Movies like Close Encounters of the Third Kind

If you like "Close Encounters of the Third Kind" you are looking for captivating, suspenseful and epic movies about / with ufo, alien, first contact, alien abduction, alien contact, spacecraft and a vision themes of Drama and Sci-Fi genre shot in USA or UK.
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Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977)
 7.6
 186K
Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977)
Genre: Drama, Sci-Fi
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 133 min.
Story: After an encounter with UFOs, a line worker feels undeniably drawn to an isolated area in the wilderness where something spectacular is about to happen.
Style: captivating, suspenseful, epic, sentimental, light, breathtaking, enigmatic, atmospheric, serious, contemplative ...
Plot: ufo, alien, first contact, alien abduction, alien contact, spacecraft, a vision, technology, contact, benign alien, flying saucer, space and aliens, obsessive quest, escapades, life turned upside down, toys, evacuation, blackout, toy, desert, conspiracy, adventure, beautiful scenery, obsession, research ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: wyoming, indiana, india, mexico, mongolia, ohio

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Most similar movies to Close Encounters of the Third Kind

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, enigmatic, allegory and thought provoking films with plots about alien, space and aliens, first contact, catastrophe, dialogue, outer space and mentor mostly in Sci-Fi, Drama and Thriller genres. Some movies like Close Encounters of the Third Kind: Contact (1997), Arrival (2016), The Day the Earth Stood Still (2008), The X Files (1998), Signs (2002). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
 7.4
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Contact (1997)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 150 min.
Story: Contact is a science fiction film about an encounter with alien intelligence. Based on the novel by Carl Sagan the film starred Jodie Foster as the one chosen scientist who must make some difficult decisions between her beliefs, the truth, and ...
Style: captivating, suspenseful, emotional, intense, clever ...
Plot: alien encounter, benign alien, alien contact, scientist, wormhole, space travel, space and aliens, science, first contact, research, nasa, astronomer ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, future
Place: new mexico, usa, hokkaido, florida, puerto rico ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
90%
 7.9
 597K
Arrival (2016)
Genre: Drama, Sci-Fi
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 116 min.
Story: Taking place after alien crafts land around the world, an expert linguist is recruited by the military to determine whether they come in peace or are a threat.
Style: intellectual, twist ending, cerebral, enigmatic, philosophical ...
Plot: first contact, alien, spacecraft, alien race, female protagonist, alien creature, ufo, loss, scientist, destiny, science, alien contact ...
Time: future, 2010s
Place: pakistan, russia, china, montana, venezuela ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
88%
The Day the Earth Stood Still (2008)
Genre: Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 104 min.
Story: A representative of an alien race that went through drastic evolution to survive its own climate change, Klaatu comes to Earth to assess whether humanity can prevent the environmental damage they have inflicted on their own planet. When barred from ...
Style: serious, atmospheric, stylized, suspenseful, futuristic ...
Plot: end of the world, ufo, alien contact, evacuation, evil alien, ultimatum, giant robots, chaos and mayhem, environmentalism, alien encounter, race against time, supernatural ability ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 1920s, future
Place: usa, new york, new jersey, virginia, manhattan new york city ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.1
 101K
The X Files (1998)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 121 min.
Story: Mulder and Scully, now taken off the FBI's X Files cases, must find a way to fight the shadowy elements of the government to find out the truth about a conspiracy that might mean the alien colonization of Earth.
Style: suspense, twists and turns, suspenseful, scary, serious ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: ufo, alien, evil alien, first contact, fbi, conspiracy, mystery, government agency, investigation, paranoia, special agents, conspiracy theory ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s, prehistory, future ...
Place: antarctica, london, texas, europe, usa ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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 6.7
 338K
Signs (2002)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: A family living on a farm finds mysterious crop circles in their fields which suggests something more frightening to come.
Style: suspenseful, tense, twist ending, twists and turns, psychological ...
Plot: alien invasion, farm, ufo, alien encounter, asthma attack, alien, loss of faith, destiny, single father, priest, baseball, christianity ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: pennsylvania, usa, mexico, brazil
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982)
Genre: Family, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 115 min.
Story: After a gentle alien becomes stranded on Earth, the being is discovered and befriended by a young boy named Elliott. Bringing the extraterrestrial into his suburban California house, Elliott introduces E.T., as the alien is dubbed, to his brother ...
Style: sentimental, feel good, emotional, exciting, light ...
