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Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory (1971)
Family, Fantasy, Musical

Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory (1971)

The world is astounded when Willy Wonka, for years a recluse in his factory, announces that five lucky people will be given a tour of the factory, shown all the secrets of his amazing candy, and one will win a lifetime supply of Wonka chocolate. Nobody wants the prize more than young Charlie, but as his family is so poor that buying even one bar of chocolate is a treat, buying enough bars to find one of the five golden tickets is unlikely in the extreme. But in movieland, magic can happen. Charlie, along with four somewhat odious other children, get the chance of a lifetime and a tour of the factory. Along the way, mild disasters befall each of the odious children, but can Charlie beat the odds and grab the brass ring? (Read More)

Themes:inheritance,  wealth,  greed,  rivalry,  redemption,  poverty,  dance,  surrealism
Locations:tunnel,  germany,  elevator,  boat,  school,  restaurant
Characters:boy,  girl,  children,  teacher
Story:chocolate factory,  chocolate,  factory,  candy,  ticket,  candy store,  candy bar,  television addiction,  paddlewheel boat,  competing businesses,  imaginary creature,  test of character,  used car dealer,  sudden change in size,  couch potato,  scanimate,  confectioner,  tinker,  laundress,  used car salesman,  overweight child,  manufacturer,  steamboat,  industrial espionage,  wallpaper,  grandparent,  newsstand,  geese,  paperboy,  spoiled child,  pleading,  lifting male in air,  belch,  gluttony,  screenplay adapted by author,  invalid,  wish fulfillment,  spoiled brat,  industrialist,  miniaturization,  goose,  recipe,  montana,  recluse,  trapdoor,  friends who live together,  famous score,  psychotherapy,  rags to riches,  forgery,  honesty,  chewing gum,  tour guide,  luck,  schoolteacher,  tv reporter,  prize,  laundry,  poetic justice,  contract,  auction,  cane,  disfigurement,  arizona,  child protagonist,  child's point of view,  inventor,  imagination,  dwarf,  white house,  ransom,  impersonation,  eccentric,  fbi agent,  lifting someone into the air,  fainting,  flying,  tv news,  ampersand in title,  grandfather grandson relationship,  class differences,  six word title,  split screen,  gift,  contest,  single mother,  spy,  television,  river,  urban setting,  birthday,  computer,  slow motion scene,  punctuation in title,  coming of age,  cult film,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  character name in title,  family relationships,  based on novel

Charlie And The Chocolate Factory (2005)
Adventure, Comedy, Family, Fantasy

Charlie And The Chocolate Factory (2005)

When Willy Wonka decides to let five children into his chocolate factory, he decides to release five golden tickets in five separate chocolate bars, causing complete mayhem. The tickets start to be found, with the fifth going to a very special boy, called Charlie Bucket. With his Grandpa, Charlie joins the rest of the children to experience the most amazing factory ever. But not everything goes to plan within the factory. (Read More)

Characters:boy,  girl,  children
Story:chocolate factory,  factory,  chocolate,  ticket,  manufacturer,  luck,  prize,  candy,  inventor,  eccentric,  contest,  character name in title

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Matilda (1996)
Comedy, Family, Fantasy

Matilda (1996)

Matilda Wormwood is an exquisite and intelligent little girl. Unfortunately, Matilda is misunderstood by her family because she is very different from their ways of life. As time passes, Matilda finally starts school that has a kindly teacher, loyal friends and a sadistic principal. As she gets fed up with the constant cruelty, Matilda begins to realize that she has a gift of telekinetic powers. After some days of practice, Matilda suddenly turns the tables to stand up to her parents and outwit the principal. (Read More)

Locations:school
Characters:girl,  teacher,  children
Story:overweight child,  child protagonist,  child's point of view,  fbi agent,  lifting someone into the air,  flying,  gift,  single mother,  television,  cult film,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  character name in title,  family relationships,  based on novel

Bacheha-ye Aseman (1997)
Drama, Family

Bacheha-ye Aseman (1997)

Zahra's shoes are gone; her older brother Ali lost them. They are poor, there are no shoes for Zahra until they come up with an idea: they will share one pair of shoes, Ali's. School awaits. Will the plan succeed?

