The out-of-the-box Steampunk culture has inspired people from all over the world. From steampunk watches to steampunk jewelry, this is a trend that is here to stay. The only way one can understand it is by analyzing it from all points of view. Being such a complex style, with elements that tackle with fashion, futuristic aspects, animation and even fantasy and the parallel universe, it is unique in each and every aspect. Steampunk movies are great resources in terms of discovering the very core of this culture and implementing it in the personal style.
1. The City of the Lost Children
The action takes place in 1995, transposing a science fantasy drama with French, German and Spanish influences. The plot introduces the viewer into the life of a scientist who lives in a surrealist society. His purpose is to find a cure that can slow the aging process. To achieve his darkest desires he kidnaps children. The movie is a great source of inspiration in terms of steampunk goggles. Another surprising aspect about this film is that it has a very interesting background. The main character, Ron Perlman, had to learn the lines phonetically as he is an American actor with no knowledge of the French language.
9 is a movie produced by Tim Burton and Timur Bekmambetov. The viewer will discover a post-apocalyptic world with lots of steampunk influences. The plot is quite simple. The key to humanity salvation is held by a rag doll that miraculously comes to life. It is an interesting animation, starring the voices of Jennifer Connelly, Crispin Glover, Elijah Wood and John C. Reilly. The director, Shane Acker, managed to mix perfectly satire with SF.
3. Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter
The renowned 16th president of the United States of America is the main character of this science fiction movie. The plot finds Abraham Lincoln in a fight between humans and vampires, where the latter want to take over US. As the action takes place in Victorian times, the viewers can find their inspiration in terms of steampunk hats.
4. Going postal
Going postal is the best example of steampunk comedy. The lead actor, who is a con artist, finds himself in the position of becoming Postmaster General.
He gets himself into some really funny situations that are a delight for the viewer.
5. Atlantis: The lost empire
Everyone knows the story of Atlantis. This movie takes Milo Thather into the journey of his lifetime. He submerges together with his crew the dangerous waters in a submarine in search of the mysterious city. Even though it is an animation, the viewer will feel the struggle and dangers that he needs to overcome along the way. Furthermore, for those who are creative, it is a great place to find inspiration in terms of steampunk accessories.
Hugo is a fantasy drama from 2011. The movie reveals the story of an orphan who lives in a train station. The action takes place in Paris in 1930 and it is based on the famous novel of Brian Selznick, The Invention of Hugo Cabret. The SF aspects of the movie rely on the presence of the late father and the way steel comes to life.
7. Steam Boy
This is another great animation Steampunk movie that takes the viewer back in Britain’s 1860. The main character is a boy who plays the role of an inventor. His innovative ideas represent a threat for the steam industry.
8. Fullmetal Alchemist The Movie: Conqueror of Shamballa
Conqueror of Shamballa is actually a sequel of the Fullmetal Alchemist TV series. The story line belongs to Sho Aikawa and the plot is directed by Seiji Mizushima. The animation tells the story of Edward Elric and his younger brother Alphonse. The former lives in a parallel universe of Earth and wants to get back home. The struggles both characters face will make the viewer enjoy every second of this film.
9. Wild Wild West
Wild Wild West is a steampunk movie where Will Smith gets to use all sort of futuristic gadgets and innovative engineering. The action takes place in Victorian times, so it is a great resource for those who want to find their inspiration in steampunk accessories. The viewer will be mesmerized by how fast the action take place.
10. Treasure Planet
Treasure Planer is a steampunk remake of the famous book Treasure Island. The action takes place on a faraway planet, with space ships and out of this world technology. However, one thing remains common to Earth, the pirates who crave for treasures. The characters wear Victorian inspired clothes and crazy steampunk goggles.
11. League of Extraordinary Gentleman
The League of Extraordinary Gentleman is a movie that captions Sean Connery in a surprising and stupendous role. The main character, Allain Quartermaine joins the Nautilus submarine and discovers one of the most fascinating and intriguing engineering. The gadgets and weaponry will make the imagination of steampunk enthusiasts go wild.
12. Van Helsing
Van Helsing is another movie about humans vs. vampires. The steampunk style mixes together with gothic and horror literature. The viewer will discover famous literature characters like Mr. Hyde, Frankenstein and The Wolf Man.
13. A series of unfortunate events
Another great steampunk movie with dark gothic touches is `A series of unfortunate events`. It has some astonishing visual effects. The main character, Count Olaf, discovers the terrible secrets of his family’s past. Furthermore, it is a great inspiration for those who are into steampunk accessories.
14. Sherlock Holmes
Sherlock Holmes is a famous British character who lives in the Victorian times. The aspects that are part of the steampunk culture are the hats, tails and outrageous fashion styles. Furthermore, the main character, has a particular style, with a focus on steampunk watches that make him extremely interesting.
15. The Golden Compass
The Golden Compass takes the viewer into a parallel universe filled with scientific machines, elaborated gadgets and a Victorian set. The plot is focused on the children who are threatened to be separated by their imaginary friends.
16. Howl’s Magic Castle
The plot of this movie takes the viewer into an alternative SF universe with techno inspiration. Steampunk enthusiasts need to take a closer look on The Castle because it is a mix of magic and gadgets that are out of this world. The main character is a young girl who is turned into an old woman by a witch and emerges herself into an adventure to break the spell.
17. City of Ember
The City of Ember takes the viewer into an underground city powered by a generator. The whole action takes place into a post-apocalyptic world, governed by futuristic gadgets and steampunk accessories. The main characters are two children who start the journey of their life in the struggle to find the original builders of the city that can bring them back to the surface.
18. 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea
While the most popular version of 20,000 Leagues under the sea is from 2004, it is important to watch the 1954 original version to actually feel the steampunk effect. The whole action takes place in a submarine that runs on alternative power and discovers the world under the sea. Some even describe the movie as the better version of Moby Dick with steampunk effects.