Movies like Pete's Dragon

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Pete's Dragon (2016)
 6.7
 47K
Pete's Dragon (2016)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Family, Fantasy
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: For years, old wood carver Mr. Meacham has delighted local children with his tales of the fierce dragon that resides deep in the woods of the Pacific Northwest. To his daughter, Grace, who works as a forest ranger, these stories are little more than tall tales... until she meets Pete, a mysterious 10-year-old with no family and no home who claims to live in the woods with a giant, green dragon named Elliott. And from Pete's descriptions, Elliott seems remarkably similar to the dragon from Mr. Meacham's stories. With the help of Natalie, an 11-year-old girl whose father Jack owns the local lumber mill, Grace sets out to determine where Pete came from, where he belongs, and the truth about this dragon.
Style: emotional, compassionate, touching, sweet, sentimental, fairy tale, light, melancholic, heartbreaking, romantic ...
Audience: kids
Plot: dragon, first contact, orphan, children, invisibility, family life, escape, fire breathing dragon, storytelling, friendship, climbing a tree, family, forest, deforestation, sawmill, adventure, magic, feral child, small town, imagination, boy, hospital, campfire, wolf, bear ...
Time: contemporary

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Most similar movies to Pete's Dragon

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out entertaining, semi serious, humorous and fairy tale films with plots about family, storytelling, dialogue, catastrophe, mentor, destiny and adaptation mostly in Family, Adventure and Fantasy genres. Some movies like Pete's Dragon: The BFG (2016), The Spiderwick Chronicles (2008), Paddington (2014), Oz the Great and Powerful (2013), Bogus (1996). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
 6.4
 66K
The BFG (2016)
Genre: Adventure, Family, Fantasy
Country: USA, India
Duration: 117 min.
Story: The BFG is no ordinary bone-crunching giant. He is far too nice and jumbly. It's lucky for Sophie that he is. Had she been carried off in the middle of the night by the Bloodbottler, or any of the other giants—rather than the BFG—she would ...
Style: fairy tale, light, colourful, sweet, entertaining ...
Audience: kids
Plot: queen, orphan, giant, cannibal, little girl, cat, imagination, dream, british flag, playing catch, climbing a ladder, brother brother relationship ...
Place: england, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Alice Through the Looking Glass (2016)
Genre: Adventure, Family, Fantasy
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 113 min.
Story: In the sequel to Tim Burton's "Alice in Wonderland", Alice Kingsleigh returns to Underland and faces a new adventure in saving the Mad Hatter.
Style: fairy tale, entertaining, surreal, funny
Audience: family outing
Plot: queen, clock, fantasy world, adventure, magic, rabbit, sister sister relationship, beautiful scenery, imagination, talking animals, falling from height, rivalry ...
Place: london
⇓ similarity ⇓
83%
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (2001)
Genre: Adventure, Family, Fantasy
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 152 min.
Story: Harry Potter has lived under the stairs at his aunt and uncle's house his whole life. But on his 11th birthday, he learns he's a powerful wizard -- with a place waiting for him at the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. As he ...
Style: exciting, touching, twists and turns, fairy tale, entertaining ...
Audience: teens, kids, family outing, pre-teens
Plot: witch, school, good versus evil, wizards and magicians, chosen one, friendship, supernatural ability, magical, curses spells and rituals, best friends, fantasy world, adventure ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, year 1992, year 1991, 1990s
Place: england, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
The Spiderwick Chronicles (2008)
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, entertaining, scary ...
Audience: kids, family outing, pre-teens
Plot: fairy, siblings relations, adventure, family, twins, imaginary kingdom, magical, magical creature, magic, parent child relationship, estate, children ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new england, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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 7.2
 76K
Paddington (2014)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Family, Fantasy
Country: UK, France, USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: After a deadly earthquake destroys his home in Peruvian rainforest, a young bear makes his way to England in search of a new home. The bear, dubbed "Paddington" for the london train station, finds shelter with the family of Henry and Mary ...
Style: touching, humorous, sweet, entertaining, colourful ...
Audience: kids, family outing, preschoolers, pre-teens
Plot: family, adventure, goofy hero, fish out of water, bear, kids and family, anthropomorphic animal, explorer, jungle, escape, adoption, disorder ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: england, london, peru, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
Oz the Great and Powerful (2013)
Genre: Adventure, Family, Fantasy
Country: USA
Duration: 130 min.
