10 Best Movies Like Netflix’s Bigbug


French director Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s latest magical film has just landed on Netflix. Much like Jeunet’s previous films, this sci-fi comedy is very crafted. Jeunet likes to mix the whimsical with the strange in his cinematographic fables.

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This French vision of an AI-driven world follows Jeunet’s unique aesthetic. Fans who enjoyed big bug may be looking for similar watches. This list will spark the imagination while taking the mind for a ride.

Amélie (2001) – Not currently available for streaming

Audrey Tautou as Amélie holding a spoon and smiling at the camera.

Included on IMDb’s list of highest-ranked female-led films and Jeunet’s most famous film, there are many similarities between big bug and Amelie in style and tone. However, Amelie takes place in an enchanted district of Paris in which the titular character lives. The naive leader chooses to see the enchanted where others only see the everyday.


Amélie secretly helps people around her, because it brings her joy, and yet she is alone. That is until she meets a young man who collects abandoned photos. As big bugthis film is a great escape into the magical and the banal.

Wall-E (2008) Stream on Disney+

Promotional art for WALL-E from the Disney+ page

It’s hard to watch big bug and not to draw comparisons with the success of Pixar, Wall-E. This animated sci-fi comedy also has robots with personalities. Wall-E is a cleaning robot on Earth after humans have abandoned the planet. The little robot has a great capacity for physical humor and an endearing personality.

Wall-E was nominated for six Oscars and is definitely worth watching (or re-watching) as an escape. Although there are some scary and disturbing scenarios in Wall-Eit has a family-friendly G rating.

Delicatessen (1991) Stream on Apple TV

Knife Flap In Charcuterie

This film is definitely not G-rated. Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s feature debut revolves around an apartment building in post-apocalyptic France where a butcher sells tenants like commodities. Although it’s a horrifying premise, this film gives great insight into the director’s magical style.

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In deli, all of the tenants – like the communities in most of Jeunet’s films – are quite pleasant to watch. The story begins with a former clown replacing the building’s missing maintenance man and falling in love with the butcher’s daughter.

Brazil (1985) Stream on Apple TV+

Brazil (1985) by Terry Gilliam

Terry Gilliam made his fantastic directorial debut with Monty Python. And like Jeunet, Gilliam has very clear visions for his films. Both films are set in an Orwellian society where people struggle with over-automation and bureaucracy. The set designs and complicated machinery are ingenious, all created before CG.

Brazil features many famous actors, including many of the Monty Python crew, Jonathan Pryce and Robert De Niro. With such a cast, no wonder there are both drama and humorous scenes. As big bugthis film is a dark warning of what could be, but also has glorious moments of what hope can look like.

City of Lost Children (1995) Stream on Amazon Prime

This dark Jeunet fantasy takes place on a strange island where children are disappearing. There is an evil scientist who lives on a platform right next to the island who takes the children to suppress their dreams. Meanwhile, a circus is in town and the Strongman joins a group of little rascals to stop the kidnappings.

Ron Perlman stars as the strongman and Jean-Paul Gaultier designed the costumes. Like with big bug, every detail is carefully thought out and the camera work here is stunning. Instead of robots, the camera follows fleas and cyborgs through the streets.

Robot and Frank (2012) Stream on Hulu

This sweet story also takes place in the near future and, at first glance, seems like a odd couple comedy style. Starring Frank Langella as Frank, a retired jewelry thief, and Susan Sarandon as his favorite librarian, the comedy follows Frank after his son gets him a robot as a caretaker.

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Frank realizes that the robot could be useful if he taught him how to assist him during a burglary, except that his dementia is causing him problems. This film poses some interesting ideas about technology that works both for and against us, a similar idea floated in big bug.

Martian attacks! (1996) Stream on Amazon Prime

Martian attacks

As one of Tim Burton’s finest sci-fi/horror films, this is a fun riff on the 1960s Trading Cards made by Topps. Although it’s a totally different storyline, its tone and humor are quite similar to big bug. The cast includes Jack Nicholson and Glenn Close as US President and First Lady. The premise revolves around how humans would handle aliens landing on Earth.

One of the questions raised in both films is whether humans are really smarter than other life forms. Both are fun, amusing reflections on the struggle between what humans are becoming and what they want to be.

Thor: Ragnarok (2017) Stream on Disney+

Thor prepares to fight the Hulk at Ragnarok.

This Marvel blockbuster has nothing to do with Jeunet’s last film. However, there’s something about the design and the comedy in both films that strikes a similar chord. The films’ color palettes and brilliant technology celebrate otherworldly settings. Director Taika Waititi infuses his first superhero film with lightness and humor, just as Jeunet figures into his work.

This second part of Thor trilogy is quite unique from the original film. This one features Cate Blanchett as Hela, the almighty god of death. contrary to big bug, the action is non-stop and over the top. However, both are visual and very fun treats.

Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971) Aired on HBO Max

Willy Wonka and his Oompa-Loompas in the chocolate factory.

This dark fantasy musical is based on a novel by Roald Dahl. Willy Wonka and the chocolate factory was released in 1971 to great acclaim and is definitely one of the most watchable films of the 70s. In the film, five children win a factory tour and Willy Wonka warns them that there are surprises around every corner, but nothing dangerous. And just like the robots in big bugwho all seem friendly at first glance, appearances can be deceiving.

Willy Wonka is masterfully played by Gene Wilder, an actor known for his understated and complicated humor. Just like the Yonyx robots in big bugthere’s something wrong with the chocolatier trying to pass himself off as a sweet candy.

The French Dispatch (2021) streaming on Apple TV+

The French Dispatch by Wes Anderson with Bill Murray

Wes Anderson’s 2021 film is different from Jeunet’s work in many ways. However, the two writers/directors share several common traits. They tend to depend on certain actors repeatedly throughout their movies. The French Dispatch features many of Anderson’s favorite actors, such as Tilda Swinton, Owen Wilson and Bill Murray.

They also both have such a clear vision of the magical worlds they create. From the costumes to the camera angles to the color palette, both look for the unique and the fantastic in an otherwise mundane world. This film is set in a fictional French village as big bug takes place on a city block of a fictional futuristic city.

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