Movies like The 39 Steps

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The 39 Steps (2008)
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The 39 Steps (2008)
Genre: Adventure, Crime, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Richard Hannay, a mining engineer on holiday from the African colonies, finds London socialite life terribly dull. Yet it's more than he bargained for when secret agent, Scudder, bursts into his room and entrusts him with a coded notebook, concerning the impending start of World War I. In no time both German agents and the British law are chasing him, ruthlessly coveting the Roman numerals code, which Hannay believes he must crack himself.
Style: exciting, clever, serious, captivating, realistic, suspenseful
Plot: espionage, heroes, betrayal, partners, secret agents, on the run, political conspiracy, map, danger, chases and races, dishonesty, false accusation, gain trust, false arrest, undercover, train ride, uncover truth, state affairs, agent as target, who to trust, mystery, train, false identity, explosion, ventriloquist ...
Time: 20th century, 1910s
Place: england, europe, scotland

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Most similar movies to The 39 Steps

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out suspenseful, realistic, serious and exciting films with plots about dishonesty, espionage, undercover, danger, crimes, chases and races and heroes mostly in Thriller, Crime and Mystery genres. Some movies like The 39 Steps: Reilly: Ace of Spies (1983), The Assassination Bureau (1969), Hidden Agenda (1999), American Roulette (1988), Legacy (2013). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
The Thirty-Nine Steps (1978)
Genre: Crime, History, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 102 min.
Story: The year is 1914 and Richard Hannay, Mining Engineer who is visiting Britain for a short time before returning to South Africa, is shocked when one of his neighbours, Colonel Scudder, bursts into his rooms one night and tells him a story that ...
Style: stylized, suspenseful, serious, realistic
Audience: boys' night
Plot: espionage, assassination attempt, murder, on the run, state affairs, crimes, chases and races, secret agents, deadly, heroes, dishonesty, danger ...
Time: 1900s, 20th century, 1910s
Place: scotland, england, europe, london, big ben london
⇓ similarity ⇓
95%
Reilly: Ace of Spies (1983)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 720 min.
Story: A dramatization of the missions and adventures of the greatest spy in British history.
Style: captivating, tense, serious, suspenseful, realistic
Plot: espionage, double agent, spy, master villain, heroic mission, secret agents, working undercover, chases and races, undercover, betrayal, race against time, dishonesty ...
Time: 1910s, 1900s, 20th century
Place: england, russia, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
79%
The Assassination Bureau (1969)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Crime, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 110 min.
Story: The Assassination Bureau has existed for decades (perhaps centuries) until Diana Rigg begins to investigate it. The high moral standing of the Bureau (only killing those who deserve it) is called into question by her. She puts out a contract for the ...
Style: dark humor, semi serious, witty, humorous, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: assassination, hitman, chase, danger, undercover, assassination attempt, political intrigue, head of state, heroes, government agency, dishonesty, political conspiracy ...
Time: 1910s, 1900s, 19th century
Place: europe, london, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
77%
 4.6
 353
Hidden Agenda (1999)
Genre: Action, Crime, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Canada
Duration: 101 min.
Story: A young medical student travels to Berlin to investigate the apparent death of his brother and discovers a secret life of espionage, betrayal and murder at the highest levels.
Style: realistic, tense, exciting, serious, suspenseful ...
Plot: murder, secret agents, state affairs, crime, mystery, doctors and patients, espionage, amateur detective, estrangement, undercover, intrigue, investigation ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: germany, berlin germany, eastern europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
66%
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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: rough, realistic, exciting, serious, suspenseful
Plot: state affairs, crimes, chases and races, danger, heroes, political corruption, deadly, head of state, political intrigue, political conspiracy, dishonesty, politics ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: england, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
66%
 5.8
 339
Legacy (2013)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Set in the 1970s London during the height of the Cold War when a young spy discovers the disturbing truth about his father's complex past. Based on Alan Judd's 2001 novel Legacy, the second in the Thoroughgood series after 1981's A ...
