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Ender's Game (2013)
Action, Fantasy, Sci-fi

Ender's Game (2013)

The Earth was ravaged by the Formics, an alien race seemingly determined to destroy humanity. Fifty years later, the people of Earth remain banded together to prevent their own annihilation from this technologically superior alien species. Ender Wiggin, a quiet but brilliant boy, may become the savior of the human race. He is separated from his beloved sister and his terrifying brother and brought to battle school in orbit around earth. He will be tested and honed into an empathetic killer who begins to despise what he does as he learns to fight in hopes of saving Earth and his family. (Read More)

Themes:military,  regret,  bullying,  redemption,  deception,  friendship,  revenge
Locations:laboratory,  cave
Characters:alien,  bully,  boy,  warrior,  soldier,  teacher,  children,  teenager
Period:future
Story:simulation game,  colonel,  alien egg,  alien planet,  alien invasion,  exploding planet,  war game,  video game,  battle,  basic training,  bully comeuppance,  military academy,  military school,  space battle,  military base,  insectoid alien,  human versus alien,  female soldier,  student teacher relationship,  facial tattoo,  dysfunctional society,  pre adolescent,  brother against brother,  space navy,  reference to julius caesar,  ejection seat,  child genius,  reflection in eye,  twisted ankle,  film starts with quote,  sleep deprivation,  new zealander,  based on young adult novel,  reference to napoleon,  kamikaze,  exploding plane,  outpost,  human in outer space,  infirmary,  zero gravity,  maori,  earth viewed from space,  bombardment,  child prodigy,  leadership,  teenage hero,  cryogenics,  close up of eye,  spacesuit,  mind reading,  exploding ship,  dogfight,  admiral,  monitor,  space opera,  fighter pilot,  space shuttle,  fighter jet,  simulation,  quitting a job,  push ups,  commander,  major,  drone,  war hero,  remorse,  space station,  cafeteria,  anti war,  close up of eyes,  laser gun,  telepathy,  lens flare,  lieutenant,  title at the end,  e mail,  hologram,  parachute,  sibling rivalry,  space travel,  punched in the stomach,  mentor,  child protagonist,  animated sequence,  child's point of view,  faked death,  invasion,  presumed dead,  teenage protagonist,  strong female lead,  genocide,  kicked in the stomach,  planet,  enemy,  sergeant,  spacecraft,  coma,  helmet,  propaganda,  egg,  destruction,  game,  ice,  strong female character,  self sacrifice,  manipulation,  character's point of view camera shot,  cover up,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  training,  shot in the leg,  fictional war,  spaceship,  child in peril,  no opening credits,  outer space,  baseball,  snake,  army,  montage,  strangulation,  dysfunctional family,  subjective camera,  teenage boy,  shot in the back,  fighting,  hallucination,  hand to hand combat,  letter,  mask,  brawl,  written by director,  shot in the chest,  fistfight,  dream,  beating,  voice over narration,  brother sister relationship,  teenage girl,  brother brother relationship,  coming of age,  shower,  surprise ending,  tattoo,  explosion,  martial arts,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  character name in title,  family relationships,  bare chested male,  independent film,  two word title,  based on novel,  death,  violence,  fight

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:redemption,  military
Characters:alien,  soldier
Story:alien invasion,  war game,  game,  human versus alien,  exploding plane,  spacesuit,  mind reading,  exploding ship,  admiral,  fighter pilot,  fighter jet,  commander,  major,  war hero,  close up of eyes,  telepathy,  lens flare,  lieutenant,  space travel,  invasion,  spacecraft,  helmet,  destruction,  character's point of view camera shot,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  fictional war,  spaceship,  child in peril,  no opening credits,  outer space,  baseball,  subjective camera,  shot in the back,  hand to hand combat,  brawl,  battle,  shot in the chest,  fistfight,  beating,  brother brother relationship,  explosion,  martial arts,  father daughter relationship,  bare chested male,  violence,  fight

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Enemy Mine (1985)
Action, Adventure, Drama, Sci-fi

Enemy Mine (1985)

A soldier from Earth crash-lands on an alien world after sustaining battle damage. Eventually he encounters another survivor, but from the enemy species he was fighting; they band together to survive on this hostile world. In the end the human finds himself caring for his enemy in a completely unexpected way. (Read More)

Themes:military,  deception,  friendship,  revenge
Locations:laboratory,  cave
Characters:alien,  warrior,  soldier
Period:future
Story:alien planet,  battle,  planet,  enemy,  space battle,  human versus alien,  infirmary,  exploding ship,  dogfight,  fighter pilot,  space station,  anti war,  laser gun,  space travel,  presumed dead,  kicked in the stomach,  spacecraft,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  training,  fictional war,  spaceship,  child in peril,  outer space,  montage,  shot in the back,  fighting,  brawl,  shot in the chest,  fistfight,  dream,  beating,  voice over narration,  brother brother relationship,  surprise ending,  explosion,  bare chested male,  two word title,  fight,  death,  violence

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:military,  revenge
Locations:laboratory
Characters:bully,  warrior,  alien,  soldier,  boy
Story:alien planet,  alien invasion,  exploding planet,  planet,  bully comeuppance,  space battle,  human versus alien,  female soldier,  exploding plane,  outpost,  earth viewed from space,  cryogenics,  spacesuit,  mind reading,  exploding ship,  fighter pilot,  fighter jet,  laser gun,  telepathy,  lens flare,  title at the end,  hologram,  space travel,  colonel,  kicked in the stomach,  spacecraft,  helmet,  ice,  self sacrifice,  character's point of view camera shot,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  fictional war,  spaceship,  child in peril,  no opening credits,  outer space,  army,  hand to hand combat,  brawl,  battle,  shot in the chest,  fistfight,  beating,  coming of age,  surprise ending,  explosion,  martial arts,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  bare chested male,  fight,  death,  violence

The 5th Wave (2016) is one of the best movies like Ender's Game (2013)
Action, Adventure, Sci-fi, Thriller

The 5th Wave (2016)

