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Moana (2016)
Adventure, Animation, Comedy, Family, Fantasy, Musical, Thriller

Moana (2016)

Moana Waialiki is a sea voyaging enthusiast and the only daughter of a chief in a long line of navigators. When her island's fishermen can't catch any fish and the crops fail, she learns that the demigod Maui caused the blight by stealing the heart of the goddess, Te Fiti. The only way to heal the island is to persuade Maui to return Te Fiti's heart, so Moana sets off on an epic journey across the Pacific. The film is based on stories from Polynesian mythology. (Read More)

Themes:monster
Mood:nightmare
Locations:ocean,  storm,  cave,  beach
Characters:girl
Story:voyage,  disney animated musical cinematic universe,  disney animated musical universe,  disney animated cgi musical film,  disney animated cgi musical,  disney princess,  sea turtle,  tropical island,  gigantic monster,  young girl,  giant monster,  island,  animated tattoo,  little girl,  reference to little mermaid,  refusing to believe,  talking crab,  no narration,  high seas,  fish hook,  blow dart,  giant crab,  restitution,  polynesian,  polynesia,  stingray,  loss of grandmother,  demi god,  south pacific,  navigation,  reef,  coconut,  hawk,  reference to twitter,  shape shifter,  saving the world,  rooster,  goddess,  no title at beginning,  lava,  drum,  sailing,  sailboat,  forename as title,  new zealand,  disney,  cgi animation,  title at the end,  turtle,  scene after end credits,  grandmother granddaughter relationship,  shark,  quest,  destiny,  pirate,  chicken,  pig,  scene during end credits,  storytelling,  curse,  breaking the fourth wall,  no opening credits,  bird,  demon,  tattoo,  title spoken by character,  father daughter relationship,  character name in title,  one word title,  f rated

Nim's Island (2008)
Adventure, Comedy, Family, Fantasy

Nim's Island (2008)

Nim Rusoe is a girl who joins her father, a scientist, when he does research on marine life on an island. It's just the two of them but she spends her time making friends with all the animals she encounters, chatting on the computer and reading the adventure books of Alex Rover. When her father goes to do some research but when a storm strikes the island he doesn't come back, she gets worried and frightened. She then e-mails Alex Rover hoping that he will come but what she doesn't know is that Alex Rover is a woman who is agoraphobic and germaphobic. But her creation comes to life and eggs her to go. Unfortunately she has never gone anywhere before and is denied her necessities like her sanitary gel by the customs officer at the airport. In the meantime, Nim tries to be strong while waiting for Alex to arrive. (Read More)

Mood:nightmare
Locations:storm,  ocean,  beach
Characters:girl
Story:island,  sea turtle,  tropical island,  south pacific,  coconut,  lava,  sailing,  sailboat,  turtle,  shark,  quest,  pirate,  storytelling,  father daughter relationship,  character name in title,  f rated

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Kon-tiki (2012)
Adventure, History

Kon-tiki (2012)

The Norwegian explorer Thor Heyerdahl crossed the Pacific Ocean in a balsawood raft in 1947, together with five men, to prove that South Americans back in pre-Columbian times could have crossed the ocean and settled on Polynesian islands. After financing the trips with loans and donations, they set off on an epic 101-day-long trip across 8000 kilometers, while the world was waiting for the result of the trip. The film tells about the origin of the idea, the preparations, and the events on the trip. The "Kon-Tiki" was named after the Inca sun god, Viracocha, and "Kon-Tiki" is an old name for this god. Heyerdahl filmed the expedition, which later became the Academy Award winning documentary in 1951, and he wrote a book about the expedition that was translated into 70 languages and sold more than 50 millions copies around the world. Heyerdahl believed that people from South America could have settled Polynesia in pre-Columbian times, although most anthropologists now believe they did not. Anyway he proved that it was possible by using only the materials and technologies available to those people at that time. The trip took 101 days over 4,300 miles across the Pacific Ocean before the "Kon-Tiki" crashed onto the dangerous reefs outside Raroia in the Tuamotu Islands on August 7, 1947. All crewmen survived, and the "Kon-Tiki" was taken back to Norway. She is now featured in the Kon-Tiki Museum. (Read More)

Locations:ocean,  storm
Story:tropical island,  polynesian,  polynesia,  navigation,  reef,  voyage,  sailing,  sailboat,  shark,  bird,  island

Finding Dory (2016)
Adventure, Animation, Comedy, Family

Finding Dory (2016)

