Movies like Akira

If you like "Akira" you are looking for surreal, atmospheric and serious movies about / with cyberpunk, motorcycle gang, experiment, hallucination, protest, military and post apocalypse themes of Animation, Action and Drama genre shot in Japan.
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Akira (1988)
 8.0
 181K
Akira (1988)
Original name: アキラ
Genre: Animation, Action, Drama, Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 124 min.
Story: Childhood friends Tetsuo and Kaneda are pulled into the post-apocalyptic underworld of Neo-Tokyo and forced to fight for their very survival. Kaneda is a bike gang leader, and Tetsuo is a member of a tough motorcycle crew who becomes involved in a covert government project called Akira. But a bloody battle ensues when Kaneda sets out to save his friend.
Style: surreal, atmospheric, serious, psychotronic, talky, futuristic, intense, twists and turns, disturbing, breathtaking ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: cyberpunk, motorcycle gang, experiment, hallucination, protest, military, post apocalypse, mutation, scientist, gang, distopia, destruction, government, psychic, battles, save the world, government corruption, dystopic future, bully, rescue, anger, bomb, nihilism, chaos, interrogation ...
Time: future, 21st century, 80s, year 2019, 2010s
Place: japan, tokyo, asia

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Most similar movies to Akira

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, futuristic, suspenseful and visually appealing films with plots about violence, distopia, chaos, gun, danger, dialogue and future dystopia mostly in Sci-Fi, Thriller and Action genres. Some movies like Akira: Jin-Roh: The Wolf Brigade (1999), Paprika (2006), Ghost in the Shell (1995), Memories (1995), Oldman Z (1991). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
Jin-Roh: The Wolf Brigade (1999)
Genre: Animation, Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 102 min.
Story: A member of an elite paramilitary counter-terrorism unit becomes traumatized after witnessing the suicide bombing of a young girl and is forced to undergo retraining. However, unbeknownst to him, he becomes a key player in a dispute between rival ...
Style: bleak, rough, serious, gloomy, heartbreaking ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: resistance fighter, conspiracy, swat team, political unrest, resistance, politics, world war two, double agent, distopia, gunfight, little red riding hood, beast ...
Place: japan, tokyo, germany, poland
⇓ similarity ⇓
83%
 7.7
 81K
Paprika (2006)
Genre: Animation, Drama, Fantasy, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 90 min.
Story: When a machine that allows therapists to enter their patient's dreams is stolen, all hell breaks loose. Only a young female therapist can stop it: Paprika.
Style: surreal, atmospheric, psychological, twists and turns, psychedelic ...
Plot: hallucination, mental illness, surveillance, villain, deception, fairy, investigation, scientist, introspection, doctors and patients, psychiatrist, mermaid ...
Time: future
Place: japan, tokyo, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
89%
Ghost in the Shell (1995)
Genre: Animation, Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: Japan, UK
Duration: 83 min.
Story: In the year 2029, the barriers of our world have been broken down by the net and by cybernetics, but this brings new vulnerability to humans in the form of brain-hacking. When a highly-wanted hacker known as 'The Puppetmaster' begins ...
Style: philosophical, mind bending, exciting, atmospheric, surreal ...
Plot: cyberpunk, artificial intelligence, future dystopia, cyberspace, hacker, cyborgs, policewoman, androids and robots, chase, mind game, technology gone awry, distopia ...
Time: future, 21st century, 2020s
Place: japan, tokyo, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
86%
 7.5
 18K
Memories (1995)
Genre: Animation, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 113 min.
Story: In this anime trilogy, a salvage ship crew happens upon a haunted vessel in Magnetic Rose; a cold tablet turns a lab worker into a biological weapon in Stink Bomb; and an urban populace carries on an endless war with an unseen foe in Cannon Fodder. ...
Style: surreal, exciting, futuristic, enigmatic, suspense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: distopia, outer space, space travel, adventure, memories, escapades, chaos, life is a bitch, steampunk, war, violent, poison gas ...