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

Themes:military,  deception,  friendship
Characters:warrior,  alien,  soldier,  children,  teenager
Story:alien invasion,  basic training,  military base,  human versus alien,  female soldier,  based on young adult novel,  infirmary,  drone,  close up of eyes,  presumed dead,  colonel,  enemy,  sergeant,  spacecraft,  helmet,  destruction,  self sacrifice,  manipulation,  character's point of view camera shot,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  training,  shot in the leg,  fictional war,  spaceship,  child in peril,  no opening credits,  army,  montage,  strangulation,  subjective camera,  teenage boy,  shot in the back,  brawl,  battle,  shot in the chest,  fistfight,  beating,  voice over narration,  brother sister relationship,  teenage girl,  coming of age,  surprise ending,  explosion,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  bare chested male,  based on novel,  fight,  violence,  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. This is why Valerian And The City Of A Thousand Planets (2017) is one of the best movies like Ender's Game (2013). (Read More)

Themes:redemption,  military,  deception,  revenge
Locations:cave
Characters:warrior,  alien,  soldier
Period:future
Story:alien planet,  exploding planet,  space battle,  female soldier,  zero gravity,  spacesuit,  mind reading,  exploding ship,  dogfight,  space opera,  space shuttle,  commander,  drone,  major,  space station,  laser gun,  telepathy,  hologram,  space travel,  genocide,  planet,  sergeant,  spacecraft,  helmet,  destruction,  strong female character,  self sacrifice,  cover up,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  fictional war,  spaceship,  outer space,  army,  montage,  shot in the back,  hand to hand combat,  brawl,  battle,  written by director,  shot in the chest,  fistfight,  dream,  beating,  surprise ending,  tattoo,  explosion,  martial arts,  father daughter relationship,  character name in title,  independent film,  bare chested male,  violence,  fight,  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:military,  deception,  friendship,  revenge
Locations:laboratory
Characters:alien,  warrior,  soldier,  teenager
Story:alien invasion,  exploding planet,  space battle,  military base,  human versus alien,  ejection seat,  exploding plane,  earth viewed from space,  bombardment,  spacesuit,  mind reading,  exploding ship,  dogfight,  fighter pilot,  fighter jet,  drone,  cafeteria,  laser gun,  telepathy,  lens flare,  lieutenant,  hologram,  parachute,  space travel,  invasion,  presumed dead,  planet,  spacecraft,  coma,  helmet,  destruction,  self sacrifice,  character's point of view camera shot,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  fictional war,  spaceship,  no opening credits,  outer space,  army,  strangulation,  subjective camera,  battle,  written by director,  shot in the chest,  teenage girl,  surprise ending,  tattoo,  explosion,  father daughter relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  death,  violence

Star Trek: Beyond (2016)
Action, Adventure, Sci-fi, Thriller

Star Trek: Beyond (2016)

After stopping off at Starbase Yorktown, a remote outpost on the fringes of Federation space, the USS Enterprise, halfway into their five-year mission, is destroyed by an unstoppable wave of unknown aliens. With the crew stranded on an unknown planet and with no apparent means of rescue, they find themselves fighting against a ruthless enemy with a well-earned hatred of the Federation and everything it stands for. Only a rebellious alien warrior can help them reunite and leave the planet to stop this deadly menace from beginning a possible galactic war. (Read More)

Themes:deception,  friendship,  revenge
Locations:cave
Characters:warrior,  alien
Story:alien planet,  planet,  space battle,  space navy,  outpost,  human in outer space,  zero gravity,  exploding ship,  admiral,  space opera,  commander,  drone,  space station,  laser gun,  lens flare,  lieutenant,  title at the end,  hologram,  space travel,  kicked in the stomach,  enemy,  spacecraft,  destruction,  strong female character,  self sacrifice,  spaceship,  no opening credits,  outer space,  army,  montage,  strangulation,  shot in the back,  fighting,  hand to hand combat,  brawl,  battle,  shot in the chest,  fistfight,  voice over narration,  explosion,  martial arts,  bare chested male,  violence,  death,  fight

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Rogue One (2016) is one of the best movies like Ender's Game (2013)
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:redemption,  deception,  revenge,  friendship
Locations:cave
Characters:warrior,  alien,  soldier
Period:future
Story:exploding planet,  space battle,  outpost,  mind reading,  exploding ship,  admiral,  dogfight,  space opera,  fighter pilot,  space shuttle,  space station,  laser gun,  hologram,  space travel,  presumed dead,  strong female lead,  planet,  sergeant,  spacecraft,  helmet,  destruction,  strong female character,  self sacrifice,  character's point of view camera shot,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  fictional war,  spaceship,  child in peril,  no opening credits,  outer space,  army,  strangulation,  subjective camera,  shot in the back,  brawl,  battle,  shot in the chest,  explosion,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  two word title,  fight,  death,  violence

The Transformers: The Movie (1986)
Action, Adventure, Animation, Family, Sci-fi

The Transformers: The Movie (1986)

This theatrical movie based on the television series (which was also based on a popular multiform robot toyline) did not go over very well at the box office. The movie takes place in 2005, twenty years after the television series, and chronicles the efforts of the heroic Autobots to defend their homeworld Cybertron from the evil Decepticons. Both factions are seething with anger, and that hatred has blinded them to a hideous menace headed their way. That hideous menace is the colossal planet known as Unicron, who has been ready to consume anything that stands in its way. The only thing that can stop Unicron is the Autobot Matrix of Leadership, which is possessed by the Autobots and which the Decepticons, through Unicron's orders, plan to take away from them. (Read More)

Themes:redemption,  deception,  friendship
Locations:laboratory
Characters:warrior,  alien,  soldier
Period:future
Story:alien planet,  alien invasion,  leadership,  planet,  space battle,  female soldier,  exploding plane,  human in outer space,  bombardment,  exploding ship,  space shuttle,  fighter jet,  space station,  laser gun,  space travel,  faked death,  presumed dead,  genocide,  spacecraft,  destruction,  self sacrifice,  manipulation,  fictional war,  spaceship,  child in peril,  outer space,  hand to hand combat,  brawl,  battle,  shot in the chest,  fistfight,  surprise ending,  explosion,  martial arts,  father son relationship,  independent film,  death,  fight,  violence

Allegiant (2016)
Action, Adventure, Mystery, Sci-fi, Thriller

Allegiant (2016)

