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Contact (1997)
Drama, Mystery, Sci-fi, Thriller

Contact (1997)

Astronomer Dr. Ellie Arroway has long been interested in contact to faraway lands, a love fostered in her childhood by her father, Ted Arroway, who passed away when she was nine years old leaving her then orphaned. Her current work in monitoring for extraterrestrial life is based on that love and is in part an homage to her father. Ever since funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF) was pulled on her work, which is referred to some, including her NSF superior David Drumlin, as more science fiction than science, Ellie, with a few of her rogue scientist colleagues, have looked for funding from where ever they could get it to continue their work. When Ellie and her colleagues hear chatter originating from the vicinity of the star Vega, Ellie feels vindicated. But that vindication is short lived when others, including politicians, the military, religious leaders and other scientists such as Drumlin, try to take over her work. When the messages received from space are decoded, the project takes on a whole new dimension, which strengthens for Ellie the quest for the truth. Thrown into the mix are the unknown person who has up until now funded most of Ellie's work and what his motivations are, and Palmer Joss, a renowned author and theologian, who despite their fundamental differences in outlook, is mutually attracted to Ellie, that attraction based in part on intellect and their common goal of wanting to know the truth. (Read More)

Themes:faith,  military,  philosophy,  wealth,  blindness,  dying,  hope,  tragedy,  religion,  suicide
Locations:space,  beach
Characters:alien
Story:astronomer,  radio telescope,  alien intelligence,  radio,  religion versus science,  vega,  star gazing,  message from outer space,  mir space station,  american president,  space capsule,  amateur radio,  radio program,  ham radio,  radio broadcast,  space station,  space travel,  u.s. president,  outer space,  alien technology,  alien contact,  scientist,  science,  following a dream,  suicide pill,  presidential advisor,  spiritual advisor,  gender clash,  occam's razor,  unhappy childhood,  prime numbers,  cosmic zoom,  philosophical conversation,  airwaves,  speed of light,  music score features piano,  first contact,  hieroglyphics,  congressional hearing,  seti,  extra terrestrial,  time portal,  data,  financier,  hokkaido,  bill clinton,  expectation,  religious fundamentalist,  virtuality,  benefactor,  neo nazism,  death in childbirth,  millennium,  television broadcast,  zero gravity,  puerto rico,  wormhole,  child prodigy,  fanatic,  spacesuit,  olympic games,  sect,  orchestral music score,  altered version of studio logo,  video footage,  top secret,  code,  television show,  physics,  universe,  new mexico,  astronomy,  construction,  time machine,  intelligence,  mathematics,  nasa,  atheist,  career,  time lapse photography,  surveillance camera,  intrigue,  research,  bravery,  star,  telescope,  one night stand,  eccentric,  reference to adolf hitler,  heroine,  sabotage,  sacrifice,  laptop,  isolation,  president,  long take,  cover up,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  spirituality,  flash forward,  news report,  no opening credits,  woman,  orphan,  time travel,  death of mother,  death of father,  reference to god,  bomb,  helicopter,  female protagonist,  dream,  surprise ending,  title spoken by character,  father daughter relationship,  based on novel,  one word title,  f rated,  flashback,  death

Interstellar (2014)
Adventure, Drama, Sci-fi

Interstellar (2014)

Earth's future has been riddled by disasters, famines, and droughts. There is only one way to ensure mankind's survival: Interstellar travel. A newly discovered wormhole in the far reaches of our solar system allows a team of astronauts to go where no man has gone before, a planet that may have the right environment to sustain human life. (Read More)

Themes:hope
Locations:space
Story:wormhole,  nasa,  space station,  space travel,  outer space,  music score features piano,  zero gravity,  spacesuit,  orchestral music score,  altered version of studio logo,  top secret,  sabotage,  no opening credits,  woman,  time travel,  scientist,  science,  death of father,  bomb,  surprise ending,  title spoken by character,  father daughter relationship,  one word title,  flashback,  death

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K-pax (2001)
Drama, Sci-fi

K-pax (2001)

Themes:dying,  suicide
Characters:alien
Story:star gazing,  outer space,  philosophical conversation,  speed of light,  new mexico,  astronomy,  time lapse photography,  surveillance camera,  telescope,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  science,  death of father,  dream,  surprise ending,  title spoken by character,  father daughter relationship,  based on novel,  death

