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Mary Poppins (1964)
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)

Themes:magic,  dance,  marriage
Locations:rooftop,  farm
Characters:girl,  boy
Period:1910s
Story:chimney sweep,  carousel horse,  cartoon penguin,  nanny,  bank of england,  tween girl,  sliding down a banister,  cartoon horse,  cartoon reality crossover,  one man band,  measuring tape,  siblings living together,  wind storm,  live action and animation,  cartoon pig,  fox hunt,  cheerfulness,  suffragette,  virtual set,  lifting an adult into the air,  cartoon duck,  constable,  tea party,  lullaby,  nursery,  chimney,  job promotion,  lifting female in air,  snowglobe,  street musician,  cockney accent,  admiral,  carousel,  famous score,  cathedral,  kite,  quitting a job,  cloud,  banker,  horse racing,  dual role,  penguin,  new job,  levitation,  uncle,  laughing,  housekeeper,  rainstorm,  medication,  job interview,  child's point of view,  stop motion animation,  cannon,  part animation,  blockbuster,  lifting someone into the air,  cook,  hat,  fireplace,  fireworks,  bank,  actor playing multiple roles,  umbrella,  breaking the fourth wall,  drawing,  bird,  apology,  brunette,  joke,  neighbor,  cafe,  london england,  mirror,  female protagonist,  brother sister relationship,  title spoken by character,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  character name in title,  family relationships,  based on novel,  f rated,  dog

Peter Pan (2003)
Adventure, Family, Fantasy, Romance

Peter Pan (2003)

In stifling Edwardian London, Wendy Darling mesmerizes her brothers every night with bedtime tales of swordplay, swashbuckling, and the fearsome Captain Hook. But the children become the heroes of an even greater story, when Peter Pan flies into their nursery one night and leads them over moonlit rooftops through a galaxy of stars and to the lush jungles of Neverland. Wendy and her brothers join Peter and the Lost Boys in an exhilarating life--free of grown-up rules--while also facing the inevitable showdown with Hook and his bloodthirsty pirates. (Read More)

Themes:magic
Characters:girl,  boy
Story:tween girl,  nursery,  cloud,  banker,  nanny,  child's point of view,  cannon,  lifting someone into the air,  hat,  drawing,  london england,  brother sister relationship,  title spoken by character,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  character name in title,  family relationships,  based on novel,  dog

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Peter Pan (1953)
Adventure, Animation, Family, Fantasy, Musical

Peter Pan (1953)

An adaptation of J. M. Barrie's story about a boy who never grew up. The three children of the Darling family receive a visit from Peter Pan, who takes them to Never Land, where an ongoing war between Peter's gang of rag-tag runaways and the evil Pirate Captain Hook is taking place.

Themes:magic
Characters:boy,  girl
Story:nursery,  cloud,  dual role,  nanny,  blockbuster,  lifting someone into the air,  umbrella,  london england,  brother sister relationship,  title spoken by character,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  character name in title,  family relationships,  based on novel,  dog

La Science Des Reves (2006)
Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Romance

La Science Des Reves (2006)

Following the death of his father in Mexico, Stephane Miroux, a shy insecure young man, agrees to come to Paris to draw closer to his widowed mother Christine. He lands a boring job at a calendar-making firm and falls in love with his charming neighbor Stephanie. But conquering her is no bed of roses for the young man and the only solution he finds to put up with the difficulties he is going through is escape into a dream world... (Read More)

Themes:magic
Locations:rooftop
Characters:boy
Story:cloud,  new job,  stop motion animation,  part animation,  hat,  drawing,  apology,  joke,  neighbor,  mirror,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships

A Little Princess (1995) is one of the best movies like Mary Poppins (1964)
Drama, Family, Fantasy

A Little Princess (1995)

When her father enlists to fight for the British in WWI, young Sara Crewe goes to New York to attend the same boarding school her late mother attended. She soon clashes with the severe headmistress, Miss Minchin, who attempts to stifle Sara's creativity and sense of self-worth. Sara's belief that "every girl's a princess" is tested to the limit, however, when word comes that her father was killed in action and his estate has been seized by the British government. (Read More)

