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Syriana (2005)
Drama, Thriller

Syriana (2005)

American oil companies Connex and smaller Killen are undergoing a merger, the new company named Connex-Killen. The move is in response to Connex losing a number of oil fields in the Persian Gulf region as Prince Nasir Al-Subaai, his country's foreign minister, and the oldest son of the Emir and thus the heir apparent to the throne, signed a contract with the Chinese instead. As Killen somehow managed to get the contract for the oil fields in Kazahkstan, the merger would give Connex-Killen additional control of the industry in the Middle East. Connex's retained law firm, headed by Dean Whiting, assigns Bennett Holiday to demonstrate to the US Department of Justice that due diligence has been done to allow the merger to proceed i.e. that the merger would not break any antitrust regulations. The US government is unhappy with Prince Nasir's decision to award the contract to the Chinese, and in combination with issues around illegal weapons, the CIA assigns field agent Bob Barnes, who has experience in the Middle East, to assassinate the Prince, whose eventual leadership would further undermine US oil security. Barnes becomes a pawn in the goings-on between the players. Meanwhile, Geneva based Bryan Woodman, an energy analyst, eventually becomes associated with the Emir and his family, largely due to a tragic incident. In the process, Woodman learns of Prince Nasir's western leanings and his want to change radically his country into a western democracy with a diversified economy. … (Read More)

Themes:alcoholism,  terrorism,  brutality,  conspiracy,  corruption,  funeral,  torture,  politics,  betrayal,  kidnapping,  suicide
Locations:elevator,  desert,  boat,  hospital
Characters:muslim,  children
Story:corporate merger,  beirut lebanon,  oil dependency,  oil tanker,  oil field,  big oil,  oil company,  tehran iran,  murder threat,  rocket launcher,  suicide bomber,  reference to milton friedman,  reference to seinfeld,  secret informant,  electrocuted child,  foreign labor,  satellite feed,  intelligence officer,  drunken father,  fall guy,  barbecue grill,  falconer,  emir,  persian gulf,  white flag,  reformer,  hezbollah,  u.s. foreign policy,  political commentary,  goatherd,  merger,  dead body in water,  punched in the nose,  geneva switzerland,  bedouin,  bacon,  dead brother,  falcon,  security system,  baton,  air strike,  cricket,  award ceremony,  lebanon,  pakistani,  tv interview,  rogue agent,  political thriller,  globalization,  iranian,  arms dealer,  multiple storyline,  loss of job,  gardening,  confusion,  bribery,  rocket,  capitalism,  corporation,  vegetarian,  sibling rivalry,  arab,  oil,  loss of son,  middle east,  whiskey,  iran,  honor,  nosebleed,  islam,  tv news,  washington d.c.,  prince,  obscene finger gesture,  cia,  espionage,  exploding body,  death of child,  self sacrifice,  threat,  tragic event,  cover up,  electrocution,  fbi,  drowning,  controversy,  double cross,  child in peril,  assassination,  no opening credits,  exploding car,  little boy,  immigrant,  diner,  terrorist,  assassin,  punched in the face,  rain,  swimming pool,  beating,  based on book,  pistol,  explosion,  african american,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  independent film,  one word title,  death,  blood,  flashback,  violence,  murder

Spy Game (2001)
Action, Crime, Thriller

Spy Game (2001)

CIA operative Nathan Muir (Redford) is on the brink of retirement when he finds out that his protege Tom Bishop (Pitt) has been arrested in China for espionage. No stranger to the machinations of the CIA's top echelon, Muir hones all his skills and irreverent manner in order to find a way to free Bishop. As he embarks on his mission to free Bishop, Muir recalls how he recruited and trained the young rookie, at that time a sergeant in Vietnam, their turbulent times together as operatives and the woman who threatened their friendship. (Read More)

Themes:terrorism,  conspiracy,  torture
Locations:boat
Characters:muslim
Story:beirut lebanon,  suicide bomber,  hezbollah,  lebanon,  rogue agent,  bribery,  middle east,  tv news,  washington d.c.,  cia,  espionage,  electrocution,  assassination,  terrorist,  assassin,  beating,  explosion,  husband wife relationship,  flashback,  death,  violence,  murder

Munich (2005)
Crime, Drama, History, Thriller

Munich (2005)

