Movies like Waking Life

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Waking Life (2001)
 7.8
 62K
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 relationships with others, and the meaning of life.
Style: philosophical, surreal, stylized, captivating, contemplative, clever, intellectual, offbeat, psychological, talky ...
Plot: existentialism, philosophy, dream, lifestyle, bohemian life, human nature, imaginary, daydreamer, alternate reality, computer animation, surrealism, satire, nightmare, life after death, reincarnation, life philosophy, imagination, meaning of life, sleeping, paradox, escape from reality, cause and meaning, mystery, fantasy becomes reality, existence paradox ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: texas

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out stylized, atmospheric, weird and surreal films with plots about storytelling, brutality, surrealism, life philosophy, imagination, mentor and loneliness mostly in Animation, Drama and Fantasy genres. Some movies like Waking Life: A Scanner Darkly (2006), It's Such a Beautiful Day (2012), Anomalisa (2015), Paprika (2006), Spirited Away (2001). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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, neo noir, psychological, surreal, stylized ...
Plot: drug abuse, losing-it hero, undercover, disorder, addiction, society, fighting crime, future dystopia, surveillance, schizophrenia, hallucination, split personality ...
Time: future, 21st century, near future
Place: california, usa, san diego california
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
It's Such a Beautiful Day (2012)
Genre: Animation, Comedy, Drama, Fantasy
Country: USA
Duration: 62 min.
Story: Bill struggles to put together his shattered psyche, in this new feature film version of Don Hertzfeldt's animated short film trilogy.
Style: surreal, thought provoking, atmospheric, humorous, philosophical ...
Plot: illness, surrealism, nightmare, hospital, divorced parents, introspection, hopes, direction and purpose, mental illness, mental disorder, mental instability, immortality ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.3
 69K
Anomalisa (2015)
Genre: Animation, Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: A man crippled by the mundanity of his life experiences something out of the ordinary.
Style: surreal, melancholic, atmospheric, depressing, psychological ...
Plot: depression, nightmare, existentialism, love at first sight, loneliness, sex, puppet, drinking, infidelity, drinking alcohol, philosophy, life philosophy ...
Time: 2000s
Place: cincinnati ohio
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.7
 76K
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, philosophical ...
Plot: investigation, hallucination, mental illness, surveillance, deception, villain, scientist, psychiatrist, introspection, doctors and patients, fairy, dreams ...
Time: future
Place: japan, tokyo, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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Neon Genesis Evangelion: The End of Evangelion (1997)
Genre: Animation, Action, Drama, Fantasy, 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, save the world, life is a bitch ...
Time: 21st century, future, 2010s
Place: tokyo, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 8.6
 687K
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, colourful ...
Audience: family outing, pre-teens
Plot: parallel world, imaginary, witch, fantasy world, ghost, adventure, dragon, friendship, rescue, human becomes animal, supernatural, curses spells and rituals ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Idiots and Angels (2008)
Genre: Animation, Comedy, Drama, Fantasy
Country: USA
Duration: 78 min.
Story: Angel, a selfish rotter is hanging around in a local bar, groping the wife of the barman and dealing with weapons. One morning he wakes up finding a pair of wings growing at his back. These wings do good deeds against his nature. But suddenly he ...
Style: humorous, semi serious, surreal, offbeat, cynical ...
Plot: bar, good versus evil, supernatural ability, moral dilemma, supernatural, disorder, human nature, dark humor, save the lady, no dialogue, angel, sexual content
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.4
 4K
Lesson Faust (1994)
Genre: Animation, Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Horror
Country: Czech Republic, France, UK, Germany
Duration: 97 min.
Story: A very free adaptation of Marlowe's 'Doctor Faustus', Goethe's 'Faust' and various other treatments of the old legend of the man who sold his soul to the devil. Svankmajer's Faust is a nondescript man who, after ...
Style: surreal, atmospheric, thought provoking, stylized, serious ...
Plot: surrealism, puppet, deal with the devil, clay, philosophy, supernatural ability, devil, wish come true, destructive relationship, innocence lost, good versus evil, map ...
