->''"We keep going back to the theme of movies being released in twos: ''Film/DeepImpact'' and ''Film/{{Armageddon}}'', ''Film/{{Volcano}}'' and ''Film/DantesPeak'', etc. Well, when your doppelganger of a movie being released opposite you is ''Film/TheMatrix'', then you are in [[OhCrap deep sh]][[SoundEffectBleep *]][[OhCrap t.]]"''\\
-- '''[[WebVideo/TheSpoonyExperiment Miles Antwiler]]''' [[http://moviemoses.wordpress.com/2010/02/01/the-thirteenth-floor-1999-josef-rusnak/ on]] ''Film/TheThirteenthFloor'' (1999)

This page is a list of similar films that were released at around the same time. Sometimes one film intentionally copied another, sometimes it's part of a wider trend in which that type of film became very popular all of sudden, sometimes it's total coincidence: the creators just had the same idea around the same time.

Occasionally, studios will be forced to war with one another when they simultaneously produce similar movies which are subsequently released within a short time from each other.

One very rare aversion: Creator/WarnerBros bought the rights to ''The Tower'' and eight weeks later, Creator/TwentiethCenturyFox bought the rights to ''The Glass Inferno'' so to avoid having similar films at the box office at the same time, they [[AllYourPowersCombined joined forces and combined]] the novels into ''Film/TheToweringInferno''!

See also DuelingProducts, DuelingGames, and DuelingShows for proof that this type of competition isn't limited to just films. See also TheMockbuster.

Not to be confused with DuelingStarsMovie.

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* DuelingMovies/{{Animation}}
* DuelingMovies/{{Comedy}}
* DuelingMovies/{{Drama}}
* DuelingMovies/{{Horror}}
* DuelingMovies/SciFi
* DuelingMovies/DuelsAcrossGenres
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[[folder:Action-Adventure (non-Sci-Fi)]]
|| Initiators || Followers || Description || Misc || Winner? ||
|| ''[[Film/TheATeam The A-Team]]'' ||''TheLosers''\\
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''Film/TheExpendables'' may be a third contender. || Capital-"[[{{Pun}} A]]" action movies adapted from other mediums about [[BadassCrew rag tag groups of government agents]] who come together to clear their name: The former is TheFilmOfTheSeries. The latter: An adaptation of Andy Diggle and Jock's re-imagining of a classic WWII DC comic as a group of Special Forces operatives during the War on Terror. || ''The Losers'' basically '''is''' ''The A-Team'', there's never been any doubt or denial that it played a major role in its re-imagining, the timing of the film releases are just unfortunate. || ''The A-Team'' soundly trounced ''The Losers'' at the box office, grossing more in its opening weekend than ''The Losers'' in its full run; however, ''The A-Team'' had an underwhelming run of its own, which illustrates how badly ''The Losers'' flopped. If ''Film/TheExpendables'' is counted, however, then it's a clean win by knockout. ||
|| ''Film/{{Machete}}'' || ''Film/TheExpendables'' ||Both films feature [[RuleOfCool outrageous special effects and stunts]] to tell a barely-there story and feature numerous oldschool actors returning to type of roles that made them famous, gleefully employing the NostalgiaFilter all the while. || ''Machete'' is a loving {{homage}} to over-the-top '70s {{exploitation film}}s directed by Creator/RobertRodriguez and featuring a star-studded cast; ''Expendables'' has the participation of a laundry list of '80s action stars led by Creator/SylvesterStallone (who directed, wrote and plays the lead). || ''Film/TheExpendables''. Though ''Film/{{Machete}}'' enjoyed a slight critical edge, the ''Film/TheExpendables'' had a significantly higher box office gross and made a significantly greater impact on pop culture.||
|| ''Film/RedDawn2012'' || ''Film/TomorrowWhenTheWarBegan'' || Foreign armies invade small-town America/Australia, and a group of teenagers take to the hills to fight back guerrilla-style. || The first is a remake of the classic 1984 UsefulNotes/ColdWar action movie, updating the villains from [[TheGreatPoliticsMessUp the Soviet Union]] to [[ChinaTakesOverTheWorld the People's Republic of China]] (or [[ExecutiveMeddling North Korea]]) and moving the action from Colorado to Washington state. The second is an adaptation of the first book of an Australian YoungAdult [[Literature/TheTomorrowSeries series]] published in the '90s that, while hugely popular in Australia (to the point of being compared to ''Literature/HarryPotter'' in cultural influence), [[AmericansHateTingle never caught on overseas]]. || ''Tomorrow'' got better reviews, but ''Film/RedDawn2012'' made more money. Neither turned a profit.||
|| ''NinjaAssassin'' || ''Ninja'' || Movies about BadAss {{ninja}}s. || ''Ninja Assassin'' was produced by the creators of ''Film/TheMatrix'' and starts Korean pop star Rain, while ''Ninja'' was directed by director Isaac Florentine and was a DirectToVideo release. || ''Ninja Assassin''. No contest. ||
|| ''[[Film/{{Underworld}} Underworld: Evolution]]'' || ''Film/{{Ultraviolet}}'' || Comic book movie sans an actual comic (''Ultraviolet'' even starts with fake comics that the film's based on). A vampire war/rebellion led by a shapely ActionGirl. || It seems that most of ''Ultraviolet''[='s=] vampire references (the heroine and her pals are infected with a virus that mimics vampirism; the MacGuffin is a possible cure) were cut out so as to distance itself from ''Underworld'', which led to some audience confusion. || ''Underworld: Evolution'' did well enough to continue the franchise with at least two more sequels. ''Ultraviolet'', while visually striking, didn't do well enough to start its franchise. ||
|| ''Film/{{Underworld}}'' series || ''Film/ResidentEvil'' series || Both series revolve around an EmpoweredBadassNormal ActionGirl protagonist and her struggles against various supernatural foes. They are both known for their highly stylized cinematography. Both franchises moved to [[ThreeDMovie 3-D]] with their respective fourth entries. Oh, and the lead actresses of each franchise (Creator/KateBeckinsale and Creator/MillaJovovich) later married the respective directors of each series' first film (Len Wiseman and Paul W. S. Anderson). || ''Underworld'' is an UrbanFantasy story about [[FurAgainstFang the war between vampires and werewolves]], while ''Resident Evil'' is a ZombieApocalypse story adapted from [[Franchise/ResidentEvil the video game series]]. || Critically, both series tend to be regarded as cinematic junk food, though ''Underworld'' wins by a small margin given that the ''RE'' films also have a {{hatedom}} from [[AdaptationDecay fans of the games]]. Commercially, on the other hand, ''RE'' wins hands-down, having grossed over twice as much money as the ''Underworld'' films.\\
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The ''real'' winner is Creator/ScreenGems, which produces both series and makes lots of money from both of them. They have never had to compete with one another at the box office, with each franchise's films usually coming out in alternating years -- and even in 2012, the first year that they did, ''Underworld: Awakening'' and ''Resident Evil: Retribution'' had release dates at different times of the year. ||
