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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

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

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

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

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. This is why Coraline (2009) is one of the best movies like Mary Poppins (1964). (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. (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

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

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. (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

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. This is why Elf (2003) is one of the best movies like Mary Poppins (1964). (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

The Addams Family (1991)
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

The Woman In Black (2012) is one of the best movies like Mary Poppins (1964)
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. (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

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... (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

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

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

Harry Potter And The Sorcerer's Stone (2001) is one of the best movies like Mary Poppins (1964)
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

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

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:magic
Characters:boy, girl
Story:uncle, tween girl, carousel, child's point of view, drawing, cafe, husband wife relationship, father son relationship, mother son relationship, character name in title, dog

Le Fabuleux Destin D'amelie Poulain (2001)
Comedy, Romance

Le Fabuleux Destin D'amelie Poulain (2001)

Amelie is a story about a girl named Amelie whose childhood was suppressed by her Father's mistaken concerns of a heart defect. With these concerns Amelie gets hardly any real life contact with other people. This leads Amelie to resort to her own fantastical world and dreams of love and beauty. She later on becomes a young woman and moves to the central part of Paris as a waitress. After finding a lost treasure belonging to the former occupant of her apartment, she decides to return it to him. After seeing his reaction and his new found perspective - she decides to devote her life to the people around her. Such as, her father who is obsessed with his garden-gnome, a failed writer, a hypochondriac, a man who stalks his ex girlfriends, the "ghost", a suppressed young soul, the love of her life and a man whose bones are as brittle as glass. But after consuming herself with these escapades - she finds out that she is disregarding her own life and damaging her quest for love. Amelie then discovers she must become more aggressive and take a hold of her life and capture the beauty of love she has always dreamed of. (Read More)

Themes:magic
Characters:girl
Story:cafe, neighbor, cheerfulness, famous score, child's point of view, breaking the fourth wall, female protagonist, father daughter relationship, character name in title, f rated

Pinocchio (1940) is one of the best movies like Mary Poppins (1964)
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. This is why Pinocchio (1940) is one of the best movies like Mary Poppins (1964). (Read More)

Themes:magic
Characters:boy
Story:famous score, blockbuster, lifting someone into the air, umbrella, mirror, title spoken by character, father son relationship, character name in title, based on novel

Tenku No Shiro Rapyuta (1986)
Adventure, Animation, Family, Fantasy

Tenku No Shiro Rapyuta (1986)

A young boy stumbles into a mysterious girl who floats down from the sky. The girl, Sheeta, was chased by pirates, army and government secret agents. In saving her life, they begin a high flying adventure that goes through all sorts of flying machines, eventually searching for Sheeta's identity in a floating castle of a lost civilization. (Read More)

Themes:magic
Locations:farm
Characters:girl, boy
Story:cloud, levitation, mother son relationship

Mamma Mia! (2008)
Comedy, Family, Musical, Romance

Mamma Mia! (2008)

Set on a colorful Greek island, the plot serves as a background for a wealth of ABBA songs. A young woman about to be married discovers that any one of three men could be her father. She invites all three to the wedding without telling her mother, Donna, who was once the lead singer of Donna and the Dynamos. In the meantime, Donna has invited her backup singers, Rosie and Tanya. (Read More)

Themes:dance
Locations:rooftop
Story:lifting an adult into the air, lifting female in air, banker, blockbuster, lifting someone into the air, breaking the fourth wall, drawing, mirror, female protagonist, father daughter relationship, mother daughter relationship, f rated, dog

E.t. The Extra-terrestrial (1982)
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. (Read More)

Themes:dance
Characters:boy, girl
Story:famous score, levitation, child's point of view, blockbuster, lifting someone into the air, brother sister relationship, mother son relationship, character name in title, family relationships, dog

Spaceballs (1987) is one of the best movies like Mary Poppins (1964)
Adventure, Comedy, Sci-fi

Spaceballs (1987)

