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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:hamster,  hollywood sign,  journey shown on map,  helicopter crash,  exploding helicopter,  cat,  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,  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,  anthropomorphism,  guard,  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,  rescue,  helicopter,  train,  fire,  chase,  new york city,  title spoken by character,  character name in title,  one word title,  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

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

War For The Planet Of The Apes (2017)

Caesar and his apes are forced into a deadly conflict with an army of humans led by a ruthless Colonel. After the apes suffer unimaginable losses, Caesar wrestles with his darker instincts and begins his own mythic quest to avenge his kind. As the journey finally brings them face to face, Caesar and the Colonel are pitted against each other in an epic battle that will determine the fate of both their species and the future of the planet. (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 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:guard,  helicopter crash,  exploding helicopter,  rescue,  training,  no opening credits,  montage,  helicopter,  train,  fire,  title spoken by character,  dog

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

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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

The Fate Of The Furious (2017)
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

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

Rise Of The Planet Of The 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,  german shepherd,  wilhelm scream,  talking animal,  electrocution,  no opening credits,  helicopter,  fire,  chase,  character name in title,  dog

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X-men: Apocalypse (2016) is one of the best movies like Bolt (2008)
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

Cars 2 (2011)
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

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. This is why This Is The End (2013) is one of the best movies like Bolt (2008). (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

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Astro Boy (2009)
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

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

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,  guard,  electrocution,  training,  no opening credits,  map,  rescue,  helicopter,  fire,  chase,  title spoken by character

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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:cat,  animal escapes pound,  pet owner relationship,  animal shelter,  dog movie,  talking animal,  rescue,  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. This is why Three Kings (1999) is one of the best movies like Bolt (2008). (Read More)

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

Bandidas (2006) is one of the best movies like Bolt (2008)
Action, Comedy, Crime, Western

Bandidas (2006)

In 1848, a New York bank wants to put a railroad across Mexico, so it buys up small banks around Santa Rita, Durango, and evicts farmers on the proposed rail line who owe money. The bank's henchman is the murderous Jackson. He runs afoul of two women, Maria, the tough but uneducated daughter of a farmer, and Sara, the European-educated daughter of the owner of one of these banks. To feed the now landless people and to seek revenge, Maria and Sara become bank robbers, veritable Robin Hoods. But Jackson and his hired guns are after them. What are the women's options? (Read More)

Themes:courage,  escape
Locations:desert
Story:torch,  fish out of water,  training,  map,  montage,  rescue,  train,  fire,  chase,  new york city,  title spoken by character,  one word title,  dog

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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

The Three Musketeers (1993)
Action, Adventure, Comedy, Family, Romance

The Three Musketeers (1993)

The three best of the disbanded Musketeers - Athos, Porthos, and Aramis - join a young hotheaded would-be-Musketeer, D'Artagnan, to stop the Cardinal Richelieu's evil plot: to form an alliance with enemy England by way of the mysterious Milady. Rochefort, the Cardinal's right-hand man, announces the official disbanding of the King's Musketeers. Three, however, refuse to throw down their swords - Athos the fighter and drinker, Porthos the pirate and lover, and Aramis the priest and poet. Arriving in Paris to join the Musketeers, D'Artagnan uncovers the Cardinal's plans, and the four set out on a mission to protect King and Country. (Read More)

Themes:courage,  escape,  friendship
Story:disney,  pigeon,  guard,  torch,  training,  map,  rescue,  fire,  chase,  title spoken by character

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

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Paul (2011) is one of the best movies like Bolt (2008)
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. This is why Paul (2011) is one of the best movies like Bolt (2008). (Read More)

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

Rescue Dawn (2006)
Adventure, Biography, Drama, War

Rescue Dawn (2006)

In 1965, while bombing Laos in a classified mission, the propeller plane of the German-American US Navy pilot Dieter Dengler is hit and crashes in the jungle. Dieter is arrested by the peasants, tortured by the Vietcong and sent to a prisoner camp, where he meets five other mentally deranged prisoners and guards. He becomes close to Duane and organizes an escape plan; however, the unstable Gene opposes to Dieter's plan. When they discover that there is no more food due to the constant American bombings in the area and their guards intend to kill them, Dieter sets his plan in motion. However, an unexpected betrayal splits the group and Dieter and Duane find that the jungle is their actual prison. (Read More)

Themes:escape,  friendship
Locations:jungle
Story:hunger,  guard,  camp,  rescue,  helicopter,  fire,  chase,  title spoken by character,  dog

Tomorrow, When The War Began (2010)
Action, Adventure, Drama

Tomorrow, When The War Began (2010)

