Famous Steampunk Movies

June 30 2017 Written by Shawn Carling

Here at Machine Age Lamps, we love steampunk. We love it so much, we made it part of our profession making machine age art. If you are a fellow steampunk fan, or an interested newcomer, then chances are you will enjoy the wide array of machine age movies available to watch today. Here is a list of some of the more recent (and some older) famous steampunk movies.


Produced by both Tim Burton and Timur Bekmambetov, this visually stunning story takes place in a post apocalyptic future. It's titular character? A rag doll voiced by Elijah Wood, who may be the only one with the key to save humanity. With an all star cast, great storytelling, and, of course, an epic steampunk landscape, this movie is sure to delight.

Fullmetal Alchemist

Spanning a whole series and multiple movies, this anime story follows brothers Edward and Alphonse Elric in a world where a mystical blend of science and magic called "alchemy" exists. Everything in this fictional world (besides alchemy and good old human will power) is powered by either steam or spring loaded contraptions, including everything from trains to robot limbs. Critically acclaimed, this series is sure to provide enjoyment for many a night.


If the name didn't give it away, this movie's biggest focus is on steam power. Set in the 1860s, a young British Inventor gets caught in the middle of a huge conflict, resulting in an army race to advance steam power.

Wild Wild West

A nostalgic throwback for millennials, Wild Wild West is a movie set in the 19th century wild west. Starring Will Smith, Salma Hayek, and Kevin Kline, this is an action movie at heart. However, what places it firmly in the steampunk genre as well is the character played by Kevin Klein, who's innovating machine age inventions marvel from start to finish.

League of Extraordinary Gentlemen

A nice blend of fantasy and steampunk, this movie features such noted icons as Dracula's Bride, Dorian Grey, Doctor Hyde, the Invisible Man, and Captain Nemo. It is from Captain Nemo where we get the fantastic steampunk elements in this movie, including his Nautilus submarine and and gadgets galore.

The Golden Compass

Set in a parallel universe with fantastic elements, where every person has half their soul inside of an animal companion called a dæmon, this movie also has many fantastic steampunk features. Loads of steam and spring powered machine, fun gadgets, and wonderful looking sets make this movie a joy to watch.

20,000 Leagues Under The Sea

Okay, now time for a classic. This 1954 film is essentially a machine age version of Moby Dick. It is considered by some to be the quintessential steampunk move.

The City of Lost Children

Made in 1995, this fantastic science fantasy drama was directed by Marc Caro and Jean-Pierre Jeunet. It stars Ron Perlman, who spoke no French, and had to be fed his lines phonetically for the movie. Featuring a surreal society wherein a scientist kidnaps children and steals their dreams (using steampunk gadgets, of course) with the goal of prolonging his life, this movie is riveting, and will have you on the edge of your seat.


This is far from a comprehensive list of great steampunk movies. There's plenty of steampunk yet to explore! If you would like a masterfully crafted piece of steampunk art with functionality in your home, then check out the products we offer here at Machine Age Lamps. Feel free to give us a call if you have any questions about our products or delivery. We will be happy to answer any questions that you may have.