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Air Force One (1997)
Action, Adventure, Drama, Romance, Thriller

Air Force One (1997)

The President of the USA goes to Moscow and gives a stirring speech outlining the USA's new "Zero-tolerance" policy with respect to terrorism. On the flight home, terrorists take over Air Force One (the President's official plane) and take the passengers (including his wife and daughter) hostage. The terrorists plan to execute one hostage every half-hour unless/until their demands are met. However, the President is a former Medal of Honor winner, so the terrorists may be in for a surprise... (Read More)

Themes:hunting,  courage,  terrorism,  conspiracy,  corruption,  anger,  escape,  fear,  politics,  betrayal,  friendship
Mood:suspense
Locations:russia,  airport
Characters:daughter,  american,  russian,  hostage,  soldier
Period:1990s
Story:security clearance,  fighter pilot,  moscow russia,  russian ballet,  daughter of the president,  russian president,  american president,  airplane hijack,  aerial refueling,  emergency vehicle,  fax machine,  jumbo jet,  national security advisor,  security gate,  security agent,  national security,  fighter plane,  hit team,  commando mission,  commando unit,  u.s. attorney general,  attack on president,  first daughter,  father daughter hug,  u.s. vice president,  speaking russian,  vice president,  male pilot,  co pilot,  automatic weapon,  political prisoner,  american flag,  president,  u.s. president,  terrorist group,  terrorist plot,  aerial combat,  mother daughter relationship,  political conspiracy,  political corruption,  airplane accident,  war hero,  ex soldier,  escape pod,  fear of death,  hand to hand combat,  action hero,  semiautomatic pistol,  gun pointed at head,  kiss on forehead,  reference to the queen of england,  presidential palace,  reference to michigan,  instruction manual,  hk 5 machine gun,  conference table,  mid air transfer,  base commander,  damage control,  singing harmony,  former soviet union,  code red,  press secretary,  camera flash,  shock wave,  phone number,  digitization,  candlelight vigil,  countermeasures,  refueling,  clearance,  conference room,  air traffic control,  napping,  deliverance,  chief of staff,  jumper,  crossfire,  speaker phone,  secretary of defense,  switchboard,  classified,  pandemonium,  milk carton,  glass of milk,  news crew,  paperwork,  impact,  airforce one,  first family,  autopilot,  confirmation,  sinking,  policy,  control room,  medal of honor,  telephone operator,  hospitality,  baseball glove,  cooler,  cnn reporter,  pointing a gun at someone,  fax,  tarmac,  zealot,  inspection,  air vent,  standing ovation,  allies,  moscow,  secretary of state,  negotiator,  strong woman,  kazakhstan,  u.s. constitution,  hijacker,  equipment,  exploding plane,  wire,  motorcade,  salute,  fake id,  clipboard,  banner,  bottled water,  cockpit,  secret service agent,  sweating,  roses,  camaraderie,  diplomacy,  football game,  freezer,  translation,  refugee camp,  bullet proof vest,  commander in chief,  hostile takeover,  deal,  keys,  emergency,  luggage,  fuel,  u.s. air force,  intercom,  hijack,  loudspeaker,  negotiation,  banquet,  dogfight,  patriot,  first lady,  escort,  political thriller,  hijacking,  jet,  atrocity,  cookie,  campaign,  cheering crowd,  plane crash,  security,  glock,  family reunion,  alarm,  lecture,  secret service,  vietnam veteran,  fighter,  video tape,  smoke,  bloodbath,  rescue mission,  dictator,  meeting,  tour,  refrigerator,  tuxedo,  raid,  border,  slaughter,  commando,  parachute,  special forces,  aviation,  afghanistan,  peace,  team,  bravery,  gas mask,  morality,  white house,  press conference,  blockbuster,  mouse,  survivor,  wound,  traitor,  uzi,  hugging,  missile,  applause,  disaster,  ak 47,  ballet,  general,  die hard scenario,  father daughter relationship,  tied up,  neck breaking,  speech,  opening action scene,  suitcase,  terror,  screaming,  prologue,  pilot,  one against many,  limousine,  execution,  one man army,  disarming someone,  mother,  weapon,  prisoner,  mansion,  ambulance,  terrorist,  ambush,  police car,  journalist,  combat,  fighting,  held at gunpoint,  beer,  showdown,  travel,  gunfight,  tough guy,  airplane,  hero,  machine gun,  blood splatter,  fistfight,  shootout,  prison,  cell phone,  crying,  fire,  telephone call,  pistol,  surprise ending,  explosion,  martial arts,  husband wife relationship,  number in title,  kiss,  blood,  violence,  death,  murder,  gun,  fight

White House Down (2013)
Action, Drama, Thriller

White House Down (2013)

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 overtaken by a heavily armed paramilitary group. Now, with the nation's government falling into chaos and time running out, it's up to Cale to save the president, his daughter, and the country. (Read More)

Themes:terrorism,  conspiracy,  politics,  betrayal
Characters:daughter,  american,  hostage,  soldier
Story:secret service,  tour,  white house,  american president,  president,  security agent,  security,  commando mission,  commando unit,  u.s. vice president,  vice president,  automatic weapon,  american flag,  u.s. president,  terrorist group,  terrorist plot,  mother daughter relationship,  political corruption,  hand to hand combat,  airforce one,  secret service agent,  hostile takeover,  first lady,  political thriller,  alarm,  bloodbath,  commando,  special forces,  peace,  traitor,  missile,  ak 47,  die hard scenario,  general,  father daughter relationship,  limousine,  one man army,  disarming someone,  terrorist,  held at gunpoint,  gunfight,  machine gun,  fistfight,  shootout,  cell phone,  fire,  pistol,  surprise ending,  explosion,  martial arts,  husband wife relationship,  fight,  violence,  death,  gun,  murder

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Olympus Has Fallen (2013)
Action, Thriller

Olympus Has Fallen (2013)

When the White House (Secret Service Code: "Olympus") is captured by a terrorist mastermind and the President is kidnapped, disgraced former Presidential Secret Service Agent Mike Banning finds himself trapped within the building. As our national security team scrambles to respond, they are forced to rely on Banning's inside knowledge to help retake the White House, save the President and avert an even bigger disaster. (Read More)

Themes:terrorism,  escape,  politics,  betrayal
Characters:hostage,  soldier
Story:secret service,  white house,  president,  secret service agent,  american president,  terrorist,  national security,  commando mission,  commando unit,  u.s. vice president,  vice president,  automatic weapon,  american flag,  u.s. president,  terrorist group,  terrorist plot,  hand to hand combat,  action hero,  secretary of defense,  exploding plane,  motorcade,  hostile takeover,  u.s. air force,  dogfight,  political thriller,  plane crash,  security,  tuxedo,  commando,  special forces,  team,  gas mask,  press conference,  uzi,  traitor,  missile,  disaster,  ak 47,  general,  die hard scenario,  neck breaking,  one against many,  execution,  one man army,  weapon,  ambulance,  combat,  held at gunpoint,  showdown,  gunfight,  tough guy,  machine gun,  blood splatter,  fistfight,  shootout,  pistol,  explosion,  martial arts,  husband wife relationship,  fight,  death,  violence,  murder,  blood

G.i. Joe: Retaliation (2013)
Action, Adventure, Sci-fi, Thriller

G.i. Joe: Retaliation (2013)

The G.I. Joe team is framed for crimes against the country by Zartan, disguised as the President, and Cobra Commander has all the world leaders under his influence, with their advanced warheads headed towards innocent populaces around the world. Outnumbered and outgunned, the surviving team members form a plan with their original leader, General Joseph Colton, to rescue the President and face off Cobra Commander, his accomplices and the world leaders. (Read More)

Themes:terrorism,  conspiracy,  betrayal,  friendship
Characters:hostage,  soldier
Story:american president,  commando mission,  commando unit,  american flag,  u.s. president,  terrorist group,  terrorist plot,  ex soldier,  hand to hand combat,  action hero,  cnn reporter,  secret service agent,  secret service,  rescue mission,  dictator,  commando,  parachute,  special forces,  team,  white house,  press conference,  traitor,  uzi,  missile,  ak 47,  general,  president,  opening action scene,  limousine,  prisoner,  terrorist,  ambush,  held at gunpoint,  showdown,  tough guy,  airplane,  machine gun,  fistfight,  shootout,  prison,  cell phone,  pistol,  surprise ending,  explosion,  martial arts,  blood,  violence,  death,  murder,  fight

Passenger 57 (1992) is one of the best movies like Air Force One (1997)
Action, Crime, Thriller

Passenger 57 (1992)

