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National Treasure (2004)
Action, Adventure, Family, Mystery, Thriller

National Treasure (2004)

Benjamin Franklin Gates descends from a family of treasure-seekers who've all hunted for the same thing: a war chest hidden by the Founding Fathers after the Revolutionary War. Ben's close to discovering its whereabouts, as is his competition, but the FBI is also hip to the hunt.

Themes:heist, betrayal, kidnapping, friendship
Locations:pennsylvania, tunnel, museum, ship, cemetery, church
Characters:hostage, friend
Period:1830s, 2000s, 1970s
Story:treasure, fbi, philadelphia pennsylvania, treasure hunter, treasure map, treasure hunt, swimming underwater, library of congress, exploding ship, hudson river, lincoln memorial washington d.c., historical document, liberty bell, invisible ink, declaration of independence, national archives, bulletproof glass, 11th century, gift shop, reference to thomas edison

National Treasure: Book Of Secrets (2007)
Action, Adventure, Family, Mystery, Thriller

National Treasure: Book Of Secrets (2007)

While Ben Gates is presenting new information about John Wilkes Booth and the 18 pages missing from Booth's diary, a man by the name of Mitch Wilkinson stands up and presents a missing page of John Wilkes Booth's diary. Thomas Gates, Ben's great-grandfather, is mentioned on the page. It shows that Ben's great-grandfather was a co-conspirator in Abraham Lincoln's murder. When doing more research, the conspiracy takes Ben, Abigail Chase, and Riley Poole to Buckingham Palace (which they break into). They discover a plank that has early Native American writing on it. The plank has only one symbol that Patrick Gates can identify. The symbol is Cibola (see-bowl-uh) meaning the City of Gold. In order to define the rest they have to go to Ben's mother, Patrick's divorced wife. After 32 years it brings back old arguments. After that the other clue is in the President's desk in the Oval Office in the White House (which Ben and Abigail sneak into) to discover that the clue lies in The President's Book. But in order to see the book, their choice is either get elected president or kidnap the President of the United States. Which do they choose? It's obvious. With Wilkinson close on their tail, they find the book in the Library of Congress. The conspiracy then crosses to Mount Rushmore where the clue was on the hills, but (according to the Book) President Calvin Coolidge had the faces carved in so no one can find the City of Gold. When they get there they find out that they must work with Wilkinson since he has some clues of his own. Who will claim Cibola? And will the name of Gates be known as murder? (Read More)

Characters:hostage, friend
Period:2000s
Story:clue, treasure hunter, treasure hunt, library of congress, treasure, abyss, secret passage, 21st century, flare, buried alive, car chase, lantern, grandfather, blockbuster, washington d.c., 19th century, fbi, prologue, library, river

The Mummy (2017)
Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Thriller

The Mummy (2017)

Though safely entombed in a crypt deep beneath the unforgiving desert, an ancient princess, whose destiny was unjustly taken from her, is awakened in our current day bringing with her malevolence grown over millennia, and terrors that defy human comprehension.

Themes:betrayal, kidnapping, friendship
Locations:tunnel, museum, cemetery, church
Characters:hostage
Story:treasure hunter, crypt, secret society, buried alive, taser, tomb, knight, treasure, skeleton, prologue, subjective camera, helicopter, corpse, shootout, pistol, chase, flashback

The Adventures Of Tintin (2011)
Action, Adventure, Animation, Family, Mystery

The Adventures Of Tintin (2011)

Having bought a model ship, the Unicorn, for a pound off a market stall Tintin is initially puzzled that the sinister Mr. Sakharine should be so eager to buy it from him, resorting to murder and kidnapping Tintin - accompanied by his marvellous dog Snowy - to join him and his gang as they sail to Morocco on an old cargo ship. Sakharine has bribed the crew to revolt against the ship's master, drunken Captain Haddock, but Tintin, Snowy and Haddock escape, arriving in Morocco at the court of a sheikh, who also has a model of the Unicorn. Haddock tells Tintin that over three hundred years earlier his ancestor Sir Francis Haddock was forced to scuttle the original Unicorn when attacked by a piratical forebear of Sakharine but he managed to save his treasure and provide clues to its location in three separate scrolls, all of which were secreted in models of the Unicorn. Tintin and Sakharine have one each and the villain intends to use the glass-shattering top Cs of operatic soprano the Milanese Nightingale to secure the third. With aid from bumbling Interpol agents the Thompson Twins our boy hero, his dog and the captain must prevent Sakharine from obtaining all three scrolls to fulfil the prophesy that only the last of the Haddocks can discover the treasure's whereabouts. (Read More)

Themes:kidnapping, friendship
Locations:ship
Story:treasure map, treasure hunt, exploding ship, bulletproof glass, gunpowder, flare, shipwreck, car chase, lantern, treasure, library, river, shootout, pistol, chase, flashback

Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (2001) is one of the best movies like National Treasure (2004)
Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Thriller

Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (2001)