Seven Australian teenage friends from a small town go on a camping trip to be with nature. During their trip, they see military aircraft fly overhead. What they didn't know was their country was being invaded by another country. Returning home, they discover that they are at war. With no training, they band together to fight the enemy. (Read More)

Themes:escape,  friendship
Story:exploding truck,  torch,  missile,  training,  no opening credits,  montage,  rescue,  helicopter,  chase,  dog

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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

Rambo III (1988) is one of the best movies like Bolt (2008)
Action, Adventure, Thriller, War

Rambo III (1988)

John Rambo's former Vietnam superior, Colonel Samuel Trautman, has been assigned to lead a mission to help the Mujahedeen rebels who are fighting the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, but the Buddhist Rambo turns down Trautman's request that Rambo help out. When the mission goes belly up and Trautman is kidnapped and tortured by Russian Colonel Zaysen, Rambo launches a rescue effort and allies himself with the Mujahedeen rebels and gets their help in trying to rescue Trautman from Zaysen. (Read More)

Themes:escape
Locations:desert
Story:helicopter crash,  exploding helicopter,  rescue,  exploding truck,  timebomb,  fish out of water,  camp,  helicopter,  character name in title

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. This is why Allegiant (2016) is one of the best movies like Bolt (2008). (Read More)

Themes:courage,  escape
Locations:desert
Story:laser,  fish out of water,  missile,  electrocution,  training,  no opening credits,  rescue,  train,  chase,  title spoken by character,  one word title

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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,  rescue,  helicopter crash,  helicopter,  golden gate bridge,  electrocution,  no opening credits,  map,  fire,  title spoken by character

Toy Story 2 (1999)
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:camp,  rescue,  ohio,  cgi animation,  anthropomorphism,  laser,  computer animation,  no opening credits,  television,  chase,  dog

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out Of The Shadows (2016) is one of the best movies like Bolt (2008)
Action, Adventure, Comedy, Sci-fi

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out Of The Shadows (2016)

The Turtles continue to live in the shadows and no one knows they were the ones who took down Shredder. And Vernon is the one everyone thinks is the one who took Shredder down. April O'Neill does some snooping and learns a scientist named, Baxter Stockman is working for Shredder. He plans to break him out while he's being transported. April tells the turtles who try to stop it but can't. Stockman tries to teleport Shredder but he some how ends up in another dimension and meets a warlord named Krang who instructs Shredder to assemble a teleportation device he sent to Earth a long time ago. He gives Shredder some mutagen which he uses to transform two criminals who were also in the transport with him, Rock Steady and Bebop into mutants. And they set out to find the device. April saw the transformation while investigating Stockman, She would take the mutagen and she would be chased by Shredder's minions, the Foot Clan. He is saved by a man named Casey Jones who was the one who transporting Shredder. The Turtles show up and they try to work together. In the melee the mutagen ends up with the police. Knowing Shredder will try and get it back, April tries to get it first she asks Vern to help. Eventually she and Casey are arrested. The Turtles get the mutagen and Donatello analyzes it learns it could make them human, which he tells Leonardo who tells him to forget it and not to tell the others. But Michelangelo tells Raphael who feels that Leonardo doesn't respect them. (Read More)

Themes:courage,  escape,  friendship
Story:teamwork,  brooklyn bridge,  anthropomorphism,  laser,  talking animal,  electrocution,  training,  van,  no opening credits,  map,  montage,  rescue,  helicopter,  chase,  new york city

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Ngo Si Seoi (1998)
Action, Adventure, Comedy, Sci-fi, Thriller

Ngo Si Seoi (1998)

Jackie Chan, a top secret militant soldier, crashes into the South African jungle after his mission of kidnapping three scientists (who were experimenting with a powerful mineral) has gone awry. Waking up in a village of local natives, Chan has no memory of who he is, thus being addressed as "Who Am I". His journey with aid from two female sidekicks to find out his identity leads him all the way to Rotterdam where he coincidentally discovers the location of the organization that kidnapped the three scientists. With no memory, Chan is thirsty for answers by any means necessary. (Read More)

Themes:escape
Locations:jungle,  desert
Story:helicopter crash,  laser,  fish out of water,  map,  rescue,  helicopter,  chase,  title spoken by character,  character name in title,  dog

Courage Under Fire (1996)
Action, Drama, Mystery, Thriller, War

Courage Under Fire (1996)

