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Gravity (2013)
Drama, Sci-fi, Thriller

Gravity (2013)

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

Themes:technology, panic, grief, loneliness, fear
Mood:suspense
Locations:space, beach
Characters:engineer, russian, chinese, doctor
Story:mission, astronaut, space shuttle, satellite, space mission, lack of oxygen, spacewalk, oxygen, crash landing, female astronaut, sole survivor, adrift in space, radio transmission, space debris, international space station, hubble space telescope, space junk, human in outer space, trapped in space, earth viewed from space

Apollo 13 (1995)
Adventure, Drama, History

Apollo 13 (1995)

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

Themes:technology, fear
Mood:suspense
Locations:space
Characters:engineer, doctor
Story:mission, crew, landing, space mission, lack of oxygen, human in outer space, trapped in space, earth viewed from space, space shuttle, space travel, outer space, survival, explosive decompression, zero gravity, oxygen, spacesuit, houston texas, nasa, parachute, astronaut

Life (2017)
Horror, Sci-fi, Thriller

Life (2017)

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

Themes:panic, fear
Locations:space
Story:space station, international space station, crew, space mission, female astronaut, trapped in space, space shuttle, outer space, weightlessness, spacewalk, escape pod, zero gravity, spacesuit, astronaut, self sacrifice, long take, survival, science, explosion, death

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

The Martian (2015)

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

Themes:loneliness
Locations:space
Characters:engineer, chinese
Story:crew, nasa, astronaut, mission, female astronaut, trapped in space, earth viewed from space, space shuttle, space station, space travel, outer space, one man film, solar panel, marooned, explosive decompression, spacewalk, zero gravity, oxygen, spacesuit, houston texas

Interstellar (2014) is one of the best movies like Gravity (2013)
Adventure, Drama, Sci-fi

Interstellar (2014)

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

Themes:grief
Mood:suspense
Locations:space
Characters:engineer, doctor
Story:nasa, earth viewed from space, space shuttle, space station, space travel, outer space, zero gravity, wrench, spacesuit, altered version of studio logo, crew, lens flare, near death experience, astronaut, helmet, self sacrifice, race against time, mission, no opening credits, woman

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." This is why Tomorrowland (2015) is one of the best movies like Gravity (2013). (Read More)

Themes:technology, fear
Locations:space, beach
Characters:engineer, doctor
Story:crash landing, earth viewed from space, space shuttle, space travel, outer space, jet pack, escape pod, altered version of studio logo, houston texas, nasa, title at the end, near death experience, astronaut, helmet, self sacrifice, long take, character's point of view camera shot, race against time, mission, character repeating someone else's dialogue

Passengers (2016)
Drama, Sci-fi, Thriller

Passengers (2016)

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

Themes:panic, loneliness, fear
Locations:space
Characters:engineer
Story:human in outer space, trapped in space, space shuttle, space station, space travel, outer space, explosive decompression, spacewalk, zero gravity, oxygen, spacesuit, crew, near death experience, despair, isolation, self sacrifice, race against time, character repeating someone else's dialogue, underwater scene, no opening credits

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:panic, fear
Locations:space
Characters:engineer, russian, doctor
Story:crash landing, crew, human in outer space, space station, space travel, mission, outer space, explosive decompression, escape pod, zero gravity, satellite, lens flare, title at the end, near death experience, 3 dimensional, survivor, self sacrifice, long take, race against time, underwater scene

Alien: Covenant (2017) is one of the best movies like Gravity (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. (Read More)

Themes:panic, fear
Mood:suspense
Locations:space
Characters:engineer, doctor
Story:crash landing, crew, sole survivor, trapped in space, space travel, mission, outer space, fire extinguisher, female doctor, explosive decompression, spacewalk, spacesuit, altered version of studio logo, near death experience, helmet, character's point of view camera shot, race against time, radio, survival, subjective camera

Alien (1979)
Horror, Sci-fi

Alien (1979)

The crew of the commercial spaceship Nostromo are on their way home when they pick up a distress beacon from a distant moon. The crew are under obligation to investigate and the spaceship descends on the moon afterwards. After a rough landing, three crew members leave the spaceship to explore the area on the moon. At the same time as they discover a hive colony of some unknown creature, the ship's computer deciphers the message to be a warning, not a distress call. When one of the eggs is disturbed, the crew realizes that they are not alone on the spaceship and they must deal with the consequences. (Read More)

