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This tag has three different uses: for questions specifically about the movie version of a work which has been adapted for different media (use together with the work tag); for questions seeking identification of a movie (use together with the [story-identification] tag); or for wider genre questions about movies as a whole (generally together with the [history-of] tag).

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90s (or earlier) SciFi movie - glowing lights in chests to indicate attraction

I'm trying to figure out the name of a movie I saw on TV as a kid, in the mid-to-late 90s, in the US, in English, on daytime TV. I remember it being kind of Starship Troopers-esque, but everyone had ...
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Please help identify this 2-part TV movie: Alien woman crash-lands on earth, falls in love, 199x

In 1991 or 1992 I saw a two-part (probably made for) TV US movie. It is about an alien starship crash landing on planet Earth (in the USA). An attractive 100% human-looking woman (I believe the only ...
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Animation movie (80's-90's) with brain-sucking insects

I'm looking for a movie I've seen as a kid, the details are foggy and sparse but I'll try my best following the guide: What is it?: An animated movie. Tell us what it isn't: It is not Nausicaä of the ...
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80's Animated movie: An old man joins mission to save a boy stranded on a hostile world [duplicate]

A guy on a space ship picks up a distress call, a boy is stranded on a planet with a hostile environment. He & his crew go to the rescue, stopping on the way to pick up an old man who comes with ...
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Movie about hostile robots disguised as footballs

I saw this on TV in mid 90s I think. One or more people travel to another celestial body (might or might not be the/a moon or mars), they find an American football. The football transforms into a ...
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Animated movie that had black robots that turned people into stone late 1960s to 1970s

It was a weird sci-fi animated movie I saw only a little bit of it. This is what I recall: It was old but had color, so I assume it was late 1960s to early 1970s. The animation and style reminded me ...
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What story had the world being eaten every night by toothy orbs?

I thought it was The Tommyknockers by Stephen King, but after a check with Wikipedia, it appears that's not the case. What I remember about the story (a TV movie I think, but definitely based on a ...
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What is the difference between Marvel's Ultimate universe (Earth-1610) and the Cinematic universe (Earth-199999)?

Thaddeus's comment got me wondering about what exactly is the difference between Marvel's Ultimate universe (Earth-1610) and the Cinematic universe (Earth-199999)? After all from what I've seen of ...
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Film where a damaged ship can't count down sequentially during a self destruct

I remember part of a film or maybe TV movie where a boy or maybe a teenager is in a spaceship. I think I saw it on TV in the 1980s, so it's either a 1970s film/movie or from the early 1980s. The ship ...
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What TV movie has a man seeing glimpses of dystopia in his utopian world?

This movie came out around 2000 and was created for one of the cable networks (and never in the theaters). I think it was on the original Sci-Fi Channel or maybe the USA Network, but really not sure. ...
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Youths can teleport, they are chased by the government

There was a film from the 80s in which young people can teleport anywhere they can think of. These guys are recruited to do studies with, maybe by the government or a secret company which wants the ...
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What vintage movie had this blue floating holographic head talking to some kind of military installation?

In the comedic music video SPACE FORCE - The Theme Song there are many clips of vintage scifi films, some of which I recognize. This one however, of a large blue floating holographic head talking to ...
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Movie featuring space crew, murders, a forbidden door and ending with a revelation

I searched wide and far and couldn't come up with a title for a movie I watched somewhere around the mid-90ies up to early 00's as a rerun in late-night television (in Germany, specifically on Vox; ...
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Aliens abduct mathematician, astronomer, woman

Bits I remember about this SF movie which probably originated in late 50s / early 60s: Humans are flying in a light, general aviation, high winged, single engine aircraft. An alien in a flying saucer ...
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Movie where Earth is conquered and humanity are cavemen slaves

I saw this movie a while back. I don't remember how it starts, but from where I remember watching it, it may have not been too far from the start. Apparently, Earth has been conquered by some alien ...
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SciFi movie (or miniseries) of the afterlife

I am trying to find the name of a direct to TV movie, possibly a 2-3 part miniseries which I believe aired on the SciFi channel in the 90s. I don't remember who starred in it, but the movie opened ...
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Movie: Creature crawls out of its current hosts mouth into next hosts mouth

I saw part of this movie back in the 80's or early 90's on late night cable TV. I remember the cops were chasing a bad guy, and the bad guy turned out to be possessed by some sort of creature. This ...
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Why do people say that Peter Jackson can not make LOTR/Hobbit sequels?

