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State Of Play (2009)
Drama, Mystery, Thriller

State Of Play (2009)

A petty thief is gunned down in an alley and a Congressman's assistant falls in front of a subway - two seemingly unrelated deaths. But not to wisecracking, brash newspaper reporter Cal McAffrey who spies a conspiracy waiting to be uncovered. With a turbulent past connected to the Congressman and the aid of ambitious young rookie writer Della Frye, Cal begins uprooting clues that lead him to a corporate cover-up full of insiders, informants, and assassins. But as he draws closer to the truth, the relentless journalist must decide if it's worth risking his life and selling his soul to get the ultimate story. (Read More)

Themes:conspiracy, corruption, adultery
Mood:suspense
Story:congressman, internet journalism, tabloid journalism, investigative journalism, subway station, newspaper editor, newspaper reporter, political conspiracy, newspaper headline, political corruption, unlikely hero, newspaper, foot chase, congressional committee, professional ethics, word processor, cheap motel, deep focus, military industrial complex, ex roommate

The Last Boy Scout (1991)
Action, Thriller

The Last Boy Scout (1991)

A down and out cynical detective teams up with a down and out ex-quarterback to try and solve a murder case involving a pro football team and a politician.

Themes:conspiracy, corruption, adultery
Mood:suspense
Story:political corruption, politician, assault rifle, parking garage, loss of loved one, assassination attempt, answering machine, opening action scene, drug addict, disarming someone, police detective, ambush, assassin, shot in the back, shooting, tough guy, shot in the head, hero, blood splatter, neo noir

Welcome To The Punch (2013)
Action, Crime, Thriller

Welcome To The Punch (2013)

Former criminal Jacob Sternwood is forced to return to London from his Icelandic hideaway when his son is involved in a heist gone wrong. This gives detective Max Lewinsky one last chance to catch the man he has always been after. As they face off, they start to uncover a deeper conspiracy they both need to solve in order to survive. (Read More)

Themes:conspiracy
Story:foot chase, assault rifle, ex soldier, parking garage, press conference, assassination attempt, silencer, opening action scene, no opening credits, police detective, assassin, shot in the back, shot in the head, neo noir, shootout, pistol, death, murder

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

Brick Mansions (2014)

Themes:corruption
Story:newspaper headline, foot chase, ex soldier, u.s. army, mexican standoff, silencer, opening action scene, disarming someone, no opening credits, police detective, ambush, tough guy, shot in the head, neo noir, shootout, cell phone, pistol, chase, cigarette smoking, death

Spartan (2004) is one of the best movies like State Of Play (2009)
Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Spartan (2004)

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

Themes:conspiracy, corruption, adultery
Mood:suspense
Story:newspaper headline, political corruption, foot chase, newscast, video surveillance, female reporter, assault rifle, u.s. army, no opening credits, politician, assassin, shot in the back, shooting, tough guy, shot in the head, neo noir, shootout, cell phone, pistol, chase

Bullet To The Head (2012)
Action, Thriller

Bullet To The Head (2012)

In New Orleans, the hit men James Bonomo, a.k.a. Jimmy Bobo, and Louis Blanchard execute the dirty cop Hank Greely in a hotel room. But they are betrayed and Louis is stabbed in a bar by the mercenary Keegan while waiting for the payment of the contract. Meanwhile the Washington D.C. police detective Taylor Kwon comes to New Orleans to investigate the murder of Greely, who had stolen evidences from the Police Department. Soon he is shot by two dirty detectives but Jimmy saves his life. Jimmy brings Taylor to the shop of his daughter Lisa and she removes the bullet from his shoulder and nurses him. Taylor and Jimmy form the most unlikely partnership to investigate the crimes and after contacting the intermediate Ronnie Earl that had hired Jimmy and Louis, they discover a network of corruption formed by the lawyer Marcus Baptiste and the entrepreneur Robert Nkomo Morel. This is why Bullet To The Head (2012) is one of the best movies like State Of Play (2009). (Read More)

Themes:conspiracy, corruption
Story:newspaper headline, professional killer, ex soldier, whiskey, morgue, silencer, opening action scene, police detective, assassin, shot in the back, tough guy, shot in the head, blood splatter, shootout, cell phone, pistol, death, murder, violence

Assault On Precinct 13 (2005)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Assault On Precinct 13 (2005)

On New Year's Eve, inside a police station that's about to be closed for good, officer Jake Roenick must cobble together a force made up cops and criminals to save themselves from a mob looking to kill mobster Marion Bishop.

