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Argo (2012)
Adventure, Biography, Drama, History, Thriller

Argo (2012)

In 1979, the American embassy in Iran was invaded by Iranian revolutionaries and several Americans were taken hostage. However, six managed to escape to the official residence of the Canadian Ambassador and the CIA was ordered to get them out of the country. With few options, exfiltration expert Tony Mendez devised a daring plan: create a phony Canadian film project looking to shoot in Iran and smuggle the Americans out as its production crew. With the help of some trusted Hollywood contacts, Mendez created the ruse and proceeded to Iran as its associate producer. However, time was running out with the Iranian security forces closing in on the truth while both his charges and the White House had grave doubts about the operation themselves. (Read More)

Themes:escape, revolution, deception
Locations:airport
Characters:canadian, hostage
Period:1970s, 1980s
Story:iran, cia, ambassador, iranian, iranian revolution, iran hostage crisis, american embassy, polaroid camera, film crew, fake passport, tehran iran, islamic revolution, american canadian relations, animated prologue, cia agent, mock execution, narrow escape, reference to mohammad reza shah pahlavi, reference to ayatollah kohmeni, burning an american flag

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:deception, escape
Locations:airport
Story:cia agent, ends with historical notes, langley virginia, u.s. embassy, bilingualism, ambassador, rescue mission, lens flare, wedding ring, archival footage, white house, press conference, walkie talkie, what happened to epilogue, washington d.c., riot, cia, american abroad, character repeating someone else's dialogue, flash forward

Persepolis (2007)
Animation, Biography, Drama, War

Persepolis (2007)

In 1970s Iran, Marjane 'Marji' Statrapi watches events through her young eyes and her idealistic family of a long dream being fulfilled of the hated Shah's defeat in the Iranian Revolution of 1979. However as Marji grows up, she witnesses first hand how the new Iran, now ruled by Islamic fundamentalists, has become a repressive tyranny on its own. With Marji dangerously refusing to remain silent at this injustice, her parents send her abroad to Vienna to study for a better life. However, this change proves an equally difficult trial with the young woman finding herself in a different culture loaded with abrasive characters and profound disappointments that deeply trouble her. Even when she returns home, Marji finds that both she and homeland have changed too much and the young woman and her loving family must decide where she truly belongs. (Read More)

Themes:revolution
Locations:airport
Period:1970s, 1980s
Story:iranian revolution, tehran iran, islamic revolution, firing squad, iranian, turkey the country, gas mask, iran, passport, cia, film within a film, protest, flash forward, execution, father son relationship, one word title

Atomic Blonde (2017)
Action, Mystery, Thriller

Atomic Blonde (2017)

The crown jewel of Her Majesty's Secret Intelligence Service, Agent Lorraine Broughton (Theron) is equal parts spycraft, sensuality and savagery, willing to deploy any of her skills to stay alive on her impossible mission. Sent alone into Berlin to deliver a priceless dossier out of the destabilized city, she partners with embedded station chief David Percival (James McAvoy) to navigate her way through the deadliest game of spies. (Read More)

Themes:deception, escape
Locations:airport
Characters:hostage
Period:1980s
Story:fake passport, cia agent, car fire, bilingualism, passport, riot, subtitled scene, cia, secret agent, american abroad, character repeating someone else's dialogue, protest, prologue, flash forward, f word, airplane, shot in the chest, shot to death, husband wife relationship, bare chested male

Criminal (2016) is one of the best movies like Argo (2012)
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:deception, escape
Locations:airport
Characters:hostage
Story:cia agent, car fire, bilingualism, passport, walkie talkie, subtitled scene, cia, secret agent, american abroad, f word, airplane, shot in the chest, shot to death, title spoken by character, husband wife relationship, bare chested male, one word title

Taken 2 (2012)
Action, Crime, Thriller

Taken 2 (2012)

The retired CIA agent Bryan Mills invites his teenage daughter Kim and his ex-wife Lenore, who has separated from her second husband, to spend a couple of days in Istanbul where he is working. Meanwhile, the patriarch of the community of the Albanian gang of human trafficking, Murad Krasniqi, seeks revenge for the death of his son and organizes another gang to kidnap Bryan and his family. Bryan and Lenore are abducted by the Albanians, but Kim escapes and is the only hope that Bryan has to escape and save Lenore. This is why Taken 2 (2012) is one of the best movies like Argo (2012). (Read More)

Themes:escape
Characters:hostage
Story:cia agent, cia, american embassy, u.s. embassy, bazaar, bag over head, istanbul turkey, turkey the country, lens flare, passport, subtitled scene, american abroad, character repeating someone else's dialogue, los angeles california, shot in the chest, shot to death

Rendition (2007)
Drama, Thriller

Rendition (2007)

