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Aliens (1986)
Action, Adventure, Sci-fi, Thriller

Aliens (1986)

57 years after Ellen Ripley had a close encounter with the reptilian alien creature from the first movie, she is called back, this time, to help a group of highly trained colonial marines fight off against the sinister extraterrestrials. But this time, the aliens have taken over a space colony on the moon LV-426. When the colonial marines are called upon to search the deserted space colony, they later find out that they are up against more than what they bargained for. Using specially modified machine guns and enough firepower, it's either fight or die as the space marines battle against the aliens. As the Marines do their best to defend themselves, Ripley must attempt to protect a young girl who is the sole survivor of the decimated space colony. (Read More)

Themes:technology,  redemption,  tragedy,  monster,  betrayal,  friendship
Mood:nightmare
Locations:space,  laboratory,  elevator
Characters:alien,  soldier
Period:future
Story:alien egg,  spaceship explosion,  stasis pod,  starship interior,  female female hug,  acid burn,  space marine,  space colony,  human in outer space,  trapped in space,  space travel,  outer space,  ginger cat,  bolt upright after nightmare,  human body alien host,  alien intrusion,  alien queen,  alien breeding,  alien hunt,  alien hunter,  female alien,  rescue mission,  human versus alien,  alien contact,  female soldier,  death by explosion,  nuclear explosion,  setting off a sprinkler system,  i cross my heart and hope to die,  getting someone's name wrong,  corrupting influence of capitalism,  homing beacon,  crawling through an air shaft,  knife game,  childhood innocence,  doll's head,  bio organic weapon,  motion sensor,  critique of capitalism,  chain of command,  helmet camera,  exo suit,  girl in danger,  freaking out,  reebok,  body snatching,  2100s,  fire sprinkler,  suspended animation,  stasis,  lone survivor,  mother figure,  slide locked back,  pull ups,  warrior woman,  cryonics,  reference to snow white,  22nd century,  screaming girl,  yelling for help,  power suit,  cocoon,  hispanic american,  xenomorph,  torn in half,  friendly fire,  disobeying orders,  platoon,  dissection,  blueprint,  female pilot,  falling through the floor,  flame thrower,  camaraderie,  concussion,  megacorporation,  cowardice,  cryogenics,  finger gun,  famous line,  locked in a room,  spacesuit,  slime,  woman slaps a man,  exploding ship,  orchestral music score,  hiding under a bed,  shot through the mouth,  christ allegory,  starship,  friends who live together,  video footage,  parasite,  final battle,  crushed head,  female hero,  reluctant hero,  burnt face,  telling someone to shut up,  hug,  mecha,  acid,  head blown off,  parenthood,  final showdown,  extraterrestrial,  surprise after end credits,  torso cut in half,  tracking device,  poetic justice,  grenade launcher,  heroism,  flamethrower,  lens flare,  siege,  jumping through a window,  creature feature,  dark humor,  power outage,  child's point of view,  death of daughter,  reverse footage,  promise,  crushed to death,  action heroine,  android,  strong female lead,  black humor,  blockbuster,  spacecraft,  egg,  burned alive,  hand grenade,  strong female character,  obscene finger gesture,  trust,  dismemberment,  exploding body,  self sacrifice,  character's point of view camera shot,  tank,  doll,  person on fire,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  stabbed in the back,  cigar smoking,  spaceship,  child in peril,  hit by a car,  dream sequence,  impalement,  subjective camera,  robot,  death of father,  second part,  cat,  slow motion scene,  rescue,  shotgun,  face slap,  shot in the chest,  machine gun,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  female protagonist,  pistol,  cult film,  explosion,  cigarette smoking,  bare chested male,  one word title,  f rated,  violence,  sequel,  blood

Alien (1979)
Horror, Sci-fi

Alien (1979)

The crew of the commercial spaceship Nostromo are on their way home when they pick up a distress beacon from a distant moon. The crew are under obligation to investigate and the spaceship descends on the moon afterwards. After a rough landing, three crew members leave the spaceship to explore the area on the moon. At the same time as they discover a hive colony of some unknown creature, the ship's computer deciphers the message to be a warning, not a distress call. When one of the eggs is disturbed, the crew realizes that they are not alone on the spaceship and they must deal with the consequences. (Read More)

Themes:technology,  monster
Locations:space
Characters:alien
Period:future
Story:alien egg,  spaceship explosion,  starship interior,  human in outer space,  trapped in space,  space travel,  spaceship,  outer space,  alien intrusion,  alien hunt,  human versus alien,  alien contact,  homing beacon,  suspended animation,  cryonics,  22nd century,  xenomorph,  megacorporation,  cryogenics,  spacesuit,  slime,  exploding ship,  starship,  parasite,  female hero,  acid,  flamethrower,  lens flare,  creature feature,  reverse footage,  action heroine,  android,  strong female lead,  blockbuster,  spacecraft,  egg,  strong female character,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  robot,  cat,  blood splatter,  female protagonist,  cult film,  bare chested male,  one word title,  f rated,  violence,  blood

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Prometheus (2012)
Adventure, Mystery, Sci-fi

Prometheus (2012)

This film is set in 2093 and takes place in the same universe as the 'Alien' movies. A group of explorers, including some archaeologists, are on an "undisclosed" mission. They arrive at a moon trillions of miles away from Earth. The team spot what they believe to be signs of civilization. They go to investigate and find more than just signs, they find conclusive evidence. But some of them have an ulterior motive for being there, including the Weyland Corporation. They believe that this is where the human race actually came from. Things soon turn from excitement to survival once inside their discovery. (Read More)

Themes:technology,  monster,  betrayal
Locations:laboratory
Period:future
Story:spaceship explosion,  stasis pod,  human in outer space,  trapped in space,  space travel,  outer space,  alien intrusion,  human versus alien,  alien contact,  suspended animation,  stasis,  xenomorph,  flame thrower,  megacorporation,  cryogenics,  spacesuit,  slime,  exploding ship,  starship,  parasite,  acid,  poetic justice,  tracking device,  flamethrower,  lens flare,  crushed to death,  android,  burned alive,  dismemberment,  self sacrifice,  person on fire,  spaceship,  dream sequence,  impalement,  robot,  shotgun,  shot in the chest,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  pistol,  cult film,  explosion,  bare chested male,  violence,  blood

Alien: Resurrection (1997)
Action, Horror, Sci-fi

Alien: Resurrection (1997)

Ellen Ripley sacrificed herself to destroy the Company's desires to use the alien queen as a biological weapon. 200 years and seven horrible experiments later, she is resurrected on the USM Auriga using blood samples from Fiorina 161, for the purpose of extracting the alien queen inside her. However, Ripley's DNA gets mixed up with the Queen's DNA and she begins to develop enhanced strength and reflexes. After a band of smugglers, hired by the government, bring the crew of a hijacked transport to the Auriga, all hell breaks loose when the aliens breed from the hijacked crew escape. When the Auriga is set on automatic pilot back to Earth, it's up to Ripley and the smugglers to stop the Auriga and escape with their lives. And when the Queen's secret was revealed, it exposed a bizarre DNA mix-up that left both Ripley and the queen's genetics intertwined; giving light to an alien that could spell doom for Earth. (Read More)

