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The Man Who Laughs (1928) Laugh Clown Laugh (1928) 1928 silent films about tormented clowns and the beautiful young orphan girls they love. There was also a 1924 precursor called He Who Gets Slapped. The Man Who Laughs is better regarded and much better remembered now, in large part because the main character was the inspiration for The Joker.
Hell's Angels (1930) The Dawn Patrol (1930) Two 1930 movies about British pilots with the Royal Flying Corps during World War I that have to go on dangerous combat flights against the Germans Hell's Angels producer Howard Hughes sued for plagiarism when he heard about The Dawn Patrol; the suit was dismissed Both films are generally well-regarded, and both received Oscar nominations (Hell's Angels was nominated for cinemmatography, while The Dawn Patrol won for original story).
Mutiny on the Bounty (1935) Captain Blood (1935) 1935 Best Picture nominees set during the Age of Sail about a dashing British rogue who rebels against his cruel master to become an outlaw of the high seas. Mutiny on the Bounty is based on the real-life saga of Fletcher Christian and the settlers of Pitcairn, set in the late 18th century, while Captain Blood is a completely fictional swashbuckler set a bit earlier, during the reign of James II. Both films were highly successful, receiving rave reviews and Oscar nominations; Bounty cemented Clark Gable and Charles Laughton's status as two of Hollywood's top leading men, while Captain Blood featured the Star-Making Role of both Errol Flynn and Olivia de Havilland, who were virtually unknown at the time. However, Mutiny made a bit more money and ultimately won Best Picture, giving it the slight edge here.
Young Mr. Lincoln (1939) Abe Lincoln in Illinois (1940) Biopics covering Abraham Lincoln's early life, released less than a year apart. John Ford's Young Mr. Lincoln (1939), starring Henry Fonda, focuses on Lincoln's involvement in an 1828 murder case. Abe Lincoln in Illinois (1940), directed by John Cromwell and starring Raymond Massey, adapts a successful stage play by Robert E. Sherwood. The major difference between the movies is style: Ford's film is a poetic mediation on Lincoln's legend, hinting at Lincoln's future greatness through metaphor and imagery. Cromwell provides a more straightforward biopic covering Lincoln's life up to the Civil War, recreating key events and speeches. Both movies met with critical acclaim and several Oscar nominations. But Ford's film proved a popular success, and is considered a classic. Abe Lincoln flopped at the box office and remains relatively obscure.
Lizzie (1957) The Three Faces of Eve (1957) 1957 films about a woman suffering from disassociaive identity disorder, released in April and September respectively. The former is based on the novel The Bird's Nest by Shirley Jackson, and the latter on the non-fiction book of the same name by psychiatrists Corbett H. Thigpen and Hervey M. Cleckley. Nunally Johnson immediately bought up the film rights to Eve in response to the The Bird's Nest's 1954 success. The Three Faces of Eve won Joanne Woodward an Academy Award for Best Actress. Lizzie, while not as remembered​, spawned two hits for co-star Johnny Matthis, It's not for me to say and ''Warm and Tender.'"
The Trials of Oscar Wilde (1960) Oscar Wilde (1960) Two biopics of Oscar Wilde, each released in 1960 during the same week. Both focus on Wilde's relationship with Alfred, Lord Douglas and the related criminal trials. Both movies feature formidable casts: Trials stars Peter Finch as Wilde and John Fraser as Douglas, along with James Mason, Nigel Patrick and Yvonne Mitchell. Oscar Wilde features Robert Morley as Wilde, costarring John Neville, Ralph Richardson and Dennis Price. However, Trials had a much larger budget, filmed in color and received broader distribution. Critics and audiences preferred Trials, though both have good reputations today.
Harlow (1965) Harlow (1965) Sensationalized biopics of 1930s sex symbol Jean Harlow, both released a month apart in 1965. One version was mostly fictional, portraying her as a troubled girl a la Marilyn Monroe. The first version was a big-budget Hollywood film starring 1950s star Caroll Baker as Jean and Angela Lansbury as her mother. The other was a very independent production (shot on videotape) starring Carol Lynley as Harlow and was supposed to feature Judy Garland as Mama (she was replaced by Ginger Rogers). The Hollywood version was rushed into production in order to compete with the video version. Both versions were flops. The Hollywood version was criticized for its script and the video version was criticized for Lynley's performance. The former version is the only one available on video.
A Doll's House (1973, Patrick Garland) A Doll's House (1973, Joseph Losey) Two film versions of Henrik Ibsen's classic play appeared almost simultaneously; however, Garland's received a theatrical release while Losey's was relegated to television. Garland's film starred Claire Bloom as Nora, having previously portrayed the role on Broadway, along with Anthony Hopkins as Torvald, Ralph Richardson as Dr. Rank, Denholm Elliot as Krogstad, Anna Massey as Kristine. Losey's movie featured Jane Fonda as Nora, David Warner as Torvald, Trevor Howard as Rank, Edward Fox as Krogstad and Delphine Seyrig as Kristine. Both versions received something of a mixed reception. Garland's version was praised for its performances but regarded by most critics as stiff and uncinematic. In contrast, Losey makes significant changes to Ibsen's play, and Fonda's performance drew largely negative reviews (though the supporting cast earned praise). Today Garland's film is readily available on DVD, while Losey's is difficult to find.
Black Sunday (1977) Two-Minute Warning (1976) Two films about a terrorist plot at a football game, released in April 1977 and November 1976 respectively. Black Sunday is about a sinister blimp pilot, while Two-Minute Warning is about a sniper. Despite studio predictions that Black Sunday would be the next Film/Jaws, Black Sunday was only a modest success at the box office; nevertheless, it is still better-remembered than Two-Minute Warning, if only for the somewhat campy premise of an evil blimp pilot.
The Last Emperor (1987) Empire of the Sun (1987) Both are period piece drama films set in (for the most part) early 20th Century China, that are essentially about the coming of age for a young central character and the several trials/tribulations he faces over a long period of time. The likes of which include the lead being a prisoner, and contending with the World War II era Japanese army. The films got their first releases within two months of each other in the year 1987. The Last Emperor is a biopic of the real life Chinese Emperor Puyi based largely upon his autobiography while Empire of the Sun centers around a fictional character, though based on the real-life experiences of J.G. Ballard. The author of the novel on which the film is based. Even taking into account that it had a higher budget Empire of the Sun made more money at the box office and has a slight edge in popularity with audiences. The Last Emperor however garnered stronger reviews from critics, though by a small margin. At the Oscars Empire of the Sun was nominated for 6 awards but took home none, whilst The Last Emperor won 9 including Best Picture. This all making calling a victor a very close one.
