Movies like The Amateur

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The Amateur (1981)
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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: exciting, rough, serious, realistic, suspenseful, surprise ending, suspense
Plot: espionage, hostage, politics, intrigue, murder, crimes, vengeance, heroes, hostages, terrorism, destiny, secret agents, graphic violence, political intrigue, rebellion, against the rules, political conspiracy, working undercover, danger, political corruption, chases and races, dishonesty, deadly, rivalry, assassination ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: italy, europe, czech republic, prague, eastern europe, central europe, prague czechoslovakia

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Most similar movies to The Amateur

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, realistic, suspenseful and rough films with plots about dishonesty, crimes, deadly, undercover, state affairs, danger and espionage mostly in Thriller, Crime and Action genres. Some movies like The Amateur: Full Disclosure (2001), Assassins' Code (2011), American Roulette (1988), Hidden Agenda (1999), The Little Drummer Girl (1984). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
Full Disclosure (2001)
Genre: Thriller
Country: Canada
Duration: 97 min.
Story: A reporter discovers a woman who is a suspected terrorist.
Style: rough, suspenseful, serious, exciting, realistic
Plot: terrorism, undercover, hidden identity, manhunt, government agency, danger, special agents, on the run, chases and races, journalism, federal bureau of investigation, graphic violence ...
Time: 60s, 20th century
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Assassins' Code (2011)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: A corporate assassination forces opportunistic double agents from three nations to fight to retrieve a high-tech computer disk containing schematics for a deadly weapon.
Style: exciting, suspenseful, serious, tense, suspense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: espionage, crimes, dishonesty, danger, undercover, rivalry, hitman, working undercover, vengeance, deadly, haunted by the past, uninhibited rivalry ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
73%
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, rough, realistic, serious, exciting
Plot: danger, politics, chases and races, rebellion, on the run, assassination attempt, deadly, head of state, heroes, espionage, crimes, state affairs ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: london, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
 4.5
 364
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: suspenseful, rough, psychological, tense, mind bending ...
Plot: murder, mystery, dishonesty, crimes, undercover, chases and races, intrigue, secret agents, crime, profanity, conspiracy, graphic violence ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: germany, central europe, eastern europe, berlin germany
⇓ similarity ⇓
59%
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The Little Drummer Girl (1984)
Genre: Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 130 min.
Story: An American Actress with a penchant for lying is forceably recruited by Mosad, the Israeli intelligence agency to trap a Palestinian bomber, by pretending to be the girlfriend of his dead brother.
Style: realistic, suspenseful, tense, serious
Audience: boys' night
Plot: espionage, terrorism, mossad, political intrigue, intrigue, undercover, state affairs, secret agents, deadly, politics, dishonesty, double agent ...
Time: 80s
Place: middle east, germany, greece, england, israel ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
The Assignment (1997)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: Canada
Duration: 119 min.
Story: Jack Shaw (DONALD SUTHERLAND) has experienced the terror first-hand. He's a top CIA agent who's tracked international killer-for-hire Carlos "The Jackal" Sanchez for over twenty years and barely survived Carlos' devastating ...
Style: suspenseful, exciting, tense, psychological, suspense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: kgb, espionage, terrorist, frame up, chase, danger, assassination attempt, race against time, politics, car chase, revenge, hitman ...
Time: 80s, 70s, 20th century
Place: israel, middle east, virginia, jerusalem, montreal quebec canada ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
Mission to Tokyo (1966)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: France, Italy
Duration: 100 min.
Story: US 24, an American Navy base in a small island in the Pacific, is annihilated. Hubert Bonisseur de la Bath, a French aristocrat that is also a secret agent, OSS 117, is sent to Tokyo to investigate who did it. Soon, he finds out that a cypher girl ...
Style: suspenseful, rough, exciting, serious, realistic ...
Plot: secret agents, espionage, secret agent, state affairs, special agents, crime, heroes, politics, crimes, gang, chases and races, danger ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: tokyo, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
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Icon (2005)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 166 min.
Story: A former US Operative, who lived in Russia in his earlier years and had been married there with a child, comes out of retirement to face down a former enemy, now running as a candidate for President in modern Russia. Working with a Russian ...
Style: serious, realistic, suspenseful, suspense
Audience: boys' night
Plot: terrorism, politics, conspiracy, espionage, uncover truth, special agents, race against time, chases and races, government agency, heroes, danger, secret agents ...
Time: contemporary
Place: russia, moscow russia
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
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 478
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, suspense, tense, realistic
Audience: boys' night
Plot: manhunt, espionage, undercover, on the run, haunted by the past, vengeance, working undercover, rivalry, deadly, secret agents, law enforcement, danger ...
Time: contemporary
Place: hungary, europe, ukraine, austria
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
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: rivalry, espionage, secret agents, manhunt, on the run, fighting the system, government agency, dishonesty, undercover, danger, rebellion, life turned upside down ...
