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Arrival (2016)
Drama, Mystery, Sci-fi, Thriller

Arrival (2016)

Linguistics professor Louise Banks leads an elite team of investigators when gigantic spaceships touchdown in 12 locations around the world. As nations teeter on the verge of global war, Banks and her crew must race against time to find a way to communicate with the extraterrestrial visitors. Hoping to unravel the mystery, she takes a chance that could threaten her life and quite possibly all of mankind. (Read More)

Themes:military,  panic,  hope,  cancer,  paranoia,  memory,  escape,  fear,  politics,  surrealism
Mood:suspense
Locations:china,  russia,  space,  restaurant,  hospital
Characters:professor,  alien,  chinese,  australian,  baby,  soldier,  girl,  doctor
Period:2010s
Story:time,  time bomb,  alien spacecraft,  alien spaceship,  alien creature,  baby girl,  linguist,  linguistics,  theoretical physicist,  montana,  time paradox,  extraterrestrial,  cia agent,  college professor,  race against time,  female scientist,  time travel,  military officer,  alien language,  alien life form,  alien race,  mi 24 hind helicopter,  ch 47 chinook helicopter,  alien contact,  alien abduction,  u.s. soldier,  alien invasion,  little girl,  female doctor,  reference to the university of california at berkeley,  reference to abbott and costello,  reference to the united nations,  bootstrap paradox,  cowgirl costume,  news channel,  low gravity,  flip chart,  breaking news,  philosophical conversation,  shuttle craft,  change of mind,  weightless,  shock jock,  kid art,  decontamination,  sanskrit,  interpretation,  insight,  first contact,  bird in a cage,  man wearing a tuxedo,  seeing the future,  impatience,  communications,  palindrome,  begins with narration,  departure,  caged bird,  militarism,  precognition,  circle,  escalation,  canary,  international relations,  sphere,  sudan,  birdcage,  hazmat suit,  zero gravity,  media manipulation,  ink,  squid,  warship,  physicist,  contamination,  interpreter,  looting,  venezuela,  army base,  first person narration,  bilingualism,  aircraft carrier,  pakistani,  symbol,  college campus,  englishman,  newscast,  massachusetts,  language barrier,  fighter jet,  tentacle,  no title at beginning,  young version of character,  message,  loss of daughter,  pakistan,  reminiscence,  united nations,  vomit,  timebomb,  translator,  media coverage,  satellite,  moral dilemma,  teleportation,  title at the end,  aerial shot,  absent father,  death of daughter,  evacuation,  misunderstanding,  u.s. army,  vision,  social commentary,  strong female lead,  parking garage,  colonel,  fate,  press conference,  spacecraft,  disease,  hypodermic needle,  captain,  strong female character,  pickup truck,  terminal illness,  single parent,  riot,  subtitled scene,  ufo,  cia,  character says i love you,  general,  laptop,  threat,  childbirth,  disappearance,  injection,  u.s. president,  knocked out,  tank,  tent,  based on short story,  protest,  library,  flash forward,  news report,  creature,  spaceship,  drawing,  no opening credits,  nonlinear timeline,  map,  montage,  woman,  single mother,  wine,  flashlight,  f word,  scientist,  hallucination,  supernatural power,  bomb,  held at gunpoint,  camera,  computer,  slow motion scene,  machine gun,  helicopter,  rain,  dream,  cell phone,  voice over narration,  pistol,  surprise ending,  explosion,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  independent film,  one word title,  f rated,  death,  flashback

13 Hours (2016)
Action, Drama, History, Thriller, War

13 Hours (2016)

Libya, 2012. At an unofficial CIA base in Benghazi a group of ex-military contractors are providing security. In the aftermath of Gaddafi's downfall a power vacuum exists and the climate is volatile. Military weapons are freely available. The US Ambassador to Libya, Chris Stevens, makes a visit to the area, staying in a compound near the CIA base. On the night of 11 September, 2012, the Ambassador's compound is attacked by hordes of heavily armed locals. The only forces willing and able to defend it are six CIA contractors. (Read More)

Themes:panic,  hope,  paranoia,  military,  escape,  fear,  politics
Mood:suspense
Locations:restaurant
Characters:soldier
Period:2010s
Story:cia agent,  race against time,  ch 47 chinook helicopter,  bilingualism,  aircraft carrier,  fighter jet,  vomit,  translator,  satellite,  moral dilemma,  aerial shot,  absent father,  evacuation,  press conference,  riot,  cia,  general,  laptop,  flash forward,  news report,  no opening credits,  map,  montage,  flashlight,  f word,  bomb,  held at gunpoint,  camera,  slow motion scene,  machine gun,  helicopter,  cell phone,  pistol,  surprise ending,  explosion,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  death

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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:panic,  hope,  paranoia,  military,  escape,  fear
Mood:suspense
Locations:china,  space,  hospital
Characters:alien,  chinese,  baby,  soldier,  doctor
Period:2010s
Story:race against time,  alien race,  alien contact,  alien invasion,  little girl,  circle,  sphere,  bilingualism,  symbol,  fighter jet,  tentacle,  united nations,  translator,  satellite,  aerial shot,  evacuation,  vision,  press conference,  time,  spacecraft,  captain,  subtitled scene,  ufo,  character says i love you,  general,  threat,  u.s. president,  tent,  news report,  creature,  spaceship,  drawing,  no opening credits,  map,  flashlight,  scientist,  bomb,  computer,  helicopter,  cell phone,  pistol,  surprise ending,  explosion,  father daughter relationship,  death

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.

Themes:hope,  military,  escape
Locations:restaurant
Characters:professor,  alien,  soldier
Period:2010s
Story:race against time,  alien race,  ch 47 chinook helicopter,  alien contact,  alien abduction,  u.s. soldier,  alien invasion,  symbol,  fighter jet,  no title at beginning,  young version of character,  media coverage,  satellite,  title at the end,  u.s. army,  colonel,  fate,  spacecraft,  captain,  ufo,  general,  laptop,  childbirth,  injection,  tank,  tent,  news report,  creature,  spaceship,  no opening credits,  nonlinear timeline,  scientist,  supernatural power,  slow motion scene,  machine gun,  helicopter,  cell phone,  pistol,  surprise ending,  explosion,  husband wife relationship,  flashback,  death

Ghostbusters (2016) is one of the best movies like Arrival (2016)
Action, Comedy, Fantasy, Sci-fi

Ghostbusters (2016)

