister sister relationship, magical, children, adventure, countryside, teaching the ways of the world, childhood, parents and children, legends and myths, family, unlikely friendships ...
Time: 50s, 20th century
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
97%
Castle in the Sky (1986)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Family, Fantasy
Country: Japan
Duration: 125 min.
Story: A young boy and a girl with a magic crystal must race against pirates and foreign agents in a search for a legendary floating castle.
Style: fairy tale, visually appealing, atmospheric, stylized, enigmatic ...
Audience: kids, family outing, pre-teens
Plot: steampunk, lost civilization, friendship, imaginary kingdom, pirate, army, magic, young heroes, chase, orphan, adventure, castle ...
Place: japan, tokyo, wales
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Princess Mononoke (1997)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Fantasy
Country: Japan
Duration: 134 min.
Story: Ashitaka, a prince of the disappearing Ainu tribe, is cursed by a demonized boar god and must journey to the west to find a cure. Along the way, he encounters San, a young human woman fighting to protect the forest, and Lady Eboshi, who is trying to ...
Style: captivating, stylized, atmospheric, exciting, emotional ...
Audience: kids, family outing
Plot: wolf, adventure, demon, mythology, talking animals, human animal relationship, princess, human spirit, forest, good versus evil, female warrior, heroic mission ...
Time: middle ages, 15th century, 16th century
Place: japan, tokyo, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
91%
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The Secret World of Arrietty (2010)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Drama, Family, Fantasy
Country: Japan
Duration: 94 min.
Story: 14-year-old Arrietty and the rest of the Clock family live in peaceful anonymity as they make their own home from items "borrowed" from the house's human inhabitants. However, life changes for the Clocks when a human boy discovers ...
Style: touching, fairy tale, colourful, sweet, atmospheric ...
Audience: family outing, kids, preschoolers
Plot: friendship, family, midget, mysterious character, adventure, little people, secrets, beautiful scenery, magical, daring rescue, friends, childhood ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.6
 142K
Ponyo (2008)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Family, Fantasy
Country: Japan
Duration: 101 min.
Story: The son of a sailor, 5-year old Sosuke lives a quiet life on an oceanside cliff with his mother Lisa. One fateful day, he finds a beautiful goldfish trapped in a bottle on the beach and upon rescuing her, names her Ponyo. But she is no ordinary ...
Style: touching, sweet, scenic, atmospheric, fairy tale ...
Audience: family outing, kids, preschoolers, pre-teens
Plot: magical, obsessive quest, magic, fish, mermaid, adventure, friendship, princess, family, transformation, love, wish come true ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: japan, tokyo, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
83%
Kiki's Delivery Service (1989)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Family, Fantasy
Country: Japan
Duration: 103 min.
Story: A young witch, on her mandatory year of independent life, finds fitting into a new community difficult while she supports herself by running an air courier service.
Style: touching, feel good, colourful, humorous, atmospheric ...
Audience: family outing, kids, preschoolers, teens, pre-teens
Plot: witch, adventure, friendship, self discovery, supernatural ability, young heroes, coming of age, magic, cat, friends, wizards and magicians, talking animals ...
Place: tokyo, japan, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
82%
Children Who Chase Lost Voices (2011)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Drama, Fantasy
Country: Japan
Duration: 116 min.
Story: The film centers on Asuna, a young girl who spends her solitary days listening to the mysterious music emanating from the crystal radio she received from her late father as a memento. One day while walking home she is attacked by a fearsome monster ...
Style: touching, sentimental, captivating, serious, suspense ...
Plot: adventure, parallel world, dealing with death, radio, grief, supernatural, teenage life, escape attempt, mother daughter relationship, rescue, back from the dead, teacher ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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Song of the Sea (2014)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Drama, Family, Fantasy
Country: Ireland, Denmark, Belgium, France
Duration: 93 min.
Story: The story of the last Seal Child’s journey home. After their mother’s disappearance, Ben and Saoirse are sent to live with Granny in the city. When they resolve to return to their home by the sea, their journey becomes a race against time as ...
Style: touching, colourful, emotional, fairy tale, captivating ...
Audience: family outing, kids, pre-teens, preschoolers
Plot: adventure, young heroes, supernatural, curses spells and rituals, supernatural ability, children, lighthouse, celtic, folklore, mythical creature, getting home, legends and myths ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: ireland, japan, europe, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
92%
The Cat Returns (2002)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Family, Fantasy, Romance
Country: Japan
Duration: 75 min.
