Pairs of similar movies that aren't remakes

by matt-baen | created - 23 Sep 2012 | updated - 2 months ago | Public

These are released several years apart, unlike the 'twin movie' phenomenon of very similar films released within a year or two of each other.

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1. Absolutely Anything (2015)

R | 85 min | Comedy, Sci-Fi

31 Metascore

A group of eccentric aliens confer a human being with the power to do absolutely anything, as an experiment.

Director: Terry Jones | Stars: Simon Pegg, Kate Beckinsale, Sanjeev Bhaskar, Rob Riggle

Votes: 30,853

Bruce Almighty

2. Bruce Almighty (2003)

PG-13 | 101 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

46 Metascore

A guy who complains about God too often is given almighty powers to teach him how difficult it is to run the world.

Director: Tom Shadyac | Stars: Jim Carrey, Jennifer Aniston, Morgan Freeman, Philip Baker Hall

Votes: 328,704 | Gross: $242.83M

3. Alien (1979)

R | 116 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

83 Metascore

After a space merchant vessel perceives an unknown transmission as a distress call, its landing on the source moon finds one of the crew attacked by a mysterious lifeform, and they soon realize that its life cycle has merely begun.

Director: Ridley Scott | Stars: Sigourney Weaver, Tom Skerritt, John Hurt, Veronica Cartwright

Votes: 664,001 | Gross: $78.90M

It! The Terror From Beyond Space

4. It! The Terror from Beyond Space (1958)

Approved | 69 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

The first manned expedition to Mars is decimated by an unknown life form which stows away on the rescue ship.

Director: Edward L. Cahn | Stars: Marshall Thompson, Shirley Patterson, Kim Spalding, Ann Doran

Votes: 3,770

5. Aliens (1986)

R | 137 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

86 Metascore

Ellen Ripley is rescued by a deep salvage team after being in hypersleep for 57 years. The moon that the Nostromo visited has been colonized, but contact is lost. This time, colonial marines have impressive firepower, but will that be enough?

Director: James Cameron | Stars: Sigourney Weaver, Michael Biehn, Carrie Henn, Paul Reiser

Votes: 563,641 | Gross: $85.16M

Them!

6. Them! (1954)

Not Rated | 94 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

The earliest atomic tests in New Mexico cause common ants to mutate into giant man-eating monsters that threaten civilization.

Director: Gordon Douglas | Stars: James Whitmore, Edmund Gwenn, Joan Weldon, James Arness

Votes: 16,759

7. Another Earth (2011)

PG-13 | 92 min | Drama, Romance, Sci-Fi

66 Metascore

On the night of the discovery of a duplicate Earth in the Solar system, an ambitious young student and an accomplished composer cross paths in a tragic accident.

Director: Mike Cahill | Stars: Brit Marling, William Mapother, Matthew-Lee Erlbach, DJ Flava

Votes: 81,619 | Gross: $1.32M

Maelstrom

8. Maelstrom (2000)

R | 87 min | Drama

66 Metascore

After plunging her car into a river, a woman encounters a man who helps her come to terms with her life.

Director: Denis Villeneuve | Stars: Marie-Josée Croze, Jean-Nicolas Verreault, Stephanie Morgenstern, Pierre Lebeau

Votes: 3,936 | Gross: $0.03M

9. Another Gay Movie (2006)

Not Rated | 92 min | Comedy, Romance

37 Metascore

Four gay high school friends make a pact to lose their virginity before they go to college.

Director: Todd Stephens | Stars: Michael Carbonaro, Jonathan Chase, Jonah Blechman, Mitch Morris

Votes: 8,211 | Gross: $0.65M

American Pie

10. American Pie (1999)

R | 95 min | Comedy

58 Metascore

Four teenage boys enter a pact to lose their virginity by prom night.

Directors: Paul Weitz, Chris Weitz | Stars: Jason Biggs, Chris Klein, Thomas Ian Nicholas, Alyson Hannigan

Votes: 339,390 | Gross: $102.56M

11. Avatar (2009)

PG-13 | 162 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

83 Metascore

A paraplegic marine dispatched to the moon Pandora on a unique mission becomes torn between following his orders and protecting the world he feels is his home.

Director: James Cameron | Stars: Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, Sigourney Weaver, Michelle Rodriguez

Votes: 983,748 | Gross: $760.51M

Dances With Wolves

12. Dances with Wolves (1990)

PG-13 | 181 min | Adventure, Drama, Western

72 Metascore

Lieutenant John Dunbar, assigned to a remote western Civil War outpost, befriends wolves and Indians, making him an intolerable aberration in the military.

