Movies like The Kidnapping of the President

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The Kidnapping of the President
Original name: The Kidnapping Of The President
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, head of state, hostages, special agents, terrorism, chases and races, politics, confined, danger, state affairs, secret agents, race against time, rescue, crimes, heroes, law enforcement, rivalry, undercover, armored car, 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 Taking of Pelham One Two Three
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USA
104 min.
 7.7
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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, suspenseful, realistic and rough films with plots about danger, heroes, chases and races, deadly, crimes, race against time and state affairs mostly in Thriller, Action and Drama genres. Some movies like The Kidnapping of the President: Twilight's Last Gleaming (1977), Diplomatic Siege (1999), The Nada Gang (1974), The Grid (2004), Dead Silence (1997). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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Twilight's Last Gleaming
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, West Germany
Duration: 146 min.
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Style: suspenseful, serious, tense, realistic, bleak ...
Audience: boys' night
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Place: asia, montana, usa, vietnam
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Diplomatic Siege
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: serious, rough, suspenseful, realistic
Audience: boys' night
Plot: politics, government agency, hostages, one man army, secret agents, special agents, terrorism, race against time, rescue, save the day, heroic mission, hijacking ...
Time: 90s
Place: europe, romania, bucharest
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    User:   100%
 
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The Nada Gang
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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, clever, realistic, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: hostages, gory, rescue, terrorism, farm, kidnapping, countryside, confined, crimes, politics, anarchist, danger ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: europe, france, belgium, paris france
⇓ similarity ⇓
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    User:   68%
 
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The Grid
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: UK, USA, Canada
Duration: 266 min.
Story: A team of American and British counter-terrorists are tasked with stopping a terrorist cell who's operating on a global level.
Style: suspenseful, serious, rough, realistic
Audience: boys' night
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Story: Three escaped convicts take a group of deaf students hostage but their teacher is Marlee Matlin!
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    User:   88%
 
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Duration: 93 min.
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    User:   79%
 
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Sudden Death
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Duration: 111 min.
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System:   67%
    User:   78%
 
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Hour of Valor
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Story: A Presidential candidate running against the Vice-President plans a trip to the Balkans to negotiate the release of American servicemen being held hostage. Before he leaves, he receives a disk documenting evidence that the Vice-President has been ...
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⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   65%
    User:   60%
 
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Hijack
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System:   65%
    User:   70%
 
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Genre: Thriller
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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 ...
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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The President's Man
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System:   60%
    User:   56%
 
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Lethal
Genre: Action, Drama
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Story: A sexy and lethal female mercenary takes on an international syndicate of weapons smugglers run by the Russian Mafia.
Style: suspenseful, serious, realistic
Audience: boys' night
Plot: government agency, hostages, adventure, one man army, secret agents, special agents, espionage, on the run, race against time, rescue, save the day, terrorism ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   58%
    User:   63%
 
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The Marksman
Genre: Action, Adventure, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Chechen rebels take over a Russian nuclear plant and it's up to a mysterious agent(Snipes) to stop them.
Style: serious, rough, suspenseful
Audience: boys' night
Plot: government agency, hostages, adventure, one man army, secret agents, special agents, daring rescue, helicopter, espionage, terrorism, race against time, rescue ...
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⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   58%
    User:   53%
 
Olympus Has Fallen
Genre: Action, Drama, 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: exciting, serious, rough, suspenseful, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: secret service, terrorism, president, white house, hostage, chase, torture, secret agents, lone hero, kidnapping, betrayal, assassin ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
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⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   58%
    User:   100%
 
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Sharpshooter
Genre: Action, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 85 min.
Story: An assassin working for the CIA decides to take one final job before quitting only to find out that he is the target of his CIA boss.
Style: suspenseful, serious, realistic, suspense
Audience: boys' night
Plot: government agency, one man army, secret agents, adventure, betrayal, special agents, manhunt, assassination, assassin, on the run, race against time, save the day ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   57%
    User:   51%
 
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Shoot to Kill
Genre: Action, Adventure, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: When a cunning murderer vanishes into the rugged mountains of the Pacific Northwest, pursuing FBI agent Warren Stantin must exchange familiar city streets for unknown wilderness trails. Completely out of his element, Stantin is forced to enlist the ...
Style: suspenseful, exciting, serious, tense, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: police investigation, chase, adventure, kidnapping, murder, wilderness, fbi, serial killer, investigation, survival, violence, buddies ...
Time: 80s
Place: canada, san francisco, vancouver
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   56%
    User:   48%
 
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Shadow Man
Genre: Action, Thriller
Country: USA, UK, Romania
Duration: 91 min.
Story: An intelligence operative discovers that no one is what they seem in the shadowy world of espionage.
Style: serious, rough, suspenseful, realistic, surprise ending
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, government agency, hostages, adventure, master criminal, one man army, espionage, secret agents, cia, race against time, kidnapping, save the day ...
Time: contemporary
Place: europe, romania, bucharest
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   55%
    User:   45%
 
