Movies like The Shape of Water

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The Shape of Water (2017)
The Shape of Water (2017)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Fantasy, Romance, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 123 min.
Story: An other-worldly story, set against the backdrop of Cold War era America circa 1962, where a mute janitor working at a lab falls in love with an amphibious man being held captive there and devises a plan to help him escape.
Style: biting, touching, fairy tale, disturbing, ambiguous ending, romantic, suspense, surprise ending
Audience: girls' night, date night
Plot: female full frontal nudity, interspecies sex, sign language, laboratory, cold war, escape, healing power, creature, supernatural, love story, water, interracial friendship, rescue, scientist, interspecies romance, cruelty, ends with narration, captive, begins with narration, orphan, government, bathtub, loneliness, female protagonist, friendship ...
Time: 60s, 1960s, year 1962
Place: baltimore, usa, maryland, pittsburgh, united states, soviet union

Most similar movies to The Shape of Water

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out suspense, serious, visually appealing and suspenseful films with plots about chase, destiny, death, storytelling, catastrophe, dialogue and transformation mostly in Drama, Sci-Fi and Thriller genres. Some movies like The Shape of Water: Pan's Labyrinth (2006), Edward Scissorhands (1990), Hellboy II: The Golden Army (2008), I Am Dragon (2015), Crimson Peak (2015). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
Pan's Labyrinth (2006)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, War
Country: Mexico, Spain
Duration: 118 min.
Story: Living with her tyrannical stepfather in a new home with her pregnant mother, 10-year-old Ofelia feels alone until she explores a decaying labyrinth guarded by a mysterious faun who claims to know her destiny. If she wishes to return to her real ...
Style: atmospheric, fairy tale, gothic, stylized, macabre ...
Plot: dark fantasy, monster, creature, fairy, imaginary kingdom, imaginary, legends and myths, good versus evil, young heroes, cruelty, death, imagination ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 40s, year 1944
Place: spain, europe
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Edward Scissorhands (1990)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: A small suburban town receives a visit from a castaway unfinished science experiment named Edward.
Style: gothic, surreal, sentimental, atmospheric, touching ...
Audience: date night
Plot: loneliness, social misfits, goth, dark fantasy, fall in love, romance, surrealism, freak, love, suburbs, human nature, snow ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, 90s, 1990s
Place: usa, united states, florida
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Hellboy II: The Golden Army (2008)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Horror, Sci-Fi
Country: USA, Germany, Hungary
Duration: 120 min.
Story: In this continuation to the adventure of the demon superhero, an evil elf breaks an ancient pact between humans and creatures, as he declares war against humanity. He is on a mission to release The Golden Army, a deadly group of fighting machines ...
Style: exciting, stylized, psychotronic, humorous, scary ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: monster, anti heroes, superhero, evil, supernatural ability, good versus evil, army, heroes, heaven and hell, supernatural, adventure, superhuman powers ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 50s, 1950s
Place: northern ireland, manhattan new york city, new york
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I Am Dragon (2015)
Genre: Adventure, Fantasy, Romance
Country: Russia
Duration: 110 min.
Story: In the midst of the wedding princess Miroslava is kidnapped by a dragon and carried away into his castle on the remote island. Mira left everything behind in the past - family, friends and groom. Now the only things she had were a stone cage and a ...
Style: fairy tale, romantic, touching, exciting, sweet
Audience: girls' night
Plot: dragon, duchess, wedding, rescue mission, sacrifice, ritual, wedding ceremony, burned alive, love and romance, legends and myths, supernatural, tradition ...
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Crimson Peak (2015)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Canada, USA, Mexico
Duration: 119 min.
Story: In the aftermath of a family tragedy, an aspiring author is torn between love for her childhood friend and the temptation of a mysterious outsider. Trying to escape the ghosts of her past, she is swept away to a house that breathes, bleeds… and ...
Style: gothic, atmospheric, twist ending, suspenseful, macabre ...
Plot: ghost, haunted house, supernatural, murder, incest, dark fantasy, supernatural romance, estate, psychopath, female protagonist, ghosts, brother sister incest ...
Time: victorian era, 19th century, victorian, 1890s, 1800s
Place: england, europe, usa
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Midnight Special (2016)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA, Greece
Duration: 112 min.
Story: A father and son go on the run after the dad learns his child possesses special powers.
Style: suspenseful, serious, suspense, futuristic, atmospheric ...
