Movies like Captain Phillips

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Captain Phillips (2013)
 7.8
 392K
Captain Phillips (2013)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 134 min.
Story: The true story of Captain Richard Phillips and the 2009 hijacking by Somali pirates of the US-flagged MV Maersk Alabama, the first American cargo ship to be hijacked in two hundred years.
Style: tense, suspenseful, realistic, suspense, exciting, captivating, factual, serious, emotional, intense ...
Plot: ship, pirate, hijacking, rescue, navy, hostages, kidnapping, terrorism, confined, team, ship captain, u.s. navy, courage, hostage situation, captain, ransom, escapades, daring rescue, cargo ship, blood, ocean or sea, captivity, threat, danger, trapped ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s, 2000s, year 2009
Place: somalia, africa, kenya, virginia, vermont, united states

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, suspenseful, realistic and tense films with plots about danger, catastrophe, dialogue, mentor, survival, runaway and culture clash mostly in Thriller, Drama and Action genres. Some movies like Captain Phillips: A Hijacking (2012), Airport '77 (1977), Zero Dark Thirty (2012), Fishing Without Nets (2014), Apollo 13 (1995). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
 7.2
 15K
A Hijacking (2012)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: Denmark
Duration: 103 min.
Story: Tensions are high after a Danish freighter is captured and held for ransom by Somali pirates, leading to weeks of high-stakes negotiations – and an escalating potential for explosive violence.
Style: tense, realistic, bleak, psychological, serious ...
Plot: hijacking, negotiation, pirate, ransom, cook, cargo ship, psychology, workplace, moral dilemma, captivity, danger, realism ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s
Place: denmark
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 5.7
 9K
Airport '77 (1977)
Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 114 min.
Story: Flight 23 has crashed in the Bermuda Triangle while taking VIPs and valuable art to Philip Stevens new museum. But when hijackers take off the plane and knock everyone out with sleeping gas the plane crashes in the sea. The passengers survive but a ...
Style: exciting, suspenseful, serious, suspense, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: hijacking, rescue, airport, survival, underwater, race against time, danger, airplane, painting, millionaire, bermuda triangle, art thief ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, year 1977, 80s
Place: washington d.c.
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Zero Dark Thirty (2012)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, United Arab Emirates
Duration: 157 min.
Story: A chronicle of the decade-long hunt for al-Qaeda terrorist leader Osama bin Laden after the September 2001 attacks, and his death at the hands of the Navy S.E.A.L. Team 6 in May, 2011.
Style: tense, suspenseful, realistic, talky, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: cia, manhunt, terrorism, military, assassination, terrorist group, espionage, track down, 9/11, navy seal, explosion, al qaeda ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, year 2009, year 2011, 2000s ...
Place: pakistan, middle east, iraq, langley virginia, poland ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Fishing Without Nets (2014)
Genre: Thriller
Country: USA, Kenya, Somalia
Duration: 109 min.
Story: In Somalia, principled, young husband and father Abdi turns to piracy to support his family. While his wife and child wait for him in Yemen, an outdated and fragile satellite phone is his only connection to all he truly values. Abdi and his fellow ...
Style: tense, suspenseful, captivating, rough, serious ...
Plot: danger, pirate, moral dilemma, power relations, realism, hijacking, hostages, crimes, confined
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: africa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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 7.6
 250K
Apollo 13 (1995)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, History
Country: USA
Duration: 140 min.
Story: The true story of technical troubles that scuttle the Apollo 13 lunar mission in 1971, risking the lives of astronaut Jim Lovell and his crew, with the failed journey turning into a thrilling saga of heroism. Drifting more than 200,000 miles from ...
Style: factual, suspenseful, realistic, suspense, clever ...
Audience: boys' night, family outing
Plot: survival, space travel, nasa, astronaut, race against time, rescue, spacecraft, moon, space program, explosion, against the odds, outer space ...
Time: 20th century, 1960s, 70s, 60s, year 1970 ...
Place: usa, florida, wisconsin, houston texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.5
 93K
United 93 (2006)
Genre: Drama, History, Thriller
Country: USA, UK, France
Duration: 111 min.
Story: A real time account of the events on United Flight 93, one of the planes hijacked on 9/11 that crashed near Shanksville, Pennsylvania when passengers foiled the terrorist plot.