Place: prague, europe, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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 6.7
 3K
$9.99 (2008)
Genre: Animation, Drama, Fantasy
Country: Israel, Australia
Duration: 78 min.
Story: Have you ever wondered "What is the meaning of life? Why do we exist?" The answer to this vexing question is now within your reach! You'll find it in a small yet amazing booklet, which will explain, in easy to follow, simple terms ...
Style: surreal, humorous, touching, contemplative, adult animation ...
Audience: teens
Plot: self discovery, hopes, society, social misfits, introspection, human nature, loneliness, meaning of life, apartment building, life philosophy, female director, nudity (full frontal - brief) ...
Time: contemporary
Place: australia, san francisco, israel, new orleans, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
 6.5
 18K
The Congress (2013)
Genre: Animation, Drama, Sci-Fi
Country: Israel, Germany, Poland, Luxembourg, Belgium, France, USA, India
Duration: 122 min.
Story: More than two decades after catapulting to stardom with The Princess Bride, Robin Wright decides to take her final job: preserving her likeness for a future Hollywood. Through a deal brokered by her loyal, longtime agent and the head of Miramount ...
Style: mind bending, thought provoking, futuristic, surreal, philosophical ...
Plot: hallucination, actor's life, lifestyle, parallel world, moral dilemma, child illness, one last job, escape from reality, aging, society, life is a bitch, parents and children ...
Time: future, 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
The little prince (2015)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Drama, Family, Fantasy
Country: France, Canada, Italy, USA, China
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Based on the best-seller book 'The Little Prince', the movie tells the story of a little girl that lives with resignation in a world where efficiency and work are the only dogmas. Everything will change when accidentally she discovers her ...
Style: fairy tale, stylized, colourful, semi serious, touching ...
Audience: family outing, preschoolers
Plot: adventure, imaginary, little boy, friends, philosophy, life philosophy, little girl, prince, surrealism, self discovery, escapades, imaginary kingdom ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
I Married a Strange Person! (1997)
Genre: Animation, Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 75 min.
Story: A newlywed develops a strange lump on his neck that gives him the ability to transform people or objects at will. His wife is very upset. Meanwhile, the CEO of Smilecorp learns of this man and his ability and sees a way to achieve world domination ...
Style: humorous, semi serious, surreal, offbeat, enigmatic ...
Plot: supernatural ability, imaginary, wish come true, couples, surrealism, insanity, absurd humor, creativity, newlyweds, moral ambiguity, dark hero, brutality ...
Place: tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
 5.4
 159
The Toe Tactic (2008)
Genre: Animation, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 83 min.
Story: Mona is nearly overwhelmed by grief and depression. After her father's death, she's cut herself off: leaving teaching - she now temps as an office assistant, ignoring her mother's calls, talking to herself in mirrors, and rejecting ...
Style: atmospheric, stylized, surreal, serious, offbeat
Plot: imaginary, family problems, death in the family, human nature, homecoming, dealing with death, unfulfillment, mother daughter relationship, single woman, teacher, benign alien, singleness ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
The Illusionist (2010)
Genre: Animation, Drama, Fantasy
Country: France, UK, USA
Duration: 80 min.
Story: Scotland, late 1950s. A struggling illusionist visits an isolated community and meets a young lady who is convinced that he is a real magician.
Style: stylized, touching, sentimental, realistic, semi serious ...
Audience: preschoolers
Plot: loneliness, magical, magician, friendship, coming of age, artists and showbiz, odd couple, french, age difference, art, stage, frustration ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, year 1959, 1950s
Place: england, paris france, france, scotland, big ben london ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
 7.8
 9K
Mind Game (2004)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Fantasy
Country: Japan
Duration: 103 min.
Story: The film follows Nishi, a loser who has a crush on his childhood girlfriend. After an encounter with the Japanese mafia, the film follows Nishi as he journeys to heaven and back, and ends up trapped in an even more unlikely place.
Style: surreal, atmospheric, stylized, humorous, touching ...
