15 Best Movies like “The Maze Runner”
15 Movies You Will Love To Watch, If you Liked “The Maze Runner”
#15. The Host (2013)
Director: Andrew Niccol
Cast: Saoirse Ronan, Max Irons, Jake Abel, William Hurt, Diane Kruger
This sci-fi romantic film is adapted from Stephenie Meyer’s Novel of the same name. It tells the story of the human race taken into possession by aliens. The Human race is taken over by a parasitic aliens called “Souls” who insert themselves in human and take over their consciousness. When a human on run, Melanie Stryder is captured and inserted a soul called ‘Wanderer’, full suppression of her consciousness is incomplete and her memories still intact. Melanie and Wanderer fight with each other to regain control of her body. Wanderer finding good in human together with Melanie sets out to find survivors and keeping both of them save from the aliens who are in search of Wanderer to replace her. Though this movie is slightly more inclined to romance than with actions, it’s worth a watch.
#14. The Village (2004)
Director: M. Night Shyamalan
Cast: Joaquin Phoenix, Adrien Brody, Bryce Dallas Howard, William Hurt
The Village, directed by none other than the master himself, this film too has a big surprise for you at the end. The film tells the story of a strange isolated village who are out of touch with the world surrounded by only forests and never allowed to leave because of the creatures that inhibit the forests surrounding them. The elders of the town has made a pact with the creatures: no trespassing and they lived peacefully for many years. A young boy get hurts and seeks medications that are only available outside the forest. His friend, a brave girl goes all out to save her friend not knowing what lies ahead threatening the peaceful town as the creatures started terrorizing the people. Though brave enough to get out of the town, what lies beyond, the actual truth, will forever change the future of the village. If you are a big fan of horror accompanied with twisted endings, this film is just for you.
#13. The Island (2005)
Director: Michael Bay
Cast: Ewan McGregor, Scarlett Johansson, Steve Buscemi
From the director of The Rock and Armageddon, The Island is a sci-fi film that centers around Lincoln Echo Six who lives with the other residents in an isolated compound as the outside world is not habitable due to contamination and wait eagerly for his turn to get to the “Island” a safe haven for all them. When Lincoln starts having strange dreams, he starts questioning and is horrified to learn the actual truth of the place and runs away with another resident, Jordan Delta Two. They are in for a huge shock as the world outside is very much alive and there is no safe place as the “Island“. Jordan and Lincoln are now determined to set free all the residents and expose the shady experiments going inside the facility.
#12. Ender’s Game (2013)
Director: Gavin Hood
Cast: Asa Butterfield, Harrison Ford, Hailee Steinfield, Ben Kingsley
This military sci-fi film is based on the novel of the same name by Orson Scott Card. Set in the near future, the film centers around a gifted child, Ender who is chosen by the International Military group to be trained to lead his fellow soldiers. The earth is attacked by an alien race, called the ‘Formics‘ and has successfully killed half the human population. Preparing for the next attack, Ender and his fellow young soldiers must train and think a step ahead of the Formics who will not stop until the complete annihilation of the humankind.
#11. Predators (2010)
Director: Nimrod Antal
Cast: Andrien Brody, Tpoher Grace, Alice Braga, Laurence Fishburne, Danny Trejo
The film follows a group of people left stranded in a jungle. They all have one thing in common, they are either soldiers or prisoners. They soon find themselves in horrifying situation realizing that are actually abducted and brought to another planet where they are preys in a game played by two tribes of merciless extraterrestrial killers. They must join themselves in combat with the predators and find a way to get off this alien planet before they get hunted by the aliens and die brutally. It is the third installment of the Predator franchise and is much better than its predecessors.
#10. Labyrinth (1986)
Director: Jim Henson
Cast: David Bowie, Jennifer Connelly, Toby Froud
This classic dark musical fantasy film tells the story of a 15-year-old Sarah who is annoyed to babysit her brother when are parents are out. Sarah just wishes that her brother be taken away by the Goblin King, Jareth. To her surprise her wish is granted as her baby brother is taken away by the Goblin King into his castle. Sarah regrets and asks the Goblin King to return her brother. But the Goblin King gives Sarah time till midnight to rescue her brother or he will be forever turned into a goblin. Sarah must journey through an otherworldly maze where she meet many characters who help her to get her brother back. Although the movie was not welcomed well by the audience, it has since grown a cult following of its own, and truly is a brilliant magical film.
#9. Cube (1997)
Director: Vincenzo Natali
Cast: Nicole De Boer, Nicky Guadagni, David Hewlett, Andrew Miller, Julian Ruchings, Wayne Robson, Maurice Dean Wint
This cult classic film is quite similar to The Maze Runner, but more violent and terrifying than the other movie. The film starts with a guy who wakes up in a giant cube and has no memory of how he got there. He meets others who are as clueless as how and why they are in the cube. The cube changes is interconnected and changes in stricture after intervals and contains several deadly traps designed to eliminate them. They soon realized, each of them have a set of skills which they must use to solve the cube’s puzzle and escape the endless maze who are eliminating them one by one. If you love this film don’t forget to watch the sequel, Cube: Hypercube and the prequel, Cube: Zero.
