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Knowing (2009)
Drama, Mystery, Sci-fi, Thriller

Knowing (2009)

In the fall of 1959, for a time capsule, students draw pictures of life as they imagine it will be in 50 years. Lucinda, an odd child who hears voices, swiftly writes a long string of numbers. In 2009, the capsule is opened; student Caleb Koestler gets Lucinda's "drawing" and his father John, an astrophysicist and grieving widower, takes a look. He discovers dates of disasters over the past 50 years with the number who died. Three dates remain, all coming soon. He investigates, learns of Lucinda, and looks for her family. He fears for his son, who's started to hear voices and who is visited by a silent stranger who shows him a vision of fire and destruction. What's going on? (Read More)

Themes:panic,  religion
Locations:school,  earth,  museum
Characters:professor,  bible,  student,  alien,  teacher
Period:1950s
Story:time capsule,  astrophysicist,  drawing,  animal on fire,  subway train,  fire truck,  doomed civilization,  solar phenomena,  solar flare,  prediction of death,  number,  massachusetts institute of technology,  magical stone,  code,  fate of the world,  talking with a stranger,  boston massachusetts,  helium balloon,  grade school teacher,  disaster film,  white rabbit,  grieving widower,  american flag,  truck car collision,  stuffed animal,  hit by a truck,  exploding airplane,  airplane crash,  human alien,  train derailment,  train crash,  forest fire,  person on fire,  death toll,  world destruction,  shadowy figure,  predicting the future,  dark of night,  christian propaganda,  world's end,  mental diarrhea,  emergency broadcast system,  end of the world scenario,  no escape,  false information,  pseudo intellectual,  tree of life,  single parent family,  doomed,  inevitability,  disturbed child,  misrepresentation,  ozone layer,  helpless,  solar,  predestination,  refusal,  meaninglessness,  determinism,  pseudointellectual,  insensitivity,  numerology,  non sequitur,  antelope,  science fantasy,  ancient astronaut,  disembodied voice,  fatalism,  watching news on tv,  distortion,  wheat,  helplessness,  scratching,  crisis of faith,  hearing aid,  pseudo science,  pupil,  stubbornness,  defibrillator,  observatory,  rubik's cube,  mental disorder,  parable,  prediction,  doomsday,  physicist,  envelope,  doom,  hijack,  rapture,  atheism,  road accident,  massachusetts,  raining,  passenger,  shoe,  paramedic,  stone,  old dark house,  mysterious man,  closet,  stolen car,  flag,  missing child,  ceremony,  newspaper clipping,  firefighter,  sign language,  wilhelm scream,  dead mother,  vegetarian,  sun,  prophecy,  chaos,  telescope,  celebration,  end of the world,  fate,  single father,  stranger,  exploding building,  blockbuster,  survivor,  heavy rain,  balloon,  revelation,  disaster,  sister,  ufo,  long take,  gym,  rabbit,  angel,  pay phone,  widower,  gas station,  search,  spaceship,  child in peril,  animal,  truck,  subway,  ambulance,  dysfunctional family,  scientist,  competition,  classroom,  supernatural power,  car crash,  watching tv,  investigation,  airplane,  car accident,  train,  fire,  telephone call,  chase,  new york city,  explosion,  father son relationship,  one word title,  gun,  dog,  blood,  death

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

War Of The Worlds (2005)

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

Themes:panic
Characters:alien
Story:solar flare,  boston massachusetts,  disaster film,  american flag,  airplane crash,  sun,  chaos,  single father,  exploding building,  blockbuster,  survivor,  disaster,  ufo,  long take,  spaceship,  child in peril,  truck,  subway,  watching tv,  car accident,  train,  fire,  telephone call,  new york city,  explosion,  father son relationship,  blood,  death,  gun

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Patriots Day (2016)
Crime, Drama, History, Thriller

Patriots Day (2016)

On April 15, 2013 Boston, Massachusetts, Police Sgt, Tommy Saunders is pulling security duty on the annual Boston Marathon when the Tsarnaev brothers strike with their homemade bombs in an act of terrorism. In the resulting chaos as the wounded are cared for, Saunders and his comrades join forces with the FBI to get to the bottom of this attack. As the investigation continues, the Tsarnaev brothers realize that the authorities are close to identifying them and attempt to flee the city to continue their fanatical mayhem. To stop them, a police manhunt is performed that would have bloody confrontations and a massive dragnet shutting down the City of Boston to make sure there is no escape from the law. (Read More)

