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Steampunk Movies

Updated on August 28, 2016
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A Personal Guide To The Best Films In The Steampunk Genre!

Steampunk movies are films set in a "retro-futuristic" society where imaginative fantasy and anachronistic technology go hand in hand.

In Steampunk movies pretty much anything can happen!

Steampunk was originally described as "Victorian era science fiction", but as the genre has grown, it has expanded to include many related forms of "speculative fiction". Mad scientists and imaginative inventors meet historical figures and literary characters and embark on wonderful flights of fantasy! Such rich imagery and scope has resulted in many entertaining and visually stunning films.

Here's my personal Top 10 Steampunk movies. Each of my film choices are followed with trailers from the movies so you can get a taste for each movie yourself!

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What Is Steampunk?

Steampunk = a "retro-futuristic" genre of fiction/fantasy featuring wildly imagined inventions and anachronistic technology

Definition of Steampunk

Judging by comments in the Steampunk Soapbox (further down the page), it seems that quite a few people are unfamiliar with the term "Steampunk" and have wandered into this page on a voyage of discovery! Those already aware of the rich and varied delights of Steampunk can skip this bit as I'm going to digress briefly to give an insight into what constitutes Steampunk.

Steampunk is eclectic - it means different things to different people. Broadly speaking Steampunk consists of three main elements:

  • Speculative fiction (exploring the question: "what if an historical event/literary character/plotline of a book or play etc had played out differently?"),
  • Anachronistic science fiction (shuffling things around in time - like introducing technology into a time period where it didn't actually exist),
  • Imaginative fantasy

Steampunk takes all of the elements above and sticks them in a blender!

Copy of public domain (copyright expired) Steampunk print "The Dream of Flight" (c between 1890 and 1900)
Copy of public domain (copyright expired) Steampunk print "The Dream of Flight" (c between 1890 and 1900) | Source

The Origins Of Steampunk

The descriptive label "Steampunk" probably dates back to sometime in the 1980s, but it's roots go much further back than that!

Think Victorian "mad science":

  • Jules Verne and H.G Wells,
  • Time Machines and Captain Nemo,
  • Gaslight and fantastical inventions,
  • Air ships and steam powered computers -
  • A "retro-futuristic" society which can encompass anyone, anywhere, anytime!

Steampunk now covers a vast genre of literature, films, music, fashion and even a lifestyle subculture!

Learn more about Steampunk with these gorgeously detailed and informative tomes!

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My Top 10 Steampunk Movies

My personal list of the top 10 best movies in the Steampunk genre...and a few others which I haven't yet got round to seeing, but which come highly recommended by Steampunk movie enthusiasts!

1. The Prestige
2. The Golden Compass
3. Van Helsing
4. 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea
5. Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events
6. Hellboy
7. The League Of Extraodinary Gentlemen
8. The Time Machine
9. Sleepy Hollow
10. The Adventures Of Baron Munchausen
11. More Great Steampunk Movies!


1. The Prestige

Based on the novel by Christopher Priest, this film is a superbly atmospheric tale of resentment and jealousy set against the gaslit theatres of Victorian London and the Colorado laboratory of a genuine historical figure: famed physicist and inventor Nikola Tesla (played brilliantly by David Bowie no less!!). Tesla made significant contributions to the development of electricity and The Prestige sees him aid Angier's quest to out-do Borden's "teleportation illusion" act by inventing a splendidly Steampunk machine which can teleport a human for real! An absolutely brilliant film and a "must-see" for Steampunk fans!

The Prestige
The Prestige

The Prestige (2006)

Starring: Hugh Jackman, Christian Bale

Director: Christopher Nolan

Two Victorian stage magicians, Robert Angier, a charismatic showman, and Alfred Borden, a gifted illusionist, work together until one fateful night, a performance goes terribly wrong resulting in the death of Angier's wife. The men become deadly enemies filled with bitterness and envy who will stop at nothing to learn each other's secrets. Their rivalry escalates into mutual all-consuming obsession as they vie with each other to be the greatest magician of the age.

