Movies and TV shows like Manuel on the Island of Wonders

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Manuel on the Island of Wonders (1984)
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Manuel on the Island of Wonders (1984)
Original name: Manoel dans l'île des merveilles
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Fantasy
Country: Portugal, France
Duration: 130 min.
TV show
Story: Manuel is a young boy who travels from long ago to the present and then to the future.
Plot: time loop, pirate, chess, thief, children, game, island, sailor, teacher, cave, parallel world, boy, fantasy world, childhood, child protagonist, jewelry, wonderland, little boy, boy hero, child's point of view, dreaming, oneiric, keyhole, jewel, parallel worlds

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out captivating, serious, exciting and stylized films and TV series with plots about adventure, danger, fantasy world, escapades, good versus evil, magic and imaginary mostly in Adventure, Drama and Fantasy genres. Some movies like Manuel on the Island of Wonders: The Odyssey (1968), Treasure Island (1986), Pirate Islands (2003), City of Pirates (1983), Neverland (2011). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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The Odyssey (1968)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Fantasy
Country: Italy, France, West Germany
Duration: 109 min.
TV show
Story: Odysseus' journey told in Homer's Iliad and Odyssey. After fighting in the Trojan War, Odysseus spends years trying to return home to Itaka.
Style: scenic, breathtaking, epic, enigmatic, heroic ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: greek mythology, mythology, ancient, odyssey, cyclops, greek island, god, rescue, sacrifice, seduction, rivalry, monster ...
Place: ancient greece, greece, mediterranean sea
⇓ similarity ⇓
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Treasure Island (1986)
Genre: Adventure, Fantasy
Country: UK, France, USA
Duration: 115 min.
Story: Take a son and make sure he dreams; wake him up and start telling him a story. Rock him with your most beautiful voice, lower and lower, until he goes back to sleep but still listening, subliminally. Now, he must be dreaming, but completing the ...
Style: surreal
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63%
 7.2
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Pirate Islands (2003)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, Family, Fantasy, Sci-Fi
Country: Australia
Duration: 30 min.
TV show
Story: A rip-roaring fantasy adventure, Pirate Islands sees 15-year old Kate and her younger brother and sister trapped inside a computer game set on an island controlled by swashbuckling pirates. They soon discover that the only way home is to finish the ...
Style: humorous, sweet, stylized, captivating
Audience: teens
Plot: pirate, teenager, siblings relations, fantasy world, young heroes, pirate ship, explorer, children, mission, adventure hero, game, quest ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
City of Pirates (1983)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Fantasy
Country: France, Portugal
Duration: 111 min.
Story: A surreal odyssey in which a melancholic maidservant crosses paths with a homicidal little boy, travels to a tiny island of pirates and encounters a man with multiple personalities.
Style: surreal, rough, suspenseful, disturbing, macabre
Plot: surrealism, perversity, killer child, little boy, boy, murder, irrational behavior, evil child, seance, sleepwalking, island, melancholy ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
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Neverland (2011)
Genre: Adventure, Fantasy
Country: UK
Duration: 180 min.
TV show
Story: Raised on the streets of turn-of-the century London, orphaned Peter and his pals survive by their fearless wits as cunning young pickpockets. Now, they've been rounded up by their mentor Jimmy Hook to snatch a priceless, some believe, magical ...
Style: exciting, fairy tale, serious, stylized, captivating
Audience: family outing, kids
Plot: pirate, mysterious place, adventure, troubled teen, fairy, youth, orphan, young heroes, imaginary kingdom, treasure, rescue, rivalry ...
Time: turn of the century, 20th century, 18th century
Place: london
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
George's Island (1989)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Family
Country: Canada
Duration: 89 min.
Story: This is a tale about two children who are put in a foster home, and then on Halloween they breakout and are rescued by their eccentric grandfather who is in a Halloween costume of an eyeball. They then go to George's island to try and find the ...
Plot: pirate, island, halloween, foster home, child protagonist, halloween party, little boy, boy, ghost, grandfather grandson relationship, trick or treating, halloween costume
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40%
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Earthsea (2004)
Genre: Fantasy, Drama, Adventure
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 90 min.
TV show
Story: A reckless youth is destined to become the greatest sorcerer that the mystical land of Earthsea has ever known...
Style: captivating, serious, stylized, epic
Audience: family outing, pre-teens, kids
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⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
The Holy Pearl (2011)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Fantasy
Country: China
Duration: 45 min.