Air travel is the safest, the FAA says. But the FAA never figured the risk with Charles Rane on board. "The Rane of Terror" has masterminded four terrorist attacks. Soon there will be a fifth -- and that's bad news for the passengers on Flight 163. But there's good news too: the man in seat 57! Wesley Snipes plays John Cutter, an undercover security operative who enters the lavatory and exits to find Rane (Bruce Payne) and his gang have taken over. Cutter's next move is clear. Do. Or be done to. (Read More)

Themes:courage,  terrorism,  escape,  fear,  betrayal
Mood:suspense
Locations:airport
Characters:hostage
Period:1990s
Story:airplane hijack,  security,  terrorist group,  terrorist plot,  terrorist,  hand to hand combat,  action hero,  semiautomatic pistol,  hijacker,  hostile takeover,  hijack,  hijacking,  glock,  meeting,  aviation,  bravery,  uzi,  die hard scenario,  neck breaking,  opening action scene,  terror,  pilot,  one against many,  one man army,  disarming someone,  ambulance,  ambush,  police car,  held at gunpoint,  showdown,  travel,  gunfight,  tough guy,  airplane,  hero,  machine gun,  blood splatter,  fistfight,  shootout,  prison,  telephone call,  pistol,  surprise ending,  explosion,  martial arts,  number in title,  gun,  blood,  murder,  death,  fight,  violence

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Executive Decision (1996)
Action, Adventure, Thriller

Executive Decision (1996)

Terrorists take over a 747 bound from Athens to Washington D.C., supposedly to effect the release of their leader. Intelligence expert David Grant suspects another reason and convinces the military that the 'plane should not be allowed to enter U.S. airspace. An assault mission is devised, using a specially equipped 'plane designed for mid-air crew transfers, and Grant finds himself aboard the 747 with a team of military anti-terrorists who have to defuse a bomb and overpower the terrorists. This is why Executive Decision (1996) is one of the best movies like Air Force One (1997). (Read More)

Themes:terrorism,  conspiracy,  corruption,  politics
Mood:suspense
Characters:american,  hostage,  soldier
Period:1990s
Story:team,  fighter pilot,  airplane hijack,  national security advisor,  national security,  jet,  fighter plane,  commando mission,  commando unit,  u.s. president,  terrorist group,  terrorist plot,  political conspiracy,  political corruption,  weapon,  airplane accident,  hand to hand combat,  action hero,  semiautomatic pistol,  mid air transfer,  refueling,  secretary of defense,  cnn reporter,  secretary of state,  hijacker,  equipment,  hostile takeover,  hijack,  hijacking,  political thriller,  security,  glock,  tuxedo,  commando,  special forces,  aviation,  uzi,  ak 47,  general,  die hard scenario,  president,  opening action scene,  pilot,  terrorist,  held at gunpoint,  gunfight,  tough guy,  airplane,  machine gun,  blood splatter,  fistfight,  shootout,  pistol,  surprise ending,  explosion,  martial arts,  death,  fight,  blood,  violence,  murder

London Has Fallen (2016)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

London Has Fallen (2016)

After the British Prime Minister has passed away under mysterious circumstances, all leaders of the Western world must attend his funeral. But what starts out as the most protected event on earth, turns into a deadly plot to kill the world's most powerful leaders and unleash a terrifying vision of the future. The President of the United States, his formidable secret service head and a British MI-6 agent who trusts no one are the only people that have any hope of stopping it. (Read More)

Themes:terrorism,  conspiracy,  escape,  politics,  betrayal,  friendship
Locations:airport
Characters:american,  hostage,  soldier
Story:american president,  president,  security,  secret service,  commando mission,  commando unit,  u.s. vice president,  vice president,  american flag,  u.s. president,  terrorist group,  terrorist plot,  mother daughter relationship,  hand to hand combat,  action hero,  motorcade,  secret service agent,  political thriller,  alarm,  commando,  special forces,  white house,  traitor,  missile,  ak 47,  die hard scenario,  general,  neck breaking,  prologue,  one against many,  limousine,  one man army,  disarming someone,  terrorist,  ambush,  police car,  held at gunpoint,  tough guy,  machine gun,  blood splatter,  fistfight,  shootout,  cell phone,  fire,  pistol,  surprise ending,  explosion,  husband wife relationship,  murder,  death,  violence

Die Hard 2 (1990)
Action, Thriller

Die Hard 2 (1990)

After the terrifying events in LA, John McClane (Willis) is about to go through it all again. A team of terrorists, led by Col. Stuart (Sadler) is holding the entire airport hostage. The terrorists are planning to rescue a drug lord from justice. In order to do so, they have seized control of all electrical equipment affecting all planes. With no runway lights available, all aircraft have to remain in the air, with fuel running low, McClane will need to be fast. (Read More)

Themes:terrorism,  escape,  fear,  betrayal
Mood:suspense
Locations:airport
Characters:american,  hostage,  soldier
Period:1990s
Story:fuel,  american president,  fax machine,  commando unit,  team,  terrorist group,  terrorist plot,  airplane accident,  ex soldier,  hand to hand combat,  action hero,  semiautomatic pistol,  air traffic control,  hijacker,  equipment,  hostile takeover,  hijack,  hijacking,  glock,  dictator,  commando,  parachute,  special forces,  aviation,  blockbuster,  traitor,  die hard scenario,  general,  president,  pilot,  one against many,  one man army,  weapon,  terrorist,  ambush,  journalist,  held at gunpoint,  showdown,  gunfight,  tough guy,  airplane,  hero,  machine gun,  blood splatter,  fistfight,  shootout,  pistol,  explosion,  martial arts,  husband wife relationship,  number in title,  murder,  fight,  blood,  kiss,  gun,  violence,  death

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Clear And Present Danger (1994) is one of the best movies like Air Force One (1997)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Clear And Present Danger (1994)

Jack Ryan is back and this time the bad guys are in his own government. When Admiral James Greer becomes sick with cancer, Ryan is appointed acting CIA Deputy Director of Intelligence. Almost before he can draw a breath in his new position, one of the president's closest friends and his family are murdered in their sleep by what appears to by drug cartels. Ryan is called in to investigate, but unknown to him the CIA has already sent a secret field operative to lead an illegal paramilitary force in Colombia against cartels. Things get even more complicated when his team is set up and he loses an agent in the field and a friend of his wife's, who was the murdered agent's secretary, is murdered that same day. Ryan must then risk not only his career, but his life to expose the truth behind the mystery. (Read More)

Themes:terrorism,  conspiracy,  corruption,  anger,  escape,  politics,  betrayal
Mood:suspense
Characters:american,  hostage,  soldier
Period:1990s
Story:national security,  fighter pilot,  american president,  national security advisor,  security,  commando mission,  commando unit,  american flag,  president,  u.s. president,  terrorist plot,  mother daughter relationship,  political conspiracy,  political corruption,  action hero,  semiautomatic pistol,  cnn reporter,  deal,  political thriller,  glock,  rescue mission,  commando,  special forces,  team,  white house,  press conference,  blockbuster,  uzi,  ak 47,  father daughter relationship,  neck breaking,  one against many,  limousine,  one man army,  disarming someone,  mansion,  ambulance,  terrorist,  ambush,  combat,  held at gunpoint,  showdown,  gunfight,  tough guy,  airplane,  hero,  machine gun,  blood splatter,  fistfight,  shootout,  cell phone,  fire,  pistol,  surprise ending,  explosion,  martial arts,  husband wife relationship,  death,  murder,  violence,  blood

Xxx: State Of The Union (2005)
Action, Adventure, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Xxx: State Of The Union (2005)

Agent Augustus Gibbons has selected an imprisoned former US Navy SEAL Darius Stone, a new agent in the XXX program, travels to Washington D.C., where they track a splinter faction of the U.S. military that attempts to overthrow the U.S. government and assassinate the President, led by Secretary of Defense and former 4-Star General George Deckert, Stone's former commanding officer whom he once led a mutiny against. But he's been targeted for assassination by a radical splinter group of dissenters deep within the United States government. The new XXX agent must uncover the insurgents from within. It is the nation's only hope to stop the first coup d'etat in American history. (Read More)

Themes:terrorism,  escape,  politics,  betrayal
Characters:american
Story:national security,  general,  u.s. president,  political corruption,  ex soldier,  hand to hand combat,  action hero,  semiautomatic pistol,  secretary of defense,  medal of honor,  glock,  rescue mission,  tuxedo,  raid,  commando,  white house,  traitor,  ak 47,  die hard scenario,  president,  opening action scene,  one against many,  one man army,  disarming someone,  prisoner,  ambush,  police car,  fighting,  held at gunpoint,  showdown,  gunfight,  tough guy,  hero,  machine gun,  fistfight,  shootout,  prison,  fire,  pistol,  explosion,  martial arts,  murder,  fight,  gun,  violence,  blood