A member of a rich British aristocratic family, Lara Croft is a "tomb raider" who enjoys collecting ancient artifacts from ruins of temples, cities, etc. worldwide, and doesn't mind going through death-defying dangers to get them. She is skilled in hand-to-hand combat, weapons training, and foreign languages - and does them all in tight outfits. Well, the planets of the solar system are going into planetary alignment (Which occurs every 5,000 years), and a secret society called the Illuminati is seeking an ancient talisman that gives its possessor the ability to control time. However, they need a certain clock/key to help them in their search, and they have to find the talisman in one week or wait until the next planetary alignment to find it again. Lara happens to find that key hidden in a wall of her mansion. The Illuminati steal it, and Lara gets an old letter from her deceased father telling her about the society's agenda (Her father was also the one who hid the key). Now, she must retrieve the key and find and destroy the talisman before the Illuminati can get their hands on it. (Read More)

Locations:tunnel
Period:2000s
Story:tomb, secret society, treasure hunter, treasure hunt, illuminati, treasure, first part, library, letter, helicopter, shootout, chase

Transformers: Revenge Of The Fallen (2009)
Action, Adventure, Sci-fi

Transformers: Revenge Of The Fallen (2009)

A youth chooses manhood. The week Sam Witwicky starts college, the Decepticons make trouble in Shanghai. A presidential envoy believes it's because the Autobots are around; he wants them gone. He's wrong: the Decepticons need access to Sam's mind to see some glyphs imprinted there that will lead them to a fragile object that, when inserted in an alien machine hidden in Egypt for centuries, will give them the power to blow out the sun. Sam, his girlfriend Mikaela Banes, and Sam's parents are in danger. Optimus Prime and Bumblebee are Sam's principal protectors. If one of them goes down, what becomes of Sam? This is why Transformers: Revenge Of The Fallen (2009) is one of the best movies like National Treasure (2004). (Read More)

Themes:kidnapping
Locations:museum, cemetery
Period:2000s
Story:exploding ship, aircraft carrier, 21st century, flare, taser, car chase, new jersey, blockbuster, washington d.c., prologue, library, falling from height, helicopter, shootout, pistol, chase, father son relationship, flashback

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:kidnapping
Locations:tunnel
Characters:hostage
Story:code, car chase, boston massachusetts, knight, washington d.c., fbi, subjective camera, river, falling from height, arrest, helicopter, corpse, shootout, pistol, chase, new york city

The Goonies (1985)
Adventure, Comedy, Family

The Goonies (1985)

Mikey Walsh and Brandon Walsh are brothers whose family is preparing to move because developers want to build a golf course in the place of their neighborhood -- unless enough money is raised to stop the construction of the golf course, and that's quite doubtful. But when Mikey stumbles upon a treasure map of the famed "One-Eyed" Willy's hidden fortune, Mikey, Brandon, and their friends Lawrence "Chunk" Cohen, Clark "Mouth" Devereaux, Andrea "Andy" Carmichael, Stefanie "Stef" Steinbrenner, and Richard "Data" Wang, calling themselves The Goonies, set out on a quest to find the treasure in hopes of saving their neighborhood. The treasure is in a cavern, but the entrance to the cavern is under the restaurant of evil thief Mama Fratelli and her sons Jake Fratelli, Francis Fratelli, and the severely disfigured Lotney "Sloth" Fratelli. Sloth befriends the Goonies and decides to help them. (Read More)

Themes:friendship
Locations:tunnel
Story:treasure map, treasure, treasure hunt, secret passage, car chase, attic, blockbuster, underwater, skeleton, arrest, corpse, shootout, pistol, chase, family relationships

Now You See Me 2 (2016) is one of the best movies like National Treasure (2004)
Action, Adventure, Comedy, Crime, Mystery, Thriller

Now You See Me 2 (2016)

One year after outwitting the FBI and winning the public's adulation with their Robin Hood-style magic spectacles, The Four Horsemen resurface for a comeback performance in hopes of exposing the unethical practices of a tech magnate. The man behind their vanishing act is none other than Walter Mabry, a tech prodigy who threatens the Horsemen into pulling off their most impossible heist yet. Their only hope is to perform one last unprecedented stunt to clear their names and reveal the mastermind behind it all. (Read More)

Themes:heist, betrayal, kidnapping
Locations:tunnel, ship
Characters:hostage
Story:metal detector, secret society, new jersey, fbi, prologue, library, subjective camera, arrest, pistol, new york city, father son relationship, flashback

Transformers: Dark Of The Moon (2011)
Action, Adventure, Sci-fi

Transformers: Dark Of The Moon (2011)

Autobots Bumblebee, Ratchet, Ironhide, Mirage (aka Dino), Wheeljack (aka Que) and Sideswipe led by Optimus Prime, are back in action taking on the evil Decepticons, who are eager to avenge their recent defeat. The Autobots and Decepticons become involved in a perilous space race between the United States and Russia to reach a hidden Cybertronian spacecraft on the moon and learn its secrets, and once again Sam Witwicky has to go to the aid of his robot friends. The new villain Shockwave is on the scene while the Autobots and Decepticons continue to battle it out on Earth. (Read More)

