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Close Encounters Of The Third Kind (1977)
Drama, Sci-fi

Close Encounters Of The Third Kind (1977)

Two parallel stories are told. In the first, a group of research scientists from a variety of backgrounds are investigating the strange appearance of items in remote locations, primarily desert regions. In continuing their investigation, one of the lead scientists, a Frenchman named Claude Lacombe, incorporates the Kodaly method of music education as a means of communication in their work. The response, in turn, at first baffles the researchers, until American cartographer David Laughlin deciphers the meaning of the response. In the second, electric company lineman and family man Roy Neary and single mother Jillian Guiler are among some individuals in Muncie, Indiana who experience some paranormal activity before some flashes of bright lights in the sky, which they believe to be a UFO. Roy becomes obsessed with what he saw, unlike some others, especially in some form of authority, who refuse to acknowledge their belief that it was a UFO in not wanting to appear crazy. That obsession both for Roy and Jillian is ratcheted up a notch when they begin to have a vision of a mound with vertical striations on its side as a key to what is going on. While the obsession negatively affects Roy's life as he knows it in its entirety, Jillian knows she has to find the answer as to its meaning, especially as it relates to her only child, three year old Barry Guiler, who may be more attuned to what is happening than the adult figures around him. These two stories have the potential to intersect if Roy and Jillian can discover where they've seen that mound before, and if they can overcome what they believe to be the lies perpetrated by those in authority in covering up what is going on. (Read More)

Themes:obsession,  conspiracy,  military
Mood:epic,  suspense
Locations:desert,  india,  mexico,  motel,  forest
Characters:alien
Period:1970s
Story:vision,  helicopter chase,  mountain climbing,  government conspiracy,  alien contact,  alien abduction,  alien invasion,  police chase,  message from outer space,  synth soundtrack,  synth music,  radio telescope,  animate toy,  clothes on shower,  mashed potatoes,  air traffic controller,  playing with food,  speaking french,  air traffic control,  cartographer,  melody,  first contact,  xylophone,  seti,  tollbooth,  steamship,  shaving cream,  english subtitles in original,  off road,  sideburns,  model train,  multiple cameos,  mother son reunion,  railroad crossing,  seminar,  sunburn,  mothership,  chimney,  sandstorm,  mongolia,  wyoming,  globe,  indiana,  organ,  garbage truck,  famous score,  chapel,  quarantine,  cameo appearance,  television news,  cattle,  blackout,  cartoon on tv,  ohio,  translator,  car chase,  brushing teeth,  marital separation,  frustration,  astronaut,  sculpture,  evacuation,  intrigue,  gas mask,  railway station,  press conference,  blockbuster,  spacecraft,  lifting someone into the air,  fireplace,  pickup truck,  ufo,  six word title,  pursuit,  spanking,  spaceship,  outer space,  mountain,  single mother,  rural setting,  watching tv,  airplane,  small town,  car accident,  helicopter,  cult film,  chase,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships

Starman (1984)
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
Mood:suspense
Locations:motel,  desert,  forest
Characters:alien
Period:1970s
Story:spacecraft,  alien contact,  police chase,  first contact,  seti,  car chase,  fireplace,  pickup truck,  ufo,  outer space,  watching tv,  small town,  car accident,  helicopter,  cult film,  chase

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Race To Witch Mountain (2009)
Action, Adventure, Family, Fantasy, Sci-fi, Thriller

Race To Witch Mountain (2009)

In Las Vegas, the regenerated ex-con Jack Bruno works as taxi driver. During an UFO Convention at Planet Hollywood, the skeptical Jack picks up Dr. Alex Friedman, who will present a scientific lecture in the event. Then he is pressed by two henchmen of his former boss, the criminal Wolff, that wants to talk to him, but Jack does not want to return to the crime life. Jack fights and gets rid of them; out of the blue, he finds two teenagers on the backseat of his cab. They tell that they are siblings, Sara and Seth, and they need to travel to a location outside Las Vegas in the middle of nowhere. Meanwhile the government finds a spacecraft that crashed nearby Las Vegas and is chasing the two aliens; after the investigation of the men of Major Henry Burke, they discover that the two siblings are the aliens. Jack Bruno, Sara and Seth are chased by Henry Burke's team and by the "Syphon", a killer from outer space that has been sent to kill them by the military of their planet that want to invade Earth. Sara and Seth explain that they traveled to Earth to collect scientific data of an experiment and save Earth from invasion, but they need to return immediately to their planet. Jack teams up with Dr. Alex to retrieve their spacecraft in a secret base in the Witch Mountain. (Read More)

