19 movies similar to Avatar

“Avatar” is one of those films that takes you from everyday life to a stunning world filled with grandeur, mystery and amazing beauty.

The popularity of James Cameron’s fantasy film is truly impressive, and this is proved by the fact that over the years it has remained the highest grossing project in the history of cinema. The plot focuses on a soldier named Jake, who in recent years uses a wheelchair, but gains the ability to “put” his mind into an avatar warrior.

What do you think, is it worth filming a sequel, and what should be in it?

It’s been almost 10 years since we visited the planet Pandora and got to know its inhabitants – the Na’vi. Just the other day it became known that the shooting of the sequel is over, however, given the amount of computer graphics, the real work is just beginning. To lighten up the wait a little, we offer you a list of films similar to Avatar in plot, concept, scale and idea.

Ready Player One (2018)

Fans of films like “Avatar” will probably be interested in the Steven Spielberg picture. As in Cameron’s project, here it turns out that the Earth is depleted. Wade is a young guy who feels more comfortable in the OASIS computer game than in life, because there he is not a closed loser, but a sociable and cool daredevil. Soon virtuality and reality are in danger.

  • See also : Movies like Ready Player One

The films are similar in that in both films events take place in the future, and the main character hides his essence behind a certain image, having got into a previously unfamiliar space. There he gains authority, meets love and feels more confident than in reality. A battle in which a key character will play an important role cannot be avoided.

Original title:
Ready Player One

Cast:
Tye Sheridan, Olivia Cooke, Ben Mendelsohn

Country:
USA, India

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.4, IMDb – 7.5

Age limit:
12+

Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (2017)

Far future. Valerian and Laureline are comic special agents studying some kind of anomalous zone. Soon, the heroes begin to think about the mystery of the origin of the mysterious alien race, suspecting that the authorities are hiding something from them. The more they learn about pearls, the more they want to help them.

The paintings are similar in that in each of them the heroes work for the government, establish contact with an alien race, begin to empathize with it and deviate from the mission they have received. In both situations, the action takes place in the future and far from Earth.

Original title:
Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets

Starring :
Dane DeHaan, Cara Delevingne, Clive Owen, Rihanna

Country:
France, China, Belgium, Germany, UAE, USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.7, IMDb – 6.5

Age restrictions:
12+

John Carter (2012)

By the will of fate, John Carter finds himself on Mars, having been captured by the local people. Applying the necessary skills from his military past, the man still finds a way to escape from prison. Soon he learns that the princess of Helium is on the planet, who also needs to be saved.

First of all, the film is similar to Avatar in that the main action unfolded quite far from the Earth. The main character has a mission associated with the rescue of an alien girl and a protest against the long-established order.

Original title:
John Carter

Starring :
Taylor Kitsch, Lynn Collins, Mark Strong

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.9, IMDb – 6.6

Age limit:
12+

Warcraft (2016)

For many centuries, the Alliance existed in the kingdom, reliably protected from enemies, but the day came when the idyll was broken. The powerful sorcerer Gul’dan planned to open a Dark Portal here, freeing an army of cruel warriors. The orcs supported this idea, but soon began to suspect that the sorcerer’s goal could cost them their lives.

  • Related selection : Movies about elves, dwarves, orcs and people

Fantasy is on the list of films similar to Avatar for many reasons. The films tell about a race that has lived in harmony for many centuries, and in each of the cases, the natives and their land were at risk because of other people’s plans. As a result, a war begins to reclaim their own territory.

Original title:
Warcraft

Cast:
Travis Fimmel, Paula Patton, Ben Foster

Country:
China, Canada, Japan, USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate –
7.6

, IMDb
6.8

 

Oblivion (2013)

After surviving a war with aliens, Earth is no longer habitable, and now the remaining humans are planning to leave it. Drone technician Jack discovers a damaged NASA ship and rescues the woman who once appeared in his dreams.

In certain episodes, the film is similar to 2009’s Avatar. The dynamic plots of both films focus on the hero who learns that there is not only the reality to which he is accustomed. The similarity is in the decisive battles for saving the world and the emphasis on the impossibility of a normal existence on Earth.

Original title:
Oblivion

Cast:
Tom Cruise, Olga Kurylenko, Andrea Riseborough, Morgan Freeman

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.2, IMDb – 7.0

Age limit:
12+

Kong: Skull Island (2017)

A group of scientists and military men are sent to a secluded island in the Pacific Ocean, ostensibly for mining. Subsequently, it becomes obvious that the characters have invaded the domain of the ferocious Kong, who does not want to see guests there. A desperate and dangerous confrontation begins.