After a terrorist bombing kills an American envoy in a foreign country, an investigation leads to an Egyptian who has been living in the United States for years and who is married to an American. He is apprehended when he's on his way home. The U.S. sends him to the country where the incident occurs for interrogation which includes torture. An American CIA operative observes the interrogation and is at odds whether to keep it going or to stop it. In the meantime, the man's wife raises hell to find him despite being pregnant but the person behind this refuses to help or give her any information. (Read More)

Themes:deception, escape
Locations:airport
Story:cia agent, cia, paper shredder, traffic jam, bag over head, passport, washington d.c., subtitled scene, prologue, airplane, shot in the chest, title spoken by character, husband wife relationship, father son relationship, bare chested male

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:deception, escape
Locations:airport
Characters:hostage
Story:cia agent, cia, islamic fundamentalism, bilingualism, iranian, bag over head, istanbul turkey, gas mask, walkie talkie, subtitled scene, secret agent, american abroad, character repeating someone else's dialogue, f word, airplane, shot in the chest, shot to death, bare chested male

Allied (2016) is one of the best movies like Argo (2012)
Action, Drama, Romance, Thriller, War

Allied (2016)

In the middle of World War II, in turbulent 1942, a plane flies over Morocco and drops a Royal Canadian Air Force paratrooper who comes in to land on a drop zone, somewhere in the desert dunes outside Casablanca. Just in time before anyone notices him, the fearless Wing Commander Max Vatan gets in a car and heads to the town with orders to meet Parisian Marianne Beausejour, a skillful member of the French Resistance. On a mission to assassinate the German Ambassador in Casablanca, the two operatives must convince every one of their true feelings as a married couple, while in the background, they need to make the necessary preparations for the critical soiree. Without delay, after the success of this suicide mission, Max and Marianne flee together to England with plans on marrying and making a family, regardless of the war. Instead, heavy clouds of distrust and suspicion threaten their relationship, when Max receives a call from the Secret Service Division to inform him that his beloved wife is actually an impostor. In disbelief, with a terrible task in his hands and crushed under a devastating dilemma, Max must find the courage to seek for answers in the perilous streets of bombarded London, regardless of the outcome. In the end, amid duty and love, who shall live and who shall die? (Read More)

Themes:deception, escape
Characters:canadian
Story:ambassador, fake passport, intelligence agent, secret mission, bilingualism, assumed identity, subtitled scene, secret agent, american abroad, actor shares first name with character, champagne, flash forward, f word, airplane, shot in the chest, shot to death, title spoken by character, husband wife relationship, father son relationship, bare chested male

From Paris With Love (2010)
Action, Crime, Thriller

From Paris With Love (2010)

James Reece is an ambitious aide to the U.S. Ambassador in Paris, doing little jobs for the CIA and hoping to get into black ops. On the night he and his girlfriend, Caroline, become engaged, he's told to pick up Charlie Wax at Orly. Charlie is an unorthodox government employee - large, bald and bearded, foul-mouthed and eccentric. Charlie immediately takes James on a wild ride of murder and mayhem, through ethnic enclaves. As bodies pile up, the purpose remains opaque to James. Caroline, unhappy that James has been out of touch for a day, tells him to bring Charlie for dinner. Charlie can be charming - where will it lead? Does the chess-playing James have what it takes? (Read More)

Themes:deception
Locations:airport
Story:ambassador, cia agent, cia, government, traffic jam, lens flare, subtitled scene, secret agent, american abroad, f word, airplane, shot in the chest, shot to death, bare chested male

Green Zone (2010)
Action, Drama, Thriller, War

Green Zone (2010)

Following the American invasion of Iraq in 2003 Chief Warrant Officer Roy Miller and his men are charged with finding the so-called weapons of mass destruction, whose existence justified American involvement, according to the Pentagon and their man in Baghdad, Poundstone. Veteran CIA operative Marty tells Miller that there are no weapons, it is a deception to allow the Americans to take over the country and install a puppet leader. Also suspicious of Poundstone is Wall Street Journal reporter Lawrie Dayne, who lets slip to Miller that Poundstone told her he had secret talks in Jordan with an important Iraqi, code-named Magellan, who told him about the weapons, though it now seems likely Magellan's true information was to the contrary. So begins a hunt for the truth. Who's playing whom? This is why Green Zone (2010) is one of the best movies like Argo (2012). (Read More)

Themes:deception
Locations:airport
Story:cia agent, audio begins before video, bag over head, title appears in writing, press conference, subtitled scene, cia, american abroad, shot in the chest, shot to death, based on true story, title spoken by character

Fair Game (2010)
Biography, Drama, Thriller

Fair Game (2010)

Plame's status as a CIA agent was revealed by White House officials allegedly out to discredit her husband after he wrote a 2003 New York Times op-ed piece saying that the Bush administration had manipulated intelligence about weapons of mass destruction to justify the invasion of Iraq.