Dory is a wide-eyed, blue tang fish who suffers from memory loss every 10 seconds or so. The one thing she can remember is that she somehow became separated from her parents as a child. With help from her friends Nemo and Marlin, Dory embarks on an epic adventure to find them. Her journey brings her to the Marine Life Institute, a conservatory that houses diverse ocean species. (Read More)

Locations:ocean
Story:sea turtle,  talking crab,  stingray,  cgi animation,  shark,  destiny,  bird,  character name in title

All Is Lost (2013) is one of the best movies like Moana (2016)
Action, Adventure, Drama

All Is Lost (2013)

Deep into a solo voyage in the Indian Ocean, an unnamed man (Redford) wakes to find his 39-foot yacht taking on water after a collision with a shipping container left floating on the high seas. With his navigation equipment and radio disabled, the man sails unknowingly into the path of a violent storm. Despite his success in patching the breached hull, his mariner's intuition and a strength that belies his age, the man barely survives the tempest. Using only a sextant and nautical maps to chart his progress, he is forced to rely on ocean currents to carry him into a shipping lane in hopes of hailing a passing vessel. But with the sun unrelenting, sharks circling and his meager supplies dwindling, the ever-resourceful sailor soon finds himself staring his mortality in the face. (Read More)

Locations:storm,  ocean
Story:navigation,  sailing,  high seas,  voyage,  sailboat,  shark,  title spoken by character

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Clash Of The Titans (1981)
Action, Adventure, Family, Fantasy

Clash Of The Titans (1981)

Perseus is the favored son of the god Zeus, but he has unwittingly ticked off the sea goddess Thetis. Just to make things worse, Perseus falls in love with the lovely Princess Andromeda, who used to be engaged to Thetis's son. Soon Perseus is off on one quest after another, with Zeus helping, Thetis hindering, and lots of innocent bystanders getting stabbed, drowned, and squished. This is why Clash Of The Titans (1981) is one of the best movies like Moana (2016). (Read More)

Themes:monster
Locations:beach
Story:goddess,  giant monster,  demi god,  quest,  curse,  island

Frozen (2013)
Adventure, Animation, Comedy, Family, Fantasy, Musical

Frozen (2013)

Anna, a fearless optimist, sets off on an epic journey - teaming up with rugged mountain man Kristoff and his loyal reindeer Sven - to find her sister Elsa, whose icy powers have trapped the kingdom of Arendelle in eternal winter. Encountering Everest-like conditions, mystical trolls and a hilarious snowman named Olaf, Anna and Kristoff battle the elements in a race to save the kingdom. From the outside Anna's sister, Elsa looks poised, regal and reserved, but in reality, she lives in fear as she wrestles with a mighty secret-she was born with the power to create ice and snow. It's a beautiful ability, but also extremely dangerous. Haunted by the moment her magic nearly killed her younger sister Anna, Elsa has isolated herself, spending every waking minute trying to suppress her growing powers. Her mounting emotions trigger the magic, accidentally setting off an eternal winter that she can't stop. She fears she's becoming a monster and that no one, not even her sister, can help her. (Read More)

Themes:monster
Locations:ocean
Characters:girl
Story:disney animated musical cinematic universe,  disney animated musical universe,  disney animated cgi musical film,  disney animated cgi musical,  disney princess,  no narration,  disney,  cgi animation,  scene after end credits,  title spoken by character,  one word title,  f rated

Ice Age: Continental Drift (2012)
Adventure, Animation, Comedy, Family, Fantasy

Ice Age: Continental Drift (2012)

When Scrat accidentally provokes a continental cataclysm with a storm, Manny is separated from Ellie and Peaches on an iceberg with Diego, Sid and Granny but he promises that he will find a way to return home. While crossing the ocean, they are captured by the cruel pirate Captain Gutt and his crew. However they escape and Manny plots a plan to steal Captain Gutt's ship and return to his homeland in a dangerous voyage through the sea. But the cruel pirates seek revenge against Manny and his family and friends. (Read More)

Locations:storm,  ocean
Story:voyage,  cgi animation,  shark,  pirate,  no opening credits,  bird,  father daughter relationship

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Six Days Seven Nights (1998) is one of the best movies like Moana (2016)
Action, Adventure, Comedy, Romance

Six Days Seven Nights (1998)

Taking a romantic tropical island week off with her boyfriend, an ambitious, decisive New York girl agrees to help her magazine out by covering a story on a neighboring island. The only plane available is piloted by a laid-back heavy drinker with whom she shares a mutual dislike. But she has no choice and he can't refuse the money. When the plane crash-lands on an uninhabited island with little chance of rescue they both wish they had made other arrangements - at least to start with. (Read More)