Style: tense, suspenseful, realistic, serious, rough ...
Plot: hijacking, airplane, terrorism, 9/11, tragic event, death, self sacrifice, september 11 2001, passenger, peril, danger, attack ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s, year 2001
Place: new jersey, cleveland ohio, virginia, pennsylvania, usa ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.7
 540K
Argo (2012)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 120 min.
Story: As the Iranian revolution reaches a boiling point, a CIA 'exfiltration' specialist concocts a risky plan to free six Americans who have found shelter at the home of the Canadian ambassador.
Style: suspenseful, tense, captivating, clever, factual ...
Plot: cia, behind enemy lines, danger, american abroad, rescue mission, daring rescue, hostage, life risking, race against time, escapades, secret agents, government agency ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, year 1979, year 1981, year 2001 ...
Place: usa, langley virginia, middle east, iran, tehran iran ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.2
 53K
Proof of Life (2000)
Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 135 min.
Story: Alice hires a professional negotiator to obtain the release of her engineer husband, who has been kidnapped by anti-government guerrillas in South America.
Style: exciting, suspenseful, serious, rough, sentimental ...
Audience: boys' night, chick flick
Plot: ransom, kidnapping, jungle, hostage, radio, insurance, mercenary, terrorism, sniper, rescue, helicopter, negotiation ...
Time: 90s
Place: latin america, south america, africa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Movie in collections
 3.9
 497
The Crew (1994)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Still depressed over the suicide of his mother, Bill has no idea that he's in for a wild ride when he and his wife Jennifer board the yacht owned by her bigoted lawyer brother. Along for the trip: a rock musician and his wife, as well as the ...
Style: suspenseful, serious, rough, psychological, realistic
Plot: rescue, survival, hostages, one man army, captivity, forces of nature, confined, adventure, danger, isolation, husband wife relationship, psychological thriller ...
Time: 90s
Place: bahamas
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
 6.0
 681
Captive (2012)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: France, Philippines, Germany, UK
Duration: 120 min.
Story: A dozen foreigners are kidnapped by a terrorist group in the Philippines.
Style: suspenseful, realistic, tense, based on true events, serious
Plot: kidnapping, terrorism, captivity, crimes, danger, rescue, hostage, journalist, murder, muslim, religion, military ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: asia, the philippines
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
 6.6
 4K
Juggernaut (1974)
Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: A bomber has planted 7 bombs on a transatlantic cruise ship. While a crack bomb squad team try to defuse the bombs the police attempt to track down the mad bomber.
Style: suspenseful, serious, rough, realistic, suspense ...
Audience: boys' night, kids
Plot: ransom, race against time, cruise, terrorism, passenger, ship, sea, cruise ship, interrogation, bomb, sea disaster, adventure ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: england, atlantic ocean, scotland yard, scotland, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
The Poseidon Adventure (2005)
Genre: Adventure, Action, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 174 min.
Story: A cruise ship succumbs to a terrorist act and capsizes on New Year's eve. A rag-tag group of survivors, spearheaded by a priest and a homeland security agent, must journey through the upside down vessel and attempt an escape.
Style: suspenseful, serious, exciting, realistic, suspense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: terrorism, christmas, new year's eve, survival, save the day, daring rescue, danger, deadly, isolation, cruise, forces of nature, race against time ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 80s
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
 7.5
 250K
Lone Survivor (2013)
Genre: Action, Biography, Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 121 min.
Story: Four Navy SEALs on a covert mission to neutralize a high-level al-Qaeda operative must make an impossible moral decision in the mountains of Afghanistan that leads them into an enemy ambush. As they confront unthinkable odds, the SEALs must find ...
Style: captivating, tense, rough, exciting, disturbing ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: military, survival, gunfight, soldier, courage, terrorism, military life, selflessness, battles, squad, enemy, death ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, year 2005, 2000s
Place: afghanistan, middle east, usa, iraq, israel
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
The Finest Hours (2016)
Genre: Action, Drama, History, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: The Coast Guard makes a daring rescue attempt off the coast of Cape Cod after a pair of oil tankers are destroyed during a blizzard in 1952.
Style: exciting, serious, suspenseful, tense, factual ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: survival, daring rescue, coast guard, ocean, courage, sinking ship, adventure, natural disaster, rescue mission, escapades, danger, forces of nature ...