Time: future
Place: japan, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Movie in collections
 6.8
 3K
Oldman Z (1991)
Genre: Animation, Comedy, Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 80 min.
Story: An old man is being treated specially by the Department of Health under the so-called Project Z, a special nursing bed with a 6th generation computer on board. When the pain and loneliness of the old man reaches his ex-private nurse, she decides to ...
Style: exciting, serious, rough, suspenseful, stylized ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: satire, chaos, nursing, disorder, man versus machine, heroes, rivalry, mad scientist, life is a bitch, society, a.i., escapades ...
Time: 21st century
Place: tokyo, japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Appleseed Ex Machina (2007)
Genre: Animation, Action, Adventure, Drama, Family, Sci-Fi, Thriller, War
Country: Japan
Duration: 105 min.
Story: As members of ESWAT, the elite forces serving Olympus, Deunan and Briaereos they are deployed everywhere trouble strikes. Olympus finds itself under a stealth attack - cyborg terrorism, deadly nanotech zealots, and rioting citizens are just some of ...
Style: mecha, stylized, suspenseful, futuristic, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: androids and robots, cyborgs, terrorism, heroic mission, future dystopia, chaos and mayhem, a.i., battles, military, fight, androids, clones ...
Time: future
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.9
 18K
Appleseed (2004)
Genre: Animation, Action, Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller, War
Country: Japan
Duration: 101 min.
Story: In a utopian society created at the end of the third world war, a female warrior who has been plucked from the badlands begins to see cracks in this new facade. And what does this community have planned for the rest of humankind?
Style: mecha, exciting, futuristic, stylized, serious ...
Audience: teens
Plot: cyberpunk, cyborgs, androids and robots, a.i., vestiges of humanity, genetic engineering, apocalypse, adventure, graphic violence, post apocalypse, save the world, technology gone awry ...
Time: future
Place: japan, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
Patlabor 2: The Movie (1993)
Genre: Animation, Action, Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 113 min.
Story: A Japanese police unit who use giant anthropomorphic robots (called Labors) is caught up in a political struggle between the civilian authorities and the military when a terrorist act is blamed on an Air Force jet. With the aid of a government ...
Style: exciting, serious, saga, suspenseful, atmospheric ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: androids and robots, weapon system, chaos, political intrigue, chaos and mayhem, rebelliousness, political unrest, heroic mission, heroes, special agents, law enforcement, state affairs ...
Time: 21st century, future
Place: japan, tokyo, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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Evangelion: 2.0 You Can (Not) Advance (2009)
Genre: Animation, Action, Drama, Sci-Fi
Country: Japan
Duration: 112 min.
Story: Under constant attack by monstrous creatures called Angels that seek to eradicate humankind, U.N. Special Agency NERV introduces two new EVA pilots to help defend the city of Tokyo-3: the mysterious Makinami Mari Illustrous and the intense Asuka ...
Style: mecha, atmospheric, exciting, suspenseful, serious ...
Audience: teens
Plot: giant robots, post apocalypse, apocalypse, giant, escapades, man versus machine, good versus evil, evil alien, heroes, adventure, transformation, fate of humanity ...
Time: future, 21st century
Place: japan, tokyo, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Battle Angel Alita (1993)
Genre: Animation, Action, Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 54 min.
Story: A Hunter Warrior and cyborg healer named Ido formerly lived in the floating land of Zalem, the paradise that hovers above the refuse heap of Scrap Iron City in which he now resides with his former lover, Chiren. In his travels as a bounty hunter — ...
Style: serious, exciting, rough, bleak, futuristic
Plot: bounty hunter, cyberpunk, androids and robots, distopia, cyborgs, apocalypse, nudity (full frontal - brief), robot, graphic violence, future dystopia, genetic engineering, killer robot ...
