Movies like Close Encounters of the Third Kind

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Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977)
 7.6
 179K
Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977)
Genre: Drama, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
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 contact, alien abduction, spacecraft, a vision, technology, contact, flying saucer, space and aliens, obsessive quest, escapades, benign alien, life turned upside down, evacuation, blackout, desert, conspiracy, adventure, beautiful scenery, obsession, research, investigation, government conspiracy ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: wyoming, indiana, india, mexico, mongolia, ohio

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, enigmatic and allegory films with plots about alien, space and aliens, outer space, catastrophe, dialogue, aliens and first contact mostly in Sci-Fi, Drama and Thriller genres. Some movies like Close Encounters of the Third Kind: Arrival (2016), Contact (1997), K-PAX (2001), E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982), Signs (2002). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
 7.9
 572K
Arrival (2016)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
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, cerebral, enigmatic, twist ending, philosophical ...
Plot: first contact, alien, spacecraft, loss, science, destiny, time loop, female protagonist, memory, ufo, flash forward, language barrier ...
Time: future, 2010s
Place: pakistan, montana, china, russia, sudan ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.4
 248K
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, twists and turns ...
Plot: benign alien, alien encounter, scientist, wormhole, alien contact, first contact, space travel, space and aliens, science, research, nasa, outer space ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, future
Place: new mexico, usa, florida, japan, puerto rico
⇓ similarity ⇓
80%
 7.4
 173K
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, surprise ending, atmospheric, touching, serious ...
Plot: mysterious character, benign alien, patient, psychiatrist, mental institution, research, odd, alien, insanity, hypnosis, crazy, planet ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 80s, 90s, future ...
Place: usa, new york, greenland, newfoundland, manhattan new york city ...
⇓ 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, halloween ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: usa, california, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Movie in collections
 6.7
 331K
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, twists and turns, psychological, scary ...
Plot: alien invasion, farm, ufo, asthma, asthma attack, alien encounter, alien, loss of faith, destiny, single father, priest, baseball ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: pennsylvania, usa, brazil, mexico
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.7
 56K
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, benign alien, cocoon, retirement home, golden years, first contact, alien, senior citizen, swimming pool, fountain of youth, cancer ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: florida, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.0
 99K
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, obsession ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, prehistory, 1990s, future ...
Place: antarctica, texas, london, europe, usa ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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, emotional, sentimental, atmospheric ...
Plot: androids and robots, artificial intelligence, adoption, a.i., future dystopia, distopia, androids, destiny, global warming, adventure, parenthood, parents and children ...
Time: future, 22nd century
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, coney island brooklyn new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Movie in collections
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, contemplative, serious, psychological ...
Plot: astronaut, outer space, nasa, space travel, presumed dead, spacewalk, ghost ship, adventure, contact, redemption, ufo, investigation ...
Time: future, 21st century, year 2010, 2010s
Place: washington d.c., new mexico
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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, stylized, suspenseful, atmospheric, futuristic ...
Plot: end of the world, alien contact, ufo, evacuation, evil alien, ultimatum, messenger, threat, chaos and mayhem, environmentalism, alien encounter, supernatural ability ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 1920s, future
Place: usa, manhattan new york city, australia, virginia, new york ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Invasion from Inner Earth (1974)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: A group of young pilots in a remote region of the Canadian wilderness begin to hear strange reports over their radios about planes crashing, cars stalling and a deadly plague which has gripped the planet. It becomes clear that earth is in the midst ...
Style: surprise ending
Plot: alien, forest, lake, wilderness, cabin, snowmobile, alien invasion, camping, apocalypse, spacecraft, end of the world, survival ...
Place: canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.4
 14K
CJ7 (2008)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Family, Sci-Fi
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, pets, parents and children ...
Place: china
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 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: bleak, suspenseful, captivating, cynical, serious
Plot: mystery, military, dishonesty, kidnapping, landing, conspiracy, soldier, abduction, haunted by the past, space and aliens, uncover truth, alien encounter ...
Time: 1940s, 40s
Place: new mexico, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.0
 41K
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, stylized, offbeat, serious, road movie ...
Audience: date night, chick flick
Plot: alien, fish out of water, on the run, rescue, widow, benign alien, romance, adventure, supernatural romance, disorder, alien encounter, landing ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: usa, washington d.c., arizona, las vegas, wisconsin
⇓ 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, desert, military, alien, conspiracy, camera, found footage, missing, missing person, investigation, danger, death ...
