Movies like Arrival

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Arrival (2016)
 7.9
 668K
Arrival (2016)
Genre: Drama, Sci-Fi
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, twist ending, philosophical, enigmatic, futuristic, psychological, cerebral, psychotronic, clever, suspense ...
Plot: first contact, alien, spacecraft, alien contact, scientist, alien race, ufo, alien creature, science, loss, female protagonist, time, communication, time paradox, translator, memory, destiny, linguist, alien life-form, time loop, military, supernatural power, technology, flash forward, international relations ...
Time: future, 2010s
Place: russia, china, pakistan, montana, sudan, venezuela, massachusetts

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Most similar movies to Arrival

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out visually appealing, thought provoking, suspense and cerebral films with plots about storytelling, first contact, existentialism, dialogue, catastrophe, death and technology mostly in Sci-Fi, Drama and Thriller genres. Some movies like Arrival: Interstellar (2014), Contact (1997), Ex Machina (2014), Annihilation (2018), Childhood's End (2015). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
 8.6
 1.7M
Interstellar (2014)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi
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, futuristic, atmospheric, thought provoking, cerebral ...
Plot: outer space, space travel, time travel, spacecraft, father daughter relationship, expedition, end of the world, time paradox, science, black hole, distant planet, heroic mission ...
Time: future, near future, 21st century
Place: colorado
⇓ similarity ⇓
89%
 7.5
 270K
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 ...
Style: captivating, suspenseful, cerebral, emotional, intense ...
Plot: alien encounter, first contact, benign alien, space and aliens, alien contact, scientist, science, space travel, astronomer, research, nasa, inventions and discoveries ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, future
Place: new mexico, usa, puerto rico, florida, japan ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
91%
 7.7
 526K
Ex Machina (2014)
Genre: Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Caleb, a 26 year old coder at the world's largest internet company, wins a competition to spend a week at a private mountain retreat belonging to Nathan, the reclusive CEO of the company. But when Caleb arrives at the remote location he finds ...
Style: mind bending, philosophical, twist ending, psychological, tense ...
Plot: artificial intelligence, robot, isolation, cyberpunk, technology, human android relationship, existentialism, cyborgs, manipulation, androids, a.i., androids and robots ...
Time: future, near future, 21st century, contemporary, 2010s
Place: england
⇓ similarity ⇓
80%
Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977)
Genre: Drama, Sci-Fi
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 138 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, breathtaking, epic, sentimental ...
Plot: ufo, first contact, alien, alien abduction, alien contact, space and aliens, benign alien, technology, a vision, contact, flying saucer, spacecraft ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: indiana, wyoming, mongolia, india, ohio ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
80%
Movie in collections
 6.8
 313K
Annihilation (2018)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 115 min.
Story: A biologist signs up for a dangerous, secret expedition into a mysterious zone where the laws of nature don't apply.
Style: suspense, disturbing, intellectual, ambiguous ending, psychological ...
Plot: female protagonist, expedition, mutation, dna, scientist, transformation, psychologist, missing person, genetics, quarantine, professor, research ...
Time: 2010s
Place: florida, chicago illinois, pakistan
⇓ similarity ⇓
87%
Childhood's End (2015)
Genre: Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 247 min.
TV show
Story: After peaceful aliens invade earth, humanity finds itself living in a utopia under the indirect rule of the aliens, but does this utopia come at a price?
Style: serious, suspenseful, twists and turns, futuristic, suspense ...
Audience: teens
Plot: world domination, alien, alien invasion, demon, space and aliens, technology, utopia, dishonesty, spacecraft, humanity in peril, evil alien, space travel ...
Time: near future, 21st century, future
Place: usa, israel
⇓ similarity ⇓
89%
The Day the Earth Stood Still (2008)
Genre: Adventure, 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: atmospheric, futuristic, serious, stylized, suspenseful ...
Plot: end of the world, ufo, alien contact, first contact, evil alien, evacuation, ultimatum, environmentalism, alien encounter, giant robots, chaos and mayhem, race against time ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 1920s, future
Place: usa, new york, manhattan new york city, virginia, australia ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
73%
 7.4
 182K
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, atmospheric, touching, surprise ending, serious ...
Plot: benign alien, mysterious character, psychiatrist, patient, planet, crazy, hypnosis, mental institution, extraterrestrial, investigation, research, delusion ...
Time: 21st century, future, contemporary, 90s, 80s
Place: usa, new york, iceland, manhattan new york city, new mexico ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
71%
Movie in collections
 6.8
 357K
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: twist ending, tense, suspenseful, twists and turns, psychological ...
Plot: alien invasion, ufo, alien encounter, first contact, farm, alien, loss of faith, mystery, destiny, single father, small town, christianity ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: usa, pennsylvania, brazil, north america, mexico
⇓ similarity ⇓
68%
 7.5
 511K
Source Code (2011)
Genre: Action, Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA, Canada, France, Germany
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Decorated soldier Captain Colter Stevens wakes up in the body of an unknown man, discovering he's involved in a mission to find the bomber of a Chicago commuter train. He learns he's part of a top-secret experimental program that enables ...
