Movies like Waking Life

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Waking Life (2001)
 7.7
 65K
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, psychological, surreal, stylized, psychedelic, clever, spiritual, thought provoking, mind bending, intellectual ...
Plot: philosophy, existentialism, surrealism, dream, alternate reality, lucid dream, imagination, life philosophy, lifestyle, trippy, bohemian life, human nature, daydreamer, existence paradox, consciousness, dreams, reincarnation, meaning of life, sleeping, spirituality, paradox, escape from reality, mystery, fantasy becomes reality, cause and meaning ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: texas

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out weird, melancholic, visually appealing and surreal films with plots about storytelling, surrealism, brutality, dialogue, suprisingly clever, mentor and creativity mostly in Animation, Drama and Fantasy genres. Some movies like Waking Life: It's Such a Beautiful Day (2012), Paprika (2006), Anomalisa (2015), A Scanner Darkly (2006), Spirited Away (2001). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
It's Such a Beautiful Day (2012)
Genre: Animation, Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
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: philosophical, surreal, thought provoking, adult animation, atmospheric ...
Plot: illness, mental health, surrealism, dark humor, mental illness, nightmare, divorced parents, hospital, immortality, life philosophy, destiny, existentialism ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, tokyo
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100%
 7.7
 84K
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, psychedelic, philosophical, atmospheric ...
Plot: twists and turns, surveillance, hallucination, lucid dream, dreams, villain, deception, scientist, mental illness, introspection, doctors and patients, psychiatrist ...
Time: future
Place: japan, tokyo, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Neon Genesis Evangelion: The End of Evangelion (1997)
Genre: Animation, Action, Drama, 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, ambiguous ending, surreal, twist ending ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: depression, loneliness, violence, end of the world, insanity, post apocalypse, philosophy, infiltration, robot, death, angel, catastrophe ...
Time: 21st century, future, 2010s
Place: japan, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.2
 72K
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, depressing, adult animation, atmospheric, psychological ...
Plot: sex, depression, one night stand, loneliness, adaptation, philosophy, life philosophy, character study, obsession, love at first sight, hotel room, adultery ...
Time: 2000s
Place: cincinnati ohio
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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A Scanner Darkly (2006)
Genre: Animation, Comedy, 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, philosophical, stylized, atmospheric ...
Audience: teens
Plot: cyberpunk, drug abuse, losing-it hero, schizophrenia, addiction, disorder, drugs, society, twists and turns, fighting crime, hallucination, future dystopia ...
Time: future, 21st century, near future
Place: california, usa, san diego california
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78%
 8.6
 760K
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, stylized, colourful, exciting ...
Audience: family outing, kids, teens, pre-teens
Plot: friendship, supernatural, magic, dragon, witch, parallel world, adventure, ghost, human becoming an animal, fantasy world, surrealism, japanese mythology ...
Time: 2000s, 21st century, contemporary
Place: japan, tokyo, asia
⇓ 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, cerebral, dark, art house, philosophical ...
Plot: surrealism, mythology, puppet, deal with the devil, devil, supernatural ability, dark humor, philosophy, brutality, death, giant robots, manipulation ...
Place: prague, tokyo, europe, central europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.4
 19K
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: thought provoking, philosophical, surreal, atmospheric, mind bending ...
Plot: distopia, hallucination, lifestyle, actor's life, parallel world, child illness, moral dilemma, escape from reality, one last job, society, aging, life is a bitch ...
Time: future, 2030s, 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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 7.8
 234K
Mr. Nobody (2009)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Romance, Sci-Fi
Country: Belgium, Germany, Canada, France, UK, Luxembourg, USA
Duration: 141 min.
Story: Nemo Nobody leads an ordinary existence with his wife and 3 children; one day, he wakes up as a mortal centenarian in the year 2092.
Style: psychological, thought provoking, surreal, philosophical, mind bending ...
Audience: teens, date night
Plot: time, alternate reality, destiny, philosophy, surrealism, utopia, depression, love and romance, butterfly effect, life changing experience, multiple outcomes, quantum physics ...
Time: future, year 1975, 21st century, 20th century
Place: canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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: touching, emotional, talky, atmospheric, tense ...
Audience: kids
Plot: actor's life, lost love, female protagonist, love and romance, popularity, retired, haunted by the past, unfulfilled love, love story, mother daughter relationship, samurai, unlikely friendships ...
Time: 20th century, 1940s, 70s, 60s, 50s ...
Place: japan, tokyo, asia
⇓ 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: surreal, semi serious, humorous, psychedelic, adult animation ...