|| ''Film/YouOnlyLiveTwice'' || ''Film/CasinoRoyale1967'' || Film/JamesBond films. || The former is an official Bond film, while the latter is a parody made by the man who held the rights to that particular novel. Bond's production company eventually got the rights to ''Casino Royale'', both novel (which was adapted as [[Film/CasinoRoyale the first Daniel Craig Bond]]) and movie. || ''You Only Live Twice'', which had better reviews and box office. ''Casino Royale'' is widely considered a train wreck whose only lasting appeal is the Burt Bacharach score and its [[WhatDoYouMeanItWasntMadeOnDrugs psychedelia value]]. ||
|| ''Film/{{Octopussy}}'' || ''Film/NeverSayNeverAgain'' || Again, Film/JamesBond films. Much like the above, the former is official, and the latter is a remake of ''Film/{{Thunderball}}'', done by the guy who had the rights to said novel. || The latter has the return of Creator/SeanConnery as 007, who prior to making it said he would ''never'' play Bond again -- hence the title. Bond's production company eventually got the rights to said movie (its Blu-Ray release is even listed among the official ones!), and halted the production of ''another'' remake in the 90's. || Both were box office successes, but ''Octopussy'' grossed more. However, Never Say Never Again did better critically, thanks in large part to Sean Connery. ||
|| ''Film/TheLeagueOfExtraordinaryGentlemen'' || ''Film/VanHelsing'' || [[{{Crossover}} Characters from multiple stories]] team up to save or destroy the world. [[Literature/TheStrangeCaseOfDrJekyllAndMrHyde Jekyll and Hyde]] feature in both. || [[XtremeKoolLetterZ "LXG"'s]] team comes from classic, mostly public-domain stories while "Van Helsing"'s monsters [[UniversalHorror are all from Universal Studios]]. (Fun fact: the original plan for ''Van Helsing'' was a direct sequel/prequel to "Bram Stoker's Dracula", but Anthony Hopkins was too old). || Both did all right at the box office, but were ravaged by critics, and a sequel to either is highly unlikely. ||
|| ''Film/IronEagle'' || ''Film/TopGun'' || Two 1986 films about cocky young pilots proving their mettle. || The former is about a guy on a secret, unauthorized mission to rescue an Air Force pilot dad trapped behind enemy lines. The latter has its protagonist going through Navy training, encountering love, rivalry, and loss along the way to becoming a hero. || ''Film/TopGun'' was a SummerBlockbuster, the biggest hit of its year, and coronated Creator/TomCruise as a true-blue movie star. It is still fondly remembered today. By comparison ''Iron Eagle'', which came out first, only grossed a few million more than its budget in theaters. That said, perhaps because of the popularity of its dueling movie, it did well enough on video ($11 million in rentals according to the Other Wiki) that it had three BMovie sequels through 1995. ''Top Gun'' wins, but ''Iron Eagle'' gets points for making its own small success story. ||
|| ''Film/{{Dredd}}'' || ''[[Film/TheRaid The Raid: Redemption]]'' || {{Badass}} super-cops raid high-rise apartment blocks controlled by drug lords in order to bring them to justice. || ''The Raid'' is an Indonesian martial arts film, while ''Dredd'' is a Hollywood action film that marks the second theatrical adaptation of the ComicBook/TwoThousandAD comic book ''ComicBook/JudgeDredd'' after the [[Film/JudgeDredd 1995 film]] starring Creator/SylvesterStallone. While ''The Raid'' came first[[note]]It premiered at TIFF in September 2011 and was released in March 2012, while ''Dredd'' was released in September 2012.[[/note]], rumor has it that the makers of the film borrowed its plot from an early, leaked version of the ''Dredd'' script. || Both films were acclaimed by both critics and action buffs as capital-A action movies with little in the way of pretension. Box office-wise, while ''Dredd'' made more money than ''The Raid'', it was a BoxOfficeBomb due to its substantially higher budget, with many observers viewing it as an indictment of the idea that Internet and Comic-Con buzz alone [[AcclaimedFlop could power a film to success]]. Meanwhile, ''The Raid''[='=]s meager (£1.1 million) budget gave it a very low bar to clear. ||
|| ''Film/OlympusHasFallen'' || ''Film/WhiteHouseDown'' || 2013 "''Franchise/DieHard'' [[DieHardOnAnX in the White House]]" movies about a Secret Service agent (Creator/GerardButler or Channing Tatum) fighting to save the President (Aaron Eckhart or Jamie Foxx) from (mostly) terrorists. || Tonally the two films are rather different: ''OFH'' goes for drama while ''WHD'' can't decide on whether it wants to be a suspense film with humorous elements, or a comedy with suspenseful elements. Eckhart remains a hostage through most of his film, whereas Foxx and Tatum work together in a WunzaPlot. Another key difference is ThePlan for taking the White House: ''OHF'' does it from outside-in, while ''WHD'' does it from inside-out. And finally, ''WHD'' is a Creator/RolandEmmerich film. || ''Olympus Has Fallen''. ''OHF'' and ''WHD'' got similar reviews (47% for both on Website/RottenTomatoes) and opening weekends ($30M vs $25M), but ''WHD'' only made a 33% profit (versus about 120%) because its budget was twice the size. ''OHF'' also has a sequel in the works, to take place in London during the funeral of one of UsefulNotes/TheMenOfDowningStreet, with the majority of its cast to return. ||
|| ''Film/TheLastStand'' || ''Film/BulletToTheHead''\\
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''Film/{{Parker}}'' || {{Genre Throwback}}s to '80s RatedMForManly action vehicles, released within a month of one another in winter 2013. || ''The Last Stand'' stars Creator/ArnoldSchwarzenegger, was marketed as his big return to leading man status, and is directed by rising Korean filmmaker Kim Ji-woon, while ''Bullet to the Head'' stars Creator/SylvesterStallone fresh off the success of ''Film/TheExpendables''. Finally, ''Parker'' stars Creator/JasonStatham and is based on Donald E. Westlake's book series. || ''The Last Stand'' received somewhat more positive (if still mixed) reviews than ''Bullet to the Head'' and ''Parker'', but all three films [[BoxOfficeBomb bombed at the box office]]. Between the failures of these films and that of ''Dredd'' the prior year, many observers concluded that, ''The Expendables'' aside, "macho" action movies had lost their allure with moviegoers. ||
|| ''[[Film/RobinHood1991 Robin Hood]]'' || ''Film/RobinHoodPrinceOfThieves'' || 1991 films retelling [[RobinHood the infamous thief of British folklore.]] || ''Prince of Thieves'' was a Hollywood project with then-bankable Creator/KevinCostner leading the cast. The other was a low-profile British film with Creator/UmaThurman as Maid Marian and a low-profile cast. || The Uma version was released first, but went straight to TV in the States, allegedly to avoid competition with Costner's. ''Prince of Thieves'' was a monster hit and the one most remember. ||
|| ''Terminal Velocity'' || ''Drop Zone'' || Films based around Special Forces skydivers, both released in late 1994. || ''Drop Zone'' was supposed to be released first, but reshoots ended up delaying it until after ''Terminal Velocity'' was released. Both films also starred actors who have experienced personal trouble in later years: Creator/CharlieSheen was the star of ''Terminal Velocity'', while Wesley Snipes was the lead for ''Drop Zone''. || Neither of them did particularly well in terms of reviews, but ''Drop Zone'' at least broke even on its worldwide box-office and VHS rentals. ''Terminal Velocity'' only grossed around two-thirds of what ''Drop Zone'' made, while costing even more to produce, making it indisputably the loser.||
