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Independence Day (1996)
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Independence Day (1996)

On July 2nd, communications systems worldwide are sent into chaos by a strange atmospheric interference. It is soon learned by the military that a number of enormous objects are on a collision course with Earth. At first thought to be meteors, they are later revealed to be gigantic spacecraft, 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)

Subgenre:
epic tragedy cult film 
Themes:
space travel self sacrifice courage death of wife apocalypse hope death of mother military wedding drunkenness marriage death 
Locations:
space battle u boat submarine tunnel laboratory outer space london england desert los angeles california helicopter new york city hospital 
Characters:
evil alien first daughter jewish american ex husband ex wife relationship homosexuality alcoholic tough guy alien soldier boyfriend girlfriend relationship african american mother daughter relationship father daughter relationship husband wife relationship mother son relationship father son relationship family relationships  (See All)
Period:
1990s 
Story:
alien starship alien autopsy alien invasion lighting a cigar fighter jet invasion of earth disaster in new york playing chess daughter of the president saving the world mission suicide mission male pilot cigar smoking american president fighter pilot u.s. president aerial combat aerial battle final battle military base alien space craft alien technology human versus alien alien contact exploding helicopter outrunning explosion nuclear explosion fighter craft famous speech mass death crop dusting crop duster awacs air force one sydney opera house conflagration soda can secretary of defense aeronautics 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 area 51 mass destruction exploding plane twin towers ham radio human in outer space mothership 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 starship high tech first lady 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 ghetto despair chaos u.s. army bravery invasion presumed dead interracial friendship end of the world white house genocide laser exploding building loss of wife blockbuster spacecraft loss of friend rome italy burned alive flying missile disaster berlin germany machismo washington d.c. chess subtitled scene moon ufo general tragic event president race against time product placement mission locker room pilot news report creature fictional war spaceship no opening credits man with glasses exploding car weapon death of friend politician diner woman gay slur survival scientist manhattan new york city combat television car crash vomiting arrest battle punched in the face car accident machine gun corpse fire pistol surprise ending explosion title spoken by character photograph two word title dog  (See All)

Independence Day: Resurgence (2016)
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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:
space travel self sacrifice courage death of wife apocalypse hope death of mother military death 
Locations:
space battle laboratory outer space london england desert helicopter hospital 
Characters:
jewish american alien soldier boyfriend girlfriend relationship father daughter relationship father son relationship mother son relationship family relationships 
Story:
alien invasion fighter jet suicide mission american president fighter pilot u.s. president aerial combat aerial 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 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 chaos invasion bravery presumed dead end of the world white house laser exploding building blockbuster spacecraft flying disaster washington d.c. subtitled scene moon ufo general president race against time mission locker room pilot news report creature fictional war spaceship no opening credits exploding car weapon survival scientist combat battle punched in the face fire pistol surprise ending explosion photograph dog  (See All)

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Mars Attacks! (1996)
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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)

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

Man Of Steel (2013)
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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.

Subgenre:
epic 
Themes:
space travel self sacrifice apocalypse hope military death 
Locations:
space battle laboratory outer space desert helicopter 
Characters:
tough guy alien soldier husband wife relationship mother son relationship father son relationship 
Story:
alien starship alien invasion fighter jet fighter pilot 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 chaos u.s. army end of the world laser exploding building blockbuster spacecraft flying missile moon ufo general race against time product placement news report creature fictional war spaceship no opening credits man with glasses exploding car diner scientist combat car crash arrest battle punched in the face machine gun fire pistol surprise ending explosion photograph dog  (See All)

Battleship (2012) is one of the best movies like Independence Day (1996)
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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:
space travel courage military drunkenness 
Locations:
outer space london england helicopter new york city 
Characters:
alien soldier father daughter relationship 
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 chaos bravery invasion exploding building spacecraft missile subtitled scene race against time product placement news report fictional war spaceship no opening credits survival scientist combat car crash arrest battle punched in the face car accident machine gun pistol explosion title spoken by character  (See All)

