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The Croods (2013)
Adventure, Animation, Comedy, Family, Fantasy

The Croods (2013)

"The Croods" are an eccentric family of cavemen, who survive the harsh terrain by living accordingly to a strict set of rules. But when their home is destroyed in the wake of an impending disaster known as "The End", they are forced to leave their home of shelter and security, and into the wilderness of the unknown to find a new home. (Read More)

Themes:hunting,  homelessness
Mood:night
Locations:cave
Story:animal skeleton,  cave woman,  cave painting,  grandmother granddaughter relationship,  grandmother grandson relationship,  starting a fire,  person on fire,  death of neighbor,  carnivorous plant,  animal skin,  prehistoric man,  crevice,  cavegirl,  nyctophobia,  big cat,  flock of birds,  carnivore,  dimwit,  flint,  strict father,  teen rebel,  burned,  complaining,  animal costume,  wreckage,  the end,  handprint,  tar,  tradition versus modernity,  sloth,  teenage rebellion,  overprotective father,  human prey,  starfish,  counting,  disobeying orders,  volcanic eruption,  boy meets girl,  family in danger,  jumping off a cliff,  running for your life,  walking stick,  boy girl relationship,  shell,  boulder,  prehistory,  firework,  horn,  clouds,  curiosity,  story telling,  fur,  labyrinth,  rock climbing,  log,  corn,  caveman,  prehistoric times,  belt,  mother in law,  hand over mouth,  sunrise,  human animal relationship,  shoe,  lava,  popcorn,  narrated by character,  whale,  sidekick,  pet,  teen romance,  3d animation,  smoke,  cgi animation,  tiger,  scene after end credits,  sun,  shoes,  earthquake,  teenage protagonist,  dinosaur,  strong female lead,  torch,  slapstick comedy,  blockbuster,  computer animation,  captive,  egg,  destruction,  strong female character,  monkey,  grandmother,  fireworks,  flower,  trap,  skeleton,  umbrella,  puppet,  old woman,  journey,  bird,  disguise,  mountain,  survival,  swimming,  falling from height,  punched in the face,  female protagonist,  teenage boy,  voice over narration,  fire,  teenage girl,  chase,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  character name in title,  family relationships,  bare chested male,  two word title

Ice Age (2002)
Adventure, Animation, Comedy, Family, Fantasy

Ice Age (2002)

Back when the Earth was being overrun by glaciers, and animals were scurrying to save themselves from the upcoming Ice Age, a sloth named Sid, a woolly mammoth named Manny, and a saber-toothed tiger named Diego are forced to become unlikely heroes. The three reluctantly come together when they have to return a human child to its father while braving the deadly elements of the impending Ice Age. (Read More)

Themes:hunting
Locations:cave
Story:cave painting,  sloth,  caveman,  prehistoric times,  lava,  popcorn,  cgi animation,  tiger,  earthquake,  dinosaur,  blockbuster,  computer animation,  falling from height,  fire,  chase

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)

Story:grandmother grandson relationship,  sloth,  overprotective father,  prehistoric times,  whale,  cgi animation,  dinosaur,  blockbuster,  computer animation,  grandmother,  skeleton,  bird,  father daughter relationship

Ice Age: The Meltdown (2006)
Action, Adventure, Animation, Comedy, Family, Fantasy

Ice Age: The Meltdown (2006)

Manny the woolly mammoth, Sid the sloth, Diego the saber-toothed tiger, and the hapless prehistoric squirrel/rat known as Scrat are still together and enjoying the perks of their now melting world. Manny may be ready to start a family, but nobody has seen another mammoth for a long time; Manny thinks he may be the last one. That is, until he miraculously finds Ellie, the only female mammoth left in the world. Their only problems: They can't stand each other--and Ellie somehow thinks she's a possum! Ellie comes with some excess baggage in the form of her two possum "brothers"-- Crash and Eddie, a couple of daredevil pranksters and cocky, loud-mouthed troublemakers. Manny, Sid and Diego quickly learn that the warming climate has one major drawback: A huge glacial dam holding off oceans of water is about to break, threatening the entire valley. The only chance of survival lies at the other end of the valley. So our three heroes, along with Ellie, Crash and Eddie, form the most unlikely family--in any "Age"-- as they embark on a mission across an ever-changing, increasingly dangerous landscape towards their salvation. (Read More)