Plot: chase, on the run, hostage, government, supernatural, supernatural ability, family relations, parents and children, danger, imaginary, superhuman powers, father son relationship ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s, 80s
Place: usa, atlanta georgia, louisiana, texas
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The Philadelphia Experiment (1984)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Romance, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Based on an "actual event" that took place in 1943. About a US Navy Destroyer Escort that disappeared from the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard, and sent two men 40 years into the future to 1984.
Style: suspenseful, serious, futuristic, exciting, suspense ...
Plot: time travel, chase, experiment gone awry, experiment, laboratory, adventure, chases and races, danger, heroic mission, invisibility, disorder, crimes ...
Time: 20th century, 1940s, future, 40s, 80s ...
Place: california, philadelphia, nevada, usa, arizona
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Powder (1995)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: Harassed by classmates who won't accept his shocking appearance, a shy young man known as "Powder" struggles to fit in. But the cruel taunts stop when Powder displays a mysterious power that allows him to do incredible things. This ...
Style: emotional, touching, serious, sad, psychotronic ...
Plot: miraculous event, extrasensory perception, supernatural, paranormal phenomena, healing power, christ allegory, supernatural ability, held at gunpoint, supernatural power, flickering light, fainting, albino ...
Time: future
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Monos (2019)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Thriller
Country: Colombia, Argentina, Netherlands, Germany, Sweden, Uruguay, USA, Switzerland, Denmark, France
Duration: 102 min.
Story: On a faraway mountaintop, eight kids with guns watch over a hostage and a conscripted milk cow.
Style: ambiguous ending, avant garde, suspense, captivating, suspenseful ...
Plot: teenage boy, child soldier, teenage girl, firearm, nudity (full frontal - brief), violence, chase, rescue, surrealism, escape, sex scene, gun ...
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Passengers (2016)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA, Australia
Duration: 116 min.
Story: A spacecraft traveling to a distant colony planet and transporting thousands of people has a malfunction in its sleep chambers. As a result, two passengers are awakened 90 years early.
Style: futuristic, romantic, surprise ending, scenic, cerebral ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: outer space, love story, space station, isolation, space travel, spacecraft, survival, loneliness, trapped in space, passenger, destiny, moral dilemma ...
Time: future
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Blast from the Past (1999)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: Following a bomb scare in the 1960s that locked the Webers into their bomb shelter for 35 years, Adam now ventures forth into Los Angeles to obtain food and supplies for his family, and a non-mutant wife for himself.
Style: feel good, humorous, touching, realistic, semi serious ...
Audience: date night, chick flick, girls' night, teens
Plot: opposites attract, cold war, fall in love, romance, hiding place, couples, teaching the ways of the world, atomic bomb, baseball, fish out of water, happy ending, family ...
Time: 60s, 90s, 20th century, 1960s, future ...
Place: los angeles, usa, california, united states
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Monsters (2010)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Romance, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: UK, Mexico, Guatemala
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Six years ago NASA discovered the possibility of alien life within our solar system. A probe was launched to collect samples, but crashed upon re-entry over Central America. Soon after, new life forms began to appear and half of Mexico was ...
Style: suspenseful, stylized, tense, psychotronic, breathtaking ...
Plot: monster, quarantine, alien, infected, alien encounter, infection, nasa, distopia, survival, jungle, ufo, invasion ...
Time: future
Place: mexico, central america, latin america
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Ladyhawke (1985)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Fantasy
Country: USA, Italy
Duration: 121 min.
Story: Captain Etienne Navarre is a man on whose shoulders lies a cruel curse. Punished for loving each other, Navarre must become a wolf by night whilst his lover, Lady Isabeau, takes the form of a hawk by day. Together, with the thief Philippe Gaston, ...
Style: sentimental, touching, fairy tale, captivating, atmospheric ...
Audience: pre-teens, date night, family outing, kids
Plot: bishop, adventure, good versus evil, rescue, knight, magic, romance, chase, true love, solar eclipse, transformation, falcon ...
Time: middle ages, 80s
Place: europe, france
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Seeking a Friend for the End of the World (2012)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Romance, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: As an asteroid nears Earth, a man finds himself alone after his wife leaves in a panic. He decides to take a road trip to reunite with his high school sweetheart. Accompanying him is a neighbor who inadvertently puts a wrench in his plan.
Style: touching, dark humor, humorous, road movie, melancholic ...
