Movies like Arrival

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Arrival (2016)
 7.9
 478K
Arrival (2016)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
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, futuristic, suspense, enigmatic, philosophical, psychological, clever, surprise ending, cerebral, non-linear ...
Plot: alien, spacecraft, first contact, destiny, loss, alien invasion, language barrier, flash forward, death of daughter, memory, time loop, husband wife relationship, existentialism, science, female protagonist, scientist, military, ufo, communication, language, time travel, alien contact, mother daughter relationship, female scientist, extraterrestrial ...
Time: 2010s, future
Place: montana, china, sudan, pakistan, massachusetts, russia, venezuela

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Most similar movies to Arrival

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out suspense, suspenseful, serious and cerebral films with plots about first contact, catastrophe, dialogue, storytelling, death, technology and destiny mostly in Sci-Fi, Thriller and Drama genres. Some movies like Arrival: Passengers (2016), Interstellar (2014), The Butterfly Effect (2004), Annihilation (2018), Contact (1997). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
 7.0
 289K
Passengers (2016)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA, Australia
Duration: 116 min.
Story: A spacecraft traveling to a distant colony planet and transporting thousands of people has a malfunction in its sleep chambers. As a result, two passengers are awakened 90 years early.
Style: futuristic, entertaining, romantic, scenic, surprise ending ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: space travel, isolation, love story, spacecraft, survival, loneliness, moral dilemma, trapped in space, malfunction, bar, adventure, robot ...
Time: future
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
 8.6
 1.2M
Interstellar (2014)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi
Country: USA, UK
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: atmospheric, mind bending, futuristic, serious, epic ...
Plot: space travel, outer space, spacecraft, time travel, parallel world, heroic mission, expedition, future dystopia, space and aliens, inventions and discoveries, space exploration, survival ...
Time: future, near future
Place: colorado
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
The Butterfly Effect (2004)
Genre: Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 113 min.
Story: A young man struggles to access sublimated childhood memories. He finds a technique that allows him to travel back into the past, to occupy his childhood body and change history. However, he soon finds that every change he makes has unexpected ...
Style: psychological, mind bending, suspenseful, suspense, philosophical ...
Plot: time travel, changing the past or future, supernatural ability, haunted by the past, diary, family relations, parents and children, life philosophy, twists & turns, child abuse, road not taken, hypnosis ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, future
Place: usa, dungeon
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.9
 188K
Annihilation (2018)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: UK, USA
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, surprise ending, gothic, macabre, ambiguous ending ...
Plot: scientist, expedition, psychologist, research, quarantine, mission, transformation, creature, professor, mutant, isolation, beast ...
Time: 2010s
Place: florida
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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 7.4
 228K
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: psychological, twists and turns, talky, captivating, serious ...
Plot: alien encounter, scientist, space and aliens, inventions and discoveries, benign alien, nasa, wormhole, science, space travel, contact, alien contact, fanatic ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, future
Place: new mexico, usa, puerto rico
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.7
 396K
Ex Machina (2014)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, 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: tense, futuristic, clever, suspenseful, psychological ...
Plot: artificial intelligence, a.i., isolation, manipulation, technology, existentialism, experiment gone awry, man versus machine, human android relationship, deception, philosophy, robot ...
Time: future, 21st century, near future, contemporary, 2010s
Place: england
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.0
 313K
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, sentimental, serious, scary, suspense ...
Audience: teens, kids, family outing
Plot: young heroes, friendship, adventure, monster, small town, alien, danger, train crash, pistol, secret, childhood, youth ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, 1960s, year 1963, year 1958 ...
Place: ohio, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.5
 61K
Europa Report (2013)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: A crew of international astronauts are sent on a private mission to Jupiter's fourth moon.
Style: tense, serious, suspenseful, atmospheric, stylized ...
Plot: space travel, spacecraft, moon, outer space, survival, found footage, danger, spacewalk, astronaut, distant planet, space and aliens, inventions and discoveries ...
Time: future, 21st century, contemporary, year 1972
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
Movie in collections
 7.5
 214K
Predestination (2014)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: Australia
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: mind bending, suspenseful, clever, stylized, twists and turns ...
Plot: time travel, changing the past or future, destiny, mysterious character, sent to the past, time machine, bartender, mission, terrorism, bar, gender bending, time paradox ...
