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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,  apocalypse,  military,  wedding,  suicide
Mood:epic,  suspense
Locations:beach,  bar
Characters:russian,  secretary,  teenager
Period:1990s
Story:female astronaut,  disaster in new york,  disaster film,  black u.s. president,  natural disaster,  black president,  saving the world mission,  american president,  fbi agent,  self sacrifice,  u.s. president,  news reporter,  female reporter,  meteor threatens earth,  meteor impact,  langley virginia,  reference to moby dick,  giant wave,  car falling off a cliff,  floppy disk,  tucson arizona,  world trade center,  tidal wave,  cosmonaut,  human in outer space,  nursery,  astronomer,  observatory,  chrysler building manhattan new york city,  nuclear weapons,  trucker,  comet,  times square manhattan new york city,  statue of liberty new york city,  space shuttle,  traffic jam,  astronomy,  brooklyn bridge,  teenage love,  website,  media coverage,  nasa,  mormon,  barbecue,  e mail,  space travel,  astronaut,  senator,  yacht,  bravery,  telescope,  flood,  end of the world,  white house,  press conference,  blockbuster,  spacecraft,  lifting someone into the air,  overalls,  disaster,  washington d.c.,  pizza,  sacrifice,  high school student,  president,  race against time,  cover up,  product placement,  mission,  fbi,  news report,  outer space,  exploding car,  internet,  journalist,  newspaper,  reporter,  manhattan new york city,  sunglasses,  bus,  paris france,  computer,  hero,  motorcycle,  car accident,  helicopter,  high school,  title directed by female,  pregnancy,  cell phone,  new york city,  explosion,  cigarette smoking,  father daughter relationship,  family relationships,  f rated,  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,  wedding
Locations:bar
Characters:russian
Period:1990s
Story:disaster in new york,  disaster film,  natural disaster,  saving the world mission,  american president,  self sacrifice,  u.s. president,  meteor threatens earth,  meteor impact,  world trade center,  cosmonaut,  human in outer space,  chrysler building manhattan new york city,  nuclear weapons,  space shuttle,  traffic jam,  brooklyn bridge,  media coverage,  nasa,  space travel,  astronaut,  bravery,  blockbuster,  disaster,  washington d.c.,  sacrifice,  president,  fbi,  outer space,  exploding car,  manhattan new york city,  paris france,  hero,  motorcycle,  helicopter,  new york city,  explosion,  father daughter relationship,  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:apocalypse,  military,  wedding
Mood:epic
Period:1990s
Story:disaster in new york,  saving the world mission,  american president,  self sacrifice,  u.s. president,  human in outer space,  statue of liberty new york city,  space shuttle,  traffic jam,  media coverage,  space travel,  bravery,  end of the world,  white house,  blockbuster,  spacecraft,  disaster,  washington d.c.,  president,  race against time,  product placement,  mission,  news report,  outer space,  exploding car,  manhattan new york city,  car accident,  helicopter,  new york city,  explosion,  father daughter relationship,  family relationships,  death

Godzilla (1998)
Action, Sci-fi, Thriller

Godzilla (1998)

Following the French atomic bomb tests in the South Pacific, an unknown creature is spotted passing eastward through the Panama Canal. Scientist Niko Tatopolous is called in to investigate the matter, and he quickly arrives at the conclusion that a giant, irradiated lizard has been created by the explosions. Godzilla then makes its way north, landing at Manhattan to begin wreaking havoc in the big city. Even with the combined forces of the U.S. military to fight the monster, will it be enough to save the people of New York? (Read More)

Themes:military
Locations:bar
Period:1990s
Story:disaster in new york,  disaster film,  female reporter,  world trade center,  chrysler building manhattan new york city,  brooklyn bridge,  media coverage,  e mail,  bravery,  blockbuster,  lifting someone into the air,  disaster,  race against time,  product placement,  mission,  news report,  exploding car,  journalist,  reporter,  manhattan new york city,  car accident,  helicopter,  pregnancy,  cell phone,  new york city,  explosion,  cigarette smoking

