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The Best Steampunk Movies

Updated March 17, 2020 16.6k votes 2.6k voters 310.9k views65 items

List RulesVote for your personal favorite steampunk films, regardless of how popular or successful they were at the box office.

A list of all the best steampunk movies ever made, many of which are streaming on Netflix and Amazon Prime. This steampunk movie list can be sorted by cast, year, director, and more. This list of steampunk films also contains steampunk movie titles that can be clicked on for more information about the film. This steampunk films list can also be copied to start your own. For more general sci-fi and fantasy movies, take a look at which ones are streaming on Amazon Prime and Netflix Instant

What is steampunk? With roots in history and science fiction, steampunk can be easy to spot—just look for mechanical watch parts and goggles—but difficult to define. This list, though, contains the best steampunk movies of all time, as voted on by fans of the films This steampunk movie list can be sorted by alphabetically, by director, by year and more, but is currently ordered from best to worst. Make sure to upvote the best teams/people, because they deserve it. This is a list of a wide variety of examples of steampunk ranging from cartoon steampunk, steampunk anime girls, westerns and really any genre of steampunk themed movies you can think of, really. Now, it's kind of debatable whether or not some of these quite fit the steampunk genre at all, but we're very much covering our bases here. 

List of steampunk films includes steampunk movie titles that can be clicked on for more information about the film. Impact the order of the list by having your social network vote too. These are the top films in the steampunk genre, meaning that each and every one of these is a movie with at least a single element of the steampunk genre in it. Be it the motifs of the steampunk genre or just some of the most common archetypes.

Thumbs down the movies you don't think should be on this list. Not a fan of Wild Wild West or The Golden Compass? Them thumbs them down. If we missed any steampunk movies on this list, please add them to the list yourself, as this is an open list which means you can add any movies whenever you like (choices are subject to moderation). The films on this list cover the most famous steampunk movies of all time and are voted on by people who really care about steampunk movie lists. So from the latest, to the greatest steampunk movies, here is the full steampunk movies list, ordered from best to worst.

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  • Castle in the Sky1
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    Castle in the Sky

    Megumi Hayashibara, Mayumi Tanaka

    Released1986

    Directed byHayao Miyazaki

    Castle in the Sky is a 1986 Japanese animated adventure film written and directed by Hayao...  more
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  • Steamboy2
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    Steamboy

    Anne Suzuki, Susumu Terajima

    Released2004

    Directed byKatsuhiro Otomo

    Steamboy is a 2004 Japanese steampunk animated action film produced by Sunrise, directed and...  more
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  • Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow3
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    Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow

    Angelina Jolie, Gwyneth Paltrow

    Released2004

    Directed byKerry Conran

    Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow is a 2004 American science fiction action adventure film...  more
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  • Hugo4
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    Hugo

    Jude Law, Chloë Grace Moretz

    Released2011

    Directed byMartin Scorsese

    Hugo is a 2011 American 3D historical adventure drama film directed and co-produced by Martin...  more
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  • Wild Wild West5
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    Wild Wild West

    Salma Hayek, Will Smith

    Released1999

    Directed byBarry Sonnenfeld

    Wild Wild West is a 1999 American steampunk western action-comedy film directed by Barry...  more
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  • The Time Machine6
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    The Time Machine

    Yvette Mimieux, Rod Taylor

    Released1960

    Directed byGeorge Pal

    The Time Machine – also known promotionally as H.G. Wells' The Time Machine – is a 1960...  more
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  • Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows7
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    Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows

    Rachel McAdams, Robert Downey Jr.

    Released2011

    Directed byGuy Ritchie

    Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows is a 2011 British-American action mystery film directed by...  more
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    #237 of 315 Movies with the Best Soundtracks#441 of 625 The Greatest Action Movies Of All Time

  • The Golden Compass8
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    The Golden Compass

    Nicole Kidman, Eva Green

    Released2007

    Directed byChris Weitz

    The Golden Compass is a 2007 American fantasy-adventure film directed by Chris Weitz. A young...  more
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  • City of Ember9
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    City of Ember

    Bill Murray, Saoirse Ronan

    Released2008

    Directed byGil Kenan

    City of Ember is a 2008 American science fiction fantasy film based on the 2003 novel The City...  more
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  • Vidocq10
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    Vidocq

    Gérard Depardieu, Inés Sastre

    Released2001

    Directed byPitof

    Vidocq is a 2001 mystery film, directed by Pitof, starring Gérard Depardieu as historical...  more
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  • The Rocketeer11
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    The Rocketeer