Themes:military
Locations:motel,  desert
Characters:alien
Story:alien invasion,  car chase,  lifting someone into the air,  spacecraft,  ufo,  spaceship,  outer space,  mountain,  helicopter,  chase

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.

Mood:suspense
Characters:alien
Story:alien contact,  alien invasion,  english subtitles in original,  evacuation,  spacecraft,  pickup truck,  ufo,  spaceship,  outer space,  watching tv,  small town,  car accident,  helicopter,  cult film,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships

E.t. The Extra-terrestrial (1982) is one of the best movies like Close Encounters Of The Third Kind (1977)
Family, Sci-fi

E.t. The Extra-terrestrial (1982)

After a gentle alien becomes stranded on Earth, the being is discovered and befriended by a young boy named Elliott. Bringing the extraterrestrial into his suburban California house, Elliott introduces E.T., as the alien is dubbed, to his brother and his little sister, Gertie, and the children decide to keep its existence a secret. Soon, however, E.T. falls ill, resulting in government intervention and a dire situation for both Elliott and the alien. (Read More)

Locations:forest
Characters:alien
Story:alien contact,  first contact,  seti,  multiple cameos,  famous score,  quarantine,  cartoon on tv,  car chase,  blockbuster,  lifting someone into the air,  spacecraft,  ufo,  spaceship,  outer space,  single mother,  cult film,  chase,  mother son relationship,  family relationships

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War Of The Worlds (2005)
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. This is why War Of The Worlds (2005) is one of the best movies like Close Encounters Of The Third Kind (1977). (Read More)

Themes:military
Mood:suspense
Characters:alien
Story:alien contact,  alien abduction,  alien invasion,  cartoon on tv,  evacuation,  blockbuster,  pickup truck,  ufo,  spaceship,  outer space,  watching tv,  car accident,  helicopter,  cult film,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships

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. (Read More)

Themes:military
Characters:alien
Story:alien contact,  first contact,  television news,  blackout,  evacuation,  railway station,  spacecraft,  pickup truck,  ufo,  outer space,  helicopter,  chase

The Day The Earth Stood Still (1951)
Drama, Sci-fi

The Day The Earth Stood Still (1951)

An alien (Klaatu) with his mighty robot (Gort) land their spacecraft on Cold War-era Earth just after the end of World War II. They bring an important message to the planet that Klaatu wishes to tell to representatives of all nations. However, communication turns out to be difficult, so, after learning something about the natives, Klaatu decides on an alternative approach. (Read More)

Themes:military
Characters:alien
Story:alien contact,  alien invasion,  first contact,  famous score,  quarantine,  blackout,  spacecraft,  ufo,  pursuit,  outer space,  single mother,  chase,  mother son relationship

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The Arrival (1996) is one of the best movies like Close Encounters Of The Third Kind (1977)
Sci-fi, Thriller

The Arrival (1996)

Zane ('Charlie Sheen' (qv)), a young, mild-mannered astronomer discovers an extraterrestrial radio signal. After being fired from his organization for reporting this to his superior, he takes a chance on discovering the truth: that his workplace is not quite what it seems to be and a sinister conspiracy is at work. The aliens are keeping a deadly secret, and will stop at nothing to prevent Zane from learning it. (Read More)

Themes:conspiracy
Mood:suspense
Locations:mexico,  desert
Characters:alien
Story:outer space,  alien invasion,  police chase,  seti,  seminar,  intrigue,  airplane,  chase,  husband wife relationship

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:military
Mood:suspense
Locations:desert
Characters:alien
Story:alien contact,  alien invasion,  mothership,  wyoming,  translator,  evacuation,  vision,  press conference,  blockbuster,  spacecraft,  ufo,  spaceship,  outer space,  watching tv,  helicopter,  chase,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships

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. This is why Paul (2011) is one of the best movies like Close Encounters Of The Third Kind (1977). (Read More)

Themes:military
Locations:desert
Characters:alien
Story:wyoming,  ufo,  alien contact,  mothership,  car chase,  gas mask,  spacecraft,  pickup truck,  pursuit,  spaceship,  mountain,  car accident,  helicopter,  chase

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

Transformers: Dark Of The Moon (2011)

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

Themes:conspiracy,  military
Mood:epic
Locations:desert
Characters:alien
Story:spacecraft,  alien invasion,  seti,  car chase,  astronaut,  gas mask,  blockbuster,  spaceship,  outer space,  airplane,  car accident,  helicopter,  chase,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship

Independence Day (1996) is one of the best movies like Close Encounters Of The Third Kind (1977)
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
Mood:epic
Locations:desert
Characters:alien
Story:spacecraft,  alien contact,  alien invasion,  seti,  mothership,  globe,  blockbuster,  ufo,  spaceship,  outer space,  car accident,  helicopter,  cult film,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships

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
Mood:suspense
Characters:alien
Story:alien contact,  alien abduction,  alien invasion,  first contact,  translator,  evacuation,  vision,  press conference,  spacecraft,  pickup truck,  ufo,  spaceship,  single mother,  helicopter,  husband wife relationship

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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:military
Mood:suspense
Locations:forest
Characters:alien
Story:alien contact,  alien invasion,  quarantine,  ohio,  evacuation,  gas mask,  spacecraft,  ufo,  spaceship,  airplane,  car accident,  helicopter,  chase,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship

The Three Burials Of Melquiades Estrada (2005)
Adventure, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Western

The Three Burials Of Melquiades Estrada (2005)

A man is shot and quickly buried in the high desert of west Texas. The body is found and reburied in Van Horn's town cemetery. Pete Perkins, a local ranch foreman, kidnaps a Border Patrolman and forces him to disinter the body. With his captive in tow and the body tied to a mule, Pete undertakes a dangerous and quixotic journey into Mexico. This is why The Three Burials Of Melquiades Estrada (2005) is one of the best movies like Close Encounters Of The Third Kind (1977). (Read More)

Locations:mexico,  desert,  motel
Story:cattle,  cartoon on tv,  pickup truck,  six word title,  pursuit,  mountain,  watching tv,  small town,  car accident,  helicopter,  chase,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships

Man Of Steel (2013) is one of the best movies like Close Encounters Of The Third Kind (1977)
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:military
Mood:epic
Locations:desert
Characters:alien
Story:alien contact,  alien abduction,  alien invasion,  gas mask,  blockbuster,  spacecraft,  ufo,  spaceship,  outer space,  airplane,  small town,  helicopter,  chase,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship

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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. (Read More)

Themes:military
Locations:india
Characters:alien
Story:alien contact,  alien abduction,  alien invasion,  evacuation,  press conference,  spacecraft,  ufo,  spaceship,  outer space,  single mother,  small town,  car accident,  helicopter,  chase,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship

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? (Read More)

Themes:conspiracy
Mood:suspense
Characters:alien
Story:alien contact,  alien abduction,  alien invasion,  car accident,  blackout,  gas mask,  spacecraft,  pickup truck,  ufo,  spaceship,  rural setting,  watching tv,  chase

Monsters (2010)
Drama, Sci-fi, Thriller

Monsters (2010)

Six years ago NASA discovered the possibility of alien life within our solar system. A probe was launched to collect samples, but crashed upon re-entry over North America. Soon after, new life forms began to appear and half of Mexico was quarantined as an INFECTED ZONE. Today, the American and Mexican military still struggle to contain "the creatures"...... Our story begins when a US journalist agrees to escort a shaken tourist through the infected zone in Mexico to the safety of the US border. (Read More)

Themes:military
Locations:mexico,  forest
Characters:alien
Story:alien invasion,  quarantine,  cattle,  gas mask,  father son relationship

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Power Rangers (2017) is one of the best movies like Close Encounters Of The Third Kind (1977)
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. This is why Power Rangers (2017) is one of the best movies like Close Encounters Of The Third Kind (1977). (Read More)