The Fate Of The Furious (2017)
Action, Adventure, Crime, Thriller

The Fate Of The Furious (2017)

Now that Dom and Letty are on their honeymoon and Brian and Mia have retired from the game-and the rest of the crew has been exonerated-the globetrotting team has found a semblance of a normal life. But when a mysterious woman seduces Dom into the world of crime he can't seem to escape and a betrayal of those closest to him, they will face trials that will test them as never before. From the shores of Cuba and the streets of New York City to the icy plains off the arctic Barents Sea, the elite force will crisscross the globe to stop an anarchist from unleashing chaos on the world's stage... and to bring home the man who made them a family. This is why The Fate Of The Furious (2017) is one of the best movies like Air Force One (1997). (Read More)

Themes:betrayal,  terrorism,  anger,  escape,  fear,  friendship
Locations:russia
Characters:russian,  hostage,  soldier
Story:team,  american flag,  terrorist group,  terrorist plot,  ex soldier,  hand to hand combat,  action hero,  motorcade,  hostile takeover,  cheering crowd,  rescue mission,  parachute,  blockbuster,  missile,  ak 47,  father daughter relationship,  opening action scene,  suitcase,  pilot,  one against many,  limousine,  one man army,  disarming someone,  prisoner,  terrorist,  ambush,  police car,  held at gunpoint,  showdown,  travel,  gunfight,  tough guy,  airplane,  machine gun,  blood splatter,  fistfight,  shootout,  prison,  cell phone,  fire,  pistol,  surprise ending,  explosion,  martial arts,  husband wife relationship,  violence,  murder,  fight,  blood,  kiss,  death

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Big Game (2014)
Action, Adventure

Big Game (2014)

When Air Force One is shot down by terrorists leaving the President of the United States stranded in the wilderness, there is only one person around who can save him - a 13-year old boy called Oskari. In the forest on a hunting mission to prove his maturity to his kinsfolk, Oskari had been planning to track down a deer, but instead discovers the most powerful man on the planet in an escape pod. With the terrorists closing in to capture their own "Big Game" prize, the unlikely duo must team up to escape their hunters. As anxious Pentagon officials observe the action via satellite feed, it is up to the President and his new side-kick to prove themselves and survive the most extraordinary 24 hours of their lives. (Read More)

Themes:escape,  hunting,  courage,  terrorism,  conspiracy,  fear,  betrayal
Story:escape pod,  american president,  commando unit,  u.s. vice president,  vice president,  president,  u.s. president,  terrorist plot,  airforce one,  secret service agent,  plane crash,  secret service,  commando,  parachute,  special forces,  team,  bravery,  traitor,  uzi,  missile,  ak 47,  general,  terrorist,  held at gunpoint,  machine gun,  fistfight,  pistol,  surprise ending,  explosion,  murder,  death

Red Dawn (2012) is one of the best movies like Air Force One (1997)
Action, Thriller

Red Dawn (2012)

The city of Spokane, Washington is awakened by a North Korean paratrooper invasion. Marine Corps veteran Jed Eckert and his civilian brother, Matt, escape with a group of friends to an isolated cabin in the woods, where they witness the execution of their father at the hands of the ruthless Captain Cho. The brothers unite with their friends to form a guerrilla resistance group--the Wolverines--to drive the invaders from their home. (Read More)

Themes:courage,  terrorism,  escape,  fear,  betrayal,  friendship
Characters:russian,  hostage,  soldier
Story:commando mission,  commando unit,  political prisoner,  american flag,  hand to hand combat,  action hero,  exploding plane,  plane crash,  commando,  special forces,  bravery,  uzi,  ak 47,  die hard scenario,  one against many,  execution,  disarming someone,  ambush,  combat,  held at gunpoint,  gunfight,  tough guy,  airplane,  machine gun,  fistfight,  shootout,  cell phone,  pistol,  surprise ending,  explosion,  martial arts,  death,  violence,  fight,  murder

Allegiant (2016)
Action, Adventure, Mystery, Sci-fi, Thriller

Allegiant (2016)

After the earth-shattering revelations of INSURGENT, Tris must escape with Four and go beyond the wall enclosing Chicago. For the first time ever, they will leave the only city and family they have ever known. Once outside, old discoveries are quickly rendered meaningless with the revelation of shocking new truths. Tris and Four must quickly decide who they can trust as a ruthless battle ignites beyond the walls of Chicago which threatens all of humanity. In order to survive, Tris will be forced to make impossible choices about courage, allegiance, sacrifice and love. (Read More)

Themes:courage,  terrorism,  conspiracy,  corruption,  escape,  fear,  politics,  betrayal
Mood:suspense
Locations:airport
Characters:hostage,  soldier
Story:commando mission,  hand to hand combat,  action hero,  strong woman,  dogfight,  plane crash,  rescue mission,  dictator,  commando,  bravery,  gas mask,  traitor,  missile,  pilot,  one against many,  execution,  one man army,  disarming someone,  prisoner,  ambush,  combat,  fighting,  held at gunpoint,  showdown,  gunfight,  tough guy,  airplane,  machine gun,  fistfight,  shootout,  prison,  pistol,  surprise ending,  explosion,  martial arts,  blood,  murder,  death,  violence,  fight

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Sudden Death (1995)
Action, Crime, Thriller

Sudden Death (1995)

Some terrorists kidnap the Vice President of the United States and threaten to blow up the entire stadium during the final game of the NHL Stanley Cup. There is only one way and one man to stop them...

Themes:terrorism
Mood:suspense
Characters:daughter,  hostage
Period:1990s
Story:vice president,  president,  u.s. vice president,  terrorist plot,  hand to hand combat,  action hero,  semiautomatic pistol,  glock,  rescue mission,  uzi,  die hard scenario,  father daughter relationship,  opening action scene,  one against many,  one man army,  disarming someone,  terrorist,  showdown,  gunfight,  tough guy,  hero,  blood splatter,  fistfight,  shootout,  explosion,  martial arts,  death,  fight,  violence

Survivor (2015)
Action, Crime, Thriller

Survivor (2015)

A State Department employee newly posted to the American embassy in London is charged with stopping terrorists from getting into the U.S. That puts her right in the line of fire and she is targeted for death and framed for crimes. Discredited, she is forced to go on the run while she tries to clear her name and stop a large-scale terrorist attack set for New Year's Eve in Times Square. This is why Survivor (2015) is one of the best movies like Air Force One (1997). (Read More)

Themes:terrorism,  conspiracy,  escape,  fear,  betrayal
Mood:suspense
Locations:airport
Characters:american,  hostage
Story:terrorist group,  terrorist plot,  hand to hand combat,  afghanistan,  survivor,  ak 47,  die hard scenario,  opening action scene,  prologue,  ambulance,  terrorist,  ambush,  combat,  held at gunpoint,  showdown,  gunfight,  airplane,  machine gun,  fistfight,  shootout,  cell phone,  fire,  pistol,  surprise ending,  explosion,  martial arts,  fight,  murder,  death,  violence

Ngo Si Seoi (1998) is one of the best movies like Air Force One (1997)
Action, Adventure, Comedy, Sci-fi, Thriller

Ngo Si Seoi (1998)

Jackie Chan, a top secret militant soldier, crashes into the South African jungle after his mission of kidnapping three scientists (who were experimenting with a powerful mineral) has gone awry. Waking up in a village of local natives, Chan has no memory of who he is, thus being addressed as "Who Am I". His journey with aid from two female sidekicks to find out his identity leads him all the way to Rotterdam where he coincidentally discovers the location of the organization that kidnapped the three scientists. With no memory, Chan is thirsty for answers by any means necessary. (Read More)

Themes:conspiracy,  escape,  betrayal
Mood:suspense
Characters:hostage,  soldier
Period:1990s
Story:commando mission,  commando unit,  hand to hand combat,  action hero,  semiautomatic pistol,  air vent,  commando,  parachute,  special forces,  die hard scenario,  general,  opening action scene,  screaming,  prologue,  one against many,  one man army,  disarming someone,  ambush,  combat,  fighting,  held at gunpoint,  gunfight,  tough guy,  airplane,  hero,  machine gun,  fistfight,  shootout,  cell phone,  pistol,  surprise ending,  explosion,  martial arts,  fight,  murder,  violence,  death

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The Dark Knight Rises (2012)
Action, Thriller

The Dark Knight Rises (2012)

Despite his tarnished reputation after the events of The Dark Knight, in which he took the rap for Dent's crimes, Batman feels compelled to intervene to assist the city and its police force which is struggling to cope with Bane's plans to destroy the city.