After the earth-shattering revelations of INSURGENT, Tris must escape with Four and go beyond the wall enclosing Chicago. For the first time ever, they will leave the only city and family they have ever known. Once outside, old discoveries are quickly rendered meaningless with the revelation of shocking new truths. Tris and Four must quickly decide who they can trust as a ruthless battle ignites beyond the walls of Chicago which threatens all of humanity. In order to survive, Tris will be forced to make impossible choices about courage, allegiance, sacrifice and love. This is why Allegiant (2016) is one of the best movies like Ender's Game (2013). (Read More)

Themes:military,  deception,  revenge
Locations:cave
Characters:warrior,  soldier,  teenager
Period:future
Story:female soldier,  based on young adult novel,  leadership,  teenage hero,  dogfight,  drone,  cafeteria,  laser gun,  hologram,  strong female lead,  genocide,  kicked in the stomach,  strong female character,  manipulation,  character's point of view camera shot,  cover up,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  training,  fictional war,  child in peril,  no opening credits,  army,  subjective camera,  shot in the back,  fighting,  hallucination,  hand to hand combat,  brawl,  battle,  shot in the chest,  fistfight,  beating,  brother sister relationship,  teenage girl,  shower,  surprise ending,  tattoo,  explosion,  martial arts,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  bare chested male,  based on novel,  violence,  fight,  death

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Jupiter Ascending (2015)
Action, Adventure, Sci-fi

Jupiter Ascending (2015)

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

Themes:military,  redemption,  deception,  revenge,  friendship
Characters:warrior,  alien,  children
Story:space battle,  space navy,  human in outer space,  earth viewed from space,  spacesuit,  exploding ship,  dogfight,  space opera,  drone,  laser gun,  hologram,  sibling rivalry,  space travel,  presumed dead,  planet,  spacecraft,  destruction,  manipulation,  fictional war,  spaceship,  no opening credits,  outer space,  army,  montage,  fighting,  hand to hand combat,  brawl,  battle,  written by director,  shot in the chest,  fistfight,  voice over narration,  surprise ending,  tattoo,  explosion,  martial arts,  mother daughter relationship,  character name in title,  family relationships,  bare chested male,  two word title,  death,  violence,  fight

Guardians Of The Galaxy (2014) is one of the best movies like Ender's Game (2013)
Action, Adventure, Sci-fi

Guardians Of The Galaxy (2014)

After stealing a mysterious orb in the far reaches of outer space, Peter Quill from Earth, is now the main target of a manhunt led by the villain known as Ronan the Accuser. To help fight Ronan and his team and save the galaxy from his power, Quill creates a team of space heroes known as the "Guardians of the Galaxy" to save the world. (Read More)

Themes:deception,  friendship,  revenge
Locations:cave
Characters:warrior,  alien,  soldier
Story:alien planet,  space battle,  human in outer space,  zero gravity,  exploding ship,  space opera,  laser gun,  lens flare,  title at the end,  hologram,  space travel,  strong female lead,  planet,  spacecraft,  helmet,  strong female character,  self sacrifice,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  fictional war,  spaceship,  outer space,  army,  montage,  strangulation,  shot in the back,  hallucination,  hand to hand combat,  letter,  brawl,  battle,  written by director,  shot in the chest,  fistfight,  surprise ending,  explosion,  martial arts,  bare chested male,  violence,  fight,  death

Star Wars: Episode Vii - The Force Awakens (2015)
Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Sci-fi

Star Wars: Episode Vii - The Force Awakens (2015)

30 years after the defeat of Darth Vader and the Empire, Rey, a scavenger from the planet Jakku, finds a BB-8 droid that knows the whereabouts of the long lost Luke Skywalker. Rey, as well as a rogue stormtrooper and two smugglers, are thrown into the middle of a battle between the Resistance and the daunting legions of the First Order. (Read More)

Themes:redemption,  deception,  revenge
Characters:warrior,  alien,  soldier
Story:exploding planet,  planet,  space battle,  female soldier,  outpost,  human in outer space,  bombardment,  mind reading,  exploding ship,  admiral,  dogfight,  space opera,  fighter pilot,  commander,  major,  space station,  laser gun,  telepathy,  lens flare,  lieutenant,  hologram,  space travel,  presumed dead,  strong female lead,  spacecraft,  helmet,  destruction,  strong female character,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  fictional war,  spaceship,  no opening credits,  outer space,  army,  strangulation,  shot in the back,  hand to hand combat,  brawl,  battle,  written by director,  shot in the chest,  fistfight,  coming of age,  surprise ending,  explosion,  martial arts,  mother daughter relationship,  father son relationship,  fight,  violence,  death

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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,  friendship
Locations:cave
Characters:alien,  soldier
Period:future
Story:alien planet,  alien invasion,  planet,  space battle,  military base,  insectoid alien,  human versus alien,  female soldier,  outpost,  human in outer space,  mind reading,  exploding ship,  space station,  anti war,  telepathy,  lieutenant,  space travel,  colonel,  sergeant,  spacecraft,  propaganda,  self sacrifice,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  training,  fictional war,  spaceship,  no opening credits,  outer space,  army,  shot in the back,  battle,  shot in the chest,  beating,  shower,  explosion,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  bare chested male,  based on novel,  death,  violence,  fight

Star Trek: Into Darkness (2013)
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. This is why Star Trek: Into Darkness (2013) is one of the best movies like Ender's Game (2013). (Read More)

Themes:deception,  friendship,  revenge
Characters:warrior,  alien
Story:space battle,  human in outer space,  zero gravity,  cryogenics,  spacesuit,  exploding ship,  admiral,  space opera,  commander,  space station,  laser gun,  lens flare,  lieutenant,  hologram,  space travel,  mentor,  planet,  spacecraft,  destruction,  game,  self sacrifice,  manipulation,  cover up,  fictional war,  spaceship,  child in peril,  no opening credits,  outer space,  strangulation,  shot in the back,  hand to hand combat,  brawl,  battle,  shot in the chest,  fistfight,  beating,  explosion,  martial arts,  father daughter relationship,  bare chested male,  death,  fight,  violence

King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword (2017) is one of the best movies like Ender's Game (2013)
Action, Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword (2017)