Plot: self discovery, righting the wronged, family relations, adventure, danger, hopes, dealing with death, supernatural, family in danger, siblings relations, old love, couples ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
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, contemplative, psychological, sincere, atmospheric ...
Plot: unemployment, friends, hopes, society, friendship, self discovery, introspection, unfulfillment, small town, bad trip, materialism, artists and showbiz ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, california, los angeles, northern california
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
Neon Genesis Evangelion: Death & Rebirth (1997)
Genre: Animation, Action, Drama, Fantasy, Sci-Fi
Country: Japan
Duration: 101 min.
Story: Originally a collection of clips from the Neon Genesis Evangelion TV series, Death was created as a precursor to the re-worked ending of the series. Rebirth was intended as that re-worked ending, but after production overruns Rebirth became only the ...
Style: psychological, mecha, stylized, futuristic, serious ...
Audience: teens
Plot: evil alien, androids and robots, giant robot, surrealism, catastrophe, apocalypse, future dystopia, parents and children, teenage life, high school life, destiny, self discovery ...
Time: 2010s, 21st century
Place: japan, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
 7.5
 12K
Alice (1988)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Fantasy, Thriller
Country: Czechoslovakia, Switzerland, UK, West Germany
Duration: 86 min.
Story: A quiet young English girl named Alice finds herself in an alternate version of her own reality after chasing a white rabbit. She becomes surrounded by living inanimate objects and stuffed dead animals, and must find a way out of this nightmare- no ...
Style: surreal, dark fantasy, stylized, atmospheric, clever ...
Plot: rabbit, toys, card playing, imaginary kingdom, curses spells and rituals, escapades, imaginary, young heroes, heroes, youth, danger, tombs and skeletons ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, 1860s, 19th century
Place: australia
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%
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Millennium Actress (2001)
Genre: Animation, Drama, Fantasy, Romance
Country: Japan
Duration: 87 min.
Story: Documentary filmmaker Genya Tachibana has tracked down the legendary actress Chiyoko Fujiwara, who mysteriously vanished at the height of her career. When he presents her with a key she had lost and thought was gone forever, the filmmaker could not ...
Style: serious, touching, talky, emotional, atmospheric ...
Plot: actor's life, film within a film, actress, love and romance, popularity, haunted by the past, unfulfilled love, retired, interview, female protagonist, mother daughter relationship, lost love ...
Time: 20th century, 2000s, victorian era, 1940s, 1950s ...
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%
 8.1
 272K
Soul (2020)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Family, Fantasy, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Joe Gardner is a middle school teacher with a love for jazz music. After a successful gig at the Half Note Club, he suddenly gets into an accident that separates his soul from his body and is transported to the You Seminar, a center in which souls ...
Style: sincere, captivating, touching, philosophical, uplifting ...
Plot: meaning of life, self discovery, life & death, acceptance, musician, life, teaching the ways of the world, jazz, lifestyle change, life after death, afterlife, death ...
Place: new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%
 8.1
 649K
Inside Out (2015)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Family, Fantasy
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Growing up can be a bumpy road, and it's no exception for Riley, who is uprooted from her Midwest life when her father starts a new job in San Francisco. Like all of us, Riley is guided by her emotions - Joy, Fear, Anger, Disgust and Sadness. ...
Style: inspirational, emotional, motivational, touching, colourful ...
Audience: kids, family outing, pre-teens
Plot: disney, family, childhood, life philosophy, family relations, happy ending, imaginary, coming of age, joy, memory, friendship, computer animation ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s, 2010s
Place: san francisco, minnesota, california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
19%
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: captivating, sentimental, touching, serious, suspense ...
Plot: adventure, parallel world, imaginary, radio, dealing with death, death in the family, teenage life, back from the dead, supernatural, escape attempt, mother daughter relationship, secret ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
19%
 8.1
 41K
Wolf Children (2012)
Genre: Animation, Drama, 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, family relations, wolf, parents and children, single mother, human becomes animal, social relations, supernatural, school, love, imaginary ...