#8. Logan’s Run (1976)
Director: Michael Anderson
Cast: Michael York, Jenny Agutter, Richard Jordan, Roscoe Lee Browne, Farrah Fawcett, Peter Ustinov
This classic film is based on the book of the same name by William F. Nolan and George Clayton Johnson. The film is set in the near future, human live safely in a domed city after a holocaust, but the human life is reduced to the age 30 and after that they are ‘renewed’ (killed). People living in dome accepts the procedure happily as they have no knowledge that they are killed after reaching 30 to maintain peace and integrity in the city. Special police force known as ‘Sandmen’ are employed to maintain law and order and capture those who tries to run away from the city, they are called ‘runners’ and they believe there is a Sanctuary outside the domed city. One police officer, Logan goes underground to capture a runner, Jessica but after knowing the dark secrets he starts a revolution against the computer who controls everything and winds up getting hunted by a fellow Sandman, Francis.
#7. Dark City (1998)
Director: Alex Proyas
Cast: Rufus Sewell, Keifer Sutherland, Jennifer Connelly, William Hurt
Another film similar to The Maze Runner, Dark City tells the story of a man John who wakes up with no memories of who is he. He finds himself in a strange place where there is no sunlight and the city falls asleep just around midnight. Before he could gather what happened to him, he is wanted man suspected of murder. John flees from the police and a group of aliens called the ‘Strangers‘ who controls everything in the city and are after him for his powers. John decides to find his true identity, and also to find out what is happening in the city. A must watch sci-fi horror movie that will keep you on the edge of your seat with its wild, twisted ending.
#6. Battle Royale (2000)
Director: Kinji Fukasaku
Cast: Takeshi Kitano, Tatsuya Fujiwara, Chiaki Kuriyama
Battle Royale can be called the Japanese version of ‘The Hunger Games‘ series although Battle Royale came first. The film follows a group of students who are tricked by the school and taken to an isolated island and is told, they must partake in a project called the ‘Battle Royale‘ (BR) act. They are provided with everything and an explosive collar that will explode had anyone defy the rules. The rules are simple: they have to fight with each other until only one survivor is left who will be allowed to leave the island as a reward. The movie is very violent and was actually banned in many countries upon its release.
#5. Resident Evil (2002)
Director: Paul W. S. Anderson
Cast: Milla Jovovich, Michelle Rodriguez, Ryan McCluskey, Oscar Pearce
The most popular and profitable zombie movie ever made is the Resident Evil, but hey wait, why are we talking about a zombie movie? ‘Cause its plot is quite similar to The Maze Runner, whwre the protagonist wakes up in a room and doesn’t remember anything. The movie is based on the Japanese video game franchise of the same name by Capcom. The film follows Alice, who wakes up with no memories but only flashbacks and is trapped in a high tech underground research facility called the Hive. Alice must find out what happened in the Hive making her way through the maze like the facility and discovering many things on her way. When Alice finally reach the surface, she finds out that the whole planet is wiped out with a few survivors, only to realized that this is just the beginning. One must notice the similarity in these two films as both the protagonists fight their way out only to find out that the story doesn’t end there, its just the beginning. Resident Evil was a huge success and has many sequel. This is a movie that will not disappoint you in any way.
#4. Snowpiercer (2013)
Director: Bong Joon-ho
Cast: Chris Evans, Song Kang-ho, Tilda Swinton
This action packed sci fi film shows earth in post apocalyptic condition. The film is set during the Second Ice Age, when an experiment to control global warming goes horribly wrong and results in freezing of Earth. The few remaining survivors take refugee on a train, the Snowpiercer that spans through the globe. The survivors are divided into classes, the poor who lives in very dire conditions in the tail section and the rich, elites who live in the front of the train. Chris Evans stars as Curtis Everett, belonging to the low class tail section of the train who accompanied with others from their group goes against the elites to take control of the train and improves the lives of the tail section. The film received high critical acclaim upon its release and is favorite among many critics.
#3. Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)
Director: George Miller
Cast: Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron, Hugh Keays-Byrne, Nicholas Hoult
Oscar winner, Mad Max: Fury Road is the fourth installment and a reboot of the Mad Max franchise. The film set in a post-apocalyptic desert wasteland where, the evil immortan Joe rule over the people and controls everything. Max is a drifter who is captured and is used as a blood bag for the wounded soldiers of immortan Joe. Furiosa is different from others and wants to finish the evil reign of Joe and find her home-land that promises greenery and a new hope. She tries to escape with five other women prisoners to find her homeland but are chased by the henchmen of Immortan Joe who will stop at nothing to bring back Furiosa and thus ensuing a high-speed chase through the desert. If you love cars, heavy machinery firearms and ruthless people racing each other, this movie is for you.
#2. Divergent (2014)
Director: Neil Burger
Cast: Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Ansel Elgort, Miles Teller
This popular film is based on the novel of the same name by Veronica Roth. The film is set in a future dystopian where earth is no longer fit for human so the remaining survivors build a huge wall and keep everyone safe inside the wall. The people are divided into five factions and are asked to join any factions based on their eligibility when they reach the desired age. Besides people belonging to the five factions, there is also another group of people who do not fit into any factions, called the ‘Divergents‘ are considered a huge threat to the people. When a young girl, Beatrice discovers that she is a ‘Divergent’, she must at any cost hide her extraordinary gift from the system and must fight to find her place.
#1. The Hunger Games (2012)
Director: Gary Ross
Cast: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson
The Hunger Games is based on the sci fi dystopian adventure novel by author Suzanne Collins. The film is set in a future dystopia, where people live in fear and anger in 12 districts. An annual Hunger Games is held every year, which chooses one boy and one girl from each district to take part in the game where they are forced to battle and kill each other until only one participant is left behind who is declared the winner. The film centers around a Katniss Everdeen who volunteers in the Hunger Games in place of her sister must use her instincts and fight against some of the most dangerous competitors. Jennifer Lawrence got instant popularity since the release of the film and is highly praised fro her performance in this film.