Benji The Hunted (1987) Full Metal Jacket (1987) Two dramas from June 1987 and a chapter in the Warner Bros. vs Disney rivalry. Benji was done by Disney and featured the titular dog getting lost in the wilderness and "adopting" orphaned cougar cubs. Full Metal Jacket is a Stanley Kubrick classic about Vietnam War soldiers; the first half of the movie follows one given the code name of "Joker" through the grueling boot camp under gunnery sergeant Hartman (who was played by a real retired drill sergeant, R. Lee Ermey; this character provides the Page Quote and Trope Codifier for Drill Sergeant Nasty), and the second half puts him in Vietnam, at which point the war element of the film comes into play. This duel is thanks to an infamous spat on Disney-distributed Siskel & Ebert between Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert; Siskel had given his approval to FMJ while Ebert gave it a Thumb's Down with a 2.5 star rating, while praising Benji with his highest rating after Siskel panned the film. This prompted Siskel to lay into Ebert, a moment that got a Shout-Out on The Critic. Also, Disney is somewhat tied to FMJ as well as BTH; the name "Mickey Mouse" is mentioned at the end of both of FMJ's major settings, plus Mickey and Minnie figurines are part of a background set in the film's second half and the film's soldiers sing "The Mickey Mouse Club March" to close the film. Much to Ebert's chagrin and Siskel's delight, Full Metal Jacket was critically loved, and the first half of the film, with Ermey's infamous Drill Sergeant Nasty routine (one of the Trope Codifiers) made it a Star-Making Role for him (he would appear in Disney/Pixar's Toy Story trilogy later, voicing a sergeant toy), with the film as a whole becoming a cinema classic, one of several for Kubrick. Benji on the other hand got a few mixed reviews and eventually dropped off the face of the Earth; that movie's director and the Benji film series wouldn't return until 2004 (said director, Joe Camp, focused more on horse training during that time). Neither film was able to turn much of a profit, if they could at all, and this fact was likely the reason Kubrick didn't direct another film until what became his final movie, Eyes Wide Shut, with Steven Spielberg and DreamWorks picking up his other film A.I. Artificial Intelligence.
Rain Man (1988) Dominick and Eugene (1988) Films released in the same year about two brothers, one of them with a mental/neural disorder. Dustin Hoffman in Rain Man suffers from autism, while in the latter, Tom Hulce (Mozart in Amadeus) played Nicky, a man who is mentally challenged due to severe beatings from his abusive father (the brother in this one is Ray Liotta). Rain Man was obviously the successful one, with glowing reviews and a Best Picture Oscar. You may not have heard about Dominick and Eugene; it was well received by critics (Hulce ended up with a Golden Globe nomination), but comparisons to Rain Man and a screwed-up release (as the producer can attest to you) destroyed its chances of catching most of the public's interest.
Dangerous Liaisons (1988) Valmont (1989) Adaptations of the classic novel Les Liaisons dangereuses. Although these movies were released less than a year apart, both were being made around the same time (in fact, the latter movie was being developed long before the former). Dangerous Liaisons was a major studio project with big names, including Glenn Close, John Malkovich, and Michelle Pfieffer, and pre-fame Swoosie Kurtz, Keanu Reeves, and Uma Thurman. Valmont had a less-bankable cast, including then-unknowns Colin Firth and Annette Bening, but it did have director Miloš Forman and leading lady Meg Tilly. Dangerous Liaisons, by a long shot. Valmont didn't exit out of limited run (it was also released at about the same time as Disney's The Little Mermaid), and delivered a small setback to director Milos Forman.
Ghost (1990) (1990) Truly Madly Deeply (1990) Romantic films about lovers returning as ghosts Ghost leaned more towards the comedic side with Whoopi Goldberg's casting. Both films received around the same score on Rotten Tomatoes (74% and 72%, respectively), but Ghost was easily the winner. It was the highest-grossing film of 1990, and earned 5 Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture, Best Score, and Best Film Editing, with Whoopi Goldberg winning Best Supporting Actress and Bruce Joel Rubin winning Best Original Screenplay.
Quigley Down Under (1990) Dances with Wolves (1990) A 1990 Western (well...at least kind of) drama about an American who bonds with the indigenous local population of a land, in the Australian Outback and Western Frontier of the United States respectively, whilst on an assignment and comes to side with them.   Dances wound up winning both critically and financially. Going on to win a number of Oscars including Best Picture and Best Director.
Lambada (1990) The Forbiddan Dance Is Lambada (1990)

Lambada (1990)
Three drama films all released the same year centered on the same Brazilian dance craze that few people even knew about. The American Lambada film was created by Cannon Films, while The Forbidden Dance Is Lambada was created by former Cannon Films co-owner Menahem Golan, who had recently departed the company. A third Brazilian film called Lambada was also released the same year but did not have an American release. Neither of the American films made much money or received any critical fanfare, but Lambada was a modest financial success and was regarded as slightly better.
Naked Lunch (1991) Kafka (1991) Two 1991 movies that are centered around the works of two renowned but vastly different authors, William S. Burroughs and Franz Kafka respectively. Although the title of Naked Lunch implies otherwise (it is probably Burroughs' most (in)famous novel), neither movie is an adaptation of any single piece of their work, but focus on the themes present in them to create a single allegorical tale of their entire careers, with fictionalized versions of the authors themselves as the protagonist. Naked Lunch was directed by the Canadian Body Horror director David Cronenberg, Kafka by the then-up-and-coming Steven Soderbergh, best known for Ocean's Eleven and Traffic. Both movies starred Ian Holm for some reason. Kafka beat Naked Lunch to the punch by being released a little over a month earlier, but Naked Lunch is much more widely remembered nowadays (it still bombed at the box office due to its perplexing premise that Siskel & Ebert struggled over).
Christopher Columbus: The Discovery (1992) 1492: Conquest of Paradise (1992) 1992 was the 500th anniversary of Christopher Columbus landing in the Americas, and Alexander and Ilya Salkind (producers of the Superman films) originally wanted Ridley Scott to direct a film about Columbus. Scott turned them down, but later began work on what became 1492. Inevitably, the Salkinds sued Scott, but lost because the first proposal for 1492 predated the Salkinds' project. It is also notable that an animated film about Christopher Columbus came out the same years as these two, again to commemorate the 500th anniversary of the voyage. But...we don't like to talk about it. Neither did particularly well; The Discovery landed on Roger Ebert's most hated list but grossed a bit more, but 1492 had a better cast and received better reviews. The Salkinds had a bit of a falling out during production, and Ilya and father Alexander never worked another film together; Alex died a few years later.
The Amy Fisher Story (1993) Casualties of Love: The "Long Island Lolita" Story, Amy Fisher: My Story (1993) Made for TV films that dramatized the Amy Fisher affair (unsurprisingly, Platypus Comix noted that the story was a perfect storm of love and violence). All three major networks had produced an Amy Fisher film, and they all premiered within the same week. Going even further, the ABC and CBS films (The Amy Fisher Story and Casualties of Love) aired against each other. The Amy Fisher Story, aired by ABC, had better reviews and viewership than CBS's film. All three networks were shamed in What Were They Thinking? The 100 Dumbest Events In Television History for having rushed out films to capitalize on the phenomenon.
