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Coraline (2009)
Animation, Family, Fantasy

Coraline (2009)

When Coraline moves to an old house, she feels bored and neglected by her parents. She finds a hidden door with a bricked up passage. During the night, she crosses the passage and finds a parallel world where everybody has buttons instead of eyes, with caring parents and all her dreams coming true. When the Other Mother invites Coraline to stay in her world forever, the girl refuses and finds that the alternate reality where she is trapped is only a trick to lure her. (Read More)

Themes:loneliness, anger, monster, fear, kidnapping, surrealism
Mood:nightmare
Locations:tunnel, texas, woods, bicycle, boat, snow, forest
Characters:mermaid, actress, boy, singer
Story:cat and mouse, dowsing rod, eye cut out, knitting needle, moving crew, cotton candy, moving van, tea leaves, disappearance of one's father, search for parent, theatre production, theatre audience, player piano, talking cat, pet cat, breaking mirror, mirror as portal, laptop computer, ghost child, little boy

Labyrinth (1986)
Adventure, Family, Fantasy, Musical

Labyrinth (1986)

The teenager Sarah is forced by her father and her stepmother to babysit her baby brother Toby while they are outside home. Toby does not stop crying and Sarah wishes that her brother be taken by the Goblin King. Out of the blue, Toby stops crying and when Sarah looks for him in the cradle, she learns that he wish was granted and the Goblin King Jarethhas taken him to his castle in the Goblin City in the middle of a labyrinth. Sarah repents an asks Jareth to give Toby back; but the Goblin King tells that she has to rescue her brother before midnight, otherwise Toby will be turned into a goblin. Soon Sarah teams up with the coward goblin Hoggle, the beast Ludo and the knight Didymus and his dog Ambrosius in her journey. Will they rescue Toby in time? (Read More)

Themes:anger, monster, fear, kidnapping, surrealism
Locations:woods, forest
Story:rescue, riddle, fantasy world, metamorphosis, sleep, pet dog, thunder, cannon, lifting someone into the air, garden, lightning, tent, search, crying, candle, tears, cat, mirror, rain, dream

Hugo (2011)
Adventure, Drama, Family, Fantasy, Mystery, Romance

Hugo (2011)

Hugo is an orphan boy living in the walls of a train station in 1930s Paris. He learned to fix clocks and other gadgets from his father and uncle which he puts to use keeping the train station clocks running. The only thing that he has left that connects him to his dead father is an automaton (mechanical man) that doesn't work without a special key. Hugo needs to find the key to unlock the secret he believes it contains. On his adventures, he meets George Melies, a shopkeeper, who works in the train station, and his adventure-seeking god-daughter. Hugo finds that they have a surprising connection to his father and the automaton, and he discovers it unlocks some memories the old man has buried inside regarding his past. (Read More)

Themes:loneliness, anger
Mood:nightmare
Locations:snow
Characters:boy, mermaid, actress
Story:orphan, theatre audience, key, little boy, spotlight, spiral staircase, running away, forename as title, pet dog, 3 dimensional, eccentric, circus, stage, theatre, search, little girl, tears, camera, cat, rescue

Hotaru No Haka (1988)
Animation, Drama, War

Hotaru No Haka (1988)

The story of Seita and Satsuko, two young Japanese siblings, living in the declining days of World War II. When an American firebombing separates the two children from their parents, the two siblings must rely completely on one another while they struggle to fight for their survival.

Themes:loneliness, fear, surrealism
Mood:nightmare
Locations:bicycle, boat
Characters:boy, singer
Story:food, bug, candy, scissors, insect, sleeping, doll, eating, orphan, death of mother, neighbor, tears, letter, camera, cat, rain, song, crying, ghost, voice over narration

What Lies Beneath (2000) is one of the best movies like Coraline (2009)
Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Mystery, Thriller

What Lies Beneath (2000)

Norman Spencer, a university research scientist, is growing more and more concerned about his wife, Claire, a retired concert cellist who a year ago was involved in a serious auto accident, and who has just sent off her daughter Caitlin (Norman's stepdaughter) to college. Now, Claire reports hearing voices and witnessing eerie occurrences in and around their lakeside Vermont home, including seeing the face of a young woman reflected in water. An increasingly frightened Claire thinks the phenomena have something to do with the couple living next door, especially since the wife has disappeared without apparent explanation. At her husband's urging, Claire starts to see a therapist; she tells him she thinks the house is being haunted by a ghost. His advice? Try to make contact. Enlisting the help of her best friend, Jody, and a ouija board, Claire seeks to find out the truth of What Lies Beneath. (Read More)

Themes:anger, fear
Locations:boat, snow
Story:pet cat, laptop computer, pet dog, mouse, fireplace, tea, garden, rat, key, candle, neighbor, tears, cat, computer, mirror, rain, cell phone, crying, ghost, photograph

The Woman In Black (2012)
Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Thriller

The Woman In Black (2012)

In London, solicitor Arthur Kipps still grieves the death of his beloved wife Stella on the delivery of their son Joseph four years ago. His employer gives him a last chance to keep his job, and he is assigned to travel to the remote village of Cryphin Gifford to examine the documentation of the Eel Marsh House that belonged to the recently deceased Mrs. Drablow. Arthur befriends Daily on the train and the man offers a ride to him to the Gifford Arms inn. Arthur has a cold reception and the owner of the inn tells that he did not receive the request of reservation and there is no available room. The next morning, Arthur meets solicitor Jerome who advises him to return to London. However, Arthur goes to the isolated manor and soon he finds that Eel Marsh House is haunted by the vengeful ghost of a woman dressed in black. He also learns that the woman lost her son drowned in the marsh and she seeks revenge, taking the children of the scared locals. This is why The Woman In Black (2012) is one of the best movies like Coraline (2009). (Read More)