Mood:suspense
Story:unlikely hero, foot chase, mexican standoff, silencer, opening action scene, drug addict, no opening credits, police detective, shot in the back, tough guy, shot in the head, blood splatter, neo noir, shootout, cell phone, pistol, chase, cigarette smoking, death, murder

John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017)
Action, Crime, Thriller

John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017)

Mood:suspense
Story:subway station, foot chase, assassination attempt, silencer, opening action scene, disarming someone, no opening credits, subway, ambush, assassin, shot in the back, tough guy, shot in the head, blood splatter, neo noir, shootout, cell phone, pistol, chase, african american

The Pelican Brief (1993) is one of the best movies like State Of Play (2009)
Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

The Pelican Brief (1993)

Two Supreme Court Justices have been killed. Now a college professor, who clerked for one of the two men, who's also having an affair with one of his students, is given a brief by her, that states who probably, wanted to see these two men dead. He then gives it to one of his friends, who works for the FBI. When the FBI director reads it, he is fascinated by it. One of the president's men who read it, is afraid that if it ever got out, the president could be smeared. So, he advises the president to tell the director to drop it, which he does. But later the professor and the girl were out and he was drunk and when he refused to give her the keys she stepped out of the car. When he started it, it blew up. She then discovers that her place has been burglarized and what was taken were her computer and her disks. Obviously, her brief has someone agitated. She then turns to her boyfriend's friend at the FBI, he agrees to come meet her but before he does someone shoots him and takes his place. At the meeting, he was about to kill her when someone shoots him. She then decides to turn to Gray Grantham, an investigative reporter, who was contacted by someone who says he has info on the killings but backed out at the last minute. He then meets her and tells her what her brief is, and basically, the man she suspects is a good friend of the president, who is trying to manipulate the outcome of a trial that is now before the Supreme Court. Grantham tells her that her brief can harm the president and all what they have are theories, he asks her to help him but she wants to leave the country. Then Grantham's editor tells him that they have nothing; that he should drop cause the man she implicated is extremely powerful. Grantham's about to drop it when she says that she will help him. But can they stay alive? (Read More)

Themes:conspiracy, corruption
Mood:suspense
Story:newspaper editor, political conspiracy, newspaper headline, political corruption, foot chase, investigative reporter, political thriller, parking garage, journalism, loss of loved one, assassination attempt, answering machine, washington d.c., silencer, assassin, newspaper, shot in the head, blood splatter, pistol, three word title

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

G.i. Joe: Retaliation (2013)

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

Themes:conspiracy
Story:foot chase, cnn reporter, assault rifle, ex soldier, mexican standoff, press conference, assassination attempt, washington d.c., silencer, opening action scene, based on tv series, no opening credits, politician, ambush, assassin, shot in the back, tough guy, shot in the head, shootout, cell phone

Nick Of Time (1995)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Nick Of Time (1995)

Gene Watson is a public accountant who arrives on a train at Union Station in Los Angeles, accompanied by his 6-year-old daughter Lynn. Because of his ordinary looks, he is approached by a pair of sinister people named Smith and Jones. Pretending to be cops, Smith and Jones kidnap Lynn and confront Gene with a simple choice -- kill California governor Eleanor Grant in 90 minutes or less, or Lynn will die. Watson is given a gun, six bullets, and a name tag, and he is told to go to the Westin Bonaventure Hotel and kill Eleanor, who is giving an afternoon speech. While Jones is watching Lynn in a van, Smith watches Watson in order to prevent Watson from alerting the authorities. Watson must quickly find some way to get himself and Lynn out of this seemingly impossible situation. This is why Nick Of Time (1995) is one of the best movies like State Of Play (2009). (Read More)