Locations:airport
Story:white house, cia agent, cia, langley virginia, year 2001, secret mission, ambassador, assumed identity, washington d.c., subtitled scene, secret agent, prologue, airplane, based on true story, title spoken by character, husband wife relationship, father son relationship

Catch Me If You Can (2002) is one of the best movies like Argo (2012)
Biography, Crime, Drama

Catch Me If You Can (2002)

New Rochelle, the 1960s. High schooler Frank Abagnale Jr. idolizes his father, who's in trouble with the IRS. When his parents separate, Frank runs away to Manhattan with $25 in his checking account, vowing to regain dad's losses and get his parents back together. Just a few years later, the FBI tracks him down in France; he's extradited, tried, and jailed for passing more than $4,000,000 in bad checks. Along the way, he's posed as a Pan Am pilot, a pediatrician, and an attorney. And, from nearly the beginning of this life of crime, he's been pursued by a dour FBI agent, Carl Hanratty. What starts as cat and mouse becomes something akin to father and son. (Read More)

Themes:deception, escape
Locations:airport
Period:1970s
Story:fake passport, bilingualism, assumed identity, hollywood california, what happened to epilogue, washington d.c., american abroad, champagne, character repeating someone else's dialogue, flash forward, f word, los angeles california, airplane, based on true story, husband wife relationship, father son relationship, bare chested male

A Good Day To Die Hard (2013)
Action, Thriller

A Good Day To Die Hard (2013)

Iconoclastic, take-no-prisoners cop John McClane, for the first time, finds himself on foreign soil after traveling to Moscow to help his wayward son Jack - unaware that Jack is really a highly-trained CIA operative out to stop a nuclear weapons heist. With the Russian underworld in pursuit, and battling a countdown to war, the two McClanes discover that their opposing methods make them unstoppable heroes. (Read More)

Themes:deception, escape
Locations:airport
Story:cia agent, langley virginia, bilingualism, lens flare, gas mask, subtitled scene, cia, american abroad, character repeating someone else's dialogue, protest, airplane, shot in the chest, shot to death, father son relationship, bare chested male

Jason Bourne (2016)
Action, Thriller

Jason Bourne (2016)

Jason Bourne is again being hunted by the CIA. It begins when Nicky Parson a former CIA operative who helped Bourne, who went under and now works with a man who's a whistle blower and is out to expose the CIA's black ops. Nicky hacks into the CIA and downloads everything on all their Black Ops, including Treadstone which Bourne was a part of. And Heather Lee, a CIA agent, discovers the hack and brings it to the attention of CIA Director Dewey, the man behind the Black Ops. He orders Parsons be found and, hopefully, Bourne, too. (Read More)

Themes:deception, escape
Locations:airport
Characters:hostage
Story:cia, fake passport, cia agent, langley virginia, car fire, press conference, washington d.c., riot, subtitled scene, secret agent, american abroad, protest, airplane, shot in the chest, shot to death, title spoken by character, bare chested male

Red 2 (2013)
Action, Comedy, Crime, Thriller

Red 2 (2013)

Retired CIA agent Frank Moses is in love with Sarah Ross and enjoying their normal life. Out of the blue, Marvin Boggs meets Frank in the supermarket and tells that Wikileaks has released the information that they had participated and know the whereabouts of the Nightshade, a portable nuclear weapon that was smuggled in pieces and hidden in Russia. Now the top agents in the world are under contract to seek them out to discover where Nightshade is. The trio travels to Paris and teams-up with the Russian Katja to track down the former Russian Agent 'The Frog' to get more information about the operation. They learn that the brilliant inventor Dr. Edward Bailey might know where the weapon is. They discover that Bailey has been interned in an asylum in London by the MI-6 for thirty-two years and the British Victoria joins the team. They rescue Bailey and find that the nuclear device is hidden in the Kremlin. Soon the dangerous South Korean Han joins the group expecting to retrieve the weapon. But dangerous killer Jack Horton is hunting Frank down and will not stop until he recovers the nuclear bomb. This is why Red 2 (2013) is one of the best movies like Argo (2012). (Read More)

Themes:deception, escape
Locations:airport
Characters:hostage
Story:cia agent, firing squad, ambassador, bag over head, washington d.c., subtitled scene, cia, secret agent, american abroad, airplane, shot in the chest, shot to death, bare chested male

Body Of Lies (2008) is one of the best movies like Argo (2012)
Action, Drama, Romance, Thriller, War

Body Of Lies (2008)

Roger Ferris is a CIA operative in the Middle East; Ed Hoffman is his control at Langley. Cynicism is everywhere. In Amman, Roger works with Hani Salaam, Jordan's head of security, whose only dictum is "Don't lie to me." The Americans are in pursuit of a cleric who leads a group placing bombs all over Europe. When Hani rebukes Ed's demand that Jordan allow the Americans to use one of Jordan's double agents, Roger and Ed hatch a plan to bring the cleric to them. The plan is complicated by its being a secret from Hani and by Roger's attraction to a local nurse. Satellites and cell phones, bodies and lies: modern warfare. (Read More)