In spirit, the film is in many ways reminiscent of “Avatar”: in each of the films there is a struggle for the territory to which the military arrived in search of valuable minerals. The desire of people to get what they want turns into a large-scale battle.

Original title:
Kong :
Skull Island
Cast
: Tom
Hiddleston , Samuel L.
Jackson , John
Goodman
Country:
USA ,
China

 

 

 

Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)

Peter Quill travels the galaxy, and one day he finds a mysterious artifact. It seems that it previously belonged to the cruel villain Ronan, who wants to take over the universe. Involuntarily, Quill gets involved in an intergalactic hunt and finds new extraordinary acquaintances.

Definitely, this film is reminiscent of “Avatar” in that it also tells about a guy who was born on Earth, but found his destiny and congenial friends on another planet. Peter, like James, will be ready to enter into a dangerous war for a race alien to him.

Original title:
Guardians of the Galaxy

Starring :
Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Bradley Cooper, Vin Diesel

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.8, IMDb – 8.0

Age limit:
12+

Star Trek (2009)

The starship Enterprise is facing a serious threat from the future as Neron plans to launch a devastating strike against the Federation. Kirk and Spock put their differences aside in order to work together to defeat their enemy.

The film is similar to “Avatar” in that the confrontation is between earthlings and another race, events unfold in the future in a distant galaxy, and key characters gain unexpected allies. There is also a general theme of destruction in space, for which earthlings are held responsible.

Original title:
Star Trek

Cast:
Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana

Country:
USA, Germany

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.7, IMDb – 7.9

Age limit:
12+

Man of Steel (2013)

Clark Kent was born on Krypton but ended up on Earth. He hides his origin from the environment, however, when the planet was on the verge of death, he realizes that he must do everything possible to save it.

Both films similarly focus on a guy who arrives on an alien planet and is forced to hide his identity in order to be like “their own”. Over time, he becomes so imbued with the new world that he decides to enter into a dangerous fight when he finds himself in the face of a serious threat. The similarity is that the character falls in love with an inhabitant of a non-native planet.

Original title:
Man of Steel

Cast:
Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Michael Shannon, Russell Crowe, Kevin Costner

Country:
USA, UK

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.9, IMDb – 7.1

Age limit:
12+

Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011)

2011 gave us a reboot of the famous franchise of the 70s, telling the story of Caesar – a chimpanzee whose intelligence is comparable to that of a human. He became so as a result of research aimed at finding a cure for Alzheimer’s disease. Realizing his own exclusivity, Caesar gives his brethren the same drug, turning unreasonable animals into a full-fledged army.

This film has two equally interesting sequels, and to some extent, the entire trilogy as a whole is similar to Avatar in terms of plot and scale of what is happening. As in the other films of our selection, the man is once again faced with someone of equal intelligence, if not superior, and is now forced to look for ways to interact. But it is not known in whom the animal nature will manifest itself more strongly – in humans or monkeys.

Original title:
Rise of the Planet of the Apes

Cast:
James Franco, Freida Pinto, John Lithgow

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.4, IMDb – 7.6

Age limit:
12+

Planet of the Apes: Revolution (2014)

The number of genetically modified monkeys, led by Caesar, continues to grow, but they are threatened by people who managed to survive after a large-scale epidemic. At first, a shaky peace is established between competitors for territory, but soon it collapses, because it seems that each of the species wants to reign supreme on the Earth.

In many ways, the film is similar to “Avatar”, and primarily due to the fact that events unfold in the future, telling about the confrontation between people and other creatures. Each of the species, as in “Avatar”, wants to win back the rule of the planet. The similarity is that at first a fragile contact is established between them, but the situation is escalating.

Original title:
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

Cast:
Andy Serkis, Jason Clarke, Gary Oldman

Country:
USA, UK, Canada

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.0, IMDb – 7.6

Age limit:
12+

Dances with Wolves (1990)

If you’re looking for an interesting movie similar to Avatar in plot, then Michael Blake’s drama is bound to be on your list. The protagonist, played by the magnificent Kevin Costner, is an experienced American military man, an outcast among his own, because he dares to make friends with the local indigenous people.

“Dancing” in many ways resembles “Avatar”, if you remove the fantasy component from the latter, and, believe me, if Cameron’s film touched you, then Blake’s film will not leave you indifferent.