Time: contemporary
Place: europe, italy, rome italy
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
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 2K
The Formula (1980)
Genre: Crime, Thriller
Country: West Germany, USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: A detective uncovers a formula that was devised by the Nazis in WW II to make gasoline from synthetic products, thereby eliminating the necessity for oil--and oil companies. A major oil company finds out about it and tries to destroy the formula and ...
Style: tense, serious, realistic, suspenseful
Plot: murder, crimes, crime, mystery, state affairs, danger, dishonesty, investigation, deadly, conspiracy, world war two, police detective ...
Place: west berlin west germany
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
 4.3
 4K
Art of War 2 (2008)
Genre: Action, Thriller
Country: Canada
Duration: 103 min.
Story: Agent Neil Shaw is called out of retirement and finds himself in the midst of a plot to assassinate several leading Senators with himself set-up to take the rap for a recent killing
Style: suspenseful, twists and turns, serious, realistic, exciting
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, assassination, heroes, betrayal, on the run, murder, conspiracy, frame up, political corruption, political conspiracy, protagonist as suspect, secret agents ...
Time: contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
 4.0
 246
The Contract (1999)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: Canada
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Hannah has been trained in the lethal art of assasination by her father Luc, a former sniper with the special forces in Vietnam. When her father is unexpectedly killed she is forced to choose between the violent world she knows and the ordinary ...
Style: rough, suspenseful, serious, realistic, exciting
Plot: hitman, graphic violence, chases and races, crimes, deadly, danger, dishonesty, crime, rivalry, vengeance, conspiracy, assassination ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
On Dangerous Ground (1996)
Genre: Action, Thriller
Country: Canada, UK, Luxembourg
Duration: 165 min.
Story: Vusi Madlazi returns to the South African village he left as a young boy (he was organizing against apartheid, and left in fear of his life) to bury his father. He meets up with his brother Ernest, who tells him their other brother Stephen ...
Style: tense, realistic, exciting, serious, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: terrorism, special agents, state affairs, ira, assassination attempt, tough heroes, undercover, rivalry, gang, government agency, heroes, secret agents ...
Time: 90s
Place: england, hong kong, china
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
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The Salamander (1981)
Genre: Thriller
Country: UK, Italy
Duration: 103 min.
Story: An Italian policeman investigates a series of murders involving people in prominent positions. Left behind at each murder scene is a drawing of a salamander. The policeman begins to suspect these murders are linked to a plot to seize control of the ...
Style: realistic, serious, suspense, captivating, enigmatic ...
Plot: murder, politics, police investigation, political conspiracy, political intrigue, mystery, danger, crime, crimes, political corruption, state affairs, dishonesty ...
Time: 80s
Place: italy, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
 5.2
 113
Able Danger (2008)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 86 min.
Story: Tom Flynn, the idealist owner of a left-leaning radical café/bookstore and the quixotic publisher of a hard hitting 911 conspiracy expose, finds himself entangled with a mysterious Eastern European beauty, Kasia, who is on the run from strong hand ...
Style: suspenseful, serious, realistic
Plot: neo noir, investigation, fighting the system, uncover truth, politics, assassination, crimes, life is a bitch, race against time, undercover, rebellion, society ...
Time: contemporary
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
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 1K
Enigma (1982)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: UK, France
Duration: 122 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 ⇓
44%
The Last Contract (1998)
Genre: Crime, Thriller
Country: Sweden, Norway, Finland
Duration: 114 min.
Story: Young police officer Roger is on the trail of the international master assassin, while the assassin follows his plan to murder Swedish Prime Minister Olof Palme.
Style: serious, realistic
Plot: hitman, assassination, murder, investigation, deadly, politics, crimes, state affairs, dishonesty, law enforcement, graphic violence, head of state ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 1986, year 1985
Place: sweden, stockholm sweden, europe, eastern europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
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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: espionage, kgb, cold war, undercover, betrayal, government agency, dishonesty, heroes, crimes, politics, secret agents, chases and races ...
Time: 80s
Place: russia, england, europe, london, soviet union
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
Agent of Influence (2002)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Canada
Duration: 98 min.
Story: This story of espionage and counter-espionage is based on the novel by Ian Adams. Suspicious circumstances surrounded the mysterious death of a Canadian diplomat. At the height of The Cold War in October 1964, John Watkins, Canada's former ...
Style: captivating, realistic, bleak, rough, exciting ...
Plot: espionage, undercover, rebellion, state affairs, head of state, dishonesty, heroes, cold war, cia, secret agents, secret agent, spy
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: canada, russia
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
 5.0
 384
Confess (2005)
Genre: Thriller, Drama
Country: USA, Mexico
Duration: 89 min.