Independence Day: Resurgence (2016) is one of the best movies like Deep Impact (1998)
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:apocalypse,  military
Mood:suspense
Characters:teenager
Story:disaster film,  american president,  self sacrifice,  u.s. president,  giant wave,  nuclear weapons,  space travel,  bravery,  flood,  end of the world,  white house,  press conference,  blockbuster,  spacecraft,  disaster,  washington d.c.,  president,  race against time,  mission,  news report,  outer space,  exploding car,  paris france,  computer,  helicopter,  cell phone,  explosion,  father daughter relationship,  family relationships,  death

The Day After Tomorrow (2004)
Action, Adventure, Sci-fi, Thriller

The Day After Tomorrow (2004)

As Paleoclimatologist named Jack Hall is in Antartica, he discovers that a huge ice sheet has sheared off. But what he does not know is that this event will trigger a massive climate shift that will affect the world population. Meanwhile, his son Sam is with friends in New York to attend an event. There they discover that it has been raining non-stop for the past 3 days, and after a series of weather-related disasters begin to occur over the world, everybody realizes the world is entering a new Ice Age and the world population begins trying to evacuate to the warmer climates of the south. Jack makes a daring attempt to rescue his son and his friends who are stuck in New York and who have managed to survive not only a massive wave but also freezing cold temperatures that could possibly kill them. (Read More)

Themes:military
Story:disaster film,  natural disaster,  american president,  self sacrifice,  u.s. president,  tidal wave,  human in outer space,  statue of liberty new york city,  traffic jam,  astronaut,  flood,  end of the world,  blockbuster,  disaster,  washington d.c.,  president,  news report,  outer space,  manhattan new york city,  computer,  helicopter,  new york city,  death

The 5th Wave (2016)
Action, Adventure, Sci-fi, Thriller

The 5th Wave (2016)

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

Themes:apocalypse,  military
Mood:suspense
Characters:teenager
Story:disaster in new york,  disaster film,  natural disaster,  self sacrifice,  giant wave,  tidal wave,  teenage love,  bravery,  flood,  end of the world,  spacecraft,  disaster,  high school student,  race against time,  mission,  news report,  exploding car,  bus,  car accident,  helicopter,  high school,  cell phone,  new york city,  explosion,  father daughter relationship,  death

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

San Andreas (2015)

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

Mood:suspense
Characters:russian
Story:disaster film,  natural disaster,  female reporter,  giant wave,  tidal wave,  media coverage,  bravery,  flood,  blockbuster,  disaster,  race against time,  product placement,  mission,  news report,  reporter,  sunglasses,  car accident,  helicopter,  cell phone,  explosion,  father daughter relationship,  death

Pixels (2015) is one of the best movies like Deep Impact (1998)
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:apocalypse,  military
Locations:bar
Story:disaster in new york,  u.s. president,  chrysler building manhattan new york city,  media coverage,  nasa,  bravery,  end of the world,  white house,  press conference,  spacecraft,  disaster,  washington d.c.,  race against time,  product placement,  mission,  news report,  exploding car,  sunglasses,  hero,  motorcycle,  car accident,  helicopter,  cell phone,  new york city,  explosion

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. (Read More)

Mood:suspense
Locations:beach
Characters:russian
Story:female astronaut,  self sacrifice,  human in outer space,  space shuttle,  nasa,  space travel,  astronaut,  disaster,  race against time,  mission,  outer space,  explosion,  f rated,  death

Clear And Present Danger (1994)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Clear And Present Danger (1994)

Jack Ryan is back and this time the bad guys are in his own government. When Admiral James Greer becomes sick with cancer, Ryan is appointed acting CIA Deputy Director of Intelligence. Almost before he can draw a breath in his new position, one of the president's closest friends and his family are murdered in their sleep by what appears to by drug cartels. Ryan is called in to investigate, but unknown to him the CIA has already sent a secret field operative to lead an illegal paramilitary force in Colombia against cartels. Things get even more complicated when his team is set up and he loses an agent in the field and a friend of his wife's, who was the murdered agent's secretary, is murdered that same day. Ryan must then risk not only his career, but his life to expose the truth behind the mystery. (Read More)

Themes:military
Mood:suspense
Locations:bar
Characters:secretary
Period:1990s
Story:american president,  fbi agent,  u.s. president,  senator,  yacht,  white house,  press conference,  blockbuster,  washington d.c.,  cover up,  mission,  fbi,  news report,  exploding car,  sunglasses,  bus,  hero,  motorcycle,  car accident,  helicopter,  cell phone,  explosion,  father daughter relationship,  death