Themes:betrayal
Locations:space
Characters:alien
Period:future
Story:alien egg,  starship interior,  acid burn,  human in outer space,  trapped in space,  space travel,  outer space,  alien queen,  human versus alien,  critique of capitalism,  xenomorph,  female pilot,  falling through the floor,  cryogenics,  slime,  shot through the mouth,  christ allegory,  friends who live together,  female hero,  burnt face,  telling someone to shut up,  poetic justice,  grenade launcher,  flamethrower,  action heroine,  android,  strong female lead,  black humor,  blockbuster,  spacecraft,  egg,  burned alive,  hand grenade,  strong female character,  exploding body,  self sacrifice,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  spaceship,  impalement,  robot,  shot in the chest,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  female protagonist,  cult film,  explosion,  cigarette smoking,  blood,  f rated,  violence,  sequel

Alien: Covenant (2017) is one of the best movies like Aliens (1986)
Horror, Sci-fi, Thriller

Alien: Covenant (2017)

Almost eleven years after the futile and disastrous expedition on the distant moon LV-223, the deep-space colonisation vessel Covenant equipped with more than 2,000 colonists in cryogenic hibernation, sets a course for the remote planet Origae-6 with the intention to build a new world. Instead, a rogue transmission will entice the crew to a nearby habitable small planet which resembles The Earth. The unsuspecting members of Covenant will have to cope with biological foes, beyond human comprehension. Ultimately, what was intended as a peaceful exploratory mission, will soon turn into a desperate rescue operation deep into the cold infinite space. (Read More)

Themes:tragedy,  monster,  betrayal
Locations:laboratory,  space
Characters:alien,  soldier
Period:future
Story:trapped in space,  space travel,  outer space,  female soldier,  helmet camera,  2100s,  stasis,  suspended animation,  xenomorph,  disobeying orders,  cryogenics,  spacesuit,  parasite,  reluctant hero,  burnt face,  acid,  head blown off,  final showdown,  extraterrestrial,  tracking device,  grenade launcher,  creature feature,  crushed to death,  android,  spacecraft,  egg,  burned alive,  obscene finger gesture,  exploding body,  character's point of view camera shot,  person on fire,  stabbed in the back,  cigar smoking,  spaceship,  impalement,  subjective camera,  robot,  second part,  slow motion scene,  rescue,  shotgun,  shot in the chest,  machine gun,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  pistol,  explosion,  cigarette smoking,  bare chested male,  sequel,  violence,  blood

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Avatar (2009)
Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Sci-fi

Avatar (2009)

When his brother is killed in a robbery, paraplegic Marine Jake Sully decides to take his place in a mission on the distant world of Pandora. There he learns of greedy corporate figurehead Parker Selfridge's intentions of driving off the native humanoid "Na'vi" in order to mine for the precious material scattered throughout their rich woodland. In exchange for the spinal surgery that will fix his legs, Jake gathers intel for the cooperating military unit spearheaded by gung-ho Colonel Quaritch, while simultaneously attempting to infiltrate the Na'vi people with the use of an "avatar" identity. While Jake begins to bond with the native tribe and quickly falls in love with the beautiful alien Neytiri, the restless Colonel moves forward with his ruthless extermination tactics, forcing the soldier to take a stand - and fight back in an epic battle for the fate of Pandora. This is why Avatar (2009) is one of the best movies like Aliens (1986). (Read More)

Themes:redemption,  monster,  betrayal,  friendship
Locations:laboratory,  space
Characters:alien,  soldier
Period:future
Story:stasis pod,  human in outer space,  space travel,  outer space,  female alien,  human versus alien,  alien contact,  female soldier,  exo suit,  suspended animation,  cryonics,  22nd century,  power suit,  female pilot,  flame thrower,  megacorporation,  cryogenics,  exploding ship,  orchestral music score,  starship,  mecha,  extraterrestrial,  crushed to death,  strong female lead,  black humor,  blockbuster,  strong female character,  trust,  self sacrifice,  person on fire,  spaceship,  child in peril,  impalement,  robot,  death of father,  slow motion scene,  rescue,  shot in the chest,  machine gun,  shot to death,  pistol,  explosion,  bare chested male,  one word title,  blood,  violence

Predators (2010)
Action, Adventure, Sci-fi, Thriller

Predators (2010)

The mercenary Royce; the military Isabelle; the Russian soldier Nikolai; the San Quentin criminal Stans; the Sierra Leone militia Mombasa; the drug lord Cuchillo; the Yakuza Hanzo; and the Doctor Edwin awake in free fall but they succeed to open their parachutes landing in a jungle. Soon they find that they are on another planet and they are prey of aliens in a deadly hunting game, and they need to join forces to destroy their predators and survive. (Read More)

Themes:redemption,  monster,  betrayal
Characters:alien,  soldier
Story:outer space,  alien hunter,  human versus alien,  female soldier,  exploding ship,  extraterrestrial,  torso cut in half,  action heroine,  spacecraft,  hand grenade,  strong female character,  trust,  exploding body,  self sacrifice,  character's point of view camera shot,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  spaceship,  impalement,  subjective camera,  slow motion scene,  rescue,  shotgun,  shot in the chest,  machine gun,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  pistol,  explosion,  bare chested male,  one word title,  violence,  sequel,  blood

Critters (1986)
Action, Comedy, Horror, Sci-fi, Thriller

Critters (1986)

A massive ball of furry creatures from another world eat their way through a small mid-western town followed by intergalactic bounty hunters opposed only by militant townspeople.

Themes:monster
Locations:space
Characters:alien
Story:space travel,  outer space,  human versus alien,  alien contact,  exploding ship,  extraterrestrial,  siege,  creature feature,  power outage,  reverse footage,  spacecraft,  egg,  burned alive,  exploding body,  character's point of view camera shot,  spaceship,  child in peril,  impalement,  subjective camera,  cat,  slow motion scene,  rescue,  shotgun,  shot in the chest,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  cult film,  explosion,  cigarette smoking,  one word title,  violence,  blood

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Lockout (2012) is one of the best movies like Aliens (1986)
Action, Adventure, Sci-fi, Thriller

Lockout (2012)

In 2079, in Washington, the ex-CIA Operative Snow is brutally interrogated, accused of treason against the United States. The chief of the secret service Scott Langral believes that he shot the agent Frank in a hotel room. Meanwhile, the idealistic daughter of the president of the USA, Emilie Warnock, is visiting MS One, a maximum security prison in outer space expecting to find evidence that the prisoners are actually guinea pigs of a huge corporation. When one of her bodyguards loses a hidden pistol to the dangerous prisoner Hydell, he subdues the staff in the central control room and releases the prisoners, including his brother Alex who becomes the leader of the riot. Now the veteran agent Harry Shaw offers freedom to Snow if he succeeds in rescuing the president's daughter. But the idealistic Emilie does not want to leave MS-One without the hostages. (Read More)

Themes:betrayal
Locations:space
Period:future
Story:outer space,  space marine,  human in outer space,  trapped in space,  rescue mission,  suspended animation,  stasis,  finger gun,  spacesuit,  exploding ship,  shot through the mouth,  reluctant hero,  burnt face,  head blown off,  lens flare,  spacecraft,  exploding body,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  spaceship,  rescue,  shotgun,  shot in the chest,  machine gun,  shot to death,  pistol,  explosion,  cigarette smoking,  bare chested male,  one word title

Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice (2016)
Action, Adventure, Sci-fi

Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice (2016)

The general public is concerned over having Superman on their planet and letting the "Dark Knight" - Batman - pursue the streets of Gotham. While this is happening, a power-phobic Batman tries to attack Superman.,Meanwhile Superman tries to settle on a decision, and Lex Luthor, the criminal mastermind and millionaire, tries to use his own advantages to fight the "Man of Steel". (Read More)