Themes:panic
Story:fire truck,  massachusetts institute of technology,  boston massachusetts,  american flag,  massachusetts,  firefighter,  chaos,  exploding building,  long take,  gas station,  ambulance,  car crash,  watching tv,  investigation,  car accident,  fire,  chase,  explosion,  dog,  gun,  blood,  death

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)

Locations:earth
Characters:alien
Story:disaster film,  exploding airplane,  airplane crash,  human alien,  chaos,  end of the world,  single father,  exploding building,  survivor,  revelation,  disaster,  ufo,  widower,  gas station,  search,  spaceship,  child in peril,  car crash,  airplane,  car accident,  fire,  chase,  new york city,  explosion,  father son relationship,  death,  blood,  gun

Man Of Steel (2013) is one of the best movies like Knowing (2009)
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.

Locations:earth,  school
Characters:professor,  alien
Story:american flag,  exploding airplane,  human alien,  person on fire,  ancient astronaut,  wilhelm scream,  chaos,  end of the world,  fate,  exploding building,  blockbuster,  ufo,  gas station,  spaceship,  child in peril,  truck,  scientist,  supernatural power,  car crash,  airplane,  fire,  chase,  explosion,  father son relationship,  dog,  death

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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 Knowing (2009). (Read More)

Themes:panic
Locations:museum
Characters:alien
Story:fire truck,  american flag,  exploding airplane,  airplane crash,  human alien,  doom,  newspaper clipping,  firefighter,  wilhelm scream,  chaos,  exploding building,  blockbuster,  heavy rain,  revelation,  disaster,  ufo,  long take,  spaceship,  child in peril,  ambulance,  scientist,  supernatural power,  car crash,  watching tv,  investigation,  airplane,  fire,  explosion,  father son relationship,  death,  blood

Into The Storm (2014)
Action, Thriller

Into The Storm (2014)

In the span of a single day, the town of Silverton is ravaged by an unprecedented onslaught of tornadoes. The entire town is at the mercy of the erratic and deadly cyclones, even as storm trackers predict the worst is yet to come. Most people seek shelter, while others run towards the vortex, testing how far a storm chaser will go for that once-in-a-lifetime shot. (Read More)

Themes:panic
Locations:school
Characters:student
Story:ceremony,  disaster film,  american flag,  airplane crash,  time capsule,  firefighter,  chaos,  single father,  heavy rain,  disaster,  long take,  widower,  gas station,  search,  child in peril,  truck,  airplane,  car accident,  fire,  explosion,  father son relationship,  death,  dog

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

World War Z (2013)

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

Themes:panic
Story:chaos,  stuffed animal,  hit by a truck,  airplane crash,  person on fire,  watching news on tv,  end of the world,  heavy rain,  search,  child in peril,  scientist,  car crash,  investigation,  airplane,  car accident,  telephone call,  chase,  new york city,  explosion,  dog,  gun,  blood,  death

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Superman IV: The Quest For Peace (1987) is one of the best movies like Knowing (2009)
Action, Adventure, Family, Sci-fi

Superman IV: The Quest For Peace (1987)

Superman does a lot in his newest adventure. Archvillain Lex Luthor, determined to make the world safe for nuclear arms merchants, creates a new being to challenge the Man of Steel: the radiation-charged Nuclear Man. The two super-powered foes clash in an explosive screen extranvaganza that sees Superman save the Statue of Liberty, repulse a volcanic eruption of Mount Etna, rebuild the demolished Great Wall of China and perform many more spetactular feats. (Read More)

Locations:museum,  school
Characters:teacher
Story:fire truck,  american flag,  human alien,  flag,  firefighter,  sun,  exploding building,  gym,  spaceship,  subway,  classroom,  supernatural power,  watching tv,  train,  fire,  explosion

Left Behind (2014)
Action, Drama, Fantasy, Mystery, Thriller

Left Behind (2014)

Themes:panic,  religion
Characters:bible
Story:rapture,  passenger,  prophecy,  chaos,  end of the world,  disaster,  ambulance,  car crash,  airplane,  car accident,  fire,  new york city,  explosion,  father son relationship,  dog

San Andreas (2015)
Action, Adventure, Drama, Thriller

San Andreas (2015)