Time: future
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
 7.4
 325K
Equilibrium (2002)
Genre: Action, Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: In a dystopian future, a totalitarian regime maintains peace by subduing the populace with a drug, and displays of emotion are punishable by death. A man in charge of enforcing the law rises to overthrow the system.
Style: futuristic, serious, psychological, philosophical, atmospheric ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: future dystopia, distopia, dystopic future, rebellion, lone hero, fighting the system, resistance, society, utopia, totalitarianism, gunfight, dictatorship ...
Time: future, 2000s, 80s
Place: beijing china, china
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
 7.9
 492K
Children of Men (2006)
Genre: Action, Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA, UK, Japan
Duration: 109 min.
Story: In 2027, in a chaotic world in which humans can no longer procreate, a former activist agrees to help transport a miraculously pregnant woman to a sanctuary at sea, where her child's birth may help scientists save the future of humankind.
Style: atmospheric, neo noir, bleak, captivating, rough ...
Plot: future dystopia, apocalypse, chaos, distopia, heroic mission, pandemic, survival, redemption, childlessness, on the run, birth, mission ...
Time: future, 21st century, 2020s
Place: europe, london, england, seattle, poland
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
 7.2
 21K
Metropolis (2001)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi
Country: Japan
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Duke Red has overseen the construction of a massive Ziggurat to extend his power across the whole planet. Tima, a robot-girl built in the image of his deceased daughter, is at the core of these plans. However, after escaping the Duke's clutches ...
Style: futuristic, atmospheric, bleak, suspenseful, exciting ...
Plot: metropolis, steampunk, robot, megalomaniac, artificial intelligence, heroic mission, save the day, uncover truth, adventure, self discovery, androids and robots, life is a bitch ...
Time: future, 1930s
Place: japan, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
 6.4
 13K
Avalon (2001)
Genre: Action, Drama, Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: Japan, Poland
Duration: 107 min.
Story: In a future world, young people are increasingly becoming addicted to an illegal (and potentially deadly) battle simulation game called Avalon. When Ash, a star player, hears of rumors that a more advanced level of the game exists somewhere, she ...
Style: stylized, bleak, atmospheric, suspenseful, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: game, future dystopia, obsession, battles, contests and competitions, fighting the system, life is a bitch, fantasy world, gang, addiction, virtual reality, distopia ...
Time: future, near future
Place: poland, europe, latin america, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
 6.4
 31K
The Omega Man (1971)
Genre: Action, Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Robert Neville, a doctor, due to an experimental vaccine, is the only survivor of an apocalyptic war waged with biological weapons. The plague caused by the war has killed everyone else except for a few hundred deformed, nocturnal people calling ...
Style: suspenseful, bleak, scary, intense, futuristic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: plague, survival, zombie, isolation, heroic mission, vestiges of humanity, life is a bitch, bio weapon, chaos and mayhem, apocalypse, transformation, post apocalypse ...
Time: future, 70s, year 1977, year 1975, near future
Place: los angeles, usa, ussr, woodstock, california ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
Johnny Mnemonic (1995)
Genre: Action, Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: A data courier, literally carrying a data package inside his head, must deliver it before he dies from the burden or is killed by the Yakuza. In a dystopian 2021, Johnny (Keanu Reeves) is a data trafficker who has an implant that allows him to ...
Style: futuristic, stylized, bleak, suspenseful, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: cyberpunk, future dystopia, hacker, computers and web, computer cracker, heroic mission, cyberspace, a.i., virtual reality, technophobia, society, save the world ...
Time: future, 2000s, near future, 21st century, 2020s
Place: beijing china
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
 6.0
 13K
Casshern (2004)
Genre: Action, Sci-Fi
Country: Japan
Duration: 142 min.
Story: Fifty years of war between the Great Eastern Federation and Europa - now merged as Eurasia - have taken their toll on planet Earth. As a result of the use of biological, chemical and nuclear weapons, much of Earth has become uninhabitable and people ...
Style: stylized, exciting, suspenseful, intense, serious ...
