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Life (2017)
Horror, Sci-fi, Thriller

Life (2017)

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

Themes:panic,  cruelty,  evil,  tragedy,  brutality,  monster,  fear,  friendship
Mood:gore
Locations:space,  laboratory
Characters:alien,  friend
Story:extraterrestrial life,  space station,  international space station,  mars,  life on mars,  extraterrestrial,  life,  evil creature,  alien life form,  evil alien,  evil monster,  alien monster,  planet mars,  extraterrestrial being,  astronaut costume,  female astronaut,  scientific research,  scientific experiment,  research,  space helmet,  evil being,  space crew,  space mission,  deep space,  space probe,  trapped in space,  space shuttle,  self sacrifice,  female scientist,  outer space,  computer system,  computer screen,  alien being,  surprise ending,  coughing up blood,  control panel,  white mouse,  flesh eater,  protocol,  first contact,  fail,  lab,  tentacles,  biosphere,  weightlessness,  jeopardy,  spacewalk,  escape pod,  peril,  planet earth,  broken hand,  out of control,  zero gravity,  flame thrower,  ruthlessness,  loss of control,  spacesuit,  scare,  risk,  fright,  mistake,  paraplegic,  quarantine,  microscope,  failure,  monitor,  test,  surprise,  astronaut,  choking,  experiment,  sacrifice,  long take,  danger,  drowning,  creature,  man with glasses,  survival,  scientist,  science,  computer,  blood splatter,  explosion,  title spoken by character,  blood,  death,  violence

Europa Report (2013)
Drama, Mystery, Sci-fi, Thriller

Europa Report (2013)

Europa, Jupiter's moon is known to have potential to support life. Hence a manned mission is sent to Europa to search for data proving existence of life there. "Europa report" shows the difficult choices and sacrifices the crew has to make to fulfill their objective of sending valuable data to Earth for research. (Read More)

Locations:space
Characters:alien
Story:female astronaut,  international space station,  space crew,  space mission,  space probe,  trapped in space,  space shuttle,  space station,  female scientist,  outer space,  spacewalk,  zero gravity,  spacesuit,  monitor,  astronaut,  research,  life,  creature,  scientist,  death

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Gravity (2013)
Drama, Sci-fi, Thriller

Gravity (2013)

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

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

The Last Days On Mars (2013)
Horror, Sci-fi, Thriller

The Last Days On Mars (2013)

On the last day of the first manned mission to Mars, a crew member of Tantalus Base believes he's made an historic discovery; fossilised evidence of bacterial life. Unwilling to let the relief crew claim the glory, he disobeys orders to pack up, and goes out on an unauthorised expedition to collect further samples. But a routine excavation turns to disaster, when the porous ground collapses, and he falls into a deep crevice and near certain death. His devastated colleagues attempt to recover his body. However, when another vanishes, they begin to realise; the life-form they've discovered is highly dangerous to all human life. (Read More)

Themes:panic,  fear
Mood:gore
Locations:laboratory,  space
Story:life on mars,  mars,  female astronaut,  life,  trapped in space,  space shuttle,  space station,  self sacrifice,  outer space,  surprise ending,  zero gravity,  spacesuit,  microscope,  extraterrestrial,  astronaut,  danger,  survival,  scientist,  computer,  blood splatter,  death,  blood

Hollow Man (2000) is one of the best movies like Life (2017)
Action, Horror, Sci-fi, Thriller

Hollow Man (2000)

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

Themes:panic,  evil,  fear
Locations:laboratory
Story:test,  scientific research,  experiment,  loss of control,  quarantine,  research,  danger,  drowning,  man with glasses,  survival,  scientist,  science,  computer,  blood splatter,  explosion,  violence,  blood,  death

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Doom (2005)
Action, Adventure, Horror, Sci-fi

Doom (2005)

Something has gone wrong at a remote scientific research station on Mars. All research has ceased. Communication has failed. And the messages that do get through are less than comforting. It's a level 5 quarantine and the only souls allowed in or out are the Rapid Response Tactical Squad - hardened Marines armed to the teeth with enough firepower to neutralize the enemy...or so they think. This is why Doom (2005) is one of the best movies like Life (2017). (Read More)

Themes:brutality,  monster
Mood:gore
Locations:laboratory
Characters:alien
Story:mars,  planet mars,  quarantine,  scientific research,  research,  outer space,  surprise ending,  paraplegic,  experiment,  creature,  survival,  scientist,  blood splatter,  death,  violence,  blood

