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The Iron Giant (1999)
Action, Adventure, Animation, Comedy, Drama, Family, Sci-fi

The Iron Giant (1999)

This is the story of a nine-year-old boy named Hogarth Hughes who makes friends with an innocent alien giant robot that came from outer space. Meanwhile, a paranoid U.S. Government agent named Kent Mansley arrives in town, determined to destroy the giant at all costs. It's up to Hogarth to protect him by keeping him at Dean McCoppin's place in the junkyard. (Read More)

Themes:prejudice,  hope,  paranoia,  military,  escape,  fear,  love,  friendship
Locations:lake,  woods,  bicycle,  forest,  school
Characters:boy,  waitress,  alien,  soldier,  friend
Period:1950s
Story:maine,  government agent,  flying robot,  alien robot,  wooden dummy,  life lesson,  cartoon squirrel,  metal,  killing a deer,  deer hunting,  dead deer,  nuclear missile,  toilet paper,  extraterrestrial robot,  robot as pathos,  giant robot,  military jeep,  fish out of water,  male soldier,  alien contact,  robot,  train wreck,  hit by a train,  small town,  bb gun,  gun control,  unzipping pants fly,  watching horror movie on tv,  mechanical lifeform,  knocked unconcious,  eating non food,  staring contest,  anti violence,  warner bros,  scrap,  bad temper,  year 1957,  rail,  audio flashback,  beatnik,  laxative,  unconscious,  tidal wave,  triumph,  dummy,  collision,  toy gun,  boulder,  lesson,  nail,  based on poem,  meteorite,  saying grace,  reference to superman,  photo,  raccoon,  window,  schoolteacher,  unconsciousness,  squirrel,  popcorn,  sculptor,  junkyard,  chocolate,  chloroform,  tragic hero,  deer,  fall,  daydream,  resurrection,  child's point of view,  submarine,  rampage,  severed hand,  hunter,  ice cream,  comic book,  rage,  helmet,  flying,  missile,  rock,  cold war,  single parent,  cow,  2d animation,  directorial debut,  general,  self sacrifice,  binoculars,  tree,  coffee,  no opening credits,  child,  dinner,  toilet,  diner,  army,  single mother,  newspaper,  prayer,  classroom,  bathroom,  interrogation,  bed,  reference to god,  rifle,  water,  falling from height,  camera,  watching tv,  car,  based on book,  train,  surprise ending,  cult film,  three word title,  chase,  explosion,  mother son relationship,  character name in title,  based on novel,  gun,  death,  blood

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

Astro Boy (2009)

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

Themes:hope,  military,  escape
Characters:alien,  soldier,  boy
Story:flying robot,  robot,  robot as pathos,  giant robot,  child,  junkyard,  resurrection,  rampage,  flying,  missile,  single parent,  general,  self sacrifice,  no opening credits,  army,  falling from height,  surprise ending,  chase,  explosion,  character name in 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:hope,  military,  escape,  friendship
Characters:alien,  soldier,  boy
Period:1950s
Story:giant robot,  alien contact,  robot,  resurrection,  rampage,  flying,  cold war,  general,  single mother,  newspaper,  rifle,  chase,  mother son relationship,  death,  blood

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)

Themes:military,  friendship,  love
Locations:woods,  forest
Characters:alien,  soldier,  boy,  friend
Story:maine,  deer hunting,  alien contact,  raccoon,  deer,  resurrection,  hunter,  missile,  general,  self sacrifice,  toilet,  army,  rifle,  water,  car,  train,  surprise ending,  chase,  explosion,  mother son relationship,  based on novel,  blood,  gun,  death

Power Rangers (2017) is one of the best movies like The Iron Giant (1999)
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:hope,  escape,  fear,  friendship
Locations:woods,  bicycle,  forest,  school
Characters:alien
Story:alien robot,  giant robot,  hit by a train,  resurrection,  rampage,  rock,  single parent,  cow,  self sacrifice,  no opening credits,  army,  single mother,  robot,  water,  falling from height,  small town,  train,  surprise ending,  chase,  explosion,  mother son relationship,  death

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The Deer Hunter (1978)
Drama, War

The Deer Hunter (1978)

Michael, Steven and Nick are young factory workers from Pennsylvania who enlist into the Army to fight in Vietnam. Before they go, Steven marries the pregnant Angela, and their wedding party also serves as the men's farewell party. After some time and many horrors, the three friends fall in the hands of the Vietcong and are brought to a prison camp in which they are forced to play Russian roulette against each other. Michael makes it possible for them to escape, but they soon get separated again. This is why The Deer Hunter (1978) is one of the best movies like The Iron Giant (1999). (Read More)

