Movies like Contact

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Contact (1997)
 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 reality.
Style: captivating, suspenseful, emotional, intense, sincere, twists and turns, atmospheric, clever, serious, contemplative ...
Plot: benign alien, alien encounter, scientist, wormhole, alien contact, first contact, space travel, space and aliens, science, research, nasa, outer space, astronomer, inventions and discoveries, contact, mission, search, life risking, signal, mathematics, radio, president, career, intelligence, code ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, future
Place: new mexico, usa, japan, florida, puerto rico

Most similar movies to Contact

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, suspenseful, thought provoking and cerebral films with plots about outer space, dialogue, first contact, technology, alien, catastrophe and space travel mostly in Sci-Fi, Drama and Thriller genres. Some movies like Contact: Interstellar (2014), Arrival (2016), K-PAX (2001), The Abyss (1989), Signs (2002). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
 8.6
 1.4M
Interstellar (2014)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
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, atmospheric, thought provoking, futuristic, cerebral ...
Plot: outer space, space travel, spacecraft, time travel, black hole, end of the world, time paradox, expedition, heroic mission, parallel world, space exploration, distant planet ...
Time: future, near future, 21st century
Place: colorado
⇓ similarity ⇓
90%
 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 ⇓
86%
 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 ⇓
89%
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 ...
Plot: ufo, alien, first contact, alien contact, alien abduction, spacecraft, a vision, technology, contact, flying saucer, space and aliens, escapades ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: indiana, wyoming, mongolia, mexico, india ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
80%
Movie in collections
 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 ⇓
75%
 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 ⇓
50%
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 ⇓
67%
 6.1
 98K
Sphere (1998)
Genre: Action, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 134 min.
Story: The OSSA discovers a spacecraft thought to be at least 300 years old at the bottom of the ocean. Immediately following the discovery, they decide to send a team down to the depths of the ocean to study the space craft.They are the best of best, ...
Style: mind bending, scary, psychological, suspenseful, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: first contact, psychology, paranoia, psychologist, survival, ocean or sea, underwater, ocean, supernatural, danger, space and aliens, adventure ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 80s, future
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
The Man from Earth (2007)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 87 min.
Story: An impromptu goodbye party for Professor John Oldman becomes a mysterious interrogation after the retiring scholar reveals to his colleagues he never ages and has walked the earth for 14,000 years.
Style: serious, sincere, psychological, talky, contemplative ...
Plot: immortality, philosophy, professor, hidden identity, society, religion, christianity, psychology, mistaken identity, legends and myths, impersonating, secret ...
Time: middle ages, prehistoric times, prehistory, prehistoric, 21st century ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
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 ⇓
67%
 8.0
 737K
The Martian (2015)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi
Country: UK, USA, Hungary, Jordan
Duration: 144 min.
Story: During a manned mission to Mars, Astronaut Mark Watney is presumed dead after a fierce storm and left behind by his crew. But Watney has survived and finds himself stranded and alone on the hostile planet. With only meager supplies, he must draw ...
Style: futuristic, biting, suspenseful, disturbing, suspense ...
Plot: survival, space travel, isolation, mars, nasa, astronaut, stranded, loneliness, alone, trapped in space, space and aliens, human spirit ...
Time: future, 21st century
Place: london, pasadena california, china, houston texas, beijing china
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.2
 217K
Knowing (2009)
Genre: Action, Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA, UK, Australia, China
Duration: 121 min.
Story: A teacher opens a time capsule that has been dug up at his son's elementary school; in it are some chilling predictions -- some that have already occurred and others that are about to -- that lead him to believe his family plays a role in the ...
Style: suspenseful, exciting, scary, bleak, suspense ...
Audience: kids
Plot: end of the world, apocalypse, prediction, prophecy, destiny, changing the past or future, professor, scientist, air disaster, catastrophe, foreknowledge, code ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, september 11 2001, 50s, 1950s ...