Style: tense, captivating, suspenseful, serious, realistic
Plot: kgb, espionage, spy, government agency, political unrest, dishonesty, undercover, forbidden love, betrayal, state affairs, love and romance, secret agents ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, year 1974
Place: england, london, soviet union, europe, britain
⇓ similarity ⇓
63%
The Jigsaw Man (1983)
Genre: Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Philip Kimberly, the former head of the British Secret Service who defected to Russia, is given plastic surgery and sent back to Britain by the KGB to retrieve some vital documents. With the documents in hand, he instead plays off MI6 and the KGB ...
Style: realistic, serious, suspenseful
Audience: boys' night
Plot: kgb, espionage, cold war, deadly, politics, betrayal, assassination attempt, undercover, chases and races, crimes, heroes, dishonesty ...
Time: 80s
Place: russia, england, europe, soviet union
⇓ similarity ⇓
61%
The Shadow in the North (2007)
Genre: Adventure, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 94 min.
Story: When an elderly client loses a fortune on an investment, fearless Sally Lockhart will stop at nothing to rectify the situation — even if it means risking everything important to her in the process. As Sally sorts out the threads of the mystery — ...
Style: talky, serious, suspenseful, realistic
Plot: murder, amateur sleuth, partners, dishonesty, deadly, investigation, danger, mystery, partners against crime, uncover truth, crimes, crime ...
Time: 19th century, victorian england, victorian, 1870s
Place: europe, england, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
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The Quiller Memorandum (1966)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 104 min.
Story: Two British agents are murdered by a mysterious Neonazi organization in West Berlin. The British Secret Service sends agent Quiller to investigate. Soon Quiller is confronted with Neonazi chief "Oktober" and involved in a dangerous game ...
Style: suspenseful, stylized, serious, exciting, realistic
Audience: boys' night
Plot: espionage, spy, crimes, secret agents, danger, undercover, political intrigue, heroes, rivalry, working undercover, gang, racism ...
Time: 60s
Place: germany, europe, berlin germany
⇓ similarity ⇓
59%
 6.0
 786
The Double Man (1967)
Genre: Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 105 min.
Story: In a complex piece of espionage the Russian secret service attempts to kidnap a high ranking officer in the CIA and replace him with a double of its own.
Style: suspenseful, serious, exciting, realistic
Plot: espionage, skiing, spy, tough heroes, mistaken identity, undercover, amateur detective, government agency, dishonesty, political intrigue, uncover truth, chases and races ...
Time: 60s
Place: austria, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
59%
Deadlier Than the Male (1967)
Genre: Adventure, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 101 min.
Story: In this 1967 drama, resourceful British agent Bulldog Drummond, who appeared onscreen in a series of spy stories between 1929 and 1951, returned to duty in the wake of James Bond. Here, Drummond (Richard Johnson) is on the trail of Carl Petersen ...
Style: exciting, serious, suspenseful, realistic, rough
Audience: boys' night
Plot: chess, espionage, murder, rivalry, goofy hero, secret agents, lovers on the run, law enforcement, frame up, undercover, righting the wronged, danger ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 1960s
Place: london, england, riviera
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
The Executioner (1970)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: A British intelligence agent must track down a fellow spy suspected of being a double agent.
Style: rough, suspenseful, serious, realistic, talky ...
Plot: espionage, spy, heroes, dishonesty, government agency, betrayal, danger, state affairs, secret agents, political corruption, political conspiracy, undercover ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: england, greece
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
 5.0
 467
Last Run (2001)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: UK, Hungary
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Frank Banner used to specialize in helping Soviet spies defect safely to the West. Banner's wife was shot to death aiding such an escape. Now, with the Cold War over, Banner is called upon to safely escort an ex-K.G.B. man who is wanted dead by ...
Style: suspenseful, serious, realistic
Audience: boys' night
Plot: espionage, state affairs, crimes, chases and races, on the run, vengeance, danger, kgb, manhunt, haunted by the past, undercover, rivalry ...
Time: contemporary
Place: hungary, europe, austria, ukraine
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
 6.0
 255
Masquerade (1965)
Genre: Adventure, Crime, Comedy
Country: UK
Duration: 102 min.
Story: The British send an American and a war hero to kidnap and hide an oil-country prince.