Mood:nightmare
Locations:storm,  ocean
Characters:girl
Story:tropical island,  island,  pirate,  pig,  title spoken by character

Journey 2: The Mysterious Island (2012)
Action, Adventure, Comedy, Family, Fantasy, Sci-fi

Journey 2: The Mysterious Island (2012)

The 17-year-old Sean Anderson receives a coded signal and his stepfather Hank helps him to decipher the message. They find that Sean's grandfather Alexander Anderson has found the mysterious island in the Pacific described by Jules Verne and two other writers in their novels. The stubborn Sean wants to travel to the coordinates and Hank decides to buy the tickets and travel with the teenager to a small island nearby the location. They rent an old helicopter owned by the locals Gabato and his teenage daughter Kailani and the group heads to the unknown spot. Along their journey, they cross a hurricane and crash on the island. They find a beautiful and dangerous place, surrounded by forests, volcanoes with lava of gold and menacing life forms. They also meet the old Alexander and Hank discovers that the island is sinking. Now their only chance to survive is to find the legendary Nautilus. (Read More)

Themes:monster
Locations:ocean,  cave,  beach
Story:island,  reef,  lava,  shark,  scene during end credits,  no opening credits,  father daughter relationship

Surf's Up (2007)
Animation, Comedy, Family, Sport

Surf's Up (2007)

This story follows a teenage rock hopper penguin named Cody Maverick from his hometown of Shiverpool, Antarctica, where all of the other penguins think he's nothing but a surfing fool, to the "Big Z Memorial Surf Off" on Pen Gu Island. Young Cody is determined to win the most important competition in the world of penguin surfing in honor of "Big Z," a deceased surfing legend whom he has idolized since childhood. But the waves in Pen Gu are different than in Shiverpool, and the competition is steep. The current champ, egotistical Tank Evans, isn't just about to let this little penguin knock him from first place without a fight. When Cody wipes out and encounters Geek, a recluse aging former surfer, living in the jungle, he learns some important lessons about life and surfing, and even teaches Geek a thing or two. This is why Surf's Up (2007) is one of the best movies like Moana (2016). (Read More)

Locations:ocean,  beach
Story:island,  chicken,  cgi animation,  scene during end credits,  breaking the fourth wall,  bird,  title spoken by character

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Cast Away (2000)
Adventure, Drama, Romance

Cast Away (2000)

A man is marooned on an island after his plane crashes into the ocean. Far away from home, his girlfriend, and any human contact, he engages in a battle of wits with himself as he is tested mentally, physically, and emotionally in order to survive.

Locations:storm,  ocean,  cave,  beach
Story:island,  tropical island,  south pacific,  coconut,  sailing,  no opening credits,  one word title

In The Heart Of The Sea (2015) is one of the best movies like Moana (2016)
Action, Adventure, Biography, Drama, History, Thriller

In The Heart Of The Sea (2015)

In the winter of 1820, the New England whaling ship Essex was assaulted by something no one could believe: a whale of mammoth size and will, and an almost human sense of vengeance. The real-life maritime disaster would inspire Herman Melville's Moby-Dick. But that told only half the story. "In the Heart of the Sea" reveals the encounter's harrowing aftermath, as the ship's surviving crew is pushed to their limits and forced to do the unthinkable to stay alive. Braving storms, starvation, panic and despair, the men will call into question their deepest beliefs, from the value of their lives to the morality of their trade, as their captain searches for direction on the open sea and his first mate still seeks to bring the great whale down. (Read More)

Locations:storm,  ocean,  cave,  beach
Story:little girl,  voyage,  sailboat,  chicken,  pig,  no opening credits,  bird,  island

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)

Locations:ocean,  beach
Characters:girl
Story:new zealand,  grandmother granddaughter relationship,  destiny,  tattoo,  title spoken by character,  father daughter relationship,  f rated

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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)

Characters:girl
Story:young girl,  voyage,  hawk,  shape shifter,  quest,  storytelling,  curse,  no opening credits,  bird,  demon,  tattoo,  father daughter relationship

Beowulf (2007)
Action, Adventure, Animation, Fantasy

Beowulf (2007)

