Movies like Close Encounters of the Third Kind

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Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977)
 7.6
 198K
Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977)
Genre: Drama, Sci-Fi
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 138 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, breathtaking, epic, sentimental, light, enigmatic, atmospheric, serious, clever ...
Plot: ufo, first contact, alien, alien abduction, alien contact, space and aliens, benign alien, technology, a vision, contact, flying saucer, spacecraft, escapades, obsessive quest, secret base, life turned upside down, evacuation, blackout, desert, conspiracy, adventure, beautiful scenery, obsession, research, investigation ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: indiana, india, mongolia, wyoming, ohio, mexico

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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, thought provoking, cerebral and allegory films with plots about alien, first contact, dialogue, catastrophe, mentor, space and aliens and ufo 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), Project Blue Book (2019), Communion (1989). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
 7.5
 270K
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, cerebral, emotional, intense ...
Plot: alien encounter, first contact, benign alien, space and aliens, alien contact, scientist, science, space travel, astronomer, research, nasa, inventions and discoveries ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, future
Place: new mexico, usa, puerto rico, florida, japan ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
81%
 7.9
 668K
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, philosophical, enigmatic, futuristic ...
Plot: first contact, alien, spacecraft, alien contact, scientist, alien race, ufo, alien creature, science, loss, female protagonist, time ...
Time: future, 2010s
Place: russia, china, montana, pakistan, venezuela ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
80%
The Day the Earth Stood Still (2008)
Genre: Adventure, 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: atmospheric, futuristic, serious, stylized, suspenseful ...
Plot: end of the world, ufo, alien contact, first contact, evil alien, evacuation, ultimatum, environmentalism, alien encounter, giant robots, chaos and mayhem, race against time ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 1920s, future
Place: usa, new york, manhattan new york city, virginia, australia ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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: captivating, enigmatic, exciting, twists and turns, suspenseful ...
Plot: ufo, alien, cold war, special agents, space and aliens, physicist, alien abduction, scientific research, paranormal activity, alien contact, explorer, alien encounter ...
Time: 50s, 20th century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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 5.5
 6K
Communion (1989)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 107 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, alien contact, psychiatrist, ufo, writers, paranoia, halloween, family, supernatural, christmas ...
Time: 80s
Place: new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.0
 105K
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, atmospheric ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: ufo, first contact, alien, evil alien, fbi, conspiracy, mystery, government agency, investigation, paranoia, special agents, conspiracy theory ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, prehistory, future, prehistoric times
Place: antarctica, london, texas, usa, europe ...
⇓ 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, bleak, serious, suspense ...
Plot: ufo, alien, alien encounter, abduction, false accusation, friendship, investigation, police, forest, alien contact, space and aliens, murder ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, year 1975
Place: arizona, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
80%
 6.8
 357K
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: twist ending, tense, suspenseful, twists and turns, psychological ...
Plot: alien invasion, ufo, alien encounter, first contact, farm, alien, loss of faith, mystery, destiny, single father, small town, christianity ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: usa, pennsylvania, brazil, north america, mexico
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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 7.4
 182K
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, surprise ending, serious ...
Plot: benign alien, mysterious character, psychiatrist, patient, planet, crazy, hypnosis, mental institution, extraterrestrial, investigation, research, delusion ...
Time: 21st century, future, contemporary, 90s, 80s
Place: usa, new york, iceland, manhattan new york city, new mexico ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
80%
 7.0
 47K
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, stylized, road movie, suspense ...
Audience: date night, chick flick
Plot: alien, rescue, on the run, fish out of water, widow, benign alien, romance, adventure, disorder, peaceful mission, misfit, space and aliens ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: usa, arizona, washington d.c., las vegas, wisconsin
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982)
Genre: Adventure, 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, healing power, ufo, alien contact, childhood, first contact, flying saucer, nasa, friendship, adventure, levitation ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: usa, california, los angeles, sesame street
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
 8.6
 1.7M
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, atmospheric, thought provoking, cerebral ...
Plot: outer space, space travel, time travel, spacecraft, father daughter relationship, expedition, end of the world, time paradox, science, black hole, distant planet, heroic mission ...
Time: future, near future, 21st century
Place: colorado
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.5
 175K
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, psychological ...
Plot: first contact, ufo, ocean, space and aliens, sea, submarine, heroic mission, disaster, alien encounter, alien life-form, catastrophe, survival ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, future
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
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: artificial intelligence, androids and robots, a.i., distopia, adoption, future dystopia, cyberpunk, androids, destiny, global warming, adventure, parents and children ...
Time: future, 22nd century
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, brooklyn new york city, coney island brooklyn new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
 6.9
 249K
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, unusual plot structure, parody, sentimental, humorous ...
Audience: teens
Plot: benign alien, alien, first contact, alien encounter, ufo, special agents, chase, friends, space and aliens, disorder, buddies, hitchhiker ...
Time: 21st century, 80s, contemporary, year 1980, 1940s ...
Place: nevada, usa, san diego california, austin texas, england ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
The Phoenix Incident (2015)
Genre: Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 82 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: enigmatic, tense, captivating, suspense, psychotronic
Plot: ufo, military, desert, conspiracy, found footage, alien, missing person, investigation, death, arizona desert, alien invasion, camera ...