Place: massachusetts, usa, boston, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
 5.2
 53K
Apollo 18 (2011)
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 86 min.
Story: Officially, Apollo 17 was the last manned mission to the moon. But a year later in 1973, three American astronauts were sent on a secret mission to the moon funded by the US Department of Defense. What you are about to see is the actual footage ...
Style: serious, scary, tense, suspenseful, exciting ...
Plot: astronaut, alien encounter, outer space, moon, space travel, space and aliens, spacecraft, nasa, alien, expedition, deadly, danger ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, year 1969, year 1972, year 1970 ...
Place: antarctica
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.2
 229K
Sunshine (2007)
Genre: Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: Fifty years into the future, the sun is dying, and Earth is threatened by arctic temperatures. A team of astronauts is sent to revive the Sun — but the mission fails. Seven years later, a new team is sent to finish the mission as mankind’s last ...
Style: futuristic, captivating, psychological, suspenseful, atmospheric ...
Plot: outer space, space travel, spacecraft, save the world, sun, danger, self sacrifice, astronaut, expedition, isolation, heroic mission, bomb ...
Time: future, 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
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, scary, surprise ending, suspense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: outer space, woman in danger, astronaut, space travel, danger, suburbs, nasa, mission, pregnancy, alien, paranoia, twins ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.0
 559K
Prometheus (2012)
Genre: Adventure, Mystery, Sci-Fi
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 124 min.
Story: A team of explorers discover a clue to the origins of mankind on Earth, leading them on a journey to the darkest corners of the universe. There, they must fight a terrifying battle to save the future of the human race.
Style: futuristic, suspenseful, scary, tense, atmospheric ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: space and aliens, fantasy world, survival, androids, space travel, alien encounter, human versus alien, spacecraft, mission, expedition, distant planet, hi-tech ...
Time: future, 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
14%
 8.5
 93K
The Expanse (2015)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 60 min.
Story: A thriller set two hundred years in the future following the case of a missing young woman who brings a hardened detective and a rogue ship's captain together in a race across the solar system to expose the greatest conspiracy in human history.
Style: futuristic, captivating, suspenseful, exciting, serious ...
Audience: teens
Plot: outer space, space travel, spacecraft, conspiracy, space wars, investigation, human in outer space, space and aliens, space station, space opera, space exploration, society ...
Time: future, 23rd century
⇓ 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%
Movie in collections
Mission to Mars (2000)
Genre: Adventure, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA, Canada, France
Duration: 114 min.
Story: When contact is lost with the crew of the first Mars expedition, a rescue mission is launched to discover their fate.
Style: serious, sentimental, atmospheric, suspenseful, stylized ...
Plot: space travel, mars, spacecraft, adventure, space station, alien encounter, astronaut, mysterious planet, outer space, alien, trapped in space, nasa ...
Time: future, 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
The Andromeda Strain (1971)
Genre: Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 131 min.
Story: When virtually all of the residents of Piedmont, New Mexico, are found dead after the return to Earth of a space satellite, the head of the US Air Force's Project Scoop declares an emergency. A group of eminent scientists led by Dr. Jeremy ...
Style: tense, exciting, suspenseful, serious, scary ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: plague, science, laboratory, race against time, survival, cure, heroic mission, deadly virus, chases and races, deadly, life is a bitch, danger ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 50s, 1950s, future
Place: new mexico, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
 6.2
 78K
Solaris (2002)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Romance, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: A troubled psychologist is sent to investigate the crew of an isolated research station orbiting a bizarre planet.
Style: futuristic, psychological, surreal, mind bending, enigmatic ...
Plot: space station, space travel, outer space, spacecraft, mysterious planet, astronaut, space and aliens, hallucination, back from the dead, mystery, paranormal activity, obsession ...
Time: future
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
 5.9
 5K
Marooned (1969)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 134 min.