Themes:redemption,  deception,  friendship,  revenge
Locations:cave
Characters:warrior,  soldier
Story:commander,  mentor,  kicked in the stomach,  sergeant,  helmet,  destruction,  self sacrifice,  manipulation,  character's point of view camera shot,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  training,  shot in the leg,  fictional war,  child in peril,  snake,  army,  montage,  strangulation,  subjective camera,  shot in the back,  fighting,  hand to hand combat,  brawl,  battle,  written by director,  shot in the chest,  fistfight,  beating,  brother sister relationship,  brother brother relationship,  coming of age,  surprise ending,  tattoo,  explosion,  martial arts,  father daughter relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  character name in title,  bare chested male,  violence,  death,  fight

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Pan (2015)
Adventure, Family, Fantasy

Pan (2015)

Themes:deception,  friendship,  revenge
Locations:cave
Characters:warrior,  boy,  children
Story:zero gravity,  dogfight,  fighter pilot,  close up of eyes,  child protagonist,  animated sequence,  child's point of view,  kicked in the stomach,  character's point of view camera shot,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  training,  fictional war,  child in peril,  no opening credits,  outer space,  subjective camera,  hand to hand combat,  letter,  brawl,  battle,  fistfight,  voice over narration,  coming of age,  surprise ending,  explosion,  martial arts,  mother son relationship,  character name in title,  based on novel,  death,  fight,  violence

Soldier (1998)
Action, Drama, Sci-fi

Soldier (1998)

In a futuristic society, some people are selected at birth to become soldiers, and trained in such a manner that they become inhuman killing machines. One of the most succesfull and older of these soldiers (Russell) is pitted against a new breed of soldiers, and after the confrontation is believed to be dead. His body is left behind in a semi-abandoned colonial planet, where everything is peaceful, and he is taught about the other aspects of life. But eventually he has to fight the new breed of soldiers again, this time to defend his new home... (Read More)

Themes:redemption,  military,  revenge
Characters:warrior,  soldier
Period:future
Story:exploding planet,  planet,  military academy,  female soldier,  war hero,  space travel,  presumed dead,  colonel,  sergeant,  spacecraft,  training,  fictional war,  spaceship,  child in peril,  outer space,  snake,  army,  hand to hand combat,  brawl,  battle,  shot in the chest,  fistfight,  tattoo,  explosion,  martial arts,  fight,  death,  violence

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:redemption,  military,  friendship,  revenge
Locations:laboratory
Characters:alien,  warrior,  soldier
Period:future
Story:alien planet,  human versus alien,  female soldier,  battle,  outpost,  human in outer space,  cryogenics,  exploding ship,  title at the end,  hologram,  space travel,  invasion,  strong female lead,  colonel,  genocide,  planet,  destruction,  strong female character,  self sacrifice,  training,  fictional war,  spaceship,  child in peril,  no opening credits,  outer space,  army,  hand to hand combat,  shot in the chest,  beating,  voice over narration,  surprise ending,  explosion,  martial arts,  bare chested male,  fight,  violence,  death

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Transformers: Dark Of The Moon (2011) is one of the best movies like Ender's Game (2013)
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. This is why Transformers: Dark Of The Moon (2011) is one of the best movies like Ender's Game (2013). (Read More)

Themes:military,  deception,  revenge
Characters:warrior,  alien,  soldier
Story:alien planet,  alien invasion,  exploding planet,  spacecraft,  space battle,  military base,  human versus alien,  exploding plane,  exploding ship,  space shuttle,  fighter jet,  drone,  laser gun,  lens flare,  lieutenant,  parachute,  space travel,  mentor,  faked death,  kicked in the stomach,  planet,  cover up,  shot in the leg,  fictional war,  spaceship,  no opening credits,  outer space,  montage,  shot in the back,  brawl,  battle,  shot in the chest,  beating,  explosion,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  bare chested male,  death,  fight,  violence

The Huntsman: Winter's War (2016)
Action, Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

The Huntsman: Winter's War (2016)

Themes:regret,  redemption,  deception,  revenge
Characters:warrior,  soldier
Story:female soldier,  mind reading,  telepathy,  faked death,  presumed dead,  kicked in the stomach,  helmet,  ice,  manipulation,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  training,  fictional war,  child in peril,  no opening credits,  snake,  army,  montage,  subjective camera,  hallucination,  hand to hand combat,  brawl,  battle,  shot in the chest,  fistfight,  beating,  voice over narration,  surprise ending,  explosion,  martial arts,  character name in title,  bare chested male,  fight,  violence,  death

Star Trek (2009)
Action, Adventure, Sci-fi

Star Trek (2009)

On the day of James Kirk's birth, his father dies on his damaged starship in a last stand against a Romulan mining vessel looking for Ambassador Spock, who in this time, has grown on Vulcan disdained by his neighbors for his half-human heritage. 25 years later, James T. Kirk has grown into a young rebellious troublemaker. Challenged by Captain Christopher Pike to realize his potential in Starfleet, he comes to annoy academy instructors like Commander Spock. Suddenly, there is an emergency on Vulcan and the newly-commissioned USS Enterprise is crewed with promising cadets like Nyota Uhura, Hikaru Sulu, Pavel Chekov and even Kirk himself, thanks to Leonard McCoy's medical trickery. Together, this crew will have an adventure in the final frontier where the old legend is altered forever as a new version of the legend begins. (Read More)

Themes:redemption,  revenge
Locations:cave
Characters:bully,  warrior,  alien,  teenager
Period:future
Story:alien invasion,  bully comeuppance,  space battle,  outpost,  human in outer space,  mind reading,  exploding ship,  space opera,  simulation,  commander,  lens flare,  lieutenant,  hologram,  parachute,  space travel,  punched in the stomach,  genocide,  planet,  spacecraft,  ice,  self sacrifice,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  training,  fictional war,  spaceship,  no opening credits,  outer space,  hand to hand combat,  shot in the chest,  fistfight,  beating,  tattoo,  explosion,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  two word title,  fight

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Power Rangers (2017)
Action, Adventure, Sci-fi

Power Rangers (2017)

High school outcasts stumble upon an old alien ship, where they acquire superpowers and are dubbed the Power Rangers. Learning that an old enemy of the previous generation has returned to exact vegenance, the group must harness their powers and use them to work together and save the world.

