Roger Ebert, while reviewing ‘The Iron Giant’, compared the film to the works of great animator Hayao Miyazaki, writing, “the film is not just a cute romp but an involving story that has something to say.” Directed by Brad Bird and written by Tim McCanlies and Bird, the movie follows a young boy who befriends a giant robot from outer space. The story is about the boy’s struggles in saving the robot that the state’s paranoid government agent wants to destroy.
An animated science fiction film, ‘The Iron Giant’ showcased the brilliance of Brad Bird before he showered us with the magnificent ‘The Incredibles’ (2004), ‘Ratatouille’ (2007) and ‘Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol’ (2011). The narrative was adapted from Ted Hughes’ science fiction novel ‘The Iron Man’, which was published in 1968. The film is a very compassionate piece of work that goes well beyond its seemingly simplistic storyline. It was a box office failure, but has become a classic and is considered as one of the greatest animated films of all time. ‘The Iron Giant’ went on to win the “Best Feature Film” for children at the BAFTAs and nearly swept away the Annie Awards.
For this article, I have taken into account films which contain narrative traits similar to this cult sci-fi piece. These films revolve around the relationships between humans and robots and weave it into a borderline social narrative. So with all that said, here’s the list of best movies similar to ‘The Iron Giant’ that are our recommendations. You can watch several of these movies like ‘The Iron Giant’ on Netflix, Hulu or Amazon Prime.
10. Robots (2005)
Directed by Chris Wedge and co-written by David Lindsay-Abaire, Lowell Ganz and Babaloo Mandel, ‘Robots’ is set in the world of robots, where a young and idealistic inventor travels to the big city to fulfill his dreams and join his idol’s company. However, his idealistic self comes in the way when he finds out that the management of the company is quite corrupted. Starring the talents of Ewan McGregor, Robin Williams, Greg Kinnear, Halle Berry, Mel Brooks, Jim Broadbent, Amanda Bynes and Drew Carey as the voice cast, the film, while not boasting of a cohesive screenplay, is quite entertaining and contains engaging visuals.
9. I, Robot (2004)