Themes:escape,  fear,  friendship
Locations:bicycle
Characters:friend
Story:deer hunting,  dead deer,  fall,  toy gun,  deer,  hunter,  army,  rifle,  falling from height,  camera,  watching tv,  small town,  car,  cult film,  three word title,  chase,  explosion,  mother son relationship,  gun,  blood,  death

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

Morgan (2016)

Themes:paranoia,  escape,  fear
Locations:lake,  woods,  forest
Story:killing a deer,  deer,  rampage,  directorial debut,  tree,  diner,  interrogation,  bed,  rifle,  camera,  surprise ending,  chase,  character name in title,  death,  blood

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

Transformers: Revenge Of The Fallen (2009)

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

Themes:paranoia,  military,  fear
Locations:woods,  forest
Characters:alien,  soldier
Story:alien robot,  extraterrestrial robot,  giant robot,  mechanical lifeform,  resurrection,  submarine,  missile,  general,  self sacrifice,  no opening credits,  army,  robot,  falling from height,  car,  chase,  explosion,  mother son relationship,  character name in title,  death

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The 5th Wave (2016) is one of the best movies like The Iron Giant (1999)
Action, Adventure, Sci-fi, Thriller

The 5th Wave (2016)

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

Themes:hope,  paranoia,  military,  escape,  fear,  love,  friendship
Locations:lake,  woods,  forest
Characters:alien,  soldier
Story:alien contact,  tidal wave,  helmet,  single parent,  self sacrifice,  no opening credits,  army,  rifle,  water,  surprise ending,  chase,  explosion,  mother son relationship,  based on novel,  blood,  gun,  death

Starman (1984)
Romance, Sci-fi

Starman (1984)

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

Themes:military,  escape,  fear
Locations:woods,  forest
Characters:alien,  waitress,  soldier
Story:fish out of water,  alien contact,  deer,  resurrection,  hunter,  missile,  general,  diner,  army,  rifle,  watching tv,  small town,  train,  surprise ending,  cult film,  chase,  explosion,  death

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

Man Of Steel (2013)

A young boy learns that he has extraordinary powers and is not of this Earth. As a young man, he journeys to discover where he came from and what he was sent here to do. But the hero in him must emerge if he is to save the world from annihilation and become the symbol of hope for all mankind. This is why Man Of Steel (2013) is one of the best movies like The Iron Giant (1999). (Read More)

Themes:hope,  military,  escape
Locations:school
Characters:waitress,  alien,  soldier,  boy
Story:alien contact,  helmet,  flying,  missile,  general,  self sacrifice,  binoculars,  no opening credits,  diner,  army,  newspaper,  robot,  interrogation,  falling from height,  small town,  surprise ending,  three word title,  chase,  explosion,  mother son relationship,  death

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War For The Planet Of The Apes (2017)
Action, Adventure, Drama, Sci-fi, Thriller

War For The Planet Of The Apes (2017)

Caesar and his apes are forced into a deadly conflict with an army of humans led by a ruthless Colonel. After the apes suffer unimaginable losses, Caesar wrestles with his darker instincts and begins his own mythic quest to avenge his kind. As the journey finally brings them face to face, Caesar and the Colonel are pitted against each other in an epic battle that will determine the fate of both their species and the future of the planet. (Read More)

Themes:hope,  paranoia,  military,  escape,  fear,  friendship
Locations:woods,  forest
Characters:soldier
Story:military jeep,  photo,  helmet,  missile,  self sacrifice,  binoculars,  tree,  no opening credits,  army,  interrogation,  rifle,  water,  falling from height,  surprise ending,  chase,  explosion,  mother son relationship,  death,  blood

The Day The Earth Stood Still (2008) is one of the best movies like The Iron Giant (1999)
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:military,  escape
Characters:alien,  soldier,  boy
Story:giant robot,  alien contact,  resurrection,  single parent,  self sacrifice,  robot,  interrogation,  chase,  explosion,  blood,  death

Tomorrow, When The War Began (2010)
Action, Adventure, Drama

Tomorrow, When The War Began (2010)

Seven Australian teenage friends from a small town go on a camping trip to be with nature. During their trip, they see military aircraft fly overhead. What they didn't know was their country was being invaded by another country. Returning home, they discover that they are at war. With no training, they band together to fight the enemy. (Read More)

