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, suspenseful, captivating, realistic, surprise ending
Plot: on the run, espionage, undercover, uncover truth, heroes, betrayal, political conspiracy, danger, dishonesty, false accusation, state affairs, agent as target, who to trust, map, manhunt, race against time, conspiracy, partners, secret agents, mystery, chases and races, gain trust, false arrest, train ride, submarine ...
Time: 1910s, 20th century
Place: england, europe, scotland, london

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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, undercover, espionage, chases and races, spy, heroes and state affairs mostly in Thriller, Crime and Mystery genres. Some movies like The 39 Steps: The Assassination Bureau (1969), The MacKintosh Man (1973), Last Run (2001), Arabesque (1966), The Fourth State (2012). 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, psychological, tense, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: assassination attempt, secret agents, conspiracy, frame up, murder, espionage, uncover truth, danger, crimes, state affairs, gunfight, chase ...
Time: 1900s, 20th century, 90s, 1910s
Place: scotland, london, big ben london, england, europe ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
95%
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: humorous, clever, suspenseful, witty, dark humor ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: hitman, assassination, chase, zeppelin, crime, journalism, assassination attempt, espionage, race against time, government agency, crimes, undercover ...
Time: 1910s, 19th century, 1900s
Place: europe, london, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
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, suspenseful, serious, tense, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: prison, espionage, car chase, secret agents, spy, on the run, betrayal, working undercover, undercover, rivalry, danger, crimes ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: ireland, russia, london, england, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
 5.2
 478
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, suspense, tense, realistic
Audience: boys' night
Plot: manhunt, espionage, undercover, on the run, haunted by the past, vengeance, working undercover, rivalry, deadly, secret agents, law enforcement, danger ...
Time: contemporary
Place: hungary, europe, ukraine, austria
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
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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, realistic, serious, talky, twists and turns ...
Plot: espionage, murder, gangsters, spy, political intrigue, professor, danger, intrigue, politics, dishonesty, investigation, justice ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 1960s, 70s
Place: england, london, europe, oxford university, middle east
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
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: serious, tense, realistic, suspenseful
Audience: boys' night
Plot: investigation, uncover truth, race against time, dishonesty, fish out of water, photojournalist, false arrest, state affairs, heroes, journalism, political conspiracy, protagonist as suspect ...
Place: europe, russia
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
Hidden Agenda (2001)
Genre: Action, Crime, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Canada
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Former government Jason Price (Dolph Lundgren) makes people disappear for a living. But when a top lieutenant for a crime syndicate asks Price to help him drop out of sight, things take a grisly, unexpected turn. A mysterious hit man known as The ...
Style: suspenseful, exciting, serious, suspense, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: undercover, lone wolves, special agents, uncover truth, law enforcement, dishonesty, danger, government agency, heroes, car bomb, martial arts, espionage ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: boston, pittsburgh
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
 5.8
 366
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: serious, captivating, suspenseful, tense, realistic
Plot: espionage, kgb, spy, undercover, love and romance, secret agents, government agency, betrayal, political unrest, forbidden love, dishonesty, cold war ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, year 1974
Place: england, london, britain, soviet union, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
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The Bourne Ultimatum (2007)
Genre: Action, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, Germany, France, Spain
Duration: 115 min.
Story: Bourne is brought out of hiding once again by reporter Simon Ross who is trying to unveil Operation Blackbriar, an upgrade to Project Treadstone, in a series of newspaper columns. Information from the reporter stirs a new set of memories, and Bourne ...
Style: exciting, suspenseful, twists and turns, serious, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: cia, espionage, secret agents, conspiracy, fighting the system, spy, chases and races, manhunt, corruption, danger, uncover truth, violence ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: langley virginia, paris france, europe, london, russia ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
The Shadow in the North (2007)
Genre: Adventure, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK, USA
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: suspenseful, serious, realistic, exciting, captivating ...