Themes:terrorism,  conspiracy,  escape,  betrayal
Mood:suspense
Locations:airport
Characters:russian,  hostage,  soldier
Story:allies,  commando mission,  commando unit,  american flag,  u.s. president,  terrorist group,  terrorist plot,  airplane accident,  hand to hand combat,  action hero,  mid air transfer,  hostile takeover,  commando,  special forces,  peace,  gas mask,  press conference,  blockbuster,  uzi,  missile,  ak 47,  die hard scenario,  neck breaking,  opening action scene,  screaming,  one against many,  limousine,  execution,  one man army,  disarming someone,  prisoner,  mansion,  ambulance,  terrorist,  ambush,  combat,  held at gunpoint,  showdown,  gunfight,  tough guy,  airplane,  machine gun,  fistfight,  shootout,  prison,  fire,  pistol,  surprise ending,  explosion,  martial arts,  murder,  fight,  kiss,  death

13 Hours (2016)
Action, Drama, History, Thriller, War

13 Hours (2016)

Libya, 2012. At an unofficial CIA base in Benghazi a group of ex-military contractors are providing security. In the aftermath of Gaddafi's downfall a power vacuum exists and the climate is volatile. Military weapons are freely available. The US Ambassador to Libya, Chris Stevens, makes a visit to the area, staying in a compound near the CIA base. On the night of 11 September, 2012, the Ambassador's compound is attacked by hordes of heavily armed locals. The only forces willing and able to defend it are six CIA contractors. (Read More)

Themes:courage,  anger,  escape,  fear,  politics,  betrayal
Mood:suspense
Locations:airport
Characters:soldier
Story:commando unit,  american flag,  mother daughter relationship,  ex soldier,  hostile takeover,  security,  smoke,  rescue mission,  tour,  commando,  special forces,  bravery,  white house,  press conference,  ak 47,  general,  die hard scenario,  father daughter relationship,  mansion,  ambush,  police car,  combat,  held at gunpoint,  gunfight,  tough guy,  airplane,  machine gun,  blood splatter,  shootout,  cell phone,  crying,  fire,  pistol,  surprise ending,  explosion,  husband wife relationship,  number in title,  violence,  murder,  death,  blood

Brick Mansions (2014)
Action, Crime, Sci-fi, Thriller

Brick Mansions (2014)

Themes:corruption,  escape,  betrayal
Characters:hostage,  soldier
Story:american flag,  ex soldier,  hand to hand combat,  action hero,  special forces,  uzi,  missile,  ak 47,  die hard scenario,  opening action scene,  one against many,  one man army,  disarming someone,  prisoner,  ambulance,  ambush,  held at gunpoint,  gunfight,  tough guy,  machine gun,  fistfight,  shootout,  prison,  cell phone,  pistol,  surprise ending,  explosion,  martial arts,  death,  murder,  violence,  fight

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Murder At 1600 (1997) is one of the best movies like Air Force One (1997)
Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Murder At 1600 (1997)

A 25 year old female White House staffer, Carla Town, is murdered in the White House. D.C. homicide detective Regis is assigned to investigate, only to find evidence suppressed by the Secret Service. After suspecting a cover-up, Regis convinces Secret Service Agent Nina Chance to assist in uncovering the truth. The President's son Kyle Neil is a prime suspect, as he was having sex with Carla within an hour of her murder. While the investigation ensues, the President, Jack Neil, is holding meetings with top military personnel regarding North Korea's holding 23 U.S. military personnel hostage. Regis confronts top Secret Service Agent Spikings at his home shortly after Spikings returns with evidence leading to the murder. The home is attacked and Spikings is killed, but Regis makes it out alive with Agent Chance's assistance, and with the evidence tape. White House adviser Jordan presents false evidence to the President that his son killed Carla and forces the President to say he will announce his resignation at 10 p.m. the following day. Regis and Chance break into the White House via underground tunnels, stop the President from resigning, and arrest Jordan for conspiracy to murder. Jordan pulls a gun, injures Agent Chance, and is killed by multiple Secret Service agents. A news briefing states there were false rumors of the President resigning, and also falsely state that Agent Spikings was killed in the gunfire exchange between Jordan and the Secret Service. This is why Murder At 1600 (1997) is one of the best movies like Air Force One (1997). (Read More)

Themes:conspiracy,  corruption,  politics
Mood:suspense
Characters:hostage
Story:secret service agent,  secret service,  white house,  american president,  national security advisor,  national security,  president,  u.s. president,  political conspiracy,  political corruption,  hand to hand combat,  action hero,  cnn reporter,  political thriller,  security,  video tape,  uzi,  die hard scenario,  opening action scene,  disarming someone,  showdown,  gunfight,  tough guy,  hero,  blood splatter,  fistfight,  shootout,  pistol,  martial arts,  murder,  number in title,  gun,  fight,  blood,  violence

In The Line Of Fire (1993)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

In The Line Of Fire (1993)

Frank Horrigan is a secret service agent who keeps thinking back to November 22, 1963, when, as a hand-picked agent by President Kennedy, he became one of the few agents to have lost a President to an assassin when Kennedy died. Now, former CIA assassin Mitch Leary is stalking the current President, who is running for re-election. Mitch has spent long hours studying Horrigan, and he taunts Horrigan, telling him of his plans to kill the President. Leary plans to kill the president because Leary feels betrayed by the government -- Leary was removed from the CIA, and the CIA is now trying to have him killed. After talking to Leary, Horrigan makes sure he is assigned to presidential protection duty, working with fellow secret service agent Lilly Raines. Horrigan has no intention of failing his President this time around, and he's more than willing to take a bullet. White House Chief of Staff Harry Sargent refuses to alter the President's itinerary, while Horrigan's boss, Secret Service Director Sam Campagna, is supportive of Horrigan. As the election gets closer, Horrigan begins to doubt his own abilities, especially when Horrigan's colleague Al D'Andrea is killed by Leary. But Horrigan may be the only one who can stop Leary. (Read More)

Themes:conspiracy,  corruption,  politics
Mood:suspense
Locations:airport
Characters:hostage
Period:1990s
Story:secret service agent,  secret service,  president,  american president,  attack on president,  u.s. president,  political conspiracy,  political corruption,  action hero,  semiautomatic pistol,  airforce one,  motorcade,  political thriller,  glock,  white house,  press conference,  blockbuster,  uzi,  die hard scenario,  neck breaking,  opening action scene,  limousine,  one man army,  disarming someone,  held at gunpoint,  showdown,  gunfight,  tough guy,  airplane,  hero,  machine gun,  blood splatter,  fistfight,  shootout,  fire,  telephone call,  pistol,  death,  blood,  murder,  violence,  gun

Lockout (2012)
Action, Adventure, Sci-fi, Thriller

Lockout (2012)

In 2079, in Washington, the ex-CIA Operative Snow is brutally interrogated, accused of treason against the United States. The chief of the secret service Scott Langral believes that he shot the agent Frank in a hotel room. Meanwhile, the idealistic daughter of the president of the USA, Emilie Warnock, is visiting MS One, a maximum security prison in outer space expecting to find evidence that the prisoners are actually guinea pigs of a huge corporation. When one of her bodyguards loses a hidden pistol to the dangerous prisoner Hydell, he subdues the staff in the central control room and releases the prisoners, including his brother Alex who becomes the leader of the riot. Now the veteran agent Harry Shaw offers freedom to Snow if he succeeds in rescuing the president's daughter. But the idealistic Emilie does not want to leave MS-One without the hostages. (Read More)

Themes:conspiracy,  betrayal
Characters:daughter,  hostage
Story:daughter of the president,  american president,  security,  first daughter,  u.s. president,  escape pod,  hand to hand combat,  control room,  negotiator,  secret service agent,  secret service,  rescue mission,  white house,  missile,  president,  prison,  one man army,  prisoner,  held at gunpoint,  gunfight,  tough guy,  machine gun,  fistfight,  shootout,  pistol,  surprise ending,  explosion,  martial arts,  murder,  fight

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Criminal (2016)
Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Sci-fi, Thriller

Criminal (2016)

Bill Pope (Ryan Reynolds) is a CIA agent on a mission in London tracking down a shadowy hacker nicknamed "The Dutchman." When he gets mysteriously ambushed and killed, an experimental procedure is used to transfer his memories into dangerous convict Jericho Stewart (Kevin Costner). When he wakes up with the CIA agent's memories, his mission is to find The Dutchman and make the deal with him before the hacker launches ICBM's and starts World War III. But complications soon arise and the mission turns personal. (Read More)

