Directed by Michael Bay and co-written by Jonathan Hensleigh and J. J. Abrams, ‘Armageddon’ is a science fiction disaster film which follows N.A.S.A. recruiting a team of deep core drillers after they discover that a huge asteroid is catapulting towards the Earth in less than a month. ‘Armageddon’ was the first notable project helmed by Michael Bay — and surprisingly, he delivers a really good flick.
The film boasts of a huge star cast which consists of Bruce Willis, Ben Affleck, Billy Bob Thornton, Liv Tyler, Owen Wilson, Will Patton, Peter Stormare, William Fichtner, Michael Clarke Duncan, Keith David, and Steve Buscemi. The movie was co-produced by Touchstone Pictures, Jerry Bruckheimer Films and Valhalla Motion Pictures, and was taken up for distribution by Buena Vista Pictures. The background score is composed by Trevor Rabin; the film is shot by cinematographer John Schwartzman and co-edited by Mark Goldblatt, Chris Lebenzon and Glen Scantlebury.
‘Armageddon’ essentially placed Michael Bay on the map and though his style and approach was heavily criticized, the film became a commercial success. Produced on a budget of $140 million, it grossed a massive $553.7 million, thus making it one of the highest grossing movies worldwide.
For this article, I have taken into account films that work within a similar premise and narrative structure as this Michael Bay flick. Some of them are disaster films, some are horror, while others are science fiction flicks. With all that said, here is the list of best movies similar to ‘Armageddon’ that are our recommendations. You can watch several of these movies like ‘Armageddon’ on Netflix, Hulu or Amazon Prime.
8. Signs (2002)
A science fiction horror film, ‘Signs’ follows the Hess family. A family of farmers, they find mysterious crop circles or “signs”. The narrative develops upon the family trying to decipher its meaning, and further realize that it points to an impending peril. Released at a time when M. Night Shyamalan was at the top of his game, the film is powered by his distinctive direction and the performances of Mel Gibson and Joaquin Phoenix. With two genres of science fiction and horror building a strong foundation, ‘Signs’ went on to become a commercial and critical success. Film critic Roger Ebert, in his review, wrote: “M. Night Shyamalan’s ‘Signs’ is the work of a born filmmaker, able to summon apprehension out of thin air. When it is over, we think not how little has been decided, but how much has been experienced … At the end of the film, I had to smile, recognizing how Shyamalan has essentially ditched a payoff. He knows, as we all sense, that payoffs have grown boring.”