Movies and TV shows like MacGyver 1985

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MacGyver (1985)
 7.7
 35K
MacGyver (1985)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Crime, Drama
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 48 min.
Story: MacGyver is an American action-adventure television series created by Lee David Zlotoff. Henry Winkler and John Rich were the executive producers. The show ran for seven seasons on ABC in the United States and various other networks abroad from 1985 to 1992. The series was filmed in Los Angeles during seasons 1, 2 and 7, and in Vancouver during seasons 3–6. The show's final episode aired on April 25, 1992, on ABC. Episode List The show follows secret agent Angus MacGyver, played by Richard Dean Anderson, who works as a troubleshooter for the fictional Phoenix Foundation in Los Angeles and as an agent for a fictional United States government agency, the Department of External Services. Educated as a scientist, MacGyer served as a Bomb Team Technician/EOD during the Vietnam War. Resourceful and possessed of an encyclopedic knowledge of the physical sciences, he solves complex problems with everyday materials he finds at hand, along with his ever-present duct tape and Swiss Army knife. He prefers non-violent resolutions and prefers not to handle a gun, but will if necessary.
Style: realistic, exciting, serious, suspenseful, stylized
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: problem solving, heroes, intelligence, secret agents, gadget, spy, crime fighter, adventure, race against time, danger, chases and races, one man army, justice, organized crime, irony of fate, poetic justice, science, escape, drug lord, pilot, loner, childhood, actress, escapades, deadly ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, 90s, 1990s

Most similar movies to MacGyver

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out suspenseful, exciting, serious and realistic films and TV series with plots about heroes, escapades, chases and races, adventure, undercover, danger and secret agents mostly in Action, Drama and Adventure genres. Some movies like MacGyver: Knight Rider (1982), Burn Notice (2007), The Six Million Dollar Man (1974), Airwolf (1984), Mission: Impossible (1966). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
 6.9
 29K
Knight Rider (1982)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 46 min.
Story: Michael Long, an undercover police officer, is shot while investigating a case and left for dead by his assailants. He is rescued by Wilton Knight, a wealthy, dying millionaire and inventor who arranges life-saving surgery, including a new face and ...
Style: exciting, suspenseful, stylized, tense, touching ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: car chase, adventure, a.i., chases and races, fighting crime, heroic mission, working undercover, car, talking car, heroes, partners, armored vehicle ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.9
 67K
Burn Notice (2007)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 44 min.
Story: A formerly blacklisted spy uses his unique skills and training to help people in desperate situations.
Style: semi serious, exciting, stylized, suspenseful, realistic
Audience: boys' night
Plot: espionage, starting over, adventure, uncover truth, outsmarting, ex law enforcer, new job, gadget, lifestyle change, peril, secret agents, dishonesty ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: miami, florida, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
The Six Million Dollar Man (1974)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
Story: The Six Million Dollar Man is an American television series about a former astronaut with bionic implants working for a fictional government office known as OSI. The series is based on the Martin Caidin novel Cyborg, which was the series's ...
Style: serious, exciting, suspenseful, tense, disturbing
Audience: boys' night
Plot: adventure, undercover, superhero, superhuman powers, superior, chases and races, crimes, investigation, escapades, androids and robots, danger, espionage ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.7
 10K
Airwolf (1984)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
Story: Airwolf is an American television series that ran from 1984 until 1987. The program centers on a high-tech military helicopter, code named Airwolf, and its crew as they undertake various missions, many involving espionage, with a Cold War ...
Style: suspenseful, exciting, serious, tense, captivating
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: helicopter, spy, military, missing person, escapades, partners, undercover, dishonesty, intrigue, super weapon, state affairs, heroes ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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Mission: Impossible (1966)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 50 min.
Story: Mission: Impossible is an American television series that was created and initially produced by Bruce Geller. It chronicles the missions of a team of secret government agents known as the Impossible Missions Force. In the first season, the team is ...
Style: realistic, suspenseful, twists and turns, stylized, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: secret agents, espionage, undercover, iron curtain, secret agent, crimes, race against time, top secret, cold war, government agency, danger, fighting crime ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 60s, 1960s
Place: europe, france, paris france, east germany, eastern europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
 8.4
 82K
Stargate SG-1 (1997)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 44 min.