Plot: good versus evil, rescue, tragic hero, fictional war, redemption, laboratory, vengeance, heroic mission, heroes, adventure, battles, life is a bitch ...
Time: future, distant future
Place: japan, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
Fist of the North Star (1995)
Genre: Action, Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: From the immensely popular FIST OF THE NORTH STAR comic book series, comes a new hero. The fate of mankind rests with superhuman warrior Kenshiro who roams the wastelands of the future waging a battle against overwhelming evil. With the spiritual ...
Style: exciting, serious, suspenseful, stylized, bleak ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: martial arts, nuclear holocaust, destiny, superhuman powers, battles, adventure, vengeance, post apocalypse, heroic mission, chaos, uninhibited rivalry, life is a bitch ...
Time: future, 80s
Place: tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
Movie in collections
 6.0
 31K
The Machine (2013)
Genre: Action, Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Already deep into a second Cold War, Britain’s Ministry of Defense seeks a game-changing weapon. Programmer Vincent McCarthy unwittingly provides an answer in The Machine, a super-strong human cyborg. When a programming bug causes the prototype to ...
Style: futuristic, exciting, suspenseful, suspense, captivating ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: artificial intelligence, androids and robots, a.i., robot, man versus machine, inventions and discoveries, programmer, laboratory, fear, technology gone awry, hi-tech, distopia ...
Time: future, near future
Place: england
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
 5.9
 77K
Doomsday (2008)
Genre: Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: UK, USA, South Africa, Germany
Duration: 105 min.
Story: A lethal virus spreads throughout the British isles,infecting millions and killing hundreds of thousands. To contain the threat, acting authorities brutally quarantine the country as it succumbs to fear and chaos. The quarantine is successful. Three ...
Style: futuristic, exciting, suspenseful, rough, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: post apocalypse, plague, apocalypse, infected, survival, rescue, quarantine, future dystopia, chaos, society, cannibalism, chase ...
Time: future, contemporary, 21st century, 2030s, 2010s ...
Place: scotland, england, london, europe, glasgow scotland ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%
 8.1
 748K
Blade Runner (1982)
Genre: Action, Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: In the smog-choked dystopian Los Angeles of 2019, blade runner Rick Deckard is called out of retirement to terminate a quartet of replicants who have escaped to Earth seeking their creator for a way to extend their short life spans.
Style: neo noir, futuristic, atmospheric, thought provoking, cerebral ...
Plot: cyberpunk, future dystopia, existentialism, distopia, killer robot, androids, artificial intelligence, a.i., fugitives, androids and robots, bounty hunter, human nature ...
Time: future, 21st century, year 2019, 2010s
Place: los angeles, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%
 6.7
 172K
Demolition Man (1993)
Genre: Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 115 min.
Story: Simon Phoenix, a violent criminal cryogenically frozen in 1996, has escaped during a parole hearing in 2032 in the utopia of San Angeles. Police are incapable of dealing with his violent ways and turn to his captor, John Spartan, who had also been ...
Style: futuristic, exciting, suspenseful, stylized, semi serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: cyberpunk, distopia, utopia, future dystopia, martial arts, crime fighter, dystopic future, police, good versus evil, one man army, betrayal, underground ...
Time: future, 2030s, 21st century, year 1996, near future ...
Place: los angeles, california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%
 6.3
 106K
Repo Men (2010)
Genre: Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 111 min.
Story: In the future, medical technology has advanced to the point where people can buy artificial organs to extend their lives. But if they default on payments, an organization known as the Union sends agents to repossess the organs. Remy is one of the ...
Style: futuristic, twists and turns, stylized, suspenseful, serious ...
Plot: cyberpunk, distopia, future dystopia, dystopic future, surrealism, black market, transplant, rebel, chase, on the run, social decay, evil corporation ...
Time: future, near future
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%
Movie in collections
 7.1
 353K
Snowpiercer (2013)
Genre: Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: South Korea, Czech Republic
Duration: 126 min.