Themes:conspiracy, corruption
Mood:suspense
Story:political conspiracy, political corruption, unlikely hero, foot chase, campaign manager, political thriller, intimidation, ex soldier, mexican standoff, press conference, loss of loved one, assassination attempt, silencer, disarming someone, politician, shot in the back, shot in the head, blood splatter, neo noir, shootout

Absolute Power (1997)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Absolute Power (1997)

Based on the novel by David Baldacci, Absolute Power is about the ruthlessness of people in power. The President believes that everything he does is beyond reproach, including an affair or two. That leads to murder and everyone around him is involved. There is only one witness, a thief named Luther Whitney. They are sure he'll talk, but when? The Secret Service is determined to keep him quiet, but catching a thief isn't always easy. (Read More)

Themes:conspiracy, corruption, adultery
Mood:suspense
Story:political conspiracy, newspaper headline, political corruption, foot chase, reference to thomas jefferson, political thriller, press conference, hiding, answering machine, washington d.c., silencer, police detective, ambush, shot in the back, tough guy, shot in the head, hero, blood splatter, neo noir, pistol

The Equalizer (2014) is one of the best movies like State Of Play (2009)
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)

Themes:corruption
Mood:suspense
Story:foot chase, assault rifle, ex soldier, assassination attempt, silencer, based on tv series, disarming someone, no opening credits, police detective, assassin, shot in the back, tough guy, shot in the head, blood splatter, neo noir, shootout, cell phone, pistol, chase, african american

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. (Read More)

Themes:conspiracy
Mood:suspense
Story:newspaper headline, unlikely hero, foot chase, parking garage, assassination attempt, answering machine, silencer, opening action scene, disarming someone, police detective, ambush, assassin, tough guy, hero, shootout, cell phone, pistol, chase, violence, murder

Seeking Justice (2011)
Action, Drama, Thriller

Seeking Justice (2011)

In New Orleans, English teacher of the high school Rampart High, Will Gerard, and his wife, musician Laura Gerard, are in love with each other. One night, Laura leaves a rehearsal and is assaulted, while Will is playing chess with his friend Jimmy. Will is visiting her in hospital when, out of the blue, a stranger named Simon tells him that he belongs to an organization of vigilantes and offers to eliminate the assailant. In return, the organisation would want a favor from Will in the future. Will agrees, and the criminal is murdered. Six months later, Simon collects his debt with Will. He demands that Will kill Alan Marsh, a pedophile. Will accidentally kills Alan and soon he learns that the victim was an awarded journalist that was investigating the organization. Now he seeks evidences to prove his innocence but the network of the organization is powerful and is seeking Will out to eliminate him. (Read More)

Themes:conspiracy
Mood:suspense
Story:newspaper reporter, newspaper headline, foot chase, investigative reporter, intimidation, parking garage, silencer, opening action scene, disarming someone, police detective, assassin, shot in the back, shot in the head, blood splatter, neo noir, shootout, cell phone, pistol, chase, husband wife relationship

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. This is why American Assassin (2017) is one of the best movies like State Of Play (2009). (Read More)

Themes:conspiracy
Mood:suspense
Story:political conspiracy, foot chase, assault rifle, parking garage, loss of loved one, assassination attempt, silencer, opening action scene, disarming someone, no opening credits, politician, ambush, assassin, shot in the back, tough guy, shot in the head, blood splatter, neo noir, shootout, cell phone

Jack Reacher: Never Go Back (2016) is one of the best movies like State Of Play (2009)
Action, Adventure, Crime, Mystery, Thriller

Jack Reacher: Never Go Back (2016)

After accomplishing the assignment of dismantling a human trafficking organization, the former military and drifter Jack Reacher goes to Washington to invite his liaison, Major Susan Turner, to have dinner with him. However, he meets her substitute, Colonel Sam Morgan, who explains that Major Turner has been arrested and accused of espionage. Jack seeks out her veteran lawyer, Colonel Bob Moorcroft, who explains that Major Turner has also been accused of the murders of two soldiers in Afghanistan. Further, he also tells Jack he is being sued, accused by a woman of being the father of her fifteen year-old daughter, Samantha. When Moorcroft is murdered, Jack is accused of being the killer and sent to a prison. He sees that Turner and he have been framed and also that Turner will be killed by two assassins. However, he rescues her and they flee. Soon, they realize that there is a conspiracy involving military people from the army and a government contractor that is a powerful arms dealer. Jack also learns that Samantha is in danger and Turner and he rescue her. They decide to protect her since a skilled assassin is hunting them down while they try to find the motive of the conspiracy. Who can be trusted? (Read More)