Story: The story of Stargate SG-1 begins about a year after the events of the feature film, when the United States government learns that an ancient alien device called the Stargate can access a network of such devices on a multitude of planets. SG-1 is an ...
Style: exciting, suspenseful, serious, atmospheric, captivating
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: ancient mystery, alien planet, space travel, space and aliens, time travel, parallel world, alien race, save the world, wormhole, escapades, cult, megalomaniac ...
Time: 21st century, 20th century, 90s, contemporary, 2000s ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (1964)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Crime
Country: USA
Duration: 50 min.
Story: The Man from U.N.C.L.E. is an American television series that was broadcast on NBC from September 22, 1964, to January 15, 1968. It follows the exploits of two secret agents, played by Robert Vaughn and David McCallum, who work for a fictitious ...
Style: humorous, suspenseful, semi serious, exciting, homoerotic
Plot: secret agents, heroes, espionage, terrorism, spy, secret agent, race against time, master villain, world domination, network, heroic mission, working undercover ...
Time: 60s, 1960s
Place: new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
The Equalizer (1985)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 48 min.
Story: The Equalizer is an American television series that ran for four seasons, initially on CBS, between 1985 and 1989. It stars Edward Woodward as a middle aged retired intelligence officer with a mysterious past who helps people in trouble. The show ...
Style: rough, serious, exciting, captivating, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: tough guy, private detective, anti heroes, anti hero, spy, vengeance, injustice, crime, crimes, tough heroes, rivalry, heroes ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
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 7.5
 33K
The A-Team (1983)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Crime
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
Story: The A-Team is an American action-adventure television series, running from 1983 to 1987, about a fictional group of ex United States Army Special Forces personnel who work as soldiers of fortune, while on the run from the Army after being branded as ...
Style: exciting, suspenseful, realistic, semi serious, tense ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: commando, adventure, swat team, partners, mercenary, righting the wronged, ex soldier, chases and races, escapades, gunfight, improvised weapon, vietnam war veteran ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: usa, vietnam
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
 7.8
 17K
Human Target (2010)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
Story: Human Target is an American action drama television series that was broadcast by Fox in the United States. Based loosely on the Human Target comic book character created by Len Wein and Carmine Infantino for DC Comics, it is the second series based ...
Style: serious, exciting, realistic, suspenseful, stylized
Audience: boys' night
Plot: bodyguard, characters in danger, hidden identity, teamwork, private detective, peril, mission, coworker, life risking, crimes, assassination attempt, danger ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
The Wrecking Crew (1968)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: When Count Contini attempts to destroy the world's economy by masterminding the theft of $1 billion in U.S. gold, ICE chief MacDonald summons secret agent Matt Helm to stop him.
Style: realistic, humorous, suspenseful, exciting, semi serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: espionage, secret agents, race against time, adventure, master villain, crimes, escapades, dishonesty, undercover, chases and races, danger, save the day ...
Time: 60s, 1960s
Place: copenhagen, copenhagen denmark, denmark, scandinavia
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
 4.8
 3K
Flash Gordon (2007)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 60 min.
Story: Flash Gordon is an American science fiction television series that debuted on Sci Fi in the United States on August 10, 2007 and continued airing new episodes through February 8, 2008. It has also appeared on the United Kingdom Sci Fi Channel and ...
Style: futuristic, suspenseful, serious, stylized, exciting
Audience: teens
Plot: save the world, heroes, rivalry, good versus evil, partners, danger, adventure, space and aliens, race against time, bounty hunter, chases and races, space travel ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, maryland
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
Mirror Wars: Reflection One (2005)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama
Country: Russia, USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: Mirror Wars: Reflection One is a post-cold-war thriller from the Russian point of view. Bad-guy British arms dealer Murdock (Malcolm McDowell) and numerous mercenaries and clandestine agents tries to steal a new Russian stealth fighter. Murdock is ...
Style: exciting, realistic, suspenseful, serious
Audience: boys' night
Plot: espionage, secret agents, save the day, military, daring rescue, betrayal, heroic mission, arms dealing, escapades, rivalry, danger, secret agent ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: russia, london, scotland yard
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
 4.6
 1K
The Master (1984)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Action
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
Story: The Master is a ninja-themed action-adventure TV series created by Michael Sloan which aired on NBC. The show focuses on the adventures of John Peter McAllister, an aging ninja master, and his young pupil, Max Keller. Most episodes focus on the ...
