Movies like The 39 Steps

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The 39 Steps
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: suspenseful, serious, 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, train ride, map, ventriloquist, train station, explosion, beating ...
Time: 1910s, 20th century
Place: england, europe, scotland

Most similar movies to The 39 Steps

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, suspenseful, serious and tense films with plots about dishonesty, espionage, crimes, undercover, spy, state affairs and chases and races mostly in Thriller, Crime and Mystery genres. Some movies like The 39 Steps: Reilly: Ace of Spies (1983), The Assassination Bureau (1969), Deadlier Than the Male (1967), Hidden Agenda (1999), Enemy of the State (1998). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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The Thirty-Nine Steps
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: serious, suspenseful, realistic, stylized
Audience: boys' night
Plot: secret agents, assassination attempt, espionage, chases and races, dishonesty, murder, on the run, state affairs, undercover, uncover truth, crimes, danger ...
Time: 1900s, 20th century, 1910s
Place: scotland, england, europe, london, big ben london
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   95%
    User:   85%
 
Reilly: Ace of Spies
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: suspenseful, serious, realistic, captivating, tense
Plot: espionage, secret agents, working undercover, dishonesty, undercover, master villain, spy, betrayal, race against time, heroic mission, chases and races, heroes ...
Time: 1900s, 1910s, 20th century
Place: england, russia, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   76%
    User:   67%
 
The Assassination Bureau
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: humorous, semi serious, dark humor, realistic, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: politics, government agency, crime, head of state, assassination, secret agents, assassination attempt, espionage, race against time, political conspiracy, political intrigue, chase ...
Time: 1900s, 1910s, 19th century
Place: england, europe, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   65%
    User:   69%
 
Deadlier Than the Male
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: goofy hero, crime, partners against crime, private detective, mystery, espionage, secret agents, legal investigation, murder, lovers on the run, courtroom drama, frame up ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: england, london, riviera
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   57%
    User:   53%
 
 4.6
 340
Hidden Agenda
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: suspenseful, serious, realistic, rough, exciting ...
Plot: government agency, secret agents, espionage, crime, intrigue, mystery, political conspiracy, political intrigue, crimes, deadly, dishonesty, murder ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: germany, berlin germany, eastern europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   54%
    User:   58%
 
Enemy of the State
Genre: Action, Crime, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 132 min.
Story: Hotshot Washington lawyer, Robert Dean becomes a victim of high-tech identity theft when a hacker slips an incriminating video into his pocket. Soon, a rogue National Security agent sets out to recover the tape – and destroy Dean.
Style: suspenseful, suspense, tense, exciting, twists and turns ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: conspiracy, surveillance, lawyer, corruption, paranoia, politics, identity, chase, espionage, murder, satellite, mexican standoff ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s
Place: usa, washington d.c.
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   51%
    User:   48%
 
Edge of Darkness
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 317 min.
Story: The mysterious murder of an environmental activist leads her straight-laced father, an Inspector of the local police force, through a haunting revelation of the murkiness of the British Nuclear Policy of the eighties.
Style: serious, suspenseful, realistic, captivating, tense ...
Plot: murder, mystery, amateur detective, uncover truth, crime, political corruption, chases and races, dishonesty, conspiracy, fighting the system, protagonist as suspect, legal investigation ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: england, europe, northern england, yorkshire
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   48%
    User:   57%
 
Messiah 2: Vengeance Is Mine
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 180 min.
Story: When a man is buried alive, Red Metcalf must delve into a serial killer's psyche.
Style: serious, suspenseful, realistic, captivating, tense
Plot: police investigation, crime, criminal's revenge, serial killer, track down, mystery, murder, false accusation, crimes, danger, deadly, law enforcement ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: england, europe, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   47%
    User:   47%
 
 5.7
 710
The Amateur
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, realistic, rough, exciting ...
Plot: secret agents, espionage, vengeance, political conspiracy, political corruption, political intrigue, working undercover, crimes, deadly, dishonesty, rivalry, state affairs ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: europe, czech republic, italy, eastern europe, prague czechoslovakia
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   46%
    User:   50%
 