Themes:betrayal, kidnapping
Locations:church
Characters:hostage
Story:exploding ship, aircraft carrier, 21st century, chandelier, car chase, 20th century, blockbuster, washington d.c., fbi, prologue, falling from height, helicopter, shootout, pistol, chase, father son relationship, flashback

The Count Of Monte Cristo (2002)
Action, Adventure, Drama, Romance, Thriller

The Count Of Monte Cristo (2002)

'The Count of Monte Cristo' is a remake of the Alexander Dumas tale by the same name. Dantes, a sailor who is falsely accused of treason by his best friend Fernand, who wants Dantes' girlfriend Mercedes for himself. Dantes is imprisoned on the island prison of Chateau d'If for 13 years, where he plots revenge against those who betrayed him. With the help of another prisoner, he escapes the island and proceeds to transform himself into the wealthy Count of Monte Cristo as part of his plan to exact revenge. This is why The Count Of Monte Cristo (2002) is one of the best movies like National Treasure (2004). (Read More)

Themes:betrayal, friendship
Locations:ship
Characters:friend
Story:treasure map, chandelier, treasure, 19th century, subjective camera, letter, falling from height, arrest, father son relationship, flashback

War Of The Worlds (2005)
Adventure, Sci-fi, Thriller

War Of The Worlds (2005)

Ray Ferrier (Cruise) is a divorced dockworker and less-than-perfect father. When his ex-wife and her new husband drop off his teenage son Robbie and young daughter Rachel for a rare weekend visit, a strange and powerful lightning storm suddenly touches down. What follows is the extraordinary battle for the future of humankind through the eyes of one American family fighting to survive it in this contemporary retelling of H.G. Wells seminal classic sci-fi thriller. (Read More)

Themes:betrayal, kidnapping
Locations:tunnel, ship, church
Characters:hostage
Period:2000s
Story:boston massachusetts, new jersey, blockbuster, river, helicopter, corpse, pistol, new york city, father son relationship, family relationships

The Fate Of The Furious (2017) is one of the best movies like National Treasure (2004)
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. (Read More)

Themes:betrayal, kidnapping, friendship
Characters:hostage
Story:snowmobile, flare, arctic, taser, car chase, blockbuster, subjective camera, falling from height, arrest, helicopter, corpse, shootout, pistol, chase, new york city, father son relationship, flashback

Transformers (2007)
Action, Adventure, Sci-fi

Transformers (2007)

A long time ago, far away on the planet of Cybertron, a war is being waged between the noble Autobots (led by the wise Optimus Prime) and the devious Decepticons (commanded by the dreaded Megatron) for control over the Allspark, a mystical talisman that would grant unlimited power to whoever possesses it. The Autobots managed to smuggle the Allspark off the planet, but Megatron blasts off in search of it. He eventually tracks it to the planet of Earth (circa 1850), but his reckless desire for power sends him right into the Arctic Ocean, and the sheer cold forces him into a paralyzed state. His body is later found by Captain Archibald Witwicky, but before going into a comatose state Megatron uses the last of his energy to engrave into the Captain's glasses a map showing the location of the Allspark, and to send a transmission to Cybertron. Megatron is then carried away aboard the Captain's ship. A century later, Captain Witwicky's grandson Sam Witwicky (nicknamed Spike by his friends) buys his first car. To his shock, he discovers it to be Bumblebee, an Autobot in disguise who is to protect Spike, who possesses the Captain's glasses and the map engraved on them. But Bumblebee is not the only Transformer to have arrived on Earth - in the desert of Qatar, the Decepticons Blackout and Scorponok attack a U.S. military base, causing the Pentagon to send their special Sector Seven agents to capture all "specimens of this alien race." Spike and his girlfriend Mikaela find themselves in the midst of a grand battle between the Autobots and the Decepticons, stretching from Hoover Dam all the way to Los Angeles. Meanwhile, deep inside Hoover Dam, the cryogenically stored body of Megatron awakens. (Read More)

Locations:tunnel, ship
Period:2000s
Story:aircraft carrier, 21st century, flare, arctic, car chase, blockbuster, washington d.c., first part, 19th century, fbi, prologue, falling from height, helicopter, shootout, pistol, chase, father son relationship, flashback

Eagle Eye (2008)
Action, Mystery, Thriller

Eagle Eye (2008)

Jerry Shaw is an amiable slacker with an over-achieving twin brother. After his twin dies in an accident, strange things happen to Jerry at a dizzying pace: a fortune shows up in his bank account, weapons are delivered to his flat, and a voice on his cell phone tells him the police are on their way. Jerry follows the voice's instructions, and soon he and a woman he's never met are racing through the city, on to a plane, and eventually to the Pentagon, chased by the FBI. She is Rachel Holloman, a single mom; the voice has threatened her son's death if she doesn't cooperate. The voice seems to know everything. Who is behind it, what is being planned, and why Jerry and Rachel? (Read More)

Locations:tunnel
Characters:hostage
Story:video surveillance, car chase, washington d.c., fbi, falling from height, corpse, shootout, pistol, chase, father son 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. This is why The A-team (2010) is one of the best movies like National Treasure (2004). (Read More)

