Movies like Castle in the Sky

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Castle in the Sky (1986)
 8.1
 125K
Castle in the Sky (1986)
Original name: 天空の城ラピュタ
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, fairy tale, breathtaking, interesting, enigmatic, earnest ...
Audience: family outing, kids, pre-teens
Plot: pirate, friendship, magic, imaginary kingdom, princess, chess, storm, on the run, family secret, megalomaniac, steampunk, army, government agent, crystal, castle, pendant, chase, treasure hunt, young heroes, adventure, treasure, island, youth, family, heroes ...
Place: mine, wales, japan, tokyo

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Most similar movies to Castle in the Sky

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out melancholic, stylized, semi serious and humorous films with plots about adventure, escapades, imaginary, friendship, storytelling, mentor and good versus evil mostly in Animation, Fantasy and Adventure genres. Some movies like Castle in the Sky: Howl's Moving Castle (2004), My Neighbor Totoro (1988), Spirited Away (2001), Ponyo (2008), Kiki's Delivery Service (1989). 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, supernatural ability, magical, transformation, romance ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: japan, battleship, 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: touching, feel good, offbeat, fairy tale, atmospheric ...
Audience: preschoolers, kids, family outing
Plot: teaching the ways of the world, legends and myths, friendship, siblings relations, imaginary, adventure, supernatural, parents and children, young heroes, sister sister relationship, supernatural ability, hospital ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 1950s
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 8.6
 546K
Spirited Away (2001)
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 ...
Audience: family outing, pre-teens
Plot: ghost, parallel world, supernatural, witch, adventure, imaginary, fantasy world, curses spells and rituals, rescue, friendship, dragon, family ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: japan, asia, 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, semi serious, sweet, scenic, atmospheric ...
Audience: kids, family outing, pre-teens, preschoolers
Plot: fish, friendship, princess, transformation, family, adventure, ocean or sea, imaginary kingdom, obsessive quest, magical, mermaid, magic ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: japan, asia, seaport, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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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, princess, ecology, adventure, steampunk, coming of age, war, environmentalism, chaos, uninhibited rivalry ...
Time: future, middle ages
Place: japan, 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, twists and turns ...
Audience: family outing, kids, teens, pre-teens
Plot: witch, supernatural ability, cat, self discovery, wizards and magicians, adventure, friendship, young heroes, coming of age, friends, clock tower, bicycle accident ...
Place: europe, japan, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.9
 16K
Steamboy (2004)
Genre: Animation, Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 126 min.
Story: After receiving a package from his Grandfather, Rei, a young inventor living in England during the mid-19th century, has his life thrown into disarray. The package contains a "Steam Ball", a device of incredible power, and a letter asking ...
Style: epic, stylized, exciting, atmospheric, serious ...
Audience: family outing, teens
Plot: steampunk, adventure, inventor, ball, boy, steam, inventions and discoveries, technology gone awry, deadly weapon, rescue, heroes, take over ...
Time: 19th century, future, 1860s
Place: england, alaska, manchester, manchester england, japan ...
⇓ 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, emotional, atmospheric, scenic, fairy tale ...
Audience: family outing, preschoolers, kids
Plot: friendship, family, mysterious character, magical, adventure, miniature person, childhood, daring rescue, parents and children, friends, maid, secret ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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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, master warrior, curses spells and rituals, danger, heroic mission, in the woods, demon, heroes, wolf, wilderness, feral child ...
Time: middle ages, 15th century, 16th century
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, humorous, semi serious, fairy tale, colourful ...
Audience: family outing, kids, pre-teens
Plot: cat, imaginary kingdom, mouse, grass, tower, human animal relationship, crow, chase, talking cat, sword fight, prince, adventure ...
Place: japan, tokyo
⇓ 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: feel good, humorous, semi serious, exciting, fairy tale ...
Audience: preschoolers, kids, family outing
Plot: village, family, good versus evil, adventure, rescue, danger, youth, wise man, escapades, parents and children, wizards and magicians, hopes ...
Place: africa, tokyo, england, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Little Nemo: Adventures in Slumberland (1989)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Drama, Family, Fantasy
Country: Japan, USA
Duration: 85 min.
Story: A little boy whose dreams transcend reality is sucked into his own fantasy, which is everything he has dreamed of, until he unleashes an old secret that may not only destroy this perfect dream world but reality itself.
Style: stylized, semi serious, humorous, exciting, feel good ...