Themes:fear
Mood:nightmare
Locations:woods, forest
Characters:boy
Story:ghost child, little boy, wallpaper, old dark house, fog, thunderstorm, thunder, eccentric, fireplace, sleeping, doll, key, search, eating, ghost, candle, little girl, tears, letter, rescue

Alice In Wonderland (1951)
Adventure, Animation, Family, Fantasy, Musical

Alice In Wonderland (1951)

Alice is a daydreaming young girl. She finds learning poems and listening to literature boring. She prefers stories with pictures and to live inside her imagination. One day, while enduring just such a poetry reading, she spots a large white rabbit...dressed in a jacket and carrying a large watch. He scurries off, saying he's late, for a very important date. She follows him through the forest. He then disappears down a rabbit hole. Alice follows, leading her to all manner of discoveries, characters and adventures. (Read More)

Themes:anger, surrealism
Locations:forest
Story:talking cat, spiderweb, secret passage, fantasy world, cane, mouse, talking animal, cake, tea, garden, flowers, key, tears, cat, female protagonist, dream, crying, cult film, singing, title spoken by character

Alice In Wonderland (2010)
Adventure, Family, Fantasy

Alice In Wonderland (2010)

Alice, an unpretentious and individual 19-year-old, is betrothed to a dunce of an English nobleman. At her engagement party, she escapes the crowd to consider whether to go through with the marriage and falls down a hole in the garden after spotting an unusual rabbit. Arriving in a strange and surreal place called "Underland," she finds herself in a world that resembles the nightmares she had as a child, filled with talking animals, villainous queens and knights, and frumious bandersnatches. Alice realizes that she is there for a reason--to conquer the horrific Jabberwocky and restore the rightful queen to her throne. (Read More)

Themes:anger, monster, fear, surrealism
Locations:woods, forest
Story:garden, talking cat, riddle, fantasy world, balcony, 3 dimensional, impostor, lifting someone into the air, mouse, talking animal, cake, flowers, lightning, key, candle, little girl, piano, cat, female protagonist, dream

Big Fish (2003) is one of the best movies like Coraline (2009)
Adventure, Drama, Fantasy, Romance

Big Fish (2003)

United Press International journalist Will Bloom and his French freelance photojournalist wife Josephine Bloom, who is pregnant with their first child, leave their Paris base to return to Will's hometown of Ashton, Alabama on the news that his father, Edward Bloom, stricken with cancer, will soon die, he being taken off chemotherapy treatment. Although connected indirectly through Will's mother/Edward's wife, Sandra Bloom, Will has been estranged from his father for three years since his and Josephine's wedding. Will's issue with his father is the fanciful tales Edward has told of his life all his life, not only to Will but the whole world. As a child when Edward was largely absent as a traveling salesman, Will believed those stories, but now realizes that he does not know his father, who, as he continues to tell these stories, he will never get to know unless Edward comes clean with the truth before he dies. On the brink of his own family life beginning, Will does not want to be the kind of father Edward has been to him. One of those stories from Edward's childhood - that he saw his own death in the glass eye of a witch - led to him embracing life since he would not have to fear death knowing when and how it would eventually come. The question is whether Will will be able to reconcile Edward's stories against his real life, either directly from Edward before he dies and/or from other sources, and thus allow Will to come to a new understanding of himself and his life, past, present and future. (Read More)

Themes:loneliness, monster, fear, surrealism
Locations:texas, woods, boat, forest
Characters:mermaid, boy, singer
Story:mechanical hand, spotlight, eye, cane, shadow, parachute, thunderstorm, eccentric, circus, tent, key, piano, tears, letter, cat, computer, motorcycle, rain, dream, crying

The Brothers Grimm (2005)
Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy, Thriller

The Brothers Grimm (2005)

Folklore collectors and con artists, Jake and Will Grimm, travel from village to village pretending to protect townsfolk from enchanted creatures and performing exorcisms. They are put to the test, however, when they encounter a real magical curse in a haunted forest with real magical beings, requiring genuine courage. (Read More)

Themes:monster, fear, kidnapping, surrealism
Mood:nightmare
Locations:forest, woods, snow
Characters:boy
Story:theatre production, fantasy world, dark fantasy, shadow, insect, cannon, lifting someone into the air, rat, eating, candle, cat, rescue, mirror, food, rain, ghost, cult film, title spoken by character, father daughter relationship, character name in title

The Tree Of Life (2011)
Drama, Fantasy

The Tree Of Life (2011)

The impressionistic story of a Texas family in the 1950s. The film follows the life journey of the eldest son, Jack, through the innocence of childhood to his disillusioned adult years as he tries to reconcile a complicated relationship with his father ('Brad Pitt' (qv)). Jack (played as an adult by 'Sean Penn (I)' (qv)) finds himself a lost soul in the modern world, seeking answers to the origins and meaning of life while questioning the existence of faith. This is why The Tree Of Life (2011) is one of the best movies like Coraline (2009). (Read More)

Themes:fear
Locations:texas, woods, bicycle, forest
Characters:boy
Story:little boy, moving, shadow, child protagonist, insect, thunder, grandmother grandson relationship, eyeglasses, sleeping, garden, flowers, angel, search, eating, candle, flashlight, prayer, piano, tears, cat

Beauty And The Beast (2017)
Family, Fantasy, Musical, Romance

Beauty And The Beast (2017)