Style: exciting, serious, realistic, suspenseful
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, master warrior, heroes, ninja, graphic violence, teaching the ways of the world, track down, teachers and students, adventure, chases and races, escapades, power relations ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: asia, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
It Takes a Thief (1968)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 51 min.
Story: It Takes a Thief is an American action-adventure television series that aired on ABC for two and a half seasons between January 9, 1968, and March 24, 1970. It starred veteran movie actor Robert Wagner in his television debut as sophisticated thief ...
Style: exciting, humorous, suspenseful, realistic, semi serious
Plot: espionage, secret agents, government agent, crimes, government agency, escapades, dishonesty, danger, adventure, crime, undercover, thief ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 70s, 1960s
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
 3.1
 497
Hour of Valor (2000)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
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 ...
Style: rough, serious, realistic, suspenseful
Audience: boys' night
Plot: terrorism, one man army, state affairs, political conspiracy, race against time, secret agents, undercover, adventure, save the day, confined, deadly, law enforcement ...
Time: contemporary
Place: washington d.c., france
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
 8.2
 11K
Get Smart (1965)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Crime, Family, Mystery, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 25 min.
Story: Get Smart is an American comedy television series that satirizes the secret agent genre. Created by Mel Brooks with Buck Henry, the show stars Don Adams, Barbara Feldon, and Edward Platt. Henry said they created the show by request of Daniel ...
Style: exciting, humorous, stylized, realistic, not serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: secret agents, parody, espionage, secret service, cold war, top secret, surveillance, gadget, spy, secret agent, hi-tech, chases and races ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 1960s, 70s
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
 4.4
 737
Killer Wave (2007)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 175 min.
Story: Suddenly the US east coast is hit by a type of natural disaster formerly reserved, except after a major earthquake, for the Pacific and Indian ocean rims: tidal waves of the destructive tsunami type. Scientist and fiction author John McAdams attends ...
Style: suspenseful, bleak, serious, captivating, exciting
Audience: boys' night
Plot: on the run, undercover, danger, rescue, save the day, forces of nature, race against time, investigation, adventure, save the world, catastrophe, conspiracy ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: maine
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
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The Bionic Woman (1976)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
Story: After fully recovering from her near fatal bout of bionic rejection, Jaime Sommers, the first female cyborg, is assigned to spy missions of her own.
Style: exciting, serious, suspenseful, captivating, suspense
Audience: teens
Plot: adventure, superhuman powers, androids and robots, danger, escapades, investigation, government facility, ex athlete, government agency, chases and races, undercover, female protagonist ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (2013)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 45 min.
Story: Agent Phil Coulson of S.H.I.E.L.D. (Strategic Homeland Intervention, Enforcement and Logistics Division) puts together a team of agents to investigate the new, the strange and the unknown around the globe, protecting the ordinary from the ...
Style: exciting, stylized, suspenseful, semi serious, serious
Audience: boys' night
Plot: superhuman powers, special agents, master villain, adventure, good versus evil, heroes, scientist, hi-tech, spy, secret agent, save the day, pilot ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
The Bourne Identity (1988)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 185 min.
Story: An unconscious man is washed ashore on the beach of a small French village during a heavy storm. A retired doctor takes care of the unconscious stranger. When the mysterious man recovers, he can't remember a thing...he does not know his name, ...
Style: exciting, suspenseful, serious, realistic, suspense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: espionage, spies, amnesia, heroes, on the run, cia, memory loss, adventure, terrorism, hitman, identity, danger ...
Time: 80s
Place: zurich switzerland, paris france, france
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
 7.1
 2K
I Spy (1965)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Crime
Country: USA
Duration: 51 min.
Story: I Spy is an American television secret-agent adventure series. It ran for three seasons on NBC from 1965 to 1968 and teamed Robert Culp as international tennis player Kelly Robinson with Bill Cosby as his trainer, Alexander Scott. The ...
Style: cynical, exciting, semi serious, realistic, humorous ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: secret agents, undercover, espionage, secret agent, tennis, escapades, heroes, government agency, adventure, partners, heroic mission, working undercover ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 1960s
Place: hong kong
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
The Hero: Love Story of a Spy (2003)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, Thriller
Country: India
Duration: 160 min.