Themes:magic
Characters:girl
Period:1910s
Story:chimney sweep,  chimney,  lifting female in air,  rainstorm,  child's point of view,  lifting someone into the air,  female protagonist,  father daughter relationship,  based on novel

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The Tailor Of Panama (2001)
Comedy, Drama, Thriller

The Tailor Of Panama (2001)

John LeCarre's spy thriller is brought to the big screen. A British spy is banished to Panama after having an affair with an ambassador's mistress. Once there he makes connection with a local tailor with a criminal past and connections to all of the top political and gangster figures in Panama. The tailor also has a wife, who works for the canal administrator, and a huge debt. The spy's mission is to learn what the President intends to do with the Panama Canal, but he's really in business for himself, blackmailing the tailor into spinning a fantastic tale about the canal being sold to China and former mercenaries ready to topple the current government. This is why The Tailor Of Panama (2001) is one of the best movies like Mary Poppins (1964). (Read More)

Themes:marriage
Locations:farm
Story:banker,  fireworks,  bank,  umbrella,  neighbor,  cafe,  mirror,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  based on novel

The Secret Garden (1993)
Drama, Family, Fantasy

The Secret Garden (1993)

Living in India, Mary Lennox, a young, privileged girl, is left orphaned when her parents are killed in an earthquake. She is sent back to England where she goes to live on her uncle's estate. It is a fairly isolated existence and she has to find things to keep herself occupied. She finds a sickly young boy...and a secret garden. (Read More)

Themes:magic
Characters:girl,  boy
Story:uncle,  housekeeper,  child's point of view,  lifting someone into the air,  neighbor,  title spoken by character,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  based on novel,  f rated,  dog

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:magic
Characters:girl
Story:tea party,  child's point of view,  blockbuster,  hat,  fireworks,  umbrella,  bird,  female protagonist,  title spoken by character,  character name in title,  based on novel,  dog

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Mrs. Doubtfire (1993) is one of the best movies like Mary Poppins (1964)
Comedy, Drama, Family

Mrs. Doubtfire (1993)

Eccentric actor Daniel Hillard is an amusing and caring father. But after a disastrous birthday party for his son, Daniel's wife Miranda draws the line and files a divorce. He can see his three children only once a week which doesn't sit well with him. Daniel also holds a job at a TV studio as a shipping clerk under the recommendation of his liason. But when Miranda puts out an ad for a housekeeper, Daniel takes it upon himself to make a disguise as a Scottish lady named Mrs Doubtfire. And Daniel must also deal with Miranda's new boyfriend Stu Dunemyer. (Read More)

Story:housekeeper,  nanny,  tween girl,  lifting female in air,  quitting a job,  new job,  child's point of view,  blockbuster,  lifting someone into the air,  title spoken by character,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  character name in title,  family relationships,  based on novel

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:magic,  dance
Locations:rooftop
Characters:girl
Story:cockney accent,  famous score,  rainstorm,  blockbuster,  fireplace,  drawing,  bird,  mirror,  female protagonist,  title spoken by character,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  character name in title,  family relationships,  dog

Jumanji (1995)
Action, Adventure, Family, Fantasy, Thriller

Jumanji (1995)

After being trapped in a jungle board game for 26 years, a Man-Child wins his release from the game. But, no sooner has he arrived that he is forced to play again, and this time sets the creatures of the jungle loose on the city. Now it is up to him to stop them. This is why Jumanji (1995) is one of the best movies like Mary Poppins (1964). (Read More)

Themes:magic
Characters:boy
Story:tween girl,  blockbuster,  lifting someone into the air,  fireplace,  actor playing multiple roles,  breaking the fourth wall,  apology,  brother sister relationship,  title spoken by character,  mother daughter relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships

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Keeping Mum (2005)
Comedy, Crime

Keeping Mum (2005)