Disney's animated classic takes on a new form, with a widened mythology and an all-star cast. A young prince, imprisoned in the form of a beast, can be freed only by true love. What may be his only opportunity arrives when he meets Belle, the only human girl to ever visit the castle since it was enchanted. (Read More)

Themes:monster, fear, kidnapping, surrealism
Locations:woods, snow, forest
Characters:singer
Story:little boy, dark fantasy, spiral staircase, eccentric, talking animal, grandmother grandson relationship, fireplace, reference to william shakespeare, garden, lightning, search, candle, bedroom, death of mother, piano, rescue, mirror, female protagonist, voice over narration, singing

The Mortal Instruments: City Of Bones (2013) is one of the best movies like Coraline (2009)
Action, Fantasy, Horror, Mystery, Romance

The Mortal Instruments: City Of Bones (2013)

Set in contemporary New York City, a seemingly ordinary teenager, Clary Fray, discovers she is the descendant of a line of Shadowhunters, a secret cadre of young half-angel warriors locked in an ancient battle to protect our world from demons. After the disappearance of her mother, Clary must join forces with a group of Shadow Hunters, who introduce her to a dangerous alternate New York called the Shadow World, filled with demons, warlocks, vampires, werewolves and other deadly creatures. (Read More)

Themes:monster, kidnapping, surrealism
Locations:bicycle
Story:alternate world, dark fantasy, spiral staircase, shadow, garden, disappearance, lightning, angel, candle, death of mother, piano, letter, rescue, motorcycle, cell phone, mother daughter relationship, based on novel, dog, blood

King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword (2017)
Action, Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword (2017)

Themes:anger, monster, fear, kidnapping, surrealism
Mood:nightmare
Locations:woods, boat, forest
Characters:mermaid
Story:little boy, dark fantasy, bat, impostor, rat, candle, orphan, death of mother, rescue, rain, title spoken by character, father daughter relationship, husband wife relationship, character name in title, dog, blood

The Lovely Bones (2009)
Drama, Fantasy, Thriller

The Lovely Bones (2009)

A 14-year-old girl in suburban 1970's Pennsylvania is murdered by her neighbor. She tells the story from the place between Heaven and Earth, showing the lives of the people around her and how they have changed all while attempting to get someone to find her lost body.

Themes:surrealism
Locations:bicycle, snow
Story:neighbor, little boy, stuffed animal toy, snowglobe, eyeglasses, flowers, lightning, suitcase, search, eating, candle, flashlight, bedroom, little girl, tears, camera, food, rain, dream, crying

The Golden Compass (2007)
Adventure, Family, Fantasy

The Golden Compass (2007)

It was no ordinary life for a young girl: living among scholars in the hallowed halls of Jordan College and tearing unsupervised through Oxford's motley streets on mad quests for adventure. But Lyra's greatest adventure would begin closer to home, the day she heard hushed talk of an extraordinary particle. Microscopic in size, the magical dust--discovered in the vast Arctic expanse of the North--was rumored to possess profound properties that could unite whole universes. But there were those who feared the particle and would stop at nothing to destroy it. Catapulted into the heart of a terrible struggle, Lyra was forced to seek aid from clans, 'gyptians, and formidable armored bears. And as she journeyed into unbelievable danger, she had not the faintest clue that she alone was destined to win, or to lose, this more-than-mortal battle... This is why The Golden Compass (2007) is one of the best movies like Coraline (2009). (Read More)

Themes:kidnapping, surrealism
Locations:texas, boat, forest
Characters:boy
Story:rescue, talking cat, orphan, praying mantis, clue, fantasy world, metamorphosis, child protagonist, mouse, talking animal, fireplace, search, candle, letter, cat, female protagonist, voice over narration, father daughter relationship, mother daughter relationship, based on novel

Ratatouille (2007) is one of the best movies like Coraline (2009)
Animation, Comedy, Family, Fantasy

Ratatouille (2007)

A rat named Remy dreams of becoming a great French chef despite his family's wishes and the obvious problem of being a rat in a decidedly rodent-phobic profession. When fate places Remy in the sewers of Paris, he finds himself ideally situated beneath a restaurant made famous by his culinary hero, Auguste Gusteau. Despite the apparent dangers of being an unlikely - and certainly unwanted - visitor in the kitchen of a fine French restaurant, Remy's passion for cooking soon sets into motion a hilarious and exciting rat race that turns the culinary world of Paris upside down. (Read More)

Locations:tunnel, bicycle, boat
Characters:boy
Story:rat, food, cheese, talking animal, sleeping, dream, lightning, old woman, eating, death of mother, rescue, motorcycle, rain, ghost, voice over narration, title spoken by character, one word title, dog

Brave (2012)
Adventure, Animation, Comedy, Family, Fantasy, Thriller

Brave (2012)

Set in Scotland in a rugged and mythical time, "Brave" features Merida, an aspiring archer and impetuous daughter of royalty. Merida makes a reckless choice that unleashes unintended peril and forces her to spring into action to set things right.