Themes:military,  escape,  friendship
Locations:forest
Characters:soldier
Story:child's point of view,  helmet,  missile,  cow,  binoculars,  no opening credits,  army,  rifle,  small town,  chase,  explosion,  mother son relationship,  based on novel,  blood,  death

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Red Dawn (2012)
Action, Thriller

Red Dawn (2012)

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

Themes:hope,  paranoia,  military,  escape,  fear,  friendship
Locations:woods,  forest
Characters:soldier
Story:deer hunting,  dead deer,  deer,  self sacrifice,  binoculars,  army,  rifle,  watching tv,  small town,  surprise ending,  explosion,  death

The Brothers Grimm (2005)
Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy, Thriller

The Brothers Grimm (2005)

Folklore collectors and con artists, Jake and Will Grimm, travel from village to village pretending to protect townsfolk from enchanted creatures and performing exorcisms. They are put to the test, however, when they encounter a real magical curse in a haunted forest with real magical beings, requiring genuine courage. This is why The Brothers Grimm (2005) is one of the best movies like The Iron Giant (1999). (Read More)

Themes:paranoia,  military,  escape,  fear
Locations:forest,  woods
Characters:soldier,  boy,  friend
Story:resurrection,  flying,  cow,  general,  self sacrifice,  tree,  army,  interrogation,  bed,  rifle,  falling from height,  small town,  cult film,  three word title,  explosion,  mother son relationship,  character name in title,  gun,  blood,  death

Tenku No Shiro Rapyuta (1986) is one of the best movies like The Iron Giant (1999)
Adventure, Animation, Family, Fantasy

Tenku No Shiro Rapyuta (1986)

A young boy stumbles into a mysterious girl who floats down from the sky. The girl, Sheeta, was chased by pirates, army and government secret agents. In saving her life, they begin a high flying adventure that goes through all sorts of flying machines, eventually searching for Sheeta's identity in a floating castle of a lost civilization. (Read More)

Themes:military,  escape,  friendship
Characters:boy
Story:army,  train wreck,  unconscious,  government agent,  flying,  general,  tree,  dinner,  robot,  interrogation,  falling from height,  cult film,  chase,  mother son relationship

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

The Transformers: The Movie (1986)

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

Themes:hope,  escape,  friendship
Characters:alien,  soldier
Story:alien robot,  robot as pathos,  giant robot,  alien contact,  mechanical lifeform,  junkyard,  resurrection,  flying,  missile,  2d animation,  self sacrifice,  robot,  car,  train,  surprise ending,  cult film,  chase,  explosion,  death,  gun

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

Avatar (2009)

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

Themes:military,  fear,  love,  friendship
Locations:forest
Characters:alien,  soldier
Story:male soldier,  alien contact,  hunter,  flying,  missile,  general,  self sacrifice,  tree,  coffee,  no opening credits,  army,  prayer,  robot,  rifle,  falling from height,  surprise ending,  chase,  explosion,  death,  blood

Menace II Society (1993)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

Menace II Society (1993)

This urban nightmare chronicles several days in the life of Caine Lawson, following his high-school graduation, as he attempts to escape his violent existence in the projects of Watts, CA.

Themes:hope,  paranoia,  escape,  fear,  friendship,  love
Locations:school
Characters:friend
Story:single parent,  directorial debut,  no opening credits,  single mother,  interrogation,  watching tv,  car,  surprise ending,  cult film,  three word title,  chase,  mother son relationship,  blood,  death,  gun

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Lake Placid (1999) is one of the best movies like The Iron Giant (1999)
Action, Comedy, Horror

Lake Placid (1999)

What happens when a man-eating crocodile begins picking off tourists in beautiful Lake Placid? What if the crocodile wants to make it his home? This is why Lake Placid (1999) is one of the best movies like The Iron Giant (1999).