Themes:obsession
Locations:forest
Characters:alien
Story:police chase,  car chase,  evacuation,  vision,  spacecraft,  pickup truck,  spaceship,  outer space,  single mother,  small town,  car accident,  chase,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships

Cowboys & Aliens (2011)
Action, Sci-fi, Thriller, Western

Cowboys & Aliens (2011)

The Old West.. where a lone cowboy leads an uprising against a terror from beyond our world. 1873. New Mexico Territory. A stranger with no memory of his past stumbles into the hard desert town of Absolution. The only hint to his history is a mysterious shackle that encircles one wrist. What he discovers is that the people of Absolution don't welcome strangers, and nobody makes a move on its streets unless ordered to do so by the iron-fisted Colonel Dolarhyde (Ford). It's a town that lives in fear. But Absolution is about to experience fear it can scarcely comprehend as the desolate city is attacked by marauders from the sky. Screaming down with breathtaking velocity and blinding lights to abduct the helpless one by one, these monsters challenge everything the residents have ever known. Now, the stranger they rejected is their only hope for salvation. As this gunslinger slowly starts to remember who he is and where he's been, he realizes he holds a secret that could give the town a fighting chance against the alien force. With the help of the elusive traveler Ella (Olivia Wilde), he pulls together a posse comprised of former opponents-townsfolk, Dolarhyde and his boys, outlaws and Apache warriors-all in danger of annihilation. United against a common enemy, they will prepare for an epic showdown for survival. (Read More)

Mood:epic
Locations:desert,  mexico
Characters:alien
Story:alien contact,  alien abduction,  alien invasion,  cattle,  translator,  spacecraft,  ufo,  pursuit,  spaceship,  mountain,  small town,  cult film,  chase,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship

Killer Klowns From Outer Space (1988)
Comedy, Horror, Sci-fi

Killer Klowns From Outer Space (1988)

When a small town is invaded by aliens from outer space who are capturing and killing the townspeople, no one takes them seriously. Why? The aliens all look like circus clowns, use weapons that look clown like, and all have painted on smiles. Only a few of the young people in the town realize the danger and of course no one believes them. Armed with an ice cream truck they try and rescue their friends. (Read More)

Locations:forest
Characters:alien
Story:alien contact,  alien invasion,  small town,  spacecraft,  ufo,  spaceship,  outer space,  cult film

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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
Locations:forest
Characters:alien
Period:1970s
Story:alien contact,  alien invasion,  quarantine,  evacuation,  lifting someone into the air,  spacecraft,  fireplace,  spaceship,  mountain,  rural setting,  car accident,  helicopter,  chase,  mother son relationship

Avatar (2009) is one of the best movies like Close Encounters Of The Third Kind (1977)
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:military
Mood:epic,  suspense
Locations:forest
Characters:alien
Story:alien contact,  english subtitles in original,  translator,  gas mask,  blockbuster,  lifting someone into the air,  spaceship,  outer space,  helicopter,  chase

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

Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice (2016)

The general public is concerned over having Superman on their planet and letting the "Dark Knight" - Batman - pursue the streets of Gotham. While this is happening, a power-phobic Batman tries to attack Superman.,Meanwhile Superman tries to settle on a decision, and Lex Luthor, the criminal mastermind and millionaire, tries to use his own advantages to fight the "Man of Steel". This is why Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice (2016) is one of the best movies like Close Encounters Of The Third Kind (1977). (Read More)

Themes:conspiracy,  military
Mood:epic,  suspense
Locations:desert,  forest
Characters:alien
Story:car chase,  evacuation,  vision,  press conference,  blockbuster,  fireplace,  ufo,  spaceship,  outer space,  mountain,  watching tv,  airplane,  helicopter,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship

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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. (Read More)

Themes:military
Mood:suspense
Locations:motel,  forest
Characters:alien
Story:mother son reunion,  cartoon on tv,  car chase,  pickup truck,  pursuit,  watching tv,  car accident,  helicopter,  chase,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship

Born On The Fourth Of July (1989)
Biography, Drama, War

Born On The Fourth Of July (1989)

The biography of Ron Kovic. Paralyzed in the Vietnam war, he becomes an anti-war and pro-human rights political activist after feeling betrayed by the country he fought for.