Story:flint,  sloth,  log,  prehistoric times,  lava,  cgi animation,  tiger,  slapstick comedy,  blockbuster,  computer animation,  bird,  survival,  falling from height,  family relationships

Brave (2012) is one of the best movies like The Croods (2013)
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.

Story:teenage rebellion,  rock climbing,  cgi animation,  scene after end credits,  strong female lead,  torch,  slapstick comedy,  computer animation,  strong female character,  swimming,  punched in the face,  female protagonist,  voice over narration,  teenage girl,  chase,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships

10,000 Bc (2008)
Action, Adventure, Drama, Fantasy, History

10,000 Bc (2008)

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

Themes:hunting
Story:cave woman,  horn,  prehistoric times,  smoke,  dinosaur,  torch,  captive,  trap,  skeleton,  journey,  bird,  mountain,  falling from height,  punched in the face,  voice over narration,  fire,  chase,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship

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)

Story:grandmother grandson relationship,  horn,  sidekick,  strong female lead,  torch,  slapstick comedy,  blockbuster,  bird,  disguise,  mountain,  falling from height,  punched in the face,  female protagonist,  voice over narration,  fire,  chase,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  character name in title,  family relationships,  bare chested male

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)

Locations:cave
Story:volcanic eruption,  lava,  earthquake,  slapstick comedy,  egg,  strong female character,  skeleton,  journey,  mountain,  falling from height,  teenage boy,  voice over narration,  teenage girl,  chase,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship

Nim's Island (2008) is one of the best movies like The Croods (2013)
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)

Story:starfish,  volcanic eruption,  rock climbing,  human animal relationship,  lava,  whale,  torch,  slapstick comedy,  captive,  egg,  mountain,  survival,  swimming,  falling from height,  voice over narration,  fire,  chase,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  character name in title,  family relationships

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)

Locations:cave
Story:grandmother granddaughter relationship,  lava,  cgi animation,  scene after end credits,  strong female lead,  computer animation,  strong female character,  journey,  bird,  female protagonist,  father daughter relationship,  character name in title

Fantasia (1940)
Animation, Family, Fantasy, Music

Fantasia (1940)

Disney animators set pictures to Western classical music as Leopold Stokowski conducts the Philadelphia Orchestra. "The Sorcerer's Apprentice" features Mickey Mouse as an aspiring magician who oversteps his limits. "The Rite of Spring" tells the story of evolution, from single-celled animals to the death of the dinosaurs. "Dance of the Hours" is a comic ballet performed by ostriches, hippos, elephants, and alligators. "Night on Bald Mountain" and "Ave Maria" set the forces of darkness and light against each other as a devilish revel is interrupted by the coming of a new day. (Read More)

Mood:night
Story:volcanic eruption,  prehistory,  horn,  sunrise,  lava,  smoke,  sun,  earthquake,  dinosaur,  flower,  skeleton,  mountain,  swimming,  falling from height,  fire

The Flintstones (1994)
Comedy, Family, Fantasy

The Flintstones (1994)

The Flintstones and the Rubbles are modern stone-age families. Fred and Barney work at Slate and Company, mining rock. Fred gives Barney some money so he and Betty can adopt a baby. When Fred and Barney take a test to determine who should become the new associate vice president, Barney returns the favor by switching his test answers for Fred's, whose answers aren't very good. Fred gets the executive position, but little does he know that he's being manipulated by his boss to be the fall guy for an embezzlement scheme. (Read More)

Story:cave woman,  prehistory,  fur,  prehistoric times,  caveman,  mother in law,  pet,  dinosaur,  blockbuster,  egg,  bird,  fire,  character name in title,  family relationships

