Include Small Films    

Showing best popular movies like Bolt:

Want more independent & international films similar to Bolt?
<< FIND THEM HERE! >>
Bolt (2008)
Adventure, Animation, Comedy, Drama, Family

Bolt (2008)

Bolt, an American white shepherd, has lived his whole life on the set of his action TV show, where he believes he has superpowers. When separated from the studio by accident, he meets a female alley cat named Mittens and a hamster named Rhino. He's trying to find the way home, to the studio. Along the way, he learns that he doesn't have superpowers and that the show is not real. (Read More)

Themes:courage,  escape,  friendship
Locations:jungle,  desert
Characters:bully,  actress
Story:hollywood sign,  journey shown on map,  helicopter crash,  exploding helicopter,  white dog,  dog pound,  animal escapes pound,  artificial reality,  animal control worker,  movie agent,  simulated reality,  styrofoam,  bark,  pet owner relationship,  god complex,  fanboy,  animal protagonist,  animal shelter,  pet shop,  stick,  dog movie,  superpower,  stun gun,  missouri,  hamster,  golden gate bridge,  look alike,  disillusionment,  illinois,  teamwork,  movie studio,  trailer park,  exploding truck,  trailer home,  brooklyn bridge,  billboard,  german shepherd,  ohio,  timebomb,  gatling gun,  wilhelm scream,  disney,  pigeon,  cgi animation,  barbecue,  movie set,  hunger,  guard,  anthropomorphism,  movie director,  torch,  laser,  fish out of water,  camp,  computer animation,  talking animal,  slow motion,  missile,  las vegas nevada,  sadness,  film within a film,  electrocution,  hollywood,  training,  pain,  van,  no opening credits,  bird,  map,  montage,  new york,  road trip,  television,  cat,  rescue,  helicopter,  train,  fire,  chase,  new york city,  title spoken by character,  character name in title,  one word title,  dog

The Guardian (2006)
Action, Adventure, Drama

The Guardian (2006)

Ben Randall is a Coast Guard rescue swimmer. When his crew is killed in an accident and his marriage ends, his commander tells him he wants Randall to go to the US Coast Guard Rescue Swimmer "A" School to train other rescue swimmers. He encounters a guy named Jake who's a little cocky because he was once a swim champion. So Ben puts him through the wringer to see if he can handle it. (Read More)

Characters:bully
Story:helicopter crash,  exploding helicopter,  teamwork,  guard,  training,  no opening credits,  montage,  rescue,  helicopter,  train,  fire,  title spoken by character,  dog

Big Hero 6 (2014)
Action, Adventure, Animation, Comedy, Drama, Family, Sci-fi

Big Hero 6 (2014)

When a devastating event befalls the city of San Fransokyo and catapults Hiro into the midst of danger, he turns to Baymax and his close friends adrenaline junkie Go Go Tomago, neatnik Wasabi, chemistry whiz Honey Lemon and fanboy Fred. Determined to uncover the mystery, Hiro transforms his friends into a band of high-tech heroes called "Big Hero 6." (Read More)

Themes:escape,  friendship
Story:fanboy,  golden gate bridge,  disney,  cgi animation,  laser,  training,  no opening credits,  montage,  cat,  rescue,  fire,  chase

Megamind (2010)
Action, Animation, Comedy, Family, Sci-fi

Megamind (2010)

After super-villain Megamind (Ferrell) kills his good-guy nemesis, Metro Man (Pitt), he becomes bored since there is no one left to fight. He creates a new foe, Tighten (Hill), who, instead of using his powers for good, sets out to destroy the world, positioning Megamind to save the day for the first time in his life. (Read More)

Story:exploding truck,  timebomb,  gatling gun,  cgi animation,  laser,  fish out of water,  talking animal,  training,  no opening credits,  montage,  fire,  title spoken by character,  character name in title,  one word title

Toy Story 2 (1999) is one of the best movies like Bolt (2008)
Adventure, Animation, Comedy, Family, Fantasy

Toy Story 2 (1999)

While Andy is away at summer camp Woody has been toynapped by Al McWiggin, a greedy collector and proprietor of "Al's Toy Barn"! In this all-out rescue mission, Buzz and his friends Mr. Potato Head, Slinky Dog, Rex and Hamm springs into action to rescue Woody from winding up as a museum piece. They must find a way to save him before he gets sold in Japan forever and they'll never see him again! (Read More)

Themes:escape,  friendship
Story:ohio,  cgi animation,  anthropomorphism,  laser,  camp,  computer animation,  no opening credits,  rescue,  chase,  dog