Time: 1950s, 20th century, 50s
Place: new england, usa, massachusetts, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
 6.8
 53K
Rendition (2007)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 122 min.
Story: When an Egyptian terrorism suspect "disappears" on a flight from Africa to Washington DC, his American wife and a CIA analyst find themselves caught up in a struggle to secure his release from a secret detention facility somewhere outside ...
Style: rough, serious, disturbing, tense, suspenseful ...
Plot: politics, cia, terrorism, kidnapping, undercover, state affairs, government agency, senator, war on terror, police brutality, surveillance, danger ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: middle east, usa, north africa, cape town south africa, chicago illinois ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
 7.6
 328K
127 Hours (2010)
Genre: Adventure, Biography, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, UK, France
Duration: 94 min.
Story: The true story of mountain climber Aron Ralston's remarkable adventure to save himself after a fallen boulder crashes on his arm and traps him in an isolated canyon in Utah.
Style: suspense, uplifting, psychological, inspirational, suspenseful ...
Plot: survival, isolation, trapped, human spirit, desert, courage, loneliness, extreme sport, adventure, climbing, determination, hopes ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s, year 2003
Place: utah, usa, mcdonald's restaurant
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
 6.5
 169K
Air Force One (1997)
Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 124 min.
Story: Russian terrorists conspire to hijack the aircraft with the president and his family on board. The commander in chief finds himself facing an impossible predicament: give in to the terrorists and sacrifice his family, or risk everything to uphold ...
Style: suspenseful, exciting, serious, realistic, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: hijacking, airplane, secret service, prison, negotiation, hostage, conspiracy, president, head of state, political prisoner, white house, one man army ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: russia, moscow russia, afghanistan, kazakhstan
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
 6.9
 72K
All Is Lost (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: During a solo voyage in the Indian Ocean, a veteran mariner awakes to find his vessel taking on water after a collision with a stray shipping container. With his radio and navigation equipment disabled, he sails unknowingly into a violent storm and ...
Style: suspenseful, touching, rough, captivating, harsh ...
Plot: survival, sea disaster, isolation, storm, boat, adventure, ocean or sea, desperation, human spirit, hopes, forces of nature, human nature ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
Movie in collections
 6.5
 53K
Ladder 49 (2004)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 115 min.
Story: Under the watchful eye of his mentor, Captain Mike Kennedy, probationary firefighter Jack Morrison matures into a seasoned veteran at a Baltimore fire station. However, Jack has reached a crossroads as the sacrifices he's made have put him in ...
Style: touching, realistic, sincere, tense, suspenseful ...
Plot: firefighter, trapped, friendship, rescue, practical joke, danger, tragic hero, redemption, parents and children, race against time, family relations, funeral ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, baltimore, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
Voyage of Terror: The Achille Lauro Affair (1990)
Genre: Drama, History, Thriller
Country: Italy, France, USA, West Germany, UK
Duration: 180 min.
Story: Genua, 3rd October 1985. Together with over 500 other passengers Margot and Pierre Bergeron, a married couple from France, the Serafinis, an Italian family, Anne Higgins, an Englishwoman, Gitta and Helmut Holzer from Germany and an American couple ...
Style: serious, suspenseful, rough, realistic, tense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: hijacking, terrorism, confined, golden years, chases and races, heroes, hostages, crimes, save the day, murder, missing person, one man army ...
Time: 80s, year 1985
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
White House Down (2013)
Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 131 min.
Story: Capitol Policeman John Cale has just been denied his dream job with the Secret Service of protecting President James Sawyer. Not wanting to let down his little girl with the news, he takes her on a tour of the White House, when the complex is ...
Style: realistic, serious, suspenseful, exciting, humorous ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: white house, president, nuclear threat, save the day, hostages, head of state, ex military, siege, conspiracy, terrorism, secret service, forced into action ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, washington d.c., u.s. capitol building, pentagon, paris france ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
World Trade Center (2006)
Genre: Drama, History, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 129 min.
Story: On September, 11th 2001, after the terrorist attack to the World Trade Center, the building collapses over the rescue team from the Port Authority Police Department. Will Jimeno and his sergeant John McLoughlin are found alive trapped under the ...
Style: emotional, based on true events, suspenseful, realistic, serious ...
