Movies like The Cold Light of Day

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The Cold Light of Day (2012)
 4.9
 37K
The Cold Light of Day (2012)
Genre: Action, Thriller
Country: USA, Spain
Duration: 93 min.
Story: After his family is kidnapped during their sailing trip in Spain, a young Wall Street trader is confronted by the people responsible: intelligence agents looking to recover a mysterious briefcase.
Style: suspenseful, exciting, twists and turns, serious, tense, realistic
Audience: boys' night
Plot: kidnapping, espionage, government, life turned upside down, crimes, family in danger, heroes, father son relationship, government agent, police chase, unlikely hero, female assassin, conspiracy, graphic violence, stock broker, confined, disorder, dishonesty, sniper, martial arts, spy, airplane, fight, police officer, cia ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: spain, madrid

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Most similar movies to The Cold Light of Day

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out suspenseful, realistic, serious and exciting films with plots about danger, kidnapping, gun, murder, gunfight, violence and shot to death mostly in Action, Thriller and Crime genres. Some movies like The Cold Light of Day: Erased (2012), Abduction (2011), Cellular (2004), Extraction (2015), Safe House (2012). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
 6.0
 31K
Erased (2012)
Genre: Action, Thriller
Country: USA, Canada, Belgium, UK
Duration: 100 min.
Story: A former agent of the CIA and his estranged daughter go on the run after his employers target them for assassination.
Style: exciting, suspenseful, rough, suspense, twists and turns ...
Audience: boys' night, teens, girls' night
Plot: cia, father daughter relationship, on the run, family relations, assassination, agent as target, life turned upside down, lone hero, assassin, martial arts, family in danger, secret agents ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: belgium, usa, brussels, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 5.1
 80K
Abduction (2011)
Genre: Action, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: A young man sets out to uncover the truth about his life after finding his baby photo on a missing persons website.
Style: exciting, serious, suspenseful, suspense, absurd ...
Audience: teens, boys' night, girls' night, chick flick
Plot: teenager, chase, life turned upside down, heroes, on the run, young heroes, lone hero, uncover truth, disorder, cia, special agents, fight ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: pittsburgh, pennsylvania, usa, new york, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.5
 100K
Cellular (2004)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 94 min.
Story: A young man receives an emergency phone call on his cell phone from an older woman. She claims to have been kidnapped – and the kidnappers have targeted her husband and child next.
Style: suspenseful, exciting, serious, realistic, tense ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: race against time, kidnapping, hostage, home invasion, police corruption, cell phone, psychopath, confined, woman in danger, crimes, rescue, heroes ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: los angeles, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 4.1
 11K
Extraction (2015)
Genre: Action, Thriller
Country: USA, UK, Canada
Duration: 82 min.
Story: A former CIA operative is kidnapped by a group of terrorists. When his son learns there is no plan for his father to be saved, he launches his own rescue operation.
Style: suspense, suspenseful, exciting, disturbing, tense ...
Plot: terrorist, death of wife, murder, deception, brutality, rescue, machismo, father son relationship, escape, death, violence, revenge ...
Time: year 2004, year 2005, 2000s, 2010s, 21st century ...
Place: eastern europe, central europe, langley virginia, usa, prague ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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 6.7
 221K
Safe House (2012)
Genre: Action, Thriller
Country: South Africa, USA, Japan
Duration: 115 min.
Story: A dangerous CIA renegade resurfaces after a decade on the run. When the safe house he's remanded to is attacked by mercenaries, a rookie operative escapes with him. Now, the unlikely allies must stay alive long enough to uncover who wants them ...
Style: exciting, suspenseful, twists and turns, serious, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night, girls' night
Plot: cia, gunfight, espionage, cia agent, mercenary, on the run, secret agents, fistfight, corruption, secret service, betrayal, who to trust ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s
Place: cape town south africa, africa, south africa, paris france, langley virginia
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
The November Man (2014)
Genre: Action, Thriller
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 108 min.
Story: An ex- CIA operative is brought back in on a very personal mission and finds himself pitted against his former pupil in a deadly game involving high level CIA officials and the Russian president-elect.