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

Contact (1997)

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

Themes:tragedy
Locations:space
Characters:alien
Story:extraterrestrial life,  extraterrestrial,  life,  deep space,  space station,  outer space,  scientist,  science,  surprise ending,  first contact,  zero gravity,  spacesuit,  research,  sacrifice,  long take,  title spoken by character,  death

The Thing (1982)
Horror, Mystery, Sci-fi

The Thing (1982)

A US research station, Antarctica, early-winter 1982. The base is suddenly buzzed by a helicopter from the nearby Norwegian research station. They are trying to kill a dog that has escaped from their base. After the destruction of the Norwegian chopper the members of the US team fly to the Norwegian base, only to discover them all dead or missing. They do find the remains of a strange creature the Norwegians burned. The Americans take it to their base and deduce that it is an alien life form. After a while it is apparent that the alien can take over and assimilate into other life forms, including humans, and can spread like a virus. This means that anyone at the base could be inhabited by The Thing, and tensions escalate. (Read More)

Themes:panic,  monster,  fear
Mood:gore
Characters:alien
Story:alien life form,  research,  scientific research,  life,  creature,  outer space,  surprise ending,  tentacles,  quarantine,  long take,  danger,  survival,  scientist,  computer,  explosion,  title spoken by character,  blood,  violence,  death

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The Martian (2015) is one of the best movies like Life (2017)
Adventure, Drama, Sci-fi

The Martian (2015)

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

Themes:friendship
Locations:laboratory,  space
Characters:friend
Story:mars,  astronaut,  female astronaut,  space probe,  trapped in space,  space shuttle,  space station,  outer space,  surprise ending,  biosphere,  spacewalk,  peril,  zero gravity,  spacesuit,  life,  survival,  scientist,  science,  computer,  explosion

Prometheus (2012)
Adventure, Mystery, Sci-fi

Prometheus (2012)

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

Themes:monster
Mood:gore
Locations:laboratory
Story:space helmet,  trapped in space,  self sacrifice,  outer space,  escape pod,  flame thrower,  spacesuit,  microscope,  creature,  man with glasses,  survival,  scientist,  science,  blood splatter,  explosion,  violence,  blood

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

Event Horizon (1997)

In the year 2047 a group of astronauts are sent to investigate and salvage the long lost starship "Event Horizon". The ship disappeared mysteriously 7 years before on its maiden voyage and with its return comes even more mystery as the crew of the "Lewis and Clark" discover the real truth behind its disappearance and something even more terrifying. This is why Event Horizon (1997) is one of the best movies like Life (2017). (Read More)

Themes:panic,  evil,  fear
Mood:gore
Locations:space
Story:female astronaut,  space crew,  deep space,  trapped in space,  space station,  outer space,  zero gravity,  spacesuit,  astronaut,  danger,  survival,  science,  blood splatter,  explosion,  violence

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The Thing (2011)
Horror, Mystery, Sci-fi, Thriller

The Thing (2011)

Paleontologist Kate Lloyd is invited by Dr. Sandor Halvorson to join his team who have found something extraordinary. Deep below the Arctic ice, they have found an alien spacecraft that has been there for perhaps 100,000 years. Not far from where the craft landed, they find the remains of the occupant. It's cut out of the ice and taken back to their camp but as the ice melts, the creature reanimates and not only begins to attack them but manages to infect them, with team members devolving into the alien creature. (Read More)

Themes:monster
Mood:gore
Locations:laboratory
Characters:alien
Story:alien life form,  scientific research,  creature,  surprise ending,  flame thrower,  microscope,  test,  extraterrestrial,  research,  life,  experiment,  survival,  scientist,  blood splatter,  explosion,  title spoken by character,  blood,  death

Sunshine (2007) is one of the best movies like Life (2017)
Adventure, Sci-fi, Thriller

Sunshine (2007)

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

Locations:space
Story:space mission,  trapped in space,  self sacrifice,  outer space,  surprise ending,  weightlessness,  spacewalk,  planet earth,  spacesuit,  mistake,  failure,  surprise,  astronaut,  life,  sacrifice,  survival,  scientist,  science,  death,  blood

Alien: Covenant (2017)
Horror, Sci-fi, Thriller

Alien: Covenant (2017)