Time: 20th century, year 1975, near future, year 1945, year 1985 ...
Place: usa, cleveland ohio
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Blade Runner 2049 (2017)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA, UK, Hungary, Canada
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: melancholic, tech noir, futuristic, bleak, enigmatic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: artificial intelligence, bounty hunter, cyberpunk, genetics, investigation, violence, police detective, dark future, genetic engineering, neo noir, mission, inventor ...
Time: future, 2040s, near future, year 1966
Place: las vegas, los angeles, california, san diego california
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.7
 303K
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: suspenseful, tense, psychological, scary, enigmatic ...
Plot: farm, alien encounter, alien invasion, loss of faith, ufo, single father, alien, destiny, asthma attack, brother brother relationship, family, paranormal activity ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: pennsylvania, usa, brazil, mexico
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
 7.4
 164K
K-PAX (2001)
Genre: Drama, 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, sincere, clever ...
Plot: mysterious character, benign alien, psychiatrist, patient, mental institution, mysterious planet, hypnosis, research, odd, alien, hospital, science ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 1990s, future
Place: new york, usa, greenland, grand central station manhattan new york city, albuquerque new mexico ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977)
Genre: Drama, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 133 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, enigmatic, epic ...
Plot: alien, ufo, contact, first contact, obsessive quest, benign alien, life turned upside down, desert, conspiracy, spacecraft, obsession, alien abduction ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: indiana, wyoming, ohio, mongolia, india ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
The Day the Earth Stood Still (2008)
Genre: 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: suspenseful, serious, atmospheric, stylized, futuristic ...
Plot: evacuation, evil alien, ultimatum, ufo, environmentalism, alien, end of the world, messenger, interrogation, spacecraft, disintegration, alien contact ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 1920s
Place: usa, virginia, mcdonald's restaurant, australia, new jersey ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
 6.1
 91K
Sphere (1998)
Genre: Drama, Horror, 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: suspenseful, scary, psychological, exciting, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: paranoia, adventure, psychologist, danger, survival, ocean or sea, supernatural, imagination, first contact, book, psychology, alien ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, future
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
 6.2
 21K
Impostor (2001)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Gary Sinise plays Spencer Olham, a top-secret government weapons designer who is arrested by a clandestine government organization on suspicion of being a clone created by the hostile alien race wanting to take over Earth.
Style: futuristic, suspenseful, serious, exciting, stylized ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: androids and robots, alien, on the run, manhunt, protagonist as suspect, future dystopia, chases and races, space and aliens, imaginary, fugitives, life is a bitch, crimes ...
Time: future, 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
Childhood's End (2015)
Genre: Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
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, philosophical, futuristic, suspense ...
Audience: teens
Plot: utopia, danger, spacecraft, alien, dishonesty, evil alien, space and aliens, humanity in peril, world domination, adaptation, technology, husband wife relationship ...
Time: near future, 21st century, future
Place: usa, israel
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
10 Cloverfield Lane (2016)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: After getting in a car accident, a woman is held in a shelter with two men, who claim the outside world is affected by a widespread chemical attack.
Style: suspense, surprise ending, ambiguous ending, tense, suspenseful ...
Plot: kidnapping, alien, paranoia, apocalypse, bunker, car accident, survivalist, captive, ufo, basement, alien invasion, survival ...
Time: 2010s
Place: louisiana, new orleans, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
 6.4
 26K
ARQ (2016)
Genre: Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 88 min.
Story: Two old friends living in a dystopic future become trapped in a mysterious time loop — one that may have something to do with an ongoing battle between an omnipotent corporation and a ragtag band of rebels.
Style: psychological, enigmatic, suspense, tense, futuristic ...
Plot: time loop, time travel, tied to a chair, devastation, technology, survival, existentialism, memory, twists & turns, post apocalyptic, parallel universe, catastrophe ...
Time: future
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
 5.6
 83K
The Box (2009)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 115 min.
Story: Norma and Arthur Lewis, a suburban couple with a young child, receive a simple wooden box as a gift, which bears fatal and irrevocable consequences. A mysterious stranger delivers the message that the box promises to bestow upon its owner $1 million ...
Style: futuristic, suspenseful, psychological, serious, mind bending ...
