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Ghostbusters (1984)
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Ghostbusters (1984)

Peter Venkman, Ray Stantz and Egon work at the University where they delve into the paranormal and fiddle with many unethical experiments on the students. As they are kicked out of the University do they really understand their knowledge of the paranormal and go into business for themselves. Under t…he new snazzy business name of 'Ghostbusters', and living in the old firehouse building they work out of, they are called to rid New York City of paranormal phenomenon at everyone's whim.... for a price. They make national press as the media thinks and pressures everybody the Ghostbusters are the cause of it all. Thrown in jail by the EPA, the mayor takes a chance and calls on them to help save the city. Unbeknownst to all, a long dead Gozer worshiper (Evo Shandor) erected downtown apartment building is the cause of all the paranormal activity. They find out the building could resurrect the ancient Hittite god, Gozer, and bring an end to all of humanity. Who are you gonna call to stop this terrible world-ending menace? (Read More)

Subgenre:
paranormal investigation cult film deadpan comedy stop motion animation paranormal black comedy 
Themes:
supernatural being unlikely hero mythology devil apocalypse evil supernatural power ghost surrealism friendship 
Locations:
city mayor rooftop urban setting apartment elevator taxi hotel new york city 
Characters:
sex with ghost mayor secretary professor 
Period:
1980s 
Story:
green slime camera shot from inside refrigerator paranormal investigation team paranormal expert paranormal phenomenon giant monster evil god demonic possession evil spirit montage with pop song good versus evil ghost hunting equipment female ghost picture on time magazine environmental protection agency β€¦character appears on magazine cover character appears on front page of a newspaper inanimate object comes to life reference to world war one belief in ghosts disaster in new york proton pack gate keeper statue comes to life firehouse art deco ghostbusters lovecraftian part stop motion ghostbuster castle thunder marshmallow tights character appears on tv reference to the book of revelation famous song twin towers symphony remade surprise during end credits downtown ray gun exterminator glowing eyes trio budweiser famous line cellist ballroom slime famous score teamwork hearse electric shock chandelier cello cheering crowd receptionist coca cola central park manhattan new york city brooklyn bridge world domination tv commercial skyscraper megalomaniac legs librarian written by cast member boredom accountant irreverence refrigerator wisecrack humor sexy woman capture bible quote song in title misunderstanding research rampage laser giant blockbuster jail cell group of friends destiny nerd experiment first part haunting scene during end credits university product placement possession mission pop music library no opening credits man with glasses cult montage scientist manhattan new york city demon college rock music battle slow motion scene title spoken by character two word title  (See All)

Ghostbusters (2016)
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Ghostbusters (2016)

Subgenre:
paranormal investigation paranormal 
Themes:
unlikely hero apocalypse supernatural power ghost surrealism friendship 
Locations:
rooftop taxi hotel new york city 
Characters:
mayor secretary professor 
Story:
paranormal investigation team paranormal expert paranormal phenomenon giant monster evil spirit good versus evil ghost hunting equipment character appears on front page of a newspaper inanimate object comes to life belief in ghosts disaster in new york proton pack ghostbusters lovecraftian ghostbuster β€¦character appears on tv surprise during end credits glowing eyes slime teamwork hearse cheering crowd receptionist world domination megalomaniac wisecrack humor misunderstanding rampage laser giant group of friends haunting scene during end credits product placement possession library no opening credits man with glasses montage scientist manhattan new york city college rock music battle slow motion scene title spoken by character  (See All)

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Doctor Strange (2016)
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Doctor Strange (2016)

Marvel's "Doctor Strange" follows the story of the talented neurosurgeon Doctor Stephen Strange who, after a tragic car accident, must put ego aside and learn the secrets of a hidden world of mysticism and alternate dimensions. Based in New York City's Greenwich Village, Doctor Strange must act as a…n intermediary between the real world and what lies beyond, utilising a vast array of metaphysical abilities and artifacts to protect the Marvel Cinematic Universe. (Read More)

Themes:
apocalypse supernatural power ghost surrealism 
Locations:
apartment new york city 
Story:
evil god good versus evil inanimate object comes to life lovecraftian surprise during end credits brooklyn bridge world domination skyscraper megalomaniac librarian wisecrack humor blockbuster scene during end credits product placement library β€¦no opening credits montage demon battle slow motion scene title spoken by character  (See All)

The Mummy (2017)
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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.