|| ''Film/JackReacher'' || ''Film/{{Parker}}'' || Adaptations of a book series featuring AntiHero BadAss protagonists with a SherlockScan and a vendetta against someone who quite recently wronged them. || Right out the gate both studios signed on big name actors in the title roles (Tom Cruise and Jason Statham, respectively). Also each hero teams up with an ordinary, hardworking single woman who serves as TheWatson. And funnily enough, both movies had their release dates pushed back for innocent (and unrelated) reasons.|| Going strictly by box office profits, ''Reacher'' beat out ''Parker'' by a factor of five. Critics met both movies with middle-of-the-road reviews, though, with high forties on Metacritic.||
|| ''Film/TheNovemberMan'' || ''Film/TheEqualizer'' || 2014 films that are adaptions of a preceding series (a book series for the former and a television series for the latter) that center around a former government agent who has gone into retirement but finds himself put back into action. Major components involving him facing off against corrupt Russians and defending a young woman.|| ||TBA ||
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[[folder:Crime]]
|| Initiators || Followers || Description || Misc || Winner? ||
|| ''Film/OceansEleven'' || ''[[Film/TheItalianJob2003 The Italian Job]]'' || Remakes of movies about a crew of thieves pulling off a complicated heist against dangerous enemies. || || While both had good reviews, ''Ocean's Eleven'' was much more successful and spawned two sequels. ''The Italian Job'''s sequel is still in development hell. ||
|| ''Film/MulhollandFalls (1996)'' || ''Film/LAConfidential (1997)'' || Two [[FilmNoir neo-noir]] crime dramas set in 1950s L.A. with an AllStarCast. || || ''L.A. Confidential'' wins out. ''Mulholland Falls'' had caricatured acting, was too fixated on costumes and production design and overall wasn't well received by the audience. ''L.A. Confidential'' had denser characters, a complex but cogent screenplay, better action and was a commercial success. ||
|| ''Film/TheBlackDahlia'' || ''{{Film/Hollywoodland}}'' || Highly stylized period crime pieces, set in Los Angeles and (loosely) based on real-life, high-profile deaths. Released within a week of one another.|| || The Black Dahlia received more attention before release and had a budget nearly quadruple Hollywoodland's; however, it received largely negative reviews and bombed at the box office. Hollywoodland was well-reviewed and turned a small profit.||
|| ''[[Film/TheGirlNextDoor2007 The Girl Next Door]]'' || ''AnAmericanCrime'' || 2007 crime dramas with a slash of horror based on the [[BasedOnATrueStory real]] 1965 torture and murder of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sylvia_Likens Sylvia Likens]] || ''Girl'', based on a 1989 novel, fictionalizes the story and moves the setting to the 1950s; ''Crime'' stays closer to the facts. || Neither really. Despite its more high-profile cast (EllenPage as Sylvia and Catherine Keener as her torturer), ''Crime'' failed to find a theatre distributor and was eventually aired in {{Showtime}} in 2008; it received three nominations to TV awards but was generally trashed by critics. If only for that, and because the critics are [[WeWinBecauseYouDidNot more divided in its case]], ''Girl'' wins. ||
|| ''Film/TheFrenchConnection'' || ''DirtyHarry'' || 1971 crime thrillers about a hard-boiled inner city cop who has little regard for the rules, but always gets results. Along the way, he gets into fistfights, gun battles, and car chases, pushing him to the brink of his endurance, amidst his increasingly-strained relationship with his superiors. These two films more-or-less codified the CowboyCop genre. || ''The French Connection'' stars GeneHackman tracking down a French drug smuggler, while ''Dirty Harry'' stars Creator/ClintEastwood hunting a depraved serial killer. || ''The French Connection'' won at the time due to massive success at the Oscars including Best Picture and a Best Actor win for Hackman, but ''Dirty Harry'' has endured more in popular culture thanks to MemeticMutation. ||
|| ''DeathSentence'' || ''TheBraveOne'' || 2007 vigilante movies about previously wimpy people on the hunt for criminals after they kill people close to them. (In ''Death Sentence'' Creator/KevinBacon's son dies. In ''The Brave One'' [[spoiler: Creator/JodieFoster's husband dies.]] Fittingly, the latter can be defined as ''Film/DeathWish'' [[RecycledInSpace but with a woman]], while the former is based off a novel written by the writer of ''Death Wish''. || ''Death Sentence'' was directed by [[Film/TheConjuring James]] [[Film/InsidIous Wan]] while ''The Brave One'' was directed by [[Film/TheCryingGame Neil]] [[Film/BreakfastOnPluto Jordan]]. The former leans more towards Gorn while the latter has the deaths spread out. || ''The Brave One'' made more money and got better reviews than ''Death Sentence'', but still fell short of it's $70 million budget.
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[[folder:Dance]]
|| Initiators || Followers || Description || Misc || Winner? ||
|| ''Lambada'' || ''The Forbidden Dance'' || Projects from the former heads of Cannon Films focused on the lambada dance craze. || ''Lambada'' was greenlit first in late 1989 for a May 1990 release. Then, ''The Forbidden Dance'' was greenlit for a release a month earlier. Eventually, both films ended up moving up and were released on the same day (''Lambada'' had finished filming eleven days before release, ''The Forbidden Dance'' was finished a few weeks before). || Neither won as both films flopped at the box office. ''Lambada'' made a little more money though. ||
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[[folder:Disaster]]
|| Initiators || Followers || Description || Misc || Winner? ||
|| ''Film/TheDayAfter'' || ''Film/{{Threads}}'' || {{Made For TV Movie}}s produced in the mid 1980s about the consequences of [[WorldWarIII nuclear war]] on normal citizens. ''Day'' is set in the continental US state of Kansas and Missouri, while ''Threads'' takes place in the United Kingdom. || ''Threads'' was made as a direct response to the American film. Also, while both movies depict a nuclear exchange, ''Threads'' was even more realistic than ''Day'' in just how horrifying such a scenario would be. ''Day'' was aware of this though, ending with a screen text amounting to "What you've just seen was horrible. However, this is only a toned-down depiction. The real consequences would be even ''worse''." || They both win. Both films received high critical acclaim, were popular with home audiences, and taught a significant part of the public the realities of nuclear warfare. ''Day'' even had an impact on UsefulNotes/RonaldReagan to pursue nuclear disarmament; he reportedly broke down in tears after a private showing. ||
|| ''Film/DeepImpact'' || ''Film/{{Armageddon}}'' || Meteor-strike {{disaster movie}}s. Neither films were imitations of each other ''per se'', but they revolved around different reactions to the same idea, one more dramatic, the other more action-based. || Amusingly, in an early screening of ''Deep Impact'', Creator/MorganFreeman is giving a speech in which he reassures his audience that life will go on after the meteor-hit, declaring, "[[TakeThat There will be no armageddon.]]" Too many viewers at the screening got the in-joke, however, and the [[{{Narm}} uproarious laughter at what was meant as a dramatic scene]] induced the director to cut the line from the final print. || Although ''Film/DeepImpact'' is regarded as the better film, ''Film/{{Armageddon}}'' wins with better box office and the fact that more people are aware of it 10 years after the fact.
