Movies like They Live

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They Live (1988)
 7.3
 111K
They Live (1988)
Genre: Action, Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Nada, a down-on-his-luck construction worker, discovers a pair of special sunglasses. Wearing them, he is able to see the world as it really is: people being bombarded by media and government with messages like "Stay Asleep", "No Imagination", "Submit to Authority". Even scarier is that he is able to see that some usually normal-looking people are in fact ugly aliens in charge of the massive campaign to keep humans subdued.
Style: cult film, exciting, offbeat, serious, suspenseful, disturbing, suspense, allegory, biting, psychotronic ...
Plot: alien invasion, distopia, anti conformity, conspiracy, advertising, evil alien, mind control, interspecies sex, alien, heroes, good versus evil, drifter, nudity (full frontal - brief), brawl, sunglasses, subliminal message, invasion, hypnosis, underground, graphic violence, society, heroic mission, escapades, rivalry, uncover truth ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, future
Place: los angeles

Most similar movies to They Live

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out suspenseful, serious, suspense and cult film films with plots about violence, gun, death, murder, pistol, explosion and chase mostly in Sci-Fi, Thriller and Action genres. Some movies like They Live: Scanners (1981), Demolition Man (1993), The Running Man (1987), Species II (1998), District 9 (2009). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
 6.8
 49K
Scanners (1981)
Genre: Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: Canada
Duration: 103 min.
Story: Darryl Revok is the most powerful of all the scanners, and is the head of the underground scanner movement for world domination. Scanners have great psychic power, strong enough to control minds; they can inflict enormous pain/damage on their ...
Style: disturbing, tense, suspenseful, intense, scary ...
Plot: telekinesis, mind control, violence, scientist, world domination, mind reading, murder, supernatural ability, misfit, social misfits, conspiracy, exploitation ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.7
 160K
Demolition Man (1993)
Genre: Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 115 min.
Story: Simon Phoenix, a violent criminal cryogenically frozen in 1996, has escaped during a parole hearing in 2032 in the utopia of San Angeles. Police are incapable of dealing with his violent ways and turn to his captor, John Spartan, who had also been ...
Style: futuristic, exciting, suspenseful, stylized, semi serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: cyberpunk, future dystopia, utopia, distopia, martial arts, police, car chase, crime fighter, foot chase, good versus evil, dystopic future, one man army ...
Time: future, 2030s, 21st century, near future, year 1996 ...
Place: los angeles, california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
75%
 6.7
 142K
The Running Man (1987)
Genre: Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: By 2017, the global economy has collapsed and American society has become a totalitarian police state, censoring all cultural activity. The government pacifies the populace by broadcasting a number of game shows in which convicted criminals fight ...
Style: serious, futuristic, rough, exciting, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: distopia, chase, chases and races, dystopic future, future dystopia, danger, deadly, resistance, gadget, dishonesty, rivalry, tough heroes ...
Time: future, 80s, twentieth century, near future, 2010s ...
Place: los angeles, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
75%
 4.5
 28K
Species II (1998)
Genre: Action, Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Having just returned from a mission to Mars, Commander Ross isn't exactly himself. He's slowly becoming a terrifying alien entity with one goal -- to procreate with human women! When countless women suffer gruesome deaths after bearing ...
Style: scary, futuristic, rough, suspenseful, psychotronic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: deadly creature, telepathy, femme fatale, evil alien, mars, astronaut, save the world, heroes, space and aliens, transformation, mind reading, quarantine ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: washington d.c., los angeles, manhattan new york city, pentagon, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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 7.9
 640K
District 9 (2009)
Genre: Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: South Africa, USA, New Zealand, Canada
Duration: 112 min.
Story: Aliens land in South Africa and, with their ship totally disabled, have no way home. Years later, after living in a slum and wearing out their welcome the 'Non-Humans' are being moved to a new tent city overseen by Multi-National United ...
Style: serious, biting, suspense, rough, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: distopia, space and aliens, alien, alien encounter, human nature, racism, alien race, quarantine, chaos and mayhem, transformation, confined, mutation ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: south africa, africa
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
Escape from L.A. (1996)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: This time, a cataclysmic temblor hits Los Angeles, turning it into an island. The president views the quake as a sign from above, expels Los Angeles from the country and makes it a penal colony for those found guilty of moral crimes. When his ...