Subgenre:
black comedy 
Themes:
unlikely hero evil supernatural power ghost friendship surrealism 
Locations:
rooftop 
Characters:
professor 
Story:
evil god demonic possession good versus evil lovecraftian world domination megalomaniac wisecrack humor capture rampage destiny product placement no opening credits man with glasses scientist battle β€¦slow motion scene  (See All)

Avengers: Age Of Ultron (2015) is one of the best movies like Ghostbusters (1984)
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Avengers: Age Of Ultron (2015)

Tony Stark creates the Ultron Program to protect the world, but when the peacekeeping program becomes hostile, The Avengers go into action to try and defeat a virtually impossible enemy together. Earth's mightiest heroes must come together once again to protect the world from global extinction.

Themes:
apocalypse supernatural power 
Locations:
elevator new york city 
Characters:
professor 
Story:
good versus evil glowing eyes ballroom teamwork world domination megalomaniac wisecrack humor rampage laser giant blockbuster jail cell scene during end credits mission no opening credits β€¦montage scientist battle slow motion scene  (See All)

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Power Rangers (2017)
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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.

Subgenre:
black comedy 
Themes:
apocalypse evil supernatural power friendship surrealism 
Story:
giant monster montage with pop song good versus evil surprise during end credits glowing eyes teamwork world domination megalomaniac rampage giant group of friends destiny nerd scene during end credits product placement β€¦mission no opening credits montage battle slow motion scene title spoken by character  (See All)

Thor (2011)
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Thor (2011)

The warrior Thor (Hemsworth) is cast out of the fantastic realm of Asgard by his father Odin (Hopkins) for his arrogance and sent to Earth to live among humans. Falling in love with scientist Jane Foster (Portman) teaches Thor much-needed lessons, and his new-found strength comes into play as a vill…ain from his homeland sends dark forces toward Earth. (Read More)

Subgenre:
cult film 
Themes:
mythology 
Locations:
rooftop 
Characters:
professor 
Story:
giant monster good versus evil gate keeper budweiser giant blockbuster first part product placement library no opening credits scientist battle slow motion scene title spoken by character 

Gods Of Egypt (2016)
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Gods Of Egypt (2016)

Set, the merciless god of darkness, has taken over the throne of Egypt and plunged the once peaceful and prosperous empire into chaos and conflict. Few dare to rebel against him. A young thief, whose love was taken captive by the god, seeks to dethrone and defeat Set with the aid of the powerful god… Horus. (Read More)

Subgenre:
black comedy 
Themes:
unlikely hero mythology apocalypse supernatural power surrealism 
Locations:
elevator 
Story:
giant monster good versus evil glowing eyes cheering crowd world domination megalomaniac wisecrack humor giant destiny mission library no opening credits demon battle slow motion scene 

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Pixels (2015) is one of the best movies like Ghostbusters (1984)
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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:
unlikely hero apocalypse surrealism friendship 
Locations:
apartment new york city 
Period:
1980s 
Story:
good versus evil inanimate object comes to life disaster in new york ray gun ballroom misunderstanding rampage nerd product placement mission man with glasses montage scientist battle slow motion scene β€¦title spoken by character  (See All)

Astro Boy (2009)
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Astro Boy (2009)

Set in futuristic Metro City, Astro Boy is about a young robot with incredible powers created by a brilliant scientist in the image of the son he has lost. Unable to fulfill the grieving man's expectations, our hero embarks on a journey in search of acceptance, experiencing betrayal and a netherworl…d of robot gladiators, before he returns to save Metro City and reconcile with the father who had rejected him. (Read More)

Themes:
unlikely hero supernatural power 
Locations:
rooftop taxi 
Characters:
professor 
Story:
giant monster good versus evil skyscraper capture rampage laser giant destiny no opening credits montage scientist battle title spoken by character two word title 

Superman (1978)
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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 vil…lainous Lex Luthor, while, as novice reporter Clark Kent, he attempts to woo co-worker Lois Lane (Read More)

Themes:
evil 
Locations:
rooftop urban setting new york city 
Story:
good versus evil character appears on front page of a newspaper famous score world domination megalomaniac blockbuster nerd first part product placement mission library man with glasses scientist manhattan new york city title spoken by character 

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Cloverfield (2008)
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Cloverfield (2008)

Cloverfield follows five New Yorkers from the perspective of a hand-held video camera. The movie is exactly the length of a DV Tape and a sub-plot is established by showing bits and pieces of video previously recorded on the tape that is being recorded over. The movie starts as a monster of unknown …origin destroys a building. As they go to investigate, parts of the building and the head of the Statue of Liberty come raining down. The movie follows their adventure trying to escape and save a friend, a love interest of the main character. (Read More)

