Movies like Captain Phillips

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Captain Phillips (2013)
 7.8
 383K
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, intense, emotional, exciting, factual, captivating, serious ...
Plot: ship, hijacking, pirate, hostages, navy, kidnapping, confined, team, rescue, ship captain, terrorism, u.s. navy, courage, hostage situation, ransom, poverty, destiny, fisherman, commando, blood, cargo ship, anti heroes, escapades, boat, captain ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s, 2000s, year 2009
Place: somalia, africa, kenya, virginia, vermont, united states

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Most similar movies to Captain Phillips

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, realistic, suspenseful and suspense films with plots about danger, mentor, catastrophe, dialogue, runaway, survival and confined mostly in Drama, Thriller and Action genres. Some movies like Captain Phillips: A Hijacking (2012), Zero Dark Thirty (2012), Apollo 13 (1995), Blood Diamond (2006), Fishing Without Nets (2014). 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, serious, psychological ...
Plot: hijacking, pirate, negotiation, cargo ship, cook, ransom, psychology, realism, hostages, ship, captivity, murder ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s
Place: denmark
⇓ 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: suspenseful, tense, realistic, serious, talky ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: manhunt, cia, terrorism, military, assassination, torture, espionage, track down, al qaeda, 9/11, terrorist group, explosion ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, year 2009, year 2005, year 2003 ...
Place: pakistan, middle east, iraq, poland, langley virginia ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.6
 243K
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: suspenseful, realistic, suspense, factual, clever ...
Audience: family outing, boys' night
Plot: space travel, spacecraft, survival, race against time, rescue, nasa, space program, astronaut, moon, courage, against the odds, mission gone awry ...
Time: 1960s, 20th century, 60s, 70s, year 1969 ...
Place: usa, florida, houston texas, wisconsin
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 8.0
 458K
Blood Diamond (2006)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 143 min.
Story: An ex-mercenary turned smuggler. A Mende fisherman. Amid the explosive civil war overtaking 1999 Sierra Leone, these men join for two desperate missions: recovering a rare pink diamond of immense value and rescuing the fisherman's son ...
Style: serious, captivating, suspenseful, thought provoking, intense ...
Plot: mercenary, smuggling, treasure hunt, adventure, gem, journalism, greed, fisherman, journalist, rebel, obsessive quest, against humanity ...
Time: 90s, 1990s, 20th century, year 2003
Place: africa, south africa, morocco, belgium, zimbabwe ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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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: suspenseful, serious, realistic, rough, captivating ...
Plot: realism, hijacking, hostages, pirate, moral dilemma, confined, crimes, danger, power relations
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: africa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.6
 92K
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: suspenseful, tense, realistic, serious, captivating ...
Plot: hijacking, airplane, terrorism, september 11 2001, 9/11, passenger, crimes, stabbing, self sacrifice, tragic event, death, untimely death ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, year 2001, 2000s
Place: virginia, new jersey, manhattan new york city, usa, cleveland ohio ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
 7.7
 530K
Argo (2012)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
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: tense, suspenseful, captivating, clever, factual ...
Plot: cia, danger, behind enemy lines, american abroad, hostage, government agency, daring rescue, government official, u.s. embassy, hidden identity, secret agents, race against time ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, year 1979, year 1980, year 1981 ...
Place: usa, iran, langley virginia, middle east, washington d.c. ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
 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: suspenseful, suspense, exciting, serious, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night, chick flick
Plot: kidnapping, hostage, jungle, ransom, rescue, terrorism, negotiation, insurance, radio, helicopter, sniper, mercenary ...
Time: 90s
Place: latin america, south america, africa
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
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 7.5
 198K
Sully (2016)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: On 15 January 2009, the world witnessed the 'Miracle on the Hudson' when Captain 'Sully' Sullenberger glided his disabled plane onto the frigid waters of the Hudson River, saving the lives of all 155 aboard. However, even as ...
Style: factual, realistic, suspense, inspirational, touching ...
Plot: investigation, aviation, pilot, airplane accident, airplane, rescue, crash landing, co pilot, courage, justice, husband wife relationship, plane crash ...
Time: year 2009, 2000s
Place: usa, new york, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
 5.6
 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: suspenseful, serious, exciting, bleak, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: hijacking, rescue, airport, underwater, airplane, bermuda triangle, survival, u.s. navy, stewardess, pilot, scuba diver, painting ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, year 1977, 80s
Place: washington d.c.
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
 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, rough, serious, realistic, suspense ...
Audience: boys' night, kids
Plot: ransom, ship, sea, bomb, cruise ship, interrogation, race against time, terrorism, cruise, passenger, adventure, sea disaster ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: england, atlantic ocean, scotland yard, scotland, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
 6.8
 52K
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: realistic, rough, serious, suspenseful, disturbing ...
Plot: politics, cia, kidnapping, torture, terrorism, senator, intelligence, terrorist, extradition, drowning, disappearance, surveillance ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: middle east, usa, north africa, chicago illinois, washington d.c. ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
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: serious, realistic, suspenseful, exciting, suspense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: white house, save the day, president, head of state, secret service, hostages, nuclear threat, ex military, conspiracy, siege, forced into action, terrorism ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, washington d.c., u.s. capitol building, pentagon, paris france ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
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, rough, twists and turns ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: hijacking, airplane, terrorism, rescue, hostage, explosion, violence, surveillance, bomb, hand to hand combat, ransom, deception ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s
Place: athens greece, washington d.c.
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
 7.7
 305K
Man on Fire (2004)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, UK, Mexico
Duration: 146 min.
Story: Jaded ex-CIA operative John Creasy reluctantly accepts a job as the bodyguard for a 10-year-old girl in Mexico City. They clash at first, but eventually bond, and when she's kidnapped he's consumed by fury and will stop at nothing to save ...
