Contact (starring Jodi Foster and Matthew McConaughey) bears a striking resemblance to The Abyss (starring Ed Harris) in structure, plot and overall message.
In both movies people interact with aliens in foreign environments (space in Contact, under water in The Abyss).
Both movies take advantage of the belligerent, overbearing military guy cliché. You know, the frowning officer who won't go away until screws up the whole project and/or nukes everybody.
Things move along predictably in both movies until the last fifteen minutes when the main character meets the aliens face to face. At this point the aliens inform the main character that "humanity has a lot to learn," which the aliens realize because their so much more advanced than humanity. This is also a cliché amongst sci-fi movies.
Both movies also deify aliens. This is based on the following scientific system of thought: "We don't really want to mention God, but there still seems to be a lot of miraculous stuff going on, so let's just say, that, um, aliens are doing everything! Yes, that's it! Let's also say that these "aliens" are really advanced, and they believe in peace and harmony... oooh, yeah, that's deep."