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

Themes:terrorism,  funeral,  politics,  betrayal,  kidnapping,  suicide
Locations:elevator,  boat,  hospital
Characters:children
Story:beirut lebanon,  geneva switzerland,  lebanon,  gardening,  capitalism,  arab,  middle east,  tv news,  cia,  espionage,  controversy,  double cross,  child in peril,  assassination,  no opening credits,  terrorist,  assassin,  rain,  swimming pool,  beating,  based on book,  explosion,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  one word title,  flashback,  blood,  murder,  violence,  death

Body Of Lies (2008)
Action, Drama, Romance, Thriller, War

Body Of Lies (2008)

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

Themes:terrorism,  torture,  betrayal,  kidnapping,  suicide
Locations:desert,  hospital
Characters:muslim
Story:suicide bomber,  satellite feed,  persian gulf,  political thriller,  iranian,  arab,  oil,  middle east,  tv news,  obscene finger gesture,  cia,  exploding body,  no opening credits,  exploding car,  terrorist,  punched in the face,  rain,  beating,  based on book,  pistol,  explosion,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  violence,  death,  murder,  blood,  flashback

The Double (2011) is one of the best movies like Syriana (2005)
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.

Themes:torture,  betrayal,  kidnapping
Locations:elevator,  hospital
Story:washington d.c.,  cia,  espionage,  tragic event,  cover up,  fbi,  double cross,  assassination,  terrorist,  assassin,  pistol,  husband wife relationship,  independent film,  flashback,  murder,  blood,  violence,  death

Rendition (2007)
Drama, Thriller

Rendition (2007)

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

Themes:terrorism,  conspiracy,  torture,  politics,  kidnapping
Locations:boat,  hospital
Characters:muslim
Story:suicide bomber,  political thriller,  middle east,  tv news,  washington d.c.,  cia,  exploding body,  electrocution,  drowning,  terrorist,  punched in the face,  beating,  pistol,  explosion,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  death,  flashback,  violence,  blood,  murder

Three Days Of The Condor (1975)
Mystery, Thriller

Three Days Of The Condor (1975)

A mild mannered CIA researcher, paid to read books, returns from lunch to find all of his co-workers assassinated. "Condor" must find out who did this and get in from the cold before the hitmen get him.

Themes:conspiracy,  corruption,  politics,  kidnapping
Locations:elevator,  hospital
Story:oil field,  persian gulf,  u.s. foreign policy,  political thriller,  oil,  middle east,  tv news,  washington d.c.,  cia,  espionage,  cover up,  diner,  assassin,  rain,  pistol,  flashback,  murder,  blood,  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:terrorism,  brutality,  conspiracy,  corruption,  politics,  betrayal
Locations:desert,  boat,  hospital
Story:political thriller,  washington d.c.,  cia,  espionage,  tragic event,  cover up,  fbi,  double cross,  child in peril,  assassination,  exploding car,  terrorist,  assassin,  based on book,  pistol,  explosion,  husband wife relationship,  murder,  blood,  death,  violence

American Assassin (2017) is one of the best movies like Syriana (2005)
Action, Thriller

American Assassin (2017)

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

Themes:terrorism,  brutality,  conspiracy,  torture,  politics,  betrayal,  kidnapping,  suicide
Locations:elevator,  boat,  hospital
Story:intelligence officer,  rogue agent,  iranian,  arms dealer,  middle east,  cia,  espionage,  tragic event,  electrocution,  double cross,  no opening credits,  exploding car,  terrorist,  assassin,  punched in the face,  swimming pool,  beating,  pistol,  explosion,  murder,  death,  blood,  violence,  flashback

The Kingdom (2007)
Action, Drama, Thriller

The Kingdom (2007)

After a terrorist attack on an American housing compound in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, where families and FBI Agent Francis Manner are murdered, FBI agent Ronald Fleury blackmails the Saudi Arabian consul to get five days of investigation in the location. He travels with agent Grant Sykes, Janet Mayes and Adam Leavitt to avenge their friend and try to find those responsible for the bombing. The agents find all sorts of difficulties in their investigation, but they are supported by Colonel Faris Al Ghazi that advises the team how to act in a hostile environment. (Read More)

Themes:terrorism,  torture,  kidnapping
Story:rocket launcher,  suicide bomber,  falcon,  arab,  oil,  islam,  washington d.c.,  prince,  exploding body,  fbi,  child in peril,  exploding car,  terrorist,  beating,  pistol,  explosion,  death,  violence,  blood,  flashback

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

London Has Fallen (2016)

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

Themes:terrorism,  brutality,  conspiracy,  funeral,  torture,  politics,  betrayal,  kidnapping,  suicide
Locations:desert,  boat
Story:rocket launcher,  suicide bomber,  rogue agent,  political thriller,  arms dealer,  washington d.c.,  exploding body,  death of child,  self sacrifice,  assassination,  exploding car,  terrorist,  assassin,  punched in the face,  beating,  pistol,  explosion,  husband wife relationship,  murder,  violence,  death