Audience: date night, chick flick
Plot: apocalypse, road trip, end of the world, loneliness, profanity, romance, bittersweet, friendship, catastrophe, fate of humanity, old love, childhood sweetheart ...
Time: future, 21st century
Place: usa, new jersey, england
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Downsizing (2017)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Sci-Fi
Country: USA, Norway
Duration: 135 min.
Story: A kindly occupational therapist undergoes a new procedure to be shrunken to four inches tall so that he and his wife can help save the planet and afford a nice lifestyle at the same time.
Style: semi serious, melancholic, satirical
Plot: shrinking, miniature person, interracial romance, experiment, laboratory, poverty, bald man, neighbor, husband wife relationship, ecology, cleaning lady, midget ...
Time: future, near future
Place: norway, new mexico, istanbul turkey
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Resident Evil: Retribution (2012)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: Germany, Canada, USA, France, UK
Duration: 95 min.
Story: The Umbrella Corporation’s deadly T-virus continues to ravage the Earth, transforming the global population into legions of the flesh eating Undead. The human race’s last and only hope, Alice, awakens in the heart of Umbrella’s most ...
Style: stylized, exciting, scary, futuristic, rough ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: zombie, post apocalypse, plague, female assassin, female fighter, zombie apocalypse, future dystopia, pandemic, chase, survival, good versus evil, virus ...
Time: future
Place: tokyo, washington d.c., new york, moscow russia, russia
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The Island of Dr. Moreau (1977)
Genre: Adventure, Fantasy, Horror, Romance, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: A ship-wrecked man floats ashore on an island in the Pacific Ocean. The island is inhabited by a scientist, Dr. Moreau, who in an experiment has turned beasts into human beings.
Style: atmospheric, suspenseful, scary, serious, psychotronic ...
Plot: island, mutant, mad scientist, experiment gone awry, experiment, genetic engineering, genetics, confined, deadly, isolation, hybrid, chaos ...
Place: pacific ocean
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Starman (1984)
Genre: Romance, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 115 min.
Story: An alien takes the form of a young widow's husband and asks her to drive him from Wisconsin to Arizona. The government tries to stop them.
Style: touching, serious, offbeat, stylized, road movie ...
Audience: date night, chick flick
Plot: alien, fish out of water, rescue, on the run, widow, benign alien, romance, adventure, landing, peaceful mission, disorder, alien encounter ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: usa, washington d.c., las vegas, arizona, wisconsin
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Imagining Argentina (2003)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Thriller
Country: Spain, UK, USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: Set during the unsettling disappearances in Buenos Aires during the dictatorship of the 1970s, the film involves theater director Carlos Rueda and his wife Cecilia. Shortly after Cecilia writes an editorial commentary questioning the mysterious ...
Style: serious, tense, bleak, psychological, suspenseful ...
Plot: politics, disappearance, uncover truth, political unrest, danger, crimes, deadly, kidnapping, father daughter relationship, compassion, dishonesty, supernatural ability ...
Time: contemporary, 70s, year 1976
Place: argentina, buenos aires argentina, italy, latin america, venice ...
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Fallen (2006)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, Fantasy, Romance, Sci-Fi
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 180 min.
Story: For high schooler Aaron Corbett, turning 18 means becoming not just a man but a nephilim, too -- half human, half angel, with supernatural abilities.
Style: suspenseful, exciting, touching, sentimental, serious ...
Audience: teens, family outing
Plot: angel, fallen angel, good versus evil, supernatural, foreknowledge, chosen one, life turned upside down, adventure, orphan, young heroes, supernatural ability, heroes ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
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Persuasion (2007)
Genre: Action, Drama, Family, Fantasy, Romance
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Persuasion is the newest adaptation of the classic Jane Austen novel of the same name published in 1818. Anne falls deeply in love with handsome young naval officer Frederick Wentworth at the age of nineteen.
Style: sentimental, romantic, emotional, stylized, touching ...
Audience: girls' night, date night, chick flick
Plot: jane austen, love affair, love, rich and poor, love and romance, fall in love, couple relations, navy, romance, love triangle, society, female protagonist ...
Time: 19th century, 1810s, 18th century
Place: britain, england
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The Host (2013)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, Romance, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA, Switzerland, UK
Duration: 125 min.
Story: A parasitic alien soul is injected into the body of Melanie Stryder. Instead of carrying out her race's mission of taking over the Earth, "Wanda" (as she comes to be called) forms a bond with her host and sets out to aid other free ...
Style: futuristic, exciting, suspenseful, stylized, romantic ...