Place: japan, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
19%
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 4.9
 22K
Cool World (1992)
Genre: Animation, Comedy, Fantasy
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Jack Deebs is a cartoonist who is due to be released from jail. His comic book "Cool World" describes a zany world populated by "doodles" (cartoon characters) and "noids" (humanoids). What Jack didn't realize is ...
Style: adult animation, surreal, stylized, not serious, witty ...
Audience: teens, date night
Plot: parallel world, comics, casino, femme fatale, alternate dimension, cartoonist, seduction, silly humor, body swapping, power relations, disorder, couples ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s, year 1945, 1940s
Place: las vegas, usa, nevada
⇓ similarity ⇓
19%
The Art of Happiness (2013)
Genre: Animation, Drama
Country: Italy
Duration: 82 min.
Story: Sergio driving a taxi in a white Naples overflowing sadness and garbage. Pouring rain leads her clients through the city trying to process the death of his brother, who started ten years earlier for Tibet and never returned. A pop singer, a recycler ...
Style: touching, contemplative, serious, realistic, stylized ...
Plot: buddhism, surrealism, taxi driver, workplace situations, life turned upside down, workplace, dream, brother brother relationship, happiness, urban, dealing with death, radio dj ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: italy, naples italy
⇓ similarity ⇓
19%
Blood Tea and Red String (2006)
Genre: Animation, Fantasy
Country: USA
Duration: 71 min.
Story: A handmade stop-motion fairy tale for adults that tells the tale of the struggle between the aristocratic White Mice and the rustic Creatures Who Dwell Under the Oak over the doll of their heart's desire.
Style: semi serious, surreal, stylized, atmospheric, puppet animation ...
Plot: imaginary kingdom, obsession, escapades, rescue, society, rich and poor, fall in love, mouse, doll, animal life, cards, card playing ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
19%
 6.7
 1K
Alois Nebel (2011)
Genre: Animation, Drama
Country: Czech Republic, Germany
Duration: 84 min.
Story: A train dispatcher encounters a mute stranger who appears out of nowhere, and finds himself mysteriously involved with a murder in Poland. The end of the eighties in the twentieth century. Alois Nebel works as a dis­patcher at the small railway ...
Style: atmospheric, tense, psychological, captivating, gloomy ...
Plot: surrealism, mysterious character, uncover truth, haunted by the past, crimes, society, murder, rotoscoping, axe, social misfits, life is a bitch, mystery ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 1989
Place: czechoslovakia, prague, czech republic, poland, central europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
19%
 7.3
 6K
Greedy Guts (2000)
Genre: Animation, Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Thriller
Country: Czech Republic, UK, Japan
Duration: 132 min.
Story: When a childless couple learn that they cannot have children, it causes great distress. To ease his wife's pain, the man finds a piece of root in the backyard and chops it and varnishes it into the shape of a child. However the woman takes the ...
Style: psychological, surreal, suspenseful, atmospheric, humorous ...
Plot: baby, couple relations, parents and children, surrealism, dark humor, monster, killer child, secret, childless couple, absurdism, family relations, body horror ...
Time: 90s
Place: central europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
18%
Jin-Roh: The Wolf Brigade (1999)
Genre: Animation, Drama, Fantasy, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 102 min.
Story: A member of an elite paramilitary counter-terrorism unit becomes traumatized after witnessing the suicide bombing of a young girl and is forced to undergo retraining. However, unbeknownst to him, he becomes a key player in a dispute between rival ...
Style: bleak, stylized, serious, exciting, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: conspiracy, world war two, distopia, swat team, resistance fighter, little red riding hood, terrorism, suicide, deadly, life is a bitch, politics, society ...
Place: japan, tokyo, germany, poland
⇓ similarity ⇓
18%
Robot Carnival (1987)
Genre: Animation, Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Sci-Fi
Country: Japan
Duration: 90 min.
Story: An anthology of various tales told in various styles with robots being the one common element among them.
Style: anthology, stylized, exciting, futuristic, surreal ...
Audience: teens
Plot: androids and robots, androids, giant robots, giant robot, man versus machine, escapades, a.i., imaginary, killer robot, robot as menace, piloted giant robot, amusement park ...
Time: future
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
18%