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:epic,  suspense
Story:human in outer space,  space shuttle,  media coverage,  nasa,  space travel,  astronaut,  press conference,  blockbuster,  spacecraft,  disaster,  race against time,  mission,  news report,  outer space,  journalist,  reporter,  computer,  helicopter,  pregnancy,  explosion,  cigarette smoking,  father daughter relationship,  family relationships

Mars Attacks! (1996) is one of the best movies like Deep Impact (1998)
Comedy, Sci-fi

Mars Attacks! (1996)

It is a normal day for everyone, until the President of the United States announces Martians have been spotted circling Earth. The Martians land and a meeting is arranged, but not everything goes to plan, and the Martians seem to have other plans for Earth. Are they just misunderstood beings or do they really want to destroy all of humanity? (Read More)

Themes:military
Characters:teenager
Story:disaster film,  american president,  u.s. president,  space travel,  end of the world,  white house,  spacecraft,  disaster,  washington d.c.,  president,  outer space,  bus,  computer,  new york city,  explosion,  death

2012 (2009)
Action, Adventure, Sci-fi

2012 (2009)

Dr. Adrian Helmsley, part of a worldwide geophysical team investigating the effect on the earth of radiation from unprecedented solar storms, learns that the earth's core is heating up. He warns U.S. President Thomas Wilson that the crust of the earth is becoming unstable and that without proper preparations for saving a fraction of the world's population, the entire race is doomed. Meanwhile, writer Jackson Curtis stumbles on the same information. While the world's leaders race to build "arks" to escape the impending cataclysm, Curtis struggles to find a way to save his family. Meanwhile, volcanic eruptions and earthquakes of unprecedented strength wreak havoc around the world. (Read More)

Themes:apocalypse,  military
Characters:russian
Story:black u.s. president,  black president,  american president,  self sacrifice,  u.s. president,  tidal wave,  times square manhattan new york city,  flood,  end of the world,  white house,  blockbuster,  disaster,  washington d.c.,  president,  race against time,  product placement,  paris france,  helicopter,  explosion,  father daughter relationship,  family relationships

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
Characters:teenager
Story:news reporter,  female reporter,  nuclear weapons,  statue of liberty new york city,  space travel,  yacht,  blockbuster,  spacecraft,  disaster,  product placement,  mission,  outer space,  newspaper,  reporter,  manhattan new york city,  hero,  helicopter,  high school,  new york city,  explosion

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". (Read More)

Themes:military
Mood:epic,  suspense
Locations:bar
Characters:russian
Story:self sacrifice,  u.s. president,  female reporter,  space shuttle,  media coverage,  e mail,  senator,  bravery,  flood,  press conference,  blockbuster,  disaster,  washington d.c.,  cover up,  race against time,  product placement,  news report,  outer space,  exploding car,  journalist,  newspaper,  reporter,  sunglasses,  motorcycle,  helicopter,  cell phone,  explosion,  death

Tomorrowland (2015) is one of the best movies like Deep Impact (1998)
Action, Adventure, Family, Mystery, Sci-fi

Tomorrowland (2015)

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

Themes:apocalypse
Locations:beach
Story:self sacrifice,  space shuttle,  website,  nasa,  space travel,  astronaut,  flood,  end of the world,  high school student,  race against time,  product placement,  mission,  news report,  outer space,  sunglasses,  bus,  paris france,  motorcycle,  car accident,  high school,  cell phone,  new york city,  explosion,  father daughter relationship,  death

The Core (2003)
Action, Adventure, Sci-fi, Thriller

The Core (2003)

The Earth's core has stopped spinning. Disasters are appearing all over the world: Birds acting crazy, powerful thunderstorms, 32 people die within seconds of each other when their pacemakers quit working. Dr. Josh Keyes and his crew of five (total members: 6) go down to the center of the Earth to set off a nuclear device to make the Earth's core start spinning again or Mankind will perish. (Read More)

Themes:apocalypse
Story:disaster film,  natural disaster,  saving the world mission,  space shuttle,  nasa,  astronaut,  end of the world,  disaster,  washington d.c.,  product placement,  exploding car,  computer,  helicopter,  cell phone,  death