Story: After spending several months in an orbiting lab, three astronauts prepare to return to earth only to find their rockets wont fire. After initially thinking they might have to abandon them in orbit, NASA decides to launch a daring rescue. Their ...
Style: suspenseful, serious, tense, exciting, futuristic ...
Plot: nasa, space travel, rescue, astronaut, spacewalk, race against time, outer space, escapades, danger, isolation, survival, confined ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 70s, future
Place: usa, antarctica
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
 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 ⇓
12%
Movie in collections
 5.1
 1K
Magellan (2017)
Genre: Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA, Australia
Duration: 103 min.
Story: After NASA picks up a trio of mysterious signals from within our own solar system, astronaut Roger Nelson is dispatched on a multi-year solo mission aboard the Magellan spacecraft to investigate the sources.
Style: disturbing, exciting, suspenseful, unusual plot structure, suspense
Audience: chick flick, boys' night
Plot: nasa, artificial intelligence, moon, outer space, alien planet, mission, astronaut, spacesuit, space station, planet, space travel, first contact ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
 6.2
 22K
Impostor (2001)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Gary Sinise plays Spencer Olham, a top-secret government weapons designer who is arrested by a clandestine government organization on suspicion of being a clone created by the hostile alien race wanting to take over Earth.
Style: futuristic, suspenseful, stylized, exciting, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: alien, alien invasion, androids and robots, manhunt, on the run, save the world, future dystopia, space and aliens, crimes, race against time, danger, rivalry ...
Time: future, contemporary, 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
 5.0
 6K
Meteor (1979)
Genre: Action, Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA, Hong Kong
Duration: 108 min.
Story: After a collision with a comet, a nearly 8km wide piece of the asteroid "Orpheus" is heading towards Earth. If it will hit it will cause a incredible catastrophe which will probably extinguish mankind. To stop the meteor NASA wants to use ...
Style: suspenseful, rough, serious, disaster movie, psychotronic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: catastrophe, nasa, translator, satellite, race against time, meteor, meteorite, adventure, space travel, escapades, space and aliens, save the day ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, future
Place: russia, new york, moscow russia, manhattan new york city, hong kong ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
Genre: Adventure, Sci-Fi
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 149 min.
Story: Humanity finds a mysterious object buried beneath the lunar surface and sets off to find its origins with the help of HAL 9000, the world's most advanced super computer.
Style: philosophical, mind bending, futuristic, atmospheric, thought provoking ...
Plot: space travel, space station, spacecraft, outer space, evolution, astronaut, adventure, moon, spacewalk, scientist, super computer, artificial intelligence ...
Time: future, 21st century, 2000s, year 2001, year 1968 ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
 6.2
 159K
Deep Impact (1998)
Genre: Action, Drama, Romance, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: A seven-mile-wide space rock is hurtling toward Earth, threatening to obliterate the planet. Now, it's up to the president of the United States to save the world. He appoints a tough-as-nails veteran astronaut to lead a joint American-Russian ...
Style: touching, suspenseful, serious, suspense, futuristic ...
Plot: end of the world, natural disaster, nasa, astronaut, catastrophe, save the world, extinction, self sacrifice, life & death, astronomer, tsunami, evacuation ...
Time: future, 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: washington d.c., tucson arizona, paris france, langley virginia, manhattan new york city ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
 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 ⇓
21%
 8.1
 78K
Solaris (1972)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi
Country: Soviet Union
Duration: 167 min.
Story: A psychologist is sent to a space station orbiting a planet called Solaris to investigate the death of a doctor and the mental problems of cosmonauts on the station. He soon discovers that the water on the planet is a type of brain which brings out ...
Style: atmospheric, intellectual, psychological, art house, psychedelic ...
Plot: space station, outer space, scientist, space travel, space and aliens, investigation, hallucination, astronaut, dreams, russian, back from the dead, psychologist ...
Time: future, 70s
Place: soviet union, russia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
11%
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