Almost eleven years after the futile and disastrous expedition on the distant moon LV-223, the deep-space colonisation vessel Covenant equipped with more than 2,000 colonists in cryogenic hibernation, sets a course for the remote planet Origae-6 with the intention to build a new world. Instead, a rogue transmission will entice the crew to a nearby habitable small planet which resembles The Earth. The unsuspecting members of Covenant will have to cope with biological foes, beyond human comprehension. Ultimately, what was intended as a peaceful exploratory mission, will soon turn into a desperate rescue operation deep into the cold infinite space. (Read More)

Themes:panic,  tragedy,  brutality,  monster,  fear
Mood:gore
Locations:laboratory,  space
Characters:alien
Story:deep space,  trapped in space,  outer space,  surprise ending,  spacewalk,  spacesuit,  quarantine,  extraterrestrial,  danger,  creature,  survival,  scientist,  blood splatter,  explosion,  violence,  blood,  death

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Predators (2010)
Action, Adventure, Sci-fi, Thriller

Predators (2010)

The mercenary Royce; the military Isabelle; the Russian soldier Nikolai; the San Quentin criminal Stans; the Sierra Leone militia Mombasa; the drug lord Cuchillo; the Yakuza Hanzo; and the Doctor Edwin awake in free fall but they succeed to open their parachutes landing in a jungle. Soon they find that they are on another planet and they are prey of aliens in a deadly hunting game, and they need to join forces to destroy their predators and survive. (Read More)

Themes:panic,  brutality,  monster,  fear
Mood:gore
Characters:alien
Story:alien monster,  self sacrifice,  outer space,  surprise ending,  extraterrestrial,  danger,  creature,  man with glasses,  survival,  blood splatter,  explosion,  title spoken by character,  violence,  blood,  death

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

Avatar (2009)

When his brother is killed in a robbery, paraplegic Marine Jake Sully decides to take his place in a mission on the distant world of Pandora. There he learns of greedy corporate figurehead Parker Selfridge's intentions of driving off the native humanoid "Na'vi" in order to mine for the precious material scattered throughout their rich woodland. In exchange for the spinal surgery that will fix his legs, Jake gathers intel for the cooperating military unit spearheaded by gung-ho Colonel Quaritch, while simultaneously attempting to infiltrate the Na'vi people with the use of an "avatar" identity. While Jake begins to bond with the native tribe and quickly falls in love with the beautiful alien Neytiri, the restless Colonel moves forward with his ruthless extermination tactics, forcing the soldier to take a stand - and fight back in an epic battle for the fate of Pandora. This is why Avatar (2009) is one of the best movies like Life (2017). (Read More)

Themes:panic,  cruelty,  monster,  fear,  friendship
Locations:laboratory,  space
Characters:alien
Story:alien life form,  paraplegic,  self sacrifice,  outer space,  surprise ending,  weightlessness,  flame thrower,  extraterrestrial,  creature,  survival,  scientist,  explosion,  title spoken by character,  blood,  violence,  death

Barbarella (1968) is one of the best movies like Life (2017)
Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy, Sci-fi

Barbarella (1968)

The year is 40,000. After peaceful floating in zero-gravity, astronaut Barbarella lands on the frozen planet Lythion and sets out to find renowned scientist Durand Durand in the City of Night, Sogo, where a new sin is invented every hour. There, she encounters such objects as the Excessive Machine, a genuine sex organ on which an expert artist of the keyboard, in this case, Durand Durand himself, can drive a victim to death by pleasure, a lesbian queen who can make her fantasies take form in her Chamber of Dreams, and a group of ladies smoking a giant hookah which dispenses Essence of Man through a poor victim struggling in its glass globe. You can not help but be impressed by the special effects crew and the various ways that were found to tear off what minimal clothes our heroine seemed to possess. (Read More)

Themes:cruelty,  evil,  fear
Characters:alien
Story:female astronaut,  astronaut,  space mission,  outer space,  scientist,  surprise ending,  weightlessness,  planet earth,  zero gravity,  spacesuit,  creature,  science,  explosion,  title spoken by character,  death

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Red Planet (2000)
Action, Sci-fi, Thriller

Red Planet (2000)

In the near future, Earth is dying. A new colony on Mars could be humanity's only hope. A team of American astronauts, each a specialist in a different field, is making the first manned expedition to the red planet and must struggle to overcome the differences in their personalities, backgrounds and ideologies for the overall good of the mission. When their equipment suffers life-threatening damage and the crew must depend on one another for survival on the hostile surface of Mars, their doubts, fears and questions about God, man's destiny and the nature of the universe become defining elements in their fates. In this alien environment they must come face to face with their most human selves. (Read More)

