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

Independence Day (1996)

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

Themes:military,  courage,  apocalypse,  hope,  tragedy,  wedding,  drunkenness,  marriage
Mood:epic
Locations:tunnel,  laboratory,  desert,  hospital
Characters:alien,  homosexuality,  alcoholic,  soldier
Period:1990s
Story:president,  alien starship,  alien autopsy,  alien invasion,  area 51,  lighting a cigar,  fighter jet,  invasion of earth,  disaster in new york,  playing chess,  daughter of the president,  saving the world mission,  invasion,  suicide mission,  male pilot,  spacecraft,  cigar smoking,  american president,  fighter pilot,  u.s. president,  aerial combat,  aerial battle,  space battle,  final battle,  military base,  alien space craft,  evil alien,  alien technology,  human versus alien,  alien contact,  scientist,  exploding helicopter,  outrunning explosion,  nuclear explosion,  fighter craft,  famous speech,  mass death,  crop dusting,  crop duster,  awacs,  sydney opera house,  air force one,  first daughter,  conflagration,  soda can,  aeronautics,  secretary of defense,  broken promise,  gulf war veteran,  amateur radio,  d box motion code,  humanity in peril,  bombay india,  seti,  independence day,  empire state building manhattan new york city,  air force base,  electromagnetic pulse,  motor home,  morse code,  kamikaze,  mass destruction,  exploding plane,  jewish american,  twin towers,  ham radio,  mothership,  human in outer space,  big ben london,  computer virus,  tv station,  cigar,  force field,  u.s. air force,  homosexual subtext,  u.s. marine corps,  mind reading,  fourth of july,  exploding ship,  toy gun,  dogfight,  mumbai india,  u boat,  starship,  first lady,  high tech,  statue of liberty new york city,  jet,  utah,  trailer park,  space shuttle,  united states of america,  crash landing,  traffic jam,  telling someone to shut up,  trailer home,  plane crash,  world domination,  computer cracker,  bunker,  skyscraper,  golf club,  sydney australia,  eiffel tower paris,  exotic dancer,  vietnam veteran,  timebomb,  extraterrestrial,  moscow russia,  southern accent,  media coverage,  heroism,  telepathy,  patriotism,  flight,  wisecrack humor,  airplane crash,  autopsy,  space travel,  ghetto,  despair,  chaos,  u.s. army,  bravery,  presumed dead,  interracial friendship,  submarine,  end of the world,  white house,  genocide,  laser,  exploding building,  loss of wife,  blockbuster,  loss of friend,  rome italy,  burned alive,  flying,  missile,  disaster,  berlin germany,  machismo,  washington d.c.,  chess,  subtitled scene,  moon,  ufo,  general,  self sacrifice,  tragic event,  ex husband ex wife relationship,  race against time,  product placement,  death of wife,  mission,  locker room,  pilot,  news report,  creature,  fictional war,  spaceship,  no opening credits,  outer space,  man with glasses,  exploding car,  weapon,  death of friend,  politician,  diner,  woman,  gay slur,  survival,  death of mother,  manhattan new york city,  combat,  television,  car crash,  vomiting,  london england,  arrest,  tough guy,  battle,  los angeles california,  punched in the face,  car accident,  machine gun,  helicopter,  corpse,  fire,  pistol,  surprise ending,  cult film,  new york city,  explosion,  title spoken by character,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  photograph,  african american,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  two word title,  death,  dog

Independence Day: Resurgence (2016)
Action, Adventure, Sci-fi

Independence Day: Resurgence (2016)

Two decades after the freak alien invasion that nearly destroyed mankind a new threat emerges. This Alien mothership is more than twice the size as the last one and once again, the world's armies must band together to save the world. Do they have enough firepower or will this battle change and will aliens take over? (Read More)

Themes:courage,  apocalypse,  hope,  military
Locations:laboratory,  desert,  hospital
Characters:alien,  soldier
Story:alien invasion,  fighter jet,  suicide mission,  american president,  fighter pilot,  u.s. president,  aerial combat,  aerial battle,  space battle,  final battle,  military base,  alien technology,  human versus alien,  alien contact,  outrunning explosion,  fighter craft,  air force one,  amateur radio,  humanity in peril,  independence day,  electromagnetic pulse,  area 51,  exploding plane,  jewish american,  ham radio,  mothership,  force field,  mind reading,  fourth of july,  exploding ship,  dogfight,  high tech,  crash landing,  plane crash,  world domination,  bunker,  eiffel tower paris,  heroism,  telepathy,  space travel,  chaos,  bravery,  invasion,  presumed dead,  end of the world,  white house,  laser,  exploding building,  blockbuster,  spacecraft,  flying,  disaster,  washington d.c.,  subtitled scene,  moon,  ufo,  general,  self sacrifice,  president,  race against time,  death of wife,  mission,  locker room,  pilot,  news report,  creature,  fictional war,  spaceship,  no opening credits,  outer space,  exploding car,  weapon,  survival,  death of mother,  scientist,  combat,  london england,  battle,  punched in the face,  helicopter,  fire,  pistol,  surprise ending,  explosion,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  photograph,  father daughter relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  dog,  death

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

Man Of Steel (2013)

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

Themes:apocalypse,  hope,  military
Mood:epic
Locations:laboratory,  desert
Characters:alien,  soldier
Story:alien starship,  alien invasion,  fighter jet,  fighter pilot,  space battle,  final battle,  human versus alien,  alien contact,  exploding helicopter,  humanity in peril,  exploding plane,  u.s. air force,  mind reading,  exploding ship,  crash landing,  world domination,  media coverage,  heroism,  telepathy,  space travel,  chaos,  u.s. army,  end of the world,  laser,  exploding building,  blockbuster,  spacecraft,  flying,  missile,  moon,  ufo,  general,  self sacrifice,  race against time,  product placement,  news report,  creature,  fictional war,  spaceship,  no opening credits,  outer space,  man with glasses,  exploding car,  diner,  scientist,  combat,  car crash,  arrest,  tough guy,  battle,  punched in the face,  machine gun,  helicopter,  fire,  pistol,  surprise ending,  explosion,  photograph,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  dog,  death

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

Battleship (2012)