 

The Prestige Trailer

2. The Golden Compass

The Golden Compass is full of fantastical scientific machines and gorgeous sets, the whole film just screams the word "STEAMPUNK"!

The Golden Compass (Full-Screen Single-Disc Edition)
The Golden Compass (Full-Screen Single-Disc Edition)

The Golden Compass (2007)

Starring: Kathy Bates, John Bett

Director: Chris Weitz

Based on the books by Philip Pullman, The Golden Compass takes place in an alternate universe where each human's soul is embodied in a companion animal called a daemon. The story concerns Lyra, an orphan living in a fantastical parallel universe in which a dogmatic theocracy called the Magisterium threatens to dominate the world. When Lyra's friend is kidnapped, she travels to the far North in an attempt to rescue him and rejoin her uncle.

 

The Golden Compass trailer

3. Van Helsing

Based on the vampire hunting character "Van Helsing" from Bram Stoker's novel Dracula, the film brings together several characters from contemporary "horror" literature such as Mr Hyde, The Wolf Man and Frankenstein in an entertaining blend of gothic fantasy. Enjoyable, action packed and full of great steampunk touches such as Van Helsing's wonderful gas powered crossbow - a sort of "Steampunk-proto-machine-gun" which fires multiple bolts!

Van Helsing (Widescreen Edition)
Van Helsing (Widescreen Edition)

Van Helsing (2004)

Starring: Hugh Jackman, Kate Beckinsale

Director: Stephen Sommers

Van Helsing is a monster hunter who works for the Vatican. He is sent to Transylvania to destroy Dracula so that the captured souls of an ancient family called Velarius can be freed. Meeting the last of the Velarius family, a young woman called Anna, Van Helsing and his group are repeatedly attacked by the vampire brides of Dracula. Meanwhile Dracula himself has captured Anna's brother who is a werewolf and is experimenting on him in his laboratory. Aided by Frankenstein's Monster (who has never forgiven Dracula for killing his creator Dr Frankenstein), Van Helsing must overcome repeated danger in order to help Anna and her family.

 

Van Helsing trailer

4. 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea

Classic adaptation of Jules Verne's much loved novel about Captain Nemo and his amazing submarine. Need I say more? After all, nothing is more steampunk than Nemo and his Nautilus!

Disney's 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea (Two-Disc Special Edition)
Disney's 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea (Two-Disc Special Edition)

20,000 Leagues Under The Sea (1954)

Starring: James Mason, Kirk Douglas

Director: Charles A. Nichols, Richard Fleischer

It's 1866 and ships are disappearing in the Pacific Ocean. Rumours are circulating that the cause of the disappearances is a gigantic sea monster and the US government mounts an expedition to find out the truth.

The "sea monster" turns out to be a submarine captained by the mysterious Captain Nemo...

 

20,000 Leagues Under The Sea trailer

5. Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events

A Series of Unfortunate Events is a visually stunning film with a dark Gothic Neo-Victorian feel and plenty of laughs along the way.

Lemony Snicket's a Series of Unfortunate Events (Widescreen Edition)
Lemony Snicket's a Series of Unfortunate Events (Widescreen Edition)

Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events (2004)

Starring: Jim Carrey, Liam Aiken

Director: Brad Silberling

The three Baudelaire children are left orphaned when their parents are killed in a fire. They are sent to live with a distant relative, the avaricious Count Olaf, but after a series of "unfortunate events" occur, they realise that the mishaps were far from accidental and that Olaf is plotting to kill them in an attempt to get their inheritance for himself.

 

Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events trailer

6. Hellboy

The setting for this film isn't "Victorian" so some purists may prefer to describe Hellboy as "dieselpunk" rather than "steampunk", but whatever label you stick on this film, it's full of "mad science", tentacled monsters and glorious special effects!

