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Hollywood churns out hundreds of movies a year, so the odds seem low that two studios would randomly release almost identical movies at almost exactly the same time. The more likely explanation is that Hollywood is a small town, and people constantly rip each other off in the race to the big screen. Here are some movies and their celluloid doppelgangers.

1. Armageddon and Deep Impact (1998)

The main allure of both was that the theater had air conditioning.
The main allure of both was that the theater had air conditioning.
Touchstone Pictures/Paramount Pictures

These summer blockbusters from the same summer are fundamentally the same: a big asteroid is hurtling toward Earth and threatens all life on it. (Spoiler for both: The world does not end.) But while Deep Impact is a thoughtful treatise on human frailty and has a large ensemble cast to examine the emotional impact of impending doom, Armageddon has Ben Affleck making animal crackers dance on Liv Tyler as a form of foreplay. The latter is the one that earned $200 million at the box office.

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2. Capote (2005) and Infamous (2006)

Tru calling.
Tru calling.
United Artists/Warner Independent Pictures

A movie about Truman Capote, particularly his experience writing the landmark true crime book In Cold Blood, was necessary. But how could such a specific thing generate two movies within the same calendar year? And while Toby Jones is an excellent actor, he had the misfortune of being the guy who played Truman Capote who wasn't Phillip Seymour Hoffman. (Hoffman won an Oscar for his performance.)

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3. Megamind and Despicable Me (2010)

Where's Evilman, starring David Koechner?
Where's Evilman, starring David Koechner?
DreamWorks Studios/Universal Pictures

2010 was a glorious year for anybody whose thing is eye-popping computer-animated movies about bumbling supervillains voiced by Anchorman cast members. Megamind with Will Ferrell was a blockbuster, but Despicable Me was a phenomenon, inspiring a sequel, and then a spinoff starring the Minions, America's favorite jive talking phalluses.


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4. Antz and A Bug's Life (1998)

Kids love Woody Allen, and Woody Allen loves… ah, you know where we're going.
Kids love Woody Allen, and Woody Allen loves… ah, you know where we're going.
DreamWorks Studios/Walt Disney Pictures

On the surface, these movies appear very similar: the secret life of bugs. Yeah, except that one of them is a Pixar movie, and one is basically an animated Woody Allen movie. Kids love therapy jokes! (They also spelled Antz with a "z" because that was a cool thing to do in the '90s.)


5. Turner & Hooch and K-9 (1989)

It's got a naked Tom Hanks fighting a dog!
It's got a naked Tom Hanks fighting a dog!
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The '80s were a weird time. The marketplace could support two movies about cops whose partner was a big slobbering dog. One of them starred two-time Oscar winner and universally beloved actor Tom Hanks. The other one had Jim Belushi.


6. The Truman Show (1998) and EdTV (1999)

Neither predicted viewers would be just fine with shows about pawn shops.
Neither predicted viewers would be just fine with shows about pawn shops.
Paramount Pictures/Universal Pictures

Two movies questioned, satirized, and rejected the notion of reality TV… a couple of years before reality TV actually took off. Truman showed the world that Jim Carrey could handle dramatic roles, while EdTV showed everyone that Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson were going to be great on True Detective in 15 years.

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7. Babe and Gordy (1995)

Bah-ram-you suck.
Bah-ram-you suck.
Universal Pictures/Miramax Family Films

Of the two talking pig movies of 1995, Gordy came out a few months earlier than Babe, but Babe got a surprising (but totally deserved) Best Picture nomination at the Oscars. That's all well and good, but Gordy co-starred 1990s country sensation Doug Stone. Doug Stone!

8. Little Big League and Rookie of the Year (1994)

Do people actually care about baseball after age 13?
Do people actually care about baseball after age 13?
Columbia Pictures/20th Century Fox
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Both of these movies are about little boys who somehow end up playing in Major League Baseball. The simultaneous release of these movies in 1994 means that in 1993, there were two rooms of powerful adults sitting around talking how much they'd love to see a little boy playing baseball and hanging around adult baseball-playing men. 


9. Happy Feet (2006) and Surf's Up (2007)

See, it says "cooler" because penguins live in cold climates. LOLOLOL.
See, it says "cooler" because penguins live in cold climates. LOLOLOL.
Warner Bros. Pictures/Columbia Pictures

While there were two movies about cool penguins in 2006, these films have some big differences. For example, in one movie the penguins surf, but in the other they sing and dance relentlessly. Just look at the poster. (Both were nominated for the Oscar for Best Animated Feature. Happy Feet won; Surf's Up lost.)