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Top 10 Movies Like The Maze Runner: Deadly Puzzles

Updated on April 2, 2017
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Rahul is a movie addict who can never get enough of good films. His all time favorites are Inception, 12 Angry Men, and Scarface.

Thanks to the success of movies like The Hunger Games, YA adaptions are a pretty popular these days. Based on the novel of the same name, The Maze Runner is the latest movie to join the ranks of flawless book adaptions.

Directed by Wes Ball, the story follows Thomas, a teenager who wakes up on an elevator with no previous memory whatsoever. Stuck in a deadly maze with a few other teenagers, he must think of something very quickly.

Although its ambiguous ending leaves a lot of questions unanswered, the sequel answers most of it, while raising a lot more. Despite all its imperfections, The Maze Runner remains one of the best YA adaptions to this date.

While the critics are not united in their praise for this movie, it’s currently enjoying a reasonably good user rating on Metacritic and The Rotten Tomatoes. And if the box office figures are anything to go by, it suggests that most people loved it. Being a fan, I decided to take a look around and compile a list of some other movies you might like. Let's begin.


Divergent takes place in a futuristic dystopia where people are divided into different groups. As soon as one grows up, they have to choose one of the five different factions, which depends upon a test conducted to determine their eligibility. When a young girl learns that she is a Divergent – unfit for any factions – she must learn what sets her apart from the others. In a world that doesn’t take too kindly to Divergents, it’s not going to be easy.

I don’t get those people who are saying that it’s a terrible adaption. I have watched a lot of terrible adaptions, but Divergent isn’t one of them. Given the nature and limits of movies, some parts of the novel were left out. How much can you cram into an hour and a half movie anyways? And those who claim that books are way better, it’s true. Here is the thing; books are always going to be better than their adaptations.

Everything from writing, casting, directing to acting is executed correctly. I wouldn’t go as far as to say that it’s a price of art, but it’s still an incredible post-apocalyptic movie.

Dark City

The plot revolves around a man, who wakes up with no memories whatsoever. Before he can come to terms with his situation, he learns that he learns that he is a wanted man. In a strange city where the Sun never shines, and everyone falls asleep just around midnight, he slowly realizes that there is something wrong with this place. Is he losing it?

Dark City is one of those horror/sci-fi movies that's hard to erase from memory once you watch it. It doesn’t waste time in setting up a plotline or developing its characters. It starts with a bang right from the very first moment, which eventually leads to a twisting, mind-boggling conclusion that leaves you scratching your head.

The Hunger Games

Another DY adaption to this list. You might think that I’m biased in my choices, and you wouldn’t be wrong. But we are talking about movies like The Maze Runner, so this entry shouldn’t be a surprise.

Taking place in a dystopian future, The Hunger Games revolves around the life of people from 12 districts under an oppressive regime. As a punishment to their rebellions in the past, one boy and one girl from each district are chosen to participate in the annual Hunger Games – a game where they are pitted against one another in a brutal, deadly battle, which ends with the death of all but one participant.

When a young girl is selected for the annual Hunger Games, her elder sister volunteers to take her spot, marking the beginning of the end of these games and the Capitol’s regime.

The first movie was a strong start to the saga. The successors, although not quite as good as the first film, didn’t disappoint either, concluding a beautiful story on a high note.

Days of Heaven

If movies can be a form of art, this is the epitome of it.

Days of Heaven is a story about a woman, who marries his rich but dying boss just to claim his fortune. Will she and her farm laborer boyfriend live happily ever after?

Days of Heaven is one of those movies that still gets me every time I watch it (Yes, I have watched it a couple of times). The pervasive tune of sadness and different emotions leaves you speechless. I haven’t seen this movie in quite some time, but I still want to write about it.

It’s difficult to pin down what makes this movie so appealing. It all boils down to beautiful cinematography and haunting background music that gets better every time you watch this movie. Not to mention, a memorable story with a few violent scenes here and there. A masterpiece in every way!

This is not a movie for everyone. Some people might argue that The Safe Heaven is far from a movie like The Maze Runner, but I vehemently disagree with them. Those two movies have more in common than you think.