Subgenre:
cult film 
Locations:
rooftop apartment new york city 
Story:
giant monster disaster in new york lovecraftian chandelier central park manhattan new york city brooklyn bridge skyscraper rampage group of friends product placement no opening credits cult manhattan new york city 

X-men: Apocalypse (2016) is one of the best movies like Ghostbusters (1984)
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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 supernatural power surrealism 
Locations:
taxi new york city 
Characters:
professor 
Period:
1980s 
Story:
good versus evil disaster in new york famous score brooklyn bridge world domination megalomaniac rampage laser giant blockbuster product placement no opening credits man with glasses cult scientist β€¦battle slow motion scene  (See All)

Godzilla (1998)
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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 ex…plosions. 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)

Subgenre:
cult film black comedy 
Locations:
taxi new york city 
Characters:
mayor 
Story:
giant monster disaster in new york central park manhattan new york city brooklyn bridge wisecrack humor misunderstanding rampage giant blockbuster product placement mission scientist manhattan new york city battle title spoken by character 

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The Sorcerer's Apprentice (2010)
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The Sorcerer's Apprentice (2010)

Balthazar Blake (Nicolas Cage) is a master sorcerer in modern-day Manhattan trying to defend the city from his arch-nemesis, Maxim Horvath (Alfred Molina). Balthazar can't do it alone, so he recruits Dave Stutler (Jay Baruchel), a seemingly average guy who demonstrates hidden potential, as his reluc…tant protege. The sorcerer gives his unwilling accomplice a crash course in the art and science of magic, and together, these unlikely partners work to stop the forces of darkness. It'll take all the courage Dave can muster to survive his training, save the city and get the girl as he becomes The Sorcerer's Apprentice. (Read More)

Subgenre:
cult film 
Themes:
unlikely hero supernatural power surrealism 
Locations:
rooftop apartment elevator taxi new york city 
Story:
demonic possession good versus evil inanimate object comes to life brooklyn bridge world domination megalomaniac product placement possession mission montage manhattan new york city demon battle 

Night Watch (2004)
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Night Watch (2004)

Among normal humans live the "Others" possessing various supernatural powers. They are divided up into the forces of light and the forces of the dark, who signed a truce several centuries ago to end a devastating battle. Ever since, the forces of light govern the day while the night belongs to their… dark opponents. In modern day Moscow the dark Others actually roam the night as vampires while a "Night Watch" of light forces, among them Anton, the movie's protagonist, try to control them and limit their outrage. (Read More)

Subgenre:
cult film 
Themes:
apocalypse supernatural power surrealism 
Locations:
rooftop urban setting apartment elevator 
Story:
good versus evil inanimate object comes to life surprise during end credits glowing eyes destiny first part scene during end credits mission no opening credits battle slow motion scene title spoken by character two word title 

R.i.p.d. (2013) is one of the best movies like Ghostbusters (1984)
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R.i.p.d. (2013)

After Nick is murdered by his own partner, he joins the Rest in Peace Department to protect the world from the undeads. While working with his new partner, many undeads are seen gathering in Boston. Soon he realizes that someone close to him is behind all a plot to bring on the apocalypse.

Themes:
apocalypse supernatural power surrealism 
Locations:
rooftop apartment 
Story:
giant monster good versus evil world domination megalomaniac wisecrack humor giant jail cell no opening credits demon title spoken by character 

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Fantastic Four (2015)
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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:
supernatural power surrealism friendship 
Locations:
new york city 
Characters:
professor 
Story:
good versus evil lovecraftian glowing eyes world domination megalomaniac capture giant experiment library no opening credits montage scientist battle two word title 

Suicide Squad (2016)
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Suicide Squad (2016)

It feels good to be bad...Assemble a team of the world's most dangerous, incarcerated Super Villains, provide them with the most powerful arsenal at the government's disposal, and send them off on a mission to defeat an enigmatic, insuperable entity. U.S. intelligence officer Amanda Waller has deter…mined only a secretly convened group of disparate, despicable individuals with next to nothing to lose will do. However, once they realize they weren't picked to succeed but chosen for their patent culpability when they inevitably fail, will the Suicide Squad resolve to die trying, or decide it's every man for himself? (Read More)

Subgenre:
black comedy 
Themes:
unlikely hero supernatural power surrealism 
Locations:
rooftop elevator hotel 
Story:
giant monster glowing eyes teamwork megalomaniac wisecrack humor rampage blockbuster jail cell scene during end credits possession mission no opening credits montage scientist battle β€¦slow motion scene title spoken by character two word title  (See All)

Fallen (1998)
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Fallen (1998)

Det. John Hobbes is convinced that when killer Edgar Reese is executed, all of his troubles are over. But when people he knows and people on the street start to sing the same tune that Reese sang in the gas chamber, and those same people taunt him, he is told that maybe the cursed fallen angel Azaze…l is behind it all. Azazel is cursed to roam the Earth without a form, and he can switch bodies by any contact, making him hard to track. When Hobbes is forced to kill a man possessed by Azazel, he must clear his name while protecting his family and others from the evil, vengeful Azazel. (Read More)

Subgenre:
cult film black comedy 
Themes:
devil apocalypse evil supernatural power surrealism 
Locations:
urban setting apartment new york city 
Characters:
professor 
Story:
demonic possession good versus evil budweiser brooklyn bridge rampage jail cell product placement possession demon slow motion scene title spoken by character 

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Odd Thomas (2013) is one of the best movies like Ghostbusters (1984)
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Odd Thomas (2013)

Small-town fry cook Odd Thomas ('Anton Yelchin' (qv)) is an ordinary guy with a paranormal secret: he sees dead people, everywhere. When a creepy stranger shows-up with an entourage of ghostly bodachs - predators who feed on pain and portend mass destruction - Odd knows that his town is in serious t…rouble. Teaming up with his sweetheart Stormy ('Addison Timlin' (qv)) and the local sheriff ('Willem Dafoe' (qv)), Odd plunges into an epic battle of good vs evil to try to stop a disaster of apocalyptic proportions. Based on the best-selling thriller by Dean Koontz. (Read More)

Subgenre:
paranormal black comedy 
Themes:
unlikely hero evil supernatural power ghost surrealism 
Locations:
apartment 
Story:
demonic possession evil spirit good versus evil cheering crowd refrigerator wisecrack humor product placement no opening credits cult montage demon battle slow motion scene title spoken by character two word title 

Hellboy (2004)
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Hellboy (2004)

In the final days of World War II, the Nazis attempt to use black magic to aid their dying cause. The Allies raid the camp where the ceremony is taking place, but not before a demon - Hellboy - has already been conjured. Joining the Allied forces, Hellboy eventually grows to adulthood, serving the c…ause of good rather than evil. (Read More)

Subgenre:
paranormal investigation black comedy 
Themes:
apocalypse evil 
Locations:
new york city 
Characters:
professor 
Story:
good versus evil megalomaniac destiny first part no opening credits demon battle title spoken by character 

Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them (2016)
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Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them (2016)

Holding a mysterious leather suitcase in his hand, Newt Scamander, a young activist wizard from England, visits New York while he is on his way to Arizona. Inside his expanding suitcase hides a wide array of diverse, magical creatures that exist among us, ranging from tiny, twig-like ones, to majest…ic and humongous ones. It is the middle of the 20s and times are troubled since the already fragile equilibrium of secrecy between the unseen world of wizards and the ordinary or "No-Maj" people that the MACUSA Congress struggles to maintain, is at risk of being unsettled. In the meantime, the voices against wizardry keep growing with daily protests led by Mary Lou Barebone and fuelled by the increasing disasters ascribed to a dark wizard, Gellert Grindelwald. At the same time, by a twist of fate, Newt's precious suitcase will be switched with the identical one of an aspiring No-Maj baker, Jacob Kowalski, while demoted Auror, Tina Goldstein, arrests Newt for being an unregistered wizard. To make matters worse, with the suitcase in the wrong hands, several creatures manage to escape to unknown directions. Before long, this situation will catch Senior Auror Percival Graves' attention who will target both Tina and Newt amid panic caused by an invisible, devastating and utterly unpredictable menace that still wreaks havoc in New York's 5th Avenue. Is there a hidden agenda behind Graves' intentions and ultimately, what will happen to the remaining magical creatures still loose in the st… (Read More)

Themes:
unlikely hero supernatural power surrealism friendship 
Locations:
urban setting apartment new york city 
Story:
evil spirit good versus evil glowing eyes famous score chandelier brooklyn bridge central park manhattan new york city skyscraper megalomaniac rampage blockbuster mission no opening credits montage manhattan new york city β€¦battle slow motion scene title spoken by character  (See All)

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Clash Of The Titans (1981)
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Clash Of The Titans (1981)