Themes:technology, panic, fear
Mood:suspense
Locations:space
Story:crew, sole survivor, human in outer space, trapped in space, space travel, outer space, alone against the odds, landing, escape pod, spacesuit, female hero, minimal cast, lens flare, character repeating someone else's dialogue, survival, undressing, female protagonist, one word title, f rated, death

2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
Adventure, Sci-fi

2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)

"2001" is a story of evolution. Sometime in the distant past, someone or something nudged evolution by placing a monolith on Earth (presumably elsewhere throughout the universe as well). Evolution then enabled humankind to reach the moon's surface, where yet another monolith is found, one that signals the monolith placers that humankind has evolved that far. Now a race begins between computers (HAL) and human (Bowman) to reach the monolith placers. The winner will achieve the next step in evolution, whatever that may be. This is why 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) is one of the best movies like Gravity (2013). (Read More)

Themes:technology
Locations:space
Characters:russian, doctor
Story:crew, human in outer space, trapped in space, earth viewed from space, space shuttle, space station, space travel, outer space, explosive decompression, spacewalk, escape pod, zero gravity, spacesuit, satellite, nasa, astronaut, sun, long take, character's point of view camera shot, mission

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

Rogue One (2016)

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

Themes:panic, fear
Mood:suspense
Locations:space, beach
Characters:engineer
Story:crash landing, space shuttle, space station, space travel, mission, outer space, escape pod, film starts with text, alarm, tension, helmet, self sacrifice, character's point of view camera shot, race against time, character repeating someone else's dialogue, no opening credits, subjective camera, survival, female protagonist, corpse

Star Trek: Into Darkness (2013) is one of the best movies like Gravity (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. (Read More)

Locations:space
Characters:engineer, doctor
Story:crash landing, crew, human in outer space, space station, space travel, outer space, spacewalk, escape pod, zero gravity, spacesuit, metaphor, lens flare, disaster, self sacrifice, race against time, mission, underwater scene, no opening credits, woman, fire

Prometheus (2012)
Adventure, Mystery, Sci-fi

Prometheus (2012)

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

Themes:technology
Mood:suspense
Story:crash landing, sole survivor, human in outer space, trapped in space, space travel, outer space, dream sequence, escape pod, spacesuit, lens flare, self sacrifice, race against time, mission, survival, science, corpse, explosion, flashback, dog

Event Horizon (1997)
Horror, Sci-fi, Thriller

Event Horizon (1997)

In the year 2047 a group of astronauts are sent to investigate and salvage the long lost starship "Event Horizon". The ship disappeared mysteriously 7 years before on its maiden voyage and with its return comes even more mystery as the crew of the "Lewis and Clark" discover the real truth behind its disappearance and something even more terrifying. (Read More)

Themes:panic, fear
Mood:suspense
Locations:space
Story:crew, female astronaut, human in outer space, trapped in space, space station, outer space, explosive decompression, zero gravity, spacesuit, astronaut, chaos, mission, woman, survival, science, hallucination, corpse, dream, explosion

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? This is why Independence Day: Resurgence (2016) is one of the best movies like Gravity (2013). (Read More)

Themes:technology, panic, fear
Mood:suspense
Locations:space
Characters:chinese, doctor
Story:crash landing, space debris, earth viewed from space, space travel, outer space, spacesuit, satellite, lens flare, parachute, near death experience, chaos, helmet, disaster, self sacrifice, character's point of view camera shot, race against time, mission, character repeating someone else's dialogue, underwater scene, radio

Aliens (1986) is one of the best movies like Gravity (2013)
Action, Adventure, Sci-fi, Thriller

Aliens (1986)

57 years after Ellen Ripley had a close encounter with the reptilian alien creature from the first movie, she is called back, this time, to help a group of highly trained colonial marines fight off against the sinister extraterrestrials. But this time, the aliens have taken over a space colony on the moon LV-426. When the colonial marines are called upon to search the deserted space colony, they later find out that they are up against more than what they bargained for. Using specially modified machine guns and enough firepower, it's either fight or die as the space marines battle against the aliens. As the Marines do their best to defend themselves, Ripley must attempt to protect a young girl who is the sole survivor of the decimated space colony. (Read More)

Themes:technology
Locations:space
Story:sole survivor, survivor, human in outer space, trapped in space, space travel, outer space, dream sequence, spacesuit, female hero, crew, lens flare, death of daughter, self sacrifice, character's point of view camera shot, character repeating someone else's dialogue, subjective camera, female protagonist, explosion, one word title, f rated

Oblivion (2013)
Action, Adventure, Mystery, Sci-fi

Oblivion (2013)

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

Mood:suspense
Locations:space
Story:crash landing, female astronaut, space shuttle, space station, space travel, outer space, spacesuit, altered version of studio logo, nasa, astronaut, self sacrifice, mission, no opening credits, woman, written by director, dream, explosion, one word title, dog, death

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

Cube (1997)

Six different people, each from a very different walk of life, awaken to find themselves inside a giant cube with thousands of possible rooms. Each has a skill that becomes clear when they must band together to get out: a cop, a math whiz, a building designer, a doctor, an escape master, and a disabled man. Each plays a part in their thrilling quest to find answers as to why they've been imprisoned. (Read More)

Themes:panic, fear
Mood:suspense
Characters:doctor
Story:sole survivor, female doctor, metaphor, minimal cast, one day, near death experience, tension, self sacrifice, character's point of view camera shot, race against time, character repeating someone else's dialogue, no opening credits, subjective camera, survival, written by director, corpse, one word title, 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. (Read More)

Themes:panic, fear
Mood:suspense
Characters:russian, doctor
Story:crash landing, outer space, landing, parachute, survivor, self sacrifice, character's point of view camera shot, character repeating someone else's dialogue, no opening credits, subjective camera, survival, corpse, fire, explosion, one word title, death

Guardians Of The Galaxy (2014) is one of the best movies like Gravity (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. This is why Guardians Of The Galaxy (2014) is one of the best movies like Gravity (2013). (Read More)

Locations:space
Story:crash landing, human in outer space, space travel, outer space, escape pod, zero gravity, female hero, lens flare, title at the end, near death experience, 3 dimensional, helmet, self sacrifice, character repeating someone else's dialogue, underwater scene, hallucination, written by director, explosion, dog, death

Sunshine (2007)
Adventure, Sci-fi, Thriller

Sunshine (2007)

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

Locations:space
Story:sun, mission, space mission, crew, trapped in space, outer space, weightlessness, spacewalk, spacesuit, lens flare, astronaut, disaster, self sacrifice, survival, science, fire, death

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

Armageddon (1998)

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

Locations:space
Characters:russian
Story:outer space, nasa, crew, human in outer space, space shuttle, space station, space travel, famous song, spacesuit, satellite, lens flare, astronaut, chaos, disaster, self sacrifice, mission, swimming, fire, singing, explosion

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

Deep Impact (1998)

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

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

Everest (2015) is one of the best movies like Gravity (2013)
Action, Adventure, Drama, Thriller

Everest (2015)

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

Themes:fear
Mood:suspense
Characters:russian, doctor
Story:female doctor, oxygen, film starts with text, near death experience, 3 dimensional, tension, disaster, self sacrifice, character's point of view camera shot, race against time, radio, no opening credits, subjective camera, survival, hallucination, corpse, one word title, death

Gattaca (1997)
Drama, Sci-fi, Thriller

Gattaca (1997)

In the not-too-distant future, a less-than-perfect man wants to travel to the stars. Society has categorized Vincent Freeman as less than suitable given his genetic make-up and he has become one of the underclass of humans that are only useful for menial jobs. To move ahead, he assumes the identity of Jerome Morrow, a perfect genetic specimen who is a paraplegic as a result of a car accident. With professional advice, Vincent learns to deceive DNA and urine sample testing. Just when he is finally scheduled for a space mission, his program director is killed and the police begin an investigation, jeopardizing his secret. This is why Gattaca (1997) is one of the best movies like Gravity (2013). (Read More)

Locations:space, beach
Characters:doctor
Story:space mission, space shuttle, space travel, mission, outer space, nasa, astronaut, dream, character's point of view camera shot, character repeating someone else's dialogue, underwater scene, subjective camera, swimming, undressing, corpse, one word title, death, flashback

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.

Characters:engineer
Story:crash landing, earth viewed from space, space travel, outer space, escape pod, spacesuit, altered version of studio logo, satellite, lens flare, title at the end, 3 dimensional, chaos, helmet, self sacrifice, character's point of view camera shot, race against time, character repeating someone else's dialogue, underwater scene, no opening credits, fire

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)

Locations:space
Characters:russian
Story:crash landing, human in outer space, earth viewed from space, space travel, outer space, spacesuit, fireball, near death experience, 3 dimensional, chaos, race against time, mission, no opening credits, written by director, fire, explosion, f rated, death

Dunkirk (2017) is one of the best movies like Gravity (2013)
Action, Drama, History, Thriller, War

Dunkirk (2017)

Evacuation of Allied soldiers from Belgium, the British Empire, and France, who were cut off and surrounded by the German army from the beaches and harbor of Dunkirk, France, between May 26- June 04, 1940, during Battle of France in World War II.

Themes:panic, fear
Mood:suspense
Locations:space, beach
Story:crash landing, sole survivor, bolt, visceral, landing, altered version of studio logo, film starts with text, near death experience, chaos, tension, helmet, survivor, disaster, self sacrifice, race against time, mission, underwater scene, no opening credits, survival, swimming

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)

Story:crash landing, space travel, outer space, spacesuit, film starts with text, satellite, nasa, lens flare, chaos, helmet, long take, character's point of view camera shot, race against time, character repeating someone else's dialogue, no opening credits, survival, subjective camera, explosion, one word title

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. This is why Star Wars: Episode Vii - The Force Awakens (2015) is one of the best movies like Gravity (2013). (Read More)

Themes:fear
Story:crash landing, human in outer space, space station, space travel, outer space, female hero, film starts with text, lens flare, near death experience, sun, chaos, helmet, long take, race against time, mission, character repeating someone else's dialogue, no opening credits, woman, survival, written by director

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:panic, fear
Characters:doctor
Story:explosive decompression, zero gravity, altered version of studio logo, film starts with text, parachute, near death experience, self sacrifice, character's point of view camera shot, race against time, character repeating someone else's dialogue, underwater scene, no opening credits, subjective camera, hallucination, corpse, dream, fire, explosion, death, flashback

The Revenant (2015) is one of the best movies like Gravity (2013)
Adventure, Drama, Thriller, Western

The Revenant (2015)

While exploring g uncharted wilderness in 1823, legendary fronjitiersman Hugh Glass sustains injuries from a brutal bear attack. When his hunting team leaves him for dead, Glass must utilize his survival skills to find a way back home while avoiding natives on their own hunt. Grief-stricken and fueled by vengeance, Glass treks through the wintry terrain to track down John Fitzgerald, the former confidant who betrayed and abandoned him. (Read More)

Themes:panic, grief, fear
Mood:suspense
Story:dream sequence, visceral, crew, lens flare, near death experience, tension, indian, long take, character's point of view camera shot, underwater scene, no opening credits, survival, subjective camera, hallucination, corpse, fire, flashback, death

War For The Planet Of The Apes (2017)
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:panic, fear
Mood:suspense
Locations:beach
Story:altered version of studio logo, film starts with text, alarm, near death experience, helmet, self sacrifice, character's point of view camera shot, race against time, mission, no opening credits, survival, subjective camera, hallucination, corpse, dream, fire, explosion, death, flashback

War Of The Worlds (2005)
Adventure, Sci-fi, Thriller

War Of The Worlds (2005)

Ray Ferrier (Cruise) is a divorced dockworker and less-than-perfect father. When his ex-wife and her new husband drop off his teenage son Robbie and young daughter Rachel for a rare weekend visit, a strange and powerful lightning storm suddenly touches down. What follows is the extraordinary battle for the future of humankind through the eyes of one American family fighting to survive it in this contemporary retelling of H.G. Wells seminal classic sci-fi thriller. (Read More)

Themes:panic, fear
Mood:suspense
Story:outer space, lullaby, near death experience, sun, chaos, tension, survivor, disaster, long take, underwater scene, survival, corpse, fire, singing, explosion, death

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

Contact (1997)

Astronomer Dr. Ellie Arroway has long been interested in contact to faraway lands, a love fostered in her childhood by her father, Ted Arroway, who passed away when she was nine years old leaving her then orphaned. Her current work in monitoring for extraterrestrial life is based on that love and is in part an homage to her father. Ever since funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF) was pulled on her work, which is referred to some, including her NSF superior David Drumlin, as more science fiction than science, Ellie, with a few of her rogue scientist colleagues, have looked for funding from where ever they could get it to continue their work. When Ellie and her colleagues hear chatter originating from the vicinity of the star Vega, Ellie feels vindicated. But that vindication is short lived when others, including politicians, the military, religious leaders and other scientists such as Drumlin, try to take over her work. When the messages received from space are decoded, the project takes on a whole new dimension, which strengthens for Ellie the quest for the truth. Thrown into the mix are the unknown person who has up until now funded most of Ellie's work and what his motivations are, and Palmer Joss, a renowned author and theologian, who despite their fundamental differences in outlook, is mutually attracted to Ellie, that attraction based in part on intellect and their common goal of wanting to know the truth. This is why Contact (1997) is one of the best movies like Gravity (2013). (Read More)