Story: In a future where a failed global-warming experiment kills off most life on the planet, a class system evolves aboard the Snowpiercer, a train that travels around the globe via a perpetual-motion engine.
Style: thought provoking, allegory, suspenseful, futuristic, rough ...
Plot: post apocalypse, future dystopia, revolution, rebellion, survival, social differences, train, distopia, class struggle, resistance, society, vestiges of humanity ...
Time: future, 21st century, near future, year 2014, 2030s ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%
Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: Australia, USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: An apocalyptic story set in the furthest reaches of our planet, in a stark desert landscape where humanity is broken, and most everyone is crazed fighting for the necessities of life. Within this world exist two rebels on the run who just might be ...
Style: exciting, suspense, suspenseful, rough, psychotronic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: post apocalypse, chase, apocalypse, future dystopia, survival, distopia, dark hero, car, lone hero, brutality, desert, car chase ...
Time: future
Place: australia
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%
 8.2
 1.1M
V for Vendetta (2005)
Genre: Action, Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA, UK, Germany
Duration: 132 min.
Story: In a world in which Great Britain has become a fascist state, a masked vigilante known only as 'V' conducts guerrilla warfare against the oppressive British government. When 'V' rescues a young woman from the secret police, he ...
Style: captivating, futuristic, stylized, philosophical, intense ...
Audience: teens
Plot: revolution, fighting the system, distopia, vengeance, freedom, rebellion, vigilantism, society, future dystopia, mysterious character, revenge, dark hero ...
Time: future, 2020s
Place: england, london, europe, big ben london, britain
⇓ similarity ⇓
19%
 7.2
 738K
I Am Legend (2007)
Genre: Action, Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: Robert Neville is a scientist who was unable to stop the spread of the terrible virus that was incurable and man-made. Immune, Neville is now the last human survivor in what is left of New York City and perhaps the world. For three years, Neville ...
Style: atmospheric, suspenseful, scary, exciting, intense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: zombie, survival, post apocalypse, apocalypse, loneliness, plague, future dystopia, heroes, isolation, deadly creature, survivor, chaos ...
Time: future, 21st century, year 2012, 2010s, near future
Place: new york, usa, vermont, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
19%
 8.1
 727K
Logan (2017)
Genre: Action, Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 137 min.
Story: In the near future, a weary Logan cares for an ailing Professor X in a hideout on the Mexican border. But Logan's attempts to hide from the world and his legacy are upended when a young mutant arrives, pursued by dark forces.
Style: emotional, harsh, suspense, bloody, surprise ending ...
Plot: fight scenes, super strength, mutant, lone hero, little girl, death of protagonist, superhero, invulnerability, protector, chase, immortality, rage ...
Time: future, near future, 2010s, 21st century, 2020s
Place: el paso texas, usa, north dakota, mexico
⇓ similarity ⇓
19%
Ghost in the Shell (2017)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA, India, Hong Kong, China, Canada
Duration: 107 min.
Story: In the near future, Major is the first of her kind: a human saved from a terrible crash, then cyber-enhanced to be a perfect soldier devoted to stopping the world's most dangerous criminals.
Style: futuristic, philosophical, suspense, stylized, melancholic ...
Plot: cyberpunk, cyborgs, female protagonist, female spy, strong female lead, distopia, one woman army, technology, hacker, female agent, philosophy, female warrior ...
Time: future, near future
Place: tokyo, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
19%
 6.3
 13K
Versus (2000)
Genre: Action, Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 119 min.
Story: Set in the present where a group of ruthless gangsters, an unknown woman and an escaped convict have met, unwittingly, in The Forest of Resurrection, the 444th portal to the other side. Their troubles start when those once killed and buried in the ...
Style: scary, exciting, rough, stylized, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: zombie, yakuza, supernatural, on the run, hostage, gangsters, chase, samurai, heroic mission, back from the dead, chaos and mayhem, chaos ...
Time: 90s, 2000s
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
19%