|| ''Film/DantesPeak'' || ''Film/{{Volcano}}'' || Movies about volcanoes! The former is set in a small town, and is [[VeryLooselyBasedOnATrueStory very loosely based on the Mt. St. Helens explosion]]. The latter is set in Los Angeles and is therefore much crazier in scale. || As above, not ''exactly'' imitations, but these were both released around the same time and dueled each other with very similar plots. The former, incidentally, is considered notable for being one of the few popcorn disaster movies that actually [[ShownTheirWork tries for scientific accuracy]]. || Surprisingly, ''Dante's Peak'' won, with $6 million more in box office receipts. ''Volcano'' gets the consolation prize of being shown on cable much more often. Heck, it's probably on right now somewhere! ||
|| ''Film/{{Twister}}'' || ''Tornado[[ExcitedShowTitle !]]''\\
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''Film/NightOfTheTwisters'' || Yes, three films all dealing with tornadoes -- ''Twister'' being a major Hollywood production, while the other two were {{made for TV movie}}s. || ''Film/{{Twister}}'' was directed by Jan [=DeBont=] (of ''Film/{{Speed}}'' fame) and co-written by Creator/MichaelCrichton, while ''Tornado!'' was written by [[Film/TheLastSamurai John]] [[Film/TheAviator Logan]]. ''Night of the Twisters'' was based on a novel which was BasedOnATrueStory. || Hollywood won with ''Twister'' grossing over $200 million. The other two faded into footnotes; however, ''Night of the Twisters'' was able to outlast ''Tornado!'' thanks to more repeats on television. ''Twister'' still gets more showings on TV while the others do not. ||
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[[folder:Documentary]]
|| Initiators || Followers || Description || Misc || Winner? ||
|| ''Inside Job'' || ''I Want Your Money'' || Competing documentaries about the ongoing economics crisis, released one week apart in October 2010. || While the former places the blame on both capitalism and politics, the latter (a DocumentaryOfLies) places all of the blame on UsefulNotes/BarackObama (who wasn't even President when it happened). || ''InsideJob'' was critically acclaimed, became an arthouse hit and won an Oscar, ''IWantYourMoney'' was critically savaged and only lasted a week in most theatres. ||
|| ''Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory'' || ''West of Memphis'' || Documentaries about the West Memphis 3 and the near two decade-long battle to prove their innocence. || ''Purgatory'' is the final chapter of the ''Paradise Lost'' series and is directed by Joe Berlinger, ''West of Memphis'' was produced by Creator/PeterJackson and actually has Damien Echols (one of the West Memphis 3) as a producer, making that film more or less a first-person account of the events. || ''Purgatory'' has been amassing near-unanimous acclaim and received an Oscar nomination for Best Documentary Feature. ''West of Memphis'' has also received near-unanimous acclaim, but has failed to make in on the 2012 Oscar shortlist. ||
|| ''Religulous'' || ''The God Who Wasn't There'' || Documentaries about atheism and the problems with organized religion. || The former gave a comedic, more light-hearted portrayal of its subject, the latter was much more serious. || ''Religulous'' wins easily, as it had a successful theatrical release and got [[Series/RealTimeWithBillMaher Bill Maher]] a spot presenting the Best Documentary Oscar in 2009. The latter meanwhile was self-distributed and its constant online ads years after release turned its director into a joke and a ShamelessSelfPromoter.
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[[folder:Fantasy]]
|| Initiators || Followers || Description || Misc || Winner? ||
|| ''Film/TheDarkCrystal'' || ''Film/{{Krull}}'' || Fantasy films from the '80s, each was set in an exotic world ruled by an evil force. A fortress must be penetrated. || ''Film/TheDarkCrystal'' was done by Creator/JimHenson (which meant, of course, [[{{Muppet}} animatronic puppets]]), while ''Film/{{Krull}}'' was live action. || Each have their fans, so let's just say it's a draw and leave it at that. ||
|| ''[[Film/TheLordOfTheRings The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring]]'' (2001) || ''Film/DungeonsAndDragons'' || HighFantasy in a magical land of elves, goblins and other fantastical creatures based off legendary and sacred nerd franchises. (Both distributed by New Line Cinema.) ||''Lord of the Rings'' is an extraordinarily realized version of one of the most important and influential books of the twentieth century. On the other hand, ''Dungeons & Dragons'' has Creator/TomBaker as the King of the Elves. || ''LOTR'' by a landslide. In case you couldn't guess. ||
||''[[Film/TheLordOfTheRings The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring]]'' (2001) || ''[[Film/HarryPotterAndThePhilosophersStone Harry Potter and the Philosopher's/Sorcerer's Stone]]'' (2001) || First installments of high-budget film adaptations of popular and beloved fantasy series, with an overlapping viewer demographic, released within a month's difference of each other. || || A tie, or, better said, both films win. Both ''LOTR'' and ''HP'' were incredible box-office hits, grossing about $900 million each, successfully launching their respective film franchises, [[SugarWiki/VisualEffectsOfAwesome revolutionizing the use of CGI in movies]] and [[GenreTurningPoint greatly raising the prestige of the fantasy genre]]. ||
|| ''[[Literature/TheInkworldTrilogy Inkheart]]'' || ''Film/BedtimeStories'' || Some kid brings stories to life. || Only superficially similar. ''Inkheart'' is a modern-fantasy adventure tale centered around a young teen, while ''Bedtime Stories'' is a more lighthearted Creator/AdamSandler vehicle involving much younger children. The "stories come to life" is played for tension and action in the former while it is played for laughs and poignancy in the latter. || Neither film was well-liked by critics, but ''Bedtime Stories'' pulled in over $100 million in the US alone (and $200 million worldwide), while ''Inkheart'' was a flop, earning only $17 million domestically (its worldwide gross of $70 million was barely enough to recoup its budget). ||
|| ''Film/{{Legend}}'' || ''Film/{{Labyrinth}}'' || Big-budget, lavish, special effects-heavy fantasies with a youthful hero/heroine and newfound fantastical companions on a quest to face off with a BigBad and right a terrible wrong. A seductive, LargeHam villain attempts to woo the leading lady. Both films share a cinematographer (Alex Thomson), and their settings might have had more in common[[note]] originally, ''Labyrinth'' was set in a MagicalLand only, and then had a Victorian era wraparound added[[/note]] had the makers of the latter not been made aware of the former. While in the U.K. they were Christmas releases for 1985 and '86, respectively, the North American releases were two months apart in the spring/summer of '86. || The two movies take TheHerosJourney in different directions. Creator/RidleyScott's ''Legend'' is a straightforward FairyTale with a NatureHero saving a PrincessClassic and unicorns from a villain who's effectively {{Satan}}, with the fate of the world at stake. Creator/JimHenson's ''Labyrinth'' is an often-humorous musical take on the DownTheRabbitHole plot, with the PresentDay heroine seeking to rescue the baby brother she wished away into the land of the Goblin King, and the major characters have more complex personalities/development. The former film uses prosthetic makeup for its non-human characters, while the latter uses [[Main/StarringSpecialEffects animatronic puppets]] instead. || Both films were box-office flops in the U.S., the latter only doing a little better than the former with critics, but gained cult followings on the video market. In later years, ''Legend'''s reputation has gone up a bit thanks to a Director's Cut (the U.S. release was significantly shorter and had a completely different score), but ''Labyrinth'' has proven popular enough to spawn several {{meme|ticMutation}}s and an ExpandedUniverse in graphic novel form. Both have become major cult classics, with Labyrinth having developed its slightly faster. ||
|| ''Photographing Fairies'' || ''Film/FairyTaleATrueStory'' || 1997 movies [[VeryLooselyBasedOnATrueStory somewhat based on the real-life story]] of the Cottingley Fairies, about two young cousins who allegedly capture real fairies on film and attract the attention of prominent figures of the time such as Creator/ArthurConanDoyle and Creator/HarryHoudini. || ''Photographing Fairies'' is more of a mystery with elements of romance and intrigue, while ''[=FairyTale=]'' is a family fantasy-drama that focuses on the two young cousins at the centre of the real-life incident. || Both films In addition to being released not very far apart, both films have almost the same score on Website/IMDb, a 6.3 for ''[=FairyTale=]'' and a 6.7 for ''Photographing Fairies''. ||
|| ''Film/JackTheGiantSlayer'' || ''Film/OzTheGreatAndPowerful'' || 2013 movies based on classic stories with heavy doses of special effects. || ''Jack the Giant Slayer'' is based on ''Literature/JackAndTheBeanstalk'', while ''Oz the Great and Powerful'' is based on ''Literature/TheWonderfulWizardOfOz''. Both are directed by superhero movie pioneers, Sam Raimi of Oz for the ''Spider-Man Trilogy'' and Brian Singer of Jack for ''X-Men'' and ''X-2''. Both of those series could be seen as Dueling Movies on their own rights.|| ''Jack the Giant Slayer'' was a box office bomb and received mixed reviews from critics. ''Oz the Great and Powerful'' has fairly positive reviews, and was much more successful at the box office. ||
