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What to Watch If You Love 'Coraline'

Updated October 9, 2020 2.0k votes 285 voters 13.6k views52 items

List RulesVote up your favorite films and TV shows that encapsulate the weird world of Coraline!

If you fell in love with the twisted world of the 2009 stop-motion fantasy film based on Neil Gaiman’s best-selling book, you’re probably wondering what to watch after Coraline. While Coraline is without a doubt one of the most original films out there, there are a few similar movies and TV shows that have that same odd and creepy vibe. This list offers up other movies like Coraline to satisfy your craving. 

When it comes to movies that look like Coraline, several films fit the bill. Movies like The Nightmare Before Christmas, Corpse Bride, and Frankenweenie are all stop-motion animated classics. These movies are fantastical, a little whimsical, and many are great fun, particularly around Halloween. Not all Coraline similar movies are animated, however. If you're a little tired of the cartoon genre, give Matilda or Beetlejuice a try. (And really, if you haven’t seen Beetlejuice, now’s the time.)

Rather watch a scary TV show like Coraline? Try Stranger Things, the breakout Netflix hit, and, for the younger set, perhaps Gravity Falls? For the older kids (and young-at-heart adults) who are Coraline fans, consider watching shows like Sleepy Hollow, Grimm, or even Once Upon a Time.

If you're looking for recommendations to recapture that Coraline vibe, browse some of the listings below and vote for your favorites.

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  • Monster House
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    Monster House is a 2006 computer-animated fantasy comedy film directed by Gil Kenan, produced by ImageMovers and Amblin Entertainment, and distributed by Columbia Pictures. The film stars Mitchel Musso, Sam Lerner, Spencer Locke, Steve Buscemi, Nick Cannon, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Jon Heder, Kevin James, Jason Lee, Catherine O'Hara, Kathleen Turner, and Fred Willard. Executive produced by Robert Zemeckis and Steven Spielberg, this is the first time since Back to the Future Part III that they have worked together. It is also the first time that Zemeckis and Spielberg both served as executive producers of a film. The film's characters are animated primarily utilizing performance capture, making it... more on Wikipedia
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  • Edward Scissorhands
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    Edward Scissorhands is a 1990 American romantic dark fantasy film directed by Tim Burton. An artificial man (Johnny Depp), who was incompletely constructed and has scissors for hands, leads a solitary life until he meets a suburban lady (Winona Ryder) who introduces him to her world.... more on Wikipedia
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  • James and the Giant Peach
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    James and the Giant Peach is a 1996 British-American musical fantasy film directed by Henry Selick, based on the 1961 novel of the same name by Roald Dahl. It was produced by Tim Burton and Denise Di Novi, directed by Henry Selick, and starred Paul Terry as James. The film is a combination of live action and stop-motion animation. Co-stars Joanna Lumley and Miriam Margolyes played James's aunts in the live-action segments, and Simon Callow, Richard Dreyfuss, Susan Sarandon, Jane Leeves, and David Thewlis voiced his insect friends in the animation sequences.... more on Wikipedia
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  • Beetlejuice
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    Beetlejuice is a 1988 American fantasy-comedy-horror film directed by Tim Burton. The spirits of a deceased couple (Alec Baldwin and Geena Davis) are harassed by an unbearable family that has moved into their home, and hire a malicious spirit (Michael Keaton) to drive them out.... more on Wikipedia
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