Braveheart (1995) Rob Roy (1995) Films featuring legendary Scottish heroes sticking it the evil and fruity English. Both films ironically enough feature Brian Cox as a supporting character. In the former as a good guy, and the latter as an antagonist. It is an irony that has not been lost on him. He also revealed in an interview that Mel Gibson was ironically enough actually the initial choice for the role of Rob Roy. In that same opportunity he revealed that he thought that Gibson and Neeson would have been more suited in reversed roles. While both were criticised for their... liberties with history, Braveheart grossed far higher in the BO and took home the Best Picture Oscar, while Rob Roy barely made back its budget (though it still received good reviews). Rob Roy is now largely forgotten (though it's final swordfight is acclaimed as one of the best and most realistic ever filmed) while Braveheart, despite having a good reputation and influence, has had some Hype Backlash and is the punchline of many a Scottish comedian.
Outbreak (1995) Crisis In The Hot Zone (1995) Two films intended for release in 1995 concerning an outbreak of a deadly virus on American soil. Crisis in the Hot Zone was based on fact, while Outbreak was fiction. This gave Outbreak the edge in generating drama, but Crisis In The Hot Zone had the edge on realism. Hot Zone was initially the higher-profile project, and was to star the then-red hot Jodie Foster along with Robert Redford, and be directed by Ridley Scott. Clashing egos eventually led to the film's collapse. Outbreak, by a million miles. Not only was it the only one to get made, but it also became a modest hit and is well-remembered today. Soctt recently announced plans to relaunch Crisis in the Hot Zone as a TV miniseries.
Showgirls (1995) Striptease (1996)

Barb Wire (1996)
1995/96 female star vehicles marketed entirely around the appeal of seeing then-sex-symbols show some skin. All three received multiple Razzie Award nominations, including Worst Picture wins for BOTH Showgirls and Striptease. Barb Wire got a Worst Picture nomination too, only losing because Striptease came out the same year. Striptease stars Demi Moore, Showgirls stars Elizabeth Berkley, and Barb Wire stars Pamela Anderson. The first two were seen as direct competition in that they were marketed as semi-respectable dramas, and were often compared by critics. Barb Wire had no such pretensions, being presented as a theatrical soft-core porno, and was treated as such by critics. Showgirls is additionally notable for being the most widely released NC-17 film in history. Striptease made far more money at the box office (around $110 million) than the other two, making it the easy winner here. Showgirls was a notorious box office bomb, grossing only $37 million on a $45 million budget despite a huge marketing campaign, killing the NC-17 rating as a serious alternative to R, and starting the career derailment of director Paul Verhoeven and writer Joe Eszterhas (though it fared VERY well on home video) note . Barb Wire fared even worse, grossing just $3 million worldwide and getting labeled a softcore porno copy of the cinematic masterpiece Casablanca, and it derailed Pamela Anderson's movie career and got further adaptations of the comic that it was based on banned by Dark Horse Comics. Based on the movie's infamy, however, Showgirls.
Emma (1996) Emma (1996) Prestige adaptations of Jane Austen's last completed novel starring rising stars supported by the best the British repertory had to offer. The McGrath/Paltrow/Northam adaptation was a theatrical release from primarily American creators (the director, studio, and eponymous lead). The Davies/Beckinsale/Strong production was a telefilm from Britain's ITV, springboarding off the success of Davies and producer Sue Birtwistle's previous Pride and Prejudice miniseries. Both films were preceded a year earlier by Clueless, which was a modern-day retelling of Emma. The McGrath/Paltrow/Northam film tends to have a slight edge, due to its friendlier, sweeter timbre. However, both tend to be fondly remembered (except by fans of the other version). When the 2009 BBC miniseries was released, many simply added a third adaptation to their list of favorite Emma adaptations. (As a side note, Austen films tend to be dueling movies given the passion and long memories of the fanbase. The clustering of film and television releases from 1995-1996 and 2005-2009 highlighted this fact.)
Seven Years in Tibet (1997) Kundun (1997) Biographical films about the 14th Dalai Lama's youth. Seven Years in Tibet is based on a book by Austrian mountain climber Heinrich Harrer, who lived in Tibet from 1944 to 1951, a period covering the end of World War II through the Chinese invasion of 1950. Kundun covers a much longer period of time (1937 through 1959). The Chinese government were very hostile to both movies, barring the largest players in them from entering their country (the director of Seven Years In Tibet was let back in come 2012), but both were received positively by critics (Kundun slightly more so than Seven Years.) However, Seven Years was much more financially successful, while Kundun, in addition to the problems with China that wound up impacting distributor Disney's next animated classic Mulan, bombed at the box office.
Prefontaine (1997) Without Limits (1998) Late '90s biographical films about track-and-field star Steve Prefontaine. Billy Crudup's depiction of the title character in Without Limits is generally better regarded, as is the directing and production; Prefontaine stands mostly on the basis of greater historical accuracy and a standout performance by R. Lee Ermey. Without Limits, although neither was much of a box office or critical success.
Elizabeth (1998) Shakespeare in Love (1998) 1998 Best Picture nominees set in the Elizabethan era featuring Oscar-nominated performances for the character of Queen Elizabeth I and both featuring Joseph Fiennes. Elizabeth is focused entirely on the reign of the young Elizabeth I, while Shakespeare in Love is focused on William Shakespeare and his what-if love life, with Elizabeth getting only a few minutes of screen time (though Judi Dench, as the Queen, steals every scene she's in.) Shakespeare in Love got the Best Picture nod, Judi Dench took home Best Supporting Actress in the shortest performance ever to win an Oscar, Gwyneth Paltrow scooped up Best Actress, and it made more money at the box office. However, Shakespeare in Love is also one of the most controversial Best Picture winners ever, and since then has gained a significant hatedom who believe the film was undeserving of its Best Picture and Best Actress wins in particular and that it only won anything because of Harvey Weinstein's infamously aggressive awards campaigning.
City of Angels (1998) Meet Joe Black (1998) Romantic dramas released in 1998 that centers around a supernatural entity comes to Earth and finds love. Notably both are loose remakes of Wings of Desire and Death Takes a Holiday respectively. Both got divisive reviews from critics, but a mostly positive reception from audiences. Both did decently at the box office, however City of Angels made more on a budget that was smaller than that of Meet Joe Black.