Themes:panic,  paranoia,  escape,  fear,  surrealism
Locations:restaurant
Characters:australian,  professor
Period:2010s
Story:college professor,  race against time,  female scientist,  man wearing a tuxedo,  physicist,  newscast,  vomit,  timebomb,  media coverage,  aerial shot,  evacuation,  misunderstanding,  press conference,  knocked out,  library,  news report,  creature,  drawing,  no opening credits,  map,  montage,  flashlight,  scientist,  supernatural power,  bomb,  slow motion scene,  machine gun,  cell phone,  pistol,  surprise ending,  explosion,  one word title,  f rated,  flashback

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The Day The Earth Stood Still (2008)
Drama, Sci-fi, Thriller

The Day The Earth Stood Still (2008)

Dr. Helen Benson is summoned to a military facility with several other scientists when an alien spacecraft of sorts arrives in New York City. Aboard is a human-like alien and a giant robot of immense size and power. The alien identifies himself as Klaatu and says he has come to save the Earth. The US military and political authorities see him as a threat however and decide to use so-called intensive interrogation techniques on him but Dr. Benson decides to facilitate his escape. When she learns exactly what he means when he says he is there to save the Earth, she tries to convince him to change his intentions. This is why The Day The Earth Stood Still (2008) is one of the best movies like Arrival (2016). (Read More)

Themes:military,  escape,  panic
Locations:space
Characters:alien,  chinese,  professor,  soldier
Story:alien spacecraft,  female scientist,  alien contact,  first contact,  sphere,  squid,  looting,  fighter jet,  extraterrestrial,  evacuation,  spacecraft,  pickup truck,  single parent,  riot,  subtitled scene,  ufo,  threat,  tank,  scientist,  machine gun,  helicopter,  rain,  cell phone,  explosion,  death

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:panic,  paranoia,  military,  escape,  fear
Mood:suspense
Characters:soldier,  doctor
Story:cia agent,  race against time,  little girl,  bilingualism,  translator,  aerial shot,  evacuation,  u.s. army,  social commentary,  captain,  cia,  general,  threat,  tank,  montage,  flashlight,  scientist,  supernatural power,  bomb,  held at gunpoint,  camera,  slow motion scene,  machine gun,  helicopter,  pistol,  surprise ending,  explosion,  independent film,  one word title,  death

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. (Read More)

Themes:hope,  paranoia,  military,  escape,  fear
Mood:suspense
Characters:alien,  soldier
Period:2010s
Story:race against time,  alien race,  alien contact,  alien invasion,  female doctor,  moral dilemma,  evacuation,  u.s. army,  social commentary,  colonel,  spacecraft,  disease,  hypodermic needle,  single parent,  ufo,  injection,  knocked out,  tent,  news report,  spaceship,  no opening credits,  nonlinear timeline,  map,  montage,  bomb,  held at gunpoint,  slow motion scene,  machine gun,  helicopter,  cell phone,  voice over narration,  pistol,  surprise ending,  explosion,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  death,  flashback

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Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice (2016) is one of the best movies like Arrival (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:panic,  hope,  paranoia,  military,  escape,  fear,  politics
Mood:suspense
Characters:alien,  soldier
Period:2010s
Story:cia agent,  race against time,  bilingualism,  symbol,  young version of character,  media coverage,  satellite,  moral dilemma,  aerial shot,  evacuation,  u.s. army,  vision,  strong female lead,  press conference,  strong female character,  subtitled scene,  ufo,  cia,  character says i love you,  general,  laptop,  threat,  u.s. president,  knocked out,  tank,  protest,  flash forward,  news report,  creature,  spaceship,  montage,  woman,  scientist,  hallucination,  supernatural power,  bomb,  held at gunpoint,  camera,  slow motion scene,  machine gun,  helicopter,  dream,  cell phone,  pistol,  surprise ending,  explosion,  flashback,  death

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:panic,  paranoia,  escape,  fear,  surrealism
Mood:suspense
Locations:space
Characters:alien
Story:alien creature,  race against time,  alien race,  alien contact,  alien invasion,  extraterrestrial,  evacuation,  social commentary,  spacecraft,  pickup truck,  subtitled scene,  ufo,  knocked out,  news report,  creature,  spaceship,  flashlight,  supernatural power,  bomb,  held at gunpoint,  slow motion scene,  helicopter,  surprise ending,  explosion,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  independent film,  one word title,  death

Pixels (2015)
Action, Comedy, Family, Sci-fi

Pixels (2015)

Sam Brenner, Will Cooper, Ludlow Lamonsoff, and Eddie "The Fire Blaster" Plant all played classic arcade video games as teenagers. But now they have to use their skills to try to save the world from aliens. The aliens watched video feeds that they thought was a declaration of war. So they send down the classic arcade games to destroy earth. They also get help from a military specialist. They have three lives and if all three get used then earth will be destroyed, and every time they lose a live the aliens take someone's life. Who will win, us or the aliens? It's an all-out battle to save our planet and everyone on it. This is why Pixels (2015) is one of the best movies like Arrival (2016). (Read More)

Themes:military,  hope,  escape,  surrealism
Locations:space
Characters:alien,  soldier
Period:2010s
Story:time,  race against time,  alien race,  alien contact,  alien abduction,  alien invasion,  man wearing a tuxedo,  fighter jet,  young version of character,  message,  extraterrestrial,  media coverage,  satellite,  title at the end,  evacuation,  u.s. army,  misunderstanding,  parking garage,  colonel,  press conference,  spacecraft,  single parent,  ufo,  general,  u.s. president,  protest,  flash forward,  news report,  spaceship,  montage,  woman,  single mother,  scientist,  slow motion scene,  helicopter,  cell phone,  pistol,  surprise ending,  explosion,  husband wife relationship,  one word title,  flashback

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The Mummy (2017)
Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Thriller

The Mummy (2017)

Though safely entombed in a crypt deep beneath the unforgiving desert, an ancient princess, whose destiny was unjustly taken from her, is awakened in our current day bringing with her malevolence grown over millennia, and terrors that defy human comprehension.

