Be it ‘Schindler’s List’, ‘The Adventures of Tintin’, or one of the recent ones, ‘The Post’, there’s something unique in each Steven Spielberg movie. For over 40 years, Spielberg has been successful in fulfilling the expectation of movie-goers and people admiring ‘good movies’. ‘The Terminal’ is another Spielberg masterpiece, and at the same time, a Tom Hanks masterpiece too! While exploring the cinematic gems of the contemporary period, ‘The Terminal’ stands out among others by presenting a combination of brilliant direction and fantastic acting. The film creates such a marvelous juxtaposition of comedy and tragedy that when Amelia says, “You told me you were delayed, you never said it was for nine months!”, all we want is to be a part of the movie and explain the happenings to her.
‘The Terminal’ tells the story of Viktor Navroski, who gets stuck at JFK, as his country Krakozia (a place that he’s really proud of), falls into a tragedy and no longer exists. Navroski, with his not-so-good-English, a small suitcase, and limited options to eat, is left to spend his days at the airport until he gets a valid passport. While he’s restricted from stepping foot on the American soil, Dixon, the customs officer, tries to ensure that Viktor doesn’t live at the airport “forever”. But, to his surprise, Viktor not only walks through the airport in a towel but also makes friends like Gupta, Enrique, Bobby, Dolores, and takes Amelia on a dinner date. Shot at just one set, ‘The Terminal’ discovers the power of man to turn every adversity into positivity, establishing the importance of minimalism and simplicity. So, if you loved ‘The Terminal’ and are looking for a more optimistic and unique watch, here’s a list of movies similar to ‘The Terminal’ that are our recommendations. You can watch several of these movies like The Terminal on Netflix, Hulu or Amazon Prime.
12. Catch Me If You Can (2002)
If Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks duo is what you like ‘The Terminal’ for, ‘Catch Me If You Can’ should be your first choice to watch. ‘Catch Me If You Can’ is based on a true story of Frank Abagnale who was playing in millions even before his 19th birthday. Frank becomes such an expert in committing fraud that the FBI turns to him for help in catching other frauds in the country. The brilliant performance by Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hanks, Martin Sheen, Nathalie Baye, and Christopher Walken, and an impressive screenplay by Jeff Nathanson made ‘Catch Me If You Can’ a blockbuster of the year.
11. Forrest Gump (1994)
There have been a number of comic epics in Hollywood, but none can ever equal the fun ‘Forrest Gump’ offers. If you are looking for a Tom Hanks comedy after watching ‘The Terminal’, ‘Forrest Gump’ is the one to go for! Based on the 1986 novel of the same name, ‘Forrest Gump’ tells the story of a man with a low IQ and believes in “Stupid is as stupid does”. The beautifully woven story and Oscar-winning performance by Tom Hanks make ‘Forrest Gump’ a comedy classic. Although it’s a film about the life-journey of Forrest through struggle, love, pride, and accidentally-made history, it replicates the same thought that ‘The Terminal’ keeps – making lemonade with lemons that life throws.