|| ''Film/ChittyChittyBangBang'' || ''Film/TheLoveBug'' || Family films about magical vehicles. || Both films seem to have the Disney touch. ''Chitty Chitty Bang Bang'' even had then-Disney regular Creator/DickVanDyke and Sherman Brothers songs. But only the latter was made in house at the legendary studio. The former was produced by Albert Broccoli of ''Film/JamesBond'' fame and was based on a novel by Creator/IanFleming (also of ''Bond'' fame). || ''Chitty Chitty Bang Bang'' had mixed reviews and modest financial success. ''The Love Bug'' was released a few months later and eclipsed the other film and spawned a number of sequels starring the car Herbie. It was assumed that ''The Love Bug'' did better than ''Chitty'' because it was set in contemporary times but the other was not (unlike Fleming's novel). ||
|| ''Disney/TheJungleBook'' (Disney 2015) || ''The Jungle Book'' (Warner Bros., date unannounced) || Live-action/CGI versions of Kipling's classic novel. || Disney's version [[https://movies.yahoo.com/blogs/movie-news/can-disney-s-new--jungle-book--overcome-the-story-s-racist-perceptions-211742065.html will have a lot of hurdles to overcome]] in the UnfortunateImplications department (interestingly the article doesn't mention Disney already did a live-action version of ''Film/TheJungleBook'' in 1994, although that one was more based on the book while this one's going to be based on the animated musical... like the ''other'' live-action film Disney did four years later). The only info on the Warner Bros. version in that article is that Andy Serkis will be playing... someone (or possibly [[SerkisFolk everyone]]). || Disney's planning to increase the number of female characters, possibly having Scarlett Johanssen voicing Kaa. ||
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[[folder:Musical/Concert]]
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|| ''Theatre/ThePiratesOfPenzance''|| ''Film/ThePirateMovie'' || Both are adaptations of the famous Creator/GilbertAndSullivan operetta ''Theatre/ThePiratesOfPenzance'' released around 1982-1983. The former is a filmed rendition of the then-running Broadway revival with much of the same cast; the latter is a very-loose rendition of the story with a few of the same songs (and some [[MovieBonusSong extras]]) and a generally 80s feel. || ''The Pirate Movie'' got to theaters first, in the midst of ''Penzance'''s Broadway run, and quickly faded away. Although a box-office bomb itself, the failure of ''Penzance'' was caused by ExecutiveMeddling, not lack of interest. ''Theatre/ThePiratesOfPenzance'' actually enjoyed a long run in ''one'' of the '''''92''''' theaters that showed it. || ''Theatre/ThePiratesOfPenzance'', with a higher Website/RottenTomatoes score and a Golden Globe nom for Best Actress. ''The Pirate Movie'' bombed critically and earned a few Razzie nominations. ||
|| ''Music/{{U2}} 3D'' || ''[[Series/HannahMontana Hannah Montana & Miley Cyrus: Best of Both Worlds Concert]]'' || 3-D concert films from early 2008. || The U2 concert was shown at IMAX, while the ''Hannah Montana'' concert was shown in digital 3-D only. And one year later came the cheaper [[Music/TheJonasBrothers Jonas Brothers]] 3-D concert, which was also shown at IMAX. || ''Hannah Montana'' had a much bigger box office, but ''U2 3D'' was better received by critics. ||
|| ''Can't Stop the Music'' || ''Film/{{Xanadu}}'' || 1980 disco musicals, each with a $20 million budget, that double as [[Main/NonActorVehicle non-actor vehicles]]. Both involve alumni of the 1978 blockbuster ''Film/{{Grease}}'': producer Allan Carr and screenwriter Bronte Woodard with the former, and lead actress Olivia Newton-John with the latter. (Carr wanted Newton-John for the female lead in ''Can't Stop'', but it didn't work out.) || The former fictionalizes the creation and rise to stardom of the Music/VillagePeople and intertwines it with a romance between an uptight lawyer (Bruce Jenner) and a feisty ex-model (Valerie Perrine). The latter is a fantasy about a Greek Muse (Newton-John) who inspires a struggling artist (Michael Beck) to open a lavish roller disco; complications ensue when she falls in love with him. || ''Can't Stop'' opened in June, ''Xanadu'' in August -- either way, they were victims of the [[DeaderThanDisco "Disco Sucks" backlash]]. Both received wretched reviews and [[Main/StarDerailingRole derailed the film careers]] of several of their leads. They inspired the very first {{Golden Raspberry Award}}s when they ran as a double feature; the former "won" Worst Picture and Screenplay, and the latter Worst Director. But ''Xanadu'' barely made back its budget, had a hit soundtrack, became a {{camp}} classic via cable, and received an intentionally tongue-in-cheek ScreenToStageAdaptation in 2007. ''Can't Stop the Music'' only grossed $2 million and sounded the death knell for the Music/VillagePeople's popularity. ||
|| ''Film/{{Grease}}'' || ''Film/SgtPeppersLonelyHeartsClubBand'' || From record and film producer Robert Stigwood, via different studios (Paramount and Universal): Two SummerBlockbuster musicals aiming at the teenybopper market with name performers from both the film and music spheres. Both were adapted from stage productions, and both involve key alumni of ''Film/SaturdayNightFever'' -- lead actor Creator/JohnTravolta in the former, and band Music/TheBeeGees in the latter (getting to act as well as provide tunes). The latter's director, Michael Schultz, turned the former down when it was initially offered to him. || The former is a cheery, {{Camp}} take on TheFifties; the latter is a fantasy JukeboxMusical based on songs of Music/TheBeatles. || Stigwood focused on the latter film, as he was sole producer on it (as opposed to co-producer, with Allan Carr, on the former) and it had a budget three times as big, but ''Grease'' proved to be the biggest movie of 1978. While it didn't receive glowing reviews, they were '''much''' better than what ''Sgt. Pepper'' received when it opened the following month. The box office receipts barely covered the budget and many of the performers in the film suffered [[Main/StarDerailingRole career setbacks]] for their association with it. ||
|| ''Rags'' || ''Film/LetItShine'' || TV movie about a teen boy who wants to be a singing star but has a disapproving father. Elsewhere, successful African-American female pop star wishes to sing her own music her own way. The two meet up and (presumably) achieve their respective goals. Both are also based off of classic stories. (''Literature/{{Cinderella}}'' for ''Rags'' and ''Theatre/CyranoDeBergerac'' for ''Let It Shine.''|| ''Rags'' is Creator/{{Nickelodeon}} and ''Let It Shine'' is Creator/DisneyChannel. || ''Film/LetItShine'', although ''Rags'' did pretty decently as well, especially on iTunes. ||
|| ''Film/{{Footloose}}'' || ''Film/StreetsOfFire''\\
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|| ''TheHollywoodRevueOf1929'' (1929, ({{MGM}}) || ''TheShowOfShows'' (1929, Creator/WarnerBros) and ''ParamountOnParade'' (1930, {{Paramount}}) || All three films are plotless revues (musical numbers interspersed with sketches), designed to showcase the studios contracted stars and demonstrate how far they had come in talkie technology (and how much Technicolor they could afford). || By 1929, audiences showed every sign of preferring sound films to {{silent|Film}}s. Each of these films was its producing studios declaration of intent, stating their claim to the future of film. || ''TheHollywoodRevueOf1929'' has the highest score on IMDB, but modern viewers should remember that none of these movies survive in the format that audiences originally saw (missing soundtracks, missing color footage, [[MissingEpisode completely lost segments]]). ||
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[[folder:Sword and Sandal]]
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(respectively) || {{Demythtifi|cation}}ed SwordAndSandal (would be) {{epic|Movie}}s [[FollowTheLeader inspired by success]] of ''Film/{{Gladiator}}'' using cinematography from ''[[Film/TheLordOfTheRings LOTR]]'' and [[ShakyCam stuttercam]] from ''[[Film/SavingPrivateRyan SPR]]'' to capture massive battle scenes, seasoned lightly with a single tasteful [[ShirtlessScene love scene]]. The hero employs the ancient sword technique of [[AdrenalineTime ramping]]. || ''Troy'' and ''300'' seem doomed to comparison, despite having little in common besides being about Greeks. Same with ''King Arthur'' and ''The Last Legion'' as both are films set during the decline of the Roman Empire, connect the legends of King Arthur to Rome, and feature a group of warriors tasked with transporting a boy of great importance to safety. TheSiege in the 2004 flicks fell victim to [[SeinfeldIsUnfunny Seinfeld Fatigue]] in the wake of a certain '03 [[Film/TheLordOfTheRings film]] and those ''Capital One'' ads. ''Kingdom'' was heavily [[ExecutiveMeddling cut up]] for the [[VindicatedByCable theatrical release]]. || ''Film/ThreeHundred'' wins due to [[FountainOfMemes popularity]]. ''Film/{{Troy}}'' places thanks to [[JustHereForGodzilla that one fight scene]] everyone wants to see. ''Film/{{Kingdom|OfHeaven}}'' draws, due to the stellar Director's Cut. ''Film/KingArthur'' loses. ''Film/Alexander2004'' loses out as well, even though some of its director's cut versions have received marginally better feedback. ''Film/RobinHood2010'' is ''Gladiator'' [[foldercontrol]]

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]] '{{Film/TheLastLegion}}'' loses as well. ''{{Film/Centurion}}'' gets a leg up for being [[BMovie deliberately cheesy]].
