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Seeing Double

A list of film couples. Films can't have more than 1 year between release dates and must deal with very similar themes and have a similar plot/characters.
Because of the 5 across format I'm going to list the film couples one on top of the other in Poster View (where possible).
Feel free to debate as to which of the two films are better, and let me know what I have missed.

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  • Hm, The Matrix and eXistenZ?

  • Yeah, I didn't think they were similar when I watched them but now that you mention it I can really see the similarities.
    I'd say I prefer eXistenZ if not just for the bone gun.

  • Yeah, I wasn't sure whether or not to include that one. The basic idea is similar but the execution polar opposite. I think I'll add it anyway.

  • Running Scared (1986) and Lethal Weapon (1987)?

  • Never saw Running Scared but I'll take your word for it. The poster and the blurb sure to stink of Lethal Weapon.

  • Are we including low-budget, straight-to-DVD rip-offs by Asylum Home Entertainment? If so, there are quite a few more to add, such as Snakes of a Train, Transmorphers, When a Killer Calls, Almighty Thor, American Battleship, Battle of Los Angeles, AVH: Alien Vs Hunter, 666: The Child, 100,000,000 BC, Metal Man, The Da Vinci Treasure, The Day the Earth Stopped, Death Racers, Exorcism: The Possession of Gail Bowers, H.G. Wells' War of the Worlds, The Hitchhiker, I Am Omega, Journey to the Center of the Earth, Paranormal Entity, and my personal favorite, Chop Kick Panda. No? Didn't think so. ;-P

  • Great subject for a list; I've always wondered why this happens. What about Finding Nemo & A Shark Tale, Mirror Mirror & Snow white & the Huntsman, Capote & Infamous, Sky High & Zoom

  • The Cave and The Descent.

  • Capote and Infamous

  • The Expendables 2 and Soldiers of Fortune

  • Richard, great try and love the titles but I want to keep this list for films that were developed separately from each other and just happened to be similar, rather than films the directly ripped off something popular at the time. Still, those titles are so great.
    Ivo, Yes! Mirror Mirror and Snow White! That's the film couple I was missing. I felt like there was something recent that slipped my mind. Capote and Infamous is a good one too.
    Amberfool, I haven't seen The Cave but after some googling it is very similar.
    SilentJoe13, same thing with Amberfool but for Soldiers of Fortune. I must say I'm much more excited for Expendables 2.

  • @David I haven't seen The Cave either, just heard the comparison in a couple reviews of it..

  • I might have to check it out, I really enjoyed The Descent. Although a trend of this list seems to be one film that is far inferior to the other.

  • Bugs Life > Antz.
    Also what about Beautiful Boy and We Need To Talk About Kevin?? They both deal with similar themes. Also Kick-Ass and Super, Megamind and Despicable Me, Coco Before Chanel and Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky, the Black Dahlia and Hollywoodland, and Turistas and Hostel. Those are all really similar films that were released around the same time.

  • I actually can't differentiate A Bug's Life and Antz. I know one has Woody Allen and the other is Seven Samurai. Or maybe that's the same film.
    Anyway, all your other choices are amazing. Kick-Ass and Super and Megamind and Despicable Me were ones that were on the tip of my tongue (fingers?) but couldn't remember and the others had never even crossed my mind but fit really well.

  • Robin Hood and Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves
    Shriek If You Know What I Did Last Friday the 13th and Scary Movie
    Happy Feet and Surf's Up

  • Thanks! Yeah BB and WNTTAK were the first that I thought of when reading this list. Maybe because they were recent releases.

  • @SilentJoe, can you link me to both Robin Hoods that you are talking about?
    I just googled "Shriek..." uncanny that it and Scary Movie were released at the same time.
    @Melissa, I actually haven't seen either and tried to not find out anything about We Need to Talk About Kevin, even any plot - so I'm still not quite sure what it's about. I just know I want to see it.

  • @David This Robin Hood ( letterboxd.com/film/robin-hood-1991/ ) and this Robin Hood ( letterboxd.com/film/robin-hood-prince-of-thieves/ )
    Both were released in 1991.

  • Perhaps also Shakespeare in Love and Elizabeth...

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