Hellboy
Hellboy

Hellboy (2004)

Starring: William Hoyland, John Hurt

In the final days of World War II, the Nazis aided by resurrected Russian mystic Grigori Rasputin, attempt to use black magic to summon the "Seven Gods Of Chaos" to help their cause. The Allies raid the camp where the ceremony is taking place, but not before a demon (later named "Hellboy"), has come through the portal. Joining the Allied forces, Hellboy eventually grows to adulthood, serving the cause of good rather than evil.

However, the world hasn't seen the last of the evil Rasputin...and it's up to Hellboy to save the day!

 

Hellboy trailer

7. The League Of Extraodinary Gentlemen

Gorgeous scenes of techno-steampunk with Captain Nemo's fabulous Nautilus submarine, six wheeled "auto-mobile" and imaginative weaponry.

The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (Full Screen Edition)
The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (Full Screen Edition)

The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen - 2003

Starring: Sean Connery, Naseeruddin Shah

Director: Stephen Norrington

Based (loosely) on the cult-classic comic by Alan Moore and Kevin O'Neill, the plot is set in an "alternative" Victorian era England, with a "League of Extraordinary Gentlemen" brought together to capture a dangerous criminal known as "The Fantom" who is plotting to start a World War using technologically adanced weapons.

The "League" comprises adventurer Allan Quatermain, seafarer/inventor Captain Nemo, vampiress Mina Harker, the Invisible Man Rodney Skinner, American secret service agent Tom Sawyer and the dangerous split personality of Dr. Jekyll/Mr. Hyde. They must thwart the evil duo Professor Moriarty and Dorian Gray in order to stop the destruction of the city of Venice and thereby save the world.

 

The League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen trailer

8. The Time Machine

Based on the novel by H. G. Wells about a Victorian inventor who dabbles in time travel, "The Time Machine" is a great adaptation of a classic story. The "Victorian scientific" setting and time-machine sequences are wonderfully steampunk!

The Time Machine
The Time Machine

The Time Machine (2002)

Starring: Guy Pearce, Jeremy Irons

When the girl he loves is killed, scientist and inventor Alexander Hartdegen resolves to travel back in time to change the events that led up to her death. He succeeds in his aim, only to witness her die again, this time caused by a different sequence of events. Realising that he cannot change her fate, he decides to travel forward in time to see what lies in the future.

After a few stops along the way, Hartdegen arrives 800,000 years in the future to find that civilization has devolved to a hunter-gatherer lifestyle. Calling themselves the Eloi, the survivors of mankind have built their homes into the side of a cliff on what resembles Manhattan. Falling in love with an Eloi woman called Mara, Hartdegan discovers that the Eloi are hunted for food by a race of subterranean creatures called Morlocks and he is forced to use his scientific knowledge and his time travel capabilities to save the Eloi.

 

The Time Machine trailer

9. Sleepy Hollow

This is a Tim Burton film and as such, is by definition stylised and more than a little on the "gothic" side, Ichabod's "investigative devices" are quite definitely steampunk though...

Sleepy Hollow
Sleepy Hollow

Sleepy Hollow (1999)

Starring: Johnny Depp, Christina Ricci

Director: Tim Burton

In 1799, police constable Ichabod Crane is sent to the village of Sleepy Hollow, to investigate a series of murders in which the victims have been found decapitated. A big fan of innovative investigative techniques such as finger-printing and autopsies, Crane arrives in Sleepy Hollow to be informed by the inhabitants that the murderer is not human, but is instead, a headless phantom riding a black horse who terrorises the neighbourhood at night. Ichabod must use his wits and his knowledge of forensic science to avoid becoming a victim of the murderous supernatural spectre himself.

 

Sleepy Hollow trailer

10. The Adventures Of Baron Munchausen

Cult classic "either love it or hate it" film. Set a little earlier than the usual Victorian steampunk era, but no less steampunk for that...like Baron Munchausen himself, this movie is splendidly far-fetched!

