Movies like Arrival

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Arrival (2016)
 7.9
 468K
Arrival
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: suspense, intellectual, enigmatic, philosophical, futuristic, cerebral, non-linear, melancholic, reflective, interesting ...
Plot: alien, first contact, alien invasion, spacecraft, time loop, language barrier, flash forward, destiny, loss, death of daughter, memory, existentialism, science, husband wife relationship, time travel, aliens, plot twist, storytelling, humanity, philosophy, technology, mentor, space travel, loneliness, twists & turns ...
Time: future, 2010s
Place: montana, china, sudan, pakistan, massachusetts, russia, venezuela

Most similar movies to Arrival

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out cerebral, serious, suspense and interesting films with plots about first contact, storytelling, catastrophe, dialogue, technology, existentialism and twists & turns mostly in Sci-Fi, Thriller and Drama genres. Some movies like Arrival: Passengers (2016), Europa Report (2013), Contact (1997), Childhood's End (2015), Predestination (2014). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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 7.0
 282K
Passengers
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, suspense ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: loneliness, space travel, robot, trapped in space, love story, survival, malfunction, isolation, stranded, adventure, bar, redemption ...
Time: future
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   95%
    User:   65%
 
 6.5
 61K
Europa Report
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, suspenseful, psychological, suspense, serious ...
Plot: space travel, moon, survival, alien, science, spacecraft, outer space, mars, nasa, death, aliens, first contact ...
Time: future, 21st century, contemporary, year 1972
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   93%
    User:   100%
 
 7.4
 228K
Contact
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: serious, talky, twists and turns, captivating, cerebral ...
Plot: nasa, space travel, radio, science, mathematics, first contact, religion, alien, philosophy, wormhole, scientist, alien encounter ...
Time: 20th century, future, 90s
Place: new mexico, usa, puerto rico
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   92%
    User:   96%
 
Childhood's End
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: alien, adaptation, utopia, technology, humanity in peril, creativity, danger, twists & turns, spacecraft, world domination, humanity, storytelling ...
Time: near future, 21st century, future
Place: usa, israel
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   87%
    User:   98%
 
 7.5
 214K
Predestination
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: clever, stylized, suspenseful, surprise ending, serious ...
Plot: time travel, destiny, time loop, plot twist, storytelling, existentialism, bar, mysterious character, twists & turns, time machine, time paradox, special agents ...
Time: 20th century, future, year 1975, near future, year 1945 ...
Place: usa, cleveland ohio
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   82%
    User:   68%
 
 7.7
 676K
Gravity
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: tense, atmospheric, suspenseful, suspense, scenic ...
Plot: survival, space travel, isolation, space program, trapped in space, astronaut, outer space, spacecraft, life & death, sacrifice, space station, survivor ...
Time: contemporary, future, 21st century
Place: houston texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   77%
    User:   68%
 
 6.7
 303K
Signs
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, atmospheric, psychological, surprise ending ...
Plot: alien, alien invasion, mystery, farm, alien encounter, single father, apocalypse, death, aliens, storytelling, space travel, first contact ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: pennsylvania, usa, brazil, mexico
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   75%
    User:   62%
 
 7.7
 396K
Ex Machina
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: clever, tense, surreal, philosophical, psychological ...
Plot: artificial intelligence, robot, isolation, existentialism, man versus machine, technology, manipulation, philosophy, surveillance, science, internet, a.i. ...
Time: future, 21st century, contemporary, 2010s
Place: england
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   75%
    User:   67%
 
 6.9
 86K
Primer
Genre: Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 77 min.
Story: Friends and fledgling entrepreneurs invent a device in their garage which reduces the apparent mass of any object placed inside it, but they discover that it has some highly unexpected capabilities - ones that could enable them to do and to have ...
Style: clever, surreal, talky, psychological, cerebral ...
Plot: time travel, mathematics, time loop, science, greed, paranoia, changing the past or future, time machine, dialogue driven, storytelling, dialogue, existentialism ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, future
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   70%
    User:   56%
 
