They say that originality is dead, and you need only look so far
as the Hollywood machine and its constant churning out of cliched and trope
filled film for proof. In a way it makes sense: why try something new and daring
when a tried and tested formula has proved profitable in the past?
But sometimes a couple of movies come out that are so similar in
content and close together in release dates that it seems something more
suspicious than a lack of originality is going on. These films are known as
‘copycat movies’ or ‘twin films’ as Wikipedia likes to call them – movies so
barely discernible from each other that you’d swear they’re nigh on the same
This can happen for many reasons. Often, it’s something as innocent
as films cashing in on a topical issue or a movie trying to piggyback on
another’s success but sometimes there’s something more nefarious at work like
Whatever the motivation, there’s no denying we’ve seen a glut of
suspiciously similar films in recent years. Here, we name them and shame them and
pit them against each other in a bid for the title of ‘who did it better’.