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, surprise ending
Plot: on the run, espionage, heroes, betrayal, partners, secret agents, mystery, political conspiracy, map, danger, chases and races, dishonesty, false accusation, gain trust, false arrest, undercover, state affairs, uncover truth, agent as target, who to trust, train ride, world war one, spy, train, castle ...
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, heroes, spy, secret agents and danger mostly in Thriller, Crime and Mystery genres. Some movies like The 39 Steps: The Assassination Bureau (1969), Reilly: Ace of Spies (1983), The Shadow in the North (2007), The Quiller Memorandum (1966), The Double Man (1967). 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, tense, exciting, psychological ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: assassination attempt, frame up, murder, espionage, secret agents, uncover truth, danger, crimes, state affairs, chase, conspiracy, gunfight ...
Time: 1900s, 20th century, 1910s
Place: scotland, england, europe, london, big ben london
⇓ 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: realistic, clever, exciting, suspenseful, cynical ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: chase, assassination, hitman, crime, undercover, assassination attempt, espionage, journalism, race against time, danger, politics, political intrigue ...
Time: 1910s, 1900s, 19th century
Place: europe, london, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
71%
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, captivating, suspenseful, tense
Plot: espionage, double agent, spy, dishonesty, betrayal, undercover, working undercover, heroic mission, race against time, secret agents, chases and races, master villain ...
Time: 1900s, 1910s, 20th century
Place: england, russia, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
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: serious, suspenseful, realistic, exciting, captivating ...
Plot: murder, amateur sleuth, uncover truth, mind game, mystery, partners against crime, investigation, private detective, danger, crimes, deadly, dishonesty ...
Time: 19th century, victorian england, victorian, 1870s
Place: europe, england, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
59%
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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: serious, realistic, suspenseful, stylized, exciting
Audience: boys' night
Plot: espionage, spy, secret agents, political intrigue, undercover, racism, working undercover, gang, rivalry, crimes, heroes, danger ...
Time: 60s
Place: germany, europe, berlin germany
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
 5.9
 862
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, suspenseful, serious, realistic
Plot: espionage, skiing, spy, government agency, mistaken identity, uncover truth, tough heroes, fellow agent, intrigue, undercover, dishonesty, political intrigue ...
Time: 60s
Place: austria, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
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, stylized ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: espionage, prison, car chase, spy, betrayal, on the run, working undercover, rivalry, undercover, heist, danger, secret agents ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: ireland, russia, london, europe, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
 5.8
 356
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: suspenseful, captivating, tense, serious, realistic
Plot: espionage, kgb, spy, government agency, dishonesty, betrayal, undercover, forbidden love, political unrest, secret agents, state affairs, love and romance ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, year 1974
Place: england, london, soviet union, britain, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
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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: suspenseful, serious, realistic, eurospy, detective series
Audience: boys' night
Plot: private detective, espionage, betrayal, murder, kgb, cold war, spy, danger, terrorism, chases and races, heroes, deadly ...
Time: 60s, 1960s
Place: england, finland, latvia, texas, europe ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
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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, witty ...
Plot: espionage, murder, spy, political intrigue, professor, gangsters, intrigue, danger, dishonesty, politics, investigation, justice ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 1960s
Place: england, london, europe, oxford university, middle east
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
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: tense, serious, realistic, suspenseful
Audience: boys' night
Plot: dishonesty, photojournalist, investigation, fish out of water, uncover truth, race against time, political conspiracy, protagonist as suspect, heroes, false arrest, journalism, on the run ...
Place: europe, russia
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
 5.2
 473
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, tense, suspense, realistic
Audience: boys' night
Plot: espionage, manhunt, on the run, undercover, tough heroes, deadly, secret agents, law enforcement, working undercover, rivalry, haunted by the past, danger ...
Time: contemporary
Place: hungary, europe, ukraine, austria
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
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: espionage, kgb, cold war, chases and races, crimes, assassination attempt, undercover, dishonesty, political corruption, political conspiracy, state affairs, deadly ...
Time: 80s
Place: russia, england, europe, soviet union
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
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, state affairs, undercover, conquering, ship, heroes, war, world war one, spy ...
Time: 1900s, 20th century
Place: germany, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
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: femme fatale, espionage, poison, master villain, secret agents, teenage life, crimes, escapades, deadly, intrigue, chases and races, track down ...