Themes:conspiracy, corruption
Mood:suspense
Story:foot chase, assault rifle, ex soldier, u.s. army, mexican standoff, assassination attempt, washington d.c., silencer, drug addict, disarming someone, ambush, assassin, shot in the back, tough guy, shot in the head, hero, neo noir, shootout, cell phone, pistol

Alex Cross (2012)
Action, Crime, Mystery, Thriller

Alex Cross (2012)

Dr. Alex Cross is on his last police duty to track down an assassin called Picasso, who's been torturing and killing rich businessmen in Detroit. Soon when the mission gets personal, Cross is pushed to the edge of his moral and psychological limits to end this once and for all.

Story:foot chase, ex military, off screen murder, pregnant woman murdered, ex soldier, parking garage, silencer, opening action scene, drug addict, no opening credits, police detective, assassin, shot in the back, shot in the head, shootout, cell phone, pistol, chase, husband wife relationship, murder

Murder At 1600 (1997)
Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Murder At 1600 (1997)

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

Themes:conspiracy, corruption
Mood:suspense
Story:political conspiracy, political corruption, cnn reporter, political thriller, murder mystery, video tape, scandal, washington d.c., silencer, opening action scene, disarming someone, assassin, shooting, tough guy, hero, blood splatter, neo noir, shootout, pistol, chase

El Mariachi (1992)
Action, Crime, Thriller

El Mariachi (1992)

El Mariachi just wants to play his guitar and carry on the family tradition. Unfortunately, the town he tries to find work in has another visitor...a killer who carries his guns in a guitar case. The drug lord and his henchmen mistake El Mariachi for the killer, Azul, and chase him around town trying to kill him and get his guitar case. (Read More)

Themes:corruption
Story:unlikely hero, foot chase, assault rifle, loss of loved one, assassination attempt, silencer, opening action scene, disarming someone, ambush, assassin, love triangle, tough guy, hero, blood splatter, neo noir, shootout, cell phone, pistol, chase, cigarette smoking

The November Man (2014) is one of the best movies like State Of Play (2009)
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 State Of Play (2009). (Read More)

Themes:conspiracy
Story:political corruption, foot chase, mexican standoff, parking garage, press conference, loss of loved one, assassination attempt, silencer, no opening credits, politician, assassin, shot in the back, tough guy, shot in the head, blood splatter, neo noir, shootout, cell phone, pistol, three 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:conspiracy
Mood:suspense
Story:unlikely hero, foot chase, assassination attempt, silencer, opening action scene, no opening credits, police detective, subway, ambush, assassin, shootout, cell phone, pistol, chase, violence, murder, death

Perfect Stranger (2007)
Crime, Mystery, Thriller

Perfect Stranger (2007)

Rowena Price is a muckraking reporter for a New York paper. When her story about a closeted gay Senator who preaches family values is spiked, she quits and soon finds herself investigating the grisly murder of a childhood friend. Her friend had been dumped by ad exec Harrison Hill, so he's Rowena's prime suspect. Rowena gets a job at the ad agency as a temp, and she's soon the object of Hill's attentions. She's helped in her subterfuge by Miles Haley, a friend at the paper who has a secret thing for her. Everyone, it seems, has secrets, including Hill, who must keep his affairs from his wife - her money fuels his lifestyle. Murder will out? (Read More)

Themes:adultery
Story:subway station, newspaper editor, newspaper headline, investigative reporter, marital infidelity, unfaithful husband, female reporter, parking garage, morgue, subway, newspaper, blood splatter, neo noir, cell phone, husband wife relationship, murder, death

Patriot Games (1992)
Action, Thriller

Patriot Games (1992)

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

Themes:conspiracy, corruption
Mood:suspense
Story:political conspiracy, political corruption, hero, foot chase, cnn reporter, political thriller, assassination attempt, answering machine, washington d.c., silencer, disarming someone, police detective, ambush, assassin, shooting, tough guy, blood splatter, shootout, pistol, chase