Themes:poverty
Locations:school
Characters:girl,  teacher,  boy,  children
Story:schoolteacher,  prize,  laundry,  child's point of view,  river,  urban setting,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (1968) is one of the best movies like Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory (1971)
Adventure, Family, Fantasy, Musical

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (1968)

An eccentric professor invents wacky machinery but can't seem to make ends meet. When he invents a revolutionary car, a foreign government becomes interested in it and resorts to skulduggery to get their hands on it.

Themes:surrealism
Locations:boat
Characters:children
Story:inventor,  eccentric,  famous score,  candy,  flying,  factory,  spy,  birthday,  family relationships,  based on novel

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

Peter Pan (1953)

An adaptation of J. M. Barrie's story about a boy who never grew up. The three children of the Darling family receive a visit from Peter Pan, who takes them to Never Land, where an ongoing war between Peter's gang of rag-tag runaways and the evil Pirate Captain Hook is taking place. This is why Peter Pan (1953) is one of the best movies like Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory (1971). (Read More)

Themes:surrealism
Locations:boat
Characters:boy,  girl,  children
Story:friends who live together,  child protagonist,  impersonation,  lifting someone into the air,  flying,  coming of age,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  character name in title,  family relationships,  based on novel

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

Arthur Et Les Minimoys (2006)

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

Locations:tunnel,  boat
Characters:boy
Story:sudden change in size,  miniaturization,  child's point of view,  inventor,  imagination,  eccentric,  grandfather grandson relationship,  river,  birthday,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  character name in title,  family relationships,  based on novel

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:school
Characters:girl,  teacher,  boy,  children
Story:pleading,  child protagonist,  child's point of view,  lifting someone into the air,  flying,  slow motion scene,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  character name in title,  family relationships,  based on novel

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A Little Princess (1995) is one of the best movies like Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory (1971)
Drama, Family, Fantasy

A Little Princess (1995)

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

Themes:poverty
Locations:school
Characters:girl,  teacher
Story:friends who live together,  child protagonist,  child's point of view,  imagination,  lifting someone into the air,  class differences,  birthday,  father daughter relationship,  based on novel

Richie Rich (1994)
Comedy, Family

Richie Rich (1994)

The richest kid in the world, Richie Rich, has everything he wants, except companionship. While representing his father at a factory opening, he sees some kids playing baseball across the street. Richie wants to join in, but they don't want him around. When a plot to kill the Rich family is devised by Rich Industries' top executive, Laurence Van Dough, Richie must take over control of the company while searching for his lost parents with the help of some new friends. (Read More)

Themes:wealth
Story:overweight child,  gluttony,  lifting someone into the air,  class differences,  factory,  computer,  cult film,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  character name in title

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. This is why The Witches (1990) is one of the best movies like Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory (1971).

Locations:elevator,  school,  restaurant
Characters:children,  boy,  girl
Story:overweight child,  gluttony,  candy,  chocolate,  lifting someone into the air,  fainting,  gift,  birthday,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  based on novel

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James And The Giant Peach (1996)
Adventure, Animation, Family, Fantasy, Musical

James And The Giant Peach (1996)

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

Themes:rivalry,  surrealism
Story:lifting male in air,  friends who live together,  child's point of view,  lifting someone into the air,  gift,  birthday,  cult film,  character name in title,  family relationships,  based on novel

Pan (2015) is one of the best movies like Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory (1971)
Adventure, Family, Fantasy

Pan (2015)

Themes:surrealism
Locations:boat
Characters:boy,  children
Story:child protagonist,  child's point of view,  eccentric,  flying,  river,  slow motion scene,  coming of age,  mother son relationship,  character name in title,  based on novel

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)

Themes:wealth,  poverty
Characters:girl,  children
Story:industrialist,  laundry,  child's point of view,  lifting someone into the air,  cult film,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  character name in title

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Coraline (2009)
Animation, Family, Fantasy

Coraline (2009)

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

Themes:surrealism
Locations:tunnel,  boat
Characters:girl,  boy
Story:wallpaper,  candy,  cane,  child protagonist,  eccentric,  lifting someone into the air,  computer,  cult film,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  character name in title,  based on novel

