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What To Watch If You Love 'Arrival'

Updated June 14, 2019 1.1k votes 222 voters 14.8k views41 items

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Here is an expansive list of what to watch after Arrival. Nominated for Best Picture at the 2017 Academy AwardsArrival was an instant classic in the sci-fi genre. It's only natural to be craving some excellent science fictions shows and movies after finishing the stunning film. Luckily, there are many shows and movies similar to Arrival that feature alien invasions dealt with by complex, multifaceted characters. 
 

What movies and TV shows will you find on this list? Interstellar is a sci-fi film that finds its characters looking for life in space so humanity can find a new home. Directed by Christopher Nolan, this modern masterpiece perfectly combines heart, wonder, and adventure. The Stanley Kubrick masterpiece 2001: A Space Odyssey is another excellent choice if you're looking for movies like Arrival.  When it comes to TV shows, The X-Files also deals with characters with troubled pasts interacting with alien species. Alien, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, and Prometheus are other good recommendations for Arrival fans.

Which movie or TV show would you recommend to people who like Arrival? Give your favorites a thumbs up, and add anything you feel is missing. 

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  • Interstellar
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    Interstellar is a British-American 2014 science fiction epic film directed by Christopher Nolan, starring Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain and Michael Caine. The film features a crew of astronauts who travel through a wormhole in search of a new home for humanity. Brothers Christopher and Jonathan Nolan wrote the screenplay, which has its origins in a script Jonathan developed in 2007. Christopher Nolan produced the film with his wife Emma Thomas, and Lynda Obst. Caltech theoretical physicist Kip Thorne, whose work inspired the film, was an executive producer and acted as scientific consultant. Warner Bros., Paramount Pictures, and Legendary Pictures co-financed the... more on Wikipedia
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    Contact is a 1997 American science fiction drama film directed by Robert Zemeckis. It is a film adaptation of Carl Sagan's 1985 novel of the same name; Sagan and his wife Ann Druyan wrote the story outline for the film. Jodie Foster portrays the film's protagonist, Dr. Eleanor "Ellie" Arroway, a SETI scientist who finds strong evidence of extraterrestrial life and is chosen to make first contact. The film also stars Matthew McConaughey, James Woods, Tom Skerritt, William Fichtner, John Hurt, Angela Bassett, Jake Busey, and David Morse. Carl Sagan and Ann Druyan began working on the film in 1979. Together, they wrote a 100+ page film treatment and set up Contact at Warner Bros. with Peter... more on Wikipedia
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  • 2001: A Space Odyssey
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    2001: A Space Odyssey is a 1968 epic science fiction film produced and directed by Stanley Kubrick. The screenplay was written by Kubrick and Arthur C. Clarke, and was partially inspired by Clarke's short story "The Sentinel". Clarke concurrently wrote the novel 2001: A Space Odyssey, which was published soon after the film was released. The film follows a voyage to Jupiter with the sentient computer Hal after the discovery of mysterious black monoliths affecting human evolution. The film deals with the themes of existentialism, human evolution, technology, artificial intelligence, and extraterrestrial life. It has been noted for its scientifically accurate depiction of space flight,... more on Wikipedia
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  • The Abyss
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    The Abyss is a 1989 American science fiction-adventure film written and directed by James Cameron, starring Ed Harris, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, and Michael Biehn. When an American submarine sinks in the Caribbean, the US search and recovery team works with an oil platform crew, racing against Russian vessels to recover the ship. Deep in the ocean, they encounter a new and mysterious species.... more on Wikipedia
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