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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:internet journalism,  tabloid journalism,  investigative journalism,  subway station,  newspaper editor,  newspaper reporter,  political conspiracy,  newspaper headline,  political corruption,  unlikely hero,  foot chase,  congressional committee,  professional ethics,  word processor,  cheap motel,  military industrial complex,  ex roommate,  deep focus,  mashed potatoes,  mystery villain,  reference to bill cosby,  intensive care,  garbage disposal,  campaign manager,  commuter train,  reference to dwight d. eisenhower,  gulf war veteran,  reference to jimmy carter,  professional killer,  bicyclist,  reference to thomas jefferson,  ex military,  former soldier,  plutocracy,  capitol hill,  cnn reporter,  computer disc,  hotel fight,  pathologist,  newsroom,  fish market,  off screen murder,  typing,  watergate,  pregnant woman murdered,  u.s. congress,  media frenzy,  blogger,  deadline,  rendezvous,  investigative reporter,  war on terrorism,  foot pursuit,  last stand,  evil corporation,  marital infidelity,  congressman,  female boss,  reference to ronald reagan,  bouquet,  pizza delivery,  cadillac,  newscast,  crab,  political thriller,  warning,  old friend,  fast food,  murder mystery,  video surveillance,  video tape,  unfaithful husband,  intimidation,  female reporter,  handheld camera,  assault rifle,  ex soldier,  u.s. army,  whiskey,  mexican standoff,  parking garage,  singing in a car,  press conference,  journalism,  loss of loved one,  hiding,  morgue,  assassination attempt,  answering machine,  scandal,  washington d.c.,  redhead,  silencer,  opening action scene,  based on tv series,  drug addict,  disarming someone,  no opening credits,  police detective,  subway,  politician,  ambush,  assassin,  newspaper,  bisexual,  shot in the back,  shooting,  love triangle,  tough guy,  shot in the head,  hero,  blood splatter,  neo noir,  shootout,  cell phone,  pistol,  three word title,  chase,  african american,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  violence,  murder,  death

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,  chase,  cigarette smoking,  murder,  violence,  death

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,  cigarette smoking,  murder,  violence

Edge Of Darkness (2010)
Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Edge Of Darkness (2010)

Thomas Craven is a detective who has spent years working the streets of Boston. When his own daughter is killed outside his own home, Craven soon realizes that her death is only one piece of an intriguing puzzle filled with corruption and conspiracy, and it falls to him to discover who is behind the crime. (Read More)

Themes:conspiracy,  corruption
Story:political conspiracy,  political corruption,  evil corporation,  political thriller,  morgue,  based on tv series,  no opening credits,  police detective,  shot in the head,  blood splatter,  neo noir,  shootout,  pistol,  three word title,  violence,  death,  murder

The Last Boy Scout (1991) is one of the best movies like State Of Play (2009)
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,  assault rifle,  parking garage,  loss of loved one,  assassination attempt,  answering machine,  opening action scene,  drug addict,  disarming someone,  police detective,  politician,  ambush,  assassin,  shot in the back,  tough guy,  shot in the head,  hero,  blood splatter,  neo noir,  shootout,  pistol,  chase,  african american,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  death,  murder,  violence

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. (Read More)

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

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. (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,  pistol,  chase,  husband wife relationship,  murder,  violence,  death

No Way Out (1987)
Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Romance, Thriller

No Way Out (1987)

Tom Farrell is a navy officer who gets posted at the Pentagon and is to report to the secretary of defense David Brice. He starts an affair with Susan Atwell not knowing that she is Brice's mistress. When Susan is found dead, Tom is assigned to the case of finding the killer who is believed to be a KGB mole! Tom could soon become a suspect when a Polaroid negative of him was found at Susan's place. He now has only a few hours to find the killer before the computer regenerates the photo. (Read More)

Themes:conspiracy,  corruption,  adultery
Mood:suspense
Story:political conspiracy,  newspaper headline,  political corruption,  foot chase,  political thriller,  parking garage,  hiding,  assassination attempt,  answering machine,  washington d.c.,  subway,  politician,  assassin,  love triangle,  neo noir,  pistol,  chase,  cigarette smoking,  death,  violence,  murder

Alex Cross (2012) is one of the best movies like State Of Play (2009)
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,  violence,  murder,  death

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

Spartan (2004)

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

Themes:conspiracy,  corruption,  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,  african american,  cigarette smoking,  death,  violence,  murder

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,  pistol,  chase,  husband wife relationship,  murder,  violence,  death

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

The Purge: Election Year (2016)