King Roland of the planet Druidia is trying to marry his daughter Princess Vespa to Prince Valium, but Vespa is kidnapped by the evil race of the Spaceballs. The Spaceballs ask Roland a tremendous ransom: all the air of Druidia (you see, the air of Spaceball had serious pollution problems...). The King decides to offer a generous amount of money to a space rogue, Lone Starr, to persuade him to save Vespa. What follows is the parody of a _LOT_ of famous SF movies. (Read More)

Themes:magic, marriage
Story:lifting an adult into the air, lifting female in air, lifting someone into the air, actor playing multiple roles, breaking the fourth wall, brunette, title spoken by character, dog

Napoleon Dynamite (2004)
Comedy

Napoleon Dynamite (2004)

Preston, Idaho's most curious resident, Napoleon Dynamite, lives with his grandma and his 32-year-old brother (who cruises chat rooms for ladies) and works to help his best friend, Pedro, snatch the Student Body President title from mean teen Summer Wheatley. This is why Napoleon Dynamite (2004) is one of the best movies like Mary Poppins (1964). (Read More)

Themes:dance
Characters:girl, boy
Story:uncle, drawing, cafe, title spoken by character, mother son relationship, character name in title, family relationships

Ratatouille (2007)
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:rooftop
Characters:boy, girl
Story:new job, rainstorm, blockbuster, cook, cafe, brother sister relationship, title spoken by character, father son relationship, dog

Young Frankenstein (1974)
Comedy

Young Frankenstein (1974)

A young neurosurgeon (Gene Wilder) inherits the castle of his grandfather, the famous Dr. Victor von Frankenstein. In the castle he finds a funny hunchback called Igor, a pretty lab assistant named Inga and the old housekeeper, frau Blucher -iiiiihhh!-. Young Frankenstein believes that the work of his grandfather is only crap, but when he discovers the book where the mad doctor described his reanimation experiment, he suddenly changes his mind... (Read More)

Themes:marriage
Story:lifting an adult into the air, kite, housekeeper, blockbuster, lifting someone into the air, fireplace, breaking the fourth wall, mirror, husband wife relationship, character name in title, based on novel

The Sorcerer's Apprentice (2010) is one of the best movies like Mary Poppins (1964)
Action, Adventure, Family, Fantasy

The Sorcerer's Apprentice (2010)

Balthazar Blake (Nicolas Cage) is a master sorcerer in modern-day Manhattan trying to defend the city from his arch-nemesis, Maxim Horvath (Alfred Molina). Balthazar can't do it alone, so he recruits Dave Stutler (Jay Baruchel), a seemingly average guy who demonstrates hidden potential, as his reluctant protege. The sorcerer gives his unwilling accomplice a crash course in the art and science of magic, and together, these unlikely partners work to stop the forces of darkness. It'll take all the courage Dave can muster to survive his training, save the city and get the girl as he becomes The Sorcerer's Apprentice. (Read More)

Themes:magic
Locations:rooftop
Characters:girl, boy
Story:cockney accent, levitation, rainstorm, hat, fireplace, umbrella, mirror, dog

It's A Wonderful Life (1946)
Drama, Family, Fantasy

It's A Wonderful Life (1946)

George Bailey has spent his entire life giving of himself to the people of Bedford Falls. He has always longed to travel but never had the opportunity in order to prevent rich skinflint Mr. Potter from taking over the entire town. All that prevents him from doing so is George's modest building and loan company, which was founded by his generous father. But on Christmas Eve, George's Uncle Billy loses the business's $8,000 while intending to deposit it in the bank. Potter finds the misplaced money and hides it from Billy. When the bank examiner discovers the shortage later that night, George realizes that he will be held responsible and sent to jail and the company will collapse, finally allowing Potter to take over the town. Thinking of his wife, their young children, and others he loves will be better off with him dead, he contemplates suicide. But the prayers of his loved ones result in a gentle angel named Clarence coming to earth to help George, with the promise of earning his wings. He shows George what things would have been like if he had never been born. In a nightmarish vision in which the Potter-controlled town is sunk in sex and sin, those George loves are either dead, ruined, or miserable. He realizes that he has touched many people in a positive way and that his life has truly been a wonderful one. (Read More)

Themes:marriage
Period:1910s
Story:uncle, banker, rainstorm, job interview, lifting someone into the air, bank, mother daughter relationship, father daughter relationship, husband wife relationship, mother son relationship, father son relationship, family relationships, based on novel

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. This is why The Lovely Bones (2009) is one of the best movies like Mary Poppins (1964). (Read More)

Locations:farm
Characters:girl
Story:neighbor, snowglobe, hat, brother sister relationship, title spoken by character, father daughter relationship, mother daughter relationship, husband wife relationship, father son relationship, mother son relationship, family relationships, based on novel, f rated, dog

The Sound Of Music (1965)
Biography, Drama, Family, Musical, Romance

The Sound Of Music (1965)

In 1930's Austria, a young woman named Maria is failing miserably in her attempts to become a nun. When the Navy captain Georg Von Trapp writes to the convent asking for a governess that can handle his seven mischievous children, Maria is given the job. The Captain's wife is dead, and he is often away, and runs the household as strictly as he does the ships he sails on. The children are unhappy and resentful of the governesses that their father keeps hiring, and have managed to run each of them off one by one. When Maria arrives, she is initially met with the same hostility, but her kindness, understanding, and sense of fun soon draws them to her and brings some much-needed joy into all their lives -- including the Captain's. Eventually he and Maria find themselves falling in love, even though Georg is already engaged to a Baroness and Maria is still a postulant. The romance makes them both start questioning the decisions they have made. Their personal conflicts soon become overshadowed, however, by world events. Austria is about to come under the control of Germany, and the Captain may soon find himself drafted into the German navy and forced to fight against his own country. (Read More)

Themes:marriage
Characters:girl
Story:cheerfulness, lifting female in air, cathedral, new job, blockbuster, lifting someone into the air, female protagonist, brother sister relationship, title spoken by character, father daughter relationship, father son relationship, family relationships, based on novel, f rated

It's Kind Of A Funny Story (2010) is one of the best movies like Mary Poppins (1964)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

It's Kind Of A Funny Story (2010)

Craig is a high-school junior, in the gifted program, infatuated with his best friend's girl. When he realizes he's suicidal, he checks himself into the psychiatric ward of a hospital, thinking they'll do an observation, help him, and send him home in time for school the next day. Once in, however, he must stay for a week; the juvenile ward is being renovated, so he's in with adults as well as a few youths. Bobby, a man with a young daughter, shows him around; Craig notices Noelle, about his age. He tries to keep his friends from finding out where he is. Little things: he draws, goes to therapy, sings, helps Bobby rehearse an interview. Is this the stuff of insight? (Read More)

Themes:dance
Locations:rooftop
Characters:girl
Story:drawing, apology, father daughter relationship, father son relationship, based on novel, f rated

El Laberinto Del Fauno (2006)
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:magic
Characters:girl
Story:tween girl, lullaby, housekeeper, child's point of view, lifting someone into the air, cook, fireplace, umbrella, mirror, mother daughter relationship, husband wife relationship, father son relationship, character name in title

Big (1988)
Comedy, Drama, Family, Fantasy, Romance

Big (1988)

Josh Baskin would do anything to be big to hang out with his crush at the carnival. He finds a Zoltar machine, and he wishes to be big. After Zoltar tells him, "his wish is granted", Josh notices the machine is unplugged. He wakes up the next morning in an adult's body but he still has the same personality. With the help of his best friend, Billy, Josh learns how to act like a grown up. But as he gets a girlfriend and a fun job, he doesn't want to be a kid again. Will Josh stay big or become a 13 year old boy again? (Read More)

Characters:boy
Story:job promotion, child's point of view, blockbuster, lifting someone into the air, neighbor, mirror, title spoken by character, mother son relationship, f rated

The Hunchback Of Notre Dame (1996)
Animation, Drama, Family, Musical, Romance

The Hunchback Of Notre Dame (1996)