Walter Goodfellow, the vicar for the small English country parish of Little Wallop, has allowed his marriage to Gloria go stale, and he is so detached from his family that he has not taken notice that his 17-year-old daughter Holly is going through a succession of relationships with unsuitable boyfriends, and his son Petey fears going to school owing to being bullied. Out of desperation for affection, Gloria begins to fall for the advances of Lance, an American golf pro who is giving her "private" lessons. The problems upsetting the family start to fade away after Grace Hawkins, the new housekeeper, arrives and starts tending to matters as an older, and rather darkly mysterious version of Mary Poppins. (Read More)

Themes:marriage
Characters:girl,  boy
Story:housekeeper,  fireplace,  neighbor,  cafe,  brother sister relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  dog

Cheaper By The Dozen (2003) is one of the best movies like Mary Poppins (1964)
Comedy, Family

Cheaper By The Dozen (2003)

The Bakers, a family of 14, move from small-town Illinois to the big city after Tom Baker gets his dream job to coach his alma mater's football team. Meanwhile, his wife also gets her dream of getting her book published. While she's away promoting the book, Tom has a hard time keeping the house in order while at the same time coaching his football team, as the once happy family starts falling apart. (Read More)

Story:quitting a job,  new job,  blockbuster,  neighbor,  mirror,  brother sister relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  based on novel,  dog

My Girl (1991)
Comedy, Drama, Family, Romance

My Girl (1991)

1972. Vada Sultenfuss (played by Anna Chlumsky) is an intelligent, bubbly, hypochondriacal 11-year old girl. Her father, Harry (Dan Aykroyd), is a mortician and a widower. Her best friend is Thomas J Sennett (Macaulay Culkin). Then her father hires a new receptionist, Shelly (Jamie Lee Curtis), and life will never be the same again. (Read More)

Themes:dance,  marriage
Characters:girl,  boy
Story:tween girl,  uncle,  lifting someone into the air,  hat,  fireworks,  neighbor,  father daughter relationship,  family relationships

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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)

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

Hook (1991)
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 Mary Poppins (1964). (Read More)

Themes:magic
Characters:girl,  boy
Story:lifting female in air,  child's point of view,  blockbuster,  lifting someone into the air,  drawing,  london england,  brother sister relationship,  title spoken by character,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  character name in title,  family relationships,  based on novel,  dog

Nanny Mcphee (2005) is one of the best movies like Mary Poppins (1964)
Comedy, Family, Fantasy

Nanny Mcphee (2005)

Mr. Cedric Brown has just lost his wife and is now left with his seven children who misbehave so much that all the nannies have run away. Now he is told by a mysterious voice that he should get Nanny McPhee who is a magical woman with special powers.

Themes:magic
Story:nanny,  kite,  lifting someone into the air,  title spoken by character,  character name in title,  family relationships,  based on novel,  f rated

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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:magic,  marriage
Characters:girl
Story:tea party,  blockbuster,  lifting someone into the air,  hat,  actor playing multiple roles,  bird,  london england,  female protagonist,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  character name in title,  based on novel,  f rated,  dog

Whale Rider (2002)
Drama, Family

Whale Rider (2002)

On the east coast of New Zealand, the Whangara people believe their presence there dates back a thousand years or more to a single ancestor, Paikea, who escaped death when his canoe capsized by riding to shore on the back of a whale. From then on, Whangara chiefs, always the first-born, always male, have been considered Paikea's direct descendants. Pai, an 11-year-old girl in a patriarchal New Zealand tribe, believes she is destined to be the new chief. But her grandfather Koro is bound by tradition to pick a male leader. Pai loves Koro more than anyone in the world, but she must fight him and a thousand years of tradition to fulfill her destiny. (Read More)

Themes:dance,  marriage
Characters:girl
Story:tween girl,  apology,  female protagonist,  title spoken by character,  father daughter relationship,  father son relationship,  based on novel,  f rated

Fantasia 2000 (1999)
Animation, Comedy, Family, Fantasy, Music

Fantasia 2000 (1999)

