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The movie, The Grand Budapest Hotel is a highly critically acclaimed and fan favourite film. Gorgeous visuals, excellent acting and a wonderful story make it one of Anderson’s best films. For your consideration, we have curated a list of brilliant movies like The Grand Budapest Hotel that you must check out.
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Directed by Wes Anderson, The Grand Budapest Hotel is a stunning comedy-drama movie– featuring a big ensemble cast of 17 actors. Ralph Fiennes plays Monsieur Gustave H who is framed for the murder of a wealthy and old dowager (Tilda Swinton). Gustave and his protégé Zero (Tony Revolori) embark on a quest to gain a fortune with a priceless Renaissance painting. The Grand Budapest Hotel is one of Anderson’s most structurally ambitious films. The movie received an academy award for its production design, costume and make-up and original music. Many directors have actor favourites, for Wes Anderson, it is the talented The Grand Budapest Hotel Tilda Swinton and Adrian Brody, who appears in multiple Anderson projects.
There are no movies like the ones Wes Anderson makes, his highly distinctive style of meticulous detailing in every aspect of filmmaking like the visual language built from bright colour and pastel templates make him one of the best directors in the present times. He builds worlds with cinematic dioramas and then manifests stories from there. But I promise you, every single one of these movies is as breathtaking, entertaining and unique as this one.
List of Movies Like The Grand Budapest Hotel
- The Darjeeling Limited
- The French Dispatch
- Moonrise Kingdom
- Little Miss Sunshine
- Knives Out
- Hail Caesar!
- Jojo Rabbit
- Pulp Fiction
1. The Darjeeling Limited (2007)
IMDB ratings: 7.2/10
Cast: Owen Wilson, Adrien Brody and Jason Schwartzman
Director: Wes Andreson
If you love The Grand Budapest Hotel by Wes Anderson, you should watch more movies made by him. The Darjeeling Limited is Wes Anderson’s 2007 comedy-drama film that tells the story of the 3 Whitman brothers: Francis (A businessman and a ringleader), Peter (A regular man about to become a father and Jack (A novelist living in Paris). Characters are played by Owen Wilson, Adrien Brody (also in The Grand Budapest Hotel ) and Jason Schwartzman respectively.
The Whitman brothers who lost their father a year ago come to Rajasthan, India in search of their mother who they haven’t seen for many years. This marks a spiritual journey for the characters, Anderson enters a new journey by placing the 3 brothers in the colourful alien land. The Darjeeling Limited is a tragic-comedy journey and if you’re in search of films like The Grand Budapest Hotel, this movie is perfect for you.
2. The French Dispatch (2021)
IMDB ratings: 7.2/10
Cast: Bill Muray, Timothée Chalamet, Tilda Swinton, Saoirse Ronan and Adrien Brody.
Director: Wes Anderson
The French Dispatch follows the story of a literary magazine called The Dispatch inspired by The New Yorker. The fictional magazine starts as a travel vlog for a Kansas newspaper and establishes itself in a 20th-century French town which is staffed by American expatriates.
The French Dispatch actually unfolds the story like a magazine. Narrated by ‘authors’ characters with different stories and points of view. The movie is majorly in black and white only colourful to bring the audience back to the present-day story. The aspect ratio of The Grand Budapest Hotel also becomes an element of its story-telling. The film has an incredibly talented cast of Bill Muray, and Timothée Chalamet, as well as actors from The Grand Budapest Hotel such as Tilda Swinton, Saoirse Ronan and Adrien Brody. You should definitely watch The French Dispatch if you are a fan of the cast and want to see more films like The Grand Budapest Hotel.
3. Moonrise Kingdom (2012)
IMDB ratings: 7.8/10
Cast: Bill Murray, Jared Gilman, Kara Hayward and Bruce Willis
Director: Wes Anderson
Moonrise Kingdom is the 7th film directed by Wes Anderson. Released in 2012, Moonrise Kingdom is set on an island off the coast of New England in the summer of 1965. The movie tells the story of two 12-year-olds, Suzy and Sam who fall in love and make a pact of running away together in the wilderness. Bruce Willis plays the local sheriff in search of the two children, iconic Bill Murray and Frances McDormand play the parents of the young girl.
