What are the best steampunk movies?

Have you always been interested in the retro-futuristic world? This is sometimes even called steampunk which is a combination of fantasy and science fiction. Well, this list will bring you the best steampunk movies you'll be interested to watch! 

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    #1Van Helsing

    Van Helsing

    Van Helsing is a steampunk movie released in 2004 which can also be categorized as an action horror film directed and written by Stephen Sommers. This film is a tribute to the Universal Horror Monster films. 


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    Austin Hill
    Written on May 31, 2018
    "I enjoy Van Helsing! It sure draws me in and catches my attention"
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    #2The Golden Compass

    The Golden Compass

    The Golden Compass is one of the best steampunk movies on Netflix available to stream. This fantasy adventure film released in 2007 is based on the Northern Lights written by Philip Pullman, which follows the adventures of Lyra Belacqua. 


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    Christian Williamson
    Written on May 30, 2018
    "good but not great nor the best"
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    9 is is a computer-animated steampunk movie released in 2009 directed by Shane Acker. This is based on the 2005 short film of the same name set in the post-apocalyptic future created at the UCLA Animation Workshop. 


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    Christine Alvarado
    Written on July 29, 2019
    "This is one of the best steampunk anime movies that I have watched. I would compare it to the animted film Wall-E but this one is definitely darker than that film. Okay well I think 9 is a combination of The Terminator and War of the Worlds imo. "


Steampunk is a sub-genre of science fiction or science fantasy combining technology and aesthetic designs in the 19th-century. Furthermore, it shows what is life in the Victorian era if steam power was present. This includes fictional machines visualized by authors. 


Did you know the term steampunk was coined by K.W Jeter? He coined the term to distinguish his works from the well-known sub-genre cyberpunk. This was at the height of the cyberpunk movement in science fiction in the middle of 1980s. That time, the suffix "punk" was overused so Jeter claimed that the next big thing would be 'steampunk." But, it is difficult to pinpoint exactly where this sub-genre's first authors got their inspiration. What most people know, is that its inspiration was taken from the Victorian era. Although steampunk is quite an obscure sub-genre, it had a notable influence on arts and fashion around the world. In fact, the steampunk movement can be seen in many steampunk movies. Moreover, steampunk has a wide range of appeal. Some people drawn into this sub-genre came from their love of the Victorian period. Others are interested in its unique approach to the technology from re-envisioning 19th-century machines with modern features. Meanwhile, many people are fascinated by it because of their fashion aspects. This enables them to sample and even combine a range of clothing styles and accessories in the 19th century. Furthermore, the more general neo-vintage movement has aided steampunk. With all that being said, this cannot explain wholly the steampunk's appeal. The genre possesses a life of its own.

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    #4City of Ember

    City of Ember

    City of Ember is a science-fiction adventure film released in 2008 based on the 2003 novel The City of Ember written by Jeanne DuPrau. This steampunk film centers on the people of the City of Ember as it's glittering lights start to flicker. 


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    Rebecca Banks
    Written on May 31, 2018
    "This is an excellent movie. It's based on the book of the same name. It's an all around fun ride for all ages and should definitely be watched."
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    #5Howl's Moving Castle

    Howl's Moving Castle

    Howl's Moving Castle is a Japanese animated steampunk movie written and directed by Hayao Miyazaki. This is loosely based on the novel of the same name written by Diana Wynne Jones released in 1986.


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    Francisco Paredes
    Written on May 24, 2018
    "Howl's Moving Castle is a bonafide stone cold classic. It's a movie that I can without question watch over and over again without issue."
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    #6Treasure Planet

    Treasure Planet

    Treasure Planet is an animated movie adaptation of the book Treasure Island by Rober Louis Stevenson, directed by Ron Clements and John Musker. It was first released on November 27, 2002, by Walt Disney Pictures. 


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    Michelle Wells
    Written on May 21, 2018
    "Treasure Planet is an underrated gem. I love the adventurous elements--and so do my kids! The animation is intricate and beautiful and complements the original tale in a uniquely gorgeous way."
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    Stardust is a romantic adventure fantasy film released in 2007 directed by Matthew Vaughn. This follows Tristan who makes a promise to his beloved that he will retrieve a fallen star by venturing into the magical realm. 


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    Ethan Nichols
    Written on May 25, 2018
    "I was looking for a good science fiction film so I decided to give Stardust a try. I was not disappointed. It was interesting to me and threw some plot twist I did not expect. I want to see more movies like this in the future."
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    #8Atlantis: The Lost Empire

    Atlantis: The Lost Empire

    Atlantis: The Lost Empire is a science fiction animated movie adaptation of the myth about the lost city, directed by Gary Trousdale and Kirk Wise. It was first released on June 3, 2001, by Walt Disney Pictures and has an MPAA rating of PG.


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    Ken Wu
    Written on June 2, 2018
    "I really like this movie. I have watched it with my kid multiple times. It seems to have a really good message. The voice actors are great and the animation is OK."
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    #9Hellboy II: The Golden Army

    Hellboy II: The Golden Army

    Hellboy II: The Golden Army is a superhero movie released in 2008 based on the comic book Hellboy written by Mike Mignola. The film follows Hellboy and his paranormal team stopping the uprising of the mythical world.


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    Jacob Hudson
    Written on July 29, 2019
    "I dont know about you but for me Hellboy 2 is very underrated. This movie has exceeded all my expectations on my list of the best steampunk movies, What I like about this is that it is fast-paced, enterataining and most of all it has all kinds of a rollercoaster badassery that i wanted to see on a steampunk film. "
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    Hugo is a 2011 movie directed by Martin Scorsese. It stars Asa Butterfield, Chloë Grace Moretz, and Ben Kingsley. It is about an orphan named Hugo Cabret who lives in a train station who gets wrapped up in a mystery involving an automaton. 


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    Isabel Ordoñez
    Written on July 29, 2019
    "If I were to describe this steampunk movie it would be that this film was wondefully written, directed and acted. It is very reminiscent with the film Edward Scissorhands. "


Best What are the best steampunk movies
1Van HelsingMovies 12 Paid
2The Golden Compass Movies 11 Paid
39Movies 11 Paid
4City of EmberMovies 8 Paid
5Howl's Moving CastleMovies 5 Paid
6Treasure PlanetMovies 4 Paid
7StardustMovies 3 Paid
8Atlantis: The Lost EmpireMovies 1 Paid
9Hellboy II: The Golden ArmyMovies 0 Paid
10HugoMovies 0 Paid

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