Characters:alien
Story:mars,  female astronaut,  trapped in space,  outer space,  survival,  spacewalk,  zero gravity,  spacesuit,  astronaut,  life,  experiment,  death,  blood

Jason X (2001)
Action, Horror, Sci-fi, Thriller

Jason X (2001)

Set way in the future, Earth is no longer inhabitable, so humans have colonized in outer space. One colony receives two cryogenically frozen bodies, and when they defrost them, one of the bodies turns out to be.....who else? Jason Voorhees. No longer in the forest or Camp Crystal Lake, Jason stalks the colonists in a whole new environment. (Read More)

Themes:evil,  brutality,  monster,  fear
Mood:gore
Locations:laboratory,  space
Story:trapped in space,  space station,  self sacrifice,  outer space,  surprise ending,  spacesuit,  mistake,  microscope,  research,  danger,  creature,  survival,  scientist,  computer,  blood splatter,  explosion,  violence,  blood,  death

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

Enemy Mine (1985)

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

Themes:panic,  brutality,  monster,  fear,  friendship
Locations:laboratory,  space
Characters:alien,  friend
Story:alien monster,  space station,  outer space,  surprise ending,  extraterrestrial,  danger,  creature,  survival,  blood splatter,  explosion,  death,  violence,  blood

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Alien (1979) is one of the best movies like Life (2017)
Horror, Sci-fi

Alien (1979)

The crew of the commercial spaceship Nostromo are on their way home when they pick up a distress beacon from a distant moon. The crew are under obligation to investigate and the spaceship descends on the moon afterwards. After a rough landing, three crew members leave the spaceship to explore the area on the moon. At the same time as they discover a hive colony of some unknown creature, the ship's computer deciphers the message to be a warning, not a distress call. When one of the eggs is disturbed, the crew realizes that they are not alone on the spaceship and they must deal with the consequences. This is why Alien (1979) is one of the best movies like Life (2017). (Read More)

Themes:panic,  monster,  fear
Mood:gore
Locations:space
Characters:alien
Story:alien monster,  trapped in space,  outer space,  escape pod,  spacesuit,  creature,  survival,  computer,  blood splatter,  title spoken by character,  violence,  blood,  death

Passengers (2016)
Drama, Sci-fi, Thriller

Passengers (2016)

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

Themes:panic,  fear
Locations:space
Characters:friend
Story:trapped in space,  space shuttle,  space station,  self sacrifice,  outer space,  surprise ending,  coughing up blood,  biosphere,  spacewalk,  zero gravity,  spacesuit,  danger,  drowning,  computer,  explosion,  title spoken by character,  blood

Interstellar (2014)
Adventure, Drama, Sci-fi

Interstellar (2014)

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

Locations:laboratory,  space
Story:life,  space shuttle,  space station,  self sacrifice,  female scientist,  outer space,  surprise ending,  zero gravity,  spacesuit,  risk,  astronaut,  drowning,  survival,  scientist,  science,  explosion,  title spoken by character,  death

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

Critters (1986)

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

Themes:panic,  monster,  fear
Locations:space
Characters:alien
Story:alien monster,  outer space,  surprise ending,  extraterrestrial,  danger,  creature,  survival,  blood splatter,  explosion,  title spoken by character,  violence,  blood,  death

Solyaris (1972) is one of the best movies like Life (2017)
Drama, Mystery, Sci-fi

Solyaris (1972)

The Solaris mission has established a base on a planet that appears to host some kind of intelligence, but the details are hazy and very secret. After the mysterious demise of one of the three scientists on the base, the main character is sent out to replace him. He finds the station run-down and the two remaining scientists cold and secretive. When he also encounters his wife who has been dead for ten years, he begins to appreciate the baffling nature of the alien intelligence. (Read More)

Themes:fear
Locations:space,  laboratory
Characters:alien
Story:space station,  scientific research,  trapped in space,  outer space,  surprise ending,  weightlessness,  spacesuit,  research,  scientist,  science,  death,  blood

Morgan (2016)
Action, Horror, Sci-fi, Thriller

Morgan (2016)

Themes:panic,  brutality,  fear
Locations:laboratory
Story:female scientist,  surprise ending,  danger,  drowning,  man with glasses,  scientist,  science,  computer,  blood splatter,  title spoken by character,  violence,  blood,  death

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

Star Trek: Into Darkness (2013)

