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: serious, suspenseful, captivating, realistic, clever, exciting
Plot: secret agents, mystery, espionage, on the run, false accusation, chases and races, dishonesty, heroes, undercover, betrayal, uncover truth, political conspiracy, danger, partners, state affairs, agent as target, false arrest, gain trust, who to trust, map, train ride, train, false identity, explosion, ventriloquist ...
Time: 1910s, 20th century
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 realistic, suspenseful, serious and exciting films with plots about dishonesty, crimes, espionage, undercover, danger, deadly and secret agents mostly in Thriller, Crime and Mystery genres. Some movies like The 39 Steps: Reilly: Ace of Spies (1983), The Assassination Bureau (1969), Legacy (2013), Hidden Agenda (1999), American Roulette (1988). 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: suspenseful, serious, stylized, realistic
Audience: boys' night
Plot: assassination attempt, on the run, murder, espionage, secret agents, chases and races, dishonesty, state affairs, undercover, uncover truth, crimes, 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: serious, suspenseful, realistic, captivating, tense
Plot: espionage, spy, double agent, secret agents, working undercover, dishonesty, undercover, master villain, betrayal, race against time, heroic mission, chases and races ...
Time: 1900s, 1910s, 20th century
Place: england, russia, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
84%
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, humorous, suspenseful, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: assassination, chase, politics, government agency, crime, head of state, secret agents, assassination attempt, espionage, race against time, political conspiracy, political intrigue ...
Time: 1910s, 1900s, 19th century
Place: europe, england, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
74%
 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: suspenseful, serious, realistic, captivating, tense
Plot: espionage, spy, kgb, secret agents, undercover, government agency, betrayal, forbidden love, political unrest, dishonesty, love and romance, state affairs ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, year 1974
Place: england, london, britain, soviet union, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
68%
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 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: serious, suspenseful, realistic, rough, exciting ...
Plot: murder, government agency, secret agents, espionage, crime, intrigue, mystery, political conspiracy, political intrigue, crimes, deadly, dishonesty ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: germany, berlin germany, eastern europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
66%
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: suspenseful, serious, rough, realistic, 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 ⇓
63%
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, serious, stylized, realistic, exciting
Audience: boys' night
Plot: espionage, spy, secret agents, political intrigue, working undercover, heroes, undercover, gang, racism, crimes, danger, rivalry ...
Time: 60s
Place: europe, germany, berlin germany
⇓ similarity ⇓
62%
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, suspenseful, serious, realistic
Plot: amateur sleuth, murder, amateur detective, mystery, investigation, detective agency, crime, uncover truth, crimes, partners against crime, private detective, mind game ...
Time: 19th century, victorian england, victorian, 1870s
Place: england, europe, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
61%
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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: serious, suspenseful, realistic, exciting, rough
Audience: boys' night
Plot: espionage, murder, chess, goofy hero, crime, partners against crime, ladykiller, mystery, private detective, secret agents, legal investigation, lovers on the run ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s
Place: england, london, riviera
⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
 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: serious, suspenseful, exciting, realistic
Plot: espionage, spy, skiing, amateur detective, intrigue, uncover truth, mistaken identity, deadly, dishonesty, state affairs, government agency, political intrigue ...
Time: 60s
Place: austria, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
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: serious, suspenseful, realistic, rough, suspense
Plot: nightclub, undercover, secret agents, crime, mystery, espionage, intrigue, terrorism, who done it, working undercover, crimes, rivalry ...
Time: 60s
Place: middle east, england, europe, london, persia
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
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: serious, suspenseful, realistic
Audience: boys' night
Plot: cold war, espionage, kgb, politics, government agency, secret agents, assassination attempt, betrayal, political conspiracy, political corruption, political intrigue, working undercover ...
Time: 80s
Place: russia, england, europe, soviet union
⇓ 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: serious, suspenseful, realistic
Audience: boys' night
Plot: poison, espionage, femme fatale, master criminal, master villain, secret agents, assassination, assassination attempt, chase, intrigue, on the run, track down ...
Time: 60s
Place: europe, scotland, peru
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
 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: suspenseful, serious, rough, realistic, suspense ...
Plot: espionage, intrigue, murder, politics, secret agents, vengeance, political conspiracy, political corruption, political intrigue, working undercover, crimes, deadly ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: europe, czech republic, italy, prague czechoslovakia, eastern europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
 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: serious, suspenseful, realistic
Audience: boys' night
Plot: espionage, government agency, secret agents, special agents, manhunt, working undercover, chases and races, undercover, on the run, vengeance, haunted by the past, tough heroes ...