Three Kings (1999)
Action, Adventure, Comedy, Drama, War

Three Kings (1999)

A small group of adventurous American soldiers in Iraq at the end of the Gulf War are determined to steal a huge cache of gold reputed to be hidden somewhere near their desert base. Finding a map they believe will take them to the gold, they embark on a journey that leads to unexpected discoveries, enabling them to rise to a heroic challenge that drastically changes their lives. (Read More)

Themes:friendship
Locations:desert
Story:helicopter crash,  exploding helicopter,  gatling gun,  hollywood,  pain,  no opening credits,  map,  rescue,  helicopter

Rise Of The Planet Of Apes (2011)
Action, Drama, Sci-fi, Thriller

Rise Of The Planet Of Apes (2011)

At the story's heart is Caesar ('Andy Serkis' (qv)), a chimpanzee who gains human-like intelligence and emotions from an experimental drug. Raised like a child by the drug's creator, Will Rodman ('James Franco' (qv)) and a primatologist Caroline Aranha ('Freida Pinto' (qv)), Caesar ultimately finds himself taken from the humans he loves and imprisoned in an ape sanctuary in San Bruno. Seeking justice for his fellow inmates, Caesar gives the fellow apes the same drug that he inherited. He then assembles a simian army and escapes the sanctuary - putting man and ape on a collision course that could change the planet forever. (Read More)

Themes:escape
Locations:jungle
Story:journey shown on map,  helicopter crash,  exploding helicopter,  animal shelter,  golden gate bridge,  german shepherd,  wilhelm scream,  talking animal,  electrocution,  no opening credits,  helicopter,  fire,  chase,  character name in title,  dog

Jurassic World (2015)
Action, Adventure, Sci-fi

Jurassic World (2015)

22 years after the original Jurassic Park failed, the new park (also known as Jurassic World) is open for business. After years of studying genetics the scientists on the park genetically engineer a new breed of dinosaur. When everything goes horribly wrong, will our heroes make it off the island?

Themes:courage,  escape
Locations:jungle
Story:helicopter crash,  exploding helicopter,  trailer home,  gatling gun,  electrocution,  training,  no opening credits,  map,  rescue,  helicopter,  fire,  chase,  title spoken by character

Cars 2 (2011) is one of the best movies like Bolt (2008)
Adventure, Animation, Comedy, Family, Sport

Cars 2 (2011)

The famous race car Lightning McQueen and his team are invited to compete in the World Grand Prix race. There, McQueen's best friend Mater, finds himself involved in international espionage, and alongside two professional British spies, attempts to uncover a secret plan led by a mysterious mastermind and his criminal gang, which threatens the lives of all competitors in the tournament. (Read More)

Themes:friendship
Story:timebomb,  gatling gun,  wilhelm scream,  cgi animation,  fish out of water,  missile,  no opening credits,  bird,  television,  cat,  dog

X-men: Apocalypse (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:courage,  escape
Locations:desert
Characters:bully
Story:god complex,  stun gun,  brooklyn bridge,  ohio,  torch,  laser,  fish out of water,  missile,  electrocution,  no opening credits,  map,  television,  rescue,  helicopter,  fire,  chase,  new york city,  character name in title,  dog

San Andreas (2015)
Action, Adventure, Drama, Thriller

San Andreas (2015)

In San Andreas, California is experiencing a statewide earthquake that goes on record as easily the biggest earthquake in history. Dwayne Johnson plays Ray Gaines, a helicopter rescue pilot for the Los Angeles Fire Department, who is trying to find his daughter, Blake (Alexandra Daddario), who is in San Francisco amidst the chaos. Ray's estranged wife, Emma, is forced to turn to Ray for help, as he is her last resort. Together they journey to save their daughter. (Read More)

Themes:courage,  escape
Story:hollywood sign,  helicopter crash,  golden gate bridge,  electrocution,  no opening credits,  map,  rescue,  helicopter,  fire,  title spoken by character

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:escape,  friendship
Locations:jungle,  desert
Story:helicopter crash,  exploding helicopter,  gatling gun,  torch,  laser,  talking animal,  missile,  no opening credits,  map,  montage,  rescue,  helicopter,  fire,  chase

The Fate Of The Furious (2017) is one of the best movies like Bolt (2008)
Action, Adventure, Crime, Thriller

The Fate Of The Furious (2017)