Themes:heist, betrayal, kidnapping
Locations:tunnel, ship, cemetery
Characters:hostage
Period:2000s
Story:exploding ship, flare, car chase, blockbuster, falling from height, arrest, helicopter, shootout, pistol, chase, flashback

World War Z (2013) is one of the best movies like National Treasure (2004)
Action, Adventure, Horror, Sci-fi, Thriller

World War Z (2013)

Life for former United Nations investigator Gerry Lane and his family seems content. Suddenly, the world is plagued by a mysterious infection turning whole human populations into rampaging mindless zombies. After barely escaping the chaos, Lane is persuaded to go on a mission to investigate this disease. What follows is a perilous trek around the world where Lane must brave horrific dangers and long odds to find answers before human civilization falls. (Read More)

Locations:pennsylvania, ship
Story:philadelphia pennsylvania, aircraft carrier, flare, jerusalem, new jersey, falling from height, helicopter, corpse, shootout, pistol, chase, new york city, family relationships, flashback

Xxx (2002)
Action, Adventure, Thriller

Xxx (2002)

Xander "XXX" Cage is a thrill seeker who until now has been deemed untouchable by the law. NSA Agent Gibbons forces XXX to cooperate with the government to infiltrate an underground Russian crime ring, and avoid going to prison. Gibbons sends XXX to enter this world of crime undetected where others have failed, using his natural athletic prowess and a whole lot of attitude. Xander must combat an organization led by a clever, ruthless and nihilistic Yorgi whose first target is the city of Prague. (Read More)

Period:2000s
Story:snowmobile, car chase, blockbuster, washington d.c., fbi, prologue, river, falling from height, arrest, helicopter, corpse, shootout, pistol, chase

The Da Vinci Code (2006)
Mystery, Thriller

The Da Vinci Code (2006)

Professor Robert Langdon is in Paris on business when he's summoned to The Louvre. A dead body has been found, setting Langdon off on an adventure as he attempts to unravel an ancient code and uncover the greatest mystery of all time.

Locations:museum, church
Story:curator, invisible ink, riddle, code, clue, secret society, tomb, grandfather, fbi, chase, corpse

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:heist, betrayal, kidnapping
Locations:tunnel, cemetery
Characters:hostage
Story:knight, metal detector, flare, blockbuster, graveyard, subjective camera, letter, falling from height, helicopter, corpse, shootout, pistol, chase, flashback

Four Brothers (2005) is one of the best movies like National Treasure (2004)
Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Four Brothers (2005)

Four adopted brothers come to avenge their mother's death in what appears to be a random killing in a grocery store robbery. However, the boys' investigation of the death reveals more nefarious activities involving the one brother's business dealings with a notorious local hoodlum. Two cops who are trying to solve the case may also not be what they seem. This is why Four Brothers (2005) is one of the best movies like National Treasure (2004). (Read More)

Themes:heist
Locations:cemetery
Characters:hostage
Period:2000s
Story:video surveillance, car chase, falling from height, helicopter, shootout, pistol, chase, family relationships

Assassin's Creed (2016)
Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Sci-fi

Assassin's Creed (2016)

Through a revolutionary technology that unlocks his genetic memories, Callum Lynch (Michael Fassbender) experiences the adventures of his ancestor, Aguilar de Nerha, in 15th Century Spain. Callum discovers he is descended from a mysterious secret society, the Assassins, and amasses incredible knowledge and skills to take on the oppressive and powerful Templar organization in the present day. (Read More)

Themes:betrayal, kidnapping
Locations:ship, church
Characters:hostage
Story:crypt, metal detector, code, secret society, knight, prologue, subjective camera, helicopter, corpse, chase, father son relationship, flashback

Angels & Demons (2009)
Mystery, Thriller

Angels & Demons (2009)

Following the murder of a physicist, Father Silvano Bentivoglio, a symbolist, Robert Langdon, and a scientist, Vittoria Vetra, are on an adventure involving a secret brotherhood, the Illuminati. Clues lead them all around the Vatican, including the four altars of science, Earth, Air, Fire and Water. An assassin, working for the Illuminati, has captured four cardinals, and murders each, painfully. Robert and Vittoria also are searching for a new very destructive weapon that could kill millions. (Read More)

Themes:kidnapping
Locations:church
Period:2000s
Story:illuminati, archive, secret society, buried alive, tomb, library, helicopter, corpse, pistol

Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief (2010)
Adventure, Family, Fantasy

Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief (2010)

When his lightning bolt is stolen, Zeus accuses Poseidon's son Percy Jackson and gives Poseidon's son fourteen days to return it, otherwise he will initiate a war amongst the gods. Meanwhile the teenager, Percy, who is dyslexic and has ADHD is visiting The Museum of Metropolitan of Art and is attacked by a Fury disguised in his teacher. His physically handicapped best friend Grover reveals that Percy is a demigod and that he is his protector and his teacher Mr Brunner gives him a pen telling him that it is a powerful weapon. They go to Percy's house and together with his mother Sally they drive to the Camp Half-Blood. However Sally is attacked by a Minotaur and vanishes before Percy can help her. In the camp, Percy befriends the gorgeous Annabeth; when they are attacked by Hades who wants the lighting bolt for himself, Percy discovers that his mother is in the Underworld with Hades. Percy decides to travel on a dangerous quest to retrieve the lightning bolt and save his mother. Grover and Annabeth join him and Luke gives a powerful shield of his own to protect Percy. Will they be able to succeed? (Read More)