Superman II (1980)
Action, Adventure, Sci-fi

Superman II (1980)

Picking up where "Superman: The Movie" left off, three criminals, General Zod ('Terence Stamp' (qv)), Ursa, ('Sarah Douglas (I)' (qv)), and Non ('Jack O'Halloran (I)' (qv)) from the planet Krypton are released from the Phantom Zone by a nuclear explosion in space. They descend upon Earth where they could finally rule. Superman, meanwhile, is in love with Lois Lane ('Margot Kidder' (qv)), who finds out who he really is. Lex Luthor ('Gene Hackman' (qv)) escapes from prison and is determined to destroy Superman by joining forces with the three criminals. (Read More)

Characters:russian
Story:u.s. president,  cosmonaut,  brooklyn bridge,  nasa,  astronaut,  white house,  blockbuster,  washington d.c.,  product placement,  mission,  outer space,  exploding car,  newspaper,  reporter,  manhattan new york city,  bus,  paris france,  helicopter,  new york city,  explosion

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:apocalypse,  military
Mood:epic
Locations:bar
Story:fbi agent,  self sacrifice,  female reporter,  trucker,  media coverage,  space travel,  end of the world,  blockbuster,  spacecraft,  race against time,  product placement,  fbi,  news report,  outer space,  exploding car,  journalist,  newspaper,  reporter,  hero,  helicopter,  cell phone,  explosion,  death

All The President's Men (1976) is one of the best movies like Deep Impact (1998)
Biography, Drama, History, Thriller

All The President's Men (1976)

In the run-up to the 1972 elections, Washington Post reporter 'Bob Woodward (I)' (qv) covers what seems to be a minor break-in at the Democratic Party National headquarters. He is surprised to find top lawyers already on the defense case, and the discovery of names and addresses of Republican fund organizers on the accused further arouses his suspicions. The editor of the Post is prepared to run with the story and assigns Woodward and 'Carl Bernstein (I)' (qv) to it. They find the trail leading higher and higher in the Republican Party, and eventually into the White House itself. (Read More)

Story:american president,  fbi agent,  u.s. president,  news reporter,  white house,  blockbuster,  washington d.c.,  president,  cover up,  journalist,  newspaper,  reporter,  helicopter,  cigarette smoking

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

Godzilla (2014)

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

Themes:apocalypse,  military
Mood:epic,  suspense
Locations:beach
Story:disaster film,  self sacrifice,  giant wave,  floppy disk,  tidal wave,  nuclear weapons,  traffic jam,  media coverage,  flood,  blockbuster,  disaster,  cover up,  race against time,  product placement,  mission,  news report,  helicopter,  cell phone,  explosion,  family relationships,  death

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
Mood:epic
Locations:bar
Characters:russian,  secretary
Story:u.s. president,  cosmonaut,  space shuttle,  nasa,  space travel,  astronaut,  white house,  blockbuster,  spacecraft,  washington d.c.,  cover up,  product placement,  fbi,  news report,  outer space,  exploding car,  bus,  computer,  car accident,  helicopter,  cell phone,  explosion,  death

The Net (1995)
Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

The Net (1995)

Angela Bennett's a software engineer type who works from home and has few friends outside of cyberspace. Taking her first vacation in years, she becomes embroiled in a web of computer espionage.

Themes:suicide
Mood:suspense
Locations:beach
Period:1990s
Story:floppy disk,  media coverage,  e mail,  senator,  yacht,  white house,  washington d.c.,  cover up,  fbi,  news report,  internet,  reporter,  computer,  explosion

White House Down (2013) is one of the best movies like Deep Impact (1998)
Action, Drama, Thriller

White House Down (2013)

Capitol Policeman John Cale has just been denied his dream job with the Secret Service of protecting President James Sawyer. Not wanting to let down his little girl with the news, he takes her on a tour of the White House, when the complex is overtaken by a heavily armed paramilitary group. Now, with the nation's government falling into chaos and time running out, it's up to Cale to save the president, his daughter, and the country. (Read More)

