Movies like Spirited Away

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Spirited Away (2001)
 8.6
 611K
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: atmospheric, surreal, stylized, offbeat, colourful, exciting, fairy tale, serious, captivating, clever ...
Audience: family outing, pre-teens
Plot: parallel world, fantasy world, witch, ghost, adventure, rescue, dragon, imaginary, supernatural, curses spells and rituals, friendship, youth, magical, mysterious place, philosophy, human becomes animal, creature, magic, ghost town, family relations, young heroes, family, greed, surrealism, courage ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: japan, asia, tokyo

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Most similar movies to Spirited Away

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out stylized, melancholic, visually appealing and allegory films with plots about adventure, imaginary, friendship, fantasy world, childhood, escapades and storytelling mostly in Fantasy, Animation and Adventure genres. Some movies like Spirited Away: Howl's Moving Castle (2004), My Neighbor Totoro (1988), Princess Mononoke (1997), Castle in the Sky (1986), Ponyo (2008). 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, stylized ...
Audience: family outing, kids
Plot: witch, self discovery, adventure, imaginary, curses spells and rituals, magical, palaces castles and temples, love and romance, fantasy world, steampunk, wizards and magicians, fall in love ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: japan, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
90%
My Neighbor Totoro (1988)
Genre: Animation, 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: offbeat, feel good, fairy tale, sweet, atmospheric ...
Audience: kids, family outing, preschoolers
Plot: magical, countryside, teaching the ways of the world, adventure, imaginary, siblings relations, friendship, legends and myths, parents and children, family, supernatural, young heroes ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, 1950s
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
94%
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, emotional, exciting, stylized, atmospheric ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: wolf, mythology, adventure, demon, heroic mission, good versus evil, danger, princess, curses spells and rituals, in the woods, master warrior, hopes ...
Time: middle ages, 15th century, 16th century
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
95%
Castle in the Sky (1986)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Drama, Family, Fantasy, Sci-Fi
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: stylized, atmospheric, exciting, semi serious, suspense ...
Audience: family outing, pre-teens, kids
Plot: steampunk, pirate, mine, friendship, magic, imaginary kingdom, megalomaniac, princess, on the run, chess, family secret, swimming ...
Place: wales, japan, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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 7.7
 117K
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, semi serious ...
Audience: family outing, kids, pre-teens, preschoolers
Plot: fish, friendship, magical, ocean or sea, transformation, mermaid, adventure, princess, obsessive quest, imaginary kingdom, magic, family ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
81%
The Secret World of Arrietty (2010)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, 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, scenic, sweet, serious, colourful ...
Audience: family outing, kids, preschoolers
Plot: friendship, mysterious character, magical, miniature person, family, adventure, midget, childhood, daring rescue, parents and children, maid, friends ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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: feel good, fairy tale, humorous, colourful, sweet ...
Audience: family outing, kids, pre-teens
Plot: cat, imaginary kingdom, prince, talking cat, adventure, rescue, human animal relationship, friendship, magic, disorder, mischievous children, family relations ...
Place: japan, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind (1984)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Fantasy, Sci-Fi
Country: Japan, USA
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, stylized, futuristic, atmospheric ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: steampunk, save the world, apocalypse, toxic, ecology, adventure, princess, giant, coming of age, war, dangerous animal, escapades ...
Time: future, middle ages
Place: japan, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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Kiki's Delivery Service (1989)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Drama, 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: feel good, touching, humorous, colourful, semi serious ...
Audience: family outing, kids, teens, pre-teens
Plot: witch, supernatural ability, self discovery, adventure, cat, wizards and magicians, friendship, young heroes, coming of age, talking animals, friends, talking cat ...
Place: europe, japan, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
70%
Song of the Sea (2014)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Drama, Family, Fantasy
Country: Ireland, Denmark, Belgium, Luxembourg, 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, captivating, fairy tale, colourful, emotional ...
Audience: family outing, pre-teens, kids
Plot: adventure, young heroes, lighthouse, supernatural ability, supernatural, ocean or sea, mythical creature, curses spells and rituals, escapades, lighthouse keeper, legends and myths, race against time ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: ireland, europe, japan, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 8.1
 36K
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, fairy tale ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: werewolf, parents and children, family relations, wolf, human becomes animal, childhood, social relations, single mother, supernatural, school, love, imaginary ...
Place: japan, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Journey to Agartha (2011)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Drama, Family, Fantasy, Sci-Fi
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: captivating, sentimental, touching, serious, gloomy ...
Plot: adventure, imaginary, parallel world, death in the family, teenage life, supernatural, radio, escape attempt, rescue mission, mother daughter relationship, secret, grief ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.7
 188K
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: surreal, gothic, stylized, scary, bleak ...
Audience: kids, family outing, preschoolers, horror for children
Plot: parallel world, dark fantasy, adventure, family, parents and children, danger, weirdo, alternate reality, neighbor, young heroes, save the day, talking animals ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: oregon, usa, michigan, texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
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: touching, exciting, serious, light, offbeat
Audience: kids, pre-teens, family outing
Plot: dragon, wizards and magicians, good versus evil, adventure, heroes, imaginary kingdom, curses spells and rituals, young heroes, danger, master villain, supernatural ability, magic ...
Place: europe, macedonia
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.3
 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, semi serious, exciting, stylized
Audience: pre-teens, kids, family outing
