Movies like Superman Returns

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Superman Returns (2006)
 6.1
 259K
Superman Returns (2006)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 154 min.
Story: Superman returns to discover his 5-year absence has allowed Lex Luthor to walk free, and that those he was closest to felt abandoned and have moved on. Luthor plots his ultimate revenge that could see millions killed and change the face of the planet forever, as well as ridding himself of the Man of Steel.
Style: exciting, serious, melancholic, suspense, intense, sentimental, gloomy, suspenseful, epic, comic ...
Audience: family outing, teens, boys' night
Plot: superhuman powers, superhero, secret identity, transformation, double life, self sacrifice, reporter, invulnerability, good versus evil, save the world, destruction, world domination, master villain, helicopter, rescue, end of the world, megalomaniac, responsibility, murder, dual identity, adaptation, natural disaster, adventure, heroes, earth ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: new york, usa

Most similar movies to Superman Returns

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out exciting, comic, serious and suspenseful films with plots about good versus evil, superhero, heroes, rivalry, escapades, imaginary and transformation mostly in Adventure, Action and Sci-Fi genres. Some movies like Superman Returns: Smallville (2001), Spider-Man (2002), Superman (1978), The Amazing Spider-Man (2012), Man of Steel (2013). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
 7.5
 108K
Smallville (2001)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Romance, Sci-Fi
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 60 min.
Story: Smallville is an American television series developed by writers/producers Alfred Gough and Miles Millar. It is based on the DC Comics character Superman, originally created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster. The series follows the adventures of Clark ...
Style: suspenseful, exciting, serious, captivating, entertaining
Audience: teens
Plot: superhuman powers, superhero, teenage love, secret identity, good versus evil, friendship, danger, double life, secret, escapades, rivalry, alien ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s, 2010s
Place: kansas
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.3
 631K
Spider-Man (2002)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 121 min.
Story: After being bitten by a genetically altered spider, nerdy high school student Peter Parker is endowed with amazing powers.
Style: exciting, serious, suspenseful, sentimental, comic ...
Audience: boys' night, family outing, teens, kids
Plot: superhero, superhuman powers, good versus evil, master villain, transformation, experiment, disguise, double life, imaginary, guilt, secret identity, spider ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
83%
 7.3
 146K
Superman (1978)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi
Country: USA, UK, Switzerland, Canada, Panama
Duration: 143 min.
Story: Mild-mannered Clark Kent works as a reporter at the Daily Planet alongside his crush, Lois Lane. Clark must summon his superhero alter-ego when the nefarious Lex Luthor launches a plan to take over the world.
Style: exciting, sentimental, feel good, suspenseful, serious ...
Audience: boys' night, family outing, teens, kids
Plot: superhero, superhuman powers, megalomaniac, secret identity, newspaper, good versus evil, north pole, criminal, sabotage, galaxy, nuclear missile, crime fighter ...
Time: year 1978, year 1966, 1940s, 1950s, 1960s
Place: midwest, new york, usa, california, kansas ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
The Amazing Spider-Man (2012)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 136 min.
Story: Peter Parker is an outcast high schooler abandoned by his parents as a boy, leaving him to be raised by his Uncle Ben and Aunt May. Like most teenagers, Peter is trying to figure out who he is and how he got to be the person he is today. As Peter ...
Style: exciting, suspenseful, entertaining, comic, emotional ...
Audience: kids, teens, boys' night, family outing
Plot: superhero, superhuman powers, good versus evil, experiment, transformation, mad scientist, secret identity, genetic engineering, fighting crime, love and romance, vigilante, villain ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s
Place: usa, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 151 min.
Story: Fearing the actions of a god-like Super Hero left unchecked, Gotham City’s own formidable, forceful vigilante takes on Metropolis’s most revered, modern-day savior, while the world wrestles with what sort of hero it really needs. And with Batman ...
Style: exciting, suspense, dark, comic, stylized ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: superhuman powers, good versus evil, justice, superhero, dark hero, heroes, save the world, batman, master villain, flying man, fight to the death, death of protagonist ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s, year 1981, year 1918
Place: usa, africa, washington d.c., tijuana mexico, u.s. capitol building
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.1
 639K
Man of Steel (2013)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 143 min.
Story: A young boy learns that he has extraordinary powers and is not of this earth. As a young man, he journeys to discover where he came from and what he was sent here to do. But the hero in him must emerge if he is to save the world from annihilation ...
Style: serious, exciting, stylized, suspenseful, comic ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: superhero, superhuman powers, good versus evil, save the world, adventure, secret identity, double life, master villain, family relations, alien invasion, flying man, destruction ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s
Place: usa, canada, kansas
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
Fantastic 4: Rise of the Silver Surfer (2007)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Sci-Fi
Country: USA, Germany, UK
Duration: 92 min.