Coco (2017) is one of the best movies like The Croods (2013)
Adventure, Animation, Comedy, Family, Fantasy, Musical, Mystery

Coco (2017)

Despite his family's baffling generations-old ban on music, Miguel dreams of becoming an accomplished musician like his idol, Ernesto de la Cruz. Desperate to prove his talent, Miguel finds himself in the stunning and colorful Land of the Dead following a mysterious chain of events. Along the way, he meets charming trickster Hector, and together, they set off on an extraordinary journey to unlock the real story behind Miguel's family history. (Read More)

Story:grandmother grandson relationship,  mother in law,  cgi animation,  computer animation,  strong female character,  skeleton,  journey,  falling from height,  voice over narration,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  father son relationship,  character name in title,  family relationships

March Of The Penguins (2005)
Documentary, Family

March Of The Penguins (2005)

At the end of each Antarctic summer, the emperor penguins of the South Pole journey to their traditional breeding grounds in a fascinating mating ritual that is captured in this documentary by intrepid filmmaker Luc Jacquet. The journey across frozen tundra proves to be the simplest part of the ritual, as after the egg is hatched, the female must delicately transfer it to the male and make her way back to the distant sea to nourish herself and bring back food to her newborn chick. (Read More)

Mood:night
Story:sun,  blockbuster,  egg,  journey,  bird,  mountain,  survival,  swimming,  voice over narration,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships

X-men: Apocalypse (2016)
Action, Adventure, Sci-fi

X-men: Apocalypse (2016)

Since the dawn of civilization, he was worshiped as a god. Apocalypse, the first and most powerful mutant from Marvel's X-Men universe, amassed the powers of many other mutants, becoming immortal and invincible. Upon awakening after thousands of years, he is disillusioned with the world as he finds it and recruits a team of powerful mutants, including a disheartened Magneto, to cleanse mankind and create a new world order, over which he will reign. As the fate of the Earth hangs in the balance, Raven with the help of Professor X must lead a team of young X-Men to stop their greatest nemesis and save mankind from complete destruction. (Read More)

Locations:cave
Story:scene after end credits,  earthquake,  strong female lead,  torch,  blockbuster,  captive,  destruction,  strong female character,  skeleton,  disguise,  mountain,  survival,  falling from height,  punched in the face,  teenage boy,  fire,  teenage girl,  chase,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  character name in title,  bare chested male

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012)
Adventure, Family, Fantasy

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012)

Bilbo Baggins is swept into a quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor from the fearsome dragon Smaug. Approached out of the blue by the wizard Gandalf the Grey, Bilbo finds himself joining a company of thirteen dwarves led by the legendary warrior, Thorin Oakenshield. Their journey will take them into the Wild; through treacherous lands swarming with Goblins and Orcs, deadly Wargs and Giant Spiders, Shapeshifters and Sorcerers. Although their goal lies to the East and the wastelands of the Lonely Mountain first they must escape the goblin tunnels, where Bilbo meets the creature that will change his life forever ... Gollum. Here, alone with Gollum, on the shores of an underground lake, the unassuming Bilbo Baggins not only discovers depths of guile and courage that surprise even him, he also gains possession of Gollum's "precious" ring that holds unexpected and useful qualities ... A simple, gold ring that is tied to the fate of all Middle-earth in ways Bilbo cannot begin to know. (Read More)

Locations:cave
Story:running for your life,  walking stick,  prehistory,  prehistoric times,  sunrise,  narrated by character,  journey,  mountain,  falling from height,  voice over narration,  fire,  chase

Aladdin (1992) is one of the best movies like The Croods (2013)
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)

Locations:cave
Story:lava,  sidekick,  tiger,  blockbuster,  monkey,  fireworks,  bird,  disguise,  mountain,  fire,  chase,  father daughter relationship,  character name in title

Pan's Labyrinth (2006)
Drama, Fantasy, War

Pan's Labyrinth (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:hunting
Mood:night
Locations:cave
Story:walking stick,  labyrinth,  strong female lead,  captive,  strong female character,  flower,  skeleton,  umbrella,  punched in the face,  female protagonist,  voice over narration,  chase,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  character name in title

