Movies like Arrival

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Arrival (2016)
 7.9
 557K
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, cerebral, enigmatic, suspense, philosophical, twist ending, futuristic, interesting, psychological, tricky ...
Plot: alien, first contact, spacecraft, time loop, loss, female protagonist, memory, science, destiny, ufo, flash forward, language barrier, scientist, military, death of daughter, time paradox, husband wife relationship, alien creature, supernatural power, alien race, existentialism, alien invasion, precognition, warship, communication ...
Time: future, 2010s
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 visually appealing, suspense, cerebral and serious films with plots about storytelling, first contact, existentialism, catastrophe, death, technology and dialogue mostly in Sci-Fi, Drama and Thriller genres. Some movies like Arrival: Interstellar (2014), Contact (1997), Annihilation (2018), Ex Machina (2014), Sphere (1998). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
 8.6
 1.4M
Interstellar (2014)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
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, cerebral, serious ...
Plot: outer space, space travel, time travel, spacecraft, end of the world, black hole, space exploration, expedition, wormhole, parallel world, heroic mission, time paradox ...
Time: future, 21st century, near future
Place: colorado
⇓ similarity ⇓
92%
 7.4
 244K
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, emotional, intense, contemplative ...
Plot: benign alien, scientist, alien encounter, space travel, alien contact, wormhole, research, science, nasa, space and aliens, first contact, outer space ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, future
Place: new mexico, usa, puerto rico
⇓ similarity ⇓
87%
 6.9
 259K
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, disturbing, ambiguous ending, intellectual, macabre ...
Plot: dna, female protagonist, mutation, scientist, expedition, lovecraftian, transformation, psychologist, genetics, research, quarantine, mutant ...
Time: 2010s
Place: florida
⇓ similarity ⇓
80%
 7.7
 449K
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: mind bending, futuristic, tense, twist ending, atmospheric ...
Plot: artificial intelligence, a.i., isolation, robot, manipulation, human android relationship, man versus machine, technology, cyborgs, existentialism, androids, androids and robots ...
Time: future, near future, 21st century, contemporary, 2010s
Place: england
⇓ similarity ⇓
88%
Movie in collections
 6.1
 96K
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: mind bending, scary, psychological, suspenseful, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: first contact, psychology, paranoia, psychologist, survival, ocean or sea, underwater, ocean, danger, supernatural, adventure, alien ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, future
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.7
 327K
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, twists and turns, scary ...
Plot: asthma attack, alien invasion, farm, ufo, asthma, alien encounter, alien, loss of faith, single father, priest, baseball, christianity ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: pennsylvania, usa, brazil, mexico
⇓ similarity ⇓
75%
 6.4
 65K
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: suspenseful, tense, psychological, suspense, cerebral ...
Plot: space travel, spacecraft, survival, outer space, danger, astronaut, found footage, landing, distant planet, inventions and discoveries, moon, alien ...
Time: future, 21st century, contemporary, year 1972, 1950s
⇓ 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, suspense, twists and turns ...
Audience: teens
Plot: utopia, alien, world domination, danger, dishonesty, spacecraft, humanity in peril, husband wife relationship, demon, adaptation, technology, creativity ...
Time: near future, 21st century, future
Place: usa, israel
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Movie in collections
 7.6
 157K
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, psychological, tense, suspenseful, serious ...
Plot: underwater, ocean, submarine, sea, space and aliens, first contact, ufo, alien encounter, ocean or sea, sacrifice, cold war, scuba diving ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, future
⇓ 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, epic, sentimental, light ...
Plot: ufo, alien, first contact, alien abduction, alien contact, spacecraft, technology, contact, flying saucer, obsessive quest, benign alien, space and aliens ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: indiana, wyoming, mongolia, mexico, ohio ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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, time, high school, friendship, time paradox, teenager, youth, life turned upside down, time loop ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, year 2004, 2010s, 2000s ...
Place: usa, atlanta georgia, woodstock
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.4
 239K
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, suspense, suspenseful, enigmatic, twists and turns ...
Plot: alien, outer space, space travel, human versus alien, androids, alien technology, monster, parasite, alien life-form, infection, experiment, brutality ...
Time: future, 22nd century
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.5
 238K
Predestination (2014)
Genre: Action, 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, surprise ending, clever, twists and turns, tense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: time travel, time machine, time paradox, changing the past or future, time loop, destiny, sent to the past, mysterious character, mission, terrorism, special agents, bar ...
Time: 20th century, year 1975, year 1945, 1990s, 1960s ...
Place: usa, cleveland ohio
⇓ similarity ⇓
71%
 6.3
 27K
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, psychological, bleak, philosophical, suspense ...
Plot: suicide, life after death, interview, mystery, plot twist, mental illness, science, self discovery, dreams, alternate reality, afterlife, depression ...
Time: future
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.2
 214K
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: suspenseful, bleak, exciting, scary, suspense ...
