Top 11 Engrossing Movies Like 'The Mortal Instruments'

Updated on June 25, 2020
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Rahul is a movie addict who can never get enough of good films. His all time favorites are Inception, 12 Angry Men, and Scarface.

What Movies Are Like The Mortal Instruments?

Angels, demons, Nephilim, and everything in between, Harald Zwart brings the fascinating world of Mortal Instruments to life with panache. Based on the famous novels of the same name, Mortal Instruments: City of Bones was the first one to make it to the big screen. Sadly, the critics wrote off the whole experience as drab and uninspiring.

However, people seemed to take a general liking towards this fantasy flick. Personally, it's a decent one-time watch. If you're looking for some similar movies to The Mortal Instruments, I have got you covered.

Films Similar To The Mortal Instruments?

  1. I Am Number Four
  2. Mortal Engines
  3. The Maze Runner
  4. he Hobbit Series
  5. Legion
  6. The Hunger Games
  7. Constantine
  8. Hellboy
  9. 300
  10. Pan's Labyrinth
  11. Alice in Wonderland

1. I Am Number Four

I Am Number Four belongs more in the science fiction category, but it's an exciting, action-packed flick nonetheless. Following the story of John Smith, you get an inside look at his extraordinary life. Moving from place to place with Henri, his guardian, these two lead a life of anonymity.

As it turns out, John's an extraterrestrial from a planet called Lorien. To escape the invading hordes of Mogadorians, he and eight others from Lorien are sent to Earth. However, John gets tired of running. He wants to enjoy a normal life, but it's not going to be smooth sailing.

The protagonist must find fellow Loriens and use his special powers to defeat the Mogadorians before they get killed. It's action-packed, slick, and steeped in chaos. Certain scenes really amp up the tension. Don't miss out on witnessing this fascinating world.

2. Mortal Engines

This 2018 post-apocalyptic film also received a bad rep from the critics. Their judgment might have been too harsh. Thanks to them, this film failed to garner enough attention to do well, but people were genuinely surprised when it came out. Although the plot seemed generic, the action choreography and cinematography were simply spellbinding.

It's set in a world where civilizations are on the brink of collapse and cities have become mobilized. Larger cities consume smaller ones for resources as everything further descend down the path of chaos.

Most of the plot is set in Great Britain and Europe. Interestingly, many have called Mortal Engines a fantastical take on Brexit. In case you don't follow international politics, Brexit refers to Great Britain's move of walking out of the European Union. Many believe that it will have dire consequences for the world.

But I derail. Watch this gem of a movie. Forget critics and judge it for yourself.

3. The Maze Runner

This film's plot is pretty straightforward; a bunch of teenagers is trapped inside a maze, and the only way out is to find a way through. Simple enough, right? Well, not quite.

All the teens stuck in this dystopian world have been trying for ages to get out but to no avail. Thomas, the lead character in the film, is perhaps their last hope for survival. Did I mention that they're under the constant threat of being attacked by monsters?

Again, Maze Runner isn't the darling of critics, but it's an engaging watch nonetheless. Watch it for the cinematography as you get transported to the picturesque world of the Glade, the realm where the entire film is set.

If you're looking for some transfixing movies like The Mortal Instruments, The Maze Runner series won't disappoint you.

4. The Hobbit Series

Directed by world-renowned Peter Jackson, The Hobbit series is the cinematic adaptation of J.R.R Tolkien's novel of the same name. The films are a spin-off to the original Lord of The Rings trilogy.

Featuring the adventures of Frodo's uncle, Bilbo Baggins, the series follows his journey to the Lonely Mountain along with eleven dwarves and a wizard, Gandalf the Grey. Filled with terrifying perils such as orcs, wolves, enchanted woods, giant spiders, and a scornful dragon, the film is a fantasy lover's wet dream.

With a slew of interesting and memorable characters, it's hard to take your eyes off the screen. Each frame is packed to the brim with mind-boggling details. Behind all the jaw-dropping action and fantasy elements, the film has a beautiful message of friendship, courage, and willpower. It urges us to never lose our sense of adventure.

5. Legion

Legion, directed by Scott Stewart, introduces us to the unique genre of fantasy horror. The horror elements are not so pronounced, so there's no need to panic. Drawing heavy inspiration from the Bible and the concept of Rapture, the film follows a group of survivors holed up in a diner. Surrounding them are possessed and the damned, but they are not demons.

Michael, the first archangel, comes to the rescue of the helpless humans as he reveals that God has lost faith in humanity, and has ordered their extinction. The possessed surrounding the diner are in control of other angels. The only force standing between them and the damned is Michael.

Credit must be given to filmmakers for creativity. Intertwining old testament stories with a modern, apocalyptic, action thriller setting must have really taken some brainstorming. Sadly, as unique as the idea is, it was not praised by many. I would suggest you set judgments aside before you catch this flick.

6. The Hunger Games

Probably the most famous of all dystopian films out there, this series became a phenomenon when it first came out. A heady blend of reality TV and wanton cruelty, the film is set in a world ruled by tyrants. Starring Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen, The Hunger Games is fun and scary in equal parts.