Now that Dom and Letty are on their honeymoon and Brian and Mia have retired from the game-and the rest of the crew has been exonerated-the globetrotting team has found a semblance of a normal life. But when a mysterious woman seduces Dom into the world of crime he can't seem to escape and a betrayal of those closest to him, they will face trials that will test them as never before. From the shores of Cuba and the streets of New York City to the icy plains off the arctic Barents Sea, the elite force will crisscross the globe to stop an anarchist from unleashing chaos on the world's stage... and to bring home the man who made them a family. (Read More)

Themes:escape,  friendship
Story:helicopter crash,  exploding helicopter,  teamwork,  exploding truck,  brooklyn bridge,  gatling gun,  barbecue,  missile,  electrocution,  van,  map,  rescue,  helicopter,  fire,  chase,  new york city

Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey (1993)
Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Family

Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey (1993)

Three pets (Chance, a young dog unfamiliar with the world; Shadow, an aging, wise dog; and Sassy, a snobby cat) are left behind when their family goes on vacation. Unsure of what happened, the animals set out on a quest to find their family. This journey across America is very dangerous and the animals risk never seeing their masters again. The group of pets travel across forested mountains and areas of wide-open countryside, while their family searches for them in the same areas. (Read More)

Themes:escape,  friendship
Story:animal escapes pound,  pet owner relationship,  animal shelter,  dog movie,  talking animal,  cat,  rescue,  dog

The Interview (2014)
Comedy

The Interview (2014)

In the action-comedy The Interview, Dave Skylark (James Franco) and his producer Aaron Rapoport (Seth Rogen) run the popular celebrity tabloid TV show "Skylark Tonight." When they discover that North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un is a fan of the show, they land an interview with him in an attempt to legitimize themselves as journalists. As Dave and Aaron prepare to travel to Pyongyang, their plans change when the CIA recruits them, perhaps the two least-qualified men imaginable, to assassinate Kim Jong-un. (Read More)

Themes:friendship
Story:helicopter crash,  exploding helicopter,  brooklyn bridge,  gatling gun,  missile,  training,  no opening credits,  map,  montage,  rescue,  helicopter,  train,  chase,  new york city,  title spoken by character,  dog

Lady And The Tramp (1955)
Adventure, Animation, Comedy, Drama, Family, Romance

Lady And The Tramp (1955)

Lady, a golden cocker spaniel, meets up with a mongrel dog who calls himself the Tramp. He is obviously from the wrong side of town, but happenings at Lady's home make her decide to travel with him for a while. This turns out to be a bad move, as no dog is above the law.

Themes:friendship
Story:dog pound,  animal escapes pound,  animal protagonist,  dog movie,  disney,  cat,  rescue,  train,  title spoken by character,  character name in title,  dog

Astro Boy (2009) is one of the best movies like Bolt (2008)
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:courage,  escape
Story:stun gun,  wilhelm scream,  cgi animation,  laser,  computer animation,  missile,  electrocution,  no opening credits,  montage,  rescue,  chase,  title spoken by character,  character name in title

Robin Hood (1973)
Adventure, Animation, Comedy, Family, Romance

Robin Hood (1973)

An imaginative Disney version of the Robin Hood legend. Fun and romance abound as the swashbuckling hero of Sherwood Forest and his valiant sidekick plot one daring adventure after another to outwit the greedy prince and his partner as they put the tax squeeze on the poor.

Themes:friendship
Story:animal protagonist,  disney,  anthropomorphism,  guard,  talking animal,  cat,  fire,  chase,  title spoken by character,  character name in title,  dog

Big Fat Liar (2002)
Adventure, Comedy, Family

Big Fat Liar (2002)

A take on the classic tale 'The Boy Who Cried Wolf', this is the story of a 14-year-old boy named Jason Shephard who lies for the fun of it. He loses an important story assignment entitled 'Big Fat Liar' in movie producer Marty Wolf's limo, which Wolf then turns into a film. When Jason sees a movie preview of his story, he and his best friend Kaylee go to Los Angeles to make Wolf confess to using his story, to clear his name, and to get him out of having to attend summer school. The teen liar then has to match wits with Wolf, who also turns out to be a big liar. (Read More)

Locations:desert
Characters:actress
Story:hollywood sign,  movie studio,  movie set,  guard,  hollywood,  bird,  television,  helicopter,  fire,  title spoken by character

Paul (2011)
Adventure, Comedy, Sci-fi

Paul (2011)