The pilot of a rescue copter, Captain Karen Walden, died shortly before her helicopter crew was rescued after it crashed in Desert Storm. It first appears that she made a spectacular rescue of a downed helicopter crew, then held her own crew together to fight off the Iraqis after her copter crashed. Lt. Colonel Serling, who is struggling with his own demons from Desert Storm, is assigned to investigate her worthiness for the Medal of Honor. But some conflicting accounts, from her crew and soldiers in the area, cause him to question whether she deserves it. This is why Courage Under Fire (1996) is one of the best movies like Bolt (2008). (Read More)

Themes:courage,  friendship
Locations:desert
Story:helicopter crash,  exploding helicopter,  rescue,  helicopter,  train,  fire

Masterminds (2016)
Action, Comedy, Crime

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

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King Kong (2005) is one of the best movies like Bolt (2008)
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,  movie director,  slow motion,  film within a film,  no opening credits,  map,  rescue,  chase,  new york city,  character name in title

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

The Rescuers Down Under (1990)
Adventure, Animation, Crime, Drama, Family, Fantasy, Mystery

The Rescuers Down Under (1990)

Cody, a boy from Mugwomp Flats responds to a distress call about a trapped giant Golden Eagle called Marahute. Freeing her, he gains a close friendship with the bird. However, Cody is soon abducted by the murderous poacher, Percival McLeach, who is after that bird which is of a highly endangered species and therefore an extremely profitable quarry. In a panic, a mouse Cody freed from one of McLeach's traps sends a desperate call for help to the Rescue Aid Society in New York City who assigns their top agents, Miss Bianca and Bernard, to the task. With transportation provided by the goofy albatross, Wilbur, the agents arrive in Australia and link up with the RAS' local field operative, Jake the Kangaroo Rat. Together, the trio must race against time to find Cody, stop McLeach, and save Marahute. (Read More)

Themes:courage,  friendship
Story:animal protagonist,  disney,  anthropomorphism,  talking animal,  bird,  map,  rescue,  chase

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

Predators (2010)

The mercenary Royce; the military Isabelle; the Russian soldier Nikolai; the San Quentin criminal Stans; the Sierra Leone militia Mombasa; the drug lord Cuchillo; the Yakuza Hanzo; and the Doctor Edwin awake in free fall but they succeed to open their parachutes landing in a jungle. Soon they find that they are on another planet and they are prey of aliens in a deadly hunting game, and they need to join forces to destroy their predators and survive. This is why Predators (2010) is one of the best movies like Bolt (2008). (Read More)

Themes:escape
Locations:jungle
Story:teamwork,  gatling gun,  laser,  electrocution,  no opening credits,  rescue,  fire,  chase,  title spoken by character,  one word title

The Mummy (2017) is one of the best movies like Bolt (2008)
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:courage,  escape,  friendship
Locations:desert
Story:guard,  torch,  missile,  electrocution,  no opening credits,  rescue,  helicopter,  train,  fire,  chase,  dog

The Last Airbender (2010)
Action, Adventure, Family, Fantasy

The Last Airbender (2010)

The world is divided into four kingdoms, each represented by the element they harness, and peace has lasted throughout the realms of Water, Air, Earth, and Fire under the supervision of the Avatar, a link to the spirit world and the only being capable of mastering the use of all four elements. When young Avatar Aang disappears, the Fire Nation launches an attack to eradicate all members of the Air Nomads to prevent interference in their future plans for world domination. 100 years pass and current Fire Lord Ozai continues to conquer and imprison anyone with elemental "bending" abilities in the Earth and Water Kingdoms, while siblings Katara and Sokka from a Southern Water Tribe find a mysterious boy trapped beneath the ice outside their village. Upon rescuing him, he reveals himself to be Aang, Avatar and last of the Air Nomads. Swearing to protect the Avatar, Katara and Sokka journey with him to the Northern Water Kingdom in his quest to master "Waterbending" and eventually fulfill his destiny of once again restoring peace to the world. But as they inch nearer to their goal, the group must evade Prince Zuko, the exiled son of Lord Ozai, Commander Zhao, the Fire Nation's military leader, and the tyrannical onslaught of the evil Fire Lord himself. (Read More)

Themes:escape,  friendship
Locations:desert
Story:stick,  guard,  torch,  training,  no opening credits,  map,  montage,  rescue,  fire,  chase,  title spoken by character

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The Hunger Games (2012)
Adventure, Sci-fi, Thriller

The Hunger Games (2012)