Themes:military
Story:black u.s. president,  american president,  u.s. president,  media coverage,  senator,  white house,  washington d.c.,  president,  race against time,  fbi,  news report,  reporter,  paris france,  car accident,  helicopter,  cell phone,  explosion,  father daughter relationship,  death

Daylight (1996)
Action, Adventure, Drama, Thriller

Daylight (1996)

Trouble strikes when runaway robbers in a getaway car hit truck full of explosives in the tunnel connecting Manhattan and New Jersey. Survivors are left in a weakened tunnel blocked at both exits. As Kit Latura approaches the tunnel, he sees the impact and knows he gotta take action. With time running out, he enters the tunnel through a system of maintenance walkways. Can he get the survivors out before the tunnel fills up? (Read More)

Period:1990s
Story:disaster in new york,  disaster film,  self sacrifice,  brooklyn bridge,  flood,  disaster,  race against time,  exploding car,  manhattan new york city,  hero,  car accident,  helicopter,  new york city,  explosion,  cigarette smoking,  father daughter relationship,  family relationships,  death

The Pelican Brief (1993)
Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

The Pelican Brief (1993)

Two Supreme Court Justices have been killed. Now a college professor, who clerked for one of the two men, who's also having an affair with one of his students, is given a brief by her, that states who probably, wanted to see these two men dead. He then gives it to one of his friends, who works for the FBI. When the FBI director reads it, he is fascinated by it. One of the president's men who read it, is afraid that if it ever got out, the president could be smeared. So, he advises the president to tell the director to drop it, which he does. But later the professor and the girl were out and he was drunk and when he refused to give her the keys she stepped out of the car. When he started it, it blew up. She then discovers that her place has been burglarized and what was taken were her computer and her disks. Obviously, her brief has someone agitated. She then turns to her boyfriend's friend at the FBI, he agrees to come meet her but before he does someone shoots him and takes his place. At the meeting, he was about to kill her when someone shoots him. She then decides to turn to Gray Grantham, an investigative reporter, who was contacted by someone who says he has info on the killings but backed out at the last minute. He then meets her and tells her what her brief is, and basically, the man she suspects is a good friend of the president, who is trying to manipulate the outcome of a trial that is now before the Supreme Court. Grantham tells her that her brief can harm the pres… (Read More)

Mood:suspense
Locations:bar
Period:1990s
Story:american president,  fbi agent,  u.s. president,  floppy disk,  media coverage,  white house,  blockbuster,  washington d.c.,  president,  cover up,  fbi,  news report,  exploding car,  journalist,  newspaper,  reporter,  computer,  car accident,  new york city,  explosion,  death

Salt (2010)
Action, Crime, Mystery, Thriller

Salt (2010)

Evelyn Salt is a CIA agent and highly respected by all, including her boss, Ted Winter. Out of the blue, a Russian spy walks into their offices and offers a vital piece of information: the President of Russia will be assassinated during his forthcoming visit to New York City to attend the funeral of the recently deceased U.S. Vice President. The name of the assassin: Evelyn Salt. Concerned about the safety of her husband, who she cannot contact, she goes on the run. Winter refuses to accept that she is a mole or a double agent but her actions begin to raise doubts. Just who is Evelyn Salt and what is she planning? (Read More)

Mood:suspense
Characters:russian
Story:u.s. president,  news reporter,  statue of liberty new york city,  traffic jam,  brooklyn bridge,  media coverage,  white house,  washington d.c.,  president,  race against time,  product placement,  fbi,  news report,  manhattan new york city,  bus,  computer,  motorcycle,  car accident,  helicopter,  cell phone,  new york city,  explosion,  f rated

Le Cinquieme Element (1997) is one of the best movies like Deep Impact (1998)
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:apocalypse,  military
Mood:epic
Locations:bar
Period:1990s
Story:black u.s. president,  black president,  human in outer space,  space shuttle,  space travel,  end of the world,  blockbuster,  spacecraft,  president,  race against time,  product placement,  mission,  outer space,  new york city,  explosion

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:apocalypse,  military
Mood:epic
Locations:beach
Characters:teenager
Story:self sacrifice,  teenage love,  media coverage,  bravery,  end of the world,  blockbuster,  washington d.c.,  race against time,  cover up,  product placement,  mission,  news report,  outer space,  exploding car,  internet,  paris france,  computer,  motorcycle,  helicopter,  cell phone,  explosion,  father daughter relationship,  death

Oblivion (2013)
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.

