Rahul is a movie addict who can never get enough of good films. His all time favorites are Inception, 12 Angry Men, and Scarface.
Christopher Nolan’s movies are talked about quite a bit. Interstellar is no different. Some people label it as a masterpiece, while others see it as a movie riddled with plot holes. Whatever your stance is, you can’t ignore the fact that it’s a great film. Call it a sci-fi, thriller, or mystery movie; you wouldn’t be wrong with any label. It’s a good mixture of genres—making for a compelling, subtle story that touches upon a lot of delicate issues. Never before have I seen a movie blend sci-fi and philosophy like this. It’s fascinating.
So I wouldn’t blame you if you’re looking for some more movies like Interstellar. Being a huge fan myself, I searched around and compiled a list of some similar films. Let’s take a look.
Movies Similar to Interstellar
- Shutter Island
- 2001: A Space Odyssey
- Edge of Tomorrow
- Guardians of the Galaxy
In the days of remakes, recycled and brain-dead sequels, Inception is a true gem. Directed by none other than Nolan, it tells the story of Dominick Robb and his team of experts that enter people’s minds in their dreams to steal their ideas. They do so without suspicion—getting away with stealing millions of dollars' worth of ideas. But things don't go so smoothly when they’re told to place an idea inside someone’s brain instead of stealing something. It’s harder, riskier and unlike anything they’ve done before. If they can’t wake up in time, they’ll be stuck in the limbo forever—a dream-like state where everything feels real, but isn’t. Will they risk it?
It took Nolan almost 10 years to write the screenplay for this movie. And the perfection shows on screen. There may be some plot holes, but I was hard-pressed to find any. As complicated as Inception is, it’s absolutely perfect. You might be frustrated and lost at times due to the intricacy, but trust me, you’ll find most of the answers (though you may need to rewatch it a few times). As I stated, it’s too subtle to understand in just one go.
Pay attention to each little detail, shot, and dialogue. Without attention, one can’t appreciate what Inception has to offer.
Primer is a $7000 movie that was mostly shot inside a garage. On the other hand, Interstellar cost a whopping $165 million. Still, the former is better in many ways. If you thought movies like Interstellar and Inception were trippy, you'll be blown away by watching Primer.
The plot revolves around a group of engineers who accidentally invent some sort of time travelling device . . . but they are not sure how the thing works. However, they are sure of one thing—it’s a special device. On the verge of a groundbreaking discovery, things start going awry when the trust between them breaks.
Don’t ignore this underrated masterpiece on account of its measly budget. From a subtle story to some authentic acting, everything looks professional. Of course, there are no heart-stopping action-sequences and millions of dollars’ worth of sets.
Gravity is the story of Ryan Stone, a rookie engineer in space for the first time, and Matt Kowalski, a veteran, who is on his last mission before he retires. When an unexpected disaster wrecks their shuttle, they’re left with nothing but shattered remnants. With each passing moment, they spiral deeper and further away from what’s left of their shuttle—their only hope to get back to earth. In these desperate times, sacrifice, patience and presence of mind are needed to survive. Can they do it?
The movie is just the opposite of what the name suggests. For more than 90% of the time, gravity is what the survivors look for—something to cling on to. In space, however, there is not much of it (obviously). The further they spiral away, the lesser their chance of ever getting back to Earth again.
The movie starts slowly, taking its sweet time to set up everything. Once it begins, though, it’s a rollercoaster ride. The whole time, you pray for the characters as they desperately try to find a way back home. Just like Interstellar, the last few moments will have you glued to the edge of your seat. It’s a nail-biting journey you don’t want to miss out on.
The oil resources on Earth have dwindled down to almost nothing. Helium -3, an energy source extracted from the moon, is used instead of traditional sources. The resource extraction, however, is a boring and dangerous job.
The plot of Moon revolves around an astronaut who is tasked with the maintenance of the extraction facility. Things go pretty smoothly until he finds out that things are not the way that they seem. There is a reason why he can’t communicate with Earth. Everything has been pre-taped years ago, and he is not the person he believes he is. Will he really be going back home?
It’s pretty hard not to spoil the whole story. I want to tell you how twisted and jaw-dropping the reveal is, but that’d ruin the fun for you. It’s better if you watch this movie not knowing what to expect. The beginning can be a bit confusing, but everything begins to fall into place right before the ending.