Themes:deception
Locations:airport
Story:cia agent, langley virginia, u.s. embassy, iranian, bag over head, turkey the country, passport, subtitled scene, cia, american abroad, prologue, execution, f word, shot in the chest, shot to death, husband wife relationship, father son relationship

The Nice Guys (2016)
Comedy, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

The Nice Guys (2016)

Set against the backdrop of 1977 Los Angeles, The Nice Guys opens when single father and licensed PI Holland March (Gosling) is hired to investigate the apparent suicide of famous porn star Misty Mountains. As the trail leads him to track down a girl named Amelia (Qualley), he encounters less licensed and less hands-off private eye Jackson Healey (Russell Crowe) and his brass knuckles, both hired by the young hippie. However, the situation takes a turn for the worse when Amelia vanishes and it becomes apparent that March wasn't the only party interested. As both men are forced to team up, they'll have to take on a world filled with eccentric goons, strippers dressed as mermaids and even a possible government conspiracy. (Read More)

Themes:deception, escape
Locations:airport
Characters:hostage
Period:1970s
Story:burbank california, car fire, hollywood sign, break in, film producer, title appears in writing, gas mask, hollywood california, walkie talkie, government, character repeating someone else's dialogue, protest, prologue, flash forward, f word, los angeles california, airplane, shot in the chest, shot to death, title spoken by character

Taking Lives (2004)
Crime, Mystery, Thriller

Taking Lives (2004)

The film starts in the early 1980s. Young Martin Asher took a bus for Canada. He meets another teen on the bus Matt Soulsby. When the bus broke they decided to rent a car and drive to Seattle. On the road the car gets a flat tire, and Matt starts changing the tire Martin comments on how he and Matt are about the same height and he quickly pushes Matt in the way of an oncoming truck causing a huge accident where Matt and the driver both die. He took Matt's guitar and left singing like Matt did. Twenty years later, an FBI profiler, Illeana Scott comes to Canada to help hunting down a serial killer Martin Asher who killed multiple men and lived by their identities. Martin's mother claims that she saw Martin in Quebec city and she tells the police that Martin is evil. The police also has an eyewitness James Costa who saw Asher kill his last victim... (Read More)

Themes:deception, escape
Characters:hostage
Period:1980s
Story:finger gun, bilingualism, assumed identity, lens flare, false identity, walkie talkie, subtitled scene, american abroad, character repeating someone else's dialogue, prologue, flash forward, f word, shot in the chest, shot to death, title spoken by character, bare chested male

The Cold Light Of Day (2012)
Action, Thriller

The Cold Light Of Day (2012)

Themes:escape
Locations:airport
Characters:hostage
Story:cia agent, u.s. embassy, climbing a fence, cia, american abroad, government, airplane, shot to death, father son relationship, bare chested male

Lockout (2012) is one of the best movies like Argo (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. This is why Lockout (2012) is one of the best movies like Argo (2012). (Read More)

Characters:hostage
Story:cia agent, finger gun, rescue mission, lens flare, white house, washington d.c., riot, cia, government, character repeating someone else's dialogue, shot in the chest, shot to death, title spoken by character, bare chested male, one word title

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. (Read More)

Themes:deception, escape
Locations:airport
Characters:hostage
Story:american embassy, bilingualism, ambassador, assumed identity, passport, subtitled scene, american abroad, prologue, f word, airplane, one word title

The Man From U.n.c.l.e. (2015)
Action, Adventure, Comedy

The Man From U.n.c.l.e. (2015)

In the 1960s with the Cold War in play, CIA agent Napoleon Solo successfully helps Gaby Teller defect to West Germany despite the intimidating opposition of KGB agent Illya Kuryakin. Later, all three unexpectedly find themselves working together in a joint mission to stop a private criminal organization from using Gaby's father's scientific expertise to construct their own nuclear bomb. Through clenched teeth and stylish poise, all three must find a way to cooperate for the sake of world peace, even as they each pursue their own agendas. (Read More)

Themes:deception, escape
Characters:hostage
Story:cia agent, cia, secret mission, bilingualism, lens flare, walkie talkie, subtitled scene, secret agent, american abroad, champagne, character repeating someone else's dialogue, shot in the chest, shot to death, husband wife relationship

The A-team (2010)
Action, Adventure, Comedy, Crime, Thriller

The A-team (2010)

