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The Defector (1966)
 5.8
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The Defector (1966)
Original name: L'espion
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: France, West Germany
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Professor Bower, an American physicist, is effectively blackmailed by a shady CIA agent named Adams to help the CIA obtain secret microfilm from a defecting Russian scientist. The reluctant Bower travels to East Germany undercover as an antiques collector where he encounters Heinzmann, an East German fellow physicist, who is also a secret agent. Heinzmann is aware of Bower's meeting with Adams and his intention to steal the microfilm, however their mutual respect for one another's tactics complicate the proceedings.
Style: exciting, rough, serious, realistic, suspenseful, microfilm
Audience: boys' night
Plot: espionage, hitman, military, kgb, conspiracy, secret agents, political intrigue, political conspiracy, working undercover, danger, chases and races, dishonesty, escapades, race against time, culture clash, undercover, government agency, state affairs, renegade, spy, border guard, scientist, male female relationship, cia agent, underground ...
Time: 60s, 1960s
Place: germany, europe, west berlin west germany, east berlin, german democratic republic

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, realistic, suspenseful and exciting films with plots about undercover, danger, chases and races, espionage, state affairs, secret agents and dishonesty mostly in Thriller, Drama and Action genres. Some movies like The Defector: Enigma (1982), The Serpent (1973), To Commit a Murder (1967), Escape to Nowhere (1973), The Executioner (1970). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
 6.0
 1K
Enigma (1982)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: UK, France
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Five highly-trained KGB agents are sent to the west to assassinate several Soviet dissidents. In order to stop the diabolical plot, an American agent must infiltrate Soviet intelligence and obtain information from a Russian computer.
Style: serious, suspenseful, realistic, intense, exciting ...
Plot: kgb, iron curtain, espionage, undercover, assassination, cold war, politics, danger, dishonesty, journalism, rivalry, government agency ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: germany, east germany, russia
⇓ similarity ⇓
95%
 6.2
 932
The Serpent (1973)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: France, Italy, West Germany
Duration: 124 min.
Story: Vlassov is a Soviet spy who defects in France. He is whisked to the U.S, where Allan Davies takes over the case. After polygraph tests and cross-examinations, Vlassov names several Western European agents who are also spying for the Soviets. Davies ...
Style: suspenseful, psychological, realistic, serious, eurospy
Audience: boys' night
Plot: spy, espionage, double agent, escapades, government agency, secret agents, manhunt, mind game, rivalry, chases and races, dishonesty, danger ...
Time: 70s
Place: france, russia, europe, germany, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
94%
To Commit a Murder (1967)
Genre: Thriller, Drama
Country: France, West Germany, Italy
Duration: 93 min.
Story: A writer gets wrapped up in espionage.
Style: serious, realistic, exciting, suspenseful, rough ...
Plot: espionage, kidnapping, spy, undercover, chases and races, heroes, fall in love, graphic violence, state affairs, danger, rescue, dishonesty ...
Time: 60s, 20th century
Place: china
⇓ similarity ⇓
80%
Escape to Nowhere (1973)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: France, Italy
Duration: 117 min.
Story: Who is Anton Haliakov, who has just been abducted by the M.I.5 in London? A Soviet scientist apparently. But sixteen years before the man had another identity, Clément Tibère, and another nationality, French. So what led him to become Russian and ...
Style: rough, suspenseful, serious, realistic, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: kgb, espionage, frame up, political intrigue, hospital, cons and scams, chases and races, state affairs, dishonesty, escapades, manhunt, rebellion ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: london, russia, england, alps, geneva switzerland
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
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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: rough, suspenseful, talky, exciting, serious ...
Plot: espionage, spy, adventure, dishonesty, secret agents, chases and races, betrayal, graphic violence, political corruption, working undercover, government agency, state affairs ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: england, greece
⇓ similarity ⇓
64%
 6.5
 1K
Dirty War (2004)
Genre: Thriller, Drama
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: After years of meticulous planning, a terrorist operation is reaching its final stages. The authorities have received no intelligence; they are in a race against time but don't yet know it. As the operation unfolds, we see the working lives of ...