The Adventures of Baron Munchausen (20th Anniversary Edition)
The Adventures of Baron Munchausen (20th Anniversary Edition)

The Adventures of Baron Munchausen - 1989

Starring: John Neville, Eric Idle, Jonathan Pryce, Oliver Reed, Uma Thurman, and Robin Williams.

Director: Terry Gilliam

Baron Munchausen is a man who simply cannot help telling wildly exaggerated stories of his bravery and adventures. He has gained a reputation as a liar, but when he meets a little girl who truly believes in his legendary exploits, he is inspired to live up to his reputation in order to help her and her home town which is being besieged by the Turkish army.

The quest to save the day involves a variety of adventures including a trip to the moon in a hot air balloon, an encounter with the the Goddess Venus and her husband Vulcan, being swallowed alive by a sea-monster and a first hand encounter with death.

 

The Adventures Of Baron Munchausen trailer

More Great Steampunk Movies

So, that's my own personal top 10 steampunk films listed above...but that could change.

Here's a few more great movies in the steampunk genre, some of which I've seen and others which I haven't got round to seeing yet, but which have been acclaimed by other Steampunk fans!

The City Of Lost Children

What makes this film "Steampunk" is Krank's "Mad Science" including a sinister cult of blind men called "Cyclops" who he uses to perform the kidnappings. In return for giving up their sight, the cult members are given a mechanical "third eye" (called an "Optacon") and a device which makes their hearing supersensitive. I haven't seen this film, but so many people rave about it as a magnificent example of steampunk, that it's definitely on my "must see" list

The City of Lost Children
The City of Lost Children

The City of Lost Children (1995)

Starring: Briac Barthelemy, Guillaume Billod-Morel

Director: Marc Caro

The plot revolves around a mad scientist, Krank, who lives in an old oil rig off the coast of a surreal Dickensian French city. Krank does not have the ability to dream, and as a result he is prematurely old. In order to supplement his dream deficit, Krank kidnaps young children in order to study and extract their dreams. Unfortunately for Krank, this scheme fails as the experience of being kidnapped and manipulated by the wicked Krank is so traumatic that the children have no "normal" dreams - only nightmares.

 

The City Of Lost Children trailer

Dark Portals: The Chronicles of Vidocq

This film has been described by an Amazon reviewer as "...like watching a dream and a nightmare on speed... a cross between the Matrix, Moulin Rouge and From Hell...visually stunning and very freaky." ...sounds fabulous and this is one I DEFINITELY must see!

Dark Portals: The Cronicles Of Vidocq [DVD]
Dark Portals: The Cronicles Of Vidocq [DVD]

Vidocq is a 2001 film starring Gerard Depardieu. It takes place in a steampunk version of 19th century Paris, pitting the historical figure Eugene Francois Vidocq, the French criminal, spy and pioneer private detective, against a supernatural serial killer called The Alchemist.

 

The Chronicles of Vidocq movie trailer

Steamboy

Another film I haven't yet seen. I'm not much of a fan of anime, but this film is highly regarded by many steampunk enthusiasts. It combines alternate history and speculative fiction and an intriguing set of characters including Robert Stephenson and Scarlett O'Hara!

Steamboy: Director's Cut
Steamboy: Director's Cut

Steamboy (2005)

Starring: Anne Suzuki, Masane Tsukayama

Director: Katsuhiro Otomo

Steamboy is set in England in 1866. A young boy called Ray Steam receives a mysterious device called a Steam Ball from his inventor grandfather with instructions that he must guard it from others. The Steam Ball is immensely powerful and Ray finds himself in danger as many others want to possess the Steam Ball for their own evil purposes.

 

Steamboy trailer

Wild Wild West

Based on the 1960s TV series, the film features wildly imaginative and bizarre steampunk inventions, including nitroglycerine-powered penny-farthing bicycles, spring-loaded notebooks, bulletproof chainmail, flying machines, steam tanks, and a giant mechanical spider!

Considered to be awful by critics...but what do critics know! I like this film - it's an action-packed, entertainingly silly steampunk romp - so what's not to like!

