Movies like Sanctum

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Sanctum (2011)
 5.9
 53K
Sanctum (2011)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, Australia
Duration: 108 min.
Story: The 3-D action-thriller Sanctum, from executive producer James Cameron, follows a team of underwater cave divers on a treacherous expedition to the largest, most beautiful and least accessible cave system on Earth. When a tropical storm forces them deep into the caverns, they must fight raging water, deadly terrain and creeping panic as they search for an unknown escape route to the sea. Master diver Frank McGuire (Richard Roxburgh) has explored the South Pacific's Esa-ala Caves for months. But when his exit is cut off in a flash flood, Frank's team--including 17-year-old son Josh (Rhys Wakefield) and financier Carl Hurley (Ioan Gruffudd)--are forced to radically alter plans. With dwindling supplies, the crew must navigate an underwater labyrinth to make it out. Soon, they are confronted with the unavoidable question: Can they survive, or will they be trapped forever?
Style: serious, exciting, suspenseful, tense, suspense, touching, realistic, entertaining, stylized, scary ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: survival, cave, expedition, danger, forces of nature, adventure, isolation, underwater, underground, deathtrap, water, struggle for survival, death, panic, family relations, parents and children, father son relationship, mercy killing, ocean or sea, catastrophe, loneliness, escapades, confined, relationships, climbing ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: papua new guinea

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Most similar movies to Sanctum

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, suspenseful, suspense and exciting films with plots about danger, survival, escapades, catastrophe, adventure, natural disaster and death mostly in Thriller, Adventure and Drama genres. Some movies like Sanctum: Poseidon (2006), 127 Hours (2010), Frozen (2010), The Perfect Storm (2000), The Poseidon Adventure (2005). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
 5.7
 97K
Poseidon (2006)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: A packed cruise ship traveling the Atlantic is hit and overturned by a massive wave, compelling the passengers to begin a dramatic fight for their lives.
Style: exciting, suspense, suspenseful, rough, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: ship, survival, natural disaster, catastrophe, drowning, shipwreck, adventure, ocean, forces of nature, daring rescue, chaos and mayhem, race against time ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: atlantic ocean
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.5
 342K
127 Hours (2010)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA, UK, France
Duration: 94 min.
Story: The true story of mountain climber Aron Ralston's remarkable adventure to save himself after a fallen boulder crashes on his arm and traps him in an isolated canyon in Utah.
Style: suspense, uplifting, psychological, cerebral, inspirational ...
Plot: survival, isolation, trapped, human spirit, courage, loneliness, desert, adventure, extreme sport, desperation, cave, hallucination ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, year 2003, 2000s
Place: utah, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
71%
 6.1
 66K
Frozen (2010)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Three skiers are stranded on a chairlift and forced to make life-or-death choices that prove more perilous than staying put and freezing to death.
Style: suspense, suspenseful, disturbing, scary, psychological ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: survival, isolation, sole survivor, danger, stranded, mountain, youth, ski resort, survival horror, snow, skiing, death ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
80%
The Perfect Storm (2000)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 130 min.
Story: In October 1991, a confluence of weather conditions combined to form a killer storm in the North Atlantic. Caught in the storm was the sword-fishing boat Andrea Gail. Magnificent foreshadowing and anticipation fill this true-life drama while minute ...
Style: exciting, suspenseful, tense, rough, serious ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: storm, ship, forces of nature, storm at sea, adventure, catastrophe, natural disaster, rescue, weatherman, male camaraderie, sea disaster, danger ...
Time: 90s, 1990s, 20th century
Place: new england, portugal, boston, atlantic ocean
⇓ similarity ⇓
75%
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The Poseidon Adventure (2005)
Genre: Adventure, Action, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 174 min.
Story: A cruise ship succumbs to a terrorist act and capsizes on New Year's eve. A rag-tag group of survivors, spearheaded by a priest and a homeland security agent, must journey through the upside down vessel and attempt an escape.
Style: suspenseful, serious, exciting, realistic, suspense ...
Audience: boys' night, teens, girls' night
Plot: terrorism, cruise ship, christmas, new year's eve, survival, adventure, save the day, daring rescue, deadly, danger, isolation, cruise ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 80s
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Airplane vs. Volcano (2014)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: When a commercial airliner is trapped within a ring of erupting volcanoes, the passengers and crew must find a way to survive - without landing.