Style: exciting, suspenseful, twists and turns, tense, suspense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: cia, secret agents, espionage, undercover, save the day, heroes, secret service, conspiracy, spy, dishonesty, law enforcement, brutality ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, year 2008, 2010s, 2000s
Place: switzerland, montenegro, usa, moscow russia, russia ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.4
 311K
Salt (2010)
Genre: Action, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: As a CIA officer, Evelyn Salt swore an oath to duty, honor and country. Her loyalty will be tested when a defector accuses her of being a Russian spy. Salt goes on the run, using all her skills and years of experience as a covert operative to elude ...
Style: exciting, twists and turns, suspense, surprise ending, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: cia, female protagonist, espionage, female spy, strong female lead, spy, double agent, female assassin, secret agents, cia agent, chase, secret service ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 70s
Place: new york, usa, ussr, russia, north korea ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Assassins Run (2013)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: USA, Russia
Duration: 88 min.
Story: Maya becomes the target of the Russian mafia after her husband, a successful American businessman, is killed.
Style: twists and turns, serious, suspenseful, tense, captivating ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: prison life, rescue, gangsters, ballet, kidnapping, frame up, confined, woman in danger, track down, crimes, betrayal, dishonesty ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: russia, st. petersburg russia
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
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 4.6
 18K
The Prince (2014)
Genre: Action, Thriller
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 93 min.
Story: A family man who turns out to be a retired mob enforcer must travel across the country to find his daughter who has gone missing.
Style: exciting, suspenseful, tense, suspense, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: missing daughter, kidnapping, missing person, daring rescue, partners, crimes, justice, confined, retired, haunted by the past, mysterious past, fight ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, new orleans, mississippi
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
The Marine 3: Homefront (2013)
Genre: Action, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 86 min.
Story: A Marine must do whatever it takes to save his kidnapped niece and stop a terrorist attack masterminded by a radical militia group.
Style: exciting, serious, suspenseful, rough, realistic
Audience: boys' night
Plot: terrorism, hostage, soldier, kidnapping, one man army, daring rescue, save the day, crimes, rivalry, tough heroes, chase, terrorist ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, washington state, seattle
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
 5.8
 87K
Haywire (2011)
Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller
Country: Ireland, USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Mallory Kane is a highly trained operative who works for a government security contractor in the dirtiest, most dangerous corners of the world. After successfully freeing a Chinese journalist held hostage, she is double crossed and left for dead by ...
Style: serious, rough, twists and turns, realistic, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: one woman army, mercenary, betrayal, rivalry, hitman, one man army, manhunt, dishonesty, rescue, secret agents, mission gone awry, fistfight ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: washington d.c., barcelona, ireland, usa, europe ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Direct Contact (2009)
Genre: Action, Thriller
Country: Bulgaria, Germany
Duration: 90 min.
Story: An imprisoned ex-US Special forces operative in Eastern Europe, is offered his freedom and money to rescue an American woman, who has been kidnapped by a ruthless warlord. But, shortly after freeing her discovers that the kidnap story was just a ...
Style: serious, suspenseful, realistic, exciting, surprise ending ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: kidnapping, prison, daring rescue, adventure, confined, tough heroes, crimes, heroes, father daughter relationship, rescue, one man army, prison fight ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: europe, russia, balkan
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
A Good Day to Die Hard (2013)
Genre: Action, Thriller
Country: USA, UK, Hungary
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Iconoclastic, take-no-prisoners cop John McClane, finds himself for the first time on foreign soil after traveling to Moscow to help his wayward son Jack - unaware that Jack is really a highly-trained CIA operative out to stop a nuclear weapons ...
Style: exciting, realistic, suspenseful, rough, semi serious ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: cia, agent, car chase, one man army, heroes, escape, bomb, tough cop, heroic mission, save the day, partners against crime, snitch ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s
Place: russia, langley virginia, moscow russia, new york, chernobyl
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
 5.8
 58K
Firewall (2006)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: State-of-the-art security system creator, Jack Stanfield has cemented his reputation as a man who's thought of everything. But when a criminal finds a way into Jack's personal life, everything Jack holds dear is suddenly at stake.
