Movies like The Manhattan Project

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The Manhattan Project (1986)
 6.2
 5K
The Manhattan Project (1986)
Genre: Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: Named after the World War II-era program, the plot revolves around a gifted high school student who decides to construct a nuclear bomb for a national science fair. The film's underlying theme involves the Cold War of the 1980s when government secrecy and mutually assured destruction were key political and military issues.
Style: tense, suspenseful, serious, realistic, clever, complex, idiotic, dramatic, suspense, unusual plot structure ...
Audience: kids, teens
Plot: heist, laser, teenager, runaway, laboratory, nuclear, scientist, helicopter, plutonium, bomb, science, teenage life, crimes, college, youth, inventions and discoveries, terrorism, prodigy, save the world, fugitives, workplace intrigue, high school life, nuclear holocaust, danger, society ...
Time: 80s
Place: new york

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Most similar movies to The Manhattan Project

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out suspenseful, serious, suspense and tense films with plots about danger, catastrophe, heroes, technology, chases and races, chase and natural disaster mostly in Thriller, Sci-Fi and Action genres. Some movies like The Manhattan Project: The Andromeda Strain (1971), Rumors of Wars (2014), WarGames (1983), Eve of Destruction (1991), Brainstorm (1983). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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, chases and races, deadly virus, cure, heroic mission, danger, life is a bitch, deadly ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 50s, 1950s, future
Place: new mexico, usa
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100%
Colossus: The Forbin Project (1970)
Genre: Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Forbin is the designer of an incredibly sophisticated computer that will run all of America's nuclear defenses. Shortly after being turned on, it detects the existence of Guardian, the Soviet counterpart, previously unknown to US Planners. Both ...
Style: cult film, suspenseful, gloomy, serious, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: scientist, man versus machine, catastrophe, artificial intelligence, cold war, computer, nuclear threat, mathematics, ultimatum, super computer, apocalypse, imaginary ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, future
Place: canada, soviet union, colorado, ussr, washington d.c. ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 4.5
 462
Rumors of Wars (2014)
Genre: Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: A suspenseful, genre-bending film with two converging storylines. An aspiring college journalist records events in a diary about the turmoil of a society due to the insertion of a RFID chip mandated by the government. ? Years later in the rubble of ...
Style: rough, futuristic, serious, realistic, christian film ...
Plot: military, life is a bitch, wartime life, anti war, apocalypse, political conspiracy, dishonesty, heroes, leadership, danger, college, new world order ...
Time: future, 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.1
 91K
WarGames (1983)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 114 min.
Story: High School student David Lightman (Matthew Broderick) has a talent for hacking. But while trying to hack into a computer system to play unreleased video games, he unwittingly taps into the Defense Department's war computer and initiates a ...
Style: clever, suspenseful, realistic, serious, captivating ...
Audience: teens, kids
Plot: hacker, computer cracker, cold war, nuclear threat, computer genius, chess, nuclear, computer, danger, race against time, faked death, network ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: seattle, usa, seattle washington, paris france, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
75%
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Eve of Destruction (1991)
Genre: Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Eve is a military robot made to look exactly like her creator, Dr. Eve Simmons. When she is damaged during a bank robbery, the robot becomes an unstoppable killing machine. Colonel Jim McQuade is assigned to stop the robot and with the help from Dr. ...
Style: futuristic, rough, suspenseful, stylized, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: man versus machine, experiment gone awry, mad scientist, terrorism, chaos, danger, androids and robots, technology gone awry, terminator, nuclear holocaust, deadly, a.i. ...
Time: 90s, 1990s
Place: new york, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
Cloned: The Recreator Chronicles (2012)
Genre: Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: When a group of teenagers stumble upon a secret lab, they become part of a deadly experiment - The Recreator - evil human clones. Craig, Tracy and Derek come face to face with exact copies of themselves that have only one purpose; to find and kill ...
Style: serious, suspenseful, tense, suspense, captivating ...