Themes:redemption,  monster,  betrayal
Mood:nightmare
Locations:laboratory
Characters:alien,  soldier
Story:outer space,  rescue mission,  human versus alien,  nuclear explosion,  power suit,  falling through the floor,  flame thrower,  famous line,  exploding ship,  christ allegory,  final battle,  final showdown,  tracking device,  grenade launcher,  heroism,  flamethrower,  lens flare,  jumping through a window,  power outage,  reverse footage,  crushed to death,  action heroine,  strong female lead,  blockbuster,  burned alive,  hand grenade,  strong female character,  exploding body,  self sacrifice,  tank,  stabbed in the back,  spaceship,  child in peril,  hit by a car,  dream sequence,  impalement,  death of father,  second part,  slow motion scene,  rescue,  shotgun,  shot in the chest,  machine gun,  shot to death,  pistol,  explosion,  bare chested male,  violence,  sequel,  blood

Avpr: Aliens Vs Predator - Requiem (2007)
Action, Horror, Sci-fi, Thriller

Avpr: Aliens Vs Predator - Requiem (2007)

Following the events of Alien vs. Predator, and the maturation of the chestburster that erupted from the body of Scar (the Predator that defeated the Alien Queen) into an adult Predalien, the Predator scout ship crashes in the woods of Gunnison County. A local, Buddy Benson, and his son, Sam, are hunting in the forest and witness the crash, but they are chased and are implanted with alien embryos by facehuggers along with several homeless people living in the sewers. Meanwhile another Predator lands seeking out the Alien and destroying evidence of their presence on Earth. The dwellers of the town find themselves in the middle of a battlefield between the two deadly extraterrestrial creatures, and the small group of survivors splits between the leadership of Sheriff Eddie Morales and the bad-boy Dallas Howard. Both have different opinions about the best means to escape from the beings. This is why Avpr: Aliens Vs Predator - Requiem (2007) is one of the best movies like Aliens (1986). (Read More)

Themes:monster
Characters:alien
Story:human body alien host,  alien queen,  alien breeding,  alien hunter,  human versus alien,  nuclear explosion,  xenomorph,  parasite,  crushed head,  acid,  head blown off,  extraterrestrial,  power outage,  dismemberment,  exploding body,  tank,  stabbed in the back,  child in peril,  impalement,  death of father,  second part,  shotgun,  shot in the chest,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  pistol,  cult film,  sequel,  violence,  blood

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Man Of Steel (2013)
Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Sci-fi

Man Of Steel (2013)

A young boy learns that he has extraordinary powers and is not of this Earth. As a young man, he journeys to discover where he came from and what he was sent here to do. But the hero in him must emerge if he is to save the world from annihilation and become the symbol of hope for all mankind.

Locations:laboratory
Characters:alien,  soldier
Story:starship interior,  space travel,  outer space,  human versus alien,  alien contact,  female soldier,  cryogenics,  spacesuit,  exploding ship,  christ allegory,  final battle,  reluctant hero,  heroism,  lens flare,  jumping through a window,  power outage,  crushed to death,  blockbuster,  spacecraft,  exploding body,  self sacrifice,  character's point of view camera shot,  tank,  person on fire,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  spaceship,  child in peril,  impalement,  robot,  death of father,  slow motion scene,  rescue,  shot in the chest,  machine gun,  shot to death,  pistol,  explosion,  bare chested male,  sequel,  violence

Valerian And The City Of A Thousand Planets (2017) is one of the best movies like Aliens (1986)
Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Sci-fi

Valerian And The City Of A Thousand Planets (2017)

VALERIAN AND THE CITY OF A THOUSAND PLANETS is the new adventure film from Luc Besson, the director of The Professional, The Fifth Element and Lucy, based on the comic book series which inspired a generation of artists, writers and filmmakers. In the 28th century, Valerian (Dane DeHaan) and Laureline (Cara Delevingne) are a team of special operatives charged with maintaining order throughout the human territories. Under assignment from the Minister of Defense, the two embark on a mission to the astonishing city of Alpha-an ever-expanding metropolis where species from all over the universe have converged over centuries to share knowledge, intelligence and cultures with each other. There is a mystery at the center of Alpha, a dark force which threatens the peaceful existence of the City of a Thousand Planets, and Valerian and Laureline must race to identify the marauding menace and safeguard not just Alpha, but the future of the universe. (Read More)

Themes:redemption,  monster,  betrayal
Characters:alien,  soldier
Period:future
Story:space travel,  outer space,  female soldier,  chain of command,  disobeying orders,  female pilot,  falling through the floor,  spacesuit,  exploding ship,  final battle,  final showdown,  extraterrestrial,  tracking device,  jumping through a window,  death of daughter,  crushed to death,  action heroine,  spacecraft,  burned alive,  strong female character,  exploding body,  self sacrifice,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  stabbed in the back,  spaceship,  impalement,  robot,  slow motion scene,  rescue,  face slap,  shot in the chest,  machine gun,  blood splatter,  pistol,  explosion,  bare chested male,  blood,  violence

The Transformers: The Movie (1986)
Action, Adventure, Animation, Family, Sci-fi

The Transformers: The Movie (1986)

This theatrical movie based on the television series (which was also based on a popular multiform robot toyline) did not go over very well at the box office. The movie takes place in 2005, twenty years after the television series, and chronicles the efforts of the heroic Autobots to defend their homeworld Cybertron from the evil Decepticons. Both factions are seething with anger, and that hatred has blinded them to a hideous menace headed their way. That hideous menace is the colossal planet known as Unicron, who has been ready to consume anything that stands in its way. The only thing that can stop Unicron is the Autobot Matrix of Leadership, which is possessed by the Autobots and which the Decepticons, through Unicron's orders, plan to take away from them. (Read More)

Themes:technology,  redemption,  tragedy,  betrayal,  friendship
Locations:laboratory
Characters:alien,  soldier
Period:future
Story:human in outer space,  space travel,  outer space,  alien contact,  female soldier,  exo suit,  famous line,  exploding ship,  christ allegory,  starship,  acid,  tracking device,  heroism,  crushed to death,  android,  spacecraft,  exploding body,  self sacrifice,  tank,  spaceship,  child in peril,  hit by a car,  robot,  rescue,  shot in the chest,  shot to death,  cult film,  explosion,  violence,  sequel

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Rogue One (2016)
Action, Adventure, Sci-fi

Rogue One (2016)

All looks lost for the Rebellion against the Empire as they learn of the existence of a new super weapon, the Death Star. Once a possible weakness in its construction is uncovered, the Rebel Alliance must set out on a desperate mission to steal the plans for the Death Star. The future of the entire galaxy now rests upon its success. (Read More)

Themes:redemption,  tragedy,  betrayal,  friendship
Locations:space,  elevator
Characters:alien,  soldier
Period:future
Story:space travel,  outer space,  disobeying orders,  blueprint,  female pilot,  exploding ship,  starship,  heroism,  power outage,  action heroine,  strong female lead,  blockbuster,  spacecraft,  strong female character,  exploding body,  self sacrifice,  character's point of view camera shot,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  stabbed in the back,  spaceship,  child in peril,  impalement,  subjective camera,  robot,  death of father,  rescue,  shot in the chest,  machine gun,  shot to death,  female protagonist,  pistol,  explosion,  violence

Starship Troopers (1997)
Action, Adventure, Sci-fi, Thriller

Starship Troopers (1997)