Themes:redemption,  deception,  revenge,  friendship
Locations:cave
Characters:alien,  bully,  warrior,  teenager
Story:bully comeuppance,  zero gravity,  earth viewed from space,  leadership,  teenage hero,  cryogenics,  hologram,  kicked in the stomach,  planet,  enemy,  spacecraft,  destruction,  self sacrifice,  manipulation,  training,  fictional war,  spaceship,  no opening credits,  outer space,  army,  montage,  teenage boy,  hand to hand combat,  brawl,  battle,  shot in the chest,  fistfight,  beating,  brother sister relationship,  teenage girl,  brother brother relationship,  coming of age,  surprise ending,  explosion,  martial arts,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  bare chested male,  death,  fight,  violence

Oblivion (2013) is one of the best movies like Ender's Game (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.

Themes:deception
Characters:alien,  warrior,  soldier
Period:future
Story:alien invasion,  drone,  spacecraft,  human versus alien,  spacesuit,  exploding ship,  space shuttle,  space station,  hologram,  space travel,  planet,  strong female character,  self sacrifice,  fictional war,  spaceship,  no opening credits,  outer space,  shot in the back,  hand to hand combat,  brawl,  battle,  written by director,  shot in the chest,  fistfight,  dream,  voice over narration,  shower,  surprise ending,  explosion,  martial arts,  bare chested male,  violence,  fight,  death

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

Predators (2010)

The mercenary Royce; the military Isabelle; the Russian soldier Nikolai; the San Quentin criminal Stans; the Sierra Leone militia Mombasa; the drug lord Cuchillo; the Yakuza Hanzo; and the Doctor Edwin awake in free fall but they succeed to open their parachutes landing in a jungle. Soon they find that they are on another planet and they are prey of aliens in a deadly hunting game, and they need to join forces to destroy their predators and survive. This is why Predators (2010) is one of the best movies like Ender's Game (2013). (Read More)

Themes:redemption,  military,  deception,  revenge
Characters:warrior,  alien,  soldier
Story:alien planet,  human versus alien,  female soldier,  exploding ship,  parachute,  punched in the stomach,  planet,  spacecraft,  game,  strong female character,  self sacrifice,  character's point of view camera shot,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  spaceship,  no opening credits,  outer space,  subjective camera,  shot in the back,  battle,  shot in the chest,  surprise ending,  tattoo,  explosion,  martial arts,  bare chested male,  death,  violence

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The Avengers (2012)
Action, Adventure, Sci-fi

The Avengers (2012)

Nick Fury is the director of S.H.I.E.L.D., an international peace-keeping agency. The agency is a who's who of Marvel Super Heroes, with Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, Thor, Captain America, Hawkeye and Black Widow. When global security is threatened by Loki and his cohorts, Nick Fury and his team will need all their powers to save the world from disaster. (Read More)

Themes:redemption,  deception,  revenge
Locations:laboratory
Characters:warrior,  alien,  soldier
Story:alien invasion,  human versus alien,  exploding plane,  exploding ship,  fighter pilot,  fighter jet,  war hero,  laser gun,  lens flare,  hologram,  parachute,  space travel,  invasion,  planet,  spacecraft,  helmet,  strong female character,  manipulation,  character's point of view camera shot,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  fictional war,  spaceship,  no opening credits,  outer space,  army,  shot in the back,  hand to hand combat,  mask,  brawl,  battle,  shot in the chest,  fistfight,  beating,  brother brother relationship,  explosion,  martial arts,  bare chested male,  two word title,  fight

Cowboy Bebop: Tengoku No Tobira (2001)
Action, Animation, Crime, Drama, Sci-fi, Thriller

Cowboy Bebop: Tengoku No Tobira (2001)

The year is 2071. Following a terrorist bombing, a deadly virus is released on the populace of Mars and the government has issued a 300 million woo-long reward, the largest bounty in history, for the capture of whoever is behind it. The bounty hunter crew of the spaceship Bebop; Spike, Faye, Jet and Ed, take the case with hopes of cashing in the bounty. However, the mystery surrounding the man responsible, Vincent, goes deeper than they ever imagined, and they aren't the only ones hunting him. The original creators of the virus have dispatched Electra to deal with Vincent and take out anyone who may stumble on the truth behind him. As the hunt for the man with no past and no future continues to escalate, they begin to question what about the world is reality and what is a dream as the line between sanity and insanity becomes more apparent. (Read More)

Themes:military,  deception
Locations:laboratory
Characters:warrior,  soldier
Period:future
Story:female soldier,  exploding plane,  human in outer space,  dogfight,  space opera,  fighter jet,  hologram,  parachute,  space travel,  punched in the stomach,  colonel,  spacecraft,  character's point of view camera shot,  cover up,  spaceship,  outer space,  army,  montage,  subjective camera,  hallucination,  hand to hand combat,  brawl,  shot in the chest,  fistfight,  dream,  shower,  surprise ending,  tattoo,  explosion,  martial arts,  bare chested male,  violence,  fight,  death

War For The Planet Of The Apes (2017) is one of the best movies like Ender's Game (2013)
Action, Adventure, Drama, Sci-fi, Thriller

War For The Planet Of The Apes (2017)

Caesar and his apes are forced into a deadly conflict with an army of humans led by a ruthless Colonel. After the apes suffer unimaginable losses, Caesar wrestles with his darker instincts and begins his own mythic quest to avenge his kind. As the journey finally brings them face to face, Caesar and the Colonel are pitted against each other in an epic battle that will determine the fate of both their species and the future of the planet. (Read More)

Themes:redemption,  military,  deception,  revenge,  friendship
Locations:cave
Characters:soldier
Period:future
Story:colonel,  female soldier,  leadership,  invasion,  planet,  helmet,  destruction,  self sacrifice,  character's point of view camera shot,  fictional war,  child in peril,  no opening credits,  army,  montage,  strangulation,  subjective camera,  shot in the back,  hallucination,  brawl,  battle,  shot in the chest,  fistfight,  dream,  beating,  brother brother relationship,  surprise ending,  tattoo,  explosion,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  bare chested male,  violence,  death,  fight

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The Mummy (2017)
Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Thriller

The Mummy (2017)

Though safely entombed in a crypt deep beneath the unforgiving desert, an ancient princess, whose destiny was unjustly taken from her, is awakened in our current day bringing with her malevolence grown over millennia, and terrors that defy human comprehension.