|| ''[[Film/PercyJacksonAndTheOlympians Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief]]'' || ''Film/ClashOfTheTitans'' || Two action-adventure movies with very different target audiences (''Percy Jackson'' is based on a YA book series; ''Clash'' is a remake of the [[Creator/RayHarryhausen 1981 movie]]). Both are [[SadlyMythtaken very loosely]] based on ClassicalMythology, up to having an overlapping character roster. Which Zeus do you prefer, Creator/SeanBean or Creator/LiamNeeson? || The sequel for the ''Percy Jackson'' movie was announced ''before'' the release... and yet languished in DevelopmentHell for a while. (and will come out one year after the sequel to the other one, ''Wrath of the Titans'') || Both films received lukewarm reviews, but ''Clash'' did much better financially. ||
|| ''{{Centurion}}'' || ''Film/TheEagle'' || Adventure movies set in 2nd Century Roman Britain with the "[[HistoryMarchesOn mysterious disappearance]]" of the [[LostRomanLegion Ninth Legion]] as their inspiration.|| ''Centurion'' is an original, {{Gorn}}asmic chase movie reminiscent of ''{{Apocalypto}}'' that follows a group of legionaries stranded in enemy territory after their legion is massacred by the Picts. ''The Eagle'' is a DarkerAndEdgier PragmaticAdaptation of the 1954 classic children historical novel ''Literature/TheEagleOfTheNinth'', that follows the son of the disgraced general of the Ninth and his Brittonic slave in a mission to recover the Legion's eagle and restore the honor of his family years after the Legion disappeared.|| Both films received mixed reviews. ''Centurion'', directed by NeilMarshall and starring MichaelFassbender, DominicWest and OlgaKurylenko, was most criticized because of its script, while ''TheEagle'''s critics targetted Kevin [=MacDonald=]'s direction and ChanningTatum's uninspired performance as the lead. Nonetheless, only ''TheEagle'' made its budget back, despite costing twice as much as ''Centurion''. ||
|| ''Film/TheLegendOfHercules'' || ''[[Film/{{Hercules2014}} Hercules]]'' || Adaptations of the Hercules myth made for the modern audience.|| ''The Legend of Hercules'' has an original story and stars [[Film/{{Twilight}} Kellan Lutz]]. The other ''Hercules'' is based on [[ComicBook/HerculesTheThracianWars a comic miniseries]] and stars Wrestling/DwayneJohnson aka The Rock. || ''The Legend of Hercules'' was a critical and commercial failure. In its first weekend, ''Hercules'' already earned more at the box office than ''The Legend of Hercules'' and although reviews were mixed, it still did noticeably better with critics. ||
|| ''Film/{{Noah}}'' || ''Film/ExodusGodsAndKings'' || Big budget - and controversial - epics based on stories from Literature/TheBible by highly respected filmmakers (The former has Creator/DarrenAronofsky while the latter is by Creator/RidleyScott). || ''Noah'' has gone for more of a fantasy angle while ''Exodus'' is much more grounded. Funnily enough, the latter's [[Creator/ChristianBale lead]] was suppose to be in the former but dropped out. || TBA.
|| ''Literature/BenHur'' || ''Film/{{Spartacus}}'' || Both are Golden Age Hollywood era epics that center around a great hero who stands up to and faces the might of the Roman Empire.|| Kirk Douglas desperately desired the role of Judah Ben-Hur that ultimately went to Charlton Heston, and though offered the role as the film's chief antagonist Messala he declined. Shortly after, Edward Lewis, a vice president in Douglas's film company, Bryna Productions, had Douglas read Howard Fast's novel, Spartacus, which had a related theme—an individual who challenges the might of the Roman Empire—and Douglas was impressed enough to purchase an option on the book from Fast with his own financing. Universal Studios eventually agreed to finance the film after Douglas persuaded Olivier, Laughton, and Ustinov to act in it. At the end of the day both films came out within a year of each other, and given all that backstory were in essence born to be rivals.|| This one looks close enough that some may consider it be a draw, but if one had to choose it would lean more towards ''Ben-Hur''. Both films are nowadays considered classics. Being adored by critics and audiences alike. And both making AFI's Top 10 Film Epics list at the #2 and #4 spots respectively. ''Ben-Hur'' at the time had a higher box office gross and did bigger at the Oscars. Though ''Spartacus'' won 4 at the awards in the ceremony the year after, ''Ben-Hur" holds the record with ''Titanic'' and ''The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King'' for the most awards won at 11 including Best Picture. Though ''Spartacus'' started out with a more mixed reception, very likely due to the political climate of the time, it has gone on to have its reputation become much greater than stature. Coming to have a slightly higher critical reception that its counterpart, at least if Rotten Tomatoes is to be taken into account.||
|| ''Film/BlackDeath'' || ''Film/SeasonOfTheWitch'' || Two films released within a year of each other, the former in late 2010 and the latter in early 2011. Both are action/adventure/horror films take place during the Dark Ages as the Black Plague is in full force. Both films are about how a company led by a knight is tasked by the Church to go to a far off village in order to essentially to tackle/investigate potential witchcraft. || Director Christopher Smith himself rewrote the latter half of the script to ''Black Death'' in order to present the supernatural forces at play in a more ambiguous fashion. On the other hand ''Season of the Witch'' lays it all out in the open so to speak.|| ''Black Death'' wins by a country mile. ''Season of the Witch'' received near unanimous negative reviews from critics and also a generally bad reception with audiences. On the other hand ''Black Death'' received generally positive marks from critics though a divided reception with audiences.||
|| ''Film/KingArthur'' || ''Film/TheLastLegion'' || Both are Post-Gladiator Roman Era epics that came out within a few years of each other take place during the decline of the Roman Empire, with them either having abandoned Britannia or are in the process of doing so. Both center around a band of heroes, led by a veteran Roman commander, who are set on a mission to escort a boy of important status to safety. They have to face a powerful "barbarian" force, culminating in a final battle at Hadrian's Wall. Both films also firmly link the King Arthur mythology to Rome.|| ||Both films have their fans among general audiences, but neither did particularly well with critics. However ''King Arthur'' still did better on that front and made eight times as much at the box office. Ultimately doing modestly well, whilst ''The Last Legion'' did not manage to recoup its budget.||
|| ''Film/KingdomOfHeaven'' || ''Film/ArnTheKnightTemplar'' || Both are Medieval epic films centering a young man who is disgraced in some way and subsequently goes on a journey to the Holy Land where he becomes a knight and participates in the Crusades. || || ||


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[[folder:Superhero]]
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|| ''Film/TheGreenHornet'' || ''Film/GreenLantern''\\
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It isn't easy being green for [[DevelopmentHell would-be]] third contender, ''Green Arrow: Escape From Super Max''. || One is based on a long-running second-tier ''[[InternetBackdraft (perhaps)]]'' DC icon, one is based on a [[Franchise/TheGreenHornet cult TV show]]. Both had to correct for [[WeaksauceWeakness silly weaknesses]] (yellow and [[SidekickExMachina reliance on]] Creator/BruceLee, respectively). || ''{{Website/Cracked}}'' made [[http://www.cracked.com/article_19015_green-lantern-vs.-green-hornet-telling-them-apart-5Bchart5D.html a chart]] pointing out how similar the two movies were. In the end, ''Lantern'' got thrashed by critics and proved to be a total disaster at the box office for Creator/WarnerBros, who had banked on it being their big movie for the summer of 2011. By contrast, ''Hornet'' got mixed reviews but made back its budget nearly twice over, so it looks to be the winner. ||
