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  • The 1954 film adaptation of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea is widely considered a Trope Codifier thanks to Harper Goff's stunning design for the Nautilus.
  • The 1970s Czechoslovak detective comedy Adele Hasn't Had Her Dinner Yet features a lot of steampunky gadgets and esthetics both on the side of the protagonists and the bad guys, given that it's an Affectionate Parody of turn-of-the-century pulp novels and penny dreadfuls.
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  • The French-Canadian-Belgian film April and the Extraordinary World (Avril et le Monde Truqué) is set in an alternate world where many of the world's best scientists have disappeared over the years, stalling the world's technological progress so by 1941 the world is still trapped in the Steam Age. The movie takes a more realistic view of a world still using steam power; a Crapsack World where, after the world's coal resources have been depleted, the French government has started strip-harvesting Europe's forests to provide power, and is now preparing for war against North America to control the forests of Canada. The skies are perpetually gray and sooty, and black lung disease is implied to be fairly common.
  • Atlantis: The Lost Empire has some aspects of steampunk in the beginning, considering that in 1914 the characters travel to Atlantis in a submarine so technologically advanced at least in design and features that it hasn't been made 107 years on. Oh, and, the giant drill truck. Then again, this is the film that contains flying fish-like craft powered by crystals full of Applied Phlebotinum, so...
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  • Doc Brown's time-locomotive at the end of Back to the Future Part III: "It runs on steam!". Another example earlier in the movie was his steam-powered refrigerator (which was big enough to take up a garage by itself).
  • The Boxtrolls features the rickety car driven by Snatcher and his men and the contraptions built by the titular boxtrolls. Not to mention the massive Spider Tank Snatcher operates in the finale.
  • In Terry Gilliams' The Brothers Grimm the brothers wear steampunk-esque uniforms and use steampunky scientific instruments which really don't do anything, as they are con men.
  • In the Casper feature film, the mansion's secret laboratory. The rest of the film, sadly, doesn't have the attitude.
  • In The Great Mouse Detective, Ratigan uses a pedal-powered zeppelin and a robotic decoy of the mouse Queen Victoria in his Evil Plan.
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  • Although it also came 20 years before the term was coined, 1965's The Great Race, set in Edwardian times with an evil mad scientist and a multitude of wacky inventions, can also be considered a Trope Codifier.
  • The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus is a steampunk story about a powerful wizard, his daughter, and the rogue he decides to punish.
  • The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, especially Captain Nemo's inventions. These include a automobile, submarine, and a bunch of anachronistic World War I weaponry.
  • Master's post-Blaster attire in Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome could be considered steampunk.
  • The film Mutant Chronicles is firmly entrenched in the steampunk genre, though it forgoes zeppelins in favour of flying trains. It actually looks more plausible than it sounds.
  • Mythica: Admiral Borlund Hess and her Sky Pirates have a steam-powered air ship and a "war wagon" (essentially a steam-powered automobile).
  • The Geographer's Guild in Paddington with its pneumatic archive tube system.
  • Christopher Nolan's film The Prestige crosses over into this when Real Life "wizard" Nikola Tesla enters the story.
  • The movie version of A Series of Unfortunate Events shows the heroes encountering a number of Victorian-esque adventurers who have since settled into retirement—as well as gotten themselves marked for death by Count Olaf.
  • The Guy Richie version of Sherlock Holmes (2009) can be fairly safely placed in the (soft) steampunk category, what with the few somewhat unrealistic electricity-, steam- and clockwork-based technologies that show up for their sheer coolness, and the quite accurately dark and gritty vision of Victorian London.
  • The second fantasy sequence in Sucker Punch takes place in a World War I inspired setting - where the girls must combat German soldiers that have been resurrected by steam punk technology. Blondie and Rocket also have steam punk themed costumes.
  • The 2012 film Tai Chi Zero is a fictional retelling of how Tai-Chi first got taught to the outside world. The antagonist of the film wants to bring modern (19th century) ways to the village — including a giant steam-powered railway-laying machine. The sequel, Tai-Chi Hero, continues the tale.
  • The 1960 and 2002 adaptations of The Time Machine. Especially the 2002 version — its "star" has a Difference Engine under the readout dials.
  • Treasure Planet features a really interesting fusion of steampunk and cyberpunk, merging steampunk-style culture, aesthetics, and physics with cyberpunk-level technology.
  • Van Helsing is set in the 1890s and features all sorts of steam punk gadgets used to fight monsters. Notably an automatic crossbow and switchblade stake are used to attack vampires. Frankenstein's monster is given a steam punk design in this, too.
  • ''Vynález zkázy'' a.k.a. ''A Deadly Invention'' a.k.a. ''The Fabulous World of Jules Verne'', a 1958 Czech masterpiece by Karel Zeman. Enjoy this montage.
    • Zeman's The Stolen Airship and On the Comet also qualify, and even his Baron Munchausen has elements of the trope.
  • The movie version of Wild Wild West was definite steampunk, including a steam powered giant mechanical spider.
  • Young Einstein is a deliberately In Name Only biography of the original with him as a Tasmanian apple farmer who invents atomic powered beer as well as dates Marie Curie.


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