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

Themes:courage,  military,  drunkenness
Characters:alien,  soldier
Story:alien invasion,  fighter jet,  invasion of earth,  fighter pilot,  human versus alien,  alien contact,  exploding helicopter,  electromagnetic pulse,  exploding plane,  ham radio,  force field,  mind reading,  exploding ship,  crash landing,  plane crash,  world domination,  media coverage,  telepathy,  space travel,  chaos,  invasion,  bravery,  exploding building,  spacecraft,  missile,  subtitled scene,  race against time,  product placement,  news report,  fictional war,  spaceship,  no opening credits,  outer space,  survival,  scientist,  combat,  car crash,  london england,  arrest,  battle,  punched in the face,  car accident,  machine gun,  helicopter,  pistol,  new york city,  explosion,  title spoken by character,  father daughter relationship

Rogue One (2016) is one of the best movies like Independence Day (1996)
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:courage,  hope,  tragedy
Mood:epic
Locations:desert
Characters:alien,  soldier
Story:suicide mission,  fighter pilot,  mission,  aerial battle,  space battle,  weapon,  mass destruction,  force field,  mind reading,  exploding ship,  dogfight,  starship,  space shuttle,  crash landing,  plane crash,  computer cracker,  world domination,  bunker,  heroism,  space travel,  bravery,  presumed dead,  laser,  exploding building,  loss of wife,  blockbuster,  spacecraft,  subtitled scene,  moon,  general,  self sacrifice,  race against time,  death of wife,  pilot,  creature,  fictional war,  spaceship,  no opening credits,  outer space,  death of friend,  survival,  death of mother,  scientist,  combat,  arrest,  tough guy,  battle,  machine gun,  corpse,  fire,  pistol,  explosion,  title spoken by character,  african american,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  two word title,  death

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

Transformers: Dark Of The Moon (2011)

Autobots Bumblebee, Ratchet, Ironhide, Mirage (aka Dino), Wheeljack (aka Que) and Sideswipe led by Optimus Prime, are back in action taking on the evil Decepticons, who are eager to avenge their recent defeat. The Autobots and Decepticons become involved in a perilous space race between the United States and Russia to reach a hidden Cybertronian spacecraft on the moon and learn its secrets, and once again Sam Witwicky has to go to the aid of his robot friends. The new villain Shockwave is on the scene while the Autobots and Decepticons continue to battle it out on Earth. This is why Transformers: Dark Of The Moon (2011) is one of the best movies like Independence Day (1996). (Read More)

Themes:military
Mood:epic
Locations:desert
Characters:alien,  soldier
Story:alien invasion,  fighter jet,  spacecraft,  moon,  u.s. president,  space battle,  final battle,  military base,  alien technology,  human versus alien,  exploding helicopter,  secretary of defense,  seti,  mass destruction,  exploding plane,  u.s. air force,  exploding ship,  high tech,  jet,  space shuttle,  crash landing,  trailer home,  world domination,  computer cracker,  space travel,  chaos,  u.s. army,  white house,  laser,  exploding building,  blockbuster,  missile,  washington d.c.,  general,  product placement,  mission,  news report,  fictional war,  spaceship,  no opening credits,  outer space,  exploding car,  weapon,  scientist,  car crash,  battle,  punched in the face,  car accident,  machine gun,  helicopter,  pistol,  explosion,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  death,  dog

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

The 5th Wave (2016)

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

Themes:courage,  apocalypse,  hope,  tragedy,  military
Characters:alien,  soldier
Story:alien invasion,  disaster in new york,  military base,  human versus alien,  alien contact,  mass death,  humanity in peril,  air force base,  electromagnetic pulse,  world domination,  bunker,  airplane crash,  chaos,  u.s. army,  bravery,  presumed dead,  end of the world,  exploding building,  loss of wife,  spacecraft,  disaster,  ufo,  self sacrifice,  race against time,  death of wife,  mission,  news report,  fictional war,  spaceship,  no opening credits,  exploding car,  survival,  death of mother,  combat,  car crash,  london england,  tough guy,  battle,  punched in the face,  car accident,  machine gun,  helicopter,  corpse,  fire,  pistol,  surprise ending,  new york city,  explosion,  title spoken by character,  photograph,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  death

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

Green Lantern (2011)

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

Themes:courage,  hope,  military
Locations:desert
Characters:alien
Period:1990s
Story:alien starship,  alien invasion,  fighter jet,  male pilot,  fighter pilot,  u.s. president,  aerial combat,  pilot,  human versus alien,  alien contact,  humanity in peril,  exploding plane,  force field,  u.s. air force,  mind reading,  starship,  crash landing,  plane crash,  telepathy,  autopsy,  space travel,  bravery,  interracial friendship,  genocide,  spacecraft,  burned alive,  flying,  missile,  ufo,  general,  president,  locker room,  news report,  creature,  fictional war,  spaceship,  no opening credits,  outer space,  scientist,  machine gun,  helicopter,  corpse,  fire,  explosion,  title spoken by character,  father daughter relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  two word title,  death

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War Of The Worlds (2005) is one of the best movies like Independence Day (1996)
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:apocalypse,  military,  drunkenness
Locations:tunnel
Characters:alien,  soldier
Story:alien invasion,  human versus alien,  alien contact,  mass death,  humanity in peril,  mass destruction,  u.s. air force,  traffic jam,  plane crash,  extraterrestrial,  airplane crash,  chaos,  u.s. army,  invasion,  exploding building,  blockbuster,  rome italy,  disaster,  ufo,  ex husband ex wife relationship,  creature,  fictional war,  spaceship,  outer space,  survival,  combat,  london england,  battle,  los angeles california,  car accident,  machine gun,  helicopter,  corpse,  fire,  pistol,  surprise ending,  cult film,  new york city,  explosion,  photograph,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  death

Skyline (2010)
Action, Sci-fi, Thriller

Skyline (2010)

Jarrod and his pregnant girlfriend Elaine travel to Los Angeles to meet his old friend and successful entrepreneur Terry, and his wife Candice. Terry gives a party in his apartment for Jarrod and offers a job position to him in LA. Terry's assistant and lover Denise (Crystal Reed) and his friend Ray (Neil Hopkins) sleep on the couch in the living room, but in the dawn of the next morning, the group is awakened by mysterious beams of blue light. Ray stares at the light and is taken by the mysterious force. The group of friends try to escape from the alien invaders. (Read More)

