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The Kidnapping of the President (1980)
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The Kidnapping of the President (1980)
Genre: Thriller
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 114 min.
Story: A South American quasi-revolutionary/guerilla/terrorist and a misled, admiring girl compatriot manage to kidnap the U.S. President during a diplomatic visit to Toronto. With a nondescript armored truck, crudely yet somehow elaborately rigged with high explosives (and the President trapped inside), the two terrorists keep the Secret Service at bay until in the end, Assanti is killed and Shatner has to find a way into the truck anyway.
Style: suspenseful, serious, tense, realistic, rough, suspense
Audience: boys' night
Plot: kidnapping, politics, terrorism, armored car, head of state, hostages, special agents, chases and races, confined, danger, state affairs, secret agents, race against time, rescue, crimes, heroes, law enforcement, rivalry, undercover, oval office, vice president, u.s. vice president, strapped to a bomb, secret service, white house ...
Time: 70s
Place: canada, south america

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out suspenseful, realistic, serious and rough films with plots about danger, crimes, deadly, chases and races, kidnapping, confined and terrorism mostly in Thriller, Action and Drama genres. Some movies like The Kidnapping of the President: Olympus Has Fallen (2013), Homeland Security (2004), Blind Heat (2001), Diplomatic Siege (1999), 83 Hours 'Til Dawn (1990). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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Olympus Has Fallen (2013)
Genre: Action, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 119 min.
Story: When the White House (Secret Service Code: "Olympus") is captured by a terrorist mastermind and the President is kidnapped, disgraced former Presidential guard Mike Banning finds himself trapped within the building. As the national ...
Style: serious, rough, exciting, realistic, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: white house, terrorism, president, secret service, hostages, daring rescue, head of state, one man army, secret agents, save the day, tough heroes, danger ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, north korea, pentagon, washington d.c.
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Homeland Security (2004)
Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller, War
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: Admiral McKee (Tom Skerritt) is retired, when following the events of 9/11 he receives a call from the White House informing him that his commander in chief requires him to serve his country once again. Shortly after this he is sworn into office as ...
Style: suspenseful, serious, realistic, tense
Audience: boys' night
Plot: terrorism, september 11 2001, cia, politics, government agency, head of state, special agents, race against time, save the day, heroic mission, danger, heroes ...
Time: 90s
Place: afghanistan
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 4.3
 117
Blind Heat (2001)
Genre: Thriller
Country: USA, Mexico
Duration: 95 min.
Story: An industrialist's wife is kidnapped and held for ransom.
Style: serious, rough, realistic, suspenseful, exciting
Plot: kidnapping, hostages, missing person, crime, confined, crimes, danger, crime gone awry, daring rescue, race against time, survival, chases and races ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
Diplomatic Siege (1999)
Genre: Action, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: When Steve Mitchell is clandestinely sent to the US embassy in Bucharest, Romania to disarm a nuclear bomb that has secretly remained in the building since the end of the Cold War, little does he know that other problems will soon erupt. He must ...
Style: rough, serious, realistic, suspenseful
Audience: boys' night
Plot: terrorism, politics, government agency, hostages, one man army, secret agents, special agents, race against time, rescue, save the day, heroic mission, hijacking ...
Time: 90s
Place: romania, europe, bucharest
⇓ similarity ⇓
66%
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83 Hours 'Til Dawn (1990)
Genre: Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: A wealthy man's daughter is kidnapped and placed in a box with air for only 83 hours.
Style: suspenseful, semi serious, realistic
Audience: boys' night
Plot: kidnapping, psychopath, hostages, daring rescue, race against time, rescue, chases and races, confined, crimes, danger, deadly, heroes ...
Time: 80s
⇓ similarity ⇓
63%
 6.7
 752
The Nada Gang (1974)
Genre: Thriller
Country: France, Italy
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Nada, named after a gang of Spanish anarchists, is a small, confused band of French terrorists. They kidnap the American ambassador after one of his regular visits to an exclusive brothel. The gang starts to quarrel amongst themselves as to the ...