TV show
Story: The Holy Pearl is a 2011 Chinese Television series starring Gillian Chung as the daughter of an archeologist. She time travels back in time to discovers she is a reincarnation a warrior priestess. She teams up with a human-dragon hybrid, to recover ...
Style: captivating, tense
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The Shannara Chronicles (2016)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Fantasy
Country: USA
Duration: 42 min.
TV show
Story: A young Healer armed with an unpredictable magic guides a runaway Elf in her perilous quest to save the peoples of the Four Lands from an age-old Demon scourge.
Style: exciting, captivating, serious, suspense, entertaining ...
Audience: teens
Plot: supernatural, supernatural ability, magic, elf, good versus evil, demon, imaginary kingdom, betrayal, heroes, young heroes, evil, love triangle ...
Time: future
Place: san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
 6.4
 7K
Crossbones (2014)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: It's 1715 on the Bahamian island of New Providence, the first functioning democracy in the Americas, where the diabolical pirate Edward Teach, a.k.a. Blackbeard, reigns over a rogue nation of thieves, outlaws and miscreant sailors. Part ...
Style: serious, stylized, exciting, realistic
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⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
 7.3
 13
Litoral (2008)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Fantasy
Country: Chile
Duration: 240 min.
TV show
Story: Litoral is a four-part 2008 Chilean film written and directed by Raúl Ruiz.
Style: folk tale
Plot: ghost ship, sister, ghost, ship captain, ghost story, haunted house, three sisters, sailor, myth, folklore, sea captain, surrealism ...
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⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
Tales from the Neverending Story (2001)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Family, Fantasy
Country: Germany, Canada
Duration: 375 min.
TV show
Story: Twelve-year-old Bastian Balthazar Bux had lost the wonderful imagination he had as a child somewhere between growing older, watching TV, going to school and playing with his Gameboy. But when his mother dies suddenly, Bastian's limitless ...
Style: semi serious, feel good, stylized, touching, fairy tale ...
Audience: family outing, kids, pre-teens
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⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
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The Odyssey (1992)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Family, Fantasy
Country: Canada
Duration: 30 min.
TV show
Story: The Odyssey is a Canadian-produced half-hour adventure-fantasy television series for children, originally broadcast 1992-94 on CBC Television. It starred Illya Woloshyn as Jay Ziegler, Ashleigh Aston Moore as Donna/Alpha, Tony Sampson as ...
Style: feel good, atmospheric, serious, captivating
Audience: kids, teens, family outing
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⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
His Dark Materials (2019)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Family, Fantasy
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: Lyra is an orphan who lives in a parallel universe in which science, theology and magic are entwined. Lyra's search for a kidnapped friend uncovers a sinister plot involving stolen children, and turns into a quest to understand a mysterious ...
Style: atmospheric, suspense, enigmatic, dark, dark fantasy
Audience: teen drama
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Place: london, united kingdom, norway
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Cursed (2020)
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Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
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Story: In this fresh take on the Arthurian legend, teenager Nimue joins forces with mercenary Arthur on a quest to find Merlin and deliver an ancient sword.
Style: captivating, exciting, atmospheric, surprise ending, visually appealing ...
Audience: teens, family outing, teen drama
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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Les Galapiats: The Collection (1970)
Genre: Adventure
Country: Belgium, France
Duration: 240 min.
TV show
Story: Les Galapiats is a French-Belgian-Swiss-Canadian television series, composed of eight episodes lasting 26 minutes each, directed by Pierre Gaspard-Huit broadcast in 1970 on the second channel of the ORTF and December 1969 in the RTB, Belgium.
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Style: psychological, disturbing, captivating, sincere, art house
Audience: teens
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29%
Long Live the Queen (1995)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Family, Fantasy
Country: Netherlands
Duration: 118 min.
Story: A fairytale about a young girl who learns to play chess and at the same time finds her father.
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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The Lion, the Witch, & the Wardrobe (1988)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Family, Fantasy
Country: UK
Duration: 171 min.
TV show
Story: Four kids travel to the magical land of Narnia where they must battle an evil queen with the direction of the Lion, Aslan.
Style: exciting, serious, stylized, offbeat
Audience: family outing, kids, pre-teens
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Parallels (2022)
Genre: Adventure, Fantasy, Mystery, Sci-Fi
Country: France
Duration: 45 min.
TV show
Story: Four teenagers' lives are turned upside down when a mysterious event propels them into parallel dimensions.
Style: disturbing, psychological, tense, captivating
Plot: parallel universe, multiverse, friend, adventure, friends, parallel world, mysticism, rescue, friendship, fantasy world, alternate reality, exploration ...
