Movies like Perfect Blue 1997

Romantic comedy, the last of three contemporary stories showing in the Love Bites 1997 season.

If you already watched and love Perfect Blue, you will love these. Below is the list of movies similar to Perfect Blue.

1 Kiki's Delivery Service 1989

A young witch, on her mandatory year of independent life, finds fitting into a new community difficult while she supports herself by running an air courier service.

Genres:

Animation, Adventure, Drama, Fantasy, Family

Director:

Hayao Miyazaki

Writers:

Eiko Kadono (novel), Hayao Miyazaki (screenplay)

Country:

Japan
7.9

2 Grave Of The Fireflies 1988

In the final months of World War II, 14-year-old Seita and his sister Setsuko are orphaned when their mother is killed during an air raid in Kobe, Japan. After a falling out with their aunt, they move into an abandoned bomb shelter. With no surviving relatives and their emergency rations depleted, Seita and Setsuko struggle to survive.

Genres:

Animation, Drama, War

Director:

Isao Takahata

Writers:

Akiyuki Nosaka (novel), Isao Takahata

Country:

Japan
8.5

3 Akira 1988

A secret military project endangers Neo-Tokyo when it turns a biker gang member into a rampaging psychic psychopath that only two teenagers and a group of psychics can stop.

Genres:

Science Fiction, Animation

Director:

Katsuhiro Ôtomo

Writers:

Katsuhiro Ôtomo (screenplay), Izô Hashimoto (screenplay) | 1 more credit »

Country:

Japan
8

4 Angel's Egg 1985

A mysterious young girl wanders a desolate, otherworldly landscape, carrying a large egg.

Genres:

Animation, Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Mystery, Science Fiction

Director:

Mamoru Oshii

Writers:

Yoshitaka Amano (story), Mamoru Oshii (screenplay) | 1 more credit »

Country:

Japan
7.6

5 Tekkonkinkreet 2006

When mysterious foreign entrepreneurs appear with the intention of tearing down Treasure Town and replacing it with an amusement park, Black and White face their greatest adversaries yet. It is up to the destructive Black to save the fate of the city and up to the gentle White to save Black from his own dark nature. On the street of an unnamed city, literally high-flying urchins Black and White look to protect their turf from invasion from other gangs. While he can be tough in a fight or wielding a weapon, White is an 11-year-old who can't even dress himself. Slightly older, Black is more worldly and treats his buddy with paternal love. Both look on their city as "our town." Also prone to seeing the city as his property is world-weary yakuza leader Suzuki, aka the Rat. Feeling the town has become too placid, Suzuki plots his return, much to the consternation of local police.

Genres:

Action, Adventure, Animation

Director:

Michael Arias (as Maikeru Ariasu)

Writers:

Anthony Weintraub (screenplay), Taiyô Matsumoto (manga 'Tekkon kinkurîto')

Country:

Japan
7.6

6 Millennium Actress 2001

Documentary filmmaker Genya Tachibana has tracked down the legendary actress Chiyoko Fujiwara, who mysteriously vanished at the height of her career. When he presents her with a key she had lost and thought was gone forever, the filmmaker could not have imagined that it would not only unlock the long-held secrets of Chiyoko’s life... but also his own.

Genres:

Animation, Drama, Romance

Country:

Japan

7 Memories 1995

In this anime anthology, a salvage ship crew happens upon a haunted vessel in "Magnetic Rose"; a cold tablet turns a lab worker into a biological weapon in "Stink Bomb"; and an urban populace carries on an endless war with an unseen foe in "Cannon Fodder."

Genres:

Fantasy, Animation, Science Fiction

Writers:

Satoshi Kon (segment), Katsuhiro Ôtomo (mangas) (as Katsuhiro Ohtomo)

Country:

Japan
7.6

8 The Girl Who Leapt Through Time 2006

When 17-year-old Makoto Konno gains the ability to, quite literally, "leap" backwards through time, she immediately sets about improving her grades and preventing personal mishaps. However, she soon realises that changing the past isn't as simple as it seems, and eventually, will have to rely on her new powers to shape the future of herself and her friends.

Genres:

Fantasy, Animation, Drama, Science Fiction

Director:

Mamoru Hosoda

Writers:

Yasutaka Tsutsui (novel), Satoko Okudera (screenplay)

Country:

Japan
7.8

9 Ghost In The Shell 1995

In the year 2029, the barriers of our world have been broken down by the net and by cybernetics, but this brings new vulnerability to humans in the form of brain-hacking. When a highly-wanted hacker known as 'The Puppetmaster' begins involving them in politics, Section 9, a group of cybernetically enhanced cops, are called in to investigate and stop the Puppetmaster.