Locations:woods, boat, snow, forest
Story:hide and seek, bechdel test passed, stuffed animal, scene after end credits, shadow, 3 dimensional, eccentric, cake, fireplace, lightning, key, rescue, female protagonist, ghost, voice over narration, title spoken by character, mother daughter relationship, father daughter relationship, husband wife relationship, one word title

One Hundred And One Dalmatians (1961)
Adventure, Animation, Comedy, Family

One Hundred And One Dalmatians (1961)

Pongo and Perdita have a litter of 15 puppies. Cruella De Vil takes a fancy to the pups, and wants to get hold of them, as well as more pups, to make herself a lovely dalmatian skin coat... Cruella hires some thugs to kidnap the pups and hold them at her mansion. Will Pongo and Perdita find them in time ? (Read More)

Themes:anger, fear, surrealism
Locations:snow
Story:moving van, talking cat, pet dog, thunderstorm, talking animal, fireplace, disappearance, lightning, piano, cat, rescue, song, crying, husband wife relationship, based on novel, dog

Inside Out (2015)
Adventure, Animation, Comedy, Drama, Family, Fantasy

Inside Out (2015)

Growing up can be a bumpy road, and it's no exception for Riley, who is uprooted from her Midwest life when her father starts a new job in San Francisco. Like all of us, Riley is guided by her emotions - Joy, Fear, Anger, Disgust and Sadness. The emotions live in Headquarters, the control center inside Riley's mind, where they help advise her through everyday life. As Riley and her emotions struggle to adjust to a new life in San Francisco, turmoil ensues in Headquarters. Although Joy, Riley's main and most important emotion, tries to keep things positive, the emotions conflict on how best to navigate a new city, house and school. (Read More)

Themes:anger, fear
Mood:nightmare
Characters:boy
Story:moving van, blue hair, bechdel test passed, running away, moving, 3 dimensional, pizza, sleeping, little girl, tears, cat, female protagonist, dream, crying

Hook (1991) is one of the best movies like Coraline (2009)
Adventure, Comedy, Family, Fantasy

Hook (1991)

Peter Pan (Williams) has grown up to be a cut-throat merger and acquisitions lawyer, and is married to Wendy's granddaughter. Captain Hook (Hoffman) kidnaps his children, and Peter returns to Never Land with Tinkerbell (Roberts). With the help of her and the Lost Boys, he must remember how to be Peter Pan again in order to save his children by battling with Captain Hook once again. This is why Hook (1991) is one of the best movies like Coraline (2009). (Read More)

Themes:kidnapping
Locations:boat, snow
Characters:mermaid, boy
Story:little boy, seashell bikini, acrobat, fantasy world, lifting someone into the air, old woman, orphan, little girl, tears, rescue, cell phone, crying, cult film, title spoken by character, father daughter relationship, mother daughter relationship, husband wife relationship, character name in title, one word title, based on novel

The Little Mermaid (1989)
Animation, Family, Fantasy, Musical, Romance

The Little Mermaid (1989)

In Disney's beguiling animated romp, rebellious 16-year-old mermaid Ariel is fascinated with life on land. On one of her visits to the surface, which are forbidden by her controlling father, King Triton, she falls for a human prince. Determined to be with her new love, Ariel makes a dangerous deal with the sea witch Ursula to become human for three days. But when plans go awry for the star-crossed lovers, the king must make the ultimate sacrifice for his daughter. (Read More)

Themes:anger, fear, surrealism
Locations:boat
Characters:mermaid
Story:blowing a raspberry, seashell bikini, rainbow, lifting someone into the air, talking animal, lightning, dinner, rescue, mirror, female protagonist, singing, title spoken by character, father daughter relationship, dog

Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows: Part 1 (2010)
Adventure, Family, Fantasy, Mystery

Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows: Part 1 (2010)

Voldemort's power is growing stronger. He now has control over the Ministry of Magic and Hogwarts. Harry, Ron, and Hermione decide to finish Dumbledore's work and find the rest of the Horcruxes to defeat the Dark Lord. But little hope remains for the Trio, and the rest of the Wizarding World, so everything they do must go as planned. (Read More)

Themes:fear
Locations:snow, forest
Story:dark fantasy, old dark house, disappearance, tent, old woman, search, rescue, motorcycle, crying, cult film, husband wife relationship, character name in title, based on novel, blood

Edward Scissorhands (1990)
Drama, Fantasy, Romance

Edward Scissorhands (1990)

In a castle high on top of a hill lives an inventor's greatest creation - Edward, a near-complete person. The creator died before he could finish Edward's hands; instead, he is left with metal scissors for hands. Since then, he has lived alone, until a kind lady called Peg discovers him and welcomes him into her home. At first, everyone welcomes him into the community, but soon things begin to take a change for the worse. (Read More)

Themes:loneliness, surrealism
Locations:snow
Story:scissors, lemonade, spiral staircase, old dark house, lifting someone into the air, garden, dinner, neighbor, rescue, cult film, photograph, mother daughter relationship, father daughter relationship, husband wife relationship, character name in title, blood, dog

Perfume: The Story Of A Murderer (2006) is one of the best movies like Coraline (2009)
Crime, Drama, Fantasy

Perfume: The Story Of A Murderer (2006)

Jean-Baptiste Grenouille came into the world unwanted, expected to die, yet born with an unnerving sense of smell that created alienation as well as talent. Of all the smells around him, Grenouille is beckoned to the scent of a woman's soul, and spends the rest of his life attempting to smell her essence again by becoming a perfumer, and creating the essence of an innocence lost. (Read More)

Mood:nightmare
Locations:boat
Story:hide and seek, rat, angel, key, search, candle, orphan, tears, cat, rain, crying, voice over narration, father daughter relationship, based on novel, dog

Harry Potter And The Sorcerer's Stone (2001)
Adventure, Family, Fantasy

Harry Potter And The Sorcerer's Stone (2001)

