Remember the 2014 popular dystopian sci-fi series, The Maze Runner? If you loved the film and its successive installments and want to watch something familiar, you have definitely come to the right space.
At a time when love triangles and melodramas were filling up the entertainment space, The Maze Runner came as a respite with its Sci-fi genre, mysteries, and likable young adults. Not to mention the film soon became an instant success thereby delivering three solid installments based on the popular novel series of the same name.
Here we bring you 5 movies that you must watch if you liked The Maze Runner.
The Hunger Games (2012)
An American dystopian action film, The Hunger Games is directed by Gary Ross and is an adaptation of the 2008 novel of the same name by Collins. It is the first installment in The Hunger Games film series. Similar to The Maze Runner, the grittier tone and legitimate stakes of the franchise allowed it to launch several prominent stars, including Jennifer Lawrence in the most iconic role of her career as Katniss Everdeen.
Set in a dystopian post-apocalyptic future in the nation of Panem, the film traces the story of a boy and a girl who are chosen annually from each of the nation’s 12 Districts, as “tributes” and are forced to compete in the Hunger Games, which is an elaborate televised fight to the death. Katniss Everdeen volunteers to take her younger sister’s place when her sister was initially selected as tribute. Along with her district’s male tribute, Peeta Mellark, Katniss travels to the Capitol for training and competing in the Hunger Games.
Watch it if you are a fan of dystopian action films. Catch the trailer of the film below.
Ready Player One (2018)
Ready Player One is a 2018 American science fiction adventure film based on Ernest Cline’s novel of the same name. Directed by ace filmmaker Steven Spielberg, the film is set in 2045, when most of humanity uses OASIS, a virtual reality simulation, to escape the real world.
A teenage orphan finds clues to a contest that promises the ownership of the OASIS to the winner. So he and his allies try to complete it before an evil corporation can do so. Yes, u might have already guessed it that much like The Maze Runner, Ready Player One too follows a young group of heroes that fight against a dystopian leadership hell-bent on erasing their future.
Ender’s Game (2013)
Inspired by one of the most influential sci-fi books of all time by Orson Scott Card, Ender’s Game is a 2013 American military science-fiction action film. Written and directed by Gavin Hood, the film stars Asa Butterfield as Andrew “Ender” Wiggin, an unusually gifted child. Just like Thomas in The Maze Runner, here young Ender (Asa Butterfield) is seen leading a generation of leaders when he is sent to an advanced military academy in space to prepare for a future alien invasion.
With military action, sci-fi, and aliens in the reckoning, this one is a total package. Watch the trailer below.
Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children (2016)
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children is a fantasy film which has been directed by Tim Burton and had been adapted from the 2011 novel of the same name by Ransom Riggs. The bizarre take on the young adult novel series saw Burton drawing from The Maze Runner template of uniting a group of younger heroes against a supervillain.
The film shows that after learning the meaning of their powers from their teacher Miss Peregrine (Eva Green), Asa Butterfield’s Jack Portman and Ella Purnell’s Emma Bloom are inspired to take on the evil shapeshifter Mr. Barron (Samuel L. Jackson).
If fantasy is your forte, you surely can’t miss this one.
Ghostbusters: Afterlife (2021)
A respite from sci-fi, action and dystopia, Ghostbusters: Afterlife is an American supernatural comedy film directed by Jason Reitman. While the original Ghostbusters was a classic comedy film that stands the test of time, Ghostbusters: Afterlife took another interesting approach by reimagining the concept and passing the torch to a younger group of heroes.
Set 32 years after the events of Ghostbusters II, the film tracks a single mother and her children who move to an Oklahoma farm that they had inherited from her estranged father Egon Spengler, a member of the original Ghostbusters.
A must-watch if you love comedy and loved The Maze Runner.