Movies like Arrival

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Arrival (2016)
 7.9
 501K
Arrival (2016)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
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, clever, surprise ending, non-linear ...
Plot: alien, first contact, spacecraft, loss, destiny, flash forward, language barrier, death of daughter, memory, time loop, husband wife relationship, scientist, military, female protagonist, existentialism, alien invasion, science, precognition, ufo, language, communication, time travel, outer space, strong female character, time ...
Time: 2010s, future
Place: russia, pakistan, montana, venezuela, china, massachusetts, sudan

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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 interesting films with plots about storytelling, catastrophe, first contact, death, technology, dialogue and existentialism mostly in Sci-Fi, Drama and Thriller genres. Some movies like Arrival: Annihilation (2018), Ex Machina (2014), Signs (2002), Interstellar (2014), Fire in the Sky (1993). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
 6.9
 222K
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, transformation, scientist, mutation, psychologist, research, quarantine, mission, paramedic, missing husband, jungle, mutant ...
Time: 2010s
Place: florida
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 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, mind bending, intellectual, suspenseful ...
Plot: artificial intelligence, a.i., isolation, manipulation, experiment gone awry, technology, existentialism, human android relationship, deception, man versus machine, philosophy, robot ...
Time: future, near future, 21st century, contemporary, 2010s
Place: england
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 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: farm, alien invasion, alien encounter, alien, loss of faith, ufo, single father, priest, small town, christianity, baseball, brother brother relationship ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: pennsylvania, usa, brazil, mexico
⇓ similarity ⇓
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: atmospheric, mind bending, futuristic, serious, cerebral ...
Plot: space travel, outer space, spacecraft, time travel, parallel world, space and aliens, heroic mission, future dystopia, inventions and discoveries, adventure, survival, expedition ...
Time: future, near future
Place: colorado
⇓ 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, danger, false accusation, police, murder, crimes, space and aliens, life is a bitch ...
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: suspenseful, atmospheric, serious, sincere, twists and turns ...
Plot: scientist, alien encounter, space and aliens, wormhole, inventions and discoveries, nasa, benign alien, space travel, contact, mathematics, radio, research ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, future
Place: new mexico, usa, puerto rico
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 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, kids, family outing
Plot: friendship, small town, young heroes, adventure, childhood, secret, alien, danger, monster, investigation, disappearance, filmmaking ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, year 1979, year 1963, year 1958 ...
Place: ohio, usa
⇓ 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: tense, suspenseful, psychological, cerebral, atmospheric ...
Plot: space travel, spacecraft, moon, survival, spacewalk, danger, outer space, astronaut, found footage, contact, diary, landing ...
Time: future, 21st century, contemporary, year 1972, 1950s
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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 7.0
 304K
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, cerebral ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: love story, space travel, isolation, spacecraft, loneliness, survival, space station, trapped in space, moral dilemma, malfunction, outer space, dating ...
Time: future
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
 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, suspense, bleak, scary, exciting ...
Audience: kids
Plot: apocalypse, changing the past or future, end of the world, scientist, professor, prophecy, air disaster, prediction, code, destiny, supernatural, save the world ...
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 encounter, disappearance, alien abduction, patient, paranormal activity, hypnosis, abduction, space and aliens, investigation, uncover truth, social relations ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: alaska, usa, california, antarctica
⇓ 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, clever, stylized, surprise ending ...
Plot: time travel, changing the past or future, sent to the past, destiny, bar, mysterious character, bartender, mission, terrorism, time machine, bomber, time paradox ...
Time: 20th century, year 1963, year 1985, year 1970, year 1981 ...
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: tech noir, futuristic, melancholic, bleak, enigmatic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: cyberpunk, artificial intelligence, bounty hunter, genetics, neo noir, investigation, police detective, mission, pursuit, violence, dark future, freedom fighter ...
Time: future, year 1966, near future, 2040s
Place: las vegas, los angeles, california, san diego california
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 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, touching, sincere, atmospheric, sentimental ...
Plot: psychiatrist, patient, benign alien, mysterious character, mental institution, mysterious planet, odd, research, insanity, hypnosis, alien, hospital ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, future, 1990s
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, new mexico, grand central station manhattan new york city ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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, suspenseful, suspense, philosophical ...
