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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, state affairs, undercover, uncover truth, agent as target, false arrest, train ride, who to trust, mystery, 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, 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: suspenseful, stylized, exciting, tense, psychological ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: assassination attempt, frame up, murder, espionage, danger, secret agents, uncover truth, crimes, state affairs, chase, conspiracy, gunfight ...
Time: 1900s, 20th century, 1910s
Place: scotland, england, london, europe, 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: realistic, serious, suspenseful, tense, captivating
Plot: espionage, double agent, spy, heroic mission, race against time, dishonesty, undercover, betrayal, chases and races, master villain, secret agents, working undercover ...
Time: 1900s, 1910s, 20th century
Place: england, russia, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
77%
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: exciting, cynical, witty, suspenseful, semi serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: chase, hitman, assassination, danger, race against time, journalism, espionage, assassination attempt, undercover, political conspiracy, deadly, dishonesty ...
Time: 1910s, 19th century, 1900s
Place: europe, england, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
75%
 4.5
 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: tense, exciting, mind bending, suspenseful, serious ...
Plot: murder, dishonesty, government agency, intrigue, mystery, crime, state affairs, crimes, chases and races, secret agents, doctors and patients, investigation ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: germany, berlin germany, eastern europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
64%
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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: suspenseful, serious, rough, realistic, exciting
Plot: danger, terrorism, espionage, on the run, politics, political intrigue, political conspiracy, deadly, political corruption, dishonesty, head of state, rebellion ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: england, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
64%
 5.8
 346
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: captivating, suspenseful, tense, serious, realistic
Plot: kgb, espionage, spy, betrayal, dishonesty, government agency, political unrest, undercover, forbidden love, love and romance, state affairs, secret agents ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, year 1974
Place: england, london, soviet union, europe, britain
⇓ similarity ⇓
61%
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, suspenseful, serious
Audience: boys' night
Plot: kgb, espionage, cold war, undercover, assassination attempt, betrayal, politics, crimes, uncover truth, chases and races, government agency, political corruption ...
Time: 80s
Place: russia, europe, england, soviet union
⇓ similarity ⇓
59%
The Executioner (1970)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 107 min.
Story: A British intelligence agent must track down a fellow spy suspected of being a double agent.
Style: talky, suspenseful, exciting, realistic, rough ...
Plot: espionage, spy, chases and races, crimes, danger, mole, courtroom drama, political conspiracy, political corruption, heroes, adventure, secret agents ...
Time: 60s, 20th century
Place: england, greece
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
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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: serious, disturbing, realistic, suspenseful, mind bending ...
Plot: murder, amateur detective, uncover truth, frame up, injustice, law enforcement, death row, false accusation, legal, mystery, private detective, danger ...
Time: 20th century, 50s
Place: england, antarctica, canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
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: murder, amateur sleuth, mind game, amateur detective, partners, dishonesty, deadly, danger, crime, mystery, uncover truth, crimes ...
Time: victorian england, 19th century, victorian, 1870s
Place: europe, london, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
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: exciting, suspenseful, realistic, serious, stylized
Audience: boys' night
Plot: espionage, spy, racism, gang, crimes, heroes, working undercover, secret agents, rivalry, political intrigue, undercover, danger ...
Time: 60s
Place: europe, germany, berlin germany
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
 5.9
 806
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: exciting, serious, suspenseful, realistic
Plot: espionage, skiing, spy, government agency, mistaken identity, state affairs, chases and races, uncover truth, tough heroes, fellow agent, political intrigue, dishonesty ...
Time: 60s
Place: austria, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
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: realistic, exciting, suspenseful, serious, rough
Audience: boys' night
Plot: chess, espionage, murder, righting the wronged, mate swapping, mystery, lovers on the run, undercover, private detective, danger, law enforcement, deadly ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s
Place: england, london, riviera
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
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, tense, serious, enigmatic, psychological ...
Plot: espionage, uncover truth, love affair, working undercover, crimes, political corruption, infidelity, danger, private detective, office, civil servant, riddles and clues ...
Time: 60s
Place: england
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
 5.2
 470
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: realistic, serious, suspenseful
Audience: boys' night
Plot: espionage, crimes, chases and races, special agents, secret agents, heroes, kgb, tough heroes, danger, vengeance, on the run, rivalry ...