Style: rough, serious, suspenseful, exciting, tense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: kidnapping, vengeance, daring rescue, lone hero, vigilantism, friendship, mercenary, danger, justice, bodyguard, diary, cia ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: mexico, latin america
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
In the Heart of the Sea (2015)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Biography, Drama, History, Thriller
Country: USA, Australia, Spain
Duration: 122 min.
Story: In the winter of 1820, the New England whaling ship Essex was assaulted by something no one could believe: a whale of mammoth size and will, and an almost human sense of vengeance. The real-life maritime disaster would inspire Herman Melville’s ...
Style: exciting, captivating, suspense, scenic, inspirational ...
Plot: survival, ship, dangerous animal, ocean, adventure, isolation, whale, danger, against the odds, lost at sea, death, starvation ...
Time: 19th century, 1850s, 1820s
Place: new england, massachusetts, pacific ocean, ecuador, south america
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
 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: suspense, suspenseful, serious, twists and turns, tense ...
Plot: kidnapping, ransom, hostage, psychopath, maniac, crime, confined, crimes, parents and children, family relations, danger, brutality ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, oregon, new orleans, san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
 6.5
 166K
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: exciting, suspenseful, serious, realistic, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: hijacking, airplane, secret service, prison, negotiation, white house, president, one man army, conspiracy, hostage, corruption, hostages ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s
Place: russia, moscow russia, kazakhstan, afghanistan
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
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 6.0
 666
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, serious, realistic, tense, based on true events
Plot: kidnapping, terrorism, captivity, confined, danger, crimes, christian, muslim, september 11 2001, religion, bird, snake ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: asia, the philippines
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
 4.1
 475
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, realistic, rough, psychological
Plot: rescue, ship, adventure, hostages, survival, human nature, ocean or sea, social differences, captivity, isolation, confined, danger ...
Time: 90s
Place: bahamas
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
 7.5
 244K
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, rough, tense, exciting, disturbing ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: survival, soldier, military, battles, war, courage, terrorism, gunfight, selflessness, military life, squad, enemy ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, year 2005, 2000s
Place: afghanistan, middle east, usa, iraq, israel
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
 7.6
 320K
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, desert, human spirit, adventure, courage, loneliness, extreme sport, climbing, peril, life & death ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s, year 2003
Place: utah, usa, mcdonald's restaurant
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
 6.5
 105K
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, suspenseful, tense, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: airplane, fear, terrorism, hitman, woman in danger, crimes, airport, villain, kidnapping, confined, strong female character, save the day ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: usa, texas, dallas texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
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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, adventure, rescue mission, courage, coast guard, sinking ship, ocean, escapades, natural disaster, boat, danger ...
Time: 1950s, 20th century, 50s
Place: new england, usa, massachusetts, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
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, realistic, serious, suspenseful, rough ...
Plot: september 11 2001, survival, terrorism, rescue, trapped, marine, war on terror, daring rescue, race against time, firemen, terror, courage ...
Time: 21st century, 2000s, year 2001
Place: new york, usa, pentagon, manhattan new york city, empire state building manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
 6.8
 235K
Panic Room (2002)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: Trapped in their New York brownstone's panic room, a hidden chamber built as a sanctuary in the event of break-ins, newly divorced Meg Altman and her young daughter Sarah play a deadly game of cat-and-mouse with three intruders - Burnham, Raoul ...
Style: tense, suspenseful, suspense, stylized, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: crime gone awry, confinement indoors, confined, bunker, home invasion, secret room, locked in a room, heist, heist gone wrong, survival, burglary, disorder ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, new york, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
 7.3
 116K
Snowden (2016)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Thriller
Country: France, Germany, USA, UK
Duration: 134 min.
Story: CIA employee Edward Snowden leaks thousands of classified documents to the press.
Style: serious, realistic, thought provoking, suspenseful, tense ...
Plot: whistleblower, espionage, fighting the system, journalism, surveillance, government agency, against the rules, uncover truth, idealism, political thriller, state affairs, moral dilemma ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s, year 2007, year 2006 ...
Place: usa, russia, geneva switzerland, hawaii, hong kong ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
 6.4
 7K
Five Fingers (2006)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 87 min.
Story: Martijn, an idealistic Dutch pianist, travels to Morocco to help start a food program for malnourished children. Within moments of his arrival, however, Martijn is abducted by a group of terrorists, injected with a debilitating drug, and imprisoned. ...
Style: suspenseful, serious, realistic, exciting, psychological ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: torture, terrorist, kidnapping, terrorism, chess, hostages, race against time, airport, missing person, chases and races, confined, crimes ...
Time: contemporary
Place: morocco, africa
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
 5.6
 2K
Skyjacked (1972)
Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: A crazed Vietnam vet bomber hijacks a Boeing 707 in this disaster film filled with the usual early '70s stereotypes, and demands to be taken to Russia.
Style: suspense, serious, suspenseful, exciting, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: hijacking, airplane, danger, military, stewardess, save the day, adventure, confined, crimes, deadly, escapades, heroes ...
Time: 70s
Place: vietnam, asia, russia, soviet union, moscow russia
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
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, suspenseful, twists and turns, rough, suspense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: military, behind enemy lines, atrocity, sniper, navy, rescue, escape, gunfight, war, survival, fighter pilot, danger ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: europe, former yugoslavia, serbia, bosnia herzegovina, iraq
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
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