Toys (1992)
Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Family, Fantasy

Toys (1992)

An eccentric toymaker's last wish is that his brother takes over the running of the business. The brother is a military General, and is out of touch with toymaking, and out of touch with reality too. The business should really have been given to Leslie, who was much more like his toymaking father. When the General starts making weapons instead of toys, Leslie decides to take action. This is why Toys (1992) is one of the best movies like Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory (1971). (Read More)

Themes:inheritance,  greed,  surrealism
Characters:children
Story:eccentric,  manufacturer,  inventor,  factory,  cult film,  father son relationship,  family relationships

Tideland (2005) is one of the best movies like Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory (1971)
Drama, Fantasy, Horror

Tideland (2005)

Pre-teen Jeliza-Rose's parents are hopeless drug addicts. When pa, rocker Noah, finds ma's OD'd, he fears to be charged with homicide and takes Jeliza along to his ma's place, in a desolate country region. With Noah passed out, the girl mentally transfers to a fantasy world she and her doll heads enter magically. Jeliza's adventures also star the crazy locals, notably Dell, and Dell's grown but intellectually disabled brother Dickens. (Read More)

Themes:surrealism
Characters:girl,  boy
Story:candy bar,  geese,  imagination,  eccentric,  fainting,  cult film,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  family relationships,  based on novel

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Elf (2003)
Comedy, Family, Fantasy, Romance

Elf (2003)

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

Locations:elevator,  school
Characters:girl,  boy
Story:belch,  candy,  dwarf,  fainting,  tv news,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  character name in title,  family relationships

Mary Poppins (1964)
Comedy, Family, Fantasy, Musical

Mary Poppins (1964)

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

Themes:dance
Characters:girl,  children,  boy
Story:famous score,  child's point of view,  lifting someone into the air,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  character name in title,  family relationships,  based on novel

La Montana Sagrada (1973)
Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

La Montana Sagrada (1973)

A Christlike figure wanders through bizarre, grotesque scenarios filled with religious and sacrilegious imagery. He meets a mystical guide who introduces him to seven wealthy and powerful people, each representing a planet in the Solar system. These seven, along with the protagonist, the guide and the guide's assistant, divest themselves of their worldly goods and form a group of nine who will seek the Holy Mountain, in order to displace the gods who live there and become immortal. (Read More)

Themes:greed,  dance,  surrealism
Locations:boat
Characters:children
Story:geese,  montana,  candy,  cane,  dwarf,  factory,  computer,  cult film,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship

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Diary Of A Wimpy Kid (2010) is one of the best movies like Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory (1971)
Comedy, Family

Diary Of A Wimpy Kid (2010)

To Greg Heffley, middle school is the dumbest idea ever invented. It's a place rigged with hundreds of social landmines, not the least of which are morons, wedgies, swirlies, bullies, lunchtime banishment to the cafeteria floor - and a festering piece of cheese with nuclear cooties. To survive the never-ending ordeal and attain the recognition and status he feels he so richly deserves, Greg devises an endless series of can't-miss schemes, all of which, of course, go awry. And he's getting it all down on paper, via a diary - "it's NOT a diary, it's a journal!" Greg insists, preferring the less-sissyfied designation - filled with his opinions, thoughts, tales of family trials and tribulations, and (would-be) schoolyard triumphs. "One day when I'm famous," writes Greg, "I'll have better things to do than answer people's stupid questions all day." So was born the Wimpy Kid's diary. This is why Diary Of A Wimpy Kid (2010) is one of the best movies like Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory (1971). (Read More)

Locations:school
Characters:girl,  teacher,  boy,  children
Story:candy,  child protagonist,  child's point of view,  fainting,  grandfather grandson relationship,  computer,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  based on novel

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

Alice In Wonderland (1951)

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

Themes:surrealism
Characters:girl
Story:sudden change in size,  miniaturization,  cane,  child's point of view,  imagination,  birthday,  cult film,  character name in title,  based on novel

Tomorrowland (2015)
Action, Adventure, Family, Mystery, Sci-fi

Tomorrowland (2015)