Katniss, a young huntress, lives with her mother and sister in District 12. Impoverished and desperate, they lead sad lives while the rulers enjoy their lavish lifestyle at the Capitol. However, her life takes a major turn when she's selected for The Hunger Games, a barbaric reality show where only the fittest and most ruthless will survive. Featuring a total of 24 contestants, two from each district, only one will take the trophy home. Will Katniss wins against all the odds?

The film's brilliance lies in its subtle political commentary. While the flick is a fun, intense ride on the surface, lying beneath its giddy exterior is an unflinching cruel ride.

If you're looking for some bleak movies like The Mortal Instruments, Hunger Games should be your best bet.

7. Constantine

Keanu Reeves, who's an expert in playing a badass, does so once again in Constantine. The film has is laced with fantasy elements, but be warned; it gets dark and scary, real fast.

He plays John Constantine, a demon hunter and exorcist, who can see creatures from the netherworld wandering on the surface. Jaded due to his profession, he's a bitter, cynical man with nothing to lose. All that changes when he meets a cop, who is trying to find answers after her twin sister commits suicide. As John reluctantly agrees to help her out, he uncovers a sinister plot to unleash an all-powerful demon on Earth. Can he stop the legions of darkness from destroying the world?

This film's strength lies in the scare factor. It is incredibly spooky in places. A sense of doom prevails from the start to the finish. This biblical-themed film may not find many admirers among critics, but it does enjoy some fan following.

8. Hellboy

With a new installment/remake of the film all set to hit the screens in 2019, fans of original movies are getting nostalgic. The original films, featuring Ron Perlman, has achieved cult status over the years among the followers.

During World War 2, British soldiers stop a Nazi occult ritual spearheaded by a man named Rasputin. As the occult practice opens a portal to another dimension, these soldiers succeed in foiling Germans' plans, but not before something escapes from the other side.

It is Hellboy - a red, humanoid beast with a hammer for a hand, horns on its head, and a long tail. Years later, we see Hellboy moonlighting as a vigilante, taking down supernatural beasts. He may be a superhero to some, but his true nature cannot be tamed for long.

Director Guillermo del Toro weaves his magic with Hellboy. It is gripping, horrifying and really amusing in some parts - a unique combination only del Toro can deliver. This 2004 film was followed by a successful sequel, immortalizing Ron Perlman as Hellboy. It's no surprise that the reboot isn't finding many takers.

9. 300

Directed by Zack Snyder, 300 is an action-fantasy film masquerading as a historical movie. Following the brave war conquests of the Greek kingdom of Sparta, the film has a strong superhero element. King Leonidas, played by Gerard Butler, is the brave warrior king of Sparta. Armed with only 300 soldiers, he leads them on a suicidal mission to ward off the Persian army.

Snyder leaves us amazed as these 300 men take on a million and almost bring the Persians down on their knees. With liberal amounts of blood, violence, and sex, the film is rated R for a good reason. You'll certainly feel it when Leonidas screams, "This is Sparta!," while kicking a Persian messenger into a well.

It may be cliched and formulaic in places, but 300 is guaranteed to give you goosebumps. As you watch this spectacle unfold, you can't help but feel like you're one among the 300, and nothing in this world can stop you.

10. Pan's Labyrinth

This Spanish dark fantasy film is one of the best works of Guillermo del Toro so far. I can't emphasize the word 'dark' enough. Although the film seems like a bedtime story for children, certain scenes are truly disturbing and not for the faint of heart.

The plot follows Ofelia, a little girl, who along with her mother, moves in with her new step-father. The trio arrives at a sprawling mansion surrounded by thick woods. Ofelia encounters an otherworldly creature who reveals that she is Princess Moanna, daughter of the king of the underworld. In order to enter her kingdom, she must pass three tests. The film follows Ofelia's adventures as she tries to finish these tasks, against the backdrop of a war-torn country.

No words can aptly describe the beauty of this enigmatic film. While the fantasy elements will appeal to some, the subtle political undertones will leave others impressed. The vague ending will leave you scratching your head as you wonder whether Ofelia's experiences were real or not. It's up to you to decide.

11. Alice In Wonderland

The most recent adaptation of this timeless classic is also a solid addition to the fantasy genre. The story follows Alice Kingsleigh, a young Victorian woman, who's fed up with society's customs and traditions.

One day while chasing a rabbit across the fields, she accidentally discovers a magical kingdom. Filled with kooky characters like The Mad Hatter, The Cheshire Cat, and an evil queen, the magical world holds her fancy. Soon, this outsider becomes a ray of hope for the rebels to take down the evil queen and end her reign.

Since it's a Tim Burton film, there's an element of creepiness in every frame - something many previous adaptations lacked. This darker spin on a classic fairytale brings something unique to the table. Whether you enjoy this version or not, you will certainly appreciate the effort!

Did I miss out on any other movies like The Mortal Instruments? Let me know in the comments section.


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