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:hope,  military
Locations:space
Characters:alien
Story:alien intelligence,  american president,  amateur radio,  ham radio,  space travel,  u.s. president,  outer space,  alien technology,  alien contact,  wormhole,  spacesuit,  video footage,  physics,  bravery,  president,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  news report,  radio,  no opening credits,  orphan,  death of mother,  scientist,  death of father,  bomb,  helicopter,  surprise ending,  father daughter relationship,  death

The Arrival (1996) is one of the best movies like Contact (1997)
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)

Locations:space
Characters:alien
Story:astronomer,  outer space,  radio,  alien technology,  cosmic zoom,  seti,  astronomy,  nasa,  intrigue,  research,  star,  telescope,  cover up,  scientist,  surprise ending,  death

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Europa Report (2013)
Drama, Mystery, Sci-fi, Thriller

Europa Report (2013)

Europa, Jupiter's moon is known to have potential to support life. Hence a manned mission is sent to Europa to search for data proving existence of life there. "Europa report" shows the difficult choices and sacrifices the crew has to make to fulfill their objective of sending valuable data to Earth for research. This is why Europa Report (2013) is one of the best movies like Contact (1997). (Read More)

Locations:space
Characters:alien
Story:alien intelligence,  space station,  space travel,  outer space,  alien contact,  data,  zero gravity,  spacesuit,  video footage,  research,  no opening credits,  scientist,  flashback,  death

Independence Day (1996)
Action, Adventure, Sci-fi

Independence Day (1996)

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

Themes:military,  hope,  tragedy
Characters:alien
Story:president,  american president,  amateur radio,  ham radio,  space travel,  u.s. president,  outer space,  alien technology,  alien contact,  scientist,  seti,  extra terrestrial,  bravery,  news report,  no opening credits,  woman,  death of mother,  helicopter,  surprise ending,  title spoken by character,  father daughter relationship,  death

Life (2017)
Horror, Sci-fi, Thriller

Life (2017)

Six astronauts aboard the space station study a sample collected from Mars that could provide evidence for extraterrestrial life on the Red Planet. The crew determines that the sample contains a large, single-celled organism - the first example of life beyond Earth. But..things aren't always what they seem. As the crew begins to conduct research, and their methods end up having unintended consequences, the life form proves more intelligent than anyone ever expected. (Read More)

Themes:tragedy
Locations:space
Characters:alien
Story:space station,  research,  outer space,  first contact,  zero gravity,  spacesuit,  intelligence,  sacrifice,  long take,  scientist,  science,  surprise ending,  title spoken by character,  death

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The Fountain (2006) is one of the best movies like Contact (1997)
Drama, Sci-fi

The Fountain (2006)

Three stories - one each from the past, present, and future - about men in pursuit of eternity with their love. A conquistador in Mayan country searches for the tree of life to free his captive queen; a medical researcher, working with various trees, looks for a cure that will save his dying wife; a space traveler, traveling with an aged tree encapsulated within a bubble, moves toward a dying star that's wrapped in a nebula; he seeks eternity with his love. The stories intersect and parallel; the quests fail and succeed. (Read More)

Themes:dying,  hope,  religion
Locations:space
Story:star gazing,  space travel,  outer space,  time lapse photography,  research,  star,  telescope,  sacrifice,  spirituality,  flash forward,  no opening credits,  scientist,  science,  title spoken by character,  death,  flashback

2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
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. (Read More)

Locations:space
Characters:alien
Story:alien intelligence,  message from outer space,  space station,  space travel,  outer space,  alien technology,  alien contact,  zero gravity,  spacesuit,  orchestral music score,  top secret,  universe,  intelligence,  nasa,  sabotage,  long take,  flash forward,  news report,  no opening credits,  time travel,  scientist,  surprise ending,  father daughter relationship,  based on novel,  flashback

Gravity (2013)
Drama, Sci-fi, Thriller

Gravity (2013)

Dr. Ryan Stone ('Sandra Bullock' (qv)) is a brilliant medical engineer on her first shuttle mission, with veteran astronaut Matt Kowalski ('George Clooney' (qv)) in command of his last flight before retiring. But on a seemingly routine spacewalk, disaster strikes. The shuttle is destroyed, leaving Stone and Kowalsky completely alone - tethered to nothing but each other and spiraling out into the blackness. This is why Gravity (2013) is one of the best movies like Contact (1997). (Read More)

Themes:hope
Locations:space,  beach
Story:space station,  space travel,  outer space,  zero gravity,  spacesuit,  altered version of studio logo,  nasa,  telescope,  isolation,  long take,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  radio,  no opening credits,  woman,  science,  female protagonist,  dream,  one word title,  f rated,  death,  flashback