 6.2
 21K
Impostor
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, exciting, surprise ending, serious, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: alien, chase, alien invasion, paranoia, robot, androids and robots, mars, androids, aliens, space travel, first contact, cyberpunk ...
Time: future, 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   67%
    User:   79%
 
 8.1
 66K
Solaris
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: surreal, futuristic, atmospheric, talky, stylized ...
Plot: russian, obsession, immortality, existentialism, dreams, art, space travel, loneliness, alien, memory, outer space, investigation ...
Time: future
Place: tokyo, russia
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   67%
    User:   78%
 
 6.3
 22K
The Discovery
Genre: Drama, Mystery, 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: cerebral, enigmatic, psychological, intellectual, melancholic ...
Plot: suicide, afterlife, existentialism, alternate reality, death, science, depression, secrets, life & death, self discovery, mystery, religion ...
Time: future
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   66%
    User:   65%
 
 6.2
 73K
Solaris
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, surreal, psychological, stylized, serious ...
Plot: space travel, space station, outer space, romance, obsession, existentialism, memory, afterlife, dealing with death, metaphysics, suicide, astronaut ...
Time: future
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   66%
    User:   76%
 
 6.2
 204K
Knowing
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: suspenseful, suspense, serious, bleak, bad ending ...
Plot: end of the world, apocalypse, destiny, supernatural, single father, alien, death, chase, race against time, religion, natural disaster, aliens ...
Time: contemporary, future, 21st century, 1950s
Place: massachusetts, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   65%
    User:   73%
 
 7.3
 184K
Cube
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, surreal, tense, futuristic, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: survival, maze, violence, isolation, parallel world, mathematics, paranoia, existentialism, brutality, death, insanity, conspiracy theory ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   65%
    User:   64%
 
 7.8
 302K
The Game
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 129 min.
Story: In honor of his birthday, San Francisco banker Nicholas Van Orton, a financial genius and a coldhearted loner, receives an unusual present from his younger brother, Conrad -- a gift certificate to play a unique kind of game. In nearly a nanosecond, ...
Style: psychological, surprise ending, suspenseful, twists and turns, suspense ...
Plot: neo noir, game, life turned upside down, uncover truth, mystery, psychology, birthday present, existentialism, manipulation, mind game, rich snob, life philosophy ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s
Place: usa, san francisco, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   65%
    User:   68%
 
 6.2
 29K
The Final Cut
Genre: Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA, Canada, Germany
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Set in a world with memory implants, Robin Williams plays a cutter, someone with the power of final edit over people's recorded histories. His latest assignment is one that puts him in danger.
Style: suspense, suspenseful, serious, futuristic, cerebral ...
Plot: memory, technology, surveillance, neo noir, death, future dystopia, alternate reality, loneliness, voyeurism, haunted by the past, life & death, existentialism ...
Time: future, near future
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   65%
    User:   66%
 
 7.1
 101K
The Jacket
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: Germany, USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: A military veteran goes on a journey into the future, where he can foresee his death and is left with questions that could save his life and those he loves.
Style: psychological, surreal, enigmatic, tricky, futuristic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: time travel, psychology, existentialism, time loop, race against time, memory loss, supernatural, amnesia, mental institution, mentally unstable, alternate reality, supernatural ability ...
Time: contemporary, future, 90s, 20th century, 21st century ...
Place: vermont
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   64%
    User:   70%
 
 7.5
 436K
Source Code
Genre: Mystery, Romance, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA, Canada
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: suspenseful, clever, suspense, surprise ending, twists and turns ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: train, time travel, identity, mystery, destiny, time loop, investigation, memory, time, alternate reality, parallel universe, science ...
Time: contemporary, future, 21st century
Place: illinois, usa, chicago illinois, afghanistan
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   64%
    User:   57%
 
 6.2
 17K
Cargo
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, atmospheric, suspenseful, suspense, serious ...
Plot: space travel, teleportation, isolation, alien, outer space, future dystopia, spacecraft, technology, science, first contact, virtual reality, conspiracy ...
Time: future, 23rd century
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   64%
    User:   66%
 
 5.6
 83K
The Box
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: suspenseful, psychological, suspense, serious, mind bending ...
Plot: mystery, alien, supernatural, conspiracy, nasa, teleportation, human nature, moral dilemma, death, blindness, storytelling, existentialism ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: usa, virginia, langley virginia
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   61%
    User:   55%
 