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

Themes:monster,  friendship
Locations:space
Characters:alien
Story:deep space,  space station,  self sacrifice,  female scientist,  outer space,  spacewalk,  escape pod,  zero gravity,  spacesuit,  life,  creature,  scientist,  explosion,  death,  violence

Arrival (2016)
Drama, Mystery, Sci-fi, Thriller

Arrival (2016)

Linguistics professor Louise Banks leads an elite team of investigators when gigantic spaceships touchdown in 12 locations around the world. As nations teeter on the verge of global war, Banks and her crew must race against time to find a way to communicate with the extraterrestrial visitors. Hoping to unravel the mystery, she takes a chance that could threaten her life and quite possibly all of mankind. (Read More)

Themes:panic,  fear
Locations:space
Characters:alien,  friend
Story:extraterrestrial life,  alien life form,  extraterrestrial,  life,  female scientist,  surprise ending,  first contact,  zero gravity,  creature,  scientist,  computer,  explosion,  death

The Invasion (2007) is one of the best movies like Life (2017)
Sci-fi, Thriller

The Invasion (2007)

While returning to Earth, the space shuttle explodes and the fragments bring an alien virus that recodes the human DNA. In Washington, the psychiatrist Carol Bennell observes the modification of the behavior of one of her clients first, then in her former husband and finally in the population in general. Together with her friend Dr. Ben Driscoll the researcher Dr. Stephen Galeano, they discover that the extraterrestrial epidemic affects human beings while sleeping and that her son Ollie, who had chickenpox when he was a baby, is immune to the disease and may save mankind from the outbreak. (Read More)

Themes:panic,  fear
Locations:space
Characters:alien,  friend
Story:space shuttle,  alien life form,  extraterrestrial,  outer space,  microscope,  quarantine,  research,  survival,  scientist,  blood splatter,  explosion,  death

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Howard The Duck (1986)
Action, Adventure, Comedy, Romance, Sci-fi

Howard The Duck (1986)

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

Themes:evil,  monster
Locations:space
Characters:alien
Story:extraterrestrial life,  evil alien,  scientific experiment,  experiment,  outer space,  extraterrestrial,  life,  scientist

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

2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)

"2001" is a story of evolution. Sometime in the distant past, someone or something nudged evolution by placing a monolith on Earth (presumably elsewhere throughout the universe as well). Evolution then enabled humankind to reach the moon's surface, where yet another monolith is found, one that signals the monolith placers that humankind has evolved that far. Now a race begins between computers (HAL) and human (Bowman) to reach the monolith placers. The winner will achieve the next step in evolution, whatever that may be. This is why 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) is one of the best movies like Life (2017). (Read More)

Locations:space
Characters:alien
Story:trapped in space,  space shuttle,  space station,  outer space,  surprise ending,  computer,  biosphere,  spacewalk,  escape pod,  zero gravity,  spacesuit,  quarantine,  astronaut,  long take,  survival,  scientist,  explosion

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

The Transformers: The Movie (1986)

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

Themes:cruelty,  evil,  tragedy,  friendship
Locations:laboratory
Characters:alien
Story:space shuttle,  space station,  self sacrifice,  outer space,  surprise ending,  escape pod,  planet earth,  life,  creature,  survival,  scientist,  computer,  explosion,  death,  violence

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The Andromeda Strain (1971) is one of the best movies like Life (2017)
Sci-fi, Thriller

The Andromeda Strain (1971)

When virtually all of the residents of Piedmont, New Mexico, are found dead after the return to Earth of a space satellite, the head of the US Air Force's Project Scoop declares an emergency. Many years prior to this incident, a group of eminent scientists led by Dr. Jeremy Stone ('Arthur Hill (I)' (qv)) advocated for the construction of a secure laboratory facility that would serve as a base in the event an alien biological life form was returned to Earth from a space mission. Stone and his team - Drs. Dutton, Leavitt and Hall ('David Wayne (I)' (qv), 'Kate Reid (I)' (qv), and ('James Olson (I)' (qv), respectively)- go to the facility, known as Wildfire, and try to first isolate the life form while determining why two people from Piedmont (an old wino and a six-month-old baby) survived. The scientists methodically study the alien life form unaware that it has already mutated and presents a far greater danger in the lab, which is equipped with a nuclear self-destruct device should it manage to escape. (Read More)

Locations:space,  laboratory
Characters:alien
Story:alien life form,  space mission,  lab,  microscope,  research,  life,  danger,  scientist,  science,  blood

