A fact that often happens to those with extensive cinematic knowledge is inevitably that they watch a movie and think they have already seen a certain story on the screen. Maybe not exactly the same, but a similar version. In many cases, to find out who came up with this or that idea first, it is enough to compare the release dates in cinemas: whoever came first could not be inspired by anyone. However, there are exceptions in which this “rule” does not apply, and this has happened more than once in the history of cinema. What are we talking about? About films that came to the cinema almost simultaneously, but surprisingly so similar to each other that there is a suspicion that they copied each other. A rare but not impossible fact: two works are based on similar ideas of different directors and develop simultaneously. There are examples? Just think about Ghost24th segment of the James Bond saga Mission Impossible – Rogue Nation, both from 2015 and both based on stories that appear to be exact copies of each other. Or, how can we forget the line of films about the so-called “friends with benefits”: in the same year, both bed friends with Mila Kunis and Justin Timberlake who Friends, lovers and… with Ashton Kutcher and Natalie Portman. If you remember, both of them told the story of a couple of friends who decided to start a relationship, but without love complications. Both, as expected, had the same epilogue. Want to know what other titles are making their movie debuts at the same time as their secret twin? Then view our gallery today: 10 almost identical films that came out incredibly at the same time.
GHOST & MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE NATION OF THE GOOLS (2015)
In both films, we have the iconic secret agent, James Bond in the first case and Ethan Hunt in the second, who is on the trail of a secret criminal organization through Austria, Morocco and London while his own agency struggles to stay afloat. There are indeed many similarities between the two films, and many on the Internet have taken the liberty of discovering them.
DESPICABLE ME AND MEGAMIND (2010)
Many consider the two animated films to be very similar, starring an evil supervillain who actually happens to be the hero of the situation. The success of Illumination, which spawned 2 sequels and 2 spin-offs, was much bigger than the Dreamworks title, and don’t forget that Megamind’s henchman is called Minion, like Gru’s henchmen in Despicable Me.
FRIENDS, LOVERS AND… and BETWEEN FRIENDS (2011)
In both films, a couple of friends decide to have a sexual relationship “without any emotional ties,” but in both films (obviously) things get complicated and we find ourselves falling in love with each other, realizing we’re cherishing a more structured feeling. Among other things, the title Friends, Lovers and… with the Natalie Portman/Ashton Kutcher pairing was originally Friends with Benefits (the latter would be No Commitment), but was changed to avoid duplication with a film that was almost identical in the beginning. period, with Justin Timberlake and Mila Kunis.
ATTACK ON POWER – OLYMPUS FAD and UNDER SIEGE – THE WHITE HOUSE IS DESTROYED (2013)
In these two films, a bodyguard must save the American president after terrorists have attacked the White House and set it on fire. The film with Channing Tatum and Jamie Foxx grossed more, but the origin of the franchise was the title with Gerard Butler and Aaron Eckhart.
Z ANT and BEETLE LIFE (1998)
What about the fact that Dreamworks and Pixar released two insect movies in the same year? Created by John Lasseter and his colleagues, the mega minimondo starring the insect Flink performed better than the ant voiced by Woody Allen and was released in just a few weeks.
CAPTURE & JOKO A DUET (1999)
These two films, both released at the end of the last millennium, are also very similar: in both, after stealing a masterpiece of European art, a sexy insurance investigator becomes involved in the plots of an experienced master of theft, which is not only a thief, but also an old Bond face like Connery. In this form, it is really difficult to distinguish them, even if at the box office the pair created by Sean Connery and Catherine Zeta-Jones won over the pair made up by Pierce Brosnan and Rene Russo.
MATRIX and EXISTENCE (1999)
Staying in the context of the fertile 1999 but moving towards realities that are artificial simulations, it’s hard not to notice the similarities between the famous Keanu Reeves movie and David Cronenberg’s lesser-known, but no less unsettling, foray into virtual reality by David Cronenberg and Jude Law.
SNOW WHITE AND SNOW WHITE AND THE HUNTER (2012)
Two films based on a famous fairy tale in one year? Well, yes: on the one hand, Julia Roberts and Lily Collins, on the other, Charlize Theron and Kristen Stewart.
ARMAGEDDON – THE LAST JUDGMENT and DEEP BLOW (1998)
In both films, an asteroid threatens all human life on Earth, and it’s up to the team of heroes to save our species. Between the two, the biggest dose of success will certainly go to Michael Bay’s film.
TURNER, CASINARO AND BLACKFEET COP (1989)
A friendly film of an experienced policeman and a canine specimen? In 1989, this happened in two films with a similar line, one with Tom Hanks and the other with Jim Belushi.
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