Themes:apocalypse,  military,  drunkenness
Characters:alien,  soldier
Story:alien invasion,  fighter jet,  aerial combat,  exploding helicopter,  nuclear explosion,  exploding plane,  big ben london,  u.s. air force,  dogfight,  plane crash,  chaos,  u.s. army,  interracial friendship,  end of the world,  spacecraft,  missile,  self sacrifice,  creature,  fictional war,  spaceship,  no opening credits,  death of friend,  survival,  vomiting,  london england,  los angeles california,  punched in the face,  machine gun,  helicopter,  corpse,  fire,  pistol,  surprise ending,  new york city,  explosion,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  photograph,  husband wife relationship,  death,  dog

Battle Los Angeles (2011)
Action, Sci-fi

Battle Los Angeles (2011)

Los Angeles and other cities around the world are being bombarded by meteors that seem to be slowing down once they hit the earth's atmosphere. The earth is suddenly being invaded by space aliens that have landed off the shore of LA, and who begin killing everybody along the beach. The military is ordered into action. Marine Staff Sergeant Nantz (Aaron Eckhart), who was about to retire, is reassigned to a new platoon. The platoon, flown by chopper to the forward operating base at Santa Monica Airport, is being led by a new 2nd Lt. Martinez (Ramon Rodriguez). They are sent on a mission to rescue some civilians who are trapped at the police station within alien territory. They only have 3 hours to complete their mission and get out before the Air Force bombs that zone. This is why Battle Los Angeles (2011) is one of the best movies like Independence Day (1996). (Read More)

Themes:apocalypse,  military,  drunkenness
Locations:desert
Characters:alien,  soldier
Story:alien invasion,  fighter jet,  mission,  military base,  human versus alien,  alien contact,  exploding helicopter,  u.s. marine corps,  exploding ship,  golf club,  extraterrestrial,  media coverage,  autopsy,  chaos,  u.s. army,  invasion,  laser,  exploding building,  burned alive,  missile,  ufo,  general,  self sacrifice,  race against time,  news report,  creature,  fictional war,  spaceship,  no opening credits,  exploding car,  death of friend,  survival,  combat,  tough guy,  battle,  los angeles california,  machine gun,  helicopter,  corpse,  fire,  pistol,  explosion,  title spoken by character,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  dog,  death

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Mars Attacks! (1996)
Comedy, Sci-fi

Mars Attacks! (1996)

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

Themes:military
Locations:desert
Characters:alien,  soldier
Story:president,  alien invasion,  daughter of the president,  american president,  general,  u.s. president,  alien space craft,  alien technology,  alien contact,  sydney opera house,  first daughter,  mass destruction,  big ben london,  first lady,  trailer park,  trailer home,  eiffel tower paris,  extraterrestrial,  southern accent,  space travel,  u.s. army,  invasion,  end of the world,  white house,  exploding building,  loss of wife,  spacecraft,  flying,  missile,  disaster,  washington d.c.,  ufo,  creature,  fictional war,  spaceship,  outer space,  weapon,  diner,  scientist,  television,  cult film,  new york city,  explosion,  photograph,  death,  dog

Transformers: Revenge Of The Fallen (2009) is one of the best movies like Independence Day (1996)
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:courage,  apocalypse,  military
Mood:epic
Locations:desert
Characters:alien,  soldier
Story:alien invasion,  fighter jet,  military base,  alien technology,  human versus alien,  exploding helicopter,  u.s. air force,  exploding ship,  world domination,  media coverage,  chaos,  u.s. army,  bravery,  submarine,  end of the world,  exploding building,  blockbuster,  missile,  machismo,  washington d.c.,  subtitled scene,  general,  self sacrifice,  race against time,  product placement,  mission,  news report,  fictional war,  no opening credits,  outer space,  exploding car,  politician,  combat,  battle,  los angeles california,  machine gun,  helicopter,  fire,  pistol,  explosion,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  dog,  death

Pixels (2015)
Action, Comedy, Family, Sci-fi

Pixels (2015)

Sam Brenner, Will Cooper, Ludlow Lamonsoff, and Eddie "The Fire Blaster" Plant all played classic arcade video games as teenagers. But now they have to use their skills to try to save the world from aliens. The aliens watched video feeds that they thought was a declaration of war. So they send down the classic arcade games to destroy earth. They also get help from a military specialist. They have three lives and if all three get used then earth will be destroyed, and every time they lose a live the aliens take someone's life. Who will win, us or the aliens? It's an all-out battle to save our planet and everyone on it. (Read More)

Themes:military,  courage,  apocalypse,  hope,  drunkenness
Locations:laboratory
Characters:alien,  soldier
Story:alien invasion,  fighter jet,  disaster in new york,  president,  u.s. president,  military base,  alien contact,  exploding helicopter,  humanity in peril,  air force base,  u.s. air force,  first lady,  computer cracker,  extraterrestrial,  media coverage,  chaos,  u.s. army,  invasion,  bravery,  end of the world,  white house,  spacecraft,  disaster,  washington d.c.,  ufo,  general,  race against time,  product placement,  mission,  news report,  fictional war,  spaceship,  outer space,  man with glasses,  exploding car,  woman,  survival,  scientist,  combat,  fire,  car crash,  london england,  battle,  car accident,  helicopter,  pistol,  surprise ending,  new york city,  explosion,  title spoken by character,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship

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X-men: Apocalypse (2016)
Action, Adventure, Sci-fi

X-men: Apocalypse (2016)

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

Themes:apocalypse,  courage,  hope,  tragedy,  military,  drunkenness
Mood:epic
Locations:laboratory,  desert
Characters:soldier
Story:disaster in new york,  final battle,  military base,  outrunning explosion,  sydney opera house,  humanity in peril,  electromagnetic pulse,  force field,  u.s. air force,  mind reading,  u boat,  plane crash,  world domination,  sydney australia,  telepathy,  chaos,  bravery,  submarine,  end of the world,  laser,  exploding building,  loss of wife,  blockbuster,  burned alive,  missile,  berlin germany,  subtitled scene,  self sacrifice,  race against time,  product placement,  death of wife,  news report,  fictional war,  no opening credits,  outer space,  man with glasses,  survival,  scientist,  combat,  television,  tough guy,  battle,  punched in the face,  machine gun,  helicopter,  corpse,  fire,  pistol,  surprise ending,  new york city,  explosion,  photograph,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  death,  dog

Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice (2016)
Action, Adventure, Sci-fi

Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice (2016)

The general public is concerned over having Superman on their planet and letting the "Dark Knight" - Batman - pursue the streets of Gotham. While this is happening, a power-phobic Batman tries to attack Superman.,Meanwhile Superman tries to settle on a decision, and Lex Luthor, the criminal mastermind and millionaire, tries to use his own advantages to fight the "Man of Steel". This is why Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice (2016) is one of the best movies like Independence Day (1996). (Read More)