Themes:redemption,  military,  deception,  revenge,  friendship
Locations:laboratory
Characters:warrior,  soldier
Story:zero gravity,  mind reading,  drone,  close up of eyes,  telepathy,  parachute,  colonel,  kicked in the stomach,  sergeant,  destruction,  self sacrifice,  manipulation,  character's point of view camera shot,  cover up,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  shot in the leg,  no opening credits,  army,  strangulation,  subjective camera,  shot in the back,  hallucination,  hand to hand combat,  brawl,  battle,  shot in the chest,  fistfight,  dream,  beating,  surprise ending,  tattoo,  explosion,  martial arts,  bare chested male,  death,  violence,  fight

Red Dawn (2012)
Action, Thriller

Red Dawn (2012)

The city of Spokane, Washington is awakened by a North Korean paratrooper invasion. Marine Corps veteran Jed Eckert and his civilian brother, Matt, escape with a group of friends to an isolated cabin in the woods, where they witness the execution of their father at the hands of the ruthless Captain Cho. The brothers unite with their friends to form a guerrilla resistance group--the Wolverines--to drive the invaders from their home. This is why Red Dawn (2012) is one of the best movies like Ender's Game (2013). (Read More)

Themes:military,  deception,  friendship,  revenge
Characters:warrior,  soldier,  teenager
Story:female soldier,  exploding plane,  teenage hero,  fighter jet,  major,  lens flare,  invasion,  destruction,  self sacrifice,  training,  shot in the leg,  fictional war,  child in peril,  army,  montage,  teenage boy,  shot in the back,  hand to hand combat,  brawl,  battle,  shot in the chest,  fistfight,  teenage girl,  brother brother relationship,  surprise ending,  explosion,  martial arts,  father son relationship,  two word title,  fight,  death,  violence

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

Tomorrow, When The War Began (2010)

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

Themes:military,  friendship
Characters:soldier,  teenager
Story:female soldier,  exploding plane,  teenage hero,  fighter jet,  child's point of view,  invasion,  enemy,  helmet,  training,  shot in the leg,  fictional war,  no opening credits,  snake,  army,  montage,  shot in the back,  shot in the chest,  voice over narration,  explosion,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  bare chested male,  based on novel,  fight,  death,  violence

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Transformers: Revenge Of The Fallen (2009) is one of the best movies like Ender's Game (2013)
Action, Adventure, Sci-fi

Transformers: Revenge Of The Fallen (2009)

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

Themes:military,  deception,  revenge
Locations:cave
Characters:warrior,  alien,  soldier,  teenager
Story:alien invasion,  military base,  human versus alien,  teenage hero,  exploding ship,  fighter jet,  drone,  major,  lens flare,  parachute,  destruction,  self sacrifice,  cover up,  shot in the leg,  fictional war,  no opening credits,  outer space,  army,  teenage boy,  battle,  shot in the chest,  voice over narration,  teenage girl,  coming of age,  explosion,  father daughter relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  character name in title,  bare chested male,  death,  violence,  fight

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:redemption,  military,  friendship,  revenge
Locations:laboratory
Characters:soldier,  teenager
Story:alien planet,  military base,  child genius,  child prodigy,  teenage hero,  spacesuit,  drone,  close up of eyes,  title at the end,  presumed dead,  strong female lead,  planet,  enemy,  destruction,  strong female character,  character's point of view camera shot,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  no opening credits,  montage,  subjective camera,  teenage boy,  hand to hand combat,  brawl,  battle,  written by director,  shot in the chest,  fistfight,  beating,  teenage girl,  brother brother relationship,  surprise ending,  explosion,  martial arts,  father daughter relationship,  father son relationship,  bare chested male,  two word title,  death,  violence

300: Rise Of An Empire (2014)
Action, Fantasy

300: Rise Of An Empire (2014)

After its victory over Leonidas' 300, the Persian Army under the command of Xerxes marches towards the major Greek city-states. The Democratic city of Athens, first on the path of Xerxes' army, bases its strength on its fleet, led by admiral Themistocles. Themistocles is forced to an unwilling alliance with the traditional rival of Athens, oligarchic Sparta whose might lies with its superior infantry troops. But Xerxes still reigns supreme in numbers over sea and land. (Read More)

Themes:redemption,  deception,  revenge
Locations:cave
Characters:warrior,  soldier
Story:female soldier,  exploding ship,  admiral,  commander,  major,  mentor,  invasion,  helmet,  manipulation,  training,  shot in the leg,  no opening credits,  army,  montage,  shot in the back,  hand to hand combat,  brawl,  battle,  shot in the chest,  fistfight,  beating,  voice over narration,  surprise ending,  explosion,  father son relationship,  bare chested male,  death,  violence

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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. This is why Interstellar (2014) is one of the best movies like Ender's Game (2013). (Read More)

Themes:deception
Locations:laboratory
Characters:teacher,  children
Period:future
Story:planet,  alien planet,  zero gravity,  earth viewed from space,  cryogenics,  spacesuit,  exploding ship,  space shuttle,  fighter jet,  drone,  space station,  lens flare,  space travel,  strong female lead,  spacecraft,  helmet,  ice,  strong female character,  self sacrifice,  spaceship,  no opening credits,  outer space,  baseball,  brawl,  written by director,  fistfight,  beating,  brother sister relationship,  surprise ending,  explosion,  father daughter relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  fight,  death

Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017) is one of the best movies like Ender's Game (2013)
Action, Adventure, Sci-fi

Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017)

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

Themes:redemption,  deception,  revenge
Locations:cave
Characters:warrior,  alien
Story:exploding planet,  space battle,  human in outer space,  zero gravity,  spacesuit,  mind reading,  exploding ship,  space opera,  drone,  laser gun,  telepathy,  hologram,  space travel,  planet,  spacecraft,  helmet,  destruction,  self sacrifice,  manipulation,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  training,  fictional war,  spaceship,  outer space,  montage,  hand to hand combat,  brawl,  battle,  written by director,  shot in the chest,  fistfight,  surprise ending,  tattoo,  explosion,  martial arts,  father son relationship,  bare chested male,  violence,  fight,  death

