Often cited as one of the greatest animated films, ‘Spirited Away’ (2001) is a coming-of-age fantasy film written and directed by Hayao Miyazaki about Chihiro Ogino, an often sullen 10-year-old girl who in the midst of gloomily moving to a new neighbourhood, enters the spirit world. After her parents are transformed into pigs by the witch Yubaba, Chihiro takes a job working in Yubaba’s bathhouse in an attempt to find a way to free herself and her parents and return to the human world. The film resonates with deep emotionalism and maturity. Under the allegorical façade of magic and fantasy, ‘Spirited Away’ is a tale of hard work, love and compassion.
Here’s the list of movies similar to Spirited Away that are our recommendations. For this list, I have taken into account films which portray similar themes and melodies such as fantasy, adolescence and adventure. You can stream some of these movies like Spirited Away on Netflix or Amazon Prime or Hulu.
10. Big Fish (2003)
Tim Burton received immense heat for his 2001 science fiction project, ‘Planet of the Apes’. With ‘Big Fish’ (2003), the 58-year-old director redeemed his reputation. The 2003 fantasy comedy-drama film pens a simple story of a man’s relationship with his father. Inspired from Daniel Wallace’s ‘Big Fish: A Novel of Mythic Proportions’, Burton infuses his knack for creating a fantasy world out of the ordinary with an artistic and visual storytelling. He luminously transmutes a tale of forbidding realities of death, betrayal and riffs into a sketch of a heart-warming narrative on the father-son relationship. The film is a classy amalgamation of Burton’s directorial exploits; John August’s spellbinding writing; Philippe Rousselot’s visual cinematographic elegance; Danny Elfman’s striking music; all accompanied by the casts’ deft understanding and portrayal of the characters.
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9. Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971)