Movies and TV shows like His Dark Materials

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His Dark Materials (2019)
 8.0
 30K
His Dark Materials (2019)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Family, Fantasy
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 60 min.
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 phenomenon called Dust. She is later joined on her journey by Will, a boy who possesses a knife that can cut windows between worlds. As Lyra learns the truth about her parents and her prophesied destiny, the two young people are caught up in a war against celestial powers that ranges across many worlds.
Style: atmospheric, enigmatic, suspense, dark
Plot: child protagonist, alternate universe, magic, arctic, prophecy, travel, children, science, orphan, church, united kingdom, based on a novel, mysticism, friendship, conspiracy, animals, kidnapping, northern lights, parallel universe, journey, violence, quest, female protagonist, explorer, father daughter relationship ...
Place: norway

Most similar movies to His Dark Materials

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out exciting, semi serious, serious and stylized films and TV series with plots about friendship, family, magic, adventure, escapades, children and youth mostly in Fantasy, Drama and Adventure genres. Some movies like His Dark Materials: The Golden Compass (2007), The Magicians (2015), The Witcher (2019), Annie (1999), Oliver Twist (1997). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
The Golden Compass (2007)
Genre: Adventure, Family, Fantasy
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 113 min.
Story: After overhearing a shocking secret, precocious orphan Lyra Belacqua trades her carefree existence roaming the halls of Jordan College for an otherworldly adventure in the far North, unaware that it's part of her destiny.
Style: epic, stylized, suspenseful, serious, exciting ...
Audience: family outing, pre-teens, kids
Plot: fantasy world, adventure, magical, parallel world, orphan, journey, kidnapping, witch, experiment, wizards, best friends, adventurer ...
Place: england, oxford university
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.6
 37K
The Magicians (2015)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
Story: Brakebills University is a secret institution specializing in magic. There, amidst an unorthodox education of spellcasting, a group of twenty-something friends soon discover that a magical fantasy world they read about as children is all too real— ...
Style: exciting, captivating, suspense, suspenseful, disturbing ...
Plot: supernatural ability, magic, fantasy world, school, supernatural power, magician, danger, betrayal, student, society, college, depression ...
Place: new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 8.3
 223K
The Witcher (2019)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Mystery
Country: USA, Poland
Duration: 60 min.
Story: The witcher Geralt, a mutated monster hunter, struggles to find his place in a world where people often prove more wicked than beasts. Based on Andrzej Sapkowski's Witcher Saga.
Style: captivating, exciting, brutal, atmospheric, suspense ...
Audience: boys' night, chick flick
Plot: mutant, magic, adventure, monster, supernatural ability, supernatural, mutation, elf, medieval, one man army, dark fantasy, violence ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
The Lion, the Witch, & the Wardrobe (1988)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Family, Fantasy
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 171 min.
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: serious, offbeat, exciting, stylized
Audience: kids, family outing, pre-teens
Plot: parallel world, imaginary kingdom, good versus evil, queen, young heroes, imaginary, wizards and magicians, youth, danger, supernatural, attic, bet ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Movie in collections
 6.6
 5K
Annie (1999)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Family, Fantasy, Musical
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Eleven-year-old Annie has been living in an orphanage her whole life run by cruel Miss Hannigan. After unsuccessful escape attempts, Grace Farrell comes to take the child home to live two weeks with billionaire Oliver Warbucks during Christmas.
Style: semi serious, touching, humorous, feel good, realistic
Audience: kids, family outing, pre-teens
Plot: adoption, orphan, friendship, ambition, friends, family relations, disorder, punjab, youth, hopes, family, young heroes ...
Time: 30s, 20th century, 1930s
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.3
 2K
Oliver Twist (1997)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Family, Fantasy, Musical
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Charles Dickens' classical story about the young orphan boy in 1837 England is again re-filmed in grand fashion. Richard Dreyfuss portrays Fagin, the unscrupulous leader of the young pick-pockets Oliver (Alex Trench) initially falls in with ...