Criminal (2016) is one of the best movies like State Of Play (2009)
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:conspiracy
Mood:suspense
Story:subway station, unlikely hero, foot chase, assault rifle, assassination attempt, opening action scene, disarming someone, no opening credits, subway, shot in the back, tough guy, shot in the head, blood splatter, neo noir, shootout, cell phone, pistol, chase, cigarette smoking, husband wife relationship

The Bourne Ultimatum (2007)
Action, Mystery, Thriller

The Bourne Ultimatum (2007)

Bourne is once again brought out of hiding, this time inadvertently by London-based reporter Simon Ross who is trying to unveil Operation Blackbriar--an upgrade to Project Treadstone--in a series of newspaper columns. Bourne sets up a meeting with Ross and realizes instantly they're being scanned. Information from the reporter stirs a new set of memories, and Bourne must finally, ultimately, uncover his dark past whilst dodging The Company's best efforts in trying to eradicate him. This is why The Bourne Ultimatum (2007) is one of the best movies like State Of Play (2009). (Read More)

Themes:conspiracy, corruption
Story:hiding, foot chase, foot pursuit, handheld camera, loss of loved one, silencer, opening action scene, disarming someone, no opening credits, assassin, newspaper, tough guy, hero, shootout, pistol, three word title, chase, violence

The Gunman (2015)
Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

The Gunman (2015)

A sniper on a mercenary assassination team, working for an unknown client, kills the minister of mines of the Congo. Terrier's (Sean Penn's) successful kill shot forces him to go into hiding to protect himself and the members of the team from retribution. This includes abruptly abandoning his girlfriend who has no idea what is going on. The assassination, paid for by a foreign mining company, triggers wide spread chaos and death in an already inflamed Congo. Terrier returns to the Congo years later working for an NGO, but eventually finds himself to be the target of a paid hit squad somehow connected to the ministers assassination. This leads to immediate deaths and the endangerment of the people working around him, and forces him back into hiding. In trying to discover who has put a price on his head, he begins to reconnect to the members of his old assassination team, including his old girlfriend. Always aware there is no path to redemption for his crimes, he is also periodically incapacitated by a type of accumulated and evolving physical brain damage caused by the hard knocks of his occupation. Unexpectedly, given the time that has elapsed, his reconnection to his old assassination team exposes additional intrigues with immediate deadly consequences. All of his years spent in hiding, have merely delayed the twisted end game that now enfolds. (Read More)

Themes:conspiracy, corruption
Story:foot chase, newscast, assault rifle, ex soldier, press conference, hiding, silencer, disarming someone, politician, ambush, assassin, shot in the back, tough guy, shot in the head, blood splatter, shootout, pistol, cigarette smoking, husband wife relationship, murder

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

Xxx: State Of The Union (2005)

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

Story:political corruption, foot chase, reference to thomas jefferson, ex military, female reporter, ex soldier, mexican standoff, assassination attempt, washington d.c., opening action scene, disarming someone, ambush, assassin, shot in the back, tough guy, shot in the head, hero, shootout, pistol, chase

Hitman: Agent 47 (2015) is one of the best movies like State Of Play (2009)
Action, Adventure, Crime, Thriller

Hitman: Agent 47 (2015)

HITMAN: AGENT 47 centers on an elite assassin who was genetically engineered from conception to be the perfect killing machine, and is known only by the last two digits on the barcode tattooed on the back of his neck. He is the culmination of decades of research and forty-six earlier Agent clones -- endowing him with unprecedented strength, speed, stamina and intelligence. His latest target is a mega-corporation that plans to unlock the secret of Agent 47's past to create an army of killers whose powers surpass even his own. Teaming up with a young woman who may hold the secret to overcoming their powerful and clandestine enemies, 47 confronts stunning revelations about his own origins and squares off in an epic battle with his deadliest foe. (Read More)

Themes:conspiracy
Story:subway station, assassin, foot chase, hotel fight, evil corporation, assault rifle, parking garage, silencer, opening action scene, disarming someone, ambush, shot in the back, tough guy, shot in the head, blood splatter, shootout, cell phone, pistol, violence, death