Gladiator (2000) The Patriot (2000) Both are historical battle epic drama films released in the year 2000 that center around a fictional character that is set up against a famous historical backdrop. Both centering around a lead hero that his a veteran soldier/warrior who wants no more than to settle down in a life of peace as a farmer and family man. After his family is attacked by corrupt forces under the control of the rulers of his land he is forced into action where he fights against the corrupt forces in power alongside allies both old and new. At the end the hero manages to engage his arch-rival in a vicious and hard fought final duel where he manages to just barely attain victory with a final strike to the throat with a blade. Afterward in one way or another the hero gets to go where he always wanted. Peace with his family. Ironically enough Mel Gibson was the first choice for the leading role of Maximus Decimus Meridius in Gladiator. He declined however, feeling he was too old for the part. Going on then to play Benjamin Martin in The Patriot. Both also interestingly have received their fair share of comparisons to Gibson's popular proceeding historical battle epic Braveheart. (Another film about a man who wants to settle down as a farmer with a family but is forced into action when those he loves are attacked by corrupt ruling forces) As noted in the comparison section, it is interesting to note that the leads are both fictional but drawn on elements from multiple historical figures, acting as a composite of sorts if you will. Rather than being (generally speaking heavily fictionalized) takes on real people/heroes as is done in most other films of their kind like Braveheart and Rob Roy. Maximus having elements drawn from Marcus Nonius Macrinus, Narcissus, Spartacus, Cincinnatus, and Maximus of Hispania. And Benjamin Martin from the likes of Thomas Sumter, Daniel Morgan, Nathanael Greene, Andrew Pickens, and Francis Marion. (5 each ironically enough) While they have been both called on for their deviations from historical fact they both were successes. Though Gladiator is the clear winner. It made about double at the box office, got higher critical marks (Generally positive rather than mixed-to-positive), and did better during awards season. Gladiator winning 5 Academy Awards including Best Picture and Best Leading Actor. The Patriot was nominated for 3, but did not win any however. While The Patriot hasn't been forgotten, and is considerably popular with general audiences, Gladiator quickly went on to become considered a modern classic and for a time re-invigorated the swords and sandals epic genre that had lied dormant for decades. With more films of the genre being greenlit after such as Wolfgang Petersen's Troy, Antoine Fuqua's King Arthur, Oliver Stone's Alexander, and Zack Synder's 300. Though The Patriot does get the consolation prize of being a 4th of July staple in the USA.
The Last Samurai (2003) Cold Mountain (2003) Both films are historical epic costume drama war films released in the December of 2003 centered around a Civil War era soldier who because of winds up abandoning his position and because of that decision has to face-off with the side he once served. While the lead's aren't exactly criticized that much, many people believe that a supporting performance wound up stealing the show. Them being Ken Watanabe as Katsumoto and Renée Zellweger as Ruby Thewes. Both of whom got Oscar nominations for their performances. The latter however even wound up winning. On the review front both received a generally positive reception. Cold Mountain has done a bit better with critics, whilst The Last Samurai is a bit more popular with audiences. However whilst Cold Mountain did wind up winning an Oscar, The Last Samurai brought in about three times the cash at the box office.
Secondhand Lions (2003) Big Fish (2003) 2003 films centering around the tall tales of old men about their adventures from their youth that are put into question. By the end of it, a major character who is skeptical of their stories comes to get a deeper understanding and respect for them.   Big Fish had a much larger box office gross, stronger reviews from critics, and seems to be more widely remembered by the general public. Though that is not to say that Secondhand Lions is without its fans.
The Forgotten (2004) Flightplan (2005) 2004/5 thrillers about a mother whose child/children vanish without a trace, with everyone around her insisting that the child never existed. Flightplan is set entirely on board a plane and about the immediate search for a missing child, while The Forgotten is about the search for evidence of a child the mother believes dead. Of course, just seeing these two movies mentioned together means you can probably guess what the big twist of The Forgotten is. Flightplan made more at the box office and got better reviews.
Flightplan (2005) Red Eye (2005) 2005 thrillers about a woman facing danger in an airliner. As noted above, Flightplan relies on the suspense of if the missing child existed, while Red Eye has a straighter plot about a woman dealing with a Psycho for Hire. Red Eye switches back and forth between the plane and land, Flightplan doesn't leave the plane. Both have a climax once the plane lands. Flightplan made more at the box office, but Red Eye got better reviews. Red Eye also has over 650 Fanfics archived on Fanfiction.net, more than franchises like The Bourne Series and Mission: Impossible!
Finding Neverland (2004) Neverwas (2005) 2004/5 films about children's books and the "reality" that inspired them. Finding Neverland was about the real-life book of Peter Pan while Neverwas was about the eponymous fictional title. Also, Finding Neverland establishes the source of the story straight off, while Neverwas explores it via a seemingly outside character. Neverwas never received much promotion because the studio felt that it would be seen as an attempt to imitate Finding Neverland
Million Dollar Baby (2004) Cinderella Man (2005) Two emotional and evocative stories involving boxing, released several months apart. Both movies feature underdog stories of fighters trying to succeed where others would have them fail, each with the support of an engaging mentor. One ends happy, while the other one? Not so much.

(The Fighter came out in 2010, a bit late to make weight, but it coulda' been a contender.)
This is a rare case of two excellent movies that happened to be released in the same year, instead of a studio quickly greenlighting a cheap imitation of the first. Both were directed by powerhouse directors (Clint Eastwood and Ron Howard), both with stellar casts and critical acclaim. Poor promotion and a summer release date doomed Cinderella Man at the box-office, while Million Dollar Baby was released during a more opportune time of the year, and was far more successful. Million Dollar Baby took home the Oscar, while Cinderella Man was mostly forgotten by the time the next year's nominations came around. Million Dollar Baby, though really, everyone wins. See both movies.
Capote(2005) Infamous (2006) Biopics of Truman Capote during the years he was writing In Cold Blood. Capote came out first, with Philip Seymour Hoffman winning an Oscar for his performance, along with dozens of other awards and nominations for the film. Infamous opened a year later, and was largely ignored save for a satirical Onion article about a slew of new films about Capote coming out. Capote.
The Illusionist (2006) The Prestige (2006) Period movies centering on magicians who seem to perform the impossible, both having their wide release in fall 2006. The Prestige is a twisty thriller, while The Illusionist is a love story with a softer fairy-tale feel. The films were about equally successful in their time, both critically and financially, but The Prestige is better remembered today, in part due to Christopher Nolan's continuing success.
The Killing Of John Lennon (2006) Chapter 27 (2007) Independent films depicting Mark David Chapman's life before he killed John Lennon in 1980. Killing is British and begins three months before the murder; 27 is American and takes place over only three days. Neither. Though Killing was made a year earlier, it wasn't released in the United States until 2008 and it received much less attention than 27. As for 27, critics praised Jared Leto's interpretation as Chapman, but depised everything else.
3:10 to Yuma (2007) The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (2007) Star-studded, prestigious revisionist westerns based on popular books. 3:10 was a remake of a movie from The '50s, while Assassination was based on real events. Both movies were critically acclaimed flops, though 3:10 less so. Time has been much kinder to Assassination, however, appearing on many best-of lists and receiving more praise in the years that followed.
