Every once in a while, two competing movie studios will have a similar movie in production and then it will be a race to release it. This is sometimes because of dumb luck, sometimes because of corporate espionage, and sometimes because Hollywood just has too many stories to tell about a talking pig.

1. The Truman Show (June 1998) & EdTV (March 1999)

Truman Show and Ed TV

How are they similar?

Both are strangely prescient dramas about men who have the entirety of their lives broadcast over live television, and how they grapple with the constant surveillance and the power-hungry producers that control their lives. The Truman Show was infinitely more successful, garnering several Oscar nominations and even getting a delusion named after it. However, if the shows in each movie were real, I'd be watching every goddamn second of Matthew McConaughey's life and I'd turn off Jim Carrey's by the third time he started talking about vaccines.

How were they reviewed?



What movie is secretly weirdly similar and was also released around the same time?

The Parent Trap July 29, 1998

 Also has a star that went crazy because the whole world was watching.

 

 

2. Armageddon (July 1998) & Deep Impact (May 1998)


2 Armageddon July 1, 1998 Deep Impact May 8, 1998

How are they similar?

Both are sci-fi disaster films about a group of people banding together to prevent a space rock from colliding with Earth. While both were critical disasters (nailed it), Armageddon was the top-grossing film of 1998, beating out competition like Saving Private Ryan. They also have very similar porn parodies, with Armagettin' It On! and well, uh, Deep Impact

How were they reviewed?

Deep Impact 48 Armageddon 39

What movie is secretly weirdly similar and was also released around the same time?

Shakespeare in Love December 11, 1998

Also a movie that should not have won an Oscar.

 

3. Olympus Has Fallen (March 2013) & White House Down
(June 2013)


3 Olympus Has Fallen March 22, 2013 White House Down June 28, 2013

How are they similar?

Both are action movies starring a public servant with a close relationship to the President defending the White House from terrorist attack. Jamie Foxx is president in one! Famous buttchin Aaron Eckhart is president in the other but he gets held hostage and Speaker of the House Morgan FUCKING Freeman steps up to the plate, which seems like a win/win to me.

How were they reviewed?

White House Down 51 Olympus Has Fallen 48

What movie is secretly weirdly similar and was also released around the same time?

A Good Day to Die Hard February 14, 2013


A beloved American institution is left in shambles.