Themes:hope,  military
Mood:epic
Locations:laboratory,  desert
Characters:alien,  soldier
Story:u.s. president,  final battle,  human versus alien,  exploding helicopter,  nuclear explosion,  electromagnetic pulse,  u.s. air force,  exploding ship,  space shuttle,  crash landing,  computer cracker,  skyscraper,  southern accent,  media coverage,  heroism,  airplane crash,  chaos,  u.s. army,  bravery,  presumed dead,  laser,  exploding building,  blockbuster,  burned alive,  flying,  missile,  disaster,  washington d.c.,  subtitled scene,  ufo,  general,  self sacrifice,  race against time,  product placement,  news report,  creature,  fictional war,  spaceship,  outer space,  exploding car,  death of friend,  politician,  diner,  woman,  death of mother,  scientist,  combat,  car crash,  arrest,  tough guy,  battle,  punched in the face,  machine gun,  helicopter,  corpse,  fire,  pistol,  surprise ending,  explosion,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  photograph,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  death

The Avengers (2012) is one of the best movies like Independence Day (1996)
Action, Adventure, Sci-fi

The Avengers (2012)

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

Themes:hope
Locations:laboratory
Characters:alien,  soldier
Story:alien invasion,  fighter jet,  disaster in new york,  fighter pilot,  aerial combat,  aerial battle,  final battle,  human versus alien,  nuclear explosion,  humanity in peril,  electromagnetic pulse,  exploding plane,  mothership,  force field,  exploding ship,  high tech,  plane crash,  world domination,  space travel,  invasion,  laser,  exploding building,  blockbuster,  spacecraft,  missile,  disaster,  subtitled scene,  mission,  news report,  fictional war,  spaceship,  no opening credits,  outer space,  exploding car,  death of friend,  manhattan new york city,  scientist,  combat,  car crash,  arrest,  tough guy,  battle,  punched in the face,  car accident,  machine gun,  helicopter,  pistol,  new york city,  explosion,  title spoken by character,  two word title

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

The Transformers: The Movie (1986)

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

Themes:courage,  hope,  tragedy
Locations:laboratory
Characters:alien,  soldier
Story:alien invasion,  fighter jet,  space battle,  alien technology,  alien contact,  outrunning explosion,  exploding plane,  human in outer space,  exploding ship,  starship,  high tech,  space shuttle,  crash landing,  heroism,  space travel,  bravery,  presumed dead,  end of the world,  genocide,  laser,  spacecraft,  flying,  missile,  moon,  ufo,  self sacrifice,  race against time,  creature,  fictional war,  spaceship,  outer space,  weapon,  death of friend,  survival,  scientist,  combat,  television,  battle,  helicopter,  corpse,  surprise ending,  cult film,  explosion,  father son relationship,  death

Critters (1986)
Action, Comedy, Horror, Sci-fi, Thriller

Critters (1986)

A massive ball of furry creatures from another world eat their way through a small mid-western town followed by intergalactic bounty hunters opposed only by militant townspeople.

Themes:courage,  drunkenness
Characters:alcoholic,  alien
Story:alien invasion,  human versus alien,  alien contact,  exploding ship,  extraterrestrial,  southern accent,  space travel,  chaos,  bravery,  laser,  spacecraft,  burned alive,  subtitled scene,  ufo,  race against time,  mission,  news report,  creature,  spaceship,  outer space,  survival,  car crash,  car accident,  helicopter,  corpse,  fire,  surprise ending,  cult film,  explosion,  title spoken by character,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  photograph,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  death

Transformers (2007)
Action, Adventure, Sci-fi

Transformers (2007)

A long time ago, far away on the planet of Cybertron, a war is being waged between the noble Autobots (led by the wise Optimus Prime) and the devious Decepticons (commanded by the dreaded Megatron) for control over the Allspark, a mystical talisman that would grant unlimited power to whoever possesses it. The Autobots managed to smuggle the Allspark off the planet, but Megatron blasts off in search of it. He eventually tracks it to the planet of Earth (circa 1850), but his reckless desire for power sends him right into the Arctic Ocean, and the sheer cold forces him into a paralyzed state. His body is later found by Captain Archibald Witwicky, but before going into a comatose state Megatron uses the last of his energy to engrave into the Captain's glasses a map showing the location of the Allspark, and to send a transmission to Cybertron. Megatron is then carried away aboard the Captain's ship. A century later, Captain Witwicky's grandson Sam Witwicky (nicknamed Spike by his friends) buys his first car. To his shock, he discovers it to be Bumblebee, an Autobot in disguise who is to protect Spike, who possesses the Captain's glasses and the map engraved on them. But Bumblebee is not the only Transformer to have arrived on Earth - in the desert of Qatar, the Decepticons Blackout and Scorponok attack a U.S. military base, causing the Pentagon to send their special Sector Seven agents to capture all "specimens of this alien race." Spike and his girlfriend Mikaela find themselves in the midst of a grand battle between the Autobots and the Decepticons, stretching from Hoover Dam all the way to Los Angeles. Meanwhile, deep inside Hoover Dam, the cryogenically stored body of Megatron awakens. (Read More)

Themes:military,  hope
Locations:tunnel,  desert
Characters:alien,  soldier
Story:military base,  alien invasion,  fighter jet,  u.s. president,  space battle,  alien technology,  human versus alien,  alien contact,  exploding helicopter,  secretary of defense,  amateur radio,  electromagnetic pulse,  exploding plane,  ham radio,  computer virus,  u.s. air force,  computer cracker,  world domination,  heroism,  space travel,  chaos,  u.s. army,  bravery,  end of the world,  white house,  laser,  blockbuster,  missile,  machismo,  washington d.c.,  ufo,  general,  product placement,  locker room,  news report,  fictional war,  no opening credits,  outer space,  exploding car,  scientist,  battle,  los angeles california,  machine gun,  helicopter,  fire,  pistol,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  dog

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The War Of The Worlds (1953) is one of the best movies like Independence Day (1996)
Action, Sci-fi, Thriller

The War Of The Worlds (1953)

H.G. Wells' classic novel is brought to life in this tale of alien invasion. The residents of a small town in California are excited when a flaming meteor lands in the hills. Their joy is tempered somewhat when they discover that it has passengers who are not very friendly. This is why The War Of The Worlds (1953) is one of the best movies like Independence Day (1996). (Read More)

