Movies like Where the Wild Things Are

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Where the Wild Things Are
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Family, Fantasy
Country: Germany, Australia, USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: Max imagines running away from his mom and sailing to a far-off land where large talking beasts -- Ira, Carol, Douglas, the Bull, Judith and Alexander -- crown him as their king, play rumpus, build forts and discover secret hideaways.
Style: stylized, touching, emotional, offbeat, serious, surreal, captivating, melancholic, cerebral, gloomy ...
Audience: kids, family outing, pre-teens
Plot: island, adventure, childhood, loneliness, family, imagination, fantasy world, storytelling, monster, puppets, mischievous children, children, young heroes, adaptation, imaginary kingdom, coming of age, imaginary friend, runaway, escapades, book, adolescence, depression, imaginary, youth, surrealism ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century

Most similar movies to Where the Wild Things Are

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out touching, melancholic, light and fairy tale films with plots about children, fantasy world, storytelling, runaway, mentor, childhood and catastrophe mostly in Family, Adventure and Fantasy genres. Some movies like Where the Wild Things Are: Bridge to Terabithia (2007), The NeverEnding Story (1984), The Adventures of Pinocchio (1996), How It Was with Dooms (2005), Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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Bridge to Terabithia
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Family, Fantasy
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Jesse Aarons trained all summer to become the fastest runner in school, so he's very upset when newcomer Leslie Burke outruns him and everyone else. Despite this and other differences, including that she's rich, he's poor, and ...
Style: emotional, captivating, serious, touching, fairy tale ...
Audience: family outing, kids
Plot: friendship, imagination, fantasy world, family, coming of age, bullying, childhood, school, teacher, witch, magic, loneliness ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   95%
    User:   54%
 
The Neverending Story II: The Next Chapter
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Family, Fantasy
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Once again, Bastian is transported to the world of Fantasia which he recently managed to save from destruction. However, the land is now being destroyed by an evil sorceress, Xayide, so he must join up with Atreyu and face the Emptiness once more.
Style: stylized, semi serious, feel good, offbeat, touching ...
Audience: kids, family outing, pre-teens
Plot: adventure, fantasy world, family, book, good versus evil, destiny, magic, young heroes, imagination, memory, memory loss, heroic mission ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   71%
    User:   63%
 
The NeverEnding Story
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Family, Fantasy
Country: West Germany, USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: While hiding from bullies in his school's attic, a young boy discovers the extraordinary land of Fantasia, through a magical book called The Neverending Story. The book tells the tale of Atreyu, a young warrior who, with the help of a luck ...
Style: fairy tale, semi serious, atmospheric, light, offbeat ...
Audience: kids, family outing, pre-teens
Plot: adventure, fantasy world, magic, good versus evil, book, mythology, family, dragon, school, imagination, giant, rescue ...
Time: 80s
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   69%
    User:   100%
 
The Adventures of Pinocchio
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Family, Fantasy, Musical
Country: Czech Republic, UK, France, Germany, USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: One of puppet-maker Geppetto's creations comes magically to life. This puppet, Pinocchio, has one major desire and that is to become a real boy someday. In order to accomplish this goal he has to learn to act responsibly. This film shows you ...
Style: humorous, semi serious, touching, fairy tale, feel good ...
Audience: kids, family outing, pre-teens
Plot: family, adventure, mischievous children, transformation, young heroes, teaching the ways of the world, curses spells and rituals, disney, childhood, adaptation, imaginary kingdom, puppets ...
Time: 18th century
Place: italy, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   62%
    User:   60%
 
How It Was with Dooms
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Family
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: An orphaned cheetah becomes the best friend and pet of a young boy living in South Africa.
Style: touching, sentimental, semi serious, realistic, emotional ...
Audience: family outing, kids
Plot: family, adventure, friendship, coming of age, adolescence, kids and family, rescue, pets, desert, family bonds, relationships, coming-of-age ...
Time: contemporary
Place: africa, south africa, kenya
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   62%
    User:   58%
 
Beasts of the Southern Wild
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Fantasy
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Hushpuppy, an intrepid six-year-old girl, lives with her father, Wink in 'the Bathtub', a southern Delta community at the edge of the world. Wink’s tough love prepares her for the unraveling of the universe – for a time when he’s no ...
Style: surreal, emotional, stylized, touching, bleak ...
Plot: coming of age, poverty, childhood, father daughter relationship, storytelling, hospital, single father, natural disaster, terminal illness, child abuse, global warming, storm ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: louisiana, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   61%
    User:   71%
 