Batman: The Killing Joke (2016)
Action, Animation, Crime, Drama, Sci-fi, Thriller

Batman: The Killing Joke (2016)

Themes:conspiracy
Mood:suspense
Story:newspaper headline, foot chase, pregnant woman murdered, loss of loved one, assassination attempt, opening action scene, no opening credits, police detective, ambush, assassin, tough guy, shot in the head, blood splatter, neo noir, shootout, cell phone, pistol, chase, cigarette smoking, husband wife relationship

Harry Brown (2009)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Harry Brown (2009)

In England, retired Royal Marine Harry Brown spends his lonely life between the hospital, where his beloved wife Kath is terminally ill, and playing chess with his only friend Leonard Attwell in the Barge pub owned by Sid Rourke. After the death of Kath, Len tells his grieving friend that the local gang is harassing him and he is carrying an old bayonet for self-defense; the widower suggests him to go to the police. When Len is beaten, then stabbed to death in an underground passage, Inspector Alice Frampton and her partner Sergeant Terry Hicock are sent to investigate. They pay Harry a visit but don't have good news; the police have not found any other evidence, other than the bayonet, in order to arrest the hoodlums. This mean that should the case go to trial the gang would claim self-defense. Harry Brown sees that justice will not be granted and decides to take matters into his own hands. This is why Harry Brown (2009) is one of the best movies like State Of Play (2009). (Read More)

Mood:suspense
Story:unlikely hero, intimidation, ex soldier, mexican standoff, press conference, drug addict, disarming someone, no opening credits, police detective, ambush, shot in the back, shooting, tough guy, shot in the head, blood splatter, neo noir, shootout, cell phone, pistol, chase

Snake Eyes (1998)
Crime, Mystery, Thriller

Snake Eyes (1998)

Ricky Santoro is a flamboyant and corrupt Atlantic City cop with a dream: become so well connected that he can become mayor. In lieu of that, he'll settle for keeping his comfortable lifestyle. On the night of the heavyweight boxing championship, Rick becomes mixed up in the assassination of the Secretary of Defense, an assassination involving his best friend. Becoming the investigating officer in the case, Rick soon uncovers a conspiracy to kill the Secretary and a mysterious woman in white. The conspiracy was shocking, but not half as shocking as the identity of its mastermind. (Read More)

Themes:conspiracy, corruption
Mood:suspense
Story:political conspiracy, political corruption, foot chase, newscast, political thriller, murder mystery, hiding, silencer, police detective, shot in the back, blood splatter, neo noir, cell phone, pistol, cigarette smoking, death, murder

Eagle Eye (2008) is one of the best movies like State Of Play (2009)
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)

Story:subway station, foot chase, commuter train, video surveillance, parking garage, answering machine, washington d.c., opening action scene, shot in the back, shooting, shootout, cell phone, pistol, chase, death, murder

'71 (2014)
Action, Drama, Thriller, War

'71 (2014)

A young British soldier is accidentally abandoned by his unit following a terrifying riot on the streets of Belfast in 1971. Unable to tell friend from foe, the raw recruit must survive the night alone and find his way to safety through a disorienting, alien and deadly landscape.

Mood:suspense
Story:foot chase, assault rifle, ex soldier, hiding, no opening credits, shot in the back, shot in the head, blood splatter, neo noir, shootout, pistol, chase, cigarette smoking, husband wife relationship, violence, murder, death

Killer Elite (2011)
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)

Story:subway station, foot chase, assault rifle, ex soldier, assassination attempt, silencer, subway, assassin, shot in the back, tough guy, shot in the head, blood splatter, shootout, pistol, cigarette smoking, death, murder, violence

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

The Purge: Election Year (2016)

It's been seventeen years since Leo Barnes (Frank Grillo) stopped himself from a regrettable act of revenge on Purge Night. Now serving as head of security for Senator Charlie Roan (Elizabeth Mitchell), his mission is to protect her in a run for president and survive the annual ritual that targets the poor and innocent. But when a betrayal forces them onto the streets of D.C. on the one night when no help is available, they must stay alive until dawn...or both be sacrificed for their sins against the state. This is why The Purge: Election Year (2016) is one of the best movies like State Of Play (2009). (Read More)