Time: contemporary
Place: hungary, europe, austria, ukraine
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
 4.1
 358
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: exciting, suspenseful, serious, rough, realistic
Audience: boys' night
Plot: submarine, espionage, working undercover, state affairs, dangerous animal, crimes, special agents, chases and races, secret agents, superhuman powers, criminal heroes, escapades ...
Time: 80s
Place: sweden, stockholm sweden
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
 5.8
 261
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, exciting, realistic, semi serious, humorous
Plot: crimes, escapades, heroes, secret agents, adventure, confined, save the day, undercover, kidnapping, captivity, espionage, disorder ...
Time: 60s
Place: middle east, europe, england, turkey
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
The Blood of Fu Manchu (1968)
Genre: Adventure, Crime
Country: UK, West Germany, Spain
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Fu Manchu inoculates ten women with poison, to kill ten world leaders.
Style: serious, realistic, suspenseful
Audience: boys' night
Plot: espionage, femme fatale, poison, crimes, escapades, heroes, secret agents, master villain, teenage life, master criminal, chases and races, undercover ...
Time: 60s
Place: europe, scotland, peru
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
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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: intrigue, kgb, bio weapon, political conspiracy, espionage, state affairs, secret agents, danger, undercover, betrayal, save the day, working undercover ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s
Place: russia, korea, asia, europe, st. petersburg russia ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
 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, dishonesty, head of state, deadly, undercover ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 1960s
Place: england, london, europe, oxford university, middle east
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
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, serious, tense, suspenseful
Audience: boys' night
Plot: protagonist as suspect, chases and races, heroes, state affairs, uncover truth, photojournalist, investigation, race against time, political conspiracy, journalism, media, false arrest ...
Place: russia, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
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: serious, realistic, suspenseful, detective series
Audience: boys' night
Plot: murder, espionage, private detective, kgb, cold war, spy, computers and web, state affairs, heroes, crimes, heroic mission, secret agents ...
Time: 60s
Place: england, finland, latvia, texas, russia ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
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: suspenseful, serious, realistic
Audience: boys' night
Plot: private detective, crimes, chases and races, heroes, save the day, state affairs, woman in danger, danger, secret agents, undercover, kgb, track down ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: russia, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
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 5.8
 734
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, suspenseful, exciting, serious, rough ...
Plot: espionage, intrigue, politics, murder, destiny, assassination, terrorism, vengeance, undercover, rebellion, danger, government agency ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: czech republic, italy, europe, eastern europe, prague czechoslovakia
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
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: realistic, serious, rough, suspenseful, suspense
Plot: undercover, nightclub, intrigue, disorder, law enforcement, deadly, dishonesty, kidnapping, interpol, danger, crime, rescue ...
Time: 60s
Place: middle east, europe, london, england, persia
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
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: realistic, mind bending, suspenseful, clever, serious ...
Plot: countryside, amateur detective, espionage, private detective, secret identity, danger, estate, crime, crimes, who done it, partners against crime, mystery ...
Time: 20s, 1920s
Place: england, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
 6.9
 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: rough, serious, realistic, tense, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: terrorism, eta, chases and races, life is a bitch, state affairs, wrongfully committed, espionage, danger, chase, life turned upside down, working undercover, track down ...
Time: 60s, 20th century
Place: spain, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
The MacKintosh Man (1973)
Genre: Thriller
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: A member of British Intelligence assumes a fictitious criminal identity and allows himself to be caught, imprisoned, and freed in order to infiltrate a spy organization and expose a traitor.
Style: exciting, serious, suspenseful, tense, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: espionage, prison, car chase, double agent, spy, betrayal, on the run, working undercover, heist, rivalry, secret agents, crimes ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: ireland, russia, london, europe, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
 5.4
 463
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: exciting, suspenseful, serious, realistic, suspense
Plot: espionage, haunted by the past, undercover, chase, rivalry, danger, partners, deadly, secret agents, crimes, escapades, gays and lesbians ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: italy, europe, england, germany, milan italy ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
 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: suspenseful, exciting, realistic, serious, rough
Plot: political intrigue, undercover, assassination, espionage, hitman, false accusation, on the run, intrigue, danger, political conspiracy, law enforcement, dishonesty ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: korea, north korea
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
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