Mood:suspense
Story:female astronaut,  self sacrifice,  space shuttle,  brooklyn bridge,  nasa,  space travel,  astronaut,  telescope,  white house,  spacecraft,  washington d.c.,  outer space,  motorcycle,  new york city,  explosion,  death

Everest (2015)
Action, Adventure, Drama, Thriller

Everest (2015)

On the morning of May 10, 1996, climbers from two commercial expeditions start their final ascent toward the summit of Mount Everest, the highest point on Earth. With little warning, a violent storm strikes the mountain, engulfing the adventurers in one of the fiercest blizzards ever encountered by man. Challenged by the harshest conditions imaginable, the teams must endure blistering winds and freezing temperatures in an epic battle to survive against nearly impossible odds. (Read More)

Themes:blindness
Mood:epic,  suspense
Characters:russian
Period:1990s
Story:self sacrifice,  female reporter,  bravery,  disaster,  race against time,  journalist,  reporter,  sunglasses,  bus,  helicopter,  pregnancy,  death

The Double (2011) is one of the best movies like Deep Impact (1998)
Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

The Double (2011)

Story kicks off with the mysterious murder of a senator bearing the marks of a Soviet assassin, who was long thought to be dead. To hunt down the killer, a retired CIA operative, who spent his career going toe-to-toe with his Soviet nemesis, is teamed with a young FBI agent.

Mood:suspense
Locations:bar
Characters:russian
Story:fbi agent,  senator,  washington d.c.,  cover up,  race against time,  fbi,  paris france,  car accident,  cell phone,  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)

Story:female astronaut,  times square manhattan new york city,  space shuttle,  media coverage,  nasa,  e mail,  space travel,  astronaut,  bravery,  press conference,  spacecraft,  race against time,  mission,  news report,  outer space,  computer,  explosion,  family relationships

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

Thirteen Days (2000)
Drama, History, Thriller

Thirteen Days (2000)

In October, 1962, U-2 surveillance photos reveal that the Soviet Union is in the process of placing nuclear weapons in Cuba. These weapons have the capability of wiping out most of the Eastern and Southern United States in minutes if they become operational. President John F. Kennedy and his advisors must come up with a plan of action against the Soviets. Kennedy is determined to show that he is strong enough to stand up to the threat, and the Pentagon advises U.S. military strikes against Cuba--which could lead the way to another U.S. invasion of the island. However, Kennedy is reluctant to follow through, because a U.S. invasion could cause the Soviets to retaliate in Europe. A nuclear showdown appears to be almost inevitable. Can it be prevented? (Read More)

Themes:military
Story:american president,  u.s. president,  nuclear weapons,  times square manhattan new york city,  statue of liberty new york city,  white house,  lifting someone into the air,  washington d.c.,  president,  manhattan new york city,  helicopter,  new york city

X-men: Apocalypse (2016) is one of the best movies like Deep Impact (1998)
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:apocalypse,  military
Mood:epic,  suspense
Locations:bar
Characters:teenager
Story:disaster in new york,  self sacrifice,  brooklyn bridge,  bravery,  end of the world,  blockbuster,  pizza,  high school student,  race against time,  product placement,  news report,  outer space,  sunglasses,  motorcycle,  helicopter,  high school,  new york city,  explosion,  cigarette smoking,  father daughter relationship,  death

Ghostbusters (2016)
Action, Comedy, Fantasy, Sci-fi

Ghostbusters (2016)

Themes:apocalypse,  suicide
Locations:bar
Characters:secretary
Story:disaster in new york,  times square manhattan new york city,  media coverage,  end of the world,  press conference,  pizza,  race against time,  cover up,  product placement,  news report,  exploding car,  reporter,  manhattan new york city,  motorcycle,  car accident,  cell phone,  new york city,  explosion,  f rated

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out Of The Shadows (2016)
Action, Adventure, Comedy, Sci-fi

