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Movies Like 'Nope' to Watch Next

If you're in the mood to keep a high level of intensity going with your movie nights, there are several films like 'Nope' to try next.
by Taylor Freitas — 
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Keke Palmer and Daniel Kaluuya in 'Nope'

Universal Pictures

If you like psychological horror with quite a few literal jump scares, you likely are already a big fan of Jordan Peele's work. The prolific writer, producer, director, and actor made waves in the horror genre beginning in 2017 with the release of his directorial debut, Get Out. Two years later he was back with Us, and just three years after that, the third film he helmed, Nope, was released in theaters.

Nope revolves on siblings OJ (Daniel Kaluuya) and Emerald Haywood (Keke Palmer), whose father dies of mysterious causes in their rural California town. Soon after, they begin to notice strange clouds in the sky above their family's ranch, with OJ eventually spotting a UFO flying overhead.

Bewildered yet intrigued by the sighting, the brother and sister decide to profit off of the opportunity and set up cameras to capture proof of the aliens. To do so, they enlist the help of documentarian Antlers Holst (Michael Wincott) and electronics salesman Angel Torres (Brandon Perea).

It's a film full of intrigue, complex characters, and high-stakes situations. If you're in the mood to keep that level of intensity going with your movie nights, there are several films that fit the bill. A few — such as Get Out, Candyman, and Black Box — even share some of the same cast or crew members with Nope, while others — including Close Encounters of the Third Kind and Alien —also tackle the idea of extraterrestrial invasion. 

Here, Metacritic offers 10 similar films to watch after Nope, ranked by Metascore.


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'Close Encounters of the Third Kind'

Columbia Pictures

Close Encounters of the Third Kind

Metascore: 90
Best for: Fans of Steven Spielberg and alien encounter flicks
Where to watch:

, Google Play, iTunes, Vudu
Runtime: 135 minutes

Written and directed by Spielberg, Close Encounters of the Third Kind follows power line worker Roy Neary (Richard Dreyfuss), who has a life-changing experience at work when he sees a UFO fly over his truck. Soon after, Roy becomes obsessed with extraterrestrials and starts having visions of a mountain — a fascination that he shares with Jillian Guiler (Melinda Dillon), a single mother who says that her son was taken by aliens. The film, which came out in 1977, won a slew of awards, including the Oscar for Best Cinematography and the BAFTA Award for Best Production Design.

"It's one of the great moviegoing experiences." — Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times


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Sigourney Weaver in 'Alien'

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Alien

Metascore: 89
Best for: Fans of extraterrestrial-themed thrillers
Where to watch:

, Google Play, iTunes, Starz, Vudu
Runtime: 117 minutes

As one of the most notable movies in the sci-fi horror genre, Ridley Scott's Alien chronicles the journey of the crew aboard the Nostromo, a spacecraft on its way back to Earth. Along the way, the crew encounters a deserted spaceship, and several members decide to explore it — only to find out that it's full of alien creatures who are intent on killing them. Released in 1979, Alien won the Academy Award for Best Visual Effects and a pair of BAFTA Awards (Best Production Design and Best Sound) and spawned a number of sequels, prequels, and crossover films.

"I recognize how few horror movies I've seen before or since that ever manage to capture such a tangible feeling of menace." — Andrew O'Hehir, Salon


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Daniel Kaluuya in 'Get Out'

Universal Pictures

Get Out

Metascore: 85 
Best for: Fans of unsettling horror-comedy flicks
Where to watch:

, Google Play, iTunes, Vudu
Runtime: 104 minutes

Peele made his directorial debut with 2017's Get Out (which he also wrote and produced), a horror film about Chris Washington (Kaluuya), a Black man who meets his white girlfriend's family for the first time at their home in Upstate New York. While there, members of her family make questionable comments and gestures toward Chris, causing him to feel increasingly uncomfortable — but by the time he decides to leave, it's too late. Following its release, Get Out earned several major awards, including the Oscar for Best Original Screenplay for Peele and the BAFTA Rising Star Award for Kaluuya.

"Get Out is refreshing in its naked, frank aggression about confronting racial issues, with comedy, drama, and sharp, unsparing insight." — Tasha Robinson, The Verge


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'The Vast of Night'

Amazon Studios

The Vast of Night

Metascore: 84
Best for: Fans of sci-fi mysteries
Where to watch:


Runtime: 91 minutes

Sierra McCormick plays switchboard operator Fay Crocker in the sci-fi thriller The Vast of Night, which is set in Cayuga, N.M. in the 1950s and based on true events. While at work one night, Fay hears an unusual audio frequency and reaches out to her friend Everett Sloan (Jake Horowitz), a local radio DJ who plays the sound for his audience. After a listener calls in and shares his theory about the frequency, Fay and Everett set out on a mission to uncover its origin — and they discover that it may be coming from an extraterrestrial creature.