Themes:terrorism,  conspiracy,  escape,  fear,  betrayal
Mood:suspense
Locations:airport
Characters:russian,  hostage,  soldier
Story:commando unit,  terrorist plot,  mother daughter relationship,  action hero,  semiautomatic pistol,  deal,  commando,  special forces,  missile,  father daughter relationship,  opening action scene,  one against many,  one man army,  disarming someone,  prisoner,  ambulance,  terrorist,  police car,  held at gunpoint,  showdown,  gunfight,  tough guy,  airplane,  machine gun,  blood splatter,  fistfight,  shootout,  prison,  cell phone,  fire,  pistol,  surprise ending,  explosion,  husband wife relationship,  blood,  fight,  murder,  violence,  death

Hardcore Henry (2015) is one of the best movies like Air Force One (1997)
Action, Adventure, Sci-fi, Thriller

Hardcore Henry (2015)

Hardcore Henry is an action film told from a first person perspective: You remember nothing. Mainly because you've just been brought back from the dead by your wife (Haley Bennett). She tells you that your name is Henry. Five minutes later, you are being shot at, your wife has been kidnapped, and you should probably go get her back. Who's got her? His name's Akan; he's a powerful warlord with an army of mercenaries, and a plan for world domination. You're also in an unfamiliar city of Moscow, and everyone wants you dead. Everyone except for a mysterious British fellow called Jimmy. He may be on your side, but you aren't sure. If you can survive the insanity, and solve the mystery, you might just discover your purpose and the truth behind your identity. Good luck, Henry. You're likely going to need it... (Read More)

Themes:courage,  terrorism,  conspiracy,  escape,  betrayal
Mood:suspense
Locations:russia
Characters:russian,  hostage,  soldier
Story:moscow russia,  moscow,  terrorist group,  terrorist plot,  escape pod,  hand to hand combat,  action hero,  commando,  parachute,  bravery,  uzi,  ak 47,  neck breaking,  one against many,  one man army,  disarming someone,  terrorist,  ambush,  police car,  combat,  fighting,  held at gunpoint,  showdown,  gunfight,  tough guy,  airplane,  machine gun,  blood splatter,  fistfight,  shootout,  cell phone,  fire,  pistol,  surprise ending,  explosion,  martial arts,  husband wife relationship,  blood,  death,  violence,  gun,  fight,  murder

Patriot Games (1992)
Action, Thriller

Patriot Games (1992)

Former CIA analyst, Jack Ryan is in England with his family on vacation when he suddenly witnesses an explosion outside Buckingham Palace. It is revealed that some people are trying to abduct a member of the Royal Family but Jack intervenes, killing one of them and capturing the other, and stops the plan in its tracks. Afterwards, he learns that they're Irish revolutionaries and the two men are brothers. During his court hearing the one that's still alive vows to get back at Jack but is sentenced and that seems to be the end of it. However, whilst the man is being transported, he is broken out. Jack learns of this but doesn't think there's anything to worry about. But, when he is at the Naval Academy someone tries to kill him. He learns that they are also going after his family and so he rushes to find them, safe but having also been the victims of a failed assassination. That's when Jack decides to rejoin the CIA, and they try to find the man before he makes another attempt. This is why Patriot Games (1992) is one of the best movies like Air Force One (1997). (Read More)

Themes:terrorism,  conspiracy,  corruption,  escape,  politics,  betrayal
Mood:suspense
Characters:daughter
Period:1990s
Story:terrorist,  terrorist group,  terrorist plot,  mother daughter relationship,  political conspiracy,  political corruption,  action hero,  semiautomatic pistol,  hero,  cnn reporter,  patriot,  political thriller,  glock,  meeting,  special forces,  blockbuster,  uzi,  traitor,  ak 47,  father daughter relationship,  one against many,  one man army,  disarming someone,  weapon,  ambush,  combat,  fighting,  showdown,  gunfight,  tough guy,  machine gun,  blood splatter,  fistfight,  shootout,  prison,  pistol,  explosion,  martial arts,  husband wife relationship,  death,  kiss,  fight,  murder,  violence,  blood

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U.s. Marshals (1998)
Action, Crime, Thriller

U.s. Marshals (1998)

When a prisoner transport plane crashes, one prisoner, Mark Sheridan, skillfully escapes and saves lives at the same time. Deputy Sam Gerard and his team of U.S. Marshals pursue relentlessly, but Gerard begins to suspect that there is more to the exceptional fugitive than what he has been told. Meanwhile, Sheridan struggles to avoid capture while seeking answers of his own. Until the final scene, both Gerard and Sheridan are in jeopardy of the unknown. (Read More)

Themes:conspiracy,  corruption,  escape
Mood:suspense
Locations:airport
Characters:hostage
Story:team,  security agent,  prisoner,  airplane accident,  hand to hand combat,  action hero,  semiautomatic pistol,  bullet proof vest,  escort,  hijacking,  security,  glock,  traitor,  disaster,  opening action scene,  pilot,  limousine,  disarming someone,  ambulance,  ambush,  police car,  held at gunpoint,  showdown,  gunfight,  tough guy,  airplane,  hero,  machine gun,  blood splatter,  fistfight,  shootout,  prison,  cell phone,  fire,  pistol,  martial arts,  blood,  murder,  violence,  fight

American Assassin (2017)
Action, Thriller

American Assassin (2017)

Twenty three-year-old Mitch lost his parents to a tragic car accident at the age of fourteen, and his girlfriend to a terrorist attack just as they were engaged. Seeking revenge, he is enlisted by CIA Deputy Director Irene Kennedy as a black ops recruit. Kennedy then assigns Cold War veteran Stan Hurley to train Mitch. Together they will later on investigate a wave of apparently random attacks on military and civilian targets. The discovery of a pattern in the violence leads them to a joint mission with a lethal Turkish agent to stop a mysterious operative intent on starting a world war in the Middle East. (Read More)

Themes:terrorism,  conspiracy,  anger,  escape,  politics,  betrayal
Mood:suspense
Locations:airport
Characters:american,  russian,  hostage,  soldier
Story:terrorist group,  terrorist plot,  political conspiracy,  terrorist,  hand to hand combat,  action hero,  commando,  special forces,  gas mask,  traitor,  uzi,  ak 47,  general,  opening action scene,  one against many,  limousine,  one man army,  disarming someone,  ambush,  fighting,  held at gunpoint,  showdown,  gunfight,  tough guy,  airplane,  machine gun,  blood splatter,  fistfight,  shootout,  cell phone,  pistol,  surprise ending,  explosion,  martial arts,  death,  murder,  blood,  violence,  fight

Xxx: Return Of Xander Cage (2017) is one of the best movies like Air Force One (1997)
Action, Adventure, Thriller

Xxx: Return Of Xander Cage (2017)

Extreme athlete turned government operative Xander Cage (Vin Diesel) comes out of self-imposed exile, thought to be long dead, and is set on a collision course with deadly alpha warrior Xiang (Donnie Yen) and his team in a race to recover a sinister and seemingly unstoppable weapon known as Pandora's Box. Recruiting an all-new group of thrill-seeking cohorts, Xander finds himself enmeshed in a deadly conspiracy that points to collusion at the highest levels of world governments. (Read More)

Themes:terrorism,  conspiracy,  corruption,  escape,  betrayal
Characters:russian,  hostage,  soldier
Story:moscow russia,  commando unit,  ex soldier,  hand to hand combat,  action hero,  commando,  parachute,  special forces,  team,  uzi,  ak 47,  opening action scene,  prologue,  one against many,  limousine,  one man army,  disarming someone,  weapon,  ambush,  fighting,  held at gunpoint,  showdown,  gunfight,  tough guy,  airplane,  machine gun,  fistfight,  shootout,  cell phone,  pistol,  surprise ending,  explosion,  martial arts,  fight,  death,  violence,  murder

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Spartan (2004)
Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Spartan (2004)

In the US-government's special ops, Scott is a shooter, not a planner, doing the job without regard to quaint or obsolete convention. When a Harvard undergrad goes missing (the daughter of a US leader), it's Scott who applies the pressure, first to her boyfriend, then to a madam whose cathouse is the initial stop en route to a white slavery auction in Dubai. The abductors may not know the girl's identity, but once they figure it out, she's doomed. Deadly double crosses force Scott to become a planner. Through it all, earnest TV newscasters read the drivel they're handed. (Read More)

Themes:conspiracy,  corruption,  escape,  fear,  politics,  betrayal
Mood:suspense
Locations:airport
Characters:daughter,  russian,  hostage,  soldier
Story:commando unit,  first daughter,  u.s. president,  mother daughter relationship,  political corruption,  action hero,  secret service agent,  first lady,  secret service,  rescue mission,  commando,  special forces,  father daughter relationship,  one man army,  mansion,  gunfight,  tough guy,  airplane,  machine gun,  fistfight,  shootout,  cell phone,  telephone call,  pistol,  surprise ending,  violence,  fight,  blood,  gun,  murder,  death