Style: suspenseful, tense, serious, suspense, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: hostage, kidnapping, rescue, blackmail, bank, robbery, crimes, family in danger, graphic violence, race against time, hacker, life turned upside down ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: seattle, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
 4.3
 3K
Sacrifice (2011)
Genre: Action, Thriller
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: A tough undercover cop inadvertently gets involved in a dangerous heroin ring when a young defector of the drug trade leaves his five year-old sister in his care.
Style: serious, realistic, exciting, suspenseful, rough
Audience: boys' night
Plot: kidnapping, partners against crime, law enforcement, crimes, police detective, confined, hopes, tough heroes, graphic violence, child in peril, nudity (full frontal - brief), rivalry ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
 6.5
 110K
Hostage (2005)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 113 min.
Story: When a mafia accountant is taken hostage on his beat, a police officer – wracked by guilt from a prior stint as a negotiator – must negotiate the standoff, even as his own family is held captive by the mob.
Style: twists and turns, suspenseful, realistic, serious, rough ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: hostage, kidnapping, home invasion, hostage negotiator, one man army, fbi, crimes, small town, swat team, rescue, hostage situation, crime gone awry ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: los angeles, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
 5.2
 3K
Freezer (2014)
Genre: Action, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 83 min.
Story: Robert Saunters, a mechanic is knocked unconscious at his birthday dinner and wakes up to find himself locked up inside the restaurant's freezer. Knowing nothing of why he's there, he realizes he has been mistaken as someone else.
Style: suspenseful, serious, realistic, twists and turns
Audience: boys' night
Plot: confined, survival, hostage, crimes, freezer, graphic violence, kidnapping, danger
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
Assassin's Bullet (2012)
Genre: Action, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: In Assassin's Bullet, Slater plays Robert Diggs, a black ops agent who comes to work for Ambassador Ashdown (Hunger Games star Donald Sutherland), tracking down a vigilante assassin in Eastern Europe. The maverick hit(wo)man has been taking out ...
Style: realistic, exciting, serious, suspenseful, suspense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: hitman, chase, track down, crimes, femme fatale, female agent, government agent, spy, revenge, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, terrorist group, belly dancer ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: bulgaria, europe, paris france
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
Movie in collections
 7.1
 357K
Die Hard 2 (1990)
Genre: Action, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 124 min.
Story: John McClane is an off-duty cop gripped with a feeling of déjà vu when on a snowy Christmas Eve in the nation's capital, terrorists seize a major international airport, holding thousands of holiday travelers hostage. Renegade military ...
Style: suspenseful, exciting, suspense, tense, twists and turns ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gunfight, airplane, fight scenes, airport, christmas, lone hero, police officer, terrorism, one man army, swat team, chase, save the day ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, 90s, year 1990
Place: washington d.c., los angeles, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
 5.6
 27K
Fire with Fire (2012)
Genre: Action, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: A fireman takes an unexpected course of action when a man whom he's been ordered to testify against – after being held up at a local convenience store – threatens him.
Style: suspenseful, realistic, rough, serious, suspense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: firefighter, witness protection, vigilantism, murder, police detective, u.s. marshal, rescue, vengeance, crimes, hidden identity, tough law enforcer, law enforcement ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s
Place: california, usa, los angeles, new orleans, phoenix arizona ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
The Bourne Ultimatum (2007)
Genre: Action, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, Germany, France, Spain
Duration: 115 min.
Story: Bourne is brought out of hiding once again by reporter Simon Ross who is trying to unveil Operation Blackbriar, an upgrade to Project Treadstone, in a series of newspaper columns. Information from the reporter stirs a new set of memories, and Bourne ...
Style: exciting, suspenseful, rough, twists and turns, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: cia, espionage, secret agents, conspiracy, spy, corruption, fighting the system, manhunt, escapades, uncover truth, agent as target, secret service ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: paris france, langley virginia, europe, london, turin italy ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
 5.3
 12K
The Hit List (2011)
Genre: Action, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: A disgruntled man creates a hit list with a stranger during a drunken night out and must then race to try to save those he marked for extermination as the bodies begin to pile up and all fingers point to him.