The Young and Prodigious T.S. Spivet
Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Family
Country: France, Canada
Duration: 105 min.
Story: A 12-year-old cartographer secretly leaves his family's ranch in Montana where he lives with his cowboy father and scientist mother and travels across the country on board a freight train to receive an award at the Smithsonian Institute.
Style: touching, stylized, semi serious, realistic, colourful ...
Audience: family outing, kids
Plot: adventure, family, train, on the road, prodigy, imagination, storytelling, children, fantasy world, young heroes, childhood, runaway ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, cross country, montana
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   61%
    User:   54%
 
The Secret of Roan Inish
Genre: Drama, Family, Fantasy
Country: USA, Ireland
Duration: 103 min.
Story: 10-year-old Fiona is sent to live with her grandparents in a small fishing village in Donegal, Ireland. She soon learns the local legend that an ancestor of hers married a Selkie - a seal who can turn into a human. Years earlier, her baby brother ...
Style: atmospheric, serious, scenic, sentimental, fairy tale ...
Audience: family outing, pre-teens, kids
Plot: island, family, irish, young heroes, storytelling, magic, beautiful scenery, secrets, legends and myths, mythology, children, childhood ...
Time: 20th century, 40s
Place: ireland, europe, scotland
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   60%
    User:   50%
 
The Indian in the Cupboard
Genre: Drama, Family, Fantasy
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: A nine-year-old boy gets a plastic Indian and a cupboard for his birthday and finds himself involved in adventure when the Indian comes to life and befriends him.
Style: feel good, semi serious, humorous, touching, offbeat ...
Audience: kids, family outing, pre-teens
Plot: adventure, family, friendship, toys, good versus evil, magic, book, indians, mischievous children, school, childhood, children ...
Time: 18th century
Place: new york, usa, london, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   58%
    User:   56%
 
The Spiderwick Chronicles
Genre: Adventure, Family, Fantasy
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Upon moving into the run-down Spiderwick Estate with their mother, twin brothers Jared and Simon Grace, along with their sister Mallory, find themselves pulled into an alternate world full of faeries and other creatures.
Style: exciting, semi serious, fairy tale, humorous, entertaining ...
Audience: kids, family outing, pre-teens
Plot: adventure, family, magic, children, book, twins, fairy, fantasy world, young heroes, dysfunctional family, mythology, estate ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new england, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   57%
    User:   67%
 
The Dark Crystal
Genre: Adventure, Family, Fantasy
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 93 min.
Story: On another planet in the distant past, a Gelfling embarks on a quest to find the missing shard of a magical crystal and restore order to his world, before the grotesque race of Skeksis find and use the crystal for evil.
Style: serious, stylized, fairy tale, exciting, dark ...
Audience: family outing, pre-teens, kids
Plot: puppets, good versus evil, adventure, fantasy world, dark fantasy, magic, destiny, heroic mission, imagination, alone in the world, wizards, storytelling ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   57%
    User:   65%
 
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 22K
Return to Oz
Genre: Adventure, Family, Fantasy, Horror, Mystery
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 113 min.
Story: Dorothy, saved from a psychiatric experiment by a mysterious girl, finds herself back in the land of her dreams, and makes delightful new friends, and dangerous new enemies.
Style: atmospheric, serious, exciting, scary, fairy tale ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: adventure, family, dark fantasy, culture clash, good versus evil, supernatural ability, fantasy world, witch, magic, witches, psychiatry, young heroes ...
Time: 1890s, 19th century
Place: kansas, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   55%
    User:   58%
 
 6.1
 67K
Inkheart
Genre: Adventure, Family, Fantasy
Country: Germany, UK, USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: The adventures of a father and his young daughter, in their search for a long lost book that will help reunite a missing, close relative.
Style: fairy tale, exciting, serious, stylized, suspenseful ...
Audience: family outing, pre-teens, kids
Plot: adventure, book, family, father daughter relationship, fantasy world, young heroes, magic, escapades, wizards, betrayal, adaptation, heroes ...
Time: middle ages
Place: dungeon
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   55%
    User:   67%
 
The Water Horse
Genre: Adventure, Family, Fantasy
Country: New Zealand, UK, Australia
Duration: 112 min.
Story: A lonely boy discovers a mysterious egg that hatches a sea creature of Scottish legend.
Style: emotional, entertaining, exciting, scenic, clever ...
Audience: kids, family outing, pre-teens
Plot: young heroes, adventure, kids and family, friendship, child protagonist, sea monster, adaptation, twists & turns, rescue from drowning, egg, soldier, beautiful scenery ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 40s
Place: scotland, europe, scottish highlands
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   55%
    User:   52%
 