Soldier (1998)
Action, Drama, Sci-fi

Soldier (1998)

In a futuristic society, some people are selected at birth to become soldiers, and trained in such a manner that they become inhuman killing machines. One of the most succesfull and older of these soldiers (Russell) is pitted against a new breed of soldiers, and after the confrontation is believed to be dead. His body is left behind in a semi-abandoned colonial planet, where everything is peaceful, and he is taught about the other aspects of life. But eventually he has to fight the new breed of soldiers again, this time to defend his new home... This is why Soldier (1998) is one of the best movies like Air Force One (1997). (Read More)

Themes:courage,  escape
Characters:hostage,  soldier
Story:war hero,  ex soldier,  hand to hand combat,  action hero,  alarm,  commando,  peace,  bravery,  gas mask,  survivor,  uzi,  missile,  die hard scenario,  neck breaking,  one against many,  one man army,  combat,  held at gunpoint,  showdown,  gunfight,  tough guy,  hero,  machine gun,  blood splatter,  fistfight,  shootout,  crying,  pistol,  explosion,  martial arts,  fight,  death,  blood,  violence,  murder

Knight And Day (2010)
Action, Comedy, Romance

Knight And Day (2010)

June has a garage in Boston. At an airport heading home, a man bumps into her a few times and tries to keep her off the plane. He's under FBI surveillance; they wonder if he and she are working together, so they let both on a flight full of armed men wanting to arrest the stranger. He's Roy, he shoots his way out of trouble and tells her she's in danger. She's home the next day, miraculously, when agents pick her up; Roy saves her again, and a transcontinental chase ensues with Roy convincing her that he's the good guy, protecting an energy source that a rogue agent wants to sell on the black market. Can she trust Roy, and will trust matter when the bullets start flying? (Read More)

Themes:escape
Locations:airport
Characters:hostage
Story:fighter plane,  ex soldier,  hand to hand combat,  action hero,  semiautomatic pistol,  exploding plane,  cockpit,  plane crash,  parachute,  uzi,  missile,  pilot,  one against many,  one man army,  disarming someone,  mansion,  ambulance,  ambush,  police car,  held at gunpoint,  showdown,  gunfight,  tough guy,  airplane,  hero,  machine gun,  blood splatter,  fistfight,  shootout,  cell phone,  pistol,  surprise ending,  explosion,  martial arts,  blood,  death,  murder,  kiss,  violence,  fight

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Kingsman: The Golden Circle (2017) is one of the best movies like Air Force One (1997)
Action, Adventure, Comedy

Kingsman: The Golden Circle (2017)

After the Kingsman headquarters are blown up by a psychotic criminal named Poppy Adams. The surviving agents find their way to an allied secret organisation based in Kentucky, named Statesman. The two agencies must now work together in order to save the world and take down the so called 'Golden Circle'. (Read More)

Themes:terrorism,  escape,  fear,  betrayal,  friendship
Characters:hostage,  soldier
Story:vice president,  american flag,  u.s. president,  terrorist plot,  mother daughter relationship,  ex soldier,  hand to hand combat,  action hero,  semiautomatic pistol,  tour,  parachute,  white house,  traitor,  missile,  general,  father daughter relationship,  neck breaking,  opening action scene,  suitcase,  one against many,  disarming someone,  mansion,  ambulance,  ambush,  police car,  fighting,  held at gunpoint,  showdown,  gunfight,  tough guy,  airplane,  machine gun,  blood splatter,  fistfight,  shootout,  cell phone,  pistol,  surprise ending,  explosion,  martial arts,  husband wife relationship,  fight,  blood,  gun,  murder,  violence,  death

Cowboy Bebop: Tengoku No Tobira (2001)
Action, Animation, Crime, Drama, Sci-fi, Thriller

Cowboy Bebop: Tengoku No Tobira (2001)

The year is 2071. Following a terrorist bombing, a deadly virus is released on the populace of Mars and the government has issued a 300 million woo-long reward, the largest bounty in history, for the capture of whoever is behind it. The bounty hunter crew of the spaceship Bebop; Spike, Faye, Jet and Ed, take the case with hopes of cashing in the bounty. However, the mystery surrounding the man responsible, Vincent, goes deeper than they ever imagined, and they aren't the only ones hunting him. The original creators of the virus have dispatched Electra to deal with Vincent and take out anyone who may stumble on the truth behind him. As the hunt for the man with no past and no future continues to escalate, they begin to question what about the world is reality and what is a dream as the line between sanity and insanity becomes more apparent. (Read More)

Themes:hunting,  terrorism,  conspiracy,  escape,  betrayal
Characters:hostage,  soldier
Story:terrorist group,  terrorist plot,  ex soldier,  hand to hand combat,  action hero,  exploding plane,  camaraderie,  deal,  dogfight,  jet,  plane crash,  parachute,  gas mask,  missile,  opening action scene,  disarming someone,  terrorist,  combat,  held at gunpoint,  showdown,  gunfight,  tough guy,  airplane,  hero,  machine gun,  blood splatter,  fistfight,  shootout,  pistol,  surprise ending,  explosion,  martial arts,  fight,  death,  blood,  gun,  violence,  murder

Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice (2016)
Action, Adventure, Sci-fi

Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice (2016)

The general public is concerned over having Superman on their planet and letting the "Dark Knight" - Batman - pursue the streets of Gotham. While this is happening, a power-phobic Batman tries to attack Superman.,Meanwhile Superman tries to settle on a decision, and Lex Luthor, the criminal mastermind and millionaire, tries to use his own advantages to fight the "Man of Steel". (Read More)

Themes:terrorism,  conspiracy,  anger,  escape,  fear,  politics,  betrayal
Mood:suspense
Characters:russian,  hostage,  soldier
Story:commando unit,  american flag,  u.s. president,  hand to hand combat,  action hero,  candlelight vigil,  cnn reporter,  u.s. air force,  rescue mission,  commando,  special forces,  bravery,  press conference,  blockbuster,  missile,  disaster,  ak 47,  general,  opening action scene,  prologue,  one against many,  one man army,  disarming someone,  mansion,  ambulance,  terrorist,  ambush,  journalist,  combat,  held at gunpoint,  showdown,  gunfight,  tough guy,  airplane,  hero,  machine gun,  fistfight,  shootout,  prison,  cell phone,  fire,  pistol,  surprise ending,  explosion,  martial arts,  fight,  blood,  death,  murder,  violence

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Under Siege (1992)
Action, Thriller

Under Siege (1992)

The battleship Missouri is about to be decomissioned. Casey Ryback is Captain Adam's personal cook. And Ryback is always butting heads with the ship's XO Commander Krill but the Captain always intercedes. One day, after the President visits the Missouri, which is also the Captain's birthday, the Captain learns that a helicopter has been cleared to land on the ship by Commander Krill, which he was not informed of. When questioned Krill tells the Captain that it's a surprise for his birthday, the Captain then allows it. Later after another one of their scuffles, Krill has Ryback locked in the freezer. During the party, the rock band reveals themselves to be mercenaries, led by William Stranix, a CIA operative, who is in league with Krill to unload all of the ship's nuclear warheads. They lock up all of the crew and make preparations to remove the warheads. And Krill remembers Ryback, Stranix sends two of his men to take care of Ryback, only thing is that Ryback took care of them. Upon discovering their bodies, Stranix deduces that Ryback is more than a cook. He then sends Krill to check on him, and Krill discovers that Ryback's a NAVY SEAL, who got busted down to a cook after an incident in Panama. And Ryback continues to create trouble for them, so Stranix tries to hunt him down. Along the way, Ryback meets Jordan, a former playmate, who was supposed to entertain at the party but was also forgotten. This is why Under Siege (1992) is one of the best movies like Air Force One (1997). (Read More)

Themes:terrorism,  betrayal
Mood:suspense
Characters:hostage
Period:1990s
Story:commando unit,  terrorist group,  terrorist plot,  hand to hand combat,  action hero,  semiautomatic pistol,  hk 5 machine gun,  hijacker,  exploding plane,  freezer,  hostile takeover,  hijack,  hijacking,  commando,  special forces,  uzi,  traitor,  missile,  general,  die hard scenario,  neck breaking,  president,  one against many,  one man army,  disarming someone,  terrorist,  combat,  held at gunpoint,  showdown,  gunfight,  tough guy,  hero,  machine gun,  blood splatter,  fistfight,  shootout,  fire,  pistol,  explosion,  martial arts,  blood,  violence,  fight

Rambo III (1988) is one of the best movies like Air Force One (1997)
Action, Adventure, Thriller, War

Rambo III (1988)