 7.2
 82K
Coherence
Genre: Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 89 min.
Story: On the night a comet is passing near Earth, eight friends at a dinner party experience a troubling chain of reality bending events. When the power goes out, they discover that the only house on the street left with power also holds many secrets.
Style: clever, tense, talky, suspenseful, psychological ...
Plot: alternate reality, paranoia, mystery, parallel universe, parallel world, confined, twists & turns, science, danger, comet, psychology, paranoid ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: los angeles, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   61%
    User:   67%
 
Sound of My Voice
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 85 min.
Story: A journalist and his girlfriend get pulled in while they investigate a cult whose leader claims to be from the future.
Style: tense, psychological, serious, thought provoking, enigmatic ...
Plot: cult, manipulation, time travel, uncover truth, brainwashing, psychology, mystery, twists & turns, secrets, haunted by the past, investigation, pornography ...
Time: contemporary, future, 21st century
Place: usa, los angeles, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   61%
    User:   59%
 
Project Almanac
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: serious, suspenseful, exciting, bad ending, twist ending ...
Audience: teens
Plot: time travel, high school, teenager, teleportation, changing the past or future, time loop, teenagers, bullying, revenge, teenage life, science, time machine ...
Time: contemporary, future, 21st century, 2010s, year 2004 ...
Place: usa, woodstock, atlanta georgia
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   61%
    User:   58%
 
 6.4
 83K
Monsters
Genre: Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Six years ago NASA discovered the possibility of alien life within our solar system. A probe was launched to collect samples, but crashed upon re-entry over Central America. Soon after, new life forms began to appear and half of Mexico was ...
Style: stylized, road movie, serious, bleak, scenic ...
Plot: alien, alien invasion, monster, survival, nasa, getting home, aliens, monsters, first contact, love story, existentialism, alien encounter ...
Time: future
Place: mexico, latin america, central america
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   60%
    User:   52%
 
 6.1
 91K
Sphere
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, psychological, scary, exciting, tense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: adventure, paranoia, first contact, imagination, danger, dialogue, twists & turns, survival, supernatural, book, psychology, ocean or sea ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, future
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   60%
    User:   64%
 
 7.4
 164K
K-PAX
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: clever, psychological, sentimental, touching, atmospheric ...
Plot: alien, psychiatrist, hospital, science, mystery, patient, imagination, benign alien, mental institution, aliens, psychiatry, mysterious character ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 1990s, future
Place: new york, usa, greenland, grand central station manhattan new york city, iceland ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   59%
    User:   100%
 
 7.8
 251K
Gattaca
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: futuristic, twists and turns, intellectual, inspirational, thought provoking ...
Plot: fighting the system, eugenics, genetics, distopia, science, philosophy, space travel, discrimination, injustice, heart disease, destiny, rebellion ...
Time: future, near future
Place: french riviera, riviera
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   58%
    User:   56%
 
 6.0
 26K
Circle
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 87 min.
Story: Could you trust a jury of your peers with your life? The contestants of a mysterious death game must make harrowing decisions as they strategize for survival in this psychological sci-fi thriller.
Style: twist ending, suspense, suspenseful, bad ending, clever ...
Plot: survival, aliens, humanity, dialogue, death, catastrophe, stereotypes, plot twist, life & death, natural disaster, end of the world, space travel ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   58%
    User:   67%
 
2010: The Year We Make Contact
Genre: Adventure, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 116 min.
Story: This is a sequel to 2001 A Space Odyssey. It is now 2010 and both the Americans and the Russians are racing to get to Jupiter to investigate the black monolith (similar to the one found in Lunar Crater Clavius) which was found by the U.S.S. ...
Style: futuristic, stylized, serious, atmospheric, cerebral ...
Plot: space travel, adventure, nasa, outer space, cold war, artificial intelligence, a.i., mystery, astronaut, space opera, moon, first contact ...
Time: future, 21st century, year 2010, 2010s
Place: washington d.c., new mexico
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   58%
    User:   53%
 
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