Style: suspenseful, semi serious, humorous, realistic, exciting
Plot: save the day, secret agents, escapades, state affairs, adventure, crimes, confined, captivity, undercover, danger, kidnapping, political conspiracy ...
Time: 60s
Place: europe, england, middle east, turkey
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
 4.1
 353
The Inside Man (1984)
Genre: Mystery, Action, Thriller
Country: Sweden, UK
Duration: 95 min.
Story: In 1981, after the successful test of a submarine tracker device developed by the Swedish scientist Paul Mandell and sponsored by the US government through his representative Miller, his industry is totally burned and the laser device is stolen. ...
Style: suspenseful, serious, exciting, realistic, rough
Audience: boys' night
Plot: submarine, espionage, dangerous animal, crimes, special agents, state affairs, secret agents, superhuman powers, working undercover, chases and races, escapades, criminal heroes ...
Time: 80s
Place: sweden, stockholm sweden
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
The Blood of Fu Manchu (1968)
Genre: Adventure, Crime
Country: Spain, West Germany, UK, USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Fu Manchu inoculates ten women with poison, to kill ten world leaders.
Style: realistic, serious, suspenseful
Audience: boys' night
Plot: femme fatale, espionage, poison, escapades, crimes, undercover, assassination attempt, rivalry, chase, master criminal, master villain, secret agents ...
Time: 60s
Place: europe, scotland, peru
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
Bullet to Beijing (1995)
Genre: Action, Thriller
Country: UK, Russia, Canada, USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: When long-time British agent Harry Palmer loses his job because the Cold War is over, he's promptly approached by a Russian bossman, Alex. In St. Petersburg Alex tells Harry of his plan for Russia's future, which is threatened because a ...
Style: serious, realistic, suspenseful, exciting, cynical
Audience: boys' night
Plot: kgb, intrigue, danger, bio weapon, political conspiracy, secret agents, state affairs, espionage, betrayal, undercover, working undercover, save the day ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s
Place: russia, korea, europe, asia, st. petersburg russia ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
Billion Dollar Brain (1967)
Genre: Crime, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 111 min.
Story: A former British spy stumbles into in a plot to overthrow Communism with the help of a supercomputer. But who is working for whom?
Style: suspenseful, serious, realistic, detective series
Audience: boys' night
Plot: espionage, private detective, murder, kgb, cold war, spy, terrorism, heroes, dishonesty, deadly, government agency, danger ...
Time: 60s
Place: england, finland, latvia, texas, europe ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
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 6.5
 6K
Arabesque (1966)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Romance, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Story of international intrigue involving a university professor, an Arab prime minister, a ruthless businessman, a beautiful spy, and hieroglyphics.
Style: suspenseful, stylized, realistic, serious, psychedelic ...
Plot: espionage, murder, spy, political intrigue, professor, assassination, chase, gangsters, danger, intrigue, crimes, goofy hero ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s
Place: england, london, europe, oxford university, middle east
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
The Fourth State (2012)
Genre: Thriller
Country: Germany
Duration: 115 min.
Story: A journalist gets caught up in a terrorist plot in Moscow while investigating the Russian secret service.
Style: realistic, tense, suspenseful, serious
Audience: boys' night
Plot: false arrest, heroes, political conspiracy, dishonesty, photojournalist, race against time, investigation, media, journalism, fish out of water, on the run, false accusation ...
Place: russia, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
The Deadly Affair (1967)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Romance, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 115 min.
Story: Charles Dobbs is a British secret agent investigating the apparent suicide of Foreign Office official Samuel Fennan. Dobbs suspects that Fennan's wife, Elsa, a survivor of a Nazi Germany extermination camp, might have some clues, but other ...
Style: suspenseful, clever, serious, realistic, tense
Plot: espionage, love affair, political corruption, deadly, dishonesty, couples, heroes, retiring, voyeurism, office, danger, infidelity ...
Time: 60s
Place: england
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
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, undercover, nuclear threat, save the day, chases and races, state affairs, crimes, secret agents, heroes, track down, woman in danger, danger ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: russia, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
 5.8
 723
The Amateur (1981)
Genre: Crime, Thriller
Country: Canada
Duration: 112 min.