Themes:betrayal, kidnapping, friendship
Locations:museum
Characters:friend
Story:21st century, chandelier, new jersey, first part, underwater, prologue, river, falling from height, chase, new york city, flashback

Salt (2010) is one of the best movies like National Treasure (2004)
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:betrayal, kidnapping, friendship
Locations:cemetery, church
Characters:hostage
Period:1970s
Story:bulletproof glass, metal detector, code, chandelier, taser, car chase, washington d.c., fbi, falling from height, arrest, helicopter, shootout, pistol, chase, new york city, flashback

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

Battleship (2012)

A naval war ship encounters an alien armada and faces the biggest threat mankind has ever faced. If they lose, the world could face a major extinction event and an alien invasion. Will humans win this alien war, what are the aliens doing here, and what do they want? Based on the Hasbro naval war game. This is why Battleship (2012) is one of the best movies like National Treasure (2004). (Read More)

Locations:ship
Period:2000s
Story:exploding ship, aircraft carrier, taser, prologue, subjective camera, arrest, helicopter, pistol, chase, new york city

Mission: Impossible III (2006)
Action, Adventure, Thriller

Mission: Impossible III (2006)

A man named Owen Davian kills an IMF agent that was sent undercover by the legendary Ethan Hunt, who has retired from combat missions. Hunt now has a fiance, Julia, who believes that he works for the traffic department when he really trains younger IMF agents to go into combat. He is assigned to his last mission. His mission, should he choose to accept it is to capture Davian, who is selling a toxic weapon called the rabbits foot. But Davian is reckless, cruel, and deathly. He promises Hunt that he will find Julia, hurt her, and Ethan will be too dead to help her. The mission is no more different to others, its dangerous, smart, and impossible; but now it's personal. (Read More)

Themes:heist, kidnapping
Locations:museum, cemetery
Characters:hostage, friend
Period:2000s
Story:reception, video surveillance, car chase, blockbuster, washington d.c., underwater, falling from height, helicopter, shootout, pistol

Spy (2015)
Action, Comedy, Crime

Spy (2015)

Susan Cooper is an unassuming, deskbound CIA analyst, and the unsung hero behind the Agency's most dangerous missions. But when her partner falls off the grid and another top agent is compromised, she volunteers to go deep undercover to infiltrate the world of a deadly arms dealer, and prevent a global crisis. (Read More)

Themes:betrayal, kidnapping, friendship
Characters:hostage
Story:car chase, washington d.c., subjective camera, falling from height, arrest, helicopter, corpse, shootout, pistol, chase, flashback

Suicide Squad (2016) is one of the best movies like National Treasure (2004)
Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Sci-fi

Suicide Squad (2016)

It feels good to be bad...Assemble a team of the world's most dangerous, incarcerated Super Villains, provide them with the most powerful arsenal at the government's disposal, and send them off on a mission to defeat an enigmatic, insuperable entity. U.S. intelligence officer Amanda Waller has determined only a secretly convened group of disparate, despicable individuals with next to nothing to lose will do. However, once they realize they weren't picked to succeed but chosen for their patent culpability when they inevitably fail, will the Suicide Squad resolve to die trying, or decide it's every man for himself? (Read More)

Themes:heist, betrayal, kidnapping
Characters:hostage
Story:exploding ship, aircraft carrier, flare, taser, car chase, blockbuster, washington d.c., fbi, subjective camera, letter, falling from height, arrest, helicopter, corpse, shootout, pistol, flashback

The Revenant (2015)
Adventure, Drama, Thriller, Western

The Revenant (2015)

While exploring g uncharted wilderness in 1823, legendary fronjitiersman Hugh Glass sustains injuries from a brutal bear attack. When his hunting team leaves him for dead, Glass must utilize his survival skills to find a way back home while avoiding natives on their own hunt. Grief-stricken and fueled by vengeance, Glass treks through the wintry terrain to track down John Fitzgerald, the former confidant who betrayed and abandoned him. (Read More)

Themes:betrayal, kidnapping, friendship
Characters:hostage
Story:swimming underwater, gunpowder, buried alive, 19th century, subjective camera, river, corpse, shootout, pistol, chase, father son relationship, flashback

The Legend Of Tarzan (2016)
Action, Adventure, Drama, Romance

The Legend Of Tarzan (2016)