I was reading a couple of posts on forums where people said that "The Silmarillion" would make a great basis for an action movie, a sequel (or would that be prequel?) to LOTR and Hobbit. But someone ...
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Film about some dude who fell in love with a star (a literal stellar object)

Yes, the plot is pretty weird. There is this "star" (whose incarnation is a woman dressed in white) and some random guy who falls in love with her. There's the arc of "if you cross a specific border ...
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How do the Death Eaters fly?

In the movies, the Death Eaters leave a smoky trail behind them as they fly. As the Order arrive in the Ministry of Magic in Order of the Phoenix, they leave a silvery trail behind them. In the books, ...
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D&D-like fantasy film from possibly the 80s

When I was a little kid I was fascinated by this movie but I only remember parts of it. These are the little snippets I remember: The villain was a Darth Vader-like black knight with a large sword. ...
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Movie with killer androids (glowing eyes, screaming)

Many years ago I saw this movie. The main protagonist is out with his woman partner (girlfriend or wife, forgot). At some point, after they went to some remote place by car, she is revealed to be an ...
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Sci-Fi Movie/Show Where a Soul is Captured in a Glass Vessel

I remember very little of this, I was quite young - It was on television in the mid 90's, but seemed older. My wife was telling me about the 21 grams experiment and the memory clicked into place. ...
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Help identifying movie from Russia or similar

My recollection is very sketchy but this is what I remember.... Film was possibly black and white I saw it as a child in the late '80s early '90s but it's older It was subtitled and in Russian or ...
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Why didn't Gandalf say anything when he saw Bilbo's ring?

I don't know how the story is in the book (I would like to know), but in the movie The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, Thorin asks Bilbo why he came back, and Gandalf tries to evade the question after ...
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What 80s movie features a mad scientist building an inter-dimensional portal in his attic?

From what I can remember of the movie, it features an increasingly isolated loner building or inheriting a machine in his Attic that starts bringing back monsters from outside reality when he turns it ...
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Looking for a sci-fi movie in which a human astronaut befriends an alien on a reddish planet

This probably wasn't a blockbuster back in its time as I remember the special effects didn't seem all that bombastic, but I do remember a few details. A human astronaut lands (or crash-lands) on a ...
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SciFi/Horror movie featuring alien city landing in a US desert, forshadowed by cave paintings

I finally registered in hope of finding people who maybe know the movie I have been looking for for ages... The movie takes place in a very dry country in the States. I would guess it is Texas or so. ...
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60s-70s Sci-fi film where two competing alien races send agents disguised as humans to determine control of Earth (one side cheats)

Plot Details/Summary A pair of alien races have decided to settle rival claims on the Earth by agreeing to a competition between their best agents. The competition is a deadly one, with the winner ...
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What 70s film has astronauts entering an old alien building?

It is about astronauts entering an old alien building (which may have been a pyramid). In this building some of the astronauts get killed or injured. When the last astronaut arrives at the center of ...
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1990s film, knockoff of Alien and Predator franchises, included a jetpack and a fanged frisbee

I remember a group of people (soldiers?) stuck in a jungle and attacked by two different sorts of aliens. One looked a lot like the Xenomorphs from the Alien movies, very bestial. The other was a ...
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Need title of early sci-fi Mars movie

I need the name of an early sci-fi movie, 1950s or early 1960s. I'd call it a C-movie. It was a Mars landing, in a spaceship that looked basically like a coffee can. The seats in the ship were low-...
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Why was Newt Scamander's name on the Marauder's Map when Fred and George gave it to Harry?