In San Andreas, California is experiencing a statewide earthquake that goes on record as easily the biggest earthquake in history. Dwayne Johnson plays Ray Gaines, a helicopter rescue pilot for the Los Angeles Fire Department, who is trying to find his daughter, Blake (Alexandra Daddario), who is in San Francisco amidst the chaos. Ray's estranged wife, Emma, is forced to turn to Ray for help, as he is her last resort. Together they journey to save their daughter. This is why San Andreas (2015) is one of the best movies like Knowing (2009). (Read More)

Themes:panic
Characters:professor
Story:fire truck,  disaster film,  american flag,  airplane crash,  firefighter,  chaos,  exploding building,  blockbuster,  disaster,  long take,  gas station,  search,  child in peril,  ambulance,  scientist,  fire,  car crash,  airplane,  car accident,  explosion,  death

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

Self/less (2015)

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

Locations:school
Characters:professor
Story:fire truck,  person on fire,  misrepresentation,  heavy rain,  revelation,  widower,  gas station,  truck,  ambulance,  scientist,  car crash,  investigation,  airplane,  car accident,  fire,  chase,  new york city,  explosion,  father son relationship,  death

Another Earth (2011) is one of the best movies like Knowing (2009)
Drama, Romance, Sci-fi

Another Earth (2011)

SPOILER: Seventeen year-old Rhoda Williams receives an acceptance letter from MIT and she celebrates with her friends. On the same night, a planet similar and close to Earth is discovered and called Earth 2. Rhoda drives her car looking at Earth 2 and crashes with composer John Burroughs, killing his pregnant wife and his baby son. Rhoda goes to prison and four years later she is released and moves to her parents' house. She finds a job as high-school janitor, but tries to commit suicide. She survives, however, and submits an essay to a contest where the prize is a ticket to travel to Earth 2. Meanwhile the scientists discover that Earth 2 is a mirror of Earth and the synchronicity between the dwellers was interrupted when the planets were seen by each other. One day, Rhoda decides to visit John Burroughs, whose life was destroyed after the death of his family, to admit to him that she had killed his family. However she does not have the nerve to tell him the truth. So she lies and tells him he has won a free cleaning service of his home. Rhoda wins the writing contest, but meanwhile John and she have fallen in love with each other. Rhoda has to take a decision whether she goes or stays, but she wants to tell John the truth first. (Read More)

Locations:earth,  school
Characters:professor,  student
Story:massachusetts institute of technology,  boston massachusetts,  american flag,  astrophysicist,  watching news on tv,  rubik's cube,  telescope,  celebration,  widower,  competition,  car crash,  watching tv,  car accident,  train,  telephone call,  father son relationship,  death

Dreamcatcher (2003)
Drama, Horror, Sci-fi, Thriller

Dreamcatcher (2003)

Four childhood friends, Jonesy, Beaver, Pete and Henry all share a special secret. Each year, they take a trip into Maine woods. This year is different. A blizzard occurs, and they recover a man found wandering around. Unbeknownst to them,this wandering individual isn't the only being to be found. Now they must act fast to stop the outbreak developing and to prevent the world from its doom (Read More)

Characters:alien,  professor,  student,  teacher
Story:boston massachusetts,  stranger,  human alien,  defibrillator,  doom,  massachusetts,  paramedic,  missing child,  fate,  rabbit,  spaceship,  drawing,  animal,  truck,  ambulance,  supernatural power,  car accident,  train,  fire,  telephone call,  chase,  explosion,  one word title,  dog,  blood,  death,  gun

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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:panic
Locations:earth,  school
Characters:professor,  teacher
Story:fate,  exploding airplane,  world destruction,  doomsday,  ceremony,  newspaper clipping,  chaos,  end of the world,  exploding building,  blockbuster,  angel,  ambulance,  scientist,  supernatural power,  watching tv,  airplane,  fire,  chase,  new york city,  explosion,  father son relationship,  gun,  blood,  dog,  death

The Dead Zone (1983)
Horror, Sci-fi, Thriller

The Dead Zone (1983)

Johnny Smith wakes from a coma due to a car accident, only to find he has lost five years of his life, and yet gained psychic powers. Foreseeing the future appears to be a 'gift' at first, but ends up causing problems... This is why The Dead Zone (1983) is one of the best movies like Knowing (2009).

