Movies like Spirited Away

If you like "Spirited Away" you are looking for surreal, atmospheric and offbeat movies about / with parallel world, ghost, supernatural, fantasy world, witch, adventure and dragon themes of Animation, Adventure and Family genre shot in Japan.
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Spirited Away (2001)
 8.6
 546K
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, offbeat, stylized, fairy tale, exciting, colourful, clever, serious, captivating ...
Audience: family outing, pre-teens
Plot: parallel world, ghost, supernatural, fantasy world, witch, adventure, dragon, rescue, imaginary, friendship, curses spells and rituals, magical, family relations, ghost town, magic, human becomes animal, mysterious place, youth, amusement park, family, young heroes, monster, creature, transformation, greed ...
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, fairy tale and atmospheric films with plots about imaginary, adventure, transformation, escapades, mentor, childhood and fantasy world mostly in Fantasy, Animation and Adventure genres. Some movies like Spirited Away: Howl's Moving Castle (2004), Kiki's Delivery Service (1989), Ponyo (2008), My Neighbor Totoro (1988), Princess Mononoke (1997). 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, captivating, atmospheric, fairy tale, stylized ...
Audience: family outing, kids
Plot: witch, curses spells and rituals, palaces castles and temples, self discovery, adventure, imaginary, love and romance, wizards and magicians, magical, supernatural ability, transformation, romance ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: japan, battleship, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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: touching, feel good, humorous, colourful, semi serious ...
Audience: family outing, kids, teens, pre-teens
Plot: witch, supernatural ability, self discovery, wizards and magicians, adventure, friendship, cat, young heroes, coming of age, friends, talking cat, clock tower ...
Place: europe, japan, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.7
 106K
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, semi serious, scenic, atmospheric ...
Audience: kids, family outing, preschoolers, pre-teens
Plot: fish, transformation, friendship, magical, mermaid, princess, adventure, ocean or sea, imaginary kingdom, obsessive quest, magic, family ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: japan, asia, seaport, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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, touching, feel good, fairy tale, atmospheric ...
Audience: preschoolers, kids, family outing
Plot: teaching the ways of the world, legends and myths, friendship, siblings relations, adventure, imaginary, supernatural, parents and children, young heroes, sister sister relationship, supernatural ability, hospital ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, 1950s
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
80%
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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: exciting, captivating, stylized, emotional, atmospheric ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: princess, adventure, wolf, heroic mission, danger, curses spells and rituals, in the woods, master warrior, demon, prince, mythology, wilderness ...
Time: middle ages, 15th century, 16th century
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Castle in the Sky (1986)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Drama, 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: pirate, friendship, magic, imaginary kingdom, princess, family secret, on the run, storm, megalomaniac, chess, steampunk, castle ...
Place: mine, wales, japan, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 8.2
 31K
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: atmospheric, heartbreaking, sweet, colourful, fairy tale ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: werewolf, parents and children, family relations, childhood, social relations, love, single mother, school, human becomes animal, supernatural, supernatural romance, children ...
Place: japan, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.7
 171K
Coraline (2009)
Genre: Animation, Drama, 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, scary, dark, stylized ...
Audience: kids, family outing, preschoolers
Plot: parallel world, adventure, dark fantasy, parents and children, danger, family, young heroes, imagination, save the day, neighbor, dream, secret place ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: oregon, usa, michigan, texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
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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: save the world, apocalypse, toxic, ecology, adventure, princess, steampunk, coming of age, war, giant, uninhibited rivalry, genetically altered ...
Time: future, middle ages
Place: japan, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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, emotional, atmospheric, fairy tale ...
Audience: family outing, preschoolers, kids
Plot: friendship, mysterious character, magical, family, miniature person, adventure, childhood, maid, friends, secret, daring rescue, parents and children ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ 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, humorous, semi serious, stylized
Audience: family outing
Plot: supernatural, island, leaving home, life turned upside down, family relations, countryside, ghost, disorder, coping, teenage life, imaginary character, starting over ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: asia, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 8.2
 565K
Pan's Labyrinth (2006)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, War
Country: Spain, Mexico, USA
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, suspenseful, fairy tale, gothic, macabre ...
Plot: dark fantasy, monster, fairy, legends and myths, imaginary, good versus evil, young heroes, imaginary kingdom, creature, death, magical, fascism ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 1940s
Place: spain, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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: serious, exciting, touching, offbeat
Audience: family outing, kids, pre-teens
Plot: dragon, wizards and magicians, heroes, danger, good versus evil, curses spells and rituals, young heroes, imaginary kingdom, adventure, supernatural ability, shyness, nightmare ...
Place: europe, macedonia
⇓ 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: humorous, semi serious, feel good, fairy tale, colourful ...
Audience: kids, pre-teens, family outing
Plot: cat, imaginary kingdom, mouse, crow, grass, tower, chase, sword fight, talking cat, human animal relationship, prince, adventure ...
Place: japan, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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, stylized, fairy tale, emotional ...
Audience: family outing, pre-teens, kids
Plot: young heroes, adventure, irish, lighthouse keeper, seal, dog, lighthouse, supernatural, getting home, imaginary, siblings relations, curses spells and rituals ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: ireland, europe, japan, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Journey to Agartha (2011)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Drama, 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: sentimental, gloomy, touching, serious, captivating
Plot: adventure, radio, back from the dead, parallel world, imaginary, dealing with death, teenage life, death in the family, supernatural, coming of age, escape attempt, female protagonist ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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: stylized, atmospheric, touching, serious, melancholic ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: coming of age, emperor, bamboo, princess, parents and children, imaginary, in the woods, family relations, youth, wooing, japanese woman, friendship ...