Audience: teens
Plot: cloning, laboratory, experiment gone awry, isolation, danger, youth, confined, secret place, teenager, disorder, in the woods, chases and races ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
 6.4
 11K
Brainstorm (1983)
Genre: Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: Two brilliant research scientists have invented a device capable of recording and playing back sensory experiences only to have devastating results when one of them records their own death.
Style: suspenseful, serious, tense, meditative, psychological ...
Plot: memory, virtual reality, conspiracy, experiment gone awry, future dystopia, uncover truth, mad scientist, rebellion, technology, fighting the system, government agent, husband wife relationship ...
Time: 80s, future
Place: england, london, europe, north carolina, rio de janeiro ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
 5.8
 10K
Futureworld (1976)
Genre: Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Two years after the Westworld tragedy in the Delos amusement park, the corporate owners have reopened the park following over $1 billion in safety and other improvements. For publicity purposes, reporters Chuck Browning and Tracy Ballard are invited ...
Style: futuristic, suspenseful, serious, suspense, tense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: androids and robots, danger, robot as menace, conspiracy, investigation, cloning, reporter, journalist, man versus machine, society, leadership, rivalry ...
Time: 80s, 70s, near future
⇓ similarity ⇓
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Teenage Bank Heist (2012)
Genre: Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 82 min.
Story: Cassie works as a teller at the bank where her mother is the branch manager. When the bank is robbed, Cassie is taken hostage. She soon finds out that the bank robbers are teenage girls, one of whom is her best friend, Abbie. In this propulsive real ...
Style: suspenseful, serious, tense, captivating, suspense ...
Audience: teens
Plot: heist, investigation, track down, confined, danger, race against time, parents and children, on the run, friendship, crimes, abduction, family in danger ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
Lawnmower Man 2: Beyond Cyberspace (1996)
Genre: Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Jobe is resuscitated by Jonathan Walker. He wants Jobe to create a special computer chip that would connect all the computers in the world into one network, which Walker would control and use. But what Walker doesn't realize is a group of ...
Style: bleak, suspenseful, stylized, exciting, serious ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: virtual reality, psychopath, computer, sword fight, prodigy, computer animation, hacker, imaginary, mentally challenged, society, manipulations, technophobia ...
Time: 2040s, future, 80s
Place: los angeles, las vegas
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
 5.7
 48K
Chain Reaction (1996)
Genre: Action, Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: Two researchers in a green alternative energy project are put on the run when they are framed for murder and treason.
Style: exciting, serious, suspenseful, realistic, suspense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: conspiracy, frame up, on the run, protagonist as suspect, uncover truth, crimes, witnessing a crime, chase, fbi, laboratory, secrets, conspiracy theory ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: chicago illinois, usa, san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
 7.0
 30K
Real Genius (1985)
Genre: Comedy, Romance, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Chris is the top brain who just wants to party, Mitch is the 15-year-old college wiz kid. Supposedly hard at work on a lab project with a mysterious deadline, they still find time to use their genius to discover new ways to have fun.
Style: humorous, feel good, not serious, realistic, cult film ...
Audience: teens, teen comedy, kids
Plot: laser, computer cracker, college, genius, science, prank, ego, prodigy, youth, lifestyle, silly humor, disorder ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: california
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
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Deep Core (2000)
Genre: Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 80 min.
Story: A powerful laser machine rips the core of the earth causing earthquakes and tsunamis, and only one man and his team can save the planet from destruction. Will they succeed? Action, suspense and disaster for fans of the genre.
Style: suspenseful, serious, bleak, tense
Audience: boys' night
Plot: danger, heroes, adventure, undercover, technology gone awry, forces of nature, chaos, escapades, save the world, save the planet, conspiracy, nuclear ...
Time: 90s
Place: china
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
Alien Fury: Countdown to Invasion (2000)
Genre: Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Set in San Diego, the movie follows the desperate acts of Bill Templer head of a covert defense agency perpetrating a terrifying fraud on the American public - involving the imminent invasion of aliens - by leaking to the press a satellite image of ...
