Help me remember the name of an animated movie from the 90's, I think.

It was about a giant metal robot who came to Earth and becomes friends with a boy, who tries to hide him from the other people in town and from the US Government, which had sent someone to find this robot.

I know the robot was created to be a super-weapon but in the end he saved everybody, sacrificing himself. He flew into a bomb,

"like superman".

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    Show of hands, how many people instantly knew the movie just from reading the question title? – Steven M. Vascellaro Dec 21 '17 at 19:01
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    @StevenVascellaro I remembered the movie quite vividly; but not the actual title. – JMac Dec 21 '17 at 19:18
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    @StevenVascellaro - Google certainly knows. Searching the title word for word brings up IMDB... Makes me think not much research effort went into searching before posting... – Broots Waymb Dec 21 '17 at 20:25
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    I'm going to be 'that guy' and say that the book on which the movie is based The Iron Man is better than the movie. The movie is the typical sentimental boy meets robot trope; the book is austere and intriguing. – user52673 Dec 21 '17 at 23:52
  • Read the book when I was a child and felt the film got too much of the Hollywood treatment. – Darren Bartrup-Cook Dec 22 '17 at 10:58
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The Iron Giant sounds like it fits

Set during the Cold War in 1957, the film is about a young boy named Hogarth Hughes, who discovers a giant metallic robot who fell from space. With the help of beatnik artist Dean McCoppin, they attempt to prevent the U.S. military and Kent Mansley, a paranoid federal agent, from finding and destroying the Giant.

The movie ends with the robot sacrificing himself to stop a nuclear missle launched to destroy him, and his last word is "Superman"

Kent convinces Rogard to prepare to launch a nuclear missile from the USS Nautilus offshore if they cannot stop it. Dean and Annie revive Hogarth, and he helps return the Giant to his docile state, while Dean explains the situation to the military. Rogard is ready to stand down when Kent panics and orders the missile launch. Rogard furiously reminds Kent that the missile is locked onto the Giant's current position and they will all be killed in the blast radius. Kent tries to escape but the Giant stops him, and Rogard's men secure him. Hogarth explains to the Giant what would happen if the missile strikes. The Giant says farewell to Hogarth and flies off to intercept the missile, remembering Hogarth's words about being who ones chose to be, and the Giant says, "Superman" just before collision. The missile explodes harmlessly in the atmosphere. As the townspeople and military are relieved to be alive, Hogarth is saddened by the robot's apparent destruction.

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    Thanks, that's it! It is one of the oldest movies I can remember! – Yves LaFayette Dec 21 '17 at 18:19
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    Three syllables, and The Rock makes everyone cry. – Shadur Dec 21 '17 at 21:54
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    @Shadur not quite; it was the other bald, muscled, deep-voiced fast-car-driving actor. – Justin Lardinois Dec 21 '17 at 21:57
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    @Shadur not the rock, but the same guy who could evoke emotion with just three words “We are Groot” – CBredlow Dec 21 '17 at 21:59
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    This movie is also notable for being the directorial debut of Brad Bird, who went on to direct The Incredibles and Ratatouille for Pixar. – tj1000 Dec 22 '17 at 0:47

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