Audience: teens, chick flick, girls' night
Plot: romance, teenage love, evil alien, power of love, youth, love and romance, true love, invasion, apocalypse, survival, vestiges of humanity, interspecies romance ...
Time: future
Place: usa, paris france
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Don't Be Afraid of the Dark (2010)
Genre: Fantasy, Horror, Thriller
Country: USA, Australia, Mexico
Duration: 99 min.
Story: A young girl sent to live with her father and his new girlfriend discovers creatures in her new home who want to claim her as one of their own.
Style: gothic, suspenseful, scary, suspense, dark ...
Plot: supernatural, parents and children, deadly creature, danger, child in peril, haunted house, estate, creature, teeth, old house, family relations, deadly ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 70s, 80s
Place: rhode island, usa
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The Nightingale (2018)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Thriller
Country: Australia, USA
Duration: 136 min.
Story: In 1829, Claire, a 21-year-old Irish convict, chases a British soldier through the rugged Tasmanian wilderness, bent on revenge for a terrible act of violence he committed against her family. She enlists the services of an Aboriginal tracker named ...
Style: disturbing, suspense, thought provoking, tense, captivating ...
Plot: colonization, aborigine, brutality, murder, revenge, racial prejudice, female protagonist, racism, saving a life, anger, prejudice, pursuit ...
Time: 19th century, 1820s
Place: australia
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Doctor Mabuse: Etiopomar (2014)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 82 min.
Story: Dr. Mabuse, criminal mastermind - returns in this epic steam punk thriller, in which six interwoven tales document the downfall of Dr. Mabuse and his city "Etiopomar".
Style: gothic, apocalyptic, suspenseful, suspense, epic
Plot: scientist, revenge, good versus evil, power struggle, fight, politics, race against time, escape, betrayal, murder, megalomaniac, conspiracy ...
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The Titan (2018)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Romance, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: UK, Spain, USA, Germany
Duration: 97 min.
Story: On a bleak future Earth, a soldier endures a radical genetic transformation to save humanity. But his wife fears he's becoming more creature than man.
Style: suspense, rough, exciting, sad, surprise ending
Plot: human experiment, transformation, genetic mutation, nasa, pilot, distopia, mutation, creature, military base, laboratory, dna, war atrocity ...
Time: near future, 2040s
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War for the Planet of the Apes (2017)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA, Canada, New Zealand
Duration: 140 min.
Story: Caesar and his apes are forced into a deadly conflict with an army of humans led by a ruthless Colonel. After the apes suffer unimaginable losses, Caesar wrestles with his darker instincts and begins his own mythic quest to avenge his kind. As the ...
Style: suspense, psychotronic, intense, compassionate, exciting ...
Plot: post apocalypse, future war, monkey, gorilla, militant, obsession, survival, vengeance, virus, tragedy, anthropomorphism, brutality ...
Time: contemporary, near future
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Upside Down (2012)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Romance, Sci-Fi
Country: Canada, France
Duration: 109 min.
Story: In an alternate universe where twinned worlds have opposite gravities, a young man battles interplanetary prejudice and the laws of physics in his quest to reunite with the long-lost girl of his dreams in this visually stunning romantic adventure ...
Style: surreal, stylized, touching, artsy, visually appealing ...
Audience: date night, girls' night
Plot: forbidden love, parallel world, true love, alternate reality, gravity, romance, love and romance, power of love, childhood sweetheart, old love, corporate world, wanted ...
Time: future
Place: latin america
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Day of Resurrection (1980)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: Japan, Canada
Duration: 156 min.
Story: Scientists in Antarctica desperately try to find a cure to a military virus that was released in a plane crash and has wiped out the rest of the world.
Style: bleak, futuristic, suspenseful, rough, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: apocalypse, experiment gone awry, survival, catastrophe, nuclear holocaust, genetic engineering, chaos, race against time, air disaster, rivalry, escapades, heroes ...
Time: year 1988, year 1982, year 1981, year 1983, 80s
Place: antarctica, japan, soviet union, london, tokyo ...
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Maximum Ride (2016)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: Six children genetically cross-bred with avian DNA, complete with wings, take flight around the country to discover their origins.
Style: enigmatic, surprise ending, tense, suspense, exciting
Plot: supernatural power, teenage boy, experiment, female fighter, rescue, hearing voices, martial arts, female warrior, violence, kidnapping, danger, leader ...
Time: 2010s
Place: new york, utah
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