Plot: alien, human nature, moral dilemma, experiment, money, scientist, gift, murder, violence, sacrifice, decision, nasa ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: virginia, usa, langley virginia
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
 7.7
 676K
Gravity (2013)
Genre: 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: atmospheric, suspenseful, tense, suspense, serious ...
Plot: survival, isolation, outer space, spacecraft, space station, space travel, astronaut, trapped in space, space and aliens, survivor, spacewalk, danger ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, future
Place: houston texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
 6.2
 17K
Cargo (2009)
Genre: Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: Switzerland
Duration: 112 min.
Story: The story of CARGO takes place on rusty space-freighter KASSANDRA on its way to Station 42. The young medic LAURA is the only one awake on board while the rest of the crew lies frozen in hibernation sleep. In 4 months will Laura's shift be over.
Style: futuristic, suspense, atmospheric, suspenseful, serious ...
Plot: space travel, spacecraft, isolation, future dystopia, teleportation, danger, uncover truth, outer space, space colony, cargo ship, space and aliens, confined ...
Time: future, 23rd century
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
 7.8
 251K
Gattaca (1997)
Genre: Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: Science fiction drama about a future society in the era of indefinite eugenics where humans are set on a life course depending on their DNA. The young Vincent Freeman is born with a condition that would prevent him from space travel, yet he is ...
Style: thought provoking, futuristic, intellectual, twists and turns, suspenseful ...
Plot: fighting the system, future dystopia, discrimination, genetics, eugenics, destiny, space travel, society, heart disease, genetic engineering, distopia, switching roles ...
Time: future, near future
Place: french riviera, riviera
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
Movie in collections
 7.3
 184K
Cube (1997)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: Canada
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Seven strangers are taken out of their daily lives and placed mysteriously in a deadly cube where they all agree they must find their way out.
Style: psychological, tense, futuristic, suspenseful, surreal ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: isolation, survival, captivity, escape, mathematics, trap, parallel world, maze, death, insanity, paranoia, violence ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
 6.2
 204K
Knowing (2009)
Genre: Drama, 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: futuristic, suspense, suspenseful, serious, bleak ...
Plot: apocalypse, chases and races, changing the past or future, end of the world, air disaster, foreknowledge, catastrophe, code, prediction, destiny, prophecy, professor ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 1950s, future
Place: massachusetts, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
 7.5
 318K
Cloud Atlas (2012)
Genre: Action, Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi
Country: Germany, USA, Hong Kong, Singapore
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: atmospheric, psychological, futuristic, serious, offbeat ...
Plot: destiny, human nature, life philosophy, love and romance, death, reincarnation, redemption, wisdom of life, human existence, genetic engineering, supernatural, love ...
Time: future, 19th century, 1930s, 21st century, 30s ...
Place: hawaii, seoul, south korea
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
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, serious, bleak, psychological, suspense ...
Plot: ufo, alien, investigation, police, friendship, false accusation, danger, abduction, murder, alien encounter, mystery, extraterrestrial ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, year 1975
Place: arizona, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
The Astronaut's Wife (1999)
Genre: Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: When astronaut Spencer Armacost returns to Earth after a mission that nearly cost him his life, he decides to take a desk job in order to see his beautiful wife, Jillian, more often. Gradually, Jillian notices that Spencer's personality seems ...
Style: suspenseful, psychological, scary, surprise ending, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: space travel, pregnancy, mission, astronaut, woman in danger, danger, outer space, twins, nasa, suburbs, wife husband relationship, alien ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
 6.2
 107K
The Thing (2011)
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 103 min.
Story: When paleontologist Kate Lloyd travels to an isolated outpost in Antarctica for the expedition of a lifetime, she joins an international team that unearths a remarkable discovery. Their elation quickly turns to fear as they realize that their ...
Style: scary, suspenseful, serious, suspense, intense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: monster, deadly creature, evil alien, alien invasion, danger, chase, survival, mission gone awry, gory, isolation, alien encounter, alien ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, year 1982
Place: antarctica
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
Five Million Years to Earth (1967)
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 97 min.
Story: An ancient Martian spaceship is unearthed in London, and proves to have powerful psychic effects on the people around.
Style: talky, suspenseful, serious, bleak, suspense ...
Plot: spacecraft, androids and robots, riot, martian, danger, chaos, deadly creature, evil alien, ancient mystery, supernatural, race against time, rescue ...
Time: prehistory, 1960s, 1950s
Place: england, london, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%