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30 Identically Themed Movies That Came Out Around The Same Time

04 December 2013 | Features, Other Lists | by David Zou

People like to complain about how there is nothing original being made in Hollywood anymore. Between sequels, remakes and ripoffs, there is hardly anything that hasn’t been done. This list adds further proof to that. As you will see, often there are two movies that come out around the same time with very similar plots. So let’s take a look back at cinema history and compare 30 “twin movies” to see how they did head-to-head.

 

Little Big League (1994) & Rookie of the Year (1993)

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Volcano & Dante’s Peak – 1997

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Turner and Hooch & K-9 – 1989

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Tombstone (1993) & Wyatt Earp (1994)

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The Cave & The Descent – 2005

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Taken (2008) & Stolen (2012)

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Striptease (1996) & Showgirls (1995)

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Stealing Harvard & Orange County – 2002

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Powder (1995) & Phenomenon (1996)

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Open Season & Over the Hedge – 2006

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Olympus Has Fallen & White House Down – 2013

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Observe and Report & Paul Blart Mall Cop – 2009

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Red Planet & Mission to Mars – 2000

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Mirror Mirror & Snow White and the Huntsman – 2012

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The Wild (2006) & Madagascar (2005)

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Top Gun & Iron Eagle – 1986

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The Prestige & The Illusionist – 2006

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Happy Feet (2006) and Surf’s Up (2007)

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Friends with Benefits and No Strings Attached – 2011

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Shark Tale (2004) & Finding Nemo (2003)

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The Truman Show (1998) & Ed TV (1999)

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Megamind and Despicable Me – 2010

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Chasing Liberty and First Daughter – 2004

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Capote and Infamous – 2006

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Bicentennial Man (1999) and A.I. (2001)

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Babe and Gordy – 1995

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Armageddon and Deep Impact – 1998

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Antz and A Bug’s Life – 1998

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After Earth and Oblivion 2013

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Abyss and Leviathan – 1989

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  • TheOct8pus

    Several of the “crappier” movies have Val Kilmer in them

  • ladyofargonne

    As a grandmother that has seen them both 1000 times: Finding Nemo and Shark Tale have only one thing in common. They’re under water. The stories are entirely different.

  • Beth Heitner

    bicentennial Man and A.I are both written by Issac Asimov and contain artificial intelligence just like the rest of his books.

    • Leon Horka

      False, “A.I.” is based on Brian Aldiss’s short story “Super-Toys Last All Summer Long”. And written for the screen by Spielberg, story by Ian Watson.

  • http://www.facebook.com/LewisrhJohnston Lewis Johnston

    Taken and Stolen couldn’t be more different

  • David Kenneth McEvoy Sparks-Fü

    So second you compare movies that are separated by 3 years… but first, you don’t actually compare them “to see how they did head-to-head” at all? Lame.

  • MDS

    2008 and 2012 arent exactly around each other

  • Raimar Lunardi

    It’s easy, money

  • Leon Horka

    “Dr. Moneylust or: How to double your money by using the same story twice”