Style: suspenseful, realistic, serious, tense, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: airplane, survival, adventure, save the day, danger, control room, spouse in danger, forces of nature, heroes, military, catastrophe, escapades ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, hawaii
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.1
 193K
Everest (2015)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Biography, Drama, Thriller
Country: UK, USA, Iceland
Duration: 121 min.
Story: Inspired by the incredible events surrounding a treacherous attempt to reach the summit of the world's highest mountain, "Everest" documents the awe-inspiring journey of two different expeditions challenged beyond their limits by one ...
Style: based on true events, realistic, dramatic, scenic, suspenseful ...
Plot: survival, mountain, forces of nature, mountain climbing, beautiful scenery, stranded, adventure, climbing, blizzard, death, against the odds, natural disaster ...
Time: year 1996, 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: mount everest, himalaya, asia, nepal, texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
71%
Open Water 2: Adrift (2006)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Horror, Thriller
Country: Germany, USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: A weekend cruise on a luxurious party yacht goes horribly wrong for a group of old high-school friends. They forget to let the ladder down before they jump into the ocean for a swim. The boat proves impossible to climb. They are stuck in the water ...
Style: scary, psychological, suspenseful, rough, tense ...
Plot: survival, danger, isolation, drowning, cruise, yacht, baby, shark, human nature, forces of nature, couple relations, escapades ...
Time: contemporary
Place: mexico, latin america
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
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The Descent: Part 2 (2009)
Genre: Adventure, Horror, Thriller
Country: UK, France
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Distraught, confused, and half-wild with fear, Sarah Carter emerges alone from the Appalachian cave system where she encountered unspeakable terrors. Unable to plausibly explain to the authorities what happened - or why she's covered in her ...
Style: atmospheric, tense, scary, suspense, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: cave, survival, supernatural, deadly creature, sole survivor, expedition, rescue, claustrophobia, missing person, gory, rescue team, confined ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: north carolina, usa, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.1
 50K
Alive (1993)
Genre: Adventure, Biography, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 120 min.
Story: The amazing, true story of a Uruguayan rugby team's plane that crashed in the middle of the Andes mountains, and their immense will to survive and pull through alive, forced to do anything and everything they could to stay alive on meager ...
Style: disturbing, realistic, emotional, serious, exciting ...
Plot: survival, air disaster, starvation, cannibalism, stranded, danger, catastrophe, human spirit, human nature, isolation, against the odds, escapades ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: uruguay, andes mountains, latin america, south america, chile
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 5.8
 64K
Into the Storm (2014)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: The town of Silverton is in one day destroyed by the unprecedented power of a series of tornadoes. The population is at the mercy of the unpredictable and deadly cyclones, while hunters warn that the worst is yet to come. Most people find shelter, ...
Style: serious, exciting, suspenseful, realistic, disaster movie ...
Audience: teens
Plot: tornado, adventure, small town, chaos, rescue, danger, family relations, teenage life, obsessive quest, forces of nature, catastrophe, buddies ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: oklahoma, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
 6.0
 208K
San Andreas (2015)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 114 min.
Story: In the aftermath of a massive earthquake in California, a rescue-chopper pilot makes a dangerous journey across the state in order to rescue his estranged daughter.
Style: exciting, suspenseful, serious, suspense, disaster movie ...
Audience: boys' night, girls' night
Plot: catastrophe, adventure, natural disaster, earthquake, forces of nature, survival, danger, daring rescue, chaos and mayhem, chaos, tsunami, rescue mission ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: california, san francisco, usa, los angeles, nevada
⇓ similarity ⇓
17%
 5.9
 73K
Into the Blue (2005)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Crime, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: When they take some friends on an extreme sport adventure, the last thing Jared and Sam expect to see below the shark-infested waters is a legendary pirate ship rumored to contain millions of dollars in gold. But their good fortune is short-lived, ...
Style: serious, exciting, suspenseful, suspense, stylized ...