Set against the coming of Christianity, this is the story of the last hero: in 507, a monstrous troll wreaks havoc in the mead hall of the Danish king, Hrothgar. He offers rewards for the death of Grendel, so Beowulf, a great and boastful Geat warrior, arrives with his thanes. Beowulf sets aside his armor and awaits the monster; a fierce battle ensues that leads to Beowolf's entering the watery lair of Grendel's mother, where a devil's bargain awaits. Beowulf returns to Herot, the castle, and becomes king. Jump ahead many years, and the sins of the father are visited upon Beowulf and his kingdom. The hero must face his weakness and be heroic once again. Is the age of demons over? This is why Beowulf (2007) is one of the best movies like Moana (2016). (Read More)

Themes:monster
Locations:storm,  ocean,  cave,  beach
Story:cgi animation,  quest,  curse,  no opening credits,  demon,  title spoken by character,  character name in title,  one word title

Inside Out (2015) is one of the best movies like Moana (2016)
Adventure, Animation, Comedy, Drama, Family, Fantasy

Inside Out (2015)

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

Mood:nightmare
Characters:girl
Story:young girl,  little girl,  lava,  disney,  cgi animation,  quest,  scene during end credits,  f rated

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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.

Characters:girl
Story:disney princess,  refusing to believe,  cgi animation,  scene after end credits,  destiny,  chicken,  curse,  no opening credits,  title spoken by character,  father daughter relationship,  one word title,  f rated

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.

Locations:cave
Characters:girl
Story:little girl,  disney,  pirate,  island,  title spoken by character,  father daughter relationship,  character name in title

Godzilla (1998)
Action, Sci-fi, Thriller

Godzilla (1998)

Following the French atomic bomb tests in the South Pacific, an unknown creature is spotted passing eastward through the Panama Canal. Scientist Niko Tatopolous is called in to investigate the matter, and he quickly arrives at the conclusion that a giant, irradiated lizard has been created by the explosions. Godzilla then makes its way north, landing at Manhattan to begin wreaking havoc in the big city. Even with the combined forces of the U.S. military to fight the monster, will it be enough to save the people of New York? (Read More)

Themes:monster
Locations:storm
Story:giant monster,  polynesia,  south pacific,  island,  title spoken by character,  character name in title,  one word title

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The Adventures Of Baron Munchausen (1988) is one of the best movies like Moana (2016)
Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy

The Adventures Of Baron Munchausen (1988)

The fantastic tale of an 18th century aristocrat, his talented henchmen and a little girl in their efforts to save a town from defeat by the Turks. Being swallowed by a giant sea-monster, a trip to the moon, a dance with Venus and an escape from the Grim Reaper are only some of the improbable adventures. This is why The Adventures Of Baron Munchausen (1988) is one of the best movies like Moana (2016). (Read More)

Themes:monster
Locations:storm,  beach
Characters:girl
Story:goddess,  quest,  destiny,  pirate,  storytelling,  bird,  island,  father daughter relationship,  character name in title

The Blue Lagoon (1980)
Adventure, Drama, Romance

The Blue Lagoon (1980)

On a journey to San Francisco, Richard, his father and cousin Emmeline find themselves on a ship about to explode. Rushed to a lifeboat with Paddy Button, the two children escape while their father (and uncle) are on another lifeboat. In the chaos following, the lifeboats are separated. Paddy, Richard and Emmeline find themselves with no food and no water stuck in the middle of nowhere. After some time, the three come across an uncharted paradise, where Paddy quickly teaches the children fishing, hunting and building. After maybe a month or two, Paddy gets very drunk off a barrel of rum found on the island when they first arrive, and drowns in the middle of the night. Emmeline and Richard, now alone and very scared, move location and rebuild their island home. Many years later, the two young teenagers have developed a very real home, but hormones and feelings between the two strain their friendship, until Richard, who is still very determined to reach San Francisco, is let down by Emmeline when a ship passes by the island and she does not light the signal fire. Throwing her out of the home they had built together, Emmeline attempts to survive on her own but is hurt. After Richard finds her dying, he realizes how he really feels for her and manages to save her. Nature runs its course and their friendship turns into love as the couple learn about the facts of life, when Emmeline has a baby and does not understand why. (Read More)

Locations:beach
Characters:girl
Story:sea turtle,  tropical island,  island,  sailing,  sailboat,  shark,  bird,  father daughter relationship

Open Water (2003)
Adventure, Drama, Horror, Thriller

Open Water (2003)

A couple on a holiday in the Caribbean decide to spend the day on a scuba diving trip. But was it the wrong decision? When a mis-count happens on the boat, Susan and Daniel are left behind in the middle of the ocean, the boat long gone. With all their hopes set on the boat coming back to rescue them, they try to keep themselves safe, especially when sharks start to appear. (Read More)