This is the tale of Harry Potter, an ordinary 11-year-old boy serving as a sort of slave for his aunt and uncle who learns that he is actually a wizard and has been invited to attend the Hogwarts School for Witchcraft and Wizardry. Harry is snatched away from his mundane existence by Hagrid, the grounds keeper for Hogwarts, and quickly thrown into a world completely foreign to both him and the viewer. Famous for an incident that happened at his birth, Harry makes friends easily at his new school. He soon finds, however, that the wizarding world is far more dangerous for him than he would have imagined, and he quickly learns that not all wizards are ones to be trusted. This is why Harry Potter And The Sorcerer's Stone (2001) is one of the best movies like Coraline (2009). (Read More)

Themes:monster
Locations:forest
Characters:boy
Story:letter, new home, beetle, fantasy world, dark fantasy, lifting someone into the air, talking animal, eyeglasses, rat, lightning, key, orphan, little girl, rescue, mirror, ghost, cult film, title spoken by character, husband wife relationship, character name in title

The Adventures Of Tintin (2011)
Action, Adventure, Animation, Family, Mystery

The Adventures Of Tintin (2011)

Having bought a model ship, the Unicorn, for a pound off a market stall Tintin is initially puzzled that the sinister Mr. Sakharine should be so eager to buy it from him, resorting to murder and kidnapping Tintin - accompanied by his marvellous dog Snowy - to join him and his gang as they sail to Morocco on an old cargo ship. Sakharine has bribed the crew to revolt against the ship's master, drunken Captain Haddock, but Tintin, Snowy and Haddock escape, arriving in Morocco at the court of a sheikh, who also has a model of the Unicorn. Haddock tells Tintin that over three hundred years earlier his ancestor Sir Francis Haddock was forced to scuttle the original Unicorn when attacked by a piratical forebear of Sakharine but he managed to save his treasure and provide clues to its location in three separate scrolls, all of which were secreted in models of the Unicorn. Tintin and Sakharine have one each and the villain intends to use the glass-shattering top Cs of operatic soprano the Milanese Nightingale to secure the third. With aid from bumbling Interpol agents the Thompson Twins our boy hero, his dog and the captain must prevent Sakharine from obtaining all three scrolls to fulfil the prophesy that only the last of the Haddocks can discover the treasure's whereabouts. (Read More)

Themes:kidnapping
Locations:bicycle, boat
Characters:boy, singer
Story:pet dog, parachute, 3 dimensional, thunder, cannon, rat, lightning, key, flashlight, cat, motorcycle, singing, character name in title, dog, blood

The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug (2013)
Adventure, Fantasy

The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug (2013)

After successfully crossing over (and under) the Misty Mountains, Thorin and Company must seek aid from a powerful stranger before taking on the dangers of Mirkwood Forest--without their Wizard. If they reach the human settlement of Lake-town it will be time for the hobbit Bilbo Baggins to fulfill his contract with the dwarves. The party must complete the journey to Lonely Mountain and burglar Baggins must seek out the Secret Door that will give them access to the hoard of the dragon Smaug. And, where has Gandalf got off to? And what is his secret business to the south? (Read More)

Themes:monster
Mood:nightmare
Locations:woods, boat, snow, forest
Story:secret door, dark fantasy, fog, 3 dimensional, key, rescue, rain, dream, title spoken by character, photograph, father daughter relationship, character name in title, based on novel, blood

El Laberinto Del Fauno (2006) is one of the best movies like Coraline (2009)
Drama, Fantasy, War

El Laberinto Del Fauno (2006)

In 1944 falangist Spain, a girl, fascinated with fairy-tales, is sent along with her pregnant mother to live with her new stepfather, a ruthless captain of the Spanish army. During the night, she meets a fairy who takes her to an old faun in the center of the labyrinth. He tells her she's a princess, but must prove her royalty by surviving three gruesome tasks. If she fails, she will never prove herself to be the the true princess and will never see her real father, the king, again. (Read More)

Themes:monster, fear, surrealism
Locations:forest, woods
Characters:singer
Story:secret door, secret passage, fantasy world, dark fantasy, thunderstorm, insect, lifting someone into the air, fireplace, garden, key, eating, bedroom, death of mother, rescue, mirror, food, rain, song, voice over narration, cult film

Elf (2003)
Comedy, Family, Fantasy, Romance

Elf (2003)

Buddy was a baby in an orphanage who stowed away in Santa's sack and ended up at the North Pole. Later, as an adult human who happened to be raised by elves, Santa allows him to go to New York City to find his birth father, Walter Hobbs. Hobbs, on Santa's naughty list for being a heartless jerk, had no idea that Buddy was even born. Buddy, meanwhile, experiences the delights of New York City (and human culture) as only an elf can. When Walter's relationship with Buddy interferes with his job, he is forced to reevaluate his priorities. (Read More)

Locations:snow
Characters:boy, singer
Story:candy, tickling, stop motion animation, fireplace, eating, orphan, death of mother, food, song, voice over narration, singing, photograph, husband wife relationship, character name in title

Beauty And The Beast (1991)
Animation, Family, Fantasy, Musical, Romance

Beauty And The Beast (1991)

Having lived a life in selfishness, a young prince is cursed by a mysterious enchantress to having the appearance of a monstrous beast. His only hope is to learn to love a young woman and earn her love in return in order to redeem himself. Years later, his chance shows itself when a young maiden named Belle offers to take her ill father's place as his prisoner. With help from the castle's enchanted staff, Belle learns to appreciate her captor and immediately falls in love with him. Back in the village however, an unscrupulous hunter has his own plans for Belle. This is why Beauty And The Beast (1991) is one of the best movies like Coraline (2009). (Read More)

Themes:monster, surrealism
Locations:woods, snow, forest
Story:bat, pet dog, thunderstorm, 3 dimensional, fireplace, tea, dinner, candle, tears, rescue, mirror, rain, female protagonist, crying, cult film, father daughter relationship, character name in title, dog