Salt (2010)
Action, Crime, Mystery, Thriller

Salt (2010)

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

Themes:terrorism,  conspiracy,  funeral,  torture,  politics,  betrayal,  kidnapping
Locations:elevator,  hospital
Story:suicide bomber,  intelligence officer,  political thriller,  washington d.c.,  cia,  espionage,  exploding body,  electrocution,  fbi,  double cross,  assassination,  no opening credits,  assassin,  punched in the face,  pistol,  explosion,  husband wife relationship,  one word title,  murder,  violence,  flashback

Clear And Present Danger (1994) is one of the best movies like Syriana (2005)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Clear And Present Danger (1994)

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

Themes:terrorism,  conspiracy,  corruption,  funeral,  torture,  politics,  betrayal,  kidnapping
Locations:boat
Story:rocket launcher,  rogue agent,  political thriller,  honor,  washington d.c.,  cia,  espionage,  cover up,  fbi,  double cross,  assassination,  exploding car,  terrorist,  assassin,  pistol,  explosion,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  murder,  violence,  blood,  death

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

Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation (2015)

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

Themes:terrorism,  conspiracy,  corruption,  torture,  betrayal,  kidnapping
Story:rogue agent,  cia,  espionage,  cover up,  electrocution,  drowning,  double cross,  assassination,  exploding car,  terrorist,  assassin,  punched in the face,  rain,  swimming pool,  beating,  pistol,  death,  murder,  violence,  flashback

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:brutality,  corruption,  torture,  betrayal,  kidnapping
Locations:desert
Story:cia,  death of child,  threat,  cover up,  fbi,  double cross,  assassination,  no opening credits,  immigrant,  assassin,  punched in the face,  beating,  pistol,  explosion,  african american,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  independent film,  one word title,  death,  violence,  murder

Licence To Kill (1989)
Action, Adventure, Thriller

Licence To Kill (1989)

James Bond is on possibly his most brutal mission yet. Bond's good friend, Felix Leiter, is left near death, by drug baron Franz Sanchez. Bond sets off on the hunt for Sanchez, but not everyone is happy. MI6 does not feel Sanchez is their problem and strips Bond of his license to kill making Bond more dangerous than ever. Bond gains the aid of one of Leiter's friends, known as Pam Bouvier and sneaks his way into the drug factories, which Sanchez owns. Will Bond be able to keep his identity secret, or will Sanchez see Bond's true intentions? (Read More)

Themes:terrorism,  brutality,  corruption,  torture,  betrayal,  kidnapping
Locations:desert,  boat,  hospital
Story:rocket launcher,  rogue agent,  arms dealer,  honor,  cia,  espionage,  exploding body,  controversy,  double cross,  exploding car,  assassin,  punched in the face,  swimming pool,  beating,  pistol,  explosion,  father son relationship,  murder,  death,  blood,  violence

The Siege (1998) is one of the best movies like Syriana (2005)
Action, Thriller

The Siege (1998)

After the abduction by the US military of an Islamic religious leader, New York City becomes the target of escalating terrorist attacks. Anthony Hubbard, the head of the FBI's Counter-Terrorism Task Force in New York, teams up with CIA operative Elise Kraft to hunt down the terrorist cells responsible for the attacks. As the bombings continue, the US government responds by declaring martial law, sending US troops, led by Gen. Devereaux, into the streets of New York City. (Read More)

Themes:terrorism,  torture,  politics
Locations:desert
Story:suicide bomber,  political thriller,  arab,  nosebleed,  cia,  fbi,  controversy,  terrorist,  pistol,  explosion,  african american,  father son relationship,  murder,  blood,  violence

The November Man (2014)
Action, Crime, Thriller

The November Man (2014)

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

Themes:brutality,  conspiracy,  politics,  kidnapping
Locations:elevator
Story:rogue agent,  nosebleed,  cia,  espionage,  death of child,  cover up,  double cross,  child in peril,  assassination,  no opening credits,  exploding car,  assassin,  punched in the face,  beating,  pistol,  independent film,  flashback,  murder,  blood,  death,  violence

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:terrorism,  conspiracy,  corruption,  politics,  suicide
Story:rocket launcher,  suicide bomber,  political thriller,  arms dealer,  arab,  washington d.c.,  exploding body,  child in peril,  exploding car,  terrorist,  pistol,  explosion,  murder,  flashback,  blood,  violence,  death

