Movies like ‘Arrival’ don’t arrive (pun intended) every day. They are once in a decade events. “Why?”, you might ask. Well, how often do you see a really well made a sci-fi movie? And how rarely do you get to watch a great sci-fi alien movies. This century there have been arguably two sci fi movies that compare to ‘Arrival’ in scope and ambition: ‘Gravity‘ and ‘Interstellar‘. Some may even argue that ‘Arrival’ is better than both of them. While ‘Arrival’ is certainly more philosophical than both of them, the jury is still out on which is the best sci fi movie of this century. Now, let’s jump into the list of movies similar to Arrival that are our recommendations. You can watch some of these movies like Arrival on Netflix, Hulu, or Amazon Prime.
12. Predator (1987)
Action and aliens has not always been a very successful combination in cinema. ‘Predator’ is a delightful mention at the top of that league. The special effects in the film are way ahead of its time and the plot is compact in its nature. Arnold Schwarzenegger provides the necessary firepower despite not being given a position to steal the show.
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11. Signs (2002)
Mel Gibson and Joaquin Phoenix starrer ‘Signs’ is the perfect example of how the plot of aliens visiting the earth can be masterfully executed without the aid of action. The film is about a family which spots some patterns on their field and builds on from there. What lacks in the plot is overcome by a well-rounded screenplay and suspenseful storytelling. The film builds an atmosphere of tension and anxiety which is convincingly conveyed by its actors. The ending of the film did not impress everybody as the exposition raised the expectations so high that in the end it seems that the climax shouldered too big a responsibility.