In this update of Disney's masterpiece film mixture of animation and music, new interpretations of great works of music are presented. It begins with an abstract battle of light and darkness set to the music of Beethoveen's Fifth Symphony. Then we see the adventures of a Humpback Whale calf and his pod set to "The Pines of Rome." Next is the humourous story of several lives in 1930's New York City, scored with "Rhapsody in Blue." Following is a musical telling of the fairy tale, "The Steadfast Tin Soldier" set to Dmitri Shostakovich's Piano Concerto No. 2. Then a goofy Flamingo causes havoc in his flock with his yo-yo to the tune of the finale of "Carnival of the Animals." This is followed by the classic sequence from the original film, "The Sorcerer's Apprentice" starring Mickey Mouse and followed by "Pomp and Circumstance" starring Donald Duck as a harried assistant to Noah on his Ark. Finally, we see the awesome tale of the life, death and renewal of a forest in a sequence featuring the composition, "The Firebird." (Read More)

Themes:magic
Locations:rooftop
Story:cartoon reality crossover,  quitting a job,  cloud,  new job,  part animation,  fireplace,  umbrella,  drawing,  cafe,  mirror,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  dog

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The Brothers Grimm (2005) is one of the best movies like Mary Poppins (1964)
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. This is why The Brothers Grimm (2005) is one of the best movies like Mary Poppins (1964). (Read More)

Themes:magic
Characters:girl,  boy
Story:laughing,  cannon,  lifting someone into the air,  hat,  fireworks,  drawing,  mirror,  title spoken by character,  father daughter relationship,  mother son relationship,  character name in title,  dog

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)

Characters:boy
Story:famous score,  uncle,  child's point of view,  blockbuster,  lifting someone into the air,  hat,  fireworks,  breaking the fourth wall,  apology,  neighbor,  mirror,  brother sister relationship,  title spoken by character,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships

Annie (1982)
Comedy, Drama, Family, Musical

Annie (1982)

In the depths of the 1930's, Annie is a fiery young orphan girl who must live in a miserable orphanage run by the tyrannical Miss Hannigan. Her seemingly hopeless situation changes dramatically when she is selected to spend a short time at the residence of the wealthy munitions industrialist, Oliver Warbucks. Quickly, she charms the hearts of the household staff and even the seemingly cold-hearted Warbucks cannot help but learn to love this wonderful girl. He decides to help Annie find her long lost parents by offering a reward if they would come to him and prove their identity. However, Miss Hannigan, her evil brother, Rooster, and a female accomplice, plan to impersonate those people to get the reward for themselves which put Annie in great danger. (Read More)

Characters:girl
Story:tween girl,  lifting female in air,  child's point of view,  lifting someone into the air,  female protagonist,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  character name in title,  dog

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Imagine Me & You (2005)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

Imagine Me & You (2005)

Rachel is a nice girl who is going to marry with Hector ('Heck'), her longtime boyfriend. While she is working in the wedding preparations she meets Luce, wedding's florist, unexpectedly falling in love to her and discovering what is having love feeling to another woman. Unable to stop her Rachel meets Luce a few times hiding it to her family, specially her mother Tessa because she contracted Luce. At the same time that Heck tries to win the affection of his parents-in-law, above all the eccentric father-in-law Ned, Rachel tries following with the daily life and marriage with her husband, but the love and passion she feels for Luce causes a secret affair between both women, and a doubt in Rachel about the life she wants for herself. (Read More)

Themes:marriage
Locations:rooftop
Characters:girl,  boy
Story:fireworks,  umbrella,  cafe,  london england,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  family relationships,  dog

Spanglish (2004) is one of the best movies like Mary Poppins (1964)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

Spanglish (2004)

John Clasky is a devoted dad whose skills as a chef have offered his family a very upscale life, including a summer home in Malibu and a breathtaking new Mexican housekeeper, named Flor. She and her daughter Cristina have recently emigrated to L.A. from Mexico and are trying to find a better life. When they move in with the Claskys for the summer, Flor has to fight for her daughter's soul as she discovers that life in a new country is perilous! (Read More)

Themes:marriage
Characters:girl,  boy
Story:housekeeper,  job interview,  cook,  cafe,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  dog

