Movies like Waking Life

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Waking Life (2001)
 7.8
 57K
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: stylized, surreal, talky, clever, tense, atmospheric, offbeat, serious, captivating, cerebral ...
Plot: philosophy, existentialism, nightmare, dream, imagination, supernatural, hopes, bohemian life, human nature, daydreamer, imaginary, lifestyle, encounter, twentysomething life, parallel world, freedom, free will, metaphysics, surrealism, storytelling, destiny, memory, prison, dancing, time ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: texas

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Most similar movies to Waking Life

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out stylized, surreal, melancholic and atmospheric films with plots about storytelling, mentor, imagination, surrealism, dreams, loneliness and art mostly in Animation, Drama and Fantasy genres. Some movies like Waking Life: It's Such a Beautiful Day (2012), Monkeybone (2001), Lesson Faust (1994), $9.99 (2008), A Scanner Darkly (2006). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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: dark humor, surreal, atmospheric, realistic, gloomy ...
Plot: immortality, surrealism, hospital, divorced parents, nightmare, illness, mental illness, direction and purpose, hopes, introspection, mental instability, death of parent ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
95%
 4.7
 16K
Monkeybone (2001)
Genre: Animation, Comedy, Fantasy
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: After a car crash sends repressed cartoonist Stu Miley (Fraser) into a coma, he and the mischievous Monkeybone, his hilariously horny alter-ego, wake up in a wacked-out waystation for lost souls. When Monkeybone takes over Stu's body and ...
Style: humorous, not serious, stylized, absurd, funny ...
Audience: family outing, date night, teens
Plot: parallel world, imaginary, goofy hero, surrealism, hospital, monkey, organ donation, alternate reality, dreams, rivalry, celebrity culture, body swapping ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
82%
 7.5
 3K
Lesson Faust (1994)
Genre: Animation, Comedy, Drama, Fantasy
Country: Czech Republic, France, UK
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, stylized, thought provoking, offbeat ...
Plot: surrealism, deal with the devil, philosophy, clay, puppet, supernatural ability, devil, love and romance, wish come true, escapades, hopes, destructive relationship ...
Place: prague, europe, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
81%
 6.7
 3K
$9.99 (2008)
Genre: Animation, Drama, Fantasy
Country: Australia, Israel
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, offbeat, gloomy, semi serious ...
Audience: teens
Plot: social misfits, hopes, society, human nature, introspection, self discovery, loneliness, suicide, break up, male nudity, meaning of life, repossession ...
Time: contemporary
Place: australia, san francisco, israel, new orleans, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
64%
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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: psychological, psychedelic, surreal, stylized, suspenseful ...
Plot: drug abuse, undercover, addiction, losing-it hero, law enforcement, fighting crime, future dystopia, surveillance, neo noir, split personality, schizophrenia, unfulfillment ...
Time: future, 21st century, near future
Place: california, usa, san diego california
⇓ similarity ⇓
64%
Neon Genesis Evangelion: The End of Evangelion (1997)
Genre: Animation, Action, Drama, Fantasy, Sci-Fi
Country: Japan
Duration: 90 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, surreal, atmospheric, stylized, futuristic ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: insanity, violence, youth, apocalypse, mecha, philosophy, space wars, angel, save the world, good versus evil, heroes, deadly ...
Time: 21st century, future, 2010s
Place: japan, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
59%
 6.5
 16K
The Congress (2013)
Genre: Animation, Drama, Sci-Fi
Country: Israel, Germany, Poland, Luxembourg, Belgium, France, USA
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: futuristic, surreal, stylized, mind bending, thought provoking ...
Plot: fictional reality, down on your luck, one last job, actor's life, innocence lost, society, lifestyle, moral dilemma, parallel world, aging, cyberspace, filmmaking ...
Time: future, 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
A Monster Calls (2016)
Genre: Animation, Drama, Fantasy
Country: UK, Spain, USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: A boy imagines a monster that helps him deal with his difficult life and see the world in a different way.
Style: touching, fairy tale, emotional, compassionate, cerebral ...