Locations:lake,  woods,  forest
Story:fish out of water,  maine,  cow,  binoculars,  rifle,  water,  small town,  surprise ending,  cult film,  death,  blood

Transformers (2007)
Action, Adventure, Sci-fi

Transformers (2007)

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

Themes:military,  hope,  love
Locations:lake,  bicycle,  school
Characters:alien,  soldier
Story:alien robot,  car,  extraterrestrial robot,  giant robot,  alien contact,  mechanical lifeform,  junkyard,  government agent,  resurrection,  missile,  general,  no opening credits,  robot,  interrogation,  falling from height,  chase,  mother son relationship

Spies Like Us (1985)
Adventure, Comedy

Spies Like Us (1985)

Two low-level government employees, Emmitt Fitz-Hume (played by Chevy Chase) and Austin Milbarge (Dan Aykroyd), are chosen for a top-secret CIA mission. They are unsuitable as CIA agents but are deliberately chosen for this reason, as their mission is a decoy one and they are expendable. After being fast-tracked through training they are parachuted into Pakistan where all manner of adventures await them. (Read More)

Themes:military,  escape
Locations:woods,  forest
Characters:soldier
Story:nuclear missile,  popcorn,  deer,  missile,  cold war,  general,  binoculars,  interrogation,  rifle,  surprise ending,  three word title,  chase,  explosion

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Dracula Untold (2014)
Action, Drama, Fantasy, Horror, War

Dracula Untold (2014)

At the turn of the century, the young lord Vlad and his family live a peaceful life ruling over their small kingdom, but when a Turk warlord demands from Vlad a thousand boys and his son to create an army Vlad seeks a terrible power that will allow him to protect his kingdom and family from the Turks at a terrible cost. (Read More)

Themes:hope,  escape,  fear,  love
Locations:woods,  forest
Characters:soldier
Story:army,  tragic hero,  deer,  resurrection,  helmet,  directorial debut,  general,  self sacrifice,  no opening credits,  child,  falling from height,  surprise ending,  chase,  explosion,  mother son relationship,  character name in title,  blood,  death

X-men: Apocalypse (2016) is one of the best movies like The Iron Giant (1999)
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:hope,  military,  escape,  fear
Locations:woods,  forest,  school
Characters:soldier
Story:nuclear missile,  fish out of water,  deer,  resurrection,  submarine,  rampage,  comic book,  helmet,  missile,  single parent,  self sacrifice,  tree,  no opening credits,  single mother,  robot,  falling from height,  watching tv,  surprise ending,  chase,  explosion,  mother son relationship,  character name in title,  death,  blood,  gun

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 The Iron Giant (1999). (Read More)

Themes:hope,  paranoia,  military,  escape,  fear,  love
Locations:woods,  forest
Characters:alien,  soldier
Story:nuclear missile,  triumph,  meteorite,  fall,  rampage,  flying,  missile,  general,  self sacrifice,  diner,  army,  newspaper,  rifle,  falling from height,  camera,  watching tv,  surprise ending,  explosion,  mother son relationship,  character name in title,  death,  blood

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The Blob (1988)
Horror, Sci-fi, Thriller

The Blob (1988)

Meg Penny is a cheerleader out on her first date with one of the football players, Paul Taylor. It doesn't go very well. Before they get where they're going, an old vagrant runs out in front of Paul's car, screaming in terror. The old man is closely followed by Brian Flagg, the local teen rebel, complete with long hair, black leather jacket, motorcycle and tough-guy attitude. Paul blames Brian for chasing the old man, but after the threesome takes him to the doctor's office, it becomes clear the vagrant had more to worry about than some young tough. He was screaming because of the acid-like substance on his hand - a substance that spreads over his body and eventually consumes him. Soon, the growing red blob, which sprouts tentacles to attack its victims, becomes a menace to the small town of Arbeville, Colorado. The military soon arrives in Hazmat suits, led by the wide-eyed Dr. Christopher Meddows. They're from the government, they say, and they want to help; but Brian's distrust for authority figures proves justified when he learns of their true motives. (Read More)

Themes:paranoia,  military,  escape,  fear,  friendship
Locations:woods,  forest
Characters:waitress,  soldier,  boy
Story:popcorn,  rampage,  cold war,  self sacrifice,  diner,  small town,  car,  surprise ending,  cult film,  chase,  explosion,  mother son relationship,  blood,  gun,  death

Pan (2015)
Adventure, Family, Fantasy

Pan (2015)

Themes:hope,  escape,  fear,  friendship
Locations:woods,  forest
Characters:boy
Story:fish out of water,  child's point of view,  flying,  tree,  no opening credits,  falling from height,  surprise ending,  chase,  explosion,  mother son relationship,  character name in title,  based on novel,  gun,  death

Lat Den Ratte Komma In (2008) is one of the best movies like The Iron Giant (1999)
Drama, Horror, Romance

Lat Den Ratte Komma In (2008)