Themes:panic
Locations:school
Characters:teacher
Story:fire truck,  truck car collision,  car accident,  firefighter,  exploding building,  heavy rain,  rabbit,  pay phone,  widower,  child in peril,  truck,  ambulance,  supernatural power,  car crash,  watching tv,  investigation,  fire,  chase,  explosion,  father son relationship,  blood,  death

Midnight Special (2016) is one of the best movies like Knowing (2009)
Drama, Mystery, Sci-fi, Thriller

Midnight Special (2016)

Alton Meyer is a boy unlike any other in the world with bizarrely powerful abilities and strange weaknesses. In the middle of the night, his father, Roy, spirits him away from the isolated cult that practically worships him and is determined to regain him at all costs. At the same time, Alton's abilities have been noticed by the US government as well and they are equally insistent on getting to the bottom of this mystery with Paul Sevier of the National Security Agency leading the Federal pursuit with his own questions. These rival hunts force father and son into a desperate run towards a looming date with destiny that could change everything. (Read More)

Themes:panic,  religion
Characters:alien
Story:fire truck,  human alien,  code,  firefighter,  pay phone,  gas station,  search,  child in peril,  truck,  ambulance,  supernatural power,  car crash,  watching tv,  car accident,  fire,  telephone call,  chase,  explosion,  father son relationship,  death,  blood,  gun

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The Day The Earth Stood Still (2008)
Drama, Sci-fi, Thriller

The Day The Earth Stood Still (2008)

Dr. Helen Benson is summoned to a military facility with several other scientists when an alien spacecraft of sorts arrives in New York City. Aboard is a human-like alien and a giant robot of immense size and power. The alien identifies himself as Klaatu and says he has come to save the Earth. The US military and political authorities see him as a threat however and decide to use so-called intensive interrogation techniques on him but Dr. Benson decides to facilitate his escape. When she learns exactly what he means when he says he is there to save the Earth, she tries to convince him to change his intentions. (Read More)

Themes:panic
Locations:earth
Characters:alien,  professor
Story:human alien,  wilhelm scream,  end of the world,  disaster,  ufo,  child in peril,  scientist,  chase,  new york city,  explosion,  death,  blood

Superman III (1983)
Action, Comedy, Sci-fi

Superman III (1983)

Wealthy businessman Ross Webster ('Robert Vaughn (I)' (qv))discovers the hidden talents of Gus Gorman ('Richard Pryor' (qv)), a mischievous computer genius. Ross decides to abuse his talents, in a way to help Webster with his plans for economic control. When the man of steel interferes, something must be done about Supes. When Gus' synthetic Kryptonite fails to kill Superman, it turns him in an evil incarnation of his former self. The tar-laced Kryptonite pits man against himself, setting up the Clark vs. Superman battle. (Read More)

Locations:school
Story:subway train,  fire truck,  human alien,  firefighter,  celebration,  heavy rain,  balloon,  pay phone,  gas station,  child in peril,  subway,  ambulance,  supernatural power,  car crash,  car accident,  train,  fire,  telephone call,  explosion,  dog

Homefront (2013)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Homefront (2013)

Phil Broker is a former DEA agent who has gone through a crisis after his actions against a biker gang went horribly wrong and it cost the life of his bosses son. He is recently widowed and is left with a 9 year old daughter, Maddy. He decides to quit the turbulent and demanding life of thrill for Maddy's sake and retires to a small town. His daughter fights off a boy who is bullying her at school, and this sets in motion a round of events that end in his direct confrontation with the local Meth drug lord. His past history with the biker gang also enters the arena, making matters more complex. But he has a mission in his mind to protect his daughter and he is ready to pay any cost that it demands. (Read More)

Locations:school
Story:fire truck,  stuffed animal,  single father,  exploding building,  pay phone,  widower,  gas station,  child in peril,  ambulance,  dysfunctional family,  car crash,  car accident,  train,  fire,  chase,  explosion,  one word title,  dog,  blood,  death

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Starman (1984) is one of the best movies like Knowing (2009)
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. This is why Starman (1984) is one of the best movies like Knowing (2009). (Read More)

Locations:earth
Characters:alien
Story:human alien,  forest fire,  heavy rain,  ufo,  long take,  pay phone,  gas station,  drawing,  scientist,  supernatural power,  car crash,  watching tv,  car accident,  train,  fire,  chase,  explosion,  one word title,  death

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

Transformers: Dark Of The Moon (2011)

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

Locations:earth
Characters:alien
Story:fire truck,  american flag,  stuffed animal,  exploding airplane,  end of the world scenario,  ancient astronaut,  newspaper clipping,  chaos,  exploding building,  blockbuster,  spaceship,  truck,  scientist,  car crash,  investigation,  airplane,  car accident,  chase,  explosion,  father son relationship,  dog,  blood,  death