|| ''Film/SkyHigh'' || ''Film/ZoomAcademyForSuperheroes'' || Kid superheroes learn to use their powers. || ''Very'' different, if you give ''Zoom'' a chance. There's very little substance hung on ''Zoom''s plot scaffold. Notably, ''Zoom'' is one former superhero employed by the military training youngsters, instead of the full-fledged institution implied by the title. || ''Sky High'' made back over double its budget and earned favorable reviews, while ''Zoom'' flopped and earned Tim Allen a Razzie nom.
|| ''Film/IronMan'' || ''Film/TheDarkKnight''\\
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(''Film/TheGreenHornet'') || Two movies that came out the same summer (and one that [[DevelopmentHell would have]]) in which, after traumatic events, wealthy sons become masked super heroes with pimped-out mechanical aids; they also have butlers and/or a leggy SassySecretary (well, two out of three) and a really [[CoolCar Cool]][=/=]WeaponizedCar. The heroes pose as [[RichIdiotWithNoDayJob apathetic playboys]] who own their own corporations and have a close friend/business partner who is also a minority. || Not only were ''Iron Man'' and ''The Dark Knight'' dueling movies, but they were also dueling between Creator/{{Marvel|Comics}} and Creator/{{DC|Comics}} respectively during their release in 2008. ''Green Hornet'', on the other hand, was pushed back to January 2011 due to the studio converting to 3-D. || Both ''Iron Man'' and ''Dark Knight'' received huge critical acclaim and did great at the box office, but ''The Dark Knight'' wins on a slight edge. ''Iron Man'' got a sequel sooner, but ''The Dark Knight'' did better critically and financially. And that's not to mention ''Film/TheDarkKnight'' winning the first ever acting Oscar for a Comic Book movie with Creator/HeathLedger winning posthumously for his portrayal of SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker. However, ''Iron Man'' launched the Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse, which has made over $7 billion. With a "B." ''Green Hornet'', when it [[SavedFromDevelopmentHell finally was released]], received mixed reviews and modest box office, which, in all fairness, is probably better than it would have done if it was released on time to compete with the other two. ||
|| ''Film/{{Thor}}'' || ''Film/GreenLantern'' || Superhero movies with the involvement of forces from beyond our world, whether alien or divine. || Another Marvel vs. DC duel. || ''Thor'' got much better reviews, and performed better at the box office. ||
|| ''Film/{{Defendor}}'' || ''Film/KickAss''\\
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|| ''Film/TheAvengers'' || ''Film/TheDarkKnightRises''\\
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|| ''Film/MysteryMen'' (1999) || ''Film/TheSpecials'' (2000) || Semi-{{deconstructive parod|y}}ies about loser/inept/oddly-abled underdog superheroes. || || Probably ''Mystery Men'' because it seems better-known and had that whole Music/SmashMouth tie-in; both movies have their moments, though. ||
|| ''Film/IronMan3'' || ''Film/ManOfSteel'' || Battle of the ferrous metal themed Superhero Franchises, 2013. Also, DC vs. Marvel, Again || ''Iron Man 3'' is the third in its series and features a new director at the helm. ''Man of Steel'' is a reboot of the Superman franchise, 27 years after ''Film/SupermanIVTheQuestForPeace,'' Directed by Zack Snyder and starring Henry Cavil in the title role. || While both movies managed to [[BrokenBase split the fanbase in two]] ''Iron Man 3'' was much more well-received by critics and grossed $1.2 billion in the box office, becoming the fifth highest grossing movie of all time. ''Man Of Steel'' grossed over $600 million at the box office, so they were both successful. However, ''Iron Man 3'' wins. ||
|| ''[[Film/IronMan Iron Man film series]]'' || ''Film/TheDarkKnightSaga'' || To summarize a few of the above entries, both are superhero franchises by Marvel and DC starring a gadget-using billionaire (Comicbook/IronMan and Franchise/{{Batman}}, respectively). || Both franchises consist of a trilogy with a final installment where [[spoiler: the hero ditches all his gadgets and decides to retire, to enjoy a peaceful life with his significant other]]. Also, although Batman was possibly DC's most famous hero to begin with, Iron Man was mostly a B-lister until his movies elevated him to near-Franchise/SpiderMan status.|| ''The Dark Knight Saga'' wins as it is widely considered by many to be the greatest superhero series of all time, with all three films (particularly the second one) receiving critical acclaim (however, with the third one being considered not exactly great). While the first and third ''Iron Man'' films also received acclaim, the second one was significantly less praised. ||
|| ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheWinterSoldier'' || ''Film/TheAmazingSpiderMan2'', ''Film/XMenDaysOfFuturePast'' || It's 2012 all over again as Creator/MarvelComics movies by three different studios (Disney, Sony and Fox respectively) compete for the 2014 summer box-office crown. || ''Winter Soldier'' is part of the Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse, and follows ComicBook/CaptainAmerica and his allies after the events of 2012's ''Film/TheAvengers''. ''[=ASM2=]'', meanwhile, is a direct sequel to 2012's ''Film/TheAmazingSpiderMan''. ''DOFP'' follows from [[BrokenStreak 2011]]'s ''Film/XMenFirstClass'', which was praised for putting the franchise back on track, and follows characters from the original trilogy (including main character ComicBook/{{Wolverine}}) in a time-travel plot. Notably, the character Quicksilver appears both in ''DOFP'' and in TheStinger of ''Winter Soldier'', in two separate incarnations. || Both ''Winter Soldier'' and ''DOFP'' have received excellent reviews, while ''[=ASM2=]'' got mixed reviews. In terms of box office, while it's a close race for all three, ''DOFP'' ranks first and ''Winter Soldier'' is a close second, with ''[=ASM2=]'' as a slightly more distant third.||
||''Film/GuardiansOfTheGalaxy'' || ''Film/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2014'' || 2014, Round Two. Also, both movies revolve around some rather weird concepts (one has a trigger-happy talking raccoon and a [[PokemonSpeak sort-of-talking]] tree; the other is about [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin ninja mutant turtle teenagers]]). || ''Turtles'' is the big-screen reboot of a franchise that's been around for thirty years, while ''Guardians'' is part of the Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse but otherwise relative newcomers; with their comic book barely older than the MCU itself.[[note]]The "Guardians" name and individual characters have been around since the Sixties and Seventies, but they've never been A-listers and have spent most of that time in ComicBookLimbo.[[/note]] ||Both took turns being the highest-grossing movie and both immediately on release got green-lit for sequels in a few years. However, ''Guardians'' got got ''much'' better reviews and a larger gross overall, becoming the biggest movie of the year on both counts. ||
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|| Superhero films following up on the success of Tim Burton's ''Batman''. Each similarly using a 1930's/40's retro/noir aesthetic and pulp feel. All based on a classic/established hero. All being released within only a few years of each other in 1990, 1991, 1994, and 1996 respectively. However it is notable that ''Dick Tracy'' is an exception in how it was in development before ''Batman'' came out even though it was released later. However it is notable that they did try to copy the success of Burton's film's marketing campaign.||Three of the characters were based upon actual pulp fiction from the era they are set it. The exception being ''The Rocketeer'' which was created in the 1980's as a throwback to such stories. || ''Dick Tracy'' and ''The Rocketeer'' both did general well with critics, the former doing marginally better in that category. ''The Shadow'' and ''The Phantom'' both received mixed-to-negative reviews from that group. Whilst ''Dick Tracy'' made the most money at the box office it still wasn't considered a groundbreaking success but ultimately was the only one that didn't lose out. Largely due to how much they spent on the aggressive advertising campaign for the film. The other three films either flopped or bombed financially. All four being quickly forgotten by the mass audience. However each film has managed to gain and sustain a strong cult following.