Bound by a shared destiny, a bright, optimistic teen bursting with scientific curiosity and a former boy-genius inventor jaded by disillusionment embark on a danger-filled mission to unearth the secrets of an enigmatic place somewhere in time and space that exists in their collective memory as "Tomorrowland." (Read More)

Themes:redemption,  surrealism
Locations:elevator,  restaurant
Characters:girl,  boy
Story:inventor,  recluse,  chewing gum,  flying,  factory,  slow motion scene,  father daughter relationship,  father son relationship

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

Beauty And The Beast (2017)

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

Themes:redemption,  dance,  surrealism
Characters:girl
Story:recluse,  famous score,  poetic justice,  disfigurement,  inventor,  eccentric,  slow motion scene,  coming of age,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  character name in title,  family relationships

The Hudsucker Proxy (1994) is one of the best movies like Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory (1971)
Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

The Hudsucker Proxy (1994)

When Waring Hudsucker, head of hugely successful Hudsucker Industries, commits suicide, his board of directors, led by Sidney Mussberger, comes up with a brilliant plan to make a lot of money: appoint a moron to run the company. When the stock falls low enough, Sidney and friends can buy it up for pennies on the dollar, take over the company, and restore its fortunes. They choose idealistic Norville Barnes, who just started in the mail room. Norville is whacky enough to drive any company to ruin, but soon, tough reporter Amy Archer smells a rat and begins an undercover investigation of Hudsucker Industries. (Read More)

Themes:greed,  dance,  surrealism
Locations:elevator,  restaurant
Characters:girl,  boy
Story:rags to riches,  fainting,  flying,  slow motion scene,  cult film,  husband wife relationship,  character name in title

Willow (1988)
Action, Adventure, Drama, Fantasy, Romance

Willow (1988)

A baby girl is discovered in a river by Ranon and Mims, the children of Willow Ufgood, a dwarf farmer and magician and the baby girl is taken into the care of Willow's family. But when a terrifying dog-like creature attacks Willow's village, whilst tracking down the baby. Willow consults the village council and the wizard The High Aldwin. The High Aldwin gives Willow a task and Willow leaves the village and embarks on the task to give the baby girl to a responsible person. But Willow soon learns the baby is Elora Danan, the baby girl destined to bring about the downfall of the evil sorceress Queen Bavmorda. Joined by his allies: swordsman Madmartigan, sorceress Fin Raziel and the Brownies Franjean and Rool, Willow takes it upon himself to protect Elora from Queen Bavmorda, who intends to kill Elora and prevent Elora from fulfilling her destiny. And Willow and his allies are pursued by Queen Bavmorda's daughter Sorsha and the evil commander of Queen Bavmorda's army General Kael, whom are searching for Elora and bring her back to Queen Bavmorda's castle, where Queen Bavmorda bids to kill Elora in a ritual and prevent the prophecy of her downfall. This is why Willow (1988) is one of the best movies like Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory (1971). (Read More)

Themes:redemption,  surrealism
Locations:boat
Characters:girl,  children
Story:river,  dwarf,  trapdoor,  poetic justice,  lifting someone into the air,  cult film,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  character name in title,  family relationships

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Jack (1996)
Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

Jack (1996)

The movie is about a boy with a unique aging disorder: one that makes him age 4 times faster than normal. It picks up when Jack (Robin Williams) is 10 years old, but looks 40. He tries to go to public school for the first time, and to become friends with kids his own age. His physical appearance causes him lots of problems, however. (Read More)

Locations:school
Characters:girl,  teacher,  boy
Story:paperboy,  child's point of view,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  character name in title,  family relationships

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

Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium (2007)

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

Themes:inheritance
Characters:girl
Story:goose,  child's point of view,  imagination,  eccentric,  fainting,  punctuation in title,  character name in title

Oliver! (1968) is one of the best movies like Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory (1971)
Drama, Family, Musical

Oliver! (1968)

Musical adaptation of 'Charles Dickens (I)' (qv)'s classic tale of an orphan who runs away from the orphanage and hooks up with a group of boys trained to be pickpockets by an elderly mentor.

