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
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Edge of Darkness
Crime, Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
UK
317 min.
 8.6
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
Drama, Thriller
UK
290 min.
 8.6
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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, suspenseful, serious and exciting films with plots about dishonesty, espionage, chases and races, undercover, spy, state affairs and secret agents mostly in Thriller, Crime and Drama genres. Some movies like The 39 Steps: Reilly: Ace of Spies (1983), The Assassination Bureau (1969), The Ipcress File (1965), Deadlier Than the Male (1967), Extremely Dangerous (1999). 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: suspenseful, serious, stylized, realistic
Audience: boys' night
Plot: secret agents, assassination attempt, espionage, chases and races, dishonesty, state affairs, undercover, uncover truth, crimes, danger, deadly, heroes ...
Time: 1900s, 20th century, 1910s
Place: england, europe, scotland, london, big ben london
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   95%
    User:   100%
 
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, captivating, realistic, 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:   68%
    User:   63%
 
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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, suspenseful, realistic ...
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:   65%
 
The Ipcress File
Genre: Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 109 min.
Story: This espionage thriller represents a landmark in spy movies introducing the sly, dry intelligence agent Harry Palmer. The story, centers on Palmer's investigation into British Intelligence security. He's soon enmeshed in a world of ...
Style: clever, suspenseful, realistic, cynical, suspense ...
Plot: espionage, cold war, spy, brainwashing, investigation, conspiracy, british, betrayal, kidnapping, murder, spies, secret service ...
Time: 20th century, 1960s, 60s
Place: england, london, europe, albania, scotland yard
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   58%
    User:   62%
 
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: suspenseful, serious, exciting, realistic, rough
Audience: boys' night
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Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: england, london, riviera
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   55%
    User:   56%
 
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, tense, realistic
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Time: 20th century, 90s
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⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   51%
    User:   49%
 
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: stylized, serious, suspenseful, realistic, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
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Time: 20th century, 70s
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System:   51%
    User:   51%
 
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Enemy of the State
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, 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, tense, suspense, exciting, twists and turns ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: surveillance, conspiracy, lawyer, corruption, politics, paranoia, identity, chase, espionage, murder, satellite, mexican standoff ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s
Place: usa, washington d.c.
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   47%
    User:   50%
 
The Looking Glass War
Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 108 min.
Story: From the John le Carre novel about a British spy who sends a Polish defector to East Germany to verify missile sites.
Style: talky, bleak, serious, clever, realistic ...
Plot: government agency, espionage, secret agents, spy, political conspiracy, working undercover, dishonesty, state affairs, undercover, on the run, cons and scams, chases and races ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: germany, east germany, berlin germany, german democratic republic, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   46%
    User:   51%
 
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: talky, suspenseful, serious, exciting, realistic ...
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:   45%
    User:   49%
 
Funeral in Berlin
Genre: Thriller
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Colonel Stok, a Soviet intelligence officer responsible for security at the Berlin Wall, appears to want to defect but the evidence is contradictory. Stok wants the British to handle his defection and asks for one of their agents, Harry Palmer, to ...
Style: suspenseful, serious, cerebral, bleak, tense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: spy, cold war, espionage, chase, betrayal, british, hotel, murder, spies, politics, secret service, brainwashing ...
Time: 20th century, 40s
Place: germany, east germany, europe, russia, england ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   45%
    User:   38%
 
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:   44%
    User:   50%
 
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, captivating ...
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:   44%
    User:   40%
 
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From Russia with Love
Genre: Action, Adventure, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 115 min.
Story: Agent 007 is back in the second installment of the James Bond series, this time battling a secret crime organization known as SPECTRE. Russians Rosa Klebb and Kronsteen are out to snatch a decoding device known as the Lektor, using the ravishing ...
Style: exciting, suspenseful, realistic, witty, twists and turns ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: espionage, spy, assassin, assassination, secret service, cold war, russian, good versus evil, betrayal, 007, murder, verbal byplay ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s
Place: russia, europe, scotland, turkey, venice ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   44%
    User:   45%
 