In the distant future high school kids are encouraged to become citizens by joining the military. What they don't know is that they'll soon be engaged in a full scale war against a planet of alien insects. The fight is on to ensure the safety of humanity. This is why Starship Troopers (1997) is one of the best movies like Aliens (1986). (Read More)

Themes:tragedy,  monster,  friendship
Locations:space
Characters:alien,  soldier
Period:future
Story:human in outer space,  space travel,  outer space,  human versus alien,  female soldier,  nuclear explosion,  dissection,  female pilot,  exploding ship,  starship,  torso cut in half,  crushed to death,  spacecraft,  burned alive,  dismemberment,  exploding body,  self sacrifice,  person on fire,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  stabbed in the back,  spaceship,  impalement,  death of father,  rescue,  shotgun,  shot in the chest,  machine gun,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  cult film,  explosion,  bare chested male,  blood,  violence

Guardians Of The Galaxy (2014) is one of the best movies like Aliens (1986)
Action, Adventure, Sci-fi

Guardians Of The Galaxy (2014)

After stealing a mysterious orb in the far reaches of outer space, Peter Quill from Earth, is now the main target of a manhunt led by the villain known as Ronan the Accuser. To help fight Ronan and his team and save the galaxy from his power, Quill creates a team of space heroes known as the "Guardians of the Galaxy" to save the world. (Read More)

Themes:betrayal,  friendship
Locations:space
Characters:alien,  soldier
Story:human in outer space,  space travel,  outer space,  exploding ship,  starship,  female hero,  final showdown,  surprise after end credits,  lens flare,  crushed to death,  action heroine,  android,  strong female lead,  blockbuster,  spacecraft,  strong female character,  exploding body,  self sacrifice,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  stabbed in the back,  spaceship,  impalement,  slow motion scene,  rescue,  shot in the chest,  machine gun,  shot to death,  explosion,  bare chested male,  violence

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Cowboy Bebop: Tengoku No Tobira (2001)
Action, Animation, Crime, Drama, Sci-fi, Thriller

Cowboy Bebop: Tengoku No Tobira (2001)

The year is 2071. Following a terrorist bombing, a deadly virus is released on the populace of Mars and the government has issued a 300 million woo-long reward, the largest bounty in history, for the capture of whoever is behind it. The bounty hunter crew of the spaceship Bebop; Spike, Faye, Jet and Ed, take the case with hopes of cashing in the bounty. However, the mystery surrounding the man responsible, Vincent, goes deeper than they ever imagined, and they aren't the only ones hunting him. The original creators of the virus have dispatched Electra to deal with Vincent and take out anyone who may stumble on the truth behind him. As the hunt for the man with no past and no future continues to escalate, they begin to question what about the world is reality and what is a dream as the line between sanity and insanity becomes more apparent. (Read More)

Themes:betrayal
Locations:laboratory,  elevator
Characters:soldier
Period:future
Story:human in outer space,  space travel,  outer space,  female soldier,  camaraderie,  megacorporation,  final showdown,  surprise after end credits,  tracking device,  jumping through a window,  power outage,  action heroine,  spacecraft,  hand grenade,  character's point of view camera shot,  stabbed in the back,  spaceship,  subjective camera,  slow motion scene,  shotgun,  shot in the chest,  machine gun,  blood splatter,  pistol,  cult film,  explosion,  cigarette smoking,  bare chested male,  blood,  violence

Attack The Block (2011)
Action, Comedy, Sci-fi, Thriller

Attack The Block (2011)

Attack the Block follows an unlucky young woman and and a gang of tough inner-city kids who make an unlikely alliance to try to defend their turf against an invasion of savage alien creatures, turning a South London apartment complex into a war-zone.

Themes:monster,  friendship
Locations:elevator
Characters:alien
Story:alien hunt,  human versus alien,  lens flare,  jumping through a window,  creature feature,  burned alive,  exploding body,  character's point of view camera shot,  person on fire,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  stabbed in the back,  child in peril,  hit by a car,  slow motion scene,  machine gun,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  pistol,  cult film,  explosion,  violence,  blood

Soldier (1998)
Action, Drama, Sci-fi

Soldier (1998)

In a futuristic society, some people are selected at birth to become soldiers, and trained in such a manner that they become inhuman killing machines. One of the most succesfull and older of these soldiers (Russell) is pitted against a new breed of soldiers, and after the confrontation is believed to be dead. His body is left behind in a semi-abandoned colonial planet, where everything is peaceful, and he is taught about the other aspects of life. But eventually he has to fight the new breed of soldiers again, this time to defend his new home... (Read More)

Themes:redemption
Characters:soldier
Period:future
Story:space travel,  outer space,  female soldier,  flame thrower,  final battle,  final showdown,  poetic justice,  flamethrower,  crushed to death,  spacecraft,  burned alive,  tank,  person on fire,  spaceship,  child in peril,  impalement,  slow motion scene,  rescue,  shot in the chest,  machine gun,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  pistol,  cult film,  explosion,  one word title,  violence,  blood

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Star Trek: Into Darkness (2013) is one of the best movies like Aliens (1986)
Action, Adventure, Sci-fi

Star Trek: Into Darkness (2013)

When the USS Enterprise crew is called back home, they find an unstoppable force of terror from within their own organization has detonated the fleet and everything it stands for, leaving our world in a state of crisis. With a personal score to settle, Captain Kirk leads a manhunt to a war-zone world to capture a one-man weapon of mass destruction. As our space heroes are propelled into an epic chess game of life and death, love will be challenged, friendships will be torn apart, and sacrifices must be made for the only family Kirk has left: his crew. This is why Star Trek: Into Darkness (2013) is one of the best movies like Aliens (1986). (Read More)

Themes:monster,  betrayal,  friendship
Locations:space,  elevator
Characters:alien
Story:human in outer space,  space travel,  outer space,  suspended animation,  disobeying orders,  cryogenics,  spacesuit,  woman slaps a man,  exploding ship,  crushed head,  lens flare,  power outage,  reverse footage,  crushed to death,  blockbuster,  spacecraft,  exploding body,  self sacrifice,  stabbed in the back,  spaceship,  child in peril,  death of father,  second part,  rescue,  shot in the chest,  shot to death,  explosion,  bare chested male,  violence,  sequel

Spectral (2016)
Action, Mystery, Sci-fi, Thriller

Spectral (2016)

Civil Unrest in the European country of Moldova has US forces engaging the insurgents however there is a new threat who has decided both are their enemy. This new threat resides in an alternative spectrum that makes them invisible to the naked eye and instant death to anyone confronting them. Locals believe they are Spirits of War but others believe they are superior arms technology fabricated by the Moldova government.. (Read More)

Themes:technology
Locations:laboratory
Characters:soldier
Story:rescue mission,  helmet camera,  video footage,  final battle,  final showdown,  grenade launcher,  power outage,  hand grenade,  exploding body,  self sacrifice,  character's point of view camera shot,  tank,  child in peril,  impalement,  subjective camera,  robot,  slow motion scene,  rescue,  shotgun,  machine gun,  blood splatter,  pistol,  explosion,  one word title,  violence,  blood

G.i. Joe: Retaliation (2013)
Action, Adventure, Sci-fi, Thriller

G.i. Joe: Retaliation (2013)

The G.I. Joe team is framed for crimes against the country by Zartan, disguised as the President, and Cobra Commander has all the world leaders under his influence, with their advanced warheads headed towards innocent populaces around the world. Outnumbered and outgunned, the surviving team members form a plan with their original leader, General Joseph Colton, to rescue the President and face off Cobra Commander, his accomplices and the world leaders. (Read More)