Two sci-fi geeks take a pilgrimage to America's UFO heartland. While there, they accidentally meet an alien who brings them on an insane road trip that alters their universe forever. For the past 60 years, an alien named Paul (voiced by 'Seth Rogen' (qv)) has been hanging out at a top-secret military base. When he discovers he's been taken prisoner, the space-traveling smart ass decides to escape the compound and hop on the first vehicle out of town - a rented RV containing Earthlings Graeme Willy ('Simon Pegg' (qv)) and Clive Gollings ('Nick Frost (I)' (qv)). Chased by federal agents and the fanatical father of a young woman that they accidentally kidnap, Graeme and Clive hatch a fumbling escape plan to return Paul to his mother ship. And as two nerds struggle to help, one little green man might just take his fellow outcasts from misfits to intergalactic heroes. (Read More)

Themes:escape,  friendship
Locations:desert
Story:trailer park,  wilhelm scream,  barbecue,  fish out of water,  no opening credits,  map,  montage,  road trip,  helicopter,  chase,  title spoken by character,  character name in title,  one word title,  dog

Over The Hedge (2006) is one of the best movies like Bolt (2008)
Adventure, Animation, Comedy, Family

Over The Hedge (2006)

RJ, a raccoon who needs food, accidentally takes food from a hungry bear named Vincent and he wants his food to be found in exactly the same place in a week. He finally finds that an animal family, with a tortoise named Verne as their leader, could help him restore the food from the suburbia, the gateway to the good life. But little does RJ know, there is a woman who has recently hired an exterminator to try to hunt them down. (Read More)

Story:animal protagonist,  wilhelm scream,  cgi animation,  barbecue,  laser,  computer animation,  talking animal,  cat,  title spoken by character,  dog

102 Dalmatians (2000)
Adventure, Comedy, Family

102 Dalmatians (2000)

After a spot of therapy Cruella De Vil is released from prison a changed woman. Devoted to dogs and good causes, she is delighted that Chloe, her parole officer, has a dalmatian family and connections with a dog charity. But the sound of Big Ben can reverse the treatment so it is only a matter of time before Ms De Vil is back to her incredibly ghastly ways, using her new-found connections with Chloe and friends. (Read More)

Themes:escape
Story:animal shelter,  dog movie,  talking animal,  film within a film,  bird,  cat,  rescue,  train,  chase,  dog

Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa (2008)
Action, Adventure, Animation, Comedy, Family

Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa (2008)

The sequel to 2005's "Madagascar", in which New York Zoo animals, Alex the Lion, Marty the Zebra, Melman the Giraffe and Gloria the Hippo, still stranded on Madagascar, start to leave the island. All of a sudden, they land in the wilderness of Africa, where Alex meets the rest of his family, but has trouble communicating with them after spending so much time at the Central Park Zoo. (Read More)

Themes:escape,  friendship
Locations:jungle
Story:teamwork,  cgi animation,  hunger,  computer animation,  talking animal,  new york city,  title spoken by character

Ant-man (2015)
Action, Adventure, Comedy, Sci-fi

Ant-man (2015)

Armed with the astonishing ability to shrink in scale but increase in strength, con-man Scott Lang must embrace his inner-hero and help his mentor, Dr. Hank Pym, protect the secret behind his spectacular Ant-Man suit from a new generation of towering threats. Against seemingly insurmountable obstacles, Pym and Lang must plan and pull off a heist that will save the world. (Read More)

Themes:escape,  friendship
Story:golden gate bridge,  timebomb,  barbecue,  laser,  electrocution,  training,  van,  no opening credits,  map,  montage,  rescue,  helicopter,  chase,  title spoken by character,  character name in title,  one word title,  dog

Aladdin (1992) is one of the best movies like Bolt (2008)
Adventure, Animation, Comedy, Family, Fantasy, Musical, Romance

Aladdin (1992)

Aladdin is a poor street urchin who spends his time stealing food from the marketplace in the city of Agrabah. His adventures begin when he meets a young girl who happens to be Princess Jasmine, who is forced to be married by her wacky yet estranged father. Aladdin's luck suddenly changes when he retrieves a magical lamp from the Cave of Wonders. What he unwittingly gets is a fun-loving genie who only wishes to have his freedom. Little do they know is that the Sultan's sinister advisor Jafar has his own plans for both Aladdin and the lamp. (Read More)

Themes:escape
Locations:desert
Story:wilhelm scream,  disney,  anthropomorphism,  guard,  talking animal,  bird,  rescue,  fire,  chase,  title spoken by character,  character name in title,  one word title,  dog