Moonrise Kingdom is a sweet and touching love story with an Andersonian style of quirky characters. The movie feels like it was inspired by Roald Dahl’s style, a realistic world with small eccentric details. If you love watching heartwarming romances in movies like The Grand Budapest Hotel then you are sure to like Moonrise Kingdom.
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4. Little Miss Sunshine (2006)
IMDB ratings: 7.8/10
Cast: Steve Carell, Toni Collette and Paul Dano
Director: Valerie Faris, Jonathan Dayton
Little Miss Sunshine is a tragicomedy film directed by Valerie Faris and Jonathan Dayton that was released in 2006. The story opens up with a scholar of Proust called Dr Frank (Steve Carrell) who recently tries to commit suicide when he is turned down by a man he fell in love with. Being unemployed he lives with his sister, Sheryl for the time being. Sheryl is an overworked mother and her husband, Richard is striving to build a career as a motivational speaking life coach Sheryl’s two kids, a teenage boy who won’t speak till he becomes a pilot and a little girl aspiring to become a beauty queen.
The story’s dysfunctional family will remind you of Wes Anderson’s characters. When the 7-year-old girl by fluke gets into a beauty contest the entire family rallies in support of her. This tragic story of the emotionally bankrupt family will still manage to put a smile on your face. Little Miss Sunshine reminds the viewers that failures in life don’t equate to a failed life. If you are looking for movies like The Grand Budapest Hotel then Little Miss Sunshine is sure to make you happy.
5. Knives Out (2019)
IMDB ratings: 7.9/10
Cast: Ana De Armas, Chris Evans and Daniel Craig
Director: Rian Johnson
Knives Out is a well-directed film by Rian Jhonson who is known for movies like Looper and Star Wars: The Last Jedi (Episode VII). The movie Knives Out is a twist on the classic whodunit type of movie. It features a long cast of talented actors like in Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel. An interrogation is led by detective Benoit Blanc (Craig) of the aristocratic Thrombeys. The head of their family, the reputed mystery novelist Harlowe Thrombey suspiciously kills himself, leaving his entire inheritance to an unexpected heir.
Knives Out is truly brilliant, being a murder mystery it rarely puts focus on pain and darkness, rather its subversive approach makes the narrative closer to a highly witty and energetic film. If you enjoy movies like The Grand Budapest Hotel, you are sure to love Knives Out as well.
6. Hail Caesar! (2016)
IMDB ratings: 6.3/10
Cast: George Clooney, Josh Brolin, Ralph Fiennes, Tilda Swinton, Fisher Stevens
Director: Ethan Coen, Joel Coen
Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel is said to have a very Coen Brothers touch, which in turn inspired Ethan Coen and Joel Coen to make Hail Caesar! The character Eddie Mannix (Josh Brolin) is the head of physical production at Capital Pictures. He works to fix any scandal of his star clients. One instance is when an actress DeeAnna Moran (Scarlet Johansson) becomes pregnant, he arranges for her to discreetly deliver and put the baby in foster care and then adopt her.
Eddie Mannix’s entire process is almost like a conductor who keeps in check every little detail, attention ahead and solving any problems that come by. This idea of operating in a controlled hysteria will surely remind you of M.Gustave from The Grand Budapest Hotel. With an A-list casting and witty dialogues and shifting aspect ratios, Hail Caesar! Will be a perfect match if you’re looking for movies like The Grand Budapest Hotel.