Style: serious, gloomy, touching, realistic, sentimental
Audience: family outing
Plot: orphan, injustice, society, social decay, youth, danger, gang, kidnapping, coming of age, life is a bitch, young heroes, family ...
Time: 19th century, victorian, 1830s, victorian era
Place: england, london, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
The Silver Chair (1990)
Genre: Fantasy, Family, Adventure
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 30 min.
Story: Eustace, along with a new companion named Jill Pole, is brought back to Narnia. The pair are told by Aslan they must search for King Caspian's missing son, Prince Rillian.
Style: semi serious, exciting, stylized, humorous
Audience: family outing, pre-teens, kids
Plot: imaginary, legends and myths, imaginary kingdom, parallel world, giant, good versus evil, heroes, young heroes, heroic mission, hopes, kidnapping, adventure ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
The Secret Garden (1993)
Genre: Drama, Family, Fantasy
Country: UK, 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, atmospheric, feel good, realistic ...
Audience: kids, pre-teens, family outing
Plot: childhood, orphan, countryside, friendship, garden, girl, secret, little girl, old mansion, family, imagination, maid ...
Time: 19th century, victorian, victorian era, 18th century
Place: india, england, europe, yorkshire, liverpool ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
Movie in collections
 6.8
 138
Shoebox Zoo (2004)
Genre: Adventure, Fantasy, Drama, Family
Country: UK, Canada
Duration: 25 min.
Story: Shoebox Zoo is a children's fantasy TV series made in a collaboration between BBC Scotland and various Canadian television companies. It is mostly live-action, but with CGI used for the animal figurines. It was first broadcast in 2004 by CBBC. ...
Plot: death by fire, castle, bravery, chosen one, bully, dead mother, journey, double agent, troubled teen, traitor, heroine, high school ...
Place: edinburgh scotland, scotland
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
The Shamer's Daughter (2015)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Fantasy
Country: Denmark, Norway, Czech Republic, Iceland, Sweden
Duration: 96 min.
Story: The Shamer's daughter, Dina, has unwillingly inherited her mother's supernatural ability. She can look straight into the soul of other people. When the sole heir to the throne is wrongfully accused of the horrible murders of his family, it ...
Style: exciting, sincere, atmospheric, suspense, stylized
Plot: psychic, child protagonist, supernatural ability, power struggle, murder, mother daughter relationship, political intrigue, good versus evil, conscience, heir to the throne, justice, saving a life ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
 6.4
 8K
Eastwick (2009)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
Story: Eastwick is a 2009 television series based on John Updike's novel The Witches of Eastwick. The series was developed by Maggie Friedman, and starred Paul Gross as the infamous Darryl Van Horne, alongside Jaime Ray Newman, Lindsay Price, and ...
Style: atmospheric, dark humor, semi serious, captivating, humorous ...
Plot: witch, mysterious character, good versus evil, supernatural, friendship, introspection, supernatural ability, small town, escapades, battle of the sexes, magic, occult ...
Time: contemporary
Place: new england, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
The Worst Witch (1998)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Family, Fantasy
Country: UK, Canada
Duration: 30 min.
Story: Mildred Hubble is a young witch attending Cackles Academy. She's called the "Worst Witch" because she's always caught getting into trouble.
Style: offbeat, humorous, semi serious
Audience: kids, family outing
Plot: friendship, witchcraft, witch, girls' boarding school, danger, youth, supernatural, teachers and students, imaginary, family, teenage life, curses spells and rituals ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
 5.8
 6K
Earthsea (2004)
Genre: Fantasy, Drama, Adventure
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 90 min.
Story: A reckless youth is destined to become the greatest sorcerer that the mystical land of Earthsea has ever known...
Style: captivating, stylized, serious, epic
Audience: pre-teens, kids, family outing
Plot: dragon, wizards and magicians, island, adventure, imaginary kingdom, magic, prophecy, good versus evil, heroic mission, supernatural ability, heroes, rivalry ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
 8.2
 623
The Odyssey (1992)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Family, Fantasy
Country: Canada
Duration: 30 min.