Pan (2015)
Adventure, Family, Fantasy

Pan (2015)

Themes:courage,  escape,  friendship
Story:guard,  torch,  fish out of water,  training,  no opening credits,  map,  rescue,  fire,  chase,  title spoken by character,  character name in title,  one word title

Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009)
Adventure, Animation, Comedy, Crime, Family

Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009)

It is the story of one Mr. Fox and his wild-ways of hen heckling, turkey taking and cider sipping, nocturnal, instinctive adventures. He has to put his wild days behind him and do what fathers do best: be responsible. He is too rebellious. He is too wild. He is going to try "just one more raid" on the three nastiest, meanest farmers that are Boggis, Bunce and Bean. It is a tale of crossing the line of family responsibilities and midnight adventure and the friendships and awakenings of this country life that is inhabited by Fantastic Mr. Fox and his friends. (Read More)

Story:animal protagonist,  trailer home,  anthropomorphism,  talking animal,  map,  rescue,  helicopter,  train,  fire,  title spoken by character,  character name in title

Zootopia (2016)
Adventure, Animation, Comedy, Crime, Family, Mystery

Zootopia (2016)

From the largest elephant to the smallest shrew, the city of Zootopia is a mammal metropolis where various animals live and thrive. When Judy Hopps becomes the first rabbit to join the police force, she quickly learns how tough it is to enforce the law. Determined to prove herself, Judy jumps at the opportunity to solve a mysterious case. Unfortunately, that means working with Nick Wilde, a wily fox who makes her job even harder. (Read More)

Characters:bully
Story:animal protagonist,  disillusionment,  disney,  cgi animation,  anthropomorphism,  guard,  no opening credits,  train,  chase,  one word title

Ghostbusters (2016) is one of the best movies like Bolt (2008)
Action, Comedy, Fantasy, Sci-fi

Ghostbusters (2016)

Themes:escape,  friendship
Story:teamwork,  timebomb,  laser,  electrocution,  van,  no opening credits,  map,  montage,  new york,  rescue,  fire,  chase,  new york city,  title spoken by character,  one word title

Nim's Island (2008)
Adventure, Comedy, Family, Fantasy

Nim's Island (2008)

Nim Rusoe is a girl who joins her father, a scientist, when he does research on marine life on an island. It's just the two of them but she spends her time making friends with all the animals she encounters, chatting on the computer and reading the adventure books of Alex Rover. When her father goes to do some research but when a storm strikes the island he doesn't come back, she gets worried and frightened. She then e-mails Alex Rover hoping that he will come but what she doesn't know is that Alex Rover is a woman who is agoraphobic and germaphobic. But her creation comes to life and eggs her to go. Unfortunately she has never gone anywhere before and is denied her necessities like her sanitary gel by the customs officer at the airport. In the meantime, Nim tries to be strong while waiting for Alex to arrive. (Read More)

Themes:courage,  escape
Locations:jungle,  desert
Story:golden gate bridge,  barbecue,  torch,  fish out of water,  electrocution,  map,  montage,  rescue,  helicopter,  fire,  chase,  character name in title

Rango (2011)
Adventure, Animation, Comedy, Family, Western

Rango (2011)

Rango is a pet chameleon always on the lookout for action and adventure, except the fake kind, where he directs it and acts in it. After a car accident, he winds up in an old western town called Dirt. What this town needs the most is water, but they also need a hero and a sheriff. The thirsty Rango instantly takes on the role of both and selfishly agrees to take on the case of their missing water. (Read More)

Locations:desert
Story:disillusionment,  gatling gun,  cgi animation,  anthropomorphism,  torch,  las vegas nevada,  chase,  character name in title,  one word title

The Aristocats (1970)
Adventure, Animation, Comedy, Family, Music

The Aristocats (1970)

Retired madame Adelaide Bonfamille enjoys the good life in her Paris villa with even classier cat Duchess and three kittens: pianist Berlioz, painter Toulouse and sanctimonious Marie. When loyal butler Edgar overhears her will leaves everything to the cats until their death, he drugs and kidnaps them. However retired army dogs make his sidecar capsize on the country. Crafty stray cat Thomas O'Malley takes them under his wing back to Paris. Edgar tries to cover his tracks and catch them at return, but more animals turn on him, from the cart horse Frou-Frou to the tame mouse Roquefort and O'Malley's jazz friends. (Read More)

Story:animal protagonist,  disney,  anthropomorphism,  talking animal,  bird,  cat,  rescue,  train,  title spoken by character,  dog