Finding Neverland (2004)
Biography, Drama, Family

Finding Neverland (2004)

1903 London. Renowned playwright 'J.M. Barrie (I)' (qv) (James)'s latest effort has garnered less than positive reviews, something he knew would be the case even before the play's mounting. This failure places pressure on James to write another play quickly as impresario Charles Frohman needs another to replace the failure to keep his theater viable. Out for a walk with his dog in part to let his creative juices flow, James stumbles upon the Llewelyn Davies family: recently widowed Sylvia Llewelyn Davies (the daughter of now deceased author 'George L. Du Maurier' (qv)) and her four adolescent sons. James and the family members become friends, largely based on he and the boys being able to foster in each other the imagination of children, James just being the biggest among them in this regard. Sylvia also welcomes James into their lives, he who becomes an important and integral part of it. Among the six of them, the only one who does not want to partake is Sylvia's third, Peter Llewelyn Davies, who is still grieving the reality of their lives, where his father was there one day planning an outing for the family, and gone the next. Two other people who don't appreciate James in the Llewelyn Davies' lives are: his wife, Mary Barrie, who always feels the need to be the responsible one in their relationship and who feels threatened by his friendship with an unmarried woman; and Emma du Maurier, Sylvia's overbearing mother, who sees him as an obstacle to Sylvia moving on with her life with another potential husband, and an impediment to maintaining discipline within the boys. James still hopes to bring Peter out of his self-imposed shell, but in the process comes up with an idea for another play based on an amalgam of himself and Peter, that play which eventually becomes what Charles sees as a largely unmountable and thus doomed production called "Peter Pan". This process of helping Peter could take a step backward when it looks like Sylvia may imminently befall a similar fate to that of her late husband. (Read More)

Characters:boy
Story:theatre production, theatre audience, little boy, moving, cane, pet dog, cannon, lifting someone into the air, grandmother grandson relationship, circus, stage, theatre, dinner, orphan, death of mother, neighbor, tears, rain, dog, mother daughter relationship

Mary Poppins (1964) is one of the best movies like Coraline (2009)
Comedy, Family, Fantasy, Musical

Mary Poppins (1964)

When Jane and Michael, the children of the wealthy and uptight Banks family, are faced with the prospect of a new nanny, they are pleasantly surprised by the arrival of the magical Mary Poppins. Embarking on a series of fantastical adventures with Mary and her Cockney performer friend, Bert, the siblings try to pass on some of their nanny's sunny attitude to their preoccupied parents. (Read More)

Characters:boy
Story:snowglobe, stop motion animation, cannon, lifting someone into the air, fireplace, neighbor, mirror, female protagonist, title spoken by character, mother daughter relationship, father daughter relationship, husband wife relationship, character name in title, based on novel, dog

Toy Story (1995)
Adventure, Animation, Comedy, Family, Fantasy

Toy Story (1995)

A little boy named Andy loves to be in his room, playing with his toys, especially his doll named "Woody". But, what do the toys do when Andy is not with them, they come to life. Woody believes that he has life (as a toy) good. However, he must worry about Andy's family moving, and what Woody does not know is about Andy's birthday party. Woody does not realize that Andy's mother gave him an action figure known as Buzz Lightyear, who does not believe that he is a toy, and quickly becomes Andy's new favorite toy. Woody, who is now consumed with jealousy, tries to get rid of Buzz. Then, both Woody and Buzz are now lost. They must find a way to get back to Andy before he moves without them, but they will have to pass through a ruthless toy killer, Sid Phillips. (Read More)

Characters:boy
Story:moving van, doll, little boy, moving, pet dog, thunder, lifting someone into the air, pizza, bedroom, little girl, neighbor, rescue, rain, cult film, dog

Reign Of Fire (2002)
Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Sci-fi, Thriller

Reign Of Fire (2002)

It is twenty years in the future, and the planet has been devastated by vicious fire-breathing dragons. The last vestiges of humanity now struggle for survival at remote outposts. In a ruined castle in the English countryside, Quinn is desperately trying to hold together a band of frightened, restless survivors. As a boy, Quinn watched his mother die protecting him from one of the beasts, and is still haunted by the memory. One day, a group of American rogues shows up, led by a brash, tough-guy named Van Zan. He claims to have discovered a way to kill the dragons once and for all, and enlists Quinn's help. But doing so will force Quinn to confront his own frightening memories. This, and Quinn's responsibilities to those that are under his protection, results in a battle of wills between the two men. In the end, events cause them both to realize that they must work together to defeat the monsters--both without and within. (Read More)

Themes:fear
Locations:tunnel
Characters:boy
Story:theatre production, theatre audience, sleep, parachute, eating, flashlight, orphan, death of mother, prayer, rescue, motorcycle, food, voice over narration, cult film, blood

Stardust (2007)
Adventure, Family, Fantasy, Romance

Stardust (2007)

The passage from this world to the fantasy kingdom of Stormhold is through a breach in a wall beside an English village. In the 1800s, a boy becomes a man when he ventures through the breach in pursuit of a fallen star, to prove his love for the village beauty. The star is no lump of rock, it's a maiden, Yvaine. Tristan, the youth, is not the only one looking for her: three witches, led by Lamia, want her heart to make them young; and, the sons of the dead king of Stormhold want her because she holds a ruby that will give one of them title to the throne. Assisting Tristan are his mother, the victim of a spell, and a cross-dressing pirate of the skies. Will Tristan win his true love? This is why Stardust (2007) is one of the best movies like Coraline (2009). (Read More)