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Transformers: Dark Of The Moon (2011)
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Transformers: Dark Of The Moon (2011)

Autobots Bumblebee, Ratchet, Ironhide, Mirage (aka Dino), Wheeljack (aka Que) and Sideswipe led by Optimus Prime, are back in action taking on the evil Decepticons, who are eager to avenge their recent defeat. The Autobots and Decepticons become involved in a perilous space race between the United 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)

Subgenre:
epic 
Themes:
space travel military death 
Locations:
space battle outer space desert helicopter 
Characters:
alien soldier boyfriend girlfriend relationship husband wife relationship mother son relationship father son relationship 
Story:
alien invasion fighter jet u.s. president 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 computer cracker world domination chaos u.s. army white house laser exploding building blockbuster spacecraft missile washington d.c. moon general product placement news report fictional war spaceship no opening credits exploding car weapon scientist car crash battle punched in the face car accident machine gun pistol explosion dog  (See All)

The 5th Wave (2016)
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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)

Subgenre:
tragedy 
Themes:
self sacrifice courage death of wife apocalypse hope death of mother military death 
Locations:
london england helicopter new york city 
Characters:
tough guy alien soldier father daughter relationship mother daughter relationship husband wife relationship father son relationship mother son relationship 
Story:
alien invasion disaster in new york 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 race against time mission news report fictional war spaceship no opening credits exploding car survival combat car crash battle punched in the face car accident machine gun corpse fire pistol surprise ending explosion title spoken by character photograph  (See All)

Green Lantern (2011)
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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:
space travel courage military death 
Locations:
outer space desert helicopter 
Characters:
alien father daughter relationship father son relationship mother son relationship 
Period:
1990s 
Story:
alien starship alien invasion fighter jet male pilot fighter pilot u.s. president aerial combat 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 bravery interracial friendship genocide spacecraft burned alive flying missile ufo general president locker room pilot news report creature fictional war spaceship no opening credits scientist machine gun corpse fire explosion title spoken by character two word title  (See All)

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Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016) is one of the best movies like Independence Day (1996)
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Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (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)

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

Pixels (2015)
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Pixels (2015)

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

Themes:
courage apocalypse military drunkenness 
Locations:
laboratory london england helicopter new york city 
Characters:
alien soldier husband wife relationship mother son relationship 
Story:
alien invasion fighter jet disaster in new york u.s. president military base alien contact exploding helicopter humanity in peril air force base u.s. air force first lady computer cracker media coverage chaos u.s. army 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 man with glasses exploding car woman survival scientist combat car crash battle car accident fire pistol surprise ending explosion title spoken by character  (See All)

The Avengers (2012)
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The Avengers (2012)

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

Themes:
space travel 
Locations:
laboratory outer space helicopter new york city 
Characters:
tough guy 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 laser exploding building blockbuster spacecraft missile disaster subtitled scene mission news report fictional war spaceship no opening credits exploding car death of friend manhattan new york city scientist combat car crash arrest battle punched in the face car accident machine gun pistol explosion title spoken by character two word title  (See All)

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Starship Troopers (1997)
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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.

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

Battle Los Angeles (2011) is one of the best movies like Independence Day (1996)
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Battle Los Angeles (2011)

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

Themes:
self sacrifice apocalypse military drunkenness death 
Locations:
desert los angeles california helicopter 
Characters:
tough guy alien soldier husband wife relationship father son relationship 
Story:
alien invasion fighter jet 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 race against time mission news report creature fictional war spaceship no opening credits exploding car death of friend survival combat battle machine gun corpse fire pistol explosion title spoken by character dog  (See All)

X-men: Apocalypse (2016)
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X-men: Apocalypse (2016)