Story: A researcher for the CIA who convinces his superiors to send him to the eastern bloc in order to avenge the murder of his wife by enemy agents discovers a web of deception underneath his wife's death.
Style: realistic, exciting, suspenseful, serious, rough ...
Plot: intrigue, espionage, politics, murder, vengeance, undercover, rebellion, destiny, assassination, terrorism, political conspiracy, political intrigue ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: italy, europe, czech republic, prague czechoslovakia, eastern europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
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The Return of Mr. Moto (1965)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 71 min.
Story: Mr. Moto goes undercover to find out who has been blowing up oil wells and trying to gain total control of all the oil leases from a petroleum-rich Middle Eastern country.
Style: rough, realistic, serious, suspenseful, suspense
Plot: nightclub, undercover, crimes, escapades, mystery, kidnapping, espionage, hitman, terrorism, crime, chases and races, interpol ...
Time: 60s
Place: middle east, europe, england, london, persia
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
Seven Dials Mystery (1981)
Genre: Adventure, Mystery, Romance, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 132 min.
Story: When two mysterious deaths mar an otherwise pleasant weekend in the English countryside, unflappable flapper Lady Eileen Brent (Cheryl Campbell) teams up with the dashing Jimmy Thesinger (James Warwick) to solve the dastardly deeds. Their sleuthing ...
Style: tense, mind bending, realistic, clever, serious ...
Plot: secret identity, espionage, private detective, crime, who done it, crimes, investigation, estate, murder, danger, intrigue, countryside ...
Time: 20s, 1920s
Place: europe, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
 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: tense, exciting, realistic, rough, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: terrorism, eta, wrongfully committed, chases and races, state affairs, life turned upside down, espionage, fish out of water, on the run, danger, life is a bitch, working undercover ...
Time: 60s, 20th century
Place: spain, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
Ordeal by Innocence (1984)
Genre: Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Dr. Arthur Calgary visits the Argyle family to return an address book lost some time ago by Jack Argyle, only to find out that Jack has been executed for the murder of his mother. Calgary can prove that Jack was innocent. In spite of opposition from ...
Style: mind bending, disturbing, rough, suspenseful, serious ...
Plot: murder, amateur detective, mystery, who done it, life is a bitch, couple relations, injustice, frame up, crimes, legal investigation, protagonist as suspect, uncover truth ...
Time: 50s, 20th century
Place: england, canada, antarctica
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
 5.6
 457
Kiss Me Deadly (2008)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: Germany, USA
Duration: 87 min.
Story: Settled into a cozy home life in Milan with his boyfriend Paolo and his daughter Julia, photographer and ex-spy Jacob Keane is suddenly drawn back into the espionage world when his old partner Marta reappears with her memory erased.
Style: realistic, suspenseful, serious, exciting, suspense
Plot: espionage, chase, rivalry, danger, undercover, haunted by the past, on the run, gays and lesbians, crimes, escapades, secret agents, uncover truth ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: italy, europe, germany, england, milan italy ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
 6.9
 5K
The Suspect (2013)
Genre: Action, Thriller
Country: South Korea
Duration: 137 min.
Story: Dong-chul was the best special field agent in North Korea, but he’s abandoned by his government during a mission. While on the run, he looks for his wife and child, who were sold as slaves to China, only to discover their corpses. He soon finds ...
Style: exciting, rough, realistic, serious, suspenseful
Plot: law enforcement, deadly, political conspiracy, espionage, assassination, hitman, betrayal, danger, intrigue, track down, political intrigue, dishonesty ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: korea, north korea
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
 6.8
 717
Madame Sin (1972)
Genre: Adventure, Crime, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 75 min.
Story: A CIA agent is used as a pawn in an insane woman's plan to steal a Polaris submarine.
Style: suspenseful, semi serious
Audience: boys' night
Plot: submarine, kidnapping, chases and races, state affairs, escapades, master villain, heroic mission, adventure, crimes, heroes, government agency, deadly ...
Time: 70s
Place: scotland
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
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