Battle Los Angeles (2011)
Action, Sci-fi

Battle Los Angeles (2011)

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

Themes:redemption,  military
Characters:alien,  soldier
Story:alien invasion,  sergeant,  military base,  human versus alien,  female soldier,  exploding ship,  fighter jet,  drone,  lieutenant,  invasion,  colonel,  destruction,  self sacrifice,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  shot in the leg,  fictional war,  spaceship,  child in peril,  no opening credits,  army,  shot in the back,  battle,  shot in the chest,  shower,  explosion,  father son relationship,  violence,  death

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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
Locations:laboratory
Characters:alien,  soldier
Story:alien invasion,  major,  invasion,  spacecraft,  space battle,  military base,  human versus alien,  kamikaze,  exploding plane,  human in outer space,  mind reading,  exploding ship,  dogfight,  fighter pilot,  space shuttle,  fighter jet,  telepathy,  space travel,  presumed dead,  genocide,  planet,  self sacrifice,  fictional war,  spaceship,  no opening credits,  outer space,  army,  battle,  surprise ending,  explosion,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  two word title,  death,  fight

Wonder Woman (2017)
Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Sci-fi, War

Wonder Woman (2017)

Diana, princess of the Amazons, trained to be an unconquerable warrior. Raised on a sheltered island paradise, when a pilot crashes on their shores and tells of a massive conflict raging in the outside world, Diana leaves her home, convinced she can stop the threat. Fighting alongside man in a war to end all wars, Diana will discover her full powers and her true destiny. (Read More)

Themes:military,  deception,  revenge
Locations:laboratory,  cave
Characters:warrior,  soldier
Story:female soldier,  student teacher relationship,  earth viewed from space,  anti war,  close up of eyes,  title at the end,  e mail,  mentor,  animated sequence,  invasion,  strong female lead,  kicked in the stomach,  helmet,  destruction,  self sacrifice,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  training,  shot in the leg,  no opening credits,  army,  montage,  shot in the back,  fighting,  hand to hand combat,  brawl,  battle,  shot in the chest,  fistfight,  beating,  voice over narration,  coming of age,  surprise ending,  explosion,  martial arts,  fight,  mother daughter relationship,  character name in title,  family relationships,  bare chested male,  two word title,  death,  violence

Alien: Covenant (2017) is one of the best movies like Ender's Game (2013)
Horror, Sci-fi, Thriller

Alien: Covenant (2017)

Almost eleven years after the futile and disastrous expedition on the distant moon LV-223, the deep-space colonisation vessel Covenant equipped with more than 2,000 colonists in cryogenic hibernation, sets a course for the remote planet Origae-6 with the intention to build a new world. Instead, a rogue transmission will entice the crew to a nearby habitable small planet which resembles The Earth. The unsuspecting members of Covenant will have to cope with biological foes, beyond human comprehension. Ultimately, what was intended as a peaceful exploratory mission, will soon turn into a desperate rescue operation deep into the cold infinite space. This is why Alien: Covenant (2017) is one of the best movies like Ender's Game (2013). (Read More)

Themes:deception
Locations:laboratory,  cave
Characters:alien,  soldier
Period:future
Story:planet,  female soldier,  infirmary,  cryogenics,  spacesuit,  close up of eyes,  hologram,  space travel,  presumed dead,  genocide,  sergeant,  spacecraft,  helmet,  egg,  character's point of view camera shot,  training,  spaceship,  outer space,  strangulation,  subjective camera,  shot in the back,  brawl,  shot in the chest,  fistfight,  beating,  shower,  surprise ending,  explosion,  bare chested male,  two word title,  fight,  death,  violence

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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.

Themes:deception
Characters:alien,  teenager
Story:alien invasion,  human versus alien,  earth viewed from space,  exploding ship,  close up of eyes,  laser gun,  hologram,  space travel,  spacecraft,  egg,  destruction,  character's point of view camera shot,  spaceship,  child in peril,  outer space,  subjective camera,  fighting,  shot in the chest,  brother sister relationship,  teenage girl,  surprise ending,  explosion,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  independent film,  violence,  death

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. (Read More)

Themes:military
Characters:alien,  warrior,  soldier
Period:future
Story:mentor,  alien invasion,  exploding planet,  video game,  human versus alien,  female soldier,  human in outer space,  zero gravity,  exploding ship,  major,  space station,  hologram,  space travel,  invasion,  planet,  game,  self sacrifice,  fictional war,  no opening credits,  outer space,  battle,  dream,  independent film,  death

Tomorrowland (2015)
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:redemption,  deception
Locations:laboratory
Characters:warrior,  boy
Period:future
Story:child genius,  earth viewed from space,  child prodigy,  space shuttle,  drone,  close up of eyes,  laser gun,  title at the end,  hologram,  space travel,  strong female lead,  kicked in the stomach,  helmet,  strong female character,  self sacrifice,  character's point of view camera shot,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  spaceship,  child in peril,  no opening credits,  outer space,  montage,  subjective camera,  hand to hand combat,  brawl,  shot in the chest,  fistfight,  beating,  brother sister relationship,  teenage girl,  surprise ending,  explosion,  martial arts,  father daughter relationship,  father son relationship,  fight,  death,  violence

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X-men: Apocalypse (2016) is one of the best movies like Ender's Game (2013)
Action, Adventure, Sci-fi

X-men: Apocalypse (2016)

Since the dawn of civilization, he was worshiped as a god. Apocalypse, the first and most powerful mutant from Marvel's X-Men universe, amassed the powers of many other mutants, becoming immortal and invincible. Upon awakening after thousands of years, he is disillusioned with the world as he finds it and recruits a team of powerful mutants, including a disheartened Magneto, to cleanse mankind and create a new world order, over which he will reign. As the fate of the Earth hangs in the balance, Raven with the help of Professor X must lead a team of young X-Men to stop their greatest nemesis and save mankind from complete destruction. (Read More)