Themes:wealth,  redemption,  poverty,  dance
Characters:boy,  girl
Story:friends who live together,  famous score,  rags to riches,  child's point of view,  class differences,  punctuation in title,  character name in title,  family relationships,  based on novel

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Mrs. Doubtfire (1993)
Comedy, Drama, Family

Mrs. Doubtfire (1993)

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

Locations:restaurant
Characters:children
Story:birthday,  eccentric,  child's point of view,  impersonation,  lifting someone into the air,  single mother,  television,  cult film,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  character name in title,  family relationships,  based on novel

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

Toy Story (1995)

A little boy named Andy loves to be in his room, playing with his toys, especially his doll named "Woody". But, what do the toys do when Andy is not with them, they come to life. Woody believes that he has life (as a toy) good. However, he must worry about Andy's family moving, and what Woody does not know is about Andy's birthday party. Woody does not realize that Andy's mother gave him an action figure known as Buzz Lightyear, who does not believe that he is a toy, and quickly becomes Andy's new favorite toy. Woody, who is now consumed with jealousy, tries to get rid of Buzz. Then, both Woody and Buzz are now lost. They must find a way to get back to Andy before he moves without them, but they will have to pass through a ruthless toy killer, Sid Phillips. This is why Toy Story (1995) is one of the best movies like Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory (1971). (Read More)

Themes:rivalry,  redemption
Characters:boy
Story:birthday,  friends who live together,  imagination,  lifting someone into the air,  flying,  single mother,  urban setting,  slow motion scene,  cult film,  family relationships

E.t. The Extra-terrestrial (1982)
Family, Sci-fi

E.t. The Extra-terrestrial (1982)

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

Themes:dance
Locations:school
Characters:boy,  girl,  children
Story:famous score,  child protagonist,  child's point of view,  lifting someone into the air,  flying,  single mother,  cult film,  mother son relationship,  character name in title,  family relationships

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Click (2006) is one of the best movies like Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory (1971)
Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Romance

Click (2006)

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

Themes:redemption
Locations:restaurant
Characters:boy,  children
Story:inventor,  eccentric,  wish fulfillment,  grandfather grandson relationship,  factory,  television,  computer,  slow motion scene,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships

Hairspray (2007)
Comedy, Drama, Family, Music, Musical, Romance

Hairspray (2007)

Tracy Turnblad, a teenager with all the right moves, is obsessed with the Corny Collins Show. Every day after school, she and her best friend Penny run home to watch the show and drool over the hot Link Larkin, much to Tracy's mother Edna's dismay. After one of the stars of the show leaves, Corny Collins holds auditions to see who will be the next person on the Corny Collins show. With all of the help of her friend Seaweed, Tracy makes it on the show, angering the evil dance queen Amber Von Tussle and her mother Velma. Tracy then decides that it's not fair that the black kids can only dance on the Corny Collins Show once a month, and with the help of Seaweed, Link, Penny, Motormouth Maybelle, her father and Edna, she's going to integrate the show.....without denting her 'do! (Read More)

Themes:dance
Locations:school
Characters:teacher
Story:candy bar,  laundress,  fainting,  tv news,  television,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship

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)

Themes:surrealism
Locations:boat
Characters:girl,  boy
Story:recluse,  child's point of view,  imagination,  lifting someone into the air,  computer,  slow motion scene,  coming of age,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  character name in title,  family relationships,  based on novel

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A Christmas Story (1983)
Comedy, Family

A Christmas Story (1983)

Christmas is approaching and 9 year-old Ralphie wants only one thing: a Red Ryder Range 200 Shot BB gun. When he mentions it at the dinner table, his mother's immediate reaction is that he'll put his eye out. He then decides on a perfect theme for his teacher but her reaction is like his. He fantasizes about what it would be like to be Red Ryder and catch the bad guys. When the big day arrives he gets lots of present under the tree including a lovely gift from his aunt that his mother just adores. But what about the BB gun? This is why A Christmas Story (1983) is one of the best movies like Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory (1971). (Read More)

Locations:school
Characters:teacher,  boy,  children
Story:gift,  prize,  child protagonist,  child's point of view,  lifting someone into the air,  contest,  cult film,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  based on novel

Bridge To Terabithia (2007) is one of the best movies like Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory (1971)
Adventure, Drama, Family, Fantasy