 6.5
 5K
Arabesque
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, suspense, tense ...
Plot: espionage, murder, spy, assassination, chase, gangsters, assassin, gangster, politics, spies, twists & turns, stylish ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s
Place: england, london, europe, middle east, oxford university
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   45%
    User:   40%
 
 5.7
 27K
The Art of War
Genre: Action, Adventure, Crime, Thriller
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 117 min.
Story: When ruthless terrorists threaten to bring down the United Nations, they frame the one man they believe can stop them: an international security expert named Shaw. Now he must run from his own allies and become a solitary force for good, as he tries ...
Style: exciting, suspenseful, twists and turns, serious, suspense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: murder, espionage, conspiracy, assassination, martial arts, car chase, violence, kung fu, protagonist as suspect, drugs/alcohol, gunfight, spy ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: china, new york, hong kong, usa, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   42%
    User:   39%
 
Extremely Dangerous
Genre: Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 50 min.
Story: Extremely Dangerous is a 1999 four part series for ITV starring Sean Bean as an ex-National Criminal Intelligence Service undercover agent convicted of the brutal murder of his wife and child who goes on the run to try and clear his name. He sets ...
Style: suspenseful, serious, realistic, tense
Plot: on the run, murder, fugitives, crime, protagonist as suspect, witnessing a crime, espionage, investigation, manhunt, innocent, mind game, false accusation ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: england, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   42%
    User:   45%
 
The Return of Mr. Moto
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: crime, secret agents, espionage, mystery, intrigue, nightclub, terrorism, who done it, undercover, working undercover, crimes, rivalry ...
Time: 60s
Place: england, europe, middle east, london, persia
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   41%
    User:   45%
 
The Pelican Brief
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 141 min.
Story: Two Supreme Court Justices have been assassinated. One lone law student has stumbled upon the truth. An investigative journalist wants her story. Everybody else wants her dead.
Style: suspenseful, tense, suspense, serious, realistic ...
Plot: politics, murder, political corruption, conspiracy, lawyer, corruption, chase, assassination, president, assassin, surveillance, paranoia ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s
Place: new orleans, washington d.c.
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   41%
    User:   46%
 
Billion Dollar Brain
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, suspenseful, realistic, detective series
Audience: boys' night
Plot: espionage, government agency, secret agents, adventure, cold war, spy, race against time, terrorism, heroic mission, workplace intrigue, tough heroes, chases and races ...
Time: 60s
Place: england, finland, europe, latvia, russia ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   41%
    User:   43%
 
 5.8
 334
Legacy
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: secret agents, espionage, undercover, government agency, betrayal, forbidden love, spy, political unrest, dishonesty, love and romance, state affairs, kgb ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, year 1974
Place: england, london, soviet union, britain, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   38%
    User:   43%
 
 6.2
 20K
Closed Circuit
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: A terrorist attack in London results in the capture of suspect Farroukh Erdogan (Denis Moschitto). The attorney general appoints Claudia Simmons-Howe (Rebecca Hall) as special advocate on Erdogan's legal team. On the eve of the trial, ...
Style: suspenseful, tense, serious, realistic, intense ...
Plot: terrorism, lawyer, courtroom, espionage, conspiracy, surveillance, legal investigation, secret service, secrets, spy, spies, murder ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: london, england, boston, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   38%
    User:   42%
 
The Shadow in the North
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: serious, talky, suspenseful, realistic
Plot: amateur detective, mystery, investigation, uncover truth, crime, crimes, partners against crime, murder, private detective, amateur sleuth, mind game, danger ...
Time: 19th century, victorian, victorian england, 1870s
Place: england, europe, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   38%
    User:   39%
 
The Executioner
Genre: Thriller, Drama
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: A British intelligence agent must track down a fellow spy suspected of being a double agent.
Style: serious, talky, suspenseful, realistic, exciting ...
Plot: government agency, secret agents, espionage, adventure, working undercover, dishonesty, heroes, spy, rivalry, state affairs, undercover, betrayal ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: england
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   37%
    User:   32%
 
The MacKintosh Man
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: serious, stylized, realistic, suspenseful, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: government agency, secret agents, adventure, against the rules, betrayal, prison, espionage, chase, spy, on the run, race against time, working undercover ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: england, europe, ireland, russia, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   37%
    User:   40%
 
