Coraline is a very well made dark fantasy animated film with elements of horror. Based on Gaiman’s novel of the same name the film is about a girl who is starved for her parents’ attention and in her restlessness uncovers a parallel ideal world but the world holds its own dark secrets and the trials she has to go to before normalcy is restored in her life, becomes a character-defining moment for Coraline and teaches her to value the things she has. Here is the list of movies similar to Caroline that are our recommendations. You can watch some of these movies like Coraline on Netflix or Hulu or Amazon Prime.
12. Where the Wild Things Are
The similarity is obvious. A boy, who is often bullied but is very imaginative one day discovers an island with giant creatures and proclaims himself their king. An adventure with magical creatures where a child learns valuable lessons are strikingly similar to Coraline’s tale as well and Spike Jonze’s film is so excellently made as to have you enthralled by the time he finishes weaving his tale.
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11. Kiki’s Delivery Service
Produced by Studio Ghibli, this is another masterpiece by Hayao Miyazaki. The story is about Kiki a young witch who goes to a coastal town where she is taken in by a kindly baker in exchange for her services of delivering goods on her broom. All seems to go well for her until she apparently loses her powers. The story of Kiki regaining her powers forms the basis of the narrative and the character of Kiki and Coraline is remarkably similar. They both move away from a place of reliance to a place of independence. Kiki’s tale is excellent and a thoroughly enjoyable work by one of the masters of animation.