Night At The Museum (2006)
Adventure, Comedy, Family, Fantasy

Night At The Museum (2006)

In New York, unemployed and divorced Larry Daley is a complete loser. His son Nick is very disappointed with his father who is going to be evicted. Larry accepts the job of night watchman in the Museum of Natural History and takes the place of three old security guards that have just retired in order to raise some money and pay his bills. On his first shift, Larry soon realizes that everything at the museum is not as it seems as the statues begin to come to life after the sun sets. The Museum transforms into complete chaos with the inexperienced Larry in charge as he learns that an old Egyptian stone that came to the Museum in 1950 brings these statues to life until dawn. When Larry brings his son to spend a night with him, the three old guards break into the Museum to try to steal the magical stone. Larry organizes all the historic characters to help him stop the criminals and save the museum. (Read More)

Mood:night
Story:person on fire,  caveman,  sunrise,  whale,  sun,  slapstick comedy,  blockbuster,  monkey,  skeleton,  fire,  chase,  father son relationship

Gods Of Egypt (2016)
Action, Adventure, Fantasy

Gods Of Egypt (2016)

Set, the merciless god of darkness, has taken over the throne of Egypt and plunged the once peaceful and prosperous empire into chaos and conflict. Few dare to rebel against him. A young thief, whose love was taken captive by the god, seeks to dethrone and defeat Set with the aid of the powerful god Horus. (Read More)

Locations:cave
Story:rock climbing,  narrated by character,  sun,  torch,  captive,  destruction,  trap,  skeleton,  mountain,  survival,  falling from height,  punched in the face,  voice over narration,  fire,  chase,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  bare chested male

Grave Of The Fireflies (1988) is one of the best movies like The Croods (2013)
Animation, Drama, War

Grave Of The Fireflies (1988)

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

Themes:homelessness
Story:shoes,  torch,  destruction,  fireworks,  flower,  umbrella,  bird,  survival,  swimming,  teenage boy,  voice over narration,  fire,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships

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)

Story:starfish,  labyrinth,  sun,  blockbuster,  egg,  fireworks,  flower,  umbrella,  bird,  falling from height,  female protagonist,  fire,  chase,  character name in title

War For The Planet Of The Apes (2017)
Action, Adventure, Drama, Sci-fi, Thriller

War For The Planet Of The Apes (2017)

Caesar and his apes are forced into a deadly conflict with an army of humans led by a ruthless Colonel. After the apes suffer unimaginable losses, Caesar wrestles with his darker instincts and begins his own mythic quest to avenge his kind. As the journey finally brings them face to face, Caesar and the Colonel are pitted against each other in an epic battle that will determine the fate of both their species and the future of the planet. (Read More)

Locations:cave
Story:log,  smoke,  torch,  blockbuster,  captive,  destruction,  monkey,  flower,  journey,  mountain,  survival,  falling from height,  fire,  chase,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  bare chested male

Horton Hears A Who! (2008)
Adventure, Animation, Comedy, Family, Fantasy

Horton Hears A Who! (2008)

One day, Horton the elephant hears a cry from help coming from a speck of dust. Even though he can't see anyone on the speck, he decides to help it. As it turns out, the speck of dust is home to the Whos, who live in their city of Whoville. Horton agrees to help protect the Whos and their home, but this gives him nothing but torment from his neighbors, who refuse to believe that anything could survive on the speck. Still, Horton stands by the motto that, "After all, a person is a person, no matter how small." (Read More)

Story:cgi animation,  computer animation,  monkey,  flower,  mountain,  swimming,  falling from height,  voice over narration,  chase,  father daughter relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  character name in title,  family relationships

The Hunger Games (2012) is one of the best movies like The Croods (2013)
Adventure, Sci-fi, Thriller

The Hunger Games (2012)