Oskar, a bullied 12-year old, dreams of revenge. He falls in love with Eli, a peculiar girl. She can't stand the sun or food and to come into a room she needs to be invited. Eli gives Oskar the strength to hit back but when he realizes that Eli needs to drink other people's blood to live he's faced with a choice. How much can love forgive? Set in the Stockholm suburb of Blackeberg in 1982. (Read More)

Themes:fear,  love,  friendship
Locations:lake,  woods,  forest,  school
Characters:boy,  friend
Story:child's point of view,  single parent,  tree,  dinner,  single mother,  newspaper,  classroom,  bathroom,  falling from height,  train,  cult film,  blood,  mother son relationship,  based on novel,  death

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Open Season (2006)
Adventure, Animation, Comedy, Family

Open Season (2006)

A happily domesticated grizzly bear named Boog, has his perfect world turned upside down after he meets Elliot, a scrawny, fast-talking one-horned wild mule deer. They both end up stranded together in the woods during hunting season and it's up to the duo to rally all the other forest animals and turn the tables on the hunters. (Read More)

Themes:escape,  friendship
Locations:woods,  forest,  lake
Characters:friend
Story:deer,  hunter,  squirrel,  tree,  toilet,  rifle,  falling from height,  small town,  explosion

Jupiter Ascending (2015)
Action, Adventure, Sci-fi

Jupiter Ascending (2015)

Jupiter Jones was born under a night sky, with signs predicting that she was destined for great things. Now grown, Jupiter dreams of the stars but wakes up to the cold reality of a job cleaning other people's houses and an endless run of bad breaks. Only when Caine Wise, a genetically engineered ex-military hunter, arrives on Earth to track her down does Jupiter begin to glimpse the fate that has been waiting for her all along - her genetic signature marks her as next in line for an extraordinary inheritance that could alter the balance of the cosmos. This is why Jupiter Ascending (2015) is one of the best movies like The Iron Giant (1999). (Read More)

Themes:military,  escape,  friendship
Characters:alien
Story:hunter,  alien contact,  tragic hero,  flying,  single parent,  no opening credits,  dinner,  army,  single mother,  robot,  interrogation,  falling from height,  surprise ending,  cult film,  chase,  explosion,  character name in title,  gun,  death

Midnight Special (2016)
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:hope,  paranoia,  military,  escape,  fear,  friendship
Locations:woods,  forest
Characters:alien,  soldier,  boy
Story:reference to superman,  comic book,  no opening credits,  diner,  interrogation,  reference to god,  rifle,  watching tv,  surprise ending,  chase,  explosion,  mother son relationship,  gun,  blood,  death

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King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword (2017) is one of the best movies like The Iron Giant (1999)
Action, Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword (2017)

Themes:hope,  paranoia,  escape,  fear,  friendship
Locations:lake,  woods,  forest
Characters:soldier
Story:tragic hero,  helmet,  general,  self sacrifice,  army,  interrogation,  water,  falling from height,  based on book,  surprise ending,  chase,  explosion,  mother son relationship,  character name in title,  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:hope,  paranoia,  escape,  fear
Locations:woods,  forest
Characters:soldier
Story:fish out of water,  hit by a train,  tragic hero,  rampage,  severed hand,  comic book,  rage,  self sacrifice,  binoculars,  army,  interrogation,  watching tv,  train,  surprise ending,  chase,  explosion,  mother son relationship,  character name in title,  death,  blood,  gun

Spectral (2016)
Action, Mystery, Sci-fi, Thriller

Spectral (2016)

Civil Unrest in the European country of Moldova has US forces engaging the insurgents however there is a new threat who has decided both are their enemy. This new threat resides in an alternative spectrum that makes them invisible to the naked eye and instant death to anyone confronting them. Locals believe they are Spirits of War but others believe they are superior arms technology fabricated by the Moldova government.. (Read More)

Themes:paranoia,  military,  escape,  fear
Characters:soldier
Story:junkyard,  helmet,  directorial debut,  general,  self sacrifice,  binoculars,  robot,  falling from height,  camera,  surprise ending,  chase,  explosion,  death,  blood

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

Kingsman: The Golden Circle (2017)

After the Kingsman headquarters are blown up by a psychotic criminal named Poppy Adams. The surviving agents find their way to an allied secret organisation based in Kentucky, named Statesman. The two agencies must now work together in order to save the world and take down the so called 'Golden Circle'. This is why Kingsman: The Golden Circle (2017) is one of the best movies like The Iron Giant (1999). (Read More)