Story: The Fantastic Four return to the big screen as a new and all powerful enemy threatens the Earth. The seemingly unstoppable 'Silver Surfer', but all is not what it seems and there are old and new enemies that pose a greater threat than the ...
Style: serious, suspenseful, stylized, exciting, idiotic ...
Audience: family outing, boys' night, teens
Plot: superhero, invisibility, good versus evil, transformation, adventure, surfboard, forest, resurrection, interrogation, mask, satellite, explosion ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: usa, new york, greenland, china, japan ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.3
 478K
Spider-Man 2 (2004)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 127 min.
Story: Peter Parker is going through a major identity crisis. Burned out from being Spider-Man, he decides to shelve his superhero alter ego, which leaves the city suffering in the wake of carnage left by the evil Doc Ock. In the meantime, Parker still ...
Style: sincere, exciting, sentimental, serious, suspenseful ...
Audience: teens, date night, kids, family outing, boys' night
Plot: superhero, superhuman powers, scientist, double life, mad scientist, defamation, good versus evil, student, doctor, super villain, death, tentacle ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s, future
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
Superman II: The Richard Donner Cut (1980)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Romance, Sci-Fi
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 115 min.
Story: Kryptonian villain General Zod (Terence Stamp) and his henchmen are accidentally freed from their outer-space imprisonment and threaten Earth with destruction, just as Superman (Christopher Reeve) decides to renounce his superpowers for his new ...
Style: suspenseful, serious, feel good, exciting, epic
Audience: family outing, teens, boys' night
Plot: superhero, space and aliens, secret identity, mission, self sacrifice, superhuman powers, world domination, sacrifice, good versus evil, evil, transformation, selflessness ...
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
 5.7
 294K
Fantastic Four (2005)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Sci-Fi
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 106 min.
Story: During a space voyage, four scientists are altered by cosmic rays: Reed Richards gains the ability to stretch his body; Sue Storm can become invisible; Johnny Storm controls fire; and Ben Grimm is turned into a super-strong … thing. Together, ...
Style: exciting, stylized, entertaining, comic, semi serious ...
Audience: teens, boys' night, family outing
Plot: supernatural ability, radiation, superhero, invisibility, superhuman powers, transformation, space station, good versus evil, friendship, laboratory, scientist, adventure ...
Time: 2000s
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.2
 454K
Spider-Man 3 (2007)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 139 min.
Story: The seemingly invincible Spider-Man goes up against an all-new crop of villains – including the shape-shifting Sandman. While Spider-Man’s superpowers are altered by an alien organism, his alter ego, Peter Parker, deals with nemesis Eddie Brock ...
Style: exciting, suspenseful, serious, sentimental, surprise ending ...
Audience: teens, boys' night, family outing, date night, chick flick
Plot: superhero, superhuman powers, good versus evil, revenge, butler, friendship, rivalry, jealousy, self sacrifice, spider, amnesia, forgiveness ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
 5.3
 196K
Daredevil (2003)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Crime
Country: USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: He dwells in a world of eternal night, but the blackness is filled with sounds and scents, tastes and textures that most cannot perceive. Although attorney Matt Murdock is blind, his other four senses function with superhuman sharpness. By day, ...
Style: exciting, stylized, comic, dark, semi serious ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: superhero, secret identity, vigilantism, martial arts, vengeance, boxing, supernatural ability, fighting crime, blindness, organized crime, urban legend, sniper ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: usa, new york, manhattan new york city, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 8.2
 1.2M
Batman Begins (2005)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Thriller
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 140 min.
Story: Driven by tragedy, billionaire Bruce Wayne dedicates his life to uncovering and defeating the corruption that plagues his home, Gotham City. Unable to work within the system, he instead creates a new identity, a symbol of fear for the criminal ...
Style: exciting, bleak, suspense, suspenseful, serious ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: superhero, secret identity, good versus evil, fighting crime, double life, disguise, heroes, undercover, haunted by the past, crime fighter, corruption, justice ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: usa, himalaya, africa, tibet
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 8.1
 1.2M
The Avengers (2012)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 143 min.
Story: When an unexpected enemy emerges and threatens global safety and security, Nick Fury, director of the international peacekeeping agency known as S.H.I.E.L.D., finds himself in need of a team to pull the world back from the brink of disaster. ...