Genres:

Action, Animation, Science Fiction

Director:

Mamoru Oshii

Writers:

Shirow Masamune (based on the manga by) (as Masamune Shirow), Kazunori Itô (screenplay)

Country:

Japan
8

10 Barefoot Gen 1983

A powerful statement against war, Barefoot Gen is a story about the effect of the atomic bomb on a boy's life and the lives of the Japanese people. Based on the acclaimed manga by Nakazawa Keiji, the author of Barefoot Gen, who was 6 years old at the time of the Hiroshima bombing, and is one of the survivors of the destruction. The bomb was responsible for the death of his father, his sister, and his brother. At the age of 6 he and his mother dug their remains out of the ruins of their home. In 1963 Nakazawa moved to Tokyo to become a manga artist, but returned to Hiroshima in 1966 to attend his mothers funeral. It was then that he learned of the true impact of the radiation from the bomb.

Genres:

Animation, Drama, War

Director:

Mori Masaki

Writer:

Keiji Nakazawa (manga)

Country:

Japan
8

11 5 Centimeters Per Second 2007

Three moments in Takaki's life: his relationship with Akari and their forced separation; his friendship with Kanae, who is secretly in love with him; the demands and disappointments of adulthood, an unhappy life in a cold city.

Genres:

Animation, Drama, Romance

Director:

Makoto Shinkai

Writers:

Makoto Shinkai (screenplay), Makoto Shinkai (original story) | 1 more credit »

Country:

Japan
7.6

12 Metropolis 2001

Duke Red has overseen the construction of a massive Ziggurat to extend his power across the whole planet. Tima, a robot-girl built in the image of his deceased daughter, is at the core of these plans. However, after escaping the Duke's clutches in a laboratory fire, she meets and befriends Kenichi, a boy who's traveled to Metropolis with his detective uncle in search of a scientist wanted for organ trafficking. Will her relationship with Kenichi, and the realization of the truth of her existence, change her destiny?

Genres:

Animation, Science Fiction

Director:

Rintaro

Writers:

Osamu Tezuka (comic book), Katsuhiro Ôtomo (screenplay) (as Katsuhiro Ohtomo) | 1 more credit »

Country:

Japan
7.2

13 Cowboy Bebop: The Movie 2001

The year is 2071. Following a terrorist bombing, a deadly virus is released on the populace of Mars and the government has issued the largest bounty in history, for the capture of whoever is behind it. The bounty hunter crew of the spaceship Bebop; Spike, Faye, Jet and Ed, take the case with hopes of cashing in the bounty. However, the mystery surrounding the man responsible, Vincent, goes deeper than they ever imagined, and they aren't the only ones hunting him.

Genres:

Action, Animation, Science Fiction

Writers:

Keiko Nobumoto (screenplay), Hajime Yatate (based on the story by)

Countries:

Japan, United States of America
7.9

14 The Place Promised In Our Early Days 2004

In a post-war alternative timeline, Japan is divided into the North, controlled by the Union, and the South, controlled by the United States. A mysterious high tower rises within the borders of the Union. Three high school students promise to cross the border with a self-built airplane and unravel the secret of the tower.

Genres:

Animation, Adventure, Drama, Romance, Science Fiction

Directors:

Makoto Shinkai, Yoshio Suzuki (co-director)

Writers:

Makoto Shinkai (story), Makoto Shinkai (screenplay) | 1 more credit »

Country:

Japan
7

15 Jin-Roh: The Wolf Brigade 1999

A member of an elite paramilitary counter-terrorism unit becomes traumatized after witnessing the suicide bombing of a young girl and is forced to undergo retraining. However, unbeknownst to him, he becomes a key player in a dispute between rival police divisions, as he finds himself increasingly involved with the sister of the girl he saw die.

Genres:

Animation, Science Fiction, Thriller, Drama

Director:

Hiroyuki Okiura

Writers:

Mamoru Oshii (creator), Mamoru Oshii | 1 more credit »

Country:

Japan
7.4

16 The Cat Returns 2002

Haru, a schoolgirl bored by her ordinary routine, saves the life of an unusual cat and suddenly her world is transformed beyond anything she ever imagined. The Cat King rewards her good deed with a flurry of presents, including a very shocking proposal of marriage to his son! Haru embarks on an unexpected journey to the Kingdom of Cats where her eyes are opened to a whole other world.