Themes:paranoia,  escape,  fear,  friendship
Locations:woods,  forest
Characters:soldier
Story:resurrection,  severed hand,  missile,  general,  self sacrifice,  no opening credits,  dinner,  toilet,  diner,  robot,  interrogation,  bed,  rifle,  water,  watching tv,  car,  surprise ending,  chase,  explosion,  gun,  death,  blood

Pride And Prejudice And Zombies (2016) is one of the best movies like The Iron Giant (1999)
Action, Horror, Romance

Pride And Prejudice And Zombies (2016)

The five highly trained Bennett sisters in Georgian England must try to protect themselves from the growing zombie threat, find suitable husbands for themselves, battle marriage proposals and unlikely suitors, and save the country before it's too late.

Themes:prejudice,  hope,  paranoia,  military,  escape,  fear,  friendship
Locations:woods,  forest
Characters:soldier,  friend
Story:tragic hero,  severed hand,  rifle,  falling from height,  surprise ending,  chase,  explosion,  based on novel,  death,  gun,  blood

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

Transformers: Dark Of The Moon (2011)

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

Themes:military
Characters:alien,  soldier
Story:alien robot,  extraterrestrial robot,  giant robot,  mechanical lifeform,  popcorn,  government agent,  resurrection,  rampage,  missile,  general,  binoculars,  no opening credits,  robot,  interrogation,  falling from height,  chase,  explosion,  mother son relationship,  death,  blood

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The Last Airbender (2010)
Action, Adventure, Family, Fantasy

The Last Airbender (2010)

The world is divided into four kingdoms, each represented by the element they harness, and peace has lasted throughout the realms of Water, Air, Earth, and Fire under the supervision of the Avatar, a link to the spirit world and the only being capable of mastering the use of all four elements. When young Avatar Aang disappears, the Fire Nation launches an attack to eradicate all members of the Air Nomads to prevent interference in their future plans for world domination. 100 years pass and current Fire Lord Ozai continues to conquer and imprison anyone with elemental "bending" abilities in the Earth and Water Kingdoms, while siblings Katara and Sokka from a Southern Water Tribe find a mysterious boy trapped beneath the ice outside their village. Upon rescuing him, he reveals himself to be Aang, Avatar and last of the Air Nomads. Swearing to protect the Avatar, Katara and Sokka journey with him to the Northern Water Kingdom in his quest to master "Waterbending" and eventually fulfill his destiny of once again restoring peace to the world. But as they inch nearer to their goal, the group must evade Prince Zuko, the exiled son of Lord Ozai, Commander Zhao, the Fire Nation's military leader, and the tyrannical onslaught of the evil Fire Lord himself. (Read More)

Themes:military,  escape,  love,  friendship
Locations:forest
Characters:soldier,  boy
Story:tidal wave,  resurrection,  child's point of view,  helmet,  rock,  general,  self sacrifice,  no opening credits,  army,  interrogation,  water,  surprise ending,  chase,  explosion,  death

Cabin Fever (2002)
Comedy, Horror

Cabin Fever (2002)

The college friends Paul, Karen, Bert, Marcy and Jeff rent an isolated cabin in the woods to spend a week together. When they arrive, a man contaminated with a weird disease asks for help to them, but they get in panic and burn the man, who falls in the water reservoir and dies. The whole group, except Karen, makes a pact of drinking only beer along the week without knowing where the dead body is. When Karen drinks tap water and gets the disease, the group begins their journey to hell. (Read More)

Themes:paranoia,  escape,  fear,  friendship
Locations:lake,  woods,  bicycle,  forest
Story:squirrel,  deer,  hunter,  cow,  directorial debut,  binoculars,  rifle,  water,  surprise ending,  cult film,  chase,  blood,  death

Son Of Rambow (2007) is one of the best movies like The Iron Giant (1999)
Action, Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Family

Son Of Rambow (2007)

