Infographic: Robot Movies and Their Human Equivalents

If Everything Is a Remix has taught us anything, it’s that knocking a movie for not telling a “new” story is pointless. Stories are inherently familiar—it’s all about the way you tell them.

Take this weekend’s Real Steel, a real underdog sports movie about robot boxing. But take the machines out of the equation and you have something pretty close to the classic Stallone flick Rocky. Really, nothing wrong with that.

Our infographic wizards have once again worked their magic to dissect the robot movies of the past and the human movies that appear to have inspired them. Think of them as Movies 2.0.


After a few years of working behind the scenes on movies and TV shows (and earning an IMDb page for bragging rights), Movies Editor Matt Patches made a hard right into the world of entertainment journalism. In 2009, Patches became the Associate Movies Editor of, departing in 2010 to go rogue as a writer-for-hire. Patches covered movies and festivals for a number of outlets, including Movieline, MTV NextMovie, CinemaBlend, and Film School Rejects, before joining as Movies Editor in 2011. He proudly names "Groundhog Day" as his favorite movie of all time.