2012 (2009)
Action, Adventure, Sci-fi

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)

Locations:earth,  museum
Story:fire truck,  solar,  solar flare,  american flag,  airplane crash,  doomed,  firefighter,  sun,  chaos,  end of the world,  blockbuster,  heavy rain,  disaster,  ambulance,  scientist,  car crash,  airplane,  explosion,  father son relationship,  dog

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Tomorrowland (2015)
Action, Adventure, Family, Mystery, Sci-fi

Tomorrowland (2015)

Bound by a shared destiny, a bright, optimistic teen bursting with scientific curiosity and a former boy-genius inventor jaded by disillusionment embark on a danger-filled mission to unearth the secrets of an enigmatic place somewhere in time and space that exists in their collective memory as "Tomorrowland." (Read More)

Story:fire truck,  person on fire,  firefighter,  end of the world,  fate,  single father,  exploding building,  heavy rain,  long take,  pay phone,  widower,  spaceship,  child in peril,  ambulance,  scientist,  classroom,  car crash,  investigation,  car accident,  fire,  chase,  new york city,  explosion,  father son relationship,  one word title,  gun,  dog,  death

Ghostbusters (2016) is one of the best movies like Knowing (2009)
Action, Comedy, Fantasy, Sci-fi

Ghostbusters (2016)

Themes:panic
Characters:professor
Story:fire truck,  physicist,  firefighter,  end of the world,  exploding building,  balloon,  drawing,  subway,  scientist,  supernatural power,  investigation,  car accident,  fire,  telephone call,  chase,  new york city,  explosion,  one word title

Southland Tales (2006)
Comedy, Mystery, Sci-fi, Thriller

Southland Tales (2006)

Southland Tales is an ensemble piece set in the futuristic landscape of Los Angeles on July 4, 2008, as it stands on the brink of social, economic and environmental disaster. Boxer Santaros is an action star who's stricken with amnesia. His life intertwines with Krysta Now, an adult film star developing her own reality television project, and Ronald Taverner, a Hermosa Beach police officer who holds the key to a vast conspiracy. This is why Southland Tales (2006) is one of the best movies like Knowing (2009). (Read More)

Themes:panic
Characters:bible
Story:american flag,  disaster,  exploding airplane,  number,  doomsday,  prophecy,  chaos,  telescope,  end of the world,  fate,  heavy rain,  balloon,  long take,  search,  ambulance,  scientist,  car crash,  watching tv,  car accident,  fire,  telephone call,  chase,  explosion,  death,  blood,  gun,  dog

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

Transformers: Revenge Of The Fallen (2009)

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

Locations:museum
Characters:professor,  alien
Story:fire truck,  human alien,  ancient astronaut,  firefighter,  sun,  chaos,  end of the world,  exploding building,  blockbuster,  long take,  airplane,  fire,  chase,  explosion,  father son relationship,  death,  dog

Vampires (1998)
Action, Horror, Thriller

Vampires (1998)

The church has long known that vampires exist. However, it is discovered that a group of vampires are searching for a powerful doom for mankind. The Vatican then secretly enlists a team of vampire-hunters, led by Jack Crow, to hunt down and destroy the vampires before they find the crucifix.

Themes:panic
Story:person on fire,  doom,  old dark house,  stolen car,  ceremony,  sun,  exploding building,  pay phone,  gas station,  search,  ambulance,  supernatural power,  car crash,  car accident,  train,  fire,  chase,  explosion,  one word title,  blood,  death

Super 8 (2011) is one of the best movies like Knowing (2009)
Mystery, Sci-fi, Thriller

Super 8 (2011)

SPOILER: In the summer of 1979, a group of friends in a small Ohio town witness a catastrophic train crash while making a super 8 movie and soon suspect that it was not an accident. Shortly after, unusual disappearances and inexplicable events begin to take place in town, and the local Deputy tries to uncover the truth - something more terrifying than any of them could have imagined. (Read More)

Themes:panic
Characters:alien
Story:train derailment,  train crash,  forest fire,  chaos,  single father,  gas station,  spaceship,  child in peril,  truck,  train,  scientist,  car crash,  watching tv,  investigation,  fire,  explosion,  father son relationship,  death,  blood

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Near Dark (1987)
Action, Crime, Drama, Horror, Romance, Thriller

Near Dark (1987)

A mid-western farm boy reluctantly becomes a member of the undead when a girl he meets turns out to be part of a band of southern vampires who roam the highways in stolen cars. Part of his initiation includes a bloody assault on a hick bar.