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

The A-team (2010)

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

Themes:conspiracy,  corruption,  funeral,  torture,  betrayal,  kidnapping
Locations:desert,  hospital
Story:rocket launcher,  intelligence officer,  barbecue grill,  air strike,  rogue agent,  obscene finger gesture,  cia,  exploding body,  cover up,  double cross,  exploding car,  punched in the face,  rain,  beating,  pistol,  explosion,  violence,  flashback,  blood,  murder,  death

Jack Reacher: Never Go Back (2016) is one of the best movies like Syriana (2005)
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:brutality,  conspiracy,  corruption,  torture,  betrayal,  kidnapping
Locations:desert
Story:rocket launcher,  baton,  arms dealer,  washington d.c.,  obscene finger gesture,  espionage,  exploding body,  cover up,  electrocution,  double cross,  child in peril,  assassination,  exploding car,  diner,  assassin,  punched in the face,  rain,  beating,  pistol,  explosion,  murder,  violence,  death,  flashback,  blood

Olympus Has Fallen (2013)
Action, Thriller

Olympus Has Fallen (2013)

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

Themes:terrorism,  torture,  politics,  betrayal,  kidnapping
Locations:hospital
Story:rocket launcher,  suicide bomber,  rogue agent,  political thriller,  washington d.c.,  exploding body,  fbi,  child in peril,  exploding car,  terrorist,  assassin,  punched in the face,  beating,  pistol,  explosion,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  murder,  death,  blood,  violence,  flashback

Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)
Action, Adventure, Sci-fi, Thriller

Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)

For Steve Rogers, awakening after decades of suspended animation involves more than catching up on pop culture; it also means that this old school idealist must face a world of subtler threats and difficult moral complexities. That becomes clear when Director Nick Fury is killed by the mysterious assassin, the Winter Soldier, but not before warning Rogers that SHIELD has been subverted by its enemies. When Rogers acts on Fury's warning to trust no one there, he is branded as a traitor by the organization. Now a fugitive, Captain America must get to the bottom of this deadly mystery with the help of the Black Widow and his new friend, The Falcon. However, the battle will be costly for the Sentinel of Liberty, with Rogers finding enemies where he least expects them while learning that the Winter Soldier looks disturbingly familiar. (Read More)

Themes:terrorism,  conspiracy,  torture,  politics,  betrayal,  kidnapping
Locations:elevator,  hospital
Story:rocket launcher,  falcon,  air strike,  rogue agent,  political thriller,  honor,  washington d.c.,  espionage,  cover up,  electrocution,  no opening credits,  exploding car,  terrorist,  assassin,  punched in the face,  beating,  pistol,  explosion,  death,  violence,  murder,  flashback,  blood

The Losers (2010)
Action, Adventure, Crime, Mystery, Thriller

The Losers (2010)

A tale of double cross and revenge, centered upon the members of an elite U.S. Special Forces unit sent into the Bolivian jungle on a search and destroy mission. The team-Clay, Jensen, Roque, Pooch and Cougar -find themselves the target of a lethal betrayal instigated from inside by a powerful enemy known only as Max. Presumed dead, the group makes plans to even the score when they're joined by the mysterious Aisha, a beautiful operative with her own agenda. Working together, they must remain deep undercover while tracking the heavily-guarded Max, a ruthless man bent on embroiling the world in a new high-tech global war. (Read More)

Themes:terrorism,  conspiracy,  torture,  betrayal
Locations:elevator,  hospital
Story:rocket launcher,  rogue agent,  arms dealer,  rocket,  whiskey,  cia,  death of child,  electrocution,  double cross,  child in peril,  no opening credits,  exploding car,  punched in the face,  swimming pool,  pistol,  explosion,  husband wife relationship,  murder,  blood

Vantage Point (2008) is one of the best movies like Syriana (2005)
Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Vantage Point (2008)

The President of the United States is in Salamanca, Spain, about to address the city in a public square. We see a plain-clothes cop, his girlfriend with another man, a mother and child, an American tourist with a video camera, and a Secret Service agent newly returned from medical leave. Shots ring out and the President falls; a few minutes later, we hear a distant explosion, then a bomb goes off in the square. Those minutes are retold, several times, emphasizing different characters' actions. Gradually, we discover who's behind the plot. Is the Secret Service one step ahead, or have the President's adversaries thought of everything? (Read More)