7. Jojo Rabbit (2019)
IMDB ratings: 7.9/10
Cast: Taika Waititi, Scarlett Johansson, Roman Griffin Davis, Thomasin McKenzie
Director: Taika Waititi
Jojo Rabbit was written and directed by Taika Waititi and released in 2019. Taika found inspiration from the book Caging Skies by Christine Leunens. Jojo Rabbit is a comedy-drama film set during the Nazi Germany collapse in the fictional city of Falkenheim. The story follows a 10-year-old boy Hitler Youth boy, who finds out that her mother is hiding a Jewish girl in their attic. He is faced with the challenge of dealing with his beliefs or choosing to support his mother (Scarlett Johansson). The boy conjures up an imaginary friend, a fanciful version of Adolf Hitler (Taika Waititi).
Jojo Rabbit uses humour to address a terrifying time in history, to show a world from an innocent child’s view. Waititi uses elements of terror and thrill from the usual war movies in a satirical manner. The film cast also includes Sam Rockwell, Stephen Merchant, and Alfie Allen. If you want to see more movies like The Grand Budapest Hotel, Jojo Rabbit is one of the most fun movies you can watch.
8. Her (2014)
IMDB ratings: 8/10
Cast: Joaquin Phoenix, Scarlet Johansson and Rooney Mara
Director: Spike Jonze
Directed by Spike Jonze, Her is set in the near future world of Los Angeles. The movie follows Theodore Twombly, an introverted man who is lonely and depressed after his wife Catherine asks for a divorce from him. He finds comfort in a highly advanced female-voiced AI who calls herself Samantha. The female AI is bright, insightful, sensitive and surprisingly funny. As Samantha’s desires grow, in tandem with Theordore’s, their friendship evolves into love for each other.
Like The Grand Budapest Hotel, Her is a movie that tells its story from the colour palette, the beautiful reds around Theodore and the warm colour palette throughout are intentionally chosen to have a specific identity of themselves. This beautiful story of love and grief is worth a watch if you’re looking for movies like The Grand Budapest Hotel.
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9. Pulp Fiction (1994)
IMDB ratings: 8.9/10
Cast: Quentin Tarantino, John Travolta, Samuel L. Jackson and Uma Thurman
Director: Quentin Tarantino
Pulp Fiction is a cult classic movie directed by Quentin Tarantino. Pulp Fiction was released in 1994 and is a dark comedy crime film. The story shows us a series of crimes in Los Angeles. The title of the movie itself refers to the Pulp magazines and hardboiled crime novels that were famous at the time.
Pulp Fiction is full of violent action and punchy dialogues. The humour is not felt at first but is apparent on a rewatch. I admit the jokes can sometimes be uncomfortable, but the film is hilarious regardless. The acting, action, and dialogues of the movie are now iconic. Considering you haven’t seen it already, Pulp Fiction is a great choice if you want to see movies similar to The Grand Budapest Hotel.
10. Inception (2010)
IMDB ratings: 8.8/10
Cast: Leonardo Dicaprio, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Elliot Page and Tom Hardy
Director: Christopher Nolan
Christopher Nolan’s Inception is a film whose reputation precedes itself, it’s one of the highest-rated Action/Sci-fi movies of all time. The movie uses the concept of dreaming as a skill to intercept the minds of people. Don Cobb (played by the talented Leonardo Dicaprio) is a highly skilled thief in dreaming, his skills make him an in-demand commodity for corporate espionage. After being stuck in circumstances that prevent him from reuniting with his children, Cobb is desperate to find a way out.
When offered a seemingly impossible task by a powerful man who tells Cobb that he can arrange for Cobb to return home, Cobb builds a team with an impressive set of unique skills. The theme of the movie is centralised in dreaming, there is ‘a dream within a dream within a dream within a dream’ which matches the concept ‘a story within a story within a story’ of The Grand Budapest Hotel. Brilliant performances by the talented cast and incredible mind-bending visual effects make this movie a masterpiece. And so, if you’re searching for movies similar to The Grand Budapest Hotel there’s a good chance you might like Inception as well.
Here are a few similar movies like The Grand Budapest Hotel that didn’t make the list, but you can check them out nonetheless:
- Inglorious Bastards
- Frances Ha
- Mr Fantastic Fox
- Captain Fantastic
- Weekend at Bernie’s