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

Rogue One (2016)

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

Themes:blindness,  hope,  tragedy
Locations:space,  beach
Characters:alien
Story:alien intelligence,  space station,  space travel,  outer space,  construction,  bravery,  star,  sabotage,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  flash forward,  no opening credits,  death of mother,  scientist,  death of father,  bomb,  female protagonist,  title spoken by character,  father daughter relationship,  death,  flashback

Solyaris (1972) is one of the best movies like Contact (1997)
Drama, Mystery, Sci-fi

Solyaris (1972)

The Solaris mission has established a base on a planet that appears to host some kind of intelligence, but the details are hazy and very secret. After the mysterious demise of one of the three scientists on the base, the main character is sent out to replace him. He finds the station run-down and the two remaining scientists cold and secretive. When he also encounters his wife who has been dead for ten years, he begins to appreciate the baffling nature of the alien intelligence. (Read More)

Themes:hope,  suicide
Locations:space
Characters:alien
Story:space station,  alien intelligence,  outer space,  alien contact,  spacesuit,  intelligence,  research,  scientist,  science,  helicopter,  surprise ending,  one word title,  based on novel,  death,  flashback

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

Green Lantern (2011)

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

Themes:hope,  military
Locations:space
Characters:alien
Story:universe,  space travel,  u.s. president,  outer space,  alien contact,  wormhole,  altered version of studio logo,  top secret,  bravery,  president,  flash forward,  news report,  no opening credits,  scientist,  helicopter,  title spoken by character,  father daughter relationship,  death,  flashback

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Deep Impact (1998)
Action, Drama, Romance, Sci-fi, Thriller

Deep Impact (1998)

Journalist Jenny Lerner is assigned to look into the background of Secretary Alan Rittenhouse who abruptly resigned from government citing his wife's ill health. She learns from his secretary that Rittenhouse was having an affair with someone named Ellie but when she confronts him, his strange reaction leads her to reconsider her story. In fact, a comet, discovered the previous year by high school student Leo Biederman and astronomer Dr. Marcus Wolf, is on a collision course with the Earth, an Extinction Level Event. A joint US-Russian team is sent to destroy the comet but should it fail, special measures are to be put in place to secure the future of mankind. As the space mission progresses, many individuals deal with their fears and ponder their future. (Read More)

Themes:blindness,  military,  suicide
Locations:space,  beach
Story:astronomer,  american president,  space travel,  president,  u.s. president,  outer space,  astronomy,  nasa,  bravery,  telescope,  sacrifice,  cover up,  news report,  helicopter,  father daughter relationship,  f rated,  death

Solaris (2002)
Drama, Mystery, Romance, Sci-fi

Solaris (2002)

Dr. Gibarian, part of a team at a space station studying Solaris, makes an urgent and self-described bizarre video request to his friend, civilian psychiatrist Dr. Chris Kelvin, to come to the station to deal with an unspecified phenomenon aboard, that phenomenon with which Chris' experience and background may be able to explain and solve. Chris learns that his trip is sanctioned by the space program as a security force had been sent to the station to investigate, that security team which is now missing. When Chris arrives at the station, he finds only two surviving team members, Drs. Gordon and Snow (Dr. Gibarian committed suicide), who are both acting nervously. Chris also finds two unexpected people there, the first, who Chris only sees fleetingly, being Dr. Gibarian's adolescent son Michael, and the second being Chris' deceased wife, Rheya. Chris and Rheya had a passionate relationship in all its good and bad before she committed suicide. Apparently, these appearances of loved ones of the crew at the station are what Chris has come to investigate. As Chris, Gordon and Snow discuss and argue about what to do, Chris becomes emotionally invested in this vision of his wife, who herself begins to realize she looks like Rheya, acts like Rheya (including having the same feelings for Chris), answers to the name Rheya, but is not really the Rheya that was once Chris' wife. This is why Solaris (2002) is one of the best movies like Contact (1997). (Read More)

Themes:religion,  suicide
Locations:space
Story:space station,  space travel,  outer space,  alien contact,  spacesuit,  physics,  intelligence,  nasa,  eccentric,  no opening credits,  dream,  title spoken by character,  one word title,  based on novel,  flashback

Sunshine (2007) is one of the best movies like Contact (1997)
Adventure, Sci-fi, Thriller

Sunshine (2007)

50 years into the future, the Sun begins to die, and Earth is dying as a result. A team of astronauts is sent to revive the Sun - but the mission fails. Seven years later, a new team is sent to finish the mission as mankind's last hope.

