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What to Watch If You Love 'The X-Files'

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List RulesVote up the films and series you know other fans of The X-Files will love. Please don’t vote if you haven’t seen The X-Files.

The X-Files kept viewers on the edge of their seats with alien investigations and the paranormal, so it's no surprise that you’d be on the hunt for similar shows to watch after binging the entire series. Well, search no more, because this list has some of the best recommendations for movies and TV shows similar to The X-Files.

Deciding what to watch after The X-Files really depends on your mood, but if you’re looking for more serialized investigative drama bridging the gap between science fiction and horror, Supernatural is a that features a team of brothers who search for and fight the paranormal in their quest to follow in their father's footsteps and uncover the mysteries surrounding the death of their mother that you’ll almost certainly love if you like The X-Files.

Some other movies and TV shows like The X-Files in this list are movies like X-Files: Fight the Future, which is a spinoff feature film featuring the characters and events from the series. Fringe is another good TV series that shares much in common with The X-Files by investigating paranormal activity and alternate dimensions. Other good TV and movies recommended for The X-Files fans include Preacher, Stranger Things, and Twin Peaks.

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  • Unsolved Mysteries is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list What to Watch If You Love 'The X-Files'
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    Unsolved Mysteries (NBC, 1987) is an American mystery documentary television show created by John Cosgrove and Terry Dunn Meurer. Combining dramatic reenactments, interviews, and documentary footage, the series features unsolved crimes, missing persons cases, conspiracy theories, and unexplained phenomena.... more on Wikipedia
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  • Preacher is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list What to Watch If You Love 'The X-Files'
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    Preacher (AMC, 2016) is an American television series developed by Sam Catlin, Evan Goldberg, and Seth Rogen, based on the comic book series created by Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon. After a supernatural event at his church, a preacher (Dominic Cooper) enlists the help of a vampire to find God.... more on Wikipedia
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  • Blade Runner is a 1982 American neo-noir dystopian science fiction film directed by Ridley Scott and starring Harrison Ford, Rutger Hauer, Sean Young, and Edward James Olmos. The screenplay, written by Hampton Fancher and David Peoples, is a modified film adaptation of the 1968 novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick. The film depicts a dystopian Los Angeles in November 2019, in which genetically engineered replicants, which are visually indistinguishable from adult humans, are manufactured by the powerful Tyrell Corporation as well as by other "mega-corporations" around the world. The use of replicants on Earth is banned and they are exclusively utilized for dangerous... more on Wikipedia
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  • Alien is a 1979 science fiction horror film directed by Ridley Scott. The crew of the commercial space tug Nostromo encounter the eponymous Alien, a deadly and aggressive extraterrestrial set loose on the ship.... more on Wikipedia
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