SON OF RAMBOW is the name of the home movie made by two little boys with a big video camera and even bigger ambitions. Set on a long English summer in the early '80s, SON OF RAMBOW is a comedy about friendship, faith and the tough business of growing up. We see the story through the eyes of Will, the eldest son of a fatherless Plymouth Brethren family. The Brethren regard themselves as God's 'chosen ones' and their strict moral code means that Will has never been allowed to mix with the other 'worldlies,' listen to music or watch TV, until he finds himself caught up in the extraordinary world of Lee Carter, the school terror and maker of bizarre home movies. Carter exposes Will to a pirate copy of Rambo: First Blood and from that moment Will's mind is blown wide open and he's easily convinced to be the stuntman in Lee Carters' diabolical home movie. Will's imaginative little brain is not only given chance to flourish in the world of film making, but is also very handy when it comes to dreaming up elaborate schemes to keep his partnership with Lee Carter a secret from the Brethren community. Will and Carter's complete disregard for consequences and innocent ambition means that the process of making their film is a glorious roller-coaster that eventually leads to true friendship. They start to make a name for themselves at school as movie makers but when popularity descends on them in the form of the Pied Piper-esque French exchange student, Didier Revol, their unique friendship and their precious film are pushed, quite literally, to breaking point. This is why Son Of Rambow (2007) is one of the best movies like The Iron Giant (1999). (Read More)

Themes:friendship
Locations:lake,  woods,  bicycle,  forest,  school
Characters:boy,  friend
Story:toy gun,  helmet,  cow,  no opening credits,  toilet,  single mother,  prayer,  classroom,  bathroom,  camera,  watching tv,  small town,  three word title,  chase,  mother son relationship,  gun,  blood

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10 Cloverfield Lane (2016)
Drama, Horror, Mystery, Sci-fi, Thriller

10 Cloverfield Lane (2016)

After a car accident, Michelle awakens to find herself in a mysterious bunker with two men named Howard and Emmett. Howard offers her a pair of crutches to help her remain mobile with her leg injury sustained from the car crash and tells her to "get good on those" before leaving the bunker. She has been given the information that there has been an alien attack and the outside world is poisoned. However, Howard and Emmett's intentions soon become questionable and Michelle is faced with a question: Is it better in here or out there? (Read More)

Themes:paranoia,  escape,  fear
Characters:alien
Story:alien contact,  car,  unconscious,  directorial debut,  self sacrifice,  no opening credits,  dinner,  toilet,  interrogation,  bed,  water,  watching tv,  surprise ending,  three word title,  chase,  explosion,  blood,  death,  gun

Letters From Iwo Jima (2006)
Drama, History, War

Letters From Iwo Jima (2006)

The island of Iwo Jima stands between the American military force and the home islands of Japan. Therefore the Imperial Japanese Army is desperate to prevent it from falling into American hands and providing a launching point for an invasion of Japan. General Tadamichi Kuribayashi is given command of the forces on the island and sets out to prepare for the imminent attack. General Kuribayashi, however, does not favor the rigid traditional approach recommended by his subordinates, and resentment and resistance fester among his staff. In the lower echelons, a young soldier, Saigo, a poor baker in civilian life, strives with his friends to survive the harsh regime of the Japanese army itself, all the while knowing that a fierce battle looms. When the American invasion begins, both Kuribayashi and Saigo find strength, honor, courage, and horrors beyond imagination. (Read More)

Themes:military,  escape,  friendship
Characters:soldier,  boy,  friend
Story:severed hand,  helmet,  general,  binoculars,  no opening credits,  army,  rifle,  water,  falling from height,  camera,  explosion,  mother son relationship,  gun,  death,  blood

Safe Haven (2013)
Drama, Romance, Thriller

Safe Haven (2013)

When a mysterious young woman named Katie appears in the small North Carolina town of Southport, her sudden arrival raises questions about her past. Beautiful yet self-effacing, Katie seems determined to avoid forming personal ties until a series of events draws her into two reluctant relationships: one with Alex, a widowed store owner with a kind heart and two young children; and another with her plainspoken single neighbor, Jo. Despite her reservations, Katie slowly begins to let down her guard, putting down roots in the close-knit community and becoming increasingly attached to Alex and his family. But even as Katie begins to fall in love, she struggles with the dark secret that still haunts and terrifies her . . . a past that set her on a fearful, shattering journey across the country, to the sheltered oasis of Southport. With Jo's empathic and stubborn support, Katie eventually realizes that she must choose between a life of transient safety and one of riskier rewards . . . and that in the darkest hour, love is the only true safe haven. (Read More)

Themes:hope,  paranoia,  escape,  fear,  friendship,  love
Locations:lake,  woods,  bicycle,  forest
Characters:waitress
Story:fish out of water,  raccoon,  fall,  single parent,  diner,  camera,  small town,  surprise ending,  based on novel

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Tomorrowland (2015) is one of the best movies like The Iron Giant (1999)
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)