Style: psychological, realistic, serious, rough, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: race against time, murder, police investigation, track down, unfaithful, crimes, crumbling marriage, on the run, mysterious character, fish out of water, family in danger, psychopath ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, washington d.c., seattle
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
 5.1
 7K
Hunt to Kill (2010)
Genre: Action, Thriller
Country: Canada
Duration: 98 min.
Story: A U.S. Border Patrol agent Jim Rhodes, a tough divorcée mourning the loss of his murdered partner while struggling to raise his rebellious daughter in the mountains of Montana. But when a crew of trigger-happy fugitives takes Rhodes and his ...
Style: exciting, serious, suspenseful, suspense, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: daughter, forest, one man army, survival, fugitives, tough heroes, parents and children, heroes, kidnapping, father daughter relationship, runaway, hostage ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, montana, texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
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 4.5
 741
Jane Doe (2001)
Genre: Action, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: A woman's son is snatched and she must follow his kidnappers’ instructions to get him back. But when she’s framed for murder by a government department, she must take them on at their own game to ensure her son's survival.
Style: realistic, suspenseful, serious, tense, captivating ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: woman in danger, kidnapping, murder, on the run, disorder, mistaken identity, righting the wronged, race against time, government agency, law enforcement, master criminal, protagonist as suspect ...
Time: contemporary
Place: montana
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
 4.6
 3K
The Outsider (2014)
Genre: Action, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Revolves around a British military contractor Lex Walker who is told his daughter has died. When he arrives in Los Angeles and discovers the body is not hers, he begins an investigation.
Style: realistic, suspenseful, rough, tense, disturbing ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: investigation, missing person, martial arts, home invasion, mercenary, gunfight, kidnapping, parents and children, vigilantism, family relations, one man army, parent child relationship ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: los angeles, usa, california, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
One in the Chamber (2012)
Genre: Action, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: A seasoned assassin plays both sides in a Russian gang war and becomes the target of an unknown enemy.
Style: exciting, serious, suspenseful, realistic, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: hitman, rivalry, crimes, criminal heroes, violence spree, corruption, mob boss, murder, mob hit, gangsters, damsel in distress, crime boss ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: prague, europe, eastern europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
 5.5
 584
Hit List (1989)
Genre: Action, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 87 min.
Story: A family man (Jan-Michael Vincent) and a mob witness (Leo Rossi) hunt a mob hit man (Lance Henriksen) who has mistakenly kidnapped the family man's son.
Style: realistic, suspenseful, serious, rough, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: kidnapping, murder, hitman, organized crime, mafia, missing person, vengeance, disorder, investigation, rescue, crimes, mistaken identity ...
Time: 80s
Place: los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
 5.0
 12K
First Kill (2017)
Genre: Action, Thriller
Country: UK, Canada, USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: A police chief tries to solve a kidnapping that involves a bank robber holding a young boy hostage.
Style: suspense, suspenseful, exciting, captivating, surprise ending ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: kidnapping, rescue, fight, betrayal, conspiracy, fear, police corruption, brutality, stolen money, murder, ransom, heist ...
Time: 2010s
Place: new york, ohio
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
 4.0
 399
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, exciting, realistic, serious, rough
Audience: boys' night
Plot: train, terrorism, martial arts, hijacking, race against time, heroes, confined, law enforcement, crimes, save the day, terrorist plot, hostage ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
 4.4
 24K
Getaway (2013)
Genre: Action, Thriller
Country: USA, Bulgaria
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Former race car driver Brent Magna (Hawke) is pitted against the clock. Desperately trying to save the life of his kidnapped wife, Brent commandeers a custom Ford Shelby GT500 Super Snake, taking it and its unwitting owner (Gomez) on a high-speed ...
Style: serious, suspenseful, rough, realistic, surprise ending
Audience: boys' night
Plot: race against time, hostage, damsel in distress, daring rescue, mysterious character, escapades, crimes, on the run, husband wife relationship, kidnapping, computer hacker, hacker ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%