Themes:terrorism,  conspiracy,  corruption,  politics,  betrayal,  kidnapping,  suicide
Locations:elevator
Story:suicide bomber,  rogue agent,  political thriller,  arab,  exploding body,  cover up,  double cross,  child in peril,  assassination,  terrorist,  pistol,  explosion,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  flashback,  blood,  murder,  death

The Take (2016)
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:terrorism,  brutality,  conspiracy,  corruption,  betrayal,  kidnapping
Locations:elevator
Story:baton,  rogue agent,  cia,  espionage,  threat,  electrocution,  double cross,  no opening credits,  terrorist,  punched in the face,  beating,  pistol,  explosion,  independent film,  death,  violence,  flashback,  murder,  blood

White House Down (2013)
Action, Drama, Thriller

White House Down (2013)

Capitol Policeman John Cale has just been denied his dream job with the Secret Service of protecting President James Sawyer. Not wanting to let down his little girl with the news, he takes her on a tour of the White House, when the complex is overtaken by a heavily armed paramilitary group. Now, with the nation's government falling into chaos and time running out, it's up to Cale to save the president, his daughter, and the country. (Read More)

Themes:terrorism,  conspiracy,  torture,  politics,  betrayal,  kidnapping
Locations:elevator
Story:rocket launcher,  air strike,  rogue agent,  political thriller,  washington d.c.,  exploding body,  fbi,  child in peril,  terrorist,  punched in the face,  swimming pool,  beating,  pistol,  explosion,  african american,  husband wife relationship,  murder,  violence,  death

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

Criminal (2016)

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

Themes:terrorism,  brutality,  conspiracy,  torture,  betrayal,  kidnapping
Story:intelligence officer,  gardening,  obscene finger gesture,  cia,  espionage,  electrocution,  double cross,  child in peril,  no opening credits,  exploding car,  terrorist,  punched in the face,  rain,  beating,  pistol,  explosion,  husband wife relationship,  independent film,  one word title,  death,  murder,  violence,  blood,  flashback

Patriots Day (2016) is one of the best movies like Syriana (2005)
Crime, Drama, History, Thriller, Action

Patriots Day (2016)

On April 15, 2013 Boston, Massachusetts, Police Sgt, Tommy Saunders is pulling security duty on the annual Boston Marathon when the Tsarnaev brothers strike with their homemade bombs in an act of terrorism. In the resulting chaos as the wounded are cared for, Saunders and his comrades join forces with the FBI to get to the bottom of this attack. As the investigation continues, the Tsarnaev brothers realize that the authorities are close to identifying them and attempt to flee the city to continue their fanatical mayhem. To stop them, a police manhunt is performed that would have bloody confrontations and a massive dragnet shutting down the City of Boston to make sure there is no escape from the law. (Read More)

Themes:terrorism,  brutality,  funeral,  kidnapping
Locations:boat,  hospital
Characters:muslim
Story:islam,  tv news,  death of child,  tragic event,  fbi,  double cross,  no opening credits,  exploding car,  diner,  terrorist,  punched in the face,  beating,  pistol,  explosion,  husband wife relationship,  murder,  death,  violence,  blood

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:brutality,  conspiracy,  corruption,  torture,  betrayal,  kidnapping,  suicide
Story:punched in the nose,  bribery,  exploding body,  self sacrifice,  cover up,  electrocution,  double cross,  child in peril,  exploding car,  assassin,  punched in the face,  swimming pool,  beating,  pistol,  explosion,  african american,  husband wife relationship,  flashback,  murder,  blood,  violence,  death

Traitor (2008)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Traitor (2008)

Samir Horn is a former soldier, a devout Muslim, and U.S. citizen in the Middle East selling bomb detonators to Islamic radicals. He joins their cause as both the FBI and a rogue CIA agent track him. Horn escapes a Yemeni prison, goes underground in France where he proves his abilities, and is sent to the United States to choreograph a simultaneous and multiple terror attack. Will the intelligence agencies talk to each other, and can Horn be stopped? (Read More)

Themes:terrorism
Characters:muslim
Story:suicide bomber,  middle east,  islam,  washington d.c.,  cia,  threat,  fbi,  terrorist,  rain,  pistol,  explosion,  one word title,  violence,  death

Eraser (1996)
Action, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Eraser (1996)