Themes:panic,  paranoia,  military,  escape,  fear,  surrealism
Characters:professor,  soldier,  doctor
Period:2010s
Story:race against time,  zero gravity,  army base,  bilingualism,  media coverage,  moral dilemma,  aerial shot,  evacuation,  u.s. army,  vision,  colonel,  fate,  hypodermic needle,  pickup truck,  subtitled scene,  laptop,  injection,  knocked out,  flash forward,  news report,  no opening credits,  flashlight,  scientist,  supernatural power,  hallucination,  held at gunpoint,  slow motion scene,  machine gun,  helicopter,  dream,  pistol,  surprise ending,  explosion,  flashback,  death

War Of The Worlds (2005) is one of the best movies like Arrival (2016)
Adventure, Sci-fi, Thriller

War Of The Worlds (2005)

Ray Ferrier (Cruise) is a divorced dockworker and less-than-perfect father. When his ex-wife and her new husband drop off his teenage son Robbie and young daughter Rachel for a rare weekend visit, a strange and powerful lightning storm suddenly touches down. What follows is the extraordinary battle for the future of humankind through the eyes of one American family fighting to survive it in this contemporary retelling of H.G. Wells seminal classic sci-fi thriller. (Read More)

Themes:panic,  military,  escape,  fear
Mood:suspense
Locations:restaurant
Characters:alien,  soldier,  girl
Story:alien creature,  alien race,  alien contact,  alien abduction,  alien invasion,  little girl,  tentacle,  extraterrestrial,  evacuation,  u.s. army,  pickup truck,  riot,  ufo,  tank,  creature,  spaceship,  flashlight,  machine gun,  helicopter,  rain,  cell phone,  voice over narration,  pistol,  surprise ending,  explosion,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  death

American Assassin (2017)
Action, Thriller

American Assassin (2017)

Twenty three-year-old Mitch lost his parents to a tragic car accident at the age of fourteen, and his girlfriend to a terrorist attack just as they were engaged. Seeking revenge, he is enlisted by CIA Deputy Director Irene Kennedy as a black ops recruit. Kennedy then assigns Cold War veteran Stan Hurley to train Mitch. Together they will later on investigate a wave of apparently random attacks on military and civilian targets. The discovery of a pattern in the violence leads them to a joint mission with a lethal Turkish agent to stop a mysterious operative intent on starting a world war in the Middle East. (Read More)

Themes:panic,  military,  escape,  politics
Mood:suspense
Locations:restaurant,  hospital
Characters:soldier,  doctor
Period:2010s
Story:cia agent,  race against time,  cia,  physicist,  bilingualism,  aircraft carrier,  fighter jet,  no title at beginning,  vomit,  timebomb,  title at the end,  aerial shot,  evacuation,  parking garage,  subtitled scene,  general,  laptop,  knocked out,  news report,  no opening credits,  map,  montage,  flashlight,  f word,  scientist,  hallucination,  bomb,  held at gunpoint,  slow motion scene,  machine gun,  helicopter,  cell phone,  pistol,  surprise ending,  explosion,  death,  flashback

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Criminal (2016)
Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Sci-fi, Thriller

Criminal (2016)

Bill Pope (Ryan Reynolds) is a CIA agent on a mission in London tracking down a shadowy hacker nicknamed "The Dutchman." When he gets mysteriously ambushed and killed, an experimental procedure is used to transfer his memories into dangerous convict Jericho Stewart (Kevin Costner). When he wakes up with the CIA agent's memories, his mission is to find The Dutchman and make the deal with him before the hacker launches ICBM's and starts World War III. But complications soon arise and the mission turns personal. (Read More)

Themes:panic,  paranoia,  memory,  escape,  fear
Mood:suspense
Locations:restaurant
Characters:professor,  soldier,  doctor
Period:2010s
Story:cia agent,  race against time,  bilingualism,  satellite,  moral dilemma,  aerial shot,  hypodermic needle,  subtitled scene,  cia,  laptop,  injection,  knocked out,  library,  news report,  no opening credits,  nonlinear timeline,  f word,  held at gunpoint,  machine gun,  helicopter,  rain,  cell phone,  pistol,  surprise ending,  explosion,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  independent film,  one word title,  flashback,  death

Dragonfly (2002)
Drama, Fantasy, Mystery, Romance, Thriller

Dragonfly (2002)

Dr. Joe Darrow is a recently widowed doctor. He is grieving due to the death of his pregnant wife in a Red Cross mission in Venezuela. Although being atheist, he began to believe that his dead wife wants to communicate with him, through her young patients in the Pediatrics of a Chicago hospital. This is why Dragonfly (2002) is one of the best movies like Arrival (2016). (Read More)

Themes:panic,  paranoia,  fear
Mood:suspense
Locations:hospital
Characters:baby,  soldier,  girl,  doctor
Story:race against time,  little girl,  female doctor,  birdcage,  venezuela,  bilingualism,  symbol,  message,  translator,  evacuation,  parking garage,  news report,  drawing,  map,  supernatural power,  hallucination,  camera,  slow motion scene,  machine gun,  rain,  dream,  cell phone,  surprise ending,  death,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  one word title,  flashback

Rogue One (2016) is one of the best movies like Arrival (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:panic,  hope,  paranoia,  escape,  fear,  politics
Mood:suspense
Locations:space
Characters:alien,  soldier
Story:alien creature,  race against time,  alien language,  little girl,  communications,  young version of character,  message,  moral dilemma,  aerial shot,  evacuation,  social commentary,  strong female lead,  spacecraft,  captain,  strong female character,  subtitled scene,  general,  knocked out,  flash forward,  creature,  spaceship,  no opening credits,  map,  scientist,  supernatural power,  bomb,  held at gunpoint,  machine gun,  pistol,  explosion,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  death,  flashback

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Power Rangers (2017)
Action, Adventure, Sci-fi

Power Rangers (2017)

High school outcasts stumble upon an old alien ship, where they acquire superpowers and are dubbed the Power Rangers. Learning that an old enemy of the previous generation has returned to exact vegenance, the group must harness their powers and use them to work together and save the world.

Themes:panic,  hope,  escape,  fear,  surrealism
Characters:alien
Period:2010s
Story:race against time,  alien language,  zero gravity,  bilingualism,  tentacle,  extraterrestrial,  aerial shot,  evacuation,  vision,  fate,  spacecraft,  pickup truck,  terminal illness,  single parent,  subtitled scene,  laptop,  threat,  knocked out,  flash forward,  news report,  creature,  spaceship,  no opening credits,  map,  montage,  single mother,  flashlight,  supernatural power,  held at gunpoint,  slow motion scene,  cell phone,  pistol,  surprise ending,  explosion,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  f rated,  death

Morgan (2016)
Action, Horror, Sci-fi, Thriller

Morgan (2016)

Themes:panic,  paranoia,  escape,  fear
Mood:suspense
Characters:chinese,  doctor
Story:female scientist,  female doctor,  bilingualism,  young version of character,  moral dilemma,  aerial shot,  evacuation,  hypodermic needle,  subtitled scene,  laptop,  injection,  knocked out,  f word,  scientist,  held at gunpoint,  camera,  computer,  cell phone,  pistol,  surprise ending,  independent film,  one word title,  flashback,  death

The Girl With All The Gifts (2016)
Drama, Horror, Thriller

The Girl With All The Gifts (2016)