Story: Haru, a schoolgirl bored by her ordinary routine, saves the life of an unusual cat and suddenly her world is transformed beyond anything she ever imagined. The Cat King rewards her good deed with a flurry of presents, including a very shocking ...
Style: sweet, fairy tale, feel good, colourful, atmospheric ...
Audience: kids, family outing, pre-teens
Plot: imaginary kingdom, cat, adventure, talking cat, prince, friendship, rescue, magic, human animal relationship, family relations, disorder, mischievous children ...
Place: japan, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 8.1
 44K
Wolf Children (2012)
Genre: Animation, Drama, Family, Fantasy
Country: Japan
Duration: 117 min.
Story: After her werewolf lover unexpectedly dies in an accident, a woman must find a way to raise the son and daughter that she had with him. However, their inheritance of their father's traits prove to be a challenge for her.
Style: heartbreaking, atmospheric, sweet, colourful, sentimental ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: werewolf, childhood, wolf, single mother, parents and children, family relations, school, supernatural, social relations, female werewolf, breast feeding, children ...
Place: japan, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Mary and the Witch's Flower (2017)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Family, Fantasy
Country: Japan
Duration: 103 min.
Story: Young Mary follows a mysterious cat into the nearby forest and discovers an old broomstick and a strange flower. Mary finds herself at Endor College -- a school of magic run by headmistress Madam Mumblechook and the brilliant Doctor Dee. But there ...
Style: entertaining, colourful, captivating, light, weird
Audience: kids
Plot: witch, witchcraft, good versus evil, fantasy world, magic, girl, adventure, friendship, female protagonist, nature, magical power, happy ending ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind (1984)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Sci-Fi
Country: Japan
Duration: 117 min.
Story: After a global war, the seaside kingdom known as the Valley Of The Wind remains one of the last strongholds on Earth untouched by a poisonous jungle and the powerful insects that guard it. Led by the courageous Princess Nausicaä, the people of the ...
Style: serious, epic, cerebral, captivating, exciting ...
Audience: kids, family outing
Plot: post apocalypse, ecology, steampunk, environmental, apocalypse, giant insect, save the world, princess, nature, insect, female protagonist, teenage girl ...
Time: future, year 1984, middle ages
Place: tokyo, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
When Marnie Was There (2014)
Genre: Animation, Drama, Family, Mystery
Country: Japan
Duration: 103 min.
Story: Upon being sent to live with relatives in the countryside due to an illness, an emotionally distant adolescent girl becomes obsessed with an abandoned mansion and infatuated with a girl who lives there - a girl who may or may not be real.
Style: touching, emotional, sentimental, atmospheric, sweet ...
Audience: family outing, teens, chick flick
Plot: friendship, childhood, self discovery, loneliness, countryside, dream, teenage life, adolescence, young girl, coming of age, imaginary friend, friends ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: japan, asia, hokkaido, tokyo, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.3
 30K
Pom Poko (1994)
Genre: Animation, Comedy, Drama, Family, Fantasy
Country: Japan
Duration: 119 min.
Story: The Raccoons of the Tama Hills are being forced from their homes by the rapid development of houses and shopping malls. As it becomes harder to find food and shelter, they decide to band together and fight back. The Raccoons practice and perfect the ...
Style: stylized, humorous, allegory, visually appealing, poignant ...
Audience: kids, family outing, pre-teens, preschoolers
Plot: raccoon, japanese mythology, environmental, transformation, animals, environment, anthropomorphism, firefly, humanity, imagination, life & death, mentor ...
Time: 60s, 20th century
Place: tokyo, japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.7
 223K
Coraline (2009)
Genre: Animation, Drama, Family, Fantasy, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: When Coraline moves to an old house, she feels bored and neglected by her parents. She finds a hidden door with a bricked up passage. During the night, she crosses the passage and finds a parallel world where everybody has buttons instead of eyes, ...
Style: gothic, surreal, dark fantasy, dark, scary ...
Audience: kids, family outing, girls' night, preschoolers, horror for children
Plot: monster, parallel world, adventure, alternate reality, secret place, heroine, weirdo, family, children, family relations, talking animals, young heroes ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: oregon, usa, michigan, texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
63%
Children of the Sea (2019)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Fantasy, Sci-Fi
Country: Japan, China, Hong Kong
Duration: 111 min.