Four American soldiers who are in Iraq are sent on a mission to recover plates for printing 100 dollar bills that were used to print a billion dollars. After doing the job and returning to the base their commanding officer is killed in an explosion and the plates are stolen by another operative. They would be court martialed and sent to different prisons. 6 months later, the leader, Hannibal Smith is visited by a CIA spook who tells him he knows where the man who took the plates is and wants him and his men to recover it. So he helps him escape and he breaks out the others and they go after the plates. But after doing it, they discover that the spook might not be ok. And a military intelligence officer who was involved with one of them is pursuing them. (Read More)

Themes:deception, escape
Characters:hostage
Story:cia agent, cia, secret mission, bag over head, rescue mission, gas mask, subtitled scene, secret agent, character repeating someone else's dialogue, los angeles california, airplane, shot in the chest, shot to death, title spoken by character, bare chested male

Killer Elite (2011) is one of the best movies like Argo (2012)
Action, Crime, Thriller

Killer Elite (2011)

Loosely based on a true story, Killer Elite pits two of the worlds' most elite operatives - Danny, a ruthless killer-for-hire ('Jason Statham' (qv)) and Hunter, his longtime mentor ('Robert De Niro' (qv)) - against the cunning leader of a secret society of former Special Air Service operatives('Clive Owen'). Covering the globe from Australia to Paris, London and the Middle East, Danny and Hunter are plunged into a highly dangerous game of revenge and deception - where things are not always what they appear to be. (Read More)

Themes:deception, escape
Characters:hostage
Period:1980s
Story:finger gun, year 1980, bag over head, lens flare, what happened to epilogue, secret agent, character repeating someone else's dialogue, shot in the chest, shot to death, based on true story, bare chested male

The November Man (2014)
Action, Crime, Thriller

The November Man (2014)

Peter Devereaux is a former CIA agent who is asked by the man he worked for to extract a woman who is in Russia and is presently close to a man running for President, who is believed to have committed crimes during the Chechen war. She can give them the name of someone who can prove it. His friend says that she will only come to him. So he goes and she gets the info and tries to get out but the man finds out and tries to stop her. This is why The November Man (2014) is one of the best movies like Argo (2012). (Read More)

Themes:deception
Locations:airport
Characters:hostage
Story:cia agent, cia, ambassador, assumed identity, press conference, subtitled scene, american abroad, f word, shot in the chest, shot to death, title spoken by character, bare chested male

The Expendables (2010)
Action, Adventure, Thriller

The Expendables (2010)

Barney Ross leads the "Expendables", a band of highly skilled mercenaries including knife enthusiast Lee Christmas, martial arts expert Yin Yang, heavy weapons specialist Hale Caesar, demolitionist Toll Road and loose-cannon sniper Gunner Jensen. When the group is commissioned by the mysterious Mr. Church to assassinate the merciless dictator of a small South American island, Barney and Lee head to the remote locale to scout out their opposition. Once there, they meet with local rebel Sandra and discover the true nature of the conflict engulfing the city. When they escape the island and Sandra stays behind, Ross must choose to either walk away and save his own life - or attempt a suicidal rescue mission that might just save his soul. (Read More)

Themes:escape
Characters:hostage
Story:cia agent, rescue mission, lens flare, title appears in writing, passport, subtitled scene, cia, directed by star, character repeating someone else's dialogue, execution, f word, airplane, shot in the chest, shot to death, bare chested male

Bad Company (2002)
Action, Adventure, Comedy, Thriller

Bad Company (2002)

When a CIA agent is killed during a nuclear arms purchase, his partner Oakes, recruits his twin brother, Jake Hayes. Jake had no idea he had a twin brother, let alone that he worked for the CIA. Jake, a.k.a. Michael Turner, has nine days to fill his brother's place. However, the enemy terrorists learn of his secret identity and kidnap his girlfriend/fiancee. He has to rescue them and save New York city from an imminent nuclear terrorist act. (Read More)

Themes:deception
Characters:hostage
Story:cia agent, cia, cover identity, langley virginia, bag over head, shot in the chest, shot to death

Paul (2011) is one of the best movies like Argo (2012)
Adventure, Comedy, Sci-fi

Paul (2011)

Two sci-fi geeks take a pilgrimage to America's UFO heartland. While there, they accidentally meet an alien who brings them on an insane road trip that alters their universe forever. For the past 60 years, an alien named Paul (voiced by 'Seth Rogen' (qv)) has been hanging out at a top-secret military base. When he discovers he's been taken prisoner, the space-traveling smart ass decides to escape the compound and hop on the first vehicle out of town - a rented RV containing Earthlings Graeme Willy ('Simon Pegg' (qv)) and Clive Gollings ('Nick Frost (I)' (qv)). Chased by federal agents and the fanatical father of a young woman that they accidentally kidnap, Graeme and Clive hatch a fumbling escape plan to return Paul to his mother ship. And as two nerds struggle to help, one little green man might just take his fellow outcasts from misfits to intergalactic heroes. (Read More)