Fred Claus (2007)
Comedy, Family, Fantasy

Fred Claus (2007)

During childhood, Fred Claus suffered his younger brother Nick's saintliness. Jump ahead: Fred is a fast-talking, genial but self-centered guy in Chicago looking for $50,000 to open an off-track-betting shop. When one scam goes awry, he calls Nick at the North Pole for a loan: Nick will give him the money only if Fred comes up to help a few days with the Christmas rush. After his girlfriend dumps him, Fred heads north. Santa's facing an audit from an efficiency expert, and it's not pleasant. Fred's job is to review charts and determine who's naughty and who's nice. Is there any fraternal feeling left, can either learn from the other, and what about Santa getting fired? This is why Fred Claus (2007) is one of the best movies like Mary Poppins (1964). (Read More)

Themes:magic
Story:snowglobe,  new job,  fireplace,  apology,  london england,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  character name in title,  family relationships,  dog

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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)

Characters:girl,  boy
Story:tween girl,  stop motion animation,  blockbuster,  fireplace,  breaking the fourth wall,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  character name in title,  family relationships

Addams Family Values (1993)
Comedy, Fantasy

Addams Family Values (1993)

When an adorable baby boy is added to the Addams household, Wednesday and Pugsley do not hate the baby, they just aren't necessarily excited about his existence. Ok, yeah they do hate the baby. So Wednesday and Pugsley must get rid of the new addition one way or another. Meanwhile a new nanny is added to the household who overtakes Fester. The Addams must stop the nanny, but how? (Read More)

Characters:boy
Story:nanny,  uncle,  sliding down a banister,  lifting someone into the air,  brother sister relationship,  husband wife relationship,  character name in title,  family relationships

The Addams Family (1991) is one of the best movies like Mary Poppins (1964)
Comedy, Fantasy

The Addams Family (1991)

The Addams step out of 'Charles Addams' (qv)' cartoons. They live with all of the trappings of the macabre (including a detached hand for a servant) and are quite wealthy. Added to this mix is a crooked accountant and his loan shark and a plot to slip in the shark's son into the family as their long lost Uncle Fester. Can the false Fester find his way into the vault before he is discovered? (Read More)

Story:uncle,  tween girl,  blockbuster,  lifting someone into the air,  brother sister relationship,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  character name in title,  family relationships

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Arthur Et Les Minimoys (2006)
Adventure, Animation, Family, Fantasy

Arthur Et Les Minimoys (2006)

Arthur is a spirited ten-year old whose parents are away looking for work, whose eccentric grandfather has been missing for several years, and who lives with his grandmother in a country house that, in two days, will be repossessed, torn down, and turned into a block of flats unless Arthur's grandfather returns to sign some papers and pay off the family debt. Arthur discovers that the key to success lies in his own descent into the land of the Minimoys, creatures no larger than a tooth, whom his grandfather helped relocate to their garden. Somewhere among them is hidden a pile of rubies, too. Can Arthur be of stout heart and save the day? Romance beckons as well, and a villain lurks. (Read More)

Themes:magic,  marriage
Locations:farm
Characters:boy
Story:chimney,  child's point of view,  apology,  brother sister relationship,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  character name in title,  family relationships,  based on novel,  dog

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 Mary Poppins (1964). (Read More)

Characters:girl,  boy
Period:1910s
Story:constable,  nursery,  nanny,  fireplace,  drawing,  bird,  london england,  mirror,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  based on novel,  dog

My Fair Lady (1964)
Drama, Family, Musical, Romance

My Fair Lady (1964)

Pompous phonetics professor Henry Higgins is so sure of his abilities that he takes it upon himself to transform a Cockney working-class girl into someone who can pass for a cultured member of high society. His subject turns out to be the lovely Eliza Doolittle, who agrees to speech lessons to improve her job prospects. Higgins and Eliza clash, then form an unlikely bond -- one that is threatened by an aristocratic suitor. (Read More)

