Movies like Arena 1989

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Arena (1989)
 5.2
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Arena (1989)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi, Sport
Country: Italy
Duration: 115 min.
Story: An intergalactic fighting competition between champions of various worlds has traditionally been won by a species much larger and stronger than humans. Entering the contest, a human finds he has to battle against not just his opponents and his self-doubts, but the corrupt system. Far in the future, on a distant space station, the legendary Arena is where the best fighters from every planet come to vie for the championship. But for over half a century, no Earthling has been good enough to be a contender. Until out of nowhere, comes an underdog: the great human hope, Steve Armstrong... and the best anyone's ever seen. He's been training all his life for a shot at the big time, but now he's up against some mighty big muscle: a ruthless extra-terrestrial crimelord who'll pull no punches to make sure he stops Steve dead. In the mood for hard-hitting sci-fi action? Arena will knock you out!
Style: futuristic, exciting, semi serious, psychotronic, cult film, weird
Audience: boys' night
Plot: fight, alien, monster, competition, exploitation, outer space, adventure, gangsters, heroes, space and aliens, battles, fighting the system, rivalry, ambition, contests and competitions, alien encounter, underdog, future dystopia, robot, boxing, gambling, cyborgs, seduction, kickboxing, theft ...
Time: future

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out exciting, futuristic, suspenseful and serious films with plots about space and aliens, heroes, danger, adventure, outer space, escapades and rivalry mostly in Sci-Fi, Action and Adventure genres. Some movies like Arena: Alien Intruder (1993), Babylon 5: Thirdspace (1998), Wing Commander (1999), Crimson Force (2005), Space Raiders (1983). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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Alien Intruder (1993)
Genre: Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
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Babylon 5: Thirdspace (1998)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
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Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: space and aliens, outer space, space station, fight, adventure, evil alien, military, alien, space opera, weapons, vengeance, chase ...
Time: future, 23rd century
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Wing Commander (1999)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
Country: Luxembourg, USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: The Hollywood version of the popular video game series "Wing Commander". Unlike other video games to feature film transitions, series creator Chris Roberts was heavily involved in the film's creation. This is the story of Christopher ...
Style: exciting, futuristic, bleak, suspenseful, humorous ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
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Time: future
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Crimson Force (2005)
Genre: Action, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
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Style: serious, exciting, suspenseful, futuristic, psychotronic
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Time: future
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Buck Rogers in the 25th Century (1979)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: Capt. William "Buck" Rogers is a jovial space cowboy who is accidentally time-warped from 1987 to 2491. Earth is engaged in interplanetary war following a global holocaust, and Buck's piloting skills make him an ideal starfighter ...
Style: futuristic, serious, exciting, atmospheric, suspenseful ...
Audience: teens
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Time: future
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Space Raiders (1983)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 84 min.
Story: A futuristic, sensitive tale of adventure and confrontation when a 10 year old boy is accidentally kidnapped by a spaceship filled with a motley crew of space pirates.
Style: exciting, semi serious, stylized, futuristic, cult film
Audience: boys' night, teens
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Time: future
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Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
Country: USA, South Africa, Germany
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Style: futuristic, absurd, exciting, semi serious, sexy ...
Audience: boys' night
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Time: 23rd century
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Laserhawk (1997)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
Country: Canada
Duration: 99 min.
Story: 250 million years ago, a carnivorous species 'planted' a crop of humans on an uninhabited planet known as Earth. Now, the alien life form has returned to harvest its yield. With total destruction looming just moments away, a futuristic ...
Style: semi serious, exciting, suspenseful
Audience: boys' night, teens
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Time: future
⇓ similarity ⇓
64%
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Jupiter Ascending (2015)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
Country: USA, Australia
Duration: 127 min.
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Audience: teens, chick flick, boys' night
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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 3.2
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Atlantis Down (2010)
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Style: tense, exciting, serious, futuristic, captivating ...
Audience: boys' night
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Time: future
⇓ similarity ⇓
63%
The Fifth Element (1997)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
Country: France, UK
Duration: 126 min.
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Style: futuristic, breathtaking, exciting, cerebral, stylized ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
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Time: future, 1910s, 23rd century, 90s
Place: egypt, usa, brooklyn new york city, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
62%
Battle Beyond the Stars (1980)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: A young farmer assembles a band of diverse mercenaries to defend his peaceful planet from an evil tyrant.
Style: humorous, stylized, futuristic, exciting, psychotronic ...
Audience: teens, kids, boys' night
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Time: 80s, future
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Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome (2012)
Genre: Action, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
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Style: exciting, futuristic, light, entertaining, tense ...
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Time: future
⇓ similarity ⇓
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Battlestar Galactica (1978)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 148 min.
Story: After the destruction of the Twelve Colonies of Mankind, the last major fighter carrier leads a makeshift fugitive fleet in a desperate search for the legendary planet Earth. This film is adapted from a television series that aired on ABC from ...
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Ender's Game (2013)
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Country: USA
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Time: future
Place: japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
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Real Steel (2011)
Genre: Action, Drama, Sci-Fi, Sport
Country: USA, India
Duration: 127 min.