Themes:redemption,  betrayal,  friendship
Characters:soldier
Story:rescue mission,  female soldier,  nuclear explosion,  cryogenics,  tracking device,  grenade launcher,  lens flare,  power outage,  action heroine,  burned alive,  hand grenade,  obscene finger gesture,  exploding body,  character's point of view camera shot,  tank,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  hit by a car,  impalement,  second part,  slow motion scene,  rescue,  shot in the chest,  machine gun,  shot to death,  pistol,  explosion,  bare chested male,  sequel,  blood,  violence

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Jason X (2001)
Action, Horror, Sci-fi, Thriller

Jason X (2001)

Set way in the future, Earth is no longer inhabitable, so humans have colonized in outer space. One colony receives two cryogenically frozen bodies, and when they defrost them, one of the bodies turns out to be.....who else? Jason Voorhees. No longer in the forest or Camp Crystal Lake, Jason stalks the colonists in a whole new environment. (Read More)

Themes:monster
Locations:laboratory,  space
Characters:soldier
Period:future
Story:space colony,  human in outer space,  trapped in space,  space travel,  outer space,  female soldier,  suspended animation,  cryogenics,  spacesuit,  crushed head,  tracking device,  torso cut in half,  grenade launcher,  jumping through a window,  android,  spacecraft,  dismemberment,  exploding body,  self sacrifice,  stabbed in the back,  spaceship,  impalement,  robot,  rescue,  shotgun,  face slap,  shot in the chest,  machine gun,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  pistol,  explosion,  bare chested male,  sequel,  violence,  blood

Event Horizon (1997) is one of the best movies like Aliens (1986)
Horror, Sci-fi, Thriller

Event Horizon (1997)

In the year 2047 a group of astronauts are sent to investigate and salvage the long lost starship "Event Horizon". The ship disappeared mysteriously 7 years before on its maiden voyage and with its return comes even more mystery as the crew of the "Lewis and Clark" discover the real truth behind its disappearance and something even more terrifying. (Read More)

Mood:nightmare
Locations:space
Period:future
Story:rescue,  stasis pod,  human in outer space,  trapped in space,  spaceship,  outer space,  rescue mission,  suspended animation,  cryonics,  cryogenics,  spacesuit,  exploding ship,  christ allegory,  starship,  burnt face,  spacecraft,  burned alive,  person on fire,  impalement,  blood splatter,  explosion,  bare chested male,  violence

Enemy Mine (1985)
Action, Adventure, Drama, Sci-fi

Enemy Mine (1985)

A soldier from Earth crash-lands on an alien world after sustaining battle damage. Eventually he encounters another survivor, but from the enemy species he was fighting; they band together to survive on this hostile world. In the end the human finds himself caring for his enemy in a completely unexpected way. This is why Enemy Mine (1985) is one of the best movies like Aliens (1986). (Read More)

Themes:monster,  betrayal,  friendship
Locations:laboratory,  space
Characters:alien,  soldier
Period:future
Story:space travel,  outer space,  rescue mission,  human versus alien,  female pilot,  exploding ship,  orchestral music score,  final showdown,  extraterrestrial,  tracking device,  spacecraft,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  spaceship,  child in peril,  rescue,  shotgun,  shot in the chest,  machine gun,  blood splatter,  pistol,  cult film,  explosion,  bare chested male,  blood,  violence

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Independence Day: Resurgence (2016)
Action, Adventure, Sci-fi

Independence Day: Resurgence (2016)

Two decades after the freak alien invasion that nearly destroyed mankind a new threat emerges. This Alien mothership is more than twice the size as the last one and once again, the world's armies must band together to save the world. Do they have enough firepower or will this battle change and will aliens take over? (Read More)

Themes:technology,  monster,  friendship
Mood:nightmare
Locations:laboratory,  space
Characters:alien,  soldier
Story:space travel,  outer space,  alien queen,  human versus alien,  alien contact,  disobeying orders,  female pilot,  spacesuit,  exploding ship,  video footage,  final battle,  tracking device,  heroism,  lens flare,  reverse footage,  blockbuster,  spacecraft,  exploding body,  self sacrifice,  character's point of view camera shot,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  stabbed in the back,  spaceship,  subjective camera,  death of father,  second part,  rescue,  shot in the chest,  shot to death,  pistol,  explosion,  sequel,  violence

District 9 (2009)
Sci-fi, Thriller

District 9 (2009)

In 1982, a massive star ship bearing a bedraggled alien population, nicknamed "The Prawns," appeared over Johannesburg, South Africa. Twenty-eight years later, the initial welcome by the human population has faded. The refugee camp where the aliens were located has deteriorated into a militarized ghetto called District 9, where they are confined and exploited in squalor. In 2010, the munitions corporation, Multi-National United, is contracted to forcibly evict the population with operative Wikus van der Merwe in charge. In this operation, Wikus is exposed to a strange alien chemical and must rely on the help of his only two new 'Prawn' friends. (Read More)

Themes:betrayal,  friendship
Locations:laboratory
Characters:alien,  soldier
Story:human versus alien,  corrupting influence of capitalism,  megacorporation,  starship,  mecha,  head blown off,  extraterrestrial,  flamethrower,  hand grenade,  exploding body,  self sacrifice,  character's point of view camera shot,  spaceship,  child in peril,  subjective camera,  robot,  shot in the chest,  machine gun,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  pistol,  cult film,  explosion,  bare chested male,  violence,  blood

Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017) is one of the best movies like Aliens (1986)
Action, Adventure, Sci-fi

Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017)

After saving Xandar from Ronan's wrath, the Guardians are now recognized as heroes. Now the team must help their leader Star Lord (Chris Pratt) uncover the truth behind his true heritage. Along the way, old foes turn to allies and betrayal is blooming. And the Guardians find that they are up against a devastating new menace who is out to rule the galaxy. (Read More)

Themes:redemption,  monster,  betrayal
Locations:space
Characters:alien
Story:human in outer space,  space travel,  outer space,  spacesuit,  exploding ship,  starship,  final battle,  final showdown,  surprise after end credits,  torso cut in half,  tracking device,  crushed to death,  action heroine,  android,  blockbuster,  spacecraft,  exploding body,  self sacrifice,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  spaceship,  impalement,  robot,  second part,  slow motion scene,  rescue,  shot in the chest,  machine gun,  shot to death,  pistol,  explosion,  bare chested male,  violence,  sequel

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The Avengers (2012)
Action, Adventure, Sci-fi

The Avengers (2012)

Nick Fury is the director of S.H.I.E.L.D., an international peace-keeping agency. The agency is a who's who of Marvel Super Heroes, with Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, Thor, Captain America, Hawkeye and Black Widow. When global security is threatened by Loki and his cohorts, Nick Fury and his team will need all their powers to save the world from disaster. (Read More)

Themes:technology,  redemption,  monster,  betrayal
Locations:laboratory,  elevator
Characters:alien,  soldier
Story:space travel,  outer space,  rescue mission,  human versus alien,  nuclear explosion,  power suit,  exploding ship,  final battle,  lens flare,  jumping through a window,  action heroine,  blockbuster,  spacecraft,  hand grenade,  strong female character,  exploding body,  character's point of view camera shot,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  stabbed in the back,  spaceship,  hit by a car,  impalement,  robot,  rescue,  shot in the chest,  machine gun,  pistol,  explosion,  bare chested male,  sequel

Hardcore Henry (2015)
Action, Adventure, Sci-fi, Thriller

Hardcore Henry (2015)