Audience: boys' night, teens, girls' night
Plot: treasure hunt, adventure, ocean or sea, diving, treasure, gold, danger, island, shark, profanity, shipwreck, underwater ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: bahamas
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 1.6
 11K
Titanic II (2010)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, Romance, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: On the 100th anniversary of the original voyage, a modern luxury liner christened "Titanic 2," follows the path of its namesake. But when a tsunami hurls an ice berg into the new ship's path, the passengers and crew must fight to ...
Style: exciting, serious, realistic, suspense, disaster movie
Audience: boys' night
Plot: iceberg, ship, tsunami, sinking ship, survival, forces of nature, adventure, ocean or sea, escapades, danger, race against time, chaos and mayhem ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: atlantic ocean
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.9
 75K
All Is Lost (2013)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: During a solo voyage in the Indian Ocean, a veteran mariner awakes to find his vessel taking on water after a collision with a stray shipping container. With his radio and navigation equipment disabled, he sails unknowingly into a violent storm and ...
Style: harsh, touching, suspenseful, rough, captivating ...
Plot: survival, isolation, storm, boat, forces of nature, desperation, adventure, ocean or sea, lost at sea, human spirit, overcoming, hopes ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
15%
 5.1
 35K
The Cave (2005)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA, Germany, Romania
Duration: 97 min.
Story: After a group of biologists discovers a huge network of unexplored caves in Romania and, believing it to be an undisturbed eco-system that has produced a new species, they hire the best American team of underwater cave explorers in the world. While ...
Style: suspenseful, scary, suspense, intense, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: cave, danger, survival, deadly creature, supernatural, diver, adventure, deadly, confined, transformation, monster, creature feature ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s, 70s
Place: romania, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.8
 40K
Arctic (2018)
Genre: Adventure, Drama
Country: Iceland
Duration: 98 min.
Story: A man stranded in the Arctic is finally about to receive his long awaited rescue. However, after a tragic accident, his opportunity is lost and he must then decide whether to remain in the relative safety of his camp or embark on a deadly trek ...
Style: uplifting, disturbing, suspense, captivating, touching ...
Audience: boys' night, chick flick
Plot: arctic, survival, ice, injury, helicopter crash, polar bear, flare, fish, stranded, male protagonist, snow, helicopter ...
Time: 21st century
Place: antarctica
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.8
 238K
The Grey (2011)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: An oil drilling team struggles to survive after a plane crash strands them in the wilds of Alaska. Hunting them is a pack of wolves that sees them as intruders.
Style: bad ending, suspenseful, rough, tense, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: survival, wilderness, isolation, wolf, dangerous animal, air disaster, snow, male camaraderie, stranded, danger, death, catastrophe ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: alaska, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
15%
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The Finest Hours (2016)
Genre: Action, Drama, History, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: The Coast Guard makes a daring rescue attempt off the coast of Cape Cod after a pair of oil tankers are destroyed during a blizzard in 1952.
Style: exciting, serious, stylized, suspenseful, tense ...
Audience: boys' night, girls' night
Plot: survival, natural disaster, adventure, storm at sea, courage, sinking ship, ocean, rescue mission, daring rescue, coast guard, forces of nature, catastrophe ...
Time: 50s, 1950s, 20th century, year 1951, year 1952
Place: new england, usa, massachusetts, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
14%
 6.0
 18K
Backcountry (2014)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Thriller
Country: Canada
Duration: 92 min.
Story: A couple on a deep-wilderness hike become hopelessly lost within an aggressive black bear's territory.
Style: suspenseful, captivating, tense, intense, road movie ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: survival, in the woods, dangerous animal, bear attack, danger, camping, lost, bear, couple relations, nature, wilderness, isolation ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 70s
Place: canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
2012: Ice Age (2011)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: A volcanic eruption in Iceland sends a glacier towards North America, causing everything in it's path to freeze. A family man struggles to escape the onslaught of the coming ice age.
Style: suspenseful, exciting, serious, tense, captivating ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: ecological disaster, ice age, glacier, forces of nature, survival, adventure, race against time, chases and races, family relations, evacuation, family in danger, danger ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
 5.7
 50K
Open Water (2003)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Horror, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 79 min.
Story: Two divers are left out at sea without a boat. There’s nothing but water for miles, unless they look at what’s underneath them...
Style: suspenseful, tense, scary, rough, suspense ...