In a dystopian near future, humanity has been ravaged by a mysterious fungal disease. The afflicted are robbed of all free will and turned into flesh-eating 'hungries'. Humankind's only hope is a small group of hybrid children who crave human flesh but retain the ability to think and feel. The children go to school at an army base in rural Britain, where they're subjected to cruel experiments by Dr. Caroline Caldwell (Glenn Close). School teacher Helen Justineau (Gemma Arterton) grows particularly close to an exceptional girl named Melanie (Sennia Nanua), thus forming a special bond. But when the base is invaded, the trio escape with the assistance of Sgt. Eddie Parks (Paddy Considine) and embark on a perilous journey of survival, during which Melanie must come to terms with who she is. (Read More)

Themes:escape,  panic,  hope,  paranoia,  military,  fear
Mood:suspense
Locations:hospital
Characters:girl,  soldier,  doctor
Story:disease,  race against time,  female scientist,  little girl,  female doctor,  hazmat suit,  army base,  moral dilemma,  aerial shot,  social commentary,  parking garage,  hypodermic needle,  threat,  injection,  knocked out,  tank,  creature,  no opening credits,  flashlight,  f word,  scientist,  held at gunpoint,  slow motion scene,  machine gun,  pistol,  surprise ending,  independent film,  death

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Battle Los Angeles (2011) is one of the best movies like Arrival (2016)
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. This is why Battle Los Angeles (2011) is one of the best movies like Arrival (2016). (Read More)

Themes:military,  escape
Locations:space
Characters:alien,  soldier
Period:2010s
Story:alien spacecraft,  race against time,  alien contact,  alien invasion,  little girl,  fighter jet,  extraterrestrial,  media coverage,  aerial shot,  evacuation,  u.s. army,  colonel,  captain,  ufo,  character says i love you,  general,  tank,  news report,  creature,  spaceship,  no opening credits,  nonlinear timeline,  map,  flashlight,  computer,  slow motion scene,  machine gun,  helicopter,  cell phone,  pistol,  explosion,  husband wife relationship,  death

The Dark Knight Rises (2012)
Action, Thriller

The Dark Knight Rises (2012)

Despite his tarnished reputation after the events of The Dark Knight, in which he took the rap for Dent's crimes, Batman feels compelled to intervene to assist the city and its police force which is struggling to cope with Bane's plans to destroy the city.

Themes:panic,  hope,  paranoia,  military,  escape
Mood:suspense
Locations:hospital
Characters:soldier,  doctor
Period:2010s
Story:time bomb,  cia agent,  race against time,  escalation,  physicist,  looting,  fighter jet,  no title at beginning,  timebomb,  media coverage,  satellite,  title at the end,  aerial shot,  evacuation,  u.s. army,  social commentary,  parking garage,  press conference,  time,  hypodermic needle,  captain,  riot,  cia,  laptop,  threat,  injection,  u.s. president,  knocked out,  tank,  protest,  news report,  no opening credits,  scientist,  hallucination,  bomb,  held at gunpoint,  computer,  machine gun,  helicopter,  pistol,  surprise ending,  explosion,  flashback,  death

Patriots Day (2016)
Crime, Drama, History, Thriller

Patriots Day (2016)

On April 15, 2013 Boston, Massachusetts, Police Sgt, Tommy Saunders is pulling security duty on the annual Boston Marathon when the Tsarnaev brothers strike with their homemade bombs in an act of terrorism. In the resulting chaos as the wounded are cared for, Saunders and his comrades join forces with the FBI to get to the bottom of this attack. As the investigation continues, the Tsarnaev brothers realize that the authorities are close to identifying them and attempt to flee the city to continue their fanatical mayhem. To stop them, a police manhunt is performed that would have bloody confrontations and a massive dragnet shutting down the City of Boston to make sure there is no escape from the law. (Read More)

Themes:panic,  paranoia,  escape,  fear
Mood:suspense
Locations:restaurant,  hospital
Characters:chinese,  soldier,  doctor
Period:2010s
Story:bilingualism,  college campus,  massachusetts,  no title at beginning,  media coverage,  title at the end,  aerial shot,  press conference,  pickup truck,  subtitled scene,  laptop,  news report,  no opening credits,  montage,  flashlight,  f word,  bomb,  held at gunpoint,  slow motion scene,  machine gun,  helicopter,  cell phone,  pistol,  surprise ending,  explosion,  husband wife relationship,  death

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X-men: Days Of Future Past (2014)
Action, Adventure, Sci-fi, Thriller

X-men: Days Of Future Past (2014)

In the future, the mutants and the humans that help them are slaughtered by powerful robots named Sentinels. Professor Xavier, Wolverine, Magneto, Storm, Kitty Pryde and her friends meet at a monastery in China and Xavier explains that the invincible Sentinels were created using the DNA of Mystique that was captured in 1973 when she tried to assassinate their creator Dr. Bolivar Trask. Xavier tells that their only chance is return to 1973 using Pryde's ability to join Charles Xavier and Erik Lehnsherr to convince Mystique to give up of her intention. . However, only Wolverine can withstand the damages of the time travel. Will he succeed in stopping Mystique and the Sentinel Program and save the mutants and their human friends from annihilation? (Read More)

Themes:hope,  military,  surrealism
Mood:suspense
Locations:china
Characters:professor,  soldier
Story:time paradox,  time,  race against time,  time travel,  army base,  young version of character,  media coverage,  teleportation,  social commentary,  colonel,  hypodermic needle,  captain,  strong female character,  subtitled scene,  general,  injection,  u.s. president,  news report,  no opening credits,  scientist,  supernatural power,  hallucination,  bomb,  held at gunpoint,  slow motion scene,  machine gun,  voice over narration,  pistol,  surprise ending,  explosion,  flashback,  death

Starman (1984) is one of the best movies like Arrival (2016)
Romance, Sci-fi

Starman (1984)

Jenny Hayden never did get over the death of her husband. So when an alien life form decides to model "himself" on the husband, Jenny is understandably confused if not terrified. The alien, or Starman, as he is called, has a deadline to meet, and kidnaps Jenny in order to meet it.