In a dystopian future, the totalitarian nation of Panem is divided into 12 districts and the Capitol. Each year two young representatives from each district are selected by lottery to participate in The Hunger Games. Part entertainment, rutal retribution for a past rebellion, the televised games are broadcast throughout Panem. The 24 participants are forced to eliminate their competitors while the citizens of Panem are required to watch. When 16-year-old Katniss' young sister, Prim, is selected as District 12's female representative, Katniss volunteers to take her place. She and her male counterpart, Peeta, are pitted against bigger, stronger representatives, some of whom have trained for this their whole lives. (Read More)

Themes:escape,  friendship
Story:hunger,  wilhelm scream,  guard,  training,  map,  television,  cat,  train,  fire,  chase,  title spoken by character,  dog

Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017)
Action, Adventure, Sci-fi

Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017)

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

Themes:escape
Story:missouri,  teamwork,  timebomb,  gatling gun,  wilhelm scream,  anthropomorphism,  guard,  laser,  talking animal,  slow motion,  electrocution,  training,  montage,  rescue,  chase

Big Fat Liar (2002) is one of the best movies like Bolt (2008)
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. This is why Big Fat Liar (2002) is one of the best movies like Bolt (2008). (Read More)

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

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

Lockout (2012)

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

Story:helicopter crash,  exploding helicopter,  timebomb,  gatling gun,  wilhelm scream,  missile,  new york,  rescue,  helicopter,  new york city,  title spoken by character,  one word title

Oliver & Company (1988)
Adventure, Animation, Comedy, Family, Musical

Oliver & Company (1988)

Inspired by Charles Dickens' "Oliver Twist". A homeless kitten named Oliver, roams the streets of New York, where he is taken in by a gang of homeless mutts who survive by stealing from others. During one of these criminal acts, Oliver meets a wealthy young girl named Jenny Foxworth. This meeting will forever change his life. (Read More)

Story:animal protagonist,  dog movie,  disney,  talking animal,  no opening credits,  cat,  new york city,  character name in title,  dog

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:friendship
Locations:jungle
Story:helicopter crash,  exploding helicopter,  gatling gun,  wilhelm scream,  anthropomorphism,  torch,  missile,  training,  no opening credits,  rescue,  helicopter,  chase,  title spoken by character,  one word title

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Nim's Island (2008) is one of the best movies like Bolt (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

Spies Like Us (1985)
Adventure, Comedy

Spies Like Us (1985)

Two low-level government employees, Emmitt Fitz-Hume (played by Chevy Chase) and Austin Milbarge (Dan Aykroyd), are chosen for a top-secret CIA mission. They are unsuitable as CIA agents but are deliberately chosen for this reason, as their mission is a decoy one and they are expendable. After being fast-tracked through training they are parachuted into Pakistan where all manner of adventures await them. This is why Spies Like Us (1985) is one of the best movies like Bolt (2008). (Read More)

Themes:escape
Locations:desert
Story:laser,  missile,  training,  rescue,  chase,  title spoken by character

Holes (2003)
Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Family, Mystery

Holes (2003)

"But if you forget to come back for Madame Zeroni, you and your family will be cursed for always and eternity." Those were the exact words spoken to young Elya Yelnats the day he forgot to repay Madame Zeroni. From then on his family was cursed with bad luck. One hundred years later Stanley Yelnats IV is accused of stealing a pair of cleats from a major league baseball player and sent to Camp Green Lake (a dry lake bed in the middle of the desert). It never rains at Camp Green Lake, it hasn't for one hundred years. The secretive and mysterious Warden has each inmate spend every day digging one hole to "build character." But when an artifact from the famous "Kissin' Kate" Barlow is found in a hole, the Warden forces the boys to work double time leading Stanley to deduce they're digging because the Warden is looking for something. But what? And how is the mystery of Camp Green Lake connected to Stanley's family curse? (Read More)

Themes:escape,  friendship
Locations:desert
Story:camp,  teamwork,  slow motion,  no opening credits,  montage,  train,  fire,  one word title

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G-force (2009)
Action, Adventure, Animation, Comedy, Family, Fantasy, Sci-fi

G-force (2009)

The story is about a team of trained secret agent flies and a mole that takes on a mission for the US government. A specially trained squad of not guinea pigs is dispatched to stop a diabolical billionaire, who plans to taking over the world with household appliances.

Story:pet shop,  hamster,  cgi animation,  computer animation,  talking animal,  no opening credits,  cat,  title spoken by character,  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

King Kong (1933)
Adventure, Horror, Sci-fi

King Kong (1933)

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 in it's 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. (Read More)

Themes:escape
Locations:jungle
Characters:actress
Story:rescue,  hunger,  torch,  sadness,  bird,  map,  train,  chase,  new york city,  character name in title

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