Audience: kids, family outing, preschoolers
Plot: adventure, family, young heroes, heroic mission, imaginary, mischievous children, daring rescue, kids in trouble, escapades, friends, master villain, youth ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
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, thief, clock tower, counterfeit money, castle, adventure, samurai, escapades, criminal heroes, crimes ...
Place: japan, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
Pokemon Heroes (2002)
Genre: Animation, Action, Adventure, Family, Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 71 min.
Story: Ash, Pikachu and his friends try and stop a pair of thieves hiding out in the canals and alleyways of Alto Mare, the age-old water capital. Joining the adventure are two new legendary Pokémon, a pair of siblings named Latias and Latios, who serve ...
Style: stylized, semi serious, humorous, melancholic, exciting ...
Audience: pre-teens, preschoolers, kids, family outing
Plot: pokemon, family, adventure, superhero, master villain, young heroes, pirate, danger, treasure hunt, rivalry, friendship, escapades ...
Time: 2000s, future
Place: japan, tokyo, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
Return to Never Land (2002)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Family, Fantasy
Country: USA, Canada, Australia
Duration: 72 min.
Story: The classic tale of 'Peter Pan' continues in Disney's sequel 'Return to Never Land'. In 1940 on a world besieged by World War II, Wendy, now grown up, has two children, one of them is her daughter, Jane.
Style: feel good, exciting, humorous, semi serious, fairy tale ...
Audience: kids, family outing, preschoolers
Plot: island, kidnapping, fairy, friendship, pirate, flying, mermaid, adventure, family, family relations, mischievous children, imaginary ...
Time: 40s, 20th century, 1940s, 1950s, year 1940
Place: london, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
 7.8
 61K
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: exciting, feel good, humorous, semi serious, breathtaking ...
Audience: kids, teens, family outing, pre-teens
Plot: pilot, beach, singer, adventure, transformation, romance, fascism, love and romance, save the day, imaginary, heroic mission, daring rescue ...
Time: 20s, 30s, 20th century, 1920s, 1930s
Place: italy, europe, japan, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
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: family, young heroes, fantasy world, friendship, imaginary, treasure, fairy, disappearance, family relations, good versus evil, friends, youth ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s
Place: dungeon, africa, connecticut
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
The Lord of the Rings (1978)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Fantasy
Country: USA, UK, Spain
Duration: 132 min.
Story: The Fellowship of the Ring embark on a journey to destroy the One Ring and end Sauron's reign over Middle-earth.
Style: atmospheric, serious, exciting, scenic, gloomy ...
Plot: obsessive quest, good versus evil, imaginary kingdom, heroes, wizards and magicians, imaginary, adventure, danger, save the world, mission, heroic mission, escapades ...
Time: prehistoric times, prehistory
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
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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, fish out of water, disorder, escapades, danger, prejudice, steampunk ...
Time: victorian
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure (2009)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Family, Fantasy
Country: USA
Duration: 81 min.
Story: A blue harvest moon will rise, allowing the fairies to use a precious moonstone to restore the Pixie Dust Tree, the source of all their magic. But when Tinker Bell accidentally puts all of Pixie Hollow in jeopardy, she must venture out across the ...
Style: feel good, sincere, captivating, entertaining, exciting ...
Audience: family outing, kids, pre-teens
Plot: fairy, friendship, adventure, imaginary, young heroes, good versus evil, imaginary kingdom, magic, mischievous children, supernatural, small town, rivalry ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
Treasure Planet (2002)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Family, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: When space galleon cabin boy Jim Hawkins discovers a map to an intergalactic "loot of a thousand worlds," a cyborg cook named John Silver teaches him to battle supernovas and space storms. But, soon, Jim realizes Silver is a pirate intent ...
Style: exciting, semi serious, humorous, stylized, futuristic ...
Audience: kids, teens, family outing, pre-teens
Plot: space travel, outer space, treasure hunt, pirate, spacecraft, adventure, alien, steampunk, betrayal, treasure, escapades, map ...
Time: future, 18th century
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
Pokemon: Jirachi - Wish Maker (2003)
Genre: Animation, Action, Adventure, Family, Fantasy, Sci-Fi
Country: Japan, USA
Duration: 81 min.
Story: Ash, Pikachu and friends (minus Misty) were visiting a festival celebrating the appearance of a comet when they stumble upon a mysterious rock-like crystal...
Style: humorous, semi serious
Audience: preschoolers, kids, family outing, pre-teens
Plot: imaginary, adventure, rivalry, good versus evil, danger, obsessive quest, heroes, friends, heroic mission, young heroes, escapades, friendship ...