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

Themes: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,  pistol,  chase,  african american,  murder,  violence,  death

Welcome To The Punch (2013) is one of the best movies like State Of Play (2009)
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

The Pelican Brief (1993)
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 pres… (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,  chase,  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,  violence,  murder,  death

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

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. (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,  chase,  murder,  violence,  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,  foot chase,  cnn reporter,  political thriller,  assassination attempt,  answering machine,  washington d.c.,  silencer,  disarming someone,  police detective,  ambush,  assassin,  shooting,  tough guy,  hero,  blood splatter,  shootout,  pistol,  chase,  husband wife relationship,  murder,  violence,  death

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,  murder,  violence,  death

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,  foot chase,  political thriller,  press conference,  assassination attempt,  answering machine,  washington d.c.,  silencer,  opening action scene,  disarming someone,  assassin,  tough guy,  shot in the head,  hero,  blood splatter,  neo noir,  shootout,  pistol,  chase,  death,  violence,  murder

Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation (2015) is one of the best movies like State Of Play (2009)
Action, Adventure, Thriller

Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation (2015)

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

Themes:conspiracy,  corruption
Mood:suspense
Story:subway station,  foot chase,  assault rifle,  parking garage,  silencer,  opening action scene,  based on tv series,  subway,  politician,  ambush,  assassin,  shot in the back,  tough guy,  shot in the head,  shootout,  cell phone,  pistol,  murder,  violence,  death

48 Hrs. (1982)
Action, Comedy, Crime, Drama, Thriller

48 Hrs. (1982)

Oddball cop and tough guy, Jack Cates is the only survivor of a cop shooting and in hunting down the murderer collects Reggie Hammond from jail for 48 hours. Hammond is oddly motivated to help. The killer is searching for his stash of cash. Cates and Hammond who have the Black-white, cop-crook thing to work out make surprisingly good partners as they navigate through the city looking for their suspect. (Read More)

Mood:suspense
Story:hotel fight,  whiskey,  mexican standoff,  opening action scene,  disarming someone,  police detective,  subway,  bisexual,  shooting,  tough guy,  hero,  blood splatter,  neo noir,  shootout,  pistol,  chase,  african american,  cigarette smoking,  violence,  murder

The Fugitive (1993)
Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

The Fugitive (1993)

A well respected Chicago surgeon Dr. Richard Kimble has found out that his wife, Helen, has been murdered ferociously in her own home. The police found Kimble and accused him of the murder. Then, Kimble (without Justifiable Reason) was tried, convicted, and sentenced to death. However, on the way to prison, Kimble's transport crashed. Kimble escapes and is now on the run. Deputy Samuel Gerard from Chicago takes charge of the chase of Kimble. Meanwhile, Kimble takes up his own investigation to find who really killed his wife, and to lure Gerard and his team into it as well. (Read More)

Themes:conspiracy,  corruption
Mood:suspense
Story:subway station,  foot chase,  foot pursuit,  press conference,  loss of loved one,  based on tv series,  disarming someone,  police detective,  subway,  assassin,  newspaper,  shot in the back,  tough guy,  hero,  blood splatter,  shootout,  pistol,  chase,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  murder,  death

All The President's Men (1976)
Biography, Drama, History, Thriller

All The President's Men (1976)

In the run-up to the 1972 elections, Washington Post reporter 'Bob Woodward (I)' (qv) covers what seems to be a minor break-in at the Democratic Party National headquarters. He is surprised to find top lawyers already on the defense case, and the discovery of names and addresses of Republican fund organizers on the accused further arouses his suspicions. The editor of the Post is prepared to run with the story and assigns Woodward and 'Carl Bernstein (I)' (qv) to it. They find the trail leading higher and higher in the Republican Party, and eventually into the White House itself. (Read More)

Themes:conspiracy,  corruption
Story:investigative journalism,  political conspiracy,  political corruption,  newsroom,  watergate,  political thriller,  parking garage,  journalism,  scandal,  washington d.c.,  politician,  newspaper,  cigarette smoking

Bullet To The Head (2012) is one of the best movies like State Of Play (2009)
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. (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

Run All Night (2015)
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,  murder,  death,  violence

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,  cigarette smoking,  death,  murder,  violence

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,  pistol,  chase,  murder,  violence,  death

El Mariachi (1992) is one of the best movies like State Of Play (2009)
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,  murder,  death,  violence

The Double (2011)
Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

The Double (2011)

Story kicks off with the mysterious murder of a senator bearing the marks of a Soviet assassin, who was long thought to be dead. To hunt down the killer, a retired CIA operative, who spent his career going toe-to-toe with his Soviet nemesis, is teamed with a young FBI agent.

