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Similar Movies Released Around the Same Year


25 Similar Movies Released Around the Same Year

01. Olympus Has Fallen | White House Down – 2013
01. Olympus Has Fallen | White House Down – 2013

Have you ever noticed two seemingly identical movies being released at the same time and wondered why Hollywood studios would do such a thing? While you may have first chalked it up to mere coincidence, a quick scroll through the list below suggests otherwise.

Earlier this week, Redditor CircadianHour compiled a list of ‘twin movies‘. As to why? Another commenter (tossedsaladandscram) suggests that competing studios often own similar movie scripts and if one studio gets wind that another is making a movie that is similar to a script they own they may try to make it and put it out earlier or around the same time.

A secondary reason, suggested by Ducksaucenem, implies the benefits of shared marketing and buzz, especially if Studio B has a smaller budget. Interestingly, this could be why studios prefer to buy exclusive rights to comics and graphic novels, so other studios can’t replicate the storyline.

Coincidence or not, below is a list of strangely similar movies released around the same time. Any suggestions for additional ‘twin movies’ please let me know in the comments!

02. Babe | Gordy – 1995


02. Babe | Gordy – 1995

03. The Prestige | The Illusionist – 2006

04. Chasing Liberty | First Daughter – 2004
04. Chasing Liberty | First Daughter – 2004

05. Volcano | Dante’s Peak – 1997
05. Volcano | Dante’s Peak – 1997

06. Antz | A Bug’s Life – 1998
06. Antz | A Bug’s Life – 1998

07. Turner & Hooch | K-9 – 1989
07. Turner & Hooch | K-9 – 1989

08. Armageddon | Deep Impact – 1998
08. Armageddon | Deep Impact – 1998



09. Friends With Benefits | No Strings Attached – 2011
09. Friends With Benefits | No Strings Attached – 2011

10. Shark Tale | Finding Nemo – 2004/2003
10. Shark Tale | Finding Nemo – 2004/2003

11. Mirror Mirror | Snow White & the Huntsman – 2012
11. Mirror Mirror | Snow White & the Huntsman – 2012

12. Red Planet | Mission to Mars – 2000
12. Red Planet | Mission to Mars – 2000

13. Top Gun | Iron Eagle – 1986
13. Top Gun | Iron Eagle – 1986

14. Capote | Infamous – 2006
14. Capote | Infamous – 2006

15. Happy Feet | Surf’s Up – 2006/2007
15. Happy Feet | Surf’s Up – 2006/2007

16. Abyss | Leviathan – 1989

17. Stealing Harvard | Orange County – 2002
17. Stealing Harvard | Orange County – 2002

18. Powder | Phenomenon – 1995/1996
18. Powder | Phenomenon – 1995/1996

19. Tombstone | Wyatt Earp – 1994
19. Tombstone | Wyatt Earp – 1994

20. The Wild | Madagascar – 2006/2005
20. The Wild | Madagascar – 2006/2005

21. Striptease | Showgirls – 1996/1995
21. Striptease | Showgirls – 1996/1995

22. The Truman Show | EDtv – 1998/1999
22. The Truman Show | EDtv – 1998/1999

23. The Cave | The Descent – 2005
23. The Cave | The Descent – 2005

24. Cop Out | The Other Guys – 2010
24. Cop Out | The Other Guys – 2010

25. After Earth | Oblivion – 2013
25. After Earth | Oblivion – 2013

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