Steampunk movies represent the state of the art in design, art, and literature of the steampunk movement in a unique piece. What turns steampunk movies into something superior is that there is an inherent ability to transform the Victorian era into action, loaded of high-end steam-powered technology and an epic history underneath.
There is always a certain feeling of the epic story in steampunk stories.
For that reason, we created our post. The idea behind it is that you take a quick look through the development of certain cornerstone steampunk movies that have been displayed throughout these years.
Why do we choose steampunk movies?
If you want to have a taste of Victorian dressings, or you are willing to watch some alter high tech end action, then we recommend you to grab a steampunk movie. They always recreate a perfect balance between adventure and romance, an exquisite combination that will suit you and your couple’s needs.
In this section, you will find all sorts of movies. As you keep reading, you’ll notice that steampunk has blended in with other thematic influences such as western, the post-apocalyptic, anime, and even with Asian culture.
Steampunk movies on 2018
These are the most influential steampunk-themed movies that have been produced from 2000 onwards. Let’s start.
Van Helsing is a 2004 movie that featured Hugh Jackman and Kate Beckinsale as the main actors. This extraordinary plot narrative blends Frankenstein, Dracula, and the Vatican into a single scotch malt packed full of action. There are lots of fantastic elements in this movie, as you might have guessed. The film is centered in a post-apocalyptic environment in which the steampunk details rely heavily on highly developed mechanical weapons and devices.
The League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen
Our second pick is The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen. This movie is based on a comic created by Alan Moore. The idea behind this movie is that in a post-victorian period, a highly skilled group of people are recruited to serve the British empire as secret agents. As you may think, these story ends up interlinking various fantastic elements into a new whole concept.
Our third pick is also unique. Lemony Snicket is a story of two kids who lost their parents and must live from now on with their closest relative: count Olaf. There is a twist to the plot at the beginning of the movie when Crazy Olaf tries to kill these kids by leaving them inside a car in the middle of a railroad. This movie is packed full of steampunk details, which go from gas masks and chandeliers to home decor.
In our last spot, we placed Sherlock Holmes. this exquisite adaptation of the original series by Arthur Conan Doyle. Situated in a post-Victorian era, it has plenty of steampunk details engraved in it. Featuring Robert Downey Jr, Jude Law, and Rachel Mc Adams, this classic detective film has been readapted for newer generations in a fascinating manner, packed full of action. Definitely, you must give it a try if you haven’t seen it.
Steampunk movies on Amazon
Van Helsing – https://amzn.to/2CGsqLp
The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen – https://amzn.to/2EgLQry
Lemony Snicket – https://amzn.to/2Cfq9pv
Sherlock Holmes – https://amzn.to/2Eg9KUo
Steampunk anime and cartoon movies
In this section, we picked what we think are the top 4 steampunk anime you can find on the web.
On our first place, we can find the classic Steamboy. Produced by Katsuhiro Ōtomo (producer of the acclaimed movie Akira), tells the story about Ray Steam, a young boy during a post-Victorian era in London. Lloyd is taken prisoner by the company where his father works, Lloyd. The thing gets wicked when Ray gets to know his kidnapper. Steampunk is everywhere, from flying zeppelins to multiples devices that appear through the movie. This anime movie is the insignia of the steampunk cartoon industry.
Howl’s Moving Castle
On our second place, you will find Howl’s moving castle. This movie is a 2004 Japanese anime film written and directed by Hayao Miyazaki. Its the story about a steampunk girl called Sophie, that gets involved in a war between two kingdoms when she meets a wizard named Howl. The steampunk influence kicks in in Miyazaki’s crusade to demonstrate air flight as a novel and kind technological development, by picturing giant steampunk-theme airships flying the skies. Pacifism is a recurrent theme in this movie.
Full Metal Alchemist
On our third place, you will find a classic. Full Metal Alchemist is a manga series written by Hiromu Arakawa. Full Metal Alchemist connects fantastical themes with modern post-Victorian developments. The philosopher’s stone, Alchemy, and other magical pre-victorian beliefs are interrelated into a thrilling epic. Thumbs up for this one.
On our last place, we chose this particular movie from Tim Burton. In a post-apocalyptic world dominated by machines, our main character, Nine, finds himself thriving to survive. When he decides that the way to change things y by fighting, the movie takes a turnaround. Glamorous details that are compressed in a dim atmosphere, this movie is recommended for Tim Burton fans.