No Country for Old Men (2007) There Will Be Blood (2007) Auteur films about the dark heart of a highly memorable Villain Protagonist isolated from humanity as he slowly eliminates his enemies in what looks like the desert of West Texas (where both movies were filmed). "Hint": One is about a middle-aged sociopath, one is about a serial murderer.

Both films were released by the same companies—Miramax Films and Paramount Vantage.
Tied. No Country won more awards at the Oscars of that year, including nabbing Best Picture, while TWBB is on many best-of lists.
No Country for Old Men (2007) In the Valley of Elah (2007) Auteur films set in West Texas, starring Tommy Lee Jones as weary elderly detective on a case, using 60% of the same cast and crew, including Josh Brolin and One-Scene Wonder Barry Corbin, and almost the same budget. The moral of Elah, a broad social commentary in the vein of director Paul Haggis' previous film Crash, is essentially the opposite of that in No Country. No Country by a mile, at the box office ($171.6m vs. $29.5m), with critics (93% on RT vs. 73%), and at the Oscars (4 wins, 8 nominations vs. 1 nomination for Jones).
Rendition (2007) Lions for Lambs (2007) Prestige films critical of (real and perceived) US foreign policy under George W. Bush, starring Meryl Streep. Rendition was about extrajudicial kidnappings of civilians; Lions was about the real military intervention in Afghanistan and fears of expanding into Iran. Lions made far more money ($63.2m vs. $27m), and while most critics disliked both films, Rendition received more favorable reviews (47% on RT vs 27%), with Lions making many worst-of-the-year lists. Despite being overt Oscar Bait, neither received any nominations for any industry award.
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008) The Time Traveler's Wife (2009) Fantasy/romance adapted from a written source in which an otherwise perfect couple is tested by the man's "chronological disorder". Button is based on a short story where a man "merely" ages backwards while Wife's protagonist bounces around time in a Trauma Conga Line. Interestingly, both films were produced by Brad Pitt, who also starred in Button. While Wife was a modest hit, Button made tons of money and Oscars for its Uncanny Valley-defying special effects work.
Middle Men (2009) The Social Network (2010) Origin stories about the start of Internet revolutions by rather ordinary men, and the hazards of falling out with one's partners after making a great deal of money. Middle Men is about the development of online porn, while The Social Network is "the Facebook movie." No contest — The Social Network grossed far more, received much better reviews, won three Academy Awards and four Golden Globes, and has been hailed as one of the defining movies of its generation. Middle Men, meanwhile, received mixed reviews, made little money in its limited theatrical release, and vanished from people's minds about as quickly as a thirty-second "free sample".
Crazy Heart (2009) Country Strong (2010) Troubled country singers (played by Oscar winners who do their own singing) make comebacks while trying to navigate potential new loves and Younger and Hipper rivals. While Crazy Heart's male protagonist is long past his prime, Country Strong's female protagonist is still wildly popular.

Also, in a roundabout way, in Country Strong Paltrow's character falls for a character played by the same actor who portrayed Bridges' character's son in TRON: Legacy.
While both movies seem to have become all but forgotten in the long run, Crazy Heart at its time earned Jeff Bridges an Oscar for Best Actor; Country Strong... really didn't go that way for Gwyneth Paltrow.
Buried (2010) 127 Hours (2010) Suspenseful films about a man trapped in a very tight place for a very long time. In a funny coincidence, both star actors who also play green comic book characters (Green Lantern and Green Goblin, respectively). Buried, about a man who's trapped in a coffin and buried somewhere in Iraq with only a dying cellphone for communication, is fictional, while Hours is based on a Real Life hiker who cut off his own arm to free himself after it was pinned by a boulder. Both had really good reviews, but 127 Hours was tapped as potential Oscar Bait, and was nominated for several awards. Both were considered good in various ways.
127 Hours (2010) Soul Surfer (2011) Dramatic films about Real Life athletes who lose a limb. Hours, from Danny Boyle, focuses on Aron Ralston, a hiker who is forced to cut off his own arm to save himself after five days of having his arm trapped by a boulder. Surfer, from Sean McNamara (the director of Bratz), focuses on Bethany Hamilton, an evangelical Christian surfer who loses an arm from a shark attack. The main difference between these two films is their intended audience: while Hours aims for a secular/mainstream audience, Surfer is intended for the Christian market. 127 Hours was nominated for six Oscars (including Best Picture and Best Actor for James Franco), and several other awards, but only obtained a modest profit thanks to Fox's mismanagement of the movie. Soul Surfer, on the other hand, received mixed reception from critics. Additionally, while Surfer earned much more than Hours in the United States, it was invisible outside the States, resulting in a lower international box office than Hours. Hours is the victor in this one.
War Of The Buttons (2011) The New War Of The Buttons (2011) Rival French productions in 2011 based on the exact same source material (the work had just gone into the public domain). However, the "new" one is set during World War II, and its rival during the War of Algeria, so they deal with differing issues (the original novel was set in the peaceful "Belle Epoque"). War Of The Buttons was pitched first and has unknown actors in the cast. The New War Of The Buttons was pitched five months later and has a few name actors (such as Guillaume Canet and Laetitia Casta) in its cast. Both films ended up opening a week apart. War Of The Buttons had the bigger opening but it's too soon to tell.
Melancholia (2011) The Tree of Life (2011) Both are "big-budget art-house films" that feature dysfunctional family drama alongside epic cosmic events, with the visuals alternating between realistic shots in hand-held camera and gorgeous, elaborate takes of scaleless scenery and events.   The Tree of Life got better reviews, box office, and awards attention, though it was still extremely divisive.
Hugo (2011) Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close (2011) From Entertainment Weekly: All-Star Cast movie about young boy who goes on a journey of discovery after finding a mysterious key left by his dead father and helps an old man. Hugo takes place in Paris in The '30s (lovingly recreated by Martin Scorsese) while Extremely Loud takes place before and after 9/11 (which Hollywood hasn't yet grasped is no longer The Present Day). Hugo, by a wide critical and award-winning margin.
Soul Surfer (2011) Dolphin Tale (2011) Aquatic-themed inspirational movies about limb-loss that also happen to center around a competition in which the underdog must compete. Soul Surfer has the girl lose her arm while Dolphin Tale has the dolphin lose her tail. Dolphin Tale scored better both critically and commercially.
Dolphin Tale (2011) Big Miracle (2012) Movies about groups of people saving aquatic creatures. Big Miracle is about a gray whale while Dolphin Tale is centered around...well, a dolphin. While both movies were well received by critics, Dolphin Tale has a higher Rotten Tomatoes score. Also, Dolphin Tale was a box office success, while Big Miracle flopped at the box office.
Argo (2012) Zero Dark Thirty (2012) Films based on true, top-secret, ridiculous-sounding events that took place in the Middle East. Argo is about a rescue in The '70s while Zero is about an assassination in The New '10s (spoiler alert: they succeed). Argo wins. This duel is for awards. (though its box office was also bigger) Argo won best director and film (drama) while Zero won best actress (drama) at the Golden Globes; both were nominated for Oscars for best picture (went to Argo), editing (Argo), and writing (Argo; Zero didn't win its category), but not directing.