Audience: family outing, kids, pre-teens, date night, girls' night
Plot: benign alien, alien, ufo, first contact, nasa, friendship, adventure, healing power, flying saucer, levitation, suburbs, alien contact ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: usa, california, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.4
 175K
K-PAX (2001)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Prot is a patient at a mental hospital who claims to be from a far away Planet. His psychiatrist tries to help him, only to begin to doubt his own explanations.
Style: psychological, atmospheric, touching, serious, surprise ending ...
Plot: mysterious character, patient, psychiatrist, planet, crazy, benign alien, mental institution, research, odd, hypnosis, mystery, alien ...
Time: 21st century, future, contemporary, 90s, 80s ...
Place: usa, new york, greenland, albuquerque new mexico, grand central station manhattan new york city ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
80%
 5.6
 6K
Communion (1989)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 109 min.
Story: A novelist's wife and son see him changed by an apparent encounter with aliens in the mountains.
Style: psychological, scary, atmospheric, serious, captivating ...
Plot: alien abduction, alien, hypnosis, psychiatrist, alien contact, ufo, writers, paranoia, cabin, halloween, family, supernatural ...
Time: 80s
Place: new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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 7.0
 43K
Starman (1984)
Genre: Romance, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 115 min.
Story: An alien takes the form of a young widow's husband and asks her to drive him from Wisconsin to Arizona. The government tries to stop them.
Style: touching, serious, offbeat, stylized, road movie ...
Audience: date night, chick flick
Plot: alien, fish out of water, rescue, on the run, widow, benign alien, romance, adventure, disorder, peaceful mission, landing, alien encounter ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: usa, arizona, las vegas, washington d.c., wisconsin
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.5
 163K
The Abyss (1989)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 140 min.
Story: A civilian oil rig crew is recruited to conduct a search and rescue effort when a nuclear submarine mysteriously sinks. One diver soon finds himself on a spectacular odyssey 25,000 feet below the ocean's surface where he confronts a mysterious ...
Style: exciting, tense, suspenseful, serious, cerebral ...
Plot: underwater, ocean, ufo, submarine, first contact, space and aliens, alien encounter, sea, underwater scene, heroic mission, ocean or sea, catastrophe ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, future
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.4
 88K
Monsters (2010)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Romance, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: UK, Mexico, Guatemala
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Six years ago NASA discovered the possibility of alien life within our solar system. A probe was launched to collect samples, but crashed upon re-entry over Central America. Soon after, new life forms began to appear and half of Mexico was ...
Style: suspenseful, stylized, tense, psychotronic, breathtaking ...
Plot: monster, quarantine, alien, infected, alien encounter, infection, nasa, distopia, survival, jungle, invasion, chaos ...
Time: future
Place: mexico, central america, latin america
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Fire in the Sky (1993)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Fantasy, Mystery, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: A group of men who were clearing bush for the government arrive back in town, claiming that their friend was abducted by aliens. Nobody believes them, and despite a lack of motive and no evidence of foul play, their friends' disappearance is ...
Style: suspenseful, psychological, serious, bleak, suspense ...
Plot: ufo, alien, investigation, danger, alien encounter, friendship, false accusation, abduction, forest, police, murder, heroes ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, year 1975
Place: arizona, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
 6.7
 57K
Cocoon (1985)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: When a group of trespassing seniors swim in a pool containing alien cocoons, they find themselves energized with youthful vigor.
Style: touching, sentimental, feel good, captivating, humorous ...
Audience: date night, girls' night, kids
Plot: elderly, space and aliens, cocoon, benign alien, golden years, senior citizen, alien, retirement home, first contact, fountain of youth, swimming pool, cancer ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: florida, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
16%
A.I. Artificial Intelligence (2001)
Genre: Drama, Sci-Fi
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 146 min.
Story: A robotic boy, the first programmed to love, David is adopted as a test case by a Cybertronics employee and his wife. Though he gradually becomes their child, a series of unexpected circumstances make this life impossible for David. Without final ...
Style: thought provoking, philosophical, captivating, emotional, sentimental ...
Plot: androids and robots, artificial intelligence, a.i., adoption, distopia, future dystopia, androids, destiny, global warming, adventure, parenthood, parents and children ...
Time: future, 22nd century
Place: new york, usa, coney island brooklyn new york city, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
15%
2010: The Year We Make Contact (1984)
Genre: Adventure, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 116 min.