Themes:dance
Characters:girl
Period:1910s
Story:horse racing,  rainstorm,  blockbuster,  apology,  london england,  father daughter relationship,  mother son relationship

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The Golden Compass (2007) is one of the best movies like Mary Poppins (1964)
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... (Read More)

Themes:magic
Locations:rooftop
Characters:girl,  boy
Story:uncle,  child's point of view,  blockbuster,  fireplace,  bird,  london england,  female protagonist,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  mother son relationship,  based on novel,  dog

Charlotte's Web (2006)
Comedy, Family, Fantasy

Charlotte's Web (2006)

Based on the beloved children's novel by E.B. White, a young girl named Fern rescues a runty piglet, raises it as her own and names him Wilbur. However, after Wilbur grows into a pig, she is compelled to sell him to her Uncle Homer Zuckerman down the street. At Zuckerman's barn, Wilbur meets a host of animals and later learns from them that come winter, he will be slaughtered for food. Fearing for his life, Charlotte, a gentle and wise spider whom befriended the lonely Wilbur, vows to save his life. (Read More)

Locations:farm
Characters:girl
Story:uncle,  hat,  fireworks,  father daughter relationship,  character name in title,  based on novel

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:farm
Characters:girl
Story:famous score,  umbrella,  neighbor,  female protagonist,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  character name in title,  f rated

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Bridge To Terabithia (2007)
Adventure, Drama, Family, Fantasy

Bridge To Terabithia (2007)

Jesse Aarons trained all summer to become the fastest runner in school, so he's very upset when newcomer Leslie Burke outruns him and everyone else. Despite this and other differences, including that she's rich, he's poor, and she's a city girl, he's a country boy, the two become fast friends. Together, they create Terabithia, a land of monsters, trolls, ogres, and giants and rule as king and queen. This friendship helps Jess deal with the tragedy that makes him realize what Leslie taught him. This is why Bridge To Terabithia (2007) is one of the best movies like Mary Poppins (1964). (Read More)

Themes:magic
Locations:farm
Characters:girl,  boy
Story:tween girl,  child's point of view,  lifting someone into the air,  drawing,  brother sister relationship,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  based on novel,  dog

Dragonfly (2002) is one of the best movies like Mary Poppins (1964)
Drama, Fantasy, Mystery, Romance, Thriller

Dragonfly (2002)

Dr. Joe Darrow is a recently widowed doctor. He is grieving due to the death of his pregnant wife in a Red Cross mission in Venezuela. Although being atheist, he began to believe that his dead wife wants to communicate with him, through her young patients in the Pediatrics of a Chicago hospital.

Characters:girl,  boy
Story:rainstorm,  drawing,  bird,  neighbor,  mirror,  brother sister relationship,  title spoken by character,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships

Bedknobs And Broomsticks (1971)
Adventure, Animation, Comedy, Family, Fantasy, Musical

Bedknobs And Broomsticks (1971)

During WWII in England, Charlie, Carrie, and Paul Rawlins are sent to live with Eglantine Price, an apprentice witch. Charlie blackmails Miss Price that if he is to keep her practices a secret, she must give him something, so she takes a bedknob from her late father's bed and places the "famous magic traveling spell" on it, and only Paul can activate it. Their first journey is to a street in London where they meet Emelius Browne, headmaster of Miss Price's witchcraft training correspondence school. Miss Price tells him of a plan to find the magic words for a spell known as Substitutiary Locomotion, which brings inanimate objects to life. This spell will be her work for the war effort. (Read More)

Themes:magic,  dance
Characters:boy
Story:tween girl,  cartoon reality crossover,  live action and animation,  nursery,  cockney accent,  part animation,  lifting someone into the air,  london england,  mirror

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Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium (2007)
Comedy, Family, Fantasy

Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium (2007)

Molly Mahoney is the manager of Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium, the awesome toy store owned by Mr. Edward Magorium. Molly was a promising composer and piano player when she was a girl, and now she is a twenty-three year-old insecure woman who feels stuck in her job. Among the costumers of the Emporium is the lonely hat collector, Eric Applebaum, who has only Molly and Mr. Magorium for friends. When the last pair of shoes that Mr. Magorium bought in Toscana is worn, he hires the accountant, Henry Weston to adjust the accounts of the Emporium. Furthermore, he claims that he is two hundred and forty-three years old and his time to go has come; he gives a block of wood called Congreve cube to Molly and asks Henry to transfer the Emporium to her name. Molly tries to convince Mr. Magorium to stay in his magical toy store instead of "going". (Read More)

Themes:magic
Characters:girl
Story:job interview,  child's point of view,  part animation,  hat,  character name in title

The Pacifier (2005)
Action, Comedy, Drama, Family, Thriller

The Pacifier (2005)

After a Navy SEAL fails to rescue a scientist who developed a top secret device, he is assigned to guard the man's children while searching for information on where the device may be hidden inside the house. Along the way, he must cope with rebellious teens, child care, an overbearing school official, and foreign spies also looking for it. (Read More)

Themes:dance
Story:quitting a job,  nanny,  lifting someone into the air,  bank,  neighbor,  brother sister relationship,  title spoken by character,  mother daughter relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships

James And The Giant Peach (1996) is one of the best movies like Mary Poppins (1964)
Adventure, Animation, Family, Fantasy, Musical

James And The Giant Peach (1996)

James' happy life at the English seaside is rudely ended when his parents are killed by a rhinoceros and he goes to live with his two horrid aunts. Daringly saving the life of a spider he comes into possession of magic boiled crocodile tongues, after which an enormous peach starts to grow in the garden. Venturing inside he meets not only the spider but a number of new friends including a ladybug and a centipede who help him with his plan to try and get to New York. This is why James And The Giant Peach (1996) is one of the best movies like Mary Poppins (1964). (Read More)

Themes:magic
Story:child's point of view,  part animation,  lifting someone into the air,  mirror,  character name in title,  family relationships,  based on novel

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Mirror Mirror (2012)
Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Family, Fantasy

Mirror Mirror (2012)

After a beloved King vanishes, his ruthless wife seizes control of the kingdom and keeps her beautiful 18-year-old stepdaughter, Snow White, hidden away in the palace. But when the princess attracts the attention of a charming and wealthy visiting prince, the jealous Queen banishes the girl to a nearby forest. Taken in by a band of rebellious but kindhearted dwarfs, Snow White blossoms into a brave young woman determined to save her country from the Queen. With the support of her new friends, she roars into action to reclaim her birthright and win back her Prince in this magical adventure comedy that will capture the hearts and imaginations of audiences the world over. (Read More)

Themes:magic,  dance,  marriage
Characters:girl
Story:bird,  mirror,  female protagonist,  title spoken by character,  character name in title,  f rated

Frankenweenie (2012)
Animation, Comedy, Family, Horror, Sci-fi

Frankenweenie (2012)

When young Victor's pet dog Sparky (who stars in Victor's home-made monster movies) is hit by a car, Victor decides to bring him back to life the only way he knows how. But when the bolt-necked "monster" wreaks havoc and terror in the hearts of Victor's neighbors, he has to convince them (and his parents) that despite his appearance, Sparky's still the good loyal friend he's always been. (Read More)

Characters:girl,  boy
Story:kite,  uncle,  stop motion animation,  umbrella,  drawing,  neighbor,  dog,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship

The Parent Trap (1998)
Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Family, Romance

The Parent Trap (1998)

When two pre-teens named Hallie and Annie meet through their summer camp, their two lives are rattled when they realize that they are identical twins. With parents, British mother aka famous dress designer Elizabeth and American father, a wine maker named Nick, living in two different sides of the universe, the girls decide to make an identity swap in hopes of spending time with their other parent. The girls later choose to aware their guardians of the swap while at a hotel in NYC, which late reunites the divorced pair and sends them back into remarriage with each other. (Read More)

Themes:marriage
Characters:girl
Story:tween girl,  dual role,  nanny,  child's point of view,  bird,  london england,  female protagonist,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  family relationships,  based on novel,  f rated,  dog