Themes:hope,  military
Locations:laboratory
Characters:alien,  soldier
Story:invasion,  alien invasion,  invasion of earth,  humanity in peril,  mass destruction,  force field,  u.s. air force,  u.s. marine corps,  statue of liberty new york city,  jet,  crash landing,  sydney australia,  space travel,  u.s. army,  white house,  laser,  exploding building,  spacecraft,  rome italy,  washington d.c.,  ufo,  general,  race against time,  spaceship,  outer space,  exploding car,  survival,  scientist,  london england,  los angeles california,  machine gun,  surprise ending,  new york city,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship

Red Dawn (2012)
Action, Thriller

Red Dawn (2012)

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

Themes:courage,  hope,  military
Characters:soldier
Story:fighter jet,  exploding plane,  u.s. marine corps,  plane crash,  patriotism,  airplane crash,  chaos,  invasion,  bravery,  interracial friendship,  exploding building,  machismo,  subtitled scene,  self sacrifice,  race against time,  product placement,  mission,  news report,  fictional war,  exploding car,  death of friend,  survival,  combat,  car crash,  vomiting,  tough guy,  battle,  car accident,  machine gun,  helicopter,  pistol,  surprise ending,  explosion,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  photograph,  father son relationship,  two word title,  death

Godzilla (1998)
Action, Sci-fi, Thriller

Godzilla (1998)

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

Themes:military
Characters:soldier
Period:1990s
Story:fighter jet,  disaster in new york,  exploding helicopter,  empire state building manhattan new york city,  mass destruction,  tv station,  u boat,  submarine,  exploding building,  blockbuster,  missile,  disaster,  subtitled scene,  tragic event,  news report,  creature,  exploding car,  diner,  manhattan new york city,  scientist,  car crash,  car accident,  machine gun,  helicopter,  surprise ending,  new york city,  title spoken by character,  photograph,  husband wife relationship

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Kingsman: The Golden Circle (2017)
Action, Adventure, Comedy

Kingsman: The Golden Circle (2017)

After the Kingsman headquarters are blown up by a psychotic criminal named Poppy Adams. The surviving agents find their way to an allied secret organisation based in Kentucky, named Statesman. The two agencies must now work together in order to save the world and take down the so called 'Golden Circle'. (Read More)

Themes:wedding,  drunkenness
Locations:laboratory,  hospital
Characters:soldier
Story:fighter jet,  u.s. president,  final battle,  big ben london,  high tech,  statue of liberty new york city,  world domination,  computer cracker,  southern accent,  media coverage,  wisecrack humor,  presumed dead,  interracial friendship,  white house,  exploding building,  loss of friend,  missile,  washington d.c.,  subtitled scene,  general,  self sacrifice,  tragic event,  race against time,  product placement,  mission,  news report,  no opening credits,  man with glasses,  exploding car,  death of friend,  diner,  car crash,  london england,  arrest,  tough guy,  battle,  punched in the face,  car accident,  machine gun,  helicopter,  pistol,  surprise ending,  new york city,  explosion,  title spoken by character,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  photograph,  african american,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  dog,  death

Valerian And The City Of A Thousand Planets (2017) is one of the best movies like Independence Day (1996)
Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Sci-fi

Valerian And The City Of A Thousand Planets (2017)

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

Themes:apocalypse,  military
Locations:desert
Characters:alien,  soldier
Story:mission,  space battle,  final battle,  alien technology,  force field,  mind reading,  exploding ship,  dogfight,  u boat,  space shuttle,  crash landing,  exotic dancer,  timebomb,  extraterrestrial,  telepathy,  wisecrack humor,  space travel,  submarine,  genocide,  laser,  spacecraft,  burned alive,  missile,  subtitled scene,  general,  self sacrifice,  president,  race against time,  creature,  fictional war,  spaceship,  outer space,  combat,  arrest,  tough guy,  battle,  punched in the face,  machine gun,  corpse,  fire,  pistol,  surprise ending,  explosion,  title spoken by character,  father daughter relationship,  death

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. This is why Jupiter Ascending (2015) is one of the best movies like Independence Day (1996). (Read More)

Themes:military,  courage,  wedding,  marriage
Mood:epic
Characters:alien
Story:space battle,  final battle,  alien contact,  human in outer space,  force field,  exploding ship,  dogfight,  starship,  crash landing,  world domination,  space travel,  chaos,  bravery,  presumed dead,  exploding building,  spacecraft,  flying,  subtitled scene,  race against time,  product placement,  mission,  creature,  fictional war,  spaceship,  no opening credits,  outer space,  exploding car,  combat,  arrest,  tough guy,  battle,  fire,  surprise ending,  cult film,  explosion,  mother daughter relationship,  family relationships,  two word title,  death

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

Enemy Mine (1985)

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

Themes:military
Locations:laboratory,  desert
Characters:alien,  soldier
Story:battle,  fighter pilot,  space battle,  alien technology,  human versus alien,  exploding ship,  dogfight,  crash landing,  extraterrestrial,  space travel,  presumed dead,  laser,  spacecraft,  loss of friend,  moon,  mission,  pilot,  creature,  fictional war,  spaceship,  outer space,  death of friend,  survival,  combat,  tough guy,  punched in the face,  machine gun,  corpse,  fire,  pistol,  surprise ending,  cult film,  explosion,  two word title,  death

Air Force One (1997)
Action, Adventure, Drama, Romance, Thriller

Air Force One (1997)

The President of the USA goes to Moscow and gives a stirring speech outlining the USA's new "Zero-tolerance" policy with respect to terrorism. On the flight home, terrorists take over Air Force One (the President's official plane) and take the passengers (including his wife and daughter) hostage. The terrorists plan to execute one hostage every half-hour unless/until their demands are met. However, the President is a former Medal of Honor winner, so the terrorists may be in for a surprise... (Read More)

Themes:courage
Characters:soldier
Period:1990s
Story:daughter of the president,  male pilot,  american president,  fighter pilot,  president,  u.s. president,  aerial combat,  air force one,  first daughter,  secretary of defense,  exploding plane,  u.s. air force,  dogfight,  first lady,  jet,  plane crash,  vietnam veteran,  moscow russia,  flight,  bravery,  white house,  blockbuster,  missile,  disaster,  general,  pilot,  weapon,  combat,  tough guy,  machine gun,  fire,  pistol,  surprise ending,  explosion,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  death

G.i. Joe: Retaliation (2013) is one of the best movies like Independence Day (1996)
Action, Adventure, Sci-fi, Thriller