Locations:ocean,  beach
Story:tropical island,  reef,  coconut,  shark,  scene during end credits,  bird,  island

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Kong: Skull Island (2017)
Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Sci-fi

Kong: Skull Island (2017)

A washed up monster chaser convinces the U.S. Government to fund a trip to an unexplored island in the South Pacific. Under the guise of geological research, the team travels to "Skull Island". Upon arrival, the group discover that their mission may be complicated by the wildlife which inhabits the island. The beautiful vistas and deadly creatures create a visually stunning experience that is sure to keep your attention. (Read More)

Themes:monster
Locations:storm,  cave,  beach
Story:island,  south pacific,  giant monster,  scene after end credits,  scene during end credits,  character name in title

Charlotte's Web (2006) is one of the best movies like Moana (2016)
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)

Characters:girl
Story:young girl,  little girl,  pig,  no opening credits,  father daughter relationship,  character name in title

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. This is why Aladdin (1992) is one of the best movies like Moana (2016). (Read More)

Locations:cave
Characters:girl
Story:disney princess,  young girl,  lava,  disney,  breaking the fourth wall,  bird,  title spoken by character,  father daughter relationship,  character name in title,  one word title

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The Shallows (2016)
Drama, Horror, Thriller

The Shallows (2016)

In the taut thriller The Shallows, when Nancy (Blake Lively) is surfing on a secluded beach, she finds herself on the feeding ground of a great white shark. Though she is stranded only 200 yards from shore, survival proves to be the ultimate test of wills, requiring all of Nancy's ingenuity, resourcefulness, and fortitude. (Read More)

Themes:monster
Locations:ocean,  beach
Story:shark,  reef,  no opening credits,  island,  father daughter relationship

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:monster
Characters:girl
Story:destiny,  young girl,  little girl,  quest,  pig,  no opening credits,  bird,  father daughter relationship,  character name in title,  f rated

The Little Mermaid (1989) is one of the best movies like Moana (2016)
Animation, Family, Fantasy, Musical, Romance

The Little Mermaid (1989)

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

Locations:storm,  ocean,  beach
Story:disney princess,  sea turtle,  talking crab,  disney,  turtle,  shark,  pirate,  title spoken by character,  father daughter relationship

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The Beach (2000)
Adventure, Drama, Romance, Thriller

The Beach (2000)

Garland's novel centers on a young nicotine-addicted traveler named Richard, an avid pop-culture buff with a particular love for video games and Vietnam War movies. While at a hotel in Bangkok, he finds a map left by his strange, whacked-out neighbor, who just committed suicide. The map supposedly leads to a legendary island paradise where some other wayward souls have settled. (Read More)

Mood:nightmare
Locations:beach
Story:tropical island,  shark,  island,  tattoo,  title spoken by character

Wonder Woman (2017)
Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Sci-fi, War

Wonder Woman (2017)

Diana, princess of the Amazons, trained to be an unconquerable warrior. Raised on a sheltered island paradise, when a pilot crashes on their shores and tells of a massive conflict raging in the outside world, Diana leaves her home, convinced she can stop the threat. Fighting alongside man in a war to end all wars, Diana will discover her full powers and her true destiny. This is why Wonder Woman (2017) is one of the best movies like Moana (2016). (Read More)

Locations:cave,  beach
Story:island,  destiny,  saving the world,  no title at beginning,  sailboat,  title at the end,  no opening credits,  character name in title,  f rated

Angry Birds (2016)
Action, Adventure, Animation, Comedy, Family

Angry Birds (2016)

In the 3D animated comedy, The Angry Birds Movie, we'll finally find out why the birds are so angry. The movie takes us to an island populated entirely by happy, flightless birds - or almost entirely. In this paradise, Red (Jason Sudeikis, We're the Millers, Horrible Bosses), a bird with a temper problem, speedy Chuck (Josh Gad in his first animated role since Frozen), and the volatile Bomb (Danny McBride, This is the End, Eastbound and Down) have always been outsiders. But when the island is visited by mysterious green piggies, it's up to these unlikely outcasts to figure out what the pigs are up to. Featuring a hilarious, all-star voice cast that includes Bill Hader (Trainwreck, Inside Out), Maya Rudolph (Bridesmaids, Sisters), and Peter Dinklage (Game of Thrones), as well as Kate McKinnon (Saturday Night Live, Ghostbusters), Keegan-Michael Key (Key & Peele), Tony Hale (Veep, Arrested Development), Tituss Burgess (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt), Ike Barinholtz (Neighbors, Sisters), Hannibal Buress (Daddy's Home, Broad City), Jillian Bell (22 Jump Street), Danielle Brooks (Orange is the New Black), Latin music sensation Romeo Santos, YouTube stars Smosh (Ian Hecox and Anthony Padilla), and country music superstar Blake Shelton, who writes and preforms the original song "Friends," the Columbia Pictures/Rovio Entertainment film is directed by Fergal Reilly and Clay Kaytis and produced by John Cohen and Catherine Winder. The screenplay is by Jon Vitti, and the film is executive produced by Mikael Hed and David Maisel. (Read More)