Style: rough, suspenseful, exciting, serious, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: firefighter, save the day, secret agents, terrorism, undercover, crimes, danger, radical, political conspiracy, working undercover, special agents, race against time ...
Time: contemporary
Place: london, england, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
62%
The Naked Runner (1967)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 101 min.
Story: Sam Laker is an American industrialist, working in Britain, who has just been awarded an international award for industrial design. He is planning to travel to East Germany to attend a trade show and show off his invention, taking his 10 year old ...
Style: atmospheric, serious, suspenseful, realistic, microfilm
Plot: assassination, spy, espionage, deadly, danger, undercover, secret agents, child in peril, invention, holiday, intelligence, on the run ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 1960s
Place: europe, germany, copenhagen, london, copenhagen denmark ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
61%
The Enemy Within (1994)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 86 min.
Story: Colonel Casey discovers what appears to be plans by General Lloyd to use fake military excercises to assist Jack Giddings in his plans to remove President Foster from office. Colonel Casey, and President Foster must find evidence that there is a ...
Style: suspenseful, serious, realistic, tense
Plot: conspiracy, manhunt, undercover, government agency, race against time, betrayal, state affairs, political corruption, fighting the system, military, dishonesty, special agents ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
61%
 6.3
 16K
Topaz (1969)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 143 min.
Story: A French intelligence agent becomes embroiled in the Cold War politics first with uncovering the events leading up to the 1962 Cuban Missle Crisis, and then back to France to break up an international Russian spy ring.
Style: tense, suspenseful, suspense, psychological, enigmatic ...
Plot: espionage, betrayal, kgb, secret agents, politics, state affairs, undercover, government agency, spy, surveillance, cold war, nato ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 1960s, year 1962
Place: cuba, paris france, new york, copenhagen, france ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
61%
The Looking Glass War (1970)
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: bleak, suspenseful, clever, contemplative, serious ...
Plot: espionage, secret agents, spy, cons and scams, working undercover, political conspiracy, government agency, love and romance, state affairs, weapon system, iron curtain, heroes ...
Time: 60s, 20th century
Place: east germany, germany, london, berlin germany, german democratic republic ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
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: manhunt, rivalry, on the run, secret agents, espionage, danger, rebellion, dishonesty, government agency, undercover, fighting the system, political conspiracy ...
Time: contemporary
Place: rome italy, europe, italy
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
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: exciting, realistic, serious, stylized, suspenseful
Audience: boys' night
Plot: espionage, spy, heroes, crimes, undercover, rivalry, political intrigue, racism, working undercover, danger, secret agents, gang ...
Time: 60s
Place: germany, europe, berlin germany
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
The Domino Killings (1977)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Tucker is a chronic underachiever and a loser. A Vietnam war veteran who just can't seem to keep out of trouble, in the years since his discharge. The only thing he got out of the war was his skill with a rifle. Now, serving a long stretch in ...
Style: serious, realistic, rough, suspenseful, surprise ending
Audience: boys' night
Plot: conspiracy, assassination, prison, vietnam veteran, heroes, state affairs, protagonist as suspect, undercover, confined, deadly, chases and races, crimes ...
Time: 70s
Place: europe, spain, vietnam, asia, mexico ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
 7.0
 2K
Safe House (1998)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: A psychological thriller; Mace Sowell, an ex-intelligence operative and whose past government activities catches up with him, faces his own mortality, in the shape of the onset of Alzheimer's disease. Holding the electronic key to secret ...
Style: suspenseful, psychological, exciting, mind bending, serious ...
Plot: conspiracy, alzheimer's disease, conspiracy theory, deadly, mystery, assassination attempt, chases and races, fighting the system, state affairs, espionage, uncover truth, political conspiracy ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
A Dandy in Aspic (1968)
Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 107 min.