Themes:dying,  hope,  religion,  suicide
Locations:space
Story:religion versus science,  outer space,  bomb,  spacesuit,  physics,  atheist,  star,  sabotage,  sacrifice,  scientist,  science,  surprise ending,  death

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Valerian And The City Of A Thousand Planets (2017)
Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Sci-fi

Valerian And The City Of A Thousand Planets (2017)

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

Themes:military
Locations:beach
Characters:alien
Story:universe,  intelligence,  space station,  space travel,  outer space,  alien technology,  zero gravity,  wormhole,  spacesuit,  eccentric,  sabotage,  president,  cover up,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  flash forward,  bomb,  dream,  surprise ending,  title spoken by character,  father daughter relationship,  flashback,  death

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,  hope
Locations:space
Characters:alien
Story:u.s. president,  alien contact,  philosophical conversation,  first contact,  zero gravity,  laptop,  flash forward,  news report,  no opening credits,  woman,  time travel,  scientist,  bomb,  helicopter,  dream,  surprise ending,  father daughter relationship,  one word title,  f rated,  flashback,  death

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

Battleship (2012)

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

Themes:military
Characters:alien
Story:ham radio,  space travel,  outer space,  alien contact,  spacesuit,  nasa,  bravery,  long take,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  flash forward,  news report,  no opening credits,  scientist,  helicopter,  title spoken by character,  father daughter relationship,  one word title

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Tomorrowland (2015) is one of the best movies like Contact (1997)
Action, Adventure, Family, Mystery, Sci-fi

Tomorrowland (2015)

Bound by a shared destiny, a bright, optimistic teen bursting with scientific curiosity and a former boy-genius inventor jaded by disillusionment embark on a danger-filled mission to unearth the secrets of an enigmatic place somewhere in time and space that exists in their collective memory as "Tomorrowland." This is why Tomorrowland (2015) is one of the best movies like Contact (1997). (Read More)

Themes:hope,  faith
Locations:space,  beach
Story:space travel,  outer space,  child prodigy,  altered version of studio logo,  nasa,  heroine,  sabotage,  long take,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  news report,  no opening credits,  time travel,  scientist,  science,  bomb,  surprise ending,  title spoken by character,  father daughter relationship,  one word title,  death,  flashback

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)

Themes:suicide
Locations:space
Story:outer space,  american president,  space station,  u.s. president,  spacesuit,  president,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  bomb,  helicopter,  surprise ending,  title spoken by character,  one word title,  flashback

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.

Locations:space
Characters:alien
Story:space travel,  outer space,  alien contact,  bravery,  eccentric,  sabotage,  news report,  radio,  bomb,  helicopter,  surprise ending,  title spoken by character,  father daughter relationship,  one word title,  death

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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:dying,  military
Locations:space
Characters:alien
Story:outer space,  alien contact,  first contact,  seti,  star,  long take,  news report,  woman,  scientist,  helicopter,  surprise ending,  one word title,  death

Barbarella (1968) is one of the best movies like Contact (1997)
Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy, Sci-fi

Barbarella (1968)

The year is 40,000. After peaceful floating in zero-gravity, astronaut Barbarella lands on the frozen planet Lythion and sets out to find renowned scientist Durand Durand in the City of Night, Sogo, where a new sin is invented every hour. There, she encounters such objects as the Excessive Machine, a genuine sex organ on which an expert artist of the keyboard, in this case, Durand Durand himself, can drive a victim to death by pleasure, a lesbian queen who can make her fantasies take form in her Chamber of Dreams, and a group of ladies smoking a giant hookah which dispenses Essence of Man through a poor victim struggling in its glass globe. You can not help but be impressed by the special effects crew and the various ways that were found to tear off what minimal clothes our heroine seemed to possess. (Read More)

Themes:blindness,  suicide
Characters:alien
Story:space travel,  outer space,  scientist,  zero gravity,  spacesuit,  universe,  heroine,  president,  radio,  woman,  science,  female protagonist,  dream,  surprise ending,  title spoken by character,  one word title,  f rated,  death

Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979)
Adventure, Mystery, Sci-fi

Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979)