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

Avatar (2009) is one of the best movies like Gravity (2013)
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:panic, fear
Mood:suspense
Locations:space
Story:human in outer space, space travel, outer space, weightlessness, virtual set, title at the end, 3d, 3 dimensional, self sacrifice, mission, no opening credits, woman, survival, swimming, prayer, corpse, explosion, one word title, death

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

Transformers: Dark Of The Moon (2011)

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

Themes:technology
Locations:space
Characters:engineer, russian
Story:crash landing, space shuttle, space travel, outer space, satellite, nasa, lens flare, parachute, astronaut, 3d, 3 dimensional, chaos, mission, no opening credits, explosion, death, flashback, dog

Blade Runner 2049 (2017)
Mystery, Sci-fi, Thriller

Blade Runner 2049 (2017)

Thirty years after the events of the first film, a new blade runner, LAPD Officer K (Ryan Gosling), unearths a long-buried secret that has the potential to plunge what's left of society into chaos. K's discovery leads him on a quest to find Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford), a former LAPD blade runner who has been missing for 30 years. (Read More)

Themes:technology, panic, fear
Mood:suspense
Characters:engineer
Story:altered version of studio logo, film starts with text, chaos, character's point of view camera shot, mission, character repeating someone else's dialogue, no opening credits, subjective camera, corpse, dream, fire, explosion, death, flashback, dog

The Dark Knight Rises (2012)
Action, Thriller

The Dark Knight Rises (2012)

Despite his tarnished reputation after the events of The Dark Knight, in which he took the rap for Dent's crimes, Batman feels compelled to intervene to assist the city and its police force which is struggling to cope with Bane's plans to destroy the city.

Themes:panic
Mood:suspense
Characters:engineer, russian, doctor
Story:explosive decompression, altered version of studio logo, female hero, satellite, lens flare, title at the end, chaos, retirement, helmet, isolation, self sacrifice, character's point of view camera shot, race against time, mission, character repeating someone else's dialogue, no opening credits, subjective camera, hallucination, written by director, corpse

Wonder Woman (2017) is one of the best movies like Gravity (2013)
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. This is why Wonder Woman (2017) is one of the best movies like Gravity (2013). (Read More)

Themes:panic, fear
Locations:beach
Story:crash landing, earth viewed from space, woman, anecdote, female hero, title at the end, chaos, helmet, self sacrifice, race against time, mission, character repeating someone else's dialogue, underwater scene, no opening credits, female protagonist, corpse, fire, singing, explosion, f rated

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)

Locations:space
Characters:engineer, russian, doctor
Story:crew, human in outer space, space travel, outer space, marooned, escape pod, lens flare, parachute, chaos, self sacrifice, mission, character repeating someone else's dialogue, no opening credits, woman, explosion, flashback

Moon (2009)
Drama, Mystery, Sci-fi

Moon (2009)

Sam Bell has a three year contract to work for Lunar Industries. For the contract's entire duration, he is the sole employee based at their lunar station. His primary job responsibility is to harvest and periodically rocket back to Earth supplies of helium-3, the current clean and abundant fuel used on Earth. There is no direct communication link available between the lunar station and Earth, so his only direct real-time interaction is with GERTY, the intelligent computer whose function is to attend to his day to day needs. With such little human contact and all of it indirect, he feels that three years is far too long to be so isolated; he knows he is beginning to hallucinate as the end of his three years approaches. All he wants is to return to Earth to be with his wife Tess and their infant daughter Eve, who was born just prior to his leaving for this job. With two weeks to go, he gets into an accident at one of the mechanical harvesters and is rendered unconscious. Injured, he awakens back at the station in the infirmary, he assumes assisted by GERTY. GERTY tells him that a rescue team named Eliza will come to the station to clean up the aftermath of the accident. After his recuperation, he takes an unauthorized trip back to the broken harvester, where he makes an unexpected discovery. Because of his find, he begins to doubt his sanity, then his true identity, then the company and GERTY's willingness to do what is best for him. Because of his resulting beliefs, his sole mission becomes how to get back to Earth on his own. (Read More)

Themes:loneliness
Mood:suspense
Locations:space
Story:trapped in space, space travel, mission, outer space, dream sequence, alone against the odds, spacesuit, minimal cast, satellite, astronaut, sun, isolation, hallucination, corpse, dream, one word title, death, flashback

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

Transformers: Revenge Of The Fallen (2009)