Perseus is the favored son of the god Zeus, but he has unwittingly ticked off the sea goddess Thetis. Just to make things worse, Perseus falls in love with the lovely Princess Andromeda, who used to be engaged to Thetis's son. Soon Perseus is off on one quest after another, with Zeus helping, Thetis… hindering, and lots of innocent bystanders getting stabbed, drowned, and squished. (Read More)

Subgenre:
cult film stop motion animation 
Themes:
unlikely hero mythology surrealism 
Story:
giant monster part stop motion remade famous line giant mission cult battle 

Home Alone 2: Lost In New York (1992) is one of the best movies like Ghostbusters (1984)
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Home Alone 2: Lost In New York (1992)

Kevin McCallister is back. But this time he's in New York City with enough cash and credit cards to turn the Big Apple into his very own playground. But Kevin won't be alone for long. The notorious Wet Bandits, Harry and Marv, still smarting from their last encounter with Kevin, are bound for New Yo…rk too, plotting a huge holiday heist! Kevin's ready to welcome them with more battery of booby traps the bumbling bandits will never forget! (Read More)

Subgenre:
cult film 
Themes:
surrealism friendship 
Locations:
rooftop urban setting elevator taxi hotel new york city 
Story:
green slime twin towers coca cola brooklyn bridge central park manhattan new york city blockbuster product placement manhattan new york city slow motion scene 

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

Subgenre:
black comedy 
Themes:
apocalypse friendship surrealism 
Locations:
rooftop urban setting elevator taxi new york city 
Story:
good versus evil disaster in new york teamwork brooklyn bridge world domination skyscraper megalomaniac wisecrack humor laser giant blockbuster mission no opening credits montage scientist β€¦battle slow motion scene  (See All)

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Beetlejuice (1988)
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Beetlejuice (1988)

Adam and Barbara are a normal couple...who happen to be dead. They have given their precious time to decorate their house and make it their own, but unfortunately a family is moving in, and not quietly. Adam and Barbara try to scare them out, but end up becoming the main attraction to the money maki…ng family. They call upon Beetlejuice to help, but Beetlejuice has more in mind than just helping. (Read More)

Subgenre:
cult film stop motion animation black comedy 
Themes:
supernatural power ghost surrealism 
Period:
1980s 
Story:
giant monster female ghost irreverence haunting possession man with glasses demon 

The Avengers (2012)
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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 w…ill need all their powers to save the world from disaster. (Read More)

Themes:
supernatural power 
Locations:
elevator new york city 
Story:
good versus evil disaster in new york surprise during end credits brooklyn bridge world domination laser giant blockbuster first part scene during end credits mission no opening credits manhattan new york city scientist battle β€¦title spoken by character two word title  (See All)

Dr. No (1962) is one of the best movies like Ghostbusters (1984)
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Dr. No (1962)

James Bond (007) is Britain's top agent and is on an exciting mission, to solve the mysterious murder of a fellow agent. The task sends him to Jamaica, where he joins forces with Quarrel and a loyal CIA agent, Felix Leiter. While dodging tarantulas, "fire breathing dragons" and a trio of assassins, …known as the three blind mice. Bond meets up with the beautiful Honey Ryder and goes face to face with the evil Dr. No. (Read More)

Subgenre:
cult film 
Themes:
evil 
Locations:
elevator hotel 
Characters:
professor 
Story:
good versus evil trio famous line hearse megalomaniac blockbuster first part mission scientist title spoken by character two word title 

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Beautiful Creatures (2013)
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Beautiful Creatures (2013)

Teenager Ethan Wate is obsessed with his urge to finish high school and go on to college in order to leave the small town of Gatlin, South Carolina behind, until a mysterious girl begins to inhabit his dreams. When he meets Lena Duchannes, a newcomer who has just enrolled in his school, Ethan knows …she is the girl in his dreams. Lena is rejected by the rest of her classmates for being the niece of Macon Ravenwood, whom the town's superstitious residents consider to be a devil-worshiper. But Ethan gives her a ride anyway and they fall in love. Lena reveals to her new boyfriend that she is a witch, and that on her sixteenth birthday she will be claimed by either the forces of light or of darkness. She will remain in the light, but only if she does not remain in love with Ethan. To make matters worse, her evil mother, Sarafine, is casting spells to push Lena to the dark side. Ethan joins her in a search to find a magic spell to save their doomed love. Will the lovers succeed? (Read More)

Subgenre:
black comedy 
Themes:
devil evil supernatural power surrealism friendship 
Characters:
mayor 
Story:
demonic possession good versus evil glowing eyes world domination megalomaniac destiny possession library no opening credits montage demon college battle two word title 