Story:american flag,  hit by a truck,  person on fire,  sun,  single father,  stranger,  sister,  pay phone,  gas station,  child in peril,  truck,  supernatural power,  watching tv,  investigation,  car accident,  fire,  chase,  explosion,  father son relationship,  dog,  death,  blood,  gun

Don't Say A Word (2001)
Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Don't Say A Word (2001)

A group of thieves steal a rare gem, but in the process, two of the men double cross the leader of the thieving group, Patrick, and take off with the precious stone. Ten years later, prominent psychiatrist Nathan Conrad is invited to examine a disturbed young woman named Elisabeth. Patrick immediately kidnaps Nathan's daughter, forcing Nathan to attempt to get Elisabeth to reveal a secret number which will ultimately lead Patrick to the whereabouts of the precious gem that has eluded him. This is why Don't Say A Word (2001) is one of the best movies like Knowing (2009). (Read More)

Themes:panic
Story:stuffed animal,  number,  stone,  newspaper clipping,  heavy rain,  revelation,  child in peril,  drawing,  subway,  ambulance,  watching tv,  investigation,  train,  chase,  new york city,  explosion,  dog,  death,  blood

Logan (2017)
Action, Drama, Sci-fi, Thriller

Logan (2017)

In 2029 the mutant population has shrunken significantly and the X-Men have disbanded. Logan, whose power to self-heal is dwindling, has surrendered himself to alcohol and now earns a living as a chauffeur. He takes care of the ailing old Professor X whom he keeps hidden away. One day, a female stranger asks Logan to drive a girl named Laura to the Canadian border. At first he refuses, but the Professor has been waiting for a long time for her to appear. Laura possesses an extraordinary fighting prowess and is in many ways like Wolverine. She is pursued by sinister figures working for a powerful corporation; this is because her DNA contains the secret that connects her to Logan. A relentless pursuit begins - In this third cinematic outing featuring the Marvel comic book character Wolverine we see the superheroes beset by everyday problems. They are aging, ailing and struggling to survive financially. A decrepit Logan is forced to ask himself if he can or even wants to put his remaining powers to good use. It would appear that in the near-future, the times in which they were able put the world to rights with razor sharp claws and telepathic powers are now over. (Read More)

Themes:panic
Characters:professor
Story:fire truck,  hit by a truck,  telescope,  stranger,  heavy rain,  long take,  gas station,  child in peril,  drawing,  truck,  scientist,  supernatural power,  car crash,  watching tv,  car accident,  train,  fire,  chase,  explosion,  father son relationship,  one word title,  dog,  death,  blood,  gun

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The War Of The Worlds (1953) is one of the best movies like Knowing (2009)
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.

Themes:panic
Locations:earth
Characters:alien,  professor
Story:forest fire,  person on fire,  hearing aid,  doomsday,  telescope,  exploding building,  ufo,  pay phone,  spaceship,  truck,  scientist,  train,  telephone call,  new york city,  blood

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:panic
Locations:earth
Characters:alien
Story:disaster film,  american flag,  science fantasy,  dead mother,  chaos,  celebration,  end of the world,  exploding building,  blockbuster,  disaster,  ufo,  widower,  spaceship,  drawing,  scientist,  watching tv,  fire,  chase,  explosion,  father son relationship,  dog,  death

Elephant (2003)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

Elephant (2003)

A day in the lives of a group of average teenage high school students. The film follows every character and shows their daily routines. However two of the students plan to do something that the student body won't forget.

Themes:panic
Locations:school
Characters:student,  teacher
Story:long take,  gym,  classroom,  watching tv,  car accident,  fire,  telephone call,  explosion,  father son relationship,  dog,  death,  blood,  gun

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Survivor (2015)
Action, Crime, Thriller

Survivor (2015)

A State Department employee newly posted to the American embassy in London is charged with stopping terrorists from getting into the U.S. That puts her right in the line of fire and she is targeted for death and framed for crimes. Discredited, she is forced to go on the run while she tries to clear her name and stop a large-scale terrorist attack set for New Year's Eve in Times Square. This is why Survivor (2015) is one of the best movies like Knowing (2009). (Read More)

Story:fire truck,  mysterious man,  exploding building,  survivor,  pay phone,  truck,  subway,  ambulance,  scientist,  airplane,  fire,  chase,  new york city,  explosion,  one word title,  death

Volcano (1997) is one of the best movies like Knowing (2009)
Action, Drama, Sci-fi, Thriller

Volcano (1997)

Something unspeakably chilling is ultimately starting to heat up at The City of Los Angeles! Beneath the famed La Brea Tar Pits, a raging volcano has formed, raining a storm of deadly fire bombs and an endless tide of white-hot lava upon the stunned city!