Themes:military,  escape,  fear,  surrealism
Mood:suspense
Locations:space
Characters:alien,  baby,  soldier
Story:alien spacecraft,  spacecraft,  race against time,  alien life form,  alien contact,  first contact,  bilingualism,  fighter jet,  message,  u.s. army,  social commentary,  pickup truck,  ufo,  general,  news report,  drawing,  map,  woman,  scientist,  supernatural power,  held at gunpoint,  machine gun,  helicopter,  pistol,  surprise ending,  explosion,  one word title,  death

Transformers: Revenge Of The Fallen (2009)
Action, Adventure, Sci-fi

Transformers: Revenge Of The Fallen (2009)

A youth chooses manhood. The week Sam Witwicky starts college, the Decepticons make trouble in Shanghai. A presidential envoy believes it's because the Autobots are around; he wants them gone. He's wrong: the Decepticons need access to Sam's mind to see some glyphs imprinted there that will lead them to a fragile object that, when inserted in an alien machine hidden in Egypt for centuries, will give them the power to blow out the sun. Sam, his girlfriend Mikaela Banes, and Sam's parents are in danger. Optimus Prime and Bumblebee are Sam's principal protectors. If one of them goes down, what becomes of Sam? This is why Transformers: Revenge Of The Fallen (2009) is one of the best movies like Arrival (2016). (Read More)

Themes:paranoia,  military,  fear
Characters:professor,  alien,  soldier
Story:college professor,  race against time,  alien race,  alien invasion,  aircraft carrier,  symbol,  college campus,  fighter jet,  media coverage,  satellite,  teleportation,  u.s. army,  subtitled scene,  character says i love you,  general,  laptop,  tank,  library,  news report,  no opening credits,  flashlight,  computer,  slow motion scene,  machine gun,  helicopter,  cell phone,  voice over narration,  pistol,  explosion,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  death,  flashback

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Southland Tales (2006)
Comedy, Mystery, Sci-fi, Thriller

Southland Tales (2006)

Southland Tales is an ensemble piece set in the futuristic landscape of Los Angeles on July 4, 2008, as it stands on the brink of social, economic and environmental disaster. Boxer Santaros is an action star who's stricken with amnesia. His life intertwines with Krysta Now, an adult film star developing her own reality television project, and Ronald Taverner, a Hermosa Beach police officer who holds the key to a vast conspiracy. (Read More)

Themes:panic,  paranoia,  memory,  military,  escape,  fear,  politics,  surrealism
Characters:soldier,  girl
Story:time paradox,  time travel,  escalation,  sphere,  looting,  aircraft carrier,  vomit,  media coverage,  satellite,  aerial shot,  evacuation,  u.s. army,  social commentary,  fate,  press conference,  hypodermic needle,  riot,  laptop,  disappearance,  injection,  knocked out,  tank,  protest,  flash forward,  news report,  no opening credits,  montage,  f word,  scientist,  held at gunpoint,  computer,  slow motion scene,  machine gun,  helicopter,  rain,  dream,  cell phone,  voice over narration,  pistol,  surprise ending,  explosion,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  independent film,  death,  flashback

Green Lantern (2011)
Action, Adventure, Sci-fi

Green Lantern (2011)

In a mysterious universe, the Green Lantern Corps, an elite defense force of peace and justice have existed for centuries. Reckless test pilot Hal Jordan acquires superhuman powers when he is chosen by the Ring, the willpower-fed source of power. Reluctantly at first, he takes on the challenge after the death of Abin Sur, the finest Green Lantern. Putting his self-doubts aside, and spurred on by his sense of duty and love for his beautiful, intellectually equal, colleague, Carol Ferris, he is soon called to defend mankind from Parallax, a powerful, evil being who feeds on fear. Hal Jordan is the universe's last chance, as many Green Lanterns have been killed and the Corps is weakened. And he might just be the right Green Lantern for the duty of keeping the world safe from harm. (Read More)

Themes:fear,  hope,  memory,  military,  escape,  surrealism
Locations:space
Characters:professor,  alien
Period:2010s
Story:alien race,  alien contact,  alien invasion,  begins with narration,  fighter jet,  satellite,  time,  spacecraft,  hypodermic needle,  ufo,  general,  injection,  u.s. president,  knocked out,  library,  flash forward,  news report,  creature,  spaceship,  no opening credits,  flashlight,  scientist,  supernatural power,  machine gun,  helicopter,  cell phone,  explosion,  father daughter relationship,  death,  flashback

Wonder Woman (2017) is one of the best movies like Arrival (2016)
Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Sci-fi, War

Wonder Woman (2017)

Diana, princess of the Amazons, trained to be an unconquerable warrior. Raised on a sheltered island paradise, when a pilot crashes on their shores and tells of a massive conflict raging in the outside world, Diana leaves her home, convinced she can stop the threat. Fighting alongside man in a war to end all wars, Diana will discover her full powers and her true destiny. (Read More)

Themes:panic,  hope,  paranoia,  military,  escape,  fear,  surrealism
Characters:soldier
Period:2010s
Story:race against time,  female scientist,  woman,  escalation,  army base,  bilingualism,  no title at beginning,  young version of character,  translator,  teleportation,  title at the end,  aerial shot,  strong female lead,  fate,  time,  captain,  subtitled scene,  general,  laptop,  threat,  knocked out,  tank,  flash forward,  no opening credits,  nonlinear timeline,  map,  montage,  single mother,  scientist,  supernatural power,  bomb,  held at gunpoint,  slow motion scene,  machine gun,  voice over narration,  pistol,  surprise ending,  explosion,  mother daughter relationship,  f rated,  flashback,  death

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World War Z (2013)
Action, Adventure, Horror, Sci-fi, Thriller

World War Z (2013)

Life for former United Nations investigator Gerry Lane and his family seems content. Suddenly, the world is plagued by a mysterious infection turning whole human populations into rampaging mindless zombies. After barely escaping the chaos, Lane is persuaded to go on a mission to investigate this disease. What follows is a perilous trek around the world where Lane must brave horrific dangers and long odds to find answers before human civilization falls. (Read More)

Themes:panic,  military,  escape
Characters:soldier,  doctor
Story:cia agent,  little girl,  looting,  army base,  aircraft carrier,  united nations,  evacuation,  colonel,  disease,  captain,  riot,  subtitled scene,  general,  injection,  tank,  news report,  creature,  montage,  woman,  scientist,  bomb,  machine gun,  helicopter,  rain,  cell phone,  voice over narration,  pistol,  surprise ending,  explosion,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  flashback,  death

Contagion (2011)
Drama, Thriller

Contagion (2011)

Soon after her return from a business trip to Hong Kong, Beth Emhoff dies from what is a flu or some other type of infection. Her young son dies later the same day. Her husband Mitch however seems immune. Thus begins the spread of a deadly infection. For doctors and administrators at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, several days pass before anyone realizes the extent or gravity of this new infection. They must first identify the type of virus in question and then find a means of combating it, a process that will likely take several months. As the contagion spreads to millions of people worldwide, societal order begins to break down as people panic. This is why Contagion (2011) is one of the best movies like Arrival (2016). (Read More)