In a dystopian future, the totalitarian nation of Panem is divided into 12 districts and the Capitol. Each year two young representatives from each district are selected by lottery to participate in The Hunger Games. Part entertainment, rutal retribution for a past rebellion, the televised games are broadcast throughout Panem. The 24 participants are forced to eliminate their competitors while the citizens of Panem are required to watch. When 16-year-old Katniss' young sister, Prim, is selected as District 12's female representative, Katniss volunteers to take her place. She and her male counterpart, Peeta, are pitted against bigger, stronger representatives, some of whom have trained for this their whole lives. (Read More)

Themes:hunting
Locations:cave
Story:person on fire,  teenage protagonist,  strong female lead,  blockbuster,  strong female character,  flower,  trap,  umbrella,  survival,  falling from height,  female protagonist,  teenage boy,  fire,  teenage girl,  chase,  mother daughter relationship

The Last Airbender (2010)
Action, Adventure, Family, Fantasy

The Last Airbender (2010)

The world is divided into four kingdoms, each represented by the element they harness, and peace has lasted throughout the realms of Water, Air, Earth, and Fire under the supervision of the Avatar, a link to the spirit world and the only being capable of mastering the use of all four elements. When young Avatar Aang disappears, the Fire Nation launches an attack to eradicate all members of the Air Nomads to prevent interference in their future plans for world domination. 100 years pass and current Fire Lord Ozai continues to conquer and imprison anyone with elemental "bending" abilities in the Earth and Water Kingdoms, while siblings Katara and Sokka from a Southern Water Tribe find a mysterious boy trapped beneath the ice outside their village. Upon rescuing him, he reveals himself to be Aang, Avatar and last of the Air Nomads. Swearing to protect the Avatar, Katara and Sokka journey with him to the Northern Water Kingdom in his quest to master "Waterbending" and eventually fulfill his destiny of once again restoring peace to the world. But as they inch nearer to their goal, the group must evade Prince Zuko, the exiled son of Lord Ozai, Commander Zhao, the Fire Nation's military leader, and the tyrannical onslaught of the evil Fire Lord himself. (Read More)

Locations:cave
Story:grandmother granddaughter relationship,  grandmother grandson relationship,  narrated by character,  smoke,  torch,  trap,  skeleton,  journey,  mountain,  voice over narration,  fire,  chase,  father son relationship,  family relationships

Dante's Peak (1997)
Action, Adventure, Thriller

Dante's Peak (1997)

Volcanologist Harry Dalton and mayor Rachel Wando of Dante's Peak try to convince the city council and the other volcanologists that the volcano right above Dante's peak is indeed dangerous. People's safety is being set against economical interests.

Story:grandmother granddaughter relationship,  grandmother grandson relationship,  volcanic eruption,  mother in law,  lava,  earthquake,  mountain,  survival,  mother daughter relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  two word title

Ice Age: Dawn Of The Dinosaurs: In Character With John Leguizamo (2009)
Action, Adventure, Animation, Comedy, Family

Ice Age: Dawn Of The Dinosaurs: In Character With John Leguizamo (2009)

After the events of "Ice Age: The Meltdown", life begins to change for Manny and his friends: Scrat is still on the hunt to hold onto his beloved acorn, while finding a possible romance in a female sabre-toothed squirrel named Scratte. Manny and Ellie, having since become an item, are expecting a baby, which leaves Manny anxious to ensure that everything is perfect for when his baby arrives. Diego is fed up with being treated like a house-cat and ponders the notion that he is becoming too laid-back. Sid begins to wish for a family of his own, and so steals some dinosaur eggs which leads to Sid ending up in a strange underground world where his herd must rescue him, while dodging dinosaurs and facing danger left and right, and meeting up with a one-eyed weasel known as Buck who hunts dinosaurs intently. (Read More)

Story:sloth,  prehistoric times,  lava,  cgi animation,  dinosaur,  computer animation,  egg,  skeleton,  family relationships

Home Alone 2: Lost In New York (1992) is one of the best movies like The Croods (2013)
Adventure, Comedy, Family, Crime