The Girl (2012 HBO TV movie) Hitchcock (2012) Docudramas about Alfred Hitchcock and the making of The Birds and Psycho, respectively. The Girl came out first, albeit on HBO rather than in theatres, and stars Toby Jones and Sienna Miller in a story about Hitchcock's obsession with Tippi Hedren while on the set of The Birds; Hitchcock stars Anthony Hopkins and is about the relationship between Hitch and his wife, played out over the production of Psycho. Hitchcock was supposed to be shown in 2013 but was moved up to qualify for the Oscars Both movies faced controversy for their portrayals of Hitchcock, but that didn't stop both leads from receiving acclaim for their uncanny performances. Reception-wise, The Girl fared somewhat better with critics.
Flight (2012) Sully (2016) An airline pilot's unorthodox decision saves many lives but puts him under investigation. Flight is fictional, Sully is based on a true story. Both star Oscar winners Denzel Washington and Tom Hanks, respectively. Likely a tie. Sully made a little bit gross a little bit more money but its budget is almost twice as much as flight. Critically, both films got largely positive reviews though Sully may have a tiny little edge there as well. Flight got 2 oscar nominations (best actor and best original screenplay). Time will tell if Sully will get any nominations or wins.
Django Unchained (2012) 12 Years a Slave (2013) Intense story of a black man who faces brutality and enslavement in pre-Civil War America while trying to reunite with his wife. Django is very fictional while Twelve Years is Based on a True Story. They also both feature actors from Inglorious Basterds acting the opposite of their characters: Hans Landa is a caring humanitarian Dr. King Schultz while Lt. Archie Hicox is a vile slave owner. Both had great reviews in spite (or because of) the intense subject matter. 12 Years wound up getting 3 Academy Awards, including Best Picture, to Django's 2, so 12 Years might have the upper hand by a bit but Django has a box-office edge.
Hyde Park on Hudson (2012) Lincoln (2012) Biopics about American presidents (Franklin Delano Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln, respectively) Hyde Park is a historical dramedy about FDR's private life, while Lincoln was a historical drama that dealt with the last months of the American Civil War and Lincoln's life. Lincoln, hands down. It was a critical and financial hit, and Daniel Day-Lewis' performance as Lincoln earned him the Academy Award for Best Actor, becoming the first person to win the award 3 times. Hyde Park received mixed reviews, with some speculating the film might've fared better if they hadn't competed with Lincoln.
The Butler (2013) 12 Years a Slave (2013) 2013 racially-charged historical dramas with an All-Star Cast that follow an African-American man over a long period of his life; both were seen as likely Oscar contenders months before their release The Butler is a fictionalized, somewhat Forrest Gump-like biography of a butler that served in the White House from the Eisenhower to the Reagan administrations and explores the social changes in America from the 1920s to the 2000s; 12 Years a Slave is an adaptation of the 1853 non-fiction book of the same name by Solomon Northup, that recounts his kidnapping and illegal enslavement in 1841. Both were critically acclaimed but 12 Years A Slave garnered more attention in the award season while Butler is seemingly left out in the race. Now that 12 Years has walked with 3 Academy Awards (Picture, Adapted Screenplay and Supporting Actress) it seems to have won but The Butler remains the higher grossing movie.
The Great Gatsby (2013) The Wolf of Wall Street (2013) In 2013, Leonardo DiCaprio stars as an ambitious young man who experiences a spectacular rise and fall. Gatsby is based on a novel set in The Roaring '20s while Wolf of Wall Street is Based on a True Story from The '80s. The Wolf Of Wall Street got good critical reception and earned nominations and wins (in DiCaprio's case) during the award season while Great Gatsby got mixed reviews. Gatsby was a bigger box office hit, though.
The Imitation Game (2014) The Theory of Everything (2014) Awards-friendly Biopics about famous British scientists. The Imitation Game stars Benedict Cumberbatch as Alan Turing. The Theory of Everything stars Eddie Redmayne as Stephen Hawking. The Theory of Everything is more of an inspirational love story, about Hawking's marriage to his wife Jane and his battle with Motor Neuron Disease, while The Imitation Game is darker and more tragic, focusing on Turing's efforts to break the Enigma code and later persecution for his homosexuality. Both films had a strong critical reception and were nominated for Best Picture and Best Actor awards at the Golden Globes, BAFTAs, and Oscars. The Imitation Game looks to have the edge critically, and has massively out-performed The Theory of Everything at the box office, on track for a $100 million total (whereas Theory is likely to close below $40 million). However, Theory has been more successful with awards, winning Best Actor from the Golden Globes, BAFTAs, SAG, and the Oscars, while Game only won two major awards, for its screenplay. It's a close duel, no matter how you look at it.
Mandela Long Walk To Freedom (2013) Cesar Chavez (2014) Two films released within a few months of each other, between the end of 2013 and the beginning of 2014, that center around a famous civil rights activist that fought for the rights of his people.   Both films lost money at the box office and received a mixed reception. However, Mandela still made more than four times as much (though notably also had a higher budget to begin with) and received mixed-to-positive reviews from critics rather than mixed-to-negative as is the case with its competitor.
Jobs (2013) Steve Jobs (2015) Biopics about Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, released within a few years of each other. Steve Jobs was actually announced first, in 2011, but various production difficulties ended up delaying the film until 2015. Jobs was shot in 2012 and released in early 2013 Jobs is a traditional cradle-to-grave biopic starring Ashton Kutcher, while Steve Jobs (starring Michael Fassbender) has a more unconventional screenplay by Aaron Sorkin, depicting three pivotal moments in Jobs' career. Jobs received positively poisonous reviews, which works in Steve Jobs' favor. Unfortunately, even though Steve Jobs fared considerably better critically, it got its own poisonous reviews from two people that REALLY needed to count: Jobs's widow Laurene Powell Jobs and Apple CEO Tim Cook, though they made those complaints without ever seeing the film. One of Jobs's colleagues, Ed Catmull at Disney/Pixar, was also unfond of the film, saying that Jobs was not like that later in his life and also said Jobs himself would be "appalled" at his portrayal. These condemnations, along with competition such as Matt Damon's The Martian, led the later movie to turn into an immediate Box Office Bomb and got it "deleted" from the cinema circuit only a few weeks into its run, so in terms of box office gross, Ashton Kutcher's film wins, while Fassbender's wins the critical game.
Leviathan (2014) The Fool (2014) Social dramas set in a provincial Russian town, released within mounths from each other in 2014. Both are Shaggy Dog Stories with heavy political undertones.   Leviathan proved to be a huge success among international critics. While The Fool too was met positively by critics, it is far from Leviathan's level of acclaim. It is also much less controversial in its home country, for some reason.