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

Subgenre:
epic tragedy 
Themes:
self sacrifice courage death of wife apocalypse hope military drunkenness death 
Locations:
u boat submarine laboratory outer space desert helicopter new york city 
Characters:
tough guy soldier father daughter relationship mother daughter relationship husband wife relationship father son relationship mother son relationship 
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 plane crash world domination sydney australia telepathy chaos bravery end of the world laser exploding building loss of wife blockbuster burned alive missile berlin germany subtitled scene race against time product placement news report fictional war no opening credits man with glasses survival scientist combat television battle punched in the face machine gun corpse fire pistol surprise ending explosion photograph dog  (See All)

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Godzilla (1998)
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Godzilla (1998)

Following the French atomic bomb tests in the South Pacific, an unknown creature is spotted passing eastward through the Panama Canal. Scientist Niko Tatopolous is called in to investigate the matter, and he quickly arrives at the conclusion that a giant, irradiated lizard has been created by the 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)

Subgenre:
cult film 
Themes:
courage military 
Locations:
u boat submarine laboratory helicopter new york city 
Characters:
soldier boyfriend girlfriend relationship husband wife relationship 
Period:
1990s 
Story:
fighter jet disaster in new york fighter pilot exploding helicopter nuclear explosion empire state building manhattan new york city mass destruction tv station media coverage wisecrack humor u.s. army bravery exploding building blockbuster missile disaster subtitled scene general tragic event race against time product placement mission news report creature fictional war exploding car weapon diner survival scientist manhattan new york city car crash battle car accident machine gun pistol surprise ending explosion title spoken by character photograph  (See All)

Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice (2016)
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Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice (2016)

The general public is concerned over having Superman on their planet and letting the "Dark Knight" - Batman - pursue the streets of Gotham. While this is happening, a power-phobic Batman tries to attack Superman.,Meanwhile Superman tries to settle on a decision, and Lex Luthor, the criminal mastermind and millionaire, tries to use his own advantages to fight the "Man of Steel". (Read More)

Subgenre:
epic 
Themes:
self sacrifice hope death of mother military death 
Locations:
laboratory outer space desert helicopter 
Characters:
tough guy alien soldier boyfriend girlfriend relationship mother son relationship father son relationship 
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 race against time product placement news report creature fictional war spaceship exploding car death of friend politician diner scientist combat car crash arrest battle punched in the face machine gun corpse fire pistol surprise ending explosion photograph  (See All)

Godzilla (2014) is one of the best movies like Independence Day (1996)
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Godzilla (2014)

reviewed by: max crawford "the eventual climactic monster showdown is everything a godzilla fan could hope for." if you're a film in 2014 and you're still relegating female characters to tragic backstory or hero's moping wife roles, you need to sit down and have a word with yourself. the only female character with any real agency in gareth edwards' godzilla is a 300-foot monster that eats nuclear submarines. it's a shame, because it's the sort of film you want to be shouting about from the rooftops, and adding niggling little caveats somewhat ruin the effect. not only is it an astounding spectacle, it's a proper godzilla movie, spitting atomic fire in the face of roland emmerich's misbegotten 1998 atrocity. the opening titles set the tone: over a montage of 1950s atomic bomb tests, the credits appear alongside tantalising snippets of information which are quickly whited out as if by a censor. the sequence was designed by kyle cooper, the man behind the main titles for se7en and every other film with a decent main title sequence, and it neatly reflects the teasing approach taken to revealing big g himself. that's right, there's plenty of trivial human nonsense to be gotten out of the way before we encounter any monsters at all, let alone their king. if you simply must have humans in your film, bryan cranston and juliette binoche are two pretty solid picks. their early scenes in a nuclear power plant in tokyo lend the film a grounding and emotional heft that's rare in a summer … (Read More)

Subgenre:
epic cult film 
Themes:
self sacrifice apocalypse hope military death 
Locations:
submarine desert helicopter hospital 
Characters:
soldier husband wife relationship mother son relationship father son relationship family relationships 
Story:
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The Transformers: The Movie (1986)
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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)

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

War Of The Worlds (2005)
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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)