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: suspenseful, serious, realistic, detective series
Audience: boys' night
Plot: government agency, secret agents, adventure, espionage, race against time, terrorism, heroic mission, cold war, spy, workplace intrigue, tough heroes, chases and races ...
Time: 60s
Place: england, finland, europe, latvia, russia ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   43%
    User:   46%
 
The Bourne Ultimatum
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, realistic, stylized, twists and turns, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: espionage, assassin, conspiracy, cia, violence, spy, corruption, memory loss, vengeance, secret service, surveillance, assassination ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: langley virginia, london, madrid, europe, moscow russia ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   41%
    User:   45%
 
 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, captivating, realistic, 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, europe, britain
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   38%
    User:   31%
 
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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
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   38%
    User:   39%
 
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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: suspenseful, serious, captivating, realistic, tense
Plot: crime, police investigation, criminal's revenge, serial killer, mystery, track down, murder, false accusation, crimes, danger, deadly, law enforcement ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: england, europe, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   37%
    User:   37%
 
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: suspenseful, serious, rough, realistic, suspense
Plot: secret agents, crime, mystery, espionage, intrigue, nightclub, terrorism, who done it, undercover, working undercover, crimes, rivalry ...
Time: 60s
Place: england, europe, middle east, london, persia
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   36%
    User:   35%
 
The Fourth Protocol
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, suspense, serious, tense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: cold war, espionage, politics, chase, terrorism, betrayal, spy, conspiracy, russian, british, nuclear bomb, surveillance ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: england, europe, russia, london, glasgow scotland ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   36%
    User:   39%
 
 4.6
 335
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, rough, realistic, exciting ...
Plot: government agency, secret agents, espionage, crime, intrigue, mystery, political conspiracy, political intrigue, crimes, deadly, dishonesty, murder ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: germany, eastern europe, berlin germany
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   36%
    User:   40%
 
American Roulette
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 ⇓
System:   36%
    User:   42%
 
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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: suspenseful, serious, 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:   35%
    User:   30%
 
 5.8
 705
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, rough, realistic, 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, prague czechoslovakia, eastern europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   35%
    User:   34%
 
Edge of Darkness
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi, 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: suspenseful, serious, captivating, realistic, 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:   35%
    User:   34%
 
 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, twists and turns, suspenseful, serious, suspense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: murder, espionage, conspiracy, assassination, martial arts, car chase, violence, kung fu, drugs/alcohol, protagonist as suspect, gunfight, spy ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: china, new york, hong kong, usa, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   35%
    User:   28%
 
For Your Eyes Only
Genre: Action, Adventure, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 127 min.
Story: A British spy ship has sunk and on board was a hi-tech encryption device. James Bond is sent to find the device that holds British launching instructions before the enemy Soviets get to it first.
Style: exciting, twists and turns, suspenseful, serious, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: espionage, assassin, adventure, submarine, secret service, motorcycle, vengeance, 007, cold war, figure skating, spy, chase ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, future
Place: europe, greece, england, cross country, albania ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   35%
    User:   41%
 

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The Human Factor
Genre: Drama, Romance, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 115 min.
Story: When Arthur Davis, a junior bachelor in the British secret service's African section, is seen taking a file with him to meet his girlfriend Cynthia- the brass fears he may be the leak to Moscow, and allows Dr. Percival to terminate the ...
Style: suspenseful, serious, exciting, realistic, suspense
Audience: boys' night
Plot: government agency, secret agents, espionage, palaces castles and temples, political intrigue, dishonesty, heroes, communist, double agent, state affairs, undercover, chases and races ...
Time: 70s
Place: africa, england, europe, russia, moscow russia ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   34%
    User:   31%
 
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, budapest hungary ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   34%
    User:   32%
 
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