Style: surprise ending, mind bending, captivating, clever, suspense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: time travel, time loop, changing the past or future, race against time, destiny, save the day, alternate reality, bomb, precognition, terrorism, train, memory ...
Time: contemporary, future, 21st century
Place: illinois, usa, chicago illinois, afghanistan
⇓ similarity ⇓
73%
 8.0
 90K
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, psychedelic, cerebral, art house, intellectual ...
Plot: outer space, scientist, space station, space travel, hallucination, space and aliens, russian, investigation, astronaut, dreams, back from the dead, mysterious planet ...
Time: future, 70s, distant future
Place: ussr, russia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
83%
 7.7
 811K
Gravity (2013)
Genre: Action, Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Dr. Ryan Stone, a brilliant medical engineer on her first Shuttle mission, with veteran astronaut Matt Kowalsky in command of his last flight before retiring. But on a seemingly routine spacewalk, disaster strikes. The Shuttle is destroyed, leaving ...
Style: suspenseful, atmospheric, scenic, serious, tense ...
Plot: outer space, survival, isolation, space station, astronaut, spacecraft, space travel, disaster, catastrophe, trapped in space, survivor, sole survivor ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, future
Place: houston texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
75%
 7.2
 237K
The Fountain (2006)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Romance, Sci-Fi
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Spanning over one thousand years, and three parallel stories, The Fountain is a story of love, death, spirituality, and the fragility of our existence in this world.
Style: surreal, melancholic, artsy, philosophical, atmospheric ...
Plot: metaphysics, immortality, queen, death, reincarnation, tragic love, terminal illness, loneliness, loss of loved one, afterlife, love of one's life, cancer ...
Time: future, 16th century, contemporary, 21st century
Place: spain, europe, latin america, central america, guatemala
⇓ similarity ⇓
83%
 6.0
 66K
The Signal (2014)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Three college students on a road trip across the Southwest experience a detour – the tracking of a computer genius who has already hacked into MIT and exposed security faults. When the trio find themselves drawn to an eerily isolated area, ...
Style: twists and turns, suspenseful, suspense, futuristic, tense ...
Audience: teens
Plot: hacker, secret laboratory, cyborgs, alien contact, supernatural, life turned upside down, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, disability, laboratory, super strength, road trip, mysterious place ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s, future
Place: nevada, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
75%
 6.4
 71K
Europa Report (2013)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 90 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, distant planet, found footage, astronaut, inventions and discoveries, alien, moon, spacewalk, space adventure ...
Time: future, 21st century, contemporary, year 1972, 50s
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
 6.1
 106K
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: scary, mind bending, psychological, suspenseful, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: first contact, ocean, psychology, paranoia, space and aliens, psychologist, survival, supernatural, adventure, alien, group of strangers, mathematics ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 80s, future
⇓ similarity ⇓
68%
 6.2
 34K
The Discovery (2017)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: In the near future, due to a breakthrough scientific discovery by Dr. Thomas Harbor, there is now definitive proof of an afterlife. While countless people have chosen suicide to reset their existence, others try to decide what it all means. Among ...
Style: intellectual, philosophical, enigmatic, macabre, psychological ...
Plot: life after death, suicide, alternate reality, afterlife, dreams, science, self discovery, religion, psychology, mystery, philosophy, life philosophy ...
Time: future
⇓ similarity ⇓
71%
Blade Runner 2049 (2017)
Genre: Action, Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA, UK, Canada, Spain
Duration: 164 min.
Story: Thirty years after the events of the first film, a new blade runner, LAPD Officer K, unearths a long-buried secret that has the potential to plunge what's left of society into chaos. K's discovery leads him on a quest to find Rick Deckard, ...
Style: neo noir, futuristic, suspense, melancholic, bleak ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: cyberpunk, artificial intelligence, dark future, bounty hunter, genetics, mission, investigation, violence, philosophy, distopia, chase, police detective ...
Time: future, 2040s, year 1966, 21st century, near future ...
Place: los angeles, las vegas, california, san diego california
⇓ similarity ⇓
77%
Movie in collections
 6.4
 274K
Alien: Covenant (2017)
Genre: Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 122 min.
Story: Bound for a remote planet on the far side of the galaxy, the crew of the colony ship 'Covenant' discovers what is thought to be an uncharted paradise, but is actually a dark, dangerous world – which has its sole inhabitant the ...
Style: bad ending, enigmatic, suspense, twist ending, futuristic ...
Plot: alien, outer space, alien life-form, androids, human versus alien, space travel, monster, alien parasite, parasite, creature, extraterrestrial, brutality ...
Time: future, 22nd century
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
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 machine, time paradox, teleportation, changing the past or future, time loop, time, teenager, teenage life, inventions and discoveries, high school, teenage love ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, year 2004, year 2014, 2000s ...
Place: usa, woodstock, atlanta georgia
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
Fire in the Sky (1993)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Fantasy, Mystery, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: A group of men who were clearing bush for the government arrive back in town, claiming that their friend was abducted by aliens. Nobody believes them, and despite a lack of motive and no evidence of foul play, their friends' disappearance is ...