Following his parents' death in Africa, John Clayton has been be raised by an ape, was known by the name Tarzan, but eventually left Africa and for his parents' home in England, along with the woman he fell in love with and married, Jane Porter. He is asked by Belgian King Leopold to go to Africa to see what he has done there to help the country. Initially, he refuses. But an American, George Washington Williams, wants him to accept so he can accompany him. He says that Leopold might be committing all sorts of atrocities to achieve his goal, like slavery. Clayton agrees and his wife insists that she accompany him because she misses Africa. When they arrive, a man named Rom, who works for Leopold, attacks their village and captures Tarzan and Jane. With Washington's help he escapes and sets out to rescue Jane by going across the jungle. Washington joins him despite being told that he might not make it. This is why The Legend Of Tarzan (2016) is one of the best movies like National Treasure (2004). (Read More)

Themes:betrayal, kidnapping, friendship
Locations:ship
Characters:hostage
Story:swimming underwater, expedition, blockbuster, 19th century, prologue, subjective camera, river, letter, falling from height, corpse, shootout, chase, father son relationship, flashback

The Mummy (1999)
Action, Adventure, Fantasy

The Mummy (1999)

An English librarian called Evelyn Carnahan becomes interested in starting an archaeological dig at the ancient city of Hamunaptra. She gains the help of Rick O'Connell, after saving him from his death. What Evelyn, her brother Jonathan and Rick are unaware of is that another group of explorers are interested in the same dig. Unfortunately for everyone, this group ends up unleashing a curse which been laid on the dead High Priest Imhotep. Now 'The Mummy' is awake and it's going to take a lot more than guns to send him back to where he came from. (Read More)

Locations:ship
Story:tomb, secret society, buried alive, car chase, blockbuster, treasure, first part, library, shootout, pistol, chase

Shooter (2007) is one of the best movies like National Treasure (2004)
Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Shooter (2007)

Bob Lee Swagger, one of the world's great marksmen and the son of a Congressional Medal of Honoree, is a loner living in the Rockies. He's left the military, having been hung out to dry in a secret Ethiopian mission a few years before, when he's recruited by a colonel to help find a way that the President of the US might be assassinated in one of three cities in the next two weeks. He does his work, but the shot is fired notwithstanding and Bob Lee is quickly the fall guy: wounded and hunted by thousands, he goes to ground and, aided by two unlikely allies, searches for the truth and for those who double-crossed him. All roads lead back to Ethiopia. (Read More)

Themes:betrayal, kidnapping
Story:philadelphia pennsylvania, car chase, washington d.c., fbi, subjective camera, falling from height, shootout, pistol, flashback

Man Of Steel (2013)
Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Sci-fi

Man Of Steel (2013)

A young boy learns that he has extraordinary powers and is not of this Earth. As a young man, he journeys to discover where he came from and what he was sent here to do. But the hero in him must emerge if he is to save the world from annihilation and become the symbol of hope for all mankind.

Themes:kidnapping
Locations:cemetery, church
Characters:hostage
Story:exploding ship, blockbuster, first part, skeleton, fbi, falling from height, arrest, helicopter, shootout, pistol, chase, father son relationship, flashback

Fast & Furious (2009)
Action, Crime, Thriller

Fast & Furious (2009)

Heading back to the streets where it all began, two men rejoin two women to blast muscle, tuner and exotic cars across Los Angeles and floor through the Mexican desert. When a crime brings them back to L.A., fugitive ex-con Dom Toretto reignites his feud with agent Brian O'Connor. But as they are forced to confront a shared enemy, Dom and Brian must give in to an uncertain new trust if they hope to outmaneuver him. And from convoy heists to precision tunnel crawls across international lines, two men will find the best way to get revenge: push the limits of what's possible behind the wheel. (Read More)

Themes:kidnapping, friendship
Locations:tunnel, church
Characters:friend
Story:fbi, car chase, arrest, helicopter, shootout, pistol, chase, flashback

Red (2010)
Action, Comedy, Crime, Thriller

Red (2010)

Frank (Bruce Willis) is retired, bored, and lonely living off his government pension in a nondescript suburb in an equally nondescript house. The only joy in Frank's life is his calls to the government pension processing center when he gets to talk to his case worker, Sarah (Mary-Louis Parker). Sarah is as bored and lonely as Frank and marks her conversations with the unknown Frank and her spy novels as the only things fun in her life. When something in Frank's past forces Frank back into his old line of work and puts an unwitting Sarah in the middle of the intrigue, Frank and Sarah begin a journey into Frank's past and the people he used to work with. Like Frank they are all RED ... Retired Extremely Dangerous. This is why Red (2010) is one of the best movies like National Treasure (2004). (Read More)

Themes:kidnapping
Characters:hostage
Story:library of congress, riddle, metal detector, chandelier, taser, washington d.c., fbi, library, helicopter, shootout, pistol, chase, new york city, flashback

Now You See Me (2013) is one of the best movies like National Treasure (2004)
Crime, Mystery, Thriller

Now You See Me (2013)

Four magicians each answer a mysterious summons to an obscure address with secrets inside. A year later, they are the Four Horsemen, big time stage illusionists who climax their sold out Las Vegas show with a bank apparently robbed for real. This puts agents Dylan Rhodes of the FBI and Alma Dray of Interpol on the case to find out how they did it. However, this mystery proves difficult to solve even with the insights of the professional illusion exposer, Thaddeus Bradley. What follows is a bizarre investigation where nothing is what it seems with illusions, dark secrets and hidden agendas galore as all involved are reminded of a great truth in this puzzle: the closer you look, the less you see. (Read More)