Locations:beach
Story:bird,  island,  cgi animation,  title at the end,  pig,  no opening credits

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Pirates Of The Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (2011) is one of the best movies like Moana (2016)
Action, Adventure, Fantasy

Pirates Of The Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (2011)

Captain Jack Sparrow (Depp) crosses paths with a woman from his past (Cruz), and he's not sure if it's love -- or if she's a ruthless con artist who's using him to find the fabled Fountain of Youth. When she forces him aboard the Queen Anne's Revenge, the ship of the formidable pirate Blackbeard (McShane), Jack finds himself on an unexpected adventure in which he doesn't know who to fear more: Blackbeard or the woman from his past. (Read More)

Locations:cave
Story:pirate,  voyage,  sailing,  scene after end credits,  quest,  no opening credits,  island

Pirates Of The Caribbean: The Curse Of The Black Pearl (2003)
Action, Adventure, Fantasy

Pirates Of The Caribbean: The Curse Of The Black Pearl (2003)

This swash-buckling tale follows the quest of Captain Jack Sparrow, a savvy pirate, and Will Turner, a resourceful blacksmith, as they search for Elizabeth Swann. Elizabeth, the daughter of the governor and the love of Will's life, has been kidnapped by the feared Captain Barbossa. Little do they know, but the fierce and clever Barbossa has been cursed. He, along with his large crew, are under an ancient curse, doomed for eternity to neither live, nor die. That is, unless a blood sacrifice is made. (Read More)

Locations:cave
Story:pirate,  curse,  quest,  island,  tattoo,  father daughter relationship

The Chronicles Of Narnia: The Voyage Of The Dawn Treader (2010)
Adventure, Family, Fantasy

The Chronicles Of Narnia: The Voyage Of The Dawn Treader (2010)

Lucy and Edmund Pevensie are stranded in Cambridge, living in the house of their obnoxious cousin Eustace, while the grown-ups Susan and Peter are living in the USA with their parents. When a painting of a ship sailing on the sea of Narnia overflows water in their room, Lucy, Edmund and Eustace are transported to the ocean of Narnia and rescued by King Caspian and the crew of the ship The Dawn Treader. Caspian explains that Narnia has been in peace for three years but before he took his throne back, his uncle tried to kill the seven lords of Telmar, who were the closest and most loyal friends of his father. They fled to The Lone Island and no one has ever heard anything about them. Now Caspian is seeking out the lords of Telmar with his Captain Drinian, the talking mouse Reepicheep and his loyal men. Soon, they discover that an evil form of green mist is threatening Narnia and the siblings and their cousin join Caspian in a quest to retrieve the seven swords of the seven lords of Telmar to save Narnia from evil. (Read More)

Locations:ocean
Story:voyage,  sailing,  quest,  island,  f rated

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Atlantis: The Lost Empire (2001)
Action, Adventure, Animation, Family, Fantasy, Sci-fi

Atlantis: The Lost Empire (2001)

1914: Milo Thatch, grandson of the great Thaddeus Thatch works in the boiler room of a museum. He knows that Atlantis was real, and he can get there if he has the mysterious Shephards journal, which can guide him to Atlantis. But he needs someone to fund a voyage. His employer thinks he's dotty, and refuses to fund any crazy idea. He returns home to his apartment and finds a woman there. She takes him to Preston B. Whitmore, an old friend of his Grandfathers. He gives him the shepherds journal, a submarine and a 5 star crew. They travel through the Atlantic ocean, face a large lobster called the Leviathan, and finally get to Atlantis. But does the Atlantis crew have a lust for discovery, or something else? This is why Atlantis: The Lost Empire (2001) is one of the best movies like Moana (2016). (Read More)

Locations:ocean
Story:voyage,  lava,  disney,  title at the end,  quest,  no opening credits,  island,  tattoo,  father daughter relationship

Dead Calm (1989) is one of the best movies like Moana (2016)
Horror, Thriller

Dead Calm (1989)

An Australian couple take a sailing trip in the Pacific to forget about a terrible accident. While on the open sea, in dead calm, they come across a ship with one survivor who is not at all what he seems.