Broken Arrow (1996) is one of the best movies like Bolt (2008)
Action, Adventure, Crime, Thriller

Broken Arrow (1996)

"Broken Arrow" is the term used to describe a nuclear device that has been lost. In this movie, two nuclear missiles are stolen by rogue US pilot Deakins, but hot on his trail is his co-pilot Hale and a Park Ranger, Terry. The action takes place in Utah's canyon country; a high stakes game of cat and mouse. (Read More)

Locations:desert
Story:helicopter crash,  exploding helicopter,  timebomb,  gatling gun,  map,  cat,  helicopter,  train,  fire,  chase,  title spoken by character

Edge Of Tomorrow (2014)
Action, Adventure, Sci-fi

Edge Of Tomorrow (2014)

An alien race has hit the Earth in an unrelenting assault, unbeatable by any military unit in the world. Major William Cage (Cruise) is an officer who has never seen a day of combat when he is unceremoniously dropped into what amounts to a suicide mission. Killed within minutes, Cage now finds himself inexplicably thrown into a time loop-forcing him to live out the same brutal combat over and over, fighting and dying again...and again. But with each battle, Cage becomes able to engage the adversaries with increasing skill, alongside Special Forces warrior Rita Vrataski (Blunt). And, as Cage and Vrataski take the fight to the aliens, each repeated encounter gets them one step closer to defeating the enemy! (Read More)

Themes:courage,  escape
Story:helicopter crash,  exploding helicopter,  trailer park,  exploding truck,  training,  no opening credits,  map,  montage,  rescue,  helicopter,  fire,  chase

Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief (2010)
Adventure, Family, Fantasy

Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief (2010)

When his lightning bolt is stolen, Zeus accuses Poseidon's son Percy Jackson and gives Poseidon's son fourteen days to return it, otherwise he will initiate a war amongst the gods. Meanwhile the teenager, Percy, who is dyslexic and has ADHD is visiting The Museum of Metropolitan of Art and is attacked by a Fury disguised in his teacher. His physically handicapped best friend Grover reveals that Percy is a demigod and that he is his protector and his teacher Mr Brunner gives him a pen telling him that it is a powerful weapon. They go to Percy's house and together with his mother Sally they drive to the Camp Half-Blood. However Sally is attacked by a Minotaur and vanishes before Percy can help her. In the camp, Percy befriends the gorgeous Annabeth; when they are attacked by Hades who wants the lighting bolt for himself, Percy discovers that his mother is in the Underworld with Hades. Percy decides to travel on a dangerous quest to retrieve the lightning bolt and save his mother. Grover and Annabeth join him and Luke gives a powerful shield of his own to protect Percy. Will they be able to succeed? (Read More)

Themes:escape,  friendship
Locations:desert
Story:hollywood sign,  brooklyn bridge,  camp,  las vegas nevada,  electrocution,  hollywood,  training,  map,  montage,  rescue,  fire,  chase,  new york city,  character name in title

Toy Story 3 (2010)
Adventure, Animation, Comedy, Family, Fantasy

Toy Story 3 (2010)

Woody, Buzz and the whole gang are back. As their owner Andy prepares to depart for college, his loyal toys find themselves in daycare where untamed tots with their sticky little fingers do not play nice. So, it's all for one and one for all as they join Barbie's counterpart Ken, a thespian hedgehog named Mr. Pricklepants and a pink, strawberry-scented teddy bear called Lots-o'-Huggin' Bear to plan their great escape. (Read More)

Themes:escape,  friendship
Story:ohio,  wilhelm scream,  cgi animation,  anthropomorphism,  computer animation,  sadness,  no opening credits,  rescue,  dog

The Jungle Book (2016) is one of the best movies like Bolt (2008)
Adventure, Drama, Family, Fantasy

The Jungle Book (2016)

The man-cub Mowgli flees The jungle after a threat from the Tiger Shere Khan. Guided by Bagheera the panther and the bear Baloo, Mowgli embarks on a journey of self-discovery, though he also meets creatures who don't have his best interests at heart.