Style: suspenseful, serious, realistic, clever, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: anarchist, terrorism, kidnapping, countryside, politics, scapegoat, hostages, gory, rescue, farm, confined, crimes ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: europe, france, paris france, belgium
⇓ similarity ⇓
63%
Held for Ransom (2000)
Genre: Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: Held for Ransom is a 2000 direct-to-video film about five high-school students that are kidnapped and held for ransom in a remote swamp area in Florida. It was directed and written by Lee Stanley based on the novel by Lois Duncan.
Style: serious, suspenseful, realistic, rough, scary ...
Plot: kidnapping, hostages, murderous pair, ransom, student, hostage situation, one man army, crime, bus, school, high school, family in danger ...
Time: 90s
Place: florida, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
59%
Perfect Witness (1989)
Genre: Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: A witness to a mob killing has second thoughts about testifying when he realizes his family might become a target.
Style: bleak, serious, realistic, rough, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: kidnapping, courtroom, witness, dedicated lawyer, prison, witnessing a crime, crime, murder, crimes, restaurant, deadly, legal ...
Time: 80s
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
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 6.0
 778
Icon (2005)
Genre: Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 166 min.
Story: A former US Operative, who lived in Russia in his earlier years and had been married there with a child, comes out of retirement to face down a former enemy, now running as a candidate for President in modern Russia. Working with a Russian ...
Style: suspense, serious, suspenseful, realistic
Audience: boys' night
Plot: politics, espionage, terrorism, fighting the system, government agency, secret agents, special agents, race against time, uncover truth, vengeance, political corruption, chases and races ...
Time: contemporary
Place: russia, moscow russia
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
 4.3
 567
Stealing Candy (2003)
Genre: Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 83 min.
Story: Three ex-cons kidnap a famous movie star and force her to film a sex tape live on the internet for a paying audience.
Style: suspenseful, serious, realistic
Audience: boys' night
Plot: kidnapping, criminal's revenge, crime, hostages, movie star, crime gone awry, cons and scams, heist, hitman, criminal heroes, nothing goes right, confined ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
Troubled Waters (2006)
Genre: Thriller
Country: Canada
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Intrepid FBI agent Beck, assigned to solve the case of a multimillionaire couple's missing daughter. As clues begin to reveal themselves, Beck draws an explosive line connecting the kidnapper and the girl's mother -- and brings to light ...
Style: suspenseful, serious, tense, suspense, surprise ending
Plot: kidnapping, investigation, crime, crimes, law enforcement, special agents, supernatural ability, race against time, infidelity, missing child, riddles and clues, who done it ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
 4.2
 271
Hijack (1998)
Genre: Action, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: A prestigious senator and the passengers on board a train are kidnapped by a militia group.
Style: suspenseful, serious, realistic, exciting, rough
Audience: boys' night
Plot: train, martial arts, terrorism, hostages, race against time, kidnapping, save the day, hijacking, chases and races, crimes, danger, deadly ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
 3.2
 337
Tripfall (2000)
Genre: Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: A serial killer turns the life of a family on vacation into a nightmare.
Style: serious, rough, realistic, suspenseful, exciting ...
Plot: kidnapping, criminal heroes, murderous pair, theme park, crimes, danger, deadly, gang, hostages, daring rescue, race against time, parents and children ...
Time: 90s
Place: california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
The Little Drummer Girl (1984)
Genre: Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 130 min.
Story: An American Actress with a penchant for lying is forceably recruited by Mosad, the Israeli intelligence agency to trap a Palestinian bomber, by pretending to be the girlfriend of his dead brother.
Style: suspenseful, serious, realistic, tense
Audience: boys' night
Plot: espionage, terrorism, secret agents, palestinian, politics, dishonesty, state affairs, undercover, intrigue, leadership, mistaken identity, political intrigue ...
Time: 80s
Place: england, europe, germany, greece, israel ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
 5.2
 792
Endure (2010)
Genre: Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: After a shocking photo of a young woman is found inside the twisted metal of a fatal car crash, veteran detective Emory Lloyd must risk everything to identify and find the woman before it's too late.