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|| All of three of them are the third installments in their line of films, that center around a popular hero that is known for not having superpowers but using his skills, wits and technology in order to get by and combat his foes. All three of these stories have the hero torn down to his lowest and have to rise again from the ashes in order to combat a foe deeply rooted in his past. All three films were released within a year of each other between July 2012 and May 2013.|| || All of them were huge successes. Each breaking a billion at the box office and getting glowing reviews from critics. As well as attaining popularity with audiences. Financially the order goes ''Iron Man 3'' > ''Skyfall'' > ''The Dark Knight Rises''. Critically however it would go ''Skyfall'' > ''The Dark Knight Rises'' > ''Iron Man 3''. ''Dark Knight Rises'' and ''Iron Man 3'' though have to varying degrees gotten more flack from fans than ''Skyfall'' online, particularly the latter for its treatment of a major character from the classic mythos.
|| ''[[Film/BatmanVSupermanDawnOfJustice]]'' || ''Film/CaptainAmerica3'' || Installments to popular superhero franchises that reportedly are both going to feature a pair of their company's most well known characters, one who is a patriotic tried and true Boy Scout type and the other a wealthy man without superpowers but has his wits and a lot of money, who are supposedly going head to head against each other. Both scheduled for release in 2016.||From the sounds of things ''Batman v Superman'' will be taking a great deal of influence from the seminal Frank Miller Batman story ''The Dark Knight Returns'' whilst the word going around is that ''Captain America 3'' will take a great deal of the ''Civil War'' Marvel crossover event. || TBA ||
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|| ''Film/SavingPrivateRyan'' || ''Film/TheThinRedLine'' || Both films were released in 1998 to rave reviews. Both featured an all-star cast of actors clambering over each other to appear in bit parts; both featured a 30-minute extended bloody assault on a bunker in the first half of the film followed by a long tramp across the countryside punctuated by violence. Both had HBO SpiritualSuccessor miniseries. || ''SPR'' was set in Europe, ''TTRL'' was set in the Pacific. ''SPR'' came out several months ahead and had the natural crowd appeal of Spielberg, while reclusive director Terence Malick spent extra time on ''TTRL''. Veterans groups complained ''TTRL'' was insufficiently sympathetic to the Allied cause, while critics complained that the second half of ''SPR'' was too mawkish. || ''Saving Private Ryan'' by far among the general public, while ''The Thin Red Line'' is still in heated contention with ''SPR'' among critics and film buffs. \\
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Of related series, ''Series/ThePacific'' is more often compared to ''Series/BandOfBrothers'' than ''TTRL''. ||
|| ''Literature/CatchTwentyTwo'' || ''Film/{{MASH}}'' || Deconstructive black comedy war movies released in 1970, with not much combat but a surprising amount of blood, starring ensemble casts of screwballs, [[{{Anvilicious}} and most certainly not using earlier wars as stand-ins for Vietnam]]. || If suicide is painless, perhaps that is the answer to the Catch-22. || ''Catch-22'', despite an all-star cast, got tepid reviews and flopped. ''M*A*S*H'' was a huge success, made Creator/RobertAltman famous, inspired an [[RecycledTheSeries even more successful TV series]], and helped usher in the [[NewHollywood '70s auteur era]] in general. ||
|| ''Seal Team Six: The Raid on Osama Bin Laden'' || ''Film/ZeroDarkThirty'' || Films released in 2012 about the hunt for UsefulNotes/OsamaBinLaden. || ''Seal Team Six'' was produced by Harvey Weinstein for the Creator/NationalGeographicChannel, directed by the guy who made ''Turistas'', and features a mostly small-name cast. ''Film/ZeroDarkThirty'' was directed by Creator/KathrynBigelow, stars Creator/JessicaChastain, Joel Edgerton, James Gandolfini, and Mark Strong, and is being given a limited release in December 2012 for qualification for the {{Academy Award}}s. || ''Seal Team Six'' got fairly good ratings, but the reviews were mixed. ''Film/ZeroDarkThirty'', while [[FlameBait incredibly controversial]], still received unanimously good reviews and was nominated for the AcademyAward for Best Picture. ||
|| ''Lost Command'' || ''Film/TheBattleOfAlgiers'' || Films about the Algerian War for Independence. Both movies were produced in 1966, though ''Command'' beat ''Algiers'' to American theaters by over a year. || Two films about the same subject could hardly be more different. ''Lost Command'' draws on Jean Larteguy's novel ''The Centurions'', about Frnech paratroopers fighting in Vietnam and Algeria. It's unreservedly pro-French, albeit with a token WarIsHell message added. ''Battle of Algiers'' is a docudrama produced by Italian director Gillo Pontecorvo and sponsored by the Algerian government. Though intended as Algerian propaganda, it provides a relatively even-handed treatment of the conflict. || ''Lost Command'' was a modest box office success but earned terrible reviews and is largely forgotten. ''Battle of Algiers'' received almost universal acclaim, and today is considered an all-time classic. ||
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[[folder:Western]]
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|| ''Film/{{Tombstone}}'' || ''Wyatt Earp'' || Historical [[TheWestern westerns]] about... [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Wyatt Earp]]. ''Tombstone'' starred Creator/KurtRussell, while ''Wyatt Earp'' starred Creator/KevinCostner. || Costner was originally involved with ''Tombstone'' but left over disagreements regarding the script, deciding to make his own Earp pic. He even put pressure on studios to refuse distribution of ''Tombstone'', but guess which one made more money in the end... || ''Tombstone'' proved to be a hit and earned the better reviews, while ''Wyatt Earp'' flopped at the box office and got nominated for five Razzies. ||
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