Style: exciting, suspenseful, rough, serious, futuristic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: post apocalyptic, earthquake, future dystopia, one man army, race against time, chaos and mayhem, heroic mission, life is a bitch, chases and races, daring rescue, danger, lone wolves ...
Time: future, 21st century, 2010s, 2000s, year 2013
Place: los angeles, california, usa, beverly hills, new york ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Resident Evil: Retribution (2012)
Genre: Action, Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: Germany, Canada, USA, France, UK
Duration: 95 min.
Story: The Umbrella Corporation’s deadly T-virus continues to ravage the Earth, transforming the global population into legions of the flesh eating Undead. The human race’s last and only hope, Alice, awakens in the heart of Umbrella’s most ...
Style: stylized, scary, exciting, futuristic, rough ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: zombie, post apocalypse, plague, female assassin, female fighter, zombie apocalypse, future dystopia, hand to hand combat, pandemic, chase, survival, good versus evil ...
Time: future
Place: tokyo, washington d.c., new york, moscow russia, russia
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.2
 84K
Videodrome (1983)
Genre: Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 87 min.
Story: A sleazy cable-TV programmer begins to see his life and the future of media spin out of control in a very unusual fashion when he acquires a new kind of programming for his station.
Style: surreal, psychological, disturbing, cult film, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: hallucination, insanity, brainwashing, mind control, paranoia, virtual reality, tv station, investigation, bdsm, tv show, mind game, deadly ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: pittsburgh, usa, toronto ontario canada, canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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 7.0
 17K
The Hidden (1987)
Genre: Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: An alien is on the run in America. To get his kicks, it kills anything that gets in its way, and uses the body as a new hiding place. This alien has a goal in life; power. Hotly pursued by another alien (who's borrowed the body of a dead FBI ...
Style: twists and turns, suspenseful, exciting, serious, suspense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: chase, violence, robbery, fbi, alien encounter, world domination, investigation, danger, benign alien, special agents, mistaken identity, alien ...
Time: future, 80s
Place: los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
 8.1
 373K
The Thing (1982)
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: Scientists in the Antarctic are confronted by a shape-shifting alien that assumes the appearance of the people it kills.
Style: scary, suspenseful, tense, disturbing, suspense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: alien, monster, alien encounter, lovecraftian, space and aliens, paranoia, survival, fear, mutation, trapped, evil, scientist ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 1982
Place: antarctica, south pole
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
 6.0
 49K
Captive State (2019)
Genre: Action, Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: Nearly a decade after occupation by an extraterrestrial force, the lives of a Chicago neighborhood on both sides of the conflict are explored.
Style: suspense, suspenseful, apocalyptic, exciting, intense ...
Audience: boys' night, chick flick
Plot: alien invasion, apocalypse, attack, alien, distopia, rescue attempt, capture, survival, society, alien race, alien monster, disc jockey ...
Time: future, near future, 2020s, year 2019
Place: chicago illinois, new york, london, moscow russia, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
 7.5
 303K
Total Recall (1990)
Genre: Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA, Mexico
Duration: 113 min.
Story: Construction worker Douglas Quaid discovers a memory chip in his brain during a virtual-reality trip. He also finds that his past has been invented to conceal a plot of planetary domination. Soon, he's off to Mars to find out who he is and who ...
Style: futuristic, twists and turns, exciting, rough, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: cyberpunk, future dystopia, mars, secret agents, secret agent, space colony, outer space, memory loss, chase, conspiracy, resistance, false memory ...
Time: future, 1990s, 90s, 21st century, 80s
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
Alien Outpost (2014)
Genre: Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: UK, South Africa
Duration: 90 min.
Story: A documentary crew follows an elite unit of soldiers in the wake of an alien invasion.
Style: exciting, suspenseful, serious, suspense, homoerotic
Audience: boys' night
Plot: alien invasion, battles, evil alien, military, fictional war, save the world, good versus evil, heroic mission, survival, escapades, chaos, filmmaking ...
Time: future, 21st century, 2030s, 2020s
Place: usa, pakistan, afghanistan
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
 4.1
 558
Dark Breed (1996)
Genre: Action, Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: Captain Saxon, and agent for the top secret Omega agency, has been given the assignment of tracking down and either capturing or killing the crew members of a secret space mission who returned to Earth against orders. It seems that they were all ...
Style: exciting, suspenseful, scary, suspense, serious ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: rescue, alien, astronaut, save the world, heroic mission, race against time, heroes, against the rules, space travel, danger, deadly, undercover ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
Battlefield Earth (2000)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 118 min.