Themes:heist, betrayal
Locations:ship
Story:fbi, secret society, car chase, letter, arrest, helicopter, pistol, chase, new york city, flashback

Central Intelligence (2016)
Action, Comedy, Crime

Central Intelligence (2016)

Calvin Joyner was voted in high school the guy most likely to succeed. 20 years later he's an accountant. As his high school reunion approaches, he tries to make contact with his old schoolmates. And someone named Bob Stone contacts him. He says that he was known as Robbie Weirdicht in school. Calvin remembers that he was picked on, as a matter of fact after an extremely nasty prank he left school. They agree to meet and Calvin is surprised by how much he has changed. Bob asks Calvin to help him out. He says yes and the next thing he knows some men burst into his home. They're CIA, the one in charge is looking for Stone, she says he's a rogue agent. When they can't find Bob they leave. Later he approaches Calvin telling him, he is not a rogue agent, he's trying to find a person known as the Black Badger who is planning to sell some information that in the wrong hands can be disastrous. so he needs Calvin's help to stop him. Calvin's not sure whom he should believe. (Read More)

Themes:betrayal, kidnapping, friendship
Characters:hostage
Story:code, taser, car chase, boston massachusetts, prologue, falling from height, arrest, helicopter, shootout, pistol, chase, flashback

Sherlock Holmes (2009)
Action, Adventure, Crime, Mystery, Thriller

Sherlock Holmes (2009)

After finally catching serial killer and occult "sorcerer" Lord Blackwood, legendary sleuth Sherlock Holmes and his assistant Dr. Watson can close yet another successful case. But when Blackwood mysteriously returns from the grave and resumes his killing spree, Holmes must take up the hunt once again. Contending with his partner's new fiancee and the dimwitted head of Scotland Yard, the dauntless detective must unravel the clues that will lead him into a twisted web of murder, deceit, and black magic - and the deadly embrace of temptress Irene Adler. (Read More)

Themes:friendship
Locations:ship
Story:riddle, clue, secret society, tomb, 19th century, prologue, graveyard, falling from height, arrest, corpse, shootout, chase, father son relationship, flashback

Predators (2010)
Action, Adventure, Sci-fi, Thriller

Predators (2010)

The mercenary Royce; the military Isabelle; the Russian soldier Nikolai; the San Quentin criminal Stans; the Sierra Leone militia Mombasa; the drug lord Cuchillo; the Yakuza Hanzo; and the Doctor Edwin awake in free fall but they succeed to open their parachutes landing in a jungle. Soon they find that they are on another planet and they are prey of aliens in a deadly hunting game, and they need to join forces to destroy their predators and survive. (Read More)

Themes:betrayal, kidnapping
Characters:hostage
Story:exploding ship, flare, skeleton, subjective camera, falling from height, corpse, shootout, pistol, chase

King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword (2017) is one of the best movies like National Treasure (2004)
Action, Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword (2017)

Themes:betrayal, kidnapping, friendship
Locations:ship
Characters:hostage
Story:gunpowder, knight, blockbuster, subjective camera, river, falling from height, corpse, chase, father son relationship, flashback

Resident Evil: Afterlife (2010)
Action, Adventure, Horror, Sci-fi

Resident Evil: Afterlife (2010)

In a world ravaged by a virus infection, turning its victims into the Undead, Alice (Jovovich), continues on her journey to find survivors and lead them to safety. Her deadly battle with the Umbrella Corporation reaches new heights, but Alice gets some unexpected help from an old friend. A new lead that promises a safe haven from the Undead takes them to Los Angeles, but when they arrive the city is overrun by thousands of Undead - and Alice and her comrades are about to step into a deadly trap. (Read More)

Themes:betrayal, kidnapping
Locations:tunnel, ship
Characters:hostage, friend
Story:swimming underwater, flare, underwater, falling from height, helicopter, shootout, pistol, chase, flashback

Rush Hour (1998)
Action, Comedy, Crime, Thriller

Rush Hour (1998)

Cultures clash and tempers flares as the two cops named Detective Inspector Lee a Hong Kong Detective and Detective James Carter FBI, a big-mouthed work-alone Los Angeles cop who are from different worlds discovers one thing in common: they can't stand each other. With time running out, they must join forces to catch the criminals and save the eleven-year-old Chinese girl of the Chinese consul named Soo Yung. (Read More)

Themes:kidnapping
Locations:museum, ship
Characters:hostage, friend
Story:fbi, blockbuster, first part, falling from height, helicopter, shootout, pistol, chase

Warcraft (2016)
Action, Adventure, Fantasy

Warcraft (2016)