Yves Saint Laurent (2014) Saint Laurent (2014) Dramas about the French fashion designer, both released in 2014.Production of the first movie was largely overseen by Saint Laurent's life partner Pierre Bergé. Though both films received mixed reviews from critics, Saint Laurent was nominated for more awards, including a Césarnote  for Best Film, and was the French submission for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film (it was not nominated). However, Yves Saint Laurent made more money and Pierre Ninney of that film won the César for Best Actor over Gaspard Ulliel of Saint Laurent.
Paper Towns (2015) Me and Earl and the Dying Girl (2015) Teen Coming of Age films about a guy, his black and nerdy best friend, and a girl he likes that isn't (or will not be) around for long. The characters in Paper Towns seems to have a soft spot for writing (it's based on a novel) while Me and Earl appears to be dedicated to film. Me and Earl and the Dying Girl has the upper hand in terms of user ratings and critical reception. Commercially however, Earl gross only 9.1 million on an 8 million budget. Paper towns on the other hand managed to gross 85.5 million worldwide on a 12 million budget.
Carol (2015) The Danish Girl (2015, released a mere week later) Late 2015 period dramas about the titular characters struggling with their sexual identity. In Carol, a woman comes to grips with her identity as a lesbian while embarking on a new relationship amidst an ugly divorce and custody battle in 1950's New York, while in The Danish Girl , set in 1920s Copenhagen, a painter slowly but surely comes to realize that he wants to live as a woman, which naturally causes problems with his beloved wife. Both title characters are played by recent Oscar winners, (Cate Blanchett for Blue Jasmine and Eddie Redmayne for The Theory of Everything) both of whom received Golden Globe, SAG, and Oscar nominations for their current work. And there was controversy over both film's co-leads being nominated for Best Supporting Actress when they had just as much screentime as the leads. The Danish Girl. Reviews were more positive for Carol, which appeared on many critics year-end Top Ten lists, but it didn't win a single award it was nominated for. Meanwhile, The Danish Girl received criticism for its inaccuracies, but earned Alicia Vikander a SAG and an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress. The Danish Girl also grossed a bit more money worldwide than Carol.
Black Mass (2015) Spotlight (2015) 2015 drama films about particularly dark recent moments in Boston's history. The former is about gangster James "Whitey" Bulger. The latter is about newspaper reporters uncovering the Catholic Church sex abuse scandal. Both were financial successes, earning back roughly twice their respective budgets. Ultimately, the winner is Spotlight, as it has a higher RT rating and earned several Oscar nominations, winning Best Picture.
Spotlight (2015) Truth (2015) 2015 drama films featuring intrepid journalists investigating a major scandal. The two movies were released less than a week apart in the United States. Spotlight focused on the Boston Globe investigating cover-ups of abuse in the Catholic Church, whereas Truth focused on CBS News investigating George W. Bush's National Guard service during the 2004 presidential election. Spotlight is the clear winner here, between its Oscar nominations (and Best Picture win), critical acclaim and box office success. Truth, meanwhile, received mixed reviews, criticisms over its accuracy, and bombed at the box office.
Creed (2015) Southpaw (2015), Hands of Stone (2016), Bleed For This (2016) Boxing movies focusing on the drama and psychological aspects of the ring, released in 2015/16. Creed and Southpaw are fictional accounts, Creed being the latest installment of the Rocky series. The other two are biopics of the lives of Roberto Duran and Vinny Pazienza, respectively. Creed wins. It received critical acclaim and was well-liked by audiences, with many complaining it was snubbed at the Academy Awards (even then, Sylvester Stallone was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor, his first Oscar nomination since the original Rocky film). Bleed for This received generally positive reviews while Southpaw and Hands of Stone got more mixed receptions, though Southpaw got a positive reception with audiences. Commercially, Creed grossed over 170 million on a 35 million budget, well over the other three. Southpaw managed to gross over 90 million on a 30 million budget. The other two failed to recoup their budgets.
Miles Ahead (2015) Born To Be Blue (2015) Biographical dramas about jazz musicians released at film festivals in 2015 and then to wide audiences in 2016. Miles Ahead is about Miles Davis, while the protagonist of Born to Be Blue is Chet Baker. Miles Ahead jumps around in time, while Born to Be Blue focuses on one year in Baker's life. The two were equally well received, both having a Metacritic score of 64. Neither did especially well at the box office, but Miles Ahead won out with $5.1 million to Born to Be Blue's $1.5 million.
Hacksaw Ridge (2016) Silence (2016) 2016 period dramas about people's personal Christian faith being tested when up against terribly violent circumstances, both of them in Japan. Oh, and both just so happened to star Andrew Garfield. Hacksaw Ridge is a World War II film based on the true story of Desmond Doss, a pacifistic combat medic who finds himself facing both mockery by his allies over holding to his conviction to never killing so much so that he will never carry firearms as well as the harsh Pacific theater of the war. Silence is an adaptation of the novel of the same name by Shusaku Endo that centers around Jesuit priests in search of their lost mentor rumored to have apostatized from the faith who during their journey comes across devout native Japanese Christians as well as the hostile environment surrounding them by the powers that be. Hacksaw Ridge ultimately takes it. Both films have received great critical acclaim, however Silence wound up being edged out there and beaten handily in terms of box office numbers.
Race (2016) Eddie the Eagle (2016) Two 2016 biopics set against the backdrop of the Olympics, both about athletes overcoming intolerance in pursuit of the gold. Race is about Jesse Owens' participation in the 1936 Berlin Olympics in total defiance of Hitler's ban on non-Aryan competitors. Eddie the Eagle is about Eddie Edwards' struggle to represent Britain in the 1988 Calgary Olympics despite hardly anyone believing in him. Eddie the Eagle wins both critically and commercially as it has a 7.6 score on IMDb, a 79% fresh score on Rotten Tomatoes and a $45.6 million gross, while Race has a 7.0 score on IMDb, a 61% fresh score on Rotten Tomatoes and a $21.8 million gross. The Metacritic scores on the other hand, the two films are closely tied (with a two percent difference between them).
All the Way (2016) LBJ (2016) Biopics of Lyndon Johnson, focusing on his efforts to pass the Civil Rights Act All the Way will be an HBO film based on the Tony-winning play by Robert Shenkkan about Johnson's first year in office, with Bryan Cranston reprising his performance in the lead role. LBJ will be a theatrical release directed by Rob Reiner from a Black List-listed screenplay by Joey Hearthstone about Johnson's years as Vice President, leading up to JFK's assassination and Johnson's first year, with Woody Harrelson in the lead.  
Madoff (2016) The Wizard Of Lies (2016) 2016 made-for-TV movies about Bernie Madoff and the $60 billion Ponzi scheme he ran on Wall Street. Madoff will be aired on ABC and is directed by Raymond De Felitta with Richard Dreyfuss, Blythe Danner, Charles Grodin, Peter Scolari, and Lewis Black in the cast. The Wizard of Lies will be aired on HBO, was directed by Barry Levinson, and stars Robert De Niro, Michelle Pfieffer, Lily Rabe, Hank Azaria, and Alessandro Nivola.  