Themes:military
Mood:epic
Locations:mexico,  desert
Period:1970s
Story:railway station,  blockbuster,  six word title,  small town,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship

Super 8 (2011) is one of the best movies like Close Encounters Of The Third Kind (1977)
Mystery, Sci-fi, Thriller

Super 8 (2011)

SPOILER: In the summer of 1979, a group of friends in a small Ohio town witness a catastrophic train crash while making a super 8 movie and soon suspect that it was not an accident. Shortly after, unusual disappearances and inexplicable events begin to take place in town, and the local Deputy tries to uncover the truth - something more terrifying than any of them could have imagined. (Read More)

Themes:military
Characters:alien
Period:1970s
Story:model train,  cartoon on tv,  ohio,  evacuation,  railway station,  pickup truck,  spaceship,  watching tv,  small town,  helicopter,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships

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Brokeback Mountain (2005)
Drama, Romance

Brokeback Mountain (2005)

Two young men, Ennis Del Mar and Jack Twist, meet when they get a job as sheep herders on Brokeback Mountain. They are at first strangers, then they become friends. Throughout the weeks, they grow closer as they learn more about each other. One night, after some heavy drinking, they find a deeper connection. They then indulge in a blissful romance for the rest of the summer. Unable to deal with their feelings for each other, they part ways at the end of the summer. Four years go by, and they each settle down, Ennis in Wyoming with his wife and two girls, and Jack in Texas with his wife and son. Still longing for each other, they meet back up, and are faced with the fact that they need each other. They undeniably need each other, and unsure of what to do, they start a series of "fishing trips", in order to spend time together. The relationship struggles on for years until tragedy strikes. (Read More)

Locations:mexico,  motel,  forest
Period:1970s
Story:wyoming,  mountain,  cattle,  frustration,  pickup truck,  rural setting,  watching tv,  small town,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships

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. This is why Battleship (2012) is one of the best movies like Close Encounters Of The Third Kind (1977). (Read More)

Themes:military
Characters:alien
Story:alien contact,  alien invasion,  police chase,  spacecraft,  spaceship,  outer space,  car accident,  helicopter,  chase

Zathura: A Space Adventure (2005)
Action, Adventure, Comedy, Family, Fantasy, Sci-fi

Zathura: A Space Adventure (2005)

Danny and Walter are two brothers who barely get along even while driving their parents to distraction as their older sister tries to ignore them. Despite their squabbling, the brothers manage cooperate enough to play an old mechanical board game named Zathura. However, after their first move, they find that the game has apparently flung them, their sister and their entire house into outer space. Furthermore, the brothers surmise the only way to return home is to finish the game. However with almost every move, new dangers arise as the siblings find themselves learning to cooperate in ways they never expected as they realize what they mean to each other. (Read More)

Characters:alien
Story:alien invasion,  cartoon on tv,  astronaut,  fireplace,  spaceship,  outer space,  watching tv,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships

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The Blob (1988) is one of the best movies like Close Encounters Of The Third Kind (1977)
Horror, Sci-fi, Thriller

The Blob (1988)

Meg Penny is a cheerleader out on her first date with one of the football players, Paul Taylor. It doesn't go very well. Before they get where they're going, an old vagrant runs out in front of Paul's car, screaming in terror. The old man is closely followed by Brian Flagg, the local teen rebel, complete with long hair, black leather jacket, motorcycle and tough-guy attitude. Paul blames Brian for chasing the old man, but after the threesome takes him to the doctor's office, it becomes clear the vagrant had more to worry about than some young tough. He was screaming because of the acid-like substance on his hand - a substance that spreads over his body and eventually consumes him. Soon, the growing red blob, which sprouts tentacles to attack its victims, becomes a menace to the small town of Arbeville, Colorado. The military soon arrives in Hazmat suits, led by the wide-eyed Dr. Christopher Meddows. They're from the government, they say, and they want to help; but Brian's distrust for authority figures proves justified when he learns of their true motives. (Read More)