Director: Kevin Costner | Stars: Kevin Costner, Mary McDonnell, Graham Greene, Rodney A. Grant

Votes: 208,070 | Gross: $184.21M

13. The Brave One (2007)

R | 122 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

56 Metascore

Struggling to recover emotionally from a brutal assault that killed her fiancé and left her in a coma, a radio personality begins a quest for vengeance against the perpetrators that leaves a bloody trail across New York City.

Director: Neil Jordan | Stars: Jodie Foster, Terrence Howard, Naveen Andrews, Nicky Katt

Votes: 53,789 | Gross: $36.79M

Death Wish

14. Death Wish (1974)

R | 93 min | Action, Crime, Drama

51 Metascore

A New York City architect becomes a one-man vigilante squad after his wife is murdered by street punks in which he randomly goes out and kills would-be muggers on the mean streets after dark.

Director: Michael Winner | Stars: Charles Bronson, Hope Lange, Vincent Gardenia, Steven Keats

Votes: 29,076 | Gross: $22.00M

15. Charlie Bartlett (2007)

R | 97 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

54 Metascore

A rich kid becomes the self-appointed psychiatrist to the student body of his new high school.

Director: Jon Poll | Stars: Anton Yelchin, Robert Downey Jr., Hope Davis, Kat Dennings

Votes: 59,289 | Gross: $3.95M

Rushmore

16. Rushmore (1998)

R | 93 min | Comedy, Drama

86 Metascore

The extracurricular king of Rushmore preparatory school is put on academic probation.

Director: Wes Anderson | Stars: Jason Schwartzman, Bill Murray, Olivia Williams, Seymour Cassel

Votes: 149,589 | Gross: $17.11M

17. Chronicle (2012)

PG-13 | 84 min | Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller

69 Metascore

Three high school friends gain superpowers after making an incredible discovery underground. Soon they find their lives spinning out of control and their bond tested as they embrace their darker sides.

Director: Josh Trank | Stars: Dane DeHaan, Alex Russell, Michael B. Jordan, Michael Kelly

Votes: 221,211 | Gross: $64.58M

The Source

18. The Source (2002)

R | 100 min | Thriller, Sci-Fi

Four outcast teenagers acquire mystical powers that allow them to become gods on campus, with deadly consequences.

Director: Steve Taylor | Stars: Mathew Scollon, Melissa Reneé Martin, Edward DeRuiter, Alice Frank

Votes: 639

19. The Da Vinci Code (2006)

PG-13 | 149 min | Mystery, Thriller

46 Metascore

A murder inside the Louvre, and clues in Da Vinci paintings, lead to the discovery of a religious mystery protected by a secret society for two thousand years, which could shake the foundations of Christianity.

Director: Ron Howard | Stars: Tom Hanks, Audrey Tautou, Jean Reno, Ian McKellen

Votes: 354,426 | Gross: $217.54M

Revelation

20. Revelation (2001)

R | 111 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

Dating back to the time of Jesus Christ, an ancient relic known as the Loculus has been fought over by the forces of light and darkness down the centuries. Created in 50 AD, the wood panels... See full summary »

Director: Stuart Urban | Stars: Natasha Wightman, Udo Kier, Diran Meghreblian, David Urban

Votes: 1,429

21. Detroit Rock City (1999)

R | 95 min | Comedy, Music

33 Metascore

In 1978, four rebellious teenagers try to scam their way into a KISS concert.

Director: Adam Rifkin | Stars: Edward Furlong, Giuseppe Andrews, James DeBello, Sam Huntington

Votes: 32,284 | Gross: $4.22M

22. I Wanna Hold Your Hand (1978)

PG | 104 min | Comedy, Music, Romance

Six teenagers from New Jersey run off to go to a Beatles concert to meet their idols, despite not having tickets. Along the way, they learn new things about friendship and growing up.

Director: Robert Zemeckis | Stars: Nancy Allen, Bobby Di Cicco, Marc McClure, Susan Kendall Newman

Votes: 3,429

23. District 9 (2009)

R | 112 min | Sci-Fi, Thriller

81 Metascore

An extraterrestrial race forced to live in slum-like conditions on Earth suddenly finds a kindred spirit in a government agent who is exposed to their biotechnology.

Director: Neill Blomkamp | Stars: Sharlto Copley, David James, Jason Cope, Nathalie Boltt

Votes: 580,048 | Gross: $115.65M

Alien Nation

24. Alien Nation (1988)

R | 91 min | Action, Sci-Fi

45 Metascore

In 1988, Earth makes the first contact with an alien civilization. In 1991, these aliens, known as Newcomers, slowly begin to be integrated into human society after three years of quarantine.

Director: Graham Baker | Stars: James Caan, Mandy Patinkin, Terence Stamp, Kevyn Major Howard

Votes: 12,524 | Gross: $25.22M

25. Earth to Echo (2014)

PG | 91 min | Adventure, Family, Sci-Fi

53 Metascore

After receiving a bizarre series of encrypted messages, a group of kids embark on an adventure with an alien who needs their help.