Time: contemporary
Place: hungary, europe, austria, ukraine
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
 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: semi serious, humorous, suspenseful, realistic, exciting
Plot: secret agents, adventure, espionage, secret agent, kidnapping, crimes, danger, undercover, save the day, captivity, political conspiracy, confined ...
Time: 60s
Place: england, europe, middle east, turkey
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
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: suspenseful, serious, talky, exciting, realistic ...
Plot: spy, espionage, government agency, secret agents, assassin, adventure, working undercover, dishonesty, heroes, rivalry, state affairs, undercover ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: england, greece
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
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: serious, clever, suspenseful, realistic, mind bending ...
Plot: amateur detective, crime, mystery, private detective, murder mystery, estate, investigation, murder, countryside, riddles and clues, who done it, crimes ...
Time: 20s, 1920s
Place: england, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
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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: cold war, spy, espionage, private detective, murder, kgb, government agency, adventure, secret agents, race against time, terrorism, heroic mission ...
Time: 60s
Place: england, finland, texas, latvia, 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: serious, suspenseful, clever, realistic, tense
Plot: espionage, private detective, concentration camp, protagonist as suspect, secret agents, office, assassination attempt, couple relations, dangerous attraction, haunted by the past, political corruption, voyeurism ...
Time: 60s
Place: england
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
 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, serious, realistic, psychedelic ...
Plot: espionage, spy, murder, professor, political intrigue, assassination, politics, chase, gangsters, chases and races, crimes, danger ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s
Place: england, london, europe, oxford university, middle east
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
An Inspector Calls (2015)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 87 min.
Story: A mysterious Inspector investigates the wealthy Birling family and their dinner guests following the suicide of a young woman.
Style: serious, clever, twists and turns, thought provoking, realistic ...
Plot: suicide, inspector, investigation, mysterious character, family dinner, uncover truth, small town, introspection, rich and poor, society, parents and children, cons and scams ...
Time: 1910s, 20th century
Place: england
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
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, suspenseful, realistic, exciting, cynical
Audience: boys' night
Plot: intrigue, secret agents, kgb, espionage, political conspiracy, betrayal, danger, state affairs, bio weapon, working undercover, dishonesty, undercover ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s
Place: russia, asia, europe, korea, beijing china ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
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 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, rough, realistic, exciting
Audience: boys' night
Plot: submarine, espionage, dangerous animal, government agency, secret agents, track down, missing person, political conspiracy, working undercover, chases and races, crimes, danger ...
Time: 80s
Place: sweden, stockholm sweden
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
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: suspenseful, serious, disturbing, realistic, rough ...
Plot: amateur detective, murder, mystery, private detective, protagonist as suspect, legal investigation, uncover truth, death row, false accusation, frame up, riddles and clues, who done it ...
Time: 20th century, 50s
Place: antarctica, canada, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
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 ⇓
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: suspenseful, serious, exciting, realistic, suspense
Plot: espionage, secret agents, chase, on the run, haunted by the past, chases and races, danger, deadly, escapades, partners, rivalry, undercover ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: italy, europe, germany, england, switzerland ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
Illustrious Corpses (1976)
Genre: Crime, Thriller, Mystery
Country: Italy, France
Duration: 120 min.
Story: A detective (inspector Rogas) is assigned to investigate the mysterious murders of some Supreme Court judges. During the investigation he discovers a complot that involves the Italian Communist Party. (IMDb)
Style: suspenseful, twists and turns, serious, tense, realistic ...
Plot: murder, mystery, uncover truth, political conspiracy, political corruption, crime, police investigation, crimes, deadly, dishonesty, law enforcement, state affairs ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: italy, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
Murder on the Home Front (2013)
Genre: Crime, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 45 min.
Story: At the height of the London blitz, Dr Lennox Collins, pioneer of the new forensic science, is enlisted by DI Wilkins after prostitute Mary Williams is strangled and a swastika carved on her tongue.
Style: serious, suspenseful, realistic, clever, stylized ...
Plot: investigation, crimes, serial killer, crime, wartime life, deadly, partners, woman in danger, police investigation, danger, law enforcement, life is a bitch ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 1940s, year 1940
Place: england
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
 7.8
 3K
The Game (2014)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 60 min.
Story: London 1972. When a defecting KGB officer, Arkady Malinov, reveals Operation Glass, a devastating Soviet plot that could change the course of the Cold War, Daddy, the head of MI5, assembles a secret team to investigate. As the Soviets awaken a list ...
Style: atmospheric, twists and turns, serious, captivating, realistic ...
Plot: spy, cold war, secret agents, espionage, government agency, state affairs, undercover, dishonesty, kgb
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: england, soviet union
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%