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

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

Themes:apocalypse
Locations:bar
Characters:teenager
Story:disaster in new york,  female reporter,  chrysler building manhattan new york city,  times square manhattan new york city,  statue of liberty new york city,  brooklyn bridge,  bravery,  end of the world,  blockbuster,  spacecraft,  pizza,  cover up,  race against time,  mission,  news report,  exploding car,  journalist,  reporter,  sunglasses,  computer,  hero,  motorcycle,  car accident,  helicopter,  cell phone,  new york city,  explosion

Into The Storm (2014)
Action, Thriller

Into The Storm (2014)

In the span of a single day, the town of Silverton is ravaged by an unprecedented onslaught of tornadoes. The entire town is at the mercy of the erratic and deadly cyclones, even as storm trackers predict the worst is yet to come. Most people seek shelter, while others run towards the vortex, testing how far a storm chaser will go for that once-in-a-lifetime shot. (Read More)

Characters:teenager
Story:disaster film,  natural disaster,  self sacrifice,  media coverage,  flood,  disaster,  high school student,  race against time,  news report,  bus,  car accident,  helicopter,  high school,  cell phone,  explosion,  family relationships,  death

The Purge: Election Year (2016) is one of the best movies like Deep Impact (1998)
Action, Horror, Sci-fi, Thriller

The Purge: Election Year (2016)

It's been seventeen years since Leo Barnes (Frank Grillo) stopped himself from a regrettable act of revenge on Purge Night. Now serving as head of security for Senator Charlie Roan (Elizabeth Mitchell), his mission is to protect her in a run for president and survive the annual ritual that targets the poor and innocent. But when a betrayal forces them onto the streets of D.C. on the one night when no help is available, they must stay alive until dawn...or both be sacrificed for their sins against the state. (Read More)

Mood:suspense
Characters:russian
Story:self sacrifice,  media coverage,  senator,  bravery,  white house,  press conference,  overalls,  washington d.c.,  sacrifice,  president,  race against time,  product placement,  mission,  news report,  helicopter,  cell phone,  explosion,  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:military,  suicide
Mood:suspense
Locations:beach,  bar
Characters:russian
Story:u.s. president,  news reporter,  female reporter,  media coverage,  cover up,  race against time,  product placement,  mission,  fbi,  news report,  reporter,  sunglasses,  helicopter,  cell phone,  cigarette smoking,  father daughter relationship,  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)

Mood:epic,  suspense
Story:self sacrifice,  giant wave,  tidal wave,  space shuttle,  nasa,  space travel,  astronaut,  flood,  spacecraft,  race against time,  mission,  outer space,  explosion,  father daughter relationship,  family relationships,  death

The Last Days On Mars (2013)
Horror, Sci-fi, Thriller

The Last Days On Mars (2013)

On the last day of the first manned mission to Mars, a crew member of Tantalus Base believes he's made an historic discovery; fossilised evidence of bacterial life. Unwilling to let the relief crew claim the glory, he disobeys orders to pack up, and goes out on an unauthorised expedition to collect further samples. But a routine excavation turns to disaster, when the porous ground collapses, and he falls into a deep crevice and near certain death. His devastated colleagues attempt to recover his body. However, when another vanishes, they begin to realise; the life-form they've discovered is highly dangerous to all human life. (Read More)

Themes:suicide
Mood:suspense
Characters:russian
Story:female astronaut,  self sacrifice,  cosmonaut,  space shuttle,  space travel,  astronaut,  spacecraft,  disaster,  race against time,  mission,  outer space,  cigarette smoking,  death

Southland Tales (2006) is one of the best movies like Deep Impact (1998)
Comedy, Mystery, Sci-fi, Thriller

Southland Tales (2006)

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

Themes:apocalypse,  military,  suicide
Locations:beach,  bar
Story:self sacrifice,  news reporter,  website,  media coverage,  senator,  telescope,  end of the world,  press conference,  disaster,  cover up,  product placement,  news report,  outer space,  internet,  sunglasses,  computer,  car accident,  helicopter,  pregnancy,  cell phone,  explosion,  cigarette smoking,  father daughter relationship,  death

London Has Fallen (2016)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

London Has Fallen (2016)

After the British Prime Minister has passed away under mysterious circumstances, all leaders of the Western world must attend his funeral. But what starts out as the most protected event on earth, turns into a deadly plot to kill the world's most powerful leaders and unleash a terrifying vision of the future. The President of the United States, his formidable secret service head and a British MI-6 agent who trusts no one are the only people that have any hope of stopping it. (Read More)