G.i. Joe: Retaliation (2013)

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

Themes:military
Locations:desert
Characters:soldier
Story:american president,  u.s. president,  nuclear explosion,  mass destruction,  big ben london,  high tech,  computer cracker,  world domination,  bunker,  southern accent,  media coverage,  white house,  exploding building,  burned alive,  missile,  washington d.c.,  general,  president,  race against time,  news report,  no opening credits,  exploding car,  death of friend,  politician,  survival,  london england,  tough guy,  battle,  punched in the face,  machine gun,  helicopter,  corpse,  pistol,  surprise ending,  explosion,  death

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

Avatar (2009)

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

Themes:military
Mood:epic
Locations:laboratory
Characters:alien,  soldier
Story:human versus alien,  alien contact,  exploding helicopter,  battle,  mass death,  human in outer space,  exploding ship,  starship,  golf club,  extraterrestrial,  space travel,  bravery,  invasion,  genocide,  blockbuster,  flying,  missile,  subtitled scene,  moon,  general,  self sacrifice,  mission,  creature,  fictional war,  spaceship,  no opening credits,  outer space,  weapon,  woman,  survival,  scientist,  punched in the face,  machine gun,  helicopter,  corpse,  pistol,  surprise ending,  explosion,  title spoken by character,  death

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

Power Rangers (2017)

High school outcasts stumble upon an old alien ship, where they acquire superpowers and are dubbed the Power Rangers. Learning that an old enemy of the previous generation has returned to exact vegenance, the group must harness their powers and use them to work together and save the world. This is why Power Rangers (2017) is one of the best movies like Independence Day (1996). (Read More)

Themes:courage,  apocalypse,  hope
Characters:alien,  homosexuality
Story:final battle,  evil alien,  alien technology,  electromagnetic pulse,  trailer home,  world domination,  extraterrestrial,  heroism,  bravery,  interracial friendship,  end of the world,  exploding building,  spacecraft,  subtitled scene,  self sacrifice,  race against time,  product placement,  mission,  locker room,  news report,  creature,  fictional war,  spaceship,  no opening credits,  outer space,  exploding car,  combat,  car crash,  tough guy,  battle,  punched in the face,  car accident,  corpse,  fire,  pistol,  surprise ending,  explosion,  title spoken by character,  photograph,  african american,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  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:apocalypse,  military
Locations:laboratory,  desert
Characters:soldier
Story:chaos,  exploding helicopter,  mass destruction,  traffic jam,  moscow russia,  airplane crash,  end of the world,  burned alive,  missile,  subtitled scene,  general,  self sacrifice,  product placement,  mission,  pilot,  news report,  creature,  exploding car,  death of friend,  politician,  woman,  survival,  scientist,  combat,  car crash,  battle,  car accident,  machine gun,  helicopter,  corpse,  pistol,  surprise ending,  new york city,  explosion,  mother daughter relationship,  father daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  family relationships,  death,  dog

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Starship Troopers (1997) is one of the best movies like Independence Day (1996)
Action, Adventure, Sci-fi, Thriller

Starship Troopers (1997)

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

Themes:military,  hope,  tragedy
Characters:alien,  soldier
Story:alien invasion,  space battle,  military base,  human versus alien,  outrunning explosion,  nuclear explosion,  mass destruction,  human in outer space,  mind reading,  exploding ship,  starship,  media coverage,  telepathy,  space travel,  spacecraft,  burned alive,  missile,  machismo,  self sacrifice,  tragic event,  pilot,  news report,  creature,  fictional war,  spaceship,  no opening credits,  outer space,  death of friend,  woman,  death of mother,  scientist,  combat,  vomiting,  battle,  punched in the face,  machine gun,  corpse,  cult film,  explosion,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  death

Olympus Has Fallen (2013)
Action, Thriller

Olympus Has Fallen (2013)

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

Themes:tragedy,  military
Locations:hospital
Characters:soldier
Story:white house,  president,  bunker,  american president,  u.s. president,  exploding helicopter,  mass death,  secretary of defense,  exploding plane,  u.s. air force,  dogfight,  plane crash,  media coverage,  patriotism,  wisecrack humor,  chaos,  u.s. army,  exploding building,  missile,  disaster,  machismo,  washington d.c.,  subtitled scene,  general,  race against time,  death of wife,  news report,  fictional war,  exploding car,  weapon,  politician,  death of mother,  combat,  car crash,  tough guy,  battle,  punched in the face,  car accident,  machine gun,  helicopter,  corpse,  pistol,  explosion,  title spoken by character,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  death

Astro Boy (2009)
Action, Animation, Comedy, Family, Sci-fi

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 netherworld of robot gladiators, before he returns to save Metro City and reconcile with the father who had rejected him. (Read More)

Themes:courage,  hope,  military
Locations:laboratory
Characters:alien,  soldier
Story:final battle,  outrunning explosion,  electromagnetic pulse,  force field,  high tech,  crash landing,  skyscraper,  golf club,  heroism,  bravery,  presumed dead,  laser,  exploding building,  flying,  missile,  general,  self sacrifice,  president,  creature,  no opening credits,  exploding car,  scientist,  combat,  car crash,  arrest,  battle,  car accident,  machine gun,  surprise ending,  explosion,  title spoken by character,  father son relationship,  two word title

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

London Has Fallen (2016)

After the British Prime Minister has passed away under mysterious circumstances, all leaders of the Western world must attend his funeral. But what starts out as the most protected event on earth, turns into a deadly plot to kill the world's most powerful leaders and unleash a terrifying vision of the future. The President of the United States, his formidable secret service head and a British MI-6 agent who trusts no one are the only people that have any hope of stopping it. This is why London Has Fallen (2016) is one of the best movies like Independence Day (1996). (Read More)

Themes:hope,  military,  wedding
Locations:desert
Characters:soldier
Story:president,  fighter jet,  american president,  u.s. president,  exploding helicopter,  outrunning explosion,  mass death,  air force one,  morse code,  big ben london,  traffic jam,  bunker,  patriotism,  wisecrack humor,  white house,  exploding building,  burned alive,  missile,  machismo,  washington d.c.,  subtitled scene,  general,  self sacrifice,  race against time,  product placement,  news report,  exploding car,  politician,  car crash,  london england,  tough guy,  battle,  punched in the face,  machine gun,  helicopter,  corpse,  fire,  pistol,  surprise ending,  explosion,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  death