Wild Wild West (Keepcase packaging)
Wild Wild West (Keepcase packaging)

Wild Wild West (1999)

Starring: Will Smith, Kevin Kline

Director: Barry Sonnenfeld

Sinister inventor Dr. Arliss Loveless, plans to rekindle the Civil War by assassinating President Ulysses S. Grant. Gunfighter James West and master-of-disguise and inventor Artemus Gordon team up to thwart his evil plans.

 

Wild Wild West trailer

Time After Time

I've seen so many complimentary reviews of this 1979 film, I find it hard to believe that I have never come across it! It's sounds great, so it's definitely one to look out for!

Time After Time (1979)
Time After Time (1979)

In late 19th century England, writer H.G. Wells (Malcolm McDowell) unwittingly includes Jack the Ripper (David Warner) in his social circle. When one of Wells's dinner parties is crashed by the police looking for the Ripper, Jack uses the author's time machine to escape. Having escaped however, The Ripper finds himself stranded in another era when the machine automatically returns itself to H.G Wells' time.

Wells feels duty bound to track down Jack The Ripper before he can inflict his evil nature on the unsuspecting inhabitants of another time period and he eventually finds himself in modern-day San Francisco on the trail of his murderous former friend...

 

Time After Time movie trailer

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      ThreeLeggedKat 18 months ago

      I strongly believe that the Series, "Hell on Wheels" has steampunk genre' costumes, characters, backgrounds, machines, weapons, etc. Check it out. It can be streamed via Netflix or a trailer watched via UTube. Pay attention to the areas I listed and you will gleen "Steampunk" tendencies. Thanks, for letting me post, ThreeLeggedKat

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      kathy 2 years ago

      I think you now have to add the new, "Mad Max" . Not the clothes but the cars and contraptions. Thanks for some new additions to my DVD library.

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      AaronG 2 years ago

      Odd not to see Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow on this list

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      t2d2 3 years ago

      I like the list. I've read or seen most of the tittles you have listed.

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      Jackson Thom 3 years ago from West of Left South Lucky

      Great list! It's great to see Jasper Morello on there. I love that story.

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      Jackson Thom 3 years ago from West of Left South Lucky

      Great list! It's great to see Jasper Morello on there. I love that story.

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      anonymous 3 years ago

      One movie I don't see listed would be the 1999 Wil Smith, Kevin Kline movie "Wild Wild West". The TV series from the 1960s is classic Steampunk as well. Nice listings.

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      BlowDryBar 4 years ago

      I love stylized movies! City of Lost Children and Delicatessen are two great ones I think fit in this genre.

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      allen-alberson 4 years ago

      I love The Prestige, and would never have thought of it as Steampunk, but it definitely is! Grreat list

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      LauraCarExpert 4 years ago

      wow, what a great and informative lens you got here. I think the prestige, wild wild west, and Hell boy are the best movies on the list.

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      seodress 4 years ago

      Really love steampunk movies.

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      BowWowBear 4 years ago

      Steampunk is a lot of fun, I love looking at the groups who hold get-togethers to show off their creations. I was looking for a few good movies to watch this weekend and you helped me out with that. Thanks!

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      Meganhere 4 years ago

      What a great lens. I really enjoyed it. Thanks.

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      FlynnTheFineFle 4 years ago

      Mmm...I love the movie Stardust. I bsuppose it's only moderately "steampunk," but its so good! Best humor in a movie since "The Princess Bride." Thanks for the info.

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      Chrystalia 4 years ago

      great lens--featured it on mine! when I get my steampunk website built, maybe you'd like to write some reviews???message me and let me know!

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      Underrated 4 years ago

      Great lens

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      Cynthia Haltom 4 years ago from Diamondhead

      Thanks for clarifying the definition so Steampunk, I was always curious about it.

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      MusicMadness LM 4 years ago

      Steampunk is one of the best genres out there. It's so rarely done, and even more rarely done well. I'd have to say I enjoy it even more than sci-fi.

