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, 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, undercover, state affairs, uncover truth, agent as target, train ride, false arrest, 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, undercover, espionage, state affairs, spy, crimes and heroes mostly in Thriller, Mystery and Crime 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: stylized, suspenseful, exciting, tense, psychological ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: assassination attempt, frame up, murder, espionage, danger, uncover truth, secret agents, crimes, state affairs, conspiracy, chase, gunfight ...
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: realistic, tense, captivating, suspenseful, serious
Plot: espionage, double agent, spy, heroes, dishonesty, betrayal, undercover, race against time, working undercover, heroic mission, master villain, chases and races ...
Time: 1910s, 1900s, 20th century
Place: russia, england, 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: realistic, humorous, witty, cynical, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: chase, hitman, assassination, crimes, secret agents, head of state, crime, race against time, danger, politics, government agency, deadly ...
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: mind bending, rough, serious, psychological, suspenseful ...
Plot: murder, espionage, investigation, dishonesty, political conspiracy, political intrigue, deadly, government agency, intrigue, estrangement, undercover, amateur detective ...
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, exciting, rough, serious, realistic
Plot: espionage, terrorism, politics, revolution, on the run, danger, political corruption, dishonesty, political conspiracy, political intrigue, deadly, head of state ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
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: realistic, serious, tense, captivating, suspenseful
Plot: espionage, kgb, spy, forbidden love, betrayal, government agency, political unrest, dishonesty, undercover, secret agents, state affairs, love and romance ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, year 1974
Place: england, london, soviet union, britain, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
61%
Salting the Battlefield (2014)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery
Country: UK
Duration: 93 min.
Story: David Hare concludes his trilogy of films about MI5 renegade Johnny Worricker with another fugue on power, secrets and the British establishment. Johnny Worricker goes on the run with Margot Tyrell across Europe, and with the net closing in, the ...
Style: tense, captivating, serious, realistic
Plot: on the run, secret agents, head of state, undercover, dishonesty, espionage, state affairs, cover up, politics, daughter, money laundering, spy ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: europe, germany
⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
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: espionage, kgb, cold war, state affairs, working undercover, chases and races, uncover truth, secret agents, political conspiracy, dishonesty, heroes, crimes ...
Time: 80s
Place: russia, england, europe, soviet union
⇓ similarity ⇓
59%
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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: exciting, talky, suspenseful, realistic, rough ...
Plot: espionage, spy, mole, courtroom drama, danger, crimes, secret agents, heroes, working undercover, dishonesty, political conspiracy, political corruption ...
Time: 60s, 20th century
Place: england, greece
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
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, legal, frame up, false accusation, injustice, law enforcement, death row, mystery, danger, private detective ...
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, realistic, serious
Plot: murder, amateur sleuth, crime, dishonesty, partners, deadly, private detective, danger, uncover truth, mystery, partners against crime, crimes ...
Time: victorian england, 19th century, victorian, 1870s
Place: london, england, europe
⇓ 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: stylized, suspenseful, exciting, serious, realistic
Audience: boys' night
Plot: espionage, spy, danger, political intrigue, crimes, working undercover, heroes, secret agents, rivalry, undercover, gang, racism ...
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: suspenseful, exciting, serious, realistic
Plot: espionage, skiing, spy, intrigue, mistaken identity, amateur detective, undercover, deadly, dishonesty, political intrigue, fellow agent, tough heroes ...
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: serious, rough, realistic, suspenseful, exciting
Audience: boys' night
Plot: espionage, chess, murder, legal, rivalry, mate swapping, righting the wronged, courtroom drama, undercover, frame up, dishonesty, deadly ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 1960s
Place: england, london, riviera
⇓ 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: suspenseful, serious, realistic
Audience: boys' night
Plot: espionage, vengeance, on the run, tough heroes, rivalry, manhunt, haunted by the past, deadly, dishonesty, law enforcement, government agency, danger ...
Time: contemporary
Place: hungary, europe, austria, ukraine
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
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, psychological, enigmatic ...
Plot: private detective, espionage, uncover truth, crimes, love affair, working undercover, political corruption, infidelity, office, danger, civil servant, special agents ...
Time: 60s
Place: england
⇓ 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: rough, serious, exciting, suspenseful, realistic
Audience: boys' night
Plot: submarine, espionage, crimes, working undercover, dangerous animal, law enforcement, deadly, dishonesty, political conspiracy, government agency, heist, investigation ...
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: humorous, suspenseful, exciting, realistic, semi serious
Plot: confined, danger, espionage, kidnapping, save the day, heroes, crimes, undercover, captivity, dishonesty, disorder, political conspiracy ...
Time: 60s
Place: europe, middle east, england, turkey
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
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 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, realistic, serious, talky, witty ...
Plot: espionage, murder, spy, political intrigue, professor, gangsters, dishonesty, intrigue, danger, investigation, politics, justice ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s
Place: england, london, europe, oxford university, middle east
⇓ 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: realistic, serious, suspenseful
Audience: boys' night
Plot: femme fatale, espionage, poison, teenage life, secret agents, chases and races, heroes, politics, danger, woman in danger, crimes, master villain ...
Time: 60s
Place: europe, scotland, peru
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
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, state affairs, secret agents, political conspiracy, danger, espionage, dishonesty, rivalry, undercover, political corruption, save the day ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s
Place: russia, europe, korea, asia, st. petersburg russia ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
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, suspenseful, tense
Audience: boys' night
Plot: chases and races, heroes, political conspiracy, dishonesty, on the run, false accusation, fish out of water, uncover truth, protagonist as suspect, race against time, photojournalist, media ...
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: realistic, serious, suspenseful, detective series
Audience: boys' night
Plot: kgb, private detective, murder, espionage, cold war, spy, revolution, government agency, dishonesty, deadly, terrorism, destiny ...
Time: 60s
Place: england, finland, latvia, texas, russia ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
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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, injustice, politics, betrayal, state affairs, against the rules, hiding place, fighting the system ...
Time: 70s
Place: south africa, africa
⇓ 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, realistic, suspenseful
Audience: boys' night
Plot: private detective, secret agents, crimes, heroes, track down, save the day, woman in danger, danger, chases and races, state affairs, rivalry, nuclear threat ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: russia, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
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, danger, espionage, conquering, state affairs, undercover, ship, heroes, war, world war one, spy ...
Time: 1900s, 20th century
Place: germany, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
 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: suspenseful, exciting, realistic, serious, rough ...
Plot: espionage, intrigue, politics, murder, terrorism, rebellion, undercover, working undercover, chases and races, secret agents, crimes, hostages ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: italy, europe, czech republic, prague czechoslovakia, eastern europe
⇓ 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, rough, serious, suspenseful, suspense
Plot: undercover, nightclub, working undercover, rivalry, hitman, espionage, terrorism, kidnapping, interpol, who done it, chases and races, rescue ...
Time: 60s
Place: middle east, europe, london, england, persia
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
 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, suspenseful, tense, stylized, twists and turns ...
Plot: secret agents, espionage, cold war, government agency, dishonesty, state affairs, undercover, spy, kgb
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: england, soviet union
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
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, suspenseful, tense, clever, serious ...
Plot: murder, dishonesty, deadly, riddles and clues, crimes, crime, intrigue, danger, private detective, secret identity, amateur detective, countryside ...
Time: 20s, 1920s
Place: england, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
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