The Sea Of Trees (2016) The Forest (2016) Westerners journey to a real-life forest in Japan that's a popular spot for suicides. Sea of Trees is a drama about two men who want to commit suicide; The Forest is a "regular" horror movie about a woman searching for her sister. The Forest won. Both films were generally panned by critics but the forest did manage to make 37 million worldwide on a 10 million budget. Sea of Trees, which costed 25 million to make, didn't even gross 1 million.
Marguerite (2016) Florence Foster Jenkins (2016) Two period dramas set for release in English-speaking countries in 2016, based on the history of terrible singer Florence Foster Jenkins. One is a French film loosely inspired by her story, while the other is a direct biopic from Britain starring Meryl Streep. Marguerite received very positive critical reception and nominated for a few awards (including the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival) and won 4 Caesar awards. Florence Foster Jenkins also had some generally positive reviews. Marguerite grossed 8.5 million worldwide while Jenkins gross about 44 million though Jenkins costed 29 million to make.
Southside With You (2016) Barry (2016) Indie biopics focusing on the early years of Barack Obama. Southside With You is a romance depicting Obama's first date with his future wife Michelle, Barry is a portrait of his time as a college student in New York City. Southside With You by a very narrow margin. Both films were critically acclaimed, but Southside With You earned slightly more positive reviews and award nominations than Barry, as well as a higher box office (Barry was released on Netflix, so it had no box office earnings compared to the $6.5 million Southside made).
Una (2016) Elle (2016) In 2016 woman tracks down the man who sexually assaulted her, twisting the usual dynamic of "innocent" victim and "evil" perpetrator (as per The Los Angeles Times, who noted the two films' similarities in an article about Una). Una is based on the play Blackbird. Has nothing to do with *Uma* and Elle.  
Loving (2016) A United Kingdom (2016) True stories of Maligned Mixed Marriages that altered the course of history. Loving is about a white man in love with a black woman in rural America who go to court to get their union legalized; United is about an African (future Botswanan to be precise) prince in love with a white British woman who go into exile. Commercially, Loving has not be able to make back its budget grossing only 7.9 million worldwide on a 9 million budget. The film has however received a lot of praise from critics and actress Ruth Negga has received several award nominations for her performance. A United Kingdom has also received mostly positive reviews but was also a commercial failure, making only 10.4 million worldwide on a 14 million budget.
The Promise (2016, widely released in 2017) The Ottoman Lieutenant (2017) Both are historical dramas set during the Ottoman Empire's involvement in WWI, released a little over a month apart; the key way they differ is on the subject of the Armenian Genocide. The Promise was financed by the late Kirk Kerkorian, who wanted to finally make a Hollywood film about the Armenian genocide; The Ottoman Lieutenant was financed by the son of Turkey's president Erdogan and is seen by many as a film made to counter The Promise with genocide denial. Neither were profitable, but The Promise came out on top. While Turkey ran a successful campaign to bring down The Promise's rating on IMDB with one-star votes (it already had 86,704 ratings after only three screenings), The Ottoman Lieutenant opened to negative reviews. Calls were made to boycott The Ottoman Lieutenant from Armenian, Assyrian and Greek lobbies in the US, and The Promise got more celebrity endorsements and media exposure.
Churchill (2017) Darkest Hour (2017) Historical dramas about Winston Churchill. Darkest Hour takes place in the first year of Churchill's time as Prime Minister (the titular "Darkest Hour"), while Churchill focuses on his actions in the hours leading up to D-Day. Darkest Hour got considerable critical acclaim, with Gary Oldman's performance as Churchill getting much of the praise. It has received 6 oscar nominations (including Best Picture and Best Actor for Oldman) amongst a number of award nominations (winning some of them for Oldman's performance). Churchill got mediocre reviews and was a financial flop, making barely more than half its budget. It also did not receive any award nominations.
Beautiful Boy (2018) Ben is Back (2018) Addiction dramas (both with alliterative "B" titles) about pretty boy drug addicts (Timothée Chalamet & Lucas Hedges) and their concerned parents (Steve Carell & Julia Roberts) who try to help their children rehabilitate. Released within months of each other in the same award season, both featuring all-star casts and co-leads who've all previously been nominated for (or won) Oscars. Depends. Beautiful Boy had a (slightly) bigger box office, but Boy Erased received better reviews overall. Both were snubbed by award season, however.
Boy Erased (2018) Ben is Back (2018) Dramatic vehicles for Lucas Hedges released in the same award season.   Boy Erased. While Hedges' role in the latter was beefier than the former, wherein critics seemed to agree he was overshadowed by the likes of Nicole Kidman and Russell Crowe (who play his parents), the box office returns for Ben is Back were quite muted in comparison.
The Miseducation of Cameron Post (2018) Boy Erased (2018) Gay conversion dramas both based on books and starring buzzy young actors (Chloë Moretz & Lucas Hedges, respectively) in their title roles. Cameron Post is based on a fictional novel, while Boy Erased is based on a memoir. In terms of attention, Boy Erased received a wide release in time for award season and features an all-star cast, while Cameron Post mostly played in independent cinemas and isn't as chock full of stars as the former. Both films, however, were critically acclaimed.
A Star is Born (2018) Vox Lux (2018) Award-season musical dramas about troubled performers struggling to remain afloat in the music industry. Both films feature lead actresses Playing Against Type, and both are heavily influenced by Lady Gaga. Vox Lux is an original story starring Natalie Portman as a flamboyant pop diva based on Lady Gaga, while A Star is Born, the third remake of the 1937 film, stars Gaga herself as a more folksy pop singer. A Star is Born features songs composed and performed by the likes of stars Gaga and Bradley Cooper (among others), while the latter's soundtrack is entirely composed by Sia and performed by Portman. A Star is Born, which proved to be a crowd-pleasing blockbuster and immediate box-office hit, Oscar contender, and a Star-Making Role for Gaga as an actor, while the esoteric Vox Lux received mixed reviews and went completely snubbed by award season.
Bohemian Rhapsody (2018) Rocketman (2019) Biopics about two of the greatest (queer) British rock stars (Freddie Mercury & Elton John) portrayed by two rising young actors (Rami Malek & Taron Egerton). Bohemian Rhapsody is more of a by-the-book biopic, while Rocketman takes liberties with John's history and contains surrealist elements. Additionally, Malek lip-syncs the songs of Queen in the former, while Egerton is actually singing in the latter. They also share a director, Dexter Fletcher note  and a common character in John Reid, portrayed by Aidan Gillen & Richard Madden, respectively. TBD. Bohemian Rhapsody received mixed-to-positive reviews but was a huge financial hit and won multiple Oscars. Rocketman received positive reviews so far.
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