Style: exciting, suspenseful, humorous, semi serious, captivating ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: superhero, superhuman powers, good versus evil, heroes, save the world, heroic mission, imaginary, giant, monster, alien invasion, teamwork, rivalry ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s
Place: new york, usa, grand central station manhattan new york city, battleship, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
 4.3
 137K
Fantastic Four (2015)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
Country: USA, Germany, UK
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Four young outsiders teleport to a dangerous universe, which alters their physical form in shocking ways. Their lives irrevocably upended, the team must learn to harness their daunting new abilities and work together to save Earth from a former ...
Style: exciting, serious, suspense, captivating, surprise ending ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: superhero, adventure, imaginary, transformation, teleportation, superhero team, telekinesis, portal, save the world, fighting crime, danger, escapades ...
Time: 2010s, 2000s, year 2007
Place: usa, panama, pentagon
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 141 min.
Story: When Tony Stark tries to jumpstart a dormant peacekeeping program, things go awry and Earth’s Mightiest Heroes are put to the ultimate test as the fate of the planet hangs in the balance. As the villainous Ultron emerges, it is up to The Avengers ...
Style: exciting, semi serious, stylized, suspenseful, captivating ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: superhero, superhuman powers, man versus machine, save the world, good versus evil, superhero team, supernatural ability, imaginary, master villain, rivalry, military, experiment gone awry ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, future
Place: usa, seoul, oslo norway, eastern europe, africa
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
 7.4
 528K
X-Men (2000)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: Two mutants, Rogue and Wolverine, come to a private academy for their kind whose resident superhero team, the X-Men, must oppose a terrorist organization with similar powers.
Style: serious, exciting, entertaining, suspenseful, comic ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: mutant, superhuman powers, superhero, supernatural ability, good versus evil, heroic mission, rescue, supernatural, adventure, danger, heroes, genetically altered ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s, near future, 1940s ...
Place: usa, manhattan new york city, canada, mississippi, poland ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 142 min.
Story: For Peter Parker, life is busy. Between taking out the bad guys as Spider-Man and spending time with the person he loves, Gwen Stacy, high school graduation cannot come quickly enough. Peter has not forgotten about the promise he made to Gwen’s ...
Style: serious, exciting, suspenseful, stylized, touching ...
Audience: boys' night, family outing, kids, teens
Plot: good versus evil, superhero, superhuman powers, vigilantism, fighting crime, heroes, experiment, scientist, double life, protector, transformation, love and romance ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
Movie in collections
 5.5
 250K
Green Lantern (2011)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 114 min.
Story: For centuries, a small but powerful force of warriors called the Green Lantern Corps has sworn to keep intergalactic order. Each Green Lantern wears a ring that grants him superpowers. But when a new enemy called Parallax threatens to destroy the ...
Style: exciting, suspenseful, comic, semi serious, entertaining ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: good versus evil, superhero, transformation, adventure, secret identity, supernatural ability, alien, mad scientist, chosen one, pilot, father son relationship, one man army ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, year 1993, 2010s, year 2011 ...
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
 3.7
 216K
Batman & Robin (1997)
Genre: Action, Sci-Fi
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 125 min.
Story: Along with crime-fighting partner Robin and new recruit Batgirl, Batman battles the dual threat of frosty genius Mr. Freeze and homicidal horticulturalist Poison Ivy. Freeze plans to put Gotham City on ice, while Ivy tries to drive a wedge between ...
Style: stylized, exciting, serious, captivating, tense ...
Audience: boys' night, date night, teens, family outing
Plot: superhero, good versus evil, double life, crime fighter, secret identity, undercover, master villain, superhuman powers, fighting crime, super vehicle, crime, rivalry ...
Time: 20th century, 1990s, twentieth century
Place: india
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
The Incredible Hulk (2008)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 112 min.
Story: Scientist Bruce Banner scours the planet for an antidote to the unbridled force of rage within him: the Hulk. But when the military masterminds who dream of exploiting his powers force him back to civilization, he finds himself coming face to face ...
Style: exciting, serious, comic, entertaining, intense ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: superhuman powers, giant, superhero, scientist, on the run, transformation, military, adventure, destruction, mutant, escapades, experiment gone awry ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: new york, brazil, usa, rio de janeiro, virginia ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 133 min.
Story: Following the events of Captain America: Civil War, Peter Parker, with the help of his mentor Tony Stark, tries to balance his life as an ordinary high school student in Queens, New York City, with fighting crime as his superhero alter ego ...
Style: entertaining, intense, exciting, suspense, surprise ending ...
Audience: teens, teen comedy
Plot: superhero, supernatural power, teenage life, moral dilemma, teenager, arms dealer, school, battle, costumed hero, good versus evil, teenage protagonist, rescue ...
Time: 2010s
Place: new york, usa, berlin germany, washington d.c.
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Captain America: The First Avenger (2011)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 124 min.