Themes:panic,  paranoia,  military,  fear
Locations:restaurant,  hospital
Characters:australian,  soldier,  doctor
Period:2010s
Story:race against time,  hazmat suit,  looting,  no title at beginning,  media coverage,  parking garage,  press conference,  disease,  terminal illness,  riot,  subtitled scene,  injection,  protest,  news report,  no opening credits,  nonlinear timeline,  map,  scientist,  held at gunpoint,  camera,  helicopter,  cell phone,  pistol,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  one word title,  flashback,  death

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 (2015)
Action, Adventure, Sci-fi, Thriller

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 (2015)

After young Katniss Everdeen agrees to be the symbol of rebellion, the Mockingjay, she tries to return Peeta to his normal state, tries to get to the Capitol, and tries to deal with the battles coming her way...but all for her main goal: assassinating President Snow and returning peace to the Districts of Panem. As her squad starts to get smaller and smaller, will she make it to the Capitol? Will she get revenge on Snow or will her target change? Will she be with her "Star-Crossed Lover," Peeta, or her long-time friend, Gale? Deaths, bombs, bow and arrows, a love triangle, hope... What will happen? (Read More)

Themes:panic,  hope,  paranoia,  military,  escape,  fear,  politics
Mood:suspense
Locations:hospital
Characters:soldier,  girl,  doctor
Story:symbol,  time,  threat,  female doctor,  media coverage,  moral dilemma,  title at the end,  aerial shot,  evacuation,  social commentary,  strong female lead,  fate,  strong female character,  riot,  knocked out,  tank,  flash forward,  news report,  creature,  no opening credits,  map,  flashlight,  scientist,  bomb,  held at gunpoint,  slow motion scene,  machine gun,  pistol,  explosion,  mother daughter relationship,  f rated,  death

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Valerian And The City Of A Thousand Planets (2017) is one of the best movies like Arrival (2016)
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:memory,  military,  escape,  politics,  surrealism
Characters:chinese,  alien,  soldier
Story:alien creature,  race against time,  alien race,  zero gravity,  squid,  loss of daughter,  timebomb,  extraterrestrial,  moral dilemma,  aerial shot,  death of daughter,  evacuation,  social commentary,  spacecraft,  captain,  strong female character,  subtitled scene,  general,  knocked out,  flash forward,  creature,  spaceship,  map,  montage,  supernatural power,  bomb,  held at gunpoint,  slow motion scene,  machine gun,  dream,  pistol,  surprise ending,  explosion,  father daughter relationship,  independent film,  flashback,  death

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. (Read More)

Themes:panic,  military,  fear
Mood:suspense
Locations:space
Characters:alien,  soldier
Story:alien creature,  military officer,  alien life form,  alien contact,  language barrier,  no title at beginning,  extraterrestrial,  translator,  title at the end,  social commentary,  strong female lead,  colonel,  fate,  captain,  strong female character,  subtitled scene,  general,  creature,  spaceship,  no opening credits,  woman,  scientist,  supernatural power,  held at gunpoint,  slow motion scene,  machine gun,  helicopter,  voice over narration,  pistol,  surprise ending,  explosion,  one word title,  death

Battleship (2012)
Action, Adventure, Sci-fi, Thriller

Battleship (2012)

A naval war ship encounters an alien armada and faces the biggest threat mankind has ever faced. If they lose, the world could face a major extinction event and an alien invasion. Will humans win this alien war, what are the aliens doing here, and what do they want? Based on the Hasbro naval war game. (Read More)

Themes:military
Characters:alien,  soldier
Period:2010s
Story:race against time,  alien contact,  alien invasion,  communications,  looting,  aircraft carrier,  newscast,  fighter jet,  media coverage,  satellite,  spacecraft,  captain,  riot,  subtitled scene,  threat,  flash forward,  news report,  spaceship,  no opening credits,  flashlight,  scientist,  slow motion scene,  machine gun,  helicopter,  cell phone,  pistol,  explosion,  father daughter relationship,  one word title

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Midnight Special (2016)
Drama, Mystery, Sci-fi, Thriller

Midnight Special (2016)

Alton Meyer is a boy unlike any other in the world with bizarrely powerful abilities and strange weaknesses. In the middle of the night, his father, Roy, spirits him away from the isolated cult that practically worships him and is determined to regain him at all costs. At the same time, Alton's abilities have been noticed by the US government as well and they are equally insistent on getting to the bottom of this mystery with Paul Sevier of the National Security Agency leading the Federal pursuit with his own questions. These rival hunts force father and son into a desperate run towards a looming date with destiny that could change everything. This is why Midnight Special (2016) is one of the best movies like Arrival (2016). (Read More)

Themes:panic,  hope,  paranoia,  military,  escape,  fear,  surrealism
Mood:suspense
Characters:alien,  soldier
Period:2010s
Story:race against time,  u.s. soldier,  communications,  vomit,  media coverage,  satellite,  moral dilemma,  aerial shot,  u.s. army,  time,  pickup truck,  cia,  knocked out,  news report,  no opening credits,  map,  flashlight,  supernatural power,  held at gunpoint,  computer,  machine gun,  helicopter,  rain,  cell phone,  pistol,  surprise ending,  explosion,  mother daughter relationship,  death

X-men: Apocalypse (2016) is one of the best movies like Arrival (2016)
Action, Adventure, Sci-fi

X-men: Apocalypse (2016)

Since the dawn of civilization, he was worshiped as a god. Apocalypse, the first and most powerful mutant from Marvel's X-Men universe, amassed the powers of many other mutants, becoming immortal and invincible. Upon awakening after thousands of years, he is disillusioned with the world as he finds it and recruits a team of powerful mutants, including a disheartened Magneto, to cleanse mankind and create a new world order, over which he will reign. As the fate of the Earth hangs in the balance, Raven with the help of Professor X must lead a team of young X-Men to stop their greatest nemesis and save mankind from complete destruction. (Read More)

Themes:panic,  hope,  memory,  military,  escape,  fear,  surrealism
Mood:suspense
Characters:professor,  soldier
Story:cia agent,  fate,  race against time,  bilingualism,  young version of character,  loss of daughter,  teleportation,  aerial shot,  death of daughter,  evacuation,  vision,  strong female lead,  colonel,  time,  strong female character,  single parent,  subtitled scene,  cia,  knocked out,  flash forward,  news report,  no opening credits,  map,  single mother,  flashlight,  scientist,  supernatural power,  held at gunpoint,  slow motion scene,  machine gun,  helicopter,  pistol,  surprise ending,  explosion,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  death,  flashback

The Host (2013)
Action, Adventure, Romance, Sci-fi, Thriller

The Host (2013)