Director: Dave Green | Stars: Teo Halm, Astro, Reese Hartwig, Ella Wahlestedt

Votes: 17,066 | Gross: $38.92M

E.T.

26. E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982)

PG | 115 min | Family, Sci-Fi

91 Metascore

A troubled child summons the courage to help a friendly alien escape Earth and return to his home world.

Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: Henry Thomas, Drew Barrymore, Peter Coyote, Dee Wallace

Votes: 316,995 | Gross: $435.11M

27. Eragon (2006)

PG | 104 min | Action, Adventure, Family

38 Metascore

In his homeland of Alagaesia, a farm boy happens upon a dragon's egg -- a discovery that leads him on a predestined journey where he realizes he's the one person who can defend his home against an evil king.

Director: Stefen Fangmeier | Stars: Ed Speleers, Sienna Guillory, Jeremy Irons, John Malkovich

Votes: 114,208 | Gross: $75.03M

Star Wars

28. Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977)

PG | 121 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

90 Metascore

Luke Skywalker joins forces with a Jedi Knight, a cocky pilot, a Wookiee and two droids to save the galaxy from the Empire's world-destroying battle-station while also attempting to rescue Princess Leia from the evil Darth Vader.

Director: George Lucas | Stars: Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Alec Guinness

Votes: 1,049,255 | Gross: $322.74M

29. Fallen (1998)

R | 124 min | Action, Crime, Drama

Homicide detective John Hobbes witnesses the execution of serial killer Edgar Reese. Soon after the execution the killings start again, and they are very similar to Reese's style.

Director: Gregory Hoblit | Stars: Denzel Washington, John Goodman, Donald Sutherland, Embeth Davidtz

Votes: 64,810 | Gross: $25.19M

The First Power

30. The First Power (1990)

R | 98 min | Crime, Horror, Thriller

A dedicated L.A. police detective and a female psychic must stop a demonic serial killer who was given the powers of resurrection, teleportation and possession.

Director: Robert Resnikoff | Stars: Lou Diamond Phillips, Tracy Griffith, Jeff Kober, Mykelti Williamson

Votes: 2,976 | Gross: $22.42M

31. Equilibrium (2002)

R | 107 min | Action, Drama, Sci-Fi

33 Metascore

In an oppressive future where all forms of feeling are illegal, a man in charge of enforcing the law rises to overthrow the system and state.

Director: Kurt Wimmer | Stars: Christian Bale, Sean Bean, Emily Watson, Taye Diggs

Votes: 284,018 | Gross: $1.20M

Fahrenheit 451

32. Fahrenheit 451 (1966)

Not Rated | 112 min | Drama, Sci-Fi

In an oppressive future, a fireman whose duty is to destroy all books begins to question his task.

Director: François Truffaut | Stars: Oskar Werner, Julie Christie, Cyril Cusack, Anton Diffring

Votes: 36,307

33. The Fast and the Furious (2001)

PG-13 | 106 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

58 Metascore

Los Angeles police officer Brian O'Connor must decide where his loyalty really lies when he becomes enamored with the street racing world he has been sent undercover to destroy.

Directors: Rob Cohen, Mel City | Stars: Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Michelle Rodriguez, Jordana Brewster

Votes: 303,832 | Gross: $144.53M

Point Break

34. Point Break (1991)

R | 122 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

58 Metascore

An F.B.I. Agent goes undercover to catch a gang of surfers who may be bank robbers.

Director: Kathryn Bigelow | Stars: Patrick Swayze, Keanu Reeves, Gary Busey, Lori Petty

Votes: 128,669 | Gross: $43.22M

35. Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)

PG-13 | 121 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

76 Metascore

A group of intergalactic criminals are forced to work together to stop a fanatical warrior from taking control of the universe.

Director: James Gunn | Stars: Chris Pratt, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, Zoe Saldana

Votes: 830,606 | Gross: $333.18M

Star Wars

36. Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977)

PG | 121 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

90 Metascore

Luke Skywalker joins forces with a Jedi Knight, a cocky pilot, a Wookiee and two droids to save the galaxy from the Empire's world-destroying battle-station while also attempting to rescue Princess Leia from the evil Darth Vader.

Director: George Lucas | Stars: Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Alec Guinness

Votes: 1,049,255 | Gross: $322.74M

37. The Grey (2011)

R | 117 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

64 Metascore

After their plane crashes in Alaska, six oil workers are led by a skilled huntsman to survival, but a pack of merciless wolves haunts their every step.

Director: Joe Carnahan | Stars: Liam Neeson, Dermot Mulroney, Frank Grillo, Dallas Roberts

Votes: 220,005 | Gross: $51.58M

The Edge

38. The Edge (1997)

R | 117 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

An intellectual billionaire and two lesser men struggle to band together and survive after getting stranded in the Alaskan wilderness with a blood-thirsty Kodiak Bear hunting them down.