Plot: murder, amateur sleuth, uncover truth, mystery, investigation, mind game, partners against crime, friends, danger, dishonesty, amateur detective, private detective ...
Time: 19th century, victorian england, victorian, victorian era, 1870s
Place: london, europe, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
 6.0
 962
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, realistic, serious, exciting
Plot: espionage, skiing, mountain, spy, amateur detective, deadly, chases and races, fellow agent, tough heroes, conspiracy, political intrigue, rivalry ...
Time: 60s
Place: austria, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
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, serious, tense, exciting, enigmatic ...
Plot: private detective, espionage, uncover truth, working undercover, love affair, infidelity, office, political corruption, danger, crimes, civil servant, undercover ...
Time: 60s
Place: england, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
When Eight Bells Toll (1971)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Crime, Mystery
Country: UK
Duration: 94 min.
Story: In a vein similar to Bond movies, a British agent Philip Calvert is on a mission to determine the whereabouts of a ship that disappeared near the coast of Scotland.
Style: exciting, serious, realistic, rough, suspenseful
Plot: secret agents, espionage, undercover, betrayal, pirate, ship, secret agent, ocean or sea, crimes, crime, heroes, escapades ...
Time: 70s
Place: scotland, scottish highlands, london, britain
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
The Wilby Conspiracy (1975)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Having spent 10 years in prison for nationalist activities, Shack Twala is finally ordered released by the South African Supreme Court but he finds himself almost immediately on the run after a run-in with the police. Assisted by his lawyer Rina Van ...
Style: serious, realistic, suspenseful, exciting, captivating
Audience: boys' night
Plot: chase, racism, on the run, dishonesty, danger, state affairs, betrayal, against the rules, politics, injustice, false accusation, crimes ...
Time: 70s
Place: south africa, africa
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
The Bourne Supremacy (2004)
Genre: Action, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 108 min.
Story: When a CIA operation to purchase classified Russian documents is blown by a rival agent, who then shows up in the sleepy seaside village where Bourne and Marie have been living. The pair run for their lives and Bourne, who promised retaliation ...
Style: suspenseful, twists and turns, serious, rough, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: cia, secret agents, on the run, spy, fighting the system, tough heroes, uncover truth, agent as target, manhunt, one against many, chases and races, dark past ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: russia, europe, berlin germany, germany, italy ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
The Riddle of the Sands (1979)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 102 min.
Story: In the early years of the 20th Century, two British yachtsmen (Michael York and Simon MacCorkindale) stumble upon a German plot to invade the east coast of England in a flotilla of specially designed barges. They set out to thwart this terrible ...
Style: suspenseful, serious, realistic, exciting
Plot: military, yacht, conquering, espionage, undercover, state affairs, danger, heroes, ship, spy, world war one, war ...
Time: 1900s, 20th century
Place: germany, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
Three Days of the Condor (1975)
Genre: Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: A bookish CIA researcher finds all his co-workers dead, and must outwit those responsible until he figures out who he can really trust.
Style: tense, exciting, atmospheric, suspense, suspenseful ...
Plot: cia, fighting the system, manhunt, espionage, uncover truth, life turned upside down, who to trust, conspiracy, political conspiracy, off the grid, state affairs, political thriller ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa, middle east, washington d.c., manhattan new york city ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
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: realistic, serious, suspenseful, detective series, eurospy ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: secret agents, private detective, betrayal, murder, kgb, espionage, anti communism, spy, cold war, danger, dishonesty, race against time ...
Time: 60s, 1960s
Place: england, finland, latvia, texas, sweden ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
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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: realistic, serious, exciting, stylized, suspenseful
Audience: boys' night
Plot: espionage, spy, heroes, gang, undercover, rivalry, racism, political intrigue, working undercover, danger, crimes, secret agents ...
Time: 60s
Place: germany, europe, berlin germany
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
 4.1
 382
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: rough, suspenseful, realistic, serious, exciting
Audience: boys' night
Plot: submarine, secret agents, espionage, dangerous animal, chases and races, heroes, crimes, investigation, law enforcement, working undercover, track down, missing person ...