Themes:escape, deception
Characters:hostage
Period:1980s
Story:tear gas, year 1980, lens flare, title appears in writing, gas mask, passport, walkie talkie, subtitled scene, secret agent, government, character repeating someone else's dialogue, f word, shot in the chest, shot to death, title spoken by character, bare chested male, one word title

Looper (2012)
Action, Crime, Drama, Sci-fi, Thriller

Looper (2012)

Joe is classified as a "looper", a job in which his employers use time travel to send men from the future to be killed into the past, where Joe can properly dispose of their bodies. However, to tie up loose ends and erase the evidence of his ever being a looper, Joe knows that one day his future self will be sent back for him to kill. When this day comes, Joe's future self is prepared and escapes, and the two men struggle separately in the past trying to evade capture and attempting to fulfill their own personal agendas. (Read More)

Story:finger gun, bilingualism, bag over head, lens flare, wedding ring, subtitled scene, american abroad, character repeating someone else's dialogue, execution, f word, shot in the chest, shot to death, title spoken by character, husband wife relationship, one word title

Swordfish (2001)
Action, Crime, Thriller

Swordfish (2001)

When the DEA shut down its dummy corporation operation codenamed SWORDFISH in 1986, they had generated $400 million which they let sit around; fifteen years of compound interest has swelled it to $9.5 billion. A covert counter-terrorist unit called Black Cell, headed by the duplicitious and suave Gabriel Shear, wants the money to help finance their raise-the-stakes vengeance war against international terrorism, but it's all locked away behind super-encryption. He brings in convicted hacker Stanley Jobson, who only wants to see his daughter Holly again but can't afford the legal fees, to slice into the government mainframes and get the money. This is why Swordfish (2001) is one of the best movies like Argo (2012). (Read More)

Themes:deception
Locations:airport
Characters:hostage
Story:government, lens flare, false identity, washington d.c., secret agent, character repeating someone else's dialogue, los angeles california, shot in the chest, shot to death, title spoken by character, bare chested male, one word title

3 Days To Kill (2014)
Action, Drama, Thriller

3 Days To Kill (2014)

Dying of brain cancer, a dangerous international spy is determined to give up his high stakes life to finally build a closer relationship with his estranged wife and daughter, whom he's previously kept at arm's length to keep out of danger; but first, he must complete one last mission - even if it means juggling the two toughest assignments yet: hunt down the world's most ruthless terrorist and look after his teenage daughter for the first time in ten years while his wife is out of town. (Read More)

Themes:deception
Characters:hostage
Story:cia agent, langley virginia, lens flare, gas mask, subtitled scene, cia, secret agent, american abroad, shot in the chest, shot to death, title spoken by character, husband wife relationship

Spies Like Us (1985) is one of the best movies like Argo (2012)
Adventure, Comedy

Spies Like Us (1985)

Two low-level government employees, Emmitt Fitz-Hume (played by Chevy Chase) and Austin Milbarge (Dan Aykroyd), are chosen for a top-secret CIA mission. They are unsuitable as CIA agents but are deliberately chosen for this reason, as their mission is a decoy one and they are expendable. After being fast-tracked through training they are parachuted into Pakistan where all manner of adventures await them. (Read More)

Themes:deception, escape
Period:1980s
Story:cia agent, cia, intelligence agent, press conference, washington d.c., secret agent, american abroad, government, title spoken by character

Escape Plan (2013)
Action, Crime, Mystery, Sci-fi, Thriller

Escape Plan (2013)

Ray Breslin is the world's foremost authority on structural security. After analyzing every high security prison and learning a vast array of survival skills so he can design escape-proof prisons, his skills are put to the test. He's framed and incarcerated in a master prison he designed himself. He needs to escape and find the person who put him behind bars. (Read More)

Themes:escape, deception
Story:cia agent, cia, finger gun, bag over head, false identity, walkie talkie, subtitled scene, character repeating someone else's dialogue, f word, los angeles california, airplane, shot in the chest, shot to death, bare chested male

Middle Men (2009)
Comedy, Crime, Drama

Middle Men (2009)

Wayne Beering and Buck Dolby are drugged out geniuses with lots of ideas but they can never seem to get their act together. But when they come up with the idea to create a porn site - and charge for it (the first ever site to do so), their idea may be too lucrative for them to handle. Straight-laced business man, Jack Harris, is brought in to team up with them and turn their profitable idea into a legit business. Making money in the pornography industry is pretty easy, but staying true to yourself when surrounded by that much wealth, luxury, sex, crime and temptations, is much harder. (Read More)

Themes:deception
Locations:airport
Period:1980s
Story:bag over head, hollywood california, what happened to epilogue, character repeating someone else's dialogue, f word, los angeles california, shot in the chest, shot to death, based on true story, title spoken by character, husband wife relationship, father son relationship, bare chested male