Themes:panic
Story:fire truck,  disaster film,  person on fire,  raining,  firefighter,  chaos,  single father,  exploding building,  disaster,  subway,  ambulance,  fire,  one word title,  dog

Signs (2002)
Drama, Mystery, Sci-fi, Thriller

Signs (2002)

Preacher Graham Hess, played by Mel Gibson, has lost his faith in God after his wife dies in a brutal car accident. He along with his son and daughter and his brother Merrill lives in a farmhouse. Crop circles begin to appear in their corn fields which Graham dismisses as mischief by miscreants. After hearing strange noises and watching news coverage on crop circles appearing all over the world, the family grows suspicious of alien activities. Now they must stick together and believe, as a family to survive the ordeal and find a way to escape. (Read More)

Themes:panic,  religion
Characters:bible,  alien
Story:crisis of faith,  number,  vegetarian,  telescope,  fate,  single father,  blockbuster,  ufo,  widower,  ambulance,  supernatural power,  watching tv,  investigation,  car accident,  death,  father son relationship,  one word title,  blood,  dog

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The Prophecy (1995)
Action, Crime, Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Mystery, Thriller

The Prophecy (1995)

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

Themes:panic,  religion
Locations:school
Characters:bible,  teacher
Story:person on fire,  crisis of faith,  newspaper clipping,  prophecy,  angel,  child in peril,  ambulance,  supernatural power,  investigation,  car accident,  fire,  explosion,  blood,  death,  gun

Odd Thomas (2013)
Comedy, Fantasy, Horror, Mystery, Romance, Thriller

Odd Thomas (2013)

Small-town fry cook Odd Thomas ('Anton Yelchin' (qv)) is an ordinary guy with a paranormal secret: he sees dead people, everywhere. When a creepy stranger shows-up with an entourage of ghostly bodachs - predators who feed on pain and portend mass destruction - Odd knows that his town is in serious trouble. Teaming up with his sweetheart Stormy ('Addison Timlin' (qv)) and the local sheriff ('Willem Dafoe' (qv)), Odd plunges into an epic battle of good vs evil to try to stop a disaster of apocalyptic proportions. Based on the best-selling thriller by Dean Koontz. (Read More)

Themes:panic
Story:truck car collision,  hit by a truck,  person on fire,  old dark house,  mysterious man,  newspaper clipping,  fate,  stranger,  revelation,  disaster,  child in peril,  supernatural power,  car crash,  investigation,  car accident,  fire,  chase,  explosion,  death,  blood,  dog

Pixels (2015) is one of the best movies like Knowing (2009)
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. This is why Pixels (2015) is one of the best movies like Knowing (2009). (Read More)

Locations:earth,  school
Characters:alien
Story:fire truck,  time capsule,  firefighter,  chaos,  end of the world,  revelation,  disaster,  ufo,  spaceship,  child in peril,  ambulance,  scientist,  fire,  car crash,  car accident,  chase,  new york city,  explosion,  one word title

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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)

Locations:earth
Characters:alien
Story:airplane crash,  scientist,  number,  chaos,  end of the world,  fate,  exploding building,  blockbuster,  disaster,  ufo,  spaceship,  car crash,  car accident,  fire,  new york city,  explosion,  father son relationship,  dog,  death

Criminal (2016)
Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Sci-fi, Thriller

Criminal (2016)

Bill Pope (Ryan Reynolds) is a CIA agent on a mission in London tracking down a shadowy hacker nicknamed "The Dutchman." When he gets mysteriously ambushed and killed, an experimental procedure is used to transfer his memories into dangerous convict Jericho Stewart (Kevin Costner). When he wakes up with the CIA agent's memories, his mission is to find The Dutchman and make the deal with him before the hacker launches ICBM's and starts World War III. But complications soon arise and the mission turns personal. (Read More)