U.S. Marshal deputy John Kruger is one of the toughest Marshals, his methods are to "Erase" The identities of his witnesses he is assigned to protect. Meanwhile, a woman named Lee Cullen who works for a corporation named Cyrez performed an undercover job for the FBI to unveil a top secret weapon which uses an electromagnetic pulse to dispatch targets. Cyrez discovered this about Lee and are now out to kill her, Kruger's job is now to protect Lee so she can testify against Cyrez. But, when Kruger was assigned to perform a job with another Marshal named Robert Deguerin, he discovers that Deguerin is behind some kind of scam that will involve the EM Gun, which will change hands to a Russian criminal if Kruger does not stop them, Kruger must not only protect Lee's life but his own. (Read More)

Themes:brutality,  conspiracy,  corruption,  betrayal,  kidnapping,  suicide
Story:rogue agent,  arms dealer,  corporation,  washington d.c.,  espionage,  exploding body,  fbi,  double cross,  exploding car,  assassin,  pistol,  explosion,  father son relationship,  one word title,  death,  murder,  blood,  violence

Man On Fire (2004) is one of the best movies like Syriana (2005)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Man On Fire (2004)

Hard drinking, burnt out ex CIA operative John Creasy has given up on life until he's hired as a bodyguard to protect nine year old Pita Ramos. Bit by bit, Creasy begins to reclaim some of his soul, but when pita is kidnapped, Creasy's fiery rage is finally released and he will stop at nothing to save her as he sets out on a dangerous, revenge fuelled rescue mission. (Read More)

Themes:alcoholism,  torture,  betrayal,  kidnapping,  suicide
Locations:hospital
Story:rocket launcher,  whiskey,  cia,  exploding body,  child in peril,  assassination,  exploding car,  swimming pool,  explosion,  husband wife relationship,  murder,  blood,  violence,  death

Taken 3 (2014)
Action, Thriller

Taken 3 (2014)

Liam Neeson returns as ex-covert operative Bryan Mills, whose long awaited reconciliation with his ex-wife is tragically cut short when she is brutally murdered. Consumed with rage, and framed for the crime, he goes on the run to evade the relentless pursuit of the CIA, FBI and the police. For one last time, Mills must use his "particular set of skills," to track down the real killers, exact his unique brand of justice, and protect the only thing that matters to him now - his daughter. (Read More)

Themes:funeral,  torture,  betrayal,  kidnapping,  suicide
Locations:elevator
Story:arms dealer,  cia,  electrocution,  fbi,  double cross,  exploding car,  diner,  assassin,  punched in the face,  beating,  pistol,  explosion,  flashback,  death,  murder,  violence

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

A Good Day To Die Hard (2013)

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

Themes:terrorism,  betrayal,  suicide
Locations:elevator
Story:rocket launcher,  arms dealer,  cia,  exploding body,  double cross,  exploding car,  terrorist,  assassin,  punched in the face,  swimming pool,  beating,  pistol,  explosion,  father son relationship,  murder

Courage Under Fire (1996)
Action, Drama, Mystery, Thriller, War

Courage Under Fire (1996)

The pilot of a rescue copter, Captain Karen Walden, died shortly before her helicopter crew was rescued after it crashed in Desert Storm. It first appears that she made a spectacular rescue of a downed helicopter crew, then held her own crew together to fight off the Iraqis after her copter crashed. Lt. Colonel Serling, who is struggling with his own demons from Desert Storm, is assigned to investigate her worthiness for the Medal of Honor. But some conflicting accounts, from her crew and soldiers in the area, cause him to question whether she deserves it. (Read More)

Themes:alcoholism,  funeral,  politics,  suicide
Locations:desert
Story:rocket launcher,  persian gulf,  honor,  cover up,  exploding car,  pistol,  explosion,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  murder,  death,  violence

3 Days To Kill (2014) is one of the best movies like Syriana (2005)
Action, Drama, Thriller

3 Days To Kill (2014)

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

Themes:torture,  kidnapping
Locations:elevator,  hospital
Story:rocket launcher,  arms dealer,  nosebleed,  cia,  espionage,  electrocution,  exploding car,  terrorist,  assassin,  punched in the face,  beating,  pistol,  explosion,  husband wife relationship,  flashback,  death,  murder,  blood,  violence

Hitman (2007)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Hitman (2007)

A gun-for-hire "Hitman" is a genetically-engineered, elite assassin known only as Agent 47 hired by a group known only as 'The Organization' is ensnared in a political conspiracy, which finds him pursued by both Interpol and the Russian military as he treks across Eastern Europe. But even 47 couldn't anticipate a "random equation" in his life exactitude: the unexpected stirrings of his conscience and the unfamiliar emotions aroused in him by a mysterious Russian woman. (Read More)