Audience: kids
Plot: terminal illness, monster, imagination, childhood, family, nightmare, bullying, part animation, life & death, grandmother, boy, truth ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
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Institute Benjamenta, or This Dream That One Calls Human Life (1995)
Genre: Animation, Drama
Country: UK, Japan, Germany
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Jakob arrives at the Institute Benjamenta (run by brother and sister Johannes and Lisa Benjamenta) to learn to become a servant. With seven other men, he studies under Lisa: absurd lessons of movement, drawing circles, and servility. He asks for a ...
Style: surreal, atmospheric, realistic, psychological, gloomy ...
Plot: siblings relations, power relations, crimes, boarding school life, master and servant, eccentric family, haunted by the past, mind game, family relations, love and romance, society, love triangle ...
Time: 90s
Place: england, europe, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
 5.4
 116
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: offbeat, surreal, serious, stylized, atmospheric
Plot: human nature, death in the family, family problems, homecoming, dealing with death, unfulfillment, singleness, imaginary, benign alien, telephone call, mother daughter relationship, father daughter relationship ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
I Married a Strange Person! (1997)
Genre: Animation, Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 73 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, offbeat, semi serious, surreal, stylized ...
Plot: supernatural ability, newlyweds, imaginary, wish come true, couples, wedding night, supernatural, newlywed, married couple, surrealism, sex, gore ...
Place: tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
 7.7
 60K
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, psychological, atmospheric, stylized, mind bending ...
Plot: fairy, surveillance, mermaid, guilt, investigation, abuse, jealousy, suicide, advertising, villain, missing person, betrayal ...
Time: future
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
Pink Floyd The Wall (1982)
Genre: Animation, Drama, Fantasy, Music, Musical
Country: UK
Duration: 95 min.
Story: A troubled rock star descends into madness in the midst of his physical and social isolation from everyone.
Style: psychological, psychedelic, surreal, disturbing, stylized ...
Audience: teens
Plot: music, isolation, teacher, nightmare, police brutality, racial slur, wall, hallucinations, rock, childhood, rebellion, dreams ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 60s, 50s, 70s
Place: england, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
 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 ⇓
50%
The little prince (2015)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Drama, Family, Fantasy
Country: France
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: stylized, fairy tale, touching, sweet, colourful ...
Audience: family outing, preschoolers
Plot: adventure, mysterious planet, imaginary, airplane, self discovery, philosophy, little boy, imaginary kingdom, social differences, surrealism, aviator, old man ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
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: gloomy, mind bending, offbeat, psychological, realistic ...
Plot: unemployment, hopes, artists and showbiz, friends, cause and meaning, twentysomething life, hollywood, bad trip, small town, self discovery, unfulfillment, introspection ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: california, usa, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
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: stylized, realistic, gloomy, offbeat, serious ...
Plot: actress, actor's life, unfulfilled love, lovers apart, love and romance, artists and showbiz, director, lifestyle, longing, unfulfillment, haunted by the past, popularity ...
Time: 20th century, 1950s, 1940s, 1960s, 1930s ...
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
 7.5
 24K
The Red Turtle (2016)
Genre: Animation, Fantasy
Country: France, Belgium, Japan, Poland, Netherlands, Hungary, UK, Germany, China, Thailand, Italy, Denmark, USA
Duration: 80 min.
Story: The dialogue-less film follows the major life stages of a castaway on a deserted tropical island populated by turtles, crabs and birds.
Style: meditative, atmospheric, enigmatic, melancholic, reflective ...
Plot: loneliness, deserted island, sea turtle, crab, raft, flood, coming of age, survival, death, island, solitude, isolation ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
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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, family relations, in the woods, parents and children, imaginary, youth, wooing, japanese woman, friendship ...
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
5 Centimeters Per Second (2007)
Genre: Animation, Drama, Romance
Country: Japan
Duration: 63 min.
Story: Takaki and Akari are two classmates in elementary school. During their time together they have become close friends. Their relationship is tested when Akari moves to another city because of her parents' jobs. Both of them struggle to keep their ...
Style: touching, emotional, gloomy, sentimental, realistic ...
Audience: date night
Plot: teenage love, friendship, letter, train, surf, romance, friends, unfulfillment, lovers apart, unfulfilled love, classmates, crumbling relationship ...
Time: 90s, contemporary, 21st century, 20th century, future ...