Story: This is a sequel to 2001 A Space Odyssey. It is now 2010 and both the Americans and the Russians are racing to get to Jupiter to investigate the black monolith (similar to the one found in Lunar Crater Clavius) which was found by the U.S.S. ...
Style: futuristic, stylized, serious, contemplative, suspenseful ...
Plot: space travel, astronaut, outer space, nasa, spacewalk, presumed dead, expedition, hopes, space mission, super computer, ghost ship, space and aliens ...
Time: future, 21st century, near future, 2010s, year 2010
Place: new mexico, paris france, london, ussr, tower bridge london ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.0
 235K
Paul (2011)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Sci-Fi
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 104 min.
Story: For the past 60 years, a space-traveling smart-ass named Paul has been locked up in a top-secret military base, advising world leaders about his kind. But when he worries he’s outlived his usefulness and the dissection table is drawing ...
Style: funny, humorous, sentimental, not serious, absurd ...
Audience: teens
Plot: benign alien, alien, first contact, alien encounter, ufo, chase, space and aliens, hitchhiker, friends, disorder, buddies, special agents ...
Time: 21st century, 80s, contemporary, year 1947, year 1980 ...
Place: nevada, usa, san diego california, wyoming, arizona
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
The Astronaut's Wife (1999)
Genre: Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: When astronaut Spencer Armacost returns to Earth after a mission that nearly cost him his life, he decides to take a desk job in order to see his beautiful wife, Jillian, more often. Gradually, Jillian notices that Spencer's personality seems ...
Style: suspenseful, psychological, surprise ending, scary, suspense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: outer space, woman in danger, astronaut, space travel, danger, suburbs, nasa, mission, twins, pregnancy, alien, paranoia ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 8.6
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Interstellar (2014)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi
Country: USA, UK, Canada
Duration: 169 min.
Story: Interstellar chronicles the adventures of a group of explorers who make use of a newly discovered wormhole to surpass the limitations on human space travel and conquer the vast distances involved in an interstellar voyage.
Style: mind bending, futuristic, thought provoking, atmospheric, cerebral ...
Plot: outer space, space travel, time travel, spacecraft, end of the world, expedition, black hole, father daughter relationship, heroic mission, time paradox, space exploration, parallel world ...
Time: future, 21st century, near future
Place: colorado
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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 6.5
 2K
Roswell (1994)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Based on the book "UFO Crash at Roswell" by Kevin Randle and Donald Schmitt, Roswell follows the attempts of Major Jesse Marcel to discover the truth about strange debris found on a local rancher's field in July of 1947. Told by his ...
Style: serious, cynical, captivating, bleak, suspenseful
Plot: mystery, military, haunted by the past, kidnapping, alien encounter, uncover truth, conspiracy, abduction, landing, soldier, space and aliens, dishonesty ...
Time: 1940s, 40s
Place: new mexico, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
The Phoenix Incident (2015)
Genre: Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 81 min.
Story: A number of 'missing person' cases are reported in Phoenix, Arizona when an unexplained light appears in the sky one night in 1997.
Style: tense, enigmatic, suspense, captivating, psychotronic
Plot: ufo, military, desert, conspiracy, found footage, camera, alien, missing person, missing, danger, investigation, death ...
Place: phoenix arizona, arizona, usa, mexico
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 5.4
 2K
Hangar 18 (1980)
Genre: Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: During a Space Shuttle mission a satellite rams a unidentified flying object. The UFO afterwards performs an emergency landing in the deserts of Arizona. However the White House denies it's existence because of the near presidential elections. ...
Style: serious, disturbing, suspenseful, based on supposedly true story, psychotronic ...
Plot: alien, investigation, ufo, nasa, state affairs, chases and races, dishonesty, space and aliens, secret place, satellite, campaign, mystery ...
Time: 70s, future
Place: arizona, las vegas, california, texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
 6.4
 15K
CJ7 (2008)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Family, Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: Hong Kong, China
Duration: 88 min.
Story: Ti, a really poor construction worker that struggles to keep his son, Dicky, in private school, mistakes an orb he finds in a junkjard for a toy which proves to be much, much more once the young boy starts to play with it.
Style: feel good, humorous, captivating, light, semi serious ...
Audience: family outing, kids
Plot: ufo, school, benign alien, little boy, toys, martial arts, family relations, alien, family, extraterrestrial, youth, goofy hero ...