Time: 60s
Place: scotland, europe, peru
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
 5.8
 746
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: serious, rough, exciting, suspenseful, realistic ...
Plot: espionage, politics, murder, intrigue, government agency, political conspiracy, political intrigue, political corruption, vengeance, destiny, hostages, heroes ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: italy, europe, czech republic, prague czechoslovakia, eastern europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
 4.5
 357
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: psychological, serious, rough, mind bending, realistic ...
Plot: murder, mystery, crimes, state affairs, crime, secret agents, deadly, chases and races, espionage, investigation, undercover, amateur detective ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: germany, berlin germany, eastern europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
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, working undercover, infidelity, political corruption, love affair, crimes, danger, office, civil servant, couple relations ...
Time: 60s
Place: england
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
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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, exciting, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: chess, espionage, murder, undercover, righting the wronged, contests and competitions, lovers on the run, partners against crime, goofy hero, crimes, criminal heroes, heroes ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s
Place: london, england, riviera
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
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, suspenseful, realistic, disturbing, mind bending ...
Plot: murder, amateur detective, uncover truth, law enforcement, death row, frame up, false accusation, injustice, legal, mystery, dishonesty, danger ...
Time: 20th century, 50s
Place: england, antarctica, canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
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: serious, rough, exciting, suspenseful, realistic
Plot: pirate, espionage, ship, betrayal, undercover, secret agent, obsessive quest, heroes, deadly, chases and races, crime, crimes ...
Time: 70s
Place: scotland, scottish highlands, britain
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
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, undercover, secret agents, head of state, state affairs, dishonesty, espionage, politics, cover up, daughter, spy, journalist ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: europe, germany
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
 4.1
 370
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: realistic, suspenseful, exciting, rough, serious
Audience: boys' night
Plot: espionage, submarine, government agency, dishonesty, danger, undercover, chases and races, dangerous animal, political conspiracy, law enforcement, betrayal, missing person ...
Time: 80s
Place: sweden, stockholm sweden
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
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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, serious, rough, twists and turns ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: cia, espionage, secret agents, fighting the system, manhunt, spy, chases and races, corruption, danger, conspiracy, uncover truth, violence ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: langley virginia, europe, moscow russia, new york, paris france ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
Murder on the Home Front (2013)
Genre: Crime, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 45 min.
Story: At the height of the London blitz, Dr Lennox Collins, pioneer of the new forensic science, is enlisted by DI Wilkins after prostitute Mary Williams is strangled and a swastika carved on her tongue.
Style: realistic, stylized, tense, captivating, exciting ...
Plot: crimes, investigation, serial killer, danger, forensics, law enforcement, partners, life is a bitch, deadly, world war two, bodies, unconventional method ...
Time: 20th century, year 1940, 40s, 1940s
Place: england
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
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, suspenseful, realistic, exciting, captivating
Audience: boys' night
Plot: racism, chase, on the run, state affairs, danger, injustice, against the rules, politics, betrayal, dishonesty, hiding place, crimes ...
Time: 70s
Place: south africa, africa
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
 5.8
 291
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, humorous, exciting, semi serious, realistic
Plot: crimes, confined, heroes, escapades, disorder, adventure, state affairs, satire, kidnapping, danger, undercover, espionage ...
Time: 60s
Place: europe, england, middle east, turkey
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
 5.4
 467
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: realistic, exciting, suspenseful, serious, suspense
Plot: espionage, haunted by the past, undercover, secret agents, uncover truth, chase, tough heroes, partners, danger, on the run, escapades, deadly ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: italy, europe, germany, england, berlin germany ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
 6.2
 444
Sudden Terror (1970)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 91 min.
Story: A boy who cries wolf witnesses a political assassination on the island of Malta. But will anyone other than his granddad believe him?
Style: realistic, serious, tense, suspenseful
Plot: assassination, danger, on the run, murder, chase, witnessing a crime, uncover truth, dishonesty, law enforcement, political conspiracy, police investigation, manhunt ...
Time: 60s
Place: mediterranean sea
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
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, suspense, tense, exciting, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: on the run, cia, spy, tough heroes, fighting the system, uncover truth, manhunt, secret agents, chases and races, espionage, one against many, government agency ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: russia, europe, germany, italy, usa ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%