Plot: shark, survival, stranded, isolation, panic, scuba diving, shark attack, ocean or sea, danger, husband wife relationship, abandonment, fear ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: australia
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
Crash Point Zero (2001)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: When a plane carrying a legendary and recently found death ray machine from Siberia to Canada is hijacked and crashes in the remote mountains of Alaska, only a fearless government agent (Treat Williams) will risk his life to save the world. A modern ...
Style: exciting, serious, suspenseful, tense, suspense
Audience: boys' night
Plot: airplane, survival, terrorism, save the day, confined, adventure, danger, daring rescue, race against time, undercover, deadly, heroes ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: alaska, russia
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
 5.3
 707
Caught Inside (2010)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Thriller
Country: Australia
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Surfing charters are meant to be a trip to Paradise. With six male surfers stuck on a boat, there's bound to be some friction. When two of the surf crew are replaced at the last minute with girls - the heat is turned way up. The one single girl ...
Style: tense, serious, psychological, suspenseful, suspense ...
Plot: survival, danger, rivalry, isolation, trapped, ship, confined, losing-it hero, ocean or sea, psychopath, surfing, adventure ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: indonesia
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
 1.8
 2K
Age of Ice (2014)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 85 min.
Story: Massive earthquakes open the Arabian tectonic plate, resulting in unstable weather and freezing temperatures that will be unsurvivable by nightfall. Attempting to reach safety, a vacationing family in Egypt must battle the rapidly cooling ...
Style: suspenseful, disaster movie, serious, exciting, tense ...
Plot: snow, survival, race against time, adventure, danger, forces of nature, escapades, earthquake, catastrophe, vacation, climate change, collapsing building ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: egypt, middle east, cairo egypt
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
 5.9
 58K
Vertical Limit (2000)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 124 min.
Story: Trapped near the summit of K2, the world's second-highest mountain, Annie Garrett radios to base camp for help. Brother Peter hears Annie's message and assembles a team to save her and her group before they succumb to K2's unforgiving ...
Style: exciting, rough, serious, tense, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night, girls' night, chick flick
Plot: survival, mountaineer, expedition, adventurer, adventure, forces of nature, daring rescue, danger, heroic mission, woman in danger, siblings relations, wilderness ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: himalaya, pakistan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
12%
 3.1
 841
Frost Giant (2010)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: A team searching for a long-lost ship in the Arctic unwittingly unleash an alien creature that looks like it's made of ice.
Style: suspenseful, serious, tense, suspense, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: survival, evil alien, deadly creature, danger, isolation, treasure hunt, supernatural, deadly, frozen body, autopsy, adventure, graphic violence ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: antarctica, antarctic
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
 3.7
 2K
Polar Storm (2009)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 92 min.
Story: When a piece of the massive comet "Copernicus" collides with the Earth, it knocks the planet off of its axis and unleashes a disaster never before witnessed. Dr. James Mayfield (Jack Coleman) and his highly trained research team are the ...
Style: exciting, tense, captivating, suspense, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: race against time, forces of nature, danger, collision, family relations, astronomer, one last chance, disaster film, survival, save the day, adventure, comet ...
Time: 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
 6.5
 7K
Metro (2013)
Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller
Country: Russia
Duration: 133 min.
Story: Terror strikes the underground train system in Moscow in the form of a flood from a collapsed tunnel. The film follows a diverse group of Moscow citizens who find themselves trapped in the city’s underground rail network, their train derailed and ...
Style: realistic, suspenseful, serious, exciting, disaster movie
Audience: boys' night
Plot: tunnel, danger, train, adventure, survival, love triangle, subway, chaos, asthma, hysteria, chaos and mayhem, flood ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: russia, moscow russia
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
 4.1
 622
Storm Cell (2008)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, Thriller
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: A brother and sister are torn apart when their parents die tragically in a tornado. While he moves to Seattle to be away from the memory, she devotes her life to studying storms and weather patterns. When she discovers the threat of a powerful ...
Style: exciting, disaster movie, suspense, tense, captivating ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: hurricane, forces of nature, danger, adventure, race against time, escapades, disaster film, rape, tornado, save the day, storm, fleeing ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: seattle, usa, washington d.c.
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
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