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The Hundred-foot Journey (2014) is one of the best movies like Mary Poppins (1964)
Comedy, Drama

The Hundred-foot Journey (2014)

The family of talented cook, Hassan Kadam, has a life filled with both culinary delights and profound loss. Drifting through Europe after fleeing political violence in India that killed the family restaurant business and their mother, the Kadams arrive in France. Once there, a chance auto accident and the kindness of a young woman, Marguerite, in the village of Saint-Antonin-Noble-Val inspires Papa Kadam to set up a Indian restaurant there. Unfortunately, this puts the Kadams in direct competition with the snobbish Madame Mallory's acclaimed haute cuisine establishment across the street where Marguerite also works as a sous-chef. The resulting rivalry eventually escalates in personal intensity until it goes too far. In response, there is a bridging of sides initiated by Hassan, Marguerite and Madame Mallory herself, both professional and personal, that encourages an understanding that will change both sides forever. (Read More)

Characters:girl,  boy
Story:cook,  fireworks,  umbrella,  apology,  london england,  father daughter relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  based on novel,  dog

Old Dogs (2009)
Comedy, Family

Old Dogs (2009)

Charlie and Dan have been best friends and business partners for thirty years and their Manhattan public relations firm is on the verge of a huge business deal with a Japanese company. With two weeks to sew up the contract, Dan gets a surprise; a woman he married on a drunken impulse nearly nine years before (annulled the next day) shows up to tell him he's the father of her twins, now seven, and she'll be in jail for 14 days for a political protest. Dan volunteers to keep the tykes, although he's uptight and clueless. With Charlie's help is there any way they can be dad and uncle, meet the kids' expectations, and still land the account? This is why Old Dogs (2009) is one of the best movies like Mary Poppins (1964). (Read More)

Story:tea party,  penguin,  uncle,  medication,  brother sister relationship,  title spoken by character,  father daughter relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  dog

The Witches (1990)
Adventure, Comedy, Family, Fantasy, Horror, Mystery

The Witches (1990)

A young boy, recently orphaned, is taken to England by his grandmother. At a hotel in which they are staying, a group of witches have gathered to prepare a plot to rid England of all children.

Themes:magic
Characters:boy,  girl
Story:lifting someone into the air,  cook,  hat,  fireworks,  drawing,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  based on novel

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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. (Read More)

Themes:magic
Characters:boy,  girl
Story:uncle,  levitation,  blockbuster,  lifting someone into the air,  hat,  bank,  mirror,  title spoken by character,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  character name in title,  family relationships,  based on novel,  dog

Kind Hearts And Coronets (1949) is one of the best movies like Mary Poppins (1964)
Comedy, Crime

Kind Hearts And Coronets (1949)

In prison awaiting execution the next morning Louis, the 10th Duke of Chalfont, sets down on paper the events that led him to his current situation. His mother has been banished from her family, the D'Ascoynes, after she married Louis' father who was considered far beneath her. After her death, the D'Ascoynes refused permission for her to be buried in the family crypt. Louis then plots his revenge - and kills all those ahead of him in the succession until he becomes the Duke. Along the way, he becomes involved with the married Sibelia who, when spurned, makes sure he ends up in prison. The day before his execution Sibelia recants her testimony saving him not only from the gallows but also sets him free. Once outside the prison however, he realizes he's forgotten one little thing........ (Read More)

Themes:marriage
Characters:boy
Story:suffragette,  admiral,  banker,  fireplace,  bank,  umbrella,  bird,  london england,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships

Four Weddings And A Funeral (1994)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

Four Weddings And A Funeral (1994)

The film follows the fortunes of Charles and his friends as they wonder if they will ever find true love and marry. Charles thinks he's found "Miss Right" in Carrie, an American. This British subtle comedy revolves around Charlie, his friends and the four weddings and one funeral which they attend.

Themes:marriage
Locations:farm
Story:cockney accent,  rainstorm,  blockbuster,  apology,  cafe,  london england,  brother sister relationship,  husband wife relationship,  dog

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