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      EricKnight 4 years ago

      Awesome lens on a film genre that rarely gets much attention.

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      AcrossTheBorder1 4 years ago

      So strange. When I spotted the title of that article I couldn't think of any steampunks movies I knew. Nevertheless, when I opened the article and browsed through the list of movies, I realized that I had seen all of them, it's just I had never thought of them as steampunk movies. Though indeed they feature most of the steampunk characteristics and can be righteously called "steampunk movies" now that I am giving it a thought.

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      Craig O 4 years ago from Las Vegas

      I Agree with Upon-Request Sherlock should be included. Does anyone know when the next Golden Compass movie is releasing?

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      Angela F 4 years ago from Seattle, WA

      Love Steampunk - Hugo and Sherlock Holmes would be in my Top 10.*blessed

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      JerryWojo 4 years ago

      Great lens. Really liked Hugo, Golden Compass and Van Helsing

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      SmartCreditProcessor 4 years ago

      The Wild Wild West with Will Smith was also a Steampunk movie.

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      KobayashiFiction 4 years ago

      You may enjoy the film Franklyn! I found it to be very beautiful.

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      JeffGilbert 4 years ago

      Great list of movies, I've seen the majority. I have to check out the new version of the Time Machine. The reviewers killed it when it first came out. But it might still be a good movie.

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      CampingmanNW 4 years ago

      All of the choices were indeed good. But Van Helsing has to top the list.

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      AlexVolker 4 years ago

      Total Recall was actually pretty good. I've gone off him lately because he does great 90 minute slots like SWAT and Phonebooth, but his attempts at the epics leave me very cold.

      Does Total Recall qualify as Steampunk?

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      Scriobh LM 4 years ago

      The League Of Extraodinary Gentlemen is still one of my favourite movies of all time and along with Van Helsing are definitely two of the best examples of Steampunk tech in movies.

      Still can't understand The League Of Extraodinary Gentlemen got such a slating by the critics - awesome movie!

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      ResearchAddict 4 years ago

      This is a great lens with loads of information explaining what steampunk is all about.

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      Emilee46 4 years ago

      Love this one, "The Abominable Dr. Phibes"

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      frugalpigdotcom 4 years ago

      Hey, I'm a new fan of your lens! I like your choices, and you've given me something to explore over the week-end.

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      CraftyandClever 4 years ago from everywhere but mostly Cali

      Great movies. I love all your choices.

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      aperkins lm 4 years ago

      Great lens - have to pick up a few movies. Just listened to "The Gearheart" podcast - excellent weekly steampunk drama from a few years ago, also available as a book on Amazon (thegearheart.com)

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      WriterJanis2 4 years ago

      I've seen many on your list and have enjoyed them.

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      Neil Spencer 4 years ago from uk

      This is very interesting

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      rooshoo 4 years ago

      I have never seen the number 1 movie on this list. I need to add it to my Netflix queu. City of Lost Children is a classic.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      how is moulin rouge not on this list? that movie is the eptome of steampunk!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Wonderful selection of steampunk movies. Very good lens :)

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      MostInteresting 4 years ago

      I love the idea of steampunk, though not all the movies have been great obviously. I really liked the steampunk RPG computer game Arcanum (despite the bugs and balance issues).

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      ryokomayuka 4 years ago from USA

      I have seen some of these. I very much enjoyed the Prestige.

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      sjewula 4 years ago

      Cool now I know where to look for movies. Have you ever seen Tin Man? That would be one to watch. It's a great 3 part series.

      http://www.syfy.com/tinman/

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      Cam Marotta 4 years ago

      The Prestige rocks! Cool lens.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Nice collection of steampunk movies

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      youknowwhy 4 years ago

      I like all but one of your top steampunk movies, and I haven't seen that one!! Nice lens!!

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      youpolonia 4 years ago

      Great choice of steampunk movies. Thanks!

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      theXodus 4 years ago

      Steamboy was an excellent film! Thanks for including it in your list...

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      You should watch Franklyn if you haven't seen this one already.