Mood:suspense
Story:foot chase,  parking garage,  assassination attempt,  washington d.c.,  silencer,  disarming someone,  ambush,  assassin,  blood splatter,  shootout,  cell phone,  pistol,  chase,  husband wife relationship,  murder,  violence,  death

Executive Decision (1996)
Action, Adventure, Thriller

Executive Decision (1996)

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

Themes:conspiracy,  corruption
Mood:suspense
Story:political conspiracy,  political corruption,  cnn reporter,  political thriller,  washington d.c.,  silencer,  opening action scene,  shot in the back,  tough guy,  shot in the head,  blood splatter,  shootout,  pistol,  murder,  death,  violence

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,  death,  murder

Jason Bourne (2016) is one of the best movies like State Of Play (2009)
Action, Thriller

Jason Bourne (2016)

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

Mood:suspense
Story:newspaper headline,  foot chase,  video surveillance,  assault rifle,  parking garage,  press conference,  loss of loved one,  assassination attempt,  washington d.c.,  silencer,  disarming someone,  no opening credits,  ambush,  assassin,  shot in the back,  tough guy,  shot in the head,  shootout,  pistol,  chase,  death,  murder,  violence

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,  death,  violence,  murder

The Equalizer (2014)
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,  murder,  violence,  death

The French Connection (1971)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

The French Connection (1971)

William Friedkin's gritty police drama portrays two tough New York City cops trying to intercept a huge heroin shipment coming from France. An interesting contrast is established between 'Popeye' Doyle, a short-tempered alcoholic bigot who is nevertheless a hard-working and dedicated police officer, and his nemesis Alain Charnier, a suave and urbane gentleman who is nevertheless a criminal and one of the largest drug suppliers of pure heroin to North America. During the surveillance and eventual bust, Friedkin provides one of the most gripping and memorable car chase sequences ever filmed. (Read More)

Themes:conspiracy
Mood:suspense
Story:subway station,  foot chase,  parking garage,  assassination attempt,  washington d.c.,  police detective,  subway,  assassin,  shot in the back,  tough guy,  blood splatter,  neo noir,  shootout,  pistol,  three word title,  chase,  cigarette smoking,  murder

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

The Take (2016)

Michael Mason, a pick-pocket living in Paris steals a bag with a teddy bear in it. Not realizing the toy contains a timed bomb, he tosses it aside on a busy street. A few seconds later it explodes, killing four people. CCTV footage reveals Masons face and the French police tag him as a terrorist threat. The explosion, although botched, was set up by a select group of the French Interior Ministry as a decoy so they can make a half billion dollar digital transfer from a bank, (closed on French National Day) -hence the title Bastille Day. In a separate CIA investigation the unruly agent Sean Briar, discovers the real story behind Masons "terrorist attack". The two men, on different sides of the law, collaborate to bring the corrupt members of the Ministry down. (Read More)

Themes:conspiracy,  corruption
Story:subway station,  foot chase,  assault rifle,  ex soldier,  mexican standoff,  press conference,  silencer,  disarming someone,  no opening credits,  police detective,  subway,  ambush,  shot in the back,  tough guy,  shot in the head,  hero,  shootout,  cell phone,  pistol,  chase,  violence,  murder,  death

American Assassin (2017)
Action, Thriller

American Assassin (2017)

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

Themes: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,  pistol,  chase,  cigarette smoking,  murder,  violence,  death

Enemy Of The State (1998)
Action, Crime, Mystery, Thriller

Enemy Of The State (1998)

Robert Dean is a mild-mannered lawyer who works in Washington D.C. He is on the trail of a kingpin named Pintero. Meanwhile, a politician named Thomas Reynolds is negotiating with Congressman Phillip Hammersley about a new surveillance system with satellites. But, Hammersley declines; Reynolds has Hammersley killed, but the murder is caught on tape, and the taper is chased by Reynolds' team of NSA agents. The guy must ditch the tape, so he plants it on Dean (unbeknownst to Dean). Then, the NSA decides to get into Dean's life. That is when Dean's life began to fall apart all around him, with his wife and job both gone. Dean wants to find out what is going on. Then, he meets a man named "Brill" who tells him that Dean has something that the government wants. Dean and Brill formulate a plan to get Dean's life back and turn the tables on Reynolds. (Read More)

Themes:conspiracy,  corruption
Mood:suspense
Story:political conspiracy,  political corruption,  congressman,  political thriller,  mexican standoff,  washington d.c.,  politician,  blood splatter,  neo noir,  shootout,  chase,  african american,  husband wife relationship,  murder,  violence