Place: china
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 5.8
 18K
Earth to Echo (2014)
Genre: Adventure, Family, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: After a construction project begins digging in their neighborhood, best friends Tuck, Munch and Alex inexplicably begin to receive strange, encoded messages on their cell phones. Convinced something bigger is going on, they go to their parents and ...
Style: exciting, stylized, sentimental, suspenseful, enigmatic ...
Audience: family outing, teens, pre-teens, kids
Plot: ufo, alien, friendship, adventure, buddies, investigation, benign alien, family, youth, young heroes, escapades, life turned upside down ...
Time: 2010s, 80s
Place: usa, las vegas
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
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Project Blue Book (2019)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 45 min.
TV show
Story: A chronicle of the true top secret U.S. Air Force-sponsored investigations into UFO-related phenomena in the 1950s and ’60s, known as “Project Blue Book.”
Style: based on true events, captivating, exciting, enigmatic, twists and turns ...
Plot: ufo, alien, cold war, alien abduction, special agents, space and aliens, physicist, paranormal activity, alien contact, scientific research, alien encounter, investigation ...
Time: 50s, 1950s, 20th century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
The Man Who Fell to Earth (1976)
Genre: Drama, Sci-Fi
Country: UK
Duration: 139 min.
Story: Thomas Jerome Newton is an alien who comes to Earth to get water for his dying planet. He starts a high technology company to get the billions of dollars he needs to build a return spacecraft. A British science-fiction film from director Nicolas ...
Style: atmospheric, surreal, stylized, serious, cult film ...
Plot: space and aliens, supernatural romance, alien life-form, disorder, mysterious character, secret identity, benign alien, fish out of water, nudity (full frontal - brief), satire, humanity, alien invasion ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: usa, new mexico
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
The First Men in the Moon (2010)
Genre: Drama, Sci-Fi
Country: UK
Duration: 88 min.
Story: Mark Gatiss's adaptation of HG Wells's science fiction classic. July 1969, and as the world waits with bated breath for the Apollo astronauts to land on the Moon, a young boy meets 90-year-old Julius Bedford. He's a man with an ...
Style: exciting, serious, captivating, enigmatic
Plot: space travel, moon, evil alien, alien encounter, partners, obsessive quest, danger, inventions and discoveries, escapades, heroes, alien contact, old man ...
Time: 60s, 1900s, 1960s, 20th century, year 1969
Place: england
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
Alien Abduction: Incident in Lake County (1998)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: After a mysterious blackout, a son goes out to investigate and captures footage of actual aliens. When the aliens follow he and his brothers back to their home all hell breaks lose.
Style: based on supposedly true story
Plot: found footage, alien abduction, alcohol abuse, conspiracy, spacecraft, alien, abduction, disappearance, ufo, power outage, gunshot, dead father ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
Flight of the Navigator (1986)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Family, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: This 1986 Disney adventure tells the story of 12-year-old David who lives with his family in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. When he awakens from being accidentally knocked out in the forest near his home, he finds that eight years have passed. His family is ...
Style: feel good, exciting, stylized, touching, serious ...
Audience: family outing, kids, pre-teens
Plot: time travel, ufo, adventure, benign alien, flying saucer, space travel, outer space, nasa, space and aliens, young heroes, alien, artificial intelligence ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, 70s, year 1978, year 1986 ...
Place: florida, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
The Last Man on Earth (2011)
Genre: Drama, Sci-Fi
Country: Italy
Duration: 100 min.
Story: The story of the latest week on the earth before the announce of the landing of an extraterrestrial society on earth seen by the eyes of a misogynist man with only the desire solitude and routine.
Style: bleak, psychological, serious, captivating, contemplative ...
Plot: solitude, alien encounter, benign alien, life turned upside down, disorder, alien, misogynist, extraterrestrial, danger, adventure, society, political unrest ...
Place: europe, italy
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
 3.5
 419
Alien Outbreak (2020)
Genre: Sci-Fi
Country: UK
Duration: 84 min.
Story: In a small rural community, local police officers Zoe and Patrick begin their shift as normal but soon, strange events unfold. Residents begin behaving erratically, and suicidal panic spreads amongst the township they are trying to protect. Zoe and ...
Style: serious, exciting, suspenseful
Audience: family outing
Plot: alien invasion, alien encounter, space and aliens, invasion, ufo, alien, survival, evil alien, adventure, underground, fate of humanity, gunfight ...
Time: contemporary
Place: england
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%