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: atmospheric, captivating, serious, feel good
Audience: teens, family outing, kids
Plot: imaginary character, family, escapades, imaginary, adventure, getting home, imaginary kingdom, youth, coma, child as adult, fantasy world, subconscious ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
 4.5
 11K
Charmed (2018)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy
Country: USA
Duration: 43 min.
Story: Set in the fictional college town of Hilltowne, Charmed follows the lives of three sisters, Macy, Mel and Maggie Vera who, after the tragic death of their mother, discover they are three of the most powerful witches of all time.
Style: captivating, enigmatic, suspense, semi serious, twists and turns ...
Audience: teens, girls' night
Plot: supernatural ability, curses spells and rituals, good versus evil, witchcraft, hereditary gift of witchcraft, witch, witches, reboot, magic, adventure, crimes, friendship ...
Time: contemporary
Place: usa, michigan
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
 7.9
 67K
Merlin (2008)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Fantasy
Country: UK
Duration: 45 min.
Story: The unlikely friendship between Merlin, a young man gifted with extraordinary magical powers, and Prince Arthur, heir to the crown of Camelot.
Style: humorous, exciting, epic, captivating, stylized ...
Audience: teens, family outing
Plot: legends and myths, knight, magical, imaginary kingdom, supernatural ability, king arthur, witch, wizards and magicians, dragon, adventure, king, heroes ...
Time: middle ages
Place: england, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
My Brilliant Friend (2018)
Genre: Drama, Family, Romance
Country: Italy, USA
Duration: 50 min.
Story: When the most important friend in her life seems to have disappeared without a trace, Elena Greco, a now-elderly woman immersed in a house full of books, turns on her computer and starts writing the story of their friendship.
Style: sincere, touching, suspense, exciting, rough
Plot: friendship, hopes, life is a bitch, parents and children, children, family, life philosophy, father daughter relationship, brutality, girl, sea, friend ...
Time: 50s, 1950s, 1960s, 60s
Place: italy, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
A Series of Unfortunate Events (2017)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Family, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 50 min.
Story: The orphaned Baudelaire children face trials, tribulations and the evil Count Olaf, all in their quest to uncover the secret of their parents' death.
Style: captivating, suspense, ironic, sincere, melancholic ...
Audience: kids, family outing
Plot: orphan, crossdressing, baby, cynicism, storytelling, life is a bitch, danger, children, escapades, hopes, dishonesty, obsession ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
Movie in collections
Manuel on the Island of Wonders (1984)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Fantasy
Country: Portugal, France
Duration: 152 min.
Story: Manuel is a young boy who travels from long ago to the present and then to the future.
Plot: jewel, child protagonist, dreaming, fantasy world, game, chess, thief, keyhole, time loop, boy hero, child's point of view, parallel worlds ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
 7.8
 78K
The OA (2016)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Mystery, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
Story: Prairie Johnson, blind as a child, comes home to the community she grew up in with her sight restored. Some hail her a miracle, others a dangerous mystery, but Prairie won’t talk with the FBI or her parents about the seven years she went missing.
Style: enigmatic, bleak, mysterious, suspense, twist ending
Plot: disappearance, healing, abduction, mysticism, supernatural, ritual, alternate dimension, experiment, storytelling, friendship, healer, missing girl ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (2005)
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: exciting, atmospheric, fairy tale, epic, scenic ...
Audience: kids, family outing, pre-teens
Plot: imaginary kingdom, witch, good versus evil, adventure, fantasy world, self sacrifice, magical, legends and myths, curses spells and rituals, young heroes, parallel world, family ...
Time: 1940s, 40s
Place: england, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
Tales from the Neverending Story (2001)
Genre: Drama, Family, Adventure, Fantasy
Country: Germany, Canada
Duration: 375 min.
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: stylized, feel good, touching, semi serious, serious ...
Audience: family outing, pre-teens, kids
Plot: good versus evil, imagination, fantasy world, young heroes, heroic mission, adventure, self fulfillment, empress, self discovery, escapades, imaginary kingdom, curses spells and rituals ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
The Magician's House (1999)
Genre: Drama, Family, Fantasy
Country: UK, Canada
Duration: 30 min.