Time: future
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
 7.1
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Emerald City (2016)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Fantasy
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: A modern reimagining of the stories that lead to 'The Wizard of Oz'.
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Audience: teens, family outing
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Time: contemporary
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27%
Knights of Bloodsteel (2009)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Fantasy
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 240 min.
TV show
Story: The adventure is set in the sorcerous land of Mirabilis, where a populace of elves, goblins, dwarves and humans hanker for the mystical element Bloodsteel; an ore with magical ability-giving properties. When a ruthless band of soldiers led by the ...
Style: exciting, semi serious, atmospheric, epic
Audience: teens, family outing, kids
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Time: 90s
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27%
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Alice (2009)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Fantasy, Sci-Fi
Country: UK, Canada
Duration: 184 min.
TV show
Story: Everything you know about Alice's adventures in Wonderland is about to be turned upside down in this modern-day miniseries event. Stars Kathy Bates, Caterina Scorsone, Matt Frewer, Harry Dean Stanton and Tim Curry.
Style: fairy tale, atmospheric, exciting, bleak, enigmatic ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: fantasy world, adventure, fish out of water, imaginary kingdom, escapades, curses spells and rituals, surrealism, transformation, chase, prejudice, insanity, betrayal ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
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The Elephant Princess (2008)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Family, Fantasy, Romance
Country: Australia
Duration: 30 min.
TV show
Story: The Elephant Princess is an Australian children's television series that first screened on Network Ten in 2008. The series is produced by Jonathan M. Shiff Productions. A second and final season began screening in 2011. Family Channel Canada ...
Style: serious, captivating, bleak, sincere, entertaining
Audience: family outing, teens, kids
Plot: parallel world, teenage life, young heroes, adventurer, superhuman powers, supernatural ability, destiny, family relations, ancient mystery, wizards and magicians, princess, double life ...
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26%
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Hercules (2005)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Fantasy
Country: USA
Duration: 240 min.
TV show
Story: Hercules is a 2005 RHI Entertainment television miniseries, chronicling the life of the legendary Greek hero, Heracles, called Hercules in this series. It is most often aired on television as a two-part miniseries: the first part documents his early ...
Style: epic, serious, exciting, captivating, fairy tale ...
Audience: teens
Plot: greek mythology, hercules, centaur, superhuman powers, redemption, obsessive quest, heroic mission, adventurer, rescue, escapades, battles, curses spells and rituals ...
Place: greece, ancient greece
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
Love Torn in a Dream (2000)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy
Country: France, Portugal, Chile
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Raul Ruiz's Love Torn in a Dream is introduced with a fake newsreel, taking place in postwar France, in which the cast of the film meet with the producer, who explains the film's complex weave of nine narratives. A diagram in which each ...
Style: semi serious, enigmatic, humorous, baroque, offbeat
Plot: parallel world, dangerous attraction, supernatural, riddles and clues, community, painting, surrealism, ghost, couples, beach, thief, internet ...
Place: france, new york, canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
Freedom Is Paradise (1989)
Genre: Adventure, Drama
Country: Soviet Union
Duration: 76 min.
Story: Young Sasha is brought into a state-run children's home because his mother died early and his father spends most of his life in prison. The conditions are like in a penal institution. Sasha tries several times to escape and to search for his ...
Plot: coming of age, children, boy, childhood, traumatic childhood, father, female nudity, prisoner, prison, reform school, child abuse, girl ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
Belle and Sebastian (1965)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Family
Country: France
Duration: 26 min.
TV show
Story: Mountain-based adventures of a young boy and his dog in a small village in the southern Alps.
Audience: kids
Plot: dog, christmas, mountain, boy, human animal relationship, boy dog relationship, village, little boy, friendship, boy and dog, animals, human dog relationship
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
 8.1
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Ever Night (2018)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Fantasy, Romance
Country: China
TV show
Story: They are both chosen in their own ways to protect their people and the country. Ning Que is the only survivor of General Lin Guang Yuan’s regime, which came under a calculated and brutal attack of another dangerous general. Ning Que manages to ...
Style: exciting, sincere, suspenseful, disturbing, captivating ...
Audience: kids, teens
Plot: martial arts, medieval, good versus evil, friendship, chosen one, young heroes, save the day, destiny, journey, teenage boy, heroes, adventure ...
Time: contemporary
Place: ancient china
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012)
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, touching, sad, thought provoking ...
Audience: kids, family outing
Plot: poverty, child protagonist, magic realism, global warming, climate change, father daughter relationship, community, childhood, children, coming of age, flood, single father ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: louisiana, usa, southern usa, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%