Story: political thriller that charts the exploits of disillusioned ex-hacker Terell Lessor. A return to New York, coupled with a humiliating attempt at getting a new job, serves as the catalyst for him to take action against those who slighted him in the ...
Style: rough, suspenseful, serious, suspense, realistic ...
Plot: terrorism, secret agents, prodigy, undercover, dishonesty, rivalry, political conspiracy, political corruption, political intrigue, vengeance, campaign, rebellion ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
 4.8
 332
Blindside (1987)
Genre: Thriller
Country: Canada
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Harvey Keitel plays Penfield Gruber, a once great scientist, reduced to managing a sleazy hotel. Gruber monitors the daily comings and goings of his tenants, mainly for his own interest, until underworld figures ask him to spy on a suspected ...
Style: suspenseful, rough, serious, realistic, exciting
Plot: murder, espionage, scientist, hotel, drug dealing, dishonesty, intrigue, rivalry, profanity, voyeurism, obsession, graphic violence ...
Time: 80s
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
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, chases and races, government agency, undercover, dishonesty, state affairs, danger, secret agents, heroes, courtroom drama, vengeance ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: england, greece
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
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The Black Windmill (1974)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: UK, France
Duration: 106 min.
Story: A British agent's son is kidnapped and held for a ransom of diamonds. The agent finds out that he can't even count on the people he thought were on his side to help him, so he decides to track down the kidnappers himself.
Style: realistic, serious, psychological, suspenseful
Audience: boys' night
Plot: kidnapping, agent, spy, murder, ransom, state affairs, chases and races, amateur detective, government agency, politics, crimes, hostage ...
Time: 70s
Place: paris france, england, london, europe, scotland yard
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
Who's Got the Black Box? (1967)
Genre: Thriller
Country: France, Italy, Greece
Duration: 90 min.
Story: The widow of a murdered undercover NATO officer in Greece is the prime suspect in his killing. She finds herself embroiled in a bigger conspiracy about the sabotage of U.S. radar installations while trying to prove her innocence.
Style: rough, bleak, suspenseful, exciting, realistic ...
Plot: murder, righting the wronged, whistleblower, snitch, disorder, state affairs, dishonesty, undercover, frame up, obsession, working undercover, false accusation ...
Time: 60s
Place: greece
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
 2.9
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Speed (2007)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: India
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Action / Foreign / Suspense - Sandeep Malhotra comes to London to convince his girlfriend to give him another chance. Meanwhile, Siddharth, an undercover MI5 agent, receives a CD, which contains the recording of his kidnapped wife, Richa, and is ...
Style: exciting, serious, suspenseful, tense, realistic ...
Plot: race against time, hostage, hidden identity, undercover, secret agents, working undercover, danger, crimes, assassination, politics, missing person, chases and races ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: england, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
The Eiger Sanction (1975)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 129 min.
Story: A classical art professor and collector, who doubles as a professional assassin, is coerced out of retirement to avenge the murder of an old friend.
Style: suspenseful, exciting, rough, serious, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: assassin, espionage, assassination, hitman, mountain, heroes, secret agents, rivalry, mountaineer, adventure, danger, chases and races ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: europe, alps, swiss alps, germany, arizona ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
The White Lioness (1996)
Genre: Crime, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Sweden, Denmark, Norway
Duration: 103 min.
Story: In Cape Town, a police inspector named September color discovers that the dreaded Mabasha, hired murderer, is in talks with a right-wing organization. In Skåne, southwest of Sweden, is given to the real estate agent Louise Åkerblom by missing and ...
Style: suspenseful, atmospheric, rough, bleak, serious ...
Plot: murder, crimes, danger, kgb, conspiracy, graphic violence, terrorism, political conspiracy, political corruption, fish out of water, who done it, police corruption ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: south africa, russia, africa, sweden, eastern europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
 6.2
 413
Chameleon (1995)
Genre: Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: An undercover agent (Anthony LaPaglia) uses his rare personality disorder in pursuing the drug-cartel leader responsible for the deaths of his wife and kids.
Style: rough, suspenseful, realistic, serious, exciting
Audience: boys' night
Plot: undercover, vengeance, dishonesty, chases and races, law enforcement, dealing with death, drug dealing, good versus evil, government agency, special agents, graphic violence, couple relations ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
Secrets of State (2008)
Genre: Thriller
Country: France
Duration: 100 min.
Story: In France, terrorist groups and intelligence agencies battle in a merciless war everyday, in the name of radically opposed ideologies. Yet, terrorist and secret agents lead almost the same lives. Condemned to secrecy, these masters of manipulation ...
Style: realistic, suspenseful, exciting, serious, suspense
Plot: terrorist, espionage, secret agents, state affairs, race against time, good versus evil, political conspiracy, deadly, politics, working undercover, danger, undercover ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: france, europe, paris france
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%