Story: In the year 3000, man is no match for the Psychlos, a greedy, manipulative race of aliens on a quest for ultimate profit. Led by the powerful Terl, the Psychlos are stripping Earth clean of its natural resources, using the broken remnants of ...
Style: futuristic, exciting, suspenseful, stylized, suspense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: alien invasion, post apocalypse, evil alien, survival, danger, heroic mission, save the world, good versus evil, mining, heroes, rivalry, spacecraft ...
Time: future
Place: washington d.c., denver colorado
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
Escape from New York (1981)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: In 1997, the island of Manhattan has been walled off and turned into a giant maximum security prison within which the country's worst criminals are left to form their own anarchic society. However, when the President of the United States crash ...
Style: futuristic, exciting, serious, rough, cult film ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: future dystopia, distopia, hostage, anti heroes, prison, cyberpunk, kidnapping, rescue, race against time, anti hero, prison escape, lone wolves ...
Time: future, 20th century, 90s, 80s, year 1997 ...
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, new jersey, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
 7.1
 226K
Pitch Black (2000)
Genre: Action, Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA, Australia
Duration: 109 min.
Story: When their ship crash-lands on a remote planet, the marooned passengers soon learn that escaped convict Riddick isn't the only thing they have to fear. Deadly creatures lurk in the shadows, waiting to attack in the dark, and the planet is ...
Style: futuristic, suspenseful, suspense, tense, stylized ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: deadly creature, dark hero, monster, one man army, space travel, alien encounter, mysterious planet, anti hero, survival, outer space, tough heroes, evil alien ...
Time: future
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
 4.4
 87K
Skyline (2010)
Genre: Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: When strange lights descend on the city of Los Angeles, people are drawn outside like moths to a flame where an extraterrestrial force threatens to swallow the entire human population off the face of the Earth. Now the band of survivors must fight ...
Style: serious, exciting, suspenseful, suspense, light ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: evil alien, apocalypse, ufo, vestiges of humanity, alien encounter, alien, survival, abduction, chaos, space and aliens, demolished city, giant creature ...
Time: future, contemporary, 21st century, 2000s, 2010s
Place: los angeles, usa, california, new york, london ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
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War of the Worlds 2: The Next Wave (2008)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 87 min.
Story: Two years after the Martian invasion, George Herbert's worst fears are realized: The Aliens have returned. As a second wave of Martian walkers lay waste to what's left of Earth, an alliance of military forces prepares a daring attack on ...
Style: serious, suspenseful, exciting, twists and turns, saga ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: space wars, alien invasion, space war, adventure, evil alien, outer space, rivalry, danger, chaos, fictional war, invasion, mars ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
Alien Raiders (2008)
Genre: Action, Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 85 min.
Story: It's the end of yet another night at Hastings Supermarket, a grocery store in Buck Lake, Arizona. But just before closing, a group of masked and armed to the teeth militants invades the store and take everyone hostage
Style: suspenseful, exciting, scary, suspense, intense ...
Audience: boys' night, kids
Plot: evil alien, survival, battles, hostage, captivity, isolation, hostages, danger, investigation, small town, save the world, race against time ...
Time: contemporary, 80s, future
Place: arizona
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
 6.5
 32K
The Blob (1988)
Genre: Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Remake of the 1958 horror sci-fi about a deadly blob which is the spawn of a secret government germ warfare project which consumes everyone in its path. Teenagers try in vain to warn the townsfolk, who refuse to take them seriously, while government ...
Style: scary, suspenseful, rough, serious, suspense ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: evil alien, small town, survival, danger, chaos, race against time, quarantine, space and aliens, alien encounter, deadly creature, death, hospital ...
Time: 80s
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
 6.1
 29K
Firestarter (1984)
Genre: Action, Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 114 min.
Story: As youths, Andy McGee (David Keith) and his future wife, Vicky (Heather Locklear), participated in secret experiments, allowing themselves to be subjected to mysterious medical tests. Years later, the couple's daughter, Charlie (Drew ...
Style: rough, suspenseful, psychological, scary, exciting ...
Plot: supernatural, experiment gone awry, little girl, on the run, fire, supernatural ability, psychic, government agency, danger, conspiracy, kidnapping, scientist ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: vermont, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
 5.8
 130K
Gamer (2009)
Genre: Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Mind-control technology has taken society by a storm, a multiplayer on-line game called "Slayers" allows players to control human prisoners in mass-scale. Simon controls Kable, the online champion of the game. Kable's ultimate ...
