7 Movies Like Dune You Should Definitely Watch
‘Dune,’ based on Frank Herbert’s classic 1965 novel of the same name, is a sophisticated sci-fi space opera film. Following the death of his father, Duke Leto Atreides, the film follows Paul Atreides (Timothée Chalamet) as he comes to terms with his messianic destiny (Oscar Isaac).
As Paul’s enemies draw in on him, he and his late father’s Bene Gesserit consort Lady Jessica seek refuge with the Fremen, the inhabitants of Arrakis, who harvest a valuable substance called as “Spice” or “melange.” If you like ‘Dune,’ here is a selection of additional titles to consider. The majority of these films similar to ‘Dune’ are available on Netflix, Hulu, or Amazon Prime.
James Cameron’s ‘Avatar,’ one of the biggest box-office hits of all time, takes set on the planet Pandora, where humanity is at odds with the native intelligent race known as the Na’vi for a valuable mineral known as Unobtainium. After his identical twin brother dies, Jake Sully, a paraplegic former Marine, travels to Pandora to pilot the latter’s Na’Vi-human hybrid avatar. He later falls in love with Neytiri, the daughter of the Na’vi chieftain, and joins the locals in fighting the invaders. A valuable resource is at the heart of the battle in both ‘Dune’ and ‘Avatar.’
Ender’s Game (2013)
‘Ender Game,’ like ‘Dune,’ is a space opera sci-fi film based on the first installment of a classic and popular book series (written by Orson Scott Card). The film is set in the far future, when humanity is at war with an alien race known as the Formics. Cadet Andrew “Ender” Wiggin (Asa Butterfield) attends Battle School in the hopes of becoming a fleet commander and contributing to the war effort.
Flash Gordon (1980)
‘Flash Gordon,’ a space-opera picture packed with action, humor, and romance, is a live-action cinematic adaptation of Alex Raymond’s famous King Features comic strip. The plot concerns the titular character, a New York Jets football player, who gets stranded on Planet Mongo due to a series of strange events and discovers that Emperor Ming the Merciless, the planet’s ruler, has declared war on Earth. With the help of fellow Earthlings Dale Arden and Hans Zarkov, Ming’s daughter Princess Aura, and Prince Barin, the sovereign of the Kingdom of Arboria, Gordon must now halt Ming’s terrible schemes. An tremendously powerful and dangerous emperor serves as a nemesis in both ‘Dune’ and ‘Flash Gordon.’
Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope (1977)
The film ‘Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope,’ or simply ‘Star Wars,’ is a classic space opera. Luke Skywalker, a moisture farmer from the desert planet Tatooine, joins Princess Leia, smuggler Han Solo, and Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi on a heroic adventure to overthrow the Galactic Empire and put an end to the reign of Emperor Darth Sidious and his protégé, Darth Vader. To introduce their respective heroes, both ‘Dune’ and ‘Star Wars’ utilise typical messianic motifs.
‘Stargate,’ like ‘Dune,’ addresses the topic of faith. Catherine Langford’s father discovered hieroglyphic-inscribed cover stones and a stargate in Giza, Egypt, in 1928. In 1994, Egyptologist and linguist Daniel Jackson, together with Colonel Jonathan J. “Jack” O’Neil and his squad, travel to Planet Abydos via the stargate. They discover that the planet is under the power of an alien who was venerated in ancient Egypt as the god Ra. Daniel and Jack must now, with the help of the villagers, put an end to Ra’s despotic rule before it’s too late.
The Chronicles of Riddick (2004)
The sequel to the 2000 sci-fi action-horror thriller ‘Pitch Black,’ ‘The Chronicles of Riddick’ is the second installment in the same-named film series. It follows the antihero Riddick, a member of the Furyan race, as he battles the Necromongers, a fanatical organization of people who think that life does not conform to the universe’s rules.
They move from planet to planet, converting or killing the people that live there. Because it was prophesied that a Furyan would slay Lord Marshal, Riddick catches the attention of the Necromonger commander, Lord Marshal. The Necromongers and the House of Harkonnen in ‘Dune’ share the same ruthlessness.
The Fifth Element (1997)
‘The Fifth Element,’ directed by the legendary sci-fi director Luc Besson, is mostly set in the year 2263. The Great Evil, an awful creature, is approaching Earth. The sole weapon capable of destroying the Great Evil consists of four classical elements, which are represented by four stones. The fifth ingredient, a young girl whose bones are housed in a sarcophagus, is biotechnically rebuilt from the original’s severed hand. Leeloo, a cloned girl, meets Korben Dallas while fleeing her creators. And so begins their remarkable journey together. Both ‘The Fifth Element’ and ‘Dune’ include rich characters, intricate world-building, and undeniable philosophical elements.