Subgenre:
cult film 
Themes:
apocalypse military drunkenness death 
Locations:
tunnel outer space london england los angeles california helicopter new york city 
Characters:
ex husband ex wife relationship alien soldier mother daughter relationship father daughter relationship mother son relationship father son relationship family relationships 
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 creature fictional war spaceship survival combat battle car accident machine gun corpse fire pistol surprise ending explosion photograph  (See All)

Skyline (2010)
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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:
self sacrifice apocalypse military drunkenness death 
Locations:
london england los angeles california helicopter new york city 
Characters:
alien soldier boyfriend girlfriend relationship husband wife relationship 
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 creature fictional war spaceship no opening credits death of friend survival vomiting punched in the face machine gun corpse fire pistol surprise ending explosion photograph dog  (See All)

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Olympus Has Fallen (2013) is one of the best movies like Independence Day (1996)
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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:
death of wife death of mother military death 
Locations:
helicopter hospital 
Characters:
tough guy soldier husband wife relationship father son relationship 
Story:
american president u.s. president exploding helicopter mass death secretary of defense exploding plane u.s. air force dogfight plane crash bunker media coverage patriotism wisecrack humor chaos u.s. army white house exploding building missile disaster machismo washington d.c. subtitled scene general president race against time news report fictional war exploding car politician combat car crash battle punched in the face car accident machine gun corpse pistol explosion title spoken by character  (See All)

The War Of The Worlds (1953)
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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.

Themes:
space travel military 
Locations:
laboratory outer space london england los angeles california new york city 
Characters:
alien soldier boyfriend girlfriend relationship 
Story:
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 u.s. army invasion white house laser exploding building spacecraft rome italy washington d.c. ufo general race against time spaceship exploding car survival scientist machine gun surprise ending  (See All)

Transformers (2007)
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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 … (Read More)

Themes:
space travel hope military 
Locations:
space battle tunnel outer space desert los angeles california helicopter 
Characters:
alien soldier husband wife relationship father son relationship mother son relationship 
Story:
alien invasion fighter jet u.s. president military base 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 world domination computer cracker heroism 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 exploding car scientist battle machine gun fire pistol dog  (See All)

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Edge Of Tomorrow (2014)
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Edge Of Tomorrow (2014)

An alien race has hit the Earth in an unrelenting assault, unbeatable by any military unit in the world. Major William Cage (Cruise) is an officer who has never seen a day of combat when he is unceremoniously dropped into what amounts to a suicide mission. Killed within minutes, Cage now finds himself inexplicably thrown into a time loop-forcing him to live out the same brutal combat over and over, fighting and dying again...and again. But with each battle, Cage becomes able to engage the adversaries with increasing skill, alongside Special Forces warrior Rita Vrataski (Blunt). And, as Cage and Vrataski take the fight to the aliens, each repeated encounter gets them one step closer to defeating the enemy! (Read More)

Subgenre:
cult film 
Themes:
self sacrifice courage apocalypse military death 
Locations:
london england helicopter 
Characters:
tough guy alien soldier 
Story:
alien invasion suicide mission human versus alien alien contact exploding helicopter electromagnetic pulse big ben london high tech trailer park crash landing eiffel tower paris southern accent media coverage chaos end of the world exploding building general mission news report creature fictional war no opening credits weapon scientist combat arrest battle machine gun corpse fire pistol surprise ending explosion  (See All)

Starman (1984) is one of the best movies like Independence Day (1996)
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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.

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

Deep Impact (1998)
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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)

Subgenre:
epic 
Themes:
space travel self sacrifice apocalypse military wedding death 
Locations:
outer space helicopter new york city 
Characters:
father daughter relationship family relationships 
Period:
1990s 
Story:
disaster in new york saving the world mission american president u.s. president human in outer space statue of liberty new york city space shuttle traffic jam media coverage bravery end of the world white house blockbuster spacecraft disaster washington d.c. president race against time product placement mission news report exploding car manhattan new york city car accident explosion  (See All)

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Transformers: Revenge Of The Fallen (2009)
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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)