Bridge To Terabithia (2007)

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

Locations:school
Characters:girl,  boy,  teacher
Story:child's point of view,  imagination,  lifting someone into the air,  birthday,  coming of age,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  based on novel

Arizona Dream (1993)
Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Romance

Arizona Dream (1993)

An Innuit hunter races his sled home with a fresh-caught halibut. This fish pervades the entire film, in real and imaginary form. Meanwhile, Axel tags fish in New York as a naturalist's gofer. He's happy there, but a messenger arrives to bring him to Arizona for his uncle's wedding. It's a ruse to get Axel into the family business. In Arizona, Axel meets two odd women: vivacious, needy, and plagued by neuroses and familial discord. He gets romantically involved with one, while the other, rich but depressed, plays accordion tunes to a gaggle of pet turtles. (Read More)

Themes:dance,  surrealism
Story:arizona,  flying,  birthday,  coming of age,  cult film,  mother daughter relationship

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The Iron Giant (1999)
Action, Adventure, Animation, Comedy, Drama, Family, Sci-fi

The Iron Giant (1999)

This is the story of a nine-year-old boy named Hogarth Hughes who makes friends with an innocent alien giant robot that came from outer space. Meanwhile, a paranoid U.S. Government agent named Kent Mansley arrives in town, determined to destroy the giant at all costs. It's up to Hogarth to protect him by keeping him at Dean McCoppin's place in the junkyard. (Read More)

Locations:school
Characters:boy
Story:schoolteacher,  chocolate,  child's point of view,  flying,  single mother,  cult film,  mother son relationship,  character name in title,  based on novel

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

King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword (2017)

Themes:redemption,  surrealism
Locations:boat
Story:disfigurement,  dwarf,  fainting,  spy,  river,  slow motion scene,  coming of age,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  character name in title

Son Of Rambow (2007) is one of the best movies like Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory (1971)
Action, Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Family

Son Of Rambow (2007)

SON OF RAMBOW is the name of the home movie made by two little boys with a big video camera and even bigger ambitions. Set on a long English summer in the early '80s, SON OF RAMBOW is a comedy about friendship, faith and the tough business of growing up. We see the story through the eyes of Will, the eldest son of a fatherless Plymouth Brethren family. The Brethren regard themselves as God's 'chosen ones' and their strict moral code means that Will has never been allowed to mix with the other 'worldlies,' listen to music or watch TV, until he finds himself caught up in the extraordinary world of Lee Carter, the school terror and maker of bizarre home movies. Carter exposes Will to a pirate copy of Rambo: First Blood and from that moment Will's mind is blown wide open and he's easily convinced to be the stuntman in Lee Carters' diabolical home movie. Will's imaginative little brain is not only given chance to flourish in the world of film making, but is also very handy when it comes to dreaming up elaborate schemes to keep his partnership with Lee Carter a secret from the Brethren community. Will and Carter's complete disregard for consequences and innocent ambition means that the process of making their film is a glorious roller-coaster that eventually leads to true friendship. They start to make a name for themselves at school as movie makers but when popularity descends on them in the form of the Pied Piper-esque French exchange student, Didier Revol, their unique friendship and their precious film are pushed, quite literally, to breaking point. This is why Son Of Rambow (2007) is one of the best movies like Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory (1971). (Read More)

Themes:surrealism
Locations:school,  restaurant
Characters:girl,  teacher,  boy
Story:candy,  imagination,  gift,  single mother,  river,  coming of age,  mother daughter relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships

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Mr. Popper's Penguins (2011)
Comedy, Family, Fantasy

Mr. Popper's Penguins (2011)

Tom Popper grew up having very little interaction with his father who was off exploring the world. When he grows up he spends most of time on his work and ignores his children. One day his father sends him an unusual gift: a penguin. Popper can't help but wonder why his father would send him a penguin. He tries to get rid of it, but accidentally orders five more. When his children and ex-wife show up to celebrate his son's birthday, the kids are taken with the penguins. And Popper finally gets to connect with his kids while his work suffers. (Read More)

Themes:inheritance
Locations:elevator,  restaurant
Characters:children
Story:gift,  birthday,  computer,  punctuation in title,  father daughter relationship,  father son relationship,  character name in title,  family relationships,  based on novel

The Spy Next Door (2010)
Action, Comedy, Family

The Spy Next Door (2010)

Former CIA spy Bob Ho takes on his toughest assignment to date: looking after his girlfriend's three kids (who haven't exactly warmed to their mom's beau). When one of the youngsters accidentally downloads a top-secret formula, Bob's longtime nemesis, a Russian terrorist, pays a visit to the family.