Style: futuristic, suspenseful, serious, stylized, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: mind control, cyberspace, computers and web, distopia, contests and competitions, danger, future dystopia, computer genius, chases and races, profanity, wrongful imprisonment, prison ...
Time: 21st century, future, 2030s, near future
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
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 5.2
 101K
The 5th Wave (2016)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 112 min.
Story: 16-year-old Cassie Sullivan tries to survive in a world devastated by the waves of an alien invasion that has already decimated the population and knocked mankind back to the Stone Age.
Style: exciting, suspenseful, serious, futuristic, twists and turns ...
Audience: teens, girls' night, chick flick
Plot: apocalypse, end of the world, alien invasion, adventure, survival, obsessive quest, danger, post apocalypse, tsunami, alien, space and aliens, chaos ...
Time: future, 2010s
Place: usa, london, new york, tower bridge london, ohio ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
 7.4
 312K
Equilibrium (2002)
Genre: Action, Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: In a dystopian future, a totalitarian regime maintains peace by subduing the populace with a drug, and displays of emotion are punishable by death. A man in charge of enforcing the law rises to overthrow the system.
Style: futuristic, serious, atmospheric, psychological, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: future dystopia, distopia, rebellion, society, fighting the system, lone hero, utopia, resistance, gunfight, dystopic future, totalitarianism, dictatorship ...
Time: future, 80s, 2000s
Place: beijing china, china
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
 5.4
 5K
Nemesis (1992)
Genre: Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: Denmark, USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: In the future, chaos is rampant as 'information terrorists' threaten to destroy order in society. Alex is a part-man, part-machine LAPD cop who is the best at what he does. When one of the terrorists calls him a machine, Alex questions his ...
Style: futuristic, suspenseful, serious, stylized, cult film
Audience: boys' night
Plot: terrorism, future dystopia, androids and robots, conspiracy, man versus machine, chaos, superhuman powers, law enforcement, battles, police detective, technology gone awry, life is a bitch ...
Time: future, near future, 2020s
Place: usa, los angeles, brazil, new mexico, rio de janeiro ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
Village of the Damned (1995)
Genre: Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: An American village is visited by some unknown life form which leaves the women of the village pregnant. Nine months later, the babies are born, and they all look normal, but it doesn't take the "parents" long to realize that the kids ...
Style: scary, serious, tense, atmospheric, suspenseful ...
Audience: teens
Plot: alien, mind game, pregnancy, evil alien, supernatural ability, space and aliens, deadly, village, supernatural power, small town life, babies and infants, supernatural ...
Time: 90s, 1960s, 60s
Place: california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
 8.7
 1.7M
The Matrix (1999)
Genre: Action, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 136 min.
Story: Set in the 22nd century, The Matrix tells the story of a computer hacker who joins a group of underground insurgents fighting the vast and powerful computers who now rule the earth.
Style: mind bending, philosophical, thought provoking, cerebral, serious ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: future dystopia, artificial intelligence, distopia, cyberpunk, chosen one, man versus machine, existentialism, alternate reality, hacker, virtual reality, save the world, philosophy ...
Time: future, 90s, 1990s, 21st century, 20th century ...
Place: los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
 6.3
 102K
Repo Men (2010)
Genre: Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 111 min.
Story: In the future, medical technology has advanced to the point where people can buy artificial organs to extend their lives. But if they default on payments, an organization known as the Union sends agents to repossess the organs. Remy is one of the ...
Style: futuristic, twists and turns, serious, stylized, suspenseful ...
Plot: future dystopia, cyberpunk, transplant, black market, dystopic future, rebel, distopia, chase, on the run, social decay, surrealism, mercenary ...
Time: future, near future
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
The First Purge (2018)
Genre: Action, Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: To push the crime rate below one percent for the rest of the year, the New Founding Fathers of America test a sociological theory that vents aggression for one night in one isolated community. But when the violence of oppressors meets the rage of ...
Style: psychological thriller, suspense, rough, suspenseful, psychological ...
Plot: survival horror, abuse of power, murder, party, violence, sadism, experiment, fighting the system, class differences, politics, terrorism, social injustice ...
Time: year 2017, year 2014, 2010s
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%