Themes:hope,  escape,  fear
Locations:woods,  bicycle,  forest
Characters:boy
Story:robot as pathos,  giant robot,  severed hand,  helmet,  flying,  single parent,  self sacrifice,  no opening credits,  classroom,  robot,  interrogation,  falling from height,  camera,  surprise ending,  chase,  explosion,  gun,  death

The Fox And The Hound (1981)
Adventure, Animation, Drama, Family

The Fox And The Hound (1981)

When an adopted fox and a to-be hunting hound become inspepearable friends as pups, their friendship grows stronger every day in their "childhood." But as they grow older, they grow farther and farther apart, to the day when the two old comrades bond is put the ultimate test. This is why The Fox And The Hound (1981) is one of the best movies like The Iron Giant (1999). (Read More)

Themes:prejudice,  friendship,  love
Locations:woods,  forest
Story:hunter,  hit by a train,  audio flashback,  fall,  cow,  2d animation,  tree,  based on book,  train,  chase,  mother son relationship,  death,  gun

'71 (2014)
Action, Drama, Thriller, War

'71 (2014)

A young British soldier is accidentally abandoned by his unit following a terrifying riot on the streets of Belfast in 1971. Unable to tell friend from foe, the raw recruit must survive the night alone and find his way to safety through a disorienting, alien and deadly landscape.

Themes:military,  escape
Characters:alien,  soldier,  boy,  friend
Story:fish out of water,  directorial debut,  no opening credits,  toilet,  interrogation,  chase,  explosion,  death,  blood

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Paul (2011)
Adventure, Comedy, Sci-fi

Paul (2011)

Two sci-fi geeks take a pilgrimage to America's UFO heartland. While there, they accidentally meet an alien who brings them on an insane road trip that alters their universe forever. For the past 60 years, an alien named Paul (voiced by 'Seth Rogen' (qv)) has been hanging out at a top-secret military base. When he discovers he's been taken prisoner, the space-traveling smart ass decides to escape the compound and hop on the first vehicle out of town - a rented RV containing Earthlings Graeme Willy ('Simon Pegg' (qv)) and Clive Gollings ('Nick Frost (I)' (qv)). Chased by federal agents and the fanatical father of a young woman that they accidentally kidnap, Graeme and Clive hatch a fumbling escape plan to return Paul to his mother ship. And as two nerds struggle to help, one little green man might just take his fellow outcasts from misfits to intergalactic heroes. (Read More)

Themes:military,  escape,  friendship
Locations:woods
Characters:alien,  waitress
Story:fish out of water,  alien contact,  government agent,  resurrection,  comic book,  no opening credits,  diner,  rifle,  camera,  car,  chase,  explosion,  character name in title,  blood,  gun

Balto (1995) is one of the best movies like The Iron Giant (1999)
Adventure, Animation, Drama, Family, History

Balto (1995)

A half-wolf, half-husky named Balto gets a chance to become a hero when an outbreak of diphtheria threatens the children of Nome, Alaska in the winter of 1925. He leads a dog team on a 600-mile trip across the Alaskan wilderness to get medical supplies. The film is based on a true story which inspired the Iditarod dog sled race. (Read More)

Themes:prejudice
Locations:woods,  forest
Characters:friend
Story:knocked unconcious,  audio flashback,  unconscious,  boulder,  unconsciousness,  fall,  rock,  2d animation,  tree,  child,  falling from height,  train,  cult film,  character name in title

Transformers: Age Of Extinction (2014)
Action, Adventure, Sci-fi

Transformers: Age Of Extinction (2014)

After the battle between the Autobots and Decepticons that leveled Chicago, humanity thinks that all alien robots are a threat. So Harold Attinger, a CIA agent, establishes a unit whose sole purpose is to hunt down all of them. But it turns out that they are aided by another alien robot who is searching for Optimus Prime. Cade Yeager, a "robotics expert", buys an old truck and upon examining it, he thinks it's a Transformer. When he powers it up, he discovers it's Optimus Prime. Later, men from the unit show up looking for Optimus. He helps Yeager and his daughter Tessa escape but are pursued by the hunter. They escape and Yeager learns from technology he took from the men that a technology magnate and defense contractor named Joshua Joyce is part of what's going on, so they go to find out what's going on. (Read More)

Themes:paranoia,  escape,  friendship
Characters:alien
Story:hunter,  alien robot,  extraterrestrial robot,  giant robot,  mechanical lifeform,  government agent,  missile,  single parent,  binoculars,  no opening credits,  robot,  falling from height,  small town,  explosion,  death

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