    Jennifer Connelly, Timothy Dalton

    Released1991

    Directed byJoe Johnston

    The Rocketeer is a 1991 American period superhero film produced by Walt Disney Pictures and...  more
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    #35 of 99 The Greatest Kids Sci-Fi Movies#81 of 97 The Worst Superhero Movies Ever Made

  • Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events12

    Released2004

    Directed byBrad Silberling

    Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events is a 2004 American fantasy dark comedy film...  more
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    #52 of 112 Movies That Need Sequels#520 of 1,137 The Absolute Funniest Movies Of All Time

  • The City of Lost Children13
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    The City of Lost Children

    Ron Perlman, Jean-Louis Trintignant

    Released1995

    Directed byMarc Caro, Jean-Pierre Jeunet

    The City of Lost Children is a 1995 French-German-Spanish science fantasy drama film directed...  more
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  • Atlantis: The Lost Empire14
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    Atlantis: The Lost Empire

    Michael J. Fox, Leonard Nimoy

    Released2001

    Directed byGary Trousdale, Kirk Wise

    Atlantis: The Lost Empire is a 2001 American traditionally animated action-adventure film...  more
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    #111 of 113 The Absolute Worst Animated Movies#62 of 111 The Best Disney Animated Movies of All Time

  • The Fabulous World of Jules Verne15
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    The Fabulous World of Jules Verne

    Hugh Downs, Alena Kreuzmannová

    Released1958

    Directed byKarel Zeman

    The Fabulous World of Jules Verne is a 1958 Czechoslovak adventure film directed by Karel...  more
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  • Mortal Engines16
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    Mortal Engines

    Hera Hilmar, Robert Sheehan

    Released2018

    Directed byChristian Rivers

    Mortal Engines is a 2018 post-apocalyptic adventure film directed by Christian Rivers, based...  more
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  • Sherlock Holmes17
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    Sherlock Holmes

    Robert Downey Jr., Jude Law

    Released2009

    Directed byGuy Ritchie

    Sherlock Holmes is a 2009 period mystery action film directed by Guy Ritchie, based on the...  more
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  • H. G. Wells' The War of the Worlds18
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    H. G. Wells' The War of the Worlds

    Susan Goforth, Jamie Lynn Sease

    Released2005

    Directed byTimothy Hines

    H.G. Wells' The War of the Worlds is one of three film adaptations released in 2005 of H. G....  more
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  • Howl's Moving Castle19
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    Howl's Moving Castle

    Akihiro Miwa, Akio Ōtsuka

    Released2004

    Directed byHayao Miyazaki

    Howl's Moving Castle is a 2004 Japanese animated fantasy film scripted and directed by Hayao...  more
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    #15 of 575 The Best Animated Films Ever#841 of 1,540 The Most Rewatchable Movies

  • Journey to the Center of the Earth20
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    Journey to the Center of the Earth

    Pat Boone, Bernard Herrmann

    Released1959

    Directed byHenry Levin

    Journey to the Center of the Earth is a 1959 adventure film adapted by Charles Brackett from...  more
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    #12 of 51 The Greatest Classic Sci-Fi Movies#21 of 38 The Best Science Fiction Family Movies

  • Brazil21
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    Brazil

    Robert De Niro, Bob Hoskins

    Released1985

    Directed byTerry Gilliam

    Brazil is a 1985 British film directed by Terry Gilliam and written by Gilliam, Charles...  more
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    #168 of 230 The Best Psychological Thrillers of All Time#48 of 54 The Best Movies Where the Bad Guy Wins

  • 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea22
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    20,000 Leagues Under the Sea

    Kirk Douglas, Peter Lorre

    Released1954

    Directed byRichard Fleischer

    20,000 Leagues Under the Sea is a 1954 American Technicolor adventure film starring Kirk...  more
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    9 is a 2005 computer animated short film created by Shane Acker as a student project at the...  more
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  • The Adventures of Baron Munchausen24
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    The Adventures of Baron Munchausen

    Uma Thurman, Robin Williams

    Released1988

    Directed byTerry Gilliam

    The Adventures of Baron Munchausen is a 1988 British adventure fantasy comedy film co-written...  more
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  • Frankenstein's Monster: a Steampunk Film Adaptation25
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    Frankenstein's Monster: a Steampunk Film Adaptation

    Dustin Sturgill, Matt Risoldi

    Released2014

    Directed bySyd Lance

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