John Rambo's former Vietnam superior, Colonel Samuel Trautman, has been assigned to lead a mission to help the Mujahedeen rebels who are fighting the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, but the Buddhist Rambo turns down Trautman's request that Rambo help out. When the mission goes belly up and Trautman is kidnapped and tortured by Russian Colonel Zaysen, Rambo launches a rescue effort and allies himself with the Mujahedeen rebels and gets their help in trying to rescue Trautman from Zaysen. (Read More)

Themes:anger,  escape
Characters:russian,  hostage
Story:afghanistan,  war hero,  hand to hand combat,  action hero,  allies,  vietnam veteran,  fighter,  bloodbath,  rescue mission,  blockbuster,  ak 47,  neck breaking,  one against many,  one man army,  disarming someone,  ambush,  combat,  fighting,  showdown,  gunfight,  tough guy,  hero,  machine gun,  fistfight,  shootout,  prison,  pistol,  surprise ending,  explosion,  martial arts,  murder,  violence,  death

Where Eagles Dare (1968)
Action, Adventure, War

Where Eagles Dare (1968)

During WW2 a British aircraft is shot down and crashes in Nazi held territory. The Germans capture the only survivor, an American General, and take him to the nearest SS headquarters. Unknown to the Germans the General has full knowledge of the D-Day operation. The British decide that the General must not be allowed to divulge any details of the Normandy landing at all cost and order Major John Smith to lead a crack commando team to rescue him. Amongst the team is an American Ranger, Lieutenant Schaffer, who is puzzled by his inclusion in an all British operation. When one of the team dies after the parachute drop, Schaffer suspects that Smith's mission has a much more secret objective. (Read More)

Themes:conspiracy,  escape
Characters:american,  soldier
Story:team,  commando mission,  commando unit,  general,  war hero,  semiautomatic pistol,  alarm,  rescue mission,  commando,  parachute,  special forces,  survivor,  traitor,  neck breaking,  pilot,  disarming someone,  prisoner,  combat,  gunfight,  tough guy,  airplane,  hero,  machine gun,  blood splatter,  fistfight,  shootout,  pistol,  surprise ending,  explosion,  martial arts,  fight,  violence,  kiss,  blood

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The Condemned (2007)
Action, Crime, Thriller

The Condemned (2007)

The story of Jack Conrad, who is awaiting the death penalty in a corrupt Central American prison. He is "purchased" by a wealthy television producer and taken to a desolate island where he must fight to the death against nine other condemned killers from all corners of the world, with freedom going to the sole survivor. (Read More)

Themes:betrayal
Characters:american
Story:hand to hand combat,  action hero,  semiautomatic pistol,  special forces,  survivor,  ak 47,  neck breaking,  one against many,  one man army,  disarming someone,  ambush,  combat,  showdown,  gunfight,  tough guy,  airplane,  hero,  machine gun,  blood splatter,  fistfight,  shootout,  prison,  pistol,  explosion,  martial arts,  husband wife relationship,  violence,  murder,  death,  fight,  blood

The Rock (1996)
Action, Adventure, Thriller

The Rock (1996)

Stanley Goodspeed, who lives in Washington D.C., is a biochemist who works for the FBI. Soon after his fiancee Carla Pestalozzi announces that she is pregnant, Stanley gets a call from FBI director James Womack. Womack tells Stanley that San Francisco's Alcatraz Island has been taken hostage, along with 81 tourists, by marine General Francis Xavier Hummel who, for years, has been protesting the government's refusal to pay benefits to families of war veterans who died during covert military operations. The death of his wife Barbara Hummel on March 9, 1995 drove General Hummel over the edge, and now he's holding hostages in order to get his point across. Stanley is needed because General Hummel has stolen some VX gas warheads and has announced that he will launch them onto San Francisco unless his demands are met. Stanley knows how to disarm the bombs, but Stanley needs someone who knows Alcatraz well enough to get him inside. That man is former British intelligence agent John Patrick Mason, who has been in prison for the past 30 years without a trial because he was accused of stealing the private files of 'J. Edgar Hoover' (qv). In 1962, John became the only inmate ever to escape from Alcatraz, and he stayed out of Alcatraz long enough to father a daughter named Jade Angelou. Despite his extreme hatred of the FBI, John agrees to help Stanley. When John and Stanley are sent into Alcatraz with a Navy SEAL team, General Hummel's men kill the entire SEAL team, leaving Stanley and John to work on their own to rescue the hostages. (Read More)

Themes:terrorism,  escape,  betrayal
Characters:hostage,  daughter,  soldier
Period:1990s
Story:general,  team,  commando mission,  commando unit,  tour,  u.s. president,  terrorist group,  terrorist plot,  war hero,  hand to hand combat,  action hero,  prison,  semiautomatic pistol,  patriot,  glock,  slaughter,  commando,  special forces,  blockbuster,  traitor,  missile,  disaster,  die hard scenario,  neck breaking,  opening action scene,  disarming someone,  weapon,  prisoner,  terrorist,  ambush,  combat,  fighting,  showdown,  gunfight,  tough guy,  hero,  machine gun,  blood splatter,  fistfight,  shootout,  telephone call,  pistol,  surprise ending,  explosion,  martial arts,  fight,  death,  murder,  violence

The Last Boy Scout (1991) is one of the best movies like Air Force One (1997)
Action, Thriller

The Last Boy Scout (1991)

A down and out cynical detective teams up with a down and out ex-quarterback to try and solve a murder case involving a pro football team and a politician. This is why The Last Boy Scout (1991) is one of the best movies like Air Force One (1997).

Themes:conspiracy,  corruption,  escape,  betrayal,  friendship
Mood:suspense
Characters:daughter,  hostage
Period:1990s
Story:team,  american flag,  mother daughter relationship,  political corruption,  action hero,  semiautomatic pistol,  secret service,  die hard scenario,  father daughter relationship,  opening action scene,  one against many,  limousine,  one man army,  disarming someone,  mansion,  ambush,  combat,  held at gunpoint,  showdown,  gunfight,  tough guy,  hero,  machine gun,  blood splatter,  fistfight,  shootout,  fire,  pistol,  surprise ending,  explosion,  martial arts,  husband wife relationship,  murder,  death,  blood,  gun,  violence,  fight

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Escape From New York (1981)
Action, Sci-fi

Escape From New York (1981)

In the future, crime is out of control and New York City's Manhattan is a maximum security prison. Grabbing a bargaining chip right out of the air, convicts bring down the President's plane in bad old Gotham. Gruff Snake Plissken, a one-eyed lone warrior new to prison life, is coerced into bringing the President, and his cargo, out of this land of undesirables. (Read More)

Themes:escape
Characters:soldier,  american,  hostage
Period:1990s
Story:security,  president,  prison,  meeting,  attack on president,  automatic weapon,  u.s. president,  airplane accident,  terrorist,  war hero,  escape pod,  hand to hand combat,  action hero,  airforce one,  deal,  hijacking,  rescue mission,  special forces,  team,  uzi,  speech,  terror,  one against many,  one man army,  prisoner,  ambush,  combat,  held at gunpoint,  showdown,  gunfight,  tough guy,  hero,  machine gun,  fistfight,  shootout,  pistol,  surprise ending,  explosion,  martial arts,  blood,  death,  murder,  violence

Goldeneye (1995)
Action, Adventure, Thriller

Goldeneye (1995)

When a deadly satellite weapon system falls into the wrong hands, only Agent 007 can save the world from certain disaster. Armed with his license to kill, Bond races to Russia in search of the stolen access codes for "Goldeneye," an awesome space weapon that can fire a devastating electromagnetic pulse toward Earth. But 007 is up against an enemy who anticipates his every move: a mastermind motivated by years of simmering hatred. Bond also squares off against Xenia Onatopp, an assassin who uses pleasure as her ultimate weapon. (Read More)

Themes:terrorism,  conspiracy,  escape
Locations:russia,  airport
Characters:russian,  hostage,  soldier
Period:1990s
Story:weapon,  general,  terrorist plot,  hand to hand combat,  showdown,  action hero,  former soviet union,  equipment,  secret service agent,  jet,  plane crash,  secret service,  blockbuster,  survivor,  missile,  disaster,  ak 47,  die hard scenario,  opening action scene,  one man army,  terrorist,  held at gunpoint,  gunfight,  tough guy,  airplane,  machine gun,  blood splatter,  fistfight,  shootout,  prison,  fire,  pistol,  explosion,  martial arts,  murder,  death,  fight,  gun,  violence,  blood

Behind Enemy Lines (2001)
Action, Drama, Thriller, War

Behind Enemy Lines (2001)