Ghostbusters (2016) is one of the best movies like Independence Day (1996)
Action, Comedy, Fantasy, Sci-fi

Ghostbusters (2016)

Themes:apocalypse
Locations:tunnel,  laboratory
Story:disaster in new york,  final battle,  world domination,  timebomb,  media coverage,  wisecrack humor,  invasion,  interracial friendship,  end of the world,  laser,  exploding building,  flying,  race against time,  product placement,  news report,  creature,  no opening credits,  man with glasses,  exploding car,  diner,  scientist,  manhattan new york city,  combat,  vomiting,  battle,  punched in the face,  car accident,  machine gun,  fire,  pistol,  surprise ending,  new york city,  explosion,  title spoken by character,  photograph,  african american

Starman (1984)
Romance, Sci-fi

Starman (1984)

Jenny Hayden never did get over the death of her husband. So when an alien life form decides to model "himself" on the husband, Jenny is understandably confused if not terrified. The alien, or Starman, as he is called, has a deadline to meet, and kidnaps Jenny in order to meet it.

Themes:military
Locations:laboratory,  desert
Characters:alien,  soldier
Story:fighter jet,  spacecraft,  cigar smoking,  alien contact,  seti,  cigar,  crash landing,  trailer home,  southern accent,  u.s. army,  white house,  missile,  washington d.c.,  ufo,  general,  race against time,  product placement,  news report,  outer space,  politician,  diner,  woman,  scientist,  car crash,  punched in the face,  car accident,  machine gun,  helicopter,  corpse,  fire,  pistol,  surprise ending,  cult film,  explosion,  photograph,  death

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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:hope,  tragedy,  military
Mood:epic
Locations:tunnel,  desert
Characters:soldier
Story:final battle,  exploding helicopter,  outrunning explosion,  u.s. army,  invasion,  laser,  exploding building,  loss of wife,  blockbuster,  missile,  subtitled scene,  self sacrifice,  tragic event,  race against time,  death of wife,  mission,  fictional war,  no opening credits,  weapon,  death of friend,  survival,  death of mother,  combat,  battle,  machine gun,  helicopter,  corpse,  fire,  pistol,  surprise ending,  explosion,  photograph,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  death

13 Hours (2016)
Action, Drama, History, Thriller, War

13 Hours (2016)

Libya, 2012. At an unofficial CIA base in Benghazi a group of ex-military contractors are providing security. In the aftermath of Gaddafi's downfall a power vacuum exists and the climate is volatile. Military weapons are freely available. The US Ambassador to Libya, Chris Stevens, makes a visit to the area, staying in a compound near the CIA base. On the night of 11 September, 2012, the Ambassador's compound is attacked by hordes of heavily armed locals. The only forces willing and able to defend it are six CIA contractors. (Read More)

Themes:courage,  hope,  military
Characters:soldier
Story:fighter jet,  playing chess,  military base,  heroism,  chaos,  bravery,  white house,  exploding building,  burned alive,  machismo,  washington d.c.,  chess,  general,  race against time,  mission,  news report,  no opening credits,  man with glasses,  exploding car,  death of friend,  gay slur,  survival,  combat,  car crash,  tough guy,  battle,  car accident,  machine gun,  helicopter,  corpse,  fire,  pistol,  surprise ending,  explosion,  photograph,  father daughter relationship,  mother daughter relationship,  husband wife relationship,  family relationships,  death

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out Of The Shadows (2016) is one of the best movies like Independence Day (1996)
Action, Adventure, Comedy, Sci-fi

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

The Turtles continue to live in the shadows and no one knows they were the ones who took down Shredder. And Vernon is the one everyone thinks is the one who took Shredder down. April O'Neill does some snooping and learns a scientist named, Baxter Stockman is working for Shredder. He plans to break him out while he's being transported. April tells the turtles who try to stop it but can't. Stockman tries to teleport Shredder but he some how ends up in another dimension and meets a warlord named Krang who instructs Shredder to assemble a teleportation device he sent to Earth a long time ago. He gives Shredder some mutagen which he uses to transform two criminals who were also in the transport with him, Rock Steady and Bebop into mutants. And they set out to find the device. April saw the transformation while investigating Stockman, She would take the mutagen and she would be chased by Shredder's minions, the Foot Clan. He is saved by a man named Casey Jones who was the one who transporting Shredder. The Turtles show up and they try to work together. In the melee the mutagen ends up with the police. Knowing Shredder will try and get it back, April tries to get it first she asks Vern to help. Eventually she and Casey are arrested. The Turtles get the mutagen and Donatello analyzes it learns it could make them human, which he tells Leonardo who tells him to forget it and not to tell the others. But Michelangelo tells Raphael who feels that Leonardo doesn't respect them. This is why Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out Of The Shadows (2016) is one of the best movies like Independence Day (1996). (Read More)

Themes:courage,  apocalypse
Locations:laboratory
Characters:alien
Story:alien invasion,  disaster in new york,  final battle,  alien contact,  electromagnetic pulse,  statue of liberty new york city,  crash landing,  world domination,  computer cracker,  skyscraper,  heroism,  wisecrack humor,  airplane crash,  bravery,  invasion,  end of the world,  laser,  blockbuster,  spacecraft,  ufo,  race against time,  mission,  locker room,  pilot,  news report,  creature,  spaceship,  no opening credits,  exploding car,  weapon,  scientist,  combat,  car crash,  arrest,  battle,  punched in the face,  car accident,  machine gun,  helicopter,  pistol,  new york city,  explosion,  african american

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Stealth (2005)
Action, Adventure, Sci-fi, Thriller

Stealth (2005)

In the near future, the Navy develops a fighter jet piloted by an artificial intelligence computer. The jet is placed on an aircraft carrier in the Pacific to learn combat manuevers from the human pilots aboard. But when the computer develops a mind of its own, it's the humans who are charged with stopping it before it incites a war... (Read More)

Themes:military
Story:fighter jet,  cigar smoking,  fighter pilot,  aerial combat,  exploding helicopter,  exploding plane,  dogfight,  high tech,  jet,  crash landing,  plane crash,  airplane crash,  missile,  machismo,  washington d.c.,  self sacrifice,  pilot,  death of friend,  combat,  arrest,  machine gun,  helicopter,  explosion,  title spoken by character

Star Trek: Into Darkness (2013)
Action, Adventure, Sci-fi

Star Trek: Into Darkness (2013)