Themes:kidnapping, surrealism
Locations:snow, forest
Characters:boy
Story:cheese, thunder, mouse, sleeping, lightning, search, eating, candle, letter, rescue, mirror, food, ghost, voice over narration, cult film, title spoken by character, based on novel, one word title

Batman Forever (1995) is one of the best movies like Coraline (2009)
Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Romance

Batman Forever (1995)

The Dark Knight of Gotham City confronts a dastardly duo: Two-Face and the Riddler. Formerly District Attorney Harvey Dent, Two-Face incorrectly believes Batman caused the courtroom accident which left him disfigured on one side; he has unleashed a reign of terror on the good people of Gotham. Edward Nygma, computer-genius and former employee of millionaire Bruce Wayne, is out to get the philanthropist; as The Riddler he perfects a device for draining information from all the brains in Gotham, including Bruce Wayne's knowledge of his other identity. Batman/Wayne is/are the love focus of Dr. Chase Meridan. Former circus acrobat Dick Grayson, his family killed by Two-Face, becomes Wayne's ward and Batman's new partner Robin the Boy Wonder. (Read More)

Themes:anger, kidnapping
Locations:boat
Characters:boy
Story:acrobat, circus, trapeze, riddle, bat, cane, lifting someone into the air, fireplace, doll, orphan, computer, rescue, motorcycle, dream, character name in title, blood

Tonari No Totoro (1988)
Animation, Family, Fantasy

Tonari No Totoro (1988)

Two young girls, Satsuki and her younger sister Mei, move into a house in the country with their father to be closer to their hospitalized mother. Satsuki and Mei discover that the nearby forest is inhabited by magical creatures called Totoros (pronounced toe-toe-ro). They soon befriend these Totoros, and have several magical adventures. (Read More)

Locations:bicycle, forest
Story:secret passage, bechdel test passed, thunderstorm, little girl, neighbor, cat, rain, female protagonist, father daughter relationship, mother daughter relationship, character name in title

The Wizard Of Oz (1939)
Adventure, Family, Fantasy, Musical

The Wizard Of Oz (1939)

In this charming film based on the popular L. Frank Baum stories, Dorothy and her dog Toto are caught in a tornado's path and somehow end up in the land of Oz. Here she meets some memorable friends and foes in her journey to meet the Wizard of Oz who everyone says can help her return home and possibly grant her new friends their goals of a brain, heart and courage. (Read More)

Locations:bicycle, snow, forest
Characters:singer
Story:bechdel test passed, fantasy world, sleep, pet dog, impostor, lifting someone into the air, talking animal, neighbor, cat, rescue, dream, song, crying, singing, title spoken by character, dog, husband wife relationship

Home Alone (1990)
Comedy, Family

Home Alone (1990)

It is Christmas time and the McCallister family is preparing for a vacation in Paris, France. But the youngest in the family named Kevin got into a scuffle with his older brother Buzz and was sent to his room which is on the third floor of his house. Then, the next morning, while the rest of the family was in a rush to make it to the airport on time, they completely forgot about Kevin who now has the house all to himself. Being home alone was fun for Kevin, having a pizza all to himself, jumping on his parents' bed, and making a mess. Then, Kevin discovers about two burglars, Harry and Marv, about to rob his house on Christmas Eve. Kevin acts quickly by wiring his own house with makeshift booby traps to stop the burglars and to bring them to justice. (Read More)

Themes:loneliness, anger, fear
Locations:snow
Characters:boy
Story:little boy, sleep, child protagonist, lifting someone into the air, pizza, sleeping, eating, bedroom, neighbor, rescue, mirror, food, cult film, singing, title spoken by character, photograph, husband wife relationship

E.t. The Extra-terrestrial (1982) is one of the best movies like Coraline (2009)
Family, Sci-fi

E.t. The Extra-terrestrial (1982)

After a gentle alien becomes stranded on Earth, the being is discovered and befriended by a young boy named Elliott. Bringing the extraterrestrial into his suburban California house, Elliott introduces E.T., as the alien is dubbed, to his brother and his little sister, Gertie, and the children decide to keep its existence a secret. Soon, however, E.T. falls ill, resulting in government intervention and a dire situation for both Elliott and the alien. This is why E.t. The Extra-terrestrial (1982) is one of the best movies like Coraline (2009). (Read More)

Themes:loneliness
Locations:bicycle, forest
Characters:boy
Story:little boy, rainbow, stuffed animal, needle, child protagonist, lifting someone into the air, eyeglasses, pizza, doll, flashlight, little girl, cult film, character name in title, dog

Click (2006)
Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Romance

Click (2006)

Michael Newman (Sandler) is a hard working family man, who must please his boss (Hasselhoff), in order to get promoted. Problem is he gets less time with his family, and wishes for a remote in which he can control his life. This soon comes true for Newman, when he meets Morty (Walken), a crazy sales clerk, who has the ultimate remote. A remote in which he can do anything, including muting, skipping and dubbing his life. He finds this to be the opportunity in which he can not only skip every argument, but also skip to his promotion. He sees this as a good idea, until the remote goes horribly wrong. (Read More)

Locations:bicycle, snow
Characters:boy, singer
Story:eccentric, grandmother grandson relationship, tent, angel, search, eating, tears, computer, mirror, food, rain, dream, song, cell phone, crying, voice over narration, singing, title spoken by character, father daughter relationship, mother daughter relationship

Bambi (1942)
Animation, Drama, Family

Bambi (1942)