Themes:courage,  friendship
Locations:jungle
Story:disney,  torch,  talking animal,  no opening credits,  fire

Beauty And The Beast (2017)
Family, Fantasy, Musical, Romance

Beauty And The Beast (2017)

Disney's animated classic takes on a new form, with a widened mythology and an all-star cast. A young prince, imprisoned in the form of a beast, can be freed only by true love. What may be his only opportunity arrives when he meets Belle, the only human girl to ever visit the castle since it was enchanted. (Read More)

Themes:escape
Story:disney,  anthropomorphism,  torch,  fish out of water,  talking animal,  no opening credits,  bird,  map,  montage,  rescue,  fire,  chase,  title spoken by character,  character name in title,  dog

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:escape
Story:helicopter crash,  exploding truck,  brooklyn bridge,  gatling gun,  laser,  fish out of water,  missile,  electrocution,  no opening credits,  rescue,  helicopter,  chase,  new york city,  title spoken by character

Masterminds (2016)
Action, Comedy, Crime, Biography

Masterminds (2016)

David Ghantt discovers the true meaning of adventure far beyond his wildest dreams. He is an uncomplicated man stuck in a monotonous life. Day in and day out he drives an armored vehicle, transporting millions of other people's money with no escape in sight. The only glimmer of excitement is his flirtatious work crush Kelly Campbell who soon lures him into the scheme of a lifetime. Along with a group of half-brained criminals led by Steve Chambers and an absurdly faulted heist plan, David manages the impossible and makes off with $17 million in cash...only problem is he foolishly hands the money over to this wild group of double crossers and has been set up to take the fall. With the bandits blowing the millions on lavish and ridiculous luxuries, they leave behind a glaring trail of evidence. Now on the lam and in over his head, David must dodge the authorities, evade a hilarious hit man, Mike McKinney, and try to turn the tables on the ones he trusted most. (Read More)

Themes:escape
Locations:desert
Story:trailer park,  exploding truck,  trailer home,  barbecue,  fish out of water,  training,  van,  no opening credits,  montage,  rescue,  chase,  one word title

Odd Thomas (2013) is one of the best movies like Bolt (2008)
Comedy, Fantasy, Horror, Mystery, Romance, Thriller

Odd Thomas (2013)

Small-town fry cook Odd Thomas ('Anton Yelchin' (qv)) is an ordinary guy with a paranormal secret: he sees dead people, everywhere. When a creepy stranger shows-up with an entourage of ghostly bodachs - predators who feed on pain and portend mass destruction - Odd knows that his town is in serious trouble. Teaming up with his sweetheart Stormy ('Addison Timlin' (qv)) and the local sheriff ('Willem Dafoe' (qv)), Odd plunges into an epic battle of good vs evil to try to stop a disaster of apocalyptic proportions. Based on the best-selling thriller by Dean Koontz. (Read More)

Themes:escape
Locations:desert
Story:trailer home,  timebomb,  barbecue,  slow motion,  las vegas nevada,  pain,  van,  no opening credits,  bird,  montage,  rescue,  fire,  chase,  title spoken by character,  character name in title,  dog

The Wizard Of Oz (1939)
Adventure, Family, Fantasy, Musical

The Wizard Of Oz (1939)

In this charming film based on the popular L. Frank Baum stories, Dorothy and her dog Toto are caught in a tornado's path and somehow end up in the land of Oz. Here she meets some memorable friends and foes in her journey to meet the Wizard of Oz who everyone says can help her return home and possibly grant her new friends their goals of a brain, heart and courage. (Read More)

Themes:courage,  escape,  friendship
Story:pet owner relationship,  guard,  talking animal,  road trip,  cat,  rescue,  fire,  title spoken by character,  dog

Ghost In The Shell (2017)
Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Sci-fi, Thriller

Ghost In The Shell (2017)

In the near future, Major Motoko Kusanagi (Scarlett Johansson) is the first of her kind: A human saved from a terrible terrorist attack, who is cyber-enhanced to be a perfect soldier devoted to stopping the world's most dangerous criminals. When terrorism reaches a new level that includes the ability to hack into people's minds and control them, Major Kusanagi is uniquely qualified to stop it. As she prepares to face a new enemy, Major Kusanagi discovers that she has been lied to: her life was not saved, it was stolen. She will stop at nothing to recover her past, find out who did this to her and stop them before they do it to others. (Read More)

Themes:escape
Story:helicopter crash,  exploding helicopter,  billboard,  gatling gun,  laser,  missile,  electrocution,  van,  montage,  cat,  rescue,  helicopter,  fire,  chase,  dog

King Kong (2005)
Action, Adventure, Drama, Romance

King Kong (2005)