Themes:conspiracy, corruption
Mood:suspense
Story:political conspiracy, political corruption, assault rifle, mexican standoff, parking garage, press conference, assassination attempt, washington d.c., silencer, drug addict, disarming someone, no opening credits, politician, ambush, shot in the back, tough guy, shot in the head, blood splatter, shootout, cell phone

Air Force One (1997) is one of the best movies like State Of Play (2009)
Action, Adventure, Drama, Romance, Thriller

Air Force One (1997)

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

Themes:conspiracy, corruption
Mood:suspense
Story:political conspiracy, political corruption, cnn reporter, political thriller, video tape, ex soldier, press conference, opening action scene, disarming someone, ambush, tough guy, hero, blood splatter, shootout, cell phone, pistol, husband wife relationship, violence, murder, death

Out Of The Furnace (2013)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

Out Of The Furnace (2013)

Russell and his younger brother Rodney live in the economically-depressed Rust Belt, and have always dreamed of escaping and finding better lives. But when a cruel twist of fate lands Russell in prison, his brother becomes involved with one of the most violent and ruthless crime rings in the Northeast - a mistake that will cost him everything. Once released, Russell must choose between his own freedom, or risk it all to seek justice for his brother. (Read More)

Story:foot chase, bouquet, whiskey, opening action scene, drug addict, no opening credits, ambush, shot in the back, shooting, love triangle, tough guy, shot in the head, blood splatter, neo noir, shootout, cell phone, pistol, chase, african american, cigarette smoking

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

In The Line Of Fire (1993)

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

Themes:conspiracy, corruption
Mood:suspense
Story:political conspiracy, political corruption, assassin, foot chase, political thriller, press conference, assassination attempt, answering machine, washington d.c., silencer, opening action scene, disarming someone, tough guy, shot in the head, hero, blood splatter, neo noir, shootout, pistol, chase

The Green Hornet (2011)
Action, Comedy, Crime, Sci-fi, Thriller

The Green Hornet (2011)

Playboy Britt Reid (Seth Rogen) becomes the new publisher of Los Angeles' "The Daily Sentinel" after the sudden death of his father. Britt's party life is about to change when he and his driver and kung fu expert, Kato (Jay Chou), stop a robbery. With the help of Kato, Britt starts a new career of fighting crime as the masked superhero "The Green Hornet". (Read More)

Themes:corruption
Story:newspaper editor, newspaper reporter, newspaper headline, newscast, parking garage, singing in a car, press conference, based on tv series, no opening credits, assassin, newspaper, shot in the back, love triangle, shot in the head, blood splatter, shootout, pistol, three word title, murder, violence

Triple 9 (2016) is one of the best movies like State Of Play (2009)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Triple 9 (2016)

In TRIPLE 9, a crew of dirty cops are blackmailed by the Russian mob to execute a virtually impossible heist. The only way to pull it off is to manufacture a 999, police code for "officer down". Their plan is turned upside down when the unsuspecting rookie they set up to die foils the attack, triggering a breakneck, action-packed finale filled with double-crosses, greed and revenge. This is why Triple 9 (2016) is one of the best movies like State Of Play (2009). (Read More)

Themes:corruption
Mood:suspense
Story:newspaper headline, foot chase, cadillac, assault rifle, ex soldier, morgue, opening action scene, drug addict, disarming someone, police detective, ambush, shot in the head, blood splatter, neo noir, shootout, cell phone, pistol, chase, african american, cigarette smoking

Takers (2010)
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)

Mood:suspense
Story:foot chase, mexican standoff, parking garage, drug addict, no opening credits, police detective, subway, ambush, shot in the back, tough guy, neo noir, shootout, cell phone, pistol, african american, cigarette smoking, husband wife relationship, death, murder, violence

Odd Thomas (2013)
Comedy, Fantasy, Horror, Mystery, Romance, Thriller

Odd Thomas (2013)