Home Alone 2: Lost In New York (1992)

Kevin McCallister is back. But this time he's in New York City with enough cash and credit cards to turn the Big Apple into his very own playground. But Kevin won't be alone for long. The notorious Wet Bandits, Harry and Marv, still smarting from their last encounter with Kevin, are bound for New York too, plotting a huge holiday heist! Kevin's ready to welcome them with more battery of booby traps the bumbling bandits will never forget! (Read More)

Themes:homelessness
Mood:night
Story:person on fire,  slapstick comedy,  blockbuster,  fireworks,  trap,  skeleton,  bird,  falling from height,  fire,  chase,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships

Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs (2009)
Adventure, Animation, Comedy, Family, Fantasy, Sci-fi

Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs (2009)

Flint Lockwood thinks he's a genius. But none of the things he invented are things that make sense or are useful. However, he has the support of his mother but when she dies, he's left alone with his father who thinks he should give it up. When the community that he lives in is in an economic crisis because their primary source of income, a sardine cannery, was shut down, Flint decides to try his latest invention, a machine that can turn water into food. But something goes wrong and the machine ends up in the atmosphere. Later it starts raining food. The shifty mayor tries to use this as a way to help their community, but when Flint senses something wrong with the machine, the mayor convinces him to ignore it. However, as Flint predicts, chaos ensues. (Read More)

Story:flint,  corn,  cgi animation,  torch,  computer animation,  monkey,  bird,  falling from height,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships

The Polar Express (2004)
Adventure, Animation, Family, Fantasy, Musical, Comedy

The Polar Express (2004)

This is the story of a young hero boy on Christmas Eve who boards on a powerful magical train that's headed to the North Pole and Santa Claus's home. What unfolds is an adventure which follows a doubting boy, who takes an extraordinary train ride to the North Pole; during this ride, he embarks on a journey of self-discovery which shows him that the wonder of life never fades for those who believe. (Read More)

Story:3d animation,  cgi animation,  blockbuster,  computer animation,  fireworks,  puppet,  journey,  voice over narration

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)

Story:overprotective father,  starfish,  popcorn,  whale,  cgi animation,  computer animation,  journey,  bird,  character name in title,  two word title

The Descent (2005) is one of the best movies like The Croods (2013)
Adventure, Horror, Thriller

The Descent (2005)

A woman goes on vacation with her friends after her husband and daughter encounter a tragic accident. One year later she goes hiking with her friends and they get trapped in the cave. With a lack of supply, they struggle to survive and they meet strange blood thirsty creatures.

Locations:cave
Story:cave painting,  caveman,  earthquake,  torch,  mountain,  survival,  falling from height,  female protagonist,  husband wife relationship,  two word title

Into The Wild (2007)
Adventure, Biography, Drama

Into The Wild (2007)

Based on a true story. After graduating from Emory University, Christopher McCandless abandoned his possessions, gave his entire savings account to charity, and hitchhiked to Alaska to live in the wilderness. Along the way, Christopher encounters a series of characters who shape his life.

Themes:hunting
Locations:cave
Story:rock climbing,  belt,  whale,  fireworks,  flower,  journey,  bird,  mountain,  swimming,  teenage boy,  voice over narration,  fire,  teenage girl,  chase,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  bare chested male

Pompeii (2014)
Action, Adventure, Drama, History, Romance

Pompeii (2014)

Set in 79 A.D., POMPEII tells the epic story of Milo (Kit Harington), a slave turned invincible gladiator who finds himself in a race against time to save his true love Cassia (Emily Browning), the beautiful daughter of a wealthy merchant who has been unwillingly betrothed to a corrupt Roman Senator. As Mount Vesuvius erupts in a torrent of blazing lava, Milo must fight his way out of the arena in order to save his beloved as the once magnificent Pompeii crumbles around him. (Read More)

Story:person on fire,  volcanic eruption,  lava,  earthquake,  torch,  destruction,  mountain,  falling from height,  punched in the face,  fire,  chase,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  bare chested male