Hardcore Henry is an action film told from a first person perspective: You remember nothing. Mainly because you've just been brought back from the dead by your wife (Haley Bennett). She tells you that your name is Henry. Five minutes later, you are being shot at, your wife has been kidnapped, and you should probably go get her back. Who's got her? His name's Akan; he's a powerful warlord with an army of mercenaries, and a plan for world domination. You're also in an unfamiliar city of Moscow, and everyone wants you dead. Everyone except for a mysterious British fellow called Jimmy. He may be on your side, but you aren't sure. If you can survive the insanity, and solve the mystery, you might just discover your purpose and the truth behind your identity. Good luck, Henry. You're likely going to need it... This is why Hardcore Henry (2015) is one of the best movies like Aliens (1986). (Read More)

Themes:betrayal
Locations:laboratory,  elevator
Characters:soldier
Story:flame thrower,  cryogenics,  final battle,  head blown off,  final showdown,  tracking device,  grenade launcher,  flamethrower,  jumping through a window,  crushed to death,  burned alive,  hand grenade,  obscene finger gesture,  dismemberment,  exploding body,  self sacrifice,  character's point of view camera shot,  tank,  person on fire,  stabbed in the back,  hit by a car,  impalement,  subjective camera,  robot,  cat,  slow motion scene,  rescue,  shotgun,  shot in the chest,  machine gun,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  pistol,  explosion,  cigarette smoking,  bare chested male,  violence,  blood

Battle Los Angeles (2011)
Action, Sci-fi

Battle Los Angeles (2011)

Los Angeles and other cities around the world are being bombarded by meteors that seem to be slowing down once they hit the earth's atmosphere. The earth is suddenly being invaded by space aliens that have landed off the shore of LA, and who begin killing everybody along the beach. The military is ordered into action. Marine Staff Sergeant Nantz (Aaron Eckhart), who was about to retire, is reassigned to a new platoon. The platoon, flown by chopper to the forward operating base at Santa Monica Airport, is being led by a new 2nd Lt. Martinez (Ramon Rodriguez). They are sent on a mission to rescue some civilians who are trapped at the police station within alien territory. They only have 3 hours to complete their mission and get out before the Air Force bombs that zone. (Read More)

Themes:redemption
Locations:space
Characters:alien,  soldier
Story:platoon,  rescue mission,  human versus alien,  alien contact,  female soldier,  exploding ship,  burnt face,  extraterrestrial,  grenade launcher,  crushed to death,  burned alive,  hand grenade,  exploding body,  self sacrifice,  tank,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  spaceship,  child in peril,  hit by a car,  death of father,  slow motion scene,  rescue,  shot in the chest,  machine gun,  shot to death,  pistol,  explosion,  violence

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Machete Kills (2013) is one of the best movies like Aliens (1986)
Action, Crime, Sci-fi, Thriller

Machete Kills (2013)

During an operation of a Mexican Cartel, Machete Cortez and Sartana Rivera intercept the criminals alone, but another group arrives and a masked man kills Sartana. Machete is arrested, accused of killing his beloved Sartana and Sheriff Doakes hangs Machete. But the President of the USA Rathcock pardons and recruits Machete to kill the revolutionary Marcos Mendez that has threatened the USA with a missile with a bomb. Machete goes to San Antonio to meet the Miss San Antonio Blanca Vasquez that will be the liaison between Machete and President Rathcock. Then Machete goes to the brothel of Madame Desdemona to seek out the prostitute Cereza that is Mendez's mistress. Machete meets Mendez and learns that his heart is connected to the missile and only the arm dealer Luther Voz is capable to disarm the bomb. Now Machete needs to bring Mendez to the USA in less than twenty-four hours and save his new country in a dangerous journey with betrayals. (Read More)

Themes:betrayal
Characters:soldier
Story:space travel,  outer space,  spacesuit,  reluctant hero,  burnt face,  surprise after end credits,  tracking device,  flamethrower,  jumping through a window,  death of daughter,  crushed to death,  burned alive,  obscene finger gesture,  dismemberment,  exploding body,  self sacrifice,  person on fire,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  stabbed in the back,  impalement,  second part,  slow motion scene,  rescue,  shotgun,  shot in the chest,  machine gun,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  pistol,  explosion,  bare chested male,  blood,  sequel,  violence

Underworld Awakening (2012)
Action, Fantasy, Horror

Underworld Awakening (2012)

Mankind discover the existence of the Vampire and Lycan species and they begin a war to annihilate the races. When Selene meets with Michael in the harbor, they are hit by a grenade and Selene passes out. Twelve years later, Selene awakes from a cryogenic sleep in the Antigen laboratory and meets the Vampire David. She learns that she had been the subject of the scientist Dr. Jacob Lane and the Vampire and Lycan species have been practically eradicated from Earth. But Selene is still connected to Michael and has visions that she believes that belongs to Michael's sight. However she has a surprise and finds that she has a powerful daughter named Eve that has been raised in the laboratory. Now Selene and David have to protect Eve against the Lycans that intend to use her to inoculate their species against silver. (Read More)

Themes:monster
Locations:laboratory,  elevator
Period:future
Story:megacorporation,  cryogenics,  torso cut in half,  poetic justice,  flamethrower,  jumping through a window,  crushed to death,  action heroine,  hand grenade,  exploding body,  character's point of view camera shot,  tank,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  stabbed in the back,  child in peril,  hit by a car,  impalement,  subjective camera,  rescue,  shotgun,  shot in the chest,  machine gun,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  pistol,  explosion,  bare chested male,  violence,  blood,  sequel

Riddick (2013)
Action, Sci-fi, Thriller

Riddick (2013)

The infamous Riddick has been left for dead on a sun-scorched planet that appears to be lifeless. Soon, however, he finds himself fighting for survival against alien predators more lethal than any human he's encountered. The only way off is for Riddick to activate an emergency beacon and alert mercenaries who rapidly descend to the planet in search of their bounty. The first ship to arrive carries a new breed of merc, more lethal and violent, while the second is captained by a man whose pursuit of Riddick is more personal. With time running out and a storm on the horizon that no one could survive, his hunters won't leave the planet without Riddick's head as their trophy. (Read More)

Themes:monster,  betrayal
Characters:alien
Story:trapped in space,  outer space,  head blown off,  torso cut in half,  tracking device,  grenade launcher,  lens flare,  dismemberment,  exploding body,  character's point of view camera shot,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  stabbed in the back,  spaceship,  impalement,  slow motion scene,  rescue,  shotgun,  shot in the chest,  machine gun,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  pistol,  explosion,  bare chested male,  one word title,  blood,  violence,  sequel

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War For The Planet Of The Apes (2017)
Action, Adventure, Drama, Sci-fi, Thriller

War For The Planet Of The Apes (2017)

Caesar and his apes are forced into a deadly conflict with an army of humans led by a ruthless Colonel. After the apes suffer unimaginable losses, Caesar wrestles with his darker instincts and begins his own mythic quest to avenge his kind. As the journey finally brings them face to face, Caesar and the Colonel are pitted against each other in an epic battle that will determine the fate of both their species and the future of the planet. This is why War For The Planet Of The Apes (2017) is one of the best movies like Aliens (1986). (Read More)

Themes:redemption,  tragedy,  betrayal,  friendship
Characters:soldier
Period:future
Story:rescue mission,  female soldier,  platoon,  christ allegory,  final battle,  hug,  final showdown,  grenade launcher,  blockbuster,  hand grenade,  exploding body,  self sacrifice,  character's point of view camera shot,  tank,  doll,  child in peril,  impalement,  subjective camera,  slow motion scene,  rescue,  shotgun,  shot in the chest,  machine gun,  shot to death,  pistol,  explosion,  bare chested male,  blood,  violence,  sequel