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

Themes:fear
Locations:beach
Story:outer space, satellite, lens flare, parachute, sun, chaos, self sacrifice, long take, race against time, mission, underwater scene, radio, no opening credits, fire, explosion, dog, death, flashback

San Andreas (2015) is one of the best movies like Gravity (2013)
Action, Adventure, Drama, Thriller

San Andreas (2015)

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

Themes:panic, fear
Mood:suspense
Characters:russian
Story:one day, parachute, near death experience, chaos, disaster, long take, race against time, mission, underwater scene, no opening credits, woman, survival, swimming, fire, explosion, flashback, death

Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017)
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. This is why Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017) is one of the best movies like Gravity (2013). (Read More)

Locations:space
Story:crash landing, human in outer space, space travel, outer space, explosive decompression, jet pack, escape pod, zero gravity, spacesuit, near death experience, astronaut, helmet, self sacrifice, long take, race against time, character repeating someone else's dialogue, written by director, singing, explosion, death

World War Z (2013)
Action, Adventure, Horror, Sci-fi, Thriller

World War Z (2013)

Life for former United Nations investigator Gerry Lane and his family seems content. Suddenly, the world is plagued by a mysterious infection turning whole human populations into rampaging mindless zombies. After barely escaping the chaos, Lane is persuaded to go on a mission to investigate this disease. What follows is a perilous trek around the world where Lane must brave horrific dangers and long odds to find answers before human civilization falls. (Read More)

Themes:panic
Locations:beach
Characters:doctor
Story:chaos, explosive decompression, lens flare, 3 dimensional, self sacrifice, mission, character repeating someone else's dialogue, radio, woman, survival, corpse, singing, explosion, flashback, dog, death

The Fate Of The Furious (2017)
Action, Adventure, Crime, Thriller

The Fate Of The Furious (2017)

Now that Dom and Letty are on their honeymoon and Brian and Mia have retired from the game-and the rest of the crew has been exonerated-the globetrotting team has found a semblance of a normal life. But when a mysterious woman seduces Dom into the world of crime he can't seem to escape and a betrayal of those closest to him, they will face trials that will test them as never before. From the shores of Cuba and the streets of New York City to the icy plains off the arctic Barents Sea, the elite force will crisscross the globe to stop an anarchist from unleashing chaos on the world's stage... and to bring home the man who made them a family. (Read More)

Themes:technology, panic, fear
Characters:russian
Story:woman, crew, satellite, parachute, near death experience, 3d, chaos, character's point of view camera shot, race against time, mission, character repeating someone else's dialogue, underwater scene, subjective camera, corpse, fire, explosion, flashback, death

Pandorum (2009) is one of the best movies like Gravity (2013)
Action, Horror, Mystery, Sci-fi, Thriller

Pandorum (2009)

Two crew members are stranded on a spacecraft and quickly - and horrifically - realize they are not alone. Two astronauts awaken in a hyper-sleep chamber aboard a seemingly abandoned spacecraft. It's pitch black, they are disoriented, and the only sound is a low rumble and creak from the belly of the ship. They can't remember anything: Who are they? What is their mission? With Lt. Payton staying behind to guide him via radio transmitter, Cpl. Bower ventures deep into the ship and begins to uncover a terrifying reality. Slowly the spacecraft's shocking, deadly secrets are revealed...and the astronauts find their own survival is more important than they could ever have imagined. (Read More)

Themes:fear
Mood:suspense
Locations:space
Characters:engineer
Story:crew, human in outer space, trapped in space, outer space, mission, radio, survival, hallucination, corpse, one word title, flashback

The Dark Knight (2008)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

The Dark Knight (2008)

Set within a year after the events of Batman Begins, Batman, Lieutenant James Gordon, and new district attorney Harvey Dent successfully begin to round up the criminals that plague Gotham City until a mysterious and sadistic criminal mastermind known only as the Joker appears in Gotham, creating a new wave of chaos. Batman's struggle against the Joker becomes deeply personal, forcing him to "confront everything he believes" and improve his technology to stop him. A love triangle develops between Bruce Wayne, Dent and Rachel Dawes. (Read More)

Themes:technology, panic, fear
Mood:suspense
Characters:engineer, chinese, russian, doctor
Story:chaos, altered version of studio logo, lens flare, title at the end, parachute, near death experience, tension, helmet, self sacrifice, character's point of view camera shot, race against time, mission, character repeating someone else's dialogue, no opening credits, subjective camera, written by director, corpse, fire, explosion, death

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