The idea of the Golden Record is already epic enough, and since movies that include sentinent alien species are always popular, it suprises me that apparently there is no popular movie about humans finding one from another species.

There doesn't even have to be any aliens themselves involved, just finding the record and decyphering it would already seem to make for a sufficient story. One could imagine some family-friendly crossover of the Da Vincy Code and Odyssey 2001 maybe, or any other kind of film.

So, has the idea of humans finding another species' "Golden Record" ever been treated in film?

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    Would Contact meet your criteria? "Arroway discovers a signal repeating a sequence of prime numbers, apparently sent from the star system Vega [....]. Arroway's team discovers a video hidden in the signal: Adolf Hitler's opening address at the 1936 Summer Olympics in Berlin, Germany. [...] Arroway finds the signal also contains more than 63,000 pages of indecipherable data. [...] The pages reveal schematics for a complex machine that is determined to be some kind of transport for a single occupant." – Anne Daunted Feb 5 at 12:55
  • Do video games count? The Slylandro in Star Control 2/Ur-Quan Masters sent out automated probes to make contact with other aliens (they messed up a bit on the programming side, but the intent was sincere.) – Steve-O Feb 5 at 14:12
  • @AnneDaunted while the fact that Carl Sagan and Ann Druyan worked on the movie is awesome, it looks like it doesnt quite catch the "puzzle" aspect that i would be hoping for - i was looking for something with a vibe like in Arrival, where the movie twists around understanding the alien communication ways, while Contact looks more like its going on the Mystery-Drama side (although it still sounds good, thanks for the tip!) – Flying Thunder Feb 5 at 14:28
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    Well, they do have to decipher the 63,000 pages and Jodie Foster's character needs help of an excentric billionaire to do so, but if it doesn't fit, it's okay. – Anne Daunted Feb 5 at 14:35
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    Okay people, I've reopened this for now. If you think it should be closed and intend to be serious about that, you gotta pick an appropriate close-reason, rather than the first item in the list your mouse happens to randomly land on. – Napoleon Wilson Feb 5 at 17:38

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