Howard The Duck (1986)
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Howard The Duck (1986)

A scientific experiment unknowingly brings extraterrestrial life forms to the Earth through a laser beam. First is the cigar smoking drake Howard from the duck's planet. A few kids try to keep him from the greedy scientists and help him back to his planet. But then a much less friendly being arrives… through the beam... (Read More)

Subgenre:
cult film 
Themes:
unlikely hero apocalypse 
Locations:
apartment 
Period:
1980s 
Story:
lovecraftian world domination laser experiment possession scientist rock music 

Seventh Son (2014)
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Seventh Son (2014)

John Gregory, who is a seventh son of a seventh son and also the local spook, has protected his country from witches, boggarts, ghouls and all manner of things that go bump in the night. However John is not young anymore, and has been seeking an apprentice to carry on his trade. Most have failed to …survive. The last hope is a young farmer's son named Thomas Ward. Will he survive the training to become the spook that so many others couldn't? Should he trust the girl with pointy shoes? How can Thomas stand a chance against Mother Malkin, the most dangerous witch in the county? (Read More)

Subgenre:
black comedy 
Themes:
supernatural power ghost surrealism 
Story:
giant monster demonic possession good versus evil world domination wisecrack humor giant destiny possession no opening credits montage demon battle slow motion scene title spoken by character 

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Evil Dead II (1987) is one of the best movies like Ghostbusters (1984)
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Evil Dead II (1987)

Ashley Williams travels to a secluded cabin in the woods with his girlfriend Linda where they find a tape recording of a professor and a book of evil. This unleashes a bunch of evil spirits that constantly terrorize Ash. Meanwhile a journalist comes to the area to study the book of evil. Ash and her… end up having to survive this swarm of evil until morning comes. (Read More)

Subgenre:
cult film black comedy 
Themes:
evil ghost surrealism 
Characters:
professor 
Period:
1980s 
Story:
demonic possession evil spirit good versus evil part stop motion haunting possession demon 

Warcraft (2016)
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Warcraft (2016)

When the world of the Orcs of Draenor is being destroyed by the evil fel magic that uses life-force, the powerful warlock Gul'dan creates a portal to the world of Azeroth and forms the Horde with members of the Orc clans. He also captures many prisoners to keep the portal open. The king of Azeroth, …Llane Wrynn and his brother-in-law, Anduin Lothar are informed by the apprentice of magician Khadgar that he has found fel magic in dead bodies and the king decides to summon the Guardian of Tirisfal, Medivh, to protect his kingdom. Lothar and Khadgar head to Kharazhan to meet Medivh and an ominous shadow points a book out to Khadgar, who takes it and hides. Anduin, Khadgar and Medivh and a group of soldiers are attacked by Orcs and they capture the slave Garona, who is released by King Llane, and she shows them the location of the portal. Garona is contacted by the Orc chief of a clan Durotan that wants to meet King Llane to stop the fel magic. Meanwhile Khadgar learns that the gate was opened with the help of someone in Azeroth. Shall King Llane trust Garona and Durotan, who might be the traitor? (Read More)

Themes:
evil supernatural power ghost surrealism friendship 
Story:
giant monster demonic possession good versus evil inanimate object comes to life glowing eyes world domination megalomaniac capture giant blockbuster jail cell library no opening credits demon battle β€¦slow motion scene  (See All)

Ant-man (2015)
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Ant-man (2015)

Armed with the astonishing ability to shrink in scale but increase in strength, con-man Scott Lang must embrace his inner-hero and help his mentor, Dr. Hank Pym, protect the secret behind his spectacular Ant-Man suit from a new generation of towering threats. Against seemingly insurmountable obstacl…es, Pym and Lang must plan and pull off a heist that will save the world. (Read More)

Subgenre:
black comedy 
Themes:
unlikely hero supernatural power surrealism friendship 
Locations:
apartment hotel 
Story:
good versus evil capture laser blockbuster jail cell group of friends experiment scene during end credits product placement no opening credits montage scientist slow motion scene title spoken by character 

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Mortal Kombat (1995)
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Mortal Kombat (1995)

Based on the popular video game of the same name "Mortal Kombat" tells the story of an ancient tournament where the best of the best of different Realms fight each other. The goal - ten wins to be able to legally invade the losing Realm. Outworld has so far collected nine wins against Earthrealm, so… it's up to Lord Rayden and his fighters to stop Outworld from reaching the final victory... (Read More)