Small-town fry cook Odd Thomas ('Anton Yelchin' (qv)) is an ordinary guy with a paranormal secret: he sees dead people, everywhere. When a creepy stranger shows-up with an entourage of ghostly bodachs - predators who feed on pain and portend mass destruction - Odd knows that his town is in serious trouble. Teaming up with his sweetheart Stormy ('Addison Timlin' (qv)) and the local sheriff ('Willem Dafoe' (qv)), Odd plunges into an epic battle of good vs evil to try to stop a disaster of apocalyptic proportions. Based on the best-selling thriller by Dean Koontz. (Read More)

Themes:conspiracy
Story:unlikely hero, foot chase, fast food, assault rifle, singing in a car, loss of loved one, silencer, opening action scene, disarming someone, no opening credits, shot in the back, tough guy, shot in the head, hero, blood splatter, neo noir, shootout, cell phone, pistol, chase

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)

Mood:suspense
Story:foot chase, last stand, assault rifle, ex soldier, mexican standoff, press conference, washington d.c., silencer, no opening credits, ambush, shot in the back, tough guy, shot in the head, blood splatter, shootout, cell phone, pistol, chase, husband wife relationship, death

Desperado (1995) is one of the best movies like State Of Play (2009)
Action, Thriller

Desperado (1995)

With this sequel to his prize-winning independent previous film, "El Mariachi," director Robert Rodriquez joins the ranks of Sam Peckinpah and John Woo as a master of slick, glamorized ultra-violence. We pick up the story as a continuation of "El Mariachi," where an itinerant musician, looking for work, gets mistaken for a hitman and thereby entangled in a web of love, corruption, and death. This time, he is out to avenge the murder of his lover and the maiming of his fretting hand, which occurred at the end of the earlier movie. However, the plot is recapitulated, and again, a case of mistaken identity leads to a very high body count, involvement with a beautiful woman who works for the local drug lord, and finally, the inevitable face-to-face confrontation and bloody showdown. (Read More)

Themes:corruption
Story:loss of loved one, assassination attempt, silencer, opening action scene, disarming someone, ambush, assassin, shot in the back, shooting, tough guy, shot in the head, hero, blood splatter, neo noir, shootout, pistol, cigarette smoking, violence, death, murder

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. This is why Xxx: Return Of Xander Cage (2017) is one of the best movies like State Of Play (2009). (Read More)

Themes:conspiracy, corruption
Story:foot chase, newscast, ex soldier, mexican standoff, assassination attempt, silencer, opening action scene, disarming someone, ambush, assassin, shot in the back, tough guy, shot in the head, shootout, cell phone, pistol, chase, murder, death, violence

The Guest (2014)
Mystery, Thriller

The Guest (2014)

Mood:suspense
Story:newspaper headline, assault rifle, ex soldier, no opening credits, shot in the back, tough guy, shot in the head, blood splatter, shootout, pistol, african american, cigarette smoking, husband wife relationship, death, murder, violence

Clear And Present Danger (1994)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Clear And Present Danger (1994)

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

Themes:conspiracy, corruption
Mood:suspense
Story:political conspiracy, political corruption, cnn reporter, political thriller, u.s. army, press conference, assassination attempt, washington d.c., redhead, silencer, disarming someone, politician, ambush, assassin, shot in the back, tough guy, hero, blood splatter, shootout, cell phone

Run All Night (2015) is one of the best movies like State Of Play (2009)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Run All Night (2015)

Professional Brooklyn hitman Jimmy Conlon is more commonly known as THE GRAVEDIGGER. Jimmy was a mob hit-man, who was best friends with his boss Sean Maguire. But when Jimmy's son, Michael, is marked for death by the mob, Jimmy must go up against Sean to protect Michael at all costs. Together, he and Michael must avoid corrupt cops, contract killers and the mob to survive the night. (Read More)

Story:subway station, newspaper headline, foot chase, whiskey, morgue, disarming someone, no opening credits, police detective, subway, assassin, shot in the back, shot in the head, blood splatter, neo noir, shootout, cell phone, pistol, three word title, cigarette smoking, husband wife relationship

Blood Father (2016)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Blood Father (2016)

Mood:suspense
Story:assault rifle, assassination attempt, drug addict, disarming someone, no opening credits, ambush, assassin, shot in the back, tough guy, shot in the head, blood splatter, neo noir, shootout, cell phone, pistol, chase, violence, murder, death

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