Subgenre:
epic 
Themes:
self sacrifice courage apocalypse military death 
Locations:
submarine outer space desert los angeles california helicopter 
Characters:
alien soldier boyfriend girlfriend relationship father daughter relationship husband wife relationship father son relationship mother son relationship 
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 end of the world exploding building blockbuster missile machismo washington d.c. subtitled scene general race against time product placement mission news report fictional war no opening credits exploding car politician combat battle machine gun fire pistol explosion dog  (See All)

Pacific Rim (2013)
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Pacific Rim (2013)

When monstrous creatures, known as Kaiju, started rising from the sea, a war began that would take millions of lives and consume humanity's resources for years on end. To combat the giant Kaiju, a special type of weapon was devised: massive robots, called Jaegers, which are controlled simultaneously by two pilots whose minds are locked in a neural bridge. But even the Jaegers are proving nearly defenseless in the face of the relentless Kaiju. On the verge of defeat, the forces defending mankind have no choice but to turn to two unlikely heroes - a washed up former pilot (Charlie Hunnam) and an untested trainee (Rinko Kikuchi) - who are teamed to drive a legendary but seemingly obsolete Jaeger from the past. Together, they stand as mankind's last hope against the mounting apocalypse. (Read More)

Subgenre:
epic 
Themes:
self sacrifice apocalypse hope military death 
Locations:
laboratory outer space helicopter 
Characters:
soldier father son relationship 
Story:
alien invasion fighter jet final battle military base nuclear explosion electromagnetic pulse exploding plane mind reading plane crash bunker sydney australia timebomb media coverage exploding building blockbuster general pilot news report creature fictional war no opening credits exploding car weapon scientist combat vomiting battle machine gun corpse pistol explosion two word title dog  (See All)

Le Cinquieme Element (1997) is one of the best movies like Independence Day (1996)
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Le Cinquieme Element (1997)

In the twenty-third century, the universe is threatened by evil. The only hope for mankind is the Fifth Element, who comes to Earth every five thousand years to protect the humans with four stones of the four elements: fire, water, Earth and air. A Mondoshawan spacecraft is bringing The Fifth 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)

Subgenre:
epic cult film 
Themes:
space travel apocalypse hope military 
Locations:
laboratory outer space desert new york city 
Characters:
tough guy alien soldier mother son relationship 
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 invasion end of the world blockbuster spacecraft general president race against time product placement mission spaceship weapon television machine gun fire pistol explosion title spoken by character  (See All)

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Armageddon (1998)
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Armageddon (1998)

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

Themes:
space travel self sacrifice military wedding death 
Locations:
outer space helicopter new york city 
Characters:
soldier boyfriend girlfriend relationship father daughter relationship husband wife relationship father son relationship 
Period:
1990s 
Story:
disaster in new york saving the world mission american president u.s. president aeronautics human in outer space u.s. air force exploding ship space shuttle traffic jam eiffel tower paris exotic dancer timebomb media coverage chaos bravery exploding building blockbuster disaster machismo washington d.c. moon general president man with glasses exploding car manhattan new york city fire pistol explosion title spoken by character dog  (See All)

Enemy Mine (1985)
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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)

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

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

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

Subgenre:
epic 
Themes:
space travel courage hope death 
Locations:
space battle outer space desert 
Characters:
tough guy alien soldier mother daughter relationship father son relationship 
Story:
fighter pilot human in outer space mind reading exploding ship dogfight starship crash landing world domination telepathy wisecrack humor chaos bravery presumed dead laser exploding building blockbuster spacecraft subtitled scene general race against time mission pilot creature fictional war spaceship no opening credits death of friend woman survival combat arrest battle punched in the face fire surprise ending explosion  (See All)

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Ender's Game (2013) is one of the best movies like Independence Day (1996)
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Ender's Game (2013)

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

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

Critters (1986)
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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.