Themes:military
Mood:suspense
Locations:forest
Story:government conspiracy,  quarantine,  evacuation,  outer space,  small town,  car accident,  helicopter,  cult film,  chase,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships

After Earth (2013)
Action, Adventure, Sci-fi

After Earth (2013)

One thousand years after cataclysmic events forced humanity's escape from Earth, Nova Prime has become mankind's new home. Legendary General Cypher Raige returns from an extended tour of duty to his estranged family, ready to be a father to his 13-year-old son, Kitai. When an asteroid storm damages Cypher and Kitai's craft, they crash-land on a now unfamiliar and dangerous Earth. As his father lies dying in the cockpit, Kitai must trek across the hostile terrain to recover their rescue beacon. His whole life, Kitai has wanted nothing more than to be a soldier like his father. Today, he gets his chance. (Read More)

Themes:military
Locations:desert
Characters:alien
Story:alien invasion,  quarantine,  gas mask,  spacecraft,  spaceship,  outer space,  chase,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship

Apollo 13 (1995)
Adventure, Drama, History

Apollo 13 (1995)

Based on the true story of the ill-fated 13th Apollo mission bound for the moon. Astronauts Lovell, Haise and Swigert were scheduled to fly Apollo 14, but are moved up to 13. It's 1970, and The US has already achieved their lunar landing goal, so there's little interest in this "routine" flight.. until that is, things go very wrong, and prospects of a safe return fade. (Read More)

Mood:suspense
Locations:motel
Period:1970s
Story:television news,  astronaut,  press conference,  blockbuster,  spacecraft,  outer space,  watching tv,  helicopter,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships

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Star Trek: First Contact (1996)
Action, Adventure, Drama, Sci-fi, Thriller

Star Trek: First Contact (1996)

In the 24th century, the crew of the Enterprise-E has been ordered to patrol the Romulan Neutral Zone by the Federation to avoid interference with their battle against the insidious Borg. Witnessing the loss of the battle, Captain Jean-Luc Picard ignores orders and takes command of the fleet engaging the Borg. But the Borg plan to travel back into the 21st century through a vortex with the intention to stop Earth's first contact with an alien race (the Vulcans). Following the Borg sphere, Picard and his crew realize that they have taken over the Enterprise in order to carry out their mission. Their only chance to do away with the Borg and their seductive queen is to make sure that Zefram Cochrane makes his famous faster-than-light travel to the stars. This is why Star Trek: First Contact (1996) is one of the best movies like Close Encounters Of The Third Kind (1977). (Read More)

Themes:obsession
Mood:epic
Locations:forest
Characters:alien
Story:alien contact,  alien invasion,  first contact,  spacecraft,  spaceship,  outer space,  cult film

Flight Of The Navigator (1986) is one of the best movies like Close Encounters Of The Third Kind (1977)
Adventure, Family, Sci-fi

Flight Of The Navigator (1986)

A 12-year-old boy goes missing in 1978, only to reappear once more in 1986. In the eight years that have passed, he hasn't aged. It is no coincidence that at the time he "comes back", a flying saucer is found, entangled in power lines.

Characters:alien
Period:1970s
Story:alien abduction,  spacecraft,  lifting someone into the air,  ufo,  spaceship,  outer space,  family relationships

Transformers (2007)
Action, Adventure, Sci-fi

Transformers (2007)

A long time ago, far away on the planet of Cybertron, a war is being waged between the noble Autobots (led by the wise Optimus Prime) and the devious Decepticons (commanded by the dreaded Megatron) for control over the Allspark, a mystical talisman that would grant unlimited power to whoever possesses it. The Autobots managed to smuggle the Allspark off the planet, but Megatron blasts off in search of it. He eventually tracks it to the planet of Earth (circa 1850), but his reckless desire for power sends him right into the Arctic Ocean, and the sheer cold forces him into a paralyzed state. His body is later found by Captain Archibald Witwicky, but before going into a comatose state Megatron uses the last of his energy to engrave into the Captain's glasses a map showing the location of the Allspark, and to send a transmission to Cybertron. Megatron is then carried away aboard the Captain's ship. A century later, Captain Witwicky's grandson Sam Witwicky (nicknamed Spike by his friends) buys his first car. To his shock, he discovers it to be Bumblebee, an Autobot in disguise who is to protect Spike, who possesses the Captain's glasses and the map engraved on them. But Bumblebee is not the only Transformer to have arrived on Earth - in the desert of Qatar, the Decepticons Blackout and Scorponok attack a U.S. military base, causing the Pentagon to send their special Sector Seven agents to capture all "specimens of this alien race." Spike and his girlfriend Mikaela find themselves in the midst of a grand battle between the Autobots and the Decepticons, stretching from Hoover Dam all the way to Los Angeles. Meanwhile, deep inside Hoover Dam, the cryogenically stored body of Megatron awakens. (Read More)