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      Lemming13 4 years ago

      Terrific lens. You might like to add the recent French movie The Adventures of Adele Blanche-Sec, which is decidedly steampunk; and I've always seen the Mummy movies as fitting the genre. I wonder, do Yellow Submarine and the Hammer Fu Manchu films count?

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      Leah J. Hileman 4 years ago from East Berlin, PA, USA

      Great lens. Love Steampunk. I'm giving "Serenity" honorable mention because even though it sucked as a movie, it was based on one of the best steampunk series of all time, "Firefly."

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      sweetstickyrainbo 5 years ago

      Howl's moving castle is cool

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      DMVAgent 5 years ago

      Great lens, very adorable. keep up the nifty job on this lens. Thanks you.

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      Chazz 5 years ago from New York

      This steampunk fan returned to bless your lens and add it to "Still Wing-ing it on Squidoo" -- and I did it all on my own version of a steampunk computer.

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      MrsPoole 5 years ago

      @HumorousTshirts: Defo water world, forgotten about that one

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      MrsPoole 5 years ago

      Got to be City of Ember in recent months, can't believe so low down in list

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      Weekendvoer 5 years ago

      Does "Watchmen" also count as a steampunk movie??

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      themeaparty 5 years ago

      NICE reference to Sleepy Hollow, I'd never have thought of that somehow...but yep...his inventions ("Some of my own design!), the clothes to an extent, background coloring, etc., very steampunk. Two thumbs up to ya!

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      Rose Jones 5 years ago

      Well super congratulations: you are on page one for steampunk movies, right under wikipedia. :) That is because this is a super extensive list, and you are very descriptive about the niche. These all sound very fascinating - I used to love the old Wild, Wild West series and would add that to the list - the original TV series, not the movie remake. The series was not scary, a lot of these movies sound scary.The Baron is great, but I will see it again. If you consider Young Frankenstein steampunk, I am definitively on with the niche! The city of lost children seems fascinating, but not right before I go to sleep. :) Tweeted, facebook liked and pinned to my board "Movies I love." Squid Angel Blessed.

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      Adeeb 5 years ago from Malaysia

      Awesome list! Thanks! Wait, what about Waterworld? Is it considered as post apocalypse steam punk?

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      JohnGcorner 5 years ago

      Awesome list, watched most of these.

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      bill-beaman2 5 years ago

      nice idea for a lens. very creative and great list.

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      cinefile 5 years ago

      This is a REALLY smart idea for a lens! Congratulations.

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      wildfia 5 years ago

      Great list. Some movies I'd never heard of and will definitely check out :)

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      Starwrangler LM 5 years ago

      Great lens, I really do recommend seeing Steamboy. I loved it.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      DUNE. 'nuff said

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      EnjoyLens 5 years ago

      Very nice lens! Thank you for sharing!

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      Tolovaj Publishing House 5 years ago from Ljubljana

      Steampunk movies are great alternative to special effects based SF movies. In my opinion the have more humor and better plots. thumbs up!

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      LeslieMirror 5 years ago

      I've discovered steampunk for myself few months ago, and I love this style. I have to wath movies from your list

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      Paul Turner 5 years ago from Birmingham, Al.

      Would the Sherlock Holmes movies fit in the category? I think the upcoming movie The Raven may fit here as well.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Great lens. I didn't know much about Steampunk movies before viewing your lens. However, you lens clearly and concisely explains what steampunk movies are.

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      LouiseKirkpatrick 5 years ago from Berkshire, United Kingdom

      @anonymous: Why didn't I include Brazil? Why do people keep asking me this? I didn't include Brazil because as I've said many times on this page, this is a list of MY own personal top 10 favourite Steampunk Movies and Brazil isn't in MY top 10! It may be in yours...but it isn't in mine! Brazil is here on this page though in the "Even More Suggested Steampunk Movies!" section which I put there so that people who like Steampunk movies that are not in MY top 10 can share their own favourites with the world. Sorry to sound flippant, but you're the third person (at least - see the Guestbbok entry for 21st Jan 2012 for the last one) who has got huffy with me for not including Brazil! What's so hard to understand about a PERSONAL top 10? It'd be a boring world if we all liked exactly the same things...