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

Themes:drunkenness
Mood:epic
Locations:hospital
Characters:alien
Story:space battle,  mass destruction,  human in outer space,  exploding ship,  crash landing,  world domination,  space travel,  interracial friendship,  laser,  exploding building,  blockbuster,  spacecraft,  disaster,  chess,  subtitled scene,  moon,  self sacrifice,  race against time,  mission,  creature,  fictional war,  spaceship,  no opening credits,  outer space,  weapon,  death of friend,  woman,  scientist,  combat,  london england,  arrest,  tough guy,  battle,  punched in the face,  fire,  explosion,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  father daughter relationship,  death

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:drunkenness
Locations:laboratory
Story:alien space craft,  alien technology,  human versus alien,  alien contact,  kamikaze,  human in outer space,  exploding ship,  starship,  crash landing,  space travel,  presumed dead,  burned alive,  moon,  self sacrifice,  race against time,  mission,  pilot,  creature,  spaceship,  outer space,  man with glasses,  survival,  scientist,  corpse,  pistol,  cult film,  explosion,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  father daughter relationship,  dog

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Allegiant (2016) is one of the best movies like Independence Day (1996)
Action, Adventure, Mystery, Sci-fi, Thriller

Allegiant (2016)

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

Themes:courage,  hope,  military
Locations:tunnel,  desert
Characters:soldier
Story:electromagnetic pulse,  force field,  dogfight,  high tech,  crash landing,  plane crash,  computer cracker,  chaos,  bravery,  genocide,  laser,  missile,  race against time,  mission,  pilot,  fictional war,  no opening credits,  exploding car,  survival,  scientist,  combat,  arrest,  tough guy,  battle,  punched in the face,  car accident,  machine gun,  corpse,  pistol,  surprise ending,  explosion,  title spoken by character,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  mother son relationship,  family relationships,  death

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. This is why The Mummy (2017) is one of the best movies like Independence Day (1996). (Read More)

Themes:courage,  military
Locations:tunnel,  laboratory,  desert
Characters:soldier
Story:big ben london,  mind reading,  world domination,  media coverage,  telepathy,  wisecrack humor,  airplane crash,  u.s. army,  bravery,  missile,  subtitled scene,  self sacrifice,  race against time,  product placement,  pilot,  news report,  no opening credits,  man with glasses,  death of friend,  scientist,  combat,  car crash,  london england,  tough guy,  battle,  punched in the face,  car accident,  machine gun,  helicopter,  corpse,  fire,  pistol,  surprise ending,  explosion,  death,  dog

X-men: Days Of Future Past (2014)
Action, Adventure, Sci-fi, Thriller

X-men: Days Of Future Past (2014)

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

Themes:hope,  military
Mood:epic
Locations:laboratory
Characters:soldier
Story:u.s. president,  mind reading,  bunker,  eiffel tower paris,  moscow russia,  media coverage,  telepathy,  chaos,  white house,  blockbuster,  burned alive,  flying,  washington d.c.,  chess,  subtitled scene,  general,  tragic event,  president,  race against time,  product placement,  mission,  news report,  fictional war,  no opening credits,  exploding car,  survival,  scientist,  combat,  tough guy,  battle,  punched in the face,  machine gun,  corpse,  pistol,  surprise ending,  new york city,  explosion,  death

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Le Cinquieme Element (1997)
Action, Adventure, Sci-fi

Le Cinquieme Element (1997)

In the twenty-third century, the universe is threatened by evil. The only hope for mankind is the Fifth Element, who comes to Earth every five thousand years to protect the humans with four stones of the four elements: fire, water, Earth and air. A Mondoshawan spacecraft is bringing The Fifth Element back to Earth but it is destroyed by the evil Mangalores. However, a team of scientists use the DNA of the remains of the Fifth Element to rebuild the perfect being called Leeloo. She escapes from the laboratory and stumbles upon the taxi driver and former elite commando Major Korben Dallas that helps her to escape from the police. Leeloo tells him that she must meet Father Vito Cornelius to accomplish her mission. Meanwhile, the Evil uses the greedy and cruel Jean-Baptiste Emanuel Zorg and a team of mercenary Mangalores to retrieve the stones and avoid the protection of Leeloo. But the skilled Korben Dallas has fallen in love with Leeloo and decides to help her to retrieve the stones. (Read More)

Themes:apocalypse,  hope,  military
Mood:epic
Locations:laboratory,  desert
Characters:alien,  soldier
Period:1990s
Story:alien starship,  alien invasion,  human versus alien,  outrunning explosion,  humanity in peril,  human in outer space,  exploding ship,  space shuttle,  timebomb,  extraterrestrial,  space travel,  chaos,  invasion,  end of the world,  blockbuster,  spacecraft,  general,  president,  race against time,  product placement,  mission,  spaceship,  outer space,  weapon,  television,  tough guy,  machine gun,  fire,  pistol,  cult film,  new york city,  explosion,  title spoken by character,  mother son relationship

Hot Shots! (1991) is one of the best movies like Independence Day (1996)
Action, Comedy

Hot Shots! (1991)

Topper Harley, a top gun fighter pilot, is recalled to serve on the SS Essess. Topper's mission is to destroy Saddam Hussein's nuclear plants. Unfortunately, Topper is psychologically imbalanced and is sure to crack under pressure.

Themes:military
Period:1990s
Story:fighter jet,  male pilot,  fighter pilot,  mission,  pilot,  exploding plane,  u.s. air force,  dogfight,  jet,  blockbuster,  flying,  missile,  woman,  combat,  cult film

Courage Under Fire (1996)
Action, Drama, Mystery, Thriller, War

Courage Under Fire (1996)

The pilot of a rescue copter, Captain Karen Walden, died shortly before her helicopter crew was rescued after it crashed in Desert Storm. It first appears that she made a spectacular rescue of a downed helicopter crew, then held her own crew together to fight off the Iraqis after her copter crashed. Lt. Colonel Serling, who is struggling with his own demons from Desert Storm, is assigned to investigate her worthiness for the Medal of Honor. But some conflicting accounts, from her crew and soldiers in the area, cause him to question whether she deserves it. (Read More)

Themes:courage,  military
Locations:desert
Characters:soldier
Period:1990s
Story:exploding helicopter,  d box motion code,  vietnam veteran,  u.s. army,  bravery,  general,  locker room,  pilot,  news report,  exploding car,  politician,  woman,  combat,  battle,  machine gun,  helicopter,  fire,  pistol,  explosion,  photograph,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  death

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