In 15th century Paris, Clopin the puppeteer tells the story of Quasimodo, the misshapen but gentle-souled bell ringer of Notre Dame, who was nearly killed as a baby by Claude Frollo, the Minister of Justice. But Frollo was forced by the Archdeacon of Notre Dame to raise Quasimodo as his own. Now a young man, Quasimodo is hidden from the world by Frollo in the belltower of the cathedral. But during the Festival of Fools, Quasimodo, cheered on by his gargoyle friends Victor, Hugo, and Laverne, decides to take part in the festivities, where he meets the lovely gypsy girl Esmeralda and the handsome soldier Phoebus. The three of them find themselves ranged against Frollo's cruelty and his attempts to destroy the home of the gypsies, the Court of Miracles. And Quasimodo must desperately defend both Esmeralda and the very cathedral of Notre Dame. This is why The Hunchback Of Notre Dame (1996) is one of the best movies like Mary Poppins (1964). (Read More)

Characters:girl
Story:lifting female in air, cathedral, blockbuster, lifting someone into the air, based on novel

The Wizard Of Oz (1939) is one of the best movies like Mary Poppins (1964)
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)

Themes:magic, dance
Locations:farm
Story:tween girl, levitation, lifting someone into the air, neighbor, title spoken by character, dog, husband wife relationship

Hauru No Ugoku Shiro (2004)
Adventure, Animation, Family, Fantasy

Hauru No Ugoku Shiro (2004)

A love story between an 18-year-old girl named Sophie, cursed by a witch into an old woman's body, and a magician named Howl. Under the curse, Sophie sets out to seek her fortune, which takes her to Howl's strange moving castle. In the castle, Sophie meets Howl's fire demon, named Karishifa. Seeing that she is under a curse, the demon makes a deal with Sophie--if she breaks the contract he is under with Howl, then Karushifa will lift the curse that Sophie is under, and she will return to her 18-year-old shape. (Read More)

Themes:magic
Characters:girl, boy
Story:housekeeper, blockbuster, hat, mirror, character name in title, based on novel, dog

Aladdin (1992)
Adventure, Animation, Comedy, Family, Fantasy, Musical, Romance

Aladdin (1992)

Aladdin is a poor street urchin who spends his time stealing food from the marketplace in the city of Agrabah. His adventures begin when he meets a young girl who happens to be Princess Jasmine, who is forced to be married by her wacky yet estranged father. Aladdin's luck suddenly changes when he retrieves a magical lamp from the Cave of Wonders. What he unwittingly gets is a fun-loving genie who only wishes to have his freedom. Little do they know is that the Sultan's sinister advisor Jafar has his own plans for both Aladdin and the lamp. (Read More)

Themes:magic
Characters:girl
Story:blockbuster, lifting someone into the air, fireworks, actor playing multiple roles, breaking the fourth wall, bird, title spoken by character, father daughter relationship, character name in title, based on novel, dog

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. (Read More)

Themes:magic, dance, marriage
Characters:girl
Story:lifting an adult into the air, blockbuster, fireplace, mirror, female protagonist, father daughter relationship, mother son relationship, character name in title, dog

Toy Story 2 (1999) is one of the best movies like Mary Poppins (1964)
Adventure, Animation, Comedy, Family, Fantasy

Toy Story 2 (1999)

While Andy is away at summer camp Woody has been toynapped by Al McWiggin, a greedy collector and proprietor of "Al's Toy Barn"! In this all-out rescue mission, Buzz and his friends Mr. Potato Head, Slinky Dog, Rex and Hamm springs into action to rescue Woody from winding up as a museum piece. They must find a way to save him before he gets sold in Japan forever and they'll never see him again! This is why Toy Story 2 (1999) is one of the best movies like Mary Poppins (1964). (Read More)

Story:cartoon penguin, penguin, blockbuster, hat, apology, mirror, dog, husband wife relationship

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:marriage
Locations:farm
Story:nanny, laughing, blockbuster, fireplace, london england, husband wife relationship, family relationships, based on novel, dog