We have developed a full post that reviews in deep detail the steampunk anime. You can find it through the link attached previously.
Steampunk anime on Amazon
Steamboy – https://amzn.to/2pRQRx2
Howl’s moving castle – https://amzn.to/2PwZPuI
Full Metal Alchemist – https://amzn.to/2PyhZMA
Steampunk documentaries and independent films
What you will find in this section is quite unique because there is not much about there. We collected a series of independent films and documentaries about steampunk culture, its origins, and even some DIY recipes.
The City of Lost Children
The City of Lost Children is an independent film from 1995 that is revamped and showing at next Sundance festival. In this movie, there is an evil scientist that has a disease. He is unable to dream. Thus, he steals children in order to suck their dreams out of them. The movie tells the story of two kids who have to rescue another one from the evil doctor’s hands. There is steampunk in every piece of machinery that has been used in this movie.
Vintage Tomorrows is a review documentary that explores the birth of the steampunk movement, its cultural influences, and the state of the art that can be found today. On the other hand, Kids crafts, an introduction to steampunk, also develops a couple of recipes to create some DIY steampunk objects.
Last, we have picked the movie Gentlemen Explorers. The movie is set in 1890, where the two main characters are forced to collaborate with the secret services to obtain a device from a fairy tale. You will find lots of Victorian outfits due to the period in which this movie elapses
Steampunk documentaries and independent films on Amazon
The city of lost children – https://amzn.to/2Cgifw6
Vintage Tomorrows – https://amzn.to/2CFgHwo
Gentlemen Explorers – https://amzn.to/2EganNK
Kids Crafts, an introduction to Steampunk – https://amzn.to/2PxrEDh
Steampunk movies on Youtube
As we’ve reviewed, there are lots of steampunk movies that can be found on Amazon Prime. Yes, they are paid, but there is a reason for this. If you want high-quality films, then we suggest you go down for the ones we recommended right above.
Now if you wanna take a peek at other independent artists, then we suggest you check out these upcoming favorites.
Airlords Of Airia
The first one we recommend you is Airlords Of Airia. It is a short steampunk airship movie that has been created by an independent film group. It consists of an epic movie that includes a plot that develops between airship commanders and wars between kingdoms. This short film has won several awards due to the high-quality result they’ve achieved.
A short comment about this movie: Actors are Deutsch. This means that the movie has been translated, but you will find a certain overlap between the actor’s mouths and the audio. If you take into account the whole context, then you won’t find it harmful at all.
You can check them out in their Youtube link here.
After you’ve seen this, there are rumors that they are gonna present a sequel. We have just to wait and see what happens.
Aurora is a steampunk 33-minute short film that can be found on Youtube as well.
Once again, there is epicness in the plot. But there are certain differences regarding the rest with our previous movie.
To start with, Aurora’s cast crew is quite huge for a short film. During the 33 minutes, at least 30 characters can be recognized. Also, props, attires, and accessories are precisely crafted. I mean, it’s not easy to perform a steampunk movie in this manner because each and every gadget that is used needs to be adapted in a retro-futuristic way.
We believe these major changes are due to several reasons. But we find that the most important one is that is a film produced by two combined productions (Urtext + RoughCut).
All in all, character personifications are quite well performed. Characters talk in English as a native language. That is also a plus because it means there are no audio related imperfections. Also, they have quite amazing CGI’s too!
It’s a definite must for people who are looking for something out on Youtube. Check them out here.
Nemo, the Steampunk Movie
Nemo is a steampunk movie produced in France by Chicane Studio. It’s a relatively new movie that has been published in September 2017.
Once again, we find that this kind of short movies that have been produced by studios tend to be a high-quality product. In this case, I find that the French language with Youtube subtitles is the best way to see this movie. In this way, you won’t miss out the fascinating expressions that these French artists provide throughout the movie.
The movie has been segmented into five scenes and a final act. It the movie over 20 characters have been involved. The plot is exciting and is captivating. You will not want to stop until you finish the movie.
We will not spoil details about it. It’s a 38-minute movie. You’ll find the time to see it. Check it out here.
Best Steampunk Movies on Netflix
Actually, there are four main steampunk movies you can find on Netflix right now.
