There was a time when the name Arnold Schwarzenegger brought the big bucks in Hollywood. Throughout the ladies 80s to the early 90s, the Austrian-American actor ruled the box office and it all started with movies such as this action classic – ‘Predator’. Directed by John McTiernan, ‘Predator’ follows a team of commandos, led by Major Alan “Dutch” Schaefer, essayed by Arnold Schwarzenegger, who, on a mission in a Central American jungle terrifyingly find themselves hunted by an extra-terrestrial entity. For this list, I have taken into account films which portray similar plotlines and themes. So, without further ado, here is the list of movies similar to The Predator that are our recommendations. You can stream some of these movies like The Predator on Netflix, Hulu, or Amazon.
10. Independence Day (1996)
Considered as one of the most important films in the history of the “Hollywood Blockbuster”, ‘Independence Day’ resurfaced the science fiction genre, which saw a scathing decline in popularity due to the poorly written, acted and directed flick of the 90s. Directed by Roland Emmerich, the film focuses on an alien invasion which threatens all humanity. Reiterating America’s fight against the alien life, the title marks their attempts to gain “independence” from the clutches of the extern-terrestrial life by July 4 – the independence day of America. While the film receives quite a criticism for its nationalistic overtones, which is quite evident for the summary, the innovative take on the sci-fi genre elevated the film from any criticism whatsoever. ‘Independence Day’ explores the technological superiority of the extra-terrestrial, described as an “alien mothership”, with dexterity. Starring Will Smith as Captain Steven Hiller, a Marine F/A-18 pilot and Jeff Goldblum as David Levinson, an MIT-educated technological expert, the film took a detour from the clichéd approaches towards the concept of an alien life. The films of the genre, regardless of its brilliance, had stagnated due to the repetitive elements of horror and fear. However, the alien life and their terrifying power are set in parallel with the quintessential comedy of the “buddy-comedy” genre.
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9. Signs (2002)
Starring Mel Gibson and Joaquin Phoenix, the 2002 film is a science fiction horror film about a family living on a farm which finds mysterious crop circles or “signs”. Little is known that these signs signify an impending peril. ‘Signs’ was both a commercial and critical success, with it receiving quite a many accolades. Releasing at a time when director M. Night Shyamalan was at the top of his game, ‘Signs’ provides the deduction of how the alien life might affect Earth and its unexplored horrors. Shyamalan’s film is all the more accentuated by James Newton Howard’s musical score and the cinematography Tak Fujimoto infuses the backdrop of the rural human environment and the yet unfamiliar extra-terrestrial life. The film focuses on the UFO and exploits its resulting fear without fixating on the alien life. While the film was met with some flak for Shyamalan’s decision of divulging all suspense built through the course of the narrative by the end, his elaborate direction and the exploits of the UFO for highly appreciated by critics and audiences alike.