The tag ‘Live. Die. Repeat’ was ingrained in the memories of movie-going fans long before the movie, Edge of Tomorrow was actually released. The movie was released in 2014 with good reviews, with praise especially reserved for the performances of Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt. Directed by Doug Liman, the movie was touted as his best since The Bourne Identity. The movie takes place in Europe, in the near future, where Earth has now been occupied by an alien race, and Earth’s forces are trying their best to fight back. If you’re looking for similar recommendations, check out our list of movies like Edge of Tomorrow.
List of Movies Like Edge of Tomorrow
1. Oblivion (2013)
Oblivion coincidentally also stars Tom Cruise in yet another post-apocalyptic sci-fi thriller just like Edge of Tomorrow. The movie which is based on an unpublished graphic novel by Director Joseph Kosinski, is centered on a love story taking place in the near future of 2077. Jack Harper played by Tom Cruise is a technician who works to repair drones on a desolated earth, but with time grows to start questioning what the point of his mission even is.
The movie also stars legend Morgan Freeman, who reprises his usual role as a guide and voice of reason for both the main character and the viewers. Kosinski makes use of an expansive budget to create a movie which is very cinematic, and visually striking. Check out this film if you’re on the lookout for movies like Edge of Tomorrow.
2. The Tomorrow War (2021)
Guardians of the Galaxy star Chris Pratt, who plays Green Beret Dan Forester, takes on the role of a leading man in this American military sci-fi movie. The movie sees soldiers sent to the future by the U.S. government, to fight an alien army which has invaded Earth, just like in Edge of Tomorrow. Dan Forester, eager to serve his country, signs up to jump through the wormhole device created by the government.
The Tomorrow War which is directed by Chris McKay, and scored by Composer Lorne Balfe, tried to bring something new to the table in terms of time travel mechanics, and all in all, provides a fresh new take on the regularly used science fiction trope. A sequel for the movie at the time of writing is also currently in development. This is a great choice if you’re looking for movies like Edge of Tomorrow.
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3. Terminator Genisys (2015)
Terminator as a franchise could indeed take the whole of this list, and I would encourage you to check out the collection of movies. However, for the purposes of this list, I will be recommending one of the more recent entries in the saga, in Terminator Genisys. Just like Edge of Tomorrow, this is an American science fiction/action movie which takes place in the near future. The movie is directed by Alan Taylor. It brings back some familiar faces for fans of the franchise, in Arnold Schwarzenegger, and a new face in Game of Throne’s Emilia Clarke, who plays a grown-up Sarah Connor.
The plot follows Kyle Reese, a soldier in the war against Skynet, who is sent to the past from 2029 to prevent Sarah Connor’s death. Upon arriving at the past, he finds out the timeline has been altered and Sarah has already been saved and raised by a reprogrammed Terminator who was tasked with protecting her. You should check out Terminator Genisys if you’re looking for movies like Edge of Tomorrow.
4. Geostorm (2017)
The events of Geostorm take place in a world ravaged by disaster, similar to Edge of Tomorrow. The movie was directed, co-written and co-produced by Dean Devlin in what was his big-budget directorial debut. It stars Gerard Butler, as a satellite designer who is tasked with saving the world from a storm bent on wiping out life on Earth, which is actually discovered to be caused by malfunctioning climate control satellites.
The production of the movie was a high-budget affair, with some NASA scenes being shot in the actual NASA Rocket Factory in New Orleans. The film is a disaster action-adventure of epic proportions, featuring big set pieces and entertaining scenes that will keep you on the edge of your seat for the entirety of the movie. You must watch it if you’re on the lookout for films like Edge of Tomorrow.
5. Chappie (2015)
Chappie is a sci-fi action movie set in a dystopian version of Earth similar to films like Edge of Tomorrow. In this movie, we get a setting you rarely see in movies like these, as it is set in Johannesburg, South Africa. Due to the high rate of crime in the city of Johannesburg that exists within the film, the city’s leadership decides to purchase a set of armour-plated robots to curb the growing menace of crime.