Subgenre:
cult film 
Themes:
supernatural power surrealism 
Story:
good versus evil glowing eyes world domination megalomaniac wisecrack humor destiny first part no opening credits montage slow motion scene title spoken by character 

Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief (2010) is one of the best movies like Ghostbusters (1984)
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Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief (2010)

When his lightning bolt is stolen, Zeus accuses Poseidon's son Percy Jackson and gives Poseidon's son fourteen days to return it, otherwise he will initiate a war amongst the gods. Meanwhile the teenager, Percy, who is dyslexic and has ADHD is visiting The Museum of Metropolitan of Art and is attack…ed by a Fury disguised in his teacher. His physically handicapped best friend Grover reveals that Percy is a demigod and that he is his protector and his teacher Mr Brunner gives him a pen telling him that it is a powerful weapon. They go to Percy's house and together with his mother Sally they drive to the Camp Half-Blood. However Sally is attacked by a Minotaur and vanishes before Percy can help her. In the camp, Percy befriends the gorgeous Annabeth; when they are attacked by Hades who wants the lighting bolt for himself, Percy discovers that his mother is in the Underworld with Hades. Percy decides to travel on a dangerous quest to retrieve the lightning bolt and save his mother. Grover and Annabeth join him and Luke gives a powerful shield of his own to protect Percy. Will they be able to succeed? (Read More)

Themes:
supernatural power friendship 
Locations:
rooftop apartment elevator hotel new york city 
Story:
good versus evil surprise during end credits glowing eyes chandelier brooklyn bridge world domination giant first part scene during end credits product placement montage manhattan new york city demon slow motion scene 

Colossal (2016)
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Colossal (2016)

Gloria (Anne Hathaway) is an out-of-work girl who, after getting kicked out of her apartment by her boyfriend, is forced to leave her life in New York and move back to her hometown. When news reports surface that a giant creature is destroying Seoul, South Korea, Gloria gradually comes to the realiz…ation that she is somehow connected to this far-off phenomenon. As events begin to spin out of control, Gloria must determine why her seemingly insignificant existence has such a colossal effect on the fate of the world. (Read More)

Subgenre:
black comedy 
Themes:
supernatural power surrealism friendship 
Locations:
apartment taxi hotel new york city 
Story:
giant monster rampage giant product placement no opening credits montage battle slow motion scene 

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Independence Day (1996)
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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, pilot…ed 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)

Subgenre:
cult film 
Themes:
apocalypse 
Locations:
new york city 
Story:
disaster in new york twin towers world domination skyscraper wisecrack humor laser blockbuster product placement mission no opening credits man with glasses scientist manhattan new york city battle title spoken by character β€¦two word title  (See All)

Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017)
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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)

Subgenre:
black comedy 
Themes:
supernatural power surrealism friendship 
Period:
1980s 
Story:
giant monster evil god good versus evil surprise during end credits teamwork electric shock world domination megalomaniac wisecrack humor rampage laser giant blockbuster jail cell scene during end credits β€¦product placement montage battle slow motion scene  (See All)

Captain America: The First Avenger (2011) is one of the best movies like Ghostbusters (1984)
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Captain America: The First Avenger (2011)

It is 1942, America has entered World War II, and sickly but determined Steve Rogers is frustrated at being rejected yet again for military service. Everything changes when Dr. Erskine recruits him for the secret Project Rebirth. Proving his extraordinary courage, wits and conscience, Rogers undergo…es the experiment and his weak body is suddenly enhanced into the maximum human potential. When Dr. Erskine is then immediately assassinated by an agent of Nazi Germany's secret HYDRA research department (headed by Johann Schmidt, a.k.a. the Red Skull), Rogers is left as a unique man who is initially misused as a propaganda mascot; however, when his comrades need him, Rogers goes on a successful adventure that truly makes him Captain America, and his war against Schmidt begins. (Read More)

Themes:
friendship 
Locations:
rooftop elevator taxi new york city 
Characters:
secretary 
Story:
good versus evil brooklyn bridge world domination megalomaniac sexy woman research laser jail cell experiment first part mission no opening credits montage scientist battle β€¦slow motion scene  (See All)

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Superman II (1980)
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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)

Themes:
evil 
Locations:
elevator hotel new york city 
Period:
1980s 
Story:
good versus evil coca cola brooklyn bridge world domination megalomaniac blockbuster product placement mission man with glasses manhattan new york city battle 

Transformers: Dark Of The Moon (2011)
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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 S…tates 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:
evil 
Locations:
elevator 
Characters:
secretary 
Story:
good versus evil surprise during end credits chandelier world domination megalomaniac accountant rampage laser blockbuster scene during end credits product placement no opening credits montage scientist battle β€¦slow motion scene  (See All)