Resident Evil: Retribution (2012) is one of the best movies like Aliens (1986)
Action, Horror, Sci-fi, Thriller

Resident Evil: Retribution (2012)

Alice awakes at home with her daughter Becky and her husband. But soon she realizes that she is actually in an Umbrella Corporation's underground facility. Out of the blue, the computer security system shuts-down and Alice flees to the central control room of the facility. She meets Ada Wong, who works with Albert Wesker, and she learns that a five-man team has been sent by Wesker to rescue them. However, the Red Queen sends Jill Valentine and Rain to hunt them down. (Read More)

Themes:monster
Locations:laboratory,  elevator
Characters:soldier
Story:rescue mission,  female soldier,  megacorporation,  parasite,  female hero,  tracking device,  power outage,  crushed to death,  action heroine,  hand grenade,  exploding body,  self sacrifice,  child in peril,  hit by a car,  impalement,  slow motion scene,  rescue,  shotgun,  shot in the chest,  machine gun,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  female protagonist,  pistol,  explosion,  sequel,  violence,  blood

Passengers (2016)
Drama, Sci-fi, Thriller

Passengers (2016)

The spaceship, Starship Avalon, in its 120-year voyage to a distant colony planet known as the "Homestead Colony" and transporting 5,258 people has a malfunction in one of its sleep chambers. As a result one hibernation pod opens prematurely and the one person that awakes, Jim Preston (Chris Pratt) is stranded on the spaceship, still 90 years from his destination. (Read More)

Themes:redemption
Mood:nightmare
Locations:space,  elevator
Story:stasis pod,  human in outer space,  trapped in space,  space travel,  outer space,  bolt upright after nightmare,  suspended animation,  cryonics,  spacesuit,  starship,  power outage,  android,  spacecraft,  trust,  self sacrifice,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  spaceship,  robot,  death of father,  rescue,  face slap,  explosion,  bare chested male,  one word title,  blood

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Transformers: Dark Of The Moon (2011)
Action, Adventure, Sci-fi

Transformers: Dark Of The Moon (2011)

Autobots Bumblebee, Ratchet, Ironhide, Mirage (aka Dino), Wheeljack (aka Que) and Sideswipe led by Optimus Prime, are back in action taking on the evil Decepticons, who are eager to avenge their recent defeat. The Autobots and Decepticons become involved in a perilous space race between the United States and Russia to reach a hidden Cybertronian spacecraft on the moon and learn its secrets, and once again Sam Witwicky has to go to the aid of his robot friends. The new villain Shockwave is on the scene while the Autobots and Decepticons continue to battle it out on Earth. (Read More)

Themes:technology,  betrayal
Locations:space,  elevator
Characters:alien,  soldier
Story:spacecraft,  space travel,  outer space,  human versus alien,  finger gun,  exploding ship,  christ allegory,  final battle,  tracking device,  lens flare,  jumping through a window,  blockbuster,  exploding body,  tank,  stabbed in the back,  spaceship,  robot,  slow motion scene,  rescue,  shotgun,  face slap,  shot in the chest,  machine gun,  shot to death,  pistol,  explosion,  bare chested male,  blood,  violence,  sequel

The Huntsman: Winter's War (2016)
Action, Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

The Huntsman: Winter's War (2016)

Themes:redemption,  monster,  betrayal
Characters:soldier
Story:female soldier,  reference to snow white,  woman slaps a man,  reluctant hero,  final showdown,  heroism,  dark humor,  reverse footage,  action heroine,  burned alive,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  stabbed in the back,  child in peril,  impalement,  subjective camera,  second part,  slow motion scene,  rescue,  face slap,  shot in the chest,  explosion,  bare chested male,  sequel,  blood,  violence

Jupiter Ascending (2015) is one of the best movies like Aliens (1986)
Action, Adventure, Sci-fi

Jupiter Ascending (2015)

Jupiter Jones was born under a night sky, with signs predicting that she was destined for great things. Now grown, Jupiter dreams of the stars but wakes up to the cold reality of a job cleaning other people's houses and an endless run of bad breaks. Only when Caine Wise, a genetically engineered ex-military hunter, arrives on Earth to track her down does Jupiter begin to glimpse the fate that has been waiting for her all along - her genetic signature marks her as next in line for an extraordinary inheritance that could alter the balance of the cosmos. This is why Jupiter Ascending (2015) is one of the best movies like Aliens (1986). (Read More)

Themes:redemption,  monster,  betrayal,  friendship
Locations:space
Characters:alien
Story:human in outer space,  space travel,  outer space,  alien contact,  spacesuit,  exploding ship,  christ allegory,  starship,  final battle,  reluctant hero,  final showdown,  jumping through a window,  android,  spacecraft,  spaceship,  robot,  slow motion scene,  rescue,  face slap,  shot in the chest,  cult film,  explosion,  bare chested male,  f rated,  violence

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Resident Evil: The Final Chapter (2016)
Action, Horror, Sci-fi, Thriller

Resident Evil: The Final Chapter (2016)

Picking up immediately after the events in Resident Evil: Retribution, Alice (Milla Jovovich) is the only survivor of what was meant to be humanity's final stand against the undead. Now, she must return to where the nightmare began - The Hive in Raccoon City, where the Umbrella Corporation is gathering its forces for a final strike against the only remaining survivors of the apocalypse. (Read More)

Themes:redemption,  monster,  betrayal
Mood:nightmare
Locations:laboratory
Characters:soldier
Story:female soldier,  megacorporation,  shot through the mouth,  final battle,  female hero,  final showdown,  torso cut in half,  power outage,  action heroine,  strong female lead,  burned alive,  hand grenade,  obscene finger gesture,  exploding body,  self sacrifice,  character's point of view camera shot,  tank,  person on fire,  stabbed in the back,  impalement,  subjective camera,  slow motion scene,  rescue,  shot in the chest,  machine gun,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  female protagonist,  pistol,  explosion,  violence,  blood,  sequel

Star Trek: Beyond (2016)
Action, Adventure, Sci-fi, Thriller

Star Trek: Beyond (2016)

After stopping off at Starbase Yorktown, a remote outpost on the fringes of Federation space, the USS Enterprise, halfway into their five-year mission, is destroyed by an unstoppable wave of unknown aliens. With the crew stranded on an unknown planet and with no apparent means of rescue, they find themselves fighting against a ruthless enemy with a well-earned hatred of the Federation and everything it stands for. Only a rebellious alien warrior can help them reunite and leave the planet to stop this deadly menace from beginning a possible galactic war. (Read More)

Themes:betrayal,  friendship
Locations:space,  elevator
Characters:alien
Story:human in outer space,  space travel,  outer space,  rescue mission,  famous line,  exploding ship,  starship,  final showdown,  tracking device,  lens flare,  jumping through a window,  crushed to death,  action heroine,  blockbuster,  spacecraft,  strong female character,  self sacrifice,  spaceship,  impalement,  slow motion scene,  rescue,  shot in the chest,  shot to death,  explosion,  bare chested male,  sequel,  violence

Star Trek (2009)
Action, Adventure, Sci-fi

Star Trek (2009)