 7.7
 15K
The Bear
Genre: Adventure, Family, Drama
Country: France, USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: An orphan bear cub hooks up with an adult male as they try to dodge human hunters.
Style: touching, serious, realistic, captivating, breathtaking ...
Audience: family outing, pre-teens, kids
Plot: wilderness, survival, adventure, family, hunting, nature, dangerous animal, animals, humanity, on the run, childhood, friendship ...
Time: 19th century, 1880s
Place: canada, antarctica, british columbia
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   54%
    User:   48%
 
 6.3
 4K
Prancer
Genre: Drama, Family, Fantasy
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 103 min.
Story: Jessica, the daughter of an impoverished apple farmer, still believes in Santa Claus. So when she comes across a reindeer with an injured leg, it makes perfect sense to her to assume that it is Prancer, who had fallen from a Christmas display in ...
Style: touching, semi serious, humorous, feel good, sentimental ...
Audience: kids, family outing, pre-teens
Plot: family, christmas, holiday, small town, father daughter relationship, mischievous children, countryside, children, young heroes, childhood, friendship, single father ...
Place: michigan
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   54%
    User:   51%
 
 6.9
 60K
Peter Pan
Genre: Adventure, Family, Fantasy, Romance
Country: UK, Australia, USA
Duration: 113 min.
Story: In stifling Edwardian London, Wendy Darling mesmerizes her brothers every night with bedtime tales of swordplay, swashbuckling and the fearsome Captain Hook. But the children become the heroes of an even greater story, when Peter Pan flies into ...
Style: stylized, feel good, semi serious, fairy tale, exciting ...
Audience: kids, family outing, pre-teens
Plot: adventure, fantasy world, pirate, family, island, childhood, coming of age, magic, mermaid, swashbuckler, sword fight, fairy ...
Time: 1900s, 20th century
Place: europe, london, big ben london
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   54%
    User:   100%
 
Thomas and the Magic Railroad
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Family, Fantasy
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 85 min.
Story: Mr. Conductor's supply of magic gold dust, which allows him to travel between Shining Time and Thomas's island, is critically low. Unfortunately, he doesn't know how to get more. Meanwhile, Thomas is fending off attacks by the nasty ...
Style: humorous, semi serious, fairy tale, light, scary ...
Audience: kids, family outing, preschoolers
Plot: train, family, island, adventure, magic, children, adventurer, parallel universe, best friends, fantasy world, mischievous children, childhood ...
Place: london
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   54%
    User:   55%
 
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
Genre: Adventure, Family, Fantasy
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 143 min.
Story: Siblings Lucy, Edmund, Susan and Peter step through a magical wardrobe and find the land of Narnia. There, the they discover a charming, once peaceful kingdom that has been plunged into eternal winter by the evil White Witch, Jadis. Aided by the ...
Style: epic, fairy tale, exciting, serious, stylized ...
Audience: kids, family outing, pre-teens
Plot: adventure, witch, good versus evil, family, fantasy world, mythology, magic, parallel universe, redemption, christianity, betrayal, chase ...
Time: 40s, 1940s
Place: london, dungeon, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   54%
    User:   43%
 
The little prince
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, semi serious, fairy tale, touching, melancholic ...
Audience: family outing, preschoolers
Plot: adventure, philosophy, desert, imaginary, childhood, imagination, storytelling, friends, fantasy world, runaway, mentor, literature ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   53%
    User:   51%
 
 7.5
 276K
Hugo
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Family, Fantasy, Mystery, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 126 min.
Story: Orphaned and alone except for an uncle, Hugo Cabret lives in the walls of a train station in 1930s Paris. Hugo's job is to oil and maintain the station's clocks, but to him, his more important task is to protect a broken automaton and ...
Style: sentimental, touching, stylized, epic, serious ...
Audience: family outing, kids
Plot: adventure, family, orphan, robot, destiny, childhood, toys, filmmaking, loneliness, magic, train, chase ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 30s, 1920s, post world war one
Place: europe, france, paris france
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   52%
    User:   53%
 
War of the Buttons
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Family
Country: UK, France, Japan, USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: The children of Ballydowse and Carrickdowse engage in battles where they cut of the buttons, shoe-laces and underwear of their captured opponents. This is to get the boys in trouble with their parents. They go to battle in mass groups of dozens, ...
Style: touching, sentimental, realistic, sincere, serious ...
Audience: family outing, kids
Plot: friendship, adventure, family, coming of age, uninhibited rivalry, irish, gangs, childhood, adolescence, war, unlikely friendships, children ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: ireland, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   52%
    User:   49%
 