Plot: terrorism, survival, september 11 2001, marine, trapped, rescue, war on terror, race against time, danger, heroes, daring rescue, demolished city ...
Time: 21st century, year 2001, 2000s
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, empire state building manhattan new york city, pentagon
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
The Bedford Incident (1965)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Richard Widmark plays a hardened cold-war warrior and captain of the American destroyer USS Bedford. Sidney Poitier is a reporter given permission to interview the captain during a routine patrol. Poitier gets more than he bargained for when the ...
Style: suspenseful, exciting, serious, tense, atmospheric ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: cold war, submarine, navy, war, danger, heroic mission, military, journalism, race against time, nuclear missile, battlefield, confrontation ...
Time: 1960s
Place: atlantic ocean, greenland, russia
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
Movie in collections
 6.6
 28K
Hunter Killer (2018)
Genre: Action, Thriller
Country: UK, China, USA
Duration: 122 min.
Story: An untested American submarine captain teams with U.S. Navy SEALs to rescue the Russian president, who has been kidnapped by a rogue general.
Style: suspenseful, suspense, tense, captivating, scary ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: submarine, u.s. navy, warship, save the day, danger, murder, violence, death, kidnapping, race against time, russian army, sniper ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s
Place: washington d.c., pentagon, battleship, moscow russia, scottish highlands ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
 5.6
 93K
Poseidon (2006)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: A packed cruise ship traveling the Atlantic is hit and overturned by a massive wave, compelling the passengers to begin a dramatic fight for their lives.
Style: exciting, suspense, suspenseful, rough, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: survival, ship, drowning, ocean, forces of nature, daring rescue, catastrophe, sea disaster, chaos and mayhem, race against time, adventure, natural disaster ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: atlantic ocean
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
 6.4
 106K
Red Eye (2005)
Genre: Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 85 min.
Story: After attending the funeral of her grandmother in Dallas, the Lux Atlantic Hotel manager Lisa is waiting for a flight to Miami. Due to the bad weather and consequent flight delay, she meets in the airport bar Jack Rippner, who is also in the waiting ...
Style: psychological, exciting, intense, suspenseful, tense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: airplane, fear, terrorism, woman in danger, crimes, kidnapping, hitman, airport, villain, danger, stewardess, save the day ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: usa, texas, dallas texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
 6.2
 22K
Trapped (2002)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 106 min.
Story: When their daughter is kidnapped by experienced nappers (Bacon and Love), the Jennings' (Theron and Townsend) turn the tables on this seemingly foolproof plan.
Style: suspenseful, serious, twists and turns, suspense, tense ...
Plot: kidnapping, ransom, hostage, psychopath, family relations, confined, parents and children, crimes, crime, danger, maniac, brutality ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, oregon, new orleans, san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%
Executive Decision (1996)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 133 min.
Story: Terrorists hijack a 747 inbound to Washington D.C., demanding the the release of their imprisoned leader. Intelligence expert David Grant (Kurt Russell) suspects another reason and he is soon the reluctant member of a special assault team that is ...
Style: exciting, suspenseful, serious, realistic, twists and turns ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: hijacking, terrorism, airplane, rescue, hostage, violence, explosion, surveillance, ransom, deception, bomb, hand to hand combat ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s
Place: athens greece, washington d.c.
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%
Behind Enemy Lines (2001)
Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller, War
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: While flying a routine reconnaissance mission over Bosnia, fighter pilot Chris Burnett photographs something he wasn't supposed to see and gets shot down behind enemy lines, where he must outrun an army led by a ruthless Serbian general. With ...
Style: exciting, twists and turns, rough, suspenseful, suspense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: military, fighter pilot, sniper, behind enemy lines, atrocity, navy, rescue, escape, gunfight, war, survival, danger ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, year 1995
Place: former yugoslavia, europe, serbia, bosnia herzegovina, iraq
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%
 6.6
 26K
A Mighty Heart (2007)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, Thriller, War
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Based on Mariane Pearl's account of the terrifying and unforgettable story of her husband, Wall Street Journal reporter Danny Pearl's life and death.
Style: serious, realistic, emotional, suspenseful, factual ...
Plot: murder, loss of spouse, investigation, politics, friendship, faith, kidnapping, journalism, execution, muslim, fbi, new love ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s, 1990s
Place: pakistan, middle east, manhattan new york city, israel, afghanistan
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%
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