Mecha movies have been around since the 1950s, essentially originating in the Japanese media where giant fighting robots and human-made machines are common themes. In simple terms, mecha refers to scientific ideas and fictional genres that focus on robots and machines. These mecha movies, which sometimes contain kaiju, often depict mobile humanoid robots.

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The usual themes of the films are futuristic, post-apocalyptic or simply, advanced military weaponry. They can be controlled by human pilots, wireless tethers, or as exoskeletons. Pacific Rim helped bring mecha into the mainstream, and fans may want recommendations for similar movies.

10 Pacific Rim (2013)

Four Jaegers in the middle of battle in a promo photo for Pacific Rim

A western tribute to the kaiju genre, Pacific Rim features giant piloted mechs known as Jaegers fighting kaiju. Jaegers are too strong for a human to control, requiring two pilots locked in a drift called a neural bridge. The world is collapsing under the destruction of these monsters and the salvation of humanity is in the hands of a former pilot and an apprentice.

Starring Idris Elba, Charlie Hunnam, and Rinko Kikuchi, Pacific Rim is a feast for the eyes with its captivating story and stunning visuals. The first movie released in 2013 was a box office success, while the 2018 sequel did a good job despite mixed reviews.

9 The Transformers franchise

Optimus Prime in Transformers 2007

One of the highest-grossing robot movies in popular culture, Transformers It is a main name for all fans of the Michael Bay movies and the mecha genre. Two alien robot races at war, the Autobots and the Decepticons, have brought their war to Earth. A high school student, Sam Witwicky, becomes an ally of Optimus Prime and his disciples, and together they fight the evil Megatron to save Earth.

The franchise has gained millions of fans around the world, especially young children who grew up with the movies into adulthood. It’s the kind of movie that audiences tend to avoid, but will continue to watch when a sequel comes out.

8 RoboCop (2014)

Joel Kinnaman as RoboCop;  his face is exposed while dressed

The perfect example of a human cyborg, RoboCop tells the story of a former police officer who was seriously injured during an encounter. His body, amputated but still functioning, became the test subject of multinational conglomerate OmniCorp’s robotic advance plans, where they transformed Alex Murphy’s body into a cyborg.

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While drones can be completely manipulated, cyborgs still have residual emotions or subconscious memories even after brainwashing or neurological indoctrination procedures. In this movie, the RoboCop discovers that her humanity is still intact despite being transformed into a killing machine.

7 Iron Man (2008)

Iron Man without a helmet reaching out and showing Repulsor in a cut out poster for the first MCU movie

The movie that blew up Marvel studios‘claim fame, Iron Man is a superhero action movie that fans of all ages have loved since the beginning of their journey. Tony Stark became a household name, not just the Marvel Cinematic Universe but in all Hollywood movies.

This blockbuster film tells the story of a billionaire genius who was kidnapped and forced to create a destructive weapon. Instead of complying, he built his own prototype Iron Man suit to escape. Upon returning home, Stark uses his newly furnished Iron Man suit to combat terrorism.

6 Power Rangers (2017)

Power Rangers in disguise posing in a promo photo for the 2017 reboot

There are several adaptations of the Forest ranger The franchise and the latest movie of 2017 feature the same plot but with a fresher take and a higher budget. A group of five high school students, all outcast and misfits in some way, discover an alien ship where they acquired each of their unique abilities. They later teamed up to stop the evil Rita Repulsa from conquering Earth.

Like an everything, Forest ranger is based on the old mecha franchise in Japan known as Super sentai. Its popularity has earned it several Western adaptations, video game series, and fans who have supported the franchise since its first release.

5 Edge of Tomorrow (2014)

Emily Blunt and Tom Cruise in Edge of Tomorrow cutout poster

An officer (played by Tom Cruise) who has never been in combat was forced to participate in a suicide mission that involved fighting with invincible aliens. Soon he finds himself in a time loop, repeatedly going through the same encounters each time he dies. His fighting has improved over a period of time and later, he is joined by a partner played by Emily Blunt.

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In The era of El MaƱanaThe characters of Emily Blunt and Tom Cruise come face to face with technologically advanced aliens while wearing their prominent exoskeletons called ExoSuits. The suits took five months to buildaccording to director Doug Liman.

4 The Terminator franchise

the Terminator The franchise has a long-standing reputation for making science fiction movies. From its first version, released in 1984, to the last adaptation, Terminator: Dark Fate, the entire saga never fails to give its audience the excitement of a hardcore robotics-themed movie. While Arnold Schwarzenegger plays the cyborg killer, there are also giant robots like Harvester from Terminator salvation.

It was this franchise that helped launch director James Cameron’s career in the film industry and Arnold Schwarzenegger’s status as the leading man in Hollywood. Terminator 2: final judgment it remains the highest grossing film in the franchise.

3 Chappie (2015)

Robot Chappie pointing a gun in the movie of the same name

In a city where the crime rate is skyrocketing, mechanized police droids roam the streets to patrol. When a droid was stolen, it was given new programming that allows it to think and feel like a human. This cyber-droid named Chappie is now seen as a threat to humanity.

This cyberpunk movie received generally good reviews due to its gritty and political themes. Hugh Jackman proved that he can star in other movies outside of which he is known. This is a great movie for fans who want to see artificial intelligence and sensitivity combined.

two Deadly Engines (2018)

Deadly engines is known for its stunning visuals and apocalyptic-dystopian storyline, but most notable of all is its ‘cities on wheels’ theme. Instead of giant robots, the public is faced with colossal pieces of machinery made from cities that can be transformed into roving vehicles.

The largest city, London, feeds on small towns and devours them to survive. The movie is quite nice, especially if you like steampunk styles mixed with cyborgs in the flesh. Usually, Deadly engines offers a new take on science fiction that fans have never seen before.

1 Alita: Battle Angel (2019)

Rosa Salazar's character with sword in Alita Battle Angel

Alita: Battle Angel is one of the most successful movies of 2019. The movie is packed with stunning special effects and a solid plot to match. The story takes place in a futuristic period where the main character, Alita, is in a junkyard. He receives a new body and a new life too, and tries to navigate the world without any memory of who he was.

The film, based on a manga that was later turned into an anime, features various types of robots that varied in size and had unique abilities. While Alita still looks like an ordinary human, her counterparts are designed as cyborgs in huge mechanical suits.

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