Story: Oscar Diggs, a small-time circus illusionist and con-artist, is whisked from Kansas to the Land of Oz where the inhabitants assume he's the great wizard of prophecy, there to save Oz from the clutches of evil.
Style: fairy tale, colourful, light, entertaining, stylized ...
Audience: family outing, pre-teens, kids
Plot: witch, imaginary kingdom, wizards and magicians, good versus evil, adventure, magic, magic trick, illusion, prophecy, circus, escapades, save the kingdom ...
Time: 1900s
Place: kansas
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 5.3
 6K
Bogus (1996)
Genre: Comedy, Family, Fantasy
Country: USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Recently orphaned, a young boy is taken in by his godmother who is shocked to realize that she can see the boy's imaginary friend: a flamboyant, French magician named Bogus.
Style: sentimental, touching, feel good, semi serious, humorous ...
Audience: family outing, pre-teens, kids
Plot: imaginary friend, magic, friendship, circus, orphan, family, young heroes, dealing with death, aunt, wizards and magicians, imaginary, youth ...
Place: new jersey, atlantic city new jersey, las vegas
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
Dragonheart: A New Beginning (2000)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Family, Fantasy
Country: USA
Duration: 84 min.
Story: When Geoff, an orphaned stable boy (Chris Masterson), discovers Drake (voice of Robby Benson), the world's last living dragon, he realizes that his dream of becoming a knight in shining armor can now come true. Together, they soon face ...
Style: humorous, semi serious, stylized, surprise ending
Audience: family outing, pre-teens, teens, kids
Plot: dragon, martial arts, anti heroes, knight, kingdom, friendship, good versus evil, orphan, adventure, supernatural ability, magic, legend ...
Time: middle ages
Place: dungeon
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
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The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl 3-D (2005)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Family, Fantasy
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Everyone always knew that Max had a wild imagination, but no one believed that his wildest creations -- a boy raised by watchful great white sharks and a girl with the force of a volcano -- were real. Now, these two pint-sized action masters will ...
Style: feel good, surreal, entertaining, absurd, enigmatic ...
Audience: family outing, pre-teens, kids, teens
Plot: adventure, school, imaginary, imaginary kingdom, friendship, superhero, magic, good versus evil, parent child relationship, chosen one, family, mischievous children ...
Place: texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
 5.9
 110K
Stuart Little (1999)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Family, Fantasy
Country: Germany, USA
Duration: 84 min.
Story: The adventures of a heroic and debonair stalwart mouse named Stuart Little with human qualities, who faces some comic misadventures while searching for his lost bird friend and living with a human family as their child.
Style: feel good, humorous, entertaining, light, clever ...
Audience: family outing, kids, preschoolers, pre-teens
Plot: adoption, mouse, cat, kids and family, friendship, adventure, mischievous children, kidnapping, anthropomorphic mouse, fish out of water, talking animals, chase ...
Time: 90s
Place: usa, new york, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
The Gnome-Mobile (1967)
Genre: Adventure, Family, Fantasy
Country: USA
Duration: 84 min.
Story: An eccentric millionaire and his grandchildren are embroiled in the plights of some forest gnomes who are searching for the rest of their tribe. While helping them, the millionaire is suspected of being crazy because he's seeing gnomes! ...
Style: semi serious, feel good, humorous, touching, light ...
Audience: family outing, kids
Plot: adventure, magic, family, kidnapping, car chase, mischievous children, odd couple, dancing, sibling relationship, chase, mental institution, young heroes ...
Place: california, usa, san francisco, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
 5.9
 5K
Lassie (1994)
Genre: Family, Adventure
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: An update of the Lassie legend stars Thomas Guiry as a troubled city kid whose family retreats to the country, where he befriends the famous collie and changes for the better. Conflict develops when a ruthless sheep rancher causes trouble for ...
Style: sentimental, semi serious, feel good, touching, sweet ...
Audience: family outing, kids, pre-teens
Plot: dog, coming of age, small town, family, friendship, pets, adventure, countryside, youth, family relations, friends, buddies ...
Time: 90s
Place: usa, virginia
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
The Neverending Story III (1994)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Family, Fantasy
Country: Germany, USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: A young boy must restore order when a group of bullies steal the magical book that acts as a portal between Earth and the imaginary world of Fantasia.
Style: semi serious, feel good, offbeat, stylized, awful ...
Audience: family outing, pre-teens, kids
Plot: fantasy world, magic, book, good versus evil, adventure, family, small town, young heroes, friendship, flying, dragon, heroic mission ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 80s
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
 5.1
 115K
Eragon (2006)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Family, Fantasy
Country: USA, UK, Hungary
Duration: 104 min.