On the day of James Kirk's birth, his father dies on his damaged starship in a last stand against a Romulan mining vessel looking for Ambassador Spock, who in this time, has grown on Vulcan disdained by his neighbors for his half-human heritage. 25 years later, James T. Kirk has grown into a young rebellious troublemaker. Challenged by Captain Christopher Pike to realize his potential in Starfleet, he comes to annoy academy instructors like Commander Spock. Suddenly, there is an emergency on Vulcan and the newly-commissioned USS Enterprise is crewed with promising cadets like Nyota Uhura, Hikaru Sulu, Pavel Chekov and even Kirk himself, thanks to Leonard McCoy's medical trickery. Together, this crew will have an adventure in the final frontier where the old legend is altered forever as a new version of the legend begins. (Read More)

Themes:redemption
Locations:space,  elevator
Characters:alien
Period:future
Story:starship interior,  starship,  human in outer space,  space travel,  outer space,  female alien,  finger gun,  exploding ship,  hiding under a bed,  lens flare,  crushed to death,  blockbuster,  spacecraft,  burned alive,  exploding body,  self sacrifice,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  stabbed in the back,  spaceship,  impalement,  death of father,  shot in the chest,  shot to death,  explosion

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Tomorrowland (2015) is one of the best movies like Aliens (1986)
Action, Adventure, Family, Mystery, Sci-fi

Tomorrowland (2015)

Bound by a shared destiny, a bright, optimistic teen bursting with scientific curiosity and a former boy-genius inventor jaded by disillusionment embark on a danger-filled mission to unearth the secrets of an enigmatic place somewhere in time and space that exists in their collective memory as "Tomorrowland." (Read More)

Themes:technology,  redemption,  betrayal
Locations:space,  laboratory,  elevator
Period:future
Story:space travel,  outer space,  nuclear explosion,  falling through the floor,  reluctant hero,  torso cut in half,  power outage,  reverse footage,  crushed to death,  android,  strong female lead,  strong female character,  exploding body,  self sacrifice,  character's point of view camera shot,  person on fire,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  spaceship,  child in peril,  hit by a car,  subjective camera,  robot,  slow motion scene,  rescue,  shot in the chest,  explosion,  one word title,  violence

The 5th Wave (2016)
Action, Adventure, Sci-fi, Thriller

The 5th Wave (2016)

Four waves of increasingly deadly attacks have left most of Earth in ruin. Against a backdrop of fear and distrust, Cassie is on the run, desperately trying to save her younger brother. As she prepares for the inevitable and lethal fifth wave, Cassie teams up with a young man who may become her final hope - if she can only trust him. This is why The 5th Wave (2016) is one of the best movies like Aliens (1986). (Read More)

Themes:tragedy,  betrayal,  friendship
Characters:alien,  soldier
Story:human versus alien,  alien contact,  female soldier,  body snatching,  disobeying orders,  reluctant hero,  tracking device,  power outage,  action heroine,  spacecraft,  trust,  self sacrifice,  character's point of view camera shot,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  spaceship,  child in peril,  subjective camera,  death of father,  cat,  slow motion scene,  rescue,  shotgun,  shot in the chest,  machine gun,  shot to death,  pistol,  explosion,  bare chested male,  violence,  blood

Star Wars: Episode Vii - The Force Awakens (2015)
Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Sci-fi

Star Wars: Episode Vii - The Force Awakens (2015)

30 years after the defeat of Darth Vader and the Empire, Rey, a scavenger from the planet Jakku, finds a BB-8 droid that knows the whereabouts of the long lost Luke Skywalker. Rey, as well as a rogue stormtrooper and two smugglers, are thrown into the middle of a battle between the Resistance and the daunting legions of the First Order. (Read More)

Themes:redemption,  monster,  betrayal
Locations:elevator
Characters:alien,  soldier
Story:human in outer space,  space travel,  outer space,  rescue mission,  female soldier,  female pilot,  flame thrower,  exploding ship,  starship,  female hero,  reluctant hero,  flamethrower,  lens flare,  power outage,  action heroine,  strong female lead,  blockbuster,  spacecraft,  strong female character,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  spaceship,  robot,  death of father,  slow motion scene,  rescue,  face slap,  shot in the chest,  shot to death,  female protagonist,  explosion,  f rated,  violence,  blood,  sequel

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Logan (2017)
Action, Drama, Sci-fi, Thriller

Logan (2017)

In 2029 the mutant population has shrunken significantly and the X-Men have disbanded. Logan, whose power to self-heal is dwindling, has surrendered himself to alcohol and now earns a living as a chauffeur. He takes care of the ailing old Professor X whom he keeps hidden away. One day, a female stranger asks Logan to drive a girl named Laura to the Canadian border. At first he refuses, but the Professor has been waiting for a long time for her to appear. Laura possesses an extraordinary fighting prowess and is in many ways like Wolverine. She is pursued by sinister figures working for a powerful corporation; this is because her DNA contains the secret that connects her to Logan. A relentless pursuit begins - In this third cinematic outing featuring the Marvel comic book character Wolverine we see the superheroes beset by everyday problems. They are aging, ailing and struggling to survive financially. A decrepit Logan is forced to ask himself if he can or even wants to put his remaining powers to good use. It would appear that in the near-future, the times in which they were able put the world to rights with razor sharp claws and telepathic powers are now over. (Read More)

Themes:redemption,  tragedy,  betrayal
Mood:nightmare
Locations:laboratory
Characters:soldier
Period:future
Story:megacorporation,  christ allegory,  reluctant hero,  head blown off,  final showdown,  poetic justice,  torso cut in half,  lens flare,  crushed to death,  hand grenade,  dismemberment,  exploding body,  self sacrifice,  character's point of view camera shot,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  stabbed in the back,  child in peril,  hit by a car,  impalement,  subjective camera,  rescue,  shotgun,  shot in the chest,  machine gun,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  pistol,  explosion,  bare chested male,  one word title,  sequel,  blood,  violence

Astro Boy (2009) is one of the best movies like Aliens (1986)
Action, Animation, Comedy, Family, Sci-fi

Astro Boy (2009)

Set in futuristic Metro City, Astro Boy is about a young robot with incredible powers created by a brilliant scientist in the image of the son he has lost. Unable to fulfill the grieving man's expectations, our hero embarks on a journey in search of acceptance, experiencing betrayal and a netherworld of robot gladiators, before he returns to save Metro City and reconcile with the father who had rejected him. (Read More)

Themes:monster,  betrayal
Locations:laboratory
Characters:alien,  soldier
Period:future
Story:robot,  christ allegory,  final battle,  final showdown,  tracking device,  poetic justice,  heroism,  flamethrower,  power outage,  crushed to death,  android,  exploding body,  self sacrifice,  character's point of view camera shot,  child in peril,  subjective camera,  rescue,  machine gun,  explosion,  bare chested male

Looper (2012)
Action, Crime, Drama, Sci-fi, Thriller

Looper (2012)

Joe is classified as a "looper", a job in which his employers use time travel to send men from the future to be killed into the past, where Joe can properly dispose of their bodies. However, to tie up loose ends and erase the evidence of his ever being a looper, Joe knows that one day his future self will be sent back for him to kill. When this day comes, Joe's future self is prepared and escapes, and the two men struggle separately in the past trying to evade capture and attempting to fulfill their own personal agendas. (Read More)

Themes:redemption,  tragedy,  betrayal
Period:future
Story:finger gun,  woman slaps a man,  lens flare,  strong female character,  obscene finger gesture,  dismemberment,  exploding body,  self sacrifice,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  child in peril,  slow motion scene,  shotgun,  face slap,  shot in the chest,  machine gun,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  pistol,  explosion,  cigarette smoking,  one word title,  violence,  blood

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