Story: Double-agent Alexander Eberlin is assigned by the British to hunt out a Russian spy, known to them as Krasnevin. Only Eberlin knows that Krasnevin is none other than himself! Accompanying him on his mission is a ruthless partner, who gradually ...
Style: rough, suspenseful, serious, realistic
Plot: espionage, double agent, photographer, spy, secret identity, chases and races, couples, mole, dishonesty, danger, deadly, graphic violence ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: west berlin west germany, europe, germany, england, berlin germany ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
 4.1
 377
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: suspenseful, rough, realistic, serious, exciting
Audience: boys' night
Plot: submarine, secret agents, espionage, danger, government agency, special agents, deadly, dangerous animal, undercover, working undercover, track down, missing person ...
Time: 80s
Place: sweden, stockholm sweden, eastern europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
 5.2
 177
Midnight Man (1997)
Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller
Country: Canada, USA, Luxembourg, UK
Duration: 104 min.
Story: British soldiers force a recently captured IRA terrorist to cooperate with them and then assign him to go undercover with a gang of terrorists and prevent them from killing the U.S. President. But the spy isn't in long before he realizes that ...
Style: exciting, realistic, serious, suspenseful
Audience: boys' night
Plot: soldier, undercover, terrorism, ira, chases and races, deadly, golden years, espionage, assassination, downfall, danger, working undercover ...
Time: 90s
Place: england
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
 7.0
 6K
Farewell (2009)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Thriller
Country: France
Duration: 113 min.
Story: Engaging, emotional and riveting, FAREWELL is an intricate and highly intelligent thriller pulled from the pages of history— about an ordinary man thrust into the biggest theft of Soviet information of the Cold War. Ronald Reagan called this piece ...
Style: suspenseful, serious, realistic, tense
Plot: espionage, cold war, kgb, double agent, undercover, state affairs, dishonesty, danger, betrayal, working undercover, father son relationship, iron curtain ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: france, soviet union, russia
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
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Seven Days in May (1964)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 118 min.
Story: A U.S. Army general alerts the president of a planned military coup against him.
Style: suspenseful, tense, serious, suspense, intense ...
Plot: cold war, conspiracy, u.s. air force, nuclear, politics, secret service, revolution, white house, betrayal, terrorism, espionage, military ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, future, 70s
Place: pentagon, russia, texas, latin america, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
Twilight's Last Gleaming (1977)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, West Germany
Duration: 146 min.
Story: A renegade USAF general, Lawrence Dell, escapes from a military prison and takes over an ICBM silo near Montana and threatens to provoke World War 3 unless the President reveals details of a secret meeting held just after the start of the Vietnam ...
Style: serious, realistic, suspenseful, bleak, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: military, assassination, hostage, general, vengeance, terrorism, psychopath, administration, race against time, undercover, politics, chases and races ...
Place: montana, vietnam, asia, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
Berlin Tunnel 21 (1981)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 141 min.
Story: In Berlin in 1961, an American soldier and a German engineer join forces to build a tunnel under the Berlin Wall in order to smuggle out refugees, including the soldier's East German girlfriend.
Style: suspenseful, rough, serious, realistic, tense ...
Plot: tunnel, escape, hopes, escapades, daring rescue, getting home, confined, human spirit, political unrest, against the odds, ambition, obsessive quest ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: germany, europe, berlin germany, east berlin, east germany
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
The Ipcress File (1965)
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: suspenseful, suspense, tense, enigmatic, atmospheric ...
Plot: espionage, cold war, spy, political intrigue, double agent, undercover, investigation, rivalry, dishonesty, politics, danger, race against time ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 1960s
Place: england, london, albania, europe, scotland yard ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
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: kgb, espionage, cold war, betrayal, undercover, deadly, chases and races, crimes, politics, secret agents, heroes, state affairs ...