Themes:military,  wedding,  suicide
Story:american president,  self sacrifice,  u.s. president,  times square manhattan new york city,  traffic jam,  white house,  washington d.c.,  president,  race against time,  product placement,  news report,  exploding car,  motorcycle,  helicopter,  pregnancy,  cell phone,  explosion,  death

Olympus Has Fallen (2013)
Action, Thriller

Olympus Has Fallen (2013)

When the White House (Secret Service Code: "Olympus") is captured by a terrorist mastermind and the President is kidnapped, disgraced former Presidential Secret Service Agent Mike Banning finds himself trapped within the building. As our national security team scrambles to respond, they are forced to rely on Banning's inside knowledge to help retake the White House, save the President and avert an even bigger disaster. (Read More)

Themes:military
Story:american president,  u.s. president,  media coverage,  white house,  press conference,  disaster,  washington d.c.,  president,  race against time,  fbi,  news report,  exploding car,  car accident,  helicopter,  explosion,  cigarette smoking,  death

The Poseidon Adventure (1972)
Action, Adventure, Drama, Thriller

The Poseidon Adventure (1972)

A passenger ship, on her way to the scrap yard is pushed to her limits by the new owners to save on the dismantling fees. A tidal wave hits her, flipping her over so that all the internal rooms are upside down. A priest takes a mixed band of survivors on a journey through the bowels of the ship in an attempt to survive. (Read More)

Mood:suspense
Story:disaster film,  natural disaster,  self sacrifice,  tidal wave,  bravery,  flood,  blockbuster,  disaster,  race against time,  helicopter,  explosion,  death

The Right Stuff (1983) is one of the best movies like Deep Impact (1998)
Adventure, Biography, Drama, History

The Right Stuff (1983)

'Tom Wolfe (I)' (qv)'s book on the history of the U.S. Space program reads like a novel, and the film has that same fictional quality. It covers the breaking of the sound barrier by 'Chuck Yeager' (qv) to the Mercury 7 astronauts, showing that no one had a clue how to run a space program or how to select people to be in it. Thrilling, funny, charming and electrifying all at once. (Read More)

Themes:military
Mood:epic
Locations:beach,  bar
Story:u.s. president,  nasa,  barbecue,  astronaut,  senator,  white house,  press conference,  spacecraft,  washington d.c.,  outer space,  helicopter

Fantastic Four (2005)
Action, Adventure, Family, Fantasy, Sci-fi

Fantastic Four (2005)

Reed Richards, a brilliant but timid and bankrupt scientist, is convinced that evolution can be triggered by clouds of cosmic energy, and has calculated that Earth is going to pass one of these clouds soon. Together with his friend and partner, the gruff yet gentle astronaut muscle-man Ben Grimm, Reed convinces his conceited MIT classmate Dr. Victor Von Doom, now CEO of his own enterprise, to allow him access to his privately-owned space station. Von Doom agrees in exchange for control over the experiment and a majority of the profits from whatever benefits it brings. He thus brings aboard Susan Storm, his shy, though assertive chief genetics researcher and a former lover of Reed's with whom she had an acrimonious break-up, and her diametrically opposed brother Johnny, the maverick and hot-headed playboy pilot. The astronauts make it home intact; however, before long they begin to mutate, developing strange and amazing powers as a result of their exposure to the cloud! Reed is able to stretch like rubber; Sue can turn invisible and create force fields, especially when angered; Johnny can produce fire at supernova temperatures, and is able to fly; and Ben is transformed into "The Thing", a large, rock-like creature with super strength. After Ben, brooding about his situation on the Brooklyn Bridge, inadvertently causes a major traffic pile-up whilst attempting to stop a man about to commit suicide, the four manage to use their powers to prevent any loss of life and to rescue a… (Read More)

Themes:blindness,  suicide
Locations:bar
Story:female astronaut,  chrysler building manhattan new york city,  times square manhattan new york city,  statue of liberty new york city,  space shuttle,  brooklyn bridge,  astronaut,  blockbuster,  product placement,  news report,  outer space,  exploding car,  manhattan new york city,  hero,  car accident,  new york city,  explosion,  death

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