Time: 2000s
Place: japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
 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: pre-teens, preschoolers, kids, family outing
Plot: transformation, environmentalism, anthropomorphism, animal, deforestation, environment, heroes, suburbs, rescue, legends and myths, righting the wronged, rivalry ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 1960s
Place: japan, tokyo, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
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 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, humorous, feel good, semi serious, stylized ...
Audience: family outing, preschoolers, kids
Plot: good versus evil, imaginary kingdom, adventure, imaginary, friendship, in the woods, queen, save the kingdom, teenage life, protector, birds, family ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
 6.4
 89K
The Lorax (2012)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Family, Fantasy, Musical
Country: USA, France
Duration: 86 min.
Story: A 12-year-old boy searches for the one thing that will enable him to win the affection of the girl of his dreams. To find it he must discover the story of the Lorax, the grumpy yet charming creature who fights to protect his world.
Style: feel good, colourful, light, entertaining, fairy tale ...
Audience: kids, family outing, preschoolers, pre-teens
Plot: family, obsessive quest, tree, childhood, friendship, environmentalism, young heroes, danger, greed, adventure, deforestation, talking animals ...
Time: 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
 6.8
 11K
The Hobbit (1977)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Family, Fantasy, Musical
Country: USA, Japan
Duration: 77 min.
Story: Bilbo Baggins the Hobbit was just minding his own business, when his occasional visitor Gandalf the Wizard drops in one night. One by one, a whole group of dwarves drop in, and before he knows it, Bilbo has joined their quest to reclaim their ...
Style: stylized, humorous, exciting, semi serious, scary ...
Audience: pre-teens, teens, family outing, kids
Plot: dwarf, dragon, good versus evil, supernatural ability, magic, treasure, adventure, family, gold, spider, heroic mission, friends ...
Time: prehistoric times, prehistory
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
Pokemon: The First Movie - Mewtwo Strikes Back (1998)
Genre: Animation, Action, Adventure, Family, Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Sport
Country: Japan
Duration: 96 min.
Story: The adventure explodes into action with the debut of Mewtwo, a bio-engineered Pokemon created from the DNA of Mew, the rarest of all Pokemon. Determined to prove its superiority, Mewtwo lures Ash, Pikachu and others into a Pokemon match like none ...
Style: twists and turns, semi serious, humorous, based on cult tv series, surprise ending ...
Audience: teens, family outing, pre-teens, kids, preschoolers
Plot: adventure, heroes, imaginary, friends, friendship, good versus evil, cloning, young heroes, heroic mission, rivalry, danger, supernatural power ...
Time: 1990s
Place: japan, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
Pokemon the Movie: Destiny Deoxys (2004)
Genre: Animation, Action, Adventure, Drama, Family, Fantasy, Sci-Fi
Country: Japan, USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: A comet bearing a deadly Pokemon creature crash-lands onto Earth, terrorising a nearby high-tech city, where Ash, Pikachu and friends are currently visiting...
Style: exciting, stylized, humorous, semi serious, futuristic
Audience: teens, family outing, kids, preschoolers, pre-teens
Plot: pokemon, friends, imaginary kingdom, animal training, family, uninhibited rivalry, adventure, imaginary, heroic mission, contests and competitions, space and aliens, friendship ...
Time: future, 2000s
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
Rainbow Brite and the Star Stealer (1985)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Family, Fantasy, Sci-Fi
Country: USA, Japan, France
Duration: 85 min.
Story: Rainbow Brite, and her magical horse Starlite, must stop an evil princess and her underlings from taking over the planet Spectra. When they meet Orin, the wise Sprite tries to make the two children get along and work together to stop the evil ...
Style: humorous, semi serious
Audience: preschoolers, family outing, kids
Plot: heist, parallel world, disorder, heroes, good versus evil, pirate, youth, curses spells and rituals, heroic mission, family, imaginary kingdom, adventure ...
Time: 20th century
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
Atlantis: Milo's Return (2003)
Genre: Animation, Action, Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Family, Fantasy, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 70 min.
Story: Three different stories come to life in this sequel to the hit animated Disney adventure. Explorer Milo Thatch, his new sweetheart, Queen Kida, and the rest of the team are preparing to rebuild the underwater city. But trouble crops up. Harnessing ...
Style: semi serious, humorous, tv series pilot, melancholic, fairy tale ...
Audience: teens, family outing, kids, pre-teens
Plot: atlantis, adventure, family, friendship, young heroes, escapades, heroic mission, space and aliens, getting home, imaginary, rivalry, heroes ...
Time: 1910s
Place: arizona
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
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