Time: 80s
Place: russia, england, europe, london, soviet union
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
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 6.7
 713
Rogue Male (1976)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 103 min.
Story: Early in 1939 Sir Robert Thorndyke takes aim at Adolf Hitler with a high powered rifle, but the shot misses its mark. Captured and tortured by the Gestapo and left for dead, Sir Robert makes his way back to England where he discovers the Gestapo has ...
Style: bleak, suspenseful, rough, realistic, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: escapades, crimes, danger, adventure, society, manhunt, dishonesty, assassination, heroes, deadly, hitman, fascism ...
Time: 1930s, 30s
Place: england, europe, london, germany
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
 5.6
 995
The Chairman (1969)
Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: An American scientist is sent to Red China to steal the formula for a newly developed agricultural enzyme. What he is not told by his bosses is that a micro-sized bomb has been planted in his brain so that should the mission ever look likely to ...
Style: realistic, serious, exciting, suspenseful, suspense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: race against time, espionage, undercover, politics, cold war, countdown, spy, escapades, state affairs, dishonesty, secret agents, chases and races ...
Time: 60s, 1960s
Place: china, asia, usa, russia, london ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
 5.8
 306
Danger Route (1967)
Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Jonas Wilde, a British secret agent licensed to kill, wants to resign from his murderous work, but his superiors pressure him into taking on a new assignment-the assassination of a defecting Soviet scientist. In the course of the dangerous mission, ...
Style: eurospy, suspenseful, serious, realistic, exciting ...
Plot: espionage, ship, secret agents, escapades, danger, chases and races, state affairs, fellow agent, one last case, disorder, political conspiracy, working undercover ...
Time: 60s
Place: london, russia, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
A Few Days in September (2006)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: Italy, France, Portugal
Duration: 116 min.
Story: 1 September 2001. Elliot, an American C.I.A. agent holding top secret information on the immediate future of the world, disappears. His sole aim was to meet his daughter Orlando, whom he abandoned ten years before. Irène, a French agent who used to ...
Style: realistic, suspenseful, serious, tense
Plot: secret agents, dishonesty, deadly, state affairs, undercover, track down, parents and children, political intrigue, sniper, spy, gunshot, intelligence agency ...
Time: september 11 2001, contemporary, 21st century
Place: paris france, venice, france, europe, italy ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
Fanfare for a Death Scene (1964)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 73 min.
Story: An American secret agent, on the trail of a vanished scientist, must recover the scientist's revolutionary secret formula before the enemy catches up with his quarry first.
Style: suspenseful, rough, realistic, serious, exciting
Audience: boys' night
Plot: jazz, espionage, race against time, chase, mystery, chases and races, undercover, state affairs, special agents, missing person, danger, bathtub ...
Time: 60s
Place: europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
 5.6
 1K
The Innocent (1993)
Genre: Drama
Country: Germany, UK
Duration: 119 min.
Story: A young engineer is sent to post-WWII Berlin to help the Americans in spying on the Russians. In a time and place where discretion is still a man’s best friend, he falls in love with a mysterious woman who will take him on the dark side of evil.
Style: sexy, sexual, suspenseful, realistic, serious ...
Plot: danger, espionage, couples, dishonesty, mysterious character, government agency, state affairs, secret agents, heroes, undercover, world war two, infidelity ...
Time: 50s, 1950s
Place: germany, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
 7.3
 587
The Agency (2001)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 60 min.
Story: The Agency is a CBS television drama that followed the inner-workings of the CIA. The series was created by Michael Frost Beckner and was executive produced by Michael Frost Beckner, Shaun Cassidy Productions and Radiant Productions in association ...
Style: suspenseful, rough, realistic, serious, twists and turns ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: espionage, terrorism, cia, undercover, working undercover, secret service, deadly, government agency, state affairs, secret agents, spy, terrorist ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%