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

London Has Fallen (2016)
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London Has Fallen (2016)

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

Themes:
self sacrifice hope military wedding death 
Locations:
london england desert helicopter 
Characters:
tough guy soldier mother daughter relationship husband wife relationship 
Story:
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 president race against time product placement news report exploding car politician car crash battle punched in the face machine gun corpse fire pistol surprise ending explosion  (See All)

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Valerian And The City Of A Thousand Planets (2017)
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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:
space travel self sacrifice apocalypse military death 
Locations:
space battle u boat submarine outer space desert 
Characters:
tough guy alien soldier father daughter relationship 
Story:
final battle alien technology force field mind reading exploding ship dogfight space shuttle crash landing exotic dancer timebomb extraterrestrial telepathy wisecrack humor genocide laser spacecraft burned alive missile subtitled scene general president race against time mission creature fictional war spaceship combat arrest battle punched in the face machine gun corpse fire pistol surprise ending explosion title spoken by character  (See All)

Jupiter Ascending (2015) is one of the best movies like Independence Day (1996)
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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)

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

Oblivion (2013)
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Oblivion (2013)

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

Themes:
space travel self sacrifice death 
Locations:
outer space desert new york city 
Characters:
alien soldier boyfriend girlfriend relationship husband wife relationship 
Story:
alien invasion cigar smoking human versus alien nuclear explosion empire state building manhattan new york city exploding ship space shuttle crash landing skyscraper white house laser spacecraft washington d.c. fictional war spaceship no opening credits combat battle machine gun pistol surprise ending explosion dog  (See All)

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Avengers: Age Of Ultron (2015)
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Avengers: Age Of Ultron (2015)

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

Themes:
self sacrifice apocalypse drunkenness death 
Locations:
laboratory london england new york city 
Characters:
tough guy soldier mother daughter relationship father daughter relationship husband wife relationship mother son relationship father son relationship 
Story:
fighter jet aerial combat final battle humanity in peril electromagnetic pulse force field high tech jet world domination bunker timebomb heroism wisecrack humor interracial friendship end of the world laser exploding building blockbuster flying missile race against time mission no opening credits exploding car scientist combat battle machine gun corpse pistol surprise ending explosion  (See All)

Kingsman: The Golden Circle (2017)
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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:
self sacrifice wedding drunkenness death 
Locations:
laboratory london england helicopter new york city hospital 
Characters:
tough guy soldier boyfriend girlfriend relationship african american mother daughter relationship father daughter relationship husband wife relationship 
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 tragic event race against time product placement mission news report no opening credits man with glasses exploding car death of friend diner car crash arrest battle punched in the face car accident machine gun pistol surprise ending explosion title spoken by character photograph dog  (See All)

Broken Arrow (1996) is one of the best movies like Independence Day (1996)
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Broken Arrow (1996)

"Broken Arrow" is the term used to describe a nuclear device that has been lost. In this movie, two nuclear missiles are stolen by rogue US pilot Deakins, but hot on his trail is his co-pilot Hale and a Park Ranger, Terry. The action takes place in Utah's canyon country; a high stakes game of cat and mouse. (Read More)

Themes:
military death 
Locations:
desert helicopter 
Characters:
soldier 
Period:
1990s 
Story:
fighter jet fighter pilot exploding helicopter nuclear explosion d box motion code exploding plane u.s. air force utah plane crash timebomb heroism wisecrack humor bravery blockbuster machismo locker room pilot exploding car weapon combat punched in the face machine gun corpse fire pistol explosion title spoken by character  (See All)

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2012 (2009)
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2012 (2009)

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

Themes:
self sacrifice apocalypse military 
Locations:
tunnel london england los angeles california helicopter 
Characters:
ex husband ex wife relationship soldier boyfriend girlfriend relationship father daughter relationship father son relationship mother son relationship family relationships 
Story:
american president u.s. president mass death humanity in peril motor home mass destruction big ben london skyscraper eiffel tower paris airplane crash chaos u.s. army end of the world white house blockbuster rome italy disaster washington d.c. president race against time product placement pilot no opening credits survival scientist car crash punched in the face machine gun explosion title spoken by character dog  (See All)