Style: suspenseful, psychological, bleak, serious, suspense ...
Plot: ufo, alien, alien encounter, abduction, false accusation, friendship, investigation, police, forest, alien contact, space and aliens, murder ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, year 1975
Place: arizona, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
 7.4
 359K
Cloud Atlas (2012)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi
Country: USA, Germany, Hong Kong, Singapore, China
Duration: 172 min.
Story: A set of six nested stories spanning time between the 19th century and a distant post-apocalyptic future. Cloud Atlas explores how the actions and consequences of individual lives impact one another throughout the past, the present and the future. ...
Style: thought provoking, psychological, atmospheric, enigmatic, surreal ...
Plot: life philosophy, reincarnation, destiny, dystopic future, distopia, human nature, death, life & death, karma, wisdom of life, multiple storylines, love and romance ...
Time: future, 1930s, 20th century, 21st century, 19th century ...
Place: san francisco, hawaii, seoul, south korea
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
 8.0
 591K
Her (2013)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 126 min.
Story: In the not so distant future, Theodore, a lonely writer purchases a newly developed operating system designed to meet the user's every needs. To Theodore's surprise, a romantic relationship develops between him and his operating system. ...
Style: melancholic, futuristic, philosophical, clever, touching ...
Audience: date night
Plot: loneliness, artificial intelligence, existentialism, philosophy, unlikely relationship, cyberspace, human nature, a.i., love, impossible love, unlikely couple, computers and web ...
Time: future, near future, 21st century
Place: usa, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
Movie in collections
A.I. Artificial Intelligence (2001)
Genre: Drama, Sci-Fi
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 146 min.
Story: A robotic boy, the first programmed to love, David is adopted as a test case by a Cybertronics employee and his wife. Though he gradually becomes their child, a series of unexpected circumstances make this life impossible for David. Without final ...
Style: thought provoking, philosophical, captivating, emotional, sentimental ...
Plot: artificial intelligence, androids and robots, a.i., distopia, adoption, future dystopia, cyberpunk, androids, destiny, global warming, adventure, parents and children ...
Time: future, 22nd century
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, brooklyn new york city, coney island brooklyn new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.2
 232K
Knowing (2009)
Genre: Action, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA, UK, Australia
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: scary, suspenseful, exciting, serious, bleak ...
Audience: kids
Plot: end of the world, apocalypse, foreknowledge, disaster, supernatural, catastrophe, prediction, prophecy, air disaster, code, scientist, professor ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 50s, 20th century, year 1959 ...
Place: massachusetts, usa, boston, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
 7.3
 124K
I Origins (2014)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Romance, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: I Origins follows a molecular biologist studying the evolution of the human eye. He finds his work permeating his life after a brief encounter with an exotic young woman who slips away from him. As his research continues years later with his lab ...
Style: thought provoking, mind bending, enigmatic, atmospheric, philosophical ...
Plot: reincarnation, metaphysics, buddhism, atheism, eye, society, inventions and discoveries, elevator, afterlife, track down, death, memory ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, year 2012, year 2009, year 2005 ...
Place: india, usa, new york, asia, delhi
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.4
 276K
Predestination (2014)
Genre: Action, Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: Australia, USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Predestination chronicles the life of a Temporal Agent sent on an intricate series of time-travel journeys designed to prevent future killers from committing their crimes. Now, on his final assignment, the Agent must stop the one criminal that has ...
Style: twists and turns, clever, surprise ending, mind bending, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: time travel, time paradox, time loop, time machine, changing the past or future, mission, sent to the past, mysterious character, destiny, terrorism, secret organization, special agents ...
Time: 20th century, year 1970, year 1945, year 1992, year 1985 ...
Place: usa, new york, cleveland ohio
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
 7.5
 175K
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, tense, suspenseful, serious, psychological ...
Plot: first contact, ufo, ocean, space and aliens, sea, submarine, heroic mission, disaster, alien encounter, alien life-form, catastrophe, survival ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, future
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
 5.8
 52K
Extinction (2018)
Genre: Action, Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: A chief mechanic at a factory, haunted by apocalyptic nightmares, becomes a hero when Earth is invaded by a mysterious army bent on destruction.
Style: suspense, light, surprise ending, twist ending, avant garde
Plot: spacecraft, alien invasion, alien, rescue, husband wife relationship, artificial intelligence, battlefield, chase, survival, fear, friendship, child in peril ...
Time: future
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
The War of the Worlds (2019)
Genre: Drama, Sci-Fi
Country: UK
Duration: 48 min.
TV show
Story: Set in Edwardian England, George and his partner Amy attempt to defy the prejudices of society and start a life together, all the while swerving the ongoing chaos of an alien invasion.
Style: apocalyptic, bleak, suspense, tense
Plot: alien invasion, alien attack, end of the world, post apocalypse, alien, apocalypse, ufo, alien race, alien contact, survival, fight, unhappy marriage ...
Time: edwardian era, 20th century, 2010s, turn of the century, victorian era ...
Place: england, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%