Plot: good versus evil, human nature, dark humor, moral dilemma, supernatural ability, supernatural, disorder, angel, trippy, existential crisis, bird, sexual content ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 8.2
 21K
Undone (2019)
Genre: Animation, Drama, Fantasy
Country: USA
Duration: 23 min.
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Story: After getting into a near fatal car accident, Alma discovers she has a new relationship with time and uses this ability to find out the truth about her father’s death.
Style: psychedelic, adult animation, exciting, touching, spiritual ...
Audience: kids
Plot: time travel, car accident, investigation, women, secrets, mental illness, family relations, wedding, female protagonist, flashback, superhero, consciousness ...
Place: texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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, clever, sexual, adult animation ...
Audience: kids
Plot: insanity, surrealism, supernatural ability, couples, wish come true, creativity, moral ambiguity, dark hero, brutality, absurd humor, sexual abuse, trippy ...
Place: tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 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, ironic, adult animation, touching ...
Audience: teens
Plot: loneliness, life philosophy, self discovery, society, social misfits, hopes, human nature, introspection, meaning of life, apartment building, nudity (full frontal - brief), suicide ...
Time: contemporary
Place: australia, new orleans, israel, san francisco, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
 7.5
 36K
The Red Turtle (2016)
Genre: Animation, Drama, Family, Fantasy
Country: France, Belgium, Japan
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: atmospheric, meditative, stylized, bleak, colourful ...
Audience: kids
Plot: loneliness, isolation, nature, island, raft, sea turtle, desert island, beach, swimming, transformation, survival, sea ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
 7.3
 7K
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: surreal, disturbing, psychological, atmospheric, suspenseful ...
Plot: surrealism, absurdism, killer child, baby, dark humor, obsession, couple relations, parents and children, hallucination, monster, tree, food ...
Time: 90s
Place: central europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
Fantastic Planet (1973)
Genre: Animation, Sci-Fi
Country: France, Czechoslovakia
Duration: 72 min.
Story: Fantastic Planet tells the story of “Oms”, human-like creatures, kept as domesticated pets by an alien race of blue giants called “Draags”. The story takes place on the Draags’ planet Ygam, where we follow our narrator, an Om called Terr, ...
Style: surreal, psychedelic, adult animation, atmospheric, art house ...
Audience: kids
Plot: distopia, giant, trippy, surrealism, alien, alien life-form, injustice, revolution, rebelliousness, existentialism, planet, hallucination ...
Time: future
Place: tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
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, surreal, atmospheric, exciting, mecha ...
Audience: teens
Plot: androids, androids and robots, character study, crime gone awry, multiple storylines, man versus machine, escapades, robot as menace, a.i., cyberpunk, piloted giant robot, transformation ...
Time: future
Place: japan, tokyo, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
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Imaginationland: The Movie (2008)
Genre: Animation, Comedy, Fantasy
Country: USA
Duration: 67 min.
Story: Some of the boys in South Park elementary find themselves on a balloon ride to an imaginary land. At arrival they're faced with an unimaginably threat.
Style: funny, humorous, parody, witty, talky ...
Audience: kids
Plot: adult humor, visceral, family, wager, mayor, escapades, religions or cults, disorder, satire, imagination, good versus evil, greed ...
Time: 70s
Place: colorado
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
 7.4
 13K
Alice (1988)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Fantasy, Horror, 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, disturbing, fairy tale, atmospheric, art house ...
Audience: kids
Plot: surrealism, rabbit, wonderland, trippy, youth, children, coming of age, adaptation, nightmare, pig, transformation, teenager ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, 19th century, 1860s
Place: australia, central europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
 7.0
 141K
9 (2009)
Genre: Animation, Action, Adventure, Drama, Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA, Canada, Luxembourg
Duration: 79 min.
Story: When 9 first comes to life, he finds himself in a post-apocalyptic world. All humans are gone, and it is only by chance that he discovers a small community of others like him taking refuge from fearsome machines that roam the earth intent on their ...
Style: surreal, adult animation, suspenseful, serious, futuristic ...
Audience: kids, family outing, pre-teens
Plot: post apocalypse, steampunk, apocalypse, technology gone awry, distopia, fate of humanity, life is a bitch, survival, save the world, vestiges of humanity, heroes, man versus machine ...
Time: future, 1940s
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
 7.7
 10K
Mind Game (2004)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Mystery, Romance
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, psychedelic, humorous ...
Plot: self discovery, righting the wronged, family relations, supernatural, adventure, dealing with death, hopes, family in danger, old love, couples, siblings relations, surrealism ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: japan, tokyo, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
Yellow Submarine (1968)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy, Musical
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 85 min.
Story: The Blue Meanies take over Pepperland, draining it of all its color and music, firing anti-music missiles, bonking people with green apples, and turning the inhabitants to stone by way of the pointed finger of a giant blue glove. As the only ...
Style: psychedelic, humorous, witty, colourful, absurd ...
Audience: family outing, teens, kids
Plot: the beatles, adventure, surrealism, music, submarine, fighting the system, rock and roll, rock, anti war, trippy, imaginary kingdom, musician ...
Time: 60s, 70s, 20th century
Place: england, london, europe, liverpool
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
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Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence (2004)
Genre: Animation, Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Groundbreaking director Mamoru Oshii continues to push the boundaries of art and anime with this universally acclaimed cyber thriller following cyborg detective Batou as he tries to unravel the reasons for a murderous robot revolt in the year 2032. ...
Style: futuristic, enigmatic, surreal, atmospheric, thought provoking ...
Audience: kids, teens
Plot: cyberpunk, cyborgs, androids and robots, artificial intelligence, distopia, androids, investigation, crimes, robot, hacker, technology, good versus evil ...
Time: future, 21st century
Place: japan, taiwan, tokyo, hong kong, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
 7.5
 14K
Tekkonkinkreet (2006)
Genre: Animation, Action, Adventure, Crime, Drama, Fantasy
Country: Japan
Duration: 111 min.
Story: When mysterious foreign entrepreneurs appear with the intention of tearing down Treasure Town and replacing it with an amusement park, Black and White face their greatest adversaries yet. It is up to the destructive Black to save the fate of the ...
Style: stylized, exciting, psychedelic, enigmatic, disturbing ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: friends, good versus evil, adventure, orphan, crimes, fantasy world, flying, heroic mission, mischievous children, heroes, save the day, rivalry ...
Place: japan, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
Fullmetal Alchemist the Movie: Conqueror of Shamballa (2005)
Genre: Animation, Action, Adventure, Drama, Fantasy
Country: Japan
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Munich, Germany, 1923. Two years have passed since Edward Elric was dragged from his own world to ours, leaving behind his country, his friends and his younger brother, Alphonse. Stripped of his alchemical powers, he has been all this time ...
Style: suspense, stylized, atmospheric, talky, intense ...
Audience: teens
Plot: alchemy, adventure, heroic mission, heroes, master villain, curses spells and rituals, ethnic slur, army, body swapping, catastrophe, brutality, brothers ...
Time: future
Place: japan, tokyo, germany, munich germany, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
Neon Genesis Evangelion: Death & Rebirth (1997)
Genre: Animation, Action, Drama, 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, stylized, gloomy, thought provoking, surreal ...
Audience: teens
Plot: androids and robots, distopia, evil alien, apocalypse, catastrophe, hospital, loneliness, surrealism, death, dark hero, culture clash, vengeance ...
Time: 21st century, 2010s
Place: japan, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
The Triplets of Belleville (2003)
Genre: Animation, Comedy, Drama
Country: France, Belgium, Canada, UK, Latvia, USA
Duration: 80 min.
Story: When her grandson is kidnapped during the Tour de France, Madame Souza and her beloved pooch Bruno team up with the Belleville Sisters--an aged song-and-dance team from the days of Fred Astaire--to rescue him.
Style: surreal, humorous, witty, adult animation, feel good ...
Audience: kids, pre-teens
Plot: dog, french, adventure, tour de france, chase, friendship, escapades, rescue, very little dialogue, old woman, riding a bicycle, championship ...
Time: 1930s
Place: france, paris france
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
 7.0
 5K
Gandahar (1987)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Fantasy, Sci-Fi
Country: France
Duration: 78 min.
Story: René Laloux, created Gandahar, his final animated feature film. Based on Jean-Pierre Andrevon’s novel Les Hommes-machines contre Gandahar (The Machine-Men versus Gandahar) This fascinating adult animation combines Laloux’s famous imagination ...
Style: surreal, adult animation, stylized, atmospheric, mind bending ...
Audience: teens
Plot: time travel, robot, distopia, surrealism, mutant, nudity (full frontal - brief), utopia, female nudity, androids and robots, trippy, sword and sorcery, transformation ...
Time: future, distant future
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
Aqua Teen Hunger Force Colon Movie Film for Theaters (2007)
Genre: Animation, Action, Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 86 min.
Story: An action epic that explores the origins of the Aqua Teen Hunger Force (better known as Master Shake, Frylock, and Meatwad,) who somehow become pitted in a battle over an immortal piece of exercise equipment.
Style: humorous, adult animation, stylized, talky, exciting ...
Audience: teens
Plot: mad scientist, farce, adventure, partners, heroes, goofy hero, disorder, heroic mission, obsession, surrealism, vengeance, transformation ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, future
Place: new jersey, africa
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%