Themes:panic
Characters:professor,  teacher
Story:fire truck,  stuffed animal,  hit by a truck,  exploding airplane,  child in peril,  subway,  ambulance,  car crash,  investigation,  airplane,  car accident,  fire,  chase,  explosion,  one word title,  blood,  death

The Box (2009)
Drama, Fantasy, Mystery, Thriller

The Box (2009)

Norma and Arthur Lewis, a suburban couple with a young child, receive a simple wooden box as a gift, which bears fatal and irrevocable consequences. A mysterious stranger delivers the message that the box promises to bestow upon its owner $1 million with the press of a button. However, pressing this button will simultaneously cause the death of another human being somewhere in the world, someone they don't know. With just 24 hours to have the box in their possession, Norma and Arthur find themselves in the cross-hairs of a startling moral dilemma and must face the true nature of their humanity. (Read More)

Characters:alien,  teacher
Story:fire truck,  stranger,  hit by a truck,  envelope,  newspaper clipping,  firefighter,  revelation,  pay phone,  child in peril,  ambulance,  scientist,  supernatural power,  car crash,  father son relationship,  death

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Skyline (2010) is one of the best movies like Knowing (2009)
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)

Characters:alien
Story:emergency broadcast system,  end of the world scenario,  wilhelm scream,  chaos,  telescope,  end of the world,  spaceship,  drawing,  airplane,  fire,  chase,  new york city,  explosion,  one word title,  death,  dog

The Happening (2008)
Comedy, Sci-fi, Thriller

The Happening (2008)

Elliot Moore is a high school science teacher who quizzes his class one day about an article in the New York Times. It's about the sudden, mysterious disappearance of bees. Yet again Nature is doing something inexplicable, and whatever science has to say about it will be, in the end, only a theory. Scientists will bring out more theories, but no explanations, when a more urgent dilemma hits the planet. It begins in Central Park. Suddenly and inexplicably, the behavior of everyone in the park changes in a most bizarre and horrible way. Soon, the strange behavior spreads throughout the city and beyond. Elliot, his wife, Alma, and Jess, the young daughter of a friend, will only have theories to guide them where to run and where to hide. But theories may not be enough. This is why The Happening (2008) is one of the best movies like Knowing (2009). (Read More)

Themes:panic
Locations:school
Characters:student,  teacher
Story:boston massachusetts,  american flag,  survivor,  disaster,  long take,  child in peril,  classroom,  car crash,  watching tv,  train,  new york city,  dog,  blood,  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)

Characters:alien
Story:american flag,  end of the world scenario,  ceremony,  chaos,  exploding building,  long take,  gym,  gas station,  spaceship,  child in peril,  scientist,  car crash,  car accident,  chase,  new york city,  explosion,  one word title

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The Day The Earth Stood Still (1951)
Drama, Sci-fi

The Day The Earth Stood Still (1951)

An alien (Klaatu) with his mighty robot (Gort) land their spacecraft on Cold War-era Earth just after the end of World War II. They bring an important message to the planet that Klaatu wishes to tell to representatives of all nations. However, communication turns out to be difficult, so, after learning something about the natives, Klaatu decides on an alternative approach. (Read More)

Themes:panic
Locations:earth
Characters:alien,  professor
Period:1950s
Story:human alien,  physicist,  disaster,  ufo,  scientist,  telephone call,  chase,  death,  blood

Power Rangers (2017) is one of the best movies like Knowing (2009)
Action, Adventure, Sci-fi

Power Rangers (2017)

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

Themes:panic
Locations:school
Characters:alien
Story:human alien,  wilhelm scream,  end of the world,  fate,  exploding building,  heavy rain,  long take,  angel,  spaceship,  truck,  supernatural power,  car crash,  car accident,  train,  fire,  chase,  explosion,  father son relationship,  death

Scanners (1981)
Horror, Sci-fi, Thriller

Scanners (1981)

Darryl Revok is the most powerful of all the scanners, and is the head of the underground scanner movement for world domination. Scanners have great psychic power, strong enough to control minds; they can inflict enormous pain/damage on their victims. Doctor Paul Ruth finds a scanner that Revok hasn't, and converts him to their cause - to destroy the underground movement. (Read More)

Characters:professor
Story:person on fire,  revelation,  pay phone,  gas station,  subway,  scientist,  supernatural power,  car crash,  investigation,  car accident,  train,  fire,  telephone call,  chase,  explosion,  one word title,  blood,  death

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