Themes:military
Locations:desert
Characters:alien
Story:alien contact,  alien invasion,  police chase,  television news,  blackout,  car chase,  blockbuster,  ufo,  outer space,  helicopter,  chase,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship

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Skyline (2010)
Action, Sci-fi, Thriller

Skyline (2010)

Jarrod and his pregnant girlfriend Elaine travel to Los Angeles to meet his old friend and successful entrepreneur Terry, and his wife Candice. Terry gives a party in his apartment for Jarrod and offers a job position to him in LA. Terry's assistant and lover Denise (Crystal Reed) and his friend Ray (Neil Hopkins) sleep on the couch in the living room, but in the dawn of the next morning, the group is awakened by mysterious beams of blue light. Ray stares at the light and is taken by the mysterious force. The group of friends try to escape from the alien invaders. (Read More)

Themes:military
Mood:suspense
Characters:alien
Story:alien invasion,  spacecraft,  fireplace,  spaceship,  airplane,  helicopter,  chase,  husband wife relationship

The War Of The Worlds (1953)
Action, Sci-fi, Thriller

The War Of The Worlds (1953)

H.G. Wells' classic novel is brought to life in this tale of alien invasion. The residents of a small town in California are excited when a flaming meteor lands in the hills. Their joy is tempered somewhat when they discover that it has passengers who are not very friendly.

Themes:military
Locations:india
Characters:alien
Story:alien invasion,  air traffic control,  evacuation,  spacecraft,  ufo,  spaceship,  outer space,  small town

2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) is one of the best movies like Close Encounters Of The Third Kind (1977)
Adventure, Sci-fi

2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)

"2001" is a story of evolution. Sometime in the distant past, someone or something nudged evolution by placing a monolith on Earth (presumably elsewhere throughout the universe as well). Evolution then enabled humankind to reach the moon's surface, where yet another monolith is found, one that signals the monolith placers that humankind has evolved that far. Now a race begins between computers (HAL) and human (Bowman) to reach the monolith placers. The winner will achieve the next step in evolution, whatever that may be. This is why 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) is one of the best movies like Close Encounters Of The Third Kind (1977). (Read More)

Mood:epic
Locations:desert
Characters:alien
Story:alien contact,  message from outer space,  famous score,  quarantine,  astronaut,  blockbuster,  spacecraft,  ufo,  spaceship,  outer space,  cult film

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Le Cinquieme Element (1997)
Action, Adventure, Sci-fi

Le Cinquieme Element (1997)

In the twenty-third century, the universe is threatened by evil. The only hope for mankind is the Fifth Element, who comes to Earth every five thousand years to protect the humans with four stones of the four elements: fire, water, Earth and air. A Mondoshawan spacecraft is bringing The Fifth Element back to Earth but it is destroyed by the evil Mangalores. However, a team of scientists use the DNA of the remains of the Fifth Element to rebuild the perfect being called Leeloo. She escapes from the laboratory and stumbles upon the taxi driver and former elite commando Major Korben Dallas that helps her to escape from the police. Leeloo tells him that she must meet Father Vito Cornelius to accomplish her mission. Meanwhile, the Evil uses the greedy and cruel Jean-Baptiste Emanuel Zorg and a team of mercenary Mangalores to retrieve the stones and avoid the protection of Leeloo. But the skilled Korben Dallas has fallen in love with Leeloo and decides to help her to retrieve the stones. (Read More)