The Last King Of Scotland (2006)
Biography, Drama, History, Thriller

The Last King Of Scotland (2006)

In the early 1970s, Nicholas Garrigan, a young semi-idealistic Scottish doctor, comes to Uganda to assist in a rural hospital. Once there, he soon meets up with the new President, Idi Amin, who promises a golden age for the African nation. Garrigan hits it off immediately with the rabid Scotland fan, who soon offers him a senior position in the national health department and becomes one of Amin's closest advisers. However as the years pass, Garrigan cannot help but notice Amin's increasingly erratic behavior that grows beyond a legitimate fear of assassination into a murderous insanity that is driving Uganda into bloody ruin. Realizing his dire situation with the lunatic leader unwilling to let him go home, Garrigan must make some crucial decisions that could mean his death if the despot finds out. This is why The Last King Of Scotland (2006) is one of the best movies like Argo (2012). (Read More)

Locations:airport
Characters:hostage
Period:1970s
Story:diplomat, passport, press conference, government, prologue, execution, airplane, shot in the chest, shot to death, title spoken by character, husband wife relationship, father son relationship, bare chested male

Takers (2010) is one of the best movies like Argo (2012)
Action, Crime, Thriller

Takers (2010)

A seasoned team of bank robbers, including Gordon Jennings (Idris Elba), John Rahway (Paul Walker), A.J. (Hayden Christensen), and brothers Jake (Michael Ealy) and Jesse (Chris Brown) Attica successfully complete their latest heist and lead a life of luxury while planning their next job. When Ghost (Tip T.I. Harris), a former member of their team, is released from prison he convinces the group to strike an armored car carrying $20 million. As the "takers" carefully plot their strategy and draw nearer to exacting the grand heist, a reckless police officer (Matt Dillon) inches closer to apprehending the criminals. (Read More)

Themes:deception
Locations:airport
Story:finger gun, hollywood sign, polaroid, hollywood california, walkie talkie, character repeating someone else's dialogue, los angeles california, airplane, shot in the chest, shot to death, title spoken by character, husband wife relationship, bare chested male, one word title

Xxx: Return Of Xander Cage (2017)
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:deception, escape
Characters:hostage
Story:cia agent, traffic jam, walkie talkie, subtitled scene, cia, secret agent, american abroad, government, character repeating someone else's dialogue, prologue, airplane, shot in the chest, shot to death, bare chested male

Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation (2015)
Action, Adventure, Thriller

Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation (2015)

CIA chief Hunley (Baldwin) convinces a Senate committee to disband the IMF (Impossible Mission Force), of which Ethan Hunt (Cruise) is a key member. Hunley argues that the IMF is too reckless. Now on his own, Hunt goes after a shadowy and deadly rogue organization called the Syndicate.

Themes:deception, escape
Characters:hostage
Story:cia, cia agent, langley virginia, bag over head, subtitled scene, secret agent, american abroad, government, character repeating someone else's dialogue, flash forward, shot in the chest, shot to death, title spoken by character, bare chested male

Munich (2005)
Crime, Drama, History, Thriller

Munich (2005)

After Black September's assassination of Israeli athletes at the Munich Olympics in 1972, Prime Minister Golda Meir okays a black-box operation to hunt down and kill all involved. A team of five gathers in Switzerland led by Avner, a low-level Mossad techie whose father was a war hero and whose wife is pregnant. It's an expendable team, but relying on paid informants, they track and kill several in Europe and Lebanon. They must constantly look over their shoulders for the CIA, KGB, PLO, and their own sources. As the body count mounts -- with retribution following retribution -- so do questions, doubts, and sleepless nights. Loyalties blur. What does it mean to be a Jew? (Read More)

Themes:escape
Locations:airport
Characters:hostage
Period:1970s
Story:fake passport, government, climbing a fence, wedding ring, title appears in writing, what happened to epilogue, cia, secret agent, airplane, shot in the chest, shot to death, based on true story, title spoken by character, husband wife relationship, father son relationship, bare chested male, one word title

Clear And Present Danger (1994) is one of the best movies like Argo (2012)
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. This is why Clear And Present Danger (1994) is one of the best movies like Argo (2012). (Read More)

Themes:deception, escape
Characters:hostage
Story:cia, cia agent, bilingualism, ambassador, rescue mission, white house, press conference, washington d.c., subtitled scene, secret agent, american abroad, government, airplane, shot to death, title spoken by character, husband wife relationship, father son relationship

Safe House (2012)
Action, Crime, Mystery, Thriller

Safe House (2012)

Matt Weston ('Ryan Reynolds (I)' (qv)) is a CIA rookie who is manning a safe house in Cape Town, South Africa, when Tobin Frost ('Denzel Washington' (qv)) the CIA's most wanted rogue agent is captured and taken to the safe house. During Frost's interrogation, the safe house is overtaken by mercenaries who want Frost. Weston and Frost escape and must stay out of the gunmen's sight until they can get to another safe house. (Read More)