Style: exciting, serious, suspenseful
Plot: undercover, save the world, special agents, police detective, alien encounter, escapades, evil alien, government agency, danger, satellite, dishonesty, deadly ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: switzerland
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
 5.9
 75K
The Invasion (2007)
Genre: Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA, Australia
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Washington, D.C. psychologist Carol Bennell and her colleague Dr. Ben Driscoll are the only two people on Earth who are aware of an epidemic running rampant through the city. They discover an alien virus aboard a crashed space shuttle that ...
Style: suspenseful, serious, suspense, intense, psychological ...
Plot: virus, save the world, alien, danger, psychiatrist, invasion, hysteria, alien invasion, sleeping, child in peril, quarantine, survival ...
Time: contemporary, future
Place: washington d.c., usa, russia
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
 7.2
 234K
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: space travel, outer space, save the world, spacecraft, sun, danger, expedition, self sacrifice, astronaut, heroic mission, earth, bomb ...
Time: future, 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
Project Almanac (2015)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: A group of teens discover secret plans of a time machine, and construct one. However, things start to get out of control.
Style: exciting, serious, suspenseful, absurd, twists and turns ...
Audience: teens
Plot: time travel, time paradox, time machine, changing the past or future, teenager, teenage life, time loop, high school, teenage love, friendship, teleportation, time ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s, 2000s, year 2014 ...
Place: usa, woodstock, atlanta georgia
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
 5.6
 2K
Xchange (2001)
Genre: Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: Canada
Duration: 110 min.
Story: In the near future, a company called Xchange owns a mind transference technology that enables instantaneous travel by swapping bodies with someone at the destination. A member of the privileged corporate class ("Corpie") Xchanging for the ...
Style: suspenseful, serious, tense, suspense
Plot: hitman, body swapping, time travel, terrorist, heroes, dishonesty, danger, society, life is a bitch, imaginary, crimes, false identity ...
Time: future
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
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Bombshell (1997)
Genre: Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Characters in a bio technological firm utilize nanotechnology (miniature, smart robots) to control others for their own good.
Style: rough, serious, exciting, psychological, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: laboratory, experiment gone awry, danger, crimes, life is a bitch, inventions and discoveries, technology gone awry, corporate crimes, future dystopia, kidnapping, missing person, workplace intrigue ...
Time: 90s
Place: los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
The Skulls III (2004)
Genre: Thriller
Country: Canada
Duration: 102 min.
Story: A young college co-ed tries joining the elite, all-male, secret society, the Skulls, and in so doing, she uncovers some unscrupulous methods used by some of the members to get what they want.
Style: serious, tense, bleak, suspenseful, realistic
Plot: college, murder, investigation, mystery, uncover truth, college life, deadly, danger, dishonesty, youth, mind game, crimes ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
 4.0
 2K
Solar Crisis (1990)
Genre: Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: Japan, USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: A huge solar flare is predicted to fry the Earth. Astronauts aboard the spaceship Helios must go to the Sun to drop a bomb equipped with an Artificial Intelligence (Freddy) and a Japanese pilot (as a back up if the Artificial Intelligence fail) at ...
Style: futuristic, exciting, suspenseful, stylized, bleak ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: spacecraft, catastrophe, astronaut, space travel, bomb, race against time, danger, rescue, survival, apocalypse, sun, artificial intelligence ...
Time: future
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
 5.7
 2K
The Kindred (1987)
Genre: Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Amanda's deathbed request to her son, John, was for him to destroy all the lab notes etc. from her last experiment. She also blurts out he had a brother. At the funeral John meets Melissa, who claims to be his mothers biggest fan. Together with ...
Style: scary, suspenseful, suspense, intense, dark ...
Audience: teens
Plot: mutant, mad scientist, murder, survival, experiment gone awry, danger, deadly, investigation, death, creature, laboratory, transformation ...
Time: 80s
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
Love, Cheat & Steal (1993)
Genre: Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: The beautiful Lauren gets married with an older man. She is unexpectedly confronted with her ex, an escaped criminal.