Audience: kids
Plot: end of the world, apocalypse, prediction, prophecy, changing the past or future, professor, scientist, foreknowledge, code, destiny, supernatural, mysterious character ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 1950s, future
Place: massachusetts, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.4
 518K
Looper (2012)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA, China
Duration: 113 min.
Story: In the futuristic action thriller Looper, time travel will be invented but it will be illegal and only available on the black market. When the mob wants to get rid of someone, they will send their target 30 years into the past where a looper, a ...
Style: tense, futuristic, serious, exciting, thought provoking ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: time travel, time loop, changing the past or future, destiny, on the run, organized crime, hitman, sent to the past, mafia, violence, self sacrifice, imaginary ...
Time: future, 21st century, 2040s
Place: usa, kansas, shanghai china
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.0
 331K
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, surprise ending, cerebral ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: love story, isolation, outer space, space travel, survival, space station, spacecraft, loneliness, trapped in space, adventure, malfunction, stranded ...
Time: future
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
 7.0
 329K
Super 8 (2011)
Genre: Action, 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: childhood, alien, friendship, young heroes, adventure, youth, small town, danger, secret, monster, filmmaking, investigation ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, year 1979, 1960s, year 1963 ...
Place: ohio, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
Movie in collections
 7.7
 741K
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, space travel, space station, spacecraft, astronaut, sole survivor, loss, space and aliens, spacewalk, survivor ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, future
Place: houston texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.4
 171K
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, surprise ending, touching, serious ...
Plot: benign alien, mysterious character, patient, psychiatrist, research, odd, alien, insanity, mental institution, hypnosis, planet, delusion ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, future, 1990s
Place: usa, new york, greenland, manhattan new york city, grand central station manhattan new york city ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
75%
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, danger, alien encounter, friendship, false accusation, abduction, police, murder, space and aliens, life is a bitch ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, year 1975
Place: arizona, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
 7.4
 335K
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: atmospheric, psychological, thought provoking, enigmatic, surreal ...
Plot: life philosophy, destiny, reincarnation, human nature, death, love and romance, tribe, karma, dystopic future, human existence, wisdom of life, life & death ...
Time: future, 19th century, 20th century, 21st century, 1930s ...
Place: seoul, hawaii, south korea, san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 5.8
 63K
The Forgotten (2004)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Telly Paretta is a grieving mother struggling to cope with the loss of her 8-year-old son. She is stunned when her psychiatrist reveals that she has created eight years of memories about a son she never had. But when she meets a man who has had a ...
Style: psychological, mind bending, twists and turns, suspenseful, enigmatic ...
Plot: memory loss, missing child, mind game, abduction, memory, estrangement, loss of son, psychiatrist, life is a bitch, grief, delusion, mystery ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Movie in collections
 7.5
 468K
Source Code (2011)
Genre: Action, Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA, Canada, France
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, captivating, suspenseful, mind bending, clever ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: time travel, time loop, changing the past or future, destiny, bomb, save the day, imaginary, suspicion, terrorism, parallel universe, nuclear threat, danger ...
Time: contemporary, future, 21st century
Place: illinois, usa, afghanistan, chicago illinois
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.2
 222K
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, artsy, atmospheric, melancholic, stylized ...
Plot: immortality, metaphysics, queen, reincarnation, tragic love, terminal illness, loneliness, love of one's life, death, cancer, loss of loved one, tree ...
Time: future, 16th century, contemporary, 21st century
Place: spain, latin america, europe, guatemala, central america
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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: space station, scientist, alien, trapped in space, giant monster, self sacrifice, characters killed one by one, danger, alternate dimension, betrayal, convulsion, stowaway ...
Time: near future, 2000s, 2020s
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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: futuristic, tech noir, suspense, melancholic, bleak ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: cyberpunk, artificial intelligence, neo noir, genetics, bounty hunter, slave labor, ex soldier, investigation, violence, police detective, death of protagonist, dark future ...
Time: future, year 1966, 2040s, near future
Place: california, san diego california, las vegas, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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, suspenseful, stylized, atmospheric, futuristic ...
Plot: end of the world, ufo, alien contact, evacuation, evil alien, ultimatum, messenger, threat, first contact, chaos and mayhem, environmentalism, worldwide chaos ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 1920s, future
Place: usa, manhattan new york city, new jersey, australia, virginia ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
75%
 8.1
 75K
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, psychological, psychedelic, art house, intellectual ...
Plot: space station, outer space, scientist, space travel, investigation, mysterious planet, dreams, russian, back from the dead, psychologist, astronaut, science ...
Time: future
Place: soviet union, russia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 5.8
 42K
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, avant garde, twist ending
Plot: spacecraft, alien invasion, alien, rescue, husband wife relationship, father daughter relationship, chase, self mutilation, foot chase, friendship, fear, shot to death ...
Time: future
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%