Fred and George gave the map to Harry because his needs were greater than theirs. When he was just closing the map (mischief managed), Newt Scamander's name was there. According to the timelines, ...
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How is it that Legolas always has a quiver full of arrows?

In the movie version of The Lord of the Rings, Legolas is seen many times shooting arrow after arrow, yet he never seems to run out. For example, after the long battle at the end of The Fellowship of ...
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Time as money movie

I'm looking for the name of a short black and white movie in which people were given an allotted amount of time at birth, and used that time to buy things. For example, a can of beans in the store ...
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Movie about Space Pirates that have bodies tied to their ships

I'm trying to identify a Sci-Fi movie from I believe the 80's or 90's where a spaceship has to travel through a group of spaceships that belonged to cannibal people with bodies tied to their ships. ...
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How is the universal translator device in Star Trek supposed to work?

It is stated that Star Trek characters can talk freely with aliens using the universal translators, later built-in their com badges; but is it also mentioned somewhere how this device is supposed to ...
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Can you name this sci fi film that is similar to The Matrix?

In this movie there are scientists who (spoilers ahead) Hints: I remember this being an older film (70's?); it might have been foreign film possibly with subtitles (not Hollywood); it might have ...
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Identify this 80's movie about a force-field shaped like a bubble

I have this vague memory from when I was a kid of a movie that involved a few kids and one of them, somehow, creates a force-field in the shape of a bubble. My memory is faint but I seem to remember ...
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1980s movie/series on PBS about a man & his psychiatrist in a post-apocalyptic world

First, a word about the format - I don't know whether this was a movie or a TV series, b/c I saw it aired in pieces on PBS back in the 1980s. I don't even recall if it was originally voiced in english,...
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Why didn't the Death Eaters capture Harry Potter at the end of the Half-Blood Prince?

I was watching the Harry Potter and The Half-Blood Prince movie recently and when Harry tries to take down Snape at the end it was a perfect opportunity for the Death Eaters to take Harry to ...
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What happened after the Ring was dropped into Mount Doom?

In the Peter Jackson movie, once the One Ring is thrown into the volcano in Mount Doom, why does the mountain and tower collapse, and the ground disappears everywhere where the orcs are standing but ...
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Old robot movie with robots in cages being hurt at a carnival show

This was definitely not a movie I was supposed to be watching for my age. That's the reason this movie is very faint in my memory. I have spent well over 4 hours, on and off, looking for this movie ...
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Who is Tauriel and why are they adding her to the Hobbit movies?

Peter Jackson has added a new character Tauriel (played by Evangeline Lily) to the Hobbit movie. She's apparently a Mirkwood elf and a love interest for Legolas and not in the original. Does anyone ...
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What movie features a hovering spherical robot that kills a man with a propeller blade?

One of the most memorable scenes is where one of the characters is killed by a hovering spherical robot about 1-2 ft in diameter (looks a little bit like the pokémon fortress). The robot sticks out a ...
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Do comic characters sometimes get drawn like the actor playing them?

I noticed in Spider-Man's recent cameo in Captain Marvel, he appeared an awful lot like Andrew Garfield who is playing Spider-Man in the recent movie. Irrelevant of whether it is just my imagination, ...
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Movie in which two men ask a dragon three questions

I'm trying to remember the name of a movie in which two young men ask a dragon three questions. I remember that one of the men asks the dragon, "Don't we get three questions?" The dragon ...
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Looking For Title of Circa 1990s English-Language Sci-Fi Film

I am looking for the title of a Sci-Fi movie, perhaps circa +-1990s. I recall alien main character striking me as looking something like Data in Star Trek. I further recall this alien character in the ...
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Movie with people on Mars, Mars atmosphere has a problem, and guy saves them all with putting hand on some Martian hand engraving on stone?

What's the movie with people living on Mars, the atmosphere I think having a problem, since in the end the atmosphere gets restored(?) cleaned(?) or something, by the guy placing his hand on a stone ...
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Old cartoon movie about a time traveling boy?

I'm having trouble identifying a cartoon movie I watched as a kid. It was about a boy who could travel in time and, after exploring many different eras, he goes to the future and discover our society ...
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