A race of non-corporeal, parasitic aliens who go from planet to planet looking for hosts have come to Earth and basically taken over the human race. It's believed that, once inside a body, all memories of the host human are gone. Some few free humans remain hidden from them, forming a resistance group. When an alien Seeker captures a girl named Melanie and puts a Wanderer in her body, she hopes to find out where the remaining humans are gathered, but Melanie, a strong fighter able to converse with the alien in her commandeered body, convinces the Wanderer to say nothing. Disappointed by the lack of progress (though suspecting an empathy for the human), the Seeker informs the Wanderer that she'll be removed and placed in a new host while she herself will enter Melanie. With human lives at risk, Melanie convinces Wanderer to run away and hide out with the humans, but finding them doesn't mean they'll allow an alien presence among them. Jared (Melanie's boyfriend) wants her dead, but Jeb (Melanie's uncle) wants to wait, and Ian, tasked with guarding her, finds himself siding with Jeb. As Ian begins to fall for Melanie, a strange love triangle develops, with Ian wanting Wanderer (inhabiting Melanie's body), Jared wanting Melanie (imprisoned inside her own body), and no one knowing any way to separate the two without killing both. (Read More)

Themes:hope,  paranoia,  memory,  escape,  fear,  surrealism
Locations:hospital
Characters:alien,  girl,  doctor
Story:alien creature,  race against time,  alien race,  alien invasion,  female doctor,  moral dilemma,  social commentary,  strong female lead,  hypodermic needle,  strong female character,  injection,  knocked out,  flash forward,  drawing,  no opening credits,  flashlight,  scientist,  held at gunpoint,  computer,  helicopter,  rain,  cell phone,  voice over narration,  pistol,  surprise ending,  f rated,  flashback,  death

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Allegiant (2016)
Action, Adventure, Mystery, Sci-fi, Thriller

Allegiant (2016)

After the earth-shattering revelations of INSURGENT, Tris must escape with Four and go beyond the wall enclosing Chicago. For the first time ever, they will leave the only city and family they have ever known. Once outside, old discoveries are quickly rendered meaningless with the revelation of shocking new truths. Tris and Four must quickly decide who they can trust as a ruthless battle ignites beyond the walls of Chicago which threatens all of humanity. In order to survive, Tris will be forced to make impossible choices about courage, allegiance, sacrifice and love. (Read More)

Themes:panic,  hope,  paranoia,  memory,  military,  escape,  fear,  politics,  surrealism
Mood:suspense
Characters:soldier
Story:race against time,  shuttle craft,  decontamination,  escalation,  sphere,  moral dilemma,  aerial shot,  social commentary,  strong female lead,  time,  strong female character,  character says i love you,  injection,  knocked out,  tent,  no opening credits,  scientist,  hallucination,  bomb,  held at gunpoint,  slow motion scene,  machine gun,  rain,  pistol,  surprise ending,  explosion,  one word title,  death

Eye In The Sky (2015)
Drama, Thriller, War

Eye In The Sky (2015)

Colonel Katherine Powell is a UK-based military officer in command of a top secret drone operation to capture terrorists in Kenya. Through remote surveillance and on-the-ground intel, Powell discovers the targets are planning a suicide bombing and the mission escalates from "capture" to "kill." But as American pilot Steve Watts (Aaron Paul) is about to engage, a nine-year old girl enters the kill zone triggering an international dispute, reaching the highest levels of US and British government, over the moral, political, and personal implications of modern warfare. (Read More)

Themes:military,  hope,  escape,  politics
Mood:suspense
Locations:china,  hospital
Characters:girl,  soldier
Period:2010s
Story:military officer,  colonel,  race against time,  little girl,  escalation,  loss of daughter,  moral dilemma,  aerial shot,  death of daughter,  subtitled scene,  general,  laptop,  news report,  no opening credits,  map,  woman,  f word,  machine gun,  cell phone,  surprise ending,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  independent film,  f rated

Self/less (2015) is one of the best movies like Arrival (2016)
Action, Mystery, Sci-fi, Thriller

Self/less (2015)

An extremely wealthy man, dying from cancer, undergoes a radical medical procedure that transfers his consciousness into the body of a healthy young man. But all is not as it seems when he starts to uncover the mystery of the body's origin and the organization that will kill to protect its cause. This is why Self/less (2015) is one of the best movies like Arrival (2016). (Read More)

Themes:cancer,  paranoia,  escape,  fear,  surrealism
Locations:restaurant
Characters:professor,  doctor
Period:2010s
Story:little girl,  no title at beginning,  moral dilemma,  title at the end,  aerial shot,  social commentary,  terminal illness,  single parent,  laptop,  knocked out,  no opening credits,  single mother,  flashlight,  scientist,  hallucination,  held at gunpoint,  slow motion scene,  cell phone,  pistol,  surprise ending,  explosion,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  independent film,  flashback,  death

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Colossal (2016)
Action, Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Sci-fi

Colossal (2016)

Gloria (Anne Hathaway) is an out-of-work girl who, after getting kicked out of her apartment by her boyfriend, is forced to leave her life in New York and move back to her hometown. When news reports surface that a giant creature is destroying Seoul, South Korea, Gloria gradually comes to the realization that she is somehow connected to this far-off phenomenon. As events begin to spin out of control, Gloria must determine why her seemingly insignificant existence has such a colossal effect on the fate of the world. (Read More)

Themes:panic,  paranoia,  escape,  fear,  surrealism
Characters:soldier,  girl
Period:2010s
Story:race against time,  young version of character,  media coverage,  moral dilemma,  aerial shot,  evacuation,  fate,  pickup truck,  subtitled scene,  laptop,  knocked out,  flash forward,  news report,  creature,  no opening credits,  map,  montage,  woman,  f word,  supernatural power,  slow motion scene,  helicopter,  cell phone,  surprise ending,  explosion,  independent film,  one word title,  death,  flashback

Tomorrowland (2015)
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:hope,  memory,  escape,  fear,  surrealism
Locations:space,  restaurant
Characters:girl,  doctor
Period:2010s
Story:race against time,  time travel,  seeing the future,  bilingualism,  timebomb,  translator,  teleportation,  title at the end,  aerial shot,  social commentary,  strong female lead,  fate,  time,  strong female character,  pickup truck,  single parent,  knocked out,  news report,  spaceship,  no opening credits,  nonlinear timeline,  map,  montage,  flashlight,  scientist,  bomb,  camera,  slow motion scene,  cell phone,  surprise ending,  explosion,  father daughter relationship,  one word title,  flashback,  death

Paranoia (2013)
Drama, Thriller

Paranoia (2013)