The Village (2004) - A horror movie like The Maze Runner

The Village takes place in a strange, isolated village surrounded by nothing but woods from all directions. There is a pact between the humans and monsters living in those woods; humans won’t go nearby woods, and monsters won’t enter the village. It essentially means villagers cannot go outside and interact with anyone else other than villagers. Everything is working out as intended until one of them decides to go outside to get some medicines. All hell breaks loose as strange creatures start appearing in the village, terrorizing a small population.

Directed by none other than M. Night Shyamalan, there is a big twist in the end that leaves you speechless. One can see it coming, but it still takes you by surprise.

All in all, The Village is one of the best horror/survival movies like The Maze Runner.

Maze Runner: Scorch Trials

Based on the novel The Scorch Trails, the second novel in the Maze Runner series, Scorch Trails continues from where we were left with the first movie.

Our boys have finally escaped the deadly maze. Finally out of the labyrinth, they must face the unprecedented challenge of surviving out there in a strange, unknown landscape. Can they survive out there?

I think this movie is getting a lot of flak for its smallest of mistakes. I thought everything from pacing, cinematography to acting was spot on. I was on the edge of my seat for the whole time until credits begin rolling. It’s easy to connect with and relate to both old and new characters. All the actions scenes were well choreographed, and some amazing camera work sealed the deal.

You can’t really tell who stole the show with their performance, because everyone did their parts well. Storyline, while being clear and easy to understand, wasn’t predictable. Again, this movie deserves more credit than it has received. If you are looking for an enjoyable movie like The Maze Runner, why not give the official sequel a shot? I would highly recommend it.

The Cube - A series of movies like The Maze Runner

The plot of The Cue is pretty similar to The Maze Runner. In both movies, the protagonists find themselves trapped inside a deadly maze with no apparent way to get out of it. However, the maze in this movie is much more claustrophobic and constricted than the other movie, consisting of interconnected small rooms of same size. The Cube is also gorier and more violent than The Maze Runner.

If you loved Cube, you should check out the sequels as well – Cube 2 (2003) and Cube (2004).

The Mortal Instruments: City Of Bones

The plot revolves around Clary Fray, a girl living in New York, who realizes that she is a descendent of a demon hunting family. When she learns more about the alternate world and its dangers, she decides to join the hunt with some more people of her kind.

I have not read the books, so I had no idea how it’s going to turn out. Contrary to what some people were saying, The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones is nothing like Twilight. It dwells more on emotional drama and action than romance. This is more than an outwardly romance movie made for young audience.

The first hour or so might feel a little long a perhaps, a tad boring. Once the plot and characters are well-developed, things begin to unravel at a rather fast face. There is a lot of information dump during the first hour. And to be candid, I didn’t really expect them to tie it all up all the loose ends, but it all made perfect sense in the end.

If you are looking for some compelling, intelligent movies like The Maze Runner, City of Bones should be your best bet.

Labyrinth - One of the best fantasy movies like The Maze Runner

Sarah, a mean little 16 year old girl has to babysit her baby brother till her parents come home. She wishes for her brother to be taken away. When her wish is granted by the Goblin King, she must find out a way to get her brother back before he turns into a goblin. I must be done before midnight. Does she have enough time?

This is a classic fantasy movie, which manages to portray a message to a young audience – ‘be careful what you wish you. They might as well come true’. This is not to say that adults are not going to like it. Even if you’re over 18, Labyrinth won’t disappoint you.

The cinematography and camera work never ceases to amaze me. Remember, we are talking about a fantasy movie produced before the days of CGI. And when you take the goblin world into the account, which makes for more than 90% of the movie, you realize how tedious it must have been to create a particular set for every scenario.

If you’re looking for some classic fantasy movies like The Maze Runner, Labyrinth should be your best bet.

Inception - A true masterpiece

Directed by Christopher Nolan, Inception tells a story about a group of thieves who steal people’s ideas by entering their dreams. Things don’t go as planned when they’re tasked with planting an idea inside someone’s brain instead of stealing one.

We are talking about traps and labyrinths. It would be a sin to not talk about Inception, a mind-messing science fiction movie about dreams. The dream can be biggest of the traps, especially when you don’t know whether you’ll ever wake up from it.


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