Story: In his homeland of Alagaesia, a farm boy happens upon a dragon's egg -- a discovery that leads him on a predestined journey where he realized he's the one person who can defend his home against an evil king.
Style: serious, epic, stylized, exciting, fairy tale ...
Audience: teens, kids, family outing, pre-teens
Plot: dragon, supernatural ability, adventure, imaginary kingdom, fantasy world, danger, imaginary, young heroes, heroic mission, legends and myths, heroes, orphan ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
 6.7
 206K
Hook (1991)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Family, Fantasy
Country: USA
Duration: 142 min.
Story: The boy who wasn't supposed to grow up—Peter Pan—did just that, becoming a soulless corporate lawyer whose workaholism could cost him his wife and kids. But a trip to see Granny Wendy in London, where the vengeful Capt. Hook kidnaps ...
Style: fairy tale, semi serious, humorous, stylized, exciting ...
Audience: family outing, pre-teens, kids
Plot: duel, family, good versus evil, fairy, rescue, sword, adventure, kidnapping, pirate, self discovery, mermaid, boat ...
Time: 1990s, 20th century
Place: big ben london, england, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
Charlie, the Lonesome Cougar (1967)
Genre: Adventure, Family
Country: USA
Duration: 75 min.
Story: A heartwarming Disney classic in which a cougar, who was rescued as a cub and raised by a group of loggers in the Pacific Northwest, reverts back to his natural instincts, leading to hilarious (and dangerous) consequences.
Style: semi serious, feel good, touching, entertaining, intense ...
Audience: family outing, pre-teens, kids
Plot: wilderness, friendship, adventure, family, orphan, dangerous animal, mischievous children, bear, wild animal, young heroes, getting home, adoption ...
Time: 60s
Place: washington state
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
 6.4
 84K
DragonHeart (1996)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy
Country: USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: In an ancient time when majestic fire-breathers soared through the skies, a knight named Bowen comes face to face and heart to heart with the last dragon on Earth, Draco. Taking up arms to suppress a tyrant king, Bowen soon realizes his task will be ...
Style: humorous, semi serious, touching, emotional, fairy tale ...
Audience: family outing, kids
Plot: dragon, immortality, knight, good versus evil, army, partner, forest, village, battle, revenge, adventure, betrayal ...
Time: middle ages
Place: england, europe, dungeon
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Family, Fantasy
Country: USA, UK, Australia
Duration: 115 min.
Story: A young boy wins a tour through the most magnificent chocolate factory in the world, led by the world's most unusual candy maker.
Style: feel good, surreal, humorous, colourful, fairy tale ...
Audience: family outing, kids, pre-teens
Plot: chocolate, factory, social differences, contests and competitions, candy, mysterious character, adventure, family, fantasy world, imaginary, young heroes, imagination ...
Place: germany, england, atlanta georgia, bavaria, denver colorado ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
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A Series of Unfortunate Events (2004)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Family, Fantasy
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Three wealthy children's parents are killed in a fire. When they are sent to a distant relative, they find out that he is plotting to kill them and seize their fortune. This movie is extremely alarming, an expression which here means "a ...
Style: offbeat, humorous, semi serious, stylized, dark humor ...
Audience: kids, pre-teens, family outing
Plot: orphan, inheritance, adventure, danger, dishonesty, escapades, death in the family, child abuse, attempted murder, murder, loss of parent, young heroes ...
Time: 1940s
Place: peru
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
Mighty Joe Young (1998)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Family, Fantasy, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 114 min.
Story: As a child living in Africa, Jill Young saw her mother killed while protecting wild gorillas from poachers led by Andrei Strasser. Now an adult, Jill cares for an orphaned gorilla named Joe -- who, due to a genetic anomaly, is 15 feet tall. When ...
Style: exciting, serious, feel good, touching, tense ...
Audience: family outing, pre-teens, kids, teens
Plot: jungle, chase, adventure, friendship, gorilla, animal life, family, dangerous animal, friends, escapades, misfit, fish out of water ...
Place: africa, california, los angeles, usa, hawaii
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
Little Monsters (1989)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Family, Fantasy
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: A young boy is scared of the monster under his bed. He asks his 6th grade brother to swap rooms for the night as a bet that the monster really exists. Soon the brother becomes friends with the monster and discovers a whole new world of fun and games ...