Atlantis: The Lost Empire
If you ever were looking for a steampunk cartoon movie for kids, then this is the right one for you.
As we told you before, we won’t spoil anything. But, what we can say is that in this movie you will find our good old friend Milo Thatch. If you see him in any picture, you’ll recognize him instantly. This is one of the classical steampunk animated Disney movie characters. A young bold man with a couple of vintage sunglasses that is eager to explore the seas in order to find Atlantis.
There are also a couple more of characters that are styled in a steampunk fashion as well. In fact, we’ve reviewed a couple of them in our steampunk characters post. You can take a look at it if you want it in the link we just provided you.
Atlantis: The lost empire is the first movie of a three-part saga. This is one of those definite steampunk children’s cartoon movie that will allow you to introduce your kids into the topic in a friendly manner. In fact, what better than to have a classic 2000’s steampunk Disney movie for this?
This movie is a must. Check it out at Netflix if you can.
We won’t talk much more about Van Helsing because we have reviewed right above. This is definitely not a children’s but rather a steampunk horror movie if you see it from that perspective.
If you don’t have kids, you won’t find it the horror type but rather a dark gothic steampunk style movie. And, in fact, this is true in some sense. The mixture between fantastic elements like Frankenstein and Count Dracula adds up to create a hybrid steampunk-goth type of movie.
We’ve added this movie to the Netflix selection just to let you know that it’s available on high definition on Netflix.
The Golden Compass
We haven’t reviewed this movie on this post so far. This is a 2007 fantasy movie that cast a bunch of well-known artists such as Dakota Blue Richards, Nicole Kidman, Daniel Craig, Sam Elliott, and Eva Green.
Its inspired on the first book of a trilogy series, the Dark Matter, created by Phillip Pullman. It’s a 2-hour movie that has been produced by New Line Cinema.
This is an awkward movie in many aspects. First, there are many details in about the movie that do not correlate with the bae novel. Second, there have been several religious protests towards this movie. It seems this was related to a certain offensive message to the Catholic church that can be seen along the movie.
Third, it has lots of CGI. For this reason, you would think that this could be another steampunk children’s movie. Well, it’s not. The plot is quite intricate, so we think this is not the ideal movie to share with your kids.
All in all, this is a true steampunk Hollywood movie that has failed to satisfy our steampunk appetite.
Anyway, it can be found in Netflix, so feel free to check it out!
April And the Extraordinary World
Once again, in there we find a true example of a steampunk animated cartoon movie that perhaps it’s not the most suitable for children.
April and the Extraordinary World is a 2015 steampunk cartoon movie that includes characters such as Marion Cotillard. It tells the story of April, a teenager living in a retrofuturistic XIX century steampunk world, who struggles to find a solution for several issues she gets caught into after the death of her parents.
This movie is a must for steampunk lovers because it has been, as Metacritic states, “universally acclaimed”. Its plot is fascinating and it dives deep into problems related to the lack of resources that are related to a post-industrial period. It resembles in some way the plots that involve post-apocalyptic steampunk worlds.
This is also one of our top recommendations of the post. Check it out on Netflix!
22 Best Steampunk Movies on IMDB for 2018
As far as it concerns, we’ve gathered the top 20 steampunk movies that can be found in IMDB in 2018. Western, romance, war, old, and modern steampunk movies compose this list. All in all, if these movies have been gathered in a steampunk list, it is because they are the most popular out there.
Steampunk Movies List
- Sherlock Holmes
- The Prestige
- Van Helsing
- Lemony Snicket
- The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen
- The Time Machine
- The Golden Compass
- The City Of Lost Children
- Wild Wild West
- The Adventures of Baron Munchausen
- Sweeney Todd
- Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow
- From Hell
- City of Ember
- Young Sherlock Holmes
- 20.000 Leagues Under The Sea
- Howl’s Moving Castle
- The Brothers Grimm
- Time after Time
We have to thank mardilouise for this amazing steampunk movie list. You can also check it out in the IMDB link here.
Conclusion: Steampunk movies are all about the details
After all, we talked about, you can see that there is a wide variety of steampunk movies that can be found. Our idea behind this post is that you find the one that suits you best.
Everybody has different tastes for movies. Maybe you’re into short independent films or documentaries. Or perhaps you’d rather watch a Hollywood one. We have covered each and every corner in steampunk movies for you to have a wide view of the topic.
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