Avatar (2009)
Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Sci-fi

Avatar (2009)

When his brother is killed in a robbery, paraplegic Marine Jake Sully decides to take his place in a mission on the distant world of Pandora. There he learns of greedy corporate figurehead Parker Selfridge's intentions of driving off the native humanoid "Na'vi" in order to mine for the precious material scattered throughout their rich woodland. In exchange for the spinal surgery that will fix his legs, Jake gathers intel for the cooperating military unit spearheaded by gung-ho Colonel Quaritch, while simultaneously attempting to infiltrate the Na'vi people with the use of an "avatar" identity. While Jake begins to bond with the native tribe and quickly falls in love with the beautiful alien Neytiri, the restless Colonel moves forward with his ruthless extermination tactics, forcing the soldier to take a stand - and fight back in an epic battle for the fate of Pandora. (Read More)

Themes:hunting
Story:person on fire,  family in danger,  jumping off a cliff,  smoke,  strong female lead,  torch,  blockbuster,  captive,  destruction,  strong female character,  survival,  swimming,  falling from height,  punched in the face,  voice over narration,  chase,  bare chested male

The Land Before Time (1988) is one of the best movies like The Croods (2013)
Adventure, Animation, Drama, Family

The Land Before Time (1988)

An orphaned brontosaurus named Littlefoot sets off in search of the legendary Great Valley. A land of lush vegetation where the dinosaurs can thrive and live in peace. Along the way he meets four other young dinosaurs, each one a different species, and they encounter several obstacles as they learn to work together in order to survive. (Read More)

Story:tar,  prehistoric times,  lava,  earthquake,  dinosaur,  egg,  skeleton,  falling from height,  voice over narration,  mother son relationship,  family relationships

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.

Story:grandmother grandson relationship,  shoe,  pet,  grandmother,  fireworks,  old woman,  disguise,  mountain,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships

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

The Little Mermaid (1989)

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

Story:starfish,  disobeying orders,  curiosity,  sidekick,  smoke,  teenage protagonist,  blockbuster,  destruction,  fireworks,  disguise,  female protagonist,  fire,  teenage girl,  father daughter relationship,  family relationships

How To Train Your Dragon (2010)
Adventure, Animation, Comedy, Family, Fantasy

How To Train Your Dragon (2010)

Long ago up North on the Island of Berk, the young Viking, Hiccup, wants to join his town's fight against the dragons that continually raid their town. However, his macho father and village leader, Stoik the Vast, will not allow his small, clumsy, but inventive son to do so. Regardless, Hiccup ventures out into battle and downs a mysterious Night Fury dragon with his invention, but can't bring himself to kill it. Instead, Hiccup and the dragon, whom he dubs Toothless, begin a friendship that would open up both their worlds as the observant boy learns that his people have misjudged the species. But even as the two each take flight in their own way, they find that they must fight the destructive ignorance plaguing their world. (Read More)

Mood:night
Locations:cave
Story:human animal relationship,  cgi animation,  blockbuster,  computer animation,  falling from height,  teenage boy,  voice over narration,  fire,  teenage girl,  father son relationship

San Andreas (2015) is one of the best movies like The Croods (2013)
Action, Adventure, Drama, Thriller

San Andreas (2015)

In San Andreas, California is experiencing a statewide earthquake that goes on record as easily the biggest earthquake in history. Dwayne Johnson plays Ray Gaines, a helicopter rescue pilot for the Los Angeles Fire Department, who is trying to find his daughter, Blake (Alexandra Daddario), who is in San Francisco amidst the chaos. Ray's estranged wife, Emma, is forced to turn to Ray for help, as he is her last resort. Together they journey to save their daughter. (Read More)

Story:smoke,  earthquake,  blockbuster,  destruction,  journey,  survival,  swimming,  falling from height,  fire,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  two word title