Story: Predominantly set during World War II, Steve Rogers is a sickly man from Brooklyn who's transformed into super-soldier Captain America to aid in the war effort. Rogers must stop the Red Skull – Adolf Hitler's ruthless head of weaponry, ...
Style: exciting, entertaining, suspenseful, serious, semi serious ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: superhero, courage, superhuman powers, heroism, soldier, adventure, one man army, heroic mission, good versus evil, army, patriotism, scientist ...
Time: 1940s, 21st century, contemporary, year 1942, 2010s
Place: usa, new york, big ben london, alps, italy ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
Movie in collections
 7.0
 638K
Iron Man 2 (2010)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 124 min.
Story: With the world now aware of his dual life as the armored superhero Iron Man, billionaire inventor Tony Stark faces pressure from the government, the press and the public to share his technology with the military. Unwilling to let go of his ...
Style: exciting, suspenseful, witty, humorous, stylized ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: superhero, superhuman powers, good versus evil, revenge, russian, scientist, secretary, undercover, spy, technology, adventure, powerful corporation ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s, 2000s
Place: usa, new mexico, washington d.c., moscow russia, new york ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
 7.9
 271K
The Flash (2014)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 43 min.
Story: After a particle accelerator causes a freak storm, CSI Investigator Barry Allen is struck by lightning and falls into a coma. Months later he awakens with the power of super speed, granting him the ability to move through Central City like an unseen ...
Style: exciting, serious, twists and turns, suspenseful, surprise ending
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: superhero, superhuman powers, good versus evil, crimes, heroes, speed, time travel, save the world, superhuman speed, save the day, imaginary, danger ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
 7.3
 462K
Ant-Man (2015)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: Armed with the astonishing ability to shrink in scale but increase in strength, master thief Scott Lang must embrace his inner-hero and help his mentor, Doctor Hank Pym, protect the secret behind his spectacular Ant-Man suit from a new generation of ...
Style: exciting, entertaining, humorous, light, serious ...
Audience: teens
Plot: superhuman powers, superhero, good versus evil, ant, miniaturization, shrinking, dark hero, inventions and discoveries, mad scientist, technology, father daughter relationship, chase ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s, year 1989
Place: usa, san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
 6.8
 90K
Superman II (1980)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
Country: USA, UK, Canada
Duration: 127 min.
Story: Three escaped criminals from the planet Krypton test the Man of Steel's mettle. Led by Gen. Zod, the Kryptonians take control of the White House and partner with Lex Luthor to destroy Superman and rule the world. But Superman, who attempts to ...
Style: exciting, suspenseful, serious, feel good, light ...
Audience: family outing, boys' night, teens
Plot: superhero, secret identity, superhuman powers, good versus evil, world domination, megalomaniac, loss of virginity, niagara falls, criminal, adventure, solitude, save the world ...
Time: 80s
Place: usa, new york, houston texas, paris france, washington d.c. ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
18%
 7.1
 565K
Transformers (2007)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 144 min.
Story: Young teenager, Sam Witwicky becomes involved in the ancient struggle between two extraterrestrial factions of transforming robots – the heroic Autobots and the evil Decepticons. Sam holds the clue to unimaginable power and the Decepticons will ...
Style: stylized, futuristic, entertaining, intense, exciting ...
Audience: teens, boys' night, teen comedy
Plot: androids and robots, good versus evil, transformation, man versus machine, alien invasion, danger, robot, alien, artifact, killer robot, save the world, military ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 19th century, 2000s, 1890s
Place: usa, los angeles, california, pentagon, washington d.c.
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
 7.2
 673K
Iron Man 3 (2013)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
Country: China, USA
Duration: 130 min.
Story: When Tony Stark's world is torn apart by a formidable terrorist called the Mandarin, he starts an odyssey of rebuilding and retribution.
Style: exciting, witty, humorous, suspenseful, semi serious ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: superhero, superhuman powers, hotshot hero, millionaire, good versus evil, explosion, gadget, army, deception, scientist, terrorist, president ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s, 1990s, 20th century
Place: tennessee, usa, pakistan, malibu california, washington d.c.
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
 7.5
 474K
X-Men 2 (2003)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 134 min.
Story: Professor Charles Xavier and his team of genetically gifted superheroes face a rising tide of anti-mutant sentiment led by Col. William Stryker. Storm, Wolverine and Jean Grey must join their usual nemeses – Magneto and Mystique – to unhinge ...
Style: exciting, serious, stylized, surprise ending, intense ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: supernatural ability, superhero, superhuman powers, mutant, good versus evil, self sacrifice, assassination attempt, mind control, professor, scientist, bigotry, adventure ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, future, near future, 2000s
Place: usa, canada, washington d.c.
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
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