The animated story of Bambi, a young deer hailed as the 'Prince of the Forest' at his birth. As Bambi grows, he makes friends with the other animals of the forest, learns the skills needed to survive, and even finds love. One day, however, the hunters come, and Bambi must learn to be as brave as his father if he is to lead the other deer to safety. (Read More)

Locations:snow, forest
Story:thunderstorm, talking animal, lightning, death of mother, rescue, rain, title spoken by character, character name in title, based on novel, one word title, dog

Priest (2011)
Action, Fantasy, Horror, Sci-fi, Thriller

Priest (2011)

PRIEST, a post-apocalyptic sci-fi thriller, is set in an alternate world -- one ravaged by centuries of war between man and vampires. The story revolves around a legendary Warrior Priest from the last Vampire War who now lives in obscurity among the other downtrodden human inhabitants in walled-in dystopian cities ruled by the Church. When his niece is abducted by a murderous pack of vampires, Priest breaks his sacred vows to venture out on a quest to find her before they turn her into one of them. He is joined on his crusade by his niece's boyfriend, a trigger-fingered young wasteland sheriff, and a former Warrior Priestess who possesses otherworldly fighting skills. (Read More)

Themes:monster, kidnapping
Mood:nightmare
Story:alternate world, acrobat, 3 dimensional, lightning, search, flashlight, death of mother, rescue, motorcycle, voice over narration, title spoken by character, photograph, mother daughter relationship, father daughter relationship, husband wife relationship, character name in title, based on novel, one word title, blood

10,000 Bc (2008) is one of the best movies like Coraline (2009)
Action, Adventure, Drama, Fantasy, History

10,000 Bc (2008)

A prehistoric epic that follows a young mammoth hunter named D'Leh's journey through uncharted territory to secure the future of his tribe. When a band of mysterious horse-riding warlords raid the Yaghal camp and kidnaps his heart's desire - the beautiful Evolet along with many others, D'Leh is forced to lead a small group of hunters south to pursue the warlords to the end of the world to save her. Driven by destiny, the unlikely band of warriors must battle saber-toothed cats and terror birds in the Levant. (Read More)

Themes:monster, kidnapping
Locations:boat, snow
Characters:boy
Story:lightning, tent, search, eating, orphan, death of mother, tears, rescue, food, rain, crying, voice over narration, blood

Ghostbusters (2016)
Action, Comedy, Fantasy, Sci-fi

Ghostbusters (2016)

Themes:monster, fear, surrealism
Locations:tunnel
Story:scene after end credits, 3 dimensional, eccentric, pizza, flashlight, rescue, motorcycle, female protagonist, cell phone, ghost, title spoken by character, photograph, one word title

Pinocchio (1940)
Animation, Comedy, Family, Fantasy, Musical

Pinocchio (1940)

Inventor Gepetto creates a wooden marionette called Pinocchio. His wish that Pinocchio be a real boy is unexpectedly granted by a fairy. The fairy assigns Jiminy Cricket to act as Pinocchio's "conscience" and keep him out of trouble. Jiminy is not too successful in this endeavor and most of the film is spent with Pinocchio deep in trouble. (Read More)

Locations:boat
Characters:boy
Story:cat, metamorphosis, forename as title, insect, lifting someone into the air, candle, mirror, rain, crying, singing, title spoken by character, character name in title, based on novel, one word title

Highlander (1986)
Action, Adventure, Fantasy

Highlander (1986)

In New York, the owner of a sophisticated antique shop Russell Edwin Nash is challenged to a sword fight in the parking lot of the Madison Square Garden by a man called Iman Fasil that is beheaded by Russell. He hides his sword and is arrested by the police while leaving the stadium. Russell recalls his life in the Sixteenth Century in Scotland, when he is Connor MacLeod and is deadly wounded in a battle against another Clan. However he surprisingly survives and his Clan believes he has a pact with the devil and expels him from their lands. Then he meets Juan Sanchez Villa-Lobos Ramirez that explains that he is immortal unless he is beheaded. Further, the immortals dispute a game killing each other and in the end only one survives receiving a price with the power of the other immortals. Russell is released by the police, but the snoopy forensic agent Brenda J. Wyatt is attracted by the case since she founds fragments of an ancient Katana and follows Russell. But the also immortal Kurgan is hunting down MacLeod and Brenda is in the middle of their battle. (Read More)

Themes:kidnapping
Locations:woods, boat, snow, forest
Story:dark fantasy, thunder, garden, lightning, buxom, candle, flashlight, little girl, tears, camera, computer, rain, crying, cult film, singing, title spoken by character, photograph, one word title, blood

The Mummy (2017) is one of the best movies like Coraline (2009)
Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Thriller

The Mummy (2017)

Though safely entombed in a crypt deep beneath the unforgiving desert, an ancient princess, whose destiny was unjustly taken from her, is awakened in our current day bringing with her malevolence grown over millennia, and terrors that defy human comprehension.

Themes:anger, monster, fear, kidnapping, surrealism
Locations:tunnel, woods, forest
Story:dark fantasy, parachute, rat, lightning, flashlight, rescue, dream, ghost, dog, blood

The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)
Animation, Family, Fantasy, Musical

The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)

Jack Skellington, the pumpkin king of Halloween Town, is bored with doing the same thing every year for Halloween. One day he stumbles into Christmas Town, and is so taken with the idea of Christmas that he tries to get the resident bats, ghouls, and goblins of Halloween town to help him put on Christmas instead of Halloween -- but alas, they can't get it quite right. (Read More)

Themes:monster
Mood:nightmare
Locations:woods
Story:snowglobe, horror for children, puppet animation, stop motion animation, stop motion, doll, ghost, cult film, dog

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