Carl Denham needs to finish his movie and has the perfect location; Skull Island. But he still needs to find a leading lady. This 'soon-to-be-unfortunate' soul is Ann Darrow. No one knows what they will encounter on this island and why it is so mysterious, but once they reach it, they will soon find out. Living on this hidden island is a giant gorilla and this beast now has Ann is its grasps. Carl and Ann's new love, Jack Driscoll must travel through the jungle looking for Kong and Ann, whilst avoiding all sorts of creatures and beasts. But Carl has another plan in mind. (Read More)

Themes:escape
Locations:jungle
Characters:actress
Story:wilhelm scream,  slow motion,  film within a film,  no opening credits,  map,  rescue,  chase,  new york city,  character name in title

One Hundred And One Dalmatians (1961) is one of the best movies like Bolt (2008)
Adventure, Animation, Comedy, Family

One Hundred And One Dalmatians (1961)

Pongo and Perdita have a litter of 15 puppies. Cruella De Vil takes a fancy to the pups, and wants to get hold of them, as well as more pups, to make herself a lovely dalmatian skin coat... Cruella hires some thugs to kidnap the pups and hold them at her mansion. Will Pongo and Perdita find them in time ? (Read More)

Story:bark,  animal protagonist,  dog movie,  german shepherd,  disney,  talking animal,  cat,  rescue,  chase,  dog

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:courage,  escape,  friendship
Characters:bully
Story:superpower,  teamwork,  trailer home,  wilhelm scream,  training,  van,  no opening credits,  map,  montage,  rescue,  train,  fire,  chase,  title spoken by character

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:escape
Locations:desert
Characters:bully
Story:helicopter crash,  exploding helicopter,  exploding truck,  gatling gun,  wilhelm scream,  laser,  missile,  no opening credits,  rescue,  helicopter,  fire,  chase,  dog

Godzilla (2014)
Action, Adventure, Sci-fi, Thriller

Godzilla (2014)

In 1999, the Janjira nuclear plant was mysteriously destroyed with most hands lost including supervisor Joe Brody's colleague and wife, Sandra. Years later, Joe's son, Ford, a US Navy ordnance disposal officer, must go to Japan to help his estranged father who obsessively searches for the truth of the incident. In doing so, father and son discover the disaster's secret cause on the wreck's very grounds. This enables them to witness the reawakening of a terrible threat to all of Humanity, which is made all the worse with a second secret revival elsewhere. Against this cataclysm, the only hope for the world may be Godzilla, but the challenge for the King of the Monsters will be great even as Humanity struggles to understand the destructive ally they have. (Read More)

Themes:escape
Locations:jungle,  desert
Story:helicopter crash,  exploding helicopter,  golden gate bridge,  timebomb,  missile,  las vegas nevada,  rescue,  helicopter,  train,  fire,  title spoken by character,  character name in title,  one word title,  dog

Suicide Squad (2016) is one of the best movies like Bolt (2008)
Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Sci-fi

Suicide Squad (2016)

It feels good to be bad...Assemble a team of the world's most dangerous, incarcerated Super Villains, provide them with the most powerful arsenal at the government's disposal, and send them off on a mission to defeat an enigmatic, insuperable entity. U.S. intelligence officer Amanda Waller has determined only a secretly convened group of disparate, despicable individuals with next to nothing to lose will do. However, once they realize they weren't picked to succeed but chosen for their patent culpability when they inevitably fail, will the Suicide Squad resolve to die trying, or decide it's every man for himself? (Read More)

Themes:courage,  escape
Locations:jungle
Story:helicopter crash,  exploding helicopter,  teamwork,  gatling gun,  missile,  electrocution,  van,  no opening credits,  map,  montage,  rescue,  helicopter,  fire,  title spoken by character

This Is The End (2013)
Comedy, Fantasy

This Is The End (2013)

All 'Jay Baruchel' (qv) expected coming to LA was a fun time with 'Seth Rogen' (qv) with all the wild partying to have both by themselves and at 'James Franco' (qv)'s housewarming party. Suddenly, the Rapture hits and the Biblical Apocalypse has begun. Now, Jay and Seth are desperately sheltering in James' house for rescue along with a few other friends. Together, they must band together to attempt to survive the end of the world, only for Jay to find that they are all too dumb and superficial to do it until they discover the only way out. (Read More)

Themes:escape,  friendship
Characters:actress
Story:helicopter crash,  exploding helicopter,  barbecue,  film within a film,  no opening credits,  montage,  rescue,  helicopter,  fire,  chase

Showing 50 most popular matches above.
Looking for arthouse and lower-budget films similar to Bolt?
<< FIND THEM HERE! >>
(Poster artwork courtesy of TheMovieDB.org)