Die Unendliche Geschichte (1984)
Adventure, Drama, Family, Fantasy

Die Unendliche Geschichte (1984)

Bastian is a young boy who lives a dreary life being tormented by school bullies. On one such occasion he escapes into a book shop where the old proprieter reveals an ancient story-book to him, which he is warned can be dangerous. Shortly after, he "borrows" the book and begins to read it in the school attic where he is drawn into the mythical land of Fantasia, which desperately needs a hero to save it from destruction. (Read More)

Themes:magic
Characters:boy, girl
Story:famous score, stop motion animation, breaking the fourth wall, title spoken by character, father son relationship, based on novel

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)

Story:rainstorm, blockbuster, bird, title spoken by character, mother son relationship, father son relationship, character name in title, based on novel, dog

The Mask (1994) is one of the best movies like Mary Poppins (1964)
Comedy, Fantasy

The Mask (1994)

Stanley Ipkiss ('Jim Carrey' (qv)) is a bank clerk that is an incredibly nice man. Unfortunately, he is too nice for his own good and is a pushover when it comes to confrontations. After one of the worst days of his life, he finds a mask that depicts Loki, the Norse night god of mischief. Now, when he puts it on, he becomes his inner, self: a cartoon romantic wild man. However, a small time crime boss, Dorian Tyrel ('Peter Greene (I)' (qv)), comes across this character dubbed "The Mask" by the media. After Ipkiss's alter ego indirectly kills his friend in crime, Tyrel now wants this green-faced goon destroyed. (Read More)

Story:bank, blockbuster, lifting someone into the air, breaking the fourth wall, title spoken by character, character name in title, dog

Taare Zameen Par (2007)
Drama, Family

Taare Zameen Par (2007)

Ishaan Awasthi is an eight-year-old child whose world is filled with wonders that no one else seems to appreciate; colours, fish, dogs and kites are just not important in the world of adults, who are much more interested in things like homework, marks and neatness. And Ishaan just cannot seem to get anything right in class. When he gets into far more trouble than his parents can handle, he is packed off to a boarding school to 'be disciplined'. Things are no different at his new school, and Ishaan has to contend with the added trauma of separation from his family. One day a new art teacher bursts onto the scene, Ram Shankar Nikumbh, who infects the students with joy and optimism. He breaks all the rules of 'how things are done' by asking them to think, dream and imagine, and all the children respond with enthusiasm, all except Ishaan. Nikumbh soon realizes that Ishaan is very unhappy, and he sets out to discover why. With time, patience and care, he ultimately helps Ishaan find himself. This is why Taare Zameen Par (2007) is one of the best movies like Mary Poppins (1964). (Read More)

Locations:rooftop
Characters:boy
Story:kite, child's point of view, lifting someone into the air, fireworks, drawing, bird, apology, mirror, husband wife relationship, father son relationship, mother son relationship, family relationships, dog

As Good As It Gets (1997)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

As Good As It Gets (1997)

New York City. Melvin Udall, a cranky, bigoted, obsessive-compulsive writer, finds his life turned upside down when neighboring gay artist Simon is hospitalized and his dog is entrusted to Melvin. In addition, Carol, the only waitress who will tolerate him, must leave work to care for her sick son, making it impossible for Melvin to eat breakfast. (Read More)

Story:neighbor, blockbuster, drawing, title spoken by character, dog, mother daughter relationship, mother son relationship

The Mortal Instruments: City Of Bones (2013)
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:magic
Locations:rooftop
Story:cockney accent, rainstorm, drawing, bird, mother daughter relationship, based on novel, dog

Toy Story (1995) is one of the best movies like Mary Poppins (1964)
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:sliding down a banister, laughing, blockbuster, lifting someone into the air, apology, neighbor, family relationships, 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.

Themes:magic, marriage
Characters:girl
Story:rainstorm, fireplace, female protagonist, brother sister relationship, title spoken by character, mother daughter relationship, father daughter relationship, husband wife relationship, father son relationship, mother son relationship, family relationships, f rated, dog

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