Movies like Arrival

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Arrival (2016)
 7.9
 518K
Arrival (2016)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA, Canada, India
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: futuristic, suspense, intellectual, enigmatic, philosophical, cerebral, psychological, twist ending, clever, surprise ending ...
Plot: alien, first contact, spacecraft, precognition, loss, time loop, destiny, flash forward, language barrier, death of daughter, science, memory, husband wife relationship, scientist, military, female protagonist, existentialism, alien invasion, warship, aliens, ufo, communication, language, time travel, outer space ...
Time: 2010s, future
Place: china, russia, pakistan, montana, venezuela, massachusetts, sudan

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Most similar movies to Arrival

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out suspense, cerebral, suspenseful and serious films with plots about catastrophe, first contact, storytelling, technology, dialogue, existentialism and death mostly in Sci-Fi, Drama and Thriller genres. Some movies like Arrival: Ex Machina (2014), Interstellar (2014), Annihilation (2018), Sphere (1998), Fire in the Sky (1993). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
 7.7
 417K
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, twist ending, cerebral, mind bending ...
Plot: artificial intelligence, a.i., isolation, manipulation, technology, existentialism, human android relationship, deception, experiment gone awry, man versus machine, androids and robots, androids ...
Time: future, near future, 21st century, contemporary, 2010s
Place: england
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100%
 8.6
 1.3M
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, atmospheric, futuristic, serious, cerebral ...
Plot: outer space, space travel, time travel, spacecraft, parallel world, heroic mission, end of the world, space and aliens, future dystopia, inventions and discoveries, space exploration, adventure ...
Time: future, near future
Place: colorado
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.9
 235K
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: disturbing, suspense, ambiguous ending, intellectual, macabre ...
Plot: expedition, scientist, transformation, female protagonist, mutation, quarantine, psychologist, research, dna, missing person, mutant, isolation ...
Time: 2010s
Place: florida
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.1
 93K
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: psychological, scary, suspenseful, exciting, tense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: paranoia, psychologist, survival, first contact, psychology, danger, supernatural, twists & turns, ocean or sea, adventure, ocean, imagination ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, future
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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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, investigation, abduction, friendship, false accusation, danger, police, murder, life is a bitch, kidnapping, desert ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, year 1975
Place: arizona, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.4
 233K
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, talky, stylized, suspenseful, atmospheric ...
Plot: scientist, alien encounter, space and aliens, wormhole, benign alien, inventions and discoveries, nasa, contact, space travel, alien contact, mathematics, radio ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, future
Place: new mexico, usa, puerto rico
⇓ similarity ⇓
75%
 6.7
 313K
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: alien invasion, alien, farm, alien encounter, loss of faith, ufo, single father, priest, christianity, small town, baseball, brother brother relationship ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: pennsylvania, usa, mexico, brazil
⇓ similarity ⇓
75%
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, futuristic, philosophical, suspense ...
Audience: teens
Plot: alien, utopia, danger, dishonesty, spacecraft, humanity in peril, world domination, demon, husband wife relationship, adaptation, technology, evil alien ...
Time: near future, 21st century, future
Place: usa, israel
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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Blade Runner 2049 (2017)
Genre: Action, Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA, UK, Hungary, 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: tech noir, futuristic, melancholic, bleak, enigmatic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: cyberpunk, artificial intelligence, neo noir, bounty hunter, genetics, slave labor, investigation, genetic engineering, inventor, mission, police detective, pursuit ...
Time: future, year 1966, near future, 2040s
Place: los angeles, california, san diego california, las vegas
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.4
 62K
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: cerebral, tense, suspenseful, psychological, serious ...
Plot: space travel, spacecraft, moon, survival, spacewalk, danger, astronaut, outer space, found footage, extraterrestrial, diary, imaginary ...
Time: future, 21st century, contemporary, year 1972, 1950s
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.0
 313K
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, romantic, scenic, cerebral, surprise ending ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: love story, space travel, spacecraft, isolation, loneliness, survival, outer space, malfunction, space station, trapped in space, moral dilemma, rescue ...
Time: future
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
 7.0
 318K
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, exciting, entertaining, serious ...
Audience: teens, family outing, kids
Plot: friendship, childhood, young heroes, adventure, small town, secret, alien, danger, monster, investigation, disappearance, youth ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, year 1979, year 1958, year 1963 ...
Place: ohio, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
 6.2
 207K
Knowing (2009)
Genre: Action, 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: suspenseful, scary, exciting, bleak, suspense ...
Audience: kids
Plot: apocalypse, end of the world, changing the past or future, prediction, prophecy, professor, scientist, air disaster, foreknowledge, code, destiny, supernatural ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 1950s, future
Place: massachusetts, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
The Fourth Kind (2009)
Genre: Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Since the 1960s, a disproportionate number of the population in and around Nome, Alaska, have gone missing. Despite FBI investigations, the disappearances remain a mystery. Dr. Abigail Tyler, a psychologist, may be on the verge of blowing the ...
Style: scary, suspenseful, serious, atmospheric, based on supposedly true story ...
Plot: ufo, alien abduction, alien encounter, disappearance, patient, paranormal activity, hypnosis, abduction, space and aliens, investigation, uncover truth, social relations ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: alaska, usa, california, antarctica