 5.0
 15K
Free Willy 2
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Family
Country: France, USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Jesse becomes reunited with Willy three years after the whale's jump to freedom as the teenager tries to rescue the killer whale and other orcas from an oil spill.
Style: feel good, semi serious, realistic, touching, humorous ...
Audience: kids, family outing, pre-teens
Plot: adventure, family, friendship, island, rescue, ocean, greed, ocean or sea, rock, ecology, siblings relations, natural disaster ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   52%
    User:   58%
 
Song of the Sea
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Drama, Family, Fantasy
Country: Ireland, Denmark, Belgium, Luxembourg, France
Duration: 93 min.
Story: The story of the last Seal Child’s journey home. After their mother’s disappearance, Ben and Saoirse are sent to live with Granny in the city. When they resolve to return to their home by the sea, their journey becomes a race against time as ...
Style: fairy tale, touching, stylized, serious, captivating ...
Audience: family outing, pre-teens, kids
Plot: adventure, irish, witch, young heroes, storytelling, children, mythology, fantasy world, childhood, family bonds, imagination, magic ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: ireland, europe, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   52%
    User:   47%
 
The Secret Garden
Genre: Drama, Family, Fantasy
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: A young British girl born and reared in India loses her neglectful parents in an earthquake. She is returned to England to live at her uncle's castle. Her uncle is very distant due to the loss of his wife ten years before. Neglected once again, ...
Style: touching, sentimental, serious, atmospheric, fairy tale ...
Audience: kids, family outing, pre-teens
Plot: family, friendship, childhood, imagination, magic, orphan, mischievous children, children, single father, fantasy world, loneliness, redemption ...
Time: 19th century, victorian, 18th century, victorian era
Place: england, europe, london, india, yorkshire ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   51%
    User:   42%
 
Babe: Pig in the City
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Family, Fantasy
Country: Australia
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Babe, fresh from his victory in the sheepherding contest, returns to Farmer Hoggett's farm, but after Farmer Hoggett is injured and unable to work, Babe has to go to the big city to save the farm.
Style: surreal, stylized, clever, semi serious, humorous ...
Audience: kids, family outing, preschoolers, pre-teens
Plot: family, dog, animals, countryside, underdog, talking animals, redemption, children, hotel, chase, dark fantasy, heroic mission ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s
Place: new york, australia, sydney australia, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   51%
    User:   100%
 
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
Genre: Adventure, Family, Fantasy, Mystery
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 142 min.
Story: Harry, Ron and Hermione return to Hogwarts for another magic-filled year. Harry comes face to face with danger yet again, this time in the form of escaped convict, Sirius Black – and turns to sympathetic Professor Lupin for help.
Style: exciting, dark, twists and turns, stylized, serious ...
Audience: kids, family outing, pre-teens, teens
Plot: magic, boarding school, adventure, school, good versus evil, werewolf, family, friendship, witch, transformation, dark fantasy, mythology ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 1990s, year 1994, year 1993
Place: england, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   51%
    User:   57%
 
 6.1
 10K
Santa Claus
Genre: Adventure, Family, Fantasy
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: The first half of this film, set hundreds of years ago, shows how the old man who eventually became Santa Claus was given immortality and chosen to deliver toys to all the children of the world. The second half moves into the modern era, in which ...
Style: semi serious, feel good, humorous, offbeat, touching ...
Audience: kids, family outing, pre-teens
Plot: christmas, adventure, family, holiday, mad scientist, children, childhood, toys, rescue, magic, heroic mission, village ...
Time: 80s
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   50%
    User:   54%
 
 6.2
 7K
Flicka
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Family
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 95 min.
Story: A headstrong 16 year old Katy McLaughlin desires to work on her family's mountainside horse ranch, although her father insists she finish boarding school. Katy finds a mustang in the hills near her ranch. Katy then sets her mind to tame a ...
Style: semi serious, feel good, realistic, sentimental, touching ...
Audience: family outing, pre-teens, kids
Plot: family, parents and children, teenage life, farm, animal life, couples, family drama, family relations, babies and infants, horse, getting home, beautiful scenery ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, wyoming
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   50%
    User:   41%
 
 5.7
 6K
Andre
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Family
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: The true story of how a marine seal named Andre befriended a little girl and her family, circa 1962.
Style: touching, sentimental, semi serious, feel good, humorous ...
Audience: kids, family outing, pre-teens, chick flick
Plot: family, friendship, adventure, best friends, animals, mischievous children, children, young heroes, school, small town, rescue, getting home ...
Time: 90s, 1960s, year 1962
Place: maine, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   49%
    User:   54%
 
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