Themes:brutality,  conspiracy,  corruption,  funeral,  torture
Story:arms dealer,  tv news,  obscene finger gesture,  cia,  exploding body,  double cross,  assassination,  assassin,  pistol,  explosion,  one word title,  flashback,  murder,  blood,  violence,  death

A Mighty Heart (2007)
Biography, Drama, History, Thriller, War

A Mighty Heart (2007)

On January 23, 2002, Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl is to fly from Karachi to Dubai with his pregnant wife, Mariane, also a reporter. On the day before, with great care, he has arranged an interview in a cafe with an Islamic fundamentalist cleric. When Danny doesn't return, Mariane initiates a search. Pakistani police, American embassy personnel, and the FBI examine witnesses, phone records, e-mails, and hard drives. Who has him? Where is he? There's also the why: because of U.S. abuse of prisoners at Guantanamo, because of a history of Journal cooperation with the CIA, because Pearl is a Jew? Through it all, Mariane is clearheaded, direct, and determined. (Read More)

Themes:terrorism,  torture,  politics,  kidnapping
Characters:muslim
Story:pakistani,  iranian,  islam,  tv news,  cia,  fbi,  terrorist,  rain,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  family relationships,  murder,  death,  flashback

American Sniper (2014)
Action, Biography, Drama, History, Thriller, War

American Sniper (2014)

Chris Kyle was nothing more than a Texan man who dreamed of becoming a cowboy, but in his thirties he found out that maybe his life needed something different, something where he could express his real talent, something that could help America in its fight against terrorism. So he joined the SEALs in order to become a sniper. After marrying, Kyle and the other members of the team are called for their first tour of Iraq. Kyle's struggle isn't with his missions, but about his relationship with the reality of the war and, once returned at home, how he manages to handle it with his urban life, his wife and kids. (Read More)

Themes:terrorism,  brutality,  funeral,  torture,  kidnapping,  suicide
Locations:desert,  hospital
Story:rocket launcher,  suicide bomber,  exploding body,  death of child,  no opening credits,  exploding car,  terrorist,  assassin,  beating,  pistol,  explosion,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  flashback,  murder,  death,  violence,  blood

The Dark Knight (2008) is one of the best movies like Syriana (2005)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

The Dark Knight (2008)

Set within a year after the events of Batman Begins, Batman, Lieutenant James Gordon, and new district attorney Harvey Dent successfully begin to round up the criminals that plague Gotham City until a mysterious and sadistic criminal mastermind known only as the Joker appears in Gotham, creating a new wave of chaos. Batman's struggle against the Joker becomes deeply personal, forcing him to "confront everything he believes" and improve his technology to stop him. A love triangle develops between Bruce Wayne, Dent and Rachel Dawes. (Read More)

Themes:terrorism,  brutality,  corruption,  funeral,  torture,  politics,  betrayal,  kidnapping
Locations:elevator,  boat,  hospital
Story:rocket launcher,  rocket,  honor,  exploding body,  self sacrifice,  cover up,  electrocution,  double cross,  child in peril,  assassination,  no opening credits,  exploding car,  terrorist,  assassin,  punched in the face,  beating,  pistol,  explosion,  african american,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  blood,  murder,  violence,  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:brutality,  conspiracy,  corruption,  funeral,  torture,  politics,  betrayal,  kidnapping,  suicide
Locations:boat
Story:tv news,  cia,  espionage,  cover up,  fbi,  double cross,  no opening credits,  assassin,  punched in the face,  rain,  beating,  pistol,  african american,  one word title,  murder,  blood,  violence,  death

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

Southland Tales (2006)

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

Themes:terrorism,  brutality,  conspiracy,  corruption,  politics,  betrayal,  kidnapping,  suicide
Locations:elevator,  desert
Story:arms dealer,  oil,  middle east,  iran,  tv news,  self sacrifice,  cover up,  electrocution,  double cross,  no opening credits,  terrorist,  punched in the face,  rain,  beating,  pistol,  explosion,  african american,  husband wife relationship,  independent film,  flashback,  blood,  murder,  violence,  death

Non-stop (2014)
Action, Mystery, Thriller

Non-stop (2014)

Bill Marks, a former cop dealing with his daughter's death by drinking, is now a federal air marshal. While on a flight from New York to London, Marks gets a text telling him that unless 150 million dollars is transferred to an offshore account, someone will die every 20 minutes. Can he find the terrorist in time and save everyone? (Read More)

Themes:terrorism,  conspiracy,  torture,  betrayal
Story:punched in the nose,  rogue agent,  nosebleed,  threat,  child in peril,  no opening credits,  terrorist,  punched in the face,  rain,  beating,  pistol,  explosion,  death,  violence,  murder