Star Trek Into Darkness (2013)
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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)

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

Power Rangers (2017)
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Power Rangers (2017)

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

Themes:
self sacrifice courage apocalypse hope death 
Locations:
outer space 
Characters:
evil alien homosexuality tough guy alien african american mother daughter relationship father daughter relationship husband wife relationship mother son relationship father son relationship family relationships 
Story:
final battle alien technology electromagnetic pulse trailer home world domination extraterrestrial heroism bravery interracial friendship end of the world exploding building spacecraft subtitled scene race against time product placement mission locker room news report creature fictional war spaceship no opening credits exploding car combat car crash battle punched in the face car accident corpse fire pistol surprise ending explosion title spoken by character photograph  (See All)

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World War Z (2013) is one of the best movies like Independence Day (1996)
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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:
self sacrifice apocalypse military death 
Locations:
laboratory desert helicopter new york city 
Characters:
soldier mother daughter relationship father daughter relationship husband wife relationship family relationships 
Story:
exploding helicopter mass destruction moscow russia airplane crash chaos end of the world burned alive missile subtitled scene general product placement mission pilot news report creature exploding car death of friend politician woman survival scientist combat car crash battle car accident machine gun corpse pistol surprise ending explosion dog  (See All)

Air Force One (1997)
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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 death 
Characters:
first daughter tough guy soldier father daughter relationship mother daughter relationship husband wife relationship 
Period:
1990s 
Story:
daughter of the president male pilot american president fighter pilot u.s. president aerial combat air force one 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 president pilot weapon combat machine gun fire pistol surprise ending explosion  (See All)

Astro Boy (2009)
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Astro Boy (2009)

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

Themes:
self sacrifice courage hope military 
Locations:
laboratory 
Characters:
soldier father son relationship 
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 president creature no opening credits exploding car scientist combat car crash arrest battle car accident machine gun surprise ending explosion title spoken by character two word title  (See All)

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Suicide Squad (2016)
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Suicide Squad (2016)

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

Themes:
self sacrifice courage military death 
Locations:
laboratory helicopter 
Characters:
tough guy soldier boyfriend girlfriend relationship african american father daughter relationship 
Story:
final battle exploding helicopter electromagnetic pulse mind reading exploding ship southern accent telepathy wisecrack humor airplane crash chaos u.s. army bravery end of the world blockbuster burned alive missile washington d.c. subtitled scene race against time mission creature fictional war no opening credits exploding car weapon woman survival scientist combat car crash arrest battle punched in the face machine gun corpse fire pistol surprise ending explosion title spoken by character photograph two word title  (See All)

Spaceballs (1987) is one of the best movies like Independence Day (1996)
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Spaceballs (1987)

King Roland of the planet Druidia is trying to marry his daughter Princess Vespa to Prince Valium, but Vespa is kidnapped by the evil race of the Spaceballs. The Spaceballs ask Roland a tremendous ransom: all the air of Druidia (you see, the air of Spaceball had serious pollution problems...). The King decides to offer a generous amount of money to a space rogue, Lone Starr, to persuade him to save Vespa. What follows is the parody of a _LOT_ of famous SF movies. (Read More)

Subgenre:
cult film 
Themes:
space travel courage wedding marriage 
Locations:
space battle outer space desert 
Characters:
alien 
Story:
alien invasion alien space craft alien technology alien contact motor home human in outer space high tech statue of liberty new york city extraterrestrial bravery spacecraft ufo president creature spaceship man with glasses weapon battle surprise ending title spoken by character  (See All)

San Andreas (2015)
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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:
courage hope death 
Locations:
los angeles california helicopter 
Characters:
ex husband ex wife relationship tough guy father daughter relationship mother daughter relationship husband wife relationship 
Story:
mass death skyscraper media coverage heroism airplane crash chaos bravery exploding building blockbuster disaster machismo race against time product placement mission pilot news report no opening credits woman survival scientist car crash car accident fire pistol surprise ending explosion title spoken by character photograph two word title  (See All)

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