Plot: young heroes, danger, youth, sleeping, imaginary, adventure, obsessive quest, family, escapades, heroes, mysterious character, save the world ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Onigamiden - 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, emotional, serious, epic
Audience: teens
Plot: monk, battles, heroic mission, adventure, save the world, self discovery, danger, rivalry, destiny, time travel, uninhibited rivalry, escapades ...
Time: middle ages, 2010s
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 8.2
 600K
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: atmospheric, fairy tale, stylized, gothic, serious ...
Plot: dark fantasy, fairy, creature, imaginary kingdom, imaginary, monster, legends and myths, good versus evil, fantasy world, young heroes, imagination, death ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 40s
Place: spain, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
73%
Children of the Sea (2019)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Drama, Family, Fantasy, Mystery
Country: Japan
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, entertaining, captivating, disturbing
Audience: family outing, kids
Plot: baby, underwater scene, sea, female protagonist, aquarium, friendship, adventure, supernatural, family, danger, youth, fantasy world ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Movie in collections
 7.3
 22K
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: humorous, stylized, semi serious, allegory, colourful ...
Audience: family outing, kids, preschoolers, pre-teens
Plot: animals, transformation, environmentalism, animal, deforestation, anthropomorphism, environment, suburbs, master villain, adventure, rescue, heroic mission ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 1960s
Place: tokyo, japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.0
 91K
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, scary, puppet animation, semi serious, macabre ...
Audience: kids, family outing, pre-teens, horror for children
Plot: ghost, witch, small town, supernatural, zombie, save the day, supernatural ability, young heroes, chosen one, family, school, friendship ...
Place: usa
⇓ 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: captivating, colourful, entertaining, light
Plot: witch, magic, good versus evil, happy ending, magical power, village, witchcraft, flower, girl, rescue, summer vacation, friendship ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
83%
The Tale of the Princess Kaguya (2013)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, 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, stylized, atmospheric, melancholic, light ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: princess, emperor, coming of age, youth, friendship, little girl, family relations, parents and children, japanese woman, female protagonist, children, dream ...
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 8.9
 64K
Gravity Falls (2012)
Genre: Animation, Action, Adventure, Comedy, Family, Fantasy, Mystery, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 23 min.
Story: Twin brother and sister Dipper and Mabel Pines are in for an unexpected adventure when they spend the summer helping their great uncle Stan run a tourist trap in the mysterious town of Gravity Falls, Oregon.
Style: captivating, exciting, offbeat, not serious, fairy tale ...
Audience: pre-teens, kids, horror for children
Plot: supernatural, twins, monster, friendship, small town, imaginary, youth, adventure, small town life, siblings relations, mysterious place, good versus evil ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s
Place: oregon, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
Movie in collections
 8.4
 339K
Coco (2017)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, 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: touching, atmospheric, fairy tale, feel good, captivating ...
Plot: disney, life after death, musician, boy, childhood, singer, fantasy world, life & death, music, family, child protagonist, guitar ...
Time: year 2017
Place: mexico
⇓ similarity ⇓
73%
Cardcaptor Sakura: The Movie (1999)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Family, Fantasy, Thriller
Country: Japan, USA, Canada
Duration: 80 min.
Story: Sakura Kinomoto, a Card Captor, wins a game of chance and is awarded a trip to Hong Kong, along with her best friend Tomoyo and her rival, Syaoran Li. It turns out that the ancient rival of Clow Reed, the creator of the mysterious and powerful Clow ...
Style: shoujo, serious
Plot: dream, surrealism, magic, wizards and magicians, curses spells and rituals, master warrior, heroes, heroic mission, superhuman powers, young heroes, supernatural ability, escapades ...
Place: hong kong, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
Kirikou and the Sorceress (1998)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Family, Fantasy
Country: France, Belgium, Luxembourg
Duration: 71 min.
Story: Drawn from elements of West African folk tales, it depicts how a newborn boy, Kirikou, saves his village from the evil witch Karaba.
Style: humorous, semi serious, feel good, exciting, fairy tale ...
Audience: preschoolers, family outing, kids
Plot: village, family relations, family, good versus evil, adventure, wizards and magicians, child birth, social relations, daring rescue, curses spells and rituals, heroes, escapades ...
Place: africa, tokyo, england, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
13%
The Secret of Kells (2009)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Family, Fantasy
Country: France, Belgium, Ireland, Netherlands, USA, Denmark, Brazil, Germany, Austria, Hungary
Duration: 71 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, exciting, serious, feel good, colourful ...
Audience: family outing, kids, pre-teens
Plot: in the woods, adventure, fairy, legends and myths, viking, good versus evil, monk, trapped, monastery, underwater, obsessive quest, imaginary ...
Time: middle ages
Place: ireland, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
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: humorous, semi serious, touching, stylized
Audience: family outing
Plot: supernatural, family relations, teenage life, island, ghost, self discovery, starting over, imaginary character, life turned upside down, youth, disorder, family ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
 7.7
 71K
Porco Rosso (1992)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy, Romance
Country: Japan
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Porco Rosso, known in Japan as Crimson Pig (Kurenai no Buta) is the sixth animated film by Hayao Miyazaki and released in 1992. You're introduced to an Italian World War I fighter ace, now living as a freelance bounty hunter chasing "air ...
Style: humorous, exciting, feel good, light, talky ...
Audience: kids, pre-teens, family outing, teens
Plot: adventure, pilot, heroes, romance, escapades, adventurer, transformation, heroic mission, good versus evil, daring rescue, save the day, imaginary ...
Time: 1920s, 20s, 20th century, 1930s, 30s
Place: italy, europe, croatia, japan, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
 6.8
 53K
The Boxtrolls (2014)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Family, Fantasy
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: An orphaned boy raised by underground creatures called Boxtrolls comes up from the sewers and out of his box to save his family and the town from the evil exterminator, Archibald Snatcher.
Style: humorous, exciting, feel good, colourful, atmospheric ...
Audience: kids, family outing, pre-teens
Plot: fantasy world, steampunk, adventure, family, good versus evil, friendship, young heroes, fish out of water, disorder, danger, escapades, troll ...
Time: victorian
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
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