Star Trek: Beyond (2016)
Action, Adventure, Sci-fi, Thriller

Star Trek: Beyond (2016)

After stopping off at Starbase Yorktown, a remote outpost on the fringes of Federation space, the USS Enterprise, halfway into their five-year mission, is destroyed by an unstoppable wave of unknown aliens. With the crew stranded on an unknown planet and with no apparent means of rescue, they find themselves fighting against a ruthless enemy with a well-earned hatred of the Federation and everything it stands for. Only a rebellious alien warrior can help them reunite and leave the planet to stop this deadly menace from beginning a possible galactic war. (Read More)

Themes:panic,  brutality,  fear,  friendship
Locations:space
Characters:alien
Story:deep space,  space station,  self sacrifice,  outer space,  escape pod,  zero gravity,  long take,  danger,  creature,  survival,  explosion,  violence,  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,  brutality,  monster,  fear
Mood:gore
Characters:alien
Story:outer space,  surprise ending,  extraterrestrial,  long take,  danger,  drowning,  creature,  survival,  blood splatter,  explosion,  violence,  blood,  death

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The Fountain (2006)
Drama, Sci-fi

The Fountain (2006)

Three stories - one each from the past, present, and future - about men in pursuit of eternity with their love. A conquistador in Mayan country searches for the tree of life to free his captive queen; a medical researcher, working with various trees, looks for a cure that will save his dying wife; a space traveler, traveling with an aged tree encapsulated within a bubble, moves toward a dying star that's wrapped in a nebula; he seeks eternity with his love. The stories intersect and parallel; the quests fail and succeed. This is why The Fountain (2006) is one of the best movies like Life (2017). (Read More)

Themes:panic
Mood:gore
Locations:space
Story:life,  outer space,  fail,  microscope,  astronaut,  research,  sacrifice,  scientist,  science,  blood splatter,  title spoken by character,  death,  blood

Aliens (1986) is one of the best movies like Life (2017)
Action, Adventure, Sci-fi, Thriller

Aliens (1986)

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

Themes:tragedy,  monster,  friendship
Locations:space,  laboratory
Characters:alien
Story:trapped in space,  self sacrifice,  creature,  outer space,  flame thrower,  spacesuit,  extraterrestrial,  blood splatter,  explosion,  violence,  blood

Cloverfield (2008)
Action, Horror, Sci-fi, Thriller

Cloverfield (2008)

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

Themes:monster,  panic,  fear
Characters:friend
Story:surprise,  surprise ending,  out of control,  loss of control,  scare,  fright,  quarantine,  danger,  creature,  survival,  blood splatter,  explosion,  violence,  blood,  death

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

Power Rangers (2017)

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

Themes:panic,  evil,  monster,  fear,  friendship
Characters:alien
Story:evil alien,  self sacrifice,  outer space,  surprise ending,  zero gravity,  extraterrestrial,  life,  long take,  danger,  creature,  explosion,  title spoken by character,  death,  violence

Titan A.e. (2000)
Action, Adventure, Animation, Family, Sci-fi

Titan A.e. (2000)

In the year 3028 A.D., Earth is being attacked by the Drej, which are aliens made of pure energy! The Drej mother-ship destroys Earth with an energy beam just as hundreds of space vehicles manage to escape with the last of mankind aboard! One of the escapees is Sam's young son Cale, who carries with him a ring given to him by his father. Fifteen years later, Cale works on a salvage station, eking out a rough life and hating his father for having disappeared aboard the Titan so long ago. Without a home planet, surviving humans have been reduced to outer space drifters and are constantly bullied and looked down on by other space-faring races. A human captain named Joseph Korso and his pilot Akima seek out Cale and explain that he must help them find the Titan which contains a mechanism that will create a new Earth and therefore unite all of humanity. Meanwhile, the Drej wants to find the Titan so that they can destroy it. With Korso's help, Cale discovers that the ring his father gave to him contains a genetically encoded map to the Titan, and thus begins his race across the universe with Korso and his ship and crew, including Preed, a wisecracking rat-like humanoid, Gune, an eccentric, green-skinned scientist, and Stith, a tough, hard-as-nails weapons expert who resembles something of a kangaroo. Before long, Cale and Akima finds out that Korso is searching for the Titan in order to hand it over to the Drej. (Read More)

Themes:fear
Locations:space
Characters:alien,  friend
Story:space station,  self sacrifice,  outer space,  scientist,  escape pod,  zero gravity,  spacesuit,  life,  danger,  creature,  explosion,  violence,  blood