Place: arizona, phoenix arizona, usa, mexico
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.4
 87K
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, tense, futuristic, breathtaking, atmospheric ...
Plot: monster, quarantine, alien, alien encounter, survival, jungle, getting home, danger, personal safety, photojournalist, cattle, pyramid ...
Time: future
Place: mexico, central america, latin america
⇓ 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, sentimental, stylized, suspenseful, enigmatic ...
Audience: family outing, teens, pre-teens, kids
Plot: ufo, alien, friendship, adventure, buddies, investigation, benign alien, family, young heroes, suburbs, escapades, life turned upside down ...
Time: 2010s, 80s
Place: usa, las vegas
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
 5.6
 5K
Communion (1989)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 106 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, hypnosis, alien, psychiatrist, ufo, writers, alien contact, paranoia, cabin, halloween, family, supernatural ...
Time: 80s
Place: new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
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Project Blue Book (2019)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 45 min.
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, exciting, enigmatic, twists and turns, captivating ...
Plot: ufo, alien, special agents, cold war, alien contact, physicist, scientific research, paranormal activity, false friend, female friendship, alien technology, uncover truth ...
Time: 50s, 1950s, 20th century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
 7.6
 159K
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, psychological, tense, suspenseful, serious ...
Plot: underwater, submarine, ocean, ufo, first contact, sea, space and aliens, alien encounter, ocean or sea, heroic mission, sacrifice, catastrophe ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, future
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
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, secret identity, mysterious character, benign alien, fish out of water, nudity (full frontal - brief), satire, humanity, alien invasion ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: usa, new mexico
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
 6.4
 66K
Europa Report (2013)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: A crew of international astronauts are sent on a private mission to Jupiter's fourth moon.
Style: suspenseful, tense, psychological, suspense, cerebral ...
Plot: space travel, spacecraft, outer space, survival, astronaut, danger, lovecraftian, found footage, inventions and discoveries, distant planet, landing, alien ...
Time: future, contemporary, 21st century, year 1972, 50s ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
 5.4
 2K
Hangar 18 (1980)
Genre: Action, Biography, Sci-Fi, Thriller
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: suspenseful, disturbing, serious, psychotronic, based on supposedly true story ...
Plot: alien, investigation, ufo, nasa, political conspiracy, secret place, uncover truth, space and aliens, chases and races, state affairs, mystery, dishonesty ...
Time: 70s, future
Place: arizona, las vegas, california, texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
Movie in collections
 6.7
 26K
Silent Running (1972)
Genre: Drama, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: In a future Earth barren of all flora and fauna, the planet's ecosystems exist only in large pods attached to spacecraft. When word comes in that the pods are to be jettisoned into space and destroyed so that the spacecraft can be reused for ...
Style: captivating, contemplative, serious, cult film, light ...
Plot: space travel, space station, spacecraft, outer space, robot, distopia, fighting the system, environmentalism, factory, greenhouse, biosphere, androids and robots ...
Time: future
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
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, spacecraft, alien, conspiracy, alcohol abuse, abduction, disappearance, ufo, thanksgiving dinner, gunshot, alcoholic ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
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, sincere ...
Plot: solitude, alien encounter, benign alien, life turned upside down, disorder, alien, misogynist, extraterrestrial, adventure, danger, society, anti hero ...
Place: europe, italy
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
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, adventure, ufo, space travel, benign alien, flying saucer, nasa, outer space, young heroes, alien, artificial intelligence, getting home ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 1986, 70s, year 1978 ...
Place: florida, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
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, gloomy, serious, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: space station, outer space, space and aliens, adventure, fight, good versus evil, chaos, mind control, alien encounter, escapades, imaginary, heroes ...
Time: future, 23rd century
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
Planet of Dinosaurs (1977)
Genre: Sci-Fi, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 84 min.
Story: A space-ship gets lost and is forced to make an emergency landing on an unknown planet. The planet looks much like Earth, only with no trace of civilization. Soon the crew discovers that there are dinosaurs on the planet, and blood-thirsty buggers ...
Style: exciting, suspenseful, serious, tense, psychotronic
Audience: teens, family outing
Plot: survival, rescue, spacecraft, planet, astronaut, heroic mission, danger, deadly, battles, adventure, deadly creature, space travel ...
Time: prehistoric times, prehistory
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
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, investigation, alien encounter, friendship, abduction, false accusation, danger, police, forest, murder, crimes ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, year 1975
Place: arizona, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
14%