A massive alien spacecraft of enormous power destroys three powerful Klingon cruisers, entering Federation space. Admiral James T. Kirk is ordered to take command of the USS Enterprise for the first time since her historic five-year mission. The Epsilon IX space station alerts the Federation, but they are also destroyed by the alien spacecraft. The only starship in range is the Enterprise--after undergoing a major overhaul at Spacedock on Earth. Kirk rounds up the rest of his crew, and acquires some new members, and sets off to intercept the alien spacecraft. However, it has been there years since Kirk last commanded the Enterprise... is he up to the task of saving Earth? This is why Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979) is one of the best movies like Contact (1997). (Read More)

Locations:space
Characters:alien
Story:space station,  space travel,  outer space,  wormhole,  spacesuit,  orchestral music score,  star,  long take

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

Man Of Steel (2013)

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

Themes:hope,  military
Characters:alien
Story:space capsule,  space travel,  outer space,  alien contact,  spacesuit,  altered version of studio logo,  sacrifice,  laptop,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  news report,  no opening credits,  orphan,  scientist,  death of father,  helicopter,  surprise ending,  flashback,  death

Titan A.e. (2000)
Action, Adventure, Animation, Family, Sci-fi

Titan A.e. (2000)

In the year 3028 A.D., Earth is being attacked by the Drej, which are aliens made of pure energy! The Drej mother-ship destroys Earth with an energy beam just as hundreds of space vehicles manage to escape with the last of mankind aboard! One of the escapees is Sam's young son Cale, who carries with him a ring given to him by his father. Fifteen years later, Cale works on a salvage station, eking out a rough life and hating his father for having disappeared aboard the Titan so long ago. Without a home planet, surviving humans have been reduced to outer space drifters and are constantly bullied and looked down on by other space-faring races. A human captain named Joseph Korso and his pilot Akima seek out Cale and explain that he must help them find the Titan which contains a mechanism that will create a new Earth and therefore unite all of humanity. Meanwhile, the Drej wants to find the Titan so that they can destroy it. With Korso's help, Cale discovers that the ring his father gave to him contains a genetically encoded map to the Titan, and thus begins his race across the universe with Korso and his ship and crew, including Preed, a wisecracking rat-like humanoid, Gune, an eccentric, green-skinned scientist, and Stith, a tough, hard-as-nails weapons expert who resembles something of a kangaroo. Before long, Cale and Akima finds out that Korso is searching for the Titan in order to hand it over to the Drej. (Read More)

Themes:dying,  hope
Locations:space
Characters:alien
Story:space station,  space travel,  outer space,  scientist,  zero gravity,  spacesuit,  universe,  eccentric,  no opening credits,  orphan,  death of father,  bomb,  helicopter

Star Trek: Into Darkness (2013) is one of the best movies like Contact (1997)
Action, Adventure, Sci-fi

Star Trek: Into Darkness (2013)

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

Themes:suicide
Locations:space
Characters:alien
Story:space station,  space travel,  outer space,  zero gravity,  spacesuit,  top secret,  star,  sabotage,  cover up,  no opening credits,  woman,  scientist,  death of father,  father daughter relationship,  death

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Men In Black (1997)
Adventure, Comedy, Family, Mystery, Sci-fi

Men In Black (1997)

Based off of the comic book. Unbeknownst to other people, there is a private agency code named MiB. This agency is some kind of extra terrestrial surveillance corporation. Then, one of the agency's finest men only going by the name "K" ('Tommy Lee Jones' (qv)) , is recruiting for a new addition to the agency. He has chosen James Edwards ('Will Smith (I)' (qv)) of the N.Y.P.D. Then, one day, a flying saucer crashes into Earth. This was an alien a part of the "Bug" race. He takes the body of a farmer ('Vincent D'Onofrio' (qv)) and heads to New York. He is searching for a super energy source called "The Galaxy". Now, Agents J and K must stop the bug before it can escape with the galaxy. (Read More)

Themes:suicide
Locations:space
Characters:alien
Story:alien intelligence,  extra terrestrial,  outer space,  alien contact,  cosmic zoom,  altered version of studio logo,  top secret,  code,  universe,  bravery,  sacrifice,  cover up,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  woman,  surprise ending,  title spoken by character

Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within (2001)
Action, Adventure, Animation, Fantasy, Romance, Sci-fi

Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within (2001)

In the year 2065, the next great assault against an invading race of phantom-like aliens is about to be launched. Dr. Aki Ross, a brilliant young scientist, races to find the invaders' secrets, not only to save the planet, but herself as well after her body is infected by alien particles. She teams up with the prestigious Deep Eyes military squadron, led by her old friend Grey Edwards. But as Aki, her mentor Dr. Sid, and Grey work toward a peaceful end, the scheming General Hein devises a plot to eradicate the aliens in one swift, destructive blow...even if it destroys the Earth right along with them. This is why Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within (2001) is one of the best movies like Contact (1997). (Read More)