Themes:military,  deception,  revenge
Locations:laboratory,  cave
Characters:bully,  warrior,  soldier,  teacher,  teenager
Story:destruction,  bully comeuppance,  military base,  teenage hero,  mind reading,  telepathy,  mentor,  strong female lead,  colonel,  kicked in the stomach,  enemy,  helmet,  strong female character,  self sacrifice,  character's point of view camera shot,  fictional war,  no opening credits,  outer space,  strangulation,  subjective camera,  teenage boy,  shot in the back,  hand to hand combat,  brawl,  battle,  fistfight,  beating,  teenage girl,  brother brother relationship,  coming of age,  surprise ending,  explosion,  martial arts,  fight,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  character name in title,  bare chested male,  violence,  death

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 (2015)
Action, Adventure, Sci-fi, Thriller

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 (2015)

After young Katniss Everdeen agrees to be the symbol of rebellion, the Mockingjay, she tries to return Peeta to his normal state, tries to get to the Capitol, and tries to deal with the battles coming her way...but all for her main goal: assassinating President Snow and returning peace to the Districts of Panem. As her squad starts to get smaller and smaller, will she make it to the Capitol? Will she get revenge on Snow or will her target change? Will she be with her "Star-Crossed Lover," Peeta, or her long-time friend, Gale? Deaths, bombs, bow and arrows, a love triangle, hope... What will happen? This is why The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 (2015) is one of the best movies like Ender's Game (2013). (Read More)

Themes:military,  deception,  revenge
Characters:warrior,  soldier,  teenager
Period:future
Story:military base,  female soldier,  based on young adult novel,  bombardment,  commander,  anti war,  lieutenant,  title at the end,  hologram,  parachute,  presumed dead,  strong female lead,  genocide,  propaganda,  destruction,  game,  strong female character,  self sacrifice,  manipulation,  fictional war,  child in peril,  no opening credits,  army,  strangulation,  letter,  brawl,  battle,  shot in the chest,  fistfight,  coming of age,  tattoo,  explosion,  mother daughter relationship,  based on novel,  death,  fight,  violence

G.i. Joe: Retaliation (2013)
Action, Adventure, Sci-fi, Thriller

G.i. Joe: Retaliation (2013)

The G.I. Joe team is framed for crimes against the country by Zartan, disguised as the President, and Cobra Commander has all the world leaders under his influence, with their advanced warheads headed towards innocent populaces around the world. Outnumbered and outgunned, the surviving team members form a plan with their original leader, General Joseph Colton, to rescue the President and face off Cobra Commander, his accomplices and the world leaders. (Read More)

Themes:redemption,  military,  deception,  revenge,  friendship
Characters:warrior,  soldier
Story:female soldier,  bombardment,  cryogenics,  commander,  drone,  lens flare,  parachute,  kicked in the stomach,  helmet,  character's point of view camera shot,  cover up,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  training,  no opening credits,  army,  shot in the back,  hand to hand combat,  brawl,  battle,  shot in the chest,  fistfight,  beating,  voice over narration,  surprise ending,  explosion,  martial arts,  character name in title,  bare chested male,  violence,  fight,  death

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Riddick (2013)
Action, Sci-fi, Thriller

Riddick (2013)

The infamous Riddick has been left for dead on a sun-scorched planet that appears to be lifeless. Soon, however, he finds himself fighting for survival against alien predators more lethal than any human he's encountered. The only way off is for Riddick to activate an emergency beacon and alert mercenaries who rapidly descend to the planet in search of their bounty. The first ship to arrive carries a new breed of merc, more lethal and violent, while the second is captained by a man whose pursuit of Riddick is more personal. With time running out and a storm on the horizon that no one could survive, his hunters won't leave the planet without Riddick's head as their trophy. (Read More)

Themes:deception,  revenge
Locations:cave
Characters:alien
Story:alien planet,  planet,  outpost,  close up of eyes,  laser gun,  lens flare,  hologram,  helmet,  character's point of view camera shot,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  spaceship,  outer space,  montage,  strangulation,  shot in the back,  fighting,  hand to hand combat,  brawl,  written by director,  shot in the chest,  fistfight,  beating,  voice over narration,  explosion,  martial arts,  character name in title,  bare chested male,  violence,  death

X-men: Days Of Future Past (2014) is one of the best movies like Ender's Game (2013)
Action, Adventure, Sci-fi, Thriller

X-men: Days Of Future Past (2014)

In the future, the mutants and the humans that help them are slaughtered by powerful robots named Sentinels. Professor Xavier, Wolverine, Magneto, Storm, Kitty Pryde and her friends meet at a monastery in China and Xavier explains that the invincible Sentinels were created using the DNA of Mystique that was captured in 1973 when she tried to assassinate their creator Dr. Bolivar Trask. Xavier tells that their only chance is return to 1973 using Pryde's ability to join Charles Xavier and Erik Lehnsherr to convince Mystique to give up of her intention. . However, only Wolverine can withstand the damages of the time travel. Will he succeed in stopping Mystique and the Sentinel Program and save the mutants and their human friends from annihilation? (Read More)

Themes:redemption,  military,  deception,  revenge
Locations:laboratory
Characters:soldier
Period:future
Story:close up of eye,  mind reading,  major,  laser gun,  telepathy,  hologram,  colonel,  kicked in the stomach,  helmet,  ice,  strong female character,  character's point of view camera shot,  shot in the leg,  fictional war,  no opening credits,  army,  strangulation,  subjective camera,  fighting,  hallucination,  hand to hand combat,  brawl,  battle,  fistfight,  voice over narration,  surprise ending,  tattoo,  explosion,  martial arts,  bare chested male,  death,  fight,  violence

Self/less (2015)
Action, Mystery, Sci-fi, Thriller

Self/less (2015)

An extremely wealthy man, dying from cancer, undergoes a radical medical procedure that transfers his consciousness into the body of a healthy young man. But all is not as it seems when he starts to uncover the mystery of the body's origin and the organization that will kill to protect its cause.

Themes:redemption,  deception,  friendship,  revenge
Locations:laboratory
Characters:warrior
Story:title at the end,  faked death,  presumed dead,  kicked in the stomach,  self sacrifice,  character's point of view camera shot,  cover up,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  training,  shot in the leg,  no opening credits,  subjective camera,  hallucination,  hand to hand combat,  letter,  brawl,  shot in the chest,  fistfight,  beating,  surprise ending,  tattoo,  explosion,  martial arts,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  bare chested male,  independent film,  fight,  violence,  death

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