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Why did you not include Terry gilliam`s Brazil? Its full of Steampunk gadgets

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      queenofduvetcover 5 years ago

      My type of movies! Very nice lens! =)

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      Marc 5 years ago from Edinburgh

      Super lens. I always wondered what Steampunk was :)

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      Terrie_Schultz 5 years ago

      Great lens! I've seen a few of these. I loved The City of Lost Children. I'll have to look for the others.

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      Charming_Beads 5 years ago

      I've watched bunches of these, and loved them all, but I had no idea that they were called 'steampunk' until I saw your lens. Very imformative!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Excellent Lense. Come visit over to "the steampunk empire dot com"

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      Paperquest5 5 years ago

      I love steampunk, great lens!

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      thehandmadesecret 5 years ago

      i was just wondering what steampunk really meant and your description answered all of my questions! Thank you very much for this great lens! I love those sorts of movies!

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      richangel101 5 years ago

      I'm always inspired with the steampunk outfit . Good collection of steampunk movies.

      You might also want to check my squidoo blog.

      Have a great Squidoo Blog day!

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      GOT LM 5 years ago

      Nice work

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      PeterStip 5 years ago

      Wow, great lens, and what a coincident, I just finished my lens about steampunk books when I saw your lens on the squidoo homepage. squidlike.

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      canzek 5 years ago

      great lens!

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      JZinoBodyArt 5 years ago

      I already love some of these and I had never considered them Steampunk. Thanks for a great lens!

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      pyngthyngs 5 years ago

      I am intrigued by steampunk in general. Now I'll have to watch some these to pique my interest even more.

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      allenwebstarme 5 years ago

      Hey good collection of Steampunk movies, I like Van Helsing, Sleepy Hollow and The League Of Extraodinary Gentlemen but I will see few more movies from your list too. Thank you.

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      Ellen Gregory 5 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      Great list--- I would add Journey to the Center of the Earth -- I think that's Steampunk

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      ptnjust007 5 years ago

      I love these movies.

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      Li-Li-ThePinkBookworm 5 years ago

      Very cool lens. A Series of Unfortunate Events is my favorite Steampunk movie and book series.

      Li Li

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      Sue Dixon 5 years ago from Grasmere, Cumbria, UK

      Not really my taste, but I love the lens! Blessed ( and pinned- hope that's OK)

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      TenPoundTenor 5 years ago

      Great lens. I've seen most of these movies I. All good picks.

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      dahlia369 5 years ago

      Some of the movies from your list I actually like... lol

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      jwcooney 5 years ago

      Nice lens, I like a lot of the movies you've listed. I think I'll do a steampunk weekend movie marathon soon.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I can see some classics here :)

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      Barbara Walton 5 years ago from France

      I like the movies on your list that I've seen, so I'll be keeping an eye open for the others. Many thanks.

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      fugeecat lm 5 years ago

      I love these movies.

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      MelonyVaughan 5 years ago

      Great lens and great selection of steampunk movies. Well done!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      How about Mary Reilly (the Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde story) and the recent Sherlock Holmes movies with Robert Downey Jr.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      What about the "Underworld" series? There's lots of steam AND punk in those! I, too was dubious about "Wild WIld West", though it's actually VERY steampunk--just a mediocre film at best, wasting four excellent actors. I'm glad you included "Time after Time", as it's one of the first of this "genre", though not that punk or steam, but definitely on the edge, like most things penned by H.G. Wells

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      This is perfect list ! You made my weekend movie marathon. xD Some movies are new for me and some I've seen.

      Can I suggest you some old time movies from Czech Republic ?

      http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0052374/

      http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0062412/

      These are maybe old, but trust me they are masterpieces.

      If you have problem getting them just let me know I donât want to post any strange links here ...