Story: The Magician's House is a quartet of children's fantasy books by William Corlett. Two mini-series were produced in 1999 for British television, which were directed by Paul Lynch. The series featured Jennifer Saunders and Stephen Fry ...
Plot: magic, fox, badger, alchemy, curse, gold, time travel, guardian, valley, dog, rat, magician ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
Movie in collections
 5.7
 56K
Pan (2015)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Family, Fantasy
Country: USA, UK, Australia
Duration: 111 min.
Story: Living a bleak existence at a London orphanage, 12-year-old Peter finds himself whisked away to the fantastical world of Neverland. Adventure awaits as he meets new friend James Hook and the warrior Tiger Lily. They must band together to save ...
Style: fairy tale, exciting, stylized, tense, serious ...
Audience: teens
Plot: orphan, fantasy world, pirate, flying, adventure, journey, mischievous children, danger, escapades, imaginary, imaginary kingdom, child protagonist ...
Time: 1930s, 1940s, 18th century, future
Place: london
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
The Thief Lord (2006)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Family, Fantasy
Country: Luxembourg, UK, Germany
Duration: 98 min.
Story: A tale about two young boys, Prosper and Bo, who flee to Venice after being orphaned and dumped in the care of a cruel auntie. Hiding in the canals and alleyways of the city, the boys are befriended by a gang of young urchins and their enigmatic ...
Style: touching, feel good, semi serious, exciting, serious
Audience: kids, pre-teens, family outing
Plot: orphan, mischievous children, escapades, friendship, imaginary, young heroes, adventure, secret, magic, police, nun, disorder ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: italy, venice
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
The Color of Magic (2008)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Family, Fantasy
Country: UK
Duration: 137 min.
Story: As Rincewind involuntarily becomes a guide to the naive tourist Twoflower, they find themselves forced to flee the city of Ankh-Morpork to escape a terrible fire, and begin on a journey across the Disc. Unknown to them, their journey & fate ...
Style: exciting, humorous, light, enigmatic, semi serious ...
Audience: family outing, pre-teens, kids
Plot: imaginary kingdom, adventure, dragon, good versus evil, heroic mission, magic, heroes, danger, curses spells and rituals, wizards, escapades, rivalry ...
Time: 18th century
Place: england
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
Pippi Longstocking (1969)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Family, Fantasy
Country: Sweden, West Germany
Duration: 25 min.
Story: Pippi Longstocking is a TV series based on Astrid Lindgren's Pippi Longstocking children's books. The show ran for thirteen episodes, the first episode being broadcast 8 February 1969 on the then Swedish public service channel Sveriges ...
Style: humorous, semi serious
Audience: kids, family outing
Plot: friendship, family, mischievous children, superhuman powers, young heroes, siblings relations, imaginary, escapades, adventure, family relations, friends, family reunited ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: sweden, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
Ronia: The Robber's Daughter (1984)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Family, Fantasy
Country: Sweden, Norway
Duration: 126 min.
Story: Ronya lives happily in her father's castle until she comes across a new playmate, Birk, in the nearby dark forest. The two explore the wilderness, braving dangerous Witchbirds and Rump-Gnomes. But when their families find out Birk and Ronja ...
Style: semi serious, feel good, captivating, exciting, fairy tale
Audience: family outing, preschoolers, kids
Plot: friendship, family, forest, castle, palaces castles and temples, family relations, mischievous children, imaginary, adventure, parents and children, danger, uninhibited rivalry ...
Place: europe, sweden
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
 6.7
 50K
Pete's Dragon (2016)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Drama, 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 ...
Style: emotional, compassionate, touching, sweet, sentimental ...
Audience: kids
Plot: dragon, orphan, first contact, feral child, invisibility, children, escape, fire breathing dragon, family life, deforestation, sawmill, forest ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
The Phoenix and the Carpet (1997)
Genre: Adventure, Family, Fantasy
Country: UK
Duration: 28 min.
Story: Four young children hope for anything to happen and, when they become owners of the Phoenix, their adventure begins.
Plot: children, child
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%