The movie stars Dev Patel, Sigourney Weaver, and Wolverine star Hugh Jackman who plays Vincent Moore, a former soldier turned engineer, working for the company that manufactures the previously mentioned ‘killer robots’.Chappie, which is directed by Neil Blomkamp is an ambitious concept and worth checking out for fans of movies like Edge of Tomorrow.
6. The 5th Wave (2016)
J Blakeson directs this sci-fi action adventure, starring Chloe Grace Moretz as Cassie Sullivan. In this movie, Earth is under attack by aliens also known as ‘The Others’ seeking to wipe out the population just like in Edge of Tomorrow. The attacks come in waves, the first wave is an electromagnetic pulse that disables all electrical power and communication lines. While the second attack targeted the planet’s geology and tectonic plates.
In the midst of all this, survivors try their best to stop these aliens before they complete the annihilation of Earth and its occupants, before what will inevitably be the 5th and final wave. The movie is a gripping sci-fi thriller that leaves you wondering what comes next. Check it out if you’re looking for movies like Edge of Tomorrow.
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7. Outside the Wire (2021)
Outside the Wire is a straight-to-Netflix sci-fi action movie directed by Mikael Hafstrom, and stars The Avengers’ Anthony Mackie and Snowfall’s Damson Idris. A modern war film just like Edge of Tomorrow, the plot centers on both actors, who play Leo, an android officer, and Harp, a drone pilot, who both have to work together to prevent a catastrophe of biblical scales.
They both have to prevent the codes of nuclear weapons capable of wiping out entire continents from getting into the wrong hands. However, a plot twist occurs out of nowhere which is certain to catch you off guard should you decide to give this one a watch. You should definitely watch Outside the Wire if you’re on the lookout for movies like Edge of Tomorrow.
8. Battle Los Angeles (2011)
Battle: LA is an American sci-fi action film, which follows Marine Staff Sergeant Michael Nantz, who similarly to the titular character of Edge of Tomorrow is tasked with leading a platoon of U.S Marines, and other stranded military personnel in fighting against a worldwide alien invasion.
The movie stars Aaron Eckhart as Michael, and surprisingly R&B singer Ne-Yo makes an appearance as Corporal Kevin J. Harris, one of the soldiers in Michael’s platoon. Director Jonathan Liebsmann tries wherever possible to utilize practical effects, a rarity for movies in the science fiction genre. This is a must-watch if you’re looking for movies like Edge of Tomorrow.
9. Battleship (2012)
Battleship is a movie based on the board game of the same name. Directed by Peter Berg, and written by the Hoeber brothers, the movie follows a small group of warships who while going about their normal patrol duties are encountered by an alien navy and forced to fight back to thwart their dastardly mission. It’s a great option if you’re looking for films like Edge of Tomorrow.
The movie features Taylor Kitsch who stars as Lieutenant Alex Hopper, a U.S Navy Weapons Officer with a disdain for authority, and True Blood’s Alexander Skarsgård, playing Commander Stone Hopper, Alex’s elder brother and Commander of the USS Sampson. It also has another celebrity appearance similar to the previous film on this list, in Rihanna, who plays Cora Raikes, an officer on the USS John Paul Jones. The movie is visually impressive, with massive setpieces, pitting wave after wave of alien attacks against the U.S. naval forces.
10. Transformers: The Last Knight (2017)
Transformers: The Last Knight is a science fiction action film, and just like a previous movie on this list Terminator Genisys, Transformers also has an ever-expanding franchise of which I could only choose one to recommend for you. You should definitely also check out other films in the Transformers franchise if you’re looking for films like Edge of Tomorrow.
The interesting thing that differentiates Transformers from a movie like Edge of Tomorrow, is the fact that some of the aliens actually decide to stand with Earth and fight against the evil invaders. Transformers: The Last Knight, directed by flashy blockbuster movie director Michael Bay, is the 5th instalment in the Transformers series. Mark Wahlberg rejoins the cast to reprise his role as Cade Yeager, an inventor who helped the Autobots fight against the Decepticons in Transformers: Age of Extinction.
Here are a few films like Edge of Tomorrow that didn’t make the list, but you can check them out nonetheless:
- Pacific Rim
- World War Z
- The Old Guard