Style: twists and turns, suspenseful, realistic, serious, tense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: betrayal, dishonesty, femme fatale, revenge, crimes, crime, power relations, frame up, jail, vengeance, forced kiss, disorder ...
Time: 90s
Place: caribbean
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
Movie in collections
 3.6
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Deadly Skies (2006)
Genre: Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: The sky is literally falling in this thriller as one of the nation's leading astronomers, Madison Kelsey believes she is tracking a huge rogue asteroid rocketing toward earth. However, she can't get anyone in authority to take her ...
Style: suspenseful, serious, suspense, tense
Audience: boys' night
Plot: heroic mission, save the world, survival, rescue, escapades, race against time, adventure, danger, space travel, scientist, catastrophe, asteroid ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%
 6.8
 420K
The Maze Runner (2014)
Genre: Action, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 113 min.
Story: Set in a post-apocalyptic world, young Thomas is deposited in a community of boys after his memory is erased, soon learning they're all trapped in a maze that will require him to join forces with fellow “runners” for a shot at escape.
Style: twists and turns, exciting, suspenseful, tense, serious ...
Audience: teens, boys' night, kids
Plot: survival, adventure, maze, apocalypse, imaginary, youth, trapped, society, distopia, memory loss, young heroes, future dystopia ...
Time: future
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%
 4.7
 1K
The Truth (2010)
Genre: Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: When a couple is taken hostage in their home by an intruder, a simple home invasion robbery turns into something much more complicated...
Style: suspenseful, tense, captivating, suspense, realistic ...
Plot: hostage, heist, couples, confined, betrayal, crimes, danger, dishonesty, vengeance, home invasion, mind game, domestic disturbance ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%
 6.4
 18K
Blue Thunder (1983)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: Officer Frank Murphy, an experienced LAPD helicopter pilot, is given command of the advanced new "Blue Thunder" chopper. But he begins to wonder why the LAPD would need a helicopter so powerful and why it is such a secret.
Style: exciting, suspenseful, serious, realistic, rough ...
Audience: boys' night, girls' night, teens
Plot: helicopter, chase, conspiracy, murder, crimes, terrorism, politics, deadly, dishonesty, danger, rivalry, escapades ...
Time: 80s
Place: los angeles, california, usa, san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%
 4.7
 2K
Asteroid (1997)
Genre: Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 143 min.
Story: With the discovery of an incoming asteroid, the government of America formulate a plan to destroy it. When the plan fails, all the world can do is wait. The main impact zone is revealed to be Dallas, Texas. Generally, the plot follows the lives and ...
Style: bleak, rough, suspenseful, serious, exciting
Audience: boys' night
Plot: astronomer, asteroid, firefighter, meteorite, catastrophe, laser, family relations, race against time, space and aliens, danger, heroes, escapades ...
Time: 90s
Place: kansas, texas, usa, dallas texas, kansas city
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%
 4.7
 348
BlackMale (2000)
Genre: Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: The Plot is actually pretty crafty and full of (surprisingly) unsuspecting twists. The special effects are actually quite realistic which is surprising for such a low budget movie. Bokeeem Woodbine plays his role with a serious emotion that only ...
Style: suspenseful, realistic, serious, suspense, tense
Audience: boys' night
Plot: crimes, siblings relations, heist, disorder, dishonesty, deadly, crime gone awry, cons and scams, blackmail, doctor, lesbian, voyeurism ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%
 7.0
 339K
Super 8 (2011)
Genre: Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: In 1979 Ohio, several youngsters are making a zombie movie with a Super-8 camera. In the midst of filming, the friends witness a horrifying train derailment and are lucky to escape with their lives. They soon discover that the catastrophe was no ...
Style: suspenseful, psychotronic, sentimental, exciting, entertaining ...
Audience: teens, family outing, kids
Plot: childhood, alien, young heroes, small town, friendship, ufo, adventure, monster, investigation, youth, creature, attack ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, 1960s, year 1958, year 1963 ...
Place: ohio, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
19%