Place: arizona, phoenix arizona, usa, mexico
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.8
 20K
Taken (2002)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 877 min.
TV show
Story: Taken spans five decades and four generations, centering on three families: the Keys, Crawfords, and Clarkes. World War II veteran Russell Keys is plagued by nightmares of his abduction by aliens during the war; the Roswell incident transforms Owen ...
Style: serious, captivating, stylized, sentimental, atmospheric ...
Plot: ufo, alien abduction, alien encounter, teleportation, kidnapping, space and aliens, medical experiment, alien invasion, cold war, loneliness, conspiracy, government conspiracy ...
Time: 1940s, 21st century, 50s, 60s, 20th century ...
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Race to Witch Mountain (2009)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Family, Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: A taxi driver gets more than he bargained for when he picks up two teen runaways. Not only does the pair possess supernatural powers, but they're also trying desperately to escape people who have made them their targets.
Style: exciting, semi serious, atmospheric, entertaining, futuristic ...
Audience: teens, family outing, pre-teens, kids
Plot: teleportation, alien, benign alien, adventure, ufo, supernatural ability, children, young heroes, spacecraft, taxi driver, bounty hunter, escapades ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, future
Place: usa, nevada, las vegas
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Movie in collections
 6.4
 92K
Monsters (2010)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Romance, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: UK, Mexico
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, infected, alien encounter, quarantine, infection, space and aliens, ufo, nasa, end of the world, distopia, survival, jungle ...
Time: future
Place: mexico, central america, latin america, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
 6.7
 63K
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: space and aliens, elderly, benign alien, cocoon, golden years, fountain of youth, alien, first contact, retirement home, senior citizen, life & death, cancer ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: florida, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
18%
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, benign alien, adventure, flying saucer, space and aliens, space travel, outer space, artificial intelligence, nasa, getting home, young heroes ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, 70s, year 1978, year 1986 ...
Place: florida, tokyo, miami beach, texas, japan ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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, psychological, bleak ...
Plot: space travel, astronaut, outer space, nasa, space and aliens, ghost ship, spacewalk, presumed dead, expedition, hopes, super computer, space mission ...
Time: future, 21st century, near future, year 2010, 80s ...
Place: egypt, washington d.c., ussr, london, tower bridge london ...
⇓ 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: woman in danger, outer space, astronaut, space travel, suburbs, nasa, mission, pregnancy, twins, alien, paranoia, space and aliens ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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 4.7
 8K
Proximity (2020)
Genre: Drama, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 119 min.
Story: A young NASA JPL scientist is abducted by extraterrestrials but when no one believes his story he becomes obsessed with finding proof which leads him on a journey of discovery.
Style: mysterious, futuristic, intellectual, captivating
Plot: extraterrestrial, science, scientist, ufo, young man, abduction, nasa, curiosity, rise to the top, obsessive quest, journey, target ...
Place: costa rica
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 8.1
 131K
Stalker (1979)
Genre: Drama, Sci-Fi
Country: Soviet Union
Duration: 162 min.
Story: Near a gray and unnamed city is the Zone, a place guarded by barbed wire and soldiers, and where the normal laws of physics are victim to frequent anomalies. A Stalker guides two men into the Zone, specifically to an area in which deep seeded ...
Style: philosophical, bleak, atmospheric, gloomy, art house ...
Plot: stalker, surrealism, scientist, russian, human nature, future dystopia, wish come true, post apocalypse, desire, society, escapades, psychic ...
Place: russia
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.3
 3K
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, captivating, cynical, bleak, suspenseful
Plot: mystery, military, dishonesty, space and aliens, uncover truth, soldier, abduction, alien encounter, kidnapping, haunted by the past, conspiracy, army ...
Time: 1940s
Place: new mexico, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Babylon 5: Thirdspace (1998)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Susan Ivanova discovers a derelict spaceship in hyperspace. They tow it back to Babylon 5, then strange things start happening. People are being telepathically taken over by aliens from another (third)space.
Style: futuristic, exciting, serious, tense, gloomy ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: space station, outer space, space and aliens, evil alien, adventure, fight, good versus evil, heroes, escapades, chaos, mind control, alien encounter ...
Time: future, 23rd century
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 5.3
 3K
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, psychotronic, allegory ...
Plot: ufo, alien, investigation, nasa, campaign, secret place, satellite, uncover truth, political conspiracy, space and aliens, state affairs, mystery ...
Time: 70s, future
Place: arizona, las vegas, texas, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
 6.0
 67
The Aliens (2017)
Genre: Drama, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: A UFO believer must choose between the aliens above he has never seen or the mysterious guide who appears in his campsite week after week.
Style: captivating, futuristic
Plot: ufo, desert, illegal alien, border, border crossing, alien, ufo sighting, mystery, alien contact, camp, mysterious stranger, drug smuggler ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
 5.7
 19K
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, adventure, friendship, buddies, investigation, benign alien, family, life turned upside down, young heroes, escapades, youth ...
Time: 2010s, 80s
Place: usa, las vegas
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%