⇓ 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, epic, suspenseful, clever, sentimental ...
Plot: ufo, alien, contact, first contact, alien abduction, spacecraft, life turned upside down, obsessive quest, space and aliens, technology, desert, conspiracy ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: wyoming, indiana, india, mexico, ohio ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.5
 222K
Predestination (2014)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, 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: suspenseful, mind bending, surprise ending, clever, stylized ...
Plot: time travel, changing the past or future, time machine, sent to the past, destiny, bar, mysterious character, terrorism, mission, time loop, loner, bomber ...
Time: 20th century, year 1963, year 1981, year 1964, near future ...
Place: usa, cleveland ohio
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
 7.4
 166K
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, serious, surprise ending ...
Plot: benign alien, mysterious character, patient, psychiatrist, mental institution, research, odd, insanity, hypnosis, alien, delusion, investigation ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 1990s, future
Place: usa, new york, iceland, albuquerque new mexico, manhattan new york city ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.4
 324K
Cloud Atlas (2012)
Genre: Action, Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi
Country: Germany, USA, 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: psychological, atmospheric, enigmatic, surreal, thought provoking ...
Plot: destiny, life philosophy, human nature, death, love and romance, reincarnation, tribe, wisdom of life, human existence, love, genetic engineering, karma ...
Time: future, 19th century, 20th century, 21st century, 1930s ...
Place: hawaii, south korea, seoul
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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 6.2
 22K
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, stylized, exciting, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: alien, androids and robots, manhunt, on the run, save the world, future dystopia, danger, race against time, space and aliens, imaginary, crimes, rivalry ...
Time: future, 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
The Butterfly Effect (2004)
Genre: Drama, 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, suspense, suspenseful, philosophical ...
Plot: time travel, changing the past or future, supernatural ability, haunted by the past, life philosophy, twists & turns, diary, psychology, hypnosis, child abuse, parents and children, family relations ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, future
Place: usa, dungeon
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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, atmospheric, suspenseful, twist ending ...
Plot: apocalypse, alien, bunker, paranoia, kidnapping, strong female character, survival, alien invasion, ufo, underground bunker, psychological manipulation, twists & turns ...
Time: 2010s
Place: usa, louisiana, new orleans
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
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: serious, atmospheric, stylized, suspenseful, futuristic ...
Plot: end of the world, ufo, evacuation, evil alien, ultimatum, alien contact, threat, messenger, chaos and mayhem, environmentalism, worldwide chaos, race against time ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 1920s, future
Place: usa, manhattan new york city, mcdonald's restaurant, virginia, new jersey ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
 7.7
 700K
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: suspenseful, atmospheric, tense, suspense, scenic ...
Plot: survival, isolation, outer space, spacecraft, space travel, space station, astronaut, spacewalk, survivor, space and aliens, trapped in space, mission gone awry ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, future
Place: houston texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
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 6.4
 29K
ARQ (2016)
Genre: Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: Canada, USA
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: enigmatic, futuristic, psychological, suspense, tense ...
Plot: time loop, time travel, post apocalyptic, devastation, tied to a chair, technology, survival, existentialism, memory, twists & turns, parallel universe, catastrophe ...
Time: future
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
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, futuristic, suspense ...
Audience: teens
Plot: time travel, time machine, changing the past or future, teenage life, high school, friendship, teenager, life turned upside down, youth, time loop, top secret, found footage ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s, 2000s, year 2004 ...
Place: usa, atlanta georgia, woodstock
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
 6.2
 18K
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, suspenseful, suspense, tense, atmospheric ...
Plot: space travel, spacecraft, outer space, isolation, teleportation, uncover truth, danger, escapades, space and aliens, cargo ship, space colony, expedition ...
Time: future, 23rd century
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
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, chaos, danger, martian, riot, androids and robots, supernatural, space and aliens, deadly creature, heroic mission, alien encounter, evil alien ...
Time: prehistory, 1960s, 1950s
Place: london, england, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
 6.2
 75K
Solaris (2002)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Romance, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: A troubled psychologist is sent to investigate the crew of an isolated research station orbiting a bizarre planet.
Style: futuristic, psychological, mind bending, surreal, enigmatic ...
Plot: space station, space travel, outer space, astronaut, mysterious planet, spacecraft, space and aliens, back from the dead, paranormal activity, mystery, obsession, psychologist ...
Time: future
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
The Cloverfield Paradox (2018)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Orbiting above a planet on the brink of war, scientists test a device to solve an energy crisis and end up face-to-face with a dark alternate reality.
Style: suspense, rough, tense, bleak, suspenseful ...
Plot: scientist, space station, alternate dimension, alien, danger, trapped in space, characters killed one by one, self sacrifice, betrayal, newscast, convulsion, giant monster ...
Time: near future, 2020s, 2000s
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
 8.1
 68K
Solaris (1971)
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, surreal, talky, psychological, futuristic ...
Plot: space travel, scientist, space station, russian, outer space, astronaut, mysterious planet, space and aliens, immortality, jealousy, suicide, psychologist ...
Time: future
Place: russia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%