Armageddon/ Deep Impact : Movie Doubles of the 1990s

Film fans who came of age during the 1990s perhaps recall a strange trend of similar movies being released around the same time. Possibly most famously addressed in Knocked Up, pairs like Armageddon and Deep Impact infiltrated the box office in what seems like a distinct period of time.

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Some viewers might debate whether Deep Impact is better or worse than Armageddon, but the twin films are just one example of strikingly similar plotlines in major blockbusters from the last years before the new millennium. Some doubles are more well-known than others.

Perhaps one of the pairs most similar in plot comes with Dante's Peak and Volcano. Both movies came to audiences in 1997. They present disaster thrillers based around the harrowing eruptions of massive volcanos and the devastating destruction which follows.

Both of the movies showcase celebrated actors of the time. Pierce Brosnan stars as Harry Dalton in Dante's Peak, while Tommy Lee Jones plays Mike Roark in Volcano. Fans might say neither movie gained the recognition of disaster movies of the time like Armageddon.

Some fans say Natural Born Killers holds up today, and it is hard to argue it isn't the more well-known film compared to Kalifornia. However, the two present reflective stories with similar backdrops. Natural Born Killers follows Woody Harrelson and Juliette Lewis as Mickey and Mallory Knox, two lovers on a killing spree as they flee the law.

Kalifornia showcases a different kind of couple, Early Grayce and Adele Corners, who hitch a ride across the country as Early kills along the way. Juliette Lewis plays Adele alongside Brad Pitt's Early. Natural Born Killers is somewhat abstract, while Kalifornia is more straightforward, but the scenery and major arcs are similar. They were released one year apart in 1994 and 1993 respectively, with Juliette Lewis starring in both.

Wyatt Earp and Tombstone were released a year apart. Tombstone came first in 1993, with Wyatt Earp following in 1994.  The two films stand out as star-studded Westerns. However, the similarities go even further considering they both tell the story of the legendary real Western figure Wyatt Earp from the late 1800s.

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Kurt Russell plays Wyatt Earp in Tombstone with Kevin Coster taking on the role in Wyatt Earp. Other figures from the time are represented in Tombstone, like Doc Holiday, Morgan Earp, and Ike Clanton. They are likewise featured in Wyatt Earp.

Although they involve different reptiles, the killer animal movies Lake Placid and Anaconda present striking similarities. Anaconda came to audiences first in 1997. The film follows a group through the Amazon looking for a legendary serpent and find out they may have bitten off more than they can chew.

Two years later, in 1999, Lake Placid came to viewers. Although set in a different location in the Northeast United States, the film showcases a team outsourced to investigate an unnaturally massive reptile. Both movies present aquatic conflicts in blockbuster action-horror films.

Overnight Delivery came to audiences via a direct-to-video release in 1998. Paul Rudd stars as Wyatt Trips. Wyatt thinks his girlfriend is cheating, so he sends her racy photos of himself with another woman. He soon finds out he was wrong, and races to stop the delivery.

This plot will sound familiar to fans of 2000's Road Trip, filmed in 1999. In the Breckin Meyer-starring comedy, Josh Parker accidentally mails his girlfriend a sex tape of himself with another woman after he fears his long-distance girlfriend is cheating on him. He and his friends race to intercept the delivery. In both films, the protagonist ends up with the woman featured in the elusive packages.

Some fans call 10 Things I Hate About You one of the best '90s teen comedies. The film presents a story based on Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew set during the time of the film's release in 1999. There are several musical performances, some by the film's main characters.

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Although its double was released two years later in 2001, 10 Things I Hate About You and Get Over It share many similarities. Get Over It is based on Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream. Like its double, the film features several musical numbers in a high school setting.

Perhaps the 1990s pair to first come to viewers' minds is the blockbuster duo Deep Impact and Armageddon. While some doubles were released within a year or two of each other, these two films both came to the public in 1998. Both movies present the story of a mass hitting Earth, and the attempt to stop the ensuing apocalyptic destruction to the planet.

There are differences in the film, like Deep Impact displaying the threat of a comet, and Armageddon's main characters fighting to destroy an asteroid. However, both stories present incredibly similar arcs, driven by A-list actors from the time like Morgan Freeman and Bruce Willis respectively.

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