Story: Ruka is a young girl whose parents are separated and whose father works in an aquarium. When two boys, Umi and Sora, who were raised in the sea by dugongs, are brought to the aquarium, Ruka feels drawn to them and begins to realize that she has the ...
Style: exciting, captivating, disturbing, entertaining, seinen
Audience: kids, family outing
Plot: sea, friendship, adventure, supernatural, female protagonist, fantasy world, family, parents and children, youth, baby, philosophy, boat ...
Time: contemporary
Place: japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
The Tale of the Princess Kaguya (2013)
Genre: Animation, Drama, Family, Fantasy
Country: Japan
Duration: 137 min.
Story: Found inside a shining stalk of bamboo by an old bamboo cutter and his wife, a tiny girl grows rapidly into an exquisite young lady. The mysterious young princess enthralls all who encounter her - but ultimately she must confront her fate, the ...
Style: touching, atmospheric, stylized, melancholic, emotional ...
Audience: family outing, kids
Plot: coming of age, princess, friendship, parents and children, children, adolescence, female protagonist, self discovery, japanese woman, family relations, youth, breast feeding ...
Place: japan, tokyo, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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Tales from Earthsea (2006)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Fantasy
Country: Japan
Duration: 115 min.
Story: Something bizarre has come over the land. The kingdom is deteriorating. People are beginning to act strange... What's even more strange is that people are beginning to see dragons, which shouldn't enter the world of humans. Due to all ...
Style: exciting, touching, serious, light, psychedelic ...
Audience: kids, family outing, pre-teens
Plot: dragon, wizards and magicians, adventure, good versus evil, young heroes, heroes, curses spells and rituals, imaginary kingdom, magic, supernatural ability, master villain, supernatural ...
Place: europe, macedonia
⇓ similarity ⇓
83%
 7.2
 2K
Nocturna (2007)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Family, Fantasy, Mystery
Country: Spain, France
Duration: 80 min.
Story: In the aging orphanage the days pass very uneventfully, but the nights are something quite different; at least for Tim they are. The light reflected from the stars is the only cure for his fear of the dark. One night this fear leads him to the ...
Style: surreal, exciting, captivating, entertaining, light ...
Audience: kids, family outing, pre-teens
Plot: young heroes, adventure, escapades, escape from reality, rivalry, mysterious character, sleeping, overcoming, mysterious place, orphan, cat, friendship ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
A Letter to Momo (2011)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Family, Fantasy
Country: Japan
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Clinging to an unfinished letter written by her recently deceased father, young Momo moves with her mother from bustling Tokyo to the remote Japanese island of Shio. Upon their arrival, she begins to explore her new habitat, meeting local children ...
Style: touching, semi serious, humorous, stylized, captivating ...
Audience: family outing, kids
Plot: supernatural, ghost, family relations, island, life turned upside down, imaginary character, self discovery, starting over, teenage life, coping, disorder, parents and children ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
78%
Legend of the Millennium Dragon (2011)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Family, Fantasy
Country: Japan
Duration: 100 min.
Story: A spectacular journey of an unwilling young hero thrust into a mysterious past full of monsters, dragons, and strange hidden powers. Through a series of out of this world battles and adventures, Jun, a shy middle school boy, is transformed into a ...
Style: exciting, stylized, serious, emotional, epic
Audience: teens
Plot: monk, battles, time travel, adventure, heroic mission, self discovery, dragon, rivalry, escapades, destiny, uninhibited rivalry, legends and myths ...
Time: middle ages, 2010s
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Kubo and the Two Strings (2016)
Genre: Animation, Action, Adventure, Family, Fantasy
Country: USA, Japan
Duration: 101 min.
Story: Kubo mesmerizes the people in his village with his magical gift for spinning wild tales with origami. When he accidentally summons an evil spirit seeking vengeance, Kubo is forced to go on a quest to solve the mystery of his fallen samurai father ...
Style: stylized, fairy tale, breathtaking, twists and turns, atmospheric ...
Audience: kids, family outing
Plot: magic, samurai, creativity, talking animals, adventure, imagination, fight scenes, friendship, destiny, mythology, family, childhood ...