Style: serious, suspenseful, realistic, rough
Plot: kidnapping, swamp, police detective, race against time, chases and races, crimes, danger, law enforcement, police investigation, reluctant partners, woman in danger, confined ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: florida, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
On Dangerous Ground (1996)
Genre: Action, Thriller
Country: Canada, UK, Luxembourg
Duration: 165 min.
Story: Vusi Madlazi returns to the South African village he left as a young boy (he was organizing against apartheid, and left in fear of his life) to bury his father. He meets up with his brother Ernest, who tells him their other brother Stephen ...
Style: serious, rough, realistic, suspenseful, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: terrorism, politics, government agency, crime, secret agents, special agents, assassination attempt, espionage, political conspiracy, political intrigue, working undercover, chases and races ...
Time: 90s
Place: china, england, hong kong
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
 4.9
 602
The Maddening (1995)
Genre: Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: In this psycho-thriller, a little girl and her mother find themselves the focus of a crazed couple's delusions. The horror begins after Cassie has a fight with her husband David and takes off in the car with their young daughter Samantha. ...
Style: serious, suspenseful, realistic, scary, rough ...
Plot: kidnapping, psychopath, on the road, torture, crimes, deadly, hostages, mentally unstable, blind ambition, confined, danger, rivalry ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
Land of the Free (1998)
Genre: Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: A politician's campaign manager (Speakman) discovers that the candidate (Shatner) is a front for a military organization plotting a political overthrow of the government. In trying to expose the candidate's right-wing activities, he puts ...
Style: serious, realistic
Plot: terrorism, car chase, fighting the system, politics, espionage, idealism, political conspiracy, political corruption, campaign, dishonesty, society, state affairs ...
Time: 90s
Place: california
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
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American Roulette (1988)
Genre: Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Carlos Quintas, the democratically-elected president of an unnamed South American country, has been deposed by a military coup. He is in London, the head of a government in exile, rallying international support. He is also a poet of talent and ...
Style: serious, suspenseful, realistic, rough, exciting
Plot: politics, head of state, assassination attempt, espionage, political conspiracy, political corruption, political intrigue, crimes, deadly, dishonesty, state affairs, on the run ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: england, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
 3.5
 94
Kenneyville (2011)
Genre: Thriller
Country: Canada
Duration: 85 min.
Story: There is something seriously wrong with Kenneyville. When, a young woman, KIM (Kelsey Oluk), from Toronto goes missing and police mysteriously drop the case earlier than expected, two private detectives are hired to find her. With undercover ...
Style: serious, rough, realistic, suspenseful, tense
Audience: teens
Plot: small town, kidnapping, private detective, rescue, woman in danger, confined, danger, uncover truth, violence spree, captivity, missing person, crimes ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
 6.3
 603
Cavite (2005)
Genre: Thriller
Country: Philippines, USA
Duration: 80 min.
Story: Adam, a security guard, travels from California to the Philippines, his native land, for his father's funeral. He arrives in Manila. As he waits, a phone rings in his backpack; he answers it, and a male voice tells him that his mother and ...
Style: serious, rough, realistic, suspenseful, tense ...
Plot: terrorism, airport, bank, bus, hostages, crimes, danger, deadly, leadership, politics, homecoming, religions or cults ...
Time: contemporary
Place: asia, the philippines, san diego california, manila philippines, mcdonald's restaurant
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
Nowhere to Land (2000)
Genre: Thriller
Country: USA, Australia
Duration: 90 min.
Story: A pilot must safely land a 747 on which deadly nerve gas has been planted.
Style: suspenseful, serious, realistic, rough, exciting
Audience: boys' night
Plot: bomb, airplane, special agents, save the day, vengeance, confined, danger, deadly, heroes, rivalry, terrorism, track down ...
Time: 90s
Place: australia, california, usa, sydney australia
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
 6.4
 7K
Five Fingers (2006)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 87 min.
Story: Martijn, an idealistic Dutch pianist, travels to Morocco to help start a food program for malnourished children. Within moments of his arrival, however, Martijn is abducted by a group of terrorists, injected with a debilitating drug, and imprisoned. ...
