When ‘The Fifth Element’ screened as the opening film at the 1997 Cannes Film Festival, it left the critics with polarized reviews. It was billed both as one of the best and worst movies in the festival. Nevertheless, sci-fi action flick went on to become a huge success and a milestone in the career of the ace French filmmaker Luc Besson. Set in 1914, the plot centers on an ancient Egyptian temple. An alien race known as the Mondoshawans has arrived to collect a weapon from World War I containing the four elements of earth, water, air, fire and sarcophagus that contain a fifth element which has the combined power of the other four. It happens to be the only element capable of stopping a cosmic evil force that appears once in every 5000 years to cause destruction.
Meanwhile, far away in the year 2263, the Evil force has returned and threatens to destroy Earth. The Mondoshawans come to save the human race, but they are destroyed by the Evil except a severed hand from the sarcophagus. Scientists use the left-over hand to develop a humanoid in the form of a woman named Leeloo, played by Milla Jovovich. It is through her that the Fifth element is given a form and shape, Now it is up to Leeloo, who becomes the Fifth Element, Korben Dallas, a former special forces major turned cab driver, played by Bruce Willis and Vito Cornelius, the Mondoshawans’ contact on Earth, played by Ian Holm to stop the Evil force. The Earthly antagonist in the film is Jean-Baptiste Emmanuel Zorg played by Gary Oldman, who has been tasked by the Evil force to retrieve the element stones.
Luc Besson started writing the screenplay when he was a teenager! Originally he had planned to shoot the film in France but instead was shot in London and Mauritania owing to more suitable facilities that the latter could provide. ‘The Fifth Element’ was the most expensive European flick ever made at the time of its release. I have drawn up a list of some films that in essence come close to the narrative of ‘The Fifth Element’. They do not necessarily have a similar storyline but contain some elements of the path-breaking. So, without further ado, here is the list of best movies similar to ‘The Fifth Element’ that are our recommendations. You can watch several of these movies like ‘The Fifth Element’ on Netflix, Hulu or Amazon Prime.
8. Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (2017)
After a gap of three decades, Luc Besson made ‘Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets,’ the most expensive European and independent film ever made, in 2017. Based on the French science fiction comics series ‘Valerian and Laureline,’ the film is set in the 28th century where Valerian, played by Dane DeHaan and Laureline, portrayed by Cara Delevingne, assemble an elite team of special operatives. The mission is to maintain law and order and harmony throughout the human territories on behalf of the United Human Federation.
The Minister of Defense of the United Human Federation sends them to the ever-expanding metropolis called the Alpha, the City of a Thousand Planets, where species from all over the universe have come together and live to share knowledge, intelligence and culture with one another. The peace of Alpha is threatened by the appearance of a mysterious dark force at the center of the city. It is up to the two lovers and comrade in arms Major Valerian and Sergeant Laureline to defend not only the city of Alpha but also the fate of the Universe from the marauding dark force. The film also stars Clive Owen, Ethan Hawke, and Rihanna.