Genres:

Adventure, Fantasy, Animation, Drama, Family

Director:

Hiroyuki Morita

Writers:

Aoi Hiiragi (comic "Neko no Danshaku, Baron"), Reiko Yoshida (screenplay) | 2 more credits »

Country:

Japan
7.2

17 Nausicaä Of The Valley Of The Wind 1984

After a global war, the seaside kingdom known as the Valley of the Wind remains one of the last strongholds on Earth untouched by a poisonous jungle and the powerful insects that guard it. Led by the courageous Princess Nausicaä, the people of the Valley engage in an epic struggle to restore the bond between humanity and Earth.

Genres:

Adventure, Animation, Fantasy

Director:

Hayao Miyazaki

Writers:

Hayao Miyazaki (based on the manga by), Hayao Miyazaki (screenplay by) | 2 more credits »

Country:

Japan
8.1

18 Whisper Of The Heart 1995

Shizuku lives a simple life, dominated by her love for stories and writing. One day she notices that all the library books she has have been previously checked out by the same person: 'Seiji Amasawa'. Curious as to who he is, Shizuku meets a boy her age whom she finds infuriating, but discovers to her shock that he is her 'Prince of Books'. As she grows closer to him, she realises that he merely read all those books to bring himself closer to her. The boy Seiji aspires to be a violin maker in Italy, and it is his dreams that make Shizuku realise that she has no clear path for her life. Knowing that her strength lies in writing, she tests her talents by writing a story about Baron, a cat statuette belonging to Seiji's grandfather

Genres:

Animation, Drama, Family

Director:

Yoshifumi Kondô

Writers:

Hayao Miyazaki (screenplay), Aoi Hiiragi (comic) | 2 more credits »

Country:

Japan
7.9

19 Castle In The Sky 1986

A young boy and a girl with a magic crystal must race against pirates and foreign agents in a search for a legendary floating castle.

Genres:

Adventure, Fantasy, Animation, Action, Family, Romance

Director:

Hayao Miyazaki

Writer:

Hayao Miyazaki

Country:

Japan
8

20 Fullmetal Alchemist The Movie: Conqueror Of Shamballa 2005

Munich, Germany, 1923. Two years have passed since Edward Elric was dragged from his own world to ours, leaving behind his country, his friends and his younger brother, Alphonse. Stripped of his alchemical powers, he has been all this time researching rocketry together with Alphonse Heiderich, a young man who resembles his own brother, hoping to one day find a way back home. His efforts so far had proven fruitless, but after lending a hand to a troubled gipsy girl, Edward is thrown in a series of events that can wreak havoc in both worlds. Meanwhile, at his own world, Alphonse Elric ventures deeper into the mysteries of alchemy in search for a way to reunite with his older brother.

Genres:

Action, Adventure, Animation, Drama

Director:

Seiji Mizushima

Writers:

Hiromu Arakawa (characters), Shô Aikawa (script) | 1 more credit »

Country:

Japan
7.4

21 Evangelion: 1.0 You Are 2007

After the Second Impact, Tokyo-3 is being attacked by giant creatures called Angels that seek to eradicate humankind. The child Shinji's objective is to fight the Angels by piloting one of the mysterious Evangelion mecha units. A remake of the first six episodes of GAINAX's famous 1996 anime series. The film was retitled "Evangelion: 1.01" for its DVD release and "Evangelion: 1.11" for a release with additional scenes.

Genres:

Animation, Science Fiction, Action, Drama

Writers:

Hideaki Anno (screenplay), Yoshiki Sakurai (screenplay cooperation)

Country:

Japan
7.7

22 Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust 2000

D has been hired to track down Meier Link, a notoriously powerful vampire who has abducted a woman, Charlotte Elbourne. D's orders are strict - find Charlotte, at any cost. For the first time, D faces serious competition. The Markus Brothers, a family of Vampire Hunters, were hired for the same bounty. D Must intercept Meier and conquer hostile forces on all sides in a deadly race against time.

Genres:

Action, Adventure, Animation, Fantasy, Horror, Mystery, Science Fiction

Director:

Yoshiaki Kawajiri

Writers:

Hideyuki Kikuchi (novel), Yoshiaki Kawajiri (screenplay) | 2 more credits »

Countries:

Japan, United States of America
7.7

23 The End Of Evangelion 1997

The second of two theatrically released follow-ups to the Neon Genesis Evangelion series. Comprising of two alternate episodes which were first intended to take the place of episodes 25 and 26, this finale answers many of the questions surrounding the series, while also opening up some new possibilities.

Genres:

Drama, Science Fiction, Animation

Writer:

Hideaki Anno (screenplay)

Country:

Japan
8.1