Themes:military,  dying
Locations:space
Characters:alien
Story:space station,  space travel,  outer space,  scientist,  zero gravity,  spirituality,  no opening credits,  woman,  dream,  flashback,  death

Armageddon (1998)
Action, Adventure, Sci-fi, Thriller

Armageddon (1998)

It is just another day at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), a few astronauts were repairing a satellite until, out of nowhere, a series of asteroids came crashing into the shuttle, destroying it. These asteroids also decimated New York soon thereafter. Then, NASA discovered that there is an asteroid roughly the size of Texas heading towards the Earth, and when it does hit the Earth, the planet itself and all of its inhabitants will be obliterated, worse, the asteroid will hit the Earth in 18 days. Unfortunately, NASA's plans to destroy the asteroid are irrelevant. That is when the U.S. military decides to use a nuclear warhead to blow the asteroid to pieces. Then, scientists decide to blow the asteroid with the warhead inside the asteroid itself. The only man to do it, is an oil driller named Harry Stamper and his group of misfit drillers and geologists. As he and his drill team prepare for space excavation, the asteroid is still heading towards the Earth. When the crew are launched into outer space, they are determined to destroy this asteroid. (Read More)

Themes:military
Locations:space
Story:outer space,  nasa,  american president,  space station,  space travel,  u.s. president,  bomb,  spacesuit,  bravery,  sacrifice,  president,  helicopter,  title spoken by character,  father daughter relationship,  one word title,  death

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Pixels (2015) is one of the best movies like Contact (1997)
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,  hope
Locations:space
Characters:alien
Story:president,  u.s. president,  outer space,  alien contact,  data,  nasa,  bravery,  flash forward,  news report,  woman,  scientist,  helicopter,  surprise ending,  title spoken by character,  one word title,  flashback

Passengers (2016)
Drama, Sci-fi, Thriller

Passengers (2016)

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

Themes:dying
Locations:space
Story:space station,  space travel,  outer space,  zero gravity,  spacesuit,  star,  sabotage,  isolation,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  flash forward,  no opening credits,  death of father,  reference to god,  surprise ending,  title spoken by character,  father daughter relationship,  one word title,  flashback

Agora (2009)
Adventure, Biography, Drama, History, Romance

Agora (2009)

Alexandria, 391 AD: Hypatia teaches astronomy, mathematics, and philosophy. Her student Orestes is in love with her, as is Davus, her personal slave. As the city's Christians, led by Ammonius and Cyril, gain political power, the institutions of learning may crumble along with the governance of slavery. Jump ahead 20 years: Orestes, the city's prefect, has an uneasy peace with Christians, led by Cyril. A group from the newly empowered Christians has now taken to enforce their cultural hegemony zealously; first they see the Jews as their obstacle, then nonbelievers. Hypatia has no interest in faith; she's concerned about the movement of celestial bodies and "the brotherhood of all". Although her former slave doesn't see it that way. (Read More)

Themes:philosophy,  faith,  religion
Story:religion versus science,  philosophical conversation,  astronomer,  astronomy,  mathematics,  atheist,  star,  scientist,  science,  father daughter relationship,  one word title

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

Transformers: Revenge Of The Fallen (2009)

A youth chooses manhood. The week Sam Witwicky starts college, the Decepticons make trouble in Shanghai. A presidential envoy believes it's because the Autobots are around; he wants them gone. He's wrong: the Decepticons need access to Sam's mind to see some glyphs imprinted there that will lead them to a fragile object that, when inserted in an alien machine hidden in Egypt for centuries, will give them the power to blow out the sun. Sam, his girlfriend Mikaela Banes, and Sam's parents are in danger. Optimus Prime and Bumblebee are Sam's principal protectors. If one of them goes down, what becomes of Sam? This is why Transformers: Revenge Of The Fallen (2009) is one of the best movies like Contact (1997). (Read More)

Themes:military
Locations:beach
Characters:alien
Story:outer space,  alien technology,  hieroglyphics,  top secret,  bravery,  star,  laptop,  long take,  cover up,  news report,  radio,  no opening credits,  helicopter,  father daughter relationship,  death,  flashback

Oblivion (2013) is one of the best movies like Contact (1997)
Action, Adventure, Mystery, Sci-fi

Oblivion (2013)

One of the few remaining drone repairmen assigned to Earth, its surface devastated after decades of war with the alien Scavs, discovers a crashed spacecraft with contents that bring into question everything he believed about the war, and may even put the fate of mankind in his hands.