Dracula 2000 (2000)
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Dracula 2000 (2000)

In the millenium version of this classic Gothic horror we find Abraham Van Helsing (Plummer), who has tangled with Count Dracula (Butler) in the past, working as an English antiques dealer. Simon (Miller) is a vampire hunter in training under his apprenticeship. Van Helsing and Simon travel from Lon…don to New Orleans to rescue Van Helsing's daughter Mary (Waddell) from the family's life long nemesis - Dracula. (Read More)

Subgenre:
cult film black comedy 
Themes:
evil supernatural power surrealism friendship 
Locations:
rooftop taxi 
Characters:
secretary professor 
Story:
good versus evil glowing eyes wisecrack humor rampage destiny product placement library slow motion scene 

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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 "Guardi…ans of the Galaxy" to save the world. (Read More)

Themes:
supernatural power surrealism friendship 
Period:
1980s 
Story:
good versus evil surprise during end credits megalomaniac wisecrack humor laser giant blockbuster experiment first part scene during end credits montage battle slow motion scene title spoken by character 

The Prophecy (1995)
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The Prophecy (1995)

"Some people lose their faith because Heaven shows them too little," says Thomas Daggett. "But how many people lose their faith because Heaven showed them too much?" Daggett nearly became a priest; now he's a cop. He may want to put religion behind him, but one morning a weird, eyeless, hermaphrodit…ic corpse turns up. Suddenly he is on a path that will put him right in the middle of a war in Heaven. And once again, Heaven will show him too much: gore, blood, charred flesh, living corpses and much worse. Even more central to the heavenly war effort is a young girl. This American Indian child has something Gabriel wants. And Gabriel is willing to kill her and anyone in his path - or even reanimate a corpse or two - to get it. (Read More)

Subgenre:
cult film black comedy 
Themes:
devil apocalypse evil supernatural power surrealism 
Locations:
rooftop apartment 
Story:
demonic possession good versus evil world domination megalomaniac bible quote first part possession mission demon title spoken by character 

What Lies Beneath (2000)
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What Lies Beneath (2000)

Norman Spencer, a university research scientist, is growing more and more concerned about his wife, Claire, a retired concert cellist who a year ago was involved in a serious auto accident, and who has just sent off her daughter Caitlin (Norman's stepdaughter) to college. Now, Claire reports hearing… voices and witnessing eerie occurrences in and around their lakeside Vermont home, including seeing the face of a young woman reflected in water. An increasingly frightened Claire thinks the phenomena have something to do with the couple living next door, especially since the wife has disappeared without apparent explanation. At her husband's urging, Claire starts to see a therapist; she tells him she thinks the house is being haunted by a ghost. His advice? Try to make contact. Enlisting the help of her best friend, Jody, and a ouija board, Claire seeks to find out the truth of What Lies Beneath. (Read More)

Themes:
supernatural power ghost friendship 
Characters:
professor 
Story:
cellist cello research blockbuster haunting university possession scientist college 

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Back To The Future (1985)
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Back To The Future (1985)

Marty McFly, a typical American teenager of the Eighties, is accidentally sent back to 1955 in a plutonium-powered DeLorean "time machine" invented by a slightly mad scientist. During his often hysterical, always amazing trip back in time, Marty must make certain his teenage parents-to-be meet and f…all in love - so he can get back to the future. (Read More)

Subgenre:
cult film 
Locations:
urban setting 
Period:
1980s 
Story:
castle thunder famous song famous score blockbuster destiny first part product placement scientist slow motion scene title spoken by character 

Hollow Man (2000) is one of the best movies like Ghostbusters (1984)
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Hollow Man (2000)

Having discovered they could turn animals invisible, a group of scientists test the subject on a human. Head of research, Dr. Sebastian Caine decides to use himself as the subject. After the experiment can't be reversed, it takes a toll on Caine's personality, causing him to hunt down and kill his c…olleagues (Read More)

Subgenre:
cult film black comedy 
Themes:
evil supernatural power surrealism 
Locations:
elevator 
Story:
electric shock research rampage experiment first part man with glasses scientist 

Le Cinquieme Element (1997)
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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 Elemen…t 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)

Subgenre:
cult film 
Themes:
apocalypse evil 
Locations:
apartment taxi hotel new york city 
Story:
good versus evil refrigerator blockbuster destiny product placement mission title spoken by character 

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