Story: In the near-future, Charlie Kenton is a washed-up fighter who retired from the ring when robots took over the sport. After Charlie's robot is trashed, he reluctantly teams up with his estranged son Max to rebuild and train an unlikely contender.
Style: futuristic, feel good, inspirational, exciting, sentimental ...
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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Red Faction: Origins (2011)
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Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
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Style: suspenseful, futuristic, exciting, serious, scenic ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
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Time: future, 22nd century
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
Spacehunter: Adventures in the Forbidden Zone (1983)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 90 min.
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Style: futuristic, intense, semi serious, suspenseful, stylized ...
Audience: boys' night, teens, family outing
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Time: 80s, future
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Stargate SG-1: Children of the Gods (2009)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
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Style: serious, exciting, suspenseful, futuristic, stylized
Audience: teens, boys' night
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Time: future
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
Alien Apocalypse (2005)
Genre: Adventure, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: An astronaut doctor Ivan Hood and his fellow astronaut Kelly return from their mission in space to find the world has been taken over by aliens. Now Dr. Ivan Hood and Kelly must lead a revolution to free the human slaves from their alien masters.
Style: suspenseful, futuristic, exciting, captivating, suspense ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
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⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
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Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 132 min.
Story: When the crew of the Enterprise is called back home, they find an unstoppable force of terror from within their own organization has detonated the fleet and everything it stands for, leaving our world in a state of crisis. With a personal score to ...
Style: futuristic, semi serious, exciting, serious, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: outer space, space travel, spacecraft, space and aliens, space wars, star trek, adventure, heroic mission, self sacrifice, team, teamwork, good versus evil ...
Time: future, 23rd century
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⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
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Battlefield Earth (2000)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 118 min.
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Style: futuristic, exciting, suspenseful, stylized, suspense ...
Audience: boys' night
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Babylon 5: The Legend of the Rangers (2002)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: After being punished for retreat from combat, Ranger David Martel is given command of the Liandra, a haunted 20-year old Minbari fighting ship. He's escorting ambassadors to a secret archaeological site, the oldest city on record and a clue to ...
Style: light, stylized, futuristic, bleak, serious ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: space travel, space battle, space opera, adventure, save the world, fantasy world, parallel universe, alien, space wars, society, supernatural, heroes ...
Time: future, 23rd century
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
 2.0
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Space Mutiny (1988)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Romance, Sci-Fi
Country: South Africa, USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: A pilot is the only hope to stop the mutiny of a spacecraft by its security crew, who plot to sell the crew of the ship into slavery.
Style: psychotronic, exciting, semi serious, futuristic, humorous ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: space and aliens, outer space, spacecraft, human in outer space, battles, exploitation, star wars, woman with a gun, monster, mutiny, lieutenant, dancing ...
Time: future
Place: south africa
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
 3.1
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Rollerball (2002)
Genre: Action, Sci-Fi, Sport
Country: USA, Germany, Japan
Duration: 98 min.
Story: In this fast action-packed thriller, Jonathan, Marcus, and Aurora compete in a dangerous, fierce sport called Rollerball. Although, Johnathan and Marcus try to quit, cruel and vindictive promoter Alexi Petrovich encourages them to still participate.
Style: stylized, futuristic, serious, suspenseful, sexy ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: sport, contests and competitions, rivalry, rebellion, future dystopia, survival, chaos, deathtrap, ambition, dishonesty, escapades, graphic violence ...
Time: future, 21st century, year 2005, near future, 2000s
Place: san francisco, california, usa, texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
 3.4
 585
One Shot (2014)
Genre: Action, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: When Kyle Matthews, an elite Sniper from the World Defense Force, is trapped in enemy territory - his skills are put to the test as he attempts to survive against a whole armada of Cerulean soldiers, Hell bent on wiping all humans from existence. ...
Style: suspenseful, stylized, exciting, serious, futuristic
Audience: boys' night
Plot: space and aliens, military, survival, alien contact, soldier, master warrior, heroes, battles, graphic violence, sniper, danger, sniper rifle
Time: future
⇓ similarity ⇓
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The Last Starfighter (1984)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: A video game expert Alex Rogan finds himself transported to another planet after conquering The Last Starfighter video game only to find out it was just a test. He was recruited to join the team of best Starfighters to defend their world from the ...
Style: exciting, light, entertaining, semi serious, humorous ...
Audience: kids, teens, family outing
Plot: alien, outer space, adventure, space travel, teenager, planet, alien contact, space wars, space opera, space and aliens, heroic mission, battles ...
Time: 80s, year 1984, future
Place: california
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
Avatar: The Way of Water (2022)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Story: Twelve years after exploring Pandora and joining the Na’vi, Jake Sully has since raised a family with Neytiri and established himself within the clans of the new world. Of course, peace can only last so long. Especially when the military ...
Style: breathtaking, exciting, futuristic, colourful, epic ...
Audience: family outing
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Time: future
⇓ similarity ⇓
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