When the world of the Orcs of Draenor is being destroyed by the evil fel magic that uses life-force, the powerful warlock Gul'dan creates a portal to the world of Azeroth and forms the Horde with members of the Orc clans. He also captures many prisoners to keep the portal open. The king of Azeroth, Llane Wrynn and his brother-in-law, Anduin Lothar are informed by the apprentice of magician Khadgar that he has found fel magic in dead bodies and the king decides to summon the Guardian of Tirisfal, Medivh, to protect his kingdom. Lothar and Khadgar head to Kharazhan to meet Medivh and an ominous shadow points a book out to Khadgar, who takes it and hides. Anduin, Khadgar and Medivh and a group of soldiers are attacked by Orcs and they capture the slave Garona, who is released by King Llane, and she shows them the location of the portal. Garona is contacted by the Orc chief of a clan Durotan that wants to meet King Llane to stop the fel magic. Meanwhile Khadgar learns that the gate was opened with the help of someone in Azeroth. Shall King Llane trust Garona and Durotan, who might be the traitor? (Read More)

Themes:betrayal, friendship
Locations:church
Characters:hostage
Story:knight, blockbuster, skeleton, prologue, library, subjective camera, river, falling from height, arrest, corpse, chase, father son relationship

The Equalizer (2014) is one of the best movies like National Treasure (2004)
Action, Crime, Thriller

The Equalizer (2014)

In The Equalizer, Denzel Washington plays McCall, a man who believes he has put his mysterious past behind him and dedicated himself to beginning a new, quiet life. But when McCall meets Teri (Chloe Grace Moretz), a young girl under the control of ultra-violent Russian gangsters, he can't stand idly by - he has to help her. Armed with hidden skills that allow him to serve vengeance against anyone who would brutalize the helpless, McCall comes out of his self-imposed retirement and finds his desire for justice reawakened. If someone has a problem, if the odds are stacked against them, if they have nowhere else to turn, McCall will help. He is The Equalizer. (Read More)

Characters:hostage
Story:exploding ship, boston massachusetts, fbi, subjective camera, arrest, helicopter, corpse, shootout, pistol, chase, flashback

Pirates Of The Caribbean: The Curse Of The Black Pearl (2003)
Action, Adventure, Fantasy

Pirates Of The Caribbean: The Curse Of The Black Pearl (2003)

This swash-buckling tale follows the quest of Captain Jack Sparrow, a savvy pirate, and Will Turner, a resourceful blacksmith, as they search for Elizabeth Swann. Elizabeth, the daughter of the governor and the love of Will's life, has been kidnapped by the feared Captain Barbossa. Little do they know, but the fierce and clever Barbossa has been cursed. He, along with his large crew, are under an ancient curse, doomed for eternity to neither live, nor die. That is, unless a blood sacrifice is made. This is why Pirates Of The Caribbean: The Curse Of The Black Pearl (2003) is one of the best movies like National Treasure (2004). (Read More)

Themes:kidnapping, friendship
Locations:ship
Characters:friend
Story:treasure hunt, swimming underwater, code, treasure, underwater, skeleton, falling from height, arrest, corpse

Cloud Atlas (2012)
Action, Drama, Mystery, Sci-fi

Cloud Atlas (2012)

Everything is connected: an 1849 diary of an ocean voyage across the Pacific; letters from a composer to his lover; a thriller about a conspiracy at a nuclear power plant; a farce about a publisher in a nursing home; a rebellious clone in futuristic Korea; and the tale of a tribe living on post-apocalyptic Hawaii far in the future. (Read More)

Themes:friendship
Locations:ship
Characters:friend
Period:1970s
Story:grandfather, eyeglasses, skeleton, prologue, subjective camera, letter, falling from height, arrest, corpse, shootout, pistol, chase, father son relationship, family relationships, flashback

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:betrayal, kidnapping
Characters:hostage
Story:code, secret passage, aircraft carrier, washington d.c., first part, fbi, subjective camera, falling from height, helicopter, corpse, shootout, pistol, chase, father son relationship, flashback

Kong: Skull Island (2017) is one of the best movies like National Treasure (2004)
Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Sci-fi

Kong: Skull Island (2017)

A washed up monster chaser convinces the U.S. Government to fund a trip to an unexplored island in the South Pacific. Under the guise of geological research, the team travels to "Skull Island". Upon arrival, the group discover that their mission may be complicated by the wildlife which inhabits the island. The beautiful vistas and deadly creatures create a visually stunning experience that is sure to keep your attention. (Read More)

Themes:betrayal
Locations:ship
Period:1970s
Story:aircraft carrier, shipwreck, expedition, blockbuster, washington d.c., skeleton, prologue, graveyard, river, falling from height, helicopter, corpse, pistol, chase

The Bone Collector (1999)
Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

The Bone Collector (1999)

Quadripeligic ex-cop Lincoln Rhyme was looking forward to his assisted suicide when he got the news: some sicko was abducting people in a taxi and leaving them to die in particularly sadistic ways. With time counting down between each abduction and possible death, Rhyme recruits rather-unwilling Amelia Donaghy, haunted by her cop father's suicide and thinking she's next, into working the crime scenes to track down the killer. (Read More)

Themes:betrayal, kidnapping
Locations:tunnel
Characters:hostage, friend
Story:clue, buried alive, car chase, prologue, helicopter, corpse, pistol, chase, new york city

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