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
 7.3
 56K
Anomalisa (2015)
Genre: Animation, Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 90 min.
Story: A man crippled by the mundanity of his life experiences something out of the ordinary.
Style: surreal, melancholic, depressing, psychological, cerebral ...
Plot: depression, sex, nightmare, existentialism, puppets, love at first sight, convention, loneliness, hotel, adultery, hotel room, suitcase ...
Time: 2000s
Place: cincinnati ohio
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
 7.9
 7K
Mind Game (2004)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, 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, exciting, touching ...
Plot: self discovery, heaven, imaginary, couple relations, hopes, siblings relations, adventure, miraculous event, dealing with death, family relations, introspection, fictional reality ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
 7.5
 4K
Colorful (2010)
Genre: Animation, Drama, Fantasy, Mystery
Country: Japan
Duration: 126 min.
Story: Upon reaching the train station to death, a dejected soul is informed that he is lucky and will have another chance at life. He is placed in the body of a 14-year-old boy named Kobayashi Makoto, who has just committed suicide. Watched over by a ...
Style: serious, stylized, psychological, touching, inspirational ...
Audience: teens
Plot: reincarnation, dealing with death, school life, supernatural, one more chance, suicide, memory loss, everyday life, parents and children, brother brother relationship, back from the dead, teenage life ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
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 5.4
 159
Around June (2008)
Genre: Animation, Drama, Fantasy, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: A love story set in the shadow of the shipyards of San Francisco. A young woman living with her much adored uncle Henry and domineering, abusive father, meets a penniless illegal immigrant, whose love gives her the insight and courage to finally ...
Style: realistic, surreal, serious, emotional, offbeat ...
Audience: girls' night, date night
Plot: dysfunctional family, urban, young lovers, immigrants, family relations, hopes, romance, love and romance, parents and children, misfit, human spirit, youth ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: san francisco, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
Puella Magi Madoka Magica the Movie Part III: Rebellion (2013)
Genre: Animation, Drama, Fantasy, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 116 min.
Story: Following Madoka's rewriting of the universe, sacrificing herself and her happy normal days to save all magical girls from the cruel fate that awaited them by wiping witches out of existence, the despair still manifest into creatures known as ...
Style: twists and turns, emotional, serious, stylized, bleak ...
Plot: magical girl, surrealism, coming of age, destiny, youth, haunted by the past, wish come true, wizards and magicians, young heroes, imaginary kingdom, hopes, imaginary ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: asia, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
 8.4
 126K
Your Name (2016)
Genre: Animation, Drama, Fantasy, Romance
Country: Japan
Duration: 106 min.
Story: High schoolers Mitsuha and Taki are complete strangers living separate lives. But one night, they suddenly switch places. Mitsuha wakes up in Taki’s body, and he in hers. This bizarre occurrence continues to happen randomly, and the two must ...
Style: touching, romantic, emotional, sentimental, stylized ...
Plot: time travel, school, memory loss, destiny, supernatural, romance, evacuation, death, race against time, body swapping, friendship, star crossed lovers ...
Place: japan, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
 8.2
 511K
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: emotional, touching, inspirational, motivational, colourful ...
Audience: family outing, kids, pre-teens
Plot: family, life philosophy, coming of age, imaginary friend, dream, childhood, memory, friendship, sadness, joy, anger, disney ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s, 2010s
Place: san francisco, california, usa, minnesota
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
 4.8
 19K
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: surreal, stylized, not serious, humorous, witty ...
Audience: date night, teens
Plot: seduction, sex, parallel world, casino, femme fatale, alternate dimension, cartoonist, couples, supernatural romance, disorder, real world, supernatural ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1940s, 1990s, year 1945
Place: las vegas, usa, nevada
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
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, atmospheric, stylized, surreal, offbeat ...
Plot: mouse, imaginary kingdom, obsessive quest, animal life, fall in love, cards, imaginary, rich and poor, escapades, society, obsession, rescue ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
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: stylized, exciting, futuristic, serious, enigmatic ...
Audience: teens
Plot: anthology, androids and robots, escapades, a.i., master villain, imaginary, abduction, killer robot, heroes, man versus machine, rivalry, robot as menace ...
Time: future
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
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