Locations:school,  restaurant
Characters:girl,  boy,  children
Story:spy,  single mother,  computer,  mother daughter relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships

The School Of Rock (2003)
Comedy, Family, Music

The School Of Rock (2003)

Down and out rock star Dewey Finn gets fired from his band, and he faces a mountain of debts and depression. He takes a job as a 4th grade substitute teacher at an uptight private school where his attitude and hijinx have a powerful effect on his students. He also meets Zack, a 10-year-old guitar prodigy, who could help Dewey win a "battle of the bands" competition, which would solve his financial problems and put him back in the spotlight. (Read More)

Locations:school
Characters:teacher,  girl,  boy
Story:prize,  impersonation,  computer,  cult film,  family relationships

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My Girl (1991) is one of the best movies like Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory (1971)
Comedy, Drama, Family, Romance

My Girl (1991)

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

Themes:dance
Locations:school
Characters:girl,  teacher,  boy,  children
Story:lifting someone into the air,  television,  river,  coming of age,  father daughter relationship,  family relationships

Hook (1991)
Adventure, Comedy, Family, Fantasy

Hook (1991)

Peter Pan (Williams) has grown up to be a cut-throat merger and acquisitions lawyer, and is married to Wendy's granddaughter. Captain Hook (Hoffman) kidnaps his children, and Peter returns to Never Land with Tinkerbell (Roberts). With the help of her and the Lost Boys, he must remember how to be Peter Pan again in order to save his children by battling with Captain Hook once again. This is why Hook (1991) is one of the best movies like Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory (1971). (Read More)

Locations:boat
Characters:girl,  children,  boy
Story:miniaturization,  friends who live together,  child's point of view,  lifting someone into the air,  cult film,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  character name in title,  family relationships,  based on novel

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

Die Unendliche Geschichte (1984)

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

Locations:school
Characters:boy,  girl
Story:pleading,  wish fulfillment,  friends who live together,  famous score,  luck,  flying,  cult film,  father son relationship,  based on novel

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Honey I Blew Up The Kid (1992)
Adventure, Comedy, Family, Romance, Sci-fi

Honey I Blew Up The Kid (1992)

Wayne Szalinski is at it again. But instead of shrinking things, he tries to make a machine that can make things grow. As in the first one, his machine isn't quite accurate. But when he brings Nick & his toddler son Adam to see his invention, the machine unexpectedly starts working. And when Adam comes right up to the machine, he gets zapped along with his stuffed bunny. Now, whenever Adam comes near anything electrical, the electricity causes him to grow. Adam soon starts to grow to the height of over 100 feet. And he is now walking through Las Vegas which he thinks is one big play land. (Read More)

Characters:girl,  boy
Story:sudden change in size,  miniaturization,  inventor,  six word title,  cult film,  father son relationship,  family relationships

Oliver & Company (1988) is one of the best movies like Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory (1971)
Adventure, Animation, Comedy, Family, Musical

Oliver & Company (1988)

Inspired by Charles Dickens' "Oliver Twist". A homeless kitten named Oliver, roams the streets of New York, where he is taken in by a gang of homeless mutts who survive by stealing from others. During one of these criminal acts, Oliver meets a wealthy young girl named Jenny Foxworth. This meeting will forever change his life. (Read More)

Locations:boat
Characters:girl
Story:friends who live together,  ampersand in title,  urban setting,  birthday,  character name in title,  based on novel

Home Alone (1990)
Comedy, Family

Home Alone (1990)

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

Characters:boy
Story:lifting male in air,  ticket,  famous score,  laundry,  child protagonist,  child's point of view,  imagination,  lifting someone into the air,  flying,  television,  cult film,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships

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