Time: 2010s
Place: japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
70%
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Anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day (2011)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Drama, Fantasy, Mystery, Romance
Country: Japan
Duration: 23 min.
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Story: When Yadomi Jinta was a child, he was a central piece in a group of close friends. In time, however, these childhood friends drifted apart, and when they became high school students, they had long ceased to think of each other as friends. One of ...
Style: sentimental, touching, serious, emotional, seinen ...
Plot: friendship, ghost, supernatural, romance, unrequited love, death of friend, haunted by the past, tragedy, teenage life, friends, hopes, teenager ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
80%
 8.2
 662K
Pan's Labyrinth (2006)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, War
Country: Mexico, Spain
Duration: 118 min.
Story: Living with her tyrannical stepfather in a new home with her pregnant mother, 10-year-old Ofelia feels alone until she explores a decaying labyrinth guarded by a mysterious faun who claims to know her destiny. If she wishes to return to her real ...
Style: fairy tale, dark fantasy, atmospheric, gothic, stylized ...
Audience: kids
Plot: monster, maze, legends and myths, good versus evil, fantasy world, fairy, young heroes, magical, alternate reality, mythology, creature, cruelty ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, year 1944
Place: spain, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
74%
 7.0
 2K
Okko's Inn (2018)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Drama, Family, Fantasy
Country: Japan
Duration: 94 min.
Story: 12-year-old Oriko Seki, who lost her parents in a car accident, ended up living in her grandmother's Onsen Ryokan "Haru no Ya." With the ghost "Uribou" cohabitating with her and all the other odds, she ended up training to ...
Style: captivating, feel good, exciting, light, thought provoking ...
Audience: family outing, kids
Plot: orphan, grandmother granddaughter relationship, innkeeper, ghost, dream, spirit, teacher, school, childhood memory, adventure, supernatural, spider ...
Place: japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Whisper of the Heart (1995)
Genre: Animation, Drama, Family, Romance
Country: Japan
Duration: 111 min.
Story: Shizuku lives a simple life, dominated by her love for stories and writing. One day she notices that all the library books she has have been previously checked out by the same person: 'Seiji Amasawa'. Curious as to who he is, Shizuku meets ...
Style: feel good, touching, uplifting, emotional, realistic ...
Audience: family outing, teens, pre-teens, kids
Plot: follow your dream, cat, self discovery, imagination, love, school, teenage love, teenage life, fall in love, high school life, youth, hopes ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: japan, tokyo, italy, europe, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
78%
 7.0
 102K
ParaNorman (2012)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Family, Fantasy, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: In the town of Blithe Hollow, Norman Babcock is a boy who can speak to the dead, but no one besides his eccentric new friend, Neil, believes his ability is real. One day, Norman's estranged eccentric uncle tells him of an important annual ...
Style: gothic, dark fantasy, surreal, scary, witty ...
Audience: kids, family outing, teens, pre-teens, horror for children
Plot: zombie, supernatural ability, ghost, supernatural, witch, small town, family, halloween, stereotypes, medium, talking to the dead, monster ...
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
The Secret of Kells (2009)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Family, Fantasy
Country: Ireland, Belgium, France
Duration: 75 min.
Story: Adventure awaits 12 year old Brendan who must fight Vikings and a serpent god to find a crystal and complete the legendary Book of Kells. In order to finish Brother Aiden's book, Brendan must overcome his deepest fears on a secret quest that ...
Style: stylized, fairy tale, exciting, serious, light ...
Audience: kids, family outing, pre-teens
Plot: adventure, good versus evil, legends and myths, fairy, monastery, magic, forest, heroic mission, self discovery, nature, celtic, art ...
Time: middle ages, 9th century
Place: ireland, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
 8.4
 490K
Coco (2017)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Family, Fantasy, Music, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Despite his family’s baffling generations-old ban on music, Miguel dreams of becoming an accomplished musician like his idol, Ernesto de la Cruz. Desperate to prove his talent, Miguel finds himself in the stunning and colorful Land of the Dead ...
Style: feel good, touching, sincere, atmospheric, funny ...
Audience: kids, family outing, teens, chick flick, preschoolers
Plot: disney, day of the dead, afterlife, life & death, life after death, childhood, family, boy, death, memory, musician, child protagonist ...
Time: 2010s, year 2017
Place: mexico
⇓ similarity ⇓
65%