5. Shutter Island
The plot revolves around a private investigator who goes to a strange island to investigate the escape of a dangerous inmate. Right from the very first shot, Shutter Island starts working its magic on the audience. A beautiful island with haunting background music—it’s mesmerizing. You know that something is up. They throw hints at you all the time, so if you pay attention all the way through, you can see the twist coming. Still, it's so thrilling that you want to watch the whole movie again, with a different perspective. What I can tell you is this; you won’t see the protagonist in the same light as you did in the beginning.
The protagonists of Interstellar and Shutter Island have one thing in common—they don’t know much about the mission they’re going on. They have no idea how twisted things are. There is much more going on than what appears on the surface. Both movies are an awesome piece of entertainment—movies that make you think and stay with you for a long time.
6. 2001: A Space Odyssey
How did we get here? Will technology be our savior or the reason of chaos? Is there anyone else out there in the universe? Mankind has been dealing with these questions for a long time now. 2001: A Space Odyssey, a “coined” spiritual successor of Interstellar, has all the answers for you. They don’t have to be necessarily true; authenticity is the only factor that matters and 2001: A Space Odyssey has done an amazing job in making the story genuine and believable.
You’d be forgiven for thinking that it was actually shot in 2001. For its time, A Space Odyssey is a technological achievement. It still gives contemporary sci-fi movies a run for its money. It’s hard to believe that this movie was made more than 50 years ago. You have to experience it first hand to believe it.
7. Edge of Tomorrow
Edge of Tomorrow takes place in the future where millions of humans have died in an ongoing and hopeless battle with aliens. The aliens are almost on verge of a win. With the human race in danger, Major William Cage (Tom Cruise), a man with no battlefield experience whatsoever, is dispatched. What he doesn’t know is that he holds the key to defeating the aliens. Willam dies countless times and comes back to life to live the same scenario again, getting better with his combat skills and finding what it takes to defeat an unrelenting force.
Most of the scenes and dialogues are repeated whenever he comes back to life. But trust me; it’s not boring. It makes more sense with each iteration. Slowly but surely, Willam learns to make the best use of his situation, which ultimately gives him control over the whole mission. It’s a satisfactory journey where you root for the protagonist all the way through, and when he finally gets there, nothing else feels more satisfactory.
8. Guardians of the Galaxy
If you’ve had enough of grim sci-fi movies like Interstellar, perhaps you’d like to give Guardians of The Galaxy a go. It’s a light-hearted take on the aliens vs humans struggle. The plot is nothing new. But what sets it apart from other movies is its witty screenplay, good pacing and sense of humor—something a lot of mainstream movies of this genre seem to lack these days.
While it may not be as sophisticated and philosophical as Interstellar, it still achieves its goal of being an entertaining flick. Space action movies don’t get better than this. If you end up liking it, check out the second part, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.
The earth has been destroyed after years of a crusade between the aliens and the human race. With most of the humans have taken to their new home, only two people stay behind to extract the remaining resources. Soon, they begin to question what they know about earth, aliens and the history of war.
The whole time I was watching this movie, it reminded me of The Twilight Zone. It takes many elements from The Matrix, Wall-E and Planet of the Apes. The result is a mature, devastating dystopian story that haunts you long after the credits roll.
With Tom Cruise completely in control the whole time, you can expect nothing else but perfection. He’s been spending most of his 50s saving humanity, and Oblivion is no different. It starts out simple, but get increasingly complicated as the plotline progresses.
Rahul Parashar (author) from Delhi, India on June 25, 2020:
I wouldn't say best, but it was quite impressive!
Dwight on June 02, 2020:
Shutter Island has the best plot twist.
Anaa on March 17, 2020:
There's no match to interstellar and what it does to your mind each ND every sec,,, loopholes well they r mkng a sci fi movie for entertainment u DNT expect NASA accuracy from dem...
Idiot on February 23, 2020:
What in Guardians of the Galaxy will “make you think”?
Sylvia on January 19, 2020:
Loved your post. And I agree with many of the films you selected. Will look for the ones you mention that I do not know.
Skylance on July 30, 2019:
Interstellar is absolutely breathtaking and in my opinion, the only movie that has come close to blowing my mind away and leaving me stupefied is Inception. I loved inception and the ending left me speculating theories for days. Inception and Interstellar are my all time favorite movies and they always leave me feeling giddy with excitement and thrill.
Lauren on November 21, 2018:
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nice post on September 14, 2018:
nice post here. interstellar is the best.