The high stakes thriller Paranoia takes us deep behind the scenes of global success to a deadly world of greed and deception. The two most powerful tech billionaires in the world ('Harrison Ford (I)' (qv) and 'Gary Oldman (I)' (qv)) are bitter rivals with a complicated past who will stop at nothing to destroy each other. A young superstar ('Liam Hemsworth' (qv)), seduced by unlimited wealth and power falls between them, and becomes trapped in the middle of the twists and turns of their life-and-death game of corporate espionage. By the time he realizes his life is in danger, he is in far too deep and knows far too much for them to let him walk away. (Read More)

Themes:panic,  paranoia,  escape,  fear
Mood:suspense
Locations:restaurant,  hospital
Characters:doctor
Period:2010s
Story:race against time,  escalation,  moral dilemma,  aerial shot,  parking garage,  time,  terminal illness,  single parent,  laptop,  news report,  nonlinear timeline,  montage,  flashlight,  held at gunpoint,  slow motion scene,  helicopter,  rain,  cell phone,  voice over narration,  pistol,  surprise ending,  independent film,  one word title,  death,  flashback

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X: First Class (2011) is one of the best movies like Arrival (2016)
Action, Adventure, Sci-fi

X: First Class (2011)

Before Charles Xavier and Erik Lensherr took the names Professor X and Magneto, they were two young men discovering their powers for the first time. Before they were archenemies, they were closest of friends, working together, with other Mutants (some familiar, some new), to stop the greatest threat the world has ever known. In the process, a rift between them opened, which began the eternal war between Magneto's Brotherhood and Professor X's X-MEN. (Read More)

Themes:military,  surrealism
Locations:russia
Characters:professor,  soldier
Story:cia agent,  military officer,  army base,  newscast,  no title at beginning,  satellite,  teleportation,  u.s. army,  parking garage,  time,  hypodermic needle,  strong female character,  subtitled scene,  cia,  general,  threat,  injection,  u.s. president,  no opening credits,  map,  montage,  scientist,  supernatural power,  hallucination,  held at gunpoint,  machine gun,  pistol,  surprise ending,  explosion,  f rated,  death,  flashback

10 Cloverfield Lane (2016)
Drama, Horror, Mystery, Sci-fi, Thriller

10 Cloverfield Lane (2016)

After a car accident, Michelle awakens to find herself in a mysterious bunker with two men named Howard and Emmett. Howard offers her a pair of crutches to help her remain mobile with her leg injury sustained from the car crash and tells her to "get good on those" before leaving the bunker. She has been given the information that there has been an alien attack and the outside world is poisoned. However, Howard and Emmett's intentions soon become questionable and Michelle is faced with a question: Is it better in here or out there? This is why 10 Cloverfield Lane (2016) is one of the best movies like Arrival (2016). (Read More)

Themes:panic,  paranoia,  escape,  fear
Mood:suspense
Characters:alien
Period:2010s
Story:alien contact,  alien abduction,  alien invasion,  hazmat suit,  contamination,  tentacle,  moral dilemma,  aerial shot,  social commentary,  strong female lead,  spacecraft,  strong female character,  pickup truck,  ufo,  threat,  news report,  creature,  spaceship,  drawing,  no opening credits,  map,  montage,  woman,  flashlight,  slow motion scene,  cell phone,  pistol,  surprise ending,  explosion,  death,  flashback

Dreamcatcher (2003)
Drama, Horror, Sci-fi, Thriller

Dreamcatcher (2003)

Four childhood friends, Jonesy, Beaver, Pete and Henry all share a special secret. Each year, they take a trip into Maine woods. This year is different. A blizzard occurs, and they recover a man found wandering around. Unbeknownst to them,this wandering individual isn't the only being to be found. Now they must act fast to stop the outbreak developing and to prevent the world from its doom (Read More)

Themes:military,  memory,  surrealism
Characters:alien,  professor,  soldier
Story:alien creature,  alien contact,  alien invasion,  precognition,  hazmat suit,  contamination,  symbol,  massachusetts,  extraterrestrial,  evacuation,  u.s. army,  colonel,  fate,  spacecraft,  disease,  captain,  general,  threat,  disappearance,  library,  flash forward,  creature,  spaceship,  drawing,  nonlinear timeline,  supernatural power,  hallucination,  held at gunpoint,  computer,  slow motion scene,  machine gun,  helicopter,  pistol,  surprise ending,  explosion,  one word title,  death,  flashback

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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:panic,  hope,  paranoia,  escape,  fear
Locations:space
Characters:alien,  doctor
Story:alien creature,  race against time,  alien language,  alien race,  alien abduction,  communications,  zero gravity,  no title at beginning,  translator,  satellite,  teleportation,  title at the end,  aerial shot,  evacuation,  spacecraft,  captain,  strong female character,  subtitled scene,  knocked out,  creature,  spaceship,  no opening credits,  montage,  held at gunpoint,  slow motion scene,  voice over narration,  explosion,  death

Independence Day (1996) is one of the best movies like Arrival (2016)
Action, Adventure, Sci-fi

Independence Day (1996)

On July 2nd, communications systems worldwide are sent into chaos by a strange atmospheric interference. It is soon learned by the military that a number of enormous objects are on a collision course with Earth. At first thought to be meteors, they are later revealed to be gigantic spacecraft, piloted by a mysterious alien species. After attempts to communicate with the aliens go nowhere, David Levinson, an ex-scientist turned cable technician, discovers that the aliens are going to attack major points around the globe in less than a day. On July 3rd, the aliens all but obliterate New York, Los Angeles and Washington, as well as Paris, London, Houston and Moscow. The survivors set out in convoys towards Area 51, a strange government testing ground where it is rumored the military has a captured alien spacecraft of their own. The survivors devise a plan to fight back against the enslaving aliens, and July 4th becomes the day humanity will fight for its freedom. July 4th is their Independence Day... (Read More)

Themes:military,  hope
Locations:hospital
Characters:alien,  soldier
Story:alien spacecraft,  spacecraft,  race against time,  alien contact,  scientist,  alien invasion,  communications,  fighter jet,  timebomb,  extraterrestrial,  media coverage,  satellite,  u.s. army,  fate,  subtitled scene,  ufo,  general,  u.s. president,  news report,  creature,  spaceship,  no opening credits,  woman,  computer,  machine gun,  helicopter,  pistol,  surprise ending,  explosion,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  death

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. (Read More)

Themes:panic,  hope,  paranoia,  military,  escape,  fear
Mood:suspense
Characters:baby,  soldier
Story:colonel,  race against time,  little girl,  army base,  moral dilemma,  aerial shot,  u.s. army,  social commentary,  fate,  subtitled scene,  knocked out,  tank,  no opening credits,  map,  montage,  flashlight,  hallucination,  held at gunpoint,  slow motion scene,  machine gun,  helicopter,  rain,  dream,  pistol,  surprise ending,  explosion,  husband wife relationship,  flashback,  death

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