Themes:military
Mood:epic
Locations:desert
Characters:alien
Story:alien invasion,  police chase,  car chase,  blockbuster,  spacecraft,  pursuit,  spaceship,  outer space,  airplane,  cult film,  mother son relationship

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? (Read More)

Themes:military
Mood:epic
Locations:desert,  forest
Characters:alien
Story:alien invasion,  car chase,  blockbuster,  outer space,  airplane,  helicopter,  chase,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship

Cocoon (1985)
Sci-fi

Cocoon (1985)

A group of aliens return to earth to retrieve cocoons containing the people they'd left behind from an earlier trip. These cocoons had been resting at the bottom of the ocean. Once retrieved, they stored these recovered cocoons in the swimming pool of a house they'd rented in a small Florida town. Their mission is hampered by a number of elderly people from a nearby retirement community who had been secretly using the pool, and who discover unusual powers from within these cocoons. (Read More)

Characters:alien
Story:alien contact,  famous score,  blockbuster,  spacecraft,  spaceship,  outer space,  watching tv,  helicopter,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships

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Jupiter Ascending (2015) is one of the best movies like Close Encounters Of The Third Kind (1977)
Action, Adventure, Sci-fi

Jupiter Ascending (2015)

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

Themes:military
Mood:epic
Characters:alien
Story:alien contact,  alien abduction,  spacecraft,  spaceship,  outer space,  single mother,  cult film,  chase,  family relationships

Battle Los Angeles (2011)
Action, Sci-fi

Battle Los Angeles (2011)

Los Angeles and other cities around the world are being bombarded by meteors that seem to be slowing down once they hit the earth's atmosphere. The earth is suddenly being invaded by space aliens that have landed off the shore of LA, and who begin killing everybody along the beach. The military is ordered into action. Marine Staff Sergeant Nantz (Aaron Eckhart), who was about to retire, is reassigned to a new platoon. The platoon, flown by chopper to the forward operating base at Santa Monica Airport, is being led by a new 2nd Lt. Martinez (Ramon Rodriguez). They are sent on a mission to rescue some civilians who are trapped at the police station within alien territory. They only have 3 hours to complete their mission and get out before the Air Force bombs that zone. This is why Battle Los Angeles (2011) is one of the best movies like Close Encounters Of The Third Kind (1977). (Read More)

Themes:military
Locations:desert
Characters:alien
Story:alien contact,  alien invasion,  evacuation,  ufo,  spaceship,  helicopter,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship

The Way Of The Gun (2000)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

The Way Of The Gun (2000)

Two petty if violent criminals kidnap a girl being paid $1m to be a surrogate mother. As the baby is for a gangster the pair's demand for money sees several henchmen and assorted other ruthless characters head after them to Mexico. Bullets rather than talking are always going to settle this one.

Themes:conspiracy
Mood:suspense
Locations:mexico,  motel,  desert
Story:car chase,  evacuation,  pursuit,  cult film,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship

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Superman (1978)
Action, Adventure, Drama, Sci-fi

Superman (1978)

Just before the destruction of the planet Krypton, scientist Jor-El sends his infant son Kal-El on a spaceship to Earth. Raised by kindly farmers Jonathan and Martha Kent, young Clark discovers the source of his superhuman powers and moves to Metropolis to fight evil. As Superman, he battles the villainous Lex Luthor, while, as novice reporter Clark Kent, he attempts to woo co-worker Lois Lane (Read More)

Mood:epic
Locations:desert
Characters:alien
Period:1970s
Story:alien contact,  police chase,  globe,  famous score,  blockbuster,  spacecraft,  spaceship,  outer space,  rural setting,  helicopter,  father son relationship

X-men: Apocalypse (2016) is one of the best movies like Close Encounters Of The Third Kind (1977)
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:military
Mood:epic,  suspense
Locations:desert,  forest
Story:famous score,  ohio,  evacuation,  vision,  blockbuster,  outer space,  mountain,  single mother,  watching tv,  airplane,  helicopter,  chase,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship

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:military
Locations:desert
Characters:alien
Story:alien contact,  alien invasion,  astronaut,  spacecraft,  ufo,  spaceship,  outer space,  helicopter,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship

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