Fighter navigator Chris Burnett wants out: he was looking for something more than the boring recon missions he's been flying. He finds himself flying the lone Christmas day mission over war-torn Bosnia. But when he talks pilot Stackhouse into flying slightly off-course to check out an interesting target, the two get shot down. Burnett is soon alone, trying to outrun a pursuing army, while commanding officer Reigert finds his rescue operation hamstrung by politics, forcing Burnett to run far out of his way. (Read More)

Themes:courage,  escape,  politics
Mood:suspense
Story:fighter pilot,  fighter plane,  pilot,  war hero,  hand to hand combat,  action hero,  semiautomatic pistol,  hk 5 machine gun,  jet,  atrocity,  fighter,  rescue mission,  missile,  ak 47,  die hard scenario,  one against many,  one man army,  disarming someone,  combat,  gunfight,  tough guy,  hero,  machine gun,  blood splatter,  fistfight,  shootout,  pistol,  surprise ending,  martial arts,  blood,  death

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Hot Shots! Part Deux (1993) is one of the best movies like Air Force One (1997)
Action, Comedy

Hot Shots! Part Deux (1993)

Topper Harley is found working as an odd-job-man in a monastery. The CIA wants him to lead a rescue mission into Iraq, to rescue the last rescue team, who went in to rescue the last rescue team who... who went in to rescue hostages left behind after Desert Storm. The President is Tug Benson, who also likes to be in on the action. Basically, it's a send-up of all the big shoot-em-up Rambo/Robocop/T2/Commando-type movies. (Read More)

Characters:hostage,  soldier
Period:1990s
Story:american president,  commando mission,  commando unit,  u.s. president,  hand to hand combat,  airforce one,  rescue mission,  commando,  team,  white house,  traitor,  ak 47,  president,  opening action scene,  one against many,  limousine,  combat,  held at gunpoint,  gunfight,  machine gun,  shootout,  pistol,  martial arts,  number in title,  gun,  death

Independence Day (1996)
Action, Adventure, Sci-fi

Independence Day (1996)

On July 2nd, communications systems worldwide are sent into chaos by a strange atmospheric interference. It is soon learned by the military that a number of enormous objects are on a collision course with Earth. At first thought to be meteors, they are later revealed to be gigantic spacecraft, piloted by a mysterious alien species. After attempts to communicate with the aliens go nowhere, David Levinson, an ex-scientist turned cable technician, discovers that the aliens are going to attack major points around the globe in less than a day. On July 3rd, the aliens all but obliterate New York, Los Angeles and Washington, as well as Paris, London, Houston and Moscow. The survivors set out in convoys towards Area 51, a strange government testing ground where it is rumored the military has a captured alien spacecraft of their own. The survivors devise a plan to fight back against the enslaving aliens, and July 4th becomes the day humanity will fight for its freedom. July 4th is their Independence Day... This is why Independence Day (1996) is one of the best movies like Air Force One (1997). (Read More)

Themes:courage
Characters:soldier
Period:1990s
Story:fighter pilot,  moscow russia,  daughter of the president,  american president,  president,  moscow,  first daughter,  male pilot,  u.s. president,  aerial combat,  mother daughter relationship,  secretary of defense,  exploding plane,  u.s. air force,  dogfight,  first lady,  jet,  plane crash,  vietnam veteran,  peace,  team,  bravery,  white house,  blockbuster,  missile,  disaster,  general,  father daughter relationship,  terror,  pilot,  weapon,  combat,  tough guy,  machine gun,  fire,  pistol,  surprise ending,  explosion,  husband wife relationship,  fight,  death

Rambo: First Blood Part II (1985)
Action, Adventure, Thriller, War

Rambo: First Blood Part II (1985)

John Rambo is removed from prison by his former superior, Colonel Samuel Troutman, for a top-secret operation to bring back POW's still held in Vietnam. Rambo's assignment is to only take pictures of where the POWs are being held, but Rambo wants to get the POWs out of Vietnam. Teamed up with female Vietnamese freedom fighter Co Bao, Rambo embarks on a mission to rescue the POWs, who are being held by sadistic Vietnamese Captain Vinh and his Russian comrade, Lieutenant Colonel Padovsky. Rambo starts killing every enemy in sight while still focusing on his intentions to rescue the POWs. There are also corrupt American officials involved in the mission, including Marshall Murdock, one of Rambo's superiors. (Read More)

Themes:escape,  betrayal
Characters:american,  russian,  hostage,  soldier
Story:war hero,  hand to hand combat,  action hero,  prison,  dogfight,  vietnam veteran,  fighter,  rescue mission,  special forces,  blockbuster,  uzi,  ak 47,  neck breaking,  one against many,  one man army,  disarming someone,  weapon,  ambush,  combat,  held at gunpoint,  showdown,  gunfight,  tough guy,  hero,  machine gun,  blood splatter,  fistfight,  shootout,  pistol,  explosion,  martial arts,  blood,  death,  murder,  gun,  kiss,  violence

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The Guns Of Navarone (1961)
Action, Adventure, Drama, War

The Guns Of Navarone (1961)

Two powerful German guns control the seas past the Greek island of Navarone making the evacuation of endangered British troops on a neighboring island impossible. Air attack is useless so a team of six Allied and Greek soldiers is put ashore to meet up with partisans to try and dynamite the guns. The mission is perilous enough anyway but are the Germans on the island getting further help too?. (Read More)

Themes:betrayal
Mood:suspense
Characters:soldier
Story:fighter plane,  commando mission,  commando unit,  team,  airplane accident,  war hero,  hand to hand combat,  action hero,  semiautomatic pistol,  allies,  equipment,  raid,  commando,  special forces,  blockbuster,  traitor,  prologue,  disarming someone,  ambulance,  ambush,  combat,  showdown,  gunfight,  tough guy,  hero,  machine gun,  fistfight,  shootout,  pistol,  explosion,  martial arts,  fight,  kiss,  gun,  violence

Act Of Valor (2012) is one of the best movies like Air Force One (1997)
Action, Adventure, Drama, Thriller, War

Act Of Valor (2012)

An unprecedented blend of real-life heroism and original filmmaking, Act of Valor stars a group of active-duty Navy SEALs in a powerful story of contemporary global anti-terrorism. Inspired by true events, the film combines stunning combat sequences, up-to-the minute battlefield technology and heart-pumping emotion for the ultimate action adventure. Act of Valor takes audiences deep into the secretive world of the most elite, highly trained group of warriors in the modern world. When the rescue of a kidnapped CIA operative leads to the discovery of a deadly terrorist plot against the U.S., a team of SEALs is dispatched on a worldwide manhunt. As the valiant men of Bandito Platoon race to stop a coordinated attack that could kill and wound thousands of American civilians, they must balance their commitment to country, team and their families back home. Each time they accomplish their mission, a new piece of intelligence reveals another shocking twist to the deadly terror plot, which stretches from Chechnya to the Philippines and from Ukraine to Somalia. The widening operation sends the SEALs across the globe as they track the terrorist ring to the U.S.-Mexico border, where they engage in an epic firefight with an outcome that has potentially unimaginable consequences for the future of America. (Read More)

Themes:terrorism
Characters:american,  russian,  hostage,  soldier
Story:national security,  commando mission,  commando unit,  team,  american flag,  terrorist plot,  rescue mission,  border,  commando,  parachute,  special forces,  wound,  uzi,  ak 47,  die hard scenario,  terror,  terrorist,  combat,  held at gunpoint,  showdown,  gunfight,  airplane,  machine gun,  blood splatter,  cell phone,  fire,  pistol,  explosion,  husband wife relationship,  death,  blood,  gun,  violence,  murder

The Purge: Election Year (2016)
Action, Horror, Sci-fi, Thriller

The Purge: Election Year (2016)

It's been seventeen years since Leo Barnes (Frank Grillo) stopped himself from a regrettable act of revenge on Purge Night. Now serving as head of security for Senator Charlie Roan (Elizabeth Mitchell), his mission is to protect her in a run for president and survive the annual ritual that targets the poor and innocent. But when a betrayal forces them onto the streets of D.C. on the one night when no help is available, they must stay alive until dawn...or both be sacrificed for their sins against the state. (Read More)

Themes:courage,  conspiracy,  corruption,  escape,  fear,  politics,  betrayal,  friendship
Mood:suspense
Locations:airport
Characters:american,  russian,  hostage
Story:security,  commando unit,  american flag,  political conspiracy,  political corruption,  hand to hand combat,  action hero,  rescue mission,  commando,  special forces,  bravery,  white house,  press conference,  ak 47,  president,  prologue,  one man army,  disarming someone,  ambulance,  ambush,  combat,  held at gunpoint,  beer,  showdown,  gunfight,  tough guy,  machine gun,  blood splatter,  fistfight,  shootout,  cell phone,  fire,  pistol,  explosion,  martial arts,  fight,  murder,  blood,  death,  violence

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