Themes:escape
Story:cia agent, cia, american embassy, langley virginia, bag over head, subtitled scene, american abroad, government, character repeating someone else's dialogue, shot in the chest, shot to death, title spoken by character, bare chested male

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:revolution, deception, escape
Locations:airport
Characters:hostage
Story:cia agent, hanged man, bag over head, lens flare, gas mask, press conference, walkie talkie, riot, cia, american abroad, character repeating someone else's dialogue, protest, execution, airplane, shot in the chest, shot to death, bare chested male

Southland Tales (2006)
Comedy, Mystery, Sci-fi, Thriller

Southland Tales (2006)

Southland Tales is an ensemble piece set in the futuristic landscape of Los Angeles on July 4, 2008, as it stands on the brink of social, economic and environmental disaster. Boxer Santaros is an action star who's stricken with amnesia. His life intertwines with Krysta Now, an adult film star developing her own reality television project, and Ronald Taverner, a Hermosa Beach police officer who holds the key to a vast conspiracy. (Read More)

Themes:revolution, deception, escape
Characters:hostage
Story:car fire, gas mask, iran, false identity, press conference, riot, film within a film, government, champagne, character repeating someone else's dialogue, protest, prologue, flash forward, f word, los angeles california, shot in the chest, shot to death, husband wife relationship, bare chested male

Haywire (2011) is one of the best movies like Argo (2012)
Action, Thriller

Haywire (2011)

Freelance covert operative Mallory Kane is hired out by her handler to various global entities to perform jobs which governments can't authorize and heads of state would rather not know about. After a mission to rescue a hostage in Barcelona, Mallory is quickly dispatched on another mission to Dublin. When the operation goes awry and Mallory finds she has been double crossed, she needs to use all of her skills, tricks and abilities to escape an international manhunt, make it back to the United States, protect her family, and exact revenge on those that have betrayed her. (Read More)

Themes:deception, escape
Characters:hostage
Story:washington d.c., subtitled scene, secret agent, american abroad, character repeating someone else's dialogue, shot in the chest, shot to death, bare chested male, one word title

Ngo Si Seoi (1998)
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. This is why Ngo Si Seoi (1998) is one of the best movies like Argo (2012). (Read More)

Themes:deception, escape
Characters:hostage
Story:cia agent, bag over head, walkie talkie, subtitled scene, cia, secret agent, directed by star, prologue, airplane, title spoken by character, bare chested male

Salt (2010)
Action, Crime, Mystery, Thriller

Salt (2010)

Evelyn Salt is a CIA agent and highly respected by all, including her boss, Ted Winter. Out of the blue, a Russian spy walks into their offices and offers a vital piece of information: the President of Russia will be assassinated during his forthcoming visit to New York City to attend the funeral of the recently deceased U.S. Vice President. The name of the assassin: Evelyn Salt. Concerned about the safety of her husband, who she cannot contact, she goes on the run. Winter refuses to accept that she is a mole or a double agent but her actions begin to raise doubts. Just who is Evelyn Salt and what is she planning? (Read More)

Themes:deception, escape
Characters:hostage
Period:1970s
Story:cia agent, cia, traffic jam, white house, washington d.c., subtitled scene, secret agent, government, airplane, shot in the chest, shot to death, title spoken by character, husband wife relationship, one word title

No Escape (2015)
Action, Thriller

No Escape (2015)

When Jack (Owen Wilson) finds an opportunity to move to Southeast Asia to head his water manufacturing company's new plant there, he immediately jumps at the opportunity and moves his family there. When they get there; they seem to be having problems, the electronics don't work and rarely any cars are seen in the streets. When he goes to the market the next morning, he finds himself caught in the middle of a violent rebellion headed by armed rebels executing foreigners. Jack must get back to the hotel and with the help of a mysterious British "tourist" (Pierce Brosnan), must get his family to the American Embassy in the midst of the chaos. (Read More)

Themes:revolution, deception, escape
Locations:airport
Characters:hostage
Story:american embassy, u.s. embassy, bilingualism, riot, american abroad, execution, airplane, shot in the chest, shot to death, husband wife relationship

Allegiant (2016) is one of the best movies like Argo (2012)
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:deception, escape
Locations:airport
Characters:hostage
Story:mock execution, bag over head, rescue mission, gas mask, character repeating someone else's dialogue, execution, airplane, shot in the chest, shot to death, title spoken by character, bare chested male, one word title

Hummingbird (2013)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Hummingbird (2013)

Themes:deception, escape
Story:hanged man, assumed identity, subtitled scene, character repeating someone else's dialogue, f word, shot in the chest, shot to death, title spoken by character, bare chested male, one word title

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