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Counterstrike
Genre: Action, Adventure, Thriller, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: A Secret Service agent and his brother, a reckless ATF agent, try to stop a group of extreme right-wing U.S. military mercenaries, led by a fanatic Taiwanese vixen, who hijack the Queen Mary 2 ocean liner with the U.S. and Chinese presidents on ...
Style: serious, rough, suspenseful, realistic
Audience: boys' night
Plot: government agency, martial arts, hostages, adventure, one man army, secret agents, daring rescue, espionage, terrorism, race against time, rescue, save the day ...
Time: contemporary
Place: asia, china
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   55%
    User:   48%
 
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Death Train
Genre: Action, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: A man is supposed to guard a shipment of diamonds being sent by rail. But a man robs the train and kills the men guarding the diamonds. The robbers derail the train and hope to get away with their crime. The robbers get caught in Mexico and are sent ...
Style: serious, rough, suspenseful, realistic, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: hostages, train, special agents, terrorism, adventure, countryside, tough heroes, chases and races, confined, crimes, danger, one man army ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: mexico
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   53%
    User:   55%
 
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Laser Mission
Genre: Action, Adventure, Thriller
Country: West Germany, South Africa, USA
Duration: 84 min.
Story: A CIA agent is sent to get Professor Braun before the KGB can seize him as the Prof's knowledge, together with a recently stolen diamond, could be used to make a laser cannon.
Style: suspenseful, serious
Audience: boys' night
Plot: kidnapping, government agency, hostages, adventure, master criminal, master villain, secret agents, special agents, kgb, renegade, government, laser ...
Time: 80s
Place: russia, south africa
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   52%
    User:   42%
 
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Live Wire
Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 85 min.
Story: Danny O'Neill is a bomb disposal expert assigned to a case where terrorists have developed an "invisible" liquid explosive which is activated within the human body.
Style: suspenseful, serious, rough, realistic, exciting
Audience: boys' night
Plot: police investigation, politics, government agency, master criminal, partners against crime, protagonist as suspect, senator, explosive, terrorist, extramarital affair, bomb, assassination ...
Time: 90s
Place: usa, washington d.c.
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   49%
    User:   51%
 
CIA II: Target Alexa
Genre: Action, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Movie Info When a top secret nuclear guidance system is stolen by an ex-CIA operative looking to sell the deadly device to the top bidder, it's up to a determined CIA agent and the international terrorist who he has vowed to capture to team up ...
Style: serious, rough, suspenseful, realistic, exciting
Audience: boys' night
Plot: government agency, secret agents, espionage, terrorism, working undercover, chases and races, cia, terrorist, crimes, danger, deadly, escapades ...
Time: 90s
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System:   49%
    User:   55%
 
Funeral in Berlin
Genre: Thriller
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Colonel Stok, a Soviet intelligence officer responsible for security at the Berlin Wall, appears to want to defect but the evidence is contradictory. Stok wants the British to handle his defection and asks for one of their agents, Harry Palmer, to ...
Style: suspenseful, serious, cerebral, bleak, tense ...
Audience: boys' night
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Time: 20th century, 40s
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System:   48%
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The Peacekeeper
Genre: Action
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: When a terrorist group steals the US President's personal communications computer for launching the US arsenal in case of war, only a heroic Major has the key to prevent a Presidential assassination or a nuclear holocaust.
Style: serious, rough, suspenseful, realistic, suspense
Audience: boys' night
Plot: government agency, hostages, one man army, secret agents, chase, assassination attempt, race against time, terrorism, daring rescue, save the day, heroic mission, hijacking ...
Time: 90s
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System:   48%
    User:   50%
 

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The Black Windmill
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: A British agent's son is kidnapped and held for a ransom of diamonds. The agent finds out that he can't even count on the people he thought were on his side to help him, so he decides to track down the kidnappers himself.
Style: suspenseful, serious, realistic, psychological
Audience: boys' night
Plot: amateur detective, government agency, hostages, secret agents, daring rescue, kidnapping, espionage, ransom, murder, agent, spy, rescue ...
Time: 70s
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System:   48%
    User:   51%
 
The Cassandra Crossing
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: UK, Italy, West Germany
Duration: 129 min.
Story: The Cassandra Crossing is an all-star disaster spectacular telling of the terrifying odyssey of 1000 doomed passengers trapped aboard a plague-infested train. A terrorist infected with a deadly virus boards the Stockholm to Geneva Express and ...
Style: exciting, suspenseful, serious, rough, intense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: train, chase, adventure, survival, plague, drug dealing, catastrophe, fugitives, military, government agency, virus, conspiracy ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 1930s
Place: europe, sweden, poland, new orleans
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System:   47%
    User:   44%
 
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