Original title:
Dances with Wolves

Cast:
Kevin Costner, Mary McDonnell, Graham Greene

Country:
USA, UK

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 8.1, IMDb – 8.0

Age limit:
16+

Arrival (2016)

Mysterious fantasy with thriller elements about humanity’s attempt to establish contact with an alien race. A slow, brooding yet incredibly gripping film that, like Avatar, explores the possibility or impossibility of communication between different species.

Amy Adams and Jeremy Renner are seen in the lead roles. She is a linguist, he is an outstanding physicist, and together they try to unravel the mystery of the appearance of an extraterrestrial civilization.

Original title:
Arrival

Cast:
Amy Adams,
Jeremy Renner
, Forest Whitaker
Country :
USA ,
Canada
,
India

 

 

Prometheus (2012)

The franchise, called “Aliens” for short, has a huge fan base. In our article, however, we will not talk about the original film, but about the 2012 prequel. Like other films like Avatar, Ridley Scott’s film takes the viewer into a completely new, unexplored world.

Members of the research expedition go in search of resources, but not material ones, as in Avatar, but informational ones. As in Cameron’s film, people have to face an alien life form. Will it be friendly or hostile? The answer lies in the movie.

Original title:
Prometheus

Cast:
Noomi Rapace, Michael Fassbender, Charlize Theron, Guy Pearce

Country:
USA, UK

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.0, IMDb – 7.0

Age limit:
16+

Atlantis: The Lost World (2001)

Continuing the list of films similar to Avatar is another Disney animated film that often remains in the shadows, and moreover, undeservedly. Atlantis is an amazing adventure in the company of Milo and several other colorful characters who go in search of a lost world as wonderful as a Na’vi settlement. A small spoiler – they find it, and then the fun begins!

Original title:
Atlantis: The Lost Empire

Cast:
Corey Burton, Claudia Christian, Michael J. Fox

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.7, IMDb – 6.9

Age limit:
0+

Matrix (1999)

The iconic Wachowski painting hardly needs a separate introduction. The film is divided into memes and quotes, and recognizable roles have forever been assigned to the performers of the main roles.

  • See also : Movies similar to The Matrix

The famous “Matrix” is related to “Avatar” by the very story of a hero who finds himself in a previously unfamiliar world and, by the will of circumstances, is forced to intervene in its order. And, just like the protagonist of Avatar, Neo will have to choose the right side in an uncompromising battle.

Original title:
The Matrix

Cast:
Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne, Carrie-Anne Moss

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 8.5, IMDb – 8.7

Age limit:
16+

How to Train Your Dragon (2010)

A charming animated story from the Dreamworks studio about fearless Vikings who only know what to fight off terrible dragons until the son of the leader, Hiccup, turns their world upside down.

At first glance, it doesn’t look like it’s a movie like Avatar, but in reality they have a lot more in common than you might think. This is another story about how different species, be it humans, aliens, or, like here, dragons, learn to understand each other.

Original title:
How to Train Your Dragon

Cast:
Jay Baruchel, Gerard Butler, Craig Ferguson

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 8.2, IMDb – 8.1

Age limit:
6+

Pocahontas (1995)

Without slyness or ambiguity, it is worth recognizing that the script for Avatar is most reminiscent of the classic story of Pocahontas. Many films have been made about the latter, but it was the Disney animated film that was a resounding success, thanks to skillful animation, catchy songs and charming characters.

And doesn’t the story of Pocahontas and John Smith remind you of Jake Sully and Neytiri? The male characters even have the same initials! In a word, this full-length cartoon is recommended for viewing without fail!

Original title:
Pocahontas

Cast:
Mel Gibson, Christian Bale, Judy Kuhn

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.8, IMDb – 6.7

Age limit:
0+

District No. 9 (2009)

Talented director Neil Blomkamp managed to pull off a stunning sci-fi drama on a ridiculous $30 million budget. “The District” is close to “Avatar” in showing how two different cultures, two worldviews collide, and that people are by no means always the positive characters in this tense confrontation.

Avatar is an amazing film and cultural phenomenon that not only brought something new, but also skillfully incorporated classic plots. That is why we strongly advise you to take a closer look at films like Avatar, the list of which we have provided above. In anticipation of the sequel, this selection will definitely brighten up more than one evening for you!

Original title:
District 9

Starring :
Sharlto Copley, Jason Cope, Natalie Boltt

Country:
South Africa, USA, New Zealand, Canada

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.8, IMDb – 7.9

Age limit:
16+

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I’ve been writing about movies, TV shows and anime for over 3 years, and you may have seen my reviews on Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic.

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