Director: Lee Tamahori | Stars: Anthony Hopkins, Alec Baldwin, Elle Macpherson, Harold Perrineau

Votes: 60,830 | Gross: $27.78M

39. Hammer of the Gods (2013)

R | 99 min | Action, Adventure, History

44 Metascore

A young man transforms into a brutal warrior as he travels the unforgiving landscape in search of his long lost brother, Hakan the Ferrocious, whose people are relying on him to restore order to their kingdom.

Director: Farren Blackburn | Stars: Charlie Bewley, Alexandra Dowling, Clive Standen, James Cosmo

Votes: 7,342 | Gross: $0.00M

Apocalypse Now

40. Apocalypse Now (1979)

R | 147 min | Drama, War

94 Metascore

During the Vietnam War, Captain Willard is sent on a dangerous mission into Cambodia to assassinate a renegade Colonel who has set himself up as a god among a local tribe.

Director: Francis Ford Coppola | Stars: Martin Sheen, Marlon Brando, Robert Duvall, Frederic Forrest

Votes: 512,434 | Gross: $83.47M

41. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (2001)

PG | 152 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy

64 Metascore

Rescued from the outrageous neglect of his aunt and uncle, a young boy with a great destiny proves his worth while attending Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

Director: Chris Columbus | Stars: Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Richard Harris, Maggie Smith

Votes: 521,759 | Gross: $317.58M

The Worst Witch

42. The Worst Witch (1986 TV Movie)

G | 70 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy

Mildred is one of the young girls at a prestigious witch academy. She can't seem to do anything right and is picked on by classmates and teachers. The headmistress of the school, Miss ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Young | Stars: Diana Rigg, Charlotte Rae, Tim Curry, Fairuza Balk

Votes: 2,138

43. Hellraiser: Inferno (2000 Video)

R | 99 min | Crime, Horror, Mystery

A shady police detective becomes embroiled in a strange world of murder, sadism and madness after being assigned a murder investigation against a madman known only as "The Engineer".

Director: Scott Derrickson | Stars: Craig Sheffer, Nicholas Turturro, James Remar, Doug Bradley

Votes: 12,618

Angel Heart

44. Angel Heart (1987)

R | 113 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

A private investigator is hired by a man who calls himself Louis Cyphre to track down a singer named Johnny Favorite. But the investigation takes an unexpected and somber turn.

Director: Alan Parker | Stars: Mickey Rourke, Robert De Niro, Lisa Bonet, Charlotte Rampling

Votes: 69,341 | Gross: $17.19M

45. How to Build a Better Boy (2014 TV Movie)

TV-G | 90 min | Comedy, Family, Sci-Fi

Teenage tech whizzes unwittingly use military software to program a robotic boyfriend.

Director: Paul Hoen | Stars: China Anne McClain, Kelli Berglund, Marshall Williams, Matt Shively

Votes: 2,014

Weird Science

46. Weird Science (1985)

PG-13 | 94 min | Comedy, Romance, Sci-Fi

46 Metascore

Two high school nerds attempt to create the perfect woman, but she turns out to be more than that.

Director: John Hughes | Stars: Anthony Michael Hall, Ilan Mitchell-Smith, Kelly LeBrock, Bill Paxton

Votes: 67,555 | Gross: $23.83M

47. The Hunger Games (2012)

PG-13 | 142 min | Adventure, Sci-Fi, Thriller

68 Metascore

Katniss Everdeen voluntarily takes her younger sister's place in the Hunger Games: a televised competition in which two teenagers from each of the twelve Districts of Panem are chosen at random to fight to the death.

Director: Gary Ross | Stars: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Stanley Tucci

Votes: 765,414 | Gross: $408.01M

No, Hunger Games did not "rip off" Battle Royale. Some of these are coincidental.

48. Battle Royale (2000)

Not Rated | 114 min | Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi

81 Metascore

In the future, the Japanese government captures a class of ninth-grade students and forces them to kill each other under the revolutionary "Battle Royale" act.

Director: Kinji Fukasaku | Stars: Tatsuya Fujiwara, Aki Maeda, Tarô Yamamoto, Takeshi Kitano

Votes: 151,912

49. The Hunted (2003)

R | 94 min | Action, Crime, Drama

40 Metascore

An FBI deep-woods tracker captures a trained assassin who has made a sport of hunting humans.

Director: William Friedkin | Stars: Tommy Lee Jones, Benicio Del Toro, Connie Nielsen, Leslie Stefanson

Votes: 38,912 | Gross: $34.24M

First Blood

50. First Blood (1982)

R | 93 min | Action, Adventure, Drama