Locations:space
Characters:alien
Story:space station,  space travel,  outer space,  spacesuit,  altered version of studio logo,  nasa,  telescope,  no opening credits,  woman,  dream,  surprise ending,  one word title,  flashback,  death

I Am Legend (2007)
Drama, Horror, Sci-fi, Thriller

I Am Legend (2007)

Robert Neville is a scientist who was unable to stop the spread of the terrible virus that was incurable and man-made. Immune, Neville is now the last human survivor in what is left of New York City and perhaps the world. For three years, Neville has faithfully sent out daily radio messages, desperate to find any other survivors who might be out there. But he is not alone. Mutant victims of the plague -- The Infected -- lurk in the shadows... watching Neville's every move... waiting for him to make a fatal mistake. Perhaps mankind's last, best hope, Neville is driven by only one remaining mission: to find a way to reverse the effects of the virus using his own immune blood. But he knows he is outnumbered... and quickly running out of time. (Read More)

Themes:hope,  military,  faith,  religion,  suicide
Story:scientist,  radio broadcast,  u.s. president,  atheist,  isolation,  radio,  woman,  reference to god,  bomb,  helicopter,  surprise ending,  based on novel,  flashback,  death

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Fantastic Four (2015)
Action, Adventure, Sci-fi

Fantastic Four (2015)

FANTASTIC FOUR, a contemporary re-imagining of Marvel's original and longest-running superhero team, centers on four young outsiders who teleport to an alternate and dangerous universe, which alters their physical form in shocking ways. Their lives irrevocably upended, the team must learn to harness their daunting new abilities and work together to save Earth from a former friend turned enemy. (Read More)

Themes:military
Story:universe,  wormhole,  child prodigy,  spacesuit,  top secret,  nasa,  research,  reference to adolf hitler,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  flash forward,  no opening credits,  orphan,  scientist,  science,  death of father,  helicopter,  surprise ending,  father daughter relationship,  death

The Martian (2015)
Adventure, Drama, Sci-fi

The Martian (2015)

During a manned mission to Mars, Astronaut Mark Watney is presumed dead after a fierce storm and left behind by his crew. But Watney has survived and finds himself stranded and alone on the hostile planet. With only meager supplies, he must draw upon his ingenuity, wit and spirit to subsist and find a way to signal to Earth that he is alive. Millions of miles away, NASA and a team of international scientists work tirelessly to bring "the Martian" home, while his crewmates concurrently plot a daring, if not impossible, rescue mission. As these stories of incredible bravery unfold, the world comes together to root for Watney's safe return. (Read More)

Themes:hope
Locations:space
Story:nasa,  space station,  space travel,  outer space,  zero gravity,  spacesuit,  intelligence,  mathematics,  bravery,  laptop,  news report,  no opening credits,  scientist,  science,  bomb,  surprise ending,  based on novel

The 5th Wave (2016) is one of the best movies like Contact (1997)
Action, Adventure, Sci-fi, Thriller

The 5th Wave (2016)

Four waves of increasingly deadly attacks have left most of Earth in ruin. Against a backdrop of fear and distrust, Cassie is on the run, desperately trying to save her younger brother. As she prepares for the inevitable and lethal fifth wave, Cassie teams up with a young man who may become her final hope - if she can only trust him. This is why The 5th Wave (2016) is one of the best movies like Contact (1997). (Read More)

Themes:hope,  tragedy,  military
Characters:alien
Story:alien contact,  bravery,  sabotage,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  news report,  no opening credits,  death of mother,  death of father,  bomb,  helicopter,  surprise ending,  title spoken by character,  father daughter relationship,  based on novel,  death,  flashback

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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:military
Locations:space
Characters:alien
Story:space travel,  u.s. president,  outer space,  alien technology,  seti,  top secret,  new mexico,  nasa,  sabotage,  cover up,  news report,  no opening credits,  scientist,  bomb,  helicopter,  flashback,  death

Spartan (2004)
Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Spartan (2004)