"Although the narrative trajectory may be familiar, the specific path taken by director Andrew Patterson feels fresh." — James Berardinelli, ReelViews


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John David Washington in 'BlacKkKlansman'

Focus Features

BlacKkKlansman 

Metascore: 83 
Best for: Fans of biographical films
Where to watch:

, Google Play, iTunes, Vudu
Runtime: 135 minutes

Based on Ron Stallworth's 2014 memoir, BlacKkKlansman is Spike Lee's 2018 biopic about Stallworth (played by John David Washington), the first-ever Black officer to work in the Colorado Springs Police Department. Together with fellow officer Flip Zimmerman (Adam Driver), he starts working on a high-risk mission to infiltrate the Ku Klux Klan, and they eventually gain access to the innermost circle of the organization. Peele is one of the producers on BlacKkKlansman, which was widely praised by critics and awarding bodies, taking home the Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay (from six nominations) and the BAFTA Award for Best Adapted Screenplay (from five nominations).

"This is a film loaded with broad comedy, bold speechifying, blunt depictions of racism, and astonishing visual flair." — David Sims, The Atlantic


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Lupita Nyong'o in 'Us'

Universal Pictures

Us

Metascore: 81 
Best for: Fans of terrifying horror movies
Where to watch:

, , , Vudu
Runtime: 116 minutes

Released in 2019, Us was directed, written, and produced by Peele (his producing partner Ian Cooper also worked with him on the film). Us stars Lupita Nyong'o as Adelaide Wilson, a mother who sets out for a summer vacation with her two children and her husband, Gabe (Winston Duke). Unfortunately, the trip turns out to be anything but relaxing, as the family is terrorized by a group of doppelgängers — an experience that's eerily similar to a traumatizing event that Adelaide experienced as a child. Us enjoyed universal acclaim from critics and audiences, with particular praise for Nyong'o's performance.

"Us is, in many ways, even more get-under-your-skin-and-into-your-nightmares creepy/funny/scary than Get Out." — Ty Burr, The Boston Globe


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Yahya Abdul-Mateen II in 'Candyman'

Universal Pictures

Candyman (2021)

Metascore: 72 
Best for: Fans of slasher films
Where to watch:

, Google Play, iTunes, Vudu
Runtime: 91 minutes

A follow-up to the 1992 movie of the same title, Candyman picks up in present-day Chicago, the home of artist Anthony McCoy (Yahya Abdul-Mateen II). In need of creative inspiration, he visits the Cabrini-Green housing projects, the origin place of several local urban legends, including Candyman. Soon after, he becomes fascinated by the story of the notorious killer, even trying to summon him — a move that quickly has nightmarish consequences for Anthony and his community. Nia DaCosta directed and co-wrote 2021's Candyman, with Peele serving as a producer (Peele also wrote the screenplay with DaCosta and Win Rosenfeld).

"While the movie could be a notch scarier, the unsettling imagery and slow build to chaos make me want another movie by this director stat." — Johnny Oleksinski, New York Post


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Will Smith in 'Men in Black'

Sony Pictures

Men in Black

Metascore: 71
Best for: Fans of Will Smith and sci-fi comedies
Where to watch:

, Google Play, iTunes, Vudu
Runtime: 98 minutes

Smith and Tommy Lee Jones co-star in Men in Black, the alien-invasion comedy directed by Barry Sonnenfeld. In it, the men play Agent J and Agent K, respectively, two officers in a secret government agency that's responsible for keeping tabs on the aliens that roam the planet, as well as erasing the memories of any human who interacts with the extraterrestrials. After its 1997 release, Men In Black became the year's third-highest grossing film at the worldwide box office and was nominated for a BAFTA Award, Golden Globe, and three Academy Awards (where it won for Best Makeup).

"A snappy, clever, often-funny motion picture that provides the perfect blend of science fiction-style action with comic dialogue." — James Berardinelli, ReelViews


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Mamoudou Athie in 'Black Box'

Amazon Studios

Black Box

Metascore: 62 
Best for: Fans of medical horror films
Where to watch:


Runtime: 100 minutes

Black Box tells the story of Nolan Wright (Mamoudou Athie), who develops amnesia following a car crash that kills his wife and makes him the sole caretaker of their 10-year-old daughter. In an effort to regain his memory, Nolan decides to undergo an experimental treatment under the care of his neurologist, Dr. Lilian Brooks (Phylicia Rashad). But as treatment begins, Nolan starts to struggle with the procedure's painful side effects, and he starts to question himself and his doctor. Released in 2020, Black Box was produced by Jason Blum and his company, Blumhouse (which also produced Get Out and Us).

"It's more like a solid episode of Black Mirror, with some ideas and imagery pilfered from one of Blumhouse's biggest hits, Get Out." — A.A. Dowd, AV Club


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'Signs'

Buena Vista Pictures

Signs

Metascore: 59
Best for: Fans of alien-invasion dramas
Where to watch:

, Google Play, iTunes, Vudu
Runtime: 106 minutes

Like Nope, Signs features the theme of extraterrestrial forces. It stars Mel Gibson as Graham Hess, a Pennsylvania widower who lives on a rural farm with his two kids and his younger brother, Merrill (Joaquin Phoenix). One day, Graham notices crop circles in his cornfields, which gradually become larger and eventually start appearing on other farms around the world — forcing the family to bunker down to protect themselves from the outer-space invaders. M. Night Shyamalan directed, wrote, and produced Signs, which premiered in 2002 and grossed more than $400 million worldwide.

"It's a high-octane doomsday vision built almost entirely around our sense of anticipation, and that's both its strength and its weakness." — Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly