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, clever, offbeat, surreal, talky, tense, atmospheric, 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, dialogue and art mostly in Animation, Drama and Fantasy genres. Some movies like Waking Life: It's Such a Beautiful Day (2012), Lesson Faust (1994), Monkeybone (2001), $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, gloomy, thought provoking ...
Plot: immortality, surrealism, hospital, illness, divorced parents, nightmare, mental illness, hopes, direction and purpose, introspection, death of parent, mental instability ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 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, psychological ...
Plot: surrealism, deal with the devil, philosophy, puppet, clay, supernatural ability, devil, good versus evil, redemption, supernatural, aging, afterlife ...
Place: prague, europe, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
 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, goofy hero, imaginary, surrealism, hospital, monkey, organ donation, alternate reality, dreams, destiny, reincarnation, danger ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
 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, touching, offbeat, gloomy ...
Audience: teens
Plot: introspection, human nature, hopes, social misfits, self discovery, society, loneliness, suicide, break up, male nudity, meaning of life, repossession ...
Time: contemporary
Place: australia, san francisco, israel, new orleans, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
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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: psychedelic, psychological, surreal, stylized, suspenseful ...
Plot: drug abuse, undercover, neo noir, addiction, losing-it hero, law enforcement, fighting crime, future dystopia, surveillance, split personality, schizophrenia, unfulfillment ...
Time: future, 21st century, near future
Place: california, usa, san diego california
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
 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: life is a bitch, lifestyle, moral dilemma, aging, society, innocence lost, postmodernism, cyberspace, one last job, filmmaking, lookalikes, actor's life ...
Time: future, 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
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, twist ending, surreal, atmospheric, stylized ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: mecha, philosophy, loneliness, insanity, violence, youth, apocalypse, androids and robots, space wars, good versus evil, self discovery, pilot ...
Time: 21st century, future, 2010s
Place: tokyo, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
 7.3
 58K
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: melancholic, atmospheric, depressing, psychological, meditative ...
Plot: depression, sex, nightmare, existentialism, love at first sight, loneliness, infidelity, drinking, philosophy, life philosophy, adaptation, obsession ...
Time: 2000s
Place: cincinnati ohio
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
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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: wish come true, imaginary, supernatural ability, couples, newlyweds, supernatural, wedding night, married couple, newlywed, surrealism, sex, gore ...
Place: tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
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, psychological, gloomy, realistic ...
Plot: family relations, power relations, love and romance, master and servant, boarding school life, crimes, siblings relations, eccentric family, love triangle, mind game, haunted by the past, society ...
Time: 90s
Place: england, europe, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
 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: surreal, offbeat, stylized, atmospheric, serious
Plot: death in the family, family problems, unfulfillment, benign alien, imaginary, singleness, dealing with death, homecoming, human nature, elevator operator, polaroid camera, piano teacher ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
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, dark fantasy, childhood, imagination, family, nightmare, bullying, part animation, life & death, truth, boy ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
 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: parallel world, ghost, supernatural, fantasy world, witch, adventure, dragon, rescue, imaginary, friendship, curses spells and rituals, magical ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
 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: atmospheric, twists and turns, surreal, psychological, stylized ...
Plot: surveillance, villain, investigation, mermaid, mental illness, abuse, jealousy, deception, betrayal, fairy, dream, guilt ...
Time: future
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
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: psychedelic, psychological, surreal, disturbing, stylized ...
Audience: teens
Plot: music, isolation, rock, teacher, nightmare, police brutality, racial slur, wall, hallucinations, childhood, rebellion, dreams ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 60s, 40s, 70s
Place: england, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
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, little girl, old man ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
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: realistic, sincere, atmospheric, serious, mind bending ...
Plot: unemployment, artists and showbiz, unfulfillment, hopes, cause and meaning, small town, religions or cults, friends, bad trip, friendship, twentysomething life, self discovery ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: california, usa, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
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, gloomy, offbeat, realistic, serious ...
Plot: actress, actor's life, love and romance, unfulfillment, artists and showbiz, unfulfilled love, director, longing, lifestyle, retired, haunted by the past, lovers apart ...
Time: 20th century, 1930s, 1960s, 1940s, 1950s ...
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
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 7.5
 25K
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: atmospheric, meditative, enigmatic, colourful, bleak ...
Plot: loneliness, raft, sea turtle, deserted island, survival, isolation, island, solitude, flood, nature, ocean, beach ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
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 ⇓
28%
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, scenic, sad, romantic, emotional ...
Audience: date night
Plot: teenage love, train, young lovers, love and romance, lovers apart, hopes, friendship, letter, life philosophy, surf, dreaming, romance ...
Time: contemporary, 90s, 21st century, 20th century, future ...
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
 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, offbeat, gloomy ...
Plot: self discovery, heaven, heaven and hell, dealing with death, siblings relations, imaginary, hopes, adventure, miraculous event, escapades, introspection, fictional reality ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
The Illusionist (2010)
Genre: Animation, Drama
Country: France, UK
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: magical, magician, friendship, loneliness, coming of age, age difference, odd couple, french, art, stage, imagination, mentor ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, year 1959, 1950s
Place: england, france, scotland, edinburgh scotland, glasgow scotland ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
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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: touching, gloomy, surreal, offbeat, uplifting ...
Audience: date night, girls' night
Plot: dysfunctional family, love affair, human spirit, family problems, misfit, young lovers, urban, youth, self discovery, romance, parents and children, family relations ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: san francisco, california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
 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, inspirational, touching ...
Audience: teens
Plot: reincarnation, one more chance, dealing with death, school life, supernatural, suicide, memory loss, everyday life, brother brother relationship, parents and children, back from the dead, youth ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: asia, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
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: atmospheric, stylized, semi serious, surreal, offbeat ...
Plot: mouse, imaginary kingdom, society, rescue, obsession, escapades, fall in love, rich and poor, imaginary, cards, animal life, obsessive quest ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
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: emotional, serious, stylized, twists and turns, bleak ...
Plot: surrealism, magical girl, haunted by the past, youth, supernatural, coming of age, destiny, miraculous event, imaginary kingdom, hopes, young heroes, wish come true ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: asia, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
 8.2
 539K
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, childhood, dream, disney, memory, creativity, friendship, joy, sadness ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s, 2000s
Place: san francisco, california, usa, minnesota
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
 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, humorous, not serious, witty ...
Audience: date night, teens
Plot: seduction, sex, femme fatale, casino, parallel world, cartoonist, alternate dimension, imaginary, body swapping, unlikely couple, love and romance, misfit ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, year 1945, 1990s, 1940s
Place: las vegas, usa, nevada
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
 7.5
 10K
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, stylized, atmospheric, offbeat, semi serious ...
Plot: dark fantasy, heroes, animal life, cards, danger, youth, curses spells and rituals, imaginary, young heroes, imaginary kingdom, fictional reality, escapades ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, 19th century, 1860s
Place: australia
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
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