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6 Movies like Big Fish: Fantasy Adventures

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Reliving these stories is sheer joy, thanks to that instantly recognisable Tim Burton style; the strength of the narrative puts the movie in the same league as titles like Pan’s Labyrinth, Stranger than Fiction, and Forrest Gump.
Movies similar to Big Fish are a very important breed within modern cinema. Reimagining the very earliest principles of story-telling, these films capture the magic of a good tale in a way that can only be achieved with a multi-million dollar budget and an all-star cast.
Based on the Daniel Wallace novel of the same name, the story is set upon a son attempting to learn more about the life of his elderly and sick father, who up until that point, has only identified with his past by way of a series of seemingly fictitious stories.

Movies Similar to ‘Big Fish’…

‘Forrest Gump’ (Robert Zemeckis, 1994)

Not all other movies like Big Fish are based upon novels, but Forrest Gump is.

Arguably more widely well-known than Big Fish, this movie captures the astonishing life story of its lead character as played by Tom Hanks. Having been present, mostly by accident, at a staggering number of notable historic events and moments, his story unfolds when he begins chatting to a stranger at a bus stop.

Similarity Match: 90%
Bearing more resemblance than other films similar to Big Fish, Forrest Gump tells equally miraculous and perhaps a more believable life-story of a charming protagonist.

‘The Fall’ (Tarsem Singh, 2006)

When an injured stuntman and a little girl find themselves side-by-side in a Californian hospital circa 1920, the stuntman finds little else to do than to tell the girl a story of five mythical heroes.

As the story unfolds, the girl’s over-active imagination works in unison with the stuntman’s fragile state of mind in order to bring the tale to life.

Similarity Match: 80%
The power of story-telling should never be underestimated, nor should the imagination of a child. Both movies are a pleasant reminder of these facts.

‘Pan’s Labyrinth’ (Guillermo Del Toro, 2006)

Set within the scarcely-covered setting of Falangist Spain in 1944, Pan’s Labyrinth is a movie which possesses both the power to beguile and shock. Focusing on the day to day life of the daughter of a merciless army officer, Ofelia, as portrayed by Ivana Baquero, the movie interjects between reality and fantasy – blending the two very seamlessly and making for a difficult watch for those who don’t pay full attention!

Similarity Match: 65%
Escapism, whether healthy or not, makes for a wonderful theme for any big screen feature. Both Big Fish and Pans Labyrinth are testament to this.

‘Stranger than Fiction’ (Marc Forster, 2006)

An IRS Agent (Will Ferrell) who begins to notice the voice of a well-spoken lady narrating his every move, eventually uncovers that he’s the lead character in a well-known author’s latest work.

Infiltrating every part of his life, he soon finds himself powerless to the author’s whim and attempts to track her down in order to make his revelation known.

Comedy/drama/fantasy never tasted so good all at once!

Similarity Match: 50%
Both Big Fish and Stranger than Fiction do well to contrast the telling of a story with obscure fantastical features and elements of comedy.


If You Like ‘Big Fish’, You Will Like…

Now, I’m not insinuating that there isn’t more than enough for you to get your teeth stuck into listed above. However, I can’t help but throw a couple more titles into the mixer – just for good measure.

Should you be a big fan of Big Fish, you might just enjoy these equally outlandish yet wholly moving films. In fact, I’ve a firm feeling that you will, even if they don’t fully comply in terms of story development and on-screen narrative.

‘Sleepy Hollow’ (Tim Burton, 1999)

An investigator is sent to the curious town of Sleepy Hollow in order to investigate the murder-by-decapitation of three of the townsfolk.

One of my personal favourite Johnny Depp performance in a Tim Burton movie (as there are many), the film also benefits from inspiring performances from the likes of Christina Ricci and Miranda Richardson.

You know how Tim Burton movies just have that strange feeling about them? Not bad, just strange – the two titles are instantly comparable as a result.

‘The Curious Case of Benjamin Button’ (David Fincher, 2008)

Many people are real suckers for a film that spans the entire lifetime of a character. The Curious Case of Benjamin Button is without a single doubt one of the best movies of this kind.

Chronicling the life story of a man who’s born old and grows young, the severity of the role is handled expertly by the one and only Brad Pitt. Despite his affliction, Benjamin lives a fruitful life marked by the same pitfalls as that of any other individual born into less remarkable circumstances – this is a strangely inspiring movie.

The story of a miraculous life as told from the perspective of the beholder, and through a series of mesmerising chapters.


Staying in the Real World Can Be Tricky

There’s nothing quite like getting your teeth stuck into a good life story, and you can rest easy knowing that I’ve sweated over this list in order to ensure that the recommendations are the very best possible.
Of course, you may be inclined to disagree but that’s totally cool.
All I ask is that you form your argument clearly and concisely in the comments section below!
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