Style: semi serious, feel good, humorous, offbeat, light ...
Audience: family outing, pre-teens, kids, teens
Plot: friendship, monster, bed, family, mischievous children, adventure, young heroes, curses spells and rituals, wish come true, fish out of water, danger, escapades ...
Time: 80s
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
Thomas and the Magic Railroad (2000)
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: family outing, kids, preschoolers
Plot: train, friendship, imaginary kingdom, island, family, adventurer, adventure, best friends, mischievous children, pirate, race against time, rescue ...
Place: london
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
 7.4
 232K
The Jungle Book (2016)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Family, Fantasy
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: A man-cub named Mowgli fostered by wolves. After a threat from the tiger Shere Khan, Mowgli is forced to flee the jungle, by which he embarks on a journey of self discovery with the help of the panther, Bagheera and the free-spirited bear, Baloo.
Style: serious, intense, entertaining, scenic, semi serious ...
Audience: family outing, kids
Plot: orphan, jungle, adventure, friendship, dangerous animal, good versus evil, family, feral child, animals, mischievous children, courage, greed ...
Place: india
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
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Charlotte's Web (2006)
Genre: Comedy, Family, Fantasy
Country: USA, Germany, Australia
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Wilbur the pig is scared of the end of the season, because he knows that come that time, he will end up on the dinner table. He hatches a plan with Charlotte, a spider that lives in his pen, to ensure that this will never happen.
Style: semi serious, feel good, touching, humorous, sentimental ...
Audience: family outing, preschoolers, pre-teens, kids
Plot: friendship, family, survival, friends, pig, rescue, spring, grass, egg, barn, uncle, spider ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 1930s
Place: usa, maine
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%
Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey (1993)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Family
Country: USA
Duration: 84 min.
Story: Remake of the popular Disney classic, this time featuring some well known voices as two dogs and a cat trek across America encountering all sorts of adventures in the quest to be reunited with their owners.
Style: touching, feel good, sweet, exciting, semi serious ...
Audience: family outing, preschoolers, pre-teens, kids
Plot: dog, friendship, pets, cat, wilderness, fish out of water, journey, adventure, family, survival, getting home, human animal relationship ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: cross country, nevada, usa, san francisco, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%
 6.1
 67K
Inkheart (2008)
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: touching, serious, fairy tale, stylized, exciting ...
Audience: family outing, pre-teens, kids
Plot: adventure, adventurer, family, imaginary, parents and children, book, disappearance, young heroes, eavesdropping, heroes, kidnapping, escapades ...
Time: middle ages
Place: dungeon
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%
 6.3
 69K
Goosebumps (2015)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Family, Fantasy, Horror
Country: USA, Australia
Duration: 103 min.
Story: After moving to a small town, Zach Cooper finds a silver lining when he meets next door neighbor Hannah, the daughter of bestselling Goosebumps series author R.L. Stine. When Zach unintentionally unleashes real monsters from their manuscripts and ...
Style: humorous, exciting, scary, entertaining, funny ...
Audience: pre-teens, kids, teens
Plot: adventure, good versus evil, werewolf, teenagers, small town, escapades, ventriloquist dummy, fantasy world, monster, family, magic, imaginary ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 80s
Place: maryland, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%
 5.7
 6K
Andre (1994)
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: feel good, semi serious, sentimental, touching, humorous ...
Audience: family outing, pre-teens, kids, chick flick
Plot: friendship, small town, rescue, family, coming of age, adventure, best friends, mischievous children, school, young heroes, getting home, parents and children ...
Time: 90s, 1960s, year 1962
Place: maine, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%
A Dog's Purpose (2017)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Family, Fantasy
Country: USA, India
Duration: 100 min.
Story: A dog goes on quest to discover his purpose in life over the course of several lifetimes with multiple owners.
Style: touching, sweet, melancholic, sad, sentimental ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: dog, reincarnation, transformation, dog movie, happy ending, adaptation, human animal relationship, life & death, animals, love, death, talking animals ...
Time: 1990s, 1960s, 2010s
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%
 6.0
 31K
Nim's Island (2008)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Family, Fantasy
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: A young girl inhabits an isolated island with her scientist father and communicates with a reclusive author of the novel she's reading.
Style: exciting, humorous, semi serious, realistic, feel good ...
Audience: kids, family outing, pre-teens, teens
Plot: island, isolation, family, young heroes, adventure, cruise, danger, turtle, shipwreck, pirate, volcano, parents and children ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: indonesia, san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%
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