Style: suspenseful, serious, realistic, exciting, psychological ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: terrorism, torture, terrorist, kidnapping, chess, hostages, race against time, airport, missing person, chases and races, confined, crimes ...
Time: contemporary
Place: morocco, africa
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
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 7.0
 3K
Wolf (2004)
Genre: Thriller
Country: Spain
Duration: 125 min.
Story: Based on a true story. In the 70s, during the last stages of Franco's dictatorship, Txema, a basque construction worker, is arrested because of his connection to some terrorists who have just committed a murder. The secret service see in him an ...
Style: serious, suspenseful, realistic, rough, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: terrorism, eta, politics, betrayal, infiltration, secret agent, chase, on the run, political conspiracy, wrongfully committed, working undercover, life turned upside down ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: spain, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
Midnight in Saint Petersburg (1996)
Genre: Thriller
Country: UK, Russia, Canada
Duration: 89 min.
Story: Harry Palmer heads a private investigation business based in Moscow. His associates are Nikolai "Nick" Petrov (Jason Connery), ex-CIA agent Craig (Michael Sarrazin), and ex-KGB Colonel Gradsky (Lev Prygunov). They take on the job of ...
Style: serious, suspenseful, realistic
Audience: boys' night
Plot: private detective, track down, woman in danger, danger, secret agents, save the day, kidnapping, political conspiracy, chases and races, crimes, dishonesty, heroes ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: russia, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
 3.6
 320
Poker Run (2009)
Genre: Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Robert (Bertie Higgins) and Allan (J.D. Rudometkin) decide to add some excitement to their lives by taking up Harley riding. But things go south when two psychopathic bikers (Robert Thorne and Jay Wisell) kidnap their wives (Debra Hopkins and ...
Style: rough, serious, realistic, suspenseful, scary ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: desert, psychopath, confined, crimes, buddies, gang, hostages, mind game, couple relations, family in crisis, kidnapping, woman in danger ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
Dying of the Light (2014)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: Bahamas, USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Evan Lake, a veteran CIA agent, has been ordered to retire. But when his protégé uncovers evidence that Lake's nemesis, the terrorist Banir, has resurfaced, Lake goes rogue, embarking on a perilous, intercontinental mission to eliminate his ...
Style: serious, suspenseful, realistic, rough
Audience: boys' night
Plot: terrorism, cia, secret agents, special agents, retirement, espionage, track down, chases and races, danger, law enforcement, undercover, race against time ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, kenya, romania
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
Twilight's Last Gleaming (1977)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, West Germany
Duration: 146 min.
Story: A renegade USAF general, Lawrence Dell, escapes from a military prison and takes over an ICBM silo near Montana and threatens to provoke World War 3 unless the President reveals details of a secret meeting held just after the start of the Vietnam ...
Style: suspenseful, serious, realistic, tense, bleak ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: military, assassination, vietnam war, fighting the system, politics, nuclear threat, government agency, hostages, one man army, prison, secret agents, race against time ...
Place: asia, montana, usa, vietnam
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
The Ignorance of Blood (2014)
Genre: Thriller
Country: Spain
Duration: 109 min.
Story: Javier Falcón, Chief of the Sevilla Homicide Division, must solve two different cases in a short time. In the first case he is personally involved. An old friend of his infiltrated an Islamic terrorist cell and now the group is trying to recruit ...
Style: suspenseful, serious, realistic, tense, atmospheric ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: terrorism, crime, crimes, danger, law enforcement, kidnapping, police investigation
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: spain
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
 5.7
 29K
Sudden Death (1995)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: International action superstar Jean Claude Van Damme teams with Powers Boothe in a Tension-packed, suspense thriller, set against the back-drop of a Stanley Cup game.Van Damme portrays a father whose daughter is suddenly taken during a championship ...
Style: suspenseful, serious, exciting, realistic, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: hostage, one man army, terrorism, explosive, vice president, terrorist, stadium, race against time, ransom, secret agents, tough heroes, chases and races ...
Time: 90s, 1990s
Place: pittsburgh, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
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