Time: 80s
Place: sweden, eastern europe, stockholm sweden
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
 5.7
 29K
The Art of War (2000)
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, twists and turns, serious, suspenseful, suspense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: secret agents, murder, heroes, translator, frame up, espionage, political conspiracy, crimes, deadly, conspiracy, gunfight, un ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: china, new york, usa, hong kong, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
 4.3
 4K
Art of War 2 (2008)
Genre: Action, Thriller
Country: Canada
Duration: 103 min.
Story: Agent Neil Shaw is called out of retirement and finds himself in the midst of a plot to assassinate several leading Senators with himself set-up to take the rap for a recent killing
Style: suspenseful, twists and turns, serious, realistic, exciting
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, assassination, heroes, betrayal, on the run, murder, conspiracy, frame up, political corruption, political conspiracy, protagonist as suspect, secret agents ...
Time: contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
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: suspenseful, serious, realistic
Audience: boys' night
Plot: espionage, kgb, cold war, undercover, betrayal, government agency, dishonesty, heroes, crimes, politics, secret agents, chases and races ...
Time: 80s
Place: russia, england, europe, london, soviet union
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
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Soul Assassin (2001)
Genre: Crime, Thriller, Action
Country: Netherlands
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Kevin Burke a young executive for a multinational investment bank, is a rising star in the Rotterdam office. Rewarded for his perceptive eye and mastery of foreign languages, Kevin receives the promotion he has been working for - a coveted spot on ...
Style: stylized, suspenseful, serious, suspense, realistic
Audience: boys' night
Plot: conspiracy, manhunt, undercover, uncover truth, dishonesty, vengeance, workplace intrigue, deadly, espionage, danger, investigation, betrayal ...
Time: future
Place: amsterdam, netherlands
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
 4.5
 364
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: suspenseful, rough, psychological, tense, mind bending ...
Plot: murder, mystery, dishonesty, crimes, undercover, chases and races, intrigue, secret agents, crime, profanity, conspiracy, graphic violence ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: germany, central europe, eastern europe, berlin germany
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
The Listening (2006)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Italy
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Estranged by the degree of corporate influence within the largest U.S. listening station in the world, an aging NSA officer defects and mounts a clandestine counter-listening station high in the Italian alps.
Style: rough, suspenseful, serious, realistic, tense
Audience: boys' night
Plot: rivalry, espionage, secret agents, manhunt, on the run, fighting the system, government agency, dishonesty, undercover, danger, rebellion, life turned upside down ...
Time: contemporary
Place: europe, italy, rome italy
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
The Pelican Brief (1993)
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, realistic, captivating, serious ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: political conspiracy, state affairs, crime, murder, political corruption, politics, fighting the system, crimes, supreme court, woman in danger, professor, investigation ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: new orleans, new york, washington d.c.
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
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, secret agents, state affairs, political conspiracy, espionage, political corruption, working undercover, undercover, save the day, dishonesty ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s
Place: russia, asia, korea, europe, st. petersburg russia ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
The Fourth Protocol (1987)
Genre: Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 119 min.
Story: Plan Aurora, led by Kim Philby is a plan that breaches the top-secret Fourth Protocol and turns the fears that shaped it into a living nightmare. A crack Soviet agent, placed under cover in a quiet English country town, begins to assemble a nuclear ...
Style: suspenseful, exciting, serious, suspense, intense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: kgb, espionage, politics, chase, betrayal, race against time, undercover, secret agents, military base, political intrigue, danger, conspiracy ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: russia, england, europe, london, big ben london ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
 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, realistic, serious, tense, suspense ...
Plot: political conspiracy, espionage, hitman, false accusation, track down, assassination, law enforcement, intrigue, betrayal, danger, crimes, frame up ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: korea, north korea
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%