Brotherhood of the Rose
Genre: Thriller
Country: USA, New Zealand
Duration: 240 min.
Story: Romulus and Remus are two CIA agents, their direct instructor is John Elliott. They both were picked up at an orphanage by Elliott at the age of about eight, raised together as brothers and specially trained to supersede every other agent in the ...
Style: serious, suspenseful, realistic
Audience: boys' night
Plot: fighting the system, government agency, protagonist as suspect, secret agents, betrayal, assassination attempt, manhunt, on the run, espionage, uncover truth, frame up, political conspiracy ...
Time: 80s
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   36%
    User:   38%
 
The Deadly Affair
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, realistic, clever, tense
Plot: private detective, concentration camp, protagonist as suspect, office, secret agents, espionage, assassination attempt, couple relations, dangerous attraction, haunted by the past, political corruption, voyeurism ...
Time: 60s
Place: england
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   36%
    User:   40%
 
 4.1
 350
The Inside Man
Genre: Mystery, Action, Thriller
Country: UK, Sweden
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: serious, suspenseful, realistic, rough, exciting
Audience: boys' night
Plot: dangerous animal, submarine, government agency, secret agents, espionage, track down, missing person, political conspiracy, working undercover, chases and races, crimes, danger ...
Time: 80s
Place: sweden
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   36%
    User:   34%
 
 5.6
 452
Kiss Me Deadly
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: serious, suspenseful, realistic, exciting, 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: europe, italy, england, germany, berlin germany ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   34%
    User:   29%
 
The Jigsaw Man
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: suspenseful, serious, realistic
Audience: boys' night
Plot: politics, government agency, secret agents, assassination attempt, espionage, betrayal, cold war, political conspiracy, political corruption, political intrigue, working undercover, chases and races ...
Time: 80s
Place: russia, england, europe, soviet union
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   34%
    User:   33%
 
 6.8
 11K
Gorky Park
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 128 min.
Story: Police Inspector Renko tries to solve the case of three bodies found in Moscow's Gorky Park but finds his attempts to solve the crime impeded by his superiors. Working on his own, Renko seeks out more information and stumbles across a ...
Style: suspenseful, tense, suspense, bleak, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: police investigation, murder, crime, cold war, mystery, political corruption, police corruption, conspiracy, spy, kgb, fighting the system, espionage ...
Place: russia, soviet union, moscow russia, stockholm sweden, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   33%
    User:   37%
 
 4.9
 463
Last Run
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: government agency, secret agents, special agents, espionage, manhunt, working undercover, chases and races, undercover, on the run, vengeance, haunted by the past, tough heroes ...
Time: contemporary
Place: europe, hungary, austria, ukraine
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   33%
    User:   30%
 
 7.8
 3K
The Game
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: serious, twists and turns, atmospheric, realistic, captivating ...
Plot: government agency, secret agents, espionage, state affairs, undercover, spy, cold war, dishonesty, kgb
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: england, soviet union
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   33%
    User:   33%
 
Mission to Tokyo
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: France, Italy
Duration: 100 min.
Story: US 24, an American Navy base in a small island in the Pacific, is annihilated. Hubert Bonisseur de la Bath, a French aristocrat that is also a secret agent, OSS 117, is sent to Tokyo to investigate who did it. Soon, he finds out that a cypher girl ...
Style: serious, suspenseful, realistic, rough, exciting
Plot: government agency, college, secret agents, crime, island, betrayal, espionage, infidelity, political corruption, secret agent, dishonesty, undercover ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: japan, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   32%
    User:   33%
 
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: France, UK, Germany
Duration: 122 min.
Story: In the bleak days of the Cold War, espionage veteran George Smiley is forced from semi-retirement to uncover a Soviet mole within his former colleagues at the heart of MI6.
Style: atmospheric, clever, bleak, tense, stylized ...
Plot: espionage, spy, cold war, betrayal, investigation, secret service, surveillance, mole, government agency, spies, secrets, secret agents ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: england, europe, london, budapest, hungary ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   31%
    User:   33%
 
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