Story: Arun Khanna is a spy for the Indian government whose aid is enlisted to stop ISI Chief Ishak Khan. Khan is trying to build a nuclear bomb with which he can liberate Kashmir from the Indians. A battle of wits ensues. When Khan detonates a bomb at ...
Style: suspenseful, stylized, exciting, serious, realistic
Audience: boys' night
Plot: terrorist, undercover, secret mission, spy, one man army, undercover agent, adventure, daring rescue, tragic love, heroic mission, heroes, love and romance ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: pakistan, india, canada, kashmir, asia ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
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The Incredible Hulk (1977)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
Story: The Incredible Hulk is an American television series based on the Marvel Comics character, the Hulk. The series aired on the CBS television network and starred Bill Bixby as David Banner, Lou Ferrigno as the Hulk, and Jack Colvin as Jack McGee. In ...
Style: exciting, suspenseful, serious, sentimental, tense
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: superhero, superhuman powers, scientist, false accusation, experiment gone awry, uncontrollable, mutant, unstoppable, antidote, danger, save the day, adventure ...
Time: 70s, 80s, 20th century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
 6.0
 4K
Renegade (1992)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 43 min.
Story: Renegade is an American television series that ran for 110 episodes spanning 5 seasons, first broadcast between September 19, 1992 and April 4, 1997. The series was created by Stephen J. Cannell. Executive Producers included Cannell, Stu Segall, ...
Style: serious, realistic, suspenseful, rough, exciting
Plot: frame up, on the run, bounty hunter, police corruption, police detective, crimes, heroes, crime, deadly, track down, murder, reluctant partners ...
Time: 90s, 1990s
Place: san diego california
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
Black Sheep Squadron (1976)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
Story: The dramatized World War II adventures of US Major Gregory "Pappy" Boyington and his Marine Attack Squadron 214, AKA The Black Sheep Squadron.
Style: exciting, suspenseful, semi serious, realistic, sitcom
Audience: boys' night
Plot: military, world war two, war, soldier, american soldier, aviation, mechanic, military base, military life, island, escapades, marines ...
Time: 1940s, 40s, 20th century
Place: pacific ocean
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
 4.2
 2K
Sweepers (1998)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Dolph Lundgren is Christian Erickson, a leading demolition expert trained to disarm mine fields in a humanitarian minesweeping operation in Angola. His son is killed and he discovers that mines are being planted during the war to kill people in the ...
Style: realistic, serious, rough, suspenseful
Audience: boys' night
Plot: chase, terrorist, bar, one man army, battle, battles, son, espionage, heroic mission, vengeance, tough heroes, save the day ...
Time: 90s
Place: angola
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
 6.2
 4K
Agent X (2015)
Genre: Action, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
Story: Hidden from the view of the public - and even from the President - there is a top secret agent who is trained and ready to serve, deployed only at the careful discretion of the Vice President.
Style: serious, exciting, suspenseful, realistic, captivating ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: secret agents, politics, heroic mission, state affairs, undercover, heroes, vice president, spy, strong female presence, secret agent, daughter
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, washington d.c.
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
 5.9
 4K
Mutant X (2001)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, Fantasy, Sci-Fi
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 60 min.
Story: Mutant X is a science fiction television series that debuted on October 6, 2001. The show was created by Avi Arad, and it centers around Mutant X, a team of "New Mutants" who possess extraordinary powers as a result of genetic engineering. ...
Style: stylized, exciting, serious, suspenseful
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: mutant, superhero, good versus evil, superhuman, genetic engineering, heroic mission, supernatural ability, adventure, experiment gone awry, danger, save the world, rivalry ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
Kung Fu: The Legend Continues (1993)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Fantasy
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 60 min.
Story: Kung Fu: The Legend Continues is a spin-off of the 1972–1975 television series Kung Fu. David Carradine and Chris Potter starred as a father and son trained in kung fu - Carradine playing a Shaolin monk, Potter a police detective. This series ...
Style: realistic, serious, exciting, suspenseful
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, master warrior, heroes, kung fu, parents and children, reunion, monk, wisdom of life, escapades, rivalry, law enforcement, graphic violence ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
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