Mood:nightmare
Locations:ocean
Story:high seas,  voyage,  sailing,  sailboat

The Green Inferno (2013)
Adventure, Crime, Horror, Thriller

The Green Inferno (2013)

In New York, college student Justine joins a group of activists led by Alejandro and travels to Peru to protest against a timber industry that is destroying the Amazon rain forest. When the group is returning to civilization, the plane blows-up and crashes into the forest. Soon the survivors discover that they are not alone and they are abducted by a tribe of cannibals. (Read More)

Mood:nightmare
Story:reference to twitter,  title at the end,  pig,  scene during end credits,  island,  tattoo,  father daughter relationship

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Solomon Kane (2009)
Action, Adventure, Fantasy

Solomon Kane (2009)

Once a mercenary of Queen Elizabeth I fighting Spaniards in Africa, Solomon met the Devil's Reaper and discovered he was bound for hell. Barely escaping, he soon renounced violence to atone for his past sins, seeking out redemption in a life of peace. That is until the followers of sorcerer Malachi kidnap a Puritan girl, Meredith Crowthorn, and brutally slaughter her family before his very eyes, forcing Solomon to take up arms and return to his violent ways once more to rescue her. (Read More)

Themes:monster
Locations:cave
Characters:girl
Story:giant monster,  pirate,  curse,  no opening credits,  demon,  title spoken by character,  father daughter relationship,  character name in title

Hercules (2014)
Action, Adventure

Hercules (2014)

1400 B.C., a tormented soul walked the Earth that was neither man nor god. Hercules was the powerful son of the god king Zeus. For this, he received nothing but suffering his entire life. After twelve arduous labors, and the death of his family, this dark, world-weary soul turned his back on the gods finding his only solace in bloody battle. Over the years, he warmed to the company of six similar souls, their only bond being their love of fighting, and the presence of death. These men and women never question where they go to fight, or why, or whom, just how much they will be paid. Now, the King of Thrace has hired these mercenaries to train his men to become the greatest army of all time. It is time for this bunch of lost souls to finally have their eyes opened to how far they have fallen, when they must train an army to become as ruthless and bloodthirsty as their reputation has become. (Read More)

Themes:monster
Mood:nightmare
Story:giant monster,  destiny,  pirate,  storytelling,  no opening credits,  title spoken by character,  father daughter relationship,  character name in title,  one word title

Beautiful Creatures (2013) is one of the best movies like Moana (2016)
Drama, Fantasy, Romance

Beautiful Creatures (2013)

Teenager Ethan Wate is obsessed with his urge to finish high school and go on to college in order to leave the small town of Gatlin, South Carolina behind, until a mysterious girl begins to inhabit his dreams. When he meets Lena Duchannes, a newcomer who has just enrolled in his school, Ethan knows she is the girl in his dreams. Lena is rejected by the rest of her classmates for being the niece of Macon Ravenwood, whom the town's superstitious residents consider to be a devil-worshiper. But Ethan gives her a ride anyway and they fall in love. Lena reveals to her new boyfriend that she is a witch, and that on her sixteenth birthday she will be claimed by either the forces of light or of darkness. She will remain in the light, but only if she does not remain in love with Ethan. To make matters worse, her evil mother, Sarafine, is casting spells to push Lena to the dark side. Ethan joins her in a search to find a magic spell to save their doomed love. Will the lovers succeed? This is why Beautiful Creatures (2013) is one of the best movies like Moana (2016). (Read More)

Mood:nightmare
Locations:storm
Characters:girl
Story:grandmother granddaughter relationship,  destiny,  curse,  no opening credits,  demon,  tattoo

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Jaws (1975)
Adventure, Drama, Thriller

Jaws (1975)

It's a hot summer on Amity Island, a small community whose main business is its beaches. When new Sheriff Martin Brody discovers the remains of a shark attack victim, his first inclination is to close the beaches to swimmers. This doesn't sit well with Mayor Larry Vaughn and several of the local businessmen. Brody backs down to his regret as that weekend a young boy is killed by the predator. The dead boy's mother puts out a bounty on the shark and Amity is soon swamped with amateur hunters and fisherman hoping to cash in on the reward. A local fisherman with much experience hunting sharks, Quint, offers to hunt down the creature for a hefty fee. Soon Quint, Brody and Matt Hooper from the Oceanographic Institute are at sea hunting the Great White shark. As Brody succinctly surmises after their first encounter with the creature, they're going to need a bigger boat. (Read More)