Solace (2015)
Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Solace (2015)

A psychic doctor, John Clancy (Sir Anthony Hopkins), works with an F.B.I. Special Agent (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) in search of serial killer Charles Ambrose (Colin Farrell). After having lived in isolation for two years, since the death of his daughter, Clancy is asked by his friend Joe, an F.B.I. Special Agent to help him solve several murders committed by a serial killer. The problem is that Ambrose is also psychic, and far ahead of Clancy. (Read More)

Mood:suspense
Story:newspaper headline,  foot chase,  assault rifle,  mexican standoff,  no opening credits,  subway,  ambush,  shot in the back,  shot in the head,  blood splatter,  neo noir,  shootout,  cell phone,  pistol,  chase,  husband wife relationship,  death,  murder,  violence

Xxx: State Of The Union (2005) is one of the best movies like State Of Play (2009)
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,  violence,  murder

Exit Wounds (2001)
Action, Comedy, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Exit Wounds (2001)

Orin Boyd (Seagal) is a Detroit cop who doesn't follow rules. After he saved the Vice President by violating every order he received he is transferred to one of the worst precincts in the city. There he quickly encounters some corrupt cops selling heroin to drug dealers. The problem is, it's very difficult to tell who is the bad guy and who you can trust. (Read More)

Themes:conspiracy,  corruption
Story:foot chase,  video surveillance,  parking garage,  assassination attempt,  opening action scene,  disarming someone,  no opening credits,  police detective,  ambush,  shot in the back,  tough guy,  shot in the head,  hero,  blood splatter,  neo noir,  shootout,  cell phone,  pistol,  chase,  african american,  murder,  violence,  death

Who Am I? (1998)
Action, Adventure, Comedy, Sci-fi, Thriller

Who Am I? (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,  death,  murder,  violence

Sicario (2015)
Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Sicario (2015)

When drug violence worsens on the USA Mexico border, the FBI sends an idealistic agent, Kate Macer (Emily Blunt) on a mission to eradicate a drug cartel responsible for a bomb that had killed members of her team.

Themes:corruption
Mood:suspense
Story:assault rifle,  silencer,  opening action scene,  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,  african american,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  death,  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. (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,  husband wife relationship,  murder,  violence,  death

Jack Reacher: Never Go Back (2016)
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,  chase,  murder,  violence,  death

Chinatown (1974)
Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Chinatown (1974)

JJ 'Jake' Gittes is a private detective who seems to specialize in matrimonial cases. He is hired by Evelyn Mulwray when she suspects her husband Hollis, builder of the city's water supply system, of having an affair. Gittes does what he does best and photographs him with a young girl but in the ensuing scandal, it seems he was hired by an impersonator and not the real Mrs. Mulwray. When Mr. Mulwray is found dead, Jake is plunged into a complex web of deceit involving murder, incest, and municipal corruption all related to the city's water supply. (Read More)

Themes:conspiracy,  corruption,  adultery
Mood:suspense
Story:political conspiracy,  newspaper headline,  political corruption,  morgue,  scandal,  police detective,  ambush,  shot in the back,  shot in the head,  neo noir,  pistol,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  death,  violence,  murder

Hitman: Agent 47 (2015)
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,  foot chase,  hotel fight,  evil corporation,  assault rifle,  parking garage,  silencer,  opening action scene,  disarming someone,  ambush,  assassin,  shot in the back,  tough guy,  shot in the head,  blood splatter,  shootout,  cell phone,  pistol,  murder,  violence,  death

The Bourne Supremacy (2004) is one of the best movies like State Of Play (2009)
Action, Mystery, Thriller

The Bourne Supremacy (2004)

After escaping from the emotional and physical pain he previously encountered. Jason Bourne and his girlfriend Marie begin a new life as far away as possible. But when an assassination attempt on Bourne goes horribly wrong, Bourne must re-enter the life he wanted to leave behind, in order to find out the truth why they are still after him. (Read More)

Mood:suspense
Story:foot chase,  loss of loved one,  assassination attempt,  silencer,  no opening credits,  subway,  assassin,  shot in the back,  tough guy,  shot in the head,  hero,  shootout,  three word title,  chase,  death,  violence

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)

Story:unlikely hero,  foot chase,  newscast,  political thriller,  assault rifle,  u.s. army,  press conference,  washington d.c.,  silencer,  politician,  assassin,  shot in the back,  tough guy,  shot in the head,  blood splatter,  shootout,  pistol,  chase,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  murder,  death,  violence

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