Plot: time travel, changing the past or future, supernatural ability, haunted by the past, life philosophy, twists & turns, diary, family relations, parents and children, hypnosis, child abuse, road not taken ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, future
Place: usa, dungeon
⇓ 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, surreal, stylized, futuristic ...
Plot: destiny, life philosophy, human nature, death, love and romance, wisdom of life, human existence, reincarnation, love, genetic engineering, karma, survival ...
Time: future, 19th century, 20th century, 21st century, 1930s ...
Place: hawaii, south korea, seoul
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 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, on the run, manhunt, save the world, future dystopia, race against time, rivalry, crimes, imaginary, space and aliens, danger ...
Time: future, 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
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, ambiguous ending ...
Plot: apocalypse, alien, kidnapping, bunker, paranoia, strong female character, survival, alien invasion, psychological manipulation, disposing of a dead body, farmhouse, loneliness ...
Time: 2010s
Place: louisiana, usa, new orleans
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
Movie in collections
 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, suspenseful, scary, exciting, tense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: paranoia, psychologist, first contact, adventure, survival, supernatural, danger, ocean or sea, imagination, alien, book, group of strangers ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, future
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
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: futuristic, serious, suspenseful, stylized, atmospheric ...
Plot: evacuation, ufo, ultimatum, environmentalism, evil alien, alien, end of the world, back from the dead, nasa, first contact, alien contact, giant robot ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 1920s, future
Place: usa, manhattan new york city, mcdonald's restaurant, new jersey, virginia ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
 5.2
 89K
The 5th Wave (2016)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
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, twists and turns, serious, bleak ...
Audience: teens, chick flick
Plot: apocalypse, danger, obsessive quest, adventure, survival, mysterious character, teenage life, alien invasion, end of the world, youth, genocide, tsunami ...
Time: future, 2010s
Place: usa, tower bridge london, bangkok thailand, ohio
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 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, astronaut, space station, trapped in space, survivor, spacewalk, space and aliens, mission gone awry ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, future
Place: houston texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
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, obsessive quest, life turned upside down, desert, conspiracy, obsession, spacecraft, government conspiracy ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: indiana, wyoming, mongolia, mexico, ohio ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
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 5.6
 84K
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: psychological, mind bending, suspenseful, scary, suspense ...
Plot: conspiracy, moral dilemma, human nature, money, murder, gift, experiment, violence, mystery, sacrifice, decision, mysterious character ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: virginia, usa, langley virginia
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
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, tense, rough, bleak, suspenseful ...
Plot: scientist, space station, alternate dimension, alien, danger, characters killed one by one, trapped in space, self sacrifice, betrayal, convulsion, newscast, giant monster ...
Time: near future, 2020s, 2000s
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
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: utopia, danger, alien, spacecraft, dishonesty, humanity in peril, world domination, husband wife relationship, demon, adaptation, technology, evil alien ...
Time: near future, 21st century, future
Place: usa, israel
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
 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, surreal, psychological, mind bending, enigmatic ...
Plot: space station, space travel, astronaut, outer space, space and aliens, back from the dead, spacecraft, mysterious planet, mystery, paranormal activity, obsession, psychologist ...
Time: future
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
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, heroic mission, space and aliens, good versus evil, stalking, save the world ...
Time: prehistory, 1960s, 1950s
Place: london, england, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
 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, suspense, suspenseful, tense, atmospheric ...
Plot: space travel, spacecraft, isolation, outer space, teleportation, uncover truth, danger, space and aliens, escapades, space colony, cargo ship, expedition ...
Time: future, 23rd century
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
Midnight Special (2016)
Genre: Action, Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA, Greece
Duration: 112 min.
Story: A father and son go on the run after the dad learns his child possesses special powers.
Style: suspenseful, serious, suspense, light, ambiguous ending ...
Plot: chase, on the run, gas station, hostage, meteor, helicopter, motel, goggles, fbi, government, military, supernatural ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s, 80s
Place: usa, louisiana, texas, atlanta georgia
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%