Themes:monster
Locations:ocean,  beach
Story:shark,  island,  sailboat,  tattoo,  one word title

The Rum Diary (2011)
Comedy, Drama

The Rum Diary (2011)

Hard-drinking journalist Paul Kemp takes a job at a besieged newspaper in San Juan, Puerto Rico. His volatile editor, Lotterman, assigns him to tourist pieces and horoscopes, but promises more. Paul rooms with Sala, an aging and equally alcoholic reporter, in a rundown flat. Sanderson, a wealthy entrepreneur, hires Paul to flack for a group of investors who plan to buy an island near the capital and build a resort. Sanderson's girl-friend, the beguiling Chenault, bats her eyes at Paul. His loyalties face challenges when he and Sala get in trouble with locals, when a Carnival dance enrages Sanderson, and when the paper hits the skids. Is the solution always alcohol? (Read More)

Locations:ocean,  beach
Characters:girl
Story:rooster,  sailboat,  turtle,  island

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)

Mood:nightmare
Characters:girl
Story:little girl,  rooster,  forename as title,  father daughter relationship,  character name in title,  one word title

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Where The Wild Things Are (2009) is one of the best movies like Moana (2016)
Adventure, Drama, Family, Fantasy

Where The Wild Things Are (2009)

A young boy named Max has an active imagination, and he will throw fits if others don't go along with what he wants. Max - following an incident with Claire (his sister) and her friends, and following a tantrum which he throws as a result of his Mother paying more attention to her boyfriend than to him - runs away from home. Wearing his wolf costume at the time, Max not only runs away physically, but runs toward a world in his imagination. This world, an ocean away, is inhabited by large wild beasts, including one named Carol who is much like Max himself in temperament. Instead of eating Max like they normally would with creatures of his type, the wild things befriend Max after he proclaims himself a king who can magically solve all their problems. (Read More)

Locations:ocean,  beach
Story:sailboat,  chicken,  storytelling,  no opening credits,  island

Triangle (2009)
Fantasy, Mystery, Thriller

Triangle (2009)

When Jess sets sail on a yacht with a group of friends, she cannot shake the feeling that there is something wrong. Her suspicions are realized when the yacht hits a storm and the group is forced to board a passing ocean liner to get to safety, a ship Jess is convinced she's been on before. The ship appears deserted, the clock on board has stopped, but they are not alone... Someone is intent on hunting them down, one by one. And Jess unknowingly holds the key to end the terror. This is why Triangle (2009) is one of the best movies like Moana (2016). (Read More)

Locations:storm,  ocean,  beach
Story:sailboat,  title spoken by character,  one word title

Coraline (2009)
Animation, Family, Fantasy

Coraline (2009)

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

Themes:monster
Mood:nightmare
Characters:girl
Story:young girl,  little girl,  forename as title,  scene after end credits,  title spoken by character,  father daughter relationship,  character name in title,  one word title

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The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou (2004)
Adventure, Comedy, Drama

The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou (2004)

When his partner is killed by the mysterious and possibly nonexistent Jaguar Shark, Steve Zissou and his Team Zissou crew set off for an expedition to hunt down the creature. Along with his estranged wife, a beautiful journalist and a co-pilot who could possibly be Zissou's son, the crew set off for one wild expedition. (Read More)

Themes:monster
Locations:ocean,  beach
Story:shark,  reef,  turtle,  pirate,  scene during end credits,  island,  tattoo,  character name in title

Treasure Planet (2002) is one of the best movies like Moana (2016)
Adventure, Animation, Family, Sci-fi

Treasure Planet (2002)

A futuristic twist on Robert Louis Stevenson's Treasure Island, Treasure Planet follows restless teen Jim Hawkins on a fantastic journey across the universe as cabin boy aboard a majestic space galleon. Befriended by the ship's charismatic cyborg cook, John Silver, Jim blossoms under his guidance and shows the makings of a fine shipmate as he and the alien crew battle a supernova, a black hole, and a ferocious space storm. But even greater dangers lie ahead when Jim discovers that his trusted friend Silver is actually a scheming pirate with mutiny on his mind. (Read More)

Locations:storm
Story:pirate,  disney,  no opening credits,  island,  title spoken by character

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)

Locations:storm
Characters:girl
Story:pirate,  storytelling,  no opening credits,  island,  title spoken by character,  father daughter relationship,  character name in title

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