Fantastic Four (2005) is one of the best movies like Life (2017)
Action, Adventure, Family, Fantasy, Sci-fi

Fantastic Four (2005)

Reed Richards, a brilliant but timid and bankrupt scientist, is convinced that evolution can be triggered by clouds of cosmic energy, and has calculated that Earth is going to pass one of these clouds soon. Together with his friend and partner, the gruff yet gentle astronaut muscle-man Ben Grimm, Reed convinces his conceited MIT classmate Dr. Victor Von Doom, now CEO of his own enterprise, to allow him access to his privately-owned space station. Von Doom agrees in exchange for control over the experiment and a majority of the profits from whatever benefits it brings. He thus brings aboard Susan Storm, his shy, though assertive chief genetics researcher and a former lover of Reed's with whom she had an acrimonious break-up, and her diametrically opposed brother Johnny, the maverick and hot-headed playboy pilot. The astronauts make it home intact; however, before long they begin to mutate, developing strange and amazing powers as a result of their exposure to the cloud! Reed is able to stretch like rubber; Sue can turn invisible and create force fields, especially when angered; Johnny can produce fire at supernova temperatures, and is able to fly; and Ben is transformed into "The Thing", a large, rock-like creature with super strength. After Ben, brooding about his situation on the Brooklyn Bridge, inadvertently causes a major traffic pile-up whilst attempting to stop a man about to commit suicide, the four manage to use their powers to prevent any loss of life and to rescue a fire truck and its crew from falling off the bridge in a resulting explosion. The media dubs the team the 'Fantastic Four', and whilst Johnny eagerly embraces his powers and new life, Ben - the most heavily disfigured - particularly suffers from his transformation; his disfigurement has caused his fiancee to abandon him and has seen him shunned and feared by much of New York. Blaming himself, Reed vows to return Ben to his human form, and he, Sue and Ben work on a cure, constructing a healing chamber in Reed's high tech Baxter Building loft-turned-laboratory. During this time, Reed and Susan begin to grow close once again, and Susan admits that she is not interested in Victor, but ended their relationship because Reed feared to commit, thinking only in terms of variables. Unknown to the others, however, Victor's body is also mutating; he is turning into organic metal capable of absorbing and manipulating electrical energy known as Doctor Doom. As a result of the disastrous expedition, his company is going bankrupt and he is losing public stature; blaming Reed for his misfortunes, Victor swears revenge. And Reed, Ben, Susan, and Johnny must defeat Victor Von Doom and foil his evil plans once and for all. This is why Fantastic Four (2005) is one of the best movies like Life (2017). (Read More)

Themes:evil,  friendship
Locations:space,  laboratory
Characters:friend
Story:space station,  experiment,  scientist,  space mission,  creature,  outer space,  quarantine,  astronaut,  life,  explosion,  title spoken by character,  death,  blood

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Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979)
Adventure, Mystery, Sci-fi

Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979)

A massive alien spacecraft of enormous power destroys three powerful Klingon cruisers, entering Federation space. Admiral James T. Kirk is ordered to take command of the USS Enterprise for the first time since her historic five-year mission. The Epsilon IX space station alerts the Federation, but they are also destroyed by the alien spacecraft. The only starship in range is the Enterprise--after undergoing a major overhaul at Spacedock on Earth. Kirk rounds up the rest of his crew, and acquires some new members, and sets off to intercept the alien spacecraft. However, it has been there years since Kirk last commanded the Enterprise... is he up to the task of saving Earth? (Read More)

Locations:space
Characters:alien
Story:space probe,  trapped in space,  space station,  outer space,  spacewalk,  spacesuit,  long take

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

Rogue One (2016)

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

Themes:panic,  tragedy,  brutality,  fear,  friendship
Locations:space
Characters:alien
Story:space shuttle,  space station,  self sacrifice,  outer space,  escape pod,  danger,  creature,  survival,  scientist,  explosion,  title spoken by character,  death,  violence

Gekijo-ban Poketto Monsuta - Myutsu No Gyakushu (1998)
Action, Adventure, Animation, Family, Fantasy, Sci-fi, Sport

Gekijo-ban Poketto Monsuta - Myutsu No Gyakushu (1998)