127 Hours (2010)
Adventure, Biography, Drama, Thriller

127 Hours (2010)

127 Hours is the true story of mountain climber Aron Ralston's remarkable adventure to save himself after a fallen boulder crashes on his arm and traps him in an isolated canyon in Utah. Over the next five days Ralston examines his life and survives the elements to finally discover he has the courage and the wherewithal to extricate himself by any means necessary, scale a 65 foot wall and hike over eight miles before he can be rescued. Throughout his journey, Ralston recalls friends, lovers, family, and the two hikers he met before his accident. Will they be the last two people he ever had the chance to meet? (Read More)

Story:cave painting,  boulder,  journey,  mountain,  survival,  swimming,  falling from height,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  bare chested male,  two word title

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
Story:animal costume,  blockbuster,  monkey,  umbrella,  journey,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  character name in title,  family relationships

Labyrinth (1986)
Adventure, Family, Fantasy, Musical

Labyrinth (1986)

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

Locations:cave
Story:labyrinth,  torch,  captive,  trap,  puppet,  journey,  fire,  teenage girl,  father daughter relationship

The Tree Of Life (2011) is one of the best movies like The Croods (2013)
Drama, Fantasy

The Tree Of Life (2011)

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

Story:grandmother grandson relationship,  strict father,  prehistoric times,  lava,  sun,  dinosaur,  flower,  journey,  survival,  swimming,  voice over narration,  fire,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  bare chested male

Kick-ass (2010)
Action, Comedy

Kick-ass (2010)

Dave Lizewski is an unnoticed high school student and comic book fan with a few friends and who lives alone with his father. His life is not very difficult and his personal trials not that overwhelming. However, one day he makes the simple decision to become a super-hero even though he has no powers or training. (Read More)

Story:person on fire,  overprotective father,  narrated by character,  sidekick,  strong female lead,  strong female character,  disguise,  falling from height,  punched in the face,  teenage boy,  voice over narration,  fire,  teenage girl,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  character name in title

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)

Story:hand over mouth,  3d animation,  cgi animation,  scene after end credits,  blockbuster,  computer animation,  journey,  mountain,  female protagonist

Swiss Army Man (2016)
Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Romance

Swiss Army Man (2016)

Hank, stranded on a deserted island and about to kill himself, notices a corpse washed up on the beach. He befriends it, naming it Manny, only to discover that his new friend can talk and has a myriad of supernatural abilities...which may help him get home.

Locations:cave
Story:story telling,  belt,  popcorn,  skeleton,  survival,  falling from height,  fire,  chase,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship

Solomon Kane (2009) is one of the best movies like The Croods (2013)
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)

Locations:cave
Story:person on fire,  torch,  captive,  trap,  journey,  disguise,  falling from height,  fire,  chase,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  character name in title,  bare chested male,  two word title

The Road (2009)
Adventure, Drama

The Road (2009)

It's a post-apocalyptic world, several years after whatever the cataclysmic event, which has in turn caused frequent quakes as further potential hazards. The world is gray and getting quickly grayer as more and more things die off. A man and his pre-teen son, who was born after the apocalypse, are currently on the road, their plan to walk to the coast and head south where the man hopes there will be a more hospitable environment in which to live. The man has taught his son that they are the "good people" who have fire in their hearts, which in combination largely means that they will not resort to cannibalism to survive. The man owns a pistol with two bullets remaining, which he will use for murder/suicide of him and his son if he feels that that is a better fate for them than life in the alternative. Food and fuel are for what everyone is looking. The man has taught his son to be suspect of everyone that they may meet, these strangers who, out of desperation, may not only try to steal what they have managed to scavenge for their own survival, but may kill them as food. Although life with his father in this world is all the boy has known, he may come to his own thoughts as to what it means holistically to be one of the good or one of the bad. Meanwhile, the man occasionally has thoughts to happier times with his wife/the boy's mother before the apocalypse, as well as not as happy times with her after the apocalypse and the reason she is no longer with them. (Read More)

Themes:homelessness
Story:person on fire,  narrated by character,  torch,  captive,  flower,  skeleton,  journey,  survival,  swimming,  voice over narration,  fire,  chase,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  bare chested male,  two word title

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