In the US-government's special ops, Scott is a shooter, not a planner, doing the job without regard to quaint or obsolete convention. When a Harvard undergrad goes missing (the daughter of a US leader), it's Scott who applies the pressure, first to her boyfriend, then to a madam whose cathouse is the initial stop en route to a white slavery auction in Dubai. The abductors may not know the girl's identity, but once they figure it out, she's doomed. Deadly double crosses force Scott to become a planner. Through it all, earnest TV newscasters read the drivel they're handed. (Read More)

Themes:dying,  military,  suicide
Locations:beach
Story:u.s. president,  top secret,  code,  surveillance camera,  intrigue,  cover up,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  news report,  no opening credits,  helicopter,  surprise ending,  title spoken by character,  father daughter relationship,  one word title,  death

Species (1995)
Action, Horror, Sci-fi, Thriller

Species (1995)

In 1993, the Search for Extra Terrestrial Intelligence Project receives a transmission detailing an alien DNA structure, along with instructions on how to splice it with human DNA. The result is Sil, a sensual but deadly creature who can change from a beautiful woman to an armour-plated killing machine in the blink of an eye. Government agent Xavier Fitch assembles a team of scientists and mercenaries to locate and destroy Sil before she manages to find a mate and breed. (Read More)

Locations:space
Characters:alien
Story:top secret,  intelligence,  message from outer space,  outer space,  woman,  seti,  extra terrestrial,  one night stand,  scientist,  science,  helicopter,  title spoken by character

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Prometheus (2012) is one of the best movies like Contact (1997)
Adventure, Mystery, Sci-fi

Prometheus (2012)

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

Themes:faith,  suicide
Story:religion versus science,  space travel,  outer space,  alien technology,  alien contact,  spacesuit,  universe,  eccentric,  scientist,  science,  father daughter relationship,  flashback

Machete Kills (2013)
Action, Crime, Sci-fi, Thriller

Machete Kills (2013)

During an operation of a Mexican Cartel, Machete Cortez and Sartana Rivera intercept the criminals alone, but another group arrives and a masked man kills Sartana. Machete is arrested, accused of killing his beloved Sartana and Sheriff Doakes hangs Machete. But the President of the USA Rathcock pardons and recruits Machete to kill the revolutionary Marcos Mendez that has threatened the USA with a missile with a bomb. Machete goes to San Antonio to meet the Miss San Antonio Blanca Vasquez that will be the liaison between Machete and President Rathcock. Then Machete goes to the brothel of Madame Desdemona to seek out the prostitute Cereza that is Mendez's mistress. Machete meets Mendez and learns that his heart is connected to the missile and only the arm dealer Luther Voz is capable to disarm the bomb. Now Machete needs to bring Mendez to the USA in less than twenty-four hours and save his new country in a dangerous journey with betrayals. This is why Machete Kills (2013) is one of the best movies like Contact (1997). (Read More)

Themes:blindness
Story:space station,  space travel,  u.s. president,  outer space,  spacesuit,  eccentric,  president,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  news report,  scientist,  bomb,  helicopter,  surprise ending,  title spoken by character,  flashback,  death

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

Starship Troopers (1997)

In the distant future high school kids are encouraged to become citizens by joining the military. What they don't know is that they'll soon be engaged in a full scale war against a planet of alien insects. The fight is on to ensure the safety of humanity.

Themes:military,  hope,  tragedy
Locations:space
Characters:alien
Story:space station,  space travel,  outer space,  career,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  news report,  no opening credits,  woman,  death of mother,  scientist,  death of father,  based on novel,  death

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

Avatar (2009)

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

Themes:military
Locations:space
Characters:alien
Story:space travel,  outer space,  alien contact,  orchestral music score,  universe,  bravery,  heroine,  no opening credits,  woman,  scientist,  death of father,  helicopter,  surprise ending,  title spoken by character,  one word title,  death

Day Of The Dead (1985) is one of the best movies like Contact (1997)
Horror, Thriller

Day Of The Dead (1985)

Zombies rule the world, except for a small group of scientists and military personnel who reside in an underground bunker in Florida. The scientists are using the undead in gruesome experiments; much to the chagrin of the military. Finally the military finds that their men have been used in the scientists' experiments, and banish the scientists to the caves that house the Living Dead. Unfortunately, the zombies from above ground have made their way into the bunker. (Read More)

Themes:military,  hope,  faith,  suicide
Locations:beach
Story:amateur radio,  ham radio,  research,  sabotage,  isolation,  radio,  woman,  scientist,  reference to god,  helicopter,  surprise ending,  death

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
Locations:space
Characters:alien
Story:outer space,  alien contact,  first contact,  nasa,  scientist,  death of father,  helicopter,  death

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