G.i. Joe: Retaliation (2013) is one of the best movies like Syriana (2005)
Action, Adventure, Sci-fi, Thriller

G.i. Joe: Retaliation (2013)

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

Themes:terrorism,  conspiracy,  torture,  betrayal,  kidnapping
Locations:desert,  boat
Story:rocket launcher,  washington d.c.,  obscene finger gesture,  exploding body,  cover up,  double cross,  no opening credits,  exploding car,  terrorist,  assassin,  punched in the face,  beating,  pistol,  explosion,  flashback,  blood,  murder,  violence,  death

Zero Dark Thirty (2012)
Drama, History, Thriller

Zero Dark Thirty (2012)

Maya is a CIA operative whose first experience is in the interrogation of prisoners following the Al Qaeda attacks against the U.S. on the 11th September 2001. She is a reluctant participant in extreme duress applied to the detainees, but believes that the truth may only be obtained through such tactics. For several years, she is single-minded in her pursuit of leads to uncover the whereabouts of Al Qaeda's leader, Osama Bin Laden. Finally, in 2011, it appears that her work will pay off, and a U.S. Navy SEAL team is sent to kill or capture Bin Laden. But only Maya is confident Bin Laden is where she says he is. (Read More)

Themes:terrorism,  torture,  politics
Locations:desert
Story:suicide bomber,  bribery,  cia,  espionage,  exploding body,  controversy,  assassination,  no opening credits,  exploding car,  terrorist,  punched in the face,  pistol,  explosion,  blood

Malcolm X (1992)
Biography, Drama, History, Romance

Malcolm X (1992)

Biograpical epic of Malcolm X, the legendary African American leader. Born Malcolm Little, his father (a Garveyite Baptist minister) was killed by the Ku Klux Klan. Malcolm became a gangster, and while in jail discovered the Nation of Islam writings of Elijah Muhammad. He preaches the teachings when let out of jail, but later on goes on a pilgrimage to the city of Mecca, there he converts to the original Islamic religion and becomes a Sunni Muslim and changes his name to El-Hajj Malik Al-Shabazz. He is assassinated on February 21, 1965 and dies a Muslim martyr. (Read More)

Themes:conspiracy,  politics
Characters:muslim
Story:middle east,  islam,  cia,  tragic event,  fbi,  controversy,  assassination,  assassin,  beating,  pistol,  african american,  husband wife relationship,  flashback,  death,  murder,  violence,  blood

Double Team (1997)
Action, Comedy, Sci-fi, Thriller

Double Team (1997)

Counter-terrorist Jack Quinn misses his target, Stavros, on the eve of his final mission. From there, he is sent to "The Colony", a rebirth for presumed-dead assassins. He breaks free from there, and seeks the aid of Yaz, a weapons dealer, for his final battle with Stavros.

Themes:terrorism,  kidnapping,  suicide
Locations:boat,  hospital
Story:arms dealer,  espionage,  exploding body,  child in peril,  exploding car,  terrorist,  assassin,  punched in the face,  swimming pool,  pistol,  explosion,  husband wife relationship,  violence

Lawrence Of Arabia (1962) is one of the best movies like Syriana (2005)
Adventure, Biography, Drama, History, War

Lawrence Of Arabia (1962)

Due to his knowledge of the native Bedouin tribes, British Lieutenant 'T.E. Lawrence' (qv) is sent to Arabia to find Prince Faisal and serve as a liaison between the Arabs and the British in their fight against the Turks. With the aid of native Sherif Ali, Lawrence rebels against the orders of his superior officer and strikes out on a daring camel journey across the harsh desert to attack a well-guarded Turkish port. (Read More)

Themes:brutality,  funeral,  torture,  politics
Locations:desert,  hospital
Characters:muslim
Story:bedouin,  lebanon,  bribery,  arab,  middle east,  honor,  islam,  prince,  beating,  pistol,  explosion,  father son relationship,  death,  blood,  violence,  murder,  flashback

Act Of Valor (2012)
Action, Adventure, Drama, Thriller, War

Act Of Valor (2012)

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

Themes:terrorism,  funeral,  torture,  kidnapping
Locations:boat
Story:rocket launcher,  suicide bomber,  honor,  nosebleed,  cia,  exploding body,  self sacrifice,  no opening credits,  exploding car,  terrorist,  punched in the face,  pistol,  explosion,  husband wife relationship,  blood,  death,  violence,  murder

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