When a group of scientists are offered funding into genetic research if they agree to try and clone the greatest ever Pokemon, Mew, the end result is success and Mewtwo is born. However Mewtwo is bitter about his purpose in life and kills his masters. In order to become the greatest he throws open a challenge to the world to battle him and his Pokemon. Ash and his friends are one of the few groups of trainers who pass the first test and prepare for battle. However they soon find out about further cloning and Mewtwo's ultimate plan for the earth. (Read More)

Themes:friendship
Locations:laboratory
Story:self sacrifice,  computer system,  surprise ending,  test,  research,  life,  experiment,  sacrifice,  scientist,  computer,  death,  violence

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Moonraker (1979) is one of the best movies like Life (2017)
Action, Adventure, Sci-fi, Thriller

Moonraker (1979)

James Bond is back for another mission and this time, he is blasting off into space. A spaceship traveling through space is mysteriously hi-jacked and Bond must work quickly to find out who was behind it all. He starts with the rockets creators, Drax Industries and the man behind the organisation, Hugo Drax. On his journey he ends up meeting Dr. Holly Goodhead and encounters the metal-toothed Jaws once again. (Read More)

Themes:evil
Locations:space
Characters:friend
Story:space shuttle,  space station,  life,  outer space,  scientist,  lab,  zero gravity,  astronaut,  explosion,  title spoken by character

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. This is why The Day The Earth Stood Still (2008) is one of the best movies like Life (2017). (Read More)

Themes:panic
Locations:space
Characters:alien
Story:self sacrifice,  female scientist,  outer space,  first contact,  extraterrestrial,  scientist,  blood splatter,  explosion,  death,  blood

Valerian And The City Of A Thousand Planets (2017)
Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Sci-fi

Valerian And The City Of A Thousand Planets (2017)

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

Themes:brutality,  monster
Characters:alien
Story:alien monster,  space shuttle,  space station,  self sacrifice,  outer space,  surprise ending,  zero gravity,  spacesuit,  extraterrestrial,  astronaut,  creature,  blood splatter,  explosion,  title spoken by character,  blood,  violence,  death

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Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within (2001)
Action, Adventure, Animation, Fantasy, Romance, Sci-fi

Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within (2001)

In the year 2065, the next great assault against an invading race of phantom-like aliens is about to be launched. Dr. Aki Ross, a brilliant young scientist, races to find the invaders' secrets, not only to save the planet, but herself as well after her body is infected by alien particles. She teams up with the prestigious Deep Eyes military squadron, led by her old friend Grey Edwards. But as Aki, her mentor Dr. Sid, and Grey work toward a peaceful end, the scheming General Hein devises a plot to eradicate the aliens in one swift, destructive blow...even if it destroys the Earth right along with them. (Read More)

Locations:space
Characters:alien,  friend
Story:life,  space station,  self sacrifice,  female scientist,  outer space,  scientist,  zero gravity,  creature,  death

Star Trek: The Wrath Of Khan (1982) is one of the best movies like Life (2017)
Action, Adventure, Sci-fi

Star Trek: The Wrath Of Khan (1982)

It is the 23rd century. Admiral James T. Kirk is an instructor at Starfleet Academy and feeling old; the prospect of attending his ship, the USS Enterprise--now a training ship--on a two-week cadet cruise does not make him feel any younger. But the training cruise becomes a deadly serious mission when his nemesis Khan Noonien Singh--infamous conqueror from late 20th century Earth--appears after years of exile. Khan later revealed that the planet Ceti Alpha VI exploded, and shifted the orbit of the fifth planet as a Mars-like haven. He begins capturing Project Genesis, a top secret device holding the power of creation itself, and schemes the utter destruction of Kirk. (Read More)

Locations:space
Characters:alien
Story:planet mars,  space mission,  space station,  self sacrifice,  female scientist,  outer space,  mars,  test,  science,  death,  blood

Das Experiment (2001)
Drama, Thriller

Das Experiment (2001)

The movie is based on the infamous "Stanford Prison Experiment" conducted in 1971. A makeshift prison is set up in a research lab, complete with cells, bars and surveillance cameras. For two weeks 20 male participants are hired to play prisoners and guards. The 'prisoners' are locked up and have to follow seemingly mild rules, and the 'guards' are told simply to retain order without using physical violence. Everybody is free to quit at any time, thereby forfeiting payment. In the beginning the mood between both groups is insecure and rather emphatic. But soon quarrels arise and the wardens employ ever more drastic sanctions to confirm their authority. (Read More)

Themes:evil
Story:scientific research,  lab,  loss of control,  research,  experiment,  science,  computer,  violence,  death,  blood

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