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Kaena: The Prophecy (2003)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Family, Fantasy, Sci-Fi
Country: France, Canada
Duration: 85 min.
Story: Compelled by a mysterious force, Kaena, a rebellious, high-spirited teenage girl will defy the High Priest and her people's ancestral beliefs to take the perilous journey through the Axis and discover what dark secrets lie beyond the clouds.
Style: stylized, atmospheric, serious, offbeat, futuristic ...
Audience: teens, family outing, kids
Plot: destiny, rescue, village, high priest, cloud, future dystopia, good versus evil, adventure, heroic mission, androids and robots, imaginary kingdom, space and aliens ...
Time: future
Place: japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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 7.4
 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: stylized, semi serious, exciting, surreal
Audience: pre-teens, family outing, kids
Plot: young heroes, rivalry, mysterious place, overcoming, save the world, adventure, family, imaginary, escapades, escape from reality, mysterious character, obsessive quest ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.4
 19K
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, colourful, talky ...
Audience: family outing, kids, preschoolers, pre-teens
Plot: transformation, environmentalism, anthropomorphism, deforestation, animal, environment, rescue, society, escapades, good versus evil, rivalry, legends and myths ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s
Place: japan, tokyo, asia
⇓ 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: epic, stylized, serious, emotional, exciting
Audience: teens
Plot: dragon, monk, heroes, peaceful mission, battles, coming of age, destiny, adventure, forced into action, legends and myths, time travel, save the world ...
Time: middle ages, 2010s
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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: serious
Plot: surrealism, dream, magic, wizards and magicians, heroes, supernatural ability, danger, woman in danger, reunion, rescue, rivalry, battles ...
Place: japan, hong kong
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
The Castle of Cagliostro (1979)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Family, Fantasy
Country: Japan
Duration: 100 min.
Story: After a successful robbery leaves famed thief Lupin III and his partner Jigen with nothing but a large amount of fake money, the so called "Goat Bills", he decides to track down the counterfeiter responsible - and steal any other treasures ...
Style: stylized, humorous, futuristic, exciting, semi serious ...
Plot: treasure, chase, casino, castle, thief, clock tower, adventure, samurai, counterfeit money, criminal heroes, cons and scams, gangsters ...
Place: japan, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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 6.8
 50K
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, feel good, exciting, colourful, atmospheric ...
Audience: kids, family outing, pre-teens
Plot: good versus evil, fantasy world, friendship, adventure, family, young heroes, danger, fish out of water, escapades, disorder, prejudice, steampunk ...
Time: victorian
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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: exciting, semi serious, humorous, feel good, fairy tale ...
Audience: kids, family outing, preschoolers
Plot: village, family, good versus evil, adventure, danger, youth, friendship, rivalry, parents and children, daring rescue, heroic mission, child birth ...
Place: africa, tokyo, england, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
14%
 6.7
 95K
Epic (2013)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Family, Fantasy, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: A teenager finds herself transported to a deep forest setting where a battle between the forces of good and the forces of evil is taking place. She bands together with a rag-tag group characters in order to save their world -- and ours.
Style: exciting, feel good, humorous, stylized, semi serious ...
Audience: family outing, preschoolers, kids
Plot: good versus evil, adventure, imaginary kingdom, imaginary, friendship, save the kingdom, protector, teenage life, in the woods, queen, young heroes, birds ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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: adventure, in the woods, fairy, good versus evil, legends and myths, young heroes, monk, trapped, monastery, underwater, obsessive quest, imaginary ...
Time: middle ages
Place: ireland, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
Arthur and the Invisibles (2006)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Family, Fantasy
Country: France
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Arthur is a spirited ten-year old whose parents are away looking for work, whose eccentric grandfather has been missing for several years, and who lives with his grandmother in a country house that, in two days, will be repossessed, torn down, and ...
Style: feel good, exciting, stylized, fairy tale, entertaining ...
Audience: kids, family outing, preschoolers, teens
Plot: fairy, family, fantasy world, young heroes, imaginary, friendship, heroes, treasure, disappearance, family relations, good versus evil, friends ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s
Place: dungeon, africa, connecticut
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole (2010)
Genre: Animation, Action, Adventure, Family, Fantasy
Country: USA, Australia
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Soren, a young barn owl, is kidnapped by owls of St. Aggie's, ostensibly an orphanage, where owlets are brainwashed into becoming soldiers. He and his new friends escape to the island of Ga'Hoole, to assist its noble, wise owls who fight ...
Style: captivating, exciting, stylized, scenic, fairy tale ...
Audience: kids, family outing, pre-teens, preschoolers
Plot: good versus evil, adventure, family, imaginary kingdom, heroic mission, in the woods, birds, owl, heroes, animal life, imaginary, queen ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
 7.0
 86K
ParaNorman (2012)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Family, Fantasy
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, puppet animation, semi serious, macabre, scary ...
Audience: kids, family outing, pre-teens
Plot: ghost, witch, small town, supernatural, zombie, save the day, supernatural ability, young heroes, chosen one, family, school, friendship ...
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
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